Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Mega Make & Take Extravaganza
We started with a Magic die cut kit from Paper Wizard Scrapbook Company. I still have lots of photos from my day at Disneyland during the Play! in Anaheim event last year, so I slipped this fun embellishment into my storage binder beside those photos and will be using it on a layout soon!
Next up was a cute purse gift card holder from Sparkle N Sprinkle. We used Tear-ific Tape to adhere the glitter along the strip at the top of the purse, then used Brushable Glue to include additional glitter (which I placed along the jagged leaf lines in the green paper). Such a sparkly project that I'll definitely use for giving a gift card!
The step-up card from It's Cheaper Than Therapy was fun to put together with lots of little pieces to assemble the card, sentiment and embellishments. The flowers and leaves looked a little plain, so I outlined & added veins to the leaves with a green pen and Amy pulled out some bling for the center of the flowers.
The Craft Fantastic kit included materials to create two tray pendants along with three options for wearing/using the pendants (a necklace, a key chain and a clasp). There were five sheets of images to choose from, and I picked the letters "M" and "R" for my pendants. I especially enjoyed this project because it's something I haven't done before. On Friday, I stopped by the Craft Fantastic booth for the free make & take. I chose a sunflower image to make a glass embellishment that I'll probably use on a scrapbook layout.
The Rubber Cafe's project was a card created with a clear plastic paper as the base and incorporated a technique that I've tried before but had forgotten about (stamping an image on different papers, cutting out various pieces and reassembling them for a layered image). There were also two punched hearts to decorate the inside of the card.
We received a new-to-me product in the Scrap That card kit - a chalk writer that can be used to edge papers and to write chalk messages on black cardstock. (I didn't add the black cardstock to the inside of this card because I didn't think it went with these beautiful papers.) We also received a full package of brads, so I have some leftover to use on another project.
Krazy Kreations shared how to use outline stickers on pre-made glitter paper and shimmer sheetz to create embellishments that we used to decorate a note pad. We also included twine and a sentiment on the cover of the note pad. I think I have some of these outline stickers in my stash that I've never used, but I'll definitely be adding them to a project now that I've seen how great they look!
Next there were three layouts (one 6x6 and two 12x12), which I started but didn't complete. I'll be adding photos and completing those layouts to share with you soon.
The final project of the night from Bee Creative was a simple pocket envelope and two pre-stamped tags. The kit also included a Spectrum Noir alcohol marker for shading the stamped images and an EZ Dots Runner. This last session began at 10:30 pm and I have to admit that I didn't do anything with it as I was starting to feel the effects of a full day and tons of INSPIRATION! I did put the pocket together & add some shading to one of the tags earlier today.
You might remember that I mentioned in my first post about Scrapbook Expo that it was a whirlwind of activity . . . this was just the first of the two days I was there!!
In one of the make & take kits, I also received a lovely Sizzix embossing folder. However, I do not have a Sizzix (or any other machine) that I can use this folder in, but I'm hoping one of you can. If you'd like to be in the draw for this embossing folder, please leave a comment letting me know what type of machine you have & how you might use this folder. (I'll pick a winner on Monday, March 2.) Otherwise I'd love to hear from each of you which of these make & takes is your favorite!