Designer Spotlight: Melissa

Melissa is our featured designer today.  Browse a few of her projects from the past few months. We also asked her questions about her paper crafting to learn a little bit more about her creative world. 

Melissa happily shared that information and you will likely find helpful tips in her following answers.  

Nativity Tags 3 Nativity Sets These sets have so many characters and are whimsical and fun! They are the best Nativity cut files I have ever come across. 

What are your go-to paper crafting products & supplies that you can’t live without? 1. My Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive is a must have. It is perfect for putting together all my 3D projects. It has just the perfect drying time for me – it doesn’t dry so quick that I can’t make adjustments, but it also doesn’t require me to hold something in place to dry for long periods of time either.

See the full details onMelissa’s Blog

2. I like dimension, so I have to have my pop dots and my ink pads. Both of these add dimension to a product in two different ways. Inked edges give depth to your colors. And pop dots allow you to add layers. 3. Patterned Paper from my favorite companies – Doodlebug Design, My Mind’s Eye, Graphic 45, Echo Park, and Carta Bella are probably my top 5 brands that I use the most. I use many other brands as well though. 4. My Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen – Especially when my cut file includes eyes. It is the white pen that makes the eyes come alive. 5. And most importantly is my Cutting Machine – I had a machine recently that had broke down after much use and my crafting basically came to a halt until I replaced it. I had been dabbling in paper crafting for many years; but when I bought my first machine, I found my niche in the paper crafting realm!  What type of cutting machine do you use? My newest cutting machine is the Silhouette Cameo. I have had it a month or so and I am very much enjoying it. My last machine was the Sizzix Eclips. That machine was also a very nice machine to have! 

“Be Mine” Gable Box Gable Box
Melissa Favorites: The Gable Box and Pour Box – The gable box because it is super simple to put together being one piece and the pour box because it is unique. Both boxes can be easily decorated for many different occasions. See details for this project onMelissa’s Blog.  
Sweet Easter Treat Box Pour Box See details onMelissa’s Blog  

What are you 2 top favorite types of projects? (“I had to share my favorite 3 🙂 ~ Melissa) Cards – I enjoy making my own cards. There is nothing better than giving a card to someone else that I have personally made. I love to see the smile it brings to someone else. 3D projects – These are what bring a smile to my face. I think it is incredible to start with a flat piece of paper and see it take shape. I also have to add tags here. I like taking such a small piece of paper and giving it life. I always feel like tags are miniature pieces of art. 

Sweet Scarecrow Fall Treat Boxes
“I actually enjoy all of the fall season and not just Halloween. I think the Scarecrows in the Fall Treat Box set are adorable. The faces on these files can be used for the treat boxes or they can be sized to fit on cards or other projects.”  See details onMelissa’s Blog
School’s Out! Fruit Vol. 1 Sunflower Greetings Melissa Favorites: The many card kits such as Winter Faces, Spring Faces, Gift Card Holders for Christmas, Sunflower Greetings, the Crab card, the Turtle card, and so many more. I do not like making multitudes of the same card, but sometimes it is a necessity. It is nice to have so many wonderful choices of cards that have all the pieces already there for you – just cut and assemble See details for this card onMelissa’s Blog  
Little Bunnies Carrot Box Carrot Box & Spring Bunnies See details on Melissa’s Blog



Scaredy Cat says Boo! Scaredy Cat
I am a huge fan of all the fun projects that can be made at Halloween and MSC has many cute Halloween files, but my favorite has to be the Scaredy Cat file. It just makes me smile! See more details onMelissa’s Blog

Describe your style. I don’t know that I could pinpoint one particular style that I lean toward. Creating for me is a mixture of the materials I have before me, the potential recipient of my project, and the message I want to convey when the project is complete.

We so enjoy Melissa’s projects and hope you stop by her blog for more inspiration.

Be sure to visit Melissa’s Blog I Like To Create  

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