Author Archives: Melissa

you are my sunshine….by melissa cash

Debbie Fisher has issued up a challenge on the Tombow blog.  Debbie has challenged us to create a card/project with a sunshine theme.
Well, the sun sure has been shining here and it made for some awesome inspiration for my card.
This card is a fun size at 3″ x 6″.  I started this one by heading to my Silhouette library and looking for a sun and sentiment.  I found this fun sun and cut it out in orange and yellow cardstocks.  I layered the orange to the yellow using Tombow Mono Multi and then popped it up using Tombow Foam Tabs and then adhered to the top left corner of my card with another foam tab.  The cloud and orange cardstocks were added to a yellow card base using Tombow Xtreme Adhesive.
Next, I stamped the “You” and “are my” in black ink using the Reverse Confetti All About You set and then cut three of the “sunshine” with my Silhouette and stacked them using Tombow Mono Multi and added it to my card with a little more Mono Multi.
For the finishing touch I used Tombow Mono Aqua on the sun and the sentiment and then covered them with Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter.
 Be sure to head on over to  Debbie’s challenge and check out the details of her challenge.  We would love it if you would play along.

watercolor friendship…by melissa cash

Hey, hey there Tombow fans!

I hope your summer is treating you right and you have been staying cool and out of the heat.  No better way to do that then by heading to your stamping space and getting creative.

Today, I am sharing a card I creating using my Tombow Dual Brush Pens and a spritzer to give my card a watercolor effect.

I started by die cutting three of the Hero Arts Spring Branch dies out of 140# Cold Press Watercolor paper and then coloring one of them completely using the following Tombow Dual Brush Pens: Avocado #098, Pink Rose #703, Pink #723 and Chocolate #969 (always need a little chocolate somewhere when crafting ;)

On the 2nd die cut, I colored only the leaves and the flowers and on the 3rd, only the flowers.  Give each of the die cuts a little spritz with water and watch the magic happen.

The Tombow Dual Brush pens will blend together and give you a beautiful watercolor look.

Before you layer and add your Spring Branch to the card, add a few splatters of color using the markers, a non porous surface (ie:  an acrylic block or plastic plate), a paintbrush or toothbrush and some water. I scribbled the marker onto an acrylic block, spritz with water and then pick up color with the brushes and holding the brush over the cardstock, tap it with your finger.  Do this with each of the colors.  You will really be glad that you did!   I got the larger splatters by using a large soft paintbrush and smaller splatters by using the toothbrush.

When your card base is good and dry, stamp a sentiment in a coordinating ink on the lower right corner.  The sentiment I used is from the Penny Black, Special Wishes #30-229 stamp set.

Next, you will want to adhere your completely colored die cut onto the card using some Tombow Mono Multi.  Next, you will want to snip the leaves and flowers off of the second die cut and layer them to the first die cut using Tombow Mono Multi.  Be sure to offset the leaves and petals a bit for a more realistic look.  Now, you will add the final set of flowers from the third die cut in the same manner as before.  Add a few pearls for a finishing touch and you are good to go!

This card was really quick and easy to make and would be perfect for when you need to mass produce some cards.

Sending you wishes for a wonderful weekend, thanks for stopping by!

Tombow/Fancy Pants Chalk Hop Day 2….by melissa cash

Welcome to day 2 of the Tombow/Fancy Pants Chalk Hop! 

 We are thrilled you stopped by today.


For my chalk project I used 3 of the Fancy Pants large Chalk Tags and some of the papers from the Fancy Pants Burlap and Bouquets collection.  I stamped the flowers and sentiment in Colorbox Frost White ink and embossed them with Sparkle embossing powder.  Next, I colored in the flowers and leaves using Tombow’s Irojiten Soft Primary Color Pencils.  I used Tombow Xtreme Adhesive to adhere each of the layers together.

Fancy Pants was over the top generous and I wanted to create something else using some of my Burlap and Bouquets goodies so I created this quick and easy card.

I started with a black card base and added a background layer of paper from the Burlap and Bouquets collection, one of the cards/pockets from the Library Cards set and sentiment/flower from the Ephemera Pack.  I added a little glitter and seam binding ribbon for a finishing touch.  I used Tombow Xtreme and Tombow Foam Tabs on my card.

Now, how would you like to win those awesome goodies?

Be sure to leave a comment here and on the Fancy Pants blog and we would love it if you would head over to Facebook and give us a “Like” there as well.  




The prize pack will include: 

From Fancy Pants Designs:


From Tombow USA:

There will be a winner from both the Tombow blog and the Fancy Pants blog so you have two chances to win.  The winner will be announced on July 7th.  

Be sure to head over the the Fancy Pants blog and check out what their AWESOME team has to share today!

thinking of you….by melissa cash

Hey there, it is Friday and I hope you all have lots of fun stuff planned for the weekend.  It looks like the weather here in Central CA is going to be pretty nice.
Lately, I have been seeing stacked die cuts show up on the internet and I really like the effect and decided to give it a try myself.
My favorite color is green and I love lots of layers, so this card is right up my alley.  I started with a top fold green card base and used Tombow Mono Adhesive Dots to add the green print panel to the base card.  I set that aside and started on my focal panel. I knew I wanted to stencil the background, so I pulled out my Memory Box Chevron stencil and taped it down to a 5 x 7 piece of white cardstock (I like to use a larger piece than needed and cut it down, I think it is easier to get it nice and straight that way) next, I applied some Adirondack Lettuce ink from the top down to about the middle of the cardstock and then used Adirondack Meadow ink from the bottom up to about the middle allowing the inks to overlap and create a mid tone color in the middle of the panel.  I cut down the chevron panel and adhered it to a green panel using Tombow Mono Adhesive Dots and then added this panel to the base card using Tombow Foam Tabs.  Now for the super fun part…..I die cut the Hero Arts Spring Branch die three times out of green cardstock and stacked them using Tombow Mono Multi and then added a little bit of the green inks to the edges for a finished look.  I glued them down with a little more Mono Multi and then added a sentiment, some twine, a little glitter glue and a few pearls for a finishing touch.  

If you have created something using the “stacked diecuts” technique, leave me a comment with a link, I would love to check out your creations.

Until next time…..happy stamping!

watercolor hummingbird….by melissa cash

Hi there!
On Monday, Marie challenged us to create something with a bird inspired theme.
I wanted to share one of my favorite bird cards.  I love hummingbirds and created this card
adhere each of the flat panels together and Tombow Foam Tabs for each of the popped up
layers.  The birds were watercolored with Tombow Dual Brush Pens and then added some
shimmer with Twinkling H20′s.  I call this technique Twinkling Tombows :)
Be sure to head HERE and check out Marie’s bird project and leave a comment to win this great prize:

congratulations….by melissa cash

Hi there!
I am back with the final card in my star series.
This card would be great for the graduate in your life.
I chose to use the colors of our local high school, but you could change it up to fit whatever school you needed it to be.
I used the Hero Arts Stylish Stars die to cut the large star opening into some blue cardstock and then embossed it with a dots embossing folder.  Next, I used the Memory Box Starry Nights stencil and some Denim Adirondack ink on a white panel.  I cut the white panel a little smaller than the blue embossed panel and used some Tombow Xtreme Adhesive to adhere the panels together.  Tombow Xtreme is great for heavier items or textured papers as the hold is very, very strong. Have you tried it yet?  I added the star panels to a black layer and then to the white card base.  I created some banner flags in black, navy and white and the stamped the “congratulations” sentiment from the Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler set.  For a finishing touch, I added some Stardust pen to the stars and silver cording around the panels.

a star is born….by melissa cash

Hi there!  Today I am sharing another in my series of star cards.  Everywhere you look, there are stars.

I like them because you can use them for so many reasons.  Today’s card is a sweet, sweet baby card.  It was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest.
I started this card by adding the print banner flags to a kraft panel using Tombow Xtreme Adhesive.  I left the bottom edges adhesive free and slightly curled them up.  Next, I wrapped some twine around the panel and added a die cut star to that was popped up on a Tombow Power Tab.  The kraft panel was then added the a kraft card base using more Power Tabs.  For a finishing touch I cut a Power Tab down and used it to adhere the button in place.  

Do you have ideas for a “star” card?  Leave me a comment and let me know what it is.  If you have already created a “star” themed card, please share a link.  I would love to see it :)

recycle/repurpose…..by melissa cash

Woooo Hoooo! It’s Friday!  I hope your week went well and send you wishes for a great weekend!  I have been busy helping to organize a stamping retreat (our 13th year) that will be held next weekend.  There is lots and lots to do to prep as we have 4 amazing teachers and 100 crafty ladies rolling into town and we need to keep them busy!

Since Earth Day was this week, I thought I would “recycle” a couple of my cards and share them with you.  This helped me out a ton because my crafting time has been slim this week.

Both of these cards are favorites of mine and I hope you will like them too!


For this card, I embossed the floral image in white embossing powder and then added some color with Tombow Dual Brush pens.  I used a damp baby wipe to smudge the ink around a bit.  I love the effect it gave :)  This card has multiple layers and I used Tombow Foam Tabs and Tombow Xtreme Glue Tape to adhere everything together.

For this card, I stamped the image in Memento Rich Cocoa ink and the colored it in with Tombow Dual Brush pens and used more of the Tombow Foam Tabs and Xtreme Glue Tape to bring everything together.  I added a little glitter for some pop!

If you find yourself with some crafting time this weekend, I hope you will think about recycling or re-purposing.  If you do, please be sure to come back here and leave a link to your project.  I would love to see it! 

april showers bring may flowers….by melissa cash

Hi there!  This week Jennie has challenged us to created something based on her
“April Showers” theme.
 I couldn’t help but think of all of the beautiful flowers that bloom after a good Spring rain.
I watercolored this beautiful Penny Black Promise Me #4384K  image with Tombow Dual Brush pens onto some Canson 140# Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper.  This is such an easy technique and you should give it a try….soon!
Color directly onto a bold image stamp (such as this one) with your Tombow Dual Brush Pens and then spritz the stamp 2-4 times (but don’t over saturate) press stamp to paper and hold there for about a count of 10-12 to allow the ink to soak into the paper just a bit.
When you lift the stamp you will have a beautiful image to embellish as you would like.  I added some glitter to the flower for a little sparkle!  What girl doesn’t like a little sparkle?
I used Tombow’s Xtreme Glue Tape to adhere the purple embossed panel to the base card and Tombow Foam Tabs to adhere the watercolor panel to the embossed panel.  Added a ribbon and pretty sentiment from the Penny Black Special Wishes #30-229 set.
Be sure to play along with the challenge and you could have a chance to win this awesome prize pack:

You have until  Monday April 7th at midnight to participate!

Remember that voting starts on Tuesday April 8th so tell your friends to vote!

Winner will be announced on Wednesday April 9th!

Last but not least you can win: The NEW Tombow Xtreme Permanent AdhesiveTombow 


lets talk….by melissa cash

about ATCs
Just what is an ATC?  An ATC is an Artist Trading Card.  They are 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ little works of heART.  

Here are several that I have created for different swaps/exchanges.  You don’t need any specific reason to created an ATC, just go with the flow and see what you come up with.  
I like to have a stash of them on hand for when I need a quick card.  I just pull one out and adhere it to a card front and I am ready to go.  

Creating ATC’s is also a great way to try out a new product or medium.  

All you need are some basic supplies, here are my favorites:

Cardstock
Stamps
Ink
Tombow Dual Brush Pens or Irojiten Color Pencils (for coloring in all of the little details)
Tombow Foam Tabs (for popping elements up)
Tombow Xtreme Glue Tape (to keep everything nice and snug and where it should be)
Ribbon/Rhinestones/Other embellishments.

Have you ever made ATC’s?  Do you trade them? Swap them?

Leave me a comment and let me know as I would love to know what you do with these little works of heART.