Author Archives: Melissa

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.

Spring Bling Challenge……by Melissa Cash

Hi there! It is time for the March Challenge on the Tombow blog and it was my turn to choose the theme and I chose Spring Bling.
I have 3 cards that I created using the Penny Black, Chick to Chick set to create three cards to share today.
I used Tombow’s Irojiten Color Pencils and Gamsol to color each of the chicks and eggs on this one.  I added some Diamond Glitter Glue to each of the eggs for some bling.  I used Tombow Xtreme Glue Tape for the layers and Tombow Foam Tabs to pop up the image panel.
I used Tombow Dual Brush Pens to color the chick and flower and added some Diamond Stickles to the flower and bee for a little added bling.  Tombow Xtreme Glue Tape was used to hold all of the layers together and some Tombow Foam tabs to lift the image panel.
And last but not least, is this cute chick that I colored with Irojiten Pencils and Gamsol.  I added some Wink of Stella to the egg and snail for a little pop!  I used Tombow Xtreme Glue Tape and Tombow Foam Tabs to hold everything in place.
Now, we have TWO treats for you!


We also have a coupon code for 10% off in the Tombow Store, use code SPRINGBLING to save!

you are my anchor….by melissa cash

Hello friends!  It’s Friday and we are at the end of another busy week. What are you doing this weekend?  We don’t have any big plans as we are expecting some much needed rain and that will keep us inside.  I am hoping to work ahead on some future projects.  Keep your fingers crossed for me, I can be easily side tracked :)
In case you haven’t noticed, nautical is in everywhere and I decided to join in with the rest of the crafting community and play with an adorable MFT PI image called You Are My Anchor.  Isn’t she cute?
I started with a top fold white card base and then added a red layer using Tombow Xtreme Adhesive (have I told you how much I love this new adhesive?) and then adding a layer of this beautiful anchor paper from the Graphic 45 By the Sea collection using a little more Xtreme Adhesive.  I stamped the sentiment in black ink onto a scrap of white cardstock and added a smaller scrap of red directly behind the sentiment.  I “fish-tailed” both ends of the red and white panels.  I adhered these to the card with a bit more Xtreme.  I stamped the sweet Pure Innocence image in black ink and colored her with the following Tombow Dual Brush pens:  #850, #946, #947, #515, #565, #N60 and #N45.  I die cut and added the image panel to a red oval panel using Xtreme and then popped it up onto the card with Foam Tabs.  I added a die cut anchor and twine for a finishing touch.
I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

awesome, amazing….by melissa cash

Hey, hey, hey….it’s Friday!
Today, I am here to share a card I created for my hubby…shhh, don’t tell, but it will be for our anniversary a little later this Spring.
I always find it hard to create cards for my hubby, especially when I am trying to say something sweet and let him know how much I love him.  Recently, I received this great set of stamps called Chalkboard Love that was created by Lizzie Anne Designs for Simon Says Stamp.  I love when you can take a set that is “themed” for a holiday, but versatile enough to be used for other occasions. :)
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I started with a white card base and then popped up a blue/white checked panel with Tombow Foam Tabs and then layered a yellow panel with Tombow Xtreme Adhesive.  Next,  I wrapped some blue/white bakers twine a couple of times around the yellow panel and tied a simple bow.  I die cut a white and light blue panel and embossed the sentiment with white powder onto the blue die cut panel using Tombow Mono Multi I added the panel to the card front using more Tombow Foam Tabs.
Now, I have a couple of tips for you.
Tip #1
Sometimes when embossing, your paper can warp just a tad. When you are layering to another panel use Tombow Mono Multi as it will create a nice even bond and your warping problem will be history!
 Tip #2
When popping up a panel onto a card, be sure to use plenty of Tombow Foam Tabs around the edges and center of your panels.  This will keep your card nice and even and you won’t have any sagging area in the center and sides of your panels.
I wish you all a safe, happy and crafty weekend!

love banner….by melissa cash

Hi there!  This week we have been playing along with Debbie’s awesome challenge to use Pantone’s Color of the Year which is Radiant Orchid.
I had an idea to make a fun banner for Valentine’s Day.
Each of the banners is 4 1/4″ x 6″.  I started with a light orchid cardstock and then layered a medium orchid panel that I embossed with a Cuttlebug EF.  I wasn’t sure how I was going to like this color, but guess what?  I likey a lot!  I used Tombow’s new Extreme Adhesive to adhere the embossed panel to the lighter orchid layer and it worked like a charm as sometimes it can be a bit tricky when you have the extra element of embossing.  Next, I cut the doily and LOVE letters using Silhouette cut files out of white and orchid cardstocks.  I attached the doilies with Tombow Foam Tabs and the letters to the doilies with Tombow Mono Multi.  You can’t see it, but I added a wee bit of glitter to each of the hearts.  The panels were tied together with twine and little bows added for a finishing touch.
 Don’t forget to participate in the challenge, you will find all of the details here.

enjoy this day….by melissa cash

 Hello and welcome to the weekend!  I am so happy to say that we have finally gotten some rain here in Central CA and is much needed.  Although most of the country has been freezing cold and in the snow, we have been unusually warm and dry here.
Today, I am sharing a card and tealight box that I created using a Watercolor Technique with Tombow Dual Brush Pens.
I started with a bold image stamp from Impression Obsession called Solid Rose Cluster and inked it up using the following colors of Tombow Dual Brush Pens #452, 373, 133, 126.  I started with the lightest color on the flowers and then went in with a bit of the darker color, next I did the same thing for the leaves using the green markers.  I spritzed the stamp lightly and stamped it onto some white cardstock.  I always leave the stamp down for about a count of ten to allow the ink to absorb into the cardstock a bit.  I used Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock.
I used a Tombow Glue Pen to scribble random circle patterns onto each of the roses and sprinkled with Microfine Silk Warm Diamond Glitter from Elizabeth Craft Designs.
Now for the whammy!  I created this adorable little box following a tutorial from Pootles Papercrafts on You Tube.  You can check it out here.  I love making boxes and never, ever want them to come apart (especially when used as gifts) and I am thrilled beyond words to say that the new Tombow Xtreme Glue Tape worked perfectly to hold this little box nice and secure!
Hip, hip, hooray!  Can you tell I am excited?  I can’t wait for you to try this amazing new adhesive from Tombow. It really is the bomb diggity!

pink carnations….by melissa cash

Hello and happy, happy Friday to you all.
Today, I am happy to introduce you to the new Tombow Xtreme Glue Tape. This tape is super strong as it is 5x stronger than standard tape runners, has an instant bond with no drying time, refillable (yeah!), archival, acid free, non toxic and great on many surfaces including paper, wood, fabric and glass just to name a few.
There is a bit of a learning curve to using this runner as you need to roll the adhesive on and swipe to the side for a clean application.
I love using texture on my cards and was thrilled at how well the Xtreme Glue Tape worked at adhering the embossed textured panel to the base card.  The hold is nice and firm with no worries that it will not hold.  I used the Xtreme Glue Tape again to hold the print panel to the embossed panel.  Can you say “happy girl”.  I love how this holds!
I stamped the carnation image from Stampendous with black ink and colored it with Tombow Dual Brush pens in #723, #725, #126 and #133 and then added some Tombow Mono Aqua and crystal glitter.
Stay tuned for more projects using the NEW Tombow XTREME Glue Tape!

burlap and bling….by melissa cash

Whew! I am having a busy week, how about you.  I am writing this from my hotel room in Anaheim, CA  where I am attending the CHA Show.
This year, Tombow asked the design team to create projects using Burlap and Bling.  One of the projects I made for the booth is this fun Valentine’s Day card using burlap.
 I freehand cut a heart from some natural burlap and then layered two die cut hearts on top.  I used Tombow Mono Multi to adhere each of the paper layers together and then again to hold the paper layers to the burlap.  I really wanted to make sure the burlap would stay affixed to the card so I used Tombow Power Tabs between the card base and the burlap.  This worked so well as the Power Tabs have a very strong bond.  I used stamps from Reverse Confetti for the sentiment.
This card was another that I created using some bling.  I adhered each of the layers together with Tombow Mono Adhesive Dots and popped up the sentiment with Tombow Foam Tabs.  I used stamps from Reverse Confetti for the sentiment.

Be Mine

Hi there!  Today I am sharing a fun Valentine card with you.
I have been wanting to try the Chalkboard technique for quite a while now and finally took the time.  I think this Taylored Expressions, Graphic Greetings-Valentine was the perfect stamp to use.  I inked the stamp with Colorbox Frost White ink and stamped it onto some black cardstock.  I diecut the image with the Spellbinders Labels 29 die and swiped some of the white ink around the edges and lightly accross the image to create the chalkboard effect.  Next I diecut 2 larger pieces with the same die set and adhered them together with Tombow Mono Adhesive Dots to create the card base.  Next, I added a piece of pink paper (the B side) from the American Crafts XOXO Hugs and Kisses paper with Mono Adhesive Dots and then popped up the image panel using Tombow Foam Tabs.  I colored a wooden heart with an Irojiten Dictionery Color Pencil and then added a little more colored pencil to the arrow and some of the hearts.
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