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New Year Fan Card!

Hi Everyone,
Welcome to my Blog and as always thank you for stopping by. Well we only have a few more days left of 2018! I carn't say i am glad to see the back of it as much as i have in previous years, however i am so looking forward to 2019! I have had far worse years but i am so excited about going it 'alone' and i am hoping my monthly craft kits take off. Its certainly looking like they are going to be very popular, fingers crossed its an amazing year!

One of my new year resolutions is to stop buying so much craft stuff haha. Obviously i will still buy some but not to the extent i was. Thats one of the things that really got me about being a demonstrator, the constant buying of new products. There really is know need for it as most of it never gets used!

So with the new year so close i thought i would make a new years card! I am calling this a Fan card as that what it reminds me of. It really has turned out very elegant looking and i think this would make a greatHandm…

Very Elegant Birthday Card

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to my Blog and as always, thank you for stopping by.
I hope you all had a great Christmas and got lots and lots of crafty goodies from Santa!! I got a few including a really cool Sizzix hot glue Gun and matching stand. Not that i need a new glue gun mind you, but i think all us crafters are the same. Never the less i will look forward to using it!!

Today i have a very elegant card that was not intended to be a Birthday card. My Boyfriend had asked me if i would make a Wedding Anniversary card for his Mam and Dad. I made it but did not put the sentiment on. Basically, he went home and i forgot to give him the card! Know doubt he would of had to resort to getting a 'shop' bought card!

Then i remembered that it is my Mams Birthday this Saturday, so it then turned into a Birthday Card. I love how it turned out, its so elegant and sparkly. I have know doubt that she will love it to. One thing that i love about this card is that its huge! I had some 8 x 8"…

Inexpensive Storage Folder For Small Dies!

Inexpensive Small Die Storage Solution! 
Hi Everyone,

Thank you for stopping by my Blog Today. I just wanted to do a quick post about this Die storage folder that i got the other day. You may remember a Youtube video a did a little while ago about one of these folders. In case you missed it, here is the link Die Storage Video.

I mentioned in that video that i had ordered a one that had more pockets. I wanted this one to store my smaller Dies. All of my Dies are stored on Magnetic sheets but i find that storing smaller Dies that way is taking up to much room. I think this is a fantastic & inexpensive solution!! These folders only cost about £8 and the company i bought mine from ship all over the world. Here is the link if you would like to purchase one

You can purchase these folders with 1, 3, 4 or 8 compartments in one sheet so make sure you click the right option be…

No Die Easy Tree Fold Card

Ann Melvin Independent Craft Addict/No Die Easy Tree Fold Card

Hi Everyone,

Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I think many of us always have a last minute Christmas Card to make. Today i have one that would be perfect & i am sure they will think its so cool!  As i state in the title, this card requires no fancy dies just a pencil, Ruler & some Scissors.

I decorated the front of my tree with pretty gold star gems, of course you can use whatever you have. I suppose you could even stamp or do some heat embossing on the Tree front, the choice is yours.

As you can see from the picture above, i used some Gold glitter paper to glue behind the main Tree. Again, you can use whatever you have. This was simple to do as i just drew around the Tree shape and cut it out with scissors. Twine was used to keep the card shut.


CARD MEASURING 11 1/4" X 5 3/4"

SCORE THE LONG SIDE @ 1 1/2",  3 1/2",  7 1/2"  &  9 1/2"


Tiny Adorable Diorama Card

Ann Melvin Independent Craft Addict/Tiny Fold Flat Diorama Card

Hi Crafter's

I am back with another project for you. I hope you like this one as much as i do! Its just so sweet. You can make them for any occasion, not just Christmas. I think these would make cute Children's cards. They really are not hard to make and i love the way they turned out.

I used a decorative Die to cut my windows in the card. You can of course use any dies you like, Circles, Squares, ovals the choice is yours. I think it would look great no matter what shape you choose.

To make this card you will need:

2 pieces card measuring 4" x 3 1/4"

2 pieces measuring 4 1/2" x 3 1/4"  score the long side @ 1/4" on both ends

2 pieces card measuring 1 3/4" x 3 1/4"  score both pieces on the short side @ 1/4" on both ends.

To make the snow effect ground i used some glitter cardstock and some edge dies that i have. You could also just cut the card with scissors to make a 'sno…

Easy Shaker Style Christmas Ornaments

Ann Melvin Independent Craft Addict|Easy Shaker Style Ornament

Hi Everyone,

I told you i would be back :-) I am so excited to bring you my first project as a 'free' Woman haha. I have lots of great tutorials coming up & i am so happy most of you are staying with me :-)

I am kicking my first project off with these really cute photo ornaments. I was shopping in B&M the other day when i came across them. They were only £2.49 for 4. You get 2 circles & 2 star shapes. They are designed to hold pictures but i wanted to decorate mine a bit more.

They are so easy to make and you could add sequins, glitter or faux snow like i have. I picked a large bag of faux snow up from my local pound shop. You get a picture already inside the ornament, don't throw it away until you have drew round it, this will give you a template for whatever paper or card you want to put inside.

The red Truck is a stamp set that i bought from i stamped it out using Tux…

Goodbye Stampin' Up! :-)

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#2 December Design Team-Under The Mistletoe DSP

Ann Melvin Stampin'Up! UK Independent Demonstrator|Under The Mistletoe Designer Paper
Hi Everyone,
Welcome to my Blog & week #2 of the Happy Crafters Christmas Design Team. We have another beautiful project from the lovely Sue Bushop. You can find the link to Sues post below, please pop over & take a look.
Here is the links to Sues Post: Click here to go to Sue's Blog
I think you will agree that this card is stunning. I love it!
You can purchase the Designer Paper from my online shop UNDER THE MISTLETOE DESIGNER PAPERPAPER
Remember to use the rewards/hostess code if your order is £150 or less. 
Until next time.....
Love Ann xx

Easy Acetate Tags With Metallic Edging

Ann Melvin Stampin' Up! UK Independent Demonstrator/Signs Of Santa Acetate Tags
Hi Everyone,
Welcome back to my Blog!!  Today i have such a sweet & easy Christmas project for you. One of the things that make it so adorable is the Signs Of Santa Stamp set & matching dies from Stampin' Up! I love this set & i think it has to be one of my all time favorites!! I know i will use this year after year.
You may remember that a while back i did a swap with one of my lovely Team members (Sue Bishop) In the swap she gifted me 2 metallic markers in Gold & Silver. I also said that i had some ideas what i wanted to use them for. Well i have finally got round to using them! 

I cut my tags from Acetate and ran the marker down the sides, its that simple & i think the effect is great. I used a ruler to help me make a straight line with the marker. You may already have some metallic markers at home but if not they are pretty easy to find. I am sure Sharpie make them to.
I us…

Gorgeous Triangle Star Top Gift Box

Ann Melvin Stampin' Up! UK Independent Demonstrator/Under the mistletoe Designer Paper Star top box

Hi Crafters,

Thank you for popping over to my Blog on this fabulous Friday!! Today i have another Festive themed project for you & i think you will like it. First off, i have to say that this is not my idea. I CASED this from one of my lovely Team members, Andrea Parr. Below you will find the link to Andrea's Blog:

Andrea made this gorgeous little box earlier this year & i think its fab! It really is very quick & simple to make & to be honest its really large. You can fit loads of little gifts or treats in there for Christmas. I thought it would be a perfect festive project as the top has a 'Star' effect closure. I emphasized mine with some Silver foil card. You could use Gold or even glitter paper. The choice is yours.

To make my box i used Shaded Spruce Card, Under the Mistletoe Designer Paper, Labels to love stamp set &a…

Easy Fold Flat Santa Gift Bag

Ann Melvin Stampin' Up! UK Independent Demonstrator/Easy fold flat Santa Gift Bag

Hi Everyone,

Thank you for stopping by my Blog today.
I am back with another cute Christmas project. This time i have a lovely fold flat Santa style gift bag. Its really easy to make & you could make them up well in advance & store them all flat until you need them.

These are just so much better than shop bought gift bags & in my opinion so much better quality to. They take know time to make & i am sure whoever you gift them to will love them!

To make my bag i used one sheet of A4 card stock ( 8 1/4" x 11 3/4") Of course if you use 12 x 12" card you could make your bag bigger. You will be surprised at how much you can fit into this sweet bag. I added a sweet sentiment from the Timeless Tidings stamp set & also a couple of Christmas Jingle bells.



SCORE THE LONG SIDE @ 3 1/2",  5 1/2", 9"  &am…

Year End Clear out!! Grab Some Bargains

Hi everyone,

Just a quick post to tell you about Stampin Ups year end closeout sale!! This is your chance to grab some serious bargains while you can. The sale runs from 5th December to 2nd January 2019. However the items do sell out very quickly so i would advise ordering asap!!

Please remember to use my Hostess/rewards code if your order is less than £150. This will allow me to enter you into my rewards club & you will receive a FREE gift from me. If your order is over £150, please do not use the code as you will earn your own rewards when you order. You will still receive a FREE gift from me.

Thank you

Love Ann xx

#1 December Design Team - Under The Mistletoe Designer Paper

Ann Melvin Stampin' Up! UK Independent Demonstrator/December Design Team Under The Mistletoe Designer paper.

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to my Blog & a new month of Design Team projects from the Happy Crafters! This time i have decided to try something a little different. Instead of a stamp set i have chosen some Designer paper to send to the design team. I chose the gorgeous Under the Mistletoe paper. This paper stack is gorgeous! Its all double sided & 12 x 12", perfect for all your Christmas Projects.

As you know i have 2 Ladies for the Design team. Unfortunately we only have 1 Lady this month which is the lovely Sue Bishop. The other member has had to drop out due to some unfortunate events. I may also chip in with some projects if i get time.

Below you will find the link to Sue's project & Blog. Please pop over and check out what Sue has made with this beautiful designer paper!…

DECEMBER challenge is now OPEN!!

Hi Everyone,

I am just back to let you all know that the December monthly challenge is now OPEN!!
The theme for the month is GLITZ & GLAMOUR kindly chosen by last months winner, Bernadette Taylor.

You have until the 31st December to get your entries to me. I know that Christmas is among all of that so the postal system will be all over the place. The best advice is to get your entries in asap. The winner will be announced between the 1-2nd January 2019!!

You can make anything you like as long as you follow the Glitz & Glamour theme. Please remember to put your name & full address in with your entry. You can enter from anywhere in the world & i have lots of crafty prizes up for grabs.

If you would like to enter please email me & i will give you my Address. My email is

I will look forward to your entries!!

Love Ann xx

#7 Christmas Week - Very Easy Tree Fold Card & Matching Wreath!

Ann Melvin Stampin' Up! UK Independent Demonstrator/Under the Mistletoe designer paper Tree card.

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to my Blog & project #7 of my Christmas Week series. I am very sad to say that this is the last project of the series. I hope you have enjoyed it & i hope it has given you lots of ideas & inspiration. I still have lots more gorgeous Christmas projects coming over the next few weeks so make sure you stay watching! In case you missed yesterdays project #6 i have popped the link for it below:
#6 Christmas Week Easy hanging ornament

Today i have 2 lovely projects for you that really are so easy to make. I have a gorgeous and fun Christmas Tree card & also a matching wreath. You could quite easily use up your scraps to make these projects as you only require small squares of paper to make them.

To make my projects i used the gorgeous Under the Mistletoe designer paper from Stampin Up! & also the matching stamp set, Mistletoe Season. You can purcha…

#6 Christmas Week - Easy hanging Ornament

Ann Melvin Stampin' Up! UK Independent Demonstrator/Easy Christmas Ornament

Hi everyone,

Welcome to my blog & project #6 of my Christmas week. Today i have this really easy & beautiful hanging ornament. I was browsing through YouTube last week & came across a channel called ZIZ Craft. I saw this ornament & thought it looked so pretty.

I made mine with whisper white card & heat embossed it with silver powder. Of course you can make it with coloured card or even designer paper, the choice is yours. I do recommend a hot glue gun to attach some of this ornament together.

In case you missed yesterdays project, #5 Christmas Week Diorama card, i have popped the link down below so you can check it out.




Please check out my Youtube tutorial for full…

November Challenge Entries & WINNERS!!

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to my blog.
I am so excited today as i have the winners for my November challenge!!!! I have to tell you that this was SO hard!! I just could not pick a winner alone. I got my Daughter to help me & she also struggled! However, we did manage to pick a winner in the end & also 2 runners up. So here we go!! The WINNER IS.......................................


Thank you so much for your beautiful entry, we loved it. The time & work that has gone into this project is outstanding!! I am so happy for you & your prizes will be posted asap. Bernadette will also have the pleasure of picking the theme for our December challenge!

1ST RUNNER UP IS........................................

Elizabeth Lindeman for this amazing pop up Christmas card!! Again the time & work involved in this creation is just amazing!! Every little pocket has a pop up surprise inside, we LOVE it. Thank you so much for your entry Elizabeth. Prizes will be on th…