Thursday, June 5, 2008

About Time for some Blog Candy, hmm?

All done! Thanks to everyone for playing along. To see who won, please go to this post.

I've been wanting to say Thank You by givin' away some blog candy for ages, so here it is... :0)

I'd love for you to do this one thing to enter: Please leave a comment on this post, in which you share a link to your very favourite template and/or tutorial (made by anyone...)--it can be a technique or a card style or a 3D item...anything you'd love to share. Don't worry about if the link will fit in the comment thingy; I'll compile a link list & post it on here for everyone to use.

Blog candy #one has this schtuff in it:
  • A Linen post album 6x6 brag book (in Mellow Moss)...
  • The Simply Scrappin' Sticker selection from the Loonies for Littles promotion (which was available in Canada)...
  • Hostess Stamp Set "Make it Count"...
  • Some incentive stamps (available to demos)...
  • 1 of each of the new hodgepodge hardware & brads...
  • A bunch of other metal schtuff...
  • 3 containers of beads: pearly neutral mix from SU (retired), metal seed beads & white shimmery seed beads...
  • 3 containers of metal ephemera: Steel microbeads, Butterflies & Hodge podge clips...
  • 40 eyelets (to match the Simply Scrappin' Stickers) and....
  • A Sakura glitter pen (clear silvery)
It isn't in my budget to send something of this weight outside of North America right now sorry, BUT you can still enter for...

wee Blog Candy #two:
A surprise selection of some cards I've made. :0)

Thanks for playing! I'll be waiting at least a month to figure out that random-selecty-thinger & draw the winner, so please leave your email in your comment (If you like, you can write it like this to help foil those spammers: melmc AT telus DOT net.) :0)

All done! Thanks to everyone for playing along. To see who won, please go to this post.


Anonymous said...

absolutely love this tut.

such a great book, planner, organizer, stocking stuffer, gift, etc.

tracees2003 at aol dot com

Anonymous said...

Holy smokes, that's one big haul of blog candy!

I love all the tutorials by Kristina Werner (kwernerdesign blog), but here's one of my favourites:

(beeinthegarden at yahoo dot ca)

Tonniece said...

Hi Mel
This is my fave tutorial.
Don't know if I did that link right.
It's a two part video on Nov. 27th 2007.

Great blog candy.

(tonyzworldofart dot blogspot dot com)

You got me

Tonniece said... I got myself

tanderson16 at cogeco dot ca

Allison Rankin said...

Yummy candy Mel! I am totally not brown-nosing when I tell you that I direct people to your blog all the time when tutorials are in question! You are one of the hardest-working bloggers out there! If I had to picj one more, I like what Angie Juda puts out too!

Anonymous said...

I've totally enjoyed all of your great artwork. Here is a link to a super simple and so-helpful tutorial.

StampinCathy said...

WOW I would say this is some awesome candy you are sharing with your readers. Count me in on this sweet candy.
Here is a link that from SCS on the 2-5-7-10 Box

stampincmeyers at yahoo dot com

Thanks for letting me play along.

Anonymous said...

So easy and different:

Love your site...I look forward to your lists. This tutorial list will be such fun to go through. Thanks!

lindastamps at gmail dot com

Godchick said...

Wow, Mel! That is a huge blog candy! This is my absolute favorite way to do altered journals...actually I don't do them any other way.

Anonymous said...

Holey Moley you are one super talented woman!!!!

Peggy Maier said...

What a great stash of blog candy! You are so generous!!!
One of my favorite templates is Angela's shirt:

And for a tutorial (Dawn has SO many good ones):

Anonymous said...

I just discovered your blog and LOVE IT!!! Thanks for all of the great ideas. Here is a link to one of my favorite tutorials from Taylor VanBruggen on how to make personalized stationary.


mudmaven said...

WOW - that's some thank you candy! I always look forward to Kristina's Make a Card Monday and Joanne's tutorials at

Lyndsay said...

This blog candy is AMAZING!

My favorite tutorial right now can be found here:

Thank you so much for the opportunity to win!

(I forgot to put my email before...ooops! lyndsayo AT gmail DOT com)

Goral said...

Thanks for the chance to win some great blog candy! This is a great tutorial!


Annapurna said...

This is the place I go to for my templates so far.

Elise said...

Hi, Mel, I love your blog--you provide such awesome inspiration! I'd like to agree with Barb about Kristina Werner Design, but felt I should also mention a fresh one. Wasn't sure how to make the link, since it's a pdf download pattern, but check out the Paper Globes pattern on Heather Bailey's blog:

The patterns are in the right-hand column about midway down. She uses such vibrant color combinations that her blog and designs really catch my eye. These paper globes make great topiaries, pomander-type hangings, and I've even made them with SU designer papers to rest in a glass bowl as a centerpiece.

elisestamps at live dot com

Anonymous said...

Sue Nelson is my absolute favorite for tuts. She gives info on every card she makes and is generous with her knowledge. Her cuttlebug cards are great and her coloring wonderful.

Anonymous said...

I'm fairly new to this but I have a couple of places I go too (and now that I've found you, I'll be back!)

Thanks for the chance at some really yummy blog candy !! I could sure use all those wonderful supplies! Thanks again!

(I'd really rather not leave my email but will be checking back, and maybe see if you have your email listed and will email you ! ) LOL Thanks!

Janine said...

WOW !!! This is just fabulous candy!! Well if I had to name one tutorial or template that I like it would have to be any of the videos on I, like you, LOVE to cook. I collect cookbooks and in the past year have been teaching myself to bake bread from scratch.. They have a good video on how to make mini baguettes. Delicious.!!!
By the way,, have I told you how much I love your site!! Amazing!

Bloggy Mama said...

I love your stuff, Mel.
I really enjoy Angie Juda's tutorials ( I think that my fave might be.... the spinner card.

Brenda said...

That is some great "candy" I don't really have a favorite, but I love all the video tutorials from Kristina Werener Thank you for the chance to win.

pepper2045 at gmail dot com

Maria said...

Hi Mel,

Can I say your site. . .LOL!

Okay, let's see. . .I found a cute ATC holder that I really would like to try. . .this one is by Stamping Mathilda:

Actually, there's so many awesome tutorials out there. . .it's really hard to choose! Everyone is so good at what they do!!

Thanks for offering the wonderful blog candies! They all look YUMMY!!


Jennifer Love said...

There are TONS of fabulous tutorials out there...and as a new stamper, I'm always looking for new things to try....and heck, it is all new to me! :D

Here is one I found recently. Sooo making one of these!

Annabelle said...

that's the biggest blog candy I ever seen.

I love a tutorial made by chic n scratch on a piece of 12 x 12 cardstock to make a box of cards. just love it

Julie said...

I have recently stumbled upon your site and love it.

One of the favorite places I pop into for some yummy inspiration is

She does some awesome work on her cards and layouts and usually leaves how tosteps on most of her posts

Kim Etherington said...

Wow.. nice candy giveaway. Anything I love would come from your blog, so I guess that makes it kind of pointless? My newest fav.. the cupcake one. Too cute.
The fathers day one is out of this world too!! You're just too talented. Now you're getting comments. Go figure, eh!

SewDelish said...

I love Lauren's Tutorial for a baby onesie card. I have made a few of these following her easy instructions. I even put baby bling on mine!
See Here

luvzenkm2 (Leea) said...

My favorite is for this fry box

I made 27 of these for end of year school teacher gifts with candy inside! Its so easy with it!

Elaine said...

I really love the videos by Kristina Warner because she speeds up the process and doesn't talk through the entire thing. It is so much more interesting to watch her videos than any others!

Anonymous said...

Here is fave of mine--a slider card done by Dawn Griffith--she has lots of great videos:


csroyal said...

Wow! Look at all that loot!! My go-to-blog for tutorials is yours! I do want to try this one here, too, though and I will soon...

Claire said...

One of my favorite bloggers and Oh wow , nice blog candy thank you for the chance to win some.

My favorite tutorial is this one

I tried to contact the blogger to no avail am still trying to figure out how he did this.


Anonymous said...

I have been having fun with glitter so here is my tutorial!

I love your blog and Im overwhelmed with the info you gather!!! Thanks so much for doing this and having all these great links!

Lorraine said...

My favorite besides yours is such a talented man, love his techniques.

strent said...

I absolutely love all tutorials; 'cause I am just learning all this "stuff"; but so far my favorites have been how to make make all the handmade/homemade flowers. The paper ones, and there was a great tutorial for a ribbon flower that was removed that was wonderful too.. Thanks for all the inspiration!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi there,
I love your site and check it out everyday. Thanks for offering such great candy.
I site I like to watch is this one:
She seems like such a down-to-earth person and her videos are essy to understand and follow.

Primitive Seasons said...

HI Mel: Your offerings are, as always, superduperstupendous!!! I love the Kristina Werner blog at

But really Mel I love your blog for the really unique and wonderful ideas you come up with and all the TEMPLATES!!!! My favorite.


Dizzy Broad said...

You're one amazing artist, Mel! I check your blog out every day for inspiration. Your samples and tutorials are "blog candy" themselves but if you're giving things away, I'd like a chance too. LOL!! Thanks!!

Here's my fave for templates:

It's a Canon website with amazing 3D templates! Thanks again! Gigi (aka Dizzy Broad)

Joani McDonald said...

Thank you so much for the blog candy opportunity! I'd be just as happy to receive your wonderful cards!

One of my favorites is Zindorf's blog. I love the tut with the cart full of flowers:

Thanks again Mel ~ I love your blog, and crack up at your jokes!!

Yesterday's Tomorrow said...

{MIB} " ok, lemme get this straight, you want me to put my name over here... you mean like THIS?" :P

so is it tomorrow yet? cuz I'm waiting ;)

more! more! more!
ok, maybe *I'LL* go put one of YOUR awesome idea's to work! ;)

hmm.. now just to pick one!

Janet said...

My favorite template is the one on SCS for the gift card holder. It's an easy pattern so anyone can make it, yet it's so easy to decorate for any occassion, or no occassion at all!

Tess said...

Love the blog candy giveaway. My favorite tutorial is this stationary box.

Linda Peterson said...

One of my favorite sites for templates:
Thank you for the chance to win very awesome blog candy.
Linda Peterson
craftylin1968@aol dot com

Amy said...

My most recent tutorial find is this amazing and elaborate stationary box:

Thanks for sharing the fabulous blog candy!!!

JenMarie said...

WOW, GREAT giveaway!
This is my fav tutorial by Emily Giovanni:

taylormadebyjenmarie A T gmail D O T com

Cindy Vernon said...

This is a good one:
scoop71 AT Yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

I really like this card holder tutorial. Thanks so much for the chance to win.

kim3timemom@yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

Because I appreciate the tutorials so much, yours is my favorite blog. However, I also really like this tutorial plus everything else on her site:

I really appreciate your NOT doing your tutorials in video form as I like to be able to study the photos or make a printed copy to use as I work.

Thank you so much for sharing all your great ideas!

busyness 4 at bellsouth dot net

sandyh50 said...

Oh gosh, I just love tutorials. The 2 I've been going to lately have already been mentioned: Dawn's Stamping thoughts blog and Michelle Zindorf's blog. I am so thankful for bloggers who share their creative talents.

sharon said...

You have the best tutorials! There are lots of templates here:

Anonymous said...

Wow, great blog candy!

Anonymous said...

Wow this a tough question, so many great idea sharers out there like yourself. I like this one, I'm going to try it out as teacher thank yous for this year
Thanks for the chance for such great blog candy!
Love your stuff, please keep sharing
Catherine M
catherine_may13 AT hotmail DOT com

Michelle Pearson said...

well....I love the many tutorials out there on acetate cards....

I'd have to say your site is a great place to find fun things to it, keep it up! checked my blog lately?! LOL!

ScrapMomOf2 said...

Someone might have already mentioned her, but I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Jan Tink's tutorials, templates, sense of humor, etc.!! She is amazing!

I also enjoy Cambria Turnbow so much! Is there anything she CAN'T do?

Her tutorials are in a list on the right side oof her blog.

GREAT candy Mel!

Tracy said...

Love your blog!
Thanks for the opportunity! This is the best tutorial!
I love these little booties!

Monica-FC said...

I would have to say this blog as she shows just how to do the cards and everything on here on her blog. I love going here and watch her videos.

MJ said...
This is a bag I think is adorable and simple to make.

Jessica said...

I'd have to say Michelle Zindorf's entire blog. She is an AMAZING stamper! She gives very detailed instructions, and takes loads of photos!

Here's one of my favourite card tutorials:

Dina Kowal Creative said...

This is one of my favorite fall-backs for filling up backgrounds and using up scraps:
Thanks so much for the chance to win your fun shtuff! Subscribing using bloglines...

oryswife at yahoo

Jean H. said...

This is one of the best baby cards I have ever seen...I've made a few and have had wonderful comments. I use "Dotlets" which resemble snaps, but they are getting hard to find!

jharrison4 at neb dot rr dot com

Anonymous said...

Love this idea for making your own primas. Great tutorial and a great blog too.

Anonymous said...

I just found your blog today and will certainly be back!
Kristina Werener's videos are very easy to follow at

don_sharolyn at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

I absolutely loved this template from your site!

We made these super adorable little purses on 2 sided paper for our local MOPS group final meeting as a "Mother's Day" gift to the moms and filled them with little chocolates! Thanks so much for all your creative ideas!

tracyp at tcc dot coop

Monika said...

Wow, thank you so much for a chance at winning some awesome blog candy! You are very generous!!!
I guess I just love those star albums!

Anonymous said...

I really love the purses and the cupcakes! Always look forward to reading your blog. Thanks Melissa.
Carrie W

Anonymous said...

Hey Mel,

Love your purses!!!!

Thanks for all your ideas.

Sandra T

CreativeMish said...

I've found quite a few at this site

I love yours also! Your projects are amazing!!

tolep8nt at cableone dot net

Lori said...

I have to say that the best tutorial out there is Dawn's Stamping thoughts! This link
leads to bunches of videos that she has. I would love to win your great blog candy and love your blog
Thanks for the opportunity

Lori A. said...

Thanks! I love visiting Dawn's Stamping Thoughts.
I particularly enjoyed making this waterfall card.

ljatwood at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

WOW this is some crazy huge lot of blog candy!

I would have to say that you are the blog I visit almost daily (brownie points??) but just recently I've discovered Michelle Zindorf. Many others have found her too because she has an astronomical number of views of SCS. I think my favourite tutorial is called Ocean Ruins. The card is gorgeous maybe because she uses my favourite colour purely pomegranate. She also gives loads of details so that I think I will actually attempt it myself.
Thanks for sharing!
Beth Greco

Donna Coffman said...

I absolutely love your purse templates. I'm sorry I know you wanted someone elses but yours are the best.
Thanks again,

Anonymous said...

This tutorial I found to be interesting and hopefully's an envelop that's made into a bag. Here's the (long) site link:

Thanks again for sharing all your AWESOME projects! They are my inspiration!! Keep them coming :0)

Tamrah T.
(ffcjls AT netscape DOT net)

retiredheather said...

Wow! What a great load of Blog Candy. I have many favorite tutorials cause I love em. My favorite blog is She is fantastic.
Retired Heather

Dana said...

Hi Mel! I'm in the USA but thought I'd share my favorite blog for tutorials:

She has some AMAZING tutorials!

Thanks for sharing your creations!!

Denise ~ Paper Ponderings said...

Holy smokes...that's a lot of candy! Gorgeous too!

Anonymous said...

I have recently found your blog and absolutely love it. The blogs I enjoy besides yours are Dawn Griffith, Angie Juda, Dawn Easton, and Julie Buehler. I think you're all great and that is some awesome blog candy.

Heidi McDonough
hhmcdonough at yahoo dot com

Deb Neerman said...

LOL, does it sound a**kissy to say, "yours?" I read your blog all the time and get tons and tons o'inspiration ... saving me the crazy craftin' headaches!

I also love any of Michelle Zindorf's tutorials. Mind you, I could never, in a million years, recreate what she does, but it's so much fun to watch ... !

Thanks for the chance, Mel!

~Hugs, Deb
debkneer at aol dot com

Anonymous said...

have been creating some really pretty cards from your butterfly tutorial and SU Fresh cuts.

Sherry Conrad Whittier, CA

Anonymous said...

My favorite is

ncole1701 at aol dot com

Florellis said...

Such a great tutorial, I never thought of making my own stamps from the fun foam!! now I want to try it out!! thanks for the inspiration! you're so kind to do blog candy!

Carrie said...

Beautiful page, you do amazing work!

Teri said...

You always have such inspiring ideas!
I now own a Pazzle Inspiration and have incorporated your ideas into my designs and creations!


Debra said...

Wow, this is blog candy in itself just to read what everyone else wrote and their blog links! I did see a link to Dannies Designs but this one is for a wallet, which is really easy to make:

Love your site and your great ideas!

debradotd at accesscomm dot ca

Debra said...

Gees, there's an error in the link I posted. Should be:


Debra said...

For some reason the 05 is coming up as 0! when I post .. don't know why ..

Anonymous said...

Mel-you KNOW I love YOUR blog and tutorials first and foremost! And I have now spent oodles of time going to all the blogs mentioned here! Yikes!
Here is a site that gave me an AH-HAH moment.....couldn't figure out that Stampamajig to save my soul!

What can I say? I'm a beginner, and a visual learner!
Keep up the great work...your time and talents are appreciated!
jillmc22595 AT yahoo DOT com

Micki said...

Yum-o Blog candy!! How generous!

Primitive Seasons said...

I am sorry Mel but my favorite tutorials are right here on your site. Your creativity blows me away. You are the TUTORIAL DIVA. Hope I win the blog candy!

Debby said...

This gal amazes me with her talent

Joani McDonald said...

Mel - besides your tutorials I love to see Zindorf's blog. this one is one of my fav's.
Thanks for the chance at Blog candy - I'd be happy to win some of your creations!
Thanks again

Val said...

Fabulous blog candy! For tutorials, I usually head over to SCS. They have some fabulous ones. The other place that I check out often is Dawn's Stamping Thoughts:
Dawn has really neat video tutorials. Great site!

Life Is A Journey said...

My favorite tutorial is for a gel card window right here on Mels Blog -
Thanks Mel!!

Anonymous said...

I have made so many cards using this tutorial, it must be my favorite!

Thanks for the chance to win.

HrYerSe AT light house DoT NET

Trish D said...

I just discovered your blog, and it's already been added to my reader :) I love the tutorial on painting with alcohol inks:

Kym said...

I like this site. She has so many teqniues.


Kymberlyneurohr AT gmail Dot com

Stampin' Silva said...

I really enjoyed reading your tips for the Cuttlebug. Thanks!

Here's my link to share:

stampin.silva AT gmail DOT com

Anonymous said...

I really love all your ideas! I have to check your blog out every day. Thanks for sharing all your awesome ideas!


K Hutchinson said...

Your work is always gorgeous! What fun blog candy! Thanks!

Dianne said...

Tonniece is my bestest friend, I have to agree your cards are absolutly brilliant, also very original.. If I get picked I'll have to give it to my bestest friend. Your fabulous giving all the tutorials Miss Diva card maker you:):)

Dianne said...

Oh didn't realize we had to add a favorite tutorial so I always use
This is the site that got my interested in doing mixmedia art..
Paper is my passion...

Anonymous said...

Love your blog! Your ideas help me keep my fingers inky! LOL


Anonymous said...

Each time I try something new I always go back to the "Maze Book" on Craft TV Weekly - just LOVE IT!

Thanks for all YOUR great tutorials Mel!

Helen, Cape Town, **COLD**

Nettie said...

Mel I absolutely love your toolbelt tutorial. I have used it for all sorts of male gifts. If I must choose another talented blogger I would have to say I really enjoy
She has some super tutorials.


freida said...

Another fabulous tutorial! Your blog and receiving your emails are the highlight of my day!Thank you for sharing your amazing talent.
Someone has definitely been to the candy store!WOW!

This link will take you to a tutorial on cutting 10 ATC's from one letter-sized sheet of PP...includes cutting guide and dimensions. Very handy and economical.

freida38801 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

This is great, i was given your link tonight - what a great job you have done.

I am adding tons to my website and that is where I would love all to go to get tutorials/directions/templates etc.

would love to win the blog candy as well - what a great treat to get in the mail.

Teri said...

You always have such inspiring ideas!
I now own a Pazzle Inspiration and have incorporated your ideas into my designs and creations!


Teri said...

You always have such inspiring ideas!
I now own a Pazzle Inspiration and have incorporated your ideas into my designs and creations!