Christel’s Birthday Hop Day 1

Good morning Crafty friends,

Today I am participating in Christel a.k.a. Scrappin’ Sista’s Birthday Swap Blog hop. We’re celebrating Christel’s birthday with her.  Each month, she hosts swaps on her blog. 
If you’ve arrived from Bonnie’s Blog you are in the right place.  If you just dropped by my blog today, we don’t want you to miss out.  Go ahead and go to Christel’s Blog to start from the beginning.

Before I share my project, let me just share a little about this amazing woman named Christel! I got to know Christel because she used to be one of our designers here at

I have to tell all of you how truly blessed I have been to get to know her and call her friend and sister in Christ. She has no idea how many times her online presence and uplifting ways have blessed my heart! She even shared a “video” once of her singing a worship song!!!! She is a true song bird for the Lord Jesus Christ! Let me tell you that is one anointed voice!
Thank you for joining with us to celebrate her birthday :-)

So now for my project
Here is a shot of the entire layout.

Here is a close up of the left page.

Here is a close up of the right page.

Here is a close up of the little bear by the violin. The violin is actually some clipart that I edited with the roses. I covered the whole thing with some Glossy Accents to give it a shiny and dimensional covering. It just doesn’t show up in the photo too well.

Here is a close up of the title I created and again, I used some clipart covered with Glossy Accents and some Stickles.

The violin on the tag is a smaller version of the same violin by the bear. This one also has Glossy Accents to give it a more dimensional look. It just didn’t photograph too well.

Here is a close up of the full bodied bear. Her dress is made of fabric. Did you see the cute little cameo she is wearing? Plus all the photo mats are sewn.

Here is one more close up of the bear.

We have some wonderful prizes up for grabs.
1. $30 gift certificate to HL, M, or J - sponsored by Anita
2. Beaded butterflies - sponsored by Celeste
3. Flowers - sponsored by Jani
4. CTMH products - sponsored by Shalana
5. Birthday stamp set - sponsored by Maria
6. Pink By Design Birthday Stamp set - sponsored by Jenny
7. $20 Dee's Bugaboo gift certificate - sponsored by Dee
8. $20 Paper Crafting World gift certificate - sponsored by Melin

Here are the rules.
  1. Be a follower of Scrappin’ Sista’s blog.
  2. Leave a comment on all the hop participants’ blogs.
  3. Include an email address in an internet safe way.
  4. Have a U.S. address.  We love our international bloggers but we’re unable to cover postage at this time.

I am the last one in the line up so your next stop is back to Christel’s Blog!!

Thank you again for joining us and helping to celebrate our dear blogging buddies birthday!



  1. Precious is right! This layout is adorable!!

  2. OMG! Your layout is just to cute, so many beautiful details. I love the way you used real material for the dress. TFS!

  3. wow, so absolutely Gorgeous!!! You totally rocked this layout!!! How precious and beautiful.
    Eva :0)
    I have a giveaway on my blog

  4. Wow..what an incredible LO. Every detail is perfect, and lovely.TFS!

  5. Beautiful LO Melin! Love the fabric on the dress. The mats and charms are so cool.

  6. Beary cute! I love it! tfs - angie

  7. I love your Beary cute layout; loads of detail.
    Katsews at Gmail dotcom

  8. oh my GOSH! fantastic! love the little detail!

  9. Beautiful LO! I am your newest follower!
    letilliaslaughter at yahoo dot com

  10. Gorgeous lyout! Love the details.
    achilton at wyoming dot com

  11. what a beautiful and adorable layout all at once! Love the little bears!

    Many blessings,
    scrappyzeni at gmail dot com

  12. WOW Melin the pages are amazing and beautiful. You are so talented. TFS.

    debbiebutcher at comcast dot net

  13. Melin,
    May I say thank you so much for joining with me to celebrate my birthday! You are a beautiful sister in Christ and I just love you my dear.

    Your LO is AMAZING!!! I was floored when I first saw it this morning. I love EVERYTHING about it. In fact, you're not going to believe it but I used to play the violin in high school. Go figure! The one things I probably miss the most second to singing, you included it on the LO. I love all the awesome accents.

    Thank you for sharing! Scrappy hugs to you and yours. Love ya Sista!

    Scrappin' Sista

  14. WOW!!! What an amazing and beautiful layout. I'm not following the hop right now but I just had to leave this comment. TFS!

  15. WOW!!! What a gorgeous layout! I love all the detail and the bears are soooo cute!

    plese dot cathy at yahoo .com

  16. What an absolutely beautiful layout and a pleasure to be part of the hop with you!!!! The detail is purrfect!!!

  17. Beautiful layout! Lovin the bears like crazy..Violins are perfect!

  18. Very beautiful! love your layout and the colors.
    Glad to hop.

    **Don't include me, not from U.S.**
    **I am your new follower**

  19. Love the adorable bears & violins! Thanx~prhmangel at gmail dot com

  20. Hey Melin

    WOW! Your LO is simply beautiful! I love everything about it, as always, you are so very talented!
    I am already a follower of your blogs
    Bonnie Cantu
    ascrapabove at aol dot com

  21. WOW, if I could scrap like this I would be scrapping every minute of every day. This is a beautiful layout. Love everything about it, the papers, the details, everything. Great job. I'm a follower of your blog.

    Smiles Sher
    ShersL84bed at aol dot com


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