International Highlights Winners Blog Post - January 2024

I’m so excited to be featured in the the International Highlights Top Ten Winners Blog Hop hosted by Kylie Bertucci. I was selected to participate in this hop by finishing in the top 10 in the January 2024 International Highlights. Thank you to everyone who voted for my Everyday Detail Card.

I'm having so much fun playing with the Hot Air Balloon Bundle.  Every card I make makes me happy!  Isn't this a pretty card that would brighten anyone's day!

I made this card on a recent sketch challenge.  Here is the sketch I used.

Now, here's my card!  If you love this bundle as much as I do, check out my upcoming Hot Air Balloon Class - more details below!


  1. Cut Lost Lagoon cardstock 4 1/4" x 11" and score at 5 1/2".  Fold and burnish on scoreline using Bone Folder to form card base.
  2. Cut Designer Series Paper 4" x 5 1/4"
  3. Cut Basic White cardstock 2" x 4"
  4. Adhere to Designer Series Paper
  5. Adhere to card base
  6. Stamp large balloon on Basic White cardstock using Lost Lagoon ink with middle using Fresh Freesia ink
  7. Stamp small balloon on Basic White cardstock using Lost Lagoon ink and Fresh Freesia ink.
  8. Cut out using Dies
  9. Cut out scallop section from Lost Lagoon cardstock using Die
  10. Adhere to large balloon
  11. Cut out 2 wire harnesses and 2 baskets from Lost Lagoon cardstock using Dies
  12. Adhere basket to wire harness
  13. Adhere to balloons
  14. Punch 2" circle from Lost Lagoon cardstock using Punch
  15. Adhere balloons to card base using Dimensionals
  16. Cut Basic White cardtock 1/2" x 3"
  17. Stamp sentiment using Lost Lagoon ink
  18. Adhere to card base using Dimensionals
  19. Tie a small bow using 2 pieces of twine
  20. Adhere to card base using a Glue Dot
  21. Adhere embellishments
  22. Cut Basic White cardstock 4" x 5 1/4"
  23. Stamp small balloon in bottom right corner using Lost Lagoon and Fresh Freesia ink
  24. Adhere to the inside of the card.

You can find all of the supplies for this card in my Online Store.

Check out my Youtube Video for tips and tricks to make this card. Don't forget to subscribe to my Stamping with Melva YouTube Channel

Now it's time to be inspired by all of the Projects in our Blog Hop!

I hope you have been inspired!

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Please be sure to use the current Host Code 2XX7Q34C to receive a free gift from me. When you place a $50 order (before shipping and taxes) using the Host Code, I'll send you a Thank You card by mail and a FREE tutorial by email as a thank you.  If your order is over $200, please do not use the Hostess Code as you'll qualify for Stampin' Rewards, but I'll still send you the Thank You card and tutorial! 

Place a $50 order through January 31 and I'll also send you a Make and Take Kit to make 3 cards featuring the Filled With Happiness Stamp Set.  If your order is $75 or more I'll send you a package of embellishments! 

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Hot Air Balloon Class

Join Diane and I for a virtual class featuring the Hot Air Balloons Suite on Sunday, March 3rd from 12-3pm Pacific.  

The class includes:

  • Hot Air Balloon Bundle
  • 1/4 pkg Hot Air Balloon Designer Series Paper
  • 1/4 pkg Rainbow Adhesive Backed Dots
  • 6 Make and Takes - 4 cards, 1 Fun Fold and 1 3D project - includes all supplies except inks, adhesives and blocks
  • PDF
  • Video recording of classs (you will receive after the class)

Registration closes February 5 - Register now

Kit will be mailed out mid February.

Cost $100

Monthly Card Club

I'm excited to be offering a Monthly Card Club either In Person or by mail.  Each month I will select a stamp set or bundle to feature.  You will make 3 cards with envelopes and receive 1/2 package of Designer Series Paper, package of Embellishments and a roll of ribbon or embossing folder.  Cost is $45 In Person (or local pick up) and $50 mailed.

This month the club features the Perennial Lavender Suite from the Stampin' Up! 2024 January to April Mini Catalogue. Add the Painted Lavender Bundle to your order for an extra 84.78 plus shipping and taxes.

You can join my club monthly.  If you join for 6 consecutive months and get a swag bag valued at $25 from me as a gift.

The In Person classes will be held on the last Sunday of each month from 10am to 12noon or 1-3pm.  Space will be limited to 4 people per class.

Registration is now open for the February 

Check out the sneak peeks for Feburary

Register for February Now!

Your Creativity Awaits

The February Kit features Trusty Toolbox from the Stampin' Up! 2024 January to April Mini Catalogue.

Do you love to craft and are you looking for a kit that ships directly to you each month with special perks each month? Then you will LOVE “YOUR CREATIVITY AWAITS”!  

With “Your Creativity Awaits”, each month you will receive an exclusive make and take kit (6 designs) plus a PDF Tutorial.  All for only $60 per month shipped directly to you or $56 local pick up.

After 6 consecutive months of membership, you will receive a thank you of $25 product credit (before shipping and taxes) to spend on whatever you choose! 

Each month, the Design Team will choose one stamp set or bundle and design fun projects for you to create.  The stamp set is included in your kit. If you don't already own the dies or punch, you may add it to your kit or use what you have.  

  • Featured stamp set - Trusty Toolbox
  • 6 Cards (all different designs) - designed by Your Creativity Awaits Team
  • Exclusive Project tutorials you can follow along with to create your cards
  • Extra product (value will depend on the price of the stamp set)


  • Shipped: $60 monthly
  • Porch Pick-up: $56 monthly 
  • Add on $57.00 extra for Dies

Your Creativity Awaits Kit Timelines

  • The upcoming kit information including supplies needed will be announced by the 15th of the previous month
  • Sign up must be done by the 2nd Sunday of the month
  • Kits will be shipped and tutorials emailed out by the 4th Tuesday of the month (subject to unforeseen delays in the shipment of product from Stampin’ Up!)
  • Available to Canadian Residents Only
Check out the sneak peeks for Feburary

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  1. I love that suite. Your card is wonderful. Congratulations on placing in the top 10

  2. I love the balloons! Great sketch and lovely card!
    Congrats on the Top Ten again and greetings from Germany, Simone

  3. What a great card Melva. Love it. Congrats on making it to the Top Ten Blog Hop this month!

  4. Beautiful card. Congratulations on placing in the top 10.

  5. Congratulations on making the Top Ten!
    The balloons fit the sketch really well!


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