Tina is a member of our Design Team and today we are sharing some of her recent project photos.

We also asked Tina to also share a bit more about her paper crafting life. It's always fun to discover more about the person behind all that paper.  She answered a couple questions we've been asking each of our designers and hope you enjoy learning a bit more about these creative souls.

What are your go-to paper crafting products that you can't live without?
 That is a tough one, as I need many products to put my creations together… I love paper and can never quite have enough… no matter how much I have, I never have the right color!!  Never!!
Grab Your iPod
Details on Tina's Blog 

What type of cutting machine do you use?
I started out with the Cricut Expression Machine and loved it, but I kept seeing the most unique items using single downloads, I bought the Silhouette Cameo and have not looked back… although still learning how to use all the different features… I have about a 100 cartridges, I probably will never use again…
Sugar Scrub
Details on Tina's Blog  


What are you 2 top favorite types of projects?

My favorite type of projects are definitely 3D items… I love to build things!  I love puzzles, and some projects are just like puzzles… sometime they look just like the picture and other times, they don’t fit no matter what I do!!  I also love playing with vinyl… it makes everything look better!!
"Hi There" Card
Details on Tina's Blog  

What are your favorite MSC designs?
I love the MSC patterns… all of them.  It’s hard to pick just a couple of them… I love the Belly boxes, as they are a complete gift when completed.  They go together so quickly, and fun to make
Belly Box for
No Pudge Brownies
Details (and Recipe) on Tina's Blog 


Describe your style.

My style is simple!  I like cutesy, and elegant.  Everything has to match, and have a bow.  Hahahahaha… sometimes I need to just let the project sit a day or two and then embellish if needed!
Birthday Owl Treat Topper 
Details on Tina's Blog 

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Designer Spotlight: Melissa

Melissa is our featured designer today.  Browse a few of her projects from the past few months. We also asked her questions about her paper crafting to learn a little bit more about her creative world. 

Melissa happily shared that information and you will likely find helpful tips in her following answers.  

Nativity Tags
3 Nativity Sets
These sets have so many characters and are whimsical and fun!
They are the best Nativity cut files I have ever come across. 
What are your go-to paper crafting products & supplies
that you can't live without?

1. My Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive is a must have. It is perfect for putting together all my 3D projects. It has just the perfect drying time for me - it doesn’t dry so quick that I can’t make adjustments, but it also doesn’t require me to hold something in place to dry for long periods of time either.

See the full details on Melissa's Blog

2. I like dimension, so I have to have my pop dots and my ink pads. Both of these add dimension to a product in two different ways. Inked edges give depth to your colors. And pop dots allow you to add layers.

3. Patterned Paper from my favorite companies - Doodlebug Design, My Mind’s Eye, Graphic 45, Echo Park, and Carta Bella are probably my top 5 brands that I use the most. I use many other brands as well though.

4. My Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen - Especially when my cut file includes eyes. It is the white pen that makes the eyes come alive.

5. And most importantly is my Cutting Machine - I had a machine recently that had broke down after much use and my crafting basically came to a halt until I replaced it. I had been dabbling in paper crafting for many years; but when I bought my first machine, I found my niche in the paper crafting realm!

What type of cutting machine do you use?
My newest cutting machine is the Silhouette Cameo. I have had it a month or so and I am very much enjoying it. My last machine was the Sizzix Eclips. That machine was also a very nice machine to have!

"Be Mine" Gable Box
Gable Box
Melissa Favorites: The Gable Box and Pour Box - The gable box because it is super simple to put together being one piece and the pour box because it is unique. Both boxes can be easily decorated for many different occasions.
See details for this project on Melissa's Blog.
Sweet Easter Treat Box
Pour Box
See details on Melissa's Blog
What are you 2 top favorite types of projects?
("I had to share my favorite 3 :) ~ Melissa)

Cards - I enjoy making my own cards. There is nothing better than giving a card to someone else that I have personally made. I love to see the smile it brings to someone else.
3D projects - These are what bring a smile to my face. I think it is incredible to start with a flat piece of paper and see it take shape.
I also have to add tags here. I like taking such a small piece of paper and giving it life. I always feel like tags are miniature pieces of art.

Sweet Scarecrow
Fall Treat Boxes
"I actually enjoy all of the fall season and not just Halloween. I think the Scarecrows in the Fall Treat Box set are adorable. The faces on these files can be used for the treat boxes or they can be sized to fit on cards or other projects."
 See details on Melissa's Blog
School's Out!
Fruit Vol. 1
Sunflower Greetings

Melissa Favorites: The many card kits such as Winter Faces, Spring Faces, Gift Card Holders for Christmas, Sunflower Greetings, the Crab card, the Turtle card, and so many more. I do not like making multitudes of the same card, but sometimes it is a necessity. It is nice to have so many wonderful choices of cards that have all the pieces already there for you - just cut and assemble
See details for this card on Melissa's Blog
Little Bunnies Carrot Box
Carrot Box & Spring Bunnies
See details on Melissa's Blog

Scaredy Cat says Boo!
Scaredy Cat
I am a huge fan of all the fun projects that can be made at Halloween and MSC has many cute Halloween files, but my favorite has to be the Scaredy Cat file. It just makes me smile!
See more details on Melissa's Blog

Describe your style.
I don’t know that I could pinpoint one particular style that I lean toward. Creating for me is a mixture of the materials I have before me, the potential recipient of my project, and the message I want to convey when the project is complete.

We so enjoy Melissa's projects and hope you stop by her blog for more inspiration.
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