Thursday, November 24

Happy Thanksgiving & a SALE to Celebrate!

WOOHOO!  A Meljen's Designs SALE! Stock up now while you can! Gift yourself this BLACK Weekend!  {Why is it BLACK Friday?  Shouldn't it be GOLD or RUST, since it is the day after Thanksgiving? LOL!}

Be sure to see today's new release images, too!!!!!!!  There's nothing like getting a good deal, especially on brand-spankin'-new products! Am I right??!  Well, there are PLENTY to choose from today!

My card is using the NEW Baby Jesus Bear, available as of today at Meljen's Designs! Melissa came up with the most fabulous Nativity images ALONG WITH some Christmas 'preparation' images, too!  Pop on over HERE to see them all!

I hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving and have some time to shop and enjoy Melissa's images!  They really ARE just adorable!  Don't forget the promocode above!  HUGS!

Monday, November 21

I AM BACK and thankful for so much!

Yes, I am still alive!  I know some of you thought I dropped off the face of the earth, but NO!  I am still here!  I began a new business a couple of months ago and it has just sky-rocketed!  So, I guess you could say I have been a bit busy and crafting had to take a back seat for a bit! I sure do miss crafting more often, but I do love my new business!

But I did find some time today to craft a cute little card that I am going to send to my in-laws tomorrow. We won't be visiting them this year for Thanksgiving, but will be thinking of them!  So, thought I would send this along to let them know!

I used the pre-colored Pumpkin Pie Slice digi by Meljen's Designs and BOY do those pre-colored images save you time when card-making! HEEHEE!  I used some papers by Basic Grey, cardstock, twine and buttons by Stampin' Up! and a stamp from them, as well! They all worked so well together didn't they!?  I hope my in-laws know we wish we could be two places at once, but will enjoy Christmas with them soon!

I am so thankful to have found a career that suits me so well and that I am excited to do every single day!  I am thankful to have a husband that supports my business and loves taking care of the kids when I am out doing my Scentsy thing!  I am thankful that I have terrific friends and family who have supported me in beginning my business, too!  Without them, I wouldn't be walking across stage at convention next year!  I am so thankful to have Melissa Jenkins and Meljen's Designs as a part of my life, too!  Melissa has become such a wonderful, close friend to me, almost like a sister!  And I can't imagine my life without her in it!  Sharing a piece of her life with her through Meljen's Designs has been such a blessing and am so grateful that she has let me go along for the ride with her! Seeing her business flourish over the past two years has been so exciting!! 

But, mostly I must give credit where credit is due.  I am grateful to my Lord, Jesus Christ, for helping me grow into the person I am today.  These past 40 years have NOT been uneventful and without strife.  But because of Him, I am here to enjoy my life with four beautiful children, a supportive husband, and great family and friends!  What else does a girl need? 

I hope your Thanksgiving weekend blesses you with wonderful memories, no matter who you spend it with!  Thank YOU, too, for following along with me on my paper-crafting blog and I hope to post again WAY SOONER than later! 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, October 6

Halloween Challenge!

Happy Halloween, er, EARLY!  This week at Meljen's Designs, your challenge is to create something with a Halloween theme!   For my card, I am using a just released image called "Frankenpup"! For as ugly as he is, he sure is cute!   I had fun coloring him in with my Copic markers!  And used these fun papers by Basic Grey to make a scene for him to be in! SO FUN!

Be sure to join me at Meljen's Designs this week!  You could win some freebies for yourself from Melissa OR even be chosen to be in our TOP FIVE favorites!  It's quite an honor!


Thursday, September 1

GRAND OPENING!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hi Blog Hoppers!!!!  You should have arrived from Melissa's blog, if not you can start at the beginning HERE!

I am more than excited about Melissa having her own store! WOOT-WOOT!  Her rubber stamps are available still at Whimsy Stamps HERE, but from now on, her new releases and images will be in her own store at Meljen'!

Be sure to check out ALL of the beautiful creations by the Meljen's Designs Design team!  The HOP starts at Cheryl's below:

Nicole (you are here!)

Here, my card is using "Topsy Turvy Birthday Cake" that can be found in the Meljen's Designs store!  Papers and sentiment are by Stampin' UP! Flowers by Prima Marketing, Inc.  This SSS123 Sketch is from The Sweet Stop Sketch Blog, Korin has the best sketches!  Join her each week for a fantastic sketch challenge!!

Let's keep hoppin' to Robbie's Blog!  Robbie makes Melissa's images look supreme!  Be sure to leave her some love!  THEN go shopping and take advantage of Melissa's 50% off SALE!!

I hope you ENJOY THE HOP, it runs all week!  So, be sure to follow it all the way through to be eligible for the Prize Drawings next Thursday at the Main Blog HERE!

and Congratulations, Melissa! 


So HAPPY for you!

Thursday, August 25

Blast from the Past!

This week at Meljen's Designs, we are showcasing some older images of Melissa's!  This week's challenge is easy peasy!  Just post your first card that you created using an image by Meljen's Designs!  If you haven't made one, then go find a freebie HERE and make one this week!

Here are some of my all-time favorite cards from the beginning of Meljen's Designs!

Hope you join us at Meljen's this week!

Thursday, July 28


I thought I would get you with that blog post title!  Bwah-Hahahahhaha!!!  This week's challenge at Meljen's Designs is to FRAME something, or to use a Frame in your challenge entry creation!  This week's release is just adorable, I am a crafty/sewing/crocheting kind of gal, so I loved this week's release! 

Above: Inside
Sentiment by Stampin' UP!

See this week's challenge HERE and be sure to play along!  You could just win some free images and get in our TOP FIVE FAVES if you use one of Melissa's images in your entry!


Saturday, July 23


Happy Saturday!  How's everyone doing?  I have finally recovered from my New York vacation which apparently helped me find my crafty mojo! YAY!  Here's the LINK to Meljen's Designs latest challenge!  Use three brads, a circle and a bow and you can enter to win some free images!

Here's my creation using the Marching Ant Frame!  So fun!  Papers and ribbon by Stampin' UP! Image colored with Copic markers and the sentiment was stamped using SUP Peach Parfait classic ink. 

Be sure to pop on over to Meljen's to play in the challenge!

Enjoy your weekend!

Monday, July 18

Back from New York city with a release and a new challenge!

HOWDY!  Here are the images from the latest Meljen's Designs release!  Aren't they fun?  Melissa IS da'Bomb, ya know!  Be sure to check us out MORE on Paper Craft Planet and at Facebook!

Find these and MORE at Melissa's corner of Whimsy Stamps !

Check our the latest Challenge at Meljen's Designs, too!  You may just win three free IMAGES from Melissa or get in our TOP FIVE FAVES!  Just use some Buttons and Bows!

Since I was on vacation in New York last week, I thought I would share the creations from the Meljen's Designs Design Team, they are FABULOUS!
Using "Birthday Bee"

Using "Sympathy Flowers"

Using "Window Kitty"

Using "Birthday Bee"

Using "Birthday Bee"

Using "Birthday Bee"

Using "Window Kitty"

Tuesday, June 28


How about another FREE
Pop on over (CLICK HERE) to get it!


Meljen's Designs is having a

2-hour PaperCraft Planet party


Would you like to know

how to get this

Meljen's Designs image???

Pop on over (CLICK HERE) to find out!


Meljen's Designs is having a

2-hour PaperCraft Planet party

TONIGHT at 8pm Eastern! 

There will be challenges to face


Freebies to be shared!!!!

Be there (CLICK HERE) or be square!

Saturday, June 4

Gotta Have Bling! Special #4

Back to Business Bash!
Special #4

To read the write up on this
Rainbow Connection bracelet
(available at Gotta Have Bling! CLICK HERE

It was $68.00!  But until June 6th...
Special #4
is JUST $53.00!!!
(Shipping is $2.00 in the USA
I gotta pay for shipping supplies, you know!!)

After June 6th it will go back to $68.00
and shipping will be $3.50 in the USA, $6.00 elsewhere!

This 'Rainbow Connection' bracelet can be changed to an adjustable lobster-clasp, which is perfect for gift giving, since you may not know the 'EXACT' size to get your friend or relative!  If you know the approximate size we can change it to an adjustable clasp and it will give you a little more lee-way!  Please indicate in the paypal buttons below!

Don't forget about getting in on the blog candy!

Bracelet Style - Price
Adjustable Clasp Length Desired
Bar/toggle bracelet length:


It's the Back to Business BASH
here at
The CupCake KeyBling Blog Candy is valued at $27.00!
CLICK HERE to see how to enter!
More Specials soon!

Friday, June 3

Gotta Have Bling Special #3

Back to Business Bash!
Special #3

Back again??  YEP, it's me!  With another awesome STEAL!  For the next three days, this awesome Black and White Swirls bracelet (made of Sterling Silver, Swarovski crystals and Handmade glass beads) is just $48.00!  I got a special price on the lampwork beads and there's minimal sterling and Swarovski crystals, so it keeps the price VERY LOW!  Grab it while you can because I will not replicate this one, so once it is GONE it is GONE!  You won't find another one cheaper than this one either at Gotta Have Bling, that's almsot pocket change! HAHA!  Well, maybe not exactly pocket change, but it is by far the least expensive I have shared ever!

This one ranges in size from 7 1/2" to 8" but can be adjusted during the paypal process.  Just indicate in the drop down boxes!  Please email me prior to purchase if desired or comment on this post any questions and I will reply as soon as I can! 

Special #3 is
a jaw-dropping
(Shipping is also just $2.00 in the USA!
I gotta pay for shipping supplies, you know!!)

After June 6th, this one will be $60.00
and shipping will be $3.50 USA, elsewhere $6.00
Please ignore the loose wire in photograph,
this isn't crimped off until final size is established!

Don't forget about the BLOG CANDY below!

Bracelet Style - Price
Adjustable Clasp Length Desired
Bar/toggle bracelet length:

Gotta Have Bling Special #2

Back to Business Bash!
Special #2

Similar to the BLOG CANDY I am giving away, here's a gorgeous KeyBling featuring some soft sea-spray blue and ice-white glass beads!  CHUNKY Sterling Silver beads, gorgeous azore Swarovski crystals and some swirls and dots, too!  Lampwork beads by Krissy Beads.  This one is so sweet and perfect for a galpal or mother-in-law that you admire!  In case you haven't heard.... the reason why I love to give KeyBlings as gifts is because every time the recipient uses their keys, they think of the gift-giver! 

I just gave two of my children's teachers KeyBlings for thank you gifts at the end of the school year and they both just loved them!  They sparkle when they dangle in the ignition and when dripping out of their purse-pockets and they are fun to play with and admire when standing in line at the post office!  PLUS you don't need to worry about special sizing, like a bracelet!  I LOVE ME A GIFTY-KEYBLING! haha! 

(OH, in case you are wondering, YES, these are durable! I have dropped my keybling on marble floors at the dentist office, paved parking lots and even my cement driveway and not ONE of my beads chipped!  So, you can feel safe knowing you are purchasing a keybling that will last quite a while!)

Special #2
Seaspray with Ice KeyBling
Just $21.50!!
That's over 20% OFF and pretty much near my cost, actually...
(Shipping is also just $2.00 in the USA!
I gotta pay for shipping supplies, you know!)

After June 6th, this will be back to it's normal $27.00 price
and shipping will be $3.50 USA or $6.00 elsewhere

 Don't forget to check out the BLOG CANDY!

Gotta Have Bling SPECIAL #1

Back to Business Bash!
Special #1

The first special for today is this beautiful Turquoise and Silver Tiles lampwork bracelet! Made of ALL Sterling Silver, Genuine Swarovski Crystals and handmade lampwork beads by my personal lampworking friends!  You know I only will put my name on TOP quality beads and findings and that are durable to wear daily!  You can change the clasp to a bar/toggle type of clasp, but it will affect the price a small bit, about $4.00....

I originally had planned to use these beads for my son's High School graduation party-outfit, but then didn't have time to put it together to wear! SNIFF!!!!!!!  I am so excited to see it come together so nicely, though! 

This will fit 7 1/4" to almost 8" at various links in the link/clasp, which is nice for those of you who gain water during the summer like me! HAHA!  If you need it larger, just indicate the size you need in the paypal info box and I will adjust prior to shipping!  Please email me anytime to ask questions prior to purchase!  I have just ONE of these right now, but can make more, there just will be a 2-3 week leadtime on those.... oh, THE PRICE????

Today's Special #1
is just a tad more than MY cost....
Just $66.00!!
(Shipping is also just $2.00 in the USA!
I gotta pay for packaging supplies, you know!)

After June 6th, this will be $78.00
and shipping will be $3.50 USA or $6.00 elsewhere
Please ignore the loose wire in the photograph,
this isn't crimped off until final size is established!

Bracelet Style - Price
Adjustable Clasp Length Desired
Bar/toggle bracelet length:



It's the Back to Business BASH

And what is a BASH without BLOGCANDY???
I know... BORING! HAHA!

EEEeeeek!!!  Isn't this just so EXCITING!?  This is YOUR CHANCE to win a one-of-a-kind, Gotta Have Bling-artisan item for FREE, just for spreading the word about the come-back of Gotta Have Bling!!!!!  Easy Peasy! AND what is up for grabs?  Well........

Here's your chance to get this awesome KEYBLING, as I call them, better known as a Key Chain!  This cupcake KeyBling is made entirely of Sterling Silver, Genuine Swarovski crystals and handmade lampwork beads, these by Kristine Dery of Krissy Beads!  Simply slide the sterling silver ring on your current keyring, or I can provide you with one so you can 'gift' this to someone special; I will even to ship it to them for you if you win it and would like to share it with a friend or family member! 
The CupCake KeyBling is valued at $27.00!


There are many ways to enter, thus giving you MANY opportunities to have your name being drawn!

FIRST, you can share the Gotta Have Bling Back to Business Bash via:

(1) your BLOG
(2) your Facebook
(3) your Twitter
(4) your email address book; be sure to CC: ME at {anderson(dot)arts(at)insightbb(dot)com}!

Each time you share Gotta Have Bling by doing one of the four options above, you will get FIVE entries to enter to win the blog candy!  Can you do all four?  SURE!  Be sure you comment over at GOTTA HAVE BLING (not here on GottaHavePaper!)!

BLOG CANDY DRAWING WILL BE in ONE WEEK, Friday 10th at noontime!  So, what are you waiting for?  Get moving and Thank You (in advance) for sharing Gotta Have Bling with your friends and family!  OH, and as you see, this is just the first Blog Candy!  There will be a few more over the next week or so, so be sure to check back in for Blog Candy Updates and check in on the special Three-Day-Specials!!


Back to Business BASH at Gotta Have Bling!

YEP, as promised, it's here!!!
Back to Business Bash

I am so thankful for being able to re-connect with old friends and customers, to return to the art of beading AND for the ability to share my love for Sterling Silver and of course, BLING!  Please join me for the next THREE DAYS for some totally awesome STEALS, special suprises and even some (MULTIPLE!!) BLOG CANDIES to Gotta Have Bling! !!!!!

Within the hour, I will be posting
{and some past items, too!}
at the
you will ever see at

At just DOLLARS over MY COST, you will find some awesome deals on beautiful, one-of-a-kind artisan jewelry and gift items!  I mean, these are going to be some crazy-LOW prices, SO GET READY! 

And just a head's up for you, but you may want to check in HOURLY, because every so often I plan to have a "Special in 16" Event, which means, IF you catch it, you will have 16 minutes to choose something Special at 50% OFF!!! Now, that IS special, right??  Be sure to follow instructions that follow when I post it!  Because with just 16 minutes, you don't have any time to lose to get something dirt-cheap and below cost!

Ok, Ladies, there you go!  The RETURN of Gotta Have Bling!  I can't wait to get started and I am sure you can't either, so let's do it! 

Hugs all around, Nicole xo


Sunday, May 29

Feeling Crafty? JOIN the KRAFT CHALLENGE!

Another NEW release
another NEW challenge at Meljen's Designs!

Aren't these Father's Day (inspired) images adorable? I had so much fun coloring in the #1 Dad Digi with the stripes and plaid!!  It's hard to tell, but this week's challenge at Meljen's Designs is to use kraft, which I did 'in color' but not 'in paper', lol!  (sort of forgot about having to involve the challenge, but it kinda worked out, right??)

If you are feeling up to the KRAFT-Challenge, pop on over to Meljen's and play!  You may just win three digis of your choice!  See all of Melissa's rubber and digital stamps HERE at her corner of the Whimsy Stamps Store!

See you there!


Friday, May 20


It's new release time at Meljen's Designs!

And with a New Release comes

If you play along, you could just be the winner of your choice of three Meljen's images!

Since I haven't had time to craft lately (been doing some jewelry and papercrafts for some income!),
I am going to share a couple of creations by the Meljen's Designs Design Team!!

used "Stitched Swirls Heart"
for her sketch challenge creation!

color matched her "American Angel"
just perfectly to her papers!

used all three of the new images!  Way to go!

You can find these images at the Whimsy Stamps store!  I hope you join us for the sketch challenge, too!  If you pop on over to check it out, you will see even MORE creations by the design team using these new images and the sketch challenge, too!


Tuesday, May 3

Mother's Day images, AW!!!

Did you see Melissa Jenkin's (of Meljen's Designs, of course!) two new images?? They were created especially for Mother's Day!  These would also be great for an expecting mom, someone adopting, for a baby card or even a baby-shower card! So, they are very versatile images, ones you would use again and again!

I used 'Stripes and Baby' on my card above! Papers by Stampin' UP! I can totally see rainbow-striped zebras! Wouldn't that be cute!??   Do you want to win these for free??  Click HERE to see our latest challenge!  If you are drawn you pick THREE digis for free!

You can find these at the WHIMSY STAMPS store!


Thursday, April 21

Look at these HERO BEARS!

WOOT WOOT!  Let's hear it for Meljen's Designs and their new HERO BEARS!  Well, that's what I am calling them anyway!!  Here's my astronaut bear!  AND it's a birthday card for a BOY!  That mean's it works with this week's MASCULINE challenge!  You can play along, too!

CLICK ON OVER  HERE to see the designers' fabulous talent using these images below...

Aren't they the best? I LOVE THEM ALL! 
I hope you join us in this week's challenge!


My card is using all papers and sentiment from Stampin' UP!, Copics for coloring, bling by Kaiser Scrapbook and sentiment oval and scalloped oval (punches) made by Stampin' UP! as well.

Saturday, April 9


HEY LADIES!!!!!  Here are the new images available to Meljen's Designs!  Aren't they adorable!?

The new challenge may be obvious!  But, if not, let me tell you!  IT IS EASTER! Pop on over to the blog and play in our challenge!  You could win three digis FREE from Melissa Jenkins AND even possibly earn the honor of being in the TOP FIVE FAVES!

See all of the Designers' creations HERE using a few of these images above and also see some creations using some OLDIE-BUT-GOODIE images on yesterday's 'Flashback Friday' post!  Don't want to miss it!

Enjoy your weekend!

Monday, April 4

SKETCH Challenge at Meljen's Designs!


Me, TOO!  Here's a great sketch challenge, going on at Meljen's Designs HERE!  Play along and you could be our lucky winner of three images from Melissa!  If you use a Meljen's Designs image in your creation, you could just end up in our Top FIVE Faves!  Who doesn't love that honor??

Pop on over and see the challenge along with the creations by the Design Team using the latest New Release images below!  Kinda feel old world, to me, FUN!