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Monday, September 25, 2017

LDRS Creative ~ Wild Flowers

Hi Friends,

Today I am sharing a new card I designed using Little Darling Rubber Stamps "Wild Flower" background stamp along with a TLC word die.


For my card I used a yellow and purple scheme which really allow for the card to pop. I have colored the background stamp with Copic markers.


For the "Hello" Sentiment die by TLC I cut it die cut it 3 times in purple and once in yellow. Using a fine tip glue I glued the 3 purple pieces together and then carefully cut out the yellow flowers and glued those on top. I then finished by adding gold brads to the flower centers.

I hope you have enjoyed today's project. I'd love for you to comment and if I have inspired you today sign up for my email to get a notification when a new post goes live. Happy Stamping my friends!
Melanie

Friday, September 22, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs Farewell to Summer

Hello friends,

I'm just popping by to say hiya! With all the crazy hurricane weather and so many people being effected I don't know about you but I am ready for hurricane/summer weather to be over with. So here is my farewell card to summer.  



I have used multiple Elizabeth Craft Designs' items to create this fun scalloped card including the following:

 



I used the Dotted Scallop Rectangles die set to create the shaped card base. It is quite easy to do this by taking a standard 41/4"x51/2" folded card base and sliding the top portion of the die above the fold of the card before running it through your die cut machine. This creates the shaped card base with a flat fold across the top. Next using one layer of card stock cut another piece of card stock and with the entire scalloped die from it. Then simply attach the fully die cut piece to the front of your folded/scalloped card front. This gives you the scalloped edge across the top of the card as well. 

Lastly I did use copic markers for my coloring and foam tape to add some extra dimension. 

Happy crafting my friends & stay safe!

Melanie


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs Spooktacular Challenge

Hi Friends,

Today at Elizabeth Craft Designs we are kicking off our Spooktacular Challenge. Make sure to pop over to the Company Blog to see all the amazing projects by the entire Design Team. You can also enter the challenge for your chance at winning ECD Giftcards!!!!



My card today shows off some of the amazing dies that Elizabeth Craft Designs has just released. Check out all their new released products HERE. I was not much into Halloween cards until I set my eyes on these amazing die sets. The quality and variety cannot be matched anywhere else. I have used The Haunted House  teamed up with Halloween Scenery & Ghosts, . I also used Soft Finish Card Stock in the following colors:


I hope we have inspired you to put a little "Spooky" into your card making. 

For today's challenge Elizabeth Craft Designs are giving away a $20 Gift Card to use on our website to 3 winners.

To enter simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge post and tell us "What are some of your favorite products you choose when creating spooky scenes for Halloween?" Make sure to enter over on the actual Company Blog to be entered to win!


We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing


The winners will be announced on Friday, September 22nd on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.

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Hugs, Melanie

Friday, September 15, 2017

Magnolia-Licious, Introducing Foamiran Flowers

Hello Friends,

I am excited to share my very first Foamiran card for Magnolia-licious. This new product is so amazing to work with. 



The stamp I have chosen today comes from the BRAND NEW Country Girl Stamp & Die collection. The stamp name is "Tilda with a Flower In Her Pocket" , and I have colored her using Copic Markers.

The fence die I have used is from the Doohickey Business Collection 2017 and is called "Letter Fence"

The papers and floral dies are also carried by Magnolia-licious. The paper is from the Maja Designs Denim & Friends 6x6" paper stack.  


Lastly I have handmade the flowers using a new product called "Foamiran". It is a really light weight foam that you can use with dies or punches to create beautiful shaped flowers. I have used the Whimsy Peony Die Set. and also the Stamen which are also from the Magnolia-licious store. 


Want to give Foamiran a try.... Check out these affordable Starter Kits which include Foamiran, Stamen, AND the Whimsy Dies I have used here in my project!!! 

Have a crafty day! Melanie










Tuesday, September 12, 2017

LDRS Creative Posting Hedgehogs

Hello my friends,

Before I go into the details of my post today I would like to just spend a moment saying a prayer for those dealing with both Hurricane Harvey and now Hurricane Irma. Both of these have been devastating storms and I have many friends dealing with the effects. I just want you all those know you are in my thoughts and prayers. 


Today I am sharing another Hedgehog stamp from LDRS Creative. I just love these Candibean stamps. they have such detail and stamp perfect every single time. 

I am using Candibean's Posting Hedgehogs for today's card. 

 
I have used papers from both the
and

I also used two of our die sets 
and also

 
 Here us a close up of my coloring. I have colored the stamped image using Copic markers in the following colors:

C00, C01, C02, C04
R20, R22
YR12, YR14
E11, E13, E15, E18, E23, E27, E50, E51
YG21, YG23, YG25
B00, B01, B02, B04

Thank you for visiting today. I wish you a safe & blessed day!
Melanie

Monday, September 11, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs' "Give A Hoot"

Hi There Friends,

Today I would love to share some fun fall coloring with all of you. I am using the new Krista Schneider "Give A Hoot" stamp and die sets along with numerous other die sets by Elizabeth Craft Designs.




How to create this card:
  1. Stamp owls from the "Give a Hoot" stamp set onto White Soft Finish Cardstock using black ink. Color images using Copic markers. Die cut images using coordinating dies.
  2. Cut a piece of Rust Soft Finish Cardstock down to an A2 size (8 1/2 x 5 1/2) score and fold to create the base card.
  3. Using the "Corners 1" die set cut 4 corner pieces from Dark Goldenrod Soft Finish Cardstock.
  4. Using the "Dotted Scallop Rectangles" die set, cut a rectangle from the ModaScrap "Thinking About ~ Grand Canyon" Patterned Paper.
  5. From White Soft Finish Cardstock cut a rectangle measuring 3 1/2" x 2 1/4". You will use this as your background layer.
  6. Before assembling the card add a border around the outside of the card front using "Peel Off Stickers ~ Lines Dots"
  7. Adhere the corner die cut pieces just inside the sticker border. Than layer the scallop and white background pieces.
  8. Stamp the white background piece with "Thank You" from the "General Sentiments" clear stamps.
  9. Arrange the owls and adhere, for the large owl use some foam tape to give him a little extra dimension.
  10. If you have extra owls colored and die cut add them on the inside .

Check back each day for more inspiration over on the Elizabeth Craft Designs' blog. 
Hugs, Melanie

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Magnolia-Licious Challenge #13 ~ The Country Girl Collection

Hello sweet friends,

Today I am sharing some exciting news. I am again working for Magnolia-Licious. The Magnolia brand of stamps are the ones I originally fell in love with. They inspired me to purchase my very first Copic marker, which ultimately changed my life.  I am super excited and proud to be promoting these products.

This month's Magnolia-licious Challenge #13's theme is "Anything Goes with an Option of using Pearls". We would love for you to click on over and post your cards. This is a fun way to get crafty together.


Here is my card for the challenge... Can you spot my pearls? They are playing hide and seek. (grin!)

I have colored "Sitting Tilda with Clogs" using my Copic markers. She is perfect for sitting on the "Grandpas Porch" stamp. I stamped Tilda and then using a full stick post-it note I masked her and then stamped the porch stamp over her. These two stamps are from the Country Girl Collection

 

Looking more closely at my coloring here and now you can spot my mini pearls that I have added to the centers of all the yellow flowers. I loved creating this scene and am really proud of how she turned out.

Make sure to stop by the Magnolia-Licious Store for your stamps and dies. We are now carrying Foamiran, beautiful papers, and other stamp and die brands as well. Leave me a message when you join us in the challenge so I can see your entry. Crafting together is what makes this business so fun. Happy stamping my friends! Melanie

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs' ~ Falling for Butterflies

Hi There,

Any of you who follow me on a regular basis know my love of "all things with wings". The butterfly is a favorite of mine because of the amazing transformation that it makes. Elizabeth Craft Designs just released this Butterfly stamp & die set. You can see it along with the rest of the new release by visiting the NEW ARRIVALS page of our company blog.


I had fun using the Dotted Spotted Square die set to create this window card.  When you look straight on you do not realize that there is a window and that the colored images are actually inside the card. Looking at this side view below you can better understand what I mean.

I used the scalloped die to create the window but also used it to create the multi layered inside design.

The Dotted Scalloped Rectangle Set was used for the sentiment that was chosen from the "Dream Sentiments Stamp Set"

I hope you have enjoyed my little bit of craftiness today. Consider following me by email so you never miss a post. Melanie

Friday, August 25, 2017

LDRS Creative ~ Happiness is a Cupcake

Hi Friends,

Most of you know that I personally have pet Hedgehogs so I love LDRS' Candibean Hedgehog stamps. This one I am using today is called "Happiness is a Cupcake".  Aren't they adorable???




I have colored the stamp with Copic Markers in the following colors:

E04, E07, E08, E09, E11, E13, E15, E18, E23, E27, E50, E51, E53, E55
R81, R89, G12, G14, G85, YR01, YR20, YR21, YR23

I used the Little Darlings "Fancy Rectangles and Layers" die set for cutting out the colored image and for the sentiment. 

Have you taken a look at the stunning Polkadoodle Dies that Little Darlings now carry? They are so dainty and full of detail. I have taken the Dainty Doily Border Die and cut it twice. I then cut each of them apart so that it would create a frame around the image. I then encrusted delicate pearls to the die cut itself for such a feminine look.

Have a crafty day,
Melanie

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Elizabeth Crafts ~ New Release!!!

Welcome Back Friends,

Today I want to share with you my first fall card. It is hard to believe Fall/winter is right around the corner. Elizabeth Craft Designs has just released an amazing collection of Fall & Winter/Holiday Stamps, dies, etc etc. If you haven't seen the new items check at the bottom of the post for the links.  It is so hard to believe that fall and winter are just around the corner, but working with our release already has me overjoyed. This has to be the best grouping of holiday offerings I have ever seen.

Aren't these owls as cute as can be??? Oh my goodness I sure did enjoy coloring these stamps, and they have coordinating dies as well!!!! I used two sets of their dies, the Dotted Spotted Rectangles and the Corners 1 set, along with this newly released stamp and die set. See all the NEW ARRIVALS HERE ;-) 

Thank you for stopping by today. Happy Crafting! Melanie

Friday, August 18, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs Dragonfly Dreams

Hi Everyone,

Today I have a new project to share with you. I have always loved "things with wings" so the Elizabeth Craft Designs' Dragonfly Dies really are one of my favorite products.


To create this card simply follow the directions below.

  1. From a piece of Whisper Blue Soft Finish card stock, cut a card base measuring 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" score and fold in half.
  2. From a piece of White Soft Finish card stock (4 1/4" x 51/2") die cut from the corners using Flower Lace 1 & Flower Lace 2 dies by ModaScrap. see photo below.
3. Attach Flower Lace die cut pieces to your card base. 

4. Die cut Dragonfly dies from dark blue Soft Finish card stock and using Tim Holtz distress ink and a blending tool ink the edges of each butterfly. See photo below


    5. Using black ink stamp your sentiment.
    6. Finally to add a little flair, add peel off stickers to both the edges as well as for the dragonfly eyes.
    Elizabeth Craft Designs' products used:

    Other Products Used:
    Range Black Ink
    Tim Holtz Distress Ink

    I hope you have enjoyed today's project and it encourages you to get those dies out and play!
    Happy Die Cutting!
    Melanie

    Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    LDRS Creative ~ Time to Sparkle

    Hello There,

    I am here today to share a really special card with you. Earlier this month I shared my first card using Tim Holtz's Distress Crayons and this is the second project I created from my experimental backgrounds made at June's Crop.



    I had a lot of fun coloring this All Dressed Up Stamp called "Time to Sparkle" so that she would match the background. Isn't sassy and sweet?

    For a little flair I used the Darling Square Die Set to add the flourishes and added simple rhinestones to each flower.

    Thank you for stopping in today. I hope you have a crafty day!!!

    Melanie

    Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    Elizabeth Craft Designs Gift Giving Challenge

    Hi There,

    Today over on the Elizabeth Craft Designs' challenge blog we are having a really fun challenge featuring some fun handmade giftables which are perfect for the back to school/holidays.

    I am featuring a little card giftset that I created following a YouTube video by scrimpingmommy, I have no affiliation with this crafter but wanted to give a shout out for the video that inpired this post. You can view it HERE.


    I added a little faux stitching where the giftcard is just for a little added interest.

    I have used some of the ADORABLE designer paper by Elizabeth Craft Designs. Have you seen all the wonderful papers we carry? If not click HERE. The paper I have used in this project is from the "Color of Puppies - Girl" set. For the card fronts I used white Soft Finish card stock and the Dotted Scalloped Squares die set. For the images on each card front, I simply fussy cut out the 4 adorable images from the front of the paper insert/packaging.







    Aren't they stinkin cute??? and the beauty is that I only used the designer paper pack, one set of dies, sissors and glue :-) Easy Peasy!

    I hope you have enjoyed todays post. I look forward to sharing more with you in the future. 

    Melanie. 



    Saturday, August 12, 2017

    Elizabeth Craft Designs' ~ Our First Expo Experience.

    Hi Friends,

    Just popping by today to share with you a few really special photos that were taken in July at the Scrapbook Expo in Duluth Ga. I worked with the owners of Elizabeth Craft Designs, Els & Joep, and the three of us set up the Expo booth together. It took 8 full hours to go from a blank slate to a full booth.

    When I arrived nobody was there yet but the tables and two of these large containers which were unloaded from the Semi Trucks all lined up outside.



     Once Els and Joep arrived they began unveiling the containers and low and behold inside the first container were ULINE boxes so of course I had to take a pic for Randy since he works for the company.



    As the day went on we stocked the racks with all of the beautiful product that we carry. I had a lot of my friends stop by who had never even heard of Elizabeth Crafct Designs and YEP, you guessed it.... They went home with handfuls of their dies. These two pics above here two of the sections I stocked.


    On the last day Randy and I both helped break down the booth. It took the four of us working like a well oiled machine to get everything broken down. It took approximately 3 hours!!! Randy and Joep got along great and boy did we ROCK!!!

    To see all the amazing products we carry simply visit the Elizabeth Craft Designs' website. They have quite a few things reduced currently so mack sure you don't miss out.  Also make sure to check out our You Tube channel each Friday for out 'Technique Friday with Els" 

    I promise you will not be disappointed!!! Happy Creating!
    Melanie






    Monday, August 7, 2017

    Elizabeth Craft Designs ~ New England Stone Wall & Gate

    Hello Friends,

    Today I am excited to share with you this adorable little scene I created using numerous Elizabeth Craft Designs' products.



    To begin with I created a mask with a piece of scrap paper and 4 hand punched scalloped circles.



    Using Tim Holtz Distress Inks along with his sponge applicators use the mask in various angles to create the clouds leaving a little white between each layer.


    Next you will use the dies from the Susan's Garden Country Scapes - New England Stone Wall & Gate. This set comes with three dies. The Gate die was cut from white Soft Finish card stock. The background piece is also die cut from white Soft Finish card stock and then inked with a distressed inks to create a mortar look.

    Using multiple Distress Inks color a piece of white Soft Finish card stock before die cutting your stones. By using multiple colors it makes the final little pieces look like actual stones. Below shows the wall half way completed. Using Elizabeth Craft Designs' Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheets and ECD's tweezers makes this challenging step a piece of cake.




    The stamps used for this project came from this wonderful stamp and die set called Birch Forest from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  They have been colored with Copic markers and die cut with the coordinating dies, which are sold separately. 




    The stamped and die cut images were popped up using foam tape. This gives it a wonderful texture.

    Elizabeth Craft Designs' Product List:

    White Soft Finish Card Stock
    Susan's Garden New England Stone Wall & Gate
    Krista Schneider's Birch Forest Stamps & Die Sets 
    Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheets 81/2x11"
    Tweezers 

    Other Supplies Used:

    Tim Holtz Distress Inks
    Tim Holtz Blending tools
    Scallop Punch
    Copic Markers

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017

    LDRS Creative & Polkadoodle Presents the Time for Team Stamp Line

    Hi Friends,

    When I was a little kid my family was stationed in England and afternoon tea was an everyday event. My mom has always loved hot tea so this was an extra special time for her as well. This entire Polkadoodle stamp line is absolutely breathtaking. Make sure to check down below my photos for the link to check out all the Design Teams card samples. I was quite impressed by the array of gorgeous projects.



    I have chosen "A Tea Cup Full of Wishes" from Polkadoodles for my stamp and I have used the Coordinating Time for Tea 6x6 paper pack which is just beautiful paper.

    For the LDRS Creative die collection I have chosen the "Regal Frame" Die set also by Polkadoodles along with LDRS Creative Majestic Rectangles Labels Set, the Key Tailed Dragon Fly Die Set., and the "Grace build a Card" die set. 



    To see all of the beautiful creations all this week from the LDRS Design Team make sure to check back on the Company Blog for all the creative projects.

    For any other questions about today's project please feel free to contact me.  Hugs, Melanie

    Tuesday, July 18, 2017

    Elizabeth Craft Designs' Shimmer Sheetz

    Hello my friends,

    I had an amazing time at the Stamp and Scrapbook Expo here in Atlanta Ga. Made lots of friends and consumed so many wonderful tips and techniques.

    This months Challenge over at the Elizabeth Craft Designs' Challenge blog is to create a card using one of out "Friday Technique with Els"  your tube tutorials. I have chosen an older video that I watched that really inspired me to take a clean and simple card design and add a couple extra touched that really amped up the card. Watch this video for even more details:


    For participating in this months challenge Elizabeth Craft Designs will be giving away a $20 Gift Card to use on our website to 3 winners.

    To enter simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge post and tell us " "What your favorite technique learned from the Technique Friday With Els series". ”

    We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing

    The winners will be announced on Friday, July 21 on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.
    Here is my take on a card using the sanding technique that Els shares in the above you tube video. This was super simple to do and I just love how a tiny bit of the peel off stickers really jazzed it up!


    To recreate this card simply run a piece of Shimmer Sheetz through your die cut machine inside a embossing folder. Then taking a sanding block, simply sand the top of the Shimmer Sheetz until you desired look is achieved. This can be done on either side (Embossed or De bossed sides)



    Next cut a red card base and a white mat and attach all together. Half a doily was used with a horizontal stripe of card stock. Added to the stripe is a simple glitter line sticker. Did you know Elizabeth Craft Designs carried a large array of stickers? These stickers really can add that little extra touch which makes your card sparkle!

    Lastly, I used the Labels and Circle die set which has been reduced to $4.95!!!! Grab it while it is available! The sentiment was used from the Dreams Sentiment Set.


    Here is a close up to show you the added texture using the Shimmer Sheetz along with the Peel Off Stickers. Very simple to add a little something extra special to your cards.

    I hope you have enjoyed todays challenge. Make sure to head on over to the ECD Challenge blog for your chance to WIN!

    Melanie
     

    Friday, July 14, 2017

    Elizabeth Craft Designs ~ Celebrate You Scallop Shaped Card

    Hi Friends,
    I am here with you to share my newest Elizabeth Craft Designs' project. Today I have played with lots of our dies along with stickers and glitter all from Elizabeth Crafts. I had tons of fun!


    Follow these easy steps below to create this lovely scallop shaped card.

    Step 1: To create the glittered roses you first add a piece of double sided adhesive to a piece of Soft Finish Card Stock.

     

    Step 2: Peel off the background from your black sticker sheet, this makes it easier to use. Next you will peel off the Elizabeth Craft Designs backing to reveal the sticky side. Set aside.

    Step 3: Using the backing as a transfer sheet just remove the black outline sticker and lay it on the transfer sheet sticky side up.

    Step 4: Lay your piece of card stock sticky side down on top of the black sticker. This will transfer the sticker to the sticky side of your white paper.

    Step 5: Add Microfine Glitter to the entire piece, polish by rubbing all the glitter into the paper. See below.

     

    Step 6: Using your alcohol markers simply color directly onto the glittered piece inside the black lines. The sample was done in Copic markers in the following colors ~

    R22, R24, R29
    YG 13, YG17
    B01, B02
    E23, E25, E27

     

    Step 7: After coloring use the 2nd. smallest oval die from the Fitted Ovals set to carefully cut out the colored roses.

    Step8: Use the 3rd smallest Dotted Scallop Oval to cut a blue piece of card stock.

    Step 9: Cut a piece of black Soft Finish card stock to cut the background piece.

    Step 10: Cut a piece of black Soft Finish card stock 4 3/4" x 12" and score in half. Using the largest Dotted Scallop Oval die cut the folded card with a slight amount of the fold being uncut. See below. This forms scalloped shaped card base.

     

    Step 11: Die cut the largest die in the Entwined Ovals set in red card stock

    Step 12: Die cut the word dies 4 times each and glue together. This will give the card a little added dimension.

    Step 13: The large black oval will be glued to the Card base lining up the scallops.

    Step 14: Glue the red Entwined Ovals piece onto the black. Add a few of the Black/Silver Glitter Dots to the Entwined Ovals piece for a little added interest.

    Step 15: Glue the blue Dotted Scallop Oval to the center of the card then using foam tape add the glitter roses to that.

    Step 16. Attach the "Celebrate" and "You" pieces to complete the card.
    This last photo shows how the raised flowers and extra thick lettering gives this beautiful card more dimension.


    Elizabeth Craft Designs' Supply List:

    Glitter Dots - Black/Silver
    Roses in Oval black sticker
    Fitted Ovals
    Dotted Scalloped Ovals
    Entwined Ovals
    Thinking of you Die
    Celebrate Die
    Soft Finish Card Stock
    Cool Diamond Microfine Glitter

    Other Supplies:
    Red Card Stock
    Blue Card Stock
    Glue Pen

    I hope you have enjoyed today's project. I really enjoyed creating it for all of you! To see more blog posts from the Elizabeth Craft Designs' Design Team simply head on over to the company blog.

    Have a Crafty Day!
    Melanie