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Friday, November 17, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs' Gingerbread Home



Welcome Back Friends,
DT Melanie here with you today with a super cute project. Playing with the "Gingerbread Home" die set made me feel like I was playing with paper dolls again, like when I was a kid. I bet a lot of you remember those days :-)
The Gingerbread Home set is just adorable... lets take a closer look...

To create this card simply follow these steps.
Step 1: Cut a 5" x 10" piece of red card stock and fold to create your card base.

Step 2: Cut a piece of speciality paper measuring 4.75" x 4.75" and attach to the front of your card. "It's Christmas Time" paper by ModaScrap was used here.

Step 3: Die cut all your pieces. Here are a few photos showing some of this process.


The full house die from dark brown card stock and the outlined scalloped shape from ivory card stock


The candy cane cut at the same time using one die for red and the other for the white.


Then when you get to the gingerbread man and lady then fun begins to happen. Make sure to use double sided adhesive to help with assembling these pieces. The pieces are interchangeable so cut your self numerous pieces and play around with the layers. In lay a few pieces and look what you can make....


When you are done with all the die cutting simply glue all pieces together to create a fun and inviting gingerbread scene.

Step 4: Creating the Sentiment:
The sentiment was created by using a portion of one stamp from the "Holiday Cheer" clear stamp set. The stamp itself reads "Candy Cane Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses" and looks like this.


Carefully stamp just the "Candy Cane" portion first, as seen below, onto a Dotted Scalloped Rectangle die. Next carefully ink up just the word, "Wishes", and stamp it below the previous stamped words.


Lastly to fit the sentiment into the scene without over lapping anything simply snip off the edge of the dotted scalloped rectangle and glue to the top left hand side of your card.



I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial today and that it inspires you to get crafty. Feel free to contact me with any questions. Happy Stamping!!! Melanie

Monday, November 13, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs' Snowglobe Shaker Card

Hello My Crafty Friends,

I have something fun to share with you today, a super fun shaker card. I have to admit I have not made many shaker cards so this was a labor of love. It was really fun though and I encourage all of you to give it a try!
Here is how I created this card....

Step 1: Using the "Snowman & Gifts" clear stamp set along with the coordinating dies color and cut these adorable snowmen. Copics were used in the samples in this post.

Step 2: Cut a red card base measuring 5.5' x 11" and fold in half.

Step 3:  Cut a piece of silver foil card stock to 5.25" x 5.25" square and attach to card front.

Step 4:  Cut a piece of holiday patterned paper, from the "It's Christmas Time" Paper Pack from ModaScrap, to 5" x 5" and adhere to the card front.

Now to create the snowglobe...

Step 5: With a die cut machine and the "Snowglobe Scene" die set, cut one snow globe as seen in the photo below, and cut two rings by placing two circle dies inside each other as shown in the photo. Circle dies from the "Fitted Circles" were used to achieve the perfect size ring. From the largest circle die also cut 1 piece of clear acetate so that it forms a solid circle rather than a ring.


 

You should now have the following pieces... plus one solid acetate circle the size of the globe itself.



Step 6: Cut a circle from the snowglobe die with ModaScrap "It's Christmas Time" paper. You will trim off the bottom of the globe, because you just need the circle. Then using the slope die simply cut a piece of light blue Soft Finish Card Stock to act as snow for our snowy scene.





Now you are ready to assemble the snowglobe as seen here in the picture below. You will layer your pieces in the following order.
  • Attach the full Snowglobe cut in step 5 to the front of the card.
  • Next layer the spotted background circle and the snow bank piece onto the snowglobe base, these were cut in step 6.
  • Add your colored snowmen.
  • Take one of the brown rings and glue it around the outer edge of the snowglobe. This will act as a guide in the following steps.
  • Using foam strips stick down an entire ring of tape which gives you the depth that the sequins will need to move around.
  • At this point it is good to use an embossing buddy over the surface of your scene so that the sequins will not stick once enclosed inside.
  • With the last ring and the acetate glue these together being very careful not to get glue onto the acetate where it might show.
  • Lastly, add sequins on top of the snowmen, peel off the release sheet from the foam tape, and simply place the ring/acetate piece on top capturing your sequins inside.


Elizabeth Crafts Supplies:
Snowglobe Scene
Fitted Circle Dies
It's Christmas Time Paper By ModaScrap
Snowman & Gifts
Soft Finish Card Stock Soft Sky
Kids Choice Glue

Other Items Used:
Copic Markers
Blue & White Sequin Mix
Foam Strips
Clear Window Sheet Acetate

I hope this has inspired you in some form or fashion. I plan on watching youtube videos to check out alternative ways to create these fun, yet addicting, cards. I have so many ideas running through my head. Leave me a message below and let me know if you have made shakers before. I'd love to see your projects. Hugs, Melanie

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

LDRS Creative Holly Days Stamps & Dies


Hi Friends,

I am getting excited about all the brand new products being released for the holidays....or should I say "Holly Days"? Little Darlings Rubber Stamps has released a beautiful collection of stamps and dies, and everyone knows how much I love DIES!!! Check out my favorite die set from them below. It is called the Holly Wreath Circle Die Set. See the entire collection HERE.  


I love how this dainty floral die fits perfectly with the Holly Days Large Circle Die Set. This sentiment set has room to color in your sentiments to coordinate with your projects. I colored in the leaves and berries on mine so that it would match the paper. Below is a closer look at the entire die/sentiment pairing. I just love it when dies and stamps coordinate don't you????


For my project I have used three of the new products by LDRS Creative. I started with a piece of paper from the Polkadoodles Winter Land 6x6 Paper Stack. From there I choose a coordinating piece of Cherry Cobbler card stock and I die cut this amazing Holly Wreath Circle Die. I stamped out the "Holly Days" circle stamp onto Copic Xpress It paper and I hand colored in the holly in, giving it a rich look. Then I realized that the pierced circle die from the Holly Wreath set PERFECTLY for these circle sentiments so make sure you check them out HERE






I hope this finds you well and inspires you to enjoy your creative side today. Hugs, Melanie



Magnolia-Licious Challenge Blog Post ~ Optional Theme "The Holidays"

Hi There and welcome back!

Today I am sharing with you Magnolia-licious' Monthly Challenge post. This month we have an optional theme for the holidays. I am using Snowy Tilda from the 2015 Lovely Christmas Collection.

Isn't this sweetie adorable in the rich Burgundy's and neutrals? I have stamped and colored her on Copic Xpress It paper and then I fussy cut her out and mounted her onto an oval die set using mini Dimensionals. This just gives her a little lift and extra interest.



I have used numerous Magnolia Doohicky Dies including the Vintage Square set. I also used numerous dies from the Vol. 7 Doohikey Set. The paper is from the Lemon Craft Christmas Carol 6x6" paper stack.  which is available in the Magnolia-licious online store. I also added one of our Pearl Button Flower Centers which I am in love with.... I want them in EVERY COLOR!!! They are so affordable too!

Thank you for visiting all of our Challenge Cards today. I hope you will consider entering your current Magnolia project so we can see it. Happy stamping! Melanie

Friday, November 3, 2017

Magnolia-licious Tilda with Umbrella - Daisy

Hello There,

I am starting off November with a project I am super proud of. This is Magnolia's Tilda w/ Umbrella and she is part of the "Yay - It's Your Birthday 2017" Collection.


As you can see I created an entire scene with this little lady. Following a tutorial from Kit & Clowder online coloring classes. These classes are truly amazing.
 
I have used yellow Foamiran along with some peach stamen from Magnolia-Licious. I cut these flowers out using Whimsy Peony dies and I have colored the Foamiran with Gelatos. 


Here is a close up of the coloring. Everything is drawn in except for Tilda herself. Alyce with Kit & Clowder is an amazing instructor and you could also color like this just by following her videos. 

Thank you for stopping by today and for visiting often. I hope you have a blessed day! Melanie

Friday, October 27, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs' Snowflake Card

Welcome Back,

Today I am playing around with the new "Snowflake" dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs' winter collection. I just love how this turned out.




To create this easy project follow these step by step directions:
  1. Cut your darker card stock to 5" x 10" and fold in half creating the card base.
  2. Cut your white background piece to 4 3/4" square
  3. Use light and dark blue inks along with a Tim Holtz sponge, and color over the stencil in various directions to achieve a snowflake background to your linking.



Finished Result Below





4.  Next die cut snowflake dies in desired colors. Cutting 2 of the largest snowflake, glue these two together to create a thicker snowflake. This helps when inking and it gives a sturdy base for the entire design.


5. Using the sponge again sponge the tips of the largest snowflake in light blue ink.


6. Using foam tape, cut in thin pieces and attach to the back of the largest snowflake.  Adhere the snowflake to the card front. This give the snowflake even more dimension.
7. Using Kids Choice glue adhere the snowflake piece together and add a large pearl to the center.
Here is the final result. I hope this inspires you to get those dies out and play. They make the most exquisite projects.




Elizabeth Craft Supplies:
Snowflake Die
Leaf Snowflake Stencil
Kids Choice Glue
Other Supplies:
Navy and white card stock
Light and dark blue ink pads
Tim Holtz Blending tool
Large silver rimmed pearl

Sunday, October 22, 2017

LDRS Creative North Pole Stamps and Die Collection

HI Friends,

Welcome back! Today I have a fun little card to share featuring the North Pole collection of Stamps & Dies from Little Darlings Rubber Stamps. These stamps are so easy to color and then the coordinating dies making cutting them out a breeze.



I have colored this little guy with Copic markers in B000,00,01,02 for the snow and polar bear and R85,89 for the cap.

I have used a couple of newly released dies including the Snowy Day Border set along with the Christmas Word Die.  For the paper I chose a piece from the Winter Land paper stack which is now available to preorder HERE!

Make sure to click on over to either the LDRS store or the Challenge Blog. I would love to hear all about the projects you are creating. 

Take care, Melanie

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Magnolia-licious Card Country Girl Collection


Hi Magnolia Lovers,

Oh do I have some cuteness to share with you today. I have combined multiple stamps in today's card focusing on the new 2017 Country Girl Collection of stamps by Magnolia.

Using both the Happy Swing stamp along with the Porch Tilda stamp I used the masking technique to create this scene. I also added tree limbs above by stamping the swing branch and fussy cutting it to complete the scene. All of these beautiful stamps were colored using Copic markers. I also used some brand spanking new Lemon Craft Paper. This collection called "Heart Painted" comes in a 6x6" pad and consists of a beautiful floral theme. Very vintage! Check out all of the brand new Lemon Craft papers by clicking HERE.


Last but not least are my handmade flowers. These are created using Magnolia-Licious' Foamiran in pink. I cut the Foamiran using the Whimsy Dies set called "Peony Flower Dies". We have just gotten in this Whimsy die set along with 3 others. I shaded my flower petals using Gelatos and added some Stamens which are also available at Magnolia-licious.

I hope I've been able to inspire you today. Check back often to see more of my creativity. Melanie



Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs Christmas Challenge

Hi Friends,

Today I am sharing one of my very first holiday cards for 2017. Our Elizabeth Craft Designs' challenge blog's theme this week is "Christmas" to see more details and to have your chance at winning gift cards for FREE Elizabeth Craft Designs' product check out their challenge blog.


 I made a cute little shaped card using the "Dotted Scalloped Squares" die set. for this months Christmas challenge. These little penguins just looked like they were trying their hardest to get into trouble so I thought I would have these little guys hanging in the tree trying to be naughty. 


Check these guys out..... Aren't they stinkin cute? The Penguins Clear Stamps and coordinating die set are a must for this holiday season.

I have also used the branch die from the Beautiful Baubles die set. This set includes beautiful layered ornament dies so make sure to check the entire set out.



Lastly I have taken a sentiment from the Holiday Cheer Clear Stamp Set. This set features many  holiday sentiments which will work great in all of your holiday projects.

Thank you for stopping by today. Melanie 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs' Eat Drink & Be Scary

Welcome back friends,

Today I am sharing a cute and quick little card I made using a couple different die set by Elizabeth Craft Designs.


For the pumpkin itself I have used the "Pumpkins" die set and I have teamed it up with the "Trick or Treat Bag" set. I used foam tape to pop up the pumpkin as well as the candy corn. These sets work together so well. Lastly I added a peel off sticker border around the edges to simply frame the photo. I love the little shimmer it offers.

I appreciate you stopping by today. Make sure to check out the amazing sale items Elizabeth Craft Designs' currently has. If your like me you love a good deal :-) Happy crafting my friends.

Melanie


Monday, October 9, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs ~ Just Chillin

Hello Everyone,

I have been enjoying the new release of stamps and dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs. This is actually my very first winter project this year. Isn't "Winter Bear" adorable all colored up with Copic markers??


Have you seen all the new fall/winter releases? Make sure you check out the Elizabeth Craft Designs online store to see them all. We have an amazing selection of stamps & dies!!!
Would you line to create this project? Simply follow these easy directions:

Step 1: Cut card stock and patterned paper in the following sizes. Card base 6" x 6", Patterned paper 5 1/2" x 5 1/2", solid paper in 41/2" x 41/2", and lastly, patterned paper in 4" x 4"

Step 2: The basic sentiment stamp is "Just Chillin" so use multiple steps to stamp just the "Just" in one step, and then just ink up the second half of the stamp with ink "Chillin" and stamp in the bottom left hand corner of the smaller designer paper. See photos below:





Step 3: Stamp and die cut the stamps from the Winter Bear clear stamp set and coordinating die set.

Step 4: Color with Copic markers

Step 5: Add peel off sticker dots to the circles in the snowflake.

Step 6: Using foam tape attach the colored stamps onto the smaller piece of patterned paper.

Step 7: Adhere all layers 'off set' so that the squares are to the top left. This gives the card a little added interest.

Step 8: Add a border of peel off stickers on the outer edge of the larger piece of patterned paper.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Products Used:
Winter Bear clear stamp set
Winter Bear Coordinating die set
Holiday Cheer clear sentiment stamp set
Peel off stickers in lines and dots
Kids Choice Glue

Other products used:
Ranger Stamp Positioner Tool
Copic Markers
Navy Card Stock
Patterned paper in 2 patterns
Foam tape


See how the foam tape behind each of the stamps gives it just a little added dimension? I hope I have encouraged you to get into your craft room today. Sign up to my "follow me by email" to receive my posts directly to my new posts. Thanks for stopping by today. Melanie


Saturday, October 7, 2017

LDRS Creative ~ Daisy Daisy Stamp & Die Set

Hello Friends,

I have a super sweet card to share with all of you today. I have colored this Polkadoodles Daisy Daisy Stamp Set to coordinate with our adorable Polkadoodles Time for Tea paper stack. I just love the way this turned out.




I used 3 of our die sets to create this card. The "Basic Pierced Ovals" set was used to cut out the white focal piece which I stamped the stem onto. The "Dew Drop Border Die" graces the right side of the card as well as the "Gilded Oval Labels" for the "Quick Word Stickers" sentiment. Here is a close up of the Quick Word sentiments. Check out all of LDRS paper products that coordinate with these quick and easy labels.


Below I show a close up of my colored flower. I used the coordinating dies in the Daisy Daisy set to attach the finished flower. This really gives the flower a lot of dimension.


 
The Copic colors I used in my project today are listed below.
YG93, YG95, YG97 for the stem and leaves.
RV32, RV34, RV66 for the flower petals
YR12, YR15, RV14 for the flower center.

I hope I have inspired you today. Have a blessed day! Melanie

Friday, September 29, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs Spooky Tree

Welcome back friends,

Before receiving these Halloween dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs, I would of said "I don't make Halloween cards" but now that I have played with these dies and stamps from this collection I am hooked. These dies are amazing and if you like doing scenes then make sure you check out all the others from this collection. Especially the Haunted House Set that I used in my previous Elizabeth Craft Post.



To create a card similar simply follow these steps:

Step 1. Cut yourself a piece of watercolor paper to 4 1/8" x 5 3/8" and a card base 4 1/4" x 11' and fold in half.

Step 2. Die cut a circle from a post it note and add it where you would like your moon to be.

Step 3. Using Distress Oxides Inks in spiced marmalade, black soot, and fossilized amber add ink directly from the pad onto your craft sheet.

Step 4. Then spray the craft mat with water to activate the oxidation.

Step 5: Smoosh the paper directly into the ink puddles on your craft mat. Every time you do this part you will get a different effect. dry with a heat tool between layers.

Step 6 Keep smooshing & drying until your get your desired look.

Step 7. Peel away your mask and color the circle using a yellow marker.
After your background is completed continue the remaining steps.

Step 8. Die cut the tree and using the black soot ink, sponge the edges. Attach to card front using foam tape for added dimension.

Step 9. Lastly die cut the fence and bat and adhere to your card to complete the scene.

Click HERE to see the Technique Friday with Els You tube tutorial that uses this technique.
Elizabeth Craft Supplies:
Halloween Scenery Die Set
Iron Fence
Grey and Black Soft Finish Card stock
Kids Choice Glue

Other Supplies:
Ranger Distress Oxide inks in Spiced Marmalade, Black soot, and Fossilized Amber
Sponge or dauber
Foam Tape
Glue pen
Post it Note
Yellow Marker

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope I have inspired you to create Halloween cards this year. Happy Crafting!
Melanie

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
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