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Friday, April 1, 2022

Heartfelt Creations ~ A Classic Rose Easel Card

Hi Friends,

Today I have a special treat for all of you. I have created a beautiful card that I am so proud of. A friend of mine shared a written tutorial of hers on how she shapes her Classic Roses using just the Heartfelt Creations Classic Rose Die along with the Groove Golf Tools. I gave it a try and I am in love with the way they turned out. You can see Cynthia's tutorial HERE. Thank you for sharing my friend!

As you can see I have created an easel style card designed around the color scheme from the Heartfelt Creations Climbing Clematis Paper Collection. These rich purples and greens just make me swoon. I added touches of silver to add an extra hint of elegance and class and it really all came together nicely.

Shaping the flowers with the Grooved Golf tools was a bit challenging but the end result was so life like that it was well worth the effort. If you have hand issues though I would advise using the 3D Flower Shaping Mold that coordinated with this set and Emma Lou's online 2 hour class called "How to Create Elegant Roses & All Occasion Gift Baskets" which will give you a very similar look.

Heartfelt Creations Supply List:

Classic Rose Die

Rectangle Floral Frame Stamp & Die Set (Small Green Flowers)

Leafy Accents Cling Stamp Set , Die, & 3D Mold 

Royal Elegance Frame Die 

Decorative Pocket Accents Die

Special Birthday Cling Sentiment Stamps

Climbing Clematis Paper Pad

Deluxe Flower Shaping Paper

Stack and Store Daubers 

Pastel Pearl Stamens Small

Luxe Silver Cardstock

Grooved Golf Tools 

Dries Clear Glue & Tip

Crystal Ultra Fine Transparent Glitter

Archival Inks in the following colors: Sea Glass, Leaf Green, Olive, Library Green, Buttercup, Blue Violet, Violet, and Lighthouse.


Thank you for stopping by today. I hope I have inspired your creativity and that you have enjoyed your time here. Happy crafting! Melanie


Thursday, March 24, 2022

Sweet Companion By Ching-Chou Kuik

 Hi Friends,

I have a fun design for you today. I really enjoyed coloring this digital stamp by Ching-Chou Kuik titled "Sweet Companion".

I have used Copic alcohol markers for my coloring of this stunning digital image. If you would like to view this and other images by Illustrator Ching-Chou Kuik make sure to check the designs in her Etsy Store. I have used one of my favorite Sara Signature Collections, the Vintage Lace Collection by Crafter's Companion for both the papers and the dies.

For the glittered details I had quite a fun reaction that occurred so I thought I would share. With my Stack and Store Daubers  inked both the edge of the purple paper as well as the edge of the detailed die with different colors of Ranger's Archival Ink pads and then added glue using a hydra sponge then sprinkle with Ultrafine Transparent Art Glitter. I loved how each of the areas looked like I had used different colors of glitter all because of the Dries Clear Glue used and the transparency of the glitter.

I hope this has inspired you today and that have a crafty day!!! Melanie


Thursday, March 17, 2022

For those in the Ukraine! ~ Forget Me Not ~ By Ching-Chou Kuik

Hi Friends,

My heart goes out to those suffering in the Ukraine and for those refugees who have fled their homes and their husbands. So I am dedicating this project to all of those fleeing or stuck in their homeland and of course to the soldiers trying to protect it. I pray for everyone involved worldwide that are in support of Ukraine. You will never be forgotten and may God bless you all.

Now for my card. I choose the blue and yellow Forget Me Not flower to represent the Ukrainian flag. The supplies used are from the newly released Crafters Companion Sara Signature Vintage Butterfly Collection.

My image is from the amazing Illustrator Ching-Chou Kuik and you can purchase this digital stamp in the Ching-Chou Kuik Etsy Store. You can also participate in fun monthly challenges on either CCK Challenge Blog or the CCK Digital Stamp Facebook group. Hope to see you there!

Melanie Smith

Thursday, March 10, 2022

Aromatic Summer by Ching-Chou Kuik

Hi Friends,

Today I am sharing with you my first project as design team member for one of my favorite artists of fantasy images, Ching-Chou Kuik. Her illustrations are amazing and when I was invited to join their facebook design team I thought coloring her images would be something I would truly enjoy. So lets take a look at my first project.

This digital image is titled Aromatic Summer and I have colored her using my favorite Copic markers. All dies and papers are from Heartfelt Creations and the sentiment is from Crafters Companion. I have glittered the fairy wings along with the detailed frame die for a beautiful finishing touch. 

Here is a close up of the coloring of this digital image. Check out all of Ching-Chou Kuik instant digital downloads and coloring pages over at her Etsy Shop. Also visit us online for a monthly challenge over on Facebook where you can win FREE digital stamps in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamp Facebook group.. 

Until next time, happy coloring! Melanie

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Exciting Announcement!!!!!

Hi Friends,

I am over excited to announce that Heartfelt Creations has chosen me to move forward to the 2022 Design Team Semifinals. Now you may ask what is the next step? That involves  


From now until midnight on February 23rd 2022 the public gets to vote for their 3 favorite designers from the 8 chosen semifinalists. Who do you want on the Design Team? You can visit Heartfelt Creations website for all the details HERE or go directly to   


Thank you everyone for your out pouring of support during this exciting journey. I am beyond ready for this adventure and look forward to bringing you all lots of inspiration!

My Favorite Close Up! 

Would you like to follow my work? I would love to have you follow me here on my blog as well as instagram @melaniesmithstamps as well as on YouTube under melaniesmithstamps

Lots of hugs, Melanie

Thursday, February 10, 2022

Heartfelt Creations Design Team Call Part 3 ~ Butterfly In Flight

Hi Friends,

Today's card features the beautiful Floral Butterfly Collection by Heartfelt Creations. I went out on my own and chose the color scheme of blues and yellows with the hint of green. I paired this collection with the Climbing Clematis flowers for a beautiful springtime vibe.

This card measures 5x7" and is so full of vibrant splendor!

Isn't the added butterflies body adorable? I just love how that added touch makes him come to life.


Cut card base from Deluxe Flower Shaping Paper 7x10" and score in half.

From the Floral Butterfly Paper cut a piece of 5x7" green paper and lightly ink around the edges with Archival ink in Leaf Green. Attach to card front.

From both Deluxe Flower Making Paper and Luxe Silver Card Stock cut 1 each from the Fancy Flourish Border Die using all 3 dies taped together. Cut a piece of yellow card stock measuring 1/2"x61/2" from the Floral Butterfly Collection paper pad and glue to the back side of the lattice strip section of the white die cut. Glue the Luxe Silver die onto the back making sure to offset it a little so that the silver shows just a little on both the left and right sides. This allows for the center to fit together nicely. Attach to card front using glue dots for added dimension.

Using your Large Floral Butterfly stamp and die set. Cut the base from a light blue piece of paper from the Floral Butterfly paper pack. Stamp the Floral Butterfly stamp in Cobalt Blue Archival ink onto Deluxe Flower Shaping paper and die cut using the coordinating die. Ink around the edge using Night Sky Archival Ink. Die cut both a Luxe Silver and a white detailed butterfly layer from the Large Floral Die set. Lastly stamp just the body of the butterfly onto a scrap piece of the Deluxe Flower Shaping paper and fussy cut out and ink around the edges using Night Sky Archival Ink. Next layer in the following order; Blue base with stamped image fully glued on; White and Silver layers glued together with silver offset behind, glued just in the center. Lastly the body of the butterfly affixed on top. Glue this fully layered butterfly at an angle onto your card front.

Using the Floral Butterfly Accents Stamp and Die set stamp out the floral spray in Olive Archival Ink onto Deluxe Flower Shaping Paper and die cut. Color with light and dark blue Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. Using the Large and Medium Climbing Clematis Stamps and dies, stamp in Night Sky and Color in Sky Blue Archival Inks, die cut, and shape using the 3D Shaping Mold. For the large clematis use two layers of petals and for the medium just use one. Add Rock Candy Stamens to the centers and finish with Rajni's Chawla's Crystal Clear glitter. Stamp small Climbing Clematis in Sunflower and color using Chrome Yellow Archival inks. Die cut and shape with the 3D shaping Mold. Add Go Mango Prills to the center. Finish them off with a little Art Glitter in Crystal. Lastly the leaves are stamped and colored in Leaf Green Archival ink and also come from the Climbing Clematis Collection.

 To finish your card simply arrange your floral arrangement to the top of your butterfly.

Heartfelt Creations Supply List:

Floral Butterfly Creative Essential Set

Floral Butterfly Accents Cling Stamp Set 

Floral Butterfly Accents Die 

Climbing Clematis Cling Stamp Set

Climbing Clematis Die 

3D Clematis Shaping Mold 

Fancy Flourish Border Die

Deluxe Flower Shaping paper

Luxe Silver Card Stock

Rock Candy Stamens

Go Mango Prills

Art Glitter Crystal

Rajni Chawla's Crystal Clear

Dries Clear Glue

Metal Tip for Adhesive Bottle 

Zig Clean Color  Real Brush Markers

Archival Inks in Sky Blue, Night Sky, Cobalt, Leaf Green, Olive, Chrome Yellow, and Sunflower 

This is the last of my 3 submission projects for the 2022 Heartfelt Creations Design Team application process. I hope you have enjoyed my week of posts as I share my 3 projects. I appreciate you following my journey. I have really enjoyed designing these projects for each of you and I hope they bring you joy and peace. God bless and happy crafting! Melanie

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Heartfelt Creations Design Team Call Part 2 ~ Ruffled Roses

Okay Everyone.....

Who loves PINK???? Heartfelt Creations does of course :-) So I had to make a PINK card!!!!  I am quite partial to the flowers here because they were more challenging for me but they were so worth the time and energy and I loved learning and expanding my creativity because learning and growing is what crafting is all about. Lets take a look...

 The hand made extra large stamens were made by taking a single wire stamen and adding hot glue then rolling it into prills then hand shaping as the glue dried. I felt like the project needed a little extra PINK POWER so I made them to add an extra punch to the project. 
This delicate butterfly is simply heat embossed in silver onto Deluxe Flower Shaping Paper then die cut. Then the top die is die cut from Lux Silver Card Stock. I added a few pearls from my stash for some extra glitz. 

To create your shaped card base you will start with a piece of Deluxe Flower Shaping Paper measuring 11" x 7 1/2" folding it in half to form a 5 1/2" x 7 1/2" card. Use the outer die of the Fancy Classic Rectangle Die set to die cut through both layers, hanging top of die over top fold by about 1/4" to retain fold. Use the same die and cut out the full front from the white card stock. Then another from patterned paper from the Sweet Peony Paper Pad. Glue the white layer and patterned layer onto the card base. 

From the Fancy Classic Rectangle Die set cut a Luxe Silver and white layer from all dies except for the smallest die in the set. After cutting, layer each set, offsetting the silver behind the white as seen in the sample. Glue the largest two layers down with dries clear glue and pop up the center layer using foam dots. From the Intricate Swirl Frames Die set cut a Luxe Silver die and a white die for the sentiment. Stamp a sentiment from the Sweet Lilac Scroll & Notes Stamp Set using Rose Madder Archival Ink and glue both with dries clear glue to the popped up center section of the card front.

The Butterfly is stamped from the Delightful Daffodil & Butterfly Cling Stamp Set using Versa Mark Ink then heat embossed in silver embossing powder. The intricate die is cut from Luxe Silver card stock and is glued atop with added pearls to the center. 

For the leaves the Classic Rose Stamps, and dies, along with the Leafy Accents Stamps and dies and both 3D shaping molds were used. The leaves are stamped and lightly colored in Leaf Green Archival ink. For the flowers the small white flowers were simply made from the smallest Classic Rose Stamp, Die, and 3D Mold stamped in Leaf Green. The pink flowers are from the Small Wild Rose Stamp & Die were used along with Rose Madder Archival Ink and the Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit. Rajni Chawla's Dry Clear Glitter was added using a sponge and dries clear glue and Bridal Bouquet Stamens were used to finish the flowers off. The large pink stamens were handmade using a single wire stamen covered in hot glue and dipped in Coral See Prills then hand shaped. Simply arrange your flowers and leaves to your liking and attach your butterfly to complete your card. 


Heartfelt Creations Supply List:

Thank you so much for following along with me this week as I share my three projects I have created for the 2022 Heartfelt Creations Design Team Contest. I will be back on Thursday to share the last in the series. Until then, happy creating! Melanie

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