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Thursday, July 19, 2018

LDRS Creative ~ A New Beginning

Today I am sharing a LDRS Creative project. This is the new stamp set called "A New Beginning" and these are such fun to color.

The Stamp set here "A New Beginning" is part of the most recent release along with this beautiful paper stack called "You are my Sunshine" isn't that the perfect name for this bright and cheerful 6x6" paper stack?

I have also used a couple different LDRS Creative dies. I had a lot of fun with the Super Sprigs set as you can see below.

Last but not least,  I also colored another stamp from this same stamp set and added it to the inside of the card.

I hope you have enjoyed my projects today, and that it has inspired you to get crafty!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

NEW RELEASE ~ La-La Land Crafts Monthly Club Kit

Hi Friends,

I have an exciting new La-La Land Crafts Club kit to share with you today. This is July's club kit and is ONLY available for 2 more days. If you would like to receive these in your mailbox details for signing up will be at the end of this post.

For this first card I have created an adorable flower box card featuring the EXCLUSIVE flower box die set. These two dies create a pocket style windowsill. You simply score along the flower box score lines and glue those flaps to your card, on top of the base, and it creates a pocket. I have chosen to add the flowers from this set into the pocket. Isn't it adorable???

I think I like this second card even more than the first one. If you are a Club Subscriber you will receive the design team's FREE tutorials. Each of us create a club ONLY tutorial each month and this double pocket card is my tutorial for this month. It was super fun to make and I am just loving the flowers used as a border inside the lower pocket. Then little flower fairy all tucked into the top pocket which will be a fun little surprise for the recipient.


Our monthly club has 3 options. You can choose the stamp only package, the die only package or the full bundle. This months full kit has a value of $69.99 so being a subscriber has lots of savings along with the following PERKS!

Cost: Club Members save more than 40%
Stamps Only $19.99
Dies Only $29.99
 or full bundle for  $39.99 ($30 SAVINGS)

Also each month you will receive a "Surprise" in the mail all dressed up in a shiny gold envelope. Each full kit includes 2 Stamp Sets and multiple dies. Everything is coordinated by a different theme each month.

Exclusivity ~ These are only released to club members and will not be introduced to the regular customer line for at least 6-12 months.

FREE Tutorials ~ You will receive a link to the private tutorials created JUST for club members. Each Design team member makes one, so that is 10 FREE tutorials.

Happy Stampin'

Saturday, July 7, 2018

LDRS Creative ~ Creating a Scene with "Shore Lucky" Stamp Set.

Hi Friends,
Today I have a fun clean and simple card to share with you. LDRS Creative has just released our fun summer release. This fun set named "Shore Lucky"  includes 25 photo polymer "clear" stamps which make creating a fun summer scene super easy!
Step By Step Card Recipe:
Step 1:  I  started with a A2 size card base ( 8.5 x 5.5" folded in half) and using the newly released Hybrid Inks in "Swimming Hole, Bali Blue, and Iced Tea" I swiped (ink pad directly onto paper) the white card with the ink pads in a wavy pattern to create the sky, sea, and sand.
Step 2: I used some of the stamps from the "Shore Lucky" stamp set to create the clouds, waves, and sand,  also using our Hybrid ink.
Step 3: I stamped the palm trees, dolphin, surf board, and the two little crabs onto white card stock. For the palm trees I inked the stamps with both "Four Leaf and Coffee Bean" Hybrid Inks. Using my alcohol markers I colored in the dolphin, surf board and crabs in and then attached all of the pieces to the card front.
Step 4: I stamped the "Shore lucky to have you" sentiment from the "Shore Lucky" stamp set with our "Raven Hybrid Ink"
Step 5. I wanted to add a frame to give the card a photo feel so I cut 1/4" strips of blue card stock which matches the A2 card base that I attached the scene onto. I layered them around the edge of the card popping it up with foam tape.
DT Product Review: This was my very first time using the new Hybrid Inks by LDRS Creative and I am excited to let you all know what a wonderful product they are. I had no issues using them with the clear stamps. Each stamped image came out crisp and clear on the first try. For the dolphin I actually stamped him in "Dark Washed Jeans" and since it is a Hybrid ink I was able to color it in with my alcohol markers without any smears or smudging.
Supplies Used In This Project:
Thank you for stopping by today. I hope I have inspired you to build a fun summer scene on your next card. They really are a lot of fun to make and super easy when you have the right supplies :-) Happy Stamping! Melanie

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Club La-La Land Crafts ~ Sew Amazing!!!

Hi Friends,

I am coming to you today with 2 new cards featuring June's La-La Land Crafts Club Kit. If you are already a member I bet you are already loving the "Sewing" theme of this set. If you are not yet a member I would love for you to JOIN US. You will be blown away month after month when your surprise shows up in your mail box. It is the only "Club" I have been involved with that has never disappointed me.

With this card I have used both of the La-La Land Crafts Nested Frame Die Sets. With the Largest die from the Nested Frame Large Die Set I cut both the patterned paper as well as the blue polka dot paper. The from this same set I used the smallest die for the sentiment. For the orange layer I used the largest die from the Nested Frame Small die set. These sets work so well together.  For "In Style Marci" I popped her up using foam tape. All of these layers really give depth to the project.  Her little fairy friend is also popped up and is ready to help Marci with her project.

From the Monthly Club Kit I used both the "In Style Marci" stamp along with one of the fairies from the "Sew Amazing stamp set. The dies with this set are adorable as well. I have used both the scissors and the pin cushion on this project. 

Here is a close up of my coloring. I have used the following Copic colors:

Skin: E000, E00,E11,E21, R20
Hair: E11, E15, E18
Clothes: YG00, YG01, YG05, B91,B95, B97, C1, C3, C5,
Misc: YR02, YR04, YR09

Up next is a smaller card using this months CLUB KIT

With this second project I made an A2 size card. I have used the same Nested Frames Large and Small die sets from the store. The largest die was used for the focal patterned paper and it is the piece that was left over from the first project ;-)

The dress form, dress die and the adorable fairies are all from the June Club Kit.

 La-La Land Crafts Club kits include exclusive stamps and dies each and every month. They have a value of approximately $70.00 all for $39.99! If you would rather get dies only or stamps only we have those options as well. Our exclusive Club products will not be released to the general public for a minimum of 6-12 months. So if you love them as much as I do you will want to save lots of money and sign up for the CLUB

Thanks again for following my work. I hope I have inspired you to get creative today!


Monday, June 18, 2018

Sink or Swim ~ A Masculine Card

 Welcome back friendsI am here with you today to share a masculine card with all of you. I struggle with Masculine cards so with Father's day just yesterday,  I thought I would share mine.

I am using the Polkadoodles "Sink or Swim" Stamp from LDRS Creative  in this card a long with our Splendid Azure 6"x6" Paper Stack. This paper pack is PERFECT for all your masculine cards!

For the sentiment I choose to frame it with the beautiful Dewdrop Circle Die Set. This set comes with a large and small medallion style dies. This is the smaller one which is the ideal size for your sentiments.  

One last close up look of my coloring. I used a lot of stippling to give the animals extra texture. This is one of my favorite coloring techniques.

I would absolutely love to see your LDRS Creative projects,  You can share it in the LDRS Creative FB Group, and tag me so I am sure to see it! :)

Happy Stamping!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Club La-La Land Crafts ~ NEW KIT Premire

Hi Friends,

Welcome back to this months La-La Land Crafts monthly Club Kit Reveal. If you're not already a member you are going to WANT to be. This club kit is like no other. We have quality products and are themed together each month to bring you beautiful stamps & dies that coordinate. This month our theme is "Sewing!" All crafty people know someone who sews, and a lot of them sew themselves so this is a must have kit for all of you. 

I have two projects to share today along with a YouTube video showing the products up close.

 I have used the Sew Amazing stamp set here with the 3 adorable sewing fairies. These little girls were stamped with tuxedo black ink and colored with Copic markers in the following colors.

Skin: E000, E00, E01, E02
Hair: E11, E13, E15
Crown, wings, and shoes: Y11, Y13, Y17
Dresses: YR02, YR07, YR09, BG32, BG34
Thread: BG32, BG24, E43, E44

but that is not all.... below is In Style Marci

For this second card I have added a couple store items to my kit. These "extra" items can be purchased in the La-La Land Crafts Online Store. 

Extra Store Items Used:

As you can see I have used the background stamp on the front tag to create this really pretty patterned paper. I can see myself using these background stamps a lot. Just imagine all the colors you could make. I've colored In Style Marci with the following Copic markers...

Skin: E000, E00, E11, E21, R20
Hair Y21, YR04, YR07
Clothing: YG06, YG11, YG17, E42, E47, E49
Misc: C2, C3, C5, YR09, Y11, Y13, Y17

On the other side there is a hidden tag that can be slid out to reveal the "Hello Lovely" sentiment. The dress form and dress as well as the Sewing machine dies come with This Monthly Kit.

Would you like to browse the Online Store? If so you can simply CLICK HERE. Feel free to ask any questions you may have about our products. I am more than happy to assist with your purchases. 

One last look...

La-La Land Crafts Club Kits are by Subscription and are heavily reduced in price. They are also exclusive to club members for 6-12 months. At that time they will be added to the store for public purchase. Want to get it NOW? Click HERE

Happy Stamping My Friends & Thank you for stopping by.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Club La La Land Crafts ~ Gnomes Gnomes and more Gnomes!!!!

Hi Friends,

Today I have some adorable projects to share with you. These have been designed for La-La Land Crafts as part of their monthly CLUB design team. I am in love with these adorable Gnomes. If your reading this and would like to begin receiving these exclusive kits in the mail each month click HERE to subscribe!!!

My favorite part of this card is the twig and berries die. I die cut it 3 times for each branch and I cut them apart and pieced them together.  I then created a berry arch with them. This little die has SO MANY possibilities. 

I have done a little masking with Gnome Marci as well.  I wanted her standing in front of the stack of logs. If you would like to see more on how to create something similar just drop me a message and I will do a tutorial sometime soon to show you this technique.

As you can see by the above picture our stamps are beautiful red rubber cling mount stamps. They stamp perfectly without any hassle. Everything here is from the kit except for the Wood Rings Stamp Set, which I have gotten from the LLLC Online Store.

I have colored both Marci and the logs stamp with Copic Markers in the following colors:

Copic Colors:
Skin E000,00,01,02,R20
Hair E30,31,35
Wood Rings: E13,15,17,18,19
Clothes R32,35,37,39, G24,28,29, B91,93,97

For my second card using this same exact kit are made from a couple of Gnome Marci's friends... you receive 2 full stamp sets each month as part of this club. See my YouTube video HERE

Are they not ADORABLE???? Again I have used the berry branch die cutting it just twice to change the color of the berries. I also cut apart the grass & mushroom border die cuts to create the center piece. 

The LLLC dies are by far some of these best I have ever used. I feel very spoiled when I am creating with them. Would you like to see our huge collection of dies? You can check out the  

I have used Copic Markers with this card as well ~

Skin: E000,00,01,02
Hair: C0,02,03

 With the club kit your receive a exciting package each and every month. It arrives in a shiny gold envelope and never disappoints! you can see my previous 2 card samples along with all the exact pieces in this kit by watching my 

These stamp & die kits are Exclusive and will not be available for at least 6 months-1 year after club members receive them. If you JOIN now you should be able to purchase past kits which is a perk of being a monthly subscriber. You also will receive a tutorial by each DT member each and every month. Check back on the 16th of each month to see the new kit!!!

Thank you for stopping by today. I have really enjoyed playing with these products this month, but just between you and me.... next months are AMAZING TOO!!! So stay tuned. If you want to be notified when I update my blog simply add your email to the side bar. I usually post about twice a week so not to worry I won't be stalking your email box.  

Happy Stamping my friends!

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