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Monday, September 17, 2018

LDRS Creative Polkadoodles: Wicked Winnie Broomstick

Hi Everyone, 

I have something pretty special to share with all of you today, Some really fun Halloween inspiration. 



Last month 20 of my projects went to HSN for Craft Day. I snatched a photo showing the beautiful display shown above. The center card is one of my personal projects mixed with other amazing projects by our design team.  Isn't that cat ADORABLE on Winnie Witches Hat??? I am honored to be working with such an amazing team of ladies at LDRS Creative.

I am showcasing a card from the show; here is  Winnie Broomstick. My focus for this card was the coloring of this amazing stamp. Polkadoodle stamps are so beautifully detailed and you cannot help but color to your hearts content. I especially liked coloring her green hair!!! Take a closer look below. 


Isn't she precious? 

My card base is a 5.5" square. For my second layer I have used a piece from our  New 6x6" paper stack called "Wicked". My piece is cut to 5" square leaving a nice 1/4" border. I simply stamped Winnie Broomstick onto a pre cut white die cut and after coloring I decorated these simple layers with a sprinkle of pre cut glimmer stars and sequins from my embellishment stash.


There are three Halloween stamps by Polkadoodles featuring Winnie. The third in the trio is Winnie Dracula seen below. Check out that paper as well. Those googly eyes fit the paper perfectly. So Clean and Simple but so fun at the same time.


To check out all 3 of these Halloween Stamps simply CLICK HERE.

Have an awesome day everyone and Happy coloring! Melanie

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Magnolia ~ Tilda With Big Poppy

Hi Friends,

Just wanted to pop on and share my newest project featuring Magnolia stamps from the online store "Magnolia-licious" The stamp I have chosen to focus on is called "Tilda With Big Poppy" from the "Yay! It's Your Birthday" Collection. 



When beginning to design this I wanted to play around with making my own patterned paper so I am using the "Heart Flower Background" stamp to do this with.




The stamp was stamped numerous times to create this background paper. I then colored it with Copic Markers that coordinate with the focal stamp. I absolutely love the way this all matches Tilda's dress and even the little flowers on the hedge hogs. Those are also available in the store and are called the "Hedgehog Kit"



Both the Hedgehog Kit as well as the Sunlight stamp are from the "Sunbean Collection"  

Thank you for visiting today. I hope you have been inspired and have a wonderful day! Melanie

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Magnolia Tilda with Star ~ A Untraditional Christmas Card!


Hi Friends,

Welcome Back! Today I am coming to you as part of the Magnolia-Licious Design Team. I am featuring a lot of products in this fun Non Traditional Christmas card. 


 I have numerous items in this card beginning with the Lemon Craft Christmas Carols 6x6 paper pad. Lemon Craft has beautiful papers and a lot have a vintage feel to them. 



 Tilda With Star is the focal here and she was really fun to color. I used Copic Markers in the following color combos.

Skin: E000, E00, E11, E21, & R20 
Hair & Shoes: EE23, E27, E29
Clothes:YG23, YG25, YG17, R22, R24, Y11, Y15, & Y21
I even added a second star covered in Glossy Accents. See below!


The star focal behind Tilda was made with the Christmas Star Doohickey Die. You cut the die 6 times and using the score lines you form an accordion style fold. Designer Tip: Use patterned paper and it comes together quite nicely. Make sure to use a quick drying glue like Tombow Liquid glue.

With the embellishments I chose paper roses from my stash along with the Laser Love # 7 Daisies and the vines from the Cross With Flowers & Leaves doohickey die set. 

Overall I am quite happy with the design. At first I wasn't sure but it is growing on me :-)

My goal is to inspire so make sure to get crafty today!
Melanie



Sunday, September 2, 2018

Happy Fun Pumpkin!

Hello Friends, 

I am here today to share some cuteness with all of you! My newest project featuring the LDRS Creative "Happy Fall" Stamp set & 6x6" paper pack. These bunnies have taken a hold of my heart, they are so precious!


I have used numerous LDRS Creative items here including the following.

 
When I began to design this card, I knew I wanted to do something to really show off this adorable bunny stamp. So I decided to reach for my beloved LDRS Creative dies and chose the Holly Wreath Circle Die Set. The inner circle die has a light cross stitch like border and is the perfect size but I didn't want to create a holiday card so I switched things up and decided to use the Dew Drop Circle Die to layer behind the smaller circle which really helps showcase this stamp. Look how perfect these all layer together. I really like being able to use seasonal sets year round!


I wanted this card to be clean and simple so I choose a paper from the Happy Fall 6x6" Paper Pack to use as the background and the small banner across the bottom of the card. The sentiment used is from the Happy Fall Sentiments Stamp Set fits nicely inside the oval sentiment die from the Scalloped Rectangle Die Set.
 
Lastly I stamped a bunch of pumpkins from the Happy Fall Stamp Set and fussy cut them out. Between the Happy fall paper and the pumpkins sprinkled everywhere it truly now feels like fall.


One last look..... here are some of the yummy products I have used in my project. I hope this finds you smiling and inspired. Melanie

Friday, August 31, 2018

LDRS Release Day 3 ~Winds Are Blowing

Thank you for joining us on our LDRS Creative inspiration week blog hop! We are showcasing lots of gorgeous projects using products from our new release. You can even see them in action with step-by-step projects by our amazing designers on their blogs and our own LDRS Creative Youtube channel (make sure you subscribe)!
We have TWO new designer paperpads bursting of colours, with awesome patterns all ready for your projects called Happy Fall and Wicked, with a perfectly coordinated Wicked cardstock pack! There are EIGHT stamp sets that are simply fabulous: Winds are BlowingHappy Fall stamps, Happy Fall sentiments, Winnie Broomstick, Winnie Dracula, Winnie Magic, Fall Full O Leaves and The Magic of Fall sentiments! But wait, there is something brand NEW in the store, stencils! We have leaves and plaid patterns just in time to use with the NEW mini ink cube sets (Cobblestone and Jewelry Beads)! We also have new die sets that can be used as accessories or full backgrounds:  Spooky Hat, Pumpkin, Wicked Boot, Apple A Day and Autumn Breeze Peek-A-Boo. And for the first time at LDRS Creative, you can grab them in bundles, because you KNOW you need them all!

Simply use the list at the end of the post to keep hopping!
Each day we are giving away a $50 LDRS Creative gift card to one lucky hopper! To enter leave a comment on each blog in the hop, plus follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Winners will be announced on the LDRS Creative inspiration blog on September 4th.
AND for the release event we are excited to offer some great savings!
Save 15% on the new release* and use code HAPPYFALL
(*Coupon valid until midnight EST 9/1/18)


This is my 3rd personal card created for the LDRS Creative blog hop this week. Hasn't this been fun?  I have used the brand new Peek-a-Boo style background die called "Autumn Breeze" I cut it from a dark brown card stock and then using foam tape I carefully added that to the back before attaching it to the dark blue card base. It really gives the card depth and dimension.


The stamp set  I have used here is the brand new set called "Winds are Blowing". It was a joy to color.

The sentiment was made using one of the sentiments from the "Winds are Blowing" stamp set and I also added the little leaves from the "Happy Fall" stamp set. see this close up below. Such a cute addition don't you think?



Hop along and leave a comment so you could win! 
Day 3:
Thank you for Hopping with us ~  Melanie








Thursday, August 30, 2018

LDRS Creative Release Day 2 ~ Happy Fall



Thank you for joining us on our LDRS Creative inspiration week blog hop! We are showcasing lots of gorgeous projects using products from our new release. You can even see them in action with step-by-step projects by our amazing designers on their blogs and our own LDRS Creative Youtube channel (make sure you subscribe)!
We have TWO new designer paperpads bursting of colours, with awesome patterns all ready for your projects called Happy Fall and Wicked, with a perfectly coordinated Wicked cardstock pack! There are EIGHT stamp sets that are simply fabulous: Winds are BlowingHappy Fall stamps, Happy Fall sentiments, Winnie Broomstick, Winnie Dracula, Winnie Magic, Fall Full O Leaves and The Magic of Fall sentiments! But wait, there is something brand NEW in the store, stencils! We have leaves and plaid patterns just in time to use with the NEW mini ink cube sets (Cobblestone and Jewelry Beads)! We also have new die sets that can be used as accessories or full backgrounds:  Spooky Hat, Pumpkin, Wicked Boot, Apple A Day and Autumn Breeze Peek-A-Boo. And for the first time at LDRS Creative, you can grab them in bundles, because you KNOW you need them all!

Simply use the list at the end of the post to keep hopping!
Each day we are giving away a $50 LDRS Creative gift card to one lucky hopper! To enter leave a comment on each blog in the hop, plus follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Winners will be announced on the LDRS Creative inspiration blog on September 4th.
AND for the release event we are excited to offer some great savings!
Save 15% on the new release* and use code HAPPYFALL
(*Coupon valid until midnight EST 9/1/18)

For my second project for the LDRS Creative New Release blog hop I decided to use the adorable "Happy Fall 6x6" paper stack" I then colored these two adorable critters from the Happy Fall Stamp set. Both of these items are Brand New!!!


 Additionally I added the Scalloped Rectangle Die Set to create the white panel. I simply cut a piece of dark brown card stock to same size as the white panel so that the contrast would be behind the openings in the die. Then I cut the orange card stock just 1/8" larger than the white panel so mat around it and to allow it to pop off the card front. The sentiment here is also from the "Happy Fall Stamp set" 


For the leaves in each of the corner I cut them from the Autumn Breeze Peek-A-Boo Die. I used some foam tape behind the critters as wellm to allow them to also pop. These little guys are so much fun to color!!!

 Hop along and leave a comment so you could win!

Day 2:


And make sure to be back tomorrow for more inspiration!









Wednesday, August 29, 2018

LDRS Creative Release Day 1 ~ "Fall Full of Leaves" ~ Tutorial


Thank you for joining us on our LDRS Creative inspiration week blog hop! We are showcasing lots of gorgeous projects using products from our new release. You can even see them in action with step-by-step projects by our amazing designers on their blogs and our own LDRS Creative Youtube channel (make sure you subscribe)!
We have TWO new designer paperpads bursting of colours, with awesome patterns all ready for your projects called Happy Fall and Wicked, with a perfectly coordinated Wicked cardstock pack! There are EIGHT stamp sets that are simply fabulous: Winds are BlowingHappy Fall stamps, Happy Fall sentiments, Winnie Broomstick, Winnie Dracula, Winnie Magic, Fall Full O Leaves and The Magic of Fall sentiments! But wait, there is something brand NEW in the store, stencils! We have leaves and plaid patterns just in time to use with the NEW mini ink cube sets (Cobblestone and Jewelry Beads)! We also have new die sets that can be used as accessories or full backgrounds:  Spooky Hat, Pumpkin, Wicked Boot, Apple A Day and Autumn Breeze Peek-A-Boo. And for the first time at LDRS Creative, you can grab them in bundles, because you KNOW you need them all!

Simply use the list at the end of the post to keep hopping!
Each day we are giving away a $50 LDRS Creative gift card to one lucky hopper! To enter leave a comment on each blog in the hop, plus follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Winners will be announced on the LDRS Creative inspiration blog on September 4th.
AND for the release event we are excited to offer some great savings!
Save 15% on the new release* and use code HAPPYFALL
(*Coupon valid until midnight EST 9/1/18)
 Here is my first personal blog hop post for the LDRS Creative's NEW Release... Make sure to hang out with us all three days... lots of inspirations and tutorials by each design team member. Below is my tutorial... scroll down to see it!!!


 I have used a masking technique which is super easy. I first cut two strips of masking paper 1" wide and long enough to cover the height of the card plus a little which will help the card stay in place. See below.


If you look close you can see the masking paper is peeking out past the stencil on the top there. It is covering 1" on either side so that it remains white after we ink the stencil. Then the leaves stencil is held in place by some washi tape. Super simple!


 Using our amazing Hybrid Ink and a blending tool I first added the Dan-D-Lion yellow Hybrid ink followed by In Your Face Orange Hybrid ink. These hybrid inks blend beautifully and using both the masking tape along with the washi tape nothing moved so you can add as much or as many colors as you would like.


Now for the fun part.... removing the masking tape to expose your crisp edges created by the masking paper. Next thing I did was add the sentiment using our Raven Black Hybrid ink and clear embossing powder. Next to show you how I created the full size leaves.


Using a positioning tool is not required but it does help. I stamped three of the leaves using Dan-D-Lion Hybrid ink. Then followed up using the coordinating stamps to give the leaves texture. For this step I used Olive Branch Hybrid ink and In Your Face Orange Hybrid inks. You can purchase the small Hybrid ink pads shown in the photos as a collection of four called Jewelry Beads and is also a newly released item. Trust me....you will love these inks!!!



Lastly I fussy cut the leaves and added inks to the edges using the blending tool. See below.


Aren't they beautiful???? I love them! Here is the final result....


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Day 1:

And make sure to be back tomorrow for more inspiration!















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