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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Sparkle N Sprinkle Showers & Tulips

Hi Friends,
Today I have a fun Clean & Simple (CAS) card to share with you.

Sparkle N Sprinkle Supplies:

For this card I wanted to show off the stunning new stamp set called Showers & Tulips Stamp Set #923. I decided to go for a CAS design and using one of Tonic Studio's Die sets I created a subtle shaped card. 

Step 1: Cut and score your card base larger than the shaped die being used from the Tonic Blocked Parquet & Garden Trellis Dies. Move your die so that the fold of the card is not being cut and run through your die cut machine. (See Below)

Step 2: Cut a second single layer of card using the full die. This will be attached to the card base previously made in step 2.
Step 3: Also included in the Tonic Blocked Parquet & Garden Trellis Dies
is a coordinating die which I used to cut my white layer with. This gives you a fun shaped card.

After coloring my stamped image I simply added Zig 2 Way Glue Pen to the areas of the flowers and sprinkled them with our amazing Diamond Dust Semi-Trans Glitter #G1116. If you don't already have the Diamond Dust you will surely want to add this to your next order. It gives such a beautiful shimmer to these flowers.

One last look before I close. I love the sentiment in the Showers & Tulips Stamp Set #923. It is just perfect.

Have a crafty day my friends... DT Melanie

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Love in Bloom ~ Multi Layer Stamping!

Welcome Back My Creative Friends, 
I hope this post is finding you in a crafty mood. This is my newest project featuring the beautiful "Love in Bloom" Stamp Set by LDRS Creative. This is a multi layer stamp sets which is SO MUCH fun to play with. Just look here at all my fun flowers all stamped out using our LDRS Creative Hybrid Inks.

It was a joy stamping these flowers and they are very user friendly. Along with the Love in Bloom Stamp Set I have also used the Eyelet Lace Rectangle Die Set and  our Hybrid inks in Pink Tutu, Lipstick Jungle, Kiss Me Red, Four Leaf, Evergreen, and Raven. You can see all of our Hybrid Inks HERE.

Below is a close up of the flowers. I have used some clear glitter glue to add a little shimmer.

Thank you for crafting with me today. I hope I have inspired you to get out your stamps and inks and play today! Have a wonderful week my friends!
Melanie Smith

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Sparkle N Sprinkle May Showers w/ Copic Tutorials

Welcome back my followers,

Who is ready for SPRING already?? I know I sure am. With Spring comes flowers and growth. This new stamp set I am using today is called "May Showers" by Sparkle n Sprinkle. It is such a fun set to color.

Sparkle N Sprinkle Supplies Used:

Tonic Studios Deco Holly Rings Die Set

To create this card I started with a 6" card base. Using the Tonic Studio's Diamond Corner Dot & Drop Die for extra interest to the card base. I colored the beautiful "April Showers Promise stamp set choosing Yellow for the rain boots. Yellow is a tricky Copic color to work with so I did a step by step showing you each step with one rain boot so you can see how to get the shiny highlight in the boot.

Step 1: A light base color using Y11

Step 2: Using Y13 add color to the shadow area.

Step 3: Using Y17 continue to darken the shadows. This is your darkest marker so once added we will then use our markers in the opposite direction. (Dark to Light)

Step 4: Now with Y15 you will now begin "dragging the darker color towards the highlighted center.

Step 5: Using Y13 you will now again focus on dragging the last color towards the highlight in the center. Each time you do this you are blending the colors.

Looking at this photo above you can see where the lighter marker in each step has de saturated the over all color, and the boot looks kind of blotchy. To correct this you just add an extra layer of colors.

Step 6:  Using Y15 you will again add darker color to your shadow areas.

Step 7: Using your darkest marker add a little more depth where you are wanting your shadows.

Step 8: Stepping back down now go to your Y15 and again "drag" the darker towards the highlighted center.

Step 9: Lastly do a light blend using your lightest color (Y13) This will seamlessly blend your colors.

Here is a close up picture of the final coloring.

I hope you have enjoyed this little coloring tutorial as much as I have enjoyed creating it. Have an amazing day!

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Tonic Studio Fairy Camellia

Welcome Back Friends,

I have a nice bright and cheerful card created for Sparkle N Sprinkle. They carry a large collection of Fairy stamps and dies. If you are a fairy fan like I am you will love the Tonic Studio's  Fairy Stamp & Die Sets. Have you seen all the different Fairies we carry??? They are simply beautiful.

Sparkle N Sprinkle Supply List:
Copic markers were used for the coloring of this striking fairy. I then added Nuvo Droplets all around the outside of the stamped image. Since I did this I decided to not use the outline die at first. But then once colored I wanted to add some black shadows to the fairy so I decided to cut 2 black outline dies and I used them behind the stamped/colored image. It is so striking....hard to tell all the detail from these photos. 

in this photo you can see the translucent Nuvo droplets that I added to the lime green halo around the stamped image. For the sentiment I have used the Venus Violet Opaque Embossing Powder EP379. 

Check out all of the Fairy Stamps & Dies available over on the SNS website. We have a wide selection of them and they are so much fun to color and design with. Have a crafty day! Melanie

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

LDRS Creative Hanging Out ~ A Shaped Card

Hi Friends,

I have a fun shaped card to share with you. My favorite craft supply in my craftroom are dies and my big shot. I use them in almost every project. This die set is a crafty girls dream come true. Being able to make a shaped card and all the embellishment dies the set comes with. It is an amazing set to work with.

LDRS Creative Products Used:

For this card I colored the "Hanging Out" Stamp with alcohol markers. This stamp is super fun to color with any medium. Here is a close up of my coloring.

I choose to use the "Build a card" die set because I absolutely love creating scenes with my cards and these critters were perfect for this.

Make sure to check out the stores MARKED DOWN items... there are some amazing sales going on over at www.LDRScreative.com

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

LDRS Creative ~ Cloud No. 9 Card

Welcome Back Everyone,
Today I have a fun card to share with you. I have used the  'Cloud No. 9" stamp set and have created a cheerful card using  LDRS Creative products. 

LDRS Supplies Used:
For this card I played around with the cloud stamp (see below) I simply stamped it numerous times, fussy cut numerous sections, and used foam tape to pop up pieces to really give a nice dimension. 


You can see some of the dimension on this angled shot of the card. It was fun paper piecing the clouds all around her.
The paper pack really was fun to play with and currently is ON SALE. Check out all of our awesome paper stacks HERE!
One last look... Notice the dies??? The background eyelet die and the tasg dfie are both part of the Eyelet Lace die set and are the perfect size for stamped characters. 

I hope you have enjoyed today's project. My goal is to bring a smile to others and to inspire YOU to reach for your crafty supplies and make something :-) 

Hugs! Melanie

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Sparkle N Sprinkle Serena Mermaid ~ Glitter Background Tutorial

Hi Friends,

Welcome back to Fairy Stamp Land... I have a really fun technique to share with you today using Sparkle N Sprinkle's Serena Mermaid Stamp Set. As soon as I saw her in the online store I immediately needed to color her so she was one of the first stamps I purchased. Here is a close up of my coloring......

Now lets show you how I created this glittery background...it actually is pretty simple and gives your project a "WOW" factor.

Step 1: Place your first piece of 1/4" Tear-ific Tape at a diagonal in the center of your card front. This will give your a starting point.

Step 2: Turn your paper so that your first piece of tape runs along a straight line (I have used my self healing mat for my straight line.) Then begin placing extra strips of 1/4" Tear-ific tape until you have the entire piece of card stock covered.

Below it shows you the entire card covered in tape.

Step 3: Using a piercing tool carefully lift the card w/ tape, off the surface it is stuck to.

Carefully lift until it all releases from your mat.

Step 4: Turn your piece over and carefully trim the excess tape using your Tim Holtz scissors.

Step 5: Now the fun begins.... Remove the release paper from every other piece of 1/4" Tear-ific Tape and burnish in the first color of glitter. Do this over a coffee filter so all the excess can easily be funneled back into your jar.

Step 6: Remove the rest of the release paper and do the same thing with the darker color of glitter. The result is truly magical!

Here are some close up photos of my work. To see more click HERE to go visit my personal blog.

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Hugs, Melanie
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