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Sunday, December 16, 2018

LDRS Creative ~ From Owl Of Us....

Welcome Back Crafty Friends,

Today I would like to share a fun little holiday card perfect for that man in your life. Masculine cards can be tricky.

These little owls are adorable and so fun to color. I have colored up and entire family of them here. Mama & Daddy owl and their three child all perched up in the tree. 

Here is a close up of mama and daddy, and the little baby owls are below...
Aren't they adorable???

I have used the Country Christmas 6x6 paper stack here which really gives these owls a woodsy feel.

The owls are critters from the Arctic Snowfall Stamp Set as seen above. 

Happy Holidays Everyone ~ Melanie

Sunday, December 2, 2018

LDRS Creative ~ Hey Foxy!

Welcome Friends,

Today I am here with you to share a cute little card featuring a Fox from the LDRS Creative Arctic Snowfall Stamp Set.

These adorable critters are so much fun to color and in this set there are little accent pieces that can be stamped, colored, and added to your project. I have added a little winter hat and fun fluffy boots to my little guy. I just simply popped them up with a little foam tape.

I have used the fun Country Christmas 6x6 Paper Stack. This thick paper is a joy to work with.

I have used the "Holiday Wreath Circle" die set for the stitched and border circles here. I just love the holly border to the outer die. This die set is in the Clearance Section in the online store so make sure to check all the amazing dies on sale.

I hope you have felt inspired by today's project. Make sure to check back every day for a fresh and new project.

Hugs, Melanie

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Hot Chocolate Anyone?

My two youngest children have a special bond which is celebrated each time they see each other. My daughter lives out of state and my youngest son here at home in Atlanta so when they get to see eachother, hot cocoa is always on the menu. It is "THEIR" thing. So this card is extra special to me because of them.

I am sharing this quick and easy card using the amazing "Hot Chocolate" Stamp Set by LDRS Creative. This A-2 size card (4 1/4 x 5 1/2) has eye popping panels strategically sized to emphasize the stamps and paper. The Paper used here is the "Arctic Snowfall" 6x6 Paper Stack.

The measurements for the card are as follows:

Card Base - 4 1/4" x 11" (folded in half)
Left Panel - 5 1/4" x 1 1/4" (Pink Layer) & 5 1/8" x 1 1/8" (Patterned Paper)
Right Card Stock Panel - 5 1/4" x 2 3/8" (Pink Layer)
Right Top - 2 1/4" x 3 1/4" (Patterned paper
Right Bottom - 1 3/4" x 2 1/4 (Colored Card Stock)
  Right Bottom - 1 5/8" x 2 1/8" ( White Card Stock)

I have used a sentiment from the "Hot Chocolate" Stamp Set, along with the adorable little girl and hot cocoa cup. 

All of the items mentioned in this post are sold at LDRS Creative and are from the Arctic Snowfall Collection. Click HERE to see all of these items. I hope you have enjoyed today's project and that you have a crafty day! 

Melanie Smith

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

LDRS Creative Masking Technique & Extending your Stamps

Hi Friends,

Welcome back to Fairystampland. Today I have a really innovative card design to share with you. The inspiration for this card came to me one night when I was flipping through my wonderful collection of LDRS Creative dies. My eye stopped on the Jubilee Magical Slider set. I knew I wanted to make a horizontal scene merging the Mountains and Tree Line Stamps together. So when I spotted the scalloped slider die from the Jubilee set I began planing with it and here is what I came up with.

To create this extra long card (It will fit into a business size envelope). I used masking and a stamp positioning tool. Here is how I did it.

Step 1: Below shows a close up of the scalloped rectangle die that caught my eye. This has a score mark in the middle for when using it as intended (in the Jubilee Slider Card design) but for this all I am using is this one die. I simply cut a base card in white to fit just inside the scalloped die so the blue would nicely border the scene.

Step 2: I next placed the white piece into my stamp positioning tool and stamped the tree line stamp. As you can see below the stamp is not long enough to cover the entire width of the white paper. So I created a mask by stamping the tree line stamp onto a piece of LDRS Masking Paper and I fussy cut it out before applying it as shown below. Once the first stamped image is masked off you can continue stamping the rest of the scene's length. The stamp positioning tool really helped with this technique.

This shows the stamping on the extended portion over the mask covering the first stamped image.

Step 3: Next I lined up the bottom of the mountain stamp just below the lowest tree. This way the line from the mountains stamp would not show since the masking would cover it. I hope by the below picture you can see what I mean.

Step 4: The magic begins when you remove the mask :-)

Step 5: Next use a alcohol marker friendly pen to fill in the gaps left between the two stamps.

Close up of the gaps ~

Step 6: Color using your favorite coloring techniques. I then Trimmed the section out and used it to cover the blue pattered paper from the Arctic Paper 6x6" Paper Pack. 
Step 7: Last but not least use a little glitter on the tops of your mountain peaks and on the snowy areas on the trees. I used a glitter pen. Here is a close up of the outcome.

My goal with every post is to encourage you to explore your products by inspiring you with my work. If you have enjoyed my project and would like to see more of my work I would love to have you as a blog follower. ou can pop your email into the side bar on the left hand side and you will receive a short email when I post a new project.


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

LDRS Creative Halloween Party Blog Hop

Hello everyone!

Welcome to the first edition of the HALLOWEEN PARTY BLOG HOP by LDRS Creative!

The design team has prepared some WICKED inspiration using the latest seasonal products in store, including them in super-duper fun tutorials at each stop. 

We are so EXCITED to celebrate this special day with you all, that we have decided to offer a 31% DISCOUNT on all Halloween and Fall products in store (*excluding bundles, using code Wicked31, valid until October 31st, MIDNIGHT EST).

And because there is no party without PRIZES....Who would like to win surprise grab bag of LDRS Creative products worth at least $30? We will draw 3 winners throughout the day (Oct. 31st, EST) on our Facebook group, so make sure to join it HERE.

For my personal project I have created this simple star burst card technique with the Polkadoodles Wicked Halloween paper pack. I have also colored up Winnie Broomstick to show off in front of the Sunburst of Halloween fun!

here is a simple step by step photo tutorial to help you create your own starburst card.

Step 1: Simply cut 2x6" strips om your favorite Halloween papers.

Step 2: Using your trimmer line up the 2" strips on the diagonal. You will just be using one set of these halves. Might as well make 2 cards while your creating.

Step 3: All of your papers should look like this.
You will just be using one set of these halves. Might as well make 2 cards while your creating.

Step 4: Begin in the center and glue the pieces leaving about a 1/8" gap in between. You can also glue them butted up together if you would like. Just depends on the look you are going after.

Step 5: Continue gluing, alternating the patterns.

Step 6: on the last two pieces I turned them upside down to help cover the entire card base.

Step 7: Lastly flip the card over and trim along the card base edges.

Winnie Broomstick is colored with Alcohol markers and is fussy cut and popped up on the card front. 

Here is one last look at a few of the products I have used in this design. 

Make sure to hop around, leave a comment at each stop, and answer the mysterious questions (haha!) on the first stop. 

Here's the list and keep hoping:

And remember to use that discount code before it turns into a pumpkin at MIDNIGHT! ;-)
Thank you for stopping by and Happy Hopping! Melanie

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

LDRS Creative Arctic Snowfall Collection

Hi Friends,
Welcome Back! Today I have a fun new project I have created using the Arctic Snow Fall Release available at LDRS Creative.

When designing this card I decided to create a scene. I love the Arctic Snow 6x6 Paper Pad and when I saw the snowflake sky I just had to create around it. I wanted a shaped card so I chose the Woodland Foliage Frames set of dies. Using one of the oval dies from the set I cut the sky and snow for the background. I then colored the beautiful Tree Line Stamp and then die cut it using the coordinating Tree Line Die to create the background skyline. The hills in front of the trees was cut using the Holly Border which is half price in the store right now!!!

I used lots of foam tape to pop up the tree line along with the fox. This ADORABLE fox is from the Arctic Snowfall stamp set. I added a double layer of foam tape behind his feet and tail so he would lay nicely over the background. The sentiment is also from the Arctic Snowfall stamp set.

I hope you have enjoyed today's project. If you have any questions or would like to follow my work you can use  "Follow By Email" or "Contact Me" widgets along the left tool bar of my blog. 
Be creative today!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Tinsley by LDRS Creative ~ 1 Easy Designers Tip

Hi Friends,
I would love to share a fun project I created using the fairy stamp named "Tinsley"By LDRS Creative

This beautiful stamp is shown on the website as a holiday fairy (see below). But I decided to grab some stunning paper that we sell and have a little fun with Ms. Tinsley!!

Who says she has to be a holiday fairy??? I first decided to coordinate my project all to match the Sincerely Yours 6x6" paper pad. It came out quite striking! The sentiment came from our New Beginnings Stamp Set.

As I was using the Woodland Foliage Frames die set I  die cut my stamped image with the larger of the two oval dies which did not give me a frame to add behind it

Designers TIP: Simply trace your die around the outside of the die using a ball point pen. Then simply fussy cut it out. Quick and easy tip that really allows you even more versatility when using your favorite dies.

After using foam tape to pop up the oval layers I then cut two of the foliage branches from the same dies set and glued a nice grouping flowers around one side to finish assembly. Lastly I added glitter glue to the fairy wings. Here is a last look of my creation.

My goal today was to inspire your creative side. I hope I have accomplished that. LIKE MY WORK? leave your EMAIL along the side bar to get notified each time I post a new project. Thanks so much for stopping by today! Happy crafting!
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