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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

My Favorite Things Color Challenge 84 ~ Mermazing

Hi Friends,

I have been playing lately with some of my much loved stash of items and I decided to check out some of my favorite stamp companies to see if there were any fun challenges to participate in. I have just begun my "collection" of MFT products so I thought I would play along with their current color challenge.

At first look at these colors I was not inspired at all....but that is why they are called "Challenges" right? So I looked through my stamps to find a set that would work with blues and oranges and as soon as I saw my new My Favorite Thing's stamp set titled "Mermazing". I knew this would be a perfect set. 

The two die sets I used were Blue Prints 13 & Stitched Round Rectangle Frames. With the frames I cut 3 and glued them together to create a framed look.

 For the coloring I have used Copic markers in the following color combos:

Skin: E000,E00,E11,E21, R20
Hair: E13, E15, E19
Clothing including tail: YR12, YR14, YR15, B16, B18, B37
Water: B16,B14 B18,
Sand: E30,E31,E33

To play along with My Favorite Things Color Challenge for your chance to win a $50 gift certificate simply click HERE. 

To see their brand spankin new release of "Love" inspired products CLICK HERE

Thank you for checking out my challenge card today. If I have inspired you and you wish to follow my work I would love for you to either "Follow" me or enter your email address so you will receive a notice when I update my blog. I appreciate your time and I hope I have encouraged you to play with your products :-) Happy Crafting friends! Melanie

Sunday, January 7, 2018

LDRS Creative ~ Polkadoodle's Winnie Fairy Sparkle

Happy New Year My Friends,

This is my very first post of the New Year and I hope your year has started out peacefully.

Today I am sharing an adorable "Fairy" stamp from LDRS Creative with all of you. This is "Winnie Fairy Sparkle" by Polkadoodles.

This A2 sized card features two papers from the Polkadoodles Daisy Daisy 6x6" paper stack. Since I only had a small scrap piece of the striped paper left I decided to get creative with it. See below.

I cut the scrap piece into 6 equal strips to make it look as if it was longer pieces than it was. Then I disguised it by covering it with the matted stamped image. I felt like this gave a little added interest all while using all of the beautiful paper.

Below is a close up of my colored image. The color medium I have used is Copic Markers.

Isn't she just precious? Below are the exact Copic color combos that I have used here.

Skin: E000, E00, E11, E21, R20
Hair: YR20, YR21, YR24
Clothing: R20, R22
Wings: YG11 & Wink of Stella
Bear: E30, E31

Here is one last shot of my full card. 

I hope I have inspired you today and that your enjoy a day of creativity! Love, Melanie

Friday, December 22, 2017

Little Darlings Tinsley ~ A Fairy Christmas Card

Welcome back friends,
For today's post I have colored up "Tinsley" everyone knows how I love fairies....but this is even better.... its a fairy stamp AND She is on sale in the Little Darlings ONLINE STORE so don't wait on this....

In this project I have used the beautiful Polkadoodles 6x6" Winter Land paper pack
along with a few embellishments from Stampin' Up!

The stamp was colored with Copic markers in the following colors:
E000, E00, E11, E21, E41, E43, E44, E84, E87
B41, B91, B93, B95, B97, B99
C2, C4, C6, & R20

Thank you for stopping by today. We would love for you to visit the Little Darlings online store. Don't forget this stamp is on sale currently and we have a bunch of clearance stamps AND dies also available. This is the best time to shop ;-)

Don't forget to make time for your crafty side some time soon. It is good for your inner peace even when life isn't always peaceful. Love, Melanie

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs Monthly Challenge ~ Backgrounds

Hello Friends,

Today I am sharing a really fun birthday card made from some really adorable Elizabeth Craft Designs' Dies. This card is for our Monthly Challenge over on the ECD Challenge Blog. Check it out for your chance of winning this weeks gift card.

This card was both simple and really fun to make. I absolutely love these new stamp & die cut sentiments. Gives you so many options with one stamp die duo. I love ways to make my money go farther and these fit that and then some.... We actually have two different coordinating sentiment sets like this now so make sure to check them both out.

Designers Tip: Since the stamps are clear I found it much easier to die cut the dies out first then to stamp straight down onto the pre cut piece of card stock. Here is a close up so you can see all the detail...

Elizabeth Craft Designs Product List:

Perfect Purple Soft Finish Card Stock  
White Soft Finish Card Stock
Perfect Pink Soft Finish Card Stock
Cafe Soft Finish Card Stock
Pale Peach Soft Finish Card Stock 
Color of Puppies Girl by ModaScrap
Thinking About Polinesia  By ModaScrap
Kaleidoscope Background Die 
Stitched Rectangles Dies
Small Cup Cake Dies 
Sentiments 1 - Celebrations  Stamps
Sentiments 1 - Celebrations Dies 

I truly hope I have inspired you today. That is my daily goal. If you ever have any questions or have comments I would love to speak with you. Thank you for stopping by. Happy Craftiness! Melanie

Monday, December 11, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs ~ Whimsical Winter Bears

Hello My Friends,

Today I have a fun wintry card to share with you all. This card is for Elizabeth Craft Designs and is focused on coloring these precious "Winter Bears". I absolutely love how the Copic colors turned out and how they matched the ModaScrap paper line so perfectly.

To create this card simply follow these easy instructions:
  1. Color your "Winter Bears" using Copic markers (listed below) and die cut using the coordinating die set. When coloring choose colors that match your focal paper. "Fly & Scrap" by ModaScrap was featured here.
  2. Cut your base card at 4" 1/4" x 11" score and fold in half from any dark colored Soft Finish card stock. Perfect Purple was used in this sample.
  3. Cut your focal paper to 4" x 5/1/4"
  4. Using the Fitted Circle dies cut our windows in the top focal paper. This adds depth and contrast to your card, especially if you use foam tape to pop up the layers even more like seen here.

5. Lastly used two layers of foam tape as seen in photo above and then using lots of the accessory pieces ad layers with some pieces glued to the card base and some glued to the top layer.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies Used:

Winter Bears Stamp Set
Winter Bears Die Set
Fitted Circles Dies
Fly & Scrap 12x12" Paper <<<<<< THIS PAPER IS BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!
Perfect Purple Soft Finish Card Stock
Kid's Choice Glue

Other Supplies Used:

Copic Markers in following colors; B0000, B000, B01, B02, BV000, BV00, BV04, G40, G43, Y04, Y08, C0, C03, C04, C05, C06, C09
Foam Tape

I hope you have enjoyed my project today ad I have inspired you to get into that craft room and make something beautiful. much love, Melanie

Friday, December 8, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs Stylish Snowman

Hello There,

With the chilly days quickly approaching I just had to play with this adorable Stylish Snowman die set. I love how many options you have with the set. I used a typical top hat and scarf but you can also dress up your snowman with two other hats OR EVEN reindeer antlers, How cool is that?

There is only one stamp used in this card and that is for the sentiment "I melt you" from the Holiday Cheer clear stamp set.


To create the rest of this card simply follow the following cutting instructions:
  1. For card base cut a piece of dark card stock to 6"x12" and score/fold in half.
  2. From the "It's Christmas Time" 12x12 paper pack cut a 5 3/4 x 5 3/4" square of this adorable snowy paper, attach to card front.
  3. Use "Adventure Edges" die set to create the snow in the scene with white Soft Finish card stock.
  4. The same two card stocks were used to create the sentiment from the "Stitched Fishtails" die set.
  5. Using the "Stylish Snowman" die set along with Black, white, red, and a tiny bit of orange card stock you will cut out each piece. A simply pair of tweezers from your bathroom can be an invaluable tool for the tiny pieces. The focus to detail with ECD dies really sets them apart from other competitor brands.
  6. For a little added texture a white gel pen was used for the tiny dots on the hat and scarf. This little snowman us also a little sassy with his hands on his waste.... hee hee

Other Supplies Used:
Black Card Stock
White Gel Pen

I have faith that I have inspired you today. To purchase all your Elizabeth Craft Designs dies along with many other amazing products simply visit their Online Store or their Company Blog. 
Have a beautiful day! Melanie 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Little Darlings "I Can't Reach" Christmas Card

Hiya Friends,

Today I have a festive Christmas card to share with you made with Little Darlings products. This is such a cute stamp. It is called "I Can't Reach", isn't it adorable? 

Below is a close up of my coloring.


 I have used Copic markers in the following colors to hand color my stamped image. 

E000, E00, E11, E21, E51, E53, E59, E55
G03, G05, G07, G40, G43, G46
 Y13, Y15, Y17
B23, B24, B26
R35, R37, R39 

For embellishments I have used a wooden bow element painted with some Wink of Stella. Copper Trim for the mesh bow, and washi tape for the horizontal striped piece of card stock along the bottom of the card. 

Thank you for stopping by today. May your day be blessed and filled with creativity. Melanie

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