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Friday, November 17, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs' Gingerbread Home



Welcome Back Friends,
DT Melanie here with you today with a super cute project. Playing with the "Gingerbread Home" die set made me feel like I was playing with paper dolls again, like when I was a kid. I bet a lot of you remember those days :-)
The Gingerbread Home set is just adorable... lets take a closer look...

To create this card simply follow these steps.
Step 1: Cut a 5" x 10" piece of red card stock and fold to create your card base.

Step 2: Cut a piece of speciality paper measuring 4.75" x 4.75" and attach to the front of your card. "It's Christmas Time" paper by ModaScrap was used here.

Step 3: Die cut all your pieces. Here are a few photos showing some of this process.


The full house die from dark brown card stock and the outlined scalloped shape from ivory card stock


The candy cane cut at the same time using one die for red and the other for the white.


Then when you get to the gingerbread man and lady then fun begins to happen. Make sure to use double sided adhesive to help with assembling these pieces. The pieces are interchangeable so cut your self numerous pieces and play around with the layers. In lay a few pieces and look what you can make....


When you are done with all the die cutting simply glue all pieces together to create a fun and inviting gingerbread scene.

Step 4: Creating the Sentiment:
The sentiment was created by using a portion of one stamp from the "Holiday Cheer" clear stamp set. The stamp itself reads "Candy Cane Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses" and looks like this.


Carefully stamp just the "Candy Cane" portion first, as seen below, onto a Dotted Scalloped Rectangle die. Next carefully ink up just the word, "Wishes", and stamp it below the previous stamped words.


Lastly to fit the sentiment into the scene without over lapping anything simply snip off the edge of the dotted scalloped rectangle and glue to the top left hand side of your card.



I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial today and that it inspires you to get crafty. Feel free to contact me with any questions. Happy Stamping!!! Melanie

Monday, November 13, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs' Snowglobe Shaker Card

Hello My Crafty Friends,

I have something fun to share with you today, a super fun shaker card. I have to admit I have not made many shaker cards so this was a labor of love. It was really fun though and I encourage all of you to give it a try!
Here is how I created this card....

Step 1: Using the "Snowman & Gifts" clear stamp set along with the coordinating dies color and cut these adorable snowmen. Copics were used in the samples in this post.

Step 2: Cut a red card base measuring 5.5' x 11" and fold in half.

Step 3:  Cut a piece of silver foil card stock to 5.25" x 5.25" square and attach to card front.

Step 4:  Cut a piece of holiday patterned paper, from the "It's Christmas Time" Paper Pack from ModaScrap, to 5" x 5" and adhere to the card front.

Now to create the snowglobe...

Step 5: With a die cut machine and the "Snowglobe Scene" die set, cut one snow globe as seen in the photo below, and cut two rings by placing two circle dies inside each other as shown in the photo. Circle dies from the "Fitted Circles" were used to achieve the perfect size ring. From the largest circle die also cut 1 piece of clear acetate so that it forms a solid circle rather than a ring.


 

You should now have the following pieces... plus one solid acetate circle the size of the globe itself.



Step 6: Cut a circle from the snowglobe die with ModaScrap "It's Christmas Time" paper. You will trim off the bottom of the globe, because you just need the circle. Then using the slope die simply cut a piece of light blue Soft Finish Card Stock to act as snow for our snowy scene.





Now you are ready to assemble the snowglobe as seen here in the picture below. You will layer your pieces in the following order.
  • Attach the full Snowglobe cut in step 5 to the front of the card.
  • Next layer the spotted background circle and the snow bank piece onto the snowglobe base, these were cut in step 6.
  • Add your colored snowmen.
  • Take one of the brown rings and glue it around the outer edge of the snowglobe. This will act as a guide in the following steps.
  • Using foam strips stick down an entire ring of tape which gives you the depth that the sequins will need to move around.
  • At this point it is good to use an embossing buddy over the surface of your scene so that the sequins will not stick once enclosed inside.
  • With the last ring and the acetate glue these together being very careful not to get glue onto the acetate where it might show.
  • Lastly, add sequins on top of the snowmen, peel off the release sheet from the foam tape, and simply place the ring/acetate piece on top capturing your sequins inside.


Elizabeth Crafts Supplies:
Snowglobe Scene
Fitted Circle Dies
It's Christmas Time Paper By ModaScrap
Snowman & Gifts
Soft Finish Card Stock Soft Sky
Kids Choice Glue

Other Items Used:
Copic Markers
Blue & White Sequin Mix
Foam Strips
Clear Window Sheet Acetate

I hope this has inspired you in some form or fashion. I plan on watching youtube videos to check out alternative ways to create these fun, yet addicting, cards. I have so many ideas running through my head. Leave me a message below and let me know if you have made shakers before. I'd love to see your projects. Hugs, Melanie

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

LDRS Creative Holly Days Stamps & Dies


Hi Friends,

I am getting excited about all the brand new products being released for the holidays....or should I say "Holly Days"? Little Darlings Rubber Stamps has released a beautiful collection of stamps and dies, and everyone knows how much I love DIES!!! Check out my favorite die set from them below. It is called the Holly Wreath Circle Die Set. See the entire collection HERE.  


I love how this dainty floral die fits perfectly with the Holly Days Large Circle Die Set. This sentiment set has room to color in your sentiments to coordinate with your projects. I colored in the leaves and berries on mine so that it would match the paper. Below is a closer look at the entire die/sentiment pairing. I just love it when dies and stamps coordinate don't you????


For my project I have used three of the new products by LDRS Creative. I started with a piece of paper from the Polkadoodles Winter Land 6x6 Paper Stack. From there I choose a coordinating piece of Cherry Cobbler card stock and I die cut this amazing Holly Wreath Circle Die. I stamped out the "Holly Days" circle stamp onto Copic Xpress It paper and I hand colored in the holly in, giving it a rich look. Then I realized that the pierced circle die from the Holly Wreath set PERFECTLY for these circle sentiments so make sure you check them out HERE






I hope this finds you well and inspires you to enjoy your creative side today. Hugs, Melanie



Magnolia-Licious Challenge Blog Post ~ Optional Theme "The Holidays"

Hi There and welcome back!

Today I am sharing with you Magnolia-licious' Monthly Challenge post. This month we have an optional theme for the holidays. I am using Snowy Tilda from the 2015 Lovely Christmas Collection.

Isn't this sweetie adorable in the rich Burgundy's and neutrals? I have stamped and colored her on Copic Xpress It paper and then I fussy cut her out and mounted her onto an oval die set using mini Dimensionals. This just gives her a little lift and extra interest.



I have used numerous Magnolia Doohicky Dies including the Vintage Square set. I also used numerous dies from the Vol. 7 Doohikey Set. The paper is from the Lemon Craft Christmas Carol 6x6" paper stack.  which is available in the Magnolia-licious online store. I also added one of our Pearl Button Flower Centers which I am in love with.... I want them in EVERY COLOR!!! They are so affordable too!

Thank you for visiting all of our Challenge Cards today. I hope you will consider entering your current Magnolia project so we can see it. Happy stamping! Melanie

Friday, November 3, 2017

Magnolia-licious Tilda with Umbrella - Daisy

Hello There,

I am starting off November with a project I am super proud of. This is Magnolia's Tilda w/ Umbrella and she is part of the "Yay - It's Your Birthday 2017" Collection.


As you can see I created an entire scene with this little lady. Following a tutorial from Kit & Clowder online coloring classes. These classes are truly amazing.
 
I have used yellow Foamiran along with some peach stamen from Magnolia-Licious. I cut these flowers out using Whimsy Peony dies and I have colored the Foamiran with Gelatos. 


Here is a close up of the coloring. Everything is drawn in except for Tilda herself. Alyce with Kit & Clowder is an amazing instructor and you could also color like this just by following her videos. 

Thank you for stopping by today and for visiting often. I hope you have a blessed day! Melanie
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