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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!
Melanie

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!
Melanie

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Magnolia Rose Princess Tilda

Welcome Back Friends!

I have a special little princess to share with you today. The stamp is named "Rose Princess Tilda" and she is a beauty!

My focus of this card all came from the beautiful chipboard that Magnolia-Licious sells. It is simply called "Round Frame with Ornament Flower"  It is absolutely STUNNING!!! It is actually two delicate pieces which gives so much dimension to your project. You deffinatly get a lot of bang for your buck as these gems are very affordable!! We have an entire collection of different designs from the LaseroveLove Brand. See all of their collection by clicking HERE.

Here is a closer look. I have colored Rose Princess Tilda with Copic Markers in the following colors.

Skin: E000, E00, E11, E21, R20
Hair: E41, E42, E43
Clothing: YG61, YG63, YG 67, B000, B00, B01
Roses: R000, R01

Do you like my coloring? Make sure to add your email to the space in the side bar for notifications as I add new projects.

Thank you for stopping by today. Do something crafty every day!!! 
Love, Melanie

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....


Hop along and leave a comment so you could win!

Day 1:

And make sure to be back tomorrow for more inspiration!















Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Club La-La Land Crafts ~ August 2018 Club Kit

Hello Friends,

Today I have a surprise for you. I have been slowly but surely learning how to create and edit YouTube videos. I wanted to share my coloring with all of you and thanks to being a design team member over at Club La-La Land Crafts I was able to muster up the courage to record not only one but 3 videos, which I will share below. 

Today's projects are my second set of cards using the Club La-La Land Monthly Club Kit! isn't it just adorable? Want to join? Simply CLICK HERE.

My first project uses Happy Camper Marci along with the roasting marshmallow die set from this August kit along with the La-La Land Crafts Postage Stamp Dies.


Copic Color Combos:
Skin E000, E00, E11, E21, R20, R22
 Hair: E41, E42, E43, E44
Clothing: R35, R37, R39, Y13, Y15, Y17, TG21, YG23. YG25, YG17

Want to see how I colored Happy Camper Marci? I have created a 3 part video showing you the skin, hair, and clothing being colored with Copic markers. Take a look and don't forget to subscribe as I am brand new YouTuber ~ Thank you friends!

Copic Skin Tutorial
 

Copic Hair Tutorial

Copic Clothing Tutorial

My second project today is probably my favorite La-La Land Crafts project yet! Her hair color and her details on her clothes were so much fun. I added two products from the store in this project.
Nested Circles Dies and Pierced Scalloped Circles
 



Copic Color Combos:
 Skin: E000, E00, E11, E21, R20
Hair: C2, C3, C5, C6, C7, C9
Clothing: B34, B37, B39, R35, R37, R39, YG17, YG23, YG25
white gel pen was also used on her jacket and shorts.
Being a part of this team has allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and I feel like I have grown as an artist with each and every project. Many thanks goes out to Irina and the rest of the team. You girls have been amazing to work with.

Thank you for stopping by today. Please consider following my blog and/or YouTube channel. My goal is to inspire you to get your crafty supplies out and make something special!
 Hugs, Melanie

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Magnolia-Licious ~ Fruit Salad Collection & Dies Dies Dies!!!!!!

Welcome back everyone,

Today I just have to show off these new ROX Dies available in the Magnolia-Licious Store. They are so detailed, yet so affordable and are going to be YOUR NEXT MUST HAVE item!!! I have framed Melon Tilda here with one of the nesting ROX Circles with cross stitch detail. Then I used the nesting Rox Square dies which also have the same cross stitch edge detail. Can you tell I am "in love"with these dies????


Ok now to the rest of my project. This is Melon Tilda and she can be found in the Magnolia-Licious Store under the Fruit Salad Collection. I had a lot of fun adding the different dies to the card rather than loading it up with embellishments to the cards.

I have used the Sakura Flowers and Umbrella Dies along with the beautiful Vintage Box Lacing Die. 
I think this Lacing die is my new all time favorite DooHickey Die. It is so delicate and beautiful.

I would love to hear what you think of my new projects. Message me or leave a comment below. Looking forward to getting to know you better.

Melanie

Saturday, August 18, 2018

LDRS Creative ~ Inlaid Sunburst Rainbow Card

Hi Friends,
DT Melanie here with you today to share a fun inlaid card using our NEW Sunburst Rectangle Die Set.

This was so much fun to create. Here is how I did it!

Step 1: Cut a piece of light blue card stock (4"x5.25") using the starburst die. Your base card will also need to be cut from a dark purple card stock (4.25x11") 

Step 2: Add double sided foam tape to the entire back of the light blue card stock. I did this for two reasons... 1.) I wanted the small pieces to attach without using glue. and 2.) I wanted to add a little extra thickness to the card since it was going to be quite flat.

Step 3. Start with the red card stock and simply die cut it using the same star burst die and take the largest "circles" and lay them into the holes of the die and simply press to adhere them. Do this with each color of paper, completing one color at a time before die cutting the next one.

Step 4: When cutting each starburst you will accumulate the circles from the center of the die. Glue these all together and glue to center of the card. This will give a little more stability when gluing the sentiment pieces onto the card.

Step 5: Using the Scalloped Rectangle Die Set, cut the tag die from both purple and white card stocks. 

Step 6: Stamp your sentiment using Hybrid Ink in Dark Washed Jeans. I have used a sentiment from the "Wishing You" sentiment stamp set.

Step 7: Glue sentiment over the center opening. 

Step 8: Die cut the small hearts from a red card stock and adhere.





I hope this little inlaid card has brightened your day. I hope you have the
"Best Day Ever" Hugs, Melanie
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