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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

La-La Land Crafts August 2018 Club Kit Release

Hi Friends,

I have a super fun post for you all today. I have really been enjoying Club La-La Land Crafts. Working with their products is just seamless especially since their dies in the kit each month coordinate with the monthly theme. This months theme is camping, lets take a look...

For my first card today I have made a fancy fold card. If you are a La-La Land Craft Club subscriber you will automatically receive this as your FREE tutorial. That is a perk for being a member...you will receive tutorials from each of the Club DT members.

Here is a second look that shows you a better view of the fancy folds. I have colored three of the stamps from this months stamp sets. Of course "Happy Camper Marci" is the main character but I added the moose and bear from the Happy Trails stamp set along with the "Don't Feed The Bears" sentiment for some extra fun. The camper die was cut twice to give the doors and windows a contrasting color. Make sure to watch my YouTube video to see how special this camper die actually is.

The fire die was cut from white Copic Xpress It paper and hand colored using Copic Markers. I have used the following colors in this card:

Skin: E000, E00, E11, E21,
Hair: E53, E55, E57, E59
Animals: E30, E31, E33, E34, E53, E55, E57, E59
Fire: YR12, YR14, YR14, YR27
Wood: E34, E37, E39, E59

For my second card I started with the red and white gingham paper and used it to inspire my coloring. Each time I create a card using La-La Land Crafts products I think that most recent card is by far my favorite. This is one of those moments. I feel like I grow as an artist with each and every project and I thank La-La Land Crafts for supporting my creativity.

Here is a second look focusing on the layers of my card. I added the La-La Land Nested Frames in both the small and large to add depth and to really show off "Happy Camper Marci". 

The Nested dies are available in our online store. click below to check out all the details.

Speaking of Marci, here is a close up to highlight my coloring. I have used Copic markers in the following colors:

Skin: E000, E00, E11, E21, R20
Hair: YR20, YR21, YR24, YR27
Clothes: B23, B34, B37, R35, R37, R39, E53, E55, E57
Racoon: C0, C1, C3, C5, C7

One last look! Thank you for stopping by today. I hope I have encouraged you to pull out those craft supplies and take some crafty time for yourself. If I have inspired you today please click "follow" or add your email along the side bar to receive my posts directly. 

Have a creative day! 

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Magnolia-Licious Monthly Challenge ~ Doohickey Kit #10 ~ Still AVAILABLE!!!!!

Hello Lovely Friends,

Magnolia-Licious has just posted their August 2018 Monthly Challenge. Our challenge is "Anything Goes with an optional Fall theme" and I have a really fun project to share.

I was away at a 4 day crop when I shopped for these papers. I walked around the store with the "Tilda With Plant" Stamp looking for something gardening related. Then I spotted this Graphic 45 paper with the yellow Gingham design along with the vegetables. Oh My Goodness it was PERFECT! The colors were perfect for the FALL theme this month as well.

I colored Tilda to match the paper, which is how I like to create. When I was coloring her I had a friend ask about that. She seemed surprised that I choose my paper first so I thought I would mention it to all of you. To me this allows for me to coordinate the coloring for a more seamless design.

To frame Tilda I did use one of Magnolia-Licious Rox Dies. This set is the nesting squares and have a really pretty cross stitch pattern around the edges. Isn't it really nice? Very affordable too, ONLY $12.00! See all the available Rox Dies HERE in the store.

All of the other dies I have used are all from the Doohickey Kit #10 which is available in the store (In limited quantities) The Bumble Bee was cut from white card stock and then colored with Copics. The wings were cut from vellum and then Wink of Stella was added for a little shimmer. The bumble Bee trails were also from the kit. It just pierces the paper...So cute! These dies used here in the bottom left hand corner are also ALL from the Doohickey kit #10. The hive die in the background, the stitched hexagon, and the coordinating scalloped hexagon tag die. Make sure to check this kit out in the store.

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Club La-La Land Crafts ~ Garden Marci & Fairies

Welcome back my friends,
Today I have my second monthly post for the July La-La Land Crafts Club kit. I have had so much fun with July's kit. I especially enjoyed coloring their clothing. There is still time to subscribe starting with August's Club Kit. Simply Click HERE! Have a question or curious about this club? All the details & perks are listed at the end of this blog post.

For my first card today I am using the Garden Fairies. For the background I wanted a sky so I got creative and using the "Nested Frames Large die" as a stencil I created the cloud background using daubers to dye ink with. I cut out the flowers and watering can dies with white Copic paper and hand colored them. I just love the detail of La-La Land Crafts dies. They are a joy to work with.

 My second card today is my favorite. This card features Garden Marci, she has a beautiful dress and I colored her dress using Copic markers and the zig zag folds technique. In the background you will spot the "Wood Rings Background Stamp Set inked up with multiple brown dye inks and I sponged the edges to give a halo look to the background. The extra flowers and the flower pot came from the "Just For You Background Stamp Set". Doesn't it go perfectly with Marci and her flowers she is holding??? They also coordinate well with the flower die from July's Club Kit. Notice how I cut apart the flower die to create corners for the top of my card. These dies are so versatile. Don't forget to also  check out all of the NEW Background Stamp Sets. I love that they have additional stamps to coordinate with the large background stamp.

Copic Colors:
Skin: E000,E00,E01,E02
 Hair: YR21, YR24, YR27
Clothing: B60, B63, B66, B69
Wings: Y04, Y08, Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen Moonlight
 Flowers: YR 04, YR07,YR09 & YR20, YR21, YR23, Y24
Stems: YG91, YG93, YG95

Copic Colors:
Skin: E000,E00,E11,E21,R20
Hair: E23, E27, E29
Clothing & Flowers: 
B60, B63, B66, B69
YR 04, YR07,YR09. R17
YR20, YR21, YR23
Stems: YG91, YG93, YG95

If you are not already a CLUB member and wish to join simply CLICK HERE. The last day to order July's kit was July 17th but one of the many perks of being a member is being able to order previous kits, while supplies last.


Our monthly club has 3 options. You can choose the stamp only package, the die only package or the full bundle. This months full kit has a value of $69.99 so being a subscriber has lots of savings along with the following PERKS!

Cost: Club Members save more than 40%
Stamps Only $19.99
Dies Only $29.99
 or full bundle for  $39.99 ($30 SAVINGS)

Also each month you will receive a "Surprise" in the mail all dressed up in a shiny gold envelope. Each full kit includes 2 Stamp Sets and multiple dies. Everything is coordinated by a different theme each month.

Exclusivity ~ These are only released to club members and will not be introduced to the regular customer line for at least 6-12 months.

FREE Tutorials ~ You will receive a link to the private tutorials created JUST for club members. Each Design team member makes one, so that is 10 FREE tutorials.

I cannot wait to see what you make :-)
Happy Creating!

Saturday, August 4, 2018

LDRS Creative Lemonade ~ I Could Just Squeeze You!

Hi Friends,
Welcome back! I am here with you today to share a really bright and cheerful card.

This adorable stamp set is simply called "Lemonade" and is a fun little 4x4 stamp set. I have used a bunch of NEW dies from the LDRS Creative Online Store.

LDRS Creative supplies used:

As you can see from this close up photo, I have gotten a lot of dimension by adding lots of foam tape under some of the dies. The background was also stamped with the lemon stamp from the Lemonade stamp set. It almost gives it a designer paper look. 

One last look.... I hope I have brought a smile to your face today and that you make time for yourself this week and enjoy some crafty time! Hugs, Melanie

Thursday, July 19, 2018

LDRS Creative ~ A New Beginning

Today I am sharing a LDRS Creative project. This is the new stamp set called "A New Beginning" and these are such fun to color.

The Stamp set here "A New Beginning" is part of the most recent release along with this beautiful paper stack called "You are my Sunshine" isn't that the perfect name for this bright and cheerful 6x6" paper stack?

I have also used a couple different LDRS Creative dies. I had a lot of fun with the Super Sprigs set as you can see below.

Last but not least,  I also colored another stamp from this same stamp set and added it to the inside of the card.

I hope you have enjoyed my projects today, and that it has inspired you to get crafty!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

NEW RELEASE ~ La-La Land Crafts Monthly Club Kit

Hi Friends,

I have an exciting new La-La Land Crafts Club kit to share with you today. This is July's club kit and is ONLY available for 2 more days. If you would like to receive these in your mailbox details for signing up will be at the end of this post.

For this first card I have created an adorable flower box card featuring the EXCLUSIVE flower box die set. These two dies create a pocket style windowsill. You simply score along the flower box score lines and glue those flaps to your card, on top of the base, and it creates a pocket. I have chosen to add the flowers from this set into the pocket. Isn't it adorable???

I think I like this second card even more than the first one. If you are a Club Subscriber you will receive the design team's FREE tutorials. Each of us create a club ONLY tutorial each month and this double pocket card is my tutorial for this month. It was super fun to make and I am just loving the flowers used as a border inside the lower pocket. Then little flower fairy all tucked into the top pocket which will be a fun little surprise for the recipient.


Our monthly club has 3 options. You can choose the stamp only package, the die only package or the full bundle. This months full kit has a value of $69.99 so being a subscriber has lots of savings along with the following PERKS!

Cost: Club Members save more than 40%
Stamps Only $19.99
Dies Only $29.99
 or full bundle for  $39.99 ($30 SAVINGS)

Also each month you will receive a "Surprise" in the mail all dressed up in a shiny gold envelope. Each full kit includes 2 Stamp Sets and multiple dies. Everything is coordinated by a different theme each month.

Exclusivity ~ These are only released to club members and will not be introduced to the regular customer line for at least 6-12 months.

FREE Tutorials ~ You will receive a link to the private tutorials created JUST for club members. Each Design team member makes one, so that is 10 FREE tutorials.

Happy Stampin'

Saturday, July 7, 2018

LDRS Creative ~ Creating a Scene with "Shore Lucky" Stamp Set.

Hi Friends,
Today I have a fun clean and simple card to share with you. LDRS Creative has just released our fun summer release. This fun set named "Shore Lucky"  includes 25 photo polymer "clear" stamps which make creating a fun summer scene super easy!
Step By Step Card Recipe:
Step 1:  I  started with a A2 size card base ( 8.5 x 5.5" folded in half) and using the newly released Hybrid Inks in "Swimming Hole, Bali Blue, and Iced Tea" I swiped (ink pad directly onto paper) the white card with the ink pads in a wavy pattern to create the sky, sea, and sand.
Step 2: I used some of the stamps from the "Shore Lucky" stamp set to create the clouds, waves, and sand,  also using our Hybrid ink.
Step 3: I stamped the palm trees, dolphin, surf board, and the two little crabs onto white card stock. For the palm trees I inked the stamps with both "Four Leaf and Coffee Bean" Hybrid Inks. Using my alcohol markers I colored in the dolphin, surf board and crabs in and then attached all of the pieces to the card front.
Step 4: I stamped the "Shore lucky to have you" sentiment from the "Shore Lucky" stamp set with our "Raven Hybrid Ink"
Step 5. I wanted to add a frame to give the card a photo feel so I cut 1/4" strips of blue card stock which matches the A2 card base that I attached the scene onto. I layered them around the edge of the card popping it up with foam tape.
DT Product Review: This was my very first time using the new Hybrid Inks by LDRS Creative and I am excited to let you all know what a wonderful product they are. I had no issues using them with the clear stamps. Each stamped image came out crisp and clear on the first try. For the dolphin I actually stamped him in "Dark Washed Jeans" and since it is a Hybrid ink I was able to color it in with my alcohol markers without any smears or smudging.
Supplies Used In This Project:
Thank you for stopping by today. I hope I have inspired you to build a fun summer scene on your next card. They really are a lot of fun to make and super easy when you have the right supplies :-) Happy Stamping! Melanie

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Club La-La Land Crafts ~ Sew Amazing!!!

Hi Friends,

I am coming to you today with 2 new cards featuring June's La-La Land Crafts Club Kit. If you are already a member I bet you are already loving the "Sewing" theme of this set. If you are not yet a member I would love for you to JOIN US. You will be blown away month after month when your surprise shows up in your mail box. It is the only "Club" I have been involved with that has never disappointed me.

With this card I have used both of the La-La Land Crafts Nested Frame Die Sets. With the Largest die from the Nested Frame Large Die Set I cut both the patterned paper as well as the blue polka dot paper. The from this same set I used the smallest die for the sentiment. For the orange layer I used the largest die from the Nested Frame Small die set. These sets work so well together.  For "In Style Marci" I popped her up using foam tape. All of these layers really give depth to the project.  Her little fairy friend is also popped up and is ready to help Marci with her project.

From the Monthly Club Kit I used both the "In Style Marci" stamp along with one of the fairies from the "Sew Amazing stamp set. The dies with this set are adorable as well. I have used both the scissors and the pin cushion on this project. 

Here is a close up of my coloring. I have used the following Copic colors:

Skin: E000, E00,E11,E21, R20
Hair: E11, E15, E18
Clothes: YG00, YG01, YG05, B91,B95, B97, C1, C3, C5,
Misc: YR02, YR04, YR09

Up next is a smaller card using this months CLUB KIT

With this second project I made an A2 size card. I have used the same Nested Frames Large and Small die sets from the store. The largest die was used for the focal patterned paper and it is the piece that was left over from the first project ;-)

The dress form, dress die and the adorable fairies are all from the June Club Kit.

 La-La Land Crafts Club kits include exclusive stamps and dies each and every month. They have a value of approximately $70.00 all for $39.99! If you would rather get dies only or stamps only we have those options as well. Our exclusive Club products will not be released to the general public for a minimum of 6-12 months. So if you love them as much as I do you will want to save lots of money and sign up for the CLUB

Thanks again for following my work. I hope I have inspired you to get creative today!


Monday, June 18, 2018

Sink or Swim ~ A Masculine Card

 Welcome back friendsI am here with you today to share a masculine card with all of you. I struggle with Masculine cards so with Father's day just yesterday,  I thought I would share mine.

I am using the Polkadoodles "Sink or Swim" Stamp from LDRS Creative  in this card a long with our Splendid Azure 6"x6" Paper Stack. This paper pack is PERFECT for all your masculine cards!

For the sentiment I choose to frame it with the beautiful Dewdrop Circle Die Set. This set comes with a large and small medallion style dies. This is the smaller one which is the ideal size for your sentiments.  

One last close up look of my coloring. I used a lot of stippling to give the animals extra texture. This is one of my favorite coloring techniques.

I would absolutely love to see your LDRS Creative projects,  You can share it in the LDRS Creative FB Group, and tag me so I am sure to see it! :)

Happy Stamping!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Club La-La Land Crafts ~ NEW KIT Premire

Hi Friends,

Welcome back to this months La-La Land Crafts monthly Club Kit Reveal. If you're not already a member you are going to WANT to be. This club kit is like no other. We have quality products and are themed together each month to bring you beautiful stamps & dies that coordinate. This month our theme is "Sewing!" All crafty people know someone who sews, and a lot of them sew themselves so this is a must have kit for all of you. 

I have two projects to share today along with a YouTube video showing the products up close.

 I have used the Sew Amazing stamp set here with the 3 adorable sewing fairies. These little girls were stamped with tuxedo black ink and colored with Copic markers in the following colors.

Skin: E000, E00, E01, E02
Hair: E11, E13, E15
Crown, wings, and shoes: Y11, Y13, Y17
Dresses: YR02, YR07, YR09, BG32, BG34
Thread: BG32, BG24, E43, E44

but that is not all.... below is In Style Marci

For this second card I have added a couple store items to my kit. These "extra" items can be purchased in the La-La Land Crafts Online Store. 

Extra Store Items Used:

As you can see I have used the background stamp on the front tag to create this really pretty patterned paper. I can see myself using these background stamps a lot. Just imagine all the colors you could make. I've colored In Style Marci with the following Copic markers...

Skin: E000, E00, E11, E21, R20
Hair Y21, YR04, YR07
Clothing: YG06, YG11, YG17, E42, E47, E49
Misc: C2, C3, C5, YR09, Y11, Y13, Y17

On the other side there is a hidden tag that can be slid out to reveal the "Hello Lovely" sentiment. The dress form and dress as well as the Sewing machine dies come with This Monthly Kit.

Would you like to browse the Online Store? If so you can simply CLICK HERE. Feel free to ask any questions you may have about our products. I am more than happy to assist with your purchases. 

One last look...

La-La Land Crafts Club Kits are by Subscription and are heavily reduced in price. They are also exclusive to club members for 6-12 months. At that time they will be added to the store for public purchase. Want to get it NOW? Click HERE

Happy Stamping My Friends & Thank you for stopping by.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Club La La Land Crafts ~ Gnomes Gnomes and more Gnomes!!!!

Hi Friends,

Today I have some adorable projects to share with you. These have been designed for La-La Land Crafts as part of their monthly CLUB design team. I am in love with these adorable Gnomes. If your reading this and would like to begin receiving these exclusive kits in the mail each month click HERE to subscribe!!!

My favorite part of this card is the twig and berries die. I die cut it 3 times for each branch and I cut them apart and pieced them together.  I then created a berry arch with them. This little die has SO MANY possibilities. 

I have done a little masking with Gnome Marci as well.  I wanted her standing in front of the stack of logs. If you would like to see more on how to create something similar just drop me a message and I will do a tutorial sometime soon to show you this technique.

As you can see by the above picture our stamps are beautiful red rubber cling mount stamps. They stamp perfectly without any hassle. Everything here is from the kit except for the Wood Rings Stamp Set, which I have gotten from the LLLC Online Store.

I have colored both Marci and the logs stamp with Copic Markers in the following colors:

Copic Colors:
Skin E000,00,01,02,R20
Hair E30,31,35
Wood Rings: E13,15,17,18,19
Clothes R32,35,37,39, G24,28,29, B91,93,97

For my second card using this same exact kit are made from a couple of Gnome Marci's friends... you receive 2 full stamp sets each month as part of this club. See my YouTube video HERE

Are they not ADORABLE???? Again I have used the berry branch die cutting it just twice to change the color of the berries. I also cut apart the grass & mushroom border die cuts to create the center piece. 

The LLLC dies are by far some of these best I have ever used. I feel very spoiled when I am creating with them. Would you like to see our huge collection of dies? You can check out the  

I have used Copic Markers with this card as well ~

Skin: E000,00,01,02
Hair: C0,02,03

 With the club kit your receive a exciting package each and every month. It arrives in a shiny gold envelope and never disappoints! you can see my previous 2 card samples along with all the exact pieces in this kit by watching my 

These stamp & die kits are Exclusive and will not be available for at least 6 months-1 year after club members receive them. If you JOIN now you should be able to purchase past kits which is a perk of being a monthly subscriber. You also will receive a tutorial by each DT member each and every month. Check back on the 16th of each month to see the new kit!!!

Thank you for stopping by today. I have really enjoyed playing with these products this month, but just between you and me.... next months are AMAZING TOO!!! So stay tuned. If you want to be notified when I update my blog simply add your email to the side bar. I usually post about twice a week so not to worry I won't be stalking your email box.  

Happy Stamping my friends!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Empowering women with Little Darling's Girl Power 1 Stamp & Die Set!

Welcome Back Friends!
I am here with you today to share a fun little card perfect for any strong women!
This "Girl Power 1" stamp and die set is perfect for empowering women! I chose to use my Misti Stamping Platform to evenly line up my corner stamps. See photo below.
Here I have stamped the top left hand corner of my 4" x 5.25" white card stock. Then once I am happy with the stamping I simply rotated the paper to stamp other opposite corner. Super EASY!
To stamp the images I have used the Girl Power 1 Stamp and Die set, along with LDRS Creative New Hybrid Ink in Raven. This ink is amazing. You can use it for almost anything and it stamps so dark and crisp.
After stamping my corner images I colored in the floral and vines with my Alcohol markers. Above is a close up of some of my coloring.
The "Go Girl" stamp and die set is the set I used for the entire card. Look to see how nice the dies cut out the images...
Can't get that much more perfect than that can you? I love the quality of our dies!!!
One last look..... I hope I have gotten your juices flowing and your ready to create something empowering! If you would like to follow my work more closely feel free to leave your email address in the side bar to receive a couple emails per week when I upload new projects. Thank you for stopping by and Happy Stamping!

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