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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Some Odd Girl Design Team Call

Hi Friends,



I have a super fun project to share with you today. I have designed this card as part of my submission for "Some Odd Girl's" Design Team. The entry requires a sample of my work using a SOG stamp. I have a mini collection of them so I dug them out and I just PLAYED to my hearts content. I really like the way it turned out.


 This card design is an A2 size and has a subtle sparkle. The background was created using a stencil by Crafter's Companion titled "Droplets" I have inked it up using Ranger Distress Inks in Mermaid Lagoon, Broken Feathers, and Peacock Feathers. Some inked droplets have a clear sparkle pen added for a little extra glimmer. The seaweed is a die from Stampin' Up! but the STAR of the show is this precious stamp set by Some Odd Girl titled "Under The Sea Mae" I absolutely love coloring mermaids which is why I chose this stamp for my submission.  Here is a close up of my coloring...



I have used Copic Markers in the following colors:

Skin: E000, E00, E11, E2, R20
Hair: E13, E15, E17, Eyes: BB23, B24
Mermaid: Y18, V01, V05, V06, V09
Sea Horse: BG10, BG11, BG13, BG18

To finish off the project I added a background layer of mirror card by Crafter's Companion and then finished off with a few sequins from my stash.

I hope you have enjoyed this project as much as I have enjoyed creating it. Happy Stamping my crafty friends!
 Melanie

Thursday, June 13, 2019

LDRS Creative ~ Nuts About You!

Hi Friends,

Today I have a cute card using a LDRS Creative Stamp set titled "Nuts About You".   
Polkadoodles has the most adorable critter stamps. Make sure to check them all out in our Online Store.


 This adorable fox was a joy to color. I have used Alcohol markers to color him.
The Sweet Sensations 6x6" paper pack is perfect for this foxes cupcake. They both even have cherry's :-)
One last look...

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Crafter's Companion Build a Scene Card

Hi Friends,

I have been playing around with some new products I have gotten recently and I just wanted to share. Everyone knows how much I like Fairies. When I saw both the Build a Scene Kit as well as the Enchanted Garden Collection by Crafter's Companion I knew I needed to play with them. So I spent quite a lot of time on this and I had so much fun making it.

This diorama of sorts is multi layered and frames the fairy scene the background. The fairy on the foreground is tip toeing through the garden peeking on the fairy under the tree. 

The majority of the items in this scene are from a kit called "Build a Scene" which was originally a subscription kit. I purchased it recently from the Crafter's Companion US website but currently I am not seeing any available. Their site does change regularly though so keep an eye out. The Enchanted Garden IS STILL AVAILABLE..... Enabler Alert!!!!

for the background card coverage I used Copic Markers in the following colors...

Y13, Y15, Y18
R22, R24, R27, R29
E23, E25, R27, R29
110 Special Black 

Here are some side views into the inside of the card. I altered the card blank in the Crafter's Companion kit so that I could lay it flat to fit into a 5x7" envelope which also came within the kit. 



The subscription kits are available on HSN and I am hoping to subscribe in July IF they come out with a new subscription. Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you will consider "following me" along the side bar. Have a crafty day! Melanie

Friday, May 31, 2019

LDRS Creative NEW RELEASE Day 2 ~ Polkadoodles Holly




Thank you for joining us on our LDRS Creative inspiration week blog hop!

In this release, we are introducing some adorable critters to be used all-year round, a few fabulously feminine images and  There are 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)!

First, we have a brand new clear stamp set perfect for the weather called Puddle Jumper Stamps. Not only is it related to the weather, but it is perfect for any sharing kindness and well wishes projects, because we all deserve a bit of rainbow in our lives!

Next, we have something for all our Polkadoodles fans! You all know and love Holly, so we decided to add 4 more sets in store, with the brand new sets called Holly - Spring Chicken, Holly - Just Breezing By, Holly - Chirpy ChirpHolly - Bunny Tail. We just love them all!

Here is my personal project featuring the new "Breezing By" stamp set.



But that's not all... give a huge welcome to these two adorable critters sets, Nuts About You and 24 Carrot! Aren't they the cutest?!

What's more to love in the new release? TWO more all-in-one stencils, Coming Up Daisies and Rainy Day, which are perfect to build scenes and add a bit of ink or other mixed media medium to any project!

And finally, we have some amazing PATTERN PLAY papers to coordinate with all these fabulous products, Puddle Jumper, available in both 6x6 and 12x12!

 And you can grab the entire release in bundle, because you KNOW you need them all!

Simply use the list at the end of the post to keep hopping!
 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.  Make sure to visit our Instagram page, for a chance to win a fabulous bundle!



Winners will be announced on the LDRS Creative inspiration blog and Instagram page on June 4, 2019.

AND for the release event we are excited to offer some great savings!
Save 15% on the new release*, including already discounted bundles and use code MAY15
(*Coupon valid until June 2, 2019, midnight EST)


Hop along and leave a comment so you could win!

Day 2:
LDRS CREATIVE BLOG
MELISSA
MELANIE (you are here)
ALANNA
RALUCA
KASSI
ZSOFIA
JEANNIE
ILINA
JANE


My personal project today is this little beauty. This is the "Breezing By" Stamp set by Polkadoodles. She is holding an adorable little nest of birds. This is a perfect stamp set for spring. I have created a shaped card using the Woodland Foliage Frames die set. It is currently on sale for $10 OFF in the LDRS Online Store. I have taken a few extra photos to share the process with you. It is quite simple to recreate.

 


 

This first photo shows the two pieces you will be cutting to create the hidden card base and shape.  To cut the green card base you will need to slide the top of the die over the scored edge of your card base. This way it does not show once the full die cut card front is attached. 





Here is a side view of the completed card.

This die set also comes with the layering ovals to to frame your piece as seen above with the navy & polka dot paper/ The die cut leaves are also from the Woodland Foliage Die Set.  The patterned paper is from the Homemade Happiness 6x6 paper stack.

Supply List:

Just Breezin By Stamp Set 
Woodland Foliage Frames
 Homemade Happiness 6x6 paper stack


I hope your day is filled with joy and happiness.... Melanie

Thursday, May 30, 2019

LDRS Creative NEW RELEASE ~ Puddle Jumper

Thank you for joining us on our LDRS Creative inspiration week blog hop!

In this release, we are introducing some adorable critters to be used all-year round, a few fabulously feminine images and  There are 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)!

First, we have a brand new clear stamp set perfect for the weather called Puddle Jumper Stamps. Not only is it related to the weather, but it is perfect for any sharing kindness and well wishes projects, because we all deserve a bit of rainbow in our lives!

Here is my personal project featuring the Puddle Jumper Set.


(More photos at the end of this blog post)

Next, we have something for all our Polkadoodles fans! You all know and love Holly, so we decided to add 4 more sets in store, with the brand new sets called Holly - Spring Chicken, Holly - Just Breezing By, Holly - Chirpy ChirpHolly - Bunny Tail. We just love them all!

But that's not all... give a huge welcome to these two adorable critters sets, Nuts About You and 24 Carrot! Aren't they the cutest?!

What's more to love in the new release? TWO more all-in-one stencils, Coming Up Daisies and Rainy Day, which are perfect to build scenes and add a bit of ink or other mixed media medium to any project!

I have used the Rainy Day stencil in my project today.

 

And finally, we have some amazing PATTERN PLAY papers to coordinate with all these fabulous products, Puddle Jumper, available in both 6x6 and 12x12!

 And you can grab the entire release in bundle, because you KNOW you need them all!

Simply use the list at the end of the post to keep hopping!
 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.  Make sure to visit our Instagram page, for a chance to win a fabulous bundle!



Winners will be announced on the LDRS Creative inspiration blog and Instagram page on June 4, 2019.

AND for the release event we are excited to offer some great savings!
Save 15% on the new release*, including already discounted bundles and use code MAY15
(*Coupon valid until June 2, 2019, midnight EST)
 
Here is my project featuring "Puddle Jumper" This adorable set screams spring filled with Springtime rain, bright sunshine of summer, and even rainbows for some good luck. How cute is this??? I created the background using the totally awesome NEW Rainy Day Stencil. It creates two styles of clouds, rain drops, and grass. All in one!!! Our LDRS Creative Hybrid Inks also blend quite nicely giving you vibrant blends each and every time.
 


LDRS Supplies Used:

Puddle Jumper Stamp Set
Rainy Day Stencil
Hybrid Inks


Hop along and leave a comment so you could win!

Day 1:

And make sure to be back tomorrow for more inspiration!


I hope you enjoy my project and have a creative day!

 Melanie

Sunday, May 26, 2019

LDRS Creative Flower Power ~ 5x7 Framed Art

Hello My Creative Friends ~ 

Today I am sharing a special new project. This stamp set is from LDRS Creative called Flower Power by Creative Cre8tion Designs and is part of our Art Journal line. I do not art journal so I decided to do a framed piece instead.
 

Step 1: Cut a piece of alcohol friendly paper into a 5x7" piece to match the frame size. 

Step 2: These are really thick foam mount stamps which are made from a high quality couture cut rubber. So lay the stamp down with the rubber up, ink the stamp, then place the paper on top and carefully rub to transfer the ink.

Step 3: Color with Alcohol markers

Step 4: Stamp 2 accent stamps (Butterfly & Dragonfly) and color them.

Step 5: Fussy cut out your images and detail with glitter glue before adhering them to your project.
Below are a few close up shots of my coloring...


Coloring these flowers were my favorite part of this project. I have accented the flower stamen with a white gel pen.



One final look before I go..... We carry two of these large Art Journal stamp sets. You can see them along with the rest of the Cre8tive Cre8tions Designs Stamps by clicking HERE
 

Make sure you check out the LDRS Creative Facebook Page especially for our customers. Have an amazing day!
 
 Melanie

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Sparkle N Sprinkle ~ Vintage Peony Inspiration ~ 10% coupon code!

Hi Sparkle Friends,

Today I have a simple, yet striking, project using a beautiful Sparkle N Sprinkle floral stamp set called Vintage Peony Inspiration Stamp Set #00-930P5


Sparkle N Sprinkle Products Used:


This card was created by mistake....a happy mistake. I was playing with the stamp and embossing powders and I FORGOT my Sparkle N Sprinkle Static Free Pouch 99512   <<< Gotta Have This ;-). Since I did not use it I got pieces of the embossing powder in areas that were not forgiving. So rather than throwing it out, I chopped it up and this design was created. Like I said a "Happy Accident"
The geometric design is so striking. I added Glitter paper from my stash along with black card and this yummy card was born.

I hope I have been an inspiration for you today. Want to get some Sparkle N Sprinkle items today? Use my coupon code below and get 10% off and make your world sparkle too! Hugs, Melanie

 


Saturday, May 18, 2019

Sparkle N Sparkle Sand Dune Silhouettes ~ SAVE 10% NOW!!

Hi Sparkle Friends,

Today I have a fun project to share. I am using two of Sparkle N Sprinkle's May's Stamp sets together to create these adorable little turtles....


See below for the video showing how I made these adorable little guys!



When I began working with the two stamp sets I noticed how perfectly the silhouette mini turtle stamp from the Sand Dunes Silhouettes Stamp Set #940 coordinated with the mini detailed turtle stamp in the Nature of the Beach Stamp Set #929. The two sets also have the small star fish which also coordinate together.

Sparkle N Sprinkle Products Used:

I hope you have enjoyed today's project and video. Please consider following my blog So you will never miss a creative post. Also just for visiting use my coupon code below to save an automatic 10% off your Sparkle N Sprinkle order ~ Enjoy your day! Melanie
 


Sunday, May 12, 2019

LDRS Creative ~ On The Move Neighborhood

Welcome back friends,

Before I share my post today I would like to take a moment to wish all of the mothers out there a wonderful Mother's Day. Without all of you there would be none of us. A mother is the best gift a person can have and I thank God for my mother each and every day.

Today to have a fun little card featuring LDRS Creative's amazing Hybrid Inks along with our "Homemade Happiness 6x6" Papers" and this adorable stamp set called "On The Move Neighborhood"


When creating I always choose my papers before beginning to stamp and color. In this project I decided to use the Homemade Happiness 6x6" paper stack, choosing two coordinating papers. Next I stamped my stamps using LDRS Hybrid Ink in Raven. Then I completed the coloring using Copic alcohol markers. 

For the grassy hill I used LDRS Hybrid inks in Four Leaf Green and Key Lime Green. It is so nice the way our Hybrid inks blend so smoothly. Here is another look.


I hope I have inspired you to enjoy your crafty items even more today. Make sure to check out all our new products in our ONLINE STORE? Simply click HERE!
 
We also have a wonderful Facebook group... Click HERE to join.

Happy Stamping!

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Sparkle N Sprinkle ~ Nature of the Beach ~ 10% SAVINGS for everyone!


Hi Sparkle friends...
I have a really fun project to share with you today. This stamp set is called "Nature of the Beach" and is one of Sparkle N Sprinkle's newest stamp sets just released in May.
SNS Products Used:
Nature of the Beach Stamp Set #929


Steps to creating my card:
The first thing I did was cut a piece of Sparkle N Sprinkle Sticker Paper to cover the bottom of the card. I burnished in The Beach Opaque Glitter G1111and then sprinkled on the Super Thick Gold Opaque Embossing Powder EP235 and heated from underneath to give extra texture and shimmer. here is a close up pic.


You can also see the sun in the above photo. That was created using a 1 1/2" punch with sticker paper cut in half. I burnished it with Cherry Lemonade Semi Trans Glitter G1118 and glued it in place.
The top portion of the card was colored using the Nuvo Aqua Flow True Turquoise Pen. The sentiment is heat embossed using our Gold Opaque Embossing Powder EP169.
For the large stamped images I have colored each of them in Copic markers and then have added Cherry Lemonade Semi Trans Glitter to the large shell using the Nuvo Precision Glue Pen. The Star Fish was colored and then Mediterranean Tuscany Opaque Embossing Powder EP 417 was added (using a stamp positioner for exact stamping. Then I simply added  Clear Transparent Embossing Powder EP120 to the oblong shell and the sea turtle. Here are a couple of close up shots showing how these turned out.

 



I just love the way this project turned out. So much texture and real life effects.
One last look.... Never miss a post... simply add your email to the side bar and you will get my posts straight to your inbox. 
Don't forget about the 10% discount by just using my coupon code at the bottom of this post.
Happy Creating, Melanie Smith





Monday, April 29, 2019

LDRS Creative ~ So Sassy Ruby is a Fox!

Hi Creative Friends,

I am here with you today to share a fun new LDRS Creative Stamp by Polkadoodle's named "So Sassy Ruby". Isn't she "Foxy"?


LDRS Creative Items Used:

I have colored the stamp using alcohol markers and used foam dots to raise her up along with the frame to give the card dimension. The added flowers and leaves along with the sign are from the Garden Escape Build A Card Die Set.
Lastly the "Foxy" sentiment is from the Arctic Snowfall stamp set. doesn't it fit the little die sign perfectly?


 One last look. Thank you for stopping by and visiting me today. Make sure to check out the LDRS Creative Facebook Group if you are not already a member.

If you would like to see my personal work more often make sure to leave your email in the side bar. I would love to have you to visit often :-) 
Hugs, Melanie

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Sparkle N Sprinkle Botanical Ruffled Peony ~ 10% off your entire order!!!

Welcome Back Sparkle Friends, 

I am here with you today to share a emboss resist technique using watercolors.


Sparkle N Sprinkle Products Used:

Here is how I created this....

Step 1: Using your Versa Mark and your White Opaque Embossing Powder EP166 stamp a few floral stamps and heat emboss.


Step 2: Using a watercolor medium simply add color in the openings created by the stamps to add color.


Step 3: Once colored blot with a paper towel to dry any ink. You can rub over the embossed areas too, to give a slight tint of color. See close up below.


I heat embossed the sentiment with our Palm Green Cosmic Semi Trans Embossing Powder EP372 then Nuvo Glitter Drops in Sherbert Shimmer 754N were used to accent the florals and to add a little glitter.


I hope you have enjoyed this weeks project. Would you like to SAVE 10% today on all of your SNS products? Simply use my DT code below when checking out :-)


Hugs, Melanie

Saturday, April 13, 2019

LDRS Creative ~ Ruby Celebration

Welcome back creative friends,

I am here with you today to share one of the newly released LDRS Creative Stamps. This is  Celebration Ruby by Polkadoodles.



LDRS Products Used:



I coordinated her clothing to match the cheerful paper and added a flower from the Polkadoodle Fancy Flowers Dies which I think is just precious. 


Thank you for stopping by today. Make sure to check out the LDRS Creative Facebook Group if you are not already a member. Also if you would like to see my work more often simply leave your email address in the blank on the side bar and you will receive an email notification when a new project is posted. Thanks a bunch friends!
Creative Hugs, Melanie
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