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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Some Odd Girl ~ Back to School with Scientist Tia

Hello Friends,

Today I would love to introduce you to a spunky little gal named "Scientist Tia" She has been playing in the laboratory and is learning lots of new and exciting things. Lets take a look...


I think Tia is ready to head back to school, don't you? This fun card design was created focusing on the piece of patterned paper I found in my stash. It was the only piece that I could find to fit into my "back to school" vision. So here we are, and Tia is having a blast.

I have colored Scientist Tia using the following Copic markers:

Skin: E000, E00, E11, E21, R20
Hair: YR02, YR04, YR09
Clothes etc.: C1, C2, C3, B12, B14, BG000, BG01. BG02, BG05, Y21, Y23, Y26, YG13, YG61, YG63

I have used Crafter's Companion Dies for the card shape and letters. Papers used were from  Creative Imaginations and Bazzil card stock. 

I fussy cut Tia out, then I popped her up using foam squares. Here is a closer look at the entire image itself....


 


She has been colored to coordinate with the "scientific" paper...hahaha. I did say I like challenges right? But it wasn't until I added glossy accents to her glasses did I finally feel like she was finished. Check it out...


Tia is a keeper that is for sure! She will be perfect to grab and color for that favorite teacher or she could even be made into a mad scientist for Halloween. I focused on back to school since Halloween is still a bit away. you can find "Scientist Tia in the Some Odd Girl Online Store.

If your interested in learning more about Some Odd Girl, make sure to join the SOG Facebook Community to see lots more inspiration. until next time friends,

Hugs! Melanie

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

LDRS Creative ~ Ruby Celebration

Welcome back friends,
I am here today with a project featuring LDRS Creative stamps & Dies.  I have colored up the Polkadoodle's stamp titled "Ruby Celebration" . She is beautiful and ready for a party!

LDRS Creative Supplies Used:

As you can see below I have had some fun with dies and paper. For the sentiment I used the center negative pieces from the starburst die along with hand cut "tickets" from the paper pack to create this collage. 



I have colored this stamped image using Alcohol markers. You can see a close up photo below showing the detail in the stamp along with the coloring.


Lastly I have fussy cut the image and used foam squares to pop her up as the focal of my card design.


Thank you for stopping by. If you would like to check out Our Facebook Group for more inspiration we would love to have you join in the fun. I hope you have a blessed day.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Some Odd Girl ~ Breezy Mae

Hello Followers,

How are each of you today? I have an elegant card to share with you today. This is Breezy Mae and she is a digital stamp by Some Odd Girl.


I choose this stamp to work with because of her beautiful dress. I always like a challenge and this stamp challenged me.



I have colored her using Copic markers in the following colors:

Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, R20
Hair: Y21, Y23, Y26
Dress: B23m B24, B26, B28, B29

Her dress also glimmers but it does not show in the photo. I used a Sparkle pen for that along with shaped dies, both by Crafter's Companion.


Here is one last look. Have you had a chance to check out the SOG Facebook Community? It is filled with inspiration using these beautiful stamps. Check it out HERE!

I hope I have encouraged you to be crafty today, Thank you for visiting! Melanie

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Some Odd Girl ~ Mermaid Queen

Hi Friends,

Today I have a fun project to share with all of you. I am using a digi stamp from Some Odd Girl titled Mermaid Queen.


I have used fun underwater dies from La La Land Crafts along with paper from Bo Bunny. My coloring was done with Copic markers. Here is a closer look at the coloring...


I have colored her tail with a stippling effect which is one of my favorite techniques when coloring either animals or mermaids.



Here is one last look of the complete card. I hope you have enjoyed today's project and will consider clicking on the email space in the side bar and enter your email for posting updates. This will ensure you do not miss a single project that I post. As always thank you for visiting and have a crafty day!

Melanie

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Some Odd Girl ~ Musician Mermaid

Welcome back my friends...

I have been having a lot of fun designing for Some Odd Girl. Here I am using "Musician Mermaid" Digi Stamp in this project...


I decided that this Mae Mermaid almost looked like she was wearing a evening gown while she performs for her listeners. So I decided to color her as if she was at a formal event. I started by choosing a patterned paper from my stash and I colored Mae using my Copic markers to coordinate with the colors in my chosen paper. 

All dies used here are Crafter's Companion. Added Gems are by Stampin' Up! Have any other questions about my project? Simply message me, and don't forget to add your email along the side bar so that you can get updates when new projects are added to my blog.

Thank you so much everyone....Happy crafting!!!

Melanie

LDRS Creative ~ If Friends Were Flowers

Hello Friends,

I hope your week is going nicely! Today I want to share a clean and simple card showcasing the beautiful floral stamps in the "If Friends Were Flowers Stamp & Die bundle", by LDRS Creative.
 


LDRS Creative Product List:

Here is a second look at my card. I have attached multiple single stamps back behind the main flower image and then used foam squares to pop up the larger piece giving the card a lot of added dimension. I was going to add a sentiment from this amazing stamp and die set, but I thought the card was quite striking without it. This way it can be used for any occasion.


As always I aim to inspire that inner artist in all of you by sharing my projects with you. Make sure to check out my Facebook Group at your convenience for even more crafty ideas!

Melanie

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Crafter's Companion Stamp & Die Subscription Box

Hi Friends,

I had some fun playing the last couple of days and came up with this design focusing on the Crafter's Companion Subscription boxes which can be purchased on HSN.




I have chosen the Card Base, Light Purple Card, Printed Card, Stamp, and Die from the Subscription  Box itself. Then I have used numerous products from Crafter's Companion & Spectrum Noir.

Crafter's Companion Supply List:

Here is a close up of my coloring. This is the very first time I have ever used Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers as I am usually a Copic girl but I have had this medium for a while and since I was focusing on all Crafter's Companion items I decided to go for it.

Spectrum Noir Alcohol Marker Colors Used:

PL1, PL2, PL3
LY1, LY2, LY3
True Black 
and PL3 was also used on the rhinestones (see below)



Turn all your rhinestones into deluxe rhinestones by using any Alcohol Inks. Perfect for coordinating with your projects.

I hope I have encouraged you to create outside the box today. It was fun playing with all of the Cradfter's Companion products and I plan to continue because I really have enjoyed them.

Crafty Hugs, Melanie

Some Odd Girl ~ Shy Fairy

Hello Crafty Friends,

Today I am coming to you with a really fun project for Some Odd Girl. I have used their digital stamp, "Shy Fairy" here in my project.


I have used die products from Crafter's Companion along with papers and embellishments from Stampin' Up! My project is focused all on how I could best promote this amazing stamp design.  She is a gem to working with.

I have used Copic Markers as my medium for coloring this special fairy girl. Isn't she just precious? Rich Purples and Greens are one of my all time FAVORITE color combos!!!


Make sure to check out all of the Digital Options over on the Some Odd Girl Store Page HERE! 
Don't forget to join our Some Odd GIrl Community on facebook as well. There is a bunch of wonderful artists that share their talents with all of us there. Happy Coloring & Crafting my friends!

Melanie 

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Some Odd Girl ~ Peacock Kaylee

Welcome Back Friends,

Super excited to share my project with you today. I have been chosen to be a part of the Some Odd Girl Design Team. I look forward to spending the next 6 months with this talented team.
My card today features Peacock Kaylee she can be found on the Some Odd Girl Online Store.



I have always loved coloring peacocks. The colors give such a striking outcome. The Copic colors I have used here are:
Skin: E000, E00,E11,E21,R20
Hair:E30, E31, E35, E57
Clothing: YR21, YR23,YR24, YR27, B23, B24, B28, B29


Thank you for stopping by today. If you aren't already a member to the Some Odd Girl Facebook Community Page make sure to click HERE to join the fun.
Hugs, Melanie

Saturday, July 13, 2019

LDRS Creative ~ Holly ~ Spring Chickens

Welcome Back Friends!
Today I want to share a fun card created with a LDRS Creative Polkadoodle stamp set titled
 
This was such a fun stamp to color. I have used Copic markers as my chosen medium. The background papers are also by Polkadoodle titled "Daisy Delight"
 
I have used two of our wonderful new die sets titled "Practically Oval Frame Set" and "Scalloped Rectangle Frame Set" Both of these sets are so versatile and you will use them time and time again.
Make sure to check out our awesome Facebook Group if your not already a member. Simply click
HERE to join. Have an awesome day! Melanie

Sunday, June 30, 2019

LDRS Creative ~ Polkadoodles "Spot On"

Welcome Back Friends,

Today I am sharing some animal fun! Check out this adorable new stamp set by Polkadoodles. These Giraffe's are PRECIOUS!!!! I had so much fun with this project.

I have used the following LDRS Creative Supplies:


 
 
 
 
 
Here is a close up of my project. Check out the Giraffe peaking over the fence...HaHaHa


Thank you for stopping by and visiting me today. If your not already a part of the LDRS Creative Facebook Group head on over there and join the fun.

Happy Stamping!

Friday, June 28, 2019

LDRS Creative's June Release Day 2


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

Be ready for our amazing SUMMER CRITTERS collection! My oh my, this is probably one of our favorite releases EVER!
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 come the fabulous new stamp sets; Beary Great DaySpot On, both from the Polkadoodles line, and  Dill With It. If you saw these on HSN, you'll be happy to know they're now in our regular store: Happy Everything, Stinkin' Amazing, Thank Ewe, Whale Wishes!

Tons of dies to create the perfect scenes: At The Beach Die, By the Sea Die, Here Comes The Sun Die Set, In A Cloudy Sky Die Set, In The Grass Die Set, Lil' Pink Houses Die, Rainbow Bits Die Set.

And basic dies to meet all your papercrafting needs? We say YES to BASICS: Practically Oval Frame Set, Scalloped Rectangle Frame Set.

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 July 2, 2019.

AND for the release event we are excited to offer some great savings!
Save 15% on the new Summer Critters release*, including already discounted bundles and use code JUNE15
(*Coupon valid until July 1, 2019, midnight EST)

My personal project for today's hop is this really fun created "scene" card. I absolutely love our brand new dies, Now building a scene is easier than ever. You will want to match them up with our stencils. Make sure you grab these up because you will get a lots of use out of them. 



At first when I saw this "Dill With It" Stamp Set I was clueless. I am not a pickle type of person but as soon as I began coloring it up and using the stencils and dies I was hooked. I mean check these cool pickles!!!




and the mason jar with the mini pickles to float inside..... So much FUN!!!! 

Finish it off with the "In The Grass,"Here Comes The Sun", and "In a Cloudy Sky" dies and I really love the finished card!

Hop along and leave a comment so you could win!

Day 2:

As always thank you for visiting my blog and my fellow teammate's blogs. We enjoy every moment creating with LDRS Creative and look forward to seeing what you make with this new release!

Melanie Smith





Thursday, June 27, 2019

LDRS Creative's June Release! ~ "Have a Beary Great Day!"


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

Be ready for our amazing SUMMER CRITTERS collection! My oh my, this is probably one of our favorite releases EVER!
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 come the fabulous new stamp sets; Beary Great DaySpot On, both from the Polkadoodles line, and  Dill With It. If you saw these on HSN, you'll be happy to know they're now in our regular store: Happy Everything, Stinkin' Amazing, Thank Ewe, Whale Wishes!

Tons of dies to create the perfect scenes: At The Beach Die, By the Sea Die, Here Comes The Sun Die Set, In A Cloudy Sky Die Set, In The Grass Die Set, Lil' Pink Houses Die, Rainbow Bits Die Set.

And basic dies to meet all your papercrafting needs? We say YES to BASICS: Practically Oval Frame Set, Scalloped Rectangle Frame Set.


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 July 2, 2019.

AND for the release event we are excited to offer some great savings!
Save 15% on the new Summer Critters release*, including already discounted bundles and use code JUNE15
(*Coupon valid until July 1, 2019, midnight EST)

My personal project for the blog hop is this adorable little bear. His Honey Pot and baby bear reminded me of Winne The Pooh so I chose a red/yellow color scheme which reminds me of Pooh!




This adorable bear is part of the "Have a Beary Great Day" Stamp Set by Polkadoodles.

The baby bear in the honey pot was masked using the LDRS Masking Paper by Simply following these directions:

Step 1: Stamp the honey pot onto a white card stock and onto a piece of masking paper. 

Step 2: Cut out the mask image along the black outline

Step 3: Peel the backing off the masking paper and use it to cover the honey pot stamped onto the card stock.

Step 4: Now stamp baby bear onto of the jar making sure to over lap the top of the jar. Now his cute face is peaking out from inside the honey pot.




I have used Alcohol markers to color the stamps in my project. For the beautiful multi layer look I have used the brand new Scalloped Rectangle Frame Set. This stamp set has 8 layering dies and is perfect for A2 size cards.



Hop along and leave a comment so you could win!


Day 1:

And make sure to be back tomorrow for more inspiration!

Melanie Smith


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...

Make sure you check out the LDRS Creative Facebook Group. We aim to inspire your creative juices. If you have enjoyed viewing my work I would be honored to have you as a new "follower". Simply add your email to the space in the side bar and you will receive my new posts in your email inbox. This ensures you do not miss a project.  Thank you so much for stopping by today. Have an amazing day! Melanie

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
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