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Sunday, January 7, 2024

Let's Stitch! Spellbinders "Bee Stitched" Stitching Club January 2024

Hello Friends,

Today I have a fun video featuring the Bee Stitched Stitching club of the month from Spellbinders. This was so fun to stitch and create. In the video I walk you through some stitching as well as the card making. I hope this help inspire your creativity today. 



If you are interested in learning more about Spellbinder's Club offerings check out the WEBSITE HERE.

Friday, January 5, 2024

Fluttering Into Spring | DO NOT DO THIS W/ Your Spellbinders BetterPress

Hi Friends,

Today I am coming to you humbly with a BIG REVEAL. I was recording this video for the BetterPress Club Of the Month for Spellbinders below when I made a big mistake and realized I had cracked my BetterPress Platen. I did not want to hide this from you though because I knew it was so important to be transparent and share what I had learned. It is VERY important to me to be completely honest with all of you and knew this was so imoprtant to show and share.

I know Spellbinders has said it is very important to NOT USE Glimmer Plates inside the BetterPress because they can crack the platen. I did not realize that using a sticky mat like this would do this. In my prep for this video I had done it two or three times in the trial runs of using the sticky mat without any issues so I wanted to share my findings with all of you. Luckily this happened on screen and this happened and I am able to educate all of you which I strive to do on a daily basis in my work as a influencer in educating all of you in my YouTube videos. So here I am sharing this with you. 

I decided in the video right after this video that we would go ahead and press a second piece of BetterPress paper and we would do today's technique on this second piece and do a comparison and you know what?? I think the second one turned out better. 😃 You will actually have to watch the video to see it because the card I completed is actually the one I pressed before doing the video. Now lets take a look at the finished card....

Here are some of my bonus cards from the video also...

Thank you for stopping by today my friends. If you would like to check out the Spellbinders Clubs, Just CLICK HERE!

🐝 Buzzzz 🐝 | Honey Bee Jar | Spellbinders Large Die Of the Month Club |...

Oh Honey Come Check This Out!!!!

Is this not one of the cutest sets you have ever seen? I am speaking of Spellbinders Large Die Of The Month Club for January 2024. This set is so creatively designed and so fun to create with. Lets take a look...

 On my card I have create a fantasy style scene. I am envisioning a picnic table with a beautiful lace trim gingham table cloth covering it. The bees have already spotted the jar of honey sitting on top.... 🐝 Buzz Buzz 🐝 Can't you just hear them hovering all around the jar?  

If you would be interested in seeing me create this project I have a full YouTube tutorial below. If your wanting to snatch a set for yourself before they are gone you can check out all the Spellbinders Club Offerings by visiting the WEBSITE HERE.

Thank you for stopping by today, Happy crafting! Melanie 


Thursday, January 4, 2024

Distress Watercolor Pencils | Spellbinders Clear Stamp & Die & Embossing...

Hello Crafty Friends,

Today I have a fun quick and easy project featuring the Clear Stamp and Die of the month being offered by Spellbinders Clubs! In this video we do a little quick and easy water coloring using Tim Holtz Distress Water Color Pencils and then we will have fun creating this adorable card together. 


Happy Crafting,


Tuesday, January 2, 2024

Spellbinders 2024 Club Overview DETAILS | How It Works | What is Offered


Hi Friends,

I hope this first post of 2024 finds you excited by what this new year has to offer. This year I have no set New Years Resolutions. I just want to live life to the fullest. As I get older I am realizing that living with intent is more important than all the stresses life can bring you. So if your reading this and you find yourself struggling through the day remember that you are loved and that there is always something to be thankful for. 

To begin this year I have been invited by Spellbinders to begin offering content using the beautiful Spellbinders Club kits. I have been a long time subscriber of the SB Clubs and so I am happy to promote these well priced, well valued clubs each and every month. To begin this journey I thought I would begin the month with a informational video sharing an overview of the Clubs and some of the many perks of being a club member. My goal is for this video to answer a lot of the commonly asked questions and be something you can refer back to as needed throughout the year. 

As always if you have any questions I am always here to help with those. 

Happy Crafting! Melanie 

Sunday, December 17, 2023

Altenew Wild Daisies Press Plate w/ TECHNIQUE Video | @Altenew Dec. Inspiration Challenge

Hello Friends,

Today I am excited to share a post that includes a lot of fun inspiration, including a 2 for 1 tutorial!  I am playing with a bunch of NEW Altenew products today over in my craft room and am inviting you over to my YouTube channel for a dual tutorial video where we will be doing some BetterPress techniques along with water coloring to complete today's card. 

I am also excited to be entering this card into the Altenew Monthly Inspirational Challenge over on the Altenew blog.

The prompt of this month's challenge is to draw inspiration from ANY of the previous Inspiration Challenge photographs in this challenge, channeling the colors, themes, compositions, or anything else that inspires your creative creativity. Below are the challenge inspiration photos from January-November 2023 that I drew my inspiration from. 

The image I choose my direct inspiration from was by Mindy Eggen's Photo below....

And is here is my project being entered....

Now for the FUN PART...... the VIDEO...... Let's jump into the craft room and create together.....  If you are in need of a list of products used please see video description for direct links or SHOP Altenew by clicking HERE. Thank you my friends for following my work.

Saturday, December 9, 2023

Altenew BLACK FRIDAY & CYBER Monday 2023 MEGA Haul @Altenew

Hi Friends,

I am sorry I have not posted in a while. I have been starting to change over my blog to coordinate with my YouTube channel as my focus has changed to YouTube i 2023 and will be continuing that direction in 2024. I have been eagerly growing my YouTube channel to try and reach my end of the year goals and I have surpassed my goal which I am really proud of. So in 2024 I will begin trying to post my videos over here as well. If you haven't already I would love for you to pop on over and begin following me on YouTube, Thanks friends!


Today I have a Black Friday/Cyber Monday crafty haul video to share with all of you. I went a little over board with the sales but I couldn't help it. The prices were so wonderful. Did you know Altenew now carried BetterPress plates? I am so excited by this. Also if you haven't heardn't heard I now run two facebook groups. See links below...

Heartfelt Card Making With Spellbinders & More

BetterPress Babes

Now lets watch the Altenew Haul Video.... All Affiliate Links are below the video if you see anything you might be interested in.... I am affiliated with numerous companies and using those links will help me earn a small commission at absolutely no cost to you. Thank you for supporting my efforts!


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STAMP & DIE FOR BP Sentiments: https://shrsl.com/4c8u9 

Artists Watercolor Pan 24: https://shrsl.com/4c8tn 

Watercolor Metallic Pan 14: https://shrsl.com/4c8tp 

Watercolor Papers: https://shrsl.com/4c8tt 

Paint Brushes: https://shrsl.com/4c8tq 

Elegant Sayings: https://shrsl.com/4c8ud 

Versatile Greetings: https://shrsl.com/4c8ue 

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Create-A-Flower Tulip: https://shrsl.com/4c8ug 

Create A Flower Stargazer Lily: https://shrsl.com/4c8uj 

Build a Garden Grand Carnation: https://shrsl.com/4c8um 

Golden Days: https://shrsl.com/4c8uq 

Garden Trellis Cover Plate: https://shrsl.com/4c8uu 

Mix and Match Frames: https://shrsl.com/4c8uw 

Featured Sentiment Dies: https://shrsl.com/4c8ux 

Mandala Stencil: https://shrsl.com/4c8vn 

Flower Bunch Stencil: https://shrsl.com/4c8vp 

Narrow Brick Stencil: https://shrsl.com/4c8vq 

Frame Mask Stencil: https://shrsl.com/4c8vu 

Ribbon Waves 3D Embossing Folder: https://shrsl.com/4c8vv 

Daisy Bed 3D Embossing Folder: https://shrsl.com/4c8vx 

Altenew Metallic Foil Papers: https://shrsl.com/4c8vz 

Altenew Adhesives: https://shrsl.com/4c8w0 Tools: https://shrsl.com/4c8w2

Thank you again for following my work and crafting life with me. Melanie