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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Sparkle N Sprinkle Little Garden Cottage


Welcome Back My Friends,

Today I am here as part of Sparkle N Sprinkle's design team. This project is near and dear to my heart because I envision it as a "Fairy House" rather than just a  "Little Garden Cottage"
 


 
Sparkle N Sprinkle Supply List:

Below is a close up of all of my coloring in this project along with a list of all colors used. 


 
Copic Markers Used:
R22, R24, R27
YG61, YG63, YG67, YG91, YG93, YG97
E02, E11, E13, E15, E17, E18, E19, E23, E25, E27, E29, E31, E33, E35, E42, E43, E77 
 
Once colored I began embellishing the project using 3 of our awesome products. For the Mushrooms I used glue along with the Fire Engine Red Glitter to give to tops of the mushrooms some glam. Then I added just a few little flakes from the Super Thick Embossing Powder in white to create the spots on the mushroom. Our awesome Design Team Coordinator came up with this idea and it worked!!! Thank You Jess!!!



  
Lastly I glued on some of our Bronze Mica Flakes to the tree trunk to give added dimension. See the close up photos below...


 
Close up showing the Mica flakes added to the tree trunk....How fun right??

I hope my project today has inspired you today, I am really enjoying the Sparkle N Sprinkle product line. Simply use my code below to save 10% off your next order. 
 
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 Have a crafty day! Melanie

Thursday, March 14, 2019

LDRS Creative ~ If Friends Were Flowers

Welcome Back My Friends,

Today I have had fun coloring with my Copic markers. I have chosen to color the LDRS Creative's  "If Friends Were Flowers" Stamp & Die Set and use it along with the "Country Friends 6x6 Paper" by Polkadoodles. Both of these items are available on the LDRS Creative's  Online Store
 

The softness of the patterned paper drew me in and I used it as my color inspiration. This allowed for a seamless blend once the florals were colored.

Copic Markers Used:
RR81, R83, R85
YG41, YG45

Once colored I then used the coordinating dies to cut both the flowers and the sentiment. I layered the single flower and leaf sprig directly to the card using a liquid adhesive. Then I popped up the larger floral stamp using foam squares. This gives the card so much more dimension.
 
Here is a close up of the detailed stamps. This set is just beautiful to work with. 


I hope I have inspired you today. Just goes to show you do not need many Copic markers to create something beautiful. If you enjoy seeing my work please leave me your email along the side bar. You will then receive my posts via email a couple times a week. This ensures you do not miss a project. 

Hugs, Melanie

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Sparkle N Sprinkle Easter Parade

Hi Friends,

I have an adorable Easter card to share with you today. This stamp set called Easter Parade is by Sparkle N Sprinkle and it is available in both Digital as well as rubber stamps. I have linked all items below for your convenience.


I have used the following Sparkle N Sprinkle Products:
Here is the close up of my coloring... See below for the color combos that I have used.


Copic Colors:
YR01, YR02, YR04, YR07, YR09
Y11, Y13, Y18, Y19
BG10, BG11, BG13
E31, E35, E35

Here is a close up showing how I created the area around the stamp using both Nuvo Embellishment mousse and creating the embossed areas with Sparkle N Sprinkle Super Thick embossing powders. Now for the step by steps...

Step 1:
Using two colors of Nuvo  Embellishment Mousse ( Powder Blue and Aloe Vera) I mixed them to soften the color from the Aloe Vera. I was after a mint green.

Step 2:
I carefully sprinkled just the corners with the super thick white powder. Heating from underneath no need for any other items. I did one corner at a time. I was going for a framed look.

Step 3: Once finished I decided to try putting just the edge of the paper down into the versamark ink pad then I sprinkled the white Super Thick embossing powder and heated that with my heat tool. It formed a really finished look to the edges and I am very pleased with the look.

Step 4: Just for some added flair I sprinkled the Super Thick Embossing Powder in gold to each corner and heated it from underneath.




Here is one last look at the finished project. I added a couple of die pieces from the Tonic Garland Terrace Die set just for some added interest.

 Thank you for visiting today. Make sure to check out the Sparkle N Sprinkle Online Store for all of your crafty supplies. You can receive 10% just for being a friend of mine.... Simply click below.

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Have a crafty weekend m friends!
Hugs! Melanie

Friday, March 1, 2019

LDRS Creative New Release Day 3 ~ Goody Gumdrops w/ Tutorial


Thank you for joining us on our LDRS Creative inspiration week blog hop! We are so excited to feature what was showcased at Creativation in January! 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)!

In this release, we are introducing interactive stamp and die combos, fabulous paper doll dies, and TONS of products to fit everyone's taste!

There are two brand new full size stamp sets from Cre8tive Cre8tions, each combining 8 stamps; Celebration and Flower Power!

Next, we have something for all our Polkadoodles fans! We have two brand new characters, each featuring lovely scenes: Ruby (Celebration, Pretty Cute, So Sassy) and Holly (Delightful Daisy, Feathered Friends, Story Time, Watch It Grow). And fear not, Winnie is also joining the party with the mini set called Let's Go, and some amazing paper doll dies in the Die-licious collection to create to your soul content: A Gift For You, Miss Pretty, Puppy Princess, Super Scenes. What's best is that we came up with the perfect 6"x6" Die-Licious paperpack to combine all skin, hair and clothing patterns as a perfect complement!

If you are more into flowers, then you will simply adore these brand new stamp and die combo sets: If Friends Were FlowersLove And Smell The Roses.

And did we say we were throwing a surprise party for you all? Thanks to these sweet stamp sets, you can have one, too: Wordalicious, Sweet Treats, Party Time, Life Is Sweet, Ice Cream Party, Goody Gumdrops!

What's even cooler are the interactive stamps (and some even as a die combo!) we are proud to have designed: Going Places, On The Move-NeighborhoodOn The Move-Landscape. Adorable critters? Yes! Right here: On The MoveHippo Hooray, Super Critters!

We also have FOUR new die sets that will help you get a professional look in no time, on top of being simply adorable: Twirling Pop-Up, Barber Stripes Rectangle, Fringe, Scalloped Borders.

Who's ready for mini hybrid inks? We are adding the latest two sets of our very popular Hybrid inks in a mini version, perfect for ink blending, stenciling, stamping, colouring and embossing: At The Beach and On The Farm!

Next, we have two new 6"x6" stencils that are sure to be as popular as the others: Playful Patterns and the Waffle!

Lastly, because we wanted to give you the perfect time with papers AND stamps, we created the new Playful Pattern collection that includes 6"x6" and 12"x12" packs: Homemade Happiness, Candy Counter, Sweet Sensations!

 And you can grab the entire release 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 $25 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 March 5th.

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 FEB15
(*Coupon valid until midnight EST 3/6/18)

This is by far my favorite card using this new release. I had so much fun working with the rainbow theme. I have a few step by steps for you so you can easily create a card just like mine. 


 LDRS Creative Products needed to create this project...
Goody Gumdrops Stamp Set
Candy Counter 6x6" Paper Pack
Playful Patterns Stencil
Hybrid Inks

To create the stenciled panel just follow these easy step by step instructions...

Step 1:
Choose 3 complimenting colors of Hybrid inks which will match your paper.
I have used Kiss Me Red Hybrid Ink along with a blending tool. You want to cover about 1/3 of your paper strip using this color.


Step 2:
Repeat Step 1 using Dan-D-Lion Hybrid Ink.  Blend the two using the blender tool or any sponge you may have.


Step 3:

Repeat Step 1 using La La Lavender Hybrid Ink.  Blend like above.



Carefully remove your stencil and the beautiful pattern appears. I then cut the piece down to the size I needed for my project.


Make sure to pop on over to the LDRS Creative Shop to pick up your new goodies.





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Day 3:
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Thursday, February 28, 2019

LDRS Creative New Release Day 2 ~ Playful Patterns




Thank you for joining us on our LDRS Creative inspiration week blog hop! We are so excited to feature what was showcased at Creativation in January! 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)!

In this release, we are introducing interactive stamp and die combos, fabulous paper doll dies, and TONS of products to fit everyone's taste!

There are two brand new full size stamp sets from Cre8tive Cre8tions, each combining 8 stamps; Celebration and Flower Power!


Next, we have something for all our Polkadoodles fans! We have two brand new characters, each featuring lovely scenes: Ruby (Celebration, Pretty Cute, So Sassy) and Holly (Delightful Daisy, Feathered Friends, Story Time, Watch It Grow). And fear not, Winnie is also joining the party with the mini set called Let's Go, and some amazing paper doll dies in the Die-licious collection to create to your soul content: A Gift For You, Miss Pretty, Puppy Princess, Super Scenes. What's best is that we came up with the perfect 6"x6" Die-Licious paperpack to combine all skin, hair and clothing patterns as a perfect complement!

If you are more into flowers, then you will simply adore these brand new stamp and die combo sets: If Friends Were FlowersLove And Smell The Roses.

And did we say we were throwing a surprise party for you all? Thanks to these sweet stamp sets, you can have one, too: Wordalicious, Sweet Treats, Party Time, Life Is Sweet, Ice Cream Party, Goody Gumdrops!

What's even cooler are the interactive stamps (and some even as a die combo!) we are proud to have designed: Going Places, On The Move-NeighborhoodOn The Move-Landscape. Adorable critters? Yes! Right here: On The MoveHippo Hooray, Super Critters!

We also have FOUR new die sets that will help you get a professional look in no time, on top of being simply adorable: Twirling Pop-Up, Barber Stripes Rectangle, Fringe, Scalloped Borders.

Who's ready for mini hybrid inks? We are adding the latest two sets of our very popular Hybrid inks in a mini version, perfect for ink blending, stenciling, stamping, colouring and embossing: At The Beach and On The Farm!

Next, we have two new 6"x6" stencils that are sure to be as popular as the others: Playful Patterns and the Waffle!

Lastly, because we wanted to give you the perfect time with papers AND stamps, we created the new Playful Pattern collection that includes 6"x6" and 12"x12" packs: Homemade Happiness, Candy Counter, Sweet Sensations!

 And you can grab the entire release 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 $25 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 March 5th.

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 FEB15
(*Coupon valid until midnight EST 3/6/18)

 For my personal card I have used the Life is Sweet Stamp Set.

 

  For the sentiment I used some Raven Hybrid ink and black embossing powder.



I have also used the really cool Playful Patterns Stencil along with some texture glitter paste for the red glittery paper. Make sure you also see the brand new papers HERE.





Hop along and leave a comment so you could win! ****(please add the brackets next to your name with ‘you are here’ so hoppers can easily keep track – add the specific list to each day; not all three at the same time ;-))


Day 2:


And make sure to be back tomorrow for more inspiration!




Wednesday, February 27, 2019

LDRS Creative 3 Day Release ~ Sweet Sensations




Thank you for joining us on our LDRS Creative inspiration week blog hop! We are so excited to feature what was showcased at Creativation in January! 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)!

In this release, we are introducing interactive stamp and die combos, fabulous paper doll dies, and TONS of products to fit everyone's taste!

There are two brand new full size stamp sets from Cre8tive Cre8tions, each combining 8 stamps; Celebration and Flower Power!


Next, we have something for all our Polkadoodles fans! We have two brand new characters, each featuring lovely scenes: Ruby (Celebration, Pretty Cute, So Sassy) and Holly (Delightful Daisy, Feathered Friends, Story Time, Watch It Grow). And fear not, Winnie is also joining the party with the mini set called Let's Go, and some amazing paper doll dies in the Die-licious collection to create to your soul content: A Gift For You, Miss Pretty, Puppy Princess, Super Scenes. What's best is that we came up with the perfect 6"x6" Die-Licious paperpack to combine all skin, hair and clothing patterns as a perfect complement!

If you are more into flowers, then you will simply adore these brand new stamp and die combo sets: If Friends Were FlowersLove And Smell The Roses.

And did we say we were throwing a surprise party for you all? Thanks to these sweet stamp sets, you can have one, too: Wordalicious, Sweet Treats, Party Time, Life Is Sweet, Ice Cream Party, Goody Gumdrops!

What's even cooler are the interactive stamps (and some even as a die combo!) we are proud to have designed: Going Places, On The Move-NeighborhoodOn The Move-Landscape. Adorable critters? Yes! Right here: On The MoveHippo Hooray, Super Critters!

We also have FOUR new die sets that will help you get a professional look in no time, on top of being simply adorable: Twirling Pop-Up, Barber Stripes Rectangle, Fringe, Scalloped Borders.

Who's ready for mini hybrid inks? We are adding the latest two sets of our very popular Hybrid inks in a mini version, perfect for ink blending, stenciling, stamping, colouring and embossing: At The Beach and On The Farm!

Next, we have two new 6"x6" stencils that are sure to be as popular as the others: Playful Patterns and the Waffle!

Lastly, because we wanted to give you the perfect time with papers AND stamps, we created the new Playful Pattern collection that includes 6"x6" and 12"x12" packs: Homemade Happiness, Candy Counter, Sweet Sensations!

 And you can grab the entire release 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 $25 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 March 5th.

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 FEB15
(*Coupon valid until midnight EST 3/6/18)

For my personal project I have created this card showing off the Sweet Sensations 6x6 paper stack . 
I used the Scalloped Border Die set as well.




For the sentiment I have used the breand new "Party Time" stamp set.



 I even decorated the inside of the same stamp set. Isn't it cute?

One last look before you go hopping.....


Hop along and leave a comment so you could win! ****(please add the brackets next to your name with ‘you are here’ so hoppers can easily keep track – add the specific list to each day; not all three at the same time ;-))

Day 1:
And make sure to be back tomorrow for more inspiration!



Sunday, February 24, 2019

LDRS Creative ~ Let Love Grow

Welcome back friends,

Today I am here sharing my newest card featuring LDRS Creative products. I really enjoyed an evening coloring while creating this stamped background.


As you can see I was in a rainbow mood while creating this. The first thing I did was carefully stamp the background using two border stamps that are a part of the "Let Love Grow" stamp set.



To make sure I got good even coverage of ink as well as getting the stamps close enough together I decided to use my Stamparatus. I stamped the first row of roses and then I removed that stamp and placed the heart stamp butted up close to the roses. By doing this time after time it allowed for an evenly spaced design.



Let the coloring begin!!! I used Copic markers, a light and a dark from each color family. Super easy! Here are a few other photos of the finished project.


And a close up of the coloring of the girl stamp which I did pop up using dimensional squares.




The sentiment is also from the "Let Love Grow" stamp set and was die cut using the "Scalloped Rectangle Die Set"
 


Thank you for stopping by today. I hope I have inspired you to think outside the box. When you have a design idea just GO FOR IT!
 
Melanie

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Sparkle N Sprinkle ~ Heat Embossing A Sentiment Die

Hi there everyone!

Today I have a colorful card to share using a (New to me) technique. Using Sparkle N Sprinkle products I decided to show off different dies. I was going for a Batik look and I just love how this turned out.


Sparkle N Sprinkle Products List:

Tonic Everyday Sentiment Die Set 1
Tonic Archway Stripe Invite Insert Die Set

For this card I used Versa Mark along with our Mulberry Opaque Embossing Powder EP415  to jazz up the sentiment die. I simply stamped the die cut with Versa Mark ink and heat embossed it with the Mulberry Embossing Powder. Make sure to use tweezers so you do not burn yourself when heat embossing. I did 3-4 layers of embossing powder to create more dimension.




Here is another look... 



I added some Nuvo Glitter Drops in Champagne to little areas of the top and bottom Tonic Archway Stripe Invite Insert Dies It just gave it a little extra glitter.
One last look... 


 
I hope I have helped inspire you today. Have a fun and creative day!
Melanie

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Sparkle N Sprinkle Showers & Tulips

Hi Friends,
Today I have a fun Clean & Simple (CAS) card to share with you.


Sparkle N Sprinkle Supplies:

For this card I wanted to show off the stunning new stamp set called Showers & Tulips Stamp Set #923. I decided to go for a CAS design and using one of Tonic Studio's Die sets I created a subtle shaped card. 

Step 1: Cut and score your card base larger than the shaped die being used from the Tonic Blocked Parquet & Garden Trellis Dies. Move your die so that the fold of the card is not being cut and run through your die cut machine. (See Below)


Step 2: Cut a second single layer of card using the full die. This will be attached to the card base previously made in step 2.
Step 3: Also included in the Tonic Blocked Parquet & Garden Trellis Dies
is a coordinating die which I used to cut my white layer with. This gives you a fun shaped card.


After coloring my stamped image I simply added Zig 2 Way Glue Pen to the areas of the flowers and sprinkled them with our amazing Diamond Dust Semi-Trans Glitter #G1116. If you don't already have the Diamond Dust you will surely want to add this to your next order. It gives such a beautiful shimmer to these flowers.



One last look before I close. I love the sentiment in the Showers & Tulips Stamp Set #923. It is just perfect.

Have a crafty day my friends... DT Melanie

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Love in Bloom ~ Multi Layer Stamping!

Welcome Back My Creative Friends, 
 
I hope this post is finding you in a crafty mood. This is my newest project featuring the beautiful "Love in Bloom" Stamp Set by LDRS Creative. This is a multi layer stamp sets which is SO MUCH fun to play with. Just look here at all my fun flowers all stamped out using our LDRS Creative Hybrid Inks.




It was a joy stamping these flowers and they are very user friendly. Along with the Love in Bloom Stamp Set I have also used the Eyelet Lace Rectangle Die Set and  our Hybrid inks in Pink Tutu, Lipstick Jungle, Kiss Me Red, Four Leaf, Evergreen, and Raven. You can see all of our Hybrid Inks HERE.
 


Below is a close up of the flowers. I have used some clear glitter glue to add a little shimmer.



Thank you for crafting with me today. I hope I have inspired you to get out your stamps and inks and play today! Have a wonderful week my friends!
Melanie Smith


Saturday, February 9, 2019

Sparkle N Sprinkle May Showers w/ Copic Tutorials

Welcome back my followers,

Who is ready for SPRING already?? I know I sure am. With Spring comes flowers and growth. This new stamp set I am using today is called "May Showers" by Sparkle n Sprinkle. It is such a fun set to color.



Sparkle N Sprinkle Supplies Used:

Tonic Studios Deco Holly Rings Die Set

To create this card I started with a 6" card base. Using the Tonic Studio's Diamond Corner Dot & Drop Die for extra interest to the card base. I colored the beautiful "April Showers Promise stamp set choosing Yellow for the rain boots. Yellow is a tricky Copic color to work with so I did a step by step showing you each step with one rain boot so you can see how to get the shiny highlight in the boot.

Step 1: A light base color using Y11


Step 2: Using Y13 add color to the shadow area.



Step 3: Using Y17 continue to darken the shadows. This is your darkest marker so once added we will then use our markers in the opposite direction. (Dark to Light)



Step 4: Now with Y15 you will now begin "dragging the darker color towards the highlighted center.

Step 5: Using Y13 you will now again focus on dragging the last color towards the highlight in the center. Each time you do this you are blending the colors.


Looking at this photo above you can see where the lighter marker in each step has de saturated the over all color, and the boot looks kind of blotchy. To correct this you just add an extra layer of colors.


Step 6:  Using Y15 you will again add darker color to your shadow areas.

Step 7: Using your darkest marker add a little more depth where you are wanting your shadows.

Step 8: Stepping back down now go to your Y15 and again "drag" the darker towards the highlighted center.

Step 9: Lastly do a light blend using your lightest color (Y13) This will seamlessly blend your colors.


Here is a close up picture of the final coloring.


I hope you have enjoyed this little coloring tutorial as much as I have enjoyed creating it. Have an amazing day!
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