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Thursday, December 31, 2020

TLC Designs ~ Happy New Years!!!!

 Hi Friends,

Welcome back! I don't know about all of you but I am so ready to put 2020 in the history books. So many people I know right now are sick with Covid-19 and I pray for a happier and much healthier new years for each and every one of you. Now lets try and put 2020 behind us and celebrate the NEW YEAR!!!

Here is the Lady Snowman from the TLC Designs Snow Family digital stamp set. She wants to wish you all a wonderful 2021!!!!

TLC Supply List:
Snow Family Fun Tree (available in b&w as well as Pre-colored.)
She is colored with Copic markers.
Have you seen the Water Color Papers in the Digital section of the website? Check these beautiful papers out... aren't they GORGEOUS?

I hope each of you have a year full of healing and love. Happy New Years my friends!!! Melanie

Thursday, December 10, 2020

TLC Designs Daisy Frame Fancy Fold Card

Hi Friends,

I have an adorable fancy fold tutorial along with card to share with you today showing off the "Daisy Frame Die" set by TLC Designs. This die set is a beautiful layering / nesting style die set with bonus embellishment dies. 

You can see the beautiful layers that this die creates and I thought it would be fun to make a fancy fold card using this elegant shape. 

Above is a angled view of the card as it open. I used the smaller layering dies from the Daisy Frame set for an area to write on.

Here is a straight on view when you go to open the card. I have also attached the Dreamer stamp with a single brad so you can swing it back in forth if you would like. Here is a video showing how I made this card. 



Here is a final close up photo of the card. Isn't he adorable? Jump over to the TLC Designs Creative Sharing group and share your TLC Designs project. Hope to see you there. Thank you for stopping by today. See you next week! Melanie


Thursday, December 3, 2020

TLC Designs Interactive Card ~ See You In The Center

Hi Friends,

I have wonderful news...I have been invited onto the TLC Designs Design team. This up and coming company is brand new and is owned by a good friend of mine. She was my mentor when I first began working in the design team world and I was very excited that she came to me to join her on her very first design team.

This is my first card using TLC Designs products. I have chosen the "See You In the Center" interactive die set along with numerous dies, stamps, and digital papers. Here is a supply list.

TLC Designs Supply List:

Other Supplies:
Stampin' Up! Cajun Craze Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Cajun Ink Pad
Copic Markers

The best part of this project of this project is the interactive feature but this set is perfect as a stand alone layering die set. the shape is so versatile. Here is a short video clip showing how it works. 

 Isn't it the cutest? I thought I was interactive challenged but this was surprisingly super easy to put together. Questions? make sure to check out the TLC Designs Creative Sharing facebook group.

Monday, October 19, 2020

Crafter's Companion Glittering Snowflake Collection

 Hi Friends,

I had a little extra time this past week and decided to play with a new Glittering Snowflake Collection by Crafter's Companion. This beautiful collection was so much fun to design with. These dies are seriously to die for!

I have used the following items in my design... 

Crafter's Companion Supply List:
Glittering Snowflakes 6x6" paper pad
Glittering Snowflakes Chase the snowflakes stamp sets
Glitter Snowflakes Frosted Flurry Die Set
Glitter Snowflake Frosted Flurry Die Set
Gemini Stitched Edge Rectangle Die Set
Blue Mirror Card
White Glitter Card
Other Supplies:
1/4" Ribbon from Stampin' Up!
Faceted Blue Gems by Stampin' Up!
Foam Pads
Thank you for stopping by and looking at my work. Supplies can be purchased at www.HSN.com or www.crafterscompanion.com  I hope you have a beautiful winter. Melanie

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

LDRS Creative ~ Christmas Friends


Hello Creative Friends,

Today I am sharing an adorable new stamp from the LDRS Creative Polkadoodles line, it is named  "Christmas Friends". These stamps are such sweet little girls to color, and this one has some of her winter friends with her.

I have created a fun shaped card using the Polkadoodles Die Set named "Woodland Foliage Frames" I love how delicate this layering set is.

I love the new "Folded Winter Banner" die set. This new die set comes in two sizes. I have used the smaller size here in my project. I used the die to cut out a portion of the "Mackenzie Christmas 6x6" Paper" to create my coordinating sentiment.

Are you part of the LDRS Creative Facebook Group? If not CLICK HERE and check us out for even more inspiration. Happy creating everyone! Melanie

Friday, July 10, 2020

Sweet Treats!!! ~ Happy Birthday Elijah!

Hello Fellow Crafters,

I am excited to share this card with all of you today. I actually made two different cards using this stamp set. One for LDRS Creative showcasing their amazing stamps & dies. The second card is a fun birthday card my grandson, Elijah, who just turned 1 year old this past Wednesday so these cards were inspired by him!!!!

With this card design I used the adorable treat stamps from the Sweet Treats stamp set and created my own designer paper. Once I stamped them with our amazing Raven Hybrid Black ink I colored them using alcohol markers. Super fun background!
For the sentiment I used a combination of the Sweet Treat Stamp Set and the Scalloped Circle Frame Set creating a little dimension by adding the hand cut ice cream cone to the center with some foam tape. It really turned out cute. 

And to my amazing daughter, Nicholette, who has become an amazing mother. I love you both beyond words!!!

Friday, June 26, 2020

LDRS Creative ~ Mermaid Treasures

Welcome back my friends,
Everyone is ready for the beach right? Of course with social distancing you may not get as much beach fun as you would normally get but that doesn't mean that we can't create our own beaches right? 

I am using some amazing new products today all from the LDRS Creative online store.

One last look..... Thank you for spending a bit of your day at the beach with me. Make sure to check out the LDRS Creative Online Store to see all the newly released items. Also check back tomorrow for a second feature day from the new collection. Hugs, Melanie

Thursday, June 25, 2020

LDRS Creative ~ Explore and Discover

Welcome back everyone,
Today is a second feature day this month showing off a ton of amazing new products. I have created a message in the bottle, this was super fun to create. 

I have used both a new stamp set along with one of our new stencils. Your LDRS Creative Supply List is Below:

Hybrid Ink Pads in Raven, Swimming Hole, Dark Wash Jeans

 For the little sail boat I used brush markers directly to the stamp to create a multi colored sail boat. The anchor was created using the watermark ink and white embossing powder. 

I hop[e you have enjoy this month's feature days at LDRS Creative. Where our desire is to create with quality products and to inspire others. Hugs, Melanie

Friday, June 12, 2020

LDRS Creative ~ A View for all Seasons & A Sneek Peek at our New Furr Babies.

Hello my crafty friends! I have a fun new project to share with you today.  This outdoor scene was so much fun to make.

LDRS Creative Supplies Used:
Hybrid Inks in Ice Tea, Kiss Me Red, Swimming Hole, Key Lime, Olive Branch
I had a lot of fun creating this scene. The background along with the fence are both stenciled using the Coming Up Daisies stencil. I love how the stencil can be used in multiple ways. I stamped and colored all the individual pieces from the A View For All Seasons Stamp set then fussy cut them and glued the window and shutters to the background paper. Then I popped up the awning, bird, and window box. Lastly I wanted to add people to my scene so I went through my awesome LDRS Creative stash and decided that our "Friends" stamp and die set were perfect for this. 

Check out our two new kittens. This is Callie and Lily. I have colored the kitty on my project as a calico to match my little new babies.

Over all I really am pleased with this one. I hope you have had a blessed day.  Melanie

Friday, April 17, 2020

Love Puts Joy In Your Heart

Welcome back,

Today I have a pretty purple card to share with all of you. Purple is my favorite color so this card came together quite easily for me, I have created this using a small portion of a glitter back ground I created with a Spectrum Noir Aqua Marker and Glitter Pens. The Ombré effect was created using the Glitter pen to spread out the Aqua Marker. This is a fun technique because each piece looks totally different.

For the background I used a Crafter’s Companion 3D embossing folder and using a Spectrum Noir Harmony Water Reactive ink pad. I gently rubbed over the raised edges using the ink and a sponge applicator. I also inked the edges of the card stock to deepens the contrast.

Looking at the close up photo above you can see I’ve water colored the flowers from the Crafter’s Companion “Paradise” stamp set using Aquablend pencils. I raised the flowers up using some foam pads to add extra dimension. Lastly the sentiment was stamped from the 

Supplies Used:

Thank you very much for stopping by today. I hope i have given you inspiration for your next project.


Thursday, April 16, 2020

Crafter's Companion Z Fold Card

Hello friends!

I have a really fun card to share with you. I am featuring the 2 of the newest Nature's Garden Collection by Crafter's Companion. "Garden of Love" and "Beautiful Butterflies" go with each other  is beautifully!

Recently Sara Davies did a wonderful Master Class on YouTube featuring this card design. I adjusted the size to fit the Garden of Love's Elegant Peony Edge'able die that I used. The finished card measures 5x5" 

Here is a close up of the Centura Pearl I have used for the florals. I simply created the card using the green, then cut the die twice more and fussy cut out the flowers. I love the way it turned out. 

For the sentiment I used the Beautiful Butterflies "Just to Say" sentiment stamp set along with the "Intricate Trellis" die set also from the same collection.  I did some creative trimming to create the layers around the sentiment. 

Supply List:
Centure Pearl in Pink & Green

Thank you all for stopping by today. I hope my project gives you inspiration and brings a smile to your face. Happy crafting! Melanie

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Happy Birthday Husband!

Hi Friends,

Today I have a special post to share with all of you. It's my husband's birthday and I have designed a card to commemorate his 50th Birthday. Lets take a look....

For this card I have used all Crafter's Companion Products including the following items:

Sara Signature Vintage Lace 12x12" Paper Pad
Sara Signature A4 Luxury Linen Card
Sara Signature A4 Luxury Pearl Card
Silver Foil Luxury Card
Gemini Cut & Emboss Folder Vichy Frame
Pebeo Gilding Wax in Silver 
"Happy Birthday" Die from the Victorian Collection.
Die'sire 1" Numbers & Punctuation Dies Set
Crafter's Companion Special Someone Sentiment Set (for the inside)

Randy's favorite color is purple and I was really wanting to design with the Victorian Lace collection so this is what came from that. It killed me not to embellish with flowers and ribbon but I was trying to keep it more masculine if at all possible. (I know what your thinking...."This is far from masculine") I know I know but I tried! 

As you can see with this close up photo, after embossing the Cut & Emboss Folder Vichy Frame, I cut 3 frames and glued them together to give depth and dimension. I then added some silver Gilding Wax to give the embossing a metal look. (my attempt at masculine ~ LOL)

For the inside here I have used two separate stamps from the Special Someone Stamp Set. I have called Randy "husband" since out wedding night and it is something I still do today. I will of course add a personal message at the bottom before I put it in it's envelope.

Randy, I hope you know how much I love you. Happy Birthday Baby! God has brought us together and strengthens out marriage each and ever day. I am proud to call you HUSBAND! 

Love Always, Wife

Crafter's Companion Craft Along

Hi Friends,

I have been really sick over the past few weeks, but just had to get back into the craft room so when I saw that Crafter's Companion had posted a little "playing along" I decided to give it a try. The idea is to get our minds off of the current Global Pandemic and to refocus on what we love.... crafting. So for this #CCplayalong Crafter's Companion showed the following photo and asked us to create something from as many of these items that we own. I had all but one of them which I substituted for a similar CC product.

So here it is..... My card featuring all of the above products minus the cut & emboss folder. Instead I stayed true to the Vintage Lace Collection and used the cut & emboss folder that came with that.


 This is a 5 x 7" sized card and I have used the following Crafter's Companion's Supplies:

- Vintage Lace Cut and Emboss Folder
- Stitch Edge Oval Nesting Dies
- Spectrum Noir Midas Metallic Pigment Inkpad - Rose Satin
- Peony Foam Flower Die
- Luxury Precious Metals Card Stock
- Vintage Lace Paper Pad
- Vintage Lace Flower Forming Foam
- Vintage Lace Vintage Vines Die Set
- Vintage Lace Botanicals Die Set
Kaleidoscope of Butterflies Die set
- Vintage Lace Heartfelt Sentiments
- Vintage Lace Stamen
- Crafter's Companion 5 x 7" Card Blank
- Clear Embossing Powder
- Silver Pearls 
Here is a close up of the handmade flowers I have created. 
I really had fun with this project. My thanks goes out the to the Crafting community. As for today's uncertainty please be proactive and keep yourself busy at home and follow the local and global recommendations for practicing social distance. If your in an area of the world that limits your outings do your best to stay safe and stay home unless absolutely necessary.  At least we can lean on our craft to stay busy. Now back to bed for me. This took me two evenings to make as I am still trying to recover from an upper respiratory infection. Prayers for everyone! Melanie
P.S. One last look ;-)


Friday, February 28, 2020

LDRS Creative ~ Barnyard

Hi Friends,

Today I am bringing you a fun Barnyard scene. I love creating scene cards. This LDRS Stamp and Die set creates endless possibilities.

This scene began with the Farmer's Market 6x6" paper pack. I loved the rolling hills but I wanted to have the feel of a sky so I used the checked paper to create the feel of there being a sky. Adding the Clouds from the Barnyard stamp set pulled it all together.

Here is a closer picture of the bard. If you look closely you will see that the die cuts out all of the doors and windows. It even cuts little holes out on the windows. So that I would not see the background behind the open doors and windows I simply added back paper behind all the openings. You could even add characters inside the windows and doors.

LDRS Products Used:

Barnyard Stamp Set
Barnyard Die Set
Farmer's Market 6x6" paper
Country Fence die, Pocket size

Have you joined us on social media? Make sure to look for LDRS Creative on all your social media outlets... Especially out Facebook Group. We hope to inspire you each and every day. Hugs, Melanie

Thursday, February 27, 2020

LDRS Creative ~ Crazy For Daisies

Welcome back friends,

Today I have a fun coloring project to share. As soon as I spotted this NEW LDRS Creative's set, Crazy For Daisies, I immediately wanted to color it. For my project I have just used the large focal stamp but this set offers even more. See below for details.

To design this card my focus is always color first. I look at the coloring in the paper and decide on marker colors. For this project I have used Spectrum Noir Classique Markers. They were a joy to work with.

LDRS Creative Products Used:

The Crazy For Daisies Stamp set also has an amazing coordinating die set. Make sure to check that out.

Here is a close up of my coloring. I have used the New Spectrum Noir Classique Alcohol markers on this project.

Make sure to check out the LDRS Creativer Blog for even more inspiration.


Friday, January 31, 2020

LDRS Creative ~ January's Feature Day 2

Hi Friends,

Today I am featuring my favorite stamp set from January 2020!This stamp can be used ALL YEAR LONG...I love products that last through the release date. I can use this set fpr every season. I can't wait to color it in fall colors!!!

The name of this stamp set is "Heart Wreath" I have colored this stamp with Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers.  You can also add on the coordinating die if you would like the extra versatility.

If you would like to purchase this set simply head on over to LDRS Creative for all your stamping needs.  Thank you for stopping by today. Leave me a message if your working on any new projects. I would love to connect with you. hugs, Melanie