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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Blessings ~ A Mother's Love

Hi Friends,

Today I would love to share my newest card featuring the digital stamp  "Blessings" by TLC Designs.

This card measures 5x7" and I have merged two digital images to create this sweet scene. Blessings along with the pile of leaves from the Festive Friends Digital Stamp Set also available in the TLC Designs Online Store. Once printed and colored with Copic markers, and then I die cut the image using the largest two dies from the Apple a Day die set by TLC and finished the center focal image off by shaping and gluing multiple 3D leaves around the bottom of the  image. 
In this close up angle shot you can see the 3D leaves a little better along with the glitter detail added to each leaf. To finish the card both the sentiment and the focal images were mounted onto the card base layers atop of a piece of designer paper from the Emerald Fall digital paper collection.
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Thank you for stopping by today! If you want to see even more inspiration, please join us over on the TLC Designs Creative and Sharing Facebook Group and check us out our YouTube channel as well. Have an amazing day and thank you for supporting my work! Melanie

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Heartfelt Creations ~ Candlelit Christmas Collection

 Hello Beautiful Friends,

I am coming to you today with a simple yet striking 5x7" Christmas card. I actually created this while waiting for my new Festive Poinsettia Collection to arrive but had not had a chance to post it. I just love the small poinsettia blossoms from this older collection, which is still available on the Heartfelt Creations Website. (Some items are currently upto 50% off in the Limited Edition section of the website HERE)

Heartfelt Creations Supply List:

Candlelit Christmas Creative Essentials - 10% off!  

Glow of Christmas Stamp Set - 20% off!

Glow of Christmas Die Set - 50% off! 

Intricate Swirl Frame Dies Archival Ink - Red Geranium

 Archival Ink - Red Carnation

For this focal image I have stamped the Glow of Christmas lantern in versa mark and heat embossed in gold before coloring with Zig Clean Color Markers. I then added a holly sprig and a red Nuvo drop to add a berry to finish it off.

For my flowers I have stamped in Red Geranium Ink and colored in Red Carnation. Tips of flowers are heat embossed in gold using dries clear glue and a hydra sponge for application. Lastly Prills are added to the center also with the Dries Clear glue. For the leaves I used the Olive green for stamping and leaf green for coloring. All coloring was done with the Stack and Store Daubers. 

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I love sharing my creations with you and I hope they inspire you to get creative yourself. Stay crafty! Melanie

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Blushing Fairy

Welcome Back Friends,

Today I have a fun whimsical card to share. I was inspired by this soft piece of butterfly paper from the Soft Blush digital paper pack by TLC Designs. I coordinated my coloring to it and the design began to blossom.

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I have used Prisma Pencils to color my stamp and have glittered her wings with Nuvo Glitter Drops. The flowers were made using 3 layers of card stock and vellum with an added gem for the center.

Thank you for stopping by today! If you want to see even more inspiration, please join us over on the TLC Designs Creative and Sharing Facebook Group and check us out our YouTube channel as well. Have an amazing day and thank you for supporting my work! Melanie

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Heartfelt Creations Festive Poinsettia Collection ~ Ice Blue Vellum

 Hi Friends,

I played all last week with the brand new Heartfelt Creations Festive Poinsettia Collection. I created poinsettias with multiple techniques and in different color schemes which I will share with you in upcoming weeks. This weeks card features a delicate vellum design. See below for step by step instructions.

Heartfelt Creations Supplies Used:
Other Items:
Silver Embossing Powder
versa mark ink
Green Glitter Paper
Blue Foil Paper
Archival Ink Cobalt Blue 
glue gun

Vellum Poinsettias ~ Step By Step 

When making vellum flowers I recommend using the Heartfelt Creations Vellum Flowerite Paper by Paperlicious. This is a heavy weight paper which molds beautifully and creates a nice sturdy flower.

1. Stamp poinsettia flowers onto vellum using Versa Mark ink and heat emboss in silver
2. Using a blending sponge color the back of the vellum. I like to do my coloring before die cutting.
3. Die cut with the coordinating dies
4. Run flowers face down through the shaping molds.
5. With your deluxe flower shaping kit pierce a hole into the center of each flower. 
6. Using numerous bright bead stamens and your glue gun to assemble your flower.

I hope this has inspired you to begin your Christmas cards. I have my Christmas card list all written out and now need to just begin getting them completed!!!

Crafty Hugs, Melanie

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Handmade Roses with TLC Designs

Welcome Back Friends,

Today I have a floral card featuring the Rosie Sentiment Die Set by TLC Designs. I am following this months sketch challenge over on the TLC Designs Creative Sharing Facebook Page.

TLC Design's Supply List:

Rosie Sentiment Die Set

Happy Dragonfly Circle Die Set

Blooming Medley Designer Series Paper

Each month there will be a brand new sketch special so check back each and every month because we can't see wait to see your projects. For this months special make sure to enter before the end of the month for your chance to win. See details below.

Sketch-EZ #101 Bundle Challenge graphic

Now onto the details of my card. I use the sketch as my main layout idea but changed it quite a bit because I wanted to focus on this fun new die set. First I figured out how to cut the diagonal piece by cutting along one edge of the die then fussy cutting it out to create a stripe. Then using the outside die and inside mat layer of the die I cut a frame. I really like the way this turned out. Since the designer paper was purple and white I decided to stick to those colors throughout for the most part. Now lets take a close up look at my flowers.

For each flower I used 2 large petals, 1 medium, and one small. Plus one leaf. All were cut from white paper (110 weight) and hand colored using archival inks. The petals were then hand shaped using a flower shaping ball tool and mat from the back side to form the curve of the petals. Lastly turn your petals over and press down with a small ball tool in the center to create a plunging center. To finish the flowers off I used silver stamens and a glue gun to build the flower and added glass glitter to the petals with dries clear glue for a final touch.

Here is one last look at the final project.

Thank you for stopping by today! If you want to see even more inspiration, please join us over on the TLC Designs Creative and Sharing Facebook Group and check us out our YouTube channel as well. Have an amazing day and thank you for supporting my work! Melanie

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Heartfelt Creations ~ Trifold Gateway Card Featuring the Climbing Clematis Collection

Hi Friends,

I have a gateway card to share with you today which is a tri fold card full of handmade Climbing Clematis flowers cascading down the front. These hand colored and shaped florals were made to perfectly match the papers from the collection. Then I hand colored the butterfly stamp from the Butterfly Dreams Collection with alcohol markers ti coordinate as well.

Heartfelt Creations Supply List:

Climbing Clematis Collection

Butterfly Dreams Collection

5x7" Gateway Fold Card Base

Teardrop Lattice Gateway Die 

Eyelet Frame Gateway Die

Assorted Bead Stamens Medium 

Lush Lilac Collection (birdhouse) 

Deluxe Flower Shaping Paper

Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit 

Crystal Ultrafine Transparent Glitter 

 Dries Clear Adhesive

Metal Tip for Adhesive Bottle

The inside features a simple birdhouse die cut with fluffy birdies and a birdhouse with climing clematis flowers adorning it. All coloring here is by alcohol markers. The third panel is now shown as it is just the are to write your personal message. Here is a close up of the bird house...

And one last look at the front of the project.

I hope you have enjoyed todays project and it inspires you to create with Heartfelt Creations Products. If you are new to Heartfelt Creations I have a 50% offer for you. Simply follow the below link and spend $40 on your first time order and you will automatically receive $20 off!!!! I in turn will also receive a $20 store credit. Win Win!!! http://fbuy.me/v/melanie_10154 

 Crafty Hugs, Melanie


Thursday, August 19, 2021

Smiling for Zinnias

HI Friends,

I have a fun slimline card for all of you today. TLC recently had a new release and I have been playing with the 3 new die sets.  I had a lot of creative time mixing and matching the sets and this is what I designed.

Oh my goodness....Cuteness overload right??? I have used the following TLC products in my project...

TLC Supply List:

NEW Slimline Multi Slider Die Set

NEW Zinnia Slimline Die Set

NEW Rosie Sentiment Die Set

Turtle-Licious Stamp Set

Perfectly Precious Slimline Designer Paper Pack

I have colored my little turtle with my Stampin' Blend Alcohol markers.

The amazing flower dies that come as part of the Zinnia Slimline die make for beautiful layered flowers. I simply cut the different sized dies in white paper, inked in pink archival inks, shaped with a standard ball tool, and layered with added stamens. Lastly they were attached with a glue gun to the final project. 

Here is a final photo showing you lots of the amazing dies that I have used. The "Smile" die is not shown but is from the Rosie Sentiment Die Set. I just love all the extra dies you get with TLC Design's Die Sets. Take a look at all of them available by clicking HERE.

Thank you for stopping by today! If you want to see even more inspiration, please join us over on the TLC Designs Creative and Sharing Facebook Group and check us out our YouTube channel as well. Have an amazing day and thank you for supporting my work! Melanie


Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Heartfelt Creations ~ Bright and Cheerful Asters

 Hi Friends!

Welcome back to Fairy Stamp Land! Today I have a fun card I designed last week that I would love to share with all of you. This is a 6x6" card designed for gift giving in mind. 

This card has a inset sentiment section with an acetate layer on top. The beautiful focal Aster flowers were stamped and colored using Archival inks using my stack and store ink daubers. For the flower centers I used Prills. The accent flowers are mini magnolia blooms used as filler flowers. These stunning papers are from the Butterfly Dreams Collection. See below for a list of the products used.

Heartfelt Creations Supply List:

Wild Aster Collection

Sweet Magnolia Collection

Butterfly Dreams Collection

Royal Elegance Frames Die 

Cactus Flower Archival Ink

Magenta hue Archival Ink  

Paradise Teal Archival Ink 

Stack and Store Daubers

Heart of Gold Prills 

Crystal Ultra-fine Transparent Glitter

Heartfelt Creations Flower Shaping Paper

Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit 

Dries Clear Glue

 Here are some close up shots of the flowers. For the Prills I did two layers of Prills to give extra body to the centers. Dries clear glue and glitter were added to finish them off.  

This close up side view shows you the added dimension achieved by adding the inset sentiment. It really sets up the card nicely. 

I hope you have enjoyed tonight's project as much as I enjoyed creating it. There is something about these colors that just brings joy to the heart! Happy crafting my friends! Melanie

Thursday, August 12, 2021

With Alicorn Specialness

Hi Friends,

I hope you all are having a nice week. I have a sweet "clean and simple" card for all of you today. I am using the bright and cheerful "Perfectly Precious" Designer Papers by TLC Designs. These were fun papers to design with. Lets take a look.

All of the products I am working with today are by TLC Designs. This fun stamp is from the "Alicorn Happiness" stamp set and I have used two sets of dies, Happy Dragonfly Circle & Scalloped Rectangle Garden. These dies work so nicely together.

Make sure you check out all of the Stamps, Dies, and newly packaged designer papers in the TLC Designs Store so you don't miss out. You will love the prices and the quality!!!!!

Thank you for stopping by today! If you want to see even more inspiration, please join us over on the TLC Designs Creative and Sharing Facebook Group and check out our YouTube channel as well. Have an amazing day and thank you for supporting my work! Melanie

Monday, August 9, 2021

Heartfelt Creations ~ An Embossed Magnolia Blooms Window Scene

 Hi Friends,

A few of you may know I have been dabbling a little with flower making. Heartfelt Creations has beautiful Stamps and Dies which make flower making a joy. Todays card is featuring the Magnolia flowers as shared in this live video HERE

As inspiration for this card I participated in the Online Class titled "15 Versatile Ways to use the Window Dies and Circle Fold Cards"

Heartfelt Creation Supplies Used:

 Rounded Sunlight Window Die

 Rounded Window Frame Die

 Window Hinges Die

 Window Scenes Paper Collection

 Luxe Gold Cardstock

 Sweet Magnolia Blooms Cling Stamp Set

 Sweet Magnolia Blooms Die

 3D Magnolia Shaping Mold

 Sweet Magnolia Buds Cling Stamp Set

 Sweet Magnolia Buds Die

 Bridal Bouquet Stamens-Small

 VersaColor Pigment Ink Pad - White

Opaque White Embossing Powder

 Designer Dries Clear Adhesive

Deluxe Flower Shaping Paper Pack of 50 - White

 For the clasp on the front of the card I simply used a piece of velcro as a closure. This way the card could be written in or stamped with a sentiment inside the front opening or inside the card itself as seen below.

I did place this delicate card onto a 6x6" card base and lined the inside with coordinating paper from the Scenes paper pad. This paper pad is just beautiful for all of these window scenes. The design possibilities are endless. 

If you might be wondering how to get started with Heartfelt Creations let me give you a little gift. How does $20 off your first $40 order sound? Simply click HERE..... and when you are placing your VERY FIRST heartfelt Creations order make sure it is at least $40 and you will receive $20 OFF. I in turn will also receive a $20 referrel bonus for you using my link, so thank you in advance :-) 

I hope I have inspired your creativity today. May my card brighten your day and bring a smile to your face. until next time....Melanie

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Joy Fold Card Featuring The Foraging Fairies Stamp Set

Hi Friends! 

Today I am bringing you a new FALL themed fun fold card. This design is called a "Joy Fold Card" and simply is a bigger base card with a smaller base card inside it going in the opposite direction. Lets take a look...

The bottom base card measures 9.5 x 5" scored at 3.25 along the longest side
The smaller base card measures 10 x 4" scored at 5"

When opening the top flap it reveals the 3.25" section from the bottom card base perfect for extra embellishing. I loved showing off the different new fall papers with this card design. This new "Delicious Paper Pack" is available in Digital OR in Designer Series Paper

Full inside view when both flaps are open. This also shows you the placement of the inside card base. Such an easy fun fold, in yet so unique too!

I have used the adorable Foraging Fairies digital stamp set for this project and have colored the images with Copic markers. For the wings I glittered them up with Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops and added Glossy accents to their drinking glasses. What a fun little scene.

Here is one last look....

Thank you for stopping by today! My goal is always to inspire and I hope I have achieved with that goal today.  If you want to see even more inspiration featuring TLC Design's product, please join us over on the TLC Designs Creative and Sharing Facebook Group and check us out our YouTube channel as well. Have an amazing day and thank you for supporting my work! Melanie

Thursday, July 22, 2021

You Make My Heart Dance, A Fun Flip Card

 Hi Friends,

Today I am sharing a fun little flip card with all of you. I have colored up one of our newest TLC Designs stamps called "Tiptoe Fairy Dance" and also played with one of their newest designer paper sets. Lets take a look at all the yummy details..

TLC Designs Supply List:

This is a simple flip card measuring 5x5". when it swings open it has a hidden panel inside for your note to the recipient.

I colored this adorable Tiptoe Fairy using Spectrum Noir Triblend Markers along with a blue Wink of Stella glitter pen.

These adorable flowers were created with the flower petal dies in the Cherry On Top die set. The accessory dies in each of the TLC die sets just give you so many design possibilities and interact with one another so well.

One last look.... I really enjoy as an artist mixing and matching the different TLC stamps, papers and Dies to create fun and inspiring cards. Thank you for stopping by today! If you want to see even more inspiration, please join us over on the TLC Designs Creative and Sharing Facebook Group and check us out our YouTube channel as well. Have an amazing day and thank you for supporting my designs! Melanie

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Happy 2nd Birthday Elijah!!!!!!!

Hi friends,

Today I have a special little birthday card I created for my Grandson's 2nd birthday. I decided to use the One Eyed Harry Digital Stamp by TLC Design's so I could manipulate the digital image to have 2 balloons!!!!

With this card I choose bright and colorful primary and secondary colors which I thought would be perfect for a young child's birthday card. I have used the TLC Design's Celebrate Frame Die set to embellish this adorable design. For the background paper I used the TLC Design's Watercolor Naturals Digital Papers which set off the image coloring nicely. Lastly I created a birthday cake with 2 candles with the accessory dies that come with the Celebrate Frame Die Set.

All in all the card came together nicely and I think my grandson Elijah will really treasure it when he looks back on it years from now.

Thank you for stopping by today! If you want to see even more inspiration from the TLC Design team, please join us over on the TLC Designs Creative and Sharing Facebook Group and check us out our YouTube channel as well. Have an amazing day and thank you for supporting TLC Designs! Melanie

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Layered Watercolors ~ Featuring the Turtle-licious Stamp Set by TLC Designs

Today I am back with you today for a cute little card I designed while playing with lots of layers and enjoying and evening mixing colors!!!

You see I was on vacation when I colored these adorable turtle and flower stamps from the Turtle-licious stamp set by TLC Designs. So I did not have any patterned paper to coordinating with while I was away. So while I was in the LAX airport on the way to Hawaii what better stamps to be coloring that this precious little turtle, I even colored the lily pad that comes with the set. Soooooo adorable!

For this card I have used the Watercolor Natural Digital Papers in 3 coordinating shades along with the Daisy Frame Dies to create these layers of pretty colors. The die set also allowed me to create the fun shaped card as well.

Lastly the tiny little flower die is from the Apple a Day Die Set. It was just a fun little accent and provided a fun little accent to the card.

Here is a close up of my card. I have colored the stamped images with Prisma pencils and have hand cut them out. Lastly I used a sentiment stamp from the EZ Salutations stamp set. I simply stamped it and fussy cut it out then added it to a black card stock and fussy cut it again to help it stand out.

Thank you for stopping by today! If you want to see even more inspiration, please join us over on the TLC Designs Creative and Sharing Facebook Group and check us out our YouTube channel as well. Have an amazing day and thank you for supporting TLC Designs! Melanie

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Z Fold Card Featuring TLC Designs Stamps, Dies, and Papers!

Hi Friends,

Today I am back to share a fun fold card with all of you. I am featuring a bunch of amazing TLC Designs items in the project. The star attraction is "Happy the Dragon Stamp", She is ready for a birthday party!!


My Z fold card was easy to design. I started by cutting a 12X6" piece of paper and folded it in half to form a 6" card base. Then open your card up fully ans score just the front panel at 3" to form that front bend. You then simply cut off 2-3" off the bottom (Depending on how big you want your bottom border). Then flip that cut off piece around and you glue the long portion to the card front and a small bit to the back panel of the card. It is as simple as that!!!


Above is a close up of my coloring. I have used Prisma Pencils here. I actually colored these in the airport while waiting for our plane to Maui. Might as well be productive right? 

Thank you for stopping by today! I really hope I have inspired you to get creative. Hugs, Melanie

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Heartfelt Creations Cascading Petals Collection

 Hi Friends,

I have a super special project to share with you that was inspired by a chance meeting in Maui. While in Maui I noticed that a Facebook acquaintance was also vacationing in Hawaii so I private messaged her. I call her an "Acquaintance" because I knew her from her craft company and her you tube videos and Facebook posts but I knew she had no clue who I was.  So I knew that message was a long shot but I just asked if by chance she was going to be in Maui if she and her husband might like to go to lunch. Well low and behold she said "Sure!" and we met and had a delightful time getting to know each other. We shared family stories and they shared family stories. I loved hearing all about how her company began etc etc. So here is my project...... can you guess who we had lunch with????

My card features the amazing Cascading Petals Collection by Heartfelt Creations. These cascading wisterias are just beautiful. If you haven't guessed by now Emma Lou is the person I was lucky enough to meet and share lunch with. She has just recently posted a Facebook live demonstrating how to form these cascading blooms. This will help you when it comes to your flower shaping.You can watch that video HERE. Heartfelt Creations also has an online class available hosted by Emma Lou using this delightful collection as well. You can read all about it HERE. I plan to sign up with this class next if any of you want to take it along with me :-) See below for all the supplies I used to create my project.

Meet Emma Lou & Me :-)

Heartfelt Creations Supply List:

HCPC-3911 Wisteria Petals Stamp Set

HCD1-7295 Wisteria Petals Die Set

HCPC-3912 Cascading Wisteria Stamp Set

HCD1-7296 Cascading Wisteria Die Set

HCDP1-2115 Cascading Petals Collection Designer Papers

HCD1-7119 Classic Border Basic Dies

HCD1-7118 Delicate Border Basic Dies

HCST1-401 Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit

Ranger Archival Ink in Leaf Green

Ranger Archival Ink in Majestic Violet 

Ranger Archival Ink in Deep Purple

Prills ~ I cannot tell a Lilac  

Designers Dries Clear Glue 

Metal Tip for Adhesive Bottle 


Here is a close up of my flower making...

  I hope you have enjoyed my little project today as much as I enjoyed sharing it with you. I have not created with Heartfelt Creations since 2017 so getting my fingers all inky again was quite fun. I think you will begin seeing more projects like this from me in the near future. If you would like to follow my work join my facebook group HERE. See you there! Melanie

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