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Thursday, February 25, 2021

TLC Designs ~ Winking Wanda

 Hi Friends,

Tonight I am sharing a bright and cheerful card using the Winking Wanda digital stamp by TLC Designs. I have teamed her up with numerous digital papers along with some dies from the TLC Designs Shop.

Meet Wanda! She is quite eccentric especially in the color palette I chose. Before coloring her I decided on the paper. All the papers used are from digital papers in the TLC Designs Shop. I will list and link all the supplies below.

TLC Designs Shop Suppliers:

Winking Wanda Digital Set

You Are My Sunshine Digital Papers

Water Color Naturals Digital Papers 

Snow Family Fun Digital Papers 

Aviary Oval Die Set 

Butterfly Rectangle Die Set 

I have colored Winking Wanda with my Stampin' Blends Alcohol Markers by Stampin' Up!


Thank you for stopping by today. Make sure you join us online in our Facebook Group. We share our projects and we have weekly facebook lives.  We would love to see what you make with your TLC designs.  Looking forward to seeing you in the group! Hugs! Melanie

 "TLC Designs Creating & Sharing"


Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Crafter's Companion ~ Tropical Fun!

 Hi Folks!

Today I have two really bright and fun designs. I have combined elements from the Sara Signature Tropical Collection with some Silhouette Dies also by Crafter's Companion. Do you have your sunglasses on??? Lets take a look... 

Here is card one.... I have used the Gemini Silhouette Cockatoo die along with some ink & ink daubers to create this fun focal. The papers, embossing folder, and sentiment are all part of the Tropical Collection.

This second card is created using the Gemini Silhouette Flamingo also colored with ink daubers. These two silhouette dies are not part of the Tropical Collection but boy do they coordinate well. Never hesitate to combine product lines. There are many times where items go together perfectly.

Crafter's Companion Supply List:

Sara Signature The Tropical Collection 

Gemini Silhouette Element Dies

Gemini Stitched Fancy Oval Die Set 

Gemini Fancy Square Die Set

 Sponge Daubers


Thank you for stopping by today. I hope these projects have made you smile. Warm weather?? I am ready! Crafty Hugs, Melanie


Crafters Companion ~ Woodland Frame

 Hello everyone,

I hope your day is cheerful. Today was so warm to be February and this card screams SPRING!!!! I am ready how about you?

 Crafter's Companion Supplies: 

Flower Forming Foam Ball Tools

So I just have to say I LOVE this lattice frame die in this Woodland Frame set. The set is not available on the Crafter's Companion website,  BUT I did find it available over on HSN so I linked the set over there. You actually get BOTH the Woodland Frame Set AND the Natural Blossom Die Set together. I used the Natural Blossom set to create the little floral embellishments I added. To create the flowers I used a foam mat and the ball tools and it added a nice extra added bit of texture. 

I added a little stamen die that is part of the same die sets. Then I finished them out with a tiny little clear gem in the center of each. I love how dainty it turned out. 


The beautiful paper behind the frame is from the Fairy Garden Paper Pad which is part of the Sara Signature Fairy Garden Collection. For the die I popped it up with some foam pads which finished the card out nicely.

I hope you have enjoyed your visit today. Until next time, Stay Crafty! Melanie

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Crafter's Companion ~ Nitwit Bloom in Grace

Hi Friends,

Today I am sharing a simple yet elegant card. The paper collection is so striking in this NitWit collection of papers.

I have simply used a beautiful edge'able die along with the Decoupage from the same NitWit collection. Before building the decoupage I lightly inked the edges with a burgundy ink.

Crafter's Companion Supplies:
Nitwit Bloom with Grace Decoupage Topper Pad
Gemini Edge'Ables Traditional Braces
Sara Signature Rose Garden Happiness Blooms Stamp Set

Have an amazing day friends! Melanie



Friday, February 19, 2021

Spectrum Noir Backgrounds 3 of 3

 Welcome back to day 3 of my inkiness!

That is right I got all inky in the making of these 3 samples. I will show them all together at the end of this email in case you missed the first two.

Wow this is bright huh? The background was made in a similar way as the other two. The only difference is that I used a stencil to emboss to give the background its texture.

Recently the Crafter's Companion's design team shared numerous designs with the Word Edge'ables so make sure to CHECK HSN THEY ARE ON SALE!!! out for all of those. 

Crafters Companion Supplies Used:

Spectrum Noir Watercolor Paper

Spectrum Noir Sparkle Inks in Perfect Pastels

Spectrum Noir Sparkle Inks in Glitz and Glamour

Spectrum Noir Harmony Water-Reactive dye ink in Pale Fig

Gemini Word Edge'able "Hello"

Gemini Rose Double Sided Die

Sara Signature Enchanted Forest Droplets Stencil

One last look..... It is bright but if you are a purple lover link you then you like it as well :-)

In case you missed them here are the two other inky background projects...

Have an amazing day friends and go ink something :-) Crafty Hugs, Melanie

Thursday, February 18, 2021

TLC Designs ~ One Eyed Harry!!!

Hi Friends,


Do I have a card for you..... This would be the perfect card for a child's birthday!Let me introduce you to One Eyed Harry...


This little monster was so much fun to color. I used my Soectrum Noir Alcohol Markers to color this digital stamp. As soon as I saw him I knew I wanted to make a birthday card. I may even save this one for my Grandson's 2nd birthday!!!

TLC Designs Products Used:

One Eyed Hairy Digital Image

Perfectly Precious Digital Paper 

Celebrate Frame Die 

 It is hard to tell but I did a lot of paper piecing here. Each of the cupcakes have a light turquoise base, pink icing, and even a yellow flame. I also paper pieced the cake!!! So much fun and so many design possibilities!


I hope you will join me over in the TLC Designs Sharing Group on FACEBOOK. Click HERE to join!

Happy Crafting!


Spectrum Noir Backgrounds 2 of 3

 Welcome back to day 3 of my inkiness!

I cannot tell you how much fun I had with my Spectrum Noir Sparkle inks. Here is my second competed card with them

This one has been made using watercolor paper. I think I forgot to mention that yesterday... oops!

I played around with the liquid sparkle inks and left them over night to dry. Then my husband challenged me to make 3 cards while he was at work and I walked into my craft room and saw these backgrounds and knew that I could accomplish that task by using the backgrounds and boy did it go well. 

Once the ink is dry I put this one through an embossing folder and then using stencils and water reactive inks. Finally I took a ink blending tool with a dark color from the design and went all around the edges. This gave each piece a finished look.

Crafter's Companion Supplies Used:

Spectrum Noir Water Color Paper

Spectrum Noit Sparkle Inks in Perfect Pastels

Spectrum Noir Sparkle Inks in Glitz & Glamour

Spectrum Noir Harmony Water-Reactive Dye Inks in Ocean Blue and Crushed Velvet 

Spectrum Noir ink blending tools

Sara Signature Vintage Lace Venetian Lace Collection Embossing Folder

Make a Wish Background Stencil and Focal Stamps

Sara Signature Rose Garden Collection ~ Regal Frames 

Sara Signature Rose Garden Collection ~ Thinking Of You 

Flutterby Collection ~ Trio of Wings Die


I love the layers and texture I achieved with this mix of products. I will definitely be doing more backgrounds in the future.  If you have not been using a medium that you have invested in, get it out TODAY AND PLAY. There is nothing to lose. Now go get inky!



Spectrum Noir Backgrounds 1 of 3

Hi Friends, 

I have a little something different for you guys today. A few nights ago I decided to get out some Spectrum Noir products to see if I could make a few backgrounds. I have seen them done a lot online but have never really spent time with my stash. So here is the first of 3 projects which came to be from my evening of inky fun!

This first one was designed with Spectrum Noir Sparkle Inks along with Water Reactive Harmony Ink Pads both by Spectrum Noir. 

The butterfly is the Gemini Flutterby Wishes Double Sided Die Set. It is made from only 2 dies but has 4 itricut layers. I wanted inpack and coordinating so I decided to do the two bottom layers in a mmidtone blue and the two top lauers with the hot pink. I did the same colors for the sentiment which came from the Sara Signature Flutterby Collection and is called Simplistic Sentiments.

Crafter's Companion Supplies Used:

 Spectrum Noir Perfect Pastels Sparkle Ink 

Spectrum Noir Glitz & Glamour Sparkle Inks

Spectrum Noir Water-Reactive Dye in Ocean Blue

Spectrum Noir Blending Tool

Floral Fantasy Bouquet Borders Embossing folder

Flutterby Collection Simpistic Sentiment dies

Gemini Flutterby Wishes Double Sided Die

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you have a beautifully crafty day!


Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Crafters Companion Natures Garden Beautiful Butterflies Collection

 Hello Friends,

I have a fun center step card to share with you today. I am featuring the Nature's Garden Beautiful Butterflies Collection by Crafter's Companion.

This collection is perfect for springtime and with all the winter weather across the country I hope this card encourages spring to get here as soon as possible. 

Crafter's Companion Supplies Used:

Nature's Garden Beautiful Butterflies Paper

Nature's Garden Butterfly Dreams Stamp & Die Set

Sharon Callis Crafts Arts n Flowers Butterflies and Blooms "Thanking of you" sentiment die

Stitched Fancy Square Nesting Dies

Sharon Callis Arts n Flowers Butterflies and Blooms Peony Die

Pink Pearl Double Sided Paper

Spectrum Noir Classique Alcohol Markers

Spectrum Noir Pink Tulip Ink,


Here is a close up shot of my colored butterfly. I love coloring with alcohol markers. 

I have used the Sharon Callis Crafts quilling peony flower. This is the first time I have used these so they are not perfect but to grow you must try. :-) One thing I did to create mine was to shape the little petals with a ball tool before quilling. I also inked the edges with Spectrum Noir Harmony Water Reactive Dye in Pink Tulip. 

One last look. For the center step I used the Stitched Fancy Square dies. I also raised this section with foam pads. I hope this card has encouraged you today. Creating is a wonderful thing in this crazy world and sometimes you need to just let go and create. Thank you again for joining me today. Happy crafting my friends. Melanie

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Crafter's Companion New NitWit Collection

Hiya Friends,

Welcome back! Thank you for stopping by today. I have a very ornate collaboration of products that I have used on today's card. I have been wanting to make a vintage style card which automatically made me think of the Crafter's Companion Sara Signature Vintage Lace Collection" Lets take a look...

So I began with a very ornate frame set called Rococo Frames and I coordinated it with the Boroque Frames Both from the Sara Signature Vintage Lace Collection. Links will be listed below. 

Here is a different perspective showing in more detail what the dies look like. The rich colors from the brand new NitWit paper pads along with the inked edges of the dies really all worked quite well to create a very dramatic card design.

Crafter's Companion Supplies Used:

Sara Signature Vintage Lace Collection Rococo Frames

Sara Signature Vintage Lace Collection Boroque Frames

Sara Signature  Vintage Lace Vintage Vines

Sara Signature Vintage Lace Heartfelt Sentiments  

(Page that shows all remaining stock from the Sara Signature Collection as a easy reference)

Decoupage Topper Pad w/ Die Set

NitWits 12x12 Bloom With Grace Patterned Paper Pad

NitWits 12x12  Bloom With Grace Paper Pad

(If you would like to look at the full NitWit Collection Click Here)


Here is a close up of the Classic Rose Decoupage dies and Topper Pad. For the foliage I used the Vintage Vines die set from the Vintage Lace Collection. 

To finish this card I added a Birthday sentiment from the same Vintage Lace Collection. This is one of my favorite collections by Crafter's Companion and teaming it up with the Decoupage and the NitWit papers really helped it all come together nicely.  Thank you for taking a closer look. I hope I have inspired you with my artwork and that you will consider following my work via email. Have a creative weekend! Melanie

Friday, February 12, 2021

Crafter's Companion ~ Beautiful You!

 Welcome back friends,

Today's card is made with the Beautiful You Stamp set by Crafter's Companion. When deciding on the colors for this card I coordinated my coloring to the papers from the Sara Signature Caring Thoughts Collection. Lets take a look...

Crafter's Companion Supply List:

Beautiful You Stamp Set

Caring Thoughts 12x12 Paper Pad

Caring Thoughts Luxury Mixed 12 x 12" Card Pack

Gemini Elements Stitched Primitive Flower Dies

Gemini Elements Stitched Fancy Rectangle Dies

The embellishments in the top left corner along with the sentiment both come from the die cut pages that come in the Caring Thoughts 12x12" paper pad. These are truly a joy to work with; they are such beautiful papers. For the butterfly, after coloring it, I fussy cut it out using my Crafter's Companion Precision Snips. The nesting Element dies are really the perfect size for nesting on your card fronts. Make sure to check them out!! Thank you for stopping by today and visiting with me. Have an amazing day.

Hugs, Melanie

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Crafter's Companion ~ Statement Butterfly colored with Spectrum Noir Sparkle Inks

 Welcome back followers,

Today I have a fun project to share with all of you. Using the Spectrum Noir Glitter Ink, I colored the butterfly layers. Lets take a look...

I had a lot of fun with this Statement Butterfly die set from the Sara Signature Beautiful Butterflies Collection. This die set actually is 3 layered but I am only using two layers here because of how well they matched the Nature's Garden Fairy Garden Collection.

In this close up photo you can see a portion of the Spectrum Noir Glitter Ink. The bottom layer of the butterfly is a combination of Cosmo and Amethyst Glitter Inks. I simply used a paint brush dipped in the ink pots and painted it directly onto water color card before die cutting it. NOTE: Make sure you allow the papers to dry before putting them through your electric die cutters. 

For the top layer I used the three Glitter Inks from the Spectrum Noir Perfect Pastels Glitter Inks (Moonstone, Cosmos, and Rose Quartz) to create a lighter multi colored butterfly layer. For the top layer I dripped a few drops of each color onto my glass mat and then simply turned the water color paper upside down ad placed it into the inks on my glass mat. The results are very pretty in these pastels.   

 Crafter's Companion Supplies Used:

Nature's Garden Fairy Garden 12x12" paper pad

Nature's Garden Garden Fairy Fairy Fables Sentiment stamps

Sara Signature Beautiful Butterflies Statement Butterfly die set

Sara Signature Beautiful Butterflies Intricate Lace die set

Gemini Elements Stitched Fancy Oval Die Set 

Spectrum Noir Sparkle Inks Perfect Pastels

Spectrum Noir Sparkle Inks Glitz and Glamour


I hope today's post has inspired you to pick up your crafty stash and create something beautiful. Thank you for visiting. Melanie

TLC Designs ~ Posh Pups Digital Stamp Set

 Hello friends,

Today I am sharing a fun little card featuring items from TLC Designs. This brand new digital stamp set is available now. I will link all items below.

TLC Designs Supplies Used:

Posh Pups Digital Stamp Set 

Scalloped Rectangle Garden Die Set

Celebrate Ribbon Dies 

Make sure to check out of the TLC Designs online shop as they have lots of affordable die sets, stamps, and digital items. Something for everyone!

Last look at this adorable set. I have colored the stamps using Spectrum Noir Classique Markers and embellishments are by Stampin' Up!

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope I have inspired you to create something today!


Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Crafter's Companion ~ Sara Signature Nautical Collection

 Hello Friends.

My vision for this next card was creating an underwater scene with Annabel Spenceley's Oceans of Love photo-polymer stamp as a focal inside the port hole from the Sara Signature Nautical Collection by Crafter's Companion.


Moment by moment this card evolved from a basic idea to a full blown Circle Flip Card using the Die'sire Circle Centre Create A Card die set by Crafter's Companion. I have taken a few photos for a small tutorial for how I designed this card. First thing is to follow the card directions on the packaging to die cut the center section of the card. Refer to the instructions example 1. After doing that I created the rest because I was wanting the center circle to be my port hole.

To create the Luxury Glitter Card layer I used the two side panels and traced them on the back of the glitter paper. I used the small Crafter's Campanion Guillotine to trim all the straight edges.

Then I used sissors to cut the half circles.

Then turn the papers over and lay on top of your card base created in the package instructions. At this stage I trimmed the outer left and right edges so that the mat was even all the way around.

I needed a dark color for the back of my port hole so I used the center die to cut a piece of dark brown paper and then I simply cut it out where it attached. (I have the cut lines drawn with pencil so you can see it.

That gave me the perfect brown layer for the port hole. 

Lastly I cut the Silver and White papers at the same time using the port hole die. Here is how the final card looks laying flat.

This is of course the inside of the card where you can write your message. Once I got all the papers prepared I used Tacky Glue on most of the items to decorate the scene. The Sara Signature Nautical is SOLD out on their website but if you do an online search you can find these items on Scrapbook.com and ebay just to name a couple places. Hope this helps!

Crafter's Companion Supply List: 

Die'sire Circle Centre Create A Card Die Set.

Natuical Collection Port Hole Windows

Nautical Collection Fishing Net

Nautical Collection Anchors Aweigh

Nautical Collection By The Sea

Nautical Collection Sealife Accessories

Centura Pearl Metallic A4 Precious Metals Papers

Annabel Spenceley Oceans of Love Stamp (ONSALE on HSN!)

Collall Tacky Glue

Spectrum Noir Classiques Alcohol Markers in the following colors:

BT05, BT3, BT4, BT7, BT9

OR05, OR1

FS4,FS6, FS7

BG05, BG3

GT05, CT4

I used Guilding Was in Gold around the edges of the sea horse. The sea horse, lightbhouse, and the wheel are all double layered for a little extra dimension

It is hard to tell but the card does flip open to reveal that space on the inside to write.

This project was a joy to create. It is one of those designs that begins one way and develops into itself as your designing. I am passionate about my projects and I hope they inspire each and everyone of you.

Crafty Hugs, Melanie

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Crafter's Companion ~ Quintessentially English

 Welcome back friends,

Today's card was inspired by the Crafter's Companion 12 x 12" paper pad named "Quintessentially English" Looking through my stash I decided to use the Modern Scallops Edge'ables die set as the focal of this design. 

The size of the die is 6" long so I cut my card to 6"x12" and I cut the die on each side before scoring and folding the card. I then layered a coordinating designer paper from the Crafter's Companion 12x12" Quintessential English" paper. I then decided to use one of the beautiful Sharon Callis Vintage Lace Frames which fit perfectly in the center. But I wanted to tie in the leaves so I added an extra layer from the same paper pack cut with the Stitch Edge Oval dies. That is exactly what the card needed. For the flowers I have used the Peony Double Sided Dies. For the sentiment I used one from the newly released Sara Signature Caring Thoughts Stamp sets named "With a Grateful Heart"

Crafter's Companion Supply List:

Quintessentially English 12x12" Paper Pad

Modern Scallops Edge'ables Dies (Any Edge'able set  can be used)

Sharon Callis Vintage Lave Frames Dies

Gemini Stitch Edge Ovals Dies

Gemini Peony Double Sided Dies

With a Grateful Heart Stamp Set 

Crafter's Companion Heavy Weight Acetate

This last photo shows how I used the Heavy Weight Acetate. I attached it to the back of the scalloped dies to give the card more strength so it is able to stand up easily. It is hard to photograph but I think this will give you a better idea on how I used the 6x6" piece of acetate. I attached it at top and bottom with glue dots.

Thank you everyone for following my work. I appreciate you all and I hope I have inspired you to get crafty!


Monday, February 8, 2021

Crafter's Companion ~ Caring Thoughts Decoupage Card

 Hi Friends.

Welcome back! Today I have a special card to share. I have created this card using The Sara Signature Caring Thoughts Collection by Crafter's Companion. This is a beautiful collection and right now with the pandemic and all the pain in the world we can surely use more uplifting products to create with.

This beautiful collection is available online at Crafter's Companions USA Store as well as over on HSN. These collection configurations are slightly different so please compare collections.

Here is today's card using this amazing collection. 

This card features the beautiful Decoupage elements from the collection along with the Honey Silk Lace Nesting Decorative Frame Die Set. This specific die set is not currently available over on the CC USA online store but I did fine this beautiful Sharon Callis Vintage Lace Frames collection of dies. 

Here is a close up view of the focal decoupage floral arrangement. The butterfly and sentiment came from the Caring Thoughts 12x12" paper pack 

I also utilized the 12x12" plate size of the brand new Gemini Pro machine and was able to cut all 4 layers at one time. The Gemini Pro is a game changer that is for sure and is still available over on HSN


Lastly for the papers used I used a 5X7" Card base from the Sharing Thoughts Collection. I also used specialty papers from the Luxury Mixed Card Pack.

Card Supply List:

Sara Signature Caring Thoughts Collection From CC USA website 

Sara Signature Caring Thoughts Collection from HSN  (smaller collection)

Individual Items Use: 

Caring Thoughts Decoupage Collection

 Caring Thoughts 12x12" paper pack 

Caring Thoughts Luxury Mixed Card Pack 

Caring Thoughts 5X7" Card base

 Sharon Callis Vintage Lace Frames Collection (Similar to the dies I used)

Thank you everyone for visiting today. I hope I have inspired you. Craft On!