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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

LDRS Creative & Polkadoodle Presents the Time for Team Stamp Line

Hi Friends,

When I was a little kid my family was stationed in England and afternoon tea was an everyday event. My mom has always loved hot tea so this was an extra special time for her as well. This entire Polkadoodle stamp line is absolutely breathtaking. Make sure to check down below my photos for the link to check out all the Design Teams card samples. I was quite impressed by the array of gorgeous projects.



I have chosen "A Tea Cup Full of Wishes" from Polkadoodles for my stamp and I have used the Coordinating Time for Tea 6x6 paper pack which is just beautiful paper.

For the LDRS Creative die collection I have chosen the "Regal Frame" Die set also by Polkadoodles along with LDRS Creative Majestic Rectangles Labels Set, the Key Tailed Dragon Fly Die Set., and the "Grace build a Card" die set. 



To see all of the beautiful creations all this week from the LDRS Design Team make sure to check back on the Company Blog for all the creative projects.

For any other questions about today's project please feel free to contact me.  Hugs, Melanie

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs' Shimmer Sheetz

Hello my friends,

I had an amazing time at the Stamp and Scrapbook Expo here in Atlanta Ga. Made lots of friends and consumed so many wonderful tips and techniques.

This months Challenge over at the Elizabeth Craft Designs' Challenge blog is to create a card using one of out "Friday Technique with Els"  your tube tutorials. I have chosen an older video that I watched that really inspired me to take a clean and simple card design and add a couple extra touched that really amped up the card. Watch this video for even more details:


For participating in this months challenge Elizabeth Craft Designs will be giving away a $20 Gift Card to use on our website to 3 winners.

To enter simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge post and tell us " "What your favorite technique learned from the Technique Friday With Els series". ”

We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing

The winners will be announced on Friday, July 21 on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.
Here is my take on a card using the sanding technique that Els shares in the above you tube video. This was super simple to do and I just love how a tiny bit of the peel off stickers really jazzed it up!


To recreate this card simply run a piece of Shimmer Sheetz through your die cut machine inside a embossing folder. Then taking a sanding block, simply sand the top of the Shimmer Sheetz until you desired look is achieved. This can be done on either side (Embossed or De bossed sides)



Next cut a red card base and a white mat and attach all together. Half a doily was used with a horizontal stripe of card stock. Added to the stripe is a simple glitter line sticker. Did you know Elizabeth Craft Designs carried a large array of stickers? These stickers really can add that little extra touch which makes your card sparkle!

Lastly, I used the Labels and Circle die set which has been reduced to $4.95!!!! Grab it while it is available! The sentiment was used from the Dreams Sentiment Set.


Here is a close up to show you the added texture using the Shimmer Sheetz along with the Peel Off Stickers. Very simple to add a little something extra special to your cards.

I hope you have enjoyed todays challenge. Make sure to head on over to the ECD Challenge blog for your chance to WIN!

Melanie
 

Friday, July 14, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs ~ Celebrate You Scallop Shaped Card

Hi Friends,
I am here with you to share my newest Elizabeth Craft Designs' project. Today I have played with lots of our dies along with stickers and glitter all from Elizabeth Crafts. I had tons of fun!


Follow these easy steps below to create this lovely scallop shaped card.

Step 1: To create the glittered roses you first add a piece of double sided adhesive to a piece of Soft Finish Card Stock.

 

Step 2: Peel off the background from your black sticker sheet, this makes it easier to use. Next you will peel off the Elizabeth Craft Designs backing to reveal the sticky side. Set aside.

Step 3: Using the backing as a transfer sheet just remove the black outline sticker and lay it on the transfer sheet sticky side up.

Step 4: Lay your piece of card stock sticky side down on top of the black sticker. This will transfer the sticker to the sticky side of your white paper.

Step 5: Add Microfine Glitter to the entire piece, polish by rubbing all the glitter into the paper. See below.

 

Step 6: Using your alcohol markers simply color directly onto the glittered piece inside the black lines. The sample was done in Copic markers in the following colors ~

R22, R24, R29
YG 13, YG17
B01, B02
E23, E25, E27

 

Step 7: After coloring use the 2nd. smallest oval die from the Fitted Ovals set to carefully cut out the colored roses.

Step8: Use the 3rd smallest Dotted Scallop Oval to cut a blue piece of card stock.

Step 9: Cut a piece of black Soft Finish card stock to cut the background piece.

Step 10: Cut a piece of black Soft Finish card stock 4 3/4" x 12" and score in half. Using the largest Dotted Scallop Oval die cut the folded card with a slight amount of the fold being uncut. See below. This forms scalloped shaped card base.

 

Step 11: Die cut the largest die in the Entwined Ovals set in red card stock

Step 12: Die cut the word dies 4 times each and glue together. This will give the card a little added dimension.

Step 13: The large black oval will be glued to the Card base lining up the scallops.

Step 14: Glue the red Entwined Ovals piece onto the black. Add a few of the Black/Silver Glitter Dots to the Entwined Ovals piece for a little added interest.

Step 15: Glue the blue Dotted Scallop Oval to the center of the card then using foam tape add the glitter roses to that.

Step 16. Attach the "Celebrate" and "You" pieces to complete the card.
This last photo shows how the raised flowers and extra thick lettering gives this beautiful card more dimension.


Elizabeth Craft Designs' Supply List:

Glitter Dots - Black/Silver
Roses in Oval black sticker
Fitted Ovals
Dotted Scalloped Ovals
Entwined Ovals
Thinking of you Die
Celebrate Die
Soft Finish Card Stock
Cool Diamond Microfine Glitter

Other Supplies:
Red Card Stock
Blue Card Stock
Glue Pen

I hope you have enjoyed today's project. I really enjoyed creating it for all of you! To see more blog posts from the Elizabeth Craft Designs' Design Team simply head on over to the company blog.

Have a Crafty Day!
Melanie

Monday, July 10, 2017

LDRS ~ Smile

Hi Friendly Peeps,

I'm here with you today to share a bright and cheerful card that is surely able to make you smile. Early in June I attended a crop when 2 friends of mine shared their Tim Holtz crayons with the group. It was my first time using them and it was such fun. I created 2 backgrounds that day. The first one is used in this card and the second is to follow in my next LDRS Creative post later this month.



I have used Copic Markers to color in the All Dressed Up Prosecco Time Stamp. I really had fun designing with all these bright colors. For the dies I chose to use the Dew Drop Border Die along the bottom as well as the Smile Word Die  These word dies are really fun. Click HERE to see them all.

Happy Stamping!

Melanie

Monday, July 3, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs ~ Using Some Scraps!

Hi Friends,

I have been working on organizing my craft room and keep running across these extra pieces from a previous project that I used Fitted Frames 2 Lace Squares. So rather than sitting them a side yet again I decided to use them along with this "coloring" post for Elizabeth Craft Designs.




My card is quite simple using 3 of the pieces left from the die set along with a tea pot from the "Tea Time Clear Stamps" I have colored the tea pot with my Copic markers purposely to coordinate with the scraps left over from the dies. As you can see below I still have pieces left. Pretty cool that we can get about 3 projects done with one die set.



Elizabeth Craft Designs Products:

Fitted Frames 2 Lace Squares

Tea Time Clear Stamps

Other items used:

Copic Markers V01, V04, YG93, YG95, E00, E11

Ivory Card Stock along with scraps in Purple & Green

Purple Trim from my stash

One last look at the close up of my coloring...



Happy Coloring my friends! Melanie

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

LDRS Creative Inspired to Grow

Hi Friends,

Today I have a unique card idea. I have used the TLC Inspired Line for the stamped part of my card. These stamps are created for bible journaling but can also be used in both card making and in scrapbooks.


After coloring the stamp I played around with this design idea and came up with a mixture of LDRS products that all went together well.

LDRS Creative Products Used:

1. TLC Inspired Crafting "Inspired Edge Grow" stamps

2. Peaceful Dove Edge Die

3. Allifair Build a Card Die Set (for fence, clouds, and dragonfly)

My absolute favorite thing about LDRS Creative Products is that they are so versatile. For example; with a little trimming I was able to turn the Peaceful Dove Edge die to create the growing tree in my project and the fence etc from the Allifair set worked perfectly with this as well.

Have an awesome day my friends, Until next time... Keep Crafting! Melanie 


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs' Monthly Color Challenge

Hello Crafty Peeps!

Today we have a really fun Challenge over on the Elizabeth Craft Designs' challenge blog. Our Challenge this month is to create a set of 3 Clean and Simple (CAS) cards using 3 stamps from the same stamp set. A lot of the team rarely does CAS designs so it was so much fun designing for this challenge.




As you can see I have used some really fun coordinating papers which are BRAND NEW over at Elizabeth Craft Designs. They matched this stamp set perfectly. Couldn't you totally see this set of cards being perfect for a Tea Party?

Now lets look at the cards individually...



Each of these cards are featuring the brand new paper stack called "Cucina With Love". These papers are available in both 6x6" and 12x12" which makes them perfect for both card makers as well as scrapbookers!!!

I have used Copic markers to color in the stamped images and then used the coordinating dies to cut them out. To focus on each stamped image I popped the images up with foam tape then used the "Dotted Scallop Squares" and the coordinating squares die set to frame each image. I will link all of these supplies down below.

Elizabeth Craft Designs' Supplies: 

 

 
Thank you for stopping by today. Want to make a set of cards just like mine? Make sure to check out all the supplies above by clicking the above links. If you have any questions feel free to message me.

Happy Crafting!
Melanie