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Come Sail Away Suite ~ Stampin’ Up!® New Annual Catalog!!!

Hi Friends,

I want to kick off this post with an apology. I have had many personal medical issues in the past few months so I haven’t posted in quite some time. I hope I can come to you at least weekly if not more often but I am sorry for not being more consistent with my projects.

That being said lets kick off the new annual catalog with a bang. This weeks focus is on the ‘Come Sail Away Suite” of products and let me tell you it is DEFINITELY a Melanie’s Must have!!!

This card was made for a very special friend. She lost her life this past weekend from a long battle with cancer. I love you Pat! Sail on Sweetheart!

Before I list the supplies used for this card I wanted to let you all know of a NEW option in the new Stampin’ Up!® Catalog. On page 145 you will see that the Come Sail Away Suite has a Suite Item Number of 152175 which gives you the entire suite including paper and embellishments. This also includes your stamp set and die set at the 10% off discount. So if your like me and YOU WANT IT ALL….. then simply order item # 152175 🙂

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Focal Friday ~ Hibiscus

Each Friday I come to you with a photo or design idea for you to focus on over the weekend. This week I fell in love with the Humming Along stamp set. I love the colors and of course the coloring. Lets look at today’s focal graphic. if you love it….PIN IT to Pinterest and help others with some color inspiration.

My mom and I were blessed with two amazing holidays in Hawaii together and I will always treasure those memories. I wish we could go back but unfortunately that is not an option. So lets go to Hawaii with our crafty projects this weekend….

I love doing these Focal Friday’s. They inspire me and I hope they inspire you as well. For this design I colored the Hibiscus flower using Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers.

The beauty of our Alcohol markers is there is no guess work. Our markers come as a duo with both light and dark. So there is no guesswork. With layering you can create these beautiful shaded stamps. I used an array of Stampin’ Blends duos and I will link to at the bottom of this post.

Check out this AWESOME vine I created using the Leaf Ribbon. I simply intertwined them together using mini glue dots to hold them in place. I love how this turned out.

One last look. IF you decide to use my “Focal Friday” as inspiration I sure would love to see what you make. Jump on over to my customer group on Facebook and share your projects!!! I hope you have a delightful weekend. Melanie

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Creating your own Designer Paper!!!

unfortunately I do not have an actual tutorial for you today but what I have done here is quite simple so I am sure you won’t need one. 😉 While making this week’s samples it was a coloring labor of love. This card is no exception. Let me show you what I mean….

For the background I used a leaf stamp from the Humming Along bundle. I randomly stamped the leaf onto THICK Whisper White card stock and then I colored them using my Stampin’ Blend markers. Doesn’t it create beautiful designer paper?? I will be showing a different sample of this same idea next week so make sure to stick around (Add your email on the side bar and receive 1 email message when I post a new post, this insures you don’t miss any 🙂

I’ve always adored green and purple together…. Can you tell I like this card??? This Humming Along Bundle is just sp fun to COLOR. So if your wanting to learn to color this would be perfect for you!!!

Don’t forget the bundle comes with the dies to make it easy to cut out your beautiful pieces. It also includes the sentiment die used on this card. It is the same label I ran the ribbon behind on Monday’s Post. So versatile!!!

The small piece of designer paper (Purple floral) is cut using the Rectangle stitched die set and the paper itself is also from the Botanical Butterfly DSP Sale A Bration set, Free w/ a $50 purchase.

I hope you are enjoy my week of coloring with the Stampin’ Blends. I truly felt inspired by this bundle along with a few of the Sale a Bration items. Don’t forget that you can earn multiple SAB free items. The more you order the more free items you get, but ONLY until March 31st!!!

See you tomorrow! Melanie

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Hope You Feel Better Soon ~ Free Card!!!

None of my cards are really Clean and Simple (CAS), which I usually save for Wednesday’s so instead I have this “get well soon” card. It seems to me like everyone is sick right now. The flu season has really effected a lot of people to where schools have been closing in my area due to illness. If you have been under the weather and would like to receive this card I will be happy to send it to you. The first comment I get to this blog post will get it. 🙂

With this card I have mixed the Humming Along stamp set with this beautiful “Lasting Lilly” stamp set. It can be free for you with a $100 order during Sale A Bration. In March they will also have coordinating dies available for purchase, while supplies last.

I have done a little masking here. If you are unfamiliar with the masking technique drop me a note and I will make sure to do a tutorial or Tuesday tip to show you how.

Isn’t the Pretty Label punch perfect for the sentiment? I am really loving this punch and have used it in numerous samples. For this layered look simply cut your background card stock twice to achieve the border.

I am always here to assist you in any product, design, or purchasing questions you may have. You can simply used the “Contact Me” area of the side bar or email me at melaniestamps@yahoo.com – I love getting messages, ideas, suggestions etc. from all of you.

Happy Stamping!

Melanie

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Tuesday’s Tips ~ Coloring Your Embellishments

Hi Friends!

Today I am sharing my second card using the Humming Along bundle by Stampin’ Up! Item # 148758.

For my Tuesday’s Tip I want to share with you how I colored these wooden Butterfly Elements, which are available as a FREE choice during Sale a Bration with a $50 order. I always like to invest in things that have multiple uses and in this situation the sky is the limit.

Alcohol markers such as our Stampin’ Blends are not just amazing for color blending but are also perfect for coloring your favorite embellishments. They are a permanent ink which dies almost immediately. So you can color all sorts of things like pearls, rhinestones, ribbons etc.

I have layered some die cut flowers along with these wooden elements and even some enamel dots to create the tiny florals in each corner. Super simple and oh so cute!

I hope you are enjoying this week’s bundle. See you tomorrow with more 🙂

Melanie

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Melanie’s Must-have Monday Humming Along

Hi Friends,

This week we will be focusing on the bundle called “Humming Along”. A lot of you may know that we care for my mom with Alzheimer’s Disease. She loves humming birds so as soon as I saw thing set I know it had to be ordered. That along with the coloring opportunities; you all know how much I love to do color blending 😉

I have used the background die, which comes with this bundle. It was cut from watercolor paper and then I used some ink from the ink pad along with an aqua painter to create the background.

The hummingbird was colored using Stampin’ Blends. The body is colored with granny apple green and old olive. The throat is Pumpkin Pie with a little cajun craze. The Daffodil Delight for the beak.

The sentiment is stamped on a label die in the bundle. The sentiment is from the FREE Sale A Bration set called “Part Of My Story”. It is free with a $50 purchase from now until March 31st. The ribbon in this card is perfect for weaving behind this sentiment die. I have used the 1/2″ Textured Weave Ribbon.

The paper used to create this card is also a FREE Sale A Bration set called “Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper”. It is STUNNING, and a MUST HAVE if you love butterflies 😉

Check back each day this week as I share 4 other samples using this Humming Along Bundle.

Melanie

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Focal Friday ~ Blue & Yellow

Hi Friends!

I have a focal imagery to share with you this week and I hope it helps inspire your next project. Make sure to check back each Friday for a new focal photo, or simply sign up for my email notifications so you never miss a post again.

Blue and yellow have always been a favorite color combo of mine so I put together a beautiful image for all of us to use as inspiration. Here is my finished project….

Those who know me well know that I love things with wings…. butterflies, dragonflies, and of course fairies. This project includes two of your “FREE OPTIONS” available until the end of March or while supplies last. The Butterfly Elements and the Botanical Butterfly DSP. You can receive BOTH of these butterfly items FREE with a $100 order. I will link all products down below for convenience. Thank you for following along with me this week. Have a wonderful weekend!!! Melanie

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Cards With Lots of Layers

Welcome back my friends,

Today I am sharing two cards with you that both have lots of layers and dimension. Some people love the clean and simple look but I am more of a details girl so I love to add layers and contract for added interest.


The Needlepoint Designer Series Paper was used for color inspiration for this card. I simply chose two coordinating solid colors and began layering. For the card base I choose Berry Burst which was ran through the Big Shot using the “Dot To Dot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder” which immediately added texture and interest. Then Tranquil Tide was used for framing as well as embellishing.

For added interest I used lots of layers including the stitched die that coordinates with our “Pretty Label” punch. I just love the coordination between these two products. Check out the products listed at the bottom of this post for all the product photos and links for more information. Now onto the second “Lots of Layers” card….


For this card I simply layered up two different patterns of paper from the Needlepoint Nook designer series paper. I then used the stitched background die from the Needle & Thread bundle as the focal image. The corners of this piece was cut using the detailed trio punch.

The sentiment again was created using the die/punch as used in the first sample. I just simply added some stamped flowers on it using blushing bride ink and stamps from the Needle & Thread stamp set.

Thank you for stopping by today. If you would like to be notified when a new post is posted simply add your email in the blank on your left. Hugs, Melanie

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Clean & Simple Wednesday

I believe mid week we should all be able to still create even though our time is limited. Today’s card is a get well card.

A couple runs through your Big Shot machine plus 2 stamps and here you have today’s CAS card. Isn’t the stitching from the background die just beautiful? If you have any mid week time I hope to inspire you to create even the easiest of cards. Feel free to share your creations over in my Customer Facebook Group.

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Tuesday’s Tip ~ Two Cards From CAS to “All Dressed Up”

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Welcome back stamp lovers!

Today I am here to share a Clean and Simple (CAS) card with all of you but I decided to also share tips on dressing up a card with added layers of detail.

Here is my CAS simple card design. Just a simple strip of double sided designer series paper. I used both sides to alternate the designs to really show off this beautiful paper. Then a simple strip of card stock, one stitched die cut and a single stamped sentiment. this gives such a sleek look and is quite striking. But what if we dress it up a little using this week’s Needlepoint Nook Suite of products…

As you can see I used everything the first card had plus more. The white space has been embossed using the stitched die from the bundle. The floral stamps have been stamped and die cut out using the coordinating dies. The stitched circle that the sentiment was stamped on also has a second scalloped layer. Then a few die cut leaves were used, also from the same bundle….. and POW!!!! A multilayered look with a lot of interest and dimension. (Quick tip…. Make sure to order Dimensionals in both the regular size as well as the mini’s. I will link these at the end of this post.) These really help with popping up some of the flowers to add even more to that dimensional look. Here is a close up photo…

I hope you have enjoyed this and feel inspired. The CAS card has sleek lines and is quite striking due to its extra white space and the ‘dressed up’ card has dimension and extra interest. Both designs will appeal to a wide variety of people. Now lets see a CAS & ‘Dressed Up” card that you have designed. CLICK HERE to head on over to my VIP Customer group on Facebook. Feel free to SHARE your personal projects. I Can’t wait to see them.

Melanie

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