Black Friday & Saturday SALE! Nov. 23-24 ONLY! All Paper & Embellishments are ON SALE!!!

This Online Extravaganza is not to be missed. Nearly EVERYTHING IN THE CATALOG will be ON SALE over the next 6 days. See categories for each day below…

Nov. 23-24 ALL Paper & Embellishments are on sale. CLICK HERE to see the selection of items and their discounted pricing.


Check back on Nov. 25-26 and then Nov 27-28 for more products on sale

(hint…see header for the other categories and when they will be on sale.)



Weekly Wrap Up! ~ Dashing Deer Bundle ~ Quick and Easy Card to the Rescue!!!

Is it Friday already? I am here to share an extra sample as we wrap up our week using the Dashing Deer Bundle. I hope you have enjoyed all the samples I have share this week. I sure have had fun sharing them with you!!! Are you member of my facebook business page or customer group? If not simply click here…I would love to have you.

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Sample Designed by Selene Kempton

This sample is PERFECT if your running late completing your holiday cards. It is very classy yet simple to recreate; and uses minimal items which helps with the cost. Simply get yourself the following items if you don’t already have them:

Dashing Deer Stamp Set, #147728 (Stamps only or 149935 for the bundle)

Very Vanilla Card Stock, # 101650

Basic Black Card Stock, # 121045

Festive Farmhouse DSP #147820

Cherry Cobbler Ink Pad #147083

Metallic Pearls #146282

3/8″ Metallic Edge Ribbon in Gold #144213

This month’s Hostess Code is HTFRSXSD, please use it at check out if your order is under $150, Thank You!!!!

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Stamping with Stampin’ Write Markers

Welcome back…..

I have a quick tutorial today sharing how I created this two tone deer from the Dashing Deer Bundle. It is quite simple and can actually save you a lot of money if your wanting all the colors but not necessarily all the ink pads… hmmmmm

I am using the Stamparatus today with this technique. If you do not already have a Stamparatus you are going to LOVE IT! Consider it with your next purchase because it is simply AMAZING to work with.

Here is a quick graphic to show you what I have done. This technique can ONLY be done with Stampin’ Write Markers, NOT alcohol markers like our new Stampin’ Blends. So make sure your using the correct ones.

In this first photo I am inking the bottom portion of the deer with the Merry Merlot Marker. Just color directly on the stamp and then put your stamp to paper. The beauty of the Stamparatus here is if you for some reason do not get a good first impression you can simply do the step a second time. If you look closely at my inked image here. It is not completely colored so I did ink it twice.

Lastly clean the stamp and ink up just the antlers with the Early Espresso Stampin’ Write marker and stamp again. I have covered the bottom portion of my deer with scratch paper so I do not accidentally get the Early Espresso on the lower portion.

Here is the finished outcome up close… Isn’t he just beautiful?

I hope I have inspired you today and that you have enjoyed my projects. Have an awesome day! Melanie

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Tuesday’s Tip ~ Casing the Catalog

Hi Friends,

Welcome back! Today’s Tuesday’s tip is all about finding your mojo. We all come to a point when we want to get crafty but draw a blank. Absolutely no creative juices flowing. So this is when “Casing” is helpful. In today’s post I am casing a tag I saw in the current Holiday Catalog. Lets take a look at it together…

This tag can be located in the bottom left hand corner of page 8 in your holiday catalog. It is cute but I don’t make many tags so I decided to use it as my mojo and create a card using this idea. Here is what I came up with…

CASE = Copy and Share Everything. For those in the paper crafting world it is a well known phrase. As you can see I almost cased it exactly but did make it larger (Card Size) and I added a few dies from the annual and holiday catalogs. I just love how it turned out don’t you?

Don’t forget the inside of your card… and of course the envelopes too…. This little deer is just perfect for both!

One last look… All the items are pictured below…Beware some of these items are on the “Low Inventory List” so if you already know you are loving these items grab them while you can. If your order is under $150 please consider using my hostess code for the month. It is HTFRSXSD and can be entered as you are checking out.

Happy Creating! Melanie

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Melanie’s Must-Have Monday ~ Dashing Deer Bundle

Hi Friends,

This week we are focusing on one of my absolutely favorite bundles in this years holiday catalog. The Dashing Deer Bundle.


This bundle has so much detail and I have had so much fun playing with it. Watch out all week as I bring you a ton of inspiration using these products.

My favorite holiday color scheme is gold and ivory so I had to make this card first. I have used the All is Bright Designer Series paper in the background along with the Swirls & Curls Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. For a little extra touch I added the Galvanized Buttons & Festive Farm House Cotton Twine for an extra touch. Don’t forget to add on your favorite foil paper when ordering. I will include links below for everything to make it easy shopping.

Speaking of shopping… The following list of items has been given to us by Stampin’ Up! as “LOW INVENTORY” items and they will not be refilled. So if you have any of the following items on your “Wish/Want List” I would grab them quick! Don’t forget to use this month’s hostess code when checking out. NOVEMBER 2018 Hostess Code: HTFRSXSD

Thank you for choosing me as your Personal Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. You are very appreciated!


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Stampin’ Up! The Winter Woods Bundle

Hello My Friends,

This week we are having fun with the Winter Woods Bundle by Stampin’ Up! This bundle’s possibilities are endless. I have made numerous samples and I still want to keep playing. The ideas just flow. It is a stamp & dies set you will reach for over and over again.


This first sample is a Clean and Simple (CAS) card. A small strip of Designer Series Paper, Some solid card stocks and some quick stamping.

This card was designed by Hattie Walker Nelson

This next sample was so much fun to design. For the background I used Stampin’ Blends in Night Of Navy. My goal was the create a gradient dark nights sky. I really wanted the snow and tree to pop right off the card.

The tree is stamped twice. Once with Mossy Meadow and then again in Garden Green. The Mossy Meadow was die cut using the framelit and the Garden green was die cut using the detailed die. This die is a bit smaller and has a lot of wonderful detail. If you look below you can see that the top layer. The detailed die cuts little slits in the tree so you can roll those areas up. I added some Glimmer Paint on the branches to look like snow. It really makes a statement!

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This last sample was made using the Softly Falling embossing folder with Very Vanilla card stock. I stamped the trees with Early Espresso ink and then die cut them using the Layering Circle Dies. The sentiment was created by performing some stamp surgery before actually stamping in Cherry Cobbler Ink. The punch used came from the Darling Label Punch Box. The trims used were 1/2″ Lace Trim along with some 5/8″ Striped Burlap Trim. See product lists that follow each project for a list of all supplies.

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If you have made it all the way to the bottom of this message I sure do appreciate you. I hope I have encouraged you to get out your newly aquired goodies and create with them. 🙂

Stampin’ Up Video Featuring the Country Lane Suite + Stepping Up Your Projects!


Happy Thursday Everyone!

I have an awesome video to share with all of you today. This shows off parts of this week’s Focal Suite “Country Lane”

I would also like to share with your two projects I made recently. One was made for an organized swap I participated in, and the second “stepped up” version was made to share during this week’s posts. I thought showing the two together might help some who want to use more of their coordinated embellishments as well as adding more interest.

With this first sample I have simply colored the focal floral with Stampin’ Blends and then Stamped the milk jug in Basic Black onto Basic Grey card stock. Then I fussy cut the jar out. One designer tip when doing it this way. Use your basic black marker and go around the cut edges with it. It makes the image feel more finished. The paper strip I used across the middle of the card is from the Country Lane 12×12″ Designer Series Paper.

With this “Stepped Up” sample I have used the Galvanized 12″ metal paper in the Tin Tile Dynamic Designer Impressions Embossing Folder for the background piece instead of the Smoky Slate. I then Stamped the Milk Jug image on to our 110lb Thick Whisper White card stock and I colored it using the Smoky Slate and Basic Black Stampin’ Blends Marker Combos. Lastly I added a bit of twine around the tip of the jug just for some added interest.

Here is an extra tip when using this Tin Tile Dynamic Designer Impressions embossing folder. Once embossed go over the raised parts of the embossing with your Wink of Stella. It adds that little extra bling that so many people enjoy.


This card was designed by Monica Giberti

One last project using this week’s suite…. This one uses the watering can stamp along with the Square framelits and the new linen braided thread. All the products for today’s projects are below.

This card was designed by Linda Funnell

these products listed below are for all of the samples. If you are needing any extra detail feel free to contact me and I can help you order just the items your actually needing for a specific project. I am always just a message away and would love to hear from you. Melanie

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The Country Lane Suite

Welcome back friends,

At the end of last week on Facebook I published this card as a sneak peek as to which bundle or set of products I might be sharing this week. For the first person to guess what that bundle/suite might be would receive a card in the mail from me. Well I was out of town last week and my “scheduled” blog posts did not post Tuesday or Thursday which is why some of you woke up Monday morning with not one but 2 more posts from me. Those were the ones that did not publish properly last week. I do apologize for that mistake. Learning how to use WordPress is a huge learning curve for me. Anyways… this card’s hint was the designer paper used in this project. It is part of the Country Lane Suite. Watch my facebook posts each Friday for other challenge offers.


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I have two other projects to share with you today. This next card uses the Frosted Floral designer series paper (Shown Below) along with the Country Lane stamp set. Coloring these stamps are a pure joy, especially with the Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers.

Card designed by Karen Keltner

Frosted Floral 12" x 12" (30.5 x 30.5 cm) Specialty Designer Series Paper

Isn’t that Frosted Floral paper just dreamy???

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Last but not least I have one other project to share. This card features the Country Lane Designer Series paper along with the stamp set and chicken wire elements. I just love the cotton especially because last week on our trip to Myrtle Beach we saw fields and fields of cotton.

This card was designed by Shelly Peck

Country Lane 12" x 12" (30.5 x 30.5 cm) Designer Series Paper

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This week’s Tuesday Tip is to use the beautiful Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Impressions embossing folder. Make sure to emboss it on all types of papers. Here it shows it done with the beautiful Galvanized Paper. This folder is a MUST HAVE product! I promise you it will be the best $10 you spend!!! I will be sharing a video about it tomorrow on Facebook so make sure to look for that.

Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Happy Stampin’ My Friends! Melanie


Falling Leaves and a Sneak Peek Challenge!

Welcome back!

This week I am focusing all on fall projects using the falling leaves bundle in the Holiday Catalog. Don’t have a holiday catalog? You can see it by clicking on the “Shop Catalog” button at the top of the page or by messaging me.

This card was designed by Keri Blake

This card is PERFECT for all crafty people. It attracts the avid artistic type of card maker but it is also easy enough for a beginner to make. Let me share with you why.

The background was created by adding abstract stamp set called “Artisan Textures” This is the perfect stamp set for a beginner because you are unable to mess up stamping with this set. It is suppose to look abstract. When we team this up with the beautiful Falling For Leaves stamp set the possibilities are endless.

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Last but not least here is a little SNEAK PEEK for next week…. We will continue playing with products from the Holiday catalog. Can you figure out which one??? Here is a hint…



I will leave you wonderful people with this….. first person who guesses what next weeks focus is going to be will receive a handmade card in the mail from me. Happy hunting.



Fun Fall Projects ~The Falling Leaves Bundle


Hi Sweet friends,

I have 2 really fun fall projects along with a designers tip to share with you today. I have chosen the Falling Leaves bundle from the Holiday 2018 catalog as our focus this week. Want daily inspiration? Make sure to visit my melaniesmithstamps facebook page.


The rich colors of fall are upon us and Stampin’ Up! coordinating papers and inks are perfect for all of your fall projects.


This first card was a swap card I received from Marcia Gay.

The focus here is this beautiful Maple stamp from the Falling Leaves stamp set.

Card Recipe:

Falling Leaves Stamp & Die Bundle

 Rich Razzleberry, Blackberry Bliss, Mango Melody, and Pumpkin Pie ink pads

Papers in Fresh Fig, Crushed Curry, Whisper White

Fresh Fig & Basic Black ink Pads

Country Lane Designer Paper

  3/16″ Braided Linen Trim


Here is a closer look at the focal leaf.

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For this next project I have designed this more detailed design mixing layers with dies to create a richly textured card.



Designers Tip: make more out of your dies by getting tricky. The border die in this set is designed for a A2 vertical card but I wanted to make a horizontal card so I just snipped the border and covered up the missing space with my focal.


I even used a scrap for my sentiment (wink wink). I believe in getting the most out of your money so will share tips like this from time to time to help you use your beloved products. Ever have any questions or stuck with something. Simply message me and I would be happy to help.

Here is a close up of my leaf. I used a sponge and sponged the leave to give it a weathered look.

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Thank you for stopping by today. Check back each Tuesday & Thursday for more projects or simply add your email to the email sign up along the side bar to be added. Hugs, Melanie