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Awesome Tip! Get the most from your 12×12″ Patterned Paper!

Hello my midweek friends!

I am sharing a swap card I recently made for a demonstrator swap. I wanted to use my amazing Designer Series Paper (DSP) and get as many samples out of it as possible. I thought I would share the recipe for getting 12 cards from 1 piece of paper!!!

Step 1: Cut your 12×12″ DSP in 4″ strips and then cut those down into 3″ pieces. So each piece is 3″x4″ giving you 12 equal sized pieces… YOU WASTE ABSOLUTELY ZERO paper!!! Win/Win

Now from your 8.5″x11″ card stocks you can easily get 6 card mats each. Please note: I took this photo using crushed curry but I actually cut down pumpkin pie paper as seen below.

Easy Peasy…You have card bases made from crushed curry, a basic black border, and a pumpkin pie border. The beauty of this is you have very little wasted paper.

Simply add a cute stamp and a couple of punches and some basic twine and you have a adorable, yet super simple project.

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Two Projects using the Toil & Trouble Suite of Products by Stampin’ Up!

Hi Friends,

I hope you have enjoyed my focus for the week. I have really enjoyed prepping all the samples and material for this week. Next week we will continue our Halloween focus using another really fun bundle so make sure to “follow” me or sign up with your email so you get fun notifications when a new post goes live. Now for the FUN samples I have left so show you….. eeeek I am excited!

This sample here is showing off the amazing spider web die. I have cut it 4 times and by gluing them onto the paper it forms a full spider doily of sorts. I just love the Whisper White wed against the designer series paper. The witches hat here was cut out of the designer series paper using the coordinating dies.

Here is another fun project that I created to show off the suite. The background paper is the paper that coordinates with the witch hat die. The witch here is also cut out using the coordinating die. The cauldron is colored as seen in Wednesday’s tutorial. If you missed it I will add it here below just in case 😉

Here is a close up of the Cauldron in the project.

Are you nervous about trying Stampin’ Blends? You don’t have to be…. Stampin’ Up! has made it easy for you. Each color comes in a light and dark so they make blending a breeze. Still have questions? Message me, I will be happy to help.

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Tips & Tutorials using Toil & Trouble Suite By Stampin’ Up!

Welcome back Friends,

Now I have to admit to all of you that Halloween is not a holiday I usually make cards for but when I broke into this bundle and began playing and I felt obligated to share this set with you. I wanted to continue making items….it was addictive for sure!  wouldn’t this suite be great for Halloween treats at school for elementary students?

I would like to share a fun tip and a tutorial today with all of you.

First up in the coordination that this bundle has with the Toil & Trouble Designer Series Paper. Check this out….

The dies to this bundle coordinate with the papers…. The witch, witches hat (See Monday’s Post), the cauldron, the cat, the frog etc etc. Now how cool is that???

Speaking of Cauldrons… I have a quick coloring tutorial for all of you. I colored this cauldron step by step using Stampin’ Blends. These Alcohol markers are perfect for beginners. They have a light & dark shade for each color so there is no guess work as to which markers to use together.

I hope you have found this post useful. My hope is to inspire you to use your new products confidently. I am always just a message away if you need any crafty guidance. 😉

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Melanie’s “Must-Haves” ~ Toil & Trouble Bundle

Hi Friends,

It has been a while since I have been active with my SU! business and for that I do apologize. I am excited to be working with the new SU! Holiday Catalog. So I would like to begin sharing all the projects that I have been working on!

Each Monday I will have a “Focus” product or bundle. I will share samples, tips, tutorials, videos etc. etc. throughout that week. I want you to be able to get the most out of your fun new products.

This Monday’s Must-Have is the Toil & Trouble Suite. The focus of this suite is indeed the Cauldron Bubble Stamp set but that is not all. This set had numerous surprises and I will share those during this week. For now lets just look at the bundle and a couple of samples.

This bundle is a lot of fun to play with. The design of the images allow you to color which adds an extra element to this set. The Toil & Trouble designer paper which also coordinates is also remarkable.

Now to share a couple samples, the first one I created “Just for a little fun”

Little Kitty wanted to wear the witches hat 😉

I also have a second sample made by Karen. She is one of my close friends and is also in my downline. Want to get crafty with me? Simply click “Join Stampin’ Up!” at the top of my blog. I am always wanting to meet and share my love of paper with all of you.

Now isn’t this an amazing project that utilizes this beautiful Suite. See all the products used below. Have an amazing day stampin friends!

I have used the following products

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Simple Fun Fold Cards ~ w/ Hold on to Hope Bundle

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Hi Everyone,

This week I will be sharing 3 simple fun fold cards with you. I have had a lot of fun learning how to make these and am surprised how very easy they actually are.

A couple of weeks ago I shared 3 other projects using the “Hold on to Hope” stamp & die bundle from Stampin’ Up!® I will link to those three posts at the end of this post just in case you missed them.

For this first card I have is a super simple design. I will list all measurements and that way you can easily create one of your own.

Card Stock Cut and Score Measurements:

Base Card 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ ~ Scored at 3″ & 7 1/4″ ~ Elegant Eggplant

Front Panel Piece 1 (The larger one) is  2 3/4″ x 5 1/4″ ~ Perfect Plum

Front Panel Piece 2 (The smaller one) is 1″ x 5 1/4″ ~ Perfect Plum

Front Focal Piece ~ 3″ x4 1/4″ ~ Elegant Eggplant

Front Focal Piece ~ 2 7/8″ x 4 1/8″ ~ Whisper White

For the focal point I have used the Heartfelt Blooms Stamp Set along with the Hold on to Hope Bundle. I cut two of the cross dies in this set. Once with glimmer paper using the solid shaped cross die and the detailed top portion is cut from Silver Metallic Paper. It is so shinny!! Anything with blind must be good huh?

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Hold On To Hope ~ Midweek Clean & Simple Card


Just a quick post today as I know everyone is busy trying to get through their weeks. These cards are PERFECT when you want to get a little crafting in but you just don’t have a whole lot of time.

The Hold On To Hope bundle is timeless. This set was designed by Brandy Cox and this card is actually cased from her as well. The simplistic design is perfect for my CAS Wednesday post so thank you Brandy for your inspiration.

This card is simply made from paper and ink. There are no embellishments or bling. Just simple stamping using the Hold On To Hope stamp set.  This card can be completed in about 5-10 minutes. Perfect for Midweek!

 

 

Isn’t the bundle breathtaking? I hope you were also inspired today. Happy Stampin’ ®

Melanie

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Stampin’ Up! ® Sale A Bration ~ Don’t Miss Out!


This week I am coming to you with 3 posts each sharing a FREE Sale A Bration (SAB) product. How can you earn FREE products you ask? Simply place an order before March 31st of $50+ or $100+ to have your pick from the freebie choices.

Today’s focus is on “The Beautiful Peacock” stamp set which is FREE with a $50 purchase. I have created two cards using this set. The horizontal card was made for my monthly card buffet class and the stepped up vertical version was created at my March Card Class in my home. interested in classes? Feel free to message me I would love to hear your ideas!

For this simple card all you need along with your stamp set is paper & ink. For the base card I used Pacific Point paper stamped with swirls from The Beautiful Peacock stamp set also using the Pacific Point ink pad. The white panel was really fun to stamp. We started on the left with the sentiment followed by the peacock. Then rather than using the additional peacock stamp for the feathers we created fancy feathers using the flourishes in the set. Everyone in class loved the small floral stamps and wanted to stamp them on all their projects.

For this more detailed design we did two step stamping using both peacock stamps. Then we layered them using the layered circle framelits and the starburst punch. They coordinate so nicely together don’t they? With the extra stamping in the background followed by the extra layer using the Petal Paired embossing folder set this card is full of dimension.

I hope you have enjoyed todays samples. Check back Wednesday for a CAS design for midweek. If I have inspired you and you would like to get your FREE Peacock stamps set feel free to use this months hostess code when checking out. FCNV6MBW, thank you for stopping by and I hope to hear from you soon!

Melanie

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CAS Wednesday ~ Magical Mermaid!


Want to get a card complete super quick? Then check in with me each Wednesday (Hump day) for a quick and easy card that can be made in moments. We all have those days we are busy in yet we so want to be creative too. Mid week here at Melanie Stamps is the place to be. Make sure to add your email address in along the side bar so you will get a mid week reminder when the new posts are published!

This card was designed and shared with me by Michelle T. who is also a Stampin’ Up!® demonstrator. I love how she used the designer series paper to really bring this card alive. The glimmer paper is also part of this suite along with the glitter washi tape which I shared with you on Monday. Check out the tiny sea horse she stamped in the bottom right corner… So sweet! She even added a little Wink of Stella to the mermaids tail after coloring with her markers. Thank you for sharing this card with all of us Michelle.

 

On Friday I will be sharing a unique shaped card with all of you. See you then! Melanie

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Fantasy Week Stampin’ Up!® Style


Recently I met up with a couple of online crafting friends in Mississippi (Hi Susan & Donna… miss you ladies already!!!) for a wonderful 3 day crop. My focus was mostly on Stampin’ Up!® projects and I will be sharing projects made from both the Magical Day and Sunshine and Rainbows Stamp & Die bundles. For someone who loves fantasy as well as all things colorful these were my first two sets purchased from the Spring Occasions Catalog.

With this first sample I used the awesome dies with the Sunshine & Rainbow dies to create these clouds and rainbow. I just love how simple yet unique this is. The sentiment was from the same bundle.

This second project incorporates both of the featured sets this week. Using the cloud dies I created a shaped card by trimming the upper left corner of a right opening card. Then I was able to use the rainbow dies and clouds to connect it all together. This adorable unicorn and glitter washi tape came from the Magical Day Suite of products. Don’t these set work together nicely?

Check in with me on CLS Wednesday when I share a Clean & Simple card made from the designer series paper that coordinates with these stamps. Until then keep on Stampin’®

Melanie

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Heart Weeks Conclusion ~ Nontraditional Colors


YAY!!! Friday is HERE!!!!

Today I have my 3rd and final post during Heart Week. I hope you have had some fun with this. Valentine’s has come and gone so I have a nontraditional color theme today and I just love these colors together.

The first card was inspired by one of my teammates Sandra Hernandez. She made a beautiful card and shared it in our demo group on FB. The interlocking hearts were made using multiple different heart dies from the Sweet & Sassy Hearts Framelit Dies.  The designer Series Paper used here was the Petal Garden 6×6″ paper stack. Stampin’ Up!® card stock used here Calypso Coral & Whisper White.

 

Helpful Tip: You can use the big Shot’s Magnetic Platform if you have one, OR line up your dies as seen above and run a piece of washi tape over them. This made it easy to cut and actually re cut the exact heart a couple of times before using more tape.

For this floral above I used the same technique as I did on Monday’s Blog Post using a different color scheme. Pearls were added after inking and I attached it to a piece of wood paper from Stampin’ Up!’s® Wood Textures Designers Series Paper Stack (6×6″)

Stampin’ Up!® supplies used:

Sweet & Sassy Hearts Framelit Dies. 

Bloomin’ Love Framelit Dies

Duet Banner Punch

Petal Garden 6×6″ paper stack.

Calypso Coral card stock

Whisper White. card stock

Wood Textures Designers Series Paper Stack

 

I hope you have enjoyed my week full of heart projects this past week. If you missed the first two in the series simply click below.

Link to Monday’s Blog Post

Link to Wednesday’s Valentine Blog Post

Happy Stampin’ My Friends! Melanie