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Friday Focal ~ Forever Lovely Bundle

Each Friday I will share a “Focal Photo” that I have used to inspire me while creating. This is a great way to use different color combinations. I hope you will enjoy these inspiring photos each week and will fie them helpful when you decide to create. Just check back each Friday for more inspiration.

This weeks Focal Photo:

This beautiful archway with the cascading flowers inspired my card below…

Side Note: The designer paper I have used here is called Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper (DSP) #146913… It is STUNNING!!!!! Here is a close up.

Below just shows a close up of the way the die is used to layer. This should help you understand how to create this fun border. There are SO MANY options with this die. Think of all the colors you could use with these layers.

On last detail to share. I think this is a little bundle that is really looked over in the annual catalog. The corner detail was created with the “Detailed Trio punch” along with the coordinating stamp set called “Detailed With Love”. You can save 10% by purchasing them together using item # 148328

Thank you for taking the time to look at my projects. Leave me a comment or send me an email if you have questions. My inbox is Always open!!!!


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Just Paper & Ink…. Seriously!

Hi Friends,
Today I am going to share a little bit about one layer stamping can be fun and look a lot more work than it really is. When I say “One Layer Stamping” I am thinking “Just paper and ink”!!! nothing fancy but the stamping makes it look like it is more work than it actually is. Lets take a look at how I created today’s card.

Step One: Cut a piece of Whisper White Card Stock to 4″x5 1/4″ and using Merry Merlot ink to stamp your rose stamp from the Forever Lovely Bundle #150580. This is your darkest ink color used in those card.

Step 2: Using your Lovely Lipstick ink pad, stamp that same flower stamp afew more times leading into the center. My watermark above is where your sentiment is going to go so we just want to work on the left hand side.

Step 3: Closing the gap on the left side simply stamp a few more flowers in Flirty Flamingo ink. This technique can be done with almost any stamp but Stampin’ Up!®’s new DistINKtive stamps are perfect for this because they look so dimensional already due to there shading. (DistINKtive stamps are a new style of stamps that Stampin’ Up@ now carry. In one stamp you have varied light and dark areas. They are really fun to play with.

Here is the final ONE LAYER card. Super Simple and perfect for mailing because there are no embellishments 😉

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Stampin’ Up® All My Love Suite

This Suite includes a lot of fun coordinating elements. You can see all about it in this you tube video that Stampin’ Up!® released. Next week we will be working with “Meant to Be” bundle which is also featured in this video. The two sets really coordinate well together as you will see below.

Below are close ups of the Suite of Products along with the Meant to Be bundle which was seen in the video. We will work with it extensively next week 🙂

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Friday Wrap Up ~ Wishing You Well Stamp Set

This week my main focus was using the “Wishing You Well Stamp” set by Stampin’ Up!® This stamp will be carrying over into next years annual 2019/2010 catalog that will come out June 1st. 2019. It is also a very versatile stamp set. It can be used ALL YEAR LONG…. It also has an amazing price point at only $19.00

Above you can see projects made using some basic supplies. Very simple, yet fresh and appealing. I can’t wait to play with this set using spring time colors… but what about Valentines… Easter… Mother’s Day… Thinking of You… Happy Birthday… So many options!!!!


I hope you have a fun and enjoyable week following along with me as I explore this set. I would love for your to consider signing up for my blog emails. Simply add your email to the right hand side bar of my blog and enter your email. Have an amazing weekend my friends ~ Melanie




Holiday Wreath Cards

These are a couple of my last holiday cards this season. I just love the wreath stamp in the “Wishing You Well” stamp set by Stampin’ Up!®

This first sample uses a few fun little elements. The Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Paper has been layered below the wreath. It is cut out and framed using the Layering Circle Framelits. These sets are wonderful (They come in Oval, Circle, and Square) and they are a wonderful value. The die sets have both regular and scalloped shapes that fit perfectly together for just beautiful layering. The bow was stamped and fussy cut and added with a Mini Stampin’s Dimensionals. The sentiment was cut and framed using the Layering Oval Framelits. Behind the sentiment the Sprig Punch has been used multiple times to add dimension.

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With my second sample I have created a wreath using the same stamp set and I have chosen to stamp it directly onto the Wood Textures 6×6″ paper.

Red Rhinestones have been added to the wreath for a little extra detail. Isn’t it just perfect? This would be a great design to make lots of by using the Stamparatus Positioning Tool. (See Below)

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Quick and Simple Cards ~ Wishing You Well By Stampin’ Up!®

Welcome back to my mid week post where I focus on CAS projects that can easily be completed in a quick craft session.

CAS is an abbreviation that stands for “Clean & Simple”. These projects have minimal layering and have less supplies used which make them easily created in a short amount of time.

This first sample, using the Wishing You Well stamp set, is a true CAS card, perfect for the beginner stamper. It only has 2 layers with simple stamping and no embellishments. Quick, Easy, but still very attractive. Envision this card created in every color of the rainbow and then packaged with a pretty bow wrapped around them. It would make an adorable gift for someone special.

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This second card is a little more detailed and would be good for a casual crafter, but still would be considered CAS! I have added a embossed layer and a couple of die cut pieces to create a focal point for the beautiful stamping. Lastly the sentiment is stamped and easily cut out by using a punch. As you can see I have not added embellishments or ribbons or trims or even designer series papers, so I still consider this a CAS Card.

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I hope these quick and easy designs inspire you to create something even during your crazy weeks. Creating CAS cards can be very relaxing and therapeutic even on our busiest days.

Check back each Wednesday for more CAS cards. If you have enjoyed these projects I would love for you to sign up for my email notifications. Just add your email address along the side bar of my blog and you will receive my posts in your email. Thank you for stopping by! Have an amazing day!




Tuesday’s Tip: Making your Specialty Paper Go Farther

We all are paper addicts and when you get the most beautiful paper you hate to cut into it. So why not use it wisely? For this sample today I have cut my card layer to fit behind my focal printed paper and then I used a couple of the Stampin’ Up!® punches to punch out pieces that I can use on future projects….Isn’t that neat? Nobody will ever know…. (smile)


My sample below is using the punched up layer behind the snowflake paper. This card is using the Wishing You Well stamp set by Stampin’ Up!® along with the Joyous Noel Specialty Designer Series Paper. I have also used a small bit of the 3/16th Braided Linen Trim to form a sweet little bow.

I hope you have enjoyed todays’s Tip and Project. If you have found it inspiring and would like to follow my work I would be honored to have you follow me by email. Just look along the side bar with more information. ((hugs))

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Melanie’s Monday Must-Haves ~ Wishing You Well

Hi Friends,

This week I am sharing with you one of my favorite stand alone stamp sets from the Stampin’ Up!® Holiday Catalog. There are only a few weeks left so don’t delay on your Holiday Catalog Purchases.

The Wishing You Well Stamp set is from Stampin’ Up!® DistINKtive Stamp Technology and it comes in either wood mount or clear mount options.

Here is my sample today. It is one of my favorites. The colors in the Frosted Floral Designer Series Paper are so pretty, especially with the metallic pearls. All supplies listed below.

CLICK HERE to purchase yours today before it’s too late!

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Making Christmas Bright ~ Weekly Wrap Up!

This week has been a lot of fun… I have really enjoined sharing the products, tips, and tutorials with you. I love it when a group of products can be so versatile. Here is a quick wrap up…

  Making Christmas Bright Bundle 10% OFF when purchased together #148046

Making Every Day Bright Stamp Set #148813

Below are all of the products from this weeks All is Bright Suite of Products. I hope this has inspired you to get to work on those Christmas Cards!!! Happy Stampin’ My Friends!


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Tutorial Creating a Stamp & Punch Flower

With today’s card I have created a fun focal flower by simply stamping with the Making Every Day Bright stamp set which focuses on year round stamping. This stamp set coordinates with the Making Christmas Bright stamp and punch bundle. I used the coordinating punch to cut a portion of the flower petals. Finally I used my Stampin’ Snips to trim the other side of the petal. After attaching the petals I added a Clear Faceted Gem to the center which really attracts the eye.


I have also added a piece of glimmer paper and I have embossed the white background using the Tin Tile embossing folder. See product list below for easy clicking!!!

I hope I have inspired you this week and that you have an amazing weekend. Melanie

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