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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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Fun Fold Card ~ Birthday Gift Card Holder

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Welcome back for my third simple fold card this week. This card was saved for last in the series because it is a little bit more detailed than the previous two. I hope I can explain this project and that you will be able to create your own.

This card has two basic folds. The top “yellow” panel folds up and the “bottom” panel folds down. Then when both are opened it reveals a pocked which holds a gift card.

Cutting & Scoring Measurements:

Base Card 8 1/4″ x4 1/4″ ~ Scored at 2 3/4″ ~ Real Red

Inner Solid Card Stock 8 1/2″ x 3 1/4″ ~ Scored at 4 1/4″ ~ Daffodil Delight

Designer Series Paper  5 1/4″ x4″ ~ Red & White Patterned Paper

Designer Series Paper 2 1/2 x 4″ ~ Striped Patterned Paper

Designer Series Paper ~ 3″ x 4″ ~ Blue Polka Dot Paper

 

This photo above shows the top flapped lifted up (Daffodil Delight). This reveals the pocket for the gift card. It slides in where the top of the blue paper touches the yellow paper. The blue Polka Dot paper is the actual pocket. This was really hard to photograph so if you have questions please let me know

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An Amazing “Hold On To Hope” Card

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I have to say this is my favorite Stampin’ Up!® card created thus far. I wanted to really show off the dies from the Hold On To Hope Bundle. By now you probably all realize that this is a MELANIE’s MUST HAVE product bundle.

I have a Very Vanilla card base here and I ran the front of the card base through the Big Shot using the Blossoming Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder. This is a bundle that you can get for FREE with a $100 purchase by March 31st.

Using the Painted With Love Specialty Designer Series Paper I cut a open cross from the Hold On To Hope Bundle. This paper is STUNNING! One side of each piece had gold foil and the other side is a whole other pattern without the gold foil.

Using the dies from the set I cut another open cross from Gold Glimmer Paper and inset that cut out piece into the hole from the previous cut. Then I simply cut the simple cross from the bundle to add on top. The “Amazing” Die is part of another FREE /w $100 product from the Sale A Bration Catalog. To see ALL Freebie items simply CLICK HERE! Remember the special ends March 31st.

You are amazing. Thank you for visiting my website. Add your email into the side bar if you wish to be notified when a new project is uploaded. Have an amazing weekend!

Melanie

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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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Hold On To Hope ~ Happy Birthday to My Husband!!!


 

Welcome Back Stampers!!!

This week we will be focusing on the stunning Million Dollar set designed by Brandy Cox. I think this is probably my Favorite set in the Spring Occasions Catalog. It is called “Hold On To Hope”

My husband and I have been through so much over the years (25th Wedding Anniversary will be May 19, 2018) and today is his BIRTHDAY! So Happy Birthday to my husband. We live on faith now so celebrating your day with God in our marriage is super precious to me.

Randy, You are my favorite Remarkable Creation. Thank you for sharing your life with God and me. I love you baby!

This beautiful bundle has an amazing coordinating set of dies along with some beautiful sentiments. The design possibilities are endless. For this card I chose to use the Wood Textures Paper Stack because I wanted this to be a masculine card. For the sentiments I used the Stitched Shapes Framelits. Then used two of the dies from the bundle and a small heart gold enamel heart in the center of the cross. Isn’t the top layer stunning?

Thank you for stopping by today. I will have a Clean & Simple card design to share on Wednesday followed by a stepped up card on Friday. I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Melanie

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MUST SEE!!! Blossoming Basket Bundle ~ Free w/ $100 purchase


Welcome Back! I hope you have enjoyed this week focusing on my favorite SAB FREE STAMPS! This, by far, is my favorite pick from this years FREE Sale A Bration items. This is the Blossoming Basket Bundle which is FREE with a $100 purchase from any of our catalogs. It includes this beautiful basket stampo set along with a basket weave embossing folder. If submitting an order online of $150 or less feel free to use March’s hostess  code FCNV6MBW.

Here is the BUNDLE you can get FREE with a $100 purchase by the end of March 2018

Blossoming Basket Clear-Mount Bundle

and here are some samples made by Stampin’ Up!® showing off this STUNNING set!

 

This first card that I designed is a simple card featuring the basket floral stamp from this FREE bundle. Using it this way is so classy as well as super easy.

To jazz it up a little I have embossed the card base with the Layered Leaves Dynamic Texture Embossing folder and added a few Rhinestone Basic Gems.

Oh where do I begin? This is an all time favorite card of mine. Beginning with the base card simply run the front of the card base through the Big Shot with this bundle’s FREE Basket Weave Embossing Folder.

I used a piece of of designer paper from the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper. Here is a picture of the full paper stack… This paper has so many possibilities and there is also a Daisy Stamp Set/Punch Bundle.

From a piece of Whisper White THICK cardstock, stamp your basket image with Momento Tuxedo Black ink. These two products are recommended when using Alcohol Markers like our Stampin’ Blends ®

I have used the following Stampin’ Blends® marker sets for this project.

Calypso Coral Combo Pack

Daffodil  Delight Combo Pack

Old Olive Combo Pack

Crumb Cake Combo Pack

After coloring the image it was die cut out using the Layered Oval Framelits. For the scalloped Daffodil Delight frame in the background I simply cut a scalloped oval and cut it down the center from top to bottom.

Peeking out there on the inside is a stamped basket from Calypso Coral Ink. This finished the card nicely.

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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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