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Melanie’s Monday Must-Haves ~ Making Christmas Bright

This week we will be playing with the “Making Christmas Bright” & the coordinating “Making Everyday Bright” stamp sets. These two stamp sets work together beautifully and come with a coordinating punch as well.


I always love bundles with a coordinating punch and this bundle has a coordinating year round stamp set “add on” as well. WIN/WIN! That is why I have chosen it as Monday’s Must-Have.

Here is today’s sample. It is a simple, yet striking card. I stamped the background with this amazing “lights” stamp and then colored them in with Stampin’ Write Markers. Then I created two banners using the banner punch. One if made with our new glimmer paper. It is a wonderful high quality glitter paper that does not have glitter falling off everywhere.

The focal die here comes from the Stitched Labels Framelits and it is one of my favorite sentiment dies. Below are all the products for this project for easy access to reading more about products on the website.

Happy Stampin’


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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.)



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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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


Tutorial ~ Creating a Spooky Sky ~ Masking

Hello friends,

Today I come to you sharing a fun step by step tutorial sharing simple masking. This Halloween project is the “Wrap Up” to my 2 weeks full of fun Halloween projects!! Make sure to check back over the last two weeks to see all the tips, techniques, tutorials AND of course the fun projects.

Now to create this spooky card simply follow these directions:

I have used 2 1″ strips of masking paper but Post it also makes a post it note that is 100% sticky. Check for it on Amazon. I actually use that post it paper for the moon mask shown below.

Designers Tip: Cover your card completely…I got a tiny bit of ink along the top of the card because I left that area uncovered.

Sponging is so much fun!!!!

This isn’t seen in the photo but you want to remove the moon mask and sponge the moon before you remove the top and bottom pieces. Allow for the Crushed Curry ink to sponge into the purple, it gives a nice glow of the moon.

ready to see the final project??? Not yet!

This is a small tip… Using the Cauldron Bubble Bundle get that spider web die out and cut one from basic black card stock then trim it down to match your sponged sky…. cool huh???

I’ve made you wait long enough….. Here is the final project! Didn’t it turn out really spooky?

For the bats I cut punched them out twice…first in Basic Black and second in Crushed Curry. Adding the Crushed Curry as a outline really made the bats pop off the paper. I also used Dimensionals to help that even more. Can’t have a project without them!!!

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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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