Focal Friday ~ Meant To Be

Hi Friends, each week I post a photo to inspire your weekend crafting. I will post a photo that inspired me to create today’s project. If you would like to follow along I would love to see you add photos of your projects on my VIP Facebook Group.. Not a member yet? Click HERE

So today’s photo inspiration is just a random photo I found on Pinterest and here is my project using this photo as inspiration.

See how fun it can be to use a photo as inspiration? I really like how this card turned out. Here is a closer look…

I will link all the products used in today’s sample below. I hope it has inspired you to chisel out a little time for yourself this weekend. Have a wonderful weekend! Melanie

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Lovely Lipstick Foil Paper… WOW!

Happy Valentine’s Day My Friends,

Today I am sharing my FAVORITE project of the week. I love the lush Foil paper intertwined with the neutral Crumb Cake paper. The mixture of the dies, punches, and lastly the embossing folders…. it is just so detailed and that is why it is my favorite.

The Lovely Lipstick Foil paper is actually a FREE item being offered while supplies last. It comes in a combo and is FREE with a $50 purchase.

The texture is what draws my eye to this project. The embossed Crumb Cake heart placed inside the larger stitched heart and then embellished with the detailed Linen Thread. I will list all products used below. I would love to know which project is your favorite this week….?

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Beautiful Congratulations Card.

Today I am sharing with you a fun little technique I ended up doing to create this elegant Congratulations card perfect for any special occasion.

The background was created using the beautiful Tufted embossing folder #139673. To create the focal I did the following…

I first cut the blue stitched heart fro the Meant To Be bundle. I then cut 3 of the clustered hearts die and using the Tombow glue I carefully glued them down to cover the front of the heart.

Then turn the heart over and trim along the edges to remove the excess. This will result in a perfectly covered focal heart.

The sentiment uses the Congratulations stamp from the “Special Celebrations” stamp set # 143885 and perfectly fits the “Classic Label Punch” #141491. All the dies all came from the “Be Mine Stitched Framelits Dies” which are part of the “Meant to Be Bundle #150587”. All supplies are listed below.

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A Closer Look to the Meant to Be Bundle.

I have a very detailed video for you all today along with a CAS card for your mid week project.

This video really shows the details of this bundle, especially how they coordinate with last week’s bundle.

For my sample today I have chosen a clean and simple (CAS) card design. I try and do this each Wednesday for some simple mid week stamping.

A couple pieces of designer series paper (DSP) and a few die cuts and here you go. Easy Peasy but so darn cute!

I have used a Doily die cut from the “Dear Doily” bundle along with the Circle and Scallop dies from the Layering Circle Framelits. (A MUST HAVE #141705) The tiny heart and the sentiment are both from the Meant To Be bundle. Also for the papers… I have used a strip from the All My Love DSP along with a piece of Gingham Gala 6×6″ DSP pad. All items are linked below.

Happy Hump Day my friends!

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Tuesday’s Tips!!

Welcome back my friends! Today my focus is on stretching the use of your precious dies. My Big shot and my always growing collection of dies are probably my two favorite things in my craft room. Below I will show you a trick or two when using the dies from your “Meant to Be” bundle #150587

I have a lot going on here in this card. I began by die cutting the cluster of hearts in both Flirty Flamingo as well as Lovely Lipstick. As I die cut them I began accumulating all these solid hearts on my desk so I decided to put them to work. But first I realized my background hearts were not going to stretch long enough to peak out from behind my focal hearts so here is what I did…

Easy fix…. just snip the hearts apart to make them stretch farther. I also added all the solid hearts into the background as well as seen here…

Aren’t these dies stunning??? Below I just show a close up of how the larger ones cut.

Be Mine Stitched Framelits Dies #148527 (Just the Dies) or #150587 for the bundle.

The ribbon used here is from the All My Love Ribbon Combo Pack #148584

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Thank you for stopping by today. Check back each day this week to see more from this lovely bundle.


Stampin’ Up!® ~ Meant To Be

Hello friends,

I have a fun bundle of products to share with you this week. It is called the Meant To Be Bundle and includes the “Meant To Be” stamp set along with the “Be Mine Stitched Framelits Dies. When buying these two items together using item # 150587 you will automatically get a 10% discount.

Meant To Be Bundle #150587

For my first project I have used the stunning “Lace Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder”. You will see it a couple times this week and I guarantee you will want to add it to your wish list.

I have also used the “All My Love Designer Series Paper” #148576 and for the banner sentiment I pulled out the “Duet Banner Punch” #141483 from the Annual catalog and used the “Well Said Bundle” #150609 for both the sentiment itself along with the flourish die used here.

Check back each day for fresh new samples using the Meant To Be bundle!

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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. 🙂