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Focal Friday ~ Hibiscus

Each Friday I come to you with a photo or design idea for you to focus on over the weekend. This week I fell in love with the Humming Along stamp set. I love the colors and of course the coloring. Lets look at today’s focal graphic. if you love it….PIN IT to Pinterest and help others with some color inspiration.

My mom and I were blessed with two amazing holidays in Hawaii together and I will always treasure those memories. I wish we could go back but unfortunately that is not an option. So lets go to Hawaii with our crafty projects this weekend….

I love doing these Focal Friday’s. They inspire me and I hope they inspire you as well. For this design I colored the Hibiscus flower using Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers.

The beauty of our Alcohol markers is there is no guess work. Our markers come as a duo with both light and dark. So there is no guesswork. With layering you can create these beautiful shaded stamps. I used an array of Stampin’ Blends duos and I will link to at the bottom of this post.

Check out this AWESOME vine I created using the Leaf Ribbon. I simply intertwined them together using mini glue dots to hold them in place. I love how this turned out.

One last look. IF you decide to use my “Focal Friday” as inspiration I sure would love to see what you make. Jump on over to my customer group on Facebook and share your projects!!! I hope you have a delightful weekend. Melanie

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Hope You Feel Better Soon ~ Free Card!!!

None of my cards are really Clean and Simple (CAS), which I usually save for Wednesday’s so instead I have this “get well soon” card. It seems to me like everyone is sick right now. The flu season has really effected a lot of people to where schools have been closing in my area due to illness. If you have been under the weather and would like to receive this card I will be happy to send it to you. The first comment I get to this blog post will get it. 🙂

With this card I have mixed the Humming Along stamp set with this beautiful “Lasting Lilly” stamp set. It can be free for you with a $100 order during Sale A Bration. In March they will also have coordinating dies available for purchase, while supplies last.

I have done a little masking here. If you are unfamiliar with the masking technique drop me a note and I will make sure to do a tutorial or Tuesday tip to show you how.

Isn’t the Pretty Label punch perfect for the sentiment? I am really loving this punch and have used it in numerous samples. For this layered look simply cut your background card stock twice to achieve the border.

I am always here to assist you in any product, design, or purchasing questions you may have. You can simply used the “Contact Me” area of the side bar or email me at melaniestamps@yahoo.com – I love getting messages, ideas, suggestions etc. from all of you.

Happy Stamping!

Melanie

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Tuesday’s Tips ~ Coloring Your Embellishments

Hi Friends!

Today I am sharing my second card using the Humming Along bundle by Stampin’ Up! Item # 148758.

For my Tuesday’s Tip I want to share with you how I colored these wooden Butterfly Elements, which are available as a FREE choice during Sale a Bration with a $50 order. I always like to invest in things that have multiple uses and in this situation the sky is the limit.

Alcohol markers such as our Stampin’ Blends are not just amazing for color blending but are also perfect for coloring your favorite embellishments. They are a permanent ink which dies almost immediately. So you can color all sorts of things like pearls, rhinestones, ribbons etc.

I have layered some die cut flowers along with these wooden elements and even some enamel dots to create the tiny florals in each corner. Super simple and oh so cute!

I hope you are enjoying this week’s bundle. See you tomorrow with more 🙂

Melanie

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