2020-2021 Annual Catalog, Alcohol Markers, Coloring

Happy Thanksgiving From Melanie Stamps!

Hi Friends,

I decided instead of a Wednesday Sketch post that I would create a group of Thanksgiving cards which I have mailed off to my bible study group of ladies. I hope they receive them and knows how much I am thankful for them. Here are a couple in progress photos I took along the design process.

I completely forgot to take light box photos of these because I was so motivated to create them for my bible study group. I had them filled out, in their sealed envelope, with postage before I realized I did not take individual photos of them. Luckily I did snap a few shots during the creative process. I had colored all of the stamped images using the wonderful Stampin’ Blends markers. If you like the look of Alcohol markers but can’t decide on which color combos to purchase or shy away because the expense I have a solution for you. Grab the Blends Combo sets of alcohol markers that Stampin’ Up! sells. They are already in a combo that will blend well together so no need to worry about which ones work together. If you have questions abut them never hesitate to contact me.

 

Here is a quick tip that I learned from Patty Bennett. When making multiple cards at once tie all your bows and attach each to a glue dot on the roll. Then when you need a bow it is sitting there ready to go.

 

Here is the final product. I loved the look of these tiny bows. I think this trim is my favorite this fall. It is so easy to work with.

I hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful day. I will be thinking of my mama in heaven as this will be my first Thanksgiving without her. I know she is looking down on me and is close to my heart. To the families who have lost their loved ones this year not just from old age but also from the Covid 19 pandemic… please know you are all in my prayers.

Crafty Love, Melanie

 

Product List

Celebration Tidings Bundle (English)

$46.75

Ornate Thanks Bundle (English)

$46.75

Ornate Thanks Photopolymer Stamp Set (English)

$18.00

Plaid Tidings 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 Cm) Designer Series Paper

$11.50

Cajun Craze 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

$8.75

Cinnamon Cider 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

$8.75

Cinnamon Cider Classic Stampin' Pad

$7.50

Mango Melody 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

$8.75

Mango Melody Classic Stampin' Pad

$7.50

Rich Razzleberry 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

$8.75

Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels

$6.00

Basket Weave & Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack

$8.00

2020-2021 Annual Catalog, Card Making, Scenes, Stampin Up, Stamping

Focal Friday ~ Stampin Up Color Palette Featuring Nature’s Beauty

 

Hi Friends,

Today’s Friday Focal challenged me a little but I immediately knew I wanted to use the Nature’s Beauty Stamp Set by Stampin’ ® Up! This stamp set reminds me of my son in law as he loves hunting. Lets look at today’s color palette.

 

 

The fall colors are always so much to play with. My favorite season is spring but I love the richness of the fall colors and are always fun to work with. Unfortunately fall seems to rush right by us so the time frame to play with these combinations are small. It seems Christmas comes so fast and before we know it it will be 2021!

 

 

For today’s first sample I truly tried to design almost exactly what I saw in the focal image and I struggled quite a bit. There is a lesson to be had here…

 

 

My husband surprised me with a little trip to the mountains so I rushed my way through this sample because I was short on time. The time away was so worth it though and once I got back home and back into the craft room I immediately created another card which I am quite happy with.

 

 

 

Now isn’t this a good learning experience? Do not allow stress or your lack of time to effect your creative spirit. If your project is not going as planned and your stressed by it just simply get up and walk away. Take a walk, take a bath, or like me, take a mini vacation. It is amazing how 2 nights away with the love of your life can change things. 🙂

Do you have an order and want the very BEST DEAL? Simply sign up as a Luv 2 Ink Shopper. It is truly the best deal ever. You will get to choose $125 worth of product OF YOUR CHOICE, and will receive FREE shipping, along with a facebook family of other like minded crafter’s with fun challenges and friendships, All for ONLY $99+tax Get the Deal Now! Have questions…simply email me at melaniestamps@yahoo.com

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Happy Stamping my friends!
Melanie

Product List

Nature's Beauty Cling Stamp Set

$21.00

Snow Front Photopolymer Stamp Set

$22.00

So Sentimental Bundle (English)

$48.50

Winter Woods Clear-Mount Bundle

$50.25

Early Espresso 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

$8.75

Bumblebee 8-1/2X11 Cardstock

$8.75

Pumpkin Pie 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

$8.75

Very Vanilla 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

$9.75

Cajun Craze 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

$8.75

Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

$9.75

Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad

$7.50

Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad

$7.50

Bumblebee Classic Stampin' Pad

$7.50

Granny Apple Green Stampin' Pad

$7.50

Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin' Pad

$7.50

Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad

$7.50

Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' Pad

$7.50

Balmy Blue Classic Stampin' Pad

$7.50

Champagne Foil Sheets

$5.00

Stitched Rectangle Dies

$35.00

Woodland Embossing Folder

$8.50

Classic Label Punch

$18.00

Basket Weave & Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack

$8.00

Paper Trimmer

$25.00

2020-2021 Annual Catalog, Card Making, Dies, stamped designer paper

Focal Friday ~ Loyal Leaves from Stampin’ Up!

 

Welcome back to my Focal Friday!!!

I am featuring the beautiful “Loyal Leaves” stamp set by Stampin’ Up! today because it really spoke to me after seeing these fall photos. I love the rich colors of fall don’t you??

 

 

My first sample I created my own designer paper by taking a piece of Very Vanilla card stock and stamping it with my Stampin’ Up! fall color palette seen above. Bumblebee and Cinnamon Cider are 2 of our newest IN Color’s and I paired them up with Cajun Craze and Shaded Spruce.  These colors together are just perfect for our fall focal photographs.

I have used the Stitched Rectangles die set on both of today’s cards. This is a must have die set, #151820, if you have not had a chance to see it before. I also chose a few foliage leaf dies from the “Nature’s Roots” and “In the Woods” stamp sets. To jazz it up I used a Champagne Foil Sheets #144748, and the Basket Weave & Metallic Mesh Ribbon combo pack from the holiday catalog. Isn’t that an adorable little bow? #153553

 

My second card today was really outside my comfort zone but I really love how it turned out. This one was a lot of fun! I took out 4 of my Stampin’ Up! embossing folders (Linked below). Then I embossed them with Gold & Bronze Foil Sheets. I then matted them with Early Espresso Card stock and arranged them on the front of my A2 card layered on top of a piece of Bumblebee colored paper from the Flowers of Every Season.

 

For the sentiment I stamped the “Missing You” stamp from the Loyal Leaves stamp set. It fits perfectly on the stitched rectangle dies. Again I also used that adorable metallic trim.

 

Do you have an order and want the very BEST DEAL? Simply sign up as a Luv 2 Ink Shopper. It is truly the best deal ever. You will get to choose $125 worth of product OF YOUR CHOICE, and will receive FREE shipping, along with a facebook family of other like minded crafter’s with fun challenges and friendships, All for ONLY $99+tax Get the Deal Now! Have questions…simply email me at melaniestamps@yahoo.com

Interested in joining my VIP Customer Facebook Group? I’d love for you to join. CLICK HERE.
Happy Stamping my friends!
Melanie

Product List

Loyal Leaves Cling Stamp Set

$23.00

Rooted In Nature Clear-Mount Stamp Set

$42.00

Nature's Roots Dies

$39.00

Stitched Rectangles Dies

$35.00

In The Woods Dies

$33.00

Hammered Metal 3D Embossing Folder

$9.00

Lace 3D Embossing Folder

$10.00

Pinewood Planks 3D Embossing Folder

$10.00

Evergreen Forest 3D Embossing Folder

$10.00

Early Espresso 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

$8.75

Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad

$7.50

Very Vanilla 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

$9.75

Flowers For Every Season 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 Cm) Designer Series Paper

$11.50

Basket Weave & Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack

$8.00

Copper Foil Sheets

$5.00

Champagne Foil Sheets

$5.00

Shaded Spruce 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

$8.75

Cajun Craze 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

$8.75

2020-2021 Annual Catalog, Stampin Blends, Wednesday Sketch

Weekly Sketch ~ Celebrate Sunflowers & Walk in the Woods By Stampin Up!

Welcome back friends.

This Wednesday I will actually be out of town for a much needed break away from the ins and outs of life. Hubby and I are escaping to the Smoky Mountains and I cannot wait!!! For today’s Wednesday Sketch I have chosen to feature 2 really fun stamp sets from Stampin’ ® Up! “Celebrate Sunflowers” and “Walk in the Woods”. Both sets are perfect for the fall weather and worked wonderful with this weeks sketch. Lets take a look and let me know if you agree.

 

I absolutely love the “Celebrate Sunflowers, Stamp & Die Set and it is available at 10% off. Sunflowers are so perfect for fall. If you have not seen this bundle please CLICK HERE so you do not miss out on the amazing dies that go along with this stamp set. I enjoyed coloring, as always, with my Stampin’ Blends. If you are new to Alcohol coloring I would definitely recommend these markers. They come in both light and dark in each bundle so there is never a question as to which markers will blend well together. Let me know if you have any coloring questions. I am always just a message away and would be glad to assist you in any way.

For my second card I am featuring the “Walk in the Woods” Stamp Set. This stamp set is also a nice set for coloring. I got very carried away following the sketch and have added in a lot of texture with the “Many Medallion Dies“. These dies are also available as part of a bundle along with the “Best Year” stamp set at 10% discount.

 

These cards are a perfect theme for me heading to the mountains today. I hope you all have enjoyed today’s projects. CLICK HERE to join my VIP Facebook Group and share your Stampin’ Up! projects with all of us. We would love to see your current projects.

 

Do you have an order and want the very BEST DEAL? Simply sign up as a Luv 2 Ink Shopper. It is truly the best deal ever. You will get to choose $125 worth of product OF YOUR CHOICE, and will receive FREE shipping, along with a facebook family of other like minded crafter’s with fun challenges and friendships, All for ONLY $99+tax Get the Deal Now! Have questions…simply email me at melaniestamps@yahoo.com

Happy Stamping my friends!
Melanie

Product List

Walk In The Woods Cling Stamp Set (English)

$21.00

Best Year Bundle (English)

$57.50

Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle (English)

$51.25

Ornate Thanks Bundle (English)

$46.75

Stitched Shapes Dies

$30.00

Layering Circles Dies

$35.00

Soft Suede 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

$8.75

Soft Suede Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack

$9.00

Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad

$7.50

Crumb Cake 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

$8.75

Crumb Cake Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack

$9.00

Real Red 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

$8.75

Old Olive 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

$8.75

Old Olive Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack

$9.00

Daffodil Delight 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

$8.75

Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends Combo Pack

$9.00

Bronze & Ivory Stampin' Blends Combo Pack

$9.00

Mango Melody Combo Pack Stampin' Blends

$9.00

Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

$9.75

Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad

$6.00

Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad

$7.50

Metallic Pearls

$7.00

Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

$10.00

2020-2021 Annual Catalog, Card Making, Fancy Fold, Fun Fold, Multiple Layer Stamping, Stamping, Triple Layered Stamping

Interlocking Gate Fold Card Tutorial ~ Forever Greenery DSP by Stampin’ Up!

 

 

Welcome back friends!

This week’s Focal Friday image is a floral arrangement that a friend of mine received for her birthday. I knew immediately when I saw it that it would go perfect with the Forever Greenery Suite by (#154143) Stampin’ Up! I only ended up using the Forever Greenery Designer Series paper (#152475) and I teamed it up with the To a Wild Rose (#149452) stamp set.

 

 

For my first card I have created a Interlocking Gate Fold Card.  This card was inspired by a fellow demonstrator named JoAnne Hewin. Thank you JoAnne for inspiring this design.

Would you like to learn how to make this design? Check out my brand new YouTube tutorial to help inspire you and make sure to share it with all of us over one facebook. CLICK HERE to join my private Melanie Smith Stamps facebook group.

 

The Forever Greenery Designer Series paper along with the three ink colors was perfect to go along with this weeks focal image. Just look at this beautiful paper..

 

 

For my second card I have created a traditional A2 size card focusing on both the colors of the focal imagery but also the beautiful Ornate Borders Die Set (152724)

For this second card I did not use any designer series paper. Instead I chose 3 smallish stamps and the 3 focal colors and stamped onto Very Vanilla cardstock. I just loved the way it turned out. For the sentiment I used the Ornate Frames Die set.

 

 

Do you have an order and want the very BEST DEAL? Simply sign up as a Luv 2 Ink Shopper. It is truly the best deal ever. You will get to choose $125 worth of product OF YOUR CHOICE, and will receive FREE shipping, along with a facebook family of other like minded crafter’s with fun challenges and friendships, All for ONLY $99+tax Get the Deal Now! Have questions…simply email me at melaniestamps@yahoo.com

Interested in joining my VIP Customer Facebook Group? I’d love for you to join. CLICK HERE.
Happy Stamping my friends!
Melanie

Product List

Forever Greenery Suite Collection (English)

$105.00

Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper

$11.50

Garden Green 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

$8.75

Garden Green Classic Stampin' Pad

$7.50

Very Vanilla 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

$9.75

To A Wild Rose Photopolymer Stamp Set

$26.00

Wild Rose Dies

$34.00

Old Olive/Pretty Peacock 3/8" (1 Cm) Reversible Ribbon

$7.50

Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels

$6.00

Stampin' Dimensionals

$4.00

Rooted In Nature Clear-Mount Bundle

$72.75

Stamparatus

$49.00

Paper Trimmer

$25.00