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Focal Friday Challenge ~ Inspirational Photo

Hi Friends, each week I choose some sort of Inspirational photo for us all to design with. Last week it was a card sketch and this week it is this photo of a bird door mat. It made me think of the Free As A Bird stamp set and I had a lot of fun coloring up the birds to coordinate.

Here is my interpretation of the Friday Focal inspirational photo above.

After coloring the stamped image I simply fussy cut it out and attached it to one of the Stitched Nested Labels using dimensionals. Both our Regular dimensionals as well as the mini’s were used here. I will have them linked below. Now lets take a look at the full card…

This card has such a elegant feel to it and it is all because of these stunning Laser-cut cards. You can purchase them in a designer tin and they also include coordinating envelopes. See photos below for more details.

I am IN LOVE with this tin of cards. These are part of the Bird Ballad Suite that is found on pages 90-92 of the annual catalog. If you wanting the entire suite simply order item #152190 or purchase the tin of card separately by using item number #149595 – everything is linked below 🙂 I hope you have enjoyed this weeks focus on the Bird Ballad Suite. I could design with this suite of products forever. I just love it so much. Happy stamping my friends! Melanie

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Bird Ballad Suite Bundle

$94.75

Free As A Bird Bundle

$51.25

Bird Ballad Laser-Cut Cards & Tin

$18.00

Crumb Cake 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

$8.50

Stitched Nested Labels Dies

$35.00

Crumb Cake Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack

$9.00

Soft Suede Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack

$9.00

Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack

$9.00

Mango Melody Combo Pack Stampin' Blends

$9.00

Pool Party Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack

$9.00

Bermuda Bay Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack

$9.00

Petal Pink Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack

$9.00

Old Olive Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack

$9.00

Calypso Coral Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack

$9.00

Cajun Craze Combo Pack Stampin' Blends

$9.00

Petal Pink 5/8" (1.6 Cm) Organdy Striped Ribbon

$8.00

Stampin' Dimensionals

$4.00

Mini Stampin' Dimensionals

$4.00

SNAIL Permanent Adhesive

$7.00

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Tuesday’s Tips ~ Partial Embossing

Today’s project features a tricky little tip that gives your project that little bit of extra elegance.

Using the Country Floral 3D Embossing Folder I have embossed just the top right corner of the card front. It adds interest don’t you think? Here is how I did it…

It was a little tricky trying to get the angle just right. But this was the final position that worked. I ran this through my big shot and I really liked the results.

Below I will list all the supplies I have used for easy reference. If your enjoying my blog I would love for you to “Follow” me via email. This will send you a short reminder email when I have a new post. 🙂

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Bird Ballad Suite Bundle

$94.75

Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper

$11.50

Crumb Cake 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

$8.50

Daffodil Delight 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

$8.50

Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

$9.75

Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' Pad

$7.50

Country Floral Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

$0.00

Layering Circle Framelits Dies

$35.00

Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies

$30.00

Flower Faceted Gems

$8.00

3/16" (1 Cm) Braided Linen Trim

$7.00

SNAIL Permanent Adhesive

$7.00

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Monday’s Melanie’s Must-Have ~ Bird Ballad Suite

I have chosen the Bird Ballad Suite for this weeks focus. This lovely suite includes so many beautiful things. I will share all my projects this week both here as well as my Facebook Page

Bird Ballad Suite Item # 152190

My project today features some coloring with our Stampin’ Up!® Stampin’ Blends® Alcohol Markers.

The Stamp and Die bundle, Item # 151123 includes the beautiful Free as a Bird Stamp Set as well as the Stitched Nested Labels. I am finding I am using these label dies with all my projects. They are small enough for sentiments as well as focal images as shown here in my project.

This above photo shows the details of my coloring as well as the Stitched Nested Label Dies.


Such a lovely color scheme. I will post all supplies below. If your order is under $150 I would realy appreciate you using my monthly Hostess Code: 67YGHK7Y when checking out. Thank you so much! Melanie

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Bird Ballad Suite Bundle

$94.75

Free As A Bird Bundle

$51.25

Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper

$11.50

Calypso Coral 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

$8.50

Calypso Coral 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

$8.50

Old Olive 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

$8.50

Daffodil Delight 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

$8.50

Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Refill

$5.00

Calypso Coral Classic Stampin' Pad

$7.50

Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad

$7.50

Calypso Coral Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack

$9.00

Old Olive Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack

$9.00

Rhinestone Basic Jewels

$5.00

Stampin' Dimensionals

$4.00

SNAIL Permanent Adhesive

$7.00

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Simply Saturday ~ A Clean And Simple Masculine Card.

Welcome back…. If your still with me throughout the whole week thank you for following my work. If you are wanting to get the Come Sail Away Suite of products by Stampin’ Up!® they now have an easier way of ordering. Just simply visit My Personal Online Store, log in as a customer, and enter item #152175 ~ that number will give you all the supplies in the Suite including the Stamp & Die Bundle at 10% off, plus the High Seas 3D Embossing folder (Which I haven’t been able to share with you due to it not being on our preorder list) Plus the Memory & More Card Pack which my project below is made from. You will also get the full package of 12×12 Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper PLUS the coordinating Bakers Twine and Sail Away Trinkets…. EVERYTHING for just $94.75!

Now like mentioned above…todays card is made from the Come Sail Away Memories & More Card Pack. The white lazer cut card is from the pack of cards and I simply attached it to a card base. Then I die cut wheels from the Smooth Sailing Dies and glued them on. I added the clear droplets to the centers of each wheel. The sentiment is a die cut from the same bundle and the actual design on the label are stickers from the Memories & More Card Pack. NO STAMPING!!!! How quick and easy is that????

Have an amazing weekend my crafting family…Melanie

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Focal Friday Is Back ~ Sketch

Hello My Lovely Friends,

I am back today to share a fun Focal Friday Card sketch. I would love to see what you make using this sketch. Make sure to share your projects on my Melanie Stamps Facebook Group

Above is the sketch used as inspiration for today’s project. Sometimes when your just out of ideas a sketch can keep you motivated. Try play around with it and see what you come up with…. here’s mine…

All the paper is from the Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper. Then I stamped and die cut the anchor using the Baker’s Twine which coordinates with the suite to tie onto the anchor. Stampin’ Dimensionals were used under the scalloped circle and anchor. Now lets see your project… Share HERE!

By now you must be thinking….“Wow I need it all!!!” well guess what? Stampin’ Up! now offers a “BUY IT ALL” item code for the Suites. To get the entire “Come Sail Away Suite” Simply visit my ONLINE STORE and enter item #152175, also don’t forget using my monthly hostess code if ordering under $150. June’s Hostess Code is 67YGHK7Y – Thank you for choosing me as your personal demonstrator. ((((hugs))) Melanie

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Come Sail Away Suite ~ Stampin’ Up!® New Annual Catalog!!!

Hi Friends,

I want to kick off this post with an apology. I have had many personal medical issues in the past few months so I haven’t posted in quite some time. I hope I can come to you at least weekly if not more often but I am sorry for not being more consistent with my projects.

That being said lets kick off the new annual catalog with a bang. This weeks focus is on the ‘Come Sail Away Suite” of products and let me tell you it is DEFINITELY a Melanie’s Must have!!!

This card was made for a very special friend. She lost her life this past weekend from a long battle with cancer. I love you Pat! Sail on Sweetheart!

Before I list the supplies used for this card I wanted to let you all know of a NEW option in the new Stampin’ Up!® Catalog. On page 145 you will see that the Come Sail Away Suite has a Suite Item Number of 152175 which gives you the entire suite including paper and embellishments. This also includes your stamp set and die set at the 10% off discount. So if your like me and YOU WANT IT ALL….. then simply order item # 152175 🙂

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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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Creating your own Designer Paper!!!

unfortunately I do not have an actual tutorial for you today but what I have done here is quite simple so I am sure you won’t need one. 😉 While making this week’s samples it was a coloring labor of love. This card is no exception. Let me show you what I mean….

For the background I used a leaf stamp from the Humming Along bundle. I randomly stamped the leaf onto THICK Whisper White card stock and then I colored them using my Stampin’ Blend markers. Doesn’t it create beautiful designer paper?? I will be showing a different sample of this same idea next week so make sure to stick around (Add your email on the side bar and receive 1 email message when I post a new post, this insures you don’t miss any 🙂

I’ve always adored green and purple together…. Can you tell I like this card??? This Humming Along Bundle is just sp fun to COLOR. So if your wanting to learn to color this would be perfect for you!!!

Don’t forget the bundle comes with the dies to make it easy to cut out your beautiful pieces. It also includes the sentiment die used on this card. It is the same label I ran the ribbon behind on Monday’s Post. So versatile!!!

The small piece of designer paper (Purple floral) is cut using the Rectangle stitched die set and the paper itself is also from the Botanical Butterfly DSP Sale A Bration set, Free w/ a $50 purchase.

I hope you are enjoy my week of coloring with the Stampin’ Blends. I truly felt inspired by this bundle along with a few of the Sale a Bration items. Don’t forget that you can earn multiple SAB free items. The more you order the more free items you get, but ONLY until March 31st!!!

See you tomorrow! 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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