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 – I love getting messages, ideas, suggestions etc. from all of you.

Happy Stamping!


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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 🙂


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Melanie’s Must-have Monday Humming Along

Hi Friends,

This week we will be focusing on the bundle called “Humming Along”. A lot of you may know that we care for my mom with Alzheimer’s Disease. She loves humming birds so as soon as I saw thing set I know it had to be ordered. That along with the coloring opportunities; you all know how much I love to do color blending 😉

I have used the background die, which comes with this bundle. It was cut from watercolor paper and then I used some ink from the ink pad along with an aqua painter to create the background.

The hummingbird was colored using Stampin’ Blends. The body is colored with granny apple green and old olive. The throat is Pumpkin Pie with a little cajun craze. The Daffodil Delight for the beak.

The sentiment is stamped on a label die in the bundle. The sentiment is from the FREE Sale A Bration set called “Part Of My Story”. It is free with a $50 purchase from now until March 31st. The ribbon in this card is perfect for weaving behind this sentiment die. I have used the 1/2″ Textured Weave Ribbon.

The paper used to create this card is also a FREE Sale A Bration set called “Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper”. It is STUNNING, and a MUST HAVE if you love butterflies 😉

Check back each day this week as I share 4 other samples using this Humming Along Bundle.


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Focal Friday ~ Blue & Yellow

Hi Friends!

I have a focal imagery to share with you this week and I hope it helps inspire your next project. Make sure to check back each Friday for a new focal photo, or simply sign up for my email notifications so you never miss a post again.

Blue and yellow have always been a favorite color combo of mine so I put together a beautiful image for all of us to use as inspiration. Here is my finished project….

Those who know me well know that I love things with wings…. butterflies, dragonflies, and of course fairies. This project includes two of your “FREE OPTIONS” available until the end of March or while supplies last. The Butterfly Elements and the Botanical Butterfly DSP. You can receive BOTH of these butterfly items FREE with a $100 order. I will link all products down below for convenience. Thank you for following along with me this week. Have a wonderful weekend!!! Melanie

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An Amazing “Hold On To Hope” Card


I have to say this is my favorite Stampin’ Up!® card created thus far. I wanted to really show off the dies from the Hold On To Hope Bundle. By now you probably all realize that this is a MELANIE’s MUST HAVE product bundle.

I have a Very Vanilla card base here and I ran the front of the card base through the Big Shot using the Blossoming Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder. This is a bundle that you can get for FREE with a $100 purchase by March 31st.

Using the Painted With Love Specialty Designer Series Paper I cut a open cross from the Hold On To Hope Bundle. This paper is STUNNING! One side of each piece had gold foil and the other side is a whole other pattern without the gold foil.

Using the dies from the set I cut another open cross from Gold Glimmer Paper and inset that cut out piece into the hole from the previous cut. Then I simply cut the simple cross from the bundle to add on top. The “Amazing” Die is part of another FREE /w $100 product from the Sale A Bration Catalog. To see ALL Freebie items simply CLICK HERE! Remember the special ends March 31st.

You are amazing. Thank you for visiting my website. Add your email into the side bar if you wish to be notified when a new project is uploaded. Have an amazing weekend!


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MUST SEE!!! Blossoming Basket Bundle ~ Free w/ $100 purchase

Welcome Back! I hope you have enjoyed this week focusing on my favorite SAB FREE STAMPS! This, by far, is my favorite pick from this years FREE Sale A Bration items. This is the Blossoming Basket Bundle which is FREE with a $100 purchase from any of our catalogs. It includes this beautiful basket stampo set along with a basket weave embossing folder. If submitting an order online of $150 or less feel free to use March’s hostess  code FCNV6MBW.

Here is the BUNDLE you can get FREE with a $100 purchase by the end of March 2018

Blossoming Basket Clear-Mount Bundle

and here are some samples made by Stampin’ Up!® showing off this STUNNING set!


This first card that I designed is a simple card featuring the basket floral stamp from this FREE bundle. Using it this way is so classy as well as super easy.

To jazz it up a little I have embossed the card base with the Layered Leaves Dynamic Texture Embossing folder and added a few Rhinestone Basic Gems.

Oh where do I begin? This is an all time favorite card of mine. Beginning with the base card simply run the front of the card base through the Big Shot with this bundle’s FREE Basket Weave Embossing Folder.

I used a piece of of designer paper from the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper. Here is a picture of the full paper stack… This paper has so many possibilities and there is also a Daisy Stamp Set/Punch Bundle.

From a piece of Whisper White THICK cardstock, stamp your basket image with Momento Tuxedo Black ink. These two products are recommended when using Alcohol Markers like our Stampin’ Blends ®

I have used the following Stampin’ Blends® marker sets for this project.

Calypso Coral Combo Pack

Daffodil  Delight Combo Pack

Old Olive Combo Pack

Crumb Cake Combo Pack

After coloring the image it was die cut out using the Layered Oval Framelits. For the scalloped Daffodil Delight frame in the background I simply cut a scalloped oval and cut it down the center from top to bottom.

Peeking out there on the inside is a stamped basket from Calypso Coral Ink. This finished the card nicely.

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Happy Stampin’®


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Stampin’ Up! ® Sale A Bration ~ Don’t Miss Out!

This week I am coming to you with 3 posts each sharing a FREE Sale A Bration (SAB) product. How can you earn FREE products you ask? Simply place an order before March 31st of $50+ or $100+ to have your pick from the freebie choices.

Today’s focus is on “The Beautiful Peacock” stamp set which is FREE with a $50 purchase. I have created two cards using this set. The horizontal card was made for my monthly card buffet class and the stepped up vertical version was created at my March Card Class in my home. interested in classes? Feel free to message me I would love to hear your ideas!

For this simple card all you need along with your stamp set is paper & ink. For the base card I used Pacific Point paper stamped with swirls from The Beautiful Peacock stamp set also using the Pacific Point ink pad. The white panel was really fun to stamp. We started on the left with the sentiment followed by the peacock. Then rather than using the additional peacock stamp for the feathers we created fancy feathers using the flourishes in the set. Everyone in class loved the small floral stamps and wanted to stamp them on all their projects.

For this more detailed design we did two step stamping using both peacock stamps. Then we layered them using the layered circle framelits and the starburst punch. They coordinate so nicely together don’t they? With the extra stamping in the background followed by the extra layer using the Petal Paired embossing folder set this card is full of dimension.

I hope you have enjoyed todays samples. Check back Wednesday for a CAS design for midweek. If I have inspired you and you would like to get your FREE Peacock stamps set feel free to use this months hostess code when checking out. FCNV6MBW, thank you for stopping by and I hope to hear from you soon!


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