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 ­čÖé 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


Free As A Bird Bundle


Bird Ballad Laser-Cut Cards & Tin


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


Stitched Nested Labels Dies


Crumb Cake Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack


Soft Suede Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack


Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack


Mango Melody Combo Pack Stampin' Blends


Pool Party Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack


Bermuda Bay Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack


Petal Pink Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack


Old Olive Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack


Calypso Coral Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack


Cajun Craze Combo Pack Stampin' Blends


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


Stampin' Dimensionals


Mini Stampin' Dimensionals


SNAIL Permanent Adhesive



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. ­čśë 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 ­čÖé

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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Tips & Tutorials using Toil & Trouble Suite By Stampin’ Up!

Welcome back Friends,

Now I have to admit to all of you that Halloween is not a holiday I usually make cards for but when I broke into this bundle and began playing and I felt obligated to share this set with you. I wanted to continue making items….it was addictive for sure!┬á wouldn’t this suite be great for Halloween treats at school for elementary students?

I would like to share a fun tip and a tutorial today with all of you.

First up in the coordination that this bundle has with the Toil & Trouble Designer Series Paper. Check this out….

The dies to this bundle coordinate with the papers…. The witch, witches hat (See Monday’s Post), the cauldron, the cat, the frog etc etc. Now how cool is that???

Speaking of Cauldrons… I have a quick coloring tutorial for all of you. I colored this cauldron step by step using Stampin’ Blends. These Alcohol markers are perfect for beginners. They have a light & dark shade for each color so there is no guess work as to which markers to use together.

I hope you have found this post useful. My hope is to inspire you to use your new products confidently. I am always just a message away if you need any crafty guidance. ­čśë

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Fussy Cut Florals w/ Stampin’ Blends┬«


I am here today with the conclusion of my Stampin’ Blends ┬« Week. On Monday I shared with you a Blends Coloring Video, Wednesday we took a look at a quick and easy mid week card, and today we are fussy cutting out some beautiful florals.

If these florals look familier it is because I posted them as close ups for promoting the Stampin’ Blends┬« back in the fall. This stamp set is named “Remarkable You”. I would recommend this set for learning how to use the Stampin’ Blends┬« because of the large space within the flowers.

Here you can see what the colored images were for my older post. I decided to fussy cut two of them for this project. As you can see by the Orange flower above that the edges show some “white space”. Because of this I use the Basic Black Stampin’ Write┬« marker around the edges. I like to do this with any fussy cutting. It just gives the images look more finished.

Fussy cutting them this gives them a little more stability as well. For the leaves above you can see where I left quite a bit of “white” along the edge. I just covered it when I went around the edges with my Basic Black Stampin’ Right Marker.

┬á Here you can see them all finished. Don’t they look great?

Here you can see the close up of the finished project. I positioned them with leaves behind and in front of the flower. The stems all merge nicely too so you can’t really tell that they have been glued together.┬á TIP: If you use our Tombow Liquid Adhesive if some glue shows around the delicate leaves you can use an adhesive eraser to fix it. It is the BEST $3-$5 you will ever spend.

One last look…. This card took a little longer to complete but I think it was well worth it!

Thank you for sticking with me all week long while I shared with you my love of Stampin’ Up!┬«’s new Blends┬á Alcohol Markers. They are available now and will also be featured in the new 2018-2019 catalog which will release June 1st 2018.

Keep Stampin’ ┬«


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Simple Wednesday ~ w/ Stampin’ Blends┬«


Today I have a quick card for you to create. I am using the Sale A Bration Stamp Set titled “Amazing You!” It is a free stamp set with a $50 purchase from now until MARCH 31st!!!

Along with this freebie stamp set I am also using the “Celebrate You” thinlit dies. These are also a FREE item with a $100 order! (Promotion ends March 31st)

I have stamped the florals in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on THICK Whisper White card stock. This is VERY important when coloring with Alcohol based markers.

The word “Amazing” is die cut from the white card stock and the negative space is used. I simply added a layer of Basic Black card stock on the back. This allowed the negative space to be more evident because of the extra contrast.

I have used Stampin’ Blends ┬« markers in the following colors:

Light & Dark Bermuda Bay

Light & Dark Daffodil

Light & Dark Rich Razzleberry

If you like this weeks projects consider purchasing them together to help you reach the $150 threshold. This will help you get both sets (Stamps & Dies) FREE! Plus you would also receive FREE Stampin rewards!! Consider the Stampin’ Blends used in all 3 projects, Thick Whisper White card stock up and a Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad and reinker. Plus the Bundle from Monday and the set that we will be using on Friday. Feel free to message me and let me know what you like and I can assist you as needed. I personally love coloring with Alcohol Markers and would love to teach you how to fall in love it too!

Happy Stampin’┬«


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Alcohol Markers, Stampin Up

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┬á 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.

Want to learn more? Please consider clicking along the right tool bar and enter your email. You will get a gentle reminder each time I post a new project.

Happy Stampin’┬«


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The Mystical Castle Shaped Card

Hello Lovelies,

Last but not least I am here to share the castle shaped card I made with the Magical Day Bundle by Stampin’ Up!┬« This is a 5.5 x 5.5″ card base and the pieces for the castle are made from Basic Grey & Smoky Slate papers. The Brick embossing folder by Stampin’ Up!┬« was also used before attaching the pieces to the card.

The stamps and dies came from the Magical Day Stamp set and I have colored them using the Stampin’ Blends┬« Alcohol Markers. Have you tried our Alcohol markers yet??? They are so fun to use. Here are some close up photos.



Look at these light to dark shadows. When working with Stampin’ Blends┬« you want to slowly build up your color. I was able to meet and speak to the artist who designed this stamp set when in Salt Lake City and I suggested he add to this collection because we need a prince and princess!!!

Finally for the windows I used the Home Sweet Home thinlits. They worked perfectly for the windows and door. The Myth Glimmer Pad was also used for the windows.

Isn’t the dragon AWESOME???? Love love love!!!!!! I hope you have enjoyed this weeks trio of projects as much as I enjoyed creating them. Happy Stampin’┬« Melanie

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Remarkable You ~ Stampin’ Up! ┬« Color Blends

Welcome back!

Today I am sharing some coloring I did with the NEW Stampin’ Blends this evening. I have had this “Remarkable You” stamp set for quite some time and I immediately thought of it when trying to decide which set to color first. These 4 large images are perfect for Alcohol Marker Shading.


Below are the color combos I have used for each individual flower. I hope this encourages you to gives these markers a try. I am more than happy to help guide you in any way needed.

For this beauty I have used Light Pumpkin Pie Dark Pumpkin Pie, and Light Cherry Cobbler

For these amazing leaves I have used Light Old Olive, Dark Old Olive, and Light Daffodil Delight

For these I simply used Light and Dark Daffodil Delight along with Light and Dark Old Olive.

Last but not least I colored this beautiful flower with Light and Dark Calypso Coral and Light and Dark Cherry Cobbler along with light and dark Old Olive for the stem.

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Stampin’ UP!┬« Blends Markers are HERE!

Welcome my friends,

This is my very first post to my Exclusive Stampin’ UP!┬« blog. I have been slowly working on this blog design for a while. A lot of you may have seen my posts over at and may be wondering why I am starting another blog? I want to separate my design team work with non Stampin’ Up!┬« companies from my Stampin Up!┬« work. I love both but I think it gets a little confusing for the reader. So will be 100% Stampin’ Up!┬« projects, promotions, and stamping fun.

A lot of you may be joining me from my other blog where I have mostly shared my work using Copic Marker Coloring. So it excites me to no end to begin this blog introducing you to the NEW Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers.


Stampin’ Up!┬« has just released the first collection of markers. We have 13 color families plus the color lifter. It is recommended that you use Stampin’ Up! Thick Whisper White Card Stock when coloring with these blendable markers. Here is a video brought to you by Stampin’ Up!┬«

To purchase the entire set click HERE

To see individual Markers Click HERE

I will be sharing photo samples of my coloring soon so stay tuned. Thank you for stopping by today.

Happy Stampin’