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Friday, October 13, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs' Eat Drink & Be Scary

Welcome back friends,

Today I am sharing a cute and quick little card I made using a couple different die set by Elizabeth Craft Designs.

For the pumpkin itself I have used the "Pumpkins" die set and I have teamed it up with the "Trick or Treat Bag" set. I used foam tape to pop up the pumpkin as well as the candy corn. These sets work together so well. Lastly I added a peel off sticker border around the edges to simply frame the photo. I love the little shimmer it offers.

I appreciate you stopping by today. Make sure to check out the amazing sale items Elizabeth Craft Designs' currently has. If your like me you love a good deal :-) Happy crafting my friends.


Monday, October 9, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs ~ Just Chillin

Hello Everyone,

I have been enjoying the new release of stamps and dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs. This is actually my very first winter project this year. Isn't "Winter Bear" adorable all colored up with Copic markers??

Have you seen all the new fall/winter releases? Make sure you check out the Elizabeth Craft Designs online store to see them all. We have an amazing selection of stamps & dies!!!
Would you line to create this project? Simply follow these easy directions:

Step 1: Cut card stock and patterned paper in the following sizes. Card base 6" x 6", Patterned paper 5 1/2" x 5 1/2", solid paper in 41/2" x 41/2", and lastly, patterned paper in 4" x 4"

Step 2: The basic sentiment stamp is "Just Chillin" so use multiple steps to stamp just the "Just" in one step, and then just ink up the second half of the stamp with ink "Chillin" and stamp in the bottom left hand corner of the smaller designer paper. See photos below:

Step 3: Stamp and die cut the stamps from the Winter Bear clear stamp set and coordinating die set.

Step 4: Color with Copic markers

Step 5: Add peel off sticker dots to the circles in the snowflake.

Step 6: Using foam tape attach the colored stamps onto the smaller piece of patterned paper.

Step 7: Adhere all layers 'off set' so that the squares are to the top left. This gives the card a little added interest.

Step 8: Add a border of peel off stickers on the outer edge of the larger piece of patterned paper.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Products Used:
Winter Bear clear stamp set
Winter Bear Coordinating die set
Holiday Cheer clear sentiment stamp set
Peel off stickers in lines and dots
Kids Choice Glue

Other products used:
Ranger Stamp Positioner Tool
Copic Markers
Navy Card Stock
Patterned paper in 2 patterns
Foam tape

See how the foam tape behind each of the stamps gives it just a little added dimension? I hope I have encouraged you to get into your craft room today. Sign up to my "follow me by email" to receive my posts directly to my new posts. Thanks for stopping by today. Melanie

Saturday, October 7, 2017

LDRS Creative ~ Daisy Daisy Stamp & Die Set

Hello Friends,

I have a super sweet card to share with all of you today. I have colored this Polkadoodles Daisy Daisy Stamp Set to coordinate with our adorable Polkadoodles Time for Tea paper stack. I just love the way this turned out.

I used 3 of our die sets to create this card. The "Basic Pierced Ovals" set was used to cut out the white focal piece which I stamped the stem onto. The "Dew Drop Border Die" graces the right side of the card as well as the "Gilded Oval Labels" for the "Quick Word Stickers" sentiment. Here is a close up of the Quick Word sentiments. Check out all of LDRS paper products that coordinate with these quick and easy labels.

Below I show a close up of my colored flower. I used the coordinating dies in the Daisy Daisy set to attach the finished flower. This really gives the flower a lot of dimension.

The Copic colors I used in my project today are listed below.
YG93, YG95, YG97 for the stem and leaves.
RV32, RV34, RV66 for the flower petals
YR12, YR15, RV14 for the flower center.

I hope I have inspired you today. Have a blessed day! Melanie

Friday, September 29, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs Spooky Tree

Welcome back friends,

Before receiving these Halloween dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs, I would of said "I don't make Halloween cards" but now that I have played with these dies and stamps from this collection I am hooked. These dies are amazing and if you like doing scenes then make sure you check out all the others from this collection. Especially the Haunted House Set that I used in my previous Elizabeth Craft Post.

To create a card similar simply follow these steps:

Step 1. Cut yourself a piece of watercolor paper to 4 1/8" x 5 3/8" and a card base 4 1/4" x 11' and fold in half.

Step 2. Die cut a circle from a post it note and add it where you would like your moon to be.

Step 3. Using Distress Oxides Inks in spiced marmalade, black soot, and fossilized amber add ink directly from the pad onto your craft sheet.

Step 4. Then spray the craft mat with water to activate the oxidation.

Step 5: Smoosh the paper directly into the ink puddles on your craft mat. Every time you do this part you will get a different effect. dry with a heat tool between layers.

Step 6 Keep smooshing & drying until your get your desired look.

Step 7. Peel away your mask and color the circle using a yellow marker.
After your background is completed continue the remaining steps.

Step 8. Die cut the tree and using the black soot ink, sponge the edges. Attach to card front using foam tape for added dimension.

Step 9. Lastly die cut the fence and bat and adhere to your card to complete the scene.

Click HERE to see the Technique Friday with Els You tube tutorial that uses this technique.
Elizabeth Craft Supplies:
Halloween Scenery Die Set
Iron Fence
Grey and Black Soft Finish Card stock
Kids Choice Glue

Other Supplies:
Ranger Distress Oxide inks in Spiced Marmalade, Black soot, and Fossilized Amber
Sponge or dauber
Foam Tape
Glue pen
Post it Note
Yellow Marker

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope I have inspired you to create Halloween cards this year. Happy Crafting!

Monday, September 25, 2017

LDRS Creative ~ Wild Flowers

Hi Friends,

Today I am sharing a new card I designed using Little Darling Rubber Stamps "Wild Flower" background stamp along with a TLC word die.

For my card I used a yellow and purple scheme which really allow for the card to pop. I have colored the background stamp with Copic markers.

For the "Hello" Sentiment die by TLC I cut it die cut it 3 times in purple and once in yellow. Using a fine tip glue I glued the 3 purple pieces together and then carefully cut out the yellow flowers and glued those on top. I then finished by adding gold brads to the flower centers.

I hope you have enjoyed today's project. I'd love for you to comment and if I have inspired you today sign up for my email to get a notification when a new post goes live. Happy Stamping my friends!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs Farewell to Summer

Hello friends,

I'm just popping by to say hiya! With all the crazy hurricane weather and so many people being effected I don't know about you but I am ready for hurricane/summer weather to be over with. So here is my farewell card to summer.  

I have used multiple Elizabeth Craft Designs' items to create this fun scalloped card including the following:


I used the Dotted Scallop Rectangles die set to create the shaped card base. It is quite easy to do this by taking a standard 41/4"x51/2" folded card base and sliding the top portion of the die above the fold of the card before running it through your die cut machine. This creates the shaped card base with a flat fold across the top. Next using one layer of card stock cut another piece of card stock and with the entire scalloped die from it. Then simply attach the fully die cut piece to the front of your folded/scalloped card front. This gives you the scalloped edge across the top of the card as well. 

Lastly I did use copic markers for my coloring and foam tape to add some extra dimension. 

Happy crafting my friends & stay safe!


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs Spooktacular Challenge

Hi Friends,

Today at Elizabeth Craft Designs we are kicking off our Spooktacular Challenge. Make sure to pop over to the Company Blog to see all the amazing projects by the entire Design Team. You can also enter the challenge for your chance at winning ECD Giftcards!!!!

My card today shows off some of the amazing dies that Elizabeth Craft Designs has just released. Check out all their new released products HERE. I was not much into Halloween cards until I set my eyes on these amazing die sets. The quality and variety cannot be matched anywhere else. I have used The Haunted House  teamed up with Halloween Scenery & Ghosts, . I also used Soft Finish Card Stock in the following colors:

I hope we have inspired you to put a little "Spooky" into your card making. 

For today's challenge Elizabeth Craft Designs are giving away a $20 Gift Card to use on our website to 3 winners.

To enter simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge post and tell us "What are some of your favorite products you choose when creating spooky scenes for Halloween?" Make sure to enter over on the actual Company Blog to be entered to win!

We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing

The winners will be announced on Friday, September 22nd on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.

Hugs, Melanie

Friday, September 15, 2017

Magnolia-Licious, Introducing Foamiran Flowers

Hello Friends,

I am excited to share my very first Foamiran card for Magnolia-licious. This new product is so amazing to work with. 

The stamp I have chosen today comes from the BRAND NEW Country Girl Stamp & Die collection. The stamp name is "Tilda with a Flower In Her Pocket" , and I have colored her using Copic Markers.

The fence die I have used is from the Doohickey Business Collection 2017 and is called "Letter Fence"

The papers and floral dies are also carried by Magnolia-licious. The paper is from the Maja Designs Denim & Friends 6x6" paper stack.  

Lastly I have handmade the flowers using a new product called "Foamiran". It is a really light weight foam that you can use with dies or punches to create beautiful shaped flowers. I have used the Whimsy Peony Die Set. and also the Stamen which are also from the Magnolia-licious store. 

Want to give Foamiran a try.... Check out these affordable Starter Kits which include Foamiran, Stamen, AND the Whimsy Dies I have used here in my project!!! 

Have a crafty day! Melanie

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

LDRS Creative Posting Hedgehogs

Hello my friends,

Before I go into the details of my post today I would like to just spend a moment saying a prayer for those dealing with both Hurricane Harvey and now Hurricane Irma. Both of these have been devastating storms and I have many friends dealing with the effects. I just want you all those know you are in my thoughts and prayers. 

Today I am sharing another Hedgehog stamp from LDRS Creative. I just love these Candibean stamps. they have such detail and stamp perfect every single time. 

I am using Candibean's Posting Hedgehogs for today's card. 

I have used papers from both the

I also used two of our die sets 
and also

 Here us a close up of my coloring. I have colored the stamped image using Copic markers in the following colors:

C00, C01, C02, C04
R20, R22
YR12, YR14
E11, E13, E15, E18, E23, E27, E50, E51
YG21, YG23, YG25
B00, B01, B02, B04

Thank you for visiting today. I wish you a safe & blessed day!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs' "Give A Hoot"

Hi There Friends,

Today I would love to share some fun fall coloring with all of you. I am using the new Krista Schneider "Give A Hoot" stamp and die sets along with numerous other die sets by Elizabeth Craft Designs.

How to create this card:
  1. Stamp owls from the "Give a Hoot" stamp set onto White Soft Finish Cardstock using black ink. Color images using Copic markers. Die cut images using coordinating dies.
  2. Cut a piece of Rust Soft Finish Cardstock down to an A2 size (8 1/2 x 5 1/2) score and fold to create the base card.
  3. Using the "Corners 1" die set cut 4 corner pieces from Dark Goldenrod Soft Finish Cardstock.
  4. Using the "Dotted Scallop Rectangles" die set, cut a rectangle from the ModaScrap "Thinking About ~ Grand Canyon" Patterned Paper.
  5. From White Soft Finish Cardstock cut a rectangle measuring 3 1/2" x 2 1/4". You will use this as your background layer.
  6. Before assembling the card add a border around the outside of the card front using "Peel Off Stickers ~ Lines Dots"
  7. Adhere the corner die cut pieces just inside the sticker border. Than layer the scallop and white background pieces.
  8. Stamp the white background piece with "Thank You" from the "General Sentiments" clear stamps.
  9. Arrange the owls and adhere, for the large owl use some foam tape to give him a little extra dimension.
  10. If you have extra owls colored and die cut add them on the inside .

Check back each day for more inspiration over on the Elizabeth Craft Designs' blog. 
Hugs, Melanie

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Magnolia-Licious Challenge #13 ~ The Country Girl Collection

Hello sweet friends,

Today I am sharing some exciting news. I am again working for Magnolia-Licious. The Magnolia brand of stamps are the ones I originally fell in love with. They inspired me to purchase my very first Copic marker, which ultimately changed my life.  I am super excited and proud to be promoting these products.

This month's Magnolia-licious Challenge #13's theme is "Anything Goes with an Option of using Pearls". We would love for you to click on over and post your cards. This is a fun way to get crafty together.

Here is my card for the challenge... Can you spot my pearls? They are playing hide and seek. (grin!)

I have colored "Sitting Tilda with Clogs" using my Copic markers. She is perfect for sitting on the "Grandpas Porch" stamp. I stamped Tilda and then using a full stick post-it note I masked her and then stamped the porch stamp over her. These two stamps are from the Country Girl Collection


Looking more closely at my coloring here and now you can spot my mini pearls that I have added to the centers of all the yellow flowers. I loved creating this scene and am really proud of how she turned out.

Make sure to stop by the Magnolia-Licious Store for your stamps and dies. We are now carrying Foamiran, beautiful papers, and other stamp and die brands as well. Leave me a message when you join us in the challenge so I can see your entry. Crafting together is what makes this business so fun. Happy stamping my friends! Melanie

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs' ~ Falling for Butterflies

Hi There,

Any of you who follow me on a regular basis know my love of "all things with wings". The butterfly is a favorite of mine because of the amazing transformation that it makes. Elizabeth Craft Designs just released this Butterfly stamp & die set. You can see it along with the rest of the new release by visiting the NEW ARRIVALS page of our company blog.

I had fun using the Dotted Spotted Square die set to create this window card.  When you look straight on you do not realize that there is a window and that the colored images are actually inside the card. Looking at this side view below you can better understand what I mean.

I used the scalloped die to create the window but also used it to create the multi layered inside design.

The Dotted Scalloped Rectangle Set was used for the sentiment that was chosen from the "Dream Sentiments Stamp Set"

I hope you have enjoyed my little bit of craftiness today. Consider following me by email so you never miss a post. Melanie

Friday, August 25, 2017

LDRS Creative ~ Happiness is a Cupcake

Hi Friends,

Most of you know that I personally have pet Hedgehogs so I love LDRS' Candibean Hedgehog stamps. This one I am using today is called "Happiness is a Cupcake".  Aren't they adorable???

I have colored the stamp with Copic Markers in the following colors:

E04, E07, E08, E09, E11, E13, E15, E18, E23, E27, E50, E51, E53, E55
R81, R89, G12, G14, G85, YR01, YR20, YR21, YR23

I used the Little Darlings "Fancy Rectangles and Layers" die set for cutting out the colored image and for the sentiment. 

Have you taken a look at the stunning Polkadoodle Dies that Little Darlings now carry? They are so dainty and full of detail. I have taken the Dainty Doily Border Die and cut it twice. I then cut each of them apart so that it would create a frame around the image. I then encrusted delicate pearls to the die cut itself for such a feminine look.

Have a crafty day,

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Elizabeth Crafts ~ New Release!!!

Welcome Back Friends,

Today I want to share with you my first fall card. It is hard to believe Fall/winter is right around the corner. Elizabeth Craft Designs has just released an amazing collection of Fall & Winter/Holiday Stamps, dies, etc etc. If you haven't seen the new items check at the bottom of the post for the links.  It is so hard to believe that fall and winter are just around the corner, but working with our release already has me overjoyed. This has to be the best grouping of holiday offerings I have ever seen.

Aren't these owls as cute as can be??? Oh my goodness I sure did enjoy coloring these stamps, and they have coordinating dies as well!!!! I used two sets of their dies, the Dotted Spotted Rectangles and the Corners 1 set, along with this newly released stamp and die set. See all the NEW ARRIVALS HERE ;-) 

Thank you for stopping by today. Happy Crafting! Melanie

Friday, August 18, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs Dragonfly Dreams

Hi Everyone,

Today I have a new project to share with you. I have always loved "things with wings" so the Elizabeth Craft Designs' Dragonfly Dies really are one of my favorite products.

To create this card simply follow the directions below.

  1. From a piece of Whisper Blue Soft Finish card stock, cut a card base measuring 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" score and fold in half.
  2. From a piece of White Soft Finish card stock (4 1/4" x 51/2") die cut from the corners using Flower Lace 1 & Flower Lace 2 dies by ModaScrap. see photo below.
3. Attach Flower Lace die cut pieces to your card base. 

4. Die cut Dragonfly dies from dark blue Soft Finish card stock and using Tim Holtz distress ink and a blending tool ink the edges of each butterfly. See photo below

    5. Using black ink stamp your sentiment.
    6. Finally to add a little flair, add peel off stickers to both the edges as well as for the dragonfly eyes.
    Elizabeth Craft Designs' products used:

    Other Products Used:
    Range Black Ink
    Tim Holtz Distress Ink

    I hope you have enjoyed today's project and it encourages you to get those dies out and play!
    Happy Die Cutting!

    Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    LDRS Creative ~ Time to Sparkle

    Hello There,

    I am here today to share a really special card with you. Earlier this month I shared my first card using Tim Holtz's Distress Crayons and this is the second project I created from my experimental backgrounds made at June's Crop.

    I had a lot of fun coloring this All Dressed Up Stamp called "Time to Sparkle" so that she would match the background. Isn't sassy and sweet?

    For a little flair I used the Darling Square Die Set to add the flourishes and added simple rhinestones to each flower.

    Thank you for stopping in today. I hope you have a crafty day!!!


    Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    Elizabeth Craft Designs Gift Giving Challenge

    Hi There,

    Today over on the Elizabeth Craft Designs' challenge blog we are having a really fun challenge featuring some fun handmade giftables which are perfect for the back to school/holidays.

    I am featuring a little card giftset that I created following a YouTube video by scrimpingmommy, I have no affiliation with this crafter but wanted to give a shout out for the video that inpired this post. You can view it HERE.

    I added a little faux stitching where the giftcard is just for a little added interest.

    I have used some of the ADORABLE designer paper by Elizabeth Craft Designs. Have you seen all the wonderful papers we carry? If not click HERE. The paper I have used in this project is from the "Color of Puppies - Girl" set. For the card fronts I used white Soft Finish card stock and the Dotted Scalloped Squares die set. For the images on each card front, I simply fussy cut out the 4 adorable images from the front of the paper insert/packaging.

    Aren't they stinkin cute??? and the beauty is that I only used the designer paper pack, one set of dies, sissors and glue :-) Easy Peasy!

    I hope you have enjoyed todays post. I look forward to sharing more with you in the future. 


    Saturday, August 12, 2017

    Elizabeth Craft Designs' ~ Our First Expo Experience.

    Hi Friends,

    Just popping by today to share with you a few really special photos that were taken in July at the Scrapbook Expo in Duluth Ga. I worked with the owners of Elizabeth Craft Designs, Els & Joep, and the three of us set up the Expo booth together. It took 8 full hours to go from a blank slate to a full booth.

    When I arrived nobody was there yet but the tables and two of these large containers which were unloaded from the Semi Trucks all lined up outside.

     Once Els and Joep arrived they began unveiling the containers and low and behold inside the first container were ULINE boxes so of course I had to take a pic for Randy since he works for the company.

    As the day went on we stocked the racks with all of the beautiful product that we carry. I had a lot of my friends stop by who had never even heard of Elizabeth Crafct Designs and YEP, you guessed it.... They went home with handfuls of their dies. These two pics above here two of the sections I stocked.

    On the last day Randy and I both helped break down the booth. It took the four of us working like a well oiled machine to get everything broken down. It took approximately 3 hours!!! Randy and Joep got along great and boy did we ROCK!!!

    To see all the amazing products we carry simply visit the Elizabeth Craft Designs' website. They have quite a few things reduced currently so mack sure you don't miss out.  Also make sure to check out our You Tube channel each Friday for out 'Technique Friday with Els" 

    I promise you will not be disappointed!!! Happy Creating!

    Monday, August 7, 2017

    Elizabeth Craft Designs ~ New England Stone Wall & Gate

    Hello Friends,

    Today I am excited to share with you this adorable little scene I created using numerous Elizabeth Craft Designs' products.

    To begin with I created a mask with a piece of scrap paper and 4 hand punched scalloped circles.

    Using Tim Holtz Distress Inks along with his sponge applicators use the mask in various angles to create the clouds leaving a little white between each layer.

    Next you will use the dies from the Susan's Garden Country Scapes - New England Stone Wall & Gate. This set comes with three dies. The Gate die was cut from white Soft Finish card stock. The background piece is also die cut from white Soft Finish card stock and then inked with a distressed inks to create a mortar look.

    Using multiple Distress Inks color a piece of white Soft Finish card stock before die cutting your stones. By using multiple colors it makes the final little pieces look like actual stones. Below shows the wall half way completed. Using Elizabeth Craft Designs' Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheets and ECD's tweezers makes this challenging step a piece of cake.

    The stamps used for this project came from this wonderful stamp and die set called Birch Forest from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  They have been colored with Copic markers and die cut with the coordinating dies, which are sold separately. 

    The stamped and die cut images were popped up using foam tape. This gives it a wonderful texture.

    Elizabeth Craft Designs' Product List:

    White Soft Finish Card Stock
    Susan's Garden New England Stone Wall & Gate
    Krista Schneider's Birch Forest Stamps & Die Sets 
    Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheets 81/2x11"

    Other Supplies Used:

    Tim Holtz Distress Inks
    Tim Holtz Blending tools
    Scallop Punch
    Copic Markers
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