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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!!!

Melanie

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. 

Melanie. 



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!
Melanie






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"
Tweezers 

Other Supplies Used:

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

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

LDRS Creative & Polkadoodle Presents the Time for Team Stamp Line

Hi Friends,

When I was a little kid my family was stationed in England and afternoon tea was an everyday event. My mom has always loved hot tea so this was an extra special time for her as well. This entire Polkadoodle stamp line is absolutely breathtaking. Make sure to check down below my photos for the link to check out all the Design Teams card samples. I was quite impressed by the array of gorgeous projects.



I have chosen "A Tea Cup Full of Wishes" from Polkadoodles for my stamp and I have used the Coordinating Time for Tea 6x6 paper pack which is just beautiful paper.

For the LDRS Creative die collection I have chosen the "Regal Frame" Die set also by Polkadoodles along with LDRS Creative Majestic Rectangles Labels Set, the Key Tailed Dragon Fly Die Set., and the "Grace build a Card" die set. 



To see all of the beautiful creations all this week from the LDRS Design Team make sure to check back on the Company Blog for all the creative projects.

For any other questions about today's project please feel free to contact me.  Hugs, Melanie

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs' Shimmer Sheetz

Hello my friends,

I had an amazing time at the Stamp and Scrapbook Expo here in Atlanta Ga. Made lots of friends and consumed so many wonderful tips and techniques.

This months Challenge over at the Elizabeth Craft Designs' Challenge blog is to create a card using one of out "Friday Technique with Els"  your tube tutorials. I have chosen an older video that I watched that really inspired me to take a clean and simple card design and add a couple extra touched that really amped up the card. Watch this video for even more details:


For participating in this months challenge Elizabeth Craft Designs will be 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 your favorite technique learned from the Technique Friday With Els series". ”

We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing

The winners will be announced on Friday, July 21 on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.
Here is my take on a card using the sanding technique that Els shares in the above you tube video. This was super simple to do and I just love how a tiny bit of the peel off stickers really jazzed it up!


To recreate this card simply run a piece of Shimmer Sheetz through your die cut machine inside a embossing folder. Then taking a sanding block, simply sand the top of the Shimmer Sheetz until you desired look is achieved. This can be done on either side (Embossed or De bossed sides)



Next cut a red card base and a white mat and attach all together. Half a doily was used with a horizontal stripe of card stock. Added to the stripe is a simple glitter line sticker. Did you know Elizabeth Craft Designs carried a large array of stickers? These stickers really can add that little extra touch which makes your card sparkle!

Lastly, I used the Labels and Circle die set which has been reduced to $4.95!!!! Grab it while it is available! The sentiment was used from the Dreams Sentiment Set.


Here is a close up to show you the added texture using the Shimmer Sheetz along with the Peel Off Stickers. Very simple to add a little something extra special to your cards.

I hope you have enjoyed todays challenge. Make sure to head on over to the ECD Challenge blog for your chance to WIN!

Melanie
 

Friday, July 14, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs ~ Celebrate You Scallop Shaped Card

Hi Friends,
I am here with you to share my newest Elizabeth Craft Designs' project. Today I have played with lots of our dies along with stickers and glitter all from Elizabeth Crafts. I had tons of fun!


Follow these easy steps below to create this lovely scallop shaped card.

Step 1: To create the glittered roses you first add a piece of double sided adhesive to a piece of Soft Finish Card Stock.

 

Step 2: Peel off the background from your black sticker sheet, this makes it easier to use. Next you will peel off the Elizabeth Craft Designs backing to reveal the sticky side. Set aside.

Step 3: Using the backing as a transfer sheet just remove the black outline sticker and lay it on the transfer sheet sticky side up.

Step 4: Lay your piece of card stock sticky side down on top of the black sticker. This will transfer the sticker to the sticky side of your white paper.

Step 5: Add Microfine Glitter to the entire piece, polish by rubbing all the glitter into the paper. See below.

 

Step 6: Using your alcohol markers simply color directly onto the glittered piece inside the black lines. The sample was done in Copic markers in the following colors ~

R22, R24, R29
YG 13, YG17
B01, B02
E23, E25, E27

 

Step 7: After coloring use the 2nd. smallest oval die from the Fitted Ovals set to carefully cut out the colored roses.

Step8: Use the 3rd smallest Dotted Scallop Oval to cut a blue piece of card stock.

Step 9: Cut a piece of black Soft Finish card stock to cut the background piece.

Step 10: Cut a piece of black Soft Finish card stock 4 3/4" x 12" and score in half. Using the largest Dotted Scallop Oval die cut the folded card with a slight amount of the fold being uncut. See below. This forms scalloped shaped card base.

 

Step 11: Die cut the largest die in the Entwined Ovals set in red card stock

Step 12: Die cut the word dies 4 times each and glue together. This will give the card a little added dimension.

Step 13: The large black oval will be glued to the Card base lining up the scallops.

Step 14: Glue the red Entwined Ovals piece onto the black. Add a few of the Black/Silver Glitter Dots to the Entwined Ovals piece for a little added interest.

Step 15: Glue the blue Dotted Scallop Oval to the center of the card then using foam tape add the glitter roses to that.

Step 16. Attach the "Celebrate" and "You" pieces to complete the card.
This last photo shows how the raised flowers and extra thick lettering gives this beautiful card more dimension.


Elizabeth Craft Designs' Supply List:

Glitter Dots - Black/Silver
Roses in Oval black sticker
Fitted Ovals
Dotted Scalloped Ovals
Entwined Ovals
Thinking of you Die
Celebrate Die
Soft Finish Card Stock
Cool Diamond Microfine Glitter

Other Supplies:
Red Card Stock
Blue Card Stock
Glue Pen

I hope you have enjoyed today's project. I really enjoyed creating it for all of you! To see more blog posts from the Elizabeth Craft Designs' Design Team simply head on over to the company blog.

Have a Crafty Day!
Melanie