Friday, January 18, 2019

A Kitty Card with a DIY background

Hi ya!  I created this adorable kitty card using my fabulous Memento Ink and Sheer Shimmer Spray from Tsukineko and Imagine!  I hope you enjoy this tutorial on creating an Ombre Background.  The names and links of items used are in the description box on YouTube!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Sending All My Love - Imagine and Valentine's Day

Hi ya everyone!  I am super excited about Valentine's Day.  We have so many amazing things happening in our lives in February including our Anniversary, Valentine's Day and my Hubby's birthday!  So creating love cards is always so much fun.  I really love the purple, red and pink combo too for Valentine's Day.

Today, I share my tutorial on how I created the above card using the new Imagine Dewlet Dies and a number of fabulous inks that you might already have!  ENJOY

Saturday, January 5, 2019

You Make Me Happy!

Hello everyone and Happy New Year!  Now that Christmas is over, I couldn't wait to get started on my Valentine's Day Cards.  I absolutely LOVE the Beautiful Blooms stamp set and could not WAIT to create something lovely with them.  Because there are so many beautiful flowers in this set, I decided to go simple and just use the large bouquet.  
This is such a simple card as I love easy sometimes and the real fun was watercoloring the image.  First, I stamped the flowers in LDRS Creative Hybrid Ink Raven in opposite corners of watercolor paper.  I then painted the flowers with watercolor paint.  I allowed that to dry.  
Last, I adhered the watercolored blooms to the beautiful black and white polkadot from the 6x6 paper pad called Sincerely Yours.  I added some clear embellishment glue and was finished!
I hope you enjoyed today's beautiful yet simple card!  Make sure to join us each day for new tutorials and creations that are meant to inspire you.  We have multiple places you can find us too!  Make sure to join our Facebook GroupInstagram page and YouTube!  You will love the fabulous projects this design team creates.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year!!!

Hi ya everyone!  I'm hoping for a very colorful new year and I'm kicking it off with this fun creation I made for Imagine.  I love their inks, sprays and creative mediums but now they have dies!!! These cute little dewlets are perfect for creating hearts, flowers, raindrops and more.  Enjoy this video I shared on the Imagine channel.  I hope I inspire you to create a colorful new year too!  Simply click on the card to watch the video!

Monday, December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas from Owl of Us!

Hi ya everyone! I love the versatile stamp set called Arctic Snowfall from LDRS Creative. It has owls and foxes and great sentiments.  I paired it with the new Build A Card Die set called Garden Escape and the beautiful Holiday Paper from LDRS Creative.  This particular set is out, but you still have time to purchase the beautiful Country Christmas and Gnome for Christmas.
First, I cut white card with the smallest shape of the Garden Escape Build a Card Die Set.  I cut that in two and adhered it to the holly paper cut to 3.75 x 5 inches.  I then stamped the adorable Owls and sentiment in LDRS Creative Raven Hybrid Ink.  I colored the owls with my colored pencils.
I then adhered this to a piece of red card stock cut to 4 x 5.25 and placed on an A2 card base.  I used the extra holly paper to cut out a few of the adorable holly and adhered them on the branch the owls are sitting on.  
I also cut out an extra Garden Escape die and used just the corners on the bottom of my card.  Last, I added some red sequence.
I hope you enjoyed today's card!  I can't believe the beautiful inspiration this month at LDRS Creative.  You must take a looksy at all of December's Countdown to Christmas.  The design team has really created some fabulous designs.  Make sure to join us on FacebookInstagram and YouTube.  Have a very Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Christmas Tags - LDRS Creative

Hi ya everyone, I'm here to share some adorable tags I made using the new and adorable Hot Chocolate Stamp Set.  I thought I would show you my step by step process. 
First, I die cut the tags using the new Eyelet Lace Rectangle Die Set.  I used the tag and rectangle both as I wanted to have a layered tag look.
I then used the beautiful Swimming Hole Hybrid Ink to stamp the snowflakes from the Hot Chocolate Stamp Set.  You can purchase the large ink pad or the small in the County Fair pack. 
Next, I stamped the girl from the stamp set in Raven Hybrid Ink.  I used my alcohol markers to color her.  I chose pinks and blues that match the Arctic Snowfall paper from LDRS Creative.  This pack is sold old, but the beautiful Country Christmas and Gnome for Christmas pads are available and SOOOO cute!  I stamped the sentiment in Raven Hybrid then popped up the girl on foam dots.
I lined up this tag with the rectangle about where I wanted it to tie together.  I wanted to leave the tag loose from the rectangle.  I marked the hole from the tag on the patterned paper and hole punched that spot.  You can see the mark below.
After I punched the hole, I tied them all together with twine to create three gorgeous and bright tags for the holidays!  
I simply LOVE the way these tags turned out.  I'd like to make all of my present tags with this die set!  The tag layers so beautifully on the rectangle. The small eyelets really dress up the tags as well.  A simple but gorgeous touch for sure!

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Winter Magic - LDRS

Hello everyone!  Today, I'm sharing this card on the LDRS blog.  I also include a step by step tutorial if you'd like to make your own!  This would be a fun and easy card to mass produce for all those Christmas cards you like to send out!  You can find the tutorial here:

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Simple Blessing with Gorgeous Paper!

Hi ya everyone! I'm super excited to show you a simple card I created using my new favorite fall paper pad, Happy Fall from LDRS. 
It's so easy to make a quick and simple card with this gorgeous vibrant paper!  Also, this pad has a bit of a gloss to it, which I love because if you get adhesive to the front, it's easy to just roll off!  It also adds a beautiful something special.
I colored these two cuties from the Happy Fall Stamps.  I think this is a must have for cute fall cards!  Again, simple and easy to color, which I did with my alcohol markers.  Then I stamped the sentiment that comes in the set with black ink.
Super cute, right?  So easy too!  I'm currently in the middle of moving, but with this paper and stamp set, I find it so easy to create a card in a short amount of time.
I hope you enjoyed this fun fall card and you are inspired to create simple and easy creations during this BUSY time of year!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

LDRS Creative Halloween Party Blog Hop

Hello everyone!

Welcome to the first edition of the HALLOWEEN PARTY BLOG HOP by LDRS Creative!

The design team has prepared some WICKED inspiration using the latest seasonal products in store, including them in super-duper fun tutorials at each stop.

Today, I created three adorable cards for you using the fabulous Wicked 6x6 paper and the cutest Polkadoodles from LDRS.

I first stamped them in alcohol safe ink and colored them in alcohol markers. Mounted each on black card and then chose fabulous papers from the 6x6 Wicked Paper set!!

We are so EXCITED to celebrate this special day with you all, that we have decided to offer a 31% DISCOUNT on all Halloween and Fall products in store (*excluding bundles, using code Wicked31, valid until October 31st, MIDNIGHT EST).


And because there is no party without PRIZES....Who would like to win surprise grab bag of LDRS Creative products worth at least $30? We will draw 3 winners throughout the day (Oct. 31st, EST) on our Facebook group, so make sure to join it HERE.

Make sure to hop around, leave a comment at each stop, and answer the mysterious questions (haha!) on the first stop. 

Here's the list and keep hoping:

And remember to use that discount code before it turns into a pumpkin at MIDNIGHT! ;-)

Monday, October 22, 2018

Creating Winter Magic with LDRS

Hi ya everyone!  I love the adorable images in the Arctic Snowfall set from Little Darlings.  I wanted to incorporate the Mountains and Treeline stamp too!  While these last two come with amazing dies, I wanted to combine them using the fun masking paper and simply fussy cut right to the line.  
I first stamped one set of the Treeline Stamp.  I created a mask and covered that first stamp.  I then stamped the treeline just over the first stamped treeline image.  Next, I covered the second treeline with the mask and stamped the Mountain stamp.  I then removed the mask and fussy cut the combined trees and mountains!
I paired some of the beautiful Arctic Snowfall 6x6 Paper in the background to create my sky.  I used the same paper pad to create my snowy bank using the Snowy Day Border (that's on sale!).  I colored those cute foxes with my alcohol markers and adhered everything to a A2 size card!  Last, I stamped the sentiment from the Hot Chocolate Stamp Set.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Imagine and So Suzy Crackerbox Blog Hop

Hi ya everyone!  I'm excited to be participating in the fun blog hop with Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps and IMAGINE!  You know my love for Imagine products and it's so fun to use them with a fabulous stamp company like Crackerbox and Suzy!

Today, I used the fabulous stamp Blowing Leaves and the sentiment Autumn Dancing!  I stamped them on watercolor paper.  Then used my favorite Memento Dye inks to watercolor the leaves or smoosh into the background with water.  I love how I got to totally different styles with the same colors of ink just used in a different way!  I also stamped the sentiment in Nocturne Versafine Clair.  It's not easy to stamp on rough watercolor paper, but this turned out perfect with Versafine Clair.  I also added pico embellisher on the leaves I watercolored carefully.  Then was able to add the blue background ink to paint the sky.  I used the following Memento Inks:  Lady Bug, Dandelion, Potters Clay, Morroco, Rich Cocoa, Bamboo Leaves and Summer Sky.

Make sure to comment on each blog!  We have two days of hopping and if you hop and comment on both days you will increase your chance of winning either a $25 gift certificate to Imagine or Crackerbox and Suzy! Below you will find the links to today's hoppers!  Make sure to look on the Imagine or Crackerbox and Suzy blog to find all the fabulous information!
Melissa Andrew - you are here!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Autumn Leaves and Pumpkins - YES PLEASE

Hi ya everyone!  Melissa here!
I'm so excited to be sharing my first post as a LDRS design team member.  Now that fall is in the air, I couldn't wait to use the cute little stamp set called Happy Fall.  The little mice are super adorable and putting all three on a card felt right! 
 First, I created design paper with the Plaid stencil.  I took a 4.25 x 5.5 inch piece of white card stock and colored it all yellow with an ink dauber and the Dan-D-Lion hybrid ink.  Next, I laid the plaid stencil down and inked all over the stencil with In Your Face Orange hybrid ink.  Look how pretty that background paper is!  I also show you a background I made using Raven and In Your Face Orange hybrid ink.
I colored the mice and leaves with my alcohol markers on white card stock.  I also stamped the super cute sentiment on the card and added some glitter dots.
Last, I mounted the card stock with the colored mice onto the center of my background plaid paper.  I made an A2 sized card in brown card and added both to the card base.
I hope you enjoyed today's card and I inspired you to use the new plaid stencil to create your own background!

Monday, October 8, 2018

Blending Versafine Clair Inks

I just love fall and today I'm sharing with you my Imagine project for October!  I just love my Versafine Clair inks because they stamp the perfect sentiment, but did you know they blend beautifully too?  Check out my tutorial on the Imagine channel above!  All products used are listed on the YouTube channel description box!  Just look for the Imagine channel!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Joy Clair World Card Making Day Blog Hop

Today I am joining in the Joy Clair blog hop for World Card Making Day!  There are so many fun things happening on this day and I'm excited to be a part of it.  Joy Clair has the most adorable stamps.  My creation today used Doodle Flower Background and Best Buds.

I inked the background stamp with Versafine Clair and used the gorgeous sparkle embossing powder from Imagine.  I also used my Fireworks Spray to create two beautifully colored background papers for the stamp.  I colored the turtles with alcohol markers.


We're giving away three Stamp sets from Joy Clair Store! Just leave a comment on every destination along the Hop to be in with a chance to win!

Comments close at 23:59 EST on 7th October 2018.

Don't forget that we have a lot more going on the rest of the day! We hope to see you back here for the new events - there will be lots of opportunities to be inspired and to get crafty with us!
Happy hopping! 


Ready for more inspiration? Here is the list of my friends that are part of this big celebration "Around the World Card Making Day Blog Hop with Joy Clair"

World Card Making Day with Whimsy Stamps

Hello and Welcome to World Card Making Day with Whimsy Stamps!  We are so excited for you to join the fun today with an amazing blog hop from the talented Whimsy artists.  Each blog will have some inspiration with a card perfect for World Card Making Day. 

Today, I would like to share my project using the fabulous clear stamp sets from Whimsy Stamps called, Purre Love and Shine Bright.

I created today's card by cutting a mask out of my masking paper with a circle die in the middle.  I pulled out the circle and used the negative to place on white card stock.  I stamped my girl and kitty image and masked her.  I inked the background with Tea Leaves, Spring Pansy, Night Sky and Midnight Black VersaMagic Chalk Ink.  I splattered Platinum acrylic paint and white acrylic paint.  

I removed the mask and colored the image in Copics.  I stamped the sentiment in VersaFine Clair.  Then added stars with silver embossing powder.  Last I mounted the white card on purple card stock and added some sequence. 

The card making community is so wonderful and Denise the owner of Whimsy Stamps wanted to share her appreciation with a fun day filled with inspiration, prizes and freebies.   Make sure to comment on each blog post to be eligible for the prizes.  In order to get the beautiful freebies that will be available make sure to join our Whimsy Stamps and InspirationFacebook group.
If you happened upon my blog without knowing there is a blog hop today, make sure to start at the beginning so you don't miss any of the wonderful inspiration and prize opportunities!!!

Blog Hop List:

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Season's Greeting with Imagine

Hi ya everyone!  Today, I'm sharing a video on the Imagine YouTube Channel. I started to create some Christmas cards and I loved the idea of a red and gold theme.  The inspiration color this month is Sangria.  I tried combining two fun colors, rhubarb stalk and burgundy.  I simply water colored the background and embossed gold snowflakes from Whimsy Stamps.  

MAke sure to check out all the details on the Imagine YouTube Channel. Please make sure to subscribe and thumbs up.  There are so many amazing artists that share on that channel.  Also, we link to the products we use in the video for easy shopping!

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Creepy Coffins with Imagine!

Hi ya everyone!  I'm so excited to share this project for Imagine today!  I love Fireworks! Sprays and I show you how I used them to make these fun marble pattern coffins.  I also colored my little vampires from SugarPea Designs in Memento Markers.

I hear that vampires these days sparkle so I added some fun Sheer Shimmer Spray and a bit of irRESISTable pico embellisher.  Want to see how?  All products used are linked in the description box when you go to YouTube.  Check out the Imagine YouTube Channel below:

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Creepy Clowns - Whimsy Stamps Release

Hi ya everyone!  Ready for a little scary?  Today I'm sharing a card I created using the new clear stamp set called Creepy Clowns!  At first, I was like...oh these are creepy, but I will tell you I LOVED coloring this guy.  Making darker shadows on his face and making it look like he was in front of a flashlight was SO fun.  Truly, sometimes when I see a stamp, I think I don't am I going to pull this off...then I start coloring, and I fall in love! 

I also used the new web background!  Which is a gorgeous design and fun to use.  Hate to tell you, but this one sold out FAST.  However, it will be back in stock soon!

Make sure to check out all the new release images at Whimsy Stamps!

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