XOXO Butterfly with Hearts

Hi! I’m here with a quick post.

slide02  This card showcases many of my favorite tools, things and techniques.slide01I used the color red, ink-blending, hearts, butterflies, ‘XOXO’, camouflaged die cutting, and white space all together on 1 card! Ahhhhh!slide01

First I did some ink-blending on white cardstock. I used a Papertrey Ink Heart Cover to die cut the ink-blended hearts.slide04Then, I adhered a pattern of hearts to the white cardstock. I die cut the Happy Little Stampers Butterfly from the center of the heart pattern.

slide03I added the red card base and the attached the heart panel. I added the butterfly with foam tape. I finished by adding the HLS “XOXO” sentiment.

slide02I hope that you enjoyed your visit.

Thanks for stopping by!

Grace & Peace,

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AAA Cards Game #83 – Shape Your Love

I’m happy to be here today for AAA Cards Game #83-Shape Your Love .

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I’d like to extend a big welcome to our Guest Designer, Sharon! – frommycraftdesk.blogspot.co.uk/ Make sure you check out her beautiful octagonally shaped card!

I have to say that I have combined some of my card-making favorites in this card today. The color red, butterflies, hearts, white space and die cutting/partial die cutting!

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You can see that I “Shaped My Love” in several ways on this card.

I used a Happy Little Stampers Butterfly Die to create a mask and to do some partial die cutting.

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  1. I rounded the top left corner of my card.shapeyourlove5
  2. I added heart shapes to fill in the body of the butterfly. To accomplish this, I die cut some removable sticky label and masked off a butterfly and then stamped hearts in the negative area of the mask.shapeyourlove3_edited-1
  3.  Then, I double stamped (in red and then in black) over the hearts, and inside the mask, with one of the butterfly stamps from Butterfly Birthday.  Butterfly Birthday

4. I lightly inked up the butterfly stamp in red and stamped over the hearts.

5 . Then, I inked the edges of the stamp in black and stamped again.

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6. Next, I partially die cut the butterfly.shapeyourlove4_edited-1

7. I stamped the sentiment with a stamp from HLS’ Thinking of You.

Thinking of You

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I hope that you have been inspired to play along with us this game. Make sure you stop by AAA Cards and visit all of the design team members blogs.

Thanks for stopping by!
Grace & Peace,
Melissa

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Chasing Mojo with Sweet Kobylkin – CASEing Ashwini

Hi! I’m back again Chasing Mojo with Sweet Kobylkin. 🙂 This is a great idea that Ksenija had to help us get back into the creative mode after Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. I’ve been having a lot of fun CASEing multiple cards from those offered up at Sweet Kobylin.

I’ve been so inspired by many of the cards and would love to CASE them all! I wonder, is it possible?

For my card is this post I CASEd the lovely and unique one by Ashwini. I always seem to come across her beautiful creations and have admired them for quite some time. Have you visited her inspiring blog, Experiments With Card Making Etc?  If not, please do!

Here’s my CASE:

slide02How I made this card:

  1. I started by creating my own stencil with some new Sizzix Butterfly dies. Iwas happy to try a variety of new techniques with these dies. Sizzix Thinlits Die Set Butterflies, Intricate, Pack of 8(These dies were part of my “Welcome Goodie Bag” from last Summer’s Happy Little Stampers inaugural retreat in Swindon.  Sizzix was one of the generous sponsors of the retreat. If you have a chance, you should go to the next HLS retreat! 🙂 )
  2. I applied blue and green inks through the stencil, removed the stencil and allowed the ink to dry overnight.
  3. After the ink dried, I added yellow watercolor paints around the butterflies, using a wet on wet technique.slide01
  4. Next, I die cut some of the intricate butterflies out of removal sticky label.
  5. After the panel was again dry, I re-positioned the stencil onto the panel and added the intricate butterfly die cuts into the negative spaces.slide1
  6. Using a paintbrush, I applied white acrylic paint through the butterflies.
  7. I added the sentiment and splattered on some brown watercolor paint.
  8. Finally, I added white gel pen around the sentiment and adhered some enamel dots. (I LOVE Ashwini’s rhinestones!)

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

Grace & Peace,
Melissa

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{Mixed Media Tutorial} Melissa Makes a Hopeful Sign – Tutorial for January 20, 2017

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Hi! I here to share that I have a new Mixed Media Tutorial up over at the STAMPlorations Blog today. I made a plaque/sign for the wall in my soon-to-be new home in Maine!

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Please go on over and visit the STAMPlorations blog to see all of the details. I hope you enjoy seeing the process I used to make it.

I have a fun discount code for you! Shery, of STAMPlorations, has generously given me a code to share with you.

Use COUPON code STAMPGIRLMELISSA and receive 20% OFF at STAMPlorations!

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

I hope you enjoy the tutorial and look forward to reading your comments over at the blog!

Grace & Peace,

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P.S. Here’s the coupon code again. There’s no expiration, as long as I’m a STAMPlorations Girl, this code will be valid.

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Chasing Mojo with Sweet Kobylkin – CASEing LauraJane

Hi! I’m back again Chasing Mojo with Sweet Kobylkin. 🙂 This is a great idea that Ksenija had to help us get back into the creative mode after Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. I’ve been having a lot of fun CASEing multiple cards from those offered up at Sweet Kobylin.

I’ve been so inspired by many of the cards and would love to CASE them all! I wonder, is it possible?

For this card I CASEd the beautiful blue floral creation of LauraJane. Have you visited her lovely blog, AHIAF? You should!

Here’s my CASE:

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Grace & Peace,

Melissa

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