STAMPlorations 5th Birthday

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Hi! Thanks for stopping by for a visit. I’m very happy to be here as today’s featured designer for STAMPlorations 5th Birthday celebration.

Up for your CASEing enjoyment, I have 3 old projects and several new projects for you.

 

Check out all of the fun!

On top of all of that…….use my coupon code, STAMPGIRLMELISSA, and get an EXTRA 20% off.

Shery asked me to showcase 3 of my favorite projects.

But, wow! Picking only three was tough. So tough that I decided to add a new page to my blog.

When you are finished here please check out my STAMPlorations Products Projects.

Melissa’s Favorite STAMPlorations Project #1 – Card for Bloomtangled Cover Plate Die Release – March 2018

(You can click on the project photos to be taken to the original post for project #1 or to the tutorials for projects #2 & #3.)

 Melissa’s Favorite STAMPlorations Project #2 – Gift Card Holder

Melissa’s Favorite STAMPlorations Project #3 – Artist Trading Card Holder

I also have some new projects to share with you. I have been enjoying the new Bloomtangled cover plate dies and have made some cards with Bloomtangled Cover Plate #1.

   For this first set of cards above I used a paper die cut and also the die itself as a stencil/template for two different water-coloring techniques. I’ll share more information about those techniques in a tutorial at a later date.

For now, here’s a closer look at the cards.

For this second set of cards, I made a homemade stamp by die cutting fun foam with the cover plate die.

I glued the die-cut foam to a block of wood. See the stamp above in the middle row on the right? The foam was originally white, but as you can see, it was stained red by the last color of ink that I stamped.

Here’s a closer look at the home made stamp.

 When I started stamping I knew that I wanted to stamp in clear embossing ink and colored ink too. Since I could not easily wash my “stamp”, I stamped in embossing ink first and then moved on to the colored inks. For the finished card, above and in the center of the photo below, I stamped with embossing ink on water-color paper and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder and then water-colored with Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors.

I water colored this and the 2 cards below.

I was reluctant to cover any of the card fronts at all because the entire image is so pretty. I am happy with the “Happy Birthday” on the card above though. I may add sentiments to the front of the 2 below. I am not sure.

I stamped a bunch of colors so that I can try alcohol inks, water color pencils and other mediums. I water colored the 2 above, the red one with Zigs and the pink one with the Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors. In the photo below (in the top right corner), you can just see a peek of the a water color pencil colored card.

As you can see, the cover plate dies are incredibly versatile. I have used the die cuts themselves in a variety of ways, including to dry emboss with. The die can be as a template for water coloring and used to die cut a stamp as I did for the above projects. I am looking forward to lots of creative time with this die. I hope that you’ve been inspired to try something new and CASE one of my projects.

Remember to link up your wishlist – FIVE crafters will win products (up to $25 MSRP) in their wishlist!

CASE 1 of my projects and link up for a chance to win a $50 GC.

Check out the FLASH sales every Monday in June. Select products will be placed in the FLASH SALE category, where they will be 50% off automatically…no coupon code needed. Sale ends every Tuesday night 11:59 pm Pacific.

Also, every Wednesday to Sunday, all orders (no minimum) qualify for a free item (any in-stock 3×5 stamp or any word/phrase die (up to $10 value))

Thanks for stopping by!
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Products used on new projects:

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P. S. In addition to all of the great sales and prizes, don’t forget to use my coupon code to receive 20% off at the shop.

P.P.S. Click here to go to my STAMPlorations Products Projects page to see my slideshow. Although I don’t usually make Clean and Simple Projects for STAMPlorations, I have used STAMPlorations to make a lot of CAS cards. Please do check those out, along with lots of other fun cards, tags and mixed media projects.

Freebie Days

  • Every Wednesday to Sunday, all orders (no minimum) qualify for a free item (any in-stock 3×5 stamp or any word/phrase die (up to $10 value))

$5 Birthday Bash Surprise Bags (while supplies last)

  • Each bag contains the Handmade with Love stamp ($3 value) + 2 or 3 randomly picked previously released products (combination of dies, stencils, and/or 3×5/2×6/4×4/4×6 stamps) – total MSRP value of each bag is at least $20

50% Off Flash Sale

  • Every Monday: select products will be placed in the FLASH SALE category, where they will be 50% off automatically…no coupon code needed. Sale ends every Tuesday night 11:59 pm Pacific.

STAMPlorations Mixed Media Tutorial – With all Thine Heart Calendar

Hi! I’m here with a quick post to share that I have a new mixed media tutorial up at the STAMPlorations blog.

Please head on over there to see the process (double masking, lots of stenciling and messy fun!) that I used to make the calendar page below.

 

STAMPlorations™ BlogI used the following STAMPlorations products for this tutorial:

STAMPlorations: Trust in the Lord (Typografia In Faith)

I hope you enjoy seeing the process I used to create it and find it an to be an encouragement.

Thanks for stopping by!
Grace & Peace,

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P.S. Don’t forget to use my coupon code to receive 20% off at the shop.

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Melissa Makes a Christmas Gift Card Envelope – STAMPlorations Mixed Media Tutorial – December 2017

Hi!  Are you in need of a last minute Christmas gift or 2? Still feeling a little crafty? It’s not too late to make a beautiful and useful gift card holder! I’m sharing a new tutorial at STAMPlorations.
I hope that you enjoy seeing the process I used to create this gift card envelope.

Poinsettias always remind me of how much my eldest daughter loves anything Christmas, and especially poinsettias.  She is one of the 4 greatest and most memorable gifts my husband I have ever received.

I used the following STAMPlorations products for this tutorial:

Christmas Flower – STAMPlorations

Doily Squares – ARTplorations Stencil

I look forward to reading your comments  at the STAMP blog. Please head on over for the complete tutorial with step by step photos and instructions.

Merry Christmas!
 Thanks for stopping by!
Grace & Peace,
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Melissa Makes a Memory Verse Booklet – STAMPlorations Mixed Media Tutorial for November 24, 2017

Hi! I’m here to share another mixed media project with you today.  I hope you enjoy seeing the process I used to create this memory verse booklet. The tutorial is up! Please stop in over at the STAMPlorations blog to get all of the details. I hope you enjoy seeing the process I used to create it.
Hi!  I hope you enjoy seeing the process I used to create this memory verse booklet.
 I used the following STAMPlorations products for this tutorial:

I look forward to reading your comments over at the STAMP blog.

 Thanks for stopping by!
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{Mixed Media Tutorial} Melissa Makes a Cool Autumn Inspired Calendar – Mixed Media Tutorial for October 23, 2017

Hi! I’m here to share another mixed media calendar with you today.  The tutorial is up! Please stop in over at the STAMPlorations blog to get all of the details. I hope you enjoy seeing the process I used to create it.
 Here’s the mini calendar page that I made.

I used the following STAMPlorations products for this tutorial:

I look forward to reading your comments over at the STAMP blog.

 Thanks for stopping by!
Grace & Peace,
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