A Clean & Simple Muse

Here is it Thursday afternoon and I am finally sitting down to do some crafty computer things.  Play, if you will.  I’ve been busy playing with photos, playing with craftiness, playing with organizing, playing with chores…it’s all play if you look at it right!  I’m adjusting my sails and I have a feeling we’ll soon be back on the smooth waters that a summer routine provides.


I decided to play along with this week’s Muse Challenge.  I created a card, inspired by the colors, subtly stamped pattern & leaves and the little circular embellishments.  Of course, I had to go with a clean and simple design!

Stamps:  Verve
Paper:  SU cardstock (Pool Party)
Ink:  SU (Pool Party, Cherry Cobbler)
Accessories:  sequins, SU marker (Cherry Cobbler)

The grid pattern was stamped first and the single leaf second.  I inked up the sentiment in Pool Party ink and then used a Cherry Cobbler colored marker to add a little contrasting color to it before stamping it on the card base.  I added three tiny sequins for embellishments.  A one layer CAS card for a day of fun in the sun!

Here is the inspirational card provided by Therese Calvird:

It’s pizza at the park tonight since Pizza Hut has 1-topping larges on sale this week for $5.55!  You really can’t beat that for a quick and easy supper on a summer weekday!  No, not the healthiest, but balanced out with healthier food for other meals!  We’re back in smoothie mode around here!

Enjoy your evening!



  • Lisa Posted Friday, 06/14/2013 12:05 am

    Cute little card Melissa! I like th egrid pattern in the background. Pizza sounds yummy, haven't had it in a while!!

  • Tracey McNeely Posted Friday, 06/14/2013 12:59 am

    Melissa I love how you did your clean and simple magic on your Muse card. Beautiful. So glad you are taking a break from the kitchen tonight–enjoy!

  • Lynn Posted Friday, 06/14/2013 1:01 am

    Awesome CAS take on this challenge. I love it!

  • sally Posted Friday, 06/14/2013 5:10 am

    Beautiful, simple & you are still creating all the time….what mojo!


  • karen m Posted Friday, 06/14/2013 11:05 am

    Your card is gorgeous and I love your take on the challenge this week xx

  • Happy Dance Posted Friday, 06/14/2013 1:14 pm

    Simply beautiful. Sequins, ombre, grid, leaves. Lots of elements done perfectly minimalistically. I think you've got a winner here. Love this. Bev

  • Ardyth Percy-Robb Posted Friday, 06/14/2013 6:43 pm

    This is a fantastic take on the muse – I love how you stripped it down to the essentials! Thanks for playing along!

  • lostinpaper Posted Saturday, 06/15/2013 2:19 am

    Super fab CAS take on the inspiration, love the ombre sentiment!

  • sandie Posted Saturday, 06/15/2013 5:48 am

    Just fabulous take on the Muse card. I adore the CAS look, the pale grid pattern with the bright leaf is a perfect combo

  • lucyscraftycards Posted Saturday, 06/15/2013 2:09 pm

    Super card – I love your CAS take on the Muse card.

  • Lisa Posted Saturday, 06/15/2013 4:05 pm

    Hey girl go pay my blog a visit! I left you a little love over there!!!

  • Melissa Posted Saturday, 06/15/2013 5:44 pm

    I just did and I'm honored! *blush* 🙂

  • Deni(se) Posted Sunday, 06/16/2013 1:02 pm

    Like the way you pared the inspiration down to a few CAS essential. It's nice to make a card and not spend hours doing it. 😀 Great inspiration.

  • Darnell J Knauss Posted Monday, 06/17/2013 5:35 pm

    This is a wonderful CASlicious card, Melissa! Congratulations on the HM honor from MUSE!!

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