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STAMPlorations Giving Thanks Blog Hop

STAMPlorations Giving Thanks Blog Hop
It's time for the third annual Giving Thanks Blog Hop & Wishlist Linky Party with STAMPlorations!  We're focusing on gratitude themed cards and using the STAMPlorations product line.  Full details can be found on the STAMPlorations blog. You should have arrived here from Deepti's blog! For my design, I used a STAMPlorations tag die for my sentiment focused design.  I started with some washi tape I had in my stash and adhered three lines of it to the lower portion of the card base.  I then die cut the tag using .  I then stamped the STAMPlorations Thy Goodness sentiment in black ink on a piece of kraft cardstock and popped it up on the tag using foam adhesive.  I applied a dot of gold Stickles to the sun in the upper right corner. I finished the design by popping up the assembled tag on the card base.  That's it!  A clean and simple gratitude of design! Now it's time to head on over to Carol's blog as you continue on the hop!

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CASology SHARP

CASology SHARP
It's Tuesday and time for a new cue word over at CASology!  The gallery this week should end up looking rather sharp... This word has more than one definition, thanks to the English language.  My thoughts took me to pencils and school.  DS1 has loved to sharpen pencils since he was in kindergarten!  At our house, we don't have to worry about dull pencils setting around.  Now that he's older, he does like the mechanical ones, but still can't resist sharpening those "old fashioned" yellow pencils if given the opportunity!  I couldn't resist putting a yellow pencil on my card design for this week. I stamped both the pencil and mouse images (Neat & Tangled) with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then colored them with Copic markers.  I stamped the "teacher" onto the pencil.  The longer sentiment was stamped in Versafine black ink directly on a piece of grid decorative paper (A Muse Studio) that I'd die cut into a stitched rectangle (A Muse Studio). The pencil and mouse were then popped upon the main panel with foam adhesive. Once assembled, the main panel was popped up on the white cardstock base using more foam adhesive.  With the school year now in full swing, this card will most likely find a recipient soon! I hope you'll take some time to visit the design team members' blogs this week if you have the time!  They've been working so hard each week to create inspiration for the challenges!
Melissa Chipperfield (You are here.)
  Be sure and link up your own SHARP entry on the CASology blog by Monday at NOON (CST) for your chance to be our next winner or honorable mention!

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A Blog Named Hero Copy a Designer Challenge

A Blog Named Hero Copy a Designer Challenge
Happy Monday!  It's time for a brand new challenge over at A Blog Named Hero and this month we're CASE-ing the cards of the design team!  I chose to CASE Michelle Lupton's card from the October 8th post. Neat & Tangled is our sponsor and I used some of their adorable little mice images from the Schoolhouse set to create this design.  I started by stenciling the background with the Neat & Tangled Hexastar stencil and Hero Arts Soft Pink ink.  The two mice were stamped and colored with Copic Markers (C3, C5, R20) before being die cut with the coordinating dies.  I cut a simple banner from a piece of black cardstock and then stamped the sentiment (from Hero Arts' Everyday Sayings set) in white ink.  The little heart (Better Together set) was stamped with the same pink ink as the stenciled area and embellished with Glossy Accents. The mice and the banner were popped up with foam adhesive on the card base for dimension.  I just love these little mice! I hope you'll play along with us this month for your chance to win the prize!  You can check out all the challenge details over at A Blog Named Hero!
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A Muse Studio November Sneak Peeks: Day 3!

A Muse Studio November Sneak Peeks:  Day 3!
It's Day Three of the A Muse Studio November Sneak Peeks! Today, I'm sharing a one layer card which uses a combination of two of the new sets, Mini Messages and Mug Life.  The mug was stamped in black ink directly on the card base.  The heart image was stamped next in Sage ink.  I then stamped the little sentiment in black on top of the heart.  The design was done!  Talk about a super simple winter card! Now it's time to get your wish list finalized for tomorrow's new release!  Are you excited?!

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A Muse Studio November Sneak Peeks: Day 2!

A Muse Studio November Sneak Peeks:  Day 2!
It's time for another sneak peek of the A Muse Studio November Collection! Today, I am showcasing a set called Holiday Trimmings!  I decided to do a non-traditional look with this one.  Chalkboard, anyone?! I brushed some white ink on Onyx Cardstock to create the chalkboard look after cutting a stitched main panel with a die from the Tag Bundle Die Set.  The pine images, snowflakes and sentiment (Wishing You the Merriest set) were then stamped in white ink.  I added some clear Twinkles as embellishments and then popped up the finished main panel with foam adhesive for dimension. One more sneak peek tomorrow and then Friday is the big release day!  Get that wish list started!

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A Muse Studio November Sneak Peeks: Day 1!

A Muse Studio November Sneak Peeks:  Day 1!
The A Muse Studio November Collection Sneak Peeks are beginning today and the new release is scheduled to go live in the online store this Friday!  You're going to love this new collection!  Promise. For my sneak peek today, I'm sharing a design using the new Mug Life set.  I stamped the mug image on a piece of Cherry Herringbone decorative paper with black ink and then used the coordinating die to cut it out.  I stamped SANTA on the mug to reserve it for the jolly guy.  I place a piece of Red Dot Mesh Washi Tape (part of the upcoming new release) across the Sugar Cardstock card base and then stamped the small sentiment below it in black.  The cookies were created using Toffee Cardstock and a 1-inch circle punch.  I stamped a snowflake on each one and then used a Silver Wink of Stella Brush Marker to add a little frosting sparkle.  The mug and cookies were then popped up along the washi tape with foam adhesive for dimension. Stay tuned for more sneak peeks tomorrow and Thursday!  Prepare to be amazed.

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Jump Start the Holidays Hop with Hero Arts

Jump Start the Holidays Hop with Hero Arts
It's time to get hopping on the Jump Start the Holidays Hop with Hero Arts!  You should have arrived here from Kimberly's blog. We at A Blog Named Hero are joining Hero Arts and Lea Lawson as she celebrates her month-long Comeback Party and creating holiday cards (including Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, etc)!  Lea began her party on October 7, so you'll want to visit her blog to check out all the fun that's been happening already this month! There is a $25 gift certificate up for grabs, so be sure and hop and comment on all the blogs on the hop by Friday, November 10, at 11:59 PST! I chose to use the Hero Arts Tree Trunks background stamp (S5477) as the foundation for my clean & simple design.  I created a square 5x5 card and die cut a stitched square main panel before stamping the tree trunks in black ink.  I stamped a little trio of leaves from the Hero Arts Fresh Herbs set, sprinted them with a little Heidi Swapp Teal Color Shine Spray and, once dry,  individually cut them out before popping them up on the main panel with foam adhesive.  I cut a narrow strip of white cardstock and stamped the three small words from the Hero Arts Color Layering Koi set in black.  This little piece was then popped up with foam adhesive over the trees. The assembled main panel was then popped up on the card base using foam adhesive. Now it's time to head on over to Michelle's blog to continue on the hop!  If you want to see the full list or need to start from the beginning, visit the Hero Arts blog!

Have a fabulous Friday!

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Honey Bee Stamps Bear Hug

Honey Bee Stamps Bear Hug
Time is not being kind in our house.  It feels like the calendar continues to eat up the weeks and I realized yesterday that Halloween is only 2.5 weeks away and then we head on into the holiday season.  Thanksgiving is at our house this year, so I need to start planning! Today, I'm sharing a clean & simple card which uses the polar bear from Honey Bee Stamps' Flakey Friends stamp set.  The little bow tie is die cut using some decorative paper I had in my neglected paper stash.  The bear was stamped in black ink directly onto the card base.  I added a little pop of color to the polar bear's cheeks with a pink Copic marker.  The die cut bow tie us patterned paper. I'm not going to write a lot today with my to do list calling.  It's the beginning of school conferences this week and then company prep for the weekend!

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A Blog Named Hero October Critter Challenge

A Blog Named Hero October Critter Challenge
Happy first week of October!  Can you believe it's already here?! It's time for a new challenge over at A Blog Named Hero and we're digging out all those cute critters in our stashes!  With Lawn Fawn collaborating with us this month, it's a piece of cake to find such things in my own personal stash!  Love their critters! I started my design by die cutting the main panel with the Stitched Journaling Card Die from Lawn Fawn.  I then stamped the Hero Arts Tree Trunks (S5477) image on the main panel with Memento London Fog gray ink.  I then die cut a heart out of the center using the heart die from the Lawn Fawn Stitched Party Banners Die set.  The little squirrel was stamped and colored with Copic markers before being cut out.  The apple was also stamped and colored with Copic markers.  Both of these stamps are from Lawn Fawn's Forest Feast set.  I added a little Crystal Effects to the apple for shine.  The sentiment was stamped in black and framed with a simple banner die from the same Stitched Journaling Card Die set used for the main panel.  Once all the design elements were ready, I popped them all up using foam adhesive for dimension. I hope you'll join us this month as we create with critters!  There are so many adorable images out there and I'm sure you have a few somewhere in your stash!
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A Muse Studio October Collection New Release!

A Muse Studio October Collection New Release!
Happy Monday!  I wonder if you've had time to check out the A Muse Studio new release yet?  If not, you'll want to go take a look at all the new things in the online store!  There's some fantastic winter/holiday themed goodness with this release! I thought I'd group a few card designs together for today's post to showcase some of the fun ways to use the little trees in the new release! For my first design, I used three different tree images stamped in the same Grass ink color and cut out with the coordinating dies.  I used a stitched rectangle die (Tag Bundle Die Set) to create the main panel and attached the trees to the main panel using foam adhesive.  The sentiment was stamped in black below the tree images.  The assembled main panel was then attached to the card base using more foam adhesive.   For my second design, I used the tree from the Season's Tweetings die set, cutting out a little tree from some Fern Felt. I glued this directly onto the main panel, which was die cut using a stitched rectangle die from the Tag Bundle Die Set.  The simple sentiment is from the Pining for You set and was stamped in black ink below the felt tree.  I then added three clear sequins to complete the design on the main panel.  The assembled main panel was then popped up on the Sugar cardstock base using foam adhesive. My final design combines the Pining for You and Season's Tweetings sets to create a winter themed card. I stamped the penguin in black Memento ink and added a touch of red with a Copic marker before cutting it out with a coordinating die.  A trio of overlapping trees was stamped on the card base and then the penguin was popped up on top of them using foam adhesive.  A simple sentiment was added in Versafine black ink and then three clear sequins were added as embellishments. So many cute critters and wonderful holiday images in this new release!  I'll be back with more October Collection inspiration this week, but for now, be sure and visit the A Muse Studio blog and Instagram page for more inspiration!

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Honey Bee Stamps Die Cut Thanks

Honey Bee Stamps Die Cut Thanks
Hello!  I'm back with a little Honey Bee Stamps inspiration using a word die on a clean & simple design! I used a white 5x5 cardbase for this design.  A piece of white cardstock was cut into a 4x4 size and then the stitched square was die cut in the middle of it using one of the dies in the Honey Bee Stamps' Double Stitched Square Die set.  Rather than using the middle square from the resulting cut, I used the outer stitched frame.  I then cut a 4x4 square from a piece of kraft cardstock and adhered then stamped multiple leaves from the Bushel and a Peck stamp set in white on it.  Once those were dry, I adhered the narrow white frame directly to the kraft piece.  Next, I die cut the word twice.  The Thanks die comes with two dies, one is bold and thick.  The second die is more of a script font and much more delicate.  I die cut the bolder one in black and the delicate on in kraft and then glued them together.  I used foam adhesive to adhere the assembled word to the main panel.  The finished design was then adhered to the card base using more foam adhesive to give the overall design some nice dimension. I don't know about you, but autumn weather somehow makes me reach for kraft cardstock.  Loving this change when creating designs this time of year!  I'm sure I'll ease back to completely white designs as the snow begins to fly, but I'm enjoying the warmth that kraft cardstock brings to designs!

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A Muse Studio October Sneak Peeks: Day 3

A Muse Studio October Sneak Peeks:  Day 3
Hello, everyone!  I'm back today during the third and final day of sneak peeks for the A Muse Studio October Release!  Tomorrow is release day!  Do you have your wish list finalized?! For today's card design, I used the new Peace Die in a clean and simple way to create a holiday card.  To begin, I die cut a stitched tag using a die from the Tag Bundle Die Set.  Next, I grabbed a piece of watercolor paper and spritzed a little water on an acrylic block, adding a Grass reinker to add color.  I squished the watercolor paper on top of the wet acrylic block and then allowed the paper to dry before die cutting the word with the Peace Die.  Once dry, a little sparkle was added with a clear Wink of Stella brush marker.  I die cut the word again near the bottom of the tag and then set the watercolor paper into the space.  I used the letter centers from the white tag to fill in the spaces in the centers of the letters.  To keep the die cut word flush with the tag, I simply attached it a little piece of cardstock to the back of the tag and glued the die cut pieces to that.  Finally, I stamped one of the cute little birds from the Season's Tweetings set, colored it with Copic markers and cut it out before popping it up with foam adhesive to add a little dimension. The assembled main panel was then adhered to the white card base using additional foam adhesive.  Another quick and easy holiday card design that could so easily be mass produced!  Be sure and head over to the A Muse Studio blog today to see even more inspiration from the design team and leave a comment!

GIVEAWAY!

Then, be sure and visit the A Muse Studio Instagram feed to participate in today's giveaway which includes not one, but THREE, word dies (noel, peace & merry)!  Perfect for all those winter/holiday projects you have brewing! One last thing before I sign off!  Be sure and check out the Halloween sale going on while waiting for tomorrow's new release!  October begins this Sunday!  Can you believe it?!  

Have a wonderful Thursday!

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