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Honey Bee Stamps Clean & Simple Beauty

Honey Bee Stamps Clean & Simple Beauty
I'm sharing a clean and simple design featuring products from Honey Bee Stamps today!  Personally, I tend to prefer blues and greens in life.  I decided to do a monochromatic design featuring just a little pop of soft, pretty blue. I used one of the dies in the A2 stitched rectangle die set to create the main panel.  The floral image was stamped in a light gray and the I added two separate sentiments in black ink.  I layered blue and silver sequins and then glued them to the main panel.  The assemble main panel was then adhered to the white card base using foam adhesive for dimension. Honey Bee Stamps has such beautiful fonts for their sentiments and the florals pair very well with them!  Being a clean & simple crafter, I love how well this uncolored image works on this design! The leaves on the very tops of the trees are really starting to turn yellow!  I can't help but wonder if we'll have an early onset of winter this year.  Only time will tell.  I'm not much of a winter person, so this time of year I'm usually trying to talk myself into the idea that soon mittens and boots will be a part of everyday life and only color in the landscape will be brown.  That just means I will be bringing store bought flowers inside to look at and most likely find myself lost in my craft room a little more than in the warmer months as I seek out color!  What about you?  Are you love winter or does the thought of it bring a feeling of melancholy?

Have a wonderful Thursday!

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CASology CAKE

CASology CAKE
It's Tuesday and time for a brand new CASology cue!  Let them eat cake!  Cake is such a lovely thing...as long as it's white.  Just a personal preference of mine! I envisioned a triangular piece of moist white cake and decided to mask a triangle and go for a geometric card design this week!  The big, bold sentiments are from Uniko Studio and worked quite well with the crisp lines of the triangle. After masking the triangle, I added a little gold shimmer using a gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine spray.  I love how interest can be added with a little simple sparkle or shine!  This is a very simple, one-layer design! I hope you'll take a little time to visit the design team member and guest designer blogs this week!  They've gone and done it again, providing wonderful inspiration for this week's challenge!
Melissa Chipperfield (You are here.)
 

Then, be sure and link up your own CAKE entry on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT)!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Honey Bee Stamps Sending Sunshine

Honey Bee Stamps Sending Sunshine
Have you seen the Limited Edition set from Honey Bee Stamps that was designed specifically for the Ellen Hutson "United We Flourish" event?!  I created a design today using it and it's such a fantastic set with coordinating dies! I used the sun from the Partly Cloudy die set to cut a circular shape out of a strip of white cardstock.  I then used Distress Inks to blend ink onto the negative die cut sun shape and stamped a smaller sentiment (from the Sending Sunshine stamp set) in black in the center.  I removed the thin outline of the sun (this is actually the intended sun shape from the die) and placed the colored center back into the line up.  There are three loose pieces in the lineup and I used foam adhesive to adhere them to the card base.  I then die cut the large script sentiment from black cardstock, using a word die from the Sending Sunshine die set.  The sentiment was adhered directly on top of the popped up strip, leaving portions of it hanging off the edge.  A little cloud was die cut using another of the dies from the Partly Cloudy die set and popped up over the other design elements with more foam adhesive.  To finish, three little star sequins from the Hollywood sequin mix were added. This design was pretty easy to put together once I knew what I was doing in my mind!  I had played around with a couple other designs before this, but this one satisfied my clean and simple tendencies! We're gearing up for another exciting new release the week of September 17th, so you'll want to mark your calendars!  I'll tell you there are a lot of lovely autumn images on their way!  As usual, I'll be sharing sneak peeks here and on Instagram that week as we build up to the new release and blog hop that will happen on Friday, September 22! I hope you're having a wonderful Thursday!  We're still adjusting to school schedules and finishing up yearly check ups for family members this week!  Summer is definitely wrapping up, but with the cooler months ahead, there is plenty of prep work to be done!   Continue Reading...

CASology EDUCATION

CASology EDUCATION
It's Tuesday and time for a new cue word challenge over at CASology! With school back in session for most people, education is our focus this week!  I went back to early childhood in my mind, remembering learning my abc's and that classic alphabet song that children still sing today!  DD loves to paint at school and started painting the letters of her name last week! I couldn't resist using another on over Love Cynthia's adorable little girl stamp sets to create this design!  These images remind me so much of my daughter and I plan to give this card to one of her teachers when the opportunity arises during the school year! I stamped the little girl in black ink, colored it with Copic markers and fussy cut it.  The stitched main panel is a rectangle die from Honey Bee Stamps.  I lined up the three letters on my acrylic block and added to a different color ink to each one before stamping them.  The c smudged a bit and gave me the idea to smudge them all a little using a water brush!  I then added a little splattered ink using the same water brush.  What 4-year-old ever paints perfectly, anyway?!  After the ink was dry, I added a touch of sparkle with a clear overlay Spectrum Noir brush pen. The main panel was then attached to the card base using foam adhesive for dimension.  The little girl was also attached to the card base with foam adhesive, overlapping the main panel and lined up so it looks like she is busy painting the letter a. I hope you'll visit the design team member's on their blogs this week and leave them a little blog love!  They've created some wonderful inspiration again this week!
Melissa Chipperfield (You are here.)
  Then, be sure and link up your own EDUCATION entry on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT)!

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A Blog Named Hero September One Layer Challenge

A Blog Named Hero September One Layer Challenge
It's time for a new challenge over at A Blog Named Hero!  This month, we're collaborating with CAS-ual Fridays and the theme is one-layer! I used the CAS-ual Fridays Full on Floral background stamp along with Hero Arts Luggage Tag Alpha to create this clean and simple design.  I masked an area on the card center and then stamped the background image in black ink.  The simple sentiment was stamped in black directly on top of the background image.  I then used Copic markers to selectively add a little pop of color. Being a clean and simple kind of gal, I just love one-layer cards!  This particular design could be easily modified by changing the sentiment or the colors! I hope you'll join us this month over at A Blog Named Hero!  We'd love to see your one-layer designs in our gallery and by linking up, you have a chance at winning the prize!

Have a marvelous Monday!

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Honey Bee Stamps Hexagon Hello

Honey Bee Stamps Hexagon Hello
Yet another week is flying by and it's already Thursday!  Looking back on our family's August calendar, it's absolutely no wonder!  Autumn has to be quieter...right?! Today, I'm sharing a clean and simple design using some of Honey Bee Stamps' product line.  I used one of the dies from the Hexagon Bunches die set as the focal point of the design.  After cutting the cluster of hexagons, I spritzed a few hexagons with three different color Heidi Swapp Color Shine sprays.  I glued the outline of the hexagon cluster directly to the card base and then used foam adhesive behind each of the dried hexagons to pop them up, giving the card dimension.  The simple hello sentiment was added in black ink just below the cluster of hexagons.  The spritzes add both shimmer and texture to the design. It's on to a full weekend of friends and family for us.  Thank goodness for a long holiday weekend before we head back to school and work next week!

Have a wonderful Thursday!

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CASology SQUARE’d

CASology SQUARE’d
It's Tuesday and time for a brand new cue word over at CASology! I immediately cut a 5x5 square card.  No clever thinking for me this week!  The adorable little girl is from Love Cynthia.  I just adore her stamps right now!  I colored the image with Copic markers after framing it with a Stitched Squares die from Simon Says Stamp.  I applied a little glamorous glitter to her glasses using a clear Wink of Stella brush marker.  The sentiment is from the same company.  I added three silver star sequins (A Muse Studio) as embellishments and then popped up the main panel with foam dots for dimension. I hope you'll go say hello to the design team members on their blogs this week!  They've created some fantastic SQUARE inspiration for you!
Melissa Chipperfield (You are here.)
  Then, don't forget to link up your own clean & simple SQUARE design by Monday at NOON (CDT) for a chance to be a CASology guest designer for one of our future challenges!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Honey Bee Stamps Winter Wishes

Honey Bee Stamps Winter Wishes
I'm not much of a winter person to begin with and I'm not really feeling any serious kind of autumn/winter creativity kicking in quite yet, but for some reason, I had a winter card design idea hit me while brainstorming for today's Honey Bee share! My eyes settled on Honey Bee Stamps' Cloud Borders dies and I started playing.  I ended up using three different cloud dies from the set on a 3x3 piece of white cardstock, leaving them snuggled together after being cut.  I glued them all to a second piece of 3x3 cardstock and then added a little shimmer with some white Heidi Swapp Color Shine spray.  Next, I stamped the little top hat from the Flakey Friends set in black and added a little holly berry & leaf accent, applying a touch of red Stickles to the berries.  The assembled hat was popped up on the main panel using foam adhesive for dimension.  The simple sentiment was stamped in black directly onto the main panel.  Three clear sequins were added as embellishments and then the finished main panel was popped up on a 5x5 card base. I had the Frosty the Snowman song skipping through my mind as I made this!  Snow can stay away for now, but this card did make me smile!

Enjoy the rest of your week!

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A Muse Studio September Sneak Peek, Day 3

A Muse Studio September Sneak Peek, Day 3
It's the final day of the September Collection sneak peeks over at A Muse Studio!  That means tomorrow is Release Day!  Are you excited?! Today, we're featuring the Eat, Drink & Be Thankful set.  I decided to create a simple tag to highlight the wonderful, large sentiment included in this set.  The tag was created using the tag die that is included in the Tag Bundle die set.  I stamped the pretty sentiment in French Roast ink and then added two little orange twinkle stickers and Vanilla twine as embellishments. So simple, but I am envisioning this little tag being put to use for Thanksgiving festivities! Head on over to the A Muse blog and be sure to leave a comment on the sneak peek posts for your chance to win!  Then, get that wish list ready for tomorrow!  Happy shopping!  I'll be back with more new release inspiration, so be sure and stop by here on my blog over the next few days!

Have a wonderful Thursday!

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A Muse Studio September Sneak Peek, Day 2

A Muse Studio September Sneak Peek, Day 2
It's Day Two of Sneak Peeks for the A Muse Studio September Collection!  Today, we're featuring the Fierce stamp set, once that's full of encouraging words in beautiful fonts! I used the fantastic Pinking Circles dies to frame the sentiment, overlapping two pieces to reveal a little pop of pink behind the top white layer.  The pumpkin was stamped directly on pink cardstock and cut out before being popped up with foam adhesive.  I added a little heart in pink ink, embossing with clear embossing powder to add a little shine. I just love the pretty fonts in this set and I think you'll agree once you see all the unique sentiments included in it this Friday!  Stop back tomorrow for a sneak peak of the third stamp set releasing Friday.  You won't be disappointed!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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A Muse Studio September Sneak Peek, Day 1

A Muse Studio September Sneak Peek, Day 1
It's release week over at A Muse Studio!  The September Collection will become available this Friday and we're sharing three days of sneak peeks to gear up for release day! Today, I'm sharing a peek at the new Hello Pumpkin set!  Using a monochromatic color scheme, I used gold embossing powder & star sequins to add a little interest and shine to the design. I stamped each pumpkin in black ink and cut them out.  The gold embossing powder was applied to the spots on one and then I popped up the trio of pumpkins using foam adhesive.  The sentiment was added in black and three gold star sequins were used as embellishments. I love black and gold together and those spots on the pumpkins were just crying out for a little gold accenting!  Stay tuned for another sneak peek tomorrow of a brand new sentiment set.  You'll love it, especially with October right around the corner!

Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday!

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CASology BUD

CASology BUD
It's Tuesday and time for a brand new cue word again over at CASology! Kitty Bee Designs is returning as our sponsor and many of the design team are using images from the online store! I used the adorable Bamboo Plant Panda digital image to create my clean & simple design.  I had a leftover frame from a past project that I'd used Distress Oxide inks on and used it to frame my main image and sentiment, gluing it directly onto the main panel.  The panda was colored with Copic markers and a little sparkle was added to the heart with a clear Wink of Stella brush marker.  The simple sentiment is from an A Muse Studio set and is stamped in black.  I added the period with a fine tipped black marker.  The panda was popped up with foam adhesive as was the assembled main panel. I hope you'll take some time to visit the design team member blogs as well as our guest designer's blog!  They've created some wonderful inspiration and would love to hear from you!

Melissa Chipperfield (You are here.)
  Don't forget to link up your own BUD creation on the CASology challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT) for your chance to win the prize from Kitty Bee Designs!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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