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CASology FLY

CASology FLY
It's Tuesday and time for a new cue word over on the CASology challenge blog!  We're FLYing this week with Rubber Dance Stamps as our sponsor! Week 255 - Fly I used one of the pretty birds from the A Little Birdie... set to create a simple thank you design.  I used white watercolor paper and splattered brown watercolor paint on it to create a simple neutral colored background.  Once dried, I stamped the bird image in black ink.  I kept things very clean and simple by not coloring the image at all!  The sentiment (from the Just A Note set) was stamped beside the bird in black and then three clear round drops were added as embellishments to add a little interest and dimension.  The assembled main panel was framed with black cardstock before being attached to the white card base using foam adhesive. I hope you'll take a little time this week to visit the design team member and guest designer blogs and leave a little blog love for them!  They've created yet another round of fantastic inspiration! DT Badge
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Don't forget to link up your own HOUSE creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT) for your chance to win the prize from Rubber Dance Stamps!  We can't wait to see what you create!

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A Muse Studio July Collection New Release Day!

A Muse Studio July Collection New Release Day!
It's here!  The A Muse Studio July Collection is now available in the online store!  Beautiful blooms abound!  Just take a look at these... I created a monochromatic collage on the design above using the leaf sprig silhouette from the new Summer Blooms set using Grass, Evergreen and Mermaid inks.  The wonderful, bold sentiment was stamped in black ink on top of the collage.  I mounted the main panel on a piece of Onyx cardstock to frame it a bit and the used foam adhesive to attach the assembled piece to the Sugar cardstock base. 2017 JulyCollection Melissa7 closeup For my next card design, I used the new Banner Sentiments set & coordinating Be Brave dies to accent a couple other stamp sets in the store. 2017 JulyCollection Melissa6 blog The bloom was stamped on Hibiscus cardstock with Hibiscus pigment ink and then embossed with clear embossing powder to give it a little shine.  The Hexagon Background and bee (from the Bee Happy set) were stamped in black ink.  The sentiment (Bee Happy set) and banner (Banner Sentiments set) were also stamped in black and cut out using a Banner Die.  The flower, bee, and banner were all popped up with foam adhesive to add dimension to the design.  The assembled main panel was framed with a piece of Onyx cardstock before being popped up on the Sugar cardstock base with foam adhesive. 2017 JulyCollection Melissa6 closeup I used the flower from the new Dear Friend set to create my next card. 2017 JulyCollection Melissa4 blog The flower is stamped in Hibiscus ink and cut out using the coordinating die.  The leaves are stamped in Grass ink onto a stitched tag from the Tag Bundle Die Set.  Then sentiment and line of grass are both from the Be Brave stamp set.  The assembled tag is popped up on the Sugar cardstock base using foam adhesive for dimension. 2017 JulyCollection Melissa4 closeup Be sure and check out the A Muse Studio Instagram page as you can get this pretty Dear Friend set for FREE ($2 shipping, USA only) by following A Muse on Instagram, liking the giveaway photo and tagging two friends!  Easy as that! I hope you love this new release as much as I do!  There are so many pretty blossoms and they are perfect for these warm summer months!  I'll be back over the next few days with even more new release inspiration, so stay tuned!

Have a fantastic Friday!

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CASology HOUSE

CASology HOUSE
It's Tuesday and time for a brand new cue word over at CASology!  This week, we're exploring a common word with lots of possibilities! Week 254 - House Rubber Dance Stamps is sponsoring us this week and I used an image from their Textured Houses stamp set to create my clean & simple design! 2016 Rubber Dance logo The main panel was created using a stitched rectangle die from the A Muse Studio Tag Bundle die set.  I watercolored a simple background in soft blue and green using pearlescent watercolors.  Once dry, the houses were stamped in black ink.  I stamped the heart image (from the Beautiful Words set) in red before fussy cutting it and popping it up with a foam dot.  I added a touch of sparkle with a clear Wink of Stella brush marker.  The finished main panel was attached to the card base using foam dots. Be sure and check out what the design team members and our guest designer created this week to inspire! DT Badge
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Guest Designer:  Sue

Don't forget to link up your own HOUSE creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT)!  We can't wait to see what you create!

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A Muse Studio July Collection Sneak Peek!

A Muse Studio July Collection Sneak Peek!
Excitement is in the air as we gear up for the release of the A Muse Studio July Collection!  This Friday will be the big day and you are going to love this beautiful collection of new products! logo Today, I'm sharing a card using the new Summer Blooms set, a gorgeous collection of floral images with coordinating dies to match! I wanted to make a pocket with flowers peeking out and the Chevron Pennant Duo dies were perfect for the idea!  I used the smaller of the two dies, scoring and folding over the top of it before adding a line of pretty pink, polka dotted paper tape (also releasing this Friday!).  I stamped the flowers in Hibiscus, Melon, Cotton Candy inks & the leaf sprigs in Evergreen ink before die cutting them with the coordinating dies for the new stamp set.  The sentiment was stamped in Versafine Onyx Black ink on the pocket.  I then layered the flowers behind the pocket, attaching the pocket to the Sugar card base with foam adhesive for dimension.  I finished the design by adding little white pearls to the flower centers as embellishments. 2017 JulyCollection Melissa1 closeup

I love the way this turned out!  Such a sweet, simple card and you could vary the colors of the flowers and tape, so easily for variety!  Be sure and visit the A Muse Studio blog today and the next two days, leaving comments each day for your chance to win!

Stop back tomorrow for another sneak peek of the July Collection new release!

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CASology INSECTS

CASology INSECTS
It's Tuesday and time for a brand new cue word over at CASology!  This week it's all about insects and what they make us think of! Week 252 - Insect I chose to use the ever adorable Cute as a Bug sets (Well Preserved Jars set and Party Elements set) by Clear & Simple Stamps to create this get well card.  I created the spider web using one of the thin line images and then added a little black bug, coating it with Crystal Effects for some shine.  The spider was stamped dangling from the top of the card.  I kept the color scheme black and white to keep it super clean and simple!  I added a black piece of cardstock behind the main panel to bring out the black a bit more.  I just love the font of the sentiment!  So classy! I hope you'll play along with us this week as we explore what this cue word makes everyone think of!  We're currently waiting for a praying mantis egg to hatch in our house as a summer project for the kids.  Truthfully, it kind of creeps me out, but I love seeing the excitement in at least two of the boys as they anticipate the arrival of these crazy creatures!  Amazing creatures, but so not my thing!  Eeek! The design team members and this week's guest designer would love to hear from you, so go give them a little virtual wave if you have time this week! DT Badge
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  Don't forget to link up your own INSECT creation on the challenge blog by Monday, June 12, at NOON (CDT)!  We can't wait to see what you create!

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A Blog Named Hero June Challenge

A Blog Named Hero June Challenge
It's the first Monday in June and we're starting a new challenge over at A Blog Named Hero, collaborating with the awesome Chibitronics!

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Interactive cards have an element of fun to them and Chibitronics lights are perfect for this month's theme!

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I used Chibitronics lights to light up the little robot on my clean and simple card!  (If you're not familiar with how these lights work, check out the Chibitronics How To page!)  So much fun and I can imagine a little boy being delighted to receive a birthday card like this one!  I know my three sons couldn't resisit pressing the robot's stars to get the three little lights to light up!  Please note that the robot is one that is a bit hard to find these days, but you could use any robots you have in your stash that have little lights drawn on them!

I hope you'll join us this month over at A Blog Named Hero for some interactive card fun!

Have a marvelous Monday!

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Honey Bee News!

Honey Bee News!
I can finally share some exciting news today!  I've been selected to join the Honey Bee Stamps social media design team!  Beginning the last week of June, I'll begin sharing lots of fun Honey Bee Stamps projects on social media and here on my blog! 2017 SocialMediaDT graphic   As you can imagine, I'm beyond thrilled!  I created a card for today's announcement using one of their adorable honey bee themed stamp sets!  I combined the adorable Build A Bee stamp set with a pretty sentiment from the Hooray set for this design. I masked the three lines with distress inks and then stamped the sentiment in black on the middle, yellow stripe.  The bee was stamped, colored with Copics and cut out using the die from the coordinating Build A Bee Honey Cuts.  I added vellum to the wings and then a little sparkle using a Spectrum Noir Clear Glitter Overlay marker.  After this was dry, the bee was popped up using foam adhesive to add a little dimension to the overall design.  Three gold sequins were added to finish. I'm looking forward to sharing crafty cards and projects using the fantastic Honey Bee Stamps product line!  There are so many fun things in the online store and the new design team is going to be such an inspiration! SaveContinue Reading...
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CASology Medicine

CASology Medicine
It's time for a brand new cue word over at CASology! Week 251 - Medicine The first thing that came to mind was the Mary Poppin's song, "A Spoonful of Sugar".  I didn't go with the sugar, but did use a spoon with medicine flowing from it!  I masked the flow of medicine, using Broken China Distress Oxide ink.  The spoon (Paper Smooches Healthy Vibes set) was stamped in black and then I paper pieced the medicine to match the masking.  The spoon was fussy cut and popped up with foam adhesive.  The sentiment was stamped in Black Versafine Ink to finish the design.  Super simple! Take a look at what the rest of the design team and this week's guest designer created for inspiration this week! DT Badge
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Guest Designer:  Gwendolyn

I hope you'll join us this week on the CASology blog for you chance to win the prize from Serendipity Stamps, our sponsor!  Don't forget to link up your creation by Monday at NOON (CDT)!

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A Muse Studio Seahorses!

A Muse Studio Seahorses!
Happy weekend!  It's a holiday one here in the U.S! Today, I'm sharing some adorable seahorses from the A Muse Studio June Collection new release!  They're included in the fantastic Let's Be Mermaids set. I die cut a circle on the Sugar cardstock card front using one of the dies from the Pinking Circles Die Set.  The sentiment was stamped in black ink below the die cut circle.  The seahorses were stamped and colored with a water brush and Papaya pigment ink.  The heart was stamped in Poppy ink and then both the heart and seahorses were cut out using the coordinating dies for the stamp set.  The glitter background was created using Mermaid glitter on a separate piece of cardstock.  A piece of clear cardstock was attached to the back of the card front.  The seahorses and heart were attached to the glittered cardstock with foam adhesive and three clear sequins were added.  The assembled piece was then attached to the back of the card front to create a little scene behind the clear cardstock covering the circle window. 2017 May Melissa2 closeup I love glitter and this particular color makes me smile!

Have a happy Saturday!  I'll be back soon with even more June Collection inspiration!

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A Muse Studio June Collection

A Muse Studio June Collection
Have you checked out the A Muse Studio June Collection yet in the online store?!  This new release is just adorable with a mermaid, narwhal, whale and other sea creatures just waiting to be inked up and used on those summer paper crafting projects! logo I had so much fun creating clean & simple designs with the new sets and thought I'd share a couple of them today!  For my first card, I used the two adorable fish from the Let's Be Mermaids set.  I cut a thin line for a wave using Mermaid cardstock and one of the Landscape Dies.  The fish were watercolored using a water brush and Ocean and Mermaid and Papaya pigment inks.  The fish we cut out using the coordinating dies for the stamp set and popped up with foam adhesive.  The sentiment was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and three Twinkle stickers were added as embellishments beneath the wave.  The finished main panel was popped up on the Sugar cardstock base. 2017 May Melissa8 closeup For my second card, I used the True Blue Friend set. 2017 May Melissa6 blog The whale was stamped in Ocean ink and cut out using the stamp set's coordinating dies.  I cut out a wave using Mermaid cardstock and one of the stitched Landscape Dies, trimming to fit the main panel.  I die cut the sentiment using the Hello word die and Polka Dot Papaya Cardstock.  A single clear Twinkle Sticker was added as the whale's eye before the whale was popped up using foam adhesive. 2017 May Melissa6 closeup The assembled main panel was popped up with foam adhesive on the Sugar cardstock base. I'll be back tomorrow with even more June Collection inspiration!

I hope you've had a fantastic Friday!

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A Muse Studio June Sneak Peek, Day Three

A Muse Studio June Sneak Peek, Day Three
It's the third and final day of sneak peeks for the A Muse Studio June Collection!  Be sure and head on over to the A Muse blog and leave a comment for your chance to win! Today, I'm sharing a punny clean & simple card with you.  I just love these seagulls and this card is super duper simple to make!  I simply stamped the birds with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Glitter White paper and then cut them out using the coordinating dies for this set.  The beaks were colored with an orange Copic marker.  I then popped up the birds with some foam adhesive for a little dimension and then stamped the sentiment in black ink. 2017 May Melissa1 closeup A little sparkle is always good in my book and this glitter paper is so easy to use on a card!  I can't wait to try it out on more designs soon! Get your wish list ready because tomorrow is the big day!  The entire new release will be available in the online store!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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