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CASology GLIMMER

CASology GLIMMER
It's Tuesday and time for a brand new CASology cue word!  This week, we're adding a little glimmer to our CAS designs!  So many ways to do this and I'm pretty sure the gallery will be beautiful! STAMPlorations, this week's sponsor, has an adorable winter themed set and I couldn't resist creating a design with a sparkly little igloo on it!  A die cut main panel dressed things up a bit and a very simple color scheme kept the overall design clean. I hope you'll take a little time to visit the guest designer and design team blogs this week!  We can all use a little happy hello now and then!
Melissa Chipperfield (You are here.)

Guest Designer:  Lisa

  Don't forget to link up your own GLIMMER creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CST) for your chance to win the prize!

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A Muse Studio Pizza Love

A Muse Studio Pizza Love
Now that the end-of-the-year holidays have come and gone, I appreciate the usual shift in thinking toward the next holiday, Valentine's Day.  I admit it's one of my favorites during any given year!  A Muse Studio has some of the cutest valentine images & products and I couldn't help using one of them for today's post! Family and friends know that I rarely turn down pizza and the little pizza image in the A Muse My Punny Valentine set called my name.  I decided to use kraft cardstock to go along with the warmth of the typical piece of pizza.  The main panel was die cut using the stitched triangle from the Tag Bundle Die Set.  The pizza image was stamped on Sugar (white) cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink before being colored with Copic markers.  It was then cut out using the coordinating die from the The simple coordinating sentiment was stamped with Versafine black ink and then the little pizza slice was popped up above it using foam adhesive. The assembled main panel was popped up on the card base using more foam adhesive and the design was complete! Have you started making any valentines yet?  You'll want to check out all the adorable images in this punny stamp set!  Perfect for kids' valentines too!

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CASology ENCOURAGEment

CASology ENCOURAGEment
Happy New Year! It's time for the first CASology challenge of 2018!  Everyone tends to make new year's resolutions, so we wanted to fill the gallery with encouragement this week!  We're also having a design team call, so if you love the thought of being a part of the CASology team as we head into 2018, be sure and go check out the detailsThe deadline for submitting applications is Friday, January 12! One of my personal resolutions is to send out more handmade cards this year.  I don't think I've ever met anyone who doesn't like a personal note in their mailbox.  People come to mind throughout the week and I need to be better at acting on those thoughts, grabbing a card, writing some encouraging words inside and sending them off in the mail!  Who knows what hidden struggles someone might be in the middle of and it never hurts to send a happy hello! For my design this week, I chose a very simple monochromatic design.  I went with a black and white color scheme and simply popped up the main image (Hero Arts) to add some subtle dimension.  Aligning everything diagonally also helps!   Please be sure and take some time to encourage the design team members on their personal blogs!  They contribute their time and talent each week to inspire our participants!
Melissa Chipperfield (You are here.)

Guest Designer:  Jen M.

Don't forget to link up your own ENCOURAGEMENT creation on the CASology blog by Monday at NOON (CST)!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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CASology KINDNESS

CASology KINDNESS
It's Tuesday and time for a brand new cue word over at CASology and this one happens to be the last one for 2017!  A kindness theme seemed to go along with the transition from one year to another, so we're filling the gallery with it and keeping the challenge open for TWO weeks to get us through the holiday season! I went with a thank you card design because when I think of kindness it involves generosity, not just with material things, but with the giving of smiles, a kind word or simply stepping in where needed.  We're all human and we can all use a little kindness in our lives as well as give a little of it to others! I stamped a Hampton Arts image (a two-step stamp set), using Stampin' Up's Crushed Curry yellow ink as the focal color.  The sentiment from STAMPlorations was then stamped in black ink and the design was complete!  How's that for a quick and easy one-layer thank you?!  My favorite kind! I hope you'll join us in sharing a little kindness as we close out the year!  Let's see if we can take a little time and show each other a little kindness by not just visiting each other's blogs and other social media feeds, but actually stopping to leave a comment of encouragement for that creative journey we're all on! Don't forget to link up your own kindness creation on the CASology blog by Monday, January 1, at NOON (CST) for your chance to win the prize from STAMPlorations, our sponsor!

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CASology GRAY

CASology GRAY
It's time for a brand new cue word over at CASology and we're giving GRAY a chance to be in the spotlight! I used gray as my card base color, but also used a message that might feel a little gray, if you know what I mean?!  No one likes to miss someone! This design is so simple.  I simply stamped a pine bough image (Uniko Studio) on a white cardstock panel and then added a simple, small sentiment in a clean font to the lower right corner.  I mounted this panel on black cardstock and then popped up the assembled piece on the gray cardbase using foam adhesive to add a little dimension to the overall design. I hope you'll play along with us this week!  Also, be sure and take a little time to leave the design team and this week's guest designer a little blog love!  They've created some fantastic inspiration again this week and they'd love to hear from you!
Melissa Chipperfield (You are here.)
 

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A Blog Named Hero Winter Holiday Challenge

A Blog Named Hero Winter Holiday Challenge
It's time for a brand new monthly challenge over at A Blog Named Hero and this month we're collaborating with Simon Says Stamp for a Winter Holiday theme! I created an arctic themed card using dies from Simon Says Stamp (SSS) as the focal point.  I die cut the penguin using the SSS Hugging Penguin Die and a combination of white and black cardstock.  The die cut heart is from the SSS Heart & Spoons die set and was used to cut the heart out of red cardstock.  I applied a touch of clear Wink of Stella to the heart for a little sparkle.  The white cardstock main panel was die cut using a SSS Stitched Rectangle die.  The assembled penguin was adhered directly to the die cut main panel and then the heart was popped up over the penguin using foam adhesive to give the design a little dimension.  The sentiment is from the Hero Arts Color Layering Baby Penguin set and was stamped in Versamark black ink.  The assembled main panel was then popped up on the white card base using more foam adhesive. I hope you'll come play along with us this month as we create winter holiday themed cards for your chance to win the prize from Simon Says Stamp, our collaborator!

Have a marvelous Monday!

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A Muse Studio December Sneak Peek: Day 1

A Muse Studio December Sneak Peek:  Day 1
It's time for sneak peeks of the A Muse Studio December Collection!  Are you ready for more winter goodness? Penguins abound in the new You're the Coolest set!  I created a simple birthday card using one of them.  I stamped the penguin and its balloon in black ink and then colored with Copic markers.  This was then cut out using the coordinating dies.  I placed two different strips of washi tape to the lower portion of the panel and then die cut using one of the dies from the Tag Bundle Die set.  The penguin was popped up over it using foam adhesive.  I applied a thin line of sparkle to the glasses using a silver Wink of Stella brush marker.  Doesn't this critter look classy?!  The little heart on the balloon was stamped in white ink.  The sentiment was stamped in black ink. Stay tuned for even more new release inspiration tomorrow!  Don't forget all the new releases will be available in the store this Friday!

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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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