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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!

Have a wonderful Thursday!

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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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Have a marvelous Monday!

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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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A Muse Studio October Sneak Peeks: Day 2

A Muse Studio October Sneak Peeks:  Day 2
It's mid-week and time for another A Muse Studio sneak peek for the upcoming October Collection!  Today, we're showing a few creations using the Pining for You set that will be released on Friday!  I combined the set with the Season's Tweetings set (yesterday's sneak peek) for this design.  Giveaways are happening on the A Muse Studio blog, so be sure and visit and comment for your chance to win this week! To begin, the main panel was die cue with the stitched rectangle in the Tag Bundle die set.  I stamped the little starry window & pretty sentiment using black ink, double stamping with my Misty to make it nice and dark.  I then stamped the little house in green ink and cut it out before popping it up with foam adhesive.  I then added three clear twinkles as embellishments before popping up the finished main panel on the card base with foam adhesive. Holiday cards have never been easier!  No coloring involved in this design and easy assembly is key during the busy time of year!  You could change the color of the house simply by using a different color ink and the sentiment could also be changed! I hope this has inspired you today!  Tomorrow we'll be showcasing sneak peeks of a new die that's on the new release list, so stay tuned!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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CASology FORTUNE

CASology FORTUNE
It's Tuesday again already!  Time continues to fly!  CASology has a cue word filled with good FORTUNE this week.  What a fun word with plenty of room for interpretation!  I went with a little pirate from Jaded Blossom Stamp's Pirate Booty stamp set!  Such a fun set filled with cute pirate sentiments! You should see what the design team and our featured guest designer created for this cue!  Head on over to the CASology blog and then go ahead and visit their individual blogs for more details and to say hello!

Remember to link up your own FORTUNE creation by Monday at NOON (CDT) for a chance to win a stamp set of your choice from Jaded Blossom Stamps, our brand new sponsor!

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A Muse Studio October Sneak Peeks: Day 1

A Muse Studio October Sneak Peeks: Day 1
It's time for exciting sneak peeks over at A Muse Studio!  The October Collection is set to release this Friday and we're sharing little glimpses of winter/holiday goodness in the days leading up to that day! Today, I'm sharing a peek at a set called Season's Tweetings.  It's a fun set with some rather adorable winter critters and wonderful sentiments.  I used the polar bear for this design as well as a background stamp called Snowy Days.  The simple sentiment is from another of the new release sets that I'll be showcasing more tomorrow.  I used a stitched die from the Tag Bundle set to create the main panel, stamping the snowy background & sentiment in black ink.  The bear was stamped in Memento Tuxedo black ink before it was selectively colored with a red Copic marker.  The bear was cut out and popped up with a piece of foam adhesive. The assembled main panel was then popped up on the white card base using more foam adhesive.  This was such a simple card to make and is just perfect for all those upcoming winter wishes that need to be sent out!  With all the sentiments being released this week, you could very easily change the theme of the card! Stay tuned for more wonderful new release images and sentiments this week!  You're going to love this release!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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World Gratitude Day with Honey Bee Stamps

World Gratitude Day with Honey Bee Stamps
Today is World Gratitude Day and I wanted to be sure and take time to say THANK YOU to those who visit my blogs, Instagram feeds and Facebook pages, supporting my creative adventures with kind words and encouragement.  It's definitely a journey and when I look back at where I started, it's crazy how much my crafting style has changed over the years!  It takes time and lots of patience to find your personal niche, but today I can truly say I believe I've finally found mine in the clean and simple world of card making.  My photography continues to evolve and I feel like I'm still trying to find my true, defined niche with that, but I'm enjoying the journey!  The creative community is such a wonderful place filled with outstanding individuals who uplift each other daily.  I know I've had the privilege of having the loving support of fellow creatives throughout the world and I want to pass on the same with heartfelt gratitude, inspiring others to have the courage to keep creating, keep believing and use your creative gift to touch the lives of those in need. My simple card for today is filled with thankfulness despite it being super clean & simple.  I used the pumpkin from a new set called Acorn Sisters from Honey Bee Stamps as the main image, stamping it on white cardstock and spritzing it with a little gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine. It was fussy cut and popped up on a watercolored die cut panel with foam adhesive.  The little sentiment was stamped in black and little sequins were added as embellishments.  The assembled main panel was then popped up on the white card base with more foam adhesive and the design was complete! I hope you've had a wonderful Thursday!  Be sure and visit the Honey Bee Stamps online store at midnight tonight when the new release goes live!   Save Continue Reading...

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...