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Honey Bee Stamps Ocean Background Birthday

Honey Bee Stamps Ocean Background Birthday
Another week is winding down!  July & August are full months in our house with birthdays, birthdays and more birthdays!  With birthdays on the brain, I created a simple, fun birthday card to share today. I love the Ocean Borders stamp set and used the background stamp from it to create the background on this design.  It reminds me of all those coloring books on the market right now!  I stamped the "birthday" sentiment in black and added a small black rhinestone to dot the i. To create the letters for "Happy", I watercolored a rainbow onto a piece of watercolor paper and splattered it with a little gold watercolor before drying it.  Once dry, I stamped the letters and die cut them with the coordinating dies.  The letters were then popped up on the card base using foam adhesive for dimension. Such a simple, versatile design!  I may try varying the colors on the letters, maybe even attempt a polka dot pattern! We have four nights/three days of guests arriving with the weekend and I have a senior photo shoot to do this evening, so it's time to set the ink and paper aside now and focus on other things!

Have a happy Thursday and a wonderful weekend!

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PRICKLY at CASology

PRICKLY at CASology
Happy Tuesday!  It's time for a brand new cue word over on the CASology challenge blog and we're going with a rather prickly one this week! As always, we leave the interpretation of the word completely open to individual interpretation, so you may be curious to know what in the world my card has to do with it!  I think any woman would understand that prickly legs are just not something a person wants to have when wearing shorter attire.  Summer is the dedicated shaving season here in the U.S.A.  In the cooler months, one can get away with slacking a bit as we bundle up for the cold.  That said, you may now understand my card design. All stamps are from the Hero Arts April Kit (unfortunately, sold out).  I decided to make a simple black & white design with abundant white space.  I stamped the dress in black and die cut it with the coordinating die.  I added a touch of sparkle with a clear Wink of Stella brush marker and then added several tiny, clear rhinestones to the polka dots.  Some might question whether using all those rhinestones is very clean & simple, but after looking at the finished design, I felt the neutral color and the fact that they are all the same and limited to a very small area of the design, it would qualify.  What do you think? I hope you'll hop around to the blogs of the design team and guest designer!  They'd love to hear from you!
Melissa Chipperfield (You are here.)

Guest Designer:  Amy Rohl

Don't forget to link up your own PRICKLY creation by Monday at NOON (CDT) for your chance to win the prize from STAMPlorations, our sponsor this week!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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A Honey Bee Stamps Hello

A Honey Bee Stamps Hello
Happy Thursday!  Can you believe tomorrow is Friday again?!  I think I am still in a bit of a daze from vacation.  With four family birthdays falling into these last two months of summer, things are always a bit busier than usual!  Throw a family vacation and the usual summer days & weekend trips in there along with the festivities, and you have a hoppin' house!   It's all good, though!  Summer flies because of this uptick in activities, but I think that just makes autumn that much more enjoyable as things begin to slow to a more relaxed pace and school routines start up again! Today, I'm sharing a monochromatic card that uses simple stitched dies and images from Honey Bee Stamps.  A flower from the Busy Bees stamp set is the focal image on the design.  I chose not to color anything, but kept things very clean looking by only adding color with a strip of kraft cardstock. The main panel is a piece of white cardstock, die cut using the Cloud Borders Dies.  The sentiment (Simple Sentiments set) was stamped in black on the lower half.  I spaced the two pieces apart slightly and then adhered both with foam adhesive to a piece of kraft cardstock to give it the appearance of a little row of dirt.  The flower & stem (Busy Bees set) were stamped in black and die cut on white cardstock.  I glued the upper portion of the stem directly to the top piece of the main panel, tucking in the lower portion behind the lower piece of main panel.  The flower was then popped up with foam adhesive and a single, black rhinestone was added for interest.  The assembled main panel was then popped up on the white card base using more foam adhesive. I love using dies in different ways and these cloud dies were perfect for what I had in mind!  A very simple design and the sentiment could be varied to meet your card needs!

Have a wonderful Thursday!

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A Blog Named Hero Embossing with Wow!

A Blog Named Hero Embossing with Wow!
Today is the beginning of a brand new challenge over at A Blog Named Hero!  This month, we're focusing on embossing with WOW! as our sponsor! 2017 AugustChallengeLogo I embossed the sentiment on my design in white on black cardstock and then cut it into pieces.  The main panel is a stitched rectangle die cut and is popped up on the card base with foam adhesive for dimension. 2017 AugustChallenge Card closeup The butterfly is from the Hero Arts Origami Animals set.  It was stamped in black, colored with Copic markers and cut out before being popped up on the main panel with foam adhesive.  To finish the design, I added three black sequins. Come join us for this month's challenge for your chance to win the prize!  Go get those embossing powders, glitters and foils out of your stash and start playing! Please help support A Blog Named Hero by shopping through our links. These are affiliate links, at no additional cost to you. We appreciate your support. Simon Says Stamp Ellen Hutson Hero Arts Save Save SaveContinue Reading...
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Honey Bee Stamps Happy Birthday

Honey Bee Stamps Happy Birthday
I'm back today to share a very simple happy birthday card design using a die cut and sentiment from Honey Bee Stamps! I die cut the word happy using one of the dies from the Happy Honey Cuts die set.  I then sponged a rainbow of inks on it and applied a shiny coating with some crystal glaze.  I die cut the main panel using one of the rectangle dies from the A2 Double Stitched Frames die set.  The supporting sentiment is from the Hooray stamp set and was stamped in black.  I glued the dried happy die cut to the main panel at an angle and then used three tiny star sequins from the Hollywood Mix for embellishments. 2017 Aug3 HappyCard closeup The assembled main panel was then popped up on the card base using foam adhesive for dimension. So simple and I love the shiny rainbow appearance of the main sentiment!  Sentiment focused designs can be very effective!

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Honey Bee Typewriter Smile

Honey Bee Typewriter Smile
Typewriters are intriguing to me.  I learned to type on one and I think my first office job in high school involved a bit of typing on one, but beyond that, I think computers took over!  I love the little typewriter stamp set from Honey Bee Stamps and was inspired to make a quick, clean and simple design with it this week! I die cut the main panel from black cardstock with a stitched rectangle die from the A2 die set and then spritzed it to give it a little shimmer and a splattered look.  I stamped and cut out the typewriter, coloring it with Copic markers.  A little sparkle was added to the yellow areas with a clear glitter brush marker. 2017 July27 Typewriter closeup The simple sentiment is from the Beautiful Life set.  I added tiny stars and yellow sequins from the Honey Bee sequin mix.  The typewriter was popped up on the main panel using foam adhesive and then the main panel was also popped up on the card base. This typewriter is so adorable and I'm planning on coloring multiples in all different colors with lots of different sentiments!

I hope you've had a wonderful Thursday!

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CASology 5-Year Anniversary Blog Hop!

CASology 5-Year Anniversary Blog Hop!
Today is the day!  It's finally here!  It's CASology's 5-year anniversary celebration and I hope you'll hop along with us because there is a ton of inspiration and some rather fabulous prizes up for grabs for those who do!  Just remember, the deadline is next Monday, July 31, at NOON (CDT) for hopping and being eligible for the prizes!  You must leave comments at all stops to be eligible to win!  For more hop details, including a list of prizes and the full hop list, head on over to the CASology blog! You should have arrived here from the CASology blog!  I'm the second stop on the hop! I happen to love hot air balloons and had to dig around in my stash for the balloon stamp set I just knew I had, but since I tend to be a bit of an "acquire it and forget about it for a while" kind of gal, it took a bit more digging than it probably should have.  Now, had I had my creative stash neatly documented and categorized like those wonderfully organized individuals we all see on Pinterest, I may have spared myself some frustration.  Good thing I'm not a quitter!  I actually found it!  Once I had it in hand, I wanted to make a thank you themed card because I feel I owe a lot of people a thank you during this milestone celebration! 2017 July25 DIAMOND WM I've been loving the Distress Oxide Inks for blending the last little while, so pulled those out to create a pretty skyline on the main panel.  Once dry, I dressed it up a bit by die cutting it with a stitched rectangle die and spritzed it lightly with some Gold Color Shine spray to add a little shimmer.  The skyline silhouette and simple sentiment were stamped in black ink. Three small silver star sequins were added as embellishments.  The assembled main panel was then popped up on the card base using foam adhesive for dimension. 2017 July25 DIAMOND closeup I won't keep you any longer, so head on to the next stop on the hop, Altenew!

Have fun and good luck!

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A Muse Studio Thank You Inspiration

A Muse Studio Thank You Inspiration
Happy Monday!  Today, I have some bright orange thank you inspiration for you using A Muse Studio goodies! logo My first card was made using the gift card envelope die.  This die set contains a cute scalloped frame which I used with Onyx Shimmer Cardstock.  The sentiments & bold flower were stamped in black ink and the subtle flower images on the gift card envelope were stamped in orange ink.  I added a touch of sparkle to the flower center on the back with a glitter brush pen. 2017 AugRelease MelissaCard8 backview The second card I'm sharing today uses both the Bouquet Builder set as well as the fun Mad for Plaids set.  I die cut the stitched main panel using the Tag Bundle die set and then stamped one of the images from the plaid set in black along the lower edge.  The simple sentiment was also stamped in black just below the border stamp.  I stamped a single blossom in black and die cut it with the coordinating die.  To finish the design, I added a trio of clear sequins.  The assemble main panel was popped up with foam adhesive for dimension. 2017 AugRelease MelissaCard7 blog A person could vary the colors on these two designs very easily and these could be mass produced pretty quickly!

Have a marvelous Monday!

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Be Yourself with Honey Bee Stamps

Be Yourself with Honey Bee Stamps
How about some more Honey Bee Stamps new release inspiration this week?  I am having so much fun with the mermaid in the Ocean Bliss set!  Have you seen all the adorable mermaids in the new release yet?!  So. Much. Fun. For this design, I inked a background panel using distress oxide inks.  I applied greenish-blue ink to an acrylic stamping block, spritzed the block lightly with water and then smooshed it onto a piece of white cardstock.  I then stamped the border image on this with the same color ink and fussy cut it before popping it up on the main panel with foam adhesive.  The larger "Be" sentiment was selectively colored as the original sentiment is actually spelled "Bee"!  Both the large and small sentiments were stamped in black.  I then stamped the mermaid, die cut it with the coordinating die and then colored with Copic markers only the areas of the image that would be showing above the water.  I then carefully trimmed of the center of the image off the mermaid and popped up the two remaining pieces behind the border image using more foam adhesive.  I love that it looks like she is swimming!  I added a little sparkle to her tail and some clear dew drops as embellishments. 2017 July20 BeYourself closeup The assembled main panel was then framed using a piece of black cardstock and then popped up on the card base using foam adhesive.  I love to think outside the box with images and this was one way to use this mermaid image creatively!

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A Muse Studio August Collection New Release Day!

A Muse Studio August Collection New Release Day!
Today is release day over at A Muse Studio and you're going to love it all! logo I created a modern looking design for the first card in my post today.  It reminds me a little of some of the decor in the hotels these days with bold color blocks!  I simply cut three strips of varying colors (Orange, Grass, Buttercup) to create a square main panel, adhering them to a square piece of Sugar cardstock.  Once assembled, I stamped a row of three leaves (Bouquet Builder set) on the center of the panel.  The main panel was then popped up on the card base (5x5) with foam adhesive for dimension and the simple sentiment was stamped below and slightly to the right. 2017 AugRelease MelissaCard6 closeup For my second card, I used the ice cream cone image from the You're Cool stamp set. 2017 AugRelease MelissaCard10 blog I simply stamped three cones, die cut them using the coordinating dies and colored them by spritzing each one with a different color Splash spray!  Super easy coloring!  Once dry, I colored the cone portion with a brown Copic marker and applied a little glitter to the ice cream using a clear Wink of Stella brush marker.  The cones were then popped up with foam adhesive and the banner sentiment (from the same set) was stamped below in black ink. 2017 AugRelease MelissaCard10 closeup For a limited time, you can get this set FREE with any $35 purchase!  How great is that?! You're Cool Set So much fun and versatility in these new sets!  Summer blooms and ice cream?!  I'm loving these!  Go check them out in the online store!

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A Muse Studio August Collection Sneak Peek, Day 2

A Muse Studio August Collection Sneak Peek, Day 2
It's Day Two of the A Muse Studio August Collection Sneak Peeks!  Today, we're featuring the new Bouquet Builder set, one that is full of pretty blooms and wonderful sentiments!  Take note!  For your chance to win this set, be sure and visit the A Muse Studio blog and leave a comment on today's post! logo I used the A Muse Tag Bundle die set to cut both the main panel and black matte behind it.  I love how these particular two layer!  The flower image (Bouquet Builder set) was stamped multiple times in black ink and, once dry, I applied a touch of color using a water brush and some orange pigment ink.  A little sparkle was added to the flower centers using a clear Wink of Stella glitter brush marker.  I stamped the sentiment (Southern Bouquet set) in black and then popped up the assembled main panel with foam adhesive to add a little dimension to the design. 2017 AugRelease MelissaCard1 closeup Tomorrow is our last day of sneak peeks before the new release becomes available in the online store!  One more set and I think you've going to love it!

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A Muse Studio August Collection Sneak Peek, Day 1

A Muse Studio August Collection Sneak Peek, Day 1
It's release week over at A Muse Studio!  The August Collection will be in the online store on Friday, so we're sharing sneak peeks until then!  For today, I thought I'd show you a card made with Southern Bouquet, an absolutely gorgeous floral set! logo I started by stamping the bouquet image in black ink, cutting it out with the coordinating die and then used a water brush with a variety of pigment inks to color.  While this was drying, I die cut a stitched panel using one of the dies from A Muse's Tag Bundle to use as the main panel of the design.  On this, I stamped the sentiment in black.  Once the bouquet was dry, I added a touch of sparkle with a clear Wink of Stella brush marker.  The bouquet was popped up to one side of the main panel using foam adhesive and then the main panel was popped up on the cardbase using additional foam adhesive. 2017 AugRelease MelissaCard5 closeup I love how this bouquet image really stands out all by itself!  So many color possibilities with this and perfect for most any occasion involving flowers! Stay tuned for more new release inspiration tomorrow!  We have three days of sneak peeks this week and then the entire August Collection will be available in the online store this Friday!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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