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Precious Remembrance Shop March New Release Blog Hop!

 photo badge2_zps939d8db9.jpg It's new release time over at Precious Remembrance Shop and we're having a Blog Hop with a giveaway to celebrate!  Today, the brand new Happy Art set is in the online store and you could win it by playing along and commenting on each blog hop stop!  Take a look at the crafty goodness in this new set! 2016 MarchArtsyStampSet Giveaway Details:
  • Leave a comment on the Precious Remembrance Shop's blog post as well as each designer's blog post to be eligible to win.
  • One lucky winner will be chose randomly to win the new release set.
  • Giveaway ends Sunday, March 27, 2016.
I created a fun, clean & simple design! 2016 MarchRelease WM I just love the paint splatter image!  I simply inked it in three different colors and randomly stamped on the main panel!  The main panel was mounted on black cardstock as a frame and then popped up using foam dots.  The sentiment was stamped in black ink. If you arrived here from the Precious Remembrance Shop blog, then you can proceed to Tenia's blog next to continue on!  If you arrived here from somewhere else, you may want to head over to the Precious Remembrance Shop's blog to begin at the beginning and view the blog hop list. Happy hopping and good luck!Continue Reading...
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CASology Weather Forecast

CASology Weather Forecast
Clean & simple design is in the forecast yet again over at CASology.  That means we should have plenty of white space, limited layers and easily creatable designs to enjoy in the days ahead!  My kind of creative weather! I used Tim Holtz Distress Crayons for watercoloring and an Inkadinkado sentiment (purchased at Hobby Lobby) to create my card design this week! 2016 Mar22 - WEATHER After watercoloring the rainbow, the sentiment was stamped in black Memento Ink (Tuxedo Black).  The main panel was mounted on black cardstock as a frame and then popped up with foam dots.  Though the photo doesn't show it, a thin layer of glitter was applied to the watercolor background using a clear Wink of Stella brush marker. Be sure and go say a quick hello to the design team members & this week's guest designer!  They work hard each week to create inspiration!   Then, be sure and link up your own creation on the CASology blog by Monday at NOON (CDT) for your chance to win the prize from Avery Elle, this week's sponsor!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Coffee Loving Paper Crafters + Kraftin’ Kimmie

DT Badge I'm back over on the Coffee Loving Card Makers blog today featuring Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps! With so many sweet, whimsical images in the store, I found myself wishing I had more creative time to make more than one card, but alas, real life happens on a daily basis in my house!  I settled on the Angie stamp set.  After all, it's coffee themed and has my picture on it (not really, but it could be me on any given morning...)!  If only I looked that cute with disheveled hair and p.j.'s! I stamped and then colored the little gal with Copic markers before fussy cutting.  I used a Heidi Swapp stencil and sponged the chevron pattern onto the card base before adhering the main image with foam dots.  The sentiment and a trio of gold sequins were added to finish the design.  I also added a little sparkle to the hair clips with clear Stickles. Spring break will arrive here on the home front later in the week, so I'm trying to wrap my brain around simple plans to make things run smoothly with all four kids at home.  Baking, book reading, crafts and outings are part of the game plan.  It's looking like we may be in for some more white stuff too, so that should provide a change of pace for a day or so!  I'm so over snow at this point, but if it makes the kids happy and I don't have to be out driving in it, I'm content to settle in at home for a day or two, watching it accumulate & providing hot chocolate & marshmallows for rosy cheeked children!  I'd considered putting away all the snow gear over the weekend, but it's a good thing I didn't! Don't forget the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop is going on right now and there are tons of prizes thanks to our wonderful sponsors over on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog!  Be sure and link up your card by this Friday to be eligible to win!

Have a marvelous Monday!

Melissa

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Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

2016 SpringBloghopLogo Today's the day!  It's time for the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  Are you ready?!  With 51 Super Sponsors, there are prizes galor, so you really don't want to miss the opportunity to play along & take in all the inspiration!  For complete details, head on over to the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blogThe hop ends a week from today on Friday, March 25.
I chose to use stamps from Pink & Main for my coffee themed card! Since I'm currently adoring pandas, I had to use the adorable Pandamonium set.  It's not actually a coffee themed set, but I used elements from it to create a coffee card!  The panda was stamped first.  I then stamped the little mug and fussy cut it before popping it up with a foam dot to add a little dimension.  I hand drew the dashed lines of steam.  The main panel was then layered on black and popped up with foam dots. I hope you'll take some time to join in the coffee hop fun with us during the week ahead!  This hop is going to be so full of inspiration and loads of fun!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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CASology Doodles

It's time for a brand new cue word over at CASology!  This week, we're doodling...or stamping doodle images...or creating whatever DOODLE makes us think of!  I chose to use an image from STAMPlorations' SmallBirds - The Bee's Knees set & a sentiment from their Grateful Beyond Words set for my design. I stamped the sentiment and bird image first and then added the die cut heart, popping it up with a foam dot to add a little dimension to an otherwise one layer design.  I applied a little sparkle to the heart using a clear Wink of Stella brush marker.   Then, don't forget to link up your own creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT) for your chance to win a prize from STAMPlorations, our sponsor this week!
Have a terrific Tuesday!
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Coffee Loving Cardmakers + Verve Stamps

DT Badge Today, I'm over on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog sharing a card inspired by one of our lovely sponsors,  Verve Stamps! VerveLogo With several coffee themed items in their store, I chose to use the brand new Coffee Helps set along with the coordinating Cup for All Seasons Die Set and the Coffee Word Die.
2016 Mar13 SponsorVerve WM
I stamped only portions of the sentiment stamp so that I could use the die cut coffee word along with it.  I stamped and die cut the little coffee cup before coloring it with Copic markers.  I added sparkle to the cupcake frosting using a clear Wink of Stella brush marker before popping the cup up with foam dots.  Pink sequins & clear gemstones were added as embellishments.  The main panel was mounted on a piece of black cardstock before being popped up on the kraft cardstock base using foam dots.
I'm continuing to adjust to the time change today, but figure it will take me most of the week to fully do so!  This spring time change seems throw me off more so than the one in the fall.  I feel for the kids who now have to get up an hour earlier than their little bodies are used to.  DS1, especially, will feel this one since he usually gets up around 6 a.m. for school!
Looking forward to spring's official start in less than a week!  Can you believe it's almost here?!
Have a marvelous Monday!
Melissa
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A New Place to Call Home

With a new year underway, I've been doing some planning and have decided to combine two creative areas into one to simplify and take a step forward toward a goal.  This site will be the new home to my previous creative blog, Oh, Smudge!  Please have patience as I make changes, learn my way around Wordpress and adjust to my new online home!  Over time, I will explain more.Continue Reading...

CASology LAUGH-ter

They say laughter is the best medicine.  If you're in need of a little laughter therapy, you'll want to head on over to CASology this week and play along with the newest cue word challenge!
Stamps:  Pink and Main (Old Crow, Oh Snap)
Pink and Main is our sponsor this week and, after looking through some of their adorable stamp sets, an idea formed in my head.  A silly one, I know.  Has ever happened to you?!  I don't expect you to admit it, of course. After die cutting the stitched main panel, I stamped the cute crow & colored the beak and legs with a Copic marker.  I created the little yellow puddle with watercolors and then stamped the fun sentiment.  The main panel is popped up with foam dots to add a little dimension. Be sure and go say a quick hello to the design team members & this week's guest designer!  They work so hard each week to create inspiration!
Then, don't forget to link up your own creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT) for your chance to win a prize from Pink and Main, our sponsor this week!
Have a terrific Tuesday!
Melissa
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Coffee Loving Cardmakers + My Favorite Things

 

I'm back over on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog today featuring My Favorite Things!

My Favorite Things

With coffee and donuts included in their line up of products in the online store, I decided to use the Die-namics LLD Coffee Cup dies along with the LLD Perk Up stamp set to create today's card!


I used kraft cardstock on most elements of the design to keep the color scheme simple.  The little coffee cup sleeve die cut was run through my crimper to give it a little more texture.  (I'd forgotten I owned that tool!)  I filled the negative die cut space with a red heart die cut for a pop of color.  The assembled coffee cup and middle stitched panel are both popped up with foam dots.

I'm so happy to be back to drinking coffee this morning!  I spent the end of last week with an aversion to the stuff due to a stomach bug that hit our family.  I think I'm finally about caught up with laundry and rearranging my calendar, but a good strong cup of coffee should finish putting things back in their proper places by day's end today!  It's magic, I tell ya!


Have a marvelous Monday!

Melissa
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Taking CASology for a Spin

 

It's time for a brand new cue word over at CASology!  Time to get those creative wheels spinning and see where this cue takes you!

For me, there seemed to be endless options, but I settled on an old phone!  Remember those old rotary dial ones?!  I used to love spinning the dial as a little girl.  These days, you're lucky to see one anywhere unless you're intentionally searching!

Stamps:  Unity (Neopolitan Bisque Soup)
I stamped the phone first and then stamped it a second time in black so I could fussy cut the dial.  The dial was attached to the phone with a foam dot and embellished with a single clear gemstone.  I stamped the speech bubble and sentiment in black and then fussy cut & attached it to the card base with foam dots.

Be sure and go say a quick hello to the design team members & this week's guest designer!  They work so hard each week to create inspiration!






Then, don't forget to link up your own creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CST) for your chance to win a prize from Cindy B Designs, our sponsor this week!



Have a terrific Tuesday!

Melissa
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Coffee Loving Cardmakers + Mama Elephant


First, Happy Leap Day!  My boys are pretty excited about this extra day in February!  I'm just happy March begins tomorrow!  That means spring begins this month!

Today over on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog, Mama Elephant is in the sponsor spotlight!

Mama Elephant


I combined a few of their wonderful stamp sets to create this card:


I die cut the stitched main panel using one of the dies from the Femme Frames die set and then stamped the coffee cup image (Cup of Wishes) & sentiment (Magic Moments) in black ink.  I then stamped and cut out the panda (Pandamonium) before popping it up with foam dots.  The three tiny clear sequins were added last.  I adhered the entire main panel to the card base with foam dots.

Isn't that panda cute?!  DS3 & DD both love pandas, so this set is quite popular in our house right now!

Have a marvelous Monday!

Melissa
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