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CASology EDUCATION

CASology EDUCATION
It's Tuesday and time for a new cue word challenge over at CASology! With school back in session for most people, education is our focus this week!  I went back to early childhood in my mind, remembering learning my abc's and that classic alphabet song that children still sing today!  DD loves to paint at school and started painting the letters of her name last week! I couldn't resist using another on over Love Cynthia's adorable little girl stamp sets to create this design!  These images remind me so much of my daughter and I plan to give this card to one of her teachers when the opportunity arises during the school year! I stamped the little girl in black ink, colored it with Copic markers and fussy cut it.  The stitched main panel is a rectangle die from Honey Bee Stamps.  I lined up the three letters on my acrylic block and added to a different color ink to each one before stamping them.  The c smudged a bit and gave me the idea to smudge them all a little using a water brush!  I then added a little splattered ink using the same water brush.  What 4-year-old ever paints perfectly, anyway?!  After the ink was dry, I added a touch of sparkle with a clear overlay Spectrum Noir brush pen. The main panel was then attached to the card base using foam adhesive for dimension.  The little girl was also attached to the card base with foam adhesive, overlapping the main panel and lined up so it looks like she is busy painting the letter a. I hope you'll visit the design team member's on their blogs this week and leave them a little blog love!  They've created some wonderful inspiration again this week!
Melissa Chipperfield (You are here.)
  Then, be sure and link up your own EDUCATION entry on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT)!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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A Blog Named Hero September One Layer Challenge

A Blog Named Hero September One Layer Challenge
It's time for a new challenge over at A Blog Named Hero!  This month, we're collaborating with CAS-ual Fridays and the theme is one-layer! I used the CAS-ual Fridays Full on Floral background stamp along with Hero Arts Luggage Tag Alpha to create this clean and simple design.  I masked an area on the card center and then stamped the background image in black ink.  The simple sentiment was stamped in black directly on top of the background image.  I then used Copic markers to selectively add a little pop of color. Being a clean and simple kind of gal, I just love one-layer cards!  This particular design could be easily modified by changing the sentiment or the colors! I hope you'll join us this month over at A Blog Named Hero!  We'd love to see your one-layer designs in our gallery and by linking up, you have a chance at winning the prize!

Have a marvelous Monday!

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Honey Bee Stamps Hexagon Hello

Honey Bee Stamps Hexagon Hello
Yet another week is flying by and it's already Thursday!  Looking back on our family's August calendar, it's absolutely no wonder!  Autumn has to be quieter...right?! Today, I'm sharing a clean and simple design using some of Honey Bee Stamps' product line.  I used one of the dies from the Hexagon Bunches die set as the focal point of the design.  After cutting the cluster of hexagons, I spritzed a few hexagons with three different color Heidi Swapp Color Shine sprays.  I glued the outline of the hexagon cluster directly to the card base and then used foam adhesive behind each of the dried hexagons to pop them up, giving the card dimension.  The simple hello sentiment was added in black ink just below the cluster of hexagons.  The spritzes add both shimmer and texture to the design. It's on to a full weekend of friends and family for us.  Thank goodness for a long holiday weekend before we head back to school and work next week!

Have a wonderful Thursday!

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CASology SQUARE’d

CASology SQUARE’d
It's Tuesday and time for a brand new cue word over at CASology! I immediately cut a 5x5 square card.  No clever thinking for me this week!  The adorable little girl is from Love Cynthia.  I just adore her stamps right now!  I colored the image with Copic markers after framing it with a Stitched Squares die from Simon Says Stamp.  I applied a little glamorous glitter to her glasses using a clear Wink of Stella brush marker.  The sentiment is from the same company.  I added three silver star sequins (A Muse Studio) as embellishments and then popped up the main panel with foam dots for dimension. I hope you'll go say hello to the design team members on their blogs this week!  They've created some fantastic SQUARE inspiration for you!
Melissa Chipperfield (You are here.)
  Then, don't forget to link up your own clean & simple SQUARE design by Monday at NOON (CDT) for a chance to be a CASology guest designer for one of our future challenges!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Honey Bee Stamps Winter Wishes

Honey Bee Stamps Winter Wishes
I'm not much of a winter person to begin with and I'm not really feeling any serious kind of autumn/winter creativity kicking in quite yet, but for some reason, I had a winter card design idea hit me while brainstorming for today's Honey Bee share! My eyes settled on Honey Bee Stamps' Cloud Borders dies and I started playing.  I ended up using three different cloud dies from the set on a 3x3 piece of white cardstock, leaving them snuggled together after being cut.  I glued them all to a second piece of 3x3 cardstock and then added a little shimmer with some white Heidi Swapp Color Shine spray.  Next, I stamped the little top hat from the Flakey Friends set in black and added a little holly berry & leaf accent, applying a touch of red Stickles to the berries.  The assembled hat was popped up on the main panel using foam adhesive for dimension.  The simple sentiment was stamped in black directly onto the main panel.  Three clear sequins were added as embellishments and then the finished main panel was popped up on a 5x5 card base. I had the Frosty the Snowman song skipping through my mind as I made this!  Snow can stay away for now, but this card did make me smile!

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A Muse Studio September Sneak Peek, Day 3

A Muse Studio September Sneak Peek, Day 3
It's the final day of the September Collection sneak peeks over at A Muse Studio!  That means tomorrow is Release Day!  Are you excited?! Today, we're featuring the Eat, Drink & Be Thankful set.  I decided to create a simple tag to highlight the wonderful, large sentiment included in this set.  The tag was created using the tag die that is included in the Tag Bundle die set.  I stamped the pretty sentiment in French Roast ink and then added two little orange twinkle stickers and Vanilla twine as embellishments. So simple, but I am envisioning this little tag being put to use for Thanksgiving festivities! Head on over to the A Muse blog and be sure to leave a comment on the sneak peek posts for your chance to win!  Then, get that wish list ready for tomorrow!  Happy shopping!  I'll be back with more new release inspiration, so be sure and stop by here on my blog over the next few days!

Have a wonderful Thursday!

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A Muse Studio September Sneak Peek, Day 2

A Muse Studio September Sneak Peek, Day 2
It's Day Two of Sneak Peeks for the A Muse Studio September Collection!  Today, we're featuring the Fierce stamp set, once that's full of encouraging words in beautiful fonts! I used the fantastic Pinking Circles dies to frame the sentiment, overlapping two pieces to reveal a little pop of pink behind the top white layer.  The pumpkin was stamped directly on pink cardstock and cut out before being popped up with foam adhesive.  I added a little heart in pink ink, embossing with clear embossing powder to add a little shine. I just love the pretty fonts in this set and I think you'll agree once you see all the unique sentiments included in it this Friday!  Stop back tomorrow for a sneak peak of the third stamp set releasing Friday.  You won't be disappointed!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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A Muse Studio September Sneak Peek, Day 1

A Muse Studio September Sneak Peek, Day 1
It's release week over at A Muse Studio!  The September Collection will become available this Friday and we're sharing three days of sneak peeks to gear up for release day! Today, I'm sharing a peek at the new Hello Pumpkin set!  Using a monochromatic color scheme, I used gold embossing powder & star sequins to add a little interest and shine to the design. I stamped each pumpkin in black ink and cut them out.  The gold embossing powder was applied to the spots on one and then I popped up the trio of pumpkins using foam adhesive.  The sentiment was added in black and three gold star sequins were used as embellishments. I love black and gold together and those spots on the pumpkins were just crying out for a little gold accenting!  Stay tuned for another sneak peek tomorrow of a brand new sentiment set.  You'll love it, especially with October right around the corner!

Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday!

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CASology BUD

CASology BUD
It's Tuesday and time for a brand new cue word again over at CASology! Kitty Bee Designs is returning as our sponsor and many of the design team are using images from the online store! I used the adorable Bamboo Plant Panda digital image to create my clean & simple design.  I had a leftover frame from a past project that I'd used Distress Oxide inks on and used it to frame my main image and sentiment, gluing it directly onto the main panel.  The panda was colored with Copic markers and a little sparkle was added to the heart with a clear Wink of Stella brush marker.  The simple sentiment is from an A Muse Studio set and is stamped in black.  I added the period with a fine tipped black marker.  The panda was popped up with foam adhesive as was the assembled main panel. I hope you'll take some time to visit the design team member blogs as well as our guest designer's blog!  They've created some wonderful inspiration and would love to hear from you!

Melissa Chipperfield (You are here.)
  Don't forget to link up your own BUD creation on the CASology challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT) for your chance to win the prize from Kitty Bee Designs!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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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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