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Coffee Drinking Unicorn for the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

Coffee Drinking Unicorn for the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!
I'm back with a second post for today!  I feel like I've been stamping up a storm lately!  Whew!  While it's fun, I do tend to need a break (yes, I just said that) after going on a crafting streak.  I have several cards to share yet this week, but I probably won't be creating much of anything new in my craft room for a few days while I give my creative mojo a little time to breathe!  DD loves to craft with me, but now that the weather is milder, we're going to head outdoors a bit more and enjoy the fresh air! I wanted to play along with the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop this week! Spring Hop 2017 I went through my bucket of supplies that haven't been used and settled on the smile-evoking Moody Unicorns set by Gerda Steiner Designs.  I paired it with the little coffee cup in the Hedgehog with Coffee set.  I thought I'd play along with the Gerda Steiner Designs 31st Share Your Designs Challenge too while I was at it! I recently acquired a set of Tombow Dual Brush Markers and gave them a try on the unicorn and coffee cup!  Very fun!  To create the curvy, stitched main panel, I simply used a die from the A Muse Landscape Dies!  I went with a rainbow color scheme for the unicorn's tail and mane because, after all, they are magical creatures!  I also added gold sparkle to the horn using a Wink of Stella Glitter Gold Brush Marker, enhancing that magical feeling only unicorns provide! 2017 Mar SpringCoffeeHop closeup The simple sentiment was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  The finished main panel was popped up using foam adhesive to add a little dimension and then three mini gold star sequins were added as embellishments.  I think I'll send this card through the mail to someone.  Who doesn't like a bright rainbow coming out of their mailbox?! Have a marvelous Monday!   2017 Signature   Save Save SaveContinue Reading...
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A Muse Studio New Release Spring Chicks

A Muse Studio New Release Spring Chicks
Happy Monday!  I'm back with even more A Muse Studio inspiration today as a design team member and, this time, I'm using some of the adorable chicks included in the two new stamp sets!  I used the larger chick from the Happy Spring set and added two of the little chicks from the Sweet Easter set to create a trio of cuteness.  I simply stamped the chicks and then colored them using a little Neon Yellow Splash ink and a small Aqua Brush to lightly apply the color.  Then sentiment was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and the one-layer design was done!  A quick design that can be used for a quick note or a spring/Easter occasion! amusestudio.com Be sure and check out all A Muse Studio has to offer!  The new release is so fun and perfect for spring/Easter projects you may be brainstorming! It's another cloudy day here today.  I tend to miss the sun after several days of gray overhead, but at least we have milder temperatures now and going outdoors is a bit more pleasant.   2017 SignatureContinue Reading...
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Baby Girl Croghan Blog Hop

Baby Girl Croghan Blog Hop
I had to create a sweet baby card for the baby girl blog hop that began yesterday for Lesley Croghan!  This is such wonderfully exciting news and I can't wait for Lesley and Corey to have their sweet little bundle in their arms next month! 2017 Mar25 Baby Girl Broghan Blog Hop I grabbed WPlus9's Happy Gang set for the occasion!  I stamped the little mouse in gray on pink cardstock, fussy cutting it afterward.  The main panel is a Stitched Rectangle Die from Simon Says Stamp.  I stamped the sentiment and balloon string on the main panel in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  The balloon was stamped with silver ink and fussy cut before being popped up with foam adhesive. 2017 Mar LesleyC BabyHop Closeup Three Pretty Pink Posh silver star sequins were added to the design before popping up the assembled main panel with foam adhesive on the card base.  Babies are simply the sweetest creatures.  Here's wishing Lesley and Corey all the best in their new adventure! Be sure and join in the celebration and link up your creation by this Friday, March 31st, at midnight (MST)!   2017 Signature   Save Save SaveContinue Reading...
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A Muse Studio: Combining New & Older Stamps!

A Muse Studio:  Combining New & Older Stamps!
Happy first day of the week!  I'm back with more inspiration using more of the brand new A Muse Studio new release!  This time I combined images from a new set with one from an older set! The little chick is from a previously released set called Tiptoe Through the Tulips and coordinates so nicely with the newest sets!  I just couldn't resist combining them on a card!  The grass and leaf sprig are from the new Sweet Easter set.  I used Grass and Orange inks for these.  I colored the grass and flower centers (Neon Yellow ink) by simply dipping a watercolor brush in the ink and gently applying it to the images.The chick was stamped twice in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, once directly on the card base and again onto the new Bermuda Petite Gingham cardstock. 2017 MarchMelissa5 Closeup WM The gingham image was cut out and adhered to the image on the card base. The beak was colored with a Copic marker.  I stamped the sweet little sentiment on a rectangular piece of Sugar cardstock and attached it to the card base using foam adhesive for dimension.  To finish off the design, I freehanded some little bird footprints with a black marker. I have had so much fun with this new release and can't wait to share more inspiration tomorrow!  I hope you're having a good weekend! Have a relaxing Sunday! 2017 Signature SaveContinue Reading...
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A Blog Named Hero’s 5th Anniversary Blog Hop Celebration!

A Blog Named Hero’s 5th Anniversary Blog Hop Celebration!
Have you heard?!  A Blog Named Hero is celebrating their 5 Year Anniversary today and tomorrow with a fabulous blog hop! 2017 Mar BlogHop Logo There have been so many wonderful companies who have sponsored the blog over the past 5 years and we wanted to give them a shout out as we celebrate this milestone, thanking them for their valued support over the past five years!  I have included the hop & prize details at the bottom of this post.  They can also be found over at A Blog Named Hero for easy reference and the full list of today's blog hop participants. As an A Blog Named Hero design team member, I created a card using some of Hero Arts' newest stamps!  I happen to love silhouette stamps and had to acquire the new Birthday Animal Silhouettes set as soon as I saw it!  So much fun!  I stamped the elephant in Soft Granite and the party hat in Crimson.  The little ball at the top of the party hat is a small accent pearl that I colored with a Copic marker!  I masked the water spray and used distress inks to add color.  The sentiment was stamped in black ink and then I added a touch of sparkle with a clear Wink of Stella brush marker. 2017 Mar BlogHopElephant Closeup  
**GIVEAWAY INFO:
A Blog Named Hero is so thankful for our wonderful sponsors and collaborating companies!  Several companies decided to help us celebrate our fifth anniversary with giveaways and they were so generous that we decided to spread the love over both hop days with different prizes to be won each day!  Giveaway prizes total more than $500!  To win, leave a comment on each hop stop.  We will select winners randomly from different blogs so the more blogs you visit each day, the greater your chances of winning!  And be sure to visit A Blog Named Hero on Sunday for the list of Sunday hoppers and prizes!  Comments must be left before 11:59 PM EDT on Tuesday, March 28th and winners will be announced on March 30th.
Today's prizes include the following:
Good luck and happy hopping!!**

Your next stop is Amy Tsuruta's blog!

Have fun hopping and remember to check for a new hop list tomorrow at A Blog Named Hero!  You'll need to hop along again tomorrow to be eligible for tomorrow's prizes! 2017 Signature Save SaveContinue Reading...
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A Muse Studio New Release Washi Tape Inspiration

A Muse Studio New Release Washi Tape Inspiration
By now, you've probably seen all the new goodies over in the A Muse Studio online store!  I hope you've grabbed the things you want, but if you haven't, head on over and do so!  Your spring and Easter projects are waiting! Today, I thought I'd share a super simple card using the fantastic new Stitched Eggs Dies all dressed up with some of the new Spring Floral Washi Tape!  I covered some Sugar (white) cardstock with the washi tape before die cutting it using three different sized stitched eggs.  I layered these together on the main panel with foam adhesive.  The sentiment is from the Sweet Easter set and is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Little twinkle dots (rhinestones) were added to the eggs in green and orange.  The assembled main panel was attached to the card base using foam adhesive for dimension. 2017 MelissaMarch2 Closeup WM Such a simple, quick card to make and I love that it uses washi tape!  No fussing over coloring! Be sure and check out the rest of the design team blogs if you have time!  We're all sharing new release inspiration every day through next week, so you'll have lots of fun ideas to see! 2017 SignatureContinue Reading...
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A Muse Studio New Release Day!

A Muse Studio New Release Day!
The day is finally here!  The A Muse Studio new release is now available! I have to say, my favorite from the release has to be the new Bunny Candy Package!  There are so many possibilities for this!  I dressed mine up with the pretty new cardstocks, googly eyes and a little pearl sticker for a tail!  Inside, I put a Hershey's Chocolate Nugget which is the perfect rectangular shape and size.  The nose and mouth are selectively stamped from the bunny in the (new release) Happy Spring set. 2017 MarchMelissa10 Closeup2 WM I also made a little treat bag to go with these cute critters using the little Lunch Sack Die.  I embellished it with a die cut Stitched Egg (new release ) and delicate, mini die cut flower and added a little Bermuda pearl sticker to the flower center.  The egg is watercolored using Splash Color Spray. 2017 MarchMelissa10 Closefup WM The simple sentiment is from the (new release) Sweet Easter set & is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I filled it with green crinkle paper grass and additional treats. I hope this gives you some ideas for simple spring/Easter gift ideas!  I'm thinking teachers and classmates might just need a few of these in a variety of colors and patterns!  I may even try adding some of the adorable Bunny Bums (cotton tails) that are available in the store to the back of the bunnies!  So cute! Have fun shopping in the online store and making the items on your wish list a reality!  You can find the new release here.  If you just can't narrow it down and want the entire new release, you can purchase the I Want It All Bundle!  Enjoy spring's arrival and stop back often as I'll be back with even more new release inspiration in the days ahead! 2017 SignatureContinue Reading...
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A Muse Studio Sneak Peek: Day 3

A Muse Studio Sneak Peek:  Day 3
Today is the third and final day of sneak peeks for A Muse Studio's upcoming new release!  That means tomorrow is release day!  Doing a little happy dance, are you?! For today's sneak peek, I chose to create a watercolored design using one of the adorable bunnies in the new release along with the awesome new stitched egg die cuts! 2017 MarchMelissa3 Closeup WM I used a mixture of the fantastic Splash Inks to watercolor the eggs and main panel (using watercolor paper).  These sprays are so fun to use and, as you can see, can be used in other ways than the obvious!  I stamped the adorable bunny in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Vanilla cardstock before cutting it out and adhering it to the main panel with foam adhesive.  I attached the main panel to the card base using foam adhesive to add a little more dimension. It's time to get your wish list started if you haven't already!  Tomorrow's the big day!  While you're at it, go ahead and follow A Muse on Instagram and like their page on Facebook to keep updated on current events and the future new releases! I'll be back tomorrow with even more A Muse Studio inspiration!  Have a great Thursday! 2017 Signature Save Save SaveContinue Reading...
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A Muse Studio Sneak Peek: Day 2

A Muse Studio Sneak Peek:  Day 2
It's Day 2 of sneak peeks over at A Muse Studio!  Today, I'm sharing a super clean and simple design I created with the new Happy Spring stamp set, being released this Friday!  It's a cute little set and this adorable bunny is one of the critters included in it! I stamped and fussy cut the bunny (coordinating dies will be available with the new release).  I die cut a little bow tie using one of the new release gingham cardstocks and the mini bow tie die.  I popped up the assembled bunny & bow tie with foam adhesive on the white cardstock base after stamping the simple sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. 2017 MarchMelissa9 Closeup WM Such a simple card and you could use a variety of patterned cardstock to vary the bow tie a bit!  Great for mass producing, but with a variety of patterns and colors! Tomorrow is the final day of sneak peeks!  You might want to get your wish list started because Friday the entire new release will be available in the online store!  Don't forget to follow along with A Muse on Instagram and Facebook for the latest updates and inspiration! Have a wonderful Wednesday! 2017 SignatureContinue Reading...
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CASology MELT

CASology MELT
It's Tuesday and time for a new cue word over at CASology!  This week, we're going for a little melting action in the gallery to celebrate the arrival of spring on the calendar! Week 241 - Melt My thoughts turned toward things that tend to make your heart melt.  For me, it's hugs from little ones!  I simply watercolored the main panel and added a little shimmer with a Heidi Swapp Color Shine spritz before adding a simple die cut sentiment (STAMPlorations Hugs Word Die).  The sentiment was adhered to the main panel using foam adhesive to add a little dimension.  The layered main panel was also adhered to the card base with foam dots. 2017 Mar21 MELT Closeup   I hope you'll join in the fun this week and go leave some blog love on the design team members' blogs!  They've created some fantastic inspiration again this week! DT Badge
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  Don't forget to link up your own MELT creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT) for your chance to win the prize from STAMPlorations, this week's sponsor!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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A Muse Studio Sneak Peek: Day 1

A Muse Studio Sneak Peek:  Day 1
Excitement is in the air!  Today is Day 1 of A Muse Studio's sneak peeks for Friday's new release!  Spring and Easter are on our minds now and you're going to love what's included in the new goodies that will soon be in the store! For today's sneak peek, I chose to create a design using some of the new release patterned cardstocks for paper piecing!  If you like cuddly little bunnies, this release is for you!  Bunnies are running rampant (along with some other critters)!  The trio I used on this design are from the new Sweet Easter stamp set.  After paper piecing the bunnies, I layered them with die cuts from the Landscape Die set and chose Grass cardstock for the grass.  I assembled the scene on the main panel using foam adhesive for dimension. 2017 MelissaMarch1 Closeup WM Stay tuned for another sneak peek tomorrow!  In the meantime, go ahead and follow A Muse on Instagram and like their page on Facebook to keep updated on current events and the upcoming new releases!Continue Reading...
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