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It's Tuesday & that means it's time for a brand new cue word over at CASology!  Time to polish up those writing skills because this week's challenge might just inspire you to send someone a letter (inside your newly made card, of course)!

I started stamping away in my craft room and found myself completely uninspired with anything I started until, finally, inspiration finally struck and I came up with a very, very simple idea.  Thank goodness for simple!

Stamp:  StampinUp!

I simply scored two diagonal lines extending from the corners, stamped a letter seal image, fussy cut and popped it up with a foam dot near where the lines intersect to make the overall design look like an envelope.  So easy!  I may just use this design for future valentines!  Can you imagine just how quickly they would come together?!

Be sure and leave the design team some blog love!  They'd love to hear from you!



Melissa Chipperfield - You are here.
Tracey McNeely

Then, don't forget to link up your own creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT)!

 

 Have a terrific Tuesday!

Melissa
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Precious Remembrance Shop New Release Blog Hop!

The day is finally here! It's time for the August new release over at Precious Remembrance Shop!  We're having a blog hop to celebrate!  You'll want to hop along for your chance to win the new stamp set for yourself (see giveaway details at end of this post)!  You should have arrived here from wonderful Lisa's blog.  If not, feel free to start at the beginning by bopping over to the Precious Remembrance Shop blog!


I have to tell you, I was just a little more than excited when I first laid eyes on this one!  Take a look at the brand new School Days stamp set!  It's just in time for the beginning of a new school year!


I created my usual clean & simple design using that adorable school bus and the fantastic, big "thanks"!


I stamped the bus on yellow cardstock before fussy cutting and adding two clear gemstones to the headlights.  I decided to use a diagonal, off center orientation for both the bus and the sentiment for added interest.  The bus is popped up with foam dots for dimension.  I always need thank you cards like this throughout the school year and this one is going to be so easy to recreate!  I think even my boys could put one of these cards together!

Here are the giveaway details:
  • Giveaway ends Saturday, August 29, 2015.
  • Leave comments on the Precious Remembrance Shop's blog post as well as each of the design team member's blogs to be eligible to win the prize, one School Days stamp set.
  • One lucky winner will be chosen randomly.
  • To keep updated with our projects, join us on Facebook, Pinterest & Instagram, if you haven't already.
From here, you'll want to head on over to lovely Sue's blog!  Good luck!


Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Melissa
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CASology in Plaid

It's Tuesday and you know what that means!  A new cue word is up over at CASology and it's time to switch gears and start brainstorming again!


When I think of plaid, I think of fall fashion, so attempted to make a fashionable card with the help of a sweet little panda from Sweet Stamp Shop!  I dressed him up with a little paper pieced hat and some rather large spectacles (from a retired set).  I think he's rather cute.


Be sure and leave the design team some blog love!  They'd love to hear from you!


Melissa Chipperfield - You are here.
Tracey McNeely 

Then, don't forget to link up your own creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT)!

 
 Have a terrific Tuesday!

Melissa
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Birthday Butterflies

Stamps:  STAMPlorations

One more birthday card this week!  I guess birthdays must be on my mind!  I wanted to showcase the wonderful stamps from STAMPlorations, our sponsor over at CASology!

 

I stamped the patterned background using an image from the Mini Mixed Media set.  I stamped two of the butterflies (Trendy Butterflies set) directly onto the background image and then a third onto a piece of white cardstock before fussy cutting it.  It was then popped up with a foam dot and a clear gemstone was added to one of its wings.  So simple!


I'm also linking this up with the Anything Goes Challenge over at STAMPlorations.


Have a fantastic Friday!

Melissa
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Birthday Bestie

Yesterday was my birthday. Today is my best friend's birthday! August birthdays (a day apart) are just one thing we have in common. This friend of mine is one-of-a-kind and so talented at so many things! If you aren't familiar with her blog, you really should go check it out! She's the reason I'm stamping today!  While you're there, go ahead and wish her a very happy birthday!  She'll be so surprised!  Aren't we all so grateful for our friends who walk through life with us?  I know I don't tell them enough how much I appreciate them!

Stamps:  STAMPlorations (Trendy Butterflies, Grateful Beyond Words)
I sponged the chevron design using a stencil.  The butterfly was stamped, fussy cut and spritzed with my favorite sprays (Heidi Swapp - Color Shine).  The sentiment was stamped in black ink and then three gemstones were added to finish off the design.


I'm linking this up to the STAMPlorations Anything Goes Challenge!



In other exciting news, I'm a Featured Designer over at Paper Crafter's Library today, so you'll want to go see what I'm sharing over there!  Coffee and cameras, anyone?!



Have a great Thursday!

Melissa
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Birthday Blog Candy!

Stamps (Paper Trey, Precious Remembrance Shop - sentiment)

Today is my birthday!  I've now reached the age where one doesn't get all that excited about such things, but I figured I'd put forth a little effort and make your  week a little more exciting by offering up a little blog candy!  I've been cleaning out my craft room, after all!

Forty things from my stash (+ a $10 Starbucks gift card and a bag of Lindt chocolates for good measure).


Birthday Blog Candy Rules:

1.  To enter, link your blog here using the link tool below.  I'd love to come say hello!
2.  The link tool will close Sunday, August 23, at midnight (CDT) and I will then select a random entry using random.org.
3.  At this time, I will only be able to ship to addresses in the U.S.A.  I wish I could ship worldwide, but international shipping costs have become quite spendy!


Good luck!


I'm linking this card up with the current CASology challenge!



 Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Melissa
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CASology: What’s in a Number?

It's Tuesday and time for a brand new cue word over at CASology!


Summer is filled with birthdays in our house, especially July & August!  I went with a birthday themed card since today is DS3's birthday!


I stamped this cute zebra (Stamps by Judith's Lg. Zebra Critter) in black ink.  I then masked and added the balloons (Sweet Stamp Shop - retired set), paper piecing them with three different green decorative papers from my stash.  The sentiment (from Verve's Making a Statement set) was stamped last.  This card is pretty close to being one layer and I like that!

Be sure and leave the design team & our guest designer some blog love!  They'd love to hear from you!


Melissa Chipperfield - You are here.
Tracey McNeely
Guest Designer:  Marilyn 

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, this week's sponsor!

DS3 still loves zebras and requested a zebra themed birthday again this year.  Makes the birthday party decorating easy when he requests the same theme twice in a row!  We celebrated a little early since grandparents were in the house over the weekend!


Five.  How did that happen?!  Soon, DD & I will be spending our days together with no boys in the house until mid-afternoon!  I'm not sure I'm ready for this!  DS3 is our polite, easy going child and I'm already feeling like it's going to be hard for this momma to watch him take that big step of all day school.  Not that I was anxious for my older two to start when it was their turn, but this boy's sweetness is something a mother wants to hold on to as long as she possibly can.  However, time waits for no one & I'll have to take a deep breath and simply trust.


Until tomorrow, enjoy your today!

Melissa
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Hugs & Kisses

We're gearing up for a visit from grandparents today in our house.  DH's parents will arrive sometime this evening and stay through the weekend!  They always bring love and lots of fun to wear out the kids (...and the kids will wear them out)!

I've been going through my stash of crafty things, purging and reorganizing.  This has been a rather slow process this summer, but I'm doing a little every week and things are starting to come together in the new craft room.  I'm amazed at how my style has changed over the years and I have quite a pile of things to donate or sell.  Feels so good to be taking an honest look at things and I'm discovering new inspiration in the middle of it all!  I'm looking forward to using all the newfound goodies as autumn nears and my days slow a little (at least, I hope they do...).

I made a card using one of my forgotten stamp sets with grandparents in mind.


This is a sets from Ms. Kimm Creates.  I love her stamp sets (& need to add a few of the newer ones to my updated stash)!  The images & fonts fit my simple style so well!  This particular set is called Death by Chocolate.  I framed the images and sentiment using Lil' Inker's Dual Dotted Squares Dies, a recent favorite of mine.

I typically spend more time with my camera than with my stamps in the summer months, so I'll share an update of the kids.  Hope you don't mind!  While I miss regular stamping and blogging in the warmer months, I don't want to miss the joys of childhood that these four create!

http://www.emotionallensphoto.com/


Enjoy the rest of your week!

Melissa
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Fish Love

It's Tuesday and time for a brand new cue word over at CASology!  We're thinking about all things related to water this week!


I went with fish simply because I've had this cute fish themed set in my stash for some time now which has never touched ink!  I used a stencil to sponge the background panel.  The fish were colored with Copic markers and cut out before being popped up along with the heart.  The heart sparkles a little with the help of a Wink of Stella brush marker.

Stamps:  Uniko Studio, Simon Says Stamp

Be sure and leave the design team & our guest designer some blog love!  They'd love to hear from you!


Melissa Chipperfield - You are here.

Then, don't forget to link up your own creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT) for your chance to win the prize from Uniko Studio, this week's sponsor!


Have a terrific Tuesday!

Melissa
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