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Tropical CASology

It's time for a new CASology cue word and I think you'll like it!  We know spring is coming, but it feels like it's not coming quite fast enough.  Tropical thoughts are definitely in order, don't you think?!


"Tropical" makes me think of a beach so I had to dig out some kraft cardstock.  With a beach, one hopes for plenty of sunshine, so that's what I included on my card.  Both the sun and the clouds were created using STAMPlorations ARTplorations stencils.  I used a Lawn Fawn die to frame a little sky scene and popped it up to add a little dimension.  The simple sentiment was stamped in black on top of one of the clouds and then three yellow sequins were added.

I hope you'll take a little time to visit the design team members' blogs as well as this week's guest designer's blog!  They'd love to hear from you!


Melissa Chipperfield - You are here. 
 
 Don't forget to link up your own TROPICAL creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT) for your chance to win a prize from STAMPlorations, this week's sponsor!


Have a terrific Tuesday!

Melissa
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Precious Remembrance Planning Page + a Wedding Card

 

It's time for more Tuesday Ideas over at Precious Remembrance blog today & I'm sharing a planning idea! You can check it out here!

I also wanted to share a wedding card idea that came to mind while stamping the planner page.  I love it when things come together fairly easily!


I used the filmstrip from the Journey stamp set as a frame for a love struck couple of smiley faces from the Coffee Love stamp set.  The sentiment is from one of the sets in the newest release, This Moment.  I heat embossed it with black embossing powder

DS1 ended up being bitten by the stomach bug yesterday morning, so we're back to square one in that department.  Strict quarantine measures were in place all day yesterday, so now I can only hope for the best.  Half the family is still waiting to see if they'll be bitten.  On a happier note, however, the rest of us spent some much needed time out in the sunshine and warmer temperatures of the day!  DD was one happy camper!  Oh, the mud puddles that are appearing!


Melissa
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A Prickley Pear Merci

Happy Monday! For those of you who observe Daylight Savings Time, did you remember to set your clocks ahead or did you forget and show up late somewhere?

I design for...

Today is Prickley Pear inspiration day and I have a thank you card to share.


I have had this glittery chevron paper stashed away for quite some time.  I thought it might go well with a black and white color scheme sometime and today was the day!  The Eiffel Tower image is actaully part of a larger, more detailed image in the Flourished Oval Sentiments clear set.  I simple colored the tower with a black marker and stamped it by itself.  I then die cut the flourish and adhered it to the main panel.  I stamped the simple sentiment (also from the Flourished Oval Sentiments set) last.  Three black gemstones were added as embellishments and the entire main panel was layered on a piece of black cardstock before being popped up over the decorative paper with foam dots.  The tower has some sparkle to it as I used a Wink of Stella brush marker on it.

I love trying to figure out ways to stretch my stamps beyond their obvious use.  By singling out the tower, I was able to create a completely different look than if I'd used the image as it is in the set.

I hope you had a good weekend!  DH finished the basement bathroom, so I no longer have to run upstairs while crafting!  It's the little things in life, you know!


Have a marvelous Monday!

Melissa
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Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

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It's about time I post my card for the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  I've had my card made, but life happens.

There are tons of fantastic sponsors again this time around and that means lots of prizes!!!  Have you made your card yet and linked it up?!  You have until Friday, March 6, at 11:55 p.m. to do so!  You can find all the details here!

I used a bright yellow watercolor as a background for my coffee themed card as well as some little pink flower sequins to go along with the spring theme.


I used the adorable new Daily Brew set from Ms. Kimm Creates.  For ink, I used SU's Soft Suede, a color that is becoming a favorite of mine all over again lately.

After I and DS3 fell ill with the good ole "stomach flu" over the past two days, I'm finally feeling more like myself (although, coffee doesn't sound good quite yet!) and ready to tackle life again.  I must admit, I'm feeling a bit OCD when it comes to disinfecting things around the house with bleach water!  This stuff is one of the trickier viruses to get rid of, surviving on surfaces for days rather than hours.  DS3 will be staying home again tomorrow as his appetite isn't quite back to normal yet and I don't want to send him back to school contagious!  Holding my breath for the rest of the family!


I hope you've had a wonderful Wednesday!

Melissa
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CASology in a Basket

It's Tuesday and you know what that means! A new cue word is going up over at CASology and this one, my friends, may prove to be a true challenge.


Spring is supposedly coming soon and that means Easter is too.  That's one route you could take this cue word...Easter basket.  Of course, you wouldn't have to attach any theme to a basket at all and just go with a plain ole basket of some sort.  Me?  I thought this one over and then it hit me!  Retail therapy always involves a basket, does it not?!  Of course, I don't usually use one of those hand held types because a basket on wheels is more my style these days when out shopping.  It's got a handy seat for DD and it's got lots of room for things not on my shopping list.  sigh.

I went uber clean and simple with my design...

Stamps:  Paper Smooches (Market Fresh)

Those little UPC codes on packages can be quite elusive sometimes, but I made sure it's easy to find on this card.  It's even down at the bottom of the card like most real ones are!  I pay attention to details like that, you know.  This really could have been a one layer card now that I think about it, but alas, I presently have a good sized to do list going right now and "remake card" is not on it.

I hope you'll take some time to show the rest of the design team & this week's guest designer some blog love on their blogs this week!  They've done a wonderful job of interpreting the cue word!


Melissa Chipperfield - You are here. 
Guest Designer:  Michelle 

Be sure and link up your own BASKET creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT) for your chance to win a fantastic prize from Cindy B Designs, our sponsor this week!


Have a terrific Tuesday!
Melissa
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Prickley Pear Bird Greetings

It's Monday and time for more Prickley Pear inspiration!  I think most of us are feeling the need for spring's arrival about now.  I, for one, am hoping for an early spring this year, but not letting my hopes get too high.  Mother Nature always seems to have a mind of her own!

I went with a spring looking image for today's card.  It's the cute new Singing Bluebirds image!


I used a sentiment from the Butterflies Clear set since it goes along with this image well.  The image was colored with Copic markers & a touch of sparkle was added to the blossoms using a Wink of Stella brush marker.

Be sure and check out the Prickley Pear blog for more Monday inspiration from the design team!


Have a marvelous Monday!

Melissa
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CASology Mini Creations

It's Tuesday again and that means it's time for a new cue word challenge over at CASology!  This week, we're downsizing a bit.


I was thinking of going down an entirely different path than I ended up traveling, but maybe I'll still go that direction later in the week.  Time will tell.  First, I have to find the stamp I was looking for in my stash...something that is not so mini anymore.  Sigh.


This week's sponor is Uniko Studio and I grabbed the Sweet Baby set because babies are simply "mini me's" of their parents, right?!

I die cut the main panel and stamped the onesie image, coloring it with Copic markers.  I added three tiny little gemstones for snaps and then stamped a simple sentiment.  The main panel is popped up with foam dots.  I just love a card that is primarily white with a pop of color and that's what I went with for this design.

Be sure and visit the design team member blogs as well as this week's guest designer's blogs and give them a little virtual hello!


Melissa Chipperfield - You are here. 
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 Uniko Studio!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

Melissa
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Prickley Pear Masculine Birthday

Monday has arrived again and it's time for more Prickley Pear inspiration!  This week, I wanted to make a simple, one layer birthday design.  Using one of the new classic car images in the store, I created a masculine card.

Stamps:  Prickley Pear (Ambulance, Circles Set Sentiments Clear Set - sentiment)

I used Soft Suede ink from SU as I love how it looks on kraft cardstock!  This card is so simple, but perfect for those men in your life who prefer to-the-point greetings without a lot of extra fluff!

If you haven't already, you'll want to go check out the new release in the store!  I don't know about you, but I'm ready for spring and the new release is full of spring themed images!

I hope you had a good weekend!  Mine was filled with a visit from family which meant lots of cousin fun for the kids!  There really is nothing like cousins when you're a child!  The giggling, the games, the noise...good times!


Have a marvelous Monday!

Melissa
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