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A Muse Studio May New Release: Sneak Peek 1

A Muse Studio May New Release:  Sneak Peek 1
Are you ready for the May A Muse Studio new release coming this Friday?  We're pretty excited and three days of sneak peeks begin today! logo For today, I thought I'd share a card I made with the new Vintage Florals.  This set is absolutely beautiful and it's perfect for creating Mother's Day cards! I used Winter Sky and Navy pigment inks on watercolor paper to create the look on the background panel, adding water to the inks and blending with a watercolor brush.  The flower is inked with Habanero pigment ink, lightly spritzed with water and then stamped on the watercolor background. 2017 AprilMelissa9 closeup The finished panel was popped up on a Vanilla cardstock base using foam adhesive.  The pretty sentiment is from the Aren't You Sweet set which is an existing set in the online store.  It was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Vanilla cardstock.  I trimmed the cardstock into a banner shape and popped it up with foam adhesive over the main panel. Mother's Day is right around the corner now and it's easy to create simple cards using combinations of stamp sets as I did here! Stay tuned for another sneak peek tomorrow!  Three fantastic stamp sets will be released together on Friday and you're going to love them!  Be sure and leave a comment on the A Muse blog each day for your chance to win one of these sets!   2017 SignatureContinue Reading...

CASology SEASON

CASology SEASON
It's Tuesday and time for a brand new cue word over at CASology!  This week, we're brainstorming with the word SEASON! Week 246 - Season I have been thinking about the seasons of life lately as my youngest is fast approaching school age and my oldest is getting way too close to starting high school!  Time really does fly and it waits for none of us.  I went with a sympathy card as it seems there have been many funerals for those finishing up their last season of life lately.  It really does make one stop and consider their own life. The flowers are from Uniko Studio's Uniko Style set.  The images were stamped in Amuse Studio inks.  The sentiment was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and is from one of Paper Trey Ink's anniversary sets I found in my stash.  I love that this ended up being a one layer design.  I thought about adding some glitter, but had second thoughts considering the theme of the card! I hope you'll join us over at CASology this week as we see how everyone interprets this cue word!  Be sure and visit the design team members' blogs as well as Donna's blog (our guest designer this week) and see how they interpreted the cue word! DT Badge
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CASology GROWth

CASology GROWth
It's time for a new cue word over at CASology and we're focusing on growth this week!  Spring is definitely emerging in the landscape now and DS1 actually mowed the grass last week for the first time this year!  Things are growing! Week 245 - Grow I chose to combine two sets from STAMPlorations to create this simple design (All You Need is Coffee & Literary Caffeine-ations).  I masked the steam using Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink.  The cup was stamped, fussy cut and paper pieced with decorative paper from my stash.  It was then popped up over the steam using foam adhesive.  I stamped the funny sentiment in Tuxedo Memento Black ink and added three brown gemstones to the mug.  That's it! I hope you'll visit the design team member and guest designer blogs and leave them a little blog love when you have a little time this week!  They've done such a great job providing inspiration this week! DT Badge
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CASology STRONG

CASology STRONG
It's Tuesday and time for a brand new cue word over at CASology!  This one is full of strength and it's going to be interesting to see how everyone interprets it! Week 244 - Strong I decided to use a digital image from Kitty Bee Designs to create my design.  This time of year, winds are often strong and kite flying is a popular spring time activity!  I printed the panda image and then framed it using a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle Die.  I colored the kite with watercolors and then applied a thin layer of sparkle using a Clear Overlay Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen.  The bear's eye spot was colored using a Copic C7 gray marker.  The sentiment is from the Precious Remembrance Shop Positive Thoughts set.  The finished main panel is popped up on the card base using foam adhesive for dimension. Be sure and go say hello on the design team member and guest designer blogs! DT Badge
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Then, be sure and link up your own STRONG creation by Monday at NOON (CDT) for your chance to win the prize from Kitty Bee Designs, this week's sponsor! Have a terrific Tuesday!   2017 Signature SaveContinue Reading...
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CASology with ICING

CASology with ICING
It's Tuesday and time for a brand new cue word over at CASology!  Brainstorming should be rather sweet this week. Week 243 - Icing I used an older Hero Arts robot wooden stamp for this design.  It's from the 3 Robots set.  The simple, clean font sentiment is from the more recent Hero Arts Birthday Animal Silhouettes set.  I stamped the robot first in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, coloring it with Copic markers.  I then applied a thin layer of Molotow Art Masking Liquid to the middle of the robot to prevent it from being inked while creating the curvy line.  I used one of the curvy Landscape Dies from A Muse to create a stencil for the inked curve.  After making sure the masking liquid was dry, I used the new Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks in Spiced Marmalade (orange) and Faded Jeans (blue) to create the curved line.  I then removed the masking liquid from the robot and applied Orange Slice Stickles for a little sparkle and interest.  The main panel was adhered to a black piece of cardstock to frame it and then the assembled piece was popped up on the card base with foam adhesive.  I couldn't resist adding a couple of googly eyes to finish the design. Don't forget to leave the design team members and our guest designer a little blog love this week for all the wonderful inspiration they've created!  We love hearing from you! DT Badge
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  Then, don't forget to link up your own ICING creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT) for your chance to win the prize from Serendipity Stamps, this week's sponsor! I'm thinking it may be a cupcake kind of day in our house.  White...with buttercream frosting.  And, of course, colorful sprinkles! I'm also linking this card up to the April Anything Goes Challenge (as long as it includes Hero Arts images) over at A Blog Named Hero! 2017 Apr Challenge Logo Have a terrific Tuesday! 2017 SignatureContinue Reading...
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A Blog Named Hero April Challenge

A Blog Named Hero April Challenge
It's time for the April A Blog Named Hero Challenge!  This month, we're focusing on Hero Arts and Anything Goes! 2017 Apr Challenge Logo If I had to choose a favorite Hero Arts set right now, it would have to be their Totally set.  Cityscapes always grab my attention!  I combined it with sentiments from their You & Me set and the little heart from the Sealed with a Kiss set for today's design. To create this one layer design, I stamped the cityscape in black ink in the lower left corner and then staggered the sentiments along the top right of the building.  The little heart was stamped in red ink and fussy cut.  I added a little sparkle with a clear Wink of Stella brush marker.  The little heart was popped up with foam adhesive to add a little dimension to the simple design. I hope you'll come play along with us this month!  Remember, anything goes! Have a marvelous Monday!   2017 Signature   2017 Supplies Title for Solo Posts
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Mocha Love with Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Mocha Love with Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop
It's Friday!  Another week is about done and tomorrow is April 1st!  Wow, time flies! 2017 SpringCoffeeLoversHopLogo I wanted to create one more coffee themed card this week for the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop that ends todayA Muse Studio has a coffee set called Mocha Me Happy that I've been eyeing for quite some time now and recently acquired. I decided to create a one-layer design this time.  I masked off the area where I wanted to place the sentiment and splattered the rest of the kraft card base with white ink that had been diluted with water.  Once the ink was dry, I stamped the coffee cup, sentiments and heart in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I used a red distress crayon to color the heart, adding a touch of water with a watercolor brush. 2017 Mar31 CoffeeHop Closeup I hope you've had time to join in the blog hop fun this spring!  It's always a fun hop and there is so much inspiration!  Thank you again, Amy, for putting together another fantastic hop! Have a fabulous Friday!   2017 SignatureContinue Reading...
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A Muse Studio Chicks

A Muse Studio Chicks
I'm back today sharing some cute chicks from the A Muse Studio new release. logo I'm loving the Landscape Dies and decided to use the cloud shaped one to add a little dimension to the design.  I trimmed my die cut piece of Sugar cardstock to fit the corner of the card base.  The adorable little chicks are stamped on Lemon Whip cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, cut out and popped up beneath the stitched die cut with foam adhesive.  I colored their beaks with an orange Copic marker.  The sentiment was also stamped in black.  The chicks and sentiment are both from the new Sweet Easter set.  The stitched die cut was attached to the card base using foam adhesive. 2017 MarchMelissa6 Closeup WM This card would be a great friendship card, don't you think? That wraps up my marathon of ideas for this month's spring/Easter release!  Now I get to dig into next month's goodies and start brainstorming and designing!  You're going to love next month's new release!  Promise!   2017 SignatureContinue Reading...
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A Muse Studio New Release Easter Wreath

A Muse Studio New Release Easter Wreath
Happy Wednesday!  We've made it to mid-week and now there are just two days until the weekend!  April 1st is just three days away!  Can you believe that?! I'm back today with some A Muse Studio new release Easter inspiration!  I combined stamp sets to create a little Easter wreath design.  I used the leaf sprig from the Tiptoe Through the Tulips set with the little polka dot eggs from the new Sweet Easter set to put together a simple circle. 2017 MarchMelissa4 Closeup WM The wreath was stamped in Grass ink first and then I stamped the eggs using Orange, Bermuda and Lemon Whip inks.  I stamped the sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black ink in the center of the wreath.  The eggs were cut out and then attached to the card base using foam adhesive.  That's it!  I used a 5x5 Sugar cardstock base this time as I felt the shape better suited the circular wreath. I wonder if any of you have received product from the new release yet?  What did you pick?  I can't wait to see what you create!  Go ahead and leave me a link in the comments when you post something using the new release and I'll come take a peek!   2017 SignatureContinue Reading...

CASology TEXT

CASology TEXT
A new cue word is up over on the CASology challenge blog and you'll love how many different options it provides!  Just think how many things text appears on!  These days, most everyone is texting (except maybe my father who doesn't care for it at all)! Week 242 - Text I used the hashtags and single words in Waffle Flower's wonderful Bowtiful stamp set to create a very clean and simple design!  White on white is always such a fresh, clean look on a CAS design, isn't it?  The main panel was cut using a die from Mama Elephant's Peek a Frame Die Set.  The hashtags and words were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and the little heart was stamped in StampinUp! Pacific Point ink (blue).  The finished main panel was popped up with foam dots to add a little dimension and the design was complete!  This is actually going to our teenage nephew this week! Be sure and take some time to visit the design team member and guest designer blogs and leave them a little blog love this week!  They create such fantastic inspiration each week! DT Badge
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A Muse Studio Stitched Easter Eggs

A Muse Studio Stitched Easter Eggs
Happy Tuesday!  I'm back with an Easter card today using A Muse Studio's brand new Stitched Eggs Dies!  These dies are so full of possibilities! amusestudio.com For this card, I used a Vanilla cardstock base.  I used Splash inks to create a watercolored look on a piece of watercolor paper before die cutting the stitched eggs. 2017 MarchMelissa8 Closeup WM I then lined up the trio and adhered the individual eggs to the card base using foam adhesive to add a little dimension.  Vanilla twine was tied around one of the eggs to add a little interest to the design.  The sentiment is from the new Happy Spring set and is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink below the eggs.  I finished the card by adding a strip of the pretty new Slim Spring Duo Washi Tape near the bottom of the design. I can just see myself die cutting a pile of these beautiful stitched eggs!  There are six different sizes of eggs in the set, so lots of options for craft projects! I'll be back with another new release idea tomorrow, so be sure and stop back to grab some more inspiration!   2017 Signature  Continue Reading...

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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