CASology Magic

I apologize to those of you who came here from the CASology blog. Who knew I'd be so deviant with this challenge?!  However, I really don't feel sorry about my behavior at all.  Nope.  Not at all.  The way I see it, I preserved the most white space I've ever seen on a card!  However, I suppose I should share something just a little more magical for those of you who made the effort to bop over here and see what kind of crazy person actually posts a card like that!  Some inspiration I am!

So here's my actual card for this week's challenge, magically appearing only on this blog with a bunny for its focal image...because magic makes me think of a bunny.  In a black hat.  But I didn't have a black hat in my stash.

Since this bunny is in the magical show business, I decided to give him a little sparkle with my Wink of Stella Brush Marker.  I also gave him some sparkle in his eye by using a black rhinestone.  The sentiment is from an older valentine set by Paper Trey.  I was able to preserve plenty of white space even when the bunny magically appeared on the card.  The sparkle adds interest and dimension was provided by the use of foam dots under both the main, die cut panel and the furry critter.

Don't forget to go leave the design team members and this week's guest designers some blog love this week!  They've been working so hard to keep the inspiration coming each week!

Meghan McMillan
Melissa Chipperfield (you are here)
Tracey McNeely

Then, be sure and link up your own MAGIC creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT) for you chance to win a prize from STAMPlorations, this week's sponsor!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Owl Birthday Bash

I wanted to be sure and share a little collage of DD's first birthday bash!  We had a local bakery make the cake and it turned out so cute!  The little owl was a cupcake that lifted off the top of the cake to serve as DD's smash cake!  She absolutely loved it!!!

Today, she had her one year doctor check up and continues to grow like a little weed!  She's still hovering in the 25th percentile on the growth charts!

Enjoy the rest of your Thursday!

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Precious Remembrance Guest Designer!

I am so excited to be guest designing over at Precious Remembrance this month!  Today is my first day & here's a sneak peek:

I hope you'll bop on over and get the rest of the details!  Keep yourselves posted for future Precious Remembrance creations here on the blog!  I can't wait to share more with you!

I hope you're having a wonderful Wednesday!

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CASology: Fruit STRIPE Gum

It's time for a brand new cue word challenge over at CASology today!


I suppose I could've taken this word, place a single stripe on my card base with a simple sentiment and called it good, but you know I have this thing for challenging myself to think of a way to creatively twist the cue words just a little these days.  I still used stripes, but simply because this week's cue word brought back a childhood memory that includes lots of colorful stripes!  I realized as I was putting this card together that I could have used this as inspiration for last week's rainbow challenge too!

So do you get what I'm playing off of here?!  If not, I'll tell you!  Does anyone remember Fruit Stripe gum and that adorable little zebra on the packages with his colorful stripes?

Fruit Stripe Gum 5 Flavors ( Box of 12 )   for $14.99    for $14.99    for $14.99
Source:  JGum
Do you remember the free tattoos in every package?  It's no wonder my siblings and I begged for this gum at the check out lines is it?  Until we entered our bubble blowing contest stage and had to graduate to something like Hubba Bubba so we had more bulk for huge, face covering creations!  Of course, if we didn't have the big stuff available, a whole pack of the Fruit Stripe in the mouth at once usually worked pretty well for our competitions!

When I first wandered down to my craft room to get started on this idea, I soon discovered I owned absolutely zero horse or zebra stamps!  In my head, I could picture a zebra stamp that I thought I had, but that I must have just thought of purchasing at one time and didn't.  A quick search for digital zebras led me to the Squared Zebra (by Sonia at SKdigis) above.  I gave him a little hair cut for his stint on my card, though.  I hope he doesn't mind too much, but it is summer, after all.

I printed the zebra on Copic blending card and colored him with Copic markers before fussy cutting the image.  I added a little sparkle to every other stripe using my Wink of Stella Brush Marker.  I rounded two corners on both the main panel as well as the card base.  The colorful zebra was attached with foam dots.  I added two black gemstones to his eyes for a little fun dimension.  The sentiment was stamped in black ink and I added a trio of yellow sequins just because I couldn't resist.

I hope you'll bop over and visit the rest of the design team member blogs as well as this week's guest designer blogs!  They'd love to hear from you!

Meghan McMillan
Melissa Chipperfield (you are here)
Tracey McNeely
Guest Designer:  Sherrie
Guest Designer:  Kate

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

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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A Prickley Pear Happily Ever After

Today marks the end of my term as guest designer over at Prickley Pear! It has been so much fun to revisit their stamps after being on the design team back in 2012! Their stamps are truly beautiful!

For today, I chose to make a clean and simple wedding card using the Heart Key Crown stamp set.

A simple wooden frame, gold ink, shimmery white cardstock and simple embellishments were the ingredients for this super quick card!  More details can be found on the Prickley Pear blog.

Have a wonderful Thursday!

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S’more i{heart}papers

I'm posting s'more cuteness from i{heart}papers today. This is my last post as guest designer for them!  I can't believe two months have already flown by! What fun!

I wanted to make a happy little campfire themed card since we've been having our fair share of backyard fire pit evenings this summer.  With roasted marshmallows, s'mores and sparklers, of course!  The evenings this summer have been absolutely perfect for such an activity and we're really enjoying them!

I used Lawn Fawn's Love You S'more & Into the Woods sets to create this card.  I paired the stamped images and sentiment with one of the speech bubbles from Avery Elle's Oh Yeah Dies.  The stamping was done with Memento Rich Cocoa Ink & the cute little fox was colored with Copic Markers.  Both the speech bubble and fox were popped up using foam dots to add a little dimension to the card.  I added a little yellow flower sequin from Lawn Fawn for interest and a little glimmer to the roasted marshmallow with a Wink of Stella Brush Glitter Marker.  I'm thinking this card will go to our neighbor who has been a steady playmate for the boys this summer!

We roasted marshmallows on our trip to Michigan last week!  We discovered a new park in the town we were staying in which had a fire pit and a fun little water play area.

DH ran after some marshmallows and matches while the boys collected some twigs and we had an impromptu campfire one evening!  DH once again explained the process involved to achieve a perfectly roasted marshmallow to the boys.

However, someone once again ignored the message...

...because he actually likes 'em this way (fully ignited and then blown out like a birthday candle)!

Owls are taking over my brain now as we prepare to celebrate DD's first birthday with extended family this weekend!   We did let her enjoy a little chocolate on her actual birthday just because that's what a girl is supposed to do on such an occasion!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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Doesn't everyone love rainbows?  I don't think I've ever heard anyone complain about seeing one!  This week over at CASology, it's all about rainbows, so you'll want to join in the fun!

My take on the cue word?!  Do you remember learning the colors of the rainbow in school?

For anyone not familiar with this:

R = red
O = orange
Y = yellow
G = green
B = blue
I = indigo
V = violet

I wanted to put the spotlight on this fun acronym so dug out my Mama Elephant Inline Letters dies and got to work.  The sentiment is from Verve's Blue Skies set.  By keeping the base color scheme black & white, I was able to effectively add a small pop of color using a trio of sequins.

I hope you'll take some time to visit the guest designer and design team member blogs this week!  Jen is celebrating her birthday today, so bop on over to her blog and leave her some birthday love!

Meghan McMillan (on a break)
Melissa Chipperfield (you are here)
Tracey McNeely
Guest Designer:  Hazel
Guest Designer:  Lindsey
Don't forget to link up your own RAINBOW creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT)!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Happiness is…

 ...a carousel ride.

...a gooey, roasted marshmallow.

...a day at the beach.

...fresh air.

...a beautiful sunset.

...ripe blueberries, freshly picked.

...a much needed nap.

...arriving home after time away.

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Celebrate School

It's Friday again and, after receiving some school papers in the mail for the upcoming school year, I couldn't help but think of school things!  I made a school themed card, knowing how excited kids get during the days leading up to the beginning of a new school year.  At least, the elementary aged ones I know usually feel this way about it!

Stamps:  Paper Smooches (Smarty Pants - bus & stars, Market Fresh - dashed line, Salutations - sentiment)
Ink:  Memento (Tuxedo Black), SU (Daffodil Delight)
Die:  Paper Smooches (Notebook)
Extras:  Wink of Stella Brush Marker, Copic Markers, black rhinestones (wheels)

I created my card using supplies from i{heart}papers.  I first die cut a notebook shaped panel of white cardstock using a Paper Smooches die.  I then stamped the dashed line and one word sentiment.  The bus was stamped, colored with Copic markers and then fussy cut before being popped up using foam dots.  I stamped a trio of yellow stars and added a little sparkle to them using a Wink of Stella Brush Marker.  For a little extra touch of fun, I added two small black rhinestones to the wheels for some extra dimension.  I adhered the entire main panel to the card base using foam dots.

I am joining in the current Paper Smooches Anything Goes Challenge as well as linking up with the current RUN challenge over at CASology because school bus drivers will soon be doing test RUNS of their bus routes in preparation for the new school year!

The family and I are actually on vacation as I'm typing this today.  DD is taking a nap after having a no nap kind of day yesterday.  It's good when a baby gets at least one nap per day...for everyone involved!  I'm enjoying the quiet along with a free cup of coffee & the guys are off climbing sand dunes and making more sand castles (or something of that sort...DH decided to replicate the Hoover Dam yesterday...).  We're enjoying Michigan beaches and blueberries straight from the bush.  This is what our family looks forward to every summer!  DD will enjoy it more next year.  This time, she is eating her fill of blueberries...and sand.

Have a great weekend!

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