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CASology #115: Chocoholics Beware!

It's time for a new cue word challenge over at CASology!  Better hope your will power is going strong this week!  Me?!  I'm just stocking up on extra M-n-M's for the occasion.


My mind wouldn't let me do anything other than the obvious on this one!


I've had this particular stamp set from Gel-A-Tins forever!  I'm not even sure if they still sell it!  Probably not.  I love the little saying:  "Man cannot live on chocolate alone.  But a woman can!"  There may be a some truth to that, especially if you have coffee to go with it!

Be sure and go visit the blogs of the design team and this week's guest designer!  They'd love to hear from you!

 
May Park - taking a break 
Meghan McMillan
Melissa Chipperfield (you are here)
Tracey McNeely

Then, don't forget to link up your own chocolate creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT) for you chance to with a prize from this week's sponsor, Create a Smile!

Have a terrific Tuesday!
Melissa
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CASology #114: FLUTTER (Kick)

It's time for a brand new cue word challenge over at CASology and this week our hearts are all aflutter!

 

Well, some of our hearts are fluttering over this one, but not mine.  I will be the first to admit, inspiration did not come as easily with this word as others.  I thought of butterflies and hearts, but wasn't wanting to go those routes as flying things and valentine type cards just aren't prompting any creativity from me these days!  Pumpkins are on the brain, but those just don't flutter that I'm aware of!

I ended up on a completely different track as I thought back over the summer months and swimming.  Flutter kick anyone?!


I stamped a little boy image I had buried in my stash, used only the shorts and legs & colored them with Copic markers.  I adhered everything but the legs and feet to the card, wanting them to kick freely!  I used one of Mama Elephant's Creative Cuts dies and a metal sheet from Add a Little Dazzle (our sponsor this week) to create the wave, adhering it directly to the card base.  The sentiment was stamped last and is from a retired CTMH (Close to My Heart) set.

I really hope this guy knows how to swim because that's a pretty big wave I gave him to master.  Sorry, little dude.

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

 
May Park - taking a break 
Meghan McMillan
Melissa Chipperfield (you are here)
Tracey McNeely

Then, be sure and link up your own FLUTTER creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT)

Have a terrific Tuesday!

Melissa
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Precious Remembrance Halloween New Release Blog Hop!


Are you ready for some more new release fun?! Today, Precious Remembrance Shop is releasing a brand new Halloween set called Beware and, to celebrate, we're having a little blog hop...with a prize, of course!

http://www.preciousremembranceshop.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=25_94&product_id=128

To win, just be sure and do the following:
One lucky winner will be chosen randomly to win the new set!  The giveaway ends Friday, September 26, 2014.


For my first card, I stenciled a chevron pattern on a panel of white cardstock.  I first sponged a little black ink over the stencil and then sprayed green Heidi Swapp Iridescent Spritz over it to add some Halloween color and shine.  After this was dry, I stamped the trick or treat border stamp across the panel.  I stamped the October 31 circle and used my 1-inch circle punch to cut it out before popping it up with a foam dot.  I added a touch of sparkle to the edges & sentiment of the circle using my Wink of Stella brush marker.  I then mounted the main panel on a piece of black cardstock and popped up the layered piece with foam dots on the card base.

 

For my second card, I had those cute little lollipops on my mind that the kids bring home every year from their school Halloween celebrations!  I stamped the upper and lower borders using border stamps from the set.  I used the jack-o-lantern circle to create the lollipops in three different colors and used the dotted border stamp to create the sticks, masking over the trick or treat border image I'd previously stamped!

There are so many possibilities for this set, don't you think?!  I know you really want to win it, so you'd better get hopping if you haven't already started!  Here is the blog hop list if you'd like to make sure you get to each stop:
  
Melissa Chipperfield - you're here!


I hope you'll join us!  Good luck!

Melissa
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Clean & Simple Uniko Studio Challenge

Here I am posting Friday afternoon. It's been one of those weeks when life throws you a box of curve balls and you feel like you just want to crash on the couch, only, you can't.  Everyone needs you...five minutes ago!



Clean & Simple with color inspiration

I whipped up a clean and simple card late one evening while the house was calm and quiet.  I needed to do something crafty.  Remembering Uniko Studio's Challenge #14:  Clean & Simple, I played along with their All Occasions Sentiments #2 set.  These sets are some of my favorite sentiment sets with big, bold, beautiful fonts that work so well on CAS cards!


I used some shimmery watercolors as a background for the sentiment and then used a combination of sequins and gemstones as embellishments.  So simple, but that's how I like my cards!

I hope you've had a good week!  I'm off now to check on DS2.  He had a fever for almost three days and is now enduring hives.  The joys of viruses, I tell you!  Add to that a DH who has to put in long hours at work this week, a DS3 who decided to kiss the side of his nose with the edge of his bike handle bars (you know, the metal part) and a clingy DD and you get the idea...I'm ready for the weekend!  Life can only get better!


Enjoy yours!

Melissa
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CASology #113: GRASS Skirt

It's time for a new cue word challenge over at CASology and this week we're thinking about grass!

 

How you interpret this cue word is entirely up to you!  For me, this word brought visions of a lawn, snakes (*shudder*), ants, picnics and...grass skirts.

Stamps:  Mama Elephant (Sketchy Letters), Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps (Hibiscus 2)

I remembered I had some grass cutting scissors in my stash that haven't been used in ages and dug them out!  I simply created a little grass skirt on a popped up panel of white cardstock.  The flower image was stamped and sponged with pink and orange inks.  Three hot pink gemstones were added to the flower center for a little sparkle.  I inked the letters of the sentiment in green and turquoise inks to coordinate with the rest of the design.

I hope you'll take some time this week to visit the rest of the design team member and guest designer blogs!


 
Meghan McMillan
Melissa Chipperfield (you are here)
Tracey McNeely
Guest Designer:  Hyo jin
 
Then, be sure and link up your own GRASS creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT) for your chance to win a prize from this week's sponsor, STAMPlorations!
 
 
Have a terrific Tuesday!

Melissa
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