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A Prickley Pear Thank You

Today, I'm guest designing again over on the Prickley Pear blog and wanted to showcase one of their sentiment stamps because they really are some of my favorites!

Stamps:  Prickley Pear (Thank You Would Suffice)
Using a stencil, I sprayed the pattern on a panel of white cardstock using Heidi Swapp navy and green shimmer inks. I then stamped the sentiment and rounded two of the panel's corners before popping it up on the card base with foam dots.  A very easily mass produced thank you card with a simple, yet beautifully elegant sentiment.  You can find more of Prickley Pear's wonderful sentiments both in red rubber and as part of their clear stamp sets.

Another fun weekend is fast approaching and then DD's birthday photo shoot is on my to do list for the new week ahead!  DH may have to help me out with this one because she is quite the wiggle worm these days!  Wish us luck!  It still amazes me how helpless a little one arrives into this world and how quickly they become independent!  Thankfully, she will actually stop a moment to snuggle a bit now and then!


Have a wonderful Thursday!

Melissa
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CASology: Run, Run as Fast as You Can!


I told you I'd be back with another take on this week's CASology RUN challenge, so here I am! What else came to mind with the RUN cue word?!  A classic children's story!


I remembered I had a digital gingerbread man image from The Stamping Boutique in my stash and printed it out.  I used Copic markers to bring it to life and then embellished the buttons a little.  I used a mini flower punch and a brown metal sheet from Add a Little Dazzle to create the base of the buttons and then added a little black gemstone to each one.  The arms of the gingerbread man are popped up to make it look as if he is beginning to peel himself off the card base.  The sentiment was stamped at an angle to match the orientation of the main image.

Beaches and blueberries are soon to be our experience.  Our annual summer family trip is fast approaching and we're pretty excited!  Before then, however, there is the packing to do.  I always figure if I can survive the prep work, vacation will be a breeze!


Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Melissa
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CASology #105: Making a RUN for It!


I've been a runner since back in high school.  I vividly remember wanting to get myself into regular running and yet cringing a little at the thought, not quite sure if I could do it and actually stick with it...and truly enjoy it.  I started by running a few blocks.  After dark, mind you, so no one I knew in school would see me.  My parents had my younger brother bike alongside me to keep me company on those short little runs.  As I got older, I went on my own.  Still after dark, but for longer distances and on busier streets.  Today?  I still run, but not as regularly, not as far and usually on my treadmill.  I have a strong dislike for jogging with a stroller, usually ending up stiff & sore from not being able to run properly.  Someday I'll be back on the trail!  Maybe with DH again...or one of the kids!

My first pair of real running shoes were from a popular athletic company.  I still think their shoes are some of the most attractive out there, but I tend to choose shoes more for comfort now than looks and, unfortunately (or fortunately), a different brand is hugging my feet.  I am seriously considering giving them another chance, though, next time I need a new pair of shoes.  It's been quite a few years and, who knows?  Maybe they've come out with something I'd like.  For now, they are the inspiration for my card this week.


I have a few friends who run races regularly.  I figure I can send this to one of them soon.  I printed off a logo, taped it to some of Add a Little Dazzle's metal sheets and cut it out.  I adhered it to the card base and then stamped the message using Mama Elephant's Sketchy Letters alphabet.  Sometimes a creative message helps a CAS design by eliminating the need for any extra explanation.  The addition of a little colorful shine on the main image created simple interest and the message added the final touch.

I hope you'll join in this week's challenge over at CASology!  There are so many things that come to mind with this cue word!  In fact, I'll be sharing my other take on it later this week if someone else doesn't nab the idea before then!

Be sure and visit the design team members' and guest designers' blogs for inspiration and more detailed explanations of their CAS designs!  Then, don't forget to link up your own RUN creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT) for your chance to win a prize from Add a Little Dazzle, this week's sponsor!



 
Meghan McMillan (on a break)
Melissa Chipperfield (you are here)
Tracey McNeely
Guest Designer:  Meg
Guest Designer:  Lindsey
 
 
 Have a terrific Tuesday! 

Melissa
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Blunt Birthday Greetings

Friday.  Pinch me because I'm finding it hard to believe the weekend is already here again!  I'm finally feeling somewhat caught up from last week's travels!

I've had a card quietly waiting to be shared and today is its day to make an appearance.  It's Unity Friends with Flair day on the Unity blog and I used Unity stamps for this one layer birthday card!

Stamps:  Unity (One Day at a Time, Consider Yourself Vintage - sentiment)
I realize this card will have to be given to someone with the right sense of humor, but I couldn't resist using the sentiment!  The clock is stamped in SU's Soft Suede ink & it really gives it a vintage feel!

I'm beginning to gear up for one last summer vacation and DD's 1st birthday!  How is it possible that she's turning one in less than two weeks?  Big sigh!  Life really does pass like a dream and sometimes I feel like I'm blinking too much!



Have a fabulous Friday!
Melissa
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A Dragonfly Hello

Happy Thursday!  Once again, another week of summer is coming close to ending and I'm feeling like I'd like to find some brakes to slow time down a bit!  My goodness, this summer is flying by!

Today, I'm guest designing again over at Prickley Pear and I hope you'll go visit their blog and check out their store full of beautiful images and unique sentiments!

Stamps:  Prickley Pear (Dragonflies, Hibiscus 2 - sentiment)
Accessories:  Dragonfly die

I love that the clear stamp sets have coordinating dies and this Dragonflies set is one of the clear ones.

Complementing Die Set - PPRS-D021 Dragonfly (Not Included)

I used a simple sentiment from the Hibiscus 2 clear set.

I grounded the popped up dragonfly by masking a black stripe across the front of the card.  Thinking the design needed a little something more, I added three gold sequins.  This gave it a subtle pop of color without overtaking the original black and white color scheme.

It seems like I have a to do list a mile long lately.  Always something extra going on around here in addition to the needs of daily living!  One of the things on my list is going through our photos from our recent trip.  I've purged a few, but I need to go through them more thoroughly and then touch up the ones I want to keep for our family's yearly memory book (another thing that needs to be worked on...)!  One thing at a time.



Have a wonderful Thursday!
Melissa
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It’s Kate’s Birthday Blog Hop!

Today is a very special day because it's Kate's birthday!  Kate happens to own and operate one of my favorite online stores, i {heart} papers. To celebrate her, the design team and guest designers are having a little blog hop to share our birthday cards and wishes!


I created a clean and simple birthday card using some fun speech bubble dies from Avery Elle and stamped fun words in them from the coordinating stamp set to match today's occasion!

Oh Yeah die Oh Yeah

I started out by stamping the celebrate sentiment (Paper Smooches) in bright pink and then used a portion of a sentiment from the same set to add the "you".

 Salutations

The speech bubbles were popped up with foam dots for dimension and hot pink gemstones were added as simple embellishments.

I hope you have a wonderful birthday, Kate!

Be sure to hop along to each designer and leave these talented gals some love!

Lisa, guest designer
Melissa, guest designer - you're here!

And please stop by Kate's blog to wish her a happy birthday!
 
Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Melissa
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CASology #104: PET

 

It's time for a new cue word over at CASology and this one will have you smiling as you think of the endless possibilities it provides for you!

In its typical crazy fashion, my brain took me beyond the neat and tidy box that the cue word resides in.  At first, I thought of pet peeves, but decided I really didn't want to share those with too many people.  Then, it hit me.  A teacher themed card would be appropriate since we've all known a teacher's pet or two during our school days (not ourselves, of course!).  When all was said and done, I realized I didn't use a single animal on my card!  I hope you'll forgive me.


I preserved plenty of white space by keeping th main image and sentiment close together.  The main image is popped up with foam dots for a little dimension and Crystal Effects were added to the apple for a little shine and interest.  I couldn't believe my luck when I found the sentiment.  Funny how things come together sometimes!

I hope you'll join us for this fun challenge!  Before you get started on your own PET card, take a few moments to visit the guest designer and design team member blogs for inspiration!  Then, don't forget to link your own creation to the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT)!



 
Meghan McMillan (on a break)
Melissa Chipperfield (you are here)
Tracey McNeely
Guest Designer:  Angela
Guest Designer:  Lindsey


Now that we're back home from our trip west for a wedding, I'm playing catch up with lots of things!  Laundry is top on the list!


Have a terrific Tuesday!

Melissa
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Hopping with Unity!

I am so excited today to be joining Unity Stamp Company for this month's {be inspired} challenge hop as a guest designer!  How'd I get so lucky?!  I happened to win the Unity {be inspired} Challenge with this card!  Still pinching myself over this one!

Let's get hopping!  The hop begins on the Unity blog, so be sure and head on over there after reading through this post!  This month's inspiration is full of fun colors and pretty images!   You can choose any of the inspiration provided on the photo to get your creativity flowing!  Maybe you're inspired by the colors or maybe by one of the sketches!  Maybe you're inspired by all of it!  You decide!

http://www.theunitystampco-challenge.blogspot.com/

At first, I was drawn to the fun summer colors and created this card:

Stamps:  Unity (Good Day Sunshine)
I masked each color to mimic the colors in the photo's sky.  This particular image reminds me so much of my three boys!

Once I had this card done, I found myself drawn to the card sketch and ended up using the inspiration colors again, but followed the sketch using a combination of three stamp sets.

Stamps:  Unity (Change is a Good Thing, Here Today Here Tomorrow)
I inked the butterfly in all of the inspirational colors and then used grey as a grounding color in the design.  The little stripe of polka dots is from the February 2012 Kit of the Month.  I used a chevron stencil to create the left border.

Ready to continue on the hop?  First, remember to leave a comment for your chance to win a fabulous prize (see below)!  There will be two lucky winners!


 Okay, now you're ready to keep hoppin'!  Here are the links to the rest of the hop:

http://www.linkytools.com/thumbnail_linky_include.aspx?id=229628


Have a fabulous Thursday!

Melissa
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Prickley Pear Butterfly

Today I'm guest designing again over on the Prickly Pear blog!

With summer butterflies as my inspiration, I just had to make a butterfly card!  There are some beautiful butterfly stamps and dies in the Prickley Pear online store!  Take a look at this clean and simple card...


I used the Mini Butterflies Clear Stamp Set and its coordinating dies.  I embellished with gold star sequins and added a pop of black behind the main panel to dress things up a bit.
Complementing Die Set - PPRS-D023 Mini Butterflies (Not Included)

A busy weekend is ahead!  DH's cousin is getting married and DH is to be in the wedding!  Plenty yet to do, so things are hopping!


Have a wonderful Thursday!
Melissa
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CASology: GLOW


Glowbugs.  Anyone remember those things?  I had two of them growing up and still have one of them which our boys like to keep on a shelf in their bedroom!  If I had a stamp image of one, I would have totally used it for this week's challenge!


Instead I had to dig a little further back in time to find another novelty item...a lava lamp!  Thank you, Stampin'Up! for having a stamp image of one!


I added a little Crystal Effects to give the blue blobs some shine and to add a little of a realistic look to the lamp.  I added a single gemstone to the lamp's lower right corner to help move the eye around a little bit in this small design area.


 Be sure and hop over to the design team member and guest designer blogs if you have a moment!  They'd love to hear from you!

 
Meghan McMillan (on a break)
Melissa Chipperfield (you are here)
Tracey McNeely
Guest Designer:  Quyen
Guest Designer:  Lindsey

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


Have a terrific Tuesday!

Melissa
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