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Getting Older with CASology

 

It's time for a new cue word challenge over at CASology!  This week we're exploring the word OLD.  I immediately thought of birthdays.  We're all getting older by the day!  Of course, once we hit 29, we stop counting the years.

Stamps:  Mama Elephant

I used a stitched panel die for the main panel and added a bold sentiment and a trio of popped up balloons.  There is a touch of sparkle on the little piece of reflection on each of the balloons, but it was tricky to capture it with the camera.  You'll just have to take my word for it this time, I'm afraid!

Be sure and stop by the blogs of the rest of the design team and this week's guest designer!  They've come up with some fabulous inspiration!

 
Meghan McMillan
Melissa Chipperfield (you are here)
Tracey McNeely

Then, don't forget to link up your own OLD creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CST) for your chance to win a free digital stamp set from our sponsor, Melon Door Lighthouse!


Have a terrific Tuesday!

Melissa
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Prickley Pear Merry & Bright Inspiration + Stamp Sale!

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a wonderful holiday!  We went out of town this year for Thanksgiving and were thankful for good weather and clear roads!

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To start off the new week, I'm sharing a Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps creation and a two-week sale that starts today!


If you've been telling yourself you really need to try their stamps or you have been wanting to add to your current collection, now is the time!  Go take a look at all the red rubber goodness in the store!

Oh, and there's more!  Be sure and share the above sale graphic on your blog with a link to the store and leave a comment on the Prickley Pear blog post for your chance to win some Prickley Pear goodies!  The winner will be announced a week from today!

I created another holiday card for today using a combination of a red rubber sentiment and images from one of the wonderful clear sets!


I just love the font of the Merry & Bright sentiment, don't you?!  To create the festive corner, I used a simple pine image and a berry image from the Holly & Berries clear set.  I added a little sparkle to the berries with my handy dandy Wink of Stella clear brush marker.

A new week following a holiday weekend always feels like a catch up kind of week to me!  Add a child becoming ill in the early morning hours of today as well as a clingy toddler and you get a little idea as to how my week is starting out!  This too shall pass.


Have a marvelous Monday!

Melissa
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CASology Take Out

Visions of a Thanksgiving feast are becoming quite vivid in my mind.  I can almost taste some of the dishes that I know will be on the table!  But first?!  DH & I must make three pies (an apple, pumpkin & pecan this year) and a jello-pretzel salad!

Over at CASology, we thought it would be good to have a similarly themed cue word...


I was going to pull out a Thanksgiving themed image, but Judy beat me to it!  I moved on to Plan B.  As a mother of four, this particular sentiment makes me smile.


We don't eat out much and when we do, it's usually pizza.  I love a good Chinese meal, though, and miss the hometown Chinese restaurant I knew as a kid.  Our kids don't seem to care for this particular type of food, so I usually only get it when out to lunch with my own mother or happen to be in town by myself over the lunch hour.  A rare treat!

I stamped this adorable take out box (Sweet Stamp Shop) and fussy cut it before popping it up with foam dots for dimension.  I added a tiny red gemstone to the Copic-colored bow and a touch of sparkle to the chopsticks using a Wink of Stella brush marker.  The black line at the bottom of the card was masked to ground the small image.

Don't forget to visit the rest of the design team members' blogs as well as our guest designer's blog for even more delicious inspiration!



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

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

My mind is having a very difficult time focusing on creative things right now!  I suppose that's normal with the upcoming holiday and overnight company this week!  Only one more day until turkey (ham this year for us)!


Have a terrific Tuesday!

Melissa
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Prickley Pear Pine Cone Inspiration

It's Monday!  No groaning allowed.  It's time for a fresh start and, for some of us, growing anticipation for Thursday's holiday!

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Today, I'm sharing another clean & simple Prickley Pear holiday creation with you.


I used a pretty, framed main image called Pinecone ATC, a red rubber stamp, to frame the holiday sentiment (Fill Your Home).  I added a little snowy sparkle to the pine cones using my clear Wink of Stella Brush marker (love that thing!).  The main panel was then popped up over a 1-inch strip of coordinating cardstock.

The weekend went by so quickly!  DH spent most of Saturday cutting underlayment for the craft room floor.  Tile is next!  Here's a little sneak peek before the underlayment was put down...


Little by little it's coming together.  Feels like there is still a lot to do, but I've actually been stamping in that half finished room!  I figure the lack of a finished floor, woodwork or doors doesn't affect the quality of one's stamping.  *wink*


Have a marvelous Monday!

Melissa
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A Happy Muse

 

Another quick post today!  I couldn't resist playing along with this week's Muse Challenge again this week!  Marion Vagg's card is a beauty!  Just look at it...


I envisioned bolder, rainbow colors for my card and this is what I finally ended up with:


I added some clear sparkle to the HAPPY with my Wink of Stella brush marker to make it stand out just a little bit more against the bold colors.  Secretly, I'm pretty sure I was supposed to layer a couple more die cut HAPPY's under the one I attached to the card, but I still like it this way!  I framed the main panel with black and then popped up the layered panels with foam dots.  Three red gemstones were added as embellishments.

It's cold, windy and grey here this week, so I'm keeping busy indoors!  We had a big ole pot of chili earlier in the week and that tasted so good!  It's one of our favorite winter meals.  I do believe I've upgraded to a 2-cup-per-day status on the coffee consumption chart.  Chocolate consumption usually follows suit, so I need to be making longer appointments with the treadmill!


Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday!
Melissa
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CASology #122: Flag

It's time for a new cue word over at CASology and this week we're flying flags!


Ready to have some fun with this one?!  I sure did!  I remembered a baby stamp set I have in my stash from Sweet Stamp Shop!

Stamps:  Sweet Stamp Shop (Baby Town)
Dies:  Lawn Fawn (Stitched Party Banners)
Isn't that elephant just the sweetest thing?  The flag is a separate image in the set, but I had to pair it with the grey creature and kept things neutral since I really don't have any specific gender needs for baby cards right now!

I used a stitched banner die to frame the main image and added three clear gemstones for a little extra bling.

Be sure and visit the design team member and guest designer blogs for more FLAG inspiration and then don't forget to link up your own creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CST)!

 
Meghan McMillan
Melissa Chipperfield (you are here)
Tracey McNeely
Have a terrific Tuesday!

Melissa
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Precious Remembrance Holiday Inspiration


Today I'm sharing some holiday inspiration over on the Precious Remembrance blog using the latest new release set, Joy!  Be sure and go take a look!

I made a second card to share here...


This card uses the same stamp set, but different images.  I punched two tiny holes on the wreath so I could thread some gold cord through and tie a bow.  The berries on the wreath were embellished with red Stickles.  I also applied a thin layer of shimmer spray to both the card base and the main stitched panel.

There are so many things you can do with this set!  I've been envisioning Project Life cards.  This set would make it so easy to create some quick card inserts for albums!

Joy Stamp Set

Life is full of energy here on the home front this week.  Plenty to do, so please excuse the brief, to-the-point posts for now!

Have a wonderful day!

Melissa
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Prickley Pear Holly & Berries

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It's Monday and that means it's time for more Prickley Pear inspiration!

I thought I'd make a holiday card using some non-traditional colors.


I used the pretty Holly & Berries Clear Set along with the coordinating dies.  To create the blue background, I used a foam brush and ink from a blue reinker.  The ink was mixed with a little water and then brushed across a piece of watercolor paper.  I then die cut and stamped the holly leaves & berries, popping them up with foam dots.  The red gemstones were added as embellishments.  I added the Tis the Season sentiment stamp to finish the design.

The weekend pretty much flew by, but that's nothing new!  I helped DH clean up the basement a bit.  We ended up mopping some of the floor in the construction area.  Drywall dust sticks around forever, just so you know.  The mopping really helped!  We had to stop when the community well that we share with some of our neighbors needed repaired.  We spent the afternoon and evening with no water.  Thankfully, we were given a little forewarning and filled some buckets with water to get us by!  The lack of water kind of put a damper on our original home project plans for the weekend, but such is life sometimes!

Have a marvelous Monday!

Melissa
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Friday Tree Muse

 

Needing some craft time today, I played along with the challenge over at Muse Card Club.  I love a good CAS card and Therese Calvird's card caught my eye!  Sadly, she will be leaving the Muse team by the end of the month.

Here is my take on her card:

Stamps:  Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps (Christmas Trees Clear Set, Christmas Goodwill)

I loved the simple layout of her card and the festive gemstones.  I did fussy cut the tree on my version to add a little dimension, but kept the rest of the design pretty similar.

 

I will be linking this up with the current CASology FESTIVE challenge too, of course (*wink*)!



I am also linking this up with the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:  Seeing Stars.


We're supposed to get our first measurable snowfall this weekend, so I made sure we're stocked with hot chocolate, marshmallows and coffee.  You know, the important things to have on hand for a snowy day!  The kids are antsy as ever!

Have a great weekend!

Melissa
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