CASology #111: UNDER-wear


It's time for another cue word challenge over at CASology and this week I'm afraid my humor has gone a bit south...

This stamp and sentiment are from Unity and I just had to dig it out and put it to use for this particular challenge!  I, for one, am not a big fan of sudden change so a little humor is always good to see me through those times when it happens faster than I can wrap my brain around it.

Please go deliver some blog love to the design team and this week's guest designers!  They'd love to hear from you!

Meghan McMillan
Melissa Chipperfield (you are here)
Tracey McNeely

Then, don't forget to link up your own clean & simple creation over on the challenge blog by Monday, September 8, at NOON (CDT) for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Stampin' Up!, courtesy of Cindy Coutts!

I am typing this post as quickly as I can because, honestly, I'm not completely caught up with Mt. Washmore quite yet and I need to get my focus back to the home front!  A sunny day is ours and DS3, DD and I can't just sit inside either!

Have a terrific Tuesday!
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Joining the Precious Remembrance Team!

I have some very exciting news to share with you today!  I have been asked to join the Precious Remembrance design team!  Beginning today, I will be sharing card ideas over on the blog on Tuesdays!

This week, I'm sharing a clean & simple card design using the brand new Fall Colors set, so be sure and go take a peek!

Fall Colors Stamp Set

I also want to give you a heads up on an upcoming Blog Hop with Precious Remembrance and Tombow USA that will begin this Friday, September 5, and continue through Sunday, September 7!  Be sure and mark your calendars because it will include three days of fun, inspiration and prizes!!!  You're not going to want to miss it!

Isn't it crazy just how soon fall will be arriving?  Changing the calendar over to September made it hit home even more yesterday!  I'm ready.  I think...

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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A Unique Blog Hop!

Happy Labor Day to those of you who are here in the USA!  I'm using the day to unpack and settle from a long weekend away!

Today, I'm joining in a Unique Blog Hop that I was nominated for by Gail over at Home Made Memories!  I met her over at Splitcoast Stampers in the Clean and Simple (CAS) forum and we served on the CAS Challenge design team there.  She is a homeschooling mother of six, a pastor's wife and a talented card maker!  Please be sure and go say hi on her inspiring blog!

For today's card, I wanted to share a little snail mail themed card I'd made using Winnie & Walter stamps, a new favorite company of mine.  I stamped the simple sentiment and then popped up the snail with foam dots for some dimension.  I placed a small red heart gemstone on the center of its shell for interest.

Here is a closer look:

Another part of this hop is to answer a few questions so you can learn a little more about me, so here goes!

What are you currently working on?
I was going to start listing some of my current crafty projects, but decided I'd share a little sneak peek of something much bigger that is brewing here on the home front!  This, my friends, is what is slowly materializing in the basement:

A new craft room designed and created by my DH.  I have grand ideas for this space and am having a very hard time being patient!  Waiting is good for a person, though.  At least, that's what I keep telling myself!  This is the framework and drywall & paint have since been added, but I have yet to take new photos!

How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I had to think about this a bit because I've never really thought too much about my personal style and compared it to others'.  I can easily pick out an individual's style in a gallery, but haven't ever seriously analyzed my own.  I suppose you could say I have a bit of an extreme clean and simple (CAS) design style...or would you call it the "classic" version of CAS design?  Either way, I tend to challenge myself to create the simplest designs as possible that convey a message effectively.  A little humor is often added to a design to try to evoke a smile from the card's recipient!

What inspires your work?
This really depends on the mood I'm in on any given day!  Sometimes it's an advertisement on a billboard I've seen while running errands in town.  Other times, it's nature or simple colors.  Pinterest offers plenty of inspiration, but I prefer not to look too often there as I feel like I'm not being as original as I could be by looking at others' work too regularly.  Just a personal thing of mine, I guess.  That's not to say that I haven't ever CASE'd a card I truly admire from time to time, but I like to give credit to the original creator of the design!

How does your creative process work?
Process?!  There's a process to design?!  My process would be as follows:
1.  Brew a good strong cup of coffee and descend the basement steps to the craft room.
2.  While sipping the cup of coffee, sift through the stamp sets in my stash until something catches my eye.
3.  Grab a sheet of cardstock.  This is usually white, but kraft will sometimes win me over.
4.  Sit and stare at the chosen stamp set while brainstorming for a theme to work with in my mind, all the while continuing to sip on the cup of coffee.
5.  Wait for an "aha" moment to happen.  If none occurs, set aside the cup of coffee and just start stamping something!  This springing into action will often clear the cobwebs in my head.
6.  Arrange design elements on the card front in multiple ways until it feels like everything works together well and doesn't violate some of the basic design rules that are floating around online.  Maybe break a few rules for good measure if it feels right at the time.
7.  Quickly exit the craft room before I over analyze what I've created.

I'm a bit random when it comes to designing things!  With four children and a DH, I must take advantage of crafting opportunities when they arise, usually later in the evening or when everyone is at work or school and DD is napping.  There is always the inner struggle between crafting and catching up on the never ending to do list that lurks in my planner.  As any mother knows, however, the to do list is never going to go away, so a little crafting therapy is sometimes just what one needs.

So there you have it.  A little glimpse at what makes me tick creatively.  Now it's my turn to introduce a designer to you!  I promise you, this gal will make you smile!  It's the one and only Kimberly Wiener, a sweet, charismatic, supportive and truly talented designer!  Please go take a look at her wonderful blog, wienerhoneymooners!  Then, be sure and stop back later this week to see who else I've nominated for this Unique Blog Hop!

Enjoy the rest of your Monday!

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CASology #110: LETTER

It's time for a new cue word challenge over at CASology!  This week?  It's all about the letter.

Which one is up to you!  I so wanted to creatively use something from the alphabet, but my sorry brain wouldn't cooperate and give me anything very original, so I scrapped the idea and went with a simple love letter.  A very simple love letter.  No mushy, gushy from this girl.  At least not for CASology.  DH and I still have our love letters in a box.  Now, those might be an interesting read, but I'm not sharing.  You'll have to be content with this to-the-point version!

I used Mama Elephant's Type It set to create the love letter.  The little heart was created with a metal sheet from Add a Little Dazzle (this week's sponsor) that I die cut using a little heart die from Mama Elephant's coordinating Type It Creative Cuts dies.  So simple!

Be sure and take a look at the rest of the design team blogs & guest designer's blog for even more inspiration and to leave them a little blog love!

Meghan McMillan
Melissa Chipperfield (you are here)
Tracey McNeely
Then, be sure and link up your own LETTER creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT) for you chance to win!
School is back in session for our household and, with it, so are summer temperatures!  The boys had a two hour early dismissal yesterday due to the heat and humidity!  Thankfully, their school has air conditioning, but a lot of the other schools in town do not, so all are released together when hot weather happens to occur.  Now it's on to more bearable temperatures and plenty of rain in the forecast...something we need!
Have a terrific Tuesday! 

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Precious Remembrance New Release Blog Hop & Giveaway!

I'm excited to be guest designing today for Precious Remembrance as they release a beautiful new fall stamp set! Just take a look!  Introducing the brand new Fall Colors set:

I don't know about you, but I'm beginning to feel motivated to dig into autumn themed things and this set only made that feeling stronger!  I inked it up and this is what I created:

I used watercolors to created the background and then stamped the trio of leaves in brown ink.  I added three tiny, brown gems as embellishments and stamped the sentiment in brown ink also.  Very simple, but I love the browns and orange together!

There's a blog hop & giveaway going on along with this new release!  It starts over on the Precious Remembrance blog, so you'll want to head on over for the details and to join in the fun!  From there, you can follow this list:

Melissa Chipperfield (Guest Designer) - you're here!

So what do you need to do to put yourself in the running for the prize?  Here's a quick list:
  • Subscribe in Precious Remembrance Shop Blog.
  • Share the new stamp release news with your crafty friends through: Facebook, Blog, Instagram, etc.
  • Hop along and leave a comment on each blog and show us some love!  :)
  • One lucky winner of the stamp set will be randomly chosen.
Giveaway ends on Sunday August 23,2014.
Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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Caffeinated CASology


It's time for a new cue word challenge over at CASology today!  How about a little caffeine to get your day going?!  I know I don't mind!  I never used to care for coffee, but then I had kids.  End of story.

Here is what I came up with for this week's challenge:

Precious Remembrance is sponsoring us this week and they have the perfect set for the Java challenge!  It's called Coffee Love and guess what?!  They are giving the set to this week's winner, so you are going to want to play along for your chance to win!

Coffee Love Stamp Set

For this design, I decided to tilt both the main image and the sentiment a bit to create a little interest.  I also added a little dimension by popping up the coffee cup after adding a paper pieced lid (also popped up).  The lid is actually pieced in shimmery white cardstock to give it the look of the typical plastic lids on the "to go" cups at coffee shops, but it doesn't show up very well in this photo.

You'll want to visit the rest of the design team member and guest designer blogs to see what they've done with this challenge!

Meghan McMillan
Melissa Chipperfield (you are here)
Tracey McNeely
Then, be sure and link up your own JAVA creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT) for you chance to win!
Today is the first day of school for DS1 & DS2.  Yesterday, we spent a good portion of the day getting last minute school things done and attending orientations for the new school year.  Today, the noise level inside the house is, oh, a good 75% lower.  I'll admit it is quite nice, but I still miss them!  We'll be initiating DS3 into the world of school tomorrow.  I'm curious to see how he does.  He's acted pretty confident so far, but I know when it comes to that first day, little ones can get a little nervous! 

Java good day!

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Surprise Bridal Shower for Ren-Yi!

Today there is a surprise bridal shower going on over on the Uniko Studio's blog for one of their design team members! Ren-Yi is getting married this week and Bev thought it would be fun to throw a little shower for her! What fun!

I wanted to do something with chevrons, so pulled out some mini Heidi Swapp stencils & sprays (gold & teal) I have in my stash to create this card:

I combined Uniko Studio's All Occasions Sentiments #5 and A Gift for You sets to create this design.  The main panel was die cut using Lawn Fawn's Stitched Journaling Card die.

If you have some time, it would be great if you could join in the bridal shower fun!  Bev is leaving the linky open for two weeks to give everyone plenty of time!  I'm also joining in the current Special Occasions challenge over on the Uniko Studio blog!

I'm having fun doing all things zebra today.  It is DS3's birthday and his imaginary zebra is joining in the festivities too!  He's the first child to have an imaginary friend and it's a lot of fun to see what he comes up with sometimes!  This boy has a lovely sense of humor and provides our family with lots of laughter!

Have a wonderful Monday!

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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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