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!

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A Little CASology Festivity!

There is a little extra excitement over at CASology today! We've decided to be a little festive this week!


Tracey is currently doing 25 Days of Christmas Tags on her blog and we are joining her!

There are prizes to be won, so you'll want to visit her blog for all the fine details!  The prizes are from the following companies:

Reverse Confetti
Clearly Besotted
CAS-ual Fridays
Neat and Tangled
Paper Smooches
**Be sure and leave a comment here on this post by November 27th for an extra chance to win one of the fabulous prizes!**

For the FESTIVE challenge, I automatically thought of anything that sparkles or shines!  Thus, I dug out my Heidi Swapp Color Shine sprays (again) and some clear gemstones.

This tag was first sponged with Cherry Cobbler ink (StampinUp!).  Then, I used teal and white sprays to add a little shine.  The deer (Mama Elephant - Winter Wonderland) were stamped and fussy cut before being popped up behind the snowy hills (a Mama Elephant Creative Cuts die).  I stamped a trio of silver stars and embellished with three clear gemstones.

You'll want to visit the rest of the design team members' blogs as well as our guest designer's blog so you can leave them comments too!  Each blog you comment on earns you more chances to win Tracey's prizes!

Meghan McMillan
Melissa Chipperfield (you are here)
Tracey McNeely

I am also linking this up with Mama Elephant's November Challenge!

Don't forget to link up your own FESTIVE creation on the CASology blog by Monday at NOON (CST)!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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A Winter Scene Tutorial with Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps

 PPRS Blog

It's time for a tutorial using Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps!  I've been wanting to create a basic winter background for cards now that colder weather is appearing in the forecast!  I'm sure there are many ways to create such a background, but I'm always looking for the simplest, least time consuming method!  (*wink*)  This is what I came up with:

Basic Supplies:
Complementing Die - PPRS-D005 Cardinals (Not Included)
  • Prickley Pear Cardinals Clear Set
  • Memento Inks (Tuxedo Black, Bahama Blue, London Fog)
  • a piece of paper to use for masking
  • ink sponges
  • white cardstock
  • shimmer spray (I used white Heidi Swapp Color Shine)
  • simple embellishments (gemstones, etc.)
  • foam dots
1.  Begin by cutting a white card base to 5.5 inches x 8.5 inches and folding it in half.  Then, cut a piece of the same cardstock to 3.25 inches x 4.5 inches to use as your main panel.

2.  After tearing your piece of paper to easily fit the 4.5 inch horizontal length of the main panel, sponge blue ink over the sky portion.

3.  Keeping the paper mask in the same place, sponge grey ink over the blue.

4.  Next, spray the sponged area with a white, shimmery spray until the area is fairly evenly covered.

5.  Remove the mask and, after the ink has dried completely, stamp your main image/s & sentiment and add any desired embellishments.

6.  Attach the main panel to the cardbase using foam dots.

Just think of all the holiday & winter themed cards you can use this kind of background for!  I was going through some of the images in the store and these would be perfect as main images:

That's just naming a few!  You'll want to go take a look at all the wonderful holiday images in the store!

Enjoy your weekend & happy stamping!


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Precious Remembrance Shop Holiday New Release!


There's excitement over at Precious Remembrance Shop today with a Holiday New Release Blog Hop for the new Joy stamp set!  The holidays are fast approaching and I had fun making a clean and simple card with one of the sentiments from the set!

I stamped the word "JOY" several times on a piece of white cardstock and then adhered it to a piece of green cardstock to frame it.  I glued three small, gold star sequins to the panel and then wrapped a piece of gold cord around the entire main panel, tying it in a little knot (I'm terrible with bows.).  To finish things, I popped up the finished panel with foam dots to add a little dimension.  Most people like to keep things fairly simple this time of year with the flurry of activity that goes on and this card would be one that could be mass produced pretty quickly!

This stamp set has some wonderful sentiments and the rectangle stamp image could be used for cards, gifts or scrapbooking!

You'll want to visit the rest of the design team members' blogs and the Precious Remembrance blog because one lucky blog hop participant will win this set (see blog hop details below)!

Giveaway Details: 
  • Subscribe to the Precious Remembrance Shop Blog (if you haven't already).
  • Follow/Like us on Facebook, Pinterest & Instagram.
  • Leave a comment on each blog along the hop and show us some love!  :)
  • One lucky winner will be chosen randomly.  (Prize:  the new Joy Stamp Set)
  • Giveaway ends on Saturday, November 8, 2014.
From here, you'll want to continue on to the Precious Remembrance Shop blog to finish your hopping!

Here is the official blog hop list just in case you've missed some of the stops along the way:

Melissa Chipperfield - you're here!
Good luck!

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Guest Designer for Uniko Studio!

**This is my second post for today (gasp!), so if you're looking for the current CASology challenge post, please scroll down!**

I am excited to be guest designing over at Uniko Studio today after winning their 14th challenge (Clean & Simple) with this card!

The current challenge is a beautiful one and I would highly recommend playing along!  Just look at the gorgeous colors!  In addition, the challenge is to use texture (e.g. background paper, background stamp, embossing folder, etc.).  So fun!


I opted to use my woodgrain embossing folder for texture.

Using kraft cardstock as the base, I sponged grey and white on the middle panel before embossing it with the embossing folder, going for the weathered look.  I then stamped one of the beautiful Gerbera Daisies from the Pure Florals:  Gerbera set as well as two leaves.  These were cut out and popped up with foam dots.  I added a cluster of small, sparkly dots to the center of the daisy using clear Stickles.  I made a banner using a piece of kraft cardstock and a square punch.  The sentiment was stamped on top of this and then the banner was popped up with foam dots too.

I was in the mood for a summery image when I made this as, looking outdoors, the landscape is now pretty bare!  Nothing a bright Gerbera daisy can't help with!

It's off to wipe down the newly installed countertops in the materializing basement craft room and maybe (yes, maybe) start moving a few things into the cupboards so I can get an idea of what kind of organizing I'm going to be looking at.  I'm really trying not to be too premature with moving things as the tile floor is not installed yet nor are any doors or woodwork hung.  I figure I can still stamp on the countertops now while standing on a plywood floor, right?!  I think DH is beginning to realize I'm just a tad bit antsy at this point.  Do you blame me?!  He's such a good sport.

Enjoy the rest of your day!
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CASology #120: Out to Sea

We're heading to the sea this week at CASology and we're hoping you'll come with us!


This is simply a background stamp from StampinUp!  I layered the stamped image on a piece of black cardstock to frame things a bit and then added a red, punched out heart.  The sentiment is from an older Paper Trey set.  The heart is popped up with a foam dot for dimension.  Can't get much simpler than that!  The way my past week or so has been going, I was grateful this came together so quickly!

Go ahead and take a little time to visit the design team members and our guest designer over on their blogs this week!  They have lots of SEA inspiration to help make you seabound!

Meghan McMillan
Melissa Chipperfield (you are here)
Tracey McNeely

Then, be sure and link up your own SEA creation on the CASology blog by Monday at NOON (CST) for your chance to win a fun prize from Cindy B Designs, our sponsor this week!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Prickley Pear Autumn Inspiration

Happy Monday! I hope you had a good weekend following the sugar rush of Halloween!  Around here, costumes are being folded up and stored away until next year & the new supply of candy is being carefully rationed.  My willpower is being tested, I'm afraid.

It's time for more Prickley Pear inspiration here on the blog today!  Now that Halloween has come and gone, I'm back to making a few more autumn cards before the holidays arrive.  They'll be here soon!

For this card, I sprayed gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine on a mini stencil and then added die cut leaves from the Oak & Maple Leaf clear set using the Oak & Maple Leaf die set.  I kept the color scheme fairly neutral and added a pop of black as a frame.

Be sure and check out the Prickley Pear blog for more inspiration from the design team!

Have a marvelous Monday!

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A Happy Halloween & a Colour Q Challenge

Happy Halloween!  Things were pretty exciting in our household today.  School Halloween parties and then home to get a quick bite to eat for supper before heading off to trick-or treat!  The boys had been anticipating today for a few weeks.  DD was pretty much clueless about what day it was, but quickly caught on to the trick-or-treating process!  I let them wear their costumes a day or two early so I could get some photos taken before the madness of Halloween night.

We had a zebra in the house.  DS3 loves zebras and after looking through our tote of previously worn costumes, we didn't find much that he was all that enthused about.  The boys have been such good sports over the years wearing and re-wearing costumes.  This year, I went ahead and purchased a new one for DS3 as I know he will wear it many, many times after Halloween is done!  He loves to dress up!  Last year, we had Tigger living with us for most of the winter months!

DS2 claimed a previously worn skeleton costume out of the costume tote, so that was easy.

DS1 opted for a historical figure this year, George Washington.  He's not quite as enthused about dressing up, it seems, but still plenty enthused about the candy.

Given that DD adores owls, I was thrilled when I happened upon an owl costume in her size!  When I put it on her and showed her in the mirror, she was all smiles!

I had to make one last Halloween card.  Sad to think the spooky stamp collections will now be laid to rest, only to be resurrected next fall!

I stamped the owl in purple and added orange to the polka dots with a marker.  I colored the leaves and grass with green.  The spider is embellished with black Stickles and I added a little sparkle to the spider web with my Wink of Stella brush marker.  Two black gemstones were used on the owl's eyes.

I am entering this card into Colour Q's current challenge.  Such fun colors that coordinate with Halloween!

I hope you had a fun Halloween!  Now it's on to Thanksgiving planning!

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Triple the Muse

It's been a while since I've participated in the Muse Challenge.  When I discovered Michele is Guest Muse this week, I just had to make it a point to play along!  She's a one-of-a-kind, pun-loving gal and always so kind leaving supportive comments out in blogland!

She has challenged us to take a single sheet of designer paper and make not one, but three cards with it.  The cards must each be a different design, but similar in theme!  Seeing that I have a paper stash that my children will probably inherit when I'm gone (I'll never use it all myself!), I went digging to find something appropriate (& modern).  Since Michele used a holiday/wintry theme, I decided to choose something similar.  My Mind's Eye papers are some of my favorites and that is what I used.

Here are the cards she created for inspiration:

I noticed she used die cuts and absolutely no stamps, so I tried to do the same!

Here is what I created with the paper I selected:

Here's a look at each individual card:

I used a simple Memory Box window die for this card and attached a piece of the designer paper to the back to make it look like it is snowing outside.  This layered piece was then attached to the card base with foam dots.  I punched some tiny snowflakes with a Martha Stewart border punch, adhered each snowflake to the card base and then applied a little sparkle with a Wink of Stella brush marker.

For this card, I simply layered a piece of the designer paper on a piece of white cardstock and then added a portion of a die cut country scene (another Memory Box die) to the bottom.  I popped up the panel with foam dots for dimension and added three clear gemstones of varying sizes to three of the snowflakes.

For my third card, I die cut a snowflake (Uniko Studio) from a piece of the designer paper and popped it up on a stitched die cut panel (Mama Elephant).  I popped up the stitched panel with foam dots and then added a single clear gemstone to the center of the snowflake.

Three simple cards.  My favorite?!  The lonely snowflake.  I've had my fill of snowy thoughts for a few days.  It's off to finish Halloween things now!

Have a fantastic Thursday!

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