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Exciting News!

Exciting News!
I can finally share some super exciting news with you!  I am now on the design team for A Muse Studio!  I can't begin to tell you just how excited I was when I received the email asking me to join the team!  I may or may not have done a little happy dance... A Muse Studio Design Team Blog Badge Melissa Chipperfield   I've had A Muse Studio stamps in my stash for a few years now and to celebrate the exciting news, I used one of my favorite stamp sets, Squeeze the Day.  I watercolored the yellow splash and added a touch of sparkle to it using a Spectrum Clear Sparkle pen.  I stamped and fussy cut the lemon before coloring it with watercolor and adding shine with Crystal Effects.  The lemon image is popped up with foam dots for dimension.  I stamped the pretty sentiment in black ink.  The main panel is framed with black cardstock and popped up with foam dots.  I just love a bright, cheerful card and this particular set is perfect for the job! Get ready for the A Muse March new release!  We're having sneak peeks beginning next Tuesday, March 21!  New products will be available in the online store beginning Friday, March 24!  You'll want to check out the design team members' blogs for an entire week of inspiration!  Be sure and stop back here on my blog to see what I've created with the brand new spring/Easter release!  You're going to love all the new products that are coming!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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CASology FOLIAGE

CASology FOLIAGE
It's Tuesday and time for a brand new cue word over at CASology!  I think many of us are wishing for spring and the return of plant life in the landscape, so we're jumpstarting things a bit this week! I think of ladybugs and caterpillars when I think of foliage, so I combined bugs with a branch on my design!  I used Clear & Simple's Cute as a Bug set and stamped the two caterpillars in black ink before coloring with green Tombow Dual Brush Pens.  The branch and leaves were stamped on the card base before the caterpillars were attached with foam pieces.  I added the pretty sentiment in black ink.  To finish things, I applied a little sparkle with a Crafter's Companion Clear Overlay Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen and a little red heart shaped gemstone from A Muse Studio. I hope you'll take some time and visit the design team member and guest designer blogs this week!  There is so much beautiful inspiration to see! DT Badge
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  Don't forget to link up your own FOLIAGE creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CST)!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Hero Arts Hoppy Birthday

Hero Arts Hoppy Birthday
Happy Monday!  We're starting the week with snow.  Winter isn't over yet, after all! I am personally done with winter, so have started digging spring themed things out of my stash!  This Paper Layering Rabbit Die from Hero Arts grabbed my attention and I made a quick white on white design! I simply die cut the pop up portion of the die set and then added the simple sentiment (from the March My Monthly Hero Kit) in white!  The main panel is die cut with a stitched rectangle die to create a little frame. I hope your week is starting off on the right foot!  It's spring break here, so I'm not planning on a whole lot of crafty time in the studio this week!

Have a marvelous Monday!

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Hero Arts Koi Hello

Hero Arts Koi Hello
It's almost Friday and I've been working away in my craft room this week, trying to work ahead for a change! Today, I was in the mood for a one layer card!  Hero Arts' new Color Layering Koi set was just perfect for what I had in mind!  I layer stamped the fish in Soft Vanilla & Soft Granite inks, stamping the eyes with Carcoal ink.  I used a clean fonted sentiment from Hero Arts' Everyday Sayings, stamping it in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  To finish off the design, I added some subtle sparkle to the fish using a Spectrum Noir Crystal Clear Sparkle marker. 2017 Mar9 KoiCloseup I hope your week has been decent!  A busy one here, but we're doing okay! SaveContinue Reading...

CASology LANDMARK

CASology LANDMARK
It's Tuesday and time for a brand new cue word to put us back into brainstorming mode!  Like to travel?  This week's gallery will probably offer some sightseeing opportunities!  More the type who likes home and would rather sit back and enjoy life's events?  The gallery will most likely provide inspiration for those too! Week 239 - Landmark I went with a landmark I've never seen in person, but would love to some day, Big Ben!  I'd love to travel to England and see a few other things too! I used two A Muse stamp sets, British Invasion & Clever Girls (retired).  I stamped Big Ben and the trio of birds in black ink directly onto the card base.  I then die cut two hills (Landscape dies) using Grass cardstock.  The simple sentiment was stamped in black ink directly onto one of the die cut pieces.  The die cuts were then attached to the main panel using foam dots for dimension.  The assembled main panel was then attached to the card base using more foam dots.  I thought about adding embellishments, but my minimalist tendencies took over and I left things alone. You'll want to visit the design team members' and guest designer's blogs this week and see where they took the cue word! DT Badge
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Don't forget to link up your own CRUNCH creation on the CASology blog by Monday at NOON (CST)!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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A Blog Named Hero March Challenge

A Blog Named Hero March Challenge
A Blog Named Hero is collaborating with Studio Katia this month for our Bling It Up! Challenge!  Who doesn't love a little extra sparkle and shine on their cards?! 2017 March6 StudioKatiaLogo I stamped the beautiful Studio Katia image in a Hero Art's peach colored ink directly on the card base.  The sentiment was stamped on top of it in black ink.  I then finished the simple design with three groupings of bling from Studio Katia's large selection of embellishments!  So pretty! Come join us this month for your chance to win the prize from Studio Katia!  Don't forget to check out their online store for fun stamps, dies and embellishments you might want to add to your stash!   2017 Supplies Title for Solo Posts
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CASology Double CRUNCH

CASology Double CRUNCH
I'm back again before the weekend begins with another card for the current CRUNCH challenge over at CASology!  I just couldn't resist!  This is such a fun cue word!  I had some lovely craft time this morning with DD and we had a ton of fun! Week 238 - Crunch I used Lawn Fawn's adorable Donut Worry set along with the coordinating Donut Worry Lawn Cut die to create this appetizing clean & simple design!  Who doesn't like a donut with colorful sprinkles?! The main panel is die cut with My Favorite Things' Wonky Stitched Rectangle Die-Namics.  I stamped and die cut the trio of donuts first and then colored each one with Copic markers.  I added colorful sprinkles to one of them using different colors of Stickles.  The fun sentiment is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Both the main panel and trio of donuts are popped up with foam dots for dimension. Have a great weekend and don't forget to create your own interpretation of CRUNCH, linking up on the CASology challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CST) for your chance to win the prize from Lawn Fawn, this week's sponsor! Lawn Fawn   SaveContinue Reading...
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CASology CRUNCH

CASology CRUNCH
It's Tuesday and time for a new cue word challenge over at CASology!  I'm guessing we're going to have a fun gallery this week!  There are SO many ways to interpret this one and I had a tough time narrowing my own design down to one theme!  I may just have to create another card for later in the week! Week 238 - Crunch With in-loves who live on a farm, one of my first thoughts was cows or horses eating hay.  Have you ever heard a cow eating hay?!  Now that's a crunch if I've ever heard one!  I stamped the cow from Lawn Fawn's Critters on the Farm set and then colored with Copics and fussy cut the finished image.  I die cut a circle out of the card front with a circle die from Mama Elephant's Pizazz Creative Cuts Die Set  to frame the main image.  I then popped up the cow inside the card with foam dots, adding little tufts of green grass with a Copic marker (& forgot to take a photo).  I wanted the cow's face to be peeking out of the circle and this allowed for that.  The simple sentiment is from the same stamp set and is stamped in black ink directly on the card front. I hope you'll take a little time to visit the design team members' blogs as well as our guest designer's blog this week!  They'd love to hear from you! DT Badge
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  Then, don't forget to link up your own CRUNCH creation on the CASology blog by Monday at NOON (CST) for your chance to win the generous prize from Lawn Fawn, this week's sponsor!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Love Note

Love Note
Happy Monday!  After a full weekend, I'm hoping to get a little time in the craft room to work on some cards I need to make.  It's been a bit harder to convince myself to go down and work on paper crafting when the weather outside has been absolutely gorgeous for this time of year!  Sixty degrees (Farenheit) in February?!  I'll take it! I had whipped up this card around Valentine's Day, but haven't shared it until now because the recipient happens to be active in the paper crafting community! The heart die cut is Simon Says Stamp's Heart of Flowers Wafer Die and the main panel was die cut with one of their Stitched Rectangles Dies.  The simple sentiment is from the Poppy Stamps Love Note set.  I watercolored the background panel with red and turquoise paint and spritzed it with Heidi Swapp's White Color Shine Spray for a little shimmer.  The heart panel is popped up over the watercoloring with foam dots.  I love that you can vary the background with this pretty die simply by using different colors and techniques!  I can't wait to play with it more! It looks like it's going to be a rainy day today, so my wish may come true and I'll find myself making crafty messes here in a little bit!  First, coffee.

Have a marvelous Monday!

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CASology ROMANCE

CASology ROMANCE
Happy Heart Day! CASology's cue word for the week fits in quite nicely with today's holiday!

Week 236 - Romance

I tend to think along classical and elegant lines when thinking of romance.  I, personally, have a bit of romantic relationship with coffee since I can't seem to live without it.  I thought perhaps if I dressed up a to go cup it might be a bit more romantic for Valentine's Day than the usual kraft colored cups I get at the local coffee shop.  Thank you, Uniko Studio, for providing a wonderful coffee cup image (from the I Love Coffee set) for me to play with as I paper pieced with decorative paper that hasn't seen the light of day in quite some time! I stamped the coffee cup in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, fussy cut and then paper pieced using a print from Echo Park's Yours Truly collection (discontinued).  The little golden heart is from Uniko's Strike a Pose set (retired) and is stamped in gold ink.  I added a little extra gold shimmer using a Wink of Stella Glitter Gold Brush Marker before attaching it to the cup with foam dots.  The main panel is die cut using a die from Simon Says Stamp's Stitched Rectangles Dies.  I stamped the simple sentiment (Uniko's All Occasion Sentiments #5) in black at the top of the main panel before adhering the cup with foam dots.  The assembled panel was also attached to the card base with foam dots.  True love in a cup! I hope you'll take a little time to leave some blog love on the blogs of the design team members and guest designer this week!  They pour a lot of love and creative effort into the inspiration they provide! DT Badge
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  Don't forget to link up your own ROMANCE creation over on the CASology blog by Monday at NOON (CST) for your chance to win the prize from Uniko Studio! https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-dr6NQcZn_w4/WJ4xFqcr9tI/AAAAAAAAQ38/cK5msNQR-2UWkoEFc6MXZ5lMh8BatJh7wCLcB/s1600/5yearLogo.jpg They just happen to be celebrating their 5th anniversary this month!  What a milestone! I am also linking this up with Uniko Studio's Anything Goes challenge that is going on until February 24th!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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A Muse Just a Note

A Muse Just a Note
Happy Monday!  It's a sunny one here and a welcome warm up is on the way!  It's so strange not having any snow on the ground mid-February! I dug out my neglected kraft cardstock last week to create a quick "just a note" card.  It seems like I go in cycles with kraft card stock.  Some weeks, it's all I use.  Other times, I go months without even thinking about it! I've been exploring my stash of stamps a little more lately and discovering I have some oldies, but goodies, hidden away!  This older stamp set from A Muse Studio caught my eye and I thought it would be perfect with kraft cardstock!  I stamped the flowers in StampinUp!'s Soft Suede ink and then stamped the birds in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  The little birds were fussy cut and sparkle added with a Crafter's Companion Clear Overlay Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen before being popped up with foam dots for dimension. I love how quickly this design came together!  I often need a simple card for general correspondence and this will be perfect!

Have a marvelous Monday & don't forget tomorrow is Valentine's Day!

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