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CASology 5-Year Anniversary Blog Hop!

CASology 5-Year Anniversary Blog Hop!
Today is the day!  It's finally here!  It's CASology's 5-year anniversary celebration and I hope you'll hop along with us because there is a ton of inspiration and some rather fabulous prizes up for grabs for those who do!  Just remember, the deadline is next Monday, July 31, at NOON (CDT) for hopping and being eligible for the prizes!  You must leave comments at all stops to be eligible to win!  For more hop details, including a list of prizes and the full hop list, head on over to the CASology blog! You should have arrived here from the CASology blog!  I'm the second stop on the hop! I happen to love hot air balloons and had to dig around in my stash for the balloon stamp set I just knew I had, but since I tend to be a bit of an "acquire it and forget about it for a while" kind of gal, it took a bit more digging than it probably should have.  Now, had I had my creative stash neatly documented and categorized like those wonderfully organized individuals we all see on Pinterest, I may have spared myself some frustration.  Good thing I'm not a quitter!  I actually found it!  Once I had it in hand, I wanted to make a thank you themed card because I feel I owe a lot of people a thank you during this milestone celebration! 2017 July25 DIAMOND WM I've been loving the Distress Oxide Inks for blending the last little while, so pulled those out to create a pretty skyline on the main panel.  Once dry, I dressed it up a bit by die cutting it with a stitched rectangle die and spritzed it lightly with some Gold Color Shine spray to add a little shimmer.  The skyline silhouette and simple sentiment were stamped in black ink. Three small silver star sequins were added as embellishments.  The assembled main panel was then popped up on the card base using foam adhesive for dimension. 2017 July25 DIAMOND closeup I won't keep you any longer, so head on to the next stop on the hop, Altenew!

Have fun and good luck!

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A Muse Studio Thank You Inspiration

A Muse Studio Thank You Inspiration
Happy Monday!  Today, I have some bright orange thank you inspiration for you using A Muse Studio goodies! logo My first card was made using the gift card envelope die.  This die set contains a cute scalloped frame which I used with Onyx Shimmer Cardstock.  The sentiments & bold flower were stamped in black ink and the subtle flower images on the gift card envelope were stamped in orange ink.  I added a touch of sparkle to the flower center on the back with a glitter brush pen. 2017 AugRelease MelissaCard8 backview The second card I'm sharing today uses both the Bouquet Builder set as well as the fun Mad for Plaids set.  I die cut the stitched main panel using the Tag Bundle die set and then stamped one of the images from the plaid set in black along the lower edge.  The simple sentiment was also stamped in black just below the border stamp.  I stamped a single blossom in black and die cut it with the coordinating die.  To finish the design, I added a trio of clear sequins.  The assemble main panel was popped up with foam adhesive for dimension. 2017 AugRelease MelissaCard7 blog A person could vary the colors on these two designs very easily and these could be mass produced pretty quickly!

Have a marvelous Monday!

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Be Yourself with Honey Bee Stamps

Be Yourself with Honey Bee Stamps
How about some more Honey Bee Stamps new release inspiration this week?  I am having so much fun with the mermaid in the Ocean Bliss set!  Have you seen all the adorable mermaids in the new release yet?!  So. Much. Fun. For this design, I inked a background panel using distress oxide inks.  I applied greenish-blue ink to an acrylic stamping block, spritzed the block lightly with water and then smooshed it onto a piece of white cardstock.  I then stamped the border image on this with the same color ink and fussy cut it before popping it up on the main panel with foam adhesive.  The larger "Be" sentiment was selectively colored as the original sentiment is actually spelled "Bee"!  Both the large and small sentiments were stamped in black.  I then stamped the mermaid, die cut it with the coordinating die and then colored with Copic markers only the areas of the image that would be showing above the water.  I then carefully trimmed of the center of the image off the mermaid and popped up the two remaining pieces behind the border image using more foam adhesive.  I love that it looks like she is swimming!  I added a little sparkle to her tail and some clear dew drops as embellishments. 2017 July20 BeYourself closeup The assembled main panel was then framed using a piece of black cardstock and then popped up on the card base using foam adhesive.  I love to think outside the box with images and this was one way to use this mermaid image creatively!

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A Muse Studio August Collection New Release Day!

A Muse Studio August Collection New Release Day!
Today is release day over at A Muse Studio and you're going to love it all! logo I created a modern looking design for the first card in my post today.  It reminds me a little of some of the decor in the hotels these days with bold color blocks!  I simply cut three strips of varying colors (Orange, Grass, Buttercup) to create a square main panel, adhering them to a square piece of Sugar cardstock.  Once assembled, I stamped a row of three leaves (Bouquet Builder set) on the center of the panel.  The main panel was then popped up on the card base (5x5) with foam adhesive for dimension and the simple sentiment was stamped below and slightly to the right. 2017 AugRelease MelissaCard6 closeup For my second card, I used the ice cream cone image from the You're Cool stamp set. 2017 AugRelease MelissaCard10 blog I simply stamped three cones, die cut them using the coordinating dies and colored them by spritzing each one with a different color Splash spray!  Super easy coloring!  Once dry, I colored the cone portion with a brown Copic marker and applied a little glitter to the ice cream using a clear Wink of Stella brush marker.  The cones were then popped up with foam adhesive and the banner sentiment (from the same set) was stamped below in black ink. 2017 AugRelease MelissaCard10 closeup For a limited time, you can get this set FREE with any $35 purchase!  How great is that?! You're Cool Set So much fun and versatility in these new sets!  Summer blooms and ice cream?!  I'm loving these!  Go check them out in the online store!

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A Muse Studio August Collection Sneak Peek, Day 2

A Muse Studio August Collection Sneak Peek, Day 2
It's Day Two of the A Muse Studio August Collection Sneak Peeks!  Today, we're featuring the new Bouquet Builder set, one that is full of pretty blooms and wonderful sentiments!  Take note!  For your chance to win this set, be sure and visit the A Muse Studio blog and leave a comment on today's post! logo I used the A Muse Tag Bundle die set to cut both the main panel and black matte behind it.  I love how these particular two layer!  The flower image (Bouquet Builder set) was stamped multiple times in black ink and, once dry, I applied a touch of color using a water brush and some orange pigment ink.  A little sparkle was added to the flower centers using a clear Wink of Stella glitter brush marker.  I stamped the sentiment (Southern Bouquet set) in black and then popped up the assembled main panel with foam adhesive to add a little dimension to the design. 2017 AugRelease MelissaCard1 closeup Tomorrow is our last day of sneak peeks before the new release becomes available in the online store!  One more set and I think you've going to love it!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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A Muse Studio August Collection Sneak Peek, Day 1

A Muse Studio August Collection Sneak Peek, Day 1
It's release week over at A Muse Studio!  The August Collection will be in the online store on Friday, so we're sharing sneak peeks until then!  For today, I thought I'd show you a card made with Southern Bouquet, an absolutely gorgeous floral set! logo I started by stamping the bouquet image in black ink, cutting it out with the coordinating die and then used a water brush with a variety of pigment inks to color.  While this was drying, I die cut a stitched panel using one of the dies from A Muse's Tag Bundle to use as the main panel of the design.  On this, I stamped the sentiment in black.  Once the bouquet was dry, I added a touch of sparkle with a clear Wink of Stella brush marker.  The bouquet was popped up to one side of the main panel using foam adhesive and then the main panel was popped up on the cardbase using additional foam adhesive. 2017 AugRelease MelissaCard5 closeup I love how this bouquet image really stands out all by itself!  So many color possibilities with this and perfect for most any occasion involving flowers! Stay tuned for more new release inspiration tomorrow!  We have three days of sneak peeks this week and then the entire August Collection will be available in the online store this Friday!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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CASology DIAMOND

CASology DIAMOND
It's time for a new cue word over at CASology!  This week's gallery will be filled with diamonds.  Sounds great, no?! Week 258 - Diamond I thought about this one for a while before settling on a kite image that I found in my stash.  I happen to love kites.  They make me feel like a kid all over again every time I get the opportunity to fly one.  That is, until I run around for a while and notice I'm not quite as spry as I used to be! I started this design by watercoloring two overlapping, shimmery clouds with pearlescent watercolors on a die cut stitched panel (A Muse Studio Tag Bundle dies) of watercolor paper using a Clouds stencil by STAMPlorations.  The kite is from a retired StampinUp! set called Send Me Soaring.  The string was stamped in black ink and then the kite was stamped in red ink before being fussy cut and popped up with foam adhesive.  The sentiment (from Honey Bee Stamps' Message in a Bottle set) was stamped in black ink and three silver star sequins were added as embellishments.  The finished main panel was popped up on the card base using foam adhesive for dimension.  I added just a touch of sparkle to the kite using a Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Sparkle Pen. 2017 July18 DIAMOND closeup I hope you'll take a little time and visit the blogs of the design team members as well as our guest designer!  They'd love to hear from you! DT Badge

Anna Uhras Deidre Payne Hannelie Bester Jacquie Southas Janet Ribet Jen Wills Joyce Mehrberg Judy Marino Kymona Tracey Melissa Chipperfield - You are here! Rachel Bergfeld Sherrie Mannion Guest Designer:  Lana

Don't forget to link up your own DIAMOND creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT) for your chance to win the prize from STAMPlorations, our sponsor this week!

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This month marks CASology's 5-year anniversary, so mark your calendars for the blog hop that begins a week from today on the challenge blog!  Our past & present design team members as well as some of our sponsors will be hopping together to provide lots of inspiration and fun prizes!

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Honey Bee Stamps Under the Sea Blog Hop!

Honey Bee Stamps Under the Sea Blog Hop!
Oceans & Mermaids.  It's release day at Honey Bee Stamps and we're celebrating with a blog hop to celebrate the occasion!  Two $50 gift certificates are being given away as prizes, so be sure and comment at each stop (see list below) by Sunday, July 16, for your chance to winWinners will be announced Monday, July 17, at Noon (PST). I created a card using the new Ocean Bliss stamp set and coordinating dies.  What a fun set!  The little mermaid is so sweet! 2017 July NewReleaseHop2 WM I cut the main panel using the A2 Double Stitched Frames Dies and then inked the background using Distress Oxide Inks.  I stamped the mermaid and sentiment in black ink & then colored with Copic Markers.  The mermaid was then popped up the image with foam dots on the main panel.  To finish this design, I added a touch of sparkle to the seashell using a Wink of Stella clear brush marker and added three little rhinestones.  The finished main panel was then popped up on the card base using foam adhesive. For my second card, I used the Message in a Bottle set.  This set contains so many fun options for inside the bottle! 2017 July NewReleaseHop1 WM I stamped the bottle in black twice, once on a piece of white cardstock and again on a piece of window sheet.  The water image was stamped on the cardstock in blue and I added some sand along the edge for some texture.  I stamped the cork image on a piece of thin cork and cut it out, adhering it to the assembled bottle.  The main image was then popped up on a piece of kraft cardstock with foam adhesive for dimension.  The sentiment was stamped in black ink. I hope you'll come hop along with us!  This new release is amazing and the hop is just full of inspiration!  Head on over to Nicole's blog next to keep hopping!

Here is the blog hop order for your reference:

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Alanna Moses Alexandra Stapleton Amy Rysavy Angel Rivera Bibi Cameron Brenda Noelke Carrie Bryant EK Gorman Emily Midgett Galina Fillippenko Hussena Calcuttawala Jo Herbert Kaja Vezensek Kelley Kohout Lisa Cisneros Melissa Bickford Melissa Chipperfield - you are here! Nichol Spohr Patricia Lara Taniesa Vlasak Tracy Freeman Vera Wirianta Yates Yulianna Neginskaya

Thank you all so much for joining us in celebrating our New Release this month. We love our customers and appreciate the continued support!!

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CASology WISH

CASology WISH
It's Tuesday and time for a brand new cue word over at CASology!  It's all about wishes this week. Week 257 - Wish I chose to use a Uniko Studio image, our sponsor this week!  I love their sentiment sets and the Big & Bold - Wish set is one of my favorites!  I used blue and purple Distress Oxide inks to create the rich colored background, spritzing the dried panel with Heidi Swapp white Color Shine spray.  I stamped the bold sentiment and coordinating smaller sentiment in Versafine black ink.  Three little gold star sequins were added as embellishments and then the finished main panel was layered on top of a piece of black cardstock to frame the design.  The assembled piece was popped up on the card base using foam adhesive for dimension. I love that this design could be varied simply by changing the background colors!  Need a masculine card?  No problem!  Just add more masculine colors! I hope you'll play along with us this week!  The word WISH can be interpreted so many ways!  I almost went with a fairy tale theme!  Go say hello to the design team members when you get a chance!  They'd love to hear from you!

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Don't forget to link up your own WISH creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT) for your chance to win the prize from Uniko Studio!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Honey Bee Stamps Feathered Thanks

Honey Bee Stamps Feathered Thanks
I'm back today to share some feather inspiration using Honey Bee Stamps images!  I love feather images and the Ten Things set has three pretty feather images to choose from! 2017 Honey Bee DT Badge I watercolored a pretty pearlescent blue onto a panel of watercolor cardstock to create a background for the images.  Once this was dry, I stamped three of the same feather image in a row using black ink and varying the orientation.  The simple sentiment is actually just a portion of one of the sentiments in the set, selectively colored and stamped beneath the main images.  The finished main panel was framed with a piece of black cardstock and then popped up on the cardbase using foam adhesive squares for dimension. 2017 July5 closeup I ended up really loving this particular design.  Not only is is super simple, but it could be used for so many different occasions, including sympathy cards! I hope you're getting as excited as I am for the upcoming new release scheduled for next week!  I'll be sharing sneak peeks the first part of the week and then there is a fun blog hop planned for Friday, July 14th!  Stay tuned!

Have a wonderful Thursday!

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CASology PIZZA

CASology PIZZA
It's Independence Day here in the U.S.A!  I'm spending time with extended family for the holiday, but am writing this post ahead of time so it will post while I'm enjoying my time away! Week 256 - Pizza Over at CASology, we're introducing a brand new cue word and having a pizza party in the gallery!  With SugarPea Designs as our sponsor this week, I chose to use one of their adorable fox images (Fall Fox set), pairing it with pizza themed things from Lawn Fawn's Pizza My Heart set. 2017 July4 PIZZA closeup The fox was colored with Copic markers.  I added polka dots to the jacket with my Copic blender pen.  The lower two pizza boxes were masked and then I stamped, fussy cut and popped up the top box with foam adhesive for dimension.  I stamped a little red heart on the main panel, adding sparkle with a Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Glitter pen.  The main panel was die cut with a stitched die from the Mama Elephant Femme Frames die set. I hope you'll go check out the inspiration on the design team members' blogs as well as our guest designer's blog!  They'd love to hear from you! DT Badge
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Guest Designer:  Maja

Don't forget to link up your own PIZZA creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT) for your chance to win the prize from SugarPea Designs!  We can't wait to see what you create!

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A Blog Named Hero July Floral Challenge

A Blog Named Hero July Floral Challenge
It's time to begin a brand new monthly challenge them over at A Blog Named Hero!  This month our theme is Florals and our sponsor is Winnie & Walter! 2017 JulyChallengeLogo Have you seen all the pretty floral images over at the Winnie & Walter online store?!  I chose to use the The Big, the Bold and Extras set along a large sentiment from their The Big, the Bold and the Happy set to create this design.  I paired them with a simple patterned image from the Hero Arts Busy As A set, layering the elements. Using Hero Arts Butter Bar ink, I inked up the image and spritzed it very lightly with water before stamping it on white cardstock.  This gave the image a lightly mottled look. I then stamped the outline of the flower in black before die cutting it with the coordinating dies.  Next, I stamped the honeycomb designed line from the Hero Arts set directly on the card base with black ink and stamped the leaf silhouettes on the left edge before popping the flower up with foam adhesive.  The bold sentiment was stamped directly on on top of the honeycomb patterned link in black ink.  To finish the design, I applied some sparkle with a Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Glitter Brush pen. 2017 July3 Challenge closeup I hope you'll join us this month for our Floral theme!  Such a perfect one for this time of year and I happen to personally love yellow and orange roses!  I might just have to recreate this design in orange! Supplies used on this design can be found in Winnie & Walter's online store (stamp sets) as well as at the links found below:   **Please help support A Blog Named Hero by shopping through our links. These are affiliate links, at no additional cost to you. We appreciate your support.** Simon Says Stamp Ellen Hutson Hero ArtsContinue Reading...
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