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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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First Day on the Honey Bee Stamps Design Team!

First Day on the Honey Bee Stamps Design Team!
I'm feeling a bit excited as I'm now officially beginning my position on the Honey Bee Stamps Social Media Design Team!  I get to share designs using their fantastic stamps all over social media in the months ahead!  How fun is that?! 2017 Honey Bee DT Badge I have some wedding anniversaries coming up in my extended family this summer, so thought I'd design something with that type of theme.  I used a large sentiment with a pretty font from the Happiness Stamp Set and paired it with a smaller sentiment with a clean font from the same set.  This design is a classic black, white and red one!  The little heart is from the Simple Sentiments Set.  I added a little red glitter to it for some sparkle and then added a sticky black rhinestone to the "i" of the large sentiment.  The main panel was die cut using one of the A2 Double Stitched Frames Dies.  To create a little interest, I cut a small banner out of a piece of Zen Floral Washi tape and adhered it to the upper left corner.  The assembled main panel was then popped up on the card base using foam adhesive for dimension. This is a very clean & simple design that can be recreated easily! Stay tuned for more Honey Bee inspiration each week and get ready for a brand new release in July!     SaveContinue Reading...

CASology FLY

CASology FLY
It's Tuesday and time for a new cue word over on the CASology challenge blog!  We're FLYing this week with Rubber Dance Stamps as our sponsor! Week 255 - Fly I used one of the pretty birds from the A Little Birdie... set to create a simple thank you design.  I used white watercolor paper and splattered brown watercolor paint on it to create a simple neutral colored background.  Once dried, I stamped the bird image in black ink.  I kept things very clean and simple by not coloring the image at all!  The sentiment (from the Just A Note set) was stamped beside the bird in black and then three clear round drops were added as embellishments to add a little interest and dimension.  The assembled main panel was framed with black cardstock before being attached to the white card base using foam adhesive. I hope you'll take a little time this week to visit the design team member and guest designer blogs and leave a little blog love for them!  They've created yet another round of fantastic inspiration! DT Badge
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Don't forget to link up your own HOUSE creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT) for your chance to win the prize from Rubber Dance Stamps!  We can't wait to see what you create!

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A Muse Studio July Collection New Release Day!

A Muse Studio July Collection New Release Day!
It's here!  The A Muse Studio July Collection is now available in the online store!  Beautiful blooms abound!  Just take a look at these... I created a monochromatic collage on the design above using the leaf sprig silhouette from the new Summer Blooms set using Grass, Evergreen and Mermaid inks.  The wonderful, bold sentiment was stamped in black ink on top of the collage.  I mounted the main panel on a piece of Onyx cardstock to frame it a bit and the used foam adhesive to attach the assembled piece to the Sugar cardstock base. 2017 JulyCollection Melissa7 closeup For my next card design, I used the new Banner Sentiments set & coordinating Be Brave dies to accent a couple other stamp sets in the store. 2017 JulyCollection Melissa6 blog The bloom was stamped on Hibiscus cardstock with Hibiscus pigment ink and then embossed with clear embossing powder to give it a little shine.  The Hexagon Background and bee (from the Bee Happy set) were stamped in black ink.  The sentiment (Bee Happy set) and banner (Banner Sentiments set) were also stamped in black and cut out using a Banner Die.  The flower, bee, and banner were all popped up with foam adhesive to add dimension to the design.  The assembled main panel was framed with a piece of Onyx cardstock before being popped up on the Sugar cardstock base with foam adhesive. 2017 JulyCollection Melissa6 closeup I used the flower from the new Dear Friend set to create my next card. 2017 JulyCollection Melissa4 blog The flower is stamped in Hibiscus ink and cut out using the coordinating die.  The leaves are stamped in Grass ink onto a stitched tag from the Tag Bundle Die Set.  Then sentiment and line of grass are both from the Be Brave stamp set.  The assembled tag is popped up on the Sugar cardstock base using foam adhesive for dimension. 2017 JulyCollection Melissa4 closeup Be sure and check out the A Muse Studio Instagram page as you can get this pretty Dear Friend set for FREE ($2 shipping, USA only) by following A Muse on Instagram, liking the giveaway photo and tagging two friends!  Easy as that! I hope you love this new release as much as I do!  There are so many pretty blossoms and they are perfect for these warm summer months!  I'll be back over the next few days with even more new release inspiration, so stay tuned!

Have a fantastic Friday!

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CASology HOUSE

CASology HOUSE
It's Tuesday and time for a brand new cue word over at CASology!  This week, we're exploring a common word with lots of possibilities! Week 254 - House Rubber Dance Stamps is sponsoring us this week and I used an image from their Textured Houses stamp set to create my clean & simple design! 2016 Rubber Dance logo The main panel was created using a stitched rectangle die from the A Muse Studio Tag Bundle die set.  I watercolored a simple background in soft blue and green using pearlescent watercolors.  Once dry, the houses were stamped in black ink.  I stamped the heart image (from the Beautiful Words set) in red before fussy cutting it and popping it up with a foam dot.  I added a touch of sparkle with a clear Wink of Stella brush marker.  The finished main panel was attached to the card base using foam dots. Be sure and check out what the design team members and our guest designer created this week to inspire! DT Badge
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Guest Designer:  Sue

Don't forget to link up your own HOUSE creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT)!  We can't wait to see what you create!

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A Muse Studio July Collection Sneak Peek!

A Muse Studio July Collection Sneak Peek!
Excitement is in the air as we gear up for the release of the A Muse Studio July Collection!  This Friday will be the big day and you are going to love this beautiful collection of new products! logo Today, I'm sharing a card using the new Summer Blooms set, a gorgeous collection of floral images with coordinating dies to match! I wanted to make a pocket with flowers peeking out and the Chevron Pennant Duo dies were perfect for the idea!  I used the smaller of the two dies, scoring and folding over the top of it before adding a line of pretty pink, polka dotted paper tape (also releasing this Friday!).  I stamped the flowers in Hibiscus, Melon, Cotton Candy inks & the leaf sprigs in Evergreen ink before die cutting them with the coordinating dies for the new stamp set.  The sentiment was stamped in Versafine Onyx Black ink on the pocket.  I then layered the flowers behind the pocket, attaching the pocket to the Sugar card base with foam adhesive for dimension.  I finished the design by adding little white pearls to the flower centers as embellishments. 2017 JulyCollection Melissa1 closeup

I love the way this turned out!  Such a sweet, simple card and you could vary the colors of the flowers and tape, so easily for variety!  Be sure and visit the A Muse Studio blog today and the next two days, leaving comments each day for your chance to win!

Stop back tomorrow for another sneak peek of the July Collection new release!

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CASology INSECTS

CASology INSECTS
It's Tuesday and time for a brand new cue word over at CASology!  This week it's all about insects and what they make us think of! Week 252 - Insect I chose to use the ever adorable Cute as a Bug sets (Well Preserved Jars set and Party Elements set) by Clear & Simple Stamps to create this get well card.  I created the spider web using one of the thin line images and then added a little black bug, coating it with Crystal Effects for some shine.  The spider was stamped dangling from the top of the card.  I kept the color scheme black and white to keep it super clean and simple!  I added a black piece of cardstock behind the main panel to bring out the black a bit more.  I just love the font of the sentiment!  So classy! I hope you'll play along with us this week as we explore what this cue word makes everyone think of!  We're currently waiting for a praying mantis egg to hatch in our house as a summer project for the kids.  Truthfully, it kind of creeps me out, but I love seeing the excitement in at least two of the boys as they anticipate the arrival of these crazy creatures!  Amazing creatures, but so not my thing!  Eeek! The design team members and this week's guest designer would love to hear from you, so go give them a little virtual wave if you have time this week! DT Badge
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  Don't forget to link up your own INSECT creation on the challenge blog by Monday, June 12, at NOON (CDT)!  We can't wait to see what you create!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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A Blog Named Hero June Challenge

A Blog Named Hero June Challenge
It's the first Monday in June and we're starting a new challenge over at A Blog Named Hero, collaborating with the awesome Chibitronics!

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Interactive cards have an element of fun to them and Chibitronics lights are perfect for this month's theme!

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I used Chibitronics lights to light up the little robot on my clean and simple card!  (If you're not familiar with how these lights work, check out the Chibitronics How To page!)  So much fun and I can imagine a little boy being delighted to receive a birthday card like this one!  I know my three sons couldn't resisit pressing the robot's stars to get the three little lights to light up!  Please note that the robot is one that is a bit hard to find these days, but you could use any robots you have in your stash that have little lights drawn on them!

I hope you'll join us this month over at A Blog Named Hero for some interactive card fun!

Have a marvelous Monday!

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Honey Bee News!

Honey Bee News!
I can finally share some exciting news today!  I've been selected to join the Honey Bee Stamps social media design team!  Beginning the last week of June, I'll begin sharing lots of fun Honey Bee Stamps projects on social media and here on my blog! 2017 SocialMediaDT graphic   As you can imagine, I'm beyond thrilled!  I created a card for today's announcement using one of their adorable honey bee themed stamp sets!  I combined the adorable Build A Bee stamp set with a pretty sentiment from the Hooray set for this design. I masked the three lines with distress inks and then stamped the sentiment in black on the middle, yellow stripe.  The bee was stamped, colored with Copics and cut out using the die from the coordinating Build A Bee Honey Cuts.  I added vellum to the wings and then a little sparkle using a Spectrum Noir Clear Glitter Overlay marker.  After this was dry, the bee was popped up using foam adhesive to add a little dimension to the overall design.  Three gold sequins were added to finish. I'm looking forward to sharing crafty cards and projects using the fantastic Honey Bee Stamps product line!  There are so many fun things in the online store and the new design team is going to be such an inspiration! SaveContinue Reading...
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CASology Medicine

CASology Medicine
It's time for a brand new cue word over at CASology! Week 251 - Medicine The first thing that came to mind was the Mary Poppin's song, "A Spoonful of Sugar".  I didn't go with the sugar, but did use a spoon with medicine flowing from it!  I masked the flow of medicine, using Broken China Distress Oxide ink.  The spoon (Paper Smooches Healthy Vibes set) was stamped in black and then I paper pieced the medicine to match the masking.  The spoon was fussy cut and popped up with foam adhesive.  The sentiment was stamped in Black Versafine Ink to finish the design.  Super simple! Take a look at what the rest of the design team and this week's guest designer created for inspiration this week! DT Badge
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Guest Designer:  Gwendolyn

I hope you'll join us this week on the CASology blog for you chance to win the prize from Serendipity Stamps, our sponsor!  Don't forget to link up your creation by Monday at NOON (CDT)!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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