CASology #97: BEE

A new cue word challenge is beginning to buzz over at CASology today!

I found myself thinking in hexagons as I ran through all things bee related in my mind.  Black and yellow crossed my mind at first, but I ended up using white on white on my final design with just a small pop of yellow!

Stamps:  The Craft's Meow
The sentiment on this is from The Craft's Meow which, unfortunately, is no longer in business!  I used Paper Trey's hexagon die to create the popped up pattern.  A trio of yellow rhinestones was used for the touch of yellow.  White on white is a very effective way to create a clean and simple card!

Head on over to the design team members' blogs and the guest designer's blog this week to see what CAS design tips they have for you as they explain their designs!


Then, don't forget to link up your own flower creation over on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT).

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Paper Trey Blog Hop

I am posting a second time today simply because I wanted to join in on a Paper Trey blog hop for the very first time!  I've intended to do this for several months in a row, but have never gotten it done!  Finally, I made it a point to just do it!

The challenge for May is to use the colors aqua and melon.


I personally love this color combination!  Here's my take on the challenge:

I used the hexagon die to create the pattern for a white on white design.  I used the hexagon from the Sketched Shapes stamp set to create a trio of popped up pieces in the pattern.  I added melon colored & clear sequins for a little shine.  A clean & simple birthday card!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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CASology #96: FLOWER


Today is the beginning of a brand new cue word challenge over at CASology and it's all about flowers!  Lots of beautiful designs are going to come out of this one!

Here's what I came up with:

I stamped a simple floral silhouette image in black and then added a little yellow butterfly that I'd added glitter to and fussy cut.  I love black and white with a pop of color!  You'll notice that the elements of this design form a visual triangle, something that is desirable in a CAS design.

Head on over to the design team blogs and the guest designer's blog this week to see what CAS design tips they have for you as they explain their designs!

Guest Designer:  Hazel

Then, don't forget to link up your own flower creation over on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT) for a chance to win this week's prize from Serendipity Stamps, this week's sponsor!  They have lots of new spring images in their store!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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A Sweet Farewell

Today, it's with a hint of sadness that I type this post.  I'm sharing my final post for Sweet Stamp Shop as I sign off from the design team.  It's been such a great design team experience and I seriously would consider staying if a full summer wasn't staring me in the face!  Basement projects are in full swing now (I'll soon be sharing details!) and school will soon be out for the summer!  Lots to look forward to!

Over on the Sweet Blog, I've posted links to all the Picture Perfect photography posts that I wrote over the past six months, so you can go check them out!  I figured it would be good to put everything in one place just in case anyone missed a week here or there.  I hope the tips were helpful to others!  I in no way claim to be an expert at photography, but I don't mind sharing things I have learned from trial and error in hopes that it will help someone else on their photography journey!

To wrap up my design team term, I created a couple different cards.  If you read my blog fairly regularly, you'll know that I like to create a few things with panda images since DS3 is really into pandas right now!

Stamps:  Sweet Stamp Shop (Panda Face, You Had Me At - sentiment)

I dug out the oh-so-sweet Panda Face set to create a fun little hello card.

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The window die is from Memory Box and I adhered a little bit of clear window sheet behind it before popping it up with foam dots to give a more realistic glass look to the window panes!  Such a simple card, but it it really makes me smile!  The simple "hello" sentiment is from the versatile You Had Me At word set.

My second card is less whimsical in nature...

Sweet Stamp Shop (Fall Gratitude, Just the Basics - sentiment)
I've seen so many cards with gold dipped feathers the past few months that I had to try it with the retiring Fall Gratitude set!

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I embossed portions of each feather with gold embossing powder after stamping the feather image in Pacific Point ink (StampinUp!).  I popped up the main panel with foam dots and added a trio of gold sequins for a little interest.  The simple sentiment is from the Just the Basics set.  I could have used the Dio De Los Muertos set for this card since it has two little feathers, but I don't currently own it!  *gasp*

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I have to tell you that there are a ton of fantastic new sets coming from Sweet Stamp Shop in the months ahead!  I've gotten a little sneak peek and I'm drooling.  The cuteness never ends, I tell you!  If you'd like to get insider peeks yourself as well as extra discounts on new releases, you will want to like Sweet Stamp Shop on Facebook before another new release comes and goes!

A full week of painting awaits since the drywall project is finished in the basement!  I started priming the craft room Saturday, but lots of interruptions occurred with everyone home!  I may try to bravely tackle a little more painting today while DS1 & DS2 are at school and DD is napping, but we'll see!  I can't wait to start sharing photos of this house project with you!  Right now, I'm trying to pick out a paint color and you know how that goes...

Have a marvelous Monday!

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Sweet Stamp Shop May Release #2

Are you ready?!  It's time for Sweet Stamp Shop's May Release #2!  Two new sets are available to you today and these, my friends, are seriously must-haves!  Who doesn't like sets that are versatile?!  Just take a look...

Stamps:  Sweet Stamp Shop (Balloons, Happy Birthday)

I love balloons and the new Balloons set has a variety of cute balloon images!  And confetti.

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With balloons, one must have the appropriate sentiment, so the second set for this new release provides just that!

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Isn't that just a whole lot of happiness all wrapped up into one fantastic stamp set?!  So many options with mixing and matching the different fonts!  I. love. it.

I created a second card to show you just how perfectly these new sets can accompany other Sweet stamps sets in the online store!  I used my favorite hedgies, of course!

Stamps:  Sweet Stamp Shop (Balloons, Happy Birthday, Hedgehog Kiss, Starts Here - 'love' portion of the sentiment)
The adorable hedgehogs & heart balloon were colored with Copic markers before being fussy cut and popped up with foam dots.  I added a bit of Crystal effects to the balloon to give it some shine.

So what are you waiting for?!  Go take a look at the rest of the creative goodness the design team whipped up for you over on the Sweet Blog and then don't sit around trying to decide if you need these sets!  They're selling like hot cakes!  In fact, the Happy Birthday set is now available to pre-order because of yesterday's pre-release party!  Not to worry, though, more will be back in stock by the end of the month, so go ahead and order anyway and you'll have them in your hands before you know it!  There's a coupon code over on the Sweet Blog for today's new release too, so you'll want to take advantage of that!  (Oh, and if you put my name in the Comments section of your order today, you'll be helping me out a lot!)  Next month, you may want to get in on the pre-release privileges by liking Sweet Stamp Shop on Facebook!  That's how you'll know when the party is about to start and get insider perks!  Go on!  I promise you that the next few months hold some new stamp sets that you're going to want to be in the front of the line for!  I've seen them and I. can. not. wait.  Things keep getting sweeter and sweeter over at the Sweet Stamp Shop and I have this feeling that I'm hopelessly addicted.  Darn sweet tooth.

Have a wonderful Thursday!

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CASology #95: SPLASH

I'm a bit late to the party over at CASology today, but alas, life isn't perfect and I'm not being the best role model for my fantastic design team this week.  Just so you know, I'm hanging my head in shame!

Onward and forward, though, right?!  This week's cue word brings so many fun summer memories to my mind and it was a bit hard to narrow the list of ideas down to one!  I finally chose to use a little duck that looks like I really want to be feeling...

I used some Creative Cuts from Mama Elephant to create the rolling water, stamped the Creative Memories duck and colored him before fussy cutting the image.  The duck and water were all popped up with foam dots for dimension.  By clustering all my design elements at the bottom third of the card front, I preserved plenty of white space!  In my mind, no embellishment were needed on this!

Please be sure and leave some blog love on the design team member and guest designer blogs this week!  They work so faithfully each week to provide the wonderful inspiration that they do!  What a team!


Then, don't forget to link up your own SPLASH creation on the challenge blog by Monday at noon (CDT) for your chance to win the prize from STAMPlorations, this week's sponsor!

After a long weekend of family and friends, today actually feels more like Monday than Tuesday to me.  We had a lovely Mother's Day and I indulged a bit by making my favorite, white chocolate raspberry cheesecake!

As always, the kids had such a blast with their grandparents...

...and when we weren't entertaining the kids, the men kept busy working on house projects!  I was granted a date with my DH and an errand run sans children or DH!  Life really is good.

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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CASology #94: METAL

It's time for a brand new cue word challenge over at CASology and, this week, we're going elemental.


With Father's Day coming up soon, this word made me think of a toolbox and all those guy things that are found out in the garage!

Stamps:  Sweet Stamp Shop (Dad's Tool Box)
I simply embossed a piece of Brushed Silver cardstock (Stampin'Up!), mounted it on another piece of Brushed Silver cardstock and then popped the layered panel up with foam dots.  I stamped and fussy cut the sentiment on Brushed Silver also and popped up the letters with foam dots.  The black gemstones were added at the end.

As you can see, a monochromatic color scheme works well on a clean and simple design.  Add a little texture and you've got some dimensional interest!  It only takes a few well-placed elements to create a CAS design!  Figuring out how to combine that handful of elements is the real challenge.

I hope you'll join us over at CASology!  The design team and this week's guest designer have provided some fantastic METAL inspiration and Cindy Coutts is back as our sponsor, offering a wonderful prize to this week's winner!


Be sure and link up your creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT) to be eligible to win the prize!

Off to run errands today!  Drywalling is about to begin!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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A Sweet Monday

It's Monday and today I'm sharing a bit about cameras over on the Sweet Stamp Shop blog! Ever wondered what the difference between a point-and-shoot camera and a DSLR camera is? I'm sharing a little about the two, so head on over to the Sweet Blog!

Yesterday was my mother's birthday, so I had birthdays on my mind and created a fun, text only birthday card!

Stamps:  Sweet Stamp Shop (Feeling Today, You Had Me At)
I combined two stamp sets to create the birthday message:  Feeling Today and You Had Me At.  I stamped the checklist, mounted the entire main panel on a piece of My Mind's Eye decorative paper and then popped the entire thing up with foam dots.  I added a trio of festive sequins to add to the party atmosphere!

I created a second card using paper piecing.

Stamps:  Sweet Stamp Shop (Elegant Flowers, Baking Love, Cookie Sprinkles, Stinky Skunk)
Mother's Day was actually what was on my mind when I was working on this, but I decided to turn it into a thank you card instead.  I combined a flower bud from Elegant Flowers, the bowl from Baking Love , the "thanks" from the Cookie Sprinkles and the shadow (under the bowl) from the Stinky Stunk set.  I masked the bowl and flowers and then paper pieced the flowers with some polka dot paper in my stash.  The bowl was colored with Copic markers.  Three small clear sequins were added for a little extra interest.

I hope if you've been following the Picture Perfect blog series over the last few months, you have learned something that has helped with photographing your cards.  I love playing with a camera and product photography is one area that I have an interest in.  If you ever have a question, please ask!  I've found the best way to figure something out sometimes is to just ask!  Don't be shy!

There will be one more new release this month from the Sweet Stamp Shop, so if you want the inside scoop on it, be sure and follow along over on Facebook!

On the home front, DH is putting in exhausting hours in the basement!  Poor guy.  That's what happens when you create a deadline for yourself!  In some ways, it's a good thing because it forces you to focus.  In other ways, you begin to realize all that you have left to do and things quickly begin to feel urgent.  Very, very urgent!  I think I'm going to try to convince him to take a break this afternoon!  Coffee only helps for so long!  Tomorrow is the big day when the drywall guys begin hanging drywall in the basement, so today is the final prep day for us!  Off I go!

Have a marvelous Monday!

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