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Baby Shower Invites

I'm in the midst of trying to come up with a baby card design.  My youngest brother and dear sis-in-love are expecting their first little one early next year and some of us are planning a baby shower.  I'm in charge of the invites, so am starting to play a little today with the baby stamp sets in my stash!  My first attempt this morning...

Stamps:  Unity (background), Paper Trey

I'm trying to make a clean & simple card so that it is easily duplicated!  I'm not completely satisfied with this attempt.  Just feels like the background pattern is a bit too loud.  Not to fear!  My stash has yielded plenty of long forgotten baby sets!  I'll be playing more this afternoon!

I hope you're having a great Thursday!


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Simple Sugar

It's time again for a new cue word over at CASology and we think you'll like this one! Unless your sweet tooth has already been satisfied by the Halloween goodies that keep finding their way in the door.


Personally, I'm trying to reduce the amount of refined sugar I eat.  Trying.  Unsuccessfully right now.  Halloween is just not a good holiday for a chocoholic with three young children!

Stamps:  Neat & Tangled (Sweet Home)
Neat & Tangled is our wonderful sponsor over at CASology this week and Danielle ever-so-kindly provided the design team with some stamp sets to play with!  I couldn't resist wrapping things up a bit!  The little mint just had to have a wrapper.  A cling wrap wrapper.  I know a clean and simple card is supposed to be just that...clean and simple, but this one ended up being not-so-simple after I fought with the cling wrap for several minutes, trying to get it to stay flat against the card and yet, not too flat!  Aargh!  That was not the simplicity I'd imagined in my mind!  I added a tiny little green gemstone in the center just for a little holiday festivity.

Be sure and visit the rest of the team's wonderful blogs this week, including our guest designer, Bev!  Then, be sure and link up your own creation on the challenge blog by Sunday, November 4 at noon (CST)!  Oh, and this week, there are free stamps from Neat & Tangled to be won, so be sure and join the fun for your chance to win!





Have a terrific Tuesday!

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A Grateful Heart

It's the beginning of another new week and I'm sharing a card I started last week. Card making was trumped by family fun (as it should be)! We took off for an overnight stay at a motel with a waterpark (Thank you, Priceline)! We'd originally planned to take the boys to a zoo that is south of us, but with the temperatures dipping lower than originally forecasted, we opted to do something indoors! The boys had a blast and we really enjoyed some time away from home! We ended the weekend with trick-or-treating back in our old stomping grounds. DH and I were accompanied by two skeletons and Tigger. Oh, what fun!

I'm still in leaf jumping mode, but with the temperatures delivering white frost for breakfast in the mornings, I think my mindset will soon be shifting to other things!  I fully intended to play along with Unity's Friends with Flair on Friday, but didn't get around to it with all the fun things we had going on!  

Stamps:  Unity
I used stamps from the 2012 August and October Kits of the Month.  The leaves I inked up with SU's Daffodil Delight and then lightly tapped the stamp onto More Mustard to achieve a two-tone look.  The sentiment is not placed exactly where I wanted it because I didn't leave quite enough room under the leaves on the banner strip.  Ah well.  So is the life of a stamper.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  Have yourself a marvelous Monday!

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A Monochromatic Farewell


Today is the beginning of a new color challenge over at Dynamic Duos and the end of my term on the design team!  My, how time has flown!  With such wonderful team mates, it's no wonder!  I will miss them all, but will definitely be visiting their blogs in the future!  Thank you so much, Lesley, for giving me the opportunity!

For my final card as a design team member, I found myself a little stumped.  I'm not exactly a More Mustard fan.  After a few happy accidents with ink and cardstock, a light bulb finally went on and I came up with a clean and simple card!


I used a Martha Steward butterfly punch & So Saffron cardstock to create four little butterflies.  Then, I sponged the butterflies with More Mustard ink and adhered them to a kraft cardstock panel.  I mounted this on a piece of More Mustard cardstock and then used foam dots to pop the entire piece up a bit on the card base.  The sentiment was stamped in More Mustard.

Be sure to visit the rest of the team's blogs as there is so much wonderful inspiration this week!  Then, be sure to link up your own creation on the challenge blog by Thursday at noon (PDT)!

Melissa Chipperfield


Have yourself a super Saturday!


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Wild

It's time for a new cue word over at CASology!  This week, it's a less specific word, so leaves room for plenty of imagination!


My own card actually evolved from a baby set!  It's from My Favorite Things and has several images & words you can put onto a onesie.  I had to laugh when I saw the little monster face!


The simple, bold sentiment is in the same set and I just had to pair them together!  I tried my hardest to put at least one embellishment on this card, but nothing looked quite right!  I ended up rounding the corners and adding some Crystal Effects to the monster face for a little shine.  I have a sentiment for the inside that reads, "Hope your day is WILD!"  This will be a birthday card for a little boy!

Be sure and visit the rest of the design team's blogs for more inspiration and don't forget to visit guest designer Vicky's blog!  Then, don't forget to link up your own creation on the CASology blog by Sunday at noon (CST)!





Have a terrific Tuesday!


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Smiley Fun

It's a rather rainy day here and I'm stamping up a storm this afternoon! (No pun intended.)

Since rainy days cause me to look for ways to create indoor sunshine, I pulled out a stamp set from Technique Tuesday that I've been itching to use.  I've had it for a while, but haven't felt any creative inspiration to cause me to actually grab it out of my stash and open the package.  Until today.


Being a smiley face kind of girl, can't you see why I fell head over heals in love with this set?  To make matters worse, this particular set also has a cute little camera image in it!  Can you say, "Hook, line and sinker?!"

I popped up the three smiley faces as well as just the white portion of the sentiment panel.  At the very last minute, I added a few black gemstones to create a more defined visual line on the right side.  This card might just end up on the shelf by the kitchen sink.  Just a little daily reminder.

I hope your Monday is off to a happy start and, if not, stare at the smiley faces above for a bit.  They say a smile is contagious, you know!

Enjoy the rest of your day!


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Black Tie Duo

It's time for a change of color!  A new color duo is up over at Dynamic Duos and, this week, it's a Black Tie combination!


It's Basic Black + Pumpkin Pie and a dessert option of Die Cuts!

Stamps:  Prickley Pear
I used stamps and a bat die from Prickley Pear to create a clean and simple Halloween card.  The circle was cut using a Nestabilities die.  I popped up the bat with foam dots to add a little dimension and some orange gemstones for a little shine.  Nothing extravagant.  Just my usual simple design.

Be sure to visit the other team members' blogs for more inspiration!

 

Melissa Chipperfield


Now I'm off to some family fun!  I hope you have a super Saturday!

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Drizzling Grey

It's drizzling grey outside.  It's a chilly, rainy day here and I'm finding it hard to get warm!  I've always said one must create their own sunshine on days like this and here is my own attempt at doing just that:

Stamps:  The Craft's Meow
Yellow is always good with grey, don't you think?  I popped up the sun for a little dimension and added gemstones and a sentiment at a diagonal for a little interest.  Quick.  Simple.  Cheerful.

I'm enjoying a quiet afternoon indoors after a second morning of computer training at the dental office.  We've gone live with the program, so now it's just a matter of getting into a routine so that things run smoothly for everyone!  I'm done now until next week, though, so I can relax a bit!  However, the school bus will be arriving shortly, so I must get my focus back together!  The evening is about to begin.

I hope you're having a great Thursday!


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