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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A Simple Haunting

After a three-day weekend, I'm trying to get back into the daily routines!  Yesterday, I was catching up on things around here and didn't take any time to stamp!  Gasp!

However, I'd made a card over the weekend for today's new cue word challenge over at CASology and it's time to share!

Soon little trick-or-treaters will be heading out into the night to collect their candy and I couldn't help but think of Halloween!  A simple ghost seemed appropriate for a CAS card and here is what I came up with:

The ghost and sentiment are both from a newer stamp set at Paper Trey.  I couldn't help but add some more eyes to go along with the one-eyed ghost!  I added a simple sentiment strip and a baker's twine bow to finish things off.  Did I ever tell you I love CAS cards?!

Be sure to visit the rest of the design team's blogs as well as Amy Kolling, our guest designer this week!

I hope your week is off to a good start!  I have computer training tomorrow for work, so a busy day is in store!  Electronic charting can be a challenge to get started in a medical setting, so wish me luck!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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I'm embarrassed to say that I received a blog award last month and am just now remembering & taking the time to pay it forward!  Shirley over at Shirley-Bee's Stamping Stuff nominated me for the Liebster Award.  Here are the details:


This award was designed to be a blog award in the pay it forward fashion. Once you've been nominated, you award it to blogs that you like that have fewer than 200 followers, to encourage new visitors to visit these new blogs.


Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to their blog. Post the award onto your blog. Give the award to five bloggers who you appreciate that have fewer than 200 followers. Leave a comment on their blog letting them know that you have given them this awesome award!


Here are the five wonderful blogs that I'm nominating:

Martha - Martha's Creations
Vicky - Crafting Clare's Paper Moments
Karen - Altered Scrapbooking
Mia - Mias Zaubereien
Meghan - Little Pink Bike

If you haven't visited these blogs before, go and have a look!

I'll be back tomorrow!  I promise!

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Happiness is…

...chocolate chip, peanut butter cookie balls.

...the smell of rain.

...a mix of candy corn & peanuts.

...a cozy, rainy day.


...a bouquet of fresh flowers.

...snuggling with a toddler.

...the humor of children.

...quietness at the end of a day.

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Medallion Thank You

Happy Saturday!  It's time for a brand new color duo over at Dynamic Duos!  This week, it's soft colors:

Isn't this duo beautiful?!

For my simple 5x5 card, I inked up SU's Medallion in Pool Party and then sponged a little Soft Suede over it.  I then stamped the image in the upper left corner and added a vintage pearl to its center.  The sentiment, from Verve Stamps, was added last.  The middle panels are popped up to give things a little dimension.

Be sure and check out the rest of the team's blogs!  With colors this pretty, you'll love this week's inspirational creations!  Then, don't forget to link up your own by Thursday at noon (PDT)!

Have a super Saturday!

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2 Cute Ghostly Greetings

It's a Fun Friday here at our house and the boys and I are doing some crafty things together this morning before we head out for some pizza in town.  I love the relaxed atmosphere of no school days!  No dragging sleepyheads out of beds and rushing to the bus!  Just good ole easing into the day and enjoying each other's company!

I decided to create a card for 2 Cute Ink's sketch challenge that ends shortly!  I'm going to be getting this posted just under the wire!  Love the cute images Heidi sketches!  She's got new ones coming quite regularly too, so be sure and take a peek now and then on the 2 Cute Ink blog!

Stamps:  2 Cute Ink (Ghostie Sucker), Paper Trey (sentiment)
I added some Crystal Effects to Ghostie's sucker and popped him up after cutting him out!  There are actually two colors behind the black panel, but I wanted to keep them thin and subtle.

Here is the sketch:

Now it's off for more Friday fun!  I'll be back tomorrow for a new color challenge at Dynamic Duos!

Have a fabulous Friday!

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Popping Up

It's a blustery fall day here today with plentiful sunshine and leaves zipping through the air!  DH finally agreed to turn the furnace on this week.  I have once again been able to get out of bed in the mornings without a lengthy conversation between myself & I concerning the safety of leaving the warmth of bed covers for the bite of cold air within the house.  It's the little things in life, you know!

I've been digging through my stash again and found some adorable Lawn Fawn stamps to play with!  Those who know me, know that I love smiley faces and Lawn Fawn has quite a few sets containing smiley images!

This little toaster kept smiling up at me and I finally agreed to use it on a card.  I used SU's Brushed Silver cardstock for the toaster to give it that stainless steel look that has been so popular in kitchens the past few years.  The toast I colored with Copic markers and popped up on foam dots.  I punched out a little red heart for some extra love and called it good.  I think I'll let the boys use this to mail a letter to grandparents!  There is no school tomorrow, so they'll have some quiet crafty things to do in addition to their usual playing, dirt collecting, snacking, wrestling, chasing each other, yelling like banshees & squabbling!  Keeping one step ahead of them will be my main focus!  Such is life with's all good!

I'm linking this up to the Moxie Fab World Card Making Day Week:  Make a Love Card for a Chance to Win!

Have a great Thursday!

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