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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301 Comments

  • D Idlet Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 8:16 am

    Love your distressed background! Beautiful card.

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 10:02 am

      Thank you, Donna! 🙂

  • Michele K. Henderson Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 8:22 am

    I love this idea of the balloon sailing over the city skyline! Creative and beautiful!
    Take care!
    Michele

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 10:01 am

      Thank you so much, Michele! 🙂

  • Tracie C. Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 8:26 am

    Great card. I really like your background. Makes me want to get out my Distress Oxides and give them another try.

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 10:01 am

      Those inks are very addictive, aren’t they?! 😉 Thank you for your comment!

  • Gerrina Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 8:27 am

    What a great use of colours for the balloon! And glad to see another kind of balloon!

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 10:03 am

      Haha! Hot air balloons are so fun! Thank you for stopping by, Gerrina! 🙂

  • Marlieke Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 8:30 am

    I really love the black items on your wonderful coloured background!

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 10:03 am

      Thank you, Marlieke! 🙂

  • Carol Godfrey Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 8:32 am

    Beautiful card !

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 10:03 am

      Thanks, Carol!

  • Natasha Trupp Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 8:33 am

    Love the distressed background. The cityscape is quite lovely

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 10:04 am

      Thank you, Natasha!

  • Sharon O Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 8:36 am

    I love hot air balloons also and your card inspires me to make some, especially with that beautiful blended background!

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 10:04 am

      Thank you, Sharon! Have fun! 🙂

  • Trina P. Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 8:42 am

    Great card. Love the blended background.

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 10:04 am

      Thank you, Trina!

  • susan a Lorio Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 8:57 am

    stunning!!

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 10:05 am

      Thanks, Susan! 🙂

  • Sarah Biswabic Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 9:14 am

    I love your beautiful card! I love the balloon floating over the city and the beautiful night sky.

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 10:05 am

      Thank you, Sarah! 🙂

  • SentSue Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 9:17 am

    Beautiful color blending!

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 10:05 am

      Thank you!

  • Sarah Stone Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 9:19 am

    I love this card with the balloon over the city skyline!

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 10:06 am

      Thank you, Sarah! 🙂

  • Lonnie Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 9:23 am

    I am always drawn to city scapes so love this card.

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 10:06 am

      Thank you! Me too… 🙂

  • Carole D Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 9:24 am

    This is awesome! I have yet to play with my inks!

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 10:07 am

      Thank you! Once you get started, you won’t be able to stop! They’re wonderful! 🙂

  • Kathleen Bingham Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 9:30 am

    Love the Cityscape!

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 10:07 am

      Thanks!

  • Teresa Doyle Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 9:31 am

    Melissa, your card is simply adorable! I so wish I had the Oxides, they look amazingly fun to play with!

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 10:08 am

      Thank you, Teresa! They are very fun to play with! I hadn’t used distress inks much until I tried these!

  • Linzi C Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 9:33 am

    LOVE the distress oxide blending! Such pretty colors!

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 10:08 am

      Thank you, Linzi!

  • Kathleen Bingham Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 9:33 am

    Love the colors and cityscape of this card!

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 10:11 am

      Thank you!

  • Katie Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 9:39 am

    What a pretty card!

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 10:12 am

      Thank you, Katie!

  • Vinita Jain Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 9:53 am

    I love how your background came out! Such a beautiful backdrop with city skyline and cheerful hot air balloon!

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 10:00 am

      Thank you, Vinita!

  • Colleen Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 10:08 am

    Nothing like a calm and tranquil float from the busy city! Nice work.

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 10:13 am

      Thank you, Colleen!

  • Doris Jones Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 10:15 am

    Great ink work and love the skyline! The splash of colour with the hot air balloon is perfect!

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 10:20 am

      Thank you, Doris!

  • Lisa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 10:18 am

    Love the background and the cute hot air balloon flying over the city. Great card! Thank you for sharing!

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 10:24 am

      Thank you, Lisa! 🙂

  • Janice Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 10:21 am

    Beautiful card! It was worth the hunt for the supplies!

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 10:26 am

      Thank you, Janice! 🙂

  • carol Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 10:24 am

    I’d love to be floating in your beautiful balloon, gazing down at the lovely skyline, surrounded by the stunning night sky! Gorgeous!
    ~carol

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 10:27 am

      Thank you, Carol! 🙂

  • Dee Earnshaw Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 10:29 am

    Awesome card. Love the sponged background and the great design:)

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 10:39 am

      Thank you, Dee! 🙂

  • Sandie Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 10:37 am

    Super sky, love the colours and blending. Thanks for all the inspiration you give us and running this fan challenge

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 10:39 am

      Thank you so much, Sandie! 🙂

  • rebecca Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 10:38 am

    I have several hot air balloon dies and I always seem to run out of ideas on how to use them. Beautiful card and definitely an inspiration

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 10:39 am

      Thank you, Rebecca!

  • Kristie Goulet Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 10:43 am

    So beautiful, Melissa! Love me some hot air balloons!

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 3:00 pm

      Thank you, Kristie!

  • Beverly Sizemore Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 10:57 am

    Cute card…love that hot air balloon with the skyline. Enjoying this fun blog hop!
    Woo Hoo to Casology for the the big 5 years!

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 3:00 pm

      Thank you, Beverly!

  • MJ Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 11:01 am

    Beautiful card. Thank you for sharing.

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 3:01 pm

      Thank you!

  • Aggie O. Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 11:01 am

    Terrific card – love that background and will definitely try that technique. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 3:01 pm

      Thank you, Aggie! 🙂

  • Sarah M Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 11:17 am

    Love the sky line! Cute card!

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 3:21 pm

      Thank you!

  • Marilyn Cotter Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 11:20 am

    Love the hombre look with the purple/blue hues. Congrats on this milestone.

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 3:21 pm

      Thank you, Marilyn! 🙂

  • Lady Joyful (Charlotte E) Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 11:21 am

    Beautiful card! I really love that background – such gorgeous colours!

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:03 pm

      Thank you, Charlotte!

  • Nancy Wilson Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 11:22 am

    Your card is great and the best thing about your post is I am an acquire it and forget it for a while person (and not an organized person – aka Pinterest!) but you have given me inspiration. Fabulous colors. Love the cityscape – it gives great dimension!

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:04 pm

      Thank you, Nancy! I’m so glad I’m not alone! 😉

  • Maryam crafter Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 11:23 am

    Love these ballon. Very pretty card and unique..

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:04 pm

      Thank you! 🙂

  • Kleri F Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 11:24 am

    Lovely scane!Thank you for sharing 🙂

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:05 pm

      Thank you!

  • Tara Prince Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 11:35 am

    lovely card!!

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:05 pm

      Thank you!

  • Clare Sutton Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 11:37 am

    Love the background colours! I really need to get myself a hot air balloon stamp set – every time I see a card that uses one I want one! Great card 🙂

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:05 pm

      Thank you, Clare! Yes, you do need one! 😉

  • pamboe Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 11:39 am

    This is perfect for my 40 something family members who are all urban dwellers.

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:06 pm

      City scapes are some of my favorite things! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  • Stacey Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 11:47 am

    I always love a night sky and the city scene makes even prettier, lovely card.

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:06 pm

      Thank you!

  • Marsha D Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 11:51 am

    Very pretty background. I need to branch out and get some oxides – such fun.

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:07 pm

      Thank you, Marsha! Oxides are a game changer… 😉

  • Laurie Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 11:52 am

    Beautiful card! I love the background.

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:07 pm

      Thank you, Laurie!

  • colleen moore Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 12:04 pm

    up up and away

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:07 pm

      🙂

  • Monica Maier Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 12:06 pm

    Love the hot air balloon floating above the city and that sky!!!

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:08 pm

      Thank you, Monica!

  • Conil Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 12:07 pm

    Now that’s a balloon to be proud of…probably as proud as you are for CASology. You’ve made it the challenge to be at…don’t know how you manage it on a weekly basis. We’ll just call you superchallengehost.

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:08 pm

      Haha! Thanks, Coni! It’s part of my weekly routine anymore! I have a wonderful support team… 😉

  • Lynda Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 12:10 pm

    I so wish I could blend inks like this – maybe I should invest in some oxides……..?!

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:09 pm

      Oxides make a big difference! 🙂

  • Karen cadorette Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 12:20 pm

    I love the balloons over the city,and the background is so wonderful

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:09 pm

      Thank you, Karen!

  • Arlene Rose Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 12:22 pm

    Feel like I’m floating over the city! Fun card.

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:09 pm

      Thanks, Arlene! 🙂

  • Nylene Budge Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 12:28 pm

    I love the use of those oxide inks. Such a beautiful background on the card.

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:10 pm

      Thank you, Nylene!

  • Isabelle Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 12:31 pm

    Great colors ! I agree with you, Distress Oxide is fabulous for blending, it’s my new favorite ink..

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:10 pm

      Thank you, Isabelle! Yes, Distress Oxide ink is wonderful stuff!!!

  • ElizStewart Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 12:35 pm

    Congratulations! Thank you for all the wonderful challenges and kind comments over the years!

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:11 pm

      Thank you, Elizabeth! Thank YOU for playing along with us! 🙂

  • joy meadows Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 12:40 pm

    Such a pretty card! I love the cityscape and the blended background is so pretty.

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:11 pm

      Thank you, Joy!

  • susan r wareham Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 12:51 pm

    Love that background Distress Oxides really rock!

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:11 pm

      Thank you! Yes, they do!!!

  • Meg McGarry Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 12:52 pm

    I love your card – that combo of distress oxides is stunning. Have to say i love those inks!

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:12 pm

      Thank you, Meg! 🙂

  • Krystal Showalter Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 12:55 pm

    I am laughing at the challenge of finding goodies in your stash. I am in the process of organizing myself! Glad you did find it because your card is fabulous!

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:12 pm

      Thank you, Krystal! I was kicking myself, but it’s really nothing new…haha! 🙂

  • Tinz Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 1:12 pm

    What a great card – love tha background

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:12 pm

      Thank you!

  • Patt H. Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 1:25 pm

    Love your card & the gorgeous oxide background!

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:13 pm

      Thank you! 🙂

  • Michelle L Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 1:28 pm

    Beautiful colors/blending and an amazing card! You’ve inspired a bit of experimenting with my new-to-me Distress Oxide inks!

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:13 pm

      Thank you, Michelle! Glad I could inspire! Hope you share what you create!!! 🙂

  • Jane Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 2:04 pm

    Oooo, clever twist on the balloon theme and such an amazing blended background! I love the vision of you scrabbling through your stamps to find the one you wanted, made me smile.

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:14 pm

      Thank you, Jane! 🙂

  • Natalie K Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 2:06 pm

    Wonderful card! Love the color and design. 🙂

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:14 pm

      Thank you, Natalie! 🙂

  • Tracey McNeely Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 2:25 pm

    Melissa, you did it–5 years! CASology is obviously one of the best challenges going and I am so honored that you invited me to come back and play along for the anniversary! Your card is just CAS excellence, the sky is gorgeous and yes DI are so much fun to play with!

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:15 pm

      Thanks, Tracey! You’re a gem!!! 🙂

  • Becca Yahrling Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 2:47 pm

    Your card is adorable! Love the design & pretty BG colors.

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:15 pm

      Thank you so much, Becca!

  • Rema DeLeeuw Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 2:50 pm

    Beautiful card and colors!

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:15 pm

      Thank you! 🙂

  • Kathy McConnell Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 2:52 pm

    Melissa, your designs are always awe-inspiring! I love Distress Oxides and how you’ve used them here. Beautiful!

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:16 pm

      Aww thanks, Kathy! 🙂

  • Janet D. Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 3:04 pm

    Great card, love your background!

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:16 pm

      Thank you, Janet!

  • Tracy A Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 3:10 pm

    I love that your elements are monochromatic and then placed on that beautiful background. So glad you did a hot air balloon. Lovely card.

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:16 pm

      Thank you, Tracy! 🙂

  • IraChe Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 3:13 pm

    Beautiful card!

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:16 pm

      Thank you!

  • Martha H. Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 3:58 pm

    What a gorgeous card! I love everything about it.

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:17 pm

      Thank you! 🙂

  • Cindy C. Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 4:15 pm

    So beautiful, love the ombre distressed background!

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:17 pm

      Thank you, Cindy! 🙂

  • Tamra B Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 4:17 pm

    Love, love, love the blending with the oxide inks. Your card just puts a smile on my face!

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:17 pm

      Thank you, Tamra! 🙂

  • Violet Roae Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 4:38 pm

    Pretty card!! I am so wanting to try the Distress Oxide inks! Love the background.

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:18 pm

      Thank you! Distress Oxide inks are so worth it!

  • KIMBERLY A WIENER Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 4:40 pm

    Hey there! So happy to be included in this happy occasion! So glad to call you all my friends.
    I may not be frequent, but I’m always around! Wonderful fun Balloon card!

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:18 pm

      Aww thanks, Kimberly! So happy to hear from you! Miss you! Hugs!!!

  • Tricia T Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 4:43 pm

    Oooo – That sky!! I’m so glad you found your set, so you could share this beautiful card!!

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:19 pm

      Thanks, Tricia! I’m not going to lose sight of it again…haha! 🙂

  • Sandy M Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:06 pm

    Love seeing the balloons drifting along in the sky. Your card is awesome.

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:19 pm

      Thank you, Sandy! 🙂

  • Kim Heggins Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:10 pm

    Fabulous card…love your wonderful city scape!

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:19 pm

      Thank you, Kim! 🙂

  • Shelly Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:16 pm

    This is so pretty, Melissa! Love your background!

    • Melissa Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:20 pm

      Thank you, Shelly! 🙂

  • Kevin Bray Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:23 pm

    I love your ink blending! Congrats on 5 years!!

    • Melissa Posted Thursday, 07/27/2017 8:31 pm

      Thank you, Kevin! 🙂

  • char Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:26 pm

    So great!!!

    • Melissa Posted Thursday, 07/27/2017 8:31 pm

      Thank you!

  • Barbara Ghigliotty Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:32 pm

    Congrats on your 5th Anniversary at CASology, Melissa! It’s my all-time favorite challenge, and I wish you many more years of success with the challenge blog!
    Love your ink blending on your background…it works perfectly with your city scape and fun hot air balloon! You always know how to inspire me…Thank You!!!

    • Melissa Posted Thursday, 07/27/2017 8:32 pm

      Thank you so much, Barb! I truly appreciate your love for CASology! 🙂

  • Darnell J Knauss Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:33 pm

    Look at you getting all inky and doing a brilliant job of it, Melissa! Your blended skyline is perfect for that little lost hot air balloon! So glad you found it!! Thank you very much for all you have done and do to keep your fun challenge going for all of us!! Hugs, Darnell

    • Melissa Posted Thursday, 07/27/2017 8:33 pm

      Thank you so much, Darnell! You are an inspiration yourself!!! Thank you for your support over the years too! 🙂

  • Sue LD Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 5:33 pm

    Wonderful thank you card. Glad you found your balloon stamp. Some things I have organized yet sometimes I still have a hard time finding something I know I have.

    • Melissa Posted Thursday, 07/27/2017 8:34 pm

      I hear you! Me too! Thank you for stopping by! 🙂

  • foleysfriend Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 6:20 pm

    Love how the black pops against your beautiful background.

    • Melissa Posted Thursday, 07/27/2017 8:34 pm

      Thank you!

  • Michelle H Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 6:31 pm

    I love that your balloon is flying at night. I bet it’s gorgeous looking out onto the city with all its lights.

  • Betty Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 6:49 pm

    wonderful balloon card – love the beautifully inked background with the black!!

  • Diane M Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 6:52 pm

    Beautiful Card! Such a great idea.

  • Tasha Dawson Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 7:18 pm

    Wow what a beautiful card!

    • Melissa Posted Thursday, 07/27/2017 8:33 pm

      Thank you, Tasha! 🙂

  • Lagene Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 7:32 pm

    Awesome night balloon scene! Great hop, Great prizes!

  • Lagene Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 7:32 pm

    Awesome night balloon scene! Great hop, Great prizes!

  • Lagene Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 7:32 pm

    Awesome night balloon scene! Great hop, Great prizes!

  • Natalie Elphinstone Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 7:35 pm

    Fabulous card! The background blending is immaculate!

  • Debbie Bonczek Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 7:46 pm

    OMG . . . a hot air balloon over the big city. I love the scene you created. Beautiful job.

  • Angie Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 7:58 pm

    What a gorgeous background….I saw it earlier today and just now have some time to comment!! Happy 5th bday to CASology!!!!! So fun!

  • chark Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 8:01 pm

    beautiful bg!

  • Kelly Szafron Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 8:10 pm

    Wonderful card, love the background.

  • Colorado Crafter Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 8:14 pm

    Great card!! I also seem to follow the “acquire it and forget about it for a while” school of thought! 🙂 Sadly, I have way too many craft supplies that I have not pulled out to use yet.

  • Stef Perry Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 8:26 pm

    Glad you found the set you were looking for so you could make this delightful card! Love the background.

  • Tee Hall Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 9:07 pm

    Gorgeous skyline scene with the hot air balloon! I love the pretty gradient of colors on the background-very cool!

  • Tara Stephenson Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 9:11 pm

    What a wonderful card!

  • Kirsty Vittetoe Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 10:32 pm

    Love love this card of yours. Great job!

  • Kavita-stiryourcreativity Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 11:16 pm

    The skyline with coordinating balloon against that background is stunning.

  • HelenK Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 11:20 pm

    How clever you are to put a modern skyline with a hot air ballon – I have very similar stamps but would not have thought to put them together.

  • super stick chick Posted Tuesday, 07/25/2017 11:49 pm

    Fabulous card, love your blending and fun design.

  • Pöydän kulmalla näpertelijä Posted Wednesday, 07/26/2017 12:28 am

    Such an elegant card!

  • Anna Posted Wednesday, 07/26/2017 4:39 am

    Wow! I love your baloons a lot! And the background is just gorgeous!
    Thank you so much for sharing and congrats!

  • Dawn Jones Posted Wednesday, 07/26/2017 4:43 am

    I love the background and the single star. Definitely keeping to the theme of clean and simple.

  • Tammy Williams Posted Wednesday, 07/26/2017 5:11 am

    Nice

  • Julie B Posted Wednesday, 07/26/2017 5:38 am

    Super inked background. 🙂

  • Anastasia Posted Wednesday, 07/26/2017 5:58 am

    Beautiful background!

  • Yulia LeLuar Posted Wednesday, 07/26/2017 6:04 am

    Very stylish! I wish I could fly like that!

  • Swapna Posted Wednesday, 07/26/2017 6:14 am

    Such a pretty background..

  • ~amy~ Posted Wednesday, 07/26/2017 6:32 am

    Melissa! big congrats on 5 years…that’s so wonderful!
    I’m such a fan of your CAS designs and you’re constantly inspiring me. THIS card is beautiful!

  • Heidi Stamps Posted Wednesday, 07/26/2017 6:45 am

    What a pretty city scene! Great use of a balloon.

  • Cheryl V. Posted Wednesday, 07/26/2017 6:54 am

    Love the new Distress Oxide Inks. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  • Jean Heming Posted Wednesday, 07/26/2017 7:15 am

    cool card big blog hop!!! happy anniversary!!!

  • CHRISTINE MILLER Posted Wednesday, 07/26/2017 7:22 am

    Beautiful cityscape. Love the inked background!

  • Wendy Posted Wednesday, 07/26/2017 7:30 am

    Love the skyline with the balloon!

  • Marjorie Dumontier Posted Wednesday, 07/26/2017 7:32 am

    Wow ! Astonishing background ! I still don’t give a shot to Distress Oxides but this is very appealing… Love from France, Marjorie

  • Cynthia D Posted Wednesday, 07/26/2017 7:55 am

    So interesting and has a visually calming effect.

  • Sharron Gregory Posted Wednesday, 07/26/2017 8:51 am

    Always love hot air balloons! Love the black & white with your gorgeous background!

  • Francine Posted Wednesday, 07/26/2017 9:07 am

    Love your city background. The balloon flying over is the perfect addition!

  • Monica Taylor Posted Wednesday, 07/26/2017 9:19 am

    Beautiful card. Love the colors.
    ♥ Monica
    My personal Blog – Taylormadecards4u

  • Daria Zender Posted Wednesday, 07/26/2017 9:33 am

    I love the look of the black skyline and B&W balloon against that beautiful background! Wonderful card.

  • Julye Bott Posted Wednesday, 07/26/2017 10:42 am

    The background is fab and who wouldn’t want a balloon ride on a stary night like this, happy birthday casology how time flies oops sorry no pun intended.

  • Bine Posted Wednesday, 07/26/2017 11:09 am

    What a beautiful colour blending. Love your card.

  • Mary McCaslin Posted Wednesday, 07/26/2017 1:01 pm

    Thank you for the inspiration!

  • Wendy Posted Wednesday, 07/26/2017 1:13 pm

    Love that blended background! Beautiful job!

  • Bev Posted Wednesday, 07/26/2017 1:31 pm

    Just wanted to pop in and say thanks for creating “CASology,” and for all your hard work associated with a challenge. You know it’s one of my favorite challenges, and I like to play as often as I can. So, “thank you” for the enjoyment you’ve given us these last five years. Here’s to many, many more!! I can just picture you floating in that sweet balloon, shouting down thank-you’s across the globe. Beautiful twilight sky behind your city scape, too. Thanks, Melissa. : )

  • yvette weber Posted Wednesday, 07/26/2017 2:00 pm

    Wow!!! Awesome background! beautiful!

  • Nadine Posted Wednesday, 07/26/2017 2:44 pm

    Love the balloons and I love Distress inks as well. Super cute!

  • Monika Reeck Posted Wednesday, 07/26/2017 2:54 pm

    I really love your Background miss Melissa
    so adorable and feel in a dreamland
    love your card always sweety
    hugs
    Monika

  • Laura Tyson Posted Wednesday, 07/26/2017 3:33 pm

    Beautiful Card!!!

  • Laura Tyson Posted Wednesday, 07/26/2017 3:34 pm

    Beautiful Card!!!

  • Nora Posted Wednesday, 07/26/2017 3:47 pm

    What a fun background. Love the black buildings with the colorful balloon. Fabulous design!

  • Mary Holshouser Posted Wednesday, 07/26/2017 3:53 pm

    I shading in the sky is fantastic. Love the skyline of buildings.
    Hot air balloons are so fun – I’m afraid of heights but
    really enjoyed my ride.
    thanks for sharing.

  • Beverley Posted Wednesday, 07/26/2017 4:02 pm

    Congratulations on this amazing milestone & here is to many more! Loving your card, the background is stunning and the perfect backdrop to your scene. Thanks so much for the wonderful inspiration. Hugs Bev x

  • Sheri Posted Wednesday, 07/26/2017 4:11 pm

    I love the city scene every time I see it made with another idea!

  • cat craig Posted Wednesday, 07/26/2017 4:19 pm

    Melissa, such a fabulous background for your silhouette images.

  • Sherry Lesiak Posted Wednesday, 07/26/2017 4:48 pm

    Such a nice card. Not the usual. The black ink against the Oxide colors is fabulous!

  • Jacqueline V. Posted Wednesday, 07/26/2017 5:36 pm

    Your background is dreamy! Don’t you just love the new Distress Oxide inks?!

  • Celeste Goff Posted Wednesday, 07/26/2017 6:33 pm

    Such a beautiful card! Love your evening sky against the skyline!

  • Laurie Posted Wednesday, 07/26/2017 7:09 pm

    Verynice color combo onthis!

  • Aimee Phillips Posted Wednesday, 07/26/2017 7:46 pm

    Beautiful card!. I am becoming a Distress Ink addict and seeing your background didn’t help matters lol.

  • Deborah Jenkins Posted Wednesday, 07/26/2017 7:48 pm

    Great elegant design!

  • Gilda (McStamper) Posted Wednesday, 07/26/2017 7:48 pm

    Love your card. Beautiful background.

  • donna mikasa Posted Wednesday, 07/26/2017 8:01 pm

    Love your beautifully blended sky–gorgeous card, Melissa!

  • Tammy Lever Posted Wednesday, 07/26/2017 8:58 pm

    This is gorgeous! I just got all the distress inks and can’t wait to play with them! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Jenny Martin Posted Wednesday, 07/26/2017 10:22 pm

    I love the black on the beatiful background!

  • MARY JUSKA Posted Wednesday, 07/26/2017 11:14 pm

    Oh, duh! Balloon, as in, hot air balloon! Clever!

  • Janet Ingraham Posted Thursday, 07/27/2017 1:23 am

    Lovely night scene!

  • Gloira Lee Posted Thursday, 07/27/2017 3:30 am

    This card is perfect for celebrate 5th years anniversary. So beautiful and love your message.
    Thank you too.

  • Claire A Posted Thursday, 07/27/2017 4:27 am

    Fabulous card Melissa! Loving the inked sky and I must get some of that gold spray!

  • Fiki Posted Thursday, 07/27/2017 4:37 am

    wonderful card!
    hugs

  • Nicole Posted Thursday, 07/27/2017 6:19 am

    Wow, love this. Awesome background!
    Greetings from Switzerland, Nicole

  • Sara Peatross Posted Thursday, 07/27/2017 6:41 am

    Love the background. Such a pretty card.

  • Debbie Rumpza Posted Thursday, 07/27/2017 8:17 am

    Fabulous card with a beautiful backdrop!

  • Rachel P Posted Thursday, 07/27/2017 9:23 am

    I love the blended background with the cityscape. So beautiful!

  • Jennifer Jane Mills Posted Thursday, 07/27/2017 9:23 am

    What is the trick to blending so you don’t see the shape of the tool. I have tried a couple times but it never looks smooth. Thanks

    • Melissa Posted Thursday, 07/27/2017 8:29 pm

      Hi, Jennifer! I usually do lots and lots of tight little circles when blending! If you are a visual person, check out Jennifer McGuire’s wonderful YouTube channel! She has a video on Distress Oxide inks, I do believe! Hope that helps! 🙂

  • Lisascreativeniche Posted Thursday, 07/27/2017 11:21 am

    I love the gradient background!

  • Annie Posted Thursday, 07/27/2017 11:25 am

    What a gorgeous card!! Love that oxide background!

  • Liz Cavill Posted Thursday, 07/27/2017 12:53 pm

    A beautiful scene and I love the background. xx

  • Karen Walker Posted Thursday, 07/27/2017 2:45 pm

    A gorgeous background, and I love the silhouetted buildings, too!

  • Crystal O. Minkler Posted Thursday, 07/27/2017 3:06 pm

    Congratulations on 5 years! Love your challenges! Absolutely love your card… can’t go wrong with those oxide inks!

  • Kim Faucher Posted Thursday, 07/27/2017 3:19 pm

    I love the black skyline silhouette with your gorgeous blended background!!!

  • Pat Posted Thursday, 07/27/2017 5:38 pm

    What a fabulous coloured background Melissa and l love the silhouette buildings and hot air balloon over the top. x

  • Bea Connor Posted Thursday, 07/27/2017 7:57 pm

    Great card

  • Helen Posted Thursday, 07/27/2017 8:05 pm

    Melissa, love the subtle colors of your card. . .a balloon ride at dusk. Lovely. Thanks.

  • Miriam Prantner Posted Thursday, 07/27/2017 8:16 pm

    That inking is just gorgeous! Beautiful!

  • FAWN KUEHNE Posted Thursday, 07/27/2017 9:36 pm

    Love your background!

  • pat schwartz Posted Thursday, 07/27/2017 10:52 pm

    Love the simplicity of this card but with a WOW factor!

  • Natali Posted Thursday, 07/27/2017 11:15 pm

    Super cute! I still have to play around with those oxide inks. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Riette Gasser Posted Friday, 07/28/2017 2:20 am

    It’s stunning with the silhouette against that wonderful background!!

  • preeti d. Posted Friday, 07/28/2017 3:42 am

    wow! love your card and the blended background is stunning

  • Angie Hall Posted Friday, 07/28/2017 5:46 am

    We must be twins. I suffer from ” where did I put that stamp set or die” myself. Right now I’m looking for my picket fence die I used a few days ago. I also find products I forgot I had while looking for something else. BTW I like your card.

  • Theresa P Posted Friday, 07/28/2017 6:48 am

    Great card and love the blended background.

  • Doni High Posted Friday, 07/28/2017 10:13 am

    I have distress inks and I love them, but the oxides are calling my name! Love your blended background with them.

  • Liz O Posted Friday, 07/28/2017 11:00 am

    Lovely design, the background is wonderful, thanks for sharing and congrats in the milestone!

  • Cheryl S Posted Friday, 07/28/2017 8:01 pm

    Love your background and balloon 🙂

  • Valliam Posted Friday, 07/28/2017 9:55 pm

    Love the night sky background! Beautiful and warm!

  • Gail Plaskiewicz Posted Friday, 07/28/2017 11:28 pm

    I love how you did the background on this card! It’s so different, at least different from anything I have ever done. Thanks for showing us your pretty card and for giving us the chance to win something. Congrats on your 5th anniversary and many, many more!

  • Lillian K Posted Saturday, 07/29/2017 3:18 am

    I like your style! The colour blending is lovely.

  • marta Posted Saturday, 07/29/2017 4:46 am

    love the background of this card

  • Marianne Posted Saturday, 07/29/2017 7:47 am

    Congragts on 5 years of CASology! Happy to see you kept digging (I know how frustrating it can be to know you own something but have no idea where you ‘stored’ it), because your card turned out great. Also love your background. I’m anxiously waiting for my second batch of DOIs to arrive.

  • Angela Tarasenko Posted Saturday, 07/29/2017 11:02 am

    👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  • Cornelia (fun stamping) Posted Saturday, 07/29/2017 11:11 am

    Awesome cards! Big congrats on your 5 years at CASology!

  • CRISTINA Posted Saturday, 07/29/2017 12:53 pm

    Beautiful background!

  • Kim Maxwell Posted Saturday, 07/29/2017 1:16 pm

    Fabulous card!!! I know the feeling about hunting stamp sets….and I’m new to card making, but I just keep buying and buying and buying….instead of using using using!! Gotta get some kind of organization system going….lol!! Anyway Fabulous card!! Thanks for shRing!

  • Kimberly ostgard Posted Saturday, 07/29/2017 2:10 pm

    Love the simple single layered card love the background

  • Cathy R Posted Saturday, 07/29/2017 6:03 pm

    Gorgeous card, love the background.

  • Mary-Anne V Posted Saturday, 07/29/2017 8:04 pm

    Beautiful sky and wonderful skyline.

  • Ishani S Posted Sunday, 07/30/2017 7:25 am

    What a beautiful card.. Lovely blending..I am encouraged to try this colour combination!

  • Lucy E. Posted Sunday, 07/30/2017 9:31 am

    Such a pretty background!
    I also struggle to find things
    I know I have!

  • D.Ann C Posted Sunday, 07/30/2017 9:58 am

    I had the same trouble with finding my stamp! : ) Love this beautiful background and scene!! Happy 5th anniversary, CASology!

  • Mac Mable Posted Sunday, 07/30/2017 10:53 am

    Many Many congratulations on your 5th year anniversary. So glad you persevered and found that gorgeous balloon stamp. Great blending of colours on the background and such an atmospheric card. Thank you so much for all your inspiration from yourself and your wonderful team x

  • Helen Posted Sunday, 07/30/2017 11:42 am

    Lovely card. Great inspiration for the balloon sets I know I have somewhere… 😉

  • Milka Posted Sunday, 07/30/2017 12:27 pm

    GORGEOUS card Melissa!!! Love it! :o) Congratulations on 5th challenge anniversary. LOVE CASology!! :o) xx

  • Ann Marie Greenspan Posted Sunday, 07/30/2017 1:17 pm

    What a pretty card with your distressed background. I hope to be able to play along.

  • LucieG Posted Sunday, 07/30/2017 2:17 pm

    Congrats on the Casology 5 year anniversary! Love your card – and I have spent many hours searching for a ‘missing’ stamp… wish I could get more organised!

  • Lynne in NI Posted Sunday, 07/30/2017 3:45 pm

    Beautiful card, love your background!

  • Yvette Posted Sunday, 07/30/2017 4:18 pm

    Beautiful card !

  • Deanna Belli Posted Sunday, 07/30/2017 4:56 pm

    Love oxides also

  • Joyce M. Posted Sunday, 07/30/2017 5:17 pm

    I am finally getting to the beginning of the hop! This is an amazing card. Love that background you created. Thank you for everything you have done to bring CASology to this point. I am so lucky to be part of this team.

  • Christy Q Posted Sunday, 07/30/2017 7:48 pm

    Beautiful card – I love the background, so striking!!

  • Kathy Schweinfurth Posted Sunday, 07/30/2017 8:31 pm

    Your card is really lovely — fabulous background!

  • Kris in Alaska Posted Sunday, 07/30/2017 11:14 pm

    Love that sweet little balloon!

  • Stef White Posted Sunday, 07/30/2017 11:23 pm

    Great card, I’ve been wanting to do a city scape for awhile!

  • Milka Posted Monday, 07/31/2017 1:07 am

    Gorgeous card Melissa!! Love it!! :o) Happy 5th CASology anniversary! Love love love CASology challenges. :o) xx

  • karenladd Posted Monday, 07/31/2017 1:08 am

    Oh, this is such a clever take on the balloon them! klLove that beautiful sky background with the hot air balloon flying away!

  • Sherrie M. Posted Monday, 07/31/2017 6:14 am

    Wow Melissa! Love your gorgeous background! Think I need to get these distress oxide inks once and for all. Thanks for all you do at CASology! I’m honored to be a part of your team! xo

  • Hazel Hodgkins Posted Monday, 07/31/2017 8:06 am

    Wow Melissa! Just perfect for this very special hop! Congratulations on reaching this significant milestone, and thank you for allowing me the privilege of being a part of it.

  • ionabunny Posted Monday, 07/31/2017 8:59 am

    Love the background and the way the balloon draws you eyes up the card. Happy 5th Anniversary CASology. Hugz

  • Anna Posted Monday, 07/31/2017 3:24 pm

    Totally awesome!!! Love the bg!! Congratulations on your 5th anniversary!! I’m so happy and honored to be a part of your lovely team!!! Hugs Anna

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