A Blog Named Hero October Critter Challenge

A Blog Named Hero October Critter Challenge
Happy first week of October!  Can you believe it's already here?! It's time for a new challenge over at A Blog Named Hero and we're digging out all those cute critters in our stashes!  With Lawn Fawn collaborating with us this month, it's a piece of cake to find such things in my own personal stash!  Love their critters! I started my design by die cutting the main panel with the Stitched Journaling Card Die from Lawn Fawn.  I then stamped the Hero Arts Tree Trunks (S5477) image on the main panel with Memento London Fog gray ink.  I then die cut a heart out of the center using the heart die from the Lawn Fawn Stitched Party Banners Die set.  The little squirrel was stamped and colored with Copic markers before being cut out.  The apple was also stamped and colored with Copic markers.  Both of these stamps are from Lawn Fawn's Forest Feast set.  I added a little Crystal Effects to the apple for shine.  The sentiment was stamped in black and framed with a simple banner die from the same Stitched Journaling Card Die set used for the main panel.  Once all the design elements were ready, I popped them all up using foam adhesive for dimension. I hope you'll join us this month as we create with critters!  There are so many adorable images out there and I'm sure you have a few somewhere in your stash!
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Have a marvelous Monday!

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Honey Bee Stamps Die Cut Thanks

Honey Bee Stamps Die Cut Thanks
Hello!  I'm back with a little Honey Bee Stamps inspiration using a word die on a clean & simple design! I used a white 5x5 cardbase for this design.  A piece of white cardstock was cut into a 4x4 size and then the stitched square was die cut in the middle of it using one of the dies in the Honey Bee Stamps' Double Stitched Square Die set.  Rather than using the middle square from the resulting cut, I used the outer stitched frame.  I then cut a 4x4 square from a piece of kraft cardstock and adhered then stamped multiple leaves from the Bushel and a Peck stamp set in white on it.  Once those were dry, I adhered the narrow white frame directly to the kraft piece.  Next, I die cut the word twice.  The Thanks die comes with two dies, one is bold and thick.  The second die is more of a script font and much more delicate.  I die cut the bolder one in black and the delicate on in kraft and then glued them together.  I used foam adhesive to adhere the assembled word to the main panel.  The finished design was then adhered to the card base using more foam adhesive to give the overall design some nice dimension. I don't know about you, but autumn weather somehow makes me reach for kraft cardstock.  Loving this change when creating designs this time of year!  I'm sure I'll ease back to completely white designs as the snow begins to fly, but I'm enjoying the warmth that kraft cardstock brings to designs!

Enjoy the rest of your day!

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World Gratitude Day with Honey Bee Stamps

World Gratitude Day with Honey Bee Stamps
Today is World Gratitude Day and I wanted to be sure and take time to say THANK YOU to those who visit my blogs, Instagram feeds and Facebook pages, supporting my creative adventures with kind words and encouragement.  It's definitely a journey and when I look back at where I started, it's crazy how much my crafting style has changed over the years!  It takes time and lots of patience to find your personal niche, but today I can truly say I believe I've finally found mine in the clean and simple world of card making.  My photography continues to evolve and I feel like I'm still trying to find my true, defined niche with that, but I'm enjoying the journey!  The creative community is such a wonderful place filled with outstanding individuals who uplift each other daily.  I know I've had the privilege of having the loving support of fellow creatives throughout the world and I want to pass on the same with heartfelt gratitude, inspiring others to have the courage to keep creating, keep believing and use your creative gift to touch the lives of those in need. My simple card for today is filled with thankfulness despite it being super clean & simple.  I used the pumpkin from a new set called Acorn Sisters from Honey Bee Stamps as the main image, stamping it on white cardstock and spritzing it with a little gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine. It was fussy cut and popped up on a watercolored die cut panel with foam adhesive.  The little sentiment was stamped in black and little sequins were added as embellishments.  The assembled main panel was then popped up on the white card base with more foam adhesive and the design was complete! I hope you've had a wonderful Thursday!  Be sure and visit the Honey Bee Stamps online store at midnight tonight when the new release goes live!   Save Continue Reading...

Fall Flowers

I created this card for the Sketch and Color Challenges over at Splitcoast Stampers this week. I was happy to see some fall colors on the color challenge! What perfect timing and with fall on my brain, I didn't have to switch gears! Yay! I'm not sure just how satisfied I am with how it turned out, but it will have to do for this attempt as it's getting late and I will pay for it in the morning if I don't get my beauty rest soon!
Stamps: SU Garden Greetings
Cardstock: SU Basic Black, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, white
Ink: SU Basic Black, Elegant Eggplant
Embellishments: SU Elementary Ribbon Essentials, pearl
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Thinking of Fall

I can't help but think of fall kinds of things. All around me, there are signs of fall appearing. The leaves on the trees are beginning to turn colors, the grass isn't growing quite as quickly and there are new fall flowers (or weeds to some people) appearing along the local trail. The nights are cool and the morning are just heavenly. I made my first fall card last night to celebrate. The new fall C.C. Designs stamps are so adorable! My DH asked me last night if Precious Moments was now making rubberstamps! LOL!
Stamps: C.C. Designs
Cardstock: SU Chocolate Chip, Paper Trey white
Paper: Basic Grey Mellow
Embellishments: paper flowers, yellow brads, SU Chocolate Chip taffeta ribbon, SU Chocolate Chip marker (for faux stitching)
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A Trip to the Pumpkin Patch

Many days, I drive by one of our local pumpkin patches when going to or coming from town. We usually try to go visit them in October when the mornings are beginning to get downright crisp! I love orange pumpkins and they seem to summarize fall for me entirely!
I have a stash of C. C. Designs' new fall/halloween stamps and it's time to dig them out and play!

Stamps: C.C. Designs
Paper: Basic Grey Mellow
Cardstock: SU Soft Suede, Dusty Durango, Paper Trey white
Ink: SU Soft Suede, Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories: Prima flowers, vintage brads, SU oval punch, SU Dusty Durango polka dot ribbon, foam squares, sponge
Coloring: Koh-i-noor pencils with Gamsol
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Joining the Precious Remembrance Team!

I have some very exciting news to share with you today!  I have been asked to join the Precious Remembrance design team!  Beginning today, I will be sharing card ideas over on the blog on Tuesdays!

This week, I'm sharing a clean & simple card design using the brand new Fall Colors set, so be sure and go take a peek!

Fall Colors Stamp Set

I also want to give you a heads up on an upcoming Blog Hop with Precious Remembrance and Tombow USA that will begin this Friday, September 5, and continue through Sunday, September 7!  Be sure and mark your calendars because it will include three days of fun, inspiration and prizes!!!  You're not going to want to miss it!

Isn't it crazy just how soon fall will be arriving?  Changing the calendar over to September made it hit home even more yesterday!  I'm ready.  I think...

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Precious Remembrance New Release Blog Hop & Giveaway!

I'm excited to be guest designing today for Precious Remembrance as they release a beautiful new fall stamp set! Just take a look!  Introducing the brand new Fall Colors set:

I don't know about you, but I'm beginning to feel motivated to dig into autumn themed things and this set only made that feeling stronger!  I inked it up and this is what I created:

I used watercolors to created the background and then stamped the trio of leaves in brown ink.  I added three tiny, brown gems as embellishments and stamped the sentiment in brown ink also.  Very simple, but I love the browns and orange together!

There's a blog hop & giveaway going on along with this new release!  It starts over on the Precious Remembrance blog, so you'll want to head on over for the details and to join in the fun!  From there, you can follow this list:

Melissa Chipperfield (Guest Designer) - you're here!

So what do you need to do to put yourself in the running for the prize?  Here's a quick list:
  • Subscribe in Precious Remembrance Shop Blog.
  • Share the new stamp release news with your crafty friends through: Facebook, Blog, Instagram, etc.
  • Hop along and leave a comment on each blog and show us some love!  :)
  • One lucky winner of the stamp set will be randomly chosen.
Giveaway ends on Sunday August 23,2014.
Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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Hello, Pumpkin!

I've been digging through my autumn decorations lately and found a jack-o-lantern to set out on the front porch.  I purchased a real pumpkin in town and plan to carve that with the boys in the next week or so for Halloween.  Then, I happened upon some cute sparkly pumpkins for the fireplace mantel.  Pumpkins are just a part of autumn!

This week at CASology pumpkin is the cue word and it's perfect for this particular month!  Creative ideas seemed to elude me this time, however.  The pumpkin stamp images that I own were not inspiring me at all, so I ended up focusing on the color orange and using a sentiment that I've always found rather cute.

I nabbed my sons' sponge daubers and created a polka dotted card.  I simply stamped the sentiment over one of the dots and then added three star sequins.  As I added the stars I realized I was thinking about Cinderella and her pumpkin carriage!  Too bad I don't have any Disney themed princess stamps!  With DD in the house I suppose it will only be a matter of time.

What does the word PUMPKIN make you think of?  We'd love to find out!  Be sure and visit the rest of the design team members' blogs for more inspiration this week!  Then, don't forget to link up your own creation on the challenge blog by Sunday at 4:00 p.m. (CST)!

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Busy days around here and, thus, the lack of posting.  We've got a landscaping project going and overnight guests arrived last night!  We're hoppin' around here and I keep looking for those lazy autumn days people talk about!  Not happening!

 Have a terrific Tuesday!

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My Favorite Day

"What day is it,?" asked Pooh.
"It's today," squeaked Piglet.
"My favorite day," said Pooh.

It's Monday and, yes, I have to say it's one of my favorite days!  Not sure how that happened exactly.

After a weekend full of grandparent love and exciting progress on a couple house projects, we're blasting off into another week!  Before that happens, though, I wanted to share another autumn card that I created for the inspiration challenge on the Clean and Simple thread at Splitcoast Stampers!

Simple, one layer goodness.  I used autumn colors and stamped one image multiple times before adding the sentiment.

Dear father and mother-in-love head for home today around the noon hour.  DH has the morning off from work to keep going on a project that was started over the weekend.  I'll share photos once I get some time to sit down and gather a few together to post!  Mother-in-love insists I take some time this morning to enjoy some time alone in town, so I best be going!

Have a marvelous Monday!

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