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A Muse Studio May New Release Sneak Peak 2

A Muse Studio May New Release Sneak Peak 2
It's Day Two of sneak peeks for the A Muse Studio May New Release coming this Friday! logo Today, I'm featuring the new You Are My Sunshine set, one filled with beautifully fonted sentiments.  I stamped the circle in Navy, Habanero (orange) and Margarita (yellow) and Apple inks, overlapping them to create a rainbow effect on the Sugar cardstock base. 2017 AprilMelissa6 closeup I then used the inner circle of the upcoming new Stitched Circle Window Dies for the sentiment.  I popped the circle up with foam adhesive to add a little dimension and this simple birthday card was done!  So easy! Stop back tomorrow for a sneak peek of the third stamp set and another peek at the new stitched die set!   2017 Signature   SaveContinue Reading...

CASology with ICING

CASology with ICING
It's Tuesday and time for a brand new cue word over at CASology!  Brainstorming should be rather sweet this week. Week 243 - Icing I used an older Hero Arts robot wooden stamp for this design.  It's from the 3 Robots set.  The simple, clean font sentiment is from the more recent Hero Arts Birthday Animal Silhouettes set.  I stamped the robot first in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, coloring it with Copic markers.  I then applied a thin layer of Molotow Art Masking Liquid to the middle of the robot to prevent it from being inked while creating the curvy line.  I used one of the curvy Landscape Dies from A Muse to create a stencil for the inked curve.  After making sure the masking liquid was dry, I used the new Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks in Spiced Marmalade (orange) and Faded Jeans (blue) to create the curved line.  I then removed the masking liquid from the robot and applied Orange Slice Stickles for a little sparkle and interest.  The main panel was adhered to a black piece of cardstock to frame it and then the assembled piece was popped up on the card base with foam adhesive.  I couldn't resist adding a couple of googly eyes to finish the design. Don't forget to leave the design team members and our guest designer a little blog love this week for all the wonderful inspiration they've created!  We love hearing from you! DT Badge
Melissa Chipperfield (You are here.)
  Then, don't forget to link up your own ICING creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT) for your chance to win the prize from Serendipity Stamps, this week's sponsor! I'm thinking it may be a cupcake kind of day in our house.  White...with buttercream frosting.  And, of course, colorful sprinkles! I'm also linking this card up to the April Anything Goes Challenge (as long as it includes Hero Arts images) over at A Blog Named Hero! 2017 Apr Challenge Logo Have a terrific Tuesday! 2017 SignatureContinue Reading...
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Coffee Drinking Unicorn for the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

Coffee Drinking Unicorn for the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!
I'm back with a second post for today!  I feel like I've been stamping up a storm lately!  Whew!  While it's fun, I do tend to need a break (yes, I just said that) after going on a crafting streak.  I have several cards to share yet this week, but I probably won't be creating much of anything new in my craft room for a few days while I give my creative mojo a little time to breathe!  DD loves to craft with me, but now that the weather is milder, we're going to head outdoors a bit more and enjoy the fresh air! I wanted to play along with the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop this week! Spring Hop 2017 I went through my bucket of supplies that haven't been used and settled on the smile-evoking Moody Unicorns set by Gerda Steiner Designs.  I paired it with the little coffee cup in the Hedgehog with Coffee set.  I thought I'd play along with the Gerda Steiner Designs 31st Share Your Designs Challenge too while I was at it! I recently acquired a set of Tombow Dual Brush Markers and gave them a try on the unicorn and coffee cup!  Very fun!  To create the curvy, stitched main panel, I simply used a die from the A Muse Landscape Dies!  I went with a rainbow color scheme for the unicorn's tail and mane because, after all, they are magical creatures!  I also added gold sparkle to the horn using a Wink of Stella Glitter Gold Brush Marker, enhancing that magical feeling only unicorns provide! 2017 Mar SpringCoffeeHop closeup The simple sentiment was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  The finished main panel was popped up using foam adhesive to add a little dimension and then three mini gold star sequins were added as embellishments.  I think I'll send this card through the mail to someone.  Who doesn't like a bright rainbow coming out of their mailbox?! Have a marvelous Monday!   2017 Signature   Save Save SaveContinue Reading...
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A Blog Named Hero’s 5th Anniversary Blog Hop Celebration!

A Blog Named Hero’s 5th Anniversary Blog Hop Celebration!
Have you heard?!  A Blog Named Hero is celebrating their 5 Year Anniversary today and tomorrow with a fabulous blog hop! 2017 Mar BlogHop Logo There have been so many wonderful companies who have sponsored the blog over the past 5 years and we wanted to give them a shout out as we celebrate this milestone, thanking them for their valued support over the past five years!  I have included the hop & prize details at the bottom of this post.  They can also be found over at A Blog Named Hero for easy reference and the full list of today's blog hop participants. As an A Blog Named Hero design team member, I created a card using some of Hero Arts' newest stamps!  I happen to love silhouette stamps and had to acquire the new Birthday Animal Silhouettes set as soon as I saw it!  So much fun!  I stamped the elephant in Soft Granite and the party hat in Crimson.  The little ball at the top of the party hat is a small accent pearl that I colored with a Copic marker!  I masked the water spray and used distress inks to add color.  The sentiment was stamped in black ink and then I added a touch of sparkle with a clear Wink of Stella brush marker. 2017 Mar BlogHopElephant Closeup  
**GIVEAWAY INFO:
A Blog Named Hero is so thankful for our wonderful sponsors and collaborating companies!  Several companies decided to help us celebrate our fifth anniversary with giveaways and they were so generous that we decided to spread the love over both hop days with different prizes to be won each day!  Giveaway prizes total more than $500!  To win, leave a comment on each hop stop.  We will select winners randomly from different blogs so the more blogs you visit each day, the greater your chances of winning!  And be sure to visit A Blog Named Hero on Sunday for the list of Sunday hoppers and prizes!  Comments must be left before 11:59 PM EDT on Tuesday, March 28th and winners will be announced on March 30th.
Today's prizes include the following:
Good luck and happy hopping!!**

Your next stop is Amy Tsuruta's blog!

Have fun hopping and remember to check for a new hop list tomorrow at A Blog Named Hero!  You'll need to hop along again tomorrow to be eligible for tomorrow's prizes! 2017 Signature Save SaveContinue Reading...
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Hero Arts Hoppy Birthday

Hero Arts Hoppy Birthday
Happy Monday!  We're starting the week with snow.  Winter isn't over yet, after all! I am personally done with winter, so have started digging spring themed things out of my stash!  This Paper Layering Rabbit Die from Hero Arts grabbed my attention and I made a quick white on white design! I simply die cut the pop up portion of the die set and then added the simple sentiment (from the March My Monthly Hero Kit) in white!  The main panel is die cut with a stitched rectangle die to create a little frame. I hope your week is starting off on the right foot!  It's spring break here, so I'm not planning on a whole lot of crafty time in the studio this week!

Have a marvelous Monday!

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Rubber Dance Stamps Guest Designer!

Rubber Dance Stamps Guest Designer!
I am excited to announce I am guest designing for Rubber Dance Stamps this month!  Bibi asked me if I'd like to and, of course, I said, "Yes!!!" 2016-nov-ruberdance-guestdesignerbadge If you aren't familiar with Rubber Dance Stamps, you really need to go take a look in their online store!  There are so many wonderful, unique images!  I used stamps from the Textured Feathers set and the Happy Birthday set to create my clean and simple design. The November Challenge on the Rubber Dance blog is to use turquoise, pink and purple. 2016-nov-rubberdance-challengebadge There is also an optional birthday theme and I played along with both the colors and theme on my design.  Head on over to the blog to check out all the details!Continue Reading...
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CASology Merriment

It's Tuesday and time for the last CASology cue word of 2015!  How about a little merriment?  This is a TWO-WEEK challenge, so you have some extra time with the holidays to link up your merry creation/s!


I know it's the time of year when everything is merry and bright, but for some reason, my mind drifted off to a synonym of the cue word:  happy!  From there, I ended up with a simple birthday card design!


I combined a Paper Trey die cut and sentiment on a simple white panel.  I popped up the assembled main panel using foam dots for dimension.  I used silver glitter paper for the die cut to add a little sparkle & interest to the simple design.

Be sure and go say a quick hello to the design team members & this week's guest designer!  They work so hard each week to create inspiration!



Melissa Chipperfield - You are here.
 Tracey McNeely

Are you ready for the winding down of 2015?  Another year has flown by and a fresh start is just around the corner.  I love to reflect and adjust my sails as one year closes and another begins!  I've chosen my One Little Word for 2016, but won't reveal it until the new year has begun.

I'm going to finish out the year with photos here on the blog.  Plans are being made for a new year of blogging, but first, precious family time is to be enjoyed!

Photo Credit:  Photos by J-Me

Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Melissa
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Birthday Butterflies

Stamps:  STAMPlorations

One more birthday card this week!  I guess birthdays must be on my mind!  I wanted to showcase the wonderful stamps from STAMPlorations, our sponsor over at CASology!

 

I stamped the patterned background using an image from the Mini Mixed Media set.  I stamped two of the butterflies (Trendy Butterflies set) directly onto the background image and then a third onto a piece of white cardstock before fussy cutting it.  It was then popped up with a foam dot and a clear gemstone was added to one of its wings.  So simple!


I'm also linking this up with the Anything Goes Challenge over at STAMPlorations.


Have a fantastic Friday!

Melissa
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Birthday Blog Candy!

Stamps (Paper Trey, Precious Remembrance Shop - sentiment)

Today is my birthday!  I've now reached the age where one doesn't get all that excited about such things, but I figured I'd put forth a little effort and make your  week a little more exciting by offering up a little blog candy!  I've been cleaning out my craft room, after all!

Forty things from my stash (+ a $10 Starbucks gift card and a bag of Lindt chocolates for good measure).


Birthday Blog Candy Rules:

1.  To enter, link your blog here using the link tool below.  I'd love to come say hello!
2.  The link tool will close Sunday, August 23, at midnight (CDT) and I will then select a random entry using random.org.
3.  At this time, I will only be able to ship to addresses in the U.S.A.  I wish I could ship worldwide, but international shipping costs have become quite spendy!


Good luck!


I'm linking this card up with the current CASology challenge!



 Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Melissa
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Prickley Pear Masculine Birthday

Monday has arrived again and it's time for more Prickley Pear inspiration!  This week, I wanted to make a simple, one layer birthday design.  Using one of the new classic car images in the store, I created a masculine card.

Stamps:  Prickley Pear (Ambulance, Circles Set Sentiments Clear Set - sentiment)

I used Soft Suede ink from SU as I love how it looks on kraft cardstock!  This card is so simple, but perfect for those men in your life who prefer to-the-point greetings without a lot of extra fluff!

If you haven't already, you'll want to go check out the new release in the store!  I don't know about you, but I'm ready for spring and the new release is full of spring themed images!

I hope you had a good weekend!  Mine was filled with a visit from family which meant lots of cousin fun for the kids!  There really is nothing like cousins when you're a child!  The giggling, the games, the noise...good times!


Have a marvelous Monday!

Melissa
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Prickley Pear Bird Fun

Happy Monday!  How was your weekend?  Mine was decent.  DH arrived home safely from his business trip and we all settled in together for the weekend.  After eating our fill of chocolate from Valentine's Day, it's time to head into a new week!

Prickley Pear has just released brand new spring stamps and I used a fun one for today's card!


Aren't these birds cute?!  I just love the expression on the face of the bird at the bottom of the pile!  I stamped the Stacked Robins image and then colored with Copic markers.  The sentiment was stamped alongside the main image.


Have a marvelous Monday!

Melissa
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Prickley Pear Dandelion Birthday Wishes

Happy Monday! It's time for more Prickley Pear inspiration and this time, I'm sharing a simple birthday card!


Using the beautiful Flourished Oval Die, I die cut a frame in the center of the main panel.  I then die cut a flourished oval out of black cardstock and stamped the main image (Dandelions) in white for a bit of a chalkboard look.  Love the look of negative die cuts! The sentiment was stamped last and is from the Spring Flourished Oval clear set.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  We've had my mom visiting us since last Thursday.  She's heading home today and we're all going to miss her!  There's nothing like a grandmother's love!

Now it's on into the new week!  Plenty to do and I have lots of "hope to do's" in my planner for the week, so I need to keep focused!


Have a marvelous Monday!

Melissa
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