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Whew! My little guy's birthday has come and gone and with it, a lot of activity at our house! Here's what I spent a few hours on Friday night before his birthday party with three sets of grandparents:

It's been a few years since I've used my cake decorating supplies (think pre-children), so I had a lot of fun with this jeep! Those chocolate donut tires were a bit tempting to eat while I was working on the cake, but I was able to resist...

No more birthday parties now until the snow has come and gone! That means more time to stamp and scrap!

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Jeeps on the Brain

I made this today in preparation for our son's upcoming birthday. He just adores jeeps (orange ones, to be specific) right now and I was looking for a jeep image I could stamp on his invitations! I'd completely forgotten about SU's set, Hit the Road, that had the adorable dog driving one! Yay! Now I just need to reproduce this one a few more times and get them in the mail!

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Stamps: SU Hit the Road & Look Who's Turning sets, Paper Trey Celebrate set
Paper: SU Basic Black, Only Orange, Kraft CS, Paper Trey White CS, SU Summer Picnic DP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Basic Black
Coloring: Copic markers
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Just for the record, I did indeed stamp at least one card over the summer! I didn't realize how tricky it is to find Snoopy images and papers until I went looking for them for my son's birthday invitations. I did find some at the local craft store and online, but it took a little looking and I was looking for Joe Cool in particular. Guess that's what I get for being too specific in a search that's already a challenge. I gave up on finding any Peanuts paper, so went with some fun summer paper from Basic Grey. Here's the finished card:Supplies
Stamps: Stampabilities, Paper Trey sentiment
Cardstock: SU Only Orange, Night of Navy, Whisper White
Paper: Basic Grey Lime Rickey
Accessories: Nestabilities, CM cutting system (circle)
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CASology WISH

CASology WISH
It's Tuesday and time for a brand new cue word over at CASology!  It's all about wishes this week. Week 257 - Wish I chose to use a Uniko Studio image, our sponsor this week!  I love their sentiment sets and the Big & Bold - Wish set is one of my favorites!  I used blue and purple Distress Oxide inks to create the rich colored background, spritzing the dried panel with Heidi Swapp white Color Shine spray.  I stamped the bold sentiment and coordinating smaller sentiment in Versafine black ink.  Three little gold star sequins were added as embellishments and then the finished main panel was layered on top of a piece of black cardstock to frame the design.  The assembled piece was popped up on the card base using foam adhesive for dimension. I love that this design could be varied simply by changing the background colors!  Need a masculine card?  No problem!  Just add more masculine colors! I hope you'll play along with us this week!  The word WISH can be interpreted so many ways!  I almost went with a fairy tale theme!  Go say hello to the design team members when you get a chance!  They'd love to hear from you!

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Don't forget to link up your own WISH creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT) for your chance to win the prize from Uniko Studio!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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A Blog Named Hero June Challenge

A Blog Named Hero June Challenge
It's the first Monday in June and we're starting a new challenge over at A Blog Named Hero, collaborating with the awesome Chibitronics!

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Interactive cards have an element of fun to them and Chibitronics lights are perfect for this month's theme!

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I used Chibitronics lights to light up the little robot on my clean and simple card!  (If you're not familiar with how these lights work, check out the Chibitronics How To page!)  So much fun and I can imagine a little boy being delighted to receive a birthday card like this one!  I know my three sons couldn't resisit pressing the robot's stars to get the three little lights to light up!  Please note that the robot is one that is a bit hard to find these days, but you could use any robots you have in your stash that have little lights drawn on them!

I hope you'll join us this month over at A Blog Named Hero for some interactive card fun!

Have a marvelous Monday!

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A Muse Studio Time to Party

A Muse Studio Time to Party
I'm back with more A Muse Studio May new release inspiration!  This time, with a cute card using the fun Time to Party set! logo I stamped the bunny in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and die cut it using the coordinating dies for the stamp set.  I die cut a strip of grass using the Grass Die and Grass cardstock.  I decided to add a trio of flowers using some Cherry Blossom Sequins.  After adhering the grass and sequins to the main panel, I stamped the simple, punny sentiment and attached the bunny above it using foam adhesive to make it look like the bunny is happily hopping along!  The finished main panel was then attached to the Sugar cardstock base using additional foam adhesive. 2017 AprilMelissa4 closeup I love how happy this little bunny is!  All the critters in this set make me smile!  It's such a fun set! Stop back tomorrow as I'll be sharing another design using one of the other critters!  Continue Reading...

A Blog Named Hero May Challenge

A Blog Named Hero May Challenge
It's time for the May challenge over at A Blog Named Hero!  This month, Honey Bee Stamps is our sponsor and the theme is watercoloring!  How fun is that?!

2017 May Challenge LogoI used the Hero Arts Stamp & Cuts Dress Up Stamp And Die Set and stamped the girl & legs images in black ink before coloring with Copic Markers.  I die cut the skirt in watercolor paper and then watercolored it with pearlescent watercolors for shimmer.  The puppy was stamped with black ink also and colored with Copics.  I created the spot on its eye by using my Copic blender pen.  I drew a leash with a fine black marker.  The sentiment was stamped at a diagonal with black ink and little flower and clear sequins were added as embellishments.  The main panel was die cut with a stitched rectangle die to dress it up a bit and then popped up on the card base with foam adhesive.  I also added a little sparkle to the girl's hair band and necklace with a Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Overlay brush marker.

I just love how you can pair Honey Bee & Hero Arts stamps together to created fun designs!  This girl and puppy just seem to go together!

Come join us for our May watercoloring challenge this month!  You have several weeks to play, so go for it!

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A Muse Studio May New Release Sneak Peek 3

A Muse Studio May New Release Sneak Peek 3
It's Day Three of the A Muse Studio May New Release sneak peeks! logo I used the new Time to Party set along with one of the dies from the Stitched Circle Windows die set to create this card. I added a little bunny bum to the party hat for fun!  Makes it a bit more dimensional! 2017 AprilMelissa7 closeup I die cut the stitched circle on a panel of Sugar cardstock and stamped the simple sentiment (from the Hello Gorgeous set) in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  The bunny and party hat (Navy ink) were stamped and die cut using the new Time to Party set and a coordinating dies.  I then cut a slightly smaller panel of Herringbone Cotton Candy cardstock and adhered it to the back of the die cut panel, sandwiching the bunny between the two.  I glued down the bunny, leaving one ear loose.  The finished main panel was then popped up on the card base using foam adhesive for dimension. Tomorrow is the big day!  The entire new release will be available in the online store!  Get your wish list ready! I'll be back tomorrow with more new release inspiration!   2017 Signature Save SaveContinue Reading...

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
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  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  
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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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