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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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Getting Older with CASology

 

It's time for a new cue word challenge over at CASology!  This week we're exploring the word OLD.  I immediately thought of birthdays.  We're all getting older by the day!  Of course, once we hit 29, we stop counting the years.

Stamps:  Mama Elephant

I used a stitched panel die for the main panel and added a bold sentiment and a trio of popped up balloons.  There is a touch of sparkle on the little piece of reflection on each of the balloons, but it was tricky to capture it with the camera.  You'll just have to take my word for it this time, I'm afraid!

Be sure and stop by the blogs of the rest of the design team and this week's guest designer!  They've come up with some fabulous inspiration!

 
Meghan McMillan
Melissa Chipperfield (you are here)
Tracey McNeely

Then, don't forget to link up your own OLD creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CST) for your chance to win a free digital stamp set from our sponsor, Melon Door Lighthouse!


Have a terrific Tuesday!

Melissa
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A Happy Muse

 

Another quick post today!  I couldn't resist playing along with this week's Muse Challenge again this week!  Marion Vagg's card is a beauty!  Just look at it...


I envisioned bolder, rainbow colors for my card and this is what I finally ended up with:


I added some clear sparkle to the HAPPY with my Wink of Stella brush marker to make it stand out just a little bit more against the bold colors.  Secretly, I'm pretty sure I was supposed to layer a couple more die cut HAPPY's under the one I attached to the card, but I still like it this way!  I framed the main panel with black and then popped up the layered panels with foam dots.  Three red gemstones were added as embellishments.

It's cold, windy and grey here this week, so I'm keeping busy indoors!  We had a big ole pot of chili earlier in the week and that tasted so good!  It's one of our favorite winter meals.  I do believe I've upgraded to a 2-cup-per-day status on the coffee consumption chart.  Chocolate consumption usually follows suit, so I need to be making longer appointments with the treadmill!


Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday!
Melissa
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Clean & Simple Uniko Studio Challenge

Here I am posting Friday afternoon. It's been one of those weeks when life throws you a box of curve balls and you feel like you just want to crash on the couch, only, you can't.  Everyone needs you...five minutes ago!



Clean & Simple with color inspiration

I whipped up a clean and simple card late one evening while the house was calm and quiet.  I needed to do something crafty.  Remembering Uniko Studio's Challenge #14:  Clean & Simple, I played along with their All Occasions Sentiments #2 set.  These sets are some of my favorite sentiment sets with big, bold, beautiful fonts that work so well on CAS cards!


I used some shimmery watercolors as a background for the sentiment and then used a combination of sequins and gemstones as embellishments.  So simple, but that's how I like my cards!

I hope you've had a good week!  I'm off now to check on DS2.  He had a fever for almost three days and is now enduring hives.  The joys of viruses, I tell you!  Add to that a DH who has to put in long hours at work this week, a DS3 who decided to kiss the side of his nose with the edge of his bike handle bars (you know, the metal part) and a clingy DD and you get the idea...I'm ready for the weekend!  Life can only get better!


Enjoy yours!

Melissa
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