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CASology FORTUNE

CASology FORTUNE
It's Tuesday again already!  Time continues to fly!  CASology has a cue word filled with good FORTUNE this week.  What a fun word with plenty of room for interpretation!  I went with a little pirate from Jaded Blossom Stamp's Pirate Booty stamp set!  Such a fun set filled with cute pirate sentiments! You should see what the design team and our featured guest designer created for this cue!  Head on over to the CASology blog and then go ahead and visit their individual blogs for more details and to say hello!

Remember to link up your own FORTUNE creation by Monday at NOON (CDT) for a chance to win a stamp set of your choice from Jaded Blossom Stamps, our brand new sponsor!

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A Muse Studio October Sneak Peeks: Day 1

A Muse Studio October Sneak Peeks: Day 1
It's time for exciting sneak peeks over at A Muse Studio!  The October Collection is set to release this Friday and we're sharing little glimpses of winter/holiday goodness in the days leading up to that day! Today, I'm sharing a peek at a set called Season's Tweetings.  It's a fun set with some rather adorable winter critters and wonderful sentiments.  I used the polar bear for this design as well as a background stamp called Snowy Days.  The simple sentiment is from another of the new release sets that I'll be showcasing more tomorrow.  I used a stitched die from the Tag Bundle set to create the main panel, stamping the snowy background & sentiment in black ink.  The bear was stamped in Memento Tuxedo black ink before it was selectively colored with a red Copic marker.  The bear was cut out and popped up with a piece of foam adhesive. The assembled main panel was then popped up on the white card base using more foam adhesive.  This was such a simple card to make and is just perfect for all those upcoming winter wishes that need to be sent out!  With all the sentiments being released this week, you could very easily change the theme of the card! Stay tuned for more wonderful new release images and sentiments this week!  You're going to love this release!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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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...

Honey Bee Stamps Clean & Simple Beauty

Honey Bee Stamps Clean & Simple Beauty
I'm sharing a clean and simple design featuring products from Honey Bee Stamps today!  Personally, I tend to prefer blues and greens in life.  I decided to do a monochromatic design featuring just a little pop of soft, pretty blue. I used one of the dies in the A2 stitched rectangle die set to create the main panel.  The floral image was stamped in a light gray and the I added two separate sentiments in black ink.  I layered blue and silver sequins and then glued them to the main panel.  The assemble main panel was then adhered to the white card base using foam adhesive for dimension. Honey Bee Stamps has such beautiful fonts for their sentiments and the florals pair very well with them!  Being a clean & simple crafter, I love how well this uncolored image works on this design! The leaves on the very tops of the trees are really starting to turn yellow!  I can't help but wonder if we'll have an early onset of winter this year.  Only time will tell.  I'm not much of a winter person, so this time of year I'm usually trying to talk myself into the idea that soon mittens and boots will be a part of everyday life and only color in the landscape will be brown.  That just means I will be bringing store bought flowers inside to look at and most likely find myself lost in my craft room a little more than in the warmer months as I seek out color!  What about you?  Are you love winter or does the thought of it bring a feeling of melancholy?

Have a wonderful Thursday!

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CASology CAKE

CASology CAKE
It's Tuesday and time for a brand new CASology cue!  Let them eat cake!  Cake is such a lovely thing...as long as it's white.  Just a personal preference of mine! I envisioned a triangular piece of moist white cake and decided to mask a triangle and go for a geometric card design this week!  The big, bold sentiments are from Uniko Studio and worked quite well with the crisp lines of the triangle. After masking the triangle, I added a little gold shimmer using a gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine spray.  I love how interest can be added with a little simple sparkle or shine!  This is a very simple, one-layer design! I hope you'll take a little time to visit the design team member and guest designer blogs this week!  They've gone and done it again, providing wonderful inspiration for this week's challenge!
Melissa Chipperfield (You are here.)
 

Then, be sure and link up your own CAKE entry on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT)!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Honey Bee Stamps Sending Sunshine

Honey Bee Stamps Sending Sunshine
Have you seen the Limited Edition set from Honey Bee Stamps that was designed specifically for the Ellen Hutson "United We Flourish" event?!  I created a design today using it and it's such a fantastic set with coordinating dies! I used the sun from the Partly Cloudy die set to cut a circular shape out of a strip of white cardstock.  I then used Distress Inks to blend ink onto the negative die cut sun shape and stamped a smaller sentiment (from the Sending Sunshine stamp set) in black in the center.  I removed the thin outline of the sun (this is actually the intended sun shape from the die) and placed the colored center back into the line up.  There are three loose pieces in the lineup and I used foam adhesive to adhere them to the card base.  I then die cut the large script sentiment from black cardstock, using a word die from the Sending Sunshine die set.  The sentiment was adhered directly on top of the popped up strip, leaving portions of it hanging off the edge.  A little cloud was die cut using another of the dies from the Partly Cloudy die set and popped up over the other design elements with more foam adhesive.  To finish, three little star sequins from the Hollywood sequin mix were added. This design was pretty easy to put together once I knew what I was doing in my mind!  I had played around with a couple other designs before this, but this one satisfied my clean and simple tendencies! We're gearing up for another exciting new release the week of September 17th, so you'll want to mark your calendars!  I'll tell you there are a lot of lovely autumn images on their way!  As usual, I'll be sharing sneak peeks here and on Instagram that week as we build up to the new release and blog hop that will happen on Friday, September 22! I hope you're having a wonderful Thursday!  We're still adjusting to school schedules and finishing up yearly check ups for family members this week!  Summer is definitely wrapping up, but with the cooler months ahead, there is plenty of prep work to be done!   Continue Reading...

CASology EDUCATION

CASology EDUCATION
It's Tuesday and time for a new cue word challenge over at CASology! With school back in session for most people, education is our focus this week!  I went back to early childhood in my mind, remembering learning my abc's and that classic alphabet song that children still sing today!  DD loves to paint at school and started painting the letters of her name last week! I couldn't resist using another on over Love Cynthia's adorable little girl stamp sets to create this design!  These images remind me so much of my daughter and I plan to give this card to one of her teachers when the opportunity arises during the school year! I stamped the little girl in black ink, colored it with Copic markers and fussy cut it.  The stitched main panel is a rectangle die from Honey Bee Stamps.  I lined up the three letters on my acrylic block and added to a different color ink to each one before stamping them.  The c smudged a bit and gave me the idea to smudge them all a little using a water brush!  I then added a little splattered ink using the same water brush.  What 4-year-old ever paints perfectly, anyway?!  After the ink was dry, I added a touch of sparkle with a clear overlay Spectrum Noir brush pen. The main panel was then attached to the card base using foam adhesive for dimension.  The little girl was also attached to the card base with foam adhesive, overlapping the main panel and lined up so it looks like she is busy painting the letter a. I hope you'll visit the design team member's on their blogs this week and leave them a little blog love!  They've created some wonderful inspiration again this week!
Melissa Chipperfield (You are here.)
  Then, be sure and link up your own EDUCATION entry on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT)!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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A Blog Named Hero September One Layer Challenge

A Blog Named Hero September One Layer Challenge
It's time for a new challenge over at A Blog Named Hero!  This month, we're collaborating with CAS-ual Fridays and the theme is one-layer! I used the CAS-ual Fridays Full on Floral background stamp along with Hero Arts Luggage Tag Alpha to create this clean and simple design.  I masked an area on the card center and then stamped the background image in black ink.  The simple sentiment was stamped in black directly on top of the background image.  I then used Copic markers to selectively add a little pop of color. Being a clean and simple kind of gal, I just love one-layer cards!  This particular design could be easily modified by changing the sentiment or the colors! I hope you'll join us this month over at A Blog Named Hero!  We'd love to see your one-layer designs in our gallery and by linking up, you have a chance at winning the prize!

Have a marvelous Monday!

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Honey Bee Stamps Hexagon Hello

Honey Bee Stamps Hexagon Hello
Yet another week is flying by and it's already Thursday!  Looking back on our family's August calendar, it's absolutely no wonder!  Autumn has to be quieter...right?! Today, I'm sharing a clean and simple design using some of Honey Bee Stamps' product line.  I used one of the dies from the Hexagon Bunches die set as the focal point of the design.  After cutting the cluster of hexagons, I spritzed a few hexagons with three different color Heidi Swapp Color Shine sprays.  I glued the outline of the hexagon cluster directly to the card base and then used foam adhesive behind each of the dried hexagons to pop them up, giving the card dimension.  The simple hello sentiment was added in black ink just below the cluster of hexagons.  The spritzes add both shimmer and texture to the design. It's on to a full weekend of friends and family for us.  Thank goodness for a long holiday weekend before we head back to school and work next week!

Have a wonderful Thursday!

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CASology SQUARE’d

CASology SQUARE’d
It's Tuesday and time for a brand new cue word over at CASology! I immediately cut a 5x5 square card.  No clever thinking for me this week!  The adorable little girl is from Love Cynthia.  I just adore her stamps right now!  I colored the image with Copic markers after framing it with a Stitched Squares die from Simon Says Stamp.  I applied a little glamorous glitter to her glasses using a clear Wink of Stella brush marker.  The sentiment is from the same company.  I added three silver star sequins (A Muse Studio) as embellishments and then popped up the main panel with foam dots for dimension. I hope you'll go say hello to the design team members on their blogs this week!  They've created some fantastic SQUARE inspiration for you!
Melissa Chipperfield (You are here.)
  Then, don't forget to link up your own clean & simple SQUARE design by Monday at NOON (CDT) for a chance to be a CASology guest designer for one of our future challenges!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Honey Bee Stamps Winter Wishes

Honey Bee Stamps Winter Wishes
I'm not much of a winter person to begin with and I'm not really feeling any serious kind of autumn/winter creativity kicking in quite yet, but for some reason, I had a winter card design idea hit me while brainstorming for today's Honey Bee share! My eyes settled on Honey Bee Stamps' Cloud Borders dies and I started playing.  I ended up using three different cloud dies from the set on a 3x3 piece of white cardstock, leaving them snuggled together after being cut.  I glued them all to a second piece of 3x3 cardstock and then added a little shimmer with some white Heidi Swapp Color Shine spray.  Next, I stamped the little top hat from the Flakey Friends set in black and added a little holly berry & leaf accent, applying a touch of red Stickles to the berries.  The assembled hat was popped up on the main panel using foam adhesive for dimension.  The simple sentiment was stamped in black directly onto the main panel.  Three clear sequins were added as embellishments and then the finished main panel was popped up on a 5x5 card base. I had the Frosty the Snowman song skipping through my mind as I made this!  Snow can stay away for now, but this card did make me smile!

Enjoy the rest of your week!

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A Muse Studio September Sneak Peek, Day 3

A Muse Studio September Sneak Peek, Day 3
It's the final day of the September Collection sneak peeks over at A Muse Studio!  That means tomorrow is Release Day!  Are you excited?! Today, we're featuring the Eat, Drink & Be Thankful set.  I decided to create a simple tag to highlight the wonderful, large sentiment included in this set.  The tag was created using the tag die that is included in the Tag Bundle die set.  I stamped the pretty sentiment in French Roast ink and then added two little orange twinkle stickers and Vanilla twine as embellishments. So simple, but I am envisioning this little tag being put to use for Thanksgiving festivities! Head on over to the A Muse blog and be sure to leave a comment on the sneak peek posts for your chance to win!  Then, get that wish list ready for tomorrow!  Happy shopping!  I'll be back with more new release inspiration, so be sure and stop by here on my blog over the next few days!

Have a wonderful Thursday!

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