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A Muse Studio September Sneak Peek, Day 2

A Muse Studio September Sneak Peek, Day 2
It's Day Two of Sneak Peeks for the A Muse Studio September Collection!  Today, we're featuring the Fierce stamp set, once that's full of encouraging words in beautiful fonts! I used the fantastic Pinking Circles dies to frame the sentiment, overlapping two pieces to reveal a little pop of pink behind the top white layer.  The pumpkin was stamped directly on pink cardstock and cut out before being popped up with foam adhesive.  I added a little heart in pink ink, embossing with clear embossing powder to add a little shine. I just love the pretty fonts in this set and I think you'll agree once you see all the unique sentiments included in it this Friday!  Stop back tomorrow for a sneak peak of the third stamp set releasing Friday.  You won't be disappointed!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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A Muse Studio September Sneak Peek, Day 1

A Muse Studio September Sneak Peek, Day 1
It's release week over at A Muse Studio!  The September Collection will become available this Friday and we're sharing three days of sneak peeks to gear up for release day! Today, I'm sharing a peek at the new Hello Pumpkin set!  Using a monochromatic color scheme, I used gold embossing powder & star sequins to add a little interest and shine to the design. I stamped each pumpkin in black ink and cut them out.  The gold embossing powder was applied to the spots on one and then I popped up the trio of pumpkins using foam adhesive.  The sentiment was added in black and three gold star sequins were used as embellishments. I love black and gold together and those spots on the pumpkins were just crying out for a little gold accenting!  Stay tuned for another sneak peek tomorrow of a brand new sentiment set.  You'll love it, especially with October right around the corner!

Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday!

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CASology BUD

CASology BUD
It's Tuesday and time for a brand new cue word again over at CASology! Kitty Bee Designs is returning as our sponsor and many of the design team are using images from the online store! I used the adorable Bamboo Plant Panda digital image to create my clean & simple design.  I had a leftover frame from a past project that I'd used Distress Oxide inks on and used it to frame my main image and sentiment, gluing it directly onto the main panel.  The panda was colored with Copic markers and a little sparkle was added to the heart with a clear Wink of Stella brush marker.  The simple sentiment is from an A Muse Studio set and is stamped in black.  I added the period with a fine tipped black marker.  The panda was popped up with foam adhesive as was the assembled main panel. I hope you'll take some time to visit the design team member blogs as well as our guest designer's blog!  They've created some wonderful inspiration and would love to hear from you!

Melissa Chipperfield (You are here.)
  Don't forget to link up your own BUD creation on the CASology challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT) for your chance to win the prize from Kitty Bee Designs!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Honey Bee Stamps Ocean Background Birthday

Honey Bee Stamps Ocean Background Birthday
Another week is winding down!  July & August are full months in our house with birthdays, birthdays and more birthdays!  With birthdays on the brain, I created a simple, fun birthday card to share today. I love the Ocean Borders stamp set and used the background stamp from it to create the background on this design.  It reminds me of all those coloring books on the market right now!  I stamped the "birthday" sentiment in black and added a small black rhinestone to dot the i. To create the letters for "Happy", I watercolored a rainbow onto a piece of watercolor paper and splattered it with a little gold watercolor before drying it.  Once dry, I stamped the letters and die cut them with the coordinating dies.  The letters were then popped up on the card base using foam adhesive for dimension. Such a simple, versatile design!  I may try varying the colors on the letters, maybe even attempt a polka dot pattern! We have four nights/three days of guests arriving with the weekend and I have a senior photo shoot to do this evening, so it's time to set the ink and paper aside now and focus on other things!

Have a happy Thursday and a wonderful weekend!

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PRICKLY at CASology

PRICKLY at CASology
Happy Tuesday!  It's time for a brand new cue word over on the CASology challenge blog and we're going with a rather prickly one this week! As always, we leave the interpretation of the word completely open to individual interpretation, so you may be curious to know what in the world my card has to do with it!  I think any woman would understand that prickly legs are just not something a person wants to have when wearing shorter attire.  Summer is the dedicated shaving season here in the U.S.A.  In the cooler months, one can get away with slacking a bit as we bundle up for the cold.  That said, you may now understand my card design. All stamps are from the Hero Arts April Kit (unfortunately, sold out).  I decided to make a simple black & white design with abundant white space.  I stamped the dress in black and die cut it with the coordinating die.  I added a touch of sparkle with a clear Wink of Stella brush marker and then added several tiny, clear rhinestones to the polka dots.  Some might question whether using all those rhinestones is very clean & simple, but after looking at the finished design, I felt the neutral color and the fact that they are all the same and limited to a very small area of the design, it would qualify.  What do you think? I hope you'll hop around to the blogs of the design team and guest designer!  They'd love to hear from you!
Melissa Chipperfield (You are here.)

Guest Designer:  Amy Rohl

Don't forget to link up your own PRICKLY creation by Monday at NOON (CDT) for your chance to win the prize from STAMPlorations, our sponsor this week!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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A Honey Bee Stamps Hello

A Honey Bee Stamps Hello
Happy Thursday!  Can you believe tomorrow is Friday again?!  I think I am still in a bit of a daze from vacation.  With four family birthdays falling into these last two months of summer, things are always a bit busier than usual!  Throw a family vacation and the usual summer days & weekend trips in there along with the festivities, and you have a hoppin' house!   It's all good, though!  Summer flies because of this uptick in activities, but I think that just makes autumn that much more enjoyable as things begin to slow to a more relaxed pace and school routines start up again! Today, I'm sharing a monochromatic card that uses simple stitched dies and images from Honey Bee Stamps.  A flower from the Busy Bees stamp set is the focal image on the design.  I chose not to color anything, but kept things very clean looking by only adding color with a strip of kraft cardstock. The main panel is a piece of white cardstock, die cut using the Cloud Borders Dies.  The sentiment (Simple Sentiments set) was stamped in black on the lower half.  I spaced the two pieces apart slightly and then adhered both with foam adhesive to a piece of kraft cardstock to give it the appearance of a little row of dirt.  The flower & stem (Busy Bees set) were stamped in black and die cut on white cardstock.  I glued the upper portion of the stem directly to the top piece of the main panel, tucking in the lower portion behind the lower piece of main panel.  The flower was then popped up with foam adhesive and a single, black rhinestone was added for interest.  The assembled main panel was then popped up on the white card base using more foam adhesive. I love using dies in different ways and these cloud dies were perfect for what I had in mind!  A very simple design and the sentiment could be varied to meet your card needs!

Have a wonderful Thursday!

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A Blog Named Hero Embossing with Wow!

A Blog Named Hero Embossing with Wow!
Today is the beginning of a brand new challenge over at A Blog Named Hero!  This month, we're focusing on embossing with WOW! as our sponsor! 2017 AugustChallengeLogo I embossed the sentiment on my design in white on black cardstock and then cut it into pieces.  The main panel is a stitched rectangle die cut and is popped up on the card base with foam adhesive for dimension. 2017 AugustChallenge Card closeup The butterfly is from the Hero Arts Origami Animals set.  It was stamped in black, colored with Copic markers and cut out before being popped up on the main panel with foam adhesive.  To finish the design, I added three black sequins. Come join us for this month's challenge for your chance to win the prize!  Go get those embossing powders, glitters and foils out of your stash and start playing! Please help support A Blog Named Hero by shopping through our links. These are affiliate links, at no additional cost to you. We appreciate your support. Simon Says Stamp Ellen Hutson Hero Arts Save Save SaveContinue Reading...
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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!
Supplies
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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Sweetness


I just can't seem to quit playing with my Whiff of Joy stamps! This image will make wonderful Valentine's Day cards! This particular card sketch was for Splitcoast Stampers SC194.
Stamps: Whiff of Joy, My Favorite Things Here's the Scoop set (sentiment)
Papers: SU Berry Bliss DSP, Close to Cocoa, Whisper White, Pretty in Pink cardstocks
Ink: SU Purely Pomegranate (sentiment), Black StazOn (main image outline)
Coloring: Copic markers
Accessories: Stampendous Dot Sparklers, SU Stampin' Dimensionals
I stamped the main image on the Whisper White cardstock and colored with Copic Markers. This was my very first attempt and I know I have a long way to go! I had fun, though, and am excited to keep practicing!
I layered the different patterns of DSP and then mounted the main image over them. I attached the sentiment with Stampin' Dimensionals and added the Dot Sparklers (little shimmery pink circle stickers).


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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!
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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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Couch Potato

I'm loving this newer set from Paper Trey! A polka dotted couch? How fun is that?! It seems like I've been thinking in purples lately. Probably because I'm seeing more purples and yellows showing up in the landscape as fall gets closer. I paired SU's yummy Rich Razzleberry ink with Melon Mambo ink for a girly look. Fall means getting together with good friends for warm drinks while catching up on the details of our crazy, gone-in-a-flash summers! Here's to friendship!
Supplies
Stamps: On My Couch (Paper Trey)
Cardstock: SU Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Paper Trey white
Paper: SU Razzleberry Lemonade
Ink: SU Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo
Embellishments: SU Rich Razzleberry 1/2" Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon, pink gemstone brads, Prima flowers
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Riley’s Caffeine Fix

I needed to make a card for my father this week. His birthday was way back in, oh, September?! I put off making it and sending it simply because he was out of the country and there was no way to get it to him overseas. Procrastination did not pay off, once again, and here I am trying to play catch up!

I tend to have a little trouble coming up with masculine cards and, since my father can't distinguish between reds & greens (color blindness), I am limited just a little. I found this Riley image (Hanna Stamps) in my drawer of individual stamps the other night and just had to use it. Dad is a big coffee lover, you see!


Stamps: Riley (Hanna Stamps), Coffee Break (Gel-a-tins)

Paper: SU Autumn Vine, SU Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Really Rust, Whisper White cardstocks

Ink: SU Chocolate Chip, Black StazOn

Coloring: Copic markers

Accessories: CM cutting system, word window punch, corner punch, vintage brad, Cuttlebug embossing, Coffee Ice Stickles (on the berry atop the cupcake)
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