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Honey Bee News!

Honey Bee News!
I can finally share some exciting news today!  I've been selected to join the Honey Bee Stamps social media design team!  Beginning the last week of June, I'll begin sharing lots of fun Honey Bee Stamps projects on social media and here on my blog! 2017 SocialMediaDT graphic   As you can imagine, I'm beyond thrilled!  I created a card for today's announcement using one of their adorable honey bee themed stamp sets!  I combined the adorable Build A Bee stamp set with a pretty sentiment from the Hooray set for this design. I masked the three lines with distress inks and then stamped the sentiment in black on the middle, yellow stripe.  The bee was stamped, colored with Copics and cut out using the die from the coordinating Build A Bee Honey Cuts.  I added vellum to the wings and then a little sparkle using a Spectrum Noir Clear Glitter Overlay marker.  After this was dry, the bee was popped up using foam adhesive to add a little dimension to the overall design.  Three gold sequins were added to finish. I'm looking forward to sharing crafty cards and projects using the fantastic Honey Bee Stamps product line!  There are so many fun things in the online store and the new design team is going to be such an inspiration! 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...

CASology Double CRUNCH

CASology Double CRUNCH
I'm back again before the weekend begins with another card for the current CRUNCH challenge over at CASology!  I just couldn't resist!  This is such a fun cue word!  I had some lovely craft time this morning with DD and we had a ton of fun! Week 238 - Crunch I used Lawn Fawn's adorable Donut Worry set along with the coordinating Donut Worry Lawn Cut die to create this appetizing clean & simple design!  Who doesn't like a donut with colorful sprinkles?! The main panel is die cut with My Favorite Things' Wonky Stitched Rectangle Die-Namics.  I stamped and die cut the trio of donuts first and then colored each one with Copic markers.  I added colorful sprinkles to one of them using different colors of Stickles.  The fun sentiment is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Both the main panel and trio of donuts are popped up with foam dots for dimension. Have a great weekend and don't forget to create your own interpretation of CRUNCH, linking up on the CASology challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CST) for your chance to win the prize from Lawn Fawn, this week's sponsor! Lawn Fawn   SaveContinue Reading...

Prickley Pear Bird Greetings

It's Monday and time for more Prickley Pear inspiration!  I think most of us are feeling the need for spring's arrival about now.  I, for one, am hoping for an early spring this year, but not letting my hopes get too high.  Mother Nature always seems to have a mind of her own!

I went with a spring looking image for today's card.  It's the cute new Singing Bluebirds image!

I used a sentiment from the Butterflies Clear set since it goes along with this image well.  The image was colored with Copic markers & a touch of sparkle was added to the blossoms using a Wink of Stella brush marker.

Be sure and check out the Prickley Pear blog for more Monday inspiration from the design team!

Have a marvelous Monday!

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Don’t Worry

It's Friday and the day is flying by with DH home working on the basement!  I'm tidying up the messes when I can to keep his work area fairly decluttered, holding boards, delivering food and caring for DS3 & DD.  Things are going pretty well, but boy, there are moments when every single person in the house needs me!  Yikes!  DS1 & DS2 arrive home from school in less than an hour and a busy weekend begins!  I took a little quiet time this morning while DD was napping to tinker in the craft room with DS2.  I chose to play along with the current photo inspiration challenge over at Mama Elephant!

I've been wanting to play with some of their adorable critters that have been hiding in my stash for a while now!

Stamps:  Mama Elephant (True Friend, Honey Bunny)

I was inspired by the soft colors and all the white in the photo.  Since the photo seemed to be a spa/relaxation theme, I decided to put a bunny (from the Honey Bunny set) in a bubble bath, soaking his worries away.  Who doesn't like a long, relaxing bath at the end of a day?!  I layered Landscape Trio Creative Cuts using Shimmery White cardstock & foam dots for the bubbles.  I nestled the bunny behind the layers after coloring him with Copic markers.  I popped up the entire main panel and added tiny clear sequins.  The sentiment (from the True Friend set) continues inside to say, "it's gonna be alright."  I'm thinking about sending this to a new mother.  How well I remember the shock of having my first child.  The sleepless nights.  The wondering if I was doing anything right.  Hoping my little one was doing okay.  By the time child #4 arrived, I wasn't such a worry wart, but what mother doesn't continue to worry a little about her children?!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  I'm off and running!

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Dandelion Mouse

There are just a few more days to play along with the Summer Swirls and Pearls challenge over at the Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog!  If you want to join in the fun, be sure to link up your creation by midnight, June 30th!  Our sponsor this month has been Meljen's Designs and what a selection of adorable images are in the store!

The little mouse I used on my card this week is called Dandelion Mouse.  Isn't he just the cutest?!  I paired him up with some paper from American Crafts (Amy Tangerine collection) as it reminded me of dandelions!  I used one of my favorite Memory Box dies for the swirl and four little pearls, one of which is in the center of the dandelion.  The sentiment if from Paper Trey.

Today is my last post for The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog.  I have enjoyed my time with the wonderful gals there, but need to clear some space on my calendar for a creative endeavor of mine that I have brewing for July!  Plus, our family vacation is coming right up as well as DS1's birthday.  Then, before we know it, school will be starting again!  This summer is just flying by!

Enjoy your Wednesday!  June is about done!
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Summertime Treats

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A new challenge has started over at The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog!  This month, the theme is Summer with Pearls & Swirls and Meljen's Designs is our sponsor.

I had fun with this card.  Summer, in my mind, means a wide variety of cold treats become readily available and root beer floats are near the top of my favorites list!  However, only A&W root beer will do!  Do you have a favorite summertime treat?

The main image is colored with Copic Markers.  I embossed the white panel behind the main image with a swirly Cuttlebug embossing folder and added a red pearl as the cherry.  I couldn't resist adding a bit of clear Stickles to the top of the float and a little Crystal Effects to the glass dish!  The digital float image can be found here.
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Inspiration for me usually comes out of the blue.  I can be driving down the road, shopping, reading a magazine or even just enjoying the great outdoors.  Usually something catches my eye, whether it be a color combination, a unique design or a fabulous pattern.  I don't usually intentionally go looking for it, but the gallery over at Splitcoast Stampers is a great place for creative eye candy!  For me, I love the thrill of noticing something totally unexpected!

This week over at The Stamping Boutique, we're having an inspiration challenge.  The photo is a flower garden with lots of spring flowers and a rustic wooden wagon.  For my card, I focused on the flowers, using the Boutique's Poppies digital image.  The sentiment is from SU.

This is my last official creation as a DT member for The Stamping Boutique.  I enjoyed my time with the team and will miss the gals over there!  They're a wonderful group!  :)
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Hot Air Balloon

It's time for a new challenge over at The Stamping Boutique Challenge Blog and this time it's an Anything Goes theme!  Have fun with this and play along for the chance to win some free images from the store!

The DT used the fun Birthday Hot Air Balloon to create some great cards and gifts!  You need to go check them out!

I used my favorite color combination on my card, SU's Tempting Turquoise and Real Red.  I colored the balloon with Copic markers and then fussy cut it, popping it up with some foam dots & adding some little red gemstones to the image.  I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder for the background and added a button with baker's twine.

I am also entering this card into the April challenge over at Sundays with Crissy:  Use your favorite color combo.  Real Red & Tempting Turquoise has got to be my favorite!
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Spring Rain

Spring is really beginning to show itself even though the temperatures have dropped back down toward freezing.  I'm crossing my fingers that the beauty that is emerging around us won't get bitten by Jack Frost before steady warmth arrives!

This month over at The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog, we're to make spring cards using pastel colors.  Our sponsor this month is Meljen's Designs, an online shop with a ton of adorable, heart warming images!  The prize this month is four (non-colored) digital images from the store!

For my card this week, I chose to use this little umbrella, called Heart Strings Parasol.

I used some decorative paper from my retired Stampin Up! stash and some coordinating cardstock.  The cloud is actually the top of the cupcake from the Stampin Up! cupcake punch!  (I love it when things can be used for more than what they were originally intended!)  The little pink dots are tiny pink gemstones, but the photo doesn't show them very clearly, unfortunately.

**I am also entering this card in the I {Heart} 2 Stamp April Sketch challenge.
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Calorie Count

Hi, my name is Melissa and I'm a chocoholic.  Sometimes I hide a bag of milk chocolate candy in my craft room just so I don't have to share with the rest of the family.  I know this isn't very nice of me, but sometimes a girl just has to have her chocolate...all to herself.

Since it's been a while since I've created something featuring one of my daily vitamins (chocolate), I had to make a card featuring something sweet and chocolaty.  This week's Stamping Boutique challenge to "distress something on a card" was perfect!  After all, without chocolate (and coffee), this girl feels a little "distressed!"  :)

The cute cupcake image is a digital stamp from The Stamping Boutique called Cynthia Sliding off her CupcakeI distressed the DP (decorative paper) and main image circle with ink and a sponge.  I also distressed the brown matte with a distressing tool.  For embellishments, I added a button, baker's twine bow and pink gemstones.  The image was colored with Copic Markers.
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