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A Muse Studio Seahorses!

A Muse Studio Seahorses!
Happy weekend!  It's a holiday one here in the U.S! Today, I'm sharing some adorable seahorses from the A Muse Studio June Collection new release!  They're included in the fantastic Let's Be Mermaids set. I die cut a circle on the Sugar cardstock card front using one of the dies from the Pinking Circles Die Set.  The sentiment was stamped in black ink below the die cut circle.  The seahorses were stamped and colored with a water brush and Papaya pigment ink.  The heart was stamped in Poppy ink and then both the heart and seahorses were cut out using the coordinating dies for the stamp set.  The glitter background was created using Mermaid glitter on a separate piece of cardstock.  A piece of clear cardstock was attached to the back of the card front.  The seahorses and heart were attached to the glittered cardstock with foam adhesive and three clear sequins were added.  The assembled piece was then attached to the back of the card front to create a little scene behind the clear cardstock covering the circle window. 2017 May Melissa2 closeup I love glitter and this particular color makes me smile!

Have a happy Saturday!  I'll be back soon with even more June Collection inspiration!

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A Muse Studio June Collection

A Muse Studio June Collection
Have you checked out the A Muse Studio June Collection yet in the online store?!  This new release is just adorable with a mermaid, narwhal, whale and other sea creatures just waiting to be inked up and used on those summer paper crafting projects! logo I had so much fun creating clean & simple designs with the new sets and thought I'd share a couple of them today!  For my first card, I used the two adorable fish from the Let's Be Mermaids set.  I cut a thin line for a wave using Mermaid cardstock and one of the Landscape Dies.  The fish were watercolored using a water brush and Ocean and Mermaid and Papaya pigment inks.  The fish we cut out using the coordinating dies for the stamp set and popped up with foam adhesive.  The sentiment was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and three Twinkle stickers were added as embellishments beneath the wave.  The finished main panel was popped up on the Sugar cardstock base. 2017 May Melissa8 closeup For my second card, I used the True Blue Friend set. 2017 May Melissa6 blog The whale was stamped in Ocean ink and cut out using the stamp set's coordinating dies.  I cut out a wave using Mermaid cardstock and one of the stitched Landscape Dies, trimming to fit the main panel.  I die cut the sentiment using the Hello word die and Polka Dot Papaya Cardstock.  A single clear Twinkle Sticker was added as the whale's eye before the whale was popped up using foam adhesive. 2017 May Melissa6 closeup The assembled main panel was popped up with foam adhesive on the Sugar cardstock base. I'll be back tomorrow with even more June Collection inspiration!

I hope you've had a fantastic Friday!

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LOUD with CASology

LOUD with CASology
It's Tuesday and a new cue word is up for brainstorming over at CASology! Week 250 - Loud There are many interpretations one could use for this word.  I went with a music themed interpretation.  Music can get a little loud sometimes! I used the jukebox image from Sunny Studio's Sock Hop set to create my clean & simple design.  I used their wavy border dies to cut out two sound waves from white cardstock.  These were adhered to the card base using liquid adhesive.  I then stamped the jukebox in black ink and colored it with Copic markers.  A little sparkle was applied to the center of the jukebox with clear Spectrum Noir glitter brush pens.  The jukebox was popped up using foam adhesive for dimension.  The sentiment and music notes were stamped in black ink to finish off the design. Go take a look at what the design team and this week's guest designer designed for inspiration! DT Badge
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  What does the word LOUD make you think of?  I hope you'll join us this week on the CASology blog for you chance to win the prize from Sunny Studio, our sponsor!  Don't forget to link up your creation by Monday at NOON (CDT)!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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A Muse Studio June Collection Sneak Peek!

A Muse Studio June Collection Sneak Peek!
Excitement is building over at A Muse Studio!  The June Collection is set to release this Thursday and three days of sneak peeks begin today!  Today, I'm sharing a little peek at the new Let's Be Mermaids set! logo I stamped the little mermaid in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then cut it out using the coordinating die.  I die cut a wavy line using a piece of Mermaid cardstock cut twice with one of the stitched landscape dies.  The die cut piece was attached directly to the Sugar cardstock base using liquid adhesive after stamping the simple sentiment.  The mermaid was colored using a water brush and Papaya, Mermaid and Ocean pigment inks.  Copic markers were used on the mermaid's skin.  Once the inks were dry, Diamond Embossing Powder was applied to the tail for a little sparkle and gold embossing powder was used on the crown.  The finished mermaid was attached to the die cut wavy line using foam adhesive for a little dimension. 2017 May Melissa5 closeup Stay tuned for more fun sneak peeks tomorrow and Wednesday! Sorry I've been so quiet lately.  May has proven to be full of special events and family time!  Summer is coming, after all, and it's a bit of a primer for the next three months when all the kids will be home enjoying summer break!  Rigid schedules will subside for a while and we'll start planning summer fun together!

Have a marvelous Monday!

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CASology COMMENCEMENT

CASology COMMENCEMENT
It's time for a new cue word over at CASology!  With all the graduations going on this month, we thought we'd provide a gallery of inspiration for the occasion this week! Week 248 - Commencement I used a stitched die cut from Mama Elephant's Femme Frames to create the hat base, cutting it to fit on the card base at an angle.  I stamped the letters from A Muse Studio's Rino Alphabet in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, following the edge of the hat.  I punched a 3/4-inch circle, cut it in half and heat embossed it with Ranger Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder.  I popped it up on the hat with foam adhesive.  The assembled hat was then popped up on the card base using foam adhesive. We have two graduations to attend this year.  Both are kids that were just three years old when we moved to the area!  Time really does fly!  Our own children are living proof of that and whenever I attend graduations, I find myself reminded again just how quickly children grow up.  And how fast life itself goes by.  Every day counts. Have a terrific Tuesday!Continue Reading...

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 Chicks

A Muse Studio Chicks
I'm back today sharing some cute chicks from the A Muse Studio new release. logo I'm loving the Landscape Dies and decided to use the cloud shaped one to add a little dimension to the design.  I trimmed my die cut piece of Sugar cardstock to fit the corner of the card base.  The adorable little chicks are stamped on Lemon Whip cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, cut out and popped up beneath the stitched die cut with foam adhesive.  I colored their beaks with an orange Copic marker.  The sentiment was also stamped in black.  The chicks and sentiment are both from the new Sweet Easter set.  The stitched die cut was attached to the card base using foam adhesive. 2017 MarchMelissa6 Closeup WM This card would be a great friendship card, don't you think? That wraps up my marathon of ideas for this month's spring/Easter release!  Now I get to dig into next month's goodies and start brainstorming and designing!  You're going to love next month's new release!  Promise!   2017 SignatureContinue Reading...
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CASology TEXT

CASology TEXT
A new cue word is up over on the CASology challenge blog and you'll love how many different options it provides!  Just think how many things text appears on!  These days, most everyone is texting (except maybe my father who doesn't care for it at all)! Week 242 - Text I used the hashtags and single words in Waffle Flower's wonderful Bowtiful stamp set to create a very clean and simple design!  White on white is always such a fresh, clean look on a CAS design, isn't it?  The main panel was cut using a die from Mama Elephant's Peek a Frame Die Set.  The hashtags and words were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and the little heart was stamped in StampinUp! Pacific Point ink (blue).  The finished main panel was popped up with foam dots to add a little dimension and the design was complete!  This is actually going to our teenage nephew this week! Be sure and take some time to visit the design team member and guest designer blogs and leave them a little blog love this week!  They create such fantastic inspiration each week! DT Badge
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A Muse Studio Stitched Easter Eggs

A Muse Studio Stitched Easter Eggs
Happy Tuesday!  I'm back with an Easter card today using A Muse Studio's brand new Stitched Eggs Dies!  These dies are so full of possibilities! amusestudio.com For this card, I used a Vanilla cardstock base.  I used Splash inks to create a watercolored look on a piece of watercolor paper before die cutting the stitched eggs. 2017 MarchMelissa8 Closeup WM I then lined up the trio and adhered the individual eggs to the card base using foam adhesive to add a little dimension.  Vanilla twine was tied around one of the eggs to add a little interest to the design.  The sentiment is from the new Happy Spring set and is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink below the eggs.  I finished the card by adding a strip of the pretty new Slim Spring Duo Washi Tape near the bottom of the design. I can just see myself die cutting a pile of these beautiful stitched eggs!  There are six different sizes of eggs in the set, so lots of options for craft projects! I'll be back with another new release idea tomorrow, so be sure and stop back to grab some more inspiration!   2017 Signature  Continue Reading...

A Muse Studio New Release Washi Tape Inspiration

A Muse Studio New Release Washi Tape Inspiration
By now, you've probably seen all the new goodies over in the A Muse Studio online store!  I hope you've grabbed the things you want, but if you haven't, head on over and do so!  Your spring and Easter projects are waiting! Today, I thought I'd share a super simple card using the fantastic new Stitched Eggs Dies all dressed up with some of the new Spring Floral Washi Tape!  I covered some Sugar (white) cardstock with the washi tape before die cutting it using three different sized stitched eggs.  I layered these together on the main panel with foam adhesive.  The sentiment is from the Sweet Easter set and is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Little twinkle dots (rhinestones) were added to the eggs in green and orange.  The assembled main panel was attached to the card base using foam adhesive for dimension. 2017 MelissaMarch2 Closeup WM Such a simple, quick card to make and I love that it uses washi tape!  No fussing over coloring! Be sure and check out the rest of the design team blogs if you have time!  We're all sharing new release inspiration every day through next week, so you'll have lots of fun ideas to see! 2017 SignatureContinue Reading...
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