It's Tuesday and time for a brand new cue word over at CASology!  I think many of us are wishing for spring and the return of plant life in the landscape, so we're jumpstarting things a bit this week! I think of ladybugs and caterpillars when I think of foliage, so I combined bugs with a branch on my design!  I used Clear & Simple's Cute as a Bug set and stamped the two caterpillars in black ink before coloring with green Tombow Dual Brush Pens.  The branch and leaves were stamped on the card base before the caterpillars were attached with foam pieces.  I added the pretty sentiment in black ink.  To finish things, I applied a little sparkle with a Crafter's Companion Clear Overlay Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen and a little red heart shaped gemstone from A Muse Studio. I hope you'll take some time and visit the design team member and guest designer blogs this week!  There is so much beautiful inspiration to see! DT Badge
Melissa Chipperfield (You are here.)
  Don't forget to link up your own FOLIAGE creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CST)!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Prickley Pear New Release Blog Hop: Day Three

It's the final day of the Prickley Pear new release blog hop!  I hope you've had fun hopping along so far!  Remember to leave comments on each stop for all three days of the hop to be eligible for the grand prize!  The winner will be announced February 23.

If you've arrived here from Angie's blog, you're on the right track!  If not, you may want to hop back to the Prickley Pear blog to start from the beginning!

For today, I used a sentiment from the new release and paired it with some watercoloring!

I watercolored a circular rainbow and then stamped the You Are My Sunshine sentiment in the center.  Three tiny, clear gemstones were added for embellishments.  The entire layered panel was popped up with foam dots for dimension.

Now head on over to Rita's blog for even more wonderful inspiration for the new release!  Have fun and good luck!

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S’more i{heart}papers

I'm posting s'more cuteness from i{heart}papers today. This is my last post as guest designer for them!  I can't believe two months have already flown by! What fun!

I wanted to make a happy little campfire themed card since we've been having our fair share of backyard fire pit evenings this summer.  With roasted marshmallows, s'mores and sparklers, of course!  The evenings this summer have been absolutely perfect for such an activity and we're really enjoying them!

I used Lawn Fawn's Love You S'more & Into the Woods sets to create this card.  I paired the stamped images and sentiment with one of the speech bubbles from Avery Elle's Oh Yeah Dies.  The stamping was done with Memento Rich Cocoa Ink & the cute little fox was colored with Copic Markers.  Both the speech bubble and fox were popped up using foam dots to add a little dimension to the card.  I added a little yellow flower sequin from Lawn Fawn for interest and a little glimmer to the roasted marshmallow with a Wink of Stella Brush Glitter Marker.  I'm thinking this card will go to our neighbor who has been a steady playmate for the boys this summer!

We roasted marshmallows on our trip to Michigan last week!  We discovered a new park in the town we were staying in which had a fire pit and a fun little water play area.

DH ran after some marshmallows and matches while the boys collected some twigs and we had an impromptu campfire one evening!  DH once again explained the process involved to achieve a perfectly roasted marshmallow to the boys.

However, someone once again ignored the message...

...because he actually likes 'em this way (fully ignited and then blown out like a birthday candle)!

Owls are taking over my brain now as we prepare to celebrate DD's first birthday with extended family this weekend!   We did let her enjoy a little chocolate on her actual birthday just because that's what a girl is supposed to do on such an occasion!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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