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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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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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Retail Therapy

Despite the busy weekend and start to my week, I did finish up a card I'd started before the weekend hit! I just love this set from Hanna Stamps! Maybe it's because there are times I can totally relate! LOL!

Supplies
Stamps: Hanna Stamps
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Basic Black (sentiment), Real Red (sponging on edges)
Cardstock: SU Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Paper Trey white
Papers: Imaginisce, KI Memories, the Paper Studio, Doodlebug Design Inc., misc. scraps
Technique: Paper Piecing
Coloring: Copic markers, Spica Copic (for sparkle on teeth)
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A Little Pink

Prickley Pear:  Thank Heaven (sentiment), Mini Butterflies Die

After a weekend of decluttering and organizing, I'm ready to return to the daily routine!  I love the end result of such a project, but what a mess sometimes!  It needed done.  We've lived here two years now and haven't really felt like we're completely settled because we haven't taken the time to stop and think about how to best organize some of the main rooms!  Granted, we moved here two weeks before DS3 was born and things were a little crazy for a while, but it's time to buckle down and focus on getting things in place around here!  Next up?  The pantry.  Wish us luck...

Since it's Monday, it's time for a Prickley Pear creation.  When I received the sentiment stamp in the mail, I wondered how I was going to use it as most of my stamps and papers revolve around little boys in this household of male dominance!  I do have one niece who I feel a bit sorry for sometimes with all the boys she's surrounded with, so it may come in handy!

Switching gears to pink, I found some girly pink decorative paper and went to work.  I used my mini butterflies die to cut out three butterflies, dry embossed the largest one, added gemstones and adhered them in what I hope is a decent pattern!  I rounded the card corners to soften things a bit and my card was complete!  I keep looking at it, trying to figure out if there is something else I should add, but I think I like the simplicity of it!

Now off to my day!  The sun is shining and it looks like it's going to be a rather warm one!


Happy Monday!
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Be Yourself


Is it Thursday already?!  Time is flying here at our house and I think it might have something to do with school being out for the summer!  We're all adjusting to no bus schedule, no homework, later bedtimes, etc., but I really think we're going to survive!

Today, I'm sharing a card with you that I made a little while ago, but had stashed away and forgotten.  Imagine!

The girl silhouette is from a Close to My Heart stamp set I've had for a long time.  Love it!  This card really says it all.  So many times I look at others and see qualities or talents in them that I'd love to have, but really, I need to be making the most of what I've been given!  When it comes to creativity, I'm finally beginning to realize that, right now, my creative style is clean and simple.  You won't find a lot of extra embellishments on my cards because I love having one focal point that is easy to find, makes an impression and uses a little creativity in design.  At least, I think that's what I see in my creations?!  Perhaps in the months ahead I'll evolve into a different style, but I'm feeling pretty content right now. 

What about you?  Have you figured out your creative style?
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Pastels

Spring brings with it a softness (a.k.a. pretty flowers...oh...and mud) and gentleness (a.k.a. rain) that is so appealing after harsh winter weather.  Although, this particular winter was not what I'd call harsh, by any means!

In the spirit of spring, I made a card using soft pastel colors to go along with this week's Stamping Boutique Challenge.  I also used this week's sketch over at Card Patterns.  Remember, there are freebies to be won over at The Stamping Boutique, so be sure to stop over and enter the challenge to qualify!


Supplies:
Stamps - The Stamping Boutique (Daisy Fairy - digi), Paper Trey (sentiment)
Paper - SU cardstock (So Saffron, ), DP
Ink - SU (Basic Black)
Accessories - pink pearls, corner rounder, SU scalloped border punch, Stickles (clear), paper flowers, Nestabilities (oval, scalloped oval), foam dots (popped up oval panels), SU grosgrain ribbon (So Saffron)
Coloring - Copic marker

Here is the sketch from Card Patterns:

 
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Swirls & Pearls

I had a lot of fun making a card for this week's Stamping Boutique Challenge:  Pearls & Swirls!  There is a new Alice in Wonderland line of digital stamps now and I immediately fell in love with the Queen of Hearts!  Such a sassy gal!


Supplies:
Stamps - The Stamping Boutique (Queen of Hearts - digital), AMuse (sentiment)
Paper - SU cardstocks (Basic Gray, Basic Black & Real Red), Copic Blending Card
Ink - SU (Basic Black)
Accessories - SU grosgrain ribbon, Nestabilities (oval, scalloped oval), Cuttlebug embossing folder, red pearls, circle punch, sponge, foam dots (popped up main image oval and sentiment circle)
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Guest Designer

Remember when I was posting quite frequently about Crissy Armstrong's wonderful stamps a while back?  Well, she asked me to be a Guest Designer on her blog and today she is giving me a little place in the spotlight!  What fun and what an inspiration!  You'll have to check out her challenge blog, Sundays with Crissy, and play along when you get a chance!  She is one talented artist!

The theme on her blog this month is Friendship.  I chose to use one of her images featuring two sweet little girls, called Love You Sis.

Supplies:
Stamps - Wags N Whiskers (Love You Sis by Crissy Armstrong), SU (Just Believe, sentiment)
Paper - My Mind' Eye DP (Fly a Kite), SU Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip cardstocks, Copic blending paper
Ink - SU Chocolate Chip
Accessories - SU Chocolate Chip marker, red gemstones, SU buttons (Brights collection), linen thread, baker's twine, SU Vintage brads, Nestabilities (Labels 10, Ovals), SU circle and scalloped border punches, foam squares (popped up sentiment
Coloring - Copic markers
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Fair Days

No mowing today.  DS3 has decided to skip the afternoon nap!  Tomorrow is another day.  :)

I thought I'd post a card I made last night while I have a moment!  I was playing along with Splitcoast Stampers' Featured Stamper Challenge.  I had to ink up this particular image because we bopped over to the county fair last week and had our share of cotton candy while there.  Along with a funnel cake and fresh lemonade...


Supplies:
Stamps - MFT (Sweet Greetings), SU (sentiment, Fabulous Phrases)
Paper - Copic blending CS, Paper Trey white CS, SU Sunny Garden DP, Anna Griffin Isabelle DP, SU Poppy Parade, Pretty in Pink CS
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Poppy Parade (sponging & sentiment)
Accessories - SU button, foam squares (raised up main image panel), heart gemstones, bakers twine, sponge, Copic Spica pen (for sparkle on the cotton candy)
Coloring - Copic markers
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Girly Birthday

It's a sunny day here today after a morning of some rather dense fog!  Hooray for sunshine!  I decided to combine some of this week's challenges over at SCS: the Color Challenge, the Sketch Challenge and the Ways to Use It Challenge.  The colors remind me of something out of an ice cream shop!  I used a cupcake instead since I adore cupcakes!  :)

Supplies:
Stamps - SU Out of the Box, Punch Bunch sets, SU Music Notes Stampin' Wheel
Paper - SU Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla, Regal Rose CS
Ink - SU Rich Razzleberry
Accessories - SU Regal Rose, Rich Razzleberry markers, Sizzix embossing folder, baker's twine, SU scalloped square, scalloped border punches, sponge, CM corner rounder, purple rhinestones, foam squares (popped up the main image panel and cupcake image), pink Stickles (used on the frosting)

Now off to switch gears so I can edit photos and plan some scrapbook pages!

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Life’s Sweet

I seem to be on a Magnolia kick this week.  I guess I'm back in the mood for lots of coloring!  What fun!  :)

Here is a card I made for a recent Magnolia sketch challenge.  Love this little gal and doesn't that chocolate cake look tempting?!  Good thing this particular one is totally calorie free...and tastes like paper!
Supplies:
Stamps:  Magnolia images from Yummy collection, sentiment from Paper Trey Cupcake Collection
Paper:  SU cardstock (only orange, gable green, very vanilla), DP from Basic Grey
Accessories:  SU rhinestone brads, gemstones, SU eyelet border and Boho blossoms punches, Prima flowers, Stickles
Coloring:  Copic markers (see below)


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