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CASology ENCOURAGEment

CASology ENCOURAGEment
Happy New Year! It's time for the first CASology challenge of 2018!  Everyone tends to make new year's resolutions, so we wanted to fill the gallery with encouragement this week!  We're also having a design team call, so if you love the thought of being a part of the CASology team as we head into 2018, be sure and go check out the detailsThe deadline for submitting applications is Friday, January 12! One of my personal resolutions is to send out more handmade cards this year.  I don't think I've ever met anyone who doesn't like a personal note in their mailbox.  People come to mind throughout the week and I need to be better at acting on those thoughts, grabbing a card, writing some encouraging words inside and sending them off in the mail!  Who knows what hidden struggles someone might be in the middle of and it never hurts to send a happy hello! For my design this week, I chose a very simple monochromatic design.  I went with a black and white color scheme and simply popped up the main image (Hero Arts) to add some subtle dimension.  Aligning everything diagonally also helps!   Please be sure and take some time to encourage the design team members on their personal blogs!  They contribute their time and talent each week to inspire our participants!
Melissa Chipperfield (You are here.)

Guest Designer:  Jen M.

Don't forget to link up your own ENCOURAGEMENT creation on the CASology blog by Monday at NOON (CST)!

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CASology GRAY

CASology GRAY
It's time for a brand new cue word over at CASology and we're giving GRAY a chance to be in the spotlight! I used gray as my card base color, but also used a message that might feel a little gray, if you know what I mean?!  No one likes to miss someone! This design is so simple.  I simply stamped a pine bough image (Uniko Studio) on a white cardstock panel and then added a simple, small sentiment in a clean font to the lower right corner.  I mounted this panel on black cardstock and then popped up the assembled piece on the gray cardbase using foam adhesive to add a little dimension to the overall design. I hope you'll play along with us this week!  Also, be sure and take a little time to leave the design team and this week's guest designer a little blog love!  They've created some fantastic inspiration again this week and they'd love to hear from you!
Melissa Chipperfield (You are here.)
 

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A Blog Named Hero Winter Holiday Challenge

A Blog Named Hero Winter Holiday Challenge
It's time for a brand new monthly challenge over at A Blog Named Hero and this month we're collaborating with Simon Says Stamp for a Winter Holiday theme! I created an arctic themed card using dies from Simon Says Stamp (SSS) as the focal point.  I die cut the penguin using the SSS Hugging Penguin Die and a combination of white and black cardstock.  The die cut heart is from the SSS Heart & Spoons die set and was used to cut the heart out of red cardstock.  I applied a touch of clear Wink of Stella to the heart for a little sparkle.  The white cardstock main panel was die cut using a SSS Stitched Rectangle die.  The assembled penguin was adhered directly to the die cut main panel and then the heart was popped up over the penguin using foam adhesive to give the design a little dimension.  The sentiment is from the Hero Arts Color Layering Baby Penguin set and was stamped in Versamark black ink.  The assembled main panel was then popped up on the white card base using more foam adhesive. I hope you'll come play along with us this month as we create winter holiday themed cards for your chance to win the prize from Simon Says Stamp, our collaborator!

Have a marvelous Monday!

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A Blog Named Hero Copy a Designer Challenge

A Blog Named Hero Copy a Designer Challenge
Happy Monday!  It's time for a brand new challenge over at A Blog Named Hero and this month we're CASE-ing the cards of the design team!  I chose to CASE Michelle Lupton's card from the October 8th post. Neat & Tangled is our sponsor and I used some of their adorable little mice images from the Schoolhouse set to create this design.  I started by stenciling the background with the Neat & Tangled Hexastar stencil and Hero Arts Soft Pink ink.  The two mice were stamped and colored with Copic Markers (C3, C5, R20) before being die cut with the coordinating dies.  I cut a simple banner from a piece of black cardstock and then stamped the sentiment (from Hero Arts' Everyday Sayings set) in white ink.  The little heart (Better Together set) was stamped with the same pink ink as the stenciled area and embellished with Glossy Accents. The mice and the banner were popped up with foam adhesive on the card base for dimension.  I just love these little mice! I hope you'll play along with us this month for your chance to win the prize!  You can check out all the challenge details over at A Blog Named Hero!
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Honey Bee Stamps Bear Hug

Honey Bee Stamps Bear Hug
Time is not being kind in our house.  It feels like the calendar continues to eat up the weeks and I realized yesterday that Halloween is only 2.5 weeks away and then we head on into the holiday season.  Thanksgiving is at our house this year, so I need to start planning! Today, I'm sharing a clean & simple card which uses the polar bear from Honey Bee Stamps' Flakey Friends stamp set.  The little bow tie is die cut using some decorative paper I had in my neglected paper stash.  The bear was stamped in black ink directly onto the card base.  I added a little pop of color to the polar bear's cheeks with a pink Copic marker.  The die cut bow tie us patterned paper. I'm not going to write a lot today with my to do list calling.  It's the beginning of school conferences this week and then company prep for the weekend!

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A Muse Studio October Sneak Peeks: Day 2

A Muse Studio October Sneak Peeks:  Day 2
It's mid-week and time for another A Muse Studio sneak peek for the upcoming October Collection!  Today, we're showing a few creations using the Pining for You set that will be released on Friday!  I combined the set with the Season's Tweetings set (yesterday's sneak peek) for this design.  Giveaways are happening on the A Muse Studio blog, so be sure and visit and comment for your chance to win this week! To begin, the main panel was die cue with the stitched rectangle in the Tag Bundle die set.  I stamped the little starry window & pretty sentiment using black ink, double stamping with my Misty to make it nice and dark.  I then stamped the little house in green ink and cut it out before popping it up with foam adhesive.  I then added three clear twinkles as embellishments before popping up the finished main panel on the card base with foam adhesive. Holiday cards have never been easier!  No coloring involved in this design and easy assembly is key during the busy time of year!  You could change the color of the house simply by using a different color ink and the sentiment could also be changed! I hope this has inspired you today!  Tomorrow we'll be showcasing sneak peeks of a new die that's on the new release list, so stay tuned!

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Honey Bee Stamps Clean & Simple Beauty

Honey Bee Stamps Clean & Simple Beauty
I'm sharing a clean and simple design featuring products from Honey Bee Stamps today!  Personally, I tend to prefer blues and greens in life.  I decided to do a monochromatic design featuring just a little pop of soft, pretty blue. I used one of the dies in the A2 stitched rectangle die set to create the main panel.  The floral image was stamped in a light gray and the I added two separate sentiments in black ink.  I layered blue and silver sequins and then glued them to the main panel.  The assemble main panel was then adhered to the white card base using foam adhesive for dimension. Honey Bee Stamps has such beautiful fonts for their sentiments and the florals pair very well with them!  Being a clean & simple crafter, I love how well this uncolored image works on this design! The leaves on the very tops of the trees are really starting to turn yellow!  I can't help but wonder if we'll have an early onset of winter this year.  Only time will tell.  I'm not much of a winter person, so this time of year I'm usually trying to talk myself into the idea that soon mittens and boots will be a part of everyday life and only color in the landscape will be brown.  That just means I will be bringing store bought flowers inside to look at and most likely find myself lost in my craft room a little more than in the warmer months as I seek out color!  What about you?  Are you love winter or does the thought of it bring a feeling of melancholy?

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Honey Bee Stamps Sending Sunshine

Honey Bee Stamps Sending Sunshine
Have you seen the Limited Edition set from Honey Bee Stamps that was designed specifically for the Ellen Hutson "United We Flourish" event?!  I created a design today using it and it's such a fantastic set with coordinating dies! I used the sun from the Partly Cloudy die set to cut a circular shape out of a strip of white cardstock.  I then used Distress Inks to blend ink onto the negative die cut sun shape and stamped a smaller sentiment (from the Sending Sunshine stamp set) in black in the center.  I removed the thin outline of the sun (this is actually the intended sun shape from the die) and placed the colored center back into the line up.  There are three loose pieces in the lineup and I used foam adhesive to adhere them to the card base.  I then die cut the large script sentiment from black cardstock, using a word die from the Sending Sunshine die set.  The sentiment was adhered directly on top of the popped up strip, leaving portions of it hanging off the edge.  A little cloud was die cut using another of the dies from the Partly Cloudy die set and popped up over the other design elements with more foam adhesive.  To finish, three little star sequins from the Hollywood sequin mix were added. This design was pretty easy to put together once I knew what I was doing in my mind!  I had played around with a couple other designs before this, but this one satisfied my clean and simple tendencies! We're gearing up for another exciting new release the week of September 17th, so you'll want to mark your calendars!  I'll tell you there are a lot of lovely autumn images on their way!  As usual, I'll be sharing sneak peeks here and on Instagram that week as we build up to the new release and blog hop that will happen on Friday, September 22! I hope you're having a wonderful Thursday!  We're still adjusting to school schedules and finishing up yearly check ups for family members this week!  Summer is definitely wrapping up, but with the cooler months ahead, there is plenty of prep work to be done!   Continue Reading...

A Blog Named Hero September One Layer Challenge

A Blog Named Hero September One Layer Challenge
It's time for a new challenge over at A Blog Named Hero!  This month, we're collaborating with CAS-ual Fridays and the theme is one-layer! I used the CAS-ual Fridays Full on Floral background stamp along with Hero Arts Luggage Tag Alpha to create this clean and simple design.  I masked an area on the card center and then stamped the background image in black ink.  The simple sentiment was stamped in black directly on top of the background image.  I then used Copic markers to selectively add a little pop of color. Being a clean and simple kind of gal, I just love one-layer cards!  This particular design could be easily modified by changing the sentiment or the colors! I hope you'll join us this month over at A Blog Named Hero!  We'd love to see your one-layer designs in our gallery and by linking up, you have a chance at winning the prize!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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