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A Muse Studio August Collection Sneak Peek, Day 1

A Muse Studio August Collection Sneak Peek, Day 1
It's release week over at A Muse Studio!  The August Collection will be in the online store on Friday, so we're sharing sneak peeks until then!  For today, I thought I'd show you a card made with Southern Bouquet, an absolutely gorgeous floral set! logo I started by stamping the bouquet image in black ink, cutting it out with the coordinating die and then used a water brush with a variety of pigment inks to color.  While this was drying, I die cut a stitched panel using one of the dies from A Muse's Tag Bundle to use as the main panel of the design.  On this, I stamped the sentiment in black.  Once the bouquet was dry, I added a touch of sparkle with a clear Wink of Stella brush marker.  The bouquet was popped up to one side of the main panel using foam adhesive and then the main panel was popped up on the cardbase using additional foam adhesive. 2017 AugRelease MelissaCard5 closeup I love how this bouquet image really stands out all by itself!  So many color possibilities with this and perfect for most any occasion involving flowers! Stay tuned for more new release inspiration tomorrow!  We have three days of sneak peeks this week and then the entire August Collection will be available in the online store this Friday!

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CASology DIAMOND

CASology DIAMOND
It's time for a new cue word over at CASology!  This week's gallery will be filled with diamonds.  Sounds great, no?! Week 258 - Diamond I thought about this one for a while before settling on a kite image that I found in my stash.  I happen to love kites.  They make me feel like a kid all over again every time I get the opportunity to fly one.  That is, until I run around for a while and notice I'm not quite as spry as I used to be! I started this design by watercoloring two overlapping, shimmery clouds with pearlescent watercolors on a die cut stitched panel (A Muse Studio Tag Bundle dies) of watercolor paper using a Clouds stencil by STAMPlorations.  The kite is from a retired StampinUp! set called Send Me Soaring.  The string was stamped in black ink and then the kite was stamped in red ink before being fussy cut and popped up with foam adhesive.  The sentiment (from Honey Bee Stamps' Message in a Bottle set) was stamped in black ink and three silver star sequins were added as embellishments.  The finished main panel was popped up on the card base using foam adhesive for dimension.  I added just a touch of sparkle to the kite using a Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Sparkle Pen. 2017 July18 DIAMOND closeup I hope you'll take a little time and visit the blogs of the design team members as well as our guest designer!  They'd love to hear from you! DT Badge

Anna Uhras Deidre Payne Hannelie Bester Jacquie Southas Janet Ribet Jen Wills Joyce Mehrberg Judy Marino Kymona Tracey Melissa Chipperfield - You are here! Rachel Bergfeld Sherrie Mannion Guest Designer:  Lana

Don't forget to link up your own DIAMOND creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT) for your chance to win the prize from STAMPlorations, our sponsor this week!

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This month marks CASology's 5-year anniversary, so mark your calendars for the blog hop that begins a week from today on the challenge blog!  Our past & present design team members as well as some of our sponsors will be hopping together to provide lots of inspiration and fun prizes!

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A Blog Named Hero July Floral Challenge

A Blog Named Hero July Floral Challenge
It's time to begin a brand new monthly challenge them over at A Blog Named Hero!  This month our theme is Florals and our sponsor is Winnie & Walter! 2017 JulyChallengeLogo Have you seen all the pretty floral images over at the Winnie & Walter online store?!  I chose to use the The Big, the Bold and Extras set along a large sentiment from their The Big, the Bold and the Happy set to create this design.  I paired them with a simple patterned image from the Hero Arts Busy As A set, layering the elements. Using Hero Arts Butter Bar ink, I inked up the image and spritzed it very lightly with water before stamping it on white cardstock.  This gave the image a lightly mottled look. I then stamped the outline of the flower in black before die cutting it with the coordinating dies.  Next, I stamped the honeycomb designed line from the Hero Arts set directly on the card base with black ink and stamped the leaf silhouettes on the left edge before popping the flower up with foam adhesive.  The bold sentiment was stamped directly on on top of the honeycomb patterned link in black ink.  To finish the design, I applied some sparkle with a Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Glitter Brush pen. 2017 July3 Challenge closeup I hope you'll join us this month for our Floral theme!  Such a perfect one for this time of year and I happen to personally love yellow and orange roses!  I might just have to recreate this design in orange! Supplies used on this design can be found in Winnie & Walter's online store (stamp sets) as well as at the links found below:   **Please help support A Blog Named Hero by shopping through our links. These are affiliate links, at no additional cost to you. We appreciate your support.** Simon Says Stamp Ellen Hutson Hero ArtsContinue Reading...
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CASology FLOW

CASology FLOW
It's Tuesday and time for a new cue word over at CASology!  We're going with the flow this week.  Altenew is our sponsor and I used their Let the Wind Carry You set to create my design.  It's such a sweet set! 2015 Altenew   Week 247 - Flow I stamped all images and the sentiment with VersaFine Black Ink.  The pinwheel was then stamped in Versamark Ink and embossed with Ranger Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder.  With that, I called it good!  A simple, one layer design! 2017 May2 FLOW closeup I hope you'll visit the design team and guest designer blogs when you have a chance!  They've put together some awesome inspiration this week! DT Badge
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A Muse Studio Vintage Floral

A Muse Studio Vintage Floral
The A Muse Studio May Collection new release is going strong and I wanted to share another card I made using the new Vintage Floral set! logo I stamped the trio of blooms in Apple ink, spritzing the inked stamp with a little water before stamping it on watercolor paper.  The pretty, clean fonted sentiment is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I splattered the mail panel with a little Apple ink using a watercolor brush and then layered the finished panel on a piece of Apple cardstock.  The assembled piece was then popped up on the Vanilla cardstock base with foam adhesive.  I added three Bubblegum sequins to finish the design. 2017 AprilMelissa8 closeup   I'll be back tomorrow with more inspiration using Time to Party, such a fun set!   2017 Signature Save Save SaveContinue Reading...

A Muse Studio May Collection New Release Day!

A Muse Studio May Collection New Release Day!
Today's the day!  The A Muse Studio May Collection is available in the online store!  Hooray! logo Today, I thought I'd share a little project using the beautiful new Vintage Floral set.  Every time I see this set, I think of Mother's Day which is coming up in just two short weeks!  I die cut a pillow box out of Cotton Candy cardstock using the Small Pillow Box die.  I then stamped the bloom with Versamark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I made sure to extend the image over the edge to add a little interest to the side of the box. 2017 AprilMelissa10 closeup   I then stamped a pretty sentiment from the Aren't You Sweet set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  You could fill this box with little treats or even small jewelry as a Mother's Day gift! Do you have your Mother's Day cards and gifts planned &/or prepared?  The Vintage Floral set paired with the Aren't You Sweet set is a perfect combination for your projects! I'll be back tomorrow with even more May Collection inspiration!   2017 SignatureContinue Reading...

CASology STRONG

CASology STRONG
It's Tuesday and time for a brand new cue word over at CASology!  This one is full of strength and it's going to be interesting to see how everyone interprets it! Week 244 - Strong I decided to use a digital image from Kitty Bee Designs to create my design.  This time of year, winds are often strong and kite flying is a popular spring time activity!  I printed the panda image and then framed it using a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle Die.  I colored the kite with watercolors and then applied a thin layer of sparkle using a Clear Overlay Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen.  The bear's eye spot was colored using a Copic C7 gray marker.  The sentiment is from the Precious Remembrance Shop Positive Thoughts set.  The finished main panel is popped up on the card base using foam adhesive for dimension. Be sure and go say hello on the design team member and guest designer blogs! DT Badge
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A Muse Studio New Release Spring Chicks

A Muse Studio New Release Spring Chicks
Happy Monday!  I'm back with even more A Muse Studio inspiration today as a design team member and, this time, I'm using some of the adorable chicks included in the two new stamp sets!  I used the larger chick from the Happy Spring set and added two of the little chicks from the Sweet Easter set to create a trio of cuteness.  I simply stamped the chicks and then colored them using a little Neon Yellow Splash ink and a small Aqua Brush to lightly apply the color.  Then sentiment was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and the one-layer design was done!  A quick design that can be used for a quick note or a spring/Easter occasion! amusestudio.com Be sure and check out all A Muse Studio has to offer!  The new release is so fun and perfect for spring/Easter projects you may be brainstorming! It's another cloudy day here today.  I tend to miss the sun after several days of gray overhead, but at least we have milder temperatures now and going outdoors is a bit more pleasant.   2017 SignatureContinue Reading...
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CASology MELT

CASology MELT
It's Tuesday and time for a new cue word over at CASology!  This week, we're going for a little melting action in the gallery to celebrate the arrival of spring on the calendar! Week 241 - Melt My thoughts turned toward things that tend to make your heart melt.  For me, it's hugs from little ones!  I simply watercolored the main panel and added a little shimmer with a Heidi Swapp Color Shine spritz before adding a simple die cut sentiment (STAMPlorations Hugs Word Die).  The sentiment was adhered to the main panel using foam adhesive to add a little dimension.  The layered main panel was also adhered to the card base with foam dots. 2017 Mar21 MELT Closeup   I hope you'll join in the fun this week and go leave some blog love on the design team members' blogs!  They've created some fantastic inspiration again this week! DT Badge
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Exciting News!

Exciting News!
I can finally share some super exciting news with you!  I am now on the design team for A Muse Studio!  I can't begin to tell you just how excited I was when I received the email asking me to join the team!  I may or may not have done a little happy dance... A Muse Studio Design Team Blog Badge Melissa Chipperfield   I've had A Muse Studio stamps in my stash for a few years now and to celebrate the exciting news, I used one of my favorite stamp sets, Squeeze the Day.  I watercolored the yellow splash and added a touch of sparkle to it using a Spectrum Clear Sparkle pen.  I stamped and fussy cut the lemon before coloring it with watercolor and adding shine with Crystal Effects.  The lemon image is popped up with foam dots for dimension.  I stamped the pretty sentiment in black ink.  The main panel is framed with black cardstock and popped up with foam dots.  I just love a bright, cheerful card and this particular set is perfect for the job! Get ready for the A Muse March new release!  We're having sneak peeks beginning next Tuesday, March 21!  New products will be available in the online store beginning Friday, March 24!  You'll want to check out the design team members' blogs for an entire week of inspiration!  Be sure and stop back here on my blog to see what I've created with the brand new spring/Easter release!  You're going to love all the new products that are coming!

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CASology FOLIAGE

CASology FOLIAGE
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
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