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

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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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!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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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
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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Hero Arts Koi Hello

Hero Arts Koi Hello
It's almost Friday and I've been working away in my craft room this week, trying to work ahead for a change! Today, I was in the mood for a one layer card!  Hero Arts' new Color Layering Koi set was just perfect for what I had in mind!  I layer stamped the fish in Soft Vanilla & Soft Granite inks, stamping the eyes with Carcoal ink.  I used a clean fonted sentiment from Hero Arts' Everyday Sayings, stamping it in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  To finish off the design, I added some subtle sparkle to the fish using a Spectrum Noir Crystal Clear Sparkle marker. 2017 Mar9 KoiCloseup I hope your week has been decent!  A busy one here, but we're doing okay! SaveContinue Reading...

CASology Double CRUNCH

CASology Double CRUNCH
I'm back again before the weekend begins with another card for the current CRUNCH challenge over at CASology!  I just couldn't resist!  This is such a fun cue word!  I had some lovely craft time this morning with DD and we had a ton of fun! Week 238 - Crunch I used Lawn Fawn's adorable Donut Worry set along with the coordinating Donut Worry Lawn Cut die to create this appetizing clean & simple design!  Who doesn't like a donut with colorful sprinkles?! The main panel is die cut with My Favorite Things' Wonky Stitched Rectangle Die-Namics.  I stamped and die cut the trio of donuts first and then colored each one with Copic markers.  I added colorful sprinkles to one of them using different colors of Stickles.  The fun sentiment is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Both the main panel and trio of donuts are popped up with foam dots for dimension. Have a great weekend and don't forget to create your own interpretation of CRUNCH, linking up on the CASology challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CST) for your chance to win the prize from Lawn Fawn, this week's sponsor! Lawn Fawn   SaveContinue Reading...
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CASology CRUNCH

CASology CRUNCH
It's Tuesday and time for a new cue word challenge over at CASology!  I'm guessing we're going to have a fun gallery this week!  There are SO many ways to interpret this one and I had a tough time narrowing my own design down to one theme!  I may just have to create another card for later in the week! Week 238 - Crunch With in-loves who live on a farm, one of my first thoughts was cows or horses eating hay.  Have you ever heard a cow eating hay?!  Now that's a crunch if I've ever heard one!  I stamped the cow from Lawn Fawn's Critters on the Farm set and then colored with Copics and fussy cut the finished image.  I die cut a circle out of the card front with a circle die from Mama Elephant's Pizazz Creative Cuts Die Set  to frame the main image.  I then popped up the cow inside the card with foam dots, adding little tufts of green grass with a Copic marker (& forgot to take a photo).  I wanted the cow's face to be peeking out of the circle and this allowed for that.  The simple sentiment is from the same stamp set and is stamped in black ink directly on the card front. I hope you'll take a little time to visit the design team members' blogs as well as our guest designer's blog this week!  They'd love to hear from you! DT Badge
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  Then, don't forget to link up your own CRUNCH creation on the CASology blog by Monday at NOON (CST) for your chance to win the generous prize from Lawn Fawn, this week's sponsor!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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A Muse Just a Note

A Muse Just a Note
Happy Monday!  It's a sunny one here and a welcome warm up is on the way!  It's so strange not having any snow on the ground mid-February! I dug out my neglected kraft cardstock last week to create a quick "just a note" card.  It seems like I go in cycles with kraft card stock.  Some weeks, it's all I use.  Other times, I go months without even thinking about it! I've been exploring my stash of stamps a little more lately and discovering I have some oldies, but goodies, hidden away!  This older stamp set from A Muse Studio caught my eye and I thought it would be perfect with kraft cardstock!  I stamped the flowers in StampinUp!'s Soft Suede ink and then stamped the birds in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  The little birds were fussy cut and sparkle added with a Crafter's Companion Clear Overlay Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen before being popped up with foam dots for dimension. I love how quickly this design came together!  I often need a simple card for general correspondence and this will be perfect!

Have a marvelous Monday & don't forget tomorrow is Valentine's Day!

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CASology YOUTH

CASology YOUTH
A brand new cue word is up over at CASology!  This week, youth is the focus.  Whether you think of babies, quirky habits or wrinkle free skin, you'll want to play along and link up to what's sure to be a fun gallery! 2016 KittyBeeDesigns Logo With Kitty Bee Designs as our sponsor this week, I chose to use their adorable Ipod Panda as my focal image.  I printed the digital image and colored with Copic markers.  I added clear stickles to his headphones because what youth doesn't like a little extra flair?!  I haven't used my Nestablities Circle Dies for what seems like forever, but used one to frame the panda and then popped it up with foam dots to add dimension. I hope you'll take a little time and leave some blog love for the design team and this week's guest designer on their blogs!  They work hard each week to provide inspiration for the challenges! DT Badge

Deidre Payne Hannelie Bester Hazel Hodgkins Jacquie Southas Janet Ribet Jen Wills Joyce Mehrberg Judy Marino Kymona Tracey Melissa Chipperfield Rachel Bergfeld Sherrie Mannion

Guest Designer:  Lucie

Be sure and link up your own YOUTH creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CST) for your chance to win the prize from Kitty Bee Designs!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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CASology Weather Forecast

CASology Weather Forecast
Clean & simple design is in the forecast yet again over at CASology.  That means we should have plenty of white space, limited layers and easily creatable designs to enjoy in the days ahead!  My kind of creative weather! I used Tim Holtz Distress Crayons for watercoloring and an Inkadinkado sentiment (purchased at Hobby Lobby) to create my card design this week! 2016 Mar22 - WEATHER After watercoloring the rainbow, the sentiment was stamped in black Memento Ink (Tuxedo Black).  The main panel was mounted on black cardstock as a frame and then popped up with foam dots.  Though the photo doesn't show it, a thin layer of glitter was applied to the watercolor background using a clear Wink of Stella brush marker. Be sure and go say a quick hello to the design team members & this week's guest designer!  They work hard each week to create inspiration!   Then, be sure and link up your own creation on the CASology blog by Monday at NOON (CDT) for your chance to win the prize from Avery Elle, this week's sponsor!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Sweet Stamp Shop February Release

Exciting things are happening at the Sweet Stamp Shop! For one thing, today is the February Release (with a giveaway!) and you're going to love the four new stamp sets that are now within reach of your creative fingers!  You'll also notice that the Sweet Blog has moved over to a new site on Wordpress with a brand new, polished look, so be sure to go see it!

So what did I do with these wonderful, new stamps?!  Take a look...

Weddings are one category that I never seem to have on hand in my card stash when I need them.  Of course, most of my family, including cousins, happen to be happily married off, so it's more often I find myself making an anniversary or new baby card.  This card was so fun to make since I don't often get to play with wedding stamps!  I simply stamped the birds and banner, popping them up with foam dots for dimension after adding the sentiment.  The little pink heart was added at the end for a little color pop.

Stamps:  Sweet Stamp Shop (Announcing)

 http://www.sweetstampshop.com/announcing/

This next stamp set is just way too fun!  Who doesn't like bling?!  And an entire stamp set designated to the subject?  How fun is that?!  I kept this card very clean and simple to showcase what I hope reminds you just a little of a ruby.  I actually added glitter to the jewel image and then fussy cut it, popping it up for dimension!  The trio of sequins I pushed around on the card base for what seemed like forever until I found an arrangement I could live with.  Don't you love sequins these days?  These are from Pretty Pink Posh and you should see all the sequins (& other fun embellishments) they have!  I think I could just stay on their website all day gazing at all the pretty there!  Wow!

Stamps:  Sweet Stamp Shop (Sparkle and Shine)

http://www.sweetstampshop.com/sparkle-and-shine/

Okay, who remembers that catchy song, "Can't Touch This!" by MC Hammer way back in the day?!  I promise you this next set will have you singing it again today!  This cute little cactus has some attitude, I tell ya!  I colored it with Copics & then stamped and fussy cut the little flower from decorative paper.  A little gemstone was added to the flower center for a little sparkly interest and then the entire flower was popped up for dimension.  I was going to stamp the sentiment as it comes in the set, clustered together, but then had a silly thought.  I'd actually stick the "stuck" on the cactus!  I cut it apart from the other two words, turned it into a little banner and did just that!

Stamps:  Sweet Stamp Shop (Stuck On You)


http://www.sweetstampshop.com/stuck-on-you/

Finally, I revisited the Announcing set (see first stamp set in this post) and made a baby card.  Plenty of babies arriving this year by the sound of things, so this will be going into my stash!  I used the Numbers - Symbols set to personalize it a bit with the year.  I was thinking I'd put DD's birthdate on it to create a birth announcement, but the practical side of me took over and I just couldn't bring myself to stamp a card that I wasn't going to use!  You'll have to use your creative imagination to envision the idea!  The ribbon was stamped in gray and then the individual banner flags were stamped on decorative paper and fussy cut.  I simply stamped the "BABY" sentiment and cut the letters apart so I could use them individually on the flags.  I framed the entire main panel with the same decorative paper.

Stamps:  Sweet Stamp Shop (Announcing, Numbers - Symbols)

http://www.sweetstampshop.com/numbers-symbols/

So there you have it!  I had so much fun creating with the stamp sets and this is just the tip of the inspirational iceberg that the Sweet Team has created!  There is still one more adorable set being released!  (Hint:  If you like hippos, you're going to love it!)  You can visit each of the team members' blogs by clicking on their names in the right hand column of the new blog!  They each have additional creations on their blogs besides what you see on the Sweet Blog so keep right on going and leave them some blog love!  You just might make someone's day!

ADDED NOTE:  Due to the popularity of the new release, many of the new stamp sets are already almost sold out!  Nicole wants you to know that a new shipment will be arriving soon (in a week or two) and she'll honor the new release sale when they are back in stock. The new release sale is 20% off the new releases!  Use coupon code NRF20.


Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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