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)!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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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!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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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?

Have a wonderful Thursday!

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