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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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CASology CAKE

CASology CAKE
It's Tuesday and time for a brand new CASology cue!  Let them eat cake!  Cake is such a lovely thing...as long as it's white.  Just a personal preference of mine! I envisioned a triangular piece of moist white cake and decided to mask a triangle and go for a geometric card design this week!  The big, bold sentiments are from Uniko Studio and worked quite well with the crisp lines of the triangle. After masking the triangle, I added a little gold shimmer using a gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine spray.  I love how interest can be added with a little simple sparkle or shine!  This is a very simple, one-layer design! I hope you'll take a little time to visit the design team member and guest designer blogs this week!  They've gone and done it again, providing wonderful inspiration for this week's challenge!
Melissa Chipperfield (You are here.)
 

Then, be sure and link up your own CAKE entry on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT)!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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CASology EDUCATION

CASology EDUCATION
It's Tuesday and time for a new cue word challenge over at CASology! With school back in session for most people, education is our focus this week!  I went back to early childhood in my mind, remembering learning my abc's and that classic alphabet song that children still sing today!  DD loves to paint at school and started painting the letters of her name last week! I couldn't resist using another on over Love Cynthia's adorable little girl stamp sets to create this design!  These images remind me so much of my daughter and I plan to give this card to one of her teachers when the opportunity arises during the school year! I stamped the little girl in black ink, colored it with Copic markers and fussy cut it.  The stitched main panel is a rectangle die from Honey Bee Stamps.  I lined up the three letters on my acrylic block and added to a different color ink to each one before stamping them.  The c smudged a bit and gave me the idea to smudge them all a little using a water brush!  I then added a little splattered ink using the same water brush.  What 4-year-old ever paints perfectly, anyway?!  After the ink was dry, I added a touch of sparkle with a clear overlay Spectrum Noir brush pen. The main panel was then attached to the card base using foam adhesive for dimension.  The little girl was also attached to the card base with foam adhesive, overlapping the main panel and lined up so it looks like she is busy painting the letter a. I hope you'll visit the design team member's on their blogs this week and leave them a little blog love!  They've created some wonderful inspiration again this week!
Melissa Chipperfield (You are here.)
  Then, be sure and link up your own EDUCATION entry on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT)!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Honey Bee Stamps Hexagon Hello

Honey Bee Stamps Hexagon Hello
Yet another week is flying by and it's already Thursday!  Looking back on our family's August calendar, it's absolutely no wonder!  Autumn has to be quieter...right?! Today, I'm sharing a clean and simple design using some of Honey Bee Stamps' product line.  I used one of the dies from the Hexagon Bunches die set as the focal point of the design.  After cutting the cluster of hexagons, I spritzed a few hexagons with three different color Heidi Swapp Color Shine sprays.  I glued the outline of the hexagon cluster directly to the card base and then used foam adhesive behind each of the dried hexagons to pop them up, giving the card dimension.  The simple hello sentiment was added in black ink just below the cluster of hexagons.  The spritzes add both shimmer and texture to the design. It's on to a full weekend of friends and family for us.  Thank goodness for a long holiday weekend before we head back to school and work next week!

Have a wonderful Thursday!

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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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A Muse Studio September Sneak Peek, Day 3

A Muse Studio September Sneak Peek, Day 3
It's the final day of the September Collection sneak peeks over at A Muse Studio!  That means tomorrow is Release Day!  Are you excited?! Today, we're featuring the Eat, Drink & Be Thankful set.  I decided to create a simple tag to highlight the wonderful, large sentiment included in this set.  The tag was created using the tag die that is included in the Tag Bundle die set.  I stamped the pretty sentiment in French Roast ink and then added two little orange twinkle stickers and Vanilla twine as embellishments. So simple, but I am envisioning this little tag being put to use for Thanksgiving festivities! Head on over to the A Muse blog and be sure to leave a comment on the sneak peek posts for your chance to win!  Then, get that wish list ready for tomorrow!  Happy shopping!  I'll be back with more new release inspiration, so be sure and stop by here on my blog over the next few days!

Have a wonderful Thursday!

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A Muse Studio September Sneak Peek, Day 2

A Muse Studio September Sneak Peek, Day 2
It's Day Two of Sneak Peeks for the A Muse Studio September Collection!  Today, we're featuring the Fierce stamp set, once that's full of encouraging words in beautiful fonts! I used the fantastic Pinking Circles dies to frame the sentiment, overlapping two pieces to reveal a little pop of pink behind the top white layer.  The pumpkin was stamped directly on pink cardstock and cut out before being popped up with foam adhesive.  I added a little heart in pink ink, embossing with clear embossing powder to add a little shine. I just love the pretty fonts in this set and I think you'll agree once you see all the unique sentiments included in it this Friday!  Stop back tomorrow for a sneak peak of the third stamp set releasing Friday.  You won't be disappointed!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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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!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Honey Bee Stamps Ocean Background Birthday

Honey Bee Stamps Ocean Background Birthday
Another week is winding down!  July & August are full months in our house with birthdays, birthdays and more birthdays!  With birthdays on the brain, I created a simple, fun birthday card to share today. I love the Ocean Borders stamp set and used the background stamp from it to create the background on this design.  It reminds me of all those coloring books on the market right now!  I stamped the "birthday" sentiment in black and added a small black rhinestone to dot the i. To create the letters for "Happy", I watercolored a rainbow onto a piece of watercolor paper and splattered it with a little gold watercolor before drying it.  Once dry, I stamped the letters and die cut them with the coordinating dies.  The letters were then popped up on the card base using foam adhesive for dimension. Such a simple, versatile design!  I may try varying the colors on the letters, maybe even attempt a polka dot pattern! We have four nights/three days of guests arriving with the weekend and I have a senior photo shoot to do this evening, so it's time to set the ink and paper aside now and focus on other things!

Have a happy Thursday and a wonderful weekend!

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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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A Honey Bee Stamps Hello

A Honey Bee Stamps Hello
Happy Thursday!  Can you believe tomorrow is Friday again?!  I think I am still in a bit of a daze from vacation.  With four family birthdays falling into these last two months of summer, things are always a bit busier than usual!  Throw a family vacation and the usual summer days & weekend trips in there along with the festivities, and you have a hoppin' house!   It's all good, though!  Summer flies because of this uptick in activities, but I think that just makes autumn that much more enjoyable as things begin to slow to a more relaxed pace and school routines start up again! Today, I'm sharing a monochromatic card that uses simple stitched dies and images from Honey Bee Stamps.  A flower from the Busy Bees stamp set is the focal image on the design.  I chose not to color anything, but kept things very clean looking by only adding color with a strip of kraft cardstock. The main panel is a piece of white cardstock, die cut using the Cloud Borders Dies.  The sentiment (Simple Sentiments set) was stamped in black on the lower half.  I spaced the two pieces apart slightly and then adhered both with foam adhesive to a piece of kraft cardstock to give it the appearance of a little row of dirt.  The flower & stem (Busy Bees set) were stamped in black and die cut on white cardstock.  I glued the upper portion of the stem directly to the top piece of the main panel, tucking in the lower portion behind the lower piece of main panel.  The flower was then popped up with foam adhesive and a single, black rhinestone was added for interest.  The assembled main panel was then popped up on the white card base using more foam adhesive. I love using dies in different ways and these cloud dies were perfect for what I had in mind!  A very simple design and the sentiment could be varied to meet your card needs!

Have a wonderful Thursday!

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A Blog Named Hero Embossing with Wow!

A Blog Named Hero Embossing with Wow!
Today is the beginning of a brand new challenge over at A Blog Named Hero!  This month, we're focusing on embossing with WOW! as our sponsor! 2017 AugustChallengeLogo I embossed the sentiment on my design in white on black cardstock and then cut it into pieces.  The main panel is a stitched rectangle die cut and is popped up on the card base with foam adhesive for dimension. 2017 AugustChallenge Card closeup The butterfly is from the Hero Arts Origami Animals set.  It was stamped in black, colored with Copic markers and cut out before being popped up on the main panel with foam adhesive.  To finish the design, I added three black sequins. Come join us for this month's challenge for your chance to win the prize!  Go get those embossing powders, glitters and foils out of your stash and start playing! 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 Arts Save Save SaveContinue Reading...
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