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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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A Muse Studio November Sneak Peeks: Day 3!

A Muse Studio November Sneak Peeks:  Day 3!
It's Day Three of the A Muse Studio November Sneak Peeks! Today, I'm sharing a one layer card which uses a combination of two of the new sets, Mini Messages and Mug Life.  The mug was stamped in black ink directly on the card base.  The heart image was stamped next in Sage ink.  I then stamped the little sentiment in black on top of the heart.  The design was done!  Talk about a super simple winter card! Now it's time to get your wish list finalized for tomorrow's new release!  Are you excited?!

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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 3

A Muse Studio October Sneak Peeks:  Day 3
Hello, everyone!  I'm back today during the third and final day of sneak peeks for the A Muse Studio October Release!  Tomorrow is release day!  Do you have your wish list finalized?! For today's card design, I used the new Peace Die in a clean and simple way to create a holiday card.  To begin, I die cut a stitched tag using a die from the Tag Bundle Die Set.  Next, I grabbed a piece of watercolor paper and spritzed a little water on an acrylic block, adding a Grass reinker to add color.  I squished the watercolor paper on top of the wet acrylic block and then allowed the paper to dry before die cutting the word with the Peace Die.  Once dry, a little sparkle was added with a clear Wink of Stella brush marker.  I die cut the word again near the bottom of the tag and then set the watercolor paper into the space.  I used the letter centers from the white tag to fill in the spaces in the centers of the letters.  To keep the die cut word flush with the tag, I simply attached it a little piece of cardstock to the back of the tag and glued the die cut pieces to that.  Finally, I stamped one of the cute little birds from the Season's Tweetings set, colored it with Copic markers and cut it out before popping it up with foam adhesive to add a little dimension. The assembled main panel was then adhered to the white card base using additional foam adhesive.  Another quick and easy holiday card design that could so easily be mass produced!  Be sure and head over to the A Muse Studio blog today to see even more inspiration from the design team and leave a comment!

GIVEAWAY!

Then, be sure and visit the A Muse Studio Instagram feed to participate in today's giveaway which includes not one, but THREE, word dies (noel, peace & merry)!  Perfect for all those winter/holiday projects you have brewing! One last thing before I sign off!  Be sure and check out the Halloween sale going on while waiting for tomorrow's new release!  October begins this Sunday!  Can you believe it?!  

Have a wonderful Thursday!

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CASology FORTUNE

CASology FORTUNE
It's Tuesday again already!  Time continues to fly!  CASology has a cue word filled with good FORTUNE this week.  What a fun word with plenty of room for interpretation!  I went with a little pirate from Jaded Blossom Stamp's Pirate Booty stamp set!  Such a fun set filled with cute pirate sentiments! You should see what the design team and our featured guest designer created for this cue!  Head on over to the CASology blog and then go ahead and visit their individual blogs for more details and to say hello!

Remember to link up your own FORTUNE creation by Monday at NOON (CDT) for a chance to win a stamp set of your choice from Jaded Blossom Stamps, our brand new sponsor!

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A Muse Studio October Sneak Peeks: Day 1

A Muse Studio October Sneak Peeks: Day 1
It's time for exciting sneak peeks over at A Muse Studio!  The October Collection is set to release this Friday and we're sharing little glimpses of winter/holiday goodness in the days leading up to that day! Today, I'm sharing a peek at a set called Season's Tweetings.  It's a fun set with some rather adorable winter critters and wonderful sentiments.  I used the polar bear for this design as well as a background stamp called Snowy Days.  The simple sentiment is from another of the new release sets that I'll be showcasing more tomorrow.  I used a stitched die from the Tag Bundle set to create the main panel, stamping the snowy background & sentiment in black ink.  The bear was stamped in Memento Tuxedo black ink before it was selectively colored with a red Copic marker.  The bear was cut out and popped up with a piece of foam adhesive. The assembled main panel was then popped up on the white card base using more foam adhesive.  This was such a simple card to make and is just perfect for all those upcoming winter wishes that need to be sent out!  With all the sentiments being released this week, you could very easily change the theme of the card! Stay tuned for more wonderful new release images and sentiments this week!  You're going to love this release!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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World Gratitude Day with Honey Bee Stamps

World Gratitude Day with Honey Bee Stamps
Today is World Gratitude Day and I wanted to be sure and take time to say THANK YOU to those who visit my blogs, Instagram feeds and Facebook pages, supporting my creative adventures with kind words and encouragement.  It's definitely a journey and when I look back at where I started, it's crazy how much my crafting style has changed over the years!  It takes time and lots of patience to find your personal niche, but today I can truly say I believe I've finally found mine in the clean and simple world of card making.  My photography continues to evolve and I feel like I'm still trying to find my true, defined niche with that, but I'm enjoying the journey!  The creative community is such a wonderful place filled with outstanding individuals who uplift each other daily.  I know I've had the privilege of having the loving support of fellow creatives throughout the world and I want to pass on the same with heartfelt gratitude, inspiring others to have the courage to keep creating, keep believing and use your creative gift to touch the lives of those in need. My simple card for today is filled with thankfulness despite it being super clean & simple.  I used the pumpkin from a new set called Acorn Sisters from Honey Bee Stamps as the main image, stamping it on white cardstock and spritzing it with a little gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine. It was fussy cut and popped up on a watercolored die cut panel with foam adhesive.  The little sentiment was stamped in black and little sequins were added as embellishments.  The assembled main panel was then popped up on the white card base with more foam adhesive and the design was complete! I hope you've had a wonderful Thursday!  Be sure and visit the Honey Bee Stamps online store at midnight tonight when the new release goes live!   Save Continue Reading...

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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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)!

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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)!

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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!

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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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