FSS Saturday

Here's a little peek at what I have posted over at the Fresh Squeezed Stamps blog.
Head over to see the full card!

Birthday Wishes

I'm popping in quick to share a card I made for this weeks sketch challenge at StampNation.  Doug (my hubby) has a birthday tomorrow and while these aren't colors I would usually gravitate to for him, it just kind of happened.  We have a house full of illnesses (as I listen to cough, sniffle, etc in the background), the odds of getting a chance to make another card are slim to none! 

Here's the sketch I used...

Have a good one!

Stamps:  Birthday Style, Fabulous Frames (PTI)
Ink:  Pumpkin Pie, Pool Party (SU!), True Black (PTI)
Paper:  Whisper White (SU!)
Accessories:  Fabulous Frames & Birthday Style dies (PTI), button & twine (SU!)

CASology Week 37 - Hope

It's time for a new CASology Cue Word?

The Cue Card "HOPE" immediately made me think of Breast Cancer Awareness,
a cause near and dear to so many of our hearts.

That inspired my card today.

Want more ideas on how to use this weeks Cue Card?
Visit the rest of the DT by clicking on each of their names below.

Maureen Merritt...you are here!

I hope you'll play along with us at CASology!

Easter Blessings

Is Easter really in one week from today?  yikes!  Thank goodness for Dawn's Mood Board Monday inspiration, it definitely got me in the mood to make an Easter card.

I've mentioned it before that I teach bimonthly lessons in CAS design at StampNation.  This card is one of my samples as I revisited White Space this week.  I love the crsip clean look of stark white, but lots of gals "fear" it.  I'm hoping my lesson this week helps them get over their fear.

What do you think about white space?  Love it or fear it?

Stamps:  Very Vintage Florals, Spring Tags (Wplus9)
Ink:  So Saffron, Wisteria Wonder, Lucky Limeade, Elegant Eggplant (SU!)
Paper:  Whisper White, So Saffron, Wisteria Wonder (SU!)
Accessories:  Folk Art Floral, Very Vintage Florals & Pinking Square dies (Wplus9)  Bakers Twine (SU!)

Squeeze-A-Palooza #6 - Easter

It's the 23rd 
(omg I can't believe it!)  

and that means it's time for Fresh Squeezed Stamps Squeeze-A-Palooza Challenge!

This month's theme is Easter. 

I used the Subway Series: Spring stamp set to make a tag for my kids Easter baskets.  
You could also use this same idea on gift bags or to tie around a potted plant.  
The possibilities really are endless!

Head over to FSS to view the inspiration photos and to get all of the challenge details!

Stamps:  Subway Series:  Spring (FSS)
Ink:  Wisteria Wonder, Versamark (SU!)
Paper:  Whisper White & Wisteria Wonder (SU!)
Accessories:  Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, heat tool (SU!), Tag die (PTI), Circle Stackers Die (Wplus9)

It's finally Spring

Though it doesn't really feel like it yet.  I'm ready for some warm weather, that's for sure.  And I'm hoping that's what I get when I head to Raleigh, NC for StampNation LIVE in 13 days (not that I'm counting or anything!)  I heard it was 70 there earlier this week.  I may have to sit outside and soak up some of that southern sun :)

Speaking of Spring, that's this theme for this weeks StampNation challenge:  To make a card inspired by Spring.  Here's what I came up with:

Have a great weekend!

Stamps:  Rosie Posie (PTI), Thankful Leaves (MFT)
Ink:  Not Quite Navy (SU!)
Paper:  Very Vanilla, dsp (SU!)
Accessories:  Rosie Posie dies (PTI), Linen Thread (SU!)

CASology- Week 36

Ready for a new CASology Cue Word?

I love that you could literally create anything with this Cue Word!

Do we have any Jimmy Buffet fans out there?

"I wish I had a Pencil Thin Mustache, then I could do some cruisin' too..."

That's the song that inspired my card 
(I've been singing it for days :)

This adorable set is by The Alley Way Stamps,
who just so happens to be our fantastic Sponsor this week!

The design team has some great SONG cards
so visit them too for even more inspiration!

Maureen Merritt...you are here!

I hope you'll play along with us at CASology!

Stamps:  Mustache Mania (The Alley Way Stamps)
Ink:  True Black (PTI)
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black (SU!), Patterned Paper (AC)
Accessories:  Fabulous Frames Die (PTI)

Dynamic Blueprints

Have you seen the new Die-namic Blueprints by My Favorite Things?  If you haven't, you must check it out.   The idea is absolutely BRILLIANT!  Perfect for beginner stampers or when you are short on time or mojo!  Mine arrived yesterday and I had to put it right to use.  I combined the dies with some other MFT goodies and this weeks Dynamic Duos Challenge.

Have a happy Sunday!

Stamps:  Pretty Poppies, Distressed Diamonds (MFT)
Ink:  Daffodil Delight (SU!), True Black (PTI)
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Sunshine & Sprinkles dsp (SU!)
Accessories:  Die-namic Blueprints 1, Poppies & Leaves die (MFT), Button & Twine (SU!)

FSS-Country Hello

It's Saturday, YAHOO!

That means I have a post over at Fresh Squeezed Stamps.

Here's a peek...

Head over to Fresh Squeezed Stamps to see my full card.

Have a good one!

A Happy Heart

I've been inspired once again by Dawn's Monday Mood Board.

Check it out!  

I would seriously love to take a better peek into that inspiration book, wouldn't you?!

Here's how the inspiration piece inspired me.

A short and sweet post today.
I have a sick little boy home with me today :(

Have a great day!

**This card is also being entered into the Moxie Fab Chevron Challenge.

Stamps:  Pretty Patches:  Apple (Wplus9), Friendly Folk (FSS)
Ink:  Early Espresso & Crumb Cake (SU!)
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake (SU!), Summer Fresh patterned paper (Simple Stories)
Accessories:  Clear Cut Stackers:  Hearts & Pinking Squares, Hearts & Clouds die (Wplus9), 3/8 Circle Punch, Linen Thread, Mat Pack & Paper Piercer (SU!)

Luck of the Irish


StampNation's newest challenge just went live!  Inspired by St. Patrick's Day, the challenge is to make a card using mostly GREEN and wishing luck or encouragement.  Green always makes me thing of nature.  We live in a very wooded area, so when the trees have their leaves, green is just about all you can see.  I'm really missing that right now, as well as our family hikes.  I think my card portrays that :)  I thought this sentiment from Over Under Easy by PTI was perfect for wishing someone encouragement!

Have you checked out StampNation yet?  We are just about to hit StampNation's 300th video!  Plus, challenges, written tutorials, bimonthly trend articles and the CAS Classroom run by yours truely :)
The community itself is top notch.  I'd love to see you there.  Click here to find out more.

Stamps:  Thankful Leaves (MFT), Over Under Easy (PTI)
Ink:  Lucky Limeade, Old Olive (SU!)
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Lucky Limeade (SU!)
Accessories:  Mat Stack 4 Die (PTI), Woodgrain Embossing Folder (Tim Holtz), Button, Linen Thread & Ribbon (SU!)

CASology - Week 35

It's time for the new Cue Card at CASology.
Are you ready?  

Before you read on, remember the past two weeks have been pretty easy, right?!

OK, Here it is...

Yup, you read that right!


If you are anything like me, 
you are scratching your head wondering why you never ordered an alien stamp set :)

I had to do some major thinking outside the box on this one...
I thought first to use green but then I thought...

"Out of this world" 

And I came up with this

The design team has some great EXTRATERRESTRIAL cards
so visit them too for even more inspiration!

Maureen Merritt...you are here!

Guest Designer: Beate

I hope you'll play along with us at CASology!

Stamps:  Super Star, Country Charm (Wplus9), Masculine Motifs (PTI), Background Check (Fresh Squeezed Stamps)
Ink:  Soft Suede, Cajun Craze (SU!)
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake (SU!)
Accessories:  Tag Die (PTI) Button, Linen Thread & Ribbon (SU!)

Color Blocked Flair

A super quick post today, our internet has been in and out all day.  I hope I can get this posted before it's gone again!

I combined this weeks color blocking challenge at CAS-ual Fridays with a very loose interpretation of the colors at The Play Date Cafe .  Talk about quick & easy! I used the newly released Fresh Squeezed Stamps set Fresh Flair, though I had to dig out a different heart because I lost the heart that came in the set :(

I hope you are enjoying this beautiful weekend!

*I'm also entering this card in the Moxie Fab Speech Bubble Challenge!

Stamps:  Fresh Flair (FSS)
Ink:  True Black (PTI)
Paper:  Whisper White & Pool Party (SU!), Melon Berry, Spring Moss (PTI)

Cloud9 Blog Hop - Birthday Bouquet

I'm so excited to be a part of the Cloud9 Inspiration Team! I just about jumped out of my seat when Suzanne emailed me asking if I'd be interested. Um, YES!  It's no secret how much I love Wplus9 products!

The inspiration photo that we have to work with this month is just so beautiful. The colors are so fresh and Spring-y.   I knew I'd be drawing inspiration from that!

Here's my take on the inspiration:

I decided to create a bouquet of my own using the new Very Vintage Florals stamps & dies and layered them on the Clear Cut Stacker:  Hearts dies.  These beautiful flowers make such a nice focal point!

I hope you'll join the blog hop too!  Head over to Cloud9 for all the details!

Stamps:  Very Vintage Florals (Wplus9)
Ink:  Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo, So Saffron, Pool Party, Luck Limeade, Old Olive (SU!), True Black (PTI)
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Pool Party (SU!)
Accessories:  Clear Cut Stackers:  Hearts, Very Vintage Florals die (Wplus9)

FSS Release - Friendly Folk

It's Day 3 of the Fresh Squeezed Stamps March release!  Have you been following along?  Lots of cute sets :)

I have another awesome set to introduce to you, Friendly Folk, a primitive country set with endless possibilities.

This set makes me feel all warm and cozy!  There are so many images that complete any country project off perfectly.  Included is a small square, which I used to make the checkerboard pattern, buttons, stitching, stars & more. 

Now head on over to Fresh Squeezed Stamps where you will be able to view the full set, more samples by the Design Team and be able to enter for a chance to win Friendly Folk. 

Stamps:  Friendly Folk (FSS)
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler (SU!), True Black (PTI)
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Basic Black (SU!)
Accessories:  Linen Thread, 3/8 inch circle punch

FSS Release - Breath of Fresh Flair

Today kicks off the first day of the March release at Fresh Squeezed Stamps.

Get ready because this months release is awesome! There is a little something for everyone.

I get the pleasure of introducing Breath of Fresh Flair, a trendy set that can be used for any occasion. 

The little images included in Breath of Fresh Flair just make me happy.  I thought they'd make perfect mini cards to give to my boys when they have done something we are proud of, have a big test or just because.  I'm calling this my little box of happy notes :)

I put this happy little box on my kitchen counter.  I figure that if I keep it close by, I'll be more likely to use the 3 x 3 mini cards inside!

That's all I have for you today, BUT there's more over at Fresh Squeezed Stamps.  There you will be able to view the full set, more samples by the Design Team and be able to enter for a chance to win Breath of Fresh Flair. 

I'll be back with more from the new release later this week, but continue to visit Fresh Squeezed Stamps daily!

Stamps:  Breath of Fresh Flair (FSS)
Ink:  Island Indigo, Pool Party, Calypso Coral (SU!)
Paper:  SU!
Accessories:  Clear Stackers: Stars (Wplus9), 1 1/4 & 1 3/8 circle punches, Baker's Twine (SU!)

CASology Week 34 - Bunny

Time for a new CASology Cue Card 

I love seeing this Cue Card!  
BUNNY means Easter and that means Spring is coming, Yipeee!!!!!!!!

This weeks sponsor is Cindy Coutts.

She is giving away two awesome prizes!!   

This weeks winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to Inspired by Stamps!!
One Random Participant - free Clean & Simple Card Class by Cindy (Apr. 22-26)!!!

I hope you'll join us this week.  I can't wait to see your cards for this weeks challenge!
The design team has some great BUNNY cards, so visit them too for even more inspiration!

Maureen Merritt...you are here!

Guest Designer: Jenny

Stamps:  Polka Dot Parade #1 (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Pretty in Pink & Melon Mambo (SU!)
Paper:  Whisper White, Pretty In Pink (SU!)
Accessories:   Polka Dot Parade #1Die (PTI), Folk Art Floral Die (Wplus9), Bakers Twine (SU!), Rhinestone

Birthday Wishes

I have a post over at Fresh Squeezed Stamps today.  
It's a really cute one combining four FSS sets.

Here's a peek:

Head over to the Fresh Squeezed Stamps blog to see the full card :)

I hope you are having a great weekend!!!

Wallpapered thanks!

I love building my own backgrounds, everything from simple geometric shapes to florals like I did here.  Yup, Rosie Posie again :)

The challenge today at CAS-ual Fridays is right up my alley...

To stamp your own background!

I'm thinking of turning this card into a set changing the colors for each card.  What an awesome gift, maybe for Teachers Appreciation Week?  hmmmm.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend!

Stamps:  Rosie Posie, Thanks All Ways (PTI)
Ink:  Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Old Olive (SU!), Ocean Tides (PTI)
Paper:  Ocean Tides (PTI), Whisper White, Lucky Limeade (SU!)
Accessories:  Rosie Posie Die, button (PTI), Baker's Twine (SU!)