CASology - I'm Here For You

It's time for a new CASology Cue Card!!!



Here's how I was inspired...


Where will the Cue Card CARE take you?

Clicking on each of the DT names below to see how they were inspired !!

Maureen Merritt...you are here!



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

Stamps:  Sunflower (Papertrey Ink) Country Charm, Pretty Patches Umbrella & Heartfelt Mix (Wplus9)
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Not Quite Navy, Old Olive (SU!) 
Paper:  Very Vanilla  (SU!)
Accessories:  Sunflower die (PTI) Corner Rounder (CM)

Just a Note


I seem to be a bit short on words today.  I keep typing and erasing and typing and erasing...so rather than stumble through a blog post, I'm going to keep this quick and simple.  My above card is being entered into the following challenges.






Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Reflections, Flap Happy, Sentiment Sampler (Paper Smooches)
Ink:  Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Lucky Limeade, Crumb Cake (SU!), True Black (PTI)
Paper:  Whisper White, Lucky Limeade, Melon Mambo (SU!)
Accessories:  Butterfly One die (PS), Label Layers 4 die (Wplus9), Blueprints 1 (MFT), Lucky Limeade Bakers Twine (SU!)

CASE Study DT Search Challenge


I thought I'd throw in an entry for the CASE Study Design Team search.  Our challenge is to choose our own muse and CASE her (or him).  We were to choose a card that isn't exactly our style and create a card that IS.  Are you still with me?  Chupa explains it better than me here.

Deciding on my Muse wasn't easy!  I immediately went to Cristina's blog, then Maile's, but thought my style was too close to theirs so I set off to Dawn McVey's blog.  Dawn was the first stamper that I started following back in the day.  I've always loved and admired her use of color.  I think of her cards as CAS with a splash :)

After getting lost on her blog for a while, I finally decided on this card to CASE.


The first detail I wanted to pull from this card was the row of images on the bottom section of the card.  I was also drawn to the green & blue, large sentiment and decorative edge.  Looking at the two cards together, I'm not so sure you can tell  my card is a CASE of Dawn's, but I guess that's the point.

I hope you like my entry for the CASE Study DT Search.  Wish me luck :)

Stamps:  Rosie Posie & Rosie Posie Additions (SU!), Birthday Sentiments (MFT), Defining Words (Wplus9)
Ink:  Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Old Olive (SU!), Ocean Tides (PTI)
Paper:  Whisper White, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party (SU!)
Accessories:  Rosie Posie Dies (PTI), Tasteful Trim Die (SU!)

Words to Live By

I'm up on the Fresh Squeezed Blog today.

Here's a little peek...


Head over to Fresh Squeezed Stamps to see the whole card.

Have a great day!

Slice of Happy


It has been so long since I've had the chance to play along with a  CASE Study Challenge.  I've been drooling over JJ Bolton's cards all month, but never got stamps to paper in time, until now!

Here's JJ's card this week...

I went with the idea of something attached to a string in the air.  This card will be going off to a 10th birthday party tomorrow.  The kids are so excited :)

Thanks for stopping by.  TGIF!

Stamps:  Birthday Style (PTI), Words to Live By (FSS)
Ink:  Pool Party, Indigo Island, Lucky Limeade (SU!), True Black (PTI)
Paper:  Whisper White, Pool Party, Indigo Island (SU!)

Hey There Friend

A quick card for you on this Wednesday evening. 


 I am playing along with this weeks Retro Sketches Challenge.


As well as this weeks Muse Challenge,
to be inspired by Virginia Lu's card below.


I hope you are having a great week.
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Reflections & Sentiment Sampler (PS) Background Check (FSS)
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Wisteria Wonder (SU!), True Black (PTI)
Paper:  Whisper White (SU!)
Accessories:  Circle Punch (SU!) & Reflection dies (PS)

CASology - Giggle

It's time for a new CASology Cue Card!!!



Here's how I was inspired...


Where will the Cue Card GIGGLE take you?

Clicking on each of the DT names below to see how they were inspired !!

Maureen Merritt...you are here!

Guest Designer: Cindy

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

Stamps:  Papertrey Ink
Ink:  Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade (SU!) True Black (PTI)
Paper:  Pool Party, Calypso Coral & Whisper White  (SU!)
Accessories:  Tasteful Trim die  (SU!) Rhinestones (misc)

Thanks


I'm starting this week off with a simple, OLC.   I used some new to me stamps from Paper Smooches.  After seeing all of Lynn's creations with them, I couldn't resist any longer :)

This sketch from CAS(E ) This Sketch! was used as inspiration for my card.


The flower details from Addicted to CAS.

Have a great week!

Stamps:  Reflections, Sentiment Sampler (Paper Smooches)
Ink:  Real Red, Lucky Limeade (SU!), True Black (PTI)
Paper:  Whisper White (SU!)
Accessories:  Reflections Flower Die (Paper Smooches), Rhinestones

It's Your Birthday!


This card has me SO excited.  See that chevron pattern?  The stamp is actually one row of chevrons (you can see the stamp set here), but my design has a bit of a twist.  I stamped it once, then flipped it upside down and stamped it again directly over the original image.  Isn't that such a fun pattern?  I'm not one to usually make discoveries like this (maybe someone else has done it already, just let me think I'm the only one :)  Yay, happy day for me!!

I'm playing along with the CAS-ual Fridays Birthday Bash.  Happy Birthday Michelle!


Stamps:  To the Point (Avery Elle), Woot Woot (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Ink:  Regal Rose, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade, Tempting Turquoise (SU!), True Black (PTI)
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black (SU!)

Trendy Flair

I'm up today on the Fresh Squeezed Stamps blog.

Today I have a card perfect for a tween or teenaged boy.
Here's a peek at what you'll find there.


Thanks for stopping in :)

Quilted Charm


Boy, it's been quiet here on my blog lately.  Sorry about that!  I think I am still trying to catch up from being away.  That'll change soon (hopefully starting today) and I'll be back to posting regularly  :)

This card was inspired by Mood Board Monday #9.  I have missed the last few weeks and really wanted to get back to it!  This weeks mood board reminded me of a picnic.

Check it out...


I drew inspiration from the colors, plaid and buttons.
To give my card a "picnic-y" feel, I combined Country Charm, Quilt Prints & Pretty Patches: Apple.

I hope you have a great Friday!!!!

Stamps:  Quilt Prints, Country Charm, Pretty Patches: Apple & Fresh Picked (Wplus9)
Ink:  Real Red, Lucky Limeade (SU!), True Black (PTI)
Paper:  Whisper White, Real Red
Accessories:  Pinking Squares & Pretty Patches: Apple dies (Wplus9), Button & Twine (SU!) Rhinestone (Martha)

CASology - Call Me

It's time for a new CASology Cue Card!!!


Here's how I was inspired...


I stamped on patterned paper to add some color to this CAS design.
Then stamped on the left to help balance this design which is heavy on the bottom right.

Where will the Cue Card WORD take you?

Clicking on each of the DT names below to see how they were inspired !!

Maureen Merritt...you are here!



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

Stamps:  Background Check (Fresh Squeezed Stamps), Say What? (MFT)
Ink:  True Black (PTI)
Paper:  Whisper White  (SU!) Patterned Paper (Doodlebug)
Accessories:  Say What? Dies (MFT), Clip (SU!)

FSS April Release - Mother Knows Best


It's day three of the Fresh Squeezed Stamps April Release.  If you haven't seen days one & two, head over to FSS to catch up.  Today I have the pleasure of introducing "Mother Knows Best" a set perfect for Mom's and Grandmom's that included gardening tools, knitting yarn, veggies and more.


I immediately fell in love with this sweet watering can image.  I've stamped and trimmed it out, then filled it with flowers.

Head over to the Fresh Squeezed Stamps blog to see the full set as well as samples from the rest of the design team.  There you can enter for a chance to win "Mother Knows Best" too.

The full release is almost here! Stay tuned for more on the FSS blog!

Stamps:  Mother Knows Best, Friendly Folk(FSS)
Ink:  Early Espresso, Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo, (SU!)
Paper:  Whisper White,Pool Party (SU!) Doodlebug patterned paper
Accessories:  tag die (PTI) Tasteful Trim Die (SU!)

FSS April Release - On Trend 2013


It's day one of the Fresh Squeezed Stamps April Release.  Today I have the pleasure of introducing "On Trend 2013" a set full of trendy images, everything that is HOT and NOW in paper crafting!



Using the Gradient Stamping technique, I stamped the paint splotches/watercolors haphazardly.  Then using black ink stamped over them with the "create" stamp.  I added some heat embossed sequins for a little added interest and fun!

Head over to the Fresh Squeezed Stamps blog to see the full set as well as samples from the rest of the design team.  There you can enter for a chance to win "On Trend 2013" too.

I'll be back later in the week with more for the FSS release, but make sure that you check the FSS blog daily!! 

Stamps:  On Trend 2013 (FSS)
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Versamark (SU!), True Black (PTI)
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black (SU!)
Accessories:  Silver Embossing Powder, heat tool (SU!)

Birthday Poppies

If you were wondering how the StampNation LIVE event was, it was FANTASTIC!  I had such a wonderful and relaxing weekend.  It was amazing to be in a room with so many women that share my passion.  I've never experienced anything like it.  I'm already looking forward to next year :)  I'll share some of what I did while I was there later this week.

Today I have a card that I made for this weeks StampNation Sketch Challenge.

I used the MFT Pretty Poppies & Distressed Diamonds Stamp Sets and Poppies & Leaves dies.  I paired them with some of the dies included in Blueprints 1 to make a little embellishment in the upper left corner to balance out my card.

Here's the sketch that my card is based off of...


Stamps:  Pretty Poppies & Distressed Diamonds (MFT)
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler (SU!)
Paper:  Whisper White, Crumb Cake (SU!)
Accessories:  Blueprints 1, Poppies & Leaves (MFT), Button & Linen Thread

Cloud9 Blog Hop

*Please scroll down for my CASology post or click here.


It's time for the April Cloud9 Blog Hop.
 We have a gorgeous inspiration piece for you.


Here's how I was inspired...


I loved the flowers and colors.
I just couldn't pass up a chance to use the new Pretty Patches: Umbrella stamp set either!

Grab your Wplus9 stamps and play along for a chance to win a Wplus9 Gift Certificate & a guest spot on the inspiration team!

I can't wait to see what you come up with!!!

Stamps:  Pretty Patches:  Umbrella, Very Vintage Florals, Label Layers 4 (Wplus9)
Ink:  Real Red, Not Quite Navy, So Saffron, Lucky Limeade (SU!)
Paper:  Whisper White (SU!)
Accessories: Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine (SU!)

CASology - Ships on the sea....

It's time for a new CASology Cue Word?



The Cue Card "TRAVEL" brought me to the beach :)



Where will TRAVEL take you?

Cicking on each of the DT names below to see where they've traveled :)

Maureen Merritt...you are here!



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

Stamps:  Guiding Light & Guiding Light Sentiments (Wplus9)
Ink:  Lucky Limeade, Early Espresso, Baja Breeze (SU!) Fresh Snow (PTI)
Paper:  Whisper White, Crumb Cake (SU!)
Accessories:  Guiding Light dies (Wplus9), Fabulous Frames die (PTI) Baker's Twine (SU!)

She Rocks...


If you stopped in yesterday you saw a sneak peek of my Fresh Squeezed Stamps post.   I hinted that my card was inspired by one made by another stamper.  Let's see if you were right....

Have you seen this card?


Yup,  it's Ardyth from MASKerade

I love her clean and graphic style as well as her use of color.
She's always thinking outside the box and oh, so creative!!!!

If you haven't stopped by her blog before, you should.
I promise it will be worth your time!!!!

Thanks for the inspiration Ardyth!!!!


Stamps:  Breath of Fresh Flair & You Said It, Sister (FSS)
Ink:  Regal Rose, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade, Tempting Turquoise, Wisteria Wonder (SU!), True Black (PTI)
Paper:  Whisper White (SU!)

You Rock

It's my day to post over at the Fresh Squeezed Stamps blog.

Here's a peek at what you'll find there today...


My card today was inspired by an AWESOME stamper.
Can you guess who?

Come back tomorrow and I'll tell you who she is!

Have a good one :)

Berry Best Wishes


As you read this I am making the 8 1/2 hour drive to Raleigh, NC for StampNation LIVE, a 3 day stamping retreat!!!  THREE DAYS of no dishes, cleaning, vacuuming, cooking...just stamping...heaven!!!!  I have been preparing for this event like a crazy lady :)  I will have lots to share when I get home!!!

I will be working on Project Life, The History Project and making cards for Operation Write Home while at the event.  I also plan to set aside some time for soaking in the NC sunshine.  I've been stalking the weather down there, hoping and praying that it's warmer than PA.

My card today is for this weeks challenge at StampNation, to use score lines.  I used my Diagonal Plate to create and subtle background for my card.  I'm a bit obsessed with adding iridescent ice embossing powder to the berries in this stamp set.  I'm pretty sure I CASE'd (stole) that idea from Dawn ;)

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you are having a great week!

Stamps:  Fresh Picked (Wplus9)
Ink:  Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder, Pretty in Pink (SU!) True Black (PTI)
Paper: Very Vanilla, Pool Party (SU!)
Accessories:  Fresh Picked & Label Layers 3 Die (Wplus9), Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Dazzling Diamonds, Scoring Board & Diagonal Plate (SU!) Pearl & Sticky Strip

CASology - Up high

It's time for a new CASology Cue Word!



There are so many possibilities for this one!!
Birds, butterflies, balloons, clouds, cheer up...etc

I looked deep into my stash to find something that wasn't so obvious.
What did I find??



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!

Stamps:  Woot Woot (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Ink:  True Black (PTI)
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black (SU!)
Accessories:  Washi Tape (AC)
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