Case Study Challenge #147

It's time for another fabulous challenge at CASE Study.



This is our last week with Lisa Spangler.
Her cards have been a blast to work with and this week is no different.

Here's my take on her card this week.


I couldn't resist making a colorful graphic background and it just seemed like the perfect opportunity to pull out my new PTI goodies.  How fun is that Chevron Cover Plate?  I'll tell you, I have a lot of scraps left over from this card.  With them I've already made 6 other cards.  Yes, 6!  I made up for a whole week of not stamping :) 

I can't wait to see your take on this challenge.  Make sure you head over to the CASE Study blog to see how each of the DT members were inspired!!!  You are sure to find some amazing creations.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Live Love Life (PTI)
Ink:  Hibiscus Burst, True Black (PTI), Versamark
Paper:  Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White (SU!) Hibiscus Burst, Melon Berry, Spring Moss, Hawaii Shores (PTI)
Accessories:  Chevron Cover Plate (PTI), Banner Trio (Wplus9), 1 inch Circle Punch (SU!) White Embossing Powder

Fresh Squeezed Farewell

It's hard to believe that the past 6 months have flown by as quickly as they have! 
Today marks my last post on the Fresh Squeezed Design Team. 


I wanted to take a moment to thank Ryann & Shannon for giving me the opportunity to be a part of their amazing team.  I've enjoyed every single second of it.

Each day this week, Ryann and Shannon are bidding the DT gals farewell with a special wrap up post and giveaway.  Make sure you head there next!

I thought it fitting to use my favorite set on my last card.


My favorite set...




Head over to Fresh Squeezed Stamps to enter for a chance to win Friendly Folk!

Before you go, here are a few of my favorite FSS cards...





Background Check & On Trend 2013


A special thanks to you,
all of my followers for spending time with me
and leaving me love on the FSS blog!

I appreciate you!!!

PTI Blog Hop - A Touch of Gold

*This is my second post today. Please scroll down or click here for my CASology post! 


I'm popping in quickly this afternoon to post a card for the Papertrey Blog Hop...A Touch of Gold.  The gold trend is definitely hot right now, along with sequins which I am just getting into :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Live Love Life (PTI)
Ink:  True Black (PTI), Versamark
Paper:  Whisper White & Basic Black (SU!)
Accessories:  Banner Trio (Wplus9), Gold Embossing Powder, sequins

CASology - FREE

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


There was much discussion with the DT about what this Cue Card means.  At first I thought anything goes, but then I thought things that are free and that's exactly where we go for this Cue Card...


You can't get more free than a butterfly!
 
To give my flowers a bit more interest I used the Rock & Roll Technique.  To do this you simply ink up your stamp in a lighter color, then roll the edges in a darker color before stamping.  I also did some shadow stamping, or stamping off, on my leaves.  The combination of the two techniques adds dimension without adding layers to this OLC.

Where will the Cue Card FREE take you?

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

Maureen Merritt...you are here!

Guest Designer:  Vicky

**Check out my updated Stamps for Sale page...ink pads, stamps & accessories added!!!  

Stamps:  Simple Sunflower, Framed Out #12 (PTI) Country Charm (Wplus9)
Ink: So Saffron, Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Early Espresso (SU!)
Paper:  Very Vanilla (SU)
Accessories: Butterfly

FSS- Special Day

It's my day on Fresh Squeezed Blog, here's a peek at what you'll find there...


Gold is so on trend right now, see how I've incorporated it into my project.

Head on over to see the full project!

*My Stamps For Sale page has been updated...ink, stamps, accessories.  Will be adding even more soon :)

Happy Summer!


Woohoo!  It's the first day of Summer, my favorite season!  The weather is perfect, the birds are chirping, the Mountain Laurel is in full bloom.  I love this time of year!!!  (Notice the number of exclamation points, I'm obviously excited :)

We are celebrating Summer at StampNation with a Summer Kick Off Party.  Today is all about the colors of Summer.  I think of bright colors when I think of Summer.


I hope you are having a great first day of Summer!  Are you like me?  Do you love Summer?  Let me know what your favorite season is!

Before you leave, make sure you check out my Stamps For Sale page!  New stuff is being added just about daily!

Stamps:  Sentiment Sampler (Paper Smooches)
Ink:  True Black (PTI)
Paper:  Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie (SU!), Raspberry Fizz (PTI)
Accessories:  Rounded Diamonds (Avery Elle) Black Pearl (?)

CASE Study #146

It's time for another fabulous challenge at CASE Study.


 Lisa Spangler is back for another week as our June Muse.

Here's my take on her card this week.


I was immediately drawn to the colors on the inspiration card, it's a favorite of mine right now.  I pulled that into my design as well as the bold pattern Lisa has behind her focal point.  All of this was placed on a white card base and finished off with a pearls.

I can't wait to see your take on this challenge.  Make sure you head over to the CASE Study blog to see how each of the DT members were inspired!!!  You are sure to find some amazing creations.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Very Vintage Florals, Strictly Sentiments 2 (Wplus9), Mod Borders (MFT)
Ink:  Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso (SU!), Sour Apple (MFT)
Paper:  Whisper White (SU!)
Accessories:  Very Vintage Florals &  Banner Trio (Wplus9), Pearls (Martha)

Moxie Fab Vintage Vagabond

I'm popping in quick this morning to share a card I made using the new Mosaic Madness stamp set from Stampin' Up! for the Tuesday Trigger over at Moxie Fab World!


We're off to the movies this morning.  The local theater is offering free movies Tuesday-Thursday.  They are all older movies but since we almost never go to the movies, they are all new to us :)

Have a great day!

Fish for Father's Day

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



And here is my card...


I took this cue card quite literally.  It was the perfect opportunity for me to make a Father's Day card for my Father-in-law.  I went with a color scheme I wouldn't usually use.  I just think of orange when I think of fish, I guess because of goldfish?  

Monochromatic colors and simple details like score lines are perfect for masculine cards!

Where will the Cue Card FISH take you?

Remember, you don't need to have a fish stamp to play along. 
Think of where fish live, the colors of various fish...be creative and have fun!

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

Maureen Merritt...you are here!



**Check out my updated Stamps for Sale page...ink pads, stamps & accessories added!!!  

Stamps:  Masculine Motifs (PTI)
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze (SU!), True Black (PTI)
Paper:  Whisper White & Cajun Craze (SU)
Accessories: Soring Board (SU!)

So Happy For You


It's our first day of Summer vacation and at 1:00pm I've only just showered, I have a sink full of dirty dishes and dust bunnies are already piling up in the corners, haha.  I'm ok with that, it's nice to have my boys home with me :)  This morning we each started a Summer Journal.  I picked up Smash Books for the kids and I'm using the This & That Journal from Stampin' Up!  I pulled out all of my old scrapbooking supplies, buttons, clips, washi tape etc and we had a blast.  I was surprised that my oldest Conner really enjoyed himself.  I knew Ethan would, though he had a bit of a rough start struggling with perfection.  I wonder where he got that from ;)  Anyway, I'll share our journals and our journey with them as the Summer progresses.

I'm sure you haven't come by my blog for a family update, so let's get on to the card.  My card was inspired by the Mood Board Monday #14.


I am really excited about the Backgrounds & Borders line from Wplus9.  Ikat is so prevalent everywhere right now, from clothing to home decor and papercrafting.  I love that it is now also a part of the Wplus9 collection (and my own personal stash)!

Don't forget about the last Cloud9 Blog Hop.  The theme is ANYTHING GOES, so if you make a card for Mood Board Monday, you can also link up at Cloud9 until June 20th at 10am.  One lucky player will win a $25 gift card to the Wplus9 store.

Thanks for stopping by!

Check out my Stamps for Sale page.  I'm listing more every day!

Stamps for Sale

Check out my Stamps for Sale page for newly listed items!!!

FSS Be You

It's my day on Fresh Squeezed Blog, here's a peek at what you'll find there...


Head on over to see the full project!
Have a great one!

*My Stamps For Sale page has been updated...ink, stamps, accessories.  Will be adding even more soon :)

Last Day of School!


At 12:15 today, we are officially on Summer vacation :) 

We were busy preparing teacher gifts, cards etc right up until bedtime last night.  The kids have been counting down, cleaning out their desks, partying all week, they are ready!!!!

What could be more appropriate for an end of the year teacher card than a card using the Chalkboard Technique? I can't think of anything.  If you haven't tried this technique, you should.  It's fun and the best part is that you really can't mess it up.  Have you ever seen a perfect chalkboard?  Never!

The Chalkboard Technique is the challenge this week over at StampNation.   StampNation is an online membership site chock full of crafty inspiration...over 300 video tutorials,  trends articles, challenges, CAS Lessons (taught by yours truly) and SO MUCH MORE!  I'd love to see you there! 

*Check out my Stamps for Sale Page!

Have a great weekend!

Stamps:  Thanks All Ways (Papertrey), Notched Tag (MFT), The Sweet Life (FSS) Oh, Hello (SU!)
Ink:  Fresh Snow & True Black (PTI)
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black & Cherry Cobbler (SU!)
Accessories:  Oval Framelits, Bakers Twine, Clip (SU!),  Notched Tag Die (MFT)

Cloud9 June Blog Hop

*This is my 2nd post today.  Please scroll down or click here to see my CASE Study entry.



Sadly, this will be our last blog hop for Cloud9.
Thanks to Suzanne and the rest of the team for bringing inspiration to us each and every month for the past year.  I loved seeing Wplus9 products being used in the hops each month. 

It was truly an honor to design with Suzanne, Gayatri, Anya & Erin.
Thank you for the opportunity!

Before we say goodbye, we have one more challenge for you all!  

This month is...

ANYTHING GOES


Yup, it's Christmas in June!

The moment I saw the Quilt Prints stamp set I knew I needed to make Christmas cards with it!
Hand stamping the background was a true labor of love and so worth it in the end.  Talk about customizing your design :)

I hope to see you joining us in the last hop!

Let's continue to share our love of Wplus9 by participating in Dawn's Mood Board Monday challenges!!!

Stamps:  Quilt Prints, Pretty Patches: Tree (Wplus9), Sentiment (PTI)
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler ((SU!), True Black (PTI)
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake (SU!)
Accessories:  Pretty Patches: Tree Die (Wplus9), Tag die (PTI), Ribbon & Twine (SU!)

CASE Study #145

It's Thursday and that can only mean one thing... 


We return with a second week with our June Muse, Lisa Spangler.  

Here's my take on her card this week.


I think it's pretty easy to see how I drew inspiration from Lisa's card!  I pulled just about every detail from her card and used it on my card :)  Hexagons, banner, heart, pearls...

I can't wait to see your take on this challenge.  Make sure you head over to the CASE Study blog to see how each of the DT members were inspired!!!  You are sure to find some amazing creations.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Woot Woot (CASual Friday's)
Ink:  True Black (PTI)
Paper:  Very Vanilla (SU!)
Accessories:  Quilt Cuts, Pretty Patches: Tree, Banner Trio (Wplus9), Pearls (Martha)

CASology - Simply Amazing

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


And here is my card...


Yellow is such a bright and cheery color!  I especially love it when combined with blue.
I stamped and colored my images and then used the Faux Diamonds technique, 
a favorite of mine lately.  I love the subtle detail and interest it adds without overpowering the card.

Where will the Cue Card YELLOW take you?

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

Maureen Merritt...you are here!


Guest Designer:  Jessi

We also have a sponsor this week...
UNIKO STUDIO


**Check out my updated Stamps for Sale page...ink pads, stamps & accessories added!!!  

Stamps:  Gerber Daisies (Flourishes), Quite Like You & Country Charm (Wplus9) 
Ink: Crumb Cake, Versamark (SU!), True Black (PTI), Copic Markers
Paper:  Xpress It Blending Cardstock, Whisper White (SU!)
Accessories: Washi, Bakers Twine, Sponges, Heat Tool, Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder (SU!),  Circle Stackers Die (Wplus9)

Bold & Bright Birthday Poppies


A quick post for you this Monday morning.  We are off and running today with the 2nd grade Awards Ceremony, classroom party and 2nd grade send off.  I'm packing some Motrin in my bag ;)

It has been forever since I've used the Clean and Simple Sketches, but this sketch really inspired me and I HAD to play along! 


I hope you week is off to a great start!!!!


FSS Peek

It's my day on Fresh Squeezed Blog, here's a peek at what you'll find there...



Head on over to see the full project!
Have a great one!

*My Stamps For Sale page has been updated...ink, stamps, accessories.  Will be adding even more soon :)

A Big Announcement...

I am so excited to finally be able to share this news with you!! 


Eek, I'm one of the new designers at CASE Study!!!  
Can someone pinch me please :)

I am beyond honored to be designing with the best of the best, wow!

Now that we got through that, how about this weeks challenge!!!


This month's Muse is Lisa Spangler.  I'm telling you, we are in for some REAL fun!!! Here's our inspiration for this week...


And my interpretation...


I love the strips of color and pop of black on Lisa's card and that is what I chose to work with on mine card.  Each color was inked and then stamped twice (without reinking) to give a bit of variation. 

I can't wait to see how you are inspired by this piece.  Head over to CASE Study to see how the rest of the DT was inspired.  I promise, they are going to blow you away!!!

Stamps:  On Trend 2013, Words to Live By (FSS)
Ink:  Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade, Tempting Turquiose, Wisteria Wonder (SU!), 
True Black (PTI)
Paper:  Whisper White. Basic Black (SU!)

Peaceful Wildflowers


My card today was inspired by the current Muse Card Club Challenge.  I was inspired by the 3 stamped images, the colors & score lines.

Here's Laurie's card that inspired my design.


Before you go, make sure you check out my Stamps for Sale Page.  I'm still adding, be sure to check back often!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Peaceful Wildflowers (MFT)
Ink:  Pool Party, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie (SU!) True Black (PTI)
Paper:  Whisper White (SU!)
Accessories:  Wildflower dies (MFT), Linen Thread & Scoring Tool (SU!)

Hello

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


And here is my card...



I didn't have a stamp set that qualified for the traditional definition of wheels, so I had to get creative.  I went with the idea of wheels being round and created a design that evoked flow and movement with the placement of my images, like a wheel going around.  Also, my colors were inspired by WHEELS...black and dirt :)

Where will the Cue Card WHEELS take you?

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

Maureen Merritt...you are here!


Guest Designer:  Mary

CASology got a makeover too. Check it out...
I hope you'll play along with us at CASology!

**Check out my updated Stamps for Sale page...ink pads, stamps & accessories added!!!  

Stamps:  Lacey & Lovely (SU!)
Ink: Crumb Cake (SU!), True Black (PTI)
Paper:  Whisper White (SU!)
Accessories: Corner Rounder (CM), Pearls (Martha)

FSS- Thanks for Teacher

It's my day on Fresh Squeezed Blog, here's a peek at what you'll find there...



Head on over to see the full project!
Have a great one!

*My Stamps For Sale page has been updated...ink, stamps, accessories.  Will be adding even more soon :)
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