CASE Study #155

What a fabulous month we've had with Jennifer McGuire as our awesome
and inspiring muse at CASE Study!  

We got to sneak in one more inspiration from her...

And my card...


I loved her banners and three little hearts.  I took those aspects of her card as well as some of the colors and came up with this "Make a Wish" card.  I chose stars rather than hearts to make a tween boy birthday card.

Head on over to CASE Study to see how the rest of the design team was inspired. 

Stamps:  To the Point (Avery Elle)
Ink:  Lucky Limeade, Pool Party (SU!), Ocean Tides, True Black (PTI)
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black (SU!) Ocean Tides (PTI)
Accessories:  Star Stackers (Wplus9)  Notched Tag, Blueprints 1 (MFT)

CASology - BOOK

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


With the start of school here this week, my thoughts immediately drifted to back to school...books, backpacks, pens and pencils.  But, I went in a different direction and chose book print instead.


Now, it's your turn!
How are you inspired by BOOK?

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

Maureen Merritt...you are here!
Guest Designer:Lisa

Stamps:  Papillon Potpourri (SU!) Sentiment (MFT)
Ink:  Soft Suede (SU!)
Paper:  Very Vanilla  (SU!)  PP (PTI)
Accessories:  Ribbon & Linen Thread (SU!)

Hey There!

And Happy Friday to you!

How about a quick clean and graphic card today that I made for this weeks challenge at StampNation!


Inspired by this photo...


The inspirational photos for this months Inspiration Nation have been truely, well, inspirational.
Check it out & learn more here...StampNation.

Stamps:  Borders & Backgrounds 1 (Wplus9), Sentiment Sampler (Paper Smooches)
Ink:  Wisteria Wonder & Elegant Eggplant, Versamark (SU!)
Paper:  Whisper White (SU!)
Accessories:  Heat Tool, White Embossing Powder

CASE Study #154

We are back at CASE Study today for another week with our fabulous August muse
 Jennifer McGuire!

And my card...


I was really taken with the stamping over the different strips of color on Jennifer's card, so I tried to portray that feeling on my card.  I colored with Distress Markers on watercolor paper, then brushed water over it with an aquapainter.  I went back over it quite a few times with water as I was going for a muted look.  Once the paper dried I flicked water over it again to give it a splotchy look.  Finally I added my stamped images and sentiment.

Head on over to CASE Study to see how the rest of the design team was inspired. 

Stamps:  Peaceful Wildflowers (MFT)
Ink:  Distress Markers (Tim Holtz), True Black (PTI)
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black (SU!) Watercolor Paper
Accessories:  Wildflowers & Blueprints 1 Die (MFT), Bakers Twine

CASology- PAPER

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


For some reason this cue card really stumped me.  At first I made a card using just stamps, ink and paper, leaving me with a finished product of paper, but I thought that was a really far reach.
I went back into my supplies and started digging around in some of my stickers and embellishments.  That's when I found the perfect solution for this cue card!


Can you believe it?  I didn't use one stamp on this card!!!

Now, it's your turn!
How are you inspired by PAPER?

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

Maureen Merritt...you are here!
Guest Designer:  Jenny

We also have a wonderful sponsor this week...C. C. Designs

Paper:  Real Red (SU!)
Accessories:  Sn@p Stickers (Simple Stories), Binder Clip & Rhinestone

Me, The Moxie Fabber!?!

I've been bursting at the seams to share this news with you!!  

Cath from Moxie Fab World contacted me a few weeks ago and asked me if I'd be interested in being the Moxie Fabber of the week.  Interested, heck yah!  

After screaming and jumping up and down, trying to put a coherent sentence together to explain to my husband and kids WHAT a Moxie Fabber means, I quickly responded YES!

I had a blast doing my interview.  You can click here to take a peek!

I thought it fitting on my Moxie Fabber day to participate in a Moxie Fab challenge or two :)

I combined the Trendy Triangle Challenge with the Holiday Card Challenge and came up with this...

Triangles are so hot right now, we mostly see them in really graphic designs.  I decided on a softer look for them today.  I went with a bit of an unconventional color combo for a holiday card, but I think it works wonderfully!

Thank you Cath for inviting me to be a Moxie Fabber of the Week!  I am honored beyond words.  Moxie Fab World is an unending source of inspiration because of YOU

Stamps: Christmas Poinsettia (PTI), Mod Borders (MFT)
Ink:  Hibiscus Burst, Fresh Snow (PTI), Lucky Limeade, Early Espresso (SU!)
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Whisper White (SU!)
Accessories:  Christmas Poinsettia dies (PTI), Pearls (Martha)

So Grateful


I've just returned from a wonderful week in the Great Smokey Mountains of TN.  I'm so grateful for the time I was able to spend with my family and for the memories we've made.  I think this was our best family vacation to date!!! 

I am also grateful for the fabulous package of Wplus9 goodies that I came home to :)  It's been over a week since I've put stamp and ink to paper and was way excited to get inky today!!




with this weeks Mood Board Monday.  


I really struggled with photographing this card, it's way more beautiful in person!

Thanks for stopping in!

Stamps:  Fanciful Feathers, Country Charm (Wplus9)
Ink:  Enchanted Evening (PTI) Versamark
Paper:  Enchanted Evening (PTI), Whisper White (SU!)
Accessories:  Fanciful Feathers die (Wplus9) Gold Embossing Powder

CASE Study #153

We are back at CASE Study today with our fabulous muse Jennifer McGuire!


There is so much here to pull from for inspiration!


Can you see where I found inspiration, um, just about every detail right?!
I couldn't help but to add a single rounded edge :)
Head on over to CASE Study to see how the rest of the design team was inspired. 

Stamps:  Embroidered Blooms & Over Under Easy (PTI)
Ink:  Hibiscus Burst, Ocean Tides, True Black (PTI) Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Old Olive  (SU!)
Paper:  Whisper White, Pool Party (SU!)
Accessories:  Pearls (Martha)

Thinking of You


A simple card today for the current CASE this Sketch challenge.


I love the Pretty Poppies set by My Favorite Things!  You all know I love floral sets & the fact that this set includes flowers, sentiments & a background set...sigh!!!

I inked the flowers in Hibiscus Burst and then rolled it in Melon Mambo ink.

Stamps: Pretty Poppies (MFT)
Ink:  Hibiscus Burst (PTI), Melon Mambo & Lucky Limeade (SU!)
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla (SU!)
Accessories: Linen Thread (SU!)

CASology-Picnic

**Sorry for the delayed post!!

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


Gingham comes to mind when I think PICNIC.
And with school right around the corner, I thought an apple themed thank you card was appropriate :)


How are you inspired by PICNIC?

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

Maureen Merritt...you are here!


Stamps:  Pretty Patches:  Apple (Wp9) Pretty Poppies (MFT)
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Early Espresso (SU!)
Paper:  Very Vanilla (SU), Handmade Holidays (Simple Stories)
Accessories:  Pinking Squares, Banner Trio & Apple Dies (Wp9), Linen Thread

Seize the Sketch


Did you see that there is a new challenge blog in town?  Seize the Sketch!  
I loved their first sketch and just had to play along!


I used a rainbow of colors to stamp the Mod Borders, then die cut the circle and embellished!
I'm really into glimmery stars lately, you'll be seeing a lot of them in the coming weeks ;)

Stamps:  Mod Borders (MFT), Live Love Life (PTI)
Paper:  Whisper White & Pool Party (SU!)
Ink:  Hibiscus Burst (PTI), Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party (SU!)
Accessories:  Notched Tag (MFT), Circle Stackers 1 (Wplus)

Moxie Fab Mission meets Inspiration Nation


I'm here today to share a card I made for this weeks challenge over at StampNation.  The month of August is all about inspiration.  This is the photo that inspired my card...


I'm also entering this card into the Holiday Card Challenge at Moxie Fab World!  I have one more challenge to get done to make my mission complete, I'm just hoping I can find the time!!!

Have a good one!  TGIF!

Stamps:  Iconic Christmas (Wplus9)
Ink:  True Black (PTI)
Paper:  Whisper White, Not Quite Navy, Silver (SU!)
Accessories:  Seasonal Sentiments (Wplus9) Rhinestones

CASE Study #152

Hold on to your hats because we are in for a treat this month!
Our muse at CASE Study for the month of August is none other than...



I used her colorful stripes as inspiration for my card.


There are so many great details to pull from Jennifer's card!
What inspires you?
 
Head on over to CASE Study to see how the rest of the design team was inspired. 

Stamps:  Country Charm (Wplus9), Peaceful Wildflowers (MFT)
Ink:  Hibiscus Burst, Melon Berry, True Black (PTI), Daffodil Delight, Wisteria Wonder (SU!), Hero Arts Shadow inks (?)
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black
Accessories:  Blueprints 1 (MFT)

Moxie Fab Mission - Home Decor


It's day 3 of my Moxie Fab Mission...to complete each of the challenges posted over at Moxie Fab World.  Today's challenge is to create a home decor item.  I had a feeling that this would be one of the challenges, though I hoped it wasn't.  If you stop by my blog often than you know I'm not so much a home decor kind of gal :)  What's a challenge if it doesn't make you try something outside your comfort zone?

I wasn't quite sure where to go with this challenge, but finally decided on sprucing up some candles I use as a centerpiece.  Well, I used to use them until our kittens started taking the pine cones and carrying them all over the house.  I used Authentique patterned paper and stickers that came in a kit that I purchased last year to make this adorable Dixie Cup Advent Calendar.


This was such an easy project.  It didn't take much time at all.  I'm excited to add these candles to my holiday decor this Christmas.  Besides adding hemp to the center candle, I did nothing else to it.  The cardinal is beautiful enough to stand on its own.


To the two side candles I just added some stickers and pearls!

Hmm, maybe I like this whole home decor thing more than I thought!

Moxie Fab Mission - Holiday Gift Wrap

*This is my second post today.  Please scroll down or click here to see my CASology card.


I'm back with day two of my Moxie Fab Mission - Holiday Edition.  I've challenged myself to do each of the challenges Cath posts over at Moxie Fab World this week celebrating Holiday Cards & More.  Today's challenge is to make holiday gift wrap.  I stamped and decorated a pillow box as my gift wrap :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Pretty Patches: Tree & Pumpkin, Knit Backgrounds & Iconic Christmas (Wplus9)
Ink:  Lucky Limeade, Cherry Cobbler (SU!), Fresh Snow (PTI)
Paper:  Whisper White (SU)
Accessories:  Circle Stackers & Tree dies, Kraft Pillow Box (Wplus9) Bakers Twine (SU!), Rhinestone (Martha)

CASology- Sweet Wishes

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



I don't have any typical dessert items in my stash, so I went with the idea of something sweet.


How are you inspired by DESSERT?

Do you have a favorite dessert?  Mine...Coconut Cream Pie.
Gramma's recipes, which I perfected last Fall :)

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

Maureen Merritt...you are here!
Guest Designer: Donna Mikasa

We have a sponsor this week too...
Eat Cake Graphics


Stamps:  Fresh Picked (Wplus9)
Ink:  Real Red, Cherry Cobbler (SU!) True Black (PTI)
Paper:  Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler (SU!)
Accessories:  Bakers Twine (SU!) Pearls (Martha Stewart)

Moxie Fab Mission...Holiday Edition

I'm on another Moxie Fab Mission!!  I'm challenging myself to play along in all of the challenges this week over at Moxie Fab World as Cath celebrates the newest Special Edition of Paper Crafts Magazine, Holiday Cards & More.  Now, my last mission was when my boys were in camp.  This week they are home, so we'll see how it goes :)

Today's challenge is to make a Holiday Gift Tag.

It's hard to see in this photo, but the snowflake was die cut from a Be Creative Tape Sheet and then dipped in Dazzling Diamonds glitter.  It's so pretty and sparkly in real life :)

Thanks for stopping by!!


CASE Study 3rd Anniversary Blog Hop

CASE Study turned 3!!!!   
Three amazing years of inspiring stampers just like you and me :)

I have joined in the anniversary celebrations each of the three years, this time last year I never would have believed you if you told me I'd be a part of the DT the following year.
Still a dream come true!

In celebration of CASE Study's 3rd Anniversary, current and former DT members 
& many past muses are hopping along in THREE Blog Hops,
all about inspiration!!!



The hopping started on Thursday, so if you missed it, click here, you aren't going to want to miss out.
I say this for two reasons...

First, the talent in that group is amazing.  
Second, there are prizes, lots of them for each of the 3 Blog Hops!

For today's hop,
you should have come to me from the amazing Jean Martin's Blog
if not, head over to the CASE Study Blog so you can start from the beginning.

On to my inspiration...
My go to for inspiration lately, like many others, is Pinterest.
I have more pins than I know what to do with :)

So today I've used two of those pins as inspiration for cards.

My first inspiration.

And, my card...

I loved the colors and graphic nature of the inspiration.

My second inspiration...


And, how it inspired me...


It was so much fun to finally use some of my pins!
I hope you've been inspired.

Now, head on over to the very talented Lenet Mos.  She's your next stop along the way.
And make sure you head to CASE Study to see today's prizes!

Hello Card
Stamps:  Say What? (MFT)
Ink:  True Black (PTI)
Paper:  Whisper White, Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Basic Black (SU!) Ocean Tides (PTI)
Accessories:  Rounded Diamonds Dies (Avery Elle)

Thinking of You Card
Stamps:  Fresh Cut Florals (Wplus9)
Ink:  Pink Pirouette, Lucky Limeade, Old Olive (SU!), Hibiscus Burst (PTI) Versamark
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Whisper White (SU!)
Accessories: Fresh Cut Floral Dies (Wplus9), Scoring Board (SU!), White Embossing Powder

Happy Thoughts


I'm stopping in quick to share a card I made for this weeks Muse Challenge.  When I saw that Lynn was the muse, I knew I'd have to play along.  I love her style!

Here is Lynn's card, I think it's pretty clear where I found inspiration!
**Please excuse my poor inking on the frame :(  I didn't even notice that until I was editing the card on my computer.  Doesn't that just make you crazy, when you don't see something until the card is made?  Urgh...

Thanks for stopping by!  TGIF!

Inspiration Nation

StampNation is turning on the inspiration for the month of August.
It's an Inspiration Nation :)

Here's our first inspiration piece...


And, my take on the inspiration...


I had a blast stamping my background!  
I loved all of the color and pop of black on the inspiration and brought that onto my card.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Fresh Cut Florals, Strictly Sentiments 2 (Wplus9) Kind & Cozy (SU!)
Ink:  Pink Pirouette, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, So Saffron, Crumb Cake, Lucky Limeade (SU!)
True Black (PTI)
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black (SU!)
Accessories:  Circle Punch, Butterfly Punch (SU!) Rhinestones
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