Fresh Squeezed Stamps is One!


I'm thrilled to be celebrating with Fresh Squeezed Stamps as they kick off their 1st Birthday Bash!!! 
In honor of the occasion I've made a birthday themed card using FSS.


Fresh Squeezed Stamps will be celebrating with their Design Team and some other FSS friends (like me :) every day this week with a special birthday challenge & giveaways.  I heard there is a special surprise today, so be sure to head over to the FSS blog.

Happy Birthday Fresh Squeezed Stamps!  Here's to many, many more!

Stamps:  Everyday Expressions (FSS)
Ink:  Hero Arts & PTI
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black (SU!)

CASE Study #159

This is our last week with the wonderful
 Kathy Racossin as our Muse over at CASE Study.  

We'll also be saying goodbye to our Guest Designer, Amber Hight.

Here's one last card from Kathy.


And my card...



I loved Kathy's color choice, it's something I know I'd never think to use.  I also pulled her circular sentiment, banner edge and single rounded corner.

How are you inspired? 
Head on over to CASE Study to see how the rest of the Design Teams was inspired!!

Stamps:  Backgrounds & Borders, Fresh Cut Florals, Spring Tags (Wplus9)
Ink:  Hawaiian Shores, True Black (PTI) Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant (SU!)
Paper:  Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder (SU!) Hawaiian Shores (PTI)
Accessories:  Circle Stackers, Banner Trio (Wplus9)

Stickers, Tape & More...


Cath celebrated Handmade Cards Week last week over at the Moxie Fab World.  Unfortunately I didn't have the time to do one of my Moxie Fab Missions, but I did have a card in my stash that fit into two of the challenges she has going...Ready Made Embellishments & Stickers & Tape Challenge.  I used some pieces from my Simple Stories Sn@p Studio supplies & the Say What? stamp set from MFT to make a really quick and easy card.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

CASology - AUTUMN

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


I love AUTUMN! 
Fall is my favorite season, well besides Summer & Spring :) 
I pretty much like all but winter!

There aren't many things that I find more beautiful than the Fall foliage.
When I think of AUTUMN, that is where my mind goes!


To give my leaves a little dimension, I used the Rock & Roll Technique.  
I inked first in a lighter color, then rolled the edges of my stamp into a darker shade.
Pretty life-like right?!

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

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

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

This week we also have a fabulous Sponsor:  Denami Designs

Stamps:  Thankful Leaves (MFT)
Ink:  Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Real Red, Early Espresso (SU!)
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler (SU!)
Accessories:  Linen Thread (SU!)

Sweet Stamp Shop: Designer Spotlight


Hi everyone,

I have great news!  Judy Marino (my fellow CASology DT member) asked if she could do a Designer Spotlight on me for the Sweet Stamp Shop.  Um, of course!!!  She did a short interview and CASE'd one of my cards.  You can view those here on the Sweet Stamp Shop blog and here on Judy's blog.  Seriously I am blushing after reading her wonderful write up.  And wait until you see her CASE, I just love it!

I used two Sweet Stamp Shop sets on my card, Starts Here & Triangle Style.  These stamps are so much fun, I'm thrilled that I got an opportunity to play with them.  The quality is fantastic, the images are fun & fresh.  I think I'll be adding a few sets to my wish list!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope your week is off to a great start!

Warm Wishes


I can't believe the title of my post, it just means that winter is coming :(  Luckily our cold burst is gone and we are now enjoying some beautiful Fall-like weather, cold brisk mornings and beautiful afternoons!

How cute is this little penguin?!  I've had him in my stash for a while but I never quite know what to do with him (yes, it's a boy!).  I think he's perfect behind these peek-a-boo windows.  My card is a CASE of this one by Lisa Johnson, but I went with Christmas instead of Halloween since my kids have "fired" Halloween. You did hear that correctly, they have fired Halloween.  They both hate Halloween and asked if we could just stop celebrating it.  Um, yes please!  Let's just say that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.  I do plan to do something special for them anyway, but it might entail a dinner rather than candy.   Just another day in the Merritt house :)

My card today was also inspired by Retrosketches #81.


CASE Study #158

We're back with another wonderful inspiration from our
Muse Kathy Racossin over at CASE Study.  

We also have a fabulous Guest Designer this month, Amber Hight!
She's sure to wow you with her creations!

And my card...


I moved a bit further away from the inspiration this week.  I kept Kathy's lovely layout intact and created a autumnal themed card, perfect for the weather here in Northern PA!

How are you inspired? 
Head on over to CASE Study to see how the rest of the Design Teams was inspired!! 

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**Quick, before I leave today, I wanted to share a card I made for my son Ethan's 9th Birthday. 

Ethan is funny, artsy and loves all things black and neon green.
I think he'll love it!


Happy Birthday Ethan!




Thankful for You Card
Stamps:  Thankful Leaves (MFT)
Ink:  Pumpkin Pie, Elegant Eggplant, Early Espresso (SU!)
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake (SU!)
Accessories:  Thankful Leaves Dies (MFT), Top Note Die, Houndstooth Embossing Folder, Button & Linen Thread (SU!)

Birthday Card
Stamps:   Abstract Art (MFT), Birthday Style (PTI), Sentiment (CASual Fridays)
Ink:  Gumball Green (MFT), True Black (PTI)
Paper:  Whisper White (SU!)
Accessories:  Birthday Style die (PTI), Notched Tag - Star (MFT)

Thank you


I'm stopping in quick to share a card I made for this weeks sketch over at CASE this Sketch
Michelle's card inspired me so much that I didn't think I'd be able to create anything without using Mistletoe & Holly, but I managed :)  I will be CASEing that card though, it's too gorgeous to not replicate.



Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Oh Happy Day (Avery Elle)
Ink:  Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie (SU!), Gumball Green (MFT), True Black (PTI)
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black (SU!)

CASology - ARROW

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


Another fun and fabulous Cue Card,
arrows are so trendy right now!



What could be better than a rainbow of arrows?

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

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

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

All that Glitter is Gold (& Silver)


Hello There!  I hope you are enjoying your weekend.  We've had a good weekend so far.  We spent the day apple picking yesterday and have been relaxing today.  The weather is considerably colder, we fired up the pellet stove this morning.  I can feel Fall coming our way!

I was inspired to pull out my sequins today after watching a video my friend Catherine posted on StampNation AND by the All That Glitters is Gold Challenge at Moxie Fab World.  I'm in full on Christmas card making mode right now, I think I'm up to 29 done.  Almost half way to my 60 card goal and it's only September 15th.  I may actually have time to make more cards or even gift sets!!


Thanks for stopping by!  Have a good one!

Stamps:  Christmas Wishes (Wplus9)
Ink:  Versamark
Paper:  Whisper White (SU!)
Accessories:  Simple Snowflake & Seasonal Sentiments Dies (Wplus9), Gold Embossing Powder (Ranger), Sequins, Rhinestone

CASE Study #157

We're back with another wonderful inspiration from our
Muse Kathy Racossin over at CASE Study.  

We also have a fabulous Guest Designer this month, Amber Hight!
She's sure to wow you with her creations!


And my card...


I pulled a lot from the inspiration...the purple flower, vellum & stripes.
Can you see the stripes on my card?  I embossed the top panel once I finished with my stamping.

How are you inspired? 
Head on over to CASE Study to see how the rest of the Design Teams was inspired!!  

CASology - Silhouette

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


I love this Cue Card :) 
I had so many images to choose from, it's so much fun when that happens!
In the end, I couldn't resist using the Peaceful Wildflowers set by MFT!


Oh, I just love the crisp clean look of a OLC.
I added score lines and a vellum butterfly just for a little something extra.

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

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

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

Sponsor:  Annabelle Stamps

**This is my second post today.  Scroll down or click here to view my sneak peek into StampNation!

Stamps:  Peaceful Wildflowers (MFT) Oh, Hello (SU!)
Ink:  Pool Party, Vellum (SU!), True Black (PTI)
Paper:  Whisper White (SU!)
Accessories:  Notched Tag Die - Butterfly (MFT) Rhinestone

Wanna Peek?


You all know I design for StampNation, right?!  Catherine, my friend and founder of StampNation is giving her newsletter subscribers a little peek at one of the exclusive SN videos. A beautiful card using a very cool technique called Joseph's Coat.  I had never even heard of Joseph's Coat, but after seeing her video I am just dying to try it!!!  If you hop on over to her blog and sign up for her newsletter, you'll get a peek at this video and the awesomeness of StampNation!

We run weekly challenges at SN and I just realized I never posted my card for last weeks challenge here on my blog.  The great thing about the challenges at StampNation is that they NEVER close.  So any time you need inspiration, they are there for you!  The challenge this time around is to make a card for a child.


Did you know I run the CAS Classroom at StampNation too?  I have over 20 lessons in CAS design!  Everything from the Tips & Tricks to Focal Points & Sketches to One Layer Cards.  I'm currently working on the next three lessons that will be added over the next month or so.

If you ever thought about joining or wondered what StampNation is all about.  I encourage you to click here and get a peek!  I hope to see you there!

Happiest of Birthdays Kristie!


I'm terrible at sending out cards, I admit it!  Birthday, thank you's, baby...you name it, I'm the worst.  I always have wonderful intentions, I just never follow through.  You'd think with the amount of card I make I'd get one or two in the mail.  I guess we all have our downfalls right?

That being said, I've forgotten another birthday.  Well, not forgotten, I just didn't prepare early enough to get my card in the mail and received on time.  Today is my dear friend Kristie's birthday.  Kristie and I met first online at StampNation, then in person at the SN Retreat back in April.  She is as sweet and kind as they come.  I'm looking forward to meeting up again with her in October!!!  In honor of Kristie's birthday, I decided to CASE her!  Here's the card I CASEd, you can see her original post here.


I always love Kristie's graphic and trendy card.  She does CAS cards, but always adds a little something else that wows me.  Something about this card is just so Kristie to me so I thought it was the perfect card to CASE!!!

Happy Birthday Kristie!  I hope you have a fabulous day!!!

Stamps:  To the Point (Avery Elle), Everyday Expressions (FSS)
Ink:  Hibicus Burst, Hawaiian Shores & True Black (PTI) Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade (SU!)
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Silver Glimmer(SU!)
Accessories:  Notched Tag - Star (MFT)

U + Me = Awesome



Happy Friday!   I hope you all have something fun planned this weekend!  I know I plan to spend some time with my stamps and ink!!  Between errands and cleaning I fit in a little bit of crafty time today too.  I combined CAS(E) this Sketch!  #44 & this weeks CAS-ual Fridays Challenge.  I haven't joined in one of their challenges in SO long, I'm so glad to have a card to enter this week!  I thought the "U + Me = Awesome" sentiment was fitting for the Back to School challenge.  It's something I would have doodled on a notebook back in middle school :)





Thanks for stopping in! 

Stamps:  Live Love Life (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade (SU!) True Black, Hawaiian Shores (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Whisper White (SU!)
Accessories: Enamel Dots (MME)

CASE Study #156

It's a new month which means a new Muse over at CASE Study.  
You are in for a real treat this month as we welcome Kathy Racossin!!

We also have a fabulous Guest Designer this month, Amber Hight!
She's sure to wow you with her creations!
This stunning creation screamed for me to get out some floral stamps...




How are you inspired? 
Head on over to CASE Study to see how the rest of the Design Teams was inspired!!  




A Note of Thanks


Can you hear the crickets chirping on my blog?  Seriously, I'm so sorry for my lack of posting lately.  I had minor surgery on my leg two weeks ago and my progress has been slow but sure.  I'm finally getting around fairly well and able to drag out my lightbox etc so I can participate in challenges again.  YIPPEE!!!  I'm not a very good rest-er :)

When I saw this weeks Muse challenge, I knew I'd have to play along.  I love Laurie's unique panel shape and wanted to use something similar on my card.  I also loved the little background stamping on her card, so I did a little of that myself.  I didn't have a background stamp that worked well, believe me, I tried them all.  They seemed too large and  I was looking for something a bit smaller.   So, I decided to stamp my own background.  To do this, I drew a grid with a pencil and ruler, marking 1/2 inch increments.  Then I stamped a feather in the center of every other grid.  This is what it looked like before I erased my lines.


Fun, right.  I love making my own backgrounds!

Thanks for stopping in!!!

Stamps:  Fanciful Feather, Basic Banners (Wplus9)
Ink:  Indigo Island (SU!)
Paper:  Whisper White, Pool Party, Indigo Island
Accessories:  Enamel Dots (MME)

CASology - APPLE

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


Now that the kiddos are back in school and Labor Day has come and gone, it's time to start thinking about all of the fun activities that Fall holds!!  Apple picking, apple pie, applesauce....


A wagon full of apples can only mean one thing, 
LOTS of yummy treats :)

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

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

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

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