Pretty Pink Posh...

The new site is LIVE!!!

And with the launch of the new store, Paulina has a little gift for you!

Pretty Pink Posh has a beautiful selection of ribbon, sequins, twine, confetti & more!
 Make sure you take advantage of the 10% discount!!

Here's a card using Silver & Gold Flat Sequins and Gold Stars.
It's a gray day here and I'm having a hard time catching the colors  just right.

I've used Pretty Pink Posh goodies on every card this week, so scroll down to see more :)

Have fun shopping at Pretty Pink Posh!!!!!

CASE Study #176

This is our last week with Donna Mikasa
as our muse at CASE Study.  I sure am going to be sad to see her go!
I know I have really been keeping pretty closely with Donna's designs.
I just can't help myself!

My first Christmas card for 2014 :)

Make sure your stop by each of the DT's blog to see how they were inspired!
Then head to your craft room and link up to CASE Study.  I can't wait to see what you make!

Stamps: Winter Wreath (Avery Elle)
Paper:  Whisper White, Vellum Cardstock (SU)
Accessories:  Merry Christmas Die (SSS), Metallic Gold Flat Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)


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

PURPLE is not a color I tend to create with often, I'm glad this cue card pushed me to do something different.  That is what a challenge is all about, right?

CAS Design Tip:
  • Don't be afraid to use embellishments on your CAS cards, just keep them neutral so they blend with rather than distract from your design!

How are you inspired by PURPLE?

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

Maureen are here!
Meghan McMillan
May Parks
Joyce Mehrberg
Guest Designer:  Toni

Our Sponsor this week is Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps!
One lucky player will win a grab bag of unmounted rubber stamps!!!

**My Stamps for Sale Page has been updated with LOTS of stamps!  Check it out here!!  

Stamps:  Contemporary Roses (MFT)
Ink:  Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant (SU)
Paper:  Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant (SU)
Accessories:  Contemporary Roses Die-namics (MFT), Corner Rounder (CM), Marshmallow Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh) Bakers Twine (SU)

Birthday Wishes

I have a little birthday card for you on this snowy (urgh!) Saturday morning, inspired by this week's Seize the Sketch Challenge

I used the Lil' Inkers Balloon Builders Stamp Set and Papertrey's Birthday Style set to make a party scene.  I think the sequins really added to the whole festive feel of this card!  I love the variety of colors the Pretty Pink Posh store has to choose from!  I actually had a color that matched each of the colors on my card, woot!  Here I've used MarshmallowPink Peonies, Cobalt & the Winter Snow Mix!

Speaking of color, what do you think about this color combo?  I've been trying some new combos lately because I tend to use the same ones over and over.  I'm not sure who I'd give this too, maybe a not so girly girl?! 

Thanks for stopping in!

Defining Friend

Hello friends!  We made it to Friday, woohoo!  Today I'm playing along in the Muse Challenge, celebrating their 1st Anniversary.  I struggled a bit at first, as I was stuck on the hearts and colors, not my normal combo.  Then I focused on the idea of definitions and words, that's when the light bulb went off.  I substituted stars for hearts, added a few fun sequins and came up with a card that's perfect for just about anyone!  Here's the card that inspired me...

Have a great weekend everyone!

Stamps:  Defining Words (Wplus9), Fall Foliage (Swirls - MFT)
Ink:  True Black (PTI)
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red, Garden Green (SU) Enchanted Evening (PTI)
Accessories:  Stitched Stars (Lil' Inker Designs), Metallic Silver Sequins - Flat (Pretty Pink Posh), Corner Rounder (CM)

Paper Crafter's Library - Featured Artist/Designer

 *Please scroll down or click here for my CASE Study #175 post.

What an honor to be asked to be a Featured Artist/Designer at Paper Crafter's Library.
Here's a peek at the project I made for my feature.

Click here to visit Paper Crafter's Library to view my full project & for tips on CAS design!

CASE Study #175

Have you been enjoying the inspirations from our Muse Donna Mikasa?

I know I am.  Ready for another?
I really just wanted to replicate this card, it's THAT perfect, but
I did manage to veer away from the original a bit.

I used most of Donna's elements...the angled card front, gold sequins, a graphic background & a die cut word and came up with something completely different...a masculine birthday card.  It's not nearly as beautiful as Donna's, but I think it's going to make a perfect birthday card for my hubby next month. 

A side story, Doug & I have desks that face each other and we work at them together a lot.  Doug always has his laptop open which creates a bit of a barrier between our desks.  The boys think it's so funny that I make all of Doug's card while he's sitting at the table with me.  They walk over ask me what I'm making and then they run away giggling, then they come back and whisper, "I can't believe Daddy doesn't know you are making his card."  It's like they are in on some BIG secret :)

I digress...

Make sure your stop by each of the DT's blog to see how they were inspired!
Then head to your craft room and link up to CASE Study.  I can't wait to see what you make!

Stamps: Distressed Diamonds (MFT) Mon & Dad Sentiments (Lil Inker)
Ink: Fine Linen (PTI) Early Espresso (SU)
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Early Espresso (SU) Fine Linen (PTI)


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

This idea for CONTRAST came about the week I made this card.
We talked about how it might be beneficial to our players if the DT came up with two cards for a challenge,  one not so CAS and one CAS...a CONTRAST.
This card is my CAS card. 

Inspired by this not so CAS card...

The bones of this card are definitely CAS, but there's a bit too many patterns & embossing which make it tip over into the not so CAS category.

How did I CASify this card?
  • I left the card base clean.  You don't need to use a white card base to keep your design CAS,  you just need clean open space.
  • Rather than many different patterns, I used only two and used those sparingly!  I balanced out the patterns with a solid heart.
How are you inspired by CONTRAST?
*You do not have to make two cards, just be inspired by the word CONTRAST and use some of the tips from the DT to create your CAS project.

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

Maureen are here!
Meghan McMillan
May Parks
Joyce Mehrberg

**My Stamps for Sale Page has been updated with LOTS of stamps!  Check it out here!!  

Love Notes

Hello There!  Sorry for my blog silence this past weekend.  I think I got a bit burned out last week with multiple posts every other day!  I'm back though and ready for a new week of blogging :)

I had some free time yesterday to play along with this weeks CAS(E) this Sketch! Challenge.  I've been dying to try out my new CASual Fridays stamps.  Having two boys taking music lessons, this set was a must for me, plus it's adorable & unique!

I am absolutely addicted to Pretty Pink Posh Marshmallow Sequins.  I can not get enough of them.  I'm using them on just about every single card I make.  Get used to seeing them A LOT in the coming weeks!

I hope your week is off to a great start :)

Stamps:  Love Notes (CASual Fridays)
Ink:  True Black (PTI), Cherry Cobbler (SU)
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black (SU), pp (MME)
Accessories:  Love Notes Die (CASual Fridays), Marshmallow Sequins (PPP), Tag Die (Reverse Confetti), Cherry Cobbler Twine (SU)

Together Forever with Avery Elle

It's the final day of celebrations as our StampNation Birthday Bash is coming to an end.   It's been a fabulously fun week!  We do have one more giveaway for you, our sponsor today is Avery Elle! woohoo!

Jamie has given Catherine the Cupcake Stamp Set & coordinating dies to giveaway.
Look how cute...

Want a chance to win?  Head to Catherine's blog and then follow her link to YouTube, leave a comment & get a chance to win!!!!

I don't have the Cupcake Stamp Set, so I decided to play with the Love Notes set instead.  I've been working on my masculine card making skills lately and really pushing myself to make more of these types of cards.

I just did some simple stamping,  added a washi tape border on the sides and a cute little Pretty Pink Posh Confetti Heart

Easy Peasy!

Not a member yet, but want to learn more...

Partying with Lil' Inker Designs

**This is my second post today.
Please scroll down or click here to view my CASE Study post.**

StampNation's 3rd Birthday Bash continues today with Lil' Inker Designs as our sponsor!
Laura, owner and boss lady over at Lil' Inkers, has given Catherine the  Modern Mehndi stamp set & coordinating Modern Mehndi dies to give away!  Plus the Spot On Stamp Set & the Connected Circle Dies.

This awesome stamp set could be yours!

& this one too...

I just so happen to have posted 3 cards yesterday using Modern Mehndi.  You can see them here.

If you'd like a chance to win this set, click here and leave a comment on Catherine's YouTube channel.  SN members mention that you are a member and you get two entries!

Not a member yet, but want to learn more.

On to my card above...I've used the Lil' Inkers Stitched Star Dies and paired them with the Snarky Sentiments set.  Snarky Sentiments cracks me up, there are the funniest sentiments in that set :)   If you haven't seen it, you must check it out.  

My design was inspired by Seize the Sketch.

I think I have gabbed your ear off long enough!  Make sure you leave a comment here to get a chance to win the Modern Mehndi Stamp Set & Modern Mehndi Dies!

Oh, and Lil' Inkers is having a sale now through the 19th...

Thanks for popping in!!

CASE Study #174

It's week two with our Muse Donna Mikasa at CASE Study!!!!

Look at what we have as our inspiration this week...

How fun is this?

I'm pretty sure you can tell where I drew my inspiration from!
I am loving the angled card front trend, you know why?  This was not an intentional design, I actually put my sentiment on crooked (and you know me, I even used a ruler.  I don't know what happened).
So I just slanted my panel, snipped off the edges & it looks like it was supposed to be this way!

Make sure your stop by each of the DT's blog to see how they were inspired!
Then head to your craft room and link up to CASE Study.  I can't wait to see what you make!

**My Stamps for Sale Page has been updated with LOTS of stamps!  Check it out here!!  

Stamps: Abstract Art (MFT)
Ink: Spring Rain, Enchanted Evening (PTI) Marina Mist (SU)
Paper:  Whisper White (SU)Enchanted Evening (PTI)
Accessories:  Hello Die (PTI) Marshmallow Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

SN Birthday Present...

*  This is my second post today!  
Please scroll down or click here for the Lil' Inker Blog Hop and for a shopping discount!

You all know I talk about StampNation ALL the time, how great it is, how much fun we have etc.
All week long we have been celebrating StampNation's 3rd Birthday!

Today we have a birthday present for you...

a 3 Day Trial for $1.

Have you been interested in seeing what SN is all about?  I know a lot of you have, so now you have the chance.

Act fast though, this offer expires at midnight on Monday, January 20.

How will this work?

  • subscribe to StampNation HERE for $1 and gain full access to the site.
  • you will have full access to StampNation for 3 days
  • don't want to continue? be sure to send me an email to cancel 24 hours in advance so I can cancel your payment
  • want to remain a member?  WONDERFUL!  Do nothing and on day #4, you will be charged the $9 membership fee.
We hope you will join us!

  • almost 400 videos
  • The Classroom - tutorials on Clean and Simple Design (taught by me!), Spotlight on Trends and taking your paper crafting to the next level...all under one roof!
  • a new challenge every week - more than 100 to inspire you!
  • over 15,000 samples in the gallery
  • the happiest, more supportive and fabulous community of like minded women on the internet!  You will LOVE them!

Lil' Inker Designs - New DT Reveal Blog Hop

I have been waiting for this day for a LONG time,
today I finally get to share...

Can someone pinch me please?

I can not even begin to describe how honored I am to be designing with such an amazingly talented group!  WOW, I'm pretty much speechless!

I may have gotten a bit carried away with my samples for the blog hop today, but once I got started, I just couldn't stop.  You all know how much I love floral sets, right?  Modern Mehndi is no different.  

I used this set three different ways.

First I stamped & die cut...
Stamps:  Modern Mehndi (Lil' Inker Designs)
Ink:  True Black
Paper:  Whisper White, Pool Party Wisteria Wonder (SU) Hibiscus Burst (PTI)
Accessories:  Modern Mehndi Dies

Then I colored (yes, I broke out my Copics)...
Ink:  Memento
Paper:  X-press It, Hibiscus Burst (PTI)
Accessories:  Copics R20, R22, G40, G43 T0, Rhinestones, Marshmallow Sequins (PPP)

Finally, I took it outside the box...
Ink:  Factory Green (MFT), True Black (PTI)
Paper:  Whisper White, True Black (SU)
Accessories:  Stitched Mats: Circles

 Which way do you like it best?

Go ahead, hop along and see who else is joining me on the Lil' Inker Design Team.
Make sure you leave comments along the way,
Laura is giving away one $15 Lil' Inker Designs store credit!

Maureen Merritt - You are here!

One more thing,  now through January 19th you'll save 15% on all orders!!!

CASology - DOT

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

I used this cute "Be Kind" DOT stamp from the Kindness Matters Stamp Set by our sponsor
this week, Neat & Tangled.
They have the cutest line of stamps.  I'm especially fond of their sentiments and fonts!

CAS Design Tips:
    • The stamped gradient hearts help ground the sentiment, so it doesn't look like it is floating in white space.
    • To make your focal point really pop, frame it with simple embellishments like these fun sequins and twine from Pretty Pink Posh.
    How are you inspired by DOT?

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

    Maureen are here!
    Meghan McMillan
    May Parks
    Joyce Mehrberg
    Guest Designer: Radhika

    **My Stamps for Sale Page has been updated with LOTS of stamps!  Check it out here!!  

    Stamps:  Kindness Matters (Neat & Tangled)
    Ink: Pink Pirouette, Melon Mambo, Rose Red, Real Red (SU) True Black, Hibiscus Burst (PTI)
    Paper:  Whisper White (SU!)
    Accessories: Marshmallow Sequins & Twine (Pretty Pink Posh)

    StampNation Birthday Bash - Day 3 & CAS(E) this Sketch!

    StampNation's 3rd Birthday Bash continues today with a new challenge (peek above)
    & a new sponsor...

    The Lots to Say Stamp Set & a $20 Gift Certificate are up for grabs today.
    Make sure you head to Catherine's blog and YouTube channel to enter to win!!

    I ordered some goodies from Reverse Confetti to use just for today, but they have no arrived yet  :(
    I promise to get a project up ASAP!  

    Now is the perfect time to join StampNation, not only are we in the middle of our Birthday Bash, but SN members get two entries into each giveaway!

    Click here to learn more about membership benefits & to join now!

    Before I go, I just wanted to share a card that was inspired by my SN peek above
    & CAS(E) this Sketch! #59

    Thanks so much for stopping by!
    Have a fabulous week!!!!

    Stamps:  Peaceful Wildflowers, Mod Borders (MFT)
    Ink:  Fresh Linen, Ocean Tides (PTI), Early Espresso (SU)
    Paper:  Whisper White (SU) Fresh Linen, Ocean Tides (PTI)
    Accessories:  Marshmallow Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh) , Linen Thread (SU), Corner Rounder (CM) Rhinestones (Martha)

    Get Your Party On with CAS-ual Fridays!

    The StampNation Birthday Bash continues today with CAS-ual Fridays Stamps as the sponsor.  I used the Woot Woot set to make this fun & trendy card.  I think that CAS-ual Fridays fills a HUGE gap in the stamping industry.  Their stamps are perfect for the tween boy population,  which in my opinion, is seriously lacking by most other companies.

    To make my card, I started by die cutting "On the Diagonal" by Lil' Inkers from Whisper White card stock.  Next, I stamped the background stamp from Woot Woot on a diagonal and filled in each circle with Gold & Silver Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.  The greeting was stamped then heat embossed with Silver Embossing Powder.

    Do you want to add some CAS-ual Fridays Stamps to YOUR stash?  Catherine is giving away the Bold Wishes stamp set today.  Visit her blog to find out HOW this set can be yours!

    Make sure you come back tomorrow, when we reveal our next Sponsor & Giveaway!

    It's the perfect time to join StampNation, 
    Click here to learn more about membership benefits!

    StampNation Turns 3!!!!!!

    I can't believe StampNation is 3, today!!!  I've been with Catherine since the day the doors at StampNation opened.  It has been an amazing & incredible journey watching the community grow, change and flourish.

    We have a week long celebration going on right now, I'd love if you'd join me in the celebration.  This week is going to be filled with fun surprises, it's the perfect time to join.

    Check out the video Catherine posted showing all of the awesome giveaways!!!!!

    Here's a sneak peek at the card I made for today's challenge:

    CASE Study #173

    It's a new month, which means a NEW muse at CASE Study,

    Donna's CAS style is right up my alley, we are in for a great month :)

    We also have a fabby Guest Designer, Erin from Homemade Cards by Erin!

    The colors & letters spoke to me, but I feel like there is so much that you can do with this design.

    After stamping my sentiment, I colored each letter with Copic markers, then went over them with Wink of Stella for a little extra shimmer & shine!

    Make sure your stop by each of the DT's blog to see how they were inspired!
    Then head to your craft room and link up to CASE Study.  I can't wait to see what you make!

    **My Stamps for Sale Page has been updated with LOTS of stamps!  Check it out here!!  

    Stamps:  Thanks All Ways (PTI)
    Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
    Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black (SU)
    Accessories:  Copics R22, YR02, Y11, G43, BG01, V25, Wink of Stella

    Mama Mo Stamps Facebook Page

    Today has been an exciting day!  

    Not only did I have a little updating done on my blog here (LOVE this new color!),  

    I've also opened my very own Mama Mo Stamps Facebook Page.  
    I would love it you'd "Like" my page.

    On my side bar you can click on the Facebook icon and it will bring you right there,
    or you can click here!

    Thanks so much for your continued support.
    Hugs to you all!

    So Much Cuteness

    My friend Catherine's newsletter goes out this afternoon and 
    I have made the sample included this week, here's a little peek...

    Stitched Mats, stitched hearts, sequins, twine & washi, OH MY!
    So much cuteness in one little card.

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