CASology #110: LETTER

It's time for a new cue word challenge over at CASology!  This week?  It's all about the letter.

Which one is up to you!  I so wanted to creatively use something from the alphabet, but my sorry brain wouldn't cooperate and give me anything very original, so I scrapped the idea and went with a simple love letter.  A very simple love letter.  No mushy, gushy from this girl.  At least not for CASology.  DH and I still have our love letters in a box.  Now, those might be an interesting read, but I'm not sharing.  You'll have to be content with this to-the-point version!

I used Mama Elephant's Type It set to create the love letter.  The little heart was created with a metal sheet from Add a Little Dazzle (this week's sponsor) that I die cut using a little heart die from Mama Elephant's coordinating Type It Creative Cuts dies.  So simple!

Be sure and take a look at the rest of the design team blogs & guest designer's blog for even more inspiration and to leave them a little blog love!

Meghan McMillan
Melissa Chipperfield (you are here)
Tracey McNeely
Then, be sure and link up your own LETTER creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT) for you chance to win!
School is back in session for our household and, with it, so are summer temperatures!  The boys had a two hour early dismissal yesterday due to the heat and humidity!  Thankfully, their school has air conditioning, but a lot of the other schools in town do not, so all are released together when hot weather happens to occur.  Now it's on to more bearable temperatures and plenty of rain in the forecast...something we need!
Have a terrific Tuesday! 



Happiness is...

 ...handpicked flowers.

...a long family walk.

...the return of routines.

...a refreshing run.

...a good night's sleep.

...the little things in life.



Precious Remembrance New Release Blog Hop & Giveaway!

I'm excited to be guest designing today for Precious Remembrance as they release a beautiful new fall stamp set! Just take a look!  Introducing the brand new Fall Colors set:


I don't know about you, but I'm beginning to feel motivated to dig into autumn themed things and this set only made that feeling stronger!  I inked it up and this is what I created:

I used watercolors to created the background and then stamped the trio of leaves in brown ink.  I added three tiny, brown gems as embellishments and stamped the sentiment in brown ink also.  Very simple, but I love the browns and orange together!

There's a blog hop & giveaway going on along with this new release!  It starts over on the Precious Remembrance blog, so you'll want to head on over for the details and to join in the fun!  From there, you can follow this list:

Melissa Chipperfield (Guest Designer) - you're here!

So what do you need to do to put yourself in the running for the prize?  Here's a quick list:
  • Subscribe in Precious Remembrance Shop Blog.
  • Share the new stamp release news with your crafty friends through: Facebook, Blog, Instagram, etc.
  • Hop along and leave a comment on each blog and show us some love!  :)
  • One lucky winner of the stamp set will be randomly chosen.
Giveaway ends on Sunday August 23,2014.
Have a wonderful Wednesday!



Caffeinated CASology


It's time for a new cue word challenge over at CASology today!  How about a little caffeine to get your day going?!  I know I don't mind!  I never used to care for coffee, but then I had kids.  End of story.

Here is what I came up with for this week's challenge:

Precious Remembrance is sponsoring us this week and they have the perfect set for the Java challenge!  It's called Coffee Love and guess what?!  They are giving the set to this week's winner, so you are going to want to play along for your chance to win!

Coffee Love Stamp Set

For this design, I decided to tilt both the main image and the sentiment a bit to create a little interest.  I also added a little dimension by popping up the coffee cup after adding a paper pieced lid (also popped up).  The lid is actually pieced in shimmery white cardstock to give it the look of the typical plastic lids on the "to go" cups at coffee shops, but it doesn't show up very well in this photo.

You'll want to visit the rest of the design team member and guest designer blogs to see what they've done with this challenge!

Meghan McMillan
Melissa Chipperfield (you are here)
Tracey McNeely
Then, be sure and link up your own JAVA creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT) for you chance to win!
Today is the first day of school for DS1 & DS2.  Yesterday, we spent a good portion of the day getting last minute school things done and attending orientations for the new school year.  Today, the noise level inside the house is, oh, a good 75% lower.  I'll admit it is quite nice, but I still miss them!  We'll be initiating DS3 into the world of school tomorrow.  I'm curious to see how he does.  He's acted pretty confident so far, but I know when it comes to that first day, little ones can get a little nervous! 

Java good day!



Surprise Bridal Shower for Ren-Yi!

Today there is a surprise bridal shower going on over on the Uniko Studio's blog for one of their design team members! Ren-Yi is getting married this week and Bev thought it would be fun to throw a little shower for her! What fun!

I wanted to do something with chevrons, so pulled out some mini Heidi Swapp stencils & sprays (gold & teal) I have in my stash to create this card:

I combined Uniko Studio's All Occasions Sentiments #5 and A Gift for You sets to create this design.  The main panel was die cut using Lawn Fawn's Stitched Journaling Card die.

If you have some time, it would be great if you could join in the bridal shower fun!  Bev is leaving the linky open for two weeks to give everyone plenty of time!  I'm also joining in the current Special Occasions challenge over on the Uniko Studio blog!

I'm having fun doing all things zebra today.  It is DS3's birthday and his imaginary zebra is joining in the festivities too!  He's the first child to have an imaginary friend and it's a lot of fun to see what he comes up with sometimes!  This boy has a lovely sense of humor and provides our family with lots of laughter!

Have a wonderful Monday!