Wordless Wednesday: Bird Watcher


CASology HOMEwork


It's time for a new cue word challenge over at CASology!  This one will have you dreaming of houses, I'm sure!  Or maybe not.  That's what I'm always curious to see each week...how our participants will interpret the cue word!  I admit, I've had many "Why didn't I think of that?!" moments!

For me, I couldn't help but think about homework.  Not cleaning, although, that did come to mind and I remembered I have a stamp set that would work for that line of thought!  However, I ended up doing a teacher themed card!  DS1 has homework every night this year except the teacher promised them no homework on the weekends!  I think that sounds like a decent deal!

Stamps:  Verve (paper), Paper Smooches (apple), Mama Elephant (sentiment)

I used a little paper image from Verve as the main image and then stamped the sentiment directly on top of it.  The apple was stamped, colored with Copic markers, fussy cut and given a little sparkle with a clear Wink of Stella brush marker.  To add a little dimension, I used foam dots to pop up the paper as well as the apple.  I originally thought I was going to use a white card base, but after assembling everything decided the white just wasn't quite right!  I pulled out a piece of kraft cardstock and it seemed like a better fit!

Be sure and visit the design team members' blogs as well as this week's guest designer's blog for even more inspiration! 

Meghan McMillan
Melissa Chipperfield (you are here)
Tracey McNeely
Guest Designer:  Rahmat 

Don't forget to link up your own CANDY creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT)!
Have a terrific Tuesday!



Flying By with Prickley Pear

Happy Monday!  It's time for some Halloween inspiration from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps!

PPRS Design Team Member

I used the Bats clear set to whip up a clean and simple Halloween card.

Kraft cardstock seems to be calling my name lately and I found myself creating yet another kraft based design!

I stamped three small bats in black ink and cut them out.  Then, I applied a little glitter with a Wink of Stella brush marker.  After this was dry, the bats were mounted on the main panel using foam dots.  The sentiment was stamped in black ink before mounting the center panel on black glitter cardstock.  Once mounted, the layered piece was attached to the card base using foam dots.  This is such a simple Halloween greeting!  I found myself considering making some miniature greeting cards for the boys' classes this week.  The bats in this set could definitely be used for some little boy cards!  There is a coordinating bat die for this set here.

We had a busy weekend.  DH is working on installing the countertops in the new craft room!  Things are starting to come together and I'm trying really hard to be patient!  Little by little...  Leaves continue to fall and raking activities have begun.

I hope you had a great weekend!  Have a marvelous Monday!



Happiness is...

...remaining evidence of summer as autumn settles in.

...pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting.

...a pile of autumn leaves.

...fluffy white clouds in a bright, blue sky.

...a hug.


...a refreshing run.

...a fresh start.



Trick or Treat

It's a beautiful autumn day here today and I find myself hoping that this kind of weather will continue until the kids have finished their annual trick-or-treating!  Some years we have beautiful weather and other years, the kids might as well dress up as themselves because their costumes are covered with heavy coats, hats and mittens!

With trick-or-treating on the mind, I created a Halloween themed card to share for the current Mama Elephant challenge:  Anything Goes.

I just love the adorable Bootastic set!  This little mummy is heading off to town for a little candy collecting.  His friend, Spider, wanted to tag along.  Both images were stamped and popped up with foam dots.  I used a Creative Cuts die to create the rolling hills and the Cityscape die to cut two separate layered images for the city scene before popping them up with foam dots.  I added three gold star sequins to finish off the design.

Now it's off to enjoy a glorious autumn evening!  After a few days of grey, the sunshine is very welcome!

Have a terrific Tuesday (evening)!