Triple the Muse

It's been a while since I've participated in the Muse Challenge.  When I discovered Michele is Guest Muse this week, I just had to make it a point to play along!  She's a one-of-a-kind, pun-loving gal and always so kind leaving supportive comments out in blogland!

She has challenged us to take a single sheet of designer paper and make not one, but three cards with it.  The cards must each be a different design, but similar in theme!  Seeing that I have a paper stash that my children will probably inherit when I'm gone (I'll never use it all myself!), I went digging to find something appropriate (& modern).  Since Michele used a holiday/wintry theme, I decided to choose something similar.  My Mind's Eye papers are some of my favorites and that is what I used.

Here are the cards she created for inspiration:

I noticed she used die cuts and absolutely no stamps, so I tried to do the same!

Here is what I created with the paper I selected:

Here's a look at each individual card:

I used a simple Memory Box window die for this card and attached a piece of the designer paper to the back to make it look like it is snowing outside.  This layered piece was then attached to the card base with foam dots.  I punched some tiny snowflakes with a Martha Stewart border punch, adhered each snowflake to the card base and then applied a little sparkle with a Wink of Stella brush marker.

For this card, I simply layered a piece of the designer paper on a piece of white cardstock and then added a portion of a die cut country scene (another Memory Box die) to the bottom.  I popped up the panel with foam dots for dimension and added three clear gemstones of varying sizes to three of the snowflakes.

For my third card, I die cut a snowflake (Uniko Studio) from a piece of the designer paper and popped it up on a stitched die cut panel (Mama Elephant).  I popped up the stitched panel with foam dots and then added a single clear gemstone to the center of the snowflake.

Three simple cards.  My favorite?!  The lonely snowflake.  I've had my fill of snowy thoughts for a few days.  It's off to finish Halloween things now!

Have a fantastic Thursday!



Wordless Wednesday: Eyeing the Slide



It's Halloween week and what better way to celebrate the holiday than with an appropriately themed cue word over at CASology?!

I couldn't help but go with the obvious on this one, especially when I rediscovered a very cute little ghost stamp hiding away in my wooden stamp stash!  It's a Michael's stamp that has other spooky friends keeping it company!

I don't know how well you can see it on your computer screen, but there is a very subtle sparkly pattern behind Mr. Ghost.  I used a tree stencil to create it, spraying the stencil with Heidi Swapp white Color Shine spray.  I was going for a white on white design since that's what ghosts remind me of, but ended up mounting the main panel on a piece of black cardstock to dress up things up just a little!  I dressed up the shoes with some patterned paper hoping to add a little interest with a little pop of color.  Mr. Ghost is also sprayed with the white spray!  The speech bubble is from Sweet Stamp Shop and the sentiment is from Prickley Pear.  Two black gemstone eyes completed the design.

I hope you'll take some time to visit the rest of the design team members' blogs as well as our guest designer's blog!  They've created some ghostly CAS designs for you!

Meghan McMillan
Melissa Chipperfield (you are here)
Tracey McNeely
Don't forget to link up your own creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT)! 
Have a terrific Tuesday!


Prickley Pear Monday Inspiration

It's Monday and that means it's time for a little Prickley Pear inspiration!

Since Halloween is coming up at the end of this week, I thought I'd make another bat themed card using one of the two Bats clear stamp sets!

 I used the fantastic Birch Tree Window die to create the tree silhouettes.  Googly eyes were added and the simple sentiment was stamped on the far right tree.  I stamped one of the smaller bat images in three different colors of ink and then applied a thin layer of sparkle to each one using my clear Wink of Stella brush maker.  The bats were fussy cut and popped up with foam dots for dimension.

Be sure and check out the Prickley Pear blog for more inspiration!

Have a marvelous Monday!


Precious Remembrance Halloween Inspiration Hop!

We're having a Halloween treat inspiration blog hop at Precious Remembrance Shop today!  To make things extra fun, we're making Halloween treat boxes, bags or baskets using the newest stamp set, Beware!

Beware Stamp Set

I couldn't resist making a cute little box.  It started out as just a black box, but by the time I was done, it ended up looking like this (I just couldn't help myself!)...

The big "BOO" is chipboard letters I found while digging in my endless stash of long forgotten crafty things.  What a find, huh?!  I sprayed down the box itself with purple and green Heidi Swapp Color Shine sprays, a current favorite of mine.  I love how it brought out the texture of the cardstock even more!  I used the "trick or treat" border stamp and the "October 31" circle to create the message on the lower portion of the box.  The polka dot ribbon was folded and stapled to the circle using a green staple and the combination was popped up with a foam dot.  The boys currently have a stash of varying sizes of googly eyes and I had to use the biggest ones to add a little character to the box!

For the inside, I used a chevron treat sack from a pack that's been patiently waiting to be used for quite a while now.

I attached two more cute circle images to the bag so that when the recipient pulls it out of the box, they get an extra little dose of Halloween!  The green hair was created using what I call my "grass scissors."  Hopefully you know what I'm talking about because I really do not know their official name!  I attached the hair to the back of the bag with some double sided tape and stamped the "open if you dare" border sentiment on the folded over flap.  The boys and I plan to use this little treat box for a "You've Been Boo-ed" type of greeting this week!  So fun!

Want to see even more Halloween treat inspiration?!  Be sure and visit the rest of the design team member blogs!  If you still have Halloween gifts to make, you'll find some great ideas to help you out!

Melissa Chipperfield - you're here!

Enjoy your day!