A Happy Muse


Another quick post today!  I couldn't resist playing along with this week's Muse Challenge again this week!  Marion Vagg's card is a beauty!  Just look at it...

I envisioned bolder, rainbow colors for my card and this is what I finally ended up with:

I added some clear sparkle to the HAPPY with my Wink of Stella brush marker to make it stand out just a little bit more against the bold colors.  Secretly, I'm pretty sure I was supposed to layer a couple more die cut HAPPY's under the one I attached to the card, but I still like it this way!  I framed the main panel with black and then popped up the layered panels with foam dots.  Three red gemstones were added as embellishments.

It's cold, windy and grey here this week, so I'm keeping busy indoors!  We had a big ole pot of chili earlier in the week and that tasted so good!  It's one of our favorite winter meals.  I do believe I've upgraded to a 2-cup-per-day status on the coffee consumption chart.  Chocolate consumption usually follows suit, so I need to be making longer appointments with the treadmill!

Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday!


CASology #122: Flag

It's time for a new cue word over at CASology and this week we're flying flags!

Ready to have some fun with this one?!  I sure did!  I remembered a baby stamp set I have in my stash from Sweet Stamp Shop!

Stamps:  Sweet Stamp Shop (Baby Town)
Isn't that elephant just the sweetest thing?  The flag is a separate image in the set, but I had to pair it with the grey creature and kept things neutral since I really don't have any specific gender needs for baby cards right now!

I used a stitched banner die to frame the main image and added three clear gemstones for a little extra bling.

Be sure and visit the design team member and guest designer blogs for more FLAG inspiration and then don't forget to link up your own creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CST)!

Meghan McMillan
Melissa Chipperfield (you are here)
Tracey McNeely
Have a terrific Tuesday!


Precious Remembrance Holiday Inspiration

Today I'm sharing some holiday inspiration over on the Precious Remembrance blog using the latest new release set, Joy!  Be sure and go take a look!

I made a second card to share here...

This card uses the same stamp set, but different images.  I punched two tiny holes on the wreath so I could thread some gold cord through and tie a bow.  The berries on the wreath were embellished with red Stickles.  I also applied a thin layer of shimmer spray to both the card base and the main stitched panel.

There are so many things you can do with this set!  I've been envisioning Project Life cards.  This set would make it so easy to create some quick card inserts for albums!

Joy Stamp Set

Life is full of energy here on the home front this week.  Plenty to do, so please excuse the brief, to-the-point posts for now!

Have a wonderful day!



Prickley Pear Holly & Berries

 PPRS Blog

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

I thought I'd make a holiday card using some non-traditional colors.

I used the pretty Holly & Berries Clear Set along with the coordinating dies.  To create the blue background, I used a foam brush and ink from a blue reinker.  The ink was mixed with a little water and then brushed across a piece of watercolor paper.  I then die cut and stamped the holly leaves & berries, popping them up with foam dots.  The red gemstones were added as embellishments.  I added the Tis the Season sentiment stamp to finish the design.

The weekend pretty much flew by, but that's nothing new!  I helped DH clean up the basement a bit.  We ended up mopping some of the floor in the construction area.  Drywall dust sticks around forever, just so you know.  The mopping really helped!  We had to stop when the community well that we share with some of our neighbors needed repaired.  We spent the afternoon and evening with no water.  Thankfully, we were given a little forewarning and filled some buckets with water to get us by!  The lack of water kind of put a damper on our original home project plans for the weekend, but such is life sometimes!

Have a marvelous Monday!



Happiness is...

 ...family game night.

...the simple things in life.

...a cup of hot chocolate.

...a restful night's sleep.

...an afternoon nap.



...a quiet afternoon.