CASology Featured Designer

Hi! Thanks so much for stopping by! I’m excited to be here today with a super fun announcement! I was asked by Melissa to be a Featured Designer for CASology for the next few weeks!

My answer? Let me think about that for a nano-second……ummmm, wowzers!? “Yes!”


Thanks so much, Melissa. I consider it a great honor and privilege. As I have said many times before, “CASology rocks!”

I’d like to share a little bit about my journey with CASology and card-making in general. I started playing along at CASology in March of 2013 for Week 37: Hope. I have another blog and I was sharing my cards over there at the time. I had just started making cards a few months before that and CASology was one of the very first challenges with which I played along. I love word games and cleanness and simplicity too, so CASology was kind of like my first love of CAS challenges.


I was such a newbie and really didn’t know what I was doing, but the word “Hope” drew me in and I’ve been a big CASology fan since!

Here’s that card from March 2013, my first entry at CASology:

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Lots of white… Maybe, but not super Clean and not Simple. ๐Ÿ™‚ I still like this card though.

Now, I look back at myself and feel like a kid who charged out onto the stage in their underwear and didn’t even realize it!



Sometimes I feel like that still- the kid on stage in their underwear. Now though, I realize how undressed I truly am! Wow! There’s so much to learn and try! I’m still really very new to the lovely world of stamping, card-making and paper-crafting. However, as you know, the online crafting community is SO gracious. I am continuing on this lovely journey and am so blessed to be part of a beautifully supportive and creative crowd of crafters and design teams.

Currently, in my crafting, I am all over the map. Literally and figuratively! I started card-making in Belgium, now live in Germany, am going to the Happy Little Stampers Retreat in England this month and then will be moving on to the Lord knows where during the Summer of 2017.contemporary-mixed-media-art

I also have lived in Maine (where I was born and raised), New Mexico (1995-98), New Jersey (1998-2000), Massachusetts (2000-2003), Turkey (2003-2005), South Dakota (2005-2007), Germany (2007-2010), New Mexico (2010-12), Belgium (2012-2014) and now, since 2014, Germany again. I have visited family in Scotland quite often in my mother’s hometown and have had the opportunity to travel to quite a few places in Europe.


I love visiting the ocean and beach combing and have had the pleasure of doing that in lots of locations in the U.S. and in Europe.ย  Collecting sea/beach glass is a favorite pastime of mine; I love how God uses the sea to create something beautiful out of something broken.ย  It speaks to me of His character and reminds me of a verse in the Old Testament of the Bible, Isaiah 61:3.

Here is a small bit of my collection from my mother’s hometown of Dunoon, Scotland.

dunoon treasures

I love making a wide and varied range of creations from Clean And Simple cards to messy mixed media projects. This creative journey has been a wonderful and sometimes (honestly speaking) frightening experience. I love learning new techniques and don’t have the time to take all the classes I’d like to or even use the supplies I have in my stash already.ย  I’ve had a Gelli Plate sitting unopened for 2 weeks! 8" x 10" Gelliยฎ Printing PlateI wonder if I can use it to make a CAS Chevron card?! OOOO! I think I’ll have to try it! ๐Ÿ™‚

CASology challenges continue to tickle my CAS-loving heart. I try to play along often. I sometimes have so many ideas that I can’t make cards fast enough. Lots of times a flood of ideas will hit me on Sunday or Monday. Phooey. CASology brain block!

Of course, I had to play along this week – I LOVE this week’s cue card!

So. Many. Possibilities.

So, I have a card to share with you today.


ย  After finishing it, I couldn’t decide whether this would be a side fold or a top fold card, so I photographed it both ways.IMG_9340edited

Which way do you like it best? Side fold or top fold?


A simple make- Copic markers, dry embossed chevron die cuts and repeat stamping of the sentiment.


A chevron rainbow! I have to say that I really like this card. ๐Ÿ™‚


Thanks so much for stopping by! I look forward to seeing you again next Friday for the 15 July Featured Designer post at CASolgy! I’ll be giving you a tour of my craft space.ย  I hope you’ll come back and visit!

Thanks again, Melissa. You and your team rock!

Grace & Peace,

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Challenge Weeks #238-#239 – Anything Goes

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20 thoughts on “CASology Featured Designer

  1. Pingback: CASology Featured Designer – Week 3 – Drawing, painting and getting messy with Melissa | honeybeelane

  2. Melissa, what a wonderful post — I love learning more about you! Boy, you have been all over the globe! I live in New Jersey — I’m curious where you lived when you were here? I also have four kids…seems we have lots in common! I love your chevron card — in both directions, I can’t decide which one I like better! I am so happy we will be learning more about you as our Featured Designer at CASology! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thanks, Judy. I lived in Lakehurst at NAES Lakehurst, where the Hindenburg crashed in 1937. We still miss the great diners (corned beef and eggs!), East Coast style U.S. Chinese take-out and also a favorite and superb pizza place. I also miss the proximity to the ocean and a do-able drive to our family in Maine. I don’t miss the traffic – although Stuttgart area traffic is WORSE! My husband had a 45 minute commute one-way to his work at the A.F. base at the time, but now it’s 1-1 1/2 hour commute one way. My son was born in Brick in 1999. (Although he was almost born in the car! That trip to the hospital was something like an action movie. Picture screeching around corners, through flashing yellow lights, at 4 a.m.!) My husband kept saying, “DON’T PUSH!” ๐Ÿ™‚ I am very happy to be your guest at CASology! You ladies all rock the CAS card world!


      • Yes, I know Lakehurst, although it is well north of where I live (I’m closer to Philadelphia). It is great to be near the ocean, and I agree with you about the good food! Funny, my oldest son was also born in 1999…boy, that sounded like a crazy experience for you guys! ๐Ÿ™‚ Again, we have even more in common…I am also married to my high school sweetheart! Thanks for your visit to my blog and for your constant support of CASology!


  3. Gosh, Melissa, I had no idea that you were now living in Germany, nor that you had seen as much of the world as you have. You must have some amazing stories to tell. And homeschooling your 4 kids – well, I think you need a Sainthood for that alone!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I always enjoy visiting your blog and discovering how you were inspired with each card. Your talent is enormous, and I love your range and style. This chevron piece is stunning! I don’t have a favourite direction – it works so well either way in that stunning array of colours! And your first entry to CASology was beautiful too! It’s a real treat having you as feature designer this month, and I look forward to more of your delightful and inspiring cards!

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    • Thanks, Hazel. Yes, we have moved a lot. Especially for a lady who strongly dislikes change, messes and confusion. CHANGE – ugh. I’m trying to learn to be content in all circumstances though. It seems like I need a lot of practice! ๐Ÿ˜‰


  4. Wow, truly awesome! I didn’t know you now live in Germany, Melissa! Thanks so much for playing Virginiaโ€™s View โ€œAll about Colorsโ€ Challenge! Wunderbar!

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  5. Congratulations on being Featured Designer at Casology, Melissa … and thanks for sharing your card-making journey! Your card is a stunner … those rainbow colours and all that glorious white space … swoon! Perfect both ways! Anita ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Let’s just say…wowzers on you Chevron card. I love that it can be either portrait or landscape. Just makes it doubly wonderful in my eyes. Brilliant to emboss the rainbow area…just draws the eye immediately.

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