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!”

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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.

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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…..space?? Maybe, but not super Clean and not Simple. 🙂 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!

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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.

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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.  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.  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.

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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.  I’ve had a Gelli Plate sitting unopened for 2 weeks! 8" x 10" Gelli® Printing PlateI wonder if I can use it to make a CAS Chevron card?! OOOO! I think I’ll have to try it! 🙂

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.

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  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?

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

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A chevron rainbow! I have to say that I really like this card. 🙂

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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.  I hope you’ll come back and visit!

Thanks again, Melissa. You and your team rock!

Grace & Peace,
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Places I’m Playing:

Challenge Weeks #238-#239 – Anything Goes

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Virginia’s View Challenge #22 (Summer Challenge)

 

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Stitched Hearts

I’m here with a fun and bright card inspired by Make It Monday #255: String Art Using Die-Cuts with Amy Sheffer.

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First, I made a stencil using the hearts cover plate die. Then I sponged a rainbow through the stencil.

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Then I die cut the sponged panel using the Center Style: Feminine Die and set that aside.

Papertrey Ink - Center Style: Feminine DieI attached the outside “frame” part of the sponged heart panel to a white card base. IMG_9183editedThen, to give the card a clean and finished look, I a die cut a panel of white cardstock using the heart cover plate die and added it to the top of the frame and card base. IMG_9187editedIMG_0058edited

Next I went back to the enter piece and stitched white cord into the Center Style: Feminine Die cut, securing with a bit of tape on the back. Then I attached the stitched center panel to the card front using foam tape.

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I die cut the sentiment and then used my Zig markers to ink it up, brushed with water to blend the colors and allowed to dry. IMG_0060editedI thought the colors were a bit too vibrant so I toned them down but squashing the word die cut onto my Craft ink pad and blending the white ink with my finger. Lastly traced the sentiment with a white gel pen.  IMG_0053edited

Thanks for stopping by!

Grace & Peace,
Melissa

Places I’m Playing:

Make It Monday #255: String Art Using Die-Cuts

Virginia’s View Challenge #22

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Challenge Weeks #238-239 – Anything Goes

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Embossed Rainbow Hearts with Stamped Stripes

Hi! I’m here with a quick post with 1 of 2 rainbow heart cards I have to share with you today.IMG_9887edited

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I used some hearts left over from 1 of 2 cards that I made a year ago. Here’s one of the cards.

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I used my heart cover plate die to cut a panel of white cardstock, then pieced the hearts into the die cut, adhered them together with sticky label and dry embossed.

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I added some pieces from this card here:

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Thanks for stopping by!
Grace & Peace,
Melissa

Places I’m Playing:

Virginia’s View Challenge #22

Word Art Wednesday’s Challenge Weeks #236-237 – Anything Goes

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Embossed Rainbow Hearts

Hi! I’m here with a quick post with 1 of 2 rainbow heart cards I have to share with you today.IMG_9893edited I will share the next card in a following post.

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I used some hearts left over from 1 of 2 cards that I made a year ago. Here’s one of the cards.

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I used my heart cover plate die to cut a panel of white cardstock, then pieced the hearts into the die cut, adhered them together with sticky label and dry embossed.

IMG_9901editedRainbow, ink-blending, heat embossing, hearts and a big bold……what’s not to LOVE?!

Thanks for stopping by!
Grace & Peace,
Melissa

P.S. Do you love rainbows and bright colors as much as I do? Do you like tutorials? Check out my tutorial for this Artest Trading Card (ATC) holder over at STAMPlorations:

Updated Sunday 14 August: I am very very happy to have one of my cards named an Honorable Mention by Virginia of Virginia’s View for her summer challenge!

Thanks, Virginia!

Places I’m Playing:

Virginia’s View Challenge #22

Word Art Wednesday’s Challenge Weeks #236-237 – Anything Goes

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The Mixed Media Card Challenge #18 – Celebration – Reminder Post II

I am excited to be here today with a couple of cards for The Mixed Media Card Challenge’s reminder post.

Here’s our December Challenge Graphic:

Here is the first one: This is card #5 in my series of holly cards.

IMG_1825edited Slide72I started this card by doing a sketch/watercolor painting of some holly which I had picked from my yard.Slide12 Then, I scanned the painting into my computer and printed out several copies in order to be able to play with this image. I wanted to be able to render it in multiple different mixed media ways.

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Slide73  I’d like to play this card at Virginia’s View Challenge #21: All About Glitter and Simon’s Monday Challenge: Just a Pinch (Stickles/Glitter). Anything Goes. The holly on my first card reminds me of a 1950’s illustration. After I had finished coloring this one in I went looking for a 1950’s holly card.

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And this is what I found! 🙂

Card #6 in this holly series:

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Please check back at The Mixed Media Card Challenge Blog on the 22nd of December for some more cards that I’ve made with this image.

Thanks for stopping by!
Grace & Peace
Melissa

Please click the photo below to see the other cards in this series:

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Places I’m Playing:

Simon Monday Challenge Blog

December Challenge: All about Glitter

HOW TO PLAY
1. Create a mixed media CARD based on the theme, with or without the optional element.
2. Display the challenge graphic on your blog post and link back to this challenge post.
3. You may enter as many times as you want, as long as each entry is different.
4. You may combine a maximum of 7 challenges (6 other challenges plus ours).
5. Submit your projects by December 25, 11:55 p.m. Pacific (GMT-8).
6. We’ll announce the winner and highlights on December 31.