Wednesday, January 22, 2020

STAMPlorations Hey Love Blog Hop and Linky Party...Happy Valentine's Day Trio


Welcome to the second STAMPlorations Hey Love Blog Hop and Linky Party!

We're featuring a variety of Love/Spring themed projects and inviting you to play along. Shery's even offering free digis for you to download to create projects of your own. Leaving comments and/or joining our linky party puts you in the running for a chance to win prizes: products, gift certificates and coupon codes! You'll find all the details at the link, above! 

I'm sharing a trio of Valentine cards, created with one stencil inked over one sort of  big' panel! Cheers for a three-fer!! 

STAMPlorations Products: 

Sending you off to hop and create (ends on February 8th, 2020)! 

Oh...before you go: from January 22 to February 10, products in the LOVE/SPRING section are 20% off instantly. If you use my DT code - STAMPGIRLCAROLM - take off an extra 20%!

Thank you for dropping by!

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Uniko January 2020 New Release...Scattered Hearts and You Are: Sentiments Outlined


I'm delighted to join Bev and the rest of the Brand Ambassadors in welcoming you to  Uniko's first release of 2020.  Yet again, Bev has outdone herself! Awaiting in store are 4 brand new clear stamp sets and a re-introduction of one returning from retirement.

My showcases feature two of the newcomers:
  • another addition to the  Background Blocks series -  Scattered Hearts - which is a fun outline scattered heart pattern, perfect for Valentine's, weddings, anniversaries and more.  
  • another addition to the Sentiments Outlined series - You Are - which features a set of three sentiments that are guaranteed to bring smiles and lift spirits.

First up: my Scattered Hearts Shaker. I stamped the hearts a few times over my card base, in red, pink and light pink ink; die cut a heart aperture; stamped the sentiment; added some pink tourmaline crystals (Studio Katia) and....done! Easy!

My second card speaks for itself...

and the third sees the new hearts paired with sentiments from Big & Bold: Hugs.  Since I'll be 'sending' this card, using a postage stamp panel/frame seemed the perfect fit!

Small images of the new release are below; for full details of all the awesomeness, head to the Uniko blog, then hop and shop!


Be sure to comment on all the Brand Ambassador blogs for your chance to win the ENTIRE Release! You have until Midnight GMT Saturday 25th January 2020 to leave a comment and a winner will be announced Sunday 26th January.

Here's the hop list: 
Carol  - you are here

Thank you for dropping by!

Friday, January 17, 2020

Just Us Girls Challenge #519~Colour Week: Purple, Pink, Red...LOVE


Welcome to Just Us Girls Challenge #519, where sweet Sue has selected purple, pink and red for this week's palette. Valentine's come to mind, perhaps???

Joining us as our January guest designers, we have the fabulously talented Mary Deatherage and Hannelie Bester! Please check out their wonderful cards along with those from the fabulous JUGS team: Sue, Angie, Vicki, Ina, Bobby, Nancy, Lisa, Maria and C├ęcile. They would love to know you dropped by.

Concord & 9th's Sew Happy Hearts stamps and dies recently joined my collection; they were easy choices for this colour challenge! My first card shows a few of the days ' as is', while the next two...

are stitched. Hard to tell, but the purple DMC really *is* purple! The stitching: super fast and easy!

Looking forward to seeing your purple, pink and red creations in the gallery!

Thank you for dropping by!

Uniko Challenge #57~Anything Goes (optional twist: Cool Winter Colours)...Happy Winter Birthday


Welcome to the January/February 2020 Uniko Challenge where the theme is Anything Goes (definitely a fan-favourite) with the optional twist of COOL Winter Colours! 

Joining us as our Guest Designer is the incredibly talented and sweet, Trina P. You'll love her fabulous card!

Here in Alberta, over the past week, our daytime temperatures have been -28C to -30C; nighttime from -38C to -43C. Just a 'tad' chilly, so you can well imagine that the optional twist was 'not' an option for me *grin*

It comes as no surprise that I adore the Let it Snow stencil (and the snowflake stamps/die as well!), so I inked it up with distress inks in shades similar to those in the photo. Once done, I created an aperture (Studio Katia) for my sentiment: a masked "winter" from Stunning Snowflakes and Happy + Birthday from Birthday Sentiments.  A few clear droplets for shine and...voila. Done! I know many people with winter birthdays, so this one will be heading to the post soon!

Please be sure to visit Trina and the rest of the Uniko Brand Ambassadors for some marvelous inspiration. 

As always, PRIZES are involved (Bev is so sweet!). Here's the scoop:

  • Main Winner Chosen By the DT - £25 eGift Certificate
  • Random Twist Winner - £5 In Stock Clear Stamp Set of Winners Choosing
  • Random Uniko Stamps Winner - £5 In Stock Clear Stamp Set of Winners Choosing
  • Top 3 Chosen By DT - 150 Loyalty Reward Points

You have plenty of time to play along with this challenge: the linky closes at midnight (GMT) on Friday, February 21st, 2020.

We're looking forward to seeing you in the gallery!

Thank you for dropping by!

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

STAMPlorations January 2020 CAS Challenge Reminder Post~Anything Goes (Optional Twist: Anything Metallic)...Celebrate!


Have you played in the STAMPlorations January 2020 CAS Challenge yet? If you have, excellent! If not, then my card is a friendly reminder to do so! Simple cards, anything goes, with an optional twist should you so choose! Easy peasy...and with prizes as incentive, every reason to join us!

Another 'no twist' CAS card this go-round, featuring:

Skinny Sentiments (which are such fun!)
 Basic A2 Panels Nesting Dies

That's it from me; time for you to play along.
  • You can find Challenge details here.
  • If you decide you 'need' some of the products I - or other designers have used - head over to the STAMPlorations Online Store (always great deals to be had!)
  • To receive an additional 20% off your purchases, I invite you to use my discount code: STAMPGIRLCAROLM
Looking forward to seeing your CAS cards in the gallery, with or without the twist!

Thank you for dropping by!

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Perfectly CAS January 2020 Challenge~One Layer...Best Wishes


Welcome to the Perfectly CAS January 2020 Challenge, where this month's theme is ONE LAYER.

One layer cards: GAHHHH! I always mess up...always! this time, I followed...I mean, fully copied *grin* - a sample from the packaging of the Pinkfresh Studio Playful Animals set. There must be a reason why they included those...and I've decided it's to help people, like me, when a) their mojo has left the premises and b) one-layer cards are on the agenda! So happy to have the 'recipe'...and I'll likely   definitely use a few of the other samples down the road.

Turning the stage over to you! 

Looking forward to seeing your Perfectly CAS ONE LAYER cards in the gallery!

A reminder: For this challenge, we're asking you to use one-third (aka: the rule of thirds) or less on your card designs, leaving plenty of scrumptious white space (two-thirds of your panel) to draw our eyes to to your focal image. Kylie has included an easy-to-follow explanation on the challenge blog here.

Thank you for dropping by!

Friday, January 10, 2020

Inkspirational Challenge #204~Word Prompt: Fauna...Foxy Thank You and Elephant Congrats


Welcome to Inkspirational Challenge #204, where we're prompting you to bring FAUNA (aka: animals) to your creations. I'm sure you have one - or several *grin*- critters in your collection.

Before I carry on: we're so sad to share that our sweet, inspiring, talented Sandie, the Queen of CAS, has made the difficult decision to leave Inkspirational...for the time being (that's my hope, anyway). will be missed! We LOVE YOU! Even though you're not here, we know you're still crafting and we know where to find you!

Given the terrible fires in Australia and the tragic loss of animal life, I'm hoping to see plenty of koalas, kangaroos and other species indigenous to the area in the gallery. Alas, nothing of that nature is  in my collection 'stamp-wise', but I did order a cross-stitch koala pattern from The Frosted Pumpkin, the proceeds of which will be donated to Wildlife Victoria.

Two cards from me today, using images from Playful Animals (Pinkfresh Studio) and sentiments from The Stamp Market. Although one fox, one elephant and both sentiments appear 'black' they're actually a deep navy. My photography..sighhhh! 

My wonderful teammates have created fabulous FAUNA cards; please visit and leave them some love, which I know will be deeply appreciated:

Looking forward to seeing you in the gallery!

Thank you for dropping by!