Friday, January 20, 2017

Singing Bunny...Tag You're It Challenge #65 (Reminder Post)


The question of the day:

Are you going to be our next Guest Designer at Tag You're It?

You still have time to join us at Tag, You're It Challenge #63 - where the team and I are delighted to have Karin Ã…kesdotter as our Guest Featured Artist.

Can you see the elements from Karin's tag that I mirrored in my reminder tag (I know...scary thought to consider how my mind works at times *grin*). Owl = bunny, who is sooooo sweet belting out his song; branch = lamp post; inked, snowy sky = inked snowy sky; red heart = red candle.

My tags wanted to be featured together, so here they are...

Please head over to the Tag, You're It reminder post, check out my design team's sweet creations, then join us in the gallery!  See you there!

Thank you for spending time with me today; your visit brings me joy!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Love in My Heart...Cards in Envy~Pink and Grey, Just Us Girls Challenge #376~ Trend Week (All Over Stamping)


Soooo.....the invitation of the  Just Us Girls Challenge #376~Stamp All Over

combined with that at Cards in Envy~Pink and Grey, meant I had to accept!

That's it...dashing off to supervise an exam....

Thanks for spending time with me today; your visit brings me joy!

Let Your Light Shine...FUSION Card Challenge (Jan. 19)


WOW, WOW and WOW!  My design team and I were blown away by your response to FUSION's 3rd Anniversary Challenge, with 92 cards featured in the gallery! So impressive and soooo grateful for your support!  Hopefully, we can keep the trend going...and possibly even growing! Let's try, shall we?

Welcome to the new FUSION Card Challenge, with the lovely citrus palette of both the fruits and florals of the inspiration  photo and the open-to-possibilities-galore of the sketch.

Two cards today.  My intent was to combine both the sketch and colours, but oh my stars!  Nothing was gelling...then, suddenly, a 'light bulb' moment....literally.  Concord and 9th's Shine Brighter to the rescue. The bulbs are sponged with two shades of distress ink (I tried water-colouring Not an epic one - which means I did see glimmers of  hope - but the results were not shareable. Trust me; icky-ish), with some surrounding splatters. The filaments and sockets are glossy accented, so they do have a shimmer in real life....

Because I wasn't 100% sure about Card 1, I created a back up. Yellow flowers make me smile....

For outstanding inspiration, please visit my teammates: 

Carol Mayne (you are here)

For those of you new to FUSION challenges, and for those good friends returning: a quick outline/reminder of how things work: 

1. Play with just the sketch challenge.
2. Play with just the inspiration photo challenge.
3. Or you can create FUSION by combining BOTH challenges into one card.
4. Use the challenge graphic and link back to Fusion in your post.

Your turn!
What sparks your creativity? Sketch? Photo? Both?

Looking forward to seeing how this FUSION challenge will inspire you!

Also sharing at:

Thank you for spending time with me today; your visit brings me joy!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Your Friendship Warms My Heart...Coffee Loving Cardmakers DT Link Up Party #9:Case a Designer, CAS on Sunday Challenge #99~Black, White and one Colour, The Paper Players Challenge #327~Black, White and ???


I was on a bit of an organizing/cleaning spree over the weekend, and guess what I found (aside from one of my nephew's Hot Wheels cars, tucked under the couch cushions...a sign that cleaning needs to happen far more often! I have no idea how long it's been hidden!):  a brand-spanking new Avocado Arts Coffee stamp set!  I canNOT believe I haven't used it before and rest assured, the 'missed' attention is being addressed!

What better place for coffee-themed inspiration than over at Coffee Loving Cardmakers DT Link Up Party #9: Case Any Designers

Kerry's red/black/white card immediately caught my eye (feeling all Valentine-y these days!), so a few of my new coffee finds are making their debut....

Isn't that cup fabulous...and the hearts?  Swooning....Stay tuned to see more from this set...

Also sharing at:

CAS on Sunday Challenge #99~Black, White and one other Colour

The Paper Players Challenge #327~Black, White and ???

Thank you for spending time with me today; your visit brings me joy!

Celebrate....Serendipity Stamps January Blog Hop


Welcome to the Serendipity Stamps January Blog Hop - the second one this month...yayyyy!

We're changing it up this year, shifting to two hops each month. The design team will be showing you the latest products and offering a chance for you to win some goodies from Serendipity Stamps. All you need to do is hop along and leave comments, which puts you in running for a $20 gift certificate.  Here's the hop list....

Carol Mayne - you are here

Background stamps seem to be gaining popularity in card-making...and did you know that Serendipity Stamps carries a variety of such designs?  Today, I'm showcasing the Summer Flower Pops Background, which is ever so detailed and ever so lovely!

For my first card, I embossed the image in white, then sponged over with three shades of pink distress inks.  Added a Celebrate Die and ta dahhh....

My second card sees the image sponged in three shades of blue distress inks and sporting the Wish Die.

Please head over to Serendipity Stamps Blog for more hop details. Oh yes, and there are awesome deals to be found! I'll give you hints as to two: Winter Fun Background and Winter Wear Background are both 50% off.  There's more...just sayin' *grin*

Next on the hop list: wonderfully talented Karen Amidon.

Thank you for spending time with me today;  your visit brings me joy!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Rainbow Love...Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #225~Photo Inspiration


A warm, hearty welcome to the first challenge of 2017, with Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #225~Photo Inspiration. Gorgeous rainbow flower, sprinkled with the droplets of dew...oh my! The promise of new, sparkling, vibrant beginnings....

As I mentioned in a previous post, I'm besotted with Concord & 9th's Heart Strings die and Heart Smiles stamp set. They called to be used yet again. For all of you,  my wonderful friends, a rainbow ink-blended heart (I love ink-blending!)....

My teammates have some wonderful designs inspired by this photo; please be sure to visit over at ATSM.  Afterwards, join us in the gallery! I know this lovely image will spark outstanding creativity from all of you...

Also sharing at:

CASology Challenge #232~Cut

Tuesday Throwdown #326~Favourite Medium (ink it)

Thank you so much for spending time with me today; your visit brings me joy!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Warm Winter Wishes....The Heart Desires Challenge #8, TIME OUT Challenge #74~Winter, Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge #5~Try Something New


My husband should be arriving home any minute now, having spent the weekend at biathlon events. *Someone* needs to get the kitchen counter (aka crafting zone) tidied up AND a card posted toute de suite!

Want to see what happened when I took Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge #5~Try Something New,

mixed it with a sprinkling of The Heart Desires Challenge #8

and added a heaping helping of TIME OUT Challenge #74~Winter?

This....a little snowflake-y shaker, light-bulb-y shaker.  Experimenting with more "new to me" Concord and 9th products: Shine Brighter.

I'm off....wishing you a marvelous Sunday evening!

Thank you for spending time with me today; your visit brings me joy!