Thursday, January 18, 2018

Warm Winter Birthday Wishes...STAMPlorations CAS Card Challenge~Anything Goes (optional colour twist: SILVER) Reminder Post


Hope you're having an excellent week!  Right now, we have a chinook blowing through our region, bringing warmer temperatures and crazy winds, gusting from 50-80 km/h! I need to venture out to run some errands; hope I won't be tossed and twirled into another province!

Joining my fabulous teammates with a reminder post for the STAMPlorations January 2018 CAS Card Challenge #22~Anything CAS Goes (optional colour twist: Silver).

Today, I'm bringing you a hot cup of cocoa, rich with whipped cream and a cinnamon stick! Hope it wards off the chill of winter and makes you feel all warm and cozy....

Please head over to the main blog to see the incredible cards created by my wonderful team. You'll be dazzled and, I know, inspired to play along!  The guidelines are simple; the rewards for joining us, wonderful:
  • Players can link up to 3 CAS cards.
  • Players can enter a CAS card with or without the optional color twist.
  • Non-STAMPlorations products are OK.
  • Prizes: $10 GC for the winner; $5 GC to the top picks.
  • If there are 50 or more entries: 1 random winner of product of choice (3x5 stamp set OR 2 standard size stencils OR 1 CUTplorations word/phrase die).
Easy and so inviting!  

Looking forward to seeing your CAS creations in the gallery!

To receive 20% off STAMPlorations stamps, stencils and dies, I invite you to use my code: STAMPGIRLCAROLM. The code applies to regular and sale-priced products, but cannot be combined with other discount codes you have. Happy shopping!

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Shimmery Joy....Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #275~Photo Inspiration


Welcome to Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #275 with a most dazzling, elegant mood for inspiration. Dramatic and gorgeous, all that black and white, with shimmery gold accents...swoon!

So many choices, as I mentioned in a previous post, can be overwhelming; solution for me is to narrow my focus, as you see here with my simple design:

The deer and joy are cut from sparkly gold cardstock, which the photo doesn't capture. In real life this panel shimmers and shines!

Please visit my teammates to see their stunning creations.
Looking forward to visiting your glamorous photo-inspired cards/projects in the gallery!

Thank you for dropping by!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Flowery Birthday...STAMPlorations CUTplorations January 2018 Challenge Reminder Post


Happy middle-of-January (eek!)! Joining my wonderful team with a STAMPlorations CUTplorations January 2018 Reminder Post, where we're drawing inspiration from this oh-so-pretty wintry sunrise scene...

Yes, plenty to spark creativity here - as you'll see from the amazing cards my teammates created -  however, too many choices sent me into the 'overwhelmed zone.'  When that happens, I really need to narrow my focus (or I accomplish nothing!) and in so doing, I wound up with a minimalist card. As in ultra-minimalist. Purple, blue and the 'shape' that I see in the clouds - the pinkish flower-ish shape that appears in the sky towards the right side, about about a third of the way from the edge, just above the horizon...with the result being this...

Simple card that, I hope, will bring someone a smile...hope you'll be one of those 'someones'!

Please visit the rest of my talented teammates to see their wonderful CUTplorations creations, then bring your STAMPlorations dies out and play along with us! Prizes to be had, my friends...fabulous prizes! Please check out the CUTplorations Challenge Rules here. The linky is open until the end of the day January 31.

If any of the products you see here catch your eye, I invite you to use this coupon code (click to make larger):

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

UNIKO January 2018 Design Team *Revisit* Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!


I'm delighted to share a trio of cards for the UNIKO January 2018 Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY - and what a showcase we have in store! Just for a bit of background, our lovely Bev, who's kept incredibly busy with her 'twin beans' as well as handling - solo - all things Uniko (and that's heaps of behind the scenes dedication, ranging from blogging, designing, packaging stamps/orders, offering stellar customer service..and who knows what else!) usually releases new products every other month. 

On non-release months, we revisit previous releases - and that's essentially the theme of this Blog Hop. BUT, this one comes with a twist

Rather than selecting a specific product/month's release, Bev gave us carte blanche to choose ANY of the new products released through out 2017! We're talking a total of 5 releases, which distills down to 24 stamps set, 5 stencils and 2 designer die collections!  Talk about choice - for us AND for you!

So, because you have plenty of hopping and commenting to do, let's roll with my showcases....

My first two cards feature products released in February 2017: Block Party Birthday and 
Explosion Additions.  I so enjoyed creating shakers (I wound up making 5, total, for local friends who saw them on IG!) with the Block Party Christmas (October 2017), that I used a similar style for this bright, cheery birthday card....

 A certain niece, who loves rainbows, will be getting this on her birthday (she'll be 8 in March! EEK!)

I fell for the Explosion set when it was first launched way back when, so when Explosion Additions appeared last February, know what happened! Perfect set to make cards for my *superhero* nephew. This one is neon green and blue, which fit those of his current favourite hero, Green Lantern. He'll be 6 in March, but I'm not sure I can wait that long before giving it to him!

Of course, revisiting these previous releases to make cards for my niece and nephew sparked all kinds of warm fuzzies, so I made a third card, filled with a whole bunch of love, hugs and kisses to send their way, too! This one features two sets from the December 2017 release: Large Background Scattered Polka Hearts and BIG & BOLD Hugs

Okay, enough from me. Please visit Bev and the rest of the team; hope you're prepared to be dazzled!. We encourage you to leave comments along the way to be in the running for an eGift Certificate

Carol - me

You have until Midnight (GMT) Sunday, January 21st, 2018 to comment.  ENJOY!!

Also sharing at:

CASology Challenge #282~Hugs

Seize the Birthday January Challenge~Anything Goes

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Birthday Roses...Inkspirational Challenge #152~Photo Inspiration


Welcome to Inkspiration Challenge #152~Photo Inspiration (our first challenge of 2018! WOW!), where we have an elegant, gorgeous image to spark your creativity! Violin, roses, pearls, lace...oh. my. stars! So much beauty to capture....

Joining us for this challenge is Charlotte aka Lady Joyful; her card, along with those of my fabulous team - SandieShaunaKylieMarinaNonniYvonne - are are awe-mazing!  Head over to'll be dazzled!

I LOVE the white, the pink roses, the pale greens and the 'shape' of the violin, so that's what I tried to reflect in my card....I even 'sort of' water coloured - and held my breath with every stroke of the brush!

UNIKO - Pure Florals Rose (this set is timeless!!)
Studio Katia - Dotted Pattern Frames

NOTE: Honoured and thrilled to be selected as a Watercooler Rocker for the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #152~All About Occasions.  Thank you soooo much!

Looking forward to seeing your interpretations of this stunning image; I know that a gallery of gorgeous is sure to unfold...

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Believe in the Magic....Just Us Girls Challenge #423~Trend Week - Galaxy Backgrounds/Night Sky


Another week has zipped by and a cold one it was! We hit -43C one night! Forecast is for much warmer weather (well...anything is warmer than -43C!) over the weekend and into next week. Sure hoping so; I need some outdoors time!

Speaking of 'night'...Welcome to Just Us Girls Challenge #423~Trend Week, where DT Sue is inviting us to create Galaxy Backgrounds or a Night Sky for our cards. Very trendy, indeed - and they can be made in such a variety of ways, from alcohol inks, to distress inks, to paints, to...well, whatever most of us have on hand!   

Cathy McCauley, aka Cathymac, is joining us once again as our GD, and her card, along with the those of my team mates - SueAngieVickiInaBobbyNancy - is stellar!  You're in for some amazing "star-cases"!

If you've followed me for awhile, you'll know that water-colour and I are NOT friends, so no fabulous rich, deep purples/blues, star-studded galaxy for me. I went with distress inks and perfect pearlized water droplets to create a softy night scene for my shimmery fairy.  I think we all need to believe in 'magic' sometimes, don't you?

Please visit Cathy and the rest of the gals; they'd love to have you drop by at their places and be dazzled by where this theme has taken them.

Excited to see where Galaxy/Night Sky backgrounds takes you!

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Monday, January 8, 2018

A Herd of Reindeer Shaker Tags...Happy Little Stamps January 2018 Anything Goes with Dies Challenge


Welcome to Happy Little Stampers January 2018 Anything Goes with Dies Challenge.

Today, I'm sharing the Mama Elephant/Hampton Arts shaker reindeer tags - using Studio Katia Dotted Shaker Tag 2 -  I made for my niece's Grade 2 class; we are talking a LOT of die cutting!

Here's a glimpse of part of the full herd of 27.  Such fun to make, although my copic colouring of the sweet reindeer certainly needs work! Aren't the images cuties, though?

Looking forward to seeing your creativity in the gallery; always a joy and inspiration to see what YOU have designed!

Our winner for this challenge will receive a $20 coupon to spend at the shop! Check out all the details HERE.

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