Friday, April 21, 2017

Dream, Believe, Imagine...Inkspirational Challenge #133~Designer's Choice: Graffiti


First, the exciting news:  We're delighted to tell you that Kylie has re-joined the Inkspirational Design Team! Woot Woot!!!

Second, welcome to our new Inkspirational Challenge #133~Designer's Choice, chosen by Pia , who's currently taking a short break from DT duties.  Her choice: graffiti stamping.

Research required for this one...and depending where I went, 'graffiti' took on different meanings. Finally, I decided to create this (highly inspired by Shery's fantastic card here), which I think 'may' cross the line between graffiti and mixed media!  If so...oops!  Then again, when I see the train cars covered with 'graffiti' - images, words, paint splashes....all sorts of things manifest. Besides, I just plain old loved Shery's card *grin*

Please head over to see what my awesome team-mates have created; I know their graffiti is probably more true to the form than mine:
Marina know what's next!  Bring your graffiti to the gallery! Looking forward to seeing you there!
Thank you for dropping by; your visit is both welcomed and deeply appreciated!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

BAM, WOW!!...Guest Designer for CASE(E) this Sketch Challenge #218


I'm delighted and excited to be guest designing with the DT for CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge #281.

I admit, that center panel, with its straight lines, had me a tad worried, as all I could think of was a blended background that would, inevitably, be crooked.  Then...BAM!  Idea sparked!  In fact, two ideas....

Both cards feature Uniko Studios's Explosion! and Explosion! Additions.  Score lines in the first card reflect the shaded panel, stamped with word images from both sets. I was aiming for Batman colours with this one...until I messed up using a light purple instead of a light blue! Oh well...close....

My second uses the same sets, along with the Background Blocks: Halftone stamp. Colour theme: Superman.

So yes...a slightly 'different' translation of the sketch, but hopefully close enough to offer a wee bit of inspiration.

Thank you soooooo much, Chrissy and the CAS(E) this Sketch team, for inviting me to play alongside you! I had a BLAST making these cards!

Also sharing at:

Creatalicious Challenge #113~Anything Goes

My Time to Craft Challenge #343~No Designer Papers

So delighted you found time to drop by; your visit is both welcomed and deeply appreciated!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Tulips and Butterflies...STAMPlorations Things with Wings Blog Hop and Linky Party (Week 3)


Once again, I'm delighted to join Shery and her STAMPlorations team as a guest designer for Week 3 of the STAMPlorations Things with Wings Spring Blog Hop & Linky Party

First things first: a quick question: Have you hopped and/or linked up a winged-themed spring project yet? If not, then catch up on Week 2 here and then head on over to Week 1, where you'll find yet more cards and the link-up details. Inspiration and prizes to be had, so be sure to comment and play along!

Both my cards feature:  my new Tulip Prints ARTploration stencil (so fabulous!) and butterflies from the Flutter Zen 2 Layering Dies. Pretty x two! The sentiment on the first is from Trendy Butterflies 2 and on the second is the Thanks CUTploration. Distress inks on all: Worn Lipstick and Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxides on Card 1, followed by Picked Raspberry, Spiced Maralade and Mustard Seed on Card 2.....

I adore these butterflies! 

Please head over to STAMPlorations to see awesome inspiration from the rest of the team. 

Things with Wings....that's all you need!  
See you in the gallery!

Also sharing at:

AAA Cards CAS Challenge #88~Stencil (inspired by Ksenija's lovely card with the stenciled background!)

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Oops A Daisy....Serendipity Stamps April Blog Hop #2, Just Us Girls Challenge #389~Peach, Lemon, Pink


The time's just whizzing by; hopefully, Spring has sprung where you are and the 'darling buds of May' are ready to make an appearance in what is but a matter of days! Us? Rain and snow in the forecast...which is typical here for April...and May...sometimes June and July...definitely August *grin*

Enough time-and-weather talk! Welcome to Serendipity Stamps April Blog Hop #2! Once again, my fantastic DT and I are showcasing some fabulous products that, hopefully, will inspire and delight. Your part is easy: by simply hopping along and leaving comments,  you're in the running for s a $20 gift certificate.  Here's the hop list....

Carol Mayne - you are here

Two cards, both inspired by the pretty spring colours over at  Just Us Girls Challenge #389~Peach, Lemon, Pink

My cards marks the debut of my new Oops A Daisy Cling Stamp Set (such crisp images!), which I paired with the Shadow Rectangle background stamp.  Speaking of background stamps: did you know that Mary has a variety of those in the shop, ranging from the one you see here - long and lean - to a smaller square version, as well as several that cover full panels. I've used several in the past (Summer Flower Pops Background and Marble Cells, to name two).  In the next while, I have plans to play with a few more; hopefully, you'll see as much potential in them as I do.  Anyway, back to this card...

A clean, simple pretty daisy that becomes all the more delightful with the sweet sentiment.  My "Oops a Daisy"carries into the inside with the partner sentiment you see in the card below.....

For this one, the single daisy takes the stage, with supporting roles played by stenciled ink splatters. CAS and easy...and I think the daisy performs its role well!

That's it from me!  Two tasks for you now:

  • Get hopping! Next on the list is wonderfully talented Karen Amidon. Enjoy!
Thank you for dropping in today; your visit brings me joy! 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Have a Magical Day...Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #403~Mythical

Hello and Happy Easter! May your day be filled with an abundance of blessings, as we celebrate the Resurrection.

My husband and I are at home, as this is his first 'real' weekend off in close to three months. Some much needed bike riding on his schedule! Next weekend will see us back to traveling one direction or another (I'm off to see my mom...yayyyyyy! Niece and nephew time totally included!). It's nice to have some 'us' time without any obligations, because come May, the bike races/officiating begin!

Today, we're launching Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #403~Mythical. Look at those darling unicorn cupcakes! I. Can't. Even! So stinkin' adorable!  I want a couple as pets!!!

The lucky winner this week will receive a $25 gift certificate from our generous sponsor: The Greeting Farm

My duo of cards today was inspired both by the, cutie-cake...unicorns, as well as the current challenge at Cards in Envy~Fantasy and Floral.  Please welcome my brand new Magical Unicorn from Your Next Stamp...isn't it pretty!!! I've set it atop my STAMPlorations Bloom Factory (so versatile!) stencil, inked in Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide; colouring is with prismas, following the colours from the image.

Smitten as I am with the unicorn, a second card had to be made, this time with the palette from Colour Throwdown #438

This time, the background is Abandoned Coral, and again, the colouring is with prismas....

I believe a certain niece (and quite possibly nephew) will be allllll over these unicorns! And I bet they'll be sporting rainbow manes and tails!

Mythical...all kinds of possibilities, beyond unicorns, as you'll see from my fabulous team-mates. Please leave them some love, then share your dragons, abominable snowmen, fairies, Nessies (and if you're from Canada, Ogopogos), phoenixes,, Pegasus-es, Krakens...and what have you...with us!

See you in the gallery!

Also sharing at:

Your Next Stamp Colour Challenge #62 (yellow, coral and green on the unicorn; abandoned coral for floral stenciled background)

STAMPlorations Anything Goes Challenge

So delighted you found time to drop by; your visit is both welcomed and deeply appreciated!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Flowers and Peacocks...FUSION Challenge~Truck Bouquet


Once again, you've WOWed us with the abundant creativity shared in the previous challenge! You dazzled us with your takes on the Easter-themed images; I can only imagine how you'll take it up several notches for the new challenge! Welcome to FUSION Challenge~ Truck Bouquet.  Stunning bouquet and I think that silvery-blue truck is a wonderful canvas! As always, we have a sketch to spark you as well....

A trio of cards to share today. The first two, inspired by the sketch (slightly adapted, of course) are simply sentiment-changed versions of the same card, featuring my new HA Peacock Layering stamps/dies. The layers are easier to line-up than I thought (although I watched several videos, just to be sure).  Score-lines create the 'panel' (the only way I knew I could get straight-ish lines!), with STAMPlorations Flourish stencil used for the background. Guess what colour I used for the second?  Yep...Peacock Feathers!

I am very proud of my accomplishment with my next card: Concord & 9th's Hello Lovely, using the faux water-coloured images that accompany the set. Amy R (Prairie, Paper and Ink) designed a card using these recently, and after watching her magic unfold (about a dozen plus a dozen times), I ventured forth with my own attempts.  Several mis-steps later, this one emerged, as did a second (the same - created as a back-up, should the need arise *grin*)...

Hopefully, my colours complement those in the bouquet, as that was my intent...

I'm smitten with this 'look'...definitely going to practice and play some more with other colour combinations. Maybe I'll get really daring and see what happens if I use lightly spritzed distress inks. Of course, no sentiment...after all that effort, I wasn't going to risk it!

That's it from me!  Please head over to the FUSION site to gaze and admire the beauties created by my design team. Guaranteed, they'll leave you breathless with awe! 

Also sharing at:

Just Us Girls Challenge #388~Multi-Step Stamping

A Blog Named Hero April Challenge~Anything Goes

So delighted you found time to drop by; your visit is both welcomed and deeply appreciated!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

STAMPlorations Things with Wings Spring Blog Hop & Linky Party~Week 2


I'm back joining Shery and her STAMPlorations team as a guest designer for Week 2 of the fabulous 
STAMPlorations Things with Wings Spring Blog Hop & Linky Party

The event launched last Wednesday and in case you want to catch up, you can do so here. Extra posts take place today and on the following 2 Wednesdays. We will be showcasing spring-themed projects (cards, ATCs, tags, postcards, etc.) that have wings (birds, butterflies, dragonflies, etc.).

Of course, this is an 'interactive' challenge that involves prizes, so be sure to read the details on the poster below and check out the STAMPlorations main blog.  You for sure want to play along!

Inspiration for my cards today came from STAMPlorations April Theme and Sketch Challenge

My Vignette Trendy Feathers form the patterned background. Afterwards, I embossed the smallest of the Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies to create the 'frame' element (hard to see in the photos, but definitely visible in real life).  A butterfly from Flutter Zen 1 Layering Die, inked with a combination of Distress Ink and Distress Oxide Ink Wilted Violet (the oxides are cool and yes, the colours do vary from their DI cousins...) joined the scene.... 

Made a second....

Please head over to the STAMPlorations site to see awesome inspiration from the rest of the team. 

Things with Wings....that's all you need!  
See you in the gallery!

Also sharing at:

House of Cards~Feather Images and/or Colours

STAMPlorations Anything Goes Challenge

Thank you for dropping by; your visit brings me joy!