Sunday, September 25, 2016

Leafy Thanks....CASology Challenge #216~Frame, Cards In Envy~Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall, 4 Crafty Chicks Challenge #317~Colours of Fall, Cards In Envy~Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall, Creative Corner Challenges~Autumn


Hope your Sunday was marvelous! We did our hike, as I mentioned earlier, and while the scenery was stunning, the trails were a bog-fest.  Nearly 20km of muck...but considering the views (and the steak that will soon be on the barbeque...), all worth it!  At least I didn't face-plant in the that would have been embarrassing!

A quick share of my card for CASology Challenge #216~Frame

Isn't that a cool stamp (a gift from a win over at The Paper Players; thank you soooo much, Nance!)  I inked it up with an autumn palette of distress markers, gave it the ol' huff-and-puff and ta dahhhh... A 'thanks' sentiment framed by fall foliage and, just be be sure, framed 'for real' with kraft card-stock. A similarly stylized "Merry" and "Love" are also in the set...going to give those a go in the near future....

Speaking of autumn....our trek today took us into the larch trees! Oh, but they are glamourous, dressed in their gorgeous golden needles....

Also sharing at:

4  Crafty Chicks Challenge #317~Colours of Fall

Cards In Envy~Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall

Creative Corner Challenges~Autumn

Thank you for spending part of your day with me; your visit brings me joy!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Party Time Card and Gift Envelope...Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #377~Party Time, Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge #1~Celebrate, Cute Card Thursday Challenge #444~Party Time, Stamp Ink Paper Challenge #66~Anything But A Card, Simon Says Wednesday Challenge~Gift It


Is your weekend zipping by as quickly as mine?  A couple more days tacked on to the weekend would be great; my 'to do' list is toooo long!  That said, we're off on a hike today; the sun's finally shining and despite the numerous tasks I should tend to, I 'need' some nature time.  Apparently, there's promise of a flank steak supper when we come home...totally all over that! My husband can be very persuasive....

Today, my fabulous team and I, along with our Surprise Sweetie, Michelle, invite you to PARTY with us over at Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #377.  Check out the yummy cupcakes we're teasing you with this time! Banners, balloons, gummy fishes...seriously cute!

Gerda Steiner Designs is our generous sponsor for this challenge; one lucky winner will receive a $20 gift certificate.  Yet another great reason to join us (the first being Cupcake Inspirations are just plain fun *grin*)!

I'm bringing a card AND a gift...well, technically, a little envelope 'with' a gift to the party.  Concord and 9th Eat Cake images appear on the card (I'm so smitten with this set!). The candles' colours and background stenciling were sparked by the photo colours...

Accompanying the card is my gift card envelope, sporting a little tag. The background tag was sponged with distress inks; the sentiment is from Concord and 9th's Lots of Blots...and there are, indeed, *lots* of blots in that set! Ideas percolating on how to use them...

Here's my party ensemble....

For more fabulous inspiration, check out my sweet teamies:

See you in the gallery!

Also sharing at:

Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge #1~Celebrate

Cute Card Thursday Challenge #444~Party Time

Stamp Ink Paper Challenge #66~Anything But A Card

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge~Gift It

Thank you for spending part of your day with me; your visit brings me joy!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Celebrate....Inkspirational Challenge #118~Glamour


Are you ready for a new round of *INKspiration*?  Excellent! Today, we invite you Inkspirational Challenge #118, where the word prompt is Glamour

What kinds of captivating, enchanting, fascinating, alluring images are sparked when you think of 'glamour'?  Gowns and tuxedos?  Gorgeous attire? Elegant colours? Want some ideas to help you narrow the field? We have you covered....

For this challenge, we thrilled to be joined by incredibly talented Joyce as our guest designer, whose interpretation of glamour is...well, glamourous! Please be sure to gaze at and admire her card, along with those by my wonderful team-mates:   Shauna, Sandie, Pia, Nonni, Marina and Kim. Charming, all!

My card is a simple little number (although a challenge to photograph, given all the clouds enveloping us of late) featuring a colour combination that immediately comes to mind when I think of glamour: black, white and gold.

PTI Splits: Celebrate, inked in Delicata Gold, finally having a chance to play!

Your turn!
Looking forward to seeing your glamourous glamour 
creations in the Inkspirational Gallery!

Thank you for spending part of your day with me; your visit brings me joy!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Happy Birthday...FUSION Challenge~Birthday Bash (Sept. 22), Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge #1~Celebrate


Time for another awesome FUSION~Birthday Bash challenge, where we're inviting you to draw inspiration from the photo or the sketch or BOTH! I'm especially enamoured with the party decor of the photo...the bold black/white stripes contrasted with the pastel polka-dots, the tiered cake, the aqua cake plates, the it. all!

Since I couldn't fit all the elements that inspired me on one card (well, I could have...epic jumbled mess that would have been!), I made three CAS creations that I hope will make you smile as brightly in seeing them as I was while creating them. All products are from Concord and 9th (my flames of loving their products continues to burn brightly....) Eat CakeLove You, Mean It (the bigger polka-dots) and Painted Thank You (the wee black dots).

First, polka-dots and cake...

then stripes, shimmer gold card-stock stars, and a blue cake...

 (The cloudy weather didn't catch my black/white very well...grrr!)

followed by more stripes, shimmer teal card-stock stars and a pink cake. I love cake; can you tell?

Need more inspiration? Check out what my talented team has designed...dazzle (and maybe even more cake *grin*) guaranteed:

Our previous challenge was a resounding success with outstanding
creativity shared. Let's keep the moment going strong!

Turning the stage over to you!
See you in the gallery!

Also sharing at:
Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge#1~Celebrate (so thrilled to be playing along!!)

Thank you for spending part of your day with me; your visit brings me joy!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Gift Yourself Lofty Thoughts....Serendipity Stamps Challenge #59 Half-Way and Blog Hop~Cheer Up!


I'm delighted to welcome you to the Serendipity Stamps September Blog Hopwhere this month's theme is Cheer Up! What a great opportunity to think about those special folks in our lives who need some hugs, love and a pretty card to buoy their spirits and bring a smile to their face. We all know how amazing the power of 'sending positive thoughts' can be for both the receiver and the giver. Let's brighten someone's day, okay? Okay!!

When you hop along with us (you should have arrived here from wonderfully talented Patti's blog), you'll be treated to some dazzling creativity AND and a prize opportunity. 

Here's the hop order:

Leaving comments puts you into the running for a prize: a $20 gift certificate to one commenter randomly selected from all the blogs. You can leave comments through to midnight Sept. 25th (US EST) ; the lucky winner will be announced on Mary's blog on the 26th.

My card features the brand-spanking new Speech Bubble and Uplifting Words sets. Even though the sentiments were designed for the balloon-themed dies, I think they're wonderful tucked inside those fun, sketchy thought bubbles....

 I've created a matching envelope for my little cheer up card, using  a couple more images from the same sets...

How cool that the Speech Bubbles also double as clouds! I can visualize them inked in blue..or rainbow *grin*...for a colourful, splashy sky background...

Before I send you off, three important items:
  • Sale Alert #1. The sale this week will be Buy 3, Get a 4th Item free. No coupon code required AND, the lowest priced item is free! If you order 8 items then 2 of them are free, etc.  The sale runs until Sept. 25. Happy shopping!
  • Sale Alert #2.  A reminder of the other amazing deal this month:  50% off  the gorgeous stamp of the month:  Postoid Cling Set.  Several of the DT have showcased this set and oh my! Simply fabulous!

  • Big Question:  Have you played along with our current Leave It Bare challenge?
Let your detailed Serendipity stamp (or stamps) play a starring role on your design stage, in all its naked glory! No markers, no pencils, no water-colours - nothing! Serendipity's red rubber stamps make gorgeous detailed impressions - just ink and stamp and smile...then link up! 

That's it from me....time for YOU to hop and create!! See you in the gallery!

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

EXCITING NEWS...Guest Designer for STAMPlorations CAS Design Team


Time to reveal some exciting news!  Beginning in October and running through December, I have the absolutely awesome privilege of being a Guest Designer for STAMPlorations CAS Design Team, along with two other newcomers:  Harriet Skelly (Alley Cat Cards) and Stephanie Severin, aka SmilynSteph (Ingenious Inkling).  

Thrilled, honoured, delighted and oh, how I hope my cards will inspire YOU to join us in this fabulous monthly challenge.  The rules are ultra simple and mega inviting: Anything CAS Goes, with an optional colour twist.  A clean, simple project, with or without the colour...and that's it!  

I'm looking forward to playing alongside this incredibly talented group of designers

and showcasing outstanding STAMPlorations products!  

Thank you sooooo much, Shery, for inviting me to be part of your design family!  

On. Cloud. Nine!

See you in October (how quickly it's approaching) with my first 'official' GD post...

Thank you for spending part of your day with me; your visit brings me joy!

Cascading Leaves Hello...STAMPlorations CUTplorations Flash Diecut Linky Party, STAMPlorations CASEplorations September, Make My Monday Challenge #30~Fall Colours


I'm dashing in quickly (yes, from work....), to share the card I made for the STAMPlorations CUTplorations Flash Diecut Linky Party

and STAMPlorations CASEplorations September Challenge,

where we've been given this dazzling, gorgeous card as inspiration.  Truly stunning, isn't it?

Ksenija Rizova of Sweet Kobylkin

Here's my take....not as 'vibrant' as Ksenija's (I'm plotting and scheming a second one, though).  I think a white sentiment needs to be added; perhaps I will, once I decide its destination. For now....a cascade of fall leaves, a blue sky for them to flutter through and a pop-of-red Hello.  Distress inks out for a play-date...

Serendipity Stamps Leaves Reverse Die and Neat and Tangled Painted Hello

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Must dash...I'll see you soon!

Thank you for spending part of your day with me; your visit brings me joy!