Saturday, April 4, 2020

Happy Little Stampers April 2020 Christmas Challenge~Anything Goes (optional twist: Festive Animals)...Merry Christmas Deer

Hello,

Welcome to Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge; Anything Goes is always the theme with an optional twist which, this month, is Festive Animals.


Staying home pretty much all the time (I go on our Lily walks, but no shopping. That's my husband's realm) means opportunity to re-visit some of the 'oldies' in my stamps/dies collection. I've made all kinds of discoveries, including this Concord & 9th Furry Friends set. The bonus: the deer and antlers were already stamped from a way-back-when ink-fest! Yayyy!  All that was left to do: add the lights, the wreath, the 'poinsettia' and the sentiment. Done!  Wonder what other bits-and-bobs I'll find as the days go on...



That's it from me; please head over to the blog to see my talented teammates' festive delights.

Looking forward to visiting your Christmas cards in the gallery!

Thank you for dropping by!


Friday, April 3, 2020

Inkspirational Challenge #210~Spring/Easter...Bunnies!

Hello,

Welcome to Inkspirational Challenge #210, where we're celebrating Spring/Easter as our word prompt.  Spring has 'not' yet appeared here; just sayin'...


I decided to create an Easter/Spring scene with MFT's adorable Easter bunnies set.  I started with two bunnies...
 
then this happened...


and this...and several more, which I'm saving for a down-the-road share! They are beyond sweet and, for a novice with copics like me, truly easy to colour.  Have I mentioned how CUTE they are!  ACK!

The sun and background clouds/rays stencils are also from MFT.  So much fun!


My wonderful teammates have interpreted the prompt in most delightful fashions. 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!


Just Us Girls Challenge #530~Word Week...Wishing You A Lovely Day

Hello,

I'm sure we're all continuing to find ways to adjust to the 'new' normal; hopefully, whatever you're doing is bringing you joy. 

Welcome to Just Us Girls Challenge #530, where lovely Ina has selected 'Feathers' as this week's theme.


New month; new guest designer! We're thrilled to have talented, super creative Cornelia Wenokor as joining us for April; please wander to her blog for a visit and, afterwards, drop by at my wonderful JUGS team's places: Sue, Angie, Vicki, Ina, Bobby, Nancy, Lisa, Maria and Cécile. If you have a chance to comment, that would be a real treat.

Given that I'm predisposed to bird terror, I don't have many feathers in my collection (or birds, for that matter!).  Hero Arts' Layering Peacock is the exception and what a lovely display of feathers this proud creature has! Shades of blue, with emerald green for the highlight spots made for easy stamping.


That's it from me! Looking forward to seeing how feathers inspire YOU!

Thank you for dropping by!


Thursday, April 2, 2020

Happy Little Stampers April 2020 CAS Card Challenge~Feathers...Swan Celebrate

Hello,

Welcome to Happy Little Stampers April 2020 CAS Challenge, where Feathers are this month's theme.


My card uses 'implied' rather than explicit feathers via a trio of swans from Pinkfresh Studio's Itty Bitty Elements set. I adore this collection: lots of whimsical bitty images and a die for every single one! Love when that happens!


That's it from me; please head over to the blog to see how my talented teammates interpreted this month's theme. A reminder that we're looking for CAS designs.


See you in the gallery!


Thank you for dropping by!


Wednesday, April 1, 2020

STAMPlorations April 2020 CAS Card Challenge~Anything Goes (optional twist: Lemon Yellow)...Lemon/Rainbow Hugs

Hello,

April 1st...and it's arrived with a mighty blast of winter! Snow, wind, cold temperatures; a reflection of the way March began! Although Spring hasn't had a chance to 'spring', the upside of this feisty weather is yet more reason to stay inside and isolate!

Welcome to STAMPlorations April 2020 CAS Challenge where Anything Goes is always theme, with an optional twist that, this month, is Lemon Yellow.


I went with the twist this time: some zesty lemon wedges stenciling and a rainbow hug! 



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!

I'll be back on April 15th with a reminder card.

Thank you for dropping by!


Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Uniko Brand Ambassador...Snowflake Shaker

Hello,
Carol here with my Brand Ambassador Inspiration post for March.  

The calendar says Spring has sprung but, where I live, apparently Winter didn't receive the memo, as we're in the midst of yet another bout of snow and cold temperatures. More reason to stay inside and all the more reason to complete a card that I had started back in January! I know I 'should' be showcasing Uniko's gorgeous blooms but...the 'muses' called for something that befits the weather we're having! Let's just call it a 'winter' flower rather than a snowflake *grin*

Full-panel acetate-wrap shaker (so easy!) featuring: Let It Snow stencil background, Designer Die Sparkling Snowflake and a sentiment from Simply Said Blocks: Christmas.


Hopefully, March's blustery departure will herald a lovely April arrival (minus any April Fool's shenanigans)!


Thank you for dropping by!


Friday, March 27, 2020

Just Us Girls Challenge #529~Photo Week...Do What Makes Your Soul Shine

Hello,

Welcome to Just Us Girls Challenge #529, where our lovely Lisa has selected a valley of beautiful flowers overlooking a lake as this week's photo inspiration.  I would love to step into this peaceful, uplifting scene right now!


As this is the closing challenge for March, we bid adieu to Vicky Hayes as our guest designer. Thank you, Vicky, for sharing your incredible creativity with us; you've been a wonderful source of inspiration! Please wander to her blog for a visit and, afterwards, drop by at my wonderful JUGS team's places: Sue, Angie, Vicki, Ina, Bobby, Nancy, Lisa, Maria and Cécile. If you have a chance to comment, that would be a real treat.

I've brought more of my Pinkfresh Inked Blooms into play, with a focus on the colours and the tree framing design of the photo.  Love the sentiment...and one I hope that resonates with all of you as we navigate these uncertain times in our own fashions.


That's it from me; turning the stage over to you! 
 Looking forward to seeing how this lovely meadow of spring flowers inspires you! 

Thank you for dropping by!


Thursday, March 26, 2020

STAMPlorations Throwback Thursday (March 2020)

Hello,

A warm welcome to my third, and final, STAMPlorations Throwback Thursdays, where we select a previous card/project - one of our own or a teammate's - and 're-vision' it in three ways.


Once again, I've stepped outside my to draw inspiration from incredibly talented, always something eye-catching STAMP designer, Terri Koszler !  Even though her style covers a wide range and are always stunning, it's her  perfectly executed, eye-catching CAS cards that really catch my eye, soooo...I thought I'd try to give CAS a la Terri a try!

The specific card I've selected - featuring two stickers, a stenciled band and a black stamped image - is the one (of a trio) she created for Sticker Monday here:


Ready to see how Terri inspired me?  Let's go....

Project #1 
This 'warm up' card follows Terri's closely: same die cut ("Kathryn" is adorable!), 'framed' stenciling and a sentiment. Aside from the sun, I've also followed her colour scheme: shades of pink (pink clouds are fun *grin*), black-and-white.



STAMPlorations Products:
Kathryn's Big Wishes dies and stamps

Project #2
For this card, I used all three of Terri's elements - stenciling, frame-fashion rather than band-fashion, black stamped image, two stickers, same palette. Given our world's current situation, we need' to keep sending those good vibes, even when it's challenging to do so!



STAMPlorations Products:

Project #3
Bookmark!! I used three of Terri's elements here: pink/white, die cuts and, of course, stenciling. Yes, my 'books' is a tad crooked but that's okay! Gives it a 'novel' touch *grin*




I learned so much from dabbling with Terri's style and trying to add a few  touches of my own. A huge THANK YOU to Terri for being so incredibly inspiring.

There you have it: my Throwback Thursdays are a wrap! 

Two reminders: 
  • Shery is offering a $15 gift code to one lucky winner who will be drawn from all comments left on the Throwback Thursday post for the month, as well as from my post, here.
  • If any of the products have caught your eye, I invite you to use my discount code - STAMPGIRLCAROLM - when you shop at the STAMPlorations Online Store (some great deals to be had!)


Thank you for dropping by!


Just for Fun! Hello Honey Bee and Happy Birthday Fox...

Hello,

Seems ages ago that I've made some 'just for fun' cards and, given what's happening in the world, I think I *need* to do that more!  I realize that we're all trying to find ways to keep anxiety at bay - be that crafting, reading, baking - so to keep that momentum going, I'll let the photos do the talking!


 

The hexagons have an orange/black/yellow layer and I used the inner pieces...


on this card.  The bee is tooooo cute!


My Happy Birthday Fox was inspired by The Card Concept Challenge #131~Woodland Nursery 



Please be safe and healthy!

Also sharing at:

Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #382~Make Your Mark

Allsorts Challenge #564~Anything in the Animal Kingdom

Simon Wednesday Challenge~Anything Goes



Thank you for dropping by!


Friday, March 20, 2020

Inkspirational Challenge #209~Photo Challenge...You Make the World A Better Place

Hello,

Welcome to Inkspirational Challenge #209, where we have this funky, artsy home decor photo as our inspiration.  Very cool!


I think the things that caught my eye are quite evident here! Yayyy for having Concord & 9th's Rooting for You set in my collection! I adore those little house plants and their cute pots!  And for the record: you, my friends, do make the world a better place!  Please, please, please: be safe!  Isolate, maintain social distance, wash your hands often, stay home as much as you can.  Hopefully, we'll see/hear some good news in the near future....


My wonderful teammates have interpreted the photo in most delightful fashions. 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!


Just Us Girls Challenge #528~Colour Week...You Can Do Amazing Things

Hello,

Welcome to Just Us Girls Challenge #528, where our lovely Vicki has selected a cheerful, uplifting spring palette for us: yellow, blue and green.

We're thrilled to have talented Vicky Hayes as our guest designer; please wander to her blog for a visit and, afterwards, drop by at my wonderful JUGS team's places: Sue, Angie, Vicki, Ina, Bobby, Nancy, Lisa, Maria and Cécile. If you have a chance to comment, that would be a real treat.

Finally, finally my Pinkfresh Studio Inked Florals received some play time and ohmystars! These are so much fun to stamp and die-cut!  Please take note of the sentiment: in the midst of these uncertain, turbulent times, YOU - and by extension, WE - are capable of amazing things! The 'new normal' is not easy but united in being divided, we can overcome this! It's difficult to be upbeat, however, I'm trying....


That's it from me; turning the stage over to you!  Looking forward to seeing how yellow, blue and green inspire you! Let's see the gallery filled to bursting!


Thank you for dropping by!


Uniko March/April 2020 Challenge #58~Spots & Stripes (Optional Twist: Use A Stencil)...Flower Notes

Hello,

Hope this post finds you well - physically, emotionally, spiritually - during these uncertain times. Fingers crossed some good news will appear on the horizon...soon.

Welcome to Uniko March/April 2020 Challenge #58, where we're inviting you to use Spots and Stripes on your projects; using a stencil is the optional twist.

We're delighted to have Mac Mable as our Guest Designer; her creativity with this theme is simply dazzling! Do give her a visit.

I've gone ultra-super-totally simple with my cards, using Background Builders: Classic for the clipboard stripes, Flower Power 1, 2 and 6 stamps and dies, Simply Said (Just a note sentiment) and, for the second card, Scattered Polka Dots stencil.



Time for you to play along! 

As always, Bev is offering PRIZES: 
  • 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
The gallery is open until midnight (GMT), Friday, April 24, 2020. Looking forward to seeing how the theme inspires you!


Thank you for dropping by!