Friday, July 23, 2021

Inkspirational Challenge #244~Designer's Choice: Spots and/or Dots...Missees Hello


Welcome to Inkspirational Challenge #244 where I've selected SPOTS/DOTS as my Designer's Choice.  Easy-peasy...and so much fun!

It's been a while (okay...a small while) since I've shared a Missees card so...time to do so. My Miissee comes with a polka dot background (from a new to me cardstock pack from Hunky Dory) and a dotted top/hairband from Simple Stories. Her eyes are even dots *grin*

Please check out my teammates' SPOTS/DOTS inspired delights, then play along with us!

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Just Us Girls Challenge #594~Photo Week....LOVE You (Concord & 9th)


Welcome to Just Us Girls Challenge #594, where our lovely Nancy has selected this quartet of nautical-themed images as this week's photo inspiration. From stripes, to colours, to 'sea' objects/creatures, to LOVE...the possibilities are many!

Chrissie Stokes joins us once again as our July guest designer; she and the rest of the team have created fabulous cards (as always!). I'm sure you'll whate-y LOVE what you 'sea'!

Okay...enough of my feeble attempts at punniness! Despite my rather *ahem* extensive paper collection, I couldn't find any with navy or red stripes, and I didn't want to take a risk in creating my own with cardstock, knowing full well they'd wind up wonky. I also don't have a cutie-pie whale or anchor or compass either. As you can see, my initial response was to go literal. The absence of required products to do that meant putting Plan B into play...which is what you see below.  Square + LOVE, both of which are clearly evident in the photo. Changed the colours, added a 'you'...and done! 

That's it from me; looking forward to how this photo inspires you (nautical or not!)

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Friday, July 16, 2021

Just Us Girls Challenge #593~Color Week...Yellow, Teal and Grey "You're the Best Thing Since Snail Mail" Slimline


Welcome to Just Us Girls Challenge #593, where our lovely Angie has selected Yellow, Teal and Grey as our colour inspiration this week. 

Once again, Chrissie Stokes joins us as our July Guest Designer. Her card, as well as those of my team, really highlight how pretty and versatile this palette can be.

Concord & 9th's Postmarked Turnabout and Snail Mail sets were part of my order when they had their moving sale. Soooo happy with these, as they're just a ton of fun! I figured out how to use the Turnabout on a slimline panel (three turns and some selective inking make this really quite simple). A sentiment and the little snail - the star of the stage, in my opinion - finishes it off! I'll definitely be trying this with other colour combinations at some point!

That's all from me; looking forward to how Yellow, Teal and Grey inspire you!

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Color Hues Challenge #22~Lime Green and Aqua...Mermaid Birthday


And here we are: mid-July already! How did this happen? We continue to experience overly warm temperatures here in Alberta, paired with smoke from wildfires in both our province and BC. Hopefully, the weather will cool and the rains will come...

Welcome to Color Hues Challenge #17, where we're inviting you to use hues of Lime Green and Aqua as inspiration for the next two weeks. Pretty!

Surprise! I didn't use a Turnabout stamp this time! Nope! Rather, I gave three of my little collection of alcohol inks - Pool, Limeade and a smidge of Gold Alchemy -  a play date, as the combination, for me, called for something 'sea/ocean.'  And what better than a shiny, pretty alcohol-inked die cut mermaid and seaweed, paired with cardstock aqua waves and a starfish. Easy! I really need to use my inks more often!

Please visit the rest of the team, along with our guest designer, Rosemary; they've created quite the array of dazzling delights with Lime Green and Aqua:

The challenge is open until 9:00 AM (EST) on July 29th.
 The winners will be posted an hour before our next challenge goes live (August 1st). 
The overall winner will have the opportunity to be a 
future Guest Designer!

Looking forward to seeing how this combination inspires YOU!

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Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Perfectly CAS July 2021 Challenge #17~Emboss...Soda Pop Birthday


Welcome to Perfectly CAS July 2021 Challenge #17, where our theme this month is Embossing. This technique has many forms - heat embossing, embossing folders, embossing with dies - and likely a few more that aren't springing to mind right now. 

Confession: I do not like heat embossing...messy, paper warps and, with the heat wave that has yet to abate, even the thought of turning on my heat gun makes me all sweaty...I mean, glisteny! So...I went with a lazy route: embossed lines on my MFT soda pop bottle (hard to see in the photo) and a polka-dot embossing folder circle background. Easy...and stress/heat free! Yayyy! Oh...and I also used a dot cover plate, just for a little extra interest....

Please be sure to pop by my teammates' blogs, leave them some love, then bring your Perfectly CAS Embossing creations to the gallery.
  • A friendly reminder: For this challenge, we're asking you to use one-third (aka: the rule of thirds) or less on your card designs, leaving plenty of scrumptious white space (two-thirds of your panel) to draw our eyes to to your focal image. Kylie has included an easy-to-follow explanation on the challenge blog here.
Hope you're staying safe and healthy!

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Friday, July 9, 2021

Inkspirational Challenge #243~Photo Challenge: Greenhouse...Garden-themed Tags Mini Slim Birthday and Envelope


Welcome to Inkspirational Challenge #243, where we're drawing inspiration from this lovely greenhouse photo. Soooo pretty!  I love the white--washed wood...

The front and back of a pretty piece of patterned paper worked wonderfully for my take on the photo. One side has an assortment of garden-themed tags, could I resist using them? Couldn't...didn't even try. I selected three tags with a birthday theme - that also fit with the garden prompt - and added them to the 'other side' of the paper.  

I've used this card base/panels collection before, that also comes with an envelope die, so I made one. I had to fit in those pretty pink boots somewhere! 

Please check out my teammates' photo inspired delights, then play along with us!

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Just Us Girls Challenge #592~Trend Week: Recycle....Snowman Bag Planner Page


Welcome to Just Us Girls Challenge #592, where our lovely hostess, Sue, invites us to use recycled products in our projects this week. How fun is that! 

We're delighted to welcome Chrissie Stokes as our July Guest Designer. Her card, as well as those of my team, really highlight the clever creations that can be made with recycled goods.  

While I have plenty of recyclables around, I kept coming back to this gift bag and no amount of hiding or ignoring it worked. Of course, I could just use it as is for a down-the-road bag for someone, but since I haven't done so for a LONG time, I figured I might as well re-purpose it...

Now, by no stretch of the imagination am I a planner/journal crafter, but I have to say that I enjoy seeing what others do with said projects. I've seen some pretty cool art journals on my internet travels. A while back - and in a moment of 'wild abandon' - I bought an Elizabeth Crafts Planner Essentials #1 die set. I used it here to transform the snowman into a planner page. AND, while doing so, I also thought about how much fun it would be to create Advent Calendar planners/albums for my niece and nephew this year, which is why you see the #1 at the top. I know that 'true' planning appears to call for layers, tags, photo frames, the whole nine yards but...this is a start of 'my' planner style. I *may* have some more planner essentials coming my way...

As you can see, my recycling is pretty simple: dismantle the bag, die-cut the image, add it to a heavier weight kraft base, use a snippet of the bag and some red cardstock (black soot distress inked on the edges) for a little tag and adda number. The other side of the bag has a similar snowman, slightly smaller. He'll be part of a planner or card somewhere along the line. Yayyy me! Now...only 24 pages to go for one of two albums. This planner stuff  'may' become addicting...

That's it from me; looking forward to seeing your recycled masterpieces!

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