Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Prickly Love...Addicted to Stamps and More #187~Make Your Mark, Share Joy Challenge #28~Sketch & CAS


We're just back from having spent a wonderful sunny (with a scatter of showers one day) weekend at my mother-in-law's place. The flowers are already in bloom and the grass green; quite the contrast to our 'late start' Springs here at home. The Easter bunny brought  us chocolates (yayy...) and mom-in-law sent us home with an assortment of leftovers. In fact, I don't think we'll need to cook anything new for at least four days!

Today, my DT and I invite you to Addicted to Stamps and More #187

Bring our your markers, pencils, sponges, water-colours, crayons..challks; whatever you have to *make a mark* on your project.

My card, with a layout inspired by Share Joy Challenge #28~Sketch & CAS,

features one of  the images from my new Sweet Succulents stamp set (coloured with polychromos pencils) and stencil from My Favourite Things:

I need to make a batch of cards like this to give to my husband when I have 'one of those days' (or, weeks, as the case may be *grin*). Love these cactus-dudes..and excited that the dies will be heading my way soon! I can plant those little gems alllll over the place once that happens...

This week, our fabulous sponsor has generously provided 3 digital images for the winner. How's that for more incentive to play along?

Please head over to the ATSM challenge site to see yet more MYM inspiration from the team, then, with ideas sparked, create a card/project to share.

                                                               See you in the gallery!

ETA: I'm also joining the 'new challenge on the block' - Inspired by All the Little Things #8 -  featuring this marvelous succulent bouquet. LOVE it! (Thank you, Tracey!!)

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

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Hello...and HAPPY EASTER!

May your day be filled with celebration and joy knowing that He is Risen! 

Today, my Cupcake team and I invite you to join us for this week's

Cupcake Inspirations #353, featuring...what else but BUNNIES!  Aren't these darling! The cookie shaped ears are brilliant...and those pink noses!

Fresh Brewed Designs is our generous sponsor, who will be awarding the lucky winner 3 digis

They also provided images for the team to use, so I've brought this little cutie-pie out for a play:

Please visit the challenge site for more bunny inspiration, then have some fun with your own 'wascally wabbits'.

See you in the gallery!

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

Friday, March 25, 2016

When Clouds are Grey...Inkspirational Challenges #105~Photo Inspiration, Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge #6, STAMPlorations CAS Card Challenge and Anything Goes Challenge, Simon Says Wednesday Challenge~Come Rain or Shine


Hope you're having a wonderful weekend and that your Easter preparations are well in hand. Me: hoping that Mr. Bunny visits and leaves behind a chocolate morsel or twelve..

Today, over at Inkspirational Challenge #105, I along with our talented guest designer, Rae Ann, and my fabulous DT

invite you to draw inspiration from this marvelous photo.

The greys, the black, the 'spotlight,' the pops of yellow, the reflection, the embrace, the *love*...I adore this image.  Oh, the possibilities...and given we're so close to a new month, we can add April showers to the mix!

A new MFT umbrella die came my way recently (I have plans for this gem!), so I paired it with some stenciled clouds from STAMPlorations and a sentiment from Verve, for this simple card that, I hope, would make somebody's 'storm' a bit easier to weather...

Please visit the Inkspirations site for some outstanding inspiration, then bring your artistry and creativity to light!  Looking forward to seeing you in the gallery!!

Also joining:

Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge #6 using the diagonal line of showers, CAS and clouds

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge~Come Rain or Shine

CASology #190~Weather

STAMPlorations CAS Card Challenge and Anything Goes Challenge

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

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Easter Bunnies....Just Us Girls Challenge #335~Colour Week, Uniko Challenge #30~Spring/Easter, The Male Room #31~Easter, Allsorts Challenge #335~Easter, Just Add Ink Challenge #303~Just Add E, Double D Challenge~Easter, Make My Monday~Something Fluffy


Wednesday evening...Thursday work day...then Spring Break for TWO weeks! Yippee-skippy!  Easter weekend with my husband's family (aiming to leave Thursday pm), back here for a few days, then off to see my family...Yep, Very. Very. Excited!

Right now, I have a trio of bunnies, hopping down the bunny trail, to join a few challenges, starting with Just Us Girls Challenge #335~

and Uniko Challenge #30~Spring/Easter

Here's Bunny #1, from Uniko's newest release...Isn't that face, with the smile and freckles, sweet!

Of course, one bunny lead to two more: a blue one for Mr. Nephew and...

a purple one for Ms. Niece (who will, undoubtedly, wonder why I didn't add flowers. She is too funny!).  

Hope they arrive in time for Easter...I've included a 'rain cheque' treat note for when I visit. I'm thinking chocolate bunnies and eggs will be on both their radars!

Also sharing at:

The Male Room #31~Easter (blue bunny, since he's for my nephew)

Simon Wednesday Challenge~Cute and Cuddly

Allsorts Challenge #335~Easter

Make My Monday Challenge~Something Fluffy

Double D Challenge~Easter

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

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Coffee X 2...Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, CAS on Sunday Challenge #79~Stencil It, STAMPlorations Anything Goes, Little Tangles Challenge #66~Ombre


Jumping in with a duo of cards using a new STAMPlorations stencil...

Of course, I'm heading straight over to Amy and her crew's awesome Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Since I love coffee, love stenciling and love die-cuts, I'm also joining Nicole's National Craft Month Celebration Blog Hop.  

I'm also joining:
Little Tangles Challenge #66~Ombre (I've done my best to 'ombre-stencil' everything)

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

Happy Birthday, Kim....Surprise Linky Party, TIME OUT Challenge #52~CASE, Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge~Rainbow, Addicted to CAS #84~Delicate, Seize the Birthday~Anything Goes


Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday, dear Kimmmmm…
Happy Birthday to youuuuuuuuu!!

Kylie, from Kylie is Addicted to Stamps and More and Happy Little Stampers' fame is hostessing a Surprise Linky Party for our sweet, incredibly talented (card, sewing, baking..the gal is creativity personified), Disney fan extraordinaire Kim, from Cupcakes, Cards and Kim

I'm late to the party (gee what a surprise!), but I've arrived, with a garden rainbow stenciled flowers, to wish you a most HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Kim. Hope your day was filled with celebration, and may the year that unfolds see allllll your dreams come true!

My card was inspired by the delicate flowers on Marjan's pretty card inspiration over at TIME OUT Challenge #52~CASE

Also joining the galleries at:

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge~Rainbow

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

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Easter...Freshly Made Sketches #228, Uniko Challenge #30~Spring/Easter


A quick post with a card for Freshly Made Sketches #228, using my new Paper Smooches Easter Blessings stamps and Crosses dies, and MFT Concentric Circle stencil...

Darn! I didn't include side panels...sighhh! Dear DT: if my card is 'too far'
adapted, I totally understand. Off to stand in the corner for a bit...

I made a second, finally using the 'ink + spritz' technique with an embossing folder. My inks didn't blend smoothly, resulting in a mottled look. Let's pretend it's kind of a dreamy, sunrise *grin*.  I'm sending these to my mom - one for her and the other for her to give to a friend.  The essence of Easter: she'll like that...

Also joining:

Uniko Challenge #30~Spring/Easter

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

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Lovely Day...Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #352~Papaya, Grass and Pistachio


Today, my fabulous DT and I invite you to join us for some yummy treats and, afterwards, some inspiration for Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #352~Papaya, Grass and Pistachio

These just *have* to be carrot cake cupcakes, right?  Right!

For my card, I decided to play with the colours in a 'non-Easter' fashion, drawing ideas from this fabulous card created by our sweet, talented Michele, from i card everyone.  No AE Laurel stamps in my collection, so I adapted, using some smaller leaves/vines from a couple of other sets. My card is far busier than Michele's but I rather like it. The sentiment circle, with the wee stitched butterfly, is popped up; it's not as 'flat' in real life as it appears here...

This week, a lucky winner will receive a gift from our amazing, incredibly talented and generous sponsor, Julee Tilman. from Verve Stamps.  Talk about even more incentive to join our challenge this week!
Please visit the Cupcake Inspirations site to see how my team-mates have been inspired by papaya. tangerine and grass...then c'mon and join us!

See you in the gallery!

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