On this very rainy, cool Sunday, I'm sooooo glad to be joining my amazing DT for Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #367~Tropical (warm temperatures, blue skies and water, flowers...bring 'em on!)
Pineapple delights, right? The recipe looks scrumptious (click source link), and what better to serve them on than pineapple plates, accompanied by pineapple napkins! Yummo!
This week, we're sponsored by Your Next Stamp, who are generously offering a $25 gift certificate to the winner.
Before you go any further: be warned! I went a little *ahem* overboard with the theme! Prior to this challenge - and our trip to visit my mom-in-law in Kelowna where the brick-and-mortar craft store is - my stash's tropical images were flamingos and cool penguins. Yes, those would have served the challenge well, but...when the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Tropical dies fell into my line of sight while shopping...I was captivated. I can't defend why this Rocky Mountains dweller 'needs' tropical images, so I won't even try *grin*. I just did! Hibiscus, "big" palm tree, and even a tiki mask! Soooo cool (and for some reason my husband is all over this set! Too funny!)
The flowers and leaves for the first two cards were die-cut from 'failed' water-colour panels; the palm tree and tiki mask trio are set atop panels that were a little more cooperative! I know Zigs should be used for 'painting', but that doesn't go so well for me. I scribbled them on a cookie sheet, spritzed with water, smooshed in paper and ta dahhhh...the performance landed a few successes *grin*
Enough chatting: here's how *Tropical* inspired me:
NOTE: Thrilled and honoured to be selected as a Top 3 over at Creatalicious Challenges! THANK YOU!!
NOTE: Delighted to be selected as a Happy Little Stampers July Anything Goes with Dies Favourite! THANK YOU!
The trio below are sentiment free: no Aloha in my collection. I'll figure something out for the inside, once I know where they're headed...
That's it from me; I so appreciate your patience in scrolling through the set! Hopefully some inspiration came your way. For some real dazzles and delights, please head over to the blog to see what our Surprise Sweetie, Christy Lynn, and my team have for you:
Looking forward to seeing your Tropical designs in the gallery!
Also sharing at:
CAS Mix Up July 2016 Challenge: Flowers and leaves made with 'messed up' panels using zig markers scribbled on a cookie sheet, then spritzed. (Same with the backgrounds for the tiki mask and palm tree; were a 'bit' better! Yayyy for the cookie sheet!). Sentiments are stamped (Uniko) and my 'your choice' option is die-cutting.
Creatalicious Challenge #95~Anything Goes (optional add flowers - which I did)
Thank you for spending part of your day with me; your visit brings me joy!
What fun inspiration & beautiful cards, Carol! I say use Zigs however you want!
What a fabulous set of cards Carol! The backgrounds are awesome and so are those perfectly tropical flowers. Love them all!
Beautiful, colourful tropical cards. If you are still feeling tropical this week, watch out for a relevant challenge on my blog on Tuesday. (wink wink, say no more!)
Great, great, great on the tropical theme, Carol!!! Love your stunning flowers and leaves - your 'failed' watercoloured panels made the perfect tropical flowers and leaves!!!! The colours are so beautiful and your cards are really stunning!!! The bgs on the palm tree cards are lovely and I love that fun mask!!! A lovely set!!!
Have a great day!!!
Hey slow down girl..can't keep up with you! All your cards recently have been amazing...so bright , happy cards and scrummy colors...........and you have been so busy doing other things too!!Love , love the colours in all these!!....real summer.
Oh goodness gracious! Look at all this tropical delightfulness! You've definitely outdone yourself! Those first two cards are amazing in and of themselves. Glad you didn't toss those backgrounds. I adore the colors! Cue the Hawaiian music! And then you added your fun smooshing cards. Fantastic. Feel like I am at a Luau there! You are absolutely so fun to read and check out, Carol. You have such a wonderful adventurous spirit. And you are so generous, too. Thank you so much for sharing!! :) Hugs!
Wow, these are all beautiful and tropical! Love all the pretty colors.
WOW ... gorgeous collection of tropical cards Carol!! What a great way to use the zigs! Of course, crafters are resourceful ... using a cookie sheet to smoosh your zigs is so fantastic. Love the tropical colours ... so bright and crisp. Your "failed" background are just amazing with the die-cuts. Great job and thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!! xx
Beautiful, cool, tropically awesome - these are words to describe your amazing cards - way to go - they all ROCK!!
These cards are fabulous! i love your watercolor pieces. The colors are beautiful.
Hi, Carol! These are super sweet and very cool! Love the bright colors and black die cuts. Thanks for visiting my blog post - twice. I updated the post to include the stamp set name and an image. It's PTI's Choose Joy. Their sentiment stamps are the best!
Oh, love the flowers!! Then those tiki cards! You totally rocked this week's CIC tropical theme!
I'll trade your cool and rain for our heat! Just a day or two would be lovely; crunchy grass here. So glad you found these fun dies! Now all's we need is a few drinky-poohs with those little umbrellas in them - wouldn't that be fun??! Your cookie sheet watercoloring is utterly brilliant. I think I'll give it a go on my glass on my desk...love the way these all turned out. GREAT cards! xoxo Bev
So many here in the states could use your rain Carol! Including me. lol My yard is turning brown, of course that means not as much mowing going on. Which kinda makes me sad because I do enjoy mowing. Anyway, I have to tell you that I am totally in love with these dies and your cards!!! The flowers are so gorgeous, who cares how you color them, they are fabulous! I love the ink smooshing on the other 3 card, the colors/backgrounds are amazing looking! The black die cuts work so well with all that color-oh my I just am in love!!! Hugs, Brenda
Your tropical flowers and leaves are gorgeous, Carol! No mistakes there! Beautiful colors and patterns! Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!
Oh my...Miss Carol, so many wonderful cards. Just love your tropical theme, feel like I need a vacation now! Just fabulous me dear.
These cards are amazing!! I love all things tropical on your cards! Thank you for joining us at CAS Mix Up!!
Love those tropical flowers! The colours are gorgeous! The bold black palm & tiki look stunning against your beautiful coloured backgrounds. All very stunning cards!
Awesome! I love your tropical cards..the colors are SO pretty. Thanks for sharing your project at Happy Little Stampers!
All of your cards are great, but I especially love the flower cards. Beautiful watercoloring!
Both are lovely cards but I especially like your beautiful tropical flowers and colours on the first one!! Thanks for joining us at CAS Mix Up.
WOW!!! I can see why you couldn't resist these tropical dies, Carol! Your flowers and leaves are absolutely gorgeous, and your tiki mask is fabulous! I'm definitely going to try your technique with my Zig markers :)
WOWZERS! YOWZERS GIRL...these cards are AMAZING!!! Your tropical flowers are beautiful! Gorgeous colors, perfectly blended and awesome CAS design! Love the swirly sentiment paired with these flowers.
The black palm tree and tiki mask (?) make THE perfect guy card! The splattered background really, REALLY makes the images pop!
My goodness have you been busy or what.. Love your card, the first two cause they are so soft and tropical and beautiful and the others with wash backgrounds and tree and mask, brilliant. Go tropical love it
I love your tropical designer card Carol. The softness and colours are divine.
Wooow! These are sooo awesome, Carol! Love them all!
Now I need those dies. The flowers and leaves are terrific in watercolors, Carol, and I love the palms and tikis in silhouette.
A wonderful set of cards. Love your beautiful watercoloring, and those dies are fantastic.
Gorgeous blooms, Carol ... so fresh and lovely ... and fabulous backgrounds to those dramatic trees and tikis! Hugs, Anita :)
Gorgeous cards! Thanks for joining us at Creatalicious Challenges.
Fabulously tropical! Wonderful colours & how the seamlessly blend x
This fabulous set of tropical cards makes me want to go on vacation! And buy this set of dies! Your cards are real eye candy!
Gorgeous tropical flowers colored beautifully with your luscious tropical colors. TFS Carol and joining us at CAS Mix Up. Hugs, Nancy
Your coloring is just fantastic. Absolutely tropical on so many levels. Beautiful work this week.
WOW - love your colourful makes. xxx
Now I reeeeeally want to go back to Hawaii!! Lovely bright colours with the flowers and the black outline of the tiki guy agains the wc bg is fabulous.
How could I have missed these Carol. What can I say the first is a real beauty and perfect forr the HLS challenge. :0)
Wonderful cards! Love your tropical dies!!!
Thank you soo much for taking part in our " anything goes with optional add flowers” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…
(DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)
(DT Crafty Friends)
(DT The Sketchy Challenges)
Wow, Carol, beautiful set of cards here, love the floral one which you added with the HLS, it is a stunner, thanks for joining us.
WOW! WOW! and more WOW! Carol these are spectacular! Loving your vibrant and fun BGs on the cards and the colours work perfectly for die-cut florals on your Uniko card. Just beautiful and thanks for playing along with us this month. Sarah x
Such a delight to stop by your blog and see such happy and tropical creations! It has been lovely to have you GD with us at Uniko and super happy to see you joining in too. My apologies for commenting SO late too. Hugs Bev x
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