Friday, October 28, 2016

Love You Fox...Tag, You're It Challenge #59~Rubeena Naz


Welcome to Tag, You're It Challenge #59, where we - and in turn, you, our fabulous design supporters - are drawing inspiration from this beautiful tag created by the impressive creative (and newly married!) Rubeena Naz.

Guest Featured Designer 

No way would I be able to create a water-colour, scrumptious beauty like Rubeena's, so I went in my own direction, focusing on her elements of placement, colours and a second sparkle tag.  Here's my version...another chance to play with the sweet Stylized Autumn fox created by Kay Miller.

As you can imagine, the plethora of Halloween tags I made for my niece and nephew meant that they've been very much on my mind (as they always are!).  As I was creating this, I had wonderful memories guiding me...

 Back when Ms T was just shy of three (she's six now), she sooooooo wanted to learn to write her letters, which I must say, she mastered rather quickly (yes, I'm biased, but not in this case! She was a studious little student).  I'd write the letters and she'd copy underneath. Of course, she often wound up with a gigantic B, or a teensy, backwards S, or in a masterful piece of art, a stylized version of her name where the 'roof' of the letter T was shelter for the remaining letters of her name.  It wasn't long before I decided that she was ready to copy sentences and this is the one we started with:  The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dogs.  All the letters of the alphabet are here, I told her, and so after she'd written it, we'd go for a search, just to be sure Aunty c wasn't spoofing her!  It's still our favourite; only now, the sentence's letters are of (more or less) uniform size, with a capital at the beginning and period at the end.  I'm excited she's growing up, but oh, how I miss those wonderful moments with my 'little' girl....

Anyway, the tag's going to her, with 'our' special sentence written on the back....

Enough of my Aunty ramblings...

Please check out what the rest of the team have created:

 Diana Carr (Guest Designer)

Looking forward to seeing your translations of Rubeena's tag. 
I know they'll be amazing!
See you in the gallery!

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Leaves, Leaves, Leaves...Inspired by all the Little Things Challenge #29~Leaves, TIME OUT Challenge #69, My Time To Craft Challenge #332~Autumn Colours or Halloween, Simon Says Monday Challenge~Autumn, Simon Says Wednesday Challenge~Anything Goes


Ms. Last Minute here once again to share my card for the nearly-closing Inspired by all the Little Things Challenge #29~Leaves. That photo is just sooooo are all the DT creations and the entries in the gallery.  Had to play....

STAMPlorations leaves, distress inked and spritzed, and a STAMPlorations sentiment...

NOTE: Absolutely thrilled and honoured to be Kim's choice as an Inspiring Standout at Inspired by All the Little Things! THANK YOU!

I missed adding sparkling rain droplets, but given I was holding my breath the entire time making this (striving not be heavy handed with misting), I was not going to take any risks!  We'll just consider my leaves as being dry, having been tumbled and twirled about by the ever-prevalent winds around these parts *grin*....

Also sharing at:

My Time To Craft Challenge #332~Autumn Colours or Halloween

Simon Says Monday Challenge~Autumn

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge~Anything Goes

STAMPlorations Anything Goes Challenge

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

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

An Amazing Stack of Macarons....The Heart Desires Challenge #5, STAMPlorations Spotlight Project Showcase, STAMPlorations Anything Goes Challenge


Running in last minute with my card for The Heart Desires Challenge #5~Elements:  Colors, Stack 'em Up, Large Sentiments.  Apologies for being late BUT....

I did bring a stack of pastel-ish coloured macarons that I'm more than willing to share!  As for the sentiment: I'm declaring, boldly, *grin* that all of you on this team truly ARE amazing!!

NOTE: So thrilled that my stack of macarons received one of two Honourable Mentions at The Heart Desires Challenge #5! THANK YOU!

I haven't played with this Sugar Rush set from STAMPlorations for a while, so it was fun to bring it  out, even though eons passed before I arrived at the decision to use it!  Yeesh...blaming my slo-mo mojo on allllll the Halloween tags of late!  I'm *boo-ed* out (at least for this day...)

Also sharing at:

STAMPlorations Spotlight Project

Inspired by two of Deepti's posts using these images:  this one for colour and this one for stacking

STAMPlorations Anything Goes Challenge

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

More Halloween Tags....Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #217


Time for my DT and I to invite you to Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #217~Make Your Mark.

Bring out those colouring tools, my friend! Pencils, markers, sponges, paints...

Be warned: I'm still on my Halloween tag making kick for my niece's and nephew's classmates *grin* Today, I'm sharing three of the label-shaped tags for my nephew's daycare pals...and each one has received a little snippet of colouring using my Chameleon markers. (Remember: making your mark doesn't have to be accomplished in gi-normous least that's my perspective and I'm sticking with it!).

The 'spooky' images are from SugarPea Designs Sweet Treats: Halloween and the papers from Doodlebug (last year, I believe).

First up are some morsels of candy corn,

followed by a scowly-faced Frankie (as I would be wearing if someone pierced my neck!),

and a heavy-browed owl....

Here they are, posing together.

I made a total of 10  in this style. I'll share the rest soon. Very soon! (And yes, I'm nearly done with the Halloween gig...I think. Still a couple more days, though...)

Please be sure to visit the ATSM site to see the delights my team created. 
Looking forward to seeing your 'make your mark' projects in the gallery!

Also sharing at:
Cute Card Thursday Challenge #448~Halloween

My Time To Craft Challenge #332~ Autumnal Colours or Halloween

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

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Coffee Friendship....MUSE Challenge #188


Taking a wee break from Halloween tags (need to get them sent by Tuesday!) to play over at MUSE Challenge #188,  We're invited to draw inspiration from Jenni's pretty floral card:

Her layout caught my eye, as did her sentiment.  Here's mine, with a nod to her background coloured panel, key image placed top left,  'friendship' connection, and background banners/tags....

You see a 'bit' of resemblance, right?

Back to making Halloween tags!  I'll share more later!

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

Friday, October 21, 2016

Happy Halloween Tags....Inkspirational Challenge #120


Welcome to Inkspirational Challenge #120

Black and one other colour! Talk about possibilities galore!  Check out what our amazing guest designer and my team-mates have created...I'll la la la la....
Cheryl (Guest Designer)

Impressive, right? Okay, now for my turn. Halloween tags...for my niece's Grade 1 classmates. I'm making 30 total, so here's a showcase, featuring black and orange....

Full view....a gnarly tree, bats, a spider (totally not a scary one) and a shimmery kitty....

Closer view....Check out the sparkly tulle! Glitter alllllllllllllllllllllll over my crafting area and regions beyond! First time I've used it; too. much. fun! Indeed, making these tags for my cutie-patootie Ms. T is a blast!

And the trio of that design (I made 6 of these...)

Hope she likes them; hope her class mates do, too! I'll be sharing other versions later.
Your turn!  
Black and ?????????? 
Excited to see what you'll dazzle us with in the gallery!

Also sharing at:
CAS on Sunday Challenge #94~Halloween

Creatalicious Challenge #101~ Anything Goes with optional twist of Halloween

Cute Card Thursday Challenge #448~Halloween

Dragonfly Journeys Challenge #77~Trick or Treat

Simply Create Too Challenge #120~Halloween

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

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Coffee!...STAMPlorations October CAS Card Challenge~Anything Goes (optional colour twist: Black) Reminder Post, The Hop to Stop 2016, Addicted To CAS Challenge #99~Coffee, STAMPlorations Anything Goes Challenge


I'm back, joining the talented STAMPlorations CAS design team as a guest designer, for the
CAS Card Challenge #10 Mid-month Reminder Post

Have you played along yet? If not, you still have time to add your fabulous creations to the gallery. Need a bit of inspiration? If so, I have something for you:

The black and purple makes for a dramatic combination, that I hope my sweet friend, who has seen me through some 'interesting' times, will like it.The coffee cup silhouette is marvelous; plans percolating for more ways to use this little gem!

For more amazing inspiration, please visit the rest of the team:

Join us in the gallery!
Looking forward to seeing you there!

Here are the absolutely friendly, simple "rules":

You can link up to 3 CAS cards.
You can enter a CAS card with or without the optional color twist.
Non-STAMPlorations products are OK
Badges for winner and top picks are voted by the design team
1 winner drawn from those who use the color twist wins a $10 gift certificate
See? All the more reasons to play along!!!

Also joining:

The Hop to Stop 2016. (A most worthwhile cause, and one that, sadly, too many of us connect with. Thank you, Becca, for bringing this initiative to light once again.)

STAMPlorations October Theme and Sketch Challenge~Stamps and Sponging

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

Love in my Heart...FUSION (Challenge Oct. 20), Allsorts Challenge #385~Pink October, Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge #2~Watercolour, Simon Wednesday Challenge~Think Pink


Is time flying by at warp speed for you the way it is for me?  How did we arrive at nearly the end of October already?  Yikes!  I still haven't finished the Halloween 'somethings' I'm making for my niece and nephew's classmates and daycare pals!  Getting close, but still a few things to do...I'll be sharing soon...stay tuned.

Okay, down to the business at hand! A warm welcome to the newest FUSION~Soft and Subtle challenge where we're inviting you to draw inspiration from the gorgeous bouquet or the fabulous sketch or a combination of both.  I confess: I pointed out those pretty blooms to my husband.  Hint! Hint!  I don't 'need' flowers, however, if some were to magically appear, I wouldn't be too upset *grin*

A second confession: I found the challenge a bit daunting. The flowers are SO pretty that I didn't want to 'mess up' their impact with my interpretation that wouldn't do them justice. The sketch, while certainly appealing and open to a zillion possibilities, has 'strips' that I have troubles with. I obviously need more dies to help me in that department (or a heavy dose of Mr. Mojo to see alternatives). Finally, after several starts-and-not-finishes, I opted to focus on the colours - the light/slighter deeper rose, to be precise - as well as what roses represent - love.  I wound up with this....

NOTE:  Honoured to be selected as one of Top 5 Winners over at Allsorts Challenge #385~Pink October! THANK YOU!

My card looks 'basic,' but in real life, its a-shimmer with distress inks that have been liberally perfect pearls spritzed (spun sugar and worn lipstick for the 'hearts'' festive berries for the veins).  Simply simple, despite the convoluted journey it took to get there.  I'm pleased with my  Concord and 9th  'leafy love hearts'; I hope they make you smile, too.

For more inspiration, check out my incredibly talented team-mates' designs.  Here's the drop in for a visit, leave them some love....

then, craft a card of your own and join us in the gallery. Remember, the process is simple:

1. Play with just the sketch challenge.
2. Play with just the inspiration photo challenge.
3. Or you can create FUSION by combining BOTH challenges into one card.
4. Use the challenge graphic and link back to Fusion in your post.
5.  HAVE FUN!!!

See you in the gallery!

Also sharing at:

Allsorts Challenge #385~Pink October

Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge #2~Watercolour

Simon Wednesday Challenge~Think Pink

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

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Tree-Decorating Snowman and Snowflakes...Serendipity October Blog Hop and Half-way Challenge Reminder~Celebrate Anything


I'm delighted to welcome you to the Serendipity Stamps October Blog Hopwhere this month's theme is Celebrate Anything, using Anything Goes techniques.  The door is wide open to unlimited possibilities!

When you hop along with us (you should have arrived here from wonderfully talented Patti Kehl'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 October 23; the winner will be announced on Mary's blog on Monday, Oct. 24.

Christmas is coming wayyyyy too quickly, so I've decided to make at least a 'wee' dent in the 'must make' card list. Today, I'm celebrating Christmas with two techniques. The first is one I do my best to avoid - watercolour (yep, the challenge to get it right persists) - but given the darling image calling for attention, I couldn't resist. Out came my Prisma watercolour pencils, paired with a very light touch in adding water. The results make me smile! Please say hello to this incredibly cute, brand new Snowman Decorating Tree, in the midst of a flurry of Ink Spots snowflakes.

My second card features another newcomer to the Serendipity shop: the Snowflake Reverse Die.  I cut the snowflakes from white cardstock, and adhered the panel to a teal background. A second pass of the die, using silver shimmer card stock, gave me another set of snowflakes that I offset slightly over the openings. The peeks of teal through the silver is really pretty in real life.  An easy-to-make card, perfect for mass producing...

Before I send you off on your *merry* way, a trio of important items:
  • Sale Alert! This week's sale will be free shipping on US orders of $25 or more,  good Wednesday, Oct. 19th through Sunday the 23rd.  No coupon code required.  Happy shopping!

Whatever you choose, be sure to include at least one Serendipity Stamps image (stamp or die) on your design!  
  • A reminder that the stamp of the month (50% off) for October is the so pretty Pumpkin Border.  

That's it from me; the stage is now yours!

Looking forward to seeing your creativity in the gallery!
Be sure to link up at the challenge blog by Midnight US EST October 30.

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

Saturday, October 15, 2016

I Think You're Delightful...Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #380, TIME OUT Challenge #68, The Flower Challenge #1~Anything Goes


Welcome to Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #380, where we're inviting you to use blush, ruby and forest on your projects this week.

This week's sponsor is Waffle Flower, who are generously offering the winner a stamp set of his/her choice! So sweet!

For my card, I'm drawing inspiration from Ardyth's so-pretty cascading flowers card that is taking center stage over at TIME OUT Challenge #68:

Here's my version, using Concord and 9th's Brushed Blooms:

Please head over to Cupcake Inspirations to see what the rest of the team has created; you'll be dazzled.

Looking forward to seeing how blush, ruby and green spark your creativity!

Also sharing at:
The Flower Challenge #1~Anything Goes

Happy Thanksgiving...Curtain Call Glittery Gourds~Guest Designer, Just Add Ink Challenge #333~Just Add "G", Double D Challenges~Pumpkin Time


I'm deeply thrilled and honoured to be playing alongside Sheri and the amazing team over at Curtain Call as the Guest Designer for the new challenge: Curtain Call~Glittery Gourds!  The white pumpkins, studded with gold, have completely captivated me. Elegance and class! I'd  love to have this pair as part of my Fall home decor....

I have definitely brought a shimmery, glimmery pumpkin - and a shaker, to boot -  to the challenge today!  Everything has a sheen about it: the gold polka-dot paper, the gold/white beads, and, the star of the stage; the pumpkin (Pumpkin Die from Serendipity Stamps), cut from gold shimmer card-stock.  The intricate details are so lovely (the twirly 'vine' from the stem is such a charming touch) and the die itself cuts like butter!

Pumpkin glow!

Thank you, Curtain Call gals, for offering me this amazing opportunity. To everyone who stops to visit - a huge thank you - and please be sure to join the fun.  I'm excited to see how the Glittery Gourds inspire YOU!

Also sharing at:
Just Add Ink Challenge #333~Just Add "G" (going for the gold...)

Double D Challenges~Pumpkin Time

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