Monday, May 22, 2017

Veggie Kindness...CASology #249~Warm


Happy May long weekend to those of you enjoying a holiday Monday!  Sunny and warm here! Yayyyy!

Quick post for CASology #249~Warm

 The thinking behind my two cards (just different background panels: scallop and postage stamp):

  • Images:  Warm = summer = gardens.  I love carrots! As for peppers, I like red ones only. Let's consider this one a 'hot red' pepper *grin*
  • Sentiment: Kindness = warms my heart.

Maybe we'll go find a farmers' market today...

Thanks so much for dropping by; your visit makes me feel all warm and fuzzy!

Friday, May 19, 2017

New Home Congratulations...Inkspirational Challenge #135~Word Prompt *Urban*


A long weekend, and we have a list of chores "this long" to tackle, so you're being treated to a flash post today!  Welcome to Inkspirational Callenge #135, where the theme for the next two weeks is *URBAN*.

Our guest designer this week, is ultra-talented, mega-sweet Aileen, from Colour and Sparkle fame for her blog and @huh_what_pardon on instagram. When you read her bio, you'll understand. In addition to her impressive creativity, she has an awesome sense of humour!  Her card is nothing short of marvelous, as are those created by my sweet - and witty - teammates:

Plan 1 was to use my Paper Smooches city-scape die which, despite my valiant searching attempts, I couldn't find..grrr! The disappointment was short-lived, as I remembered my new Houses stamps from STAMPlorations. Execute Plan 2. My set of cards are more suburban than urban but...I believe I meet the definition (yayyy for Wikipedia, *grin*) of: 'relating to, or characteristic of cities or towns.'

So, without further ado, here are my Houses cards, with the images very very very loosely water-coloured with Tombow markers.  I haven't completely given up on water-colouring...yet.

Apologies for the blurriness on some of these; I'm at my wit's end in trying to find ways/ places to get good photos consistently. I spend more time taking-deleting-editing-deleting, repeat x 1000 - and still ending up with lame results - than I do making cards! Yeesh!

Kind of a girly neighbourhood.

Sometimes a little house can be a 'big' home.

I wasn't going to share this crowded little number, with the 'sort of' smooshed Hello, but decided why not? It's not especially well done, but in real life, it is kind of artsy cute-ish...

There you have it: my take on *Urban* with a trio of  'congrats on your new home' cards (plus the outlier).  Speaking of new homes....oops!  Gotta go!  We'll 'address' that topic later....

You know the routine!  
Looking forward to seeing your takes on *Urban* in the Ink gallery!

Just a note:  If you're interested in these fabulous Houses, or any other product from STAMPlorations, I invite you to use my code: STAMPGIRLCAROLM. Here's the details:

  • Customers who order and use your discount code will get 20% off on all stamps, stencils, and dies.
  • Customers can use your code to get discounts on all regular- and sale-priced items in the store.
  • Customers can not combine your code with any other discount codes.
Also sharing at:

STAMPlorations May Anything CAS Goes Challenge (Feminine Colours)

STAMPlorations Anything Goes Challenge

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge~Home Sweet Home

Thank you for dropping by; your visit brings me joy!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Bike, Bike and Bike....Serendipity Stamps May Blog Hop #2


We're already on the second half of May and spring is slowly, ever so slowly wending its way in Alberta. Snowfall warning in effect in parts of the province that are very close to where we are. I kid you not! Yeesh!

So, let's just brighten the outlook, shall we, with a blog hop; specifically, Serendipity Stamps May Blog Hop #2.  Once again, my fantastic DT and I are showcasing some fabulous products that, hopefully, will inspire and delight. Your part is easy: by simply hopping along and leaving comments,  you're in the running for s a $20 gift certificate.  Here's the hop list....

Carol Mayne (you are here)

I have a trio of very, very CAS cards today. If you've followed me for a while, you likely know that my husband and I are involved in road bike racing; he's a National and Elite Commissaire (which is the fancy word for 'official'), as well as a competitor, depending on the event; I am a Provincial Commissaire. I do NOT race. No way!  I am, however, passionate about the sport! The first event of the season took place this past weekend, and yours truly was one of the officials. While most of the races were 'okay' (one bad crash sent three people to hospital and saw the race end early for two groups, as the incident happened at the finish line), the weather wasn't playing nicely: wind, rain, more wind, more rain.  Hopefully, the next race, in two weeks' time, will be held under sunny, breezy conditions...and I won't *have* to wear my winter woolies!

Anyway, that said, no surprise that I'm featuring bikes (Bicycle stamp), a bike-themed sentiment (Life is Like Riding) and birthday wishes (Happy Birthday) on my cards...

The font of the Life Is sentiment is soooo lovely and the bike is wonderfully detailed, which is why I left it 'as is'! It doesn't need 'my' colouring to make it the star of the stage; it does so all on its own!

That's it from me!  
Please head over to Serendipity Stamps Blog for more how-to-win details as well as for some scoops on sales. 
Hop, hop, hop! Next on the list is wonderfully talented Karen Amidon. Enjoy!

Thank you for dropping in today; your visit brings me joy! 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Wishing You A Beautiful Day...Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #407~For Mother


To all my wonderful friends and visitors who are moms (including moms to fur-babies): Happy Mother's Day!  To celebrate, the team over at Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #407, invite you to create cards/projects "For Mom".  Check out the bouquet of roses cupcakes...swooningly scrumptious!

This week, Poppystamps is our sponsor, with the winner receiving a $20 gift certificate! Thank you!
 Altenew Painted Flowers set has been sitting i n my NBUS stash for a few months and when I saw this photo, decision to use it was easily made. Line-up lessons required and I found precisely what I needed in the free class - yes FREE -  at the Altenew Academy:  All About Layering...(and the sequel, All About Layering 2 in next on my list for a couple of other sets).  Thanks to Nicole P's video, which went through a number of start-pause-start episodes, I have a bit of a handle on how these lovely blooms work. Of course, more practice is required - and one flower still needs attention - but....I'm quite smitten with my first 'show-able' attempt!  Hope my mom will like the scattering of 'roses' when I give her this card later today....

Please head over to Cupcake Inspirations to see my team-mates' "For Mom"'ll be dazzled!
Afterwards, design a card/project to share in the gallery! Looking forward to seeing your there!

Have a marvelous Sunday!

Thank you for dropping by; your visit brings me joy!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Celebrate, Smile, Saying Hello...FUSION~Navy Patterns


Welcome to the newest edition of FUSION Challenge~Navy Patterns, where we have a stylish, striking living room, paired with a friendly sketch, as inspiration sparks for the next two weeks.
My first two cards are the result of three inspiration sources: colours (obvious blue in the first; the yellow/peach from the tulips in the second), the sketch (teensy adaption with the sentiment) AND a trio of cards designed by ultra-talented, Debby Hughes: Live In The Moment Card Set Inspired By Instax Mini 8 With Capture Moments Stamp Set.

My first *case Debby* card, adapted for our sketch, turned out like this....

and my second, like so...

This masking/blending/stamping technique is fabulous! Indeed, you may see me giving it a go in the very near future!

Of course, I couldn't leave you without one of my beloved butterflies *grin*

Please head over to see my team-mates' creations for marvelous inspirations; their cards are navy-pattern gorgeous and sketch savvy!

Becca Cruger (taking a break)

Looking forward to seeing your designs in the FUSION gallery!

Thank you for dropping by; your visit is both welcomed and deeply appreciated!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Butterfly Hello....Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #241~Anything Goes


Welcome to Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #241 featuring the ever popular Anything Goes as this week's inspiration. Bring it on!

Yes, I'm in full on butterfly mode. Sorry, but I have such a variety of new ones that they all warrant some play time. The trio here, fluttering through the clouds (this ef is ah-mazing! Darice clouds...), are the Blissful Butterflies stamp and die combination from Pretty Pink Posh.  So sweet! Tombow markers and a blender pen...not 'quite' water-colouring but close-ish....

Please be sure to visit my teammates to see where they've gone with their 'anythings', then join us in the gallery!  See you soon!

Thank you so much for dropping by; your visit brings me joy!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Yet More Butterflies....Happy Little Stampers May Anything Goes with Dies Challenge, Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge~Flutter


WOW...May, already!  I imagine that blossoms and flowers are blooming for many of you; here, our 'darling buds of May' are being a bit hesitant, awaiting warmer weather. Hopefully, we'll see green leaves and vibrant petals soon...

Today, my teammates and I welcome you to Happy Little Stampers May Anything Goes with Dies Challenge

 where you have a chance to win:

Pretty marvelous incentive, indeed!

My showcase was inspired by the pretty monochromatic butterflies at Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge~Flutter

I've mentioned  previously (and often!) that I love my Concord & 9th Beautiful Butterflies, so I reached for the stamps and dies not once, but three times. The front panels are grey, the inside of the die cuts, yellow, pink and peach/coral....

(Adding this one to Less Is More Challenge Challenge #327~Yellow & Grey)

It took a bit of finagling on my part to align the die cuts with the background stamping (my engineering skills aren't that strong..), but the end result was well worth the time and puzzling. Butterflies make me wondrously happy!

Please be sure to visit my team-mates at HLS Anything Goes with Dies, then create a card/project (or three...) of your own and join us!

See you in the gallery!

Thank you so much for dropping by; your visit brings me joy!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Thank You...Inkspirational Challenge #134~Photo Inkspiration (Shop Window)


Ready for a new challenge? Excellent...and I'm here to deliver! Welcome to Inkspirational Challenge #134~Photo Inkspiration. Isn't this cool?

The background story for this image comes from our own Marina, whose 'photographic lens' caught this fabulous shop front when she was visiting in France last year. Here's a closer look:

Inspiring, indeed!  Actually, I want to know if she wandered inside and came away with an item or four! I see some pretties in that window!

My eye was drawn to the colours - kraft and peach/coral (lower left of the photo - not sure exactly what that item is, all wispy-like...)- the 'texture' of the sidewalk tiles and the 'airness' of the feathers.  Those, combined, lead to this....

I'm loving, loving, loving this Concord & 9th butterfly die...and yes, you'll be seeing it in action again very soon!

Please be sure to head over to the INK blog to see the awesome designs this photo sparked for my team-mates - MarinaShaunaSandieYvonneNonniKylie.  An array of WOW awaits you!

Looking forward to how this photo will inspire you! See you in the gallery!

Also sharing at;:

Creatalicious Challenge #114~Anything Goes

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge~A Hint of Pink

Thank you for dropping in today; your visit brings me joy! 

Hello...Tag You're It Challenge #71

Welcome to  Tag You're It Challenge #71, where this *month* (details below), we're drawing inspiration from the lovely Spring tulips Hello tag designed by Lindsey M-P,  our Guest Featured Artist  

Also joining us is Guest Designer, Marcia Hill - you can see her gorgeous take on Lindsey's tag over on the main blog.

I decided, for this round, to place my tag on a card (hard to see but it is popped up) and the inspiration I drew from Lindsey's tag is quite obvious. Of course, I had to sneak in a wee butterfly!

So, let's chat about the new format, shall we?  Starting with this challenge, Tag You're It is moving to a monthly format. That means:
  • you will have at least four weeks to participate,  
  • you will still be getting lots of inspiration from our team; every Friday to be exact. Over the course of the month, the entire Tag You're It Design Team will participate (three to four at a time) in every challenge to inspire you. 

We hope that by having a longer time to complete your projects that you can find more time to create! Our Guest Designers will be sharing inspiration with you on the 1st and 3rd week of the challenge.
The new challenge will start on the first Friday of every month and the link up will close on the last Wednesday of the month. The winners post will always be one hour prior to the new challenge each month.
Doesn't this sound like a great plan? Four weeks to create a tag (or several) and join us in the gallery! Looking very much forward to seeing you - and your takes on Lindsey's tag - there!

Thank you for dropping in today; your visit brings me joy! 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Serendipity May Blog Hop (#1) ~ Rollercoaster and Flowers


Happy May and a warm welcome to Serendipity Stamps May Blog Hop #1.  And guess what:  Patti's back!  Woo hooooo!  She's been so so so incredibly missed, but not any more! She's returned to dazzle and delight with her marvelous creativity and heart-warming comments!  Excuse me while I engage in yet another round of ecstatic happy dancing!

Okay...restoring calm for a bit now.  Once again, my fantastic DT and I are showcasing some fabulous products that, hopefully, will inspire and delight. Your part is easy: by simply hopping along and leaving comments,  you're in the running for s a $20 gift certificate.  Here's the hop list....

Carol Mayne (you are here)

Today, I'm sharing three simple cards, easy to create especially for those of you who have other things calling for your attention as the spring months turn into summer....

The first two feature two flowers from Simple Flowers, which is also this month's 50% off Stamp of the Month. They are soooo cute and deserving of performing solo in their little frames on the stage!  Simple Happy Birthday sentiment and ta dahhh...two for the birthday collection!

Roller coaster ride, anyone? Not me...never been on one and have no desire to do so! Yes, I am a scaredy-cat...and proud to be so *grin* A roller coaster stamp, however, is a different story!  My card showcases one of the newer Serendipity additions: Roller Coaster Cling Stamp set, which includes this daring ride and two sentiment phrases.  A 'sunset' background and that was it; another set where I wanted the details to be the highlight of the show....

That's it from me!  Two tasks for you now:
Please head over to Serendipity Stamps Blog for more how-to-win details as well as for some scoops on sales. 
Hop, hop, hop! Next on the list is wonderfully talented Karen Amidon. Enjoy!

Thank you for dropping in today; your visit brings me joy!