Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Happy Little Stampers June 2020 CAS Card Challenge...Let's Party!

Hello,

Welcome to Happy Little Stampers June 2020 CAS Card Challenge, where this month's theme is PARTY!  I think we could all use some whooping-it-up these days and if doing so physically isn't possible then let's do it on our cards/in our projects! Guaranteed you'll be smiling while 'partying'!


Before sharing my card: a newsflash! After 8 years of running blogs, our illustrious leader, Kylie, has decided to take a much needed, much deserved break from ALL her challenges for the next 6 months, beginning in July. Hopefully, we'll return from this hiatus refreshed, rejuvenated and, fingers-crossed, virus-free, in January 2021 (which, when you think about it, isn't *that* far away).

I've coloured up some images from MFT for my party on a card and paired them with a sentiment from Winnie & Walter. The little turtle...such a cutie with his party hat and blower (or whatever it's called). 


Plenty of celebration over at the Happy Little Stampers blog; hope you'll head over for a visit and then join us! Let's fill the gallery with smile-making delights!

Thank you for dropping by!


Monday, June 1, 2020

STAMPlorations June 2020 CAS Card Challenge~Anything Goes (optional colour twist: Any Shade of Purple)...Butterfly Just A Note

Hello,

June 1st: OHMYSTARS! We're at the halfway point of 2020; hoping that the next six months will see uncertainty and scary stuff make a safe, permanent exit!!

Welcome to STAMPlorations June 2020 CAS Card Challenge, where Anything Goes is always the theme, with an optional twist that, this month, is Any Shade of Purple.


I decided to make an attempt at colour blocking on my card, using Blossom Like A ButterflyBasic A2 Panels Nesting Dies (for the squares) and aTrendy Feathers sentiment. The lighter purple squares are popped up...just because *grin*.


That's it from me; time for you to play along.
  • You can find Challenge details here.
  • If you decide you 'need' some of the products I - or other designers have used - head over to the STAMPlorations Online Store (always great deals to be had!)
  • To receive an additional 20% off your purchases, I invite you to use my discount code: STAMPGIRLCAROLM
Looking forward to seeing your CAS cards in the gallery, with or without the twist!

I'll be back on June 15th with a reminder card.

Thank you for dropping by!


Friday, May 29, 2020

Inkspirational Challenge #214~Designer's Choice: Funny Sentiments...You are Pawsome

Hello,

Welcome to Inkspirational Challenge #214, where Pia, as her Designer's Choice, invites us to use Funny Sentiments on our cards/projects.  Let's bring on the giggles!

Before I share my card: we're biding *see you later* to our sweet Anila, who is exploring another path on her crafting journey! Anila, your inspiration and sweet comments will be missed here, but...we know where to find you!


I went with 'cutie patootie' with a card inspired by the one designed by Stephanie K, of MFT fame, here, that, hopefully, you'll find funny on some level!  What was 'truly' funny was gluing each little paw and toe pad on the hexagons! Labour of love!


My wonderful teammates have interpreted the prompt in most delightful fashions. Please visit and leave them some love, which I know will be deeply appreciated:



Looking forward to seeing you in the gallery!


Thank you for dropping by!


Just Us Girls Challenge #538~WILD Card Week (Use 2 or more different patterned papers)...Circles Thanks So Much

Hello,

Welcome to Just Us Girls Challenge #538, where our lovely Sue wants us to go *wild* in using 2 or more different patterned papers on our cards/projects! Bring out alllll your bits-and-pieces of pretty papers and show them some love!


Once again, Deborah Frings joins us with her finale post as this month's guest designer; Deborah, your inspiration has been nothing short of awesome! Thank you for playing cards with us! Please wander to her blog for a visit and, afterwards, drop by at my wonderful JUGS team's places: Sue, Angie, Vicki, Ina, Bobby, Nancy, Lisa, Maria and Cécile. If you have a chance to comment, that would be a real treat.

Sue asked for two or 'more' patterned paper, so I've delivered with FIVE! This circle die from The Stamp Market is perfect for using up assorted sizes of leftover papers. Such fun to piece them into their respective circles, too!


That's it from me!
Looking forward to seeing your patterned paper playgrounds!

Thank you for dropping by!


Uniko May/June 2020 Challenge Reminder #59~Anything Goes (optional twist Bright & Happy)...Butterfly Hello

Hello,

Welcome to my reminder post for the Uniko May/June 2020 Challenge #59.

My card recipe is wonderfully easy to follow:

English Country Garden Butterflies stamp and die - I used a toner pen to add lovely, shimmery purple foil to parts of the butterfly 
Bright Butterflies stencil - dry embossed background 
Hello Lovely - sentiment


Hope you'll play along with us and, to amp up the encouragement, Bev has offered PRIZES as additional incentive:
  • Main Winner Chosen By the DT - £15 eGift Certificate
  • Random Twist Winner - £5 eGift Certificate
  • Random Uniko Stamps Winner - £5 eGift Certificate
  • Top 3 Chosen By DT - 150 Loyalty Reward Points
The gallery is open until midnight (GMT), Friday, June 19th, 2020.  See you there!

Thank you for dropping by!


Wednesday, May 27, 2020

2020 SPRING | SUMMER COFFEE LOVERS BLOG HOP...Coffee Cup Gift Card Holders

Hello,

More coffee cards for the 2020 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Hop!!  


This time, a quartet of Coffee Cup gift card holders! Such fun! 





Thank you for dropping by!


2020 SPRING | SUMMER COFFEE LOVERS BLOG HOP...Coffee Turnabouts

Hello,

Popping in with a duo of coffee cards for the 2020 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Hop.


Concord &9th's coffee turnabout...LOVE it!!




Thank you for dropping by!


Sunday, May 24, 2020

STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday (May 24, 2020)...Love for Leaf Prints 2

Hello,

Welcome to my Stencil Sunday post where, once again, I'm sharing some simple ways to play with the wonderful array of stencils available at STAMPlorations.

Fourth post and guess what: four cards to share! I didn't have that as my intention but once I started playing...well, let's just say I carried on!

The title of today's post:  LOVE for Leaf Prints 2!!

Today's cards have a common design, featuring a SINGLE stencil focus, Leaf Prints 2 - ARTplorations Stencil, and the same sentiment/embellishment base, Pierced Curly Frames/Tags Nesting Dies.  Other products used are:

What sets the cards apart: the techniques used to showcase the stencil.  Let's begin...

Card 1
Alcohol ink background + C Gina K Glitter Gel
In real life, this is wonderfully shimmery! 
Flutter Zen 2 Layering Dies butterfly in vellum



Card 2
Dry embossed background, then inked with Twisted Citron DI
Dragonfly Layering Dies - The Bee's Knees - dragonfly cut from gold sparkle cardstock
Pierced Curly Frames/Tags Nesting Dies, lightly dusted with Spun Sugar DI




Card 3
I used a new-to-me product - Cosmic Shimmer: Opal Blaze Polish in Pink Blueberry.
It's a lovely product, easily applied with your finger tip (think 'dipping your finger into yummy icing!). Different hues depending on your paper; on black...oh myyyy!



Card 4
*Had* to include yet another foiled card - this time a gorgeous Brutus Monroe foil
After foiling the card, I used Deco Foil Transfer paper, cut the dragonfly, then foiled it as well.




One stencil; one design; four different/same looks! It's all about how you 'breathe life' into your stencils!  Hope I've given you a few ideas to use your stencils in new/different ways.

Before you go:

PRIZES! For a chance to win a $15 gift code to the STAMPlorations store, leave a comment here and on the STAMPlorations blog by June 8th. Winners will be announced on June 10th!

If any of the products have caught your eye, I invite you to use my discount code - STAMPGIRLCAROLM - when you shop at the STAMPlorations Online Store (some great deals to be had!).

I'll be back in a couple weeks for another Stencil Sunday!  Please: stay safe!


Friday, May 22, 2020

Just Us Girls Challenge #537~Photo Week...Coffee Turnabout Enjoy!

Hello,

Welcome to Just Us Girls Challenge #537, where our wonderful Bobby has selected this laden-with-possibilities photo to spark our creativity! Bright, bold, an assortment of textures and patterns...oh my! So. Many. Choices!


Once again, we're thrilled to have talented, super creative Deborah Frings joining us as this month's guest designer; please wander to her blog for a visit and, afterwards, drop by at my wonderful JUGS team's places: Sue, Angie, Vicki, Ina, Bobby, Nancy, Lisa, Maria and Cécile. If you have a chance to comment, that would be a real treat.

Colours and 'table' elements caught my eye, so I decided that a coffee-themed card would fit-the-bill.  Concord & 9th's coffee turnabout making its debut.  Have I mentioned how much I love C & 9 turnabouts? I do...oodles! 



That's it from me!
Looking forward to seeing how this photo inspires you!

Also sharing at:

Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Hop



Thank you for dropping by!


Wednesday, May 20, 2020

STAMPlorations Spring Fling Reminder Post (May 20, 2020)...Close-up Floral Stencil Thank You

Hello,

Have you had a chance to join the STAMPlorations Spring Fling Blog Hop & Link Party yet?  If not, here's a gentle nudge to do so; if so, thank you...and play again! 

Today, I'm joining the STAMPgals with a reminder post featuring some new cards/projects to spark inspiration.


I decided to try something different (for me) using the oh-so-pretty All-Blooms-ARTplorations-Stencil (you've likely seen the beautiful cards several of my teammates  have created).  Rather than use the entire stencil - my usual style - I selected three of the flowers and created 'mini closeups' of the blooms by placing them on Pierced Curly Frames/Tags Nesting Dies. Each 'snapshot' snippet features a similar DI ink palette - Spun Sugar, Festive Berries, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed - in varying degrees, depending on the flower. I adhered three additional frames together, from cardstock leftovers, for added dimension. The sentiment is from Thank You Coffee - Shery Russ Designs. 


A bit of a different look. I like it...hope you do, too!

Head over to the STAMPlorations blog for more cards and prize/playing along details.

May store promotion: Throughout May, products in the SPRING FLING section are 15% off instantly; if you use my code - STAMPGIRLCAROLM - you can received 35% off. Talk about a deal!

Link to Spring Fling section in the store:
https://stamplorations.auctivacommerce.com/Spring-Fling-Instant-15-Off-C380986.aspx?sid=38054


Thank you for dropping by!


Friday, May 15, 2020

Inkspirational Challenge #213~Shake...Happy 9th Birthday Shaker

Hello,

Welcome to Inkspirational Challenge #213, where *SHAKE* is our word prompt! You can shake with shakers, or perhaps a blender/mixer image, or a dancer (person or critter) shimmying across your panel stage...possibilities galore!


I went totally easy-peasy with this one! Lawn Fawn paper, MFT die and circle shaker doo-dad thing (which totally eliminates the need for foam tape), a C & 9th number and Studio Katia sequins.  All told, about 15 minutes.  Yayyy!


My wonderful teammates have interpreted the prompt in most delightful fashions. Please visit and leave them some love, which I know will be deeply appreciated:

MarinaShaunaPiaMarlenaAnila, Nonni (taking a break this week)

Looking forward to seeing you in the gallery!


Thank you for dropping by!


Just Us Girls Challenge #536~Colour Week...Sunshine and Rainbows

Hello,

Welcome to Just Us Girls Challenge #536, where our lovely Lisa has selected a bright, cheery selection of colours to showcase on our cards/projects.


Once again, we're thrilled to have talented, super creative Deborah Frings joining us as this month's guest designer; please wander to her blog for a visit and, afterwards, drop by at my wonderful JUGS team's places: Sue, Angie, Vicki, Ina, Bobby, Nancy, Lisa, Maria and Cécile. If you have a chance to comment, that would be a real treat.

Concord & 9th's Brighter Days set recently arrived at my place and I couldn't wait to use Lisa's colour scheme for some happy rainbows! The arcs are inked; the sun and clouds, die cut. I had a big ol' smile on my face while making these...and I hope they'll bring a smile to your faces, too!



That's it from me!
Looking forward to seeing how this palette inspires you!


Thank you for dropping by!


STAMPlorations May 2020 CAS Card Challenge Reminder Post~Anything Goes (optional colour twist: Baby Pink)...It's Your Birthday

Hello (again),

Welcome to my Reminder Post for STAMPlorations May 2020 CAS Card Challenge, where the theme is always Anything Goes with an optional colour twist: Baby Pink.



My card features the oh-so-pretty Flourishes ARTplorations Stencil paired with the candle and a sentiment from Kathryn's Big Wishes Stamps and Dies.  Simple and definitely 'pink'!


That's it from me; time for you to play along.

You can find Challenge details here.
  • If you decide you 'need' some of the products I - or other designers have used - head over to the STAMPlorations Online Store (always great deals to be had!)
  • To receive an additional 20% off your purchases, I invite you to use my discount code: STAMPGIRLCAROLM
Looking forward to seeing your CAS cards in the gallery, with or without the twist!


Thank you for dropping by!