Friday, April 16, 2021

The Color Hues Challenge #16~Yellow and Grey...Just Calling to Say LOVE (Waffle Flower Secret Admirer)

Hello,

Welcome to our Colour Hues Challenge for April (can you believe...mid-April already!!), where we're inviting you to use hues of  Yellow and Grey, the Pantone Colours of the Year. Definitely a combination with umpteen lovely possibilities, as our guest designer and my teammates will demonstrate!

I am so smitten with Waffle Flower's Secret Admirer set that I *had* to bring them out for a yellow + grey playdate.  AND, I even found a sheet of matchy-matchy patterned paper in my stash - Girl Gang - from P13, my current favourite paper company! First sheet used from this collection and yes, love it as much as I love allllll the others I've used. The patterns and thickness are win-wins for me.


Please visit the rest of the team, along with our guest designer; they've created quite the array of dazzling delights with Yellow and Grey:


The challenge is open until 9:00 AM (EST) on April 29th.
 The winners will be posted an hour before our next challenge goes live (May 1st). 
The overall winner will have the opportunity to be a 
future Guest Designer!



Thank you for dropping by!


Thursday, April 15, 2021

STAMPlorations Reminder Post April 2021 CAS Challenge~Anything CAS Goes (optional: Baby Pink and Navy Blue)...Peeking Sunflower Thank You

Hello

Welcome to my STAMPlorations Reminder Post for the April 2021 CAS Challenge, where the theme is always Anything Goes with an optional colour twist which, this month, is Baby Pink and Navy Blue.


I used the Peeking Sunflowers Slimline stencil for my first card of the challenge and decided to play with it again to make an A2 sized card. Worked a charm! I paired it with a sentiment from Thank You Coffee and Circles All Over Texture Cover Plate (on the navy). Super simple and a wonderful way to stretch (or would that be 'shrink') your slimline stencils!



That's it from me; time for you to play along.
  • You can find Challenge details here. PLEASE READ as they've been updated.
  • If you decide to purchase 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: STAMPGIRLCAROL.

Thank you for dropping by!


Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Perfect CAS April 2021 Challenge #13~Wings...Make A Wish Fairy

Hello,

Welcome to Perfectly CAS April 2021 Challenge, where this month's theme is WINGS!  Butterflies, birds, bees...planes....if it has wings, and your design is CAS, then we'd love to see you in the gallery!

I went VERY clean-and-simple with my card by keeping well within 1/3 of the panel and in selecting a minimal palette.  My pretty fairy and sentiment are from Poppy Stamps; haven't given these sets much attention, of late...so here they are, as performing solo on the stage! 


Please be sure to pop by my teammates' blogs, leave them some love, then bring your Perfectly CAS Birthday creations to the gallery.
  • A friendly reminder: For this challenge, we're asking you to use one-third (aka: the rule of thirds) or less on your card designs, leaving plenty of scrumptious white space (two-thirds of your panel) to draw our eyes to to your focal image. Kylie has included an easy-to-follow explanation on the challenge blog here.

Hope you're staying safe and healthy!



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Sunday, April 11, 2021

Cool Tees~Coffee Monday; Coffee Friday...AAA Cards Game #187~Two Quarters

Hello,

Popping in this crisp, cool, beautiful blue sky Sunday morning with a fun card for AAA Cards CAS Game #187:


I've used Your Next Stamp's Cool Tees to create my two quarters, which includes the t-shirts and a whole bunch of images - including these hilarious coffee cups. Even though my days seem 'run together,' I still know when Monday and Friday roll around - and react accordingly. LOL! Must be the lingering effects of having been a teacher for 30+ years!  



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Friday, April 9, 2021

Just Us Girls Challenge #579~Use More than 1 Stencil (Trend Week)....Today It's All About You (PFS Stencils)

Hello,

Welcome to Just Us Girls Challenge #579 where, as this week's hostess, I'm inviting you to use more than 1 stencil on your cards/projects.  With stencils being incredibly trendy, I'm sure you have a couple in your stash that would play well together or perhaps you have some of the gaining-in-popularity layered stencils that are making their marks in the crafting universe. Whatever your choice, bring on those stencils in twos, threes, fours...or more!


Once again, we're delighted to have Claire Apostoloff guest designing with us; her card is super cool, as are those created by my teammates. Do check them out and, if you can, leave them some love.

I bought a small selection PFS layered stencils *ages* ago and finally, a couple are making a debut. The background diagonal stripes are one stencil; the You Are My Favourite are three. Total: 4 stencils. And a quick way to make a floral card, stress-free!


That's it from me; looking forward to seeing how you use more than one stencil this week!


Thank you for dropping by!


Thursday, April 8, 2021

HLS April 2021 Anything Goes with Dies Challenge...Congrats on Your New Furbaby

Hello,



I've been seeing an absolutely wonderful physiotherapist over the past few months and recently, she and her husband welcomed a Weimaraner puppy into their lives. Of course, it just seemed fitting that I make her a card to mark the occasion! 

This Photoplay puppy kind-of looks like a weimaraner (copic-coloured) and, because the new furbaby is a girl, I created a 'girly' background for her. The paw prints on the slimline and label are just soooooo cute!


That's it from me! Check out what my talented teammates have created, then bring out your dies and join us in the gallery!


Thank you for dropping by!



Wednesday, April 7, 2021

STAMPlorations Things with Wings 2021 Hop and Link Party...Butterfly Coverplate Trio

Hello,

I'm delighted welcome you to STAMPlorations' 2021 THINGS WITH WINGS Hop and Linky Party! This celebration of Spring also comes with invitations for you to play along with us and win PRIZES! See details below as well as on the STAMPloration post.

I'm sharing a trio of cards made with the Butterfly Cover Plate  and P13 paper (so gorgeous!)

For my first card, I die cut only the butterfly from the plate; first with 'scrap' cardstock to create a template and the second with the P13 paper. After placing the template on my panel, I inlaid the patterned paper pieces ( the purples/wine and gold...oh my!) and once everything was in place, removed the outline. While it was a bit fiddly, this time I was smart: I placed Die Cut 'n Bond on my P13 papers before cutting, which essentially transformed each piece into an easy-to-adhere sticker. The final card has 'only' the inset pieces, which are so pretty in being a bit dimensional. To add some texture, I used a stamped around the wings with the dotted image from Mixed Media Grunge. The sentiment is a sticker from my stash.


My second card is similar to the previous, except here, the cover plate is intact.  More P13 paper...and this one - in hues of pink/orange and gold - is also swoon-inducing. 


Of course, I *had* to use the outlines of the butterflies from the previous two cards to make a third...


Here's my trifecta....


That's it from me! Now your turn to join the fun! 

Blog Hop Prizes:
  • 3 randomly drawn winners from comments left on the STAMPlorations blog and designers' blogs will each receive a $10 prize code to the store.
Linky Prizes: We would love for you to join us by creating and linking your own projects -- anything is welcome as long as you use wings on it -- butterflies, dragonflies, bees, birds, fairies, bugs, bees, pterodactyl, planes, cupid...anything that flies, really...or even sentiments that mention/suggest flight/flying/objects with wings! 
  • 3 randomly drawn participants in the Things with Wings linky party will each receive a $15 prize code to the store
  • 1 randomly drawn participant in the Things with Wings linky party will receive a $25 prize code to the store
  • 1 randomly drawn participant in the Things with Wings linky party whose entry features a STAMPlorations product (stamp/stencil/die/stickers/embellishment/card fronts/ephemera) will receive the Things with Wings Kit ($45 value)
Extra Prizes:
  • a few surprise winners randomly drawn from our social media accounts (FB, IG, Pinterest, blogs) to win either prize codes or products
The Hop and Linky are open until May 7; winners will be announced on May 10 in the April winners post.


Thank you for dropping by!


Tuesday, April 6, 2021

HLS April 2021 Stencil Challenge...Riotous Blooms Happy Birthday

Hello,

Welcome to Happy Little Stampers April 2021 Challenge where our theme is always Anything Goes. Definitely a great opportunity to give your stencils some love (and enable a few of us, in the process *grin*).



I inked up my STAMPlorations' Riotous Blooms slimline stencil, then cut the panel - and two additional pieces of white cardstock for dimension - with Whimsy Stamps' Slimline Windows die. I stacked the frame three deep, before insetting the window pieces. So easy...and the height/recesses give the stencil a little extra pizzazz. Sticker sentiment finished it off...


Looking forward to seeing your jazzed up stencils in the gallery!

Also sharing at:

Seize the Birthday Challenge #11~Squares: my card has four squares, two next to each rectangle, so hopefully it qualifies for the Topping. 



Thank you for dropping by!



Sunday, April 4, 2021

HLS April 2021 Christmas Challenge~Anything Goes (optional: Under the Tree)... Hope Your Holidays are Wrapped in Love (MFT Present Time)

Hello,

Time for Happy Little Stampers April 2021 Christmas Challenge, where Anything Goes is always the theme, along with an optional twist which, this month is *Under the Tree*. Presents, anyone?


My MFT Present Time snowmen are in the process of delivering gifts to 'put' under the tree; they just haven't arrived at their destination yet. These guys are just way toooo cute; I love their little bald heads!


That's it from me; please head over to the blog to see my talented teammates' festive delights.
Looking forward to seeing your Christmas makes in the gallery!

Thank you for dropping by!


Friday, April 2, 2021

Inkspirational Challenge #236~Grow...Always Rooting for You

Hello,

Welcome to Inkspirational Challenge #236, where our prompt, for the next two weeks, is GROW. Possibilities galore!


I brought out my Concord & 9th Rooting for You and mixed and matched the cute houseplants (names of which I have zero clue!) with the pretty pots. The sentiment seems a good fit for 'grow', a message to cheer someone on as they go experience growth in some fashion.  Simple card...and I wish my plants looked this green! 


Please check out my teammates' takes on the Designer's Choice, then play along with us!


Thank you for dropping by!



Just Us Girls Challenge #578~Stripes...Level Up: Achievement Unlocked

Hello,

Welcome to Just Us Girls Challenge #578, where our lovely Angie invites us to add stripes to our cards/projects this week. Thin, wide, horizontal, vertical...bring on those stylish stripes! 


We're pleased to have Claire Apostoloff as our April guest designer.  Smiles guaranteed when you see her nifty 50 take on stripes; do drop by her blog and leave her some love. As for my teammates: a whole lot of sensational stripes from them as well.

Super simple stripes on my card - that make up for the slightly more time-consuming act of creating the gamer console (MFT Level Up stamps and Game Controller die). Those teensy 'buttons' are the most finicky; by the time I get them where they belong, they've spent time lost on the floor, or stuck to my tweezers, or static-clung (clinged?) to my fingers. I know I should use my Die Cut 'n Bond for itty bit die cuts but nooooo...Lessons still to be learned. At any rate, everything came together and yep, I have stripes!


That's it from me; looking forward to seeing your take on Stripes this week!

Thank you for dropping by!


HLS April 2021 CAS Challenge...Fire/Flames...You're on Fire, Little Dragon

Hello,

Welcome to Happy Little Stampers April 2021 CAS Challenge, where Flames or Fire are this month's theme. 


Gosh, it's been ages since I've played with MFT's Magical Dragons. They're all adorable, but the smallest one...oh my! He's a cutie patootie; a fire-breathing cutie-patootie, to be precise!  


That's it from me; please head over to the blog to see how my talented teammates - Kylie, Lindsey, Anita, Charlotte (Lady Joyful), Ma-Mi,Bozena, Lynda (loopyloo), Julie and Ceal - interpreted this month's theme. A reminder that we're looking for CAS designs.


See you in the gallery!



Thank you for dropping by!


Thursday, April 1, 2021

The Color Hues Challenge #15~Pink and Green...Birthday Florals

Hello,

Happy April 1st...already...and welcome to The Colour Hues Challenge #15, where we're inviting you to use hues of pink and green as inspiration for the next two weeks. Perfect combination as we await the arrival of Spring (slow going here in Alberta). 


Guess what? I finally decided to create a flower card; something I don't do often because colouring and arranging blooms just aren't in my wheelhouse. I would make a lousy florist! Fortunately, the Colorize Brushstroke Flowers require zero colouring and very little arranging finesse! Yayyyy for die cuts and double yayyyy for a sticker sentiment. I used my STAMPlorations' circle cover plate to add background texture and voila...pink and green done! 


Please visit the rest of the team, along with our guest designer; they've created quite the array of dazzling delights with Pink and Green:


The challenge is open until 9:00 AM (EST) on Apr. 14th.
 The winners will be posted an hour before our next challenge goes live on April 16th.
The overall winner will have the opportunity to be a 
future Guest Designer!


Thank you for dropping by!


STAMPlorations April 2021 CAS Challenge~Anything CAS Goes (optional: Baby Pink and Navy Blue)...Peeking Sunflower Thanks

Hello,

Happy April 1st (already!) and welcome to another round of STAMPlorations challenges. Today, I'm sharing my card for the CAS Challenge, where the theme is always Anything Goes, with an optional colour twist which, this month, is Baby Pink and Navy Blue. 


My card features the new slimline Peeking Sunflowers ARTplorations stencil which I paired with the Thanks word die. Simple to make and that stencil! So incredibly pretty!  Looking forward to using it again with 'real' sunflower colours! 


That's it from me; time for you to play along.
  • You can find Challenge details here. PLEASE READ as they've been updated.
  • If you decide to purchase 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: STAMPGIRLCAROL.
I'll be back on April 15th with a reminder post.


Thank you for dropping by!



Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Celebrating 7 Years with Waffle Flower: Link Party...Waffle Flower Favourites

Hello,

Happy 7th Birthday Waffle Flower!  Thank you so much for creating fabulous  products that bring us so much crafting joy!  You've invited us to share some of our favourites so...here they are! I LOVE these images; timeless keepers! 









Wishing you many, many more birthdays to come!
Thank you for inviting us to celebrate with you!

Thank you for dropping by!