Monday, May 16, 2022

Color Hues Challenge #41~Aqua and Red...Happy Birthday Gift Bags (Spellbinders Shopping Card Add-Ons)

Hello,

Welcome to Color Hues Challenge #41, where our lovely Cindy invites us to play with hues of  Red and Aqua for the next two weeks. I'm sure this pretty pairing will see a gallery filled to over-flowing!

We're delighted to have two guest designers joining us: Kim Miller and Marcia Hill. Their cards, along with those of my teammates, are fresh, fabulous and inspiring!

My card features the shopping bags from the first Shopping Cart & Add-ons collection by Becky Roberts/Spellbinders. I love this collection, especially since so many of the add on sets can be used in the cart as well as separately. Versatility, plus! And the new collection has just been released! I'm soooo excited! 


Looking forward to seeing how Red and Aqua inspire you.

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This challenge will be open until May 28th @ 9AM!

The winners will be posted an hour before our next challenge goes live.
The overall winner will have the opportunity to be a 
future Guest Designer!

Thank you for dropping by!


Saturday, May 14, 2022

Perfectly CAS May 2022 Challenge~Distress...Sweets for the Sweet (Missees)

Hello,

Welcome to the Perfectly CAS May 2022 Challenge, where the theme is *Distress.* Distress inks, distressed edges...whatever you choose as 'distress' works for us!


Distress inks for me, in three colours only - Picked Raspberry, Saltwater Taffy and Tea Dye - to colour up these sweet treats. Images are from Missees Pets Collection. I'm NOT skilled with watercolour, but still, I'm okay with how these turned out.  Anyone fancy a donut? Cupcake? Macaron? Milkshake? 


Please be sure to pop by my teammates' blogs, leave them some love, then play along with us!
  • 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.





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Friday, May 13, 2022

Inkspirational Challenge #265~Designer's Choice - Use Something Free or Gifted...I Ruff You

Hello,

Welcome to Inkspirational Challenge #265, where Pia, as her Designer's Choice, invites us to use something we received for free or as a gift on our cards/projects. 


My card features a super cute stamp - which I call my Lily-dog - from my wonderful friend and teammate, Lindsey M-P!  I coloured this adorable pup similar to Lily (who, at the moment, is a bit of a a scruff ball!), placed her peeking over a fence, to let her daycare gal know she 'ruffs' her! This card will be in-person delivered on Tuesday; hopefully, it will bring Lorraine a smile! We really do love her...a LOT!


Please check out how my team played with their free/gifted products, then bring out yours and join us in the gallery! 

Marina (taking a break)PiaMarlenaLindsey 

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Just Us Girls Challenge #632~Trend Week - Shaped Cards - Circle, Apron/Dresses, Tea Cup

Hello,

Welcome to Just Us Girls Challenge #632, where I'm delighted to be your hostess. For this week's Trend challenge, I've selected "Shaped Cards" - essentially, any shape *except* square or rectangle. Shaped cards appear to be quite popular, likely influenced by super talented Jennifer McGuire, who has shared several recent videos filled with shaped-cards inspiration. Let's create outside the box!


Once again, we're delighted to welcome Deborah Wheeler  as our May Guest Designer. Her card is so creative, as are all those by the team! Shapes galore! 

Okay, so I got carried away! I'll just let the photos do the talking...

Circle Card 1 - My Creative Time for card elements; Missees Pet collection for the bunny.

Card 2 - Pigment Craft Co.'s Apron Strings

Card 3 & 4 - Pigment Craft Co.'s Apron Strings, turned into dresses


Card 5 - Pigment Craft Co's Tea Cup and Cup of Happy flowers

Excited to see what shapely shapes you'll share with us in the gallery!

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Sunday, May 8, 2022

HLS May 2022 Anything Goes with Dies Challenge...Best Mom Ever and Happy Mother's Day (Pigment Craft Co.)

Hello,

Welcome to Happy Little Stampers May 2022 Anything Goes with Dies Challenge. Bring out those dies and go die-cutting crazy!


Mother's Day here, so I'm sharing three cards, themed accordingly. The first is still in my stash; the second went to my mom; the third to my husband's mom. Pigment Craft Co. products...love 'em! 




Please visit my team; their cards are awe-mazing!

Looking forward to seeing you in the gallery!


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Friday, May 6, 2022

Just Us Girls Challenge #631 - WORD Week - Flowers...Good Friends Always Know When You Need A Cup of Tea

Hello,

Welcome to Just Us Girls Challenge #631, where our lovely hostess, Vicki, has selected *Flowers* as this week's word prompt. We're a bit away from flowers in full bloom here, but Spring's presence is starting to show...budding leaves, wee sprouts peeking from the lilies and a scattering of wild crocus on the hillsides where we walk our girl.


We're delighted to welcome Deborah Wheeler as our May Guest Designer. Her card and those of my team are absolutely lovely! 

My tea cup, the pink blooms and the lightly stenciled scattered dots background are all from Pigment Craft Co. Such fun that many of the products play so well with one another; more possibilities, for sure!


Looking forward to seeing your flowers blooming in the gallery!

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HLS May 2022 Stencil Challenge~Anything Goes...

Hello,

Welcome to Happy Little Stampers May 2022 Stencil Challenge, where we're inviting you to use your stencils in any fashion you please! 


I'm crushing all over the Colorado Craft Co.'s mini sets and this little mouse with a paintbrush is no exception. He's just finished "painting" a couple of flowers. Stencil from STAMPlorations.


Please check out the sensational stencil creations by the team, then join us in the gallery with yours!

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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

HLS May 2022 Christmas Challenge~Anything Goes (optional twist: House)...Warm Greetings Mouse (YNS)

Hello,

Welcome to Happy Little Stampers May 2022 Christmas Challenge, where Anything Goes with an optional twist which, this month, is House. Only 8 months until Christmas...where is the time going??


I've had this adorable stamp and die from Your Next Stamp for ages (plus a few more) and finally, they're making their debut!  Yana Smakula's no blend copic colouring technique for the image, then adhered on to a piece of 'snow' paper from Simple Stories. I should colour up a few more and get my Christmas stash growing!


Please check out the fabulous Christmas creations by the rest of the team, then join us in the gallery!

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Monday, May 2, 2022

HLS May 2022 CAS Challenge~Blend...Oh, Happy Day Ice Cream Mouse Mini - No Blend Copic Colouring

Hello, 

Welcome to Happy Little Stampers May 2022 CAS Challenge, where this month's inspiration is "Blend". While many of us will lean towards ink blending, blend offers other directions you might consider; a blend of ingredients/drinks pops to mind. Baking/cocktails/coffee/tea, anyone? Kylie has another great blend example on the blog: consonant blends, where two letters are sounded as one: FLowER, THanks. Lots of words to use! Blending tools/inks or beyond...as long as a blend is involved, we'll be delighted to see you in the gallery!


My card is a twist on blend; namely, wonderful Yana Smakula's blend free Copic colouring technique. I love this style, especially with this adorable image from Colorado Craft Co. 


An ice cream cone the size of me would definitely make my day happy! LOL!

Looking forward to seeing how *BLEND* inspires you!

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Sunday, May 1, 2022

Color Hues Challenge #40~Blue and Tan (Light Brown)...Apron Cards

Hello,

Happy May 1st (already!!) and a warm welcome to Color Hues Challenge #40, where I'm inviting you to use hues of blue and tan over the next two weeks. 

Two cards to share, using products from Canada's own Pigment Craft Co: the Apron Strings stamps/dies, along with the Cozy Stitches and Dashed Diamonds cover plates. The aprons on both cards lift up, leaving plenty of space to write a message. This design style means no real need to add the panel to a regular card base (of course, you could, if you wanted).

I used the dots from the stamp set to decorate this apron:  


 For this one, I die cut and adhered all the little hearts. Yes, yes I did! Took no time, thanks to adding Die Cut 'n Bond to the back of my cardstock. Once the hearts were 'sticker-fied', they were quick and easy to place. 


No sentiments on the front, leaving them open for a variety of occasions. 

Please visit the blog, where you'll see amazing inspiration from my talented team using this combination.

Looking forward to a gallery filled with blue and tan/light brown

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This challenge will be open until May 14th @ 9AM!

The winners will be posted an hour before our next challenge goes live.
The overall winner will have the opportunity to be a 
future Guest Designer!


Thank you for dropping by!


Friday, April 29, 2022

Inkspirational Challenge #264~Word Prompt - BARK...BARK! Translation: I Love You (A Lot!)

Hello,

Welcome to Inkspirational Challenge #264where BARK is our Word Prompt for the next two weeks. Plenty of directions to explore with this prompt and we know you'll dazzle us with your creativity!


Of course, I *had* to go dog-version with my card, creating a dog-speak background (all products Lawn Fawn) for my star of the show, Lily, my mini schnauzer! She speaks BARK incredibly well! 


Check out my fabulous team's takes on BARK, then join us in the gallery with yours.

Marina (taking a break)PiaMarlenaLindsey 



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Just Us Girls #630~WILD CARD Week...Tri-Fold Sunshine and Rainbows (Concord & 9th)

Hello,

Welcome to Just Us Girls Challenge #630, where our lovely hostess, Lisa K., invites us to make a tri-fold card as this week's *wild* inspiration! Hard to believe we're this close to May...and 1/3 through 2022! 


My talented team, as well as our fabulous April guest designer, Mac Mable, have created some AWE-mazing tri-fold/z-fold cards! Truly, works of art.
Mine is not one of them!! 

As this is my first tri-fold, I sought out the inspiration from card-making, crafting pro, Jennifer McGuire. One of her cards used Concord & 9th products I have and that was it: I totally cased her. Totally


I'll try this technique again at some point and aim to be far more inventive! For now, I'm happy with the way this initial attempt worked out. If I can tri- or z- fold, so can YOU!

See you in the gallery!

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Friday, April 22, 2022

Just Us Girls Challenge #629~PHOTO INSPIRATION Week...Choose to Shine and Smile

Hello,

Welcome to Just Us Girls Challenge #629, hosted by our lovely C├ęcile, who has selected this delightful painted rocks photo as this week's inspiration. Cheery colors, encouraging words, pretty patterns...so many possibilities. 

Mac Mable, our April guest designer, and the team have been wonderfully creative with their takes on the image. Please check them out, leave them some love, then play along with us. 

Pretty obvious which rocks caught my eye! Both makes are little note cards that my sister-in-law can tuck into my niece and nephew's lunches. Bits of fun to brighten up their day! The smile and circle dies are from My Creative Time; the sun, jazzy glasses, clouds and sentiment are from Paper Smooches (we need them to come back!!). 


Looking forward to seeing how you *ROCK* this challenge! 

Thank you for dropping by!


Saturday, April 16, 2022

Color Hues Challenge #39~Purple and Green...It's An Add-to-Cart Kind of Day (Becky Roberts/Shopping Cart)

Hello,

Welcome to Color Hues Challenge #39, where sweet Tracey invites us to play with hues of Purple and Green for the next two weeks. Those of you who love flowers will be happy dancing that green is part of this fabulous pairing.

Yes, I am on a roll with my Becky Roberts/Spellbinders Shopping Cart die and add-ons. Indeed, this is my second version shared today! Sorry...okay, not really sorry! Love the collection and it just makes sense to use what we love, right? Right! Plus, it fits with all kinds of colour combinations....


My team has created awesome cards with this combination; please visit and, if you have time, share some love.

Looking forward to a gallery filled with purple and green delights!

This challenge will be open until April 28th @ 9AM!

The winners will be posted an hour before our next challenge goes live.
The overall winner will have the opportunity to be a 
future Guest Designer!


Thank you for dropping by!