Friday, January 27, 2023

Inkspirational Challenge #282 - Moodboard...Happy Valentine's Day Heart Cookies


Welcome to Inkspirational Challenge #282. Today, we're introducing another challenge style to the roster - Moodboards - which are simply 'more-entry-points' versions of our previous Photo challenges. Here, we're offering a variety of images to spark inspiration - and you can draw ideas from one or several of the photos for your cards/projects. At first glance, you'll note that the selections are Valentine/love themed but, looking closer, we also spy florals, baked goodies, frozen treats, coffee and a range of pretty colours. Possibilities galore! 

Cookies caught my I whipped up a duo of heart-shaped cookies, freshly baked *grin* and cooling on their baking sheet. The papers, hearts, sentiment and cookie sheet are part of my brand new, just arrived order from MCT.! And I have a lot more of goodies to play with, too! Exciting! 

Looking forward to how the Moodboard inspires you!

See you in the gallery!

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Just Us Girls Challenge #664 - CAS CARD Week - Birthday...Birthday Balloons and Cake (Pinkfresh and Honey Bee)


A warm welcome on this very snowy, cold Alberta Saturday, to Just Us Girls Challenge #664 where we're introducing one of the new challenges on our weekly roster: Clean and Simple. Here, we're looking for CAS cards with plenty of open space (you do not need to have a white background), one major focal point, minimal layers/embellishments. For this particular challenge, as your hostess, I want your cards to be Birthday themed. Bring on the celebrations!

Today, marks our final week with Jules Pedd, our awesome, talented January guest designer. I'm sure you've delighted in her fabulous cards throughout the month - and the one she shared for this challenge is definitely CAS perfection. Many thanks for your inspiration, Jules! Hope you'll join us in the gallery often.

My card really plays on the 'simple' aspect of 'clean and simple', as I used lovely washi images from Pinkfresh Studio's Celebration collection. Adhere the washi to cardstock, die-cut and voila...done!  That cake is so beautiful! I want a huge slice; how about you? 

Looking forward to seeing your birthday-themed CAS cards filling the gallery!

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Friday, January 20, 2023

Inkspirational Challenge #281 - Word Prompt - New and/or Welcome - REMINDER POST...Nutcracker Trio (Concord & 9th, Winter Wonderland)


Welcome to my REMINDER POST for the current Inkspirational Challenge #281, where New and/or Welcome are the prompts. You still have a week to play.

Last week, I shared my new Nordic Noel from Concord & 9th; today is a trio of Nutcrackers from their Winter Wonderland set. They're actually not too fiddly to assemble; in fact, die cutting the pieces took longer than getting them all duded up. They're kind of a nut-crackery sort of way. This collection has oodles of additional stamps/dies; need to give them all a play date soon, before my lingering festive season spirit turns fully to Valentines/Spring.

Looking forward to seeing you in the gallery! 

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Just Us Girls Challenge #663 - PHOTO/Moodboard Week....Teacup and Cookies Fabulous Day (Pigment Craft Co., MCT, Honey Bee, Spellbinders)


Welcome to Just Us Girls Challenge #663, where our talented, sweet Carol Mc has created a lovely moodboard as this week's inspiration.  Colours, images (cookies, coffee and a good book, anyone?), 'mood' evoked...whatever sparks your creativity is fine by us! 

Once again, we're delighted to have Jules Peddicord as our January Guest Designer. You will love her card - as you will those by my teammates.

Pretty easy to see what caught my eye: a teacup, colours and cookies. A few companies' products played together in the making of this card: Pigment Craft Co. (coverplate, teacup), Spellbinders (plate from pie collection), Honey Bee stamps (sentiment) and MCT (the cookies, which are actually small dies meant to be snowballs). 

Excited to see your takes on this awesome moodboard! 

Thank you for dropping by!

Monday, January 16, 2023

Color Hues Challenge #56 - Pink & Red...Chilly and Freezy LOVE


Welcome to Color Hues Challenge #56, where our sweet Sheri invites us to use hues of Pink and Red as inspiration for the next two weeks. Perfect combination, especially with Valentine's Day approaching quickly.

Our Guest Designer for this challenge is Bobby; welcome! 

As part of a Simon Says wee shopping excursion, I landed the freebie set of snowman, fittingly named Freezy and Chilly. Though they are small and a bit fiddly to work with, it didn't take long for me to become just a tad obsessed with them. They are way toooo cute - and they pair wonderfully with another new addition - Christmas Cutouts by Tim Holtz.'s the first of *ahem* a few snowman love cards...

How will you showcase Pink and Red
Excited to see! 

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Friday, January 13, 2023

Inkspirational Challenge #281 - Word Prompt - New and/or Welcome....Nordic Noel (Concord and 9th)


Welcome to Inkspirational Challenge #281 - our first challenge of 2023 - and hopefully the beginning of a year filled with fun inspiration. We've made a couple of changes to the challenge roster, which will be revealed in due time. One challenge that remains, however, is our ever popular Word Prompt, where this go-round, New and/or Welcome are the cues. Welcome is straightforward; New can include anything from new year, new beginnings, new baby...and even new products in your stash making their debut. Lots of possibilities! 

And speaking of "new"...we'd like to welcome two new designers to the team: Julia and Nonni (who's returning to the Ink family). I know you'll be as dazzled by their creativity as we are!

I opted for "new" products with my cards, as I did *a bit* of shopping over the holidays. 

First: Concord & 9th's Nordic Noel. It's a joy to play with - and the enamel pieces that correspond with the die make adding pops-of-colour a breeze! The background cover plate is from Pigment Craft Co. 

Looking forward to seeing how New and/or Welcome inspire you!

The challenge will remain open until Friday, January 27th, 2023 at 11:59pm (GMT).
Top Picks will be posted on Feb. 4th - then we'll be back on our regular schedule.

Have fun creating! 

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Just Us Girls Challenge #662 - WORD Week - Heart...Valentine Love (MCT and patterned papers from Bella Blvd.)


Welcome to Just Us Girls Challenge #662, where our sweet Sue has selected *Heart* as this week's word prompt. A timely choice, given that Valentine's Day is only 1 month away.  Of course, hearts fit into an abundance of other occasions so...go wherever your *heart* takes you! 

Once again, we're delighted to have Jules Peddicord joining us as our January Guest Designer. You'll love her card - and the rest of the team's cards, too!

Mine is full-on Valentine! Papers are from my stash (Bella Blvd, I think); the hearts and sentiment dies from MCT. A bit of sparkly paper for Valentine, just because I like sparkly! 

Looking forward to your Heart Art filling the gallery!

Thank you for dropping by!

Friday, January 6, 2023

Just Us Girls #661 - COLOR Week - Light Blue, Navy, White...Poinsettia JOY (Concord & 9th, Photoplay)


Happy New Year and welcome to Just Us Girls Challenge #661, our first challenge of 2023, where our delightful hostess, Lisa K, invites us to use Light Blue, Navy and White for this week's colour challenge. Such a pretty combination, especially to capture the frosty hues we often connect with January.

In addition to a new challenge, we're also delighted to welcome a new guest designer for the month: Julie P.  She's just an all-around awesome person; one many of you know for her creativity and sweet comments

I'm not a quilter/sewer by any stretch (except cross-stitch, which I love), but even so, I couldn't pass by a quilting die. This quilted poinsettia die from Concord & 9th is wonderfully versatile, especially for using up scrappy bits of patterned papers, which I did here. I paired it with a shimmery Joy from Photoplay.

Looking forward to seeing how you're inspired by Light Blue, Navy and White! 

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Sunday, January 1, 2023

Color Hues Challenge #55 Light Pink and Gold and New Teammates....You are so Sweet Peppermints (MCT)


HAPPY NEW YEAR! May peace, joy and love - in abundance - be yours throughout 2023!

Welcome to Color Hues Challenge #55, where our lovely Nancy has chosen hues of Light Pink and Gold as inspiration for the next two weeks. Such a pretty combination to ring in the new year.

We're also delighted to have three fabulous new designers joining the team; three gals with oodles of talent:

I know you'll be as dazzled by their takes on the challenges as we are. Welcome Jules, Stef and Marcia! 

On to my card...a trio of pink peppermints for someone sweet. The gold is much prettier in real life; hard to photograph the sparkle. But sparkle it does! 

This challenge will be open until Jan. 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!

Looking forward to seeing your Light Pink and Gold cards/projects in the gallery!

Thank you for dropping by!