Friday, February 24, 2023

Inkspirational Challenge #284 - Designer's Choice - Stitching - Real or Faux...Happy Birthday Bear (Ellen Hutson Bear card and stuffie)


Welcome to Inkspirational Challenge #284, where our lovely Pia has selected Stitching - Real or Faux - as her Designer's Choice inspiration for the next to weeks. Stitching dies, stitching on your cards, stitched projects (cross-stitch, quilts, embroidery...): as long as 'stitching' is featured in some fashion on your art, bring it to the gallery. So. Much. Fun!

We're also super excited that Marina, a long-time Ink design team member, is re-joining the team! We're thrilled you're back, Marina!

My little project duo showcases both faux and real stitching. I pretty much always have faux stitching of some fashion on my cards; this one is no exception. Faux on the border of the main panel (hard to see on patterned paper, I know), as well as around the hearts circle. The real stitching is pretty obvious...and lots of it! This set will head to my niece - along with some other cards - for her 13th birthday! Gahhhh! She's a teenager, as of March 3rd! Time has flown...

Of late, I've been investing time in both cross-stitching (we can thank card-maker and cross-stitcher Nicole Spohr for this renewed interest) and stitching with felt, using dies. Below is a sampling of the hearts I stitched - thanks to the awe-mazing dies by Poshta Designs - for my family. They were such fun to make...and more fun to send! My current cross-stitch project (I'm the slowest stitcher EVER, by the way) is the stitch-along project with Nicole Spohr: More Chocolate Bunnies by Hands On Design. I'm already well behind but that's fine...loving every stitch! And yes...we all need more chocolate bunnies!

Excited to see what Stitching styles you'll be sharing with us!

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Just Us Girls Challenge #668 - CAS CARD Week - Coloring ...Happy Barkday (Photoplay, MFT, Waffle Flower)


Welcome to Just Us Girls Challenge #668 - CAS Week. Our sweet hostess, Nancy, asks that our clean-and-simple cards (described in the graphic below) feature colouring.   

This challenge also marks the final card share with our guest designer, Karen Walker. Karen, your talents have truly dazzled and delighted us all month! Thank you! 

I haven't used my copics for ages, so I went simple with my colouring of a Photoplay pup. Paw prints are MFT; backing papers, Photoplay, sentiment, Waffle Flower. Love when various companies play nicely!

Looking forward to your CAS Cards - with colouring - filling the gallery!

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Friday, February 17, 2023

Just Us Girls Challenge #667 - PHOTO or MOODBOARD Week...Abstract Mountain Just A Note (Ellen Hutson, PFS)


Welcome to Just Us Girls Challenge #667, where our wonderful Vicki has created this super fun, super loaded-with-inspiration moodboard for this week's challenge. Seriously, this image has something for pretty much everyone!

Guest Designer Karen Walker has designed a marvelous card, as have my teammates.

Pretty obvious what caught my eye - top row, second from left -  and a fabulous opportunity to my 'must use more' Abstract Mountain' dies from Ellen Hutson. Fun to play with coloured cardstock and add a simple sentiment. I quite like this style so plotting-and-scheming to make more.

Excited to see how this amazing Moodboard inspires you!

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Thursday, February 16, 2023

Color Hues Challenge #58 - Lime Green & Cyan...Painted Dots Hi (Concord and 9th, The Stamp Market)


Here we are - second half of February already and with that our new Colour Hues Challenge #58. Sweet Tracey invites us to use hues of Lime Green and Cyan as inspiration for the next two weeks. At first glance, it may 'seem' a challenging combination but, as you'll see from the design team - and our wonderful guest designer,Linda S., it's not. In fact, it's an awesome 'why haven't I used this before' combo! 

I made a couple of lime green/cyan cards - and the one that photographed best is here. As I've mentioned before, Concord and 9th turnabouts are 'perfect' for many of our challenges. I decided to go with a whimsical approach and reached for the Painted Dots turnabout. It really is fun! The sentiment is from The Stamp Market. A colourful little 'hi', methinks!

Looking forward to seeing your creativity in the gallery.

You have until February 28th @ 9AM (EST) to play along with us.

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.

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Friday, February 10, 2023

Inkspirational Challenge #283 - Use Stencils...Gingerbread LOVE (MCT, Studio Light)


Welcome to Inkspirational Challenge #283, where we're introducing another new challenge to our rotation: Use Stencils. Each time we feature this challenge, we'll also include an optional twist which, this round is *Add Splatter*.  Given the plethora of stencils in the crafting universe, we're excited to see what you'll bring to dazzle and delight us (and I have my pen and paper at the ready, as I'm sure to spot a few 'must haves' as I wander the gallery).

Optional Twist - Add Splatter

Two cards from me, featuring my new cutie-pie gingerbreads (and their background panels) from MCT, paired with two stencils from my recent win at Studio Light: the hearts and the repeated Love.

These stencils inked up sooooo easily! They'll be receiving plenty of attention.

Looking forward to seeing your stencil sensations in the gallery!

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Just Us Girls Challenge - Word Week - Sparkle....Love, Hugs, Cutie Happy Valentine's Day (Studio Light, MCT)


Welcome to the Just Us Girls Word Week Challenge, where our sweet hostess, Carol M, invites us to feature *Sparkle* on our cards/projects. Glitter, glitter paper, sparkly ribbon, long as it's sparkly, you're good to go. As for a theme: choice is yours.  Possibilities galore.

Once again, we're delighted to have Karen Walker joining us as our February guest designer. 

The sentiment hearts, as well as the scalloped heart make for a whole LOT of sparkle on the card I made for my sweet niece. Products are from my awesome win of the Sweet Collection from Studio Light. Valentine sentiment is from MCT. I added five gems for a bit more sparkle, which is more evident in real life than the photo.

Of course, I made a card for my nephew, too...and yep, it's a sparkler! At 10, nearly 11, I think he'll be okay with a cutesy card from his ol' Aunty c. And yes, I do love him the most, as I love my niece the most! 

Looking forward to seeing your sparkle sensations filling the gallery.

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Friday, February 3, 2023

Just Us Girls Challenge #665 - COLOR Week - Pink, Kraft & White...Chilly XOXO and Freezy LOVE


Welcome to Just Us Girls Challenge #665, where our sweet Lisa E has selected Kraft, Pink and White for the week's colour challenge. Perfect combination for so many occasions...including Valentine's Day.

New month means a new guest designer; please welcome super talented Karen Walker, who will be with us throughout February. Her cards are amazing! 

I've brought my Tim Holtz/Sizzix Chilly and Freezy to this challenge; I love these two! Dies from MCT for the backgrounds (including an xoxo border panel) and XOXO sentiment on the first; MCT dies, Pigment Craft Co. coverplate and Love from Christmas Cutouts (Tim Holtz) for the second.

Kind of looks like they're reaching out to give one another hearts! Too cute! 

Looking forward to seeing how Pink, Kraft and White inspire you!

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Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Color Hues Challenge #57 - Coral and Sage...Have an Awesome Birthday (Concord and 9th - Stitched Turnabout)


Happy February 1st and welcome to Color Hues Challenge #57, where our sweet Jules has selected hues of coral and sage as inspiration for the next two weeks. 

We're also delighted to have Karren and Janet as our guest designers. They've created fabulous cards, as have my team mates.

I struggled with this combination; three cards wound up in recycle before it finally dawned on me to reach for a Concord & 9th turnabout stamp. They always offer a solution! Here, I've used Stitched and it worked wonderfully with lighter/darker shades of coral and sage! 

Looking forward to seeing how this combination inspires you.

You have until Feb. 14th @ 9:00am EST to join us.

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