Thursday, May 16, 2024

Color Hues Challenge #87 - Coral and Teal - To My Favourite Person Flowers (Spellbinders Better Press)

Hello,

Mid-May already: time to launch Colour Hues Challenge #87. Our lovely hostess, Jules, invites us to use hues of Coral and Teal as our combination for the next two weeks. 

We're also delighted to welcome our Guest Designer - Papierelle

After plenty of 'nope, don't need it', I came to the conclusion that I certainly did! The 'it' I'm referring to is the Better Press system - and it came along with a companion purchase - the Glimmer Hot Foil system. I may be late to embracing their possibilities, but trust me, I'm making up for lost time! I LOVE both!

My card features the press plate that comes with the Better Press system. Even though the image has been showcased by many crafters before me, it's a first for me. The flower is large enough to use ink blending brushes, so I did. Coral is from Pinkfresh Studio; Teal from Altenew. A trio of teal enamel dots and...done.






Most of the team used more vibrant hues of the colours; I opted for less so. Use the hues/vibrancy that works best for you.

Looking forward to your Coral and Teal creations filling the gallery.

The challenge will remain open until May 29th at 9 AM!

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


Thank you for dropping by!


Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Just Us Girls Challenge #727 - Moodboard Week - Cosmos Birthday Wishes (Spellbinders Cosmos)

Hello,

Welcome to Just Us Girls Challenge #727, where our lovely hostess, Carol Mc, has selected this fabulous summery mood board as inspiration this week. Images, colours, the beachy/travel/adventure vibes...so many ways to interpret one, two or all of these photos.
Once again, we're delighted to have Jenny Martin joining us as our May Guest Designer.

Maps, beach/water images, bikes (my Honey Bee set has gone missing!) aren't in my collection or aren't 'favourites' calling to be used - so I played with colours, specifically the aqua/teal of the beach scene and the sunset/rise of the sailboat photo. Of course, given I'm completely besotted with the Spellbinders Cosmos background, that became the vehicle for my colours...


Yes, I'm an outlier in the group with my take on this challenge, but that's okay. Remember: mood boards are about more than 'just' the photos...

Looking forward to seeing your creativity in the gallery.

Thank you for dropping by!


Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Just Us Girls Challenge #726 - Word Week - Garden - Life is Better in the Garden (MCT)

Hello,

Welcome to Just Us Girls Challenge #726, where Stephanie, our lovely hostess, has selected GARDEN as this week's word prompt. Time to bring out the seeds, flowers + veggies, gloves, watering cans, trowels, pots, then 'plant' your garden-themed images onto a fabulous, colourful card/project.
Once again, we're delighted to have Jenny Martin joining us as our May Guest Designer.

Garden themed papers, paired with an assortment of die cuts - prim hearts, watering can, tulips + leaves - came together for my mini slim card. It makes me smile - hope it does the same for you. A huge THANK YOU to Melissa, at Moe Creations, for the design inspiration.


Looking forward to seeing your GARDEN inspirations in the gallery.

Thank you for dropping by!


Saturday, May 4, 2024

Inkspirational Challenge #315 - Seasonal - Happy Mother's Day (Spellbinders Floral Celebration and Let's Celebrate Sentiments)

Hello,

Welcome to Inkspirational Challenge #315, where our theme for the next two weeks is SEASONAL.


Here's a reminder of what this challenge entails:
We invite you to consider the four seasons - Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter - and create cards/projects based on occasions +  images that are quite 'specific' to those seasons.
For instance:
  • Spring: Mother's Day, Easter, flowers, etc.
  • Summer: summer vacations, school's out, weddings, beaches, Fourth of July, Canada Day, etc.
  • Fall: harvest, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Remembrance Day, etc.
  • Winter: Christmas, Hanukkah, winter activities.
I caved! Better Press and Glimmer Hot Foil Systems are in my house! Ohmystars! When people said these were game changers, I wasn't a believer. Consider me converted; they are! I want to Better Press and hot foil everything!
My Spring Mother's Day card is a first with both systems, featuring Spellbinders' Floral Celebration Press Plate and Stencil and Let's Celebrate Sentiments. Aren't those little posies delightful!


Looking forward to seeing your Seasonal sensations filling the gallery!

Thank you for dropping by!


Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Just Us Girls Challenge #725 - Color Week - Peach, Lavender and Gray - Botanical Lantern Many Thanks (PFS)

Hello,

Welcome to Just Us Girls Challenge #725, where our lovely hostess, Bobby, has selected a pretty palette of Peach, Lavender and Grey as colour inspiration this week. 

A new month also means a new Guest Designer; we're thrilled to have Jenny Martin joining us for May.

My Pinkfresh Studio Lantern Botanicals mark their debut for this challenge. Such a pretty collection of images that fit so well with Bobby's colour combination. 


Looking forward to seeing how Peach, Lavender and Grey inspire you!


Thank you for dropping by!


Color Hues Challenge #86 - Lilac and Lime - Anemones Notecard (Memory Box, MCT)

Hello,

Welcome to Colour Hues Challenge #86, where our lovely hostess, Julie, has selected hues of Lilac and Lime as inspiration for the next two weeks. A pretty combination for Spring - or, as is the case here in Alberta, for 'late' winter. Another snowfall warning...but we'll take the moisture to help those May flowers bloom! 

We're delighted to have Sue joining us as our guest designer.

The pretty little anemones blooms from Poppy Stamps came out to play with Memory Box solid and patterned papers. The scallop dies are from MCT. No stamping at all - just lots of die cuts. I couldn't decide on a sentiment for the outside, so left it as an 'whatever the occasion' card.


Looking forward so seeing your lilac and lime delights.

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

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!


Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Just Us Girls Challenge #724 - Anything Goes Stencil - Big Hugs Flower Press (Concord and 9th)

Hello,

Welcome to Just Us Girls Challenge #724, where I'm delighted to be your hostess for this week's Anything Goes Stencil Challenge.  

This wrap-up challenge for April (ohmyword...time's flying!) means it's time to express our appreciation for our fabulous guest designer: Colleen Begley. Colleen, you've been wonderfully inspiring! Thank you for sharing your creativity with us and we hope to see you in the gallery often.

I'm smitten with Concord & 9th's Flower Press stencil and, after bringing it out for another challenge, I decided to create a second card for this one.


Looking forward to seeing your stencil sensations in the gallery!

Also sharing at: 

My Speckled Egg DI in my photo looks more blue than it does in real life, where it comes very close to that in the photo.  I paired it with Mustard Seed, a bit of Fossilized Amber and some Shaded Lilac. 


Thank you for dropping by!


Monday, April 22, 2024

Seize the Birthday Challenge #281-Any Color and Green - Happy Birthday Bouquet (Spellbinders sprigs, loops embossing folder and wax seal)

Hello,

Dashing in quickly with a card for Seize the Birthday Challenge #281 - Any Colour + Green.

A pink + green floral arrangement, paired with a Happy Birthday wax seal and loops embossed background. Done! 


Thank you for dropping by!


Friday, April 19, 2024

Inkspirational Challenge #314 - Mood Board - Wildflowers and Wax Seals (TH Vault Wildflowers, Spellbinders Wax Seals and Beads - Flowers, Happy Birthday, For You, Thanks)

Hello,

Welcome to Inkspirational Challenge #314, where we have a bright, cheerful Mood Board as inspiration for the next two weeks. Hopefully, the variety of colours and images - or perhaps even the 'vibe' - will spark your creativity.
https://www.samanthamadeo.com/blog/2018/7/31/moodboardmonday-playful-bright

The center wildflower bouquet caught my eye, as did a set of cards designed by Jenn Shurkus, so I set about making a quartet of my own. My collection of distress ink water-coloured flowers are bunched together with an assortment of another suite of my current obsessions: wax seals. 


Wax seal: florals

Wax seal: For You
 
Wax seal: Happy Birthday

Wax Seal: Thanks

Looking forward to seeing your takes on the Mood Board.

Thank you for dropping by!


Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Just Us Girls Challenge #723 - Moodboard Week - Today is a Good Day to have a Good Day (Pinkfresh Studio Wildflower Bouquet)

Hello,

Welcome to Just Us Girls Challenge #723, where our hostess, Vicki, has selected the moodboard, below, as inspiration this week. The images and palette: lovely!
Once again, we're delighted to have Colleen Begley, our April Guest Designer, sharing her talents with us.

Pinkfresh Studio's Wildflower Bouquet marks its debut and, as you can see, I've focused primarily on the colours with a nod to the solo daisy. I'm rather smitten with this collection...


Looking forward to seeing which features of the moodboard catch your eye.

Thank you for dropping by!


Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Color Hues Challenge #85 - Yellow & Pink - Flower Press Celebrate (Concord and 9th)

Hello,

Welcome to Colour Hues Challenge #85, where our lovely hostess, Hannelie, invites us to use hues of Yellow and Pink as inspiration for the next two weeks. Definitely a combination to herald the arrival of Spring (although it's snowing here at the moment...). 



I decided to revisit one of my favourite Concord & 9th stencils: Flower Press. The whimsy of the flowers and the simplicity of the stencils make this a double win set. Tried some new Simon Says shades of pink ink and some older Altenew yellows. I think they played nicely together.


The challenge will remain open until April 29th at 9 am!

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

Thank you for dropping by!


Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Just Us Girls Challenge #722 - Word Week - RAIN - You Make It Rain Rainbows (Avery Elle Rainbow)

Hello,

Welcome to Just Us Girls Challenge #722, where our lovely Lisa has selected RAIN for our Word Week Challenge. Certainly fitting, given our weather of late - and that's fine by me. We need the moisture to stave off forest fires.


We're also delighted to have Colleen Begley joining us as our April Guest Designer.

I haven't played with my Avery Elle rainbow set for ages, so out they came for this challenge. One card quickly became two...



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

Thank you for dropping by!


Playing at AAA Colourful - Colourboard #2 - Happy Birthday Dear Friend Blooming Anemones (Memory Box)

Hello,

Popping in quickly with my card for AAA Colourful - Colourboard #2 before I miss the closing date (like I did with their first challenge!).


I LOVE pansies, but don't have any in my stash so...I went with anemones from Memory Box. 


Now, to find some pretty pansy dies to add to my stash! 

Thank you for dropping by!


Friday, April 5, 2024

Inkspirational Challenge #313 - Word Prompt - Fold - Just a Note A2 Slider (MCT Watering Can, Tulips and Springtime Papers, A2 Slider - Pinkfresh Studio)

Hello,

Welcome to Inkspirational Challenge #313 where our Word Prompt for the next two weeks is FOLD.  As card-makers, 'fold' may be reflected as a fancy fold designed to change up the typical side or top fold style. And...that's 100% totally fine. Fold, however, can also include things like:  folding chairs, a fold in clothing/drapes, something 'folded' around something else (folded in a hug), folded clothes...and so on. As long as a 'fold' is visible (and explained, if need be) on your card/project, we'll be delighted. 


My ability to incorporate a 'fancy fold' into my usual card style is limited because for the life of me, I can't cut/fold straight. Not even a little bit! I need dies and how fortunate that I have the Pinkfresh Studio A2 Slider die in my collection.  

After several trial runs that wound up in the bin (no issue with the die; rather, operator errors and misfires LOL), I landed on this:

Closed view



The watering can, tulips, label shape, sentiment and papers are all from My Creative Time.

Even though this was a challenge for me, I'm not putting the slider die away just yet. More possibilities to explore (and mistakes to correct!).

Looking forward to seeing your fabulous FOLD creativity in the gallery! 


Thank you for dropping by!