Saturday, January 20, 2018

Butterfly Thank You...Just Us Girls Challenge #424~Colour Week (Teal, Mustard, Orange)


Hope my post finds everyone doing well and managing to stave off the January "blues." If you're in need of cheering up, though (I know I am...blechy weather!), - or just want a 'something different' to tickle your creativity buds -  then come play along with us at Just Us Girls Challenge #424~Colour Week. Our wonderful Ina has selected Teal, Mustard and Orange for this week's palette.

This is definitely not a combination I'd come up with on my own (thank heavens for designers with far more ingenuity than I), but after an initial 'oh my stars, what to do?' panic, I dialed in and away I went...

Ahhh...butterflies! These, from Concord & 9th, are some of my favourites! I think they make a pretty teal-mustard-orange trio. Hope you do, too!

Cathy McCauley, aka Cathymac, is joining us once again as our GD, with another amazing card!My teammates have some incredible inspiration happening, too; please drop by their places and leave them some love:  SueAngieVickiInaBobbyNancy, Lisa, Maria.

Excited to see where this wonderful colour combination takes you!
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Friday, January 19, 2018

Tattered Rose and Lattice Love...Uniko Challenge #45~Something Old, Something New (optional twist: LOVE)


Welcome to Uniko Studio Jan/Feb Challenge #45, where we're inviting you  to draw inspiration from this prompt:

The beautiful photo, the something old-something new theme, the optional twist of love: plenty of 'sparks' for you with this challenge AND the fact that it spans five weeks is even more enticement to play along. And then, there are the prizes...more on that later!

Joining our talented team is our incredibly creative Guest Designer, Anita. Her chic, stylish card has my CAS-loving heart swooning. Please drop by her blog, as well as those of the DT, to see the lovelies they've created and, while you're visiting, please leave a comment. I know they'd be tickled pink if you did.

My first card features two 'something news' (Pure Florals: Rose and Lattice stencil), paired with a duo of 'somethings old':

  • colouring with prismacolour pencils and blending with gamsol (that's the "old" part). I'd forgotten how easily gamsol smooths out lines and softens colour; definitely keeping it right next to my pencils from this point forward!
  • using Tattered Rose distress ink to stencil; I've moved it forward in my little collection of inks,  as it's so very pretty (as is Victorian Velvet, which was another oldie-find).

Because I had some watercoloured roses left over from a previous project, a second card happened (not sure why my leaves are so yellowy; in real life, they're pretty Peeled Paint green).  The 'new' somethings are, again, the roses and stencil; the 'old' is the sentiment from All Occasions Sentiments #5. With Love as the twist, you will certainly be seeing this set in action! It's filled with amour in a variety of ways!

That's it from me! 

Looking forward to seeing your inspirations in the gallery!

  • Main Winner Chosen By the DT - £25 eGift Certificate
  • Random Uniko Stamps Winner - £4 In Stock Clear Stamp Set of Winners Choosing
  • Top 3 Chosen By DT - 150 Loyalty Reward Points
You've got plenty of time to play along with this month's challenge. The deadline for submission is midnight (GMT) on Friday, February 23rd,  2018 (7.00pm EDT).

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Warm Winter Birthday Wishes...STAMPlorations CAS Card Challenge~Anything Goes (optional colour twist: SILVER) Reminder Post


Hope you're having an excellent week!  Right now, we have a chinook blowing through our region, bringing warmer temperatures and crazy winds, gusting from 50-80 km/h! I need to venture out to run some errands; hope I won't be tossed and twirled into another province!

Joining my fabulous teammates with a reminder post for the STAMPlorations January 2018 CAS Card Challenge #22~Anything CAS Goes (optional colour twist: Silver).

Today, I'm bringing you a hot cup of cocoa, rich with whipped cream and a cinnamon stick! Hope it wards off the chill of winter and makes you feel all warm and cozy....

Please head over to the main blog to see the incredible cards created by my wonderful team. You'll be dazzled and, I know, inspired to play along!  The guidelines are simple; the rewards for joining us, wonderful:
  • Players can link up to 3 CAS cards.
  • Players can enter a CAS card with or without the optional color twist.
  • Non-STAMPlorations products are OK.
  • Prizes: $10 GC for the winner; $5 GC to the top picks.
  • If there are 50 or more entries: 1 random winner of product of choice (3x5 stamp set OR 2 standard size stencils OR 1 CUTplorations word/phrase die).
Easy and so inviting!  

Looking forward to seeing your CAS creations in the gallery!

To receive 20% off STAMPlorations stamps, stencils and dies, I invite you to use my code: STAMPGIRLCAROLM. The code applies to regular and sale-priced products, but cannot be combined with other discount codes you have. Happy shopping!

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Shimmery Joy....Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #275~Photo Inspiration


Welcome to Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #275 with a most dazzling, elegant mood for inspiration. Dramatic and gorgeous, all that black and white, with shimmery gold accents...swoon!

So many choices, as I mentioned in a previous post, can be overwhelming; solution for me is to narrow my focus, as you see here with my simple design:

The deer and joy are cut from sparkly gold cardstock, which the photo doesn't capture. In real life this panel shimmers and shines!

Please visit my teammates to see their stunning creations.
Looking forward to visiting your glamorous photo-inspired cards/projects in the gallery!

Thank you for dropping by!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Flowery Birthday...STAMPlorations CUTplorations January 2018 Challenge Reminder Post


Happy middle-of-January (eek!)! Joining my wonderful team with a STAMPlorations CUTplorations January 2018 Reminder Post, where we're drawing inspiration from this oh-so-pretty wintry sunrise scene...

Yes, plenty to spark creativity here - as you'll see from the amazing cards my teammates created -  however, too many choices sent me into the 'overwhelmed zone.'  When that happens, I really need to narrow my focus (or I accomplish nothing!) and in so doing, I wound up with a minimalist card. As in ultra-minimalist. Purple, blue and the 'shape' that I see in the clouds - the pinkish flower-ish shape that appears in the sky towards the right side, about about a third of the way from the edge, just above the horizon...with the result being this...

Simple card that, I hope, will bring someone a smile...hope you'll be one of those 'someones'!

Please visit the rest of my talented teammates to see their wonderful CUTplorations creations, then bring your STAMPlorations dies out and play along with us! Prizes to be had, my friends...fabulous prizes! Please check out the CUTplorations Challenge Rules here. The linky is open until the end of the day January 31.

If any of the products you see here catch your eye, I invite you to use this coupon code (click to make larger):

Thank you for dropping by!

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

UNIKO January 2018 Design Team *Revisit* Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!


I'm delighted to share a trio of cards for the UNIKO January 2018 Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY - and what a showcase we have in store! Just for a bit of background, our lovely Bev, who's kept incredibly busy with her 'twin beans' as well as handling - solo - all things Uniko (and that's heaps of behind the scenes dedication, ranging from blogging, designing, packaging stamps/orders, offering stellar customer service..and who knows what else!) usually releases new products every other month. 

On non-release months, we revisit previous releases - and that's essentially the theme of this Blog Hop. BUT, this one comes with a twist

Rather than selecting a specific product/month's release, Bev gave us carte blanche to choose ANY of the new products released through out 2017! We're talking a total of 5 releases, which distills down to 24 stamps set, 5 stencils and 2 designer die collections!  Talk about choice - for us AND for you!

So, because you have plenty of hopping and commenting to do, let's roll with my showcases....

My first two cards feature products released in February 2017: Block Party Birthday and 
Explosion Additions.  I so enjoyed creating shakers (I wound up making 5, total, for local friends who saw them on IG!) with the Block Party Christmas (October 2017), that I used a similar style for this bright, cheery birthday card....

 A certain niece, who loves rainbows, will be getting this on her birthday (she'll be 8 in March! EEK!)

I fell for the Explosion set when it was first launched way back when, so when Explosion Additions appeared last February, know what happened! Perfect set to make cards for my *superhero* nephew. This one is neon green and blue, which fit those of his current favourite hero, Green Lantern. He'll be 6 in March, but I'm not sure I can wait that long before giving it to him!

Of course, revisiting these previous releases to make cards for my niece and nephew sparked all kinds of warm fuzzies, so I made a third card, filled with a whole bunch of love, hugs and kisses to send their way, too! This one features two sets from the December 2017 release: Large Background Scattered Polka Hearts and BIG & BOLD Hugs

Okay, enough from me. Please visit Bev and the rest of the team; hope you're prepared to be dazzled!. We encourage you to leave comments along the way to be in the running for an eGift Certificate

Carol - me

You have until Midnight (GMT) Sunday, January 21st, 2018 to comment.  ENJOY!!

Also sharing at:

CASology Challenge #282~Hugs

Seize the Birthday January Challenge~Anything Goes

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Birthday Roses...Inkspirational Challenge #152~Photo Inspiration


Welcome to Inkspiration Challenge #152~Photo Inspiration (our first challenge of 2018! WOW!), where we have an elegant, gorgeous image to spark your creativity! Violin, roses, pearls, lace...oh. my. stars! So much beauty to capture....

Joining us for this challenge is Charlotte aka Lady Joyful; her card, along with those of my fabulous team - SandieShaunaKylieMarinaNonniYvonne - are are awe-mazing!  Head over to'll be dazzled!

I LOVE the white, the pink roses, the pale greens and the 'shape' of the violin, so that's what I tried to reflect in my card....I even 'sort of' water coloured - and held my breath with every stroke of the brush!

UNIKO - Pure Florals Rose (this set is timeless!!)
Studio Katia - Dotted Pattern Frames

NOTE: Honoured and thrilled to be selected as a Watercooler Rocker for the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #152~All About Occasions.  Thank you soooo much!

Looking forward to seeing your interpretations of this stunning image; I know that a gallery of gorgeous is sure to unfold...

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