Thursday, October 20, 2016

Coffee!...STAMPlorations October CAS Card Challenge~Anything Goes (optional colour twist: Black) Reminder Post, The Hop to Stop 2016, Addicted To CAS Challenge #99~Coffee, STAMPlorations Anything Goes Challenge


I'm back, joining the talented STAMPlorations CAS design team as a guest designer, for the
CAS Card Challenge #10 Mid-month Reminder Post

Have you played along yet? If not, you still have time to add your fabulous creations to the gallery. Need a bit of inspiration? If so, I have something for you:

The black and purple makes for a dramatic combination, that I hope my sweet friend, who has seen me through some 'interesting' times, will like it.The coffee cup silhouette is marvelous; plans percolating for more ways to use this little gem!

For more amazing inspiration, please visit the rest of the team:

Join us in the gallery!
Looking forward to seeing you there!

Here are the absolutely friendly, simple "rules":

You can link up to 3 CAS cards.
You can enter a CAS card with or without the optional color twist.
Non-STAMPlorations products are OK
Badges for winner and top picks are voted by the design team
1 winner drawn from those who use the color twist wins a $10 gift certificate
See? All the more reasons to play along!!!

Also joining:

The Hop to Stop 2016. (A most worthwhile cause, and one that, sadly, too many of us connect with. Thank you, Becca, for bringing this initiative to light once again.)

STAMPlorations October Theme and Sketch Challenge~Stamps and Sponging

 Thank you for spending part of your day with me; your visit brings me joy!

Love in my Heart...FUSION (Challenge Oct. 20), Allsorts Challenge #385~Pink October, Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge #2~Watercolour, Simon Wednesday Challenge~Think Pink


Is time flying by at warp speed for you the way it is for me?  How did we arrive at nearly the end of October already?  Yikes!  I still haven't finished the Halloween 'somethings' I'm making for my niece and nephew's classmates and daycare pals!  Getting close, but still a few things to do...I'll be sharing soon...stay tuned.

Okay, down to the business at hand! A warm welcome to the newest FUSION~Soft and Subtle challenge where we're inviting you to draw inspiration from the gorgeous bouquet or the fabulous sketch or a combination of both.  I confess: I pointed out those pretty blooms to my husband.  Hint! Hint!  I don't 'need' flowers, however, if some were to magically appear, I wouldn't be too upset *grin*

A second confession: I found the challenge a bit daunting. The flowers are SO pretty that I didn't want to 'mess up' their impact with my interpretation that wouldn't do them justice. The sketch, while certainly appealing and open to a zillion possibilities, has 'strips' that I have troubles with. I obviously need more dies to help me in that department (or a heavy dose of Mr. Mojo to see alternatives). Finally, after several starts-and-not-finishes, I opted to focus on the colours - the light/slighter deeper rose, to be precise - as well as what roses represent - love.  I wound up with this....

My card looks 'basic,' but in real life, its a-shimmer with distress inks that have been liberally perfect pearls spritzed (spun sugar and worn lipstick for the 'hearts'' festive berries for the veins).  Simply simple, despite the convoluted journey it took to get there.  I'm pleased with my  Concord and 9th  'leafy love hearts'; I hope they make you smile, too.

For more inspiration, check out my incredibly talented team-mates' designs.  Here's the drop in for a visit, leave them some love....

then, craft a card of your own and join us in the gallery. Remember, the process is simple:

1. Play with just the sketch challenge.
2. Play with just the inspiration photo challenge.
3. Or you can create FUSION by combining BOTH challenges into one card.
4. Use the challenge graphic and link back to Fusion in your post.
5.  HAVE FUN!!!

See you in the gallery!

Also sharing at:

Allsorts Challenge #385~Pink October

Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge #2~Watercolour

Simon Wednesday Challenge~Think Pink

Thank you for spending part of your day with me; your visit brings me joy!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Tree-Decorating Snowman and Snowflakes...Serendipity October Blog Hop and Half-way Challenge Reminder~Celebrate Anything


I'm delighted to welcome you to the Serendipity Stamps October Blog Hopwhere this month's theme is Celebrate Anything, using Anything Goes techniques.  The door is wide open to unlimited possibilities!

When you hop along with us (you should have arrived here from wonderfully talented Patti Kehl's blog), you'll be treated to some dazzling creativity AND and a prize opportunity. 

Here's the hop order:

Leaving comments puts you into the running for a prize: a $20 gift certificate to one commenter randomly selected from all the blogs. You can leave comments through to midnight October 23; the winner will be announced on Mary's blog on Monday, Oct. 24.

Christmas is coming wayyyyy too quickly, so I've decided to make at least a 'wee' dent in the 'must make' card list. Today, I'm celebrating Christmas with two techniques. The first is one I do my best to avoid - watercolour (yep, the challenge to get it right persists) - but given the darling image calling for attention, I couldn't resist. Out came my Prisma watercolour pencils, paired with a very light touch in adding water. The results make me smile! Please say hello to this incredibly cute, brand new Snowman Decorating Tree, in the midst of a flurry of Ink Spots snowflakes.

My second card features another newcomer to the Serendipity shop: the Snowflake Reverse Die.  I cut the snowflakes from white cardstock, and adhered the panel to a teal background. A second pass of the die, using silver shimmer card stock, gave me another set of snowflakes that I offset slightly over the openings. The peeks of teal through the silver is really pretty in real life.  An easy-to-make card, perfect for mass producing...

Before I send you off on your *merry* way, a trio of important items:
  • Sale Alert! This week's sale will be free shipping on US orders of $25 or more,  good Wednesday, Oct. 19th through Sunday the 23rd.  No coupon code required.  Happy shopping!

Whatever you choose, be sure to include at least one Serendipity Stamps image (stamp or die) on your design!  
  • A reminder that the stamp of the month (50% off) for October is the so pretty Pumpkin Border.  

That's it from me; the stage is now yours!

Looking forward to seeing your creativity in the gallery!
Be sure to link up at the challenge blog by Midnight US EST October 30.

Thank you for spending part of your day with me; your visit brings me joy!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

I Think You're Delightful...Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #380, TIME OUT Challenge #68, The Flower Challenge #1~Anything Goes


Welcome to Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #380, where we're inviting you to use blush, ruby and forest on your projects this week.

This week's sponsor is Waffle Flower, who are generously offering the winner a stamp set of his/her choice! So sweet!

For my card, I'm drawing inspiration from Ardyth's so-pretty cascading flowers card that is taking center stage over at TIME OUT Challenge #68:

Here's my version, using Concord and 9th's Brushed Blooms:

Please head over to Cupcake Inspirations to see what the rest of the team has created; you'll be dazzled.

Looking forward to seeing how blush, ruby and green spark your creativity!

Also sharing at:
The Flower Challenge #1~Anything Goes

Happy Thanksgiving...Curtain Call Glittery Gourds~Guest Designer, Just Add Ink Challenge #333~Just Add "G", Double D Challenges~Pumpkin Time


I'm deeply thrilled and honoured to be playing alongside Sheri and the amazing team over at Curtain Call as the Guest Designer for the new challenge: Curtain Call~Glittery Gourds!  The white pumpkins, studded with gold, have completely captivated me. Elegance and class! I'd  love to have this pair as part of my Fall home decor....

I have definitely brought a shimmery, glimmery pumpkin - and a shaker, to boot -  to the challenge today!  Everything has a sheen about it: the gold polka-dot paper, the gold/white beads, and, the star of the stage; the pumpkin (Pumpkin Die from Serendipity Stamps), cut from gold shimmer card-stock.  The intricate details are so lovely (the twirly 'vine' from the stem is such a charming touch) and the die itself cuts like butter!

Pumpkin glow!

Thank you, Curtain Call gals, for offering me this amazing opportunity. To everyone who stops to visit - a huge thank you - and please be sure to join the fun.  I'm excited to see how the Glittery Gourds inspire YOU!

Also sharing at:
Just Add Ink Challenge #333~Just Add "G" (going for the gold...)

Double D Challenges~Pumpkin Time

Thank you for spending part of your day with me; your visit brings me joy!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Glittery Cat Happy Halloween....CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge #194, CAS-ology Challenge #219~Spooky, Creatalicious Challenge #101~Anything Goes, with optional twist of Halloween, Simply Create Too Challenge #120~Halloween


We were 'supposed' to be heading to see my mom today, but a winter storm - freezing rain, snow, wind - sees us staying here, at least for tonight. Driving treacherous roads, in the thank you!  Hopefully, conditions will improve enough so we can make the visit tomorrow. I *need* to see my mom and, of course, my sweet niece and nephew; my husband *needs* to cyclo-cross race (motivation for the trip...just offer him a race *grin*).

Anyway, the time here provided opportunity to get some house-cleaning done (half-hearted effort); some laundry done (still in the machine...) and some crafting!  I figured I wouldn't have a chance to play at CAS-ology Challenge #219~Spooky

this week, due to our trip I am!  With something 'spooky' (HA!)!

I paired this challenge with CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge #194,

and the result is this:  a glittery cat with Happy Halloween wishes....

As much as the weather has me totally somewhat miffed, there are a couple perks to changing our plan (not the least of which is being safe):  homemade pizza night (finally...we haven't had any for TWO weeks!) and A Blue Jays baseball game to watch...

And with that, I'll bid you good-night!  Hope wherever you may be, you're safe and warm, enjoying a fabulous TGIF evening!

Also sharing at:
Creatalicious Challenge #101~Anything Goes, with optional twist of Halloween

Simply Create Too Challenge #120~Halloween

Thank you for spending part of your day with me; your visit brings me joy!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Pineapples!...Just Us Girls Challenge #364~Trend Week: Pineapples


Mid-September, I finally received my long-awaited Hero Arts Layering Pineapple stamps...and at the end of September, the accompanying dies arrived. At that point, I decided that with Fall's strong presence, my little gems would need to wait for Spring before they had a come-out-to-play opportunity. Or so I thought! Imagine my delight when I spotted the wonderful Just Us Girls Challenge #364~Trend Week: Pineapples
Timing? Perfect!!!

Since I'd been waiting for these images soooooo long, just about everyone got an inking, a stamping and a die-cutting!   Too much fun! 

I wonder if I can come up with a Christmas-themed pineapple card...I'm not quite ready to put these away!

Thank you for spending part of your day with me; your visit brings me joy!