Sunday, January 15, 2017

Warm Winter Wishes....The Heart Desires Challenge #8, TIME OUT Challenge #74~Winter, Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge #5~Try Something New


My husband should be arriving home any minute now, having spent the weekend at biathlon events. *Someone* needs to get the kitchen counter (aka crafting zone) tidied up AND a card posted toute de suite!

Want to see what happened when I took Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge #5~Try Something New,

mixed it with a sprinkling of The Heart Desires Challenge #8

and added a heaping helping of TIME OUT Challenge #74~Winter?

This....a little snowflake-y shaker, light-bulb-y shaker.  Experimenting with more "new to me" Concord and 9th products: Shine Brighter.

I'm off....wishing you a marvelous Sunday evening!

Thank you for spending time with me today; your visit brings me joy!

Whale You Be Mine? Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #390~Slate, Ballet, Gold


We're in the midst of a chinook (aka: *ice-eater*), which is bringing warmer temperatures and blustery, gusty winds.  If this continues, as the forecast suggests, the snow will be disappearing quickly; until the next freeze-fest happens. Funny things, those chinooks...

Are your ready for another challenge? Excellent!  Welcome to Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #390, where Slate, Ballet and Gold are the featured colours. Talk about a pretty combination, especially on this starry, glittery cupcake...

Lawn Fawn, our sponsor this week, is offering a stamp set and 6 x 6 paper pad to the challenge winner. Incentive indeed!

Two of my Lawn Fawn sweeties came out to play...

One ballet whale; one slate whale...and a gold shimmer paper heart and Delicata Gold Ink bubbles to join them.  An ocean romance...

Please visit the Cupcake Inspirations blog to see how my team-mates' colour-inspired designs. Hope you'll be inspired; hope you'll join us!

See you in the gallery!

Also sharing at:

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

A Trio Inspired by Pretty Things....The Card Concept Challenge #64~Pretty Things, Happy Little Stampers January CAS Challenge~Stencil


The dust bunnies are rapidly multiplying along the baseboards and behind doors, my teensy crafting zone (kitchen counter between the sink and fridge) is a mess, crafting stuff has spilled out on the kitchen table...The messages are clear: someone needs to tidy this place up! Where is my husband? *grin* Actually, I like cleaning (most of the time....), so that's on today's agenda.

Before I go, however, (and before I forget and links close....). a trio of clean and layered cards to share inspired by the loveliness at The Card Concept Challenge #64~Pretty Things

Be warned: I am totally, utterly and completely in LOVE with Concord and 9th's Heart Strings die and Heart Smiles stamp sets.  You'll be seeing a number of cards using these....a. number!  Valentine's Day is drawing near, after all....

Anyway, here's Card 1 (gold and shimmery pink)

and Card 2 (polka dots and shimmer gold card stock...

which you can see a bit better here...)

Card 3  is a nod to the flowers in the photo...peony stencil from STAMPlorations,  Hello from W&W and Delicata Gold Ink splatters.  Shimmers in real life...

Heading to Happy Little Stampers January CAS Challenge~Stencil with this one:

Also sharing at:

Get Creative Challenge #54~Anything Goes

STAMPlorations Anything Goes Challenge

My Time To Craft Challenge #337~Something New (my Concord and 9th products are brand new)

Okay, chore time! Have a fabulous day!

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

Friday, January 13, 2017

Butterfly Birthday...Inkspirational Challenge #126~Flutter


Hope you had a fabulous week and are in the market for a new challenge! We have just the ticket, with Inkspirational Challenge #126~Flutter.

Joining us this week is wonderfully talented, Gina, whose project - a co-production with her husband - will blow you away! Innovative, ingenious and just all-around cool! Please do pay her a visit; you'll be so impressed!

Flutter...and you know precisely where my mind went! Yep...butterflies...a rainbow kaleidoscope of them, to be precise,  Concord and 9th all the way and easy-peasy to create with just several runs of the die through my Big Shot and a bit of off-set assembly.  Add the sentiment and....done!

Getting this card to balance upright for its photo shoot was a tad challenging, as it's a bit 'top' heavy. I managed, though, with behind-the-scenes assistance from my little 'yak' stuffie (yes, you read that right: he was a gift to my husband before we traveled to Nepal years ago. Now that was an excursion...both finding the plush bovine AND the trip itself. Anyway, I digress...) adding support from behind. I'll have to introduce him to you at some point...he comes in very handy!

Please drop in at Inkspirational to see the delights my sweet teammates have created; you'll be aflutter with delight!

Your turn! Looking forward to seeing your creativity in the gallery!

Also sharing at:

Seize the Birthday~Anything Goes

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Sledding Penguin....Tag, You're It Challenge #63


We're back (did you miss us?)!!! Welcome to the first tag challenge of 2017 - Tag, You're It Challenge #63 - where the team and I are delighted to have Karin Ã…kesdotter as our Guest Featured Artist. Her tag is exponentially adorable; so much cuteness wrapped up in a darling little package!

My tag translates Karin's little owl, set atop a branch, in a wintry wonderland, sending out love vibes into a skating penguin, taking a break on his sled,to enjoy the snowflakes fluttering about. No heart (he's just a wee bundle of love all on his own...), but his fuschia toque is a nod to Karin's pop of colour.

These Purple Onion images by Stacey Yakula are sooooo sweet! If only I had more colouring skills...Still, he turned out okay; my Zigs and I had a bonding moment...

Please visit my wonderfully talented team-mates creations and leave them some love; I know you'd make their day sparkle!

You'd definitely make all of us sparkle  if you'd join us in the gallery with a Karin-inspired tag of your own!  See you there!

Thank you for spending time with me today; your visit brings me joy!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Flower Power...Muse Challenge #198, The Flower Challenge #4~Blue and Yellow, STAMPlorations January CAS Challenge and Anything Goes


A quick post (sneaking in at work...shhhh) to share cards made with my brand-spanking new flower stencils from STAMPlorations.  The first uses Peony #2, which I 'had' to showcase after seeing Anita's pretty card over at Muse Challenge #198:

Anita's ink colours were inspired by Laura B, so I headed to her site, watched her work her magic, then used the same inks for mine. I added a scattering of stamped dots as a nod to Anita's textured paper, stamped on a happy sentiment and ta dah....done!  Love that mondo peony!

A Bloom and Three Buds also received some attention, drawing colour ideas from The Flower Challenge #4~Blue and Yellow

Tricky washi tape masking was required to keep the colours separated as I inked...and it kinda-sorta worked. A bit of green spilled onto the blue blooms petals, but...that's 'nature', right *grin*.  Smaller ink blenders on my wish list. I added a hello from another STAMPlorations set and...a second card done.

Have I mentioned that I love stenciling, even though I don't do anything fancy-schmancy with them?  I do!

Also sharing at:

Happy Little Stamps January CAS Challenge~Stencil

AAA Cards Challenge #81~Hello

STAMPlorations Anything Goes Challenge

STAMPlorations January CAS Challenge

Thank you for spending time with me today; your visit brings me joy!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

If Kisses were Snowflakes....Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies Challenge


What a whirlwind this Christmas break has been! We've been home since Wednesday and the days have flown! Back to work tomorrow! Good thing I 'practiced' waking up early this past week *grin*

Today, I'm thrilled to share my first DT card for the monthly Happy Little Stampers January Anything Goes with Dies Challenge

Have you seen the oh-so-pretty frosty-and-fabulous inspiration board over at The Heart Desires Challenge #8?  I did!  Swoon!

The lovely array of snowflakes on the cake (coupled with the real snowflakes sprinkling  here) saw me reaching for my Poppy Stamps Snowflake Love Pendant die, which I paired with shimmer papers in a couple shades of blue...

As many of you know, photographing 'shimmer' is challenging, so a second photo is included in an 'effort' to capture the colours better. The pendant portion is adhered only on the top, so it hangs much like a 'pendant' off the card. The trio of single snowflakes are glued in the center only. The card actually has more dimension than what the image shows...really! A sparkly navy bit of bling in the heart's center and ta dah...done!  The sentiment is from Uniko's Stunning Snowflakes set.

Please be sure to check out the fabulous cards created by the rest of the team.   Kylie's offering a marvelous prize, so please be sure to join us!

See you in the gallery!

Also sharing at CASology Challenge #230~Cold

Poppy Stamps Challenge #28~Silent Snowflakes

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