Friday, September 22, 2017

Fall Wreath Thanks and Gerbera Happy Birthday...Uniko Challenge #43~Autumn/Fall with Optional Twist Halloween


Ahhh...the glorious colours, scents and sights of Fall are all around us. In my neighbourhood, autumn wreaths decorate doors, pumpkins sit on entry way stairs and the scent of apple and pumpkin spices waft from the bakeries and coffee shops I've strolled into, of late. I've pulled out my warm leggings and cozy sweaters in readiness for the crisp air and cool breezes.

Since fall is nearly everywhere, it's only fitting that we recognize it in Uniko Challenge #43~Autumn/Fall with Option Twist Halloween.  I'm thrilled to be joining for the first time as a member of the Uniko DT. Still pinching myself to be sure this is real!

Such a beautiful inspiration photo; I'd love to go for a stroll down that path to see where it leads, gathering maple and oak leaves as I wander... 

Joining us for this challenge is our  talented Guest Designer: Vijaylaxmi.  She, and the rest of my amazing team, have an array of lovely cards to inspire and delight. You can visit them here.

Being the 'nervous newcomer,' I have two cards to share (actually, I had four...but two didn't make the cut *grin*).

My first features Pure Florals: Gerbera Clear Stamp Set (stamped with ME pigment inks) and Designer Dies Pure Florals: Gerbera Collection.. The window frames Background Blocks Halftone Clear Stamp dots.  The sentiment is from Simply Said (a set that covers pretty much every occasion).

My second, though ultra cas, took a while to create, as I botched up the placement of my 'wreath' elements. I should have paid better attention in math when we learned about circles...all that pi, radius and diameter stuff obviously didn't sink in! Still, I persevered...

A small wreath (Flower Power #6) to add some fall zest to the bold thanks (All Occasions Sentiments #6).

I'm dedicating this card to all of you who have expressed well-wishes in my new venture here! Your support means the world to me! THANK YOU!

Whew...enough from me! Hopefully, I'll settle down now that this 'first impression' (which I hope is a positive one) is under my belt. 

Next: a warm invitation for you to join us in the gallery with your 
Fall/Autumn and/or Halloween creations.
You have plenty of time to play along!

The entry guidelines are simple and there are PRIZES, too! Do check details at Uniko Studio.
Thank you for dropping by; your visit is both welcomed and deeply appreciated!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Magical Dragon Baby Cards...2017 Card Design Superstar Contest: Clean & Simple Genius, CASology Challenge #267~BIG


I had no plans to join in the MFT Card Design Superstar Contest, but my sister-in-law needs a baby card soooooo....I made her one. Actually, I made three, but that's beside the point *grin*

I'm entering the Clean and Simple Genius category with this little Magical Dragon. My card shows no 'genius' qualities at all, but it is about as simple and clean as you can get. Isn't that little gaffer a cutie-pie!  I've paired him - and the other two - with sentiments from the LLD Welcome Baby set.

MFT Products:

Since having a baby is a *big* deal and because the word *big* appears in the sentiment, baby dragon is also heading to CASology Challenge #267~BIG.

The wee one and his puff of smoke were coloured with copics (need lessons in using these!), while the other two, below, were with prismacolour pencils.  I exercised artistic license in turning one of the bigger dragons into babies...couldn't resist those faces staring up at me...

(Apologies for photo quality, again! Just can't seem to get the light thing figured
out with any consistency. Grrr.)

That's it from me; need to get these into the MFT gallery before the link closes!

Thank you for dropping by; your visit is both welcomed and deeply appreciated!

Just A Note Feathers...TIME OUT Challenge #92~Inspired by Words


I'm back with a reminder post and card in my role as a guest designer for the current TIME OUT Challenge #92~Inspired By Words.  In case you haven't joined us yet (there's still time!) or need a refresher, the quote to spark our creativity is:

Paint the flying spirit of the bird rather than its feathers.”

Once again, I've focused on feathers, inking up a trio of pretties from STAMPlorations Vignette Trendy Feathers for the background, using my 'this year' fall palette of teal, purple and orange, with a whisper of gold embossing, as seen in the fourth, intricately detailed feather, which has a a solo performance on a smaller stage.

Vellum rarely appears on my cards (scares me!), but I gave it a go as a 'curtain' between the panels and a place for the embossed sentiment. Kinda worked...hmmm.  Still too tricky for me to make a habit of using it, though.

Once again, a from-the-heart THANK YOU to the TIME OUT team for this wonderful opportunity! To everyone stopping by to visit - thank you and please be sure to play along; this quote truly does have a plethora of possibilities!

Also sharing at:

STAMPlorations Anything Goes Challenge

Thank you for dropping by; your visit is both welcomed and deeply appreciated!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Pumpkin Tower....Serendipity Stamps September Blog Hop (#2)


Has Fall made its presence known in your part of the world? It certainly has here; the leaves are sporting lovely shades of amber and red, the winds are blowing and the rains are looming on the horizon. Actually, the first 'sign' of autumn's arrival for me: wearing my long-johns and winter coat at the two bike races we officiated at over the weekend.  Brrrr...

Welcome to the Serendipity Stamps September Blog Hop (#2), where my incredible DT and I are sharing a whole bunch of Serendipity Stamps sensations. To be in the running for a $20 gift certificate, just hop along the DT blogs (you should have come from incredibly talented, sweet Patti Kehl's blog) and leave a comment.  Here's the list.

Along with pumpkin spice everythings and cozy sweaters and fuzzy leggings, Fall also brings about a couple of my favourite occasions, with the first being Halloween (second being Thanksgiving - early in Canada, and third, my brother's and husband's birthdays, in October and November, respectively). I'm not a Halloween *fanatic* - we give out candy for sure -but I fall head-over-heels with it as an *excuse* to make cards, tags and mini cards for my niece and nephew, their classmates, their teachers and their friends. It's also justifies the many Halloween products that have been accumulating(how does that happen *grin*) in my cute spooky stuff!  

That said, today, I'm sharing Serendipity's Pumpkin Tower with you. Aren't these jack o'lanterns sooooo scary? HA! NOT!  Inked, clear embossed, water-coloured with...are you ready...Crayola water-colour paints (channeling my inner child *grin* AND they kinda sorta worked for me!), fussy cut and set atop a web. I used a 'boo' that I've had for ages, source unknown, and ta dahhhhh...another Halloween card for one of Miss T's or Mr. C's teachers.

Please head over to Serendipity Stamps Blog for more how-to-win details as well as for some scoops on sales. 

The 50% off Stamp of the Month: Rake

Next on the list is wonderfully talented Miriam Napier. Enjoy!

Thank you for dropping in today; your visit brings me joy! 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Dream Come True....Uniko Design Team!


I've been floating on Cloud 9 for the past couple of weeks; today, finally, I can touch ground (briefly *grin*) and shout from the mountaintops that I have been invited, by wonderfully talented and sweet Beverley Brown, to become part of her Uniko Design Team!  Talk about feeling supremely honoured and ecstatic (and yes, nervous also fits into the mix...) about this dream come true opportunity!

For those who have been following me for a while, you know I adore Uniko products; they're unique, versatile, and of top-notch quality! The stamps are crisp and clear; the dies, cut like butter.

Below are a handful, plus one of cards I've made recently, showcasing just a few of my Uniko favourites (and trust me, this was a challenge! I have a nearly-full to bursting bin dedicated entirely to my Uniko products gathered over the years. Each and every one is a timeless gem).

The first two feature Originally Organic stamps and dies  collection, which have me in a state of glee! I want to make oodles of cards using this set...perfect for so many occasions...


They're pretty left as is...and in colour, too:

My second set features my oldie but goodie Uniko Studio's Beautiful Blooms 1I loved it when I first received it; I love it now!  Both cards see it paired with a couple of newcomers: All Occasion Sentiments 6 and Background Blocks Halftone.


The third set again, is a combination of old and new playing wonderfully together: Explosion! and Explosion! Additions.


A from-the-heart THANK YOU to  Beverley and the team for your warm welcome and the chance to play alongside you in showcasing Uniko products. 

I'm heading back to Cloud 9 for a while longer! So excited about this new adventure!

So delighted you found time to drop by; your visit is both welcomed and deeply appreciated!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Fall Leaves and Autumn Art....2017 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop


This is the first time in AGES that I've had opportunity to post coffee-themed cards on Day 1 of the 2017 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! Maybe I'm getting more organized. HA! NOT! Whatever the case, I'm here and aiming to show up again, if this 'trend' continues. We shall see!

Both cards feature STAMPlorations images all the way:

Practicing my colouring with prisma pencils.

I've decided that blues/teals, orange and gold will be my Autumn palette this season; they're yummy (at least I think so...)

(liberally sponged with Delicata Gold ink)

A whole lot o' hopping to be done, so that's it from me! Off to check out the rapidly growing gallery of inspiration!

Also sharing at:

STAMPlorations Never-ending Anything Goes Challenge

Thank you for dropping by; your visit is both welcomed and deeply appreciated!

Happy Birthday, Bev....Inspired By All the Little Things #63 Featuring Bev Kastman Buenker, Seize the Birthday~Anything Goes


Inspired By All The Little Things is back after a summer break, with an opening challenge that features both a gorgeous photo AND one of the sweetest people in blogland:  Bev from Happy Dance.

As many of us know, Bev is a darling in our crafting community, with cards that delight, a personality that invites and welcomes, and comments that encourage, motivate and inspire. She’s touched and enriched many of our lives; she is, in a word, a treasure!  AND, tomorrow - Sept. 16 - is Bev's birthday! 

Given the combination of her spotlight here and her birthday, how could I 'not' play along! Altenew Painted Flowers paired with a sentiment from Label Love:

Along with the card, I'm bringing a pretty fall-themed cake to celebrate with her (wish I could do so in real life)....

Thank you, wonderful Bev, for being an incredible friend; thank for your sharing your gifts, talents and inspiration with us, and especially, thank you for letting me - and all those people you grace with your visits - know that our creations bring a little 'happy dance' to your day!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! May your day be filled with joy,celebration, love 
and more more of the same for the year about to unfold!

Also sharing at:

Thank you for dropping by; your visit is both welcomed and deeply appreciated!