Sunday, August 28, 2016

Altenew Watercolour Wonders Thank You...Altenew August 2016 Inspiration Challenge~Flamingos, NBUS Challenge #7, Sweet Stamping Challenge~No Designer Paper


We're at my mom-in-law's at the moment (yayyy for nice weather!),heading home in a couple hours, so I'll be super quick with my post.  Altenew's Watercolour Wonders set has been sitting in my NBUS pile for far too long! Last week, before we left, I gave it a whirl; the allure of Altenew August 2016 Inspiration Challenge~Flamingos was far toooo tempting to resist.

I know there's nothing particularly 'original' with my design, but...I'm thrilled *pats self on back* that I figured out the laying process (far easier than I initially thought).  I used Altenew Frosty Pink for the flowers,  Cotton Candy for the flower centers, Morning Frost for the leaves and sentiment from Many Thanks.

In fact, after making three in pink, I enjoyed the layering so much that I just carried on in different colours (and here I thought I didn't like making 'multiples' of cards. HA! Do so!...well, up to a point).

Peach Parfait (flowers), Cotton Candy (centers), Frayed Leaf (leaves), Painted Greetings (sentiment).

Same as the one above, using Many Thanks sentiment.

Peach Parfait (flowers), Cotton Candy (centers), Frayed Leaf (leaves), Painted Greetings (sentiment).

Of course, being this is allll brand new schtuff, I'm joining awesome Darnell's NBUS Challenge #7

 Darnell, thank you again for giving us opportunity to summit our stash mountain!! 

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

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Just A Note and Chocolate...Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #373~Sweet Inside


Ready for more decadent delights? Hope so! This week, we're inviting you to  play along with  Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #373~Sweet Inside. Look at that abundance of frosting goodness, set atop a jammy filling. These remind me of the cupcake tarts my grandma used to make: tart crust, a dollop of jam, cupcake batter, baked, then iced. Nothing like having your cake - and 'pie' - and eating it, too!

This week, we're sponsored by

The Greeting Farm is generously providing a prize of $20 gift certificate to our randomly chosen winner. Thank you!

My interpretation is as literal as it gets! My new little Just A Note die and stamp set came out for a play...

 and nestled inside: a little chunk o'chocolate!

Of course, I had to make another (and a few 'nothers more...). Neon inks on this one and yep, chocolate inside, too. I'm planning to make several of these little notes for my brother and sister-in-law to tuck into Ms. T's lunchbox now and again. Grade 1 is, after all, quite a journey....

What's super cool: Amy T is our Surprise Sweetie! Be sure to check out her 'Sweet Inside" card, along with those by my teamies:

Your turn! 
What Sweet Insides will you share with us?
Looking forward to seeing your creations in the gallery!

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

Friday, August 26, 2016

Happy Birthday Candles and Stripes....Inkspirational Challenge #116~Primary Colours


Welcome to Inkspirational Challenge #116, where our fabulously talented Guest Designer, Shona Chambers, along with my amazing teammates - Shauna, PiaNonni,Sandie, Marina , Yvonne - invite you to use Primary Colours - red, yellow, blue - on your creations.

I am having a full-on, full-fledged love affair with Concord and 9th products; a couple *ahem* of sets have recently made their way into my collection.  Today, images from Eat Cake, are making their debut.  I've paired them with my 'watercolour' stripes stamp...

Of course, I had to make a second.

This set is ever so much fun...and filled with possibilities! Guaranteed you'll be seeing more of it soon!

Your turn! How will Primary Colours inspire you?
Looking forward to seeing your creativity in the gallery!

Also sharing at:

Seize the Birthday~Anything Goes

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

Thank You Rose...Tag, You're It Challenge #54 Reminder Post (Featured Artist: Michelle Short), STAMPlorations August CAS Card Challenge and Anything Goes


Popping in with a reminder that you still have time to play over at Tag, You're It Challenge #54, where ever-so-talented Michelle Short has created this beautiful inspiration tag for us:

 Guest Featured Designer 

For my reminder tag, I stamped, Chameleon marker coloured and fussy cut (yes, I did!) a rose from STAMPlorations, placed it on a sponged-and-water droplet sprinkled background and added a teeny tag with a crystal bit o' bling.

Please check out the fabulous interpretations by our amazing guest designer, Donna Mikasaas well as my sweet, creative teammates: 
BobbyJenMarybethNancySusanKellyAnja and Tracey,  Delight and dazzle guaranteed!

Looking forward to seeing your Michelle-inspired tags in the gallery!

Also sharing at: 
STAMPlorations August Cas Card Challenge

 STAMPlorations Anything Goes Challenge

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

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Flamingo Birthday....Freshly Made Sketches #250, Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge~Flamingo, Uniko Challenge #35~Inspired by a Song Title, Less is More Challenge #290~Exotic


Back with a second card - and minimal babbling (I hear you cheering!):

Heading to the galleries at: 

Freshly Made Sketches #250

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge~Flamingo

Uniko Challenge #35~Inspired by a Song Title.

My inspiration (okay, okay...I remembered it 'after the fact') is from Tracy Byrd's song, "Pink Flamingos' (some good country twang happening in that tune!)

Less is More Challenge #290~Exotic (if my card is too busy, totally understand if you remove it from the gallery)


That's all from me.  Watching the  Olympic closing ceremonies is my next 'do' task. I'll miss the excitement that's kept me entertained for the past couple of weeks.  The Tour of Spain road bike race (Spain's 'equivalent' of the Tour de France), however, has started...that makes me happy.  Actually, it makes my husband super happy *grin

Thanks so much for spending part of your day with me; your visit brings me joy!

Mr. Count's Ghoulish Greetings....My Creative Time Sketch Challenge


I'm home (insert very sad face) from my quick trip to see my family, but I'll be heading back Sept. 1st (fingers crossed) to spend an 'extra' long weekend (insert very happy face) with them.  Hopefully, I'll be able to walk Ms. T to her second day of Grade 1 when next I visit.  On Wednesday (three more sleeps), we're traveling west to see my husband's family once again, so between now and then, *someone* has several DT cards to start...and finish!  Of course, I should have been doing that today, but nope!  Challenges to play in!! Assignments will happen tomorrow (says the Queen of Procrastinating *grin*)

My card here was inspired by My Creative Time Sketch Challenge:

I have a significant number of MCT stamps/dies.  Emma's blog - with her fantastic videos, exponential enthusiasm, fabulous products and outstanding service -  was my #1 discovery when I first started in this sport, and she continues to be an incredibly creative - and 'enabling' - influence.  I decided that, for this challenge, my cutie-patootie little mummy and ghost from my previous post needed a companion.

Enter my oh-so-scary, scary Mr. Count vampire, which was a MCT freebie stamp/die from last year.  I paired him with a spider and sentiments from the Too Cute To Spook Stamps and Dies, along with a 'water-coloured' brush strokes background from the Watercolour Background and Script set (couldn't find the link).  The Boo and bat are cut from shimmery black cardstock. Because of the 'glare', I've shared two photos: one so you can see the 'spooky' sheen and one without....

Emma asked that we include a *twist* with this challenge: an embellishment or a 'something' that we haven't used/done in a while.  I have two. The first is painting my vampire with dye inks, which I can't recollect having done ever.  Worked quite well, overall. The second: stamping a greeting inside. The last time I did that....hmmmm...Christmas, I believe.  Happy Halloween and a wee spider: seemed like a good pairing to me...

Felt good to play at my craft counter (aka: kitchen counter) after nearly a week of being away. Next trek to mom's, I'll be sure to pack my mobile crafting unit. As we all know, sometimes Mr. Mojo likes to wander when we don't give him enough play time...

Thanks so much for spending part of your day with me; your visit brings me joy!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

You are Spooktacular...CAS(E) this Sketch #186 (Guest Designer), AAA Cards Game #71~Blending, CAS Mix Up August Challenge~Stamping, Sprays + Your Choice


Today, I'm absolutely honoured and delighted to be a guest designer for one of my favourite challenges: CAS(E) this Sketch!  This week, CAS(E) this Sketch #186 looks like this....

and my card,  like this....

All the Halloween-themed releases and showcases over the past while are definitely having an influence on me!  Hope my 'oh so spooky' (HA! NOT!) ghost, mummy and spider, bring a smile to your face!

Come play along! 
I'm looking forward to how this fabulous sketch piques your creativity! 

To the CAS(E) this Sketch team:  THANK YOU for inviting me to join you this week!  An absolute joy in every way!

Also sharing at:

AAA Cards Game #71~Blending

CAS Mix Up August Challenge~Stamping, Sprays + Your Choice (my choices: stamping = the images and sentiment; sprays = background water-droplets; choice = die-cutting and blending)

I'm on a quick three day visit to see my mom and, of course, my adorable niece and nephew...having a most fantastic time!  Heading back tomorrow...sighhhh...but returning in a couple weeks...yayyy!  Of course,  yet again falling behind on commenting, but planning to catch up during next week's visit to see my mom-in-law....

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