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):

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For smiles and inspiration head toSTAMPlorations blog | STAMPlorations shop

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, well...you 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 see...you'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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Believe in the Magic....Just Us Girls Challenge #423~Trend Week - Galaxy Backgrounds/Night Sky


Another week has zipped by and a cold one it was! We hit -43C one night! Forecast is for much warmer weather (well...anything is warmer than -43C!) over the weekend and into next week. Sure hoping so; I need some outdoors time!

Speaking of 'night'...Welcome to Just Us Girls Challenge #423~Trend Week, where DT Sue is inviting us to create Galaxy Backgrounds or a Night Sky for our cards. Very trendy, indeed - and they can be made in such a variety of ways, from alcohol inks, to distress inks, to paints, to...well, whatever most of us have on hand!   

Cathy McCauley, aka Cathymac, is joining us once again as our GD, and her card, along with the those of my team mates - SueAngieVickiInaBobbyNancy - is stellar!  You're in for some amazing "star-cases"!

If you've followed me for awhile, you'll know that water-colour and I are NOT friends, so no fabulous rich, deep purples/blues, star-studded galaxy for me. I went with distress inks and perfect pearlized water droplets to create a softy night scene for my shimmery fairy.  I think we all need to believe in 'magic' sometimes, don't you?

Please visit Cathy and the rest of the gals; they'd love to have you drop by at their places and be dazzled by where this theme has taken them.

Excited to see where Galaxy/Night Sky backgrounds takes you!

Thank you for dropping by!

Monday, January 8, 2018

A Herd of Reindeer Shaker Tags...Happy Little Stamps January 2018 Anything Goes with Dies Challenge


Welcome to Happy Little Stampers January 2018 Anything Goes with Dies Challenge.

Today, I'm sharing the Mama Elephant/Hampton Arts shaker reindeer tags - using Studio Katia Dotted Shaker Tag 2 -  I made for my niece's Grade 2 class; we are talking a LOT of die cutting!

Here's a glimpse of part of the full herd of 27.  Such fun to make, although my copic colouring of the sweet reindeer certainly needs work! Aren't the images cuties, though?

Looking forward to seeing your creativity in the gallery; always a joy and inspiration to see what YOU have designed!

Our winner for this challenge will receive a $20 coupon to spend at the shop! Check out all the details HERE.

Thank you for dropping by!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Thank You, Bear-y Much!...Just Us Girls Challenge #422~Word Week: Anything Goes


A while back, I received an unexpected, surprising and ohmystars note and request from my wonderful friend, Vicki.  Let's just say that after catching my breath, controlling my wild happy dancing, and wearing the brightest of smiles, I was able to fashion an answer of yes, yes and yes! Today, I finally get to spill the beans:

I am over-the-moon ECSTATIC to share that I'm joining the Just Us Girls design team!

Talk about an honour in having opportunity to play alongside some of *the* best, sweetest designers in the craft-iverse! Call me thrilled and excited! Without further ado, let's get the ball rolling...

Welcome to Just Us Girls Challenge #422~ Word Week, where our incredibly talented Vicki has chosen *Anything Goes* as this week's theme. Perfect way to start the new year, right? Right!!

My card features the darling bear image from the monthly Kit and Clowder colouring class I'm enrolled in (I actually completed my December assignment on time!); isn't he darling! Of course, still plenty to learn, especially in creating fur and getting light sources 'just so.'  I'm dedicating this little cutie pie to my new team: THANK YOU for your warm welcome!

Our guest designer this week is  Cathy McCauley [cathymac]; you'll adore her card as you will those of my new team-mates! Please head over, enjoy their delights and then: join us in the gallery!

Excited to see where Anything Goes takes you!

Thank you for dropping by!

Tag, You're It....The Goodbye Post


Today, I'm joining in with the design team - both present and past - to bid 'adieu' to the wonderfully unique Tag, You're It Challenge that spanned 3 1/2 years and 79 challenges. Heavy-heart? Yes...very. And I don't want to talk about it *sob* Being on this team was an honour; and learning to create on mini canvases certainly stretched my design skills!

For my 'finale', I'm sharing my Top Three favourite tags, followed by a collage of those that made me - and hopefully you - smile.

  • To our wonderful leader, Tracey: a deep, from-the-heart thank you for believing that I was 'good enough' to be part of the team. I've loved every. single. moment!
  • To my fabulous team: you gals are awesome! Your creativity is outstanding; your friendship, treasured.
  • To all who visited my tags: THANK YOU! Your encouragement means more than I have words to express!
  • To all who played in the Tag, You're It Challenges: THANK YOU x a kazillion for your support and participation! Your tags - each and every one - were delights! 
I'm going to miss Tag, You're It...maybe this can just be a 'see you later'...right?! Fingers crossed....

Thank you for dropping by!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Silvery Trees Celebrate...STAMPlorations January 2018 CAS Card Challenge Anything Goes (optional colour twist: SILVER)


Today, I'm joining my wonderful team for STAMPlorations January 2018 CAS Card Challenge #22~Anything Goes (optional colour twist: SILVER)

I selectively inked a sprinkling of the sweet trees from Christmas Tree 1 ARTploration Stencil~Sanna Lippert Designs to create my background, added a silver foil paper sentiment, Celebrate Word Die, and a smattering of Nuvo Drops in shimmer black. In real life this is a shiny, shiny card!

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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For smiles and inspiration head toSTAMPlorations blog | STAMPlorations shop

FUSION Card Challenge Mail Call~4th Anniversary Celebration with GUESTS!


In addition to the always inspiring photo and sketch to pique your creativity - like those for this challenge -
we've added another facet to the celebration: GUEST DESIGNERS!

 Yes - and a bevy of fabulous talent we have to share with you! Want to meet my special guest?

*Drum roll....*

I’m absolutely thrilled to have one of *the* darlings of the crafting community as my special guest for this celebration: Bev of Happy Dance blog blog fame. Most of know this sweetheart, with her cards that delight, a personality that invites and welcomes, and comments that encourage, motivate and inspire. The best part about my friendship with Bev is that we met, in her home city, in July 2015! Like old friends reuniting, we enjoyed a few far-too-short hours, chatting up a storm, comfortable and delighting in one another’s company. We already love her from her blog, but in real life...WOW! She’s touched and enriched many of our lives; she is, in a word, a treasure! I’m proud to count her as one of my besties!

Bev's card is over on the challenge blog, but I *had* to share it here, too! Isn't it awesome!!  For more details, please head over to her place; she'd love if you visited - and I would, too!

Now, for my card, featuring old and new products from Uniko.  I focused on a selection of colours from the photo and 'some' elements of the sketch.  I so wanted to use the sketch fully, however, unless I have dies to cut the various panels strips...forget it! Cutting straight lines just isn't in my repertoire...

Please visit the other designers and guests over at the challenge blog, then join in the celebration!
Looking forward to seeing you in the gallery!

Thank you for dropping by!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Snowman-y Hugs...Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #273~Holiday


Welcome to Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #273~Holiday.  

Today, I'm sharing the cards I made for my niece and nephew, using the adorable The Bee's Knees' Layered Snowman, designed by Shirley Brampton.  Isn't he the cutest! The first comment from my niece - after giving the card a hug (she is too cute!) - was, "Look, Aunty c, he has hearts for eyes!"  And yes, he certainly does!

Please visit my teammates to see their wonderful creations.

Looking forward to seeing your *Holiday* cards/projects in the gallery!

Also sharing at:

Cards In Envy~Winter Chills (you always have the *coolest* challenges! LOVE playing here!)

STAMPlorations Anything Goes Challenge

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge~Anything Goes

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