Thursday, August 17, 2017

Halloween Tags...FUSION Card Challenge~Orange and Black Stationery


Hope you're having an amazing week! My brother, sister-in-law, niece and nephew are visiting us and good times galore happening!  The energy of the kiddos is contagious and I'm having a blast, gallivanting to the park, to the zoo, to the trails, to the ice cream here, there and everywhere! Of course, we're doing some crafting and colouring, too!

Taking a quick time out to welcome you to the new FUSION Card Challenge~Orange and Black Stationery. Those papers, pens, stapler and clips (especially the one with the mustache!)....oh my! Hoarding guaranteed! And the sketch is, yet again, wonderfully inviting!

So, here's the thing: if orange and black are the inspiration, especially this time of year, I'm compelled to go in one direction. Halloween!  I love making Halloween tags/mini cards (I'll be doing so for my niece and nephew's classes soon!) and this is as good a time as any to make a start...

Please welcome my little orange, black and white trio...

Too. Much. Fun.  The wee him!

Please head over to see the innovative cards designed by my wonderful design team:

How will the lovely pencils and inviting sketch inspire you? 

Looking forward to seeing you in the gallery!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

You Mean the World to Me and Koi Birthday....TIME OUT Challenge #89~Home Sweet Home, CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge #234


Super quick post to share two cards I made before my guests arrived (and we're enjoying ourselves fabulously!).

TIME OUT Challenge #89~Home Sweet Home has this lovely room to inspire us:

Here's my take...Concord and 9th stamps all the way...and even some embossing, as I'm trying out my new heat gun.  Hard to see the shimmer on my map, but it's definitely there...

CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge #234 is next:

Planning to go to the zoo today! I'm excited...hippos!

Thank you for dropping in; your visit brightened my day!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Dahlia Thanks...Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #255~Photo Inspiration


Welcome to Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #255~Photo Inspiration.  Isn't this image amazing? The blues, purples, shapes, highlights, shadows....gorgeous!

My card features Altenew's Layered Dahlia stencils and yes, they are quite the delights...and addicting! More panels 'happened' when I made this may see a couple down the road.

Just another view....

As you'll see at the main site, my teammates created sensational interpretations of this photo - and I know YOU will too! Hope you'll find time to play along.  Oh, and some news. First, a sad 'see you later' to LeeAnn,who has stepped down to contend with life for the time being. She will be deeply missed. On the plus side:  Kylie, our awesome leader, is now part of the DT! Woo hoooo! More of her fabulous inspiration to dazzle and delight all of us!

See you in the gallery!

Thank you for dropping in; your visit brightened my day!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Beautiful and Celebrate Layered Marble....Inkspirational Challenge #141~Word Prompt: Waves


Talk about a whole lot of hustle-and-bustle going on in these here parts! I spent most of the week at my mom's, visiting and working (marking the summer sitting of diploma exams), as well as spending as much time as possible with my niece and nephew. Headed home once we wrapped up the essays and now, preparing for my brother, sister-in-law and the kids to head our way on Sunday.  SUPER EXCITED! Oh...and my husband, who's been in Winnipeg as an official at the bike-racing events at Canada Summer Games since the 5th, will be arriving on Sunday.  Looking forward to a houseful!

The task-at-hand, however, is to welcome you to Inkspirational Challenge #141~Word Prompt: *Wave*.  Loads of possibilities, right?

Want to see a bunch?  Then head over to the Inkspirational site, where our wonderfully talented Guest Designer, Helen is joining the team - MarinaKylieSandieShaunaNonni, Yvonne and me - in this fabulous 'so many directions to explore' challenge.

As for me...I finally used my Waffle Flowers Layered Marble stamp to create 'waves'.  Yes, a wee bit fiddly in some ways, but so delightfully organic. One play is all you really need to get the sense of which layer goes where and after that....oh my! So pretty....and I hope you agree.  I paired the marble backgrounds with sentiments from Uniko...

You know the routine!  Looking forward to seeing you *waving* at us from the gallery!

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

PS. Yes, I've fallen light years behind in commenting...and with family coming, I suspect that may not change for a bit! Bear with me, please! I'll do my best to catch up, whether on your blogs or IG or FB!  HUGS to all of you, my sweet friends - thank you for continuing to visit, even when I'm soooo pathetic at returning the gesture (for now....).

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Blah Bunny: Coffee & More Coffee...Happy Little Stampers August 2017 Anything Goes with Dies Challenge


Another month (passing far too swiftly in my books!) means another Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies Challenge!

Our winner for this challenge will receive a $20 coupon to spend at the shop! 

Check out all the details HERE.

I finally brought out my Blah bunny (Honey Bee Stamps), who make me laugh!  These days, with travel, visiting, marking diplomas and officiating at bike races, I certainly do need coffee...

and quite often, more coffee.

 Isn't he a blast! And I've only used two of the plethora of sentiments that accompany this set! More bunnies to come!

Please visit my teammates for some truly amazing die cut inspiration, then play along with us!

See you in the gallery!

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

Thanks and Celebrate....Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge~Herb Garden


A busy weekend of officiating at bike races, and today, packing my bag and heading north to visit my mom for a few days. Before I do, sharing a couple of cards for the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge~Herb Garden,

where I was especially taken with Sheri's inspiration pieces.  Mine come nowhere near being as crisp, fresh and stunning as hers, but if was fun to play with a few different dies/background arrangements all the same.

The Altenew forest glades ink I used is much deeper in real life; not sure why that doesn't come through in the photo. Sighhhhh...Both cards feature predominately Uniko products: Nature's Treasures II and All Occasions Sentiments #6.  They're soooo marvelous!

Time to get ready...fingers crossed my drive will be smooth and safe!

Thank you for dropping by; your visit brightened my day!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Pineapple and Flower...CASology Challenge #260~Juicy, Less Is More Challenge #340~Tropical Fruits


CASology Challenge #260~Juicy

and Less Is More Challenge #340~Tropical Fruits

see me bringing out my HA pineapple and a new pineapple embossing folder!  Wasn't feeling 'sentimental' so this will be a 'just because' note card for the time being....

Heading off to Day 2 of the weekend's three bike races....

Thank you for dropping by; your visit brightened my day!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Flamingo Fabulous and Pineapple Thanks....FUSION~Pastel Pencils


Yes, I'm back yet again (been crafting up a storm since returning from our little vacation!), this time to join my awesome team in welcoming you to FUSION Card Challenge~Pastel Pencils.  The assortment of  pencils and pencils, tucked into what looks to be re-purposed cans, has me thinking about jazzing up some containers of my own. I do have a soft spot for pencils having been a teacher for years upon years...
That said, I did not bring pencils or pens to the challenge; rather, I took my cue from the sketch and the colours, creating this pastel flamingo and stripes pairing,

followed by a pineapple and stripes version.

I rather like the 'swirl' element; a change from my typical same old-same old rectangle panel.

Please head over to see the beautiful cards designed by my wonderful design team:

How will the lovely pencils and inviting sketch inspire you?

Looking forward to seeing you in the gallery!

Also sharing at:

CAS on Sunday Challenge #113~Exotic

City Crafter Challenge Blog Week 373 ~ Pretty in Pink

Thank you for dropping by; your visit brightened my day!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Flowers x Three...Happy Little Stampers August 2017 CAS Challenge~Flowers


July was a whoosh! Hopefully, August will see the minutes, hours, days and weeks slow down a bit! I want the summer months to last!  Speaking of August, time for the new Happy Little Stamps CAS Challenge, where the theme of *Flower* is sure to generate plenty of inspiration and gallery entries.

I've brought three for you today, beginning with my flowering cactus.s (My Favourite Things),

a layered lily (Altenew) and

a whimsical 'natural organic' (Uniko)

What types of lovely blooms will you share with us?  Looking forward to discovering a garden of gorgeous in the days ahead!

Also sharing at:

Uniko Studio Challenge #42~Flowers

Thank you for dropping by; your visit brightened my day!

SPECIAL EVENT....Celebrate National Coloring Book Day with STAMPlorations' New Bloomtangled Colouring Book!



Who knew, right?  

Apparently, our sweet, creative and savvy Shery, from STAMPlorations did!  I'm thrilled to be joining her and several of her designers in a celebration to mark both the day AND the some sneak peeks to whet your creative appetite in preparation for the launch of her second coloring book: 


Today, I'm sharing some initial colouring of a couple of these whimsical, doodly, flowy images; talk about a fabulous way to practice blending, shading, highlighting, as well as to explore colour combinations. Prismacolour pencils all the way....

First, some 'sunflowers' in shades of yellow/orange and yellow-orange...

Second, a 'frosty' colours selection, using a variety of blues, as this page reminded me of snowflakes and wintry wonderland for some reason (perhaps all the heat we're experiencing is further addling my thinking....)....

Intrigued by my little snippets? Be sure to check out what the rest of the team have done then head on over to STAMPlorations, where Shery has a special treat in store.  No hints from me, other than to say...pull out your colouring tools, because you have some 'playing' to do! Check out the details here.

As for me: I have these pages to finish up and a whole bunch more bloom-entangling yet to go!  If you're looking for a space to be creative, yet relax at the same time, you'll find it in the pages of

Thank you for dropping by; your visit has brightened my day!

Summer Flower Pops Thanks...Serendipity August Blog Hop #1


Welcome to the Serendipity Stamps August Blog Hop (#1), where my incredible DT and I are sharing a whole bunch of Serendipity Stamps sensations.  Want to add a few of these fabulous products to your collection?  Two simple steps: hopping along the DT blogs (you should have come from incredibly talented, sweet Patti's blog) and leaving a comment puts you in the running for a $20 gift certificate.  Here's the list.

Summer has certainly made its presence known here, with unusually hot temperatures and, of course, accompanying thunderstorms. We've had a few doozies!  The rain is very much needed, as we are 'this close' to drought conditions.  A few days of gentle drizzle would certainly help lawns and gardens, both veggie and floral...

Speaking of floral: that's precisely the nature of my card today and in pink, to boot!  I sponged the background panel with Spun Sugar distress ink, then stamped the flowers with Mama Elephant Bubblegum pigment ink and the leaves with Mojito. A gift set using this design could be easily made; simply change up the colours, the flower selections and the sentiment. Serendipity Stamps make this soooooo easy!

Serendipity Stamps Products:

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 is this marvelous Airplane:

Time for you to 'hop to it'! Next on the list is wonderfully talented Miriam Napier. Enjoy!

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

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Spooky...Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #253~Holiday


AUGUST! Already! Oh my!  Summer's zipping by and soon it will be fall and then...*deep breath* Okay, I've composed myself....

Welcome to Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #253~Holiday.

I know I should designing Christmas cards, but....nope!  I did this instead:


I love making Halloween cards....just sayin'!

Please check out my teammates wonderful holiday-themed cards, then create one or a few of your own to play along!

See you in the gallery!

Thank you for dropping in; your visit brightened my day!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Wishing You Koi...The Heart Desires Challenge #14~First Anniversary Celebration!


Looks like our sizzling temperatures are creating all kinds of havoc (much more serious than my *can't handle the heat* grumpies); we have ash/smoke from various forest fires greying our skies (so much for having dusted!) AND a severe thunderstorm watch in effect.  While I'm hoping for rain, as  most of western Canada is, I'm also hoping that, given the dry conditions, lightning is not part of the package deal....

Anyway, let's turn away from 'scary' water scenes and focus our attention on those far more lovely and alluring, such as the pretty images selected to inspire us for the First Anniversary Celebration at The Heart Desires Challenge #14.

Vibrant sea-themed photos, indeed. I'd love to explore such surroundings, although that crab...he'd be given wide berth...those claws look pinchy! Speaking of big crabs, he reminds me of my long ago trip to the Cook Island of Aitutaki  where crabs galore skittered along the roads, in the ditches and into the restaurants and pubs. I kept my feet up whenever sitting down and my legs were on high-run-away alert when sight-seeing. Icky....but the island itself is gorgeous!

Moving on:  we won't discuss how long the Hero Arts Layering Koi set has been in my possession. Today, finally, making a debut...

Colours, water theme, celebration...hope I've met the "physical' challenge criteria.  As for the enjoyment aspect: oodles of fun creating this...and another 4 koi are inked up, ready for a swim on their respective panels.

To the wonderful team at The Heart Desires: thank you for the fabulous year of challenges!  Such an inviting, inspiring place to play (and the shop? Only awesome!!).

Also sharing at Muse Challenge #227~Anything Goes (how cool is that!!).

Thank you for dropping in; your visit brightened my day!