Sunday, December 10, 2017

UNIKO Studio Designs~December 2017 SNEAK PEEKS (Day 1)


Today, I'm delighted to be joining lovely Bev and the Uniko Studio team with a Day 1 sneak peek of December's fabulous (and dare I say, quite *Spring-themed *grin*) new release. A little 'something different' from the plethora of Christmas images that surround us...

First: Spring Botanicals - according to Be, botanical imagery of all styles is set to be a big trend for 2018 so I suspect this will be the first of more to come (hint, hint *grin*)

Second: DOTS!! Big, lovely dots!

Third: a trio of terrific stencils....

Please dash over to the Uniko blog HERE where you'll find all details about the schedule, dates for introductions along with the BIG reveal, release and traditional blog hop GIVEAWAY! 
I hope you'll come back to visit over the next few days as we reveal and introduce the new sets.

Thank you for dropping by!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Trees, Trees and Trees...Happy Little Stampers December 2017 Anything Goes With Dies Challenge


Welcome to Happy Little Stampers December 2017 Anything Goes with Dies Challenge.

LOTS of die-cutting happened here to make my fleet of tree-themed, plaid Christmas cards! You're seeing the 'negative' space trees here; I'm saving the 'other pieces' for down the road *grin*

Concord & 9th: Trim the Tree, Plaid Background, Season of Cheer, Nuvo Drops

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

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

Also sharing at:

Make My Monday Challenge #90~Happy Christmas/Holidays

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Snowflake Tag...Tag, You're It Challenge #79


First, the sad news:   this will be the last challenge for Tag, You're It, as the difficult decision to close the doors - at least for now - has been made  Being part of the team has been both an honour and a privilege. Thank you to all who have participated over the past 3 1/2 years; your creativity has been wonderfully inspiring. Feeling sad but...let's bid 'farewell' (for the time being) with a high note...

Welcome to Tag, You're It Challenge #79, where we're delighted to have Leigh Penner, from To the Full fame, as both my guest AND our Featured Artist.  From elegant to whimsical, to chic and cute, Leigh's incredible talents span the spectrum. Add to that: she's a beautiful person, both inside and out! I'm proud to call her "my friend." She's designed a lovely snowflake, touched by whispers of gold, to dazzle and inspire...

You can readily see where I drew my inspiration *grin*

Concord & 9th: Holy Night

Please check out the joyful creations by my team

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

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Block Party Christmas Shaker...UNIKO Studios Challenge #44 Reminder Post~Christmas


I'm joining Bev and the wonderful Uniko Design team with a reminder post about  Uniko Studio's Challenge #44~Christmas

You may, earlier this week, have heard a dull rumbling in the distance or felt a tremor of the earth beneath your feet. Not to worry: 'twas just me, wildly cheering and enthusiastically happy dancing that finally, finally, finally, the November release trekked its way across the Atlantic and over most of Canada to arrive in my mailbox!  I was soooo worried that the products had gone missing; turns out, their journey was just...well. incredibly long!

Anyway, I've brought out the fabulous, fun versatile, easy to use, Block Party Christmas set to play.  A bit of copic colouring, a snippet of cutting with a circle die, some stacking/layering, a sprinkling of sequins and ta dahhhh...Christmas card with a spotlight shaker element.  No foam tape for this one, as I wanted the sides to be a bit more polished; stacking layers of cardstock did the trick...

Fun to make and really quite easy to recreate (which I may have done, oh...three or four times *grin*)

For incredible inspiration, please visit the rest of the team; your festive spirit will be soaring!

Carol (me)

A warm invitation for you to join us in the gallery with your 
Christmas creations
You have plenty of time to play along!

The entry guidelines are simple and there are PRIZES, too! Head over to Uniko Studio for all the juicy details!

Also sharing at:

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Jingle Belles~Taking Back December

Muse: Christmas Visions #90~Festive Free For All

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Layered Holly This Christmas and Deck the Halls...STAMPlorations December CAS Card Challenge~Anything CAS Goes (optional colour twist: Gold)


The hosts on CBC radio have mentioned about 20 times this morning that Christmas is but 18 days away! Oh. My. Stars!  I'm getting closer to finishing cards; still working on the shaker tags for the kiddos, though!

Today, I'm joining my wonderful team for STAMPlorations December 2017 CAS Card Challenge #21~Anything Goes (optional colour twist: GOLD).

Ultra CAS cards today, thanks to the lovely Layered Holly stamps, designed by Shirley. I opted not to use the outline stamp; leaving that shimmery Delicata Gold ink (hard to see in the photo) to shine, shine and shine!

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!

Thank you for dropping by!

For smiles and inspiration head toSTAMPlorations blog | STAMPlorations shop

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!

Joy...FUSION Card Challenge~Blue Gift


Ready for a new challenge? Perhaps some ideas for last-minute card-making (which is where I'm at!)?  The we have the ticket for you with FUSION Card Challenge~Blue Gift The wrapping in this photo is stunning; I can imagine this present would receive long gazes, accompanied by plenty of oohs and ahhs, prior to opening.  The sketch resembles gift wrapping, too.....
I'm still designing cards for my mom to send to family and friend; her preferences lean toward those that acknowledge the essence of Christmas: Jesus' birth.  With that in mind - and my time crunch because I'll be delivering cards to her this weekend (wooo hooooo! Mom, niece and nephew visit!) -  I came up with this...and made a set of five.

Concord and 9th: Joy
Wise Men~Gina K Designs: City of David (not sure it it's available)
Sentiment: Concord and 9th: Holy Night

Hopefully she'll like them - and I hope you do, too! 

Please head over to the FUSION blog where you'll be dazzled by the team's gorgeous takes on this challenge inspiration:

Looking forward to seeing your designs in the gallery!

Also sharing at:

AAA Cards Challenge #104

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #188~Winter Blues

Muse ChristmasVisions Challenge #90~Festive Free for All

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

For Unto Us A Child Is Born...Serendipity Stamps December Blog Hop #1


Welcome to the Serendipity Stamps December Blog Hop (#1), where my talented DT and I are sharing a a range of Serendipity Stamps. To be in the running for a $20 gift certificate, just hop along throught the DT blogs (you should have come from incredibly talented, sweet Patti Kehl's blog) and leave a comment. Here's the list.

A new illustrator has two sets of stamps over at Serendipity, and today, I'm sharing two cards to showcase images from the For Unto Us set. I adore the simplicity of the manger scene and the sentiments/fonts are simple and beautiful in conveying the essence of Christmas. Stained glass stenciling and some Nuvo drops...and another card, or actually...

two cards, added to my stash.

Please head over to Serendipity Stamps Blog for more how-to-win details. 

The 50% off Stamp of the Month: Steeple (so pretty!)

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

Thank you for dropping by!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Merry Christmas Holly...Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #271~Anything Goes


Welcome to Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #271~Anything Goes. One of our most popular challenges, we're sure to see a plethora of YOUR amazing inspiration filling the gallery!

So, for the record: no, I'm not finished with Christmas cards/projects (still making shaker tags for my niece and nephew's classmates...why I chose shakers, nobody knows, but...once started, must complete the task. Plus, they're kind of cute!). No, I've not mailed a single card as yet. No, I am not ready in the least! And, in some quirky way, that's part of the excitement of the season, isn't it?

Anyway...sharing one of a quartet of simple, easy-to-recreate cards I made, featuring Uniko products. Yes, the holly is covered with a wink of stella for some extra sheen and sparkle...

Off to carry on with my projects. How are your Christmas preparations going?  Bet you're further ahead than I am!

Looking forward to seeing your *Anything Goes* creations in the gallery

Also sharing at:

Less Is More Challenge #357~Red and Green

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Merry Christmas Stocking and Gift...STAMPlorations CUTplorations December 2017 Challenge


Welcome to STAMPlorations CUTplorations December 2017 Challenge, where Maria has chosen this lovely decorated tree to inspire us!

My inspiration comes from the lovely white boughs and the pops of colour. Did a little spotlight copic colouring to frame the sentiment....a bit tricky to get some of the little bits re-aligned but I managed most of them (no close looks!)

Warm Hands, Warm Hearts stamps and dies

AND, because I have a pretty tree stencil, I decided to make a second card, sparked by the 'whimsy' of the image that does bring me joy...

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! 

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!

Thank you for dropping by!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

STAMPlorations Stencil Blog Hop with Sanna Lippert Designs - MORE!


Dropping in today to remind you that the ARTplorations Stencil Blog Hop featuring Sanna Lippert Designs is still going strong! 

I'm sharing two more cards featuring the Christmas Tree 1 stencil,  with a design inspired by this image:  red and blue/turquoise is rapidly becoming a 'fan favourite' with me as a Christmas combination!

My list of ingredients:

Layered Snowman stamps (for the ornament/berries)

You still have time to hop along with us; inspiration AND prizes to be had in doing so!

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!

Thank you for dropping by!

For smiles and inspiration head toSTAMPlorations blog | STAMPlorations shop

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Happy New Year...Happy Little Stampers December 2017 CAS Challenge~New Year


A new month, of course, also brings about a bevy of new challenges at Happy Little Stampers; today, my team and I invite you to join us for HLS CAS Challenge December 2017~New Year.

As easy as this theme is, I encountered challenges galore, mainly because I don't have much by way of New Year images.  Fortunately, new goodies from Uniko finally made their arrival (after close to 2 months of traveling!!) literally in the nick of time (as in one day ago!). After a rousing bout of cheering and happy dancing, I put a couple of sentiment stamps to work! Yayyyy for a big ol' Happy and a sweet little "New Year".  The image in the window is a snippet of patterned paper that's been lingering on my desk for the past while; I think it had 'plans' *grin*.  Those little snowflakes are full-on shimmery gold, NOT orange or pink as they appear here!

Hope you'll find time to join us during this busy, festive month!  Just a reminder to focus on CAS as you design your cards/projects:

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

Wishing you a most fabulous December, filled with an abundance of joy and blessing! 
Merry Christmas....looking forward to visiting you in the gallery!

Thank you for dropping by!

Friday, December 1, 2017

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas...Inkspirational Challenge #149~Photo Inkspiration


Happy December and yes, the countdown of  'sleeps' (which brings me closer to spending time with my two favourite 'elves' - my darling niece and nephew) to Christmas has begun!  I imagine all of you are full-throttle with your preparations...

Hopefully, in the midst of all the festive hustle-and-bustle, you'll find some 'me' time to spend in your crafting zone and join us for Inkspirational Challenge #149, where a sparkly, glitzy photo serves as inspiration.  Aren't those pink and gold bottles of bubbly lovely?

Please be sure to visit my wonderful, talented team; they're interpretations of the image are simply sensational!

Recently, I've taken time to 'finally' play with my Concord & 9th Take A Bough dies (they've been in my NBUS pile since last February!). A couple days back, I shared two tree/card pairings in red and blue/turquoise.  While I had the dies and stamps out, I figured I'd add a pink and gold ensemble to the mix...(the star is gold...shimmery gold...really!)

NOTE: Honoured and thrilled to receive In the Mailbox recognition over at Cards In Envy! Thank you so much, Lisa and Wendi!

The little pail is a couple sizes too big for my sweet tree so I'm on the search for something smaller; something more stable, something 'wood'. Fingers crossed my efforts will prove fruitful, as I'm passing this along to my niece and nephew to give to someone special (maybe Grammy...). Wish I would have started creating these trees way back last February; I'd have a forest of whimsy by now! Need to keep that in mind...making these would be something productive to do when Mr. Mojo goes on vacation *grin*

Turning things over to you.  
Looking forward to seeing your fabulous creativity in the gallery!

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