Thursday, July 20, 2017

Birthday Bunnies and Flourish Hello...FUSION Card Challenge~Hello Cards

Hello!

My husband and I are having a lovely, though sweltering hot, little vacation. So nice to get away and just...well, hang out at bike races, because that's what we do!

Before heading on our trip, I squeezed in a couple of cards for the oh-so-lovely photo and inviting sketch for the new FUSION Card Challenge~Hello Cards.  The hello cards...swooning!
As oft is my way, I went 'out there' with my first card,using a fusion of the colours from the photo with the sketch. Pastel birthday Strike Up the Band bunnies from MFT...They make me laugh!


To reel myself in a bit, I also created a second card; again a fusion, but this time with Concord & 9th's Flourish set....


Please head over to see the brilliant, beautiful makes by my wonderful design team:

Looking forward to seeing your designs in the FUSION gallery!


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Watermelon Happy Summer Birthday...Serendipity Stamps Blog Hop (July #2)

Hello!

Welcome to thSerendipity Stamps July Blog Hop (#2), where my incredible DT and I are sharing a whole bunch of summer Serendipity Stamps sensations.  Want to add a few of these fabulous products to your collection?  Two simple steps: hopping along the DT blogs and leaving a comment puts you in the running for a $20 gift certificate.  Easy peasy, right?  Okay,  here's the list.


Recently, wonderfully talented Taheerah Atchia penned an illuminating article on the current summer fruit trend that we see, in abundance, throughout our crafting community, as well as in fashion, home decor and design. Her discussion, paired with fabulous images, is a 'must read'!  Included in her post are two cards she designed, one of which served as inspiration for my card, which you'll see below hers:


My version , in the grand scheme, is pretty much a turned-upside-down case of her BUT using Serendipity products paired with distress inks and black 'splots' for seeds, glistening with Glossy Accents.


Serendipity Stamps Products:


My goal: to make a card as "bold, punchy, and full of life" as hers! And with Serendipity dies/stamps to help me out, I think I came mighty close!

Now, I want to see if I can find a few fruit-replicated items like this fabulous skirt and art print:

 

Please head over to Serendipity Stamps Blog for more how-to-win details as well as for some scoops on sales. 
This month's 50% off stamp is the Sunflower Rake. Talk about pretty!!
Hop, hop, hop! Next on the list is wonderfully talented Miriam Napier. Enjoy!

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



Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Welcome Baby....Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #151~Anything Goes

Hello

Hope you've all enjoying a fabulous summer; hard to believe we're in the second half of July already!

Welcome to the ever-popular, fill-the-gallery-to-the-brim Anything Goes at Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #151.


My sister-in-law requested some baby cards, so I played with my Waffle Flower Cross-stitched Unicorns. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches.  These sweet unicorns would fit a number of occasions!

Purple/pink one....

Shades of pretty pink....

Baby boy blue...

Now, your turn! 
Looking forward to seeing your dazzling delights!

Also sharing at:

Cards in Envy~Baby Blue or Pretty Pink (one of each)

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



Friday, July 14, 2017

Just A Note & Veggie Thank You...Inkspirational Challenge #139~Designer's Choice (Sketch)

Hello!

All my traveling hither and yon (with more to come later today, as my husband and I are embarking on a much-anticipated holiday...and yes, as per usual, it is road-bike race related *grin*) sees me missing longer bouts of time my craft room.  I have new goodies calling my name, but for now, they're just sitting in the NBUS pile....waiting...patiently...

Moving along...welcome to Inkspirational Challenge #139~Designer's Choice, where my talented, sweet teammate, Shauna, is inviting us to use an 'all kinds of possibilities' sketch in our designs:


For this challenge, we  welcome our talented Guest Designer, IZZY, who is joining my wonderful team - Sandie, Marina, Kylie, Yvonne, Shauna.  Speaking of teammates:  our sweet Pia  has left our DT after three years. I'm sad she's leaving, as I - and all of us - will miss her creativity and inspiration, but...we understand. Life takes us in different directions. Wishing you the best of luck in everything, Pia, my friend! Hope we'll see you in the gallery! 

As 'inviting' as the sketch is, my on-an-extended-vacation Mr. Mojo had some challenges. I started with this card (Concord & 9th's Many Mandalas)


which, 'design wise' turned out fine, but why I selected a pop of fushia as a stand-alone, who knows? Oh wait...I do know! I was trying out some new inks which, while super pretty are stamp stainers! GAH!  Oh well...a good scrubbing helped, but still...grrrrr!  My lovely Mandalas appear no worse for wear, so that's a plus...

After a bit more pondering, I decided that my Altenew Farmer's Market needed some attention...and that's precisely what it received...


See...you can use any shape you want in place of the circles (even salad ingredients!).

Turning the stage over to you!  
Looking forward to seeing your sketch-inspired creations in the gallery!

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





One of a Kind and You are Magical...MUSE Challenge #224 and TIME OUT Challenge #87~CASE with your own Twist

Hello,

I should be packing for our upcoming *finally* vacation, but instead...snuck in a little crafting time.

First, over at MUSE Challenge #224, sweet Tracey created this card to inspire us:


Simon Says Stamps Fingerprint Doodles appeared in my mailbox while I was at my mom's so...they came out for a play. Such fun, those little critters!


NOTE: Honoured and delighted to be one of the Featured Members at MUSE Challenge #224!  THANK YOU!

My second card was inspired by wonderful Cornelia over at TIME OUT Challenge #87~CASE with your own Twist: 


Since I have bird-terror, no way was I heading that direction. Uh Uh. Nope. Instead, I brought out the stamp and die set I was fortunate to win over at Pinkfresh studios...Unicorn Dreams.  Now 'that' kind of flying creature I can handle...horn, hoofs and all *grin*


Okay...enough dilly-dallying and time to figure out what to bring for our trip. Hoping I'll have a chance to catch up in commenting while we're away; if not, it's because we're at bike races (gee...isn't that a 'common theme' for our holidays...and weekends...). My husband will be one of the officials for several days' worth of racing and me...just a fan on the side of the road!

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


Saturday, July 8, 2017

Celebrate & Make a Wish...Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies Challenge (July 2017)

Hello,

We are so having a heat wave here, to the point where Environment Canada is issuing *Heat Warning in Effect* statements!  YIKES!  And guess who's spending the weekend at bike races! Swelter-fest in the forecast!

Anyway....let's discuss far more entertaining topics, such as the Happy Little Stampers July 2017 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.

Recently (as in before I spent the past two weeks with my mom on my working/visiting excursion), I watch Jennifer McGuire's 7 Ways To Use Coordinating Dies video. Yep....inspired! Aren't we always, though!

The first uses the impress technique, although it's difficult to see as the impressed die is nearly the same size as the diecut. That's okay...still a 'something new' for me...



The next two use the solid dimension technique; one with the cake (straight stamped sentiment)


the other with the sentiment and the cake.


Inset technique for the next two.




And here's the gang!

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!





Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Table for Two...Serendipity Stamps July Blog Hop #1

Hello,

Time is rushing along far tooooo quickly! We're talking July already! JULY!  I want the lazy, hazy days of summer to slow down, so I can savour every moment. Trying to do my best...I need longer days *grin*

One of the many perks of July is the Serendipity Stamps July Blog Hop (#1), where my incredible DT and I are sharing a whole bunch of summer Serendipity Stamps sensations.  Want to add a few of these fabulous products to your collection?  Two simple steps: hopping along the DT blogs and leaving a comment puts you in the running for a $20 gift certificate.  Easy peasy, right?  Okay,  here's the list...I'm in between incredibly talented Patti and Miriam (eek!)....


Coffee with a friend, surrounded by a colourful garden of flowers...that's what came to mind in designing my card for this hop


Serendipity Stamps Products:

Summer Flower Pops Background (water-coloured with my Tombow markers)
(Did you know Serendipity carries Pretty Pink Posh dies? If not, you do now!  
Choices galore over at Mary's shop!)

A steaming cup of coffee is calling my name, so I'm off.

Please head over to Serendipity Stamps Blog for more how-to-win details as well as for some scoops on sales. 
This month's 50% off stamp is the Sunflower Rake. Talk about pretty!!
Hop, hop, hop! Next on the list is wonderfully talented Miriam Napier. Enjoy!

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