Friday, April 13, 2018

Striped and Floral Thank You...Just Us Girls Challenge #436~Trend Week: Black and White Stripes


Welcome to Just Us Girls Challenge #436~TrendWeek, where our wonderful Lisa has selected BLACK and WHITE STRIPES as our inspiration! Talk about a fabulous trend, right?!

If you've come from - or are heading to - the challenge blog, you'll see an array of fabulous cards from our April Guest Designer, Karren Johnson, and my talented teammates: Sue, Angie, Vicki, Ina, Bobby, Nancy, Lisa, Maria.

My card pairs faux-water-coloured stamped stripes with Spring Bouquet blooms from Studio Katia (swoon!). I love black, white and dramatic!

Turning the stage over to you! 

Looking forward to seeing your BLACK & WHITE STRIPES creations in the gallery!

Also sharing at:

The Library Challenge #4~Memoirs of a Geisha (focus on colours)

Always Fun Challenge #53~Anything Goes

Thank you for dropping by!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

DT Inspiration: UNIKO Meets ON TREND~Pantone Ultra Violet


Welcome to my UNIKO Studios Design Team feature post; one I've very excited to share! Let's begin...

Source of Inspiration: Recently,  I was incredibly fortunate to win a seat in On Trend, the first class designed and taught by the incredibly talented, Taheerah Atchia, well known for her skill in mixing education/research with inspiration. In this class, she focuses on trends, offering us "a comprehensive look a the phenomenon of trends - how they are born where they come from, how to spot them and how to use them.'  A tall order and WOW! Does she ever deliver! The lessons - which feature five different current trends - are engaging; her translations of these trends into cards, amazing. She has definitely poured her heart and soul into this project!

Of course, a class is also an invitation for 'assignments', and that, my friends, is what I'm sharing with your today.

My *Assignments*: Taheerah's first lesson focused on Ultra Violet, Pantone Colour of the Year 2018. Described as  "complex and contemplative," mysterious and intriguing, symbolic of "unconventionality" and "artistic brilliance", how can one not be tempted to play with this amazing colour and "push boundaries through creative outlets"? I did!

Drawing inspiration from images/photos Taheerah curated for the class (in the lessons and on Pinterest), I've made a series of cards, featuring a wide assortment of UNIKO products in my replications. 

The sequence of my 'assignments' is straightforward: the original source followed by my translation.
I'll leave you to look, uninterrupted *grin*:

Card #1

Card #2

Card #3

(no sentiment; the colour - three shades of DI inks, - and shimmer - 
Moonstone Nuvo paste - make a statement on their own)

Card #4

(Copic coloured: BV02, 13, 17; YG03, 17, 68)

The Set

Hopefully, my cards have given you inspiration in ways to use your UNIKO products AND incentive to sign up for Taheerah's class. Maybe you'll even become a fan of ultra violet/purple, too! I'm aiming to share more UNIKO and ON TREND lessons in the future.

Uniko Studio Products used:

Card #1: Natures Treasures Clear Stamp Set
Natures Treasures II Clear Stamps
Organic Wishes
Paradise Clear Stamp Set
Simply Said Birthday Clear Stamps

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

You're So Beautiful...Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #287~Make Your Mark


Welcome to Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #287~Make Your Mark.

My Altenew Cube Builder stencil hasn't received a lot of love recently, so it was time to change that...

A sentiment from Altenew's Farmer Market set, a couple of Nuvo Jewel Drops for some dimension and...done! Quick and simple!

Please visit my wonderful team to see how they 'made their mark', then join us in the gallery with your versions! Looking forward to seeing you there!

Thank you for dropping by!

STAMPlorations CUTplorations PHRASE DIES Blog Hop


Welcome to my place, where I'm thrilled to be part of the STAMPlorations CUTplorations Phrase Dies Blog Hop, held to celebrate some new arrivals to the STAMPlorations line.  The phrases, with their wonderful words, delightful fonts and big size, are amazing; plus, they cut like butter! You'll want them all, guaranteed!  

April's Challenge is Focus on the Sentiments, and that's precisely what I aimed to do with my showcases.

Let's get rolling....

Ultra CAS happening on my first card! I scribbled, then spritzed, a rainbow assortment of Zig markers on an acrylic block, then 'splooshed' it over a bristol paper die cut of the new Art Happens Phrase Die. Once dry, I triple stacked it, then placed it atop a Happy Flowers - ARTplorations Stencil embossed panel. If you haven't tried embossing with STAMPlorations stencils, do so...they work marvelously!

A similar technique for my second card, using the Art Happens Phrase Die and Leaf Prints - ARTplorations Stencil (embossed, then splooshed).  I rather like the mottled pops of colour...

My third and fourth cards feature the Life Is Good Phrase Die, inset into panels featuring Coffee Petites (because life is good with coffee and treats, right!) and

the lovely In Bloom: Fancy Frangipanis - Shery Russ Designs (because life is good with flowers!).

You Are My Sunshine Phrase Die is the star for the next two cards. For the first, I used the Clouds - ARTplorations Stencil (sun is stenciled; clouds are embossed) as the background for the rainbow-inked sentiment. Here, the snippet of stenciling and subtle embossing give the sentiment context (or so I hope *grin*).

For the second, I paired one of my all-time favourite STAMPlorations products - the Happy Flowers - ARTplorations Stencil, - with the phrase die.

My cards just touch the surface of what can be done with these phrase dies; my talented teammates have more ideas over on their blogs. Hopefully, my CAS creations sparked ideas for ways YOU can use these products in your projects. Can't say it often enough: these dies are awesome! 

Please pop over to the STAMPlorations Blog for more details and for the next person on the hop.  Just so you know: everything is 10% off in the store right now, no code necessary, but if you would like to save an additional 20% off (which means 30% off your total!) use my Stamp Code:


Also sharing at:

AAA Cards CAS Challenge #112~Favourite Technique:  stenciling and die cutting are my favourite techniques, hands down!

Less is More Challenge #368~Case Card

Creative with Stamps #25~CAS + Sentiment

Thank you for dropping by!

For smiles and inspiration head toSTAMPlorations blog | STAMPlorations shop

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Dahlia Thank You...MUSE Challenge #260~Anita, TIME OUT Challenge #106~Photo Inspiration, 4 Crafty Chicks Challenge #397~Anything Goes


Popping in with a card inspired by the stunning stenciling at MUSE Challenge #260~Anita

and the pretty colours at TIME OUT Challenge #106~Photo Inspiration

I used the same Altenew Layered Dahlia stencil as Anita did, changing up the colours to fit with those in the inspiration photo. A 'bit' of tricky taping to mask off the different flowers, leaves and 'background' sections of the first stencil, but once done, adding ink with the second detail stencil was easy-peasy. A simple sentiment finished it off...

NOTE: Honoured and delighted to be selected as a Muse Challenge #260~Featured Member! THANK YOU!

Hope you're having a great weekend; may the sun be shining and the weather warm!

Also sharing at:

4 Crafty Chicks Challenge #397~Anything Goes (optional twist: Flowers)

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I VIKE You Very Much...Happy Little Stampers April 2018 Anything Goes with Dies Challenge


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

Mr. Viking and his little pet dragon have been waiting a LONG time for their debut...and today's the day!  Too. Much. Fun! The viking is one of 26 I coloured up and placed on tags for my nephew's classmates. This guy 'made the cut' and wound up on a card. I VIKE this big ol' burly dude immensely!

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

Looking forward to seeing your Anything Goes with Dies cards/projects in the gallery!

Also sharing at:

Simply Create Too Challenge #137~Use Die Cuts

Thank you for dropping by!

My Favorite Things Viking
My Favorite Things Stitched Mod Rectangle
My Favorite Things Stencil Cloud

Friday, April 6, 2018

You Make Me Happy...Inkspirational Challenge 158~Rain Photo


Welcome to Inkspirational Challenge #158~Photo Challenge, where we have this lovely rain image to spark inspiration.  I know that April showers are supposed to bring May flowers; but what does April snow bring? Yep...still wintry here!

Please welcome our Guest Designer, Anita in France , whose incredible talents and ultra-sweet personality are renowned in the crafting community. Guaranteed you'll be dazzled by her gorgeous, CAS card!  Speaking of 'dazzling', my teammates have created lovely cards as well. Please drop in at their places, delight in their inspiration and leave them some love that I know will be greatly appreciated:

A simple card from me, where the elements of the photo that caught my eye are readily apparent.  In real life, the umbrellas are sparkly, as they would be with rain and light hitting them...

Hope my enjoyed my tumble of umbrellas; more important, I hope it gives you incentive to dive into your stash to find something that links to the photo - rain, clouds, sunshine, buildings, cityscapes, shapes, to suggest just a few - and join us with a card, or three!

Looking forward to seeing your photo inspired creations in the gallery!

Thank you for dropping by!