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!