Monday, May 21, 2018

Uniko Studio May 2018 Release In Review Week~Just Because & Large Background French Script


Guess what was waiting for me upon our return from our vacation/bike racing events? The brand-spanking new Uniko Studio May 2018 Release!  You've seen the amazing stamps, stencils and dies in action - gorgeous action, I might add -  during the introduction week, but just in case you need an 'extra' nudge to add a few of these gems to your collection, a few of us from the Design Team will be participating in a Release in Review week.  I'm excited to finally have a chance to play with my new goodies!

Today, we're featuring the oh-so-pretty Just Because and Large Background French Script stamps.

Initially, I planned to pair the sets to create one card, but decided, nope...they deserve 'solo' performances (with a snippet of help from an older Simply Said sentiment).  A rainbow(ish) palette on both, created with three distress inks: Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed and Mermaid Lagoon. 

The card below sees the Just Because flower inked, then spritzed to blend the colours. The font of the 'because'...swoon!

Here, the inks were blended, die cut and stamped with the delicately lined French Script...

Easy to recreate, especially when lovely stamps do all the work!

See you tomorrow for another round of showcases!

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Friday, May 18, 2018

You're Magical Cross-Stitch Unicorn...Just Us Girls Challenge #441~Colour Week


I've been 'sort of'' home for three days (running errands, taking care of chores, generally re-acquainting myself with our house...) and apparently, Mr. Mojo was either left behind at our vacation spot or at the bike races from last weekend! Feeling rusty!  We're also at races this weekend (and the next and the next...straight through until nearly the end of October...and I LOVE it!), so perhaps he'll hitch a lift with one of the riders (or find a bike of his own to pedal). Sure hope so; I don't enjoy waning creativity!

Moving along...

Welcome to Just Us Girls Challenge #441~Colour Week, where our sweet Lisa invites us to use a an aqua, navy and grey palette.

If you've come from - or are heading to - the challenge blog, you'll see an array of fabulous cards from our May Guest Designer, sweet talented Patti, from Stationery Styles, and my talented teammates: SueAngieVickiInaBobbyNancyLisaMaria.

My Waffle Flower Stitched Unicorn set pretty much fell into my lap during my which-image-to-use selection session. Given the current cross-stitch on cards trend, how could I resist? (Whilst on our travels, I "may" have invited a cross-stitch panel to join my collection, as cross-stitching was my craft of choice for years.  Keen to try my hand at stitching on paper once I'm a bit more settled...)

Isn't this unicorn darling? And the little hearts! Gotta love when the stamps do all the heavy lifting! Hmmmm...wonder if I might be able to transpose these images into 'real' cross-stitch...on my planning agenda for sure!

Your turn!

Looking forward to seeing your Aqua, Navy and Grey sensations in the gallery!

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Uniko Studio Challenge #47~Photo Inspiration (optional twist: BIRTHDAY)


Welcome to Uniko Studio Challenge #47~Photo Inspiration, with the optional twist: Birthday. Once again, a gorgeous photo that we hope will inspire your creativity to join us. Flowers, grasses, colours, a vase, a suitcase: all kinds of elements to spark ideas, along with a variety of techniques with which to showcase them.

Joining us is our wonderful Guest Designer - Sue - whose  winning card from the last challenge really caught our eye here at Uniko. Her card is lovely and if you go visit her blog you'll find an abundance of amazing inspiration.

My mojo is a bit rusty, having been away from crafting for 15 days (that's quite the stretch for me!), so I decided to go with something simple in pairing new products with older ones. Featured here: Natures Treasures II stencil (embossed); Beautiful Blooms 1 and Simply Said Blocks. I think the embossed leaves add a little 'oomph' to the panel, without being distracting...

Please visit the designer team members who are launching this challenge; the rest will feature reminder cards on June 1st.

Bev's included some added incentive to play along with the challenge: PRIZES
  • Main Winner Chosen By the DT - £25 eGift Certificate
  • Random Twist Winner - £4 In Stock Clear Stamp Set of Winners Choosing
  • Random Uniko Stamps Winner - £4 In Stock Clear Stamp Set of Winners Choosing
  • Top 3 Chosen By DT - 150 Loyalty Reward Points
You have plenty of time to play along with this month's challenge. The deadline for submission is midnight (GMT) on Friday 22nd June 2018 (7.00pm EDT).

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Just A Note Dragonflies...STAMPlorations CAS Card Challenge (Reminder Post)~Things with Wings Blog Hop & Linky Parties (May 1 - 31)


We're back from a stretch of being away from home: holiday followed by the first bike races of the season. Total time out of my craft room: 15 days! EEEKKK! I dabbled a bit yesterday; definitely rusty!! Good thing I created this card before we left *grin*

Welcome to .STAMPlorations CAS Card Challenge (Reminder Post)~Things with Wings Blog Hop & Linky Parties (May 1 - 31) where we're inviting you to

Create a winged-themed CAS card

I'm carrying on with my 'thing' for embossing with stencils - and oh, how wonderfully STAMPlorations stencils rise to the occasion!  You can see what I mean below, where I paired a dragonfly stencil with a die-cut splash-of-colour dragonfly...

Dragonfly Waltz ARTplorations Stencil (embossed)

Head over to the STAMPlorations blog to see my teammates' CAS delights, then play along with us!

Looking forward to seeing your THINGS WITH WINGS creations in the gallery!

For more details about how to enter and prizes (gotta love the prizes!), head here.

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!

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Many Thanks Mandala Stencil...Just Us Girls Challenge #440~Trend Week


A warm welcome to Just Us Girls Challenge #440~Trend Week, where our amazing Angie has selected Stencils as the inspiration trend. I love stencils...really love...super love...

If you've come from - or are heading to - the challenge blog, you'll see an array of fabulous cards from our May Guest Designer, sweet talented Patti,from Stationery Styles, and my talented teammates: SueAngieVickiInaBobbyNancyLisaMaria.

Yes, you've seen this stencil before - the Mandala from Studio Katia - BUT, I love it and had to showcase it again. Prior to adding colour, I embossed the stencil to raise the image. Three inks did the trick in creating a 'rainbow-ish' effect: Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed and Mermaid Lagoon. The Picked Raspberry + Mustard Seed = orange; Mustard Seed + Mermaid Lagoon = green; Mermaid Lagoon + Picked Raspberry = purple. Isn't that cool?  Where did I learn this, you may be asking? From none other than incredibly talented, ultra sweet Amy Rysavy, of Prairie, Paper and Ink fame. Her videos are outstanding and the bonus: she's Canadian! Yayyyy!

Your turn!

Looking forward to seeing your STENCIL sensations in the gallery!

Thank you for dropping by!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Breathe...Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #291~Anything Goes


Welcome to Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #291~Anything Goes.

Today, I'm sharing the first, of what I hope will be many, sets of cards created for lovely Shannon, who designs *the* most gorgeous 'healing' bracelets/necklaces EVER! You can see what I mean here (Facebook) and here (Instagram).  I've been wearing a trio of bracelets for the past several them! And yes, the properties of the stones she selected for me do work! (Her prices are fabulous and I believe she ships worldwide, too.)

I'm honoured that she wants some of my cards to send with orders...and given the nature of her creative ventures, I think the Breathe image from Penny Black is a nice fit...

Please visit my wonderful team to see their ANYTHING GOES delights, then join us in the gallery with your versions! Looking forward to seeing you there!

Also sharing at:

Always Fun Challenges #57~Female/Mom

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Yay! Rainbow Birthday Chicks...Happy Little Stamps May 2018 Anything Goes with Dies Challenge


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

My card was 110% inspired by Sandy Allnock's card here; pretty much a total case of her cute partying MFT Birthday Chicks, with the only difference being that mine are rainbow. Rainbow chicks...uh huh! Too much fun and a great way to practice my copic colouring (heaven knows I need all the practice I can get!).

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!

Thank you for dropping by!