Saturday, March 25, 2017

Welcome Baby...Welcome Little Miss Croghan Blog Hop


I'm ever so excited to be part of a surprise blog hop, organized by sweet, wonderful Lori, from Caffeinated Creativity (and a fellow Albertan, to boot!) and Nancy, from Soul Stampin,' to celebrate a most wonderful event.  What is that, you ask?  

Isn't this an adorable banner?  Thank you, Nance, for your fantastic design!

Many of you know exponentially sweet, talented Lesley of Always Playing with Paper fame and the mastermind behind a variety of challenges. She and her husband, Corey, along with their fur-babies, Penney and Rolley, will be welcoming a BABY GIRL into their lives, in April.  If you've seen photos of her on FB recently, she is positively radiant with joy! We are sooooo thrilled for her and for Corey!

I've brought a sweet pink fox to welcome Baby Girl...let's pretend she's a stuffie, something to cuddle once she's a bit older....

Lori and Nancy would love it you created a baby card to link up to the online shower...and so would  I.  You can join the gallery at Lori's place

Lucky Baby Girl to have you, Lesley and Corey, as her mommy and daddy! She will be ever so treasured!  Can't wait to see photos once she's arrived....

Thank you for dropping by; your visit brings me joy!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Happy Easter...Inkspirational Challenge #131~Photo Inspiration


A hearty thank you and round of applause for those of you who joined our Inkspirational Smooshing challenge! Such fabulous creativity and inspiration; I may become addicted to this technique after all!

Now, 'tis time to invite you Inkspirational Challenge #131~Photo Inkspiration.

Our wonderfully talented guest designer this week is Birgit; you'll find her card wonderfully magical, as you will those of my marvelous team-mates (who now know I was this close to bailing...). Please leave them some love: 
Yvonne - welcome back!!!!'s my card.

I know exactly what  just ran through your mind: "What the heck?", right?  And yes, I completely accept that.  But...bear with me as I babble out my connection. Sooooo, as challenging as I found the smooshing to be, this photo took the proverbial cake in proving to be nearly 'un-do-able' for me.  Yes, plenty to draw, a key, a magic hat, a candle stick, colours, shapes (diamonds/circles...), tricks,  but nothing...absolutely x 100% nothing would gel for me.  I was about to play hooky (I'm serious...I had an 'I'm soooo busy' ruse lined up *grin*), but then I spotted the bunny.
So...I went with:

  • my Uniko Some Bunny bunny (fussy-cut, even!)...
  • and a circle...
  • and colours (if you zoom, you'll see pink in the candlestick, yellow to the right of that, on the photo's edge and orange, on the book), using my Uniko Background Blocks Halftone Clear Stamp
  • and a heart (several appear around the arrangement).

Before I knew it, an Easter card appeared! Magic! Just like waving a wand and pulling a bunny out of a hat!

And that, my sweet friends, is my story of how this inkspirational photo proved not to be my undoing, but a Easter muse, of all things!

Turning the stage over to you.

Looking forward to seeing your 'magical' creations in the gallery!

Also sharing at:

Uniko Studio Challenge #40~Spring, with an Optional Twist of Easter

Thank you so much for dropping by;your visit brings me joy!

Coffee Lover's Spring Blog Hop...STAMPlorations Style!


Woo hooo...time for the Coffee Lover's Spring Blog Hop, where yet again, our incredibly talented, energetic, dynamic Amy and Chaitali as our hostesses, assisted by their fantastic team of dedicated coffee-loving crafters.

For this round, over 67 (that's right...sixty-seven!!) sponsors have offered up prizes! Talk about generous!

One of those amazing sponsors is sweet Shery, from STAMPlorations, who has an absolutely delightful array of products in the Coffee/Tea Lovers section of her store. Be sure to take a wander will be dazzled!  And yes: I am enabling you!  So much fun stuff to be had!

To launch the hop, I have the honour of joining the STAMPloration family to showcase a few of the charming coffee/tea products.

First up, a loosely water-coloured (yep...did it! Distress inks) A Cup of Roses, placed atop a panel cut from the  Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies that I smooshed using the saran wrap technique I learned from a recent Splitcoast Stampers video. The background and roses both sport the same colours (worn lipstick, spun sugar, tea die and just a wee bit of picked raspberry and peeled paint), in lighter/darker shades.

My second card features a Stained Glass ARTplorations Stencil,background (picked raspberry, spiced marmalade, abandoned coral), on a Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies panel and, in the starring role, the fabulous mug and sentiment from Brew-tiful Day~The Bee's Knees,

Third, another bout of water-colouring, this time with an assortment of images from Coffee Happy stamped onto a  Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies panel,  Coffee o'clock: love it!

Since you have a LOT of hopping/creating to do, I'll sign off...for now. I'll be back with more STAMPlorations cards soon. Very soon!

Also sharing at:

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #274-275~Anything Goes

STAMPlorations Anything Goes Challenge

Thank you for dropping by; your visit brings me joy!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Just Because Brushed Blossom...CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge #213, TIME OUT Challenge #79~Case Jenny, The Flower Challenge #6~Anything Goes


Hope you're having a wonderful week. I'm cleaning a bit here, card-making a bit there and, in the evenings, tuning in to the World Baseball Classic. So engaging!  My post will be quick, as the final game starts here in about an hour...

Two cards, both the same, since the supplies were out and the technique I was doing is finicky. If one flopped, at least I'd have a backup. Remarkably, both turned out...yayyyy...although I'll ask you to bear with me about the photographs.  You'll see why in a moment....

Inspiration came from a fusion of three challenges:
CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge #213,

TIME OUT Challenge #79~Case Jenny and The Flower Challenge #6~Anything Goes

We'll also add some sparks from the Concord & 9th shopping site, too...

Soooo, based on the sketch and Jenny's placement of her elements, paired with a desire to use flowers, I opted to give the aperture technique another try.  Of course, this would be much simpler if I made a one layer card but nope, nope and nope! I "need" my panels (they 'sort of' hide my seemingly perpetual askew card bases, which is weird because I've followed Jennifer McGuire's advice in having my cardstock cut at an office supply shop.  Maybe the person navigating the ScorePal and bone folder is the issue *grin*)

 Anyway, I lined up my brand-spanking new C&9th Brushed Blossoms die on the panel and then on the card base  I fit he stamps into the openings and inked away onto the inside of the card.

Taking photos was more of a challenge than usual, as the cards didn't want to stay closed.  Here's the gist, in three parts.

Part 1: the card partially can see the blossoms from the inside peeping through the outside...

Part 2: both cards, just to prove I actually did make two....

Part 3: a not-so-great shot light/angle-wise, but here, with the card laying flat, the image is more visible...

As I mentioned, finicky but fun! I like the results!

Time for me to scoot!  Enjoy the game, if you're watching; if not, enjoy whatever you may be doing!

So glad you dropped by; your visit brings me joy!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

My Guest Designer Niece, plus Amazing and Happy Birthday...Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge~Fluff, CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #169~Off the Edge


Well, the cleaning/laundry/grocery shopping elves didn't make an appearance, sooooo....guess I'll have to tackle those tasks myself.  Maybe...

I have the honour of guest designing for the current Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge~Fluff, so I decided to add another duo to the previous twosome.

The first is inspired by the top left pillow (simplified) and

the second, to the floral's right. I used an oldie but goodie set from Annabelle stamps (sadly no longer in business) for my images here....need to remember to pull it out more often, as it has some cool designs.

My own guest designer - my sweet niece -  is making another appearance! Yayyy....

First, from her CARS colouring book....this gem! I especially love her rainbow flowers!

Second, the leprechaun she hand drew in school, following a step-by-step process. Wouldn't this make a fabulous St. Patrick's Day stamp?  He makes me smile with that big ol' grin he's sporting!

Time to decide whether to vacuum, do laundry, wash the floor or make cards....I think we know the likely winner from this list *grin*

Also sharing at 
CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #169~Off the Edge

The Flower Challenge #6~Anything Goes

Wishing you a wonderful Sunday and sooooo appreciate you dropping by!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Leafy Hello...CASology Challenge #240~Foliage, Krumspring Spring Festival Challenges: Think in Thirds and Watercolour, Cards in Envy~Keep it Simple


Yes, I have a zillion things to do but...I don't want to! I want to craft instead, so I am!  My chores will be waiting for me, unless the cleaning/laundry/grocery shopping elves arrive...

Sharing two cards for CASology Challenge #240~Foliage

Finally used my Concord and 9th leaves...distress inked (cracked pistachio, twisted citron, peacock feathers) the water-colour look background image, spritzed, stamped, inked again, re-spritzed and once dry, just a 'light' dusting of the veined lacy stamp (same inks, but huffed upon this time) so my 'blob' would appear more leaf-like....

Since the stuff was already out, I made a second, this time with abandoned coral, picked raspberry and spiced marmalade....

NOTE: Honoured and thrilled to be a CASology Challenge #240 Honourable Mention! THANK YOU!!

NOTE:  Honoured and thrilled to be selected as an In the Mailbox favourite at Cards in Envy~Keep It Simple. THANK YOU, Donna!

NOTE: Humbled and honoured to be selected as the Just Add Ink Challenge #351~Just Add *L* Challenge winner. THANK  YOU!!

That's it...I'm off to see what else I can make. Crafting, not cleaning, calls....

Also sharing at:

Krumspsring Spring Festival Surprise Challenge~Think In Thirds and Challenge #8~Watercolour

Cards in Envy~Keep It Simple

Just Add Ink Challenge #351~Just Add *L*

Thanks so much for dropping in; your visit brings me joy!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Flower Hello Bookmark...Tag, You're It Challenge #67~Reminder Post


Happy St. Patrick's Day!  May your day be filled with shamrocks, the joy of 'spring' green and even a shenanigan or two!

Have you played in our current Tag,You're It Challenge #67 yet? If not, you still have a few days to draw inspiration from Marion's gorgeous tag and join us in the gallery.

Guest Featured Artist

Our fabulous Guest Designer, Barb Ghig, also has another lovely tag to share, as do a few of us from the DT.  I was supposed to have a tag for the launch of the challenge, but in all honesty,mu plate was simply heaped way too high at that time. It till is, however, I'm managing, mouthful by mouthful. A sip of wine or twelve is sure helping *grin*

Soooo, rather than a challenge start tag, I have a reminder tag...well, bookmark, technically. My inspiration comes from Marion's flower, leaves and blue background, which I reflected in the blue flower and blue dots. 

Hope to see you in the gallery!
Off to see if I can move a couple more things from my long to-do list! 
It's all good...just hectic-busy in a bunch of directions!

PS. Yes, I made my photos big today, simply because!  

NOTE:  Honoured and thrilled to be a Top 3 Pick over at Tuesday Throwdown #334~Tags/Bookmarks! THANK YOU!!!!

Also sharing at:

Thank you so much for dropping by; your visit brings me joy!