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!

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!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Bunny and Umbrella...FUSION~Paris Rain


Another resounding round of applause to the fabulous FUSION gallery that just wrapped up! Selecting winners is becoming more difficult; you are all SO incredibly talented, creative and inspiring!  Thank you for continuing to share your love for this challenge with us!

Time to introduce the new challenge: FUSION~Paris Rain. Again, a photo (love this...reminds me of my long ago trips to France, with my brother, to see the Tour de France up close. We wrapped up both ventures with three days in many treasured memories of those travels...) with plenty of sparking-ideas potential and a sketch open to all sorts of possibilities. Of course, you can always fuse features from both...

Two cards today.  My eye was drawn to the vibrant reds/yellows/orange, the shimmery reflections in the puddles and, of course, the rain.  Because I was embarking on my still amateur smooshing technique (hence the 'rain' connection), I went with softer versions of said colours...just in case,  The overall inspiration for my technique and card layout comes from one designed by wonderfully talented and sweet Alanna, over at Embellish*Craft*Love. Click on the link to see her gem...I'll wait.  I'm sure you agree: it's marvelous!

I was a bit concerned about stamping my cutie-patootie Uniko Some Bunny first, so I created a mask, smooshed around it and afterwards, nestled Mr. Bunny into his space.  The reflection from the photo is mirrored in the shimmer paper of the sentiment and wee heart on bunny's foot. I've stamped "Easter" inside. One Easter card done...and certainly Ms. Niece appropriate!.

My second card draws from the blue/green whispers of colour that I noticed in three spots of the photo, as well as the umbrellas. Out came my STAMPlorations Nestled Circles stencil, sponged  onto a panel cut from STAMPlorations Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies (that's a mouthful *grin*) with my latest swoon-inducing blend of cracked pistachio, twisted citron and peacock feathers.  An MFT umbrella, inked with the same colours and an Altenew sentiment: done!

NOTE: Honoured and thrilled to be selected as the CAS on Sunday Challenge #103 Winner! THANK YOU!!

That's it from me!  Now, please head over to see the fabulous bounty of beauty created by my design team. Guaranteed, they'll leave you breathless with awe!

Also sharing at:

Kumspring Spring Festival Challenge #2~Easter

Happy Little Stampers March Watercolour Challenge~Anything Goes (Smoosh)

Just Us Girls Challenge #384~Use a Stencil

CAS on Sunday Challenge #103~Umbrella

So delighted you found time to drop by; your visit is both welcomed and deeply appreciated!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Geometric Thank You and Celebrate...Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge~Fluff


I'm jittery with excitement in stepping on the stage as a guest designer for Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge~Fluff! Talk about an honour to join this amazing group of talented performers!

The inspiration photo is pure delight: a array of wonderfully patterned pillows in a variety of colours! Blues, greens, corals, yellows...stripes, diagonals, florals, diamonds...A plethora of choices for sparking ideas!

The photo nudged me into sorting through some of my old treasures - from Clearly Besotted, to be precise - to find stamps that resonated with the designs that caught my eye.

My first card, drawing inspiration from the navy/teal/grey diamond-ish shapes on the largest pillow, features one of several stamps from the (now discontinued) Flower Blocks set. I inked them in Memento light blue, navy and teal, added a trio of shiny bling bits and thank you's...Done! 

My second card saw a re-emergence of another CB set, Sunburst  My intent was to reflect the peach/coral colour and inset geometric patterns of the top right pillow, but in circle form. I used one ink - Altenew Peach Parfait - adding layers to darken the impression in certain sections. The ivory pearls are a nod to the pillow's creamy background. Hopefully, my connection is kinda-sorta evident...

Thank you, Curtain Call gals, for the chance to play a role in this challenge!  A couple more cards are in the wings, awaiting their turn to join the show...

As a reminder, or for those who are new to this awesome challenge, here's The Script:

The curtain will rise and present new inspiration challenges on the 1st and 15th of each month at 8 a.m. CDT/CST. Please follow these guidelines to make sure we don't miss your Curtain Call submission!
  • Create a new project (card, scrapbook page, 3D item) based on the inspiration photo. 
  • Post the new project on your blog or other public gallery that directly mentions and links to the current challenge here at Curtain Call. Feel free to copy and paste the inspiration graphic in your post; however, it is not required. 
  • Complete the Inlinkz section using a direct link to your project before the curtain comes down on each challenge. 
  • The curtain closes for each challenge after 10 days, so please link your projects by the 10th and 25th at 8 a.m. CDT/CST. 
The Lead and Show Stoppers from each challenge will be announced the day before the next challenge.

Hope you'll join me in the *Fluff* inspired gallery!  
See you there!

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

Happy and Sparkle...Serendipity Stamps March Blog Hop #2


Welcome to Serendipity Stamps March Blog Hop #2! Seems like only yesterday we embarked on the first one of the month. Guess all my comings-and-goings over the past couple of weeks to be with my mom and my sweet niece and nephew makes time go all the more quickly. Can't believe how jam-packed my days have been. So. Much. Fun!

Speaking of fun...

Today, the design team will be showing you some fabulous products and offering you a chance to win some goodies from Serendipity Stamps. All you need to do is hop along and leave comments, which puts you in running for a $20 gift certificate.  Here's the hop list....

Carol Mayne - you are here

Even though St. Patrick's Day is rapidly approaching, yours truly's stash is bare when it comes to Irish themed images. So...adaptations must be made, and adapt I did! Today's focus: CAS cards, easily recreated and, in honour of St. Paddy, green is the theme!

My first card features the brand-spanking new Happy Background Die. This little number zips up a smile-making card base in record time and you can decide what kind of "happy" you want to celebrate by changing up the background or with an inside sentiment. I'm sure you'll find other ways to use this delight...but this version is quick. The bonus: you can save the whimsical happy cuts for another project!

I often associate St. Patrick's Day with 'sparkle', be it a twinkle in the eye of a mischievous leprechaun, the glimmer of the sun shining on the pot of god at the rainbow's end, drops of dew on deep green shamrocks...With such thoughts in mind, I turned to the Leave A Little Sparkle stamp which I think looks quite fetching on its stenciled background of Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers and Twisted Citron.  I'm quite loving this combination of late...

Please head over to Serendipity Stamps Blog for more details as well as for some sale and new product news.  Need some enticement? Here's a snippet of what awaits: 
  • The Marble Waves Background is the featured 50% off Stamp of the Month. I can vouch for how amazing it is....
  • New products, new products! Please be sure to check the store; the new goodies are amazing! 
A couple that have caught my eye:

Chick with Butterfly
Oops A Daisy
Playing Card Sentiments and Playing Card and Suits die set

Okay...time for you to hop and shop! Next on the list is wonderfully talented Karen Amidon. Enjoy!