Friday, November 17, 2017

NOEL...Inkspirational Challenge #148~Designer's Choice: Christmas Cards Using ONLY Neutral Colours


Welcome to Inkspirational Challenge #148~Designer's Choice, where our sweet Yvonne invites us to create a Christmas card using neutral colours only.  Greys, browns, all their varying shades, tones and hues...can be incredibly beautiful (my house - yes you heard that right - details down the road -  has those very colours and oh, how I love them...).

Heidi, from Stamp Along with Heidi, is joining us as our Guest Designer. Not only is she super talented, but I discovered she lives in Alberta, my province, just 'down the road' a couple hours! How awesome is that! Her neutral card is lovely, as are those of my darling teammates:

Today, I'm sharing a NOEL card, using Concord & 9th's Joyful Noel dies and stamps, along with Barnwood Background. Hard to see in the photo are the 'little' details: the N is cut from deep brown cardstock embossed with a woodgrain folder; the wreath is shimmer paper; the E and L are stamped with word and woodgrain images from Joyful Noel.  A little kraft star with a Nuvo droplet is the finishing touch...

Super simple to make; I already have five done with more in the assembly stages. These are heading to my mom to send to family and friends. Hope she likes them!

We're going to a craft fair today; one of the cyclists we know creates gorgeous bracelets (I have three already, which I wear all the time) and necklaces using a variety of organic elements. Selecting some as gifts are on my radar. The sandalwood beauties she shared on FB and IG have caught my eye...

Heyyyy....these bracelets are neutral colours, too!  No wonder I'm smitten!

Looking forward to seeing your Christmas Cards in Neutral Colours in the gallery!

Also sharing at:

Cards in Envy~Typography

Curtain Call Challenge~Acorns.  No acorns but I have featured a neutral/woodgrain palette and an alignment of images. If this doesn't fit your challenge, totally understand!

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

All Things Merry & Bright...STAMPlorations November 2017 CAS Card Challenge~Anything CAS Goes (optional colour twist: Brown)


My wonderful teammates and I are back with a STAMPlorations CAS Card Challenge #20 Reminder Post If you haven't joined us yet, you still have time to create something CAS, with or without the optional colour twist: brown.  Hope you'll join us!!

My first cards for this challenge featured the delightful Christmas Reindeer Stamps and Coordinating Dies, one of my absolute favourite stamp/die combinations. For today's card, another awesome set came out: Warm Hands, Warm Heart Stamps and Dies. A charming combination of Christmas/Winter images - stocking, mittens, a large wrapped gift and the image you see below - is paired with a variety of 'warm' sentiments.

My "brown" is obvious in the kraft panel AND in my little sleigh. Simple copic colouring (because that's all I know how to do *grin*)

I'll be showcasing some of the other images soon; they truly are timeless.

Please head over to the main blog to see the incredible cards created by my wonderful team. You'll be dazzled and, I know, inspired to play along! The guidelines are simple; the rewards for joining us, wonderful:

  • Players can link up to 3 CAS cards.
  • Players can enter a CAS card with or without the optional color twist.
  • Non-STAMPlorations products are OK.
  • Prizes: $10 GC for the winner; $5 GC to the top picks.
  • If there are 50 or more entries: 1 random winner of product of choice (3x5 stamp set OR 2 standard size stencils OR 1 CUTplorations word/phrase die).
Easy and so inviting! 
Looking forward to seeing your CAS creations in the gallery!

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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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

3rd Annual STAMPlorations Giving Thanks Blog Hop & Wishlist Linky Party


Grab a coffee (tea, cocoa...), settle in and join me at STAMPlorations today for the 3rd Annual STAMPlorations Giving Thanks Blog Hop & Wishlist Linky Party . We have a plethora of designers - including several awesome guest designers -showcasing projects, a linky party for you to share your "thankful" or "grateful" projects, a wish list linky and tons of prizes up for grabs.

Our talented Shery has recently created a line of Typografia stamps covering a variety of themes: Christmas, Coffee, In Faith, Motivate and Thankful. Today, I'm featuring two from the Thankful series.

First, I've inked up Unknown Blessings - Thankful Typografia over an embossed background. Why that choice...look closely and you'll spot the little car, with a roof-rack of travel supplies, ready to explore the world. As much as I was tempted to create a stenciled background, once the journey idea came to mind, I *had* to run with it....

My second card features the We Have Enough - Thankful Typografia.  At this time of year - Fall/Thanksgiving, the words grateful/thankful conjure images of leaves, so that's where I headed in showcasing the lovely gratitude quotation.  Trendy Leaves, inked up on a soft grey background; the stamp is in a darker grey. I'm rather liking the combination of browns/greys, of late...

As you can see - these images appeal to all crafting styles, whether you're a fan of CAS (as I am) or a mixed media artist (as many of my DT are). The possibilities are endless; all you need to do is add your own flair and lovely cards are guaranteed to result.
  • You can find prizes and sales details HERE
  • Below are links to all the amazing designers participating in this marvelous hop! 
  • Before you go: Would you like a FREE WORD/PHRASE DIE ($10 value)? When you place your order and use the BIGTHANKS (40% off) coupon code, put in the notes section that you saw this deal on CAROL'S te and tell Shery which FREE WORD/PHRASE DIE you'd like!!!
Happy Hopping/Happy Creating!

Season of Blessings...25 Days of Christmas Tags (Day 15)...MUSE Christmas Visions Challenge


Already Day 15 over at Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags and today, I'm joining the designers from Muse Christmas Visions, where the theme is 'snowflakes'.  Uniko products all the way: Stunning Snowflakes, Rustic Wreath, Big and Bold: Snow.

For details on how to play along and to see an array of fabulous tags from the Christmas Vision gals, as well as a few of us teamies,  head over to Tracey's place: In My Creative Opinion.

Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags Main Post and Linkup (which means prizes!) can be found HERE.

Looking forward to seeing you the gallery and in another post!

Also sharing at:

Muse Christmas Visions Challenge #89~Snow

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Merry Little Christmas...Serendipity Stamps November Blog Hop (#2)

Welcome to the Serendipity Stamps November Blog Hop (#2), where my talentedDT and I are sharing a a range of Serendipity Stamps. To be in the running for a $20 gift certificate, just hop along the DT blogs (you should have come from incredibly talented, sweet Patti Kehl's blog) and leave a comment.  Here's the list.

When you browse the Serendipity store, you'll see a range of new products, which include two sets of stamps created by a new illustrator. I'm showcasing a couple of images/sentiments from Happy Holidays.

Love the sketchy trio of trees and mistletoe. The fonts...only fabulous! (Apologies for the 'pink' hue of my photos - after 75 tries, I did the best I could with what I had! Professional photographer required!)

Quick and easy to make...and when time's whooshing as fast as it is, sometimes that's precisely what we need!

Please head over to Serendipity Stamps Blog for more how-to-win details. 

The 50% off Stamp of the MonthFlyer Sled 

Clearance SaleWed 11/15 – Sun 11/19 all items (stamps and dies!)  in the Autumn, Halloween, and Thanksgiving categories will be 20% off.  

Next on the list is wonderfully talented Miriam Napier. Enjoy!

Thank you for dropping by!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

November 2017 Uniko Design Team Blog Hop and Giveaway


Hope your weekend is off to a good start and we - Bev, my design teammates and I - over at Uniko Studio, are aiming to make it even better!  Welcome to the November 2017 Uniko Design Team Blog Hop and Giveaway!

In October, lovely Bev released four new items (seen below) and we've come together showcase them.  My post is photo heavy - I'll keep chatting to a minimum (okay, I'll try...), but I suggest a cup of something to keep you awake, because once you're done here, you have some hopping to do!

New Uniko Studio Products rolling!

First...a set of kraft and glitter paper Snowflake magnets/ornaments, with a Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Typed Tokens as centers.  The four with magnets are attached to an Ikea shelving unit in our kitchen; the 'ornaments' are on one of my gi-normous pine cones (I collect pine cones...long story)...

A few close-ups....



I'll definitely be making more of these!

Next, I used the die that corresponds with Flower Power #1 to create two poinsettia cards. Also featured are the Scattered Polka Dots (in Delicata Gold), leaves from Winter Foliage and sentiment - on the right - from Rustic Wreath.


A couple challenges popped up while I was prepping for this hop, so I brought out the snowflake dies once again; they were quite ready to play along! For Simon Says Wednesday Challenge~Snow White, a glitter paper/white paper snowflake on the stage...

and for Merry Monday Challenge #264~Kraft And Red, this:

Whew!  Thanks for spending time with me! 

Sending you on your merry way to visit my awesome Design Team who will take your breath away with their impressive creativity. Do leave comments (details here) to be in the running for prizes. Fabulous prizes!

Carol (me)

Thank you for dropping by!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Baby Congrats....Tag, You're It Challenge #77


My recent travels through blog-land have revealed that tags are very very trendy! Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthday...I'm seeing them everywhere I go. What does that mean? It means that tag design is catching on...and I sure hope you'll join us, here at Tag You're It Challenge #77, with inspiration drawn from our talented Featured Artist, Hazel!  Even though this this sweet work of art is baby-themed, I'm sure many of you will exercise ingenuity and transform the key elements that catch your eye into something seasonal...or perhaps you just want to welcome a new little one to the world! Whatever the direction...have fun!!

 Guest Featured Artist

Joining us, as Guest Designer, is Darnell - and oh, what a gem she's created! 

As for all the way!  Pretty easy to see how Hazel's onesie inspired me; the plaid star just adds a wee pop of colour...

Please check out the darling delights from my teammates; you'll be cooing with joy!

Looking forward to seeing your Hazel-inspired tags in the gallery!

Thank you for dropping by!