Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Snow Flurries...25 Days of Christmas Tags~Day 22: STAMPlorations


Welcome to Day 22 of Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags  
 where I'm delighted to join the fun and festivities as a member of the STAMPlorations design team.

Have you seen the new line of The Bee's Knees layered stamps? Oh. My. Stars! Awesomen-ness! I'm showcasing the Layered Snowman, on the largest of the Luggage Tags Nesting Dies, who has a shaker-tummy filled with festive seed beads. He has sparkly snowballs ready for some fun! This really was super simple to make; I'm thinking a whole crew of this little dude - shaker element included - for my nephew's kindergarten class....

For details on how to play along and to see an array of fabulous tags from the STAMPlorations gals, as well as a few of the DT elves, head over to Tracey's place: In My Creative Opinion. OH...and for added incentive to leave comments, Shery is offering two prizes--a $25 gift certificate and a Stamp Bundle valued at $50 to two lucky winners! That is a LOT of awesome product waiting to be welcomed into your collection!

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 (inspired by both Emily and Lindsey's snowmen)

Thank you for dropping by!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Let's Chill...Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #269~Clean and Simple


Welcome to Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #269~Clean and Simple. At this time of year, when the Christmas-crunch-for-cards is on, CAS cards call my name even more loudly than usual!

Today, a simple little number, inspired by Less is More Challenge #355~Susan's CASE, where the team has invited us to celebrate Susan's birthday with them by casing one of her amazing cards.
Hers features a sweet elf, and since zero elves reside in my collection, I went with a penguin, sporting a Santa hat, with a cup of coffee and festive sprig of holly, because it's cute - just like Susan's little Santa's helper!

Turning the stage over to you! Just a reminder that we're looking for CAS cards:

Looking forward to seeing you in the gallery!

Also sharing at:

Simply Create Too Challenge #133~CAS

Little Red Wagon Challenge #420~Penguins and Polar Bears

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Holly and Poinsettia...25 Days of Christmas Tags: Day 21~UNIKO Studios


Welcome to Day 21 of Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags  
where I'm thrilled to join the fun and festivities as a member of the UNIKO Studios design team.

In October, Bev shared exciting news about her latest digital stamp collection and feature in Simply Cards & Papercrafts. Along with that tidbit of joy, she also shared downloads of her images, which, in a 'wild risk', I decided to us for my DT tags. Disclaimer: I am NOT well-versed in digital images; neither am I in any way skilled with copic colouring, sooooo creating these was quite a stretch! Hopefully, I did them justice! Now that I've had one go-round with these pretties, I'm quite tempted to play with them again (especially as I'm *still* waiting for Canada Post to deliver some sent-ages-ago products! Sheesh!). Sentiments are from Rustic Wreath

Holly and berries; holly and poinsettia...definitely a few of my favourite Christmas things! Hope they're some of yours, too!

For details on how to play along and to see an array of fabulous tags from the UNIKO Studio gals, as well as a few of the DT elves,  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 soon in the gallery!

Also sharing at:

Just Add Ink Challenge #386~Just Add "R" (my "R" is RED)

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Magical Holiday Season....STAMPlorations CUTplorations November 2017 Reminder Post


Hope you had a wonderful weekend! I imagine that it was filled-to-bursting with busy-ness for my US friends, with Thanksgiving but three sleeps away!  For us: two Christmas craft markets (my husband bought lovely bracelets for our 'older' niece), a tour down country roads, just because, and then, an evening wander through downtown Cochrane (our new town), to enjoy the 'Light Up' festival.  Fire pots, hotdogs and hot chocolate, caroling, lots of bundled up little ones (jacket-and-sweater clad dogs, too!)...a wonderful start to the magical holiday season.

Today, I'm joining my teammates with a reminder post for the STAMPlorations CUTplorations November 2017 Challenge. Lovely image, isn't it?

So elegant the photo, in contrast, so whimsical is my card! I decided to have fun marrying colours (still trying to figure out copics, so please forgive blotchy blending) from the image with some oldies and new-ies (to me) STAMPlorations goodies.

Hope my quirky little forest makes you smile! Want to join me for a wander? I promise, it won't be 'that' cold *grin*

Please head HERE to see the fabulous reminder cards from the team You'll be dazzled and, I know, inspired to play along!  The guidelines are simple; the rewards for joining us, wonderful:
  • You can link up as many projects as you want (1 project per blog post)
  • Please be sure to use at least 1 STAMPlorations product (stamps, dies, stencils, free digis...)
  • Prizes: $10 GC for the winner; $5 GC each to the 2 top picks
  • If there are more than 25 entries: 1 player will be randomly drawn to win her choice of CUTplorations dies worth up to $15
Looking forward to seeing your CUTplorations creations in the gallery!

Also sharing at:

Cards in Envy~Only Paper

Thank you for dropping by!

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...

NOTE: Honoured to be selected as a Cards In Envy~Typography In the Mailbox favourite by Kristie. THANK YOU!

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!