Thursday, April 26, 2018

Born To Be Wild




Time Out Challenge #108 goes live today with a theme of WILD. 
Challenge sponsor is Winnie & Walter. Winner will receive a $25 gift voucher to spend in the Winnie & Walter store. 
Our Guest Designer is the wonderfully fun and talented Darnell of djkardkreations. She will be with us for the challenge and reminder posts. If you don't know Darnell, you really must meet her. In any case, visit her blog for a real treat! You will be so glad you did!

For my card, I used a free digi download from Winnie & Walter for the background. It felt wild and jungle-like to me. I heat embossed the tiger on a white stitched circle die cut with metallic copper embossing powder, and die cut a gold metallic circle to frame it. The image and sentiment are from Happy Little stampers Born To Be Wild.

Please head over to the Time Out Challenge Blog and see what the Design Team has created for your inspiration. Then get wild and create something to share in our gallery.

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Bubbly Thanks



Time for a new challenge at ATCAS! Our host is Anja, and our sponsor is Happy Little Stampers.


Valliam, of Nifty Crafty is our Guest Designer!

For my card, I used Hero Arts stamps and dies, and inks from Papertrey Ink and Tsukineko. The background bubbles are from Designs by Ryn.

Please head over to the Addicted To CAS Challenge Blog and check out the wonderful creations Valliam and the ATCAS Design Team have whipped up for your inspiration. Join us in the gallery for a chance to win a gift voucher for the Happy Little Stampers store. 

Please remember, this is a CLEAN AND SIMPLE (CAS) Challenge.
Have fun!

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Happy Birthday To You!



I'm here with the Creative With Stamps mid-month reminder. This month we celabrate our second anniversary.  With that in mind, our challenge is to create a celebration-themed CAS (Clean And Simple) project with sentiment. In case you are not aware or need a refresher, here is the definition of CAS:

I chose to stencil one quarter of my card with Distress Oxide inks - can't get enough of them. I heat embossed part of the sentiment on a black (MFT) Fishtail die cut, and stamped the rest of the sentiment (SSS You Matter) with VersaMark Onyx Black ink.

Please head over to the Creative With Stamps Challenge Blog and see what the Deign Team has created to inspire you.  Join us in the gallery to showcase your creation and for a chance to win.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

All Things Grow With Love



Time Out Challenge 107 is up and running with a theme of Spring and a twist of a one layer. I bought a set of Derwent Metallic Watercolor Pencils a long time ago and never used them. Lately I have been seeing lots of dark backgrounds with embossing and coloring with pencils and Distress Oxide Inks among other mediums, so I decided it was time. I really love the way this came out. The black background is a little off the beaten path for Spring, but that's how I rolled with this inspiration. I love this image from Uniko's Orininally Organic stamp set and I think the sentiment is very hopeful and springy too.

Our challenge sponsor is Uniko - thank you, Bev! The winner, chosen at random from those participants who twist, will receive an "in stock" stamp set of their choice from the Uniko Shop.

Our Guest Designer for this challenge is Kimberly Wiener of Wienerhoneymooners. Treat yourself to a visit to Kim's blog - you will be so glad you did. Inspiration abounds!

So head on over to the Time Out Challenge Blog and check out the wonderful creations of Guest Designer Kimberly and the Design Team. Be inspired to make some art!!! Join us in the gallery for a chance to win a prize from Uniko Stamps. Most of all, have fun creating!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Happy Mother's Day



I am delighted to say that I am Guest Designer at this week's new Watercooler Wednesday Challenge:
WWC165 - Tenia's "All About Occasions". I chose Mother's Day as my occasion, and used Winnie and Walter die and stamps to complete my sentiment. 

I decided to try a new-to-me watercolor powder technique that I saw on Splitcoast Stampers in which you sprinkle the powder directly on to a background stamp, spritz it with water, then stamp it. Using a MISTI for this technique allows you to keep spritzing and stamping until you are happy with the result. 


Please head over to the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge Blog and check out the wonderful creations that the Design Team has made to inspire you. Create an occasions card and join us in the gallery. I can't wait to see your creation!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

'Tis The Season



The Happy Little Stampers April Christmas Challenge has begun. The theme is all Christmas all the time, with an optional twist of JOLLY. Fa La La La La!

I went a little off the beaten path with the look of this one. I created a background with three shades of green Distress Oxide Inks, then stencilled stars over it using Dreamweaver Metallic Gold Embossing Paste. I heat-embossed the sentiment from Stamplorations on a black die cut banner, adhered it to the white panel and added some twine.

Please head over the to Happy Little Stampers April Christmas Challenge and see what the Design Team Has created for your inspiration. Play with us for a chance to win a $20 coupon to spend at the Happy Little Stampers Shop! Check out all the details HERE. If you use stamps by Happy Little Stampers, and you are chosen as the Random Winner, your prize will be doubled!

I'm also playing at:

52 Christmas Card Throwdown March Technique Challenge - Embossing

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Cheers



I am very excited to announce that this is my first post as a Design Team Member of Creative With Stamps! You can meet all the new and standing members of the Creative With Stamps Design Team HERE. I think it's cool that my first post with CWS is on the 2nd Anniversary of their first challenge. The theme for this challenge is CAS + Sentiment.

Our sponsor is:
A winner will be cosen at random to receive 3 images from Pattie's ETSY Shop

For my card, I went with celebratory balloons using the Balloon Duo Simply Stencil from Neat & Tangled and Distress Oxide inks. The balloon strings are from Winnie & Walter's The Party. The sentiment is a die cut from Hero Arts MMH December 2016 Card Kit.

Our Guest Designer is the lovely and talented Kim Heggins of Cupcakes, Cards and Kim. Kim is a wonderful card artist, and if you haven't had the pleasure of viewing Kim's work, you really should  go for a stroll through her blog. Prepare to be delighted!

Please head on over to the Creative With Stamps Challenge Blog and see what the Design Team has created for your inspiration. Join in the celebration and link up your creation in the gallery for a chance to win.

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Rain Or Shine



Time for a new challenge at ATCAS! Our host is Bobby, and our sponsor is Happy Little Stampers.


Fran Wing, winner of our 'Lucky Challenge' is our Guest Designer!

For my card, I used images and a sentiment from Happy Little Stampers Rainy Days set. I did some masking so that the umbrella, clouds and sun would all be connected. Then I masked the entire stamped image and stamped the entire top layer with the Falling Rain Background Stamp from Simon Says Stamp and embossed with clear EP. It's hard to see in the picture, but those shiny raindrops look great in the background.

Please head over to the Addicted To CAS Challenge Blog and check out the wonderful creations Fran Wing and the ATCAS Design Team have whipped up for your inspiration. Join us in the gallery for a chance to win a gift voucher for the Happy Little Stampers store. 

Please remember, this is a CLEAN AND SIMPLE (CAS) Challenge.
Have fun!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Spring



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Challenge #106 has begun at Time Out Challenges. This gorgeous, springy Home-Sweet-Home inspiration photo really sang to me. I used several elements of the picture to compose my card: the  blue pedestal on which the vase is standing, the design on the vase, the Forsythia, that touch of gold in the forks that are laying on the napkin, and lastly, the hope in my heart as I welcome this new season and the newness and warmth that it holds.

The challenge runs from Thursday, March 29th to Wednesday April 11th. 
Our sponsor for this challenge is Altenew.
Challenge winner will receive a $20 gift voucher for the Altenew Store.

Our fabulous Guest Designer is Sarah Gray. Sarah's BLOG is chock full of wonderful card designs.  Sarah's card, gift and home decor designs are available for purchase on Folksy. Give yourself a treat and check both out for lots of arty inspiration.

Head on over to the Time Out Challenge Blog, and see what the Design Team has created for your inspiration. I can't wait to see how the photo inspires you!

I'm also playing at:

SimonSaysStamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

The Sisterhood Of Crafters - Spring Flowers



Saturday, March 17, 2018

Faith Sings



It's time for a new challenge at ATCAS, hosted by Ellenor with code word: Birds. Our Guest Designer is the wonderful and talented Izzy of Izzy Scrap. Her blog is full of awesomeness and you are sure to be inspired when you take a stroll through it. 


Challenge winner will receive a $20.00 gift certificate from Happy Little Stampers!


Happy Little Stampers was created in 2015 by Kylie (owner of ATSM and ATCAS). Kylie wanted to bring out a line of stamps that were useful for everyday crafters. From cute to whimsical images, from everyday to funky sentiments there is something for everyone!



I used STAMPlorations For The Birds stamps and dies for my creation. The colored strip is done with Distress Oxide inks.

Please head over to the ATCAS Blog, and see what the awesome Design Team has created for your inspiration. Then go bird crazy, and create a card to play along with us. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

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STAMPlorations March Challenge - All About Spring and Faith


Thursday, March 15, 2018

Happy Birthday Time Out!!


It's Birthday Time at Time Out ChallengesA celebration is indeed in order! Time Out was started four years ago by Sandie Munro of London Days, and Nonni Niskanen of Nonni's Handmade Cards. The challenge has grown steadily and beautifully over the years, and is thriving today under Sandie's leadership with Nonni still designing with the team. We are graced with such wonderful talent on our Design Team, with our entrants and our Guest Designer participants. This is truly a wonderful community that continues to expand and evolve. I have been part of the Time Out Design Team since October 2016, and I am so blessed and privileged to be part of this incredibly talented group of crafters who are as wonderful people as they are artists. It has been a lovely ride so far, and the journey continues.


Challenge #105 is an "Inspired By Words Challenge".


Our wonderful and generous sponsor is celebrating our birthday with us. Check out THIS post on the Concord & 9th Blog to see the details. They have provided the Time Out Design Team with some of their fabulous new product for us to create our birthday themed inspiration for you. THANK YOU Concord & 9th!!!


Our lucky challenge winner will receive a $25 gift voucher to use in the Concord & 9th store.


Our Guest Designer for this challenge and reminder is Claire. Claire has wicked good design and coloring skills. Check out her blog for a delightful and inspiring stroll.


Please head on over to the Time Out Challenge Blog and celebrate with us. Be inspired by Claire and the Design Team, and join us in a crafty birthday celebration! Thanks for coming, and have a wonderful day!

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SimonSaysStamp National Craft Month