Thursday, January 28, 2021

To My Favorite Bookworm





Time Out Challenge #180 begins today.  We are challenged to create a card inspired by the words "In the winter she curls up around a good book and dreams away the cold."

 Our sponsor for this challenge is 

Our Guest Designer this week is Bobby of Bits & Pieces. Bobby is a very talented crafter and lovely person. Treat yourself to a visit to her wonderful blog, and show her some love.

I bought this set of stamps and dies on eBay a while ago. It's called Read Past Your Bedtime by Uniquely Creative, an Australian company. I stamped some of the images on Neenah Solar White 80# card stock, colored them with Copics, and die cut and arranged them over some light stenciling. I used the color scheme from Inkspirational's current challenge. I love that photo! The sentiment is from an ancient set from MFT - I (heart) Books By Stephanie Fizer. This will be a birthday card for one of my favorite bookworms!

Please hop on over to the Time Out Challenge Blog to see the wonderful creations that Bobby and the Design Team came up with to inspire you. Come play with us!

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Saturday, January 23, 2021

Sing A Song





t's time for a new challenge at Less Is More. Challenge #435 is a recipe : In A Row.

We're joined by Caroline, our fantastic November 2020 winner. Please stop by her blog to see her wonderful art work and leave her some love.

When contemplating a design for my in-a-row creation, the Bird On A Wire die from Spellbinders immediately came to mind. I love these birds all in a row. I have had this die set forever, and never used it. I created a subtle background with the Cloud Edger stencil from A Colorful Life Designs and three sunset themed colors of Distress Oxide inks. I just love the sentiment too! It is from an old Sweet Stamp Shop set called Sentimental Birds. Lots of NBUS here.

Please head over to the Less Is More Blog and see what Caroline and the Design Team has created for your inspiration. I hope you'll play along with us to share your creations and for a chance to win. Remember to keep your design Clean And Simple.

To be eligible for showCASe and PRIZE WINNER choices you will need to carefully follow the guidance on our GLOSSARY OF TERMS and our HOW TO PLAY pages. Your design should feature lots of clean / white / blank / non patterned / non textured space. All challenge details are on the Less Is More blog. Good Luck!

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Friday, January 22, 2021

Lunar New Year


It's time for a new challenge at Festive Friday where every challenge is an inspiration list based on a selected holiday/festivity from the traditional to the unusual. Challenge projects must include at least three items from the festivity inspiration list.


Since the Inspiration List is a mix of elements related to the festivity, the creator has the choice to make something for that festivity, or to ignore the festivity all together and create something using just the three (or more) elements selected.

Today's festivities are in celebration of Lunar New Year which is celebrated on Friday, February 12th this year.  The challenge runs from January 22-February 5.

For my Lunar New Year themed project, I used: red, lanterns, gold and foil paper from the inspo list. I used Mama Elephant's Sakura Creative Cuts for the frame, branch, flowers and lanterns, and Mama Elephant's Lunar Sayings stamp set for the sentiment. Both stamps and dies are brand new (to me). The frame is cut from gold foil paper. The other die cuts are done with 80# Neenah Solar White card stock and colored with Copic Markers. The clouds were stenciled with the Cloud Edger from A Colorful Life Designs. The card base is Neenah Solar White 110# card stock.

For more inspiration, be sure to visit the rest of the Festive Friday Challenge Design team.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Salty But Sweet




Time Out Challenge #179 begins today.  We are challenged to create a card inspired by the word "YOU"! Create a card that says something about YOU. This could be your favorite card-making style, favorite food, movie, book...

 Our sponsor for this challenge is Stamplorations

 

STAMPlorations is offering a prize of a $25 gift voucher for our winner!
 Additionally, the winner will be asked to be the Guest Designer for a future challenge.

Our Guest Designer this week is Anila. Be sure to visit her awesome blog and show her some love.

Nothing says "me" more than anything related to the sea. I always say that I was a mermaid in a former life. My place of peace is the beach. My favorite sound is ocean waves crashing on the sand. My favorite day is a day at the beach. So, I created a card with ocean waves and a mermaid tail using Essentials By Ellen Inner Mermaid stamps and die by Julie Ebersole.  It is very ME!

Please hop on over to the Time Out Challenge Blog to see the wonderful creations that Anila and the Design Team came up with to inspire you. Come play with us!

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Saturday, January 9, 2021

With Love



When I saw the Inspired By Challenge this week, I HAD to play. I am late to the party with my acquisition of the Essentials By Ellen Bear Ware Collection, but now I will be using them like crazy as I finally have them all. Thanks to my enabler - she knows who she is! I hand drew the collar and cuffs of Bear's sweater. and gave them a little sparkle with WOS. If you look closely at his sweater, you can see a herringbone pattern that I added with some masking and a stamp from PTI's Background Basics Herringbone. The stripes he is standing on are from PTI's Background Basics Super Stripes. I have had both these sets for years. I am using my NBUS - Never Before Used Schtuff! This is a Valentine for my coffee-loving son. He will love it.

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Hello Gorgeous




t's time for the first challenge of 2021 at Less Is More. Challenge #434 is to make a Clean & Simple creation with the theme of clothing/fashion. Maybe some day we'll be able to get dressed up

We're joined by Heather, our fantastic October 2020 winner. Please stop by her blog to see her wonderful art work and leave her some love.

For my card, I used a Hero Arts wood mounted stamp that I have had in my stash for many years. I heat embossed the image in gold, and colored it with Copics. I cut it out with a circle die and then a Spellbinders hemstitch die. I popped it up in the center of the card, and stamped and clear embossed the sentiment from Concord & 9th's Dahlia Turnabout stamp set.

Please head over to the Less Is More Blog and see what the Design Team has created for your inspiration. I hope you'll play along with us to share your creations and for a chance to win. Remember to keep your design Clean And Simple.

To be eligible for showCASe and PRIZE WINNER choices you will need to carefully follow the guidance on our GLOSSARY OF TERMS and our HOW TO PLAY pages. Your design should feature lots of clean / white / blank / non patterned / non textured space. All challenge details are on the Less Is More blog. Good Luck!

Friday, January 8, 2021

Treat Yo' Self

 


It's time for a new challenge at 
Festive Friday where every challenge is an inspiration list based on a selected holiday/festivity from the traditional to the unusual. Challenge projects must include at least three items from the festivity inspiration list.

Since the Inspiration List is a mix of elements related to the festivity, the creator has the choice to make something for that festivity, or to ignore the festivity all together and create something using just the three (or more) elements selected.

Today's festivities are in celebration of Eat Ice Cream For Breakfast Day, which is celebrated on February 1st. The challenge runs from January 8-18. 

For my ice cream-themed project, I used: ice cream, pink and brown from the inspo list. The colors I chose to blend for my background remind me of rainbow sherbet. I added white dots to create a bokeh effect. I wanted the ice cream cone to be the star of the card, so I highlighted it by placing it on a white circle die cut with Spellbinders hemstitch circle die and placing it in the hand from Handful by Julie Ebersole from Essentials By Ellen. The sentiment is from that same stamp set. I die cut the bokeh panel with Lawn Fawn scalloped rectangles and mounted it on a Neenah Solar White 110# white card base.

For more inspiration, be sure to visit the rest of the Festive Friday Challenge Design team.

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