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

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!

I'm also playing at:

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!

I'm also playing at:

SimonSaysStamp National Craft Month

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Happy Little Stampers New Release Blog Hop

It's time! 6 new stamp sets have arrived at the Happy Little Stampers shop and we are celebrating with a Blog Hop!

You have the chance to win amazing prizes just by hopping along with us. The Designers have prepared a feast of inspiration with the new sets and we can't wait to show you what we have come up with!

Let's take a look at the new sets - you are going to LOVE them!

Here are the cards I created using four of the new sets:


Let It Snow

How to win? You need to do the following -

1. Comment on this blog post
2. Follow the links below to our Designer's blog posts and leave them a comment.
3. The Blog Hop will run for 1 week from 12th March 2018 @ 6am to 19th March 2018 6am AEST.
3. That's it! Enjoy the show!

We have 10 prizes up for grabs. All our winners will be chosen at random and you MUST comment on ALL the blogs in the Hop.

Let's Go!

Comment on this post and then follow the links in the Hop.

Stephanie (you are here)

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

There And Back Again

I came upon this new challenge which I think is just fantastic!! The Library Challenge - for crafters who love books. Well, that certainly is me. I love to read,  I'm a children's librarian in a Pre-K through 8 school, and have worked in the book industry for most of my career. This is right up my alley!!!

The inspiration for the current challenge is The Hobbit. You can take your inspiration from:

The cover

The title
The story.

I took mine from the cover. If you look beneath the mountains in the cover art, there is a row of trees with black trunks. That is what I focused on. The "sentiment" is the subtitle, or alternate title to the book. I made it by combining words from different stamp sets, embossed them in white on black paper, and then I cut them out and popped up on foam tape.

I love this challenge idea, and I hope to be able to play often. Thank you Marina, for coming up with this awesome idea!!!

Sunday, March 4, 2018


There's a new Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge up and running. This time the optional twist is reindeer. As soon as I saw that, I immediately thought of this gorgeous retired Stampin' Up Dasher image and went from there. I embossed the image in gold, die cut it with a stitched circle die, and mounted it on another gold circle die cut.The background is made with watercolor and emboss resist. The sentiment is die cut from red foil cardstock.

Please head over to the Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge Blog and see what my Design Team colleagues have created for your inspiration, then put your antlers on and come up with a creation of your own to link to our gallery. You could be the winner of a $20 coupon to spend at the shop! Check out all the details HERE.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Kisses Of An Angel

I love the current sketch at CAS Colors & Sketches. I was playing with DO inks earlier in the day and made several panels, and the elements of this card came to mind that would work with the sketch. I needed a card of encouragement for a dear friend who is going through a rough time... this is perfect for her.

I'm also playing at:


ATCAS Challenge #131, hosted by Jaydee, has begun.
The Code Word is Luck/Lucky.

Challenge Sponsor is:
Happy Little Stampers

Winner will receive a $20 voucher to spend at the Happy Little Stampers Store.

Guest Designer for this challenge is Wendy R. of Cartai. Wendy is a wonderful designer with a crisp, clean style. Give yourself a treat and take a stroll through her blog. You'll be so glad you did.

Are you feeling lucky today? Take a look at the wonderful inspiration from the Design Team on the ATCAS Challenge Blog, then create a luck/lucky themed card. Link it up in the gallery and try your luck at winning a prize from the Happy Little Stampers Store.

I'm also playing at:

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Love How You Brighten My Day

Time Out Challenge #104 is up and running. 

Our Guest Designer is Marieke. Marieke is an incredibly talented papercraft artist, and her coloring is absolutely magical. Please  treat yourself to a stroll through her blog.

Our sponsor for this challenge is Poppystamps. Challenge winner will receive a $20 gift voucher to spend at the Poppystamps Store which is a delight to visit and is packed with top quality goodies-take a look here. The Time Out Design Team has created some awesome inspiration for you. Head on over to the Time Out Challenge Blog and check it out. Play with us for a chance to win!

I went with a BOLD LOVE die cut (Poppystamps Sentiments Of Love stamps and Little Halo Love die) and a CAS design. It goes with the Time Out theme, and also the CAS theme of the new Poppystamps Challenge for March.
On this first of every month, a new challenge with a central theme is introduced  on the Poppy Stamps blog. The March theme is "Clean And Simple". You can get all the details HERE. If you have some Poppystamps Products, make a CAS card, and link up to their challenge for a chance to win more prizes.

I'm also playing at:

SimonSaysStamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

The Sisterhood Of Crafters - CAS

City Crafter Challenge #401 -Die Cuts