Saturday, April 28, 2018

You'll Find Your Way

Challenge #135 has gone live at Addicted to CAS where the code word is: GOLD. Carolyn Bennie is our host. Lee Ann Barrett is our Guest Designer.  Lee Ann is a talented crafter with mad coloring skills. Treat your self to a visit to her blog. You are sure to be inspired.

As always, Happy Little Stampers is our Sponsor, and Kylie is generously awarding the winner with a $20.00 gife certificate to the store!
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This is a CAS (Clean And Simple Challenge), so please be sure that your entry is CAS. Here is a definition to remind you of the definition of CAS:

I have a friend who is going through a very tough time in her life, and I wanted to make a special card for her to lend her support and let her know that she is loved. So I thought I would use my new Hero Arts Dragonfly die.
In nature, the Dragonfly is an amazingly powerful and graceful navigator, flying up to 45 miles per hour. It can change direction and even fly backward. This gives Dragonfly the symbolic value of a spiritual guide particularly through tricky winds. When you’re in the middle of a storm, let Dragonfly show you the way out with confidence.

Please visit the Addicted to CAS Challenge blog and see what the lovely and talented Design Team has created for your inspiration. Then go for the gold, and play along with us. Remember to keep it CAS!

Stamps~Neat & Tangled A-Mazing
Accessories~Hero Arts Dragonfly Fancy Dies Steel Die, Tim Holtz Speckles Layering Stencil, Stampendous Dreamweaver Gold Embossing Paste.

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!

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52 Christmas Card Throwdown March Technique Challenge - Embossing

Sunday, April 1, 2018


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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