Monday, October 20, 2014

The Challenge #17 {Meet Maura}

Sketch Dimensions
(this is only a suggestion)
Card Base: 4.25 x 5.5"
Middle Strip: 2 x 5.5"
Square: 3 x 3"

Welcome to The Challenge! Every other week we bring you a colour/sketch combo! You are welcome to combine the colours and sketch or just use one part of the challenge! It is totally up to you! The design team have created inspiring samples to get you into the crafting mood! Come and join us!

This week I am excited to announce the addition of one more designer! Please welcome, Maura (aka Beesmom) to the team! Maura has consistently played at The Challenge and I love her inspiring work! Maura does not have a blog but uses a Splitcoast Stampers Gallery to share her work. I asked her to share a bit about herself! This is what she said...

About 7 years ago, a good friend of mine asked if I wanted to join a card-making club with fellow teachers from my school.  I thought to myself, hmmm, not so sure about the card-making, but it would be great to do something fun with my colleagues.  Little did I know… I loved the time with friends, but fell head over heels in love with card-making, and as they say….. the rest is history!  (Can you say, “addiction”?)

Welcome to the team, Maura! The designers have created inspiring work to get your creative juiced flowing! Have fun!

Boo Y'All card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from The Cat's Pajamas

The Challenge Winner and Top Three Picks!

So many amazing cards in the linky this week but Karren's clean and simple beauty was one I could not ignore! I love the use of the stitched dies, the clean lines. Such a soft and pretty card!

Congratulations, Karren. I hope you will join us as a Guest Designer for The Challenge! Please email me by clicking on the envelope icon in the top of my blog banner for more information!

I also chose three other cards from the challenge to be our "Runner-Up's"! 

(In alphabetical order)

This adorable card with the sponged sky was too cute to spook! 

Lee Ann's gorgeous card took my breath away! Love that stenciled background!

Sheryl's pretty card and cool sponged background caught my eye! The pop of red is beautiful!

Please join us in one hour, we will be back with a brand new challenge for you! Would you like a head start? Here is the next challenge!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Alley Way Stamps Guest Designer

Today is my third week of Guest Designing for The Alley Way Stamps! I decided to make a couple of Christmas cards! 

I kept them nice and simple. They are flat for mailing!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Art Impressions {Glasses}

Today I am sharing a card I made over at the Art Impressions blog and I would love for you to stop by and check it out! I love Celeste and her amazing attitude to aging! LOL! I know my girlfriends will appreciate this card when they see it! 

I used the Celeste Set #4326. 

This sentiment cracks me up. I can relate in so many ways! Come by to see the card!

Time Out Challenge

I found a brand new *to me* challenge tonight on Lynn Mangan's blog. It is called the "Time Out" Challenge and it is all about taking time to craft for fun! I was intrigued by the inspiration and played along! This card is A LOT busier than my normal style but it was fun playing with my inks and a couple of images to create my own background. I really did take some time for me to play along!

This is the inspiration card by Heather.

The card we had to CASE is HERE...have a look at how pretty it is! My "twist" is I made my card a basic one layer card and added a small strip of paper with twine on break it up! I didn't sponge the background either, I used the same tones but used a script stamps to create the background of this card.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Viva la Christmas! {VLV October Week 2}

Hooray! Christmas is coming and I am ready to craft! Christmas is my favourite time of year. Last weekend I managed to buy some new craftin' goodies, at a local store. I picked up the new Teresa Collins Christmas! LOVE the gold! It is called Tinsel & Company.

Loved the simple sketch over at the Verve blog which inspired me to make this pretty flower from the Lean on Me Set into a poinsettia! I inked it up with red and then using a dark brown Copic marker, I flicked little markings onto it to give it some depth.

The sentiment comes from Memory Box and is one of my favourites...I love how elegant it is! I am always a sucker for a scripty font! I cut out the bloom and popped it up on my card. Then I decided to use the pieces left over to decorate a matching gift bag. The gift bag comes from SRM.

{Supplies Used}
Stamps: Verve
Inks: Memento Ink and Copics
Papers: Teresa Collins, Kraft & White

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Challenge Reminder

Good morning! There is still time to play along with the current colour and sketch combo at The Challenge

Click here to play along!

Sparkling Sea {SugarPea Designs Sketch Challenge #13}

Happy Monday! It is a holiday here in Canada and I am planning on crafting the day away...while doing laundry. There is always laundry to do! We have a brand new sketch challenge over at SugarPea Designs! It is a nice, simple one and I was excited to use some new Stampin' Up paper I purchased in a paper swap! I love yellows, tans and aqua blue!


I kept my card fairly simple...using the MFT stitched oval dies and some twine from The Twinery. I also used a glitter pen on her if it was sparkling in the sunlight. This stamp set "Seaside Wishes" is one of my favourites because I love the ocean. 

I hope you get the chance to stop by and to play along with us. We would love to have you join us at the SugarPea Sketch Challenge! You are welcome to play with any stamps you own...but we do love to see your SugarPea!


Come and play along with us at the SugarPea Designs blog! You do not need to use a SugarPea image to play but remember that each project you link up and share below is an entry to WIN a Gift Certificate to the SugarPea Designs Online Boutique worth up to $15!  One randomly selected winner will receive a $10 Gift Certificate to the SugarPea Designs Online Shoppe.  However, if the winning entry features a SugarPea Designs stamp we will increase the prize to $15!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

TAWS October Guest Designer {Week 2} Monster Mash

Hey stamping friends! Today I am sharing two "kid" projects I made using The Alley Way Stamps! I am the October Guest Designer and this week I was lucky enough to be able to play with the fun set called "Monster Mash"! I love it! This will come in handy for classroom prizes. I need to get crafty and make some fun treats!

I made some little bookmarks for my prize students LOVE fun things like this! I think these will fit their little readers perfectly! Halloween is also coming this will be a great prize for their Halloween goody bags!

Friday, October 10, 2014

SugarPea Designs {Sweet 2 Repeat Hop}

Welcome to the SugarPea Designs October Sweet 2 Repeat blog hop where we showcase our newest release! Now that you've had a chance to add these sweet sets to your SugarPea collection, we're bringing you even more inspiration! Be sure to hop along and leave a comment at each stop along the way for a chance to win $20 to spend in the SugarPea Designs Online Shoppe! I am also linking this card to the "Happy Fall" Challenge over at SugarPea Designs.



Today I am showcasing the adorable set called "Bountiful Blessings"! I think this is my favourite stamp from the release. I like the fact that I can just use the pumpkins or the girl. The sentiments stamp beautifully!

I have had this measurement ribbon FOREVER and I wanted to add some texture to my I got it out! Then I added some of the pumpkin coloured twine from The Twinery and tied it into a button. 

Be sure to comment on each blog for a chance to win!

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