Saturday, October 21, 2017

25 Days of Christmas Tags: Introduction to Design Teams


It`s almost that time of the year again!

Lovely Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags begins on November 1st and will run through to November 26th! Yes we have a bonus day.

All the details will be on her blog on November 1st. This year is going to be amazing and
 I'm soooooo excited to be part of a team who will be playing alongside her!

Introducing the 25 Days of Christmas Tags Blog Design Team: Brianna LoeffelbeinKim HegginsCarol Mayne (me), Lindsey M-p and Michele Ferguson!

We'll be visiting and leaving love on your fabulous entries, as well as participating with our guests.

She also has an instagram team, ready and rarin' to go! 

Tracey has an amazing line-up of sponsors joining in the festivities:

25 Days of Christmas Tags Sponsors 2017

  Concord & 9th and C9
Mark your calendars for November 1st; see you then!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Concord and 9th Leafy Thanks...Inkspirational Challenge #146~Autumn Sparklers Photo Inspiration


 A round of applause and big THANK YOU to all those who entered the Inkspirational One-Layer challenge!  The gallery is filled to brimming with wonderful creations; selecting winners will be quite the task!

Hopefully, you'll return, bring along a friend or three, and join us for Inkspirational Challenge #146, where we're drawing inspiration from this lovely Autumn Sparkers photo:

Leaves, colours, sparkle, woodgrain, torn many entry points to tickle your fancy!

I have two cards CAS; the other not-so-CAS.

First time using my Concord & 9th Barnwood Background. Yep..lovin' it, as I do the Give Thanks stamps (above) and Layering Leaves dies (below). The thanks is from the interlocking Thanks Card dies...and I have yet to use it as it was designed to be used.  I will...soon!

My talented teammates have lovely interpretations of the photo. Please
visit and leave them some love:

Looking forward to seeing your creativity in the gallery!

Thank you for dropping by; your visit is both welcomed and deeply appreciated!   


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Daisies on Kraft....STAMPlorations October 2017 CAS Card Challenge Reminder Post~Anything CAS Goes (optional twist: Orange)


The days are passing quickly and already, my wonderful teammates and I are back with a STAMPlorations CAS Card Challenge #19 Reminder Post.  If you haven't joined us yet, you still have time to create something CAS, with or without the optional colour twist: orange.

Back in September, I enrolled in the monthly online colouring classes over at Kit and Clowder, where we're taught by incredibly talented, motivating, Alyce Keegan.  She is, in a word, amazing! One of the (many!) perks of joining when I did was access to several additional classes, one of which was colouring on kraft. I've done this before, with 'meh' results, so I let it be. After watching Alyce's video, though, inspiration was renewed...and here's the result...two of my favourite STAMPlorations flowered, prisma pencil coloured on kraft.  

Trendy Feathers 1 (retired)

I'm amazed at how well kraft takes colour (when you sort of know what you're doing) and how wonderfully it blends.  Yes, I still have LOTS to learn and practice, but this is a good start - and I'm delighted to share it with you. 

I also made a couple more cards...for fun and to practice masking panel strips using distress and oxide inks. Kind of straight-ish *grin*

Please head over to the main blog to see the incredible cards created by my wonderful team. You'll be dazzled and, I know, inspired to play along!  The guidelines are simple; the rewards for joining us, wonderful:
  • Players can link up to 3 CAS cards.
  • Players can enter a CAS card with or without the optional color twist.
  • Non-STAMPlorations products are OK.
  • Prizes: $10 GC for the winner; $5 GC to the top picks.
  • If there are 50 or more entries: 1 random winner of product of choice (3x5 stamp set OR 2 standard size stencils OR 1 CUTplorations word/phrase die)
Easy and so inviting!  
Looking forward to seeing your CAS creations in the gallery!

Thank you for dropping by; your visit is both welcomed and deeply appreciated!


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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Creepy Wreath BOO!...Serendipity Stamps October Blog Hop 2


Welcome to the Serendipity Stamps October Blog Hop (#2), where my wonderful DT and I are sharing an array of Serendipity Stamps products. To be in the running for a $20 gift certificate, just hop along the DT blogs (you should have come from incredibly talented, sweet Patti Kehl's blog) and leave a comment.  Here's the list.

Is October zipping along as quickly for you as it is for me? We're less than two weeks from Halloween; time to stock up on candy for the trick-or-treating kiddos...and my husband! Pumpkin to be carved, a few decorations to put up and yes...Halloween cards to make. Speaking of which... BOO!

Today, I'm sharing  a die cuts only card that will going to one of my niece or nephew's teachers. Those ghosts are way too, spooky!

For my two munchkins, I masked and inked some panels for them to colour! Isn't that little witch adorable? The cauldron, bubbly delightful? The moon and swirls, sensational? Yes, I thought you'd agree!*grin*  I'll be taking these with us on the weekend...something relaxing to work on betwixt and between all their activities.  And yes, I'll post photos!

Please head over to Serendipity Stamps Blog for more how-to-win details as well as for some scoops on sales.  Here's a couple teasers:

The 50% off Stamp of the Month is this lovely Autumn Chair

FLASH SALE! From Wednesday (today) through Sunday (Oct. 22), Mary is having a sale: buy 3 items, get the 4th free. How fabulous is that! Lots of tempting new items in the store...

Sending you off to hop. Next on the list is wonderfully talented Miriam Napier. Enjoy!

Thank you for dropping in today; your visit brings me joy! 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Watercoloured Leaf Background Thanks....STAMPlorations CUTplorations Reminder Post


Hope you had a marvelous weekend!  Today, my lovely team and I are bringing you reminders about the  STAMPlorations CUTplorations October 2017 Challenge, where this wonderful image is our inspiration source.

image source: marmaladebleue

My card focuses on the colours in the upper portion of Happy, with an Autumn Thanks card as the result.  This was easy to design: ink blended background, leaves stamped over using the same palette, and a rich, brown CUTplorations sentiment.  I love fall colours!

 (using Trendy Leaves, Thanks Word Die, Crazy Double Running Stitch Nesting Die)

To see more reminder inspiration from the team, head here; for the original post and to link up with YOUR projects, head here

Looking forward to visiting you in the gallery!

Thank you for dropping by; your visit is both welcomed and deeply appreciated!


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UNIKO STUDIOS - Reveal, Release & GIVEAWAY October 2017


A marvelous new release over at Uniko Studios has been introduced and showcased - sensationally, I might add - by my wonderful teammates (Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5).  Unfortunately (at least for me!), I didn't have an opportunity to play along, as my stamps are still in transit, somewhere between the UK, the ocean and the mountains and prairies! Once they do arrive, look out! I'll be doing one major catch-up!

Even though I'm new-release stamp-less, I'm excited to be part of the BIG Reveal, Release,Blog Hop and GIVEAWAY of this month's new stamp sets from Uniko!

The newcomers are in the shop HERE, waiting to be welcomed into your home where we know they'll receive plenty of TLC!

Showcased Day 1

Showcased Day 2

Showcased Day 3 
Showcased Day 4

Showcased Day 5

Bev is also introducing even more sensational products: snowflake and flower dies AND stencils. I know you'll be rushing to add these to your collection!


As I mentioned, no new release yet for me, however, I'm joining the Hop with cards featuring two of my favourite Uniko Christmas/Winter sets:  Peace on Earth and Stunning Snowflakes.  On my first a flurry of clear embossed snowflakes frame the lovely dove...

and on the second, the laurel leaves take on the roll.  Two more cards for my Christmas stash...and I think I may be creating a few more using these products/designs.

That's it from me! Now, sending you on your merry way to visit my awesome Design Team who will take your breath away with their impressive creativity. Do leave comments to be in the running for prizes...fabulous prizes!

Carol - Me

Happy Hopping!

Thank you for dropping by; your visit is both welcomed and deeply appreciated!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Layered Birthday Cakes....Winnie & Walter WCMD 2017


Popping in quickly this Sunday morning, before heading to races, to share two cards made for Winnie & Walter's fabulous WCMD 2017! Thank you, Shay, for giving us a week to play!!

I've brought cake to the celebration! In fact 'layered' cakes...with one *on* layers so it's heading to the Lovely Layers Challenge with Keren.  Stenciling was also involved (a little bit of extra decorating *grin*), which means a trip over to the Stenciled Challenge with Kate.  Finally, both cards are the same, but different - off to the Variations Challenge with Shay.

Winnie & Walter products:

Hope your Sunday is absolutely marvelous!

Thank you for dropping by; your visit is both welcomed and deeply appreciated!