Monday, March 31, 2014

{PIN}spirational #101 - Happy Birthday!

 Welcome back to another challenge at {PIN}spirational Challenges! Here is the photo for his week's challenge:


Our sponsors for this week's challenge are as follows:


I decided on the cute birthday turtle from Bugaboo Stamps and tried to color her up as close as I could to the inspiration photo above....then I perked it up a bit with Melon Mambo and reds....

I hope you get a chance to play along this week - the inspiration photo is gorgeous and the possibilities are endless! Please take a minute to peruse the challenge blog HERE to see what other awesome projects the DT has for you! Happy crafting!

TPE #244 {Chalkboard Technique}

Welcome back to my blog :) If you are looking for my Merry Monday post, please scroll down (it won't hurt for you to admire this new challenge here at The Pink Elephant while you scroll *wink*)


This week's technique challenge is "The Chalkboard Technique." I have to admit, I've admired so many cards using this technique, but I've never tried it. I was excited to give it a whirl...I went to You Tube and scoped out some vid's on how to do it and it looks easy enough. Uh *would have been* had I had the right ink - or enough of it. I dug out my SU! Whisper White Craft Ink pad and some black card stock and got busy.

My ink pad was not moist enough I don't think - the stamped image I was using was very dull - all the projects I've seen they are crisp, bright white. SIGH. I do not have a refill for the Craft White ink I had to resort to Plan B. Cheat. LOL

I dug out a 6 x 6 pack of MME paper called Chalk Studio and I used this image from it and smudged a bit of my WW ink on it with a sponge to give it that "just wiped" effect on a chalk board. I really do like how this turned out and I am excited to get better ink to try it "for real!" Here's my completed card:

I hope you get a chance to gather some supplies and come get inky with us - it's a messy but FUN technique! Come check out what the rest of the girls made for your viewing pleasure HERE. Happy crafting!!

Merry Monday #102 {Mistletoe}

Welcome back to another challenge at Merry Monday! Do you always scramble right before holidays to get your Christmas cards made? Why not try out our weekly challenges and be ahead of the game come November/December!?

This week's challenge is to use Mistletoe somewhere on your card:

I know you saw this stamp set from me last week as well, but how could I "not" use it for this challenge?!? *wink* It's perfect!!

The stamp set and die are from Papertrey Ink and I stamped the mistletoe in Old Olive, added a button with olive twine, cut out the sentiment with a flag die and wa-laaa! Easy-peesy, done!

I sure hope you can find some time to grab some mistletoe paper, stamps, dies, etc. and join us this week HERE! Happy crafting!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

{Transportation} at Sweet Stampin'

Welcome back to my blog!

The challenge this week over at Sweet Stampin' is "Transportation" and I knew right away which stamp I wanted to color up for this challenge - Skaterboy by Kenny K (I have had this stamp for a long time and never used it - not sure if that is the correct name or not)

Our wonderful sponsors for this challenge is Crafty Devils - £15 voucher

My card is fairly straight forward - obviously the skateboard is my means of "transportation" and I embossed the blue panel with big polka dots, added some stars, twine and pearls and WA-LAAA! Done! Love this image for any boy card ;) Perfect....

Be sure to hop on over to the Sweet Stampin' challenge blog HERE to see what the rest of the Sweet Stampers have made for your inspiration. Remember: you need to have some sort of stamping on your project! Have fun!! Cheers!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

4 CC #187 {Bunches of Love}

Happy 4 Crafty Chicks Thursday!

The challenge this week is {SPRING} over at 4 Crafty Chicks and right now in central Alberta, we are FAR from Spring-like conditions! We are in the middle of a snowfall warning and have received about 5-6 inches in 2 days. I realize that it's Alberta, and this happens every year - but this has been a long, white Winter and it's time to see some green grass and flowers ;)

That is why I decided to ink up some pretty Coral flowers for this week's challenge! The sentiment is from The Alley Way Stamps called "It's fall about you" and the flowers are from Stampin' Up's set called Flower Shop. It's really hard to see in the pics, but my black panel is embossed with the chicken wire embossing folder....

Thank you so much for stopping in today - I'm hoping to hunker down today and get crafty some more in my craft cave. Be sure to hop on over to the challenge blog - HERE - and see what all the rest of the Chicks came up with for your SPRING inspiration! Cheers!

Monday, March 24, 2014

TPE #243 {You're a Blessing...}

Welcome back to my blog! This week at The Pink Elephant, we are wanting to see YOUR favorite color combo...that's right - this week, it's your choice!


One of my all-time favorite color combinations is Teal, Black and White...I dug out some new goodies from MFT, Papertrey Ink and got to work... 

I am entering my card into the following challenges:

2 Sisters - Black/White/One other color
AUD Sentiments - Anything Goes
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes
Sentimental Sundays - springtime/flowers
For more wonderful crafty inspiration, be sure to check out what the rest of the Design Team has for you - click HERE to hop on over to The Pink Elephant challenge blog and then link up your project with us! Happy crafting!

Merry Monday #101 {Red, Grey and White}

Happy Merry Monday! We had such an amazing "celebration" week with our 100th challenge! Thanks to everyone who took some time celebrate with us! Are you ready for a fresh, new color combo??


For my card this week, I dug out some Papertrey Ink and Lil' Inker products and got to work on a CAS design:

I used Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White card stock and Basic Grey ink. The holly stamp is called "Mistletoe and Holly" and the sentiment is from "Signature Christmas" both from PI. The white panel was cut out using my Lil' Inker Designs Stitched Rectangular die then popped up using foam squares. The berries were cut with the holly die from Papertrey Ink.

I love, love, love how this card turned out - definitely one I will mass produce closer to Christmas! 

I would also like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Christmas Card Challenges - Anything Goes
Completely Christmas - Anything Goes
Jingle Belles - Holly and Ivy
Winter Wonderland - Use lots of red

Please be sure to hop on over to the Merry Monday Challenge blog HERE and see what all the Merry Makers have for you to drool over....they rocked this color combo outta the park! Link up your project for us and we'll be by to leave you some love! Happy crafting!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

4 CC#186 {No Designer Paper}

 Happy 4 Crafty Chicks Thursday! Welcome back to my blog :)

This week it is miss Tamie's turn to play hostess and she's issued NO DESIGNER PAPER as the challenge for the week! Awesome right?! LOL...For those of you who LOVE designer paper, I cannot wait to see what all you come up with :) For those who prefer more CAS cards, this might not be "such" a challenge for you ;)

This Mario card I made for my nephew, Cooper, for his 6th birthday in February - and he LOVED IT!! I had a lot of fun coloring up this image (and frame):

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Pile It On - For a Guy

You ready to get crafty? Awesome...grab all your goodies, a coffee and leave the Designer Paper in the drawers! Link up your project HERE and we'll leave you some love! Happy crafting! xoxoxo

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

STS #16 {Love Ya!}

This week at Seize the Sketch, our wonderful sketcher is Jen Nelson, and she's come up with an awesome layout that can be either very CAS or layered up - I chose CAS :)


I totally fell in love with this image from Redonkadoodles and wanted to use her this week! I embossed my green panel and added some enamel dots - done! Easy peesy! The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink. Such a fun card :)

Want more inspiration with this sketch? Come check out the STS blog HERE and see what the wonderful Design Team made just for you! Happy crafting! xoxoxo

Twisted Tuesday {Don't Go Near the Edge!}

Happy Twisted Tuesday!!

Our challenge this week looks like this:

Don't Go Near the Edge!

* Other than your base paper/card stock, don't let anything else on your project get very close to the outside edges. So that means no ribbon going all the way to the edge or border strips, photos or images, etc. Keep everything clustered in the middle 

THE TWIST: Use dictionary, old book or script paper on your creation

I used the new MFT stamp set called Grand Peaceful Wildflowers and my new "bow tie" die. I don't really have a lot of "dictionary" or "old book paper" but I think this worked out well. I added some enamel dots to finish off the card.....

I hope you can find some time to get crafty with us at TT this week. For more inspiration, please check out the blog to see what our wonderful design team has for you!

Thanks for stopping in this morning and please stay tuned for a new Seize the Sketch project!! ;)

Monday, March 17, 2014

TPE #242 {Recipe Challenge!}

Welcome back to my blog! If you are looking for my Merry Monday post, please scroll down ;)

This week at The Pink Elephant, we are having a RECIPE CHALLENGE:


This week's recipe is lots of layers, some ribbon and a pinch of green! I must confess...I made this card, forgot to put ribbon on it, made a different card, put twine on it....didn't seem right, so I added this bow onto my original card and called it good! LOL...OY!

I really hope you get a chance to collect your recipe ingredients and come play along with us this week at The Pink Elephant! For more inspiration, please check out the wonderful creations made by our super-talented DT! Click HERE! Happy crafting!

Merry Monday #100 {2-in-1}

Happy Merry Monday crafty peeps!

Are you ready for an extra special challenge this week? We are celebrating our 100th challenge and we have a COMBO week for you - check it out:

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this color/sketch combo, don't you?!? How FUN!! You can use *just* the color combo to make your card, or *just* the sketch - your can combine them both and blow it out of the water ;)
I knew I wanted to dig out my favorite Paper Smooches set and get to work:

These "cool dudes" are from Swanky Snowdudes .... aren't they adorable?! I used Melon Mambo and Old Olive for my colors as I didn't really have a lime green, so to speak. I am entering this card into the PS Sparks Anything Goes Challenge this week!

Please be sure to check out all the amazing creations from our Merry Makers! You will not be disappointed! They have made some absolutely STUNNING inspiration for you this week! Thanks for stopping in - be sure to grab all your supplies and get crafty with us this week....we can't wait to see what you come up with :) CHEERS!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Celebrating WOMEN at Sweet Stampin'

Happy Saturday! I'm sorry for such a late post today but Blogger is acting up something fierce! I had all my posts scheduled for the next week and when I realized that my Sweet Stampin' post hadn't gone live, I came to check it out and they were ALL GONE!! I am so upset but not too much a person can do, right? Besides do them over :( Sure hope they figure out what the problem is and rectify it! SOON! Alright...onto today's card:

This week at Sweet Stampin' the challenge is as follows:

We want you to show us your cards for Mums or other special ladies in your life, daughters, friends, grandmas etc...This week we have 2 fabulous sponsors for you:

Di's Digi's who are giving away a $12 voucher to one lucky winner.

And also by Marianne Design who are offering this wonderful prize

 For my card, I dug my new butterfly dies from MFT and and older Verve set made especially for women and it had a nice Mother's Day sentiment:

I sure hope you get some time to sit and get crafty with us girls! For more wonderful inspiration, please check out the SS blog HERE! Cheers!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

4 CC #185 {Trees}

Happy 4 Crafty Chicks Thursday!!

This week, our wonderful Tina is our hostess extraordinaire and she's issuing the following challenge:

4 CC #185 {TREES}

For my card, I inked up an image I've had stashed away in my stamp cupboard for oh....a few years *wink* and added some color with my Copics...I did also add some glitter to all the snow but you can't tell in this pic....Added some blingy stars, and done! I totally LOVE how this turned out - I really wish pictures could show the "real life" image we see when we hold it ;)

Please join us this week - we'd love to see what you come with using anything "TREE" related ;) For more inspiration, please click HERE to see what our wonderful Guest Designer has for you as well as the rest of the Chicks! Cheers!

Monday, March 10, 2014

TPE #241 {Inspiration Challenge!}

Welcome back to my blog! If you are looking for my Merry Monday post, please scroll down :)

This week over at The Pink Elephant, we're issuing an "INSPIRATION" challenge!

For my card this week, I chose to go with the shamrocks and green in the photo and color up a brand new Lacy Sunshine cutie: Rory's Lucky appropriate for the inspiration photo hey?! Here's a close up of Rory:

I went in search of a layout for my card and came across this perfect one from Techno Stamper for the Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge:

Colour Q had the PERFECT color combo for me this week to add to the GREEN from the inspiration photo:


Here is my card:

I thoroughly enjoyed coloring Rory with my Copics and adding some new-to-me goodies to my card. The corner cut-outs are from MFT and the flower dies and sentiment are from PTI.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Lacy Sunshine - Use Spring Colors
Creative Knockouts - Girlz Rule!
4 Krafty Girlz - Anything Goes
7 Kids College Fund - Anything Goes
Thanks so much for stopping back again! Be sure to check out what the rest of the uber-talented DT made for you over at The Pink Elephant challenge blog HERE. We'd love for you to play along with us this week - cheers!