Monday, June 29, 2015

Anything Goes at The Pink Elephant!

Happy Monday!! We've got a heat wave happening here in central Alberta, CANADA for the past week or so with temps in the 30C+ range so I've been spending a lot of time in my cool basement crocheting and napping. The competitive swim club our daughter belongs to runs a food booth at our local Ponoka Stampede and it's a week long rodeo (we are on Day 5). We manage the only food booth on the infield (the rest are out on the midway) and it's been a very hot, busy week!! So...the basement is my haven at the moment LOL...

This week over at The Pink Elephant, it's the last Monday of the month so that means Anything Goes! YIPEEE!! We all love those ones - we can be free with whatever we want to make! Whoop! Whoop! I decided to dig out my brand new Your Next Stamp "coffee" die from their latest release and a Bugaboo image and got to work :)

I hope you get some time to sit in a nice cool craft room with your favorite bevvie and come play along with us - anything goes is a great challenge - easy peesy!! Show us what ya got! Cheers!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

4 CC #252 {Feelin' Patriotic!}


Happy 4 Crafty Chicks Thursday everyone! Today kicks off our hometown's week-long annual Ponoka Stampede and it's a very hectic, crazy but FUN week for Kim and I along with her competitive swim club. We run the infield food booth for all the contestants, their families and rodeo workers/volunteers so we are hoppin' from 7:30 a.m. til 9:30 p.m. all week long. Kim and I get breakfast shift again this year (her first time) and it's so fun! I will try to post some pics if I get a chance to snap a few ;) This year's entertainment headliners are Josh Turner and Sawyer Brown - can't wait!

This week over at 4 Crafty Chicks, it's my turn to play challenge hostess and with Canada Day and Independence Day right around the corner, I'd like to see how you interpret this theme:


For my card, I decided to use the colors of the Canada Flag - and embossed "celebrate" with white embossing powder along the side panel. I love how the stars turned out :)

Be sure to check out what our wonderful Guest Designers Margo and Amy have for you along with the rest of the Chicks :) Thank you so much to you two girls for being our Guest Designers for the month of June - we really appreciate it and your creations were so exciting to see each week! Cheers!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Name That Tune at Top Tip Tuesday!


Welcome back to my blog :) For the next 2 weeks, the challenge over at Top Tip Tuesday is "NAME THAT TUNE - SONG INSPIRED." I have had this gorgeous Lacy Sunshine girl in my stash for quite some time and although she's not a blonde girl...she still reminds me of the movie Frozen.

Sponsor and Prize
And an awesome prize of 

Please be sure to check out the TTT challenge blog HERE. Elaine has an awesome mini album tutorial for you and the "song inspired" inspiration is amazing! Happy crafting!!

Monday, June 22, 2015

tpe #304 {sketch challenge}

Welcome back to my blog everyone! This week at The Pink Elephant, miss Ella is throwing us a SKETCH challenge...check it out:

 I am gearing up for our annual Ponoka Stampede in town (our daughter's swim club runs the infield food booth all week) and so I got busy and put together some quick and easy layouts last week. This image is a pre-colored Kenny K image that I found at our local scrapbook store! Very cool - makes it so much easier to "whip up" a card in no time...the sketch made it even easier!

 I made my card a 5.25 x 5.25" card to allow for the image size. I hope you find some time to come play along with us - come see what the rest of Ella's girls have created using this week's sketch. Click HERE. Happy crafting!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

You're Moovalous!

Happy Monday :)
Today is "Feature Day" at Your Next Stamp! On the 22nd of every month, they share fabulous projects by the YNS DT featuring YNS stamps and dies plus…there is an added bonus! One lucky commenter on the YNS blog wins a stamp set of their choice! Whoop, whoop!! 

The theme this month for Feature Day is "Critters of YNS" The very first set I bought from YNS was "The Funny Farm Crew" along with their dies to match and the hilarious sentiments "Greetings from the Funny Farm" so that's what I decided to use for my card:
Funny Farm Crew                Funny Farm Sentiments

Let’s celebrate with a SALE! Visit the YNS Store and use this special discount code YNSJuneFD to stock up on your must have YNS goodies!


I have had SO MUCH fun being a guest designer for this amazing company this month - playing along side such amazingly talented ladies! Thank you Karen for the awesome opportunity to create with and promote your incredible stamps :) 

Be sure to hop on over to the YNS blog and check out all the incredible "CRITTER" projects the DT has created for you - and don't forget to comment! Cheers!!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

yns color/sketch challenge #16


 Hello, hello! The Your Next Stamp Sketch and Color Challenge #16 is in full swing and you have until June 25th at midnight EST to play along.  One random participant will win a $15.00 gift certificate to the YNS Store, plus if the winner uses YNS products on their creation they will receive an additional $5.00 on their gift certificate.

Each challenge has a sketch and a color combo to choose from, which will be your inspiration? I went with the sketch - check it out:

The new products I used for my card are the Quirky Animals Set Five stamp set and the Neon Sunrise Gumdrops! Soooo fun :)

 Neon Sunrise GumdropsQuirky Animals Set Five

Now, you may also choose instead to use the colors from the color challenge and make a card with those - here they are (gorgeous, hey?):

Please be sure to hop on over to the Your Next Stamp challenge blog to see what the rest of the Design Team made for you using both scenarios....this team is dynamite!! Cheers and happy crafting!

4 CC #251 {Happy Father's Day}

Happy "4 Crafty Chicks" Thursday everyone!!

This week, our wonderful Tamie is our challenge hostess and she would like to see some creations celebrating that special person in your life...DAD....


This card is for my Dad who loves to fish and boat....Gus from Bugaboo fits the bill perfectly ;)

Be sure to hop on over to the 4 CC challenge blog HERE and link up your creation for FATHER'S DAY! Happy crafting!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Celebrating DAD at The Pink Elephant!

Welcome back...if you are looking for my Merry Monday post, please scroll down ;)

This week, we are celebrating DAD over at The Pink Elephant. The challenge this week is Father's Day....a couple weekends ago, I kidnapped my wonderful friend Tamie and we went up to spend some time with our other wonderful friend, Leanne. We had a coloring frenzy and I got so many images colored up and ready for was awesome! This one of Gus from Bugaboo was one of those images:

I thought this would make a great Father's Day card for those who like to sit, relax, drink their tea/coffee in the morning and read their newspaper - ahhhh! Sounds like an awesome start to a Father's Day to me...

Come on over to the challenge blog HERE and see what the rest of Ella's girls have for you to will not be disappointed and I really hope you get a chance to play with us - we'd love to have you! Happy inking!

merry monday #163 {red & white}

Happy "Merry Monday!" everyone....are you one of those people who "panic" near the middle or end of November that you don't have enough cards made for the holidays? Well...let me let you in on a can head over to the Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge blog HERE and you can join us each week! Then, you'd have a stash built up by the holidays! Sweet hey?!

The challenge this week is being brought to y'all by ME :) Here's my photo:

When I came across this photo (I believe on Pinterest when I searched out Christmas decor), I knew I wanted to use it as an inspiration photo :) I love the stars, color combo and crispness! So, that's the challenge this week: "make a Christmas card using Red and White!"

The rest of the Merry Makers have totally knocked this challenge out of the ball park - come on over to the blog and check it out! Click HERE....see ya over there! :)

Thursday, June 11, 2015

4 CC #250 {Polka Dots}


Happy "4 Crafty Chicks" Thursday everyone! Are you looking for a fun, easy challenge this week? Tina is our challenge hostess and she picked a fun one....

4 CC #250 {Polka Dots}

Who doesn't LOVE polka dots?? Stella does ;) These 2 crack me up - love the images from Bugaboo....

The inside of the card reads: "Then again, so does insanity!" tee hee...might have to give this one to my hubby for our anniversary (which happens to be TODAY! LOL) .... wink, wink!

Be sure to come on over to the challenge blog and play along with us - we'd love to have you!! Cheers!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

DT DARE - happy summer!

Welcome to the Your Next Stamp DT DARE challenge! This is when the design team gets to show off some more projects from the new release currently happening....and there is a bonus!! If you leave a comment on the YNS blog post, you have a chance to win a stamp set of your choice! SA-WEEETness!!

The DT Dare challenge this month is to create a project using the sun and/or use yellow!

I combined 2 different new releases on my card: the Build a Treat Die Set

Build a Treat Die Set 

 Mermaid Fun Gumdrops    

And I also used the sentiment from BBQ Scene (released last month):

BBQ Scene

 Just a quick reminder of our New Release Sale:


I hope you get some time to come check out what the rest of the DT created for you over at the YNS Challenge Blog - the projects are gonna blow you away!! This release has been SO FUN!  Cheers!

Cut It Out!! at Top Tip Tuesday

Welcome back to my blog to see what I've been up to....the challenge for the next 2 weeks over at Top Tip Tuesday is"Cut it Out" and the FUN sponsor is ShapeEZbyTLC:

The winner of the challenge will receive 2 templates of their choice....this is the first time I've ever done anything like this before (printing out templates and making cards, etc.) and it was fun! I can see how the possibilities would be endless....there are some gorgeous cards on her Etsy site - be sure to check them all out! 

I used Mr. and/or Mrs. Snowball as my card template and made a shaker card! So fun!!

I hope you get a chance to come play along with out "Cut it Out" challenge - you don't have to use a template, but you do need to let us know what exactly you cut out on your card/project! Have a great day!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Celebrate Your Day!


Welcome back everyone!

This week is "Inspiration Week" over at The Pink Elephant. Miss Ella gave us the following gorgeous pic to work with - check it out:

I decided to go with the colors in the photo as my inspiration. What a gorgeous color combination! I got out my Fun With Squares Die from Your Next Stamp and got to work....

This is the first time I've used this die set and let me just say that I will DEFINITELY be playing with it a lot more in the future! HOW FUN! You can mix and match squares, their inserts and there are even solid squares so you can do your own stamping on them if you wanted to :) 

I embossed the sentiment from Quirky Animals Four with black embossing powder to make it really stand out - and added a few pearls and wa-laaaa! Done!

Please come on over to The Pink Elephant challenge blog HERE to see what the rest of Ella's girls have created for you. We would sure love it if you could come play along with us this week! Happy crafting!

Merry Monday #162 {Use a Tag on a Card}

Happy "Merry Monday!" We are nearing the half-way point of the year and I am just gonna throw this question out there....are you gonna have enough Christmas cards ready to go by December? NO?! Well, what are you waiting for? Come on over and join us - each Monday - you'd have a card done each week!

This week over at Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge, our challenge hostess is Kristie and she's issuing the following challenge:

I have had this cute image from Sassy Cheryl's printed off for a while and was just waiting for "the perfect" challenge to use him in....I found it! I used my Paper Smooches large tag die and cut him out, then mounted him on fun foam and cut him out! SO FUN!! You can't see it in the pic but I added some Wink of Stella along the snow line and on his body .....

I thought this would be a super fun card to attach to a "snowman kit" gift for my nieces and nephew for Christmas this year ;)

Thanks for the awesome challenge, Kristie! Come on over to the challenge blog and play along with us - you have a chance at being a Guest Designer for us if your card is chosen as the TOP PICK! Happy crafting!