Monday, May 25, 2015

The Challenge #36 {Theme Challenge-Celebrating Teachers}

Welcome to The Challenge! 

This week we are celebrating teachers! The end of the school year is near and I know many people like to make special cards or gifts for special teachers. You do not have to make something with an apple on it...sometimes a simple thank you is all that is required! Take the inspiration from the photo! We hope you are inspired to join us!

I decided to use some SRM Stickers to create a special card for a colleague who is going through a rough time. She is so special to me and I know she will like this. Going to add a few chocolates to this as well. I used the sentiment and the apple stickers from SRM Stickers and the paper is from my stash. Sweet and simple.

The design team have created some inspiration to get you in the crafting mood! Come and join us! Our weekly winner will be our next Guest Designer! So come and join the fun! We are thrilled to have two guest designers with us this week and this is our final week with the lovely, Sandie Munro. She has been an incredible Featured Designer!! Thank you, Sandie!

Fabiola Jaques - Guest Designer

Antonia Speelman - Guest Designer

This week we have two talented guest designers joining us! Welcome ladies!

Kim HegginsAnita MaddenKimberly Wiener
Lee Ann Barrett Claire BroadwaterNance Salkeld
Teacher Thank You card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from SugarPea Designs

Lori Tecler
Sandie Munro-Featured Designer
Michele Ferguson

The Challenge Winners

Thank you for joining us last week at The Challenge! The team and I have have chosen the winners! I loved all the bright and colourful creations this week!

Congratulations, Joyce!

Joyce's pretty card blew me away! Just LOOK at that fussy cutting and the textured paper is beautiful! As soon as I saw this card, I knew it was the winner!

I hope you will join us as a Guest Designer for The Challenge! Please email our Guest Designer Coordinator, Kimberly Wiener at  oloughlin.ka @ (no spaces) for more information!

Please join us in one hour, we will be back with a brand new challenge for you!

Welcome Baby {SugarPea Designs Colour Challenge}

There is a brand new challenge over at SugarPea is a COLOUR Challenge and the first colours are SO pretty!!! I couldn't wait to get out my new Welcome Baby stamp and die set to make a baby card! I think the colours are perfect for a baby card! I am also linking to the current Paper Issues Linky party.


I used a doily to create a "feminine" feel to my card and kept the design simple. I stamped each letter to spell "baby" in Strawberry Slush ink and cut out the blocks with my scissors.


One of the new dies is this adorable rocking horse! I just used the die and found some yellow polka dot designer paper in my stash! Simple and easy! 

Come and play along with us to win a credit to the store!! You do not have to use SugarPea Stamps but we love it when you do!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Simon Says "Stencil It"

Made another simple card last night playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Stencil Challenge. I was happy to ink up some Altenew use some washi tape and a Tim Holtz stencil in the background. 

I wanted the flowers to have a whimsical feel and so I purposely did not line them up properly.

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

Altenew May Inspiration Challenge

Tonight I could not wait to play with my new Altenew stamps. I ordered a whole bunch of them! I think I fell in love with the Altenew Stamps because the are forgiving and artistic. I love that I can stamp "out of the lines". 

Tonight I used watercolor paper and distress inks. Stamping the images in the distress inks, I then used my watermarker to "pull" the colour out of the flowers. I was inspired to use the colours in Altenew's Tunisia Inspiration much fun and pushed me out of my comfort zone! I was also intrigued and inspired by the sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch. Hope you can see my interpretation! 

May Challenge: From Places Abroad – Tunisia 

This single layer card took minutes to make. It was easy and fun!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Thursday, May 21, 2015

SugarPea Designs {Welcome Baby}-Anything Goes

I am happy to share two cards I made for the current Anything Goes Challenge at SugarPea Designs! I LOVE the new Welcome Baby baby set and dies just released this month at SPD! I am a sucker for cuteness! I am also linking up to the current Paper Issues Linky party.


The best thing is I used some scraps to make the baby outfits and the die made it super easy to cut out!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Freshly Made Sketches & Altenew {Hello}

Today I am sharing a card I made for the current Freshly Made Sketches Challenge and Altenew's Tunisia Inspiration Challenge. Once again, I was inspired by the textured background. I used some new Altenew flowers called Whimsical Flowers and the sentiment is called Halftone Hello. The sketch is by Cindy Lovell! I always admire Cindy's work! This sketch was so easy to work with, I think I may need to make a few more cards with it!

May Challenge: From Places Abroad – Tunisia  

Using an older SU! embossing folder, I embossed the background on white paper. I used Crisp Cantaloupe and Cajun Craze for my Flowers and Pear Pizzazz and Gumball Green for the leaf. The sentiment was stamped in black ink. I decided to use up some retired Smoky Slate ribbon from SU! as well. I used a MFT die called Stitched Rectangles.

I hope you will come and play along with us at Freshly Made Sketches 

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Challenge #35 {Inspiration Challenge}

Welcome to The Challenge! This week we have an inspiration challenge! Be inspired by the colours, the flowers, the texture and so on...the sky's the limit!

For my card, I inked up one of my favourite Stampin' Up floral stamps called "Elements of Style". I was inspired by the colours in the photo and went to work!

I love what the Featured Designer, Sandie Munro did with this challenge! CAS perfection!

The design team have created some inspiration to get you in the crafting mood! Come and join us! Our weekly winner will be our next Guest Designer! So come and join the fun!

Kim HegginsAnita MaddenKimberly Wiener
Lee Ann Barrett Claire BroadwaterNance Salkeld
Watercolored Thanks-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Paper Smooches

Lori Tecler
(Guest Designer)
Michele Ferguson