Monday, October 5, 2015

The Challenge #45 {A Sketch}

Hello and welcome to The Challenge! This week we have a Sketch Challenge for you! Feel free to use any shape for the circle and please have fun! Any and all product is welcome! October is here and we have a brand new Featured Designer! Please welcome, Shona! We asked her to share a bit about herself!

Featured Designer
Hi everyone, I’m so excited to be a Guest Designer this month with The Challenge and it’s fantastic to be a part of this amazing team. I’m from New Zealand and have two children Phoebe 10yrs and Max 8yrs. I’ve been blogging for just over 2 years and I’ve loved every minute of it. My card making style is more CAS (Clean and Simple) and I especially love stamping and die-cutting. I’m addicted to Peanut M&M’s, love horror movies and jumping on the trampoline with the kids. Thank you so much Kim for the invitation and I can’t wait to see all the beautiful entries in the Gallery each week!

We also have a Guest designer who won The Challenge a couple of weeks ago! Welcome, Valentyna!

Guest Designer - Valentyna Komisarenko

For my card, I decided to make a Christmas card using a brand new stamp set I recently purchased from Stampin' Up called "Reason for the Season". I love the pretty poinsettia and couldn't wait to colour it! I used some Copic markers to colour the poinsettia and tried to keep my design clean.

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!


Lee Ann Barrett
I'm Here Rain or Shine card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Mama Elephant

Merry Monday & Paper Smooches {Making Spirits Bright-One Cup at a Time}

Today we have a brand new challenge over at Merry Monday. We have a "hot beverage" theme and I was excited to ink up a Paper Smooches set called Warm Hearts.

The Challenge Winners

Thank you for joining us last week at The Challenge! The team and I have have chosen the winners! 

Congratulations, Karren.
Wow! I absolutely adored how Karren cut out and masked each alien, She also sponged a beautiful background and coloured expertly!!

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!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Paper Smooches & Simon Says Stamp {From Our House to Yours}

Today I knew I wanted to play along with the Paper Smooches Sketch Challenge! Ever since I saw the sketch this week, my mind has been whirling with ideas! I decided to change the orientation of the sketch, to fit the little houses in the Bitty Bungalows stamp set.

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

I knew I wanted to create a whimsical feel to the card and decided to go with a winter theme. I coloured each house with Copic markers. I am also linking this to the Simon Says Stamp "Anything Goes Challenge".

Saturday, October 3, 2015

CASE this Sketch & Simon Says Stamp Very, Merry Christmas}

Hooray! World Card Making Day today! I have been stamping up a storm! I wanted to play along with the CASE this Sketch Challenge! Wow! LOVE the sketch! I also wanted to play along with Simon Says Stamp "Anything Goes Challenge".

 Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog
I just purchased this beautiful new poinsettia stamp set from Stampin' Up called "Reason for the Season". I also ordered their new poinsettia punch and I will admit, I am not in love with it. I find it difficult to make the poinsettia with it. I will keep trying.

I stamped the poinsettias in Memento Tuxedo black ink and coloured with my Copic markers.

World Cardmaking Day Celebration {SugarPea Designs}

Happy World Card Making Day!!! Today I am excited to design with the gals over at SugarPea Designs! We are having a weekend long SALE-A-BRATION in honor of World Card Making Day and are offering 20% off with coupon code: WORLD15

I used the adorable, Merry Christmoose stamp set!  


Come join us for WCMD by making ANY themed card they'd like and linking it up on the SugarPea Designs blog for a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate! Our winner will be announced October 6th. We are also a StampNation WCMD Sponsor! So hop over there to check that out too!

Viva la Verve & Simon Says Stamp {Thank You}

So happy to have the chance to craft tonight! I loved the sketch at Viva la Verve and went to work with some gold embossing and die cutting! I used the new Avery Elle Christmas Florals set in a non-holiday way. I love this sweet set and I can see myself using it a lot!!!

 Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

I also wanted to play along with Simon Says Stamp "Anything Goes Challenge".

I gold heat embossed the sentiment from WPlus9. Kind of wishes I had used a different ribbon in the background, rather than the gold. But I was feeling "goldish" tonight! Ha!

Monday, September 28, 2015

The Challenge #44-Birthday Theme Challenge!

Hooray!!! Monday is here and today we have a fun "Theme" Challenge for you! We are looking for Birthday Cards

Feel free to be inspired:
 -by the colours
-the monsters
-the patterns 
and make a birthday card!

I dug out an old digital stamp by Torico and coloured the image with my Copics. I then paired it with a sentiment from Paper Smooches. I was inspired by the bright colours in the challenge graphic! 

Our weekly winner will be our next Guest Designer! So come and join the fun! We want to send a big thank you to Alanna for being our Featured Designer this month at The Challenge!

(Featured Designer)

The design team have created some inspiration to get you in the crafting mood! Come and join us! 


Stephanie Severin (GD)
Monster Birthday Bash Invitation-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Clear and Simple Stamps