Monday, May 2, 2016

The Chalenge #71 {A Sketch}

Hello and Welcome to Week One at The Challenge! At the beginning of each month, we have a sketch challenge and we would love to have you join us! The beginning of the month also means a new Featured Designer!



Are you looking for last week's winner? Please CLICK HERE.

Each week we have a fun challenge for your to try!!! We do a different style of challenge each week! We like to mix things up and keep them fresh!

Here is the monthly rotation:
Week 1-Sketch
Week 2-Colours
Week 3-Photo Inspiration
Week 4-Masculine Photo Inspiration
Week 5-Wild Card (a surprise!)

This month we are thrilled to welcome Patti from Stationery Styles as our Featured Designer!


I’m Patti from Stationery Styles blog.  I am mom to 4, grandma to 6 and wife to the best person I’ve ever known.  We recently moved to the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota and totally love it!!

Since 2010 I have been designer and co-founder of a wonderful little cottage business that makes scarves called neckStyles™.  I love beautiful fabric almost as much as I love beautiful paper.  My DH and I also enjoy travel, photography, cooking and eating! heehehee

I’ve been creating cards for about 19 years and have enjoyed teaching others, in my home as well as in the classroom.

I am so blessed to have been asked to be a guest designer for The Challenge! I look forward to working with the amazingly talented Design Team!! and to seeing cards from talented paper crafters from all over the world in the gallery!  I appreciate the friendships and inspiration this of this great Blogland Community.   I’m so thankful for this exciting opportunity!




For my card, I decided to get out one of my favorite new stamp sets from SugarPea Designs called Funky Wreath Spring Edition. I inked up the flowers in Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo & Old Olive. I used some older SU paper and tried to keep my card very clean. I added some gray twine at the bottom to tie the sentiment in. 


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!

Shona Chambers from TwineAround- Guest Designer

(off this week)




The Challenge Winners of the Masculine Inspiration Challenge

Monday is here and we can't wait to announce our weekly winners for our Masculinbe Inspiration Challenge! The team and I chose the winners but it was a struggle this week. We loved how you were inspired by the airplane and the colours/textures of our Masculine Photo!



Congratulations to 20. Lena L√łken


We loved the texture and the way you were inspired by the photo this week, Lena! the silhouette is perfect and so are your colour choices! 

I hope you will join us as our next Guest Designer for The Challenge! Please email Kim Heggins at kim heggins @ comcast.net (no spaces)


And now for our Top 3 Picks!




We will be back at 5am (PST) with our newest challenge!



Sunday, May 1, 2016

Simon Says Stamp {Anything Goes}


Hooray! I have stamped up a storm this weekend! It feel so good crafting in a tidy room! Purging a few older items and doing a big clean up sure helps the card making MOJO!


Today I am sharing a card I made for the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge! The flowers are stamped in Hello Honey SU ink onto white cardstock. I stamped the flowers up the one side...and a little off the edge. Then using some Basic Gray ink, I stamped the sentiment and the foliage. Easy peasy, single layer card!

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog


Saturday, April 30, 2016

Inspired by All the Little Things



This week at Inspired by All the Little Things, I am the hostess and I am SO excited to share my Creative Guest with you! She is talented, fun and lovely! Be sure to visit the blog, to see who is designing with us this week as our Creative Guest!


I was inspired by the colours and created a CAS card for the challenge! I stamped the floral images three times onto the card front...each time I stamped slightly off the card front. I used my Copic markers to add some flicks to the floral centers. The foliage is stamped around the flowers. No masking...just careful placement.

I hope you will stop by to join us!





Wednesday, April 27, 2016

SugarPea Designs Sugar Sketch {Grrr-atitude}



Today we have a brand new sketch over at SugarPea Designs! It's a great sketch, perfect for whipping up some sweet cards! This week I wanted to use the stamp set Hot Diggity Dog and the SugarCuts Zig Zag Stitched CirclesStitched Flags

I decided to use some pink plaid paper and I love that sentiment! I think it is my favourite from the Hot Diggity Dog stamp set!


Hop along to see what the rest of the team created with the sketch!


Come and join us! You are welcome to play along with all the sketches or just one but remember the more times you play along during the month, the better chance you have of winning a $75 gift certificate to our store!!!


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Cat's Pajamas Blog Hop

I have enjoyed Guesting with Alma and her amazing team over at The Cat's Pajamas! A special thank you to Nancy for all of her help and guidance over this past week! Today we have a special release Blog Hop and I am thrilled to share a card I made using the new Sketchy Flowers set! I LOVE flower stamps and was just delighted to use it for my blog hop creation!


If you are here, you have probably just come from Brenda Nakandakari


That first large bloom is SO gorgeous and I knew I had o to use it. I inked it with some Ranger Black Ink and watercoloured it with my Distress Inks. I only stamped two blooms and then used a teal blue colour to accent the blooms...


I kept my design simple but added some embossing at the bottom of my card to add texture. I didn't want to weigh the card down, so I used some light twine to add an accent to the card...


Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! Be sure to hop along next to...


and don't forget to play along with the newest challenge starting today...


Monday, April 25, 2016

The Challenge #70 {Masculine Inspiration}

Hello and Welcome to Week Four at The Challenge! This is our "Masculine Inspiration" week and this week we have a great photo to get your creative juices flowing!

Feel free to make a masculine card based on:
the colours, the theme, the texture
or any other interpretation you can explain


Are you looking for last week's winner? Please CLICK HERE.

Each week we have a fun challenge for your to try!!! We do a different style of challenge each week! We like to mix things up and keep them fresh!

Here is the monthly rotation:
Week 1-Sketch
Week 2-Colours
Week 3-Photo Inspiration
Week 4-Masculine Photo Inspiration
Week 5-Wild Card (a surprise!)
For my card, I decided to ink up a new set from The Cat's Pajamas! I love this adorable bunny! SO easy to colour and he is always doing the craziest things! I found this paper in my stash and decided to go with a monochromatic feel to my card to mimic the inspiration photo this week!


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!

Thank you to Greta for being our Featured Designer this month! The month has zoomed by and we appreciate all of your hard work and creativity, Greta! Thanks for joining us!

 Greta from GG Creations
(Featured Designer)

(Guest Designer)