Friday, November 15, 2013

WIN a Birthday KIS...

One of my favourite Challenge Blogs, Keep It Simple is turning one today!!!  So when Christine invited me to play along as a guest, of course I said YES!  To mark the occasion this special celebration is being sponsored by the fabulous The Alley Ways Stamps, so now you have NO excuses not to come along and join the party!!!  All you have to do is create a CAS card inspired by this fabulous graphic.  I was so inspired I created two cards (and there may even be a third before the challenge is over!)
KIS Inspiration Photo

My first card (above) is inspired by the colours and the graphic lines of the inspiration photo, together with the birthday theme. It's a bit difficult to see in my photo, but I have added embossing lines above and below the sentiment. The sentiment is created from The Alley Ways Stamps Chatterbox and Jibber Jabber, with these gorgeous Castaways jelly fish. The background panel was created using Distressed Ink Peacock Feathers, stamped and then embossed, with and the jelly fish being a combination of Distressed Ink Picked Raspberry and Dusty Concord.
As much as I love my first card, I thought it may have been stretching the Keep It Simple philosophy, so I created a second, more CAS card, using The Alley Way Stamps Tag Alongs heart house and arrows. To create the house shaped card I stamped the heart house onto a scrap of paper and photocopied the image at 500% enlargement, cut a cardstock template using the photocopy image as the outline, then cut the card to size. The fabric letters are American Crafts Patchwork Aqua.  Inspired by Virginia, I had originally planned on stamping on coloured paint chips (samples from the hardware store) to create the house and arrows but unfortunately my Stazon ink has dried up, and other inks just tended to smudge on the paint chips, so I just used my inks and markers to colour the house and arrows, and the heart stamped on a piece of the leftover colour panel created for my first card.
You have until Wednesday 27th November to link you cards up here.


  1. these are both AMAZING! I just adore your creations.. that home one is an all time favorite of mine you have ever done :) eekk.. so cute! hugs

  2. What lovely cards! I always like to see card that use white space well and these are right on the money. Thanks for joining us for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  3. Oh ...I really love your card Lyndal!!! So fun! The colors are great along with the texture! Thanks for joining us over at Seize the Birthday! the home card too!! So cute!

  4. Holy cow! These cards are incredible! I'm a total chicken when it comes to leaving white on my cards and I am NOT good at the "simple" philosophy, but you've really inspired me with these creations. They are completely stunning and you've proven to me that "simple" can really pack a punch. I particularly loved your color palettes and coloring skills. Really lovely combination of images and elements. Thank you so much for sharing these beauties with us here at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog!

  5. Beautiful cards, Lyndal! I love those distress ink colors that you used in the first card. Perfect for your underwater world. Your second card is impressive as well. I love the whimsical shape and the bold graphic design. Thank you for sharing these gorgeous cards with us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge. ~Michelle

  6. Super cute cards! Love the CAS designs! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Seize the Birthday!


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