October 25, 2015

Pile It On #92 - Cute or Spooky


It's been a while since I've posted anything crafty, so I'm excited to do so today.  It's been a CRAZY month, to say the least.  We've wrapped up all of our college visits, visited Kansas City to see the Broadway play Wicked, went to the zoo in Omaha, and had senior pictures taken yesterday.  Whew!  I'll be excited to have some down time.  That won't come for another couple weeks, as her birthday is next weekend and then mine is the following, but I'm trying to enjoy every last minute that I can with my girl.  I'm happy, and excited, and sad and much more emotional than I thought I'd be.  How is it that I'm almost an empty nester, when just yesterday I brought her home from the hospital?!  Goodness, how time flies!  *sigh*

With today being Sunday, the new Pile It On challenge has been posted.  This week's challenge is Cute or Spooky.  We're sponsored by Sami Stamps, and the winner will get a digi of their choice.  Here is my card.

I think it's cute and a little spooky.  You can ask anyone who knows me, I dislike spiders, with a passion.  I though this flower image was perfect for the challenge this week.  I colored it with my Copics and SU! Blendabilities, and added some sparkle with my Wink of Stella clear glitter pen.  Here is a close up, so you can kinda see it.

I think it's lovely, in real life.  It's very sparkly, and I didn't have to worry about using glitter, which I also dislike with a passion. lol  Once I was done coloring, I chose some Halloween themed papers and used some of my favorite dies.  This card came together quite quickly, and turned out exactly how I had pictured it in my head.  Love it when that happens! I'm going to submit my card for the following challenges:

Sami Stamps #30: Anything Goes
Mojo Monday #420: Sketch
The Challenge #47: Inspiration Photo
Stamp, Ink, Paper #19: Tic Tac Toe (I chose sequins, Halloween & patterned paper)
Addicted To Stamps #167: Make Your Mark
4 Crafty Chicks #269: Happy Halloween
Cute Card Thursday #369: Anything Goes
Fusion Challenge: All Hallow's Eve
Time Out Challenge #42: Inspiration Photo
Card Mania #73: 1 digi, 2 patterned papers, 3 embellishments

I do hope you'll head over to the PIO blog to see what my friends have put together for you this week.  They're all pretty awesome.  Maybe your schedule will allow you to join us for this weeks challenge too.

Have a wonderful day!

What's In It?
Paper:  MFT Black Licorice Cardstock, Neenah Solar White Cardstock, SU! Pumpkin Pie Cardstock, Pebbles Tricks and Treats Patterned Paper
Stamps: Sami Stamps Spooky Flower 2, Winnie & Walter Moonlight
Ink:  Mister Huey's Tannenbaum, SU! Blendabilities Pumpkin Pie & Old Olive, Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen, Copics: YR12, YR15 & G43
Accessories:  Maya Road Natural Twine, Recollections Orange Paper Flowers, Pretty Pink Posh Silver Sequins, MFT Stitched Jumbo Fishtail Banners Dies, MFT Blueprints 20 & Blueprints 21 Dies

October 17, 2015

MHK Designs October Release: Pumpkin Jack

Greetings friends!

I am back with another MHK Designs release project.  It's been so much fun seeing what's posted, using this months sets, and I have a feeling I'm going to be purchasing quite a few more now. lol  To visit the MHK Designs Etsy shop, click HERE.

The last set I got to work with this month was Pumpkin Jack.  Here is my card.

I think Jack is really adorable.  He's got kind of a rustic/vintage look and was very easy to color.  I paired him with some of the MHK Designs digital papers, and think he looks pretty darn cute.  For added interest, I embossed the flourish over the digital background paper.  I love the touch of gloss this gives the background, and it also adds just a bit of something to the whole card.  In all, I'm digging this card.  I think this set will be great for creating my Halloween cards I'll be sending out this month.

You should check out the MHK Designs Facebook page, and also stop by Mynn's blog for a chance to win something fun.  There is tons of inspiration posted this month, and I'm sure you'll have fun visiting everyone, to see what they've created.

Have a wonderful day!

What's In It?
Paper: Gray, Purple & White Cardstock, MHK Designs You've Been Spotted: Rustics & Well Suited Digital Papers
Stamps: MHK Designs Pumpkin Jack, Hero Arts Design Block Flourish Background Stamp
Ink: VersaMark, Copic Markers: YR12, YR15, YR68
Accessories: MFT Zig Zag Stitched Circles Dies, Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles Dies, Pretty Pink Posh Mossy Green Sequins

October 5, 2015

CASE-ing Christmas October Challenge


How's it going?  Did you have a good weekend?  I'm hoping you were able to spend some time getting crafty.  The temps have been crisp and cool, and downright chilly around here lately.  I love it, but don't like being out in it. lol  Instead, I stayed in and played with all of my crafty supplies.  I also did laundry, and made a huge pot of veggie beef soup.  Yum!  Since my daughter worked all weekend, it kept me occupied.  I decided I needed to get everything done this weekend as I have a busy week ahead, and we'll be in Kansas City for Wicked next week.  So excited!!  I can't wait to see how my daughter enjoys her first Broadway play. :-)

It's the 5th of the month, which brings us to our next CASE-ing Christmas challenge.  This month we're CASEing Asha.  Here is her beautiful card.

 And here is the card I made.

I stuck to the colors and layout, almost identically.  I've had these dies for a while, and this is the first time I've used them.  I sponged the background with distress inks, added the snow with a stencil and embossing paste and added the tree.  I cut the sentiment out three times, and layered them on top of one another, then embossed them with gold embossing powder.  I totally love how this turned out! It's a bit busy, but in real life, it's got gorgeous shine from the embossing powder and the beautiful Pretty Pink Posh sequins.  Now I've got another card to add to my stash.  Yes!

I'm going to enter this card for the following challenges.

Sparkle & Shine Challenge #15:  Inspiration Poto (I was inspired by the grouping of blues)
ABC Challenge:  S is for Sprinkles (I used gold embossing powder)
Christmas Cards All Year 'Round October Challenge: No Stamping
CASual Chic Challenge #4: Tic Tac Toe'ing (I chose stenciling, die cutting & embossing)
Glitter & Sparkle Challenge #157:  Anything Goes (my sequins and gold embossing sparkle)

 I do hope you head over to see what my friends have created for you this month.  With CASE-ing Christmas being a monthly challenge now, that gives you plenty of time to play along with us.  Thanks for stopping by! 

Stay crafty my friends!

What's In It?
Paper:  SU! Whisper White & Gumball Green Cardstock
Ink:  VersaMark, Distress Inks: Weathered Wood, Faded Jeans & Chipped Sapphire
Accessories:  Ranger Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste, Simon Says Stamp Falling Snow Stencil, Simon Says Stamp Christmas Blessings & Stitched Rectangles Dies, Memory Box Flowering Christmas Tree Die, Pretty Pink Posh Gold Sequins

October 1, 2015

MHK Designs October Release: Butterfly Wisdom

Hello everyone!

This is my second post today.  To view my House of Cards post, please scroll down.

Welcome to the October release at MHK Designs!  There will be lots of beautiful projects posted, so we hope you'll be inspired.  Mynn has really put together some wonderful digi stamp sets for this month, which I wasn't surprised about.  Her stamps are really beautiful.  To visit her Etsy store, click HERE.

The first set I got to work with this month is Butterfly Wisdom.

Mynn sure knows me well, huh? lol  Here's what I created with this set.

When I first saw this set, I knew I wanted to use this butterfly.  I also knew that I wanted to keep the card somewhat simple, so that the image and sentiment were front and center.  I embossed the main panel with white embossing powder, and then added the main focal panel on top of that.  I printed the butterfly twice, so that I could do this...

I cut out the top wing, and added it to the main image, so that I could pop it up a bit.  This gives my one flat image more dimension.  In real life, it looks beautiful.  I love how this turned out!  Once my card was put together, I added some Pretty Pink Posh sequins, and was done.

We now have an MHK Designs Facebook page.  There will be lots more inspiration posted there, throughout the month.  You can visit our group HERE.  And one more thing.  Mynn will be giving away one of the sets from this months release, to one lucky person.  All you have to do is comment on any of the release posts on her blog.  You can visit by clicking HERE

I'm hoping you'll head over to Mynn's Etsy shop to see everything.  She's also got many beautiful digital papers you can choose from.  I will be back soon with my next project for this month's release.

Have a wonderful day!

What's In It?
Paper: SU! Whisper White Cardstock, Neenah Desert Storm Cardstock
Stamps: MHK Designs Butterfly Wisdom, SU! En Francais Background Stamp
Ink: VersaMark, Mr. Huey's Opaque White, Copics: B000, BG01, BG07, E74, E79
Accessories: MFT Zig Zag Stitched Ovals Dies, Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles Dies, White Embossing Powder, Pretty Pink Posh Aquamarine Sequins

House of Cards October Challenge: Add Texture and/or Color


How was your weekend?  Were you able to get lots of crafty time in?  How's the start to our week?  My weekend was pretty great.  The temps have cooled off significantly, and I feel like I've got lots of energy and creative mojo working.  This was my last weekend to work the part time job, for a few weeks.  We've got lots of stuff planned this month, starting this coming weekend.  My daughters birthday gift this year is tickets to see the Broadway play Wicked, in Kansas City.  We're super excited!  The weekend after that we're on our last college visit, the University of Nebraska, and then the weekend after that we have senior pictures and the Art Club sponsored Haunted House at school.  My daughter is the President of the Art Club, so this mama gets to spend all weekend helping at school.  I love it though.  Halloween is one of my favorite times of year, and I love seeing all of those cute, adorable kids in their costumes.  Whew!  Talk about a lot of activity!  I will be taking a much needed nap the final weekend of the month. lol

Anyway, onto why you're visiting today.  There is a new challenge posted at House of Cards.  This month the challenge is to use colors and/or texture from the inspiration photo.

Such a great fall inspired photo.  I love the texture from the gourds too.  Here is what I created for this months challenge.

I wanted lots of white space, so I could add pops of color from the inspiration photo.  I also used a stencil and embossing paste, to create my textured background.  I die cut the word Hello from Simon Says Stamp, five times, and layered them on top of each other for more dimension.  For a bit more added interest, I added some silver twine under the sentiment, and called it done.  I love how this turned out!  It was almost exactly how I pictured it in my head, and I know the recipient will love it.  She loves lots of texture.

I'm going to submit my card for the following challenges:

CAS Colours & Sketches:  Sketch #143 (my loose interpretation)
Inkspirational Challenge #92:  Fall Themed Inspiration Photo
Less Is More #243:  Something Shiny (my twine is metallic and is shiny)
Addicted To Stamps And More #164:  CAS
Simon's Wednesday Challenge:  Anything Goes

I'll be back soon with another something crafty.  I hope you'll head over to the House of Cards blog to see what my friends have created for you this month.  Don't forget, you have until the end of October to join us, so hopefully you'll get to play along.  I'd love to see what you do with this months inspiration photo, and visit your blogs to leave some love.

Have a wonderful week!

What's In It?
Paper:  Neenah Solar White Cardstock, SU! Pumpkin Pie Cardstock, Hunter Green Textured Cardstock
Ink:  Fossilized Amber Distress Ink
Accessories:  Embossing Paste, Silver Twine, MFT Blueprints 20 & 21 Dies, Simon Says Stamp Painted Hello Die, Simon Says Stamp Circle Dots Stencil