Friday, December 18, 2015

MPC featuring G45

that's right, us girls at Mountain Plains Crafters are showcasing
Graphic 45 today!
and there is a little prize package, so be sure you leave us all some love
and go post on the main MPC blog for your chance to win

First up today is a tag
This is a big tag, I cut it larger than normal at 3.5"x8"
Why? Well I love all the details of the paper I chose for my base
it's from G45's Time to Flourish Collection
which is super girly and beautiful.
The lovely lace is from My Mind's Eye.
I diecut using Die-namics Fancy Flourish with Stampin' Up cardstock.
Those cute little metal flower brads are almost vintage at this point, I've had them for years from Making Memories.
The finishing ribbon is from American Crafts (boo the very last I have of this particular one).
And a wonderful miscellaneous paper clip to finish it all off.

Next up I have this great (or at least I think it is!) Canvas piece that will be a Christmas gift, nope I'm not naming names here! She'll just have to wait to find out.
This gorgeous paper is from G45's Typography Collection.
I have a hard time cutting the prints from this collection because I love them so very much!
Let me go back, I started with a plain white 9"x12" canvas; thanks to Dick Blick I get them in bulk for a great price.
I cut out all the sentiments using my CutterPillar Pro (best trimmer EVER).
I painted the edges of the canvas black using acrylic paint from Master's Touch.
Sized the Striped paper & started piling stuff on.
I border cut the Stampin' Up cardstock using a Martha Stewart punch I got on clearance. I added the sentiment strips on those & attached it all to the base piece.

Next I added the funky paper clips to the sentiment boxes and aheared those to the base.
May Arts sparkly thin red ribbon for a topper and also for some to dangle this sweet sunshiney face to with a Making Memories brad.
I chose to use some older metal flower embellishments from Basic Grey and some chipboard sequins from UmWow Studio which I decided needed a little more color, so I dabbed on a bit of Golden's Transparent Pyrrole Orange & Quinacridone Red.
Die cut paper flower I cut on the Circut but I'm clueless which cartridge it came from, it was in my stash, but I can tell you I spritzed it with Tattered Angles before flicking it with Red paint. I topped that off with a bit of UmWow Studio flair which also somehow got a bit of paint on it too!
Glued it all down, then found a few more metal embellishments I felt just went with it all & added those too. Last I did a little Red paint splattering, just cuz I can ;-)

Last glued it down to the canvas using Aleene's Tacky Glue

I hope you've enjoyed my portion of the Graphic45 paper showcase!
Don't forget to go to the MPC blog to get entered to win & leave all of us some love

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Color Makes the World Go Round

ok not really but Color does make the world a better place
and Coloring makes you feel better... yep, it's a fact!
When I'm sick, and I'm talking really really sick I have always reached for
a coloring book & my crayons
yes, I'm fortysomething but that has never stopped me.
I have no shame!

So it's with a happy heart that ADORNit has come out with these wonderful Coloring Books
the pages are the same awesome quality as their ArtPlay Paintables!
I was the lucky girl who received the coveted Christmas Coloring Book... oOo aAh
Starting you out with the cards I created

This card, I couldn't resist the little window showing off two of Lindsay's sweet ornaments

And now for the wallhangings!
The first is just mounted on foam-core board, super lightweight

Holly Jolly Christmas really needed some reindeer & I'm still in love with these Tim Holtz dies. I had this frame but the cut-out was about 1/2" too small so I chose to mount my creation over the cut-out instead of inside the frame

Now last but most certainly not least, this beauty was created using the
8" Pointed Bracket from ADORNit!

Up next is Mountain Plains Crafter's fabulous Terri!
oh and if you're collecting words... mine is "old" {sheesh of all the words I get that one} lol

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Adornit ArtPlay Blog Hop

Welome to the AdornIt & Mountain Plains Crafter's Blog Hop! I'm so glad you're here because I have LOTS to show you, I may have gone a little coloring crazy with these awesome ArtPlay Sheets
(lots of pics)

You should have arrived here from Deb's Blog
if you didn't, please start at the beginning: HERE

I'm going to keep the chatty stuff to a minimum but if you have any questions, please ask!
Since Halloween is just around the corner, let's get started there
ArtPlay Paintables - Eek {broom}

ArtPlay Paintables - Eek {spider}

ArtPlay Paintables - If The Shoe Fits {shoes}

ArtPlay Paintables - If The Shoe Fits {jar}

ArtPlay Paintables -  Wicked {kittie}

ArtPlay Paintables - Wicked {web}

ArtPlay Paintables - Wicked {batty}

and right after Halloween we have Thanksgiving (fall just hit our neck of the woods)
ArtPlay Paintables - Adventure {happy}

ArtPlay Paintables - Eek {tag}

ArtPlay Paintables - Harmony {pumpkins}

ArtPlay Paintables - Wicked {wishes}

And all those other themes you just might need a little something specially colored (by you)
ArtPlay Paintables -  Adventure {picnic}

ArtPlay Paintables - Alphabet Soup {owl}

ArtPlay Paintables - Think Big {fly}

ArtPlay Paintables - Walk In Love {create}

ArtPlay Paintables - Walk In Love {flower}

I hope you've enjoyed at least a couple of my creations, I had such a great time coloring these then selecting papers & embellishments to coordinate with them. A huge THANK YOU to ADORNit for letting me play along! And if you're collecting words, make sure you include mine: day

and up next is the fabulous Marilynn!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Mojo 416

well this card has taken me
to create!
just too busy with too many things
the sentiment is why I bought this stamp set but the wonderful butterfly didn't hurt
fro Unity Stamp Co. Letting Go-Not Loving Less
Black ink - Memento
Colored ink - various Tim Holtz Inks

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Unity Love

in my last post I told you about winning the $100 Unity Stamp Company Shopping Spree
Well all those wonderful stamps arrived yesterday in my mail box!
{I shared the first card I created using one of those stamps in that post as well}
Also I received a smallish order I had placed on Tuesday too
Last night I got busy & today I'm going to stay busy
creating with Unity & just taking it easy at my house.

This is a little 3x3 gift card
Unity Stamp Set - Be Joyful
Stamped using Black Memento Ink
Watercolored (with a handy dandy water brush) using Tim Holtz Inks in Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey, and Mowed Lawn
Cardbase is from Studio G
little bit of bling in flower centers from Tulip "Beads in a Bottle"

Next Up, I think I may give this one to the pastor of our church
I created this wonderful background using Tim Holtz Ink pads in Iced Spruce, Dried Marigold, Victorian Velvet, and Milled Lavender
Unity Stamp Set - Blossoms & Blessings
Stamped using Ranger Archival Ink (3 generations)
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Black Soot around the edges
mounted on plain black cardstock

And last ( at least for this post)
is another small card, a 4x4 from the mystery cardbase drawer
sweet Unity Stamp Set - Little Bunny for you
stamped using black Memento on a plain white cardstock
I colored the flower & leaves with Twinkling H2O's
the rest is Copic marker
I punched the "sun" from pearlized cardstock
the pearl brad is My Mind's Eye
and that tag, well that's from those big packs you use when labeling for garage sales


there is nothing like a cat, I have two tuxedo kitties in my life
they make me happy

This Hallow's Eve Kitty from Unity Stamp Company
makes me happy too
I created the center circle using various mists
stamped the kitty/moon/bats using Ranger's Archival Ink
then using a tiny paint brush I painted the moon with Liquid Pearls in White Opal
Printed papers are an old Making Memories 8x8 pack Spook Alley
The awesome little chipboard bats are from UmWowStudio
I painted the bats with Tuxedo Smooch
edges are distressed with Tim Holtz Black Soot

I played along with Sketch Saturday #379
I made very small changes: left off the staples, added a sentiment strip, changed the stars to bats plus dropped one and moved them over but I think you can still see the basic sketch idea :-)

Friday, September 18, 2015


oh yes I am smiling tonight and my face may end up hurting at some point
You see I won $100 Shopping Spree from Unity Stamp Company
Here's what I picked out
it came TODAY! whoop whoop

Last night, I ran across Freshly Made Sketches #204
and put it on my short list to create with,
perfect timing. Here's what I made:
this set, Smile in Your Dreams, I accidentally ordered AGAIN... 
so I gifted the first which I hadn't used yet to a friend :-)
coloring done with Copic markers
Printed Paper - Basic Grey Green At Heart
purple layer -Recollections Purple Cardstock
white chipboard square - CloseToMyHeart
Distressed wtih Tim Holtz Seedless Preserves
Black Ink - Memento
Wink of Stella (on just the purple part of flowers & orange butterfly)
miscellaneous green ribbon

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Many Thanks

My friend DeeDee is an amazingly talented designer!
She works wtih 7 Dots Studio, designing these awesome papers, stamps, stencils & chipboard pieces;
Plus she owns & designs for UmWow Studio coordinating chipboard pieces (the nice heavy kind) along with masks & flair. The latest is called Lost & Found and it is wonderful!

Background - 7 Dots Studio Wonky Halftone Mask used with Heavy Gesso (let that dry overnight)
smeared Tim Holtz Abandoned Coral & Twisted Citron on my craft mat, spritzed with water & dipped Background piece,
Using one of the 7 Dots Studio stamps in teh same inks, I added 3 splats of full color
Then I dipped my drinking glass in some Tim Holtz Ground Espresso and created some "coffee" stains
My friend from Mountain Plains Crafters, Marilynn, recently sent me these awesome little upcycled {pizza box} scrabble pieces, applied those with some thermo-web glue dots
Added a bit of May Arts Jute and topped it all of with a few sequins

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

New Day Rooster

tonight while playing along with Unity Stamp Company on Facebook 
I also played with one of my newest Unity stamps...
New Day Rooster!
 My three grandpas were farmers and of those three, two had chickens
I remember one particularly evil rooster

New Ink from Tim Holtz!
Printed papers from Graphic45 French Country

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

there is magic

it's been a really good week for me!
I received my Unity Stamp order
My kids have made it on time for school everyday & the oldest is driving them
I helped some people at the food pantry I volunteer at weekly who really needed it
and I got to play in my craft room two nights!

For this one I played along with Freshly Made Sketches #201
my girls over at Mountain Plains Crafters did an unofficial challenge to use
WOODGRAIN, mine is part of an old CloseToMyHeart Stamp Set called Weathered Backgrounds, which I stamped on Kraft cardstock using Tim Holtz Gathered Twigs.
The sentiment & image stamps are from Unity Stamp Company's new sentiment set called
... Butterflies & Moonbeams, which I stamped with black Memento and colored with Copic markers.
The sentiment was stamped using Tim Holtz Walnut Stain.
the printed papers are from a big pad of Michael's called Homespun.
and the finishing touches (tiny bits of bling) from Imaginisce

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Thinking About You Today

Tonight while playing along with Unity Stamp Company's Fun & Games (held every Tuesday night at 7 CST), I decided to make a card using Sunday Stamps Challenge #108, I had high hopes for this one but alas I let myself down this time. Not only did I accidentally stamp my sentiment upside-down forcing myself to do a flip on the sketch, I also felt it was just too plain so it needed flowers and just a tad bit of bling

and wow, that ribbon looks REALLY crooked in this picture but IRL it's donesn't,
I may need new glasses!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

biggest slacker in the blogging world

Who, who is the biggest slacker in the blogging world?
Me, it's me! LOL
I cannot believe that I haven't blogged since July 11 but then I have been a very busy girl
We hit Italy for the World TaeKwon-Do Championships
and I'm proud to say that my boy brought home
1 Bronze, 2 Silvers & 1 Gold Metals
He was even the champion of his team sparring group as he won the tie-breaker!

Here we are in Venice!

oh and I FINALLY made a card THIS EVENING!
Printed Paper - Gina K. Designs Ang & Me
Stamps - Unity Stamp Co.
Inks - CloseToMyHeart (Chocolate & Sweet Leaf) & Tim Holtz (Broken China)
Ribbon - CloseToMyHeart
Embelly - UmWowStudio (painted with white enamel paint)
the sketch (which I had to flip the ribbon & top embelly to make it work)

Saturday, July 11, 2015

have a lovely day

well I'm not in love with how this one turned out
I went for a nature looking card but it seems kinda.... flat?
hummm, may need to tweek this one a bit more when I have time

these are my two favorite Washi tapes
Bird & Sentiment stamps - Unity Stamp Company
Ink - Memento Rich Coca
coral colored cardstock - core'dinations
Kraft - Canvas Corp