Friday, December 9, 2016

Holy Cow! for Great Impressions Stamps

Holy cow!  Another Friday!  These weeks in December are flying by!  I'm posting today for Great Impressions Stamps.  I have a friend with a birthday this month.  She and her husband are retired farmers.  So, I thought this  card was perfect!



I used Great Impressions rubber stamps, E818 - Holy Cow, and C458 - It's Your Birthday to make this card.  There's just a small bit of Copic markers on the E818 - Holy Cow to enhance that adorable cow image. 

The cow paper is digital.  I found it at Pixel Scrapper.  The crinkle ribbon in pink and black is from 3 Girl JAM.  A little clear acetate, saved from packaging, holds the panels of this card together.

A new month-long challenge just started Sunday on the Great Impressions Challenge blog.  It's always Anything Goes, but there's a mood board for inspiration if you'd like to follow it.


Don't forget to check out the Great Impressions Online Store.  They have many wonderful Christmas stamps -- or stamps for ANY occasion! 


Hope! an MHKDesigns New Release

Hope is a thing with feathers.  Or, as Emily Dickinson says,  "Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul - and sings the tune without the words - and never stops at all."  

One of my all-time favorite poems!  It's also the theme of today's New Release at MHKDesigns.  Hope is also what keeps me as a cancer patient going.  There's much hope in this whole process.  I took great satisfaction in creating today's card using the MHKDesigns Fanciful Feathers stamp set


I super sized one of the feathers in the set (there are some amazing ones!) so it would be the focus, then added the sentiment in big, bold letters so it couldn't be missed.   I wanted the feather to be bright, cheerful, full of vibrant life.  Papers on this card are MHKDesigns Fully Feathered digital papers




The wooden bird is from Close To My Heart.  The dies used on the card are from Craftin' Desert Divas.  

There's still one more day of New Releases at MHKDesigns.  You'll find them all in the Etsy Shop here


Thursday, December 8, 2016

Friendships are life's greatest perks -- an MHKDesigns New Release

Day 3 of the December New Releases at MHKDesigns.  I hope you've had a chance to visit each designers blogs each day, along with the MHKDesigns blog to see the guest designers because it's been so inspirational! All of the new releases can be found in the MHKDesigns Etsy Shop.  Today's New Release is really fun -- Stitched Tea Party digital stamp set!


There are several very cute "tea" themed images (or coffee) in this set.  I used just the tea pot, printed in on Kraft paper, and once again, colored it with colored pencils -- a favorite technique of mine.  Since we had a stitched theme going, I used a stitched die to cut out the image.  Designer papers on this card are MHKDesigns Worn Weathered Pink digital papers.



The dies used on this card -- stitched die is from Lawn Fawn.  All others are from Hot Off the Press. Here's another view where you can see the acrylic piece that holds the 2 panels together.  I saved it from some packaging.


There's still 2 more days of New Releases, so stay tuned!  Isn't this fun?!?

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

I am Grateful -- a MHKDesigns New Release

Day 2!  Day 2 of chemo, day 2 of MHKDesigns December new releases.  Pray that chemo is going smoothly for me!  Somehow, today's New Release at MHKDesigns, Realistic Roses, is a very fitting theme for a cancer patient.  I love the sentiment on this card:



I used one of the sentiments, and the beautiful rose design from the Realistic Roses digital stamp set on this card.  I'm a big fan of Kraft paper and colored pencils, and that's what I used here.  Designer papers on this card are from MHKDesigns Stenciled Roses digital papers.



Make sure you check out the MHKDesigns blog and each of the other designer's blogs from now through Friday to see each of the fantastic New Releases!  There's a wonderful Facebook group, too -- MHKDesigners & Friends.


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Hello Friend! an MHKDesigns New Release

It's New Release week at MHKDesigns, and Wow!  This is going to be fun!  All the designer and guest designers have fantastic projects to inspire you.  I couldn't possibly pick a favorite of the new releases.  One is as wonderful as the next!

Today's new release is Pretty Petunias Digital Stamp Set



I used the Petunia from the set, colored it with Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor pencils, and fussy cut. The sentiment is also from the set.  Papers on this card use the Stenciled Roses Digital Paper Pack

Make sure you check out the MHKDesigns blog and each of the other designer's blogs from now through Friday to see each of the fantastic New Releases!  There's a wonderful Facebook group, too -- MHKDesigners & Friends.





Monday, December 5, 2016

Blessed Beyond Measure -- for Path of Positivity

It's the first Monday of the month, and it's time for a new challenge at The Path of Positivity Challenge Blog. The theme for December is 'Blessings'.  I have been counting my blessings everyday, and I have much to be thankful for, so I am relating very well to this theme!

Since my cancer diagnosis and my chemo treatments, my husband and I have been blessed almost daily with gifts of food -- soups, hot dishes, cookies, meatloaves. Our freezer has never been so full!  I am in constant need of thank you cards.  I took advantage of this month's theme to make a much-needed thank you card.  It uses a colored image from one of this month's guest sponsor's Imagine That! Digistamp


The image, from the Elegant Ornaments Pre-colored set, was printed 3 times, then fussy cut.  I creased each one down the middle and glued them together.  The sentiment is from Close To My Heart.  The designer papers are also from Imagine That! Digistamp.

Our sponsors this month are:
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I hope you can join in the fun at Path of Positivity Challenge Blog. We all have many blessings!  Link up something!  I'd love to see what you make!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

In Sympathy -- for MHKDesigns

It's Saturday, and after spending part of this week, I am recovering. The second chemo treatment is coming up next Wednesday.  I can do this!

I'm posting today for MHKDesigns.  Today, I'm showcasing one of my favorite cards from the past few months on the team.  This is a card I made back in August, and I really like the way it turned out:



I used the MHKDesigns Beginnings & Endings digital stamp set to create this card.  Both the butterfly and the sentiment are from the Beginnings & Endings stamp set.  A couple shades of Tim Holtz distress ink on the butterfly add those pops of color. 



The last challenge of the year is going on at MHKDesigns.  Come join in the fun!