Thursday, April 20, 2017

Funky Flowers -- an MHKDesigns New Release

Hello, my crafty friends, and happy Thursday.  The new releases are winding down at MHKDesigns.  I hope you've been enjoying the month as much as I have!  Today, the design team is showcasing Funky Flowers.  It is available in the MHKDesigns Etsy Shop, along with the other new releases (and all of the wonderful MHKDesigns!).  



I used one of the Funky Flowers designs and colored it with Faber Castell Polychromos pencils.  The sentiment, which I love, is part of the Funky Flowers digital stamp set.  The light blue background paper is also from MHKDesigns.  It is part of the Rosy Posy Digital Paper set.

MHKDesigns supplies used on this card:







Have you entered the MHKDesigns challenge yet for your chance to win some MHKDesigns sets of your own?  You have until the end of the month, and it's going fast!  Use an MHKDesigns product, and it's anything goes.  Use another image, and there's an inspiration board for you to follow.  Check out the awesome MHKDesigners and Friends Facebook group, too! 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Spring! For Path of Positivity Challenge Blog

It's the third Monday of the month, which means it's time for some mid-month inspiration over on the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog. The optional theme this month is The Beauty of Nature, but you can link up any positive themed project.

Here's my Beauty of Nature entry:




I love to color butterflies, and this one from this month's guest sponsor, Sparkle N Sprinkle, was a joy to color. I got to use some of my fluorescent Copic markers that I hardly ever use. After coloring the butterfly, I fussy cut it out.  The card was a design I found in the Silhouette Design Store, cut out on my Silhouette Cameo.  The embellishments are from Paper Whimsies. 

The challenge at Path of Positivity Challenge blog goes a month.  You have until April 30 to join in our The Beauty of Nature challenge.  

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Enjoy Your Day -- an MHKDesigns New Release

Hello, fellow crafters!  Is this really almost the middle of April?  I hope you are having springtime weather where you live!  Tomorrow is Easter, and more often than not, it is cold here on Easter, but I am hoping for "unseasonably warm."  If you've been following my cancer journey with me, I had a PET scan last week, and it showed that I'm in complete remission!  Thank you for all your prayers and kind thoughts!  Thursday, I had a bone marrow biopsy.  It is (hopefully) the last test needed to show I'm in remission.  We won't know whether the cancer is gone from my bone marrow & spinal fluid without this test.  Now, we're waiting for the results -- sometime next week.  Your prayers are appreciated !

There are many new releases this month in the MHKDesigns Etsy Store.  I'm featuring one today that has a masculine feel.  It's perfect for Father's Day or masculine birthdays.  Here's a tag I made featuring "Dear Dad".


MHKDesigns products used on this tag:




Have you joined in the MHKDesigns challenge yet?  It goes all month, so there's still plenty of time!  Don't forget about the MHKDesigners & Friends Facebook group.  Plus, there are still more New Releases to check out on April 20 and April 25!  It all starts on the MHKDesigns blog!


After the Rain -- for Imagine That! Digistamp

April 15?  Already?  Do I say this every month, LOL?  Today, it's time for some mid-month inspiration over at the Imagine That! Digistamp Creative Playground. The current challenge goes until May 5, so there's lots of time.  If you use an Imagine That! Digistamp image, you can win the Rainy Day Fun set (I used one of the images and one of the sentiments on this card) for FREE!

Here's my inspiration!



I used one of the black & white images from the Rainy Day Fun set (the 2 birds), and one of the pre-printed images from the set (the puddle), along with a sentiment, to create the focal point of this card.  The birds are colored with Copic markers.  The sun-shaped card in an SVG cutting file from The Cutting Cafe.  I used some thin washi tape on the rays of the sun so give it a bit of extra sparkle and shine.  The cloud die is from American Crafts, with some pen work added to match the puddle. 

I love this sentiment from the Rainy Day Fun set.  It keeps me going on some of my "low" days.  I had a bone marrow biopsy (major ouch!) on Thursday, and now I'm waiting for the results.  The test was needed to prove that I am for sure in remission -- that there is no longer cancer in my bone marrow and spinal fluid.  Prayers are appreciated!  I should know the results some time this upcoming week. 

If you celebrate Easter, have a blessed day.  For me, this one will be particularly special, a day of re-birth and truly starting over.  I'm excited!  He has given me new life!

I hope you join the Imagine That! Digistamp's challenge this month at the Creative Playground.  I'd love for you to have a chance to win this set. I'd also love to see what you make!  Check out the wonderful Facebook group too, for even more inspiration, news, and fun!  

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Bloom -- for Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog

It's Tuesday, and that means it's time for a new challenge at Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog. This week, the theme is "flowers".  Easy!  You can stamp them, color them, die cut them, or add them from you stash -- any creative way you can think of.  We just want to see  a flower (or many) on your creation.

I used the adorable Crafty Sentiments Designs rubber stamp, Flourish, to create this: 


I stamped Florish, then used Copic markers to color her.  The cross stitch oval die cuts are from Die-namics.  The card base and flower were cut out on my Silhouette Cameo with a design from the Silhouette Design Store.  The designer dot paper is an Echo Park Dots & Stripes 12x12 paper.  The "bloom" sentiment is from The Cutting Cafe Shop. 

I hope you join the Flower challenge this week at Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog.  There's also a monthly challenge in the Crafty Sentiments Facebook Group. Join them both, because there's great prizes, and I'd love to see what you make!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Bird Song -- an MHKDesigns New Release

April 10 -- that means it's New Release day at MHKDesigns!  Whoot! Whoot!  I love to see what this talented team does with the new releases!  It all starts on the MHKDesigns blog.  

Today's New Release is Birdcage Silhouettes, and I used one of my all-time favorite quotes on this card.  

Birdcage Silhouettes, and all of this month's New Releases are available now and found in the MHKDesigns Etsy Shop.

MHKDesigns products used on this card:



There will be more new releases throughout the month.  Come back on April 15, April 20, and April 25 to see the entire new release and what the incredible designers from this team have created with them.  You won't be disappointed.  All the fun starts on the MHKDesigns blog!

Have you entered this month's challenge yet?  It's just getting starting.  It's Anything Goes if you use an MHKDesigns image.  There's an inspiration board if you use another image.  Come join in!

Don't forget about the MHKDesigners & Friends Facebook group for more inspiration, news, and fun. 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Make a Wish -- for Imagine That! Digistamp

Happy Thursday, everyone!  Today is a big, big day for me.  I had a PET scan yesterday and today I find out the results.  I've been doing a lot of wishing and even more praying.  Please, Lord, let that cancer still be in remission!

I'm also making birthday wishes today for Imagine That! Digistamp for some Thursday inspiration. I have 2 good friends celebrating birthdays this week, and one of them got this card for their special day. 


Isn't that a yummy looking birthday cake?  Makes you want to celebrate, doesn't it?  I used a pre-colored image from the Make a Wish KD kit and cut it out on my Cricut Explore. 


There is incredible value in this kit -- lots of images, bingo cards, sentiments, and papers!  Check out all the goodness!

The Kraft tag and large scalloped edge card were cut out on my Silhouette.  Papers from this card were found in the Make a Wish KD Kit.  The sentiment is also part of the kit.  The white shimmer trim and fibers are from Close To My Heart. 

Have you joined in on the monthly challenge at the Imagine That! Creative Playground?  There's a great set this month, perfect for spring projects that can be yours.  Just use an Imagine That! Digistamp image. The challenge goes all month, so come link up!  Check out the fun and informative Imagine That! Digistamp Facebook Group, too. 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Happy Birthday! a New Release at MHKDesigns

It's April 5, and the MHKDesigns team is showcasing one of the month's new releases today.  Check out the MHKDesigns blog, and each of the designers blogs for a chance to win this set (or maybe the entire new release!)  Today's featured release is "And Many More". It has a very vintage feel to it -- adorable!  You'll find this set, all the new releases, and many, many more great sets in the MHKDesigns Etsy Store



This card uses the image from And Many More and a sentiment from the set. The papers are also from MHKDesigns.  This is the Easter Flowers digital papers set

MHKDesigns sets used on this card:





There will be more new releases throughout the month.  Come back on April 10, April 15, April 20, and April 25 to see the entire new release and what the incredible designers from this team have created with them.  You won't be disappointed.  All the fun starts on the MHKDesigns blog!

Have you entered this month's challenge yet?  It's just getting starting.  It's Anything Goes if you use an MHKDesigns image.  There's an inspiration board if you use another image.  Come join in!

Don't forget about the MHKDesigners & Friends Facebook group for more inspiration, news, and fun. 



Monday, April 3, 2017

Bloom -- for Path of Positivity

It's the first Monday of April, which means it's time for a new challenge on the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog. The optional theme this month is The Beauty of Nature, or you can link up any positive themed project.

Here's my Beauty of Nature entry:



I love to color roses, and this one from this month's guest sponsor, Sparkle N Sprinkle, was a joy to color. I used Copic markers on it, then fussy cut it out.  The shaped card was a design I found in the Silhouette Design Store.  The papers and sentiment -- all digital - are from Paper Whimsies

The challenge at Path of Positivity Challenge blog goes a month.  You have until April 30 to join in on The Beauty of Nature.  

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Christmas Greeting -- for the 12 Months of Christmas Link Up

April 1!  Time for a new challenge at the 12 Months of Christmas Link Up.  This month's optional theme is "The Ghost of Christmas Past" -- we want to see vintage projects!

Here's mine!  



Our guest sponsor this month is Luna Girl.  Karen makes it very easy to bring a vintage feel to projects.  Check out her wonderful store!

I created this card using a collage sheet from the Luna Girl store called Vintage Christmas.  I used one image from the sheet and fussy cut it out.  The papers for this card, made especially for this challenge, are from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles.  You can win one of the wonderful vintage papers by linking up 2 Christmas card this month at the 12 Months of Christmas Link Up

The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up runs from today through April 30, so join in the fun and the prizes.  I'd love to see what you make!

Chirp Up! for MHKDesigns April Challenge

Hello, and happy April!  April 1, April Fool's Day, a day of having tricks pulled on you, so be careful!  It's also the first day of a new challenge at MHKDesigns.  You have all month to join in the fun.  I hope you do!  Every challenge is Anything Goes, if you use an MHKDesigns image or paper.  There is an inspiration board if you don't.

Using this month's inspiration board, here's what I created for the April MHKDesigns challenge:


I used a variety of MHKDesigns sets from the Etsy Shop to create this card.  The bird on the branch is from the Birds & Branches Digital Stamp Set.  I colored it with Derwent Inktense Pencils and a paintbrush.  The "chirp up" sentiment is from the Tweet Tweet digital stamp set.  Papers on this card are also from MHKDesigns.  They are the Cheerful Chirpings Digital Papers

MHKDesigns Products used on this card:





There are so many wonderful products in the MHKDesigns Etsy shop that entering this month's challenge is easy peasy!  Here's the inspiration photo in case you need it:

I hope you join us this month for the April MHKDesigns Challenge.  We have great prizes to win!  Check the MHKDesigns blog often for fantastic inspiration.  There will be wonderful new releases this month that you WON'T want to miss!  Don't forget about the MHKDesigners & Friends Facebook group for more fun, news, and inspiration. 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Welcome Spring - for Imagine That! Digistamp

Hello, and happy Thursday!  It's time for some Thursday inspiration over on the Imagine That! digistamp blog.  Since it's spring, and I recently saw my first robin, I thought I'd make a springtime-themed card to celebrate the occasion!

Those of you keeping up on my chemo journey, I am done with chemo treatments.  Woohoo!  I got Influenza A with the last chemo treatment and it turned into pneumonia.  A week later, I was out of the hospital.  I am still recovering from that ordeal, but feel like I am finally among the living.  Next week, another PET scan will (hopefully) show the cancer is truly in remission, and then it's gaining strength and I'm on my way!  I'm off of work for a couple more months yet because my immune system has gotten so weak, but now that it's spring, I'm hoping to get back to walking and gaining strength quickly.

Speaking of spring, I used the Leesa's Tulip digital stamp set to create this: 


This set comes with 3 digital papers, and I used all three of them on this card.  There are also some sentiments included with Leesa's Tulip,  and I used one of them here.  This is the pre-colored version of Leesa's Tulip.

I used a Sizzix die to make this card, and a butterfly die from Hot Off the Press.

Imagine That! Digistamp products used:


Did you join the monthly challenge in the Creative Playground?  Each month, there's a great free set if you use an Imagine That! Digistamp image.  A new challenge starts soon, so please join in the fun!  There's a great Facebook group you need to check out, too.  You'll find all the fun and information here


Monday, March 20, 2017

Today is Full of Possibilities -- for the Path of Positivity

Hello, happy Monday!  I hope you had a great weekend!  It's time for some mid-challenge inspiration over on the Path of Positivity Challenge blog. The optional theme this month is "Birth of New Beginnings", or use any positive theme you'd like. 
We have 2 guest sponsors this month:  Limited Runs and Kitten Scraps.  For the mid-month inspiration, I had the pleasure of designing with the Butterfly 6 digital stamp from Limited Runs.  I used it to create this:


I played around a bit with this butterfly, flipping it a couple times and re-sizing it.  Then, I sponged the background using the new Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks.  I think it gives it a watercolor feel, but it's done strictly with inks.   The background papers are from Close To My Heart, and the sentiment is, too.  I thought the sentiment tied in nicely with the New Beginnings theme.  A day full of possibilities is a day full of new beginnings.  Spring is full of new beginnings.  That's why I like butterflies so much.  They are a sign of new life for me. 

I hope you have a chance to link up with us at the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog.  Our sponsors are offering great prizes, it's a fun theme, and I'd love to see what you create!  You have until April 2.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Easter Blessings -- for Imagine That! Digistamp

Here we are, more than 1/2 way through March, and it's time for some mid-challenge inspiration at the Imagine That! Creative Playground.  Challenges are always 'Anything Goes'.  Use an Imagine That! Digistamp image, and you'll get an awesome freebie!  This month's is perfect for Easter!  

Speaking of Easter, it's time to get going on a few cards for the holiday.  I created this one using a pre-printed image from the Imagine That! Digistamp Easter Friends Digital Stamp set:




I printed the pre-colored image from the Easter Friends stamp set on white card stock, then used 2 sizes of Lifestyle Crafts circle dies to cut it out and back it.  The sentiment is also from the Easter Friends digital stamp set.  Papers for this card, also from Imagine That! Digistamp, are from the Spring in Bloom digital paper pack.

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the easel card and embellishments, with a file I found in the Silhouette Design Store.





Check out the Imagine That! Digistamp blog often for  great inspiration.  Then, visit the Imagine That! Digistamp Creative Playground to enter this month's challenge.  Use an Imagine That! Digistamp image to qualify for this month's awesome Easter Themed freebie.  Check it out!  You'll love it!  There's still plenty of time.  Don't forget about the Imagine That! Digistamp Facebook group too, where you'll find even more inspiration, Freebies, and friendship.  

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Find the Beauty in Small Things -- for MHKDesigns

Hello, crafty friends!  Happy Tuesday!  I am sharing on the MHKDesigns blog today.  I have a card that I really, really like!  I want to show you how it turned out:


I created this card using the MHKDesigns Beauty Digital Stamp Set.   Aren't those delicate flowers exquisite?

I colored the flower from the MHKDesigns Beauty digital set with Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor Pencils.  I printed my image on smooth card stock, so I wanted a very creamy based pencil.  The sentiment is also from the MHKDesigns Beauty set

Papers for this card, also from MHKDesigns,  are the new Rosy Posy digital paper set.  They are a little touch of Springtime!

The card was created using some cutting dies from Craftin' Desert Divas and Paper Wishes (sentiment die).  The pearl bling was from my stash, and the ribbon is from 3 Girl JAM.   I used a We R Memory Keepers scallop corner chomper on this card also. 



Have you entered this month's MHKDesigns challenge yet?  It's Anything Goes if you use an MHKDesigns image.  Pick out your favorite, make a project, and link up with us!  We have great prizes and I'd love to see what you make!  Make sure to visit the MHKDesigns blog often for great inspiration from Mynn and her talented design team and guest designers!  Don't forget about the MHKDesigners & Friends Facebook Group for even more inspiration, news, and friendship.  Then, there is the MHKDesign newsletter.  Sign up for it, also!  You won't want to miss the discounts!


Thank You -- for Crafty Sentiments Designs

It's Tuesday, and it's time for a new challenge on the Crafty Sentiments Designs challenge blog.  This week's theme is quite easy -- use any shape.  Any shape!  See?  Easy!

I have been needing many thank you cards.  People have been so incredibly good to my husband and I throughout my chemo treatments.  I try to keep up with homemade thank you cards, but when I'm not feeling good, it's been a bit of a challenge.  I made this one to give to someone very special:


I used the Crafty Sentiments Designs rubber stamp, Love's Basket.  I colored Love's Basket with Copic markers, then used 2 different sizes of circle dies from Lifestyle Crafts to cut it out and back it.  

The heart-shaped card (to enter the 'any shape' challenge) was cut out on my Silhouette Cameo with a file I found in the Silhouette Design Store.  The sentiment and all papers on this card are from Close To My Heart.  The flowers and bling are part of a card kit from Spellbinders. 

Come join the 'Any Shape' challenge this week at Crafty Sentiments Designs.  We've got great prizes, and I'd love to see what you make!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Happy Spring -- for Path of Positivity

It's the first Monday of the month, which means it's time for a new challenge on the Path of Positivity Challenge blog.  This month's optional theme is "Birth of New Beginnings".  You can use this theme, or any positive theme you'd like.  We have 2 guest sponsors this month at Path of Positivity Challenge Blog,  Kitten Scraps, and Limited Runs.  

For this portion of the challenge, I had the pleasure of creating with Kitten Scraps products.  I used the wonderfully loaded Spring Blooms Digital Scrapbooking Bundle to create this: 


Most of this is pre-printed.  I used a few touches of Copic markers to emphasize some colors.  It was great fun to create with the many components in the Kitten Scraps Spring Blooms Bundle

I hope you join in on our "Birth of New Beginnings" challenge over on the Path of Positivity challenge blog this month.  The challenge runs April 2. 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

A Good Friend is Hard to Find -- For Imagine That Digistamp

Woohoo, hoo!  Today is a big, big day!  Today is my final round of chemotherapy.  Six of six!  It is cause for celebration!  I have learned many things through these months of chemo, including how blessed I am to have so many very dear friends to help me through this.  In honor of those friends, I am posting this card on my blog today.  It is a current freebie from Imagine That! Digistamp:



How true is this saying?!?  I think it's perfect for anytime of year, but especially near St. Patrick's day.  

This freebie, Clover Fairy, includes digital papers.  You can find it in the Imagine That!  Digistamp Facebook group. Look in the files section.



Check out the Imagine That! Digistamp blog today for some other great Thursday inspiration.  Then, visit the Imagine That! Digistamp Creative Playground to enter this month's challenge.  Use an Imagine That! Digistamp image to qualify for this month's awesome Easter Themed freebie.  Check it out!  You'll love it!  The new challenge starts tomorrow, so you have all month!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Happy Holidays -- for the 12 Months of Christmas Link Up

It's March 1, and time for a new challenge over on the 12 Months of Christmas Link Up.  This challenge is such a good way to get some Christmas cards made, working on them a bit at a time, instead of in a panic later in the year!

This month, the optional theme is Christmas Angels.  Use an angel on your card to be eligible to win the prize from our guest sponsor this month, A Day For Daisies.  The prize is a $12 gift certificate! 

I used Fairy Dog 3 from A Day for Daisies to create this angel-themed card:


I colored Fairy Dog 3 with Copic markers, using dies from Die-namis to cut it out and back it.  

Papers on this card are from another challenge sponsor, Decosse's Dynamite Doodles. Link up 2 Christmas cards this month to be eligible to win one of the papers from this month's Decosse's Dynamite Doodles Angelic Nature set.  The red textured paper, also from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles, is from the Holiday Hoopla Patterned Paper #2 set. 

The sentiment on this card is from Lawn Fawn.  The gold shimmer trim is from Close To My Heart. 

I hope you are inspired to make a Christmas card (or 2) this month and join us at the 12 Months of Christmas Link Up.  We have great prizes, and I'd love to see what you make!

Sending Prayers -- for MHKDesigns

It's March 1.  Tomorrow is my LAST chemotherapy!  Six of six!  It will be so good to get it behind me.  Then, I have to get through the next 10 rough days of side effects and low white blood count.  After that, I'll be on my way to recovery and living life to it's fullest again!!!!

It's March 1st.  That also means it's the start of a new challenge on the MHKDesigns challenge blog.  The challenges are always Anything Goes if you use an MHKDesigns image.  There's also an inspiration picture/board if you choose to use it, or if you don't use MHKDesigns products.

I kept my card very simple this time, letting my Silhouette Cameo do the majority of the work.  Coloring is getting difficult.  I have quite a bit of neuropathy in my fingers and feet from the chemo.  I am hoping this is temporary, but time will tell.  In the meantime, I am finding ways to create without much coloring.   This card is an example of that:


The  3D butterfly on this card, colored with Copic markers, then fussy cut, is from the MHKDesigns Butterfly Wisdom digital stamp set.  The sentiment is from the MHKDesigns Get Well Flowers digital stamp set.

As mentioned above, the card was cut out on my Silhouette Cameo, using a file I found in the Silhouette Design store. 



MHKDesigns Challenges go all month, so you have 31 days this month.  Choose your favorite MHKDesigns image, make some delightful, and join in the fun!

Here's the inspiration picture, if you are interested.  

Come and join us!  We have great prizes, and I'd love to see what you make!