Monday, December 5, 2016

Season's Greetings ...

Good morning! Today's card is Clean & Simple and features one of my favorite images from Great Impressions Stamps.

Today's card focus on the adorable Ice Skating Penguin (E903)Dotted Ice Flake (E905), and Season's Greetings Sentiment (C427). I started by stamping all three of the stamps with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink making sure that the Ice Skating Penguin lines up perfectly with the Dotted Ice Flake. This is a scene all by itself ... the Penguin skating creates a snowflake in the Ice. Tim Holtz Distress Ink was applied over the Dotted Ice Flake and around the Penguin.

I stamped an extra Ice Skating Penguin, colored him in with my Copic Markers, fussy cut him out, and then used a mix of 3D Foam Squares and tape to paper-piece the Penguin in my scene. Using a Clear Star Gelly Roll Pen I went over the Dotted Ice Flake to make it shimmer. Once the layers were put together on my card, I applied StarDust Finishing Spray to the whole card. This makes the whole card shimmer. It looks amazing in person! 😊

Here's a side-view of the Ice Skating Penguin ...

Challenges entered ...
 - AAA Cards CAS Game #79 ~ Christmas
 - Allsorts Challenge Week #392 ~ CAS
 - CAS on Sunday Challenge #97 ~ Christmas
 - Fantasy Stampers Challenge #77 ~ CAS Christmas
 - Stampin' Royalty Challenge #356 ~ Clean & Simple

Until next week ... Enjoy!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Wishing you ...

Good morning! It's time for a New Monthly Challenge over at the Great Impressions Blog. This months Challenge is Anything Goes with an Inspiration Photo, and there is an awesome Prize for the Winner.

With Christmas fast approaching I created a holiday card featuring the adorable Snow Pals (J70) which I coordinated with the Beauty of the Season Sentiment (E127). I stamped the Snow Pals 3 times, colored them with my Copic Markers and fussy cut out the front snowmen along with their scarves from 2 of them. The sentiment was stamped above the main Snow Pals, distress ink was applied around them, then I paper-pieced the forward snowman with 3D foam squares and tape. Black enamel dots were then added for their buttons. 

I hope you'll check out our Monthly Challenge, and play along. If you use Great Impressions Stamps make sure you also link up to our Customer Gallery.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

House of Cards Blog Hop ...

Good morning! Another term at the House of Cards  is coming to an end, and I am saying FAREWELL while some of the DT Members are staying on. We are also holding a DT Call, so make sure you check out the details over at the House of Cards Blog. To say goodbye, and thank you, we're celebrating with a Blog Hop! You should have arrived from Rosi. However, if you just arrived make sure you head on over to House of Cards so you can start at the beginning. 

We have several fabulous Sponsors who generously offered prizes for the Hop! Make sure you leave a comment at each person's blog along the way because the prizes are hidden, and we'll be doing random drawings from the blogs where the prizes are hidden! After you're done, make a creation to share with us for another chance to win!

Our team will be using a variety of products from these amazing companies!
MHK Designs ~ Great Impressions Stamps 
Beccy's Place ~ Cute as a Button

I created two (2) cards to share with you today. The first card was inspired by the Freshly Made Sketch #265 (shown below), and features the Holiday Wreath from Cute as a Button.

I printed this lovely girl on Neenah Solar White cardstock, colored the image with my Copic Markers, and cut her out. She was layered on a scalloped circle, and popped on my white card that I applied Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass Distress Ink on. A variety of Stickles was used for the hat, ornaments and holly berries. Using StazOn Jet Black Ink I added the Merry Sentiment from Great Impressions Stamps to Clear Cardstock, cut it out with my MFT Hz-Stitched Strips Die and used my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher to layer it over the image.

My second card was inspired by the Sweet Sketch Wednesday Challenge #2-103 (shown below).

I stamped the Snowy Trees stamp from Great Impressions Stamps on white cardstock with Memento Cottage Ivy Ink. A Large Nestabilities Oval Die was used to cut out the image. I then applied a variety of Tim Holtz Distress Ink for the sky and ground. Once I layered my design on the background I created with DP, I added Stickles to represent the snow on the trees and in the sky with the final addition of enamel dots in the lower right hand corner.

Don't forget to leave a comment on each post along the hop, and then link up a project with us after completing the hop for an extra chance to win a Mystery Prize from one of our fabulous Sponsors, any card style is welcome and we've got a gorgeous photo inspiration for your crafting enjoyment!.

Challenges entered:
 - Freshly Made Sketch #265 (shown below)
 - Sweet Sketch Wednesday Challenge #2-103 (shown below)
 - Addicted to Stamps & More Challenge #222 ~ Make your Mark 
 - Simon Says Wednesday Challenge ~ Anything Goes 

This hop will run from December 1st at 6:00 AM CST through December 15th at Noon CST Your next stop in the hop is Shawna!

Until next time ... Enjoy!


Here For You Always ...

Welcome to a SPECIAL SURPRISE blog hop for my dear friend, Julie Odil! Julie was recently diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma, so this hop is our way of letting her know that we are here for her.  You should have come here from Nana Connie.  If you didn't, please hop over to THIS POST for a complete list of participants! Along with this hop, there is a special release Get Well Flowers Digital Stamp Set and Get Well Flowers Digital Paper Pack from the MHK Designs Etsy shop designed specifically for sending get well cards to those struggling with different forms of cancer.

The colors of the paper pack are lavender (all cancers awareness), lime green (lymphoma awareness), pink (breast cancer awareness), teal (ovarian cancer awareness), and peach (cervical cancer awareness).  Take a peek at these products...

My card features one of the flowers and sentiments from the Get Well Flowers Digital Stamp Set.

I printed this beauty and colored it in with my Copic Markers, and then applied Tim Holtz Distress Ink to the background. After fussy cutting one of the flowers I layered the design on my cardstock.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  I know that Julie needs our support now more than ever, so let's band together and show her that we are here for her!  Your next stop on the hop is the lovely Sathy.

Monday, November 28, 2016

May your Christmas Glow ...

Good morning! Today's card is inspired by the CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #201 that features a stamp from Great Impressions Stamps.

Today's card features the beautiful Christmas Lantern (G393). I absolutely love this stamp ... not only do you get a beautiful image, but you also get the perfect holiday sentiment.

I stamped the Christmas Lantern (G393) with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and colored the image with my Copic Markers. I masked the colored image with post-it notes on each side, then used a dauber to apply Tim Holtz Distress Ink. X-mas Red Stickles was applied to the berries on the holly, and Star Dust Stickles was applied to the snowflakes. Glossy Accents was then added to the lantern.

Challenges entered ...
 - CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #201 (sketch shown below)
 - CAS on Sunday Challenge #97 ~ Christmas
 - Weekly Christmas Card Challenge #50 ~ Anything Goes
 - Allsorts Week 391 Challenge ~ Anything Christmas

Until next week ... Enjoy!


Sunday, November 27, 2016

Gentle as a Butterfly ...

Good afternoon. I love butterfly stamps and had a lot of fun making today's card that featuring stamps from Rubbernecker Stamps!

Using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink I stamped 1 of the 4 butterflies from the Butterflies Are Free Set (538) on my white cardstock and placed one of the sentiment in the center. Using Tim Holtz Distress Inks and a dauber I added the sky background to my design. I then stamped more butterflies, colored them with my Copic Markers, fussy cut them out and popped them on my design. I used cardstock that matched the butterfly colors to create my layered background. The shimmer on the butterflies was created with a Clear Star Gelly Roll Pen.

Challenges entered ...
 - Addicted to Stamps & More Challenge #221 ~ Anything Goes
 - Brown Sugar Challenge #226 ~ Anything Goes

We have something exciting happening over at the Rubbernecker Blog. A weekly CONTEST were you can WIN FREE STAMPS, so make sure you hop on over to the Rubbernecker Blog and leave the designers some love!

Until next time ... Enjoy!