Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Birthday Fishes & Kisses -- an MHKDesigns New Release

Greetings, fellow craft lovers!  Today is the last showcase day of New Releases at MHKDesigns.  I've had so much fun with this month's New Releases!  Today just might be my favorite -- Sea Creatures!  It, all the new releases, plus tons more wonderful stuff, is available in the MHKDesigns Etsy Shop.

If you follow my blog, you know I love shaped cards, so here's another one:



The great thing about digital stamps is that you can resize them and not lose their integrity.  I made this one fairly big -- as big as I could and still fit it on an 8 1/12 X 11 piece of paper, folded in 2.  The fold of the card is the fishes lips.




I used various shaded of Tim Holtz Distress inks, sponged on, to make this fish look like a fish out of the local lake.  I was trying for a Crappie.  I'm not sure if I succeeded, not doing much fishing, but he looked like a "keeper" to me, LOL. The "birthday fishes & kisses" sentiment is part of the Sea Creatures digital stamp set. A couple of baker's twine bows by Timeless Twine, and the card was done. 

MHKDesigns supplies used in 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! 


Spring! for Crafty Sentiments Designs

Hello, and happy Tuesday!  April is quickly winding down.  Today starts the last challenge of the month at Crafty Sentiments Designs. This week's theme, always a favorite, is 'Anything Goes'!  Come join us!


I used the Crafty Sentiments Designs rubber stamp, I Love Butterflies to create this card.  She is colored with Copic markers.  The card base was cut out on my Silhouette Cameo with a design I found in the Silhouette Design Store.  The frame dies are from Lawn Fawn.   The Crafty Sentiments Butterfly girl is ready for Spring, isn't she? I know I am!

I hope you join in on the challenge and the fun this week at Crafty Sentiments Challenge.  I'd love to see what you make, we have great prizes, and Anything goes is as easy as it gets!  

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!