Wednesday, 15 November 2017

ATSM #268: Holiday




Hello again, friends! Time for another challenge over at Addicted To Stamps and More. This week the theme is my favourite - Holiday.

Here's a Christmas card featuring stamps and dies by Lawn Fawn.



So now it's your turn to link up your project for the Holiday challenge. It can be any holiday - Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day etc.

Thanks for stopping by and have fun with this challenge. 

Beijinhos!

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Tuesday Throwdown #368: Shaker Card

Good morning, friends! Time for another new challenge over at Tuesday Throwdown. This week we have a fun theme for you: "Shaker Card". Our sponsor for this challenge is Sweet and Sassy Stamps and I used the Country Snowman image to create this simple shaker card.

Now it's your turn to create a project based on this week's theme: "Shaker Card". For ideas and inspiration, take a peek at what the rest of the DT members have made. Remember to link up your project at the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge Blog by 3pm Pacific / 11pm UK on Monday, November 13th. And the most important requirement: Have Fun!

Thank you so much for stopping by and have an amazing day!

Beijinhos!

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

MHK Designs: November Challenge

Welcome to MHKDesigns November Challenge. Our monthly challenge begins on the 1st of each month and will end on the last day of the month. Winners will be announced on the 15th of the following month.

We want to keep our challenges fun and simple, so each month you will get a photo prompt to inspire you. You are free to make whatever paper project you fancy - a card, scrapbook layout, a tag, a box, art journal page etc. You don't have to use MHKD products participate but if you do the theme is ANYTHING GOES.  This is our last Challenge for the year and in were making a fun and festive one. You don't have to make a festive project - it can be anything you like.

Here is the Prompt for this challenge:

I decided to not make a Christmas card, but to pick the colours and other design elements from the photo to create a sympathy card. The set feature in my project is Heaven Heals, which was released this month.

The winner of this Challenge stands to win some fabulous products by MHKDesigns. So make sure you follow the challenge rules and you'll be eligible for the prize. And if you need a little creative boost, you'll find more inspiration by the rest of the Design Team over at the Challenge Blog.

Thank you for stopping by today and I'm looking forward to seeing what you create for us this month.

Beijinhos,

ATSM #266: Anything Goes


Hello again and welcome to another challenge over at Addicted To Stamps and More. This week the theme is an easy one - Anything Goes. Absolutely no excuse not to play along!

Here's my card - a simple card for a friend whose great grandfather was fought bravely in the WW1. He was one of the lucky one who made it home. The stamps are by Clearly Besotted.



Now it's your turn to link up your project for the Anything Goes challenge. You can make anything you like. I look forward to seeing your projects.

Thank you so much for stopping by and have fun with this challenge.

Beijinhos!

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

MHKD October Release: Tick Tock



Hello, friends! Welcome to Day 5 of MHKDesigns' October Release Party. Head on over to the MHK Designs ETSY Store for lots of lovely vintage designs that suit all crafting styles.

This month, MHKDesigns is releasing FIVE new digital stamp sets. These are available for purchase NOW at the MHK Designs ETSY Store. 

As a special treat to celebrate the October 2017 Release, Mynn is giving away sets from this release. More on how to win at the end of this post.

Today we have a timely set called Tick Tock … (pun intended!)

I made a birthday card. Trust me when I say I'll be needing quite a few of these!

Yes… it's a belated birthday card!





GIVEAWAY!

In order to get this new set OR the entire release for FREE, here's what you'll need to do:
  1. Leave a comment on the MHKDesigns blog
  2. Leave a comment on each DT member's blog (see list on MHKDesigns blog). 
  3. Join our MHKDesigners and Friends Facebook group and leave a comment there.
Mynn will randomly choose the winning comments from all these places after the release is over. The best way to win is to comment every day.

Beijinhos!

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Tuesday Throwdown #366: Spooktacular

Good morning, friends! Time for another new challenge over at Tuesday Throwdown. This week we have an easy theme for you: "Spooktacular". Our sponsor for this challenge is Lawn Fawn.

Here's a card I made for my "ghouls" - a bunch of extra special ladies, my partners in crime. Booyah is packed with the cutest ghouls ever. And you can dress them up in so many way... tons of fun! I finished the card with Lawn Trimming in Cloud.

Now it's your turn to create a project based on this week's theme: "Spooktacular". For ideas and inspiration, take a peek at what the rest of the DT members have made. Remember to link up your project at the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge Blog by 3pm Pacific / 11pm UK on Monday, October 30th. And the most important requirement: Have Fun!

Thank you so much for stopping by and have an amazing day!

Beijinhos!

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Chocolate Baroque: We Will Remember Them

Hello there! It's an Art Journal show-and-tell today.  We are almost at the end of October and while a Halloween project would be the obvious choice, I decided to hop off the bandwagon and pursue a different theme. Looking ahead to November ( which is a little over a week away - eeeek!),  I decided to play with the Pretty Poppies stamp sheet to create a Remembrance Day inspired page.

I used acrylic paints for the background. Pale blue washed down with gesso and pale green for the field. It's a simple page, no unnecessary embellishments, textures or distractions. Tranquility. Just a field of red poppies against a clear blue sky with little white clouds. A telling contrast... lest we forget the price of peace.

When the background is completely dry, I stamped the poppies directly on the page with Versafine Vintage Sepia. I coloured the stems and leaves with Copics and Faber Castel Brush Markers. Then I stamped the poppies and buds separately, coloured and fussy cut them before adhering them to the page using Ranger Multi Medium Matte. I added a tiny touch of Wink of  Stella Clear to each poppy.

I wanted the poppies to look like they are swaying gently in the breeze. So I added a small piece o foam tape in the middle to the flowers before adhering the cut-out poppies. I did the same for the poppy buds too and added a dollop of Ranger Glossy Accents to give a rounded edge.


For the quote, I used Echo Park Allison alpha stamps and Ranger Archival Black ink. I added Nuvo Crystal Drops in Duck Egg, falling from the sky - the young men who fell to bring peace. The droplets blend into the sky beautifully, so I adjusted the lighting to be able to photograph it.

The quote is the last line of the 4th stanza of Laurence Binyon's poem "For The Fallen":

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

Challenges:
Creative Artiste Mixed Media #53: AG Mixed Media
Penny Black and More October: Close To Nature

That's it from me today. Thank you for stopping by today and for all your kind words on my blog. Have a blessed Sunday and stay safe.

Beijinhos!


Friday, 20 October 2017

MHKD October Release: Heaven Heals



Hello, friends! Welcome to Day 4 of MHKDesigns' October Release Party. Head on over to the MHK Designs ETSY Store for lots of lovely vintage designs that suit all crafting styles.

This month, MHKDesigns is releasing FIVE new digital stamp sets. These are available for purchase NOW at the MHK Designs ETSY Store. 

As a special treat to celebrate the October 2017 Release, Mynn is giving away sets from this release. More on how to win at the end of this post.

Today we have comforting set called Heaven Heals.

My card is simple - just the image coloured with Copics and some twine.

GIVEAWAY!

In order to get this new set OR the entire release for FREE, here's what you'll need to do:
  1. Leave a comment on the MHKDesigns blog
  2. Leave a comment on each DT member's blog (see list on MHKDesigns blog). 
  3. Join our MHKDesigners and Friends Facebook group and leave a comment there.
Mynn will randomly choose the winning comments from all these places after the release is over. The best way to win is to comment every day.

Beijinhos!

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

ATSM #264: Clean And Simple


Hello again, friends! It's time for another challenge over at Addicted To Stamps and More.  For this challenge, you can create anything you like - card, tag, bookmark etc - as long as it is CAS.
If the concept of CAS eludes you (as it does for me!), here's a checklist to help you:

I made a Halloween card featuring stamps from Lawn Fawn's Critters In Costume set.  The images are coloured with Caran d'Ache watercolour pencils. No embellishments … not even my beloved Wink Of Stella.

Now it's your turn to link up your project for the Clean & Simple challenge. Thank you so much for stopping by and have an amazing day.

Beijinhos!

Sunday, 15 October 2017

MHKD October Release: Growing Goodness



Hello, friends! Welcome to Day 3 of MHKDesigns' October Release Party. Head on over to the MHK Designs ETSY Store for lots of lovely vintage designs that suit all crafting styles.

This month, MHKDesigns is releasing FIVE new digital stamp sets. These are available for purchase NOW at the MHK Designs ETSY Store. 

As a special treat to celebrate the October 2017 Release, Mynn is giving away sets from this release. More on how to win at the end of this post.

Today we are going green with this gorgeous set called Growing Goodness.

With this set, I decided to make a note card with a vintage sepia look. The green leaves add a pop of colour and a touch of sparkle ... just because. I threw in a twine bow for a final flourish.


GIVEAWAY!

In order to get this new set OR the entire release for FREE, here's what you'll need to do:
  1. Leave a comment on the MHKDesigns blog
  2. Leave a comment on each DT member's blog (see list on MHKDesigns blog). 
  3. Join our MHKDesigners and Friends Facebook group and leave a comment there.
Mynn will randomly choose the winning comments from all these places after the release is over. The best way to win is to comment every day.

Beijinhos!

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

MHKD October Release: Funky Fall Foliage



Hello, friends! Welcome to Day 2 of MHKDesigns' October Release Party. Head on over to the MHK Designs ETSY Store for lots of lovely vintage designs that suit all crafting styles.

This month, MHKDesigns is releasing FIVE new digital stamp sets. These are available for purchase NOW at the MHK Designs ETSY Store. 

As a special treat to celebrate the October 2017 Release, Mynn is giving away sets from this release. More on how to win at the end of this post.

Today we are celebrating autumn with this fabulous set called Funky Fall Foliage.

Here's my card. I'm keeping it fun and funky with bright bold colours.


GIVEAWAY!

In order to get this new set OR the entire release for FREE, here's what you'll need to do:
  1. Leave a comment on the MHKDesigns blog
  2. Leave a comment on each DT member's blog (see list on MHKDesigns blog). 
  3. Join our MHKDesigners and Friends Facebook group and leave a comment there.
Mynn will randomly choose the winning comments from all these places after the release is over. The best way to win is to comment every day.

Beijinhos!

Tuesday Throwdown #364: Stencilling

Good morning, friends! Time for another new challenge over at Tuesday Throwdown. This week we have an easy theme for you: "Stencilling". All you have to do is a stencil (or several stencils) in the design process of your project. Our sponsor for this challenge is Sprinkle and Sparkle. Their online store is overflowing with crafty goodness.

My project features this beautiful festive image called Christmas Spirit Fairy. In keeping with falling snowflakes of the image, I used MFT's Falling Snow to create a snowy background directly on the card base. First I inked the stencil with Broken China DI and again with Ranger Texture Paste coloured with a tiny drop of Shaded Lilac DI. To finish the card I added Orchid Lawn Trimming by Lawn Fawn.

Here's a closer look at the fairy. I coloured her with Faber Castell Polychromos and added extra sparkle with Stardust Stickles, Wink of Stella Clear and Nuvo Crystal Drops. Too much? No way!  Not enough, I'd say!

Now it's your turn to create a project based on this week's theme: "Stencilling". For ideas and inspiration, take a peek at what the rest of the DT members have made. Remember to link up your project at the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge Blog by 3pm Pacific / 11pm UK on Monday, October 16th. And the most important requirement: Have Fun!

Thank you so much for stopping by and have an amazing day!

Beijinhos!

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Chocolate Baroque: Birthday Greeting

Good morning, friends! Brand new day and a brand new project. I've used the skinny trees from the Fantasy Woodland A4 sheet to create a birthday card. The greeting is from the Birthday Words A5 sheet.

I heat embossed the trees with WOW Ebony Embossing Powder and then created the background by blending various Distress Inks. For the sky I used Blueprint Sketch, Salty Ocean, Broken China and a touch of Abandoned Coral. For the ground I used Brushed Corduroy, Bundled Sage, Mowed Lawn and Crushed Olive. I masked out the moon and then applied Squeezed Lemonade, Fossilised Amber and added definition with Faber-Castell Polychromos. To add interest to the sky I added little white dots with a White Sharpie and droplets of Nuvo Glitter Drops White Blizzard.

I stamped the greeting with VersaFine Majestic Blue.


That's all from me today, friends!  Thank you so much for stopping by and have an amazing Sunday.

Beijinhos!

Thursday, 5 October 2017

MHKD October Release: Celestial Elements



Hello, friends! Welcome to Day 1 of MHKDesigns' October Release Party. Head on over to the MHK Designs ETSY Store for lots of lovely vintage designs that suit all crafting styles.

This month, MHKDesigns is releasing FIVE new digital stamp sets. These are available for purchase NOW at the MHK Designs ETSY Store. 

As a special treat to celebrate the October 2017 Release, Mynn is giving away sets from this release. More on how to win at the end of this post.

Today we are reaching for the stars with this set called Celestial Elements.



I made this card with 2 crescents making a full moon. How romantic is that?! :)



GIVEAWAY!

In order to get this new set OR the entire release for FREE, here's what you'll need to do:
  1. Leave a comment on the MHKDesigns blog
  2. Leave a comment on each DT member's blog (see list on MHKDesigns blog). 
  3. Join our MHKDesigners and Friends Facebook group and leave a comment there.
Mynn will randomly choose the winning comments from all these places after the release is over. The best way to win is to comment every day.

Beijinhos!



Wednesday, 4 October 2017

ATSM #262: Make Your Mark


Hello again, friends! Time for another challenge over at Addicted To Stamps and More and this week we are playing Make Your Mark. For this challenge, you can create anything you like as long as you use something to make a mark. Feel free to use pencils, pens, markers, chalks, crayons, paints, stains, inks ... whatever takes your fancy.

I made a flowery birthday card using Altenew's Vintage Roses. For the greeting, I used MFT stamps and finished the card with a few pink sequins.


Here's a closer look. I did some fussy cutting and popped a few roses and leaves with foam take.


Now it's your turn to link up your project for the Make Your Mark challenge. There are so many colouring media to choose from. I look forward to seeing your projects.

Thank you so much for stopping by and have fun with this challenge.

Beijinhos!

Sunday, 1 October 2017

MHK Designs: October Challenge

Welcome to MHKDesigns October Challenge. Our monthly challenge begins on the 1st of each month and will end on the last day of the month. Winners will be announced on the 15th of the following month.

We want to keep our challenges fun and simple, so each month you will get a photo prompt to inspire you. You are free to make whatever paper project you fancy - a card, scrapbook layout, a tag, a box, art journal page etc. You don't have to use MHKD products participate but if you do the theme is ANYTHING GOES.  Here is the Prompt for this challenge:

I made a simple little card using an image and a sentiment from Sit A Bit.  The little clock in the middle, now that's a sneak peek from a brand new October release set called Tick Tock. To finish the card: some twine tied in a bow.

The winner of this Challenge stands to win some fabulous products by MHKDesigns. So make sure you follow the challenge rules and you'll be eligible for the prize. And if you need a little creative boost, you'll find more inspiration by the rest of the Design Team over at the Challenge Blog.

Thank you for stopping by today and I'm looking forward to seeing what you create for us this month.

Beijinhos,

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Tuesday Throwdown #362: More Than One Fold

Good morning, friends! Time for another new challenge over at Tuesday Throwdown. This week we have an easy theme for you: "More Than One Fold". Our sponsor for this challenge is SugarPea Designs.

Here's my simple birthday card with a stand-up front.

I coloured the images with Copics, fussy cut and created a scene using die cuts.

And I used the balls and stoppers for the card front to stand in place.

Now it's your turn to create a project based on this week's theme: "More Than One Fold". For ideas and inspiration, take a peek at what the rest of the DT members have made. Remember to link up your project at the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge Blog by 3pm Pacific / 11pm UK on Monday, October 2nd. And the most important requirement: Have Fun!

Thank you so much for stopping by and have an amazing day!

Beijinhos!

Monday, 25 September 2017

Chocolate Baroque: Falling Leaves

Good morning, friends! The leaves are falling, the air is cooler and the days are getting shorter... hellooooo Autumn!

And to celebrate this beautiful time of the year, I've created an art journal page with a seasonal theme. Just so you know how wonderfully versatile Chocolate Baroque stamps are, I'm featuring a stamp not usually associated with autumn: the Flora Musica rose.

Every year I am enthralled by the sights and smells of autumn: rich, warm, mellow. So how do I get some of these onto an art journal? As always I started by prepping the page with Faber Castell White Gesso. When completely dry I applied these Folk Art Acrylic Paints with a baby wipe.
417 Teddy Bear Brown, 433 Terra Cotta, 951 Apple Spice, 920 Autumn Leaves, 225 Pumpkin, 431 French Vanilla, 724 Evergreen, 726 Green Meadow and 923 Clover.

Next, I used Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Leaves dies to cut the foliage out of gold tissue paper. I stuck them own with Ranger Multi Medium Matte, creating layers for texture and dimension. The tissue paper leaves captures the look and feel of dry leaves.

The focal image on the page is Flora Musica. I stamped t directly onto the background using Plum Ranger Archival Ink and I've coloured the leaves with Faber Castell P.olychromos. I stamped the image again with Memento Tuxedo Black, coloured the flowers with Copics, fussy cut and adhered them to the image.

And finally, the letters for the quote are cut out of black CS using WRMK Alphabet dies

And here is my autumn inspired art journal page:
Challenges:
Mixed Media World #29: AG
Always Fun #25: AG
HeARTful Stamping: AG + Stamp

That's all from me today. I've been so very busy this fortnight and I haven't actually had the time to craft for leisure. I'm glad for these DT projects because they remind me to slow down and take pleasure in getting inky. Thank you so much for stopping by and have an amazing Monday.

Beijinhos!

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