Friday, September 23, 2016

FALL 2016 - Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog Hop

Hello!

I'm back with another card to share -- ONE day later! That's a record for me lately. I'm struggling to get crafty time and/or bloggy time these days. It's chapping me raw just a little bit, if I'm being perfectly honest. Which I try be. :D

I made one card tonight. Nothing to be ashamed of, I know. But, as the afternoon began I had high hopes of a crafty marathon! I saw no reason for me not to have one. But, did I get to??? NOoooooo. If it wasn't one thing it was another. The Hubs came home, it was supper time, and The Sultan wanted us to sit outside while he played. Now, I've even got one of the kitty cats (who, lets face it, rule the house) really upset that I'm typing and not cuddling with him! I have to stop and give him a little love to keep him from flipping out on me. Ha!

SO! I made a card for the Fall Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog Hop. I missed the last one due to our move and now I'm settled in my crafty space and ready to play along. 8-)

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I used my MFT Hug In a Mug stamp and die set and CTMH (retired) Pathfinding paper kit. (A precious jewel I've been hoarding for at least 2 years. Probably more.) The rays behind the coffee mug (We ALL feel like that in the morning when we see that first cup!) were made using the Tim Holtz Rays stencil and Fossilized Amber Distress Inks. 



I actually made a little background with this photo. I can't decide if it's too distracting or not! I do like it - but, the jury is still out. (I love when I see other's "staged" photos, but I can never pull off one I like. A photographer I am not.)

I used a sketch and color challenge to get me focused with this one. (It had been a crazy, hectic morning...)



Thanks so much for stopping by to visit! :) Please come back again soon! 

God Bless,
Mandy
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Thursday, September 22, 2016

MFT Card Design Superstar 2016

Hello!

I'm popping in on this lovely evening (feels like a Friday to us with The Piglets out of school tomorrow) to share a couple of last minute cards! I wanted to play along with the SuperStar contest that MFT is hosting and waited til last minute to finish my last two. I'm not surprising myself at all here. And, after a day of suffering and dragging with a migraine, I was glad I did. It MADE me come into my crafty space and play. And that was the best medicine ever.

Here they are:

(I used all MFT supplies.)


I used Blueprints 25 as a stencil to ink the "rainbow" background on Kraft cardstock. Love how this turned out! I added a penguin from Penguins in Paradise and sentiment from the Rainbow of Happiness stamp and die set. The star is cut using the MFT Plaids paper pack and Tag Builders 4. I trimmed the main panel with Blueprints 13. 


I combined Happy Hedgehogs and Harvest Mouse elements for this one. The sentiment is from Penguins in Paradise. I used the Stitched Rectangle windows die and Zig pens with watercolor paper to create the background. The top panel is sponged with Distress Ink in Broken China. 


Phew. That's all for me now! What a race. LOL. Thanks SO much for stopping by to visit! 

Hugs and God Bless,
Mandy

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Your Love Will Keep Me Warm

Hello!

I'm popping in this afternoon between household chores and projects to share a card I made this past weekend.  I'm beginning a project I've been dying to do since we moved in. Staining the back stairs leading in from the garage (almost finished!) and painting the risers and handrails a nice glossy, warm white. I will also repaint the door and trim to freshen it up and make sure it's the same white. Have you ever taken a peek at all the whites available at the paint store? WOW. I was never so confused. I had to take a look at a brochure about the warms and cools and what I was painting etc, etc, to figure out which color to pick. Speaking from experience, spending time painting only to decide the color doesn't work is not fun. Ask me how I know. :D

On to the fun part! My card. And since I'm waning in the crafty mojo department, this feels like an accomplisment - to actually finish a card and share it. I don't have a shortage of ideas for new cards, but I just haven't had much/any crafty energy lately. I seem to bounce around between my hobbies and when I'm all into one, the others are neglected. Apparently, I have something of a one track mind? You learn something every day. Even if it's about yourself, you can learn something at the ripe old age of smech-blach. And, that's all I'm going to say about that.

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This is one I had in mind to make for this years MFT Card Design Superstar contest. And what a contest! I've already seen so many fabulous entries! It's quite intimidating. I can't wait to have some time to sit down and go through them more closely and share some "love". :)


I made a little couple out of my dies from the LLD Hug in a Mug stamp and die set. I added googly eyes and hand-drawn eyelashes on the lady mug. She got a pink peppermint and Mr. Mug got a piece of chocolate. They are both little shakers using the heart that comes with the set. I used white pigment ink and the Typewriter Text background stamp on Kraft cardstock before adding the elements and stamping the heart and sentiment (all from the same set). I thought it would be fun to do something different with these dies. I've used them a ton since I got - as this is one of my very favorite sets. :D Just a little cutesy, fun change. :) 

I'm also playing along with the current Cut It Up challenge - Name Game. You are to add an element to your project based on the first letter of your name. So "M" from Mandy --> mugs. 

Cut It Up

Ok - that's all for me now. I've got one of the little vultures circling about wanting the laptop. (Eye roll). How would they live without their electronics??? Oh the travesty that would be! Gee whiz. 

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit. Please come back soon! I hope to whip out a few more cards for which I have ideas. That requires two things though: execution and blogging about it! haha. 


God bless,
Mandy

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Christmas Card Challenges - #41 Color Challenge

Hello!

I'm popping in this afternoon to share my card for the latest Christmas Card Challenge. This week we have a color challenge and I used a fun little mouse. :) Hee hee. They are so cute.




I used the MFT Harvest Mouse stamp set, Paper Smooches Christmas Sampler stamp set, and a couple scraps of patterned paper. Voila! That's it! Super simple and fun to make! :) It's hard to tell in this photo (b/c my lighting was terrible. Ugh!) but I sponged a light gray ink (MFT Cement Gray dye ink) behind the mouse and on the left hand side of my card. I have to break the white up just a little bit to keep it from bugging me. :) 


Thanks SO much for stopping by to visit! Please come back again soon! And don't forget to check out the fun over at Christmas Card Challenges.

God Bless,
Mandy

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

ABC Christmas Challenge - S for Sew What?

Hello!

I'm back with another challenge from the ABC Christmas Challenge. We are already up to the letter 'S'! Egads!


This challenge is S for Sew What? Using real or faux stitching on your projects. There is a lovely sponsor again this go round....






I used my Stitched Square Frames from MFT and Lawn Fawn's Toboggan Together stamp set. 


I added a light background stamping using In The Buff dye ink and Wonky Chevron background stamp set. The ADORABLE little ornaments are Limelight MFT cardstock and die from Precious Marieke. (I've never heard of it. My Mom found them and bought for me. Just ADORABLE, I say!) 


That's all for me now. Please stop by again soon and don't forget to check out the fun over at ABC Christmas Challenge! :) 

God Bless,
Mandy


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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Christmas Card Challenge - #40 Christmas Lights

Hello!

Back again today to quickly share my card for the current Christmas Card Challenge - Christmas Lights.




I used the lights stamp from my Lawn Fawn Baah Humbug set. 


I used the Gift Tag Greetings set from MFT, white embossed on a red stitched circle (die cut using MFT Stitched Circle STAX). I colored the lights with Copic markers and sponged a bit of Broken China Distress Ink behind the location for my sentiment before adhering with foam tape. I added a black cardstock strip, and patterned paper strip (from MFT Rainbow Stripes 6x6 pad.) to finish off the CAS design. 


Thanks so much for stopping by to visit! Please join the fun over at Christmas Card Challenges! It's a great way to get a head start on your Christmas card stash! 8-)

God Bless,
Mandy

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Addicted To Stamps Challenge - #131 Trees/Branches/Leaves

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I'm popping in on a beautiful Sunday afternoon during a football marathon :) so glad that fall is near! This late summer humidity and pollen storm over the past two weeks has about beat us to death. My whole house has been suffering. None of us SICK - thank goodness - but it's taken us down. No appetite, headaches, super tired. My poor hubby came in from church/lunch and passed OUT. Bless his heart.

So -- I'm whining about that because that's why I'm a little late with this post! Bwwaaahaahaha. Kidding. We will live. I think. ;)

This week at Addicted to Stamps Challenge - is:


TREES/BRANCHES AND OR LEAVES
(Don't forget to use at least one stamp)

You have two weeks to show us your creations. We can’t wait to see your work.

We are happy to be sponsored again by Craft Addiction  :
OUR SPONSORS
Thanks Nicole!

I used the fun little palm tree from my MFT Penguins in Paradies set: 


I stamped it twice, colored with Copic markers and die cut before adhering over my little panel that was die cut using the Double Stitched Rectangle STAX. I used masking tape and dye inks to create the background. The sentiment is stamped from MFT's Totally Happy stamp set. 


I'm aslo playing along with CASology's "Beach" theme, Just Add Ink's - "Just Add P" theme (Palm trees), Crazy 4 Challenges - "10 things" challenge (10 diff inks colors exactly - between my sponging, coloring, and stamping!) 8-). 

      

Please come on over and check out the fun out ATSC! :) 
Thanks so much for stopping by to visit!

God Bless,
Mandy

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