Thursday, April 2, 2015

Challenges Galore and Some Spring Fun

I'm trying to get back up to my more-than-once-a-week-posts! ; ) We came home from our little Spring Fling Mini-Vacation LATE last night rather then waiting until this morning and as a result, we all had some extra chill time today We love chill time. I was able to get some crafty time in with the windows up and blowing fresh air into The Fortress of Solitude. It make-uh me SO happy.

I'm excited to share a SWEET little baby card and gift bag I made last week (Or the one before -- and guess where it all is, gift included??? Still sitting on my Dining Room table - NOT in the hands of the new baby mama at church. Bad Mandy!)

I had alot of fun decorating a couple of Kraft gift bags I picked up at Michael's for cheap. I may have to do that again because it was a blast coordinating them. (I'll share the other bag in a later post.)

I used my PTI On The Farm stamp & die set (all time fave) and MFT Harlequin stencil & Stitched Jumbo Fishtail Flags on the bag and MFT Stitched Square Frame dies on the card for my shaker box. The sentiment included on the bag is from CTMH Cute Koalas stamp set. 

I thought this was perfect for Curtain Call's "Beginnings" Challenge this week and Addicted to CAS's "Cute" challenge

I'm also playing along with Crazy 4 Challenges "Let's Think Spring" and Loves Rubber Stamps "Use Your Favorite Embellishments" Challenge (jute twine! and cork shapes.)

Next up is a card I actually got to make today. (I would love to hide away into the wee hours of the night crafting at my will! I got in the groove today...but alas, I'm not a spring chick anymore and staying up too late is a headache trigger for me! So I must practice restraint these days. Booo!)  Ha!

This one is a technique I have seen more than once and have been wanting to try for a month of Sundays. I inked my card panel using Distress Inks (Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, Mowed Lawn, and Broken China) then spritzed a stencil (again, MFT Harlequin) and pressed the wet stencil over the inked panel for a few moments. The water reacts with the inks to leave a subtle patterne from the stencil. It looks so cool! Should have done this a long time ago. :-| Oh Brother!

I stamped the sentiment on a strip of vellum using MFT's Blue Skies stamp set and After Midnight ink. The die cuts are from Blueprints 23 and the veneer embellies are Freckled Fawn.

I used this weeks colors from Colour Q as my inspiration.


Well, that's it for me tonight! Thanks so much for stopping by to visit! Hope that you liked everything! 

God Bless, 

Matthew 6:34    NKJV (New King James Version)
     "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."

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  1. Love your On the Farm projects. Makes me want to go to that farm!

  2. Love your gift bags, very clever to decorate them as you have...I can see why jute is one of your fav embellishments, you've used it wisely. The spritzed stencil is a great idea...I'm going to have to give it a try. Thanks for playing along with us this week at Loves Rubberstamps, hope you'll join us again soon!

  3. Lovely projects...very creative!
    Glad you could join Loves Rubberstamps this week, happy easter..
    Hugs Blankina

  4. Love the farm type cards - really cute! Thanks for joining in at ATCAS!

  5. What gorgeous projects! That little chicken tag and card set is so adorable and I love the colors on your get well card! Lovely job! Thank you so much for playing along with us at Loves Rubberstamps this week! We hope you will play along with us again soon!

  6. I am in love with that gift bag with matching card!! SO awesome and CUTE AS CAN BE!! What a lucky mama to be the recipient of such cuteness!!! As for your happy, cheerful rainbow colored get well card - so delightful and so exciting to see!! Love that technique idea and one of these days I am actually going to try it out!! Thank you for sharing the fruits of your crafty times - I always love a visit here - so much to feast on!!! Have a wonderful day!!

  7. I really like your bold colors on the umbrella card. What a neat technique to use with the stencil! Thanks for sharing your work in our "Spring is in the Air" challenge at Cards in Envy! I hope you'll join us again soon for another challenge.

  8. Oh these are so adorable!!! Thanks for playing with us at Loves Rubberstamps!!!

  9. Very pretty card, Mandy, love your wood bits! Thanks for sharing your card with us at the colourQ.

  10. Love your multi color background for your Spring card for our challenge! And I love the umbrella! Thanks for sharing with us at Cards in Envy!

    Sandy’s Crafty Creations Blog

  11. Mandy your bag is fantastic and that wooden frame. Love the background on your colourQ too! Thank you for sharing with us at the Curtain Call!

  12. Awesome projects, Mandy! I love your gift bag and frame so much...such a beautiful card, too! Thank you so much for playing along with us this week at Addicted to CAS!


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