Thursday, February 12, 2015

Some Much Needed Craft Time and Inspirational Challenges


We are still struggling here at Chez LaCroix and Mama is getting a little cranky! Phew. Took Miss Priss to the doctor this morning and I went Monday evening. No one can find anything wrong to explain continued fevers. Sigh. I am TIRED.  :)

I got some very therapeutic time in my crafty space yesterday afternoon and it did wonders for my "mood"! :) I needed it! I played along with some challenges I didn't want to miss and didn't get the time and energy to get them all posted last night as I wanted. So I am playing catch up this morning. Along with a million other little things I have to do! Argh! (Can you say class valentines? Yikes. I tried to get The Piglets to go along with premade cards this time but they are not having it.)

Before I share my cards, please check out my BlogAVersary Giveaway post here. Followers (both current and new ones) can comment for a chance to win some blog candy!

For my first card I wanted to play along with the current Merry Monday Challenge, Candy Canes. I bought the SSS Candy Cane Christmas Limited Edition card kit in November and still love it!

I used a piece of PTI Pure Poppy cardstock for my base, Lawn Fawn's Snow Day patterned paper for the accent panel, MFT's Grand Holiday Greetings, and the SSS Candy Cane Christmas stamp set. I stamped the two candy canes, fussy cut and glued together on the accent panel that was die cut and embossed using LID's Stitched Rounded Rectangles.
Next up, is Paper Smooches Valentine's Day card for the challenge on their blog. I used the Bee Mine stamp set.
I stamped all the images and colored them with Spectrum Noir Markers on the main panel. I sponged Distress Inks "Mowed Lawn" to ground the image and then layered it over the base with a few patterned pieces (Echo Park's Head Over Heels 6x6 pad) on the edge.
And last to share this morning, is for one of the anniversary celebration challenges over at Papertrey Ink. They are celebrating 8 years! I LOVE their products and watching the new releases come out each month. For sure not BUYING them each month, but I'm there in spirit. :)
This challenge was to use a stamp set that has yet to see ink or has seen very little. I proudly report that I didn't have any that had never seen ink, but I did some digging and found a couple that hadn't been used very much. Super Stripes and Signature Greetings.
I'm not wild about it, but it will do. I used Soft Stone cardstock for the base, Vintage Cream for the main accent panel, Hibuscuss Burst and Soft Stone ink, and Rasberry Fizz cardstock die cut with a MFT Stitched Circle die. I white embossed the sentiment and added some twine through the top.
That's it for me this morning! Wow. I have a bunch of "work" to get to today! (Especially if I want to have play time later. My fingers are crossed - I'm sure I will need it before day's end!)
Thanks so much for stopping by to visit!
God Bless,
John 3:16 -- "For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

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  1. Fabulous set of cards Mandy, Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday.

  2. Lovely set of cards, Mandy! Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday.

  3. Beautiful set of cards, Mandy! Love your candy cane card and pretty papers! Thanks for playing along with us this week over at Merry Monday! :)

  4. Great set of cards. Love the candy canes shaped like a heart.

  5. Both of your cards are so pretty. I like how the little banner with the button coordinates with the candy canes. Thanks for playing Merry Monday this week!

  6. Lovely cards, I like the Merry Monday heart made with the Candy Canes, thanks for joining us this week.

  7. K well I am in love with each of these cards but I am certain my heart melted at the Hello honey card!!! So crisp, fresh, and well done!!! Love your work and following you is such an inspiration!!!


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