Monday, January 25, 2016


Hello All,

For today I am playing along with Color Throwdown. Their palette this week is awe inspiring. When I thought about the colors I thought about seashells. Here is my card for today, Enjoy!

The shell background was stamped in charcoal ink then
colored using PrismaColor pencils. I blended four colors for color and depth.
Added a bit of sparkle with some sequins.
Washi tape creates the banner for the sentiment.
I thought the sentiment would be perfect for this type of card.
I also added the flourish shell for a bit more charm. 
The stippling around the shells adds the texture of sand.
Entering Challenges:

Yesterday my daughter turned ten. It seems hard to believe that ten years ago I held a baby that we so desperately wanted and loved so much. She has surpassed every expectation I had for her; she is kind, thoughtful, creative and slapstick funny! Ten years ago I had to start sharing my daughter with the world and I'm glad I did; because I believe the world is a better place with her in it. Happy Birthday sweet girl!

All the best,

Tea Please

Hello Readers!

For tonight I am writing on behalf of Make My Monday challenge blog! A new week brings a new challenge! Here is my inspiration card for tonight.

For this week our challenge is...
Newest or Most Favourite Stamp 
Christmas is behind us and new stamps are among one of the presents we are itching to use! Well now is your chance!! So come on over and use either what you have and love, or show off your latest and greatest stamp..

Entering Challenges:


Well my new stamp is in the background of the card. It is a set from Stampin' Up! called Awesomely Artistic and along with this set I have received new dies. These are also from Stampin' Up! and it is located in the Occasions catalog called Cups & Kettles. Oh what fun it is to work with new stuff! I encourage you to do the same. I found crafting tonight that using new things seems to refresh the old things. 

That should do it for me, off to bed I go. I am looking forward to seeing your creations at Make My Monday. Take care and thank you so much for stopping on over to see me.

All the best,

Thursday, January 21, 2016


Hello Everyone,

For today I am playing along with Just Us Girls color challenge. It is all about blue, which happens to be my favorite color. Here is my card for today, enjoy!

I used two new things from Christmas on this card.
I got bleeding tissue paper (love) and the flower stamp by
Technique Junkies.

Sentiment proves to be a perfect fit for the recipient.
Detail of the flowers.
They were sponged using white pigment ink over an embossed image.
the center of the flowers I chose to sponge in a bit more blue. 
Entering Challenge:
Just Us Girls: Color Week- #326

I just spoke with my friend today and she announced that she is adopting not one but two children. I am so happy and my heart is singing praises and joy for her and her family! I think this card will be a perfect congratulatory card just for her.

Thank you so much for joining me today and please pray for my friend as this is not final quite yet. Take care and see you soon!

All the best,

MHKDesigns January Challenge

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to the first challenge of 2016 at MHK Designs! I think you will enjoy what we have in store but before I reveal the challenge here is my inspiration card.
What a fantastic image from MHKDesigns!
The globe and sentiment are both from the
Rock My World Stamp Set
You choose what inspires you; color, photo inspiration, or elements. In this case color is what inspired me. My creation is using products from the MHKDesigns Etsy Shop! If you don't have MHKDesigns products, no worries, you are still welcome to enter!

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The pink background paper is also from MHKDesigns.
All I did was distress the edges a bit.
The globe was printed out in grayscale then
I colored over the gray with PrismaColor pencils in various earthy colors.
I was hoping the topography vague enough to be nondescript.
The ocean is outlined with various shades of blue and green leaving the middle white.
Entering Challenges:

All the challenges for the coming months will be based off these color swatches. I do hope you can join us and be a part of the fun! Thank you so much for stopping by for my MHKDesigns debut I will see you over there until then take care.

All the best,

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Magnolia Drive

Hello All,

For tonight I writing for (PIN)spirational to let you know we have a new challenge! Here is my inspiration card, enjoy!

The resolution for this digi stamp is superb!
Easy to work with white or transparent options.
Fred, She Said Designs .... The Store
What a great card, huh?
Well it wouldn't have been possible if it
weren't for our sponsor!

Our challenge for these next two weeks will be
a photo challenge. It is up to you to
interpret it anyway you'd like.
The entire card was colored using PrismaColor pencils.
My hand still hurts.
Sponging the edges of the card gives it a boundary
and a sense of dreaminess.
Detail showing the magnolias.
Entering Challenges:
Curtain Call: January 15- Girly
Inkspirational: Colour Challenge- Blast from the Past
Using past color challenge: 75 - Use rose shades of red and /or pink. You may also use green leaf colors. 


When I was a little girl, and I mean little, I lived on Magnolia Drive in New Jersey, USA. I don't remember too much, but what I do remember was every spring I would see tons of magnolia trees lining our street in full bloom. I remember loving how pretty our neighborhood looked. I remember not liking the smell too much, but the color was incredible, for about two weeks. After that, all the petals fall off and it looks as if snow had just fallen to the ground. So as I was making this card I was reminiscing about being a child and how magical things were back then. Childhood, what a wonderful experience!

I do hope you will join us at (PIN)spirational. Until then take care and see you there!

All the best,

Monday, January 18, 2016

Faux Stitching Card

Hello Readers!

Well here we are again the start of a new week. A new week means a new challenge for Make My Monday challenge blog! Before I reveal the card I would first like to share my inspiration card, enjoy!

Faux stitching stencil from Stamplorations seems
to be the perfect fit for our challenge.
Challenge for this week:
Stitching Faux or Real 
Color scheme came from Colour Q. I decided to use gray as
my neutral.
The color of the sentiment is brushed pewter
and is shadowed by bright silver.
Used a bit of faux stitching for the circle.
Entering Challenge: cQc #324

Well that is all for me! Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy day to visit and I hope this prompts you to play along at Make My Monday. Enjoy, have fun, and see you soon!

All the Best,

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Daring Fantastical Sketch

Hello Everyone,

For tonight I am playing along with Daring Cardmakers, Sketch Saturday, and Fantasy Stampers Challenge Blogs. Three challenges, one card; let's see how I brought all of them together.. Here is my card for tonight, enjoy!

The aqua-green backdrop for the sentiment was made a year ago using the shaving cream technique. I can still smell the shaving cream. Check out the flex of blue! Perfect for this card!
The red flowers just pop off the aquamarine and white backdrop.
This color combination is just outstanding!!
Above: detail of the hexagons and flowers.
Below: You will see some of the shine I introduced. Shimmery seafoam green, lustery silver,
and shiny blue all come together to form a crisp backdrop for the whimsical flowers

Entering challenges:
Daring Cardmakers: Elementary Inspired (Color, Texture, Shine)
Sketch Saturday: Week #394 by Lesley
Fantasy Stampers: Challenge #53- Happy Birthday


It is my daughter's birthday in two weeks and I think this might be her birthday card. She is turning ten!! Incredible how time flies!! I know she loves the colors, because she saw me in the process of making it. I guess I better hide it for the time being. Thank you to all the blogs for the fantastic inspiration.

It is that time again to thank you so much for stopping by my little corner of the internet. I do appreciate your time you spend with TheGrandStampede. Until next time take care.

All the best,

Pretty in Pink...White & Gray

Hello Everyone,

For tonight I am playing along with Cupcake Inspiration, Little Tangles and again with Less is More. I can say I used my flourishes twice now.. Improvement.. Here is my card for tonight, enjoy!

I wanted the design to look Zentangle'ish and I am still undecided
whether it was a success or not.
Teardrops are from a retired stamp set from Stampin' Up!, flourish stamp is from Inkadinkado. The color inspiration works so nicely with the one layer card CAS design. I enjoy how it turned out.

Entering Challenges:
Less is More: Week 258- flourish
Cupcake Inspiration: CIC 342- color challenge
Little Tangles: Challenge 64- Hello

"Less is More"  

I am unhappy to say that I am not the winner of the $1.5 billion dollar Powerball jackpot.. UGH! Well I did have a 2.92million to one chance of winning.. I guess you have to be in it to win it.. If 2.92million to one are my odds, well then, so be it.. You never know!! I just read you have more of chance of getting struck by lightening while drowning then hitting this jackpot! With that said if no-one wins tonight, I'm out... 20 bucks is too much to just throwaway. For that amount money I could have gotten a fantastic stamp set!

I am going to cash it in for tonight (get it?). Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy day to join me and I will see you soon.

All the Best,
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