Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Thankful Squirrel

Hello again friends,

Today I am going to playing along with A Day for Daisies and Sunday Stamps. Here is my card for today, enjoy!

The squirrel was colored using Mexpy alcohol markers. I wanted to add some visual texture to our little squirrel by layering on and then taking off color to get a furry texture.

Below: There is a lot of textural elements to this card. Examples are the bronze luster on the card stock, distressed edging, and of course the burlap- and amazingly it is not very bulky.

Detail showing our furry little friend.
I really like the color of the flowers and how
it compliments the sentiment so nicely.
Yet it doesn't take away from the overall design. In fact, I believe it enhances it.
Challenges entered:
A Day for Daisies: Challenge #156- add burlap and/or kraft
Sunday Stamps: SSC140- Sketch Time

Oh squirrels! The bane of my dog's existence. Whenever he sees a squirrel he bolts and takes me or whoever is on the other end of the leash with him. No matter how hard I try to train this sixty pound furball it always end the same way. I brace myself steadfast to the sidewalk while he jumps and barks at the dangerous creature climbing up the tree. When he is satisfied, he calms down and we continue on our way. After some choice words I say - 'Good dog! Ridding the world of all those evil squirrels. What would I do without you?'. Really, I don't know what I would without him. So much a part of our family, our Crown. ­čśŹ

Well thank you so much for dropping in to spend time with me. I really enjoyed this project and I hope you did too. So until next time, take care, and happy stamping everyone!!

All the best,

Christmas Candles

Hello Friends,

For today I have an inspiration card using your MHKDesigns digital stamps and papers. Here is my card for today, enjoy.

I don't usually make tall cards but this design seemed to have
dictated the shape. Monochromatic'ish color palette allows it to be too busy.
MHKDesigns vintage images work so well with each other.
I invite you to check out her Etsy store and see for yourself
the versatility of stamp sets and variety of digital papers we have to offer


I really to enjoy the transparent acrylic at the top of the card.
You will see below behind the acrylic is iridescent DP. It adds a surprise bit of sparkle,
without it overwhelming the card.
I made this image extra large so you can see all the details and sparkle. 

I will encourage you to stop by the MHKDesigns blog to see more inventive ideas from our design team, and then play along with our monthly challenge, or just enjoy a bit of eye candy.

There is a lot more to discover at MHKDesigns Etsy Shop! Stop on over and see what we have to offer. It is certain to spark the imagination. So, thank you for stopping by and hope to see you soon. Take care and happy crafting.

All the best,

Supplies Used:
Christmas Candles digi stamp set
Worn & Weathered digi paper pack

Monday, November 28, 2016


Hello All,

For today I am playing along with along with Fusion Card Challenge. Their sketch blended with the photo inspiration was so interesting that I had to give it a try. Here is my card for today, enjoy!
The photo had some fantastic horizontal elements that inspired me to use them
as a design element.

Kept it simple and bold with lots of visual texture.
There is literal texture as well. I decided not to adhere the wreath or its elements
completely to the card allowing it to fray out.

Below: Side-by-side photos showing all the luster and texture this card has to offer.
I thought the simple jewel placed on the bow was a good anchor for the sentiment.

Challenges Entered:
Fusion: Joy

Well thank you so much for dropping in to spend time with me. I really enjoyed this project and I hope you did too. I am starting to feel yet another cold coming so I should go to bed to try to fend it off. So until next time, take care, and happy stamping everyone!!

All the best,

White with Stripes

Hello All,

For today I am playing along with Hand Stamped Sentiments. Their sketch was so interesting that I had to give it a try. Here is my card for today, enjoy!

Using vellum allows some of the color to show through. It seemed a bit too transparent
so I flipped it over and inked on some white and wiped some of it off.
It turned out very well.

The ombre background really surprised me. I shifted the strips from my die cut stencil
and came up with this! Look closely and you see the border is only one line. The second line fills in the center to create a very unique background.
Detail showing the embossed vellum and inlaid ornament. It is hard to see but the ornament sparkles while the inlay is white CS. 
Challenges Entered:
Hand Stamped Sentiments: HSS Challenge #251

Well thank you so much for dropping in to spend time with me. I really enjoyed this project and I hope you did too. So until next time, take care, and happy stamping everyone!!

All the best,

Sunday, November 27, 2016

CAS Ornaments

Hello Friends!

For today I will be playing along with Merry Monday, CAS on Sunday and CAS Colours and Sketches. Here is my card for today, enjoy!

A beautiful die cut from Memory Box was found at my local craft outlet store.
I found it suited for the sketch and color challenges. 

A simple sentiment is what keeps this card CAS. I really like the white-on-white
of the die cut and just a pinch of color makes this card pop!

Below: You will find details of the large ornament sparkling in the light.
The inlay technique looks fantastic.

I promise the dark sentiment, dots, and ornament are dark blue. This is a hard color to capture on my phone. 

Challenges Entered:
Merry Monday: Challenge #223- Colour Challenge
CAS Colours & Sketches: Challenge #201- sketch
CAS on Sunday: Challenge #97- Christmas

I am very tired so I am going to turn in.. Thank  you so much for joining me! We will see you soon. Until then take care and happy stamping.

All the best,

Wednesday, November 23, 2016


Hello Everyone,

Today marks another challenge at The Male Room! But before I get to the challenge here is my card for today, enjoy!

The city scene was created using a stencil, white multi-media ink, and black paper.
Placed the stencil on the black paper, then inked it up with white ink. Lastly, I added ink colors over the white ink.

Challenge for the next two weeks:


I colored the windows with the stencil in place.
Creating a random set of lit and unlit windows.
I then masked the buildings and started on my sky. 
The style of the sentiment seems to be well suited for this card!
To me, it looks like an autograph, which is why I stamped the sentiment at an angle.
 Well that should do it for me! I do invite you to join our challenge at The Male Room in these coming weeks. I am looking forward to seeing what you create. Also, thank you so much for stopping by my little corner of the internet. I do appreciate every visit and if you aren't already a follower, I invite to join me in my adventures at TheGrandStampede. So until next time, take care and happy crafting. 

All the best,

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

MHKDesigns Nov/Dec Challenge

Hello All,

Just a quick note to let you know we are starting a new challenge today at MHKDesigns. Here is my card for today, enjoy!

I adore this card! Its texture and mixture of
elements is so fitting for our challenge.

All new eclectic stamps and sentiments
now available at MHKDesigns Etsy Store

Don't fret if you don't have MHKDesigns products yet,
you are still welcome to participate in our challenge.

The prize for this challenge include: 

Link up below for your chance to win these products! Make sure to review our challenge rules before you linkup.
Below you will see what I printed out.
It is amazing the transformation you get after you
add a bit of color and embellishments.

Notice the center is lighter than the rest of the card.
It is used to highlight and bring attention to the sentiment.
Detail of the card showing some of its finishing touches
I do hope this inspired you to have a go at this challenge with your MHKDesigns stamps; I invite you to join us at MHKDesigns. The colors are fabulous and were so much fun to work with. Like I said earlier, if you don't have our product yet; no worries! You can still play along. Thank you so much for stopping by today. Take care everyone and see you soon. Until then happy stamping.

All the best,

Monday, November 21, 2016


Hello All, 

It is that time again! Holidays? Yes, but no... PINspirational is starting a new challenge today! Here is my card for today, enjoy!

Sponsors for this challenge

~Sherri Baldy~

Prize-3 digis below

Prize-3 digis

Challenge #179

Current Challenges

Well that should do it for me. I hope you have a great day and thank you so much for stopping by my little byte of the internet. I do hope you will join us at PINspirational. It should be fun! Until then take care and happy crafting.

All the best,

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