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Friday, December 18, 2015

Mountain Plains Crafters and a Graphic 45 challenge

Over at Mountain Plains Crafters, we're holding a Graphic 45 challenge from the 18th to 20th. There will be a prize!
Head over to MPC's blog and comment to be eligible to win! Our challenge was to use a metal embellishment and die cuts.
Here is the prize!

Check out my craftiness below!!!

For this card, I used the gorgeous designer paper from Once Upon a Springtime Classic Collection. I used the tulip embossing folder and then added Inka Gold to the embossed area. The sentiment is from the same collection and it is layered with a piece of copper metallic card stock and put on dimensionals. Next, I added a little stamp from the same dp as well. I used some copper ribbon and distressed it by heating it up...definitely one of my favorite things to do. Lastly, I used the SU! butterfly embosslit die with the dp for my butterflies...difficult to see but there are 3...one by the fairy, one on the right bottom corner and a little one on the top.

My second project below is for my daughter Bailey for Christmas. She is on the right. The other chickadee is my younger daughter, MacKenna. Any who, I used Graphic 45's An ABC Primer Collection( polka dots) and Once Upon a Springtime. The butterfly, photo corners and middle box of the three boxes are stickers from G 45's Graphic 45 Staples stickers....love them for shadow boxes! Before gluing the paper into the boxes, I sponged around them with a bit of black. For our challenge we needed to use metal on a project and I fit that in with the metal arrow embellishment. The words were computer generated, sponged on distressed antique linen and sponged edges with black. I matted the photo with black, used some lovely flowers and some bling rhinestone flourishes. The first picture taken is when I thought I was done...however, I had to show my fellow dt member, MariLynn and of course, she had the best advice.....Inka Gold and some pearls...also, for the sentiment which I computer generated, she recommended using 3 different fonts...I did. So there you have it, the finished product! I don't know what I'd do without MariLynn to bounce ideas off of. I thank you, gf! It's amazing how the littlest changes can make the biggest difference!!!!
Have fun and comment over at MPC (and here if you'd be so kind)


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Growing in Unity follow up

Good day!

First off, a special thanks to everyone that commented on my projects during my GIU week, last week. It means a lot.

Here are the two winners from last week....chosen by random number generator

Kim Hahn and Dana Thompson

Thanks again!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Growing in Unity day 5

                      Happy Friday! We made it through the week! I am sad my last day of GIU is today.  All good things must come to an end!                   

I decided I should close my week out with the Snowpeep Charlie. Though I have to laugh at myself at how I stamped Charlie and how he's shown on the website...shown below. You can go to him on the website here.
I made the card 4 1/4 square. The image was done with pearlescent watercolors and some SU! markers and then a light coating of slightly silver shimmer paint. The sentiment was put on white paper and punched out with modern label punch. The trees were done in green shimmer paint. I inked the embossing folder with burnt sienna and it was finished off with a wide red satin ribbon.
I have had such a fun time this week and appreciate all your comments.
Don't forget to comment on my blog each day this week to be eligible to win 25 random Unity stamps...there will be two winners!



Thursday, December 10, 2015

Growing in Unity Day 4


Welcome and thanks for visiting me on day 4 of my GIU week! Unity rocks! For today's post I sat down with an 8 x 10 canvas and Primrose DCWV designer paper. I really wanted to do some mixed media. I started ripping and making a plan. I put the papers down with mod podge..underneath and on top them. Next, I took some pale rose acrylic paint and painted the sides as well as covered up the ripped portions of paper. I stamped the flower from You are Important and embossed in black. Difficult to see in the photo, but I have a few clusters of beads-one by the flower and two by the flourish. The flourish and arrow are chipboard from Tim Holtz that I covered with distress olive embossing powder. The bird (she did it anyway)was stamped on DCWV, too and cut out and mod podged on. The sentiment was stamped and put onto dimensionals and then covered with mod podge. I used a cluster bouquet of flowers. I also added a touch of lace and a pearl brad. Kind of a wild one today, but I choose to be happy with it !!! :)

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.
Don't forget that two people have a chance to win 25 random Unity stamps for commenting on my blog every day this week!


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Growing in Unity Day 3

             Happy Hump Day to everyone out in cyberspace! I am happy the week is going fast. My daughter will be home from college either tomorrow or Friday. She will be here a month and I hope it goes slowly!

Enough putzing! Today for my GIU project, I decided to go with this fabulous stamp, "Alcohol and salads" and it can be found here. This card came together quickly. I had some odds and ends designer paper sitting on my desk (anybody know the name?) and this stamp....ideas! Okay, so the green reminded me of salad! I loved a recent sketch challenge on Splitcoaststampers~SC567 
That is how this card came to be! I added a piece of thick twine along with a lovely silver brad to finish it off.
Please be sure to comment on my blog every day and two random winners will receive 25 random stamps from Unity Stamp CO.
Thanks for taking the time to comment! It is so much fun being a GIU girl.
If you aren't familiar with them, check them out. Seriously awesome stamps...quality, images rock and my favorite thing about them is their sentiments.



Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Growing In Unity day 2

Welcome to my blog and the second day of my Growing In Unity fun!

Have you ever found that when you have a bit of time to kill, you find yourself crafting? That happened to me when I went to make these Unity Creations. Then I ended up spending more time than I planned...but that's okay!

Two of the five tags I made and the two tiny bags were gifts from having placed an order with Unity....That is an awesome aspect of the company. You always get extra goodies when you place an order. The three colored tags were leftovers sitting on my desk, begging to be cut into a tag!
My sad little snowman was stamped in black and a bit of rose red, garden green and crumb cake markers to add some color. Next, I used some glitter stickles for the snow bank, the snowflake embossing folder and some sequins. My craft card was done pretty quickly. Colored it up with markers, added some highlights with a glitter pen and added a button and a bit of ribbon.
My stamps are from the KOTM Oct. 2014 and SnowFun~the snowpeeps.

I hope you are able to comment every day and then you'll have a chance to be one of two winners of 25 random Unity Stamps!


Monday, December 7, 2015

Growing in Unity Day 1

Happy Monday! I hope everyone is ready for the Holidays! I am so lucky to have my daughter Bailey around. She has decorated the entire house...almost single-handedly!

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my first GIU creation for the week! I used Unity's set called You are Important.
I love this set because the flower is super cool and HUGE and I LUV the sentiments....click on the set and you can see the other sentiments!!!!! One of which is "embrace the wonderful mess that you are". Love, love, love.
For this card, I stamped the flower in versamark and embossed in black on white card stock. Using my purple brushos, I added a bit of pigment to water and away I colored. I added yellow glitter to the flower center. The ribbon tabs were done with organza ribbon. I wanted to add more but for ease of mailing, I stopped myself. This will go to my daughter MacKenna who finishes up at school this week in Kansas....a bit of encouragement (I hope)~
Be sure to play along every day and you may be one of two random winners of 25 Unity stamps.

Thanks for visiting!



Sunday, November 1, 2015

Mountain Plains Crafters and AdornIt Coloring Book Hop

Welcome to my blog! 
For the next 4 days (until 11/4), we are featuring AdornIt's coloring books. Can I just say, they're wonderful! I believe we're each showcasing a different coloring book. Mine is called Chamberry and the images were created by Carolee McMullin. They're perfect for watercoloring, markers, colored pencils and more. Use them in multiple ways - cardmaking, scrapbooking, treat boxes, tags..... you're only limited by your imagination! 
Hop along with us and you just might win one of these fabulous books!

My first project that I did for this hop was a full page out of the Chamberry coloring book. I LOVE how it turned out. I used watercolors and a very fine brush. The second photo shows a bit more of my entry way.

My second project I put in a 5 x 7 frame. Again using watercolors.

The next 4 photos are from one page in the coloring book. I used it to make 4 cards.

After 3 days on the phone with Century Link...the last day I was on the phone with them 2 hours and 48".....I wound up with no internet. I felt this sentiment was appropriate! :) I just had to call them for the 4th day to get it back. I am going back to Comcast. NEVER had problems with them.

You can never have TOO much fun coloring! 
My word for you is TOO

Have fun on the hop and head on over to Debra's blog next! Don't forget to find her word!!!

Thanks again to AdornIt!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Adornit and Mountain Plains Crafters Art Play Blog Hop

Welcome to the Adornit and Mountain Plains Crafters Blog Hop!!!!! 

We're featuring the brand new Art Play Paintables which include themes for Halloween, Christmas, Adventure, Critters, Faith and more; 18 brand new pages to color with multiple images on each sheet. They're perfect for watercoloring, markers, colored pencils and more. Use them in multiple ways - cardmaking, scrapbooking, treat boxes, tags..... you're only limited by your imagination!

Here is your word......EVERY

My first creation was done with the mushrooms by Carolee McMullin from the Today is the Best Art Paintable sheet. I watercolored the mushrooms and cut them out...everything on here is popped up except the frog. The turtle, sentiment and frog are one stamp from Inkadinkadoo that I cut out. The flower was done with wire, hot glue and nail polish and glitter glue....I made it for last weeks' mix challenge by our very own MariLynn on SCS.

This is a 5 x 7 canvas I made using I am Loved by Stephanie Ackerman. I used odds and ends papers from my scrap pile. The embellishments were also in the scrap pile. I watercolored and added some pearls to the flowers. A flourish and texture paste was used on the canvas as well as acrylic paint.

This image was taken from Wicked by Lindsay Ostrom. I used pearlescent watercolors for this image, twine and some Graphic 45 paper. The image is up on dimensionals

Another fall card using Lindsay Ostrom's design from Eek. I watercolored this image, layered on some deep orange paper, used some old SU! dp, made it into a tag and added some ribbon, twine and a brad...we'll call it good.

Above and the two below are lovely art play paintables from the Holly Jolly and Joy sheets by Lindsay Ostrom. Love these. Perfect for individualized tags for all my Christmas gifts. Combination of pearlescent watercolors and regular watercolors used on them.

These darling images will go onto some Halloween treat bags for my favorite neighborhood kiddos. Both are designed by Lindsay Ostrom and the first is from Wicked. The second from Eek. Both done using pearlescent watercolors.
My diaper fold treat bag will be filled with my favorite....candy corn. Such a weird and wonderful candy. I've decided it reminds me of compressed frosting (which I love). This image is from If the Shoe Fits by Michelle Hamilton. I used pearlescent watercolors on it, too. I used ribbon which I heated up to shrivel for some ghoulishness!

Below are two bookmarks I made form the awesome paintable Faith made by Stephanie Ackerman. Some scrap dp and ribbon. These will make wonderful gifts!

 The last 5 photos are all 2 3/4" x 4" custom cards/envies I made and will all be given as one gift set. I am so excited that I learned how to make my own envelopes! I grouped the according to paintable and designer. All were either watercolored or pearlescent watercolored!
Brave by Lindsay Ostrom

Think Big by Michelle Hamilton

Rainbows by Lindsay Ostrom

Today is Best by Carolee McMullin
Walk in Love by Stephanie Ackerman
This was done with Bisters watercolor paint pigments...dropped on paper dry and spritzed with water.

Collect all of the clues and follow the instructions on Adornit's post for a chance to win a great prize from Adornit. 

I know this has been a super lengthy post! I hope you've enjoyed my creations. Now head on over to Jennifer's blog next, here

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Mountain Plains Crafters Summer Challenge

Welcome to the Mountain Plains Crafters Summer Challenge!  You have not one, but two choices; go nautical or go patriotic with your creation.  It's that time of season and we want you to choose whichever theme strikes your fancy.   Create a craft project (card, layout, DIY, etc.) and scroll to the bottom of this post for the InLinkz to link up.  We do have a few house rules, so read those at the bottom as well.

Before you read further, please visit May Arts Ribbon on Facebook and tell them "thanks for sponsoring the challenge at MPC!"  You might wish to follow them as well.  There's always something fun going on over there and lots of crafty inspiration as well.

**Please leave comments on all the design team creations.  It's very much appreciated!  They work hard and all they get are dog biscuits!  Well, that and ribbon.    

This challenge will require a url which means you need to link your project up using a blog, a photo hosting site, whatever contains a direct http link to your creation.  If using a Facebook link, your page will need to be on public settings.  We need to be able to see that it was created new.  Backlinking is not allowed.  What does that mean?  That means if you are linking a project you published 2 days ago, a week ago, a year ago...that's backlinking.  We strive to be fair to everyone.

The prize?  A sampling of brand new patriotic/nautical ribbon from some of May Arts Ribbons new releases.  Plus, we just might throw in a few little extra crafty items as well.

Challenge begins 6/25/15 at 1:00 am ET and ends 7/4/15 at 1:00 am ET (Limit of 2 entries).  
Winner will be announced late on July 4th.  Happy Independence Day! 

Bookmark us on FB: MPC Facebook Community Page

Now check out the Design Team's creations and visit their blogs to be inspired and leave some love.
For my first card, I used MFP's Island Life. For the sand, I used SU! Itty bitty backgrounds I stamped in noir black and masking for the different areas using sage shadow, sahara sand, cantaloupe, soft sky and summer sun..I sponged the colors on. Grasses done in old olive and a brown roof...the light house was colored with real red. I cut the beautiful ribbon by May Arts ribbon in half to make it fit the card. I love the way this particular ribbon lends itself to a nautical theme. Instead of a bow, I tied it into a bow and then cut the loops and frayed it. I used a stick pin with a pearl and a shell to complete the embellies. The sentiment was stamped and punched and put on dimensionals. Entire image is on dimensionals. The image and card base are white card stock and the red and dark brown are from Graphic 45 French country collection.

For this fun monochromatic creation, I used this fabulous ribbon from May Arts ribbon, cinched it in the center and put my anchor embellie that I made by stamping in versamark, embossed in pewter, fussy cut and added heavy twine to it. The stamp set is The Open Sea by SU! My papers are white and the blue is from Graphic 45 French Country collection. No sentiment yet as I don't know for sure what I will be using it for!

Please head over to Mountain Plains Crafters and play along!


Monday, May 4, 2015

Winner, winner....Chicken dinner!

Thanks so much for celebrating National Scrapbooking Day with us this weekend.  We had 190 correct responses to our weekend long trivia contest event.  For each correct response, commenters received one entry.  We tallied all the entries, giving each person a number in the order they were received, entered into randomizer.org and came up with:


#21 Denise Bryant

Congratulations Denise!  Please visit lawnfawn.com and choose the stamp set you want, then email us your choice at mountainplainscrafters@gmail.com , along with your mailing address and we will forward that to Lawn Fawn.
Please respond within 7 days or another entrant will be chosen.

Thanks everyone for playing along!

#nsd2015 #winner #nationalscrapbookday

Friday, May 1, 2015

National Scrapbooking Day with Mountain Plains Crafters~Sack it to Me!!!!

We're so excited to celebrate National Scrapbooking Day at Mountain Plains Crafters.  All the action is happening on our Community Facebook page here:

We have a wonderful prize sponsored by Lawn Fawn, a stamp set of your choosing!  How awesome is that?  You get to pick the prize!  So what do you have to do to qualify?  First, be sure you "like" us on our Facebook page, then head over to Lawn Fawn on FB and tell them MPC sent you (not required but they'd love to hear from you!)

Be sure and comment on one or all of our trivia questions throughout the weekend.  Please only comment once per question, however each question you answer, earns you an entry!  Our design team has chosen the theme, "Creating with Paper Bags".  Yes, we're doing a little upcycling and making fun things with paper bags.  Be sure and visit their blogs below and show a little love.
 Check in throughout the day Saturday and Sunday, answer the questions and we'll announce a winner on Monday.  The contest ends Sunday, May 3rd at midnight ET.   OPEN TO INTERNATIONAL! YES!

For my paper bag project/s, I chose to make paper bag flowers. I punched assorted flower shapes out used some distressed ink and then shimmer spritz on them...also liquid pearls and different brads. I layered them six thick, glued them together and scrunched and scrunched again...until I achieved the desired look. Quite fun. 
My gf Kitty and I spent a good part of this past week at my cabin. With my flowers in tow and other assorted crafting supplies, I attempted to make some creations. I discovered I didn't bring near as much or the "right" stuff that I should have. Having said that, I am happy with what I created.
I used all Unity stamps:)

Please play along and have some fun!!!!!


Thursday, April 16, 2015

A Springtime Flower Appreciation Creation at Mountain Plains Crafters

Hi all! My card today was made for our challenge over at Mountain Plains Crafters. Head on over there to check and it. You could win the following Itty Bitty from Unity and another little surprise.
For our challenge we were to use flowers...Springtime theme and make it a card of appreciation and actually send it to the person you're appreciative of. I appreciate and am thanking my best friend's daughter, Jayme. She watched our dogs while we were on vacation. I am telling you, I think it is harder to get someone to take care of your dogs verses taking care of your children!

I just received my Bisters in the mail. Oh, how I love them. Nice and messy. They are watercolor pigments. My bg was done by dipping dry paint brush into powder in blue, green and natural. I tapped the brush by flicking with my finger to put the pigment onto dry mixed media card stock. Then I took my water mister and spritzed the paper. I heat dried it as I am too impatient to wait. Next, I stamped the flowers (from Unity's Jan. 2014 KOTM)  in versamark and embossed in brown. Wasn't sure I liked it at all, but kept plugging away. Decisions. Do I leave alone or paint with pearlescent watercolors....I had to paint! I am happy I did. I love how it turned out. The sentiment is from the same KOTM, too. I had another piece I'd done with the Bisters similar to this and stamped my sentiment on it and punched out. I dragged the sentiment edges through Island Indigo ink pad. 3 rhinestones and we'll call it a day!
Thanks for looking and please play along!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Mojo Monday sketch challenge~MOJO392

Hi, all! It feels good to be back and crafting again. I decided to participate in the Mojo Monday sketch blog challenge. It is for sketch 392MOJO.  It is a fun sketch. I think I will make some move to go together as a set..for a gift. I used a Verve sentiment...the only stamping. I dragged the circle through an almost amethyst ink pad. 3 quilled flowers and a couple punch and embossed leaves. No matter how many photos I took, I couldn't get a good pic of the flowers and leaves. Ribbon for the strips under the circle.  Have a great day everyone!


Monday, March 23, 2015

MPC sharing National Craft Month on Facebook~tag a friend!

We are so excited to celebrate National Craft Month over at Mountain Plains Crafters! As if we need an excuse to get crafty?  Well, we'll take it!  In honor of this event, we are having a tag-a-friend event at our Facebook Community page.  Head on over to our FB page and be sure to "like" us, then look for the pinned post so you can comment and tag your friends.

The ever-so-generous, Unity Stamp Company is offering not one, but two fabulous prizes!  A grab bag of 25 random stamps will go to one random tagger and their friend.

This event begins at 6:00 am on Monday, Mar.23, 2015 and ends Wed. Mar.25, 2015 at midnight ET.  The 2 winners will be announced on our blog and our Facebook page on Friday.

Due to the high cost of shipping, this is for US residents only, so sorry.  We do offer giveaways on occasion Internationally, so check back.

Be sure you follow all the guidelines on the pinned post to qualify for the giveaway.  Good luck!
Give Unity Stamps a little love while you're at it.  "Like" them here on Facebook and tell them MPC sent you!  Check in Monday through Wednesday to see the fun Easter projects that our design team cooked up with Unity Stamps!

Below is my project I made for Easter. I used Unity's Feb. 2014 KOTM to make this fun little Easter basket. I camouflaged a gift card for my daughter in here! I stamped the eggs in versa mark, embossed in black and used my pearlescent watercolors to paint them. Unfortunately, I couldn't capture the shimmer! I took a piece of gumball green cardstock and put through my paper shredder and then crimped it to make the grass. The green raffia ribbon is from May Arts. The handle is attached with two very old/hoarded brads...pale pink flowers. So head on over to our Mountain Plains Crafters FB page, like and tag a friend!!!! Awesome prize package from Unity:)