Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all!
I have had this adorable digi from Gerda Steiner  Designs sitting on my crafting table for over a
week and finally sat down and made a card with it today.  After paper piecing and putting
my card together I mad a bow with my envelope board, I am amazed by how much you
can do with the envelope board, such fun! Lots of ideas for it on Pintrest.
Again Happy New Year, wishing you lots of crafting time.
A few fun challenges:

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Brusho Shaker Card/Brusho Floral Card

 A few Challenges:

My dear husband surprised me with Brusho powders for Christmas.  I was watching the porch for other packages and did not see any boxes that resembles Brusho's so was sure I was not getting them, then I got down to my last gift and did a big happy dance! I've been wanting these since I first saw them used on Mary H.'s blog last July or August but did not want to spend that much $ on them. This is my first card.  I was quite happy with the results!  It will be on of my February birthday cards for work,  I make the  cards and for the group to sign and have 5 for February so I am getting a jump on them while I have fun experimenting! 

My second attempt below will be for a January work birthday, I embossed the large background stamp in white and then used the Brusho powders.

 A few fun challenges:

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Merry Christmas


I wanted to wish all my followers a very peaceful and blessed Christmas and a happy New Year! 

The two cards above were my main Christmas design this year made in various colors.  I used a new nativity die by Taylored Expressions, a snow die by Taylored Expressions, a Peace die from my stash which is currently hiding from me.  I made many other cards along the way, many which have been posted already.

The card below was made for a friend who like teddy bears as much as me with the digital Little Mug Bear by Gerda Steiner Designs.

The card below I made three of for the bosses at work and is very similar to a card I saw on Pintrest from Splitcoast Stampers so I can not take credit for the design but I fell in love with it.

Again Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year and thanks for all the inspiration this past year and your friendships and comments have meant so much to me!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Let it snow

Just a clean and simple one layer card I made to send my chemo buddy for next week.  Its been a long time since I made a one layer card.  The washi tape and snowflakes with the gems in the center helped jazz it up.  I plan on a couple more posts this week but just in case  I want to wish a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all my blog land friends!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Santa Peace

This darling image is the digi for Gerda Steiner's December  progressive challenge. What a perfect message for this time of year!   I colored Santa with my Copics and fussy cut him and put him with some cheery background paper that has been in my stash for many years.  I punched some snowflakes to match, added some gems for glitz and here it is.  Hope you are all enjoying your Christmas preparations! Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

A few fun challenges:
Gerda Steiner Designs December Challenge
Fresh Brewed Challenge-AG Christmas
Color Throwdown #373: any Christmas Creation, any colors

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Happy Birthday Mom

This is my mom and I celebrating her 86th birthday.  She is an amazing mom, friend and card maker!
 Many of you see her comments on your blogs as "anonymous" as she keeps up with many of my friends in blog land! Below is my best friend of well over 30 years, Shirley, (aka glittered paws)  she is also my moms adopted daughter, friend and crafting buddy!  I thought some of you would enjoy the pictures, have a good day!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Sled Friends


 An extra day has been added to release week for this design, is this set not just darling? It was so much fun to create with, being black and white no coloring was needed so it made such a quick and cute Christmas card.  I just added a few sequins and it was done!  I made several for my Christmas card pile in no time.  You can purchase this beauty at MHK Designs along with any of Mynn's wonderful designs and still make your Christmas cards for this year or get digital sets for all year round!  If you leave a comment on Mynn's blog today you have a chance to win this set.  Today is the last day of the release.  Check out the other designers image for all the new set designs from this week!

A few fun challenges:
Digistamps4Joy:Anything Goes  Anything goes (Use 3 of anything) snowflakes and snowflake sequins
Doodle Pantry #12: Anything Goes

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Pocket Puppy

We have another baby boy due in the family soon so I used Sketch Saturday as my starting point to design my card to have my card ready.  The image is from former Meljen Designs, papers Marcella K.  I have a closeup below so you can see the denim pocket. After coloring I took a small piece of denim, put Copic blending fluid on it and dabbed on the pocked until I got the denim look I wanted to achieve.  I was quite happy with how it turned out!

A few fun challenges:

Rock My World


It is day four of release week  (Dec 6-10)  for MHK designs and you won't want to miss any of the designs! This digi set is Rock My World another adorable vintage design of Mynn's, it has four images and three saying that can be used for many occasions. Worn and weathered paper fromMHK designs also. Check out Mynn's blog: on a stampage each day these week and leave a comment for a chance to win the release of the day! Also check out the rest of the design teams fabulous designs on various days this week:

A few fun challenges:
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper
Crafty Gals Corner #49: Anything Goes

Tuesday, December 8, 2015


My best friends and I, Shirley, got together months ago and made ornaments for this Christmas, we did the two designs above.  The top one was mine and the lower one was Shirley's.
The top image is a precolored digi from Sparkle and Sprinkle: Winter Wonderland, and the second image is from Stampin Up.  On the last picture I tried to capture the snow and glitter we used on the trees and the snow banks but the picture does not show it as well as I would have liked.

A few fun challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge #159: Anything Christmas Goes
Crafter's Café Challenge #138: Use Diecuts
Creatalicious Challenge #81: Merry Christmas
Cuttlebug Mania: Christmas animals
Sparkle N Sprinkle December Challenge: loose glitter

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Christmas Silhouetes



It is day one of release week  (Dec 6-10)  for MHK designs and you won't want to miss any of the designs! This digi set is Christmas Silhouettes and I made up several cards similar to the ones above for my Christmas stash to send this year, they just print so beautifully and make up so fast!  I will definitely be making more. Check out Mynn's blog: on a stampage each day these week and leave a comment for a chance to win the release of the day! Also check out the rest of the design teams fabulous designs on various days this week:

A few fun challenges:
CHNC extra -Anything Goes Christmas
Karleigh Sue Challenge #7: Anything Goes with optional non traditional Christmas Colors
My Sheri Crafts Challenge #171: Vintage Christmas Cards or Projects

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

HOC Blog Hop & Prizes

Welcome to our bi-annual House of Cards blog hop with prizes! This is such a fun event, be sure to go to all of the design team blogs and leave a comment for a chance to win prizes from our wonderful sponsors. Prizes are hidden on random blogs and you get an extra chance to win if you participate in the challenge.

 I chose a digital set from one our sponsor DeeDee Digi's to design with and made two cards with this fun set called Ornamental (Contempo).  I used the Inspiration Photo to start:

 This was my first card made with this wonderful digital set, it was pre-colored and also came in black and white but these colors seemed to fit the challenge so I went with them.  I used my Versa Mark pen on the entire left ornament and parts of the other two and them embossed with holographic embossing powder and added a few gems, a bow and I was done! Click on the image below to see the sparkle.


 I also wanted to see these ornaments on vellum, this vellum came with gold highlights already on them so I really did not need any embellishing.  Below I have the vellum lifted up so you can see the cute digital paper that also came with this set!

Thanks for visiting and here is the hop order so you don't miss any of the lovely designs and your chance to win prizes from our lovely sponsors! Or you can go to House of Cards main page to see the prize packages, full hop order and design team call information!

You came from ---- Donna N.
You're here --- Donna T
Next---Dotty Jo


Sunday, November 29, 2015


Made it just in time for Mrs. A's monthly butterfly challenge.  I was making a December birthday card for a co-worker and decided to combine it with this challenge.  Notice the two corner punched butterflies.  Also the embossed butterfly and stick on crystal butterfly.  Stamp by Hero Arts, paper by  Red Rubber Designs.  Also got the 3 bosses Christmas cards made this weekend, will show those another day.

A few fun challenges:
Butterfly Challenge #43: Q is for Quadruple
Crafting When We Can: #108: Don't Forget the Animals

Friday, November 27, 2015

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale

Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale at MHK Designs Etsy shop! 

 Shoppers will get 50% off of everything with a minimum order of $5. 

Mynn is offering a "THANK YOU" for your wonderful support and kindness, MHKDesigns with  a 50% off sale this weekend!  Hop over to the MHKDesigns Etsy Shop and use code BLACKNCYBER from today, Friday, November 27th, until Tuesday, December 1st!

The next release date is December 6-11 and those stamps and paper sets are already in the store so you can get a jump on your Christmas cards! Check back December 6-11 at Mynn Kitchen's blog onastampage to see samples with the new designs (and comment for a chance to win each day) and links to the design team members each day to see what they created!

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy 60th Anniversay

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy 60th Anniversary to my parents today!
Celebrating today with Mass and brunch with my parents and family for their 60th anniversary!
My parents are one of my many things to be thankful for today. Above is the card I made for them. No stamping, just several die cuts, punches and an embossing folder to get the elegant look I wanted.

A few fun challenges:
Cuttlebug Mania: Embossing
Pink & Main Challenge Blog #3: Thanks/Gratitude

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Pocket Card Swap Recieved

This is the gorgeous pocket letter I received in the swap, isn't it fabulous, great colors and really like the sentiment chosen for the center and the ornament theme and all the extra ornaments and snowflakes sent for me!  The nicest letter was tucked in the back for me too!  This lovely pocket letter was made by Em, my HOC teammate, who lives in England! You can find her lovely blog at Creative Em.   Thank you again Em!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Pocket Card

My first pocket card and what fun to make!  It was an optional swap the design team at House of Cards could participate in. You could choose a winter or holiday theme, mine is a bit of a mix and was sent all the way to Norway to Meredith (Ma).  As you can see below, the back of the pockets had little goodies in them to matched embellishment or theme of the front of that pocket, except the pocket with my letter.  Pintrest has examples of how to make a pocket card it you are interested or you can just wing it from my example.  Close-ups are below.

A few fun challenges:
Addicted to Stamps #171: Anything Goes
Darling Cardmakers: Anything but a card

Monday, November 16, 2015


I was a random winner of a gift certificate to STAMPlorations for participating in the Hop to Stop domestic violence and this darling cupcake stamp was one of the items I chose. I paired it with some imaginisce paper, a couple die cuts, a bit of glitter on top of my Copic coloring and into the mail it went!  Thank you Sherry at STAMPlorations!
A few fun challenges:
Melonheadz Friends: Any 3 in a row Sentiment, die cut, bright colors

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Mug Bear

Isn't this Mug Bear from Gerda Steiner  Designs just adorable?  I've been meaning to join her progressive challenge for awhile and when I saw this image I could not resist.  You buy the first image for the challenge and then each month you get the image for the challenge free! I just love to color bears, my favorite part is  after coloring putting  Copic blender fluid on a small piece of burlap or  any textured material and pressing it to the bear, I have a close up so you can see the texture it adds to your image.
I used a new die cut I got at Hobby Lobby, it is a Momenta cutting template and I was also excited about the little pieces from the center, see below, I'm sure I can use those to embellish.

I've been following Jennifer McGuire's kindness challenge and as I was making this card I was trying to think of who I normally do not send cards to that likes purple as much as I do.  The list of people that like purple was long but I decided on my husband.  He makes the coffee on the weekends and usually get me a refill so I wrote him a little thank you/appreciate you not on the inside.  I think he will be surprised.

A few fun challenges:
Cute Card Thursday:#339 Birds/Animals
Gerda Steiner Designs Monthly Challenge
Sparkle and Sprinkle November Challenge: Embossing (mug)
Word Art Wednesday #202: Anything Goes