Thursday, November 27, 2014

It's "SNOWING" Fairies at Mo's!!

Happy Thursday . . . and Happy Thanksgiving! It's time for another challenge over at Mo's DP2 Challenge Blog!! And there is something extra special happening . . . soooo, be sure to stop by and check it out!!

Our very own little "fairy" artist, Mo Manning, has been busy, busy, busy creating all sorts of magic!! She's just created the most adorable Snow Fairy set of images called "Fairy Christmas" . . . available HERE in Mo's online store!! And . . . my DT sisters and I were lucky enough to get a "sneak peek" at these cuties! Sooooo . . . this fortnight's theme for Mo's Challenge is . . .

"Snow or Snowflakes"

And, of course, I used the new "Fairy Christmas" set. What'cha think?
I used all three of the Fairy Christmas images and merged them! And then . . . I added lots and lots and LOTS of glitteriness!!

I decided to do something a little different . . . I decided to make a "Shadow Box" card (you can find an easy tutorial HERE) . . . but then I took it a step further and made my "shadow box" into an easel card!! (I needed more space for more and more and more glitter!!)
My card "recipe"
Fir tree die: Magnolia
Pearls & white cardstock: My stash
Embossing folder: Embossalicious
Heat & Stick powder and Dazzling Diamonds: Stampin' Up
Snowflake punch: Martha Stewart
Snowflake edge punch: Stampin' Up
Copics & color pencils

And a side-ish view . . .
Now, please be sure to pop on over to Mo's DP2 Challenge Blog to check out the positively STUNNING projects created by my super-talented Design Team sisters! Then please join us for this fortnight's "Snow" Challenge!!

** Mo will be awarding (selected at random) one $5.00 shopping spree at her online store for every 25 challenge participants! What an easy and fun way to get some new Mo images, right?!

Thanks so much for stopping by! See you soon!! Hugs . . . .

Thursday, November 13, 2014

We're "Giving Thanks" at Mo's!

Hap-hap-happy Thursday! It's time for another challenge over at Mo's DP2 Challenge Blog!! And since many of us are getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, I decided to make a Thanksgiving card!! Which, I think fits into this fortnight's theme chosen by my sweet friend and DT sister, Lis . . .

"Thanks"

Here's my "Thanks-giving" creation . . .
I used Mo's "Prudence" and "Nathaniel" images . . . and merged them!! These sweet images are available HERE and HERE in Mo's online store. I really love how this turned out!!

Here's a bit of a side view . . .
And a peek at the inside . . .
My card "recipe"
Image printed on Cryogen white metallic cardstock
Very Vanilla & Chocolate Chip cardstock: Stampin' Up
DPs: "Thanksful" by Authentique
Pumpkin Corner die: Cheery Lynn Dies
Scalloped edge die: Magnolia
Sentiments: Stampin' Up
Twine & pearls: My stash
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Copics & Prismacolor pencils

And finally . . .
Now, please be sure to pop on over to Mo's DP2 Challenge Blog to check out the fabulous "Thanks" projects created by Lis and the rest of my talented Design Teamies! Then please join us for this fortnight's challenge!!

** Mo will be awarding (selected at random) one $5.00 shopping spree at her online store for every 25 challenge participants! What an easy and fun way to get some new Mo images, right?!

Thanks so much for stopping by! See you soon!! Hugs . . . .

Thursday, October 9, 2014

"Amanda" Challenge at Mo's

Happy Thursday, y'all! It's time for another challenge over at Mo's DP2 Challenge Blog!! This fortnight's challenge is a little different . . . and really special. Our sweet and crazy talented DT sister Amanda Reed passed away quite unexpectedly a few weeks ago . . . she was in her 40's. Amanda was taken from us too soon . . . and, while she is gone, she is definitely not forgotten!!
As a tribute to our dear friend, this fortnight's challenge at Mo's is dedicated to the memory of Amanda Reed! And because Amanda loved cats . . . and because we all loved Amanda . . . Mo Manning has created a very special image called "Amanda" . . . so this fortnight's challenge theme will be . . .
"Amanda"
(Must usethe new "Amanda" image)

The new "Amanda" image is available now in Mo's online store . . . and will be available at a reduced price ($1.00) through October 16th. Mo is then donating all proceeds in Amanda's name to "Animal Friends" (an animal shelter near where Amanda lived). We hope you'll help us honor Amanda's memory . . . pick up this darling image . . . support a good cause . . . and join us for this fortnight's very special challenge!

Here's my "Amanda" creation . . .
I "borrowed" this cute card design from my friend, Dena. You can see her adorable card HERE. I thought I'd give it a try . . . easy peasy! And here's a close-up of this cute little "Amanda". . .
A side-ish view . . .
And would'ja just look at that stitching! hehe! My first time ever using my sewing machine! Great big THANKS to my sweet sister, Dee, who showed me how to thread it when she was here visiting last week! (I wonder if she'll come back when the thread runs out! hehe!) And another view . . .
My card "recipe"
Image printed on Cryogen white metallic cardstock
Baja Breeze & Chocolate Chip cardstock: Stampin' Up
DPs: "Snowflake Collection" by Bo Bunny
Corner die: SCACD
Tree & Scalloped edge dies: Magnolia
Sentiment: Crafty Impressions
Ribbon, brad, & pearls: My stash
Copics & Prismacolor pencils

And finally . . . 
Now, please be sure to pop on over to Mo's DP2 Challenge Blog to check out the fabulous CAS projects created by my talented Design Teamies! Then, stop by Mo's store and pick up this darling new "Amanda" image so you can join us for this special challenge!!

In addition to the special priced image, Mo will be awarding (selected at random) one $5.00 shopping spree at her online store for every 25 challenge participants! What an easy and fun way to get some new Mo images, right?!

Thanks so much for stopping by! See you soon!! Hugs . . . .

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Clean & Simple at Mo's

It's Thursday . . . and that means it's time for another challenge over at Mo's DP2 Challenge Blog!! And this fortnight's hostess is our very talented friend and DT sistah, Kim! She's chosen the theme . . .

"Clean & Simple"

Well . . . since I just got back from a glorious 10-day vacation in St. Martin/Sint Maarten, making a CAS card seemed just what the "doctor ordered"!! But before I show you what I came up with, here's a pic from our vacation in "Paradise" . . .
Anse Marcel (St. Martin, FWI)
OK . . . and now, here's my CAS creation . . .

This cutie is "Winter Fairy Halla" and is available HERE in Mo's online store!! You can still have glitter and rhinestones on CAS cards, right? Here's a close-up . . .

And one more view . . . I used a new embossing folder from Darice! Cool, huh?!

Now, please be sure to pop on over to Mo's DP2 Challenge Blog to check out the fabulous CAS projects created by Kim and the rest of my talented Design Teamies! Then, please join us for this fortnight's "Clean & Simple" challenge!

Oh,  and don't forget, Mo is awarding (selected at random) one $5.00 shopping spree at her online store for every 25 challenge participants! What an easy and fun way to get some new Mo images, right?!

Thanks so much for stopping by! See you soon!! Hugs . . . .

Thursday, September 11, 2014

We're celebrating "Autumn" at Mo's

Hey friends!! It's time for another fun challenge over at Mo's DP2 Challenge Blog!! And this time my sweet and talented friend and DT sistah, Amanda R., is our hostess! She's chosen the theme . . .

"Autumn!"

So . . . I thought that, since a colleague of my sister's commissioned two Halloween cards last winter, I'd focus on Halloween . . . since Halloween is technically in the "Fall" . . . hehe!! And here's a pic of my creations . . .which I watercolored using Sennelier paints . . .

This cutie is "Pirate Kai" and he's available HERE in Mo's online store!! He's my favorite pirate image EVER!!

Now, please be sure to pop on over to Mo's DP2 Challenge Blog to check out the fabulous projects created by Amanda R. and the rest of my talented Design Teamies! Then, please join us for this fortnight's "Autumn" challenge!

Oh,  and don't forget, Mo is awarding (selected at random) one $5.00 shopping spree at her online store for every 25 challenge participants! What an easy and fun way to get some new Mo images, right?!

Thanks so much for stopping by! See you soon!! Hugs . . . .

Thursday, August 28, 2014

We're going "Back to School" at Mo's!

Hellooooooo!! It's time for another fun challenge over at Mo's DP2 Challenge Blog!! And my sweet and talented DT sistah, Tracy, is our hostess for this challenge! And she's chosen the theme . . .

"Back to School!"

Timely, huh? Especially since kids are all getting ready to head back to classes! So here's my little creation . . .
This cutie is "Erasmus" and she's available right HERE in Mo's online store!! I just love her choppy little hairdo!! And those big ol' feet crack me up every time!! Here's a side view . . .
This is my very first time EVER using Inktense pencils!! I have to admit, I definitely need more practice . . . but I love, love, LOVE them! Instead of coloring directly onto the paper, as some artists do, I decided to wet the paper slightly and then pick up pigment with my damp paintbrush directly from the pencil tip! I seem to have a bit more control that way!! Next time I'll have to wet the background a bit more and then quickly lay down pigment to get a more even application!! 

My Card "Recipe" . . .
Image printed on Strathmore 90# Watercolor paper
Always Artichoke & Baked Brown Sugar cardstock: Stampin' Up
DPs: "Sugar Hill" by Farmhouse
Sentiments & embellishments: My stash
Peony Nestabilities die: Spellbinders
Inktense Pencils

Inktense colors used to color this cutie . . . 
Skin Colors . . . 
Baked Earth (base)
Willow (shadows)
Mid-Vermillion (cheeks)

Hair Colors . . . 
Sicilian Yellow
Saddle Brown
Burnt Orange
Red Oxide

Reds (shoes, backpack, book). . . 
Chili Red

Greens . . . 
Light Olive
Leaf Green

Dress/jumper . . .
Red Oxide

Blue background . . . 
Iron Blue 

Here's a peek at the inside (which I kept very simple with space for a personal note) . . . 
And . . . one more . . .
I had such fun with this card!! And am looking forward to more painting with my Inktense pencils! Now, please be sure to pop on over to Mo's DP2 Challenge Blog to check out the fabulous projects created by Tracy and the rest of my talented Design Teamies! Then, please join us for this fortnight's "Back to School" challenge!

Oh,  and don't forget, Mo is awarding (selected at random) one $5.00 shopping spree at her online store for every 25 challenge participants! What an easy and fun way to get some new Mo images, right?!

Thanks so much for stopping by! See you soon!! Hugs . . . .

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Nana's Nearly Ninety-Five!

Happy Thursday!! Whoa! Can you believe it's August already? I don't want to even think about getting ready for Christmas yet . . . at least not until I get a chance to spend some quality time at the beach! haha!! Soooo . . . it's time for another challenge at Mo's DP2 Challenge Blog!! Wheet whooo! And our very lovely and talented Miz Elaine is hostess for this challenge! And she's chosen a fun, fun, FUN theme . . .

"Happy Birthday . . . for a Girl!"

OK . . . so here's the deal . . . my amaaaaazing mother-in-law will be 95 years young the first week in October!! So, I decided to start the celebration a little early!! What'cha think?

I just realized . . . I'm sort of in a red, white, blue, & yellow mood these days. Well . . . it's a milestone and a major celebration . . . so I think these colors fit!! This twisted easel card features one of Mo Manning's recently created little cuties called July!! You can find her HERE in Mo's online store!!

Here's a peek at the little tag . . .

And a view of the easel opened up . . .
My Card "Recipe" . . .
Image printed on Cryogen Metallic White Cardstock
Poppy Parade cardstock: Stampin' Up
DPs: "Americana" by Pebbles
Sentiments, ribbon, brads & star rhinestones: My stash
Flag Banner die: LaLa Land Crafts
"Loopy" Circle die: Memory Box
Shin Han & Copic markers

Copic Markers used to color this cutie . . . 
Blues: B29, 26, 23, 21
Reds: R24, 22, 21, 20
Yellows: Y18, 15, 11

Skin Colors (these are my "go to" skin colors) . . . 
Shin Han YR 133 & 132
Copic E000, 0000, & a little E13 for darkest shadows
Shin Han R139 for cheeks

Hair Colors (these are my "go to" hair colors)
Shin Han BR 95, 97, 107
Copic E15, YR20

Here's a side view . . .  

And . . . one more . . .
Fun, huh? I sure had fun making this for "Nana" . . . and I just know she'll love it!! Now, please be sure to pop on over to Mo's DP2 Challenge Blog to check out the fabulous projects created by Elaine and the rest of my talented Design Teamies! Then, please join us for this fortnight's "Happy Birthday for a Girl" challenge!

Oh,  and don't forget, Mo is awarding (selected at random) one $5.00 shopping spree at her online store for every 25 challenge participants! What an easy and fun way to get some new Mo images, right?!

Thanks so much for stopping by! See you soon!! Hugs . . . .