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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!