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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:)

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Mixed Media Mojo February Challenge~Red with a twist~wings/Spring coffee lover's blog hop

Happy Saturday!!! Yeah, I am spending it in my craft room listening to Pink radio on Pandora and thoroughly enjoying myself. I am arriving to the mixed media February challenge at the very, very end...but I wanted to submit this! Their challenge for February was red and wings for a twist. I am also submitting this to the Spring Coffee lover's blog hop .
I took some fun Teresa Collin stationary noted dp, the coffee encyclopedia page and some dark brown cardstock to create this. First, I wrinkled my encyclopedia page and then dragged distressed linen ink over it. The images are from an old Flourishes stamp set. I embossed the steam in brown. I chose some fun dp from the 6 x 6 pack to stamp the cup in versamark and emboss in brown, cut it out and paper pieced onto the encyclopedia page. The saucer was another piece of dp from the pack as well as the sentiment...they were both dragged through the linen ink pad. The sentiment edge was dragged through poppy parade as was the encyclopedia piece. I managed to get the wings in for the mixed media mojo challenge by adding a dragonfly brad at the top of the steam. A ribbon tab and a yummy, big chocolate ribbon. I used my craft knife to cut holes for the ribbon on either side of the cup. The red layer was embossed with the dots folder though it is hard to see here. 
Have a wonderful weekend and stay warm!


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Mixed Media Canvas for my daughter

Happy Day! I am posting this creation as I realized I never shared it anywhere! I decided to make my daughter a mixed media canvas. Bailey is an incredible soccer player/athlete, but she also has this awesome girlie side to her. My friend shared this tutorial with me, Vintage dress mixed media canvas.  Lots of love and time went into this and I love the way it came out...so does Bailey!
I started my randomly painting my 10 x 10 canvas with olive and moss green acrylic paints. Next I took some ripped designer paper and some encyclopedia paper. I should mention that I used the encyclopedia page about Marilyn Monroe...you can see it in the first pic below. I ripped the paper and sponged some antique linen and melon mambo on it before adhering all the paper with mod podge.
The sentiment was stamped and sponged on a ripped piece of dp...it is the Tim Holtz, Stamper's Anonymous line. The distressed chipboard was painted with white acrylic paint, stamped with a Unity bg stamp and then some pale pink distressed embossing powder was applied...then inked with melon mambo and adhered with mod podge. I chose some random beads to glue here and there. The dress was made and I inked the edges of it as well. The hanger was made from some jewelry wire and I lined the neckline of the dress with half pearls. I handmade and dyed the quilled flowers. I love using organza ribbon because I can heat it up and make it look vintage....which I love! It reacts to the heat super quickly! I added a strip of neutral lace to the bottom of the dress and it was adhered with mod podge, as well. Once everything was secured, I took my finger in my green paint and outlines some things. I used the leaf/bird punch from SU! to make some leaves out of the dp and and SU butterfly was stamped for interest. Sponged some distress linen around edges. Lastly, painted a layer of mod podge over everything and I called it good! Again, Bailey loved it.
Have a lovely day and stay warm wherever you are!


Monday, February 23, 2015

Mojo Monday sketch~ MOJO386

Happy Monday Morning! Super cold here in Colorado. A whooping 1 degree and 18 inches of snow. We need it. I am not complaining. I love the snow!

I was itching to craft when I woke up at 430 and decided to do the Mojo Monday sketch (MOJO386). It seems that my internal alarm will not let me get more than 6 hours. It is kind of nice as I make myself a cup of joe and head down to the craft room. I had fun with this sketch. I used some Bo Bunny dp.....though it isn't what it says it is. In fact, I am going to take a pic of the cover and then the paper inside so that you can see what I am talking about!

Imagine my surprise when I removed the tape from the paper pad and discovered the inside looked nothing like the front of the pad! Oh, well. If anyone knows what this dp is called, fill me in!

I used my quilled roses for the floral portion of the sketch and the bird/leaf punch from SU! to make the leaves. The sentiment stamp is from the Unity set Delightful little things. A couple scallop punches and some lace. 
Card stock-white, dark brown and sunflower

Thanks for checking it out!


Monday, February 9, 2015

Mountain Plains Crafters and FPD sketch challenge

Hi there!  Thanks for visiting.  Over at Mountain Plains Crafters, we are hosting a Fancy Pants Designs sketch challenge and one random winner will get a fabulous Nautical Prize package.  All of us designers have created cards with the Nautical line by FPD and we would love for you to participate! 
For my creation, I changed it into a square card (LOVE them) and used some of the papers included in the Nautical line. The plane is a sticker that I mounted on a piece of red 1 3/8" circle punched card stock, yellow nautical paper scallop punched and then a navy card stock scallop punch. The palm tree is from Mark's Finest Papers 2013 I need a vacation. The sentiment is in the Nautical line as well and is up on dimensional. So fun, thick rope twine and the burlap embossing folder....lastly, 3 little yellow brads for some interest.

Have a great day!


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Growing in Unity Gals Blog Hop

Angie Girl Blog Hop with Growing in Unity gals!

Hi there and happy Sunday!  I was one of the December GIU gals over at Unity.  What fun I had. The week flew by and I imagine it was partly due to the holidays! For this hop, we have each used an Angie Girl created by the wonderfully talented Angie Blom. Mine is Harmony Girl. Love this stamp of hers! For my card, I stamped her in versamark on watercolor paper and then embossed in black. Next, I used a variety of watercolors in blues and grays..the umbrella in yellow. I added glitter next to the rain drops. The brad I used was naked so I built my own!  I punched a 3/4" circle, embossed it with the dots folder and glued it onto the brad...and then decided to add some shine with crystal effects, but didn't want a lot of dimension on it so I wiped it down. The dot folder was used on the brocade blue background. The sentiment was done the same way, but I didn't emboss it...just stamped in black. Using a pencil, I waved the sentiment and bannered it by using a square punch to take a chomp out of the end...layered in black, too. A black border was put around image and it is on dimensionals.
I had such a fun time during my GIU week and I love Unity!
Please play along and head on over to Kapree Clark's blog next. Two Angie girls will be given out to a lucky winner!!!

Here is a lineup of the GIU blogs!
1. Amy
3. Julia
4. Deidre
5. ME!!!
6. Kapree
7. Ruby
8. Sarah
9. Kris

Sunday, January 4, 2015

ADORNit and Mountain Plains Crafters blog hop

Happy New Year and welcome to ADORNit and Mountain Plains Crafters first blog hop of the year! 
Those of us at MPC have had the pleasure of designing a variety of projects to showcase the versatility of ADORNit's fabulous products.
Head on over to Adornit's pad here
Starting out as Carolee's Creations, Carolee has expanded to what is now known as ADORNit.  They do everything; clothing, papercrafts, fabric and now they are introducing a brand new product; Art Play Paintables - a very special paper created by artist, Lindsay Ostrom, that you can paint on.  I love the designed art work that Lindsay has created, leaving me the fun of painting and embellishing however I choose!  

My first project is a 5 1/4" square card using the Hello Paintable from ADORNit. I used a variety of SU! markers and the main image is on dimensionals. I loved coloring this image!!!  So sweet...I was able to add a variety of colors within the circle and isn't the font too cute?! Embroidery thread and a single brad with "sweet" on it were used as embellishments.

My second project is a 9 x 12 mixed media canvas. I wanted to showcase how versatile the fabric from ADORNit is. I colored my canvas in mustard acrylic paint and then fraying the burnished mustard fabric, I used Mod Podge behind the fabric AND on top of it, being sure to wrinkle it. The flowers are fabric~all handmade (fabulous fabric from Adornit) and then buttons/embroidery thread put in their centers. The sentiment and owl were from a 12 x 12 sheet of ADORNit paper. I cut them out and used UTEE over them. I did the cracked glass technique on the sentiment. The owl branch is from SU! The flower leaves are fabric that I Mod Podged onto paper, stamped the flowers on the fabric and cut out. Some fun ticket stubs from ADORNit were used, too. The red acrylic paint was put onto the Layers of Life stamp from Unity called beautiful wish. Lastly, I painted a flourish piece of chipboard, painted it cream and randomly stamped the red as well. I LOVE mixed media and I LOVED using Adornit products to put this all together~easily!!!

Using an 8 x 8 scalloped piece of wood from ADORNit, I traced it onto a piece of DCWV designer paper and Mod Podged it onto wood. A Hello paintable sentiment colored up and sponged and yellow stickles put on the feather. The sentiment is on dimensionals. Another distressed, homemade fabric flower with a button center, fun fiber leaves and a fun fiber hanger.

Here we have a 6 x 6 card done using the art paintables again. LOVE them. I did this with a combination of markers and watercoloring. Some liquid pearls and purple stickles were used as accents and a tiny embroidery bow on the flower.

Above and below, I made a variety of tags utilizing the awesome paintables. I like to weather my ribbon and did so on several by using my heat gun until I get the desired look I want. These tags would make fun gift tags that could then be used as a bookmark.

My last project was done using the art play paintables again!  I love how quick and versatile they are to create something beautiful in a minimal amount of time....and the ease with which they can be embellished. I colored them this with SU! markers and added some teal liquid pearls...which if difficult to see in the photo. I mounted it on a 6 x 6 bright blue card stock and also onto a piece of cardboard...nice to hang on a wall or a door knob...or anywhere you feel like!

I figured I should give a shout out to Tombow and their awesome Mono liquid glue. It is the only glue I use on all of my projects!

Thank you, Carolee, Lindsay and the rest of the gang from ADORNit for allowing us the opportunity to have fun and play with these wonderful products that have inspired us!  Thanks to Lindsay Ostrom, as well, for giving us such wonderful art work to create with.
My clue to pass onto you is the letter "a"
Head on over to Marilynn's blog next right here