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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:)

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!