Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Sunshine for Gina K Designs Challenge

I'm playing along with the Gina K Designs Challenge.  This month the challenge is "My Sentiments Exactly!"

I started by stamping and heat embossing the sentiment around the outside of the card base.  The main panel was also heat embossed in white and then I blended on the yellow.  I topped the card with sentiment on a clipped circle.  All stamps are by Gina K Designs.

Gina K Designs Monthly Challenge

Happy Stamping,

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Season's Greetings

As I am frantically working to complete my Christmas cards I thought I would create another coffee themed card to enter in the 2018 Fall | Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.  There are so many amazing cards and an incredible amount of talent out there.  So fun to see what everyone is making.

I used a variety of products on this card.  The embossing folder is from Stampin' Up, the greeting from My Favorite Things, the coffee mug from Gina K, the sweet little snowflake on the mug is heat embossed and from Catherine Pooler and finally the sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.  The photo isn't great but at least you can see some of the shine from the embossed panel and the sequins.

Happy Stamping,

Monday, December 3, 2018

Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

I haven't had much time in my craft room so my posts have been pretty scarce these days.  In the spirit of trying to finish up my Christmas cards  and the super fun Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop I made some time to make a Christmas & coffee themed card.

I have been in love with plaid lately and wanted to include that in my design.  This patterned paper is from my stash and I'm afraid I don't know who it is from.  The stamps are a mix of Gina K, Uniko and Hero Arts.  The cup was colored with alcohol markers.  Pretty simple card today but fun to make.

If you haven't already checked out the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop click the box highlighted text to bring you to the hop.  There is so much fabulous inspiration and prizes as well.

Happy Stamping!
Dana M

Monday, July 23, 2018

The Cat's Pajamas for Send a Smile 4 Kids

I'm excited to be playing along with the 175 challenge for Send a Smile 4 Kids!  Send a Smile 4 Kids is a program that distributes handmade cards to children's hospitals for kids to receive or they can select cards to give to others.  What a great cause!  Hopefully I can find a little mojo to be able to make a number of cards to contribute to the cause.

I used the Bunny Christmas set from The Cat's Pajamas for my card today.  I was fortunate to be a winner of a recent blog hop and purchased this set with my winnings.  Isn't that bunny just the cutest!  They have a number of stamps featuring this funny little fellow and it was not easy narrowing down my choice.  I used Zig Clean Color markers to color my image and a Stampin' Up border die to stamp the red background panel.  I also pulled out a new Stampin' Up embossing folder for the subtle texture on the white panel.

#Sendasmile4kids    #Thecatspajamas

Happy Stamping!

Monday, June 4, 2018

A Little Colored Pencil Piece

I'm taking the big leap and joining along in Kathy Racoosin's 10th 30 Day Coloring Challenge


I have been struggling with finding my mojo in card making but have so enjoyed all of the fabulous inspiration by so many amazing papercrafters.  I am in awe of the talent out there and would love to be able to create beautifully colored elements for my cards.  I am not a natural artist.  I like straight lines and have a design sense but coloring or painting with abandon is not in my wheel house.  So, I figure practice is what I need to improve my skills and hopefully get those creative juices flowing again.

I played a bit with colored pencils on this gorgeous image from Altenew.  I was going for a cream flower with hints of pink at the center.  My final result isn't what was in my mind but am overall pleased with the result.

Sorry for the picture quality.  I haven't yet set up a photo booth/station since we moved.

Happy Stamping (and Coloring!),

Saturday, April 29, 2017


Today I'm playing along with the sketch challenge (#318) at Try Stampin on Tuesday.  I chose to include the optional theme of A Trio of Words.  As soon as I saw the sketch, I knew what I wanted to do.  Here in Minnesota we are trying really hard to get some spring-like weather so I wanted to bring some sunshine to my paper. I used the sun image from Kinda Eclectic from Stampin' Up.  I used Altenew's Half Tone Circles on top and heat embossed in clear to bring some shine to my sun.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts and I thought it was appropriate for these images.  Pretty clean an simple, but I like it.

I don't think the photo shows the shine on the sun so I'll risk a close-up on my embossing skills (boy did I have to fight the embossing on the sentiment).  Hopefully this shows the shine a bit better.  Sorry for the photo quality, I don't have a photo station set up yet.

And here is the sketch.  It is a really fun one with lots of possibilities.  There is still time to play along.  

Some of you may be wondering where I have been.  Well, life got in the way we had some surprises and some health issues (we are in good shape on that front now).  We had the usual sad and happy times along the way.  From a happy perspective we celebrated my parent's 50th wedding anniversary with a lovely party, we now have a great nephew, our niece was married, our son and his lovely girlfriend are now engaged and we had a lovely vacation in Arizona to celebrate a cousin's wedding.  The biggest change with the most impact was that we unexpectedly bought a new house.  We were not planning on moving, but it was time.  At the old house we had started a remodeling project which eliminated a bedroom so we had to put the bedroom back and get the house ready for market.  Happily, we did sell without being on the market too long.  But it has been a very long road and we are now settled in the new place and loving it.

I sure do miss my time in my craft room and I'll let you know that it's tough to get back into the swing of things, but this challenge sure helped me along.

Happy Stamping,

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Popping in for Darnell's NBUS Challenge

Wow!  I've been gone much too long but I had to pop in for a quick post to play along with Darnell's NBUS challenge.  Darnell is such a generous and fun lady and has been so kind to me.   I have so missed making cards, playing along with challenges and most of all the fabulous people I have virtually met along the way.  I hope to be back again soon on a regular basis and will fill you in on my absence.

The challenge is to use never before used stuff with an optional theme to use bubble wrap.  I remembered a technique I used a while back with Perfect Pearls and plastic wrap to create a faux pearl background so I decided to try it with bubble wrap. I had to laugh when I saw that I used that technique on the last post before my long absence - seems like a lifetime ago.

I made 4 background panels, some were more successful in my mind.  I like the pink and orange combo of distress inks.

I ended up selecting the background with the softest color, love the shimmery bubble effect.  I used a couple of sets from Unity.  The butterfly is from "Only You" and the sentiment from "...May Hope Sustain You".  I added some Wink of Stella to the butterfly and a few borders, tough to get the mojo back though.  I'll admit that I happen to have a lot of NBUS as I haven't had much time in the craft room and my rate of acquiring new stuff has slowed only marginally.

Happy 5 Year Blogaversary Darnell!

Happy Stamping,