Thursday, 27 October 2016

Art Journal: Spirit of Halloween

Hello, friends!!! Welcome to the second ART JOURNAL collaboration with a very dear and special blog friend - VICKI PARSON of Stamp Smiles. We are both fairly new to art journalling and decided we should encourage this passion with a monthly show and tell. This month we are creating a page inspired by the season - so it's  Halloween / Fall. And here is my page:

Yes. I know. It's purple and black and scary. I was shooting for something from The Munsters, with a dash of Casper and with a touch of Bate's Motel! The stamps are by Chocolate Baroque. I've used Spookylicious, Halloween Edges and Put A Spell On You. First, I primed the page with Faber Castell Gesso and when completely dry, I applied Folk Art Acrylic Paints to create the background: 689 Pure Magenta, 636 Red Violet, 964 Midnight and 938 Licorice.

I heat embossed the sentiment from Spookylicious. The ghosts from Put A Spell On You are heat set on white vellum, fussy cut and adhered to the page.

The house is from Spookylicious. I coloured it with Copics and adhered it to the page. I also stamped a few swirls to the sky with Ranger Archival Cobalt for a spooky misty feel.

The mushrooms in the foreground are from Halloween Edges, also coloured with Copics, fussy cut and layered in front of the house. I added some highlight with a Sharpie Extra Fine White Paint pen. I spritzed the entire page with Perfect Pearl for a misty glow, which sadly is not obvious from the photos.

I used Faber Castell Brush markers to add details and shadows. And to brighten things up I added white dots and added highlights with the Sharpie Extra Fine White Paint pen.

Challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: AG
Fab & Funky #324: Halloween
Retarte #88: AG
Amusing Challenge: Halloween
Left Of Centre #153: Halloween
Robyn's Fetish #339: Anything But A Card For Halloween
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers #70: D is for Day Of The Dead
Crafty Addicts #27: AG / Halloween Colours

Now please head on over to VICKI PARSON of Stamp Smiles and check out what she has made. I have no doubt she would have created a fabulous page.

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a beautiful day!

x Beijinhos x

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Tuesday Throwdown #317: Add A Border

Good morning, friends! Time for a new challenge over at Tuesday Throwdown. This week we want you to "Add A Border" to your projects. Our sponsor for this challenge is Connie Fong Art.

Here is my festive creation. That sweet image by Connie Fong Art is called Sally and Snowball. I'm not a fan of pink but I made an exception for that sweet little girl.  I've used the Snowflake Corner Border dies by Wild Rose Studio and added a few pale blue bling. Christmas = bling. End of discussion. :)

Here's a closer look at the adorable Sally and Snowball. I coloured her with Graph'It markers and added some Stardust Stickles to the fur trim.
Challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: Think Pink
Christmas Card Challenge #46: AG Christmas
Jingle Belle Rock: Animals
Crimbo Crackers #118: Die Cuts
TTCRD Oct 25: AG

Now it's your turn to create a project based on this week's theme: "Add A Border". For ideas and inspiration, take a peek at what the rest of the DT members have made. Remember to link up your project at the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge Blog by 3pm Pacific / 11pm UK on Monday, October 31st. And the most important requirement: Have Fun!

Have a beautiful day, friends!

x Beijinhos x



Monday, 24 October 2016

Purple Posy

Hello! Dropping in very quickly today to show you a card I made yesterday for a friend's birthday tomorrow. Inspiration did not come easily for this card. And because I am a sucker for punishment, I decided to take an obvious Halloween colour combo for my project.

Lawnscaping Challenge #140 is suggesting Black, Purple and one other colour. I added Green to the mix and made this card:

I've used LF Penelope's Blossoms and coordinating dies for the floral arrangement. I cut out the greeting with LF Happy Birthday Border die and purple glitter foam. The little strip of patterned paper above the black glitter panel is from Polka In The Dark. Inks I've used LF Freshly Cut Grass, LF Noble Fir, LF Sugarplum, LF Fresh Lavender, VersaFine Imperial Purple and VersaColor Heliotrope. And to finish a few itty bitty green bling.


Challenge:
Lawnscaping #140: Black, Purple + One Other (Green)
Seize The Birthday: Birthday + Leaves
Craft Rocket #26: Happy Birthday

Must dash. Thank you so much for stopping by today. I'll be back tomorrow with a festive card. Until then... have a beautiful Monday.

Beijinhos!

Friday, 21 October 2016

MHKD October / November Challenge

Hello, friends!  Welcome to our tenth MHKDesigns Challenge. This Challenge is all about keeping it simple and having fun while creating. Each each month you will get  a photo and colour swatch prompt. YOU decide which you're inspired by to create your work of art. It can be either or both. AND you are free to make what ever paper project you fancy - a card, scrapbook layout, a tag, a box, art journal page... you choose! The options are limitless.

The Design Team will be showcasing products from MHKDesigns Etsy Shop and we would love to see you use them too. However, you are free to use any products and enter the challenge to win some fabulous goodies by MHKDesigns. If you use stamps or papers by MHKDesigns you may ignore the Challenge prompt altogether; i.e. it's ANYTHING GOES for you!

Let's take a look at the Challenge prompt:

I decided to go wth the colours for this challenge. Pink poinsettia? Why not ... call it just another Christmas miracle.

Here's a closer look at the perfect pink poinsetias. I coloured them with copics, added some Glossy Accents and added shine with Wink of Stella.
Challenges:
CRAFT #386: Christmas
Simon Says Wednesday: Think Pink

The winner of this Challenge stands to win some fabulous products by MHKDesigns. So make sure you follow the challenge rules and you'll be eligible for the prize. And if you need a little creative boost, you'll find more inspiration by the rest of the Design Team over at the Challenge Blog. You have until November 15th to link up your project.

Thank you for stopping by today and I'm looking forward to seeing what you create for us this month.

Beijinhos!



Chocolate Baroque: 'Tis Near Halloween

Good morning, friends. Today I want to share with you an easy Halloween card featuring stamps from the Witching Time A5 set by Chocolate Baroque.

I stamped the image with Jet Black Archival Ink and used Distress Inks to create the background. On the top half I used Dusty Concord and Hickory Smoke. For the bottom half: Antique Linen and Brushed Corduroy. And to bring it all together, a light dusting of Black Soot all around the edges. Then I stamped the sentiment with Jet Black Archival Ink.

I coloured the image with Copics, cut it out and mounted it on to the inked background using foam tape. To finish the card, I added a few black bling. This card was inspired by my black cat. His name is Richard Parker.
Challenges:

Thank you so much for stopping by. I so appreciate your visits and comments, despite my continued absence. I am struggling at the moment with work and keeping up with all the DT stuff. Sometimes it seems like the harder I try to keep up, the further behind I fall. Just one more weekend and I'll be back on track - my mantra for the past 2 months. No change! LOL. Got to laugh before total despair sets in... which is why I am so grateful for your support.

x Beijinhos x
Richard watching the birds from his boudoir

Thursday, 20 October 2016

MHKD October Release: New Year Greetings


Hello, friends! Welcome to Day 5 - the last day of MHKDesigns' October Release Party. Head on over to the MHK Designs ETSY Store for lots of lovely vintage designs that suit all crafting styles.

This month, MHKDesigns is releasing FIVE new digital stamp sets. Mynn has also added more Digital Paper Bundles that coordinate perfectly with her digi stamps. These are available for purchase NOW at the MHK Designs ETSY Store. 

As a special treat to celebrate the MHK Designs October 2016 Release, Mynn is giving away sets from this release. More on how to win at the end of this post.

Today we showcasing this delightful retro set called New Year Greetings.

And in keeping with the retro theme, I made this:

Very simple colouring and a doily to frame the image. That's all it needs.


How To Win

In order to get this new set OR the entire release for FREE, here's what you'll need to do:
  1. Leave a comment on the MHKDesigns blog
  2. Leave a comment on each DT member's blog (see list below) 
  3. Join our MHKDesigners and Friends Facebook group and leave a comment there.
Asha (me!) | Donna | Katie | Judy | Jerrie | Jessica |  Julie | Lilian  
Lorie Mynn | NanaConnie | Rocky | Sathya | Shawna

Mynn will randomly choose the winning comments from all these places after the release is over. The best way to win is to comment every day. 

Thank you for stopping by and come back tomorrow for the start of our October / November Monthly Challenge AND there'll be more prizes!

Beijinhos!







Wednesday, 19 October 2016

MHKD October Release: Perfect Poinsettia


Hello, friends! Welcome to Day 4 of MHKDesigns' October Release Party. Head on over to the MHK Designs ETSY Store for lots of lovely vintage designs that suit all crafting styles.

This month, MHKDesigns is releasing FIVE new digital stamp sets. Mynn has also added more Digital Paper Bundles that coordinate perfectly with her digi stamps. These are available for purchase NOW at the MHK Designs ETSY Store. 

As a special treat to celebrate the MHK Designs October 2016 Release, Mynn is giving away sets from this release. More on how to win at the end of this post.

Next up in this release is a pretty festive floral set called Perfect Poinsettia.

And speaking of festive, here's a cute little tote bag featuring the poinsettia in traditional colours, of course.  To finish the project - some red & white twine and a couple of jingle bells.

I coloured the image with Copics. I plan to pop in some seeds as gifts for my gardening friends.


How To Win

In order to get this new set OR the entire release for FREE, here's what you'll need to do:
  1. Leave a comment on the MHKDesigns blog
  2. Leave a comment on each DT member's blog (see list below) 
  3. Join our MHKDesigners and Friends Facebook group and leave a comment there. 

Asha (me!) | Donna | Katie | Judy | Jerrie | Jessica |  Julie | Lilian  
Lorie Mynn | NanaConnie | Rocky | Sathya | Shawna

Mynn will randomly choose the winning comments from all these places after the release is over. The best way to win is to comment every day.

Thank you for stopping by and come back tomorrow for another new digi set AND more prizes!

Beijinhos!







ATSM #216: Anything Goes


Hello again and welcome to another challenge over at Addicted To Stamps and More. This week the theme is an easy one - Anything Goes. Absolutely no excuse not to play along! Our sponsor this week is Happy Little Stampers. The winner will receive a $15 gift certificate.

I made sweet little card using Lawn Fawn's Fairy Friends stamp set. For the landscape I used Stitched Hillside Borders Lawn Cuts and heat embossed the sentiment with white EP. I inked the background with Salty Ocean DI.

I coloured the images with Copics and stamped the stars with Silver ink by ColorBox.
Challenges:
Fab n Funky #323: Fabulous Flowers
Inspiration Destination #108: AG
Wonderful Wednesday #19: AG

So now it's your turn to link up your project for the Anything Goes challenge. Don't forget to follow the rules to be eligible for the prize.

Thanks for stopping by and have fun with this challenge. 

Beijinhos!

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

MHKD October Release: Wonderful Wreath


Hello, friends! Welcome to Day 3 of MHKDesigns' October Release Party. Head on over to the MHK Designs ETSY Store for lots of lovely vintage designs that suit all crafting styles.

This month, MHKDesigns is releasing FIVE new digital stamp sets. Mynn has also added more Digital Paper Bundles that coordinate perfectly with her digi stamps. These are available for purchase NOW at the MHK Designs ETSY Store. 

As a special treat to celebrate the MHK Designs October 2016 Release, Mynn is giving away sets from this release. More on how to win at the end of this post.

Today we have a lush set of vintage winter greenery called Wonderful Wreath.

I cut coloured the wreath with Copics, fussy cut it and mounted it on foam tape.

And because it's Christmas, I've added a few more red bling to the wreath. There's no such thing as too many bling for Christmas!


How To Win

In order to get this new set OR the entire release for FREE, here's what you'll need to do:
  1. Leave a comment on the MHKDesigns blog
  2. Leave a comment on each DT member's blog (see list below) 
  3. Join our MHKDesigners and Friends Facebook group and leave a comment there.

Asha (me!) | Donna | Katie | Judy | Jerrie | Jessica |  Julie | Lilian  
Lorie Mynn | NanaConnie | Rocky | Sathya | Shawna

Mynn will randomly choose the winning comments from all these places after the release is over. The best way to win is to comment every day.

Thank you for stopping by and come back tomorrow for another new digi set AND more prizes!

Beijinhos!






Monday, 17 October 2016

MHKD October Release: Various Vehicles


Hello, friends! Welcome to Day 2 of MHKDesigns' October Release Party. Head on over to the MHK Designs ETSY Store for lots of lovely vintage designs that suit all crafting styles.

This month, MHKDesigns is releasing FIVE new digital stamp sets. Mynn has also added more Digital Paper Bundles that coordinate perfectly with her digi stamps. These are available for purchase NOW at the MHK Designs ETSY Store. 

As a special treat to celebrate the MHK Designs October 2016 Release, Mynn is giving away sets from this release. More on how to win at the end of this post.

Next up in this release is a masculine set called Various Vehicles.

I made an ol' fashioned birthday card featuring the retro struck from this set.

I finished the card with some brown twine - oh yes... very manly, indeed! :)


How To Win

In order to get this new set OR the entire release for FREE, here's what you'll need to do:
  1. Leave a comment on the MHKDesigns blog
  2. Leave a comment on each DT member's blog (see list below) 
  3. Join our MHKDesigners and Friends Facebook group and leave a comment there.

Asha (me!) | Donna | Katie | Judy | Jerrie | Jessica |  Julie | Lilian  
Lorie Mynn | NanaConnie | Rocky | Sathya | Shawna

Mynn will randomly choose the winning comments from all these places after the release is over. The best way to win is to comment every day.

Thank you for stopping by and come back tomorrow for another new digi set AND more prizes!

Beijinhos!






Sunday, 16 October 2016

MHKD October Release: Chicken In


Hello, friends! Welcome to Day 1 of MHKDesigns' October Release Party. Head on over to the MHK Designs ETSY Store for lots of lovely vintage designs that suit all crafting styles.

This month, MHKDesigns is releasing FIVE new digital stamp sets. Mynn has also added more Digital Paper Bundles that coordinate perfectly with her digi stamps. These are available for purchase NOW at the MHK Designs ETSY Store. 

As a special treat to celebrate the MHK Designs October 2016 Release, Mynn is giving away sets from this release. More on how to win at the end of this post.

We're kicking off  this new release with a sweet little set called Chicken In.

That little strawberry plant caught my eye and I made a simple little card featuring this image. The paper is from the Stencilled Roses bundle.

For embellishments, I adhered a few very pale blue and bling.


How To Win

In order to get this new set OR the entire release for FREE, here's what you'll need to do:
  1. Leave a comment on the MHKDesigns blog
  2. Leave a comment on each DT member's blog (see list below) 
  3. Join our MHKDesigners and Friends Facebook group and leave a comment there.

Asha (me!) | Donna | Katie | Judy | Jerrie | Jessica |  Julie | Lilian  
Lorie Mynn | NanaConnie | Rocky | Sathya | Shawna

Mynn will randomly choose the winning comments from all these places after the release is over. The best way to win is to comment every day.

Thank you for stopping by and come back tomorrow for another new digi set AND more prizes!

Beijinhos!







Thursday, 13 October 2016

Floral Hugs

Hello, friends! Another long overdue post from me. I'm working away from home this week ... and dropping all my balls! :) Clearly, juggling is not my thing.

This is a card I made for the Card Chain Challenge which is now hosted by Gail in Norway. For the September Card Chain Challenge I made a card for Robyn in Australia using Altenew stamps based on this colour swatch:

The stamps for this card came from Altnew's Vintage Flowers set. The inks are a mix of Ranger Dye inks, Ranger Archival inks and Lawn Fawn inks. I honestly cannot remember what I used as I made this made a couple of months ago and, very cleverly, failed to make of not of the ingredients.

I heat embossed the a greeting by Clearly Besotted Say It In Stye (retired) onto a piece of velum and laced it between the flowers. The red blings are probably unnecessary but hey ... keeping it CAS means nothing to me! LOL
Challenges:
CASE This Sketch #194
Crafting By Design Oct 12: Add A Sentiment
Word Art Wednesday #252 & 253: AG Inspirational
Creative Knockout #163: AG
Time Out #68: CASE Ardyth - colours and flowers

I really have to dash. Thank you so very much for stopping by and for your support. Have a beautiful day, friends!

x Beijinhos x

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