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January 9, 2018

MHKDesigns Framed Favorites

Hi everyone,

As a Design Team newbie, I'm honored to be sharing my first New Release card for MHKDesigns, both here and over on the MHKDesigns blog.  You can purchase this month's new release, Framed Favorites, at the MHKDesigns Etsy store


And here's my card...


Image is colored with Spectrum Noir markers and sparked with Clear Wink of Stella

Challenges...
#315-316 AG at Pixie's Snippets Playground (admittedly a large snippet for the card front!)
#294 Something New at Use Your Stuff (digi stamp set)
#156 AG at Crafty Gals Corner
#1 AG at Crafter's Castle

I'll be back soon on my own blog with another creation, and next month on MHK Designs, so I hope you'll join me then.  In the meantime, our current challenge can be found here.


January 1, 2018

Mixed Media & or Colors for House of Cards

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

It's the 1st of the month and that means it's time for a new challenge at House of Cards, and I'm honored to be starting my 6th term among such a great group of talented designers!  This month we're asking you to create a mixed media project, and or use the colors from the inspiration image...


I went with the colors, so here's my card...


Card: Unbranded white, and scraps of SU's Wild Wasabi, Blushing Bride and Calypso Coral
Tools and embellishments: Unbranded background die, and Sue Wilson  for Creative Expression's Cascading Butterflies from the Finishing Touches range

Challenges...
#155 AG and 3rd Blogiversary at Crafty Gals Corner
#313-314 AG at Pixie's Snippets Playground
AG at TTCRD

I'll be back soon—or immediately if you've not yet seen my other simultaneous post—with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.



MHKDesigns January Challenge

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

As announced yesterday, I'm honored to be sharing my first post as part of the MHKDesigns Design Team.  But before we get to this month's inspiration image, here's a look at the new digi stamp release, Framed Favorites, in the store...



Here's our inspiration photo for this month...


You can use any products in your creation, but if you use any MHKDesigns digis or papers, the challenge becomes anything goes.

And here's my card...


Card: Unbranded white
MHKDesigns Stamp sets: Flowers from He Is Risen, and sentiment from Framed Favorites
Markers: Image colored with Spectrum Noir
Embellishments: Unbranded pearls and clear Wink of Stella (on the leaves, flowers, and buds)

Challenges...
#155 AG and 3rd Blogiversary at Crafty Gals Corner
#188 AG at crafting from the heart
#50 AG at Polkadoodles

I'll be back soon—or immediately, depending whether you've seen my other simultaneous post—with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.


December 31, 2017

The Secret's Out...



Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

I had thought I'd have to keep this from you until tomorrow, but I'm beyond honored... and more than a little relieved... to tell you that I'm joining the MHKDesigns Design Team for 2018! 

Why relieved?  Well... I've had to keep the news secret since early November!  It had, just about, sunk in but now I guess that will truly happen... and hopefully even more so tomorrow when I share my first DT creation. 

I've been friends with MHKDesigns owner, Mynn, for years—indeed I'm honored that tomorrow sees the start of my sixth term on her House of Cards blog DT.  And always loved her designs, so it truly is an honor to be joining the very talented team...





Whatever you're doing to bring in the New Year tonight, have a great one!  I'll be back in the morning with the thankfully already scheduled posts, so I hope you'll join me then.  Although on this occasion I don't mind if you don't do so immediately!  Grin.


December 20, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

This is my last post before Christmas, so I want to wish all of you the Merriest of Christmases, and to thank y'all for your love and support this year.  Each of you really do mean so much to me!

I assure you these cards are subtly different to the one I showed you a couple weeks ago...




Can you see how?  Yep, it's the weaving pattern, which makes that die another really versatile one.

And, having loved the design so much I created some silver versions.  Apologies for the poor image quality this time, trying to photograph in natural light is impossible at this time of year!


Card: Unbranded white, and gold and silver mirror
Tools and embellishments: Noble Ornate Pierced Squares, Intermediate Weaving and Three Wise Men (all Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions

Challenges for the silver card...
AG at TTCRD
#154 AG at Crafty Gals Corner
#204 Christmas at 613 Avenue Create

I'll be back on the first of the year with a couple of creations, so I hope you'll join me then


December 13, 2017

Penguin Pair

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

When I saw this Xcut die, I loved how cute it looked, but also how great it would be to make a dent in the scrap pile.  They were a bit fiddly to slot together, but after a couple attempts (these were my 3rd and 4th), it got a lot easier.  And yes, since the photo was taken I have given them rhinestone eyes, so they can see!


Card: Black, White and Smokey Slate scraps
Tools and embellishments: Large 3d Penguin die from Xcut

The die isn't actually that large, as the birds stand just over 4" tall, and belly to wing tip (uncreased) they are just over 3 1/4".  Regardless, they are SO cute!

Challenges...
#311-312 AG at Pixie's Snippets Playground
#49 AAG at Polkadoodles
#273 Anything but a card at Brown Sugar

I'll be back soon with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.


December 6, 2017

First Christmas Card

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. I'm honored to have you here and I truly appreciate each of you more than you know!

It had to happen eventually... yep, I finally got round to creating my first Christmas card of the year.  And yep, my favorite die had to make an appearance...


Card: Unbranded white and gold mirror
Tools and embellishments: Noble Ornate Pierced Squares, Intermediate Weaving, and Three Wise Men (all Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions)

Challenges...
#152 AG at Crafty Gals Corner
#48 AAG at Polkadoodles
#24 AG at Cardz TV

I'll be back soon with another creation, so I hope you'll join me then.