Wednesday, June 1, 2016

House of Cards June Blog Hop!!

This is a very bittersweet moment. House of Cards was the first DT I was asked to be on. Mynn gave me my start. Today, HOC is the last team I am stepping down from. As I have said in previous posts, school and work has just gotten to crazy. So if I post sporadically, you will know why.

As usual our blog hop at HOC is full of fun, lots of inspiration, creativity and PRIZES!!

This hop will run FROM JUNE 1ST AT 6:00 AM CST THROUGH JUNE 15TH AT NOON CST,  ANY CARD STYLE is welcome and we've got a gorgeous photo inspiration for your crafting enjoyment!

So, get ready and let's get hopping?!  Oh wait, hold the horses!! Before we get hoppin',  we have some fabulous sponsors to share with you!  Make sure you leave a comment at each person's blog along the way because the prizes are hidden and we'll be doing random drawings from the blogs where they are hiding! :)  After you're done, make a creation to share with us here, too, for another chance to win!


Here are all of our fabulous sponsors.
Our team will be using a variety of products
from these amazing companies!

Prize: 3 Digital Images
A Day For Daisies provides themed categories of over 1000 digital illustrations, including fairy tales and magical mermaids, cutie kids, vintage illustrations, sentiments and lovely designs for all occasions!

Reverse Confetti
Prize: $25 Gift Certificate
REVERSE CONFETTI offers on trend, high quality photopolymer stamps, high quality CONFETTI CUTS steel dies and exclusive paper products to coordinate with our releases…all made in the USA.

Great Impressions

Prize: Prize Package
Great Impressions was founded in 1984 by Ken and Deone Mackenzie.  With a love for stamping, the company grew.  The result is a quality rubber stamp in either wood mount or stickable mount backing for all your stamping needs.  Great Impressions' goal is to provide the highest quality stamps and to inspire creativity!

Prize: Any three products of your choice!
MHKDesigns is a vintage digital stamp Etsy shop owned and operated by Mynn Kitchen from On A Stampage.  She creates vintage stamp sets and digital paper packs for all your crafting needs.  Contact her with any requests you have at!

And now, here's your hop order~

HOC Blog | Mynn | Sue T.Cohenna | Donna | Dotty Jo Em | Emily 
Heather | Jane | Judy | Karen | Katarzyna Ewa  | Katy | Leslie | Linda
Merethe | Merlina | Michele | Paula | Rocky | Rosi | Ruza
Shawna | Shirley | Steph | Sue N. | Susan | Tina | Toni

MK Designs: Choice of 1 digital stamp set and 1 paper pack 
Great Impressions: Stamp Package
A Day for Daisies: 3 Digis from the Store
Reverse Confetti: $25.00 gift certificate


Our sponsor Reverse Confetti sent 8 of us free stamp sets- Woo hoo!!!! I was lucky enough to get the "Your a Star" set! I used the colors as my inspiration. This card is all RC- I used their awesome card panels, this one was from the "so very spring" set. The sentiment is from my fav set: "whole lot of happy". There is sentiment for everything!!

Now get to hoppin'!  Your next stop Cohenna!  Don't forget to link up a project with us after completing the hop for an extra chance to win a mystery prize from one of our fabulous sponsors, too! 

If you have lost your way, here is the whole hop:

HOC Blog | Mynn | Sue T.Cohenna | Donna | Dotty Jo Em | Emily 
Heather | Jane | Judy | Karen | Katarzyna Ewa  | Katy | Leslie | Linda
Merethe | Merlina | Michele | Paula | Rocky | Rosi | Ruza
Shawna | Shirley | Steph | Sue N. | Susan | Tina | Toni

Sunday, May 22, 2016

May showers bring June flowers?

Yesterday was a free day for me. I spent it with my bestie stamping. The fun thing about stamping with a buddy is you get to use their stuff!! I "borrowed" her Altenew Botanical Gardens set. I stamped every darn piece and embossed with gold and watercolored the images with bright sunshiney colors. I then die cut the images and had fun placing them in a pleasing design.

playing with placement  

My buddy Pat looked at the finished card and laughed. She said that is soooo not you. Where did this come from? She is right. I am more CAS and whimsical. This classic and elegant creation my have come from an alter ego.

We have had so much rain this May that I am hoping it will bring June flowers. Because of that I am entering this card the Time Out challenge.  The there is: 'May All your weeds be wild flowers'.

I am also entering this card at The Card Concept .

Sunshine brings flowers and my flowers are sunshiny colors, so why not enter this classy and elegant card!


 Done playing, time to get back to work! The pharmacology and pathophysiology of reflux and Barrett's esophagus. Woo hoo!!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Stamping just for fun

I finished my brutal research class and had three weeks off before I started back. I did what any self-respecting papercrafter would do with that much time on her hands- I STAMPED!!!! I stamped JUST FOR FUN!!! I didn't stamp for any of my DT blogs ( stepped down from just about all of them), I didn't make any required  BD or other required cards, I stamped just because I could!

Usually I have a specific challenge to meet, so I was a bit at a loss as to what to do. A quick perusal of Pinterest helped and got my juices flowing.

Today's card was built around one of my favorite sentiments from this Penny Black set. I used it a lot. It always goes well with a flowery card.

I added flowers from Hero Arts Lia Griffith mini set. The set included a cute little bird, who perched perfectly on top of the word "hope".

Because I have time, I can enter some challenges. something I haven't done for awhile. Addicted to Stamps and More has a clean and simple challenge. My favorite kind of challenge. Not only that, but they are having a DT call. Maybe at another time I might have thrown my hat in the ring, but life is just a wee bit to busy for structured stamping. But hey maybe one of you will go for it!! My buddy Kylie runs this challenge. I designed for her at Happy Little Stampers. She is a gem to work under. Be sure to check out her stamp company with the same name.

 Hope you enjoyed my stamping just for the heck of it! Hope to be back with some more inspiration!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Showing off

Some exciting news to share. Our health system really goes all out for Nurses' week and National Hospital week, both of which are back to back. One of the events this year is an employee art show. Employees could submit art work to be chosen to be displayed. Encouraged by two of my fav artist physicians, I submitted some of my mixed media art. I didn't think the art committee would pick it as it is rather different than the art usually shown. One most of it cannot be hung on the wall. Fearing that just openly displaying it would encourage those with sticky fingers, it was all displayed in a sturdy acrylic case.

Last Monday, there was a "meet the artists" reception. It was fun telling folks that I was "the artist" who created these works. I received lots of compliments. Several folks asked me if I sell my work. Another asked if I would take part in a craft show/fair. It was all sooooo exciting!

Throughout the past week, various people I work with have come up to me at work saying they didn't know I was such an artist. Makes me chuckle.

Everything will be on display for the next 2 months and the organizer for the event told me they would like to build a larger case for my work for next years event! 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Male Room Challenge #35: Transport

Today is rather bittersweet, it is my last challenge for The Male Room. I am stepping down as a designer because of work and school commitments. Unfortunately, life does get in the way of things sometimes. 

I hope that every now and again I can play along just like all of you. So before I get too sappy, lets talk about this weeks challenge. The Male Room is asking us to "transport". Lucky for me, My best buddy shared a new StampinUp set with this cool Volkswagen beetle. I added the pup from another set. I coulda swore there was a stamp of a girl, but I couldn't find it to save my life.

I think the sentiment says it all- "life is a beautiful ride" and my last year with the folks here at The Male Room has been just that. What an awesome crew!

So I hope that you will play along with us and show us how you transport!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

House of Cards May Challenge: Clear Papers

Hi everyone! Happy May Day!! Where is the sun, where is the warm springy weather, and where are my spring flowers! Instead we still have April showers.

The challenge this month at House of Cards is using clear papers such as vellum or acetate.

This is a very timely challenge because the Online Card Classes are featuring a class just on these papers called "Clear and Sheer". If you are having any trouble with this challenge be sure to check out this  awesome class.

My card is made to inspire to chase away the clouds and encourage the sun to return.

I embossed my acetate with a cloud embossing folder and added the strip of die cut flowers. The clouds match up to the cloud embossed base card also.

I did not put a sentiment on it yet, cos' I am not sure how I will use this card. I am thinking t might make a nice sympathy card.

This card looks really cool with some lamp light. You get these really cool shadows.

How fun huh. For another inspiration card, check this blog posting, where I practiced what I learned in the Clear and Sheer class.

Let's see what you can show us! Come and join in the fun this month at The House of Cards!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Woohoo!! Play Time!!!

School is over, well at least this challenging and stressful  class is over. I handed in my final research paper last night.

To celebrate, I binged on the new online card class "Clean and Sheer". Kristina  and Jennifer and others were sharing tips and techniques for working with vellum or acetate.

Jennifer's videos on embossing with vellum and acetate was way cool, so that is what I tried my hand at.

I did many of the elements she shared with us, but on the inside I die cut and embossed the balloon with the same Cuttlebug happy birthday folder and attached it inside so it matched up with the outside. Jennifer showed us how to add color to the embossed vellum/acetate images, but I decided to color the embossed balloon and let it show through subtlety.

There were some very cool techniques other than these that you must check out.