Tuesday, September 27, 2016


Welcome to the MFP
September Blog Hop
Trick or Treat
There are some changes to our Blog Hop and
we hope you will be pleased with them.
Be sure to look over the changes before hoping along.
The Blog Hop Guidelines can be found HERE.

Time to comment and do the tutorials ends sooner.
There will be prizes given for commenting and for doing the tutorials. Each winner will be chosen by Random.Org. 

Prize for commenting will be the "Witchie" Large stamp set.

 Prize for doing the tutorials will be the "Vroom" mini stamp set.
  And EVERYONE doing the tutorials will earn a tutorial badge.

 Pop-Up Card by MariLynn 

Make sure you read the guidelines and rules before starting the hop.
Let's get started HOPPING !!
Here's the Design Team

Enjoy the Hop. Come back each day to be 
inspired! Get to work on the tutorials and show 
us what you make by Sept. 30, 3pm CT

Anyone who has read my blog for any length of time knows I don't celebrate Halloween. So each year I struggle when it comes to this season as to what I will share. I was thankful that this year the MFP theme was Trick or Treat. I decided to share with you cards that do a TRICK. My fellow designer and good friend Shirley will be doing the TREAT part. A win win.
I decided first to show you a card that is called a magic coloring card. It is called this because it looks like it colors itself. Here are some photos of it. Closed/Opened

 But photos alone don't do justice to the "TRICK" so here is a short video clip showing how it looks.


It is a lot of fun, even if it is a bit challenging and time consuming. It is a definite wow factor for the recipient. I hope you enjoyed seeing it

Make sure you come back tomorrow for another fun TRICK card.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday 9-25-16

Hello friends. It is not too late to join ARTplorations Mixed Media Challenge. You can link up your non-card mixed media projects. The theme is always anything mixed media goes EXCEPT a card and you must use at least one stencil (any brand) on your project. Linky closes on the 30th.

Prizes: $15 gift certificate OR choice of any 2 ARTplorations stencils to the winner
choice of 1 ARTplorations stencil to the top picks

 Since the first day of Fall was last week, I decided to go with a fall theme.
I had a little art journal sitting on my desk. I decided to use ARTplorations Tribal Triangles stencil. I used copper colored acrylic paint. Then I shifted the stencil and put school glue. I burned the school glue with a heat gun and rubbed metallic rub(gold) over the glue. I stamped with black ink the STAMPlorations Mini Mixed Media Background stamps.

 I then added burlap and two burned paper bag leaves and three little black brads. I used CUTplorations Trendy Leaves 2 dies to cut the burned paper bags. I used copper and gold metallic rub to bring out the texture.

Mixed media butterfly tag for Growing in Unity Blog Hop

I made this Mixed Media tag for the Growing in Unity Blog hop.
I used:
The cardstock, the cheesecloth all started as white. I painted, embossed, burned, I added rhinestones, and pearls and gold metallic rub and copper acrylic paint.
Next on the hop is the talented

Lena Nunn    

Growing  In Unity Blog Hop List

Sarah Vait      

MariLynn DeGroot  (THIS IS ME)   
Lena Nunn      

Friday, September 23, 2016


I used the free digi that STAMPlorations is giving for the Fall Coffee Lover's Bloghop. If you would like to use that digi you can get it HERE. I water colored the background and pumpkin. I paper pieced kraft paper for the cups. I used copper and gold metallic rub for the leaves. The background behind the pumpkin panel has so much texture. I started by watercoloring the background. I then used ARTplorations  HONEYCOMB DELIGHT  stencil and copper acrylic paint. I then moved the stencil over slightly and put school glue on the background with the stencil. I then burned the glue with my heat gun. Then I went over burned glue with gold metallic rub. I then glued cheesecloth that I had dyed the same as my background. I added pearls and 3 burned paper bag leaves. To make my leaves I used CUTplorations TRENDY LEAVES 2 COORDINATING DIES and STAMPlorations TRENDY LEAVES 2 STAMPS burned paper bag technique with sharpie marker and gold and copper metallic rubs. I then stamped the Trendy leaves 2 stamp with black stazon ink on the leaves. It is hard to see in photo because of all the texture but you can see it best on the left copper leaf.

I am entering this to 4Crafty Chicks Colors of Fall Challenge.

Fall Coffee Lovers Bloghop

It is hard to believe but it is time for the FALL COFFEE LOVERS BLOGHOP 

I made a mixed media card. There is so much texture on this card that the camera can't pick up. I hope you are inspired by my card. Comments are always welcome and treasured.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Masculine Music Cards

 I made two music cards today for a special order for a friend of mine who is a music teacher.
The first card is an easel card with keyboard at the bottom.

The second card was inspired by THIS VIDEO on making a Triple Flap Fold card.

I had a lot of fun making this card. If I make another one like this, I am going to add a ribbon at the bottom and under the top flap so that it could be tied shut.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Trendy leaves mini release blog hop

If you are looking for my post for STAMPlorations TRENDY LEAVES MINI BLOG HOP


challenge card for fall

I have a friend who is having a benefit auction to raise funds to help her brother who was injured in an accident. I am putting together a basket of cards. I thought it would be fun to make a Fall card to add in to the basket. So since I had some time today I made this card. I combined the following challenges:
 A Day for Daisies #154   (Which was to use A Day for Daisies image and add wood.)
Cut it up #104 (Which is to have a die cut and watercolored element)
 Really Reasonable Ribbon #148 (Autumn theme and ribbon or trim)

I printed and watercolored this A Day for Daisies image. I then used a die to cut it out. 
I put some wood panels behind it. I thought it kind of looked like a farm fence. I added some burlap ribbon and some die cut leaves.

 The leaves were so much fun to make. I used CUTplorations TRENDY LEAVES 2 dies to cut the leaves out. The TRENDY LEAVES 2 stamps are really cute, but this time I just decided to use the die. I cut out the leaves and I crumpled them up so that they looked more like real leaves.

The base of my card I took copper and gold paint and made a textured background by dipping the paint onto a crumpled up piece of paper and dabbing it to the white cardstock. It turned out with a marble like finish.


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Butterfly of the Heart Desires

For this card I combined the following two challenges:

(The elements I chose were: Sunflowers and Sketch)


For the Sunflowers on my card I used the new STAMPlorations COLOR BLOOMS coloring book

I took one of the sunflower pages, and I watercolored the sunflowers with crayola markers. I added copper inka gold to the centers of the flowers and I stamped dots over the copper with black stazon ink.

 You can see the copper inka gold centers to the flowers in this photo.

Butterfly mojo card

For this card I combined two challenges. 
I did butterflies for the 
and I used this week's

TRENDY LEAVES release hop

Welcome to STAMPlorations Release BLOG HOP
 featuring TRENDY LEAVES 2 stamps
 CUTplorations TRENDY LEAVES dies.

* Prize

1 commenter will be randomly drawn to win the Trendy Leaves 2 stamp set.

Commenting close:
  September 9, Friday, 11:55 p.m. Pacific

Winner announced Sunday, September 11

I made 2 projects using TRENDY LEAVES -2.

My first one is a wall hanging.
I took stamped the leaves using distress inks and black stazon ink.
I then fussy cut them. I glued some die cut letters to a piece of burlap and added the leaves.
I sewed a bamboo skewer at the top and bottom of the burlap and added some black twine to hang it.

My second project is a card. I took distress inks and put them onto a piece of cardstock. I used the TRENDY LEAVES die to cut out the leaf. I embossed with the TRENDY LEAVES-2 stamp and copper embossing powder. I added a square of drywall tape to make th eleaf stand out I added die cut letters. Very CAS compared to my regular style, but I really like how the leaf looks.

Make sure you check out the STAMPlorations blog to see what the other fabulous designers have done with this set, and don't forget to comment!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Septemeber STAMPlorations Mixed Media Project - box with paper pin

It is the start of a new month. Time for ARTplorations  mixed media challenge. You are welcome to share your mixed media projects with us.  The theme is always anything mixed media goes except a card and you  must use at least one stencil (any brand) on your project. Linky closes at the end of the month.

Prizes: $15 gift certificate OR choice of any 2 ARTplorations stencils to the winner
choice of 1 ARTplorations stencil to the top picks

For my project I used:
ARTplorations stencil:Bold Florals