Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Blog hop day 2- AUTUMN FUN

Welcome to MFP AUGUST Blog Hop
Autumn Fun
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 hopping along. Blog Hop guidelines can be found HERE
    Timeline for commenting and doing the tutorials end sooner. There will be prizes given for commenting and for doing the tutorials. Each winner will be chosen by Random.Org. 
Prizes: Large stamp set for commenting.
  Mini stamp set for doing the tutorial and
 EVERYONE doing the tutorials will earn a Tutorial Badge. 

  Now to the HOP!
Join us each day, Aug. 23 - 26, for some 
AUTUMN FUN! Prize for Commenting is
  "BIG TREES"

  Big Trees stamp set

You will have until Friday, 3 pm CT, Aug. 26th to comment and do the tutorials.

Prizes and badge winners will be announced
on Sat. Aug. 27th. BLOG HOP GUIDELINES AND RULES FOUND HERE! (Be sure to read)
 TUTORIALS

         1. Layered Embellishment by Gail  2. Window Tent Card by Kren
Prize for doing one of the tutorials is the mini stamp set
  "From The Woods "
 
MFP Tutorial Badge awarded just for trying one of the tutorials.
NOW...
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 Aug. 26, 3pm CT  and don't forget to be commenting! Come back  on Aug. 27th to see if you are a winner!!



I want to tell you a little bit about my projects this month. My daughter just graduated from college and is blessed to have a job teaching and running a high school library. As a way to encourage her students I am making her bookmarks that she can use as "raffle" prizes. So all my projects this month are bookmarks. I also made them all from paint chip samples that had been in my stash of paper for several years. To me art has a personal connection. These bookmarks share a little bit about who I am.

For my bookmark today I used MFP set called
DAFFODIL GREETINGS 

AND
ANIMALS BIRTHDAYS

I featured the butterflies from this set. Fall means time to
tag Monarch butterflies through our local conservation group.
We haven't done it the past few years, but when my kids were little we all enjoyed going out, catching the butterflies and tagging them. It was a really fun activity to do in early fall. 







Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Blog Hop Day 1 AUTUMN FUN

Welcome to MFP AUGUST Blog Hop
Autumn Fun
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 hopping along. Blog Hop guidelines can be found HERE
    Timeline for commenting and doing the tutorials end sooner. There will be prizes given for commenting and for doing the tutorials. Each winner will be chosen by Random.Org. 
Prizes: Large stamp set for commenting.
  Mini stamp set for doing the tutorial and
 EVERYONE doing the tutorials will earn a Tutorial Badge. 

  Now to the HOP!
Join us each day, Aug. 23 - 26, for some 
AUTUMN FUN! Prize for Commenting is
  "BIG TREES"

  Big Trees stamp set

You will have until Friday, 3 pm CT, Aug. 26th to comment and do the tutorials.

Prizes and badge winners will be announced
on Sat. Aug. 27th. BLOG HOP GUIDELINES AND RULES FOUND HERE! (Be sure to read)
 TUTORIALS

         1. Layered Embellishment by Gail  2. Window Tent Card by Kren
Prize for doing one of the tutorials is the mini stamp set
  "From The Woods "
 
MFP Tutorial Badge awarded just for trying one of the tutorials.
NOW...
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 Aug. 26, 3pm CT  and don't forget to be commenting! Come back  on Aug. 27th to see if you are a winner!!


I want to tell you a little bit about my projects this month. My daughter just graduated from college and is blessed to have a job teaching and running a high school library. As a way to encourage her students I am making her bookmarks that she can use as "raffle" prizes. So all my projects this month are bookmarks. I also made them all from paint chip samples that had been in my stash of paper for several years. To me art has a personal connection. These bookmarks share a little bit about who I am.

Today my bookmark used MPF set called
 HOT & SPICY
Now you might be wondering how chili peppers mean Autumn Fun to me. I was born in New Mexico and grew up in Arizona. There is nothing quite like the taste of a really good green chili. Living here in Iowa, it is hard to get a good green chili, but every fall our grocery store gets Hatch Green Chilies from New Mexico.  





I used Hatch Green Chilies to make turkey enchiladas. YUM!


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Birdhouse


 Here is my project for this week's Stencil Sunday at STAMPlorations

Check out the current mixed media challenge. We would love to have you create and link up non-card mixed media projects. Remember the theme is always anything mixed media goes except a card and you must use at least one stencil (any brand) in their 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

Here is my project for this week's Stencil Sunday

.
ARTplorations- Honeycomb delight stencil
STAMPlorations- Trendy Birds 2




I started with a brown piece of cardstock that had a script
design.
On the back of the cardstock I traced a little bird house template. I have had this template so long, I don't remember where I got it. I had even forgotten that I had it. I found it while cleaning through my scraps this week.


I cut it out and scored it with a stylus.

I took the ARTplorations Honeycomb Delight stencil. I traced some guidelines. With a mouse pad underneath to give it cushion I embossed the roof panels using the stencil and a stylus.

This is how it looked right after I embossed the roof panels. You can see the embossing, but it wasn't very pronounced.


I took gold metallic rub and I rubbed over the  embossed areas.


This photo shows how the metallic rub really made the embossing stand out.

I added some distressed ink over the metallic rub to add extra texture.


I die cut a circle for the door to the birdhouse.



I glued the house together. I put a bamboo skewer through the bottom of the house  I added some floral filler and quilled roses around the house.

I stamped STAMPlorations Trendy Birds 2 with black stazon ink onto red cardstock. I fussy cut out the birds and glued them to the outside of the birdhouse.

 I had a blast making this project. I hope you enjoyed it. I made this collage photo to show you different sides and angles of the birdhouse.


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Rose of encouragement

This week my friend Jeannie asked us to send her the roses. It took me all week to get this card done but I did finish it today. I spent 3 days cleaning and organizing my scraps. I found out I have a lot of scraps. Every time I found  something with roses I put it to the side. I sat down today and made this. This last Monday my friend Pam and I decided to do Jeannie's Dragonfly Journeys Roses Challenge and we decided to use this week's Mojo Mondays 461 and we added that we needed to send it to someone who needed encouragement. This card is going to my friend Becky who has had a rough year.  .

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Write to catch a butterfly

This week's MIX-ability challenge this week was very challenging for me. The challenge is to do illegible writing as a background. I really tried, but really struggled to "write" so that it looked artistic and that you weren't distracted trying to read it. So how I worked through that was to emboss my cardstock. I rubbed metallic rub over the raised areas. I then took a black marker and mimicked the embossing. 
 The blue butterflies were ones from my stash. I spent several days this week sorting through all my scraps. I seldom through anything away. Some times I will have stamped something that just doesn't work with the current project. I don't remember when I stamped and colored these butterflies, but they were perfect for this card.


 My friend Pam and I added an extra challenge to add blue and cheesecloth. I really like how this turned out. So much more fun creating than cleaning.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The LIGHT and the lighthouse

I made two very similar nautical/scripture cards. The first one (seen in the first 2 photos) I used MOJO Monday Sketch 460
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However, I turned it sideways and eliminated the small panel. I tried to figure out how to add it, but because I made the scripture the focal point. I didn't want to cover it up. I added cheesecloth that I put into a bag with distress inks and dyed. I used wink of gold for the light coming from the lighthouse.
The stamps I used were:
ODB -Scripture and It is Well
STAMPlorations -Mini Mixed Media Backgrounds
RED Rubber- Lighthouse



 The little sea shells were diecut. The middle one has fingernail polish to give it a pearl look. The little sand dollar on the right I used Distress Crayons on.

 I made this card second. (next 2 photos)  I did it to fix a couple of things I didn't like about my first card. On my first card the wink of stella for the light rays, the brush leaked and the lines were bigger than I wanted.The other thing is I didn't like how the circle looked. Same stamps except I added one more. The little circles in the corner are from LIZZIE ANNE- Little Bits.




These cards are for my friend Jeannie's challenge

When I make my cards I often listen to music. This song by New World Son - Learning to be the Light, was what I was listening to while I made the second card.  I was thinking that if I believe that Romans 8:28  is true, when troubles come I should react differently than people who have no hope. People who don't know the light of the world. I was thinking how important it is for me to not be ashamed of the light but let it shine for all of those around me. I'm learning to be the light every day because "IT IS WELL,WITH MY SOUL."



Monday, August 8, 2016

Mixed media bookmark

Today on the STAMPlorations blog I share how I made the bookmark that matches my scripture wall hanging. Come check it out HERE.