Saturday, July 30, 2016



 Two co-workers became grandma's this past week, and its a boy! The fun part is it is for the same baby, yes their son and daughter are married!  What an exciting time. Bear and words are embossed, background paper is from DCWV.

A few fun challenges:

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Water coloring/ splattering

I had so much fun making this card and the watercolor splotches that you can see above but even more so in the close-up below.  I recently took a Craftsy class by Catherine Pooler: Wild Cards, 21 Techniques with Favorite Supplies and it was a great refresher and had some new twists.  I had not die cut from a watercolor and embossed the die cut as I did here, and had not tried water splattering before, so thanks Catherine for the motivation!

A few fun challenges:
Creative With Stamps: #4 Splatters
WIW Photo Inspiration Challenge ~ J2016

Thursday, July 21, 2016

MHKDesigns July/August Monthly Challenge

It's time for another monthly challenge at mhkdesigns with the photo or color challenge below or you can use a mhkdesign image for anything goes!
As you can see above I went with the beautiful red/cranberry and gray colors with the Sled Friends digital set.  Below is a closeup:

Be sure to check out the rules and link up for a chance to win at mhkdesigns.
Design team inspiration:
  • *Mynn: Owner
  • Asha
  • Donna (you are here)
  • Jerrie
  • Jessica
  • Judy
  • Lilian
  • Michele
  • NanaConnie
  • Rocky
  • Sathya
  • Shawna
  • !

    Wednesday, July 20, 2016

    Under the Sea

    It's very hot and humid here in Missouri so it was a good time to play with Gerda Steiners underwater  image for this months progressive challenge, is this not the cutest digi set?  I had so much fun with it.  I took out some previous polished stone papers and used one for my image and one for the background. I used my Koh-i-nor pencils and a glitter pen and that was all it needed. Hope you are keeping cool and enjoying some creative time.

    A few fun challenges:

    Saturday, July 16, 2016

    July Birthdays


    Yes, it's time for birthday celebrations at work again this coming week.  Here are two of the four cards I made.  Not sure I like the crooked layering but thought I would give it a try for something different.  The top set is Itty Bitty Boltz by Sparkle and Sprinkle and I added some dots of embossing using my Versa Mark pen to add a little sparkle. The second card I used a sunflower by CraftsStan, it was manufactured in 1996 so has been in my collection so a long time. 

    Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

    Sunday, July 10, 2016

    Bright and cheery

    Had a wonderful time a the yearly stamping convention in Collinsville, Ill with my mom, Diane, Shirley, Pat, Cheryl, and another Diane.  My splurge was Zig markers and this is my first card I made with them.  I used Floral Duet stamp set by Amuse Studio's.  The flower sequins were from the Morning Star booth at the convention.   The Zig markers are so much fun to color with and blend so well!   A close-up is below:
    A few fun challenges:

    Tuesday, July 5, 2016


    I made this card this morning for my sister-in-law and brother-in-laws anniversary.  I used Repeat Impressions Vase of Tulips, embossed in gold which I think gives an elegant  look, colored with copics, paper pieced the vase with My Minds Eye papers and used that for one of my many die cuts. 

    A few fun challenges:
    WWI June Anything Goes Challenge
    Fashionable Stamping Challenge: # 112 Beautiful Blooms  7/9
    Sketch Saturday Week #419

    Monday, July 4, 2016

    Happy Independence Day


    Today is doubly special.  This is a special set released by MHKDesigns to celebrate Independence Day and it is also my dad's birthday!  The card with the flag is my dads birthday card,  below is the inside  and the second went out to my chemo buddy last Monday.  This fabulous digital set can be purchased at:  Etsy MHKDesigns. 


    A few fun challenges
    Crafty Calendar Challenge: July- Punches and/or Dies
    Creative Loops: Stars and/or Stripes  8/1
    The Color Sisters #34  7/15

    Saturday, July 2, 2016

    Christmas in July: Seasons Greetings


    Today is the start of Christmas in July over at MHKDesigns!  Papers were released yesterday and additional sets will be released July 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th by various design team members and some special guest designers so you will want to be sure to check back on MHKDesigns on those dates!  I'll be back on the 23rd with a sweet design!

    Stitched Seasons Greetings                                               

    Deck The Hall Papers
    Deck the Halls Digital Paper Pack

    A few fun challenges:
    Simply Create Too: #112 Christmas in July  7/8
    Open Minded Crafting Challenge: #6 Seasons/Holidays  7/9
    The 12 Months of Christmas: #19 Optional Theme Christmas Blooms


    Friday, July 1, 2016

    Fruit/Drink Image and/or Colors

    Hi everyone, its time for another monthly challenge at House of Cards with the fun theme of:
    Fruit/Drink Image and/or Colors

    I pulled out a die cut for the card below that I have had for some time now and had not used and went with the colors.  After my initial yellow base, some lime, green papers and a blue and yellow center I had fun pulling out die cuts and punches and added a Happy Day sentiment so I can use this card for any occasion.


    Opened up:

    You won't want to miss the lovely creations by our Design Team  Coordinator Judy and the talented DT members:

    Cohenna | Donna ( you are here)| Em | Heather | Jane | Judy 
    Karen | Katarina | Katy | Leslie | Linda | Merethe
    Michele | Mynn | Paula | Rocky | Rosi | Ruza
    Shawna | Shirley | Steph | Sue N. | Susan | Tina | Toni
    Check out the House of Cards blog to see how to join the challenge.  Thanks for stopping by!

    A few fun challenges:
    Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge
    Repeat Impressions WIW June Anything Goes Challenge