Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Coffee Lovers...a day late

I made this to enter into the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop for coffee day. I didn't make it! Oh well!
 I used MFP's Oh, Beans from 2012. I stamped the cups on dp and fussy cut and made my own dp with the background sentiment. Some more dp and a fancy cut out for my sentiment along with ribbon and a rhinestone brad. The edges were sponged with burnt umber.
Thanks for looking!

Our favorite coffee lover's bloghop cards


MariLynn here. Did you know that yesterday was National Coffee Day? If it was up to me that would be every day. I love the smell of coffee. My favorite isle in the grocery store is the coffee isle. Well, yesterday in honor of  loving coffee, there was a COFFEE LOVERS BLOGHOP.
Several of us participated in the hop. We thought it would be fun to pick our favorites and share them with you. A little extra shout out to the cards that inspired us. What we didn't expect was how hard it was to pick  a favorite, so several of us picked 2 favorites.



#166 and #174


#83 and #98

I hope you will get a chance to look at some of the amazing creations on this bloghop. We would like to thank Amy and Chaitali for putting the bloghop together.

Have a blessed day!

Sponsored by Graphic 45- Don't miss this!

It's almost here and the avid cardmakers at Mountain Plains Crafters are so excited.  We are going vintage on October 4th; not only with our projects, but with our prize as well.
This is a Facebook only event on our Community page so bookmark this link: 
                                           MPC Community page 
Tune in Saturday and share this with your friends because they are going to help you win! 
More details to come but, the prize?  It's a doozy!  Graphic 45 sent us the entire collection of Raining Cats and Dogs (except single sheets)!  That's 3 paper packs, 3 sheets of die cut stickers, 2 packs of die cut chipboard, ephemera and journaling cards.  Wow!  Thanks G45! (Hey, now that I think about it, it's really too much for one person to handle....maybe I should keep some....#grin)
#Cre8time #g45papers #graphic45 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Winner of the Aug/Sept challenge!

Thank you to everyone who submitted a project in our Autumn/Leaves challenge.  They were all so wonderful and inspirational!  The winner, via randomizer.org, is.....


                                #8 Celeste Cotter Goff

Congratulations, Celeste!  You've won a Donna Downey Mixed Media kit from Pan Pastel.  Thanks so much to our wonderful sponsor! 

Please send us your contact information to mountainplainscrafters (at) gmail (dot) com and we will forward to our sponsor.  Please confirm your prize within 7 days.

Next up at MPC?  Check in Oct. 4th for World Cardmaking Day and a fabulous prize up for grabs from our sponsor, Graphic 45. 

And coming soon, a fun holiday event sponsored by Unity Stamps with another awesome prize up for grabs!  Tune in and share the love with your friends. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

World Cardmaking Day Oct. 4 2014

Yes, its that time of year when crafters all over the world recognize the first Saturday in October as World Cardmaking Day, as if we needed a reason to get crafty!

 One lucky winner will walk away with a fabulous Raining Cats and Dogs prize pack from our wonderful sponsor, Graphic 45.  Isn't that awesome?!

So, start sharing this now with your friends because this will be a Facebook only event.  Here's the link to our community page: MPC Community Facebook page

 Be sure and like our page, bookmark it and check in on Oct. 4th for all day inspiration from the design team, capped off with one lucky winner.  We can't wait! 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Strength and Courage plus winners!

We wanted to show this beautiful card that Sheryl made in between hospital treatments and all that comes with helping her husband in dealing with his cancer.  

She squeezed in a few moments of peaceful crafting and whipped this out as an encouragement.  They are geared up for battle but still are having financial difficulties due to this unwelcome intrusion in their lives.  Please consider giving any amount that you can and help our dear friend by clicking this link and please share the cause, would you?  Thanks so much!

Now on to the winners from the weekend Pirate hop:

Visit Terri's blog to see her winner: wavingmywand.blogspot.com

Visit dEb's blog to see her winner: Meticulosity.blogspot.com

Visit Jen's blog to see her winner: http://www.caffeinatedpapercuts.com

Visit MariLyn's blog to see her winner: http://mississippi-mcgyver.blogspot.com/

IMPORTANT!! If you haven't linked up yet to the MPC August/Sept. challenge, there's still time. Get your project in by 9/24/14. There's a fabulous prize from Pan Pastel; a Donna Downey mixed media kit! Wowza! Here's the link: MPC Aug/Sept challenge

Friday, September 19, 2014

Draw yer sword matey.....it's International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Ahoy, Matey!  Who doesn't love a good pirate?  And, there's an actual day designated to celebrate talking like one?  Well this design team is ALL over that.  We love a good excuse to get inky so here's a few projects from the girls, just for you.  But first......what would a pirate celebration be without some buried treasure?  Some of the girls have blog candy to give away so be sure and follow the link to their site and follow the instructions to get your hands on the treasure!

I rummaged around my son's room, looking for this old Disney map.  Back in the day, my son was all about pirates.  I was able to salvage the part of the map that didn't have scribble all over it!  Some distressing, drawing and a great sentiment from Unity Stamps, and we're ready to hunt for buried treasure.  Follow my link here:  Wavingmywand for some blog candy......

Last year for our church Halloween party, I just happened to go as a pirate! It was a last minute decision to dress up, so I dug out my kiddo's old pirate hat, eye patch & plastic hook but no parrot could be found. What's a pirate to do? Why an Iguana will work in a pinch, I even made him his own eye patch.
My Family is my Treasure!

Arrr mateys! Thar be a pirate ship on the horizon, coming to steal our treasure! Good thing I've hidden it over at Caffeinated Papercuts... ;) I had some serious (and messy!) fun with Distress Inks, Spectrum Noir markers, Tombow Adhesive and Sweet Stamp Shop stamps to make this cool pirate scene. And if ye don't like it, ye can walk the plank! Arrrrr!

At first, I was at a loss... Pirates ?? Do I even have any pirate stamps, stickers, die cuts ?? Then I remembered the DCWV  "Hey Sailor" stack and my card was born !! Add a tattered flower from Jolee's & a bit of Little B Starry Night washi to a printed background map and I have just "worked like a captain and played like a pirate" all at the same time !! I am the Captain of my Crafty ship !! Head on over to my blog  for a chance to win some pirate booty.. Follow the link here to Meticulosity. Think Pirate Gold ......

Better late then never... This card turned out to be a lot more involved than I had planned. I had my card already to post then I decided to add gold doubloons. I used Mark's Finest Papers set called BURIED TREASURE. 
I have more details on my card on my blog, where I you can have a chance to win some treasure of your own. Check it out HERE.
Hi ladies!  Pam, here. I had a lot of fun and used the same set MariLynn did from MFP called Buried Treasure. You can link to it from MariLynn's post above. Inside this says, "Find your treasure".
Argh....I need to go take care of my mateys!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Love Never Fails

Happy day to everyone out in blogland! Don't fall off of your chairs...yes, I made a card. Quite therapeutic! I made this with Unity's Love Never Fails in honor of my parents. It would've been there 65th wedding anniversary on the 16th. I used a gifted encyclopedia page from the awesome MariLynn and went to work. I stamped in versa mark and embossed in black. The roses and butterflies were done with pearlescent watercolors. I hand quilled some roses with pearlescent watercolors as well, some burlap and some fun fibers, too. One section was dry embossed and then I added blue Inca Gold.......my mom loved blue!
Sorry for the whacky writing....I am out of practice!


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

My Take on "The Shake"....

dEb here and I have a confession to make..... I absolutely LOVE shaker cards... I watch how-to videos, collect pictures of them, find them on Pinterest etc.... I have everything I need to make them.. Just bought the foam mounting tape last week. Sat down to make one this morning and somehow got distracted by these cute little envelopes I have had for awhile...Does this happen to any of you ?? I call it my Creative ADD...  I sit down to make 1 thing that is all settled in my mind and end up with something completely different... Like today's Shaker card... I had some of my Project Life  journal cards on my desk and put it in the clear envelope..Perfect fit--even had enough room to fold the end back... Then I spotted the literally thousands of sequins I have and VOILA !! My card was born..  The supplies were meant to go together.. It was like peanut butter & jelly, Barnes & Noble, Ben & Jerry's ..... I am already thinking ahead to more of these cards... I have some fabulous metallic sequins. They would be great for beachy cards... I can envision autumn colors, Christmas -- the possibilities are endless.... I still want to try a traditional shaker card but I am thrilled with MY take on the "shake"....Now if only I could remember where I got those little envelopes... Google, here I come !!


Supplies : Project Life  Neapolitan Edition journal card, Unity Stamp Company sentiment from "Simple Snowman Joy", My Mind's Eye polka-dot card base, paper-punched hearts, clear envelope, SEQUINS !!

Friday, September 12, 2014

One of our own needs help.....

Our co-founder of Mountain Plains Crafters is dealing with the devastation of cancer.  Her husband has just begun treatments and the financial burden is already overwhelming.
We crafters are a tight-knit bunch and many of us are also strong in faith.  We are asking this:
1.   Prayer for the Kemper family

2.   Please share this with your crafty community on Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, Instagram, Twitter, etc.  Let's bombard social media and show the love.

3.   Please give something if you can, even if it's only a dollar.  Dollars add up!
Thanks so much for anything you can do to spread the word.  They need our help. 
Here's the link to donate: 
Blessings to you all!
Terri Burson and Pam Stang
Co-founders Mountain Plains Crafters

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Animals Everywhere!

We're going critter crazy today at Mountain Plains Crafters!
Everyone loves a cute little bunny, a fuzzy kitten, a silky fox
and this Design Team is no exception!


I think my owl needs a name.  How about....Harvey?  Works for me.  He's just hanging out on a snowy branch, chillin' and shivering 'cause there's a nip in the air!

I was going to make a card with a deer on it. I really was but when I was going through my stamps, this wolf stamp started howling my name. I have had him for months, but I hadn't inked him up yet. He spoke to my twisted sense of humor as well. I knew that everyone else on the design team was going to bring "cute" critters. They would just provide a buffet for my wolf. Either that or he ate the deer I was going to stamp, and he is full now.

I have had kitties my entire life; right now, my furry friend's name is Salem...and I'm terribly allergic to him! Right before I made this card, I touched him with one hand to get him off the couch, hoping not to trigger an allergy attack. I guess one touch was too much, because I ended up with itchy eyes, nose and throat and the sneezes! Oh, well I still love him and I love this watercolored kitty card, too! >^.^<

I fell in love with this ribbon when I saw it in the clearance bin and bought it to use with some mushroom stamps.Then I spotted this cute hedgehog stamp and my card went in a totally different direction. Used my Inktense & Metallic watercolor pencils and a blender pen to color the little guys. Popped up the banner with some dimensionals and my 2 cute critters are ready to go !!

BUNNIES!! I love all things cute and cuddly and when Lawn Fawn came out with these sweet little hippity-hops, I was done. I used my Spectrum Noir markers to color them in, and since I splurged & got the matching dies as well cutting them out was a breeze! Some Tombow adhesive to hold some bits down, foam tape to pop the rest, add the heat embossed vellum sentiment and done! Now keep your wolf away from them, MariLynn! :P

Thanks for joining us today.  We had fun making these critter cards.  Have you got a critter card?  Head on over to our Facebook page and show us what you've got.  We'd love to see!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

One flower, 3 different looks

I've been working on a set of coordinating cards and thought I'd share with you today.  The stamps I'm using are Spellbinders Celebra'tions "Just Because" (with matching dies) and "Tape It" set, which are washi tape-like in design. 

You can see each card has a distinct look, but similar format.  I just finished with the gold, so I'll tell you a bit about what I did different.

I wanted to use one color and veer more towards a masculine design, or at least be a bit more gender neutral.  The ink is also Spellbinders, Golden Glow from the Celebra'tions collection.  I used the generation stamping technique, stamping once, then re-stamping without re-inking.  I did this multiple times with the circle stamps from the Just Because set.  It has 3 different size circles.  The flower from the same set was inked and then cut with a matching die using my Cuttlebug.  I then painted with Clearsnap Goldrush Smooch Glitz. 

The tag was stamped with the striped washi stamp using the Tape It set.  I then stamped the sentiment, from the Just Because set, and used my Wink of Stella clear brush over it so it would stand out more.  I think this is my favorite of the 3.  

Which one do you like the best?  



Monday, September 1, 2014

Fall Leaves and Friendship

Hi there everyone; Jennifer here to share the details of the fall card I created for our Fall Card Challenge. You have until September 29th to enter, so I expect to see lots and lots of pretty fall colors!

When I think fall, I envision pumpkin spice lattes, sweaters, boots, and leaves going crunch under my feet. One of the joys of living in the Northeast is that we actually get all 4 seasons, and leaf peeping is one of them! With that in mind, I set to work and came up with this:

Here's the layer breakdown:
Base - kraft paper
Background - my own creation with Distress Paints and watercolor paper. Colors used: Fired Brick, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge, Forest Moss and Spiced Marmalade.
Sentiment layer - natural ivory linen, Unity Stamp Co. sentiment from a Stamp of the Week in Memento Espresso ink.
Leaves - these were FUN and MESSY! Vellum embossed with a crackle embossing folder from Darice, die cut with the Tim Holtz Textured Leaves die, and rubbed with the mini Distress Inks in Barn Door, Squeezed Lemonade, Olive, and Spiced Marmalade. I tacked them down with my Tombow Mono glue by 'hiding' the glue drops with the inked bits of the leaves and the twine bow up top.
Final touches - twine bow and a scattering of Pretty Pink Posh 4mm sequins in Sand and Forest Moss.

I tacked the leaves down to the ivory linen paper, the linen paper to the background paper, and then used 3D foam tape to attach the whole shebang to the kraft base card. Add on the bow and the sequins and this baby was done!

I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with for the contest!