May your holidays Sparkle... 36

Mona Pendleton | Friday, November 30, 2012 @ 3:00 AM | , , , , ,

Hi there! So happy it's Friday! I have the day off from work and a million and one errands to run! It's been a crazy week for me. I had to have yet another crown placed on one of my molars :( ~ this over 40 something all what it's cracked up to be! 

Today one of my cards that I made many moons ago is being featured on the Melissa Frances blog :) If you have a chance I would be tickled pink if you stopped by - click HERE. Thanks in advance :) I have made several and I don't have a clue which one it is so it will be a pleasant surprise for me as well!

I have a Christmas card to share with you today that I made using a beautiful sentiment from Seasonal Sentiments along with pretty patterned paper from the Melissa Frances Deck the Halls collection. I layered the sentiment on a die cut made using Die-namics Layered Label Die which was then layered on a doily die cut made using Die-namics Decorative Doily.
I finished it off with a Wild Cherry Poinsettia made using Die-namics Poinsettia
 For sketch inspiration, I joined along with Tuesday Morning Sketches:
Thanks so much for visiting! I hope you have a terrific weekend!
Be Sweet ;)
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Merry Christmas...MFTWSC100 42

Mona Pendleton | Wednesday, November 28, 2012 @ 10:00 AM | , , , ,

Hi there! It's Wednesday and that means it is time for an all new My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club sketch challenge! Thanks to all who joined along ~ so many wonderful cards! For additional inspiration from participating DT members, please be sure to visit the MFT Blog.
Here's the fun sketch:
and here's my interpretation:
This card features the sweet image from Pure Innocence Stocking Girl which I stamped on a piece of Blending Card, colored with various Copics then trimmed around the perimeter. The Merry Christmas sentiment is from LJD Stitched Stockings which was stamped on a die cut made using Die-namics Rounded Banner STAX.
I completed the inside as well which includes a gift card. I stamped a sentiment from Pure Innocence Stocking Girl on a die cut label made using Die-namics Polka Dot Greetings die then layered it on top of a die cut pocket made using Die-namics Gift Card Pocket - Vertical. I couldn't help adding a die cut layered heart made using Die-namics Layered Heart along with fun patterned paper from the Pink Paislee City Sidewalks Collection.

Thanks so much for stopping by! 
Be Sweet ;)
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Welcome...MFT November Creative Challenge 62

Mona Pendleton | Monday, November 26, 2012 @ 10:00 PM | , , , , , , , , , ,

Hi there! Hope you are all off to a great start of the Holiday Season! I'm here to share a project for the MFT Design Team December Creative Challenge. 
In case you are not familiar, the MFT Design Team Creative Challenge is a monthly feature, where we are challenged to explore our creative side using a specific theme, product, or technique. This month, we were challenged to create Holiday Home Decor using our MFT Stamps and Die-namics. Be sure to check out the MFT Blog for a list of all participating designers who have a project to share with you today.

I created a mixed media holiday wall hanging using a variety of Die-namics along with several MFT stamp sets. After creating the textured brick wall, I randomly stamped the larger dots from LJD Darling Dots on the wall for a little added texture and depth. I think it also adds character ;) LOL
I added a trio of multi-layered Poinsettias that were made using Die-namics Poinsettia  which I sprayed using heidi swapp Sweet Cherry Color shine. I finished them off with a dusting of glitter and a rhinestone brad. 
Tucked behind the Poinsettias are beautiful die cut flourishes that were made using Die-namics Medium Fancy Flourish and Die-namics Large Leafy Flourish.
I made a couple of Christmas tree topiaries using Die-namics Jumbo Banner Day STAX. Once the trees were die cut, spritzed and assembled, I randomly stamped using LJD Darling Dots. The pots were made using Die-namics Mini Tabs Foursome and each topped off with a star made using Die-namics Star STAX.
Once the wooden door was completed with all the texture and color, I adhered a die cut wreath that was made using Die-namics Winter Wreath and fashioned a stamped sentiment on it. The 'Tis the Season sentiment is from Inspired by Christmas and was stamped on a die cut strip that was made using Die-namics Sentiment Strips
In case you are interested in a nearly step by step more detailed tutorial, please take a peek at the tutorial I put together shown below:

Thanks so much for visiting! I hope you enjoyed my mixed media holiday wall hanging as much as I enjoyed creating it! Remember to check out the MFT Blog for a list of all participating designers who have put their MFT stamps and/or Die-namics dies to work to create a Holiday Home Decor project for you today!
Be Sweet :)

Pink Paislee / heidi swapp products used: heidi swapp Color shine: Tinsel, Sweet Cherry, Tropicana Teal, Chartreuse, Gold Lame
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Love...CR84FN68 58

Mona Pendleton | Saturday, November 24, 2012 @ 9:55 PM | , , ,

Hi there! Hope you are all having a great weekend! It's time for an all new CR84FN Color Challenge! Thanks to all who joined along with CR84FN67 ~ so many beautiful projects filled the gallery!

***CR84FN68 will be the last color challenge of 2012. We are taking a break for the holidays and will return Sunday, December 30th for CR84FN69.***

You have nearly two weeks to join along and play with the following color combination shown below. The pretty photos used to create the graphic are courtesy of Kate MacPherson Photography.
I made a Valentine's Day card using a combination of stamps from MFT Inspired By Love and Die-namics Let's Toast & Stamp Set along with blossoms made using Die-namics Layered Rose, Die-namics Rolled Rose Die, and Die-namics MINI Rolled Roses.
For the focal point, I stamped and heat embossed the sweet cupid image on a die cut label made using Die-namics Well Worn Greetings Die & Stamp Set then applied Distress ink around the edges.
I completed the inside with a sentiment and pretty heat embossed silver heart image from MFT Inspired By Love.
For sketch inspiration, I joined along with Pals Paper Arts Sketch Challenge:
Thanks so much for visiting! For additional inspiration, please be sure to visit the CR84FN blog to see what the other design team members have created. Have a great day / evening!Be Sweet ;)
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Born To Run... 55

Mona Pendleton | Friday, November 23, 2012 @ 2:31 AM | , , , ,

Hi there! To all those who celebrated Thanksgiving, I hope you had a wonderful holiday celebration with your family, friends and loved ones! We had a great holiday. Scott and I had completed about 90% of our holiday dinner preparation Wednesday night so we had time to start our Thanksgiving day off with a mountain hike then Tina came over and her and I took a bike ride. Jerry and April joined us for dinner :)

I have been playing around with modeling paste and various texture tools and created this page in my art journal featuring my sweet furry little four legged friend, Gretchen :) For the title, I used a stamp from Die-namics Girly Graphic Tee Die & Stamp Set and the white dots were stamped using LJD Darling Dots.




Once I felt a little more comfortable with the products, I made a layout featuring a photo of April and Jerry that was taken while on a recent trip to San Francisco.
There's just something about the Melissa Frances resin embellishments that I love. For a more aged look, I applied Distress ink.
Using Die-namics Hearts a Plenty, I die cut a few canvas heart embellishments 
For the title, I stamped the Love sentiment from Inspired By Love on a die cut piece made using Die-namics Place Award Ribbon. To create the layered canvas fishtail banner strips, I used Die-namics Jumbo Fishtail Banner STAX and Die-namics Fishtail Flags STAX:
Shown below is a rose made using Die-namics Layered Rose.
For sketch inspiration, I played along with ScrapFriends Sketch challenge:
and for color inspiration, I played along with 13 arts pl blog:
Thanks so much for visiting! I hope you have a great day / evening!
Be Sweet ;)
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Miss You...MFTWSC99 43

Mona Pendleton | Wednesday, November 21, 2012 @ 10:00 AM | , , , ,

Hi there! It's Wednesday and that means it is time for an all new My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club sketch challenge! Thanks to all who joined along ~ so many wonderful cards! For additional inspiration from participating DT members, please be sure to visit the MFT Blog.
Here's the sketch:
and here's my interpretation featuring the sweet die cut bird and bird cage made using Die-namics Contempo Cage & Stamp Set.
I stamped the Miss You sentiment from Die-namics Contempo Cage & Stamp Set on a die cut tab made using Die-namics Mini Tabs Foursome and added a trio of Pink Lemonade rose embellishments made using Die-namics MINI Rolled Roses. To finish off the bird cage, I made a double Hemp Cord bow and added a Whip Cream button along with a pearl.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you have a great day / evening!
Be Sweet :)
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Coffee and Friends...MFTSCRAP2 50

Mona Pendleton | Monday, November 19, 2012 @ 10:00 PM | , , , , , , ,

Hi there! It's time for a new MFT scrap sketch challenge! Thanks to all who shared their creativity with us last month ~ so many terrific layouts! For complete details on how you can join along, please visit the MFT blog. Here's the fun sketch we are playing with:
I scrapped a few photos of my son dear son Jerry and his sweet GF April that were taken while we were all on a recent trip to San Francisco. Jerry looooooves a good cup of coffee and there is plenty to be had in San Francisco! With that being said, I inked up a few sentiments from Clearly Sentimental about Coffee:
I stamped and heat embossed a beautiful butterfly from Inspired By Butterflies on a vellum die cut butterfly made using a coordinating Die-namics Inspired By Butterflies die and added a glitter kissed Pink Lemonade rose embellishment made using a Die-namics Mini Royal Roses die:
I couldn't resist adding a cluster of homemade die cut flowers using the following Die-namics dies: Plentiful Petals, Large Royal Rose and the Royal Rose. To make the two die cut tags, I simply dry embossed Kraft cs using various embossing folders, cut using Die-namics Traditional Tags STAX then white washed with acrylic paint. I stamped a few fun images from Die-namics First Class Friend and Stamp Set.
Thanks so much for visiting! Please be sure to visit the MFT Blog for some fab DT inspiration and complete details!
Be Sweet ;)
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