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Mona Pendleton | Monday, December 31, 2012 @ 8:41 AM | , , ,

Happy New Year's Eve to all! Certainly I'm not the only one scratching my head wondering where 2012 has gone?! Any big plans? We're just enjoying a relaxing evening at home. Doesn't get much better than that in my opinion :)

Today I have a few projects to share using some pretty chipboard pieces from Blue Fern Studios. First up is a layout featuring a photo of Meredith that was taken while riding at her most recent Dressage competition last month.  
I applied embossing enamel to two gorgeous Organic Vine Corner - Large chipboard pieces then layered on a few blossoms from my stash.
Up close you can really see how intricate these pieces are:
I also made a Thank You card featuring a pretty butterfly from the Brigitte Butterfly Set. The sentiment is from MFT / Die-namics Umbrella Sentiments Stamp Set.
I applied enamel to the beautiful butterfly then layered it on a die doily made using a Die-namics Dainty Doily DUO die.
For the card sketch inspiration, I joined along with Freshly Made Sketches:
In the layout, I used beautiful Blue Fern Studios Organic Vine Corner - Large x 2
and featured on the card is one of the pretty butterflies from Blue Fern Studios Brigitte Butterfly Set
Thank you so much for visiting! I hope you all have a safe and fun New Year's celebration!
Be Sweet ;)
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Mona Pendleton | Saturday, December 29, 2012 @ 9:55 PM | , , , ,

Hi there! Hope you are all having a great weekend! After a holiday break, we're back creating with color at the CR84FN Color Challenge! Please help me welcome the talented Lisa Snowdy of Adventures in Paperland, who will be joining along as our Guest Designer for the month of January! For nearly the next two weeks, we will be playing with the pretty color combination shown below:
Yep, I am one proud Mom and I'm still celebrating my son Jerry's college graduation. :) I made a layout of Jerry and April that was taken after the ceremony. I stamped a sentiment from MFT Inspired by Knowledge on a die cut made using Die-namics Framed Greetings die.
I made several flowers using the following Die-namics: Die-namics Layered Rose, Die-namics Large Royal Rose and Die-namics Plentiful Petals along with some flourishes made using Die-namics Fancy Flourish and Die-namics Medium Fancy Flourish.
Using Die-namics Butterflies and some corrugated cardboard, I made a pretty little layered butterfly embellishment: 
I also made a card using the left over patterned paper. The sentiment is from MFT Finishing Flourishes.
I die cut a Kraft cs heart using Die-namics Hearts a Plenty then added texture using an embossing folder. I finished the card with a trio of die cut flower embellishments made using the following Die-namics: Die-namics MINI Rolled Roses, Die-namics Mini Royal Roses along with flourish made using Die-namics Leafy Flourish
For the layout sketch inspiration, I joined along with another freaking scrappy challenge:
Thanks so much for stopping by! Please be sure to stop by the CR84FN blog to see the awesome samples that Lisa and the CR84FN DT has created! Hope you join along in the fun!
Be Sweet ;)
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Mona Pendleton | Thursday, December 27, 2012 @ 8:15 AM | ,

Hi there! Many thanks to those of you who left such kind comments regarding the passing of my dear brother. I really appreciate your thoughts and prayers :)

Today, I'm so excited to be able to share some exciting news with you in my crafting world ... Leslie Kammerdiener, Owner of Blue Fern Studios has invited me to join the Blue Fern Studios Design Team! Yahoooo!!!! The DT consists of many International talented paper crafters! You can read all about it here.
Blue Fern Studios manufactures beautiful, high quality chipboard pieces made right here in the United States! The pieces are designed by the talented graphic designer ~ Michele Singh who is currently giving away some of these fabulous products ~ click HERE for complete details! 
Thanks so much for visiting! I hope you have a great day / evening!
Be Sweet ;)
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Mona Pendleton | Wednesday, December 26, 2012 @ 10:00 AM | , , , ,

Hi there! Hope you are all having a great holiday season and a very Merry Christmas to those who celebrated! It's Wednesday, so that means it's time for an all new My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club sketch challenge! Thanks to all who joined along ~ so many pretty cards! For additional inspiration from participating DT members, please be sure to visit the MFT Blog.
Here's the fun sketch that we are playing with this week:
This was not an easy card for me make nor an easy post for me to write. To keep a long story short, my 50 year young brother Albert passed away 2 days ago, Sunday, December 23rd so I made this card for my dear sister Tina who was very close friends with him. I have fond memories of my brother, mostly when we were young school age children but in all honesty, we were not close as the years went by and we both became involved with our own families and lives. Having been raised in a Catholic family of 11 children, there was so much chaos and commotion, I don't even know how my Mom kept our names straight! I will miss Albert and pray that he rests in peace and hope Tina finds comfort in receiving this card.

I stamped the pretty Daffodil image from Inspired By Flowers Set #1 using VersaMark ink on a piece of vellum that was cut using a Die-namics Rectangle STAX, Set 2 die, then heat embossed using fine white embossing powder. I layered the vellum on a Kraft die cut that was made using a Die-namics Postage Stamp STAX die. 
I just love the beautiful detail in the daffodil:
I finished the inside with another heat embossed daffodil along with another beautiful sentiment from Inspired By Flowers Set #1. I stitched on a die cut border that was made using Die-namics Postage Stamp Edge.
Thanks so much for visiting! Hope you have a great day / evening!
Be Sweet :)
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Mona Pendleton | Sunday, December 23, 2012 @ 2:00 AM | , , , , ,

Hi there! Hope you are all having a great weekend! I have a few photos to share from Jerry's graduation ceremony on Friday. I won't babble on but I must say, I'm so proud of him :) 

I spent some time today finishing up several gift card boxes that I have been working on. I pulled out my Cricut Expressions machine and made a few boxes using the Bags, Tags, Boxes and More cartridge along with patterned paper from the Pink Paislee City Sidewalks collection. The boxes measure 4 1/2" W x 4" H x 1/2" D, perfect size to house gift cards :)
This year, I didn't shop for my son's sweet GF April, we bought her gift cards to several of her favorite stores so she can shop for herself. I'm so proud of her because she wanted to lose weight, she put the effort into it and has successfully lost over 20 lbs. So we thought she would have more fun shopping for herself :) The tag on this gift box was made using Die-namics Tag You're It and Stamp Set. I stamped the tag image using MFT Wild Cherry ink, adhered an embellishment on that was made using a die from Die-namics Dizzy Doily DUO along with a fan fold decoration that was made using Die-namics 1/4" Rosette then finished it with a Wild Cherry button and a hemp bow.
The inside features a gift card pocket using the Die-namics Gift Card Pocket - Horizontal die then stamped a sentiment from Seasonal Sentiments using Wild Cherry ink.
The next gift box features an embellishment made using the following combination of MFT products: Die-namics Snowflake Doily, Die-namics Decorative Doily DUODie-namics 1/4" Rosette, Sno Cone button and hemp.
This gift box also contains a pocket that was made using the Die-namics Gift Card Pocket - Horizontal die then stamped a sentiment from Seasonal Sentiments using Wild Cherry ink.
The next gift box features an embellishment made using the following combination of MFT products: Die-namics Jumbo Snowflake, Die-namics Open Scallop Doily DUODie-namics 1/4" RosetteSno Cone button and hemp:
The inside contains a gift pocket made using Die-namics Gift Card Pocket - Vertical that was stamped with a sentiment from LJD Stitched Stockings
And last but not least is a gift box for Jerry featuring an embellishment made using the following combination of MFT products: Die-namics Decorative Circle STAX, Die-namics Dainty Doily DUODie-namics 1/4" Rosette, a Wild Cherry button and a hemp bow:
The inside contains a gift pocket made using Die-namics Gift Card Pocket - Vertical that was stamped with a stamped sentiment from  from Seasonal Sentiments:
Thanks so much for visiting! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!
Be Sweet ;)
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Mona Pendleton | Thursday, December 20, 2012 @ 11:31 PM | , , , ,

Happy Friday! Today, I'm getting the best early Christmas present for 2012! I'm so excited to share with you that my dear son Jerry will be walking across the stage at Arizona State University / W.P. Carey School of Business to receive his diploma! Yahoooooo! I am so proud of him, I can't even begin to tell you! Jerry was at my graduation 18 years ago with my Mom and now I have the pleasure of watching him receive his diploma. Hoping to get a few photos to share :)

I made a grungy tag to hang on the bottle of Champagne that we will be toasting with in celebration of the occasion, (which Scott thinks is so ugly and can't believe I'm showing it!). Jerry has gone on a job interview prior to graduating and has accepted a position in San Francisco. I'm thrilled to pieces and very happy for him but feeling a little sorry for myself because I'm going to miss him terribly. I'm so thankful for our weekly lunch dates over the past 5 years :) Time just flies by way too fast...
To create this tag, I combined the graduation cap and diploma images from Inspired By Knowledge with the Cheers to You sentiment from Die-namics Let's Toast Die and Stamp Set Combo.
Thanks so much for visiting! I hope you have a great day!
Be Sweet ;)
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Mona Pendleton | Wednesday, December 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 wonderful 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 made a layout featuring a photo of my dear daughter Angie and her sweet dog Oakley :) I don't recall the exact year but it had to be nearly 13 years ago because Angie is missing baby teeth in the photo! YIKES ~ how time flies!

 I used quite an assortment of MFT stamps and Die-namics on this layout. Bet you are not surprised! :) LOL

Here are some details on how I created this layout: I stamped the sweet polka dot butterfly image from Die-namics Tag You're It and Stamp Set on a die cut butterfly made using a Die-namics Butterflies die which I layered on a die cut heart made using Die-namics Layered Heart. The smaller heart features a stamped heart image from Inspired By Music that I stamped on a die cut heart made using Die-namics Hearts a Plenty:

 To create the ticket strip, I stamped a few images from Just the Ticket Stamp Set on a die cut ticket border strip that was made using Die-namics Ticket Strip (LJD). I stamped a sentiment from Inspired By Music on a die cut strip that was made using Die-namics First Place Award Ribbon:
I made a Whip Cream cs blossom using Die-namics Layered Rose then adhered it to a crocheted blossom made by my sweet sister Tina :)
 For a little added interest, I stitched on a trio of Lemon Drop buttons:
To add texture to the die cut hearts, I dusted off and pulled out my paper crimper! Do you have one of these stored away somewhere? ;)
Thanks so much for visiting! Please be sure to visit the MFT blog for some awesome DT inspiration and complete details.
Be Sweet ;)
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