Chloe’s Birthday Cheer

My friend, Chloe, was too excited about the 1st birthday of her new little niece, Isabella. When spending time with Isabella, Chloe plays with alphabet flashcards. So, “B is for Birthday” had to be on Isabella’s first card. Like all special Aunties, she went a little over the top with the number of gifts. Not that she needed much encouragement, shopping is Chloe’s Achille’s heel.

This cheerful card was created with the use of the following supplies:

  • Image: Twisttoon’s Present and Bows, Black Widow Pencils
  • Background: Spun Sugar Distressed Ink, Perfect Pearls Pink Gumball
  • Cricut Design Space: Sentiment and presents (inside card)
  • Gel Pens: Glitter Black Cricut 0.8, Glitter Pink Cricut 0.8mm
  • Prismacolor pencils

Challenges entered: Watercooler Wednesday Challenge, Cupcake Inspiration Challenge, SSS Wednesday Challenge

Stay Warm, Friends

Happy Saturday Night Crafting, everyone!! My focal image is from the pretty women set at Picket Fences. Memento Ink was used to stamp her so that I could use Copic markers, my favorite coloring medium. I love the full coverage that Copics give. I used the colors B000,B00, R46,R27,R29, E29, E49. Way easy coloring!! I created a sentiment with my Cricut and found this fab paper from Whimsy Stamps. The background paper reminded me of the inspiration image and the play on lights. My “matching envelope” was made with a Bokah stencil and white ink. The Inspiration Station and The Card Concept Challenge inspired me to use the stamp with the warm cup of cocoa. The Whimsy stamp background reminds me of the Inspiration Station image’s background. Have a great Sunday, crafters! Stay warm & safe!!!!

Challenges entered: Inspiration Station, The Card Concept, As You Like It Challenge.

Penguin Holiday

Happy Winter Tuesday, crafters! This is my first Christmas/Winter card for 2022. I was inspired by the current challenge over at Double Trouble: 3 patterned papers??? So it screamed to me, paper piecing. The background is pattern number 1, supplied by Whimsy Stamps. The other two patterned papers are from my stash and make up the penguin’s hat and scarf. El penguino and sentiment are Cricut access files. They were easy to cut and put together. I inked the edges of the snow with Speckled Egg Distressed Oxide to match the green glow of the snowy background.

Challenges entered: Double Trouble Challenge, The Four Seasons Challenge, Tic Tac Toe Challenge (Winter, CAS, Free (die cut)), Critter Crazy Challenge


It’s a gouache Sunday here in the cold State of Texas. Geezzzz….. 35° ????? I would like to send this weather back north, please. On the plus side, great crafting weather! 😁 On to the card. My layout was inspired by Jen and Kelli during their facebook live yesterday. My sentiment and stamp are from the Rabbit Hole Design. The caffinated dragon was stamped on watercolor paper and colored with gouache. The background is a stencil from Kindred Stamps along with truly simple ink blending.

My sentiment is embossed in grey embossing powder from the stash. It’s hard to read, but it says, “Despresso: the feeling you get when you run out of coffee.”

Stay warm and safe!

Challenges entered: The Color Throwdown Challenge, The Cupcake Inspiration Challenge, The Fairy and Unicorn Challenge, Double Trouble Challenge, The Sisterhood of the Snarky Stampers, Critty Crazy Challenge, SSS Wednesday Challenge

Whose Watching?

TGIF, CRAFTERS!!! After a stressful week, I am looking forward to some quality time in my craft room this weekend; can anyone relate? So I’ve been working on this card and its layout for a few days. It started with some fun and easy ink blending; the colors chosen are reminiscent of the inspiration photo(LR) from the Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge. Thank you, Diane and Darlene!! I had to use my new-to-me die-cut Frightening Faces by Tim Holtz, Sizzix; and, the inspiration board lent itself to this. I added a border of a black cat, jack-o-lantern and trees I designed on Cricut. Some purple paper got some glimmer added with the Hocus Pocus Mica spray. The sentiment (Tim Holtz) was stamped with Versamark Ink and Perfect Pearls in Berry Twist applied.

Challenges entered: Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge, Double Trouble Challenge, Critter Crazy Challenge, Bitten By the Bug 2

Thank you, Kawaii Style

Happy Weekend, Crafters! I have been working on thank you cards this week. I had not made anything in a Kawaii style in a while and decided that would be the style for my thank yous this year. These are clearly Tokidoki-inspired cards. My girls have nicknamed this type of card QAC (pronounce ‘quack’), quick and cute.

My unicorn card started with the background; it is origami paper by Tokidoki. The center image is also Tokidoki which comes from one of their coloring books. I traced Unicorno onto bristol smooth cardstock using a lightbox and a Copic Liner pen. To stay with Kawaii style, simple coloring, a gold sharpie was used along with a clear Wink of Stella pen. The sentiment is from a Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous set. Unicorno and the sentiment are adhered with a little foam tape.

My second card follows the same pattern as the first, origami paper and a coloring book image. However, a few more colors were used for Donutella, Copic markers (E55,RV00,RV13, E51). How does one add donut glaze to an image? Pretty easy…. Nuvo drops! I used Nuvo drops in Simply White, Shocking Pink, and Rhubarb Crumble. Once the glaze was dry, I added the sprinkles using a very small paintbrush and acrylic paints. The sentiment was stamped with Archival Ink in Vintage Photo; the sentiment is from a retired Designing Desert Divas set. The sentiment and focal image are mounted on some foam tape to finish the card. For a little whimsy, some very small donuts from Kindred Stamps were added to the sentiment strip.

My last image was inspired by a card I saw on Instagram; my apologies as I do not remember the maker. My focal image is a stamp I bought from Michaels a few years back; she is stamped in Memento black ink and colored with Copic RV00. Layers of pink and grey card stock were stitched and layered up; stitching on cards is new to me. The sentiment is from the same stamp set and stamped in Versafine Onyx Black Ink. A small heart from Kindred Stamps was added to the sentiment strip for some interest.

Challenges entered with the above 3 cards: Double D Challenge, The Fairy and Unicron Challenge, Critter Crazy Challenge, Fusion Card Challenge, All Sorts Challenge, Crafting Happiness Challenge, The Color Throwdown Challenge, Double Trouble Challenge

Dead Men Tell No Tales

Good evening, crafters! We’ve been busy over here…… too cold to go outside. This is my first Halloween card of the year!!!! OM goodness, this was too much fun. I used Antique Linen Distressed Spray on watercolor cardstock for the skull and background. The sentiment was downloaded and cut using Cricut and watercolor paper; while the ink was still wet, it was sprayed with the same Distressed spray to allow the ink to bleed. The edges were touched a bit with Black Soot Distressed Oxide Ink. The bound pirate skull……. he is a stamp from Stampers Anonymous and was fussy cut. My cut was traced and then inked on the background so no white “bleed-through” would show through. His is bound with 2×2 gauze that was tinted with the same Distressed spray. The background was lightly cut with TH’s deckle trimmer and a simple black border finishes it up.

Challenges entered: All Sorts Challenge Blog, Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge.

May you and your family have a happy and healthy 2022!

A Girthy Gradient

Happy New Year! I’d like to welcome Eden to her first post on MKCcreate and to the design team over at the Colorful Options Challenge! Eden’s crafty passion is crochet; although, she does papercrafts and knitting as well. Her rainbow belt was constructed using DMC embroidery thread, 3-ply, and a 0.4mm crochet hook. This makes a fun and vibrant accessory to any outfit; it is particularly stunning with a black dress.

The flower patterns used were from the book 100 Micro Crochet Motifs: Patterns and Charts for Tiny Crochet Creations by Steffi Glaves.

SnowKitty and Friends

Happy New Year, makers. Today marks a new venture for me, I have started a crafting challenge. This is my first entry as a DT member for the new blogspot. The name of the challenge is: Colorful Options. Please go check it out. The color this month is Winter Blue. Any art/craft/card entry is welcome.

So, here’s this card’s story. Little Elsa is out playing and misses her cat,Fluffy, as she is visiting family in Northern Minnesota and had to leave him at home in Florida. She decided to make a snowkitty to help ease her heart; she used her extra scarf to help keep SnowFluffy warm and used carrots for his ears. While sculpting SnowFluffy, she met a little friend who brings her a gift of holly.

Elsa and SnowFluffy were provided by TwistToons and colored with Copic colors: C3,C7,B21,B23,B37. Little friend is from Tim Holtz Snarky Cats Christmas.The Sentiment is WOW embossing powder and Joy Clair Snowy Greetings. The background Snowflakes are 80lb cardstock and Tim Holtz Sizzix Impresslits 665376. The bacground papers are from the stash.

Enjoy the New Year and come give Colorful Options a try!