About Makira

I am a mother of three wonderful young teens and we live with a houseful of cats with a dog sidekick. I enjoy crafts of all kinds and have a rather large obsession with anything Disney. I host two craft challenges: Colorful Options Challenge and Park Hopping My Happy Place Challenge.

Can You Imagine

Happy June, everyone! Can you believe we’ve already made it through almost half the year? Are you ready to participate in the Colorful Options Challenge? Can you take a wild guess at what peaceful color represents this exciting month?


Why not hop over to the Colorful Options Challenge and enjoy the extraordinary creations crafted by my exceptionally talented Design Team-mates? As always, you have until Wednesday, June 28th, 11:59pm US CST time, which translates to 5:59am on Thursday, June 29th in the UK or 6:59am on Thursday, May 29th in CET. By participating, you stand a chance to win an enticing $25 Simon Says Stamp Gift Card. Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity!

Supplies used:

  • Paper: Arteza Watercolor Paper and peach from the stash
  • Versafine Onyx Black Ink , Versamark Embossing Ink
  • Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Grunged CMS402, Visible Image Imagine Dream Inspire, Hero Arts’ Lavender Bundle, Gina K Vibrant Blooms
  • Embossing Powder: Emerald Creek’s Ancient Amber
  • Distress Oxide Crayon in Abandoned Coral
  • Distress Oxide Paint: Abandoned Coral, Picket Fence
  • Prismacolar Pencils PC1096, PC912, PC989

The Secret Lives of Cats

Happy Summer, Everyone!

So, check out my playful kitties! It’s what I imagine my furry friends do while I sleep. 😁 I used this awesome stamp set called Lawn Fawn’s Purrfectly Wicked. I didn’t go too crazy with the coloring—kept it nice and simple with my trusty Copics. For the border and the paw-printed wallpaper, I dug into my stash, pulled out my Saltwater Taffy Distress Oxide Ink, and paired it with this sweet stencil. Pretty neat, right?

This is my entry for the Colorful Options Challenge, serving up some serious design team vibes; June’s color of the month is peach. But that’s not all! Inspired by the awesome ride “The Secret Lives of Pets,” this creation also doubles as a contribution to Park Hopping My Happy Place. Talk about a two-for-one special!

Visit both challenges to check out the amazing creations from the talented Design Teams. There are new prizes to be won at both sites. For the Colorful Options Challenge, you have until Wednesday, June 28th, 11:59pm US CST time, which translates to 5:59am on Thursday, June 29th in the UK or 6:59am on Thursday, May 29th in CET. For Park Hopping My Happy Place, you have until Friday, June 30th, 11:59pm US CST time (5:59am Saturday, July 1st UK time / 6:59am Saturday, July 1st CET) to participate.

Wishing all the entrants good luck! May you rock it! And hey, here’s to an awesome month ahead! Have a blast, everyone!

Sugar Rush, Anyone?

Hello everyone, I hope you are having a pleasant Thursday! Recently, I designed a new card inspired by the Honeydukes Candy Shop at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I drew inspiration from the shop’s delightful candies and color scheme to create a fun and vibrant layout. Although the stamp and sentiment are from a retired set from Craftin’ Desert Divas (which has unfortunately closed), they fit perfectly with the theme. The little girl on the card reminds me of the playful characters from Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph movie. I chose to keep the Copic coloring simple by only using two shades of each color for shading. To add texture to the white paper in the background, I used an embossing folder from Michaels that was purchased many years ago. I also created a unique design for the cut-outs background using Cricut Design Space, while the striped pink paper came from my personal stash.

As it is the beginning of May, there is a new challenge at Park Hopping My Happy Place. “Sugar Rush, Anyone?” is my Designer Spotlight contribution.

Plan a visit to Park Hopping My Happy Place and check out the amazing creations from the talented Designer Spotlight. As always, you have until Friday, June 30th, 11:59pm US CST time…5:59am(Saturday, June 2nd) UK time…6:59am(Saturday, June 2nd) CET to join in with the chance to win prizes. There has been a change at the challenge you will not want to miss. Go check it out!

A Spark Of Inspiration

Hi everyone! Welcome to another month on the Park Hopping My Happy Place Challenge. Thank you for participating in last month’s challenge. We would be delighted if you could join us this month as well.

This card was inspired by Figment at Epcot and the Beastly Kingdom at Animal Kingdom, located in Orlando, FL, USA. Despite the fact that the Beastly Kingdom was never constructed, there are still numerous reminders of the imaginary land scattered throughout the park.

Park Hopping is excited to announce that we are hopping over to a refreshing and cool destination for inspiration this month: Blizzard Beach in Orlando, FL, USA! As always, please keep in mind that our pictures are intended to inspire your creativity. We enthusiastically invite entries inspired by any theme park, no matter where it is located in the world. We can’t wait to see the incredible creations you’ll bring to life!

Plan a visit to the wonderful Park Hopping My Happy Place and be sure to explore the incredible creations showcased in the talented Designer Spotlight. Remember, you have until Friday, June 30th, 11:59pm US CST time (5:59am Saturday, July 1st UK time / 6:59am Saturday, July 1st CET) to participate and seize the opportunity to win exciting new prizes. Don’t miss out on this chance!

You can also follow Park Hopping My Happy Place on instagram.

please add #parkhoppingmyhappyplace to your entry uploads so we can see them there too

I look forward to seeing what you create this month…

Have a Magical Month!

Honored & Grateful

Good morning and happy June 1st! Today, I visited a few blogs to discover new challenges. To my delight, I was thrilled to learn that I won and also made it to the top 3 picks. I’m grateful for all of your support. Wishing you a fantastic day!

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice

Good morning, crafters! I’m thrilled to unveil with you my first success in creating an “Outside The Box” card using a stamp set from The Sassy Club Stamps.

The coloring was kept simple and straightforward using YG Copics and C1, C3, C5, C7 Copics. To create the bring dimension to the inside supports, I used Lawn Fawn’s Hill die cuts. The moon embellishment was cut using a circle die from my stash and colored with Copics, using Lawn Fawn’s moon stencil. Enjoy.

Challenges entered: Craft Roulette Challenge, Park Hopping My Happy Place, Most Magical Time of the Year, Tic Tac Toe Challenge (Green, metallice=gold dots on background paper,shapes=circle), Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge

Don’t Forget to Dream

Good evening everyone, I hope you’re all having a wonderful Sunday! I wanted to share a CAS card that I made earlier today while participating in Craft Roulette. It was my first opportunity to play along this weekend. For this project, I used Tim Holtz’s Grunge stamp to create some “blotches” on Arteza Watercolor paper using Versamark Onyx Black Ink. Next, I embossed Visible Image’s stamp “Imagine Dream Inspire” with Versamark ink and Emerald Creek’s Embossing Powder in Ancient Amber. Afterwards, I drew a flower using a 0.2 fineliner and colored it with Distress Crayon in Wilted Violet and Dusty Concord. To finish off the card, I added a black border with a multiliner and framed it with coordinating purple. Enjoy!

Challenges entered: Craft Roulette, AAA Cards (cold colors), Allsorts Challenge (anything goes), Less is More Challenge, Park Hopping My Happy Place (DreamWold Park in Bangkok),

A Holiday Note

Today, I made another CAS card to celebrate Christmas. The background was created using stamping foam and a fern embossing folder, resulting in a beautifully inked image. For this card, I used a stamp set from Newton’s Nook and added simple Copic coloring. Wishing everyone a Merry Monday!

Challenges entered: Most Magical Time of the Year Challenge, NBUS Challenge, 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, Park Hopping My Happy Place (Santa’s Village Theme Park),

Feline Batty!

Hey there, pals! I recently stumbled upon a charming feline at Newton’s Nook. I’ve owned this stamp for quite some time and was ecstatic to finally put it to use. Take a moment to examine the background, which was crafted using a foam stamp from the 3D skull embossing folder. A bit of basic Copic coloring brings the main image to life, along with a couple of uncomplicated sentiments. Enjoy!

Challenges entered: Critter Crazy Challenge, Most Magical Time of the Year Challenge, NBUS Challenge, Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge, Show Us Your Pussycat Challenge, Park Hopping My Happy Place (Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween)

Purrr, A Gift Fur You!

Good evening, dear friends! What an irresistible feline I stumbled upon at Twist Toon’s today. I simply couldn’t resist bringing her home. This kitty is the epitome of generosity; her affectionate nature is heartwarming. She even came bearing a Christmas present for her little companion.

Here’s the process I used for this slightly twisted Christmas card. First, I downloaded the charming image from Twist Toon and transferred it to Cricut. With the help of a Copic fine liner in the machine, I had it beautifully sketch the image on Copic paper. Once the drawing was complete, I lovingly colored it with Copics and carefully cut it out using the Scan and Cut tool. As for the background, it’s a coloring image I acquired from an Etsy store some time ago, though regrettably, the name escapes my memory. To achieve a touch of realistic messiness that complements the scruffy appearance of our main kitty, I employed Paint 3D for coloring. Lastly, I adorned the creation with layered frames, crafting it into a splendid Christmas card. I hope you enjoy this heartfelt creation!

Challenges entered: Park Hopping My Happy Place (the Cats of Disneyland), Show Us Your Pussycats Challenge, Critter Crazy Challenge, SSS Monday Challenge (Jingle Cats), The Alphabet Challenge Blog