Saturday, January 30, 2016

MHK Designs First Challenge

Have you heard about the new challenge that just started January 21st over at Mynn Kitchen is a super talented designer for several stamp companies, and she's launched a line of digi papers and stamps of her own. Now she has a new challenge blog with a lovely color palette for her first challenge. You have until February 15 to enter, and you don't have to use a MHK Designs digi, but you'll probably want to because they are so awesome! Check them out here:
For this card, I picked out some barn wood cardstock that had some of the blues/teals and dark pink of the color palette in it. The inspiration photo also has some wood in it, so I felt this matched really well. The cardstock had some snowflakes, so I chose a winter digi to go with it. The image is from the set "Skating By" and the sentiment "Snowy days the best days of the year" is from her set "Sled Friends." I used the 2 snowflakes from that same set paired with the "cold days bring firelit nights" sentiment from the "Skating By" set on the inside.
I sized up the digi image to fit my WPlus9 "Sunshine Layers" rectangle die and added the sentiment to the top left corner. I wish now that I had chosen a larger size for the sentiment, but it's easy to read when you are holding the card, so that's what's important. I used some vintage cardstock with some of the dark pink from the color palette in it for the mat behind the image.
I also sized up the sentiment for the inside of the card and added the 2 digi snowflakes and printed everything out on some teal cardstock. I used Gina Marie Designs "Stitched Ovals" set for the inside of the card and made a larger mat for the sentiment from the same barn wood cardstock. May I just make a shameless plug for my friend Gina? She owns a Scrapbook Outlet store near me and has been designing clear stamps, embossing folders and dies for the past few years. Recently she's really added a lot to her line of dies and has all the stitched shape sets for only $10 each. You can buy from her directly at, and she offers free shipping with a $50 order. These dies cut really well and are so reasonably priced you don't have to feel guilty about ordering several sets!
The other side of the barn wood cardstock is just lovely with snowflakes and wavy lines. I have had these beautiful teal 3D snowflake stickers for YEARS in my stash and was so delighted to see they were the right color and embellishment for this card! It was a large pack, so I still have a lot of them left and wonder how many years before I'll use the rest of them?!
I hope you'll join in Mynn's new challenge! I've listed this month's prize package below the color palette. Wouldn't you love some beautiful flowers and papers?!
Here's the color palette and inspiration photo:
This is the prize:
I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
MHK Designs Challenge
House of Cards - M, cards (CAS, Classic, Cute, Vintage), C10 - (January) Embossing and/or Color Inspiration*
Share Joy Challenge W,C5 Sketch & CAS
Southern Ridge Trading Company  (M,P1,C10) Anything Winter
Stemplegarten (M,P5 E1,C8) #45 Winter Wonderland
Paper Shelter Challenge - W,3E, SIO - #233 Winter Sports
Friends of Speedy TV


  1. I love "wooden" cardstock. Such a great Card! Thanks a lot for participating in our Stempelgarten Challenge!
    Kind regards,

  2. Carrie, this is GORGEOUS! I LOVE the patterned papers you used here--the textures are fabulous! The snowy theme is absolutely beautiful, too! LOVE this! Thank you for joining us at MHKDesigns and House of Cards! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

  3. Weathered perfect for a fall pon the butt TFS MFP Stsmpshop Lis DT

  4. What a beautiful and vintage-like card. The weathered wood papers and your intricate snowflakes look so nicely with the skating image. Just adore this card. Thank you so much for joining us at MHKDESIGNS.
    Cyber hugs
    Shawna DT

  5. Wow...So gorgeous! So vintagey! Wood cardstock is just superb!!! Thanks much for joining us at MHK Designs - SathyaKala, DT

  6. Beautiful card; love the background. Thank you for sharing with us at MFP Stamps Challenge.

  7. Beautiful card! Your details are lovely! Thank you for joining us at The Paper Shelter. Good luck, and please join us again.

  8. This is gorgeous, great vintage look with wonderful details! Donna MHK Designs DT

  9. Very nice vintage card! Thanks for playing along with us at MFP Stamp Challenge this week!

  10. Carrie, this card is awesome! Love it!
    Thank you for joining us at MHKDesigns!
    The Leaf Studio

  11. Gorgeous card, Carrie. LOVE the colours and texture. We are thrilled to see your project in our first challenge at MHKDesigns. Thank you so much for playing along and we hope to see more lovely projects from you.
    x Asha