Monday, January 20, 2014


Happy Monday Everyone!
It's Mandy (kashagray5) here and I'm sharing my first design team project with "Berry71bleu".  I'm thrilled to be a part of this awesome team!
My "creatively speaking" little word for "2014" is Imagine.......
Imagination is key for creating unique, whimsical, magical projects........Through imagination you can experiment and have the creative power to take your vision and transform it to a one of a kind creation.....
I added a quote to my creation from "Ralph Waldo Emerson" -
In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine -
So hopefully, for me "2014" will full of some new creative ideas!
 I used the "Martha Stewart" circular punch on this creation....I added some texture past using a "Finnabair" Prima stencil.....I went over that with some "Tim Holtz" distress ink..

Here is a close up of the gorgeous tag made by Marivic.

The image I used was in my scrappy stash for years....It's available on google, pinterest, etc.
 I hope I inspired you to:
I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!  You have until January 31st to create something and upload it here!
Hugs, Mandy
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Main Prize:

6x6 Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate

 2 tubes of Green and Blue Speedball Block Printing Ink.

Random Prize:

$15 Gift Voucher

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Thank you and we hope to see your beautiful creations this month!


  1. Stunning work Mandy! I LOVE all the texture and the gold accents! :)

  2. LOOOVE how you've used the punch to get that shabby effect...gorgeous image, too:):) The whole page is really, really fab:):)

  3. Just fabulous Mandy and absolutely love your word! This is a great start to your "imagine" sentiment for the year! ;-))

  4. Mandy! Gorgeous work! Love it! Thank you!

  5. Beautiful project!! I love fairy atmosphere!


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