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Monday, July 21, 2014

HMFMC #174 Midweek Reminder

Just a quick reminder.  The House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge is at the midway point.  You still have plenty of time to join the fun and enter the challenge with a card/project, using a House Mouse, Gruffie, or Happy Hopper Image

.  This time, the challenge theme was chosen by Natascha and it is Summer Fun.

Baseball is summer in America!!





Stamp - House Mouse Design
Papers DCWV - Summer Stack
Baseball is made with Spellbinders circle die
Paper Shapers corner punch
Spellbinders stars die
Silver flat back balls
Colored with Copics

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Marianne Design develops high quality craft products with much care, all to enable you to make beautiful cards, scrapbooks and other craft projects.
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Enter as often as you'd like, but your projects must be NEW creations.
Submit your entries by Midnight, EST, on Saturday July 25th, 2014. 

Check out the great inspiration by the design team on the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge blog.

Don't forget, you can always use Anything Goes for your entry!
Can't wait to see what you come up with!

Thanks for stopping by.
Have a great day.  Until later..........






BSS MONDAY IDEA - Christmas in July in Gold

Welcome to the Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Monday Idea.



Didn't want July to end without a Christmas in July card!  I personally like making Christmas cards year round, so this wasn't a stretch for me.

Today's idea uses Ranger's Ultra Thick Embossing Powder.
It's an old technique, but one I had not done in a long time and
I thought it would make a nice Christmas card.


The pickup truck stamp is stamped into layers of heated Ultra Thick Embossing Powder.


The completed card.

Technique

Cut a panel of heavy card stock (I used white) that will accommodate the stamp you plan on using.
Using a Versamark clear ink pad, pounce the pad on the panel until it is completely covered.
Sprinkle Gold Ultra Thick Embossing Powder over the entire panel and heat with your heat gun.
I suggest you do this in a box because some of the powder is blown off.  Hold the gun a few inches
from the panel to start.  After all the embossing powder is melted, let cool.  Repeat with the Versamark and the embossing powder several more times, until you get a thick layer (I did mine 5 times)  On the last layer,
have your stamp ready at your side, heat the last layer until fully melted, then stamp your image in
the center.  Press the image into the hot EP and leave it sit for a minute.  Remove your stamp.  If  for any reason you are not satisfied with how it stamped, just use your heat gun to reheat the panel and stamp again.
Lastly, I used a stiff stipple brush and some black dye ink to fill in the details of the image, then
using a paper towel on one finger wiped the excess from the top.
Note:  You must use a RUBBER stamp for this technique.
Do NOT use a clear stamp, the heat will ruin it.

Don't have Ultra thick embossing powder, you can use regular embossing powder
, it will just require more layers.


What I used
Base card is white  card stock 5x7 inches
Gold Glitter paper mat is 6 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches
White card stock, run through Darice snowflake embossing folder 43/4 x 3 1/2 inches
Gold embossed panel is 41/2 x 3 inches
Stamp - Pick up Truck, Rubber Cottage (1114FB)
Snowflake dies - Penny Black S1-015)
WOW neutral Ultra Shimmer embossing powder (W502R)
on snowflakes
Gold Pearls - Queen and Company
Stamp on the inside sentiment - Just Rite Antique Christmas Tags One (CR03780)

Hope you have time to try this lovely technique.  Start with a small stamp and panel.

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great day. Until later...........







Sunday, July 20, 2014

UNDER THE SEA

Hi friends, hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.  

I have been trying to catch up on design team work and work ahead a little, as my dear
sister starts radiation treatments tomorrow and we will be taking her each day.

I wanted to make something just for fun today, and I was inspired to make a tag for the
Tim Holtz 12 tags challenge.  For the month of July, it is all about the sea. I love everything
about the beach and the sea, so this tag was so much fun to make.  Tim's tag has some
great techniques, I especially liked embossing on plastic (he used shrink plastic).

Here is my tag. not going to bore you with the details.


Finished tag against white background


Finished Tag against black background



Closeup of sand


Close up of mermaid and school of fish.



Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great day.  Until later..........




Monday, July 14, 2014

HMFMC # 174 - Summer Fun

Hi friends, it's time for a new challenge at the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge.



It's Challenge #174 and our host this challenge, is the very talented, Natascha.  Natascha has chosen the theme "Summer Fun" 


What is more fun than a nice cold drink on a hot summer day!
Especially when you share with a friend!!!!



Stamp - House Mouse Designs
Paper - Summer Stack, DCWV, Lime green textured CS
yellow orange card stock.
Prima Flowers, orange buttons, orange twine.
Butterfly charm with white twine.
Candi centers for fruit slices
Sentiment is from the dollar bin at Michael's.
Colored with Copics

********* Super Generous Sponsors ********

http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/servlet/StoreFront 
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Simon Says Stamp is generously giving away a RANDOM ASSORTMENT of some of their Premium Dye Ink Pads to one very lucky player!
http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/servlet/StoreFront
Simon Says Stamp has over 100,000+ items in stock along with the latest and greatest releases from Magnolia, Whiff of Joy, Tim Holtz, Spellbinders, Copics, House-Mouse Designs and so much more.  With such an amazing variety and awesome deals on shipping, it’s always good timing to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp store!

Our 2nd generous sponsor is 

Marianne Design

Marianne Design

mariannedesign.nl

Marianne Design develops high quality craft products with much care, all to enable you to make beautiful cards, scrapbooks and other craft projects.
 https://www.facebook.com/mariannedesignbv


Enter as often as you'd like, but your projects must be NEW creations.
Submit your entries by Midnight, EST, on Saturday July 25th, 2014. 

We love to visit you to see what you come up with.
Please remember, you can make a card or project with any
House Mouse, Gruffie or Happy Hopper image, and you can ALWAYS
use the Anything Goes theme.

Thanks for stopping by today, it's so good to be back.  Have a great day.


BSS MONDAY IDEA - Just a card

Welcome to the Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Monday Idea.

First off, it has been several Mondays since I posted here and that is because we had a family member going through a medical crisis and all hands were required on deck!  I'm hoping that all goes well going forward and that the road to recovery will be smooth.

This week's card is just a card I put together today.  I needed coloring therapy after not being in my craft room for nearly a month!  It has one really neat technique,
which I kind of buried with the design, but let me tell you about it.

The orchid mat paper behind the design was made by balling up a piece of
wax paper and dabbing it in Versamark clear ink, then pouncing it on the paper.
Then you cover with clear embossing powder and heat to emboss.
It makes such a nice background.


The rest of the card is simple, but I like how it turned out.


Stamp - Penny Black Cling Set, Delicate Florals (40-103)
Stamped randomly on a four x four inch square.
I stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink and embossed with clear
embossing powder.  Colored the Fuschia Flowers with Copics.
Cut the four inch square into four 2x2 inch pieces.
Round the corners, except for the left and right top and bottom corners.
Cut four mat pieces from green card stock 21/4 x 2 1/4 inch square.
Round the corners in the same manner.  The card base is hot pink card stock
cut 51/2 x 11 and folded in half to make at 51/2 inch square card.
Stamped the butterflies from an old stamp, colored and cut out and adhered to the corners.
You could also use a butterfly die.
Sentiment is an old  Great Impressions Stamp.

Thanks for stopping by today.
Have a wonderful week.
Sue Drees

Sunday, July 13, 2014

A HUGE THANK YOU


Dear Friends, I just wanted to take a minute and thank each and every one of you that left me a message, emailed me, and a special thank you to Donna Ellis for spearheading a card drive for my sister.

The past three weeks have been a whirlwind of doing a lot of sitting in the hospital.  It is so very stressful to have a loved one with a medical crisis and not be able to do anything to help except be there.

I am happy to report, that my sister has had major brain surgery, is come home as of Friday, walking, talking and making plans.  She is scheduled to begin radiation and chemo beginning next Monday for six weeks.  We so very much want to express our gratitude for the many friends, family and complete strangers who have walked with us on this journey.

I am also happy to report, that I am going to begin crafting again, and beginning tomorrow I will be posting my usual Monday House Mouse Challenge card, and my Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Monday Idea post.

Here is a card I made a month ago.  It is a Spellbinder's die called Butterflies (S5-221).
I simply cut it in black, then again in yellow.  I cut the border off and  I adhered the black grid to a Pom Sparkly blue paper, then cut the yellow butterflies out and adhered them over the black. sponged Wild Honey distress ink on the butterflies and some Star dust stickles.



Thank you for continued prayers.

Big Hug


Monday, June 30, 2014

Just a note

I just wanted to leave a small note to let you know that I will be missing in action for a while.

On Sunday, June 22nd, it was discovered that my older sister had a brain tumor after a fall.
She had brain surgery on Wednesday, June 25th and we have been staying at the hospital a lot.
This is going to be a long process and three of her four children live out of town.  We are trying to
help her husband and daughter however we can right now along with nurturing my sister back to good health.
I will need some coloring therapy soon though.

Sue Drees