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Monday, May 30, 2011

MEMORIAL DAY 2011 - THANK A VETERAN TODAY.

A DAY TO REMEMBER THOSE WHO SERVED, THOSE WHO ARE SERVING TODAY, THEIR FAMILIES WHO SACRIFICE SO MUCH, AND THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES SO WE MAY BE FREE.


HOME OF THE FREE.
BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE.

THANK A VETERAN TODAY!

BSS MONDAY IDEA - WHITE EMBOSSING ON KRAFT

Today's idea for Buffalo Stamps and Stuff is to use White embossing on Kraft card stock.


I love the look of white embossing on Kraft card stock.  I have used a large background stamp by B Line for my card, but you could just as easily stamp different flowers or whatever you want on the background and emboss in white.  The stamp is by Penny Black (Slapstick).  I cut the bigger mouse out and colored him and popped it up over the original stamped image.  Simple card with pleasing results!


Inside of the card.

Hope you have a change to try this technique.  Thanks for stopping by today.  Until later.....

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

GINGERSNAP CREATIONS - FINAL WEEK GUEST ARTIST

Hello.  It's my final week as a visiting artist over at the Gingersnap Creations Challenges. 

I have had a great time creating this month and I am honored to be designing alongside the Gingersnap gals!  The Wild West theme for the month was right up my alley too, as growing up, cowboys were my passion and I even had wallpaper in my bedroom that had cowboys and horses on it!

So, this final week, we were to use the colors Denim, Rust and Dust.
I chose to decorate this small picture frame.  First, I went searching for the picture.
This is a picture of me at around age 7.  This fellow would bring this pony down the street in the summer months and you could pay to ride on him, or for an additional amount, you could have your picture taken on the pony, with a hat and scarf loaned from the owner of the pony.  Well, since this is the only picture I ever had taken, I can only assume that the cost was more than my Mother was willing to part with more than once. 



I covered the wooden frame with paper from Kazoo Kids by K & Company after I used Vintage Photo distress in on the edges.  Glued twine to around the outside edges and the cutout square for the picture.
The rusty heart with the leather hanger is from my stash and I think it was a Christmas decoration.  I made the flowers with a layered flowers die from Sizzix.  Distressed the edges.



Colored up Tilda, by Magnolia as a cowgirl.  The sentiment is a tag included in the paper stack.

I enjoyed putting this together so much.  Hope you go take a look at the cards/projects that the Design Team has come up with, some very talented ladies over at Gingersnap!!

And you could pull on your boots, get on your horse and create and enter something yourself.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Hope you have a great Wednesday.  Until later..........




Monday, May 23, 2011

HOUSE MOUSE AND FRIENDS MONDAY #96 FOOTBALL FRENZY

It's House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge Time.

For our 96th challenge, our teamie, Stacy, has chosen "FOOTBALL FRENZY"
in honor of the Super Bowl Winning Team, the Greenbay Packers!

For this challenge, you can make a card using the colors, yellow and green or anything football related.


I chose this cute stamp of the mice discovering football on TV!  I colored with Copics.  Have had this piece of football designer paper under the image forever and put it to good use now.  Faux stitched the edges.  Embossed the green panel with the Herringbone embossing folder.  The words are from a clear stamp set.

Stop on over to the House Mouse and Friends blog and check out the design team and guest artists for May, Esme and Nancy's inspirational ideas for this challenge.

Hope you get a chance to join us, the challenge runs through Sunday, June 5th.  Can't wait to see what you come up with.

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



BSS MONDAY IDEA - LACE BACKGROUND

Hello, it's Monday again and time for another idea for Buffalo Stamps and Stuff, my local stamp store.



Today's idea is for this gorgeous lace background.  All you need is two sided adhesive paper, a piece of pretty lace and some glitter.

You simply cut the two sided adhesive paper to fit the front of your card.  Then you place a piece of pretty lace over the adhesive and sprinkle glitter over the entire peice of lace. Shake off excess glitter. Put a piece of copy paper over it and press down lightly to be sure all the adhesive is covered with glitter. Remove the piece of lace (which can be used over and over) and you have this beautiful lace background that sparkles!!

I used light pink cardstock for the base card.  The glitter is a bright pink from Art Institute.
The image is Hero Arts.  The pearls are Melissa Frances.  The beautiful flower is Prima.


This is the same piece of lace, using black card stock and green glitter.
I purchased this piece of bridal lace as a remnant for a dollar.

I cut the front of the card at the bottom and did the same technique on the inside of the card for a different look.

A close up of the inside.  The garden boots are a stamp by Great Impressions.
The inside sentiment is Hero Arts.

So, pull out a piece of lace and try this, it's so beautiful.  You can use lace trim and make a border, just cut your two sided adhesive paper to fit the lace you have.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a geat Monday.  Until later................

Friday, May 20, 2011

SHHHHHHH

Happy Friday.........the weekend is in sight!

Today is the Mid-month Reminder for the babies Challenge at Fuzzy Wuzzy for the month of May.
You have until the 31st of May to join the fun, and we would love to come visit your blog to see what you come up with.  You MUST use an animal as the focal point of your card and include the theme for the month.  Easy Peasy!


We are being sponsored by House Mouse Designs, so I have used this adorable stamp with the baby shoes and the little mice sound asleep inside of them, except the baby peeping in from the back, he is wide awake.  I stamped on a Spellbinders die and colored with Copic Markers.  The papers are from DCWV.  The border at the top and bottom are from K & Company.  I made the simple flowers with a punch.  Glittered them up and popped up the centers.  The adorable digi sentiment was a freebie from Bross Art Addiction.

Have a great Friday.  Make the most of your weekend.  Thanks for stopping by today.  Until later....

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

GINGERSNAP CREATIONS VISITING ARTIST WEEK 3 - SCENE STAMPING

Hello.  Hope everyone's Wednesday is getting off to a good start.

It's my third week joining the gals at Gingersnap Creations for their month long celebration of the Wild West!  This week's challenge is scene stamping.  I had done a lot of scene stamping a few years back when I met Kevin, owner of Stampscapes and took some classes from him at the Adventures in Stamping Convention in Akron, Ohio.

It had been awhile, so I dusted off those stampscapes stamps and some additional element stamps I wanted to use and got to work.  I must tell you, a couple of my early attempts went in the waste basket, but finally got back into the feel for it.


The cowboy is an unmarked wood stamp I bought on Ebay and the Indian is an
old Embossing Arts stamp.  The rest of the scene was created using Stampscapes.
I use sponges and small stiff stippling brushes. 

Papers are DCWV.  Border stamp is Martha on Kraft paper.  Silver stars are from Michael's.
Sentiment is computer generated.


Had to bring in the Native Americans in this Wild West theme this month.

Hope you will try a little scene and join us at the Gingersnap scene stamping challenge.  If you need a little inspiration, pony on over to the site and check out the awesome examples by the design team and other visiting artists.........you won't be disappointed, a lot of talent over there!

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



Tuesday, May 17, 2011

BUNNY THANKS

Hello.  My niece went to the the Adventures in Stamping Convention in April in Ohio and brought me back some goodies, including this adorable bunny stamp by Stacy's Stamps (Thanks Lisa).  I have a lot of bunny stamps, I love bunnies!!! 


I colored with Copics.  The border punch is Martha.  The sentiment is Sampin' Up.



Here's a closeup of Mr. Bunny.  Love his feet!

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

Monday, May 16, 2011

BSS MONDAY IDEA - COLORED EMBOSSED CARD

Happy Monday!  It's my day to post for my local Stamp Store, Buffalo Stamps and Stuff.

This week's idea is to color those embossed images.  Saw this idea on Split Coast Stampers.
All you do is choose an embossing folder to color, I chose a Sizzix folder called Birds and Flower set, it was a set of two folders.  Then, using water based markers, like Marvy or Tombow or any other water based markers, you simply color in the side that is the INDENTED side.  After you have finished coloring, you "huff" on the embossing folder to moisten the ink, insert your paper and run it through your machine.  And like magic, you have created a colored, embossed  background.  You can also spritz the folder with a mist of water for a more water color effect.


All of the corners are rounded.  The sentiment is by Printworks.
Tied some matching baker's twine along one side.



Here is a close up of the colored embossing.  I did NOT spritz with water.

Hope you have a chance to try this technique.

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

Friday, May 13, 2011

RELAX

Wow, marathon blogger problems last three days!!!  Just now able to post.
Today's card is for the Challenge at Penny Black #150, asking you to use distressing on your card.  I have distressed the edged of the paper and used distress ink to add color.  The image is a slapstick cling stamp. 


The papers from My Mind's Eye.  The sentiment is All Night Media.
the daisy is K & Company.


Colored with Copic Markers.  Here's a close up of this precious stamp.

Hope your blogger is back up and running!
Thanks for stopping by today.  Until later...........


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

GINGERSNAP CREATIONS WEEK 2 - MAY WILD WEST THEME

Hello.  It's Wednesday and I am still riding shotgun with the gang at Gingersnap Creations.
The month of May Challenge is Wild Wild West and this weeks supply challenge is
to use twine on your card/project.


I made an easel card using a stamp from the Tim Holtz Collection at Stamper's Anonymous.
I stamped the image on a brown speckled piece of paper with distress ink for a worn look.  I distressed the edges and placed the oval inside a cutout of red bandanna paper.  The braided twine trim is from my friend Cathy, and I sure got a lot of mileage out of this gift from her a while back, thanks Cathy.
I tied a boot charm (thanks America) with a piece of twine.  The buttons are Jolee's and I tied them with twine too.  I decorated a jar candle with the same image and some twine and a button.  The star on the top of the jar is from a wind chime that fell apart!!!


This is a picture of the easel card opened.  The sentiment is computer generated.  The stars are from the same set as the cowboy.

Why don't you mosey on over to the Gingersnap Blog and check out the design team inspiration
for this week.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great Wednesday.  Happy Trails, Partner.

Monday, May 9, 2011

HOUSE MOUSE AND FRIENDS MONDAY CHALLENGE #95

Welcome to the House Mouse and Friends
Monday Challenge #95

The challenge theme was picked by our talented teammate,
Sue Kment and it is MAY FLOWERS.

We also want to welcome two new Guest Design Team Members for the month of May, Esme, and Nancy.

I chose this adorable mouse sleeping on a bed of beautiful Lilac blooms.  The paper is a piece I have had forever, embossed lilacs on multi colored background.  This seemed like just the right time to cut into it.  I have made an easel card.  Circles cut with nestabilities dies form Spellbinders.  Colored with Copics.  Border punch is Martha Stewart.  Sentiment is Inkadinkado.  The leaves at the top were cut using a Sizzix die for a Lilac flower.

This must be the most heavenly scented bed ever!!

The prize this time for one randomly chosen winner is a $15 shopping spree at Simon Says Stamp.

The design team and guests have created some really pretty May Flower cards or projects.  Please head on over to the challenge site and get some inspiration, then ink up a House Mouse, Gruffie, or Happy Hopper using the theme and join us.

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

BSS MONDAY IDEA - EASEL TOP DRAWER CARD

Hello.  It's my Monday Idea for Buffalo Stamp and Stuff.

Today's idea is an Easel Top Drawer Card.

I found the pattern at:

for the Drawer Box, then just added the easel card to the top.



This is the box with the easel card opened up.  I used a new Magnolia Stamp.  The papers are My Mind's Eye, Out and About Stack.  The border punch is EK Success and I used the butterfly cutouts on the card as well.  I popped  up the butterfly on her arm and the flower in her hair.


Here is the drawer opened up.  The drawer will hold 10-41/2x51/2 inch cards and envelopes.
Of course, you could fill the drawer with any goodies you like.  I colored with Copics.  I distressed the edge of the Spellbinders die oval with Broken China distress ink.  I also used a Spellbinders die label to make the card.

Melissa Frances pearls hold the Easel card open.  Flower by Prima.  I used a button
on the front of the drawer.

Here is the box with the easel shut.

The box goes together quite easily and quickly. 
FYI, the first drawer I made from the instructions was too small.  Refer to Step 1.
When you score, you should score each side at 1 3/8 inches instead of 11/4 inches.
This extra 1/8 inch makes the drawer fit perfectly.


Hope you have a chance to try this technique.  Makes a great little gift.  Going to make another one using a music theme for a friend with note cards inside.

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


Saturday, May 7, 2011

SUMMER DAISY

Hi, working to catch up with cards for Design team challenges, as I was off to Jury Duty this week.
This is my third time that I have been summoned and I have never been picked!  Was grateful to not be picked this time, as the case was a complicated, serious trial and it made me nervous just to think about.  But the process of picking a jury is certainly a long one and full of interruptions and delays.  Mostly we were shuffled back and forth to the court room to a waiting room, or sent home for hours at a time.  Glad to the week is over and I am now good for another few years.


I made this card today from a Free Digi from Digi Drawn for the current challenges over at
Crafter's Digital Art Center.  This one was done for the sketch challenge.  I printed the daisy out twice and popped up one over the other after coloring.  The paper is K & Company.  I used children's blow pens to spray the background with green and blue ink after covering the image.  The circle image is a free digi also.  The label punch is Stampin' Up.  Added yellow brads to each corner.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great Mother's Day!  Until later...............

Friday, May 6, 2011

Fuzzy Wuzzy May Challenge #9

Welcome to the Fuzzy Wuzzy Challenge #9
For the Month of May



This month, it's all about babies, fur babies that is, remember, you must use an animal, any animal as the focal point of your card/project

Close up of the adorable baby mouse being fed Baby food by his Mom!

I used the House Mouse Design Stamp to create my card this month.  They are sponsoring the challenge and offering up a $ 15 shopping spree at their online store.

I used a lime green polka dot paper for the main card and red polka dot mat for my Spellbinder's label die.  I colored with Copics.  The corners are a Sizzix die.  Kaiser pearls, Martha Stewart border punch.  Red polka dot ribbon bow finishes it off.  The sentiment is a dollar stamp.

Hope you get a chance to join us for our month long challenge at Fuzzy Wuzzy for May.  You have until the 31st to enter a card, and you might want to check out the beautiful cards our design team has come up with for some inspiration.

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

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

GINGERSNAP CREATIONS CHALLENGE

I'm extremely excited to tell you that I have been asked to be a Visiting Artist on the Gingersnap Creations Blog for the Month of May!

Thank you Sharon Briss for inviting me to create alongside you and your talented team.

The Theme for the month of May is "The Wild, Wild, West!

The first week's theme is Cowboys/Cowgirls!  What a perfect excuse to bring this guy back!
I changed up the colors when I colored him up this time, but he still remains HOT, don't you think?

Cowboy Digi by Victoria Case.

Papers are from the Rustic Stack from DCWV.  The corner stamp is from Stampin' Up.  I used some antique brads in the corner and cut flowers form the paper as embellishments. Distressed the edges of the oval that the image is stamped on and used Vintage photo distress ink around the edge.  The border of shadowed cowboys on horses is stamped diagonally. Braided twine runs along the edge of the two papers used as a background. Started with a black faux leather card stock.

Would love to have you join us for this challenge.  Visit the Gingersnap Creations Blogsite for some wonderful inspiration and full details.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a wonderful Wednesday.  Until later.....

Monday, May 2, 2011

BSS MONDAY IDEA - CREPE PAPER EMBELLISHMENTS

Good Monday Morning.  Today's card is for the Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Monday Idea.

Today's idea is to use Crepe Paper on your card/project for flowers and embellishments.
This crepe paper is by Melissa Frances and comes in off white, and pastel pink, blue and mint green.

I also used the matching pearls from Melissa Frances.



The image is a Slapstick cling set from Penny Black.  I stamped on a Sizzix die cut, Frame Back, Ornate #3.
Colored with Copic Markers.  I stamped twice and cut out the bird and the umbrella and popped them up.
The Crepe Paper flower is cut from a Sizzix die, Flower Layers, I cute two, four piece sets and layered them on a brad.  I then scrunched up all the layers and added a pearl to the center over the brad with a glue dot.  I cut strips of the crepe paper and threaded it through a hole I made at the top and bottom of the
die cut with the image.  The square doily and pearls were added to finish.

Hope you have a chance to make some fun embellishments from crepe paper.

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