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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Along for the Ride

Hi friends.  Hope everyone is enjoying some nice weather.  Sunny today, but only in the 60's, loving it!

Got all our flowers in finally and the yard is looking pretty good.

Today's card is a stamp from Wild Rose Studio, Emily Vacuuming.






Papers are River Revels 6x6 inch pack, Stampin" Up Pool Party,
 and white card stock
Spellbinders Dies, Luscious Labels One, Grand Fancy Labels One
Metal edge tag from my stash
Flowers from Hobby Lobby Spare Parts, The Paper Studio
Leaves die is La La Land
White Sprig die is Dees
Colored with Copics

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



Monday, May 26, 2014

House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge #170 Splish Splash Midweek Reminder

Just a quick reminder that the current Challenge at House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge # 170

is at the mid-week point.  You still have plenty of time to join the fun and be in for a chance at fabulous prizes.

Our talented teamie, Tracy chose the theme of:
~ Splish Splash ~
(Anything to do with Water).

ALL of our special themes challenges will also have the alternate option of an "Anything Goes" take as well. This will open up many opportunities for you to enter as much as you'd like without the worry of having a particular stamp to fit the specified challenge theme.  So have loads of FUN using any of the House-Mouse Designs® Stamps, images, CDs and Decoupage.


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Winner's Note
Where applicable, the shipping, handling fees and tax fees are the winner's responsibility.






Flowers need water, whether outside or in a vase!

My Lilacs are blooming for the first time, had the bush for 6 years, a gift
from my Goddaughter.  Loving the smell in the house, so nice.

You have until Saturday, May 31st  at midnight EST to join us for this challenge.
Hope you have time to do just that.  Check out the inspiration from the design team
disappointed.




BSS MONDAY IDEA - Stencil Background

Welcome to the Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Monday Idea.

Stencils are all the rage.  I purchased the Memory Box Diamond stencil a couple of
weeks ago and it laid on my craft room table neglected.  So.....I opened it up and got
to work this week, and found out I loved it!

A close up of the stenciled background.
Click on the picture to get a closer look.


The finished card.


What I used.

Stamp - Hero Arts - Delicate Blossoms Clear Stamp (CL-449
Paper, White card base 5x7, Orange and peach card stock mats, White card stock
Stencil - Memory Box - Diamond - (88522)
Die - Spellbinders - 5x7 Mystical Embrace
Embossing Folder - Darice - Damask
Sponged Edges behind die with Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Frantage Embossing Powder - Shabby Blue Stampendous
WOW Natural Ultra Shimmer Embossing Glitter
Blue Gingham ribbon

How I made this card.

Taped the stencil onto white card stock with low tack tape,
so it stayed put.  Using different colors of blue dye ink and a finger
sponge dauber, I added color to the stencil until I was happy with
the coverage.  Remove the stencil and cut to the size you need for
your card. If you need it bigger, just move the stencil over, tape, and repeat.
  I ran a Versamark ink pad around the edge of the
stenciled piece then sprinkled the Shabby Blue Frantage embossing 
powder around the edge and heated.
Colored the image and fussy cut it out.  This took time, but it looks so
nice cut out against the stenciled background.  I used Copic
markers to color.  The beautiful Spellbinders die was cut
with white card then sponged with the Versamark ink pad
then sprinkled with WOW Natural Ultra Shimmer Embossing
Glitter and heated.  I only did the edges, as that all that was
going to show on my card.
Run the orange mat through the embossing folder, then sponged edges
lightly with Vintage Photo Distress ink.
Adhere the stenciled piece to the peach mat, the cut flowers to the center
of the stenciled piece.  Tie a bow at the base of the stem of the flowers
around this piece. I glued the stems under the flowers down, then
used pop dots to raise the flowers.  Used foam tape to adhere mat
to center of the die.

I am loving this stenciled background, hope you do too. Can't wait to check
out the selection at the store and get a couple more.

Thanks for stopping by today.
Have a nice week.

Sue Drees

Monday, May 19, 2014

HOUSE MOUSE AND FRIENDS MONDAY CHALLENGE #170 - SPLISH SPLASH - ANYTHING TO DO WITH WATER

A brand new challenge begins today at the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge.  It's #170 and is being hosted by our talented fellow design team member, Tracy.  

Tracy chose the theme of "Splish Splash"

Anything to do with water.




 I made an acetate card.  Photgraphed it with a black AND a white backround. These kind of cards
are so nice in real life, but to photograph is difficult.

Card Recipe:

House Mouse Designs, Stampa Rosa Stamp, Sandcastle
Colored with Copic Markers, Frantage Embossing Powder in gold and white used
in the sand.  Sponged water and clouds
Spellbinders die
White and blue bow
Inside, Yellow striped card stock is Reflections from Michaels
Water border is also Reflections from Michaels
Sandcastles punch is Martha Stewart with more Frantage EP
Sun is an old EK Success punch (one of the first punches I ever purchased)
Sentiment is old also.

ALL of our special themes challenges will also have the alternate option of an "Anything Goes" take as well. This will open up many opportunities for you to enter as much as you'd like without the worry of having a particular stamp to fit the specified challenge theme.  So have loads of FUN using any of the House-Mouse Designs® Stamps, images, CDs and Decoupage.


*** SPONSORS ***
Proudly Sponsored by...

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.

... and by ...

Welcome to our Rubber Stamp store! We have the Somewhat cute, Somewhat Quirky images that are available as unmounted, natural red rubber stamps OR as digital stamps! We have several rubber stamp lines featuring over 10,000 designs. Our QKR Stampede website features the artwork of Ken Herrod. Ken has a unique, somewhat quirky, style with lots of humor and character. Not a day goes by we don't get a chuckle out of a design we run across!  We are also the home of the new product: the Perfect Shim!!!

Check out our line of Stores! 
QKR Stampede - http://www.qkrstampede.com - home of the Perfect Shim!
Eureka Stamps - http://www.eurekastamps.com
Biblical Impressions - http://www.biblicalstamps.com
Alluring Impressions - http://www.alluringimpressions.com


A BIG Thanks goes out to our wonderful Sponsors. We are honored to have you on board and appreciate your great generosity!!

{{Winner's note that where applicable, the shipping fees, handling fees and tax fees are the winner's responsibility. }}


The design team has been busy creating cards and projects for the challenges.
Please take a minute to check them out at House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge for inspiration, then come join the fun.

The challenge starts today and runs through May 31,2014 at midnight EST.
Please remember, you can enter a card or project using an anything goes theme, with
the option to use the current theme.  So, if you have a special stamp you have been waiting to ink up, but it didn't it our challenge, now you can do just that.

Would love to have you join us.  We so enjoy visiting you and seeing what you come up with.
Lots of inspiration, fabulous prizes....what ya waiting for..............



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


BSS MONDAY IDEA - A Slider Card - Are we there Yet.

Welcome to the Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Monday Idea.

Today's idea is a Slider Card.

Had not made one of these in awhile.  While shopping at BSS recently, Sharon showed me a new die that makes the slit or channel that you want to slide, and the pull tab and sliding mechanism.
Now, I have to admit the directions are very limited  that come with the die, but they have a video tutorial
on their website with step by step instructions. See link below.

Here is my card:
Click the images to see them larger for detail.



What I used:

White card stock card base 71/2 inches long by 7 inches wide
scored and folded in half
Blue card stock mat, 7 x 3 inches,  centered and adhered to the white
card base
White card stock mat 6 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches.  I embossed
with the Sizzix brick wall AFTER cutting the slider opening
with the CutUps Slider die 057 by The cat's Pajamas.
Because I made a long card, I cut it twice for one continuous 
opening, by laying the die down overlapping the first cut by
about 1/2 inch.  The slider opening is about 1/2 up from the bottom
on the white card stock mat.  After you cut the opening
do your embossing.  Now just place foam tape or dots 
right along the edge and at the corners.  Use small pieces
so your insert with your message slides through the end opening easily.
Don't forget to leave the end open so your message card will
slide in.  Once you have the mat with the slider in place, attach
one end of the slider mechanism to your image that will slide and
the other end will be attached to the insert, so when you pull the insert
out, your image will ride along the slit.
Finish off your card by attaching the pull tab to your slider paper.

Stamps - Penny Black(4137K)
Sentiment Stamps are Penny Black Special Wishes  Clear Set (30-229)
Cut Ups Slider die 957 The Cat's Pajamas ( remember there is a video
on how to use this die on their website, www.thecatspajamas.net
Sponged the brick wall pattern with light blue die ink
Star Dust Stickles on the balloons and flowers
Colored with Copic Markers

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


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

In Sympathy

Hi friends.  Warm and wet here in Western New York.  Keeya does NOT like thunder and lightening, and no amount of trying to reassure her that she is okay would do.  I put her tight fitting T-shirt on and that does help, but she still paces and pants and shakes until it goes away.  This is our second Keeshond that was afraid of the thunder and lightening.  I told Rick we needed to build a soundproof, no windows room in the basement to take her to when storms come up!!!



My card for today is a Sympathy card.  I don't make many of these, I usually buy them, but this friend that lost her MIL over the weekend knows I make cards, and I think she would be hurt if I didn't make her a handmade card.


White card stock base 5x7 inches
mint green card stock mat embossed, mint green card stock die
from Cuttlebug, Anna Griffin.  Oval die Spellbinders.
Rose is an old Stampin" Up stamp colored with Copics
Butterfly is cut from Spellbinders die from the mint green and vellum papers
Pearls form  the body of the butterfly.
Sentiment is a dollar stamp from Michael's


Thanks for stopping by today.  Until later...........


Monday, May 12, 2014

House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge Mid Week Reminder

The challenge at House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge #169 continues for another week, ending Saturday, May 17th at Midnight EST.  So.......you still have plenty of time to join the fun.


The theme this week was chosen by me and it is "Sunny Days"  

A brand new stamp from Stampendous


I made a step card.


Front view



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This cute House Mouse stamp is also a prize for this challenge.

Since I am hosting this challenge, I am offering this adorable cake eating mouse
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Hope you have time to join the fun.  Love to visit and see what you
come up with.

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






Welcome to the Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Monday Idea.

When embossing folders came on the scene a few years ago, I could not get enough of them.
I have amassed quite a collection, but for what they add to card making, I think they are the best thing since sliced bread! And you get a lot of bang for your buck!  The texture and patterns give our cards
so much more eye appeal.

This week, I have made three simple cards using various embossing folders.

All cards are 41/4 by 5 1/2 inches.

#1 A Graduation card.


#2 Its a boy.


#3 Thank You card


What I used

#1 Grad card
Embossing Folder - Darice, Mortarboard 
Sentiment Stamp - Inkadinkado 95060-K
Grossgrain ribbon from my stash
Black and White card stock.

#2 It's a Boy

Diamond Embossing Folder -Quickutz 
Buggy Die - Cottage Cuts cc4x4-493
Punches small circles with a hand punch and 
placed them where the diamonds crossed.
Swiss Dots Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug
Ribbon from my stash

#3 Butterfly Thank You

Embossing Folder - M-bossibilities ES-011 Spellbinders
Sponged green ink lightly around embossed mat
Butterfly Dies - Spellbinders Grand - Wonderful Wings LF006
I cut one set from Vellum and one from Card stock
Sentiment - Penny Black Special Wishes clear set 30-229
Punched out with a Marvy small oval punch
Dotted ribbon trim

Simple cards that pack a lot of punch.

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


Thursday, May 8, 2014

Sweet

Hi friends.  Hope you're enjoying some Springlike weather where you are finally.  Rain has stopped and birds are chirping.

Today's card is for the May Challenge at Penny Black and Friends Saturday Challenge which this month's theme is "Your favorite Penny Black Stamp".  While it would be very hard to choose just one favorite, I have always loved this sweet young child sitting in the grass with the flower.  I think it is the vintage feel to the stamp that attracts me to it.  Our Mother used to dress us in sweet little dresses and white walkers just like hers.



Stamp - Penny Black
Sentiment - Inkadinkado
White card stock base card, white embossed panel ) Spellbinder's
Cuttlebug die (Anna Griffin)
Doily, scalloped punch and Spellbinders Circle die
Wide satin seem binding bow
Colored with Copic Markers

I would also like to enter this card in the following challenge


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


 

Monday, May 5, 2014

House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge # 169-Sunny Days

A new challenge begins today at the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge.
It's # 169 and it's my turn to choose the theme.  After such a long winter here in New York, I am ready for:

Sunny Days
Show us the House Mouse Mice, Gruffies or Happy Hoppers
Enjoying the warmer weather.

How cute are these three!






Care Recipe

Stamp - House Mouse Design - Stampendous
Papers from my stash
Dies - Spellbinders
Words, a border pack from Michael's
Sun is a punch from Paper Shapers
Twine bow
Fish Charm (thank you America)
Colored with Copics, 
Clouds done with a torn paper towel and a sponge applicator

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(Due to increased postage costs, the winner for this prize must reside in the USA)
 Pizzazz Aplenty is the place for embellishments of all kinds... Flatback Pearls and Rhinestones, Charms, Ribbons, Laces, Twine, Flowers, Stickpins, Beads, and more.


This cute House Mouse stamp is also a prize for this challenge.
Since I am hosting this challenge, I am offering this adorable cake eating mouse
stamp to a lucky winner.  (I must have really liked it, because I bought it twice!)



The design team has come up with some wonderful inspiration for you.  Hope you can join the fun
and show us what your House Mouse, Gruffies, and Happy Hoppers like to do in the Sun.
We love to visit and see what you come up with!

You have until May 17th at Midnight EST to post a card at House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge.




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