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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










Monday, June 23, 2014

House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge Midweek Reminder - Dies/and or Punches

Welcome back mousey lovers to our Mid-Week squeakkkkkkkkk
We have some more DT inspiration to share with you for our current chall theme of

~ Die Cuts and/or Punches ~
Our super talented Teamie Sue Kment, is hosting this Challenge..


Image is House Mouse Design
Papers are from Michaels Reflections
Dies - Branching Out Spellbinders
Spellbinders Grand Rectangles
Candi Buttons
Flower Punch - Marvy
Buttons and Brown twine bows
Die - Delicate Vine, Memory Box
Sentiment - Hero Art
Vintage Photo distress ink


Remember that our special themed challenges have the alternate option of an "Anything Goes" take as well. This opens up many options for your House-Mouse projects, so have loads of FUN using the adorable House-Mouse, Gruffies  and Happy Hoppers Stamps, CD Image Collections or Decoupage by House-Mouse Designs®

*** SPONSORS ***
We are very proudly Sponsored 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 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

We also have 2 EXTRA CANDY PRIZES for two more Lucky Players... 

***First Candy Prize ***
 Offered by our lovely Teamie and Challenge Hostess, Sue K*** and it is a fabulous Stampendous!, House-Mouse Designs®, Cling Rubber Stamp!

http://suesstampingstuff.blogspot.com/

***Second Candy Prize***
Offered by our lovely Teamie, Christine C, and it is an awesome Joanna Sheen,
 House-Mouse Designs®, Gruffies UM Stamp Set 


A Big Thank You goes out to our wonderful Sponsor and to our two lovely Teamies for their amazing generosity!

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


Now it's YOUR turn to play!  Here are the RULES;

  1. Create a project following the theme, OR, an Anything Goes as alternate take.
  2. Feature House-Mouse Designs® Stamps, images, CDs and/or Decoupage.
  3. Enter this challenge using the inlinkz tool found below.
  4.  Reference Challenge CODE HMFMC172, and link your work back to this Blog.
  5. To be eligible for prizes, you MUST BECOME A *FOLLOWER* of HMFMC.
  6. Enter as often as you'd like, but your projects must be NEW creations.

Submit your entries by Midnight, EST, on Saturday 28th June 2014.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a good one.  Until later....










BSS Monday Idea - Beautiful Dies


WELCOME TO THE BUFFALO STAMPS AND STUFF MONDAY IDEA.

Today I wanted to share a card that I used two beautiful dies on.




White card base 5x6 inches
A 3 1/2 inch square piece of designer paper cut in half to form triangles for
the corners.  (I used a scrap of green striped paper from my paper pieces.

The flower and Butterfly are dies from Memory Box called Toulouse (98826)
and Lunette Butterfly (98745)
Background paper is a light blue pearlescent piece, cut the same size as
the die cut.  The die cut was cut twice, once with white CS and once 
with white.  I cut all the leaves and the under belly of the flower out of the green
and glued it over the white.  I used Flower soft on the flower portion of the white.
The butterfly was also cut from a striped scrape of designer paper.
Tiny white pearls for the body of the butterfly and on the two corners of the card.
White with black dots ribber and bow for the corners.

I absolutely love both of these gorgeous dies.  So many ways to use them.

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





Monday, June 16, 2014

HMFMC # 172 - DIE CUTS AND/OR PUNCHES

Today begins a new challenge at House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge.


Our lovely and talented Sue Kment is hosting this challenge with the theme of:

DIE CUTS AND OR PUNCHES
Would love to see you using those punches and dies along with
a House Mouse, Gruffie, or Happy Hopper image.

Please remember, the theme is always optional, and anything goes will work for any challenge.
We have made this adjustment to encourage more of you to join the fun.



Stamps- Cupcake Belly, House Mouse Designs, Stampendous Cling
Front of card sentiment, Michael's dollar bin, Inside sentiment, Hampton Art Stamps
Paper - DCWV and assorted scraps from my scrap pile
 Dies- Spellbinders all
Punches - Cutcake, party hat,and lace border punch,  Martha Stewart
Colored with Copics
Stickles - Star Dust 


 We are Proud to be sponsored 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 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


We also have 2 EXTRA CANDY PRIZES for two more Lucky Players... 

***First Candy***
 Offered by our lovely Teamie and Challenge Hostess, Sue K*** and it is a fabulous Stampendous!, House-Mouse Designs®, Cling Rubber Stamp!
http://suesstampingstuff.blogspot.com/ 
  
 ***Second Candy***
Offered by our lovely Teamie, Christine C, and it is an awesome Joanna Sheen, House-Mouse Designs®, Gruffies UM Stamp Set
 

A Big Thank You goes out to our wonderful Sponsor and to our two lovely Teamies for their amazing generosity!

This current challenge begins today and run through Saturday June 28th at Midnight DST.

The design team and our guest designers have come up with some awesome examples to inspire you to play along with us.  Check them out at House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge.

So, what ya waiting for......get going and make a card or project and share it with us.  We LOVE checking out what you came up with.

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






BSS MONDAY IDEA - A LITTLE BIT COUNTRY

Welcome to the Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Monday Idea.


A few weeks ago, I purchased a stamp with a cowgirl on it (StampendousCRW124) Rodeo Girl, so this week, we are going to go a little bit country!



I made this tag.


And I made this card.


And this is an image I found by googling Cowboy boot that I used
to make the card.There are lots of choices. I printed it out, sized it on my printer to a size I liked for a card,
 then traced the outline on the backside, because I wanted the boot facing the other way.
I then cut the individual pieces out of card stock and designer papers.


I used the original shape intact, after I traced it on the opposite side
to cut out a card shape on a folded piece of brown card stock.
Line up the edge of the boot on the fold and just enough of it will rest
against the fold to create a card shape.  Then decide what paper you want to
use for your card and cute the six pieces you will need to create
the boot and glue in place.  Fill in the faux stitching where shown on the original.
I sponged Vintage Photo distress ink around the edge of the boot.
Added a metal corner and some Prima Flowers.
                                        Designer paper is from Glitz 6x6 Paper Pack, French Kiss   

This is a fun stamp, and I am loving the boot card.  Depending on the size you make, it might take a larger mailing envelope and extra postage.

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



Monday, June 9, 2014

HMFMC 171 Midway Reminder

Just a quick reminder that the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge is at the Mid-Way point.
Our talented Teammate Pauline has chosen the theme "Lots of Layers" for challenge # 171, but also remember that going forward, you can always do "Anything Goes"

My Mid-Way Card
Click on pictures to enlarge to see glittery details.





These wonderful covered brads were purchased from our sponsor,
Pizzazz APlenty and were the perfect center for my glittery silver snowflakes
and match the ribbon too!!


White card base 5x7 inches
Red and white glitter paper mats
Die cut in snowflake designer paper is a Sizzix die
House Mouse Design stamp
Snowflakes are Penny Black die from Silver glitter paper
Star Dust Stickles, and Glossy Accents used on image
Colored with Copics
Snowflakes are popped up with dimensionals
Sentiment unknown, on wood but no company, got it at a
stamp show a long time ago.
Red gigham ribbon bow

Check out all the inspiration for this challenge at House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge, then come play along.


Two sponsors for this challenge 

http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/servlet/StoreFront


http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/servlet/StoreFront

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!


*** AND ****

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"A surprise package of embellishments from Pizzazz Aplenty worth $15.00. 
(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. 


A Special Prize from our lovely generous DT Pauline Bird this super 
cute set of NEW HM stamps for One lucky winner..



What a cute set of stamps, someone is going to be very happy to win them.
Could be you, but you have to play along with us to win.


Three really nice prizes.  Hope you have time to join us, we LOVE to come see what you have been up to and what you came up with!!!

You have until Saturday, June 14th at midnight EST to enter a card/project.

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






BSS MONDAY IDEA - Die Cut Inlays

Welcome to the Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Monday Idea.

This week's idea is Die Cut Inlays.

This technique is shown in a tutorial I found at
http://gailepark.blogspot.com/2014/05/two-tone-inlays.html


Die Used - Cheery Lynn (B117) Fanciful Flourish
Corner Die - La La Land Filigree Corner Die (8008)
Sentiment -Penny Black From the Heart (30-207)
Inside Sentiment - Hero Arts
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Swiss Dots
Pink, White and Black Card Stock
Card is 41/4x51/2 inches



Die Cuts - Spellbinder's Fancy Ribbon Threader (S5-135)
Mariann Creatable Die - Baby Carriage (210295)
Blue (2 shades) and white cardstock
blue gingham ribbon

Place the main die on the cutting plate, then place the buggy
in the center and cut both at the same time.
Adhere a piece of white paper behind the cutout of the buggy
so you can glue the cutout buggy back into the opening.
I used two colors of blue for contrast.
Any dies can be used for this technique.
Inside sentiment is Hampton Arts (Ps0747)

Hope you have time to make an die cut inlay card.


Thursday, June 5, 2014

THIS LITTLE PIGGY WENT TO THE BEACH

Hi friends.  Outstanding day today, weather was sunny but cool,  The plants love the break in the heat and so do I!!  Our long haired pup was enjoying it also.


Today's Card is a digi from Dee Dee's Digis.  The June Challenge is to use this little pig image.  It's a progressive challenge.  If you use this month's image and enter the challenge, she sends you next months
digi free. So essentially, you could get a free digi set every month.  Most come with sentiments and colored images also.

Metal tag


Isn't she cute?


My finished easel card.


Digi - Dee Dee's Digis
Circle Dies and Sentiment die Spellbinders
Sun is a marvey punch
Little fish punch unknown
Embossing folder Sizzix, water
Daisy stamp unknow
Borders - Michaels
Daisy Paper - Debbie Mumm
Stickles on the water and fish on image.
Ticket and lace doily
Colored with Copics

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


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

LIFE'S A BEACH

Hi friends. Wow, it got hot in a hurry here.  High humidity, sticky and hot. Ugh.......

I made this card for the challenge at Craft A Scene.  Haven't joined in their challenge in a while, but let me tell you what inspired me.   Several challenges ago, I entered their challenge with a card I made.
Two days ago, I had an email with a comment on that card from non other than Kevin, the Artist and owner
of Stampscapes.  Now, I am sure that he does not remember me, but I have been lucky to have taken three separate classes with him, three different years, while attending the Adventures in Stamping Stamp Show in Akron, Ohio.  I learned a lot in those classes, and he is a very kind, inspiring Artist who took the time to walk the room and find something encouraging to say to everyone who attended the class.  How exciting to have him leave a comment on my little ole blog!!  The comment you ask......one word, Fabulous!  I am honored, Kevin that you took the time...........

The June challenge at Craft A Scene is "By the Sea"

My completed card.


Closeups






I sprinkled chunky white embossing enamel by Stampendous along the
edge of the sand and the water to simulate the white foam that
slaps against the shore.


Most stamps are Stampscapes.
The seagulls, the whales and the plants in the left corner bottom are not
and the companies that made them are now out of business.
Stamped on White glossy paper with dye ink.  Colored with marvy ink pads
and the sponge applicator by Ranger, or in small spaces, Copic inks.
Bright sun was done by cutting a circle with a punch in a thin piece of paper
and then sponging with inks.

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





Monday, June 2, 2014

BSS MONDAY IDEA - White Embossing on Dark Paper

Welcome to the Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Monday Idea.
 
This week's card features embossing in white on dark
colored paper.



 
Flowers, patterns and textures work best.
 
The Stamp I used is by Penny Black, Floral Thread (40-135)
Sentiment stamps are both Just Rite Stamps, Large Fancy Sentiments(CR-03815)
Hearts were punched from Marvey Heart punches
Cuttlebug heart embossing folder.
white embossing powder
red embossing powder
Versafine clear ink pad
Dotted red ribbon bow
Spellbinders die, Grand Large Labels (LF-168)
Black and White and Red  Card Stock
 
Card is a 5.7 inch white card stock base.
Stamped the Penny Black Floral Thread cling stamp on black
card stock with clear embossing ink and embossed with white powder.
 
Cut the white mat out of white card and embossed.
Using the same size die, I cut a piece of the stamped image
about 21/2-3 inches
Since it had a beautiful unfinished edge on the stamped image, I cut along
the edge for extra eye appeal.
Attached this piece to the bottom of the white die cut.
Ran the ribbon around this piece before adhering it to the black
and tied a simple knot.
 
The white on any dark paper looks fabulous.
 
Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great week.  Until later........
 


House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge #171- Lots of Layers

It's time for a new challenge at House Mouse and Friends Monday.

It's challenge #171 and our talented teammate Pauline is our host, and she has chosen the theme
"Lots of Layers"

This is the sweet stamp I chose.
 
 
My finished card.


Card Recipe

Stamps - House Mouse Designs, Two Part Harmony, Stampabilities (HMLR1001)
Sentiment Stamp - Diffusion
Music background stmap - old
Burlap paper - JoAnn's
Blue Dotted paper - Reflections, Michael's
Pink card stock card base and layer
EK Success eyelet border
and Rick Rack border
Pink rhinestones, queen and company
Heart Charm - Thanks America Kuhn
Spellbinders die - Gold Labels Four (S5-159)
Colored with Copics


We are proudly sponsored by:

http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/servlet/StoreFront


http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/servlet/StoreFront

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!


*** AND ****
PIZZAZZ APLENTY

http://www.pizzazzaplenty.blogspot.com/

"A surprise package of embellishments from Pizzazz Aplenty worth $15.00. 
(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. 





A Special Prize from our lovely generous hostess Pauline Bird this super 
cute set of NEW HM stamps for One lucky winner..




 
That's three fabulous prizes.  But you gotta be in it to win.
 

All  rules are on the challenge blog.
 

The design team has come up with some awesome inspiration for you, so please hop over to the blog and check them out.
 
This challenge runs through Saturday June 14th at Midnight.

Would love for you to join us, we love to see what you come up with.

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