Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Wow, can you believe that my month guest spot with the Midnight Madness gals has come to an end! I sure had a great time, and I feel so fondly for everyone on this wonderful team for their support and welcoming nature. They are a great bunch of ladies and I want to thank each and every one of them for the swell time they showed me this month.

I loved the sketch this week, had a blast working with it. I got to use an old favorite stamp, by Rubber Street Stamp Co. I love the face on this wonderful Garden Nymph!

Butterfly cut from Mariposa paper stack and stickled. The webbing was done with gold pearls by Kaiser and Gold sparkly ribbon.

Isn't she beautiful!

Birdcage and bird is by Myra Road. I colored it black with Copics and glittered it with night sky.

Flowers are by Prima

Papers are from the DCWV paper stack Mariposa, beautiful butterfly papers!

The finished card and envelope. This highly embellished card slides right into that 3/4 inch thick envelope, no problem...........and what a presentation. Priscilla's store, where this envelope template can be purchased, is the sponsor for the month of March. She is giving away some awesome merchandise, you should go check it out here.

Our Challenge #46 Gold Star Award Goes to #70 Susan Killiam

The Challenge #46 Remarkables winners are #24 Guro and #34 Chelsea

And the weekly bonus prize was won by #20 Ann Ryan
Stop over to the challenge blog and see what the other design team members have done with
this week's won't be disappointed!

Hope you have a great Tuesday. Thanks for stopping by. Until next time....................

Sunday, March 28, 2010


Good Monday Morning. That means it's time for the Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Monday Challenge. The challenge today is to make an envelope fold card. I first saw this design on a
blog, Valitas Fresh Folds. She makes the card with a double fold. I kinda like the V-fold or
envelope fold. This is my finished card. I made my card with red cardstock and made the fold as per the
instructions that follow. The design paper is Basic Grey, Green at Heart. I stamped the flowers on a die cut diamond (sizzix) . I used a solid round stamp (remember shadow stamps?) and used colors in the designer paper to highlight the flowers. I sponged Ranger Distress ink around the diamond and the words (the color is Barn Door) The fence is also a sizzix die. There is also a Martha Stewart punch that makes a border fence.
The little butterfly is made from two prima 5 petal flowers with one petal cut off. Feelers
and flutters were penned in with stickles down the middle.

Hope you like this idea and have time to try it out. It's a simple fold and makes a unique card front with a lot of possibilities.
Have a great Monday. Thanks for stopping by. Until later.

April Showers

Hi, had a busy day today and I didn't get to post until now. Had this card ready to go and couldn't get a minute to edit the pictures etc. Had some friends stop by this afternoon, good to see them and stop for a visit. Got my house in order this morning. Tomorrow I am off to finish up shopping for Megans birthday, which is on April 12th. She will be 12 on the 12th! Hard to believe.
Today's card is a digital image that was free at Wink Wink Wink. Reminds of Paddington Bear, does anyone else remember him? I used some glassy liquid on the slicker and boots. And some stickles on the rain and puddle. The papers are from a Debbie Mumm Noah's Ark paper stack.
I hope you had a great Sunday, don't they just fly by? Thanks so much for stopping by. Until later.........

Friday, March 26, 2010


Today, I am off to schools this morning. Both kids are getting an award. Their school gives monthly awards based on character, and the teacher tells the class what the character trait for the month is and the children vote for someone in the class and the person with the most votes wins the monthly award. Then, they have an assembly and give the awards out. The children do not know who has won, but the teacher notifies the parents so they can come to the assembly if they want to. Well, Megan has won every year since Kindergarten at least one month and in several years more than once. Michael, on the other hand, has never won. Well, low and behold, the teacher notified Heidi that Michael was getting an award! The day that the award was to be given out, they had a snow tomorrow is the big reveal! He's going to be so excited. Hard to have a perfect older sister, but to his credit, he has ALWAYS been happy for her and her biggest supporter!
Today's card is a new Magnolia stamp. I think this is my favorite one of all the Magnolia stamps I have of Tilda. I have used a lot of glitter on her. I made the easel card from metallic blue cardstock. The background on the inside is a paper doily.
Hope you have a great Friday. Thanks for stopping by. Until later..................

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Hi, just a quick post today. I made this card for a friend that had neck surgery recently. Thankfully he came through with flying colors and is not experiencing the dreadful pain he was having.

The stamp is from Cornish Heritage Farms. I used a new DCWV stack called Naturals.

Hope you had a great Wednesday, gotta get some sleep now. Thanks for stopping by. See you tomorrow with a card with one of the new Tildas from Magnolia, she is beautiful.

Monday, March 22, 2010


This is my design team entry for the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #46 as their March Guest.

You can see both the fancy or the clean and simple version of the sketch on the Midnight Madness blog.

The Stamp was sent to me to use in this week's challenge by Sue McMahon, owner of
McMahon Five Designs who distributes stamps for D'Amour Allure. They are our weekly sponsor this week and are offering some nice stamps and flowers to our weekly bonus winner.

You can see the prizes being offered on the MMSC blog site.

I colored the image with Copic Markers. Distressed the edges with Ranger Distress ink. The border punches are all Martha. The papers are from the My Mind's Eye, Home and DCWV, At Home stacks. I used a word stamp by A Muse Art Stamps. I love this saying, my grandkids used to say it all the time when they were little.

Here's a close up of the image.

Here's a close up of the bling of the stars!!

A close up of the matching envelope made from the 5x7 template for the thick envelope kit from Priscilla's Styles Store. She is the monthly sponsor for March for the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge and has offered some wonderful prizes. And she is also having a drawing at the end of the month from the followers of her store blog for a great prize. The stars were cut with a sizzix die. The rhinestone stars are from Michaels.

Our MMSC #45 Gold Star Award goes to: Ann Ryan

Our Remarkables Awards go to: Linda W and Anne 2411

The MMSC #45 Weekly Bonus Winner is: LOZ

Congratulations everyone!

Sue Drees


Start with a die cut, could be a shape, an oval, circle, square, etc. Then choose some of your
favorite flower stamps and get stamping. I chose this bunny die cut I purchased in a package. The stamps are Hero Arts.

I stamped the flowers around the outside of the bunny die cut in a random pattern and colored with Copic Markers.

To finish, I used distress ink to darken the edges and tied a bow around his neck. I popped him up on a 5x7 card, added some eggs cut from shiny papers (just used oval punches) and the Happy Easter sentiment(by Printworks). How cute is that!!!!!
Hello and welcome to the Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Monday Challenge. Today's challenge is to stamp on a die cut. I'm so pleased with how this came out. With the cricut and sizzix and all the other die cutting machines available, this would be so much fun on all kinds of die cuts.
Have a great Monday. Hope you get a chance to try this soon. Thanks for stopping by. Until later............

Saturday, March 20, 2010


Hi, hope you're enjoying your start to the weekend!. Weather is kinda gloomy today, so trying to put some things away in the stamp room...........what a mess! Keeley, the blog dog had a little walk this morning. She loves a walk, but her legs are not as good as they used to be so she doesn't go far, but she loves to go.......
Today's card is for the House Mouse Challenge. Today's challenge is a sketch. I have used papers from Nana's Kids stack by DCWV. This little mouse looks like he's enjoying that blueberry tart! Flowers are silk flowers I have pulled from the branches.
Thanks for stopping by. Until later..............

Friday, March 19, 2010


Hi. Hope you're having a great Friday. The sun is shining and the temps are up! Yesterday, I actually went outside and swept the sidewalk in front of the house while Michael skateboarded. They only had a half day of school, so they came here for the afternoon.
Today's card is for the Penny Black Saturday Challenge. Because of working, I have missed a couple of these and it is one of my favorite challenges. This is a brand new 2010 stamp. The challenge was to use Spring colors. The papers are from the Linen Closet stack form DCWV.
Flowers are Prima. Sponged grass and sky.
Hope you have a great rest of the day. Thanks for stopping by. Until later......

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


This is my card for the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge this week, as their March Guest.
The stamp is a retired Stampin Up stamp. I colored the image with Copics. Cut the image up according to the sketch and sponged the edges with Rangers new Spun Sugar distress ink. I added designer papers to the top and bottom blocks. Kaiser pearls in the corners. Prima flowers and a bow and charm to finish up.
The matching envelope is from Priscilla's store. The card, even with the flowers sticking up will slide easily in the envelop which is 3/4" thick. No bumps or lumps, I love them. And they go together so easily. I punched the design across the top with a Martha Stewart punch, added the bird, and used the distress ink on the edges. Priscilla's Store is the monthly sponsor for March and she is giving some really great craft items away at the end of the month. Read all about how to qualify to win this great give away on the MMSC blog.
The weekly sponsor for this challenge is Michelle's Scrapbooking & More. Wonderful stamps are being offered, see the details on the MMSC blog.
The winner of last weeks Challenge was #25 - Gry-Beate

The Midnight Madness Remarkables were #2 - Ms Plum and #59 - America Congratulations Ladies!

As a guest this month, I have the privilege of voting for the winner and the remarkables. I want you to know that there are so many beautiful entries that it is agony getting to my top ten favorites. But, as someone who has won each of those honors once, I know how thrilling it is to see that your entry has been chosen. So, keep those entries coming and you could be seeing your name next month!!
Exciting news too! Priscilla has planned a crafting cruise for this summer. All the wonderful details can be found on the Midnight Madness blog, just click on the blinky on my sidebar to take you to all the fantastic information..
As a way to get the word out, Priscilla is offering as blog candy, a Zutter paper cutting machine. I have this machine and it is the greatest thing since sliced paper! It's completely manual, don't have to plug it in, self-sharpening blades and cuts paper in many different sizes, great for matting. This candy runs through April 30th with a drawing 1st week of May.

Have a great Tuesday. Until later............


Good Morning, I am posting early today because I have to work.

The number chosen by Random.Org for the March Giveaway is:

#25 - theneon

Martha, congrats! Please email me your address exactly as it should appear
on the mailing label and I will get the goodies right off to you.

Thanks everyone for signing up for a chance to win.
See you April 1st (no fooling) for a new giveaway!

Monday, March 15, 2010


This month, I have chosen a Hero Arts wood block stamp of a birdcage, some Prima flowers and a package of cloth covered brads.

If your interested, all you have to do is leave a comment letting me know .

On the 16th of March I will pick a number with random generator and post it. You have 24
hours to contact me via email with your full name and mailing address. If you don't, I pick another number until we have a winner. So far, I have mailed stuff to Australia, Germany, Holland, and several different states. How fun!

Please only leave one comment.
Good luck.

BSS-Monday Challenge-Floating Oval

Another Monday already, time flies whether you're having fun or not!!!
Today's challenge for Buffalo Stamps and Stuff is to make a floating oval card (or floating any other shape you wish to use card!) Start with your card base.
I used designer cardstock from The Cafe Mediterranean stack by DCWV to make my base card. Folded it in half so that the printed side was inside.
I then cut another piece of the same cardstock (you could use a contrasting color if you wanted)
slightly bigger than the card front (both length and width). I then cute an oval out of the center of the card, and also in the center of the extra piece. Then line up the cutout portion and trim the edges of the extra piece to fit the front of the card. Set this aside.
Cut a smaller oval that will fit inside the front of the card oval and stamp your image on it and color. You will also need a plain colored oval the same size to put on the back of your stamped oval.
Cut a piece of ribbon or strong string a little less than the length of your card. Center the ribbon lengthwise along the back of the stamped oval and adhere it. Adhere the oval backing so the ribbon is coming out the top and bottom of your stamped piece.
Center your oval in the larger oval on the front of the card and adhere the ribbon to the card front so it floats in the center of the cards oval. Adhere the extra front that you made to the front of the card. That's it. Decorate the front of your card however you want.
That is, of course, Tilda with Shamrocks that is gracing the front of the card. On the inside, I chose a sentiment that would fit behind the oval so it doesn't show when the card is closed.
Shamrocks are a dollar store find from a couple of years ago.
Hope you have time to try this technique. Thanks for stopping by. Until later...........

Sunday, March 14, 2010


Large butterfly stamp is by Me and Carrie Lou, which I believe is no longer in business. I bought this stamp at a garage sale for $ 2.00 last year. I stamped on butter yellow textured cardstock, colored with Copics. Used chalk to highlight the edges. I formed wire feelers because they were too thin to cut out. I sprayed with Sheer Shimmer Spritz by Tsukineko.
Inside I stamped the sentiment and added part of a paper doily and some flowers. Card is made from cardstock from the Mariposa stack by DCWV.
Hello, hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday. I have used this weekend to catch up on some stamping stuff, but tomorrow I must clean (I snuck laundry in, in between, whew!). Dog hair and dust have finally reached a point where they are bothering me to look at it!!!!
I am entering this card in the Charisma Cardz Challenge, which is butterflies, I think I have that covered. And Flutterby Wednesday.
Have a great rest of the day. See you tomorrow for Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Challenge Monday. Until later.............