Thursday, September 30, 2010


Hello, it's Thursday already!  Where does the time go?  Rick is feeling so much better, but today he has been tired from the time he got up today.  Has dosed off several times and slept sound in the chair, think his body finally caught up with the surgery and all the drugs.  He is weaning back on the pain meds and will probably be off them tomorrow, providing that there is no pain.  Otherwise, he is a good patient!

Today's card is for the Challenge at Paper Cupcakes.  It's a challenge where they supplied a picture for inspiration, the picture being autumn leaves.  I chose the yellow and green hues in the leaves to create this card. The adorable image was graciously provided free by the artist, Nina.  The papers are from DCWV, The Cafe Mediterranean.  I colored the image with Copics and added glitter to the flower frosting.  Colored Kaiser pearls with Copics to match.  Sentiment is by Savy Stamps.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Hope your Thursday is fantastic. Until later.................

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Today was a beautiful fall day here.  Leaves are starting to fall and the chestnuts too, yard is already covered with them, not the kind you can eat, horse chestnuts.  We rake them up onto a tarp and haul them across the street into an empty lot for the deer.

This card is for the Challenge at Sassy Cheryls #31.  The challenge was to make something with your favorite Sassy digital stamp.  Well, this is my favorite at  the moment, because I just bought it.  I love all her images of children and snowmen!

The background paper is The Paper Studio.  I colored this great image with Copics.  The border is a Martha Stewart snowflake punch.  The red snowflakes are a punch by Marvey.  I distress the main image with Ranger distress ink.

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

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tilda Violinist

Hello.  My hubby finally had his surgery to repair the rotator cuff in his shoulder yesterday.  It is the second surgery.  He went through it in March 2009 and the surgery failed and everything they did came undone.  Yesterday was a long day, we had to be there at 6 a.m.  He came home immediately after he recovered for a very short time and mostly slept the day away.  He is hooked up to cooling machine which runs cold ice water to a pad that is over the shoulder.  Today was a better day, he ate and did some exercises that they gave him to do.  He is hating the pain meds, they make him feel loopy.  He has a six month recovery ahead of him, so we are hoping for the very best outcome, movement without pain.  So, I am being the very best nurse I can be, without the proper training!!!!

Today"s card which took me all day in between nursing duties!!!,  is for the challenge at Magnolia Down Under #65.  The challenge this week is Flowers and Lace. And the Magnlia Stamp Lovers Challenge which is Lace. 

I made a joy-fold card using paper by K & Company, Life's journey.  The flowers are cut from a silk bush I bought at AC Moore.  The lace is from Joann's.  The sentiment is from Cornish Heritage Farms.  Ribbon is from my stash.  The flourish is a Sizzix die.  The oval die on the final page is a new die from Nellie Snellen.  The decorative corners are from a punch by Paper Shapers.  The music background stamp is from Cornish Heritage Farms.

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

Monday, September 27, 2010


Welcome to the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge #79.  The theme for this challenge is School Time!

I have colored the Mouse with books with Copics, wow, studious little guy isn't he.  I cut him out and mounted him on a black shadow of the image.  The yellow background was run through a cuddlebug embossing folder, numbers.  The background paper is from my stash.  The measuring tape is a stamp by Postmodern Design.  The apple is cut from the Child's First Year cartridge for the Cricut.  The sentiment is computer generated.  The corner brads are by Spare Parts. All mounted on a 6x6 yellow card.

We had such a great turn out for our Blog Hop last challenge.  We hope a lot of you will continue to play along with us every two weeks.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great Monday.

BSS-Monday Challenge - PUNCH IT OUT

Welcome to the Monday Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Monday Challenge.  Today's challenge is a punched Christmas tree. 

 You need a heart punch to make the tree.  You can use a star punch or stamp one.  The small square can be cut out if you don't have a punch.  You'll need 19 hearts.  Using the diagram above, glue the wrong side of the hearts UPSIDE DOWN starting with one heart, then two rows of two hearts, two rows of three hearts and two rows of four hearts.

  If you want the finished Christmas tree smaller, leave one or two rows off.
I have mounted mine on a 51/2 by 51/2 inch card.  When you have finished gluing them together, turn the entire piece over.  I ran  a sheet of green card stock (cut in four) through a Cuddlebug folder, Swirls, before punching the hearts out.  When I was finished gluing them together, I ran a white cat eye stamp over the embossing.  I added rhinestones for bling.  The cute Santa Miss is by Penny Black. I added glitter to her boots and Fun Flock to the fur parts of her outfit.  The sentiment is by Impression Obsession.

Lots of possibilities for this punched tree, could make them tall and skinny too!

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

Saturday, September 25, 2010


Hello, happy Saturday.  Hope you're enjoying your weekend.  We went to a yearly gathering of friends today and our friend makes chowder outside in a big open pot on a wood fire.  It is delicious, and everyone brings food, so it is one long day of visiting and eating.  Nice fall day, cool and breezy and always nice to see friends. And, I'm not going to eat again for days!!!

Today's card is for the Penny Black and Friends Saturday Challenge #120  The challenge is Indian Summer.
I have used the cute cat with the pumpkin stamp.  Paper is My Minds Eye.  The fancy edged green square is a die from Nellie Snellen.  The word stamp is Art Gone Wild.  The border punches are leaves, Fiskars; the pumpkin border is Martha Stewart.  The gingham corner is also a punch by Stampin Up.  The acrylic leaves are from the floral department at Michael's.  Raffia bow for balance.

I'm also entering this card at Penny Black at Allsorts, a monthly challenge, this month, Punches.  And the sketch is from Sketch Saturday #122.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.  Monday begins a brand new challenge at House Mouse and Friends Monday and the winner 0f the blog hop will be named!

Thanks for stopping by.  Until next time..................................

Friday, September 24, 2010


Hi, hope your having a great Friday..........the weekend is close!  Beautiful day here, going to go out and get some flowers pulled and pond cleaned out some this afternoon. 

Today's card is for the Sassy Cheryl's Challenge #30, which is a sketch.  I love this image!  Can you stand the look on this little gals face???  I colored with Copics.  Papers are by Cosmo Cricket.  I'm also entering this into the Allsorts Challenge, #70 which was to use three punches.  I used the EK Success border punch.  The little orange fish punch and the corner star punch.  The sentiment is computer generated.

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

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Hi, Happy Hump Day!  The weekend is getting closer.  Today's card is for the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge (MMSC72). I'm also entering it in the In a Sweet Pea Dream Challenge. It's a brand new challenge and it's their first one!  The theme was open to Show us your Dream!  This delightful little Dragon is a stamp from Sweet Pea Stamps.  I had ordered some stamps from them some time ago and never inked most of them up yet!!!  Isn't he cute. 

 I colored with Copics.  The Papers are an 8x8 paper pack from Prima Marketing called Fairy Flora.  The flowers are Prima (pink) and Michael's bridal dept (white) .

The little lady bugs are buttons with the shanks cut off.  I stickled (star dust) around the edges and
on the flowers for some sparkle.

Have to see what else is in that envelope from Sweet Pea that I haven't used yet!!

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

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


The inside of the card

Happy Tuesday everyone.  Hope you're having a good one.  I guess I got into the Halloween mood.  I
made this card for the challenge at Magnolia-licious which asked for Fall or Halloween.  I used three of the Magnolia images and colored them with Copics.  The papers and border are by K & Company, as well as the words on the inside of the card. The bat and the cobwebs were cut from the same paper pack.  The spider is a punch.

Taking a ride to Hobby Lobby this afternoon.  Hope you have a great day.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Until later...................

Monday, September 20, 2010


Good Monday Morning!  Time for another Buffalo Stamps and Stuff  Monday Challenge.
Today, the challenge is to make a card using distress inks.  I cut the shape from a Tim Holtz die cut. Then using various colors of Ranger distress ink I used the ink blending tool to put color on the die shape, blending one color into the next.  I used sepia archival ink to stamp the grid stamp by Studio 490, Wendy Vecchi's stamp line.  Then using black archival ink, I stamped the tree, by Penny Black.  I used vintage photo to distress the edges of the die cut.  The leaf is cut and embossed using a set from Cuddlebug.  I then used an unmounted stamp with veins to stamp the leaf and again used the blending tool to lay color on the leaf.  The background paper is by Graphic 45. The corners are ticket punched.  I used white Kaiser pearls and colored them with a Copic Marker to match.  The inside sentiment is by Inkadinkado.  The inside leaf border is by Fiskars.

Play with your distress inks this week.  So many possibilities.

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

Sunday, September 19, 2010


Hello.  Busy day yesterday.  Started the day with a class at my local stamp store, Buffalo Stamps and Stuff with a class with Artist, Wendy Vecchi.  She represents Ranger Industries.  The class I took concentrated on different uses for distressed inks.  Had a wonderful time and sat with a great bunch of ladies.  In the afternoon, we celebrated the birthday of our Grandson, who turned 10!  

Today's card is for the weekly challenge at Mo's Digital Pencil Two Challenge.  It's challenge #49, Bright White.  Everything on the card must be white except the image.  Great way to highlight her images. 

I used this Halloween image with a Sizzix embossing folder, plaid.  The other embossing folder from Cuddlebug, is a spider web, on sparkly white paper.  The spider is a punch.  The pumpkin is from a Cuddlebug embossing folder also.  I colored with Copics and distressed the edges with Distress Inks.  Added the sparkly ribbon for some bling.  The sentiment is by Just for Fun.  I sprayed the image with Sheer Shimmer spray.

I'm so glad you stopped by today for a peek.  Have a great rest of the day.  Until later...............


Just a reminder that the Sketch Challenge and Blog Hop are at the midway point today at the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge.  You still have one week to upload a card and take part in the Hop for those fabulous prizes.  Go check out the site to see a list of prizes then get making a card!!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Pumpkin Cupcake

Hello.  Happy Thursday.  I made this cupcake after making a visit to my local stamp store. A gal that comes in there often had brought some projects in that she had done and a similar cupcake was one of her show and tell items.  We all loved it and she said she got it from a gals web site, but I didn't get the name.  When I got home, I got thinking about it and started playing around and came up with this
little look a like. 

I scoured the craft cabinets for supplies.  I used a paper mache box minus lid for the base, a four inch Styrofoam ball for the top.  I glued orange crepe paper around the ball, the rows very close together. I used a low temp glue gun, working a small area at at a time, gathering as I went along.  The card stock that serves as the cup, I just accordion folded in one quarter inches. I traced the bottom of the box and cut a circle a little bit bigger and made slits all around so I could glue it to the bottom and up the edges a bit. I used two 12 inch strips, the width of the box and glued them together before gluing them to the outside of the box.

  I inserted a wide empty ribbon spool inside the round box for the decorated ball to rest on, if you got a box and a ball that would sit on top of it, you wouldn't have to do that.  I balled up some red crepe paper and used Papier clear liquid and let it dry overnight and glued it to the top for a cherry.  I stamped and colored the pumpkin for the front and used twine as a ribbon.  When I was all done, I sprayed the entire thing with Sheer Shimmer spray, sparkly.

Turned out cute.  Whatever paper she used, was stiff, mine is more fluffy, but I like it.

Hope you had a great Thursday, Thanks for stopping by.  Until later.............

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


Happy Tuesday!  Hope everyone is having a good day.

Today's card is a Magnolia Tilda, as a cowgirl.  Don't you just love cowgirls!  I was a big time cowboy, western TV junkie as a kid and even had a couple of pairs of cowboy boots!

I'm entering the card in the challenge at Magnolia Down Under.  The challenge this week (#63) is a sketch by their design team member Kathrin..  Lotsa layers, fun sketch to work with!

I'm also entering it at Totally Tilda Challenges  (#5), where they want you to make your own flowers on your card.

I colored the Tilda Cowgirl with Copics.  The papers I used are Creative Imaginations, Debbie Mumm artist.  The flowers were made using the Tim Holtz Sizzix die.  The center silver buttons Jolee's Boutique.  Sentiment is by My Sentiments Exactly.  Braided twine is from my stash, a gift from my stamping buddy, Cathy.

Have a great rest of the day.  Thanks for stopping by.  Until later....................

Monday, September 13, 2010




Good Monday morning!  The House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge is celebrating!  It's our second anniversary!  So, to show our appreciation of your support over the past two years, we are having a blog hop, which includes lots of fun, surprises, and PRIZES!

The prize list includes:
Joanna Sheen - TWO HM unmounted stamp sets of your choice.
Simon Says - FIVE House Mouse Stamps of your choice.
House - $ 25.00 Gift Certificate.
Sew Many Cards - $ 21.00 Gift Certificate.
Scrapbook Store at Your Door - THREE HM STAMPS - Quiet Evening with Friends
                                    Trick or Cheese and Indulgence sentiment.

Wow, what a great list of prizes!


First, you must enter a card for the challenge using the sketch.  Then, visit each design team member's blog.  Each team member will have a picture of a House Mouse with a certain number of pieces of cheese at the bottom, displayed on their blog.  Add up all the pieces of cheese, then go back to the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge site and leave a comment with the number of total pieces of cheese. At the end of the blog, if your name is picked for a prize, you will have had to have posted the total pieces of cheese there were to receive the prize.  If you were unable to give the correct number, another random number will be picked.

So if you're coming from Scoopy Sue's Blog, your in the right place.

Your should now continue hopping over to Sue K's Blog

And don't forget to count the pieces of cheese along the way!


Just a reminder that The House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge is turning two years old and is having a celebration!

There is still time to join in the present challenge, which is to use water on
your card/project until tomorrow.

But, starting with Monday, September 13th, we will be celebratiing turning
two with lots of exciting prizes and fun.  So don't forget to check it out
beginning Monday the 13th at the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge site.

                                          You gotta know there will be mice and cheese involved!!!!!

Sunday, September 12, 2010


Hello. Only a few more days until Michael's birthday, have to get into gear and finish his 10th birthday book!

Today's card is for the Penny Black Challenge.  The challenge this week is to make a card that is Men/Boy themed.  I chose this stamp of the little boy with his dog.  The words are from a clear stamp set.  Papers are Martha Stewart and Prism.  I ran the yellow through the wood grain embossing folder by Cuddlebug.  The white mats are Stampin Up.

Enjoy your Sunday.  Thanks for stopping by.  Until later...............