Saturday, December 31, 2011


Hello, a quick post before we head out for a late lunch, early dinner and the Hockey game (Buffalo Sabres).  Will return to our house to ring in the New Year after the game.

This adorable image is from Priscilla Styles Store.  I colored her with Copics and
made a pretty simple card.  Inside sentiment says, "It's cold outside, but thoughts of you warm my heart", love that!!!

Happy New Year's Eve Everyone.
Thanks for stopping.  Stay safe and enjoy the night however you celebrate.

Friday, December 30, 2011


Hi, sorry so absent, but busy week.  Rick came down with a bad cold and ended up having to get anitbiotics and missed three days work, Doctor"s orders.  This is his last day at work, as he is retiring, so he was really not liking going out like this.

Here's a closeup of the emobossing folder, Dress Form with Wings, by Couture Creations.

Oh what fun this one is. It embosses the dress form and the two bottom corners.
I used Spun Sugar distress ink around the edges and on the dress form. I distressed the edges before applying the ink. Colored the pole with a dark brown pencil. I used a Gelly Roll clear sparkle pen to highlight the wire frame. Gold Stickles on the buttons and necklace and chain. The felt buttons are from my stash. The spool of gold thread is from a Sizzix die cut (Tim Holtz) and I added some gold thread and a stick pin. And, the best part for last, I added some beautiful fluffy white feathers over the wings, they just dance when you move the card! Mounted it on a patterned paper 5x7 inch card.
Inside sentiment is "Thanks "Sew" Much" by Stampabilities (QR1054).

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

Monday, December 26, 2011


Welcome to the Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Monday Idea.

Today's idea is a new embossing folder. Lots of new embossing folders in the store right now.
Embossing folders are a great way to make beautiful cards quickly.

Both of these cards were made from a new Snowflake border embossing folder
The center label is right in the embossing. The deer are a die from Memory Box.

The blue paper used in the embossing folder for this card is core'dinations.
It has a white core, so I lightly sanded the snowflake edges. I also ran a piece of plain
white card stock through the same embossing folder and cute out the center only and
glued it on over the blue paper.

For the second card, I ran a piece of red card stock through the same embossing folder.
I used a Pearlescent Poppy, Dew Drop Brilliance pad to lightly ink over the snowflakes, then embossed with clear embossing powder. Then distressed the edges with Fired Brick distress ink from Ranger. Added the deer in white, some snow from a DecoArt snow writer and white glitter. The sentiment is Hero Arts.

Two completely different looks from the one embossing folder.
I'm working on a card with a great new embossing folder of a dress form. Will post pictures
this week, so come back for a look.

Hope everyone had a great Christmas. Now, on to the New Year!
Enjoy the rest of the holiday season.


Sunday, December 25, 2011


Merry Christmas

I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Very Merry Chirstmas.
Hope you're able to be with those you love.
Enjoy every minute of the day.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


Just a quick post in between baking and last minute running.  I sat yesterday afternoon and colored up this wonderful Santa.............needed a coloring session was getting gittery from not being in the stamp room enough.  Can't believe how few of my wonderful stamps for Chirstmas got inked this year, must join the Chirstmas Challenges that do a card every week all year so I can use them and have more cards when I need them.

Hope your catching up with the many things to be done at the last minute.

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

Monday, December 19, 2011


Just a reminder that this would normally be a House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge, but we are on a holiday break until January 2nd.  You have until January 1st to enter the challenge, which this month's theme is Warm and Fuzzy.

This is the December Stamp of the Month, Candy Gram.
How cute is this and Warm and Fuzzy too.

Spellbinders die used.  Colored with Copics.  Papers, DCWV.  Border punch is Martha Stewart.
Sentiment stamp is Stampabilities also.

Hope you join us for our Warm and Fuzzy Challenge at House Mouse and Friends Monday.Some great prizes at stake, but you gotta be in it to win it!

Have a great Monday.  Thanks for stopping by.

Sue Drees



Today's idea is to create a faux burnt edge. I used to burn the edges of wedding invitations and decoupage them to a decorative board and paint flowers as gifts for brides. The burnt edges were to make them look aged. I used a candle and had lots of burnt fingers along the way.
This technique is done with distress inks!
There is an explanation of the technique here

Close up of edges.
Pretty simple technique. Rip the paper toward you so it leaves ragged edges.
I used Frayed Burlap first, then Black Distress ink, just on the very edges, to achieve
the burnt edge look.

Card Recipe

Stamps - Snowman, Northwoods, Sentiment, Stamp A Mania
Gingham - Impression Obsession, Cover a Card, CC006
Papers - Dark Brown textured card stock, Carmel Colored Glitter Paper
Snowman and Gingham stamped on cream colored card stock.
Flower is cut from Burlap and Gold Sparkly net from a
Tim Holtz Sizzix die, Tattered Florals
Small snowflake punch and twine bow
Tree brad from my stash

This is a great technique for aging a project or card.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have a chance to try this technique.


Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Hello, finally have a card today.  Have been busy trying to get everything done, as I know everyone else is doing at this time of the year.  Tree is finally up and decorated.  Had to laugh, it took us two nights, and years ago when our daughter was little we carried on a family tradition from my family.  We put the tree up after she went to bed on Christmas Eve, because we were raised to believe that Santa decorated the tree.  So Rick would get home on Christmas Eve, sometimes late (he is a truck driver) and we would get her to bed and go to work.  Sometimes we worked well into the night putting things together and trimming the tree, now it takes us two days to finish that task!!!!!!!!!!

Card Recipe

Stamp - Inkadinkado
Stamped on glossy card stock
Colored with Ranger Distress inks and sponge applicator
Mounted on blue metallic card stock
mounted on gold paper from my stash which has been distressed on the edges
mounted on a white card base.

Hope your not too stressed out about the holidays.  I feel like I am running on a treadmill and going no where, but in the end it will all get done.

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

Monday, December 12, 2011



Close up of the pine cone.

I saw this pine cone on this blog site.

I didn't have the punch that she used (Stampin Up) so I search through my punches and
found a small egg punch and used that.

My Card Recipe:

Spellbinder's oval die used for easel card
Papers - S.E.I.
Pine coat coated with DecoArt Glamor Dust, then a DecoArt Snow Writer for the
snow accents on the pine cone.
Ornament die is Sizzix
Glitter paper cutout in back of ornament
Gold Pearls

This is a great accent for cards, and fun to make.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Bags full of Goodies

Hi everyone, I'm out running around again today.  I just wanted to show you some things I put together for my local stamp store to display for the holidays.

I'm back with some other ideas for using the large Memory Box dies I used on the cards a couple of posts ago.

This is the label type die, folded in half. Stamp is Penny Black. The spiral shaped die is also Memory Box. Snowflake is a punch by Martha Stewart. Goodies in the bag, Chocolate covered popcorn.

This is also the label type die cut from Memory Box folded in half. Paper is Echo Park. I used distress in to sponge the edges, Ranger Festive Berries, limited edition for Christmas. Snowman is made using two heart punches and a small circle punch, ran through the paisley cuttlebug embossing folder.

This is the scalloped edged die folded in half.

The stamp is by . The flower embellishment is from BSS, by the yard.

Sentiment is from Inkadinkado. Goodies in the bag, White Trash, google it, there are many variations.

This is the label type die again, from Memory Box, folded in half. The paper is from BSS. The bird, branch, and the red corner piece are all dies from Memory Box. Goodies in the bag, peppermint sticks with white chocolate toppers.

This is the scalloped edged die cut by Memory Box, folded in half. The stamp and sentiment are from Darcies. Paper is SEI. Die cut frame is Spellbinders. Silver Ribbon. Goodies in bag, Peppermint sticks with white chocolate toppers.

This is the labels type die from Memory Box, folded in half lengthwise. The deer is a Sizzix die cut.

The spiral die is Memory Box with a snowflake punched from a Paper Shapers punch. Gold Ribbon around the deer's neck. Goodies in bag, peppermint sticks with dark chocolate toppers.

The last two items are cones made from a nine inch square of paper folded into a cone. I used decorative scissors to trim the top and right side of the square prior to folding. Hold the piece of paper like a diamond shape in front of you and bring the two side points together and keep folding until a cone is formed. I used a low heat glue gun for best and fastest seal.


Paper is from K and Co. Ornament die is Memory Box, with white glittered paper behind it.

Snowflake is Spellbinders with Stampendous Shabby Pink Embossing enamel.

Goodies in cone, Gingerbread boy cookies.

Paper is K & Co. The die cut is from Memory Box, Flowering Christmas Tree.(98195)

Goodies in cone, white trash.

. Hope you have enjoyed these samples

and you got at least one new idea for the holidays.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


WOW, spent the last two days running around shopping, and I'm POOPED!  Half the problem is I don't know what to buy anyone!  Does everyone already have too much "stuff"?  And, does everything seem to cost twice as much as it did last year?  And I like Christmas and all that goes with it, but it is discouraging out there.  Want to finish up shopping and wrapping so I can concentrate on getting my house decorated and cookies baked.

Today's card is for the challenge at Penny Black and Friends Saturday # 180, Total White-Out!
Only the image can be colored, everything else on the card must be white.

My Card Recipe

Stamp - Penny Black
All White card stock, run through embossing folders, snowflake and star.
Stars cut from Sizzix die out of glitter foam sheet
Kaiser pearls
Image colored with Copic Markers
Lace from Walmart
Pearl Clusters, Reflections from Michael's
White organza ribbon
Sponged the edges of the layers ever so lightly with light blue ink.
Star Dust Stickles

Hope your Wednesday was wonderful.  Thanks for stopping by.  Until later...........

Monday, December 5, 2011


Welcome to another Monday Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Idea.

This week's card idea, is the use of this ornament die cut from Memory Box. There are two die cuts, one for the solid part of the ornament and one for the cut out part. I didn't have the solid one, so I just cut out solid pieces to match the cut out ones.

My Card Recipe
Stamps - Snowflakes - Martha Stewart snowflake set
Papers - Me and My Big Ideas
Gold mirror paper for the ornament cutouts
Red mirror paper for the inside of one ornament
Glitter paper for the other two
Gold ribbon
I tapped Versafine watermark ink around the edge of the paper
and embossed with Powder Keg Sparkling Ice Embossing Powder
The die cut "Deck the Halls" is from Sizzix and came in a set including that die and
the Reindeer (657290). It's also cut with mirror gold paper.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Hope everyone isn't getting too stressed about Christmas!
Until later...............

Thursday, December 1, 2011


Where did the week go?  Hard to believe that Christmas is only 24 days away!  I'm feeling so unprepared this year.  I think I got more done when I worked and sooner.  Perplexed about what to buy everyone too.  Kids are getting bigger, so buying for them is harder, oh so much easier when they were little....

I made this gift tag by tracing the mitten from one of those large foam stamps.  You could also use a coloring book with large images, google mitten shape and see what you get, might find something that way too.

The snowflake paper is DCWV Winter Magic Stack. Both the snowflake border and the Snowflake are die cuts from Memory Box.  I sponged the edges with Ranger distress Iced Spruce (limited edition Christmas colors (3) and they are NOT making reinkers for them! I made the back of the mitten a pearl blue matching paper and stamped Merry Christmas and To and From with Versafine watermark ink and embossed in white.  Silver ribbon for attaching to a gift.  You could easily make this a gift card Holder.

This delightful little snowman is a candy bar wrapper.  I measured the candy bar and cut a piece of gold paper to wrap around the bar.  I trimmed the top with decorative scissors.

The three circles were cut with Marvey punches, but you could just make different sized circles with die cuts or trace anything that is round and cut out. The faces were made by adding eyes and mouth and button with a pencil eraser, just use the eraser end of a pencil like a stamp.  The carrot nose was hand drawn and colored with Copics.  I ran the circles through a snowflake embossing folder (Darice), sponged the edges with Broken China distress ink (Ranger).  Cheeks sponged with pink ink.  Added a punched elongated heart from glitter paper and some eyelash gold yarn for his scarf.  I am making 20 of these for my daughter's first grade class for Christmas.

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

Wednesday, November 30, 2011


I'm trying to make Christmas cards, now that it's crunch time!  I must confess, I bought a couple of boxes of cards while I was out shopping on Black Friday.  Seems every year I think I am going to make all my cards, but it just does not happen.  The cards that I blog are too embellished to mail, I use them for people I am going to give a gift to so I can hand deliver them.  I must work on making cards that can be mailed with a regular postage stamp......can make that my New Year's resolution, along with losing weight and getting more organized, my standard ones.........

Here's where you put your sunglasses on, because this card has bling!

Today's card is for the challenge at Penny Black and Friends Saturday Challenge #179, and the challenge is to use Christmas+Red+Embossing.

My card recipe

Stamp - Penny Black - Simply Ornamental
The red and white striped paper is a die.  I used it at my local
stamp store.  This is a5x7 inch card, so it is a big die.  I will find out who makes them
and update this post.
The Christmas tree is holographic foil which I embossed.
and the gold star garland, both from the dollar store.
The stars where cut using a sizzix die, then I ran them through an embossing folder.
Stamped the sentiment and embossed with white embossing powder on red mirror paper.
Colored the image with Copic Markers

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:
Pile it on Challenge - Sugar and Spice
Totally Paper Crafts #94 - Christmas
Simply Create Too #1 - Christmas

Have a great Hump Day.  Thanks for stopping by.  Until later.....

Monday, November 28, 2011




This is how I used this great set.
On the green paper. I stamped the holly/swirl stamp using Versafine watermark ink only, then embossed using clear embossing ink. I then ran it through the matching Sizzix embossing folder.
On the white card stock, I inked the stamp with Adirondack, Meadow green ink. I then used a small corner of a baby wipe to remove the green ink from the berries. Using a water based marker, I colored the berries with bright red. I then stamped and when the ink was dry, ran it through the matching Sizzix embossing folder.

On the inside of the card, I just inked the stamp with the same Meadow green ink.
Added a sentiment by Wordsworth on white card stock and sponged around the
edges with the same ink.

My card recipe:

Stamp - Holly - Hero Arts, with matching Sizzix embossing folder set
Winter Marci by LA LA Land
Red dotted ribbon.
Snowflake die by Memory box (outside of card)
Snowflake punch, Martha Stewart (inside of card)
Green ink, Adirondack Meadow green
White glittered flower soft on the hat and pocket of the coat
Red sparkly Stickles added to the berries.
Marci, colored with Copic Markers

These Hero Art stamps and Sizzix embossing folder sets come in holiday and non- holiday designs. Love the look it creates, hope you can see the embossing in the picture.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Enjoy your Monday.  Until later............

Saturday, November 26, 2011


Today was our daughter's birthday!  She and I spent the day at the Outlet Mall in Niagara Falls shopping, then we met her Dad at her house and had leftovers and celebrated her birthday with her husband and children. This is the card I made for her.

The sentiment is a digital image from the seventh round in the progessive challenges at the Crafter's Digital Art Center.  The image is by Sending Treasures.

Card Recipe

Digi Sentiment - Sending Treasures
Pink Cardstock - Stampin' Up
Border Punch - EK Success
Dies - Spellbinders
Corner Punch - Paper Shapers
Cuttlebug embossing Folder

The inside sentiment was computer generated and said
"A daughter is a little girl that grows up to be a friend"
Happy Birthday to our daughter, our friend.

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