Friday, July 29, 2011


Hi friends.  Wow, Friday already, what happened to the week.  Going to get some much needed rain today, then a beautiful weekend is forecast.

Today's card is for the challenge at Penny Black and Friends Saturday. #161 - STARBURST -
Use stars on your card.

Card Recipe

Stamp - Penny Black
Border punch - EK Success
Brown Textured card stock base card
Star die - Sizzix - Glitter paper
Papers - DCWV
Colored with Copic Markers

Have a great Friday.  Thanks for stopping by for a peek.  Until later.....

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


Hi, nice warm day today and yesterday with lots less humidity.  Did I get some housework done?  Nope, went over and sat on the deck at my daughters and watched the kids swim and relaxed.  Nice day.

Today's card is made using a digi by Crissy Armstrong which I bought at Whimsy Stamps online.

Papers are from my stash
Borders are from K & Company
Ticket was a free digi
Paper doily Wilton
Sentiment Hero Arts Clear Set
Buttons by Pebbles
String - Pizzazz Aplenty
Pink Rhinestones Kaiser
Colored with Copics
White glitter

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Allsorts  Week 113 - Free and Easy
Copic Creations #54 - Pastels
Cupcake Craft #152 - Shabby Sparkle
Stampin for the weekend- #13 - Paws for thought - Four legged animal
Die Cut Dreams #94 - Animal Antics

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


Monday, July 25, 2011


Welcome to the Monday Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Idea
Every Monday I post an idea for my local stamp store, Buffalo Stamps and Stuff
Today's idea is to use Honeycomb Paper. This fun project uses the honeycomb pad from Inky antics, along with the Clear Stamp Set Caterpillar HoneyPop, also by Inky Antics.

I made a Joy Fold card. All stamps are from the Catepillar set.
Blue textured card stock for the base card. Green gingham and polka dots for the mats.
The images are colored with Copics. His little glasses are shiny with glossy accents.
Peeled Paint distress ink around edges of image and sentiment.
EK Success rick rack punch.

The card opened. Here is the fun for this card! I cut apples from the
stamp set out of the honeycomb paper and adhered them to the folds, so that when you open the card, the honeycomb paper opens up! So cute!
Barn Door red distress ink used around edge of image.
A small Velcro half circle used to keep the card closed.

Honeycomb paper is fun to play with and adds an element of surprise when
the recipient of your card opens it. Packages contain one color and it comes in a variety of colors.

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

Until later..............

Friday, July 22, 2011


Hello, if you live in the US.........HOT ENOUGH FOR YOU?
Oh my goodness, this is obscene.  At 6 am this morning, it was 85 degrees
and we live in the Northern US!  The heat index says it fees like 104!
Now they are asking you to conserve electricity because the grids are overloaded and in
some places power has gone out..............YIKES!

This adorable digi is from the Priscillas Style Store.  I suggested an image of a little girl
sitting at a table looking at a jar with lightening bugs in it to another well know digi artist and she did say she would put it in her file and liked the idea, but never created one, so I was so excited when I saw that Priscilla had done a digi like this.

Card Recipe

Digi - Priscilla Styles Store
Ticket sentiment was a freebie
Paper Doily, was trying to create a lattice effect with the doily
Vine die cut - Memory Box
Roses - Prima
Mini buds - bought online
Star Dust Stickles
Paper - Coral colored textured card stock
Navy with white spatters - bought at convention
Colored with Copic markers
Peeled paint distress ink sponged around bottom

I'm entering this card into the challenge at Scrapalicious, (#12) the theme is  Anything Summer.
And - Craft us Crazy (#13) Anything Goes
And - Fussy & Fancy Friday Challenge #49 - Summer
And - Allsorts Challenge #112 Free & Easy (Your Choice)
And - Stamp Something Challenge - Something Embellished
And - Papertake Weekly - Getting cute (anything with an Aww factor)
And - Bloggers Challenge - Summertime

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

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


We are having sweltering humidity and high heat temps stinks!  Too  hot to enjoy the patio or the yard or even going out.  Big parade tonight for our Erie Canal Fest Celebrations and can't even think about sitting outside in this heat to watch it, so will pass for this year!!  We are supposed to reach 95 by Thursday will no relief in site.......I don't ever remember reaching 95 degrees here in Western New York State!!!

Today's card is for the challenge at Penny Black and Friends Saturday #160, they want you to use bunting on your card (we call it banners).

Card Recipe:
Stamp - Penny Black
Papers - Cosmo Cricket - Salt Air
Banner/bunting - cute free hand strung on baker's twine, stamp by Inky Antics
stamped in clear embossing ink and embossed with white EP
Border circles Martha Stewart
Bow - Hobby Lobby
Letter and envelopes with heart cut by hand, stamp PB
White doily
Clothespin with ladybug, Michael's
Colored with Copic Markers

I used this adorable PB stamp that I recently bought at my local stamp store's garage sale from my friend Linda.....thanks Linda!  The banner was cut out free hand and strung on baker's twine.

Hope you have a great day today.  Thanks for stopping by.  Until later.................

Monday, July 18, 2011


Welcome to the 100th House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge
To celebrate this milestone, we are having a blog hop.
Our Teamie, Lisa chose the celebration theme for our blog hop, BUTTONS, BOWS,BLING IT UP, any or all of these.

What I used on my card:

Flowers - Prima
Paper - Pearl Pink card stock, Gingham, Martha Stewart
Sunburst disks - Pizzazz APlenty
Crystals - Michael's
Pink stone swirls - 7 Kids College Fund
Butterfly was a gift from a friend
Spellbinders die
Sentiment - Art Impressions
Colored with Copic Markers

Rules for   MY  Blog Hop Prize Give-a-way
Two lucky winners will be chosen randomly after the blog hop is over.

1st Prize

An unmounted birthday House Mouse Stamp set.

2nd Prize

Embellishment selections from our new sponsor

To be eligible for MY blog hop prizes, you must be a follower on my blog.

You must have entered a card/project in the 100th Challenge using a HM stamp
and followED the theme.

Enter your name in the link below

Rules for the main blog hop prizes.

To be eligible for the prizes (AND THERE ARE A LOT OF WONDERFUL PRIZES)
that are going to be given away after the hop is over (see them all listed BELOW)

 You must be a follower on the House Mouse Site.
You must enter a card/project using the theme AND House Mouse stamps for our 100th challenge.
You must visit each person on the design team and our July guest design team members, you can find the list at the House Mouse Blog site  and leave a comment,
AND leave a comment on the House Mouse Blog site.


We are very lucky to have these FABULOUS SPONSORS who have GENEROUSLY donated amazing prizes. We highly value your SPONSORSHIPS and are happy to have you on board!! :)

TAKE a good look at this WONDERFUL line-up and their AMAZING PRIZES...

Sponsor #1

Sponsor # 2

10 packs of House-Mouse Decoupage
Sponsor # 3

Will have 2 winners for 3 Digi Downloads Each

Di's Digi Downloads is a great little company offering lots of super adorable digi stamps. Diane will again be Offering 3 free Digis to ONE LUCKY player - for this challenge. So make sure to play along for your chance to win!!!!

Sponsor # 4
K n' K Designs

4 Free Digi sets

Sponsor # 5

A $10 embellishment gift package
including: Flatback pearls and rhinestones; Victorian
Cameos; flowers, dream string, luster twine and a gel picker

Pizzazz Aplenty began with only a bit of bling and some ribbon, but in the last few months, we've added so much more... from cardstock to cello bags, as well as charms, stick pins, brads, buttons, cords, twines, laces, and over 20 colors in flatback pearls and rhinestones. The newest additions are teardrop pearls, button stick pins, leaf pins, heart pins, resin cameos and flowers! Please stop by for a look at our store: Pizzazz Aplenty

Sponsor # 6
R K Stamps

Ally at RK Stamps is going to offer two of the new House-Mouse Designs release stamps!!!!

Sponsor # 7

Emma @ Crafty Emma's Store

A £10.00 voucher to Crafty Emmas Store, excluding P&;P

Sponsor # 8

Simon Says Stamp has a $15 Gift Card PRIZE to the wonderful Simon Says Stamp store!

In business since 2002, Simon Says Stamp is striving to offer you the best selection of Rubber Stamps, Altered Art, Scrapbooking, Artist Trading Cards & Paper Crafting Supplies in the world. They stock over 100,000+ items, offer you quick service & 1 stop shopping at a great price!

Sponsor # 9

  • Offering a £10 gift voucher


  If you have arrived here from Sue Cooper's (scoopy's) blog you're in the right place. 

Check out the Design Team creations and get some inspiration, then ink up those stamps and join in the fun.  The challenge runs through Sunday July 31st.

Now, hop on over to Sue Kment's blog to finish up!

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


Welcome to the Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Monday Idea

Today's idea is to make a banner for your card.

To make the banner:

Cut strips of paper 1x2 inches.
Fold in half so you end up with a 1 inch square
Mark a dot at 1/2 inch at the bottom unfolded edge
Cut from the mark to the right hand corner
Cut from the mark to the left hand corner
After as many banner pieces you will need are cut, add letters, center them
on some kind of twine or string. Adhere the front to the back.
Adhere to card when everything else is in place on your card.
I used pop dots to pop up the banner and hold it in place.

Card Recipe:

Stamp - Art Impressions-Girlfriends
Paper - textured orange card stock, design paper My Mind's Eye,
Stella and Rose
Colored with Copic Markers
Cut out with Oval Grand Spellbinder's die
Shell - K & Company
Baker's Twine
Sand, sponged with course sponge, brown ink
Small alphabet for lettering, white embossing powder
Star Dust Stickles

These beach babes were so much fun to color and the little beach scene so much fun
to create. 

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

Saturday, July 16, 2011


Another lower humidity day here today, so windows and doors open.  Tomorrow we are back to heat and humidity right through the weekend. So hot sitting outside at parties and picnics!  We had our first tomato from my one tomato plant and I made bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches.....delicious!

Today's card is for the challenge at Simon Says Stamp.  The theme this week is
Anything Goes!  And the design team is using stamps from Stamps Happen.  This was one of the first stamp companies I bought from when I started to stamp and their stamps stamp beautifully every time.  I have so many of them, it was hard to pick one, but I chose this sweet stamp for a birthday card for a young niece.

Click to enlarge to see sparkle!

Card Recipe:

Stamp - Stamps Happen
Paper - My Mind's Eye - Home
Lace - My sewing stash
Spellbinders circle and scalloped circle die cuts
Butterfly - Martha Stewart Punch
Star Dust Stickles
Fiskars small heart punch
Colored with Copics

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

Friday, July 15, 2011

Fuzzy Wuzzy Challenge Mid-month Reminder

Just a reminder that we are Mid-Month into the Challenge at Fuzzy Wuzzy.

The challenge this month is "Get Punchy"  We want you to use your punches and die cuts.

Our sponsor, Robyn's Fetish has added a second prize to the pot, so there will be two winners at the end of the challenge.

Card recipe:

Papers - red and yellow card stock.  DP is from my stash from Big Lots (sunflowers/strawberries)
Digi - Kitten, Robyn's Fetish
Oval die cut - Nellie Snellen
Corner punch
Embossing folders
Border, Martha Stewart
Sentiment - Whipper Snapper
Red Satin Ribbon
Wild Honey Distress ink
Colored with Copic Markers

Such a Fancy Kitty.

Hope you have time to join us for our Get Punchy Challenge.  You have until July 31st.
Don't forget you must have an animal on your card/project

Thanks for stopping in today for a peek.  Have a great Friday and weekend!  Until later.........

Thursday, July 14, 2011


Hi, supposed to go up to 90 today with high humidity, yuck.....Have to add water to our pond about every three days.....too hot for me.

Card Recipe:

Stamp, I think it is Stamp Camp, I bought it unmounted and didn't mark it.
Paper - Basic Gray and pink, Stampin Up
Lace from my sewing days; lace flowers, Walmart
String Pearls - Michael's Bridal Dept
Stick pin and Swan disk, Pizzazz Aplenty
Little Roses - Prima
Stamped on glossy white cardstock, colored with sponge tool and Tombow Markers.

I'm also entering this card in the My Time to Craft Challenge - must have a bird on your card.

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


Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Hello, hope your Tuesday went well.  So hot and humid here, the humidity is supposed to break for tomorrow, sure hope so.

Today's card is for the challenge at Penny Black and Friends Saturday Challenge # 159


What I used on this card:

Stamps - Penny Black
Paper - Textured Green Card Stock; DCWV Homemade Christmas Stack
Paper Doily
Snowflakes - Martha Stewart Punch
Rhinestones - Keiser
Image colored with Copics
Red Brick distress ink around sentiment
Glittery Christmas tree is foam from Michael's
Holly leaves pulled from silk bunch

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

Monday, July 11, 2011


Today is Monday, so it's my post for my local stamp store, Buffalo Stamps and Stuff.

Today's idea is right from the Hero Arts site

The idea is to stamp the word stamp first, then stamp the poppy stamp with embossing ink and emboss with clear embossing powder.  Then color the flowers with distress inks and the sponge ink tool.
You can get complete instructions by clicking on the above link.

What I used on this card:

Stamps - All Hero Arts - Friend Definition, Poppies, sentiment
Papers - Birds-My Mind's Eye, Fine and Dandy; aqua textured cardstock;
Brown is other side of bird paper
Bird border, Martha Stewart
Ink - Tattered Rose and Barn Red Distress Ink

Hope you have a chance to try this technique.

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

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Snow White

Hope everyone that had a long weekend in the US enjoyed the holiday.  Hard to get back to work after an extra day off.

Today's card is a Digi image of an Arctic Fox by Delicious Doodles.  This is a beautiful image and I did very little coloring on the image, some grays, light blue and black.

I'm entering this card into the challenge at Delicious Doodles #32 Flourishes and Bling.
I used the vine flourish on the silver strip and stickles, glitter and rhinestones for Bling.

Isn't she a beauty......

Here's what I used on the card:

Digi - Delicious Doodles
Papers - Anna Griffin, two mirror silver strips
Vine die - Memory Box (these cute like new favorites)
Rhinestones - Kaiser
Snowflakes - Punch - McGill
White branch punch - Martha Stewart
Branch beads - Bridal Dept Michael's
Snowflake border punch - Martha Stewart
Crystal Stickles
White glitter

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

Monday, July 4, 2011


Time for Challenge #99
House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge

The theme for this challenge was chosen by our talented teammate, Heather
and she chose "Anything to do with water"

Easy Peasy, right?  So many of our little mice, gruffy and happy hopper friends are doing something near or in the water!

Like this little bunny, relaxing in a nice hot soak!

Besides coloring this darling with Copics and making him the focal point of the card, I let the papers I used do the talking on this card.  They are from the DCWV Mariposa Stack.  I used a six by six inch piece of the card stock from this stack to make my base card, then cut out the butterflies from another piece of the same card stock and bent the wings up and adhered them over the butterflies on the card.

The sentiment is Hero Arts.  Flowers are silk, pulled from a purchased stem with rhinestone centers.  Rhinestone swirls from Michael's.  Lots of Star Dust and Crystal Stickles, bubbles look so cool in real life.  The die cut is Nellie Snellen.

Our Sponsor for this challenge is Simon Says Stamp, and they have graciously offered a fabulous $ 15 online shopping gift for the lucky randomly drawn winner.

We are welcoming two new Guest Design Team members for the month of July, Gill M and
Kat. Welcome ladies, we are looking forward to seeing what you come up with for our challenges.

For some great inspiration, go to the House Mouse and Friends blog site and check out what
the talented ladies on the design team have come up with for our water challenge.

Don't forget, you must use a House Mouse, Gruffie or Happy Hopper image to join the challenge.
We look forward to visiting and checking out these critters with water!!!

I want to wish a very happy birthday to our own America Kuhn who is celebrating her birthday today, July 4th!  I'm sure they will be celebrating at the Kuhn house, as America and their kids have recently welcomed their husband/Dad home from deployment.
So celebrate your day.  I wish you many more happy, healthy birthdays!

Have a great Monday.  Happy Independence Day to US Bloggers.  Thanks for stopping by.
Until later.....................

BSS MONDAY IDEA - Emboss Your Embossing

It's my post for my local stamp store, Buffalo Stamps and Stuff.

Today's idea is to Emboss your Embossing.
That is, emboss card stock with an embossing folder, lightly rub over the
entire piece with a pigment pad, or a Versamark pad.  Use clear embossing powder over an ink color, or colored embossing over Versamark watermark pad.

Use as a mat for an image as I did,  or cut with a die cut to go with an image.


What I used on this card:

Stamp - Popcorn The Bear
Die - Spellbinders Big Scalloped Circles Sm
Cuddlebug Embossing Folder
Yellow dotted swiss ribbon
Colored with Copic Markers
Stickles - Crystal
Brilliance - Dew Drop Sky Blue
Clear Embossing Powder

This is a fun technique and the results are great!

Hope you have a chance to try it.

Happy Independence Day!  Thanks for stopping by.  Until later...........