Friday, September 30, 2011


It's Friday! Yea!  Cooling down now during the night and the days are getting shorter.  It's dark when I get up and gets dark earlier in the evening now.  Fall is surely in the air and the leaves are falling.  We have  two big old chestnut (Horse Chestnut, not the eating kind) trees in our front yard and every year children come with their bags and collect the chestnuts, and each night, the deer come and graze and eat them off the lawn.  When we rake leaves, we also rake up lots of chestnuts, so we put them on a tarp and drag it to the field across the street from us, so the deer can feed off them.  Ah Fall.

Today's card is my third for the Progressive Challenges at Crafters Digital Art Center, and this round ends tomorrow.  I only completed three of the five offered, just not enough time..........

It's a pretty simple card.  The Digi is by Glitterbabes.  I printed the digi twice, once on plain white card stock and next on red gingham.  I cut out the gingham and paper pieced it.  Ribbon sentiment is a spool from Michael's dollar bin. I put Glossy Accents on the apples to make them shiny.  Colored with Copic Markers.

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

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Elephant Birthday Wishes

Hi, Happy Thursday.  Also known as Donut Thursday for my Grandson.  Always stop and get donuts for him on my way over to get him off to school every Thursday!

Today's card is made from a stamp by Hero Arts that was a gift from my Friend Cathy in Arizona.
Thanks, Cathy, love the stamp!  She sent me an entire box of goodies, which I will be sharing with you soon.

Card Recipe

Papers - DCWV
Stamp - Hero Arts
Vine die  cut - Memory Box
Border - K & Company
Heart Punch
Oval Punch
Colored with Copic Markers

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

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Gingersnap Creations Challenge # 120 - A color Challenge

Happy Hump Day!  Today is my final week for September as a visiting artist at the Gingersnap Creations Challenge Blog.

The theme this week was a color challenge, Light Blue, Turquoise and Medium Purple.

The monthly theme is friendship.  I decided to make a gift bag with a tag instead of a card.

Gift Bag Recipe:

Gift bag topper is paper is DCWV
The butterflies are cut from paper from the Mariposa stack DCWV
Stamps - Crazy girl - Art Gone Wild, sentiment, Wordsworth
Border punch - Martha Stewart
Cuttlebug embossing folder
Daisy ribbon from my stash
Die cut oval - Nellie Snellen
Die cut daiseys - Sizzix
Corrugated foil trim from my stash
Colored with Copics
Distress ink Broken China sponged on light blue tag

You should really head on over to the Gingersnap blog to check out the design team entries, they are wonderful.  Hope you have a chance to join us, this is a great color combo.

I just wanted to add that I have had a great time this month with the Ginger Gals and a big THANK YOU shout out to Sharon for asking me.

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

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


Can you believe it is almost the end of September?  Where does the time go.

I finally did another card for the Progressive Challenge 3 that is going on at the Crafter's Digital Art Center.

This sunflower/butterfly digi image is by Just Ink Lined.

I kept the card pretty simple to show off this beautiful digi.
The sentiment is stamped on a Spellbinders Fancy Labels Two die.  The vine is new to me, and is by Cherry Lyn Designs.  Paper are DCWV. Butterfly is popped up.  Colored with Copic Markers.

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

Monday, September 26, 2011


Welcome to the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge
# 105.

Before we get into this week's challenge, we just want to thank everyone who joined our 3rd birthday celebration and blog hop.  We had such fun visiting everyone and seeing your wonderful creations! Prizes will be awarded a little later, as it will take some time to sort out if everyone who entered a card also did the blog hop, etc.  Can't wait to post who won my blog candy and get it off to you.  Good luck everyone.

I have chosen my winner using Random. Org and the winner is
Carmen O

Please send me your full name and mailing address exactly as it should appear on the mailing label ( and I will get your embellishments and stamp off to you right away. Congratulations Carmen!

This time, our lovely teammate, "Scoopy Sue" has chosen the theme, Christmas Sparkle

There is so much glitter on this card, but it is so hard to photograph.  You can click on the picture to enlarge if you want to see the glittery goodness!!

Amanda is filling her stocking with sweets!

Card Recipe

Stamp - House Mouse Designs
Papers - Martha Stewart'
Lace doily, rhinestones, red and white sparkly cord
Colored with Copics
Background chalked with sparkly chalks

Please check out the beautiful sparkly cards on the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge Blog by our fabulous gals on the design team, you won't be disappointed!

We are sponsored this week by

Di's Digi Downloads has generously offered 3 Digi Downloads

Pizzazz Aplenty has generously offered a $10 gift package of embellishments.

Hope you have a chance to join us for our Christmas Sparkle challenge.

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


Welcome to the Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Monday Idea.
This week, Sharon suggested we feature a new die from Quickutz.
It contains four dies on one plate, small oak leaf cluster, large oak leaf cluster,
large oak leaf and acorn and vine.

Card Recipe:
Stamp - Rubber Stamp Cottage
Papers - Simple Stories - Generations 6x6 stack
Dies - Small and large oak leaf cluster
Ranger distress ink sponged on leaves
Image colored with Copic Markers

Card Recipe
After the die was cut, I used the blank for a stencil.
I sponged the large and small oak leaf clusters with distress ink randomly on a cream
Spellbinders oval die
Large oak leaf die sponged with distress ink. I used a black permanent
fine line pen to dot the leaves. Sprayed gold perfect pearls with water from a mini mister on
the card before adding the oval with leaves. Click to enlarge to see how beautiful this effect is.
Popped leaves up on the oval.

Card Recipe:

Cream card stock card. Ran dies through the dotted swiss embossing folder.
Lace trim.
Sentiment - Art Gone Wild
Gold Krylon pen around sentiment square.

Really versatile die. Was fun to use autumn colors and leaves after our
long hot summer here.

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

Saturday, September 24, 2011


Hello.  Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend.  What a nice fall day it was here today, but supposed to get rain everyday next week.  I have been doing some genealogy searching for my husband's side of the family and it sure is time consuming and frustrating.  I had started it years ago and put it away because I hit a brick wall.  Now, we are having a cousins reunion and I want to be able to give each cousin a card so they can give me the information about their parents and their families to fill in.  So I found out you can't blog and spend that much time on the computer searching.  And it is hard on the eyes.  Old documents are sometimes dark and hard to read.......

I bought some cute digital images from Designed2Delight and made a card today.

Card Recipe:

Digi - Designed 2 Delight
Hay paper - old DCWV stack
Designer paper - DCWV Halloween stack
STickers of pumpkins - Michaels
Sentiment - Michael's dollar bin
Leaves - Martha Stewart
Ribbon - Michaels dollar ribbon spool
Colored with Copics

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

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Gingersnap Creations Weekly Challenge - Inspiration - Shared Moments


Today is my third week, guesting at the Gingersnap Creations Blog.  This week's challenge is an Inspiration challenge and it's Shared Moments.  All month we are celebrating Friendships. We have also been highlighting the spotlighting technique.

Card Recipe:

Stamp - B-Line Designs
Papers are form my scrap bin
Metal corners

You should check out the design team cards and projects at
Gingersnap Creations, they are fantastic.

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

Monday, September 19, 2011


Welcome to the Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Monday Idea.
Today's idea is to use plaids, stripes, flowered paper and dots as a background.
I have used the simple, elegant Christmas stamp by Northwoods for the focal point of my card.
I colored with Copic Markers then cut it out using Spellbinders Large Deckled Mega Rectangles set.
Ran a gold Krylon pen along the edges and white glittered the pine needles on the image. I purposely left the background plain so that I could "busy up" the background.
For the background, I used four different papers from the Basic Gray Jovial Paper Pad.
Dots, Stripes, flowers, and plaid. I cut strips, all different sizes to fit across the card.

In between each print, I glued a 1/4 inch strip of green cardstock, and matted the stamped image in the same paper. Snowflakes are from a punch and glittered paper.
It's fun to use all different papers to make a background, and this beautiful stamp allows you to do just that.
Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great Monday. Until later...........

Saturday, September 17, 2011


Hello,  happy Saturday.
The third round of the Crafter's Digital Art Center Progressive Challenges has started.  I received my free digi images in my email yesterday.  I chose this beautiful oak leaf clad gal to do first.

Card Recipe:

Paper - DCWV
Paper Doily and foam leaf cutouts the $ store
Stamp - Fall - Michael's $ bin
Colored with copics

Going to try to get some more of these done before the end of the month.

Have a great weekend, off to Michael's 11th birthday party today.  Time flies........ 

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


Friday, September 16, 2011

Fuzzy Wuzzy Final Mid-Month Reminder

Just a reminder that the Fuzzy Wuzzy Challenge is ending with the September Challenge.

You still have time to enter a card in our final challenge until September 30th.  The theme for the month is a card with an animal as the focal point of the card and use pink.

The cute frog pair is a stamp from Peachy Keen Stamps.  The sentiment too.
The papers are K and Company
Water Lily is Martha Stewart
Pearls from Michaels
Diamond Stickles
Border punch is from EK Sucess

How cute is this pair!!!!

Don't forget, to be eligible to win the prizes that the design team has on their original posts on September 6th, you must enter a card into the final challenge.

Happy 11th Birthday to my Grandson Michael, have the best day ever!!
Can't wait for your party tomorrow!  Your going to love what me and Papa got you!

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

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Hi, this is my card for the Challenge at Gingersnap Creations GS118 - Supply Challenge - Crimpers.

When was the last time you used your crimpers, since embossing folders came along?
Well I dug mine out and chose the wavy Marvy one.  Then I went searching for something creative to do with it.  I found this great tutorial on SCS here for this crimped diamond card.  It's pretty cool looking, and easy to do.

Card Recipe:

Paper - White card stock for the crimping
Striped from my stash
Stamp - Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers (old)
Dog paw print on button and Woof stamp is Cloud Nine
Sentiment is computer generated.
Ticket is Tim Holtz sponged with orange dye ink
Green Paper clips from the $ store.
Bakers twine - Pizzazz Aplenty

The Box of dog bones is a left over crimped box I saved from
last Christmas and dressed up to match the card, and the crimping sorta matches too!
Added a bag of dog bones for a gift for a little friend who just got a new puppy.

Here's a close up of the sentiment.  Took it off a dog calendar page, I love
what it says.........

Thanks for stopping by today.  Now get on over to the Gingersnap Creations blog and have a look at the design team creations for this challenge.

Until later.........

Monday, September 12, 2011


It's our third anniversary at the House Mouse and Friends Monday ChallengeAnd we are celebrating!  Our super talented teammate, Natascha has chosen the theme "Birthday" (with flowers optional).

We are having a blog hop for prizes.  There are prizes on the main blog and some of the gals have prizes on offer on their individual blogs.

What's a birthday without cake.  This little Gruffie is already digging in.
The cake is soft yellow flower soft.

I made a shaped card (Party Hat).  Papers are Martha Stewart along with the border punch.
Shiny white ribbon used for the top of the hat.  The blue buttons are also Martha Stewart.
Colored with Copic Markers. Used Star Dust Stickles on the background ribbons and the flowers on the cake plate.  Sponged blue ink around the edges of the stamped image.

We are sponsored by Simon Says Stamp, who has generously offered a $25 Gift Card to their online store.


House Mouse Designs, had generously offered a $25 Gift Card to their online sotre.

Pizzazz Aplenty, who has generously offered a $10.00 gift package of embellishments.

I'm offering a  prize of a House Mouse Stamp,  Poppy Cot,  and assorted goodies from Pizzazz

And, more prizes scattered in our design team lineup.  Lots of good stuff up for grabs!

What do you have to do to be in to win the prizes?  Just enter a card in our Birthday Challenge to celebrate 3 years for our House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge. Leave a comment on the main House Mouse Challenge Blog And at each of the Design team members, past and present listed above.  Then winners for the various prizes will be chosen by  For my prize, I would hope you follow me as I love sending one of my cherished followers a package, but it is not a requirement.

Hope you can join our party.  Take a look at the design team cards for inspiration, then ink up those stamps and join us.  Vicki has joined our team permanently, and we welcome her with open arms, so glad to have her with us.

Here's a list of how the hop will proceed:

Tracy Thompson - (September's returning Guest Designer)
Carolyn Bounds -->(Past DT Member Returning to help us Celebrate)

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

After you have left a comment, continue on to Stacy's blog.

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


Today's idea is to make a Petal Card.
Here is the completed card. There is a great tutorial on how to make this card at
The image and the bow are mounted on a belly band around the card (the orange piece).
The stamp is Pumpkin Marci by LA LA Land Stamps, isn't she adorable!!
The pumpkin border on the belly band is Martha Stewart.
This is the card without the belly band. I used circle die cuts, made from textured green card stock and paper by My Mind's Eye. Notice the fold.

The inside of the card, I used a square of textured orange card stock. The sentiment is by Impression Obsession B5586. The pumpkins are by Rubber Stamp Tapestry, Pumpkin Border SPV 10004.
Edges are sponged with orange die ink

I'm going to post this card into the Customer Gallery over at LA LA Crafts Blog just for fun!
This is a fun fold. Hope you have a change to try it soon.
Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great Monday.Until later...........

Sue Drees

Sunday, September 11, 2011


September 11, 2001

September 11, 2011

Please take a moment today to remember all those that lost a loved one
10 years ago today in the worst attack on America since Pearl Harbor.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

First Day of School

Well the kids went back to school this week, and I am back to going over to my daughters house in the morning to get Mikey on the bus in the morning.  Since he is going to go to Middle School next year, they decided this summer that they would give him a key and he would come home on the bus and let himself in this year so that he gets used to this procedure.  Mind you his older sister is already home, but that was the plan.  He wasn't to take the key out until he was on the porch at their house and he wasn't to tell anyone about it or show anyone.  Yesterday, the second day of school, he showed it to the bus driver and every teacher he knew, which means he had it out and talked incessantly about it!  There is a lot of work to be done this year!!!!!!!!!!!!

Today's card is for the second round of the Progressive Challenge at the Crafters Digial Art Center.
This image is by Stamp-n-doodle.  The theme for the digi's they are giving away free this month is Back to School and you have until September 14th to use one or all of them in order to get the next round of digi's free.

Card Recipe:

Digi - Stamp-n-Doodle
Paper - DCWV
Black Card stock for chalkboard
White gel pen for alphabet across the top
Blue Grosgrain ribbon and stars from my Stash
Circle sentiment is from Michael's dollar bin
Colored with Copic Markers

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

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


I've been invited to be a guest Artist at Gingersnap Creations!!

Hi, I'm delighted to tell you that Sharon at Gingersnap Creations has asked me to be a visiting artist for the month of September.  I am so tickled to be asked again, I did this in May and had such a good time designing alongside some really talented folks.

The September theme is Friendship and this first week's challenge is Gal Pals. 

I made a stacked card.  A great tutorial for this kind of card can be found here.
This is the card closed.

This is the card opened.  Took me a couple of tries at putting it together, but finally got the hang of it.

Card Recipe:

Stamps - sentiment - Wordsworth
Young girls - Magenta Rubber Stamps
Mature gals - Art Impressions
Sentiment with mature girls also Art Impressions.
Butter fly die cut on front - Whimsy
Smaller butterflies - Martha Stewart Punch
Circles for card cut from dies from Spellbinders and Nellie Snellen
Paper doily and key and heart from stash
Kaiser Pearls

Hope you can join us for this weeks challenge at Gingersnap Creations GC117 - Gal Pals. Take a look at what the talented ladies on the design team have come up with for this challenge.

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