Monday, October 31, 2011



My final Halloween card, OH NO, I still have stamps I haven't used....
Stamp - Impression Obsession
Paper - Debbie Mumm
Cute pumpkin - Michael's
Candy Corn Border - K & Co

This is for my Grandson.  I bought the paper mache coffin at Michael's.  I covered the lid with black paper and painted the bottom black.  Stamped skeleton on top and added some stickers and fun embellishments.  I slipped an itunes card into the middle of some candy inside.

This bag is for my Granddaughter.  The bat is cut from sparkly black glitter paper.  Bought the bags at Big  Inside is a matching box decorated with a bat border by K & Co.  I also slipped an itunes card in the box with her fav candy, peppermint patties.

Have a safe Halloween, happy trick or treating.


Welcome to the Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Monday Idea 

Today's idea is a card with a gift card all in one. With the Holidays quickly approaching, we can all use a new idea for a gift card, and this one includes the card!

Front of card with gift card extended out.

Front of card with gift card in slot.

Close up of front of card with this adorable Penny Black stamp.

Inside of card.

This cute card with the gift card enclosure on the front is made from one piece
of 81/2 by 11 inch card stock. A couple of easy score lines and folds and you have
a really cute card to decorate.

There is a you-tube video with complete measurements and instructions at
for this wonderful card/gift enclosure.

Card Recipe

Stamp - Penny Black Slapstick/Cling 40-089 Little Elf Mim
Inside sentiment - Impression Obsession - D8500
Versafine onyx black ink heat embossed with clear embossing powder
Papers - Memorybox, Inc. - Yuletide
Colored with Copic Markers
Border Punch - EK Success
Flower Soft for her outfit
White glitter - Art Institute on ornament
Tiny red Jingle Bells glued to elf shoes
small circle punch to punch out slot for credit card opening

Hope you have a chance to make a card with a gift card all in one.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great Monday and Halloween.  Unti later..........

Thursday, October 27, 2011


Hi, hope your Thursday is going well.  About a week and a half ago, my new Grand Caliber broke.
I was devastated, but after contacting Spellbinders, they said there was a problem with the very first ones made with a gear that was not strong enough.  They had it picked up by UPS and said they would fix it and get it back to me as soon as possible.  I am still holding out that I will get it this week.  I miss it like I can't believe, nothing else cuts like it does.............

Today's card is for the challenge at Penny Black and Friends Saturday # 174.  Haven't entered a card in a few challenges, just a time thing, I love Penny Black stamps.  The theme for this challenge is " Too Cute to Spook".

How cute is this sweet stamp."Treat Me Sweetly"1222K PB 1998
Love these vintage stamps, have lots of them from when I first started to stamp.

Card Recipe

Stamp - Penny Black
Papers- Cloud Nine, The Paper Studio
Rick Rack punch - EK Success
Ghosts - Sizzix die
Star Dust Stickles
Colored with Copic Markers.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Sweet Elf

Hello, happy Hump Day!  They are forecasting snow for later this week, wouldn't be the stick to the ground kind, just rain, but cold enough to freeze and turn into snow...........I don't know if I am ready for this!!  Still have plants on the patio that have not died off yet because they are under cover. But, ready or not, Mother Nature is going to do what she wants to!!

  Did any of you see the Northern Lights where you live?  We did not, but would love to, saw them once, here ,when I was about 15, absolutely spectacular.

Today's card is an adorable stamp from Whimsy Stamps (Crissy Armstrong).

Card Recipe

Stamp - Whimsy Stamps (Crissy Armstrong) Christmas Dreaming
Papers - K & Company - Yuletide Stack
Scallop punch - Stampin' Up
Lots of Crystal and Star Dust Stickles
Flower and leaf from my stash
Kaiser Pearls
Colored with Copic Markers.

I'm entering this card at:

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

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


The House Mouse team is sponsoring the challenge at Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge (MMSC127) this week, so we are participating in the challenge to highlite our little Mouse friends! (And Gruffie bears, and Happy Hopper Bunnies). 

 So, if you use the Midnight Madness sketch, use a House Mouse Design stamp, and make a Fall themed card, you can enter your card in both challenges!

 Lots of prizes between the two challenges!  Gotta be in it to win something!

House Mouse Stamp - An Apple a Day (HMLR1047)

Card Recipe

Paper - The Paper Studio
Sentiment - Old DOTS Stamp set
Spellbinders Tag die
Dots Embossing Folder Cuttlebug
Kaiser Pearls
Distress ink black, Brick
Gingham bow
Colored with Copic Markers

Thanks for stopping by today. Hope you can ink up those House Mouse Stamps and join us for our challenge at House Mouse and Friends Monday and Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge. 

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

Monday, October 24, 2011


Welcome to the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge # 107

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our last challenge, some really cool Halloween/Color Challenge cards.

The theme for #107 was chosen by our very talented teamie, Sue Kment, and she
chose "FALL". 

This cute stamp is Floating on a leaf and was from the original Stampa Rosa line


Card Recipe
Stamp - House Mouse Designs
Papers -My Mind's Eye
and Glittered green and yellow card stock
Leaf Border - EK Success punch
Letters - Colorbok
Brown satin ribbon
Rhinestones from Pizzazz APlenty
Colored with Copic Markers
Leaf Charm from my teamie, America

This challenge is being sponsored by the following:

We'll have three lucky winners for this challenge!!

KnK Designs - Generously offering 3 Stamp Sets
Pizzazz Aplenty - Generously offering $10 gift package of embellishments
My Creative Classroom - Generously offering One free Class

This will be the final challenge for our Guest Design Team Members, Avril and Jennifer, thanks ladies for your creative designs, was fun having you along for our October challenges.

Please go over to the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge blog for some inspiration, then ink up those images and make a FALL card and enter into the challenge. We can't wait to see what you creative House Mouse Design lovers come up with.  Remember, you must use a House Mouse, Gruffie or Happy Hopper image.

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


Welcome to the Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Monday Idea.

Today's idea is a Side Spring Card.

There is a great tutorial for this card at

Just a few score lines and folds and you can create this cute design.
I have to admit that I had trouble with the final fold at first, but there is a written tutorial and a video, so after watching the video twice, I easily finished the card up.

It also made a very tiny card, so I adjusted the measurements as follows:
Use a piece of card stock 6 x12 inches
score at 3" on the short side
turn and score at 3" and 4 1/2 inches on the long side

My card Recipe
Stamp - Stampendous - Cling - Owling Good Time (crm261)
(Do you see hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil???)
Paper - My Mind's Eye - Haunted
Punch - EK Success
Black Stickles
Inside sentiment - Inkadinkado (97-186DD)
Colored with Copics
Spider - Martha Stewart Punch
Hope you have a chance to try this card design.
Have a great Monday.

Thursday, October 20, 2011


Another card for the 5th round of the Progressive Challenges at Crafter's Digital Art Center.  I absolutely love this adorable Turkey with his big ole pie digi by Sew Many Cards.

Card Recipe

Digi - Sew Many Cards
Papers - Debbie Mumm, Bazzill Swiss Dots, Black cs
Pumpkin Border - K & Company
Maple Leaf Brad
Sentiment cut from Debbie Mumm paper
Leaves, Tim Holtz for Sizzix 12 " die
Spellbinders large scalloped oval die
Colored with Copic Markers

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

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Lucious Linda

Happy Hump Day
Hi, here today and rainy.  Definitely looking like Fall.  Almost all the leaves are off the maple tree behind us, and most of them are in the pond!  Another weekend job. 

Today's card is Lucious Linda, a stamp from Kenny K, and this adorable gal was a gift from my Kansas friend, Stephanne.  Thanks so much sweet friend, I loved coloring her!

Isn't she cute, in a tough gal sort of way I mean!!

Card Recipe

Stamp - Kenny K - Whimsey Stamps
Paper - Me and My Big Ideas, and the Paper Studio
Flowers - Prima
Rhinestone Trim and stars from Michaels
Silver Ribbon
Silver net ribbon - Michael's Christmas ribbon
Star Dust Stickles
Colored with Copic Markers

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
KB Cute Monday Challenge 31- Anything Goes
Make it Monday Challenge 59 - Anything Goes
Inspire me Fridays Party #28 - Anything Goes

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

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


The fifth round of the Progressive Challenges at Crafter's Digital Art Center have started.  Two weeks sure does pass quickly, I only got three of the five from last time done.

This month the images are holiday related and as an extra theme, they are asking that you create two cards using the cool end of the color wheel.

Card Recipe

Papers - DCWV Cotton Bloom Stack
Martha Stewart Border Punches
Distress inks
Yellow organdy ribbon
Gingerbread man decoration-Michael's Christmas miniatures
Stickles Star Dust
Kraft card stock base

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

Monday, October 17, 2011


Welcome to the Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Monday Idea.

Today's idea is to add some texture to your Copic colored stamped images.

I colored the pumpkins with Copic Markers, then went back in, using the clear blending marker, made dots on one, stripes on the other, and diagonal lines on the last. Just make the dots or lines and keep going over them until you get the desired effect. Kind of a cool way to add interest to a small stamp like this pumpkin.

The inside of the card.

Card Recipe

Paper - base card - Bazzill dotted Swiss
Designer paper from Generations 6x6 stack from Simple Stories
Stamps - Pumpkin, Hero Arts Bold Pumpkin F5461
Sentiment - Impression Obsession - B5586
Dyed twine - From BSS
Corner Punch turned sideways - Paper Shapers
Kaiser Pearls
Pumpkin Border Punch - Martha Stewart.

Give this little trick a try, adds some interest to your cards.

NOTE: If you don't have copic markers, try coloring a stamped image with pencils or water based markers and using a darker shade to add dots and lines for texture.

Thanks for stopping by today, Hope you have a Monday.  Until later..........

Friday, October 14, 2011


Hi, and happy Friday.  Bet everyone is looking forward to the weekend.  We are expecting high winds and rain today and tomorrow and they are warning of downed trees and power lines..........yikes!
Let's hope they are wrong.

Today's card is for the challenge at Mo's Digital Pencil 2, # 104 make a card that is inspired by a song.
I had this adorable little nurse for awhile now, and thought of the song "How do you mend a Broken Heart", remember? by the Bee Gee's and redone by Michael Buble', with Barry Gibb singing backup.

Card Recipe

Stamp- Digi by Mo Manning, Digital Pencil 2
Paper - DCWV
Pink Paper Heart
Dots - Candi
Flowers - Bridal Dept Michael's, Kaiser pearl centers
Sentiment - The Cat's Pajama's Rubber Stamps
Embossing Folder - Hearts by Darice

Fun Challenge, Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great weekend.  Until later.......

Sue Drees

Thursday, October 13, 2011


Hope you had a great Thursday.  I have spent this past week since Monday in the basement, hauling out Fall/Halloween decorations, box after box.  I went through it all and decided what was coming upstairs and what was going.  The bay window is full of beautiful scarecrows, leaves and lights, along with pumpkins, black cats, and sunflowers.  The hutch in the dinning room is loaded with beautiful pumpkins and wonderful statues of kids trick and treating.  The rest of it is going.  It's amazing how much "stuff " you collect over the years.  Now my next task is Christmas............that will take more than a week!

Card Recipe:

Stamp - Tilda
Paper - Debbie Mumm, DCWV
Stickers and Borders by K & Co.
Leaf border - EK Success
Sentiment - Old PSX
Leaf - Martha Stewart
Colored with Copic Markers

Today's card is a Halloween Tilda easel card.  I am going to enter it into the challenges at:

My Time to Craft #161 - Lots of  Orange and Black
Simon Says Stamp - Halloween/Goth

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

Monday, October 10, 2011


Welcome to the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge
 # 106
Our challenge this time, chosen by ME, is a color challenge.
The Colors are Black, Orange, Yellow, and Green.
With an optional Halloween theme.

Since only the USA and Canada celebrate Halloween, we did this color challenge so everyone could take part. And, some of the gals on the design team have come up with some really creative ways to use a regular House Mouse stamps for Halloween.

My Card Recipe

Stamp - House Mouse Designs - Sweet Find HMUR 1054
Spellbinders Dies - Pumpkin shaped card, three Grand dies large scallop
black and image cut with small scallop
Leaf die - Cuddlebug, cut from Yellow Glitter paper
Pumpkin stem cut by hand
Gingham paper - The Paper Studio
Dotted paper rolled on a pencil for curly attachment
Raffia bow
Candy Corn tag made by hand
Sentiment - Diamonds Stamps
Colored with Copic Markers

This challenge, we are being sponsored by

SIMON SAYS STAMP, who has generously offered a $15 Gift Card to
their online store


PIZZAZZ APLENTY, who has again, generously offered a $ 10
gift package of embellishments.

We are joined this week by our two Guest Design Team Members, Jennifer and Avril.

Take a look at the awesome inspiration our great team of designers has come up with then ink up those House Mouse, Gruffies or Happy Hopper Stamps and join us.  This challenge runs through October 23rd.

I'm entering my card in the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge, which this week's theme is Halloween.

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

Welcome to the Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Monday Idea, a
Fall Wreath Card.

( click to enlarge to see sparkle)

I made this card with the Tim Holtz Alterations die by Sizzix. It's 12 inches long and cuts
a lot of different Fall leaves, branches, acorns, etc. I ran it through with all different Fall colored papers then just cut a three inch circle with a circle die/or punch and cut the middle out. Then I just layered different pieces on the circle. I used a glue gun, as it sets up very quickly. The wreath went together pretty quickly and didn't take a lot of planning, just chose different shaped pieces and different colors as I went around the circle.

Card Recipe

Papers - Card Base, Coredination Flower Power
Designer paper Basic Gray
Corner Dots - Candi by Crafty Works Cards
Inside Sentiment - Inkadinkado
Spritzed the finished wreath with Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls
mixed with water in a mini mister.
Chocolate Brown Satin ribbon
Inside leaf border, EK Success

This is a great Fall die. A border would be another fun project for a card.
So many elements on one die.

Thanks for stopping by today.
Have a great Monday

Sunday, October 9, 2011


Hello, another card for the Progressive Challenges at the Crafter's Digital Art Center.  This digi is from
Delicious Doodles Digital Images.  I thought this digi would be out of my comfort range, but I actually enjoyed coloring it up and making this fantasy card.

Isn't she beautiful?  I don't know what her little pets are though!

Card Recipe:

Card Base - Coredinations
Paper - Basic Gray kioshi
Cord - Mizuhiki paper cord
Flower - Prima
Glitter - Art Institute
White leaves from Bridal Dept Hobby Lobby
Tiles purchased at a show
Colored with Copic Markers

I used the sketch at Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge (MMSC124) and I am entering this card into this weeks challenge.

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

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Final Fuzzy Wuzzy Post - Winners

The winners of the Final Fuzzy Wuzzy Challenge have been listed on the blog site.
If you entered a card in the final challenge, go check out the winners list.

The winner of my Blog prize is #42 Shelby.
Please send me your full name and address as it should appear on the mailing label and I will
get the embellishment package out to you right away. My email address is

Thanks everyone who participated in the Fuzzy Wuzzy Challenge for a great year, it was so much fun to create cards with our favorite critters and then visit each of you to see what you came up with.

Friday, October 7, 2011


Another card for the Progressive Challenge Round 4 over at the Crafter's Digital Art Center.

This sweet image is by Sew Many Cards Digital Stamps. I printed it out at 5x7, cut out the entire image, then traced it on plain white card stock for the back of the card.  Colored with Copic Markers, Stickles, Star Dust.

Thanks for taking a peek.  Have a great Friday.  Until later..............

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Scaredy Cat

Hi, hope everyone had a great Thursday.  I ran around the last couple of days and did some errands and also had a chance to go to some of the craft stores.  Visited Hobby Lobby today and got some great papers on clearance!  Yeah!  We are getting a new Hobby Lobby closer to home in November, can't wait.

Today's card is for the 4th round of the Progressive Challenges over at the Crafter's Digial Art Center This adorable digi is by Design 2 Delight Digital Stamps.

Card Recipe

Digi - Scaredy Cat, by Design2 Delight Digital Stamps
Paper - K & Company
Dots- Candi
Sentiment - Impression Obsession
Colored with Copic Markers
Stickles - Crystal
McGill Punch - Spider

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