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........

Thursday, November 24, 2011




Stamps by La La Land


Wednesday, November 23, 2011


Hi, cooked a small turkey today so we can have cold sandwiches on Friday, sure did smell good cooking. Making pies and a couple of side dishes for tomorrow to take to our daughter's house for Thankgiving dinner. Busy time of the year. Trying to make some Christmas cards too.

Today's card is a beautiful stamp I purchased yesterday on my trip to my LSS!  These La Blanche stamps are silicone stamps mounted on foam.  The owner of the store, Sharon, assured me they stamped wonderfully and she was right.  I inked with Versafine Onyx and embossed with clear EP.

My Card Recipe
Stamp - La Blanche
Papers - DCWV, Red Card Stock
Die cute deer and holly - Sizzix
Distress inks, Vintage photo and Wild Honey
Colored with Copics

Hope you're having a good Wednesday.  Thanks for stopping by.  Until later............


Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Good Morning.  I'm about to run out and do some errands.  Besides Thanksgiving on Thursday, our daughter's birthday is Friday and my hubby's birthday is Saturday, so have to pick up a couple of last minute things for all of these events.  And I HAVE to stop into my local stamp store in the process!

Today's card is a darling little stamp from Motivet, that I purchased at the annual "Garage Sale"
at my local stamp store this summer.  Isn't she adorable.  Good thing I never put a stamp away until I have stamped it or I would have forgotten about this little beauty.

My Card Recipe

Stamp - Motivet, snowflakes, various from my stash
Papers - Silver cardstock base card - Light blue glitter cardstock
Snowflake border - Memory Box (love these intricate dies and they cut like butter)
Corner punch - Paper Shapers
Border snowflakes - K & Company
White gel pen
Colored with Copics

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great Tuesday.  Only two more days til Turkey Day!
Until later.............

Monday, November 21, 2011

House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge # 109

It's House Mouse Monday #109.  We'd like to thank everyone who joined us for challenge #108.  Such great Thank you/Give thanks entries.

 The theme this week is Warm Fuzzies.  Use something on your creation that makes you feel all warm and cozy. Like hot chocolate, warm mittens, warm colors, fuzzy embellishments, etc.

My easel card was made with papers from the DCWV Nantucket Stack.  Both borders are Martha Stewart, as well as the single snowflake punch.  White satin ribbon bow.  Die cut is Spellbinders.
This adorable stamp is "Cap Nap" 1999.  Rhinestones are Kaiser.

We have two great sponsors this week:
Di's Digi Downloads has generously offered 3 digi downloads
Pizzazz Aplenty has generously offered - $ 10 gift package of embellishments.

So think warm and fuzzy and get out your House Mouse, Gruffie or Happy Hopper Stamps and join us for this challenge.  It runs through Sunday, January 1st, 2012.

Can't wait to see what you come up with.

UPDATE:  America has added a super additional prize of House Mouse Stamps and
Charms galore...........Go to the House Mouse blog site and see this wonderful loot!
Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great Monday.  Until later............


Today's idea is a jar filled with gingerbread men (and women and children) with an adorable tag.
Always looking for a small gift for a teacher, or neighbor, etc. This one is great.
Just fill with something yummy, like cookies or candy, make a tag and decorate.

The tag is made with a stamp from Mark's Finest Papers, Ginger Cookies.
The little guy on the lid is from the same set. I colored with Copics.
I used Kraft and red gingham papers, twine and a wooden button.
The tag was cut with a Sizzix die. I purchased the glass jar at Hobby Lobby at
50% off! The cookies are Pepperidge Farm. I cut a piece of acetate to put over the
jar front on the tag to look like glass.
Fill a jar with some goodies for someone for Christmas, fun to decorate and always fun to
Thanks for stopping by. Have a great Monday.  Until later.......

Sunday, November 20, 2011


Round 7 of the Progressive Challenges has begun at the Crafter's Digital Art Center. There are six new images with an added theme of "What's Cooking" if you want to follow that.

Image is by Heart Song Designs

Started with a white 5 x 7 card base.  Embossing folder by Cuttlebug.  Gingham paper from my stash. Colored the apples with Copics and trimmed them and matted on green textured card stock.
Sentiment is by Stampabilities.  Green twine is from my LSS.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great Sunday.  Tomorrow is HM Monday and BSS Monday idea, two new posts.

Thursday, November 17, 2011


I'm late today, it's almost tomorrow.  I started to vacuum today and got carried away with tearing things apart and before you know it it was late afternoon.  Then I was exhausted!  So didn't get to my stamp room (except with the vacuum cleaner) until after dinner. 

Today's card is for the first birthday of my daughters best friend's son, Jack.  The big day is November 22nd.  He is a sweetie.

I received a birthday card from my blogging friend Stephanie with this adorable stamped giraffe and
immediately fell in love with it and ordered it.  It also comes with the sentiment, There's nothing like comfort food!  Isn't that so funny!  Thanks Steph, loved your beautiful card.

Card Recipe
Stamps - Whimsy Stamps,
Crissy Armstrong Collection (Big Comfy Cake)
Sentiment is a dollar stamp from Michael's
Papers are by DCWV - Nana's Kids
Stars are a die cut by Sizzix
Button from dollar bin at Michael's
Baker's twine - Pizzazz Aplenty
White glitter
Colored with Copics.

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

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Hello, it's hump day already!  Where does the time go?  Today's card is for the challenge # 35 at Totally Tilda.  The theme this challenge is Christmas, no Red, Green or Blue.

I went with a pink, gold and white color combo.

Card Recipe

Stamp - Magnolia
Papers - Gold, Anna Griffin, Pink Print - Yuletide
Clear Stamp set circle date and sentiment
Sizzix die - Holly
Corner Punch - Paper Shaper
Gold ribbon
Snowflake embossing folder - Cuttlebug
Snowflake - Chipboard - Walmart
Paper doily and Rhinestones from my stash
Colored with Copic Markers
Martha Stewart border punch

Hope your Wednesday is the best.  Thanks for stopping by.  Until later.............

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Hope everyone is having a great Tuesday.  Just a quick update on Keeley, the blog dog.  She is feeling much better and the swelling in her eye has gone down.  She seems so much more alert too.  We are so happy that she responded to the medications.  Thank you everyone who inquired about her.

Today's card is for the challenge at Penny Black and Friends Saturday Challenge.#177  The theme this week is Gold and Presents.

Card Recipe

Stamp - Penny Black
Base Card - Gold glitter paper
Designer paper - Cloud 9
Sentiment from a paper stack
Shapez die from Xyron (Spellbinders)
Red Satin Bow
Red Stickles
Colored with Copic Markers

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

Monday, November 14, 2011


Today's idea is a Christmas Stocking Gift Card/Money Holder

click to enlarge photo

Stocking Recipe

Stamps - Darcies Clear Stamp Set POL13 Santa Baby
Papers - My Mind's Eye (I Believe)
Gold Jingle bell and ribbon
Marvey punched scalloped oval
Border punch EK Success
Colored with Copic Markers

I added a loop of cardstock before gluing the front to the back.
I wrapped my gift card in foil wrapping paper, added a gold ribbon, and left the card peeking out of the stocking.

Right click on stocking, then click on Print Target

Cut out pattern for the stocking.
Cut two pieces of card stock from the pattern. You will need to cut them so they go together with the decorated side of the cardstock is on the outside
Lay the gift card on the inside center of the back piece of the stocking, gift card even with the top.
Trace the gift card in pencil.
Use a strong tape adhesive, run a line along both sides and the bottom of the traced lines.
This will prevent the gift card from going down into the stocking.
Glue the rest of the stocking back, and adhere the front to the back.
Round the corners on the top of the stocking.
Cut a strip of contrasting paper 8" x 2 1/2". Using a border punch, punch a border on the bottom of the strip.
Center the strip on the front of the stocking, fold at edges of stocking on either side to the back.
Before attaching, round the corners at the side folds.
Adhere to the top of the stocking.
Have fun decorating this fun gift card/Money holder.
You can put gift card/money right in the slot you created or leave it sticking out.

Despite the long step by step instructions, these go together fast with really cute results.
With the holidays only weeks away, these handy gift card holders could come in handy and can be decorated for anyone.

Thanks for stopping by today.
Have a great Monday.

Friday, November 11, 2011


Before I start my post today, just a reminder.  Today is Veteran's Day in the United States.
We owe a debt of gratitude to the men and women that have served and are currently serving our country in the military. They sacrifice so much to protect and serve.  Thank a veteran today!!

Hi, hope your Thursday was good.  I went to a couple of the craft stores with my coupons today.  Had some retail therapy, always fees good!

Today's card is for the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge (MMSC) #129.  The House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge is sponsoring the challenge this month and we are so excited about that!

I have made my card following the sketch (I flipped it on it's side) and used a darling House Mouse Stamp, Yummy Treats, for my card.  The current challenge theme at House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge is Give Thanks/Thank You, so if you make a card using the sketch from Midnight Madness and a House Mouse image and theme, you can enter both challenges!

These little critters have gotten into this beautiful box of truffles and had their fill!

My Card Recipe

Stamp - House Mouse "Yummy Treats"
Papers - Recollections Christmas Sugar Plum Stack (Michael's)
Glitter Paper in Gold and Silver
Merry Christmas Border - K & Company
Spun Sugar Distress Ink
Darice Embossing Folder - Snowflakes
Small snowflake punch
Colored with Copic Markers
Star Dust Stickles

Hope you have a great Friday. Thanks so much for stopping by.  Until later............

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


Our poor ole gal, the blog dog, Keeley hasn't been feeling well the last couple of days.  She just layed around and slept a lot and wasn't eating.  This afternoon when I let her out and she was coming back to the porch to come in I noticed that her one eye was really swollen.  Haven't got the slightest idea what happened, but called the Vet and took her over and he checked her out.  Doesn't know if it is a bug bite, she bumped it or and infection.  Everything else was okay, so they gave me meds for the next few days.  She perked up tonight and ate roast beef for dinner, she's 13 and 1/2 so always scary when she isn't herself. 

Today's card is for the challenge at Penny Black and Friends Saturday challenge # 176. The theme is Christmas/Silver/Snowflakes/Snow.

I used this Slapstick Stamp from Penny Black called Kindness.

My Card Recipe

Stamp - Penny Black
Paper - DCWV
Snowflakes - Glittered Chipboard, Walmart $ 1.00
Gingham Ribbon
Sentiment- Impression Obsession
White Glitter
Spellbinders circle Grand Dies
Silver glittered paper

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

Monday, November 7, 2011


It's House Mouse Monday, and the 108th Challenge!

The challenge this time was chosen by our talented teammate, Stacy.
Stacy chose a Thankful or Thank You card, as easy as a sentiment saying Thank You.

We welcome two new Guest Design Team Members for the month of November, Julia and Nana Connie, good to have you creating along with us.

Two sponsors have generously offered prizes for this challenge:

Simon Says Stamp - A $ 15 Gift Card to their online store
Pizzazz Aplenty - A $ 10 Gift Package of Embellishments

We hope you will ink up a House Mouse, Gruffie Bear or Happy Hopper Bunnie and join  us for this challenge.  Lots of beautiful inspiration at the House Mouse blog site by my fellow design team members. 

My card Recipe

Stamp - House Mouse "Sweet Kiss"
Sentiment Stamp - Inkadinkado
Papers - Debbie Mumm, including the pumpkin, and leaves around the card
Sunflower doily from the dollar store, sponged with distress ink
Kaiser Pearls
Brown polka dot ribbon
Colored with Copics

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



Today's idea is to make some Christmas tags. Wow, can you believe that Halloween is over and Thanksgiving is only 17 days away......and Christmas will follow so quickly you won't even believe it!
So today, I thought we would make a Christmas Tag. The fun thing about tags is you can put some great embellishments on them because they don't have to be put on in an envelope to be mailed. Even if you're mailing your packages, a beautiful tag can be put on them!

My tag recipe:

Stamp - Inkadinkado (60-00682)
Designer paper - My Mind's Eye "The Merry Days of Christmas"
Card stock - Red and Powder Blue
Sponged distress ink around edge
Punched border - Martha Stewart
Ribbon and bells from my stash
Heart Stick Pin - BSS
Pine Cone sticker - Jolee Boutique Stickers
Fir Branch - Pulled from a silk flower stalk
I matted the original tag with red card stock, plenty of room on the back
to write a message or to/from greeting.

OK, I'm off to make more's fun and they will become really handy in a few weeks! Thanks for stopping by today.

Saturday, November 5, 2011


Hello, happy Saturday.  Spent the day at the Hospital yesterday with my sister and brother-in-law.  He had  day surgery (successful).  Still a long day for all, a lot of waiting........

Today's card is another digi  from the Progressive Challenges over at the Crafters Digital Art Center, round 6.

Sentiment Stamp says There's never enough shopping days til Christmas.

Card Recipe

Cardstock - my Christmas stash
Border - K & Co.
Snowflake punches - Martha Stewart and Paper Shapers
Prima Flower
Colored with Copics
Christmas tag stamp - Inkadinkado
Twine - Sew Easy
White and Blue Glitter - Art Institute

Have a great Saturday and weekend.  thanks for stopping by today.  Until later.............

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Hello, hope everyone enjoyed their Halloween.  I had about two dozen kids last night, a bumper crop for me, not one person came to my door last year, despite all the lights on, a lit pumpkin and a window full of Fall decorations.  My front door is on the side, so they get to the house next door and cross the street.  Was fun to see the little ones so excited.  The last group around 8 PM were probably high school boys and really surprised me, but each of them lifted a pillowcase to get their candy and said Trick or Treat and Thank you.............what a pleasant surprise!!!

Today's card is for the sixth round of the Progressive Challenges at the Crafter's Digital Art Center.I received my images today and they are all wonderful.  Hope I have time to do them all, but had to do this one right away when I saw it.

Close up of digital image by Daisy Doodles

My Card Recipe

Digital Image - Daisy Doodles
Papers - Recollections (Michael's) Sugar Plum Stack
Snowflake Border - K & Co.
Kaiser Pearls
Border Punch - Martha Stewart
Stickles - orange, red, green, silver and star dust
Colored with Copic Markers
Folk Art Extreme Glitter Paint
Ribbon from my stash
Spellbinder's Grand Circle dies (Got my machine back)

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