Saturday, March 31, 2012


Hello friends.  Would you believe that we had snow last night?  Just enough to cover the ground AND our new car, but SNOW.  A week ago it was 82 degrees and we were opening the pond and raking the yard! Just Crazy.

An oval, three elongated hearts, and two star burst punched pieces.
Added the feather and punched circles for eyes.  Beak is made by folding a small
square to form a triangle and gluing just the bottom portion down.

I was fooling around with punches today and made these cute little Easter cards.  Not so sure about the lamb, but loving the bunny and the chick.  I have seen various forms of the bunny online, most recently at Dawn's Stamping Thoughts.  The chick and the lamb I just winged it.

Rounded the corners of a rectangular piece for the head.  Ears are two different sized ovals.
Circle punches for eyes, nose, mouth, and cheeks. Scalloped oval for the curly head.
Used distress ink around the edges of all these.

See Dawn's video for instructions using link about.

I have several little friends that I send cards to, and they are going to love these guys.
Thanks for stopping by today.  Hope you have a great Palm Sunday.  Until later........

Thursday, March 29, 2012


Hi friends.  Thursday already, where does the week go!  Today's card is for the challenge at
Mo's Digital Pencil 2 and the theme for this challenge is a photo inspiration.

I took my inspiration from the flowers in the picture.

My card Recipe

Digi = Mo's Digital Pencil 2
Papers - my stash
Tag - Whimsy
Die - Spellbinders
Border punch stamped around the page - Martha Stewart
Flowers are die cut from Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations 12
inch strip die
Vine die is Cheery Lyn
Sentiment - Wordsworth
Colored with Copics
Art Institute Glitter on shoes and purse

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

Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Hi friends.  Today I'm posting a card I made to send to my dear friend in Texas who lost her Mom last week.  We were lucky enough to have met and spent time with "Grannie" as the kids called her when we visited and have some very fond memories.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to my friend Clara and her family as they gather to celebrate the life of their Mom, and Grandma.

Card Recipe
Flower Stamp - Penny Black Cling (set of three flowers)
Sentiment -  The Stamp Barn, Canada
Paper - Bazzill Swiss Dot
Butterfly stamp - Magenta Rubber Stamps
Butterfly adhered to the card with an Action Wobbler
White dots - Sharpie Poster Paint Marker
Flower colored with Copics

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


Wow, this day has gone by so fast! I intended to post this card much earlier, but just got busy.
It was cold today only in the low forties, and we had a hard frost overnight.  Apple and Cherry growers were on the news saying that Cherries were hit harder as the buds are more mature due to our high temps last week......

Today's card is for the challenge at Just Magnolia and hAnglar and sTanglar Challenge #149 - More than one Fold is the theme.

Card Recipe:

Stamp - hAnglar + sTanglar
Paper - Base card Pool Party, Stampin'Up
Designer Papers - Doodlebug-Hello Spring
Border Punch/ birds punch/leaf punch - Martha Stewart
Flowers - Bridal Dept. Michael's
Sentiment front - Dollar Stamp Michael's
Happy Birthday Stamp - Inkadinkado
Die Cut - Memory Box
Ribbon - Pizazz Aplenty
Button and twine my stash
Distress ink
Colored with Copics

Hope your Tuesday went well.  Thanks for stopping by.  Until later...........

Monday, March 26, 2012


Welcome to the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge # 116

The theme for this challenge was chosen by our talented teamie, Dorte.

Let's Have A Party
However you wish to interpret this theme is up to you.

I chose to make a card with a beach party going on.  These two Gruffies are all set for a
day in the sun. 

Card Recipe

Stamp - House Mouse Design
Papers - Citrus Stack, DCWV
Flowers - Prima
Shell and Sea Horse - Stickers K & Company
Sentiment - Computer Generated
Colored with Copics
Star Dust Stickles on the sand and waters edge
Glossy Accents on the ball

Our Sponsors for this challenge are:

House-Mouse Designs has generously offered a $25 Gift Certificate to their online store.

Di's Digi Downloads has generously offered $ 10 voucher to their online shop

We want to thank Suzi and Jane for joining us for our March Challenges and their wonderful cards and projects.  It has been great having you design along with us.

The gals on the design team have come up with some great cards/projects on the
House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge site, so go have a peek and be inspired to join us.  Remember you must use a House Mouse, Gruffie or Happy Hopper image on your creation.

Hope you find time to join us, we love visiting and seeing what you came up with!

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


Both of today's cards are made from envelopes.
There is a great tutorial at
This first card is made from a white, 41/4 x 51/2 envelope.
Seal the envelope, cut 1 1/2 inches from one end. Run the
remaining piece of the envelope through an embossing folder (they use a
crimper in the tutorial), decorate as desired, made an insert just a little smaller
than the bottom of the card.

Here is a picture of the card and the insert.
The stamp used is Penny Black, Delicate Florals 40-103
Paper is Cosmo Cricket, Tea for Two (6X6 Stack)
Inside sentiment unknown
Border punch is EK Success
I made a second card, with a green 5x7 envelope.
Again, I ran the bottom portion of the envelope through a Sizzix embossing folder.
The Stamps are both from Northwoods. Papers are Doddlebug Designs 6x6 inch Stack,
Hello Spring. The adorable border is a die from Cheery Lyn Designs, Bunny and Chick (B171)
Colored with Copics. White Sparkle glitter on eggs in basket.

This picture shows the inside insert and cute poem stamp by Northwoods.
These are easy to make and you can't even tell they are made from a simple envelope.
Hope you have time to try one of these cards.

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

Sunday, March 25, 2012


Good Sunday Morning. We are getting rain and our very warm temps have dropped into the normal range for the next few days.

Today's card is for the challenge at Penny Black and Friends Saturday Challenge #194, and the theme for this challenge is EASTER EGGS-TRAVAGANZA!

I have used this vintage Penny Black (my favorites) of an adorable little girl and bunny.

Card Recipe

Stamp - Penny Black
Papers - The Paper Studio, French Country Cottage
Border Punch - Martha Stewart
Ribbon - Paper Pizzazz
Pearls - Melissa Frances
Colored with Copics.

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

Friday, March 23, 2012


Finally Friday and everyone is looking forward to the weekend!  Supposed to get rain for our Saturday and Sunday, but with the beautiful weather we have had this week, can hardly complain.

Today's card is a Magnolia Easter stamp of Tilda in an egg.  She is so cute.

Papers - Doodlebug Design - Hello Spring
Corner die, Memory Box, Circle die, Spellbinders
Small flower punch and tiny circle punch for flowers
Sentiment - Peddlers Pack Rubber Stamps
The little chicks are the cut outs from a Memory Box Die
Colored with Copic Markers

Hope you had a great Friday.  Enjoy your weekend.  Until later...........

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


Well, it was HOT here today.  It hit 82 degrees today, a record for this date.  We did some yard work this morning and cleaned up all the leaves around and in the pond.  Fish are loving the warm weather, but they follow me around the edge of the pond because they want me to feed them, but water temp has to be 50 and it's not there yet, so have to wait.  A couple of more days of these temps and I can feed them.

Today's card is a beautiful daffodil stamp from Technique Tuesday.  I stamped with Versafine Onyx ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.  Colored with Copics.  Ribbon is from Pizzazz Aplenty.  The die cut is by Spellbinders.  The card stock for the base of the card is glitter yellow.
This stamp also comes with sentiments, inside sentiment is Enjoy The Day.

I hope you enjoyed your day today.  Thanks for stopping by today.  Until later............

Monday, March 19, 2012


Just a quick reminder that it's the midway point in the current challenge at House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge #115, a photo inspiration.  You can see the photo on the main challenge blog.

I used two small single mouse stamps to create this card.  Added the cupcake
from the designer paper.

Embossing folder from Cuttlebug. Paper from my stash.
Colored with Copics.  Lace and Stickles.  Flowers were made using
a die from Tim Holtz Alterations collection from Sizzix.
Sentiment, Savvy Stamps.

You have until Saturday March 24th at Midnight EST to enter.
There are two prizes up for grabs.  Would love to see what you come up
with for this photo inspiraiton challenge, so get inking up those stamps!
Remember you must use a House Mouse, Gruffie, or Happy Hopper to enter.

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


Welcome to the Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Monday Idea.
Hello. Today's idea is to make your own flowers. And to help you do this
easily, I'm going to feature the new Tim Holtz, Alterations die from Sizzix,
Tattered Flower Garland ((657824).
It's a 12 inch strip die with lots of flower shapes and some leaves.
I ran different color strips of card stock through the die cutting machine to create lots of
petals to play with.
The cute little chick is from Stampendous (cling Bonnet Baby) CRH283
Designer paper is Jillibean, Southern Chicken Dumpling Soup.
Sizzix die is Label Four
Cuttlebug Swiss Dot embossing folder
Pink and white baker's twine
Distressed edges and inside of the flowers with distress inks

Close up of flower and leave
Each petal has a hole in it for using a brad to put them together.

Another shape that is included in the die.
It's nice to have this die on hand for when you want flowers.
Lots of combinations.

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

Sunday, March 18, 2012


Hi, hope everyone is having a great Sunday.  Warm and bright today.  The birds have returned to
New York and the sound of them chirping in the morning is such a nice reminder that Spring is upon us.

Today's card is a beautiful stamp by Northwoods.

Stamp - Northwoods Rubber Stamps
Paper - Red Textured card stock, Nantucket Stack, DCWV
Martha Stewart bird border punch
Colored with Copic Markers.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.  Thanks for the visit.  Until later........

Saturday, March 17, 2012




Remember, if you're lucky enough to be Irish, you're lucky enough!

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

Friday, March 16, 2012


It's finally Friday!  Everyone is looking forward to the weekend.  We are supposed to get some fantastic sun filled warm days this weekend, looking forward to that! Don't you just want to get out in the yard and start cleaning it up!!!

Today's card is for the challenge at Craft a Scene # 3, and the theme is Moonlight.  I am so enjoying getting back into scene stamping.

The large stamp of the birch tree forest is from Rubber Monger (no longer in business??)
and the deer and bunny is Northwoods rubber stamps.  I used the Ranger sponge  applicator to lay down color and colored with Tombow markers.  Started with light blue ink and went to black.
Placed a circle of paper to form the moon.  Paper from Bazzill, Basic Gray and white cardstock base.
Leather flowers from the sewing department at JoAnn's.

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

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


Happy Hump Day.  Didn't hear from my daughter today, so assumed both kids felt better today and went back to school.  But guess who was sick to her stomach this morning............yep, the nurse from yesterday, ME!  It passed as the day wore on, so hopefully it's just a one day thing!

Today's card is for the challenge at Outlines #43 and the theme is EASTER.   We are supposed to get temperatures into the 70's in the next week, so everyone certainly has Spring fever.

My card Recipe

Stamp - Outlines
Paper - DCWV - Garden Party, textured yellow card base
Punches, border and bunnies - Martha Stewart
Color with Copics
White fine Sparkly glitter
I stamped the image twice and colored and fussy cut the flowers on the hat
out and popped them up on the hat.

Have a great Wednesday.  Enjoy the warmer temperatures.  Thanks for stopping by
Until later..........

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


 Hello.  hope everyone is well today.  Yesterday, my daughter called at 7 am to say that our Granddaughter wasn't feeling well and could she drop her here for the day.  So at 8 am she took up residence on the couch with an upset stomach and just didn't feel well.  At 9:30 am the phone rang and it was the elementary school and our Grandson was in the nurses office with an upset stomach, so Rick went and picked him up.  So we spent the day trying to get them to at least eat some jello and to drink.She was still not feeling well when they left today.  I guess we will see what tomorrow brings.

Today's card is for the Challenge at Saturated Canary. They want you to use a doily on your card and one of their digis or a Simply Sassy Rubber Stamp.

Lots going on on this one
Digi - Saturated Canary
Paper - DCWV Valentine Stack (old)
Square doily cut in two triangles
Pink flower around frame is a Memory Box Wreath that I cut
Roses are prima
Butterfly is from Michael's floral Dept.
Sentiment is a clear stamp set
Star Dust Stickles
Kaiser Pearls

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

Monday, March 12, 2012

House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge # 115

Welcome to the House Mouse and Friends
Monday Challenge # 115

The theme for our challenge is a photo inspiration
So, whatever inspires you from this photo is what we are looking for.

Photo Inspiration Ch 115#

And, was chosen by our fabulous teammate, Lorraine, also known as LOLS.
Lorraine is in England with he husband who has had surgery.  Hope you get to come home soon friend
and that Ray is recovering nicely!

I covered a white gift bag from the dollar store with paper from Michael's Reflection Collection.
The cupcake was made using brown corrugated paper for the bottom, a paper lace insert
and topped with a swirly frosting cutout of glitter paper.  I used a copic marker to make the lines of the swirls and to ink around the edges.  The sweet bear getting ready for the party tag is a Gruffie, and the mice who got into the cupcake is House Mouse Designs.

Our generous Sponsors this week are

Simon Says Stamp - A $25 gift for their online store
Sweet Stamp Shop - $ 10 gift for their online site

We are welcoming two new guest design team gals for the month of March, Suzi and Jane.
Along with the regular design team, there are some awesome examples for inspiration at the
House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge  blog site, go take a look, and then ink up those House Mouse, Gruffies, or Happy Hopper stamps and join us for this photo inspiration challenge.  Can't wait to visit and see what you came up with!  This challenge runs through Saturday, March 24th 12 midnight, EST.

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