Tuesday, July 31, 2012


Hi friends, so darn hot here, hard to get motivated to do anything, much less go outside! 

I made this card for the Dare to Get Dirty Challenges at Split Coast Stampers. 

 They started on July 28 and run for a week.  You must be a Fan Club Member to participate.  You have until August 6th to post cards.  There are prizes.  You Can complete one or all of the challenges.
I can't tell you what the theme for this challenge that I am entering this card into is, you must go to the sight yourself.

Card Recipe

Sentiment Stamp - Verses
Paper - Silver grooved paper base card, The Paper Studio
Red text weight paper for roses, hearts, and mat
Square doily
Round Scalloped die is Cheery Lynn, as well as the leave spirals
Roses are a My Favorite Things die
Small white crocheted flowers - Pizzazz Aplenty

Puppy update for those who have asked. Here she is in the Naughty Chair
having a TIME OUT!  Not really, just a photo session, but she looks so
small in the chair, I thought that's what it looked like.  She has taken to digging holes
in the yard................if only we had as much energy as she does....but we love her.

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

Monday, July 30, 2012


Time for a new challenge at the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge.

This time our theme has been chosen by our talented teamie (this girl can color!), Heather.

Heather chose the theme "The Olympics"
What a wonderful job London did with the opening ceremonies.  We have been
watching the games every night too. 

Here is our theme!

I used paper from the bo bunny patriotic stack.
The images are from portions of five different stamps.
punched, colored with Copics and inserted into circles to
represent the Olympic Rings.

This is the inside of the easel card.  The image is HMUR1033 Glorious Feeling.
Embossing folder is Cuddlebug, Stars.

So, as  you can see, even the mice and a happy hopper are enjoying
 the Olympics.

Our generous  Sponsors for this challenge are:

House Mouse Designs - A $25 gift certificate for their online store.


Janet of Pink Gem Designs - has offered a Digi Kit of her BEST OF BRITISH

The design team including Donna and Ginny,  our current GDT Members have come up with some
AWESOME cards for our Olympic Challenge.  Head on over to the blog site and have a look!

The challenge runs from Monday July 30th to Saturday August 11th at 12 midnight EST.

Can't wait to see what you come up with for our challenge.  So get your thinking caps on
and get inking up those stamps.

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


Just could not let July get away without a Christmas card in July.
I made a Rocker card, two actually, one in traditional colors and one not-so-traditional colors.
A Rocker card actually rocks back and forth. It is simply made with a circle.
I cut this one with my Grand Caliber, but you could use a circle cutter, a plate, or
any other round form you have. This card is a chocolate brown textured card stock cut in a 7" circle.
I then used the Marianne Design scalloped circle, a smaller punched scalloped circle (Marvy), and finally a smaller punched plain circle (Marvy). All designer paper is Bo Bunny, Snowflake Collection 6x6 stack. Punched pine (Martha Stewart) and glued around the center circle.
The deer is from the Tim Holtz Collection by Sizzix (656923). So is the ticket from Tim, Stamper's Anonymous (Odds and Ends CMS 100). The swirl is cut from White glitter paper and it's
a Cheery Lynn die, but can't find the packaging, will try to find it and add it later.
a smaller punched (Marvy)
Snowflakes are two punches glued together and Kaiser Rhinestones added to the centers.
Used Vintage photo distress ink on the sentiment.

Traditional colors. Stamp is Penny Black Cling, Nature's Best (40-076) I cute the leaves out at the bottom and mounted on green card stock. Clouds are made by ripping a paper towel and using the
Ranger sponge tool to add Broken China distress ink, making quick swipes from the paper towel to the image. Added a Martha Stewart lace border, ribbon and pearls. Star Dust Stickles for the snow.
These Rocker cards are fun and there are lots of possibilities, and fit in a 5x7 envelope.

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

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Hello, friends, a little less humidity today, and a slight breeze, which makes it a pretty nice day.  Had the doors and windows open this morning, but closed now and AC running.  Puppy was to the Vet this morning for puppy shots, so is tired now.  She weighed 12.5 lbs today.  Hard to believe she has grown so since we got her just 2 1/2 weeks ago.

I started this card for the challenge at Mo's Digital Challenge, but didn't finish it in time. So I will just post it here today.

Digi-Mo's Digital Pencil
The X's and O's are part of a stamp by Outlines
Card base is glittered card stock
Paper Doily
Punch Around the Page by Martha Stewart, French Scroll
Ribbon organza
Colored with Copic Markers

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

Monday, July 23, 2012


Today's idea is a Pedestal Pop-Up Card.
You can see a tutorial here
By making a simple mechanism from card stock, when you open your card, you can
have an insert that pops up. Don't you just love cards that have some sort of moving parts?
Outside of card

Card opened.
Card Recipe:
Stamps - All stamps used on this card are from the Taylored Expressions, Berries and Cherries set, which includes 17 stamps including sentiments and also strawberries.
Paper - Red gingham, white card stock base, deep red textured card stock
Small round white doilies
Punched scalloped circle
Star Dust Stickles on doily on the front
Cherry border on front was colored with Marvy brush markers directly on the solid stamp
All other images colored with Copic Markers
Hope you have a chance to make the Pedestal Pop-Up card.
Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great Monday.  Until later.......

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Cat Nap

Hi blogging friends.  Wow, I haven't posted since last Monday, did you think I left town?

Well here is the reason I haven't been in my stamp room coloring away............

Our new puppy Keeya, has been keeping us hopping.  Very sweet, but
lots of work.  Our daily routine is take the dog out, bring the dog in times
100.  She is very bright, and has learned to sit and give us her paw, each of them, and not to eat the treat off the floor unless we say ok.  And the other things she has learned is how to chew everything in site, and not unlike a real baby, EVERYTHING goes into the mouth.  Of course, she has
absolutely stolen our hearts since coming home 14 days ago.

I finally did some DT work today and got caught up on commenting.  I made this card for the challenge at Phindy's Place # 114 Button it.  The challenge theme was to use buttons on your creation.

I love this digi, My Mom used to make Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls for all the kids in all sizes.  I still have a pair of the 36 inch dolls.

Card Recipe

Digi - Phindy's Place
Paper - The Paper Studio
Frame - Spellbinder's Label 4
Heart Buttons from my stash
Tiny buttons on her dress from my stash
Tiny flowers from small punches
Ribbon - Pizzazz Aplenty
Square doily
Colored with Copic Markers

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Tomorrow is BSS Monday Idea day.  Until later.........

Monday, July 16, 2012

House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge # 124

Time again for a new challenge at House Mouse and Friends Monday #124.

Our theme for this challenge has been chosen by our hard-working, talented teamie, Christine.
She chose "SUMMER-TIME HOLIDAYS, Anything to do with summer fun!

How cute is this fun stamp?

Our sponsor for this challenge is:
Di's Digi Downloads - A $ 10 Voucher for her online shop
the 2nd Sponsor for this chall is our own Christine with the choice of
1 SET OF UNMOUNTED HOUSE MOUSE STAMPS from Joanna Sheens online shop
One lucky winner can make their OWN choice for any ONE set..

My Card

Stamp - Leap Frog (HMOR1114)
Sentiment Stamp - Hero Arts (C2826)
Paper - Martha Stewart
Frame - Twirling Vine Frame - Memory Box (98299)
Vine above and below where flowers are - Memory Box Madera Corner (98237)
Colored with Copics
Frogs coated with Glossy Accents so they look wet
Tiny flowers - small punch
Kaiser Pearls and Rhinestones
Paper Shapers corner punch

There are so many wonderful House Mouse Stamps with summer fun involved, this should be an easy challenge.  Please remember, you must use a House Mouse, Gruffie or Happy Hopper
stamp on your project/card.

Need some inspiration, well just scoot over to the challenge blog and check out what the
Design Team has come up with for our summer fun challenge.  Lots of beautiful posts from
my fellow teammates.

We hope you will join us for our challenge this time.  We love to come visit you
to see what you came up with.  You have until Saturday July 28th at Midnight EST to
enter, so there is no excuse not to.

Did you know that you could upload your card/project on the Official House Mouse Designs
Hand Made by Me Gallery?  It's easy and fun to see what other folks have done with the same stamp.

House-Mouse Stamped by Me Gallery of Images

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

BSS MONDAY IDEA - Shimmer Sheetz

This weeks idea, is to use Shimmer Sheetz
These are Mylar craft sheets that can be embossed, inked, stamped on, sanded.
I used a blue/green Shimmer Sheet on my card and ran it through
a Sizzix embossing folder (water)
Stamp - Pearl Tilda (SM12)
Dies - Border die, Memory Box Meridian Border (98134)
Die that Tilda is on - Memory Box Whemsy Circle (98154)
Blue/Green Shimmer Sheetz
Embossing folder - Sizzix water
Colored with Copic Markers
Paper - Echo Park, This and That 6x6 Stack
Clear Kaiser Rhinestones
Star Fish is a K & Company sticker
Stickles Star Dust on Tilda
This is a fun material to work with and comes in so many beautiful colors.
Classes at the store using Simmer Sheetz too.
Thanks for popping in and checking out our Monday idea.

Have a great Monday, Until later.................

Friday, July 13, 2012

Skinny Jeans

Hi friends.  It is so hot here and my stamp room is like an oven.  Have been enjoying our new puppy.
She is so much fun and work, but such a sweetie.  Nothing like cuddling with her and that sweet puppy breath!!

Today's card is for the challenge at Phindy's Place # 113.  The theme is to use your initials for something that you have used on your card.  The name of this image is SKINNY JEANS.

I think this gal is bemoaning the fact that her Skinny Jeans days are over!!

Image - Phindy's Place
Papers - The paper Studio
Glitter Dots - Michael's
Martha Stewart border punch
Spellbinders oval die
stitched ribbon my stash
red textured card stock for base card
Colored with Copics

To use my initials, I used Stickles on her chain for her Glasses
and I used Distress ink around the oval.

Hope everyone is surviving the heat!  Thanks for stopping by today.  Until later........

Monday, July 9, 2012

BSS MONDAY IDEA - File in the Middle Card

Welcome to the Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Monday Idea.
Today's idea is a File in the Middle Card.
I saw this card on Dawn Griffith's blog and she has a tutorial too.
You can find it here:
This is the outside of the card.
I used a stamp set by Rubber Cottage, called Beach Set (RC829S)
The card stock is Bazzill. The fancy die is by Spellbinders, Floral Doily Motifs (S5-041)
Colored the image with Copics and painted on DecoArt, Ice Crystal Glamour Dust Glitter Paint.
Added a small black and white gingham bow.

This is the inside. Sentiments are from the same set. Used punches
for the scalloped circles. I made the file in the middle empty. You could add
cash, a gift card, or another image inside. I left the inside plain, but as you will
see on Dawn's video, you could stamp a border around the inside.
Hope you have time to try a file in the middle card.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great Monday.  Until later................

Saturday, July 7, 2012


Our long wait is over, and we have finally brought our puppy home today.  Keeya made the 6 hour
trip without a hitch. Slept in my arms most of the time.  She is so funny and cute, what a sweet fury baby.  Our Grandkids came over to check her out and I took a couple of pictures.  They ran in the yard with her until they wore her out.

Megan with our new baby Keeya
See the picture on the calendar on the wall,
that is what she will end up lookin like.

Mike love Keeya

Keeya loves Mke

Making herself at home.

Absolutely pooped after those kids went home!!
She loves Keeley's old ball!

We already love her so.....

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Friends are the Umbrellas of life

Hi Friends, hope everyone is having a great week, almost Friday!!!  So very hot here and no relief for a few days.  AC running.  I've drank so much ice water I feel like a beached whale.

I made this card for the challenge at Penny Black and Friends Saturday Challenge. It's # 208 and the theme is HOT METAL.  They want to see some Metal on your card.

I used the Penny Black Cling Stamp, Sunshine in the Rain 40-058 and colored it
with Copic Markers.
The Papers are Silver lined card stock to look like metal.  Designer paper is Crate Paper, Portrait Collection 6x6 pad. 
Silver metal dots from Joann's. Umbrella charm from my Stash.
Base card is red pearlized card stock.
Inside sentiment says Friends are the Umbrellas of life.

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

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Don't Forget to Remember

Hi Friends.  Heading out to our daughters for a picnic today, but wanted to wish everyone in the US a Happy Fourth of July, our Independence Day.  Please stop for a moment today and remember those who are in far off lands, away from family, fighting to keep us safe and free.

I made a card for the challenge at Saturated Canary for today.
The theme is red, white and blue.

Isn't she great!  With so many young women and mothers serving our
country right now, I thought this image was just so appropriate for today.

Digi is Saturated Canary
Papers are Bo Bunny
The July 4th embossed image is Sizzix embossing folder
Colored with Copics
Spellbinders deckled edged rectangles die
Stars are a punch
Bless our troops stamp is from the dollar bin at Michael's

Enjoy your day off, whatever you do today.  Thanks for stopping by.  Until later.....

Monday, July 2, 2012


Time for a new challenge at House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge.  But before we get started with the new challenge, we need to give away the candy on my blog from challenge # 122 in celebration of the 1000th follower to the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge blog



Congratulations to you, please email me at with your complete name and mailing address as it should appear on the mailing label.  Thanks to everyone who joined in the challenge and for a chance to win candy by several of our team mates.  Don't forget to check if you have won on another blog, or the main House Mouse and Friends Monday blog prizes.

On to Challenge #123.  The theme for this challenge has been chosen by our talented and expecting(yep, we're having a baby!) teammate, Paula.  She chose "Let's Get Fruity". 

I chose this darling little mouse sleeping on a bunch of grapes, so cute!

Stamp - House Mouse Grape Dreams HMGR1003
Papers - The paper studio and green coordination sanded
Ribbon to match from my stash
Colored with Copics
Butterflies are a Martha Stewart punch
Tiles I bought at a show, I love them and will hate when I used them up!
Sentiment part of a larger stamp

Our Generous Sponsors for challenge 123 are:

Simon Says Stamp has offered a $ 25 Gift Certificate for their online store
and Sweet Stamp Store has offered a $ 10 gift certificate.

Our guest designers joining us for the next two challenges are Donna and Ginny, welcome ladies!

Ok, time to ink up those stamps and enter our challenge.  You have until July 14th at midnight EST to enter.  We love coming to your blog to see what you have come up with!

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



This weeks idea is using the new Summer Colors of Distress inks by Tim Holtz for Ranger.

Here are the three new colors.  They come bundled together, and are available for
a short time only.  The refill inks are also available for a limited time.

Here is what I made using these bright fun colors.
The papers used on the cards are from My Mind's Eye, Fine and Dandy Girl 6x6 Pad

On this card, I used the Picked Raspberry ink on the flower.
Used the Tim Holtz Alterations die, Tattered Flower Garland (657824)
White cardstock was used, then sponged with the distress ink on the edges to leave some white space.
Each layer was popped up with dots.  Leaves were sponged with the Mowed Lawn ink from the set.
After the flower was assembled, I painted it with DecoArt-Ice Crystal Glamour Dust Paint.
The oval die is Spellbinders Floral Ovals S4-356
Sparkly green ribbon.

On this card, used the Salty Ocean Distress Ink to stamp the sentiment (Hero Arts C4496)
and the flowers (Hero Arts G-4916 Elegant Flower)  The fence is Cheery Lyn Designs - B123 Victorian Picket Fence.  The birds are a border stamp from Martha Stewart and I cut some for on the fence, also.  The Moved Lawn was used for the grass.  I used a raised lined white cardstock
for a different look.  Distressed  the fence with Frayed Burlap ink.

The birdcage was stamped with Mowed Lawn Distress Ink by Stampendous (M256 Tiered Birdcage)
Distressed the edges of the image and sponged the ink around the edge.  Paper is My Mind's Eye, as stated above.  Green baker's  twine.  Used green glitter paper for the card base.
Small green brads on image.

These are such fun colors.  Need to get them while you can.

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