Friday, August 31, 2012


Hi friends, whew it was 92 degrees here today!  This heat sure puts a crimp in your energy level, especially outside.  Need to do some weeding (how come they grow and the flowers and grass are all parched from the heat???) but just to hot.

Today's card is for the challenge at Art Impressions Challenge #78 AnyThing Lacy
Card Recipe
Stamp Set - Yoga Yolanda Set (4209)
Paper - DCWV Sweet Stack, including the lacy border
Pearls - Kaiser
Chocolate brown ribbon
Colored with Copics
Hope you had a great Friday.  Monday holiday in the US, enjoy it!
Thanks for stopping by today.  Until later...................

Monday, August 27, 2012

House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge #126

It's Monday Again, and time for another House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge.
Thanks to everyone that played along with us for our "Double Trouble" Challenge.
This time, the theme is "Back to School or Work.
The children are all preparing to go back to school, and some of you have been
vacationing away or at home and are returning to work, so we thought this would
be a great theme for this challenge.
I chose back to school for my card.

Card Recipe
Stamps - Stampabilities, Scuttle School (HMPR1078)
Cicle stamp - Michael's dollar bin
Papers- Yellow pearl textured card stock for base
Gingham is Bazzill Basic 6x6 stack Black
Spellbinders nestibilities die
Apple is cut from designer paper and inked with clear ink and
embossed with clear embossing powder.
Letters and Numbers are Colorbox (old) Love them hate to see them go!
Dotted ribbon from my stash
Colored with Copics
Our generous Sponsor for our "Back to School or Work" challenge is
House Mouse Designs - a $25.00 gift card
Please remember, tax and shipping are the responsibility of the winner.
A Second Prize
In addition, America is giving away this new, unused, hard-to-find, Design of the Month House-Mouse Stamp from April 1999, called "Computer Tutors", and featuring Monica, Maxwell and Mudpie... This fun prize will go out to a second lucky player.
The design team  and our guest design team members have some wonderful cards and projects for inspiration on our blog site, go and have a look, then ink up those stamps and join us for this fun challenge. We are always excited to see what you will come up with.  You have until Midnight, EST September 8th to enter.
Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a wonderful Monday.  Until later............

BSS MONDAY IDEA - Altered Front of Card

Welcome to the BUFFALO STAMPS AND STUFF Monday Idea.
Today's idea is to alter the front of the card by cutting part of it away.
I started with a 5x7 inch card and cut away three quarters of the front.
Then ran the portion of the front of the card that was left through a
Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder.
I chalked some of the snowflakes with pink and blue and glitter parts of some of them.
The icicle border is Martha Stewart. I punched it out on light blue paper, then
inked with clear embossing ink and embossed with Stampendous Fran-tage embossing powder, Shabby Blue, and glued to the top of the front portion of the card. The snowgirl (Printworks JB4206)
was colored with Copics, after stamping with Versamark Onyx ink and embossing with clear embossing powder. I cut the image with a QuicKutz die, Nesting Doily Ovals (DC0254).
Note: I cut another of the ovals to glue to the back of the one with the snowgirl on it, so that when the card is opened, the inside looks nice too.
Punched a small snowflake die on a small square of paper then used it like a stencil to make the small snowflakes in back of the snowgirl. Added three dots with a marker in several places.
The heart, rose on her hat and her wings are popped up. Used Vintage Photo distress ink to ink around her wings.

This is the inside of the card. The paper is Bazzill Black Basics Patterned Paper 6x6 Mini Prints.
(Love this paper!!!!) The heart is a Classic Heart nesting set from Spellbinders. The Border snowflakes and the little snowflake are Martha Stewart punches.
The Sentiment is My Sentiments Exactly (M254) (I'm not sure this is still available)
Remember, the amount you cut from the front is up to you.
It's a fun way to decorate the inside of a card and let it show on the outside!!
Thanks for stopping by today.
Got some great new stamps from Sharon at the show on Saturday, can't wait to show them to you in the coming weeks.
Have a great Monday.
Sue Drees

Monday, August 20, 2012


Just wanted to remind you that the Challenge at House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge is at the midway point.  You have until Saturday the 25th at midnight EST to enter the challenge.

The theme is "Double Trouble" .  Use two house mouse critters on your card or their friends.

This sweet stamp is Har-Monica (HMLR1022)
Colored with Copics


I made an extended Easel card.  Papers are from various
Christmas stacks.  The fancy label is a Spellbinders die.

We are very proud and lucky to have two generous sponsors
Simon Says Stamp
ONE lucky winner will receive a fabulous $25 gift voucher to spend at the Simon Says Stamp store.


Di's Digi Downloads
One Lucky winner will receive a $10 voucher to spend at the Di's Digi Downloads Shop
THANK YOU Sponsors for your generosity and amazing Sponsorship! :)
Would love to see what you come up with for our "Double Trouble" Challenge!
Have a great Monday.  Thanks for stopping by.  Until later..........


Welcome to the Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Monday Idea.
Today's idea is a Card-alope, a card and envelope all in one.
The inside card is 41/8 by 5 1/2 inches
I traced an envelope that I took apart for this size card onto a 12x12 piece of paper.
Then cut it out . Using a ruler, score the rectangle in the middle. Fold and crease the flaps with a bone folder. Decorate your inside insert any way you want. Close the card and attach
a matching sticker or make some sort of closure tag and adhere.
Here is the card closed. The Tag was made from a Stamp by Morning Star, which I bought at the Garage Sale at BSS this year.

This is the card-alope opened. I used a stamp by Northwood Rubber Stamps (P8627)
After coloring with Copic Markers, I cut a frame out with a Spellbinders die,
Labels 11 using black card stock.

Used Art Institute glitter on the shoe laces, and Stickles Star Dust on the Stars.
Spiders are punches from Martha Stewart.
These are fun cards to make. Easy too.
Hope you have a chance to try a Card-alope

Thanks for stopping by today.  Hope your Monday is terrific. Until later............

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Snowman with Wind up Santa

Hi Friends. Hope everyone is enjoying their Thursday.  We were doing some walking with the puppy on the leash the past few days.  Some days good, some not so good.  She went all the way around the block yesterday, today she preferred to lay on her back and chew the leash.....GEEZ!  We start puppy training school next Monday night and it would be nice is she would walk in on a leash!!!!

Today's card is for the challenge at Sassy Cheryl's.  I won two free digi's last week with my Noah as Mickey card(Lucky ME)  I was so excited!!  The challenge this week is #128, the theme, "Your Favorite Color Combo"  One of my favorites,  is powder blue and red.  I chose this Snowman with wind-up Santa image for my card.

Card Recipe

Image - Sassy Cheryl's
Spellbinders Die - Labels 4
Snowflake Dies - Memory Box
Heart - Punch
Snowflake - MS Punch
Sentiment Stamp - All Night Media (old)
Blue Rhinestones - Kaiser
Ribbon - dollar bin at Michael's
White Bazzill Dotted Swiss Card stock base card
Sponged light blue ink on edges of image label
Powerder blue paper with snowflakes from my stash

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

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


Hi blogging friends.  Sweet, low humidity and light rain today......perfect!

Today's card is for the challenge at Squigglefly Challenge #32.  The theme is "Three Layer Dip"
They want you to use at least three layers of paper somewhere on your card.

I purchased six digi's at Squigglefly, all by the same Artist, Lynn Stansbery.  They are beautifully drawn and shaded, can't wait to do another.

Card Recipe

Digi - Squigglefly
Stamps - Sentiment - (Old) The Happy Stamper
Papers - K&Company
Corners - Punched from a Paper Shapers Corner Punch
Flowers - A gift from my neice
Butterflies - Martha Stewart Punch
Vine - Memory Box die
Pearls - Kaiser
Stickles - Diamond on flowers
Colored with Copic Markers

I'm also entering this into the challenge at:
Simply Create Too Challenge 19 - Anything Goes

Hope you're enjoying your day.  Thanks for stopping by.  Until later...........

Monday, August 13, 2012


Hello friends, time again for another House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge

The theme for Challenge # 126 has been chosen by our funny AND talented teamie, Lori,
And she has chosen "Double Trouble"
Our little House Mouse friends sure know how to have fun...especially when there is more
than one.  Lori's challenge is use a House Mouse stamp that has at least 2 mice or Gruffies,
or Happy Hoppers, or other friends,

I used this adorable stamp I just got at my local stamp store.
Sugar Bowl MVP (HMJR1103) 2010

Card Recipe

Papers - The Paper Studio -
Baker's Twine
Flower Button
EK Success border punch
Sentiment - purchased unmounted, don't know whose it is.
Colored with Copics
White sparkle glitter on sugar cubes

We are being graciously sponsored this time by:

Simon Says Stamp - $25 Gift Card to their online store.
Please note:  Shipping and taxes our responsibility of winner.

Di's Digi Downloads- $10 Voucher to the Shop

We are also welcoming SHAZ, DONNA, AND MARGREET as GDT members for the month of
August Challenges.  So, if you need inspiration, hop on over to the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge blog and see what the design team has come up with for our Double Trouble Challenge.  Then, ink up those stamps and enter the challenge.  We love to come see what you came up with.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Hope your Monday is terrific.  Until later...........


Welcome to the Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Monday Idea.

Today's idea is a wonderful diamond background that you create yourself in about 5 minutes!

I saw this technique done by Gina K on her Stamp TV site on YouTube
Here is a link to her tutorial (She calls it pillow top background

Here is the card I made using this simple technique

Card Recipe

Stamp - Art Impressions (UMT3478) Kiss the Cook
Die cut - Spellbinders S5-107 Lattice Motifs
Colored with Copics
I used Ranger Distress ink (Mowed Lawn) to make my background


I had so much fun with this wonderful technique, that I made another card!
I went one step further and after making the diamond background, I used my
glue pen and went over each of the main lines and added glitter! Love how it turned out
for this Christmas card.


Card Recipe

Papers - Light blue textured card stock
Diamond Technique, used Marvey Matchables ink
Swirl circle die is Memory Box (98343) Calypso Flourish
Ornament Die -Memory Box (98411) Emma Ornament I used white glitter paper
I used red mirror paper to back the ornament and added a red cord bow

This is such a fun technique with such pretty results.
Hope you get a chance to try it soon.

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


Saturday, August 11, 2012


Hi friends, hope you are enjoying your weekend, whatever you are doing. 
I got up this morning and made Ambrosia for a family reunion and five dozen cookies.  Guess what?  The reunion is next Saturday!  OMG sometimes I wonder about me!

A little cooler here today, not so humid, but still no rain, despite the fact that they have been saying rain everyday for a week.  Eventually they have to be right!

Today's card is for the challenge at Sassy Cheryl's it's Challenge # 127 and the theme is
"All About the Boys"

Fun birthday card for a little guy.

Card Recipe

Digi - Noah as Mickey Mouse, Sassy Cheryl
Paper - White card stock base, largest Grand Caliber die for classic squares
Black card stock largest Grand Caliber die for Scalloped squares
both have been folded in half.
Red dotted paper from my stash, EK Success Border punch
Noah stamped on Spellbinders die, sponged distress ink on edges
Colored with Copics
Stars are a Sizzix die, glitter paper used

Thanks for stopping by today for a peek.  Would love if you left a comment, makes my day.
Have a great rest of the weekend.  Until later...........

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


Hello friends.  Hope everyone is doing well.  The weather is still so hot here.  Supposed to have a "cold" front on Friday with a high of 69, that would be so nice. 

Today's card is for the challenge at Saturated Canary, Challenge #23 and the theme this time is "The Great Outdoors".

I chose this cute little gal to go with my by the sea stamped image.

Oh that darling little body.  So cute.

Card Recipe

Digi - Saturated Canary
Stamps -Beach Scene, old Inkadinkado, Sentiment, My Sentiments Exactly
Paper - Light blue textured card stock base 5x7 card.  Striped paper, Reflections Summer Stack.
Colored with Copics and sponged the edges with Marvy Matchables
Gold glitter paper used to punch the sand castel border by EK Success.
Glitter dots from Michaels

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

Monday, August 6, 2012


Welcome to the Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Monday Idea.
Today's idea is a three layer card.
It's a simple technique. Cute three layers.
Example, 5x4, 41/4x3 1/2, and 3 3/4x3
But, these layers can be any size you want to fit the card you are making.
Using a large background stamp OR stamping a smaller stamp all over the layer, fill the
layers with your stamped image. If you want to color it in that's fine. If it is a solid stamp like I used, you can ink it with clear ink and emboss. Make mats for each layer and adhere to a card.
I popped up each layer with pop dots for added interest.
This is a close up of the embossing and layers.
Here is my finished card.
Stamps - Background stamp Penny Black Cling, Floral Thread (40-135)
Happy Hopper Bee, Stampabilities - HMLR 1044 (there are two bunnies on the
stamp, I fussy cut just one out for this card.
Paper - Black card stock, and yellow textured card stock
Colored with Copic Markers
Kaiser Pearls (HINT: I used white pearls and colored them
with a Copic Marker to match, prior to adhering them to my card
Embossing powder - Stampendous Fran-tage - Shabby White (with gold glitter) Love this stuff,
it's thick!
White glitter on the wings.
Butterflies Martha Stewart punch.

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

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Little Star

Hi friends.  Hope everyone is enjoying their Thursday, and finding some time to craft.

Today's card is for another challenge at Split Coast Stampers for the Dare to Get Dirty Challenges happening all this week.  You have to be a member of the Fan Club to participate.  And I can't tell you what challenge I am taking part in because you have to go to the site to see the challenges.

I used this adorable digi image by Priscillastyles.  I printed her out and immediately
embossed her with clear embossing powder.  This works great if you have everything ready
and do the embossing immediately.

My card Recipe

Digi - Priscillastyles
Paper - Purple textured card stock card base.
Star paper is Reflections (Michael's)
Stars were die cut using a Sizzix die and glitter paper
Ran the colored image (Copics) through the
Swiss Dot embossing folder
Sentiment is a dollar stamp
Organza double bow.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Enjoy the rest of your day.  Until later..............