Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Just wanted to wish all those who celebrate Halloween, a Happy Haunting Day.  Kids are excited to
go Trick or Treating tonight, hope the rain holds off.
I'll leave you with a picture of our puppy in her costume, which by the way, was chosen on purpose, she is the DEVIL!!!!!
She has recently sprouted all new "Fangs" too!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012


Hello friends, to all of you that are in the worst of the devastation from Hurricane Sandy, our hearts go out to you and your families.  I had a phone call this morning from my friend who moved to Long Island to be near her only son, and they had to evacuate and leave their home on Sunday.  They returned today to find everything ok.  Her son had purchased a $70 pump and installed it in a crawl space to remove incoming water and because they didn't lose power, the pump did the job.  Was so happy for them. 

We didn't get the high winds, but it did rain very hard and long.  Everything is water logged, but compared to the damage in the states most affected, it was nothing.

My card today is for the challenge at Saturated Canary #29 - theme, A Shaped Card. 

Krista has come out with a line of rubber stamps.  I got this one at my LSS.
They are totally unmounted (I like Cling Mount) and I thought pricey.  But, that said, she is a beautiful stamp.
Stamp - Saturated Canary
Lacey Oval Die - Spellbinders
Tree die - Paper Tray Ink
Snowflake punch
Label die for card shape - Spellbinders
Paper - Red card stock, Basic Gray Wassail
Red satin ribbon
Paper lace.
Colored with Copics
Thanks for stopping by today.  Until later..............

Monday, October 29, 2012

Reminder - House Mouse Challenge and Blog Hop

Just a quick reminder that the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge and Blog Hop is at the Mid-way point.  You still have plenty of time to join us be entered in for our fabulous $ 25 gift voucher for the House Mouse Designs online store and the various prizes that the design team is giving away.

Our theme is Spooky/Sweet Color Challenge and the colors to use are Orange, Lime Green, Black and Purple.  You do not have to make a Halloween card or project.

The mice are going door to door trick or treating, and the little carrot mouse
is putting treats in the little butterflies pumpkin!  And here comes the cheese for some goodies, and the bat will be landing any minute!

The screen door is a Cheery Lynn Design A2165, the spider and the web
are a Sizzix die.
Colored with Copics
Papers are DCWV, Autumn Melody.
Check out all the details at the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge blog 
then come on, and join the fun.  Lots of great prizes to be given away.  Gotta play to win!
Thanks for stopping by today.
Have a great Monday.

BSS MONDAY IDEA - Box-in-a-bag

Welcome to the Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Monday Idea.
Today's idea is called a box-in-a-bag.
Your going to love this little container. I decorated it for Halloween, because I am
still getting some goodies ready for some special little friends, but you could use
this idea for any occasion.
Found this on Split Coast Stampers here:
The container went together in about 20 minutes.
Stamp - Art Impressions (Monster-Tots UMT3615)
Paper - My Minds Eye
Colored with Copics
Pumpkin is a Papershapers punch
Organza Ribbon
I made the tabs as the instruction indicated, but you could
make it without them and just put the rivets into the top of
the container to put the ribbon through.
Have a great Halloween.
Trick or Treat.
Thanks for stopping by.
Sue Drees

Sunday, October 28, 2012


Hello friends, all of the weather forecasts for the East Coast are so scarey!  We are on the West end of the State of New York and they are warning of high winds and rains, which could cause flooding, early in the week due to Sandy.  Hoping everyone in those states most affected are as prepared as you can be and that by some miracle it is not as bad as the forecast says it will be.
My card tonight is for the challenge at Craft a Scene. This month, (and I am sqeeking in late in the month) the theme is Majestic Mountains.

All Stamps are Stampscapes
I love this beautiful Mountain with the wonderful falls.

All inks are Marvey Matchables.  I used the Colorbox sponge tool to apply ink. Touched up
the white areas and dotted highlites with a Shapie Poster  Paint White Water based Marker.
Used white glossy paper.  Leaf is a die from the Impression Obsession, small leaf die set.

This is my finished card. The original is actually darker tones, but
the light bouncing off the glossy paper it's hard to get a good camera shot.
Thanks for stopping by.  Hope your weekend was great.  Until later...

Thursday, October 25, 2012

It's Your Day

H friends!  Was 75 degrees here today, like summer.  Beautiful fall day.  Most of the leaves have fallen and the colors are spectacular.  Fall isn't long enough in my book!

I made this card for a very good friend's birthday.  He was in the military  and stationed at the
same Army base that my hubby and I went to after Viet Nam. We have remained friends all these years.  He is actually a fitness buff and keeps himself in great shape, but he is a farm boy at heart and still goes to his Mom's house (she is widowed) in Texas every morning to have breakfast with her (with his wife's blessing).  I'm hoping he finds this card as funny as we did.

The image is from Squigglefly.  The paper is DCWV.
The sentiment both inside and out came with the Digi.
Fish are a small punch.  It's Your Day Stamp is from the dollar
bin at Michael's.  Colored with Copics.

Inside sentiment.
I added the Happy Birthday Stamp.
Hope everyone is enjoying their week.  Thanks for stopping by.  Until later..........

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Hi friends.  Raining hard here today and gloomy, good day to spend in the craft room (and do laundry).
I got this beautiful wood mounted stamp from Stampendous from Michael's and I got to use a 40% off coupon!  Yea!  I also saw it in Cling form at my local stamp store.

I stamped the image with Versafine Black Onyx and used sparkly black
embossing powder.  Paper is DCWV, Fall Melody.  Matted the image with black card stock that I had distressed the edges on.  Ran the punched corners through a fancy embossing folder.  Little tear drop
shaped stick-on's are from dollar bin at Joann's.  That's it, easy peasy and such a wonderful stamp!
I am entering this card in the Quoth the Raven, Nevermore Challenge, Quest 14, Anything Poes
Have a great Tuesday.  Thanks so much for your visit today.  Until later............

Monday, October 22, 2012


Yep, we are having a Blog Hop.  Our talented teammate, Kate, has chosen the theme for Challenge # 131
"SPOOKY/ Sweet & Colourful"
Using the colors Orange, Purple, Lime Green and Black
Your card or project does NOT have to be Halloween, you can use any image
and make your card Spooky or Sweet, using the colors above.
I decided to go with Spooky AND Sweet!

This is the House Mouse October Stamp of the Month.  Wow, what a haul
of candy corn this witchy mouse is bring home!

I started with a white scalloped card base, added a mat of
black spider web paper.  The Oval die is Spellbinders.
Bat was purchased at Michaels.  Spiders are punched.
Ghost and the word spooky are Sizzix dies.  The leaves at the bottom the of oval
is a wonderful die by Impression Obsession.
I colored with Copics.
Our very generous sponsor for our Blog Hop is House Mouse Designs, and they
have offered a $25 Gift voucher for their online site.  Please remember, shipping and
taxes are the responsibility of the winner.
Here is the list you need to follow along the hop:

In order to be eligible to win the prize, you must:
Visit all the Designers BLOGS on the list above and leave us a comment, also leave a comment on the Challenge  Blog.  Players must enter a card/project into the Challenge and become Followers of our Challenge Blog to win.

Some of the gals on the design team are offering prizes on their own blogs.  So be sure to
visit each DT member.
My spooky and sweet blog hop candy will go to a randomly
drawn winner after the blog hop, who follows the rules of the
hop and is a follower of mine, so if you aren't a follower already,
please become a follower if you want to be eligible to win.
Whew, if you're still with me, I hope you will ink up those House Mouse, Gruffie or Happy Hopper
Stamps and join in the Blog Hop fun.  This Challenge and Hop runs through November 3rd at
midnight, EST.
Thanks for stopping by today, have a great Monday.  Until later............

BSS Monday Idea - Faux Embossing

Welcome to the Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Monday Idea.
Today's idea is Faux Embossing.

I started with a card base of Kraft paper. Using the Impression
Obsession die-Small Leaves, I cut out the leaves three times with
the same Kraft paper. Then, glue the leaves randomly on the front of the card.
Used Faded Burlap distress ink around the edge before decorating.
Paper is Memory Box, Blackbird 6x6 stack.
Stamps - Bold Pumpkin (F5461) Hero Arts
Sentiment - Art Gone Wild (D72364)
Green leaf is from the same Impression Obsession die.

This is the card opened. Liner is orange text weight paper.
Using the EK Success leaf border punch and the same paper as
on the front of the card, punched border for both layers.

Card opened to inside.
Sentiment - Inkadinkado (95787-N)

Love the look of the Faux Embossing. Hope you have a chance to try it.
Use a small circle punch and make polka dot background. Try different color papers.

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

Friday, October 19, 2012


It's finally FRIDAY! Bet everyone is looking forward to the weekend.  Supposed to have some nice moderate temperatures with a little rain mixed in here in Western New York.  Leaves are falling.  Raked them for the first leaf pickup and the ground is covered again already.  Squirrels are busy getting the Horse Chestnuts and burying them.  Fall is definitely in the air.

Today's card is for the challenge at Color Me Creative Classroom.  The challenge this time is "A touch of Red".  The Challenge runs through October 26th and the prizes are fantastic.  I was fortunate to have won the challenge a few months ago and had a wonderful shopping spree at
You must use alcohol ink markers or colored pencils to enter the challenge.

I chose this digi image from Squigglefly by Artist Lynne Stansbery. I cannot get enough of
these beautiful digital images by this artist, they are so well drawn, they color up so beautifully.
The paper is DCWV, the Natural Stack.  The sentiment and dog
foot prints are from a large set of clear stamps by Cloud 9 called simple thoughts - Dog.
Heart charm was a gift from my friend, America, thanks so much.
Really simple card, but do those eye have it or what!!!
Hope your Friday is great.  Thanks for stopping by today.  Until later..........

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Little Pirate

Hi Friends, hope your Thursday is going well.  Don't know where the time goes, but the days just fly by.  Maybe it has something to do with a the puppy, she needs a lot of attention and love.
Today's card is for the October challenge at Penny Black and Friends Saturday Challenge.This month it's a sketch.
Here is my take on the challenge.
I chose to use this darling Cling Stamp by Penny Black, Pirate Kai (Artist Mo Manning)
Papers are My Minds Eye.  Spellbinders circle die.  Used distress ink Wild Honey around the inside of the circle (left the die on while I did the distress ink so the border stayed white)
Colored with Copics.  Small pumpkins are a punch with yellow circles on the back.  Orange ribbon is from Michael's.  The bat border is ribbon by Ofray from A C Moore. 
I'm trying to get enough Halloween cards for all my little friends made before the big day.
Thanks for stopping by today.  Enjoy the rest of your day.  Until later............

Monday, October 15, 2012

BSS MONDAY IDEA-Spiral Pop-Up Card

Welcome to the Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Monday Idea
Today's idea is a Spiral Pop-Up Card. I found this Tutorial on Split Coast Stampers
This card is easy to make and I love cards that have some movement when you open them.
Started with a cream card stock card base. Butterfly designer paper is Authentique, Carefree 6x6 Bundle. Martha Stewart Lace border punch. "Script Thanks" (98240) Memory Box. Vivienne Butterfly (98265) Memory Box.

Inside, Black text weight insert, same Martha Stewart punch on the border.
Punched butterflies from cream card stock from several punches, by EK Success, Martha Stewart, Anna Griffin. Many Thanks stamp has no name on it, sorry.

Here is a side view of the Spiral on the inside. Extra Butterflies added
to background.
Do try this technique, so darn cute and easy.
Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day. Until Later.....

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


Hello blogging friends.  Posting late today. Spent the best part of the day decorating for Fall and Halloween and Fall cleaning.  Time flies when your busy and the day just got away from me.
I made this Wedding card for my great niece, my sister's Granddaughter.  She and her new husband, had a private wedding a few weeks ago, and they are hosting a reception at their home on Saturday.

Congratulations to Kristen and Nelson on their marriage.


I started with an ivory speckled card stock.  The die is Lacy Oval, Spellbinders.
The embossed lace is a Cuttlebug Folder.  Roses are from Pizzazz Aplenty.  Leaves
are Prima.  Small white flowers are a punch.  Pearl centers, Kaiser.
I used some old stamps here, the sentiment on the front is PSX.
Red satin ribbon, Michael's

This is the inside of the card.  The sentiment is My Sentiments Exactly.  The rings, by
Art Impressions.  Small red heart a punch.
I hope you had a great Wednesday.  Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Until later.......

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Halloween with Tilda and Edwin

Hi, Blogging friends.  Haven't made a card with a Magnolia Stamp in a while, so today, I pulled out the drawer full of them and went through the Halloween ones. 
This card is for the Challenge at Totally Tilda, #57 Halloween Tilda.
How cute are these trick or treaters dressed as a cowgirl and a mummy?

Card Recipe
Stamps - Magnolia
Card Stock - My Minds Eye, Halloween Spooky Sparkle
Haunted House, and Ghost are Sizzix dies
Moon and bat is a circle cut from the MME cardstock
Black cat is a punch, Fiskars
Colored with Copic Markers
Sentiment is an old PSX stamp, edged with distress ink
Hope you had a great Tuesday.  Thanks for stopping by and having a peek.  Until later......

Monday, October 8, 2012


Today begins a new Challenge at House Mouse and Friends Monday, and our theme for the next two weeks, which was chosen by our fellow, talented teammate, Stacy, is to make an ATC using a House Mouse, Gruffie, or Happy Hopper stamp and then use it on your card or project.
The challenge begins today and runs through October 20th at Midnight.
I made my ATC (an Artist Trading Card measures 2 1/2" x 31/2") using the Stampabilities Stamp
Sweet Find (HMUR1054)  Paper is My Mind's Eye, Halloween Scary Sparkles.
Border Punch is EK Success.  Pumpkins and sentiment is Offray ribbon.  The October 31 sentiment is a sticker.  Colored with Copic Markers.

Here is a side view of the treat pouch.  Yummy Candy Corn and Cocktail Peanuts mixed
together is the treat.
Our generous sponsors for this challenge are:
Simon Says Stamp, a 25 gift certificate
Sweet Stamp Store, a $10 Gift Certificate
Take a look at what the design team came up with on our House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge blog, then ink up those stamps and join us for this fun challenge!  We look forward to visiting you.


We must say goodbye to our awesome September Guest Designers Crafteresa and Kristina. Thank you ladies for joining us and for contributing such gorgeous samples. With a new month ahead we are also welcoming two new Guest Designers. They are super talented. Please help us welcome Dawn and Silvia to the Team this month.
Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great Monday.  Until later....................