Thursday, January 31, 2013

Winter Window

Hi Friends.  I swear the weeks go by faster all the time!  Can you believe tomorrow will be February already?  We had 59 degree temps yesterday and today it was so cold and we are expecting snow again.....yikes the weather, so weird.

I almost fell off the wagon already with the Christmas card challenge, but put a card together today.

Here is a close up of the stamp I used.  It's an oldie but a goody by Stampendous.

Card Recipe
Stamp - Stampendous
Border Punch - Martha Stewart
Papers - from my stash
Heart, and circle punches - Marvy
Corner scroll - Memory Box
Snowflake punch - Martha Stewart
Sparkly dots - Reflections - Michael's
Packages and birdie border - K&Company
Sparkly bow ribbon - Joann's
Challenges I am entering this card into:
ABC Christmas - Bows or Boys - Kitty is a "Tom" and I used a bow!
Christmas at Sweet Stampin - Cold and Frosty
Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great Friday!  Until later.......

Monday, January 28, 2013


It's time for the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge #137, and the theme for our challenge is "Anything Goes, with Special Cuts". Now Special Cuts can be anything from special cuts on your card/project, die cuts, haircuts, cut flowers, any way you want to interpret it.
The theme this time has been chosen by our leader and fabulous teammate, America!
Used a stamp set from Joanna Sheen
My Special Cut is this beautiful cut flower!

Card Recipe
Triangle card
Spellbinders Scalloped Square Grand
Papers from my Stash
Spellbinders die that mouse is stamped on
Butterflies were "cut" from designer paper
Ribbon from my stash
Rhinestones - Kaiser
Colored with Copics
Our generous Sponsors for this challenge are:
Joanna Sheen - $10 Gift Voucher for online store
HM Stamps - $10 Gift Voucher for their online store
Welcome to the newest online website offering the complete line of HOUSE MOUSE stamps. We welcome you to browse around and shop with confidence knowing you are getting lowest pricing and shipping cost offered by any site offering the complete line of these stamps.
America is offering an extra prize of 3 House Mouse Stamps
Our very talented design team has come up with some fantastic inspiration to get you started.
Challenge #137 runs through February 9th at Midnight EST.
Hope you can join us for the fun.  We can't wait to see what you come up with!


Welcome to the Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Monday Idea.
I found this card on Pinterest and traced it back to a tutorial here:
Love this card, and such fun to decorate. I added a belly band to my card to
keep it tightly shut.

Finished card
Belly Band
Finished card without the belly band

Card opened.
Card Recipe:
Stamps - Wheelbarrow of Love - Whipper Snapper Designs (EY865)
Love to you - Hero Arts (G3264)
Paper - Authentique, Lovely Collection
Small crystal hearts - Prima, Say it in Crystals
Heart border - Martha Stewart
Heart Die - Cherry Lyn Designs (DL106) Doily Dies
Hope you have a chance to make a Quarter Fold Card.
Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great Monday.  Until later.......

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Tiny Skater

Hi friends.  Where did the week go!  We got a few inches of snow and really cold weather.  Puppy loves the snow, so fun to watch her run and play in it.

Today's card is for the challenge at Saturated Canary.  It's Challenge #35 and the theme is, your entry must be inspired by a movie.  I chose the movie Ice Castles.  Loved that movie and the beautiful ice skating, especially the outdoor scenes.

Here is the image I chose.
And this is my card.

Click to enlarge, hard to see all the sparkle.
Card Recipe:
Image - Saturated Canary
Papers - DCWV
Border Punch, Martha Stewart
Spellbinders - Classic Ovals die
Impression Obsession - Pine Bough die
Sizzix, Tim Holtz On the edge die, trees
Snowflakes - Sizzix
Martha Stewart Bows
Kaiser Pearls
Silver Snowflake from my stash
Spellbinders Label die
Colored with Copics
Stickles Star Dust
Flower Soft Sparkly white
Sharpie White Poster Paint Marker
Hope your staying warm and cozy.  Thanks for stopping by today.  Until later......

Monday, January 21, 2013

House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge - Mid-Way Reminder

Good morning, just a reminder that Challenge #136, "New Beginnings" is at the mid-way point, at the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge..  You still have another week to join the fun and create a card/project with your take on the theme.

I chose "New Friend" for my Easel Card.
How cute are these two!
Stamp- House Mouse Design
Sentiment - PSX (old)
Spellbinders dies
Silver paper - Reflections (Michael's)
Flowers - Bridal Dept Michael's (a gift from my friend Cathy, thanks!)
Silver Stickles centers on the flowers.
Colored with Copics.
Come on, get busy and join us.  There are a boatload of prizes on offer for our first
challenge of the year with some faithful returning sponsors, and some exciting new ones!
Gotta be in it to win it!  Check us out at the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge blog.
Welcome to the Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Monday Idea.
This weeks idea is a Triple Easel Card.
Recently while surfing the web I came across this idea of a Triple Easel Card.
And the the gal that showed it, also did a tutorial that you can print out.
And here is the card I came up with. Since Valentine's Day is approaching, I used that theme on my card.
Picture of the card from above.
Picture of the card from an angle
Picture of the card from the front.
Side view. (remember you can click to enlarge any picture.)
Ok, looks complicated, right? Well it is actually just three separate easel cards
glued together. Sheri's directions are very good. I think you will be surprised how quickly this goes together.
Card Recipe:
Stamp- Penny Black (4029J)
Paper - Red, White and Pink Card Stock
Dies - Spellbinders Nestabilities, Classic Scalloped Hearts (S4-137) and Classic Hearts (S4-136)
White, LaRue Heart, Memory Box (98255)
Small Pink Crystal Heart - Prima - Say it in Crystals
Small flowers, Rhinestones
Bear Colored with Prisma Color Pencils
Hope you have a chance to make a Triple Easel Card, so cute for Valentines!
Oh, and it folds flat for mailing!
Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great Monday.

Saturday, January 19, 2013


Hello.  Hope your Saturday was good.  I spent some time in the craft room today, while the rest of my family went to an open practice for the Buffalo Sabres Hockey team.  They have been in lockout and now have settled and their first game is tomorrow.  On Friday, they went also and the gift shop was 50% off EVERYTHING, and the food concessions were also half price.  They really enjoyed themselves, and my hubby was in seventh heaven, he has been missing hockey big time!!

I made this card for the challenge at Mo's Digital Challenge #169, and they want you to show embossing on your card.

I made a long card for a change.  The papers are DCWV.  I embossed the panel behind the
darling SHY LION digi with an embossing folder from Darice.  The heart is a glittered heart with a gemstone in the middle from Michael's.  The inside sentiment says Happy Heart Day!
Have a great Sunday.  Thanks for stopping by today.  Until later............

Friday, January 18, 2013

Cabin in the Woods

Hello friends.  Brrrr, it's cold here, extra blanket on the bed tonight!
I have a cold, no fever, just a bad cold, nose is running like a faucet!

I made a card today for the January Challenge at Craft a Scene.  The theme for this month is "Snowy Cottages.
Stamps - Cabin - Stamp-N-Doddle, sled dogs unknown, bought it unmounted, sorry.
Branches in foreground, Stampscapes
Circle cut with Spellbinders dies, run through an M-bossibilities folder, embossed with
white sparkly embossing powder.  Pine bough is an Impression Obsession die (love it)
Snowflakes and background paper is Reflections from Michael's Star Dust stickles.  Colored with Copics.
Hope you have something fun planned for the weekend, with a little time squeezed in for the stamp room.  Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Until later.........

Thursday, January 17, 2013

A Rose is A Rose

Hello friends.  Cold here today.  Going to get colder and we are going to get snow! 
Today's card is for the January challenge at Sweet Pea Stampers Challenge.  The theme this month is Clean and Simple with NO embellishments.  Could I do THAT!  CAS is hard enough for me and then throw NO embellishments in the mix.  Here is what I came up with:
Popped up Wings added gold Stickles.
I used this beautiful Stamp, colored with Copics.
Here is the finished card.
Stamp - Sweet Pea Stamps
Spellbinders dies, Label 4 fancy and plain.  Card base is Paper from the Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby)
Colored with Copic Markers
Wanted to add a bow, wanted to add some rhinestones, wanted to add.........
Pretty simple card (then how come it took me so long to make???)
Hope your Thursday was wonderful.  Weekend is almost here.  Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Until later............

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Tea for Two

Hi friends.  Busy day today.  Hope everyone had a great Wednesday.
I wanted to share something with you today about my card

If you have been stamping for a long time, you may remember the Holly Pond Hill line of bunnies from Uptown Stamps (no longer in business).  Well, I receive the Newsletter from JoAnna Sheen (she is a well known crafter who appears on TV there regularly) and lo and behold, she is featuring an unmounted line of these Holly Pond Hill bunnies.  So, I went to the cabinet and opened the drawer and there were 10 of these adorable stamps from years ago!  I inked up the tea party one, and made a card.
Out of curiosity, I went on ebay and there are some of the originals for sale, and some are listed as high as $39.99 each (good luck with that!).
My card is simple, wanted to let this little scene be the center of attention.
Pink Card base is a Spellbinders Large Scallop circle Grand die.  Spellbinders classic circle dies.
A white lace doily.  Small white flowers with a pink center and the blue ribbons.  Colored with Copics.  Everything old is new again!!!
Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great Thursday.  Until later...........
Sue Drees

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Not a Creature was Stirring...........

Good Morning friends.  Hope your Tuesday is going well.  Sun is shining, but very cold here.

I've decided to try to make a Christmas card a week this year.  I have so many beautiful Christmas stamps, and in the rush at holiday time, somehow always come up short with homemade cards.
And there are some great Christmas only challenges to keep you motivated and inspired.

So, today's card is for the challenge at ABC Christmas Challenge, and the theme for their first challenge of the year is "A is for Animal.  Use an animal on your card.

Card Recipe
Stamp - The Artful Stamper (Cat Nap CM1168O), Sentiment, dollar bin Michael's
Paper - White 6x6 textured card stock base card, Basic Grey, Jovial Pad
Poinsettia flower - K & Co.
Snowflakes, Michael's
Holly Flourish (B148) Cheery Lyn Design
Spellbinders Classic Grand Ovals die
Star Dust Stickles
Colored with Copic Markers
Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a wonderful Tuesday.  Until later.......

Monday, January 14, 2013


Welcome back to the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge.
  It's the first challenge of 2013 after our holiday break, and it's good to be back!
A big thank you to everyone who took part in our last challenge, some wonderful cards!
Check out the House Mouse blog site for the winners.
The new challenge is #137 and the theme chosen by our super talented teammate, Christine, is
"New Beginnings"
(New baby, job, house, a wedding, etc.,  anything that says new beginning to you)


I chose this adorable stamp "Anybody Home?"
Card Recipe:
Stamp - House Mouse Designs 1999, Anybody Home
Papers - White textured card stock cut with Spellbinders Grand
Scalloped squares
White square paper doily, Pink round doilys
Baby Chicks corner - Martha Stewart Punch
Spellbinders oval die
Corner flowers, Pizzazz Aplenty, leaves punched, branches punched
Spellbinders die for Hello oval, stamp, Hero Arts
Pink Rhinestones.
Pink bow
We are excited to be sponsored by the following generous sponsors:
take a look at this amazing sponsorship line-up... WOW!

One Lucky Winner will receive a fab $25 Electronic Gift Certificate
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ONE lucky winner will receive a $25 gift voucher to shop at Simon Says Stamp store.

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One Lucky Winner will receive a fab $10 Voucher to Di's Digi Downloads online Shop
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One Lucky Winner will receive a fab $10 Gift Certificate to HM Stamps online Shop
But wait! Not only do we have fabulous Sponsors, but to make this challenge even more exciting, our amazing Teamie Christine, (who is hosting this New challenge), is also generously offering this great set of UnMounted Joanna Sheen House-Mouse stamps.
Christine has added a Linky to her blog (Found HERE), for entrants to enter the drawing to win this JS HM Stamp set!

In addition to all the goodies already up for grabs, our ever generous Sue Kment is also offering another fabby prize to help celebrate the start of this FABULOUS NEW YEAR. Take a look at what could be yours if you play along and follow her own prize rules found on Sue's blog HERE;
THANK YOU TEAMIES for your incredible generosity!!! Our players are sure gonna love your awesome prizes!!!

(Special Note; all shipping, handling and tax fees are the responsibility of the winners.)

Please check out the fabulous cards/projects that the very talented design team has come up with for this New Beginnings Challenge.
We can't wait to visit you to see what you have come up with.  So get stamping and link up your card.
You have until Saturday, January 26th at midnight EST to post a card to the challenge.
Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a wonderful Monday.  Until later..............

BSS MONDAY IDEA - Punch it out, put it back

Welcome to the Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Monday Idea
Today's idea
Punch it out, then put it back.

Punched out the snowflake from the Image I created, then
after adding embossing powder, put it back popped up on a small pop dot.
Allows the background paper to show through and makes the snowflakes 3D.

Card Recipe

Stamp - Uptown Girl Quinn in her Boots
Paper - Bazzill
Snowflake punch - Martha Stewart
Corner punch - Paper Shapers Scalloped Corner
Flower Soft snow
Snowflakes embossed with Stampendous Fran-tage, Shabby White
Colored with Copic Markers

Try this with flowers, leaves, look through your decorative dies too.
Hope you have a chance to play with this idea.

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