Friday, May 31, 2013

It's a Girl

Hi friends.  We hit 90 degrees on Thursday, Ugh and going to be high 80's today.
Already too warm for me!  Glad we got our yard word done and flowers in last week.
We had so much rain on Tuesday night that the pond could not hold one more drop of water, up over the edge and in the rocks that line the edge.

Today's card is for a challenge that my blogging buddy and fellow teammate Christine Craig has going on her blog to celebrate the birth of her new Granddaughter, Mia Lottie, who arrived four weeks early, but is home and doing just fine.  Christine wants us to make a pink card to celebrate the beginning of this new little life.

This stamped image is by Too Much Fun and is one of their Pull Up
Designs.  As if this darling little bassinet with the teddy isn't cute enough,
the top pulls up to reveal the baby and a place for a sentiment.

Here is the insert removed from the bottom.  You can also use
the pocket to insert a gift card.
Card is made from a Spellbinder's Grand die.  Border is K & Co.
Flowers are Prima, ribbon from my stash.
I stickled the flowers, but it doesn't show in the photo.

The inside sentiment and another border from the package from
K & Co.
Oops, I forgot to mention that Christine has some great prizes for this challenge also.
Congratulations again, Christine, she is beautiful.  Such a blessing.
Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great Friday and enjoy the weekend.
Until later............

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Love and Ice Cream

Hi friends.  Going to be a hot day today, high 80's and predicting we will hit the 90's
this week!  Yuck........along with the heat we get high humidity. 
Today's card is for the challenge at Sassy Cheryl'sIt's challenge #168 and the theme this week is A Step card with a Sassy image.
View from the front
I chose this digi of Noah at the ice cream bar.
The papers are from an old summer stack by DCWV.
Spellbinder's die
Sentiment is from Michael's dollar bin.
Sundae on the side is Gina K stamp
Heart banner hand made, red silk string from Pizzazz Aplenty.
Glossy Accents added to Sundae glass and cherries.
Colored with Copics
View of the inside panel.
Looks like Noah is waiting for someone to share his Sundae with!
Thanks for stopping by today.  Enjoy your day.  Until later............


Monday, May 27, 2013

House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge # 145 Mid-Week Reminder

Just a reminder that the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge is at the Mid-Way point.  You have until Saturday, May 1st at 12 midnight EST to join us for our fun challenge #145,  Flower/Flour Power.

Is this little mouse cute or what?

Stamp - Stampabilities - House Mouse
Sentiment - Michael's dollar bin
Spellbinder's die
Dotted Papers - Reflections
Rhinestones - Kaiser
Dotted green ribbon from my stash
Colored with Copics
Butterflies cut from K & Co border
A $10 Gift Voucher from Joanna Sheen for the lucky winner is the prize this time.
Check out the Design Team samples on the blog site for inspiration, and then join the fun.  We love visiting you and seeing what you come up with.
Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great Monday.  Until later...........


Today's idea is to make a card using die cuts in a unique way.
This is a memory box die, Lovely Peony Outline (98482)

This is a beautiful butterfly die by Memory Box, Vivienne Butterfly (98265)

The finished card.
Found this idea online by Dina Kowal and she has done
a great tutorial
This stained glass effect is achieved by cutting out the die on the panel you will use on your card front, then placing acetate (I used velum) over the top of the dies and coloring it up. Then you replace the panel over the colored sheet and glue the cut outs back. I love this look. I used Copic Markers on the to color. Pearls are
Melissa Frances. I ran the panel through a Cuttlebug embossing folder before
gluing the velum in place and returning the dies back into place. Simple but elegant card.
Hope you have a chance to try this technique.
Enjoy your holiday. Please remember all those that have served, the men and women that are presently serving and those that made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.
Thanks for stopping by today. Until later..............

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Lady Bug Thank You

Hello friends.  Sunny day here, but cool, that's okay, had some humid hot days and I prefer this!!

Today's card is for the challenge at Mo's Digital Pencil 2 Challenge.  It's challenge #186 - Thank You.

I used this adorable new digi, Little lady bug. 

Made a stair step card.
Spellbinders die labels 1
Fence die is Cherry Lyn
Grass die is Memory Box
Flowers made from Martha Stewart punch
Bird on the fence is also a Martha Stewart Punch
Paper Doily
Sentiment is a clear set from Michael's dollar bin.
Colored by Copic Markers
Background papers are Heidi Grace and dots are
from JoAnn's
Thanks for peeking in today.  Have a great weekend.  Until later.............

Monday, May 20, 2013

House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge #145

It's House Mouse Monday and time for a new challenge. 

Challenge #145 being hosted by our talented teamie Stacy and she has chosen the theme:

Flower Power/or Flour Power.  Use a House Mouse, Gruffie or Happy Hopper with  flowers or cooking flour.  This should be fun, great challenge, Stacy.

I chose this Stampabilities Happy Hopper stamp Dust Bunny
Papers by DCWV Sweet Stamp
Die is XCut-Docraft-Rectangle Parenthesis
Rhinestones - Martha Stewart
Baker's Twine - Sew Easy
Scalloped border Stampin'Up
Colored with Copics

We are sponsored this time by Joanna Sheen
They are graciously offering a $10 gift certificate to their online store

Please remember, shipping and all taxes are the responsibility of
The design team has some really creative and beautiful inspiration for you on the House Mouse and Friends Monday Blog site, please stop over and check them out.  You will also find all the rules for the challenge.
Thanks for stopping by today. Have a wonderful Monday.


Today's idea is a couple of Father's Day cards.
Father's Day is Sunday, June 16th.
These beautiful wolves are a stamp from Northwoods (PP9043)
Colored with Copics
Green card stock run through the cuttlebug wood grain embossing folder.
Black twine bow.
Black card stock base card.
Inside of card, pine needle border is Memory Box (98467)

Shirt and tie card and gift bag. These are so easy and
very cute.
Card link
Red card stock and Bazzill Basics Paper, red.
Darice embossing folder Chevron for the red tie.
Small buttons from my stash

If your Dad isn't a shirt and tie kind of guy, this card is fun.
You can slip a gift card into the pocket.
Link to this card

This is the stamp I used for all the words on the outside and
the inside of the cards. It's from Great Impressions K81.
I've had it awhile, so don't know if it is still available.
Hope something here sparks an idea for you for Father's Day.
Thanks for stopping by today.
Have a great week.
Sue Drees

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


Hi friends.  A beautiful sunny day here in New York.  Had to laugh at a facebook entry I received this past week (it was very cold here) that said "Buffalo, New York, the only place you can get frost bite and a sunburn all in one week!

My card today is for the challenge at Mo's Digital Pencil 2 Challenge #184 and the challenge is Clean and Simple.

Is this little gal a sweetheart or what?

Card Recipe
Spellbinder's die
Blossom punch and circle punch for flowers
Digi and sentiment digi - Mo's Digial Pencil 2
Stickles Diamond and Star Dust
Glossy Accents on glasses
Colored with Copics
Need to get this posted, have had it colored up for a couple of days
but the challenge is about to end.
Have a great Wednesday.  Thanks for stopping by.  Until later.....

Monday, May 13, 2013


Just a reminder that the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge is at the Mid-way point for Challenge # 144 - Feeling Blue.  Interpret as the color blue or Not well/sad.

Stamps - Stampabilities
Gingham designer paper
Blue Card stock mat
White cardstock base
Martha Stewart border punch, dotted embossing folder
Ribbon from Michael's
Buttons - ducks - Michael's tied with yellow twine
Martha Stewart flower punch for small flowers
Colored with Copics
Closeup of these adorable little Gruffie faces.
Rules and sponsor information can be seen on our
Hope you can make time to join us.  Please remember, you must use a House Mouse, Gruffie or Happy Hopper on your card and follow the current theme.
You have until Saturday, May 18th at 12 midnight EST to enter to win.
Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great Monday.  Until later...............


Today's idea is quilting on your card.
I have seen a lot of different quilting designs on cards lately.
This is a pretty simple one I found on Pinterest.
Cut a piece of 4x4 inch card stock. Now chose 4 strips of 1 inch wide
card stock in patterns or colors that coordinate. You need four.
four inch squares from each strip. You now have 16, 1 inch squares.
I ran the squares through various Cuddlebug and Darice embossing folders.
Figure out how you want them to look on your "quilt".
Now start gluing them on the 4 inch square piece of card stock.
I did the four corners first, then the outer edge and finally the four squares in the middle.

Here is a close up of the embossed squares.
After the quilt was finished, I mounted it on a 4 1/4 inch piece of
ivory card stock. I ran a piece of green card stock 41/2 inches square through an embossing folder. I mounted the quilt which has been adhered to the ivory card stock to the green embossed square and adhered that to a 5x5 inch card.
Sentiment is by Inky Antics(D6-0682)
Crystal Hearts by Say It In Crystals
Flower Button by Pebbles
Spellbinders die - Label Four (S4-190)
Sponged with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink
Papers are Authentique - Lovely Collection and Cloud9Design
Luster Sara's Garden Streams
Colored twine bow on button.
It's fun to quilt a design. You can cut some squares in half on the diagonal and
mix and match the patterns too.
Hope you have a chance to try this technique.
Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great Monday.  Until later..............

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Basket of Flowers

Hi friends.  Where did the week go?  We worked on opening our pond and had to take the filter box out and reseat it because it was leaking around the sides because it had
been displaced because of the ground shifting in the cold winter weather and ice!
What a job, but it is done and when I get the rock all back around the edge and cleaned up, will take some pictures.  Oh, did I mention that the pump didn't work when we went to start the filter, so had to replace that too........

Today's card is for my daughter for Mother's Day.  She never has time to look at my blog, so no need to not show it now.

Beautiful stamp by Northwoods Rubber Stamps
Basket full of Hydrangea's (PP9089)
I stamped it twice and cut out the front pink flower and
the blue flower on the far right with the leaves and colored them and popped them up.

Finished card
Papers - Designer paper is K& Co. 
Spellbinders Grand Decorative Oval die
Paper lace doily
Inside Sentiment says Because Your Special...Happy Mother's Day
Dragonfly is K & Co, cut from a border set
Picket fence pink ribbon is from Michael's
Corner punch is Paper Shapers
Pearls are Queen and Co.
Colored with Copics
Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great Thursday.  Until later......

Wednesday, May 8, 2013


Hi friends, happy Wednesday.  Hump Day, Yeah!
Today's card is for the challenge at Tilda's Town, it's challenge #51
Anything Goes.

Card Recipe
Card stock - The Paper Studio
Dies- Spellbinders and Cheery Lyn Designs
Butterfly Punch by Martha Stewart
Leaf Vine - Cheery Lyn Design
Flowers - Prima
Bow - Hobby Lobby
Button Candi around scallops
Glossy Accents on the looking glass.
Star Dust Stickles on the flowers.
Colored with Copic Markers
I am also entereing this card into the
Anything Goes Challenge #92 - Shaped card (not a square)
I hope you have a fantastic Wednesday.
Thanks for stopping by today.  Until later..........

Monday, May 6, 2013

House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge #144

It's House Mouse Monday and it's challenge # 144.
The Theme for this challenge was chosen by our teammate, Paula.
and she has chosen
"Feeling Blue"
Interpret as color or unwell/sad, it's up to you!
Poor bunny, broke his leg and hurt his ear....but the mice are trying
their best to cheer him up.
Stamp - House Mouse Designs - Stampabilities
Papers from my stash
Pearls and hearts from my stash
Flowers Prima, leaves, Martha Stewart Punch.
Ribbon is pink cording.
Colored with Copics
Background sponged.
We are so lucky to have three fabulous sponsors this week:
A $25 Gift Certificate to their online store.

A $ 10 gift Voucher to their online store.

 The design team has made some wonderful cards/projects to inspire you to join us.
Please visit the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge blogsite to see their work.
This challenge will run from Monday, May 6th through Saturday May 18, 2013 at midnight EST.
Hope you can join us.  Dust off those mice, Gruffie bears or Happy Hopper bunnies and show us your interpretation of Feeling Blue is.  We love seeing what you come up with.
Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great day.  Until later............


BSS Monday Idea - Dazzling Die Cuts

Welcome to the Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Monday Idea.
Today I'm showcasing some new dies in the store.
I just love this cattails die by Spellbinders (SB-S2-002)
I ran it through twice, once in dark green for the leaves and once in brown
for the cattails. Then just snipped the cattail tops off of the brown and glued
over the green cutout.

This is the finished card.
Stamps - Penny Black Clear set Toadily (30-022)
Colored with Copic Markers. Water and sky are sponged on.
Water Stamp - Stampscapes
Covered frogs with Glossy Accents.
Brushed on Glamour Dust Ultra Fine Glitter Paint by
Background die - Iron Gate by Sizzix (659005)
mounted on a piece of green card stock, matted with brown card stock
adhered to a white card stock 5x7 card.
Ribbon holder die is Spellbinders S5-161 Majestic Elements
Ribbon from my stash

For the inside of the card, Iron Gate die in green adhered to
inside of card. Sentiment is from the same Penny Black set.

Here is a close up of the sparkly water and
slippery frogs!

Lots of great new dies from a lot of different companies.

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