Monday, July 29, 2013


The new challenge at House Mouse and Friends #150 is HEAT EMBOSSING, chosen by our talented leader, America.

Here is a close up of the stamp I used.  I embossed the image
the snowflakes and used Fran-tage embossing powder around the
base of the image, and also gold embossed their hallos.

Stamp - House Mouse Designs
Paper, White and blue card stock
Dies - Spellbinders Grand Delicate Ovals
Snowflake dies - Sizzix, punched, Martha Stewart
Flowers - Prima
Bow is from my Stash
Colored with Copics
We are graciously sponsored by:

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The design team has gotten their heat guns out and fired them up with some
wonderful samples of heat embossing  to inspire you to join us.  We love to see what you come up with.
This challenge will run through Saturday, August 10th at midnight DST.
Hope you can join us.
Thanks for stopping by today.  Until later..................
Welcome to the Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Monday Idea.
This week's idea is to angle the background paper. Do you always use one color background paper? Do you cut it in half if you use two different papers.
Try cutting it on an angle and aligning the two papers with a border between
the two.

Card Recipe
Stamp - Art Impressions-Flamingo Set (4192) inside
sentiment comes with the flamingo.
Papers - Green card stock run through the Darice diamond embossing
Base card is hot pink card stock
Pink pearl card stock, traced the larges die in the set on the outside and
cut out with deckled edged scissors for a mat.
Designer papers are Authentique Seasons-Spring
Border punch - Martha Stewart
Colored with Copics
Added some fluffy pink feathers
Square rhinestones, Kaiser
Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great Monday.  Until later.........

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Under the Sea

Another day.  Hope you are all well and enjoying your Wednesday.  I changed my
picture of Niagara Falls, they graced the Falls with blue lights to commemorate the birth of the new Prince....isn't it beautiful!

Today's card is for the challenge at Craft a Scene for July, the theme is Under the Sea.
I thought it would be fun to make a scene showing what was under the water and above the water.

 Click on each image to see under the water better. In real life, you can see the sea life so much better.

This is the under the sea part!
Here is a close up of the scene.  Kids are early morning fishin'
A little bit farther back for perspective.
All of the stamps I used are pretty old, and probably not available anymore.
I used Marvey Matchables for sponging on color.  Stamped with black dye
ink on glossy white card stock.  Colored the fish and turtle and plant
with Tombow Markers.  Punched a circle in a piece of paper and used
the hole as a stencil for the sun.  Just sponged color and a darker tone around
the edge.  Clouds are made using a torn paper towel and sponge applicator.
brush upwards with the sponge applicator from the paper towel onto the card.
Move paper towel as you work downward so pattern isn't the same each time.
Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Enjoy your Wednesday.  Until later......

Tuesday, July 23, 2013


Hi friends, hope all is well with everyone!  Congrats to William and Kate on their new little boy, our friends in the U K are celebrating for sure.
My card today is for the July challenge at Penny Black and Friends Saturday Challenge.  I haven't done one of their challenges in a while and my PB stamps are feeling neglected.  It used to be the highlight of my Saturday morning to look to see what the new challenge was, prior to their going to a monthly challenge.  Saturday morning hasn't been the same since.
The theme for July is Christmas in July.

Circle easel card using Cling Stamp with bird and Holly.

Close up of sentiment and inside
Stamp - Penny Black, sentiment Stampendous
Paper is DCWV
Spellbinder's Grand Circle dies
Paper doily
Broken China distress ink
Holly die is Cherry Lyn Design
Snowflakes, Martha Stewart and Sizzix
Precious Hearts die is Memory Box
Kaiser Pearls
Colored with Copic Markers
Have a great Tuesday.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Until later......

Monday, July 22, 2013


The House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge is mid-way through Challenge #149
and the theme, chosen by Tracy,  is ADD SOME SPARKLE.
Our generous sponsor for this challenge is

Offering a $10 gift voucher for her online store.
(click to enlarge to see the sparkle!)
Love this House Mouse stamp!
Stamped on white card stock, colored with Copics.
Sparkle added to the stones at the bottom of the bowl
and the fish fins, but hard to see in photo.
Base card is Spellbinders Grand Scalloped circles
as well as second layer. 
Fish stamp is from dollar bin at Michael's, stamped
on orange card stock and cut out.
Martha Stewart Rhinestones
Ribbon is blue dotted from Joann's
Sentiment is Sizzix.
Hope you can join the fun and create something Sparkly using
a House Mouse, Gruffie or Happy Hopper image.
Challenge closes on Saturday, July 27th at midnight DST.
Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great Monday.


Today's idea is to use one stamp three different ways for card making.
Do you sometimes get in a rut and make cards the same over and over, I think that happens to most of us.
I chose the stamp Leafy Vines (CG509) by Hero Arts.
Card #1

Stamps - Hero Arts Cling Happy Definition Birthday (CO269) (in the background)
and Hero Arts Cling Leafy Vines (CG509)
Paper - Two different colors of blue card stock
White card stock
Ink - Adirondack Earth tones Stonewashed
Punch - Martha Stewart- Both border and butterflies
Kaiser Pearls
Card is 5x7

Closeup of word stamp in the background.

Card #2

White and green card stock
Same stamp - Leafy Vines, Hero Arts
Spellbinders Grand Large Labels (LF-168)
Ink - Adirondack Earth tones Meadow
Circle and Scalloped circle punch Paper Shapers
Stamped the Large Labels cut in three sizes with the stamp
and popped them up onto each other
Inked the stamp and randomly stamped a white 5x7
card front in the same Meadow ink.
Adhered the green panels in the center. Tied a bow
using white organdy ribbon. Tied the sentiment to the center
of the bow.
Rhinestones in each corner on the bottom green panel.

White 5x7 card stock card
Dies - Spellbinder's 5x7 Elegant Labels 4 (S6-005)
Cut the second die in the set in black card stock
Leaving the frame around your cut card stock, ink
the Leafy Vines stamp with Versamark clear ink, and emboss
in white embossing powder.
Third die in the set is the label, ran ribbon through it
from my stash, and stamped and embossed the word Friend on the label.
For an extra pop, I cut the Memory Box Precious Hearts die (98474)
out in red glitter paper (two in the set, I used the smallest one)

This is a wonderful stamp and so versatile.
Thanks for stopping by today.
Sue Drees

Monday, July 15, 2013

House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge #149 ADD SOME SPARKLE

It's time for a new challenge at House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge.
Challenge 149, ADD SOME SPARKLE
The theme for this challenge was chosen by our talented, Country Mouse, Tracy.
How cute is this winter scene!

Stamp - House Mouse (HMOR1128) Mice Snowball
Six x Six Salmon card stock, Pool Party die cut with
Darice snowflake embossing. 
Sentiment stamp is a dollar stamp from Michael's
Snowflakes are on a roll from Walmart a couple of years ago
Aqua organdy ribbon
Snowflake border is Martha Stewart punched from
same salmon card stock, snowflakes sponged with Versamark
and embossed with Frontage embossing powder
Fran-tage embossing powder used for snow and snowball mice
is white sparkly flower soft.
Colored with Copics
We are generously sponsored by
For one lucky winner
A $10 gift voucher for their online store.
The gals on the design team, plus our Guest Design Team Members
have got lots of inspiration for you on the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge site.
The challenge begins today, and runs through Saturday, July 27th at Midnight DST.
Hope you have a chance to join the fun and show us your SPARKLE!  We love visiting your blogs and seeing what you come up with!
Thanks for stopping by today.  Until later..........



Welcome to the Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Monday Idea.
Have you noticed how many companies have come out with dies lately?
So many different ones to choose from it is mind boggling.
This weeks idea is a card I made with a Just Rite Stamp set and
a Spellbinder's coordinating Die.
This beautiful stamp is from the Just Rite Cling stamp set
Sea Shell Bay CL-02220

Base card is 51/2x51/2 Kraft Paper, Designer paper is Bazzill Basics, Kraft.
Stamps -Just Rite
Colored background with Copics, Stamped and colored a second
seahorse, fussy cut it out and popped it up.
Coordinating Spellbinders die Nestabilities Labels Twenty Two (S4-340)
used to cut out stamped image and mat.  The sentiment stamp also
coordinates with Labels Twenty-Two, but I chose to cut out a portion of it.
Rhinestones, Queen and Company. 
Cheesecloth was cut and the edges sponged with color and glued around the images.
Love these coordinating die and stamp sets, and there are so many of them
now to choose from.
Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great Monday.  Until later.........

Friday, July 12, 2013


Wow another week simply disappeared!  This summer is passing very quickly.
Now we are going to be hot and muggy again into the 90's for the coming week...Ugh!

This sweet stamp is Tilda with Butterfly Balloon.

White 6 inch sq scalloped card base
Peg Stamp - three dots, Judith
Designer paper is Heidi Grace
Purple Glitter paper
Dies - Spellbinders A-2 Polka Dots Nestabilities,
Butterfly, Whimsy Stamps Elegant Butterfly,
Flowers, Reflections
Bella Leafy Branch, Cottage Cutz
Colored with Copics
Star Dust Stickles
I'd like to enter into the following challenges:
Tilda's Town - #61 Anything Goes
Marvelous Magnolia Challenge - #35 Anything Goes
Enjoy your upcoming weekend.  Thanks so much for stopping by today.
Until later...........

Monday, July 8, 2013

Blow Out the Candle

Hi Friends, just a reminder that the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge is at the midway point today.  You have until the 13th of July at midnight EST to join the fun.  Our theme for Challenge #148 is Food.
I chose this fabulous image from a Joanna Sheen unmounted stamp set.

Papers - Michael's and Joann's. 
Border Punch is Martha Stewart
Crocheted flowers, Pizzazz Aplenty
Sentiment stamp is Hero Arts
Gingham Ribbon is from Michaels
Quick Kutz die for scalloped oval
Glossy Accents on Strawberry
Colored with Copics
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Don't forget, you need to use a House Mouse, Happy Hopper or Gruffie image on your entry.  Join us for the fun and a chance to win.
Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great Monday.  Until later.........


Welcome to the Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Monday Idea.
This week's idea came about when I stopped in the store and
purchased the Glowing Candles Die (98661) by Memory Box.
I took it out of the package and thought about how I was going to use it.
I started with a red glitter paper card.
Spellbinder's Floral Ovals die (S4-356)
I then cute the Glowing Candles die from white, red, and green card stock.
I glued the red over the white except the candles (just cut them away.)
Then glued the green over the red except the berries and the candles.
So what you are left with is white candles, green holly leaves and red berries.
I then cut a small piece of Gold Pom glitter paper, placed it under the white candles
and cut around the candles and glued the gold into place.  Colored the flames with markers.  Before gluing it to the white oval, I chalked light blue chalk across the center of the oval and highlighted the background with the same blue chalk. I added a thin coat of Deco Art Glamour Dust over the holly leaves, but you could use fine glitter also.
Then I was thinking how else could I do this pretty die, then it dawned on me that
it didn't have to be just for Christmas...............

Started with a bronze glitter card.
The white die is from the Elegant Labels 4 by Spellbinders (S6005).
I cut the Glowing Candles die from a piece of bronze metallic paper
and used star dust Stickles on the candle drips.
The leaves were cut with the Impression Obsession leaves die (030-S)
from green, orange, and yellow card stock.  I then inked the edges with
different colors of dye and distress inks and added some gold Stickles.
And how about for Summer or Spring............

I started with a blue glitter card stock card.
The oval is Spellbinder's Labels Ten (S5-022)
I ran the oval through the Swiss Dot embossing folder by
I cut the die and the candles with Hot Pink Card stock.
Used Glossy Accents on the candle drips.
I covered the holly with daises I made from the Tim Holtz Alterations
Decorative strip by Sizzix Tattered Flower Garden (657824).
I sponged the flowers with light blue dye ink lightly then put
them together with a yellow punched dot in the center.  There are three
different sizes, which is perfect to cover the holly.  The Butterfly
is a Martha Stewart punch, also sponged with light blue dye ink..
Pink Pearls finished it off.
I had a lot of different ideas for this die, but ran out of time.  I hope you
see how very versatile it is and it was fun putting the different looks together.
Would make a beautiful wedding card!
Thanks for stopping by today.  Until later.............

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Furry Friend

Hi friends, hope you are enjoying your Sunday.  Hot and humid here....again!
Today's card is for the challenge at Mo's digital pencil.  It's #192 and the theme is F is For.........  I chose, F is for Furry Friend!
So true!

Awww, right?  I went through a container with paper I had not even looked at
forever, and found this cute puppy paper.
Spellbinder's Wonky Rectangles
I sponged the paw prints with dark brown ink after I punched it out
with a small punch, like using the blank for a stencil.
The sentiment is from a large set of dog related saying that I have had for a long
Colored with Copics
Loving this simple card, and I know just the little boy to send it to!
Thanks for stopping by today.  Until later..................

Saturday, July 6, 2013


Hi friends, where did the week go?  Hope you had a great fourth of July here in the states and are enjoying a long weekend.
Today's card is for the challenge at Sassy Cheryl's.  It's challenge #173, Red, White, and Blue with a Sassy image.

Card Recipe
Digi - Sassy Cheryl
Dies/Punches - Grass, Memory Box
Border - EK Success, Butterflies - Martha Stewart
Mat - Docrafts
Flower and bird borders, K & Co.
Lady bug is a button with the shank cut off
Colored with Copics
Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Until later........

Monday, July 1, 2013


Today begins a new challenge at House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge.
It's #148, and the theme - FOOD - has been chosen by our super talented teammate, Sue Kment!
For once, the mice aren't eating, they are feeding this sweet
kitten cat FOOD.
Stamp - Keep'em Coming
Spellbinder's Grand Labels One dies
Paper DCWV
Colored with Copics and sponged with
Marvey Matchables dye ink background
Sentiment stamp is Anna Griffin
Ribbon - Michael's
Flowers made with Martha Stewart punch
Leaves bridal dept Michael's

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