Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Warm Wishes

Hi friends.  Nice day here today, a little cool, but sun was shining.  Closed our pond today and cleaned up all the summer flowers and put the pots away.  Yard looks so bare.  Patio furniture covered.....guess what comes next....yep, and they are predicting some snow for us for next week!

Card Recipe

Stamps - Magnolia (OMG, I love both of these stamps, and the
puppy is so adorable)
Circle card made with pink and white card stock and Spellbinder's
Grand Decorative Circle dies
Pink skinny ribbon
Silver Pom paper under the white circle and for the snowflakes
which are punches
Ticket was a freebie, sorry don't know where I got this digi.
Frontage blue and white at her feet
Various glitters on Tilda
White flock on tassel of hat

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

Monday, October 28, 2013


Hey, we are still hopping at the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge.  Hope you have or are planning on joining us this week.  You have until Midnight On November 2nd.  There are so many prizes to win and the theme is easy peasy, lemon squeezy-----ANYTHING GOES AND USE TWINE.

You can click on any picture to enlarge.

This is how I used my twine!

This is the adorable image I used!

My card, inside and out.

Card Recipe

Stamps - House Mouse Designs, Stampendous Paws to warm (Cling-HMCR08)
Sentiment - Northwoods Rubber Stamps
Colored the image with Copics, sponged background with Marvey ink.
That Absolutely gorgeous die is by Cuttlebug, and designed by Anna Griffin (LOVE HER)
I bought it at JoAnn's.
I embossed the complete image with a sparkly clear embossing powder.
I also sprinkled it with Frantage, chunky white EP.
Gingham paper behind the die on the cover and silver mirror paper behind the die
on the inside of the Easel card.  
Snowflake with button on front is Cuttlebug.
Crystal snowflake, over metal snowflake charm inside with Twine.
Darice embossing folder snowflakes on inside sentiment on blue card stock
small snowflakes are Martha Stewart.
Spellbinders Grand die

Hope your planning on joining the fun.  Hop on over to the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge blog to check out the other gal's Midway inspiration.  And all the rules, prizes and the blog hop order.

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




Today's idea is to make gift tags for Christmas packages that look like
a Christmas Ornament.

Here are  the three tags I made.

All three tags were made with a 3 3/4 and a 4 1/4 inch circle.
I used my Spellbinder's Grand and Classic circle dies, but you could
just as easily use a punch or trace circles and cut them out.  I also
cut a white circle for the back of each gift tag to finish if off and stamped it
with a To::/From stamp.

I just love this snow girl! Oh, I forgot, I love all snowpeople!!
The stamp is by Northwoods (889296)  I stamped her on white card stock
with Versafine ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.
Colored with Copics.
Snowflake and pine Branch punched from Glittered paper are Martha Stewart punches
Silver mirror paper cut at 11/4 by 1 3/4 inches and folded in half, then
rounded on the open ends makes the hanger.  Glue this to the very top
to the ornament after adhering the two circles together.
Finished off with blue rhinestones and Stardust Stickles
and pink cord.

Great guy tag.
Stamp - Pickup Truck (1114F8) Rubber Cottage
Fence die - Cheery Lyn Designs (B123)
Pine Branch die - Impression Obsession- DIE021-N
Darice Emobssing Folder - Snowflakes
Layered Poinsettia die - Spellbinder's (S5-005)
Crystal Stockles
Silver cord

Jingle Bell die is Sizzix Alterations Tim Holtz (658765)
cut from gold glittered paper.
Adhered black card stock behind the openings in the bell.
Sizzix Holly die (65703) Holly with berries #5
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Stripes
Sentiment -Hero Arts
Liquid Pearls- white opal
Green organza ribbon, Red Stickles
Background Paper is Basic Gray - Nordic
Snowflake punch - Martha Stewart (green textured card stock)
Deckled edged scissors. 

To give the bell a beveled look, I used the hot glue gun to
glue in.  I bent the bell in a curved shape with my fingers, then
glued it on that way on each side, right where the upper slit begins.

These were fun to make and would make such a pretty presentation on a special gift.

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

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Old Pickup

Hi friends, had lunch with a friend today, but before we did that, we met at a new Hobby Lobby and had a little shopping spree.  What fun.  So got some new stamping things that I will be using soon.

Today's card is for a dear friend whom we met many, many years ago while we were stationed in
California when Rick was in the Army.  We have remained friends with him all these years and it is his birthday. Man, does time fly, it is so hard to believe that it was so many years ago.

Card Recipe

Stamp, I don't know, I bought it as a stamp show unmounted....
Yellow, mustard card stock
Embossing folder, Autumn Leaves, Darice
Burlap wired ribbon, Hobby Lobby
Felt Sunflower, Hobby Lobby
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Colored with Copics

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

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Value of Time

Hello friends.  Hope your Tuesday is going well. About to run out to do some errands, but wanted
to post a card I made for the Fan Club on Split Coast for October.  The theme is TIME.

(Click to see the sparkle)

Paper - Kraft and Black Card Stock, leaves on black from a very old
Halloween Stack
Die - Alterations Clock by Sizzix
Martha Stewart Leaf Punch Border in Kraft on the front sponged with black distress ink
and in Black on the inside
Words computer generated
Spritzed the entire card with Gold Perfect Pearls and water from
a mini mister

I received this as an email years ago and saved it because I love what it said so much.

Close up of the front

Ok, I am off.  Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great day.  Until later.

Monday, October 21, 2013

HMFMC # 156 Anything Goes with Twine AND BLOG HOP

Time for a new challenge AND A BLOG HOP!

Yep, that's right, we are having a blog hop along with our Challenge!

The Theme for Challenge 156 is ANYTHING GOES-WITH TWINE

I made tags for treat bags for my two Grandkids.  They are too old to go out
trick or treating, but miss getting the candy loot!

This one is for Michael.  I had this sentiment stamp, so I
thought I would use several of the Halloween characters from
House Mouse.  Lots of bright Halloween papers (DCWV)
and of course twine.  The web is from my friend Karen in
Canada, thanks Karen!  Stickles added for sparkle.

This tag is for Megan.  She recently built her own long board.  My Teamie
Sue K sent this stamp to me (isn't she a sweatheart) because I admired her 
card when she used it, and she said she didn't think this one was available anymore, but
she had bought two....thanks so much Sue, Megan is going to love it.
Pumpkins are a punch from Martha Stewart.  Papers are DCWV. Sentiment stamp is Inkadinkado.
Stars and Stickles and Twine finish it out.

This challenge very proudly Sponsored by...

The one and only House-Mouse Designs® 
Offering a lucky player a $25 Gift Certificate.

 The very fabulous Joanna Sheen Ltd.
Offering a lucky player a $10 Gift Voucher.

A N D ... 

We are super excited to announce that STAMPENDOUS! is the next company manufacturing our beloved House-Mouse & Friends stamps by House-Mouse Designs® ! If you get a chance, please stop by their Challenge Blog for inspiration and to enter your very projects into their challenges too! The link can be found HERE. 
The Official STAMPENDOUS! Rubber Stamp Company Blog can be found HERE.
 House-Mouse Designs® stamps can also be purchased at: STAMPENDOUS!.com

 Prize #1 - New HMD CANDY JOY CLING Stamp

Prize #2 - New HMD CANDY CLAUS Cling Stamp  

 Aren't these new House-Mouse stamps just the cutest??

A N D ... 

We also have this SPECIAL CANDY from the Design Team

Additional HIDDEN Prizes along the way from our fabulous Designers. 
To find Hidden prizes, you MUST HOP along to visit ALL Designer's blogs!

This is my blog Hop Candy

I will choose a winner of this candy from my followers (so if you don't already follow me,
and want a chance at this prize, please follow me now)  and you must leave a comment
on my blog.  All other rules for this blog hop also apply.

Guest Designers 
Design Team Designers


To enter your project for a chance to win prizes, just follow  these RULES...
  1. Create a project that follows the "TWINE" theme.
  2. PLEASE USE a House-Mouse and Friends, Gruffies, or, Happy Hoppers images.
  3. Enter your projects into this challenge by using the inlinkz tool found below.
  4.  Reference the Challenge CODE when linking back to this Blog.
  5. To be eligible for prizes, you MUST BECOME A *Follower* of this BLOG.
  6. Enter as many times as you'd like, but your creations MUST be NEW.  NO back linking to creations from prior dates please.
Submit your "TWINE" entries by Midnight, EST, on Saturday, November 2nd, 2013.

We hope you will join us for this fun blog hop.  Lots of great prizes and an easy peasy theme.
Gotta be in it to win!  We love visiting and seeing what you come up with.
A list of the designer's sites are at the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge site.

Your next stop on this hop is Sue Kment

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


BSS MONDAY IDEA - Halloween Double Pocket Treat Bag

Today's idea is a Halloween Double Pocket Treat Bag.

This darling little bag is made with one sheet of 12x12 paper. A couple of
folds and glue and you have made a double pocket bag.  The fun is in the decorating
and filling!

You can see a tutorial HERE

The front of the bag.  

Made the bag with one sheet of black 12x12 black card stock.
Went with black and red, was getting a Little tired of orange and green and purple!
Stamp - C.C. Designs - Devilish Lucy
Paper - Cloud 9
Colored with Copics
Added Stickles in glittery red to horns, and hearts on dress and tail.
Red glittery ribbon for the handles.

The back of the bag.

Two stamps used both by Indadinkado
Bat - 97182
Sentiment - 97186
Stamped with Versafine Onyx and embossed with clear EP
on white card stock

Side view shows how thin this little bag is, but
don't let that fool you, there are 10 pieces
of  licorice in the two pouches.

Would be fun to make and mail with soup pouch and tea 
for someone who isn't feeling well.  So many possibilities.

Thanks for stopping in today. Have a great day.  Until later...............

Monday, October 14, 2013

House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge #155 Hey Pumpkin

EEEEEEK !! we are already past the halfway mark for the 'Hey Pumpkin' Challenge and if you haven't joined in already then now is the time ! :-)

You don't necessarily need to use an image or papers with pumpkins on them, you can choose any House Mouse, Happy Hopper or Gruffie image and use pumpkin colours ie 

Orange and Green 

Our super talented Teamie Lori Bartnett is hosting this Challenge and has chosen...
~ Hey Pumpkin ~

My Card Recipe
Stamp - House Mouse Design, Stampabilities
Papers - The Paper Studio
Pumpkin Border in yellow, Martha Stewart
Orange and yellow buttons - Candie
Candy Corn buttons with shanks cut off
Orange and White baker's twine
Leaves, Prima
Colored with Copics

*** SPONSORS ***
This Challenge is very Proudly Sponsored by Simon Says Stamp

 Winner gets a $25 gift Voucher to Simon Says Stamp Store. They have over 100,000+ fabulous items in stock with all of the latest releases from Magnolia, Whiff of Joy, Tim Holtz, Spellbinders, Copic, House-Mouse Designs and so much more! With such great deals on shipping, it’s always a great time to shop with Simon Says Stamp.

Also proudly sponsored by the amazing:

Winner gets a $ 12 GIFT VOUCHER FOR THE Di's Digi Downloads online shop. This is a great little company offering lots of great digi stamps.
Thank You to our wonderful sponsors for your great generosity!!

{Note regarding Prizes; where applicable, all shipping, handling and tax fees are the winner's responsibility}

**** EXTRA PRIZE ****
In addition, we have this special TEAM prize that consists of two awesome Halloween Stamps (HMD Costume Contest and Gruffies Pumpkin Head ), - these will be going to one VERY lucky player... so come play along on this Pumpkin challenge!!! 
That's 3 awesome Prizes and that means three chances for you to win!  :) 

Whatcha waiting for, come join the fun.  Need a push, check out the wonderful cards and projects the gals on the DT have come up with at the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge site.

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



Today we used a beautiful die to make a Christmas card.
There are so many dies and companies making them now, it is
overwhelming.  This very intricate die is made by Taylored Expressions,
and I am here to tell you this die cut like butter.  I was actually surprised at the
ease with which it cut out.

Taylored Expressions Nativity Border(TE115) die cut
from Gold Glittered paper

The white card stock base in 5.7 inches
The Navy blue card stock die cut is by Spellbinder's, 
5x7 Elegant Labels 4 (S6-005)
I also cut the Elegant Labels 4 die with a tan textured card stock.
Cut the tan piece about 1 1/2 inches from the bottom.  Distressed
the edges with Vintage Photo Ranger distress ink, then glued it
over the Navy blue die.  Adhered the Nativity Scene die, across the bottom of the die cut only,  so
that the figures were against the sky.  Used tiny pop dots on the entire die, so the trees, figures and animals all stood out a bit.  I stamped O" Holy Night (don't know whose stamp this is, bought it unmounted, sorry, but you could use Peace or any number of sentiments) below the Nativity Scene with Versamark, then embossed with gold embossing powder.  Use a white gel pen to sprinkle some stars in the night sky

This makes a beautiful Christmas card.

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great day, until later................

Friday, October 11, 2013

Annabelle Ice Skating

Hello everyone, a super beautiful day today, sun shining, leaves falling and 72 degrees!
Won't be getting many more of these beauties, so enjoying them while they last!

I went on a little shopping spree the other day and while I was in JoAnn's, I picked up a magazine from the UK, Quick Cards, and in the package was a free Wild Rose Studio Christmas Stamp and some beautiful Christmas papers.  So......I just had to ink her up and make a card..........

A teaser, isn't this pup just so cute?

This is the darling stamp that was free with the magazine.

My finished card.
Stamp - Wild Rose Studio
Papers, White, and Red card stock, designer paper was also free with the magazine.
Dies - Spellbinders
Holly die - Cherry Lynn Designs
Snowflake punch - Martha Stewart
Rhinestone center for snowflakes
Star Dust and Red Glitter Stickles
Colored with Copics
She sure is a sweetie, have to get some more of these, love them.
Thanks for stopping by today.   TGIF, Have a great weekend.  Until later.......

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Sweet Kitten

Hi friends.  Beautiful Fall day, gotta get out and rake soon, leaves are falling now like crazy.  We have had steady traffic at the chestnut trees, squirrels all day carting the nuts across the street to bury and deer in the evening.  Bumper crop this year and you should here them hit the roof when it's windy!

Today's card is a delightful digi from Mo Manning which I would like to enter into the Digital Pencil 2 Challenge, #204, "H is For.......mine is Halloween!

Also, Crazy 4 Challenges, #206, Halloween.


Awwww, right?

Card Recipe
Digi - Mo Manning
Papers - K & Company
Spellbinders die cut
Paper Doily and candy corn ribbon
Black cat punch is Fiskars
Sentiment is cut from Designer paper
as well as the candycorn  border.
Sparkly green dots on corners of doily from Michael's
Distressed edges of image then added orange stickles
Dotted background on image is a peg stamp from Judith
Colored with Copics.
Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great day.  Until later...............