Wednesday, November 27, 2013


Hi friends.  Cooked up a storm this morning.  Did everything I could to prepare ahead of time so I can

have less to do tomorrow.  After I post this card, I am going to get the table set up for our Thanksgiving feast.  Can't wait to smell that giant bird cooking in the morning.

I made four of these cards for my friends that are coming for lunch in December.  I have a little gift bag and I have showed you the things I have made already.

 A white on white card.  5x7 base card.
Mat is embossed with Darice snowflakes embossing folder
Beautiful die is Cuttlebug, by Anna Griffin
Corners are a Paper Shapers punch run through the dotted swiss
folder.  Poinsettia is a digi colored with Copics, sprayed with
Gold Perfect Pearls mixed with water in a mini spritzer.
Some Chunky white Fran-tage EP was Sprinkled on
the flower and embossed from underneath so it doesn't blow off when you use
the heat gun.

The inside
Nordic snowflake is a Martha Stewart punch.  Die is Spellbinders
Sentiment is embossed in gold

Thanks for stopping by today.  
Enjoy Thanksgiving 
Until later......

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Happy Birthday Daughter

Hi friends.  Are you busy getting ready for Thanksgiving?  I think I have been to the Grocery store everyday for a week for something I have forgotten!  Our daughter and son-in-law and two grands are coming for dinner.  I have had up to 16 people in the past when my parents used to come before they passed and we always celebrated both Canadian Thanksgiving and American Thanksgiving here with my Godparents who lived in Toronto.  I miss that big family dinner and all the activity in the house, but I am looking forward to cooking this year.

Monday was our daughters birthday and today was my husband's birthday.  I am sharing the card I made for my daughter here.

Card Recipe

White 5x7 card stock base
5x7 embossing folder
Die cut is Cuttlebug, Anna Griffin
from pink card stock, used chalks to hi-lite  flowers
Sentiment was created with a Kitchen Sink set that I
love, all of the words are separate and it's a clear set, so
it is easy to create with.
Spellbinders die for sentiment

We are going to get some snow for Thanksgiving.  My sister and her family are
traveling out of town to one of her daughter's house, so maybe I will have more
than I think for dinner if the weather turns bad!!

Thanks for stopping by today.  Until later............

Monday, November 25, 2013

Mid-Week Reminder for House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge #158 My Favorite Things

We are at the midway point for the My Favorite Things Challenge # 158 at House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge.  

Our Sponsors, House Mouse Designs is offering a $25 gift voucher, and Joanna Sheen is offering
a $10 gift voucher.  That's two chances to win!

For the mid-week post, I chose "girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes"

Card Recipe

6x6 white textured card stock base
designer paper is K and Company hydrangea
Spellbinders decorative ovals
 La La Land Filigree Corner Die
Blue satin ribbon
Colored with Copics
Martha Stewart Hydrangea Punch for flowers on oval

You have until Saturday, November 30th at midnight EST to join us.
We love seeing what you come up with.

Check out the other design team posts for the midweek at the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge blog.

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


Wow, it's Thanksgiving week already.
Where did November go?

Today's card is an Upright Diamond Fold Card.  I love fancy fold cards.  This one was fun to make, but I had a hard time taking pictures of it.  It is hard to stand upright closed.

This is the front of the card.

This is the card opened up.

This is the card from the back opened up.

I found the tutorial for this card HERE on Split Coast Stampers.

Card Recipe

Stamp - Whipper Stamper Designs, Bountiful Thanks (AT608)
This is one stamp, I fussy cut the boy and girl and pup out and put the girl inside.
Inside Sentiment - Inkadinkado (93162-M)
Papers - Pine Green card stock for base card, All designer papers
are from the 6x6 Thanksgiving Authentique paper pack.
Colored with Copic Markers.  
Wild honey distress ink sponged around sentiment.
Images are Popped up on diamond.and inside.

If you follow the tutorial step by step, you will see how easy this card
is to make.  

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

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Little Gifts for Old friends

Hello friends.  I have been busy putting together some small gifts for four of my high school friends.  They are coming to lunch in December at my house and I wanted to give them each a few little handmade items.

The last time we met at a restaurant for lunch and I took them each six cards.  They loved them so much, I thought I would do it again.

I made a beautiful card from a picture I downloaded from the internet, it is Santa kneeling at the manger.  I have a small figurine that the hubs bought me years ago after I admired it in a jewelry store. The picture is copyrighted, so I can't show you, but it turned out so beautiful.

These are gift card/money holders.  The picture of Santa is a dear friend of our
who went to Santa School and came to our house for many Christmas Eve's when our
Grand Children were little.  It was so much fun to see their little faces when
he arrived and how they reacted with him.  It's a beautiful picture too.

These are gift tags.  Instead of putting a string on them, I have added a piece of Score Pal tape to
the back of each one so it can be stuck right on the package. They all open up and have a TO/FROM stamp inside.  I want to make a couple more for each of them and have tons of ideas running around in my head, but we will see how time goes.......never enough of it you know............

Just a quick post, thanks for having a peek and stopping by.  Until later........

Monday, November 18, 2013

House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge #158 My Favorite Things (from the song)

It's new challenge day at House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge.  But before we get to the challenge, we would like to thank everyone who played in our last challenge, and congratulations to the winners.

Also, today, we are announcing our four new additions to the design team.  The four new folks were picked from our guest designers during the year and voted on by the entire design team.

A big welcome to our four newest design team members!

Donna Hanley
Kelly Smith
Pauline Bird

So excited to have you joining our House Mouse DT Family.

On to this week's challenge. Our host this week is our oh so talented teamie, Sue Kment.  Sue chose the theme

My Favorite Things (from the song)
The words to the song are printed on the House Mouse blog site.

I chose:  "Snowflakes that Stay on my nose and eyelashes"

Aww, right?

Card Recipe

Stamp - St. Nick's Mouse (HMLR1057)
Die -  Spellbinder's Grand Decorative Label One
Paper - Reflections (Michael's)
Wide Gold Ribbon and bow
Colored with Copics
Snowflakes, Martha Stewart Die in blue glitter paper
Sizzix Sizlets in white glitter paper
Snow is Fran-tage Chunky White
WOW glitter embossing powder

We are proudly sponsored by:

A $25 Gift Voucher

A $10 Gift Voucher

The challenge runs through November 30th at midnight EST.

We hope you will join us for our MY FAVORITE THINGS Challenge.
We love visiting you to see what you come up with. 

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


BSS MONDAY IDEA - Clean and Simple

Welcome to the Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Monday Idea.

Today's idea is a clean and simple card.

We all love our embellishments, but cards with lots of embellishments are hard to
mail and expensive too.  So with the holidays approaching, I thought we would
make a clean and simple card that you can mail with one postage stamp!

Close up of stamped image.

Finished card

Inside of card

Card Recipe

Stamps - Bella on Bauble (CL255) Wild Rose Studio
             Inside Sentiment - Stampendous, Cling Snow Brackets (CRQ146)
Die - Spellbinder's Gold Labels 4 (S5-159)
Embossing Folder - Spellbinder's M-Bossabilities (EL-014)
Border Punch inside - Martha Stewart
Green Mirror Paper
Green text weight liner paper
Flower Soft - Polar White
Gold Stickles on the stars 
Gold Cord
Colored with Copics

Card size is 5x7 inch
I stamped the image on green mirror paper with Versafine Black
then embossed with clear embossing powder.  Run a dryer sheet or embossing buddy
over the mirror paper before stamping and embossing. Cut out the ornament and
popped it up on tiny thin foam squares over the ornament on the stamped and colored image.
Placed gold Stickles on the stars and moved it around with a stylus.

Lots of texture, color and shine, without adding a lot of embellishments.

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

Friday, November 15, 2013

Home for the Holidays

Hi friends.  Finally finishing up freshening up our kitchen.  Spent a week, painted cabinets inside and out and
replacing light fixtures and ceiling.  The hubs installed a new Pergo floor in our family room in the beginning of the week, so when we finish up these two rooms, and put everything away, I think that will do us until after the holidays.

I was very lucky and won the challenge at Squigglefly last week and received two free digi's.  I could not wait to color on up and make a card for this week's challenge.

The theme this week at Squigglefly for Challenge # SFC4513 is Polk-a-dots.

This is the darling image I chose, Cardinal Birdhouse, by Artist Maria Shega

I made this Z-Card.

The inside

Card Recipe

Image by Squigglefly
Paper - white and aqua card stock, dotted paper is card stock by Reflections
Spellbinder's die - Radiant Rectangles
Inside sentiment stamp - Stampendous
Punched snowflake border and pine branches - Martha Stewart
Red glittered yarn bow
Stickles and glossy accents used on snow on birdhouse
Colored with Lyra Rembrandt colored pencils.
 Cut the flowers out of a second
image and popped them up for dimension. 
Sharpie Poster Paint Pen for dots of snow
WOW glittered embossing powder on flowers

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

Monday, November 11, 2013

Mid-week reminder for House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge # 158 Anything but a card.

Just a quick reminder that you have until Saturday, November 16th at midnight to join us for our current challenge.

The challenge theme is;
* Anything But A card *
{That means you may create anything at all - whatever crafty little thing your heart desires - as long as it is NOT a card and it features a House-Mouse character}. :)

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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:
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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!!

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Purchased the glass ornament at Michael's.
Stamped the image with Stazon black ink.
Colored with diluted acrylic craft paints. If you have glass paints
you could use them also.
Added stickles to the hat.
Filled the ornament with bagged snow.
Added the plaid bow.

Remember, you must use a House Mouse Design image on your creation.

Check out what the design team came up with
for the mid-week squeak on our blog

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



Welcome to the Buffalo Stamps and Stuff  Monday Idea.

This week we are going to add  lots of sparkle to a Christmas card.

Click to enlarge to see the sparkle.

After coloring in this wonderful stamped image, I inked it with Versamark
clear ink, then embossed with sparkling embossing powder.  
The paper is also glittered and the large snowflake I did the same way.

Close up of snowflake and background

Inside of card

Card Recipe

Stamps - Snowman, Northwoods (P9298)
Inside Sentiment -Stampendous, Merriest Wishes (CRM276)
Paper - Light Blue Card stock, Glittered Snowflake paper -Doodlebug, White Christmas (3915)
Dies - Frame Dies, Spellbinders Curved Rectangles (S5006) two largest,
 Bianca Snowflake, Memory Box (98193)
Embossing Powder-WOW-Neutral Ultra Shimmer Embossing Glitter (WS02R)
Border punch (snowflakes, inside) Martha Stewart, tiny hearts hand held punch
Heart Button and silver cord.
Colored with Copics

Using a transparent embossing powder over a colored image adds so much sparkle, just
right for holiday cards.

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

Veterans Day 2013 - Thank a Veteran Today.

Thursday, November 7, 2013


Good morning, sun is shining, but crisp this morning.  I am taking a short break from painting in the kitchen.
It's going to look nice when it is finished, but I am sick of painting, but it has been awhile since we did it, so onward and upward, right!

I started this card a couple of nights ago and put the finishing touches on it today.  I made it for the challenge at Squigglefly.  It's #44 (SFC4413) and the theme is "It's hip to be square.  

I chose this precious image from Squigglefly by Artist Lynne Stansbery.  I absolutely 
love this artists work, these images color themselves!  Can you see the love in the child AND
pups eyes?

Card Recipe

Kept it pretty simple, wanted this image to be center stage it is
so powerful!

Papers - K and Company, Linen Closet
Prima Flowers
Border is Martha Stewart
Turquoise card stock mat
Colored with Copics

Ok, I'm off to the kitchen to paint.

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

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

My House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge Blog Hop Winner

Sorry I am so late in making this announcement.  We are painting and  doing some decorating changes to our kitchen and I forgot to post my winner for the recent House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge Blog Hop.

My blog candy winner is Brenda B, Butlers Abroad

Here is Brenda's beautiful card.
She has already contacted me with her mailing address and
I am going to post her prize first thing in the morning.
Congrats Brenda!

Monday, November 4, 2013


Time for a new challenge at House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge.

But before we get started with the new challenge, we want to thank everyone who took part in the Blog Hop for the Anything Goes with twine challenge #156.  We are sorting the winners and they will be announced
on Wednesday so be sure to come back for that post.

On to the New challenge, it's #157 and our super talented teammate, Natascha has picked the theme this time.


I got the wooden snowflake at Hobby Lobby, but I am sure you can find them in any
of the craft stores.  These were especially nice, because they were already painted white
and the center is big enough to use a pretty good sized stamp.

For this ornament, I painted around the edge with Glamour Dust by DecoArt, Ice Crystal.
Then, before it dried,  sprinkled  Stampendous Vintage Glitter, Champagne Glass for extra sparkle.
When it dried, I lightly sponged the edges with light blue die ink.
I traced around the center part of the ornament lightly with a pencil, then cut the shape out and stamped
on the shape I cut out, to later be glued to the ornament.  I colored with copics and sponged with
die inks.

Don't forget, you can click on any of these images and get a closer look.

New House Mouse Designs  Cling Stamp, Candy Joy HMCP02 by

Colored with Copics.  I added Ranger Glossy Accents to the candy canes.
The snow is  Chunky White Stampendous Embossing Powder,
sprinkled on in small areas, and heated from underneath until you get the look you're
going for.  I popped this image up on the snowflake with a piece of cardboard cut to the same shape.  Added red and white candy cane striped bow and silver cord hanger.


*** 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}

Please remember you must use a House Mouse, Gruffie or Happy Hopper Image
to enter our challenge.

Hope you can join us and don't forget to check out the design team inspiration 

We love to come see what you have come up with!
You have until Saturday, November 16th at Midnight EST to enter.

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