Thursday, January 30, 2014

Elephant Birthday

Hi friends.  Finally a break in the temps today.  Our Grandkids had no school Tuesday and Wednesday because of the very cold temps, but compared to down South where they had snow and ice and are not used to dealing with it, we were lucky.  Spring cannot come soon enough this year!

I ordered this darling little Elephant and the gift boxes, which are Magnolia.  I could not wait to ink them up and use them when I got them.

Little Elephant and gift boxes are by Magnolia.

Card Recipe

Spellbinder's Dies
Martha Stewart Border Punch
Small double heart punch really old
Sentiment - Old Hero Arts Set
Gingham and Blue textured card stock
Colored with Copics

I am going to enter this in the following challenges

Tilda's Town - #89 Celebrate

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a good one.  Until later..............

Monday, January 27, 2014


Time for a new challenge at House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge.  Our host for #162 is
our very talented teammate, Christine.  She has chosen the theme.............

      Anything Love Related


Stamp - House Mouse Designs
Heart Die - Memory Box, Corner Die, La La Land
Image die - Spellbinders
Rhinestone XO- Icon
Border punch - EK Success
I have had this wonderful piece of flocked heart paper for-EVER and finally
decided to cut into it!
POM Silver glitter paper
Peg stamp for dots by Judith
Black 6x6 Card Base
Colored with Copics

The inside, Cricut cartridge sentiment.

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A BIG Thank You to our two wonderful Sponsors for your support! 

Please note that where applicable, the shipping fees, handling fees and tax fees are the winner's responsibility.

BUT WAIT, THAT'S NOT ALL....Our very sweet DT Member  (and challenge hostess), Christine Craig  is also generously giving away this fabulous Prize to a third lucky entrant;  
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For some wonderful inspiration, please hop over to the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge blog to have a peek at the great cards and projects the design team has posted. 

You have until Saturday, February 8th, 2014 at midnight EST to join us for this challenge. We love visiting you to see what you came up with.

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



Every Monday a new card or project with a new idea.

Can you say cold!  I can't remember when I have stayed in for such long periods of
time, but it has been good for creating!  So, because it has been so cold and snowy, I
thought I would share a snowman stamp I bought and didn't get inked up yet.
I wanted to mix a couple of unusual colors and change up the design a little.  Hope you like it.

Today I am sharing a snowman set from Stampendous and a
little different layout.

This is a snowman set from Stampendous (details below)
that comes with a tree, a word stamp and the little snowflake I used on the front of the card.

A double row of snowflakes

The finished card front.
I combined lime green with Navy blue and white.

The inside of the card.

Card Recipe
Stamp Set - Stampendous-Jumbo Top Hat Snowman (CRS5056)
Inside Sentiment - Whipper Snapper Designs (IW 860)
Designer Paper - Bazzill Basics Huckleberry Pie 6x6 Pad
White embossing powder for inside sentiment and snowflakes
on the front of the card.
Circle punch for snowflakes.
Cuttlebug embossing folder swiss dots
WOW Embossing Powder - Neutral Ultra Shimmer (WS02R)
Snowflake punch along inside
Marvey circle punches for inside
Stampendous - Frantage Chunky White Embossing Enamel (FREG021)
Colored with Copic Markers

The squares on the front were cut at 1 1/2x1 1/2 inches.  The polka dot designer paper
was trimmed on each edge with decorative scissors (postage stamp). A lime green mat
and the embossed white piece were cut to fit the remaining space on the 5x7 inch card.
Snowflakes were stamped with Versamark, then embossed with white embossing powder
and using a small circle punch punched out and popped up on the squares.
After coloring the snowman, I used a small sponge applicator to apply Versamark to
his face and body and embossed with the WOW embossing powder for sparkle.
I cut him out, and sprinkled some Frantage Chunky White embossing enamel on
him and heated from underneath, so that it doesn't just blow off when you use the heat gun.
Glued a small piece of fluffy feather to the birds tail on his hat.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great day.

Friday, January 24, 2014


WOW, we are in the midst of another very cold spell.  Just a miserable couple of days with really cold temps and blowing snow and high winds at times.  Only have been out when we have to.  Have been picking up my Grands from school because it is too cold to walk.

I pulled my Magnolia Valentines Stamps out today.  Forgot how many I have and how darling they are.

Love her little shoes and chubby little legs.

White 6x6 card base
Magnolia Stamp
Designer paper - Authentique - Devoted
Sentiment stamp is Penny Black from the Heart clear set
Spellbinders scalloped square die
Heart die is Memory Box cut from red foil paper
Tiny heart punch for little foil hearts.
Red Pearls on corners
Cuttlebug embossing folders
EK Success border punch for sentiment
Colored with Copics

I'm going to pop this card into the following challenges:

Marvelous Magnolia Challenge - #60 Pretty Pearls

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

Wednesday, January 22, 2014


Hello again.  I won the challlenge at Addicted to Stamps and More last week (thank you ladies).

I was thrilled to receive three sets of digis from Deedee's Digis.  One of the sets I chose is this adorable snowman.

Isn't he cute?  Love his hat.

Anyway, the challenge this week at Addicted to Stamps and More is CAS.
I have to admit I struggle with Clean and Simple Cards, because I love bling
and embellishments, but because this little guy is so cute by himself, I thought I would
give it a go.

I am also entering this card into the challenge at ABC Christmas Challenge, theme this challenge is
Letter B - Bare Essentials

Stamp and Sentiment are a set from Deedee's Digis
Red and white Cardstock
Darice snowflake embossing folder
Fiskars corner punch
Gold Stickles on hat

I printed twice and cut out the front leg, arm and carrot nose to
pop up to give depth.
Colored with Copics.

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


Hi friends.  Hope you're keeping warm if you are in the midst of winter where you are.  We are cold again, wind chill 10 below today.  Good day to stay in and create.

I made this card for the Penny Black Saturday Challenge.  This month's theme is "New". I recently purchased a new Penny Black Sentiment clear stamp set called From the Heart, and I have used a sentiment
from this set on my card.  Also, Penny Black and More January Challenge, Love is in the Air.

 I paired it with this vintage (1998) stamp from Penny Black that I just love.

And this is my finished card.

I punched small red hearts and stamped a small bee stamp to create a background on the
yellow textured card stock.
Banner created with bright red textured cardstock.
Colored with Copics.

I have a bunch of little ones in my family that I send Valentines to, and I know just who
is getting this one!

Long time since I played at Penny Black, used to play every week before they went to 
once a month, my poor PB stamps are feeling neglected.

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

Monday, January 20, 2014


Hi House Mouse Lovers - Just a quick reminder that we are half way through our current Challenge, hosted by American, who wants you to use a stamp that you haven't used before.

We are Sponsored by Simon Says Stamp this week with a random assortment of their new inks, and as
a bonus, America is offering two lucky winners a chance to pick two house mouse stamps.

Here is my finished card.  I have had this stamp for awhile, and I think I
was a little intimidated to color it up, but once I got started, I loved it.

I used glossy accents on the big lobster.

Is the little House Mouse so cute with his buddy or what!

Lots of stickles (star dust) in the aquarium and on the coral
in the background.

I finished my card off with this little row of fish from a tiny punch.

This big beautiful stamp is by Stampabilities and is called Nutty Buddy.
I like to call it the NUTCRACKER! (HMTR1034)

Hope you can join the fun and play along with us.  You have until Saturday, January 25 at midnight EST.
Please take a look at the midweek inspiration on the HMFMC blog.

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


Welcome to the Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Monday Idea.

Today's idea is a half heart cutout on the front of the card.

See how the heart is half cut out on the designer paper and then the
heart with the little bird on it fits inside of it on the card.

Had to show you a close up of this little sweet bird.  Love now the ribbon around
his neck is forming a heart!

This is the inside of the card.  The sentiment came with the little bird, so cute.

Card Recipe

Stamps - Art Impressions - Tweetheart Set (4363)
Dies - Spellbinder's Nestabilities Classic Hearts (S4136) and
Classic Scallopped Heart (S4-137)
Paper - Card Base is white card stock 5x7.
Designer paper is Carta Bella - Devoted 6x6 paper pad
The blue dotted designer paper is cut at 5x6 and adhered to the
white card front with a half inch of the white card showing at the top and bottom.
The hearts designer paper is cut at 3x6 inches.
Using the largest scalloped die, I placed half of the heart die
on the very edge of the right side of the heart paper and cut.
Adhere the heart paper with the cutout,  to the front of the card,
along the left side. Cut the next largest scalloped die with card stock.
You can use any heart shape if you don't have the dies.
Stamp your image on white card and color.
I cut the little bird out leaving the tail and his one foot outside the
second largest plain heart, which will fit into the scalloped heart perfectly.
There is a great tutorial on how to do this at
Adhere the two hearts and place just inside the cutout on the card.
An action wobble was included with the stamp set, so that the little birds
head wobbles when you move the card.  (NOTE) The action wobble needs
 to be trimmed way down to fit onto the back of the birds head.
Lacey border trim is Martha Stewart
Ticket on front is from the same paper pack.
Ribbon is from my stash.

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

Monday, January 13, 2014

House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge - #161 - Use a HM Image or Stamp that you haven't used before

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

We are back from our holiday break and excited to start a new year of challenges.

Thanks to everyone that took the time over the holiday to enter our Silver and Gold Challenge.
There were so many beautiful entries.

Congratulations to the winners of Challenge 160, Silver and Gold.

Beth Brovold - Contagious Crafts $25 Gift Certificate to House Mouse Designs
Karen Foy - Scrappy Doodle Doo - $10 Joanna Sheen Voucher

Our New Challenge is being hosted by our Team Leader and talented stamper, America.
She has chosen the theme
"Use a House Mouse Design Image/Stamp that you haven't used before".

We also welcome three new Guest Design Team Members
Marlene Atkinson, Janet McLaughlin, and Vickie Yeakley
These ladies will be designing along with us for the next two months.

I have had this stamp in my collection for awhile now, and I can't believe I 
haven't used it before!

Awww, so cute!

Hidden tag (Says:  Brrr, it's cold outside)


Card Recipe:

Stamps - HMD - Stampabilities - Warmth for Winter
Inside sentiment - Serendipity Stamps
Tag Sentiment - dollar bin Michael's
Paper - Scrap snowflakes from my bin, purple and
aqua textured card stock
Spellbinders Oval die
Purple Grossgrain ribbon
Memory Box snowflake border die cut up for corners
Snowflake charm, gift from America (Thanks!)
Aqua colored rhinestones on snowflakes
Colored with Copics

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We are very excited to announce that One very Lucky Player will receive a RANDOM ASSORTMENT of some of these Premium Dye Ink Pads from Simon Says Stamp.
 We are honored to have Simon Says Stamp Sponsoring us.  Simon Says Stamp has over 100,000+ items in stock along with the latest and greatest releases from Magnolia, Whiff of Joy, Tim Holtz, Spellbinders, Copics, House-Mouse Designs and so much more.  With such an amazing variety and awesome deals on shipping, it’s always good timing to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp store!

... AND We ALSO HAVE ... 

TWO EXTRA PRIZES for TWO Additional Winners.
That's right! Our very own Teamie and Challenge Hostess, America, would like to add prizes for Two additional players who will each get to choose two House-Mouse Designs stamps of their choice from the following photo assortments.  (The Winners will choose one small wooden House-Mouse Designs stamp from the first set and one large wooden House-Mouse Designs stamp from the second set)

With 3 prizes to give away, this means you'll have 3 chances to win!  Isn't this EXCITING?   So don't miss out on yours and be sure to make time to play along! :)

 Please Note; 

Where applicable, the shipping, handling and tax fees are the winner's responsibility.

We want to give our special thanks to the wonderful GDTS that worked alongside us during Nov and Dec 2013:  Ema Jacky Knight,  Kim Dear and  Mary Draper
We appreciate your help and loved your gorgeous contributions. 

Please hop on over to the House Mouse Challenge blog to see what the design team and
our Guest design team members have come up with for inspiration.  

Then, come join us for this fun challenge.  We love to visit and see what you come up with
to inspire us!!!

You have until Saturday, January 25th at midnight EST to join us.
Watch for our Mid-week post for more inspiration, on Monday, January 20th.
Winners of this challenge will be posted to our next challenge which begins
Monday, January 27th at 6 am EST

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


Welcome to the Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Monday Idea.

This week's idea is a hidden tag card.
My friend Cathy in Arizona sent me a card and I liked it so
much that I am going to show you how to make it today.
Thanks so much girlfriend!

Baskets of Hearts Stamp - Love it!

Front of the card.  Click on card to enlarge to see embossing.

Hidden tag.

Front of insert inside card.

Insert fully opened.

Card Recipe

Base card is bright red card stock cut to 5 x7 inches
Mat  front is cut at 4 3/4 x 6 3/4.  You will need two pieces
of paper.  I used one piece of the red card stock same as the base card
and one piece of gingham designer paper.
Ran the red card stock piece through the embossing folder.
Scored the right top corner for the fold down.
Adhere the two pieces together along the edge only.
Leave the fold down portion unglued  forming a pocket for the tag.
Decorate the front to your liking.
Adhere the entire mat you just made to the card front.
I cut a corner from a square lace doily for the fold over and attached a 
heart brad and glued the fold down to the front.

Stamps - Baskets of hearts - Northwoods(08946)
Tag Sentiment- Hero Art- Love to you(G3264)
Inside scroll - Hero Arts-Fabulous Flourish (S5449)
Inside Sentiment - Serendipity Stamps (D155)
Inside punch - Martha Stewart
White embossing powder
Colored with Copics
Red heart brad
Tag for the pocket
White grossgrain ribbon

By attaching the ribbon bow to the tag, it is completely hidden and the
bow looks like an embellishment on the card.

This card works for any occasion, and a gift card or money can also
be slipped into the pocket.

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