Monday, October 24, 2011


Fall has definitely arrived and as I look out my window I see a very cold, blustery day, just like these House Mice are experiencing.

This is my last week this month to be a guest design team member for House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge blog for October and the theme of this week's challenge is FALL.

When I think of Fall I think of leaves blowing about, beautiful colors of nature, and crisp textures in leaves, corn husks and bare rolling hills. These are the elements I wanted to portray in my card for this challenge so I used my paper crimper for the leaves and background panel for the rolling hills effect and added rafia for dried straw or corn husk look and added distress ink in autumn shades.

Card Recipe:
Stamp: Stampabilities "Floating on a leaf" # HMJR1005
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink in peeled paint, antique linen and dusty concord. Image colored with Copic markers
Designer paper: Bo Bunny
Accessories: Brass eyelets, Paper crimper, Nestibilities die, raffia and Stickles glitter in copper and diamond.
Punches: Martha Stewart Leaf and fern punches. Tiny Maple Leaf punch by McGill Craftivity
If you enjoy House Mouse and friends stamps then be sure to check HOUSE MOUSE AND FRIENDS challenge blog and play along with this week's FALL challenge.

Until next time,


Monday, October 10, 2011

Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat! These cute little mice are all dressed up for a night of trick or treating.
The House Mouse and Friends Challenge blog gave me a real TREAT (and it wasn't a trick either) when they asked me to be one of the guest designers this month. In keeping with the challenge theme, this is the card I made for challenge #106 and we want to see you creating projects with these COLORS: Black, Orange, Yellow & Green with an optional Halloween theme. This allows for those countries who celebrate Halloween to make Halloween cards/projects, and those that don't celebrate it, to get creative with these fun colors!Card Recipe:
Stamp: Stampabilities "Bewitching Pumpkins" HMTR1025
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Image colored with Copic markers
Designer Paper: K & Company
Embellishements: Martha Stewart "Trick or Treat ribbon, yellow button from my button jar, Miscellaneous sheer ribbon, Yellow Stickles glitter on jack-o-lantern face.
If you enjoy House Mouse and Friends stamps you'll want to be sure to hop on over to HOUSE MOUSE AND FRIENDS CHALLENGE BLOG and join in the fun with this Black, Orange, Yellow and Green Challenge.

Until next time,


Thursday, October 6, 2011

Jingle all the way!

The latest House Mouse and Friends challenge # 105 is to see a lot of SPARKLE ON CHRISTMAS CARDS. This little card really sparkles and shines. I used Mica chips for the snow, clear dimensional glaze on the bells and diamond Stickles glitter glue for added sparkle. I found a bag of teeny-tiny silver bells at the dollar store and added it to the center of the bow. The snowflake border is made with my Martha Stewart snowflake border punch. I like this edge!

Another wonderful challenge blog, The Paper Players is also having a challenge this week with the theme of music! Now this is a challenge I love, and if you have a new musically inspired card be sure to hop on over to The Paper Players and submit your card too!

Finally, a third challenge site that I'm posting to this week is to the Simon Says Challenge site. Simon Says Challenge is featuring Sparkle and Bling and Stampabilities stamps too! How fun since my card is featuring this darling House Mouse stamp which is made by Stampabilities.

This is a very simple card to be used either for Christmas cards or gift thank you notes at holiday time.

I have some new sewing projects in the works and need to get into my sewing room now.

Until next time,


Monday, October 3, 2011

Hey Diddle Diddle the Cat and the Fiddle...

Hey Diddle Diddle the cat and the fiddle,
The Cow jumped over the moon.
The little Dog laughed to see such sport,
And the Dish ran away with the spoon.

This past weekend we have been celebrating the birth of the mister's newest granddaughter. I knew immediately that I wanted to make a set of cards using this Close to my Heart set simply titled, "Hey diddle diddle."

These are very much the clean and simple layout and style of cards but I think it makes a great set of cards that can easily be used as thank you notes or birth announcements or any baby related party need, such as shower invitations.

I made a set of twelve cards (three of each design) and thoroughly enjoyed the cardmaking process.

These cards are colored with copic markers, a little stickles for sparkle on each card, a variety of coordinating ribbons, and of course my nestibilities dies and cuttlebug swiss dots embossing folder.

I think my next project with these stamps will be on onesies. Wouldn't these make darling onsies?