Wednesday, February 18, 2009

House Mouse Challenge #25 4 leaf clover!

Hi! This little mouse must be Irish... he was lucky enough to find a four leaf clover (do you know how hard they are to find???). I bought this image awhile ago just for St. Patty's Day (yes, I'm a large part Irish). I used green and white paper, using 2 different Cuttlebug embossing folders, one for the top and one for the bottom white. On the top, I used Paisley, and took an ink pad and lightly colored the raised images. I used green Offray ribbon and a green flower (that I bought for St. Patty's Day :-) ). I put the green Kaiser pearls on the image itself and put a green Nesties scalloped border around it. I put white dots around the scalloped edges. I put the whole image on foam dimintionals to pop it out. I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol. I must admit, this image was tricky to color! It's very detailed with the clover leaves and stems. I couldn't resist doing this challenge, since I had the mouse image and I loved the sketch! Thanks a bunch for lookin'!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

FUNF1 Happy St. Patty's Day!

Hey, I'm posting a card! I know, I'm supposed to be scrapbooking, but my back gave out, so I sat down and made a card... was having withdrawal :-). This card was made for a new challenge, Fun and Frilly. The fun part, of course, is the House Mouse, and the frilly part is the lace and ribbon and flowers. I tried doing my own layout (sketch). It's not too bad :-). I cut my image with Nestabilities rectangles and scallop. I colored him with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol. Didn't turn out like the picture on the stamp! But it's not too bad. I popped the flowers up on pop dots, and put silver brads in the centers. I put three Kaiser green pearls on the right side. Pretty simple. Thanks for lookin'!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Good Sunday Morning!

Good morning, and I hope you are having a good Sunday. I'm home from church today with my little Mom-in-law. She had a bit of a bad day yesterday, hard time breathing, so we are taking it easy. I'm not going to be posting cards for awhile. I have a ton of her pictures I need to scrapbook, and who knows how much longer we're going to get to enjoy having her around. So, that is going to be my top priority for a time. She has pictures of her grandparents... and she's 96, so you know how old those must be! I'll check in once in a while, but won't be doing any cards. Don't give up on me!

Thanks, Linda

Friday, February 13, 2009

Friday Sketchers 39, SCSLSC207

Hey there, Hi there, Ho there. This card is for 2 challenges: Friday Sketchers 39 for the sketch and layout, and SCS's LCS207, to S T R E T C H ourselves to either do what we don't normally do, or not do what we normally do.
I used 3 different patterns of paper for Basic Gray's Infuse. The bottom layer is muted patterns, and then there are two others on top. I sewed the two small panels onto the muted one. I have a hard time sewing on paper! And I didn't color the Inkadinkado girraffe. That was hard! I inked him twice, and popped him out on small pop dots. I popped the flowers out on larger dots. I used brads in the centers of the flowers, and pink rhinestones on the upper right side of the paper. I used Nestabilities ovals and scallops for the image. That's it. Thanks a bunch for lookin'!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Feelin' cocky CPS102, FLLCFEB

Hi! I had the paper gathered together for the FLLCFEB living color challenge, but hadn't decided what to do with them. So today, I decided it was time to get the card done! As I was looking for the right stamp, this rooster from Inkadinkado just jumped at me, saying: HELLO! I'm the one!! And, of course, it was. I layered the basic peacock colors plus this dp that had most of the color shades in it. I used CPS102 as my layout guide, and this is what I came up with! The rooster is colored with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol. The small flowers have BasicGray brads in the centers. All flowers are popped out on diminsionals. The bottom borders of the top two layers are punched with a Fiskers border punch. All was layered on white cardstock.
So, what do you think? Thanks a bunch for lookin'!

WT205, CAS1 Sunbonnet Sue

Hi! Happy Thursday :-) I made this card originally for SCS's WT205 challenge to use fabric, so I did! I made my granddaughter a dress out of this fabric last summer, and I used a piece of scrap to make this little Sunbonnet Sue from a quilt magazine I have. I stitchec around the image and stitched on the ribbon and tied it into a bow. I then stitched around the green cardstock (actually, stitched it onto the orange). Then I glued it onto the white cardstock and put pink rhinestones on the corners. And wala, it was done! Then I saw that SCS is starting a CAS (clean and simple) challenge, and I think I Sunbonne Sue fits that bill as well! This is one of the simplest cards I've made to date :-) . Might inspire me to sew some again, as well... need to do that!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Cuttlebug Be Inspired #18

I made this card for the Cuttlebug Be Inspired #18. It's a shape card. Now, I know this doesn't exactly fit what they were talking about, but when I saw the challenge, I immediately thought of this CB embossing folder. I embossed the front of the card, colored it with Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol and cut out around the grass. I made the bird a Red-winged Blackbird because they are all over in my back yard right now! I sponged the inside of the card with VersaMagic Sea Breeze and Sahara Sand and Brilliance Pearlescent Sky Blue. I had covered the space for the moon/sun? and then colored it with Marvy LePlume II Lemon Yellow. The Happy Birthday stamp is by Inkadinkado. I like the way it turned out. What do you think?

It's still love ABC Anniversary Challenge

Hey there! It's Wednesday and a beautiful day today in Northern Fla! I made this card for 3 challenges, actually. I used today's SCS sketch challenge215 as my guide, I made an anniversary card for today's ABC - A = Anniversary, and I used metal for last Thursday's cute card challenge to use some metal :-).
I used green cardstock as the base of the card (over white), put hearts dp for the anniversary part, and used a House Mouse stamp for the cute part! I used blue (to go with the wheelbarrow) as a second layer for the sc, and paper pierced it. You can almost see it! Then I used red (to go with the flowers and heart dp) as the mat for the image. The image is colored with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol. I used a double ribbon (again as part of the sc), and created a bow with the sheer ribbon and attached it with a metal clip. I popped out the image part (including red mat) on foam squares.
Thanks a bunch for lookin' and have a blessed Wednesday!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

4 Challenges!

Four challenges, you say? Yes, 4 challenges! The Sketch Challenge is for 2S4U#19, Laura's sketch.

The Color Challenge is for SCS CC205.

The cut out... well, I see it's a bit hard to see! Anyway, the flowers and flower pot are cut from a piece of dp by K and Co. The pink gingham is also from the same piece of dp. It's for SCS TLC207.

Last, but far from least, is Timeless Tuesday's challenge to use buttons. There are obvious buttons in the upper corners and on the flower, but the heart-shapes are also buttons!

Thus, I've covered 4 challenges!

I had gone to a quilt show with a friend a few weeks ago, and one of my purchases was a bag of old buttons. Three of them are used on this card.

I had bought the dp a few years ago to go in a scrapbook for my granddaughter (who is now 4). I got carried away with this design! And have a few sheets left over :0! When I saw SCS's challenge to cut something out from dp or other source, I thought of this paper. The flowers and pot are popped up on dimensionals, but it's hard to see in this picture.

So that's it. What do you think? Thanks a bunch for lookin' and have a blessed Tuesday!

Love MOJO73

Hey, this card was created for MOJO Monday #73. It's a very simple card. I got this ribbon the other day and really wanted to use it, so... this card was created around this ribbon :-) ! I found a blue in my stash that went pretty well, found some dp from KandCompany that had the blue in it, and this shade of purple, put it together, and was happy with it. I used my Hearts Fiskers border punch on each border of the purple, and strung my ribbon through it (I don't yet have a punch to make a ribbon threader). I used the dp behind the ribbon and blue layer, then put my image, also by KandCompany (that I just got yesterday from Maggie at Cuttlebug... I won a prize during their LuvBug weekend blog hop!) and colored it with Prismacolor pencils (no Gamsol). I used bubble stickers from JoAnn Scrap Essentials on each corner and the ribbon. This was the result! What do you think?

Thanks a bunch for lookin'!

Seeking Shelter House Mouse Monday #24

Hi! Don't ya' just love House Mouse? Their stamps are the cutest! I created this cutie for the House Mouse Monday Challenge 24, to make a tall, thin card. This stamp fit the bill! The layout is very simple. It has layers of brown, yellow and sage green (my favorite color combos!). I ran the sage through a Cuttlebug embossing folder (I had to do it twice because the paper is so long). Then I ran three colors of ribbon on top of the sage, graduating their lengths, attaching a bow at the end of each. I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol, and I sponged the edges with VersaMagic Niagra Mist. and that was it!

Thanks a bunch for lookin' and have a great week!

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Just hangin' out!

I have a hard time yet creating my own layouts :-( so I still use challenge sketches to help me out. This card was made for the High Hopes Sketch Challenge #17 and I combined it with the very first Copics challenge!

I usually go by the sketch first then choose a stamp (is that backward???), but this time I selected my stamp and colored it with Copics. The colors for the challenge were:
B28 - Royal Blue
V06 - Lavender
YR07 - Cadmium Orange

I used:
B24 - Sky
BV31 - Pale Lavender
YR07 - Cadmium Orange

I also used: YR04: Chrome Orange; B32: Pale Blue; RV13 Tender Pink; YG06: Yellowish Green; G09: Veronese Green; W3: Warm Gray #3; W5 Warm Gray #5

I found cardstock that matched fairly closely to my image. I layered the main background, ending up with blue on top; orange for the second layer, and topped it off with blue and a shade of lavender with the image on top of that. I used an orange ribbon and a bow on the image, a blue gingham ribbon behind the image, and a lavender gingham ribbon at the bottom left of the card. I used denim 1/2 pearls from Kaiser in the upper left corner of the card. The phrase is computer generated.

This was a fun card to make, and a fun sketch to follow.

Thanks a bunch for lookin' and have a blessed week!

Saturday, February 07, 2009

No Stamps Used

This card was created for two challenges: OCC inspiration challenge to use favorite embellishments, and Friday Sketchers #38.
My favorite embellishments are ribbon and Kaiser 1/2 pearls. I used 3 different ribbons on this card, used the pink one twice, second time on the flower. I used green Kaiser 1/2 pearls on the corners of the largest layer and in the middle of the flower. The white 1/2 pearls aren't Kaiser, but they look adorable on this card. I love this patterned paper. I got it some time ago at a stamp store that was closing ( :( ). Didn't know then what I'm learning now: that stamping is an addiction! I used green and pink cardstock for layering. I left the inside blank. This would make a cute note card to send to a friend.
Thanks for lookin' and have a blessed Sunday!

Valentine for Husband

Hi, Happy Saturday!

I made this card for three challenges: Penny Black Week 35 - Romance; Basic Gray Challenge 21 - Mix It Up; and Sketch Saturday 37.

I used three different papers from Basic Gray: Wassill, Figgy Pudding and Impulse. The letters are from Figgy Pudding and the brad, upper right corner, is from Bittersweet.

The image is Penny Black. It was colored with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol. I stamped the image twice and cut out the second image and popped it out on foam squares. I used my Nestabilities round and scallop for the image and base. The base is really hard to see, but it's there :-). I put a ribbon behind the image and tied knots in each end. I put "love you" on the sides. My dh and I have been married for 41 years! So I guess I should put love you, don't you agree? :-)

Thanks for lookin' and have a great weekend! Be safe.

Friday, February 06, 2009


Happy Friday! This card is for the Verve February challenge #2, a sketch challenge using no patterned paper. I did use a patterned ribbon to tie the colors together. This ribbon was on sale at Michael's when I was there early in the week, and I thought it was really pretty, and I don't have much wider ribbon, so I picked it up. Think it works ok for this challenge????

On the light blue-gray I used my Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder. I put white dots on the scallops. I used graduated blue rhinestones on top of the reb strip, and red rhinestones in each corner. I added a bow and clip on the large scallop. All the circles were cute with Nestabilities. I layered the red and light blue-gray then put a darker blue layered under the red strip. I used a medium blue for the large scalloped circle layered under the light blue-gray circle. I used red for the scalloped smaller circle layered under the darker blue. These I put on foam squares. I also popped out Fluffles and his sign on foam squares. I colored Fluffles with my Copics.


It's Friday afternoon! But since I've been staying home with my mom-in-law, every day is Saturday! I really don't miss working... now I have time and more energy to stamp! :-)

This card was made for Monday's CCEEC, a sketch challenge. I used DCWV cardstock, and I'm not sure of the dp. It's a pale pastel plaid. It's hard to see in this picture. I used blue rhinestones in the corners and a blue ribbon and blue flowers by Offray for accent. The cat is colored with Copics. This is a simple card, but I think it turned out kinda cute, what do you think?

Thanks for lookin' and have a wonderful weekend!

Basic Gray SC20

Hi! I did this sketch challenge for Basic Gray. We are supposed to use something by Basic Gray. I used brads. I have two black and two red, and a dark pink with a beige heart. I thought it went well with my other colors! I used a beige ribbon around the card. The heart image is colored with Copics. My next purchase is going to be some Basic Gray paper! I love their brads, and I'd like to get the paper that matches. This was a slightly difficult card for me. And I still don't think I followed the sketch as closely as I'd like, but it's close :-).

Thanks a bunch for lookin'! Have a wonderful weekend :-).

Thursday, February 05, 2009


Hi! This card was created for My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge 67. I used MFT Hot Stuff for my image. The two dp are from Creative Imaginations. Don't know the cardstock. The ribbon is Offray. I put two brads at the top corners after cutting out a place for them in the dp. I colored the images with Copic markers. I didn't have enough room after I used that huge flower for another image, so I just put the coffee mug on top of the flower! I used Holly Stickles around the top edge of the mug. I used Nestabilities Ovals and Scallops for two of the layers, and the Long Rectangles and Scallops for the top layers. I cut out all the images and put them up on dimintionals. I used a Fiskers border punch on both the green and dp layers. I put additional layers inside the card and used the sentiment: "Coffee and friends... the Perfect Blend". I think it turned out pretty cute. What do you think?

Thanks a bunch for lookin' and have a blessed day :-).

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

House Mouse DT Call Application

Well, huh! I've not done anything like this before! I have a few more HMs that I haven't made cards from yet. And Hobby Lobby is just 2 1/2 miles from my house... and I know where there are 3 stamp stores that sell cute HMs.... Planning ahead, you see! I'd love to be a design team member for House Mouse. I love those little critters, and the bears and bunnies. I am brand new (4 months or so) to the stamping community, but I've been bitten hard by the bug. As my dh says: "Addicted"! So, without further ado, my samples:

I'm getting better all the time! Thanks for considering each of us. I'd hate to be making this decision!

House Mouse Challenge 23, USCSC13

This card was made for two challenges: The House Mouse Monday challenge to make a valentine, and Unity Sketch challenge. I used red paper as the base, covered it with pink gingham paper, ran some pink paper to layer the ribbon on. I cut three layers for the image, including the image itself, using Nestabilities ovals. I put large pink brads in each corner of the gingham paper. I put paper hearts around part of the image, using brads in the centers. Some are raised up on pop dots. I used Studio G for the sentiment. I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol. I put white dots around the scalloped oval.

That's it! Thanks a bunch for lookin'!

SCSSC214 Birthday parade

I made this Penny Black card for Natalie's birthday card from her Grandmother, whom I'm taking care of. I used the Happy Birthday embossing folder from Cuttlebug on the red panel. You can almost see it! The image is from Penny Black. I colored it with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol, then sponged around the edges with a Dew Drop ink pad. I used Diamond Stickles on the candle. I used Nestabilities long rectangle scallop for the mat under the image. There was enough layering that I popped it out on foam squares so it would be straight. I put silver brads in all corners for a little bling, and used a red and silver ribbon above the image. I used the bow paper on black inside, and stamped the little mouse with the balloon. The saying inside says "Everyone deserves a parade on their birthday! This parade is for you! Enjoy your 32nd!"

Tuesday, February 03, 2009


Hi! This card was made for MOJO Monday's challenge #72. It is a birthday card for my baby girl, who turns 32 this week!

I used blue and yellow cardstock, and a gingham dp and floral dp. I ran the floral dp through a Cuttlebug border folder with flower impressions. I used Waterfall stickles for the bling above the knot and ribbon, yellow Kaiser 1/2 pearls on the large background at the corners, and two ble Kaiser 1/2 pearls on the floral dp. I used a yellow gingham ribbon and glued a knot onto it. Should have tied the ribbon but forgot until it was attached :-(. The image is a Penny Black stamp that I colored with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol. I cut the image and mat with Nestabilities ovals and scallops. I mounted the image up on foam squares to pop it out. I put blue cardstock and the floral dp on the inside of the card.

Thanks for lookin' and have a blessed week!

Cuttlebug Challenge

I am so excited! I participated in the Cuttlebug weekend challenge, and I won a prize package on Friday! I had a great time looking at all the tutorials and all the different things you can do with Cuttlebug and the embossing folders. Now, just to have the time to try some of them...

Have a blessed day!

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Precious Friends PBSC34

Hi! I made this circle card for the Penny Black challenge #34 to make a circle card. I've never done one before. I planned it all night last night and didn't sleep very well! I used black, red and white cardstock, white and black flowers, and white Kaiser half-pearls in the centers. I used a black and white ribbon from Textured Trios. I colored the little hedgie with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol. I put white dots on the black and red scallops. Everything was cut out using Nestabilities circles and scallops except for the image, I used the oval scallop. The inside is also black, red and white with a phrase by Kathy Davis for Inkadinkado "Precious and few are friends like you". I usedwhite eyelets at the top of the circles to string the ribbon through to tie the two pieces together.
I guess that's it! What do you think? Thanks a bunch for lookin'!