Sunday, December 30, 2012

S & S Sketch #153

Good Sunday morning all.  This post is for the last Sketch Challenge of the year over at Stars & Stamps.   I picked a Cocoa Mouse image from SNSS  to work with today and I colored him with Copics.  He is cut out with SB Pinking Circle die and matted on a piece of Chocolate Chip paper.  The sentiment is from SU and the background paper is from my stash and I have no idea who is it by (sorry) but it matched the sponging I did with Tea Dye Distress Ink.    The horizontal strips are made with  EK Success Ric Rac Border Punch.  I'm hoping to be back later with another card.

Here was our sketch for this week.  I took some poetic license with the size of the square.
Thanks so much for stopping by.  See you later.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

Good Morning All, I have no card to post today but I didn't want the day to go by without wishing each and every only of you a very Merry Christmas.  This morning is ideal here in southeastern Mass.  There is just a dusting of snow on the ground and it looks beautiful.

I think maybe I saw some reindeer prints on the back deck.

Everyone enjoy your day!
See you all soon.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

S & S Sketch #151

Second post for me today.  YAY I'm on a roll!!! This card is for the OWH Stars and Stamps Sketch Challenge #152 found here.   Here is the card I made this morning, but I think this sketch will be used by me often in the upcoming weeks, as I found this to be a very cute and workable sketch.  
 The background paper is from DCWV pad and I used SU's Pacific Point blue card stock on the bottom after embossing it with a Sizzix chevron folder.  The snowman is from DenamiDesigns.  I've had for years and I think it is darling.  It is not one I use often on cards themselves, but rather on the corner of an envelope.  The snowflakes are from the Snow Swirled set by SU.  The border punch is by MS.  The sentiment is from the Ready,Set,Snow set by Gina K Designs.  I stamped both the sentiment and the snowman in Versa Mark and embossed them with black to help them stand out more.  I'm kind of happy with this one.  Have a great day, everyone. I am heading back to the "drawing board" as it were.  See you again soon.  Thanks for taking a peek here today.

HMFMC #135

Hi All, I seem to be a day behind on the challenges I like to play, but I guess better late than never.  For my post today I made this card for the House Mouse Monday Challenge #135  Christmas Hug  or Kisses.

I know this isn't actually a hug or a kiss, but to me is it as sweet a Christmas picture as they come.  This image is titled "Kitty Snuggle".  It is colored with Copics and is die cut with Spellbinders Square and Scallop Square dies.  This darling pink heart ribbon was a gift from my dear friend, Carol, I just love it.    (Thank you Carol ) The sentiment was made by using two different SU stamps from the Fancy Flexible Phrase set and cut out with a SU die.  The designer paper is also from SU and is probably about 5 years old now.  Some of that hoarded stuff I have.   This will be the last challenge for this year at House Mouse & Friends so you should hop on over there and join in on the Holiday fun.
I'm hoping to get back here again this afternoon with my entry for the OWH Sunday Sketch Challenge.  We'll have to see how good I manage my time today. Time management is not always a strong suit of mine now that I'm retired.  LOL   Thanks for stopping by.  I love company.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

S & S Mid Week Throw Down

Hi All, This week we have been challenged to make a card with a Hi, Hello, Thinking of You + use a die or punch being optional themed cards for our heroes to send home to their family and friends! Here is what I came up with. I had a lot of fun making this one.   I used the wing and the stem/leaf portions of the SU build a bird punch. I first took a sheet of white card stock and colored it with three different yellow Copic markers to get a blended look. Then I punched out 7 wings and glued them onto a small 1" circle I had cut from a piece of scrap paper. I used a 3/4 inch punch for the center of the flower. The stem/leaf portion of this flower was made using two of the stems from the bid punch and placing them together to get more length. I then cut the leaves off and placed them where I though they'd look best. I stamped a Hero Arts sentiment on the bottom of my brown panel and embossed it with Detail White embossing powder. The stem part of the flower is very delicate and I was sure it would not make the trip overseas and back to the U.S. so I placed a piece of transparency over it to protect the stem. As you can see I adhered it with four mini white brads. I used a MS punch for the edges of my yellow panel and a SU Polka Dot embossing folder for my back panel.  That will do it for me tonight.  I thank you for taking a minute to stop by.  As always, I love the company.  See you soon.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

S & S Sketch and ODBD Challenges

Good Sunday Afternoon Bloggers - I have two card posting here today.  The first card is for the Stars & Stamps Sketch Challenge #150.  

This one gave me trouble because I had a vision in my head that was very nice, but not so in real life, so after a couple of starts this is what I ended up with. Lately every couple of weeks my mojo seems to want to take a vacation and I'm not too happy about that.

Want Ad- Donna's MoJo is desperately missed, please come back home.      
Image Gina K Designs - Ready Set Snow
Die cuts - Spellbinders
Patterned Paper - DCWV
Sentiment - SNSS  - SU Punches
Enbossing - SU Fancy Fan folder
Silver Dots - ????
This card is for the December OBDB/ OWH Challenge in which they challenged us to use flowers on our cards.
I went totally CAS here.  The flower was made by using layers of petals from Michaels and an Espirit.   The stem was from a retired SU set.  The sentiment is a fairly new-to-me single stamp from SU.  The Cuttlebug heart embossing folder, a silver brad as well as the corner punches finished this one off.    
Well I'm off to hunt for my MoJo now.  Hopefully I will find it soon or maybe it will nice and just come back home on it's own.  In any case, thank you for taking the time to stop by to say Hello.
See you soon.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Let It Snow HMFMC #134

Hi  I'm back with a second card for the House Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge "Let It Snow".  Last week I entered a card for this challenge, but then I received a shipment with some new adorable HM stamps so I decided to make a second card.
This House Mouse image is titled  Night Light and it just melted my heart when I saw it.
I colored the image with Copics and attempted to make a winter's night sky by sponging three different SU inks.  Sponging and I don't get along but I do keep trying.     Practice, Practice, Practice, right?     The little sentiment was made using two different retired SU stamps from the Fancy Flexible Phrases set.  Well I'm off to bathe my "babies" and then hopefully back to the drawing board this afternoon.  See you again soon.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

MWT- Love and Hugs

Hello - It is Wednesday which means Mid Week Throw Down over at Stars & Stamps.
I went with a super CAS card that I thought would be good for any gender to receive.  I used SU's Chocolate Chip card stock and light blue parchment paper. I embossed the parchment paper with the CB heart folder.   My heart punch, die, ribbon and sentiment are all from SU.  I wish you all a fabulous afternoon and evening.  I always love to see company at my Blogland door so thank you for stopping by.

Monday, December 3, 2012

HMFMC #134

"Let It Snow" is the theme for this week's challenge over at House Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge.  I didn't have a "snow" themed stamp, so to speak, so I tried my best at making a snow scene for the stamp I felt best met the challenge.

I used  a Stampabilities  image titled  Candlelight Chorus (MHTR1019).  You know anyone can sign in the rain or in the shower, but it takes a special group of little mice to sign in the snow, and this is certainly a special group of mice.     I was lucky enough to receive this stamp as part of my winnings last year at HMFMC.  I reduced it to better fit my card size  and colored it with Copics.  Some sponging with Broken China Distress Ink, Dazzling Diamonds glitter and Liquid Applique are all trying to do their part in replicating a snowy sky.  I added a MS Snowflake punch that was embossed with the CB Swiss Dot folder and then glittered with SU's Dazzling Diamonds.  The sentiment is computer generated and glittered to help it stand out.  That's it for me today.  See you again soon.  Thanks for taking a peek.

Sunday, December 2, 2012


WOW My second post of the day and it's still morning.  This is my entry for the Addicted To CAS #2 challenge .  This week's challenge is being hosted by Marie and she picked "Bauble" as our codeword.  How fun!  Here is my entry

I decided to dig into my stashed items and pulled out a couple of old SU stencils.  I used SU's Bashful Blue and some Color Box Gold ink to stencil in this image.  The Sentiment is also from a SU set titled Snow Swirled.  I added a little gold cord bow, cut the image panel out with my wavy cutter and matted it onto a piece of Bashful Blue card stock and I was done.  I haven't stenciled in years, but I'm kind of happy with the outcome.  I think I might have to play with some more stencils in the near future.  Thank you so much for stopping by today.  It's always nice to see all of you.     

S & S Sketch Challenge #149

Good Sunday Morning to all.  It  feels like winter here this morning, but will be going up into the 50's this afternoon and for the next three days so that will be nice.  Today over at Stars and Stamps we have a sketch challenge to follow.     Here is my take on it.

I have been working on Love cards this week so I thought I'd stick with that theme and this seemed like this one may work good as a masculine card.  Not too much bling.  The sentiment is by Katie & Co. and the paper is from My Minds Eye Meadow Lark pad.  The Basic Black and Tempting Turquoise card stocks are from SU.  I do hope all of you enjoy your Sunday and the upcoming week.  Thanks a bunch for stopping by.  I love company and comments.