Thursday, September 22, 2011

House Mouse Birthday in Blue

Don't you wish you could celebrate your birthday in a  tea cup, this little guy (his name is Maxwell) is sure happy to do so!   This is a very CAS type card.  Tempting turquoise is one of my favourite colours  and I usually end up combing it with white as I did with this card. This was the first time I have used one of these delightful tags from Spellbinders, I could become very fond of them..

Card details:

Stamps: Stampabilities  'Feeling Rosy'
Papers:   whisper white, tempting turquoise
Colour Medium: Prismacolors Markers
Other:    spellbinders standard classic circles and classic standard circles ,  flower punches, recollections mini brads, MS branch punch,  cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder, stickles  on the flower centers

Challenges entered:

House Mouse & Friends Monday challenge: birthday and flowers
Pixie Dust Studios:  challenge 93  Round &Round  (use circles)
Southern Girls: challenge #28 - anything goes
Freshly Brewed: #65 keep it  simple ( I think mine is clean and simple - hope you do too :0)-
Simon Says Stamps: Dies to Die for- use dies and/or punches on your creations
 Going Grey with Scrap-Creations: anything goes

Monday, September 19, 2011

DT Card for Lexi's Creations Challenge #49 For a Child

Sponsor: Letraset -   Win some promarkers

  Letraset is an online store dealing with all things creative (eg: markers, pads, adhesives, tutorials and well go take a look....) You could win a set of 5 Promarkers

Lexi's Creations Challenge #49 The challenge this fortnight is to create a project using the theme 'for a child' Take a quick trip over to  Lexi's site  for all the details and  you might want to join in the fun!

I  think my card would be suitable for a slightly older child as  it might pose some choking problems  with the wee ones, what with the roses and some of the other embellishments, but once past that stage totally suitable:)

Card Details:
The digital stamp of the young giraffe  is from Fairy Dust Crafts  and is called 'Georgina Giraffe'.  Circular Sentiment is a freebie from Bizzy Becs.   The card stock was all from Stampin' Up.
Medium: Prismacolor markers, ink  (for the clouds) from Stampin' Up 
Dies used: Spellbinders Nestabilities -  scalloped circles and standard circles;  Marianne Creatables Frame Swirl (for the flourishes), and  a Cuttlebug Hearts die .
Embellishments: mulberry roses, punched DIY flower;   Bubbles & Bling stickers ,  punched MS branches and a 'Love' brad 

Corrosive Challenge 133 - Punches & dies
One Stitch at a Time: 80- Punch it
the Squirrel & the Fox: challenge 1 - anything goes
CES Challenges (Crafty Emmas) #54 - Embellish me more - use at least four different embellishments
Digi design challenge Whoooo!!First Challenge: anything goes
Stamp, Scrap& Doodle Saturdays: Birthday
Totally Gorjuss: challenge 98 Nothing Square About Me

Sunday, September 18, 2011

A Cat's Halloween

This is my first 'twisted easel' card. I was looking for something to make that was a little different (for me) and decided to try one of these twisted  type cards.  I found the feather on one of my walks with my dog and thought, ooh it looks spooky, I better take it home and see what I can do with it (it actually comes from a Magpie so it has a lot of very dark green colour in it,  so it is not totally spooky -lol) I do not normally send out Halloween  cards  but I think I know of one young  girl who might find it fun.  The cat stamp is from Doodle Pantry and is called 'Cute Kitten'. The flowers are DIY, the green bats are from a Cuttlebug  Cut & Emboss set called Creepy and  the happy Halloween sentiment is from a Halloween paper set I had bought several years ago.   I used the Stampendous Marble Texture Cube to give the bottom of the easel card the added spooky texture, but left the top part bare as I liked the starkness of it.

Challenges entered:
Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge:  the theme  is Cute Halloween/Fall  card for kids  and is sponsored by Doodle Pantry  (Sept 17th  - Sept. 30th ,2011). My card is a DT only entry and the card is simply to celebrate the challenge. Please go take a look at the challenge, it is for such a worthy cause and you could win a Doodle pantry prize!  My card was made for an eleven year but the Send a Smile for a Kid group lists 0 -19yrs, so it can encompass  a fairly wide range of age groups.

1.Floweret challenge 6: Tricky or Halloween
2.Inspire Me Fridays: Linky party 24
3.Sew Many Challenges: #68 Halloween
4.Creatalicious challenge #26 - Anything Goes (M)
5. Cute Card Thursday #182 -Anything Goes
6.Shelly's Images: Show us what you got - anything goes
7.Digital Tuesday Challenge #128: Celebrate the Season  (any season) I choose 'fall'
8.Papercraft Star: challenge 62 - Anything Goes

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Ants - A Bugs Life

Aaaah, the season of fun is upon us, or will be shortly, dressing up to be something we are not , or who we fancy we should be! What could be more fun for the youngsters and even some of us older ones:). Actually I enjoyed it as a child, not as  an adult, but I did love  making costumes for my son. He loved dressing up  and could often be found as a Batman in July and a ninja in  January. He has a friend  who lives just a few doors away who  I think was in a costume all year long:) In fact when my son first met him at about age 4 he was dressed as a ninja walking up and down the sidewalk. My son rushed out  to see him, got scared, came back in babbling about the ninja  who had just moved in across the street. He grabbed his little plastic sword and ran out to defend  us all. Came back in a short time later, still hyper and two of our (my husbands) grand kids who were visiting us at the time (a few years older than  our son) could not convince him (much to their chagrin) that the little boy across the street was not  a ninja. 'Yes he is'  my son kept saying.  Any how, the two became  best of friends and remain so to this day  ( in their early twenties now), but they spent many an hour dressed up and in a world of their own. 

Doodle Pantry is sponsoring  the latest challenge at  OWH Stars & Stripes Blog  and the theme is  'A Bugs Life'.  The above card was  created to celebrate the challenge! I used a digital stamp  from Doodle  Pantry's ' Ants Masquerade' stamp set and  the sentiment is a freebie from  Bizzy Becs. I added a flower to the  sentiment, a few bugs in the corner ( Royal E-Z Rub on Transfers)  and a button with some ribbon for the embellishments.
Oh, and forgive my yellow ant, the ant was supposed to be coloured grey and the costume gold/yellow, things got kinda of mixed up there and I noticed it after it was all coloured - so I l just left it that way:).
 Figured somewhere out there in this marvellous world there is a yellow ant..

Challenges entered:
OWL-  DT entry only

Crafty boots: anything goes
Heart Song Inspirations: glitter and/or chalkboard-  did not use chalkboard, just fancied up the wing of the ants with glitter glue
Lia Stampz:challenge 2 - Birthday
Stamps R US : friendship- these three ants are great friends, just look at them dressed up and playing together:)
Crazy Challenge:  CCHBirthday #84
Crafting When We Can: Challenge #1 Do it Your Own Way  or anything goes ( second entry )

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Parrot and Butterflies

This digital parrot stamp just calls out to you to add colour to  it and  so I already have another one coloured ( in different tones). It is the perfect parrot to colour,you can do just about  any thing you like and it will look great:). I actually googled  parrots and found them in every colour of the rainbow and every combination therein. Isn't nature grand!

 Anyhow,  I  decided to use this parrot for the challenge  Doodle Pantry  is sponsoring over at Creative Card Challenges . Their theme this week is buttons and bling.

Card details:
Stamp - digital stamp  from a Doodle Pantry set called 'Parrot Play'
Sentiment:  digital freebie from 'Bizzy Becs'
Cardstock: Stampin' Up's  whisper white, summer sun, tangerine tango and
Die Cuts:  from Spellbinders Nestabilities 'deckled rectangles'
Buttons: from stash
Punch: Martha Stewart ' Royal Butterfly' and the smaller three are fro Stampin' Up's 'Beautiful Wings'

Challenges entered:
Flutterby Wednesday: #170 anything goes - I have used seven butterflies, three of which are covered in stickles and bright colours:)
Fresh Brewed Cofee:  FBC#63 - something new - the parrot stamp is new
Crafting When We can: challenge #1 - anything goes
I did it Creations: challenge #72 - anything goes
One Stitch at Time: challenge#79 - anything goes
Digi Designs Challenge First Challenge: anything goes
Delightful Challenges: Bling it
Crafty Boots: anything goes

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Recipe Card

Time for another House Mouse card. I had so much fun making this card as I was over at my stampin buddy's for a Friday afteroon of stamp n' play:0)   Sometimes we just amaze ourselves with our goofs (maybe amaze is the wrong word  as we are pretty used to it by now:). The best thing  is each  goof  brings forth gales  of  laughter and what better way to spend an afternoon.  Well the coffee is pretty good too! Just as we were finishing up her hubby brought some chocolate covered DQ 'Dilly' bars  home with  him and they were just soooo delicious.  The sentiment 'something yummy for the tummy' said it all!

Card details: 
Stamps: Stampabilities Mouseful of Fudge; recipe  computer generated , sentiment  from a Stampin' Up set called 'Yummy'
Cardstock: Stampin Up whisper white, green galore,chocolate chip
Colour medium: Prisamacolor Markers, blue chalk
Die Cuts:  Reverse Wonky Rectangles
Punch: Martha Stewart
Embellishments: mulberry roses , green brads, brown pearls and green paper clips
Challenges Entered:
Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Challenge: use green as a main colour
The Poodles Parlour: animal antics
Cute Card Thursday: at the office (I used green paper clips)
One Stop Craft Challenge: #148 food and drink
The Paper Shelter #30 - embosssing - my brown background was dry embossed

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


The Iris - Greek word for rainbow and I must admit they seem to come in every shade of colour. The prolific ones in my garden are  light purple and white which I think is a very common  colour for them and it is  certainly a very, very hardy type. I got mine many years ago from my sister and it's descendants are thriving. About every two to three years I have to dig them up and re plant just a few of them or they would take over my small plot of land:)  I do however, look forward every spring to see them burst forth in colour and dominate the garden for a couple of weeks. Later on I have  a dark purple and white iris  blooming and it is totally gorgeous, but not near so prolific. In some light the purple looks almost black.

Doodle Pantry is sponsoring  the Sept 6 - Midnight Madness MMSC120 sketch challenge.  It's a beautiful sketch and I encased my Iris in its design  to celebrate the occasion. Hope you like it.

Card details:
Stamp: DoodlePantry digital stamp  'Iris'
Colour Medium: Prismacolors markers
  • Flowers: DIY flowers  using various punches (Martha Stewart / K Success) , covered with glitter glue and enhanced with a pearl.   I used  Recollections Mulberry Paper Mini Roses for the bottom right hand corner.
  • Leaves: Martha Stewart Punch
  • Flourishes: Marianne Designs  'frame swirls'
  • Buttons: Stampin' Up
Paper: card stock from Stampin'UP  - rich razzleberry; DP 'Jubilee Purple Burst'

Crafting when we Can: challenge#1 -  anything goes
Scrappy Frogs Challenge Blog: Bling - my flowers all dressed out in glitter glue are full of bling
Cardmadfairy's Digi Challenge #16: use a digi and add  flowers
Card makin Mama's- challenge #28: use a digi
Stamp Something:  anything goes

Monday, September 5, 2011


It is time for another release over at Doodle Pantry   and Laurie has once again delivered a wonderful assortment of  new images. Please do go over and take a look.  I used the Antique Slot Machine stamp set for the above card. I think the card will be perfect for anyone heading to Vegas  or Reno, or where ever one goes to play the 'one armed bandits'.

Doodle Pantry Digital Challenge #16
 Challenge DPDC#16 The theme for the DPDC#16 challenge is Use a Doodle Pantry Image'   For playing along and submitting an entry using a Doodle Pantry image, you will get  one  FREE!   (DPDC16 complimentary image is Popsicle Ants) . 

Prize:  e-gift certificate for  a Doodle pantry product.

See here are  some other DP specials

Card details:
Digital Stamp: Doodle Pantry Sept 5th release 'Antique Slot machine';
Digital Papers:  background paper from Far Far Hill 'freebies old papers'  and the newsprint from a google search
Colour Medium: Prismacolor's markers  and Distress Ink by Tim Holtz (antique linen)
Die cuts: Spellbinders Nestabilities- deckled rectangles
Punch:  Martha Stewart branches,  Other:  twine, button from stash


Creative Card Crew: anything goes
Cards for Men: #18 G is for______.  In my case 'G is for Gambling'
Jellypark Friends- Gitten Punchy with your Jellypark Friends -  using any die cut and /or punches:  I have used five differents sized die cuts from the die set 'deckled' and one MS punch for the branches
CardMakingMamas challenge#28: use a digital image and/or digital paper I have used both
Stamp Something: Sept. Digi Day Challenge
Catch the Bug Blog: September Anything Goes
Challenge Up Your Life #51 Something for the Men

DT Card for Lexi's Creations Challenge #48 Autumn

Here is my first fall card of 2011, and I have created it for Lexi's Creations Challenge # 48 - Autumn. I do not normally see a turtle as a fall creature but I started colouring her  and she turned out all decked in fall colours, so I just had to use her  for this challenge:)  Her name is  Tessie and she seems mighty happy with the falling leaves which were rubber stamped, coloured and cut out, as was the sunflower.

Sponsor: FDC Fairy Dust Crafts 

 Head on over to Lexi's Creations for all of the challenge details AND  take a peek at all the lovely work from the multi talented Design Team while there! 

Card Details:
Stamp: Tessie Turtle from FDC; leaves, sunflower and sentiment from  Gina K. Designs (stamp set by T. Momber called 'Autumn Beauty' )
Colour Medium: Prismacolor markers
Dies Used: Spellbinders Nestabilities  standard circles,  and  Marianne Design Creatables 'double frame'.
Punch: Martha Stewart butterfly

HeidisHobbystuggu: September Challenge- Fall Colour
Carisma Cards challenge #35: anything goes
Craft Us Crazy#16: Autumn Colours
Cute Card Thursday #180: use at least one Punch
DYSU challenge #35- friendly critters
Crafty Creations challenge #134: use 3 or more dies and or punches - I have used MS Butterfly punch, Stampin' Up modern labels punch twice, and Marianne Designs DBLE Frame for the swirls
The Paper Shelter #29: anything goes
Scrapbook Sisters #50: anything goes.