Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Mojo Monday #217 - November 28 - Hippy Snowchick!!

It's been a while since I got my mojo on - but when I saw the sketch I knew I'd be playing!!   I think I'm just so happy to be out of the kitchen that everything in my scrappy room looks new.  Like coming home after a long vacation.... no place you'd rather be!!!  I'm a little late in the game since it is Wednesday but that is ok - better late than never right?  Here's the sketch, you can get all the details at if you want to play along. 

I decided to go with the square card and broke out this cute little Hippy Snowchick fom A Muse Artstamps.  I decided that since she's a cool hippy chick that I would go with some non-traditional colors like  pink and purple.
I double stamped the Christmas tree image and layered them with pop dots, and I triple stacked the Hippy Snowchick.  I added lots of glittery goodness  - sparkly ribbon, glittery snow and gems on the snowflakes!  No better time to bling it up than the holidays!  I plan on giving this card to my sister Kathy who is sort of a non-traditional gal herself!  I hope she likes it, and I hope you're getting your mojo on! 


Supplies Used: 
Stamps:  A Muse Artstamps :  Christmas Tree, Hippy Snowchick, Cool Yule   Waltzingmouse:  Snowflakes from Nutcracker Sweet
Die Cuts:  Spellbinders for Shapez Xyron Frame 5, Spellbinders for Just Rite Stampers Labels
Paper:  K & Company
Markers:  Copic
Border Punch:  Martha Stewart Modern Garland
Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black, Lulu Lavender
Glitter:  Martha Stewart Coarse Glitter
Seam Binding:  Hug Snug Baby Pink

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 75 - Christmas Poinsettia Place Cards

I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend.  We got so much packed in that to me it felt like a whole week!  I'm glad to be out of the kitchen and back in my crafty room having some fun!  Leave it to Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge to think of everything you need for the holidays!  We've had sketches for cards, tags, and now place cards!  If you'd like to play along you can get all the details here:

 #75 Sketch                                                                Seeing the sketch design brought back special memories for me.  My family has been putting place cards on the table for as long as I can remember now.  Every Christmas I pull out my Lenox Holiday china, flatware, and linens to set the table.   To keep the kids busy when I was cooking I would ask them to create some fabulous place cards to put on the table.  I would praise them for their lovely art work and penmanship and ability to spell every guest's name correctly.  It was always special for me to see a card with "mom" written in their handwriting at my place.  In fact my mom and other guests would be so pleased with these special  projects that they would take them home. 

Now, my daughter is in college, and my son is in high school and they aren't so interested in helping out mom around the holidays.  That's ok - we still find special things to do together, but now the place cards are mine to make.  And if their nice enough, maybe a guest or two will take them home : ) !!     
I double cut the poinsettia leaving off a few petals to keep the size down, colored white pearls with Copic YR12  for the flower centers, added some tiny jingle bells in a jump ring on the bow, and made a multi loop peg bow to finish this place card up.  I hope you are playing along!  I'm looking forward to seeing all the different place cards!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Waltzingmouse Big Bloom Poinsettia, Holiday Labels 14, Picnic Patterns
Die Cuts:  Spellbinders:  Labels 14
Markers:  Copic YG03, YG45, YG61, YR12, R46, R17, R08, R02
Ink:  Momento Rhubarb Stalk, Desert Sand, Rich Cocoa, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Antique Linen
Rub Ons:  Scrap Works Color Rubz 3 Ring

Monday, November 21, 2011

WMSC74 - November 11-19-11 - Be Good

#74 Sketch
Hi!  I hope everyone had a great weekend.  We did a little yard work - raking leaves, and putting away anything that can't withstand the cold weather that's coming.  Sunday was our lazy day watching DVD's and eating fast food.  This week will be a busy one with the Thanksgiving holiday so any crafting I plan on getting done will have to be done soon.  I got all my grocery shopping done today - tomorrow is house cleaning.  I won't have my daughter around to help - all her friends are coming home from school for the holiday and I expect she'll want to spend her free time with them.

I'm getting an early start on the Waltzingmouse sketch challenge this week.  I told you sometimes sketches talk to me.  This one said "TAG".  I love Christmas because it's a great excuse to put extra bling and sparkle on almost anything.  I don't work too much with glitter and working on this tag I figured out why........ IT'S MESSY!!!!!!  I have glitter everywhere!!! Even on my ink pad!! It took me a while to figure out why my stamped images have spots missing.  What a mess!   Maybe if I do it more often I'll figure out a better way to do it.  For now the glitter is back on the shelf!
Since the Santa image is casual I thought I would use more fun colors - pink, purple and green.  I even threw on a few little jingle bells!  I hope you like it and that you are finding time in your busy schedule to play along.  If you'd like the details you can find them here:

Have a great day!


Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Waltzingmouse  Around Christmas Time, Nutcraker Sweet
Dies:  Spellbinders:  Inverted Scalloped Circles, Classic Squares, Standard Circles, Blossom Tags & Accents, Fleur De Lis Squares
Markers:  Copic
Ink:  Momento Grape Jelly, Ranger/Tim Holtz Distress Antique Linen
Coarse Glitter:  Martha Stewart  - Bells:  Darice - Flower Center:  Bazill Bling!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

WMSC #73 - My Dear

Well it appears I am running behind on most things this week - I don't know why - I guess that's just how it goes sometimes.  I missed out on the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge last week and for sure didn't want to miss out this week.  Sometimes the sketch immediately talks to me, sometimes I have to kick it around in my head a while.  This one took me a while.  I knew immediately that I would be putting a cameo in the circle but the rest of the design eluded me for a while.  
To get the scrunched ribbon look I wrapped seam binding around the card three times and then tied it together with string in the middle under the cameo.  To make the rosette/yo-yo I weaved the same seam binding into the lace ribbon and then pulled it to the right size - I wanted the melon seam binding to frame the cameo.  You know I had to get my touch of bling in there so I added a few glass beads onto the tag strings.  I used Versamagic chalk ink to get full coverage on these solid stamps.  I like how the vintage cameo and tag look with the bright colors.  

I hope you're playing along!  I know it's late, but if you'd like to get the details or see what everyone else came up with  click here . 



Supplies Used:  Finished Size is 5" x 7"
Stamps:  Waltzingmouse  Gingham & Co.,  Oval Classic Frames, Cameo To Go
Dies:  Spellbinders Tags Trio, Classic Circles
Pattern Paper:  October Afternoon 5 & Dime
Ink:  VersaMagic Chalk Pink Grapefruit, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Antique Linen
Trim:  Seam Binding:  Hug Snug Melon, Lace Trim Simplicity 1" Hanging Cluny

Waltzingmouse November Blog Hop - Christmas Tag

Are you Waltzing?  On the 17th of every month Waltzingmouse Stamps hosts a blog waltz.  The theme this month is ...   are you ready? .... wait for it.....  CHRISTMAS!  Now if you know Claire (Waltzingmouse owner and stamp designer EXTRAORDINAIRE) you know Christmas is her favorite holiday.   In fact I think there are more Waltzingmouse Christmas stamps than stamps for any other occasion.  So it just goes to follow that everyone will be pulling all the stops to bring their best and most festive to this waltz.  There's lots of Waltzingmouse goodness to choose from so yo can't go wrong.  You can get all the details as well as the links to all the other blogs participating at:

I know everyone is in a hurry to make it through the list of bloggers (I expect lots of participants this month!) so I will keep this short.  I made this Christmas tag to put on a very special present - sorry TOP SECRET - no peeking, no telling.   The purple bow is 1.5" wired ribbon, topped with a gold loom bow.  I wanted the ornament to look like vintage glass so I sugared the inside with Martha Stewart crystal fine glitter and added a little gem.    I hope you like it!  Can't wait to see all the fab goodies everyone came up with!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Waltzingmouse Vintage Ornaments, Around Christmas Time
Dies:  Spellbinders:  Tags Trio, Standard Circles, Classic Ovals, Lattice Rectangles, 2010 Heirloom Ornament
Ink:  Momento Lulu Lavender, Grape Jelly
Glitter:  Martha Stewart

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Case Study Challenge #65 - Butterfly Flutter

I'm trying to squeeze this one in under the wire.  Here's the Case Study Challenge sketch by the November  muse / designer Kryssi Ng.  Competition ends at Midnight today - hope it's not Australia time or I'm done for!

Here's my take on the sketch:

I double stamped each of the butterflies and fussy cut them to add some dimension.  I made the antennae with colored wire and added pearls and gems that I colored with a Copic marker to get them just the right shade of turquoise.  I didn't have a sentiment stamp that suited me so I made my own in Word.
Sorry this is so last minute - in fact I'm not sure I even made it in time. 

Supplies Used:  Finished Size is 5" x 7"
Pattern Paper:  Colorbok Flea Marked
Embossing Folder:  Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby) Intricate Swirl
Stamp:  Martha Stewart Doily Lace Butterflies
Ink:  VersaMagic Turquoise Gem, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Antique Linen
Marker:  Copic
Sentiment:  Word Font Felix 22 Pt.

Play Date Cafe PDCC107 - Reach for the Sky!

Happy Tuesday!!  I'm having a busy day already... washing clothes, baking chicken for the dog (you read it right - no dog food for my girl), and finally some chocolate chip cookies in the oven for a friend who is meeting with my daughter to help her with an interview for one of her classes.  Had to take a few minutes to dress them up with a bow and some twine with die cut leaves and beads.  Still had a little time left over to make a card.

Are you ready  for a Play Date Cafe Challenge?  Here's the inspiration photo - Black, White and a Splash of Orange!  I'm challenging myself here - not just with the sketch but to use some stamps I've picked up here and there and haven't been using.  If you have a Michael's store near you maybe you've seen the circus stamps they've had in the dollar bins.  I just can't resist when I see a neat stamp at a can't go wrong price.  I think that's why they put them by the checkout - like candy bars for the kids - just to tempt me!  The problem is that I keep buying them and not using them.   Well not this time! 

I didn't have a sentiment to go with he stamp so I made my own in Word.  And of course - had to throw in a few gems on the balloon and between the banners.  Hope you like it and that you're playing along.  You can get all the details here:  Have a great day!!


Supplies Used:  Finished Size 6" x 6"
Stamp:  Michael's Dollar Bin
Dies:  Spellbinders Petite Scalloped CIrcles, Laabels 14, Nested Lacy Pennants
Paper:  Crate Paper:  Portrait Collection - June
Embossing Folder:  Cuttlebug:  Textile Texture
Microsoft Word Font:  Copperplate Gothic Light 14 Pt. 
Markers:  Copic
Twine:  Martha Stewart

Monday, November 14, 2011

Stampin' Royalty Challenge #97- Bird Song

Hi!  I  hope everyone is having a great day.  I'm  doing well!  I wanted to go for a walk today but it is cold and rainy here.  Maybe it will clear up by tonight and me and the pup can get a few miles in!  The fall weather presents another challenge taking photo's because the house is so dark.  I think I'm going to put a few lamps on my Christmas list! 

This is the challenge at Stampin' Royalty this week.   The circles grabbed me immediately and I thought I'd try a technique I'd seen on line but never tried.  I embossed the circles on to some plain white card stock.  Then I masked off the circles and stamped the background with Pic Nic Patterns from Waltzingmouse Stamps.  Lastly I went back and stamped the images in the circles and colored them in with some Copic markers.  I sprinkled a few buttons to mimic the spools of thread in the challenge photo.  

If you'd like to play along this week you can get all the details here:

Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies Used:    Finished Card is 5" x 7"
Stamps:  Background PicNic Patterns Waltzingmouse Stamps   /   Birds Crafty Secrets Bird Notes
Dies:  Spellbinders Standard Circles
Markers:  Copic
Ink:  Ranger/Tim Holtz Distress Tumbled Glass

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger - Celebrate The Season

I've been thinking about this Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger photo ever since I first saw it a week ago.  The first thing I thought of with that fantastic bling bracelet was a fabulous string of Christmas tree ornaments.    At our home there are shiny decorations everywhere at Christmas time.  I even have a bough of garland in the kitchen with all sorts of glass ornaments hanging - think cakes, kitchen appliances, fruits, and vegetables. 

To make my card I crochet a chain from a strand of silver cord to make it look like a chain link bracelet.  The pine needles were cut from the Cricut 50 States cartridge - Maine's state flower - the white pine.  I cut them out in dark green and olive green and layered them to look like a pine bough.   In place of the baubles on the bracelet I arranged a few Bazzil flower centers and some buttons I had in my stash.  The greeting is from Waltzingmouse Stamps.

Supplies Used:  Finished Size is 6" x 6"
White Pine Branches:  Cricut 50 States Cartridge
Tag:  Spellbinders Tags Trio
Stamp:  Waltizingmouse Seasonal Remedies
Pattern Paper K&Company Winter Wonderland
Ink:  Momento Rich Cocoa
Bazzil Bling Flower Centers
If you'd like to play along with the Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger you can get all the details here:  Have a great day!

Friday, November 4, 2011

CASE Study #64 - November 3, 2011 - Make A Wish

Are you ready for another CASE Study? I know I am! I gotta say that every time I do a CASE Study Challenge I am inspired to try something totally NEW (for me anyway!)! This week is no exception. The design this week is by the latest muse (Guest Designer) Kryssi Ng, from Sugar Buffet. As you can see the design has a cut out window - something I've seen before, but never really tried to duplicate. I was really excited to try this one and am really happy with how it turned out!

I've got to confess that I have a attachment to fairy tales, fantasy, and in particular mythical creatures. This goes back to my childhood and time spent looking through story books with fantastic illustrations that were my first introduction to art. Of course as a girl I loved horses and unicorns as well as Brian Froud illustrations of all things faerie.

That explains why I couldn't resist this carousel horse stamp by Inkadinkado. Although pink and purple are no longer my favorite colors, I am always welcome to an escape from the every day - and I think this card is just that.

Kryssi's card is so clean looking, and I'm afraid I turned it inside out! As you know CAS is not me! I totally girlied up this card with a double colored embossed matt, and lots of details! That's another great thing about CASE Study - you get inspired by a design and then make it your own! Although this card doesn't look alot like the example, I think you can see where I got my inspiration.
I hope that you are playing along - it's always fun to see all the different directions the sketch goes in!

Supplies Used: Finished Size is 5" x 7"
Stamps: Carousel Horse: Inkadinkadoo, Make A Wish: Studio G
Dies: Spellbinders: Labels 1, Long Classic Rectangle Small, Ironwork Motifs
Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug: Kassies Brocade
Hug Snug Seam Binding: Blue Iris
Markers: Copic RV69, RV63, RV11, RV55, RV34, RV66, BV000, BV04, V25, YR24, Y11, W1, W5, W7, W3
Ink: Momento: Rosebud Ranger/Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress
Button: Bazzil Bling!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Card Patterns Sketch 139 - October 29, 2011 - Fall Flowers

 Hi and Happy Wednesday!  I wanted to start working on some Thanksgiving cards so I'm not caught empty handed toward the end of the month.  I always have lots of people over for Thanksgiving and there are always so many preparations-  searching recipes, grocery shopping, setting the table, cleaning and decorating - trying to make sure it is a special day for everybody.   I've been missing out on all the card challenges on line due to my cold so I'm playing catch up.  I always appreciate a little inspiration or at least a starting point for my holiday cards. 

This week's card patterns sketch is no exception - if you'd like to play along, you can get all the details here:
The stamp I used is from Just Rite Nature's Nested Sentiments and all three lines are on one stamp.  I taped off the portion of the stamp I didn't want to use, inked it up, removed the tape and stamped awayThe red flourishes I cut out with Spellbinders Floral Flourishes die.  These are really intricately cut and are HARD to get out of the die.  To help get these out a little easier I cut two pieces of paper at the same time and left one stuck in the die.  This helps cushion the second piece of paper so it doesn't get stuck in there as tight.

Supplies Used:  Finished Size is 5" x 7:
Paper:  K&Co Tim Coffey Fall Collection
Stamp:  Just Rite Nature's Nested Sentiments
Die Cuts:  Spellbinders:  Floral Flourishes, Assorted Leaves
Ink:  Momento Rich Cocoa, Ranger/Tim Holtz Antique Linen

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

WMSC 71 - October 29, 2011 - Christmas Wishes

First I want to say thanks so much  for your kind comments and for wishing me well as I recover from my cold!  I think this is the worst one I've ever had - I don't know if the germs are getting stronger or if I'm getting weaker!!  It's been two weeks and I'm still left with a sore throat and lots of coughing!  I do feel much better though and I expect to be getting back in the swing of things!  I appreciate your wishing me well - it really meant alot to me when I'd get out of bed and check email and see what's going on in the blogosphere! 

I'm starting out a new week fresh and for me that means the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge!  This is the sketch for this week by Kelly Schirmer. 

When I saw the design I knew I wanted a big impact stamp on the bottom half so I went for my Big Bloom Poinsettia stamps and colored the flower in bright red.  I colored pearls with a Copic to get them the right shade of gold for the flower center, and added silver foil accents for some Christmas sparkle.  

My sentiment comes from the new Seasonal Remedies set.  I simply taped off the area of the stamp I didn't want to use, inked it up, peeled off the tape and then stamped the sentiment.  This is a great card for mailing because it isn't too puffy and I don't have to worry about smashing any bows!  I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with.  Have a great week!


Supplies Used:  Finished Size 5 x 7"
Stamps:  Waltzingmouse:  Big Bloom Poinsettia, Seasonal Remedies
Dies:  Spellbinders Classic Ovals, Fancy Tags Three, Floral Flourishes
Markers:  Copic R08, R20, R46, RV29,  Y15, YR12, YR24, YG01, YG03, YG45
Patterened Paper:  My Minds Eye Lost & Found Two Rosy Collection
Embossing Folder:  Sizzix Starry Night #2 from Sugar & Starry Night Set Basic Grey