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Follower Blog Candy

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I was just stamping some House Mouse images for a swap when I thought some of my followers may like House Mouse. I will be giving away 3 of each of the following images stamped in Memento Ink on Georgia Pacific card stock. All I ask is that you are signed up as a follower and insert your information in Mr. Linky below. I will randomly pick a winner during the evening of Saturday, February 27th.

The images included are:
O Lucky Day
A Carrot Between Friends
Seed Shooter
Great Catch


I thought that these are seasonally appropriate for St. Patrick's Day, Easter, and (hopefully) spring.

UPDATE: If you would like to join in and don't have a blog, you can put my blog address in Mr. Linky but be sure to put your email address in the comments. To help avoid spam, you can type your email address in this format: shestampsblog at yahoo dot com.

House Mouse Blog Candy Winner

And the winner is #14 - Stacie! Congratulations! I know you will enjoy your House Mouse images.

Sympathy card

I had the unfortunate need for a sympathy card today so I put this one together using sketch SK022010 on Paper Craft Planet. I want to get this posted so I can get to bed and then drop it off at the post office tomorrow morning.
I will also enter in the Stamp Simply challenge #128 With Sympathy.

I am going to keep it short tonight. Check back on Monday morning for Lindsay's Stamp Stuff post.

** Updated Featured on Any Stamp Will Do March 2010
Supplies:Stamps: Inkadinkadoo Birds Galore, Close To My Heart Best WishesPapers & CS: Close To My Heart Perfect Day DP & Cocoa and Juniper CS, Stampin' Up white CSInks: Close To My Heart Juniper, Stampin' Up Chocolate ChipEmbellishments & Tools: Brown ribbon, Making Memories gemstone brads, George & Storybook Cricut cartridges, Prima Flower, Pearl Glimmer Mist, Spellbinders Nestabilities

Birthday card for a friend

This week my best friend had a birthday and not any ol' card would do. We have been friends since we were 6 years old and have been through a lot together. We have both experienced the loss of a parent, the ups and downs of school, dating, jobs, relationships, gotten married, and had children. Even when busy schedules prevent us from seeing each other very often, when we get together it seems like it was only yesterday when we last talked because we understand each other so well. So this is the card I made. In case you can't read it in the pic, it says "Side by side or far apart, true friends live with in our hearts." Okay, so it is a little, over the top, sweet, but I still like it and it is all too true.

Check out that picture taken in my new light box. My husband made me a light box last week end and I love it. Thank you Honey! (You can find the easy instructions on how to build your own light box HERE.)

Speaking of birthdays, check out Lacey Stephen's post. Sh…

It's Party Time!

I made this card for a friend's birthday and couldn't wait to post it (but I had to wait to give it to my friend before I could show you here.) Happy Birthday Joy!

I really had fun making this card. Could this image from Squigglefly be any more fun?

I created the polka dot back ground paper by printing my black & white digital paper on my red CS.

Challenges for this card:
Crafty Angels - #22 Fantastic Flowers
Cute Daisy May - Flowers
Everybody Art - #79 Easel card
Kaboodle Doodles - Fancy Folds
Lexi's Creations - Anything goes
Penny's Challenges - Birthday
Stamptacular Sunday - #46 Going in Circles
Totally Papercrafts - #4 Lots of Spots



Thank you for looking!


SUPPLIES:
STAMPS: Shady Lady by Squigglefly, It's Your Day & Spot On Backgrounds from Close To My Heart PAPERS & CS: Stampin' Up Real Red and Whisper White CS, Paper Studio black CS, Out On the Town digital paper pack by Penny Springman from the Sweet Shoppe Designs, Georgia Pacific white CSINKS: Stampin'…

Monday with Lindsay - Buttons and Bows

I hope you had a great week end. Our theme today for Lindsay's Stamp Stuff is "Buttons and Bows" and I have 2 projects to show you.




I used Lindsay's new set Birds & Branches on both cards. I really enjoyed coloring this image. I love this set and know it is going to be one of my "go to" sets in the future. Aren't the mailbox and the bird houses in this set adorable?

Since I really didn't have a bow on the card and I had some new Flower Soft to play with, I decided to make a quick second card. Birds & Branches can be used if you want to take your time and color or if you want to put together a quick card. I colored the flowered branch with my SU markers and then glued the Flower Soft to the branches. This card was super quick to make and I really like how it turned out. (I think it took me longer to get the bow tied right than to make the rest of the card!)

My husband made me a light box this week end using the tutorial from HERE. (Isn't he …

Our bird feeders - aka birdie buffet

Where, oh where have all my birds gone??? Usually my bird feeders look like this -





Okay, it's not the best picture but you get the idea. Lately, the bird feeders have been pretty void of activity. Then I notice these characters lurking around..... . .
Yep, both are sitting in the trees above my feeders. (not at the same time.)

So now what do I do? Do I maintain the birdie buffet with the thought that everything has to eat? Or, do I stop feeding the little birds and hope they find another source of food in the middle of winter?

3 Star Card & McDonalds?

I decided that I needed to beef up my stash of cards on hand. I need a few that could be used for men and could be easily mailed. It just so happens that I saw this sketch on Andrea's Stampin' Moments blog and thought it would be just perfect for what I wanted. (While you're there, check out the Annabelle Stamps store. I just received a package with a cute stamp set and some sprinkles yesterday and I LOVE them.)


So I pulled out some card stock and ink pads in my favorite colors and inked up my brand new CTMH stamps. I created this card in about 20 minutes and was pretty pleased with myself. Then I realized it didn't match the sketch. That's what happens when you don't print out the sketch.
So, take 2. I went back to work and made this card that more closely matches the sketch.
I was able to make 2 easily mailed cards that can be used for a man in less than hour. I think that is a record for me. On another note, I love these colors together but why do I think &quo…

Wishing for Spring with Lindsay's Stamp Stuff

This week Lindsay asked us to make cards that had a spring-like feel. I chose this image from her new set Fancy Flowers. I love daffodils. They remind me of the first breath of spring and also remind me of my mom because they were her favorite flower.

Fancy Flowers is a lovely, versatile set with 9 images.



For this card, I printed the daffodil 3 times. On the bottom layer (the square layer), I only colored the very edges of the petals since I planned on layering. On the middle layer, I colored the main part of the flower yellow and just colored the edges of the center part. On the final, top layer, I colored just the center portion of the flower orange. I cut out 2 of the flowers and layered as you see above. (TIP: Here is a tip that I learned from Lindsay. If you know you are going to cut the image out, you don't need to take time to make sure you color nicely in the lines. You can color faster and make sure you get the color all the way to edge if you don't worry about the li…

Owl Always Love Hoo! Mygrafico Customer Blog Hop

Okay, I'm gonna lay out on the table before I get too far into this post. I don't know what happened, but I think I went a little nuts with my distressing tool and sanding block on this card. I was trying to make a nice masculine looking Valentine's day card for my DH and went a little crazy. I didn't like any of my BG stamps or embossing folders for the green piece so I just CRUMBLED IT UP. Yep, I admit it. I balled up this lovely green paper as tight as I could. Then, guess what, I smoothed it out and balled it up again, again, and again.... Then I sanded it... This poor lovely green paper.... But, I think it looks kind of cool. It was a stinker to get to stick though. My tape just didn't want to hold it.So what do yo think? I'm just not sure.

Challenges for this card:
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - #37 Digi Coloring Charisma Cardz - #6 Think Male Crafty Card Makers - Digital Delights
Die Cut Dreams - #34 have a heart Die Cuts R Us - #25 Love Challenge
Digital-ink-co - Love

Piggy Boy

** Updated - This card was in the top 3 at Polka Doodles.



Last night I stayed up last night to make a Valentine's Day card for my daughter. The only time I can craft with out her watching over my shoulder is when she is in bed. While this may not be a traditional Valentine's card, I think she will like it. Piggy Boy has been her best friend since she was about 10 months old. Poor ol' boy can't even hold his head up any more because he has been washed so many times. His cute lil' tail has lost its curl from years of being chewed on. But he is still there for her, making her feel safe at night and listening to her troubles.
I used the sketch challenge from my SBS29 sister Kim Marie. All the paper is from my scrap bin except the card base from Papertrey. This adorable image (which I paper pieced to give dimension) was a freebie a while back from Digistamp Boutique.
I hope you don't mind if I share a few pictures of Elizabeth and Piggy Boy through the years. I hope yo…

Valentines Treats with Lindsay

This week Lindsay (of Lindsay's Stamp Stuff) asked us to make some cute packaging for some Valentine's Day treats. I made 2 projects using Love Grows Here. The first is a project that I did on my own and the second is a project that I made with my 8-year old daughter.

I designed this box myself using Spellbinders Label One die for the top and bottom and using strips of paper to make the sides. Once I got my head wrapped around it, it was pretty easy and made a cute little box. I will put the details at the bottom of this post if you are interested. I used my Cricut to cut the heart and the "4" and "U" and paper pieced the little bird.

My daughter also wanted to make some Valentine treats. I already had an idea of what I wanted to do, but I thought I would let her do it to gage how easy it would be for a kid to make. Overall, I would say pretty easy with help from a parent to help with the printing and cutting. DD was able to trace the templates, cut, color an…

DD's Feeling Ducky and Winter Fest

My DD wanted to make a card for the Clearly Delightful Monthly Challenge because she loves the adorable duck stamp they are offering participants. She also decided to try her first sketch challenge by using the sketch that Kim Marie created for the Sisterhood of the Blogging Stampers (SBS29). She made this card to give to her Great Grandma who is currently in a nursing home recovering from a fall. She took her time, asked a lot of questions, and put together a wonderful card. Look at the sponging! She didn't want the duck floating in the air so I told her how to make a background. She has also been looking at the projects made by other kids and really was impressed by Kayla. I love this card!

I thought I would share a couple of pictures from Saturday. Here a picture of DD and me freezing at Winter Fest. Boy, the wind was COLD but we still had a good time. I also included a picture of my favorite ice sculpture. I was just amazed by the creativity and ingenuity of these artists. . I…

Thinking of You

There is a new challenge blog in town. Have you seen it? Daisy Doodles is starting their own challenge blog and their first challenge is a sketch challenge using this sketch. The challenge ends on Saturday, February 13th.

I thought I would try to play along and made this card. I made it as a "hope you feel better soon" card for a friend who has an injury. It gave me a chance to use the Clear Dollar Stamps that I won about a month ago and I haven't had a chance to use yet. I made it one evening this week when I should have been in bed. I could not get paper or ribbon placed similar to the sketch in a way I liked so I finally ended up using faux stitching.


I had crocheted this flower a few months ago when the instructions where all the rage on Splitcoast and never used it. (Did you know I have a cross reference for Stampin' Up and Close To My Heart to Copic Markers, Prismacolor pencils and DMC floss in my side bar?)

This card also fits the ABC Challenge of use something …

Let Your Dreams Take Flight! Embossing Using a Digi Stamp

I don't know if you can tell, but I have been spending a lot of time on Michelle Zindorf's blog and was especially inspired by her tutorial titled Butterfly Season #227 tutorial. If you never have looked at her blog, get over there. This lady is truly amazing. While I didn't copy her outright, I tried to incorporate some Zindorf style and also used the same colors.

Believe it or not, you can still emboss with digital stamps. I printed this lovely butterfly (from Winged Things digital stamp set from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff) on glossy white paper. (Tip: Rub with an embossing buddy and blow off the dust before putting in your printer.) As soon as the image came out of the printer, I dumped my clear embossing powder on it. Through trial and error I have found that the finer the embossing powder, the better it sticks when using digital images. I tapped off the excess and heated it using my heat tool. If the powder does not stick in any area, you can touch it up using your Vers…

Blog candy, fencing and a peek - How is that for a combo?

Hello! First I wanted to let you know about some blog candy over on the Gotta Have Bling blog. I suggest you head on over and get your chance to win any item up to $75 (your choice).

I also wanted to share a couple of pictures of Elizabeth (oops, Liz) at her fencing class. Is it too early to hope for a scholarship???
(Elizabeth is on the right.)

I hope you are having a great day. I will be back on Thursday with another project. I'll give you a little hint.... it involves embossing a digital stamp and I really like how it turned out. Here is a little sneak peek....
...I really hope you come back and check it out on Thursday!

Your Friendship Warms My Heart

** Updated: This card was featured on SNR Card Universe.
Lindsay (Lindsay's Stamp Stuff) sponsored Tuesday Morning Sketches last week and asked the DT to use Melissa Craig's sketch. The challenges run from Tuesday to Sunday. Stop by and get in on tomorrow's challenge.
Here is a look at the entire set. I think this is one of my favorites. I have several posts using this cute and versitile set. You can see some of them HERE, HERE, and HERE. And this card using the freebie add on from Lindsay's blog.

Although I actually had plenty of time to stamp this weekend (which usually doesn't happen), I was mojo challenged. I don't know where my muse went but it definitely was not here. It took me HOURS to make this single card which was a little frustrating since I hope to make several birthday cards in that time. I thought this might be a birthday card, but it looks more like a Valentines card to me. ' Februrary is customer appreciation month at mygrafico.com. The more …