Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Bunny Boo Boo and Tilda with Hearts

I am finally getting to use some of the images I have already finished, getting them made up into cards.  I am grateful that the terrible flare of neck pain that I have been dealing with of late has still allowed me some time to create, although not as much as I wish.

First card:  Bunny Boo Boo
Stamp:  Stampabilities (House Mouse/Happy Hoppers) Bunny Boo Boo HMOR1035.
Cardstock:  Bazzill.  Green is Guacamole.  Yellow is African Daisy.
DP:  Recollections Monkeying Around line, in "Button Up".  The inside has the coordinating green dot called "Banana Leaf".
Ribbon:  Celebrate It Basic Narrows.
Embellishment:  Recollections Dimensional Stickers.  I may change this as I am finding the blue jarring.
Colored pencils:  Prismacolor and Derwent with turpenoid and blending stump.  I used about 10 different shades of green in the grass, and the turpenoid blended them all beautifully.  Great stuff.
Chalk:  Pebbles Pearlescent in Shimmers.

This card will go to the woman who does the general cleaning here at the apartment building where I live (for the company which owns the building, not the residents, although she did help out many since this is a senior/disabled complex).  She had a stroke a little over a week ago and many of my card friends have offered to send her a shower of cards.  I am sure this will cheer her as she readies herself for carotid artery surgery.

Second card:  Tilda with Hearts.

Stamp:  Magnolia - Tilda with Hearts.  You can purchase this and other Magnolia stamps from Diana at Magnolia-licious.   Click this link to get to her store:
DP:  From a card making kit I won at a craft show.  This is called "Handmade Cards" by Anne Akers Johnson.
Cardstock:  Bazzill Feather Boa; Basic Grey Bittersweet in Truffle; K & Co. Smitten tablet.
Flourish:  American Crafts Baby in Miss Muffet cut with Sizzix Decorative Accents die.  (This American Crafts Baby/Miss Muffet is a lovely paper, 8-1/2 x 11, solid brown on one side, with the other side being pink with tiny polkadots.  I got it at Michael's.
Paper lace:  K & Co. Smitten, 12 x 12 pad of Valentine's paper, cut with Fiskars Heart edge punch. 
Embellishment:  Recollections Pearl Stickers. 
Glitter pen:  Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust in Pink Star was used on the cookies, Tilda's hairband and on the hearts on her shoes, but is not showing up very well.  Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust in Clear was used over the silver pencil on her wings.
White opaque pen:  Inkssentials Opaque Pen in white (Tilda's cheek dots).
Sentiment:  Inkadinkadoo Personal Impressions, Tattoo Expressions which I curved a little as I put it on the acrylic block.  It is stamped with Palette in brown but I need to get a darker brown stamp pad.
Colored pencils:  Prismacolor and Derwent with turpenoid and blending stumps.
Chalk:  Pebbles Pearlescent in Shimmers.

While this is the second Magnolia card I have made, it is the first that made it to the scanner.  I had made a Christmas themed one for the Christmas All Year Round blog hop, but before it could get scanned, I accidentally overturned a cup of tea all over it, so I could not join in on the blog hop.  Next time, I hope.  For this card, I used the Roses on Paper Challenge sketch #30 as a jumping off point, but did not follow it exactly.  Therefore I can't enter this card in the challenge.  Here is the sketch,  That horizontal band of hearts is reminding me of a pink ribbon I saw somewhere - now where was that?????

Card count:  13/365

Monday, January 25, 2010

Jacque's blog candy

Despite a terrible week, with an equally terrible diagnosis, the very talented Jacque has entered yet another sweet gift for her followers.  This blog candy ends January 28th so visit her blog and leave her some encouragement for the days ahead.  Here is her link:

and here is the Valentine's blog candy:

Thanks for visiting her pages and keeping her in your prayers.  Remember to get your mammograms!

More Love Bunny and Feeling Rosy

I had several of the bunny images colored in, and was having a good time with some new punches, so I made a few more Valentine cards using the same stamp that I used for the first House Mouse and Friends challenge/blog hop.   First card:

Recipe for the above card:
Stamp:  Stampabilities (House Mouse/Happy Hoppers) HMI1014.
Colored pencils:  Prismacolor and Derwent, with turpenoid and blending stumps.
Background paper:  K & Co., Smitten 12 x 12 paper collection.
Brown cardstock:  American Crafts Baby, in Miss Muffet, double-sided paper.
Paper lace:  American Crafts Baby, in Miss Muffet, cut with Martha Stewart double edge doily lace punch.
Stickers:  Recollections dimensional stickers
Chalk:  Pebbles Pearlescent in Shimmers.

Next card:

Recipe for above card:
Stamp:  Stampabilites (House Mouse/Happy Hoppers) HMI1014.
Colored pencils:  Prismacolor and Derwent with turpenoid and blending stump.
Background paper:  K & Co. Smitten 12 x 12 paper collection
Pink DP behind image:  Basic Grey, Bittersweet Collection in Mousse.
Dark brown cardstock:  American Crafts Baby, in Miss Muffet.
Swirls:  Above dark brown cardstock cut with Sizzix Scribbles Swirls in Cuttlebug machine.
Bling:  Queen & Co. Rhinestones in Pretty in Pink.
Chalk:  Pebbles Pearlescent in Shimmers.
Ribbon:  Mega Bobbin Ribbon by Morex Corp.

Now, on to Feeling Rosy:
I just love the look on the wee mouse's face in this stamp - such contentment.

Recipe for above card:
Stamp:  Stampabilities (House Mouse) Feeling Rosy (HMG1001)
Colored pencils:  Prismacolor and Derwent with turpenoid and blending stumps.
Yellow cardstock:  Bazzill Candlelight embossed with Swiss Dots in Cuttlebug.
Purple cardstock and purple dot: Handmade Cards kit by Klutz.
Purple striped cardstock:  Sprout 6 x 6 paper collection by Memory Box Inc.
Dragonfly:  Sandylion stickers.
Ribbon:  Craft Essentials.
Corners in purple stripe paper:  Cut with EK Success Card Creator Paper Shaper in Basketweave.
Chalk:  Pebbles Pearlescent in Shimmers.
Gel pen:  Metallic gold gel roller used on rim and decoration on tea cup.

And the next Feeling Rosy:

Recipe for above card:
Stamp:  Stampabilities (House Mouse) Feeling Rosy HMG1001.
Colored pencils:  Prismacolor and Derwent, with turpenoid and blending stumps.
Pink floral cardstock:  Making Memories 8 x 8 Noteworthy/Audrey.
Pink dot/brown cardstock:  American Crafts Baby in Miss Muffet (double sided).
Turquoise cardstock:  Bazzill.
Paper lace/brown and pink dot strip:  American Crafts Baby in Miss Muffet (double sided). 
Punch:  Martha Stewart double edge doily lace trim.
Scissors:  Provo Craft mini pink.
Flower:  K & Co. Citronella, Layered Accents.
Chalk:  Pebbles Pearlescent in Shimmers (yes, someday I will get more colors).
Gel roller:  Metallic gold on rim of tea cup.

Thank you so much for looking!  I really appreciate your comments.

Card count:  11/365

Sunday, January 24, 2010

House Mouse and Friends Blog Hop and Challenge

House Mouse and Friends is having its first blog hop/challenge, using any House Mouse, Happy Hoppers or Gruffies stamp, using this sketch for your design:

I had made a few Valentines before last night, but none matched the sketch completely, so I worked on another:

Here is what I used for the card:
Stamp:  Stampabilities Happy Hoppers (House Mouse) "Love Bunny" HMI1014.
Colored pencils:  Prismacolor, Derwent and EK Success.
Chalk:  Pebbles Pearlescent Shimmers (around bunny).
Paper, background:  K & Co. Smitten Valentine tablet of 12 x 12 papers.
Paper lace, light pink:  American Crafts paper in Baby/Miss Muffit, cut with Fiskars heart edge punch.
Paper lace, brown:  American Crafts paper in Baby/Miss Muffit, reverse if light pink dot, cut with Martha Stewart double edge doily lace trim punch.
Raspberry square:  Bazzill pearlescent in Feather Boa, embossed with Swiss Dots folder in Cuttlebug, cut with Nestabilities Classic Scalloped Squares, Large.
Sentiment:  K & Co. Smitten banners.
Pearls:  Recollections half-pearl stickers.
Miscellaneous:  Pink Gelly Roll Stardust pen on hearts above bunny's head.

You can visit the Blog Hop/Challenge by clicking on the title of this blog, or on this link:

Card count:  7/365

Monday, January 18, 2010

Magnolia-licious Highlites Blog Hop - Pretty in Pink

Attention, cardmakers:  Gather all your Magnolia stamps, and all your pink card making supplies, and visit the Magnolia-licious Highlights blog ( for a wonderful blog hop with delightful (and even delicious) blog candy from the DT.  Even Diana has joined this blog hop, and it is nice to see her entry, especially before she heads to CHA.   You have to start at the above website, and follow the links from there, being sure to add a comment on each blog as you travel along.  If you wish to be eligible for Diana's prize, you must make a pink-themed Magnolia card, and link to the Magnolia-licious Highlights blog.   Just to get you inspired, as if the beautiful cards are not sufficient, here are photos of Diana's prize for the winner of the blog hop, and Jacque's "Sweet Stuff" for the winner from those who leave comments at her site.  Yes, Jacque's even includes pink truffles!   For those new to Magnolia, there is a link on the right side of my blog, to get you to Diana's store.   Happy cardmaking!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Make a Wish

Am I on a roll or what?  I colored several images and have started to assemble them into cards.  This first one is a birthday card for someone who lives here in the apartment building, and since her birthday is today, I had best get it delivered. Thanks for looking.  Here is what I used:

Stamp:  Make a Wish 02, House Mouse/Stampabilities - HMGR1011.
Pencils:  Prismacolor and Derwent, blending stump, turpenoid.
Cardstock, solid:  K & Co., Marcella Well-worn solid mat deck.
Print cardstock:  source unknown but I love it.  Wish I had more.
Flowers:  Prima Pixie Tin, Bella.  A word to the wise - it is very hard to get a good scan with flowers that have raised centers, especially when you put them on with foam dots!  (the shadow on the card is because of this).
Glitter:  Stickles in Baby Blue (on the icing) and Frosted Lace (on the candle).
Cuttlebug folder:  Happy Birthday (Joyeux Anniversaire).  I also ran a sheet of the olive through this folder as a greeting for the inside, just adding a tag for my signature.  On the envelope I used the Cuttlebug Celebration Stamps and die that came with the machine, and since I am hand delivering the card, I put them where you would put a stamp on the envelope.
Chalk:  Pebbles Pearlescent in Shimmers. 

I didn't get the others finished that I had hoped, but maybe tomorrow.  The recipient of the above card called me the minute she got it.  First she said "Thank you" and then she said "Please tell me how to make these".  That was as wonderful as the "thank you"!

Card count:  6/365

Friday, January 15, 2010

Tweet Kisses

I got another one done but it was hard to get a good photo because the "bling" on the card kept the scanner lid from closing properly, and even though I covered it, some light got in.   I also seem to be slowing down a little because my fingertips are in their usual winter condition which means split and sore.  Time to slather on more cortisone or Neosporin.  Thank you for looking.

Here is what was used for this card:
Stamp:  Stampabilities/House Mouse Tweet Kisses HMJR1035
Coloring:  Prismacolor and Derwent colored pencils, blending stumps and turpenoid. Background shaded with Pebbles Pearlescent chalks in Shimmers.
Cardstock:  Solid:  Bazzill; Green dot:  Sprout 6 x 6 Paper Collection, Memory Box, Inc. (love this collection and wish I had bought several pads of it).
Paper:  Source unknown.
Punch:  Martha Stewart
Flowers:  Prima
Ribbon:  Dashes, Dots & Checks
Bling:  from a Heidi Swapp frame
Brads:  Recollections

Card count:  5/365

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Baby Card

Last week, on the Magnolia-licious group, we learned from Willeke that she had just become grandmother to a very premature baby boy.  I asked if it would be okay if I sent a card to the baby's parents and she said "yes".   I went through my images, and found this one, colored it last night and assembled the card this morning, when I had better light (I really must get another Ott Lite).   I hope you like it.  I am definitely starting to see a pattern here with my colors - soft and muted, harkening back to the days of Color Me Beautiful and color analysis.  Yes, I am a soft summer. 

Stamp:  House Mouse/Stampabilities, Baby Shoes 02 HMIR1006
Coloring:  Prismacolor and Derwent colored pencils, blending pen (National    Colored Pencil Blender).
Cardstock:  Bazzill Basic cut and embossed with Spellbinders Nestabilities in Classic Scalloped Squares, Large.
Chalk:  Pebbles Pearlescent in Shimmers. 
DP:  Source unknown, in gift package from paper crafting friend.
Bling:  Source unknown, in same gift package as DP.
Letters:  Part of a pack of designer papers purchased two years ago, company forgotten.  They show up better on the card than they do in this photo, sorry.

This will be on its way to the Netherlands tomorrow.
Card count:  4/365

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Happy Retirement

One of my neighbors here at the apartment complex will be retiring Friday and I wanted to make a card for her.  I was truly at a loss as to how to begin but I tossed the idea out to the House Mouse group and someone suggested this stamp.   Once the stamp design was chosen, the rest was easy as it is a simple card without much embellishment.    Thanks for looking.

Stamp:  Happy Hopper (from Stampabilities/House Mouse),  "Relaxing Bubbles", item HMG1015.
Coloring:  Prismacolor and Derwent colored pencils.  For the tub, to make the white stand out, I used a dressmaker's tool:  General's Pastel Chalk pencil in white, #4414, bought at the local quilt shop.  Area around the bunny was highlighted with Pebbles pearlescent chalks in Shimmers.  Edges were darkened with brown Palette stamp.
Highlights:  Creative Cafe Glitter Glue in Spirit White for the bubbles (this is iridescent and works well with the colors of the mats) and Stickles Frosted Lace on the tub.
Paper:  unknown, gift from a paper crafting friend (thanks, Lisa).
Cardstock:  Bazzill solids, cut and embossed in Cuttlebug with Nestabilities Classic Scalloped Squares, Large.
Sentiment:  Computer generated, Storybook font.
Flowers:  Prima
Brads:  Recollections.
Inside verse:  Irish Blessing:
          May you always have work for your hands to do.
          May your pockets hold always a coin or two.
          May the sun shine bright on your windowpane.
          May the rainbow be certain to follow the rain.
          May the hand of a friend always be near you 
          And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
This was printed on vellum and mounted on the same blue cardstock as the second mount behind the bunny.  The bottom edge was cut with the Martha Stewart heart border punch. 

Card count:  3/365

ADDENDUM:  Happy 13th birthday, Katie (one of my granddaughters in MN).

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

New card for a birthday

Well, after days of trying to match up coordinates to the designer paper, I finally found what I needed and got this card finished - in time to be a belated birthday card!   I love how it came together.  The particulars are below:
Stamp:  House Mouse, Birthday Cupcake HMJR1007
Cardstock:  Bazzill Mauve Ice
Designer paper:  Heidi Grace Shimmer Foil (Valentine line) Cupcakes
1st mat:  Sprout 6 x 6 collection by Memory Box, Inc.  (closest to the mice)
2nd mat: Purple Brocade, TPC Studio (ANW Crestwood) -  used wrong side.
3rd mat:  DCWV Once Upon a Time 4.5 x 6 mat stack.
Ribbon:  American Crafts
Pearls:  Recollections faux pearl stickers
Stickles Cotton Candy on the cupcake
The mice were colored with Prismacolor and Derwent pencils, blended with gamsol.  The background was done with Pebbles chalks from the Shimmer collection. The sentiment is from Inkadinkadoo's Chelsea Sentiments. 
Thanks for looking!

Card count:  2/365

Saturday, January 2, 2010

First card of the New Year - Card for a new home

I learned right before Christmas that a friend was moving, and started to think about a New Home card for her.  Surprisingly, there were several "home" theme papers at the local craft stores, but once I brought them home, most seemed better suited to scrapbooking than for card use, because of their overall business.  I chose one that I think works, and used a free digital image for the straw wreath with birds.  The wreath was colored with Prismacolor and Derwent pencils.  The pink cardstock behind the wreath was cut with Nestabilities scalloped squares and is the reverse side of the paper used on the front of the card,  The cardstock  is from the Heidi Grace "A Little Bird" line, purchased at Michael's.  I used one Prima flower which I highlighted with baby blue Stickles.  I wish I could get good, clear photos, but it doesn't seem possible with my little digital camera unless I take the cards outside.  It's a little too breezy for that today.  I apologize for the poor image. I made the Best Wishes tag by cutting rectangles and cutting off the corners.  The ink for that is a K&Co. pigment ink in an aqua color.   Inside I layered lavender cardstock first, and then the greeting on white cardstock.  I cut the bottom of the white cardstock inside with a Martha Stewart edge punch, so the lavender shows through.   In coloring the wreath, I used about 10 different shades of golds and golden browns, and then went over the wreath with Gamsol and a blending stump.  Now off to make a birthday card that should have been received today!

Card count:  1/365