Monday, March 16, 2020

Enjoy the little things







In these crazy times, we all need to step back and enjoy the little things in our life.

I have tried to write this post several times but my heart is aching and that makes it hard to share with you all.

I made this sign as my Christmas 2019 annual wood project. At that time the sentiment was speaking to me. I am in the process of slowing down, retiring from my job and recharging my batteries- enjoying my home and my family. Looking forward to crafting and working on my wish list of projects. 

Today this means so much more... My oldest brother died unexpectedly last week.  I am sad, teary eyed and heart broken. 

He was always there for me. If I needed help, he was there. He and his wife  helped me take care of our Mother when she was in hospice. We were a team and could depend on each other. 

I feel a bit ungrounded. 

I will be ok. We will all be ok through these crazy times

I have had numerous crafty friends send me Sympathy cards. They mean so much to me. Thank YOU!

It's just a reminder of why we crafters do what we do...our creations touch hearts! Mail a homemade card today, brighten someone's day. 



Love your family- let them know you love them and

Enjoy the little things... Sue

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Saturday, March 7, 2020

Penny Black Satruday Challenge-Spring!









March Inspiration

'Anything Goes'

or our optional theme-


Spring





Spring is really just around the corner!  This time last year we had several feet of snow on the ground! This year we had a bit of snow in November and then nothing! Strangest weather ever...my trees and flowers are confused!

This stamp is perfect spring inspiration don't you think?  I cut the pretty tulip  mat with my Silhouette and it worked perfect for this card. This is a 5 x 7 card. This is the first time out and about  for my new PB sentiment stamp set too.  




Penny Black Stamps used:

Tulips for You

and

 Love Sentiments


We are sponsored by:

Prize winner gets a $20 voucher!


I would love for you to hop over to our challenge blog and join in the fun.  The link is at the top of this page.



 ♥ Sue





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Monday, March 2, 2020

House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge #311



'ANYTHING GOES'

with the option of

'Embossing, wet or dry'


Hosted by our Talented Teamie Dorte.


 So join the fun!  
Please use  a House-MouseDesigns(R)
  House-Mouse Friends /Happy Hoppers, or, Gruffies image stamped/decoupage or CD rom.
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Our challenge this time around is embossing-either wet or dry. Unfortunately the embossing powder I tried to use must have been only glitter so my creation this week will be ATG's. Go figure...

For my card today I used a fun card base cut with my Silhouette and a sweet little stamp from a Mini Clear set.  I cut the image out with my Scan n Cut and added it on with dimensionals. The pretty paper is from my stash-designed by Teresa Collins. 


Stamp set used:



Cut file:





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I hope you will get out your House Mouse stamps and join our fun!




                            ♥ Sue 


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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

You. had. to. be. there.






This is one of those cards where the story behind it is one of those "you had to be there"...

  Years ago my Sister-In- Law(endearingly greeted as Hey Man) and I were shopping at a big mall with a group of other family and friends.  At one point we sat down on a big planter outside to rest. As she and I got up and started walking we realized we had grabbed each others purse and our arms were also intertwined. Well, that set it off. We laughed so hard that we finally had to separate ourselves-every time we looked at each other we would get hysterical again-and our sillies lasted all day. Ohhh...I love that day and the memories of our laughter! 

I made this card to bring her back to those memories of joy we felt.

You. had. to. be. there. 

  Sue





Silhouette files:

Zombie Hands by Rivka Wilkins
Purse by Hero Arts
Purse Card by Lori Whitlock
Sentiment computer generated

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Monday, February 17, 2020

House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge -More than one fold





Challenge #310


Our  challenge of 

***ANYTHING GOES***
 Please use any House-Mouse, Happy Hopper or Gruffie image 

 or 

More than one fold



NOTE that ALL of our challenges are ANYTHING GOES 
  and have the alternate option of 
a Chall. Theme chosen by our Talented team Hostess.
 So come and join the fun by entering your projects using
any House-Mouse, Happy Hopper or Gruffie image 
 stamps, CD collection images and, or, any decoupage by 
House-Mouse Designs!

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 A simple little fun fold card using a new House Mouse stamp and a little sentiment from the transparent set Mice Wishes. I used some pastel papers to go with the fun pastel plaid paper. 



Stamp used:




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For lots more inspiration from Stampendous, be sure to check out their other sites; STAMPENDOUS! Blog,  
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Our second Generous Sponsor is 

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One Lucky Winner will receive a 
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Bio.
I have been drawing since a child and studied graphics at College many years ago, I now work as a Medical photographer part time but my love was always drawing. I started cardmaking about 4yrs ago when I bought my daughter a cardmaking kit which we did together, but I’m afraid I got the bug! My daughter preferred scrapbooking. I then started looking online at other blogs and this then became my passion and I loved sharing my cards with like minded people.
I love stamping and loved finding images, but sometimes I could not find what I wanted so I started to draw myself.  This then has become my second addiction and I have never looked back, I love thinking of new images, and its just fabulous to see others take them and make them into beautiful works of art. Long may it continue!

I hope you will get out your House Mouse stamps and join our fun!




                            ♥ Sue 

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Saturday, February 15, 2020

Penny Black February Challenge Hang On Tight!



February Mid Way Inspiration

'Anything Goes'

or our optional theme-


Love Is In The Air




Hang On Tight- It'll be alright.


I chose the Anything Goes for my mid-way reminder.
I made this CAS card for my ill S-I-L...I have been making all my cards for her since her cancer diagnosis. It reminds me just how much cheer a snail mail card can bring! I recently received a couple real pretty cards this week that I will share next week...and they were such a wonderful surprise and truly just brought me joy. Thanks to Leslie and Bunny! I will post your wonderful creations soon!


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I colored this card with copics. I colored the sky blue and then used my blender pen to remove some of the blue to create the delicate clouds in the sky. I stamped the sentiment on the card and dang if it was crooked (and I even used my Misti).  My cover-up was to just add the sentiment to the little banner and glue over the mis-stamped sentiment. Easy way to cover a boo-boo. Inside the sentiment finished with It'll be alright.  The sentiment comes with the stamp!


Stamp used:


We are sponsored by:

Prize winner gets a $20 voucher!


I would love for you to hop over to our challenge blog and join in the fun.  The link is at the top of this page.



 ♥ Sue


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Friday, February 14, 2020

Sloth Valentine




One last Valentine...






I made this sloth Valentine for my son Matthew. He has a 'thing' for this crazy little critter. I cut the file like it was-a rather large file so this is a 5x7 card.  I did add little heart leaves instead of  green leaves and typed/printed the sentiment  inside. It turned out super cute!

File used from the Silhouette Design Store:


Thanks for stopping and Happy Valentine's Day!

♥  Sue


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Thursday, February 13, 2020

I love you gnome much-My Scrap Chick Valentine










My Scrap Chick 






Another cute new Valentine file from My Scrap Chick!  Very fast and easy if you are a last minute lizzie like me!

Cut file used:

I Love You Gnome Much Shape Card



There are lots of new Valentine files at My Scrap Chick-you should go browse the store!




                     

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My Scrap Chick Valentine Truck


My Scrap Chick 





I made this card for my Father-In-Law's birthday-how fun to be born on February 14th! A built in celebration!  I made one of these for my Papa too-he drives a red truck so he gets a lot of  red truck cards and signs from me :).

You can find this cut file here:


Cut notes:
The only thing I did differently from the file is to ungroup the handle (or release the compound path-can't remember which one I did-it works the same)  from the door and made an internal inset of .50 of the door piece. I cut that out of silver and added it underneath the door-I wanted that cute little door handle to stand out.  The silver  (chrome) paper was a fun touch!




There are lots of new Valentine files at My Scrap Chick-you should go browse the store!







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Monday, February 10, 2020

House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge-Mice Mousse





  House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge

Midway Inspiration 
Challenge #309


Our  challenge of 


***ANYTHING GOES***
 Please use any House-Mouse, Happy Hopper or Gruffie image 

or Love and/or Valentine's 

hosted by our Talented Teamie, Bunny


NOTE that ALL of our challenges are ANYTHING GOES 
  and have the alternate option of 
a Chall. Theme chosen by our Talented team Hostess.
 So come and join the fun by entering your projects using
any House-Mouse, Happy Hopper or Gruffie image 
 stamps, CD collection images and, or, any decoupage by 
House-Mouse Designs!

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The case of the missing stamp......

If you remember last week, I was talking about losing things. It is just beyond reason how I cano lose something when I haven't moved an inch. I have to stand up and do the hokey pokey to see if it is stuck to me...crawl on the ground in desperation, whatever it takes.   
My image has been found and I finally finished my card. I feel better. Yeah!!!!

For my card today I used the new image  Mousse Mice and added it to a fun fold card cut with my Silhouette. Happy Valentines to you all!


Stamp Used:


Mousse Mice


 Cut file used from the Silhouette Store:

A2 tabbed card with sleeve
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We are Generously  Sponsored by;




We are also thrilled to be welcoming back our AWESOME sponsor,
the Official Mousey Family, House-Mouse Designs(R)
 

HMD is offering a Lucky player a $20 Gift Certificate to go shopping at the official House-Mouse Designs(R) site! Eeeeek!!  

I hope you will get out your House Mouse stamps and join our fun!




                            ♥ Sue 

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Monday, February 3, 2020

House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge







 Challenge #309


Our NEW challenge of 

***ANYTHING GOES***
 Please use any House-Mouse, Happy Hopper or Gruffie image 

or Love and/or Valentine's 

hosted by our Talented Teamie, Bunny


NOTE that ALL of our challenges are ANYTHING GOES 
  and have the alternate option of 
a Chall. Theme chosen by our Talented team Hostess.
 So come and join the fun by entering your projects using
any House-Mouse, Happy Hopper or Gruffie image 
 stamps, CD collection images and, or, any decoupage by 
House-Mouse Designs!

http://www.house-mouse.com/images/banner120_02.jpg









I colored up a couple new images this weekend and had one all ready to go for today and dang if I didn't misplace it. What the heck. I quickly made this card tonight. I guess it is my day to lose things. I cut the circles for the sentiment with my Silhouette and promptly lost them. How can you lose things if you haven't even moved 6 inches??? I finally found them-they had fallen on the floor. Whew!

This card is colored with copics. The oval is cut with a die and the sentiment is from an older stamp set no longer available but still perfect for this image!




Stamp Used:


Chocolate Dip



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We are Generously  Sponsored by;



We are also thrilled to be welcoming back our AWESOME sponsor,
the Official Mousey Family, House-Mouse Designs(R)
 

HMD is offering a Lucky player a $20 Gift Certificate to go shopping at the official House-Mouse Designs(R) site! Eeeeek!!  

I hope you will get out your House Mouse stamps and join our fun!




 Sue



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