May 23, 2012

Beau Chateau

Good Morning all and a very happy Wednesday to you.

I have a friend who needed a sympathy card and wanted to reflect her love of roosters.  This is what I came up with…


I first began by snipping out the frame from a sheet of the designer paper and mounting it as if it were an easel; hence the ribbon for the easel legs.  For some reason the dimension on this card was more prominent than others that I have done, have a look.


I popped up the ‘easel’ with dimensionals and worked most everything off of that. 

The flower in the center was created with a looped punch that I had on hand and added the small daisy from the daisy #2 die to the center topping it off with a rose punched with a 3/4’ circle punch.  Each of the edges where sponged using Crumb Cake Ink.  I didn’t want to use snail adhesive on the flower and dimensionals were too much.  Glue dots worked perfect.

The sentiment was stamped on a scrap piece of the same DSP and then cut by hand and folded down to the appropriate size needed.


Here’s a glimpse at the inside and a better view of how the sentiment was created.


Memorial Day weekend is just about upon us, I hope you all have a great weekend enjoy your family time.  Get those grills cleaned up and ready to go, they tell me that this is the official start of back yard barbequing.  *smiles*

Take care everybody and thanks so much for stopping by!



May 22, 2012

On The Modern Side

You probably have never noticed, but I don’t usually do a lot with squares.  But I liked how this one turned out.


Using your scoring board, a diamond effect worked perfect with the mounting of SU! square punches.  Little leaves and Boho Blossom punch provided the accents.  A case of clean and simple on a one layer card.


The inside ~


Next time I do a card similar to this one, I’m going to try scoring the diamond shape all the way around the squares rather than on just the one side.  You’ll be the first to see it …. *smiles*

I love clean and simple cards……..makes the post clean and simple as well.  LOL

A little chicken scratch for you all tomorrow . . .


Take care and thank you for taking the time to visit!



May 21, 2012

Kindness Matters

I’ve always liked this stamp set, but would refrain from using it for one reason or another.  Last week I stepped up to the challenge and decided to use it.


I’m thinking the thing that bother me the most was the fact that the small butterflies were in a straight line and as one stamp….not sure about you, but I have never seen butterflies fly all lined up.  I decided to do something I have never done before…..cut and rearrange the stamp.


The three butterflies on the bottom is how they are displayed as a stamp.  The acrylic block shows how I wanted them to be after minor surgery.  lol  I then stamped these butterflies randomly throughout the front of my card.  They seem to be more ‘in flight’.     


A huge thank you to LeAnne at WEEinklings for giving me the inspiration for running my twine vertically through the Dotted Scalloped Ribbon Punch.  The butterfly was made from the Bird Builder and Blossom Petal Builder punches.  A heart was punched from the Owl Builder punch and placed at the center of the bow knot.  Last but not least, I randomly stamped a dotted background stamp (retired from SU!) to give it a more vintage look.

Thanks so much for stopping in today, I so enjoy the company!  I went from a little vintage today to a little modern for tomorrow, here’s a peak.


See you then!



May 09, 2012

Another Mouse or Two

A while back, before I ever began blogging, there were a few blogs that that I would visit everyday.  I would never leave a comment – had no idea how to do it!  I cased this card from one of those blogs sometime back – Paper Punch Addiction with the very talented Kim Score.  Thank you Kim for all the inspiration that you give bloggers and stampers every day with your amazing talents.

A mouse Christmas ~


The only changes I made were to add the holly and at the time I did not have a ‘Merry Christmas’ stamp that fit my space, so I choose to hand write it in.


Dazzling Diamonds show up a little more here.  How clever was Kim to use the Curly Label punch for his hat!  Speaking of Kim and her cleverness, I received an email from her yesterday about adding a nose to the mice on yesterday card.  I took her advice and here’s a quick look at what a small difference makes!  THANK YOU KIM!


Last but not least, I made a clean and simple card with a mouse sending love its way ~ *smile*



SU! watercolor pencils were used on this little guy.  I just added the tiny heart in his hand and a couple larger ones going in an upward direction.


Can you believe it, if you don’t count the balloons….there are NO layers on this card……’s light as a feather.  lol  I didn’t even use the textured white cardstock……I didn’t miss it, did you?  *smile*

Hope you enjoyed my little friends – of the fury kind – this week.  For me they are at their best when on paper!  lol

Thanks for all the kindness you have bestowed upon me this week, I have really enjoyed them all!  Have a great upcoming weekend and I’ll see you right back here on Monday.  Take care for now.



May 08, 2012

How About A Pair Of Mice

Remember all those rabbits at Easter…… I’m bad about mice as well.  Here’s a pair.


With a smudge to boot!  I never noticed that one.  Not only will pictures bring out the best…….they bring out the smudges too.  This card can’t be done over and I’ll not throw it away either.  I do have a daughter that love’s them with or without smudges….so Allyson, here’s your next card coming your way.  *Smiles*

The body of these little guys were made from the Bird Builder Punch, the wing.  Just set it up on its end instead of the usual slant that you would see on a bird or as a leaf.

When stamping the flower, I wanted a leaf or two to be on the mouse, whaaa  whoooo for the stamp-a-ma-jig.  The greatest invention since sliced bread! lol I fussy cut a sprig off from the stamped image and redirected it on the flower, note the sprig pointing off to the left at the base of the stem.  The sitting mouse on the right hand side is holding a punched piece of the same image as the center of the flower.  The little piece of grass at the bottom is actually the base of the flower turned upside down……recognize it?


Gee, the smudge gets lighter all the time.  *smile*  The cute little faces add a lot of character to each mouse.

Last but not least, the inside ~


I hope you liked my little furry friends today, come back tomorrow for a Mouse Christmas Card………WHAT, did I hear that right?  *smile*

Totally inspired by the very amazing and talented Kim Score!


See you then!



May 07, 2012

A Mouse In The House . . .

Not literally of course, but as promised I’ve done a few cards this week using a little punch art mice!  I hope you enjoy them.  *smile*

I chose dressing one card up and then dressing one card down ~

Here’s the up ~


It’s strawberry time here and I just couldn’t resist putting a little mouse in the works.  He was sooooo easy, a couple punches with the 1/2” circle, a little sponging with the 3/8” circle (Itty Bitty Pack) and a tail from the Swirl Scribbles completed him in no time.  And can’t forget the Heart of Hearts die for the strawberry.

Peeking a little closer ~


Okay, there’s a little story behind my sentiment.  This particular one is computer generated……BECAUSE, when I ordered the Bouquet Pascal from last years Occasion’s Mini, I was so focused on the little girl and the dogwood sprig that I DID NOT pay attention to which set I was ordering and ended up with the French set……lesson learned here! lol  So my choices were to print one out the best I could with the closest font or use French.  *smiles*

My little lacey flowers were actually cut from another ribbon that had these attached.  I just wanted the tiny flowers, not the whole ribbon, a 1/4” circle was added for the center.

Here’s the card dressed DOWN ~


Actually either one works for me.  *smile*


It’s always nice when you can get more mileage out of one card….even better when you order the right stamp set!  LOL

Here’s an Eeeeeek! peek at tomorrows mouse, or is it mice???


As always thanks so much for stopping by, hope to see you tomorrow!



May 03, 2012

Pairing Hello, Doily and a Floret

We’re almost thru yet another week.  Which means another weekend is just around the corner…..YEAH!

As far as I can tell, Fabulous Florets did not make the retirement list…..another big YEAH!  It’s one of my favorites.


Between this stamp set and heat embossing the Hello, Doily stamp, I could sit and make cards all day.  *smile*  This card was first stamped with the En Francais background stamp and it’s edges sponged.  Took the Doily stamp using Versamark and heat embossed it with white EP.  Some fussy cutting gave me a popped up ~ Fabulous Floret, focal point.

You know I keep mentioning that stamp show I went to recently, but I found some of the neatest things that day.  Example:  I never knew Stampin’ Up ever had a 1/4” square punch…..but I found one that day.  Put it to use in the upper right hand corner with the pearl flatbacks.


As nice as the outside is, I struggled with the inside.  I ended up using a sentiment from the Petite Pairs stamp set.


This card is pretty much straight forward.  Hopefully, maybe I have given you yet another way to use the Fabulous Floret Stamp set, I hope so.

Please feel free to email me with your questions, I’m more than glad to share anything I know that might help you along the way.  *smiles*

Next week……eeeeeek!  Mice are in the house!



May 01, 2012

A Forgotten Thank You

Happy May to All!

Have you ever purchased something, actually put it away (where it belongs) and then forget you have it?  Happens to me all the time.  I just came across this Stampin’ Up Thank You Die.  I know that I have had it a while because I can’t even remember when I bought it.  lol


I tried my hand at a little diagonal layering, matting everything in Old Olive.  For those of you that think I can tie a bow…..think again.  lol  Certainly didn’t get this one right, those tails needed to be turned around.  *smile*


However, I think I got this flower right.  I began punching the flower base with the Fancy Flower punch in Whisper White.  On top of that came a stamped image (after paper piercing) from the Posy Punch set.  And topped it all off with a cluster of Boho Blossom punches sponged and cupped using Blush Blossom (yes…..still hoarding it) card stock and ink.  I think adding the small punched circles at the center of each petal was kind of putting the icing on the cake.

Looking at it all a little closer ~


Now I am off to see what else I have forgotten about.  LOL

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today,  I look forward to seeing you tomorrow!



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