Friday, September 30, 2011

World Card Making Day

In honor of World Card Making Day on Saturday, October 1st, we're kicking things off one day early in a wild and wacky fashion! Have we got a challenge for you! It's all about that inner kid and why we love card making in general - we get to be creative! So, think like a kid and share your favorite animated character. Find a picture of that character and then, be inspired by the colors for one fun-filled color challenge! We'll take entries through next Thursday, October 6th at 5PM EST. The winner of this challenge gets a fun-filled prize pack with 5 Flourishes stamp sets of our choice. Once you're done with your creation, simply link up on this post using our Inlinkz widget. If you upload to Splitcoaststampers, please use the keyword FLLCWCMD11. Th-th-tha-that's all folks!

I have to tell you that Chip n Dale was and is still my favorite cartoon to watch. They are so adorable and fun, love them. I will tell you a little secret too.... when we saw them at Disney World a few years ago... gulp... I almost pushed the boys out of the way to get to them for a photo.Yep! I admit it and not ashamed either. ha ha I love these guys and so do my boys which makes it all the better. Anyways, on to my card. Not what I had planned. Infact didn't turn out like I had it pictured in my head either. However time was away from me this week as I have a few things going on here at home with grandma's and filling in for my mom at the college. So needless to say this is what I got and nothing more today. Sorry! I am really tired if you can't tell from my post. Easy peasy info as I used the darling Country Charm Labels set for my card. Colored the flowers with R29, added some of the new Iridescent cream ribbon and a few pearls. Be sure to check out the creations from the Design Team today:

Monday, September 26, 2011

House Mouse Christmas Sparkle

This weeks House Mouse and Friends Blog challenge is brought to use by Sue C. We have a few prizes for you this week so be sure to check out the blog for the details and linking your creations.

This is one of my favorite Christmas images, they are so darn cute decorating their tree. hee hee I can never seem to get sparkle to show in my photo's but its there. All around the frame, on the tree, the ornaments and the ground. It is all there trust me. Hope you get a chance to play along with us! Have a great day.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Windmill Box

 Files: I am unable to load the PDF files to this post. If you email me at and put in the subject line Windmill Box I can email you the files. I have a PDF file, Silhouette version and an SVG file version for this.


Card stock, adhesive, scissors, designer paper, score tool, and embellishments.

Step 1

Take the base piece with the scored lines and pre-fold the scored marks. Add adhesive to the sides of the bottom square and along the side panel as shown. Also notch out the two little corner pieces on the base so it will fold better when you go to adhere to the sides.

Step 2

First adhere the sides of the bottom panels as shown. Do not adhere the middle piece yet. It should look like this.

Step 3

Take the shorter piece on the right side and fold over to adhere as shown. Take and fold over the left side panel and cover to the edge so it is closed up like a box. If you used colored card stock and wanted to stamp now is the time to do that.

Step 4

Choose which blades you desire to work with. Punch a small hole in the blades and in the piece on the box base you are attaching the blades to. You can use a brad or you can just tape them on top of each other, I am using a brad and flowers for decoration. See below picture If you use a brad instead of taping them you allow the blades to turn when moved by hand. Attach your blades and decorate as desired.

Step 5

This is for a teacher's desk so I placed pencils in mine. I used the sentiment from Words of Gratitude. Enjoy your new windmill or pinwheel.

Flourishes Free for all Friday

Happy Friday! This week sure has gone by fast and the weekend will probably go by even faster at the rate I am going. Today is Flourishes Free for All Friday. Plan on showing you a few things however I wanted to remind you about the New Release Bundle savings, as that is ending shortly. This is your chance to save a few dollars and recieve the entire new release.
For my creation I used A Season of Thanks and pulled the corn image out to color up. We have some yummy new ribbons and trims in at the store if you haven't checked it out lately. I have to use what I have before I order more, or atleast till I can't hold out any longer. hee hee Hey I even used yellow, more like a currant color I would say however I like how it turned out even so. LOL

Next Is a gift set that I made using our latest 1,2,3 Create kit called Garden Girl. There are only a few left so make sure you get it before its gone. The colors in this set are awesome!
Here is the bag with all the contents inside. I used Tag lines for the sentiment on the front.

This is the altered $1 notepad that I bought. They are easy peasy, just remove the magnet off the back and adhere it to some cardstock that you measure to fold and make a little book like cover. Then decorate and I added some little flowers to this that are not included in the kit. The sentiment on the journal is from the set Life Lines.

This is the tote and two of the cards in the bag. Makes for a beautiful gift and yes this was given out already to someone at DH work that was retiring. She bought my cards every month, so this was a going away gift for her.

Be sure to check out the beautiful creations from the DT:

Jan Marie
We have a fun filled weekend planned with soccer games and football games. Hope you have a great weekend! Thanks for stopping in today.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Totally Stampalicious September Blog Hop

Welcome to Totally Stampalicious September New Release and Blog Hop! If you jsut arrived from Joanne's blog you are in the right spot. If you are just joining us head back on over to the TS Blog and start at the beginning!
We have FIVE NEW STAMP SETS to share with you tonight and they are available NOW at Totally Stampalicious!!! As always we want to give some stuff away and all YOU need to do to be eligible to WIN is comment on all of the Design Team's AWESOME creations!!!
Here's what's up for grabs:
1st Prize - All 5 New Stamp Sets
2nd Prize - $15 Gift Certificate
3rd Prize - $5 Gift Certificate
So are you READY?!!!
Here are the latest additions to the Totally Stampalicious Collection from the Bugaboo Line by Jodie Mackerell. This is Ava Fairy , isn't she just adorable! I have to say I think this is one of my favorite girl images. She is super sweet sitting there smiling at you. hee hee The springy feeling hit me with this paper so I went with that. Added a little lace and ribbon and voila!

Now head on over to Sue's SCS Gallery to check out her Sneak Peek for you! Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

New Templates Windmill and Barrell

Clear Dollar Stamps is releasing the new templates and SVG files for September today. Some fun ideas, with Christmas coming it's never too early to start thinking ahead. You can see all the templates Clear Dollar Stamps offers HERE and HERE!
This month there are two and one of them offers up a few different versions. This is the Windmill or you could make a Pinwheel goodie box. I made a Windmill to hold the pencils for the boys teacher. This was a gift that she recieved last week. Now isn't this a cool pencil holder? The sentiment on the front is from the Words of Gratitude set. Just a little thank you for all her hard work she is doing so far this year.

Next is a get well gift I made for a friend. This is the Barrel that I turned into a flower holder. You can fill this barrel with candies or even some hot chocolate and make it a wintry theme. Lots of options for fun gift giving. The stamp set is Loving Lamb that I used for my get well sentiment and image. I adore this lamb set.
This is what it looked like when I put the flowers in it. Now when she takes them out she will have a darling little container to put things in. I added a pearl to the bell on the lambs collar.

Thanks for stopping in and seeing the new templates! Happy Shopping!
Don't forget tomorrow at 9pm EST is Totally Stampalicious New Release and Blog hop!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Totally Stampalicious Sneak Day 2

Today over on the Totally Stampalicious blog we are showing you another sneak peek of the new sets coming out on Thursday 22nd at our Blog Hop and New Release. Be sure to check out the TS Blog for the other sneaks today!
Isn't she just so sweet? This is Storybook Elizabeth by artist Sylvia Zet. She is such a darling image, and the bunny is super cute to boot. Very simple card today with some SU dp for the background. Tied off my ribbon bow with a button and twine combo. Easy Peasy!
Hope you have a wonderful day!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Totally Stampalicious Sneak Peek

Happy Monday! Today over on the Totally Stampalicious Blog our Monday challenge is make a Childs Birthday card. A few of us are showing off a sneak peek of the new sets coming out Thursday. Yes another month means another fresh batch of rubber. Our blop hop is on Thursday at 9pm Central, we have some fabulous prizes as always so don't forget to join us. In the meantime between now and then we are going to show you some sneaks of the new sets.
This is Fairy Ava by artist Jodie Mackrell. Is she just not adorable? I had this layout sitting around on some scratch paper from gosh knows when so I went with it for the sketch. Easy peasy all around as you can see. See yu back here tomorrow for more sneak peeks.
Some exciting news! I was published in Crafting Ireland Magazine issue 4. You can see the new issue TODAY! I am on page 29. Thanks for stopping in today. Have a great day!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

CDS Tangy Trio Color Blog Hop

Happy Football Sunday! Today is Clear Dollar Stamps monthly blog hop. If you just arrived from Linda's Blog you are in the right spot. If you are just joining us head back on over to the CDS Blog to start hopping! The theme this month is Tangy Trio of colors. Yep we are going to show you the new colors today. For hopping along and commenting on each of the DT Blog you could win these prizes: We're changing up the prize a little bit! One lucky winner will receive a $25 Clear Dollar Stamps gift certificate for digital images! The winners will be randomly chosen from comments received on a DT member's blog. The winner will be announced on the CDS blog Thursday, September 22nd.

Who can resist the Beautiful Butterflies? They are so easy to cut out and I just love the fact that you can fan the wings out. All these colors are vibrant and cheerful so I used all three. The matching ribbons for the paper are awesome as well, be sure to check those out when you get the papers! Made a long and tall card today and left it sentiment free. The trail of jewels was a last minute idea and I sure do like how it turned out. Now it is time to hop on over the Jerusha Blog.
Don't forget Clear Dollar Stamps New Templates (SVG and PDF) files come out on Thursday the 22nd. You are going to love what we have new! Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Flourishes Medallion Motif

Welcome to day two of Flourishes September new releases. A few Reminders:
Your chance to win the set of the day is over on Flourishes Blog!
Your chance to win our ENTIRE release is by playing our Fall Fashion Challenge HERE.
Check out our noon Sketch Challenge on Flourishes Blog!
Don't forget about the Mystery Blogger it could be you and your comment on the DT Blog!
Check back TODAY for another Noon Challenge and chance to win!

Today's set is Medallion Motif and I put a Christmas Spin on my creation for you using Flourishes Christmas Spirit Challenge 17 found HERE. This is where I fell off the wagon as my DH would say. I have white and lots of it. BUT.... it looks beautiful don't you think? I first stamped out the medallion on two sheets of paper and embossed them both. I cut one of the medallions out and when I cut it out I skipped every other spindle (is that what they are called?) anyways once that was cut out I popped it up on dimensionals to the one on my base layer.
Here is a view of the layers from the side. I added some kaiser red pearls to each of the top layers. The Christmas sentiment is from Christmas Music that is popped up on dimensionals. Tied it all off with a red sheer line edge ribbon bow. Now tell me the white doesn't look awesome! The gold layer of paper is from a sheet that I have had in my stash for ages and thought what better time to use it.
Be sure to check out the beautiful creations from the design team today:
Jan Marie

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

How about some Feminine Charm...

Yippee! It is time for Flourishes September new releases. This months sets are going to be a wonderful addition to your Flourishes collection. A few Reminders:
Your chance to win the set of the day is over on Flourishes Blog!

Comment on all the DT blog for your chance at our Mystery Blogger!
Your chance to win our ENTIRE release is by playing our Fall Fashion Challenge HERE.
Check back at noon for the Sketch Challenge on Flourishes Blog!

For my creation today using Feminine Charm I went Chic.... or as my DH would say no white! ha ha Yep sticking with his challenge of no white this month. Doing okay, but I fell off the wagon later you will see. ha ha Framed the beautiful hat with Spellbinders Fleur De Lis rectangles. Placed some of the gorgeous red velvet ribbon down the side with the black faux suede ruffled ribbon. Added a few kaiser pearls and popped the image up on dimensionals. I have to say for no white I do love how this turned out. The design team has some gorgeous creations for you today: Christine
Jan Marie
See you back here tomorrow!

Monday, September 12, 2011

House Mouse and Friends 3 year Blog Hop

Happy Monday! If you just hopped here from Sue's Blog you are in the right place. If you just stopped in head back on over to the House Mouse and Friends Blog to start at the beginning.
We are celebrating over at House Mouse and Friends Blog Challenge our 3 year anniversary. Yep 3 years our little blog challenge has been running fun and games for us mousie lovers.
This weeks challenge is Happy Birthday with a bunch of flowers. Our prizes this week... Oh you have to hop on through each of the DT members blog to check out what you could win. Yep several of the design team have some FABULOUS prizes for you today. Also joining us is our new Design Team member Vicki and some past guest design team members. Lots of fun hopping today!

For my creation I used the Wishing Well Happy Hoppers that the boys got me for my birthday. My flowers are small and dainty in my designer paper in the background. Finished it off with a ribbon bow and birthday tag using Spellbinders Nested Pennants. Now your next hop is on over to Sally's Blog.

For those football fans out there let me say yesterday was rough. I didn't get the chance to watch my game as it wasn't televised here and honestly I am thankful. The stinkin replay's and the darn ticker tape update at the bottom of the Eagles game was bad enough to watch. Sheessh.... We seriously need to figure out a game plan as today they didn't have squat. However I did get my new Colts Pillow Pet in the mail Saturday so I did get to snuggle and weep into that during the games. ha ha Its super cute, yes a kid at heart I know. hee hee We got the twins Green Bay and Seahawks. Green Bay is already sold out and on back order, good thing I am a mom on the ball huh. ha ha Well I hope you have a great day and thanks for stopping in with me today!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Flourishes Color of Fall Challenge

Can you believe it is September already? The weather is still summer and honestly I am not ready to give it up yet. As we speak Flourishes is getting ready to show you the September release and all the goodies it contains. Our pre-challenge is all about the in fall colors you see above. Yep these are the fall colors this year and what a beautiful array of choices. Be sure to check out Flourishes blog for the details and linking your creation and your chance at winning our Entire Sept. Release.
For my creation I used the new beautiful Garden Girl 1,2,3 create Kit. Just look at those papers they are perfect for the fall in colors, I just think they are awesome. In sticking with my DH challenge this month and using no white I think I accomplished that easy peasy with this card. I have the beautiful Sweet Days of Summer as my stamp of choice. I am using the dickens out of the Spellbinders Fleur De Lis but can you blame me? It has to be one of my favorite dies from Spellbinders to date. Tied off the rich burgundy ribbon with one of the charms in the kit and voila! Be sure to check out the beautiful fall creations from the design team and hope you get a chance to play along with us:

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Better get your seatbelts fastened....

It's going to be a long NFL season in the Morgan House....

Offical Release
As previously stated on Monday, Sept. 5th, Peyton Manning has undergone further testing and consultation with several specialists regarding his rehabilitation. The results of these tests and the consensus of the consultations was that further surgery was warranted. Peyton has undergone this surgery today by having a single level anterior fusion. The surgery was un-eventful.
This procedure is performed regularly throughout the country on persons from all walks of life, including professional football players. Two former Colts players had this same procedure last winter and have fully resumed their careers. Rehabilitation from such surgery is typically an involved process. Therefore, there will be no estimation of a return date at this time. We will keep Peyton on the active roster until we have a clearer picture of his recovery process.
Peyton will immediately begin the rehabilitation regimen mapped out by the surgeon. We anticipate no further updates or availabilities beyond those required by the NFL Media Policy for the immediate future.

Simple and sweet

Time sure does seem to go by when school starts. Helping out at the school again 3 days a week, both the boys are in soccer seperate teams and of course their practices can't be the same day to help me out any. ha ha Which means I haven't had much time for stamping.

So I have a simple and sweet card today using Elegant Accents and ofcourse one of my favorite new dies Elegant Accent die. My hubby challenged me for one month to use no white or very very little white and that is proving harder than I thought. However I am doing okay... I think. This seems like white but its really just soft pinks and creams over all. hee hee Added a pink roset with some crochet and pleated ribbon down the middle, easy peasy. Thanks for stopping in today!

Monday, September 5, 2011

CAS Christmas Card

Hope you are having a nice extra long weekend. I sure like the lazy weekend here and the weather is beautiful. Made a quick CAS Christmas card using Seasonal Swags from Clear Dollar stamps. Used the new Elegant Accents Die for the shape. Layered with the Elegant Accents die trim with a piece of Cherry go round ribbon down the middle. I have a bit of sparkle on the holly however its hard to see in the photo. Easy Peasy today! Hope you enjoy the rest of your day.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Flourishes has a sad goodbye...

I wasn't sure how I was going to write this post honestly. Do you ever have trouble with saying the words you want and feel? Today is Leslie's last day with the Flourishes design team family, she is taking time to spend with her family, Wally, garden and in general take a break and focus on Leslie. This is bitter sweet from my end as I adore her so much. I type how I talk so bare with me on this. Instead of making this a sad post so much, I want to share with you the things I adore about Leslie and how I have come to know her.
I came across a card of Leslie's on SCS long ago and have been ever so grateful. Her style is simple yet has an elegance to it that makes you say "how did she do that" and I love that. Plus have you seen what she can do with white space.. ACK the women can do it all. When she became part of Flourishes she just exploded with her designs and her creations I thought. I started to follow her blog, really she probably thought who is this crazy lady always commenting. ha ha Then she probably really freaked when I came on the team about 3 year ago. :0) Thinking oh crap this lady is really stalking me... Kidding of course.
Anyways, I got the honor of meeting Leslie last year at CHA. She has such a fun outlook on life and had us laughing just about everywhere. The thing that was so real about it I guess is, she made you feel as if you knew her from long ago. I learned first hand how much she LOVES designer paper, I mean LOVES designer paper. You can tell from her work how much she loves paper. Leslie is very devoted to her family and puppy Wally. She shares pictures and stories of Wally often, that make you just smile. He is totally cute ya know. When we got Ranger I showed Leslie a picture first thing as I knew she would be just as excited as I was. She has prayed for me on several occasions when needed and didn't hesitate to check on how things were going. I have even emailed asking gardening advice as she has a gorgeous yard full of flowers that I can never seem to keep alive. ha ha Leslie is a great cheerleader and encourager when you need it, she knows just what to say and gives you the smile you need at the time. This is not an end to our friendship I know, just means we will be keeping in touch a different way. I hope you stop on over and give Leslie a hi and happy retirement as they say today.
Now for my creation... we all wanted to honor Leslie and her work she has done and all her time spent with Flourishes. Christine came up with the idea of taking one of Leslie's creations and casing it. How do you suppose I do that? Choosing one is not easy, but I did choose this one. Shows the simple yet elegance that she creates! I have often said how do you use the pearls like that and have it look like it is suppose to be? I kept the layout, shapes for the most part, stamp set and over all feel of the card the same. Changed the sentiment tag. I sent this to Leslie and she hopefully gets this in today's mail. I know her decision is from the heart as hard as it is. She is irreplaceable! I want her to know that we love her and that I truly am thankful to have designed with her at Flourishes.

Please check out the creations the girls have today as well:

Thursday, September 1, 2011

PageMaps meets Flourishes

Today Flourishes is also working with Becky Fleck over at Becky has a fresh new batch of sketchs for you to play with. Be sure to check it out they are all so cool and spark the creativity.
The beautiful Thinking of you set was the perfect set for my sketch. And duh... I didn't save my sketch to my other computer so you will have to check out the link for my sketch pattern. ha ha I really like using the soft baby blue and white for sympathy cards. I stamped the main sentiment frame and cut it out after it dried and popped it up on dimensionals. The background piece is using the coordinating stamp set called Vintage Wallpaper. Added a few pearls and voila! Be sure to check out the creations with the new sketchs from the girls today:


Thanks for stopping in with me today. Have a wonderful day!