Hey Kiddo! | Collection Review Day 1


Hello out there! Boy, it sure feels good to be home after our little weekend getaway. The whole family had a wonderful time and experienced every possible kind of weather...heavy wind, snow, sun, and perfection all within a short few days in the great outdoors. And....although we didn't have much luck catching fish, I still came out the winner by catching the biggest one (sorry, Brandon). Ha!

This week, Clear and Simple Stamps is reviewing the latest collection of stamps and dies that was released last month. Today, we are showing the fun shapes and labels in the collection. And I am so excited because I really wanted to play with the new Triangle Trinkets stamp set. Have you seen it yet? OMG, it is cute!

Triangle Trinkets is a fully interchangeable stamp set. Meaning, you can create almost anything you can imagine my mixing and matching the different shapes. I decided to create a neighborhood - bright, sunny, and full of whimsy. Of course, some bright patterned papers were in order to set the mood. 

I started by stamping the fence in a light creamy color onto white cardstock. Then I had so much fun stamping the houses and rooftops from scrap pieces of paper. I also die cut a strip of grass for some curb appeal and added a happy little sun in the corner.

After stamping that adorable sentiment from the Trinkets Sentiments set, I finished my card by tying some white twill and adding a few vintage millinery flowers. This card was so fun to create, I can't wait to use this set again (and again...and again).

Be sure to see more fun creations from these designers using shapes and labels from Clear and Simple Stamps...

Supplies for {Hey Kiddo} Card:

Using Your Ribbon Trims | Waltzingmouse Sketch 99


Hello out there! It feels so good to not be sick anymore that we decided to take a little holiday this weekend. But today, I've got another card to share for the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge blog. And this sketch is a new favorite of mine, created by Lynn Mercurio

I love framing and adding large clusters of flowers and trims. This sketch is perfect for that!

I started with pretty papers and stamped the Chicken Wire for the background. Then, added some scalloped trim along the bottom of my card. 

The frame has a little distress ink to give it that vintage look, but works so well with the stamped sentiment inside. I used Rescue Remedies Additions. Don't you just love the fancy flourishes? 

What do you do with all those extra pieces of ribbon trimmings you have in your craft room? Create a flower! Well, sort of a flower. I pleated some grosgrain trim, added some lace and placed a fabric brad in the center. I also tucked some of my pretty shabby crinkle ribbon and a Prima leaf behind to dress it up. Love! 

So! Are you ready to play along with the sketch? Just link up your creations based on the sketch to be considered for Top Mouse picks or a free Waltzingmouse stamp set of your choice. 

Using Those Scraps | Waltzingmouse Sketch 97


Hey everyone! It's time for a new sketch over at the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge blog. This time, Lynn Mercurio has come up with another sketch for us to try. And it's the perfect sketch for using up all those scrap pieces of paper you've been saving!

Since I am not very good at doing cards with a quilted block grid, I cheated (but only a little). To make this easier on me, I simply cut the square patterned papers from October Afternoon's Farmhouse collection, then matched up my sentiment from Back in the Saddle to fit in the center of my card. Then, I embellished with some Bitty Banners, a flower and pretty trim. 

Phew! That made this sketch so much easier for me to take on!

So how about you? Are you ready for the challenge? Gather up your scrap pieces of paper and let's see you link up your creations this week at the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge blog.

Celebrate | Shaped for Shabby Tea Room


Hello everyone! It's been a while since I've played along in any challenges. Since I've been fighting bronchitis for the past two weeks, I haven't had much energy to craft. I really needed a dose of inspiration to go with all the doses of medicine I've been taking.

But in between all the naps I've had, I found my inspiration from the challenge at The Shabby Tea Room. Even though this card took me an entire day to create between all the napping (lol!), here is what I came up with for the challenge...

I used my Cricut to cut this shaped card and pretty papers from the Dear Lizzy collection. I just love this collection and its bright, happy colors. 

I also used stamps from the latest collection at Clear and Simple Stamps, including the Labels 9 die. I love all the new coordinating stamps that work so well with the dies, especially the frame from Simply Stated 2. It makes it so easy to add a fun background, like this woodgrain pattern. 

Well that's my take on the challenge! A happy, bright and fun card (the total opposite of how I've been feeling). Now after creating the card and posting to the blog...it's time for another nap. Being sick is no fun at all! 

Challenge I am playing along with:
using colors from the photo

Enjoy | Waltzingmouse Sketch 97


Happy Mother's Day weekend! I hope you are enjoying the special weekend to celebrate the most special person in your life - mom! 

Today, there is a new sketch posted over at Waltzingmouse for you to play along with. This time we have a sketch provided by Lynn Murcurio. Here's what I created with Lynn's super fun sketch...

I used a woodgrain pattern background and some Farmhouse papers from October Afternoon. Love the rustic look of the papers. They are perfect to go with the burlap trim and twine. 

I think this style of card would be perfect to fill with a Starbucks gift card. The best part about giving a coffee gift card? You get to grab a white chocolate mocha for yourself! (well, since you're there anyway!) lol!

And here is the sketch we are playing along with this week. I hope you'll join us at the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge blog. See you there!