Sending Oodles Of...


Summer is finally here and the weather has been gorgeous! I heard it's been hot in most parts of the country. But I can't complain with temperatures in the high 70s here. How lucky we are!

I've got a card to share with you today that I created with the new sketch over at the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge blog. This time it's a sketch created by Teresa Kline. And if I do say so myself, I had a blast creating with it. I just love when cards come together in just a few minutes. This was one of those moments (although they don't come often). 

Some new goodies have been arriving in my mailbox. I have been trying to use them right when they arrive. Otherwise, they may end up sitting around...forgotten...lost in the clutter. 

I used the (new to me) London Market papers from Pink Paislee, some pretty ribbon from my shop, and rose bud flowers given to me as a gift from my sweet crafty friend Viola Mahr

And of course, I used some lovely stamps from Waltzingmouse, including the oval frames from Cameo Creations and a new sentiment from the Compact Sentiments Part 2 set. I just can't get enough of that font!

Ready to play along? Gather up your Waltzingmouse stamps and join us by playing along with the sketch this week. You can link up your creations on the sketch challenge blog.

Supplies Used for {Sending You Oodles} Card:

Paper: London Market - Pink Paiselee
Ribbon: Firefly Seam Binding

Cards for Your Summer Travels...


Hello everyone! I am back again to share with you another card I created using the newly released The States Too stamp set from Clear and Simple Stamps. 

This set is perfect to use during the summer time. I love all the different patterns it comes with for customizing your own little piece of America. With all the fun road trips and vacations that summer brings, I usually like to create a few cards ahead of time and send them out while we are away from home. It's just a nice way of letting family know you were thinking of them even though you were miles apart. 

This card allowed me to use up some scrap pieces of fabric that I bought for another project (although I am still working on it). Oh, and that scalloped velvet. That's been sitting in my stash for years. Why haven't I used it all up yet? It's too cute to be sitting on my shelf. 

I added a few fun embellishments. Like the wood veneer camera (isn't that adorable?) and creating my own pennant using kraft paper and a stamp from the Simply Stated 2 stamp set. 

So how about you? Do you create cards to give away during your summer vacations? 

Supplies Used for {Wish You Were Here} Card:

Once Upon A Time | Waltzingmouse Sketch 103


Hello everyone! Wow, I had no idea that it's been a week since I've blogged. Feels like I've been so busy behind the scenes, but you wouldn't know with all the crickets chirping here on the blog. More to come very soon. I promise!

Today I am here to share the newest sketch over at the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge blog for you to play along with. This time, it's another fun sketch created by Edna. Although, I did have a hard time thinking of what to create....once I found the new Half Pint Heroines set, I knew exactly what I was going to create. 

I created some rolling hills using two different styles of green patterned paper. I drew some grass tucked into the hills for a little dimension on the eyes. Otherwise, the hills looked kind of flat without them (you know?). 

After stamping the clouds in the background, I had a ton of fun paper piecing the elephant and girl. Especially because it was a good excuse to use a few pieces of my scrap paper from the bin. It feels so much better to give these neglected pieces of paper a purpose. 

And that little girl? She reminds me of my daughter with her adorable short haircut. Of course, after I gave this card to my daughter she said, "Well, yes, mom. I am amazing! The card has spoken." Too darn cute, I tell ya.

So if you're up for a fun challenge today, hop on over to the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge blog and play along with us. Oh! And be sure to keep your eyes open on Claire's blog for some sneak peeks of the new stamp sets that will be released next month. You're going to LOVE them!

Supplies Used for {Once Upon A Time} Card:

Stamps: Half Pint Heroines (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Patterned Papers: My Mind's Eye, Webster's Pages, Bazzil Basics

Hello, Hello | Waltzingmouse Sketch 102


Time for another fun sketch over at the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge blog. This time, we are playing along with a fun sketch created by Edna

To create the center, I used my Spellbinder dies to cut some chipboard. I painted each with acrylic paint, then layered the chipboard onto a pink paper doily. Of course, I love layers. So I added Peony and Firefly ribbon for some soft texture and pink airmail washi tape for fun.

Now, stamping on top of acrylic paint is a little different than stamping on paper. The acrylic paint always seems to absorb most of the ink. This means, black ink usually ends up gray. To stamp on acrylic paint, I use StazOn in Jet Black ink. It is meant to stamp on a variety of surfaces - fabric, wood, glass, leather - you name it. A perfect, crisp stamp every time. I also used this technique for this card here. Just note that this ink will stain your stamp. When they say "StazOn"...they really mean it!

Ok, my friends. Let's see what you create with this challenge. Just gather up some of your Waltzingmouse stamps and visit the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge blog to link up your creation. Your card could be highlighted as the Top Mouse or you could be chosen to win a stamp set of your choice just for playing along. 

Supplies for {Hello} Card:

CSS Group Project| National Red Roses Day


Hello everyone! Did you know that today is National Red Roses Day? The Clear and Simple Stamps team is celebrating the holiday by sharing projects created guessed roses. 

Today, I decided to create a simple and clean card, allowing the flowers to be the focus. I used the new Flower Buds stamp set from Clear and Simple Stamps. I can't even begin to count how many different types of flowers are included in this set. There are a lot! 

I also used patterned papers from Echo Park - an older collection that I forgot how much I love for its bright, happy colors. The black polka dot paper was used as a border to frame the flowers and keep them from visually "floating" off the card. 

Last, I added some buttons in Brown Leather Satchel, red/white baker's twine, and cut out a sentiment using the new All Occasions 2

Want more inspiration from our red roses projects? Here are the designers who have projects to share for the occasion...

Supplies Used for {Just a Note} Card:

Clear and Simple Stamps App Sneak

Just a quick post to share with you that I have a project with instructions featured on the Clear and Simple Stamps App for the iPhone/iPad. This project is perfect for a several of the upcoming holidays just around the corner. I hope you will check it out and let me know what you think.

Thinking of You | Waltzingmouse Sketch 101


Hello friends! I've got something a little shabby for you today. I was in the mood for a warm and rich color palette today. So I gathered up some pretty papers, gorgeous peony ribbon and a paper doily to play along with the new card sketch at Waltzingmouse

I was so excited when my newest stamps arrived in the mail the other day. I used the new Compact Sentiments Part 2 for my sentiment and a fun label using Vintage Circles, Small. I just love the labels from Waltzingmouse. Since they are compatible with the Spellbinder dies, it sure is a breeze not to have to use scissors to cut anything out. Plus, I really like how clean they look. (Much better than I can ever do with scissors.)

To give my card that shabby look, I used my favorite ribbon and new Prima flowers. The soft colors are so pretty. Don't you just love them? 

Well, I have some more crafting to do today. So I shall part for now. But I do hope you will join us again for another sketch at the Waltzingmouse blog. 

Supplies Used for {Thinking of You} Card: