Tuesday, May 5, 2015

It's a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta!

Hola Amigos! 
Feliz Cinco de Mayo to all of my Mexican Amigos y Amigas!  Do you know the real meaning of 5 de Mayo?  If not, heres a little history: Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—commemorates the Mexican army's 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867).  Mexican Americans also often see this day as a source of PRIDE and honor their ethnicity by celebrating on this day.  Everyone loves to eat and drink and have fun on this special day because has a little Mexican in their hearts.
 And if you didn't know this about me, I am also Mexican American. :)
(hint - you'll want to remember little fun facts like this about me for upcoming CANDY)

And now for a fun and colorful *Fiesta* ...
I have created this colorful card with a combination of fun precision cutting dies by Frantic Stamper. I wanted it to look just like a little Mexican Fiesta!  Viva Mexico!  The top was made with the Bracket edger and the Dream Catchers to resemble a decorative Mexican Paper Banner, aka;m Papel Picado.

Cicno de Mayo Fiesta CARD RECIPE
Stamps; Studio G
Ink;  Stampin' Up!
Papers; Michael's Recollections Polkadot Pack, White CS, MM Reds
Accessries: Spellbinders basic Circle Dies, Creative Memories Circle Punches, Spellbinders Embossing Folder, Paper Studio Circle Gemstones, rhinestones, Martha Stewart Glitter and the following Frantic Stamper Precision Dies; Chilli Peppers FRA-DIE-09407; Native Pot and Cactus FRA-DIE-09405; Stitched Bracket Edger FRA-DIE-09404; Dream Catcher FRA-DIE-09410

Frantic Stamper Precision Die - Chili PeppersFrantic Stamper Precision Die - Native Pot and cactus (set of 2 dies)Frantic Stamper Precision Die - Stitched Bracket EdgerFrantic Stamper Precision Die - Dreamcatcher

Arent these dies so much FUN??  You can get them at Frantic Stamper Inc., HERE

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I'd like to also enter this card into the following challenges:
Art By Miran - Anything Goes

Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes 
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - Patterned Paper 
Cute Card Thursday - Use a Sentiment 
Loves Rubber Stamps -  Anything Goes 
Pink Elephant - Anything Goes
Ruby's Rainbow - Anything Goes
4 Crafty Chicks - Anything Goes 
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
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Our Family is going out for authentic Mexican Dinner and Margaritas tonight!  Ole!! :)
I hope you'll enjoy celebrating with your Mexican Friends on this day too!
Thank you for stopping by! I love hearing from you.
America

Monday, May 4, 2015

In LOVE with these fabulous CE dies by Sue Wilson...

Welcome back Friends. I've got an easy Love/Wedding Card to show you today. 
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But first, IF YOU ARE HERE looking for the current ODBD May Release Blog Hop post, simply Click HERE to go directly there.
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 My LOVE/Wedding card today features this fabulous Creative Expressions Die Set by Sue Wilson called; Caribbean Island - St Bart's Collection

LOVE Card Recipe:
The dies are doing all the work here. Aren't these sooo lovely?
Stamps: CLING Sentiment Stamp
Ink: Black Stampin' Up!
Papers: Paper Studio Shimmery off-white CS, and Black Texture Cardstock
Accessories: Caribbean Island - St Bart's Collection Die set, Rhinestones, Tulle, Spellbinders Embossing Folder
Technique:  Layering, Dry Embossing
These gorgeously detailed CE/SW Cutting Dies can be FOUND HERE
 Be sure to check out the site because this week Sue has revealed her brand new Spring release and they are incredible! Total MUST HAVES for all crafters!
http://www.creative-expressions.uk.com/images/structure/top1.gif 
You can also visit Sue Wilson's marvelous BLOG HERE- "Participate In Craft". There are lots of gorgeous samples and always loads of great inspiration.
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I am creating this for this week's Featured Stamper Challenge here #FS430  found over at SCS - featuring my loyal follower Blogging and talented Friend: Karin Van Eijk. I'm CASE-ing her lovely CAS white wedding card found HERE. Check it out!
 

Thanks for stopping by today! Its going to be a busy week for me with the kids end of season Sports Games, Music Concerts, School Activities, Volunteering, etc... but hope to be back soon with my House-Mouse DOTS card for the current challenge FOUND HERE, and will also have some yummy CANDY to give away...so please stay tuned ... :)

Before I go, I'd also like to enter this card into the following challenges;
4 Crafty Chicks - Anything Goes
ABC - Inspire us  by showing your style - (mine is lots of layers)
Art By Miran - Anything Goes

As You Like It - Fave Embossing (mine are CE/Sue Wilson EF and Spellbinders EF)
Corrosive - Hip to be Square
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes 
Mema's Challenge -- Anything Goes 
Not Just Cards - Always Anything Goes 
Pink Elephant - Anything Goes 
Simple Papercrafts - Anything Goes
Sister Act Anything Goes

 Use Your Stuff - Use your stash - Embossing (I've used an older Spellbinders EF)  
America

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Enjoy The Journey, Featured Stamper Karin Van Eijk

Hello Crafters!  I'm so glad you stopped by today.  Are you here looking for the current ODBD May Release Blog Hop post? If so, simply Click HERE to go directly there.

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For my current take on the House-Mouse DOTS Challenge #HMFMC193
please click HERE
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AND NOW, a FUN Travel / Journey CARD using a fabulous Frantic Stamper New USA MAP DIE. and created in honor of today's Featured Stamper Challenge FS430, over at SCS;  They are featuring our Mousey friend, Karin Van Eijk.  She is such a sweetheart and a loyal follower of my blog and of HMFMC.  Her work is not only creative but gorgeous too, so I just had to find the time to CASE a card of hers.  Click HERE to see her fun masculine card that I chose to CASE.  The following is my take on it...

So what did I keep the same?  What Did I Change?
I've kept the same layout, main idea and the masculine take. Changed the BG, changed colors, left out stamped image and ribbon to use cutting dies instead.
This fab Jet-Set DP Collection came with Travel Stickers so I used the Compass and Arrow. Also added some random little jets that I've punched out with an EK Success Jet Punch. All cuts are multi-layered for a dimensional look. What do you think

"Enjoy The Journey" CARD RECIPE
Stamps: Tim Holtz - "The Journey" Cling Stamp
Paper: We Are Memory Keepers "JEt Set" PaperPack, Core'dinations textured CS (The Chocolate Box),
Paper Size: 5.75 x 5.75
Ink: Brilliance Pigment INK - Coffee Bean
Accessories: Frantic Stamper Precision USA Map Die #FRA-DIE 09517, Creative Expressions Diagonal Labyrinth Border Die and Pierced Flags Die by Sue Wilson, CM Circle Punches, EK Success Jet Punch, We R Memory Keepers Jet-Set Stickers
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Frantic Stamper Precision Die - USA Map (set of 3 dies)
Find it at Frantic Stamper, HERE.

http://www.franticstamper.com/-Frantic-Stamper-Precision-Dies_c_6157.html
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  I've also used these awesome Creative Expressions Dies by Sue Wilson;
Festive Collection         http://www.creative-expressions.uk.com/diesbysuewilson/frame&tags/piercedflags/index.php
FIND THEM HERE:
http://www.creative-expressions.uk.com/images/structure/top1.gif 
To see these fabulous Creative Expressions Products used, visit Sue Wilson's marvelous BLOG - "Participate In Craft"
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Thanks for stopping by today. I so LOVE hearing from you.  :)
I hope you'll get a chance to play this week at SCS in Karin's honor too! 
America

Friday, May 1, 2015

ODBD New May Release, DT News

Welcome back Crafty Friends!  I have some very exciting NEWS to share with you today... I was lucky enough to be invited back to join the DT at Our Daily Bread Designs!
Our Daily Bread designs
A few years back, I was actually a Member of the ODBD Challenge DT and was also a Guest DT, so it's a great thrill to return to this fabulous company. To start, I'm showcasing my first 2 cards using ODBD's New May Release Stamp Sets for my part of the Hop

First up, is my "Spread Your Wings and Fly" card...
CARD RECIPE
ODBD Stamps;  ODBD SPREAD YOUR WINGS - H608
SPREAD YOUR WINGS - H608
BIRDS & NEST DIES - CSBD100    VINTAGE FLOURISH PATTERN DIES - CSBD56     VINTAGE LABEL DIES - CSBD55
Designer Papers; ODBD "Shabby Rose" Collection
Accessories: ODBD Birds and Nest Dies, ODBD Vintage Flourish Pattern Dies and Vintage Label Dies; Creative Expressions EF by Sue Wilson called "Knotted Trellis"; Adhesive Flourish Rose Pearls, Large Pearl Brad White Satin Ribbons
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My Next card is called; "The Lord's Prayer"... 
If you look closely, you will notice the Tulle covering the background panel (cut with the lovely Vintage Flourish Pattern Background Die).   
The fancy card base is hinged. For a fabulous Tutorial on this technique, check out this easy to follow YouTube Video by Christina
Stamps - Our Daily Bread Designs Lord's Prayer Script, ODBD Custom Dies: Vintage Flourish Pattern
CARD RECIPE
A fairly simple Card to show off the Script.  really, the lovely dies do most of the work; 
ODBD Stamps used; LORD'S PRAYER SCRIPT - H588
LORD'S PRAYER SCRIPT - H588
ODBD Dies used; VINTAGE FLOURISH PATTERN DIES - CSBD56
VINTAGE FLOURISH PATTERN DIES - CSBD56
Other Dies Used (front panel to hold script) Spellbinders Labels Thirty-One

ODBD Designer Papers: "Shabby Rose" Collection
Accessories: ODBD Vintage Flourish Pattern Dies, Spellbinders Labels Thirty One die (for sentiment Panel), Tulle Fabric (for covered background panel), White Satin Ribbon, Vintage Bling Button, mini Rhinestones
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Have you seen the FULL  The ODBD May Release release? If not, check it out HERE!  Here is the fabulous Blog-Hop Prize Information:
3 randomly selected winners will each receive a $25 gift certificate to the ODBD Store, to be used toward the purchase of ODBD Stamps found in the "stamps column" of the website just for commenting on the Design Team cards!  You have until May 2, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. EDT to leave your comments on the DT Blogs for a chance to win!  The Winners will be posted on the ODBD Blog on May 3rd, so be sure to check to see if you won!

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To continue on this ODBD BLOG-HOP,  be sure to stop by the following DT Member's Blogs for fabulous inspiration and your chance to WIN!  If you arrived here from Cathy's Blog, then you are in the right  place!  If not, please pop back to ODBD and start there to not miss your chance to win!  The ODBD Blog has all the Hop Details.

Lori * Julie * Sandee * Dawn  *Amy * Cathy *  America (that's me!)  * Chris *
* Angie * Audrey * Sabrina *GraceSilke * Loretta * Lisa * Wanda  * ODBD Blog  
From here, you'll want to continue on to fabulous Chris's Blog
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I'd also like to enter these cards into the following fun challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments Challenge - Things With Wings + A Sentiment
Crafting from the Heart - anything goes
Craft Your Passion - anything goes
Crafty Ribbons - Anything Goes With Ribbon 
Not Just Cards - anything goes
Scrap & Craft Challenge - Ribbon Or Twine 
Southern Girls - Get Wordy (include words, sentiments, quotes, journaling)
Sugar and Betty's Blog - anything goes/layers
Through the Craftroom Door - anything goes
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Thank you for stopping by today! I so LOVE hearing from you! :)
America

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A Stitched, Polk-a-Dot, QUILT, ...

It's all about ... D O T S ... at House-Mouse and Friends MC!Come join the great FUN with Challenge #HMFMC193, found HERE.  I went with a colorful QUILT for my take...
Isn't that Quilt Grid so fun in these bright colors and those little Mousey guys sewing it? heheh :) I've multi-layered the cut-out Quilt frame.  The various color pieces that cut-out from the Quilt die were also cut out of different colored Polk-a-dot papers then adhered to the Quilt's openings for this  colorful  look. For my focal image, I only used a small part of the stamped image that was small enough to fit into this die-cut square frame (cut with CE/Sue Wilson's NY Collection Herald Square die set). The outer white frame was cut with the Spellbinders Postage Stamps Die. It was the perfect cut for showcasing these guys and left spots for adding pearls to the opened edges. The sentiment is stamped and cut with the CE/SW Pierced Flag Die.

CARD RECIPE
Stamps: Stampabilities, House-Mouse Designs, "Quilter's Guild", HMPR1045, from the year 2005. Sentiment Stamp by TPC Studio - "Vintage Threads"
Paper; Michael's Recollections Polk-a-dot Paper Pack, Paper Studio White/Red CS
Ink: Copics, White Signo Gel Pen
Accessories: Frantic Stamper Precision Dies, Creative Expressions, SW Pierced Flag and Herald Square dies by Sue Wilson, Blue Button, Silver Cording, Pearls
Technique: Layering

http://www.franticstamper.com/Frantic-Stamper-Precision-Die--Flying-Geese-Quilt-Square_p_120855.html
Find it at Frantic Stamper, HERE
http://www.franticstamper.com/-Frantic-Stamper-Precision-Dies_c_6157.html
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  I've also used these awesome Creative Expressions Dies by Sue Wilson;
 http://www.creative-expressions.uk.com/diesbysuewilson/NewYork/HeraldSquare/index.php     http://www.creative-expressions.uk.com/diesbysuewilson/frame&tags/piercedflags/index.php
FIND THEM HERE:
http://www.creative-expressions.uk.com/images/structure/top1.gif 
To see these fabulous Creative Expressions Products used, visit Sue Wilson's marvelous BLOG - "Participate In Craft"

To get hese dies in EUROPE visit;  Creative Expressions and Joanna Sheen
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Great Prizes, heh? Hope you'll join us! Our incredibly talented HMFMC Team has gorgeous samples to help inspire you. See DOTTY for DOTS Challenge HERE.
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I'd also like to enter this card into the following challenges;
Allsorts Challenge Blog - Bring On The Bling ; 2 Cute Ink  - Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmakers - Dots ; Crafting from the Heart -  Always Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion -  Always Anything Goes;   Craft-Dee BowZ  - Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow; Lil Patch of Crafty Friends  - Anything Goes; Loves Rubber Stamps - Use at least 2 dies; Love to Scrap -  Anything Goes; Mema's Challenge - Anything Goes + Die or Punch; Not Just Cards - Always Anything Goes; Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes; Sweet Stampin' - I Can sing a Rainbow; Scribble and Scrap - Anything Goes; Simon Says Stamp  - Anything Goes; Simply Papercraft  - Anything Goes; Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes; Sugar and Betty's Blog - Anything goes / Layers; The Crazy Challenge -  Cute as a Button;  The Pink Elephant - Anything Goes, and the last,  but def not least, 
Through the Purple Haze -  Anything Goes
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Thanks for stopping by today! I so love hearing from you!  
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