Monday, August 25, 2014

No seeds about it, You are the Best Teacher!, HMFMC177, Food

Welcome back to another Monday Peeps!  It's hard to believe how fast time passes. Summer Break is gone and it's already Back-to-School day for my kids today. It's been wonderful having them at home and we are all looking forward to a New School Year of possibilities. But it is still bittersweet.

I've had such a great time viewing all of your gorgeous and oh-so-unique UNCOLORED entries at HMFMC.  Just LOVED your creative takes for my UNCOLORED theme. WOW!!  This girl was totally inspired and blown away! Thank you!!

The NEW Challenge HMFMC177, is themed; FOOD, Glorious FOOD, and hosted by our Teamie, Christine Craig. With Fall and Christmas approaching, there are so many options for showing off FOOD as there are loads of HMD stamps with some type of FOOD :)  Here is my take this week. It is a card for my daughter's favorite Math Teacher.
CARD RECIPE:
Stamps: Stampa Rosa, HMD, called: "Spitting Apple Seeds", from the year 1998, Stamp #26
Paper:  Mambi, Me and My Big Ideas, School themed DP, White & Black CS
Paper Size: 5&1/4 x 5 3/4
Ink: Copics, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Cuttlebug EF, Creative Expressions French Collection, Provence Craft Dies by Sue Wilson, Spellbinders Rectangle Die, Corner Punch, Gingham Ribbon, Apple Charm, Stickles, MS Black Glitter
Techniques: Dry Embossing

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I Love, Love, Love creating with the Creative Expressions Craft Dies by Sue Wilson. They are versatile, intricate and elegant. If you aren't already familiar with her products, you must go check her out. The new Christmas dies were just launched and they are GORGEOUS! Check them out HERE;
http://www.creative-expressions.uk.com/

http://www.creative-expressions.uk.com/index.php
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MY BLOG CANDY WINNERS...
The Lucky Winner of My Hoouse-Mouse Stamps and Charm Candy LOT Prize is... 


The Winner of My extra Blog Candy for the NEW HMD stamp by Stampabilities, #HMLR1009, called 'The Quick Fix", is;  Entry #21, which belongs to Donna E.
  Congrats!!! Please contact me at cardsbyamerica@gmail.com to claim your Candy!

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Be sure to stop by the HMFMC Blog to see my Teamies takes for more inspiration! 
Help spread the FUN!! Post our HMFMC Button and link it back to us!
Hope you can join us at HMFMC, cuz I can't wait to see what you'll come up with!:)

I would like to also ente my card into the following challenges:
Crafting from the Heart - - Always Anything Goes
Craft It Up & Link It Up Linky Party by Craftin Desert Divas - Back To School
Lexi's Creations - Back To School
Love to Scrap - Anything Goes
CCEE- Back to School
The Crazy Challenge -  Cute Little Animals

 Simon Says Stamp Wed Challenge Blog - Back to School 

  TFL and Happy Creating! :)

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Get Well, House-Mouse Card, Sue Wilson Craft Dies, and Blog Candy

Happy Saturday Crafty Peeps! 
Welcome back to my little blog. Hope your weekend is off to a great start.  Most of us Mommies are getting ready for our kids back to school now but Im taking a break to share a fun "Get-Well" House-Mouse card. This doesn't follow the "NO-Coloring" Challenge HMFMC176 theme that I'm hosting over at HMFMC, BUT,  it definitely falls into the "Anything Goes" category that we have as an alternate option. LOADS OF FANTASTIC PRIZES UP FOR GRABS!  So come join us!

I created this sparkly 'Get-Well' with loads of color to inspire those of you who still want to color your HMD images to enter our challenge.  There are amazing giveaways - but ... you must play. So hurry, the challenge ends at midnight, EST, tonight!! I will be choosing my 3 lucky winners tomorrow morning. Get all the challenge details, links and see the prizes at HMFMC.

CARD RECIPE:
Stamps: NONE
Paper: Blue Glitter CS, White CS, Floral DP
Paper Size: 5&1/4 x 6 3/4
Ink: Copics, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Creative Expressions Austrian Collection -Innsbruck Die by Sue Wilson, Corner & Get Well Punches, Ribbon, Flower Charm, Stickles, Diamond Dust, Flower Rhinestones, Cuttlebug Leaves and PolkadotsEFs
Techniques: Dry Embossing and Debossing 
The SIGN reads:
"How To Recover Quickly"
Do not:
Chew your bandage off.
Do not:
Get into mudpuddles.
Do not:
Leap off stone walls.
Do not:
Climb into any more birdfeeders.


heheheh - isn't that sign way-way cute?
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I was also inspired by today's SCS - Splitcoaststamers.com, Inspirational Challenge #IC455, Color-Watercolor. I loved this water-coloring of two deer facing one another that almost seem to be communicating! ha! I used an adorable friendly Mouse and Squirrel scene that reminded me of these deer, with an HMD stamp called; "The Quick Fix". Here's a link to my inspiration;
I love you to the moon and back. Typography print watercolor greeting card. Brown wall decor deer art from my original watercolor painting.
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I'm having a blast using these lovely Creative Expressions Craft Dies by Sue Wilson. They are versatile, intricate and elegant. If you arent familiar with her products, you must go check her out. The new Christmas dies were just launched and they are GORGEOUS!
http://www.creative-expressions.uk.com/
http://www.creative-expressions.uk.com/index.php
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Hope you can join us on the "No Coloring" Challenge HERE. For all the details, check HMFMC.
 Help spread the FUN!! Post our HMFMC Button and link it back to us!
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Take a look at our fabulous SPONSORS 
http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/servlet/StoreFront
and
Marianne Design

Marianne Design 

and this Great prize from me!

America's House-Mouse Designs stamps and 150+ Charms BLOG CANDY, ends Aug 23, 2014

MY extra stamp for BLOG CANDY
AND LASTLY, if you enter my "NO-Coloring", Challenge HMFMC176, and you leave us a comment at HMFMC, stating that you entered because you saw this post, and you become my FOLLOWER and a FOLLOWER of HMFMC, I will throw your name into a hat for this extra CANDY prize that I'm giving away.
  It's a brand new HMD stamp by Stampabilities, #HMLR1009, called 'The Quick Fix" just like the stamp I have used for my card.  How much fun is that??
 
Cant wait to see what you'll come up with! Good Luck!


I'd like to also enter this card into the following challenges:
  1. SCS - Splitcoaststamers.com - Inspirational Challenge #IC455- Color
  2. Fussy and Fancy -  Pets or Favorite Animals
  3. Quick Quotes - Repeat Yourself (repeat a shape on your project at least 3 times)
  4. Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes
  5. STAMPlorations Challenge Blog - Stamps and Die Cuts
  6. Sweet Pea Stampers - Embossing - Wet or Dry
  7. Chocolate, Coffee and Cards (Die Cut, Bow, Color Blue)
  8.  Crafting At the Weekend -Anything Goes (always)
  9. Crazy 4 Challenges -  Animal
  10. Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge - Anything Goes
  11. We Do Doobadoo Challenge- Texture
  TFL and Happy Creating! :)
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Monday, August 18, 2014

It's No Coloring for HMFMC176, and Sue Wilson 2014 Christmas Dies Launch

Happy Monday.  Have you entered our current challenge HMFMC176,  over at; House-Mouse & Friends?  If not, there's still time (ends Aug 23rd), so enter for your chance to win some crazy fabulous prizes!! The theme was chosen by me; Eeeek!  It's a NO COLORING Challenge, with an option of creating on a Thinking Of you or Get-Well card. Of course you must also be using HMD's House-Mouse, Gruffies and, or Happy Hoppers stamps.   :)

Our Mousey Design Team is dedicating our creations to our lovely Teamies, Sue Drees, and Sue Kment, who are both going through a difficult time in life and so we wanted to let them know that we are thinking of them and their loved ones.  :) "YOU ARE IN MY THOUGHTS" is my 2nd card for this theme. I followed the same idea of using multiple images, like with my last card, (found HERE), but changed the elements for a slightly different look and style. What do you think?


 

CARD RECIPE:
Main Background was created by stamping lots of little mice, cheese and foot-prints on various shades of gray and white, then punched out multiple times with a diamond punch. These diamonds were then adhered onto white CS side by side. The piece was then cut to even out sides and strips of black CS were layered across all the diamonds to create this trellis look. Its then mounted on black CS and placed over a piece of frilled paper cut out with special frill scissors for the look. The finishing touches added are the glitter around borders and pearls placed on all areas where diamonds meet.  The lovely flower is actually made with Sue Wilson's multiple Daisy Dies (see below). Some petals are open and others had the edges trimmed (for creating a slightly different and fuller flower look) and then topped with a pearl.

Stamps: Stampa Rosa, Stampabilities, Stampendous! all by  House-Mouse Designs®, the sentiment is by Inkadinkado (reminds me of a chalkboard look).
Inks:  CTMH - Close To My Heart Black
Papers;  Heavy Textured Black CS, Glossy Black CS,  Heavy White CS
Accessories: Accessories: Creative Expressions, Finishing Touches Delicate Daisies Complete Petals and Open Petals by Sue Wilson, Diamond Punch, MS Glitter, Pearls, Satin Ribbon, Diamond Punch, Frill Paper Scissors, White Wide Ribbon, Adhesive Pearls,

Stop by HMFMC to check out the amazing themed creations by my Teamies, HERE.
Help spread the FUN!! Post our HMFMC Button and link it back to us!

SPONSORS
We are proudly welcoming back Heidi and Simon Says Stamp!!
http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/servlet/StoreFront

AND proudly welcoming back 


AND, this yummy CANDY of House-Mouse stamps and 150+ (silver, gold and copper charms in various themes), to a third LUCKY Player, from yours truly. 
To WIN my Candy... You must enter a project into this Challenge, Become A Follower (if you are not already), and post a picture of my Candy to your Blogs with a LINK back here.


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To find Sue's lovely Products and fab Video Tutorials, visit Creative Expressions HERE;    http://www.creative-expressions.uk.com/diesbysuewilson/
http://www.creative-expressions.uk.com/index.php
Loads to share today, heh??  Long Post. Hope you stayed 'til the end! :)
Thank you for stopping by. I cant wait to see your fab "No Coloring" takes and good luck! 
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Friday, August 15, 2014

Celebrate Card, using Creative Expressions French Collection Dies by Sue Wilson

Hello friends and welcome back!  
 Today Im sharing a "Celebrate" Card that I created in warm grays and white colors. I used the fab Creative Expressions, French Collection, Provence Dies by Sue Wilson.

So lovin' these quality dies for their intricate cuts...  
 
same card, different angle, different lighting ...

"CELEBRATE" CARD RECIPE 
These fabulous SW dies layer up so beautifully. I cut the Provence Craft Die into two panels and separated it for expanding the dies edges. The layers are on dimensional tape. The Metal Accent Flower was originally black, but I changed its color with a silver liquid metal marker to match the DP's grays. Sickles and Glitter outline main panel and outer panel. Also added rhinestones to the Ribbon and panels and stickles glitter to edges for the finishing touches.


Stamps: TPC Studio, Whimsy Greetings "Celebrate" Clear Stamps
Paper: White Heavy CS, Warm Gray DP - Best Occasions - Mixed Media Pack
Paper Size: 5  x 7
Ink: Stampin' Up! Black
Accessories:  Creative Expressions  French Collection, Provence Craft Dies designed by the lovely Sue Wilson, Cuttlebug EF, SU Oval Punches, CM Corner Punch, Stickles, MS Glitter, Rhinestones, Satin Ribbon, Girlfriends-Metal Accent Flower
Techniques: Dry Embossing, Layering
These gorgeous dies coordinate so beautifully with one another. Give them a try!  

Stop by to see Sue's fabulous Products and Video Tutorials at Creative Expressions HERE;   
http://www.creative-expressions.uk.com/index.php

Creative Expressions August 2014 Blog Hop

Speaking of Creative Expressions, they are currently having a BLOG HOP party at Creative Expressions News Blog! Check it out HERE and be sure to play for your chance to WIN some lovely prizes that include New Christmas Stamps.  The blog goes from 15th August at 06.00am and ends 19th August at 5pm.

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The NEW CHRISTMAS Craft Dies Launch starts this coming week on Sue's Blog. Be sure to stop by to see these gorgeous sets HERE.
http://www.particraft.blogspot.co.uk/
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And lastly, I'd also like to enter this card into the following Friday challenges:

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    1.  SplitCoastStampers - Inspirational Challenge - Denim Tones Color Palette above
    2. Brown Sugar – Anything Goes
    3. Craft for the Craic  - August - Craft Item You Have Never Used Before (I finally used this gray satin ribbon that had been sitting in my stash for years)
    4. Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes
    5. Stamplorations Challenge Blog -  Stamps and Die Cuts
    6. Stempelsonnen Challenge - Anything Goes
    7. Sweet Pea Stampers - Embossing - Wet or Dry
    8. Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes
    9. Fantastic Tuesday - Anything Goes
    10. 7 Kids Challenge - Anything Goes
    Thank you for visiting. I love hearing from you!
    Happy Creating! :)
    America

    Monday, August 11, 2014

    NO COLORING of IMAGES on a Thinking of You, or, Get Well Card for Challenge #HMFMC176

    Welcome back Friends.  I'm still in a Black and White kick.  Actually creating this card for this upcoming House-Mouse challenge (that I'm hosting today), is what started it all... :) Today's theme is in honor of our sweet Mousey Teamies Sue Drees and Sue Kment who are both dealing with LIFE and going through a difficult time at the moment. We wanted to show them both how much we care by creating projects for them and their loved ones.

    Here is my take in black and white for the new theme...
     
    Card Recipe
    I stamped all of these tiny thinking mice (all in different adorable poses and looks),  then punched them out with a Hexagon Punch and layered them onto black textured CS for contrast. These are popped up with foam tape and placed over an embossed background panel lined with ribbon.
    Stamps: Stampa Rosa, Stampabilities, Stampendous! all by  House-Mouse Designs®, the sentiment is by Inkadinkado (reminds me of a chalkboard look).
    Inks:  CTMH - Close To My Heart Black
    Papers;  Heavy Textured Black CS and Heavy White CS
    Accessories: Creative Memories Hexagon Punch, Embossing Folder, Ribbon, Michael's adhesive Silver Pearls
    Techniques: Dry Embossing, Layering

    Help spread the FUN!! Post our HMFMC Button and link it back to us!
    Should be easy to do this challenge. It does not need to be all black and white.  You can have color/colors everywhere on your project, or no colors at all. Whatever colorful or non-colorful thing you'd like to do is great, just be sure you DO NOT COLOUR in, or, on, your image. DO this on a "Thinking of You", or "Get-well" themed card.  :)  

    Check out the Team's amazing samples at HMFMC to see their creative takes on this and their  various ideas to help you get started.  If you get stuck,  remember that ALL of our HMFMC challenges also have the alternate option of *ANYTHING GOES* too!  So be sure to PLAY ALONG and use HMD House-Mouse, Happy Hoppers, or Gruffies stamps, CD collections or decoupage.

         
    SPONSORS

    We are very happy to welcome back Heidi and Simon Says Stamp!!
    http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/servlet/StoreFront

    AND
    I am also offering up this yummy CANDY of House-Mouse stamps and 150+ charms to a third LUCKY Player...
    SUPER fab Prizes heh?  Be sure to create a project and enter for your chance to win! 

    To WIN my Candy...
    You must enter a project into this Challenge, Become A Follower (if you are not already), and post a picture of my Candy to your Blogs with a LINK back here. :)
      
     To help inspire you, check out the amazing Designers samples at HMFMC. 

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    Look for this HMD by Me sidebar button and follow steps to upload your new projects.  
    Show off your own HM&F Creations   
    Here's hoping you are finding time to Play.  I cant wait to see your fabulous TAKES on my NO COLORING THEME at HMFMC.


    I'd like to enter this card into the following fab challenges:

    Thanks so much for looking. I so love hearing from you and visiting you too!
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