Monday, April 5, 2021

House Mouse Challenge - Spring

I've been a fan of House Mouse for a good 20 years, so it seemed appropriate to join in the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge. I've had a few HM stamps in my stash for a while now, but they are so detailed, that I was absolutely intimidated by them. With a set of watercolor pencils, this stamp came alive for me. Now I wonder why I ever waited so long to try!

Materials Used:

  • Neenah Solar White Cardstock
  • Distress Oxides for background
  • Strathmore Watercolor cold press 140 lb. paper
  • Norberg & Linden Watercolor Pencils
  • House Mouse "Crocus Droplet" by Stampendous
  • Embellishments: Dew Drops
"Crocus Droplet" is the first cling rubber stamp I ever used on a card. It came in a kit of the month that I had gotten when I first started seriously stamping. I was elated to get a House Mouse stamp but was intimidated at the same time. It sat in a box until this challenge got me motivated to finally try creating something with it. 

The first thing I did was stamped my image on Neenah cardstock and then colored/water colored the image. I like using the watercolor pencils for both control and shading. They get into small spots without going outside the lines, allowing me to get the look of watercolors in small areas without having to mask or using the embossing or resist methods. I also like being able to easily layer and shade. 

Next was the background. I used Distress Oxides for the background. I blended Worn Violet, Faded Jeans, and Mowed Lawn, added a few drops of water and then dabbed off with a baby wipe for a more distressed and rainy day look. After putting my card together, dew drop embellishments were added for the water drop look.

"Crocus Droplet" features sweet little Monica. I don't know if it's still available any longer.

If you have a House Mouse stamp that is begging to be used, come join in the fun and try the House Mouse and Friends Challenge!

Monday, March 15, 2021

Festive Friday Challenge #FF0079


I just happened to stumble across a challenge that I had to try. It's Festive Friday Challenge #FF0079 World Frog Day. Anyone that knows me knows I love frogs, so this was perfect! I went straight to my craft table and dug out an adorable frog stamp and went to work. 

You might notice a little wrinkling, as this card is still a bit wet. I didn't have time to let it dry and be able to take the photo. It's now under some weight to smooth it out. I think next time I'll be using some double sided tape instead of glue to prevent any bubbling or rippling in the future - especially when I need a card quickly! 

The rules require at least 3 items off their list. Mine include:

  • Frog
  • Water
  • Green
  • Circle

So without any more chatting here, I will hurry and get this posted before I miss the deadline. 

Materials used:

  • Pink & Main "Rain Frogs" stamp
  • Echo Park "Spring Market" 6x6 paper
  • Neenah Colored Cardstock
  • Die Cut paper doily
  • Neenah Solar White Cardstock
  • Heathrone Watercolor Markers
  • Ranger Archival Ink - Jet Black

Wooly Lucky Llama

It's that time to do a challenge. I saw Simon Says Stamp has an "Add Some Green" challenge for their Monday challenge, so I thought I'd squeak under the wire with a card made from their Wooly Lucky Stamp set. I love the Llama and the sayings that come with it. I really don't have a lot of green on the card, but it was fun to make. It's done in a clean and simple style and I decided to keep the focus strictly on the llama, so I stamped the sentiment on the inside. The Llama is colored with alcohol markers.

My color choices were inspired by the Inspiration Challenge #150 "The Luck of the Irish" by Card Concept. The whites, yellows, green and the hat - well, it's all here in my Clean and Simple style Wooly Llama card - all the way down to the envelopes. I got the pearlized gold envelope from Simon Says Stamp. (I'm not sure if it's still available). I love the inspiration challenges because they give me a nice color palate to work with. I'm terrible with putting colors together, but the challenge really helps me. 

I have never really tried a Clean and Simple style card, and I was inspired by the following 2 challenges:

Stamplorations is new to me. I was looking for adding some stamps to my small collection and came across their website and their challenge. Their challenge focuses on dark green and mint green. I used them in the colors on the llama and the border. 

CASology has their challenge theme as Luck - and what's more lucky than a Wooly Lucky Llama? From his hat to his blanket, he's covered in green and shamrocks, so he's certainly a poster llama for luck. 

I made 3 of the Llama cards and had so much fun doing them and the challenges. They are on their way to their new homes and hope the recipients enjoy them as much as I did making them.

Materials used:

  • Simon Says Stamp Wooly Lucky Stamp Set
  • Premium Hybrid Ink - Black
  • VigorFun Alcohol Markers 
  • Simon Says Stamp Tacky Glue
  • DCWV Cardstock
  • Crafter's Companion Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock
  • Neenah Solar White Cardstock

Friday, March 12, 2021

Scrap Card Using Sheet Load of Cards Guide

I really struggled with the older kits from Maker's Mart. I'm not sure why - maybe I just don't envision the cards with the supplies given. I have some leftover scraps from KOM-005 and as I think I said before, I disliked one of the papers. I saw call me Crafty Al's latest Sheet Load of Cards video and thought I'd try it with that paper. I was very pleased how the card turned out. It made the paper look  good on the card! 

Materials used:

  • Paper: Maker's Mart
  • Paper : Celebrations Stampin' Up
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar White
  • Cardstock: Neenah Creative Collections
  • Embellishments: Dew Drops
  • Ephemera: Spellbinders Watercolor
  • Ink: Ranger Archival Ink - Jet Black
I finished 2 more kits - one from Maker's Mart and one from Spellbinders that I'll be posting in the near future (when time allows). I still need to photograph the finished items. Both of these are older kits that are now out of my stash. 

I signed up for #CardsforCubs2021 at They are collecting cards throughout March for foster children and will distribute them in May for Foster Care Awareness Month. If you are interested in donating some cards, you can sign up at Bearly Art and pledge even just one card to donate to this cause. Deadline to mail the cards is March 31st. Currently, I'm 3 away from my pledge amount. I am hoping to get more finished and then can go in and change the total when I send the lot. I'm having a great time doing these cards, as I have no children to make cards for. It's a win-win situation as I get to create and use my stash and hopefully brighten a child's life just a tiny bit.

Friday, February 26, 2021

Another Maker's Mart KOM Completed

Hurrah! Maker's Mart KOM-005 has been completed and removed from my pile of kits to do. This kit came with the dies, layered chipboard sentiments, wooden frames, ribbons, and other bling to use along with the usual papers, cardstock and cards/envelopes. There were no stamps with this kit and it appears that most of the older sets didn't have sentiment stamps. This was another challenge for me to use just what was in the kit. I did add a button and some sequins (for the shaker card) and I did make a couple of die cut flowers from a die in my stash. Everything else was kit only. 

I think this is getting a little bit easier as I pushed through this kit. These are far from the drop dead gorgeous cards I see everyone else make, but, hey - one needs to start somewhere, right? My largest struggle with this kit was the paper. I thought they were ugly and tried my best to make them a little more appealing to use. Overall, I think I did OK, but nothing to write home about - but maybe, just maybe, they may brighten someone's day. 

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Maker's Mart KOM-002 Finished

This year is all about working on things I've had in my stash for a long time. I had purchased some Maker's Mart Card Kits of the Month on clearance a few years ago. When they came, I looked at them and pulled this one out to work on. I did the example pieces and then was at a loss and felt totally intimidated by the pieces that were left over. Mind you, I'm not a creative person. Take away the instructions and I feel lost. I put everything away and never touched the kits since. Well - not until this month. 

Starting with a partially used kit that I had abandoned was far from my warm and fuzzy place. I dumped out everything and stared at things and struggled trying to come up with something. Finally, I did and finished my first card. Was the second card easier? NOPE! Well, after a few days, I finished and here is my end result. 10 cards and one box down. 

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Sunday Stamps Challenge #SSC251 HAVE A SLICE

Time for another Sunday Stamp Challenge! This one is really cool and  is called "Have a Slice". I was excited as soon as I saw it, because I love the colors and had the perfect colors for this challenge in my stash. I had so much fun making this card. I love using dies to create my cards. I love the dimension I can get from them! 

I cannot tell you the exact papers I used. They came from a past kit from Maker's Mart. The dies were from Spellbinders and the ink was an unbranded cube from a past card kit - I just don't remember what one it was, but one from a few years ago.

The challenge states you must use a minimum of 3 colors from the graphic they posted on Sunday. The challenge runs from February 21st until March 5th at 6pm EST. Have a look at the graphic below and if you'd like to join in, you can got to the challenge page here and find more details to enter. I hope you'll join in the fun!