Monday, April 7, 2014

Florals and Flourishes for HMFMC #167

It's all about Florals and Flourishes for House-Mouse & Friend Monday Challenge # HMFMC167. Our Teamie, Kelly Smith is hosting and she's chosen the fab theme.  Come visit us HMFMC for loads of DT inspiration, prizes and challenge details.

This is my take...
For this shaped card, I hinged the panels and glued the die-cut panels.  The background was dry embossed after the image was stamped on piece.  I then stamped image three more times, colored these parts separately; (Flower Pot that's dry embossed, sun flower thats placed behind mouse,  and mousey itself), then cut out separately for paper tole technique that gives it this look and dimension.  Here is the same card, with different lighting;
 CARD RECIPE
Stamps:  Stampabilities, House-Mouse Designs, called;  "The Thinker", #HMOR1146, from 2012, and featuring Amanda.
INKS:  Copics, Metallic Glitter Gel Markers (for adding sparkle to sunflower), and Studio G Pigment Inks (for sponging edges of die cut card panel)
PAPERS; Spring DP & White heavyweight CS
Accessories: Marianne Design Dies  #LR0111 , Cuttlebug EF, Gold half-pearls, yellow stickles glitter glue, double sided ribbon. (yes there is ribbon on this card. Look closely to see the ribbon pieces peeking out on panels' edges).
Techniques:  Dry Embossing, Paper Tole, Sponging

Hope you can come play along with us as we have not1, not 2, not3, but 4, yes, four fabulous prizes for this challenge that will end on April 19th. So dont delay!

*** SPONSORS ***
We are very proudly Sponsored by...
http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/servlet/StoreFront

...Also Proudly Sponsored by... 
PIZZAZZ APLENTY
 http://www.pizzazzaplenty.blogspot.com/


We proudly welcome back our amazing SPONSOR, the one and only...

And... a fourth lucky player will get this sweet House-Mouse Designs stamp - generously brought to you by our talented Teamie and challenge Hostess, Kelly Smith...
THAT's FOUR Fabulous Prizes, and that means FOUR Chances for you to win!  
The Lucky  winners will also be offered a GUEST DESIGNER SPOT with our Mousey Team for the next two months, (May and June 2014).  So be sure to play along! :) 
Come join the FUN!! Grab one of our HMFMC Buttons and link it back to us!
A very SPECIAL Thanks goes out to our wonderful Sponsors for their generosity

I'd also like to enter this card into the following challenges;
  1. ABC ~ In a Line Bingo - shaped card, ribbon, Flowers for mine
  2. Crafty Ribbons Challenges- Anything Goes With Ribbon
  3. Open-Minded Crafting ~ Animal Antics
  4. Polka Doodles - Animal Antics
  5. Scribble and Scrap  - Always Anything Goes 
  6. Sketchy Colors - Color Lime Green/Yellow
  7. Stamping Sensations - April - Dies  and/or Punches
  8. The Squirrel and The Fox - All Creatures Great and Small
  9. Top Tip Tuesday Challenge - Cute
  10. The CD Sunday Challenge - Something beginning with D (Die-Cuts)
  11. My Mum's Craft Shop - Anything Goes
  12. My Craft Creations challenge 'Anything goes' 
Hope you join the House-Mouse fun too! Cant wait to see your House-Mouse projects!  For more inspiration, check out the House-Mouse Design Team's amazing samples at HMFMC.
Thank you for stopping by. I hope to have inspired you and would love to hear from you!  :)

Monday, March 31, 2014

Dropping you a Line, HMFMC166, and BlogCandy Winners

Welcome back Crafty Friends!!

Today Im sharing a card for the HMFMC Midway reminder.   Our challenge hostess is our talented Teamie, Kate Wiles, and she's chosen to go with the theme of "Anything Masculine".  Come check it out and be inspired by the ever fabulous talented Mousey Team!

http://housemouse-challenge.blogspot.com/
My Masculine take....  

same card, different lighting
I love the HMD parachute stamps as they are very special to me. (I was once a USARMY Airborne Paratrooper myself.) 

CARD RECIPE:
Stamps:  Stampa Rosa, House-Mouse Designs, called;  "Comin' Down", #245, from the year 1998. Sentiment "Just wanted to drop you a line" is also by Stampa RosA, FROM YEAR 1998, #11-1878. 
(these stamps are no longer available but luckily, they were great eBay finds).
INKS:  Copics, Chalks
PAPERS; DP & White heavyweight CS
Accessories: Spellbinders Square Grand Nestabilities & Circle Dies, Cuttlebug EF, Martha Stewart Glow in the Dark Glitter, Silver half-pearls
Techniques:  Dry Embossing, Chalking, Paper Tole, Paper Piecing 

NEW SPONSORS
We have some fabulous prizes on offer from our WONDERFUL NEW sponsors;
mariannedesign.nl
Marianne Design develops high quality craft products with much care, all to enable you to make beautiful cards, scrapbooks and other craft projects.

.. also proudly Sponsored by ...
 Eureka
Winner will receive a Prize of 5 Digital Stamps of your choice from their online
A Great BIG Thank You to our Sponsors for their great generosity!

BLOG CANDY
 It is my sincerest of hopes you will enjoy this yummy candy as much as I love sharing it with each of you that are sweet followers. :) If you followed ALL the rules,  you may be one of the Lucky Winners...
 
Congratulations Terri! Thank you for entering and for following all the rules.  You've won this fabulous new set of American Crafts CHROMATIX 30 Piece Alcohol Markers!

Second CANDY WINNER is...
Kelly L March 24, 2014 at 6:37 PM
Kelly Said: Ohh, would love to win those sweet charms! I have been a follower for some time now (on my blog roll) but just clicked on your Google Follower link. I also follow the HM and Friends challenge blog, and absolutely love your card above in color or black and white. You are truly inspirational, America. I adore your cards here on your blog and visit when I can. Thanks for a chance to win!


Congratulations Kelly! Thank you for entering and for following all the rules. You've won this fabulous variety of 100+ Charms from my own stash.  These charms come in various themes, colors and metals and brands.  FUN and perfect for all your creative crafty needs!!!
Please email me within 2 weeks to claim your prize at;  cardsbyamerica@gmail.com
If you didnt win the CANDY, dont worry,  I have another CANDY going up very soon so be sure to check back often. :)

I'd lso like to enter this card into the following fun challenges:
Splitcoaststampers.com - Color Challenge
Make My Monday  - One for the Boys

 Allsorts - Dies
Crafty Calendar - Animal Antics
Open Minded Crafting  Animal Antics
Simon Monday Challenge Blog - Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew - Animals
7 Kids College Fund - Anything Goes
Use Your Stuff - Die-Cuts
Sweet Stampin' Challenge Blog - Transport (Parachute)
Without Words - Relax: Hobbies & Leisure
My Craft Creations -
Always Anything Goes
Alphabet  - D is for Die cuts
Delightful  - Critter
Word Play - Anything Goes

Thank you for stopping by. I hope to have inspired you TODAY.  Love reading your comments.  And, I CANT wait to see your takes with joining the fun at HMFMC
My Mousey Script Signature photo America2KDHMtransp.gif

Monday, March 24, 2014

Thinking of you, House-Mouse Masculine Challenge #HMFMC166, and Blog Candy Reminder

Hello Friends!  Welcome back!  I have a new House-Mouse card to share for the HMFMC "Anything Masculine" Challenge - and a Blog Candy reminder...

Here is my Masculine take with a "Thinking of You" design;
 same card - different lighting

CARD RECIPE
This is funny, but I actually thought I was going to save myself some 'coloring' time by using the HMD Decoupage sheets by Joanna Sheen.  Turns out,  it actually took much, much longer since I had to manually cut out the multiple images for this dimensional look.  ha!  This is totally where my new Brother Scan-N-Cut machine would have come in handy -  if only its scanner picked up all these open line images to cut. (Wish it would for the hefty prize!  sigh!)  Hoping Brother finds a way to improve its scanning for this to be a possibility. Would sure save loads of crafty time and open up doors for many more creative possibilities.  KWIM?

Inks:  Studio G blues (for sponging edges) and pink Copic for adding extra color mousey cheeks, ears and nose.
Paper; DCWV Springtime DP, Blue CS, White CS.
Accessories; Spellbinders Grand Circles and Labels Dies, Lg Dots Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, CM Corner rounder, Stencil Tape, Baubles


Hope you can make time to play along on this Masculine theme at HMFMC
 Hope you can play because we have terrific prizes!


*** AMAZING SPONSORS ***

We are proud and honored to be Sponsored by Two Very Special New Sponsors...

mariannedesign.nl

 Marianne Design develops high quality craft products with much care, all to enable you to make beautiful cards, scrapbooks and other craft projects.

TAKE A LOOK AT THEIR FABULOUS PRIZE FOR THIS CHALLENGE....


... and also very proudly Sponsored by ...


 Eureka

Thank You to our special Sponsors for their amazing generosity!

Come and play along! We cant wait to see your awesome "Masculine" takes.  Check out our Design Teams creations HERE . You will surely be inspired.

Would also like to enter this card into the following challenges;
SplitcoastStampers.com - Use Circles in Background
Glitter and Sparkle - Use Some BLUE
Unstampabelles - NO STAMPS and Geometric Shapes 
Use Your Stuff - Ink (sponged edges with my Studio G's dye ink pads)
 Allsorts Challenge - All about the BOY 
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes  
Crafts 4 Eternity - Anything Goes  
Cardz 4 Guyz - Gone Fishing 
Creative Corner - A Little Texture  
Stampin for the Weekend - Anything Goes 

And  before I go, just want to remind you to NOT forget to enter my 
it could be all yours if you follow the rules!
My Mousey Script Signature photo America2KDHMtransp.gif

Monday, March 17, 2014

PINCH-Proof St. Patty's Day!!

HAPPY ST. PATRICK's DAY!!!
I'm so glad you are here.  Have you played along on the current challenge over at House-Mouse and Friends MC? If not, it's HMFMC165, Come check it out HERE! We have super sponsored prizes up for grabs and loads of inspiration from my amazing HMFMC Teamies. The theme is "Lost and Found".....so many possibilities for this. Use your creative imagination and come join the fun!

My take was "Finding" a Lucky Four-Leaf Clover...
Card Recipe
Stamps: Stampa Rosa,  House-Mouse Designs,  called "Oh Lucky Day", featuring Mudpie, #H419, fom the year 1999Stampin' Up! Sentiment
Paper:  Metallic Green, White Heavy CS
INK:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, 
Accessories: Spellbinders Grand Scalloped Ovals & Circles Dies, CM Circle Punches, Glitter, Green Rhinestones, Green Satin Ribbon

DID YOU KNOW that Real, genuine four-leaf clovers come from the White Clover plant, trifolium repens, considered to be the Original Shamrock??  Yeap! I looked it up!   :)

....PRIZES....
Come play along because we have some fabulous prizes from our amazing sponsors
http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/servlet/StoreFront
One very Lucky Player will receive a RANDOM ASSORTMENT of some of these Premium Dye Ink Pads from Simon Says Stamp.
http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/servlet/StoreFront
AND
PIZZAZZ APLENTY
 http://www.pizzazzaplenty.blogspot.com/

  "A surprise package of embellishments from Pizzazz Aplenty worth $15.00. 
Thank You wonderful Sponsors for your great generosity!!

I also have BLOG CANDY up for grabs. If you havent played along, be sure you do as now is your chance. Check it out HERE!

Here is the LINK to HMFMC -be sure to stop by and be inspired!
CANT WAIT TO SEE YOUR Lost & Found" TAKES.
Thanks for stopping by.  Remember to wear lucky green today so you don't get pinched. heheh!  Even if you are not Irish, it's just so much FUN to get in the spirit!! Enjoy your St. Patrick's Day!!

America

Monday, March 10, 2014

LOST AND FOUND, House-Mouse Challenge #HMFMC165 and BLOG CANDY

These adorable mice "FOUND" some micey photos and are busy making a scrapbook album of sweet MICE MEMORIES. heheh :) It is my take on Heather's "Lost and Found" challenge theme over at House-Mouse & Friends MC!  Check it out HERE!
  http://housemouse-challenge.blogspot.com/

 I was playing around with iPhoto on the Mac and turned this colorful card into Black and White... OH What FUN!
 
CARD RECIPE 
Stamps: Stampabilites, HMD, called "Mice Memories", #HMPR1047, featuring Maxwell, Monica, Muzzy, Mudpie and Amanda. This is from the year 2005.  Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers,  Chromatix Alcohol Markers, Metallic Gel Glitter Markers Paper; Heavy White CS & Textured Black CS, Checkered CS Accessories:  Spellbinders Dies, Cheery Lynn Die, Photo Corner Martha Stewart Punch, Cuttlebug Film EF, Silver Pearls, Silver Stickles, Silver Glitter, Sewn Ribbon, Foam Adhesive. Techniques: Dry Embossing

....PRIZES....
Come play along because we have some fabulous prizes from our amazing sponsors
http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/servlet/StoreFront
One very Lucky Player will receive a RANDOM ASSORTMENT of some of these Premium Dye Ink Pads from Simon Says Stamp.
http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/servlet/StoreFront

AND

PIZZAZZ APLENTY
 http://www.pizzazzaplenty.blogspot.com/

  "A surprise package of embellishments from Pizzazz Aplenty worth $15.00. 
Thank You wonderful Sponsors for your great generosity!!

 In addition....I have TWO
*** BLOG CANDY GIVEAWAYS ***
Open to anyone, anywhere, worldwide ~ so be sure to enter into this challenge and come follow these CANDY rules to win the CANDY!


First CANDY
An American Crafts CHROMATIX 30 Piece Alcohol Marker Set!
hhhmm, I also bought a set of these Chromatix markers for myself and am finding that these markers actually work quite well with my COPICS)! yipppeeeee! :)

Second CANDY
A fab variety of 100+ Charms from my own stash.  These come in various themes, colors and metals - from several brands.  FUN and perfect for all your crafty needs!!!


CANDY UPDATES; 3/17/2014

WHAT TO DO for your chance to WIN...
1- Become a FOLLOWER of my Blog.
2-Become a FOLLOWER of  the HMFMC Challenge Blog too!
3-display the Candy on your own blogs linking one or both back here.
 
  This CANDY will now end on March 31st and not when the current HMFMC165 lost and found challenge ends- as previously stated. The lucky winners will have followed the rules and will be randomly chosen using random.org to keep it fair.

Sooo excited and can't wait to see you playing along! :)
Thank you for stopping by and for your amazing support!
My Mousey Script Signature photo America2KDHMtransp.gif

Monday, March 3, 2014

Anything Goes, Challenge #HMFMC164

Hello  Crafty Friends!  
Sorry Ive been away. I traveled to Mexico for 8 days then returned but fell ill for sometime, but Im happy to be back and posting again. 

 I have a BDAY card for HMFMC164!  Later, I will be posting again with some awesome BLOG CANDY too.... (you wont want to miss it)...  In the meantime, if you havent played along on our Anything Goes challenge yet, I hope you will make some time. There are some super great prizes up for grabs for those who join the fun. Come check us out and be isnpired by all the beautiful creations from our amazing Design Team, found here - House-Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge!   
http://housemouse-challenge.blogspot.com/
same card different lighting....
CARD RECIPE Stamps:Stampendous,  HMD, called "Gifts to tie", #HMCV02, from the year 2013. 
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers
Paper; Bday Glittered DP. White & Red CS
Accessories:  Spellbinders Dies, Marianne Design Die, Lg Gifts Martha Stewart Border Punch, Silver Pearls, Stickles, Ultrafine Glitter, Polkadot red Ribbon, Foam Adhesive Techniques: Dry Embossing


*** Check out our AMAZING SPONSORS ***

Prize -  5 Digital Stamps of your choice from their online store http://www.eurekastamps.com/

Bio:  Finally, The Stamps You've been Looking for! Eureka stamps offers a large variety of  images and sentiments in many different categories for all of your stamping needs.  Our Paper Sculpting stamps add an extra dimension to your creations. Or, Mix and match our Balloons and Balloon Holdersto celebrate every occasion. Our Stamps are available as unmounted, deep etched, natural red rubber stamps OR as digital stamps. If Eureka Stamps aren't exactly what you are looking for, Don't miss out on the sister companies: QKR Stampede,  Biblical Impressions Rubber Stamps, or the newest addition; Alluring Impressions.

*** AND ALSO PROUDLY WELCOME *** 

Marianne Design
mariannedesign.nl
This is their FABULOUS Prize for one LUCKY WINNER...

http://www.mariannedesign.nl/
Thank You to our amazing Sponsors for your great generosity. We appreciate your support!
WHAT fantastic PRIZES!!
 Come and play along for your chance to win! Here is the LINK!
http://housemouse-challenge.blogspot.com/

TFL and Happy Creating,
America

Monday, February 10, 2014

It's all about colors for House-Mouse Challenge #HMFMC163

same card, different lighting..
Hello Crafters. It's time for a fun new challenge at House-Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge. Our Teamie Donna has chosen to go with this fabulous color theme;
Amethyst, White plus another color. 

CARD RECIPE
Stamps: Stampabilities, Gruffies, by Jareckie Designs, HMD, called "Lilac Bouquet", featuring Pebble, #KR1050, from the year 2007. 


Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers


Paper;  Collage DP (for background papers), White & Black CS


Accessories:  Spellbinders Dies, Nellie Snellen Die, Martha Stewart Border and Corner Punches, Rhinestones, Stickles, Ultrafine Glitter, three Ribbons, Foam Adhesive
Techniques: Paper Tole, Layering


There is lots amazing inspiration by my mega talented Mousey Teamies along with some fabulous sponsored prizes up for grabs. Come and join us at HMFMC!  

*** Check out our AMAZING SPONSORS ***
http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/servlet/StoreFront
We are very excited about this fabulous sponsored prize from Simon Says Stamp. They are generously giving away a RANDOM ASSORTMENT of some of their Premium Dye Ink Pads to one very lucky player!
http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/servlet/StoreFront
  Simon Says Stamp has over 100,000+ items in stock along with the latest and greatest releases from Magnolia, Whiff of Joy, Tim Holtz, Spellbinders, Copics, House-Mouse Designs and so much more.  With such an amazing variety and awesome deals on shipping, it’s always good timing to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp store!

  *** Also proudly welcoming back a GREAT SPONSOR****
 PIZZAZZ APLENTY
 http://www.pizzazzaplenty.blogspot.com/
  "A surprise package of embellishments from Pizzazz Aplenty worth $15.00.  (Due to increased postage costs, the winner for this prize must reside in the USA)
 Pizzazz Aplenty is the place for embellishments of all kinds... Flatback Pearls and Rhinestones, Charms, Ribbons, Laces, Twine, Flowers, Stickpins, Beads, and more. 
Thank You to our wonderful Sponsors for your great generosity and support!!

Fab Prizes, heh?? Come and play along for your chance to win! Here is the LINK!
http://housemouse-challenge.blogspot.com/

TFL and Happy Creating,
America