Thursday, December 15, 2011

Darling Drucilla

Creepella and I LOVE these stamps. They're pricey and they come unmounted, shipping (from Canada) is quite a lot but oh my - these are great images, they lend themselves for some fun Copic coloring and they are a hoot!!! Slightly sick, a bit twisted and definitely dark - say, that's right up our alley......

This was Creepella's main b-day card and I love every minute of making it!!

Stamps - Kraftin' Kimmie (Drucilla) and A Muse (sentiment)

Star Dream CS

White CS - CTMH

Memento Ink

Copics & Spicas

Corner punch - EK Success

Ribbon - A Muse

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

5-Cat Panel

The only thing that I'm disappointed with in this card - you can't see the little paw-print border that's punched through some B&T at the top. Heidi gave me this set of stamps for my b-day and I've finally used some of the stamps! Loads of different styles of cats - perfect for all of my kitty-loving friends.

Kraft CS - CTMH

Stamps - Inka-Dinka-Doo

B&T - Basic Grey

Memento and Colorbox Chalk Ink

Copics and Spicas

Ribbon - A Muse

Paw Print border punch - EK Success

Corner Rounder

Monday, December 12, 2011


Another fast & easy 3x3 card. The gem butterfly was a $1.00 find at Michaels and of course layering it all on Dream Star CS makes it shimmmmmer so!!

Dream Start CS

Butterfly border punch - Martha Stewart

Gem butterfly - Michaels

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Baby Bug

Had to get some baby cards in the basket and I couldn't find my baby stamps (no clue where they could be) - so I fiddled around with what I have and came up with some acceptable cards. Love the cloud B&T and the little dragonfly was a lot of fun to color.

Stamps - CTMH

B&T paper - Doodlebug

Inks - Memento & Colorbox Chalk Inks



Corner Rounder

Cardbase - Memory Box

Ribbon - Michaels

Friday, December 2, 2011

Ladybug Ladybug...

PTI did this card with zebras - while I wasn't wild about the zebras I really liked the look so I dinked around with what I had and came up with this. I knew that "ladybug" ribbon would come in handy one day!!

Stamps - CTMH (scroll background); PTI (ladybug leaves and sentiment)

Memento & PTI Inks

Ribbon - ???

Brads - Making Memories and CTMH

Black gel pen

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Sooooo Much

Another card using CTMH's retired "More to Adore". Some consultants would NEVER post a card using retired items but since I'm more about the card (let's face it, I'm definitely not pushing my business), I want to use whatever I have available and am in the mood for...what can I say, I'm complicated that way!

The only thing that's stamped is the sentiment and that row of swirly flowers making a border.

Stamps - CTMH (small swirly flower); Hero Arts (sentiment)

B&T and CS - CTMH

Inks - CTMH


Organza Ribbon - CTMH

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Grinning Greenie

Another tiny card!! Love this little monster.......he looks like he knows how to have fun. Stamped him on B&T paper and white CS and then just the top of him on white CS again, layered the B&T body onto the white CS and cut out the eyes from the partially stamped image on white CS.

Scraps made up the banner and just a small square of B&T finished the card.

Stamps - Paper Smooches (monster); CTMH (alphabet)


B&T - CTMH (monster); Cosmo Cricket (party hat) and the other mini-dots are so old........

Memento Ink


Bakers Twin

Marvy Triangle punch

Monday, November 28, 2011

Oh Goody - CAKE!

I think these were some of the first stamp sets I ordered from A Muse Studio when they became a catalog company (still don't understand why they did that). Had some Basic Grey scraps that were (luckily) big enough to punch so that put a fun spin on a "this & that" type of card.

Stamps - A Muse Studio

Memento & A Muse Studio Chalk Inks


B&T Paper - A Muse Studio and Basic Grey


Martha Stewart Loopy Border punch

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Seafood Luncheon

Last month we toodled over to smell the salt air and to feel the ocean breeze on our faces and to catch a few glimpses of these guys. Watching through the camera lense, I was quite entertained with this otter fighting with (and winning) his crabby lunch.

Such a fun little trip - just enough time to clear the mental cobwebs, run around on the beach and have some yummy seafood........aaaaaah..........

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Card from Lily, Bob & Iris

Yes, there's a reason the big black cat looks like he has's because Bob DOES have fangs (or very long canines).

This is one of Creepella's b-day week cards.......I loved making all of her b-day week cards. They were all pretty tiny and one of a kind so I could do all kinds of goofy things.

Off to see "Breaking Dawn" again.................yippppeeeee!!!!

Stamps - CTMH (2 little cats); Paper Smooches ("Bob"); Cat's Pajamas (sentiment)


Border Punches - Martha Stewart

Ribbon - A Muse

Memento Ink


Koh-i-noor pencils

Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday!

Hope you all are having a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Here's the little card I sent out to a few is pretty crappy and isn't a cat scratching post the perfect backdrop for a Thanksgiving Day card....(can you tell I'm sitting on the couch?) - but I'm being lazy and I don't want to get up. Found this "telescoping" card over at Splitcoasters a while ago and it was so neat-O looking I had to try it. It's quite fun to make although making several of them is pretty time-consuming even though the stamp images are fairly small for coloring purposes. Hopefully all of the recipients understood how the card worked!

Just got done purchasing a few stamps (love those Black Friday online deals!) - and I have a question: if you get a specific stamp to make a specific card for someone's not like you're getting the stamp for YOURSELF, right???

Well after my purchases, that's what I'm telling myself!

All Stamps - A Muse
Marvy oval & scallop oval punches
Martha's leaves border punch
Kraft CS - CTMH
B&T Paper really old SEI pad from Michaels
Memento & Colorbox Chalk Inks
Mini Metallic brads from Making Memories

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Do You Remember....?

For all you CTMH fans out you remember THIS B&T paper??? What's it called?? Do you remember, do you??

I was flipping through some paper packs and this popped up - I must confess.....I had FORGOTTEN all about it!! Actually that was pretty cool because I was completely delighted with it all over again!

Like so many of CTMH's B&T (decorative) papers it's so pretty on its own you really don't need to add much to it to have yourself a lovely finished card or scrapbook layout. The stamping was fast and easy, a handful of Copics added little pops of color and that was pretty much it. I love the look that stamping the sentiment over an image gives - I don't do it often enough.

  • Stamps, B&T paper and CS - CTMH's "More to Adore" (sorry, it's retired)

  • Inks - CTMH (pinks); Memento (Cocoa Brown); Colorbox Chalk Inks

  • Cardbase - Memory Box

  • Gem Brad - Recollections/Michaels

  • Oval Punch - Marvy

  • Sheer Ribbon - maybe CTMH.....I don't remember

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Skully Sparkles

Teeny-tiny card (gift enclosure really), but it's got a lot of punch - all that glittery paper and then the Stickles on the skull punch and hey, let's add some google-eyes too....aaaaahhhhhhhh!

Here's a close-up of the glittery goodness!

  • NO stamps!

  • Punches - Skull/EK Success; Hearts/Marvy

  • Cardstock/Paper - Black Glitter CS/Martha Stewart; Red CS/CTMH

  • Colorbox Chalk ink

  • Stickles

  • Misc - Google Eyes/Michaels

Monday, August 8, 2011

Swingin' In A Tree

It's all about having some good clean fun, right? Love those Paper Smooches stamps (just received a few new sets and haven't had time to ink them up yet........yikes!).

Creepella scoured the yard for the tiny "clean" twigs, Chef Bo-Bo Head let me get into his baking/cooking twine and a dozen Copics later, our Owl Star is having a good old fashioned swing.

  • Stamps - Paper Smooches (owl & sentiment); PTI (tree limb & leaves)

  • Copics & Spicas

  • Memento Ink

  • Memory Box Cardbase

  • Misc: twig & baking/cooking twine

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Wishing You Well

Getting ready for a new week - a week at work so it's more like having to psyche myself up for it you know? Yesssssss, glad and relieved to HAVE a job but wouldn't it be cool to be able to use a few more brain cells every now & again??

So WISHING us all very WELL indeed!!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Party Monster

Bright colors because every Party Monster is a fan of all things CHEERY!

Yet another submission rejection (and no worries, the final one...), all stamps from Paper Smooches. I flipped the "M" in monster and made it a "W" and replaced the "f" in fishes and............Bob's Your Uncle!

  • Stamps - Paper Smooches

  • Inks - Memento & Colorbox Chalk Ink

  • Ribbon - A Muse

  • Nestabilities

  • CS - CTMH

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Absolute Humiliation...

Notice the tip of her tongue peeking out of her mouth? She would lick and lick and lick her collar, trying to groom. Poor, poor Lily - this was taken a few days before the Dreaded Collar was removed for good.

Aaaaaahhhhhhh.............sweet freedom....

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Floral Friend

Using a couple of b-day gifties from, I just LOVE this set and these Nestabilities. A double-winner!!

Random-stamped the background and then loads and loads of coloring, shading and glitterfying on the main bloom (really want to get the die cut for this set...I'm getting lazy about "fussy cutting"). Once again the Kraft CS comes out soooo icky on the photo but it looks lovely on the card.

  • Stamps - PTI

  • Inks - Memento & Colorbox Chalk ink

  • Copics

  • Stickles

  • Nestabilities

  • Martha Stewart border punch

  • Orange Twinkles - A Muse

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The 3 Of Us

Well here's another rejected submission.........and I really liked this one too. Oh well, I still like it and it kind of reminds me of Creepella, Chef Bo-Bo Head and moi-self! We're off to see Harry Potter (again)......wahoooooo!!!

  • Stamps - Paper Smooches (the party guys); CTMH alpha

  • Inks - Colorbox chalk inks; Memento

  • Copics & Spicas

  • Ribbon - A Muse

  • CB - Memory Box

  • Misc. - Gemstones from Michael's Dollar Bins

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Weird Weather

Hail in JUNE? Wow - weird but fun!! When it hailed last month Creepella grabbed the camera, ran outside and started snapping. Such a geek!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Orange Thanks

I've learned a few things during my blogging break. So I'll try to keep that in mind from here on out!

Here's a card submission that was REJECTED a few months ago (took a while to lick my wounds....sigh.....). Kind of forgot about it but during a fit of tidying, I found it!!

Easy card.....crank a panel of colored CS through the Cuttlebug, stamp the sentiment on a scrap piece of CS, wrap a bit o' ribbon around, foam-mount the sentiment panel on the already-adhered Cuttlebug embossed panel and're done!

  • Stamps - Paper Smooches

  • Tools - Cuttlebug & embossing folder

  • Ribbon - A Muse

  • Spicas

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Butter For Princess Pamela

Earlier this year, Princess Pamela was due for a "Get Well" card and since I love puns and she LOVES butter (calls herself Mrs. Butterton).....this set from CTMH was perfect.
  • Stamps: CTMH; clouds/Memory Box
  • Paper: B&T/CTMH
  • Inks: Memento
  • Copics, Spicas

Friday, April 15, 2011

Swing That Egg

A swing card - I hardly ever remember to make these cards and they so fun and EASY. Not a whole lot to tell.......hmmm, I used an egg cookie cutter as a template...........I love the squiggle corners embossing folder (not sure if I've ever used it before). Even after all these years, I still love those PrintWorks stamps (wondeful font!). The Cosmo Cricket B&T (Pixie something) worked wonderfully well for the decorative "egg".

Yes, I's all so very ORANGE!!

Stamps - PrintWorks

Cosmo Cricket B&T paper

Cuttlebug embossing folder

Ink - Memento & Colorbox Chalks

Flower Brad - Making Memories

Corner Rounder

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Bubbly Wishes

A Party Fish needs a place to party - right? Pretty basic card, lots of busy partying B&T paper, used Tim Holtz grunge glitter for the bottom of the bowl "sand"........and Icicle Stickles for the scales on the fish itself.........makes me happy, happy, happy!

Stamps - Paper Smooches, CTMH, Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps

Inks - Memento, Colorbox Chalks



Paper - B&T and metallic CS/CTMH, Bowl - Stardream, CB - Memory Box

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Taking Julie's Dare!

So Ms. Smarty-Pants Julie Ebersole creates a totally cool card and within the same stinkin' post she starts in about oh just change the color palette and swap out some flower or birds for the stars and you could have a very pretty feminine card. Sheesh - can't she just be happy with creating a lovely manly-male card? I tell you...............

But THEN................she DARED you to make those what are you going to do? Why take the dare of course!!! And here's my feminine version of her card. Drat it all, why don't my Kraft cardbases photograph in true color???!!

Stamps, CS (except for Kraft cardbase), Ribbon - A Muse

Ink - Memento

Copics & Spicas

Monday, April 11, 2011

Mr. Big Ears

I so admire all of those card-makers that can look at a pile of punches and just whip up something absolutely brilliant.................alas, I'm not one of them.

I will NEVER confess how very many HOURS I spent on getting this ding-dang bunny proportional........sheesh - I think I used about every single oval punch I have in my collection. YIKES!!

Anyhow - here's another Easter Card.....and pretty much no stamping on this one!

Stamps & green polka-dotted CS - A Muse

Inks - Memento & Colorbox Ink Chalk

Punches - Marvy, Stampin' Up, Martha Stewart

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Sean's B-Day Card

Ok, it might LOOK like a card for a kid, but really it was made specifically for a young man very nearly in his 20's.....but geeez, I've known him since forever (literally), so I think I've got some wiggle room in making a goofy card for him once in a while. While the 3 mini-envelopes on the front of the card have fun tickets, the mini-envelope INSIDE the card had the cash (and was most likely the best envelope in Sean's opinion....). I'm pleased that I'm still remembering to use those cool embossing folders and it was nice to use some OLD tools that I have hidden (stamp-edged Fiskars), I think the blue twine has to be about 7 years old!! Cheers to Sean for a great b-day.........he's a wonderful guy! Stamps - Hero Arts, PTI; Inks - Memento; Copics; Spicas; Marvy Mini-Envelope punch; B&T paper and CS scraps - CTMH: Cuttlebug & embossing folder; Fiskar Edgers; Twine

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Home Is Where The Heart Is...

Good news for the real estate market - people are starting to purchase homes. And so, I've had several requests for "Congrats On Your New Home" cards! Here's one of them.... Stamps - all CTMH (except for grass - Savvy) Inks - Memento Copics Textured CS - CTMH Brad - Making Memories

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Thank You Berry Much

While I like's a tad bit "sweeter" than is my usual taste.....I love tiny little stamps - Heidi has always said I can make a card with a 1-inch stamp (I think she's right!!). I needed to make several thank you cards and I re-discovered the paisley embossing folder in my bucket of embossing folders the day before and what goes perfectly with paisley?? Why yes indeed, strawberries of course - everyone knows that. Had to whip out the new Nestabilities and USE them.....(love those scalloped circles - Heidi got the scalloped squares and I'm seeing them all over blogland - perhaps they'll be next on my purchasing list) - even got to color a little bit too - I was happy! Stamps - PTI; Inks - Memento & Colorbox chalk inks; Copics; Spicas; Nestabilities; Marvy punches (plain circle & scalloped circle); Cuttlebug & embossing folder

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Gardening Bunny

Paper-pieced this cute gardening bunny. I swapped out the little grass-things (on the actual stamp) for the carrots to make it just a bit more colorful and Eastery.

Stamps - Memory Box (bunny); CTMH (carrots & swirly border random stamped); Hero Arts (sentiment)

Inks - Memento & CTMH


Carrot Ribbon - Michaels

Orange Twill - PTI

B&T paper - Basicgrey's "Gypsy" ('s OLD!!)

Monday, April 4, 2011

Monkey Loot

I fought this wacky monkey for as long as possible but obviously I caved.......but come on - it's a PIRATE monkey!! Random stamping on the cardbase, fast and easy..........I think the toughest part of the card was wrapping the twine around the monkey panel!

  • Stamps - Stampendous

  • Inks - Memento

  • Copics

  • Colored Pencils

  • Twine

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Flower Row

The cardsketch is from PaperCrafts - sorry, I didn't include the link but pop over to the website and you can find TONS of cardsketches.

While this card looks simple enough - it actually took quite a long time to cut out each flower. Isn't the leaf ribbon neat-O???

List of Stuff:
  • Stamps - PTI
  • Leaf Ribbon - PTI
  • Sheer Polka-dotted Ribbon - A Muse
  • Ink - Memento
  • Stickles

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Me, Me, Me, Me, Meeeee

Close-up of the QuicKutz tiara (with sparkles)

I made a similar card for Princess Pamela's b-day................she liked it and thought it was oh-so fitting!

Simple, easy card.......the stamp?? Well it's one of the $1.00 stamps from the bins at Michaels (can you believe it???!!!). A bit of layering with round scalloped punches and an eye-popping color combo - Ta-Dahhhhhh, you're done!
  • The List O' Stuff:
  • All About Me" - $1.00 from Michaels; Tiara - A Muse
  • Ink - Memento
  • Spicas
  • Various CS scraps for scalloped punches and tiara
  • Die-cut - QuicKutz tiara
  • Punches - Marvy
  • Misc - Ribbon, gemstones

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Breaking out those handy-dandy Paper Smooches stamps (yes, again...I tell you they inspire so many ideas there's simply not enough hours in the day to get all of the cards made!), and I decided it was a perfect time to utilize those FREE digi-stamps too.

Made the digi-shamrock oh so tiny - just a wee thing - so it would fit inside the Monster, a couple of printing trial and errors later we were good to go. A bit of background stamping on the Kraft panel and the MS grass border adds some interest. The sentiment is also part of this month's digi-offering, printed it on some old, old, old CTMH B&T paper and got busy with some punches.....popped out the sentiment panel with some foam tape and we've got a card!!

  • Monster Stamp and digi-images - Paper Smooches; background diamond stamp - CTMH
  • Ink - Memento
  • Copics
  • Martha Stewart border punch; various Marvy oval punch; various circle punches

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

2 Baaaaaad Girls

Don't be fooled by them sitting in a "Berry Good"'s a lie - a falsehood.
We'd tried to tell them they don't quite fit in the boxes - they're cats, they don't listen.

Bad Girl #1 - Iris............she's mean, she's grumpy, her normal personality? Annoyed. She's quite often the B-word.....sure she might LOOK cute but looks are deceiving...... Right now she's helping Creepella mit you can see she finds it a wee bit borrrrrrring.

Bad Girl #2 - Lily.....she's generally sweeter than her evil sister Iris but she refuses to use any of the three scratching posts/devices we've offered and thinks EVERYTHING in the house is her scratching post. Creepella says she's got the perfect head to kiss. I keep suggesting that after she's dearly departed, we mount her head (like the House Elves in the Black Household) - then she can kiss it all she wants.

No matter what - we love them both (I could squeeze them so hard, I'd make their eyes pop!).

Monday, March 14, 2011

Total Julie Rip-Off

Hmmm, I don't even remember when I saw Julie's card and it's probably not a TOTAL rip-off, but it's pretty darned close!!

I've always loved A Must Stamps (even before I knew they were A Muse stamps) - now I hear they're going to sell their products through Home-Based Parties (i.e. CTMH & Stampin' Up). I'm not quite sure how I feel about that - it will be weird NOT to see them on the shelves of my LSS or to browse online. I'm not one to have "parties" (not even stamp parties) and quite frankly, most of my stamping buddies are in the same financial situation as me so there's not a whole lot of money to be spent in one fell swoop at a stamp party (even an A Muse stamp party!).

I'm lucky I've been able to amass quite a collection of A Muse stamps and products over the last 5 years and I hope they'll tide me over for a good long while.


  • Stamps - all A Muse except the sun (Hero Arts)
  • Ink - Memento
  • Copics
  • Scrap Kraft CS for "beach"