Friday, December 20, 2013

Snow Flakes for Mom

I made 30 snowflakes for Mom to give to her friends and caregivers at her Assisted Living facility.  They are a Stampin Up kit.  It took 3 kits of 10 to make them.  They do take some time to make but are so worth it.  I wrapped them in a cello bag with a piece of pool party cardstock so they would be easier for Mom to handle.  The tag was stamped with the sentiment from the Warmth and Wonder Hostess Stamp set.  I added a rhinestone to the tag and tied it to the bag with some ribbon.  Hope she likes them.

Five days before the big day!  Thanks for stopping in today.  Hope your holidays are merry!


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Elf Legs!

Yikes!  There's an elf in the candy basket!  These are so fun to make.  You make them with the Top Note Die, DSP, and popsicle sticks.  My popsicle sticks are more the size of tongue depressors than an actual popsicle!  I've added bells to the toes and ribbons. 

Thanks for visiting today.


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Angel Ornaments

These adorable angels are made with the Stampin Up Bow Die.  There are many versions out there in blog land with instructions and video's on You Tube.  I've made one for my Hair Dresser, my Pet Sitter who is a recent cancer survivor and my Pet Groomer.  The blow drier, pink cancer ribbon and the dog and cat were all cut with my Silhouette Cameo - love that thing.

I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday preparations.  Thanks for stopping in today.


Monday, November 11, 2013

Magnificent Maple Wolf

I needed a belated masculine birthday card for a friend.  I first saw this wolf made with the Magnificent Maple at Frenchie Stamps and thought it would make a great masculine card.  This card needed to go in the mail and I needed to make it quick - not the usual several hours it normally takes me!  This card came together very quickly - for me anyway!  I like the way it turned out.  Hope you do too.

Stamps: Magnificent Maple, Label Love
CS: Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky, Very Vanilla
DSP: Sweater Weather
Accessories:  Owl Punch, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Artisan Label Punch, Window Frames Framelits, Burlap Ribbon, Candy Dots, Signo White Gel Pen

Thanks for stopping by today.


Monday, October 28, 2013

Halloween Birthday Gift Box

A friend asked me to make a gift box and card for a Halloween Birthday party.  I decorated the top and three sides.  I neglected to photograph the finished card - I hate when I do that!  Anyway, above are photos of the decorated box, also the envelope.

Stampin Up Supplies:

Extra Large Gift Box - Holiday Catalog
Witches Brew DSP - Holiday Catalog
Black Chevron Ribbon
Gift Bow Die
Rosette Die
Envelope Punch Board (for 4 x 8 card)
Black Cardstock
Bat Punch (retired)
Circle Punch
Circle Framelits (for crescent moon)
Basic Gray CS and Vellum for moon
Staz On Black Ink

Non SU:
Ghosts #2 Bigz Die
Silhouette Cameo and images: Graveyard scene, Black Cat
Little Ghost on top - Old Jolee embellishment

The box was stuffed with black tissue paper and was the perfect width to hold the gift card and envelope.  This was soooooo much fun to make!

Thanks for visiting today.


Sunday, October 27, 2013

Witches Hat Box

I made this cute little witches hat box to hold some candy.  I managed to get three peanut butter pumpkins (small ones) in it.  I originally saw it at Flowerbug's Inkspot and had to try it.  There's a link there to instructions.  I like how it turned out.   I used all SU products except the purple glitter on the buckle.  One piece of black cardstock, a strip of dsp, a star stamp, white craft ink, a punch (for the buckle) and some ribbon to hang (you can only see a little bit of the ribbon on the top of the box) is pretty much all you need.  Try it.

Happy Halloween!  Thanks for stopping in today.



Saturday, October 26, 2013

Wicked Witch - My Pretty!

I had to try my hand at making this wicked witch.  The talented Patty Bennett from Patty Stamps is where I found her.   My card is 4 x 8.  I made my own "bat" background paper with a bat stamp I've had in my stash forever.  The dress form die from Stampin Up and a few punches are pretty much all you need to make the witch. I gave her some bling with a glimmer paper star on her hat and shoes.  She's also showing a little leg!  I also used the retired SU bat punch for some dimension.  She's popped up on dimensionals.  The sentiment was computer generated and punched out with the new Label Bracket Punch in the Holiday catalog.  I like her.  I hope you do too.

Thanks for visiting today.


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Skeleton For Halloween

This was so much fun to make.  The cut file was from SVG Cuts Spooky Soiree.  I cut my pieces with my Silhouette Cameo.  You only need card stock, brads, glue and a little ribbon to hang him up!  All supplies were Stampin Up.  My friend Nancy (from Nanny's Pansy Patch) and I got together to make this spooky fellow.

Have a great rest of the weekend!  And many thanks for stopping in today.


Friday, October 11, 2013

Lovely As a Tree Christmas

I liked the card over on Wild West Paper Arts.  It was #1 of the 12 Weeks of Christmas series.  I believe you need to subscribe to her newsletter in order to see the card.  This is my version of it.  I love the Stampin Chalk Marker - it worked wonderfully to add snow to my tree. 

Supplies all Stampin Up

Stamps: Lovely As a Tree, A Cardinal Christmas (ret) - sentiment
Ink: Island Indigo 
CS: Smokey Slate, Island Indigo, Pool Party, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer Paper
DSP: Winter Frost Specialty DSP
Accessories:  Silver Ribbon, Frosted Finishes Embellishments, White Bakers Twine,Stampin Chalk Marker (snow on tree), tiny star punch from my stash

Thanks for stopping in to visit.


Sunday, October 6, 2013

Baby Shower Card and Gift Card Holder

Yesterday was Nancy's (from Nanny's Pansy Patch) daughter's baby shower.  This is the card I made for the expectant mommy and daddy.  I hope it at least resembles a diaper bag since that's what I was going for!  The "diaper bag" was actually a purse from SVG Cuts that I cut with my Silhouette.  It opens from the bottom.  The bib, crown and teddy bear were cuts purchased from the Silhouette store.  Card stock was Stampin Up, ribbon, dsp, brads from my stash.  The Princess Castle gift card holder below was also from SVG Cuts - ribbon,  CS, ink, label and rhinestones from Stampin Up.
It was a perfect bright sunny day for a baby shower.  The food and restaurant were teriffic and I'm sure the new mommy and daddy loved all the beautiful gifts they received. Be sure to stop by Nanny's Pansy Patch to see the adorable card Nancy made for her daughter.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Photopolymer Thank You

I needed a thank you card for my fabulous and very loved pet sitter.  I saw a similar card over at and loved it.  I made mine a thank you card and added a little dog and cat brad from my stash - they came from the eyelet outlet at a local stamp show.  I love the new photopolymer stamps from Stampin Up.  The "thank you" sentiment I used from that set has little hearts underlining it - perfect for my card.  This was a very quick and easy card to make.  Mary Fish from Stampin Pretty did a video on making the paw print. You'll find the video here.

CS:  Whisper White, Early Espresso
Stamps:  Photopolymer Another Thank You
Ink:  Early Espresso
Accessories:  Heart Framelits, Small Oval punch
Other:  Dog and Cat brads

Hope you have a wonderful day and thanks for visiting today.


Friday, September 20, 2013

Best of Halloween

We made this card at my last summer stamping class.  I have two friends that come every summer to stamp and visit.  We have such a good time.   We were all in the mood for a little Halloween this tme.

Stampin Up Supplies:

CS:   Basic Black, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Staz On Black, Summer Starfruit, Soft Suede
Stamps: Best of Halloween, Wicked Cool (ret), House of Haunts (ret)
DSP:  Witches Brew
Other:  SU Basic Jewels, teeny tiny bat punch from my stash, Memory Box Spider die and Spooky Frame die set, SU Spider Web Emb. Folder

Here's a photo of the inside:

Hope you like it.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.

Denise M

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Butterfly and Flowers

I made this card a while ago.  The flowers and butterfly are from a Sizzix/Hero Arts stamp and die set.  I water colored them on Stampin Up water color paper with Stampin Up ink pads in perfect plum, elegant eggplant,  melon mambo, old olive - the flower centers in soft suede.  The sentiment was from the new hostess set called Sweetly Framed - it was punched out on a EK Success punch.  I like the way it turned out.

Thanks for visiting today.


Thursday, September 5, 2013

Joyful Christmas

I really liked the card on page 10 of the new Stampin Up Holiday catalog.  This is my attempt to case it and still add a few of my own touches.

Stamps: Joyful Christmas, Four the Holidays (retired)
CS: Cherry Cobbler, Shimmery White, Gold Foil
Ink: Gold Metallic Encore
Accessories: Pretty Print Emb. Folder, Candy Dots, Gold emb powder, Bitty Banner Framlit,  MS flower punch, Liquid Pearls (red dot in center of tiny flowers), Expressions Thinlits (Merry), Paper piercer, Dimensionals

Enjoy your day.


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A Very Merry Christmas

I really like Stampin Up's new thinlit card dies.  This was my first try at making one.  My friend Nancy over at Nanny's Pansy Patch and I took them for a test drive so to speak.  I made the bow with my Silhouette so I could size it down to card size.  I think I'm starting to get in the mood to make Christmas cards.

Thanks for stopping by to visit.


Sunday, September 1, 2013

Halloween Boo Banner

This is my version of the banner made by Connie Babbert from Create with Connie and Mary.  The instructions can be found  I used coasters from Ruby Tuesdays and covered them in black cardstock before starting.  Most of the supplies used were Stampin Up.  The dsp is retired but any paper will work of course.  My ghosts are a sizzix die.  I hope you like it.

Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, June 3, 2013

MDS Scrapbook - Joe at 13

When I saw the new May Sketch 2 at Tink and Bell's Digital Scrapbooking Club I knew this was the photo I wanted to use.  And this is one of my favorite photos of my boy.  I can't say baby boy anymore since he's about to turn 46!  (Where do the years go???)  This layout was done entirely in Stampin Up's My Digital Studio.  Be sure to check out Tink and Bell's Digital Scrapbooking Club.  Their sketches and video's are a great help.

Thanks for visiting today.  Have a great one!


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Soft Sky Summer Silhouette

I really liked the card I saw over on Debbie's Designs  so I pretty much copied the scene as best I could but then added a little of my own touch with the birds from the Up, Up, and Away Stampin Up stamp set which is about to retire.

Stamps: Summer Silhouettes
CS:  Whisper White, Wild Wasabi (peeking out under the scalloped edges)
Ink: Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi, Early Espresso
Accessories:  Pool Party Ribbon, Pearls, Large Scallop Edgelit and one of the Delicate Designs Embossing Folder Borders

Have a great day and thanks for visiting today.


Saturday, May 11, 2013

Bloomin' Bouquet

I made this Bloomin' Bouquet for my Mom for Mother's Day.  I hope she likes it.  I wanted something unbreakable for her but couldn't find what I wanted so instead I found these little glass containers at my local craft store.   I put a small piece of styrofoam in the bottom to hold the stems.  To cover up the styrofoam I filled the bottom with a lot of my retired SU buttons.  Added some butterflies and ribbon and done!

Thanks for stopping by today.  Happy Mother's Day!


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Vintage Box

This box was made for a friend's 65th birthday!  Inside there were 65 crisp new $1 bills!  The box was cut out on my e-cutter.  To decorate it I used Very Vanilla and Perfect Plum cs, SU's new butterfly punches, flower trim and lace, an antique brad and a retired vintage round tag stamped with a butterfly. There are SU pearls on the butterflies.  The Perfect Plum cs was embossed with the lacy brocade embossing folder and sanded a little bit for texture.  I love how the box turned out and my friend loved it as well (especially the inside!)

Thanks for stopping in today.


Monday, April 29, 2013

Poker Anyone?

I can't believe it's been this long since I posted to my blog.  I really need to get with the program here!
I made this card for my friend's son's birthday.  His hobby is playing poker at the casino.  He likes it so much he named his adorable Springer Spaniel "Poker".  The inside of the card is below.

This is a 5" square card.  The Real Red layer on the front was cut out on my e-cutter with the four playing card suits.  The springer spaniel stamp on the inside was in my stash and all other products were Stampin Up.  The inside sentiment was SU as was the word bubble from the new photopolymer stamp set.  The sentiment "Poker Anyone" in the word bubble was computer generated.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Saturday, January 5, 2013

The Bichons and Me

Aren't they cute!  Left to right: Holly, Snickers, Bessie, Gracie, Rosie.  Have to admit that photo was pure luck!  Gracie 11, was my first Bichon Frise.  Had to have another so along came Rosie 9.  Snickers, the man was Mom's Bichon Frise until she went to assisted living.  That's when Snickers came to live with us.  Three Bichons and Me was almost my blog title. My friends Valerie and Judy heard about two Bichons that needed a home because their owner had passed away.  Don't know what I was thinking saying "YES" I want them.  But I am so glad I did.  Holly 8 (and presently on my lap) and Bessie 6 are the two rescues. So that's how my blog title became Five Bichon's and me.  I feel blessed to have them in my life.

Thanks for letting me show off my kids!


Friday, January 4, 2013

Sympathy Cards (2)

I need to replenish my supply of cards and especially sympathy cards.  Fortunately I don't need to use them right away.  I totally "cased" the layout and technique from Darlene Designs.  But I did change them up just a little bit.  Hope you like them.

Stamps: En Francais, Fabulous Florets, Kind and Caring Thoughts (ret.) and Petite Pairs
Ink: Perfect Plum, Baja Breeze, So Saffron, Primrose Petals
Markers: Perfect Plum, Baja Breeze, Old Olive, Wild Wasabi, So Saffron, Primrose Petals, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: 1/8 inch taffeta ribbon (Very Vanilla and Regal Rose), Perfect Plum CS for the little flower,
Boho Blossoms punch and a Pearl Jewel