Thursday, March 19, 2015

Back in the game!

I am so proud to announce that I got the best news ever when
 I returned from my Florida vacation!
I've often said that the moment you step away and stop thinking about things,
that's when great surprises happen!
I have been asked by my good friend from my past DCWV days, Britt Bass, to be on the
Design Team!

I will begin in April with my first submission
(exact date not known quite yet)
but if you're not familiar with this company,
you definitely need to check them out!
Click on the highlighted name above to see all the terrific products they carry!
Dozens of brands we all love and at great prices!
I can't wait to get going and to know my fellow design team members!
I will showcase each as she posts her own first creations!
Always good to know you're still in the "circle"!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

House Mouse Valentine's Wreath

Valentine's Day is just around the corner,
so out came the House Mouse wreath again!
I get more compliments on my front door when I put this up!
I love these little guys!

Happy Upcoming February to everyone!
Never too early to start spreading the love!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

House-Mouse Christmas Greeting!

 'Tis the season and the Mice are back!   I love working with these little darlings. They have so much personality and are always up to something!
This time it's adorning the holiday tree!


House-Mouse Stamp:
 "Deck the Halls"

One thing to keep in mind when making any card is to
remember to add the tiny details!


This card is my second entry in the December Monday Challenge at
and to, again, let the gals know how much
I'd love to be a part of their DT!
Go to their blog and check out all the adorable critters in the store!
Mice aren't the only creatures stirring this Christmas!
Happy Holidays!
(Also entered in the December challenge at

Monday, December 8, 2014

I'm hearing a tiny little voice...

And it's telling me to get in on the Design Team call over at
After a long year of re-cooperating a very stressful illness,
I am back and ready to create in full force again!
And what better way than to work with some of my favorite images!
Having served a term on the Stampendous Blog Star Team,
I am quite familiar with these little, adorable creatures.
They have adorned my front door, been captured in a jar,
and basically found all over the Garber household in the past!
 I am up for the challenge and ready to dig right in to my Copics and hundreds of
other scrapping goodies I have hoarded  collected over the years!
So here it is, my little homage to the New Year!
I have many friends, who like me, can really use a word of encouragement
on occasion.
The background doesn't show up clearly with the overcast lighting today,
but it is the green foil paper from DCWV. The Spellbinder snowflakes are die cut from the silver glitter paper, also DCWV.  I am looking at using this immense stash of papers that I have from my time on their Design Team.
The image is designed to have the little mouse skiing downhill.
But with the New Year beginning, who wouldn't rather look to the positive!
Image: House-Mouse, "Ski Run"
Papers: DCWV, Foil and Glitter papers
Stampendous: Glitters
Copics Markers
I am entering this card in the December challenge at
House Mouse and Friends, Monday Challenge
and throwing my name in the hat for a spot on this much admired
company design team!
Also, Stampendous is having a terrific challenge with prizes, too!
Wish me luck!
(And if you'd like a peek at my other House-Mouse projects,
 just click on the label at the bottom of this post, and they'll pop right up!)
Off to finish my Christmas card for the challenges!
Happy holidays to all!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

It's been a long, long time...

I know I've not posted anything crafty for quite some time, and I plan to get started again very soon.  But for now, here are some terrific new pictures of the grandkids!  With the summer's so very hot here, and my just starting to feel back to "normal" healthwise, I want to jump into scrapping and card making again while there's not much else to do outdoors.

 Harper, 9 months

Hayden, 9 years old already! 
Hayden starts this school year in the Gifted Program. We are so very proud of him.
He and I are reading some of the same books so that we can talk about them later!
I would never have discovered the "City of Ember" series, had he not introduced me to them!
Hopefully, my next post will be of a crafty nature!
Baby steps...

Friday, February 21, 2014

Hello Friend!

For this card, I chose one of my favorite images from
Saturated Canary
along with the adorable papers from
("Sunday Afternoon" Stack)
has a challenge going on as of February 28th and
we want you to join in!
You could win some prizes, too!
Just include some
on your project!

She even has glitter on her pom-pom socks!
And if you're looking for a great card template and
another chance to win,
go to DCWV Diary and
enter that card sketch challenge!  They also have a terrific layout sketch if you're more inclined to make a page!
So, here are two great ways to win some goodies!
Thanks for looking at my project today, and please, leave a comment so I know you were here!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Paper Piecing for SFTW!

When I stamp, I often forget that paper piecing can really add so much texture and color to your image. And, I'm not always in the mood to color that day!
For the challenge this week at
we are highlighting "FLOWERS!"
I'm sure you'll be seeing a lot of flowers and Valentine's on the girls' projects,
so I  limited the stamped and paper flowers and went with a flower garden theme.

The image is one from "Sparkle Creations" that I've had for quite some time.
Even though Sparkle, the owner, has closed shop for now, due to have a baby sometime this summer,
I wanted to create a card showcasing the way pattern paper piecing can add so much
to a simple image.
Also, the twine and tiny rhinestone earring make her so adorable!
So, don't forget to get out those tiny scissors and create!
Enter your own project at
and win a great prize (sponsor is a surprise!)
I would love to know you were here, so please leave a comment!
We get so many wonderful entries, but I'd like to know who's out there reading this!
Have a great Valentine's weekend!

Monday, February 10, 2014

DCWV February Card Challenge

Wow, It's February already and almost Valentine's Day!
The holidays went by so quickly and now we're on the uphill swing towards Spring!
And, as always, I love to play along with Die Cuts With A View's
February's Card Sketch
Here's my take:
 Without the use of any stamps or coloring,
I made this card using only DCWV papers and part of a simple little
rhinestone headband I found at my Dollar Store!

I LOVE the look of the paper from all of these stacks:
Immortal Love
Midnight Spell
Foiled Cardstock!
The rhinestones really sparkle and add to the glamour of the card!
I never stop in my local Dollar Store without checking out ALL the possibilities!
Hope you enjoyed seeing how simple a card can be, especially with the
right sketch to get you started!
And, because this is a very special time of the year, this will be entered in the challenges at:
Sunshine Mail (Anything with a heart)

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day...

from the little mice's, meeses, mice...whatever...
at the Garber household!
At Christmas time, one of these little guys was caught in a jar!
But since then, they have been running amuck in my house!
Stampendous' House Mouse's and Happy Hoppers are everywhere!
Now they have taken over my front entrance on my Valentine wreath!

Greeting all who come to my door with a friendly
"Happy Valentine's Day!"

Peeking out from behind roses and the bow,
and making sure everything is arranged just so!

My UPS delivery guy was chuckling when I opened the door!
He commented how much his young daughter would enjoy these sneaky little fellas!
I can't wait for my own grandson to see it!
I am entering these seven little cuties in the challenge at the
"Show some Love",
"Love Letters",
"Love is in the Air"
"Anything with a heart"
As a design team member, I will also be posting this on the blog for
"Stampin' for the Weekend" as it incorporates the
theme for the week of the 14th!
They are also having a great prize challenge!
Who doesn't want more flowers this holiday? 
(I used a clearanced $1.20 green pine wreath from Christmas, shaped it into a heart, and spray painted it white.
The rest was easy with  my Copics and some very
patient fussy-cutting!)
Give a BIG hug to someone you love!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Anything but a card!

Stampin' for the Weekend
has chosen
for this upcoming challenge!
Mine happens to include a small, tiny card to accompany it, but the box was a quick answer to a gift-giving problem.  Easy to pack and mail, too!

Supplies used:
Purchased ready-made box
Felt swirls and flowers (Close to my Heart)
Spellbinders (Labels Eighteen)
Stamped and embossed border (Waltzing Mouse)
Sentiment (Unknown)
Doesn't get easier or faster than this!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Happy "Birth" day!

The current challenge over at
is to make a birthday project!
We all have friends or relatives with upcoming
New Year birthdays sometime in the next few months,
so get out your stamps, markers, pencils,
medium of choice, etc. and make a
This can be a simple card, or something a bit more decorative like I did!
I used one of my all-time favorite sponsors (Saturated Canary)
made this very cute frame to celebrate my new granddaughter's actual BIRTH!
I can replace the photo regularly as she grows older.
(just a note:  the photo and mat ARE level, but the wicker frame was so "off", that it was impossible to make it all look straight.  Still a heck of a find for 75cents at Goodwill!))
I love the adorable images at Saturated Canary!
So fun to color! 
I even "scuffed' her shoes a bit!
So head over to "Stampin' for the Weekend" and get in on the fun!
There are always great prizes there!
This challenge is sponsored by "LIVE AND LOVE CRAFTS"!
Have a great week!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

So, "What DOES the Fox Say?"

In this case, it's Happy Birthday!
Using DCWV,
"Green Stack"
I took the song title and made it into a silly birthday card!

The card sketch challenge this month is:
which I promptly flipped on its' side so that the trees could be cut from a banner die and stand upright!
I love this little song and sometimes go around humming it at the house! 
Visit DCWV Diary and enter your own card or layout
following the sketches!
They always have some fantastic stacks to win! And who doesn't want more DCWV paper?
I know I do!
While you're there, check out the CHA photos!  Look closely and you'll see my "Welcome Home" canvas displayed! 
Have a great weekend!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Latest Funny Photo!

This one was too precious NOT to share!
Bet I made you giggle!
10 weeks old and already posing for the camera!
She's definitely related to Hayden!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Baby Update!

The holidays were so super-special because this last year we welcomed our second grandchild into the world! 
For those of you who did not see my previous post
from October,
I have a granddaughter now and she is a cutie!
Christmas is always more fun when you have the little ones,
and it's been just my one grandson for a very long 8 years now!
We had family over for Christmas Day and no one could get enough of little Harper!
She's smiling and cooing now, and makes the cutest little expressions.
Hayden, although a bit jealous at times, loves her dearly and keeps expecting her to be able to be more of a playmate very soon!

Perhaps by summer, Hayden!
So, now that the tree is down, and the Christmas lights are off the house,
normal life can resume.
I am still unpacking boxes from our move, which was just a week following Thanksgiving so it's been a hectic two months for sure!
I am looking forward to a much improved 2014!
I'm taking it one day at a time and trying not to let stress affect my life any more!
We are having beautiful weather here, which is more than I can say for the rest of the country.
We are seriously fortunate to be living in Phoenix during the winter months. Now, ask me how I feel about Arizona come July/August and I'll feel quite differently, I'm sure!
Happy New Year to everyone!
Hugs and best wishes to you and your families!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Let the Christmas Holiday begin!

our current challenge is
I chose to use one of my favorite Stampendous images.
He was originally released for Halloween, but serves nicely as a Christmas owl
when you add snow and a touch of holiday red! 
I was away from my computer when I colored this image, so I wasn't as secure about the
colors as I would have been had I Googled owls.
Colored with Copics, I love the pop of red on his belted top hat and bowtie!
The snow on the branches is a bit difficult to see in the photo,
but gives texture and dimension on the card IRL!  :)
This is how the easel card will appear in the 6 x 6 envelope when I mail it out.
Papers used were DCWV, several of their 6 x 6 stacks of glitters and foils!
Please check out the new challenge at Stampin' for the Weekend!
And please leave a comment so I know you stopped by!
I love the company!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Celebrating Fall with Bugaboo!

This upcoming challenge at Stampin' for the Weekend
is all about Fall!

My grandson very recently became a BIG brother,
and I know that a lot of attention is going to the new baby!

I thought this card would be a great way to remind him
 that Grandma has not
forgotten her "used-to-be-little", big boy!
We are also celebrating his making the
"Principal's List" 
(apparently that's a good thing!)
Using Bugaboo "BB Bratz Ruler Boy" image.
I popped up the little guy so he sits comfortably on the ruler.
The sentiment is an old rub-on from my stash.
If I stick this in the mail today,
he will have it before I see him again!
He loves getting mail!
Thanks for joining us at Stampin' For the Weekend!
If you haven't seen them, check out what the rest of the design team has put together for Fall!
And now on to our upcoming challenge; the theme is Fall colors . sponsored by
Scrappiness Designs!