Sunday, June 21, 2015

House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge is here!

is our theme for this week's challenge!
With all of the high school, college, and those very
important grade school graduates, this is easy!
Plus, you can include ANY event a friend needs to be congratulated for;
Weddings, Promotions, New House,
any occasion that would be cause for a
Use your imagination and join the challenge!
I chose to create a gift for my grandson who has been promoted from
4th Grade Gifted Program to the 5th Grade Gifted class!
He is such a bright and imaginative kid!
The House Mouse image I used is actually called
I filled the decorative milk bottle from Michael's
with my one of my grandson's favorite treats,
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chex Mix!
I'm so very proud!
Join the fun at
to try and win some prizes!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Precious Moments!

They're celebrating "Holidays"
over at
House Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge!

Birthdays come too often for those of us
who have seen more than a few!
But for the little ones,
it's always a thrill to celebrate yet another one!
My grandson and granddaughter love these little mice
from House Mouse,
so I try to incorporate them whenever possible,
no matter the occasion!
(BTW, we'll be eating cake, not cheese!)
In this case, it's going to be Harper's big 2nd in October!!
(I know, adorable, huh?!)

If you look closely, you can see that this is just a simple step card
turned on its' side.
The adorable papers and brad embellishment are "Baby Mine", Carte Bella
and can be found at
The Scrapbooking Queen's website,
Royal Castle Shoppe HERE!
They also carry the little
Royal Jewels (I used red on this card!)
in so many colors!

And don't forget to join the fun at House Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge!
on Monday, June 8th!
Have a great day!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Cup of Hugs!

For House-Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge,
I've made a card for a dear acquaintance who could really use
a big pick-me-up right about now and is a huge coffee drinker!

I used House Mouse's image, "A Warm Cup"'
and in keeping with the "In the Kitchen" theme,
papers that remind me of vintage kitchen
wallpaper/curtains and a red table cloth.
The little coloring needed was with Copics.
Everyone have a really "Mice" day!
P.S. PLEASE, Let me know you were here by leaving a short comment!
I love hearing from you!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Hey There, Beach Baby!

Having just returned from Florida,
I couldn't resist using this hilarious image from
It's one of my favorite rubber stamps from
Art Impressions
It comes complete with both "halves" of this bathing beauty,
along with the Action Wobble Spring you need to make her either madly waving her arm in the air,
or (as some may have it) wiggle her tushie on the backside of the card front!
Either way, it's bound to get a laugh!
The girls back in Cape Canaveral will get a kick out of this!
So, here's to all the gals and all the laughs we had back at the beach!
Oh, how I miss it already.
Papers: Bella Blvd,
Lucky Starz and Molly Collections
Markers: Copic
All of the great supplies used can be found at the links above!
Hope you're enjoying your summer!
While you're at it, join us at the weekly
Tuesday Challenge at

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Biggest show on earth!

This week's challenge here at The Royal Castle is to
"Make it a 6 x 6 Square"!
Stampendous Stamp used- "Circus"
Graphic 45 Papers
from the "Le Cirque"
More of their great papers are available here at
store blog!

Todays tip:  Always lay out your layered cards before gluing anything down permanently!
It's easier to change things around rather than rip them up later!
 (Trust me on this one!)
Have a great week!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Sweet Days of Summer...

this week, I designed this little card.
Here in Arizona, Summer is here with a vengeance!
Wish I were back at the beach!
House Mouse Cling Stamp
 Colored with my favorite markers, Copics!
Enjoy your week!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Spring means lots of new babies!

At least in the animal world...
I'll be ready for the next "human" announcement I get now, too!
Or perhaps a young one's birthday!
Image from House Mouse, Gruffies, "Bear Blocks"
was used for this card!  Isn't it adorable!
Whether it's mice, bunnies, bears, etc.,
all of the House Mouse critters are just too cute!
Colored with Copics
Pattern papers were
and embellishments are
Hot Pink Royal Jewels,
The Scrapbooking Queen!
Check it out for a great deal on your scrap supplies
at the Royal Castle Shoppe!

(Entered at House-Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge)

Friday, April 24, 2015

Cowgirl Up!

Living in Arizona,
I'm a real sucker for everything
horses and cowboys/cowgirls!
This new stamp is a new release from Dove Arts and is available at many of the local scrapbook stores AND especially on
C.C. Designs Store and Blog!
I love the detail and beauty in all of Jennifer's stamps!
Colored with Copics markers.
Paper used was Best Creations, Cowboy Up!
(which is a kraft/glitter two-sided printed paper)
Kraft paper die cut fence
Silver charms (Ebay)
Jute rope
I created this card with it in mind that I am always needing a card to send to a girlfriend who needs just a bit of encouragement.
I know I appreciate it when someone knows
I'm needing that "hug" and a little "yee-haw"!
I'll be entering this in the challenge over at
Have a delightful Friday!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Happy 60th Birthday!

Sadly, and it's not just me,
but all of my schoolmates from back in the day
are turning, or have turned 60 this year!
(I know, doesn't seem possible that this hot grandma is going to be 60, huh?)
I used yet another adorable image from Paper Smooches
to capture the way we're all feeling...
I paper pieced it and added silver Stickles for the chrome and hubcaps.
The cool retro paper is Echo Park, Graceful.
Oh, and the tires are actually black buttons.  Couldn't resist a more dimensional look!
Popped up the whole scooter.
It is my dream to someday have a Vespa (aka any scooter brand)
and live in a community where I can shop and go pretty much everywhere
on my "ride"!  LOL!
So this stamp set definitely won me over!
Check out the challenge at Paper Smooches Sparks Blog and enter your own creation!
We can all use some more Smooches!
Take care out there!

Maculine Boy's Birthday card !

comes to the rescue!
This grandma was at a complete loss as to what type of birthday card to make for my 10 year old grandson!  
Then I recalled he and I had just recently watched one of our favorite movies for yet another time!  LOL!
In "The Princess Bride", one of the main characters has a
heavy lisp and repeatedly says, "That's inconceivable"!
My grandson thinks it's hilarious and repeats it for several days after watching the film...again.  Kids!
So, after going through my Paper Smooches images, I
 recalled Kim having one of a knight! 
The photo isn't the best. I only remembered getting a picture taken by my daughter
with her cell phone after he opened it at his party.
I'm surprised it survived a direct hit from his little 15 month old sister!
It's an easel card, and he'd never gotten one from me before.
He thought it was petty special.

The heavy metal buckle served well as a "shield" .
However, it's a good thing I didn't have to mail it!
Kids are so much fun when they get to an age where they
can get that type of humor in a card!
This card, along with another I made for a friend's birthday,
are being entered in the challenge at Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge Blog this month!
Also, there's a BLOG HOP going on over there!
On my way!
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

House Mouse welcomes Spring!

The House Mouse challenge this month is:
Check it out over at their challenge blog at
Always a great time and some wonderful designs to look at by both the design team and others who have joined in the party!  And, of course, some great prizes to win!
Here's my tribute to "April Showers" although I would be remiss to mention that here in Arizona, we have yet to see any of this strange phenomenon you call rain!
Come on, Arizona and California, we NEED rain!!!!

Even my desert friends can appreciate the sentiment behind this card.
Now, keep your fingers crossed that this dry spell will be over soon!
My day would be brightened simply by winning some terrific House Mouse product!
Image:  Happy Hopper, "Puddle Fun"
Papers: Bazzill
Embellies:  Bazzill
Markers:  Copics

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)