Sunday, July 31, 2011

End of the Weekend

Good Evening Ladies,
Another scorcher of a day. Another stamping day with friends and family. So it was a great day.
We had a good time and experimented with products. Can't wait to get a hold of some of the new Tim Holtz stuff.
Here is a card for today....
 I created this card using a Cheery Lynn die cut, a Spellbinder die cut, a handmade carnation, leaves created with a Heartfelt Creations stamp set, a punched Martha Stewart punch, and lace. The carnation is colorized with distress ink. The background paper is by My Minds Eye.
 Side view.....
close up top view.....
A simple card for any occasion. I had fun making the carnation.
Happy Scraps,
Mrs. Swandog

Friday, July 29, 2011

Poinsettia petals

Good Morning Ladies,
Looks like we had more rain overnight. I did not hear it this time. Or I just had a really good nights sleep. I do feel quite rested this morning.
I had fun creating yesterday and here is one of the cards I created....

I created this card using the Poinsettia Petals Pre-Cut set from Heartfelt Creations and a Spellbinders die. I stamped the petals using memento ink on red cardstock and green glitter cardstock. I then cut them out. I created the poinsettia by placing and gluing the petals on top of the spellbinders die cut. This made a great base for this flower. For the center of the flower I sprinkled diamond dust in the center. I colorized the diamond dust with butterscotch alcohol ink. It took just a drop or two. I then glued a jingle bell into the center of the diamond dust. This was all an experiment with the alcohol ink but worked great. I used a Martha Stewart punch to punch the sides of 3 layers of cardstock and dsp. I used red cardstock for the base of the card front. The dsp is from a My Minds Eye christmas stack. To finish this card off I added a green glittery lace.
The Poinsettia Petals set and the spellbinder die can be purchased at
She also has an array of the Martha Stewart punches. Let me just say if you want dies check out Joans.
This card was built piece by piece and I had no idea what I was going to come out with...but it is all good.
Happy Scraps,
Mrs. Swandog

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Happy Birthday 3-D card

Good Morning Ladies,
The humidity must be high outside. My living room windows are all fogged up. We did have a thunder storm blow up in the middle of the night. It left us some rain.
I have been loving the Heartfelt Creations stamps sets I purchased at . Today I bring you another card using one of these stamp sets.
 The flower is a four layer flower popped using pop dots, with a pearl for the center. The vine is from a sizzix bigz die. The frame is from Cheery Lynn Dies. You can also purchase Cherry Lynn Dies from Joan's Gardens. My big question was how do I attach the delicate die frame without showing the adhesive all over the place. My answer was right in my craft studio...US Art Quest matte PPA. It worked wonderful for this application.
 This is the inside of the card.
 A side view to show the popped flower.
Another view of the flower.
Joan's has all the newest cutting edge products. So much fun. And she is the nicest person. to create...
Happy Scraps,
Mrs. Swandog

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Halloween Night Window Card

Good Morning Ladies,
I have not had much time to play so far this week. But an looking forward to Thursday morning when I will have time.
Here is another window card.....
I used the cheery lynn window frame die. You can get this die at My panel underneath is created on bristol board. I stamped the witch in black Memento ink. I then took a piece of paper towel and created the clouds using tim holtz distressed ink. In the foreground I stamped the small branch from stampscapes several times and stamped the bat. I had muslin out from the mixed media canvas in an earlier post so I tore a strip of that. I put tow knots in that and made a tattered curtain to attach to my window frame. I used distressed ink on the muslin to give it the old dirty abandoned house look. This was all mounted on a starry night background paper. What a fun halloween card.
This window die has so many possible creations. I am loving it!
Happy Scraps,
Mrs. Swandog

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Winner of The blog candy

Good Afternoon Ladies,
The winner of the blog candy for the Christmas in July hop is ....


Lori~ Fabulous card!! I ADORE the window!!

 Congrats Silvia!

Happy Scraps,

Mrs. Swandog

Monday, July 25, 2011

Christmas in July blog hop

Hello everyone and welcome to the Vintage Christmas in July blog hop. The list of participants below are here to celebrate Christmas in July with good friends.  The theme of the hop is Vintage. If you were just looking at my blog and want to play along with our blog hopping fun, you can go to the beginning to Dee at
http://vintageheartfeltdesigns​ There will be opportunities to win some blog candy and get some great ideas for your holiday cards. So sit back, and enjoy the hop!

If you would like to participate in the blog candy giveaway, which will be a Sizzix Bigz die and a pack of snowman brads. Please post a comment on my blog and become a follower. If you are already a follower please mention that in your comment.  Also to everyone that leaves a comment, please leave your name and email address so I can contact you if you are the winner. Thank you.


  This card was created using  a Heartfelt Creations winter scene cling mount set of rubber stamps. I stamped the scene on bristol board. I colorized the image using Prisma Color pencil and Gamsol. The clouds were created using paper towel and dye inks by Ranger. The window effect was created using a Cheery Lynn die. I added the window curtain topper with a lattice punch from EK Success and green glittery lace. The christmas wreath hanging from the window is a tiny ornament from HL. I added diamond dust to create a snow effect at the bottom right hand corner of the window. A spellbinder die was used for the sentiment. The background paper is from DCWV. This card was fun to create and the window die has so many other possibilities. 
Your next stop is Sylvia -
 Sylvia - http://www.bellascrapbookdesig​
  This is the entire have fun at the hop...

Denise -  http://vintageheartfeltdesig​

Jennifer Restivo​

Nicolette Sheridan​

Tonya Wilson   http://creativeaddictiontopap​

Carol Carlson  http://cardstockscisso​

Amy Courchaine

Debbie Trevenen  http://debbiescrafttime.blogs​

Kari   http://purplefuntastickcreat​




Pam Bray

Dee -

Happy Scraps,
Mrs. Swandog

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Cloth & Cardstock Embossed Flowers

Good Morning Ladies,
I had another fun day creating with a friend yesterday. We cut out some spellbinders, made a card, and just had a good time.
I had a couple of flowers left over from the challenge over at . So I created this card.....
 I used the cloth and cardstock embossed technique from Lana's blog at The flowers were created using the Tim Holtz tattered flower die. The leaves are stamped on handmade paper and then cut out. I used the heartfelt creations leaf stamp set to create the leaves. The lattice border punch at the top is from EK Success. A spellbinder is used for the thank you sentiment.
This is a side view of the card to show how it is popped off the card with pop dots. My sisters favorite color is purple. I think she is gonna love this card. to create...
Happy Scraps,
Mrs. Swandog

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Sun Flower Card

Good Morning Ladies,
It is still sweltering heat outside. More time to stay inside and create. I hope everyone is keeping cool.
Today I bring you a card I cased from Go check out her blog. She has created the most wonderful cards and projects. She is Joans side kick over at They are two amazing gals.
With out further ado here is my cased card.....
 I used the Cheery Lynn Dies fence, butterfly, angel wings, sunflower. The leaves are a heartfelt creations stamp set.
 A side view shows pop dotted sunflowers and butterfly. The flower stems are hand cut.
The Cheery Lynn dies are amazing. Check out Joan's for all of these dies.
Where will the creative road take me next....I guess I will find that out today.
Happy Scraps,
Mrs. Swandog

Monday, July 18, 2011

Cloth & Cardstock Embossed Flowers Challenge at Joan's Gardens

Good Morning Ladies,
It has just started to rain here this morning. I went with my sister yesterday and put my parents air conditioners in. It's going to be a hot one this week.
I worked on my canvas for the challenge over at Joan's Gardens this weekend and it was so much fun. It did require to make a trip out to Joan's to pick up the leaf die and a few more things just for fun. Thanks Joan for putting up with me when you were so busy. It is ready to be unveiled this morning. Here is the link to the challenge...
The challenge is cloth and cardstock embossed flowers. Here is my take on it....
I decided to make an altered canvas for this project,just because I like to do this type of art.
This is a top view to show the cloth and cardstock embossed flowers at the top. This technique is so cool and makes it so that you can mold and shape the flowers and leaves to your desired effect.  The die I used for the flowers was the Tim Holtz tattered flowers. The embossing folder I ran them through is the Cuttle Bug D'vine Swirl. The inks I used on the flowers is Tim Holtz distress ink in broken china and Adirondack denim.
This is a top view to show my hanger for the canvas. I wrapped the whole canvas with braided jute and attached the hanger with upholstry tacks.
This is a side view at the bottom to show the leaves using the same technique. I used the spellbinders nested leaves to cut my leaves. I used the cuttle bug tiny bubbles embossing folder to emboss them. For inks I used Tim Holtz distress ink in crushed olive and peeled paint.
Another view of the top showing my sun. This was cut from colored chipboard with the big sun die from sizzix.
For my wording I used a saying from a Stampscapes nature set. I stamped this onto bristol board and cut it using the spellbinders large lables. I also cut the mat with the same spellbinder die.
I needed to add a natural element to this canvas. I used reindeer moss to add a touch of the earth.
This is a closer view of the Blue Jay. He came out of a 1930's bird book. My background is done in acrylic paint. I used an 1 1/2 inch house paint brush and a natural sponge to create the background.
I want to thank the guest designer Lana for sharing this technique with all of us. This is going to be one of my favorite techniques.
Now off to get ready for my day job...
Happy Scraps,
Mrs. Swandog

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Dog Walker A Little Hello

Good Morning Ladies,
A nice sunny day outside....I went down and picked up Sam's Port-a-Pit chicken. It is here waiting for him when he gets back.
I'm having a couple of friends over to stamp and play again today. It so fun to get together and create art.
We have new stuff to play with today. One of those things is the new Goosebumps spray that I purchased at yesterday. So I see some flower making going on today.
Here is another dog walker card....

I changed this one up. I used a rubber stamp for the sentiment. I added pearls to it. This background paper is from old stash. I can say I wish I had more of it. Hmmmmmmm....maybe I will find some more stashed away.
I have been watching and reading tutorials. I am learning a lot of new things and trying them out thanks to You really need to visit there. It is a fun place. You will love the challenges you can get in on.
Well....better get going...
Happy Scraps,
Mrs. Swandog

Friday, July 15, 2011

What's New???

Good Morning Ladies,
It looks like rain out there this morning. Another great creating day I think.
I have been shopping and have found a few things that just seem to work for me. LOL Today I have a card for you....
Here it is.....
I created this card using one of the new Whimsy stamps my sister stamped off for me. The other stamp is a dollar clear stamp from Joann's. I find those dollar stamps come in handy and are sometimes a little quirky. I think this is one of those quirky stamps....all the more reason for me to love it! I made the card base using a spellbinder. Plain cardstock seemed to be just right to feature these two stamps.
I have been enjoying doing some challenges here on the internet. This has been making me step even further out of the box. I am expanding my horizons and have met some super people along the way. If you haven't tried challenges you should. to play...
Happy Scraps,
Mrs. Swandog

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Dog Walker Thank You

Good Morning Ladies,
I have been busy playing with a set of CTMH clear stamps. The set features girls walking dogs. A very fun set for me. I have also started using my spellbinders and am now totally hooked.
Here is one of the cards I created using this set....
This was fun and easy using a spellbinder set. The background paper is handmade paper with just a touch of glitter. I stamped and hand cut the thank you and added a pearl to each end. This is also popped up with pop dots. A lovely card to send to a friend or family member.
I called and placed an order at Joan's Gardens this morning and an awesome friend is going to pick it up for me in the morning. Then she is going to stay and play.
Well....I don't want to let the day slip away...
Happy Scraps,
Mrs. Swandog

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Whimsy Stamps

Good Morning Ladies,When my sister came over on Sunday she brought a stack of new rubber stamps from Whimsy Stamps. Oh my they are so cute! She shared some stamped images with us to colorize on our own. I am having fun with them.
Here is what I created using the unicorn stamp.....

I colorized the unicorn with Prisma pencil and gamsol. The holographic doily die is form Cheery Lynn Designs. The rhinestones are from queen & co. The purple mat is from a spellbinders die. The background paper is from a pack of paper from long ago and I don't know the brand.
I spent time playing yesterday while I was doing laundry. A storm came through but our power remained on. I felt pretty blessed on that front.
Happy Scraps,
Mrs. Swandog

Monday, July 11, 2011

Frame Challenge at Joan's Garden

Good Morning Ladies,
The weekend was needed. I had some friends over yesterday to play and create. We did just that with paper and donuts starting at 9 AM.
The night before I finished my frame challenge for Joans Garden
Here is my entry....
 The frame is from Wal-Mart. I used Tim Holtz cardstock to cover the frame and used it to create my background. The garden gate is cut from an old Mother Goose book from the 40's. The little girl is from a collage pack I purchased several years ago. I turned the little girl into a fairy using the Tim Holtz dragonfly die. The outline of the wings are black cardstock and the background of the wings is textured cardstock with alcohol inks. I used the Tim Holtz tattered flowers die, andirondak ink, and a big button to create the flower at the top of the frame. The butterflies and fence die-cuts are from Cheery Lynn Designs. I took a border and corner stamp inked with anirondak ink for the finishing touch.

This was a fun challenge and a technique I will do again. to get ready for my day job...
Happy Scraps,
Mrs. Swandog

Friday, July 8, 2011

Envelope Card

Good Morning Ladies,
Yesterday was a nice calm day for me. I was able to sit down and do some creating. The table is getting messy again. It feels good. LOL
I was creating a Tea Bag Card for the forum over at    
I had to go to split coast to get the directions, when I happened upon an envelope card. I thought it sounded interesting. So I had to give it a whirl. I had great fun creating this card. Here it is....

For all the pieces you end up with to complete this card, it is very simple to create. This is done with an A-2 envelope and a paper crimper. Now I know why I bought that paper crimper all those years ago. And to think I almost parted with it a while back.You just never know what you are going to need.
I revisited the sponging technique for this  card. It worked out pretty well. I used three colors of ink to do the sponging. to get ready for my day job...
Happy Scraps,
Mrs. Swandog

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Dog Show Fun

Good Morning Ladies,
I have been hit and miss because I have been out having fun at dog shows.Yes it's that season again. Just me and Windy out on the open road.
Here is a photo of the some of the fun we have been having.....
We were up in Midland, Michigan running agility this past weekend. Windy always runs her little heart out.
We camped at the dog show and had a great time.
Now I have to get back to some card making. I have so many idea's so little
Well off to get ready for my day job...
Happy Scraps,
Mrs. Swandog