Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Pumpkin Teddy Wine Bottle Tag

Since I needed another autumn-themed wine bottle tag, I decided to make one using Acorns Pumpkin Teddy.    I love his little acorn hat.


2012-10-30 Teddy wine bottle tag WM


I printed this image several times.  Once on my white CS so I could color the teddy and 3 times on book papers for the layers of the pumpkin, acorn and leaf.    To color them, I dabbed on ink using a sponge and then added a little shading using Copic markers.  



My family and I  visited Disney World last week and attended Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party.  We had so much fun!   I thought I would share a couple of photos of our costumes.

I was Rosie the Riveteer.  (I hate pictures of myself!  But, I am biting the bullet and sharing anyways.)


Rosie small


Here is a picture of all of us.   My DH is a replacement ref.  (We ran into some other Wisconsin-ites and they really gave him some ribbing!)  The girls, my daughter and a friend, are black cats.  (Hey, check out that bicep!  Thank you Jazzercise!)  Although in this photo it doesn’t look like many people are dressed up, but by nightfall I think about 90% of the people were in costumes.


group edit


In case you don’t know who Rosie is, here is a picture of her.  (Image by J.Howard Miller)


Thank you for stopping by!   I hope you have a fabulous Halloween and hope all my friends on the East coast in the path of Sandy stay safe.


  • Stamps:  Acorns Pumpkin Teddy (digital stamp) from Whimsy & Stars Studio, Tiny Tags & Bitty Background Blocks from Papertrey Ink
  • Inks: Close To My Heart Autumn Terracotta, Honey, & Chocolate ink, Distress Inks Antique Linen ink
  • Papers:  Neenah Crest Solar White CS, Papertrey Kraft & Dark Chocolate CS, Bo Bunny Apple Cider collection paper pad, misc. book papers
  • Tools:  Sewing machine, Big Shot, Papertrey Wine Bottle Tag & Tiny Tags die, Spellbinders Nestabilities
  • Embellishments:  May Arts burlap twine, misc. button



Monday, October 22, 2012

Ornament Angel

Today I have a card using Whimsy and Stars Studio’s Ornament Angel digital stamp to share with you. 


2012-10-23 WSS Angel card WM

I wanted to play around with hexagons in my design.    I used the die to cut out the hexagons and also to emboss my kraft card stock.   I don’t know if it shows up too well in the photo.

I decided to paper piece the ornament.  One of my Spellbinders circle dies was the perfect size.  Since the cards seemed a little flat, I added a few more folded circles to the ornament to give it some dimension.

Thank you for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week!



  • Stamps:  Ornament Angel (digital stamp) from Whimsy and Stars Studio
  • Inks:  None
  • Papers:  Neenah Crest solar white CS, Close To My Heart Mistletoe paper pack, Papertrey kraft CS
  • Tools:  Sewing machine, Big Shot, Spellbinders oval & circle nestabilities, Die-namics hexagon dies, Copic markers
  • Embellishments:  Copic black multiliner, Sakura gold glitter pen, misc. twine & button


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Deck the Halls Birdie

I have another Christmas card to share with you today.  I bought this image last year and never had the chance to color it.  If you have followed my blog for a while, you probably have noticed that I love birds and have several bird baths and feeders around my yard.    So, I just couldn’t resist this cute image.


2012-10-21 Phindy christmas card WM


I colored the little bird to look like a black capped chickadee because they are frequent visitors to my feeders during the winter months. 

I am still having problems with my ink smearing.  I tried to color this image very carefully but if you look closely you might see some smears.   [Please don’t look that close :)  ]  

I even broke out my Stickles and Glossy Accents for this card.  I usually forget to use them or, if I remember, I am too impatient to wait for them to dry so I just skip it.  I’m glad I had the patience to wait this time.  (Or maybe I should be happy that dinner was ready so I had an excuse to walk away so it could dry.)

Have a great week!  Thank you for stopping by!




  • Stamps:  Deck the Halls (digital stamp) from Phindy’s Place, Tiny Tags II from Papertrey Ink
  • Inks:  Close To My Heart Cranberry
  • Papers:  Neenah Crest Solar White CS, Papertrey Kraft CS, Bazzill Basics Pinecone CS, Teresa Collins Christmas Cottage paper pad, Starbucks coffee sleeve
  • Tools:  Sewing machine, Big Shot,  Papertrey Victorian Lace Border & Tiny Tags dies, Die-namics Let It Snow die, Copic markers
  • Embellishments:  Cranberry crinkle seam binding from My Craft Spot, May Arts Burlap twine, Studio 18 gem stone, Diamond Stickles, Glossy Accents


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Snowball Boy

I’m dreaming of a White Christmas…..   Okay, not really.  It is way too early to start thinking about snow, but I am thinking about Christmas cards.  I know if I don’t get started now, I’ll never have enough done by December.     

I had this cute image from Whimsy and Stars Studio in my files and realized I never used him.   So to set things right, I had to make a Christmas card using him.    


2012-10-16 WSS snowball boy WM


I ended up doing some paper piecing because I was having issues with coloring.  Although I am using the same printer, ink cartridge, paper and markers that I always use, suddenly I am having issues with the ink from the image smearing.   I even tried heat setting the image and am still having issues.  Has this ever happened to anyone else?  How did you fix it?  Its driving me nuts!

I’m going to keep this short today.    Have a great week!  Thank you for stopping by!



**Edited to add -   Don’t forget to check out the Featured Stamper Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers.   I’m the featured stamper! 



  • Stamps:  Snowball Boy (digital stamp) from Whimsy & Stars Studio, Signature Christmas from Papertrey Ink
  • Ink:  Close To My Heart Outdoor Denim
  • Papers:  Papertrey white CS, Neenah crest CS, Paper Studio black CS, Echo Park Winter Park paper pad, Stampin’ Up Vellum
  • Tools:  Sewing machine, Martha Stewart edge punch, Big Shot, Papertrey journaling tab die, Die-namics Let it Snowflake die, Copic markers
  • Embellishments:  Twinery charcoal twine, misc. button, Stickles crystal, Fun Flock, misc pom-pom



Saturday, October 13, 2012

Featured Stamper


I received a message today that I am the Featured Stamper at Splitcoast Stampers this week.    How totally cool is that?    

You can see the forum thread and join in the fun HERE.

I’m so excited!  I can’t wait to see how people CASE me.  I hope you’ll join in the fun.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Gingerbread Boy

'Run, run as fast as you can! You can't catch me, I'm the gingerbread man!' – From the classic children’s story, “The Gingerbread Man”.

As usual, when I am crafting, I get something stuck in my head and it just runs over and over on replay.    Any guesses as to what was in my head when I was making this card? 

Well this little Gingerbread Boy from Whimsy and Stars Studio is just too cute to eat.  I printed him on DP and used my sponges and Copics to add some extra character.   I was thinking about adding some CE to the holly berries, but to be honest, I just didn’t want to wait for it to dry.  (And I was worried about smearing it or otherwise messing him up.)


2012-10-09 WSS gingerbread boy WM


This little cutie is my first Christmas card for 2012.  I shudder to think of how many more I need to make.  At least I am getting a [somewhat] early start this year.    Have you started your holiday cards?  How about shopping?  (I haven’t started mine yet.  I am planning a lot of on-line shopping this year.  I love Etsy.)

Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you have a wonderful day! 


  • Stamps:  Gingerbread Boy (digital stamp) from Whimsy & Stars Studio,  Holiday Treats from Papertrey Ink
  • Inks:  Stampin’ Up Cranberry Crisp, Distress Ink Brushed Corduroy
  • Papers:  Papertrey kraft CS, Bazzill Basics CS, Echo Park Season’s Greetings paper pad, Stampin’ Up vellum
  • Tools: Sewing Machine, Big Shot, Papertrey Damask Snowflake and Holly Jolly dies, Spellbinders circle dies, Stampin’ Up edge punch, Papertrey linen texture plate, Copic markers, heat tool
  • Embellishments:  misc. dew drops, Ranger clear embossing powder



Thursday, October 4, 2012

When Pigs Fly

I LOVE this image from Wings & Willows!   Doesn’t this little piggy look joyous?  He puts a smile on my face. 

 2012-10-04 WingsWillows Pigs Fly WM


Here is a look at the image. 



Right now you can get this fun pig or any other Wings & Willows image for 40% off.   Rebecca is having a fall sale through the end of October.   Just use the code FALLWINGS when you check out for the discount.


Thank you for stopping by!  Have a great day!



  • Stamps:  When Pigs Fly (digital image) from Wings & Willows
  • Inks:  Distress Ink Tea Dye
  • Papers:  Neenah Crest solar white CS, Papertrey kraft CS, Bazzil Basics Circus Peanuts CS, My Mind’s Eye Six By Six Away We Go paper pad
  • Tools:  Sewing machine, Big Shot, Papertrey Journal Tabs die, Copic markers, ProvoCraft Seeing Spots embossing folder
  • Embellishments:  May Arts burlap twine, mix button



Wednesday, October 3, 2012

{Belated} Birthday Blog Candy Winner!

Wow!  I can’t believe the response to my {Belated} Birthday Blog Candy!   Thank you to everyone that joined in the fun.    



So, you are probably wondering who the lucky winner is for the five 6x6 paper pads, 3 rolls of washi tape, and a sample pack of baker’s twine.      


(Insert the imaginary drum roll here…..)



#39 – Iris


Congratulations Iris!  Please email me at shestamps11-blogs(at)yahoo(dot)com with in the next 2 weeks with your mailing address and I will pop your candy in the mail.


Thank you again to everyone that joined in the fun!   Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Autumn Angel

Happy Tuesday!   I have a brand new, autumn-themed digi from Whimsy and Stars Studio to share with you today.   Mabelle will be putting this new image, Autumn Angel, in the shop today.  Isn’t she a sweetie?


2012-10-02 WSS Autumn Angel WM


Here is a look at the image and sentiment.



Be sure to stop by the Whimsy & Stars Studio blog and leave a comment by October 4th. Mabelle will be giving away one of her new digis to a lucky commenter. You can find all the details on the Whimsy & Stars Studio blog.


If you love Whimsy and Stars Studio digital images, be sure to check out the design team call!


Thank you for stopping by!  Have a great day!



  • Stamps:  Autumn Angel (digital stamp) from Whimsy and Stars Studio,  Tiny Tags from Papertrey Ink
  • Inks:  Close To My Heart Autumn Terracotta & Chocolate inks
  • Papers:  Neenah Crest solar white CS, Papertrey Kraft & Dark Chocolate CS, My Mind’s Eye Stella & Rose Mabel paper pad
  • Tools:  Sewing machine, Big Shot, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Fiskars edge punch, Papertrey Tiny Tags die, Copic markers
  • Embellishments:  Diamond Stickles, May Arts burlap twine, misc. buttons, Studio Calico Autumn jewels