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Updated: 2016-08-14T11:32:37.897-04:00


It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!


 The Nativity figures are up, snow has finally arrived, and I'm nearly ready for Christmas. I'll be spending it with my younger son in Montréal. We'll be Face Timing with my older son and family in South Carolina. As you can see, the House Mouse mice are on their way to a Christmas Eve celebration at church, braving a snowstorm, candles lighting their way. Here's my

Autumn Light


Autumn brings the beauty of pied colour, but also shortening days, morning frost and a change in the quality of sunlight. Even on a clear day, one senses the retreat of the sun in its diluted rays. Darkness comes too soon in the afternoon, and lingers too long in the morning. In this northern city of Québec, the sun does get a bit of reinforcement on clear, sub-zero winter days, when its rays

Think Pink!


In November 1944, when my mother died of breast cancer at the age of 35, the diagnosis of any cancer was a death sentence. Treatments were experimental, and detection was almost always too late. If it was detected, the only way to deal with breast cancer was to remove the breast. Great progress has been made in the treatment and detection of breast cancer, but there's still a lot of room for

Who's Afraid of Ghosts, Goblins and Ghouls?


 In spite of their disguises, the House Mouse mice won't scare anyone. Sorry, guys! I loved putting on a costume and Trick or Treating as much as the mice do. After supper was the best time; just dark enough to lend atmosphere and populate the neighbourhood with imagined ghosts and ghouls, but still safe for visibility. A cup of hot cocoa on my return was always a welcome accompaniment to my

On a Magic Carpet


It's time for another House Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge, The subject is Bingo or Anything Goes. This card is for Bingo, and I chose the vertical middle squares; orange, yellow and green. The green is subtle, because the leaves have put on their autumn colours, and only a little summer green remains on the veins and the stem. The stamp is House Mouse Floating on a Leaf, coloured with

Back to the rain!


The new House Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge is Back to School. A card or other project must feature any of the House Mouse & Friends, Gruffies, or Happy Hoppers, and Anything Goes is the alternate subject. Maxwell, Monica, Mudpie, and Muzzy are on their way to the first day of school. They don't seem bothered by the deluge, semi-protected as they are by the last of the summer's flowers.

Cat and Mouse Games


House Mouse stamps never fail to warm my heart and make me smile. Ellen Jareckie, the artist who designs the stamps, has created a little world of critters who are all friends. She has other lines of animal stamps, but the mice are my favourites. Each mouse has a name and a personality. Mudpie, who's shaking the petals from the tree, is said to be lazy, and has a notched ear, due to his

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings


Stampin' Up Thick Whisper White card stock was used for the card base, the flowered layer is Stampin' Up Sheer Perfection Vellum, coloured on the reverse side with SU Summer Sun (retired) and Garden Green Markers. The Cornish Heritage Farms sentiment was stamped on the front with StazOn Tuxedo Black ink. The cage and bird stamps are from the retired SU set, Nature Walk. This stamp set makes me

By the Sea


We're having a heat wave, which for Québec City, located on the St. Lawrence River, means lots of crushing humidity; 61% at this moment, and it's been higher. So I'm consuming lots of iced drinks, keeping the fans going--no air-conditioning, high heat doesn't last long enough--and as the sun comes around to peer through my NorthWest facing windows and balcony door, I close the blinds. When



What does "summer" conjure up for you? Long, lazy days? Unbearable heat? Vacation with family? Picnics? No school? All of the above? When I hear "Summer", I sigh and go into relax mode. Until I had spent a winter in Québec City, where I now live, I didn't appreciate summer. When it started warming up and the snow banks of that first long winter were almost gone, it was like coming out of



When I think of roots, I generally think of parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, ancestors, the generations of people whose DNA legacy I carry. But blood relatives are not the only contributors to the person I am today. Certainly, the grandparents, in whose nurturing home I grew up after the early death of my mother and absence of my father, taught me the values and morals I hold today.  Two

A Little Love Story


The third issue of the e-zine, Art With No Boundaries, Chris Stern, editor, came out yesterday. If you have had the experience of coming home with a new magazine or book and settling in with it and a cup of tea or coffee--or a glass of wine--feeling like a child on Christmas morning with a new toy, you know what it's like to dip into an issue of AWNB.  You'll find tutorials, inspiration, art by

Stepping Inside the Box


Cards are my usual art form, but I've stepped outside the box--rather, into the box--to do something a little different. The Paper Craft Planet group, Graphics 45, had a Special Project for January;  make a book in a box, using Graphic 45 cardstock. This is what I came up with, using G45 Bird Song cs.  Above, the front of the box. Below, the inside of the box without the book. The paper used

Merry Christmas


I'm looking forward to spending Christmas and New Year's with my sons, daughter-in-law and granddaughters in South Carolina. To all who drop by here, I wish you joy now and throughout the New Year. This is one of the cards I sent to friends and family. The stamp is by Inkadinkado, the ink is SU Night of Navy, cs is SU Night of Navy and Whisper White. Image outlined with silver pen.

Hope in the midst of sorrow


"An Expressive and Innovative Mixed Media Ezine for Paper Crafters, Collage and Assemblage Artists". This is part of the masthead for the first issue of the new e-zine, Art With No Boundaries, which was a blog until Chris Stern, its creator, decided to expand its possibilities. Follow the link to see the creative digital and other art on the site, created

Loss of Innocents


I have heard about the tragedy in Connecticut yesterday, watched the reports this morning, and find it difficult to express my feelings.  Tragedies like this leave us numb.  In thinking of the parents who've lost little ones, I remember that my grandmother and grandfather never got over the loss of my mother, who died of cancer at the age of 35. I still feel her loss, too. I also remember



The top card was made for the October challenge on Art With No Boundaries The images were made with the digital stamp "Haunting Apparition I, Psychosis" by CS Designs. The ghost bats are PSX, the sentiment from Inkadinkadoo. "Psychosis" was printed on coloured paper. I hope she likes the three different looks this gives her, I don't want to think of her

Fall and other delights


I haven't blogged in awhile, but I have been stamping.  I find Autumn an inspiring time, with its joyful colors, it's mix of cold mornings and evenings and summer in between the two. It's a season to celebrate--but then, every season is worth celebrating. The first card was inspired by a Gina K tutorial I didn't have the stamp, ink-



 I run to the beach at dawnTo discover what prizeThe sea’s given up.Just beyond reach of galloping wavesLies a slim, white, riffled case, It’s mariner gone.Waves tease my toes,A breeze fingers my hair,I think of my ownBrave Argonauts.        Kathleen Chabot        17/04/1990  I was thinking of my two sons when I wrote this poem. The older one was married later that year, and I'm happy to

Tales from the Sea


Seashell, seashell, whisper to me,What lies beneathThe tight-lipped sea?Seashell, seashell, sing to me,What kingdoms hideIn the depths below?              Kathleen Chabot              23 Nov. 1956 My entry in the Art With No Boundaries challenge, Rhythm of the Sea, has got me in the mood for sea themed cards. Not that I need much encouragement. Follow the link in my previous post to see what



 What a difference it makes to have an organized craft room! Marc, my son who worked hard to make it happen, thought of so many details that would never have occurred to me. To each his own area of expertise! The two cards at right were made for challenges; Take a bite is for the House Mouse & Friends group on Papercraft Planet,, and Just

In Case You Were Wondering...


...where I've been,  my younger son was creating a fantastic crafting space for me which is now finished.  I also just replaced my worn out printer/scanner. It's such a joy to have a place for everything and plenty of space to create! The first two cards are Newborn Congratulations, the third uses Loreley Sands and Shells, a digital stamp by CS Designs, as is the sentiment, and the fourth is a



  Have you ever felt like walking through the door of home or work and closing it on the responsibilities and people depending on you? I think we all feel like that at least once in our lives. We usually don’t give into those feelings. It’s not the feelings that count; it’s what we do about them. I’ve learned to take a break, to talk to someone, to pray, when I feel overwhelmed. None of

House Mouse and Memories


The House Mouse mice never cease to delight me. I especially like the single images, because they have so many possibilities. The two used here are Contented Mudpie and Mice-tro, Monica wielding the baton. The whimsical music notes are from the Mardi Gras Frogs collection by Third Coast. Techniques used: stamping, embossing with ep, watercoloring, masking. For the “dream” clouds, I cut a

Lost Penguins


If you grew up with Bugs Bunny and friends, you'll recognize the head penguin's excuse for leading his friends astray as Bugs' laconic line whenever he popped up from a hole to discover himself in the wrong place. I miss Bugs and his pals, Yosemite Sam, the Tasmanian Devil, the Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote--I always rooted for him--and all those other Looney Toons characters who gave me, and