Monday, July 27, 2015

Heat Wave

I recently joined a two card swap where the theme is HOT!  Here are the two cards I made using two different shy bears drawn by Lynne Stansbery.  They are both colored with Copic markers and chalk.  I computer generated the sentiment and added some shaved ice on top of the "chill" word.

A swap where you only have to make two cards is about the only kind of swap I have time for these days!





Saturday, July 25, 2015

Still Christmas At Paper Ala Mode

We are still celebrating Christmas at the Outlawz Paper Ala Mode challenge this week.  Our theme is Winter Wonderland and we have the optional twist of making a box card.  I love making these, and if you've never tried to make one I encourage you to watch this instructional video to see just how easy it is.

Beccy's Place is sponsoring the challenge this week, and she has so many wonderful images it was hard to choose!  I ended up getting this cute Snowman With Bird and created a box card.


It's hard to see, but the outside of the entire box is stamped with light blue snowflakes.  I added some snowflake paper to the inside flaps along with a computer generated sentiment.  The inside was fun to decorate with different snowflake dies that I added some stickles to.  I finished it off with some blue tinsel for a little more pop.

These cards pack a good punch, but I love that they can still be folded flat for mailing (completely flat if you don't go overboard and add the tinsel like me!)  I hope you'll come play with us!

Today is supposed to be a scorcher.  They have predicted a high of about 99 with a heat index of 117.  I plan on staying indoors as much as possible, although I do have lots of errands to run.  I have been out of town the past two weekends and my freezer meals are rather depleted because I haven't been home to do my usual weekly shopping and cooking.  So today I am grocery shopping and then doing lots of cooking!  Here is my menu this week

Hamburgers and baked potatoes
BBQ chicken thighs, potato salad, and baked beans
Chuck roast with potatoes and carrots
Salmon patties, spinach, and noodles
Ham Omelette and biscuits
I also plan to make spaghetti sauce and taco meat to freeze ahead of time.  Enjoy your weekend!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

A Sassy Christmas In July


Hi everyone!  The Paper Ala Mode Challenge at the Outlawz this week is Christmas In July!  Everyone needs to get a little bit of a head start on Christmas cards, so come play with us!  The sponsor this week is Sassy Studio Designs, and I used this cute Hanging The Wreath Sassy.




It's a Sliding Pop Up card, so when the bottom is pulled, the top portion pops up and reveals a message.  I also like that it remains standing up.  It's an easy card to make!  Here it is opened up



It's colored with Copics and I added a little bit of gold sparkle to the holly die cut background.

Monday, July 13, 2015

2nd sporlight

A lot of people at the Paper Ala Mode challenge had never heard of the spotlight technique I showed you on Saturday, so I was telling them how to mix it up by having several areas spotlighted.  You can use different sized shapes and even different shapes altogether.  I came up with this quick card as a sample for them and thought I'd share it with you too


It's a hot week here - supposed to be about 100 every day this week with a heat index of about 110!  Should make for a very busy week at work!  Stay cool ya'll!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Sunflower In The Spotlight

Hi everyone!  Today's Paper Ala Mode challenge is Spotlight Technique.  This is a fun and easy challenge.  I love that it requires as much or as little coloring as you want to do but always makes for a wow look because of the pop of color.

We are being sponsored by The Stamping Boutique and I chose this cute little Sunflower Girl.  The sentiment is computer generated.

Today I am heading out of town this weekend to go see my sweet little grandson.  I can't wait to see him - he's gotten his first tooth since I was there and his hair has grown so much.  Have a n ice weekend!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Twisted Easel

Hi everyone!



This week The Paper Ala Mode challenge is to make a twisted easel card.  These are always fun cards to make!  Our sponsors are Rick St. Dennis and Sassy Stamps.  I chose a Rick St. Dennis image called Birthday Cupcake.


The little tag says "It's your birthday!" and was computer generated.  I hope you will come play with us - these are such easy cards to make and there are links to tutorials at the Paper Ala Mode challenge page if you don't know how to make them!

Enjoy your weekend!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Shadow Boxes at the Outlawz & Scrapbook time!

Hi everyone!  Today at the Outlawz Paper Ala Mode challenge we are making shadow boxes or Father's Day masculine cards.  I chose this adorable Umbrella Mouse from our sponsor Bugaboo and made a shadowbox and I added the twist of Father's Day by adding a sentiment to the cloud.



I have the image popped up on the back with some foam dots.  The sky was chalked, and I cut the cloud out of felt and chalked the edges of it.  If you look closely you can see how I added rain drops with some crystal lacquer.

Today I completed another page in my grandson's scrapbook.  I thought I'd show you what I have so far so I made a video.  I think I need to get a different kind of scrapbook that doesn't have the plastic page protectors, because I like to add interactive elements and the plastic inhibits the kind of the decorating elements you use too.  I'd love suggestions!  If you can't see the video below, you can just click HERE