Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Flower cards

Hi everyone!  I'm back with a few more cards to share.  These all use the image by Joy Hall called My Mother My Friend from Squigglefly.  I colored each one with Copic markers and blended a little yellow ink with some white gesso to make the little yellow stamens.  

The sentiment was done on my computer and just added to the image before printing.  

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Some cards

Hi everyone!  Well after my last post my computer died on me!  Luckily I had most of my important stuff backed up on an external drive, but I did lose my folder that had pictures of cards I had done to put on my blog.  Oh well, there's nothing I can do about it now.  

It took a week for my new computer to come.  Stores don't have stockpiles of  computers anymore - they all have to order them.  I was really glad to have my laptop during that week.  I'm happy to say that the new computer came and gave me no trouble when installing my programs.  

I had to go get a flu and TDAP vaccine because my daughter told me that the doctor said we needed to if we wanted to be around the baby when he is born.  I was fine the first couple of days, but the 3rd day the injection site of the TDAP swelled up, got red, and itched.  Then yesterday my shoulder really started hurting - range of motion in that arm is awful.  I don't know if it's related to the shot or not, but if it's not better soon I will be heading to the doctor.  

Anyway, I have some cards to share!  The first one uses a brand new image from Squigglefly artist James Horvath called Raiding The Fridge.  This is pretty much what our house looked like the week after Thanksgiving only add one more dog and a cat!

The next few cards all use the same Squigglefly image, Ho Ho Ho Snowmen by Cheryl Alger.  I really enjoyed coloring these and adding glitter to the star.  It's also a nice change from the usual A2 sized card.  These would fit nicely in a business sized envelope.  You can get two cards from one sheet of card stock.  NOTE to Foofygirl who asked what size I made the image - This was sized to be about 6" long so I have about 1 1/4 inch on either side of the image.  

I have a few more cards to share in the next couple of days.  My mojo is slowly returning and I am taking it slow!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Things For Babies

Hi everyone!  I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving and that you are enjoying your weekend.  I finally got into my craft room the past couple of weeks and actually created a few things!  It felt like an alien thing at first, but soon I was happily in my groove making cards and other things.

My daughter, Ashley who owns Squigglefly asked if I would print out this image and color it for a picture she could hang in her baby's room.  Some of you may remember that she is expecting my first grandchild on Christmas Eve.  Well, that was the impetus I needed to get me back!  I printed it out and colored it with Copic markers and then matted it with some designer paper and framed it in a frame I had.

Then a very dear lady I've recently become acquainted with, Pam Graham, sent me a drawing she did of a mama and papa bear with a baby bear.  I printed it out, colored it with colored pencils and went to Hobby Lobby to find a frame.  I found a white frame that was perfect, and I used a chalk ink pad to color a section of it.

I think it turned out so darling and I can't wait until she receives it!

While I was at Hobby Lobby I found a frame that I really liked, but it didn't work for the picture of the bears.  Regardless, I kept going back to it and finally I bought it anyway thinking I'd find something to do with it.  While I was walking through the store, I thought about using the frame to make a name plaque.   I went over to the wooden letters to see if his name would fit in the frame, and it was a perfect fit!

The inside of the frame was a chalk board, but it pried off easily.  I covered it with some designer paper and then I covered each wooden letter with scrapbook papers and adhered them to the inside of the frame.  I added some little wooden animals that I also picked up at Hobby Lobby.

Then all I had to do was nail the backing back onto the frame!  It stands up with an easel on the back, and I think it is so cute!

I have also made a few cards, but I will share them with you another time.  Thanks for staying in touch with me!

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Sheltie Dutch Boy?

Hi everyone.  I just had to pop in for a minute to show you what I came home to after work today.  Wait - let me back up and show you this picture of Baxter

So I get home from work today to find this

and the other side

Now you may be thinking he got into something and his hair had to be cut off, but NO!  Brock just took it upon himself to give this beautiful dog a hair cut!  He looks like a little dutch boy!  Poor guy!  I am not happy about it either!  Good thing for Brock that hair grows back!

Monday, July 7, 2014

My blog has gone to the dogs

Hi everyone!  I'd like to give a huge thanks to those that wrote me with suggestions on my tape gun problem.  It did end up getting resolved!  The problem I was having is that the tape rolls were warped which caused them not to sit flush on the black wheel.  After much experimentation with different things, pushing the tape down and making a shim to fit under the little plastic knob worked.  You can see what I'm talking about in this updated video

Yesterday the Outlawz Clean and Simple Challenge was to make a card with a dog.  I made two!  The first one uses a retired Squigglefly image.  Colored with Copic markers.

My second card uses two images by James Horvath.   Here is the front of the card using Dog Artist.

I colored with Copic markers and chalk.  The sentiment was computer generated.  The background is some of the fun patterned duck tape!  For the inside I used Digger.

Now it's Monday and time for me to get ready to go back to work.  I really enjoyed this three day weekend!  And since it's Monday, that means there is a new challenge on the Squigglefly Blog.  Maybe I'll actually find time this week to play along!  

Sunday, July 6, 2014

New Cards - and a question

Hi everyone!  I did a little playing with some of the soon to come - should have already been released images!  I PROMISE you that I will be on Ashley's back today to get them in the store pronto, but in the meantime, here are some sneak peeks!

This one uses a really cute set from Carmen Gamble called Birds On A Wire.  It comes with the sentiment and the birds are divided up into three different little sets so you don't have to use them all.  I just connected mine with a little micro fine black ink pen.  I also connect the line to the sentiment.

 I used chalk for the sky background and added a little bit of glitter to some of the birds.

My second card uses an image from Sandra Caldwell that is perfect for summer.  It's called Ladybug Daisy.

I added some glitter to the ladybug's wings, some crystal lacquer to the body, and then some brown puff paint to the center of the daisy.  The background was also chalked on this.

On another note, I've got a Scotch ATG tape gun that I've had for quite a while.  It is only in the past couple of months that it has started giving me a problem with the tape rolling off the rollers when I use it.  I am using the same kind of tape I've always used - Scotch brand.  I finally made a short video showing the problem in the hopes that someone will know what is going on.  If you have one of these tape guns, could you take a look and let me know what you think?  Here's a link in case you can't see the video on my blog -

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

My Sabbatical Ended This Weekend!

Hi everyone!  Well, I really didn't intend to take such a long break.  It just turned out that way.  I have been busy with Squigglefly stuff and have gotten a little bit of crafting done, but not much.
Did you hear the news on the blog that July's release is going to include three new artists?!  Isn't that exciting?  I can't wait for you to see all the new images.

This past weekend I did find myself with some time to play in my craftroom.  It was almost like starting over since it's been so long since I made a card!  But I guess card making is kind of like riding a bike because I made three cards!  Granted, they are very simple cards - but I like how they all turned out!

This first one is for the Teaparty at Splitcoast Stampers.  Our cards are going to a little three year old girl who loves pink!  She contracted e-coli and is having to have dialysis treatments.  Here's the card I made

The image I used is by Niina Niskanen and is called Bunny With Tulips.  I colored with Copic markers and computer generated the sentiment.  I couldn't resist giving him rosy cheeks!

The next card I made is one for my boss's son who has a birthday coming up soon.  He is a baseball player and loves baseball, so I chose Baseball by James Horvath for his card.

Once again, I used Copics to color with.  I chalked the sky and computer generated the sentiment.

My third card was made for my stash which has dwindled down to nothing!  I used Sandra Caldwell's image called Flower Tips.  It was a fun one to color!