Saturday, March 29, 2014

Honesty

Hi everyone.  Okay, I just have to be honest here.  I am really happy with the growth of Squigglefly, but it has become increasingly obvious that I am not Super Woman.  Well, maybe I could be some people's idea of Super Woman, but I wouldn't be mine!

Most of you know that I manage the Squigglefly design team.  What some of you may not know is, that I also look for and bring in new artists.   (as a matter of fact we have two NEW ARTISTS joining Squigglefy, and you will meet them in May!)  Once a new artist signs on to Squigglefy, I receive their images, get them zipped and make all previews and thumbnails ready for the store.  I also try to comment on all the design team member's blogs as well as each entry into Squigglefly's challenge blog.    I try to copy and send a link to the artists of each card I see posted somewhere  that uses one of their images.  I LOVE doing all of these things!

But then there is my blog.  I started my blog before Squigglefy, and I adore sharing my cards and enthusiasm for Squigglefly images and digital stamps in general, but the sad truth is that I can't do it all.  So instead of pressuring myself and feeling guilty when I don't have a card to post, I have decided to just enjoy the blogging part of me by only sharing when I've got something to share.  I will be focusing my time more on the Squigglefly end of things.

I do so appreciate all of you who have followed me faithfully through the years, and I hope that you will continue to check in from time to time, but I won't be posting as often.  Thanks so much for understanding, and please keep me in your following list because I'm not gone!


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Birthday Card In A Box

Hi everyone!  Yesterday we got some disappointing news about our veterinary clinic.  Two of the vets there, and they happen to be our most favorite ones - quit!  They are a mother/daughter team and we loved them so much.  They are going to open up their own practice, but it won't be near us so we are losing them.  We found out when we called to make an appointment for Baxter and were told that they were shuffling around appointments between the two vets who are left so there really were no appointments available.  I ended up having to take Baxter in when they opened up yesterday morning and just leaving him until one of the vets could take a look.  It's not the ideal situation with a dog like Baxter who is still scared of people.  The good news is that it's not anything serious.  He has conjunctivitis in his eyes, which will get better soon with the eye drops they prescribed.  I am sure going to miss our old vets though!

Well, let's get on to today's card.  I have a sister who really likes to get cards that are different in some way.  She likes interactive, different folds, anything unexpected.  The last few times she's gotten a card from me she has said "I love your card, but..."
She has a birthday coming up in April, and I thought making one of those ever popular card in a box's that's been going around lately would be just the thing for her.  I have to say, I do like how it turned out, and they really are easy to make.  I also think I need to invest in more dies for future boxes!



This card has no stamping whatsoever!  I used some fun birthday candle and flower dies.  I coated the candle flames in glitter.  Each flower is on a thin strip of black cardstock that I folded in half.  The sentiment is computer generated and I added a little flower punch to that.  Here are views from the sides so you can see the paper I used on the sides, and also the little border I added to the bottom.




Well, thanks for checking in with me today.  I am really going to try hard to get some cards made so I'll be able to share more this week!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Twisty Easter

Hi everyone!  Sorry for missing posting yesterday.  I overslept yesterday morning, and was doing everything I could to leave on time!  I hope you had a good weekend.  I enjoyed mine, but got very little crafting time in, so I'll probably be missing several posts this week!

The card I have to share with you today was made a challenge at the Outlawz where you had to make a card with an unusual fold.  I chose a Twist Turn card!  


I used the Easter Basket Builder Set and the Easter Sentiments by Paulette Long, and Three Easter Eggs by Pamela Lehto.  I glittered the eggs and added a small little butterfly sticker on the front of the card.

There's a fun, new challenge on the Squigglefly blog!  This week is to you polka dots!  I hope you will consider playing.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Have A Grande Day!

Another challenge card today!  This one is for the Alcohol marker challenge at the Outlawz and the challenge is fairies.  I love this plump little house fairy from Squigglefly.  The image has words on it, but I cropped them out and used a sentiment of my own that I computer generated.  



I colored the image with Copic markers and added some crystal lacquer to her eyeglasses.  I also added a crocheted flower with a green brad center and some glitter to her little wings!  I think it turned out really cute.

Psst!  There's still time to play in Squigglefly's challenge and I know there's no winner yet!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Spring Is Popping Up!


Hi everyone!  I hope your week is going well!  I've got a great spring time card that I made for another challenge at the Outlawz - this time it's for Thursday Twist challenge and the theme is Spring!  


I made another of those folded flap cards.  The little flower on the front is on a pop dot, so the flap at the top tucks under.  The fun flowers are from Diana Garrison's cute set of images at Squigglefly called Daisy Pops.   I colored everything with Copic markers and chalked the sky.  I then added a bit of glitter to each flower for some added POP!  Spring is right around the corner, so these little Daisy Pop flowers will get some use the next month - plus the set comes with some great sentiments!

Just want to remind you all about the challenge going on at Squigglefly - it's an easy one!  Just use ribbons and buttons on your card!  You have until Sunday to get your entry in!  Enjoy your day, and I'll see you tomorrow!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

How About A Little Mood Music?


Hi everyone!  I've got a card today that I made for the Color Challenge on the Outlawz where they gave you one color - fluffy white, and then you had to choose two other colors.  You also had to add some kind of twist.  

The Divine Bovine's at Squigglefly have always been near and dear to my heart because there are so many corny puns you can use with them, and I am a real lover of puns!  This particular one is called Divine Bovine Bath.  


My fluffy white is the soap bubbles, and my other two colors are pink and brown.  I have chosen glitter to be my twist.




Monday, March 17, 2014

Don't Criticize

I hope you had a good weekend!  Mine was pretty great.  It was the perfect combination of relaxation, fun, and productiveness.  I made several cards for different challenges.  This one was for the Greeting Card Challenge at the Outlawz where the theme was Coffee and Friends.  




I used Shy Bear Cup A Joe Bear by Lynne Stansbery.  The sentiment was computer generated.  I used Copic markers to color it, and I added a little bit of crystal lacquer to the coffee for some shine.  The embossed flap is held down by the sentiment.  When you open it, it looks like this




Today starts a brand new challenge on the Squigglefly Blog!  I hope you'll check it out and play along with us!  Happy St. Patrick's Day!