Thursday, April 30, 2009

Sweet Birthday

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Lots of people asked about the googley eyes I used on yesterday's gum ball spider. I got those eyelashed googley eyes at Hobby Lobby.
I needed a quick birthday card so I turned to a little bitty clear Studio G stamp set that I got in the Michael's dollar bin.

The ice cream cone is colored with copic markers and the background paper is some digital paper I got a long time ago as a free download, but I can't remember where I got it.
The Happy Birthday is ribbon also purchased a long time ago and I don't know where. I'm not real helpful today am I?
Well tomorrow is the first day of the One A Day In May and I will be back here with a card using the first image! I can't urge you enough to take advantage of the pre-order while there's still time!
Have a great day, and thanks for looking!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

And now for something completely different...

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Hi everyone. I don't have a card to show you today. I think sometimes I just have to do things other than cards to keep my mojo from burning out. I'm not posting just to tell you no card today though!

There is a lot next door to our house and there is a large gum tree on the lot. The gum tree sheds these little round balls (appropriately called gum balls) all over the ground. These can be deadly when you walk on the lot because they roll under your feet!
Here's a gum ball

The other morning when I went to walk Riley I almost fell after rolling my foot on a gum ball and that's when I decided to show you what I used to do with these gum balls when my kids were little

LOL! Yes, I'd make big ol' hairy spiders out of them! Of course it was usually around Halloween and not in April! I'd tie some fishing line to the tops and hang them from trees, and some of them I'd stick in the screens on the windows. They're pretty creepy looking aren't they? You don't have to wait until Halloween; put one in the car seat of your spouse and it'll jump start their day! LOL!

Okay, tomorrow I'll be back with a card. Thanks for stopping by and have a terrific day!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Dancin' With My Daddy

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Hi everyone! I have a card today that was made for one of the Splitcoast Stampers vsn challenges. This challenge was an interesting one. The theme of the whole VSN is Las Vegas, and this particular challenge was based on blackjack. Different point values were given for various card elements and you had to try to get as close to 21 as possible. Here's my card

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Isn't this just the cutest image? I can remember my dad letting me stand on his feet so I could "dance" with him. Anyway, this card adds up to 21 for the blackjack thing. I got five points for each stamp used. I used the digital stamp First Dance from squigglefly, and I used the Stampin Up background stamp Filigree.
Then I got three points for the designer paper, 3 points for the brads (one each), and then one point for each layer. I counted the card itself as a layer, the scalloped rectangle is a layer, the image is a layer, and the sentiments as a layer because they are popped up over the image.
This was a fun card to make adding up the points as I went! My dad isn't here to give this to, so I'd like to give it to someone who could use it. First person to comment saying they think I'm fabulous will get it. LOL! Just kidding! First person to tell me they'd like to have it will get it.
Thanks for stopping by and seeing what I've done. I hope you have a fantastic day!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Gardening Fun

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I hope you didn't come here just because the title led you to believe I had a bunch of pictures of my garden to show you because that is not the kind of gardening fun I had yesterday!
Yesterday I played with the gardener image from squigglefly. Chesney mentioned to me a while back about cutting the rear end of the gardener off and popping it up and somehow making it shake. I thought about how to do that, and decided to make it wriggle by making it a tilt card. Here's the card

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and here are a couple more shots showing the "tilt"

directions for the tilt card can be found here. The font is called cool dots and you can get it free here. Now you know I'm gonna show you the inside of the card

LOL! I saw that on a t-shirt site and had to use it!

Okay, now I have to give you a little background to my next card. Right after I made this card for the saturday cinema challenge, I posted it in my photo album on the squigglefly yahoo group and asked everyone if they thought it was too risque to post. Some people thought I was silly to be worried, but I explained that I had had someone unsubscribe from my blog before and gave the reason for unsubbing as "offensive content". This led to a little more discussion between me and squigglefly design team member Debby Boltman. Debby jokingly said I should make a card with the gardener image and have a stick in the butt. Well, you know I had to do it don't you?

and closer

LOL! yes, that's a real piece of stick I found on a walk with Riley. I cut a slit at the top of the belt and poked it in! And now for the inside

This card is being sent to Debby of course, but I'm sure we all know people we'd like to give a card like this to for real! Well, I hope you got a chuckle or two out of these. I know I sure giggled while making them! Have a great day, and thanks for looking!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Things With Wings

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The DareU2DigiStamp challenge this week is Things With Wings. You can interpret the wings thing however you want. I chose to use an image that has a winged thing on it! Pretty obvious choice, huh?

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I used squigglefly's Sprite Friends and colored it with copic markers. Then I stamped in various shades of green a little stamp from a Stampin Up set called Watercolor Minis to make it look like they are sitting on the branch of a tree.
I chalked the sky behind them. With the shimmery paper, the ribbon with bow,and the glitter on their wings this card also qualified for one fo the challenges in the May 09 Mini VSN taking place at splitcoast stampers! I love knocking off more than one challenge in a card!
I hope to find time to play in more the challenges before the deadline! Also, Freida I haven't meant to ignore your question about the envelope. I don't follow a template for envelopes. I usually just make them as I go. I think I will make a short video to show you how I do them so stay tuned!
I hope you are all enjoying your weekend, and thanks for looking!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Rose Sachet

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Hello! I hope you are off to a great start to your weekend. I'm afraid I don't have a card to show you today, but I do have this cute box!

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I got the template from Jen Del Muro, and it was super easy to make. You can find the template here. The hardest part was deciding on an image to use! I finally chose to use the smelling sweet image from squigglefly.
I did my handle a little differently than Jen did and just punched two small holes to thread my ribbon through. I used a label nestabilities die to cut my window, and embossed the box with the swiss dots embossing folder.

I colored the girl with copic markers and cut her out and just glued her to the outside of the box. The little tag was made with a Stampendous stamp.

The box is filled with some rose scented sachet which I thought went perfectly with the image. I was originally going to put a rose candle in the box, but I couldn't find any rose scented ones that fit. The box will hold 4 tea light candles, and I suppose I could have put a different scent in there but for some reason I was stuck on the rose thing. I think when the smell runs out of the sachet I will empty it out and put in some tea lights and give it to a friend. It was fun making a box though; I haven't done that for a while.

I don't have any pressing obligations this weekend. Tonight we are going to eat at a friend's house so I don't even have to cook dinner! On second thought, I'll empty this sachet out now and give her some scented tea light candles in this box as a thank you for cooking for us!
Enjoy your Saturday! Thanks for looking!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Brace Yourself

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Happy Friday everyone! Today I have a card that uses the Braces image from squigglefly. This card took me a long time to finish and I think you'll see why

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Let me tell you, threading that wire through those holes was a chore! I was originally going to go through two holes and have it wired like braces, but it was just too bulky and I knew it wouldn't mail well like that. So I settled by just threading the wire.

I followed a sketch from Our Creative Corner. I think it's a cool looking sketch and I will probably use it again soon.
The words were printed out in a font called Barbarello. Isn't it a fun one? I just did a search for wired fonts and found that one.
You can download the font here if you like it.

Spring has left us here and I'm afraid summer has arrived. It was nearly 90 degrees yesterday and we had to turn on our air conditioning. I will have to start getting up earlier in the mornings to walk Riley before the heat sets in. Summer is not my favorite time, and unfortunately where I live we have more than five months of it!
Well, enough complaining from me. I hope you all have perfect weather and a wonderful Friday. Thanks for looking!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Card Winner

Okay, I'm back to announce the winner of yesterday's card. picked #6 which makes Becky the winner! Becky, send me an e mail at with your mailing address and I'll get this out to you!
Thanks everyone for the comments!

Kitty Balloon

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Happy Thursday everyone! There is only one week left to pre-order the One A Day In May special at squigglefly. I think a lot of you not ordering it will be kicking yourself later when you see the new images being released; because the ones I've seen are great. Plus, you have a chance to get a $30.00 gift certificate to the store of your choice if you win my sweet deal! So far there's only a handful of people in my drawing.

If you haven't yet commented on yesterday's card and you'd like a chance to win it, then go post a comment here. Also, every other Wednesday when it's card giveaway day I always say the card will come with a matchin envelope in case you want to send it to someone. Sometimes It will be a colored envelope that goes well with a color on the card, or sometimes I will stamp a little flower if it's appropriate for that kind of card. Sometimes I can't think of anything to put on an envelope and I send a plain white one. This week however, I thought I'd show you the envelope!

I used the same tribal flourish on the same paper and cut a plain piece with a label die for the address. Cool huh?

Speaking of yesterday's card I had several people ask me what a postoid stamp is. Simply speaking, a postoid looks like a postage stamp, only there are all kinds of designs and some come with cancellation marks. You can see all kinds of samples of postoids here if you're interested!

Today I used a cute Penny Black image that I got from a friend. I originally started this to take part in a challenge on the Penny Black Friends Challenge Blog, but I couldn't seem to get the sketch to work for me, so I ended up just making it a card and not following a sketch.
The happy birthday sentiment is from Stampendous.

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I colored this with copic markers and all the papers are from K and Company. I used pieces of fabric to knot through the buttons. I like that better than thread I think.
Well, I'll be back a little after noon to let you know who wins the card! Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Inspired to Give This Away!

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Happy Wednesday everyone! I thought I'd try to answer the question Stef posed to me yesterday; "Where do you get your sentiments? Do you really just think them up?"
Well, some of them I do just think up and some I get from asking people to look at a card and tell me what they think it should say. Be warned however if you ask people you may get an answer you don't like! Remember this post? And sometimes I will google something about what the card is for and if I'm going for funny I might type in humor along with that. Yesterday's card for example was an anniversary card, and I did go to google and type in anniversary humor and found that sentiment. Just go to the store and browse the card aisle for ideas. Another really good thing is to look at T shirt slogans; there are a ton that work great on cards!

Today's card is one made for the inspiration challenge on Splitcoast stampers. The inspiration for the challenge was to be something from an online store called Skeem. She picked out three of her favorite things we could use for inspiration or we could go pick out something ourselves. Here is the item of hers I chose to use for my inspiration

As soon as I saw that I knew I wanted to use some flourish stamps stamped with white on acetate. I used one of the images from the brand new Tribal Pack that squigglefly has and shrunk it down to about 1/2" and printed it all over a piece of turquoise paper for my background.

I stamped a flourish from Autumn Leaves and a flower image and poem from Chapel Road in white Stazon on the acetate piece. the acetate is held to the paper with a sliver eyelet in each corner. I threaded some silver cord through the top two eyelets.
I really wanted to stamp a postoid on the upper left side of the acetate, but I couldn't find a single postoid stamp in my collection! How unbelievable is that? I mean not the fact that I couldn't find it, but the fact that I don't have one! I think I used to, but I never used it or was into postoids too much so I gave it away or sold it or something. Anyway, that's the only thing I think would have made this better. Today is card give away day, so maybe the person who wins this card will have a postoid stamp they can use there!
Over all, I think I captured the inspiration piece pretty well! If you would like to win this card with a matching envelope, just leave a comment on this post and tomorrow around noon I'll have pick a number!

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have a terrific day!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Anniversary Couple

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Hi everyone. Wow! Last night was wonderful. If you ever have the chance to see a broadway production of Jesus Christ Superstar I urge you to go. It was fantastic! The only thing that was bad about it is that it was on a work night and we aren't used to getting home so late on a weeknight!

Here's a card I made for a sketch challenge on Papercraft Planet.

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The only thing I don't like about this card are the green strips on the top right and bottom left, but the sketch did have a three part element there.

I used the Cheek To Cheek image from Squigglefly and colored it with copic markers. The words are computer generated. I know you'll laugh at what I put on the inside

LOL! Well, I have one more challenge card I've completed and I'll post that tomorrow. Plus, it's card give away day, so you'll want to come back for that! Have a great day, and thanks for looking!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Pardon My Interruption

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I interrupt your regularly scheduled posts to bring you a second post in one day! I've been kicking out the challenges over the weekend and finished the featured stamper challenge on splitcoast stampers last night, so I wanted to share it with you now.

here is the card I CASED for the featured stamper challenge.

and here's the card I made using Madison and Popples from squigglefly.

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I colored with copic markers and had to stop myself from chalking around the background. I chose not to though, because the card I was casing didn't have any kind of background. The picture doesn't show the true color of the ribbon; it matches the pink in the card perfectly.
I added a little diamond for her earring and printed the sentiment on my computer with a font called FG Jayne.

Now about the sentiment; I printed out the exact same thing as the card I cased had. I thought about changing it to something more my style and saying something about "I'd clean up after my dog if they had cute, pink doggie bags", but then I decided to leave the front as is and I think on the inside I'll print
"Because it's less awkward to ask a friend to do the scooping!"
This was a great featured stamper to CASE. She has a gallery I just love and plan on doing more cards inspired by hers.
Okay, back to your regularly scheduled posts now! Thanks for looking!

Monkeying Around With Challenges

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Happy Monday everyone! I told you yesterday I was playing with some challenges and today's card is one made for the challenge at I {heart} 2 Stamp which was a sketch challenge.

I picked the image Monkey Business from squigglefly to use for this challenge. I think this monkey is so cute, and he was such fun to color!

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There's not a lot to tell you about this. The image was colored with copics and the designer paper is from Stampin Up. The inside of this card says "It's your birthday, so have some fun and monkey around". I know, not the most original idea in the world, but I needed more birthday cards!

Tonight we are going to see Jesus Christ Superstar. I can't wait!
I hope you all have a fantastic Monday, and thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Feel The Love Of A Challenge

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Well yesterday after re-doing my balloon cheeks girl I was at a loss on what to make next. So, I went to blog land and searched up some challenges to get my creative juices moving. When I got to the Cinema Saturday blog and saw that the challenge was to make something inspired by the movie The Lion King I knew exactly what image I wanted to work with!

The lion cub image from squigglefly of course! All while I was making this card I was humming "Can You Feel The Love Tonight?" so that was still playing in my head when I was trying to come up with a greeting.

This card is going to my hubby of course! LOL!
I have to say that even though I found this to be an amusing little card to give to him, I was a little concerned some people might not find this funny. So before I posted this I went to the wonderful girls at the squigglefly yahoo group and asked them what they thought. They all saw the humor in it I intended so I felt better.

I colored him with copic markers and chalked the sky and the ground. I just used the cut out portion of a circle die cut to make the big moon behind him.
But look! Did you notice the stitching around the image? I finally used my sewing machine! Cool stitch it makes huh?
I found some more challenges that I want to do and I'm working on those today.
I hope you have a great day, and thanks as always for looking!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Dare You Re-do

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Okay, I told you I'd show you how the card looked if I re-did the balloons, so here you are

better? not much difference? I am thinking about changing the sentiment and sending it to my friend. Know what the sentiment would read?

Do these balloons make my cheeks look fat? LOL!

Have a great day!

Dare You

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Alright, here goes. I wanted to make a card for the Dare You 2 Digi Challenge which was to use pink and green. Not too hard, right?
So I looked for an image and planned a card.
I ended up picking out the Whistling Girl from squigglefly and here is my card

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I was really proud of the sidewalk I drew (learned that from Lauren!) and I think her shadow on the sidewalk turned out cool. I chalked the sky and the greeting is computer generated with a font called CK Becky. I attached the balloons with pop dots and taped some thread to the back of the balloons. then I cut a little slit in the line at the top of her head and inserted the threads and taped them to the back of the image.

So now that you've seen the card let me tell you the conversation I had with my best friend half and hour before I finished the card.
She comes over to walk her dog with me and Riley and I'm just finishing up the card and need to come up with a sentiment. So I show her the card

ME: I'm trying to come up with something for this card to say.

HER: How about "I'm a big fat pig?"

ME: What are you talking about? She whistling so her lips are pursed!

HER: She looks like a little pig! Look at her fat cheeks!

ME: Well, she's looking up and at that angle cheeks look like that. What do you think of the balloons, does it look like she's holding them behind her back and they're blowing back behind her?

HER: No! It looks like she's wearing some kind of weird hat!

So on that note I put it aside, we walked, and I came home and finished the card. Fast forward to a couple of hours later. My daughter Chesney comes over and I show her the card.

ME: I made this card for a challenge where you are supposed to use pink and green.

HER: Well, it qualifies for that.

ME: Let me tell (starting to tell her about the conversation I had earlier)

HER: Do you know why it looks like the balloons are coming out of her head?

ME: (exasperated) You don't think it looks like they are behind her?

HER: No, but I'll tell you why.

And she did explain that the strings come together right at the top of her head and that if she was holding them, they'd come together at her hands so I should spread the strings apart at the top. AH! makes sense, and maybe I'll take it apart and re-do it some time, but some days you're just better off not crafting! If I do the strings right, I'll show you the "after" shot.

UPDATE: card re-done here

Before I go, I wanted to let you know that Squigglefly has two new sets up and they are by a new artist joining the team. Swing by and take a look!
Have a wonderful day, and thanks for looking!

Friday, April 17, 2009

TuTu Fun!

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Happy Friday! The most wonderful day of the week because the promise of the weekend lays before you. Wednesday it seemed like the week was racing by, and then Thursday dragged so I'm more than happy it's Friday today.

I was at Hobby Lobby last weekend and picked up a package of assorted glitters that were intriguing because they were like little hairs. I got a package of 6 colors including gold and silver for less than $4.00. Anyway, I wanted to make something and use some of this glitter to see how it looked on a project.

I picked Trudy In A Tutu because I figured her tutu would be cool to glitter and plus I needed to make a birthday card for a little girl who will be turning three next month and I thought Trudy was an image she might like. (boy that was a long sentence!)

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I colored her with copic markers and chalked a little around her. I used a Martha Stewart border punch on a dark pink cardstock and put that around the outside edges. I felt like the piece needed some designer paper on it somewhere, but I didn't like the way any of it looked when I put some on there, so I ended up just punching some flowers out of some designer paper and added them.

The words were printed on my computer in a font called Kristen. Then I embossed with a swiss dots border embossing folder just part way above and below the sentiment. The only thing about going part way in is that I had to fold my card and the embossing folder left little lines on the inside of the card. Here's the inside

If you click on it you might be able to see the lines. I'm going to try rubbing my bone folder on them later to get them out.
But, isn't the glitter cool? Here's a close up

I think the green will be neat to use as grass on something. The gold and silver will be pretty on Christmas cards!

I've been thinking about what I will have as my prize for the One A Day In May sweet deal!, and I've about decided it will be a $30.00 gift certificate to a store of the winner's choosing. That way I won't be giving something I have to mail out and there isn't a chance it will be something you already have!

Well, have a wonderful day whatever you do and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

I'm excited!

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I am excited because I actually got to make a card for the sketch challenge on Splitcoast stampers on the day of the challenge! That's rare for me. This was an easy sketch, and I had fun making this silly card.

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This uses one of the new images Squigglefly just released called Betty Bloodhound. Surprisingly I didn't color her with copic markers! I used colored pencils and blended them with odorless mineral spirits. I liked the softer look for this image.

I had a heck of a time coming up with something for this card to say. I thought on it all day long. I was thinking of going political with it and saying something about the stimulus plan, and then I was thinking of something to do with sniffing or scent, but while I was making the card it finally hit me what to say.

I printed this with a font called Berylium. I know you want to know what the inside says don't you? Okay, I'll tell you.
It says
"did you want me to tinkle on your leg?"
LOL! If you've ever had a dog that tinkles when they're excited then you can't help but laugh at that!
I'm also excited today because we got tickets to go see the broadway production of Jesus Christ Superstar on Monday night! Can't wait!
Well, I hope you have a great day today, and thank you for stopping by here to see what I made!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Dream BIG

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Hi everyone! This week is speeding by isn't it? Last night I finished making up this card.

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I used the squigglefly image Me And the Flowers and colored it with copic markers. I chalked a sky background and then added a big dollop of crystal lacquer in the center of the flowers and poured on some of that chunky black glitter. I was going to put some brown sand on it but I couldn't find my colored sand. In the end I like the black chunky glitter better anyway; it looks like these flowers are loaded with sunflower seeds! LOL!
Here's a close up of the chunky glitter

Doesn't it kind of look like sunflower seeds?

I used a scalloped rectangle nestabilities die and cut just the front leaving the folded edge un cut. I tied a sheer orange ribbon around the top scallop. I wanted bright yellow, but the only yellow ribbon I have has white dots on it and I didn't want that. The designer paper I used to mat the image on the front is also used inside the card so that the scallops show up better when the card is closed. Here's another view of the card partially opened.

The words were printed on my computer with a font called Batik Regular on a lightweight linen paper so you can kind of see the image through the paper.
I think it turned out cute! What do you think?

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Nature's Watercolor

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Are you ready to have a little fun with your cuttlebug today? I really wanted to show you this with a video tutorial, but I just haven't had anyone over here to help film while I've had time to do it, so you will have to settle with a photo tutorial instead.

With spring already here and coming to a lot of you soon I'll think you'll have fun with this. I gathered up some fresh blooms off of my violets and some money plant growing in my garden.

Cut two pieces of watercolor paper and arrange your petals on one of the pieces.

Once you are satisfied with the arrangement, lay the other piece of watercolor paper on top of the flowers. Place this "sandwich" on a B plate for the cuttlebug and place a second B plate on top. Run it through your cuttlebug.
When it comes out, peel the two pieces apart and you have this

Lightly brush away the flower petals and you have two pieces of nature's watercolor!

I stamped some stems, but you can also just use a colored pencil to add stems. Then I stamped a spring haiku from Penny Black and created this card.

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I used a corner punch on the corners and wrapped some tinsel thread around it to create a border. You get two cards from one pressing! It's really a fun and easy thing to do. Just pinch off petals if you are using flowers that have a thick base or you'll get a mess. Violets and pansies are great for this technique! I hope you'll give it a try, and share your creations!

Have a great day, and thanks for looking!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Sweet Deal!

I hope you all had a nice Easter and that you had nice weather for it. We had a rain storm move in Sunday morning and it pretty much rained all day long. A lot of people I know were complaining about it, but personally I loved it! I love cloudy days anyway, and if it rains a little too then so much the better.

I am really excited about the one a day in May Squigglefly is going to be doing. They are working on 31 images so they can have a brand new image released every day in the month of May. I've had the privilege of seeing a couple they have finished and I can tell you that you are going to want these images! You can pre-order all 31 images for $30.00 if you order before May first. That is such a bargain! Once May is here, though the offer will be gone and you'll have to purchase them individually.
I am going to sweeten the deal for you though! If you pre-order the One A Day In May, leave me a comment telling me you've done so and I'll enter your name into a drawing that will be held on May 1st. The winner of the drawing will receive a prize from me that will have a value of $30.00. I haven't yet determined what the prize will be; I'll have to think on that a bit more but I'll let you know! So, spread the word to your friends about this amazing deal, and go here to order!

UPDATE: I have decided that the prize will be a $30.00 gift certificate to the store of the winner's choice.

Today I have a card that I think turned out so cute. I used the Floss Your Canines image from squigglefly.

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It was colored with copic markers and the background was chalked. I scored the fold side about 1/4" and poked holes to thread some hemp cord through and tied at the top.
Some scrapbook paper that has dog prints on it was adhered to the kraft card with the top right corner rounded (but you can't tell that because the sentiment covers it!). I stamped some little bones and cut them out and put them on the card with pop dots. I also pierced the bottom right corner of the card and then laced some more hemp cord through.
I think this image is a so cute! Chesney came up with the name for this image and I thought it was cute enough to just use it for the sentiment too! This card is going to my dentist's office. The staff loves to see my cards, and I know they'll get a kick out of this one!
I hope you all have a wonderful Monday, and thanks for looking!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Stage Two

Happy Easter everyone! I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful day with your loved ones.
Yesterday I received in the mail two images from the upcoming Inky Impressions Rubber Stamps line along with a sketch to complete stage two of the design team try out. I couldn't wait to color these! Here is my first card

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Isn't this just a darling image? I colored her with copic markers and chalked the background. The designer paper is from Stampin Up. I used a speckle background on the card base and added two purple prima flowers on the side. The Happy Easter stamp is a clear stamp from Penny Black.

Here's my second card using the same image and sketch, but with different colors.

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I like the second one better I think. I used ribbon instead of cardstock and I pierced some holes in one of the corners and added a light blue rain dot. The designer paper on this one is from DCWV Far East pack. I took a chance coloring her hair black. I'm trying to practice more with the black and dark greys. Anyway, wish me luck that I am one of the lucky ones picked by Nicole!

Again, Happy Easter and thanks for looking!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Thank You In Manhattan

The title of my post kind of sounds like it could be the title of the sequel to Sleepless in Seattle. LOL! Well I got a chance to play with the new Manhattan Flower embossing folder that Rhonda sent me. I saw a card that Julie from Paper Pleasing Ideas did with this folder where she cut around the flower so I took her idea and made this

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I embossed the flower on vellum and then chalked the back of it with some yellow, orange, and pink. Then I ran the vellum piece through the xyron and stuck it to some cardstock. The only reason I ever got a xyron was so I could stick vellum down without the adhesive showing! Anyway, after it was stuck down I cut around the flower shape to reveal the inside of the card.

This uses Stampin Up's set Best Blossoms. This is a really quick card to make and the vellum makes it special.

On a good note, I did get the wireless router working at work yesterday! Of course I had to call tech support and spend a couple of frustrating hours, but it's working!
Enjoy your day, and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, April 10, 2009

You Quack Me Up!

Am I ever glad it's Friday. Yesterday was a day from H E double hockey sticks! It all started when my boss decided he wanted to get a laptop. He asked me about doing the wireless thing. I told him I didn't know anything about that, but I'd ask my daughter who is computer savvy and see what she says. So I ask and she tells me "It's a piece of cake". Note to self - cake does not mean the same thing in her book as mine! It's been nothing but a headache and it's still not over. When I left work yesterday instead of one working computer that I know how to use just fine, I've got a computer that won't connect to the internet and a laptop that is frozen on a screen telling me it's working on finding a network address. So, that will all be waiting on me when I go back to work this morning. Not exactly the makings of a great day huh?

Anyway, when I got home from work yesterday I had some wonderful happy mail waiting on me! Rhonda sent me a darling Easter card along with a little matchbox containing doggy treats for Riley, and she sent me the Manhattan Flower Folder I've been wanting to get! That one piece of mail from such a sweet gal just erased my horrible day! Thank you Rhonda!

Then I was in a good enough mood to make a silly card.

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I combined the two ducks Jacob and Charlie from Squigglefly. The way that one has his wings flapped up just looks like he's surprised by the raspberry being blown at him by the other duck! They look like they're having a blast in the rain don't they?
I colored them with copic markers and then chalked the background. I used a little grass stamp from Art Impressions on the ground and then stamped the falling rain with a stamp from Rubber Stampede. I once used this rain stamp on a card that had a mad looking cat sitting outside in the rain looking through a window. I didn't realize until later that the rain was falling UP! I sent it to a friend of mine who is also a rubber stamper and she still reminds me of that from time to time! Yes, Gail I stamped the rain right side up (or down?) this time!

I punched out some photo corners and then pierced holes in them, and I cut my greeting out with the labels nestabilites and then sponged some red ink on it.

Exciting things are happening at Squigglefly that I want to tell you about. They are planning on a digital image blowout in May. They will release a new image every single day during the month of May, but you can pre-order all 31 images for $30.00; that's less than 99 cents an image! I can't wait! You can read more about it on the squigglefly blog!
I wanted to address a couple of questions before I go. Christina asked me if I sealed my chalk, and I do usually spray with a matte workable fixative after all of my coloring is finished. You can also spray with an aerosol hair spray, but I've heard that over time it will yellow.
Debby asked what kind of photo program I use. I use Adobe elements, but I do want to stress that you don't have to have a special photo program to make changes to the digital images. When I erased the pony tail from the Little Librarian girl in this card it could be done in the paint program that comes already loaded on most computers. I don't want you thinking you have to go out and get some fancy schmancy photo program to do that! Just remember that once you've made changes to an image, save it as a new file name so you don't change your original image.

Also before I go I want to wish my sister Jan a Happy Birthday!
I hope you all have a great day and thank you so much for stopping by my blog!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

card winner

Hi everyone. Sorry it took me so long to get back to you. Our computer was down most of the morning and I've just now gotten back on line to get a winner! picked #17 as the winner so that makes Christina the winner.

Christina, let me know which card you'd like to have and I'll get it in the mail to you!

Thanks everyone for commenting!

Quacky Birthday

If you haven't yet comment on yesterday's cards and you'd like a chance to win one of them, you have until noon today to leave a comment here!

Today I made a birthday card using a darling little suzy's zoo image. This image was sent to me by a friend so I don't know who makes the stamp.

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I colored it with copic markers and chalked the background. I used a small grass stamp by art impressions on the ground after I chalked it. I glued some chunky black glitter to the center of the flower.
You might not know it's a birthday card, but the embossed part on the card base is the "Happy Birthday" embossing folder from Provo Craft. I had fun playing with some fairly new things. I used the new blossom die nestabilities on the designer paper and a border punch along the edge.

Nothing really special to say about this card. It's just a cute image I colored and made into a card! LOL!

I hope you have a great day, and I'll be back a little later to announce the card winner!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Mind Your Manners

Good morning everyone! I'm so excited to show you today's cards! That's right, I have more than one! There is an image at squigglefly called Little Librarian that I have loved since I first saw it, but I had a hard time coming up with anything to use it for. Until last night! I had an idea come to me when I asked myself "what book is she reading?" Once I thought in terms of what she is reading all kinds of ideas popped into my head!
Here's my first card

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and the inside

I hand wrote on the book "Miss Manners says" and evidently she says that if you're late for a birthday you owe someone an apology! LOL! I don't know what it is with me and making belated birthday cards lately! I think this is my third one in just the past few weeks and I almost never miss someone's birthday!
I colored this with copic markers and chalked the background a little. I used a provocraft embossing folder to emboss the pink cardstock behind the image and I used some little flower ribbon on the ends so just one row of the flowers shows.
I colored a bridal flower from Michaels with a copic marker and glued a button to the center. The words were computer generated and the font is called Segoe print. If you like it you can download it free here.

Okay, here's my next card using the SAME image

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And the inside

Isn't he cute? I made her into a boy by simply erasing the pony tail in my photo program (can be done in your paint program too). Once it was erased, I saved the file as a new name so I can always go back and print it again like this. I think he looks just like a little geeky book worm! Don't you love it?
I made his book "Modern Science" and this is also colored with copics and chalked lightly. The papers are from Stampin Up. I'm thinking you could make the book a stamping book and send it to another crafter who's complaining about the lost mojo. The font on this one is called Nyala, but I couldn't find a free download for it.

Wouldn't it be fun to make a card with the boy and the girl as identical twins? hmm...I'll have to think of something for that!

So today is card giveaway day. I will let the winner pick which card they would like to have. Leave a comment on this post by noon tomorrow and I'll have pick a number to determine the winner. I'd love to hear any ideas you may have for other books she could be reading!
I hope you have a great day, and thanks for looking!