Monday, November 30, 2009

Last Challenge

Hi everyone and happy Monday! I enjoyed my days off work, but the four days off just didn't seem like they lasted any time! I didn't get a lot of crafting time in, but enjoyed the things I did. I hope you all had an enjoyable holiday weekend as well!

Squigglefly knows how busy everyone is right now getting ready for Christmas, so they have decided to have no challenges during the month of December. This will give the current design team a break. So, today is the last Squigglefly challenge of the year!

It's a fun one this week! Rhonda has challenged everyone to make a Christmas card using a squigglefly image and you should have a candy cane embellishment somewhere on your project. The candy cane can me any thing you want; a button, a piece cut out from some designer paper, etc. I do hope you try to play along. If you do, upload your creation to the blog and tag your work SFC30.

I used one of Susan Spillers images that will be part of the December 5th release at Squigglefly. This one is called Gingerbread Cutie.

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I colored with copic markers and highlighted with some gesso. I'm not real happy with my highlighting on this one. I used some puffy markers on the icing parts of the gingerbread girl. Here's a close up

I made the scallops from scalloped squares using the corners. I saw a card Mel at Melstampz where she did that and I liked the idea! In the middle scallop I glued little bitty red sequin circles. Freida sent me a package of lots of fun stuff recently and these little sequin circles in all colors were in there!

The designer paper is from Debbie Mumm holiday pack and the little candy cane is from Making Memories. I printed the sentiment out on my computer and popped it up with some pop dots.

Hope you have a wonderful day, and thanks for looking!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Giving The Gift Of Money

Hi everyone! Sorry for posting so late today, but I wanted to get this video uploaded first. I'm sure there's someone on your list every year that you don't know what to get so you give them a gift card or a check. That's really nice, and I'm sure much appreciated (I mean who doesn't like getting money?), but there is a way you can give money as a gift and make it a little more fun!

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Isn't this a fun way to give money as a gift? Fold your bills into a wreath and decorate! You can also make these out of designer paper pieces. They make cute country homespun looking ornaments that can hang from a tree.

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Anyway, I made a video showing how to fold these - have fun!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Crowing About Your Birthday

Hi everyone! I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving yesterday. Ours was very nice. The weather was beautiful and looks to be just as pretty today. Do you plan on getting out and taking advantage of the black Friday sales? I am going to get out a little, but I'm staying away from the busiest stores.

Yesterday I did take a little time in my stamping room to make a birthday card with one of Squigglefly's new images from Susan Spiller

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Isn't this little bird a cutie? It's appropriately called Cutie Crow! I printed it out and then randomly stamped a tiny flower background all over his body. Then I used a grey colored pencil to color around the edges of the bird and blended a bit with some odorless mineral spirits. The spirits kind of smeared the ink of the flowers, but I kind of liked the light pink look it gave the bird so I left it. I colored his beak and legs with copic markers.

After cutting him out I glued on some little googly eyes and then pop dotted him on the card. The cool lacey looking stuff behind the bird is from my friend Freida. I wrapped a little bit of gold thread over it, and both pieces are wrapped around an embossed piece of card stock.

the sentiment is one of the dollar stamps from Michaels, and I oval punched it and added some little orange rain dots. Overall I think it's a pretty cute card!

I hope ya'll have a wonderful day today, and thanks for looking!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Combining digital Images - A Tutorial!

Hi everyone I got these videos uploaded in time to post them tonight instead of tomorrow! I just can't stay away can I? No card to show you, but I do want to share a couple of videos I made. A lot of you have asked how to combine images like I did on this card which combined the santa hat with Crissy's baby elelphant.

Hope you find it helpful, and just ask if you have any questions!

Not A Creature Is Stirring

Hi everyone! What a fun time we had a digi day last night! If you joined us there then you have probably already seen my card, but I'm posting it here anyway for those who didn't make it.

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This uses one of the newest images added to Squigglefly. Robin Willis listened to those of you who wanted some square sentiments and this Not A Creature was drawn by her. I just love it! I think it's a really versatile image too because if you crop out the words it would make a cute get well card!

I colored this with copic markers and the paper is from K and Company. Squigglefly has heard what you all had to say about the new releases and now instead of a huge release every month, there will be smaller releases every week! What a way to spread the fun out huh? The next release will be on December 5th!

Well I got a lot of things bought yesterday and now I have sorting and wrapping to do. With all the hoopla over the new images being released and the dig day party last night, on top of losing a day's crafting to Christmas shopping today I am way behind on things so I probably won't be posting for the next few days. I have a badly neglected house that needs a cleaning and I need to make some cards to post! So, I'm taking a blogging break until after Thanksgiving. I will be by to visit your blogs though and see what you're up to!

Until then I wish you all a very blessed Thanksgiving and thank you as always for stopping by to see me!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Snow Mouse

Hi everyone! Are you all loving the new images that Squigglefly has released? Every time I think I've found a favorite, I see another one I like just as much! The newsletter came out yesterday and I hope you all noticed the very generous discount Cheryl Alger has offered everyone on her images! What could be better than getting her adorable snowmen and elves at such a great price?

I love Nina Brackett's snowflakes, and Robin Willis listened to what you asked for and made us some SQUARE sentiments! Jane Beljo's adorable little animals, and Eline Pelinkhoff's little ducks just have me smiling ear to ear! Chesney's almost famous lady who's up a few pounds is there, nd the newest artist Susan Spiller has drawn some charming characters! Lynne Stansbery has some new shy bears that are cuter than ever and a fabulous Christmas bell border! There's just so much to see!

Tonight is the dig day fun at the Squigglefly group on card universe. The fun begins at 7pm central time tonight. Stef and I will be hosting and we have a fun game of twenty questions planned with LOTS of prizes to be had! I do hope you will come join us!

Today I have a card that uses one of Susan Spiller's images. I just thought this little mouse looked quite dapper in his winter clothes!

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I colored him with these copic markers

I highlighted with white gesso and used some of the faux flower soft for the snow. The background is embossed with the Spellbinders snowflake impressability and then I stuck some punched out snowflakes in some ares just to add a little more interest and dimension.

I haven't put a sentiment on this yet, and I may just have something on the inside about warm winter wishes. I haven't decided yet.

Well, I'm off to see what Vicki has planned for us on the Saturday Spotlight challenge, and then I'm off to do some Christmas shopping! I'm hoping to get the rest of what I need finished so I won't have to worry about it or fight ever-growing crowds.

I hope you have a great day and I hope to see you tonight at digi day! Thanks for looking!

Friday, November 20, 2009

It's Kaleidoscope Trees!

Hi everyone and Happy Friday! Only one more day until the new images will be available at Squigglefly. I know if you've been seeing the design team's examples you are excited about it!

Today I have a LOT to show you. Lynne has drawn a number of very unusual trees that are such fun to play around with! I am not sure if these are being sold as a full set, a couple of sets, or individually. There are eight different trees in all.

The first one is colored with all different shades of blue and then glittered. I actually liked it better before I added the glitter

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The Merry Christmas is computer generated in ck Becky font. I punched a little snowflake out of the glittery part of the patterned paper. Like I said, I liked it better before I glittered it, so I did it again without glitter only this time I colored it with colored pencils

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I asked Lynne if she would color some of the trees and she colored this one that I haven't yet made into a card, but I think it looks like crystal shards and you can see how quickly this would color

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Here is another tree

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This one is colored with copics and colored pencils. I added red stickles to the center of what looks like poinsettia flowers to me.

This next one I colored with copics and then glittered a lot of gold on it.

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Here is another one that Lynne colored with colored pencils that I just love. I did make a card with it! The gorgeous red ribbon with the gold emblems is from my wonderful friend Freida. She sent me a slew of wonderful things that you'll be seeing popping up from time to time! (Thanks Freida!)

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I hope these give you an idea of how pretty these can be, and they really are fun to color. I have another one printed out that I want to paint with twinkling h2o's. I can just imagine how pretty that will be! Or fill in different colors of glitter in the shapes! I wanted to do that, but my glue pen was empty! I've already ordered another! Since the challenge this week on Dare You To Digi Stamp is to use glitter, I think some of my trees qualify so I'm entering them there.

Okay, I told you I had a lot to show you! Tomorrow is digi day at Squigglefly's group on card universe and I hope you can join us there. We have a fun game of twenty questions planned and there are going to be a LOT of prizes given out! The fun will start at 7pm central 8pm eastern!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

card winner!

This is the 2nd post of the day, so if you haven't seen my earlier entry be sure to scroll down and have a look!

Hi everyone! sorry to get back so late with the winner of yesterday's card, but I had a super busy day at work and errands to run afterwards so I'm just getting to it!

The number picked was 10, which makes Shawna the winner! Shawna, send me an e mail at and let me know your mailing address and I'll send this right to you!

Thanks for all the comments!

Stuffing After Thanksgiving

Hi everyone! If you haven't yet left a comment on yesterday's card and you'd like to win it then you need to go do that now. I'll have pick a winner a little later on today.

Maria at Joyful Stamper made a card with one of the soon to be released images, but she's having a problem coming up with a sentiment for it. She decided to ask for everyone's help by taking suggestions. She will have her husband pick his favorite from the suggestions and I've got a little prize for the person whose suggestion is chosen! What could be more fun? Go HERE and see Maria's card! I'm loving the suggestions that have already come in!

Now today I've got a card that uses the same image as Maria but I had no trouble coming up with a sentiment for it! It popped into my head as soon as I saw it

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LOL! Isn't this something we can all relate to? I colored this with copic markers and followed this week's sketch challenge from Splitcoast Stampers. This is one of the new images that Chesney Young has drawn for the upcoming release. It is called Up A Few Pounds and will be available on Saturday.

Speaking of releases, Squigglefly would love to get your opinion on how you'd like the releases served up! Do you like smaller releases more often, or bigger releases once a month? Go give your opinion to Squigglefly HERE and you'll have a chance to win some images!

Well I hope you have a day where everything goes your way! I'll be back a bit later to announce yesterday's card winner, and thanks for looking!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Thanks A Melon

Hi everyone! Today is card give away day. If you'd like to win this card along with a matching envelope, just leave a comment on this post and tomorrow will pick a winner!

The card I have uses one of the soon to be released images from Squigglefly AND the image is from an artist brand new to Squigglefly! Susan Spiller drew this adorable little teddy bear.

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I colored this with copic markers and highlighted with some white gesso. the little dots on the scallops are also white gesso. I copied a layout that Kim used on her card here. Kim's card uses a new image that Nina Brackett drew for Squigglefly and it's just beautiful!

This is for the Squigglefly challenge to make a thank you card. If you enter this challenge you have a chance to win a prize and you get extra points if you actually send the thank you card to someone. I guess since I'm giving this card away it qualifies for an extra point! La La Land Crafts is also having the same challenge, so I'm entering it there as well. They are having a really nice blog candy for this challenge too, so why not enter?

The words are computer generated in a font called Juice and then I embossed the strip with the swiss dots folder. Isn't this little guy adorable? You're going to love Susan's other images too!

Hope you have a fantastic day, and thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Bearing Gifts

Hi everyone! I have another Christmas card for you today.

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This image is called Delivery Boy Santa and is another cute one from artist Cheryl Alger. I colored this with these copic markers

The designer paper is from K and Company. I just love the designs and the touch of glitter in these papers. I printed the sentiment out with my computer and then punched it out and mounted it in the center of a large snowflake I die cut with a Spellbinders die.

I hope to have another sneak peek of images being released this Saturday for you tomorrow, but will have to see how much time I can get in my stamp room tonight! Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 16, 2009

New Challenge, New Sketch, New Image!

Hi everyone! I hope you had a fantastic weekend and that you're ready for the week ahead. I enjoyed some play time yesterday in my craft room so it was a good day!

I made this card for the Papercraft Planet Sketch challenge and I used the colors blue, yellow,and brown so it qualifies for Stef's color challenge as well.

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Isn't this little duckling just the cutest thing? He is one of the images that will be released this Saturday at Squigglefly. It's drawn by Eline Pelinkhoff and I think it's perfect for a baby card! The image is called Plopping Down.

I colored it with copic markers and colored pencils and then I chalked around the background a bit with some blue. The sentiment is from Stampin Up, and I used one of the little embossing folders from Provocraft for the embossing in the corner.

I think it turned out really sweet! Now I just need to wait for someone I know to have a baby! Speaking of babies, my furry one is wondering why I'm not standing at the door, leash in hand so I'm gonna scoot! Have a great day and thanks for looking!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Hoppy Holidays

Hi everyone! I had a good time at the stamp camp yesterday but I don't have the cards ready to show you yet. Some of them I want to add a few embellishments to first. I do have a really cute snowman card for you though!

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Meet Pogo Sammy! Isn't he adorable? I just love all of the snowmen that Cheryl Alger has drawn. You just can't help smiling when you see them.

This was colored in copic markers and chalked around the bakcground. I added a little bit of stickles to the edge of him, but not his whole body. The designer paper is from K and Company and is embossed with the snowflake embossing folder. I added a little pink jewel to the center of the snowflake. I am loving these pastel colors for Christmas.

This week you'll start seeing peeks of some of the images that are going to be released at Squigglefly on Saturday. I'm excited for ya'll to get to see! Also, the current design team's term is coming to an end soon so there is a design team call out at Squigglefly for the new term which will be from January to June. If you're interested in playing with some Squigglefly images you should check out the details on their blog.

Today is grocery shopping day so I'm off to plan a menu and make my list! Have a wonderful day, and thanks for looking!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Always Believe

Hello everyone! Well my co worker loved the retirement card I made which made me feel good. It feels strange to not him there though after so many years.

Yesterday I took a blogging break and didn't post a card, but I'm not going to let you down today! I have a card I really like that uses a darling image from Squigglefly that Cheryl Alger drew called Almost A Prince

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I just think this is the sweetest image! It's like she's hiding the wand behind her back so she can whip it out and catch the frog by surprise.

It's colored with copic markers and the border punch at the bottom is one of the new deep reaching punches from Martha Stewart. I used a few pearls and some tiny flowers that matched the color in my designer paper. The sentiment is computer generated.

I'm heading off to a stamp camp this afternoon which should be fun. We'll be making Christmas cards. I'll be sure to share them with you too!

Lots of things I want to remind you of: first off is to be sure to check out the daily nab it at Squigglefly. They have had some really super images up for next to nothing this past week!
Next don't forget to get in on Stef's color challenge at the Squigglefly group on card universe. Her colors this week at yellow, blue, and brown and you have until Friday to get your card entered.
And last, but not least be sure to stop by Vicki's Saturday Spotlight challenge and see what she's got going on. I never had a chance to get a card made for last week's challenge!

I think the time change has me messed up and I feel like I don't have time anymore! I'm still adjusting. Anyone else having issues with that?

Well, have a great Saturday and thanks for looking!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Award Time

I received this award from Sue Morris at

The Rules are: Pass this award on to five people, post on their blog to let them know you have left this award for them. And then answer a list of questions in one word!
Here’s mine:
1. Where is your mobile?…pocket
2. Your hair?…brown
3. Your Mother?…heaven
4. Your Father?… heaven
5. Your favorite food?…baklava
6. Your Dream last night?…dunno
7. Your Fav Drink?…water
8. Your Dream?… hmmm
9. What room are you in?…office
10. Your Hobby?… Cardmaking
11. Fear?…spiders
12. Where do you want to be in 5 years? here
13. Where were you last night?… Michaels
14. Something that you aren’t?…serious
15. Muffins…chocolate chip
16. Wish List Item?… refills
17. Where did you grow up?…Texas
18. Last thing you did?…cleaned
19. What are you wearing?…jeans
20. Your TV?…living room
21. Pets?…yes!
22. Friends?…many
23. Mood?…silly
24. Life?…routine
25. Missing someone? no
26. Vehicle?…PT Cruiser
27. Something you’re not wearing?…earrings
28. Fav store?…Hobby Lobby
29. Fav Colour?…Purple
30. When was last time you laughed?…minutes ago
31. Last time you cried? dunno
32. Best Friend? yes!
33. One place that I go to over n over? Grocery
34. Facebook?…nuh uh
35. Fav place to eat? Casa Mexicana
Now to pass it on to:


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Thanksgiving Blessings

Hi everyone! Man, the leaf season is upon us! Brock and I have been out in the yard that last four afternoons raking leaves on to tarps and dragging the tarps to the street for the leaf vacuum. Such backbreaking work, but dragging them down to the street is much easier than bagging them all! I really don't know why we do it anyway. I tell him when we go to the park with Riley "Look at all of these trees and all the leaves they drop out here. The park doesn't rake these up. They just sit here and rot, and come spring are we still knee deep in leaves? No! We have grass come up just like always." But he still wants the leaves out of here. I know it does make the yards look nicer, but I'm not convinced it's worth it!

It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving will be here two weeks from today! With that in mind I wanted to create another Thanksgiving card and I thought this was a quick and easy one to make.

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I used one of the adorable Thanksgiving circle images that Robin Willis has drawn for Squigglefly. This one is called Indian Girl. She's colored with copic markers and the scalloped circle is sponged on the edges.

the designer paper is from Debbie Mumm and I used a Martha Stewart border punch on some kraft card stock on the sides. I think a little note card set made with all of Robin's Thanksgiving circles would be cute.

I gotta tell you something funny. You know I'm fur baby sitting for Chesney's pets this week while they're on vacation. Well she had left me instructions on how much to feed her four cats and she told me where each cat's food dish was. She said Max eats in the bedroom away from the others because he will eat their food, Bourbon's dish is by the sink, Georgie's dish is by the refrigerator, and Penny's dish is by the stove. So, I'm there trying to keep all the cats straight in my mind and they are all following me around in one big group. I get the bag of food out and turn around and see all the cats patiently sitting in front of their respective dishes waiting for the food to appear! Max was in the bedroom poking his head around the door to see if I was coming! It was just so funny when it happened.

Well, I hope you have a fantastic day ahead of you and thanks for looking!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

It's Over

Hi everyone and happy Wednesday to you! Another quick post from me today, but that's okay because I'm sure you'd much rather me just get on with showing you my card rather than listen to me babble!

Tomorrow is a co-worker's last day. He's retiring and it's going to be so strange to come to work every day and not see him there! I've worked with him ever since I started working at the company in 1979! Anyway, he has seen almost all of the cards I have made over the years and I couldn't let the man retire without making him one!

He is an avid fisherman and hunter so of course I thought of going that route with it, but that isn't me. I like to do something just a little off beat and funny so here's the card

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I used an opera singer lady from Squigglefly called It's Not Over Till by artist Brenda Cumming. It's colored with copic markers and colored pencils. I highlighted with gesso which is my new favorite thing to do now! I added stickles to the earrings and the jewels at the top of her dress.

The words were computer generated and the inside says "Enjoy your retirement". I think he will get a kick out of it and I hope you did too!

Oh I have to tell you one more thing! Squigglefly's current design team will be ending their term at the end of this month. December is such a busy month that there will be no challenges that month, but during that time off they will be looking for people who love Squigglefly images and would like to be on the new design team which will start on January 1st and end at the end of June. So, if you'd like to be on Squigglefly's design team, just go read the details here!

Wishing you a wonderful day and thanks for looking!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Praying for You

Hi everyone. Life is really busy these days! Chesney and her boyfriend have gone on vacation to Tunica and I'm furbaby sitting for them. I have to leave a little earlier in the mornings to get over to let them out and feed them. I'll probably have it down to a good routine by the time they get back!

Today I thought I'd show you the sympathy card I made for Sarah Anderson.

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Stef was kind enough to send me her calla lilies and I thought they would make a great sympathy card image. I really struggled with this card because I know Sarah and my heart is just so heavy with sorrow for her and her family.

I colored the image with copic markers and highlighted with some white gesso. I find it easier to highlight with a thin paint brush than a gel pen. The border is a Fiskars border punch and it matches the color of the lilies perfectly. It looks redder in the photo, but the color is cameo coral.

The words are computer generated and I used some graduating size pearls on the side. The designer paper is from Papertrey Ink.

Well, I hope to participate in the Squigglefly challenge this week which is a fun sketch by Kim. I also want to do Vicki's Saturday Spotlight challenge. I just need to find the time! If you have any to spare send it to me!

Have a great day, and thanks for looking!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Friendly Pick Up

Hi everyone and happy Monday! I got a chance to play in yesterday's featured stamper challenge on Splitcoast Stampers yesterday and this is the card I came up with

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I used the Turtle Taxi image from Squigglefly and colored it with copic markers. You can see the card I CASED HERE. I stayed with her same layout and color theme, but changed everything else.

The sentiment is from a Stampin Up set, but I can't think of the name of it right now. It's the one that has the pick up truck and all the different things you can put in the bed of the truck. I thought the sentiment worked well for this image.

Be sure to check out the new challenge on the Squigglefly blog today! I'm off to walk Riley and get ready for work. I hope you have a fantastic day and thanks for looking!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Saturday Sketch

I'm still waiting to hear from Niki who won Wednesday's card give away. Niki, if you see this please e mail me at and tell me your mailing address so I can get the card out to you. If I don't hear from Niki by tomorrow I will have pick a new winner.

Before I get to today's card I wanted to tell you about something fun and new going on at Squigglefly. They have started a new feature called Nab It. There will be an image picked each day to be the "nab it" item of the day. That image will be up for a super low price, but there are only so many of the images available at the low price. Once they've been nabbed up it's gone. Head over to Squigglefly and see what image is up for a special price today!

I'm sorry I never got back yesterday with a card. I have not been able to get as much crafting time in as I usually have. I did sit down last night and make this card for the Paper Craft Planet Saturday Sketch challenge.

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I used the adorable Marching Snowman that Cheryl Alger drew. I colored him with copic markers and used papers from Brenda Walton and Debbie Mumm. The border behind the image panel is a strip of white card stock that I punched with a Martha Stewart snowflake punch. Stickles was added to the image for the snow and also on the snowman's star baton.

Take a close look at the snowflake embellishment. The red and white snowflakes are punched from card stock, but see the largest snowflake? Can you guess what that is? It's mailing foam! I ran a piece of it through the cuttlebug with a snowflake die from Spellbinders! I really like it because it's lightweight and it looks sparkley on it's own! Unfortunately the foam is too thick to go into my punches.

I'm off to plan menus for the week and make my grocery list out! I hope you have a wonderful Sunday, and thanks for looking!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Lookie What I Got!

Just a quick post for now to say Niki has won Wednesday's card give away and I still haven't heard from her. Niki, you need to e mail me at with your address so I can mail it to you. If I haven't heard from Niki by Monday I'll have pick a new number.

Also want to say DID YOU SEE THIS????!!!!

Whoo Hoo! I got a blinkie to put on my blog but I don't know how to use the code so it's not blinking right now. I'll get someone to tell me what to do, but in the mean time I just had to toot my horn!

Hopefully I'll be back with a card later. I'm going to try to do Stef's challenge on the Squigglefly blog and now I'm going to go see what today's Saturday Spotlight Challenge is!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Gobbling Up Gatefolds

Hi everyone! Yesterday a lot of us in blog land were shaken by the very tragic news that Sarah Anderson's three year old son Henry died after being ill. Sarah, better known to a lot of us as Scrampin Mama is such a dear, sweet woman and my heart just breaks for her and her family. Sarah has been a design team member for Pink Cat Studio and Melissa has drawn a special digital image to help raise funds for a tree to be planted in memory of Henry at the zoo he loved to visit during the summer. You can go HERE to read about how you can help.

Are you as glad it's Friday as I am? I just have not had hardly any time in my craft room this week and I'm feeling deprived!

Niki if you're reading this post, you are the winner of the card give away I had on Wednesday. If you'll e mail me at and give me your address I'll get it right out to you!

I did manage just enough time last night to make this cute Thanksgiving card using one of the new Squigglefly images Robin Willis drew. This card uses a cute little turkey in a circle sentiment called Gobble Gobble Gobble

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It didn't take much time to color, and I added some stickles to the feathers. I did another gatefold only a little smaller, and used some of the wonderful Debbie Mumm paper from the pad Rhonda sent me (thanks again Rhonda!). There are some beautiful glitter papers in the pad, but with the glitter on the turkey I didn't want to use too much glitter in the background.

It was fun to do and really quick! I love all of the circle sentiments Robin has drawn!

Lynne read all of the get well wishes you left in my comments and she asked me to pass on to you how touched she is by your concern and prayers. Ya'll are just the best!

I hope you enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 5, 2009


The winner of yesterday's card is Niki! Niki, if you will please send me your address I will mail this card right out to you! My e mail is

Thanks for the comments everyone!

Ho Ho Ho!

Hi everyone! You will be glad to know that Lynne was released from the hospital yesterday! She isn't fully recovered yet by any means, but I think she is really happy to be back in her own home. Again, thank you everyone for your prayers and good wishes!

If you haven't had a chance to comment on yesterday's card and you'd like a chance to win it, go leave a comment and at noon today is picking a winner.

Today I have a card that uses two of the new images Crissy Armstrong has drawn; Baby Elephant and Santa Hat Accessory.

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Isn't this little baby elephant just darling? I love that you can add the santa hat and make it a Christmas card! Maybe Crissy will do a birthday party hat too!

I colored this with copic markers and then chalked a little yellow around it. The hat has some of the snow tex added to it. I had to use a black pen to re-draw the lines because the snow tex went out of the lines a bit. Anyway, my lines are a little darker and thicker than the printed image that I don't like.

the designer paper is from a Brenda Walton pad of Christmas designs. I used a new Martha Stewart snowflake punch and added a rhinestone to the center. I had a 50% off coupon for Michaels and the snowflake punch jumped in my cart! They have really stocked up some new products at Michaels, and Martha Stewart's line has a bunch of really cool new punches. I also got a deep edge border punch, but haven't used it yet. I can see how it would be awesome for scrapbook pages.

Busy day for me today. It's payroll day for one thing, and then there's all the usual stuff that comes with day to day living! I hope you have a great day with a little time to do something for yourself! I'll be back later to announce the winner of yesterday's card! Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Have A Ball!

Good morning everyone! Boy ya'll work fast because those prayers you offered up for my sister have worked enough to get her out of intensive care! She's still in the hospital, but she is in a regular room and looks so much better. Thank you so much for your prayers and concern!

Today is card give away day and I have a cute card for you using one of Eline Pelinkhof's adorable kitty images. This one is called Play To Unwind

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I colored this with copic markers and hand doodled a border around it with a black pen. I highlighted areas with a white gel pen. The sentiment is computer generated.
The scalloped circle was embossed with a provo craft embossing folder and then I sponged around the edges a bit with some brown ink.

Anyway, if you'd like to win the card and an envelope (in case you want to mail it to someone), just leave a comment on this post and tomorrow around noon I'll have pick a winner!

Thanks again for the prayers, and I hope you have a wonderful day! Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Gatefold Sympathy

I am sorry I didn't get to post a card yesterday. Sunday morning my sister Lynne called me. She was very sick and I took her to the emergency room. She has pneumonia and was admitted to the intensive care unit that same day! Right now it seems like her low blood pressure is what of most concern. Anyway, all prayers and good thoughts for her recovery are much appreciated!

I do have a card for you today! Unfortunately I needed to make a sympathy card for a friend who lost her husband. Sympathy cards don't usually come easy to me, but this one just came together and was completed very quickly. I think it would make a pretty birthday or thinking of you card as well.

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I enjoyed making the gatefold card for Squigglefly's challenge last week so much that I made another! The paper is from La Boutique and I used an ivory card stock for the base. The flower is from Penny Black. I colored it directly on the rubber with water color crayons, misted the stamp, and then stamped it on the card stock. The sentiment is computer generated.

I hope your day is wonderful in every way, and thanks for looking!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Printing Digis on Fabric

Hey everyone! Are you excited about all the new images released at Squigglefly? If you haven't seen them yet, then you should run and take a look because they are beyond fabulous! There are new shy bears from Lynne, new Mudzies from Crissy, Teresa has a funny one she did, and on top of all that there are TWO new artists making their Squigglefly debut' Robin Willis and Jane Beljo.

Did you know that you can use your computer's printer to print on fabric? It's a really easy thing to do. First cut a piece of freezer paper to a size that your printer will take. Make sure it's freezer paper and not butcher paper. There is a waxy side and a plain side. Now cut a piece of fabric slightly larger than the freezer paper. Place your baric on an ironing board with the wrong side facing up. Lay the waxy side of the freezer paper on top with the waxy side facing the fabric.

Now iron the two pieces

You don't want to get the waxy side ironed to the ironing board, and don't get the waxy side on your iron.

Now trim your fabric to the paper. The freezer paper will allow the fabric to be fed through your printer.

Here is an image I printed on to some plain cotton fabric. This is one of the new images from Jane Beljo called Jolly Old St. Nick. Isn't he cute?

Now color your image using markers, colored pencils, crayons, or acrylic paint. I colored mine with copic markers but there is some bleeding out of the lines with them, so you have to be careful. I used colored pencils too along with a white gel pen for highlighting.

Instead of flocking, puffy paint, or faux flower soft on Santa's beard I tried a new product. Well, it's not new; I see it at every craft store for years, but I've never used it and I have to say I really love it! It's Snow Tex

I used it on the suit trim and Santa's beard and mustache. Just paint it on with a paint brush and let it dry. Then I stitched a frame around the image ( I know SHOCK! I got out my sewing machine!) and pulled the outer threads out to fray the edges.

Here's my finished card

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I think it turned out cute! It gives it a kind of country homey look. Wouldn't it be cute to make a sandwich of a piece of fabric, a piece of batting, and then a piece of backing fabric - stitching it together with a ribbon hanger for country style Christmas ornaments? This card qualifies for the Squigglefly color challenge Stef gave us (red, white, and blue) and also for the 365 cards challenge to used 3 transparent things. I used a piece of vellum behind santa, and two transparent snowflakes at the top left of the card.

Another thing you can do by printing your digital image on fabric is to cut out parts and do piecing. I printed the Whistling girl and then cut out her dress and glued it to the image in this card

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Well, I am going to go make a grocery list and get busy! Have a great day and thanks for looking!