Saturday, October 31, 2009

Something old and something new

Good morning everyone and happy Halloween! Have you got your candy bought? I still need to get to the store to buy some, but I am waiting until the last minute so I have less time to eat it myself!

Today I have a card that uses one of the recently released images from Squigglefly called Littlest Christmas Elf by Cheryl Alger and I've paired it with one of the images that will be released tomorrow. Can you pick out the new image?


(click to enlarge)

It's the Happy Holidays sentiment! Nina Brackett has done a whole slew of wonderful sentiments that I just love! I colored the letters in the word Happy with an R14 red copic marker.

The elf image is colored with copic markers and colored pencils. I chalked the sky and grass. I added diamond dust to his hat and pant cuffs, and gold glitter to the jingle bells on his collar and hat.

Both the elf and sentiment were die cut and then embossed with a nestabilties. The background papers are from a holiday pad of Debbie Mumm designs that my dear friend Rhonda sent me. I just love the papers in that pad! Thank you Rhonda!

I am working on another little tutorial for you that I think you will all like, so hopefully I will finish that up today and have it ready for you tomorrow along with the new releases! I just can't wait for you to all see the new images! There are two new artists joining Squigglefly this month! Robin Wilis and Jane Beljo are the two very talented ladies whose designs you will get to see tomorrow! You are going to LOVE their designs!

The rain has ended here and it looks to be a pretty day today, so I'm going to try to finish up this tutorial and get Riley out for a bit. I hope you have a wonderful day, and a fun Halloween! Don't forget to set your clocks back tonight, and thanks for looking!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Snow Much Fun

Good morning everyone and a very happy Friday to you! I'm excited to be able to show you one of the images that will be among the MANY new images being released by Squigglefly on Sunday.


(click to enlarge)

Isn't this just the happiest snowman you've ever seen? This was drawn by the oh so talented Cheryl Alger and is called "Catching Snow". I colored it with copic markers and colored pencils, and I went a little different with this by using some pastel colors. I really love how it turned out, but this image is so cute I could do nothing to it and I'd like it!

The sketch is for this week's sketch challenge on Splitcoast stampers only I flipped it on it's side. The big snowflake embellishment in the corner is from Spellbinders snowflake die. I rubbed a little blue chalk on it before removing it from the die and then I squirted a bunch of light blue stickles all over it. There is faux flower soft at the snowman's feet and a light chalking of yellow behind him.

The designer paper is from a new pad I just bought at JoAnne's. It's Brenda Walton designs for K and Company. There are a lot of very pretty double sided papers in the pad.

Be sure to check out Squigglefly's design team blogs (listed on the left of my blog) because some of them are showing sneak peeks of the new images too! Plus, there's even more exciting news about this release on the Squigglefly blog, so be sure to check that out!

I'm home from work today because the rain that started yesterday has not let up and there won't be much business being conducted since I work for a construction company. So, I figured what better day to take a day's vacation? I'll be happily in my craft room today! I hope your day is a fabulous one, and thanks for looking!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Blogging For Two

Hi everyone! Bet my post title caught your attention didn't it? LOL! No, I'm not pregnant, but my dear friend Freida from Mississippi made the cutest card and since she doesn't have a blog, I asked her if I could share it with all of you on my blog! It's just too cute and funny not to be shared!

Here's the front of her card


(click to enlarge)

I love the pot on the porch with the vine growing up over the window!

and here's the inside


(click to enlarge)

Don't you just love it? It's so creative and there are so many wonderful touches that make it extra special. She used the Happy To Bee Me image from Squigglefly and created little ghost costumes for them to wear! Squigglefly's free Wicked Witch image was also used. I love how she's framed it and made it a picture hanging on the wall.
Thanks Freida for letting me share it. I just love it!

Now I said I was blogging for two, so my creation today is a card that covers the color challenge on Squigglefly's group on Card Universe which is to use yellow (or gold(, orange, and green, and also the Squigglefly blog challenge which is to make a gate fold card.


(click to enlarge)

I used the cute Madison & Popples image and erased the leash before printing it and then cut the images out separately.

The images are colored with copic markers and colored pencils. I used a gel pen to make a few highlights and rubbed a little chalk around Madison. Popples is popped up (accidental pun there!) but the top left corner is left free so the Madison image can tuck underneath and keep the card closed.

Here's the inside


(click to enlarge)

I used one of the paw prints from the free paw prints background and shrunk it down itty bitty! Cute - huh?

Last night's haunted house was really a let down. Most of it was walking stooped over in low and cramped places with strings hanging down from the ceiling in the dark. We had some funny parts though. When we were standing outside in line a man from a local radio station Alice 105 came up to the crowd and said "who listens to Alice?" and a bunch of people in line yelled out "whoo hoo!" Chesney turned to me and said "I thought he said "who's on Cialis and all those people were yelling "Whoo hoo!" I laughed and said " I thought he was asking who here was from Dallas!" We all got a chuckle out of that!

Only three more days and there will be more new images at Squigglefly! Lots of wonderful ones for Christmas and just plain winter type cards! Hopefully, I'll have a sneak peek for you soon!

It's another rainy day here and I love it! Just wish I could be home playing instead. I hope your day is a wonderful one, and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

No Peeking Til Christmas

Hi everyone and happy hump day! It's not raining here today, but they are calling for more of it in a couple of days. Everyone around me is complaining, but I love it! It does make it a bit harder getting Riley out for all her necessary play time though!

Yesterday I had several people ask me to help with shaker cards and I may do a step by step photo tutorial for you soon. I think a video would be too long for you tube though unless I had it in two parts, but we'll see.

Today I have a Christmas card for you using an image I just think is so cute called Keeping A Lid On It from Squigglefly. I almost think you could use this for a birthday card too and call him a birthday elf!



(click to enlarge)

I colored the image with copic markers and added some diamond dust to the bow around the package. There are two score lines at the top and between them I stamped a long "merry Christmas" message from Stampendous. Now here's a little tip for you - this was stamped on dark card stock and I wanted the holly berries and leaves to be colored but the colors wouldn't look right colored on the blue card stock. So, I filled in the berries and leaves with a white gel pen and let it dry and then went in and added my color with the copics. Cool, huh?

It's hard to tell in the photo, but the buttons and the ball on the hat of the elf are flocked. I added some faux flower soft to the ground for snow.

The background is some Christmas tissue paper that I wadded up and then smoothed out and glued on to some white card stock. A piece of silver cording is wrapped and tied around that.

Tonight we are planning on going to a new haunted house. It's supposed to be a really good one and I'm always up for a good scare! I'll let you know all about it tomorrow! I hope you have a wonderful day, and thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Fan Mail

Good morning everyone! Man I have been seeing so many wonderful creations out there on all of the blogs. Squigglefly's design team blew me away with all the wonderful gatefold cards they made. I'm still working on mine! I also need to get cracking on Stef's color challenge at the Squigglefly group on card universe! So many wonderful blogs to visit and so many fun challenges to do, but not enough time to do them all!

It was with this thought in mind that I created today's card.




(click to enlarge)

I used the cute little Computer Shy Bear from Squigglefly to create a fun shaker card!

First I printed out a sheet full of fun blogs I love to visit. I added a few made up names too just for fun. Do you spot your blog on there? :)
I colored the computer shy bear with copic markers and then I cut the shape of the image out of the sheet of blog names and glued it down around the image. I could have cut the bear out and glued him directly on the sheet, but I thought cutting the shape out of the paper would make the edges less noticeable than doing it the other way.

I used a piece of foam core board to mount the whole thing on, and cut a hole in it to hold my shaker pieces. I chose hearts since this is indicative of how much I love the blogs I visit, but wouldn't some little bugs be cute for someone who's having problems with their computer? Or draw little envelopes to put in there for "mail"!

Once I had the hearts in there, I glued down the back piece making sure that the "You've Got Mail" showed through the window, and then I simply wrapped the piece of paper with all of the blog names on it around the foam core like it was a present.

I could simply back it with a piece of white card stock and write my message on there, but I'm going to mount it on the front of a folded card so I can write on the inside of that.

It's a rainy day here, and I'd so love to be home working on those challenges, but I must get to work instead! I hope you are having a fantastic day, and thanks for looking!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Everything's Coming Up Roses

Hi everyone. Here we are in the last week of October! Wow, time sure flies!

Yesterday was the featured stamper challenge on Splitcoast Stampers and you know by now that I love to participate in that challenge. The featured stamper this week has a wonderful gallery, and the card I chose to CASE can be seen here.

I used the same layout and kept with the same theme, but other than that everything is different.



(click to enlarge)

I used an image from Squigglefly called Smelling Sweet and colored it with copic markers. The ground and sky are chalked. I did dirt on the ground rather than grass because the card I CASED has dirt.

I had a heck of a time choosing papers for this card because there were three different ones. I'm still not completely sure I like the combination I ended up with. I used a corner butterfly punch on the layer behind the image panel.

Today is challenge day on the Squigglefly blog and I see that Kim has challenged everyone to make a gatefold card, so I am going to see if I can find some time to play in that challenge later today.

I hope you have a wonderful day and find some time to play too! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Santa's Such A Sucker

Hi everyone! So how many of you set your clocks back last night? I read on two different blogs yesterday reminders to people to set their clocks back and it's not until NEXT weekend! LOL! My sister had already set her clocks back when I reminded her.
I had such fun yesterday coloring and playing in my craft room, but I didn't stay inside all day long because the weather here is just gorgeous. My absolute favorite time of year!

I did pop over to see what the Saturday Spotlight challenge was and had to play along! When I saw it was a treat holder, the first thing that popped in to my head was a lollipop holder!


(click to enlarge)

I chose to use the Santa's Mailbox image from Squigglefly and I cropped the image to just Santa's head before I printed it. I colored it with copic markers and then added flock to the brim and ball of the hat. I've had several requests from people asking me to make a video showing how I color and shade, so I did film the coloring of this. You can view the video at the end of this post, or you can watch it on youtube HERE.

I used some red and white snowflakes from a provo craft snowflake die and glued them to the top corner of the sucker holder and then added some stickles to it. Here's a close of the holder so you can see the flock and the snowflake better



(click to enlarge)

On the inside of the holder I stamped Happy Holidays from Stampin Up's Many Merry Messages set in Stazon white. I also stamped a little snowflake from Hero Arts.


(click to enlarge)

The holder is really easy and fast to make. You just cut a piece of cardstock 6 1/2" x 3" and score at 2 3/4" and then again at 3 1/4". Punch a hole in between the scored lines in the center for your sucker to go through. Fold up on the score lines and keeping the bottom flat line up your slot punch so the shorter end will slip under the flap. Then just decorate to suit your fancy!

Here's the video I promised, and thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Christmas and Birthdays

Hi everyone, and happy Saturday to you! Just in case you missed it I wanted to tell you about the Craft Critique article on Squigglefly. You'll be glad you went if you read all the way to the end! :)

I plan on spending quite a bit of time in my crafting room today. I am getting behind on sending out cards to people! Seems like on top of Christmas cards I'm always making birthday cards. In fact today I have both a Christmas and Birthday card to show you!

First is the Christmas card.


(click to enlarge)

I used the cute little Gift Spoiler image from Squigglefly and colored it with copic markers. I chalked a bit in the background and then used a circle nestabilities to cut it out and matted it with a scalloped circle. I added some glitter to the tissue paper. Don't people use the fancy stuff for Christmas presents? LOL! Really, I just wanted to give it a bit of sparkle.

I printed out some striped paper that I got from Shabby Princess and used it on the lower part of the card. I printed the words on my computer in a font called Stereofidelic. I thought it kind of Christmassy. You can get it HERE free if you like it too!

I used a provocraft snowflakes die and cut some red and some white ones. I added a little glitter to the white one, and popped it on the sentiment. Then all I had to do was tie the ribbon and mounted the image on with pop dots. I cut a little slit on the fold to run the ribbon through. I like how it turned out,although I may add a red jewel in the center of the snowflake. It was a pretty quick card to make!

Now for my birthday card



(click to enlarge)

yes, I used the same image! I love when an image can be used for more than one occasion and this one surely does! I once again colored with copics and used a little chalk. This time I left the glitter off of the tissue! There is however, glitter on the designer paper!

I printed my greeting and then cut it out in a banner and flag cut the ends. I curled the flag into the shape I wanted with a pencil and sponged around the edges a bit. Then I glued a piece of foam core board behind the part I wanted to be raised. This way I can mail it without it squishing my flag. I used a little yellow rain dot to make it look like a brad was pinning the flag to the card.

Well, I am off to see what great challenge Vicki has for us on the Saturday Spotlight Challenge this week. I hope you get in some crafting time today, but however you spend it I hope you have fun! Thanks for visiting me today!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Happy About School

Happy Friday everyone! What a fabulous week this has been! I found out yesterday that one of my sisters who was recently diagnosed with multiple myeloma is now cancer free! She still has the disease, but the chemo pill she's been taking has worked and she may not have to undergo the bone marrow transplant she has scheduled in December! That just put me on cloud nine!

A couple of weeks ago Jenny from Inky Wishes who is on the Squigglefly design team announced that she is going to be going back to school. It's something she's wanted to do, but until now hasn't been able to. I could just tell from her post about it that she was really excited about it. So, I wanted to make her a card to let her know how happy I am for her and to wish her the best.


(click to enlarge)

I used the Back To School image Squigglefly has and colored it with copic markers. The designer papers are from Stampin Up, and I printed the sentiment directly on to the paper.
It's a simple card, but it let her know I was thinking of her. If you get a chance, drop by and congratulate her!

On a sad note you may have read on the Squigglefly blog that Vicki Parson from Stamped Smiles will be leaving the design team near the end of November. Vicki needs to spend more time with her family, which I certainly understand and agree with, but she will be sorely missed!

I've finally taken the plunge and sent off eight cards to be considered for publication, so wish me luck on that! I hope you all have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

edited to add - Today Heather has an article in Craft Critique on Squigglefly! If you go check it out you might find something at the end of the article to save you money.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Winner of Giveaway

Sorry it's taken me longer than expected to get back to you with the winner of yesterday's card. Random.org has picked #6 which makes Deanna C. the winner of the card!
Deanna, if you'll send me your address at usyungs@gmail.com I'll get this out to you right away!

Thanks for commenting everyone!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Announcement and A One Layer Sweetie

Hey everyone! Sorry I'm a little late this morning. It was raining when I woke up, so since there would be no morning walk with Riley I turned the alarm off and slept in a little longer! It's still raining and looks like it will all day! Too bad I have to go to work today because it would be a perfect stay in and stamp day.


If you haven't yet commented on yesterday's card and you'd like a chance to win it, you still have time. I won't have random.org pick the winner until after noon.

I have an important announcement to make - the video that shows the "Holly-soft" had to be re-edited, so the link to that video if you are here looking for it or wanted to pass it on to someone can now be found HERE I also changed out the video that was on my blog post, so if you send them to my blog they'll find it under tutorials. I do appreciate the response!


Today I have a simple little one layer card to show you.



(click to enlarge)

I used the too cute Ice Cream Girl that Lynne Stansbery drew along with a flower stamp I got from Michael's dollar spot. I colored her with copic markers and chalked the grass and sky.
For some reason my sky doesn't show up in the photo!

Once again I used a little grass sprigs stamp from Art Impressions to stamp over my chalked grass. The words were computer generated, but I can't remember the font I used. Sorry about that! The top part of the card was embossed with the swiss dots embossing folder and then I simply tied a ribbon around the card where the embossing ends.

I'll be back a little later to tell you who wins the card! Thanks for looking!

Giveaway Some Winter Fun

Good morning everyone! I want to thank Heather from Stamping The Details for passing on this award to me





In accepting this award I have to list ten things about myself and pass this on to five other people. The five blogs I pass this award on to are all admired by me for their fantastic creativity. I know if you visit you are sure to find some wonderful eye candy. They are in no particular order

1. Scrappy Jane's Designs
2. Oh My Cuppy Cake
3. Expressions With Heart
4. VL Designs
5. Tray's Spot

Now let's see if I can come up with ten things about me you don't already know

1. My first pet was a parakeet named Louie.
2. I was born in Houston, Texas.
3. My husband and I were married by a justice of the peace with no witnesses.
4. I've known my best friend since the 9th grade.
5. I once took the GED for a friend of mine so she could say she had it. I thought it was pretty bad that I could just walk in there and tell them I was her and take the test so later I called the newspaper and told them how easily it could be done. They've changed things since then!
6. I wet my pants during mass in Catholic school when I was in the 1st grade and let another girl get blamed for it.
7. I hate spiders (and most bugs really).
8. When I was 8 my friend and I pooled all of our easy bake oven mixes and baked up everything we had for a real feast. We drank dill pickle juice with our baked goods.
9. I am pretty bad at coming up with ten things about myself to tell people.
10. I didn't have my first professional massage until this year.

Today is card giveaway day. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and tomorrow afternoon I'll have random.org pick a person to receive the card along with an envelope (so you can mail it or keep it!)


Here's today's card


(click to enlarge)

I printed out the adorable Slippery Sled Shy Bear from Squigglefly and colored it with copic markers. Then I went to town with the faux flower soft! I wanted it to look thick like snow drifts so I applied crystal lacquer and then sprinkled the faux flower soft on and let it sit for a bit and then I pressed it in and added a little more.

I flocked the brim of his hat and then glued on a tiny pom pom. The card base is a periwinkle blue and I embossed a piece of vellum with a snowflake Spellbinder impressability to lay over that.

I tied a white sheer ribbon around the top and tied on a iridescent snowflake charm. I got a ton of those snowflakes at the dollar store! I dressed this one up a bit with a blue gem in the center. The envelope has a few hero art snowflakes stamped in brilliance sky blue ink and then brushed with some pearl ex for extra shimmer.

It's a card with a lot of texture! Like it? Well, don't forget to comment! Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Hi everyone! I hope you are all staying well! I keep hearing about more and more people getting the flu!

Yesterday Rhonda challenged the Squigglefly design team to make a Thanksgiving card using a Squigglefly sentiment. The design team did a really great job too, the cards are all so varied!

Luckily with the new release they just had over the weekend there is now a wonderful Thanksgiving Sentiment that Nina Brackett drew. I think it not only makes a lovely card, but would also make pretty place settings.

Anyway, I decided to join in on the challenge by using Nina's design on this card




(click to enlarge)

I colored the leaves with copic markers and then ran a clear embossing pen over the swirls and embossed some copper colored glittery embossing powder over it. I sponged the edges and then mounted it on to two differnt colors of cardstock.

I used some skeleton leaf stamps that I believe are from GG Designs with a close to cocoa ink on some kraft cardstock and mounted both pieces on to some green cardstock. I found some lovely shimmery copper ribbon in my stash and tied that around it all and placed all of it on a card base that is a yellowy orange color - I think it's Apricot Appeal from Stampin Up.

This is a really quick card to make if you are making a lot of Thanksgiving cards! I love Nina's sentiment images; she always has such pretty fonts and sweet images to go with them.

Tomorrow is card give away day, so I hope you come back for that! Have a great day, stay safe and well, and thanks so much for looking!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Celebration Dance

Hi everyone and a happy Monday to you! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Mine was really nice, but they're never long enough.

Today I am happy to announce the winner of the spellbinders impressability I have offered up as a prize to someone who entered last week's Squigglefly challenge to make a Halloween card using orange, black, purple, and an embellishment of a bat, crow, or spider. The winner is Linda L. who created a very ingenious pop up card using the freebie witch image! You can see Linda's creation here. Linda, please contact me at usyungs@gmail.com with your address and I'll mail this right out to you!


Yesterday was featured stamper challenge at Splitcoast Stampers. You know how much I love to participate in that! Yesterday's featured stamper is Riley Fitzgerald and the card I CASED can be seen here.

I kept with the same layout, but I omitted the brads. I used a different image, but I kept with the whole "dance" theme and chose the adorable image Cheryl Alger drew called Lulu In Dance.


(click to enlarge)

I used papers from My Mind's Eye and printed my words out with my computer. The font is ck Becky which is available free here. The copics I used to color this are these




Today is another challenge on the Squigglefly blog, so I'm off to see what Rhonda has to challenge us with today! I hope you have a fantastic day, and thanks for looking!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Make Your Own colored fluff for flowers and snow

edited to add - the colored fluff for flowers and snow is a make your own product that is similar to something you buy that sounds like Power Loft, but starts with an F and an S. I have edited this blog post and my videos for the last time trying to make this company happy.

Hey everyone! By now if you are a Squigglefly newsletter subscriber you have received your newsletter! I wanted to be sure you noticed that there is a coupon at the bottom of the newsletter. The coupon is good until October 19th, and there's no better time to shop than now with all of the new images out!

I hope you had a great day yesterday. I certainly did! The weather here was perfect! We had blue skies



with just enough clouds to cover the sun now and then so it didn't get too warm



I spent a lot of time outside with Riley. she was really loving being outside and I snapped some pictures of her. This one is especially cute because I put a dandelion behind her ear and she left it there!



Well, I've got some fun stuff to show you today! First of all let me show you my card




(click to enlarge)

I used the new image from Crissy Armstrong called Christmas With Oswalda I colored it with copic markers and then added some faux flower soft on the ground and the ball and brim of her hat.

You know the other day I said that I thought you could probably make your own polar white flower soft by grating styrofoam? Well, I decided to give it a try. It worked great! Click on any picture for a close up.

I bought some of these styrofoam balls at the dollar store



Then I simpley rubbed them together and let it grate itself! Here is a comparison of the styrofoam and the polar white flower soft



Then I wanted to try my hand at coloring it. I used some re-inkers and just laid some drops around a pile of styrofoam and then mixed it together with a pencil. It worked great!






I made a video showing you how I did it. It's quick, easy, fun, and a real money saver! Plus if you only need a little of a particular color you can make as much as need! Here's the video. I hope you enjoy it, and thanks for looking!

EDITED TO ADD- The original video had to be edited and here is the revised video


Saturday, October 17, 2009

Find The Hidden Blinkie Winners!

The winners of Find The Hidden Blinkie game have been drawn! Random.org picked
Number 22 - Jeanne
Number 25 - sharon
Number 31 - Betty aka Zacksnana
Number 3 - Dawn B
and
Number 10 - Shazza!

If all of you will e mail me at usyungs@gmail.com and tell me the two images you would like to have I will get them to you!

I so appreciate everyone who played along with the game!

Making A Scene In The Spotlight

Hi everyone! Big day today with lots to tell you so I hope you hang in with me to the end! First of all today is the day that the new images you've been seeing the past few days can be purchased from Squigglefly!
Also, there's still a little time to find the hidden blinkie, so while you're there eyeing the new images browse a little further and try to find this



When you find it come back to my blog and leave me a comment telling me where it was. This will put your name in the drawing (via random.org) where FIVE people will when their choice of two free images! I'm going to do the drawing and announce the winner a little later on.

The next bit of news I have is this



yes, Vicki asked me to be a guest diva for this week's Saturday Spotlight with Hidden Potential! What an honor it was to be asked! This week the challenge is to create a scene. Well, I really wanted to go all out to make a scene and digital stamps are PERFECT for making scenes because you can re-size them so the scale is always exactly right!

The card I made has SIX different Squigglefly images on it! Can you spot them all?



(click to enlarge)

First off we have the main park scene called A Walk In The Park which has the couple walking down the path. Down on the lower left is the little For You turtle waiting to cross the walk way. The poor man with the dog (Doggone It!) is stuck on the path while his dog barks at the non-plussed cat (Inky Paws. Further in the background are two young girls telling secrets (Gossip Girls), and a teenager out in the park with her cell phone (Cell Girl). A typical day at the park!

I colored the image with copic markers and chalk. The words are computer generated and I used punches for the flower and leaf sprigs. I embossed the card with a provo craft embossing folder and added stickles to the flower center. The whole time I was coloring this I was humming Saturday In The Park, I think it was the 4th of July!

Well, since you may have seen this card on Vicki's challenge blog already today, I wanted to have something new for you here so I made another card that I think still qualifies as a scene.



(click to enlarge)

This card uses one of the new images by brand new to Squigglefly artist Eline Pellinkhof. I love the adorable images Eline has drawn! This one is called Flower Umbrella.

I colored it with copic markers and then created the water, grass, and sky with chalk. I stamped some grass sprigs over the chalk for dimension. I sewed on little yellow seed beads for the inside of the flower. The words are computer generated.

Tonight is digi day at Squigglefly's group on card universe at 7:00 central. Stef and I have had such a busy week that we're just going to make it a fun, easy evening, but there will be a prize so I hope you will join us!

Whew, what a long post! I hope you enjoyed it, and I thank you so much for stopping by!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Busted!

Happy Friday everyone! I have had such fun seeing all the wonderful things being made by the design team with Squigglefly's newest images! I hope you have too. You still have time to find the hidden blinkie on Squigglefly's site, because the winners won't be picked until sometime tomorrow. The blinkie you're searching for looks like this



Once you find it, just come to my blog and leave a comment telling me where it is. I'm moderating all the comments so the answer isn't revealed. All the PEOPLE finding the blinkie and leaving a comment telling me where it is will be entered into a random.org drawing where FIVE winners will get to pick two images of their choice. It'll be hard to choose though because there are so many wonderful ones!

edited to add - lots of PEOPLE are leaving me comments saying they're finding the blinkie on some of the design team blogs. Those are not the blinkies you're searching for. The blinkie you want to find is hidden on the Squigglefly store site.

One such image by Cheryl Alger who is an artist new to Squigglefly this month is the one I've used on today's card. This image is called Santa's Oops Helper


(click to enlarge)

I think this is just the cutest image! I love the look on this guy's face! It was really a fun card to color. I colored it with copic markers, and then I ran a glue pen over the ornaments and sprinkled on some glitter. I put a little bit of puff paint on the brim of the elf's hat and chalked a bit in the background. The tops of the ornaments were colored in with a gold glitter gel pen.

Usually when I'm coloring an image I try to think of sentiments to use on cards with it. When I was doing this card one thing kept going through my mind over and over, and I think most of you know my sense of humor can be twisted sometimes so here's the inside of the card




(click to enlarge)

I have so many people on my Christmas card list who need a card like this! I hope you find yourself chuckling over this too!

The copic colors I used on this are these



One more thing I wanted to mention to you. Someone named Sarah wrote me yesterday and asked if I would mention her jewelry site to you all. I went to take a look and thought that with Christmas coming up you may like to take a look, so if that interests you please go have a peek at LuShae Jewelry.

Okay, go hunt for that button if you haven't found it yet, and thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

When All Else Fails

Good morning everyone! Are you enjoying the sneak peeks of the new images so far? Well, there are a LOT more to see! Also, don't forget to go look for the hidden button on the Squigglefly site for a chance to win! Once you find the button, just come back here and leave a comment telling me where you found it. That's all there is to it! The button you're looking for is this one



In fact the button is a blinkie andyou can see it on the left hand side of my blog blinking it's little heart out! LOL! You can grab it and put it on your blog to help spread the word about Squigglefly!

I have a cute card to show you today. This one uses a brand new image drawn by Chesney Young called No Peking. I think it's just the cutest little puppy!


(click to enlarge)

I colored it with copic markers and did a little bit of chalking on the background. the sentiment was printed out directly on to the designer paper. It's kind of hard to see in the photo, but the card base is embossed with a Quick Kutz embossing folder called lines and dots.

I printed this image twice and cut the head out of one to pop up over the main image. Here's a close up so you can see the dimension better



I colored a couple of bridal flowers from Michael's with a pink copic and used some yellow rain dots in the flower centers.

Be sure to check out the Design Team's blogs today to see more sneak peeks, and the images will be available on Saturday! I hope your day is absolutely fantastic, and thanks for looking!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Christmas Wishes

Hi everyone! What a fun day I had yesterday! I spent all day long in my craft room and I had such fun listening to the rain pour down and coloring away on the new images! Are you excited about the sneak peeks? There's some fun involved in the pre-release peeks too, so after you see my card, be sure to read about how you can win some of the new images!

For my first sneak peek I chose to use an image drawn by Crissy Armstrong. This darling image is called Santa's Mailbox.



(click to enlarge)


I colored this with copic markers and then went to town on embellishments. I used some teeny buttons on Santa's coat, white flock on his beard and mustache, and some polar white flower soft for the snow on the ground.

Someone asked me about the flower soft the other day, and I think it feels like shredded foam. If you bought one of the white styrofoam balls, or cones they sell and ran it across a cheese grater I think you'd have yourself some white flower soft!
Of course, you'd probably have yourself quite a mess too!

I sponged some blue ink on the background for the sky. The words are computer generated and the paper I used is some free digital paper from Cherie Mask.

Isn't this just the cutest image? There's a ton more coming this Saturday and you'll want to check out the design team's pages today because they're all showing sneak peeks too.

Now how do you win images? Well, today through Friday there is an animated button hidden somewhere on the Squigglefly site. All you have to do is find the button, come back here and leave a comment telling me where the button is. Here's what the button looks like

I'm going to have the comments hidden from view so no one will see your answer. Then on Saturday, random.org will pick FIVE winners. Each winner will get to pick two images of their choice. They don't have to be one of the new images; so if there's an image you've had your eye on you can pick that one!
So, you've got three days to locate the button!

I won't keep you any longer because I know there is lots to see out there, and I know you're going to love what you see! Have a great day, and thanks for looking!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Witch Is Back, And She Wants Chocolate

Good morning to you all! I am running late this morning. It is pouring outside and I guess the sound of the rain just lulled me back to sleep after I turned off my alarm clock because the next thing I knew I had over slept by an hour and a half!
Well, there was no walking with Riley this morning in this downpour, so I sat here having my coffee and I looked at the weather map and saw that it is pretty much going to pour buckets all day long. Since I work for a construction company I know there will be absolutely NOTHING going on all day, so I called my boss and said it looked like a good day for me to take a day's vacation and he agreed!

I plan to use the time today making cards for the sneak peeks that start tomorrow! Can't wait to get my fingers coloring on them! Before I do that though, I need to show you the card I made for the Squigglefly challenge this week


(click to enlarge)

Kim challenged everyone to make a Halloween card using black, orange, and purple with an embellishment of a spider, bat, or crow. I used the freebie Witch image that Lynne Stansbery offered to us all and colored her with copic markers. I colored her hair reddish orange so I guess that counts as using orange! My designer paper is purple with black swirls and I have a little black bat in the corner.

My words are computer generated, and then I doodled some circles and highlighted the word chocolate. I'm giving away a brand new Spellbinders Impressability to one lucky person who enters this challenge and leaves me a comment with a link to their card on this post. It can't get any easier than this, and you've got all week long!

This card also qualifies for the Digital Tuesday Challenge which is to make a Halloween card and use a digital image!

Okay, I need to scoot and make some cards for this week! I hope you have a super great day and as always, thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Christmas Joy

Hi everyone and happy Monday (if there is such a thing!) I couldn't let the week go by without participating in the color challenge Stef has given us on the Squigglefly group at Card Universe. This week her challenge is to make a Christmas card using the colors red and green. You can see the other cards submitted for this challenge as well as join in by going here

For my card I chose the cute little carolers image from Squigglefly



(click to enlarge)

I colored the image with copic markers and then added some white flower soft for the snowflakes. I used some stickles on the candle flames as well as the big snowflake embellishment.

The snowflake is a Spellbinders die that I cut out of white cardstock and vellum. The designer paper on the background was wrapped with some of that thin, curly, gold wire I have.

The words were computer generated using word art to get the gentle curve. The font I used is called Liberty and you can grab it free here. update - someone let me know this font is no longer free.

Today is also the Squigglefly blog challenge which I see is to make a Halloween card! Everyone should be able to participate in this because Lynne Stansbery has given everyone a fantastic free witch image! You can get your free witch image here . In fact, if you make a card for the challenge this week and come back here to leave a comment with a link to your card I'll put you in the running to win a Spellbinders Impressability from me! Plus, you've still got all week to enter last Monday's challenge and be in the drawing to win two of the new images being released on Saturday! You can see last week's challenge here.

Only two more days and you'll get to see some of the new images coming to Squigglefly! I'm so excited for you to see them!

Have a great day, and thanks for looking!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Better Late than Never For the Spotlight!

Hi everyone! I've had a super busy, but super good day today! Ashley and I went to Scra Stampin in Cabot, Arkansas today to give our very first digital stamp class! We would have loved a bigger turn out of course, but it was really nice having a small group because everyone got one on one instruction and actaully got to sit at the computer and do the steps themselves.

It was fun to introduce the advantages and the ease of digital stamping to people. I think everyone had fun and really liked the Squigglefly images, and everyone learned something that will be valueable to them in their crafting.

Of course it was wonderful to have Ashley here for the day. We went out to eat after the class and enjoyed just hanging out and watching her dog Coop play with Riely. Riley is not a good sharer of her toys! The weather here was absolutely perfect in my book! I couldn't have ordered any better.

Before I had left for the class this morning I saw the new Saturday Spotlight challenge and all day long this idea has been pestering me, so I found time this evening to come make this card for her challenge


(click to enlarge)

Vicki's challenge is to "Dress Up Those Trees". I think one yellow ribbon around a tree is as dressed up as a tree needs to be. I found this tree image by Magenta called The Good Tree of Life. I left off those words that are at the bottom of this stamp and just stamped the tree.

The words around the tree are kindness - faith - joy - thankfullness - generosity - love - consideration - forgiveness - peace - hope - friendship.
I think all the men and women serving in the armed forces can feel each and everyone of these feelings for our country and it's people.

I colored the tree with copic markers and then chalked the sky and grass. I used my well loved grass sprigs stamp to stamp over the chalk. I cut slits on the sides of the tree trunk to slide the yellow ribbon through and tied it off. The image is matted with black and then mounted over a piece of vellum that's been embossed with leaves and the leaves are lightly colored from behind.

You may not see a post from me for a couple of days because I'm going to be working on some cards that use some images that won't be available until next Saturday. I can't start showing you peeks of these images until Wednesay, but I may be back before then with another card. I can tell you that you will love the new images!

I hope you have had a wonderful Saturday, and thanks for looking!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Fairy Toes, Rub Ons, and A Freebie!

Hi everyone! It's Friday and am I ever glad! Yesterday after work I went home and went into my craft room trying to work on the card I had partially finished. I moved things around, got on the computer a bit, went back to my card and nothing was coming to me. Finally after about 45 minutes an idea came to me. I jumped up to grab the right piece of cardstock and that's when my husband asked me if I was ready to go take Riley out. It just never seems to fail that as soon as I actually get excited and motivated to make something is when something comes up! Does that ever happen to you?

Anyway, we did take Riley out and I was able to finish up my card after we got back home. Before I show you the card I made though, I wanted to show you my inspiration. My daughter Chesney is the artist who drew the Fairy Pool image for Squigglefly. She doesn't make cards, but she does do some beautiful digital coloring and she shared a colored version of this image with me and I wanted to share it with ya'll.



(click to enlarge)

Isn't that just beautiful? I cannot color like this, but I did use her colored picture as inspiration for my card.


(click to enlarge)

There are lots of details on this card. First of all I colored the image with copic markers, and then I painted some iridescent blue twinkling h2o's over the wings. I embossed the card base with another Impressabilities from Spellbinders. This particular impressabilities is called Butterfly.



Then I ran a versamark pad over the embossed area and brushed on some blue green duo pearl ex to give it even more shimmer.

I used some crystal lacquer on the dew drops on the leaves and then some liquid pearls on the pearls in her hair. Here are some close up pictures to show you the shimmer, and all the other details.




The words are computer generated in a font called Windsong which you can get free here. I pierced around the half circle piece of designer paper and then did some faux stitching with a white gel pen. I stamped a speckle background stamp over my ground to give it the look that Chesney had on her ground. A little silver flower charm finishes it off.

FREEBIE

Squigglefly has a freebie available compliments of Lynne Stansbery! It's a great one for Halloween. Go grab it at their blog here!

And last, but not least I made a really short video that shows you how easy it is to make your own rub ons. It's something I learned a long time ago, but haven't used in a while. Anyway, I thought I'd share it with ya'll in case it's something you didn't know you could do.



Well, tomorrow is the day we go to Cabot to give our first ever digital stamping class! I'm really excited about it, and I know that after the class is over there will be a lot of digi converts! Once these ladies see how easy it is and learn how versatile digis are they will be hooked. Maybe I can get pictures to share.

Well, have a fabulous day and thanks for looking!