Thursday, December 31, 2009

Long On Love

Hi everyone! Happy last day of the year! If you go out and do any celebrating tonight, please be careful because there are a lot of crazy people on the roads on New Year's Eve!

I got the news at work yesterday that I wouldn't have to come in to work today, so I'm free today to play and create! I wanted to remind you that today is the last day to get your get well card made for Clyde to be entered into my challenge. I'll announce the winner of the prize tomorrow.

Also, the very talented Rich Davis who is the newest artist to join Squigglefly has very kindly drawn an image for you to use for a get well card and it is being offered as a freebie on the Squigglefly group at Card Universe. Hurry up and get it today though, because it's only there for a short time!

This is a card I made for the ladies at my dentist's office. They all love getting cards from me, and I always try to make one to send my payment in.


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I used the cute You're A Weiner image that Robin Willis drew for Squigglefly, except before I printed it I erased the words she had and added my own.

It's colored with copic markers and colored pencils. I punched a folk heart out on the side and then punched the heart again out of some designer paper and then glued the designer paper heart inside the card so it shows through the punched out heart on the front. I then added some pierced holes along the side and the bottom leading to the heart to draw attention to it.

Notice the sparkly collar the dog has on? That is my new spica copic markers. I do like the twinkle they give! Tomorrow Squigglefly will be announcing the new design team! Can't wait to see who it is! Well, enjoy your day and I thank you so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Birthday Tweetings

Okay, I'm in a big hurry this morning so I have very little time to write! I have a birthday card for you today, which is pretty obvious considering my post title! This card uses one of the brand new images Angie Davis drew for Squigglefly called Picking Flowers


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I think her birds would be wonderful paper pieced, but all of this is colored with copic markers. I chalked the sky and then stamped some grass sprigs over the green marker I colored for the grass. The words are computer generated and die cut with circle and scalloped circle nestabilites.


Don't forget to enter my challenge to make a get well card for Clyde! You can win a prize and you still have until New Year's Eve to enter! Just post a link to your card in the comment section HERE!

Squigglefly has contacted the new design team, and I think an announcement will be made very soon! Yay! I'm ready for the fun to begin again.

Right now, there is no fun for me though as I have to get ready for work. I hope you all have a fantastic day, and thanks for looking!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Feel Better Clyde!

Hi everyone! I hope you are having a good week so far. Before I get on with my post today I wanted to take the time to answer a couple of questions that Joanne left on my blog yesterday
Joanne asked: Questions:
1) can you use homemade paper in your printer?
2) I need a method to print my name onto fabric to make labels for a quilt block exchange - do you have any suggestions?


Joanne, you can indeed use homemade paper in your printer! What I do is put a little double sided tape on the back of the handmade paper and stick it to some regular copy paper. Then my printer will pick it up and run it through just like regular paper. Once I've printed on it, just carefully unstick it from the copy paper! If the paper you are using is really thick, you may have to adjust your printer settings to using a different kind of paper than plain.

As for printing your name onto fabric for your labels, I made a video that shows you how to print on fabric that you can see here. Simply put, you just iron the waxy side of freezer paper to your fabric, cut it to the size of paper for your printer, and then run it through your printer like normal.

I hope that helps you out Joanne!

Most of you know Stef aka Glitterbabe and Shady Lady, and if you follow her blog then you know her husband Clyde has been in the hospital since Christmas Eve.

A bunch of us on the Squigglefly group at Card Universe have been anxiously awaiting to hear who is going to be on the new design team. We are ready for challenges to begin again! So, I decided to issue my own challenge and I'm offering up a prize to go with it!

The challenge is to make a get well card for Clyde. You don't have to use a Squigglefly image for my challenge (but it'd be great if you did!), and you have until New Year's Eve to get your card posted. I'll post the winner on New Year's day. After you make the card and post it on your blog or a gallery, leave a comment with the link to your card on this post. If you need Stef's address to send the card to Clyde, just e mail me at usyungs@gmail.com and I'll give it to you.

Here's the card I made



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I used the darling little nurse that Susan Spiller drew for Squigglefly. I colored it with copic markers and chalked the background. The words are computer generated and then I cut them out with a nestabilites die.

I kept it pretty simple since it's for a man. I thought Clyde might appreciate a little glitter since he is married to Glitterbabe and all, but I left it off. I hope he gets a ton of cards and is back home before the challenge ends! Want to see what the prize is?





Have a great day, and thanks for looking!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Zen Dragonfly

I was not ready to get back to the work a day routine this morning! Well, it is a short work week and I have a three day weekend to look forward to!

I just adore this new image that Angie Davis drew for Squigglefly. It's such a simple sketch, but the lines are so peaceful. I was immediately drawn to it.


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The image is called Zen Dragonfly. My first thought was to print it on acetate and then do the alcohol inks smooched on the back of it. Then I thought about printing it directly onto some handmade paper. Both of these ways I think would be very striking. Once I printed it on the plain white cardstock though, I thought of watercoloring it. I think it would make a gorgeous ATC.

In the end I went very simple with it and just chalked it. I got to use my brand new spica copic markers to add color and shimmer to the dragonflys. I also puffed up the cattail with some brown puffy paint. Here's a close up so you can see the detail.



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The corners of the designer paper were notched and then I ran some iridescent thread around it. The words are from a Stampin Up set. The image panel is popped up with pop dots. I want to play with this image some more because I see so many possibilities in it!

I hope you have time to play today, and if you don't I still hope your day is wonderful! Thanks for looking!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

What's your New Year Resolution?

Hi everyone! Are you making any resolutions for the new year? I stopped making resolutions years ago. I was never very good at keeping them anyway, and making the resolution and then breaking it just served to make me feel bad about myself. So, I solved that by not making resolutions anymore!

If I were still making resolutions though, this is the kind I'd make



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I used an image from Squigglefly called The Wheels Are Turning that Chesney Young drew. I colored it with copic markers and chalked around her. I'm not real happy with my highlighting. that's something I need to practice more for sure! The corners are some dies that I cut out with the cuttlebug. I embossed the designer paper with a distressed stripes embossing folder that I got for Christmas. The words are printed out on my computer with a font called Bradly Hand. The wheels are definitely turning in this girl's head too! Here's the inside of the card



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Now, that kind of resolution would be a little easier to keep! LOL!

While I had New Year's on the brain, I made this card for the Papercraft Planet sketch challenge


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This uses the ever wonderful Estelle from Squigglefly. I colored her with copics and chalked around her. The words are computer generated in Book Antiqua font. Now, I'm sure you all want to know what the drink is, so the recipe is inside the card




Both of these cards qualify for the Corrosive Challenge this week too!

Did you see the new images at Squigglefly yesterday? Aren't they wonderful? There are so many I can't wait to make something with! Soon, we'll get to hear who is on the new design team, and I'm excited to see the challenges starting back too!

Yesterday we got the Christmas stuff put away and the house back in order. I sort of got my craft desk cleaned up and was able to spend a little bit of time playing. Today is grocery shopping day and getting ready to go back to the real world tomorrow. I hope you have a wonderful day, and thanks for looking!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Snowbody Else Like You

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas yesterday. We had a really nice time with the whole family together on Christmas Eve. The very last gift that was opened was an engagement ring for Chesney from her boyfriend Rob. It was a very sweet moment that I'm glad I was able to be a part of, and it looks like we have a wedding to look forward to!

There is a new release scheduled today at Squigglefly, but since Ashley is still away visiting her in laws for Christmas the release may not take place until later. I haven't been over there yet this morning to check!

You know snowmen don't have to be used for Christmas, they are great for any kind of cards in the winter time, and I thought this gift bearing snowman from Cheryl Alger would be perfect for someone having a birthday in January!


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I colored this with copic markers and printed the sentiment with my computer. I hand doodled around the flower brads.

I got some really fun craft stuff for Christmas! I got a whole set of copic spica markers, some refills for some copic colors, some of the new pastel copic markers, some quickie glue pens, lots of different embellishments, some ribbons, and some refills for my tape gun! I was also given a couple of gift certificates to Hobby Lobby, so I can look forward to fun shopping days! Today I hope to get the house back in order and spend some fun time playing with my new goodies!

I hope you have a wonderful day too, and thanks for looking!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Party Thing!

Hi everyone! I have another birthday card today. I told you I needed to make a bunch! This one I just love because the image is such a fun one.


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This is one of the new Squigglefly images by Rich Davis. It's called The Party Thing. It would be great for any kind of celebration or party invitation. Rich Davis is one of the new artists to join Squigglefly. He's designed greeting cards, illustrated children's books, and just recently created a game called Pick and Draw that is a fun game to help children learn to draw.

I colored the image with copic markers and then added lots of stickles the party confetti and the candle glow. It's hard to see, but I used some silver smooch on the fork in her hand. I bought a bottle of the silver when I was at Archivers in Memphis a few weeks ago. It's the first time I've used it and right now I'm not sure that I'm a big fan of it.

Well, that's it from me this morning. I've got a busy day at work since this is a short week but that will just make the day go by faster! I hope you have a great day, and thanks for looking!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Have A Tweet Birthday

Good morning everyone! I'm so glad that this a short work week! I hope all of you are ready for Christmas because it's coming on us fast!

I did have time to play in my craft room yesterday, and I got to play with some of the new images Squigglefly just released. I really love the bird images that one of the new artists Angie Davis has drawn. I love the loose, sketchy look to them. I used the one called Gift Birdie for a birthday card which makes it qualify for the Digital Tuesday challenge to make a birthday card!



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I colored it with copic markers and put some large blue rain dots in three of the corners. I colored part of a feather blue with a marker and tucked it under one of the corners too. I think it's a fun touch!

Here's the inside of the card





If you haven't seen the new images that Squigglefly just released over the weekend, I urge you to go take a look. there are some new shy bears and a couple of adorable RAK coons, a really fun Party Thing from Rich Davis, and a great Superbowl Teddy bear from Susan Spiller that is just in time for the football fan in your life! There are too many great ones to mention, so go check 'em out for yourself!

I do hope you have a wonderful day and thanks for looking!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

New Year's Babe

Hi everyone. well the new images at Squigglefly weren't released yesterday as planned. The internet was down and Ashley couldn't get them up. To help deal with the sorrow of not having new images, Chesney drew this fabulous girl to offer as a limited time Freebie.


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This image will only be offered on the Squigglefly group at SNR Card Universe and for a limited time. If you want to grab it before it's gone, head over there now - and why don't you join the Squigglefly group while you're there? That way you won't miss out on future freebies!


I colored the image with copic markers and computer generated the sentiment. The sketch is from this week's sketch challenge on Papercraft Planet. The gold layer is from a box top. I love the texture it has.

I accomplished so much yesterday! I gave the house a really good cleaning from top to bottom, and we got our grocery shopping done for the week. That means I'll have a little extra play time today! I hope you have time to play too! Thanks for looking!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Challenging birthday

Good morning everyone! I hope you are enjoying your weekend so far. I have a busy one with too much stuff to do, but it's mostly fun stuff.

Yesterday I had just enough crafting time in to make one card and I decided to play along with a couple of challenges while I was doing it. 365 cards had a color challenge yesterday to use light blue, dark blue, green, purple, and white, so I went with those colors. Then I found a sketch to follow at Friday Sketchers. This also would fall into the challenge they are having at Charisma Cards which is to make anything BUT a Christmas card!


The image I used is one that Robin Willis drew for Squigglefly called Season of Giving, but I cropped the words out and just used the image part so it could be a birthday card.




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I colored it with these copic markers




The Happy Birthday on the bottom is from a clear Stampendous set. I filled in the little circles with stickles. I punched the flower out, embossed it, and then sponged around the edges some before putting a big brad in the center.

I need to make so many more birthday cards. I am way behind on them and have none in my stash!

Today Squigglefly will be releasing some more new images! I'm very excited to see what they will have. I do know they have a couple of new artists; Rich and Angie Davis. They are a talented husband/wife team! Rich Davis has designed greeting cards, illustrated children's books, and just recently came out with a card game called Pick and Draw that's a fun game to help children learn to draw.

Well whatever your plans are today, I hope you have a great one. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Winner winner chicken dinner!

The winner of yesterday's framed Santa is Kris B.


Kris B. said...
Love this! You are so talented and bring many great ideas.

Kris, if you will please e mail me at usyungs@gmail.com with your mailing address I'll get this in the mail to you!

High Steaks

Good morning everyone! If you haven't yet commented on yesterday's card and you'd like to have a chance to win it, you still have time! I will have random.org pick a winner this afternoon.

I was really happy to see Squigglefly add a new image to their "divine bovine" series! I just love them because it's such fun to create a plain old silly card to send to to someone to make them smile. And I don't care how silly the pun, they do tend to make people smile. Okay, you may groan first - but I'll bet you smile!

The card I made today uses the newest image in this series called The Steaks Are High


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I followed the sketch for this week's sketch challenge on Splitcoast Stampers, but I turned it on it's side. The image is colored with copic markers and I used chalk around a scalloped circle for the clouds in the sky. The hot air balloon is paper pieced and I printed the words out on the computer.

I really had fun making this and I'm sending it to one of my sisters. She could use a card that will make her smile right now. Today she is headed to St. Louis to begin the process of a bone marrow transplant. This is a really scary time for her and her family, and I appreciate any prayers you wish to say for them.

It's hard to believe that one week from today is Christmas Eve! I still haven't hung a single ornament on our Christmas tree! I do plan to do that this weekend though! And there's another release from Squigglefly this weekend! Are you liking having a new release to look forward to every Saturday? I sure am!

I hope you all have a wonderful day, and I'll be back a little later to announce the winner of yesterday's card! Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Last giveaway of 2009

Hi everyone! Today is the last day for a giveaway this year! I've made a little stand up Christmas frame instead of a card!


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The gold frame is something I peeled off of an old store bought Christmas card. I stamped the new little Santa Claus that Bonita Jones has drawn for Squigglefly. It's not in the store right now, but I think it's due to be released this Saturday. I think it's just adorable; he looks like a little gnome!

I printed him out and colored him with copic markers. Then I added snow tex to his hat and flower soft on his beard. I applied a lot of layers of flower soft to get it thick, and then I had to draw his mustache line back in.

I punched some photo corners out of some green Christmas paper and used some snow flake dies and punches in the corner. I backed it with green velvet paper and glued on a stand so it stands up! Cute Christmas decor, huh?

If you'd like to win this, just leave a comment and tomorrow afternoon random.org will pick someone to receive it.

I am keeping this short because if you are as busy as I am these days you don't have to time to read a lot on blogs these days! Have a great day, and thanks for looking!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Shake, Shake, Shake!

Hi everyone! The day off helped Riley's leg a lot. She wasn't limping at all last night. Thank you to everyone who asked about her. I finally fnished my card for the Saturday Spotlight challenge


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I used the Little Rocker image from Squigglefly and colored it with copic markers. The words are computer generated.

My original plan was to use feathers on my card and I was going to have it say "Dance your tail feathers off" or "Shake your tail feathers", but I just plain ran out of time to make my plan work out! Oh well, another card for another day I guess!

Yesterday was spring like with temps in the mid sixties, and tonight it's supposed to be in the twenties! Crazy weather! Tomorrow is card give away day, so be sure to come back for that! Have a great day, and thanks for looking!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Red and Green Christmas

Hi everyone! Well, I didn't get as much time in my craft room as I would have liked yesterday. Things kept interrupting me and I finally gave in and decided it just wasn't meant to be!

I do have a Saturday Spotlight challenge card started, but the Lord only knows when I'll get a chance to finish it! I also started a card for the sketch challenge on Papercraft Planet. I did manage to complete a card for the featured stamper challenge on Splitcaost stampers. The card I picked to CASE can be seen here


And here is my card


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This is a really quick card to make and was perfect for the last minute Christmas cards that seem to be plaguing me these days! I used a Martha Stewart snowflake punch and stuck a green gem in the center. My greeting is printed out on my computer and then oval nestablities were used to cut it out.

Riley played way too hard yesterday and was limping on her right front leg last night, so I've declared that she is having a forced day off from hunting anything other than her ball today! Now if only someone would insist I take the day off! LOL!

I hope you enjoy your day today, and of course I thank you so much for stopping by to see what I've done!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Postman Always Rings Twice

Good morning everyone! Sorry I was missing yesterday but I sure did get a lot of pressing things done! I got the entire stack of gifts tha's been sitting on my craft room floor wrapped and under the tree! Our tree still doesn't have any decorations on it yet, but ...

I made six of the stocking gift card holders using the template on Splitcoast stampers, and I also decorated some hot chocolate tins that I got to give to our mailman at home and at work.

The stocking gift card holders are sure quick to make! If you have last minute gift cards to give anyone, I'd highly recommend making those! Not only are they quick, but you can make them all different and as simple or as fancy as you like!

I found these round tins of Cadbury hot chocolate mix on clearance last week, so I picked up a couple to give to our mailmen. I simply covered them with designer paper, added some punched snowflakes and a topper made with Robin Willi's circle sentiment snowman from Squigglefly, and they look pretty cute!







I added some snow tex to the hat pom pom and brim to give it a little texture. The designer paper is from Brenda Walton Christmas collection.

Did you all see the new images released at Squigglefly yesterday? There are so many that I love. By popular demand there are some new Shy Bears from Lynne Stansbery. and some wonderful new images from Susan Spiller, Cheryl Alger, Jane Beljo, Robin Willis, and Chesney Young! You really should swing over and take a look at the phenomenal talent that's there!

On a personal note, we took Riley out in the woods on Friday afternoon. She just thoroughly enjoys being out there sniffing for mice, moles, and squirrels. She checks out ever tree and hole there is and then goes back and does it again. She spent a long time inside this hollowed out dead tree and finally ran a mouse of it. He ran to the top of the dead tree and then a flying leap off and got away.

anyway, later when we got home we noticed her eyes looked all squinty and upon closer inspection we saw that both of her eyes had a lot of tree bark flakes in them. We tried to flush them out, but there was just too much of it so we ended up taking her to the vet. They got them flushed out and showed us how we could do it ourselves more easily. She just gets so involved in the hunt that she doesn't let a little old thing like tree bark in her eye slow her down a bit!

Brock was saying he didn't want to let her go back in the woods and hunt anymore, but I really hate to deprive her of something she loves to do so much. If we had a child who loved to ride bicycles and they fell and got hurt, would we say no more bicycle riding? We've tried to use the dog goggles to protect her eyes, but the grasses and brush that she runs in just pushes them off her head. They are great for wind and sand, but aren't much good for the stuff she's hunting in. It's a dilemma; we don't want her getting hurt but I sure don't want to keep her safe but have her be un happy!

Well, I'm going to make out my grocery list and menu for the week and then I hope to make a card for Vicki's Saturday Spotlight challenge as well as a featured stamper card! I hope you have a wonderful Sunday, and thank you for looking!

Friday, December 11, 2009

My Cards Aren't In A Magazine, but...

Hi everyone, and happy Friday! Earlier this week I was thumbing through a magazine we get at work, and I saw this page



I thought it made a pretty good card sketch and I liked the patterned paper, so I ripped it out and brought it home. Last night I put together these two cards using the wonderful Merry Christmas with a flourish that Nina Brackett designed for Squigglefly.



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These were very quick to make! I added little gems to the ends of the flourishes and colored them all red on the one card. I needed a few more last minute cards and these fit the bill well!

Tomorrow is another release of new images from Squigglefly! I'm excited to see what's in store for us! Be sure to check in tomorrow and see what they've got! I hope you all have a great day today, and thanks for looking!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Holly Jolly Christmas

Good morning everyone! While Freida and I were shopping at Archivers she found some flocked paper and pointed it out to me. She didn't get a piece of it until I said "have you ever seen how they emboss velvet with rubber stamps? You can do that with this paper." Well, since my saying that made her buy some of it, I thought I'd show that it can be done.


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Mary from Hot Potatoes rubber stamps is the person who came up with embossing on velvet with rubber stamps. You can see her instructions here.

The results with the suede paper are a little different because you don't get the shiny look, but it's done pretty much the same way. It's best to use a solid image. I spray my stamp with water and then lay the suede paper on top of the stamp face down. Place a hot iron on the back side of the paper and press for a good minute.
Don't worry, you won't hurt your rubber stamp.

The details on this card - after embossing the stamp I cut it out and then glued the three jewels in for the holly berries. I then matted it with the red card stock and ran a bead of glue around. The glitter was a real mess! It's that tinsely glitter and it got everywhere. You should see my craft room, and my tape gun keeps picking it up!

Well, our temperatures are sure cold now! I figure if it's gonna be this cold, the least it could do is snow! None in the forecast though. I'm glad tomorrow is Friday. I have a lot to do this weekend. We are going to get our tree up and I really want to wrap up all of my gifts so I can get them out of my way!

Wishing you all a fabulous day, and thanks for looking!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Shaking Up A Birthday Wish

Hi everyone. Well unfortunately I never did hear from Cheryl on the card she won last Wednesday, so I went to random.org and picked another winner. The winner of the card (you can see it HERE in case you've forgotten what it was) is Elaine Allen. Elaine, if you will e mail me at usyungs@gmail.com with your mailing address I'll get this in the mail to you. UPDATE: Cheryl just contacted me and said she's been sick all week. I think the card sounded perfect for her so I'm still mailing it to her and Elaine - I'm making you another card - so still e mail me your address!

Well I do have a card for you today, but I'm really not liking it too much. My boss is having a birthday today and I needed to make a card. I'm not that great with cards for men. Add that to the fact that I have had very little crafting time, and this is the result. The card could have been so much better, but I'm sure it won't make a bit of difference to him anyway.



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I used the new Make A Wish Cake image that Robin Willis drew for Squigglefly. I really like the square sentiment and the fact that this image is gender generic.

The shaker piece was an item that I picked up at Archivers. They are from Impression Obsession. You get a package of ten for about $5.00. They come in large and small squares, large and small circles, and one size of ovals. This card is using one of the small squares. They sure make shaker cards quick and simple! Here's what they look like




Now I have to tell you that it wasn't until I was taking the picture of the package that I saw they are self-adhesive! I ran a bead of glue on mine! Guess it'd help if I read the darn instructions! oh well, live and learn!

I hear there was supposed to be a snow storm in Illinois last night, so if you are where there is snow - run outside and build a snowman or make a snow angel! Then, if you can take a picture and send it to me so I can live vicariously thorough you! I want a SNOW DAY!

Well, even if you don't have snow I hope you enjoy your day tremendously and thanks for looking!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Are You Prepared?

I'm still waiting to hear from the winner of Wednesday's card, Cheryl aka momzilajn. Cheryl, please contact me at usyungs@gmail.com with your mailing address so I can send you this card.

Good morning everyone! I hope your week is going well so far. It's a rainy day here and would be a perfect day for me to stay home and create more cards, but alas that is not in the cards for me today. Yesterday I started addressing my Christmas cards. So far I have 55 addressed ready to put stamps on. Just a few more to do!

Today I have a fun winter card for you. It uses one of the images Lynne Stansbery drew for Squigglefly called Staying Warm. Can you remember getting so bundled up for winter that you could barely walk?



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I colored this with these copic markers




I added some puffy markers to the pom pom on his hat and his ear muffs. I used white puffy marker on the ear muffs and then colored it with a marker, so if you only have white you really don't need any other color! The snow on the bottom is light blue stickles with some home made flower soft on top.

The card stock I used is some Freida gave me when we were in Memphis. It's some of the shimmer card stock from Paper Temptress. I've been trying to avoid temptation and now that I've tried it I know I will be ordering some. The copics blend on this beautifully. In fact, you almost don't even need to use as many shades of each color because the blending is so smooth.
The shimmer this card stock has is lovely! Here's a close up so you can see



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When I saw this image I knew exactly what I wanted it to say on the inside.


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and he's not talking about going outside to play in the snow! LOL!

Well, what ever you do today I hope you have some fun doing it! Thanks for looking!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Joyous Poinsettia

I'm still waiting to hear from the winner of Wednesday's card, Cheryl aka momzilajn. Cheryl, please contact me at usyungs@gmail.com with your mailing address so I can send you this card.

Good morning! I hope you are all doing great this morning! I want to take this opportunity to tell Freida HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Hope your day is perfect in every way Freida!

If you haven't been to the squigglefly blog recently, you need to RUN there NOW and check out the absolutely AWESOME thing they have done! It's a beautiful, inspiration filled tribute to the artists and design team featuring their most popular images with cards created by their customers and design team. It is without a doubt something you will go back to again and again.

I was busy yesterday and didn't have that much time in my craft room, but I did have a chance to make a card for the featured stamper challenge on Splitcoast Stampers and as luck would have it, my card also works for the Saturday Spotlight Challenge!




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I used the pretty little poinsettia that Jane Beljo drew for Squigglefly. I printed it out two times and then cut one apart. I used the center of one to pop up over the full image, and the rest of the petals to slide in under the full image also with pop dots. It gives it a lot of dimension. I used some dots of glue in the center and then sprinkled some yellow glitter on.

I used two different leaf punches; one from Martha Stewart and one from EK Success. The JOY sentiment is from a Stampin Up set called The Snowflake Spot. The papers are from Brenda Walton Christmas pack and a Debbie Mumm holiday pack. I embossed the gold layer with the textile embossing folder from Provo Craft and was really impressed (like that pun?) with how much shinier it made the gold appear after it was embossed!

It was a pretty easy card to make and would be fast if you didn't do the cutting on the poinsettia I did. The three pearls are from Prima.

Well, I hope you have a fantastic day and you know I thank you for stopping by!


The card I CASED can be seen here.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

My Day With Freida

I'm still waiting to hear from the winner of Wednesday's card, Cheryl aka momzilajn. Cheryl, please contact me at usyungs@gmail.com with your mailing address so I can send you this card. It sounded like it would be the perfect card for you to have!

If I don't hear from Cheryl by Wednesday, the 9th of December I'll do another draw. I only have the last two cards from my Stamp A Stack to share with you today. I probably won't have any time to create today since I'm playing catch up from being gone Friday night and yesterday. And yesterday! Let me tell you about how wonderful yesterday was!

Freida and I met at Archivers in Memphis around 11:15 yesterday. Freida is just gorgeous and lovable in life as she is on line. We had such a good time! We went right into Archivers and before we knew it, it was nearly 2:00!



We left Archivers and went to a local Scrapbooking store called Ecclectica. Ashley was with us a lot of the time (she was graciously our chauffeur) and she snapped the picture of us and of the cards I'm about to show you.

While we were browsing the aisles in Archivers we found a lot of cards that we liked and I figured since I have the pictures why don't I share them with you too? Click on them to see them bigger)




(this one says "I LIVE in my big girl panties!")







I have one more picture of my visit with Freida, but I'm going to save until I need to blackmail her for something! LOL!

Okay, here are the last two cards from the Stamp A STack. As usual, I saved my favorite two for last




This bottom one uses some flocked designer paper from Stampin Up and the ornament is a punch. Very easy and fast!

Did you get to see all the new releases at Squigglefly? I was in Memphis at the time and actually got to see how Ashley does it! They have a brand new artist Bonita Jones who has some cute little birds and a wonderfully different set called Celestial Baubles.
Robin Willis
has some adorable baby themed sentiments as well as an OVAL Weenie Dog and Birthday cake!
Cheryl Alger has a couple more of her absolutely adorable snowmen and Susan Spiller has some more fun Christmas images!

This is the first release since Squigglefly has decided to release their images weekly instead of monthly, so if you don't see images from your favorite artists, you may see them soon! Squigglefly just wanted to get the images that related to Christmas out before the season got away!

Well, that's it from me today. I have grocery list making and shopping to do, laundry, and I'd love to be able to make a card so I'll have something to show you tomorrow! Enjoy your day, and thanks for looking!

Friday, December 4, 2009

An Award and Two Cards!

Hi everyone! I received a wonderful award from Shawna at Paper Kisses and Inky Wishes. Don't cha just love that name?! I'm truly honored that she thought of my blog for this award



Shawna has a wonderful blog and does so many pretty things. She's trying to build up her followers some, so it'd be great if you'd drop by and see what she's been up to.

The rules for receiving this nomination are to list 7 things people may find interesting about myself, but since I've done this several times before I thought I'd change it up just a bit and tell you 7 things about people I know. Now, if I know you and you're a little worried about what I might say - don't worry I won't air any dirty laundry!

1. My boss carves beautiful bears and owls out of tree stumps.
2. One of my older sisters dropped me on my head when I was a baby (I know what you're thinking and cut it out!)
3. Both of my daughters played musical instruments in high school.
4. My dog is a fantastic mole finder (she isn't nice to them after she finds them so don't ask to borrow her to find any pet moles)
5. A lady who used to work next door to my office pronounces "aspargus" os pa rau gus
6. A former co-worker pronounces the word "column" coll yum
7. A niece of mine is a huge fan of Gwen Stefani and has met her several times.

I'm also supposed to pass this on to seven other people, but in the spirit of not piling anything else on people's plates during this busy month I am not going to do that. Thank you Shawna for the award, I really appreciate it!

I still haven't been able to finish anything new, so here are two more cards we made at Stamp A Stack. The first one is super simple but really pretty. I love the embossed layer with the petals a plenty embossing folder.


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This next one they were coloring with chalks, but I left mine non-colored and used water colors on it after I got home. I like the old fashioned looking Santa. the only thing I don't like is the sentiment at the bottom because there is already a greeting in the image. I may remove it and put a ribbon there instead. What do you think?



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Well, we are leaving for Memphis when I get off work this afternoon. It will be nice to see Ashley and tomorrow I will be meeting Freida for a day of fun! So if you don't hear from me for a couple of days you'll know why! Don't forget that tomorrow Squigglefly has a new image release and they have a new artist to reveal too!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Card Winner

2nd post today - please scroll down to see previous post

Hi everyone! Just popping in to let you know who random.org picked as the winner of yesterday's card. It's Cheryl aka momzilajn

and Cheryl said

momzilajn said...
What a cute card, and I love the saying the most! It would be great to share with the girls at the stables that I ride at! love it! Cheryl

Cheryl, if you will please e mail me (usyungs@gmail.com) your address I'll get this in the mail to you! I hope the girls at the stables like it!

Dasher and trees

Hi everyone. There's still time to comment to win yesterday's card! Just leave a comment HERE. Last night I worked on making an envelope to go with it. I thought it turned out pretty cute, so I'm sharing a picture of the card with the envelope


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I cut down a larger Hallmark envelope and then punched the same border punch that I used on the card on the flap and then I glued on little white stars. I cut a strip from the same designer paper and glued it on the flap too. It's fun to decorate envelopes, and I don't take the time to do it very often!

Other than the envelope I didn't have time to finish anything else. I am working on something, but it's not ready. In the mean time I thought I'd share with you a couple of the cards I made at the Stamp A Stack I went to a couple of weeks ago.

This one was really quick to do because the sentiment and image are all one big stamp. We just stamped it on the white cardstock. I added a bit of glitter to the snow on the ground after I got it home. Very quick, but beautiful card so it's perfect if you have a ton of Christmas cards to make and you're pressed for time!




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This one is another one that I added a bit of glitter to after getting it home. I added some to the swirly area by his antlers. This was quick for us but the paper was already all cut for us too! I actually messed up on this one because all four corners were supposed to be clipped!

Well, we had rain all day yesterday and then it cooled down significantly so it's feeling more like December! The cooler weather has Riley pumped up and excited about everything!

I'll be back a little later to announce the winner of yesterday's card! Enjoy your day and thanks for looking!




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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Horse Sense

Hi everyone! Today is card give away day so if you'd like a chance to win this card, just leave a comment and tomorrow random.org will pick a person to receive the card! Wanna see the card I'm giving away?



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This was made for the Saturday Spotlight challenge to use something with a hat or hats in it. I love this spunky cow girl from Squigglefly called Cowgirl Up, and immediately thought of her in her cowgirl hat when I saw the challenge.

As I was making this I thought of the "don't squat with your spurs on" sentiment and it made me think that she was giving out a pretty good hint, like Hints From Heloise, only she's giving you pure horse sense! I was just giving you a peek into my mind and how I came up with the title of my post - in case you expecting to see a horse on my card! LOL!

The sentiment is computer generated. The girl is colored with copic markers and colored pencils. I punched little stars and glued them to her hat, and I used a white gel pen to add dots to her bandanna. I think she's pretty darn cute!

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

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

It's Not Freezin' Here

Hi everyone! Here it is December 1st already! I kind of feel like I got back to my normal work schedule now. How about ya'll? I still have lots to do around here. One exciting thing that I'm going to do this weekend is go to Memphis and my very dear blogging friend Freida is going to meet me there! I'm so excited to be meeting someone who is already such a dear friend to me! We are going to shop at Archivers and Eclectica which we recently discovered we have both been to in the past. Ashley lives in Memphis and has graciously offered to chauffeur us to the stores.

I'm bringing copics and images to color too! I am even giving Riley a bath before we go so she will look her (well almost) best when she gets to meet Freida. Anyway, I've been gathering things to take to Memphis and I have all of the Christmas gifts I've bought lying around waiting to be wrapped.

I did manage to squeeze some time in my craft room last night though and make this little winter greetings card.


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It is supposed to be freezin' season, but it's not gotten to that point here. It's been in the sixties most days and lows have dipped to the thirties, but mostly in the forties at night. I'm ready for some WINTER!

Anyway, I had fun making this wintry card. I used one of the circle sentiments by Robin Willis called Tis the Season available at Squigglefly. I love the circle sentiments because you don't have to think up or print a separate sentiment. It's all there in one sweet little package and all you get to do is the fun stuff of coloring and decorating it!

I used copic markers to color and then I glued a plastic piece from one of those "make a button" kits from Hobby Lobby. They are slightly rounded so you can have a little shaker stuff, but you can't over do it because they are quite shallow. They are easy peasy though! My shaker filling is faux flower soft.

I backed it with a scalloped circle and the super yummy die cut paper in the background is from K and Company called Deck the Halls. It's layered over some other designer paper that is light blue with white snow flakes and red dots. I don't know who makes that though off the top of my head, and I'm too pressed for time to go find out - sorry!

Anyway, that's it from me today! I hope you have a fantastic day and thanks for looking!