Friday, December 31, 2010

Looking Back at 2010

Hi everyone! Well tonight we say goodbye to 2010 and usher in a new year! We don't have any special plans to celebrate, but we are homebodies anyway. Just being home with my hubby doing our usual is good enough for me!

I've seen several blogs that have listed their top ten cards of the year, and it spurred me to take a look back at my blog. I have decided to share my two most favorite cards from each month in 2010. If you're new to this blog and haven't taken a look at my old posts then it will all be new to you. If you're a faithful follower and have seen these, maybe you'll enjoy seeing them again!

If you click on the name of the card it will take you to that post so you can read all the details. Clicking on the card will show you a larger image.

From January

Beary Best Fishes - uses Shy Bear Goldfish Bear


Birthday Cheer uses Sarcastic Cheerleader

From February

Sparking White uses Uphill Battle


Spring uses Spring Tree

From March

Are those Real? uses the Inside Outs Are those Real


Things to Avoid As We Age uses Up a Few Pounds

From April

Butterfly uses Fancy Flowers


Sunflower Easel uses Shy bear Butterfly Catchers and Friends Are Flowers

From May

How Embarrassing uses Well, This Is Embarrassing


Feelin' Groovy uses Hippie Queen and Peace, Love, and Groovy

From June

Baby Boy uses Jerry Giraffe


Charming Friends uses Charming Gardeners and Flower Frame

Whew! Only through half the year!

From July

Deja Moo uses Hello There


Skateboarding uses Trick Rider

From August

Frosted Pine uses The Beauty Of Pine

and Fall Four uses From Tiny Acorns

From September

Birdbath uses Simple Pleasures


A House For All Seasons uses Seasonal House On A Hill

From October

Hopeful Hummer uses the free Hummingbird


I Feel Like A Heel uses High Heel

From November

Sending Sunshine uses Spring Suite I


Just Ducky uses Duck Set

I am not going to bother going through December since it's so recent. Why don't YOU tell me which one was your favorite in December? It was fun looking back at all the cards I made, and I hope you enjoyed it too! Have a great day, and be careful if you go out celebrating tonight! Thanks for looking!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Fairy Sweet

Hi everyone! If you're like me you are probably making a few thank you cards right now! If you recall, Patricia St. Martin's granddaughter Emma made an adorable reindeer for me HERE, and I wanted to make her a thank you card.

What little girl doesn't love fairies? Well, when I saw the beautiful Fairy that Inger Harding drew for Squigglefly I thought it was the perfect image to use on a card for her - and to make it even more perfect Inger even named this fairy Emma!

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I colored her with Copic markers and chalked on the background. The sentiment is from a set of four different fairy greetings that go perfectly with the fairy images.

I added some sparkle to the fairy wings with some stickles, and punched some lacey borders to use along the bottom. I hope Emma enjoys her card as much as I've enjoyed having her reindeer grace my refrigerator!

That's it from me today, but I'll be back tomorrow! Have a wonderful day, and thanks for looking!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Featured Rooster

Wow, here it is hump day already! I could get used to these short weeks!
Today I have another card i made for the featured stamper challenge. This one was super simple as it required no coloring!

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I printed the Rooster image on to some watercolor paper and then just used an aqua brush to paint some water over it and let the printer ink bleed a bit. I tore some dryer sheet to use behind the image, and the background piece is a sample of wallpaper.

The sentiment was printed with my computer and I cut it out with one of the Spellbinder's tags that was a Christmas present from my daughter (thanks Ches!, and was attached with a black ribbon. You can see the card I chose to CASE HERE.

Squigglefly's new design team is rarin' to go and excited for the challenges to begin again. I am too! Wishing you all a great day, and thanks for looking!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Blushing Birthday

Hi everyone! Well, today it's back to the grind - for a short time and then it's new years eve!

I took a little time out to play along in the featured stamper challenge on Splitcoast Stampers while I was off work. The card I CASED can be seen HERE. For my card I used the Willow Tree and the heart swirl background in the Paper Patterns Pack; both by Rich Davis, and the Birthday Wishes by Jess Holland. All of these are available at Squigglefly.

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I used different inks to sponge the sky and ground using a punched circle to mask the sky. I sponged all over the heart swirl background too. Can you see my one GIGANTIC error? I put the paper in upside down when I printed my greeting! Hopefully the person who gets this will be so bowled over by the beauty of the card that they won't notice! LOL!

I put some pearls in the top right corner and added some ribbon to dress it up. I really like the softness of this card. It was fun to make too! Have a great day, and thanks for looking!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas In the Park

Hi everyone! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Ours was really nice. We got to spend some time with family and friends and Lord did we eat some food! I have not been able to spend much time crafting, but I do want to share a very special Christmas card I got from my sister Lynne Stansbery who draws for Squigglefly.

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Isn't this just the cutest thing you ever saw? she drew this and colored it with Prisma colored pencils. I think it's darling, and I love the holly border!

We spent a couple of hours in the woods the day after Christmas. I got a new camera for Christmas and wanted to try it out, so I took several pictures of our woodland adventure. This first one is Riley walking on a log

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and of course she had to investigate under the log in case there was a mouse or something

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and then we came across an old boat that someone had left - strange place to find a boat!

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And then we found another geo cache

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And here's one last picture of a deer head that Brock found. He certainly had some nice pretty teeth!

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I have taken the day off work today and now plan to spend some time in my craft room making cards so i will have things to share with you this week! Enjoy your day, and thanks for looking!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

just an observation

this post is total silliness, but it's a thought that crossed my mind when we were at the park with Riley and I wanted to illustrate it. Lord knows I am NOT an artist, but I think you will get the idea.

This first illustration is the path a human being normally takes to go from his house to the mailbox.

this second illustration is the path to the mailbox "as the crow flies"

And this final illustration is how Riley goes to the mailbox

thank you for indulging me - you may now resume your regular activities!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Last Christmas Card & DT Announcement!

Hi everyone! I want to share my very last Christmas card of the year with you, but I also wanted to show you how pretty my Christmas cactus has bloomed.

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Isn't it pretty?! Now, here is my last Christmas card; well I may make some more but they'll be saved throughout the year for a head start on next year's cards!

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I colored the cute little First Snow snowman by Cheryl Alger with Copic markers and then I embossed it with the swiss dots embossing folder. I dotted white over the embossed dots on the colored areas so they'd show up better.

It's cut out with a nestabilies die and framed with another one in red. The sentiment is computer generated and I added a cute snowflake button from Recollections at the top.

Today is a very exciting post because we are announcing Squigglefly's new design team! I'm so excited for you to all see who they are. There are some names you will recognize as they've been with Squigglefly before, but there are many new faces and I hope you'll take the time to go visit their blogs and get to know them. Many of them are announcing the news on their blogs today and will share some wonderful creations they've made with some Squigglefly images! We are once again going to have two groups and the groups will rotate every week on the Squigglefly blog challenge. Without further delay, let me introduce to you the new design team!
(just click on their names to go to their blog)

Chelsea Barnes LEADER

Kym Weber

Holley Barnhart

Kari Ronnabakk

Dana Christiansen

Penni Vickers

Tammy Hair

Lisa Faul

Diana Genario

Loretta Rodger

Vicki Parson LEADER

Sue Seidlinger

Dani Chapman

Dawn Lusk

Marlene Shaw

Janice Richardson

Rebecca Grohall

Stephanie Mino

Melody Schwartz

Jennifer Greco

Patricia St. Martin will be hosting Squigglefly's group on SNR Card Universe and Heather Strenzwilk will be the hostess at our group on Paper Craft Planet. They have some fun things planned for you there as well!

It's going to be great fun seeing what these talented ladies do in the coming new year, and Squigglefly has some surprises of their own too! I'm taking a blog break until after the first of the year so I can finish up last minute Christmas things and enjoy the holidays with my family. I wish you all a blessed Christmas and a wonderful new year! Thanks for looking!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Look What Santa Brings

I recently found a wonderful blog and had a wonderful time looking through all her projects, but this Glittery Punch Santa she made really won my heart. I had to make one of my own! I didn't have all of the punches she used, but I improvised with some of the ones I had. The only thing I couldn't improvise with was the ornament punch for Santa's boots, but a friend of mine had one and let me borrow hers - thanks Sherry!

I made mine to hang on a bag of homemade treats as a tag, but after they open the bag of treats they can hang the santa from their tree as an ornament.

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Didn't he turn out cute?

Not long ago I posted a fun craft HERE to do with your kids or grandkids making reindeer with their hands and feet. Well, Patricia St. Martin made some reindeer with her granddaughter Emma, and Emma sent me one!

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Isn't this adorable? I love how she's given the reindeer earrings! I now have Emma's reindeer hanging on my refrigerator decorating my kitchen for Christmas! Emma, I want you to know how much I love the reindeer you made for me! Thank you so much!

The other day I posted some thoughts on ART by Rich Davis who is one of Squigglefly's artists, and it made me think of a song that Harry Chapin did called Flowers Are Red. I loved Harry's songs - he told stories in music. Anyway, I thought some of you might not have ever heard this song and it's worth sharing, so go take a peek at this video to see Harry Chapin sing it.

Okay, I will be back tomorrow with my very last Christmas card of the year and I'll be announcing Squigglefly's new design team! I can't wait for you to all find out who they will be! Until then, stay happy and thanks for looking!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

What Have I Missed?

Hi everyone! I'm just popping in to share a cute card I made and if you're interested in the going ons with our dog Riley, then you can read about that after the cards! I saw a card at the store the other day, and I thought it was funny enough to make one of my own. I used the Looth Tooth image by Lynne Stansbery.

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I colored with Copic markers and used chalk around the background and added the text with my computer at the same time I printed the image. When I was coloring this I was thinking this would make a cute "All I Want For Christmas" card too!

Now the funny part is on the inside

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Since my last blog post we have had quite a Riley-ventful time!

It started out on Friday afternoon. We took her out to a friend's farm to run around on. He has gotten a new dog since we were there last so we weren't sure how that was going to go because sometimes Riley can't be nice to other dogs. Luckily this dog knew to back off when Riley warned her, but she didn't take it too seriously and came back time and time again to finally make friends with Riley. They ended up running around the whole place smelling every little thing and splashing in the pond. It was fun seeing them get along and run together.

Now this friend has pigs on the farm - big pigs that are in a pen. One of the pigs had a litter of piglets, so there were about ten little piglets in there. Really cute! What we didn't know was that they could wriggle out from under the pen and get out. Two of the piglets got out and were just walking around smelling things. Riley of course was very curious and followed them around smelling them, but being nice. Then one of the piglets got a little nervous and took off running. This made Riley chase, which in turn made the other dog run after Riley. The little pig runs around the pen and slides back under for safety, but Riley slid in too, and then so did the other dog! The other dog had been in there with the pigs before and was fine, but that dog is not Riley, the dog who is hell bent on doing things her way! I was scared to death the mama pig was going to show Riley who was boss! I wish I had had a camera going because one big pig got in front of Riley and she had a look on her face that was a little intimidated (which we never see) but saying "hey, I've got no beef with you - it's that little squirt I want!" Anyway, she kept chasing the little piglet and I'm yelling for Brock to get in the pen and get her out before something bad happens and the friend who owns the farm looks at me and says "the mama pig will make a believer out of her" and I said "that's what I'm afraid of!" He doesn't think of animals the same way I do. Anyway, Brock did climb into the pen and get her out before anything bad happened.

Then on Saturday we took her to the park for a little walk. We walked along the edge of the water by the river, and then on the way back we went up on higher ground to give her new ground to smell. Suddenly she jumps down the bank and the next thing I know she's got a skunk in her mouth shaking it in that terrier way. I start to pull on her leash telling her to stop but of course she doesn't. Brock jumps down the bank trying to avoid the skunk, but trying to get Riley to let go. Riley flips the skunk up and it lands a little away from her giving the skunk time to raise his tail, aim, and fire! She gets a load of skunk spray right in the face. Does that stop her? NO!
She is ready to go back for more and I'm still pulling on her leash trying to get her back up the bank, and Brock is trying to run back up the bank away from the skunk. I saw the skunk raise his tail and rotate is butt to take another shot and I gave the leash another tug and got her back up the bank. Then we had to walk back to the truck where we luckily had the forethought to pack a skunk spray emergency kit (learned that after Jacy got sprayed there a few years ago). I think Riley hated the de-skunking more than the skunking! We took Monday off!

Last night we went into the woods and hunted around. Riley found a geochache stuffed in the trunk of a tree. We pulled it out and left our names in the book. The latest entry was Thanksgiving day of this year. Then Riley found a log that she kept scratching at insisting that something was in it. Brock and I shook it and kicked it trying to scare anything out, but nothing. Riley kept insisting, so we gave it another try and a mouse ran out! She chased and we had to move the log a few more times for her to continue the chase, but she finally won and caught the mouse!

On our way back to the truck she saw a raccoon, and he ran up a tree but only part way. He kept looking at us so I dug in my pocket and found some dog treats we had brought and tossed one to him. Surprisingly he climbed down the tree and ate it and several more I threw to him. It was surprising because the whole time Riley was barking at him! Anyway, it's been really fun getting out with her and luckily a little skunk spray is the only damage we incurred!

Wishing you all a little less excitement in your days! Thanks for looking!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Two Christmas Cards

Hi everyone, and happy weekend! Today is Squigglefly's last release of the year. I urge you to run and take a look at what's new today as well as just browsing their images in general because there are ton of wonderful ones there and lots on sale!

I am going to share a couple of Christmas cards with you today. Both of my cards today use images by Lynne Stansbery. This first one is called Christmas Candle.

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I colored this with Copic markers and resisted the urge to use stickles on the candle flame! I stamped the Merry Christmas (from Stampin' Up!) directly on to the designer paper, but I feel it's a little lost amid the design. I tied a bit of green ribbon around the card and popped a button from Recollections on top.

My next card uses one of the much loved shy bears. This bear is called Ornament Shy Bear. Doesn't he look like he is having a grand old time?!

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I colored this with Copic markers and added a bit of faux flower soft to his hat brim. I used stickles as the glue to hold the flakes so it still has a bit of sparkle to it.

I am going to be taking a bit of a break from daily posts until after the first of the year. I have a lot of Christmas wrapping to do, but I am also working on getting the new Squigglefly design team in place. You'll all be seeing who they are really soon! There's more than just a new design team coming to Squigglefly in the new year, so stay tuned to find out what it is! I will be posting here and there, so don't stop coming by periodically - I love when you do!

Enjoy your Saturday!

Friday, December 10, 2010

A Christmas Kiss

Hi everyone. I'm so busy doing things that I don't know which end is up sometimes. Just yesterday I was talking about so many people being sick with some kind of virus going around and yesterday afternoon I had to take my sister to the hospital because she was sick. We were worried it might be pneumonia because she's had that before and it hits you so fast, but it ended up being this virus. Anyway, we spent three hours in the emergency waiting room, and then another four and half hours having blood drown, x rays taken, and IV's being given! Exhausting to say the least, but the good news is that she is doing better and is back home.

So, with that being said I'm not going to chit chat much, I'm just going to show you a card I made that uses the cute little Penguins Christmas Kiss by Diane Carubia.

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I colored this with copic markers, added a bit of faux flower soft, and backed it with a scalloped circle. The background paper is cut into three pieces and laid in place behind the image, but on the white card it was really kind of pointless because it just looks like wider white stripes; don't know what I was thinking there!

The rest is easy to see what I did. I just added some ribbon and a punched snowflake with a button!

Now I told you I wasn't going to do a lot of chit chatting this morning, but I do want to share with you something that Rich Davis shared with me. Rich is one of Squigglefly's artists and also the creator of the Pick and Draw game that I've mentioned here before. I just thought this was such an interesting way to look at the art we all make and thought you'd like it too so here's Rich...

God invented “Art”. It’s His idea.
It’s one of the many creative expressions of His nature.
He loves to create. He created it for His purposes.

I feel homeschool Moms can benefit by viewing art as something that can greatly help them meet their desires and goals for their kids in education.
I hope to voice that simply and clearly. I feel that Art’s greatest attribute is to “serve”. I believe it is like Joseph’s coat of many colors....very diverse. It’s not one a pin stripped is a pin stripped suit plus many more outfits all in one according to the need at hand. I believe God always meant for art to serve others and not be it’s own thing.

Unfortunately, we have embraced society’s misconception that art is exclusive. There has often been a snobbishness about art by those who do it. In return, kids who started out with pencils and crayons drawing on white paper (everyone) and enjoyed it greatly eventually decided they were not good enough and stopped trying. Usually, in a group of kids, most of the kids can identify “so and so is the artist”. And that becomes their excuse to not have to try anymore.

But what is art’s benefits by those who take the risk and keep trying it?
I polled others who use art in one manner or another and was overwhelmed to find out that the benefits were far, far more than I realized. It caused me to stop and analyze before the Lord the importance of art in our world....a world that is busy, busy and complicated and stressful and overloaded. Here are some of the benefits...
ART FOR...therapy (helping you visualize pain in your life)
ART FOR...guidance ART FOR...encouragement (think of when you make something for others as a gift)
ART FOR...story telling (a picture is worth a thousand words)
ART FOR...enhancement (bringing a sparkle to dull, lifeless places or activities in your life/schedule)
ART FOR...influencing and pursuading
ART FOR...problem solving
ART FOR...memorizing
ART FOR...bringing order from caos
ART FOR...defining
ART FOR...pain relief
ART FOR...relaxation

So there are only 11 on a list of over 200 that I collected!

If art has so many, many benefits, then why not experiment with using it in more and more areas of need in your daily life. How? Begin by asking Jesus how to use it to serve the needs you have...He invented it. He can communicate the way to you step by a journey. He’ll use any number of means to lead you....people, writings, things you see, impressions and even scriptures.

If art was always meant to be a servant to other’s needs, then those are the places it can be plugged in and used. Let art serve the other areas of your curriculum....let it bring freshness to areas of learning that are static or rote or difficult. Let it bring rejuvenation to areas in important relationships in your life where there has been deadness and confusion. Give it a chance to recharge you in finding the passion God has put in your heart for your were created for good works that have already been planned for you...let’s find them and be about them in relationship with God daily. Art is about serving other needs....that is it’s greatness....not just something pretty to hang on the wall. It goes so far beyond that. And the mark of the Holy Spirit’s touch in our lives daily always is creativity. He’s always freeing us from the things that weigh us down and causing us to gain “new” perspectives on areas/relationships in our lives. He is the God of the living...not the dead.

And, in this way, you don’t have to look at art as “another subject to stick in your curriculum” can be His wonderful glue that holds other things together and makes them unified. When kids are creative in drawing and doodling, then they are far more likely to be creative in the other areas of their life...I don’t know why it is that way but I do know that it is true. I’ve seen it over and over. Simple art activities build a good kind of confidence and learning in kids and helps them with problem solving and remembering while their is also “enjoyment” happening in the midst of it.
I believe this is why Art is a gift from is intended to serve with zest and life!
Rich Davis
Life is short and precious; let us live it with purpose and passion

Well, have a happy Friday and plases stay well! thanks for looking!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Wreath Hinge Card

Hi everyone! I hope your week is going well. I know so many people who are suffering from some kind of stomach virus right now, so I hope you are all healthy and feeling well! I'm doing my best to avoid getting sick - even went and got a flu shot this year!

Well after a little break from Christmas cards I'm back to them today! Today's card uses a simple Holly Wreath from Squigglefly, and what a deal this is at only 99 cents!

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I colored it with Copic markers and then added some glitter to the holly berries. It was cut out with a label nestabilites die and I did some sponging with red ink along the edge. Then I mounted it on a piece of evergreen card stock that was cut with a larger die. I cut two of these and made it into a hinge card by placing an eyelet in the upper left corner. Holes were punched in the front green layer so I could tie some red and white baker's twine around the card.

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here's a look at it fully opened

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The greeting inside is from a Stampin' Up! set, but it didn't stamp clearly so I went over it with a white gel pen so it looks a little squiggley! I added one of the holly leaf stickers from Recollections as an accent in the corner. I love those stickers!

Wishing you a happy day, and thanks for looking!