Sunday, January 31, 2010

I Love To Bug You

Hi everyone! Tomorrow is a new challenge on the Squigglefly blog, and I wanted to hurry up and get my card in for this week's challenge before it's too late! Kim challenge everyone to make a summer card, so here's my card

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I used the adorable little ladybug that was drawn by Eline Pellikhoff called Small Offering.

I colored it with copic markers and chalk. The grass is a stamp from Art Impressions and was stamped over the chalk. I added some yellow stickles in the center of the flower. The words are from a clear Stampendous stamp set. I tied on a little ribbon and finished off with a flower charm! Sweet and simple!

Maria is the one challenging us tomorrow, so be sure to swing by and see what she has planned. Beginning tomorrow all participants of the Squigglefly Challenge will be put into a drawing to win a prize! The prize could be a free image or a goodie bag from me - so be sure to play along! You do have to use a Squigglefly image on your card, but there are feebies you could use and some great ones for only 99 cents!

Enjoy your day and thanks for looking!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Cupid Says Be Mine

Hi everyone! Well we didn't get the snow I wanted yesterday, but we did get some ice and it was enough to give me a day off work so I spent practically the whole day crafting and making cards!

If you haven't yet checked out the new images at Squigglefly, you should run over there an take a look because there are some great ones! The card I'm sharing with you today is one of the new ones called Cherub Heart. Chesney Young is the artist and I really like how you can put whatever your "heart" desires inside the heart.

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I added the "be mine" text to the inside of the heart before I printed it. I used copics to color and then cut around part of the heart before die cutting it with an oval nestabilities die. I added some stickles to the wings. It's a very simple card, but I like the way it turned out.

There are so many challenges out there right now for using hearts or a valentine theme that this card fits several. Here they are

Dare You To Digi Stamp = use hearts for a valentine
No Time To Stamp - use hearts and the color red
Little Red Wagon - use hearts
Fab 'n Funky challenge - use a digi
Spoonful of Sugar challenge - freestyle

I have more to share, but I'm spreading them out over the week. I hope you are enjoying your weekend; staying warm and getting plenty of crafting time in! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Perk Up, It Might Snow!

Good morning everyone. I'm kind of excited today because the weather people are saying that it's going to rain today, and the rain will turn to ice a little later this evening and then turn to SNOW! I am hoping the ice misses us, but SNOW would be so great!

The card I have to share with you today is one that I made last week for the sketch challenge on Splitcoast Stampers. I used the Squigglefly image called The Morning Brew

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Chesney Young is the artist who drew this image. I think she could be a secretary ready for her boss with a pot of coffee, or an adoring wife sending her hubby off to his day at the office. There are so many possible ways to use this!

I colored it with copic markers and chalked around the background a little. The words were printed out on my computer but I can't remember the font - sorry!

Well, keep your fingers crossed I get some SNOW! I'll make ya another snow angel! Have a great day and thanks for lookin!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Featured Stamper Part Two

Happy hump day to you all! Today I thought I'd show you the 2nd card I made for the featured stamper challenge on splitcoast stampers. First, you should take a look at the card I chose to CASE, andyou can see that HERE.

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The image is one that Rich Davis drew for Squigglefly and it's called Heart Swash. I colored with copic markers, and it's hard to see in the photo but I did print this twice and cut the heart, leaves, and flower out so I could pop them up the way Karen did on her card.

My colors were chosen for the color challenge Stef has going on at the Squigglefly group on card universe. I wasn't sure about the yellow, but I like the way this has turned out!

Speaking of Rich Davis, I wanted to tell you all about a fun little game he's made called Pick and Draw. It's a wonderful tool to help children learn to draw, but more than that it's just plain fun! I think it would be a great game you could play with your kids or easy to put in your purse and carry with your to keep your child busy while you are doing something - plus they're gaining confidence in their abilities! Go check it out here and please spread the word about it to your friends.

I'd like to thank you for all the nice comments you made on my video yesterday. You all make me want to make more! I hope your day is a pleasant one, and thanks for looking!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Twist and Turn

Hi everyone! I was looking for some challenges to do over the weekend, and saw that Chris's challenge for the Corrosive Challenge is to make a card that has a fancy fold. I always love cards that open a little differently. This is a fold I learned a long time ago but I have no idea what it's called. I call it a twist turn card.

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I used the cupcake and birthday sentiment from Jane's Bakery Set at Squigglefly. I colored it with copic markers and used some crystal effects on the cherry. The cupcake holder is paper pieced.

These are pretty quick cards to make and are fun to open. While I was making this I thought some of you might want to know how to make one, so I made another one

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and I even made a video of it for ya! In the video it starts out with the cardstock already scored and the reason for that is because I was filming the video - got all the scores made and then the battery in my camera died! I had to charge the battery and start over, and I didn't want to use a new piece of cardstock!

If you can't see the video above just click HERE to see it on you tube. I hope you give one a try yourself!

Have a wonderful day, and thanks for looking!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Blue Bug

Hi everyone! Did your weekend go by as fast as mine? We had a great weekend! Riley got plenty of her outdoor time, I got plenty of craft room time, Brock got plenty of football time, and we got lots of "have to" things accomplished!

Not something I had to do, but something I love doing is the featured stamper challenge on splitcoast stampers. I found some great cards CASE and actually made two, but I'm only showing you one today.

If you'd like to see the card I am CASING, you can go see Karen's gallery HERE

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I had such fun making this! I used the cute little Love Bug image from Squigglefly, and the flowers and swirls are from Stampin Up's In Full Bloom and Sweet Hello sets. I colored with copic markers and chalked the background. I used some copic spicas on the hearts in his wings and antennas.

What a time I had making all of those white dots! I used white gesso; I'm kind of getting disgusted with my white gel pens blobbing up on me lately. I like the way the gesso makes the dots, but I was not crazy about the stitching.

The sentiment I made was a little too large for the front of my card so I put it on the inside

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

Up For A Game?

Good morning everyone! Well, I finished the card I was working on and I'm excited to show it to you not just because I really like it, but because it fit SIX challenges! Then Christy Dillman posted in the card universe group that she made a card fit TWENTY-THREE challenges! wow! I went and took a look at her challenges and some of the ones she found worked for my card too, so now it is for FIFTEEN challenges! Thanks Christy for the heads up on so many fun challenges! First I'll show you the card and tell you a bit about it and then I'll list the challenges.

I made a little valentine card, but I think this idea would be cute to just give as a little game and not necessarily as a card. Remember these kind of games where you tilt it to make the little bee bees roll into holes?

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I used the Owl Love image from Squigglefly and colored with copic markers. I glittered the heart with some ruby stone glitter. Then I punched his little eyes out! LOL! Don't worry I did it very gently!

I used one of the large square SHAKE ITs from Impression Obsession and raised it up a bit with foam so the little bee bees I added would be able to roll more freely.

The heart shaped button is one of a whole little bagful I bought from Jane Beljo. She makes some great buttons in all colors out of polymer clay. I tied a little bit of pink ribbon through it.

The words are computer generated, punched with a oval punch, and the edges are sponged. And just to show you that the game works and that I'm somewhat coordinated, here's a picture of it with his little "eyes" in place!

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Okay, here are the challenges this card fits

1. 365 cards - frayed ribbon
2. Dare U 2 Digi Stamp - use buttons
3. Crazy For Challenges - Pretty in pink!
4. Paper Cutz - farm animals - You know barns have owls!
5. Raise The Bar - use something you received as a gift. My boss gave me the bee bees!
6. Stamp Something - Something that makes you giggle. Well maybe the game will make a kid giggle - it only makes me smile. That's why I added the sentiment - the sentiment makes me giggle because he does only have eyes for you IF you can get the eyes in the holes!
7. Humble Pie challenge - to use red, pink, and white and use a heart.
8. Crafty Catz - Love and use a heart
9. Creative Belli - hearts
10. Incy Wincy - favortie coloring medium - duh! copics!
11. Inky Impressions - use pink and hearts
12. Little Paper Shop - buttons
13. Corrosive Challenge - use a digi
14. Your Next Stamp - use some sparkle. I've glittered the heart!
15. Papertake Weekly - pink

Well, I don't know exactly what's on my agenda today. I will probably do some cooking to save me some time in the kitchen this week. Hopefully I will get a chance to play in a few more challenges! I hope you're enjoying your day wherever you may be, and thank you for stopping by to see me!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

monster hugs

Hi everyone! Man, I've been working on a little project that I so wanted to have ready for you today, but I just ran out of time and hopefully will have it for you tomorrow. You'll like it though, I hope! :)

Have you been to Squigglefly and seen all the adorable images they just put up? There are so many that I just love and can't wait to color! If you haven't been you should run and check 'em out!

The card I made today uses one of Jane Beljo's huggable little monsters. This one is Smiley. The sentiment is of Nina Brackett's newest images and can be purchased here.

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I colored the littel guy with copic markers and then used the colorless blender to make dots all over him. You can't help but smile at him, can you? The designer paper was die cut and then I used a Basic Grey hand punch to make the triangle slits in the sides of the die cut to run the ribbon through.

It's a very simple, but still fun card don't ya think? Well, we have a rainy day here today and I am loving it! I'm ready to go get a fresh cup of coffee and settle into my craft room and finish up this one special project and then I'm going to see what challenges there are out there! I hope you have a fun day ahead of you as well, and thanks for looking!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Birthday Cheer

Hi everyone and happy Friday! I am really short on time so this post will be short and sweet.

One of my sisters had a birthday earlier in the week and this is the card I sent to her.

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The image is from Squigglefly, and it's called Sarcastic Cheerleader. I love the expression on her face! She is colored with copic markers. The designer paper didn't have any of the yellow in it, so I colored parts of the design in with yellow so it would match the colors in the image better.

The inside of the card says "I do when it's your birthday! Happy Birthday!" I think she'll like it, and I hope you do too! Tomorrow is new Squigglefly releases! I hope you have a wonderful Friday, and I thank you so much for stopping by to see me!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Card Winner!

Hi everyone. I decided not to post a card the day after card give away day so that way I'm only posting once a day. It gives people a little more time to post on the card that's being given away without having to back track a day.

Anyway, I do have a winner to announce. picked #22 which makes Jill Orcutt the winner!

jillorcutt said...
I Love this card. She looks just like my dauther at that age (now 25.) She used to "read" to her stuffed animals while she was potty training. She read while walking her dog in middle school. Her love for reading continues to this day. Thank you for such a terrifc card. Seeing your image put a huge smile on my face after a 'not-so-terrific' day.

Jill, if you will send me an e mail ( with your mailing address I'll get the card and envelope sent right to you!

I'll be back tomorrow with a new card! Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Love to read?

Hi everyone! Today is card giveaway day! I have a card that is perfect for giving to a book lover, or it would make a great card to accompany a book you are giving as a gift! If you'd like to have this card, just leave a comment on this post and tomorrow afternoon I'll have pick a winner!

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I used one of Cheryl Alger's darling images. This one is called Avid Reader. I colored it with copic markers. I had started out making this for a sketch challenge, but my image ended up being too large to work for it.

The quotation is by Garrison Keller and is computer generated. There are yellow rain dots on either side. Thanks for looking, and have a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Clean and Simple in Blue Times Two

Hi everyone! I went and had a look at the Squigglefly challenge yesterday and I was so blown away by the wonderful creations that the design team made. I was inspired to make my own clean and simple card using blue. I went with one of the new images that Nina Brackett drew called Bright Life. You get both the image and the sentiment together

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Talk about a quick card to do; this was super fast and easy! A little chalking under the lamp and embossing on the card is all it takes. I think this would be really pretty in red and black.

Then I had to take part in Vicki's Saturday Spotlight challenge because it had to do with one of my favorite things - snowflakes!

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Again, I went to one of Nina's images from her snowflake set. Nina's snowflake was printed several times and cut apart and stacked with pop dots for lots of dimension. I added lots of glitter, a couple of snowflake die cuts, and a computer generated sentiment. After I was finished with it, I realized that it also fits the Squigglefly challenge!

I hope you will take the time to play along in the challenge too. You could win one of the images drawn by Chesney Young just for playing along! Tomorrow is card give away day, so be sure to come back for that!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Beary Best Fishes

Good morning and happy Monday to you! I hope you had a really nice weekend. Mine was nice, but went by way too fast. Maybe you're one of the lucky ones who are off work today for Martin Luther King day and get to have your weekend extended!

I've had a few people ask me about the corner punch I used on this card. That is a corner punch from Marvy Uchida called Southwest Corner and you can purchase it at a number of places, but Frantic Stamper has them HERE (scroll pretty far down to the corner punches and it's on the far right, or just e mail Fran and tell her it's the Marvy Uchida Southwest corner punch and she'll know which one it is.

The card I made today is for three different challenges! The first challenge is Stamp Something's challenge to use blue and white.

The second challenge is where I got this wonderful sketch - Stampin' for the weekend, and the last challenge is for Paper Makeup which is to make a birthday card.

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I used the adorable little Goldfish Shybear from Squigglefly and colored with copic markers. Crystal effects was used on the fish bowl.

The words are computer generated. I enjoyed working on this card and the sketch was a fun one too. If you're up for a challenge, go check out the Squigglefly blog to see what Maria has challenged her group to do!

Have a great day, and thanks for looking!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Silly Fun

Good morning all. I just felt like having a little silly fun last night. I had this card in my mind and it wasn't going to leave me alone until it got made!

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I printed out Sherman the sheep two times and then colored each one a little differently. My coloring wasn't quick and I wasn't too concerned with it being perfect. The sky and grass are sponged with inks and then I splattered white gesso on to the sky for stars.

The words are computer generated. Not feeling too chatty this morning, so I'm just going to wish you a happy day and be on my way! Thanks for looking!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Bugs Drive Bugs?

Hi everyone! I just love the card I'm showing you today. I had so much fun with it, plus I just think it's a fun image! This is Little Hi; an image drawn by Rich Davis and it's available at Squigglefly. I love that the little bug has a little car he drives parked on a leaf below! LOL!

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I colored this with copic markers and chalked the sky background. I have made this card for a few challenges. The first challenge is the squigglefly color challenge at card universe. I may have taken liberties with this challenge because I don't have very of the green in there at all, and my eggplant color is questionable, but there it is anyway.
The second challenge is the No Time to Stamp challenge, which is a spring/floral theme.the next challenge is Dare U 2 Digi Stamp challenge to use buttons.

The next challenge - Yes, can you believe that I have another challenge?! The next challenge is 365 cards challenge to stitch on your card to add texture to an image. Here's a close up of my stitching

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I made little french knots in the flower and then stitched lines in the bud of the flower. It was a lot of fun to make. I hope you take a look at the new images that Squigglefly released this weekend. They are welcoming a new artist to the fold today - Angela Donato! She has drawn some precious images for her debut! Remember to put in your discount code "weekender" when you shop at Squigglefly this weekend!

Don't forget the pajama party tonight at 7pm central time! The fun happens in the Squigglefly group at Card Universe and I really hope you'll come by for a bit and have some fun with us.

The weather here is almost spring like and it just pulls me outdoors! I hope you are able to get out and enjoy your weekend too! Thanks for looking!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Baa Baa Black Sheep

Okay, maybe my sheep isn't black, but he is a little gray.

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I really love the way this card turned out. This is for the Digital Tuesday challenge which is Emboss It.

I used the cute little Sherman the sheep that Jane Beljo drew for Squigglefly and printed it out twice so I could cut the woolly parts out and emboss them with the swiss dots embossing folder. The edges were sponged with some ink. Then I popped up the woolly and the head for some dimension.

I used a Martha Stewart border punch for the lacy strip. I get very discouraged with some of the Martha Stewart punches because they are persnickety about going through card stock. I had to punch this one out of paper.

The "love ewe" sentiment is printed out on the computer. I added a little bow to the top and sponged turquoise around the edge. I finished off my embellishing with a clear bauble over the heart circle on the designer paper border! It's very simple, but I like it a lot.

The Squigglefly newsletter is out and I see they are giving a discount code on all purchases through the weekend. Just use the code "weekender" when you shop! Just in time for tomorrow's release of new images! Don't forget Digi Day's pajama party tomorrow evening at 7 pm central on Card Universe!

Have a fantastic day, and thanks for looking!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Hearty Hello

Hi everyone. I hope you're all having a good week so far! Before I show you today's card I just have to tell you go by Judy's blog Crazy For Cards Spot and take a look at the marvelous little book of monthly resolutions she made using different shy bears! She made it for the Squigglefly challenge to make anything but a card, and it's nothing short of fabulous. Go buy and show her some love for her creativity!

Now for my card today I used little Mia again, but this time I've let Bosko stay in the picture! I drew in some little curly whiskers too.

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I did this card for the featured stamper challenge on Splitcoast Stampers. If you want to see the card I CASED you can see it HERE

I colored this with copic markers and the words are computer generated. Here are the colors I used

It's an easy sketch, but still makes a cute card even without a lot of layers and embellishments. I'm just not sure I like the way I dotted her top though. It looked better in my mind, ya know?

Enjoy your day and thanks for looking!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Color me Late

Well I rushed home from work to hurriedly finish the card I was making for Stef's color challenge this week. got it finished, snapped a picture, uploaded it, and I must have crossed paths with Stef just leaving from posting the new color challenge because there were the new colors for this week. Oh well, even though I was late for the challenge I had fun making the card.

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I have been wanting to CASE this card that Pat Smether's has in her gallery on Splitcoast Stampers for a while now, and I thought Mia would be perfect for it. So, I opened Mia and Bosko up in my photo editing program and cut Bosko out of the picture. Then I had to draw part of her right boot, so don't look too closely at that boot!

I colored everything with copic markers and stamped the leaves from a Stampin Up set called Best Blossoms on to the circle. Little turquoise prima flowers with pearl centers finished that part off. The designer paper is from Carolyn Gavin.

If you want to join in this week's color challenge just head over to Card Universe ! This week her colors are purple, bright yellow, and green.

Mark your calendars now for this Saturday's digi day! It starts at 7pm central time at the card universe HERE. We will be having a pajama party with fun games and lots of prizes! I really hope you'll come!

Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Journal for Squigglefly Challenge

Hi everyone! Wow after the deep freeze we had over the weekend today it seemed like spring! the sun was out and we got up in the low to mid fifties! We took Riley out to the park after I got home from work and we could see color coming back into the trees and even the tops of jonquils poking through the ground! I think winter is leaving us and bringing an early spring. I'm not ready for it to be over! It was too fleeting!

Yesterday I got the sweetest picture from Stef of Jade playing with the magnetic paper doll set I made her using the Darla Dolly image.

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Isn't that just the sweetest little smile? Seeing that just made my day! I'm glad she liked it, and getting the picture was the next best thing to being there to see her enjoyment. Thanks for taking the time to take pictures and send them to me Stef!

Oh, didn't Squigglefly's new design team come out with a bang?! I thought the projects they made for the challenge were so amazing. I did play along because I got so much inspiration from seeing what they did. I really liked the notebooks so I dug through my drawer of alterable items and altered a notebook

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I made this notebook for a friend who made a new year resolution to lose weight. I thought the Weighty Matters Shy Bear that Lynne Stansbery drew for Squigglefly was a cute one to use. I was tempted to go with the funny Up A Few Pounds lady, but cuteness won out over funny.

The cupcake paper I covered the notebook with is some free digital paper I got at Funky Fairys Papercrafts. If I had more time I would have loved to cover it with different candy bar wrappers! Wouldn't that be cute?

That's it from me today! I hope you have a fantastic day and thank you so much for coming by to see me!

Monday, January 11, 2010

You've Got The Birthday

Hello everyone! Happy Monday to you all! I hope you had a nice weekend and are ready for the week to begin! Today the challenges start back on the Squigglefly blog, and I can't wait for the new design team to show you their stuff! Kim has given them a pretty hard challenge right out of the gate too - to make anything other than a card! I plan to participate later, but in the meantime I do have a birthday card for you

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I used one of the newest images Cheryl Alger has drawn for Squigglefly called Cake Lady. I colored her with colored pencils and added some chalk around the background. To add a little more glow around the candles I painted some iridescent medium around the flames and then dotted a bit of yellow stickles directly to the flames.

I colored her clothes very bright because my first intent was for a different greeting. I was going to have it say something on the front like "Do my loud clothes hurt your eyes?" and then on the inside it would say "Wait until you see me in my birthday suit!" LOL! I still may do that for another card another day, but I changed my mind in mid stream on this.

I computer generated the sentiment and thought it worked so well with this image as well as the Load of Cakes image that I'd offer it up as a freebie. If you'd like to have it, you can grab it at the Card Universe
or on the Squigglefly Yahoo group.

This card is for the Crazy For Challenges challenge and The Pink Elephant Challenge which are both to make a birthday card.

Please go check out the design team blogs (the links are in my sidebar on the left) and give the new designers a big welcome to their first Squigglefly challenge! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Let It Snow!

no, we don't have snow but if we did this would be me

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Doesn't she look like she's so happy it's snowing? I just love her! She is one of the newest images that Cheryl Alger has drawn for Squigglefly. The image is called Winter, and I made this card for two challenges.

The first challenge is the sketch challenge they had on Papercraft Planet yesterday, and for once I didn't vary from the sketch at all!

You will have to kind of think like I do to understand why I think this card also qualifies for Vicki's Saturday Spotlight challenge. Her challenge is to make something that depicts love without using hearts - well as you all know by now I love snow and I think the love this little girl has for snow shows through - so there! LOL!

I colored the image with copic markers and chalked the sky. Then I used some snow tex for the snow on the ground and also to dot the snowfall. I really like the texture of the snow tex - you can see a close up here

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The sentiment was computer generated and I sponged some blue around the edges and then glued a punched and stickled snowflake to the end. I hope you have been enjoying the cards everyone is making with the new images - I sure have!

I'd like to thank everyone who said prayers for Ashley and her group of campers. They made it back safe and somewhat sound last night. Their original plan was to stay Saturday night too, but Ashley said Friday night was sooo cold (duh!) and when she got up Saturday morning she told the others that she didn't think she could do another night. She told them that she didn't want to ruin their trip, so she would go back and stay in a hotel for the night and come back to get them the next afternoon. They all said "no, we don't want you to do that. We'll just do a day hike to this big tree and come back".

So, she agreed to that and they started off. She said they came to some water they had to cross, and it was not really shallow water. They told her that there were two more water crossings to go through. She said she took off her boots to cross the water and she put one foot in the water and her foot instantly went numb and she knew if she walked through the water that she wouldn't be able to walk because she couldn't feel her feet, so she told them she couldn't do it and she'd walk back and wait for them to finish the hike. They all didn't want her to walk back alone (thank goodness!) so they all packed up and came back. She said she felt bad for ruining their trip, but I am so thankful that she had the good sense to call it quits when she did.
Truthfully I think they were all just as glad she quit too!
She said that when she was putting her boot back on she was tying her shoelaces and her foot slipped and raked over her fingers and tore one of her fingernails completely off. She's exhausted, but she is SAFE!

Now I'm off to see who today's featured stamper is on Splitcoast Stampers. Have a fabulous day, and thanks for looking!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

I'm back!

Okay, I am back just like I promised and I do hope you think the card is fabulous! I actually think it can't help but be fabulous because I used two of Squigglefly's newest releases and they are fabulous all on their own!

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Aw! Isn't this little valentine bear adorable? It's from Cheryl Alger and it's called Beary Valentine. I printed it on to watercolor paper and colored with copics, colored pencils, and chalked the background. See the pretty paper behind the image? That is a marvelous background image called Heart Swirls that Rich Davis drew! Both of these images are available now at Squigglefly along with a bunch of other fun images!

The heart swirl background is colored all with copic spicas for added glitz! Another thing that makes this card fabulous is that it qualifies for FOUR challenges!

365 cards challenge - to use braiding on your card. I braided some bright red embroidery floss and wrapped it around the bottom of the background layer.

Daring Cardmakers challenge - to use something for the January birthstone which is garnet. I colored the heart the bear is holding a deep, dark red which is the color of garnet.

No Time To Stamp challenge which is to make a valentine.

and the Paper Makeup challenge which is where I got the sketch.

Now I'm off to make some more cards! The new images and the cards I've seen the design team making have really got me itching to create! I hope you find time to play today too. Thanks for coming back to see me!

I'm late

It is late Friday night and I know that I am not going to have a card for you to see when you check my blog on Saturday morning. And I really wanted to have a card for you since today is a very important day - it's the new release of Squigglefly images! And there are a lot of really wonderful images being released today so I wanted to have a card - but I don't - yet

but I will later!

My excuse is that Ashley and her husband decided to go camping last night - yes camping when this area is having unprecedented low temperatures with wind chills below zero! I have spent the last two days trying to talk them out of it but they insisted they would be fine.
They aren't going to a campground - they are hiking out into the wilderness and pitching camp. So when I realized that I couldn't talk them out of it, I did what I knew I would do - I worried. I worried about hypothermia, frostbite, one of them slipping or worse, falling, I worried about every scenario there is.

then I told myself something that I already knew - that they are adults and make their own decisions and that I needed let them be in God's hands; they couldn't be in mine! Then I went to ask very special ladies at the card universe group to pray for them like I was praying for them and they made me laugh and forget about worrying.

Then we started planning the next Digi Day with fun games and prizes! Jennifer Scull and Maria Matter brainstormed with me and we have come up with some fun ideas for digi day which is only a week away! By the time I got out of the group and wrote down ideas, my crafting time was used up! No time to make a card!

So that's a good excuse isn't it? But do come back because i will have a card for you later and it will be FABULOUS! :)

Friday, January 8, 2010

I'll Bend Like the Willow

Good morning and happy Friday to you all! I'm really sorry I didn't have a card to show you yesterday. I was just so bummed out over not having any snow that I guess I was sulking.

All day Wednesday the weather reports were calling for snow and the weather map sure looked like we wouldn't be missed. I just knew I'd have the day off to create a card or two and to build a snowman or at least make a few more snow angels. I know a lot of you are barely able to dig out of all the snow you've been having, and you think I'm nuts for wanting snow, but we don't get much here so it's fun when we do. But, I will take the day that's given me and bend like the willow - which brings me to
today's card!

I'm really excited to show you this one because it uses an image that will be released in the Squigglefly store tomorrow! This fabulous image is called Willow and is by artist Rich Davis.

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I colored this with copic markers and chalked the sky. It's hard to see the sky in my photo, but it's there! I went over the red fruits with a clear glaze pen and used a light blue copic spica on the little dots at the end of the branches and the birds wings to add just a bit of sparkle.

Now take a look at the grass under the tree. Here's a close up for you

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Isn't that stuff cool looking? It's some new stuff I ordered from Meyer Imports. I think most of their stuff is used for little scenes people build around train sets, but I think the grass stuff is really cool. I just spread a little glue around the base of the tree and then sprinkled some on. It adds some nice texture to the card as well.

I distressed the edges of the dark green cardstock the image panel was placed on, and then I embossed a couple of straight lines on the red card to sort of frame it.

Be sure to take a peek at the design team's blogs today for some more sneak peeks - and the squigglefly blog has posted little peeks of all the soon to be released images just to tantalize you!

I wish you a very happy day wherever you are and whatever you may be doing! Thanks for stopping by to see me!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Card winner - and snow a no show!

Hi everyone! Well, the weathermen yanked my chain all day yesterday. I just knew I'd wake up to snow and have a day off to create cards and build a snowman, but it just didn't happen for us. Disappointment doesn't even describe what I felt when I woke up this morning. Oh well, on the plus side I'm getting lots of end of the year and first of the year things done at work!

I now have the winner of yesterday's card. picked #18, which makes Jacque4u2c the winner!

jacque4u2c said...
This is just adorable!!!! This would just be a purrfect thing to win to send to my sister.

Jacque, I hope your sister enjoys the card! I'll be in touch with you to get your mailing address.

Sorry I don't have a card for ya'll today, but I'll be back tomorrow with one!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

A Purrfect Day For A Give Away

Hi everyone! Today is the first card give away day of 2010! If you'd like to have today's card and a matching envelope to go with it, then just leave a comment on this post and tomorrow I'll have pick a winner!

How cute is this little kitty? My cat will jump up and take my sit the minute it's vacated, and that's what this image reminds me of. It's drawn by Angie Davis and is called Chair Cat.

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The image was printed on to watercolor paper and then I colored with copic markers and chalked the background and floor. The chair was colored with black spica marker, and I also outlined the word "wonderful" with a yellow copic spica. The designer paper is embossed with the swiss dots embossing folder.

All the weather people are calling for some really chilly temperatures the next few days and I keep hearing the word "snow" so I've got my fingers crossed we actually get enough to build a snowman! Wouldn't that be a hoot?

Stef has started the color challenges back on the card universe, and this week her colors are turquoise, brown, and olive green. Everyone who participates will be put in a drawing and the winner will get a star. At the end of the month the person with the most stars will win a prize! Sometimes the prize will be a Squigglefly image, but sometimes it will be a fun little goodie, so I hope you all try to play along!

Well, I hope you are all staying warm and I wish you a wonderful day! Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Angels, Dog, Balloons, and SNOW!

Hi everyone! Well yesterday morning we awoke to a very light dusting of snow! Here's the view from my driveway

We don't get snow very often andI love the stuff, so I was a happy person to see it. Then my boss told me not to bother coming in since the weather pretty much had us shut down anyway (construction), so I had the day off! Well, what's a person who loves snow do on a day off when there's a little snow?

Make snow angels! LOL! There wasn't any snow on the grass I could use, so I went to the parking lot of the church next door to us and laid down and made snow angels! Riley loved it when I got on the ground and moved my arms and legs around! She loves the snow too!

Sunday on Splitcoast stampers they have their featured stamper challenge, and you know how much I love to participate in that! So here is the card I made for that

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I combined the balloons from Crissy Armstrong's Birthday Teddy image with the Proud Papa image that Eline Pelinkhoff drew. I used a ruler to draw the balloon strings.

I colored this with copic markers. I think what I am most proud of is the way I got the green balloon to show through the other balloons so they look transparent. It really turned out like I envisioned it! If you'd like to see the card I chose to CASE you can see it here

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

Monday, January 4, 2010

Money Saving Tip For Those Who Like Shimmer!

Hi everyone! How about starting your Monday off with a money saving tip? This is one I've been meaning to share with ya'll for quite some time. If you are a fan of the twinkling h2o's, shimmerz paints, or even the copic spicas, then you will like this! I made a little video that shows you how to do it, but first let me show you the cards (yes plural - I made TWO!)

The first one uses the Zen Dragonfly image that Angie Davis drew for Squigglefly. This image is quickly becoming one of my favorites. It is just such a versatile one. It can be used for birthdays, thinking of you cards, and even sympathy cards.

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Can you see the shimmer in it? I watercolored the image, chalked the bacground and then mounted it on to a piece of designer paper that was embossed with a provocraft embossing folder. I used some pretty purple and silver Christmas ribbon too.

My next card uses one of Cheryl Alger's adorable snowmen. This one is called Catching Snow. This one was colored with copic markers, but the shimmer technique was done a little differently on this one.

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I'm not as big a fan of this technique as the first one, but it was fun to test it out to see what I'd get.

Now, if you want to know what I did to get all of this shimmer, then go watch the video! I hope you enjoy it and that it saves you some money! Please note that the original video was about three minutes too long, so I had to cut out scenes and I'm not the best editor, so bear with me. I also notice that I say "So anyway" a LOT! LOL! Have a wonderful day, and thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Feed A Cold

Starve a fever, or is it the other way around? I never can remember, but it doesn't matter because starving myself just isn't going to happen! LOL! But it is cold season and Rich Davis drew an image for Squigglefly that is absolutely perfect for making a person feel better. This is the image that was offered as a freebie for a short time on card universe. He drew this after reading about my challenge to make Stef's husband Clyde a get well card. It's available for purchase now at Squigglefly and it's called Get Well Soup.

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Isn't this just a great get well image? I got my color inspiration from the pink designer paper, and here are the copic colors I used

I made mine a little more feminine, but I think the image would be a good one for a man too. Of course I wouldn't use ribbon, and I probably wouldn't have the pink designer paper either.

The challenge at Stamp Something this week is new somethings. I'm entering this card for the challenge because I've used a new image and new designer paper!

Have you been to Squigglefly and seen all of the new images? Aren't they wonderful? And what about that new design team? Are they rocking out some fantastic creations or what?! It's so inspiring!

If you'd like a little chuckle, you can view this short video I took yesterday of Riley

I hope you're enjoying your weekend, and I thank you for stopping by!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Happy Surprises

Well the day has finally arrived - listen to me! For Pete's sake, the last new image release was just last week and here I am sounding like I've waited forever! LOL!
I guess I just can't wait for you to all see and begin to play with the wonderful images! There are some "must haves" this week too!

The card I have today uses a new one by Cheryl Alger called Sweet Melissa.

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Isn't this just a darling image? It was fun to color too. I used copic markers and a little spica copic on the flower in her hat and on the lady bug. I highlighted with gesso. The sky was chalked.

The ribbon is slipped through a slit I cut in the fold, and wraps around the card and then ties through a button on the front. When I printed the greeting out, I decided to put it inside and I dressed up the ribbon that shows inside with another little bow.

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I cut the sentiment out with nestabilites dies and then dotted white dots on the scallops. I do like the little bow on the ribbon too! You should take a look at the Squigglefly Design Team's pages and see what they've done with some of the new images!

Someone asked me yesterday why Squigglefly had so many people on their design team. The reason is because the Squigglefly blog has a challenge every week. The design team is divided into two groups, so that way no one is over whelmed with having to complete challenges every single week. Most people on design teams are on more than one, and I know that it takes a lot of work. Squigglefly wants to keep the fun in designing and not let it become a job. So, that's the reason!

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

Friday, January 1, 2010

Winner and FANTASTIC stuff to share!

2nd post today. Scroll down to see earlier post - it's one that I'm sure you wouldn't want to miss!

oh my gosh, I am here to announce the winner of my get well Clyde challenge, but I also have some exciting news to share with you!

Squigglefly is sponsoring the copic creations challenge and the challenge is Coloring Fur! Go take a peek at the awesome job they did with many different furry animals that Squigglefly has!

Plus, the very talented Crissy Armstrong has made a video that shows you how she colored one of her new images that will be released tomorrow. The video is funny and informative, and plus you get a sneak peek at the image that will be available tomorrow! Check out Crissy's video HERE

Okay, the winner of the Get Well Clyde challenge is

Patricia St. Martin! Patricia, if you will e mail me your mailing address I'll get your prize sent out!

I really appreciate all of you who took the time to make Clyde a card. Also a big shout out and THANK YOU to Rich Davis for supplying a free image for this challenge!

Old Fashioned Fun

Happy New Year everyone! Squigglefly has something fun on their blog; a Blast From The Past! They're going back and looking at some of their first images and showing cards people have made with them. I think this is not only fun to see, but it gives you the opportunity to see images you may have missed!

Their new design team is to be announced today, and if you look at my blog you'll see them all listed! Tomorrow is a whole new release! I can't wait to have the challenges start back.

I will be back a little later to announce the winner of my Get Well Clyde Challenge, but for now I've got a project that I had such fun making. There is a little paper doll set that Chesney Young has drawn for Squigglefly called Darla Dolly. I printed this out on to some magnetic sheets that you can feed through your printer. They are made by Avery and look like this

I didn't even have to heat set my images on this and I colored it with copic markers. It was a lot of fun picking and choosing what color I wanted each piece to be. I had an empty tin and the magnet pieces stick to it perfectly! I put all her little clothes inside, and then printed out some more so the little girl who gets this can color her own outfits.

I covered the front and back of the tin with designer paper, punched some holes in the top of the tin and ran some ribbon through so she can carry it like a purse. What little girl doesn't like carrying a purse of her own? Here's the front of the tin with little Darla stuck on the outside.

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Isn't she cute? I used some blue spica copic on her eyes to give them sparkle.

When you open the tin you can see all of her clothing.

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I think this would be a perfect thing for a small child to play with in the car. All of the pieces stay stuck to the tin so nothing falls out and gets lost!

On the back, there is another piece of designer paper, and then I printed out the letters of the child's name, colored them in and cut them out and stuck them on the back.

Here are a couple of pictures of Darla Dolly dressed in some of her outfits

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You could even print out another set and they could have twin girls, or print one out smaller and she could have a little sister! Print one out even smaller and Darla Dolly could have her own dolly! LOL!

It really is fun to play around with, and so much easier than the paper dolls with the little tabs that never stay on the dolls. It's kind of like playing with colorforms; do you remember those?

Anyway, I do hope Jade enjoys her little gift and I hope you enjoy your day! Thanks for looking!