Wednesday, June 30, 2010

How To Please A Cat

Good morning everyone! We had such a wonderful rain yesterday. It was badly needed too! I loved the cloudy day that kept the sun at bay.

Today I have a fun card to show you, and it was super fast to do because I used one of the Inside Outs from Squigglefly! This one is called Happy Cat by Chesney Young. If you aren't familiar with the Inside Outs line at Squigglefly; they come with a sentiment and image for the front and a sentiment and image for the inside so you have your whole card right there for you!

Here's the front of my card

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I colored with Copic markers and used some of the fun cat eyes on the kitty. The paper in the background is some I made on my computer. Now, here's the inside

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Isn't this just too fun? Sure to make a cat lover on your list smile!

Chesney recently sent me pictures of her cat to show me how the idea came to her for this set and I thought I'd share them with you

Well, today's the day I announce the winner of the blog candy I have to celebrate my two year blogaversary and if you're the lucky winner you'll have three packages of these cool cat eyes to use yourself! The winner of the blog candy chosen by is #11 which makes Terri Scott aka avidreader the winner of my blog candy!
Terri, please contact me at with your mailing address so I can send the blog candy your way!

Thanks to you all for the comments and for making the past two years of blogging so worth it! Have a fantastic day, and thanks for looking!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Squigglefly Challenge With Tulips

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Hi everyone! I told you yesterday that I went a little crazy over the Squigglefly challenge this week. Kim challenged everyone to make a card using Jane's Retro Tulips image. It is such a fun image to color - and this week it's super easy to join in because you can get the image free at the Squigglefly blog!

I have really enjoyed seeing all the different cards the design team made with this image. Really some fabulous creations and so much inspiration that I was inspired to do three cards!

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This one was colored with colored pencils. I used a new Martha Stewart punch called Quilt and then made some little pearls in the holes on the right side with some liquid pearls by tulip paint - how appropriate huh?

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This one was inspired by Kathy Racoosin because she does some awesome things by adding dots to her images. I colored with Copic markers and then used a white gel pen and a black Copic pen to add dots. It really changes up the whole look of the image doesn't it? The Just For You image is from a clear Hero Arts stamps set.

Last, but not least we have some blue tulips

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this was colored with Copic markers too and this time I just used the words from the Hero Arts stamp.

I sure hope you will join in the challenge. You haven't got anything to lose and you can win a free image of your choice. You can even wait until the new releases come out on Saturday to choose your freebie!

There is lots of stuff going on at Squigglefly right now. We are welcoming not one, but TWO new artists! Be sure to start following the design team because you'll be seeing some sneak peeks!

Also, as you know a Squigglefly group has opened up on Paper Craft Planet and Jennifer and Heather have quite a line up planned for a grand opening celebration this weekend beginning on Friday the 2nd of July. We are getting involved in the card drive for Bella and Lynne Stansbery has generously drawn a special image and is offering free for you to make and send a card to this courageous little girl. Lynne has also colored in an original drawing of one of the images that will be released this weekend called Mama's Little Helper, and she has donated this as well! Someone will be so very lucky to receive this original drawn, colored, and signed by the artist! Wanna see it?

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Wouldn't you love to win that? Well go on and join up in the Squigglefly group on Papercraft Planet now! The grand opening celebration starts this Friday!

Also Squigglefly is having a Firecracker Sale on some brand new fourth of July images from artist Cheryl Alger! Don't miss out on this great deal - the sale only lasts through the week!

okay, I know this has been a really long post - but there is one more thing I want to share with you and I think since I showed you THREE whole cards in one post AND showed you where you could get a freebie, AND told you about a great fun time where you can win prizes over the weekend - for all of that you can read a little bit longer - and I think you'll be glad you did. :)

I was visiting Michelle's blog yesterday and saw this post , and when I saw it, I was reminded of a video I saw a few weeks ago and I thought you would all like it too! If you can't see the video from my blog here's the link to see it on Youtube. It's only 20 seconds long and it's guaranteed to make you smile! Tomorrow I will announce the winner of the blog candy I'm giving away - so stay tuned for that! Have a fantastic day and thanks for looking!

Tomorrow I will announce the winner of the blog candy I'm giving away - so stay tuned for that! Have a fantastic day and thanks for looking!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Can You Use A Bear Hug?

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Hi everyone! I'm really sorry that I lead you astray on the release of new images at Squigglefly on Saturday. Unfortunately the release that was scheduled to take place on Saturday has been postponed until next weekend. the good news though is that there will be even more new ones to see then! We even have a new artist joining us, and I'm excited for you see her work!

My card today is one I did for last week's Featured Stamper challenge at Splitcoast stampers. I used the darling little Bear Hug image.

This adorable image is called Bear Hug
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It's colored with Copic markers and the sky is chalked. The sentiment was printed out on my computer. Nothing really special used on this layout - I let the cute image shine!

If you haven't been to see Squigglefly's newest group on Papercraft Planet, you need to get by there and join so you don't miss out on the fun. Jennifer and Heather have a fun grand opening celebration planned with freebies and prizes. Go HERE to read all about it!

Also today is the Squigglefly challenge on the blog, and Kim has come up with a fun one! I've actually already finished two cards for her challenge and have another one that's partly finished - so that tells you how much I've enjoyed it! I'll show you those tomorrow. This is the last challenge for the current design team, so be sure to show them all some love for sharing so many wonderfully inspiring projects for us during their term!

Have a great day, and thanks for looking!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Last minute sneak peeks

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Happy Saturday everyone! Well today is going to be a new release of images at Squigglefly, but Ashley seems to have overslept this morning and hasn't put them up yet! So, I thought while we're waiting for them I'd show you a couple of cards I've made using some of the images that will be there later today.

First up is a new Shy Bear called Saturday Night Bath.

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I love the mad expressions on their faces! He is not too happy about getting cleaned up, and the mama bear doesn't look too pleased that he got dirty in the first place! LOL!

I colored with Copic markers and chalked the sky. I added some liquid appliqué for the soap suds and crystal effect on the water. Here's a close up

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My words are printed with the computer and if you want to know what the inside says - it says "The more you have the more wrinkled you get"

Next up is a card that uses a set called Women Are Like Teabags. It comes with the teapot, cup, and sentiment.

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I colored the teapot with Copic markers. The piece on the side was punched with a Martha Stewart border punch called Quilt. The cool frayed ribbon was some I found on clearance at Michaels.

For the inside I created a pop up for the cup and cut a slit in it so I could make my steam from vellum come rising up out of it.

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the inside sentiment is not part of the set, it was just something I added.

I hope seeing these whets your appetite for the later when the images are up! Now I'm off to make my grocery list and head to the grocery store! At least it's cool in the store, and I'm up for doing anything as long as I'm in the AC!

Thanks for looking!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Are You Ready For Happy Hour?

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Yippee, it's Friday! I have a fast and fun card to show you today.

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I used the Sushi On The Rocks image and colored it with Copic markers. I added a little bit of stickles to the goldfish.

My papers came from a mat stack of Asian papers by Basic Grey. The black border is punched with a Martha Stewart punch and my words are computer generated with a font called Chinese Takeaway that you can get free HERE.

Yesterday Christine posted a card using one of the images that will be released at Squigglefly tomorrow, and if you didn't happen to see it then you need to run and take a look at this absolutely fabulous creation she did HERE. I just loved it!

Not much news to talk about - there's not much going on because it's too hot for anyone to get out and do anything. I hope you're all staying cool and keeping busy! I'll be back tomorrow with another card, and thanks for looking!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Just Checkin' In

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Hi everyone! I thought I'd better get this card posted because it was made for Cute Card Thursday's sketch challenge and since today is Thursday I'm sure I am too late for it! But I'm also made this with Squigglefly's Monday challenge to use some yellow in your card, so I'm good to go on that one!

I used one of the newest Shy Bears in Squigglefly's store called Just Checking!. I think this image is so cute! the little bear could just be playing, looking for a lost toy, or checking under the bed for monsters before going to sleep. I especially like the little dust bunnies under the bed! I added some of my home made flower soft to the dust bunnies.

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I colored with these Copic markers

and the walls and floor are chalked. I used a Sizzix texture plate to emboss the pink panels and the sentiment is computer generated.

Enjoy your day, and thanks for stopping by to visit me today!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Charming Friends and New Group!

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Hi everyone! Here it is the middle of the week already! I hope your week is going well. If you haven't heard the news, Jennifer Scull and Heather Strenzwilk have joined forces and started up a new Squigglefly group on the Papercraft Planet forum! Be sure to go and join HERE so you don't miss out on anything, and while you're there please be sure to read about the special card drive Jennifer is doing for a special little eight year old named Bella.

There is also a blog hop happening for Bella at a lot of different blogs and you can read about that on Jennifer's blog HERE. Once you read Bella's story I'm sure you'll want to help make her day a little brighter by making and sending her a card.

My card today is for the Dare You To Digi Stamp challenge where they challenged us to use blooms and butterflies on our creations. That's pretty easy to do, and here is what I did

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I combined the beautiful calligraphy of Roanne Mathias's Charming Gardeners verse with Rich Davis's Flower Frame to make this. It was very quick to color the flowers with Copic markers and then I rubbed some blue chalk over the lettering.

My butterfly was punched out of some shimmer sheetz and embossed with a swirls embossing folder. I made the antennae out of a thin strip of brown card stock. I really like this card, and it took really no time to make!

I am wishing you cool thoughts on this hot summer day! Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

For The Handyman

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Hi everyone!
This card is for two challenges. The Raise the Bar challenge this week is "What A Special Guy" and I thought the new inside out Handyman image would be perfect for that special guy - you know the kind of guy who's always dabbling in projects.

I love the Inside Out images at Squigglefly because you've got the whole card from the inside out right there!

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The Paper Play challenge wants us to use something that has been in our stash for a while. Something we have had and haven't used in a long time. On my card, it's the fake eyelets along the bottom edge. They are brads made to look like eyelets. I've had them for years!

I colored this with Copic markers and printed out the Mr. Fix It wrench that Michelle Berutzzi drew to cut out as an embellishment. I colored it with a silver metallic sharpie pen. Here are the Copic colors I used on the image.

Now for the inside of the card

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I used a real bandaid at the bottom of the card for some added fun. I actually stuck the bandaid to the printer paper and printed the Happy Birthday sentiment in the set directly to the bandaid. Instead of trying to peel the bandaid off of the paper, I just cut it out and then used double stick tape to tape it to the card. It's fun though! I'm thinking printing a great big "OUCH!" on a bandaid would be funny!
Here's a close up of the bandaid

Well, stay cool (I'm trying my best!), and thanks for looking!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Featuring Balloons For Your Birthday

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Hi everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Father's Day yesterday. Ours was relaxed. It was too hot to do anything outdoors so I stayed in and got some meals for the week cooked ahead and Brock played around on the computer some. I fixed him a great meal for Father's Day and Chesney and her fiancée came over and played some games with us. Overall it was a relaxed, but enjoyable Father's Day.

I played along in Splitcoast Stampers Featured Stamper challenge too! the card I chose from the gallery was this one HERE. I picked Jackie Mathews little Mermaid Birthday image to crop the balloons from. I colored everything with Copic markers

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In case you missed my video on coloring ballons to look transparent, you can see it HERE. This was super fast to make. I stamped the little star burst around the ablloons (hero arts) and embossed it with some sparkly embossing powder but it didn't turn out as sparkly as I wanted. So I pulled out my trusty glue pen and then sprinkled on some glitter and I had just what I wanted.

the scalloped shaped was achieved with scalloped rectangle nestabilites and instead of a bow I made some ribbon loop layers. It was a really fast card to make, and I think the shape of it makes it a little extra special.

today is the new Squigglefly challenge, and Maria is celebrating the first day of summer with a challenge to use Yellow in your creation! I have a card I'm working on for that right now and will be posting it tomorrow (fingers crossed!).

I hope you have a fantastic Monday and thanks so much for stopping by to see me!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Whining About Your Age

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Good morning to you all! Wow, is it hot here! High nineties with heat indexes 105 to 107 degrees! Someone sent me this picture yesterday, and it just says it all

If you've been to Squigglefly then you've seen the new releases and know how wonderful they are! I know I say that every week but every week it's true!

I have a super fast, but funny without being mean birthday card that is great for men and women! Really, it doesn't get much easier than this

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This uses one of the new images released today and I followed the Clean and Simple Stamping sketch for this. The image and the sentiment are all in one, so I simply printed it out on some Stampin' Up! designer paper and colored in the image with Copics. I attached some lace at the bottom of the panel and then tied a piece of torn fabric around it. That fabric goes with that card stock perfectly don't you think?

In the sketch, they have an embellishment or image toward the upper left, but I figured the image in my sentiment would count as that. I really like it because the humor is subtle and make people do a double take.

You really need to check out the store and see everything that's new, and be sure to check out the design team's blogs for some samples as well! Since it's such a hot day I am not planning on doing much. Hiding out in my craft room making cards. listening to a good book or some music, and sipping on some iced tea sounds like the ticket! I hope you have a great day and thanks for looking!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Party Animal and New DT announcement!

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Long post today! I was super busy after I got home from work yesterday. Most of it was fun stuff. I visited a bit with some friends and spent a lot of time on the computer getting Squigglefly's new design team together. They all seem super excited to be coming on board and I'm excited to have them start working with the images!

I'm super happy to let you know that Jennifer Scull and Heather Strenzwilk are both going to be staying to help get a Squigglefly group going at Papercraft Planet! I will keep you posted on when that is happening. I'm also thrilled that Maria Matter and Kim Rhead have agreed to stay as design team leaders!

Are you ready to meet the new design team line up? If you get a chance, swing by their blogs and see the beautiful work they do!

Lucy Chesna

Darlene Pavlick

Alice Wertz

Annita Pedersen

Nancy Cappelen

Stef Hughes

Chris Sather

Rachel Arambula

Patricia St. Martin

Pam Brown

Lola Cordova

Vicki Diaz

Wendy Pettifer

Tracey Vincent

Angie Cortes

Ceal Pritchett

Diane Ulitsch

Jane Millard

Marlene Shaw

Amy Ely

Now for my card

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This card was made for two challenges. The challenge at Our Creative Corner was a fun one - dress up your corners! I dressed up one corner in the top right by cutting out a scalloped square nestabilities and then using a circle nestabilites to take a bite out of it. I also dotted some white dots on it with my gel pen to draw even more attention to it.

The challenge at 365 cards was to use the word "party" on your card and I took the easy way and just used Mark Hick's Party Animal image which already has the word in it! I colored the whole thing with Copic markers and used a little stickles on the candle flame.

Enjoy your Friday, and thanks for looking!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Destination: Fun

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Hi everyone! Yesterday while at work I was sitting at my desk checking out blogs getting some work done when suddenly there was a loud noise and then I heard some kind of animal making a distressed sound. It scared me to death! I was all alone in my building and the noise seemed to be coming directly in front of my desk. I thought maybe something had hit the door and somehow slammed through the mail slot in the door and I did not want to see what it was! I got up and walked out the back door away from the noise and my desk and went next door to get some guys who work there. I told them that there was something in my office and I didn't know what it was but it was an animal of some kind. They grabbed a broom and came over and slowly opened the door to my office....nothing. I pointed near where I thought it had been and there was nothing. I was standing outdoors and said "do you hear anything?" nothing.
Suddenly I remembered that we had a mouse trap set in the closet and I told them this so they opened the closet and sure enough there was a rat in there! It was the biggest rat I've ever seen - his tail was probably a foot long! I can't believe I completely forgot about a trap being in there! Anyway, the poor thing was still alive and I felt so sorry for it. The guys got a shovel and went to dump it trap and all for me. I did ask them if they'd kill it and put it out of it's misery. Sure had me shaking!

You know when you upload videos to you tube you get little e mail notices if someone subscribes to your videos. Well, yesterday I got notice that someone named Mr. Cricut Crazy had subscribed. I went to check out his videos (guess you can tell I was really busy at work yesterday) and discovered Tanner. Tanner looks to be about eleven or twelve years old, but let me tell you this kid loves to craft! He has got the hook up on machines and knows how to use them! He has a lot of videos on there with everything from product reviews to how to make cards and scrapbook layouts. He is so enthusiastic about it all too. I can see him growing up to be another Tim Holtz. It was fun to see a kid so into crafting.

Okay, I know it's taken me a while but I do have a card to show you today.

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This card is done for two challenges. Stampin for the Weekend had a summer travel challenge, and I thought this image from Jackie Mathews called Girls Trip was perfect for it!

I also am entering this in Just Us Girls challenge which was super easy for me - use a digi image!

It's colored with Copic markers and I hand doodled the wavy dotted line to simulate a curvy road. I also hand lettered the "Girls Rule" license plate. The headlights are big opalescent pearls that my friend Stef sent me.

Well, enjoy your day and thanks for looking!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Funny Anniversary

hi everyone! Here we are at hump day again. I hope your week is going well. Let me tell you a little background about my card today. I belong to several rubberstamping groups and on one of them I run the RAK request list. As I'm sure most of you know a RAK stands for Random Act of Kindness and in the rubberstamping world a RAK is usually a handmade card you send someone. Every onth I will ask people to send me names of people they want to put on the RAK list - people they may know who are celebrating a birthday or anniversary or someone who may be in need of a little cheery mail.

Last month when I sent out the requests for June one lady told me that her anniversary is June 20th and that her husband had recently asked for a divorce and so she knew that she was going to be sad on her anniversary. She wanted people to send her funny cards to help cheer her up. So, here is the card I made for her

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I used the Coffee Chat girl from Squigglefly and colored her with Copic markers. The words were printed out at the same time. The sketch is from Card Patterns challenge.

I know you want to know what the inside says and I'll tell you, but since it's only one word I didn't bother to photograph it. It says simply "divorced". LOL! Now I apologize to any men reading this - I don't mean to bash. It's simply made to make her laugh and I hope it makes you laugh too!

Speaking of anniversaries, I told you earlier that Monday marked my two year blog-aversary and I've finally got a picture of the prize I'm giving away for it!

Here's what I'm giving away:

A package of 12 At You Spica pens
3 packages of the stick on cat eyes I love to use - one in blue, one in yellow, and one in green
A package of assorted fimo buttons made by Jane Beljo
A package of brass charms by Making Memories
A Studio G clear stamp set
A Tags So Much stamp set from Stampin' Up (this is not new, but only one stamp was used in it and it still stamps like new)
A bottle of Silver Fox Smooch
and a little bag of assorted charms, brads, gems, etc.

I will be choosing the winner of this give away on July 1st via What do you have to do to have a chance to win it? Nothing except comment on this post so that I know you're in it. Of course I'd love it if you spread the word about the giveaway so that more people will come see my blog and hopefully like what they see and decide to follow me, but it's not a requirement.

Enjoy your day, and thanks as always for looking!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

'cause we are living in a digital world

Hi everyone! Today is a very Happy Birthday to my dear hubby Brock, and my little sister Phyllis. I don't know what plans my sister has, but my brother inlaw and his wife are taking my hubby out to eat for his birthday so I don't have to cook any dinner tonight! Yippee Skippee!

Okay, I know the real words to Madonna's song is "cause we are living in a material world", but I updated it a bit for my card today!

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When I saw the background paper with the little headphones and mp3 player I just had to make a card using the Little Rocker image from Squigglefly! Isn't that paper just perfect? The cool part is that the back of the paper has this design that you can choose to fill in parts of and it makes digital letters! That's what I did to create the sentiment Digital World. I almost changed it to say Digital Girl because the D and the O are made the same, but it still looks readable to me. What do you think?

This card also fits in the Raise The Bar challenge perfectly which is "sweet music" and she looks like she has some pretty sweet tunes on her player!

Since this image is a digital one, I'm also entering it in the Just Us Girls challenge who have challenged us to use a digi! The funny thing is they have their theme listed as "Let's Get Digital" and that means they changed the words of the Olivia Newton John song "Let's Get Physical" the same way I did! LOL!

I hope you will try to enter Squigglefly's challenge this week to use newsprint on your project. I haven't yet, but I have been to the Design Teams pages to see what they have done and I am so impressed and inspired! Be sure you take a look too!

The time for Squigglefly's design team term is winding down. They will be finishing up this month and then we will sadly bid them adieu and introduce you all to another fabulous team. It's always sad to say goodbye to everyone, but we have a very enthusiastic group of talented ladies that I know you will all enjoy.

Have a wonderful day, and thanks for looking!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Blue Chick on a Choo Choo

Hi everyone. I hope you had a great weekend. Mine was a good one. I got a lot of things accomplished. My house got cleaned on Saturday and we got our grocery shopping done which allowed me time to cook a few things ahead yesterday for the week. I also made a few cards and found out on Saturday that a couple of my cards were published in Volume 18 of Just Cards magazine!

Before I show you one of the cards I made over the weekend, let me show you a card I made last week that I neglected to share. I did this for last week's featured stamper challenge on Splitcoast stampers. The card I picked from the gallery can be seen Here

Here is the card I made

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The image is from Michelle Bertuzzi's Choo Choo set and I printed an extra train car to make it a little longer. It's colored with Copic markers and is printed on a shimmery white card stock - can you see the sparkle? I think this image is perfect for small boys. The trim at the top is a crocheted chain.

I also played along with this week's featured stamper challenge

This is the card I CASED from LeAnne's gallery, and here is the card I made

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It was a very quick card to make! I used the Kuruku Birdy image from Squigglefly and just cut it out leaving off the legs. Then I drew extra long legs on the bird with a brown sharpie marker.

The bird is colored with Copic markers and the sentiment is printed out on my computer in a font called Cricket. I used a little bit of blue Copic to go over the letters.

If you tried to get to Squigglefly over the weekend to see the new release and had trouble with the site, please go back and take a look again. They have been experiencing trouble over the past few weeks and finally took action and moved to a dedicated server, so hopefully the e mail troubles and problems with the site loading slowly have been fixed.

Today is officially my two year blog-aversary! I will be posting my celebration prize give away later in the week, so stay tuned for that!

I hope you all have a really great start to your week, and thanks for looking!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

In The Meantime

Hi everyone! I'm working on cards for you! In the meantime head over to Squigglefly and check out the new releases! They're fantastic and fun!

I do have one card that I made last night because I was in need for a baby boy card. I stopped by the scrapbook store on my way home from work and found some adorable papers from Imaginisce and Piggy Tales and then came home and got busy.

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I printed out the ever adorable Jerry Giraffe (he's only 99 cents!) and then colored him blue and brown with Copic markers. I cut him out and mounted him on a piece of ivory card stock that was embossed with swiss dots embossing folder. Doesn't he go perfect with that cute giraffe and turtle designer paper?

The sentiment is from Stampin' Up! and is stamped in chocolate chip ink. I attached it to the tied lace with a blue safety pin. The blue with brown dots piece on the side is punched with a border punch from Martha Stewart.

Here's the inside

I can do little girl things all day long, but boy things take me a lot longer.

Like I said - I'm planning on making some cards using some of the new images, but first I've got to clean my house! It has been neglected a bit lately so I'm putting on my I-pod and getting to work! Wishing you all a wonderful Saturday, and thanks for looking!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Button Tree and Doing It Old School

Hi everyone! Are you glad it's Friday? I know I am! I have a card to show you today that I had such fun making. I used Michelle Bertuzzi's Up, Up and Away set again but this time I printed out the tree.

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Once I had it printed the only thing I had to color was the trunk of the tree and I used colored pencils for that. Then I tied some green embroidery floss through some buttons and stuck them over the circles on the tree. They were a perfect fit!

The sky and grass were chalked and then I stamped some grass sprigs over the ground and dotted different colors of marker in the grass for wildflowers. the one little butterfly is punched out of a piece of shimmer sheet. Then I pierced some holes along the bottom in a wavy border. I really like how it turned out, but I'm thinking I might still add a sentiment somewhere before I send it.

The sketch is from this week's sketch challenge on Splitcoast Stampers, and the Ways To Use it challenge on Splitcoast Stampers was to use some kind of bug on your card so I have the little butterfly. The CAS-tastic Challenge is to make a clean and simple card using buttons!

Well you know that tomorrow is another release day at Squigglefly and I wanted to give you a sneak peek of one of the new images. This one is called Date Night and is drawn by Lynne Stansbery

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I went old school on this and colored it completely with colored pencils. I didn't blend them with odorless mineral spirits or anything. Colored pencils is how I used to color everything, and then when I learned about blending with mineral spirits I did almost all of my cards that way, and then Copics came into my world and I rarely use pencils anymore.

The sentiment is from My Sentiments Exactly, and I pierced a scalloped border along the top and bottom edges.

Isn't the image a sweet one? I'm entering this one in the Cute Card Thursday challenge which is to make anything but a square card. My card is long and fits in a legal sized envelope. I'm also entering this in the Paper Play challenge. They want you to make a card that has to do with home, and if you're anything like me you spend a little time every night on the couch watching some television, so I think this fits! Be sure to go to Squigglefly tomorrow (well maybe even tonight - sometimes Ashley releases them a little early!) and see all of the new images!

Enjoy your Friday, and thanks for looking!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

High Flyin' Fun

Hi everyone! I sure had fun creating today's card!

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I used the hot air balloon that is just one of eight images in the set Up, Up And Away by Michelle Bertuzzi. I cut the basket and balloon apart so I could add some cording for the ropes and pop them up on the card for dimension.

The image was printed on some white shimmer card stock and colored with Copic markers. I printed the sentiment out on my computer and then cut some cloud shapes out. The clouds were outlined with a Quickie glue pen and then dusted with glitter.

It was very quick, but I think it has just the right amount of sparkle and texture to make it a fun birthday card. I'm entering this card in the For Fun Challenge where they are challenging you to make a birthday card!

Speaking of challenges, you really should go make a card for the Squigglefly challenge. Not many people have entered it so you have a good chance of winning the prize! It's an easy one this week too; just make a card that has food or drink on it. You have to use a Squigglefly image to be eligible for the prize though.

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

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Flowers For You

Hi everyone! I hope you are all having a fabulous week! I've been busy, but it's been good. Saturday was our 34th wedding anniversary and tonight we are going to eat out to celebrate since we were in Memphis on Saturday. I'm always glad when I don't have to cook dinner! It was really sweet though on Saturday because even though we were out of town and had left on Friday afternoon, Brock remembered to get me a card and bring it with us to Memphis. When he got up on Saturday morning he laid the card out by my coffee cup. Isn't that sweet? Yeah, I'm gonna keep him!

I've also been spending some time gathering up things for my blogaversary give away. It's been fun shopping for things! I think ya'll will be happy with the things I have.

Today's card is another one I whipped up after work yesterday. I did this for several different challenges. I find that I am able to fit more challenges in when I do them during the week rather than making several over the weekend, but I'm so much more pressed for time!

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The Teapot Party this week is simple - do something floral and pretty! I chose to use the fabulous Columbine image that Lynne Stansbery drew. I have some columbine flowers growing in a pot on my porch right now and I took my color inspiration from them.

The challenge at My Time To Craft is another simple one; make a card for someone special. I'll be sending this card to my sister Becky whom you all know just underwent her second bone marrow transplant. One of the things she told me she missed being able to do this spring was plant flowers in her garden, so I think she will enjoy a floral card.

The challenge on Digital Tuesday is to color with chalks. I use chalks a lot for backgrounds and skies and grass, but this time I took the challenge all the way and colored everything except the flower stems with chalk. The flower stems were just a little too thin for me to get my chalks in neatly, so they are colored with colored pencils. It's hard to see in the photo, but the background is also chalked with a light blue.

The Cupcake Craft Challenge is to use some kind of sparkle on your card. I used a white shimmer card stock and there is also some glitter in the designer paper on this.

Monday I went to see a man who makes orthotics and I told him all about my experience with my previous orthotics and the pain I've been having in my leg and he is convinced that he can help me. He even thinks the low back pain I have on my right side will be helped. I will just be glad to get some relief for the pain in my leg. He's given me hope and I'm anxious for him to get these things made - although yesterday Riley was ready to end our morning walk before I was! Since it's gotten so warm during the days she stays up later in the evenings and sits outside in the backyard watching for coons or stray cats or possums to wander in. So I think she was still sleepy from being on watch all night! LOL!

Well, have a great day and thanks for looking!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Challenges Galore

Hi everyone! I'm still playing catch up from being gone over the weekend. It's amazing how going away just for a weekend throws you off schedule and it's hard to get back on track!

A lot of blogs are having the theme of summer in their challenges this week, so I have made this card using the new Swellin' With Melon image along with the sentiment Ex-seedingly Sweet for several different ones.

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I colored with Copic markers and used chalk for the sky. It's hard to tell in the photo, but I added some clear dimension to the watermelon seeds with a clear glaze pen.

The challenges are
Squigglefly's challenge - to use a food or drink item
Paper Sundaes - summer fun
Everybody Art Challenge - summer
Raise The Bar - Summer
Timbroscrapmania challenge - pink

I hope you will join in on the Squigglefly challenge too! Have a great day - stay cool - and thanks for looking!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Bless Our Troops

Hi everyone! Really quick post this morning, I just wanted to be sure you all knew that the new shy bear image Lynne Stansbery is offering free is now available at the Squiggley store in the freebies section.

I have had a super busy weekend with little to no crafting time, but I did manage to eke out this card

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Wonder of wonders, I did NOT use Copic markers to color with this time! I actually pulled out my colored pencils and colored this one. I blended the pencils with odorless mineral spirits.

My stitching on the side is faux - so the card was quick to put together. Please spread the word to any groups you are in about this free image. I think it's really special and not only great for sending to our troops, but also for the Fourth of July and Flag Day! I am entering this in the Paper Playtime challenge since their theme is the verse "In thy face I see honor, truth, and loyalty" and I think this image fits that theme perfectly!

We had a nice visit with Ashley while we were in Memphis, and Riley played pretty well with her two dogs. On the way home we stopped at a rest stop and there was another couple there with their own Riley dog! Their dog was the same age and was also a female, but Riley did not play nicely. She is too alpha female and we have to really watch her with other dogs.

Nice trip, but it was still good to get back home. Yesterday was spent catching up with laundry and grocery shopping - so this was the only card I was able to make. I hope to be back soon with more!

Have a wonderful Monday, and thanks for looking!

Friday, June 4, 2010

It's a COW girl thing

Hi everyone! This will be my last post for a few days as I'm leaving for Memphis after work today for a visit with Ashley. I won't be able to get any cardmaking done over the weekend and probably not much after I get back home because of a little thing called work. BUT, I will be doing a little shopping in Memphis at some craft stores to add to my blogaversary candy!

Todays card was made purely for a couple of challenges. The Cowgirl Sunday challenge had a recipe of one digi, 2 designer papers, and three embellishments, and the Paper Sundaes challenge was a color challenge of kraft and blue, so I combined them both to make this

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I was inspired to use the Cowgirl Up image by the Cowgirl Sundays blog and printed out their logo for my sentiment. My two digital papers are from Stampin' Up! and I made a little rope lasso and silver embossed two horseshoes for my embellishments.

The cow girl is colored with Copic markers of course, and that's it! Be sure to check out Squigglefly's new release tomorrow - they are going to have some fantastic ones. I also have it on good authority that Lynne Stansbery has drawn a very special patriotic Shy Bear image and is going to offer it free! It's not only perfect for the 4th of July, but also for sending to the troops. Have a great day and weekend, and thanks for looking!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Hands Of A Hero

Hi everyone! I hope your week is going well.

Splitcoast stampers has a clean and simple challenge every Monday, and since Monday was Memorial Day and I was home from work I had time to play along. The theme this week is Heroes, and here is what I made.

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I got a little shadow box frame at the Dollar Tree and covered it with some designer paper from K and Company. I printed the Hands image from Squigglefly along with a sentiment (the sentiment will be released this Saturday) onto some vellum and then I colored it from the back.

I cut some foam core strips to fit inside the frame and then glued the vellum piece to the strips, and then I glued a card stock piece to the back of the frame. So, there is a space between the glass and the vellum, and a space between the vellum and the back.

I finished the frame off with a piece of sheer ribbon wrapped around and a bow placed on top. I think this would be a great gift for new parents or for Father's Day. It was with Father's Day in mind that I think it fits the heroes theme.

I'm also entering this in the Paper Scissors Rocks challenge which is to use something clear and the glass in the frame certainly qualifies for that!

I've got a blogaverssary coming up on the 14th. Can you believe that I've been blogging almost two years! I've been collecting little prizes to offer up as a giveaway, so stay tuned for that! Enjoy your day and thanks for looking!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Moon Fairy

Hi everyone! Isn't it great to already be at hump day? I love four day work weeks!

Squigglefly is having a short sale! Yesterday they announced a discount code on their blog for ten percent off, but the sale ends today. I just wanted to let you know about it before it was too late! You can grab the code from their blog, and if you aren't already a follower become one because when they reach 300 followers they will offer a 30% discount code! Whoo Hoo! Can't beat that with a stick!

Well, Jackie Mathews has done it again. She's drawn an image that just makes me itch to color and make a card! I'm talking about her captivating little Moon Fairy that was released on Saturday.

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Isn't she just adorable? I colored her with Copic markers and chalk and then added lots of glitter. I followed the sketch for Saturday's sketch challenge on Paper Craft Planet, and since I used some tissue paper on the vertical strip I am also entering this in 365 cards challenge to use tissue paper.

The words were printed out on the computer and then I cut a star shape out and dredged the edges in embossing ink and embossed some silver embossing powder on it. It doesn't really look silver in the photo though.

The paper behind the vertical strip is some blue handmade paper that has silver embossed dots and stars all over it. I cut one of the silver stars out and glued it to the ribbon's knot and then I found some silver cording and pulled individual strands of it out and tied them in the knot and let them fan out. The whole card really does look so much better in real life.

Jackie's images just make me smile. Here's something I found while blog surfing the other day, and even though it's a commercial I think the message is wonderful and it makes me smile too so I'm sharing it with all of you! If you can't view the video from my blog, you can view it at youtube HERE

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Squigglefly's Challenge

Hi everyone. I hope you enjoyed your holiday weekend as much as I did. Yesterday was Squigglefly's challenge, and Kim challenged everyone to make a joy fold card. You can see how to make a joy fold card HERE.

I made mine a 4 1/4" square card and used some of the new papers I bought at the scrapbook store the other day.

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The image is a Shy Bear called Basket Bear and it's colored with Copic markers. The paper is some double sided paper from Upsy Daisy Designs, and I just used one side on the bottom and the other side on the inside. One reason I love double sided paper is that you know they go together! If you enlarge the image you will see that it's printed out on some shimmery white card stock. I love the glimmer it gives the whole image.

The sentiment was computer generated and I cut it and the layer behind it with a nestabilites die. The border punch is from Martha Stewart. The panel that hasthe image on it tucks behind the sentiment circle to keep it closed.

If you haven't done a joy fold card before, you should really give it a shot! They are quick and easy. Plus you have a chance to win a prize if you enter your card in Squigglefly's challenge!

If you follow my blog, you know that I walk Riley a lot. For about the past year and half when I walk sometimes a muscle deep in the side of my left calf will hurt really badly and I'll have to stop and stretch it before continuing my walk. I've been to a special shoe store and bought some really expensive shoes and had orthopedic inserts made for my shoes. I've been to a massage therapist and lately a chiropractor - all to get some help for this dang muscle! I would think as much walking as I do the muscle would be used to it and not hurt like that!

Well, the other day I was griping about my pain to Ashley and I told her that I know when I walk I walk on the outside of my feet, and the inserts I got seem to throw me even further to the outside of my feet. Disgusted with the stupid inserts I decided to see what would happen if I put them in the opposite shoes. They wouldn't fit, and I had to cut off the top portion so I ended up only with the heels. I put the heels inside the opposite shoes and tried them on. After a little more cutting and adjusting I went for a walk - a long walk; and no pain in my leg! I think those people made the inserts wrong! I'm going to give these inserts several more days of walking to be sure, and if I continue to have no pain I'm going to a DIFFERENT place to get some proper inserts made. It just amazes me that none of the massage therapists or the chiropractor ever suggested that to me!

Well, enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by to see me!