Thursday, September 30, 2010

Case Study & Sneak Peeks!

Hi everyone! Here it is the end of September. Chesney, my youngest daughter will be getting married in just a little over two weeks! I think it's going to be beautiful with the cool weather moving in and the leaves changing in the trees. It's my favorite time of year because it means the end to the hot, miserable days of summer!

Riley is loving the cooler temps too. We've been going back out to the park in the late afternoon every night and she has got the energy! Her birthday is coming up on October 8th - she'll be five years old! Since I'm talking about her, I'll share a recent picture of her

I was blog surfing the other day and came across the Case Study challenge I loved the card that we were to CASE so much that I decided to just basically copy it. However, you know my love of digis so I wanted to do the entire card with only digis and no stamping.

I changed the color of the heart swirl background image to a light lilac so it would look like something you stamped in versamark. You can see how to change the color of your digi images using Adobe Photoshop Elements HERE.

The butterfly is from the Fancy Flowers set by Nina Brackett, and I did one of my butterflies like I did in this video, only I put tissue paper on one butterfly and just glittered in parts of the other and then glued them together with the clear wings opened up over the tissue wings. Does that make sense? Maybe you can tell from the photo better than me telling you!

The antennas are just curled strips of paper. The sentiment is a new one coming to Squigglefly soon, so you are getting a sneak peek! After printing and cutting out the sentiment I sponged the edges of the paper with some Lovely Lilac ink. I then placed it on some black card stock that had a border punched with a Martha Stewart border punch.

I didn't have enough pearls the same size to place one in every hole, so I went with every other hole. The pearls are self stick half pearls from Keiser. They really dress up a card don't they? I think this would make a great feminine card for any occasion, but wouldn't it make a nice wedding card done in the colors of the wedding?

Okay, you've seen a sneak peek of a new sentiment, how would you like to see a couple of images that will be available this weekend?

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Isn't this a sweet image? I love the vintage look to the skates! This is a new one called Old Fashioned Skates coming from Inger Harding! I colored this with colored pencils and chalked a little yellow around the background. Some stickles were added to the holly berries. I hand wrote the greeting on the tag.

Next up is a sweet new one from Diane Carubia called G'day

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Isn't this little koala the sweetest? I colored this with colored pencils also and chalked the sky in the background. I added some yellow stickles to the center of the flowers. I thought the little silver flower charm was the perfect thing to compliment this. I haven't decided if I'm going to add a sentiment to this or not - what do you think?

So, if that doesn't whet your appetite for the new images this weekend, I don't know what will! I hope you have a glorious day, and thanks for looking!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Dress It Up

Hi everyone! The mornings are just wonderful here now! It's getting into the mid fifties at night so it's perfect walking weather in the mornings. Riley and I walk and enjoy the sunrise while she smells everything in sight and I listen to a book or music on my Ipod. It's the best way to start a day in my opinion! I hope you are enjoying whatever kind of weather you are having in your area right now!

I've got a fun girly card to share with you today. This uses some of the new images by Revi Devi Paat. The front of the card uses The Perfect Dress

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I colored with Copic markers and glued a little rhinestone to the design on the bodice. I thought this paisley design on the paper went perfect for the girly theme. I didn't have any ribbon that was the right color yellow, so I colored some white ribbon with the same yellow I used to color the dress. Perfect color match now!

The It's All In The Accessories set has some cute shoes, a hat, a flower, and a purse. I chose to print one of the shoes twice for the inside

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The sentiment was printed on my computer at the same time I printed the shoes - that way you're sure you're getting the size right! The font is one that fits into the whole girly theme too - it's called Curlz. I'm going to make this my entry to Squigglefly's challenge which is to use your favorite embellishment - I have a rhinestone and some ribbon after all and I love both of those! Why don't you play along too? You know you use some kind of embellishment anyway and you have a chance to win a great digi!

Enjoy your day, and thanks so much for stopping by today!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Christmas Duo

Well yesterday I had three Halloween cards to share with you and today I thought I'd share a couple of Christmas cards!

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This first one uses a cute image that Chesney Young drew for Squigglefly called Mistletoe Tester. This image does come with a sentiment that says "Official Mistletoe Tester", but I opted to make my own sentiment with the computer.

I colored her with Copic markers and added some faux flower soft to the trim of her dress and gloves. The little ball on her hat is a teeny pom pom I glued on. It was the perfect size! Here's a close up of the fun stuff.

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My next card uses a fun image called Holiday Elf by Laura Campbell for Squigglefly. Remember that Laura is donating all profits of her images to the Theological Biblical Academy. So, if you make Christmas cards with any of Laura Campbell's images you are giving back! Isn't that a great feeling?

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I colored this with Copic markers and then added some gold liquid pearls to the dots surrounding the image as well as to the balls on the bottom of his hat. The sentiment is from PSX, and the border that runs across the center of the card is punched with an EK Success border punch. Here's a close up of the detail embellishing

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So far the sketch challenge with a mystery twist going on at Squigglefly's group on Papercraft Planet has seven entries! There have been two more prizes added to the package. If two more people play I'll soon be adding something else! You have until October 7th to enter! Here's the prize package so far

One set of nestabilities dies
One set of Fresh Flock from Studio G
One Quickie Glue pen

I've got more stuff to add - so if you haven't played go join in, and if you have played - you can play again!

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

Monday, September 27, 2010

Halloween Trio

Hi everyone! I hope you enjoyed your weekend as much as I did. We had the most lovely weather! I didn't get as much house cleaning done as I should have, but I was struck with the crafting bug and I had so much fun playing that housework was put on the back burner.

Today I have three Halloween cards to share with you! This first one was done for a sketch challenge on Card Patterns. I flipped the sketch around.

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The cute little witch is one that Inger Harding drew for Squigglefly. It's called Little Witch Girl. Isn't she sweet? I colored with Copic markers and used some of this wonderful spiderweb embossed vellum that I bought a long time ago at a specialty paper shop in Kansas City. I only have a little of it left and thought this image would go perfectly with it! Isn't it cool paper?

My next card is a Funky Spider that Cheryl Alger drew for Squigglefly.

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I love the goofy smile on this guy's face! The sentiment is a stamp from Micheal's dollar spot and I stamped and embossed it. I still may add googly eyes to this fellow.

Last but not least is a fun card using one of Squigglefly's newest releases from Revi Debi Paat called Happy Owl-oween.

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It's colored with Copic markers and chalk. The sentiment is a freebie you can grab at any of Squigglefly's groups. See my sidebar for links to the groups.

I have a wonderful card to share with you today. Take a look at the card that Dawn Burnworth made HERE. Be sure to check out the newest Squigglefly challenge on their blog, and there's still time to join in the Sketch Challenge with a twist! The prize package is now up to two prizes! Come on and enter so I have to add something else to the prize - I've got some good stuff here just waiting to be added!

Enjoy your Monday, and thanks for stopping by to see me this morning!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Bark the Herald Angels Sing!

Okay, I know the title of my post is silly, but I guess I'm just in a silly mood and you know I love puns no matter how silly! I didn't put the pun on my card though

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I did this for the Friday Sketchers Challenge. This image is one called Christmas Beagle from Squigglefly. It's another fabulous one from Marla Shega, and I think the dog is just so cute. It was a lot of fun to color too.

I colored with Copic markers and then used some glitter on the trim of his Santa hat and some ruby red glitter on the holly berries on the package. The paper is some Brenda Walton designer paper from K and Company.

I like the simple sketch because it allows you to use a larger image and I like using larger images on my Christmas cards for some reason.

We did get a little bit of rain yesterday, but not much. It was really more of a tease than anything else. But it was cooler this morning and I don't think it's supposed to get above 90 degrees for the next week! Yippee!

Have you been to Squigglefly to see the wonderful new images that were released? There are some great new ones, so be sure to go take a look!

I am going to try to get my menu planning done, grocery shop, and clean a little around the house today, but all of that happens after Riley and go for our walk. I hope you have a wonderful Saturday and get to spend some of it doing something you love to do. Thanks for looking!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Furr-ightening Halloween

Hi everyone! I'm so glad it's Friday. This week has seemed long to me and I'm ready for it to end. We are supposed to be getting some rain today which we need badly, but they say that the rain will usher in some cooler weather! I'm more than ready for that!

So with the thought of cooler weather and the month of October right around the corner, I decided to make a Halloween card. I used the wonderful Halloween Kitty Boo that Marla Shega has drawn for Squigglefly

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This is another one that looks outstanding without a lot of effort just because the image is so great! I colored with Copic markers and chalked a little around the background. A black satin cord is tied around the top and a little plastic black spider button is glued to the corner of the image panel. Isn't that kitten just adorable?

Well, I wish you all a wonderful Friday! Be on the lookout for even more images at Squigglefly this weekend, and thanks for looking!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

It's Not A Cat-astrophe!

Hi everyone! I hope your week is going well. The temps here have been warm again so I've not done much outdoors this week, but the weatherman is saying things will start to cool down again over the weekend and into next week!

Tuesday was another Mothermark teaparty on Splitcoast Stampers, and I was once again able to play along without being late!

Last week we all brought dogs to the races and this week we are doing a complete turnaround and bringing cats! Well, I thought the Catfood Party image from Squigglefly fit this challenge perfectly!

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Don't you think the little can of catfood with the candle in it is just so funny? This cat is ready to dig in! The inside of the card says
"Cheer up! Another birthday isn't a cat-astrophe!"

I colored this with Copic markers and used my beloved cat eyes to jazz him up a bit. I followed Heather's sketch challenge again and used a felt flower with a big white button. The felt flower is to fit in with Kim's challenge on the Squigglefly blog. The embossed panel is done with a flower embossing folder from Quick Kutz.

I hope you have an especially happy day today, and thanks for looking!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Scaring Up Some Crows and a Mystery!

Happy hump day! I've got something really fun to share with ya'll. Heather has come up with another fabulous challenge! It all takes place at Squigglefy's group on Papercraft planet. She drew up a great sketch but there's a fun twist to the challenge! She has a list of twenty different things you could add or use on a card. It could be anything from a color you used to using ribbon or a brad. No one knows what's on the list except for Heather. When you post your project she will compare it to her list and you get a point for each item on her list that you did! In the end, the person with the most points wins!

Feel free to rotate and flip the sketch any way you want, but at least one Squigglefly image should be used to be eligible for the prize.

so, what's the prize? Well, do you remember that set of nestabilities I offered up for the bucket list challenge? No one entered that challenge so the nestabilities are the beginning of the prize, but there's more! For every three entries in the challenge something new will be added to the prize package! It could end up being quite a prize - so tell your friends all about it and let's see how big we can make this prize package!

Now here's the card I made as a sample following Heather's sketch.

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I used this fun loving Bring On The Crows image drawn by Marla Shega and paired it up with some fall paper by Debbie Mumm.

The scarecrow is colored with Copic markers and cut out and embossed with a square nestabilities die. I used a window punch from Stampin' Up! to punch out the sentiment which is from a Unity stamps set. I tied some raffia in a bow and stuck it to the card with a little acorn brad by Recollections. I thought the raffia mimicked the straw in the scarecrow.

Now go shout about this challenge so we can get some entries! I've got lots of fun stuff ready to add to the prize!

I have a wonderful card share for you today! This is one from Mel McCarthy and you all know that everything that girl does rocks! Take a look HERE. Have a great day, and thanks for looking!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Dear Old St. Nick

Hi everyone! Did you see the fun challenge going on at the Squigglefly blog? Make a card using felt flowers! I don't have any felt flowers but I think I could cut some out of felt with my die cuts. I wish I had a felt poinsettia because it would have gone perfectly with the Christmas card I have to show you today.

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I used the amazing Kris Kringle image that Marla Shega drew for Squigglefly. I colored with Copic markers and was again inspired to try the dotted background with some pale warm grey Copics. the fur trim of his hat and his beard only requires a little bit of shading with some pale cool greys and a little bit of a pale blue on the fur. A Quickie glue pen was used over his spectacles and embossed with some detail gold embossing powder. The eyeglasses were then filled in with a little diamond glaze.

I loved the old fashioned look to this Santa, so I went with that vintage feeling and distressed the edges of the image with some Creamy Caramel ink. The holly berries in his hat were glittered with ruby red glitter.

The sentiment is from Stampin' Up! and the edges of it were distressed the same way. I got a pre-colored holly leaf from the internet and cut it out and adhered it to the corner of the sentiment. The border on the side is from a new Fiskars punch I just bought with a Michael's coupon.

I really can't emphasize enough how quickly this image colors up! You could make cards with this image and get several done in no time at all! Now, aren't you feeling like getting a head start on those Christmas cards?

Before I go I wanted to share something with you. It's not craft related at all, so I won't be offended if you leave me here. I recently watched a couple of documentaries on Netflix. The first one was called Girl 27 and was about this man who discovered a story about a young girl of seventeen who claimed to have been raped at a party given by some big wigs in MGM studios. He tracks her down and tells her story. It was a sad one. She was raped and back then girls who hollered rape were automatically looked down upon as being trampy. The studio paid off people to say bad things about her and even her own mother sold her out. The woman went on to live a very cut off life, didn't get along with her daughter or grandchildren, and was pretty much a recluse.

The next movie I watched was called Forgiving Dr. Mengele. It was the story of Eva Kor who had been in Auschwitz concentration camp with her twin sister when she was 9 years old. She arrived there with her twin, two older siblings, her mother, and her father. Her whole family other than her twin and herself were immediately eliminated. They were there for 10 months being subjected to horrendous medical experiments. Eva eventually found that she needed to forgive the atrocities perpetrated against her in order to really be free of the pain and fear she lived with every day. Once she forgave, she found that she was free. She faced enormous opposition from other camp survivors who were outraged that she could forgive them. She tried to explain that forgiving was not forgetting; that she would never forget, but in forgiving she no longer allowed them continue hurting her.

I found the parallel in these two stories so interesting in that both of these women had handled the tragedy in their lives so differently. The woman who did not forgive lived a sad life full of fear and anger and cut off from everyone in her life, while the woman who chose to forgive is leading a very full life no longer filled with pain and anger. Makes you think doesn't it?

Have a wonderful day, and thanks for looking!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Morning Glories Bird Bath

Hi everyone! I hope you had a great weekend! Mine was a fun one. I spent a lot of time on Saturday visiting with some friends I don't see often enough, plus there was a bit of play time in my craft room. Also, I'm very excited to say that I got tickets to go see Wicked when it plays here in November! I read the book a long time ago and I hear great things about the musical, so I'm super excited about that!

Another thing I'm super excited about are the new releases at Squigglefly over the weekend! When I first saw Marla Shega's art work I just loved everything. I was a little intimidated at coloring them though, because they are beautiful left alone and I thought they would be hard to color. I was wrong though; they really are very easy to color!

The stippling she does in her artwork makes it easy to see which areas should be shaded more, and you can even leave some parts uncolored and it looks great! The image I loved the most and couldn't wait to color is the Simple Pleasures Bird Bath.

I love that it has a gorgeous image that will fill the whole front of a card, but also already has the sentiment built right in!

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I colored this with Copic markers and since the image has little dots around the background I decided to try my hand at the dotty backgrounds so many people are doing with their pale Copic colors.

Once I was finished I thought it needed something, but I didn't want to detract too much from the image, so I stuck a tiny paint brush tip in some Iridescent medium and dotted it around with the dotty background I made. It adds just a little shimmer to it. You can see it a little in this photo here

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I have colored several of her images and am excited to show them all to you, but if I did that I wouldn't have anything to show you throughout the week!

Before I forget, I've had a few people ask me about the snowflakes I crochet. I don't keep track of which snowflake came from which pattern, but there are a ton of snowflake patterns HERE which is where most of mine have come from.

I realize that I have now surpassed my 300 followers mark, and I have not forgotten about the blog candy! In fact, I have been adding to it! As soon as I can get it all assembled and take a photo I'll be posting it!

Have a fantastic start to your week, and thanks for looking!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Jolly Happy Soul

Oh what fun I had yesterday playing with the new images that Squigglefly just released! This card uses the absolutely adorable Snowy Card image by Marla Shega.

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I printed it on Kraft card stock and colored with colored pencils. After cutting it out with a circle nestabilities die I stuck a crocheted snowflake on and embellished with a few stick on gems.

This one is fast to make, but looks like I should have taken a little bit more time to make sure I got the ribbon on the side straight! LOL!

Now I have a great card to share with you! In my blog surfing yesterday I found this fantastic card made by Glenda for the Squigglefly Playing favorite challenge. I just love her color combination on this, and this image is one of my favorites too because it's such a versatile one!

I hope you have a great Sunday, and I'll see you tomorrow!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Older Favorite in the Shadows

Hi everyone! I finally finished the card I've been working on for a few days. It's not that it was extrememly hard or anything, it's that I just haven't been able to spend more than a few minutes at a time in my craft room until today!

If you remember the Squigglefly challenge this week was to make a card with your favorite Squigglefly image. Well, I made THIS card using my favorite of the newest images, so now I am showing you something I made using one of my favorite older images.

This is a shadow box card that uses the Prairie Wind image by Lynne Stansbery.

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I colored the image with the following Copic colors:
hair - YR31, YR02, YR15
skin - E00, YR00, E21, R20
dress -B12, B32, B34 and Y000, Y02, Y11
shoes - E33, E25, E37
grass - YG23, YG25

Once it was colored I chalked in the sky

Then I grabbed my favorite little grass sprigs stamp from Art Impressions and three different shades of green ink from Stampin' Up! to add depth and texture to the ground

and stamped the grass stamp all the colors over and over the ground area

Then I grabbed this cute stamp from Stamps Happen

and stamped it a few times. I colored the grassy floral areas and cut them out to mount inside the shadow box with dimensionals.

I used a punch to make some little butterflies to float among the bushes and drew some antennas with a Copic multi liner pen.

Now I am off to make some more cards! I am itching to make something with some of the FABULOUS new images released at Squigglefly this morning! Thanks for looking!

Friday, September 17, 2010

New Images and New Artist

I don't have a card to show you right now, but I do have some very exciting news to share with you. Squigglefly has released so many wonderful images this weekend. Several of you have asked for sports related things and Mark Hicks came through with some wonderfully cute hockey, soccer, football, and baseball images!

Also, a very wonderful artist has joined Squigglefly and is making her debut this weekend. Her name is Marla Shega and her drawings are just exquisite! I'm sure you will fall in love with her exceptional drawings as much as I have. Don't just take my word for it - go and look now! I'll hopefully be back later with something to show you!

I'll try to back in the morning with something to show you - I just couldn't wait to tell ya'll about Marla! Go give her a big welcome to Squigglefly!

Witches and Candy Corn

Hi and Happy Friday! I have two doctor appointments to go to today. I would complain except that one will get me off work a little early so if he doesn't keep me waiting a long time I may be able to get some extra crafting time in today. I have a card I'm working on that I hope to finish this evening so that would be great!

Today I have a Halloween card to share with you. This one uses the cute little Bit Of A Witch by Cheryl Alger for Squigglefly.

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It's colored with Copic markers and I used some yellow stickles on her wand. I also did a little chalking in the background. That poor frog looks like he's having a bit of trouble keeping his hat on!

The background is some fun candy corn fabric that I've had laying around for a while. I fused it to some cardstock with some iron on webbing and then cut the excess off. I like the texture fabric gives and it's a little something different.

The sentiment is one I made on my computer and I've put it up as a freebie in all of the Squigglefly groups. If you want it, you can grab it at any of those groups listed below the design team on the right side of my blog.

Tomorrow (or possible later tonight!) you will see new releases at Squigglefly, so be sure to check 'em out! Have a fantastic day, and thanks for looking!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Fast and Furry to the Teaparty

Hi everyone. Before I get to my card today, I'd like to tell you that there has been a change in the Squigglefly design team. Angie Cortes has had to step down and we were lucky enough to have Kari Ronnabakk step in to take her place! I'd really love it if you all took a little bit of time to stop by her blog to welcome her and take a look at her fabulous art work! I can't wait to see what she does with the Squigglefly digis!

Okay, now for today's card. You all know that I was very late to last week's teaparty that Mothermark hosts on Splitcoast Stampers. Well, this week I was there on time! You can read the story of this week's teaparty here, but in short we were supposed to bring dogs - all kinds of dogs, lots of dogs! And dog things - like bones, fire hydrants, and trees!

I brought a dog with a super sniffer. This is Betty Bloodhound from Squigglefly. I love her sad face!

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When I was looking through my papers I found this paper that had the word "happy" written all over it and I thought it would be funny to pair the "happy" paper with such a sad faced dog. The inside says

"Think you're old? In dog years you'd be dead!"

I'm keeping this short today so you'll have time to go visit Kari! Talk to you tomorrow, and thanks for looking!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Christmas House

Well I really wanted to play in the Squigglefly challenge this week, but had a hard time picking a favorite Squigglefly image, so I have chosen my favorite newest image! This also falls in to the fun challenge going on at Serenity Scrappers challenge to make something that depicts your favorite type of weather! Everyone knows how much I love snow!

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I love Rich Davis's Seasonal House On A Hill set and chose to use the winter one for a Christmas card. I colored it with Copic markers and chalked the sky, then I used lots of stickles for the snow. There are teeny green brads in the corners.

The sentiment is from a Stampin' Up! set and I used one of the snowflakes I crocheted as an embellishment with a little white pearl in the center. I am really pleased with how this turned out. I think the little house is just darling with the Christmas wreaths on the door and in the windows!

If I can narrow my favorite older Squigglefly images down I may play again! If you'd like to see a sneak peek of something coming this weekend take a look at Kim's blog HERE! she did such a beautiful job on this!

The weather here is just beautiful in the mornings now, and Riley and I are both enjoying our morning walks much more! Yesterday I found a five dollar bill on the sidewalk. I kept thinking some poor kid had lost his lunch money or money for a field trip or something. The only thing Riley found was a bug.

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

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Butterflies and Tea Parties

You are probably wondering what butterflies have to do with tea parties, but if you ever join in on the tea party that takes place every Tuesday on Splitcoast Stampers then you already know! Last week's tea party was for a special person who loves butterflies so all the tea partiers were to bring butterflies! I'm fashionably late to the party, but my butterfly has a big heart so I think he'll still be able to get in.

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I used the cute Butterfly Heart image drawn by Jackie Mathews and available at Squigglefly. I colored with Copic markers and added ruby red glitter to the heart and tiny pearls to the antennas. The card base is embossed with one of the new larger embossing folders from Provocraft. I love the larger dots too!

Did you check out Squigglefly's challenge yesterday? What a hard one! You have to make a card with your favorite squigglefly image - how can you possibly choose? I'm going to put my thinking cap on and come up with a card for the challenge soon. I hope you'll play along too!

Speaking of challenges, remember that you can win a set of nestabilities dies by entering the bucket list challenge going on at Squigglefly's group on papercraft planet! You've got a great chance to win because there aren't very many entries!

Go out and make someone smile today! Thanks for looking!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Featuring Some Birds for Fall

Good morning all! A front moved into our state on Saturday night and the weather has the feeling that Fall is not far away now. I love these cool mornings!

Yesterday while looking for some interesting challenges to get me going, I saw this card that Deb Felts made. I liked it so much I decided to just CASE her card!

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I used the cute little Branch Chat birds by Revi Devi Paat for my card. I used her color scheme since that's what drew me to her card in the first place.

Then I went to see who the Featured Stamper is at Splitcoast Stampers this week, and i saw THIS CARD so I decided to do another card with the same birds using the same colors.

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I liked the way the card I was CASING had the ribbon treatment in the corner, but I couldn't get mine to look like hers. It just looked weird, so I just tied a couple of pieces of ribbon through a couple of punched holes.

Today is a new challenge on the Squigglefly blog! I hope you'll go see what it is that Maria has challenged the design team to do and play along if you can!

Heather has extended the deadline to enter her bucket list challenge, and I've finally decided on the prize for that challenge. Here is what the winner of that challenge will receive

A set of Nestabilities! Please spread the word and consider playing along yourself. It's a fun challenge!

Enjoy your day, and thanks for looking!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Clearing Out

Today I am thinking of all the people who lost their lives on this tragic day nine years ago in the World Trade Center. I continue to pray for the families who lost loved ones that awful day. Please take a moment of your day today to say a prayer for them as well.
Before I show you the cards I made, I want to direct your attention to Kim's blog so you can see the Christmas card she made with Rich Davis's Seasonal House On A Hill. It's just delightful!

I've decided to show you some cards that have been made for a while but I haven't shared with you yet. I want to clear out my picture folder and start on making new things this weekend with the new images that were just released at Squigglefly. Have you been to see what's new there?

This first card is a simple Christmas card

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Image is Tis The Season by Robin Willis for Squigglefly. Colored with Copic markers and some home made flower soft on the hat. The upper right of the card base was stamped with a snowflake embossing folder that had been inked with white ink first, but not embossed so it's very subtle.

This second card is one I did for a featured stamper challenge a while back. I used the Flower Power image by Teresa Ward for Squigglefly and chalked it. A little stickles was added to the ends of the stamens sticking out around the flower.

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This last card is a sympathy card I made for Squigglefly's design team member Kim Rhead who recently lost her father.

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I used the delicate roses drawn by Angie Davis for Squigglefly and the sentiment is from the Sympathy Sentiments set that Michelle Bertuzzi drew for Squigglefly. I chalked a little around the image and put pearls in the center of the flower.

I'm hoping to have a full crafting day! I just cleared out all the cards in my picture folder and I need to make some things to blog with later in the week! Be sure to go see the new releases at Squigglefly! Have a great day, and thanks for looking!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

A Natural Beauty

Hi everyone! I didn't have time to play in Splitcoast Stampers Featured Stamper challenge until last night, but I really love how the card I made turned out! If you want to see the card I CASED, you can check it out HERE.

For my card I used one of the brand spanking new images at Squigglefly!

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this image is called Autumn Tree and is drawn by Inger Harding who just recently started drawing images for Squigglefly. I was so very glad when Inger came to Squigglefly because I love her drawings. This tree is no exception either - it's quickly becoming one of my favorite images!

I colored it with Copic markers and then cut my grass out of some designer paper. The sentiment was die cut with an oval nestabilities die and I chalked it while it was still in the die to create the white border. It is popped up with pop dots for dimension.

I stopped myself from adding any color to the sky because the card I was CASING did not have any kind of background. A chalked sun set would sure be pretty behind it though, wouldn't it? Maybe I'll do another!

Heather tells me that there are no entries for her Bucket List challenge, so if you hurry and play along you have a great chance to win the prize! I'll even sweeten the deal - if you play in the challenge let me know and I promise to send you something good! I'd tell you what except that right now I don't know what it will be! LOL!

Well, enjoy your day and thanks for taking the time to come visit me!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The rest of my bucket list

Well here it is already hump day! I love the short weeks, don't you?

I told you yesterday that I did more than one project for the bucket list challenge Heather has going on at Squigglefly's papercraft planet group, and this one has been on my list for years! You know that I make and send a lot of birthday cards, so I've been in need of a birthday book for quite some time. In fact I was just talking with my sister-in-law a few weeks ago and she said she needed something to help her keep track of birthdays and I made a mental note then to make her one as well if I ever got around to it!

Well, you don't have to send me any of your round tuit's, because Heather's challenge was the push I needed! I made this birthday book for myself using the fun Party Thing image from Rich Davis and the banners from Jane's Bakery set.

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The image and banner were colored with Copic markers. I glued the banner to a piece of cording and then glued that to the book cover so it would look like it is hanging from the holes. The Party Girl is cut out and glued to the cover and a bit of yellow stickles was added to the candle.

The pages of the calender were printed out on my computer. Honestly, getting that all printed out was the hardest part of this whole project! I used some heavy cardboard for my book covers and covered it with some designer paper. Then it was just a matter of punching some holes and tying some ribbon through to hold it all together!

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The birthday reminder I made for my sister-in-law is a little different. I used the Music Makeover template from Papertrey Ink to make a little CD case holder. The CD holds calender pages that can be pulled out. When you buy the music makeover template you get several ideas for using it, and this was one of the ideas. It includes the calender to print out as well.

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I stamped the outside of the holder with a Hero Arts stamp and used a punched border and some ribbon to dress it up. The elastic band holds it closed. Here is the CD

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I used Mark Hicks's fun loving Party Elephant and printed the wording with my computer. Here's a picture of the inside with the calender pages.

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I really hope you have gotten enough inspiration to tackle something you have on your crafting bucket list! It's fun and such a sense of accomplishment! I'll see you tomorrow, and thanks for looking!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

A House For All Seasons and a freebie!

Hi everyone! I hope your Labor Day weekend was as wonderful as mine was. The weather warmed up more than I was wanting it to yesterday, but for the most part it was gorgeous and there was lots of time spent with family and friends.

Yesterday I spent a lot of the day working on a couple of projects I'm making for Heather's "Bucket List" challenge. I think this is a wonderful challenge! Make something you've been meaning to make for a while, or try some technique that you've always wanted to try - it's really a fun way to push yourself to do something different.

I've had a couple of things on my bucket list for a while now, and I'm happy to say I completed both of them this weekend! I'll show you my favorite one today because I love how it's turned out and can't wait for you to see it!

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I knew as soon as I saw the Seasonal House On A Hill that it would make a wonderful wall hanging or plaque. I think this set is a real steal too; you get five different house scenes for only $3.00!

I colored each image with Copic markers and embellished here and there with glitter and snow on the Winter one. I used pop dots to pop them up on some brown card stock and then popped each individual piece on to a plaque I made by covering some heavy duty cardboard with some designer paper. Then it was just a matter of decorating it a bit. I still want to find the right embellishment to add to the Summer house.

The sentiment is one I made and I'm offering it free on the Squigglefly group at Papercraft Planet. If you want it, you can grab it HERE.

Here's a picture of the back of the plaque so you can see how I made a little easel for it to stand.

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and a side view

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Tomorrow I'll show you the other thing I made for this challenge. I hope you'll try to tackle something on your bucket list and play along too!

Before I go, I wanted you to know that I've started collecting for the blog candy I'll be giving away when I reach 300 followers. I will continue to add to it, but I thought I'd let you see what I've got going so far

The stamp set is slightly used, but stamps good as new. The blo pens are great for adding speckled backgrounds, plus they work like regular markers too. There are flower stickers, assorted brads, some unmounted stamps, ribbon, and I plan on getting into some of my papers and putting a bunch of that in too. I'll keep you updated on when and how the winner will be chosen. In the meantime, let people know to start following so I can reach 300!

Have a great day, and thanks for looking!