Sunday, February 28, 2010

winners of digi day

Hi everyone! sorry I don't have a card to show you today. I had a very NON creative day yesterday. I spent the day playing with Riley and cleaning the house, planning my weekly menu, and grocery shopping. Doesn't sound like a whole lot written out like that, does it?

I did go through all of the entries for the Squigglefly Digi Day challenge and random.org has chosen the winners of the two prize packages as Shawn Sealander and Betty (Zacksnana). Congratulations to these two ladies and I will get your prize packages mailed out to you this week. I have already heard back from Shawna, but Betty please e mail me at usyungs@gmail.com and give me your mailing address.

Hope you have a wonderful day, and I hope to have something to show you tomorrow!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

All In A Row

Happy Saturday everyone! I hope you are on your way to enjoying your weekend. I want to thank you all for the well wishes for Brock. He is feeling better, and they have discovered that he has some kind of bacterial infection in his stomach. Ten days of antibiotics should fix him back right as rain. It's just amazing that it took so long to get it diagnosed!

The card I wanted to share with you today is one I made earlier in the week for the Mothermark Tea Party. You can click on the link if you want to know the story behind it.


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This is a very simple card that I was making quick for the tea party. I printed out the Cats In A Row image and cut around it leaving the tails free to hang down over the red card base. The words were printed out at the same time as the image.

I left the whole background white so the card would go with the tea party story line, but I think this would be cool to have a window scene for the cats to be looking at. It could be a snowfall, a starry night, or birds in the trees...so many possibilities! If I were really ambitious I would make a viewmaster type card where the scene changed the seasons, or maybe just changed from day to night; wouldn't that be cool?

Well you know that Squigglefly has just released some new images today - and I've had the pleasure of seeing some of them already so I know you're going to be H A P P Y when you see what's new!

My goal today is to make a card for Stef's color challenge going on at the card universe Squigglefly group, and I have to write down all the names of those who entered the digi day challenges! I'm going to announce the winner of that a little later today!

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

Friday, February 26, 2010

Tweet Birdday

Happy Friday everyone! Before I get to my card today, I want to direct you to Melissa McCarthy's blog to see her final project as guest designer for Squigglefly. I can't thank Mel enough for working her creative magic with Squigglefly's digis. She really does create magic with her art. Thank you Mel!!

Here's my card


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I used one of the images from the Bird Watching set that Jane Beljo drew. I colored it with copic markers and chalked the sky and used some of the fun grass from Meyer Imports. It's cut out with a square nestabilities die and then matted with the scalloped square.

The designer paper is from Stampin Up as is the sentiment stamped at the bottom. The designer paper and a layer of white card stock is punched with the EK Success border punch. This image (well, really all of the images in this set) would be really nice for thank you cards too. New images at Squigglefly tomorrow!

Enjoy your day, and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

sketch challenge

Hi everyone! Is this week going by slow for you? It sure seems to be dragging by for me. Maybe it's because I'm anxious for next weekend to get here so I can go to my copic certification class.

The card I have today was made for the sketch challenge on Splitcaost stampers last Wednesday.



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I used one of Eline Pelinkhoff's adorable babies, (this one is called Bouncing Bundle), and paired it up with Robin Willi's Bad To The Bone and Eat Sleep Rock images.

This would be a baby card you would give someone when they are keeping the sex of the baby a surprise. I used some designer papers that have boy words on one piece and girl words on the other, and then colored one of the little baby onesies in blue and one in pink.

Here's a look at the inside


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The little rattle and baby blocks are from a clearly Stampendous set I had and the verse is one I wrote and printed with my computer.

Thank you for all the well wishes you have sent my husband. He is feeling a little better, and tomorrow he goes in for some kind of test where he has to drink something and then they will do an MRI. At least he is eating now, so I feel like he's on the road to recovery. Whatever kind of stomach virus this is that's going around - it sure is a doozy! I know several people with the same thing and it hangs on forever!

I hope you are all staying well! Have a wonderful day, and thanks for coming by to see me!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Gone Fishing

Happy hump day everyone! I hope your week is going well! Many of you know that I work for a small construction company and I'm the only female in the place. All of the guys are avid outdoors men. They hunt and fish - a lot! Well, with spring on the way they are all cleaning out their boats and going through fishing catalogs looking for the perfect lure to bring in the big ones.

That's one reason I was really happy to see Teresa Ward's new image Gone Fishing. It's perfect for so many of the men I know, and also perfect for the Cards For Men challenge this week which is to use the color green.


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I colored this with copic markers and used chalk for the sky. The quotation was one I found on line just by searching for fishing quotes. I really liked it and think that it's probably true!

I added a few stickles to the water and cut a labels nestabilities in half to have on either side of the image. I distressed the edges a bit just because I think it adds to the "manliness" of the the card to do that. This also makes it eligible for the Saturday Spotlight challenge!

Now there's still time to make cards to enter the sketch and color challenges we had for Digi Day at card universe. Just go HERE to see the challenges and to enter your cards. There will be two prize winners chosen and announced on Saturday the 27th. Here is what you can win



package one contains 16 pieces of 12 x 12 designer papers (many double sided), 3 pieces of 6 x 6 designer papers, a Quickie glue pen, a package of Marvy Mini Blossoms, two hanks of ribbon, assorted word charms, and a package of bugle beads.




package two contains 16 pieces of 12 x 12 designer papers (many double sided), 3 pieces of 6 x 6 designer papers, a Studio G clear stamp set in a tropical theme, 2 hanks of ribbon, Paper Studio rub ons and stickers, assorted word charms, and a package of bugle beads.

Now isn't that worth playing? Enjoy your day, and thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Bright Sketch

Hi all! I hope your week is going great. My husband has been sick with some kind of stomach virus that has lasted over a month now! He went back to the doctor yesterday and they have scheduled some tests and took blood. Hopefully they will figure out what this is and he can get some relief! On the bright side, I haven't had to do much cooking the past couple of weeks! Just kidding! I really do hope he gets better!

Okay, today's card was made for the sketch challenge on Paper Craft Planet




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I used Nina Brackett's Bright Life stamp set and then adorned the lamp shade and the corners with pearls. There's also a pearl on the pull chain. I colored the lamp shade with copics and then used the same colors to color the ribbon and the layer behind the sentiment.

I cut little pearls from a swirl pattern from KC & Company and then stuck them on. Some of the glue would sort of show and look shiny and I didn't like that. I tried using my heat gun on them to melt the glue some and then pushed them in with my fingers and that seemed to help the shininess. I thought maybe you are supposed to heat them and I've been doing it wrong all this time, but I didn't see that anywhere on the directions of the package. Anyway, I thought I'd pass that on to those of you who have experienced that same problem with the glue on those pearl strips.

This is a super fast card to make too, one stamp set you print and the sketch is really quick to put together!

Don't forget to enter the digi day challenge going on ALL WEEK at Squigglefly's group on card universe. The winner will be announced February 27th and you have until then to make your cards! There's a color challenge (pink, yellow, brown), and a sketch challenge AND you get entered to the prize drawing for each entry!
I'm going to take a picture of the prize and get it up soon to show you!

Have a great day ya'll, and thanks for looking!

Monday, February 22, 2010

The Sweet Life

Hi everyone! I hope you had an enjoyable weekend. I did, but as always it was too short!

Before I get to today's post, I wanted to answer a question that Joanne asked about my Going To N'awlins card. Joanne said

Holly - great card once again! Like the gold trim.
QUESTION: How did you adhere the gold trim (from the bakery box) being such a fine embellishment?

Joanne, The whole box top was this gold coated cardboard. I just cut a square to mat my image on and used double stick tape to tape it to the card.

Yesterday I had fun playing along with the Featured Stamper challenge on Splitcoast stampers. The featured stamper has a lot of wonderful clean and simple designs in her gallery. After much browsing, I finally chose to case THIS CARD.

And here is my card



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I used Rich Davis's flower frame , but I erased the two flowers in the lower corner and filled in the dots before printing. The strawberries are from Eline Pelinkhoff.


Everything is colored with copic markers and I used Stampin Up's creamy caramel ink to sponge around the edges. Crystal effects was added to the strawberries for extra shine. The words were typed out on the computer at the same time I printed the image.

I hope you have a great Monday, and thanks for stopping by to see me today!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Digi Day Fun

Hi everyone! Happy Sunday to you! What a great time we had at digi day last night! Thank you to everyone who showed up! If you weren't there, please go by the Squigglefly Group on card universe and grab your freebie. And check out the challenges because you have a whole week to enter and there's some good prizes to be had!

The card I have to show you today is a card I made using the freebie Squigglefly gave us. It's called Cupcake Bunny and was drawn by Ashley Summers


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The card also follows the sketch and color challenges, I colored the image with copic markers and glued on little beads for cupcake sprinkles. My sentiment is computer generated.


See the pink strip across the card? I used the Martha Steward punch Arched Lattice Edge on both sides of a 1 1/8" wide strip to create that. Didn't it turn out cool?

Now take a look at the blue paper with the white swirls. That designer paper is part of a digital pack that will soon be offered at Squigglefly! Isn't that cool?! They will come in many colors and also as a black and white image so that you can print them out on your card stocks for perfect color matching to your projects. Or, if you like you can print it out on white and color it yourself! This digi paper is by Rich Davis, and he has really come up with some wonderful patterns. I can't wait for you all to see!

Well, I wish you a wonderful day and thanks for looking!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

You're Invited

Sorry I don't have a card to show you today. I got involved watching the olympics last night instead. I do want to invite you to come and join me at digi day on Squigglefly's group on card universe. The fun will begin at 7 pm central.

There will be a freebie, a couple of challenges, and of course prizes! I hope to see you there! In the mean time, have a fantastic day!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Going To N'awlins

Hi everyone and happy, happy Friday! Melissa McCarthy has her computer problem fixed and if you haven't yet seen her AMAZING squigglefly project this week, you need to run over there and take a look now! Click HERE to see!

Today's card was made for the Mothermark Tea Party challenge that takes place on Splitcoast Stampers. This week the party is taking place in New Orleans Mardi Gras style, and my contribution is King Cake.


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I used some Mardi Gras colors of green, gold, and purple. The image I used is The Party Thing that Rich Davis drew, but before I printed it I erased the wording.

The sketch is from Christmas and Birthday cards challenge this week, and since this is a birthday card it qualifies!

I colored the image with copic markers and used some gold ribbon. The words are from clearly Wordsworth. The gold around the image is cut from the top of a bakery box and matched the ribbon perfectly!

I wish you all a happy day and thanks for looking!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Card Winner

Just popping in to let you know that the winner of yesterday's card is Cyndi!

Cyndi said...
What a lovely spring card. I imagine sitting on one of the branches, quietly watching the bunny below. Thank you for the daydream.

Cyndi, as soon as you send me your address I'll get the card in the mail to you!
Thanks for all of the comments, and I'll be back tomorrow!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Giving Away Some Spring

Hi everyone! I got some news yesterday that had me smiling from ear to ear! I've been accepted into the copic certification class that will take place in Memphis on March 7th! I'm so excited!

Today is card give away day on my blog. If you'd like to win today's card, just leave a comment on this post and tomorrow around noon random.org will pick a winner! I even supply a matching envelope!

Today's card is made for those of you pining for Spring. I think this lovely Spring Tree image that Angie Davis drew just makes the sweetest little spring time card! Plus, the clean and simple challenge that Splitcoast Stampers for this week happens to have Spring as their theme, so I made this card for that challenge.


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I used a textured pink card base and embossed one of the border embossing folders from Provo Craft on the side. Then I sanded it a bit to bring out the design.

The image was printed and then cut with a scalloped square nestability. I ran it through again to emboss it. It's colored with copic markers and the sky is chalked. I was going for an early spring sunrise look.

I thought the image was pretty enough to stand on it's own, so I didn't use any ribbons, embellishments, or designer paper. This makes it qualify for the challenge at Die Cuts R Us where they are challenging you to not use designer paper!

So, if you'd like to have this card - just leave me a comment! Wishing you a wonderful day and thanks for looking!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Featured Stamper Cards & the Squigglefly Challenge

Hi everyone! I hope you're doing well today. As you know I love the featured stamper challenge Splitcoast Stampers does every Sunday. This week the featured stamper is Laurie Hamilton and her gallery is amazing! I couldn't stop CASING her! I made three cards and have lots more tagged for later! Also, since all three of my cards have ribbon on them, I am entering them all on the challenge Pink Elephant has going on this week!

You can see the first card I chose in Laurie's gallery HERE

For my card I used one of the three trees in the Where The Love Grows set by Chesney Young.


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The trees have little hearts on them, but I didn't want hearts so I dotted them with glue and then sprinkled on ruby glitter. The "thank you" is from a Stampin Up set called Short and Sweet. The big scalloped border is a punch from EK success; if you look closely you will see that it also embosses a line on it. I'm not really thrilled with this card; it's okay, but not how I envisioned it.

The second card I chose can be seen here.

I like this one much better! It uses the adorable Herbie Crissy Armstrong drew, so I'm using it for the Squigglefly challenge which is to make something with an animal on it. You should enter too because there is a prize to win!


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I was really drawn to the way she used the labels on her card! I punched a little flower out of some designer paper and glued that to the side of the rabbit's head (can't really call him Herbie now can I?) A little half pearl is in the center of the flower. The words at the bottom are computer generated.

The last card I made didn't really qualify for the featured stamper challenge because the card I picked is one that Laurie did for a featured stamper challenge, but I liked it so much I had to copy it! You can see Laurie's card here

and here's the card I did


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I used one of the darling little dresses in Dress Pack by Sue Farias. I loved the dimension on her double scalloped circles so of course I had to copy that part! The "welcome baby" sentiment is from the same Stampin Up set Short and Sweet.

The border punch is from Martha Stewart, and the little pearls on the side are colored with copics as well as the image!

Whew! What a long post! Thanks for sticking with me through it all! I hope you have a wonderful day and that something makes you smile more than once today!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Sketch and Color Challenges

Good morning everyone! I hope you had a great weekend. I sure enjoyed my day yesterday. It rained and even snowed a bit so I spent a lot of time crafting and playing in challenges.

Today is a new challenge on the Squigglefly blog. Maria has an easy one - just make something that has an animal on it. Squigglefly has tons of cute animal images - and don't forget that there is a prize now every week! You can play along using any image, but to win a prize you must use a Squigglefly image.

So, I have two cards to share with you today! The first one is for the color challenge Stef issued on the Squigglefly group at Card Universe and the sketch challenge on Papercraft Planet. Stef's colors are red, green, and blue and there's still lots of time to play, so you should join in!


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I used one of the images from the set of four in the Spring Suite II set. It's colored with these copic markers and a red spica.



I also colored in the flowers and leaves on the designer paper so that it would go with my color scheme better. I like to customize paper like that! The sentiment is from Stampabilities, and I stamped it with versamark and embossed it in a white enamel.

I really liked this sketch, so I decided to do another one with the same image but change up the colors


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here are the colors used on this card




If you're lucky enough to be off for President's Day, then I hope you enjoy your day off! See you tomorrow, and thanks for looking!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Triple Play for Valentine's Day

Good morning and happy Valentine's Day to you! Sorry I didn't have a post for you yesterday. I just got kind of lazy and even though I had a card, I just didn't feel like blogging! I spent a pretty lazy day just doing this and that around the house.

Did you take a look at the new images Squigglefly released yesterday? I just love them all! I did make a card yesterday using the new Sour Puss image. Vicki's Saturday Spotlight challenge is to use some household item on your card, so I used some tissue paper for my background instead of designer paper, and also I used some newspaper to make a paper flower.


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I thought with the birdcage in the image that newspaper went well with it! LOL!
I colored with copic markers and chalk, and the sentiment is computer generated.

These next two cards are ones I made for the last two weeks for the Mothermark Tea Party challenge that takes place on Splitcoast Stampers every Tuesday. I just recently started trying to play in the tea party challenges and it is really a lot of fun.

You really need to know the tea party story for my cards to make sense, but I'm sharing them with you anyway. The first one uses High Steaks and Three Cat Pile up.


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My second card uses Big Mama



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Both cards have been colored with copic markers and the words are computer generated.

If you've been wondering what happened to Melissa's guest artist project on Friday, Melissa is having computer problems and will get her project posted as soon as she can. In the mean time, you can always check out her fabulous project from last week!

I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend, and as always thanks for looking!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Spring's On The Way With a Sneak Peek and a Lattice Tutorial

Good morning and happy Friday! I hope you are all as excited as I am about the images being released at Squigglefly tomorrow! If you've been to any of the design team blogs then you know that there are some wonderful ones coming! I have a couple of peeks at what's to come for you today, but first I wanted to tell you that due to a LOT of edits made to a post I did back in October, I thought it would be a good time to direct your attention to it again. Plus, some of you who are new to my blog might have missed it the first time - so just click HERE to see that please!

My first card uses some adorable images from a BRAND NEW artist to Squigglefly! Sue Farias has joined Squigglefly and she brings some pretty serious talent with her! Take a look at this


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Aren't these little dresses just the cutest? All three will be available Saturday as a set called Dress Pack. I colored the dresses with copic markers and added a little chalk to the edges of my squares. I added a little scalloped border and pierced holes in each scallop to give it a more girly feel. Then I found the cutest saying that went so well with the dresses. The saying goes so well with it in fact, that I convinced Ashley to make it a sentiment available at Squigglefly and she said she would!

Now if you're ready for spring to get here, then you will like the next card I have because it screams SPRING



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This image is one that Rich Davis drew called Whimsy Spring. The sentiment is from a clear stamp set by Stampendous. I colored the image with copic markers and some spica markers on the flowers and bee trail to add sparkle. The sky is chalked.

The lattice work at the top is a fun technique, and I wanted to share with you how to do it, so I made a video for you! I hope you enjoy it and that you give it a try yourself!





Have a wonderful day, and thanks for looking!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Hey Gillfriend!

Hi everyone! I have some fun cards to share with you today. The first one uses a fun little freebie that Dawn Moore drew and offered on her blog Lost In Paper Scraps. I just thought the sad guy with the droopy face was funny - so I made a quick little card.


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It's colored with copic markers and the background is chalked. The words are computer generated.

My next card was a lot of fun to do. I used the fun What's Up Gillfriend image from Squigglefly to make a gel card!


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here's a close up of the fish


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The image comes with the sentiment. I colored it with copic markers and used a little stickles on her too. I actually put little dots of crystal effect on the bubbles before I decided it would be fun to do a gel card.

I embossed the frame with the bubbles embossing folder from Provo Craft, and used a bubble looking border punch on the top. Extra large eyelets are at the top too. I used some clear hair gel for the inside and made my bag with a seal a meal. If you don't have a seal a meal, you can use little zip lock bags, but you need to size your project around the size of your bag.

Now, how about a peek at one of the images that will be coming out on Saturday? This one is called Texting and the screen comes blank so you can fill in your own messages - how fun!


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I colored this with copic markers and printed the message on my computer at the same time I printed the image. I think this would be a cute valentine with the message
W8TING 4 U, but I needed a thank you card so that's what I made!

I'll have another sneak peek for you tomorrow, as well as a video showing you a fun technique! Enjoy your day, and thanks for looking!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Monkeying Around With A Love Bug

Hi everyone, and happy hump day! I have a cute little valentine to show you today. I was working a few cards yesterday, and wanted to make a couple more Valentines before the holiday gets away from me.


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I didn't want to push myself to make something because I'm still feeling my mojo isn't completely on board with me, so I went with a really simple layout. The image, Love Bug by Robin Willis is a perfect one to use when you are feeling a little lost on where to go with your card because it's got the image and the sentiment all wrapped up in one.

I colored with copic markers, and added a little spica to the hearts in the wings. The embossed hearts is from a Fiskars impression plate. This card also fits in with the Crafty Card Makers challenge to use something digital, and also the Crazy 4 Challenges challenge which is to make a valentine, and ironically it's a challenge set by Robin herself!

The next card is one I made for Our Creative Corner challenge, which is to make a valentine for a guy


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I used the darling Monkey Business image from Squigglefly and printed the sentiment out on my computer. It's colored with copic markers and the eges are chalked. Even though it has little scallops on the side, I still think it is suitable for a guy. This card also fits the Incy Wincy Challenge to use the colors red (or pink) and black.

So, how about that? I cranked out two cards even with my mojo taking a little break! It's not left me all together though, because I have a fun card I'm working on now that I hope to have finished in time to show you tomorrow. I hope you have a great Wednesday, and thanks for looking!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

I'm A Good Friend To Ewe

Hey everyone! What a fabulous snowfall we had yesterday! It was just so gorgeous and fun! It was heavy and wet; perfect for playing in. I made a few snow angels and three snow men!

Here is pretty snow clinging on pine branches


Here is Riley enjoying being in it


A snow angel - if you look closely you may see my halo! LOL!


and here's my cute snow couple



and here's my last and biggest snowman (with a little photo shop humor I asked Chesney to do for me)



I actually didn't do any card making yesterday! I guess it was a day for re-charging my creative battery because I had no desire to make anything. I went an looked at all the cards the Squigglefly Design Team did for their challenge and they are all so wonderful! The challenge is to create a shaped valentine using non-traditional colors.

I do have a card to show you though that I made last week for the Friday Sketchers sketch, and as I was looking at challenges yesterday I see it also fits Crafty Cardmakers challenge to use something digital!


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I used the funny Sweater Shedder image that Chesney Young drew. It's colored with copic markers and I tried to get a little creative with the chair, and of course the sentiment is computer generated. I can't help but chuckle that his sweater is magically dyed as he knits!

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

Monday, February 8, 2010

Let's Pig Out

Hi everyone! Here it is Monday again. The weekends go by way too fast for me. this weekend I didn't do much in the way of crafting. I feel like my mojo has left me and I hope it comes back soon!

But guess what I woke up to find this morning - SNOW! It's just lovely and perfect for snow angel making! If it doesn't turn to rain and wash all away before it's daylight, that's what I'll be doing!

The card I have today is one I actually made a week or so ago. It was done for two challenges. One is Digital Tuesday challenge to make a funny guy card, and the other is Papercutz challenge which is to make a birthday for a man using some of the color pink. A pig is pink, right?


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This cute image called Birthday Pig is another one drawn by Rich Davis and is available at Squigglefly. I love the way the dog's eyebrows are done! LOL!

It's colored with copic markers and chalk, and the words are computer generated.
The inside of the card says "I thought your birthday was a good excuse to pig out"

Did you see that Squigglefly added some more images to their weekly release? They've got some cute little "stamps" for the back of your cards where you can sign your name. My favorite is this one.

Well, I hope this work day goes by as quickly as my weekend seemed to! If you happen to see my mojo floating around out there send it back home please! Have a wonderful day, and thanks for looking!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Birthday Flowers

Hi everyone. I hope you are having a nice weekend. I have been lazy this weekend and not done a lot of anything. Because of this I feel pressured and rushed to get some things done today.

I let the Saturday Spotlight challenge slip away from me last weekend, so this weekend I made sure to play along! Vicki has challenged everyone to make a card using something teeny tiny.



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This lovely image (available at Squigglefly) is one that Rich Davis has drawn and is called Flower Pot. I colored the image with copic markers and then I glued TEENY TINY gold seed beads where there were little dots.

The words were computer generated with the CK Becky font. The sketch is from this week's sketch challenge on Paper Craft Planet.

I hope you have a wonderful Sunday, and thanks as always for stopping by to see what I've been up to!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

BIG hugs and warm fuzzies

Good morning everyone! I hope you are having a great Saturday! Ttoday is release day at Squigglefly and if you've been there then you have seen how fabulous they are! The design team has been making some wonderful creations with these images too! And did you get by Mel's blog yesterday and see the delightful Bubbly Baby card she made?

Have you ever had an idea for a card and you can see it perfectly in your head, but when you sit down to actually make it, it ends up looking nothing like you pictured it? Well that's what happened to me with this card


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The image is from Squigglefly and is drawn by the very talented Angela Donato. It's called Hugs and when I saw the challenge at Saturday Spotlight was BIG, I immediately wanted to make this card for the challenge simply because Vicki always says "Big Hugs" in her comments. Well, using it for the challenge got scrapped because I couldn't think of anything big to add to the card.

I also had problems doing the out of the box technique in my oval, so that's why it's cut out at the top the way it is. I like the card, but it was way cuter in my head!
The colors I used are for Stef's color challenge on the card universe Squigglefly group and since the paper has little dots on it, I'm also entering it in the Cute Card Thursday challenge.

It's colored with copic markers and the words are computer generated. Now, don't you love that fuzzy font? It's called Fuzzed and I thought it was perfect for the sentiment. If you like it, you can get it free here.

I hope you enjoy your weekend, and thanks for looking!

Friday, February 5, 2010

This Day's A Keeper & A Sneak Peek!

Hi everyone! Happy Friday to you all! I want to remind you all that today is the first of the projects Mel will have as Squigglefly's guest artist! I hope you will be sure to swing by her blog and take a look at what she's created!

My card today was a fun to one to color and make.


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I only wish that I had thought to print it twice so I could have popped the fish up. This is of course one of the shy bears from Squigglefly. This one is called appropriately Fishing Bear!

Everything is colored with copic markers except for the sky, and I chalked it. I added a few stickles to the water and the fish. My sentiment is a little corny, but it was all I could come up with at the moment. It's computer generated.

Tomorrow is another new release at Squigglefly, and I thought since I didn't post a card yesterday I'd do two today and make one of them a peek at one of the images that will be released tomorrow.


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This is called Pear and is drawn by Lynne Stansbery. This is just one of four by Lynne that are being released tomorrow. I colored it with colored pencils and blended them with odorless mineral spirits. Then I applied a crackle finish to the image. After it was dry, I rubbed some brown inks and a little bit of green pearl ex over it to bring out the cracks. If you click on the card to see it closer you will be able to see the crackle better.

There are a lot of challenges I want to participate in, but time has been in short supply for me this week. I hope to have lots of time over the weekend to play.

Have a fabulous Friday, and thanks as always for stopping by!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Card winner

Hi everyone! Just popping in to let you know who the winner of yesterday's card is. It's CAT S.!

Cat said

Anonymous said...
Who WOULDN'T want to win this CUTIE.
as usual your talent just leaves me with a feeling of AWE!!!
CAT S.

Cat, if you are Cathi Sexton then I have your address and will get this card in the mail to you tomorrow. If you are someone else, please send me an e mail at usyungs@gmail.com and let me know your mailing address!

Thanks everyone, and I'll be back tomorrow with another card! Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Sparkling White Challenge To Give Away

Hi everyone! Did you hear the exciting news about who is going to be Squigglefly's guest artist for February? None other than the ever so talented Mel McCarthy! Mel is going to have a project to share every Friday in February! Isn't that awesome? I can't wait!

Today is card give away day so if you'd like to have today's card (and a matching envelope), just leave a comment and tomorrow random.org will pick a person to get it!

The card I have to give away was made for the challenge on the Squigglefly blog. Their challenge issued by Maria is to make a mostly white card with lots of sparkle. Well, I really struggled with this at first, but once I got started I really enjoyed making the card and in the end I'm really happy about it.



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I used this cute image drawn by Lynne Stansbery called Uphill Battle. This guy has plans to make a huge snowman, but he didn't think about how heavy those giant snowballs can get; especially when you're rolling them up hill!

The card front is embossed with a snowflake cuttlebug folder and I colored the image with copic makers. Then I went to town on the sparkle! I used some crystal snow flakes from Meyer Imports for the snow on the ground. Meyer Imports is the same place I bought the grass that I used on my willow tree card HERE. I have to say that I am in LOVE with this snow flake stuff. It's better than glitter, stickles, flower soft or my faux flower soft for sparkley snow.

Take a look at my picture of the card again. I took it outside and set it on some of the ice that was still in a patch of shade. Look at how much the snow on my card looks just like the snow on the ground. There is no flaking of this stuff after the glue has dried either. I added a little more glue and snow flakes to areas I wanted to make the snow look deeper.

The words were printed out on my computer and then I popped them up with a little snowflake that has stickles on it. Then I had to add a completed snow man to the inside





I printed out one of Cheryl Alger's adorable snowmen. This one is called lonely skater, but I cut his legs off so he'd look more like a traditional snowman. He is colored with copic markers too. So, I hope you like the card enough to want to win it! Have a great day and thanks for looking!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Spring Thank You

Hi everyone! I hope the month of February has started off well for you all and that you are having a great week so far! After the bit of ice we had over the weekend, everything is melting and it's looking spring like again. The birds are loving the wet ground and you can hear them singing all day long.

I needed to make a thank you card for someone and I thought what better image to use than the new Spring Suite One that Rich Davis just released at Squigglefly.



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The set comes with three different images; two of them are borders. I chose the heart border and then printed the same border on the envelope so it would match!



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The image is colored with copic markers and the sky is chalked. I stamped my trusty little grass sprigs image over the ground. The words are computer generated and then I used an oval nestabilities die to cut it out and mounted it behind the image so it pops up over the top of the card a bit.

This fits the challenge they are having at Everybody's Art challenge blog to make a thank you card!

Tomorrow is card giveaway day on my blog, so be sure to come back for that! Thanks for looking and have a great day.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Bubble Your Troubles Away!

Good morning and Happy Monday to you all! I hope you all had a productive weekend and were able to squeeze in a little fun time too. I got a lot of crafting time in and feel so relaxed this morning! Guess I just needed that craft fix! This post is a long one today, but if you bear with me, there are TWO cards to share!

I think I've mentioned before that I like to get recipe ideas from Organizing Junkie. It's a wonderful site with not only menu planning ideas but all sorts of organizing ideas too. Anyway, I thought I'd join in and post my menu for this week

Monday - Vegetable Spaghetti with ground beef and sausage - side salad - garlic bread
Tuesday - Hubby's in the mood for pancakes so we're having breakfast for dinner! Eggs, Pancakes, Bacon and Biscuits
Wednesday - Chef's Salad with boiled eggs and diced ham
Thursday - Mexican Chicken and Spanish rice
Friday - leftovers
Saturday - Hubby's cooking Sirloin Steaks and wild rice
Sunday - Mushroom Bacon Chicken using rest of bacon from breakfast night

Of course this menu is totally flexible if Brock decides he wants to go out to eat I'm certainly not going to argue! LOL!





I received this sweet award from Rhonda at Rhonda's Creative Spirit

The rules of the award say that you have to
1) Copy and Paste the award on your blog.
2) List who gave you the award and link to her blog.
3) List 10 things that make you happy.
4) Pass the award onto other bloggers and visit their blog to let them know!

So, ten things that make me happy are

1. Having a surprise day off work because of snow!
2. Watching our dog hunt and play at the park.
3. Giving people cards that make them laugh.
4. Being able to spend time with my husband.
5. Having friends who "get" me.
6. Having dessert.
7. Knowing that I'm loved.
8. Having a bed to sleep in at night.
9. New art supplies.
10. Cloudy days.

I would pass this award on to individual people I know, but I've seen so many people already have this award or that award so I'm not going to pass it on to any particular blogs - I'm just passing it on to every person out there who gets joy in creating art of some kind! Thanks Rhonda for thinking of me for this sweet award!

Yesterday the ice was melting away and we got Riley out to the park. She had a blast and found a hole that must have really smelled good because she dug and dug. When we finally pulled her off she looked like this





Needless to say it was directly to the tub with her when we got home! She got all cleaned up and smelling nice again and ate a good dinner and curled up in a dryer warmed blanket. AH! See? She was named well 'cause she lives the life of Riley! LOL!


Finally - on with today's cards! Ironically, the first card deals with another animal in the tub! I had a lot of fun making this one. It's for the sketch challenge on Papercraft Planet, and the colors fit in perfectly with the Colour Create Challenge too!



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I used the just released Shy Bear Bubble Bath image and colored with copic markers. I really debated how I wanted to do the bubbles. I finally opted to color them in pale shades of pink, blue, and lavender. Then I stickled them. The puddle on the floor has crystal effects on it.

I used a border punch from Martha Stewart twice and filled in some of the circles with small white pearls. The sentiment is computer generated and popped up on pop dots. I think the font I used is called Juice.


Here's my second card


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This one was done for yesterday's featured stamper challenge on Splitcoast Stampers. You can see the card I CASED here. I used one of Angie Davis's images from Squigglefly called Roses. It was colored with copic markers and the center of the flower is flocked with yellow. The words are computer generated.

Squigglefly is sponsoring the Pink Elephant challenge today and the challenge is to make a card using lots of pink, so this card also fits into their challenge! You should swing by there and take a look at the cards the design team made with images that Robin Willis drew. They are all fabulous!

Now I'm going to check out the new challenge on the Squigglefly blog and I hope you do too because now there is a prize every week! You know you want to play!

Have a great day ya'll, and thanks for stopping by!