Monday, May 31, 2010

Happy Memorial Day




Hi everyone! I hope whatever you are doing today you take a moment out to give thanks for all the servicemen and their families. They sacrifice so much for our country's freedoms.

We went to see the fireworks last night and I was not disappointed. A little rain shower moved in and cooled things off a bit too so that just made it even more enjoyable!

Yesterday was featured stamper challenge day at Splitcoast stampers and I found a sweet little card in Emily's gallery to CASE. You can see the card she made HERE, and here is my card



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I used Mark Hicks's Expectant Bird and colored with Copic markers and a little chalk. I think this would be a really cute image to use for a card congratulating someone on their pregnancy, but I went with the Mother's Day theme since the card I was CASING was for Mother's Day.

The sentiment is from Nina Brackett's Fancy Sentiments set, and I sponged some ink on it. The border is from Martha Stewart, and the designer paper is from Stampin' Up!

I hope all of you enjoy your Memorial Day, and I'll be back tomorrow! Thanks for looking!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

A Tweet Birdie

Hi everyone! Well, I didn't get as much card making done yesterday as I had hoped, but it was my own fault. I printed out images and colored a few, but the actual making of a card only happened once. I think I was having too much fun coloring to stop and make a card! Here's the card I did finish


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This uses two images from Michelle Bertuzzi's set Birdie Birthday. I colored the branch and the bird with Copic markers and chalked the sky. My clouds were made by erasing some of the blue chalk.

The designer paper is from Cloud Nine. The pink section at the bottom was embossed with a Provo Craft embossing folder and then I rubbed some white Color Box ink over the raised areas. The flowers are stickers that I got from a pack my sister sent me a while back. I may add a sentiment of some kind once I know who I'm sending it to.

There is a lot going on here for this Memorial Day Weekend. The downtown area is having Riverfest and there are a lot of concerts going on and tonight there will be a big fireworks display. I love seeing fireworks, and we have a great spot we drive to where we have a wonderful view, so I'm looking forward to that.

Other than grocery shopping I will try to get a few of these images I colored made into cards! I hope you have a great day, and thanks for looking!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Birthdays and Bears

Hi everyone! Before I say anything else, let me send out a huge HAPPY BIRTHDAY wish to my oldest daughter Ashley who turns 29 today! I love you Ashley and hope your day is special!

I hope all of you are off to a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. I had a really nice time with my friend yesterday. We didn't do one bit of stamping or card making! We did go to a Scrapbook Store that has just gotten a new owner, and she has plans to make it bigger and better than the one that was in there before. I bought a few new papers and talked to her a bit about digital stamping. She also gave me a quick lesson on the Cricut. Later we just talked and passed a few tips on to each other. It was fun just catching up and seeing what each of us has been up to.

Well if you missed it, Squigglefly released their new images yesterday afternoon! I hope you are all as excited as I am about the new artwork. Each month I am awed and excited!

I had to print out one of the new shy bear scenes; and my favorite (for now) is the Hammock Daydreams. Although it's the perfect image for Father's Day, I just made it for an everyday friend type or birthday card.



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I colored it with Copic markers and chalk. The background paper is some I just bought at the new scrap book store and is from Doodlebugs. I used a nestabilites die for the little hinge thing by the sentiment, and the sentiment is computer generated.

Well, I for one plan to stay out of the heat and spend the day in my craft room. There are challenges and new images calling my name! See you all tomorrow, and thanks for looking!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Winner of Scrap and Stamp Arts

Hi Everyone! The winner of the Scrap and Stamp Arts magazine is Becky! Becky said

Becky said...
I will throw my hat in the ring for this :), never heard of this magazine but it looks interesting.

Becky, if you will please e mail your address to me at usyungs@gmail.com I will get this in the mail to you! I hope you enjoy it!

Also, just to let you know - Squigglefly has released their images a bit early! You don't have to wait until tomorrow - go check 'em out now!

A BIG thanks

Hi everyone! I'm excited to be able to show you a sneak peek of one of the images that will be released at Squigglefly tomorrow. Not only is it a new image, but it's from a new artist to Squigglefly! His name is Mark Hicks, and I love his artwork because he has a great sense of humor that comes through in his images. I'm sure that as you will love his artwork as well.

Be sure to look at the design team's blogs to see more sneak peeks! Here's my card


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Is this not a great thank you card image? I think it really gets the point across in a fun way! I colored it with Copic markers and chalked the sky and grass and then I covered each letter with a Quickie glue pen and sprinkled on some glitter. A fast card to make with a lot of WOW!

I'll also give you a little tip - if you crop just the clouds from this image, you will have a terrific cloud template to cut out clouds for your other cards - you can make them as big and as little as you want!

I'm heading over to a friend's house after work today for some stamping play time. We haven't gotten together in a while and I'm looking forward to it. I'm also really glad to have a three day weekend to look forward to!

Today is the last chance you have to leave a comment on THIS POST and have a chance to win the July issue of Scrap and Stamp Arts magazine. I will have random.org pick a winner a little later this afternoon.

Wishing you all an absolutely fabulous day, and thanks for looking!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

I'm so Embarrassed!

Good morning to you all! I have a card to show you today that uses an image that just tickles me. Take a look at this


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Isn't that just so funny? I love the way the little bird's legs are crossed and she's covering herself up with her wings! The image is one of the newest images at Squigglefly drawn by Jackie Mathews and is titled appropriately Well, This Is Embarrassing!

I colored the image with these Copic colors



and the sky is chalked. Then I used a little dotty looking stamp from a Stampin' Up! set called watercolor garden to add a little depth to the tree top. I printed the words out with my computer and then cut them out in a cloud shape to pop up on the card. The inside of the card says "I missed your birthday!"

Since I had such a long post yesterday, I won't keep you long today but remember to comment on THIS POST if you want a chance to win a copy of the July issue of Scrap and Stamp Arts magazine; I announce the winner tomorrow!

Have a great day and thanks for looking!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Chillin' With Some Bears and a Special RAK event

Don't forget to leave a comment on this post if you'd like a chance to win the July issue of Scrap and Stamp Arts magazine.

Hi everyone! Today is my youngest daughter Chesney Young's 26th birthday and I want to wish her a big Happy Birthday! I love you Ches!

Before I get on with my regular post I wanted to tell you about a special RAK event and Squigglefly is honored to be a part of it. I'm sure most of you have heard by now that Lisa has started this event for her sister Jayme. If you haven't, you can read about it HERE.
Jayme loves frogs and Crissy Armstrong was sweet enough to draw this adorable Beach Baby frog in Jayme's honor and offer it free so everyone can make a frog card for Jayme! I think it is such a wonderful thing to see so many people pull together to make a person feel better!

I chose to use a different little frog that Crissy drew for Squigglefly called Mort the Frog


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I colored it with Copic markers and chalked the ground and sky and then used my trusty Art Impressions grass sprig stamp to stamp over the ground. The sketch is from the Sketch and Stash challenge blog. You're supposed to tell which items you used from your stash to make the card, and on mine I used the brads in the flower centers and the eyelashed googly eyes. Don't you just love those things? I colored the lids on the googly eyes with a Copic too. I thought Jayme would get a kick of those eyes!


Okay, now today I have two more cards to show you! Squigglefly's last release had a couple of shy bears in inner tubes; Floatin' Bear and Tubin' Bear. I fell in love with them and couldn't wait to make a card with the two of them together!


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Aren't they cute? I colored them with Copic markers and chalked my sky. Of course I had to add some stickles to the water! It's easy to miss, but if you click on the picture and enlarge it you can see the little rain dots splash I added by the sentiment.

Then on Monday the Clean and Simple challenge on Splitcoast stampers had the theme of summer, so of course I had to use one of the bears for that!


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Again, I colored with Copic markers and chalked my sky. The letters were stamped with a clear stamp set that I have had for so long I no longer remember what company makes them. I stamped them with a white Colorbox ink pad. I added buttons to the corners so I can enter this in the Incy Wincy challenge too!



Yesterday Joanne left a comment on my post asking how hot it was when I was complaining about it being too hot. I tried to find her profile so I could write her privately, but she has her profile private - so Joanne if you're reading this today it was 93 the days I was complaining.

I'm going to try really hard to stop complaining about the weather though. There are people who have so much worse things to deal with and my whining about the hot summers is such a trivial thing! I may not like the hot weather, but instead of complaining about it I will focus on being thankful I have air conditioning and fans!

There is a man named Nick Vujicic who was born without arms and legs. He goes around the country giving inspirational speeches to schools and churches and he is just an amazing man. I saw this video several years ago, and it still inspires me today so I thought I'd share it with you all here because we can all use a little perspective like this. He has several other videos on you tube too, but this one is my favorite. It shows what he has to go through just to get out his door in the mornings and he does it all with an attitude of thankfulness that is so inspiring.



If you can't view the video on my blog, you can see it on youtube HERE

Have a fantastic day, and thanks for looking!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Squigglefly Challenge and a Giveaway

Hi everyone! Thanks for the well wishes for Riley. It turns out she has conjunctivitis or pink eye, so it's nothing too serious. We have to put drops in her eye three times a day. I'm very thankful it's not something to worry about, I've done enough of that with her lately!

The Squigglefly challenge this week is to make a get well card, and I chose to use this adorable image that Jackie Mathews drew called Ready For Rain which features the darling little Katie Bug.


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Really this image could be used for any kind of card, but I think it works well for a get well too. I colored it with Copic markers and chose to make her colors match the designer paper I used. Here are the Copic colors I used




The sentiment stamp is from a clear Studio G stamp set. After I colored this I used a Quickie Glue pen to cover the wings and then I sprinkled on some glitter. I also applied glue to the flower's center and then cut some orange flock from a pom pom. I love using pom poms for flock because it's fluffier than the flock you buy in jars.

The border punched at the top of the designer paper is a punch from Martha Stewart. I didn't notice until I uploaded the photo that my card stock was bent in a couple of spots at the top!


Now for my giveaway - as I mentioned the other day (well actually I did more than mention it - I think I screamed it!) Squigglefly was the focus in a three page article on digital stamping in the July issue of Scrap and Stamp Arts magazine. The editor of the magazine was kind enough to send me three complimentary copies. I've given a couple away and kept the one I get with my subscription, so I have one more to give away and I thought I'd offer it as blog candy.



So, if you'd like to win this copy of the magazine, just leave a comment and I'll have random.org pick a winner on Friday. I'd love it if you'd mention the give away on your blog but it's not required.

There's a chance of rain here today, and really every day the rest of this week. I certainly hope it happens because it's been so stinkin' hot the past few days and I think a few rain clouds would be better than that relentless sun beating down. I hope you have a great day no matter the weather, and thanks as always for stopping by!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Featuring A Fat Cat!

Good morning everyone! I hope you had a great weekend. It was a hot one here, so we didn't do that much. Riley started squinting one of her eyes on Saturday night and yesterday she was still doing it and it looks all read, so today she is going to the vet to have that checked out. We can't see anything in it, and we've rinsed it out. It's always something with this dog!

Yesterday was the featured Stamper challenge on Splitcoast stampers and I played along. If you want to see the card I chose to CASE, you can see it HERE. And here is the card I made


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It's a 4 1/4" square card. The image is one by Jackie Mathews called Fatty Cat. I love his long claws! These are the Copic colors I used to color it.



I used some of the realistic cat eye stickers that I love so much and I drew a little fish skeleton on some shrink plastic to make a little charm to tie on to the ribbon knot.

Today is the new challenge on the Squigglefly Blog, and Maria has challenged everyone to make a get well card. I have made a card for that too, but I'm not going to show it to you until tomorrow. I hope you will play along too!

Hope your day is wonderful and not as hot as it is here! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Bearly Made It Through The School Year

Hi everyone! Sorry I didn't get to post yesterday. We were up late on Friday night having a family game night so yesterday morning I slept in and was rather lazy most of the day. I didn't get into my craft room until late afternoon, so the card I made then waited until today.

With the end of school in sight I thought some of you might be making thank you cards for the teachers in your kids lives. So it was with this in mind that I made this card using the Teacher Shy Bear image from Squigglefly.

I followed the sketch on the Card Patterns Challenge Blog and colored with Copic markers. The desk is chalked.



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I wrote the math problems on the chalk board with a white gel pen. I was thinking it would be funny to say something on the inside like "I bearly would have passed without your help!"

The paper is all from Stampin' Up! and the faux brads are just circle punches from the green cardstock glued on to two layers of circles I punched from a cereal box.
Since I don't have any kids and therefore no teachers to thank, if any of you would like to have this card just let me know. First one to ask gets it!

Have you been to Squigglefly and seen all the new images? Some adorable new Shy Bears are there as well as some more cute new ones. I love the embarrassed bird that Jackie Mathews drew! If you haven't checked them out, you should! Plus all Father's Day images are on sale now too!

I'm going to do a little shopping this afternoon with Chesney and then I hope to get some more cards made so I won't have another no post day this week! I hope you're all enjoying your weekend, and thanks for looking!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Summertime Fun

Hi everyone! Finally Friday has arrived - has the week seemed long to you too?

I made a card today that is for the sketch challenge they have this week at Splitcoast stampers and also for Mothermark's tea party. The tea partiers are headed out tothe open sea to save Seth who is lost in a terrible storm.


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I chose this adorable image from Squigglefly by Eline Pelinkhoff called Let's Go Swimming! I love the old fashioned bathing suit and the scarf tied around her head!

In my story, she is Bernice Bunny who was playing with her friends in her pool when she heard the distress call about Seth. She ran as fast as she could to throw her blue innertube to Seth, but the innertube made it hard for her to run very fast so she was too late. Seth was already safe and sound by the time she got there. Whew!

I colored her with Copic markers and chalked some blue around the background for sky. The yellow layer was embossed with a Sizzix texture plate and then I sponged some yellow ink around the edges and a little on the embossed flowers.

The designer paper is from KC and Company and I printed the words out with my computer. After cutting the words out with an oval Nestabilities die I sponged some pink around the edges.

Wishing you all a great day, and thanks for looking!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Bee-cause I Love You

Good morning everyone! Late start today! It's pouring down rain here and I slept in since I can't walk Riley. The card I have to show you today uses an image that Rich Davis drew called Flower Love Bee


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I added the sentiment to the image before printing. I think the name of the font is curlz. I colored the flower and part of the bee with Copic markers. The black stripes on the bee body are covered with a chunky black glitter and the yellow stripes are flocked. Some pink glitter covers the heart shaped balls on the end of his antenna. Does it look too weird that I didn't color his head yellow?

The background paper is from KI Memories and I colored the flowers to match the flower in the image. Both of my daughters have their golden birthdays next week and I think I may give this card to one of them. Do you know what a golden birthday is? It's when you are the same age as the day of your birthday. Next week Chesney will be 26 on May 26th and Ashley will be 29 on May 29th!

My sister, Lynne shared this awesome video with me and I wanted to share it all with you here. I hope you have a fantastic day, and thanks for looking!



if you can't see the video here on my blog, you can view it at youtube HERE

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Hi everyone! Yesterday's One A Day In May image was this adorable Gardening Shy Bear. If you got in on the One A Day deal then you got this image for less than a dollar! Don't despair if you didn't get the One A Day, you can still get the image at the store.

I couldn't wait to get this printed out and colored up!


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I colored it with Copic markers and added a little yellow chalk around the background and stickles to the center of the pink flowers. I used some designer paper from KI Memories and colored in some of the white circles with a blue Copic to match the blue I matted the image with. Don't look too closely or you'll see I wasn't too careful about staying in the lines!

The corners of the designer paper are punched with a heart shape corner punch from EK Success which I thought went well with the inside of the card



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The words were printed out with my computer and the little flower is from a Studio G clear set. I put a little pearlized blue pearl (from my friend Stef) in the center of each hear punch.

I just love this image. It's quick to color and I think it would be good for all kinds of cards; especially if you know someone who loves to garden!

If you haven't entered the challenge I have going on at Card Universe, you still have until tomorrow night to get your card entered! All you have to do is make a card with a Squigglefly image and do some piercing. There's a set of four brand new, wood mounted Hero Arts stamps up for grabs, so what have you got to lose?

Yesterday while I was web surfing I found the most adorable video, and I wanted to share it with you all. I think if we all started our day out with as much enthusiasm as this little girl does we couldn't help but have a good day! Wishing you all as happy a day as Jessica feels, and thanks for looking! If you cant' see the video on my blog, you can view it directly at you tube HERE

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Exciting Things!

Hi everyone! I came home from work yesterday and found my July issue of Scrap and Stamp Arts magazine waiting for me. Inside the magazine are THREE whole pages devoted to digital stamping, and projects featuring Squigglefly images adorn all three pages! Talk about being excited! I was over the moon! There are three cards I made and two beautiful scrapbook pages design team member Jennifer Scull created. If you get the magazine, be sure to check the last page for a discount code to be used at Squigglefly!

Now that the magazine is out, I can share my cards. Two of the cards use the same Gossip Girls image. I wanted to do two cards with the same image so people could see it flipped and made smaller. The first one shows the image used with paper piecing on the dresses. The rest is colored with Copic markers and the background is chalked. The designer paper is some digital paper that Rich Davis made and will be available soon at Squigglefly.


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The second one has the image a bit smaller and flipped. I colored it with Copic markers also. The sky and ground are chalked and then I stamped some grass sprigs on the chalk. The background paper on this one is also some digital papers that Rich Davis made and will be available soon at Squigglefly. The sentiment is called Best Friends and I cut it apart to use the second part on the side of the card.


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The last card uses the image Butterfly Cluster and the sentiment Butterfly Moments. This one is digitally colored by my daughter Chesney Young. We wanted to show digital coloring as an option in the magazine article too. I added some stickles to the butterfly and highlighted the word "moments" with a Copic marker.


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I'm really excited about the magazine article, but more than that I'm happy to see the hard work that my daughters and all the wonderful artists have put into Squigglefly paying off for them.

Have you been to Squigglefly today and seen the new One A Day image? It's a darling Shy Bear that I can't wait to color up! Be sure to check out the challenge that Kim has going on at the blog too - it's a fun one and you have a chance to win a prize!

Wishing you much happiness in your day, and thanks for looking!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Feelin' Groovy

Good morning everyone! I didn't really get many cards made yesterday. Brock and I went to the store and picked out some plants to put in the pots and flower boxes on our front porch and we spent the afternoon planting those and watching a thunderstorm roll through. I got some stuff cooked ahead for the week, and caught up on laundry and stuff like that.

I did make one card though and had a lot of fun with it. I put together a couple of images from Squigglefly; the Hippie Queen and the Peace, Love, Groovy sentiment.


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It was fun to color the letters in like tie dye! I colored the whole thing with Copic markers. After I was finished coloring it, I thought the white space in the top right needed something, so I punched a circle out of the designer paper and then drew a peace symbol on it and cut it out. I placed it right at the edges so it would appear as if it was still part of the designer paper in the background.

I love the Hippie Queen image! The little detail of the smiley face on her belt is a fun touch! I would have liked to find some designer paper that had a more retro feel to it, but I went to Michaels and Hobby Lobby yesterday and didn't find anything like I had in mind. In the end, I just chose some paper that I already had in my stash that had the color red I wanted. I wasn't the only one having a flash back this weekend, because I saw this morning that the theme for the Incy Wincy challenge is Blast From The Past, so my card fits perfectly in to that challenge!

Well, I hope you all have a great Monday, and thanks for looking!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

A Banner Birthday

Hi everyone! I hope you are having a great weekend. Mine has been pretty easy, but I haven't gotten very much stuff done! Just feeling kind of lazy. I do have a card to show you today that I made yesterday.

I love images that fill up a whole card front, and this one from Rich Davis called Whimsy Birds is especially fun because there is so much going on in it!


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I colored the image with Copic markers and chalked the whole background. The banner at the top comes blank so you can add in any sentiment you want. I hand printed my "Happy Birthday" sentiment.

The image panel is framed with some purple, and then blue card stock and I embossed the card base with a birds embossing folder.

I'm off to check out who the featured stamper is this week and maybe not be so lazy today! I hope you enjoy your day, and thanks for looking!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Easy, Breezy Friendship

Good morning, and happy weekend! Today is also happy because it's the day the new images are available at Squigglefly! So many to look at and drool over and tons of inspiration in their idea gallery!

I want to thank you all for your continued prayers for my sister Becky. I talked to her yesterday and she is feeling sick to her stomach a lot and suffering with cold sores, and she's bored to tears there, but her attitude is pretty good. We are planning a reunion of all our families next summer, so that is something for her to look forward to.

Today's card was made for a special friend, and I used one of the new images that Diane Carubia drew called Maisy and Creamy With Flowers.


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I colored the image with Copic markers and then chalked the sky. I should have paid more attention to the name of the image because I didn't color the dog a creamy color! I got a little creative and drew in a sidewalk for them to stand on and stamped in some grass and a bush. The grass stamp is from Art Impressions, and for the bush I used one of the stamps from Stampin' Up's watercolor minis set. The sentiment is also from a Stampin' Up set called Simply Said.

The border at the bottom was made with a Martha Stewart punch, and I punched it twice and staggered it. Finished the whole thing off with a pink bow at the top.

We are having a rainy weekend which I love, so I plan on getting a lot of cards made! I hope you have a little creative time too! Thanks for looking!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Make Waves

Hi everyone! Okay, first put your hand in some water and slowly start to move it pushing the water away from your hand. LOL! Okay, I'm just being silly. I'm not going to tell you how to make waves, that's just the name of my card - but I'm sure you knew that!


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This is an image from Squigglefly drawn by Chesney Young called Surf's Up, and I thought with the weather getting so warm it was the perfect time to make a summer time card.

I colored her with Copic markers and then I cut some cloud shapes out of paper, placed them in the sky area and chalked over them. When I removed the cloud shapes I had my clouds.

The purple layer was embossed with a swirl embossing folder and then I sanded it and then brayered some turquoise ink over the raised areas. That's where the trouble started - my brayer sprayed some of the turquoise ink on to my colored image!

I didn't want to scrap the whole thing, so I made a sentiment and placed it strategically over the messed up area. The little wave swirl under the sentiment is a clear stamp from Autumn Leaves.

Tomorrow is the big day at Squigglefly! You will finally be able to get your hands on the images you've been seeing sneak peeks of all week. Squigglefly is really excited to introduce Michelle Bertuzzi's artwork and the other artists you've come to love have some wonderful new images out as well!

Wishing you the best kind of day you could have, and thanks for looking!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Rose Fairy Card Winner

Hi everyone! Just popping in to announce the winner of yesterday's card. Wehaf is the winner chosen by random.org! I'll be back tomorrow with another card!

Hope you're all having a great day!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

A Bib For A Tea Party!

Hi everyone! Happy hump day! Today I'm going to Mothermark's tea party, and this week we're all going to the bat cave to visit Batman! See Batman is in a bit of a pickle. He's got his aunt staying with him and a friend of hers is coming to check on things to make sure Batman is taking good care of her. So, we're all coming to help spruce up the cave a bit! I've brought a wonderful little helper with me; Rose Fairy! She's full of magic fairy dust that she can sprinkle around the cave. Everywhere her magic dust falls becomes a glittery piece of beauty and smells like roses! In true Batman fashion, we're supposed to come up with a new fight sound word - and everytime miss fairy shakes her magic fairy dust out it sounds like "BULUMP!" so that's my word! LOL!


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She's colored with Copic markers and glitter is on her wings. I used a special piece of glittered vellum on the background. It's some I bought at Archivers when I went there with Freida back in December and I've been hoarding it ever since!
The frame around the oval is made with two nestabilites. I used a little pink crocheted flower that my niece made on the bottom and topped it with one of the pearly rain dot thingies my friend Stef sent me.

Wouldn't you love to have a magic fairy come to your house to leave her magic fairy dust around your place? Well, this is card give away day so if you'd like a chance to have her come to your house, just leave a comment and tomorrow around noon Random.org will pick a winner!

Now, you know at the tea party things can get a little messy so I made something Batman's aunt can wear to protect her clothing - a bib! Well, okay I didn't actually make the bib, but I decorated it with iron ons!


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Isn't this cute? I printed the Snappy Dresser image onto some iron on sheets you feed through your printer. I printed the sentiment out at the same time. Then I colored the crab, cut everything out and ironed it on! I have to say that I think it would have turned out a little better if I had been able to find the regular iron on transfer sheets at the store, but all they had was the kind for dark clothing. With these kind the white background stays visible. But, I still think it's cute! I want to do the Good With Grandma image on a onsie - don't you think that would be cute? I can see more bibs too - maybe this angel with the words "Mama's little angel" on it. So many ideas and so little time!

I hope you have a great day today, and thanks for looking! Don't forget to comment to win the card!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Birthdays Can Be Ruff!

Hi everyone! Hope your week is going well so far! I've got a card for you today that uses one of the One A Day In May images called Doggone Cute. It comes with two different paw print images too - a real deal if you got in on the One A Days!


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I colored with Copic markers and chalked the sky. I did the clouds a little differently this time. I chalked the whole sky in blue and then used an eraser to make the clouds. Really easy!

The designer paper is from Stampin' Up! but I colored in the red parts to match my card better. The sentiment is computer generated, and here's the inside



Have you been to Squigglefly's site lately? Lots of changes - good ones! They've added sub categories to make finding the perfect image easier, and all the newer releases are on the home page. Keeping track of your reward points is easy with My Squigglefly too!

Be sure to check out their blog too! When they reach 300 followers they will give us all a 30% discount code! Plus, there's a fun challenge there with a prize to win.

I've still got my challenge going on at Squigglefly's card universe group too - a whole set of wood mounted Hero Arts stamps is the prize there!

Well, my sister had her bone marrow transplant yesterday. Now it's just a waiting game. Thank you for your continued prayers for her and her family. I wish you all a happy day, and thanks for looking!

Monday, May 10, 2010

A Sneak Peek and a Tutorial!

Hi everyone! I really hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day yesterday. It was beautiful here and I enjoyed every single minute of it!

If you bought the one a days, two of the images you have received are Fashionista and Queen of Bling sentiment. If you didn't get the One A Day in May images, they are still sold separately at Squigglefly. anyway, my daughter and the artist who drew these images, Chesney Young colored the image digitally and combined it with the sentiment. I thought it was great so I made a card with it and added a few touches



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I stamped some pink card stock with some Chocolate Chip speckles and tied a ribbon around the top. The image was matted with some card stock that I swiped a Chocolate Chip ink pad on. Then I had a little fun and added some "bling" to her ring and earrings. Isn't she cute?! Chesney's skills with digital coloring are awesome!


One of the Squigglefly design team members asked me about changing the colors of a digital image. I asked Chesney to show me how to do it, and she came through with flying colors and showed me a couple of ways that are super easy so I decided to make a video showing all of you how to do it too. You do need to have a photo editing program, and the one I used is Adobe Photoshop Elements.

As a bonus, the image I use in the tutorial is a sneak peek of one that will be released on Saturday! If you can't view the video from my blog, you can go see it directly on you tube HERE.
I hope you find this helpful!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

A Bevy Of Butterflies

Actually, I wasn't sure what you call a group of butterflies, so I looked it up here. I was given two choices - rabble of butterflies or swarm of butterflies. Rabble just sounds odd, and swarm made me think of bees so I went with bevy which just means an over abundance of something.

Anyway, you may remember the other day when I made this butterfly, I had printed out a whole sheet of butterflies. I decided it was time to do something with them, so I made a bunch of birthday cards since I am always in need of birthday cards.

All of the cards use swirls from an Autumn Leaves clear stamp set, the Birthday wishes from Stampin' Up's Sincere Salutations set, and the butterfly from Nina Brackett's Fancy Flowers set at Squigglefly.

I sponged on inks and just had a blast! Here they all are (click on each picture to enlarge)












This one I rubbed on some iridescent pearl ex to make the background sparkle. You can see the shimmer in this picture better.



The day was just gorgeous here yesterday! Very windy which I love because it blows the bugs away, and it was much cooler than it has been the last few days. Ashley sent me a beautiful flower arrangement that came in a cute little re-usable bag.
Chesney and her finance came over to eat dinner with us and she brought a beautiful vase of flowers and she had taken my Copic certification certificate and framed it, which I thought was so sweet. I hadn't even noticed she had taken it off of my desk!
Here are pictures of my flowers




I hope you all have a wonderful mother's day! Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Would You Like To Swing On A Star?

Or would you rather swing on a flower?

The whole time I was making this card I found myself humming and singing Would You Like To Swing On A Star. Do you remember that song? We traveled a lot growing up and my dad would sing songs while he drove, and I remember requesting that one a lot. We'd get silly with it and make up our own verses too sometimes, but the song brings back memories for me.

Well, this little bug isn't swinging on a star, she's swinging on a flower!


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This adorable image called Katiebug On A Swing is from the wonderful imagination of Jackie Mathews and will be available at Squigglefly next Saturday. I colored it with Copic markers and used chalk on the ground and sky. Then I used a grass stamp from Art Impressions over the chalk on the ground.

The designer paper is from K and Company and I used some to decorate the inside as well!


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The little poem is one I made up and printed out with my computer. Since this week's challenge at Dare You To Digi Stamp is anything goes, I'm entering it there!

I'm going to try you sneak peeks of several of the images that will be released next Saturday during the next week. There are so many wonderful ones and I'm excited for you all to see!

Did you see today's One A Day In May image? I love this one too! In fact, I'm going to go make a card using her as soon as I get back from my walk with Riley! I hope you have some time to craft today too!

Thanks for looking!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Better Late Than Never!

Happy Friday everyone! There's nothing like waiting until the last minute to participate in a challenge, but that's what I did this week! Kim challenged everyone on the Squigglefly challenge blog to make a bookmark. I knew immediately which image I wanted to use, but I just didn't find time until last night to make mine!


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I used the Avid Reader image from Squigglefly and colored it with Copic markers. I used a little chalk in the background and then matted it with a piece of brown card stock.

I printed out a back for the bookmark so it could be personalized



and sandwiched a loop of ribbon between.

A friend of mine lost her mother recently and I wanted to make her a card. This is what I came up with


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The image is Roses by Angie Davis. It's colored with Copic markers and then lightly chalked with yellow around the image. The sentiment is from Unity. Very simple card, but I tend to keep Sympathy cards simple.

Did you see today's One A Day In May image? It's so Doggone Cute! I'm working on a card now with the Rose Fairy from yesterday that I hope to have ready to show you tomorrow! The One A Days are so much fun - every day a new image to inspire and play with!

Squigglefly will not be having a release this week. They are gearing up for an extra big release next weekend - May 15th. They will be introducing a brand new artist to Squigglefly; Michelle Bertuzzi! Keep an eye on the design teams blogs this next week for sneak peeks on Michelle's images as well as wonderful new ones from Jackie Mathews, Nina Brackett, and Rich Davis!

And how would you like to have 30% off on your purchases at Squigglefly? All you have to do is follow their blog and tell all of your friends to become a follower. As soon as they reach 300 followers they will give everyone a code to get a whopping 30% off! Go check it out here!

Well, have a wonderful day and thanks for looking!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Happy Birthday Little Monkey!

Hi everyone! What a hot day we had yesterday! It was 90 degrees and humid and the mosquitoes attacked as soon as we would go outside! It's still cool in the evenings though, so Riley and my walk in the morning is still really nice. I love walking early in the morning while most people are just waking up and listening to the birds sing. It is a great time to reflect on things and plan my day and Riley loves it too! So, I'm enjoying these last few days of still having cool nights.

Yesterday's One A Day In May image was this cute little monkey. I love that it has the stitched lines there for you because that looks so great with paper piecing. I didn't paper piece mine this time, but instead colored him with Copic markers.


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I embossed swiss dots on a purple circle of card stock and then sanded the dots to bring them out a bit more. The paper is from K and Company and I die cut a circle and then punched two rows of holes along the edge.

This card is for a little girl who will be turning four years old later this month and I've heard her Nana (my best friend) call her a little monkey before, so that's why I chose that as a sentiment. I added a fun felt daisy that was a gift from a prize package I received from Deena at A Creative Need. I topped it with two different colors of buttons and tied it off with a pink ribbon bow.

Speaking of the One A Day in May, did you see today's image yet? It's called Rose Fairy and she is so wonderful! I can't wait to color her up!

Yesterday was the last day to enter your project in my challenge at Card Universe. I will be announcing the winner there later today, and then tomorrow look for a new challenge! The prize for the next challenge is a set of four brand new wood mounted stamps from Hero Arts called Tag Words.



but you can't win if you don't play in the challenge!

Have a great day, and thanks for looking!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Birthday Flowers

Hi everyone, and happy hump day! I can't believe it's already the middle of the week! Yesterday the vet took a look at Riley and couldn't believe how well she has done. She said that it was a miracle there wasn't tissue damage from the venom. I told her that there were a lot of people praying for her! The only thing she found was an ear infection, so we have some ointment to put in her ears every day for a week, but it's no big deal. I know God loves the animals too, and I thank you all for your prayers. Now I ask you to pray again for my sister Becky. She will be going in to the hospital on Friday for her second bone marrow transplant. The first transplant she had back in December and it didn't take. She was feeling really good and getting lots of good reports from her doctors, so it was a big blow to find out that she had to do this again.

I had another card I was working on that I wanted to get posted today, but I just didn't have time to finish it. Hopefully I'll be able to get it up tomorrow. I do have this card that I did a week or so ago to show you though


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It isn't one of my favorite cards. I like the image; think it's darling, but I colored it with Copics and then water colored some twinkling h2o's over the flowers and I didn't like the way they turned out.

By the way, the image is from Squigglefly and it's called May Bouquet. I think it would be a sweet Mother's Day card from a child.

My sentiment is from clearly Stampendous and I punched out two little flowers to accent it. The scalloped layer behind the image is made from a bunch of punched hearts. It's a little different from the usual scalloped circle.

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

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Don't worry, be happy!

Hi everyone! I have a card today that is using today's One A Day in May image called Snappy Dresser. I really loved this image when I saw it and couldn't wait to use it!




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I colored this with Copic markers (crab -YR68, YR18, R08, lips -R22, cheeks -R83, Sunglasses - E37, E39, G21, G24, and ground shadow N0) and then I sponged some Creamy Caramel ink on the ground and chalked the sky. I added crystal lacquer to the sunglasses, and see those wonderful pearly discs next to the sentiment? My dear friend Stef aka Glitterbabe sent those to me and I love them! I love Stef too!

The words are computer generated in a font called Girls Are Weird. I think the name of the font is weird! LOL!

I got the sketch from Sketch and Stash but I changed up where the sentiment was supposed to go. I'm still going to enter it in their challenge though, and I'm also going to enter it in Incy Wincy's challenge since it's an anything goes challenge.

Speaking of Incy Wincy, Squigglefly is sponsoring this challenge and their design team has done a fabulous job with the images! You should swing by and take a look - and you should enter the challenge too because the prize is three Squigglefly images!

Yesterday my boss's wife had a knee replacement, and while I was making this card I thought of using the same image to make her a get well card.


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Again, the sentiment is computer generated, and this time the font is called Juice!

This afternoon we take Riley to the vet for her re-check. I don't expect there to be any problems or cause for concern. She's done great, and I know it's because all of you were praying for her!

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