Friday, September 30, 2011

White and Blue Christmas

Hi everyone! Yay for Friday and Yay for the end of September! October brings cooler weather and today a cool front is heading our way and it looks to be an absolutely gorgeous weekend!

I have been having such fun at work this week. My boss has three kids; a 10 year old girl, a 9 year old boy, and a 5 year old girl. They were out of school on Monday and came to visit me a little bit. I showed them how to make the Kirigami Christmas tree. Well, the little boy is super interested in origami so every day I've been bringing little things to show them how to make. Yesterday I brought them each a whirly gig that I made with some string and a button. I showed them all how to wind it and then make it buzz. The youngest one couldn't really wind it up by herself, but she was thrilled to wear a button necklace! The other day I took one of those trick severed finger in a box things and gave it to the boy to scare his sisters and friends with. He loved it! The youngest girl is into cutting paper and gluing - she's sure to grow up to be a crafter of some kind.

Today's card started out with an idea in mind, but the idea didn't pan out. I know what I have to do to make my original idea work, but I haven't done it yet!

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I used Nina Brackett's Merry Christmas Flourish and printed it in blue to match my paper. I punched a Martha Stewart snowflake punch out of the card stock and then punched another one out of some blue card stock and layered it behind the punched out snowflake in the front. My original idea was to have the punch slip through the punched out shape and then twist to hold the card shut, but a snowflake is a little too detailed to work like that. I think it would work perfectly with a simple flower or square shape.

I hope to make lots of cards this weekend so I'm not such a bad blogger next week!  Have a great day, and thanks for looking!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

santa claus is coming to town

Good morning everyone. I have been a very bad blogger lately! I can't seem to get cards made lately. I am blaming the beautiful weather we've been having. It keeps me outside with Riley too much!

It's hard to believe that Christmas is only 88 days away! The stores have already got Christmas stuff up and it's not even Halloween yet! So, I had to had another Christmas card to my small little stack - I really need to get on the ball!

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This Kris Kringle image by Marla Shega has to be my favorite Santa Claus image ever.  He is such fun to color and is such a wonderful old fashioned looking Santa.  I used copic markers to color him with and used gold embossing on his spectacles and then filled them in with crystal lacquer.  A little bit of glitter was used on his beard because no Christmas card is complete with some sparkle!
The sentiment was computer generated.

Be sure to stop by Squigglefly's blog to see the new challenge this week!  I'll try my best to get some cards made and not be such a stranger!  Have a great day, and thanks for looking!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Great new Halloween images are in the Squigglefly store today!  I'll be back later to share some stuff with you all.  Thank you all for the prayers for my sister and her family.


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Daisy Bear

Hi everyone. Sorry for my absence the past couple of days. Things have just been busy. One of my sisters lost her husband over the weekend and I have to make a sympathy card. It's one of those times I wish I had a stash of them to go to like I do birthday cards because it's so hard to make sympathy cards for a loved one. I plan on doing that over the weekend. I know she feels like she's missing half of herself because they've been together for so long. Unfortunately, he didn't have any life insurance and she is having trouble paying for the funeral expenses. As much as I hate to do this, if any of you find it in your heart to donate anything at all to help with this, my nephew has made a page for it here.
Even if it's just a dollar or two, it will help tremendously. I plan on going through my old stamp sets and selling them soon to help too.

I do have a card to share with you today. This card has one of Diane Carubia's cute little bears called Daisy Bear.

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I went with some bright, cheery colors because he just looks like he's brought this flower to brighten someones day! I used Copic markers to color and some cheerful flowered designer paper on the background.  I used Copics to color the sky with too instead of my usual chalk!

My job is going wonderfully!  I think they like me working there as much as I like being there, so all's well there!  The weather has been just gorgeous here too, so if you are experiencing the lovely Fall weather please get out and enjoy it!  Thanks for looking!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Purple bubbles

Good morning everyone! I hope your weekend is going well. Riley was taken to the vet on Friday and the vet said she was surprised that Riley hasn't done this before because it's very common for her breed to snag their nails and have them ripped out. I certainly hope it doesn't happen again because I'm sure it's very painful. She didn't even wrap it up or put her on antibiotics. Poor baby is limping on it though. Rain came in and cancelled our planned boat outing, and we are planning on doing that later on this evening. The weather has been perfect.

Did you get a look at Squigglefly's new release yesterday?  I love the Halloween ones from Suzanne Urban, and those monsters of Brian Lock's are too cute!   Deena Perreault made her drawing debut with some beauties!  I love the sketchy look of her images.   Also, in case you missed it - Squigglefly is having a bit of sale and offering 10% off with a code word.  You can find the code word on their blog, but you have to hurry because I think the sale ends tonight!

Now to announce the winner of prize from the EK Success goodie bag! picked #5 which makes Dixieglitz the winner! Dixieglitz has won......let me dig into the bag......

A Laliberi zipper flower kit! I suppose if you don't want to wear the flowers you can add them to cards or scrapbook pages, and the jewels and pearls will do nicely for card embellishing. Please send me your address so I can get this in the mail! My e mail is

Can you stand another Christmas card?

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This adorable snowman is one of Cheryl Alger's called Bubble Blower Snowman.  He's colored with Copic markers and I added a little bit of stickles around the edges of him.  The snowflakes are made with a Martha Stewart punch and I added little jewels to the center.  The pink cardstock was punched with an EK Success  border punch.  Isn't it a pretty one?  The sentiment at the top is from Stampin' Up!

I'm going to get started on my weekly meal preparation and then I hope to make a card for today's Featured Stamper challenge.  Enjoy your Sunday, and thanks for looking!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Merry Little Penguins

Happy Friday everyone! Well, I've got a winner of the Craft gossip Fork and Talk event surprise giveaway I'm doing. The winner is Terri Fleming! She is the first person to use the magic word in her comment. The magic word was Rocks! I reached into the prize bag and pulled out this fun item

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I think these would be so cute in a little girl's room or nursery, but they'd be great for party decorations too.  There are three different sizes in the package.  Terri, I think I have your address already, so all you have to do is watch your mailbox!

The next prize item will be given away just by random number generator pick, so get those comments in folks!
oh, I suppose I should give you something to comment on!  LOL!  so, here's another Christmas card

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The image is by Diane Carubia and is called Penguins Christmas Kiss.    Isn't it sweet?   I colored them purple to go with the papers better, and besides purple is so much prettier than black!  There's Snow Tex on their hats.  The Snowflakes on the side are Martha Stewart punches 

The sentiment is a great one by Jess Holland called Have Yourself and I changed the color to match the papers before printing it.  

You've still got time to play in the Squigglefly Blog challenge, so pull out those reds and oranges and make something!

Yesterday evening Riley snagged her toenail on something and almost ripped the whole thing out!  She bled pretty badly, but once the bleeding stopped she was ready to get back outside!  We tried to make her lie still as much as we could.  This morning she is off to the vet to have it checked out.  We had planned on taking her out on the boat this afternoon and letting her run around a sandbar or two, but now we may not get to do that.  The weather has been just magnificent, and her energy and mine is back in full force.   I'll be back to announce the prize winner!  thanks for looking!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Today's Card Rocks

Hi everybody!  Happy Hump day!  Can you tell that I am a much happier person since I started my third new job?  This one is a good fit.  God really looks out for us, doesn't He?

I had a great name for my blog come to mind the other day, and I was really sorry I didn't think of it when I first started blogging since it's too late to use it now - but wouldn't "Young At Art" be great?

I have another giveaway of one of the goodies that was in my swag bag from the EK Success and Craft Gossip Talk and Fork event today.  It's a little tricky though.  I'm going to do something that was sort of like the "forbidden word" game we played at the event.  I have a word in mind, and the first comment that uses that word will win the prize.  I don't have a pre-picked prize.  When the prize is won, I will reach into the bag and pull something out and that's what you win!  It's a true surprise!

I finally got a card made for this week's Squigglefly's blog challenge.  It's a color challenge using the colors red and/or orange.  I know my card rocks!

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Literally - it rocks!  LOL!  Such a simple little card, but it produces a fun action!  I used the funny Feather Brain image by Brian Lock for my card and colored with Copic markers.  The sentiment is in Doris Day font (free here) and is printed with my computer.  Here's the inside

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And with these kind of cards, it's always nice to decorate the back too.

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Please try to play along in Squigglefly's challenges!  They are so much fun and you can win your choice of images - even pick a set as your prize!  There are some awesome new images coming this weekend that you won't want to miss, and Squigglefly will be introducing a brand new artist!  

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thanks for looking!

Monday, September 12, 2011

blue flowers on your birthday

Good morning everyone! Today is a great Monday for a couple of reasons. The first is because there is a brand new, fun challenge on the Squigglefly blog to try! Heather has given us a color challenge this week, but she's going in the opposite direction of last week's cool blue/green challenge. This week the challenge is a hot red and orange challenge! That sounds like the perfect challenge for Halloween cards which we'll be needing before long, so why not join in the fun?!

Another reason it's a great Monday is because unbeknownst to all of you, yesterday when I posted about the Craft Gossip Fork and Talk event I went to on Saturday, I decided to give the first person to comment on my blog something from my goodie bag. Tammy Hair was the lucky one to comment first, so I reached my hand into my bag and pulled out this fabulous prize

It's an American Girl Sew & Stuff Raccoon kit. You make one for yourself and one for your American Girl doll! How cute is that? I think any girl would love it even if they weren't into American Girl. The kit is geared toward young adolescent girls so it would make a nice gift to a girl to introduce them to a craft, or you could make it yourself and give it as a gift! I will be doing more of these giveaways, but they'll always be a surprise - so comment whenever you visit because you never know what you might win! I have a lot of stuff to share with you - so spread the word!

I do have a card to share with you today. It's a birthday card that uses one of the flowers from the Flower Set at Squigglefly. I really enjoyed using my colored pencils to color these when I used the kraft card stock, so I wanted to use them again using white card stock.

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Before printing the image, I changed the color from black to blue. You can see a video that shows you how to do that using a photo editing program HERE. I also used the Birthday Wishes sentiment from Squigglefly, changed the color of it, and printed these both at the same time. Once printed, I used colored pencils to color with. the border at the bottom was embossed with a border embossing folder from Provo Craft. It's a pretty quick card to make!

I hope your Monday is wonderful, and thanks for looking!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Craft Gossip’s Fork & Talk Event!


The whole group!

What a fun day we had! This is the whole group of us at the end of the fun. We started out by playing a fun and silly little game called Forbidden Word. The forbidden word of the day was “make” or any form of the word. do you know how hard it is to not say “make” when you’re at a bloggers meet up and everyone is talking about what they do? It’s hard! We were all given sheets of colored circle stickers, and any time someone was caught saying that word they would get a sticker. At the end of the day, whoever had the least amount of stickers would win a prize!

Then we all took turns standing up and stated our name, the name of our blog, a little bit about what we do and blog about, and to name the most unusual item we’ve ever crafted with. Let me tell you, there were some pretty unusual craft items used by people! One of the Craft Gossip editors said she had used a tampon to apply chalk. She would push a little out of the applicator, chalk with it, and then snip the end off and push more out for a new chalk applicator. She did warn us all not to leave our tampon lying about on our craft table unless we wanted strange looks from guests! LOL! I think the woman who won the prize had applied paint to a large salmon and then pressed paper on it to make a print that she later framed. I said my most unusual crafting item was using sawdust on a card.

After our introductions we were all served a delicious meal and each table had the honor of having one of the Craft Gossip editors at the table. We also had a bottle of wine. The table I was sitting at had Craft Gossip’s quilting editor Scarlett Bouroughs. Everyone there was into crafts of some kind, but they varied greatly. There were blogs about jewelry making, decorative gourds, cooking and recipes, painting, knitting and spinning wool, sewing, etc.

After lunch we had a few people from each table move to another table so we could get to know others. Each table was given a black hat and then we got to go to a table that had different things to pick from to decorate our hat as a group. The editors at each table were then going to model the hats and the hats would be judged. they were supposed to be judged by the sponsor of the event; EK Success, but we had trouble getting Skype to connect so the manager of Trios came in and judged the hats.


picking out craft items to decorate our hats


That’s me adjusting some lace on our hat


Our group’s hat

All of the hats

The winning hat modeled by Scarlett

After that fun game we were told to check under our chairs to see if we had “winner” stuck to it, and I did! I won a really cute stamped cross stitch apron kit. I’ll share pictures of the prizes and wonderful goodies that the editors and EK Success shared with us all later, but let me tell you that they were very generous! Then we were given some kits to make little fabric flower pins or hair clips. This was a fun and easy individual project that we all had fun with. You can probably see all of the flowers we made in the group picture above, but here is a shot of my flower and my name tag.


I mentioned the goodie bags they gave us and how generous they were. Well, they gave us each a large back pack stuffed full, and had so much stuff left over that they filled each of us a grocery sack too!



The stuffed backpacks and filled grocery bag

You all know that I love EK Success products – especially their punches! I was surprised to learn yesterday that they are the company behind a lot of other products I love. They have Martha Stewart, American Girl, K& Company, Jolee’s stickers, Inkadinkadoo, and many more! So that gives you and idea of the things we got in our bags! It was like Christmas morning!


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I will be sharing photos of what was in the bags on another day, and I’ll be sharing some of the stuff with you – so watch for that! For now I have to get busy preparing for the work week ahead. I just wanted to share some of the fun day with you all while it was fresh on my mind. A HUGE thank you to Craft Gossip and EK Success for such a wonderful day!

I'll be back tomorrow with a card to share! Have a great day, and thanks for looking and listening!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Ho Ho Ho

Hi everyone! Today is a busy, but fun day for me. I'm going to get my errands done this morning and this afternoon I'll be playing at the Fork and Talk event sponsored by EK Success! I will be sure to tell you all about it, and I plan on taking my camera with me so you can see pictures.

Be sure you take some time to stop by Squigglefly's store today to see what's new! Some really cute images were released.

I have another Christmas card to share today.

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This Rotund Santa is drawn by Bonita Jones and I love the short squatness to him! I textured his hat with snow tex, and then I went really wild with is mustache and beard! I applied glue to the area and then spread apart a cotton ball and laid that on top. After it had dried, I pulled the cotton off and was left with this white fluffiness. What do you think?

I printed my "Ho Ho Ho" on the computer and cut the letters out and glued them on. Then I applied stickles to make them stand out better. After that I just filled in the circles of the "O"s with a red copic marker.

I hope your Saturday is a fun filled one! Thanks for looking!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Yellow Snow

EW, not THAT kind of snow! LOL! I have a snowman card done in yellows!

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I used another of Cheryl Alger's cute snowmen. This one is called Jump, Snowman Jump! I used Copic markers to color it and outlined the snowman with a glue pen and then sprinkled some glitter on. The sentiment is computer generated and die cut with a circle die. I then sponged the circle with some yellow ink. I'm having fun using colors that aren't normally associated with Christmas cards.

Tomorrow is the big Talk and Fork Event sponsored by EK Success! I'm really excited about it. I heard that EK Success is giving everyone some wonderful goodies, plus we get to make a group project using some of their supplies. After lunch our projects are going to be judged via Skype by EK Success! Sounds like a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon doesn't it?

I've been learning more and more at my new job, and so far it's a job I do enjoy. I'm anxious to learn more so I can do more for them. I so appreciate all of your prayers and good wishes!
Have a fantastic Friday, and thanks for looking!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Autumn Days Are Here Again!

Well the temperatures have changed enough here so I can actually feel Autumn in the air and I love it! I couldn't let it go by without creating a card celebrating my favorite season.

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I love this From Tiny Acorns image drawn by Lynne Stansbery. I colored it with colored pencils and sponged a little yellow and green ink around the edge of the oval die. The background was created by laying one of the Spellbinders Impressabilities die over the card and sponged some Creamy Caramel and Mellow Moss inks over the stencil. Then I embossed it with a new embossing folder from Provo Craft. The Autumn Days brad from Recollections fit perfectly into one of the embossed circles!

This was also entered into the Featured Stamper challenge on Splitcoast stampers where I CASED THIS CARD.

Thanks for all of the good wishes on my new job. I wish I had a little more to report, but the day was spent doing very little. The person training me was gone a lot of the day so she didn't have time to show me much. Today she is supposed to be there all day, so I look forward to actually learning things and getting some things accomplished. I do think that this job will be the perfect fit for me though. It's a setting I'm used to, and the people are nice. I'll keep you all posted as the job progresses.

I hope you are having as lovely weather as we are! Enjoy your day whatever you do, and thanks for looking!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

SFC114 Rollin' With The Blues

Hi everyone! Having a hard time getting back to work after the long weekend? I'm rarin' to go - I start my new job this morning and I'm excited about it.

This week's challenge on the Squigglefly blog is to make a card using greens and/or blues. I went with blues on my card and added to my Christmas card stash with this adorable Shy Bear called Ornament Bear by Lynne Stansbery.

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I colored him with Copic markers and added some Snow Tex to his hat. I love the texture of that stuff! The sentiment is computer generated, and I added a punched and glittered snowflake at the top.

A lot of my crafting time this weekend was spent making Christmas cards. I really need to get busy on those! I'm usually a lot further along by now, but all of this job stuff has me behind.
I really want to see more entries in the Squigglefly challenge this week, so go make a blue or green card and enter for me!

Have a great day, and thanks for looking!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Lucky Duck

Happy Labor Day everyone! I hope you are all enjoying this holiday as much as I am. It's been so nice to have an extra day.

Today may be a holiday, but the Marvels are still out to impress in this week's Squigglefly Blog Challenge! Marlene has a great color challenge this week - Use BLUE and/or GREEN as the main color of your card. Blue, Green, Aqua, Turquoise, Navy, Jade, Emerald, etc. There's bound to be something for everyone in this group!

Squigglefly is welcoming a special guest designer this week. Charlene is a faithful player in the blog challenges, and we wanted to give her talent at the challenges special recognition by letting her play with the pros this week! Charlene not only won a free image for winning the challenge, but she also got one of the upcoming images that hasn't even been released yet! Why don't you play along with us this week?

I don't have a card for the challenge yet, but I'm planning on working on that today. I do have a card though that I made yesterday. This one uses the cute Lovable Duckling by Diane Carubia.

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I used Copic markers to color and printed the sentiment with the computer.

Squigglefly is doing something fun this week - they have the top twenty best selling images featured on their home page. It's fun to see what everyone loves since Squigglefly has so many images to choose from. Go see if your favorite image is in the top twenty!

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

I Can't Hold It In Any Longer

Hi everyone, and happy long weekend! I had my last day at work and it feels good to be free from that place. I have to say though, that everyone was really nice to me. Right before it was time for me to leave my boss came back and said she was blocking the door. Then she wished me the best at my new job, told me I deserved it and that they were lucky to be getting me. That was nice to hear. However, I did find out that they are now posting my position for TWO PEOPLE! It sure would have been nice if I had been getting paid the salary of two people while I was doing the job, or at the very least had someone to help with the workload I was doing. Oh well, C'est la vie! I will start my new job on Tuesday and will be sure to let you all know how it goes.

I have a birthday card to share with you today! This one uses one of Marlene Shaw's images called Urine My Thoughts, but I didn't use the sentiment that comes with it.

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I used Copic markers to color the image and then jazzed it up a bit with a loopy border punch on the side. The sentiment was computer generated, and then I cut it apart and staggered the words. Here's the inside

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I hope you have a relaxing long weekend! Thanks for looking!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

A Real Man & Blog Candy Winner!

Hi everyone! It's almost the end of the week and it's a brand new month! I'm so glad to see August behind us because it means we are that much closer to FALL! Well, my blog candy is over and I have a winner! Unfortunately, the winner did not enter into any Squigglefly blog challenges during the month, so she is missing out on what I was going to add to the prize package, but that's good news for YOU because I'll be adding it to my next blog candy!

anyway, without further ado the winner is Elaine A! Elaine, please contact me at with your mailing address so I can get your prize to you. Thank you to everyone who left me comments!

Now, let's get to today's card! My best friend called me the other night to read me something that her daughter had posted on her facebook page. When I heard it, I just had to write it down and make a card with it.

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I used The Wheels Are Turning image by Chesney Young and colored it with Copic markers. The wording was printed at the same time as the image. Now for the inside:

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I printed the words on my computer and used the wine glass from the Wine Country image at Squigglefly. I thought it was pretty funny, how about you?

Hope you have a great day, and thanks for looking!