Wednesday, December 28, 2011

New Year - New Beginnings!

Hi everyone!  I hope you all had a really great Christmas.  I definitely enjoyed mine!  I didn't get a lot of crafting time in, but I've been busy getting a new design team in place for Squigglefly, and at this time I'd like to introduce them to you!   These ladies will begin the blog challenges on January 9th.  You will see some familiar names, and some brand new names!  Please give them all a warm welcome by visiting their blogs and galleries.  I'm sure when you've seen the many beautiful creations each has done you will know why we are excited to have them!

Holley Barnhart's team
Tammy Hair        

Rhonda Zmikly's team
Rhonda Zmikly      
Sharon Jones       

I'm also thrilled to let you know that Heather Strenzwilk will be staying on keeping our Facebook Page updated!  Heather and I have both been busy adding Squigglefly cards to Pinterest as well!    If you haven't yet visited us on FACEBOOK, do it now because there will be an exclusive freebie when we reach 250 members!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Glad Tidings

Okay, this will probably be my last post until after Christmas. I have been so busy with last minute preparations that I haven't made a single card to share with you! I do have this one last card that I made last week. It uses an image from Suzanne Urban that I just love called Glad Tidings and Good Beer. I can relate to Suzanne's sense of humor so well.

I used copics to color and chalk on the sky background.  The background on the card is fabric that I scanned - didn't it turn out cool?  I have my good friend Freida to thank for that tip!

I told you the other day that I showed one of my boss's kids how to quill paper snowflakes.  She really learned it quickly, and her mom has told me that she is constantly "playing with those paper strips"!  Anyway, showing her got me started making a few of my own and the last few days

 Some of these I'm sending to friends, but the largest one is going to my former boss as an ornament for their tree.

I will be back sometime after Christmas.  I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and are able to spend it with loved ones.  Thanks so much for visiting my little  blog!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Holiday Lights

Good morning everyone! Man this weekend was so busy that going back to work today will be relaxing! I spent so much time in the kitchen, but it's all worth it! I got several goodies bags and tins filled for gift giving, and my refrigerator is filled with meals for the week so I'll have little to do during the week. On top of that I got all of my presents wrapped!

I didn't do much crafting, but I do have this card to show

I used Brian Lock's Winter Landing snowman and the Merry Christmas sentiment from Jess Holland..  The image was colored with Copic markers and I used a little chalk for the glow around the lights.  I used some faux flower soft on the bottom for snow and also dotted bits of glue here and there and snowed them too.

I think it turned out cute!  I love the glowy lights.   Speaking of cute, my best friend bought her 5 month old grandson a little Santa suit and she sent me this picture.

Is that not precious? It came with a hat too, but she said it was too little for him.

I hope you all have a wonderful day, and thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Two More Christmas Cards

Hi everyone! Two more Christmas cards to share today. This first one is super fast and simple as there is no coloring involved. It's a brand new image from Jess Holland called Christmas Medley and will be available on Saturday at Squigglefly.

I colored the different phrases in colors before printing using Adobe Photoshop. The same thing could be done with the free GIMP program. If you want to see how to do this, you can view a video HERE. Then it was just a matter of adding a little designer paper and a pretty border!

My next card will tickle a cat lover on my Christmas list! This image is called This One Is Mine and is from Lynne Stansbery. The silly sentiment is one I printed out on my computer.

Yesterday afternoon my boss's son came in after school and told me he had learned how to make a pop up card! Then he showed me how. Today I am taking strips of cardstock and some glue to work to show them how to quill some snowflakes. I think they will find that fun to do.
Have a great day, and thanks for looking!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Peace & Joy

Hi all! December is sure winding down in a hurry! I can't believe it's already half over! the next few days you will be seeing Christmas cards as I finish up the last of them, and then I will be moving on to Valentines and more birthday cards! I can never make enough birthday cards!

There won't be any more Squigglefly blog challenges until after the first of the year, at which time you will be seeing the new design team! There is still time to play in the final challenge of the year though, and today's card fits the Clean and Simple Holiday card challenge perfectly!

The sentiment is from Jess Holland called Peace and Joy and I thought it went well with this sweet couple who look like they are full of peace and joy all snuggled together. They are from Diane Carubia and are called Wrapped Up Christmas.  I just did a little piercing on the side of the card and added some faux flower soft to their hats.

I've got all of my Christmas shopping done but still have the wrapping to do.  This weekend I am planning on doing a lot of holiday baking and will need to make a few bag toppers for some of those goodies.  I hope you are enjoying everything that goes along with the Christmas season!   Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Featuring A Trio of Trees

Happy Monday morning to everyone! Another fast weekend, and busy, busy, busy! I did have a little time to play and managed to make a card for the Featured Stamper challenge on Splitcoast Stampers. I picked This Card to case, and here is my card

I used the I Heart Christmas Trees image by Jane Beljo, and printed it out on different designer papers. After I cut them out, I glued the two green ones down and popped the red one up on pop dots. The sentiment, Merry Christmas Circle is by Jess Holland. I added a little red button sticker to the center of it. It turned out to be a pretty cute little card, and one that came together really quickly!

Today marks the very last challenge at Squigglefly's blog until the new design team will make their debut in January. Please try to play along to give the Marvels a good send off!

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

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Vintage Christmas

Good morning! Yesterday I awoke to a wonderful sight - snow! It was just gorgeous!

Luckily it didn't stick to the streets so getting to work wasn't a problem. It didn't stay around long either. It was all melted away when I drove home from work. It was really pretty while it was here though! I think the official total was 2 inches for us.

I have a couple more cards to share that use the Kris Kringle by Marla Shega at Squigglefly. This image just begs for a vintage type of card. I printed it out in brown on kraft card stock and sponged the edges with some rust colored ink.   The sentiment is one from Stampin' Up!

These are super quick cards to make since there is no coloring involved. I need to make a few more. I got my Christmas cards addressed last night and had several names that didn't have cards!

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

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Featured Stamper Candle

Hello everyone! Did you have a good Monday? We got a lot more rain on Monday and I watched the yard in front of my office grow into a lake! I was worried the road would be flooded and I wouldn't be able to get home, but by afternoon the rain slacked off and the water receded some. It sure did get cold after the rain! It makes me think of a white Christmas - wouldn't that be wonderful?

Did you get a chance to take a look at the cards done by the design team for Heather's "Based on a Song" challenge? They were so wonderful! It's such a fun challenge too! You should try to play along. This is the last challenge by Heather's Headliners for Squigglefly. Next week Marlene's Marvels will have their last challenge and then the design team gets a much needed break to spend getting ready for the holidays.

As you know I love playing in Splitcoast Stampers Featured Stamper challenge. This week there was a wonderful gallery and I found myself once again having trouble choosing just one. I finally did land upon THIS CARD, and I loved the fact that it was her very first digital card! Here's the card I made

I used an image by Lynne Stansbery called Christmas Candle and paired it with a sentiment from Stampin' Up! I added a bit of glitter to the candle flame. I think the black is what adds a lot to the look of this card. I'll have to remember that little tip!

Thanks for looking, and have a great day!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Up On the Housetop

Hi everyone! I hope you had a great weekend. Mine went by way too fast. Sorry I didn't post anything over the weekend, but my craft room was out of control and I found I couldn't make a thing until I cleaned it up a bit! I spent Saturday cleaning my room up so I'd have room to make new stuff, did my grocery shopping, and visited with a couple of friends. The weather was absolutely gorgeous on Saturday.

Sunday, we woke up to a lovely rain. It rained all day long in just a steady fall - not a roaring downpour. I love those kind of days! I spent the morning making a few cards and addressing some of the Christmas cards I have and I spent the afternoon cooking and preparing meals for the week. Since some of you ask for my menu for the week I'll just post it here

Chili (made with some deer meat my boss gave me) and cornbread. I also bought a bag of fritos in case Brock decides he wants a frito chili pie!
Meatloaf with roasted potatoes and carrots
Chicken with artichokes in wine sauce (sounds fancy, but it's easy!)
Chicken corn chowder with ciabatta bread
That's all I have to cook because my boss is taking his employees and their families out to eat on Thursday night, and we are going to eat out on Friday night at a chinese restaurant!

Today is a brand new challenge on the Squigglefly blog, and this week Heather has come up with a fun challenge for us! It's to make your card based on a song - isn't that fun? I'll show you my card and see if you can guess the song.

This cute image is from Diane Carubia and is called Stuck Santa. Looks like Santa has had too many cookies and too much milk and he can't fit down the chimney! the reindeer are trying to helpful and are pushing against him to help him out. I colored with Copic markers and added some glitter topped with faux flower soft to his hat trim and the snow on the chimney.  The paper is some I downloaded and then I spattered some white gesso on it to make it look like a starry night sky.

The sentiment is by Jess Holland and is at Squigglefly HERE.  I added a button to the center and some punched snowflakes.  I realize now that the title of my post probably gave the song away - It's Up On The Housetop!  Those reindeer hooves can be heard trying to get Santa unstuck!

The fake snow was enjoyed by my boss's kids at work on Friday.  They mixed up a big bowl full and oohed and aahed and then ran off to play with it!  That link I had to the fake snow the other day was just so you could see how it looked.  Please don't order it from that site!  They were wanting way too much money for it!  I bought mine at the grocery store in their Christmas section for a couple of dollars.

Well, I'll be back tomorrow to show you the card I made for the featured stamper challenge on Splitcoast Stampers.  I hope you have a wonderful Monday, and thanks for looking!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Christmas Buddies

Hello everyone! what happened to everybody yesterday? I think it's the first time I've ever had a blog post and not had one comment! And I had two cards yesterday too!

I got to work yesterday and about fifteen minutes after I got there my boss asked me if I was ready to drive into Little Rock to attend a meeting. Now anyone who knows me that I do not drive to Little Rock unless I have to. I get nervous I'm going to get lost and here I had had no warning whatsoever! Well, I sucked it up and went to this meeting which turned out to be something I could have attended via the computer at the office since it was a webinar! There was only four other people there. Anyway, I took notes and tried to remember all of this stuff and then at the end of the thing the guy passes out print outs of everything I had written down. It was a big waste, but I guess (hope!) I looked good to my boss for going and taking notes! And on the plus side, I didn't get lost and found my way home just fine!

Today is another Christmas card. This time I used the adorable Mouseltoe image by Diane Carubia. Isn't this just such a sweet image?

I used Copic markers to color and some fun pom pom trim I got at the Dollar Tree last year.  I saw this year they have some in green, so I'm going back for more!  I applied some stickles to the fur trim on the cat's hat, and then sprinkled some faux flower soft on top.

Have ya'll ever seen that fake snow?  I saw some back in the summer in a hospital gift shop.  It's pretty cool!  It is just like real snow!  It's cold, and you can form snow balls out of it.  Well, I bought a pack of it the other day and am taking it to work today to share with my boss's kids.  I think they will get a kick of it too.  Oh!  you can let it dry out and re-use it too!   I will try to get pictures of them with it if I can!

Have a fantastic Friday, and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Two Cards

Hi everyone! man time is flying by - here it is already December 1st! Today I have a couple of cards to share with you - the first one is a case of THIS darling card I found the other day. I just had to make it! I didn't have any of the flesh colored textured paper for Santa's face like she used, so I just used some chalk to color some white card stock. I'm going to make a trip to the store this weekend to look for some of that paper though and make a few more of these.

You can't tell in the photo, but I used some shimmer card stock for his beard and mustache. Next time I won't trim his stash so close to the sides!

This next card is one I wanted to make for no good reason other than I think Brian Lock's cat from his Halloween Bunch  would make a cute get well card for a friend I have who loves cats and is sick with a cold right now.

I colored with copic markers and swiped a little blue chalk around the image while it was still in the nestabilities die.

I hope you have a wonderful day today, and thanks for stopping by my blog!