Saturday, April 30, 2011

The P's Have It

Good morning everyone and happy weekend! Gosh, did you get a look at the new images at Squigglefly? The front page is brimming with some great designs! I am going to try to get all of my "have to" things done today so I will have lots of play time tomorrow!
I don't have any special plans this weekend, and I actually like it that way. My home is overdue for a good cleaning and there is always the usual grocery shopping and meal preparation to do. Tomorrow is supposed to be a rainy day, so it should be perfect for staying indoors and crafting!

the card I want to share with you today is for the Twisted Sister Challenge on Splitcoast stampers. The challenge is a list of P's
1. Pets
2. Patterned Papers
3. Pop-ups
4. Posies
5. Punches
6. Paper Piercing
7. Paper Piecing
You MUST have the first item on the list PLUS any 3 of the other items. PETS can be ANY animal that you either have as a pet or would LIKE to have as a pet. After that, you can use any combination of 3 of the other items. You can use dp, pop up your image and add flowers, for instance. You could paper piece part of your pet, pop it up and punch a border. The sky's the limit!! Now, if you can use ALL of the "P's", you are a challenge EXPERT

For my card I used Squigglefly's Inside Out Some Days for my card. I love the inside outs because they complete a card inside and out!


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Of course my pet is the dog and my Ps are the patterned paper, I popped up the sentiment, and I pierced in the corner. My piercing didn't show up very well though, so I stitched some red embroidery floss through the holes.

I colored with Copic markers and chalk on both the inside and outside. Here's a look at the inside.


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Well, I must run if I'm going to get all of my stuff done today! Enjoy your weekend, and I'll see on Monday!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Clean and simple featured card

Hi everyone. Yay for Friday! I have not been doing much crafting this week. My mojo seems to be in a slump. I do have a card to share with you that I made for the featured stamper challenge on Splitcoast Stampers a few weeks ago though, so not all is lost!

If you want to see the card I CASED you can see it HERE. On my card, I used the same embossing folder, but I printed my image and sentiment before embossing it.

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My image is one from the Spring Suite III set drawn by Rich Davis. I used some little pearls taken from an old necklace for the butterfly's body and used some yellow stickles in the center of the flowers. This is another one that is quick to make if you're looking at mass producing some cards for your stash. I seem to be in that mode lately for some reason.

After all the storms, the flooding has begun and the river is UP! It has flooded the park where we usually go walk with Riley. Yesterday we went to take a look and still found enough pathways to walk. It sure is interesting seeing it like that though!

I wish you all a happy day and a great start to your weekend! Thanks for looking!


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Featured Flowers

Happy Hump Day everyone! I want to thank everyone who has sent me e mails asking about the storms. We are fine, but the tornado did pass by our house way too close for comfort! The one we had Monday night was absolutely massive - 3 miles wide! Sirens went on for hours and we did take cover in our hidey hole ( hall bathroom) for a few minutes when it was so close. It did hit a small town about 20 miles away from us and from all reports pretty much destroyed it.

More storms moved in yesterday afternoon and spawned more tornadoes! Thankfully last night's storms were not as severe for us as Monday's .


Today's card is another one I did for the Featured Stamper challenge. This one has absolutely no stamping or digital images used. It's almost all punch art!
If you would like to see the card I CASED you can view it HERE.


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This was fun to make, and I think it's another one that would be easy to mass produce for your stash. I die cut three ovals from kraft card stock and then cut one end off. I sponged with some Close to cocoa ink along the edges with a little more on one side for shadow.

The flowers were assorted punches and the leaves are Martha Stewart's branch punch. I sponged some Glorious Green ink on them. I used some blue rain dots for the center of the flowers. The butterfly is also a Martha Stewart punch and I sponged some bliss Blue ink on the edges and then sprinkled on some glitter. Little pearls were used for the butterfly body.
The sentiment is one I created on the computer.

There's some wonderful cards being entered in Squigglefly's Black and White challenge! You should swing by and take a look at some of them and then enter one yourself! I hope you have a great day, and thanks for looking!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

I See London

Good morning everyone!

I have a card to share with you today that I did for today's teaparty challenge on Splitcoast Stampers. This week Cindy has challenged everyone to make a card with the theme being One Flew Over the Cuckoo Nest. The story is about Beulah the Bluebird who got hit by Lexus, and thanks to a crafty lawyer she's been given a bird and breakfast as compensation. The problem is Beulah needs all the help she can get because ever since she got hit by the Lexus she's been a little scatterbrained.

I thought Beulah could use a good maid to help keep her bird and breakfast clean and tidy, so here's my card.



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This was such fun to color, but I had a bit of time deciding what I wanted it to say! The image is French Maid Service from Squigglefly's After Dark section. Isn't this a fun one?

I colored with Copic markers and used chalk for the floors and background. I finally settled on the old school "I see London, I see France" verse for the front. The fun is coming up with the inside - I've tossed around these ideas

I can't play now
I'm dusting the plants!

Looks like someone
forgot to wear pants!

I know you
took a second glance!

I'm only in this silly outfit
by happenstance!

What's your favorite? Tell me one of your own, or maybe you'd go a completely different route altogether. I'm only sending this as a silly card to make someone laugh, but this would be a great image for a spouse's birthday or valentine's card, wouldn't it? Hmmm, what would the card say then? I'll give it some thought!

I hope your day is a wonderful one, and thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, April 25, 2011

featuring the spotlight technique

Hi everyone! I hope you had a wonderful Easter! I had a great weekend! One of my sisters came to town and we got to spend some great quality time together. She was here for her granddaughter's Taekwondo tournament. her granddaughter is eleven years old and is already a third degree black belt! She ranks ninth in the world for Taekwondo form. I think that's just amazing.

Riley killed a snake in our yard on Saturday, then later in the day she found a turtle and hid and found him for a while, and later that night she got a possum in our yard! She was really strutting her stuff she was so proud of herself!

Yesterday was a gorgeous Easter Sunday! The temperature got a little warm in the afternoon, but then some clouds moved in a breeze picked up and it was lovely to be outside.

Did you take time out of your holiday festivities to see the new release at Squigglefly? Some really cute new images are there, so be sure to take a peek! Before you buy, go check out the blog for a discount code! The new challenge is up today too, so you can check that out and then grab the discount!


I've got a featured stamper card to share with you today. This was done for the challenge a few weeks ago. If you want to see the card I chose to CASE you can see it HERE.

Here is my card


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I used the Hummingbird (freebie from Squigglefly HERE) and colored with Copic markers. Then I cut it out with a circle die. The image is printed again on a white panel that is also cut with a die. The large white panel is embossed and then I clipped the corners and stuck pearls there.

This was a pretty quick card to make since there isn't a lot of coloring involved. I think this would make a cute note card set to make and then stamp or print different greetings on each one of them to make it a nice variety of cards to give as a gift.

They are saying we are going to get more storms tonight! I hope it isn't another night of sirens! Well, have a happy Monday and thanks for looking!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy Easter!

Just wanted to wish you all a wonderful Easter! I will be back on Monday with more to share.
Don't forget about Squigglefly's new release today!

Friday, April 22, 2011

More tulips!

Hi everyone! Happy Good Friday to you! I have another couple of tulip cards to share today. This time I went with the potted tulips in the Easter Tulips set by Paulette Rich Long. There are seven different images in that set, and it's only $2.50!


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Both of these are pretty much the same; I just changed the sentiment and switched where the sentiment is located. They're both colored with Copic markers and use the same designer paper and border punch. Another couple of quick cards to add to my quickly depleting stash!

Tomorrow is another new release at Squigglefly, and there is another new artist to see this week! Charlotte Jones is Squigglefly's newest artist, and I can't wait for you all to see her adorable creations!

Have a wonderful day, and thanks for looking!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

everything's coming up tulips

Good morning everyone! Another night and day of storms kept me from posting yesterday. I do love thunderstorms and rain, but the tornadoes and sheer winds I can do without. I hope all of you who experienced the same storms are well!

To make up for no card yesterday though, I have TWO cards to share with you today! The Technique Lover's Challenge on Splitcoast stampers was a fun one this week. The theme is "The Same, but Different" and you have to make two cards that use the same things but change them up a bit. You can change the sentiment only if your sentiment isn't the focus of the card.

Then on Tuesday Mothermark's Teaparty had a tulip theme, so I chose to make two tulip cards using the Tulips image from Squigglefly.





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On the first card I used the Birthday Wishes sentiment from Squigglefly and went with pink tulips.

I went orange tulips with the second card and used my favorite Birthday Wishes sentiment and sponged a little Only Orange and Yo Yo Yellow around it.

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Both of these are super quick and easy, no frills cards. They'd be good ones to have on hand in your card stash!

Still time to play along in Squigglefly's challenge this week - and it's as easy as they come so there's no excuse if you're making cards anyway to not play. I wish you a great day, and thanks for looking!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Looking For Frogs In All the Right Places

Good morning to you all! I hope you are all doing well and enjoying spring. Our cool respite is leaving us today. The weatherman has said it will get close to 90 degrees today. Yuck! It's one of those days I'm grateful I work inside!

Yesterday began a new challenge on the Squigglefly blog, and it's a fun one! It's an easy one! It's a Squigglefly workout - which means show us how you like to work with your Squigglefly digis!

I love to work with Squigglefly digis every way, but one of my most favorite ways is to combine images! There's a tutorial here that shows you how easy it is to do using a photo editing program. It's kind of like masking with your rubber stamps but much easier!

For my card I combined the Princess Lou image by Diane Carubia with Joy Hall's Mushroom Garden.


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I colored the image with Copic markers and used the blender pen to add dots to the mushroom to make it look a bit more like a toadstool. I perched Princess Lou on top of one of the mushrooms and printed the sentiment with my computer. She looks like she was finding lots of frogs while sipping drinks on bar stools, so she decided to trade in the bar stool for a toadstool to find her prince!

I added some little diamonds and glitter to her crown and painted over the crown with some iridescent shimmer so it would look silvery. The sky is chalked. I hope you'll try playing along in Squigglefly's challenge this week! You don't have to use a Squigglefly image, but if you do you have the chance to win a free image! There are always freebies to try HERE.

Enjoy your day, and thanks for looking!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Confused Bunny

Good morning! I'm back with another of the Easter cards I made over the weekend.


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This little bunny is a bit confused I think! He's trying to hatch the Easter eggs by sitting on them like a chicken! This is Hatching Easter Eggs by Lynne Stansbery. I colored with Copic markers and chalk and added glitter to the eggs.

The pink layer behind the image was cut on my Cricut and then I threaded some sheer polka dot ribbon through it and tied it with a bow. The sentiment is computer generated.

Today starts a new challenge on the Squigglefly blog, so head over and see what it is and what the design team has done! I hope you have a great Monday, and thanks for looking!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Last minute Easter cards

Hi everyone! Are you having a great weekend? It's a gorgeous one here even if it is a little windy. It's cooler and perfect weather for being outdoors. I spent a lot of time outside picking up tree branches that had blown into our yard from the storm and pruning back bushes. Brock mowed and used a blower to blow away the continuous pollen that keeps raining down, so the yard looks great!

I spent a little bit of time making a couple of last minute Easter cards. I joined in a couple of challenges too! This card is for a couple of them. The 2 sisters challenge has a fun Bingo challenge. You choose any three things in a row on the "bingo" card. I chose punches or die cuts, glitter, and flowers.

This also fits in the My Sheri challenge to use bunnies, and the sketch is from Sketch Saturday!


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I used the beautiful Bunny Basket drawn by Marla Shega for my card. I colored with Copic markers and chalked around the image a little.

The flowers were some white artificial ones I picked off of their stems and colored with Copic markers. I added some orange rain dots in the center of the flowers. The designer paper on the bottom has yellow stickles added to the center of the flowers for a little sparkle.

Today is the last day to join in the Squigglefly challenge, so if you have some extra crafting time today why not play along? I hope you have a great Sunday, and thanks for looking!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Digis on Dominoes

Happy Saturday to you all! I'd like to thank those of you who e mailed me yesterday to see if I was okay after Thursday night's storms. We did have some terrible storms pass through here! The only thing we have are a few branches in the yard and some bent flowers, but I saw a lot of trees down in the area!

Have you been to Squigglefly this morning? WOW! What a ton of fabulous new images! There are so many I love that I don't know what I want to color first! With this week's release, Squigglefly now has over 2000 images!

We only need SEVEN MORE people to follow the Squigglefly blog to get those two new Shy Bear Freebies - so spread the word!

Today I have a non card project to share with you. A long time ago there was a fad that ran through the rubber stamping community of stamping on dominoes. The dominoes would be drilled and a cord would be run through it for a necklace, or some hanging decoration. Of course, I had to run out and get a set of dominoes to stamp on too!
The same thing happened with microscope slides! Stampers will stamp on anything!

Well, I still had a few of these dominoes laying around in my stash (I think I've got some of the microscope slides too), and when I saw the Faith, Love, Hope image by Diane Knott I thought it would make a cute wall hanging and the dominoes came to mind.


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First I measured where I wanted the holes to be and used a dremel with a small bit to drill them.

The images were then printed on to some tissue paper and colored with Copic markers. After that I brushed some crystal lacquer on to the back side of the domino and laid the tissue on top. I then brushed again with some crystal lacquer. The lacquer did smear the printer ink a bit. Next time I will set the ink a bit better before using the lacquer, but I was going for an old, worn look anyway so it didn't matter much.

I got some tiny eye hooks at the hardware store and screwed them into the holes and used jump rings to attach pieces of chain.


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I think one domino with one of the words made into a key chain would make a great little gift for someone! I think I have one more domino in my stash too!
Be sure to check out the new stuff at Squigglefly, and have a beautiful day! Thanks for looking!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Every Now And Then You Get An Idea

Happy Friday to you all! Do you ever see an image and immediately know what you want to do with it? Well, that happened to me when I saw a couple of images drawn by the talented Nate Owens. These two images will be available at Squigglefly tomorrow. They are Party Gal and Party Guy.




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they are colored with Copic markers and chalk, and I used some stickles for her earring and a glint on his tooth!

I printed them out together with a couple of the speech bubbles (available free HERE at Squigglefly - a whole set of different shapes!), and then I printed out different come on lines from the guy and witty comebacks from the gal. I then cut out a rough circle for a placement guide. I cut the opening out the speech bubbles and after deciding where my brad would be, I stuck it all to a foam board with a thumb tack and taped the wording onto the circle where they would show through the speech bubbles.

I highlighted the wording that goes together and then tested it on my card. It all worked okay, but the circle was a mess! So I scanned the circle and then used photoshop to whiten out the parts I wanted clean and left the wording. Then all I had to do was cut the circle out and assemble my card. This would make making another one of these so much easier!

Normally I would make a card like this and only have the wheel extend out on one side of the card, but in this case I already had my image colored and cut out before I decided on making it a view master card, so I opted to let my wheel extend out on all sides. A little forethought would have made this a lot neater.

Anyway, I wanted to share all of the wording with you, so I filmed it being turned. My husband said that I should have put the man on the other side since he's speaking first since people read from left to right, but I think most people will figure it out.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy! If you can't see the video on my blog you can see it on YouTube HERE

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Cats and bugs

Hi everyone! I hope you are all doing great. The weather here has been really pretty, and I've been enjoying it before it gets too hot to. I know it won't be much longer before that happens!

I have a card I made for the Clean and Simple challenge at the Outlawz to share today. the challenge requires not only that the card design be clean and simple, but we had to use the color blue, at least two punches, and one of the sheets of card stock or paper you used had to be plain - no embossing or stamping on it.


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I picked out the cute little Curious Kitty by Nate Owens for my card. I colored the image with Copic markers and chalk and then stamped some grass sprigs over the chalk. My two punches are both from Martha Stewart - the butterfly and the flower border. I added some pearls from an old necklace to the butterfly's body and made some swirls on the wings with a Quickie glue pen and then sprinkled on some glitter.

I found the perfect little ladybug charm in my stash and attached it to the bow with a couple of jump rings. I may add a sentiment to this before mailing it off, but until I know who it's going to and for what occasion I'll wait.

You still have time to play along in Squigglefly's fabric and stitching challenge! Don't be afraid - you can use faux stitching if you don't like to sew! You can win a free image of your choosing - or be surprised with a new one before it's released, but you can win if you don't play! Also, if you haven't yet become a follower of Squigglefly's blog - do it now! When they reach 400 followers they are going to give us TWO NEW FREE SHY BEAR images!

Have a fabulous day, and thanks for looking!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Squigglefly's Fabric and Stitching Challenge

Hi everyone! I had a great day off work yesterday! The weather was cool and just perfect. I did finish my card for Squigglefly's blog challenge, and I am also entering this into the Digi Design House challenge which is to use stitching on your card.


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My best friend is becoming a grandmother in July, and her daughter's baby shower is some day this month so I worked on a baby card for her. I used the Baby Rocking Horse and Baby Text by Diane Knott and printed them on to a piece of fabric. If you would like to see how easy it is to print your digis on fabric, there is a short tutorial HERE.

Once it was printed I colored the image with colored pencils and then I used a decorative stitch on my sewing machine to stitch all around the fabric and attach it to the card stock. Here's a close up of the image and stitching.


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I also used the same decorative stitch on the designer paper. I tied some of the thread through three blue buttons and used glue dots to stick them to the top right corner of the image. A little lace on the side and it's done!

I love how this turned out. I still may fray the edges of the fabric before I call it finished, but I may not! I hope you'll join in the Squigglefly challenge too! You don't have to sew anything - you could just rip a piece of fabric and use it as ribbon on your card!

Have a great day, and thanks for looking!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Italian Patio

Happy Monday everyone! Boy was our weekend HOT! Last night some rained moved in though and the forecast for this week is much nicer! I was a busy person over the weekend. I went to a nursery with my best friend and her mother who knows everything you ever wanted to know about plants. I bought a few things to plant in the containers on our front porch. I also worked on pulling up some ivy that has taken over one end of our back yard flower bed. But it was all worth it because our front porch looks so pretty right now with all the flowers in them!

My iris are just about to burst open, and this year is the first year my lilac bush has bloomed! It was planted 11 years ago so I'd say it's about time, wouldn't you? I'll share pictures of everything when the iris open up!

Today is brand new challenge at Squigglefly's blog! Chelsea has issued quite the challenge too. Use fabric and stitching on your creation. I have an idea in mind and will be sharing it with you tomorrow.

As you know there was a release of some awesome new images at Squigglefly over the weekend. One of the images that I loved is Italian Patio drawn by Lynne Stansbery. At first glance it looks a little intimidating to color, but let me tell you that it is much easier than you might think!


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I used Copic markers to color this with, and then chalked the sky. After chalking I used a pencil eraser to lightly drase some of the chalk for clouds. The background designer paper was embossed with the textile embossing folder, and I used a piece of ivory lacy ribbon and some brads. The edges of the lighter green designer paper were sponged with some Chocolate Chip ink. I love how it turned out!

I'm am taking the day off work today. I'm going with Chesney to her doctor for her re-check after her gallbladder surgery, and afterwards we are going to go shopping with my sister-in-law and maybe stop for a frozen yogurt! I hope you have a wonderful day, and thanks for looking!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

THREE cards, a TUTORIAL, and a FREEBIE!

Good morning everyone! Isn't this a happy Saturday? If you've been to Squigglefly and seen all of the wonderful new images then it is!

I have three cards to share with you today. I got on a roll making these cute little front pocket cards and couldn't stop! I had so much fun that I decided to share with you how I've done them, so after I show you each card you can see the tutorial video.

My first card uses a new image by Alecia Blake called Beach Birthday Girl. Alecia is one of three artists making their debut at Squigglefly today. I fell in love with this image the minute I saw it.


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Isn't it cute? I love that the fish, the sun, and even the little crab are all wearing party hats! I colored with Copic markers and chalk and added glitter to the sun. The sentiment was computer generated and then sponged with yellow and orange inks. I think this sentiment goes perfectly with the image, so I'm sharing the sentiment with all of you. Just click on the image and then right click to save to your computer.



The designer paper is folded to create a pocket, and the sentiment pulls out to reveal another message inside. The inside message is from the Happy Everything set.


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You could also slip a gift card in the pocket, or if the person you're giving it to is a card maker you could even slip in a small bag of embellishments!

My next card uses a brand new image drawn by Nate Owens called Love Bugs. Do you remember Goof Bug? Well, I mentioned in one of my posts that he needed a mate and Nate drew him one! Thanks Nate, I love her!


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Aren't they a cute couple? I thought they would make a great anniversary card, so I printed out the sentiment "Wishing you many more years to "bug" each other" for the outside sentiment, and printed Happy Anniversary for the inside sentiment.

They are colored with Copic markers and chalk, and I used a little bit of stickles on their bodies.

My last card uses the Shy Bear Birthday Bear, and it's colored with Copic markers and chalk. I added glitter to the top of his hat and then dotted some glue on the scallops surrounding the sentiment and sprinkled glitter on that as well.

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I am entering all of my cards in the Stamp Something Challenge which is to stamp something with sass or circles. All of my cards have circles! I hope you've enjoyed the cards and after you watch the video tutorial I hope you will try making one yourself. Be sure to go by Squigglefly and see all the new images in the store today! If you have trouble watching the video on my blog you can view it on YouTube HERE.
Thanks for looking, and have a wonderful day!

Friday, April 8, 2011

My Blog Has Gone To The Dogs

Good morning and happy Friday! I hope you've got some fun plans for the weekend, and that checking out Squigglefly's newest releases is at the top of those plans! There are some great images coming out tomorrow, so be sure to check 'em out!

Yesterday several people asked me where you can get the realistic cat eyes like I used on the frog in the card HERE. You can buy those cat eyes from Stanislaus Imports. They come in different colors and sizes. The link straight to the stickers is http://www.lasioux.com/eyes.htm


Today I have two dog related cards to share with you.



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This cute little puppy is Fetch What? drawn by Lynne Stansbery for Squigglefly. Don't you love the way his head is tilted to the side? It always makes my heart melt when Riley does that to me.

I made this for the sketch challenge on Splitcoast Stampers. I used Copic markers and chalk to color it with, and I added some glitter to the party hat. The party hat came from Party Dude at Squigglefly and is just popped on his head. I think he looks so cute with this hat on!

The sentiment was computer generated, and the inside says "That's still a pup in dog years! Happy Birthday!"


I stayed on the birthday and dog theme with my next card too. This dog is Smart Dog and is drawn by Nate Owens.


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Once again I used the Party Dude's hat and colored with Copic markers and chalk. I did stamp some grass sprigs over the green chalk. The background paper was perfect for this because it has the "Party Animal" sign on it.

I computer generated the words and cut them out so I could stick them on the way I wanted. I'm thinking I should have put a question mark at the end of the words though.

I'm slowly building up my birthday card stash again, but May is a heavy month for me as far as birthdays go, so I need to make a lot more!

Have a great day, and thanks for looking!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Charming Humor

Good morning everyone! I hope you are having a great week. We've had quite a lot of wind here lately! It's blowing the pollen around like crazy. Poor Riley has allergies every spring, and this year she has developed "dry eye" from it. We are having to put drops in her eyes every night. I swear this dog has cost us so much money it's not even funny, but we love her and think she's worth it.

I have a fun card to share with you today. This is another one that wasn't done for any particular challenge or occasion, just for sending someone a laugh.



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This beautiful "charming" Frog Prince was drawn by Johanna Westerman Rhodehamel for Squigglefly. Johanna is one of Squigglefly's newest artists and I love the detail in her images.

I colored with Copic markers and used one of the realistic cat eyes for the frog's eye. I love using those things! Of course I had to add a little sparkle to his crown with glitter! I embossed a piece of card stock with the swiss dots embossing folder and then punched the corners with a notch punch. Then I wrapped some iridescent metallic thread around the card letting the notches hold it in place.

The sentiment was computer generated. The inside says "Just the one wearing the crown". I mean wouldn't it be easy to spot which frog was the prince if they wore little crowns on their heads? LOL!

Squigglefly will be having a fabulous release this weekend with THREE NEW ARTISTS making their debut! We are super excited to announce Alecia Blake, Joy Hall, and Janet Jones as the newest artists to join Squigglefly! I hope you'll be sure to come take a look in the store this weekend!

There's still time for you to join in the "They're Only Words" challenge going on at the Squigglefly Blog too! Come play with us - it's fun and you could win one of the new images coming this weekend!

Have a fabulous day, and thanks for looking!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Smart Aliens?

Good morning and happy hump day once again! I've been on a cardmaking roll since the weekend. It seems like my mojo has kicked into high gear! I love when it does that!

Today I've got a silly little card to share with you. It was made for no special challenge or occasion, but it was fun to do!


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I used the cute Love Rocket image by Jane Beljo and colored it with copic markers. I added a bit of crystal lacquer to the rocket windows for dimension. The sky was chalked and then I splattered some white gesso over it to make it look like stars. You can see that I wasn't too careful about masking the rocket when I did this! I'm thinking I should have made the sky a bit darker so the gesso would actually show up better, but I liked the color so I left it. I figured even if the gesso doesn't look like stars, it gives a neat texture to the card.

The little funky looking star shapes were punched with a small wonky square punch and I placed two of them together. The sentiment is computer generated in a font called Jules Girl Talk. It's a fun font that has cute little ding bats for the capital letters. If you like it, you can get it free HERE.

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I sponged a little around the edges to carry on the sky color. My apologies to those of you who have been abducted by those pesky aliens!

That's all for today, but I'll be back tomorrow with another one! Hope your day is a good one, and thanks for looking!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Powerful Words

Hi everyone! I received this wonderful award from Peggy at The Nutty Cardmaker the other day, and was so flattered! I do hope my blog is versatile and not the same thing day after day! Thanks so much to Peggy for this wonderful award!


As I mentioned yesterday, a new challenge went up on the Squigglefly blog and it all about words! The design team has done such a fantastic job on their cards! They really inspired me to get going on mine.

So, I thought about what I wanted my words to be. You know usually my first thought is to go funny. I love making people laugh. I also really love puns - the play on words no matter how silly is always funny to me. Then I got on the computer and simply googled the word "words" to see what came up! I found this very interesting bit on this BLOG and it really made me think of how powerful words are.

The Power of the Spoken Word: Eternal Words


Matthew 12:36
The Message: Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. There will be a time of reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation."
New Century Version: And I tell you that on the Judgment Day people will be responsible for every careless thing they have said.

Once you speak a word, it exists forever! That fact alone is exhilarating and a little frightening! The laws of physics tell us that energy in the universe is never lost. It is transformed from one state to another. Sound waves never disappear. Sound is an energetic disturbance that causes a movement of particles. Because space is a vacuum with no matter, sound is unable to “travel.”

Think about the implications – if we had the right equipment, voices from the beginning of time could be retrieved. We could actually hear the voices of Adam and Eve themselves speaking to God, or Abraham Lincoln’s voice as he spoke the Gettysburg address, or even Jesus’ own voice speaking the Beatitudes!

What an awesome thought!

Words may be spoken to a specific person at a specific time, but they exist in the atmosphere forever. Scripture tells us God’s Word stands forever; and the prayers of the saints are ever before Him. Your prayers exist forever and are before the Father continuously.

But consider the flip side. Every careless, nasty, hurtful, doubt-filled, angry word you’ve ever spoken is still floating around, and not only that. You will be required to answer to God for them.

Now if that doesn't make you stop and think long and hard the next time you are about to criticize someone or spew a word of fear or doubt, I don't know what will! Our words are eternal in the most basic sense.


Doesn't it make you think? So after reading that, my thoughts turned from funny and sarcastic to the power that words have. Hurtful words have the power to still sting years after they've been spoken, and caring words can make a person feel all warm and fuzzy inside when they are recalled years later. I think that when someone is hurting or feeling hopeless just hearing the words "I care" can make all the difference, so here is my card.

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I used the freebie friendship words paper from Squigglefly, and the Best Friends Forever image by Lynne Stansbery. Copic markers were used to color the image with, and I chalked a little yellow in the background. the sentiment "You've got a friend" was printed on my computer. I had that Carole King song running through my head while putting this together so I went with it as a sentiment! The inside says "always and forever!"


Take some time out today to call a friend and let them know you care about them! I wish you all a wonderful day and thanks for looking!


Monday, April 4, 2011

Meet Mrs. Murphy

Hi everyone! Happy Monday morning! I have woken up to thunderstorms this morning which I love! Today is not supposed to be as warm as yesterday, which I also love! It's supposed to get rather chilly tonight too, which is another thing I love so this Monday is starting out pretty darn good!

Today is a brand new challenge on Squigglefly's blog , and vVicki has issued a challenge to use words. You can use words any way you want - by making the sentiment the focal point or using a newspaper as your background, whatever way you wish! I have my thinking cap on and hope to get something made for that today. I'm sure I'll be inspired after I've seen what the design team has done!

Recently there was a new addition at Squigglefly. Mrs. Murphy is a woman who has a lot of wisdom to share! I think she has a lot to say, so you'll probably be seeing her a few times!


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She's colored with Copic markers and I sponged some ink around the edges of the card. The sentiment was computer generated.

I have one of those rulers that you lay on your paper and then tear your paper against it to give it a deckled edge. I used that with a green Sharpie marker around the perimeter of the card. It's easy enough to see everything else I did.

I think I need to get off this computer now because it's thundering and lightening like crazy! I hope you have a wonderful Monday, and thanks for looking!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

A Little Humor

Hi everyone! Are you having a great weekend? Mine is busy with usual weekend chores, but I'm managing to mix in some fun time too. Today looks like it's going to be pretty hot. A predicted high of 85 degrees! Yuck!
I'll get Riley's walk in early and then most of the day will be spent indoors preparing the week's meals and making more cards!

Did you love the images that were released at Squigglefly yesterday? What do you think of the After Dark section? The card I have to share today uses one of the new After Dark sentiments, and it cracks me up.

Here's the front


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The sentiment is Kinky, and I simple stuck a feather next to the sentiment with a glue dot. The feather was colored with a Copic markers to go with the Termpting Turquoise ink I sponged around the edge of the card. The Friday outlawz challenge is to color an embellishment with Copic markers, so I've entered this card into that challenge. I also entered it in the Twisted Sisters challenge on Splitcoast Stampers.

On the inside of the card I printed the rest of the sentiment and used Brian Lock's Foul Fowl image. He is colored with Copic markers, and I thought the look on the chicken's face went so well with the saying!


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Hope it made you laugh!

Today is the last day to enter Squigglefly's blog challenge! A new one starts tomorrow! Have a fabulous day, and thanks for looking!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

I'm pretty goofy

Hi everyone! Today is a new release day at Squigglefly! Be sure to take a look at all the wonderful images in the store today. Johanna Westerman Rhodehamel makes her debut there this morning with some great images - a mix of fantasy and a wonderful one for Spring!

Squigglefly is also introducing "After Dark" for your funny fix. "After Dark" will feature sentiments and images that will make you blush a little but laugh a LOT!

Well I ended up having a bit of April Fool's fun yesterday after all. I told every telemarketer that called our office "yes!" no matter what they were selling and then I'd say "April Fools!" Maybe they all got aggravated enough to stop calling!

There's something else I'm doing as a little joke, but so far it's not been noticed. My boss bought a bag of miniature Reeses Peanut Butter cups and keeps them in the fridge. I bought a bag too, but I use mine to refill his bag periodically. I wonder how long this will go on before he thinks this is a magical bag of never ending peanut butter cups! LOL! I am easily amused aren't I?

Well today's card goes along perfectly with the goofy things I just told you, because I'm using the brand new Goof Bug drawn by Nate Owens!


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Isn't this the cutest bug? I love his big nose! I colored him with Copic markers and then added just a hint of sparkle with some stickles. I chalked around him with some yellow so it would look like he was glowing. A glowing goof bug! I think Nate should draw him a girl friend goof bug and they could be goofy love bugs.

The flowers on the side of the card are punched from the same color card stock as the card base and then glued on for a faux dry embossed look. The sentiment is computer generated (cricket font free HERE), and is actually on the inside of the card because half of the front of the card is cut away.


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Now don't you just want to run to Squigglefly and buy him up?

I've got lots on my plate today! This morning I'm having breakfast out with my best friend and then I plan on making a stop by Hobby Lobby to see what's new - plus I have a coupon that expires today and I can't let it go to waste!
Then it's grocery shopping, walking Riley, and hopefully I'll get a chance to play with some more of the new Squigglefly images before we go to Chesney's house to play dominoes with my brother and sister-in-law.

I hope you have a fun weekend, and thanks as always for taking time to read my blog!



Friday, April 1, 2011

Riley videos and an Easter Card!

Hi everyone! Happy Friday and happy April Fool's Day! Do you have any plans to trick someone today? I used to play tricks on my kids and my husband every year, but they've gotten wise to me over the years so I can't anymore. I'd love to hear about things you've done to fool people. In honor of April Fool's day, I do have a video of Riley fooling people. You've heard me tell you over the years how alpha female she is, and I've mentioned before that she hikes her leg like a male dog when she pees (see? she fools people and other dogs into thinking she's a boy!), but most of the time she hikes both hind legs! Well, we went out to the park yesterday and I filmed her doing this just for your amusement. Plus, she just got groomed yesterday so you can see how nice she looks all trimmed up and clean! If you can't see the video on my blog, you can view it on YouTube HERE



I have another video I took of Riley playing this game with the drain tunnels in the park. Brock throws a rock in and she runs through the tunnel and then immediately turns around waiting for him to throw another one in. She could do this forever I think. What's funny to me is that she will growl and try to stop him from throwing the rocks in on her end. Anyway, you can skip ahead to view today's card if Riley doesn't interest you - my feelings won't be hurt! The direct link to the video is HERE




Okay, today's card is an Easter card made with the cute little Easter Egg Shy Bear.


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I colored with Copic markers and then tried to do an out of the box technique, or in this case oval - but I accidentally cut off part of one of the eggs! I just glued it back on and I don't think it's that noticeable unless you know it's there. Of course I added some sparkle to the eggs.

The lacy oval framing the image was cut with my Cricut. I'm getting a little better at sizing things now too. I still may add a greeting of some kind to this later, but I'm undecided at this point. I am entering this into the Stamp Something challenge which is simply to use a digi!

Tomorrow is another release day at Squigglefly and another NEW ARTIST is going to make her debut - so be sure to check in and see what she brings for your crafting pleasure!

Have a great day, and don't let anyone fool you! Thanks for looking!