Wednesday, August 31, 2011

This Party Has Bugs!

Happy hump day to you all! I told you yesterday I'd be back today with my Teaparty card, and I am!

This week we are all supposed to bring ladybugs to the party, and I brought this cute one from Eline Pelinkhof called Small Offering.


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I went very clean and simple with this design! The image is colored with Copic markers and then I added some crystal effects to the wings. A piece of black ribbon is tied into a simple bow, and the image is framed with a scalloped circle.

Inside I typed up this little poem and framed it in black
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We are sending our cards to a fellow teapotter who is undergoing back surgery. I am sure all these ladybugs will bring a smile to her face!

My blog candy ends today, so don't miss the boat! I will be announcing the winner tomorrow, so be sure to come back to see if you're the lucky one! Wishing you all a great middle of the week, and thanks for looking!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Pink Skies and Blue Bunnies

Hi everyone! I have another card I made for the Featured Stamper challenge this week that I wanted to share with you. The card I CASED can be seen HERE. I loved how she colored her bunny blue, so I went with that and used the cute, new Daisy Chain Bunny by Diane Carubia and doesn't he look adorable in blue?

i uased copics to color and then I thought what goes better with a blue bunny than a pink sky? So, I sponged some pink on the background. I stamped some grass sprigs on the ground and hand printed the sentiment.

I added a bit of blue velvet ribbon behind the panel.

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I will be back tomorrow with a Teaparty card to share! Have a fun day, and thanks for looking!

Monday, August 29, 2011

FS, SFC, and FB

Hi everyone, and happy Monday to you! I supposed if you are an avid Squigglefly follower like me, you probably noticed that there wasn't a new release this weekend. Never fear though - Squigglefly has SO MANY images that on the weeks there isn't anything new - it's the perfect time to go back and look through what they do have. You never know what you may have missed!

Yesterday was the Featured Stamper challenge on Splitcoast Stampers and I found several cards in the gallery that I loved. When I saw what Heather's challenge on the Squigglefly Blog was this week, I thought it was the perfect combination of challenges!

Heather's challenge is Writer's Cramp - Use chalk (any kind), pencil, ball point pen, highlighter or crayons on your project or use a school themed image or sentiment on your project. I thought it was the best thing to combine with a couple of cards in the gallery and use colored pencils on kraft card stock - one of my favorite combinations!

The first card from the featured stamper's gallery I chose is THIS ONE and here is my card


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The image I used is Retro Tulips by Jane Beljo. I used colored pencils to color and sponged some Real Red and Only Orange ink around the edge of the kraft card stock. Then I used a white gel pen on parts of the tulips. The sentiment is one I printed on my computer. I'm happy to share it with you all


Just click on the image and then right click and save it.

I have another card to share with you! this is another one I did from the Featured Stamper's gallery. The card I picked was THIS ONE, and here is my card


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My image is one of the flowers from Flowers Set by Lynne Stansbery. If you are ever at a loss for an image, this flower set is perfect! It's got four different flowers in it, and flowers are great for birthday cards, anniversary cards, congratulations cards, thank you cards, sympathy cards, and just plain old "I'm thinking of you" cards!

Again, I printed this image on to kraft card stock and used colored pencils to color with. I was intrigued by the white leaves on the card I was CASING, so I stuck with that idea on my card also. the sentiment was computer generated, and again I'll share it with you!




I really hope you'll try to play along in the Squigglefly blog challenge this week. It's the last week to get something extra added to my blog candy if you happen to be the lucky winner!

oh by the way, if you're wondering what all the acronyms in my title are - the FS is Featured Stamper, the SFC is Squiggle Fly Challenge, and the FB is Free Bee! Have a wonderful day, and thanks for looking!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Tweeting at the Teaparty

Hi everyone! Well, I turned in my notice and received a tongue lashing from the executive director, but once that was over with things went back to normal. yesterday she and my supervisor both told me that they were really disappointed to see me go; that I was doing a great job and they hated to lose me. That made me feel good, but not good enough to stay! It's nice to be leaving on good terms though.

Yesterday was one of Mothermark's Teaparties, and the theme is birds this week. I thought with so many people bringing birds to the party that they would love to have a pretty bird bath to relax in, so this exquisite Simple Pleasures Birdbath by Marla Shega is my contribution.
This image never fails to impress people, and coloring it is easy as pie because the shading is built in! I used copic markers to color.

If you look closely you'll see birds embossed on the background piece. That is a brand new embossing folder I found at Hobby Lobby. They got a bunch of new ones in, and this one is from The Paper Studio.
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Time is running out to be entered into my blog candy, so be sure to check that out if you haven't already. Have a fabulous day, and thanks for looking!




Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Under The Sea

Good morning! I hope you are having a wonderful start to your day. I know I am, and you want to know why? I told you yesterday there was something I couldn't tell you, but I can tell you now! Today I am turning in my two weeks notice at my job! I have found another job that is a much better fit for me. I am excited to start and SO happy to be leaving where I am now. I feel like I can breathe again, although I do have butterflies thinking about telling them I'm leaving. Think good thoughts for me!

I told you I'd be back with a card to share today, and I have one that I made for this week's Squigglefly Blog challenge where the theme is WATERWORKS! You will probably recognize the image from yesterday's video - it's Sea You Later by Suzanne Urban.


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I figure you find fish and mermaids in the water, so this qualifies! I love this mermaid! Suzanne puts so much character into her images don't you agree? I sparkled up her mermaid tail with stickles and painted the shell with some iridescent medium.

The corners were actually punched with a border punch from EK Success, and then I added some little square gems. The sentiment was computer generated on to the designer paper - I know it's a little corny, but I couldn't come up with anything better.

Don't forget about my blog candy, and thanks for looking!

Monday, August 22, 2011

A How TO by request and a RILEY Fix Video!

Hi everyone! Did you have a great weekend? Mine was really good. Lots of stuff going on - some I can tell you about and some will have to wait. Aren't secrets fun?
One thing I can tell you about is that a couple of weeks ago I saw on Craft Gossip that EK success is going to be hosting the first Fork & Talk in Little Rock on September 10th. It sounds like it's going to be great food and great fun AND we get to play with new things from EK sucdess! So, I signed up and found out yesterday that I was accepted! I'm super excited and can't wait to tell you all about it!

Also this weekend there was another slew of wonderful images released at Squigglefly! Run by and take a look if you haven't already.

There is a brand new challenge on the Squigglefly blog today, and if you haven't entered any of the blog challenges this month you may want to take a look because time is running out for my BLOG CANDY, and if the winner of the candy has entered any of the challenges in August I'm adding something extra to it. I will tell you that I went shopping this weekend and picked up something special for that!

Last week when I posted my Magnifico card, I mentioned that I had erased the words that came with the image before I printed it. Well, I got a request from DixieGlitzie to make a video showing how to do that, so I put that together this weekend for her. I also go over again how to format your image so you can move it around the page where you want. This is very helpful to know to print several images on a full page of card stock. If you can't see the video on my blog, you can view it on YouTube HERE





And for those of you needing a Riley Fix I've got a new Riley video! We got her a new ball that lights up, plays music, and shakes. It's so funny when she finally gets it in her mouth because it makes her head shake. She always likes to take her new toys outside and run around with them as if showing them off to the neighborhood. She is all over the place in this video, so you'll have to bear with me chasing her to keep her in the frame! Anyway, here's that video, and HERE is the link to see it on YouTube.



I'll be back tomorrow with a card to share.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

I Haven't got A Clue

Well tomorrow is Friday and it can't be here soon enough for me. This has been a super long week for me, and next week is a crazy week at work so I'm not looking forward to it at all. Let's all pray the weekend is as long as this week has been!

I have a fun card to share with you today. I say it's fun simply because I enjoyed making it. I used the wonderfully versatile Elementary My Dear image by Lynne Stansbery.


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Once I came up with the sentiment I decided to use Ransom Note font because I think ransom notes would be left as clues for someone. I embossed the background with the script because it seemed to go along with the whole note thing.

the inside of the card says "How I missed your birthday. Hope it was happy!"



Don't forget about my Blog Candy! You can see how to be in the drawing and possibly get something extra by reading This Post. If you've got a wonderful day full of fun things planned I hope your day lasts and lasts, but if you've got to work like me then I hope it flies by! thanks for looking!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Magnifico!

I have a great blog candy going on! If you want to be in the drawing for it go read THIS POST

Hi everyone - happy hump day! for me it's extra special because it's also pay day! Wait - I'm not so sure about that because every time I see my pay check I realize how underpaid I am! Well, on to better and more fun things! I have a card to share with you today that uses one of the images that was just released at Squigglefly this week. This is from Suzanne Urban and is called Four Star Chef. Suzanne has such unique characters in her artwork. I am always smiling when I'm coloring her images.


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This image actually comes with words that say "From the four star kitchen of" and there's a line to write your name, but I just wanted to make it into a card so I erased the words and line prior to printing.

I love how the chef is actually floating because the aroma of his magnificent dish just lifts him up! It was a quick card to make as there is minimal coloring. The sentiment was computer generated and printed directly onto the designer paper.

If you are already signed up for my blog candy, don't forget that there is something extra in it for the winner if they've participated in at least ONE Squigglefly blog challenge during the month of August!

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

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Touchy Tree

I have a great blog candy going on! If you want to be in the drawing for it go read THIS POST

Hi everyone! Happy Tuesday to you! Well, yesterday was actually a good day at my new job. It may have had something to do with the fact that a lot of the office was out all day for training on a new computer program, but I did get some time to catch up on some things.

Today is another Mothermark Teaparty, and this week we are supposed to bring either Trees, something to do with Golf, or something to do with Winter. When i saw TREE, I immediately went to my favorite Squigglefly tree image Spring Tree by artist Angie Davis. Since it's summer time, I added lots of greenery to my tree which leads me to the TOUCHY part of my post. Squigglefly's blog challenge this week is to add texture to your card, so this fluffy tree is perfect! I also embossed the card base with the Swiss Dots embossing folder for even more texture.


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I paired my favorite tree image with my favorite Squigglefly Birthday Greeting by artist Jess Holland.

Everything was colored with Copic markers. Here's a close up of the fun tree fluff!


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I used some fun grass stuff that I got from Myer Imports . They have a lot of unique embellishment supplies there, so check 'em out if you're ever looking for something different.


Please go by and see what the wonderfully creative Headliners have done with the challenge. You will be completely amazed at how some of them added texture to their cards! and take some time to play along yourself - you could win some free Squigglefly!

Have a great day, and thanks for looking!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Blue Bird

I have a great blog candy going on! If you want to be in the drawing for it go read THIS POST


Good morning and Happy Monday everyone! Thanks so much for the "everyone's human and makes mistakes" comments about my ad error. Ya'll know how to make a girl feel better!

This weekend I was saddened by the news that our dear blogging friend and former Squigglefly DT member Stef aka Glitterbabe lost her husband Clyde. I sat down to make a sympathy card for her as soon as I heard. Please keep Stef in your prayers while she adjusts to life without Clyde.



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The image is one of the birds from Angie Davis's Wishing Birds. I printed it twice - once on to card stock and once on to paper. I cut the paper one out and used it as a mask while I brayered on some ink for the background.

The bird was colored with Copic markers and I printed the sentiment with my computer. I drew thin white lines down the outside edges and then frayed the card stock a bit with some scissors. The mask left a little bit of a white shadow near the bird where the brayer couldn't cover, so I filled that in with a Copic marker.

Today is a brand new challenge on the Squigglefly blog! Be sure to go see what Heather has challenged everyone to do. I know the Headliners will inspire you with their creativity!

Have a wonderful day, and thanks for looking!




Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Some Cherry News

I have a great blog candy going on! If you want to be in the drawing for it go read THIS POST


I told you I'd be back with my card for this week's Squigglefly Blog Challenge, and I am!


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I went with the Cherries image by Angie Davis and used some buttons for the cherries. My buttons were originally white and I colored them with Copic markers. The sentiment is computer generated.

This is a super fast card to make, and would be great for several occasions. I could see it as a get well card or just a card to send to someone who could use some cheering up.

Now for a little bit of a work update. I am starting to understand some of the stuff that is being thrown at me which I find as a huge relief. I am responsible for a report at the end of the month, and it's something I've had little time to work on and look at and understand. Well, yesterday I finally had a little bit of time to take a serious look and was pleased to see that it made sense to me. I don't feel that confident that my report will knock anyone's socks off, but it was wonderful to have it not look like Greek to me!
On the other hand, I'm also responsible for placing ads in the paper and today one of my ads breaks and late yesterday afternoon I discovered an error in it! Too late to pull it or change it, so I'm really embarrassed about my ad being wrong today! I keep hoping I'll get the hang of things! Keep me in your prayers because I really need them!
Have a fabulous day, and thanks for looking!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A Paws

I can't believe there aren't more people interested in the blog candy I have going right now! If you want to be in the drawing for it go read THIS POST

Today my card is for Mothermark's Teaparty. The challenge is a simple one - use dogs! I chose to use the Scottie In A Scarf image by Chesney Young just because I think he's so cute. I used copics to color him with and printed out the sentiment.



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I almost used buttons instead of silver brads so I could enter this in Squigglefly's Blog challenge, but I have another card for that that I will share with you tomorrow. If you read the blog candy post, you know that the winner of the candy will get a little something extra if they have entered any of the Squigglefly Blog challenges during the month of August, so making a card with buttons is an easy one!

Did you happen to see the new images that were released at Squigglefly on Saturday? If not, you should put going there on your list of things to do!

It has been SO HOT here the past few weeks. Temps well over a hundred every day, and not cooling off much at night either. Rain has been scarcer than hen's teeth too. Yesterday we did get a decent bit of rain though and the leaves on everything perked up considerably. Today they are saying it will only get to about 96 degrees! If you can read the sarcasm in that sentence then you're spot on! I hope you have a wonderful Tuesday, and thanks for looking!



Monday, August 8, 2011

What can I say, it's Monday

hello and happy Monday to you all. I hope you've all had a wonderful weekend. Mine was pretty good. I went shopping on Saturday with my best friend. We hit some really good sales and it was also tax free weekend! We both came home with sacks of stuff.

Yesterday I did my usual cooking for the week and I sat down to make a few cards. My mojo is shaky right now, so I only got about three cards made, but this is one that was done for the featured stamper challenge on Splitcoast stampers.

The card I CASED is this one. I used one of the images from the LuLu Lancaster called Top Hat Surprise.




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I used Copic markers to color and computer generated the sentiment. I added a little bit of glitter to the things on her hat. The paper is digital from Marie Stones.

Don't forget that I have a blog candy going on until the end of the month. You need to comment on this post to be in the drawing. Also, today is a brand new challenge on the Squigglefly blog. Marlene has a fun button challenge going on, so go see what the Marvels have done and then get busy yourself! You'll see my button card tomorrow.

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

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Three pink tulips

I have a blog candy going, so if you want to be in the drawing for it go read THIS POST

Hi everyone. Sorry it's been so long. I just don't have the time or the desire I used to have. I think it's official - I don't like my job. I've resigned myself to the fact that I need the job though, so I'm staying with it. I'd go look for another one except that I hear from so many people that every place is the same - they are laying people off and piling their work load on to the remaining people and not giving the remaining people any extra pay for doing it. I know I am doing what used to be two people's jobs, and I'm only getting paid for one and that one should be making more than it's paying!
On the bright side of things, I will be eligible for retirement in 8 years and the time I spend at this job is putting money in that retirement fund for me! That is all you are going to hear from me about my job. I don't want to be a Debbie Downer - no offense to you Debbies out there!

How about a birthday card?


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I used the potted tulips from Paulette Long's Easter Tulips set for this card. The sentiment is the Birthday Wishes by Jess Holland, and I printed it out in brown to go with the ribbon and pot color. I used colored pencils instead of my Copics this time. I'm running low on ink on some of them and need to refill and order more inks!

If you're lucky enough to have time to create - go play in the challenge going on at the Squigglefly Blog - it's a great way to get something extra if you win my blog candy! Have a wonderful day - remember TOMORROW IS FRIDAY!


Monday, August 1, 2011

SMILE, and Make A Wish!

Hi everyone! I was having blogger issues yesterday and couldn't get my photos to upload, so here I am a day later than I expected to be. How was your weekend? Mine was busy on Saturday doing lots of chores. I also went to the place of my former employment and helped wrap up the final steps of closing the business. It was sad turning in my keys.

Sunday was a lazy day. It was too hot to do anything outdoors so I hung out in my craft room and made a card or two and watched some movies on Netflix. I hope you had a really good weekend!

Today is a brand new challenge on the Squigglefly Blog, and it's a fun one! Heather wants everyone to use handwriting on your project. If you're like me, and you don't like your own handwriting try using a handwriting font or some designer paper with old fashioned script on it! Go see what the Headliners have done and get inspired to play yourself!

here's the card I made



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I used the Moon Fairy image from Squigglefly, and colored it with copic markers. The image was printed twice and I cut one out to pop it up over the original image. I added glitter to her wings and shoes.

My handwriting is the "Make a wish" sentiment written on the edge. I hope you'll play along too!

Now for the card I couldn't upload yesterday


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This is an image that was released last week called Smile Pretty. I love it, and had such fun coloring it. The inside says

"It makes people wonder what you're up to."


Now one more thing - I told you I was going to have blog candy to give away and today I have the pictures to show you!


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Here's what everything is:

Two bottles of glitter glue in green and blug by Hampton Arts
Seven gold squirrel charms
Ladybug border punch by American Girl crafts
A roll of american Craft ribbon (multi colored dots on white)
One package of Class A Peels silver letters and numbers stickers
One package of Studio 8 rhinestones
One pad of Making Memories Vintage findings designer paper
One package of Making Memories Silver metal word tabs
and one package of 12 Copic At You Spica markers

I'll have the blog candy up all month long and draw a winner's name on September 1st. You don't have to do anything special to be eligible, but I will add something extra to the candy if the winner has played in at least three of the five blog challenges on Squigglefly's blog this month! So doesn't that make you want to go play now?

Have a wonderful day, and thanks for looking!