Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Caroling

Hi everyone! Has the weather gotten cold for you? It finally has here and we've been enjoying having a fire in the fireplace the last few nights. Yesterday the sky was white enough to make me think it could snow! I would love to have a snowfall. Creating a winter scene is the challenge issued to us by Marlene on the Squigglefly blog this week and I think my cards made with the brand new Here We Come A Caroling are perfect for this challenge!

This first one is cut with a circle die and framed with scallops.  I just embossed a piece of card stock for a decorative trim on the side.  The pine cones and boughs are dusted with a little bit of snow that I did using my faux flower soft .  I really like using the faux method for this snow dusting - it's very realistic - more so than the Flower Soft is although I haven't tried the finer Flower Soft.



The second card has a loopy border and some graduating sizes of green rain dots.  I used the faux flower soft on this as well.


And my final card has some ribbon.


This image colors up really quickly so you could make several in a short time!  One final picture I'd like to share with you  is of my boss's youngest daughter, Tara.  She was in my office yesterday after school playing around with me and I cut a mustache out of paper and stuck it on her so she struck a pose for me!  This little girl is so lovable and has already wrapped me around her finger!


Have a fantastic day, and thanks for looking!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Featured Stamper Challenge card

Happy Monday! Are you ready to get back to the grind after the long holiday? I really enjoyed my time off. I had a lot of play time. Yesterday I played along in the featured stamper challenge on Splitcoast stampers. The card I picked to CASE can be seen HERE, and here is the card I made.



Now this is a quick card to make since there is absolutely no coloring! I printed Marla Shega's awesome Kris Kringle image on to kraft card stock and then cut it out with some decorative edge scissors. I matted it with some red card stock and then sponged some Chocolate Chip ink on the edges.

Then I printed out Jess Holland's Merry Christmas sentiment in brown on to some kraft and sponged it as well.  I think it looks very vintage.

Today is a new challenge on the Squigglefly blog, so run over and see what the challenge is and what the design team has done!  They never disappoint!  Have a great start to your week, and thanks for looking!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

A Digital Card

Hi all! I hope you've been having a great weekend. I've made a few cards, but today I want to share something a little different. You may have seen the card I made with the Hustle Bustle Holidays image a few days ago. Well, the artist of the image, Lynne Stansbery is my sister and she colored her original drawing and I thought it was so awesome that I scanned it and made it into a digital card with the My Memories Scrapbook software just so you could see it.


Isn't her coloring just fantastic? I've talked her into giving us all coloring lessons using colored pencils later on in the summer and I'm really looking forward to it. I'll be back tomorrow to share some of the cards I've been working on. Have a great Sunday, and thanks for looking!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Easy Peasy Christmas

Well the turkey's only leftovers now and Christmas is right around the corner so you'll be seeing little more than Christmas cards from me for a while. I used this cute Trimming the Tree image from Squigglefly to create this quick card.


Today while everyone else is out getting those black Friday deals, I plan to get to the grocery store and and get my grocery shopping done. I figure the grocery store will be less crowded than usual so it will be a good day to get that done.

Enjoy your day, and thanks for looking!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

OOps!

Hi everyone! Today is my Friday! I have the next two days off work and then the weekend so that's four whole days! I don't know yet what I'll do all of these days, but I'm sure they will go by in a flash.

We don't have any big plans for Thanksgiving. What about you? Doing any traveling? Lots of cooking?

Today's card is one that came about when I realized much to my dismay that I forgot someone's birthday - AGAIN!



The image is Brian Lock's Soaking Kitty and I used Word Art in my word processing program to make the sentiment curve around the fish bowl before printing it. Copic markers were used to color and I added some crystal lacquer to the bowl, the puddle, and the water droplets on the whiskers.  I almost made this for Squigglefly's challenge, but my sentiment wasn't in the right place for it.

Here's what the inside says


I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you're able to spend it with loved ones. I'll be back on Friday to share another card with you! Thanks for looking!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Two For Monday

Good morning everyone! I hope you had a good weekend and are ready for another Monday. I really got a lot done this weekend - and still managed to work in a few visits with friends! This morning it is pouring rain and the weather channel is saying it will pour all day long. It would be a great day to be stuck in my craft room!

Today is a brand new challenge on the Squigglefly blog, so be sure to head over there to see what Heather's Headliners have done this week!

Yesterday was the featured stamper challenge on Splitcoast Stampers and I made TWO cards because I couldn't decide between the two.
The first card I picked was THIS CARD, and here is my card



I used the Madison and Popples image by Chesney Young and added the sentiment before printing. It's colored with Copic markers. I colored the ribbon with markers too.


The 2nd card I picked was THIS CARD, and here is my card using the new Aquaholic image by Marlene Shaw



I colored with copic markers and added some clear Beadies for the soap bubbles. The sentiment is computer generated, and here's the inside.


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

Sunday, November 20, 2011

A Really BIG Gift & a Winner!

Hi everyone! I hope your weekend is going great. Today is the day I get to announce the winner of the Pick and Draw game and I'm happy to say the winner of the game is DixieGlitzie! Please contact me at my e mail usyungs@gmail.com with your mailing address and your game as well as a signed original piece of artwork by Rich Davis will be sent to you! I know you will have a lot of fun playing this game with your grandchildren.

I've got a card to share today that uses Suzanne Urban's new Big Present image. I love this image - look at that belly!  It's even better that it can be used for Christmas or a birthday card. I went with Christmas colors so I can add another Christmas card to my pile.


I used Copic markers to color and cut the side of the image with a die just to give it a little interest.  I also gold embossed the ball on his hat.  I'm off to check out the Featured Stamper challenge on Splitcoast Stampers and plan on spending a lot of time in my craft room today.  I hope you get some time to play too!  Thanks for looking!

Friday, November 18, 2011

A Funny For Your Friday

Hi everyone! I've got a funny story and a funny card to share with you today. The story has to do with Riley. I so wish I had had my video camera with me yesterday because this was so hilarious and I know my telling it won't be near as funny as it was seeing it. Anyway, we went out to the park for a little walk. We come upon a piece of black flexible tubing that the park uses for drainage. This particular piece was about 7 feet long and was in a pile of stuff to be thrown out. Riley goes up to the tubing and is all over it like she smells something inside the tube. Brock picked the tube up and knocked it around and a bunch of leaves and grass fall out which we are thinking was probably bedding for a now long gone mouse. Riley is smelling all of the stuff coming out, but she is still really interested in this pipe. She starts clawing at it and I see a little split in the tube which tells me they probably are throwing it out because of this split. Anyway, we break the tube apart at the split and knock it around more, but Riley is so insistent that something is in that tube and she wants it!

Brock tosses the longer piece of tube aside onto a parking lot and Riley sticks her head into the tube and is trying to get inside, but it's too small for her body so as she walks the tube is being pushed. the tube is curved, so she's really just going in a circle. She went round and round and round, and every now and then would pull her head out and look excitedly toward the other end to see if she scared anything out, and then she'd stick her head back in and go round and round some more. It was SO FUNNY! She did this for about twenty minutes and I finally just pulled her out and had to make her leave. We had plans to bring her back this afternoon and this time I'd bring my camera, but after we got home she was limping and I think she walked so much on that pavement around and around that the pads on one of her paws is raw! As soon as she's healed though we are going back and will be sure to place the tube in the grass instead of on the pavement AND I will have camera in hand - just hope the mouse scent is still strong!

So now how about a funny card? This one uses one of Marlene Shaw's fun images called You Deserve The Moon. It comes with the sentiment too. Don't you love that shadow effect on the sentiment? I colored this with copic markers.




Here's a peek at the inside sentiment which is computer generated by me.


Don't forget about my Pick And Draw giveaway HERE - the winner will be announced on Sunday! Have a great day, and thanks for looking!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Weaker Sex

Good morning everyone! how about a little bit of humor to get your day started?


Image is Postulation and sentiment is Weaker Sex; both available at Squigglefly. Here's the rest of the sentiment on the inside.


No chit chat today, but you really only come for the cards right? Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Driving to the Teaparty

Hi everyone. I don't know what happened to the beautiful weather we were having. Seems like Fall left and let summer come back for a few days. Yesterday was about 80 degrees and muggy and buggy! We did get some rain though, and they are saying that tomorrow night it will be close to freezing!

Today is Tuesday, so you know that means there is another Mothermark Teaparty and this week is a really special one. Most of you in blogland are familiar with Katie Renz and her courageous battle with cancer. The whole stamping community was very saddened when Katie lost that battle on November 7th. Katie was only 40 years old, and leaves behind a loving husband and three young boys. Katie's youngest two sons are twins who will be celebrating their 6th birthday on November 19th and the teapartiers want to help make this birthday special for them. They are both all boy and in love with cars, trucks, buses, etc. so our cards are to have that theme and we make twin cards!

Here are the cards I made for Will and Nate.




I used the Mini Car image from Squigglefly and colored it with Copic markers. For the wheels I die cut some buttons and stitched through the holes with some embroidery floss and then popped them up on pop dots.
I accented the corners with blue rain dots and computer generated the sentiment.
Here's a close up of one of the cards. I hope these boys get a ton of happy mail for their birthday!


Since Squigglefly's challenge happens to be birthday cards this week, I'm making these cards count for that! If you haven't seen the Squigglefly challenge, go by and take a look!

Don't forget about my Pick and Draw giveaway HERE! Have a fabulous day, and thanks for looking!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Frosty Day

Hi everyone! Did your weekend fly by as fast as mine? It was a good one though. I got a lot of things done and had a lot of fun visiting with friends and family. Before I get to today's cards let me remind you that there is one more week to get in on the chance to win the Pick and Draw game as well as a signed piece of artwork from Squigglefly artist Rich Davis. You can read more about it and enter your comment on THIS POST.

Friday night Splitcoast Stampers was having a Winter Wonderland mini virtual stamp night with lots of fun challenges. I played along in a couple of them. One of the challenges was to make a card for a favorite holiday song and to use at least two layers and an embellishment.

I went with Frosty the Snowman and used the wonderful Snowy Card snowman image by Marla Shega.


I used Copic markers to color and added some ribbon and little jewel to the snowflake. I so enjoyed creating this little card that I made two more in different color schemes.



that last one has a row of embossed snowflakes at the bottom and I swiped them with a little white ink to make them stand out more.

Today is a brand new challenge on the Squigglelfy blog, so swing by and see what the challenge is and what the marvels have done!  Have a fabulous day, and thanks for looking!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Oh Holy Child

Good morning everyone! I was busy yesterday doing a lot of running around, so none of the things that I need to do around the house got done. You know what that means? It means I'm going to be super busy today! No sleeping in a little late for me today - I got up early so hopefully I can get my stuff done and still have some play time.

I have another Christmas card to share today. This one uses one of the images that was released last weekend at Squigglefly called O Holy Child by Lynne Stansbery.


It's really easy to color this image being as it's all blocked off, and you can get as bright as you like because it's stained glass after all! I think it would be pretty covered with layers of embossing powder and cracked. I may do another one of these and do that technique on it. The sentiment is computer generated.

No chit chat if I'm going to get my to do list accomplished! Enjoy your Sunday, and thanks for looking!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Only 42 days!

Good morning everyone! Yes, it's true - there are only 42 more days until Christmas! Yikes! Time to make cards and get to shopping for those people on your Christmas list! That is the feeling this new image just released today at Squigglefly conveys to me.


This is called Hustle Bustle Holdays and is drawn by Lynne Stansbery. I printed the image out large enough to fill the entire front of a card so all the detail could be seen. It's colored with Copic markers and glitter was used on some of the garland and the Christmas tree. It reminds me of the song Silver Bells too.  Since there isn't any patterned paper on this I can use it for Squigglefly's Blog challenge!

Squigglefly has had a great release this weekend - lots of fun sentiments to go with the images you may already have, and some great images too! Be sure to go by and take a look.

Also, don't forget to get in on my Pick and Draw give away HERE.

I've got a busy day ahead of me, but I'll be back tomorrow with another card. Thanks for looking!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Season's Tweetings

Happy Friday and Happy Veteran's Day!  If you know any veterans be sure to give them a huge thank you for their service to our country, and all of us should take a little time out of our day today to think of the men and women who have fought for our freedom and those who are still defending it today.  

There's still time to enter my Pick and Draw Giveaway HERE.


How about a few quick Christmas cards? I made these with the cute Winter Landing snowman and bird drawn by Brian Lock..  The sentiment was computer generated.  This first one uses torn card stock for the snowbank.




This is a great image for quick cards. I'll probably be making a few more with this image just to fatten up my Christmas card stash! I hope you have a great day, and thanks for looking!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

I Get By

Hi everyone! sorry I didn't get a post up yesterday - I overslept and just had enough time to get ready for work and dash out the door! I hate oversleeping and having to rush like that.

Before I get to my card, I want to remind everyone of my Pick and Draw giveaway HERE, and also remind you about Squigglefly's blog challenge going on HERE.


The card I made today is not for Squigglefly's challenge because the patterned paper I picked played a big part in how I colored my image.


I used one of the new images just released this week at Squigglefly from new artist Meytal called Turtle Friends. I colored it with copic markers and tried to get the colors on the turtles close to the colors in the paper.  they match better in real life than comes across in the photo.  In fact, the circles that look white on the turtle are actually bluish green like what is on the paper!

The sentiment was printed out with my computer and I added little rain dots to it.  The side has some rub on stitching that I thought went well with the stitching printed on the designer paper.

Have a great day, and thanks for looking!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

171st Teaparty

Wow, have you been to Squigglefly's blog this week? The new challenge went up yesterday and Heather has challenged everyone to make something without using any patterned paper. The design team did such an amazing job with their cards - really some FABULOUS eye candy and some creative ideas! You NEED to go take a look!

Also, don't forget about the giveaway of the Pick and Draw Game! It's a really fun game for kids, but one the whole family can get involved in. It's great for parents, grandparents, and teachers and would be an awesome stocking stuffer! Plus the winner will get an original signed piece of art from Squigglefly artist and creator of the Pick and Draw Game, Rich Davis! If you want to win the game, just leave a comment HERE telling me why you'd like to win.

Well, today is Tuesday and it's another Mothermark Teaparty - her 171st teaparty to be precise. That's a lot of teaparties! this week our cards are to have cats and bling! The cards are going to a couple who remain positive despite lots of health issues. They have a couple of cats that they refer to as DIVAS and they spoil them rotten! Here's the card I made.





This Spoiled Rotten cat by Chesney Young looks like the ultimate diva cat to me! Here she is lounging about on her ultimate kitty sofa and wearing a diamond studded collar passing out advice. I used copic markers to color her and added the sparkle to her collar and the flowers in the background with some stickles. The sentiment was computer generated.   The border at the top was punched with a Fiskars border punch and I added little stickle dots to the flowers on that too!

Thanks for coming by my blog today!  Have a great day!

Monday, November 7, 2011

My Featured Stamper Card and a Giveaway!

Good morning and happy Monday to you all! What a glorious weekend it was here. The weather was just perfect for being outdoors. Riley and I did lots of walking and ball playing this weekend. I love the time change, although it will greatly cut into my after work walk time with her.

Squigglefly had an awesome release this weekend with artwork from three new artists! Meytal, Rachel Goble, and Gemma Mortlock all joined Squigglefly and have artwork in the store now. Be sure to go by and see all the wonderful new images!

Yesterday was another Featured Stamper challenge at Splitcoast Stampers, and of course I played! I love the Featured stamper challenge! the card I picked was This One, and if you are a fan of Squigglefly digital images then you can probably guess what image I picked to CASE this card.



If you guessed Seasonal House On A Hill by artist Rich Davis, then you were right! I love the set of five different houses and when I saw the card in the gallery I knew the winter house would be perfect!

I colored the image with copic markers and added some Snow Tex for the snow. The sentiment is one that will be available at Squigglefly soon. Speaking of Rich Davis, he has graciously allowed me to host a give away of his Pick and Draw game, and on top of that he will send the winner an original signed piece of his artwork!

You've heard me talk about the Pick and Draw game before, and how it's a fun family game and great for taking along for travel. I think it's a great game to have in your purse to help entertain kids while having to wait at any appointment. It would make an ideal stocking stuffer or gift for teachers or anyone with young children , and right now Rich is having a special where you can buy one and get more at a discounted price. But as I said earlier I get to give a Pick and Draw game away! If you would like to win this game, just leave me a comment telling me why you'd like to win it. I'll announce the winner on the 20th of November, so that gives you a couple of weeks to get those comments in!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today, and I wish you a day full of all things wonderful!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Sneak Peek of a new artist!

Hi everyone! In case you missed it, Squigglefly has announced the winners of the Mega Giveaway and these are some lucky ladies!  Go see if you're one of them HERE!  

I've got some exciting news to tell you - Squigglefly has two new artists joining us  and the first of their artwork will be released this weekend.  I've got a card I made with one of the new images from artist Gemma Mortlock called Autumn Wind.


Isn't she lovely?  I really enjoyed coloring her.  I used copic markers and a little white gel pen on her eyes.  I think I found the perfect quotation to use with this image too.  Fall is my favorite time of year and I enjoy making cards that celebrate this beautiful season.

Be sure to check the Squigglefly store this weekend to see all of the new images!  And don't forget about the challenge we have for funny cards.  There are only a few more days to play before the next challenge!
Hoping your day is fabulous, thanks for looking!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

my featured stamper cards

Hi everyone and Happy November 1st!  Yikes, I need to get busy making Christmas cards!  As a matter of fact I did make one Christmas card for Sunday's featured stamper challenge on Splitcoast Stampers.




The card I CASED can be seen HERE.  I used the elegant Holiday Bells image by Marla Shega.  The image doesn't require much coloring, but the little I did I did with copic markers.  I glittered the ribbon.  The background was done in polished stone technique where you apply alcohol inks to glossy cardstock and spritz it with alcohol and then tap all over with a felt pad.  I used some cranberry and red inks and some gold lumiere paint for my background.  Then all I did was add some gold ribbon!   In retrospect I should have glittered the ribbon in the image with gold so it would match better, but this is how it is.

Another card I CASED in the gallery is THIS ONE, and here's my card




I used Jane Beljo's Single Pumpkin and pretty much followed her sketch exactly. My circles are punched pieces of cardstock that I glued three together to make them more sturdy and then punched some holes for my eyelets. I wrapped some raffia around them.  Now that Halloween is over this will be a Fall or Thanksgiving card.

I hope you try to play along in Squigglefly's Tickle My Fancy challenge this week.  Even if you don't play, be sure to go take a look at what the design team did because they came up with some funny stuff!  I'll be having a special giveaway sometime this week, so keep coming by to see me!  Have a great day!