Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Let It Snow

Hi everyone and Happy Halloween! What's up with October anyway? The weeks seem to go by pretty fast, but the month has lasted forever! The last couple of nights the moon has been just gorgeous - a real Halloween moon! It's the kind of moon you can see the witch on her broom silhouetted against.

 Well, I feel silly talking about Halloween when I've got a Christmas card to share with you today. I guess I'm doing like the stores do and having witches and snowmen on the same shelves! My card today was made for the Sketch Challenge at the Outlawz.

This cute snowman is one of the new ones at Squigglefly from Fawn Palmer. I love his little jester hat! He is called Snowman Bird.  I colored him with copic markers and added a bit of glitter to his body.  There is fluffy snow made with liquid applique and the sky is chalked.  I thought having a bit of the circle cropped off at the bottom made it look like a snow globe.

The snowflake is from a couple of Spellbinder dies and I popped them up with pop dots then added some light blue stickles to it.  The ribbon was tied and then zapped with a heat gun to crinkle it up some. This was a fun sketch and one I plan on going back to again.

Have a great night and I hope you get lots of treats and no tricks!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012


Hi everyone! Well tomorrow is Halloween. Are you ready with your treats? Have you got all your Halloween cards mailed? Do you have any fun Halloween plans? I love Halloween. I have treat bags ready to take to my boss's kids tomorrow and lots of goodies to pass out to the kids tomorrow night. We don't usually get a lot of kids, but it's fun seeing the ones who do show up.

 The teapartiers are having a Halloween party this week! Mothermark's Teaparty is tickle a teapotter week and we are all sending each other Halloween cards. The Twisted Thursday Challenge at the Outlawz is also a Halloween card challenge. I made this for both challenges.

Speaking of challenges, don't miss out on playing in Squigglefly's challenge this week.  There wasn't a winner in last week's challenge so the winner this week will get two images - and remember that includes SETS!

The image I used is one by Marla Shega called Halloween Kitty Boo.  Isn't it such a cute image?  I colored it with Copic markers and chalked the background.  A simple tie at the top to finish it off.  This is a quick image to color up - perfect for last minute Halloween cards!

Thanks for all the comments on my video of the dogs.  It is funny to see Baxter get her tail, but I think Riley thinks it's getting old and I'm trying to curb him of that habit to keep the peace!  Have a great day, and those of you affected by this crazy weather stay safe!

Monday, October 29, 2012

I Believe

Hi everyone! I hope your weekend was a good one. We had the most awesome weather over the weekend and I loved it. The dogs have a lot more energy too and they got in some good play time. I took a little time to film them playing in the field by our house so I have another Riley/Baxter video to share at the end of the post!

Today starts a new challenge on Squigglefly's Blog!  Prepare yourself to be inspired by the Rascals, and please play with us!

 Today's card is one I made for the Splitcoast Stampers Featured Stamper Challenge The card I CASED can be seen HERE I also entered this in The Outlawz Copic Marker Challenge which was anything goes this week.

My image is one called Kris Kringle by Marla Shega. It's a favorite image, and is a dream to color.  I printed the image out rather large and then cropped a lot of it away to imitate the image in the card I was CASING. then I had fun with embellishing it. I added gold embossing powder and crystal lacquer to the glasses, and a little bit of stickles on the beard. The word "Believe" was computer generated and printed at the same time I printed the image.

I clipped the corners of the red layer around the image and threaded some gold ribbon in the notches on the side.  It's mounted on top of a red layer that was embossed with snowflakes. I rubbed a little Real Red ink over the embossing.   I'm slowly adding to my Christmas card stash!

As promised, here's the video!  If you can't see it on my blog, you can watch it at YouTube HERE


Friday, October 26, 2012

Beehive Yourself!

Hi all! Happy, happy Friday! The weather has changed and we have a great, cool forecast for this week! I'm so happy about that!

 I have gotten sorely behind on my birthday cards, so I've been trying to make up a few. This one was particularly fun to make because I loved coloring this Beehive Beauty drawn by Fawn Palmer.

I used Copic markers and added a bit of glitter to the bee's wings.  The sentiment I used comes with the image as do several other fun ones.  The background paper is using some left over that I had punched with one of the Martha Stewart anywhere on the page punches.  I then embossed the card and the un-punched part of the paper with a swirly embossing folder.

You still have time to play in Squigglefly's challenge, and I can tell you that the last time I looked there wasn't anyone who has qualified to win, so your chances are good if you play along.  It's totally worth it because you can pick anything you want from Squigglefly's amazing inventory - even a set, which is a great deal!  If you don't have a Squigglefly image to use, there are a lot of great freebies!

Have a great weekend, and I'll see you on Monday!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Fall Fever

Hi everyone and happy hump day! Has this week seemed long to you, because it certainly has to me! Some of it has got to be the time of year. I know people get "spring fever" and want to be outdoors a lot, but I get "fall fever"!

 Speaking of Fall, this little Autumn Bench Sitter drawn by Cheryl Alger  for Squigglefly looks like she's feeling a bit of "fall fever" too!

I colored this with Copic markers and really had fun with the leaves.   I wrapped different colors of embroidery floss around the card and popped up the computer generated sentiment.  If you look too closely at the scallops around my sentiment you will notice that I had to piece together pieces.  That's because I seem to have lost one of the scalloped ovals in my nestabilities set!  Talk about maddening!  It's not like I'm going to go out and buy the whole set for the one that's missing, and I don't think they sell them individually.  Oh well, at least piecing works if you don't look too closely!

Enjoy your day, and thanks for looking!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Hoot! Hoot!

Happy Tuesday! Have you had a chance to see all the beautiful Fall cards the Hobbiests have done for Squigglefly's challenge? They are amazing! Please consider playing along with us!

 One challenge I played along in over the weekend is my favorite Featured Stamper challenge at Splitcoast Stampers. I chose THIS fun card from Marcie's gallery to CASE. I used Happy Owl drawn by Louise Gardner. I just love how he's kicking his feet up!

I colored the image with copic markers and used some circles cut from scraps of designer paper in the background. The sentiment was computer generated and then I added some little flower shaped brads.  I found these fun googly eyes in different colors at Michaels a couple of weeks ago and thought two big green eyes on the owl would be perfect.

This would be a great card to send to someone for some accomplishment, but I will be using it for a birthday card.  I mean, some younger people still celebrate birthdays!  LOL!

On the personal front, things are going well with the dogs.  Baxter is getting used to more and more normal household sounds, but I don't think he'll ever get used to the blender, the can opener, or even the sound of the beeps the phone makes when you push the buttons!  He and Riley play really well, and are getting better at sharing chew hooves!

Work is going much smoother now with the new computers running smoothly.  I'm all caught up on the stuff I was behind on too!  I hope you all have a great day, and thanks so much for taking time to stop by my blog!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Clean & Simple Autumn

Hi everyone! I hope you had a good weekend. Mine was pretty nice - the weather couldn't have been more perfect - well except for how they are predicting next week to be! I love this time of year, and seeing the Outlawz Clean and Simple challenge yesterday was to use the colors of Autumn, I had to join in!

 They gave us five colors to choose three from - Red, Yellow, Green, Brown, and orange. I chose Yellow, Orange, and Brown. Once I saw how many shades of yellow and brown there were in my Copic collection it was pretty easy to stick to those colors.

I used one of my favorite images by Lynne Stansbery called From Tiny Acorns and paired it with the lovely calligraphy Autumn by Roann Mathias. It's colored with Copic markers and chalked with a little yellow in the background.

There's a new challenge beginning today on Squigglefly's blog, and this card fits in perfectly with their Fall colors or Fall theme challenge!  I hope you'll join in the fun with us at Squigglefly too!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Purrfect Halloween

Hi everyone! Man, what a week this has been for me at work. We got new computers, and we badly needed them. Unfortunately what should have been a easy thing turned into a five day ordeal with tech support on the phone and by remote access. Even after four days of that we still had issues! Yesterday I finally called my son-in-law who is a computer genius and asked him to come help us. (my boss was hesitant to have me call him earlier because he is "family"). I was ready to kiss his feet after only an hour when he had us going! I was one happy camper able to clear out my inbox of piled up work! I felt like a huge weight had been lifted from my shoulders!

 I have another Halloween card to share with you today. This one uses the cute Jenn is Purrfect Costume from artist extraordinaire Cheryl Alger.

I colored this with Copic markers and computer generated the sentiment.  I am planning on giving this card to one of my boss's.  kids.

Thanks for staying in touch with me, and I hope now that my work is in better shape I hope to be in touch more often!  Please think about playing in Squiglefly's newest challenge!  

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Clean and Simple Autumn

Hi everyone! I have a card and a Riley/Baxter video to share with you today! They have been really getting along well! Baxter is learning the art of playing and getting our routines down and overall fitting in to our lives! His skin condition is improving and he's gained about five pounds since he came to live with us. He had a vet appointment last night and she said he looks great! She has cut his baths down to one a week!

 My card is one I made for the Clean and Simple challenge on the Outlawz site. The theme of the challenge is Autumn and I chose to use the Three Little Pumpkins image drawn by Fawn Palmer for Squigglefly.

I love coloring these pumpkins! It's fun to make them each a little lighter or darker and they are great images to practice your highlighting and shading on. You can make the light source come at a different angle each time you color! I cut these out and then popped them up on a background that was made with one of the Martha Stewart anywhere punches.  I added some little yellowish pearls to the center of some of the medallions.

The Happy Thanksgiving is another beautiful calligraphy quote available at Squigglefly and is drawn by Roann Mathias.  I scored a line above the sentiment and placed the background over the scored line.  It's a clean and simple card, but so elegant I think!

Okay, here's the promised video.  I hope you enjoy it, and if you can't see it in my blog you can view it directly at Youtube HERE.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Featuring Flying Dreams

Hi everyone! I hope your weekend was as glorious as mine was. The weather was so nice. I managed to spend time outdoors and get all of my errands done as well as make a few cards! One card I made was for yesterday's Featured Stamper challenge at Splitcoast Stampers. This week's featured artist has one of my favorite galleries at Splitcoast Stampers so I had no trouble finding more than a few cards I wanted to CASE.

Pigasus by Daphne van der Zanden was the perfect image for me to use to CASE THIS CARD by Cheryl Gorka.  I colored the image with copic markers and dotted different colors of copics around the background.  The sentiment at the top was computer generated and then I found a little bead that had the word "believe" on it and I thought that went perfect with it.

There's a new challenge today at Squigglefly's blog, so please go by and see what Rhonda has challenged the Rascals with, and play along if you can!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Warmest Wishes

Hi everyone! I hope your weekend is off to a great start! I've woken up to a drizzly, foggy morning and you know I love those kind of days! I plan on getting my grocery shopping done and then the rest of the day is up for grabs!

 I've got a Christmas card to show you this morning. This was done with some of the beautiful new papers and images from Inger Harding. Both the paper and image are in the
Winter Wonderland Papers collection.

No coloring done on this because the image comes colored. I did add a bit of sparkle to the fur on her hat.  I added a few light blue pearls to the gorgeous doily die and quick as a flash I had a Christmas card!  If you haven't already looked at this beautiful collection of images and papers you really need to.

Riley and Baxter are doing great!  We took them out to the park the other day and they did so well together.  We still can't trust Baxter to be out of the fence without a leash - he tends to follow his nose and not hear when we call him back.  At the dog park we've been letting them run and then we will get far away from Baxter and call him and he is so good at returning, so I think it won't be long before he does well in his own yard too.  There have been no fights between the two of them.  I will share more pictures soon.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Support for Jenn

Hi all!  Yesterday the Teapotter's had a teaparty for Jenn Scull.  Jenn is a former Squigglefly design team member and is currently fighting an aggressive and rare form of breast cancer.  We all want to send her cards of support and encouragement.

I thought one of the cute Shy Bear Support Bears - available in Squigglefly's freebie section would be just thing!

I colored the bear with Copic markers and then added a little flower brad to her hair and a dot of stickles in the center of the flower.  I chalked some shimmery pink chalk around the bear and popped it on a scalloped circle.

The kraft card was embossed with hearts and then I computer generated the sentiment on to a strip of pink card stock and wrapped it around the card.  I hope Jenn gets a ton a cards and that they cheer her up while she is away from home receiving radiation treatments this month.

There's still lots of time to play in Squigglefly's latest challenge!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Thanksgiving Bounty

Hi everyone! Thanks for the comments on the dog video I shared yesterday. They don't always get along that great - there are some times where it seems we take three steps back for every one forward, but they are both good dogs and I at least know now that Riley won't kill Baxter! LOL!

 Today I've got a card that I made for the new challenge at Squigglefly's blog. Holley has everyone using specialty papers and I had some cool paper that was in a pack from K & Company that I just loved. It's kind of like vellum, but thicker and it has a sheen to it that I really like. I used it on the background of my card.


The image is Apples and Pumpkins from Squigglefly artist Lynne Stanbery. If you recall, the last time I used this image I colored it with colored pencils and I wasn't too happy with the job I did. This time I used Copic markers and I like it better. The sentiment is one called Thanksgiving and is by talented calligrapher Roann Mathias.

I sponged a little creamy caramel ink on the edges of the image panel as well as the sentiment.  I wrapped some brown ribbon around the designer paper and then tied a bow and popped the sentiment up.  One thing I really like about this paper is that even though it's translucent you do not see the tape holding it down!

I hope you'll play along in the challenge too!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Blog Candy Winner

Please scroll down to see today's post - you want to see it, it's got a Riley and Baxter video!  I'm just here to announce the winner of my blog candy - Loster!  Please contact me at with your mailing address so I can send your prize to you!

Featuring A Basket Of Wishes

Hi everyone! Later today I will be announcing the winner of my blog hop, so check back to see if you won. The blog hop was such fun! I think everyone did such a beautiful job with their cards and it certainly inspired me to start creating! I actually took time to play in my craft room on Saturday between errands and the dogs!

 Speaking of the dogs, Baxter is settling in quite nicely. We had another trip to the vet to check out his skin condition and we were told to continue the antibiotics and baths for the rest of the month. He has put on 3 pounds since we got him too! I also have some videos to share of Riley and Baxter playing. He sounds so cute with his little growl. Riley has been teaching him to shake toys and I also think he learned the growling thing from her. Anyway, the video will be at the end of my blog post if you're interested in that.

 My card today was one I made for the Featured Stamper Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers. The card I chose to CASE can be seen HERE , and here is my card

I used an image from Squigglefly called Knit Kit by Fawn Palmer. The set of images comes with five different images so it's quite a value! I used one with the basket of yarn in a frame. I added the sentiment to the image prior to printing. It's colored with Copic markers and I found the perfect button to use with it - doesn't it look just like a ball of yarn?! I colored the button with a marker to match.

Today also starts a new challenge on the Squigglefly Blog, so I hope you'll take the time to check that out as well!  Be sure to come back to see if you won the prize!  Now, here's the video of Riley and Baxter.  If you can't see the video on my blog, it can be seen at You Tube HERE.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Stand Out At The Blog Hop

Hi everyone!  Today is the day of the big blog hop featuring projects made with images that will be released at Squigglefly tomorrow!  It's not only filled with lots of wonderful eye candy, but Squigglefly and several of the bloggers in the hop are giving away prizes just for commenting and hopping!  Squigglefly will be giving away FIVE of the images in the new release!  

The list of blogs participating in the hop are

The card I have to share with you uses a new image and sentiment from the talented drawing pencil of Lynne Stansbery.  Lynne's artwork is always a pleasure to color.  Her shading of the drawing makes coloring a breeze!   The name of this darling image is 
Always Do Your Own Thing and will be available for purchase tomorrow.  It comes with the sentiment too!

I love this sweet image and the Dr. Seuss quote couldn't fit it better!  It was colored with Copic markers and used some soft yellow chalk on the background although it's hard to see in the photo.  I used a border punch on the floral paper and then added some tiny pink pearls.    The sentiment was printed directly on to the striped paper before I stuck it on the card.

Now for my prize - I will be giving away
1 11x8 cutting pad
1 wood mounted floral rubber stamp
1 package of card making embellishments by Recollections
1 package assorted glittered flower stickers by Recollections
1 package dog related stickers for cards or scrapbooks by Craft Essentials
1 package of assorted paper flowers by Recollections
1 package of assorted crocheted and lace trims by Recollections
1 package of assorted shaped pearls by K & Company
1 package of two rolls of washi tape by Recollections
Hole punch tool for 1/16", 1/8", and 3/16" holes by Making Memories (I love this tool!)
AND - drum roll here
24 Twinkling H2o paints in assorted colors!

Be sure to visit and comment at all of the blogs for your chance to win!


Wednesday, October 3, 2012


Hi everyone and happy hump day! Gosh I never dreamed having two dogs would take up so much of my time. I thought we had another really good breakthrough with the dogs the other night, but it turned sour. Riley was chewing on a hoof and Baxter was laying there just looking at her with, pardon the expression, puppy dog eyes. Finally Riley got tired of the hoof and went to look out the window. Baxter took that moment to grab the hoof for himself. Riley walks back by and sees Baxter with her hoof. She stood there and watched him shooting daggers and Baxter reveled in rubbing her nose in it. He rolled over on his back and just loved the hoof with all of his might.

 I felt bad for Riley and decided if I gave her something else to chew on they would both be satisfied. So I gave her a chew and she finally decided to settle down and chew on it. Peace reigned for a bit. Then they both got up and crossed paths and as if it was a peaceful trade they both settled down with the other chew. Brock and I were amazed! The dogs had come to a compromise and made a fair trade! Unfortunately it didn't last. Riley decided that she wanted the other chew back. She walked over to Baxter and I saw her show him teeth and then it was on! We broke it up quickly, and neither one was hurt and they were back playing again, but I guess we learned they can't share chews!

 Today's card was one I made for Sunday's Featured Stamper challenge. I chose
THIS CARD to CASE. I'm using one of the images from Fawn Palmer that will be released October 6th. it's called Three Little Pumpkins. I love that it can be used for Halloween, Thanksgiving, or just Autumn in general.

I used Copic markers to color the image.  The top part of the card was embossed with an embossing folder and I tied an orange polka dotted ribbon around the lower portion.  Simple, and easy!

I'll be back on Friday for a fun blog hop that some of the Squigglefly design team is doing.  We will be showing peeks at the images that will be released on Saturday.  Squigglefly will be giving a prize of five of the new images to one lucky winner and several of us are giving away prizes!  Here's what I'm giving away

This is a blog hop you don't want to miss!  The new release is going to be awesome!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Simple Wedding Wishes

Hi everyone!  Well I had big plans for card making this weekend but I only manged to make two!  Hopefully I'll find some time after work this week so my blog isn't completely devoid of  something all week!

The card I'm sharing with you today was made for the Clean and Simple challenge at the Outlawz.   their theme is Anything Goes and I made a wedding card.  This will be going to my niece who is getting married soon.

The image is Here's to Anything by Lynne Stansbery.  I think this is such a versatile image!   I colored with Copic markers and added some stickles for bubbles over the glasses.  The sentiment was computer generated.  It says "Here's to many happy years.  Long on laughter, short on tears."  the inside says "Congratulations on your marriage!"

It's printed on a shimmery card stock and then cut out.  I notched the corners with a punch and added rows of gold stickers that were a gift from Charlene Mitchell (Thanks again Charlene!).    I popped this piece up on a card base made from the same card stock.

Today is a new challenge on Squigglefly's blog!  I hope you will be able to play along and I hope to be able to play along myself!

An update on the dogs!  We have made a lot of progress over the weekend.  Overall I am really surprised and pleased with riley.  She has been pretty good about the newcomer, there have only been a couple of spats and they are quickly forgotten.  Baxter is the name we did decide on and he seems to have already learned it.  He didn't seem to understand toys at all, but he's quickly learned.    Last night the two of them were even engaging in a game of tug or war with a toy.  We've gone to the park and for walks and all of that has gone well too.

The antibiotics and the baths have helped a lot with his skin condition.  He is doing great.  Here are some pictures.

Have a wonderful day!