Monday, January 30, 2012

Never Forget

Hi everyone! Did your weekend go by as quickly as mine? It was a great weekend, but man it flew! I played along with the Clean and Simple challenge on the Outlawz yesterday with this card.




The hand is one of three in a new set at Squigglefly by Lynne Stansbery called Making A Point.

I colored the image with Copic markers and then cut it out and tied a piece of twine around the finger. I had colored the plain white cotton crochet thread with a copic marker and didn't let it dry completely before I tied it and the blue ink bled into the finger. I had to scrub it away with the colorless blender and re-color the finger. Let that be a lesson to me for my impatience! Later I went back and used the colorless blender again to make little moons in the fingernails. It looks more pronounced in the photo than it does in real life. Do you think I should go back and color in the moons, or do you like them?



The sentiment was computer generated and the inside says "for someone as sweet as you! Happy Birthday!" I think the same hand would be great for congratulating someone with a "You're Number One!" sentiment too!

Today is a brand new challenge at Squigglefly's blog!  Holley's team, the Hobbyist's are up to bat with a Seeing Red challenge!  I hope you'll try to play along too, but by all means make time to go see what the designers have done!

Squigglefly's RED Challenge

Kathy Novy contacted me about wanting to play in Squigglefly's challenge, but she doesn't have a blog yet. I told her I'd love her to play and she could send me her card and I'd upload it for her. Here is Kathy's entry in the Squigglefly challenge. She'd love to hear feedback, so please leave comments for her!


I think her card is adorable! I love the background paper she used and the little accordion folded flower is too cute!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Bunny Boo!

I had several people ask me what font I used on my Queen Bee card yesterday, so I thought I'd just post here for all of you - it is called One Starry Night and can be found free at DaFont.   Today I have a cut little cuddly kind of card to share





this adorable chubby bunny is from Fawn Palmer and is called Bunny Boo.
Fawn has some great knitting images that are new in the store this week that you should really check out!


My card was made for the sketch challenge on Splitcoast Stampers. I really like this sketch and will probably use it again with different layers for the areas behind the image.  I used copic markers to color and chalked  behind the image with pink chalk.  The sentiment was computer generated.  This card will be going to a friend of mine who is recuperating from some very painful back surgery.  I hope it makes her smile!
And I hope I made you smile too!  enjoy your Sunday!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Queen Bee

Hi everyone! Happy Saturday and happy new release day! That's right, Squigglefly has a whole slew of new images just waiting for you to print and color! I've got a card here that uses one of them! This is Queen Bee by the ever so funny Suzanne Urban.


Don't you love her? I fell in love with this the minute I saw it; couldn't wait to color it up! I used Copic markers to do the coloring and added stickles to her wings and crystal lacquer to the honey.  I printed the sentiment with my computer and added a little bee charm to it!

Be sure to go check out all of the new images.  There is something to fit everyone's taste and style!  I'll be back with more samples all week long!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Love Birds

Happy Friday!  Not only is it the last work day of the week, but it means that tomorrow is a whole new slew of artwork for us to get our hands on at Squigglefly!  I can tell you that you are going to LOVE what's coming this weekend!

Okay, well they aren't love birds, they're blue birds, but they're IN love so it counts! These two little birds come from the talented pencil of Deena Perreault and she says they are Whimsy Love Birds!


I used copic markers to color and chalk for the sky.  After the sky was chalked and I was erasing the chalk off of the birds I decided to make a little heart shaped cloud in the sky.  If you look closely you might be able to see it.  It's more noticeable in real life.  For some reason when I chalk a sky it doesn't show up well in the photos.  The sentiment is computer generated.

If you haven't checked out the entries in Squigglefly's blog challenge you should go take a look!  So many wonderful cards have been entered!

Well it rained, but now it's stopped and the temperatures don't look like they're going to drop anywhere near snow weather so I think I can give up on that thought.  We even have jonquils in bloom in our yard so I know that we are going to have an early spring.  Winter is so fleeting in this part of the world!

I hope you have a fantastic end to your week, and thanks so much for looking!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Pure Fun

Good morning all! It's still raining, and they are calling for the temperature to drop tomorrow night so we may end up with some snow! I do not want ice or icy roads, but some snow would be nice.

Before I get to today's card I wanted to tell you about a new tutorial that's been added to Squigglefly's tutorial section. What? You didn't know about the tutorials on Squigglefly? Well, HERE is where they are. They are a great resource for people who use digital images, and our very own Charlene has just finished a great one on using Serif Page Plus! It's wonderfully done and is downloadable in PDF format. You can see her tutorial HERE.

Now today's card wasn't done for any challenges or anything. It was just done for pure fun!




I love this image called A Bit Too Big by Monica Estill! I think Monica has a great imagination! I mean who thinks to draw an elephant bathing in a tea cup or ladybugs riding a bicycle built for two?

Anyway, I used Copic markers to color this and used stickles on the soap suds.  The stitching on the left of the card is rub ons.  He may be a bit too big for the teacup, but he's still managing to enjoy his bath!  And the shower cap kills me - I mean what in the world is he protecting?  LOL!  It just tickles me and I hope it tickles the person I send this to!

There's still time to play in Squigglefly's challenge - go follow the recipe!
Enjoy your day, and thanks for looking!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I Followed A Recipe

Happy hump day!  I am sharing the card I made for the Squigglefly challenge which is a card recipe!
Rhonda stirred up this recipe which is to use a brad, a ribbon, and some glitter.   I hope you will play along too!
I used the new Swirly Birthday Balloons by Betsy LePlatt and came up with this




My glitter is in the center of the flowers, and I sort of cheated on the brads and used rain dots instead.  I think they are close enough to brads to pass don't you?  The sentiment is from the Jane's Bakery set.  I thought the font went well with this image.

It started raining last night and they are saying it will rain for the next couple of days.  It would be great days to spend at my craft desk, but alas that is not to be!  Riley will be going stir crazy with all of this rain keeping her indoors!  Hope you have a great day!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Teaparty In A Bed Of Flowers

Hi everyone!  I hope your week is off to a great start!  Did you get to see the Squigglefly blog challenge that started yesterday?  I think the Rascals did a really good job with their cards for the recipe challenge.  They've got me itching to make more cards!

Today is Tuesday and that means there is a Teaparty to go to!  This week we are all asked to bring cards with lots of flowers and I thought the new Bed Of Flowers image by Fawn Palmer had enough flowers to please anyone!  








This was a fun image to color.  It comes with three different sentiments and I chose the one about friends because our cards are going to a terminally ill friend of a fellow teapartier, and I know that she will feel her friend's love when she receives all of our cards.

I used chalk on the sky and added some stickles to the butterflies.  The yellow layer is embossed with a Spellbinders Impressabilites.  Speaking of Spellbinders, I found out that I was one of the lucky winners in their recent blog frenzy!  They had eight days of blog hops showing all the new things they are coming out with at the winter CHA show and you send in e mails to enter their give away.  I was so excited when I found out that I won on the last day!  I'm really excited about their new M-bossability embossing folders and I've won two of those!  I have to wait until mid March to get the prize, but it's so worth the wait!

Wishing you a great day, and thanks for looking!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Featuring Orchids

Hi everyone. Did you have a nice weekend? We had a great one! Lots of time in the woods letting Riley hunt for mice and squirrel. She did really well in the mouse department! It's so fun to watch her and she never tires of it.

I love the new images that were released at Squigglefly this weekend! So much wonderful new art to help us create our masterpieces! I had a lot of time to play in my craft room yesterday and have enough cards made to share with you throughout the week. Today's card is one I made for the Featured Stamper challenge on Splitcoast Stampers. The card I CASED can be seen HERE.

I used the beautiful Orchids from Deena Perreault




I used Copic markers to color and went with sepia tones.  The edges of the image panel were sponged with Creamy Caramel ink.  It's a pretty simple card, but the image is so lovely it doesn't need much.

Speaking of challenges, today Rhonda's Rowdy Rascals are back at the Squigglefly blog with a recipe challenge!  Go see the wonderful samples they've created with the new images - you're sure to be inspired to create something yourself!

Friday, January 20, 2012

What Gets You Quacking?

Hi everyone! I just haven't had a lot of time to craft this week and it's driving me nuts because there are so many fun images at Squigglefly that I want to color! And to top that off there are even more images coming tomorrow! Aargh! What's a girl to do?  Well, this girl is going to show you THREE CARDS today since they are still new in the store.

First up is this card I made a couple of days ago with the oh so cute Coffee Duck by Monica Estill.


I used Copic markers to color and then lightly flocked the duck. I thought the sparseness of the flocking made him look disheveled and sleepy which is what I was going for - I mean why else would the duck need coffee? The word "coffee" is part of the image, but I added the sentiment myself.  Now that I have uploaded the photo I see that I neglected to draw in the apostrophe.  The font I used didn't have punctuation marks, and I meant to draw that in before I took the picture.

Monica has such an imagination! I love the things she dreams up to draw! One of my favorites (and one I was going to use for this week's Button Challenge if I ever get time to finish it!) is Tandem Ladybugs.   But not to worry because Pat Martin had the same idea as me and she beat me to it, so go take a look at the darling card she made with the ladybugs HERE.   If that doesn't make  you want to run out and buy the image I don't know what will!

Next up is a valentine using another of Lynne Stansbery's Punny Valentine's set.





This one is from Set Six which comes with 11 images and sentiments!  What a value this is because you can use these images for more than Valentine's Day!

Ready for another one?  This one comes from My Punny Valentine Set Four, another great value with 9 images and sentiments.  




Well hopefully I'll get lots of cards made this weekend with the new images!  Enjoy your Friday, and thanks for looking!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Impatient To Get To The Teaparty!

Hi everyone! Yesterday I played along in the Teaparty at Splitcoast Stampers. This week our cards are going to a seventeen year old girl. There was a meningitis scare at her school and all the students were asked to get tested if they were showing any symptoms. Amy was experiencing some symptoms so went to be tested. She tested negative on the meningitis, but they did discover that she has leukemia. So she has been in the hospital since before Christmas undergoing chemo. Everyone was asked to send her funny cards. This is the card I made for Amy.


I used the Inside Out Puppy Eyes image from Lynne Stansbery. This set does come with a sentiment for the front and inside, but I chose to use the Impatience sentiment also from Squigglefly because it seems a perfect fit for it.

I used Copic markers to color, and the papers are from K & Company's Carolyn Gavin pack.  I just folded it over at an angle to show both sides.  I hope this makes Amy smile.  The cards the Teapotters made are so funny!  If you get a chance you should go take a look at the gallery HERE.

A couple of days ago Heather, Squigglefly's Facebook coordinator asked Facebook fans to name their favorites of the new images.  Just answering the question put you in a drawing to win one of the new images!  Two people took the time to answer and they both won!  Congratulations to Amanda George Teal and Alice Grower!

Please take the time to come see us on Facebook from time to time because you never know what you could end up winning!  Remember to like us while you're there because as soon as we get 250 fans there will be an exclusive freebie given!

Also, just a reminder to play in the blog challenge!  I still haven't finished my card.  I have it colored, but I haven't yet made it into a card.  I hope to finish that up this evening.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Yummy Donuts!

Hi everyone!  If you are one of the lucky ones who are off work for Martin Luther King Day, then please enjoy it!  I have to go to work so no playing in the craft room for me today!

I did get to play in the Featured Stamper Challenge yesterday and I picked This Card to CASE.   It was the perfect reason for me to use the new Donuts image that was released this weekend.  


I really like how it turned out! It was fun "icing" the donuts and adding the sprinkles. I used some slick Tulip paint for the icing and sprinkled on seed beads while it was still wet.
Here's the inside



Today is a brand new challenge on the Squigglefly Blog.  This week Holley's Hobbyists take the stage!  Be sure to spend a little time seeing what they did with the wonderful images that have been just been added to the store, and then go make a card and play along so you can win one of them for yourself!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sour Pusses

Hi everyone. Did you get to see the fabulously huge release of images at Squigglefly yesterday? There are a ton of fun ones and it was hard to choose what to color first! I ended up going with this Pickles image by Lynne Stansbery because I loved the humor and I needed a birthday card for my sister.  I love how this turned out!




The image and the sentiment were printed at the same time. I used Copic markers to color it with and then added crystal effects to the jar to give it a glassy look. For the inside of the card, I printed the jar of pickles again and cut one pickle out, colored it, and popped it up on the card.


I also added dots of crystal lacquer to it so it would look like the pickle had just come out of the jar. I think my sister will get a kick out of it.


If you went to see the new images, then you probably saw The Old Sot; another one drawn by Lynne Stansbery. This lady is wonderful! The look on her face is just priceless (she looks like she just ate one of those really sour pickles!), and did you see all of the sentiments that come with it?!    I know I'll be using her again just to use the other sentiments!




She is colored with copic markers and I used some new paper from a Poppy Seeds pad.  Here's the inside




I hope you enjoyed the cards!  I'm off to check out the featured stamper challenge on Splitcoast!  I hope your day is a wonderful one!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Hoppy Tails To You

This is one of the images from Monica Estill and is called Hoppy Tails.



Monica made her debut at Squigglefly last week and has some more fabulous art being released today. Rumor has it that there is a brand new shy bear image from Lynne Stansbery too, so run over and take a look!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Purple Is The New Black

Hi everyone! It's Friday and that gets a big ol' YAY! from me even if it is Friday the 13th!

Tomorrow is another new release at Squigglefly where we'll be introducing another new artist; Fawn Palmer! I know you'll love the things she's drawn for you to play with, and there are lots more from all the other artists too so be sure to make Squigglefly a must see place tomorrow!

In th emean time, I have a card that uses two adorable penguins by Sandy Somerfeld - Eugene and Brrr! I combined them before printing and computer generated the sentiment.



They were colored with Copic markers and I used chalk for the purple background.

Here's the inside



Another birthday card added to my stash! Hope your Friday is a fun one, and thanks for looking!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

More Valentines!

Hi all! Riley is really appreciative of your kind thoughts toward her hair cut. I told Brock last night that all of her hair was hiding the ugly! LOL! No, she's not really ugly she's just not the Riley I know. Plus, doesn't he know that you lose most of your heat through your head? So here she is with a heavy coat and no hat!

Okay, I've got two more valentines to share today. The first one comes from My Punny Valentine Set Two


I used copic markers to color and punched a border on either side of some designer paper and then just added the sentiment with some little eyelets!  Super easy and quick!

This next card continues on with my non-traditional valentine colors going with the blue again.  I though this little polar bear from Brian Lock's Polar Pack look lonely.  The sentiment is computer generated.  Just a few punched hearts and some rounded corners to finish it off!




Have a great day - tomorrow's Friday! Yay!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Valentines!

Hi everyone! It's finally hump day so after today it should be smooth sailing through the rest of the week huh? I have to tell you something really sad. Yesterday the groomer came to groom Riley and my husband thought she would feel so much better without all of that hair on her face! He said it would bug him to death to have that hair in his eyes and getting in his mouth while he tried to eat! Anyway I came home from work to find Riley's head, ears, and snout shaved down! She doesn't even look like herself, and I know she's feeling pretty darn naked and embarrassed! I told him to never do that to her again - we can have it short but not shaved! She's a dog and has had the feeling of that hair on her face her whole life! They don't feel normal without it! I would show you a picture of her, but she's too embarrassed to let me take it!

I thought I'd share a couple more silly valentines using the My Punny Valentines that Squigglefly released this week. I just love them!

This first card uses the mittens and a matching sentiment that are in My Punny Valentine Set Two.     I apologize for the lousy photo!


I used Copics to color and a new die that I got for Christmas.  I went non-traditional blue, but still threw a little red in there on the flowers!

Next up is from My Punny Valentine Set One



The image was colored with Copic markers and I did a little piercing in the lower corners.
These sets are so much fun to play with. It's fun mixing and matching sentiments!

Don't forget to make a thank you card for the challenge on our blog! You could win a free image and choose one of these fun sets as your prize! See ya tomorrow with more valentines!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Whoopie for Birthdays!

Hi everyone! I hope your week has gotten off to a great start. I caught up on a lot of little things yesterday and now feel ready to tackle some bigger projects! One of those projects is to get started on birthday cards for next month! I am always needing birthday cards and my stash is GONE!

I have started my new birthday card stash with this card.



This fun flapper comes to us from Lynne Stansbery. She is called Whoop Poop De Doop and comes with this most fitting sentiment! I have computer generated a sentiment for the inside making it a birthday card. It says "It's your birthday, go make history!"

I colored the image with Copic markers and used some eyelash yarn to wrap around the designer paper. The yarn reminded me of her boa so I thought it went well with it.

Then Sunday's featured stamper challenge on Splitcoast Stampers led me to THIS card so I got another birthday card added to my stash with this




I used the Blackeyed Susan Spring Ring  image which is another one from Lynne Stansbery.  It was just perfect to CASE this card with, wasn't it?  I used Copic markers to color and then cut the bow so it would stick outside of the die when I cut it.  I added brown puff paint to the center of the flowers and puffed it up.  One of the flowers may have gotten a little too much of the puff paint!  LOL!  The sentiment is one from Jess Holland called Birthday Wishes.     The green and yellow certainly make for a spring like card doesn't it?

Well, have a fantastic day, and thanks for looking!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Girlfriends

Good morning and happy Monday! I hope you had a good weekend. Did you get by to see the new release at Squigglefly? Well, today is the day the Squigglefly Blog challenges start back up and first up is Rhonda's Rowdy Rascals. LOL! don't you love their team name? You can find links to their blogs on my side bar - be sure to go by and pay them a visit so you can see what they've done with the new images.

The challenge that Rhonda came up with is to make a thank you card. That's a great one for right after the holidays because I'm sure we all have someone to thank for something! I however went a different route and decided to thank my friend for always being there for me.

This new image from Lynne Stansbery called Just Two Crazy Old Gal Friends was perfect for that!


The image comes with this sentiment which I think is wonderful! I colored this with Copic markers and used some digital papers that I got from Summer Driggs. I loved the bright colors, and then I ran across this multi colored bumpy yarn and I thought it matched so I used it on the card too. Now I'm thinking it might be a bit much - what do you think?

Anyway, to make it into the thank you card it's meant to be I added this text to the inside of the card.



I think she'll get a kick out of it, and then we'll argue over which one of us is the lady on the left! LOL! I hope you have time to play along in the challenge! thanks for looking!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

With A Hoppy Heart

Hi everyone!  Well didn't I tell you this was an awesome bunch of new images at Squigglefly this week?  How about this adorable A Hoppy Heart bunny from Alecia Blake?



I printed this out really big so it would fill up the front of the card. I love the little heart flowers all around! I printed the interior part of the image twice so I could pop the framed bunny up.

I printed the sentiment out using word art in my word processing program, and then cut it out using two circle dies.

Tomorrow is the first Squigglefly blog challenge of 2012 and Rhonda's Rowdy Rascals will be making their debut using images from the release, so be sure to check that out!  Have a wonderful Sunday, and thanks for looking!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Squigglefly Release Today!

Yay for the weekend! It's Saturday and the new release is up and in full swing! I sure hope you've taken some time to browse all the new stuff at Squigglefly because this is one release you don't want to miss! check out the new artists too - you are in for a treat!

Here's a little valentine I made with the My Punny Valentine Set Three. It would be perfect for the music lovers in your life.


I colored the guitar with copic markers and then cut it out and stuck it on the card at an angle over the sentiment.

This next card is from the My Punny Valentine Set Two, and I love how this one turned out.







I colored everything with copic markers and then added some crystal lacquer over the lava lamp.  The little sentiment was cut out and then stuck on so it kept it's curve.

Doesn't this make you want to run over and see all of the images in the sets?  Like I said - you're in for a treat!  Thanks for looking, and have a great weekend!

Friday, January 6, 2012

I'll Be A Lamb and Show You More

Hi everyone, and Happy Friday! It's so strange - the short week after Christmas really seemed short, but this short week after new year's just dragged! Why is that? I think it's because I'm anticipating the release at Squigglefly this weekend, so time is dragging! I REALLY want ya'll to be able to start playing with these new images!

Today I have another couple of cards to whet your appetite. This cute little sheep is called Mr. Wool and is brought to us by Sandy Sommerfeld who is making her debut at Squigglefly this weekend! Sandy has drawn so many cute images - Mr. Wool is just one! I paired it up with a set of Sheepish Sentiments by Chesney Young.


Such a sweet little lamb for a cute valentine, don't you think? Next up is a birthday card with the same image and a different sentiment from the Sheepish Sentiments set.



The inside says "Sorry I missed your birthday."  I used a new die for the frame around the sheep, and do you see the stitching on the designer paper?  It's not often I add real stitching to a card, but this one just called for it.

I hope you enjoyed the cards and that your Friday is fantastic!  Thanks for looking!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Pizza Pizazz

Hi everyone! Ready for another peek at a an upcoming release? I've got two cards to share today and they both use one of the images from My Punny Valentine Set One. There are three different images and five different sentiments in this set. I've used one of the images and two of the sentiments on my cards



This first one is a little traditional valentine with a punny twist. I colored the pizza with Copic markers, cut out the pizza and popped the slice up on pop dots.

The second card uses the same image, but I went all out for humor using another sentiment included in the set.


Can you tell this is going to be one fun release? and guess what - there are more punny valentine sets to follow! You'll be able to get your hands on these Saturday morning at Squigglefly! Have a great day, and thanks for looking!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Stuck On You

Good morning everyone! Have you been enjoying the sneak peeks of the new release? I think the design team has done a fantastic job on their cards - you can tell they've had fun with this release and I know you will too once you can get your hands on them!

I have another one from the My Punny Valentine Set Three to show you today.


I'm telling you, these Punny Valentine sets make some really cute, fun, and QUICK cards!  When I was a kid I always went for the funny valentines, so these are right up my alley!  One thing I really love about the sets is that the "Valentine" is separate from the rest of the sentiments so that you can use it for something other than a Valentine card.  I embossed the gum with clear embossing powder so it would look a little wet and more gum like.   The rest of the card is colored with Copic markers.

Thanks for looking, and have a great day!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Some Pun Fun

Hi everyone! What a whirlwind of activity it's been the last couple of weeks! We had the holidays preparation, the actual holiday celebrations, and all the while Squigglefly's new design team has been busy making plans and art! The artists at Squigglefly have been super busy too! We have three new artists making their debut this weekend as well as some new images from some of your favorite artists!


All this week Squigglefly's design team will be showing you sneak peeks of images to come on January 7th, so be sure to click on their names to the right and be prepared to be inspired! I have a card with a peek at one of the new images myself!  Here's a little tease of what you'll see from me this week!



Now you all know how much I love puns, so I am really loving the new My Punny Valentine Sets that is coming out!  There are enough images and sentiments in each set to make five cards!  To top it off, not all of the sentiments are valentine related so these sets will get a lot of versatile use!  My image today comes from My Punny Valentine Set Three by Lynne Stansbery.  



I printed the image twice so I could add texture to the golf ball and then pop it up. I also printed the sentiment twice so I could cut out and pop up the heart. Isn't it cute? The top design was done with a red fine point sharpie. I just wanted to add a little interest, and I thought the curved row of red dots really popped.

I can't wait for you to see all of the Punny Valentine sets - I know you will love them!  Thanks for visiting my blog, and I hope you have a great day!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to everyone!  I wish you all health and happiness in 2012!

I just wanted to let you all know that THREE new artists will be making their debut when Squigglefly re-opens next weekend!  I am excited for you all to see the fantastic artwork of   Monica Estill,
Sandy Sommerfeld, and Eszter Csokas!  Both of the design teams are making cards and many of them are posting sneak peeks on their blogs, so be sure to get by and visit them throughout the week to whet your appetite!

Our other artists haven't been slacking off either!  Several of them have been working hard to provide you with some images you'll love!  We have new artwork coming from Lynne Stansbery, Alecia Blake, Jane Beljo, and Chesney Young!   Believe me, this is a release you won't want to miss!

I'll be back with cards to share starting tomorrow.  I just wanted to give you all an update and wish you a Happy New Year!