Friday, November 30, 2012

Winter Is A Hoot

Hi and Happy Friday! . It's so hard to believe that November is over and tomorrow begins the last month of the year. Our weather has been nice. I think this is the longest Fall like weather we've had. Usually we go from Summer with a week of Fall and then we have Winter. I do love Winter, but Fall is right up there a close second! I know so many people who hate winter and when I made the card I'm sharing today I thought of them.



This grumpy owl is one that will be in the Squigglefly store tomorrow and it was drawn (as a special request from me!) by Fawn Palmer. He is called A Winter Owl Too  and he comes with the sentiment!    To me he doesn't appear to be too happy with the snow that's piling up around him.

I colored him with Copic markers and chalked the sky and then I used white gesso for the snowflakes.  This time I dotted the snow drops instead of splattering it and I like the look of this much better.  the snow that has piled on the hat, tree branch, and owl are Snow Tex.  I took a slight guilty pleasure piling it up on him!  LOL!  I also used the gesso to dot the circles.  The punched snowflakes are glittered just to add sparkle.

I'm entering this in Outlawz Twisted Thursday challenge where the theme is Winter Friends.

Be sure to visit Squigglefly tomorrow to see all of the new images!   Also, there's still time to play in the challenge at Squigglefly's blog - wouldn't it be great to win and have your pick of the new images?

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Birthday Blooms

Hi everyone! How about a little break from Christmas cards today? I've got a birthday card to share!



This is an image from Cheryl Alger called Avery's May Flowers.   I think she is just so cute.  I colored her with copic markers and chalked the grass and sky.  The sentiment was computer generated.   The little rain dots on the top left corner are purple, but they look black in the photo.

I'm still doing some Christmas shopping and am trying to come up with gift ideas for my boss's kids.  I'd sure appreciate any suggestions!  There is a 12 year old girl, a 10 year old boy, and a 6 year old girl.  I know the oldest girl loves to read so I may just get her a gift certificate to Books a Million or something.  Having something to open and actually have right then and there is so much better than a gift card though for a child, don't you think?

This weekend Squigglefly will be releasing their December images.  There will be a new artist making her debut - Elizabeta Kushner!  I'm excited to have her join Squigglefly and I know you will love her artwork as much as I do.  I really can't wait for you to see all of the images that are coming next month!  Gosh - next month is only two days away!


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Getting In The Christmas Groove

Hi everyone! I totally forgot to post anything yesterday! I definitely had a card ready to share, but actually blogging about it skipped my mind. To make up for it, I'm posting TWO cards today!

 This first one used Deena Perreault's darling little image called Snow Globe With Snowman. Don't you just love his sweet little face?




The background was embossed with a snowflake embossing folder, and then I sponged some blue ink around the edges.  I then took some scrap card stock that had snowflakes punched out of it and used that as a stencil to sponge some blue snowflakes on top of the embossed ones.

The snow globe image was colored with Copic markers.  I used glitter for the snowflakes and for the snow in the bottom of the globe.  Then I drizzled crystal lacquer over the globe to make it appear more like a real globe.  Once it dried I cut it out and attached it to the card.

The sentiment was computer generated and has a little punched snowflake with a jewel center stuck to it. I also punched a larger snowflake to attach to the ribbon.  Both of the punched snowflakes have glitter on them too, but it's hard to see in the photo.

Here's a close up of the globe to help you see the effect of the crystal lacquer a little better.  I just love the little sprigs of hair on this snowman!



My next card uses Caroling Shy Bear by Lynne Stansbery.  It's colored with Copic markers and chalk.  I then splattered some white gesso on it for a snowfall.  I think I need a little more practice with my splattering technique!  There is white flocking on his hat.  

 

I dressed the card up with a quilled snowflake, a border punch, and pearls.  I'm definitely in the groove with making Christmas cards now!  I think I've got a little over 20 made so far!

Don't forget about Squigglefly's challenge!   It's an easy one - use glitter and bling!   You're probably making some glittery and blingy cards for Christmas anyway, so why not enter?

Monday, November 26, 2012

Two For Featured Stamper Challenge

Hi everyone!  Well, I had a lovely five whole days off work for Thanksgiving and today is back to the work routine.  I spent my days off making cards, playing with the dogs, and even did a little Christmas shopping!

Yesterday was the Featured Stamper challenge at Splitcoast Stampers and I loved Allison's gallery.  In fact I found two cards to CASE!  The first card I CASED is THIS ONE.   The image I used is one drawn by Inger Harding called Old Fashioned Skates.



I colored the image with copic markers and hand wrote the sentiment on the tag.

The second card I chose to CASE is THIS ONE.  I used the Orchids image by Deena Perreault.  The sentiment is also one from Squigglefly - one I use all the time - called Birthday Wishes by Jess Holland.  


I changed the color of the image to brown before printing it directly onto the designer paper.  I used colored pencils to color the image.  I sponged all of the edges with Creamy Caramel ink.

There is a new challenge on the Squigglefly blog today!  If you're up for a challenge why not play along?


Saturday, November 24, 2012

My Money

Hi everyone! Yesterday at the Outlawz they had a fun Copic Marker Challenge where he theme was shopping. I thought the Squigglefly image Shopping Girl by Ashley Summers couldn't be more fitting.




I colored the image with Copic markers and chalked the background. The sentiment is computer generated. I used a die from My Favorite Things to cut the image out and wrapped the sentiment strips around the top and bottom part of the die.  Other than that, the only thing I added was a little ribbon!  A very quick card to make!

I hope you're enjoying your holiday weekend.  I'm off to do grocery shopping for the week and then coming back home to cook for the week!  See you all on Monday with a new Squigglefly challenge!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Frosty Days

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving yesterday. If you're one of those Black Friday shoppers I wish you great deals! I will not be out fighting the crowds this year. The only excursion I have planned is to my best friend's house for some girl talk.

 Yesterday there was a fun challenge at the Outlawz Twisted Thursday challenge. the theme is Snow, Frost, and Glitter. I made this card using the new Winter Clothes image by
Fawn Palmer. It comes with the sentiment too.



I colored this with Copic markers and the splattered some white gesso on to make it look more snowy. The snow at the bottom is some Snow Tex. I had fun with the fluffy pom pom on his hat! I love the way it looks. Then I used my tatted snowflake in the corner. I stiffened the snowflake with a mixture of glue and water and sprinkled glitter on it while it was drying. I added the red button in the middle to hide where I forgot to join the picots.

 This was a fun card to make! I'm also entering it in Through the Craftroom Door's Anything Goes challenge!

 Can you stand another short video of Riley and Baxter? They have this game they play sometimes where they just lie on their sides and growl and bite at each other's mouths. It's funny to watch, and for some reason it always makes Riley sneeze a lot. Riley can get really loud too! Anyway, I was able to capture a little of it.  In this particular game Baxter wasn't into it as much so he's not on his side.  when he's getting into the game he gets on his side like Riley is.  Also, if you look at Baxter's front paws you can see how his little nail and toe pad are turned up on the sides.  I don't know if this is a little quirk with him or if all shelties have this.
  If you can't see the video on my blog, you can watch it at You Tube HERE.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Late For Supper

Hi everyone! One thing my dad used to say a lot as I was growing up was "Call me anything, but don't call me late for supper!" You may wonder what that has to do with anything, but I'm posting a card I made for last week's Squigglefly challenge and never posted! Since the card features a bowl of soup, it made me think of being late for supper which in turn made me think of my dad.

 The challenge was to use an older image, and I used Get Well Soup which was drawn by Rich Davis. I know with this cooler weather and the leaves falling that I will be in need of a few get well cards!

 

I colored the image with Copic markers and then traced the heart steam with some iridescent medium for a little shine.

Now for something totally off topic I have another video of Baxter and Riley.  They love to team up against me and pull on a stuffed cat we have.  I love hearing Baxter's soft little growl as he tries to get into the spirit of the game.  Riley is the one that sounds so vicious!  There's lots of shaking in this video since I'm holding the camera and also playing tug with them, but it's fun to watch if you like dogs!

If you can't see the video on my blog, you can view it at You Tube HERE.



Wishing you all a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 19, 2012

I Got the Bird!

Hi and happy Monday! this has got to be a good week, because it's such a short one! I am really looking forward to a three day work week and a four day weekend!

 Today's card is a silly one I made for the Outlawz Clean and Simple challenge yesterday. Their theme was "Birds", but they were really thinking along the lines of Thanksgiving turkeys! My card is pretty far off of that theme, but I was in the mood for making something silly and fun.



This image is from Squigglefy and is one drawn by artist Lynne Stansbery. The name of the image is Somebody Gave Me The Bird, and I computer generated my sentiment which was totally given to me by the name of the image!

My printer is messing up and only printing the lower portion of the letters really faintly.  I had to fill in the letters with a black pen, but it still looks off.  The inside of the card says "Giving You The Bird!"

The image was colored with Copic markers and I colored some white card stock in the same blue I used for her shirt and then die cut a rick rack out of it.  Using the die also lets me enter this card into the Outlawz Twisted Thursday challenge which has the challenge of using punches or dies!  I love entering challenges, and it's extra fun when I make one card for more than one!

Speaking of challenges, today there is a brand new one on Squigglefly's blog!  go take a look and consider playing along with us!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

To Tat or not to Tat?

Okay, I thought I'd show you a couple of the things I've tatted while practicing.  At first I just practiced making rings and chains.  Then I decided to tackle a flower pendant.  I followed this video.  Here are my two flower pendants.


I think with a little jewel in the center they would be cute on cards.  Then I decided to try my hand at a snowflake.  Several starts were thrown in the trash!  here is one I was doing pretty well on, but I had to stop half way through and when I picked it back up I guess I forgot where I was in the pattern and didn't pick it up in the right place!



So I tried again.  This time went a little better, but I still have some chains twisted and I forgot to join the last picot.


So, while I still have a ways to go I am slowly getting the hang of it.

As long as I'm sharing, I thought I'd show you a picture I took of Baxter today too.  Doesn't he look handsome?



Friday, November 16, 2012

There's Always A Choice

Hi and happy Friday! It's hard to believe that one week from today we'll all be stuffed on Turkey and pie! I'm making this post short and sweet because I'm short on time.

 Anyone who knows me knows that I love snow. Some say it's because we don't get very much of it, but I'd love the chance to find out if that's true! If you're the type of person who hates snow because it means you have to shovel, well there is something else you can do with snow besides shovel and Fawn Palmer's new image tells us so


This darling is called Snow Angel and it comes with this sentiment as well as one more. It's colored with Copic markers and then the snow was made with liquid applique.  I punched some snowflakes out of red paper to add to the white ones on the designer paper I used on the background.  This was a fun card to make, but not quite as much fun as making snow angels myself!

Have a great Friday!  See you all on Monday!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Christmas Spirit

Hi everyone! I'm still working on my tatted snowflake. I've had to throw out a lot of mistakes, but I am determined to get it! I had to seek help from several sources on reading the pattern I had, and I think I've got that worked out so now it's just up to me to keep practicing! I would like to say that if you are interested in learning how to needle tat, RustiKate has some wonderful videos on youtube. In fact, it was watching her videos that had me wanting to give it a try. I contacted her yesterday with my questions and she was so kind to write me back with answers and some very helpful tips!

 Today I've got a card that I made for a fun challenge at the Outlawz Greeting Card Challenge. The theme is to Craft Your Stash, in other words use something that you might otherwise have thrown away. First I'll show you my card and see if you can guess what my trash was.


The image is one of the newer images at Squigglefly called Christmas Bird and is drawn by Diana Garrison. It comes with two different sentiments, one of which I used on my card.

 I love how the card turned out. I want to make several more in other colors. I used Copic markers to color and added different colored gemstones to the ornaments hanging on the tail feathers. Have you guessed my trash yet? I used my trash to create the background. I had some scrap pieces of card stock that I had punched snowflakes out of and I used those as a stencil to sponge turquoise snowflakes on to the white card base. Once I had the snowflakes down, I then sponged a lighter metallic blue all over to mute the snowflakes some.  It was fun to do, but I had blue fingers for a day and half!

Have you caught the Christmas spirit yet? Sometimes it's slow coming for me. I get over saturated with it all being in the stores too early and hearing Christmas music on the radio non-stop, but before I know it I feel the stirring of the Christmas spirit inside and find myself humming the Christmas tunes myself and itching to decorate packages. This year it seems to have come to me a little earlier than usual. Maybe it's the colder weather or being around the young kids at my job who are so excited for it that it's rubbing off.

Have a fantastic day, and thanks for looking!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Featured Snowman

Hi everyone! Here's another card I made over the weekend. this was for the Featured Stamper challenge at Splitcoast Stampers. You can see the card I chose to CASE HERE.



My snowman is one drawn by Fawn Palmer and is called Snowman Bird. I love his little jester hat! I used blues in this like in the card I was CASING and some similar designer paper. I embossed the whole background with a snowflakes embossing folder.   The top of the card is wrapped with some iridescent thread and tied and I topped it off with a quilled snowflake.  

I had to stop myself from chalking in blue sky and adding glitter on the snow or a jewel to the snowflake, but I liked the card I chose to CASE enough that I didn't want to change it much by doing that.  

Speaking of snowflakes - you know I've quilled some and I've crocheted some.  Well I've recently been learning how to needle tat and plan to make a tatted snowflake once I have  reading the patterns down!   Tatting itself isn't that hard, but understanding the patterns is a different story!  Any of you tat?  The shuttle tatting looks too complicated, but the needle tatting is pretty easy to learn and I think anyone that can crochet would feel comfortable doing it.

Hope your day is wonderful!  Thanks for looking!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Totally Devoted

Hi everyone! I hope you had a great weekend. Mine was really great. It started off with a half day off on Friday. Brock and I loaded the dogs up and went out to the park to enjoy the last beauty of the Autumn trees. I think last weekend is when the pretty colors really peaked, but there was still lots for us to see. Here's a view from my driveway looking towards our street.  The photos just don't do the colors justice!



Here's the dog park - as you can see we had it ourselves.  the dogs had a good time smelling all of the smells of previous dogs, and we all just enjoyed being outdoors.



After leaving the dog park, we drove to another area of the park to walk a favorite path through the woods. This was Baxter's first time to walk this path, and he did really well and enjoyed it.  He doesn't pull the leash and try to get us to let him into the woods like Riley does.  It sure makes walking him easy!


I got a lot of crafting time in this weekend too.  One of the cards I made was for the Saturday Paper Ala Mode challenge at the Outlawz.  The theme is make a card that depicts something you are thankful for.  After such an enjoyable Friday afternoon off, I was thankful for my two dogs!


This image is from Squigglefly and is called Devotion.  It comes with the sentiment seen here as well as one other.  The artist of this image is Lynne Stansbery.  She has another image similar to this with a boy called
I Love You Ole Pal.  I think they are both just precious images.

I colored this with copic markers and chalked a little yellow around the background.  I chalked the sentiment too and then edged it with some brown ink.  The little dog paw brad is a gift from a friend that I've had for a while and I thought it perfect to use on this.

Today is a new challenge on the Squigglefly blog!  I hope you'll play along with us this week.  If you use a Squigglefly image you can win your choice of any of the thousands of images in the store - even sets!  If you don't have a Squigglefly image, there are lots of freebies to pick from!

Friday, November 9, 2012

My Crappy Card

TGIF everyone! This past Tuesday was Mothermark's Teaparty at Splitcoast Stampers and while I love participating in all of them, this was a special one because it is for the father of Squigglefly design team member Charlene Mitchell. Charlene's father recently underwent a surgery and has a lengthy recovery ahead of him. Charlene asked for masculine cards and said her dad does have a sense of humor. I hope that's true or my card will be a giant flop!



I used A Tidy One Holer, an image from Squigglefly by artist Lynne Stansbery. The sentiment was computer generated of course. I colored the image with Copic markers and chalked the sky.  I thought the weathered wood paper was perfect for the image.

Work has been pretty slow the last couple of days, and when I left yesterday there wasn't anything on the board for today so I plan on seeing if I can take half a day vacation this afternoon. My husband and I plan on taking the dogs out to the dog park and then for a walk in the woods enjoying the last of the beautiful Autumn trees. After that I may get my grocery shopping done and get a head start on the weekend chores which will leave me more play time!

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

Thursday, November 8, 2012

OH NO!

Hi everyone! I took a little break from posting on my blog yesterday so I could go comment on a few other blogs myself! There have been so many wonderful Christmas cards posted on blogs the past few days! Now that this election is over and we've got some nice cool weather, I'm starting to feel the Christmas spirit a bit myself!

 I want to remind you that there's still time to play in Squigglefly's blog challenge. Holley has an easy one this week! The theme is ribbon or bows, and you don't even have to use real ribbon, the ribbon or bows could be in your image! Even if you don't play you should go see the wonderful cards the Hobbyests have done - they are such a creative bunch!

 Well, you'd expect me to have a Christmas card or a card with ribbons and bows after all of that, but I don't. I do have a belated birthday card! I have been so behind on my birthday card making that I know I'll be needing one of these in the near future! I used the ever so wonderful Oh My Gosh! image that is a brand spankin' new one from Lynne Stansbery. I just adore it.


I colored the image with Copic markers and computer generated the sentiment.  The rest was as simple as using some fun designer papers and adding an orange rain dot!  I think the expression on this guys face is wonderful and will make whomever gets this forgive me for being late with their birthday card.  The image would be great for a congratulations type card too I think - something like "oh my gosh, you did so great!"  or an anniversary card with something like "I can't believe you've been married so many years!"  There are a lot of things I can think of for this image so I suspect it will be cropping up in future blog posts.

I hope you have a really great day, and thanks so much for taking time to stop by today!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Long Birthday Wish

Hi all!  This is a card I made for the Featured Stamper challenge at Splitcoast Stampers.  I loved the original card in Jen's gallery seen HERE and CASED it very closely.  My flowers are cropped from the Squigglefly image Dogwood Delight by artist Lynne Stansbery.  


I colored the flowers with Copic markers and added a little bit of yellow stickles in the centers.  Then I cropped the images into squares with Spellbinder dies and turned the dies this way and that so the flowers were in different areas of the square.   The sentiment was computer generated.  I used a slot punch to let me thread the ribbon through.  I really like the way this turned out.  I don't make cards this size too often and it was fun doing something a bit out of the norm.

Last night Brock and I went to see my boss's youngest daughter play in her last soccer game of the year.  It was fun watching the little ones give it their all.  Unfortunately it started to hail and rain half way through and they called the game.  

Don't forget to get out and vote if you haven't already!  I for one hope that we have a new president tomorrow!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Simple Wish

Hi everyone! I hope you had a good weekend. My weekend went really well. I got a lot of card crafting time in but much of it is stuff I can't share with you yet. Yes,that means there is something exciting looming n the future for you all!

 One thing I can share with you is the card I made for the Clean and Simple challenge at the Outlawz challenge yesterday. The theme is wish bone, and you were to make a card featuring something you would wish upon. This  was a quick card to make!  I first thought a birthday candle would be a great image to use, but then I saw the Make A Wish image drawn by Lynne Stansbery and knew it was perfect.




I colored the image with copic markers and added alittle bit of glitter to the dandelion.  The sentiment is one I love, also from Squigglefly and by artist Jess Holland.  I printed it out directly onto the designer paper.  I clipped the corners of the image and added some little pearls. That's pretty much it!

I went and voted on Saturday.  It took me about an hour.  The line was long enough that I thought if I waited until Tuesday there might not be anyone at my polling place!  It's good to see people caring enough about the country to get out and vote.

Saturday the weather was really warm and it was quite muggy and lots of bugs about.  Late in the afternoon a cold front moved in and left us with wonderful weather Sunday morning!  I got my cooking for the week done yesterday morning. I have found that if I warn Baxter a noise is coming and call him to me, he will relax a bit and not bark at the sound.  I did that through 3 can openings yesterday!

He is finished with his antibiotics and his special medicated bathes.  His skin condition is all cleared up and his coat has filled in the bald places.  He's gained about 7 pounds since we've had him, and he is really looking quite handsome!

There's a new challenge on the Squigglefly blog today.  I hope you will go take a peek at what Holley's group has done, and play along if you have the time!




Thursday, November 1, 2012

Balloons for your birthday

Hi everyone! I hope you had a wonderful Halloween. Let me tell you about Baxter's terrifying Halloween. You all now that he's really skitterish and scared of a lot of normal household sounds. He barks at the can opener, the beeps the phone makes, the beeps the dishwasher makes, etc. He's getting better but he's still got a ways to go. Well yesterday my husband decided to clean out the chimney. Even though I've asked him not to get on the roof when I'm not home, he decides to "get 'er done".

 So he has Riley and Baxter outside, but Baxter keeps barking so he put Baxter inside not to disturb the neighbors. He climbs on the roof and starts scraping and blowing and clomping around up there. Bear in mind that everything is coming down the chimney into the fireplace in the living room. So he gets finished and comes inside to find about four piles of crap in different areas of the living room! Baxter has not had an accident in the house once since we've had him, and I know that if he were just doing his business inside it would be one pile, not three or four in different places! My husband was not happy and he scolded Baxter. When I heard the story I told him "You literally scared the crap out of him!" He was probably doing just fine and then it sounded like the devil and all his minions were coming down the chimney for him! And there was no one there to tell him it was okay. I felt so bad for Baxter, and I think once my husband thought about it he realized it probably did terrify him. Anyway, lesson learned on our part!

 I've got a cute birthday card to share with you today. This one uses one of Cheryl Alger's images called Birthday Balloon Girl.  I love Cheryl's images and the way she has ladybugs in so many of them.  It reminds me of a comic strip I used to read and the artist would always hide his wife's nick name in his drawings - I loved looking for it!  



I colored the image with copic markers and then chalked the sky and grass and then added some stamped grass sprigs.  The sentiment was computer generated.  Look!  I even used my sewing machine and did some stitching on the background!  A couple of rain dots on the flags added a little interest.

Have a great day, and TGIF!