Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Thankful wreath

Hi everyone!  Well here is a card I started last weekend.  It was intended to be for Squigglefly's "leave me be" challenge, but I didn't get to finish it in time.  The lovely Autumn Wreath is by 
Elizabeta Kushner .  The sentiment in the center is from a set of sentiments by

The background paper is some I crumpled up a few times and then I rubbed some Creamy Caramel ink over it.  I colored the leaves with Copic markers and then cut them out and mounted them on top with some foam dots.  I curled some of the leaves for added dimension.

I used some brown yarn to wrap around the paper layer and I tied a bow and stuck it down with a glue dot.  I love how the leaves and the background paper turned out, but the white in the middle looks a little stark now that I see it in a photo on this blog.  In person I don't notice the starkness.

Our cool weather has left us for a while.  Today is supposed to be nearly 80, but at least the nights are still nice.  Wishing you a lovely day where ever you happen to be!

Monday, October 28, 2013

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Hi everyone!  I hope you had a good weekend.  Mine was busy, but a good combination of fun and chores.  Part of the fun was making cards!  I participated in the featured stamper challenge and Friday's Copic or Promarker challenge at the Outlawz.  The Outlawz challenge was anything goes with an optional twist to make it a Christmas card.  For the Featured Stamper challenge I chose THIS card to CASE.  

Here is the card I made.

The image is one from Fawn Palmer called Christmas Baby Reindeer and the sentiment is one from Charlene Mitchell called Merry Christmas Set.   I colored with Copic markers and chalked the sky.  I added some stickles and white faux flower soft for the snow on the ground.   I used a white gel pen to put dots on the wreath.  Making this card has put me in the Christmas spirit, so expect more Christmas cards from me!

Friday, October 25, 2013

A Bear Is Featured

Hi all!  This is a card I made for the Featured stamper challenge at Splitcoast Stampers.  To see the card I chose to CASE, you can click HERE.  

I used an adorable image by Pamela Lehto called Pam's Girl Bear.  It's colored with Copic markers.  I added a cute flower button and a few blue rain dots on the ends of the flags.  This is the last I have of the designer paper in the background - I really loved it because the swirls are all raised dots and gives such a nice texture to cards.

Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

I'm not afraid of no crow!

Hi again everyone!  It's already hump day so soon the weekend will be upon us!  We continue to have gorgeous weather, and the weatherman even says to expect temperatures to dip into the high 30's on Thursday and Friday night!  I love this cooler weather, and am looking forward to it.  My husband has the wood ready for the fireplace and I have some homemade potato soup made for supper!

Here's a card I made over the weekend for the Paper Ala Mode challenge at the Outlawz.  The theme is "In the Cornfield" so we are to bring pumpkins and scarecrows.  I brought both with this cute new image from Squigglefly by Judith Hart called simply Scarecrow.  I added a great Happy Halloween sentiment by Charlene Mitchell and a glittered up bat to finish it off.  (note - the Halloween sentiment will be added to the store soon!  It comes with three more Halloween sentiments!)

I colored the image with Copic markers and chalked the sky.  I used a little bit of blue and gray for the sky.  I didn't want to make it completely dark because he's got a little butterfly on his hand and I don't think butterflies fly at night!  I also chalked a little inside the sentiment while I still had it in the oval die.

Okay, that's it from me today.  I have one more card to share with you tomorrow so please come back!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

How Do You Love To Go Up In A Swing?

Hi everyone!  Look!  I'm back with another card!  I'm still going slow with easy layouts, but my muse is finally coming back I think.

This image is one from Cheryl Grant Alger available at Squigglefly called
  Swing Me A Story Maddie.  Maybe she's reading Robert Louis Stevenson's A Child's Garden of Verses which is where the title of my post came from.  I used to love that book of poetry when I was a child!  

The sentiment is such a versatile one from Charlene Mitchell.  It comes in a set called 
A Big Little Hello.  I love them both because they are the perfect sentiment for sending those no occasion cards!  

I colored the image with Copic markers and used chalk for the sky.  After laying down a base color of green for the grass, I stamped some grass sprigs all over.

Have a great day!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Halloween Circle

No, you're not seeing things - this is a REAL post from me with a card and everything!  I have been out of blogging for a while now - and haven't made many cards, but I did play along in the color challenge at the Copic and Promarker challenge at the Outlawz this weekend!   It is a color challenge using this color palette.  

Isn't that the best color palette for a Halloween card?  So, that's what I made using 

I used Copic markers to color with and added some yellow stickles inside the eyes, nose, and mouth of the Jack O' Lantern.  The brown ribbon bow is tied off with some hemp cording.

Have you been to Squigglefly lately?  There have been some great changes made to the web site, and there's a spooky Halloween freebie courtesy of artist Dawn Collins!    Also, there's a brand new challenge on the Squigglefly Blog today!   come play along - and use a Squigglefly image for a chance to win more!

Friday, October 4, 2013

NEW ARTISTS & birthday fishes

Hello and yay for Friday!  Tomorrow a cool front is supposed to move through the state and temperatures will be in the low 50's - maybe even mid forties!  I am so ready!  Mosquitoes and humidity have been just awful here.  I'm also anxious to see the beautiful colors on the trees this Fall.

I have a birthday card to share with you today.  I started this a while back, but it sat on my desk unfinished for the longest time!  So long, I ended up giving the person this started for a store bought card! (gasp!)

Anyway - I used Birthday Fish by Diana Garrison.  I colored with Copic markers and added a little bitty amount of yellow stickles on the gold fish.  

The background was embossed with a bubbles embossing folder and then I rubbed a white chalk ink pad over it in places.  I placed a drop of crystal lacquer on the bubbles.  Here's a close up of the fish:

Thanks for stopping by to visit my blog.  I know I have been SUPER bad about leaving comments on blogs lately, but I DO go visit them!  I just have been so busy with so many things.  Some days I don't even know where my time goes!

Anyway, have a really great weekend.  I am going to use my usual grocery shop/cook thing, but I am going to make time to meet up with a friend for lunch on Sunday!   Oh - we have new artists joining Squigglefly in October!  It's the husband-wife team of Carmen and Graham Gamble!  I am so excited for you to see their art work.  Debbie actually has a sneak peek on her blog!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Chow Down!

Hi everyone!  I totally missed posting this yesterday!  I made this card for the Teaparty at Splitcoast Stampers.  This week our cards are going to a fellow teapartier who lost her father.  She loves anything to do with nature, and I thought this funny little snail fixin' to chow down on some leaves would make her smile.  

The snail image is from Denise Clemmensen and is called Hungry Snail.    By the way, Denise has some pretty awesome Halloween images at Squigglefly if you're making Halloween cards!  

The sentiment on my card is from Charlene Mitchell.   This one comes in a set of two - one says Little Hello, and the other one says Big Hello.  You get both for only 99 cents!  Charlene is a card maker herself, and she has made some great sentiments that she knows card makers need!  

As for my card, I colored it with Copic markers and used chalk on the sky.  I used a template for the clouds that my good friend and Squigglefly design team member Carolyn Cochran sent to me.  The original template is from Bev Rochester and can be downloaded here.   

I used a little spiral clippie thing because the swirls reminded me of the snail's shell.  I hope you have a great day!  I'm looking forward to the weather change that is expected to come in this weekend.   It's supposed to get into the forties overnight on Saturday - Yay!