Sunday, December 28, 2014

news, and yes a card too

Well yesterday I got to meet my grandson face to face.  We had a perfectly fine visit.  I held him almost the entire time I was there.  He slept peacefully, and once opened his eyes and just stared at me wondering who on earth I was.  He is so precious, and has already stolen my heart.

I am going back next week to stay for the week and help out a little.  I already miss him!

In other news, I have a Christmas present that is arriving tomorrow - a Brother Scan N Cut!  I am really excited to get it, and I've been looking at every video tutorial I can find so I'll be prepared and ready.  Mostly I think I will use it to cut out die shapes and to cut around my digital images.  I have the original Cricut and just never liked it.  This machine looks to be really easy to use.  I will let you know!

Here is a card I made a while back.

The sweet image is from Squigglefly artist Sandra Caldwell called Bearly My Birthday  I added some clear little dots to the border that I made with a glue gun.  The image was colored with Copic markers.  

My second card is another birthday card.  This one uses an image from Squigglefly artist Louise Gardner called Celebration Piggy.  

I do have a few more cards I made over my time off for Christmas.  I will share those with you soon!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

He's Here!

Jacob Bedon came into the world at 2:42 this afternoon!  He weighs 8 pounds 13 ounces.  I will be holding him for myself tomorrow!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Still No Baby

Well, I've waited to get the call that Jacob is on his way, but that hasn't happened.  So, later this evening Ashley will be checking in to the hospital to have her labor induced.  Her doctor predicts that Jacob will be be born tomorrow.  I was so hoping he would come on his own!    They would wait and let him come except that her company's insurance changes in January, and the hospital they have chosen will no longer be an option, so they have opted to have her labor induced instead of changing.

Thank you so much for all of the well wishes, and I will post pictures as soon as I received them!  I am so excited to see my new grandson, but I'm even more excited to see my daughter experience being a mama for the first time!  In the mean time, here are some pictures of the cute nursery they have ready for him.  If you look closely you will see the three pictures I have made.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Santa and two birds

Hi all!  I am still waiting and hoping for Ashley to call and tell me that she is headed to the hospital to become a mommy!  I've also been wrapping gifts and today plan on baking up some holiday treats to take to work tomorrow.

I wanted to share a couple more cards that I made recently.  This first one is a cute owl and sentiment that comes from Squigglefly and is drawn by Cheryl Grant Alger.  The owl comes from a set called Warm and Cozy and the sentiment comes from a set called Winter Fun.

I used Copics to color the image, but the sky was done with chalk.  I added a little rick rack for texture.  The only thing that bothers me about this is the sentiment - don't you think it should have an "s" at the end of sometime?

Here's another one I made using a Squigglefly image from Sandra Caldwell that I just think is so cute.  It's called Santa and His Birdie.

Everything was colored with Copic markers and I added some faux flower soft and made falling snow dots with white gesso.  Christmas cards are so much fun to make, but I didn't make very many this year.  Maybe now that I'm slowly getting back to making cards I will make them throughout the year so I'm not left empty handed next year!

Next time I post I may be a grandma!  I'll be sure to share pictures!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Flower cards

Hi everyone!  I'm back with a few more cards to share.  These all use the image by Joy Hall called My Mother My Friend from Squigglefly.  I colored each one with Copic markers and blended a little yellow ink with some white gesso to make the little yellow stamens.  

The sentiment was done on my computer and just added to the image before printing.  

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Some cards

Hi everyone!  Well after my last post my computer died on me!  Luckily I had most of my important stuff backed up on an external drive, but I did lose my folder that had pictures of cards I had done to put on my blog.  Oh well, there's nothing I can do about it now.  

It took a week for my new computer to come.  Stores don't have stockpiles of  computers anymore - they all have to order them.  I was really glad to have my laptop during that week.  I'm happy to say that the new computer came and gave me no trouble when installing my programs.  

I had to go get a flu and TDAP vaccine because my daughter told me that the doctor said we needed to if we wanted to be around the baby when he is born.  I was fine the first couple of days, but the 3rd day the injection site of the TDAP swelled up, got red, and itched.  Then yesterday my shoulder really started hurting - range of motion in that arm is awful.  I don't know if it's related to the shot or not, but if it's not better soon I will be heading to the doctor.  

Anyway, I have some cards to share!  The first one uses a brand new image from Squigglefly artist James Horvath called Raiding The Fridge.  This is pretty much what our house looked like the week after Thanksgiving only add one more dog and a cat!

The next few cards all use the same Squigglefly image, Ho Ho Ho Snowmen by Cheryl Alger.  I really enjoyed coloring these and adding glitter to the star.  It's also a nice change from the usual A2 sized card.  These would fit nicely in a business sized envelope.  You can get two cards from one sheet of card stock.  NOTE to Foofygirl who asked what size I made the image - This was sized to be about 6" long so I have about 1 1/4 inch on either side of the image.  

I have a few more cards to share in the next couple of days.  My mojo is slowly returning and I am taking it slow!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Things For Babies

Hi everyone!  I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving and that you are enjoying your weekend.  I finally got into my craft room the past couple of weeks and actually created a few things!  It felt like an alien thing at first, but soon I was happily in my groove making cards and other things.

My daughter, Ashley who owns Squigglefly asked if I would print out this image and color it for a picture she could hang in her baby's room.  Some of you may remember that she is expecting my first grandchild on Christmas Eve.  Well, that was the impetus I needed to get me back!  I printed it out and colored it with Copic markers and then matted it with some designer paper and framed it in a frame I had.

Then a very dear lady I've recently become acquainted with, Pam Graham, sent me a drawing she did of a mama and papa bear with a baby bear.  I printed it out, colored it with colored pencils and went to Hobby Lobby to find a frame.  I found a white frame that was perfect, and I used a chalk ink pad to color a section of it.

I think it turned out so darling and I can't wait until she receives it!

While I was at Hobby Lobby I found a frame that I really liked, but it didn't work for the picture of the bears.  Regardless, I kept going back to it and finally I bought it anyway thinking I'd find something to do with it.  While I was walking through the store, I thought about using the frame to make a name plaque.   I went over to the wooden letters to see if his name would fit in the frame, and it was a perfect fit!

The inside of the frame was a chalk board, but it pried off easily.  I covered it with some designer paper and then I covered each wooden letter with scrapbook papers and adhered them to the inside of the frame.  I added some little wooden animals that I also picked up at Hobby Lobby.

Then all I had to do was nail the backing back onto the frame!  It stands up with an easel on the back, and I think it is so cute!

I have also made a few cards, but I will share them with you another time.  Thanks for staying in touch with me!

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Sheltie Dutch Boy?

Hi everyone.  I just had to pop in for a minute to show you what I came home to after work today.  Wait - let me back up and show you this picture of Baxter

So I get home from work today to find this

and the other side

Now you may be thinking he got into something and his hair had to be cut off, but NO!  Brock just took it upon himself to give this beautiful dog a hair cut!  He looks like a little dutch boy!  Poor guy!  I am not happy about it either!  Good thing for Brock that hair grows back!

Monday, July 7, 2014

My blog has gone to the dogs

Hi everyone!  I'd like to give a huge thanks to those that wrote me with suggestions on my tape gun problem.  It did end up getting resolved!  The problem I was having is that the tape rolls were warped which caused them not to sit flush on the black wheel.  After much experimentation with different things, pushing the tape down and making a shim to fit under the little plastic knob worked.  You can see what I'm talking about in this updated video

Yesterday the Outlawz Clean and Simple Challenge was to make a card with a dog.  I made two!  The first one uses a retired Squigglefly image.  Colored with Copic markers.

My second card uses two images by James Horvath.   Here is the front of the card using Dog Artist.

I colored with Copic markers and chalk.  The sentiment was computer generated.  The background is some of the fun patterned duck tape!  For the inside I used Digger.

Now it's Monday and time for me to get ready to go back to work.  I really enjoyed this three day weekend!  And since it's Monday, that means there is a new challenge on the Squigglefly Blog.  Maybe I'll actually find time this week to play along!  

Sunday, July 6, 2014

New Cards - and a question

Hi everyone!  I did a little playing with some of the soon to come - should have already been released images!  I PROMISE you that I will be on Ashley's back today to get them in the store pronto, but in the meantime, here are some sneak peeks!

This one uses a really cute set from Carmen Gamble called Birds On A Wire.  It comes with the sentiment and the birds are divided up into three different little sets so you don't have to use them all.  I just connected mine with a little micro fine black ink pen.  I also connect the line to the sentiment.

 I used chalk for the sky background and added a little bit of glitter to some of the birds.

My second card uses an image from Sandra Caldwell that is perfect for summer.  It's called Ladybug Daisy.

I added some glitter to the ladybug's wings, some crystal lacquer to the body, and then some brown puff paint to the center of the daisy.  The background was also chalked on this.

On another note, I've got a Scotch ATG tape gun that I've had for quite a while.  It is only in the past couple of months that it has started giving me a problem with the tape rolling off the rollers when I use it.  I am using the same kind of tape I've always used - Scotch brand.  I finally made a short video showing the problem in the hopes that someone will know what is going on.  If you have one of these tape guns, could you take a look and let me know what you think?  Here's a link in case you can't see the video on my blog -

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

My Sabbatical Ended This Weekend!

Hi everyone!  Well, I really didn't intend to take such a long break.  It just turned out that way.  I have been busy with Squigglefly stuff and have gotten a little bit of crafting done, but not much.
Did you hear the news on the blog that July's release is going to include three new artists?!  Isn't that exciting?  I can't wait for you to see all the new images.

This past weekend I did find myself with some time to play in my craftroom.  It was almost like starting over since it's been so long since I made a card!  But I guess card making is kind of like riding a bike because I made three cards!  Granted, they are very simple cards - but I like how they all turned out!

This first one is for the Teaparty at Splitcoast Stampers.  Our cards are going to a little three year old girl who loves pink!  She contracted e-coli and is having to have dialysis treatments.  Here's the card I made

The image I used is by Niina Niskanen and is called Bunny With Tulips.  I colored with Copic markers and computer generated the sentiment.  I couldn't resist giving him rosy cheeks!

The next card I made is one for my boss's son who has a birthday coming up soon.  He is a baseball player and loves baseball, so I chose Baseball by James Horvath for his card.

Once again, I used Copics to color with.  I chalked the sky and computer generated the sentiment.

My third card was made for my stash which has dwindled down to nothing!  I used Sandra Caldwell's image called Flower Tips.  It was a fun one to color!

Saturday, March 29, 2014


Hi everyone.  Okay, I just have to be honest here.  I am really happy with the growth of Squigglefly, but it has become increasingly obvious that I am not Super Woman.  Well, maybe I could be some people's idea of Super Woman, but I wouldn't be mine!

Most of you know that I manage the Squigglefly design team.  What some of you may not know is, that I also look for and bring in new artists.   (as a matter of fact we have two NEW ARTISTS joining Squigglefy, and you will meet them in May!)  Once a new artist signs on to Squigglefy, I receive their images, get them zipped and make all previews and thumbnails ready for the store.  I also try to comment on all the design team member's blogs as well as each entry into Squigglefly's challenge blog.    I try to copy and send a link to the artists of each card I see posted somewhere  that uses one of their images.  I LOVE doing all of these things!

But then there is my blog.  I started my blog before Squigglefy, and I adore sharing my cards and enthusiasm for Squigglefly images and digital stamps in general, but the sad truth is that I can't do it all.  So instead of pressuring myself and feeling guilty when I don't have a card to post, I have decided to just enjoy the blogging part of me by only sharing when I've got something to share.  I will be focusing my time more on the Squigglefly end of things.

I do so appreciate all of you who have followed me faithfully through the years, and I hope that you will continue to check in from time to time, but I won't be posting as often.  Thanks so much for understanding, and please keep me in your following list because I'm not gone!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Birthday Card In A Box

Hi everyone!  Yesterday we got some disappointing news about our veterinary clinic.  Two of the vets there, and they happen to be our most favorite ones - quit!  They are a mother/daughter team and we loved them so much.  They are going to open up their own practice, but it won't be near us so we are losing them.  We found out when we called to make an appointment for Baxter and were told that they were shuffling around appointments between the two vets who are left so there really were no appointments available.  I ended up having to take Baxter in when they opened up yesterday morning and just leaving him until one of the vets could take a look.  It's not the ideal situation with a dog like Baxter who is still scared of people.  The good news is that it's not anything serious.  He has conjunctivitis in his eyes, which will get better soon with the eye drops they prescribed.  I am sure going to miss our old vets though!

Well, let's get on to today's card.  I have a sister who really likes to get cards that are different in some way.  She likes interactive, different folds, anything unexpected.  The last few times she's gotten a card from me she has said "I love your card, but..."
She has a birthday coming up in April, and I thought making one of those ever popular card in a box's that's been going around lately would be just the thing for her.  I have to say, I do like how it turned out, and they really are easy to make.  I also think I need to invest in more dies for future boxes!

This card has no stamping whatsoever!  I used some fun birthday candle and flower dies.  I coated the candle flames in glitter.  Each flower is on a thin strip of black cardstock that I folded in half.  The sentiment is computer generated and I added a little flower punch to that.  Here are views from the sides so you can see the paper I used on the sides, and also the little border I added to the bottom.

Well, thanks for checking in with me today.  I am really going to try hard to get some cards made so I'll be able to share more this week!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Twisty Easter

Hi everyone!  Sorry for missing posting yesterday.  I overslept yesterday morning, and was doing everything I could to leave on time!  I hope you had a good weekend.  I enjoyed mine, but got very little crafting time in, so I'll probably be missing several posts this week!

The card I have to share with you today was made a challenge at the Outlawz where you had to make a card with an unusual fold.  I chose a Twist Turn card!  

I used the Easter Basket Builder Set and the Easter Sentiments by Paulette Long, and Three Easter Eggs by Pamela Lehto.  I glittered the eggs and added a small little butterfly sticker on the front of the card.

There's a fun, new challenge on the Squigglefly blog!  This week is to you polka dots!  I hope you will consider playing.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Have A Grande Day!

Another challenge card today!  This one is for the Alcohol marker challenge at the Outlawz and the challenge is fairies.  I love this plump little house fairy from Squigglefly.  The image has words on it, but I cropped them out and used a sentiment of my own that I computer generated.  

I colored the image with Copic markers and added some crystal lacquer to her eyeglasses.  I also added a crocheted flower with a green brad center and some glitter to her little wings!  I think it turned out really cute.

Psst!  There's still time to play in Squigglefly's challenge and I know there's no winner yet!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Spring Is Popping Up!

Hi everyone!  I hope your week is going well!  I've got a great spring time card that I made for another challenge at the Outlawz - this time it's for Thursday Twist challenge and the theme is Spring!  

I made another of those folded flap cards.  The little flower on the front is on a pop dot, so the flap at the top tucks under.  The fun flowers are from Diana Garrison's cute set of images at Squigglefly called Daisy Pops.   I colored everything with Copic markers and chalked the sky.  I then added a bit of glitter to each flower for some added POP!  Spring is right around the corner, so these little Daisy Pop flowers will get some use the next month - plus the set comes with some great sentiments!

Just want to remind you all about the challenge going on at Squigglefly - it's an easy one!  Just use ribbons and buttons on your card!  You have until Sunday to get your entry in!  Enjoy your day, and I'll see you tomorrow!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

How About A Little Mood Music?

Hi everyone!  I've got a card today that I made for the Color Challenge on the Outlawz where they gave you one color - fluffy white, and then you had to choose two other colors.  You also had to add some kind of twist.  

The Divine Bovine's at Squigglefly have always been near and dear to my heart because there are so many corny puns you can use with them, and I am a real lover of puns!  This particular one is called Divine Bovine Bath.  

My fluffy white is the soap bubbles, and my other two colors are pink and brown.  I have chosen glitter to be my twist.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Don't Criticize

I hope you had a good weekend!  Mine was pretty great.  It was the perfect combination of relaxation, fun, and productiveness.  I made several cards for different challenges.  This one was for the Greeting Card Challenge at the Outlawz where the theme was Coffee and Friends.  

I used Shy Bear Cup A Joe Bear by Lynne Stansbery.  The sentiment was computer generated.  I used Copic markers to color it, and I added a little bit of crystal lacquer to the coffee for some shine.  The embossed flap is held down by the sentiment.  When you open it, it looks like this

Today starts a brand new challenge on the Squigglefly Blog!  I hope you'll check it out and play along with us!  Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Better Late Than...

Hi everyone, and happy Friday!  I've got what I found to be a hilarious story to share with you, but first let's get to today's card.  

This was a fun card to make!  The image is by Lynne Stansbery for Squigglefly and is called Vanity, Thy Name Is Woman.  I colored the image with Copic markers and then cut the top and bottom with a border die.  The edges were sponged with some chocolate chip ink.  The sentiment is one I did on the computer.  I thought this background paper with lipsticks, powder compacts, nail polish, and perfume bottles was perfect!

Now for my story.  My daughter recently got a new puppy named Moby.  Here is a picture of him - isn't he just adorable?  He's a french bulldog.

Well, Moby had an accident as puppies will do and pooped a little in the corner of a room.  My daughter wasn't aware of it until a little later.  It seems her Neato - one of those automatic vacuums - came on to do it's usual run of the room and proceeded to the corner where little Moby had left his deposit.  The Neato picked some of it up which resulted in gunking up it's parts, and then rolled through it, backed up and tracked it over the rest of room which brought it back through the mess again to track it in more areas.  She said what would have been nothing to pick up and clean had she discovered it turned into a real mess.  Plus she had to take apart her Neato and clean it!  I laughed so hard when she was telling me the story, but I know it wasn't funny to her at the time.

Enjoy your weekend people!  I'll see you on Monday!