Friday, January 31, 2014

New image sneak peek!

Hi everyone!  Weekends are always great, but there's extra reason to be excited about this weekend - there's a new release at Squigglefly tomorrow!  You are in for a treat too because there are some great new images!  I'm using one of them on my card here

The cute little owl image is from Fawn Palmer and is called Framed Owl.  It comes with several sentiments, but the sentiment I used is from another one of her new images called Hooo Loves Ya.  I framed it in the same heart that is on the belly of the owl only I enlarged it so the sentiment would fit.

The image was colored with Copic markers and I filled the heart in with pink glitter.  I am entering this into Squigglefly's blog challenge which has the theme Have A Heart.  There's still time for you to play too, but you only have until Sunday!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Oh, Snap!

Hello all!  You know I've been lamenting about being behind on birthday cards in my stash, and earlier this month I did miss two birthdays.  So, I made two belated birthday cards using Oh, Snap! by

The snapping hand image does come with the fun sentiment.  Lynne has several hands in
  Squigglefly's store, and all of them are so easy to color because of the built in shading she's added.  

So, with these two cards I'm caught up on January birthdays.  Now I just need to work on getting ahead in February!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Get Well Balloons

Hi everyone!  Remember I told you I had been working on some get well cards over the weekend?  Well, here they are

All of them use an image and a sentiment by Lynne Stansbery called
Shy Bear Balloon Bear.   The image comes with the sentiment even though it doesn't show the sentiment in the preview.  They are all the same except for a few different embellishments and/or paper placement.  All of them are colored with Copic markers and the background is chalked.

Here is a close up of a couple of them

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

when all else fails...

Hey everyone.  Today's card is one I started for a challenge last week to use teddy bears, but I never got the card finished.  The image I chose is one by Cheryl Grant Alger at Squigglefly called
  Share The Love.   The sentiment, which is just perfect for this image is one from
  Charlene Mitchell called Hug Your Teddy Bear.  I love how it looks like those plastic labels you can make.  It's very realistic looking!  

I colored the image with Copic markers and chalked the background.

Thank you for the kind notes many of you sent me yesterday on the loss of my friend.  It's been a very hard weekend and yesterday was a very emotional day for me.  I spent most of the day with a lump in my throat.  I did get to see some old faces from work, which was nice.   Please do keep her family in your prayers because they are going to need them.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Saying Goodbye To A Dear Friend

Hi everyone.  On Friday I lost someone very special to me, and the world lost a loving soul.  This morning I will be going to her funeral to say goodbye.  I met Claudette Carr when I went to work for her and her husband way back in 1977.  She became more than my employer.  She became a friend, a teacher, a mentor.  She was like a mother to me, and has helped shape me into the person I am today.  She made me a better employee, a better wife, a better mother, a better friend, and brought me closer to Christ.

I had been making a few get well cards for several people, and one of them was to go to her.  Before I finished the cards, I learned of her passing and I had to move to a sympathy card instead.  When I worked for them, there were a couple of pictures that she had hanging in her office that I just loved.  One was of a hummingbird.
Hummingbirds were something that she and I talked about often.  Each summer she would call and ask if I had seen any at my feeders yet.  They seemed to come to my yard before hers, so if I was seeing them she would know to put her feeders out.  She read a book about a lady who had a hummingbird in her house over the winter, and once when I was leaving work for the day I noticed that there was a hummingbird in the warehouse and I knew that it would not make it trapped in the warehouse over the weekend.  I decided to go home and get my feeder and take it back to the warehouse where the bird would at least have food.  When I was hanging the feeder, the bird came and landed on my finger!  I brought the bird home and kept him in my bathroom for a day.  Surprisingly, the bird would automatically come land on your finger if you raised your hand up high with the finger extended.  Claudette came by to let the bird land on her finger and she took many pictures.  We let the bird out the following day, and all that summer the bird stayed near our house feeding from our feeder and he would still land on our fingers!

When their company closed down 3 years ago, Claudette gave me the pictures and they hang in my craft room today.

With these memories in mind, I chose to use a hummingbird for the sympathy card, and I let the print be my inspiration.  The hummingbird I used is a freebie from Squigglefly.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Sugary Valentine Hearts

Hi everyone!  Hooray for the weekend being upon us!  Before I get to my card today, I want to answer a question that Janet asked yesterday in the comments.  She wanted to know what font I used on the sentiment.  I don't know what font the regular type is, but the word Birthday is a font called Simply Glamorous.  

Today I've got a Valentine to share!  This uses a new image from Pamela Lehto called Cup With Hearts.  I colored the image with Copic markers and added glitter and some white gesso dots.  I dressed it up with some lacy ribbon and added a computer generated sentiment.  The font on this sentiment is Scriptina.   

Enjoy your weekend, and I'll see you back here on Monday!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Quick and Easy Birthdays

Hi everyone!  I know most of the time I talk about how fast time flies, but for some reason January is passing by really slow, especially this week!  Maybe I got spoiled on so many four days weeks recently.  Oh well, Friday is almost here!

Another birthday card today, and this one is being set aside for a February birthday!  I'm finally a little bit ahead of the game!  

The image I used is one drawn by Pamela Lehto for Squigglefly called
Rose Ribbon Bow Frame.    I added my own computer generated sentiment before printing.  I think it makes such a pretty, feminine looking birthday card!  It's a quick card to make as I kept it very simple, and that is good if you are behind on making birthday cards like I am!  I added a little bit of glitter to the dots around the frame, but it is hard to see in the photo.  I think I will do several more of these in other colors and get my February birthday cards knocked out in no time!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Sister Birthday

Hi all!  I've got a fun card to show you today.  This is a birthday card for one of my sisters.  Her birthday was actually on Sunday, but I didn't have a card for her yet.  I did call her on her birthday though, and I told her that her card was coming.  

When I was doing my grocery shopping, I saw a card that had one of the Simpsons on it - I think it may have been Lisa, but I don't watch the Simpsons so I don't know for sure - anyway I totally stole the sentiment from that card.

The image I used is one by Fawn Palmer called And Then I Said.  I colored it with Copic markers and chalked the background.  I printed the sentiment out directly on to the paper - it's actually the back side of the paper on the front of the card.  I added a little bit of ruby embossing powder inside the decorative part of the sentiment.  Here's the inside of the card

I cut a little flower from the front designer paper and glued it in the corner.  I think this is a card she will find funny.

I want to remind you about Squigglefly's challenge!    You have until Sunday to get one made!  Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Sympathy Angel

Hi everyone!  Today is another Teapotter Party that I am happy to have a card made for!  We were asked to make sympathy cards with angels and/or scripture.  Our cards are going to the family of Leanne who came into this world so little that she has pretty much spent her entire life fighting for it.  She lost her hair, and she lost a lot of time to being in hospitals, but she never lost her spirit and zest for life.  Her parents fought with her every day too.  Leanne lost the fight the day after new year's day this year.  

I thought the  Look Up angel by Marla Shega was the perfect angel to send to them.  This angel looks to me like she has a zest for life too.  I love the wording on this image also and I think it will bring her parents and brother some comfort.  

I colored the image with copic markers and added some glitter and gems to the stars and a little bit of glitter to the wings.  I kept the layout simple and only added a bit of lace at the bottom.  There is a sympathy verse on the inside.   I hope Leanne's family gets comfort from all the cards I know they will be receiving - they are a tangible evidence that people care.

Monday, January 20, 2014

To be a valentine or not to be a valentine...

Hello everyone!  I hope your weekend was a good one.  We really enjoyed going out into the woods on Friday afternoon.  It was really windy, and I love being in the woods when the wind is high.  I love hearing it blow through the trees.  The dogs enjoyed their time too.  Both of them were conked out on the way home.  That's always a sign that they had a good time!

Today is Monday and that means there is a new challenge on Squigglefly's blog!  This time I am on top of things, and actually have a card made on opening day!  The challenge this week is to make a clean and simple card.  Here is the card I made

The image is one drawn by Enid Barnes called Giraffe Headshot.   I think this is about as clean and simple as you can get!  I used a little strip of designer paper and cut it into a flag.  I added a little interest by embossing the card base and rubbing a little chocolate chip over it to bring the design out a little more.  I had intended to use this giraffe as a valentine, and that's why I glued the little heart on there.  I haven't added a sentiment yet, so I may not use it a valentine!  If I do, the sentiment will something punny like "Valentine, I'd stick my neck out for you."

I hope you will play along in our challenge too!  Enjoy your Monday!  I'll be back tomorrow!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Another Birthday Card

Hi everyone!  Can I hear an AMEN for Friday?!  Only a half day of work for me and then we're off to the woods for some fresh air and puppy play.  

I've got another birthday card to share today, and again this one has already been mailed.  This one uses All About Dad from Squigglefly by Cheryl Grant Alger.  

Not a lot to say about this one.  I colored it with Copic markers.  The sentiment is computer generated.  I clipped the corners to add a little interest.

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

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Cheer Up Buttercup!

Hello everyone!  Well, we're one day closer to Friday!  Tomorrow is supposed to be rather cool so I am planning on taking half a day off and we are going to get the dogs a good work out in the woods.  We don't have many cold days left, so we need to take advantage of it while we can!

I wish I could say that today's card was another birthday card to add to my stash, but this baby is in the mail already!  I need to make birthday cards like crazy and get a pile of them so I'm not rushing!

The darling girl is Buttercup Suzie and she is drawn by Cheryl Grant Alger.  I love those bony knees!  The sentiment is one I made on the computer.   I colored this with Copic markers and I added little white dots to the dress top and bow with some white gesso.

Have a happy day!  See you tomorrow!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

bee happy

Happy Wednesday everyone!  I think Mother Nature is loving playing on a see saw with the weather!  Nearly 70 on Monday, 60 yesterday and take a look at the rest of the week

The card I'm sharing today is one that I really like how it turned out, but man it was hard to get a good picture of it so you could see what I see!  I hate when that happens, don't you?  I made this for an online friend who is going to have knee replacement surgery soon.  She also happens to love bees!

The two bees at the top are from a set of three different bees in Bee Set and are by 
Pamela Lehto.  I love them all.  I think they look so happy!  The Bee Happy is by 
Dawn Collins, and it portrays just what I want to say as well as going perfectly with these bees!  

I colored everything with Copic markers and added glitter to the little bee's wings.  I cut the bees out and attached them to some strips of clear acetate so it would make them float and wiggle above the card.  I used wire for their antennae because cutting around antennae is just too hard!

Here's a picture I took of the card laid flat hoping to give you a better look.  

I think she will really like this card, and I hope you do too!  See ya'll tomorrow!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Polka Dot Teaparty

Hello everyone!  It has been a long time since I've participated in one of Mothermark's Teapartys at Splitcoast Stampers,  but with my mojo finally back I was able to make a card for it this week.  I'm really happy to take part in this one because our cards are going to a very special two year old girl.  Jasmine was diagnosed with Leukemia at 6 months old and fought the next 10 months for her life and was put into remission in November 2012.  For one year she got to be a "normal" child, until two days before Christmas, she was taken to the ER and flown to nearby Children's Hospital only to find out that she now has cancer in her brain and spinal fluid.  She was immediately started on Chemo and is now waiting for a bone marrow transplant.  She will not be leaving the hospital for months.  Jasmine likes animals and sparkle, so I picked a pretty polka dotted elephant named Penelope drawn by Dawn Collins   .  What little girl wouldn't love a purple elephant with pink polka dots?

I colored everything with Copic markers and then I added glitter to the polka dots.  I saved the little circles that fell out of the border punch and glued them on randomly at the top of the card.  The sentiment was computer generated.  I hope my card brings a smile to Jasmine and that her parents feel the love and prayers in each card their daughter receives!

Monday, January 13, 2014

It's a dog's life

Hi everyone!  I hope your weekend was fun and relaxing.  I had a pretty good one myself.  On Saturday I got so much stuff done!  I got all my grocery shopping and cooking for the week done and I even managed to clean most of the house!  The weather this weekend was just beautiful.  Highs in the 60's and sunshine, but there was a good breeze so it didn't get too warm.  

Yesterday's clean and simple challenge at the Outlawz was to make a card showing what the weather is like in your part of the world so I chose an image called Park Life Dog by
  Judith Hart to show how perfect the weather was over the weekend.  Of course, that can change in a heartbeat and it could be 20 degrees tomorrow!  LOL!

I colored the image with Copic markers and used chalk for the sky.  The sentiment is one from Charlene Mitchell.  It comes in a set called Thinking Of You 1, and it has the same sentiment done three different ways.   I added a couple of green staples at the top corners and two little green rain dots on the sentiment.

Don't forget that Squigglelfy has a new challenge on their blog today!   It was so nice to see several people took advantage of the freebies to play in last week's challenge!   If you don't have any Squigglefly images, you can still play.  If you'd like to be eligible to win the prize though, you must use a Squigglefly image - so if you don't have one go check out the freebies!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Life's Short

Hi everyone.  Okay, I don't want to jinx it but I think I'm getting better!  I didn't cough near as much yesterday or last night!  We had a little bit of icing yesterday morning - in fact here are a couple of pictures I took from my drive way yesterday afternoon

It was just enough ice to give me the day off and I thoroughly took advantage of it!  I played n my craft room making cards while watching movies on Netflix and listening to a book on my IPod.

I made this card because my best friend called me up the other day and said "write this down!  Life Is Short - Play With Your Dog".  She said that she had read that on a bumper sticker and immediately thought that I could use it on a card.  Well the phrase stuck in my mind and I made this

The cute Basset Hound is one of the newly released images from Enid Barnes.   I computer generated the sentiment and am happily sharing it freely here.  Just click on the image and then right click and save it to your computer.

Okay - brace yourself.  I didn't used Copics to color this!  I actually broke out my colored pencils!  The little fire hydrant is a button that I got as a gift from a friend along with the polka dotted ribbon!   I also used a dog paws embossing folder on the card base.  I love this embossing folder, I mean how cute are little dog paw prints?!

Have a good weekend!  I'll be back on Monday!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Heartfelt Thank You

Hi everyone!  I slept much better last night despite the fact that when I got home from work our water pipes were frozen so I couldn't get a hot bath.  We had water everywhere but in the master bedroom shower and the hallway bath tub - go figure!   So, after filling a container numerous times with hot water from the bathroom sink, I had enough water in the tub to simulate a bath!

I did the Vicks thing on my chest, took some Nyquil and went to sleep.  I remember coughing a few times, but nothing too bad.  However, when I got up this morning my husband said "you coughed a lot last night".  Maybe he needs to take some Nyquil along with me so I don't disturb him!  LOL!

Okay, today I have a card for Squigglefly's challenge which is to make a thank you card.  There is an optional twist to use some kind of embossing.  I used two kinds of embossing on my card.

The image is one of the new ones in the store by Pamela Lehto.  It's called Heart Bow.  The "thank you" stamp is from Stampin Up!'s Short and Sweet set.  I colored the image with Copic markers.  Now, when it came to the lace I got tense.  I don't like leaving white things just white.  I feel like they need some kind of coloration to bring out the depth.  I finally opted for really like neutral and cool grays.  Sometimes I got with a pale blue.  I'd love to know what you do for white things.  Do you think the grays make this look like the white ruffles are dirty?

Once the image was colored and cut out, I put it on an old mouse pad and used an embossing stylus to bring out more depth.  I traced over the lines inside the heart and pushed the lower folds down with the stylus.  Then I flipped it over and pushed the other ruffles out.  I also puffed up the bow some.  I know it's hard to see in the photo, but the person receiving it will be able to see it and feel the dimension.  Here's a close up to help, but it's still hard to see

The card base is of course embossed with a Cuttlebug hearts folder.  The inside of the card says "From the bottom of my heart" that I computer printed out.  I hope you'll play along in Squigglefly's challenge too!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

A Dog Lover's Valentine

Hi everyone!  Well, I fought a hard fight.  I tried to be so diligent and avoided anyone who was sick, and  I washed my hands a lot more often, but the crud caught me!  It started off with just a lot of sneezing and my nose running non-stop.  I took antihistamine/decongestant and my nose dried up, but then it all moved to my chest.  I think I coughed more than I slept last night.  Tonight I'm dosing up on Nyquil and slathering on the Vick's!

We had another night of really cold temps, but I think today we start a steady warm up.  I love the cold, but when the wind chill is negative something that's a bit much.  It wouldn't be so bad if we had at least gotten a little snow, but we got all the cold with none of the benefits!

Today I've got a Valentine card I made for my dental hygienist.  She has a couple of boston terriers and we always exchange dog stories when I go in to have my teeth cleaned.  So I knew as soon as I saw this adorable Boston Terrier image by Enid Barnes that I'd have to use it to make her a card, and with Valentine's Day right around the corner a Valentine it is!

I colored the image with Copic markers, although it didn't require much coloring!  The sentiment was computer generated.  The background paper is some wrapping paper that has dog paw prints all over it, but you can't really tell that because most of the prints are covered up!  I added a little heart button that has a fuzzy little paw print on it.

I am entering this card in the Clean and Simple challenge at the Outlawz and the Copic and Promarker challenge at the Outlawz which both have the theme "something new".  I'm using a brand new digi by a brand new artist at Squigglefly!

Enid Barnes has so many other dog breeds, and other animals too!  I love everything of hers I've seen.  If you missed the new release at Squigglefly, you should go check them out now!

Monday, January 6, 2014

So many birthday, so few cards!

Hi everyone!  I hope you had a really nice vacation over the holidays, but I also hope that you are happy and excited to have my blog posts as well as Squigglefly's challenges start back up!  If you missed Squigglefly's new release on Saturday, you need to go take a look!  We are welcoming a new artist -
  Enid Barnes!  She does wonderful animals that I am so excited about!  The design team is really loving her work and I know that all of you will too!

Squigglefly's challenges start back up today with Rhonda's team.  The challenge this week is to make a thank you card and use some kind of embossing on your card.  It can be any kind of embossing you choose - heat embossing or use an embossing folder!

I haven't had time to make a card for that challenge, but I do have a birthday card to share!  I am always needing birthday cards, so those are the top on my list of cards to make.  This card uses an image from Cherly Grant Alger called Country Birdhouse Duo.  The sentiment is from 
Jess Holland and is called "birdie full day".

I colored the image with copic markers and chalked the sky.  I used a copper colored curly q clippie on the side of the image and tied a blue ribbon through it for an embellishment.

I didn't get as many cards made as I wanted to while I was away, but I do plan on trying to have more posts for you this year.  I also want to try to comment on your blogs more than I have been.

The winter temperatures are record lows in so many places today!  Wind chills here are supposed to be below zero!  I hope all of you are safe and warm!