When Life Sends You Showers, Dance in the Puddles

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Make a Wish

A fellow "groupie" was asking about the Cuttlebug Emboss Plus folders so I thought I'd play with a new one I just gave myself for Christmas. Well, you have to take care of Number One once in a while don't you?
I made this as simple as possible, A2 size ( the Perfect Perennials folder is supposed to be A2 but you can see it's really 4 x 6 so I did a slight trim and mounted it on an A2 background.) Dabbbed the embossing with Tim Holtz Faded Jeans distress ink, adhered a few tiny pearls, and used the most adorable Magnolia Fairy for the image in the cutout. The cutout piece went in my ditty box to be used at a later date for something equally exquisite :)

She looks suspiciously like the tooth fairy to me, Maybe some money tucked inside and lovingly placed under a little one's pillow?

Monday, December 27, 2010

Back in the Swing of Things

At least I hope I'm getting back into it. I've missed my stamping and coloring and doodling and all the good fun that goes with it. I've missed hopping to lots of blogs, although I have tried to keep up as much as I could. Life just gets out of balance sometimes and there's nothing to do but be patient and think happy thoughts. So now it's time to post another card I did with Edwin and his pet chicken. I sat him on his bench and added a bushel of apples for him to munch on as he waits for that egg to hatch. (Wishful thinking, I'm guessing.)
Now it's back to the drawing board and get stamping!!!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Squigglefly Design Team - What a Way to Start the New Year!!!

Well, what can I say. When I was first approached I said "Who? Me?" Then I realized what a fun challenge to become a part of. I had already purchased a few Squigglefly Digi images and fell in love with them.
Squigglefly has a rewards program. When you sign up for Squigglefly Rewards it keeps track of your purchases and for every $15.00 you spend you earn a free image! You can redeem the free image whenever you want.
Did you know that Squigglefly is the only company that doesn't let your download links expire?  This is important because if your computer crashes and you lose your images, you can contact Squigglefly with your e mail address and they can send your download links to you so you can retrieve your images! 
Well, with all that said, I'd like you to visit the Squigglefly Challenge Blog, new each Monday, and join in the fun.  My team's first challenge will be on January 10, so please drop by and be part of the challenge. Look forward to seeing all of you there. In the meantime, let Edwin start your Monday off with a bang! 

As you can see, he found the Squigglefly Drum Set (did he get this for an early Christmas?) and set to work at once. Rock and Roll FOREVER!
 Since this card is going to OWH in the next batch anyway, I jumped at the chance to enter in the OWH "All About the Boys" Challenge I just saw today. Sure hope it's okay to do this,  cuz I think this card is really all boy!!!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Happy New Year

It's time to think about the upcoming new year - 2011- oh my gosh, how time is flying by. 2010 has been so eventful; some good, some bad, some tragic but all in all, for me, a year of making new friends and sharing new ideas; of learning new things, of finding new ways to give back in appreciation of all the blessings I have received over the year; of new accomplishments and new objectives. In other words, it hasn't been a bad year at all and I'm looking forward to the challenges of 2011. Whatever the year brings you, I hope there's more good than bad, more joy than sorrow, more laughs than tears and the opportunity to look back at it's end and say "Another good year. I am blessed." Happy New Year to you all.

To start the year, I made a couple of simple shaker card calendars using my little House Mouse friends. Just wanted to try the SCS shaker technique 'cuz it looked like fun.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Keepin' It Short but Sweet

Been trying to fight a horrible sinus infection the past few days, but it seems the sinuses are winning this round. In spite of that, I've been a real trooper, or actually a martyr feeling sorry for myself, and managed to finish one card. Thus, the short post. If I can ever keep food down again, I'll get back to work!!
P.S Living on vanilla pudding is getting very, very old :)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Snowman Raising the Roof

Two Challenges this week 
SquiggleFly Let it Snow
The image is one of SquiggleFly's adorable, silly snowmen who always make me smile, they're so cute.

I made this card a while back for Operation Write Home but was saving the post for the holiday season. . Will try to post a few more OWH Christmas cards over the next couple weeks to keep the holiday spirit going.
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge - Blue Christmas. My favorite color for Christmas cards. I like the idea of moonlight on fresh fallen snow. It does look blue, then, doesn't it?

My Silly Santa

A silly card to celebrate the season. Not much to say except the DP is Bearly Mine digi, the string of lights is a Jolee sticker and now I've gone and misplaced the Santa stamp so I can't tell you who made him, just that I think he's too cute.
He's saying "Will work for cookies". Ho Ho Ho!!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Last but not Least!!

Finally, I think this is the last of my Christmas cards/projects for the year. Everything's packed and ready to ship, cards stamped, addressed and ready to mail, goodies all finished for the three little munchkins, all shopping done! Now I can play to my heart's content the rest of the year. Whoopie, can't believe it. So here's my last (don't make me swear to this, though) card featuring Tilda picking out her favorite tree decoration. I hope Edwin helps her string this garland, as it looks a little awkward for her to do by herself.

I used Bearly Mine DP, RRR star chain ribbon, glittered card stock, Prima flowers, Magnolia chandelier garland, MS punched silver foil leaves, and I paper-pieced her polka dot pinafore. Coloring courtesy of Copics. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it!
Hope everyone has a reasonably stress-free December.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Time Out from Christmas

Taking a break from the holiday rush to make this little card for OWH Mid Week Throwdown, a card featuring an animal or animals. Birds really are animals, aren't they? Anyhow this is one of several birthday cards I've been working on for my next shipment to OWH..

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Santa's Time Out

Taking a break from toy-making so he can get his tree trimmed. Only problem - the tree's half buried in fresh snowfall, so what's a body to do? I think he should look on the bright side - less tree, less work. Then he can get back to the real business, filling my Christmas list!!

I punched some MS snowflakes from Spellbinders silver craft foil and made a shaker card filled with snow glitter for the little tree. Love the SplitCoastStampers tute for home-made shaker cards. Fun and simple to do as long as you use Scor-Tape to hold the acetate. My first one was done with glue and the acetate ended up looking frosted! Not what I wanted! Santa's stringing the tree with Star strand from Really Reasonable Ribbon's November selection. Liquid Applique, some smooth, some heat puffed and black Stickles on the boots dressed him up.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

My chicks have a card to go with their chicken food

Finished the card to go with the Christmas candy dispenser I made for the chicks. Thanks again to Caroline for the inspiration. This was so much fun to make. My niece had just sent me a pic of her youngest GD in her kitchen learning to cook, so the little baker Tilda was perfect. The tag slides out and the sentiment says
"Dear Santa
Come over to Grandma's
We have candy!"

Friday, November 26, 2010

Christmas Treats for Three Little Chicks

I made this candy dispenser for my nieces and nephew, just another little goodie treat for them while they wait for Santa. It was a great excuse to use more of my Maggie images and my new Copics  and have fun doing something a little different. The base is made from a chicken feeder that I sprayed white, I found an old Ball canning jar I had left over from some kitchen projects, and I made the Gingerbread grandma with wood shapes from Lara's Crafts. I was going to fill it with peppermint candies until I found out how much more it would cost to ship it filled. Whew! Can't afford that! So, sister dear is going to have to fill it herself but I don't think she'll mind.

Now I have to make the card to go with the candy. I got the idea from Caroline when I saw how she made her party invitation using three Tilda's. Liked the idea so much, I CASEd it from her. Thank you, Caroline, Great inspiration. Now if I can get my version to look half as good as hers, I'll be happy!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Santa Claus Soup

Here's some little goodies I made for my nieces and nephew to enjoy while waiting the days til Santa arrives. I always try to send them a few extra little things during the holiday season just for fun. The penguin was a digi, but I can't remember where I got it - sorry. The Hot Cocoa image is from Squigglefly and I wrote the recipe and poem on the computer.  Until I wrote this little ditty I had no idea how much trouble I was going to have finding an appropriate word to rhyme with soup! (Well, go ahead and try. See what you come up with!) I am now so proud of myself that I might just copyright this jingle. LOL Never knew I was a poet. Seriously, if you haven't tried this recipe, please do. You're really in for a treat, especially if you're a chocolate and/or marshmallow lover (you know who you are.) BTW, this little gift is going in this week's  Stamptacular Sunday Challenge

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Santa's on his way

I've been working on and off on this project for so long it seems like it's been Christmas most of the year! I'm so glad I'm done, now all I have to do is find a box to fit it in to mail it off to my family. Wish me luck on that!
Since I decided to do gift cards for everyone this year I figured I'd have to at least find a way to make a dramatic presentation since I wouldn't be doing any fancy package wraps for a change. I found this idea over on the Cricut.com forum and CASEd it from one of the members. I'm so sorry I've lost that person's info but if anyone knows, please give me a holler. I measured carefully and enlarged her project so that it would fit ten gift card boxes in the sleigh, added some and changed some, but the original idea came from my Cricut source. I think it turned out pretty well and the only thing that doesn't really show up is the sparkly spritz on the red sleigh. I must say, though, I thought I was going to have a nervous breakdown trying to thread those tiny jingle bells through the red ribbon reins on Rudolph and friend. I used my Crop-a-dile eyelets for the holes through which to thread the ribbon and, once done, collapsed in exhaustion and relief that I didn't ruin the whole darn thing! So, here it is - my big Christmas project of the year. Now all that's left is one more card and three mugs of Santa Claus Soup I'm making for the little ones. I'm sure I'll be posting them soon -
and before I forget - HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all who celebrate. May it be a day of good blessings, good cheer and good food!

Friday, November 19, 2010

A Mousie Christ-mouse

Oh boy. I'm almost done with Christmas and, quite frankly, I'm relieved. I love the season but my head is spinning from trying to come up with new ideas. I'm looking forward to more general purpose cards for a while to get the old mojo working again and, besides, I have lots of new non-Christmas DPs I'm really itching to use!
I'm not sure if she's doing a tricky balancing act, or if she's shouting "Hey, look at me!!!". I just know she's a lovely little shining star and I'm proud to have her atop my Christmas tree.

I colored her star with silver PearlEx then sprinkled with silver glitter. The MS punch and Spellbinder snowflakes were cut from white glitter card stock, panel embossed with CB snowflake folder and trimmed with RRR ribbon. Thanks to CathyK for the sketch idea which I modified a bit, but it helped me put the card together.  The sentiment was computer-generated. Since this week's Wild Orchid Challenge. is Blue Christmas, I thought I'd pop over there and enter. So many beautiful cards!!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Christmas for Squigglefly Challenge

I thought I'd join the Squigglefly Blog Challenge this week because I've become a big fan of their designs. There's something for everyone and every occasion and I love browsing through the store's gallery. This week's challenge is to make a card using only a Squigglefly sentiment. Only problem for me was that there are so many to choose from. However, I felt that Christmas would be most appropriate for the week preceding Thanksgiving so that's what I used. Besides, I still had a few cards I had to finish so this gave me the opportunity to do double duty. I sprayed some gold Smooch Spritz on the Nestie-cut sentiment and the white sheer ribbon I had in my stash, then used Crystal Effects to adhere tiny 2mm pearls to the flourish lines on the image. I attached the ribbon to an MS lace border punch cutout, and added some Prima poinsettias and baby pearls to the centers. The paper comes from the BG Wassail collection, stunning papers!
Happy Holidays to all of you who celebrate the season. 

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Tilda - Naughty or Nice?

Here's little Tilda, she's only four years old, but she's not taking any chances with Santa this year. Sometimes naughty, most the times nice, she's just making sure Santa knows she's on her best behavior. Maybe this is just a bribe, but probably she's just being the kind, generous little girl she usually is. Anyhow, Santa looks pleased at her gesture so I'm sure she's made a big impression.

Kept this easel card simple for a 4-yr-old. Used Liquid Applique for Santa's trim and beard. Heated the LA to plump up his beard but left his trim smooth and added a little white pom pom to his cap. MS punch snowflakes are heat embossed with my new favorite Zing red glitter EP and I used the JustRite stamps (font and sentiment) on a Nestie fancy label.. Copic-colored, please forgive, I'm still experimenting, and framed with this beautiful ribbon from RRR. I got my new photo tent setup this weekend so am trying to use that to take my pics. I'm going to have to do some fiddling around, another learning curve - oh my! But that's what it's all about. Of course, now my dining room table is useless for anything else. I wonder how long before someone starts complaining?

Monday, November 15, 2010

Santa Got Confused

Either that, or the elves made the wrong delivery, or maybe Rudolph just got tired of all those long trips and wanted to settle down in Maggie Land. Whatever the reason, Edwin now has a dilemma but, being the polite young man that he is, he's willing to thank Santa for the thoughtful gift. Now, can anyone tell him "What the heck do you feed a red-nosed reindeer?"

He's Copic colored, Rudolph was cut from my Cricut using the Christmas Cheer cart, the Nestie frame and fancy label were heat-embossed with Zing red glitter EP, and the sentiment is computer-generated. I thought of saying "Hand over the presents and nobody gets hurt", but thought that might be a bit too harsh. Anyhow, this card is for a 10-year old boy with a great sense of humor! Hope he likes it.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

to all a Good Night

More Christmas. I'm on a roll now, folks. This one I finished up just in time to discover (from Jacque, thanks very much) the Blue, Silver, White challenge over at Really Reasonable Ribbon. They have a wonderful selection and the Star ribbon from their November collection was perfect for this card. I used some Bearly Mine digi DP for the background, cut a nestie "moon" from silver glitter card stock, and cut the snow from white glitter card stock. Santa, house, lamp and trees were all cut with my Cricut Expression using the Christmas solutions cart. Painted  the snowy roof and ground with Liquid Applique, printed my computer-generated sentiment on vellum and attached it with Scor-Pal tape, It's about the only thing I've found that will stick to that glitter cardstock and it sure does stick! All in all, I'm pretty pleased with the way this turned out. For once I managed to re-create the idea in my head onto paper. Will wonders never cease?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

A Little More Chistmas Spirit

Well, another Christmas card done. This one is a happy little snowman from Penny Black with a sprinkling of Nestie snowflakes cut from silver glitter card stock. The snow was painted with Liquid Applique, then sprinkled with clear micro beads. Used some Pearl Pen accents on the oval frame, and Cherry Red Ice Stickles on the chipboard flourishes. More papers from  Bearly Mine. Luckily, I don't have to make too many holiday cards, so I can just take my time. That way I don't get burned out before the big day arrives.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Springtime Tilda

It may be fall here in the north, but it's spring down under so I'll celebrate that season with the new Magnolia-licious challenge blog's first challenge. pink and yellow. Tilda's been out picking spring flowers (FlowerSoft) and is on her way home where she'll share them with her mama. A glitter cardstock frame, pretty yellow butterfly resting on a white bow, with a sprinkling of flowers scattered around. Nana's Nursery DP was the inspiration for my color combo, love this paper pack. The vellum sentiment "Imagine" was in a goody bag from my Taylored Expressions order.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Over the River and ......

through the Woods. Whether it's grandma's house, the local family restaurant, a friend's, or your own, I hope all you US folk get to celebrate a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Renew your spirits and enjoy the ambiance of the season. For all you wonderful others, hope you can take some time out to enjoy this non-calorie treat. These little micies definitely have their priorities straight - goin' right for the Pumpkin Pie! Now that's the right attitude, for sure.
The saying on the front is
But see,
in our open clearings,
how golden
the pumpkins lie;
Enrich them with
sweets and spices,
and give us the
and the inside ....

and what's Pumpkin Pie without a big dollop of FlowerSoft whipped cream?

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Getting into the winter spirit

Well, as much as I can anyhow, in Southern California,  Probably just as well, 'cuz cold weather and I are not the best of friends! I still cringe at the thought of all my frozen toeses and noses back in my Chicago days. Tilda, however, doesn't look the least bit uncomfortable sitting on her bench surrounded by a light, dusty snowfall. I only wonder what she's doing there? Is she waiting for a bus, or watching a parade, or .......

This was my first chance to use Copics for all my coloring so I started out slow, with just a couple colors, the blues and greens and, of course, the skin tones. I'll work up the nerve to use more as I go along (I hope!)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Love Letters

Tilda just got a visit from the postman. Is this from her secret admirer? Sure looks like it, doesn't it? I wish I could be a little fly sitting on her shoulder as she reads it and do you think she'll figure out that it's from Edwin?

I just ordered a whole bunch of new Copic markers, so I'll be holding off on Maggie coloring until I get them but I wanted to share this last one that I had colored up a while back with my Prismacolor pencils. I can't believe how much fun these Copics are to work with. Ladies, thanks to you, I'm hooked! I've stamped up a whole bunch of images in preparation for all my new luscious colors but for now I think I'll just sit back for a while and enjoy reading the latest installment of the Wheel of Time series. We're on the next to the last book and I can't believe I've been reading this series for over 20 Years!!! I was beginning to think I'd never live long enough to finish it and I just have to see how it ends. So, happy crafting and happy reading to all of you. I'm headed out to the patio with my book and enjoy the November 90 degree weather!!!

Monday, November 1, 2010

The Littlest Pilgrims

Yesterday was the final day for the SCS Hope You Can Cling To Breast Cancer Awareness challenge. I've had so much fun doing the daily challenges, learned some new techniques, stretched my abilities outside my comfort zone, and used some skills I hadn't used in a long time. In other words, a very satisfying experience. Yesterday's challenge was to find your inspiration on Etsy's Treasury and build your card from that. I was already looking at my new Stampendous Pilgrim Chicks stamp for a Thanksgiving card, so when I found these darling little chick figurines it was serendipity! The figures are being offered at Abbybelle's shop.

Aren't they darling? and here's the card I made for the challenge.

The paper is from ImaginIsce Apple Cider. Brown ric rack is from my stash, and the sentiment is computer-generated.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Happy Birthday Edwin

I don't know how many little boys these days romp in the fields with butterfly nets. I know mine was more inclined to grasshopper cages, bug boxes and tomato hornworm houses. I'll never forget the time he gathered up some of those horrible horned worms and insisted on making a home for them in a cardboard box on top of our dryer, While watching TV in the living room one evening, I happened to look down only to see a parade of  huge green ugly worms inching their way across the carpet directly toward my poor defenseless bare feet!!!! Those things were bent on terrorizing me and they succeeded. Ordinarily I'm not the screaming type but in this case I made an exception. Needless to say, poor son of mine had to round 'em up, head 'em out and get rid of them
or lose his happy home! I'm not sure he's ever forgiven me for that but at least I'm still alive and breathing, which is more than I can say for the HORNWORMS! In spite of all this, I have forgiven my son and find the illusion of a son with a butterfly net intriguing, if not realistic.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Frequent Flyer

I had to make time to finish this little Happy Hopper. I got sidetracked with OWH and the SCS Breast Cancer challenge so I set this one aside for awhile. However, he was so irritated with me for ignoring him that I had to get him done before he flew away. Okay, okay, I wish I could fly, too. I hope he's happy now!

Thanks to Eve G for the cute image swap that allowed me to make this easel card. Used some pearls, Prima flowers, the big Sizzix pendant die and a trusty nestie die for the frames. Added some string to the kite and popped it out of the frame. I love the DP with all the flowers and swirls. Reminds me of a kite on a windy day. and here in SoCal that's exactly what it is today - Santa Anas blowing for what they're worth! Dust, dust everywhere - yuck!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

What Better Friends Than These?

A sewing challenge! I knew SCS Hope You Can Cling To would eventually have a paper sewing challenge so when the day arrived today I was all geared up. In addition to stitching, real or faux, the card is to represent a "Grateful for Friendship" theme. While I was googling some appropriate digi embroidery patterns, I ran across this one, free of course!. Voila! I found my theme. Needless to say, I didn't use the pattern for sewing, but as a digi stamp - oh clever me :) I covered the jars with Crystal Effects, hand embroidered the little daisies around the nestie inverted circles and topped it off with some stash ribbon and Thickers. I'm sure this isn't quite what SCS had in mind for "friendship" but I can't think of any more perfect partners. I think I can be assured this duo never goes to bed angry!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

You Are My Sunshine

Another card for SCS Breast Cancer Awareness. This one gave me the opportunity to stretch out into another hobby I love, crochet. The challenge was to create your own embellishment, so I crocheted the sun shining down on Singing Tilda's head as she serenades Edwin. Maybe you can't see him, but you know he's there somewhere. I tied a button to the middle of the sun, added some punched musical notes and used red Copics for the first time on her gown. I learned one thing - red is rough! I'm going to need some practice before I get the shading right, but I do so love the vibrant color. I created the sentiment with the JustRite font set, put it all together on BG Citrus DP and popped her in the box of cards waiting to be sent to the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas.
Now off to do some much needed craft room cleaning, and try a few more cards for my military friends.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Vintage Tilda

Vintage? Did they say Vintage? OMG, I don't do Vintage! It's just not ME. However, it's for such a good cause - SCS Hope You Can Cling To challenge for Breast Cancer - that I had to take a deep breath and dive in. I found some Prima pearl flourishes with tiny pink flowers attached, dressed my Tilda in subdued, hopefully Vintage colors, distressed the paper with Tim Holtz antique linen, and added some delicate ecru lace I had left over from a crochet project I had done several years ago. (Anyone ever heard of the Princess Dolls?) Some Mulberry flowers and a few more pearls seemed to finish it off. I don't know if this is truly Vintage or not, so any advice or criticism is more than welcome.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Christmas Snowman

I've been making some Christmas cards for OWH and this is my final project for this month. I took dark green Bazill cardstock and stamped then heat embossed white stars all over it. I then cut out a window and attached the tree scene in the cutout. The snow on the trees is Liquid Applique, the snow under the MS fence punch is FlowerSoft. I then popped little Santa Snowman (a free digi image from Spyder's Corner) onto the front of the card for a 3D effect. The trim on Santa's suit is Liquid Pearls and he's colored with Copics. As the card has to be 4 1/4 x 5 1.2 (A2 size) I had to cut off one of the trees from my Magnolia stamp so the image would fit. Now I have a little tree left over to use on another card. One with Edwin in his snowsuit maybe? I'll think on it a while :)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Tiny Fairy Tilda

I really struggled with this tiny little lady til today's SCS Hope You Can Cling To challenge called for pink, turquoise and olive. Then I had this stamp that I've been wanting to use, so I stamped the image in olive Memento ink, cut a couple of nesties, the pink one is done on glitter card stock, and put a turquoise, pink and olive DP from Bearly Mine as the card base.. Well, then I scanned it. Haven't been able to use my camera for a while so I had to use what was available. I don't know what it is about the green shades, but no matter how I photoshop my scans, the colors just come out wrong. The point I'm getting around to making, eventually, is that I made another card for SCS and will save this for another occasion. So here's the less than satisfactory scan of a card that really doesn't look that bad IRL!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Happy Birthday Tilda for Challenge

This was great. SCS Breast Cancer Awareness challenge today was to make a birthday card using paper piecing. I've never tried this before so I kept it simple, Tilda's yellow and turquoise clothes are paper pieced but that's all. Well, I'm so glad I tried this. It is really fun, I learned something new, and I'll definitely be doing it again.
This image of Tilda just cries out "I Love You This Much!" She's a real darling and I think might be my new favorite (until the next one).
I'm still working on my Copic technique. Skin colors only on this card. IRL it looks pretty good, better than in the scan. I'm really loving my new Cryogen White card stock and am looking forward to buying lots more Copics.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Autumn Roses

.....and here I thought my October was going to be relatively stress free. Oh well, it's good stress because I suddenly became involved in a couple of new projects and they're keeping me very, very busy. That's a good thing - keeps me out of my son's hair, which he truly appreciates. First, the SCS Breast Cancer Awareness challenge, a new challenge each day of the month, is keeping me on my toes trying to be half way original, at least. Then I discovered that the deadline for Christmas cards to Operation Write Home is October 31! Oh boy. So far so good. I'm keeping up with the SCS group and I finished three Christmas cards today. I also managed to do another autumn card that I'm posting here. My poor back is in agony from leaning over my craft "table" all day, but before I throw in the towel I'd like to share this last card. Then I'm off for a cold beer, a little TV, and BED!!!!  Night all.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Bubble Trouble

Got this adorable image in a swap with Eve and just had so much fun making the card. First, I had to determine  that they were playing with bubble gum. Both Eve and my son confirmed this fact, so I felt confident that, if three agree, it must be so. Therefore, as you can see, Maxwell's making trouble again! Someone's about to get quite a surprise.
I sent this to my partner in a card swap, the challenge being "orange, pink and brown", so I had to wait until she received it before I could post. I do think it's funny and I hope you enjoy it, too. Again, thanks Eve, for your wonderful image swap.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Hang In There Edwin

Today's challenge at SCS was to use twine, so of course I ran for Hanging Edwin . I hope I haven't gotten him into too much trouble but if I have, I'm sure climbing Tilda will rush to his rescue! Off to have my nervous breakdown now, the pressure's getting to me (lol)

Monday, October 4, 2010

Card for SCS Breast Cancer Awareness Challenge Day 3

Today's  challenge is 4 on 4: 4 layers and 4 embellies. I'd like to be able to do every day's challenge, but that might be an impossible goal; nevertheless, I'll give it a try. Anyhow, this is what I came up with for today.

My Cuttlebug photo corners are covered with glitter, and the butterfly is a little extra something, from Prima.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Card for SCS Breast Cancer Awareness Challenge

SCS is sponsoring daily challenges throughout the month of October in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Today's challenge is "Unsentimental" - translation: no sentiment on front of card. My card is "With Wings We Can Fly" and my message is one of Hope.
Tilda was colored with Copics and Prismacolors. I used a Gelly Roll Stardust pen for sparkle on her trim, and the pearl flourishes are Primas. The butterfly was cut and embossed in my Cuttlebug and the DP, which is so much prettier in person, is digital from Bearly Mine.
I hope you'll check the blinkie in my sidebar and join in on some of these challenges. All cards are to be sent to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas and the details can be found at the SplitCoastStampers website.

Friday, October 1, 2010

In Honor of Today's Weather

Well, Happy Friday, all. I must say our weather today is certainly different. Thunder, lightning (albeit pretty paltry showing) and some big, fat raindrops. This is Southern California and in my part of town this is not part of everyday life! Especially the 1st of October! In fact, it's so unusual that I went running out the back door to witness the phenomenon. Then I felt foolish because I grew up in Chicago, spent my summers in Michigan on the lake, and weathered storms suitable for the apocalypse. Anyway, if you haven't guessed, it doesn't take much to impress me! So, back indoors to the craft room. where I knew that, in honor of the unusual weather, I had to make something a little different. I plugged in my Cricut and got to work. This is the result.
Okay, it's not THAT different, but at least it isn't rectangular or square, or autumn. So there!  It is kinda cute, though.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Simply Simple

My 8 year old niece started at a new school this fall, and the bad news is: it's really hard to start all over and make new friends. The good news is: she's now close to GRANDMA!!!
They're working together really hard to get her reading skills back up to grade and they read together every afternoon after school. She's starting to get more confidence in herself, so I thought I'd do a little something just to let her know we're proud of her. I kept it very simple, but, because she really is Tilda, that's who I used for the image on the bookmark. I hope she gets lots of use out of it.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Three Playful Mice

Silly meeses! They do love to clown around and take turns making each other laugh. Right now it's Muzzy's turn and of course, he's showing off!!!

Wonder what they'll be up to next. You just never know!