When Life Sends You Showers, Dance in the Puddles

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

You have no idea how glad I am to be able to say that, so I'll keep it very brief. You see, I had a heart attack this past week and got the be-jaybers scared out of me! I do believe it's called a "WAKE UP CALL". The doctor was very happy with the way I responded to treatment  so my hospital stay was short. This week, tho, I go back for a consult on peripheral artery bypass surgery on both legs, so we'll see what happens next.  Okay, are we having fun yet?
I made this card a little while back, as soon as I saw these precious images on HouseMouse. I'm so glad I did because just looking at these precious meeses makes me feel better. I hope they do the same for you, and that everyone has a HAPPY and HEALTHY New Year!!!!!!!

Here's the inside.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

No need to panic!

Almost forgot these, til they came in the mail yesterday. Two gift cards from Amazon, in their mega large envelopes, which had me stumped for a minute. Not much time cuz they had to be gifted today at son's office but I think I found a simple yet effective solution. Tilda and Santa to the rescue! Kept it fast and simple but I hope they''re festive enough to satisfy the "giftee". The ornaments on Tilda's card are red and silver metallic stickers and they really sparkle. Too bed it doesn't show so well on the card :(
Santa's dropping off a bag of Jolee's presents and both cards have little charms attached and puffy paint for accents and Santa's beard.Oh yes, and plenty of gloss and glitter, too.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Starlight, Starbright

Quick share this morning. I made this simple card for OWH Christmas a while back and just wanted to let him wish everyone a Merry Christmas from his precarious perch atop the tree. Just a couple more projects now, and I'm done for the season! It's really slow going these days but I'm getting into a new routine. Not as productive as I'd like to be but adjusting to limitations and, as always, having fun. Now, back to coloring my last two cards and I can breathe easily!!

Now, how the heck's he gonna get down from there!!?

Thursday, December 8, 2011

It's all in the Presentation

I've had this project planned, and the ornament trees purchased, for the better part of a year but, as you all have experienced, sometimes the best laid plans, etc., etc., etc. ......
Actually, I did manage to get everything done according to plan, just took some shortcuts I hadn't expected to take. Due to circumstances, I skipped some of the "handmade from scratch ideas" and relied on K and Company punch out little purses and Christmas decorations. Thank goodness for that company cuz I probably wouldn't have been able to muddle through without them. They saved me tons of work and much back pain in the process, so Thank You, K and Company. You saved the day! Here are several pics of my finished trees using flotsam and jetsom from my stash to glitz them up. I figure if the gift can't be original, at least the presentation can. Hope these guys survive the trip through Priority Mail to their destination (with fingers crossed.)

The cone and little box are filled with Hershey Mint Kisses, at least they were, until I packed them. Now they're rattling around in the bottom of the box! That's okay. It gives my sis something to do when the packages arrive. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

What do you send to an 11 year old boy?

I CASEd this one, pure and simple. Just added an MS punched snowflake and a Die-Namics icicle border from MFT, along with some of the gorgeous SU Diamond Ice EP to all the white stuff. Love that EP, Gives the image just the right amount of sparkle without hiding the original color. The sentiment and reindeer are Hero Arts. I know I owe someone a thank you for this layout, so - thanks bunches. I was at a loss as to what to make for this guy. Sweet and girly just don't work here! Hope he likes it.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

'Tis the Season

Well, it's been over a month since my last post  but I've slowly but surely been putting some cards and projects together for the upcoming holidays. It's been a rough month and I haven't been able to accomplish much until the last few days. Soooooo frustrating, not being able to do much of anything but finally I'm able to do some coloring and finish my family cards that were started a while back. I can do a little more every day and hope that SOON I'll be back in full force. Lots of ideas bouncing around in my head and I really, really want to do more than sit/lie and watch the tube.BORING!!!  Hope everyone who celebrates had a wonderful Thanksgiving and is looking forward to a great holiday season. I know I am.
Here's my first project, CAS, with my new Poppystamps Window die, Hero Arts Happy Holidays trees and my little cutie pie Santa House Mouse. I put acetate "glass" in the window and a little puffy paint "snow" on the ground.

 I added some peel off gold liner around the front window and cut the corner flourishes from Spellbinders craft metal with my Cuttlebug. Happy Crafting, y'all!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Speaking of Lizards, Geckos and Other Garden Critters

Over on one of my card making groups there has been long and serious discussion of these little four-legged critters and how some folks feel about them. I agree. They're cute, fun to watch, and very good for the garden. We have a little chameleon who's taken up residence in our small garden along with several lizard families, much to the delight of the little wrens and sparrows who congregate around our bird baths and feeding stations. He is so quick, Lightning we call him, and when the birds see him they all go scurrying after him. I think he's playing tag, knowing he'll never get caught! A real jokester, he is. That prompted my to get out one of my favorite Edwin stamps, so here I am paying homage to a much maligned but much needed species. To all the lizard type critters in the world, here's to you. Keep eating those flies and other flying nasties!

Even if you're not a fan of these reptilians, you must admit Edwin is a pretty cute little guy!

Monday, October 24, 2011

The Night Has A Thousand Eyes

In 1948 they made a movie with that title, starring Edward G. Robinson. In the 60's Bobby Vee sang a somewhat haunting love song with the same title. I have now created a Halloween card dedicated to this theme. Okay, so there's not a thousand, I didn't have enough wiggle eyes, but you get the idea.  The little beauty on the front was an image captured from the net, the black glitter tree and the caged raven (or crow, if you prefer) and all other birds were Jolee's great dimensional stickers. This one's for 9 Yr Old Zoe which means I've reached the end of the alphabet as well as the last of my Oct 31 cards for this year.

Here's the front:

On the inside, I used rub ons for the spider web, the tree and "Creepy". Sorry 'bout the P. I got the original letter stuck on my finger so had to find another, hence the different font. I think it's appropriate for Halloween, tho. Kinda wacky. The tree is obviously haunted with all those eyes staring out. If this isn't sufficiently creepy I don't know what is! I do know she likes my silly stuff so I think it will pass inspection. What do you think?

Now it's off to make Christmas Gift Card holders for the family. I figure if the gift can't be original, at least the presentation can!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

You've Been Warned!

Okay, I promised (threatened)  to show Halloween Card #2, this one for the big kidlet, 11 yr old Kevin, so here he is. When I first saw this card, which I shamelessly CASE'd, I went "OMG! That's Kevin himself!!" Well, not really. His face isn't blue, but given his 'tude I'll guess he'll be painting up and stomping around scaring his little sis any day now.
As for the credits, I saw the original on The Manic World of Mrs Weyremaster
and had to have it. The stamp is from Simply Betty Stamps, his name is Igor. (Say Hello, Igor.) Isn't he a doll? The sentiment is a Letraset Halloween Word digi and I followed Suzi's pattern for overlaying it on top of Igor. The inside is purely mine, all glued up with Jolee dimensional stickers, thick with black glitter, and gold metallic paper background.


The ghosts are epoxy, the spider webs are all rub ons. Hope you get a chance to cruise over to Suzi's blog. It's full of the most delightful whimsy and is worth the trip! and -- a special note to Sandy - check out her Johnny Depp cards! They're to die for.

Now that you've all earned your Bravery badges, I think you're strong enough for the last card .So be prepared. It is sure to "Creep" you out. Wait for it - wait for it. Til next time.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Eek! Mouse in the House!

Most important project of the week: Finish Halloween cards for the kidlets! Priority: Highest. Status: Complete!!!
The way things have been going lately I wasn't sure if I was going to get these finished in time but I did. Thank goodness! I would have felt terrible if I hadn't made some really silly cards for the kids. So --- here's my first, for 5 year old Tracy, our little Diva. It's not very 'artsy' but then,  5 yr olds like lots of 'stuff' way more better than artsy.
Here's the front, complete with one horribly scary House Mouse apparently terrorizing this poor defenseless ghostie.
The Front, of course ...

.... and the inside

The big fat spider on the front is a Jolee dimensional and is the ugliest yuckiest spider I could find. Hope she's impressed. He kinda turns me off!!!  I thought HM's "Bat Mouse" would really have fun scaring the poor ghost (thanks Terry.) The inside stamp is Stampendous "Scruffles Candy". I started this card so long ago I have to admit I don't really remember all the details. I should have written them down somewhere, maybe? In any case, I hope this card is sufficiently "scary" to satisfy her.
Tune in later for 11 yr old Kevin's version of the Frankenstein monster. Now he's reeeaaaallllly scary, so be prepared!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Tilda Celebrates Spring Early This Year

Well, I'm finally getting some time to indulge my favorite pastime and make some cards.  The catalog layouts are in the final revision and finishing touches stage, and my BEAUTIFUL NEW COMPUTER is all loaded up and through its successful trial run.  Since all my Christmas cards are done, bundled, and shipped to Operation Write Home, thought I'd start on a new batch of spring/summer cards to break the monotony.  Still have to make Halloween cards for the kidlets but I was really in the mood for spring.  (Wishful thinking, I guess. This past spring/summer went too fast.) Tilda's basket is filled to overflowing with Flower Soft petals and adorned with some Prima flowers. Colored with Copics and decorated with some goodies from my stash. I'm getting back into the swing of things slowly but surely and so happy to be "playing" again.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Lost in Space

I made this birthday card for a Yahoo group friend a while back, but sadly I now have had my first experience with the travails of snail mail gone bad. You see, it was sent to Australia from California but it looks like a curious dolphin snatched it (is that possible?!)along the way. Well, it never got there at any rate, so I turn to my trusty (lol) internet service to post it here. It's a shame, too, since it was pink. Pink is her chosen color for a very special auction/party she holds each October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and I was really hoping this could do double duty. So sad, but that's the reality of life, huh? My sweet little Ballerina House Mouse seemed right for this card because she's so dainty and really looks pretty in pink! Who knows? Maybe, just maybe, there's always next year. These things do have a way of showing up out of the blue sometimes.

The  Bouquet is set behind a clear acetate window and adorned with many, lost count, tiny pearls.and came from a rub on sticker pack. The butterfly is an MS punch and the papers from my paper pack stash. Amanda's tutu is embellished with Stickles Diamond Dust just 'cuz she loves sparkly things like all little meeses do. Anyhow, Happy Birthday, Gillian, and I'll keep hoping.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Tilda Makes Wishes Come True

With "me" time at a premium these days I have to slip in an occasional CAS whenever I can so I got out my sweet little Tilda fairy, followed a simple sketch, and came up with this. It also gave me the opportunity to use some of the beautiful lace from RRR. Don't you just love her monthly ribbon assortments? I'm hooked on these ribbons. If you don't belong, or haven't seen it yet, you should really check out October's Christmas assortment. It's gorgeous!! Now, have to get back to work. Shhhhh-please don't tell that I was playing hookey. After all, all work and no play - well, you know the rest :)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Happy Birthday for World Card Making Day

I managed to break away from a very tedious project in order to make a birthday card for my nephew, and since it was World Card Making Day it worked out perfectly! Actually, if I hadn't finished this, my name would be mud and we can't have that, can we?
Eleven - kinda an on-the-cusp year, now in Jr. High, no longer a baby, a big boy, so this is what I came up with for our video game addict. I used the DCWV Generation Tech stack, dimensional video game stickers from Jolee and this perfect image from Mo's Digital Pencil. It even looks like him so choosing it was a no-brainer. Of course, he's mounted on an Action Wobble; after all, video games require lots of motion, or so I'm told :)
Inside, I made a pocket for a gift card and added more goodies. Is there any theme that Jolee's doesn't have embellies for? If so, I'm sure she will soon!!

and, of course, the inside

Now back to work as I hope I can be finished with these projects sometime in this lifetime! I'm missin' my fun time!!!!!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Play It Again or Once More With Feeling

In between coughing spasms, med reactions and sleepless nights from the worst case of bronchitis I've ever had, I managed to finish my special birthday project for my 93 yr old aunt. I got the template from Card Carousel and only modified it by adding a base so I could attach a music button that plays 'Happy Birthday'. I cut a thin piece of styrofoam to hold a large bouquet of Wild Orchid flowers inside the lid and decorated the outside with some peel offs and ribbon. I used more peel offs and ribbon, plus the music charm, on the acetate display box.  Voila! Now to find a mailing box so I can ship it off in time for her big day. It took me three tries to get the piano together correctly, but I think it was worth the effort.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Watch out, Lance Armstrong!

Edwin's pedaling as fast as he can on his new bike. It's the first day of school and he doesn't want to be late. Tilda would never let him live it down and besides, he wants to show off his new wheels. He's taking his favorite shortcut and, with any luck, will beat Tilda to the door.
Ooooh, is that the school bell I hear ringing? Hope he makes it.

I embossed his frame with the Tiny Bubbles Cuttlebug folder, to look like a cobblestone road, making for a bumpy, but fun ride. Kinda sets your teeth a-chattering, doesn't it?
The epoxy stickers and background paper are from my stash, and he's colored with Copics.
After school, he's headed over to two challenges:
OWH for Anything but Glitter  and Magnolia-licious Highlights for Falll Colors/Back to School.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Another Year Older

Don't you hate it when your kids just keep getting older in spite of your heartfelt wishes that they would stay forever young? No- it's not nostalgia - it's pure T selfish 'cuz it means I must be getting older, too and I'm fighting it like heck! It's hard to explain that you're only 28 when your pride and joy starts showing gray around the temples. Oh well, maturity has its perks and when I figure out what they are, I'll let y'all know!!
Anyhoo, my tribute card to my son may need explaining. We have a small garden, mostly in planter boxes, and since he took over my farming responsibilities he's been getting creative. Second year now, he planted four (count 'em-four) corn stalks in a 12 inch by 30 inch planter. And such corn you've never tasted! Fresh off the cob, just like my growing up years when we went to the local farms and bought fresh by the bushel. Mother would have the pot boiling, with that little pinch of sugar, while we frantically husked the ears so we'd get the freshest, sweetest corn in the world. Okay, rather than blustering on indefinitely, here's the card. My salute to Farmer Rob and his four corn stalks on his xxxx'th birthday.

I've added his favorite expression, gleaned from his Great Grandfather's impressive collection of Yiddish slang. I actually paid for this stamp, simply because I was so intrigued by the fact that there really WAS a stamp with this sentiment. Too much fun. So, here's the inside. I hope he gets as big a kick out of receiving this as I had making it.

I've entered some challenges, this week.
 Crazy 4 Challenges: Male Card
Cupcake Inspirations: Fall Colors
Make it Monday: Anything Goes
Really Reasonable Ribbons: Keep it Clean

Whew! Definitely a First for Me!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Let Them Eat Pie

It's hard to make Thanksgiving and Christmas cards when the temp is in high 90's and the days are long. However, I had some help from my dear House Mouse friends Mudpie and Muzzy. They're up to their usual - you know - pigging, or should I say, 'mousing' out on one of their favorite treats - Pumpkin Pie! Today they're sharing their holiday treat with the folks over at House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge, Let's Get Fruity. As this card shows, they've certainly taken the expression 'Nothing exceeds like excess' to heart, with gobs and gobs of Liquid Applique whipped cream piled on Amanda's latest culinary treat which is colored with Copics and mounted on Bazzill cardstock and some DP from my stash. The sentiment, well, I cheated and bought a roll of 50 Happy Thanksgiving stickers. I know, maybe the lazy way, but it worked for me! So here they are. I just hope they don't get tummy aches from overindulging, but if so, I'm sure Amanda will do her best to make them feel better.

This is one of a set of holiday cards going to OWH very soon. Have to make early, you know, 'cuz they're going far, far away and I don't want them to miss the boat, so to speak! So, gobble gobble everyone, and happy turkey day to all!
BTW, I would be so remiss if I didn't enter this in OWH Stars and Stamps challenge this week, Thanksgiving  Any Hero card! Wow think about it! Two challenges for me this week - must be some kind of record. But this was too good an opportunity to pass up.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Good Morning Make It Monday!

I'm new to your weekly challenge, and can thank Rene for steering me in your direction. What a fun challenge! Very liberating, to say the least. For my first entry I chose a card using my favorite combo. Plain old red and white, using a JustRite image colored with Copics. If I'm in a slump this is the type card I usually gravitate to, don't know why, I just find it very pleasing to the eye (mine, at least.)  I hope you like it, and now I'm looking forward to next Monday. I've seen some really gorgeous entries this morning and hope I can live up to the challenge. Thanks for letting me participate.

 Oh yes, base is Bazzill cardstock, DP is from my digi collection. Nestie scallops are outlined with Sakura Sparkle gel pen, just a touch to give it a little dazzle!

Friday, August 19, 2011

It's Never Too Late

If you're going to tell me Strawberry season is over, I might agree, but, then again, I might not. For me, it's always strawberry season. Shortcake, pie, homemade ice cream, or ice cream topping, or best of all the Queen of the strawberry dishes - homemade Strawberry Jam!!!! So easy to make and sooooooooo delish! So if I love strawberries, it stands to reason that Tilda does too. This is one of her very favorite papers from the Bearly Mine Delicious Delights digi pack. To add to the deliciousness, I've added a strawberry brad to the strawberry red gingham ribbon and adorned her strawberry red pinafore with a strawberry red heart. Okay, before I get carried away, here's my card! Please be respectful and don't drool too much. It's not ladylike, you know :)

Happy Friday, y'all and hope your weekend is strawberry sweet!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Drowning in the Fragrance

Have you ever buried your nose in a furiously blooming Lavender bush? The aroma is to die for and these little meeses are in sweet, sweet heaven! Lots of fun chatter going on over at the House Mouse group, so I had to drop everything and make up this little card to share with some 'gabby' friends :) Kept it simple, used my new lavender Copics and  tied it up with a pink satin bow. Have a great day, all my fellow Mousers (and everyone else), this one's for you. Eve, you were my inspiration as I think you've already guessed! Anyhow, please enjoy.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Operation Write Home Thinking of You

Unfortunately I've had to take a Blogger Break, not by choice, mind you! But - wanted to post a card I made for this week's OWH Challenge, Thinking of You.  I've made some silhouette cards, something a little different from my usual, but I love the look. I really am a CAS kinda gal and this definitely fits the description. Hope it conveys the sense of peace and tranquility that I intended.

The tree is a from the Stampin'Up digi set Forest Friends, I found the girl while browsing through some clipart freebies; paper, ribbon and sentiment are from my stash. I'll be glad to get back to more playing soon - I miss my sticky, ink stained fingers! This doesn't seem natural :)

Monday, August 1, 2011


Since Tilda told Edwin about her fun fishing excursion he's been wanting to try out his new rod and reel himself, so he hie'd his way to the old fishing hole and settled in for some good old fashioned fun. Well, it looks like he's gotten himself so lost in daydreaming that he's forgotten what he's there for. Now that brings up a good question. His mind is obviously elsewhere, but where is that? Thinking of Tilda and her successful adventure, maybe wishing he'd brought some of that fresh baked apple pie his mom has sitting in the kitchen window to cool, or maybe just thinking how he wished Tilda was there with him. Whatever the case, he's completely oblivious to the little fish nibbling at his line as well as the mermaid who's just found his message in a bottle that he threw in the water last season. Do you suppose he'll wake up in time to take advantage of the situation or will he just sit there dreaming the day, and his opportunities, away? You guess. I made the card so now it's your turn to interpret it!!!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Gone Fishin'

Oh my. Tilda has been wanting to go fishin' ever since school let out and she's finally got her chance. I hope she's hungry 'cuz it looks like she's about to hit the jackpot. I guess the question's going to be 'grilled, fried or baked?'.

Pretty simple, huh?  Well, this Tilda's just a simple girl but she has big ideas, as you can see here:

Wow! What a catch! and here's the whole card:

I used the new  Sizzix Scalloped Circle Pop-up die to attach the fishies. Love this die. It makes pop-ups so easy to make. I double-cut the fish with my Cricut E, used a sentiment I got as a RAK from a friend. I thought it was a perfect fit for this card. The 'ocean' is from my Cuttlebug Tiny Bubbles EF. I have to thank Rene for giving me the opportunity to make this card. Couldn't have done it without her :)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

OWH Challenge - Cards for our heroes to send home to their children

A great challenge at OWH Stars and Stamps this week. Of course, my first thought was which Edwin to send? Cool Edwin? Edwin Waiting for Fish? Okay, I'll send them both but this simple one with Cool Edwin is what I chose for the challenge. Mr. Parrot is from Jolee's. Their dimensionals are so cute and really come in handy when you need that extra little pop without using bling! The ric rack is from RRR, buttons from my stash and the coloring compliments of Copic.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Lion King

Such a beautiful movie. and the stage play - magnificent. I love this story, the movie, the music. Laughed my you know what off at Timon and Pumbaa, and pulled out my inner child and teared up - it's hard to act grown up with tears streaming down your cheeks over a cartoon!!!! I managed to destroy my mature image quite well, thank you.
Anyhow, I've been wanting to do this for a long time and finally got up the nerve. Love this little Lion and he really inspired me. I hope I've done him, and the story, justice.


and, on the inside,  His Majesty, The KING

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Lovely Lavender

I was looking back over the past couple of years, at some of the cards and projects I've made, and it suddenly hit me. Of all the colors and combinations I've used, there are only a few in lavender or purple. It wasn't deliberate, those are just colors that are not in my personal color library or that I "see" when pulling out the ink, paper and embellies. I think Pink is second lowest on my list, except for the fact that I just finished 30 pink cards for a friend's Breast Cancer Awareness auction. Well, I had to remedy that so I got Suzanne Dean's Lavender Copic bundle from Susana's Custom Art and Card Design, then had to hunt up some lavender/purple dp, which I didn't have either! Solved that problem with the purchase of KaiserCraft's Lilac Avenue Collection - oh so pretty! So now I've colored Tilda Celebrates Summer in her pretty new lavender frock, chasing butterflies and picking flowers. I hope I can remember to use these colors more often. They're too pretty to neglect!

BTW, I think I'll let the Pink rest for a while. I'm starting to sprout frills and lace! Very strange combo for this former tomboy :)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Make a Splash

I got this new House Mouse "Diving for Gold" stamp just in time to participate in the House Mouse Make A Splash Challenge over at House Mouse and Friends. This really was a challenge for me as I'm not used to working with images this large. It's a 4 x 5 stamp and I was a little intimidated at the start. Finally, after my fourth or fifth stamping attempt I got it right, and it was easy going from there on. I really have to practice with these big guys more 'cuz they're so darn cute!

I stamped this with VersaFine Vintage Sepia and colored with Copics. and guess what? It was fun!!

Mystery Moose

Okay. I have a slight problem. While rescuing some images from my long lost UFO box I found Mr. Moose. So I used him to make a challenge card, then completely forgot which challenge I made it for! Oh well, he still goes in the OWH box to be shipped overseas to our troops in remote locations. Occasional vapor lock of the brain isn't that unusual for me, so I went digging through my stamp stash looking for the original so I could acknowledge the manufacturer. That's where my problem comes in. I can't find it. Nowhere - no how - no way!
Maybe it will eventually show up (under the couch, behind a book shelf, in the video game drawer) or - is it a digital stamp that's now lost somewhere in cyberspace? If any of you kind souls can identify this image for me, I'd be eternally grateful.
In the meantime, here's the card I made. Please put on your shades before viewing. I'll not be responsible for any eye damage due to the bright colors :)

Friday, July 1, 2011

Something New from Something Old

Long, long ago, before Magnolia, before Copics, before Cricut, I made a card intended for my young nephew. Well, when I finally had it all put together I took one look and went BLAAAAH!!!! This is UGGGGLY! Needless to say, the card went in the "Black Hole" of  I Wouldn't Send This to My Worst Enemy, and there it lay, forlorn and abandoned, gathering dust. Recently I found that stash of half-finished cards, colored images and other pieces of flotsam and jetsam known as the junk box.- and here it was, in all it's ugliness. Since I was working on some Edwin cards this caught my eye and I thought "Oh I'm so glad I didn't throw this away" and immediately disassembled the card, rescuing this cute critter in the process. That's the story behind Edwin's adventure at the zoo today, his first day as Junior Zoo Keeper. This time I managed to produce something worthy of any young man with a passion for exotic animals and cleared out some space in the junk/mystery box at the same time. Good for me!

The background was embossed with Tim Holtz brick wall folder, very lightly distressed, then embellished with a Sizzix branch, a wrought iron gate cut from one of my Cricut carts, and this darling dimensional sticker from Jolee.  I used Jungle Edwin, minus the machete, and this is the result. Unfortunately, in the meantime, my nephew kept getting older and and has now moved past the zoo keeper stage into video games and soccer. Next step - GIRLS. Oh well, I'm sure I'll find someone to give Edwin and his friend a new home. When I do, they'll be here, waiting.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Red White and Blue Birthday

Well, six months has come and gone. It's definitely true that time moves more swiftly as you grow older, and this last few months have flown. It's been great fun being on the Squigglefly Design Team and it's only fitting to finish with a red, white and blue salute! I'm doing a little bit of self-celebrating today 'cuz it's my birthday and I can!
I used the Paper Patterns Pack 1 background (Spring Flowers), changing the color to blue in PSP and accenting them with red jewel centers. For this occasion I just had to use my fave Magnolia Tilda and adorn her with a sprinkle of Petaloo flowers and more red "jewels", and coloring with Copic Markers. Please pop on over to the Squigglefly Blog and join in this Red White and Blue Challenge, if you can. Images are available at their store where there's always something new to play with. Want to try before you buy? There are some truly scrumptious freebies here for you to download so please come on over and jump in on the fun.

Remember, there's a new challenge every Monday, and with the next Design Teams ready to go you're sure to find lots more ideas to inspire you. I'm looking forward to "being challenged" by all these creative ladies. It's been a fun six months and I'm going to miss it.