When Life Sends You Showers, Dance in the Puddles

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Can May Be Here So Soon?

Oh my! Just another day before it's May already! Where is the year going? Too fast, my friends, too fast. But, to celebrate the start of another month, hopefully spring-like here in the Northern Hemisphere, I stamped up one of my cute Penny Black hedgehogs out enjoying the perks of the season. He's taking it all in with enthusiasm because he knows it won't last. Yes, there will be another winter some day, but for now he just wants to stop and commune with nature.

Paper is from a Bearly Mine digital set and the butterflies are the small MS punch all glittered up. Hope you all have a great week and that May brings nothing but bright flowers your way.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Birthday Card for a Friend

When my son's co-worker asked for a birthday card for a three year old friend, the first thing I asked was, of course, who does she like? Well, much to my delight, it turned out to be Ariel, the Little Mermaid!!! and guess what I bought recently? That's right. Mini  Mermaid Tilda. Sure couldn't pass up that opportunity, so I went on a hunt for a coloring book Ariel image and this is the result. So now, my mini mermaid has a few ink marks on her, as all good stamps should have. IMO, a clean stamp is an unused stamp, and that's unforgivable. I used Norma's (From My Craft Room) template, thanks Norma, just shortening the height by an inch. The sentiments and candles are silver peel-offs and the doily is another glittery silver piece. Don't three year olds love shiny things? Clear crystal bubbles mixed with Sakura Clear Stardust pen bubbles are rising from the water and I popped on some blue gems in the corners to keep the water theme going. The strip at the bottom was Cuttlebug embossed with Tiny Bubbles, then heat embossed with clear ep. You probably guessed her name is Alana and I used Puffy White epoxy alpha stickers, securely fastened with ScorTape (bless this product!) This was one of those projects that I had so much fun making, I was sad to see her go, but hopefully a sweet little girl will enjoy it, too.

Monday, April 25, 2011

A Visitor in Maggie Land

Mr. Moose from WhipperSnapper Designs has decided to visit Magnolia Land and has found the perfect picnic spot under the Old Oak. Now he's just waiting for someone to drop by and enjoy some refreshments with him.Won't you stop and keep him company for a while? Maybe have a snack of fresh green clover, some tasty grasses? There's plenty to go around.

When I first saw these little plastic springs on YouTube, I knew my silly streak was about to kick in. Mr. Moose is layered, the top one attached to the card with, yes, you guessed it, an Action Wobble. These things are just too darn cute. When you move the card he bounces and wiggles all over the place. A Nestie Fancy Label, some Copic markers and simple background matting and voila! A card just for laughs.I have a whole package of these Wobbles so you can bet I'm going to indulge my whimsical side a lot!

 Okay, primitive, I know. Just a very poor video of Mr Moose bouncing with glee! Didn't have time to do any editing and found the first place with the right light to capture the vid. Please excuse the lack of technique!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

All Dressed Up for Easter

Tilda, in her finest Spring outfit, ready for the Easter Parade. Was there ever such a thing or was it just a movie? That's okay, we'll pretend.  Her Spring parasol is her pride and joy and she does love showing off just a bit of her frilly petticoat!

I found these little Martha Stewart doilies on-line - love their style. The border, I hand embroidered with little daisies, and the butterfly is the MS small butterfly punch. Still working on my Copic skills, they're so addictive, but what a challenge.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Edwin Visits Squigglefly

 A BIG Welcome Home to someone. Here's Edwin, once again without his butterfly net, but waving hello and welcome home to some lucky person. The Squigglefly Challenge this week? Use our digi images in your favorite way. Mine was to combine a Squigglefly digi, Seasonal House on the Hill set, with Magnolia's adorable Edwin. I printed and colored the house background, then stamped and cut out Edwin, pasting him outside the frame. The sentiment is computer generated from one of my phrase stamps.

A reminder for you - if you don't have any Squigglefly images yet, you can find some pretty adorable freebies here, at the store. Please join us for this challenge, new faces are always so welcome.
Hope to see you there and, as always, warm wishes for a great week to everyone.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Perfect Harmony

This is absolutely my favorite little House Mouse Stamp - I call her Maestro Monica - and she's the leader of the band (does that sound familiar? like in M-I-C-K-E-Y  M-O-U-S-E?) All good former Mouseketeers, time to tune up and join the chorus. Justin, Christina, Brittany, better watch out - you have some serious competition here. What she may lack in talent, she makes up for in enthusiasm and she has managed to inspire a boisterous duet from her more than willing choir. Are we ready now? a-one, and a-two, and a-three ......................

Not much adornment on this one. Scallop border is a Spellbinders pierceability, and the music background isn't paper - it's fabric from a bundle of fat quarters I keep on hand for just this purpose. Hope they make you smile :)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Oh so busy, busy, busy

I've been concentrating on my OWH cards over the weekend, and I'm really proud of myself (reaching around to pat myself on the back) 'cuz I finished nine - count 'em - nine cards, for the troops! In spite of all the interruptions, Augusta golf, Angels baseball, Lakers basketball, oh my. Now I'm exhausted. ;)
Anyhow, here are a few that I finished "for the cause."

Card #1 I broke down and used one of my favorite designer papers that I have been hoarding for-ever!! (sob, sob) and, of course, now I can't remember where I got it.The pinks match better IRL than they seem to here.For the orange card, I traced a flower pattern on orange vellum with my white gel pen. I really liked the way it turned out so I turned it into a card. What do you think? The little bird on card #3 is a Sizzlits die from my huge stash of Sizzixes (?), which I don't use often enough.  I used the Stampin' Up digital version of their Upsy Daisy stamp for this last card. Played around with it to fit in my Label 4 Nestie. I love the Stampin' Up stamps and I'm glad they make so many of them in the digital version. There's so much you can do with them!!!
I have more, but I think I'll save them for another time. Hope you all have a great week.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Birthday Season, Again

Family birthday season starts in April and I have to get hoppin' to get everything done. Unlike the White Rabbit, I don't intend to be late for anything! That way I'll never have to do one of those "sorry I missed your birthday" cards that just don't seem to capture the spirit of the occasion. Frogs and elephants and such just don't do anything for me, so I'll try to always be on time, thank you. Therefore, this card, for my niece going on 9 (oh my gosh, how time flies!!!) features her favorite image - Tilda, of course. She has come to expect Tilda on all her cards and who am I to disappoint. I cut this one from a Cuttlebug cut and emboss folder that's a fave of mine. I wish there were more, they're fun to use.She's colored with glitter pens and Copics and adorned with a Prima bouquet and some clear chandelier beads. Inside, the cupcake image is a Squigglefly digi covered in glitter ink, a mini Tilda and a gift card holder containing - guess what? A gift card!

This is a late, hurry up post 'cuz I have to get this off in the mail. It took a couple of days to get my Internet service back after some little gremlin infected me with a VIRUS and blocked my access! Oh well, such is life and a good lesson. The moral: always have a current backup available. You never know when you'll need it!

Monday, April 4, 2011

They're Only Words

That's this week's DT challenge for Squigglefly, although we all know that words are more than that. Whether they're sentiments on a card, a meaningful exchange between friends, or even an angry retort made in haste, words can hurt or heal. A joke makes us laugh, the news makes us cry. These are all words, only words. I, personally like words that make me smile, make me feel good, or at least better if I'm hurting, and I think words shared between friends are the most important words of all.

This lovely Squigglefly sentiment can be found here, at the shop.It's only one of the many great digital sentiments and images available - and if you're not ready to purchase, there are more of the same offered as freebies here. Whatever you choose, please join us for the challenge. I'd love to see you there!

Friday, April 1, 2011

No Wonder Spring is Late!!

Well, now I know. Blame it on this slow poke. He may win the race in the long run, but he's sure taking his time getting here.  Not to fear, he'll make it eventually - then we can all complain about the heat and humidity instead of the cold and snow - lol. I thought this would be a good way to celebrate the arrival of April, surely that means warmer weather? In SoCal we're expecting rain, which is very, very rare for this time of year. Good. Maybe it will speed this guy up a bit. At least it will save us some time watering the garden!
The turtle is a Hero Arts stamp, the sentiment is an SRM sticker and the ribbon is from RRR's March collection. I embossed Mr.Turtle's background with a stamp from the Cuttlebug Asian collection, and he's stamped in Tim Holtz Pine Green distress ink. The paper is the reverse side of my craft supply invoice from ATRS. Pretty cool, huh?
Oh, by the way - happy April Fool's Day!!!