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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!!!!!