September 30, 2009

Just a Note

I've been working on a few different projects for my craft show coming up this weekend (eeeekkk!) and this is one of them...

I just took a sheet of 12x12 paper and trimmed it down to fit in my printer and printed the word "Notes" on the top in a neat font.  This one in particular uses a stamp set that I think is retired from The Angel Company called Funky Girlfriends.  I randomly stamped the flower around the outside edge of the paper and colored with my Prisma colored pencils.  I stamped a few more flowers on a small piece of paper to attach to the dry erase marker.  I will attach a piece of velcro to the marker and then to the bottom of the frame.

I've seen this several different places on the internet and thought it was really great!  My plan is to make 3 or 4 more of these before Saturday.  Wish me luck that I get them all done!  :)

Paper: from stash
Stamps: Funky Girlfriends (The Angel Company)
Ink: printer ink; Memento
Accessories: dry erase marker; picture frame

September 29, 2009


When I saw this elephant from Doodle Beans, I knew it would be perfect for this...

A belated birthday card!  I'm sure you recognize the layout ... it's the same one I used here with Oswalda.  I got the DP at Michael's and loved the colors in it.  The pink around the elephant is the back of the DP.  Notice the pink toe nails and the blue eyeshadow?  Before printing the elephant out, I added the sentiment.  I knew I wanted the sentiment to continue to the inside...

I had some of the DP left over so I made it into a little gift card holder.  Normally I don't decorate the inside of my cards but I think it turned out cute!

Challenges entered:
Polka Doodles ~ digi coloring
Stamp Something ~ favorite layout or sketch
Secret Crafter Saturday ~ animal antics
High Hopes ~ birthday cards (although this isn't a High Hopes image)

Paper: white & cream from stash; DP from Michael's
Stamps: Elephant (Doodle Beans)
Ink: printer ink
Accessories: blue satin ribbon

September 28, 2009

Squigglefly Challenge #21 ~ Black & White

Well it's Kim's turn again over at Squigglefly to issue the challenge and challenge us she did!  This week she wants us to use black and white and no other color.  As soon as I saw the challenge, I knew what image I wanted to use but I wasn't sure how I was going to put it together.  I just sat down and played a little bit and this is what I came up with...

This is the Old Barn.  Well, I'm a bit of a country girl and when I saw this image, it reminded me of those old country barns.  I really wanted to add just a bit of color but I restrained myself.  I added a black & white plaid ribbon with a very simple bow.  The sentiment is from Paper Makeup Stamps and says "Sometimes sorrow is the only truth. ~ Oscar Wilde".

Don't forget that the Shy Bears are being released today!  Be sure to head over to Squigglefly to see all of them (I've seen some and they are all really cute).

Paper: from stash
Stamps: Old Barn (Squigglefly); sentiment (Paper Makeup)
Ink: printer ink; Memento
Accessories: black & white plaid ribbon

September 27, 2009

Shy Bears are coming...

You know the Shy Bears will be released by Squigglefly tomorrow, but right now the little fellows are a bit shy, so they've been hiding out on five of Squigglefly's design team members blogs. You need to help us find them! Go visit each design team blog and look all over the front pages to try to find all five bears. If you can find all five, go leave a comment on Holly's blog listing which five blogs you found them on.  Monday afternoon will pick a commenter and if that commenter has all five blogs listed they will get to choose their choice of two of the new shy bear images making their digi debut tomorrow and will receive some goodies from Holly's stash.  

You can find all the design team blogs on the left of my blog under the Squigglefly Design Team logo. Good luck finding those little guys!

September 26, 2009

Hippie Anya

Wow, the flu bug sure does take its toll on a person!  All week we have been fighting it in our house!  First Lilly came home from school on Monday with a fever of 104 so we kept her home Tuesday.  Then I got hit with the nasty stuff.  It's hit everyone in the house except hubby.

Any way, here is a card that I had made but just hadn't posted yet.  This uses a Limited Edition Anya from The Greeting Farm called Hippie Anya.  I got her for my birthday.  :)

The sketch I used came from Sketch and Stash challenge blog towards the end of August.  I've had the DP for a long time and thought the flowers suited Hippie Anya.  I added some Prisma flowers and stuck a dew drop in the middle.  I'm happy with how it turned out!

Challenges entered:
Anyone for Anya ~ funky flowers

Paper: from stash
Stamps: Hippie Anya (The Greeting Farm)
Ink: Memento
Accessories: Prisma flowers; dew drops

September 21, 2009

Snowman CD Ornament

I've had this idea in my head for awhile but hadn't been able to get one made until this weekend.  And I actually made 8 of them!

I've been saving those free CD's that come in the mail and some that I've used but can't reuse.  I got some CD labels and decided to create these ornaments.  The image is Snowman from Doodle Beans.  I cropped the words from the snowman so I could get it all to fit.  Once I had the snowman placed, I put the words back on.  I colored the snowman with my Prisma colored pencils and masked him so I could sponge around him.  Then I went and embossed snowflakes randomly around the edge.  Finally I punched the hole in the top with my Crop-a-Dile (made it easy-peasy).  I'm also going to take these to the craft show.

Challenges entered:
Stamptacular Sunday ~ anything but a card

Paper: CD label
Stamps: Snowman (Doodle Beans)
Ink: printer ink; blue
Accessories: Crop-a-Dile; silver cording

Squigglefly Challenge #20 ~ Sketch

This week over at Squigglefly, Rhonda gave us a sketch to use.

I don't have mine finished yet but thought I would show you the sketch so you would be able to play along.  I should have mine up later today.  If you want more inspiration, head over to the Squigglefly blog to check out all the other Design Team!

September 19, 2009

Squigglefly Blog Hop winner

The winner has been chosen by Crissy...

She was on Vicki Parson's blog, and her name is Mary C.  She said, "What wonderful cards you created! I love them all, though the turkey is my favorite. I can't wait to see what else is released tomorrow."

September Raining

If you are a fan of Edwin & Tilda from Magnolia, then you might want to join the Magnolia-licious yahoo site!  This card that I'm showing today is the card I made to send to the September Rainees.  :)  This is a 6 month commitment with a group of 24; each month 4 names are chosen to be "Rained" on with cards that month.  It's a fun group and I loved all the cards that I received during my "Rain" month in June.

All 4 cards are the same layout.  The only difference is that on 2 the cards are these colors and on the other 2 the colors are reversed (pink is embossed with swiss dots and the image is matted onto green).  The layout came from Sweet Sketch Wednesday back in August.  I'm going to enter it into the current challenge over on Stamp Something ~ use your favorite colors or papers.  I love pink & green together!

Don't forget to check the Squigglefly blog later today to see if you are the winner of 13 of Crissy's new images!  I used to draw the name to send to Crissy for the grand prize and it was #35 ~ Nicola. So Nicola, be sure to check back later to see if you were the lucky one to win Crissy's images!!  If you don't win, all of Crissy's new images are up for purchase now!

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope to see you back soon!

Paper: white (Georgia Pacific); pink & green (SU)
Stamps: Tilda (Magnolia)
Ink: Memento
Accessories: white ribbon; swiss dots embossing folder (Cuttlebug)

September 18, 2009

Huge Squigglefly Blog Hop is Here

If you are hopping here from Kim's blog, you are on the right track!  If you are just joining me here, be sure to start at the Squigglefly blog so you don't miss any important information!

Here is my 3rd sneak peek...

So sorry for the poor picture quality.  I'm still trying to find the best place to take pictures.  This card features one of the sentiments that will be available for purchase tomorrow morning.  I used the sketch from Sketch Saturday.  Added some bling with Stickles on his hat & dew drops on a few circles as well as the top corner.  :)

There will also be a drawing for a random commenter who will win a grand prize package of all 13 images plus a few other great goodies will get thrown in to "sweeten the prize"!  Be sure you leave me a comment as I will pick a random commenter from my blog and send them on to the final round for their chance to win the grand prize!  To give late hoppers time to comment,  I will email the name of my random commenter on Saturday morning.  We will post the winner on the Squigglefly blog sometime on Saturday.  That's also the day the images will be available for download.

Also want to mention that Stef and Holly (fellow Squigglefly girls) are going to host the digi day on Card Universe this Saturday evening at 8 eastern, 7 central.  There are a couple of challenges planned and there will be prizes for each challenge. 

Your next stop along the way is Maria's blog!

Paper: from stash
Stamps: (Squigglefly)
Ink: printer
Accessories: Stickles, dew drops

September 17, 2009

Squigglefly Sneak Peeks ... Day 2

So sorry I wasn't able to post yesterday but my computer went on the fritz and I had to defrag the whole dang thing.  Ugh!!

Sneak Peek #1... (since I didn't post yesterday)

Sneak Peek #2...

Anyway, if you haven't already heard the news ... Squigglefly has a brand new designer!!  The one & only ... Crissy Armstrong!  I'm sure you have all seen her incredible work over at High Hopes but now you will be able to enjoy instant gratification with her absolutely gorgeous digital stamps!

Remember that tomorrow is our Blog Hop!  You will need to start at the Squigglefly Blog but if you forget, I'll point you in the right direction.  :)  Then on Saturday morning all of Crissy's images will be available!

Paper: from stash
Stamps: (Squigglefly)
Ink: printer ink
Accessories: prima flowers

September 15, 2009

It's Official...

I am going back to college!  I got the official notice yesterday via email.

I have applied for financial aid and waiting for final approval before I sign up for classes.  Plus I have to meet with my advisor.  I have an Associate of Applied Science degree in Accounting that I got 12 years ago.  I started working on my Bachelor degree back in 2000 but life changes made me put a hold on it.  That is an unfinished project that I really want to finish.  After I meet with my advisor I'll know how many more classes I need to officially graduate with a Bachelor degree!!

September 14, 2009

Squigglefly News Update

Just want to let you know that beginning on Wednesday (the day after tomorrow), some of the Squigglefly team will be showing sneak peeks of some of the absolutely fabulous new images that will be available on Saturday, September 19th.  In addition there will be a blog hop on Friday, September 18th with an unbelievable prize!!  I will have sneak peeks beginning on Wednesday.

September 12, 2009

Lots of Bubble Gum...

I am in the process of getting ready for a craft show with 2 other girls (Lisa & Diana) in Hatton.  It's in a little town with a population of about 50 but one day a year it overflows with thousands!  This is their 35th year so I'd say it's doing pretty good.  They have horses and tractors pulling wagons toting customers back and forth from their cars to the various locations of vendors.

These are some Trident gum holders that I found a template for years ago.  They are fast and easy to make.  I've got 20 made and will probably make a few more.  Time is running out as it is the first Saturday in October!

I'm going to enter these into the current challenge over on Polka Doodles ~ anything but a card.

Paper: from stash
Stamps: various
Ink: Memento ink
Accessories: Trident gum

September 11, 2009

My Squigglefly Card (just a bit late)

Well I am just a bit late getting this posted.  This week has been pure chaos and hopefully next week will slow back down.  

This is the card that I made for Rhonda's challenge over on Squigglefly ~ red, green plus 2 stars.  Although I don't have 2 stars, I do have 1 and the red & green.  The DP is some that I've had forever.  I embossed snowflakes onto the green cardstock.  For just a bit of bling, I added Stickles to the snow.  The image is Seasonal Trees from Squigglefly.

Speaking of Squigglefly, if you haven't heard the news yet, there is going to be a HUGE announcement on September 19th!!  Trust me, you will want to be around to hear this one.  Plus I think there will be some sneak peeks beginning on the 16th.  I will have more information as it becomes available.  :)

Other challenges for this card...
Crafty Creations ~ embossing
Paper Maniac Challenge ~ embossing
Stamp Something ~ favorite embellishment (Stickles)

Thanks for looking and I should have a post up in the morning.

Paper: from stash
Stamps: Seasonal Trees (Squigglefly)
Ink: printer
Accessories: Snowflake embossing folder, ribbon, stickles

September 7, 2009

Squigglefly Challenge #18 ~ Red, Green plus

It's Rhonda's turn this week to give out the Squigglefly Challenge: red, green plus 2 stars.  It doesn't have to be Christmas themed either.  I have my card planned but not finished yet.

Luckily this is a 3 day weekend and hubby has promised me some time today to work on stuff.  He's been busy the last 2 days fishing and setting bank poles trying to catch some big fish.  He brought home 2 good size flathead catfish Saturday morning and if I can corral his phone long enough to download a picture he took of our little man holding the fish, I'll post it.

Be sure to head over to the Squigglefly Blog to check out the other Design Team creations!!  I'll try to post my card later today.  :)

September 4, 2009


Wouldn't it be nice if life could be simple?  That's the theme I used for this card.

The picture is a little blurry and I apologize.  I had to move my location and I'm trying to find the best lighting (and least amount of distraction).  The black and white swirl paper is a freebie from Doodle Beans.  You can find it here.  The sentiment is from Paper Makeup Stamps.  I believe it was a freebie a week or two ago.  I love the colors Black and White plus Red.  I matted the sentiment onto red cardstock then added some pearly dew drops for some bling.

I'm also going to enter this in the current challenge over at Bee Crafty to use digital papers.  Thanks for stopping by!

Paper: B&W (Doodle Beans); other from stash
Stamps: Simplicity (Paper Makeup)
Ink: printer
Accessories: pearl dew drops

September 3, 2009

Happy for you...

Meet Tara...

I got this adorable fairy from the VC Stamp Challenge blog (they used to offer it free). She is colored with my Prismacolor pencils and blended with OMS (odorless mineral spirits). I added Stickles to her wings for some "fairy bling". I wasn't really sure what sentiment I wanted to put on here but I found this sentiment in another set that I had and thought it would be good for lots of things.

Challenges this is for:
Stamp Something ~ Animal Somethings (the bee should count)
Secret Crafter ~ Flights of Fancy (anything with wings)
Pollycraft Monday ~ Furry Friends (does the bee count? they have fuzz)
La-La Land Crafts ~ Bling, Bling (fairy wings)
Papertake Weekly ~ Angels and Fairies

Thanks for stopping by again and I plan to have something up tomorrow using some of my Doodle Beans stamps! :) Enjoy your day!!

Paper: from stash
Stamps: Tara (VC Designs), Charlene April Showers ~ sentiment (Clear Dollar Stamps)
Ink: printer
Accessories: ribbon, Stickles

September 2, 2009

Another Gift Card Holder

Here is the project I told you about earlier...

I made this gift card holder using the instructions on the Whimsy Stamps monthly challenge blog, here. The size was just a little odd for me so I added a 4.25" x 4.25" piece of white cardstock behind it. To make it fit in a regular envelope, I punched some holes in the left side of the envelope then added a piece of the purple cardstock to make room for the smaller sized gift card.

The image is from Stamping Bella called Teddybella. I received her in an image swap on Splitcoast Stampers. For a little bit of added dimension, I popped up her belly using pop dots. She was colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with OMS. The ribbon is used to tie the holder closed. I think it turned out pretty good. :)

In addition to entering this for the Whimsy Stamps monthly contest, I'm also going to submit it to the challenges here:
Cute Card Thursday ~ New Beginnings
Stampin' for the Weekend ~ Anything Baby

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Paper: from stash
Stamps: Teddybella (Stamping Bella)
Ink: memento
Accessories: white ribbon

Some exciting news...

I meant to post this yesterday but time got away from me.

As of September 1st, I am a proud Design Team member for Doodle Beans Digital Stamps!! If you haven't heard of this stamp company, you need to go check them out! While you're there, be sure to check out the Design Team page. Yes, I'm the only one without a picture but I HATE having my picture taken (if I get enough requests, I will try to get a decent picture taken).

Be sure to check back later as I'll have a project I finished last night posted and hopefully a card or two. :) I thought with one kid in school, that I'd have more time to create but my little man misses his sister and he is always right by my side or getting into something he shouldn't be.

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