Monday, September 30, 2013

Squigglefly says Show me Your Christmas Cards

 On Squigglefly this week, we were asked by our fearless Team Leader of Rhonda's Rowdy Rascals to create a Christmas card.  I really need to get busy on mine so will use this push to get me started!  I've used the gorgeous images of Inger Harding in a series that she calls Winter Wonderland and love the vintage look of the papers as well as the images in beautiful shades of blue.  I used as my base of the card a great textured card stock called Pearlized Esse White by The Paper Cut and this yummy shimmery pale blue called Bluebell from the same store.  I tried to angle the card so you could get how beautiful the shimmer is.  I tucked in 2 of the great images by Inger underneath the sheer white ribbon.  On the one pushing the sled, I put iridescent Stickles dotted on her to simulate snow falling.  I placed a Memory Box snowflake die cut up in the corner with some turquoise Stickles as accents.  I guess it's official, I have started...but have so many more to make.  That's what is so great about these 2 companies, Squigglefly and The Paper Cut---I should be able to whip out some beautiful cards with all the images and card stock that I'm finding at their locations!
Come and join us this week's Challenge-If you use a SF image, you can win another image for your library!  Thanks for visiting! 

Seems a Little Sketchy joined by My Grafico & The Paper Cut

At Seems a Little Sketchy this week we were sponsored by My Grafico, a fun site with many cute digi images.  They gave us a mountain of images to use but these three cutie pies caught my   EYE(S).   I just love these little creatures and even though they already have eyes, I decided to Accent them!  We were to use the following Sketch-I chose to use some great zig zag paper from The Paper Studio and I found some super card stock by The Paper Cut in the colors of Pop Tone Lemon Drop and Orange Fizz for the larger accent fields.  They come in a great 65 lb  thickness!
I got caught up in the cute images so decided to create another one with The Grafico images-this one with the Top-note Swinging Z-Fold Card from The Paper Cut-I used the Blu Raspberry color, although they have many others! Again you see my flavor of the day-zigzags and I used foam dots to mount the little creature. I really like using different shapes-makes things more interesting.  Hope you are interested in seeing this alternate card and that it gave you even more ideas to create!  Thanks for looking!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Pink and..... Interesting challenge at Squigglefly and The Paper Cut

I'm so late this week with my usual entry into the Squigglefly Challenge but I wanted to support our Teammates on the Holley's Hobbiests Group that I was driven to get this done!!  The twist this week is to use Pink and one other color-well obviously I couldn't make up my mind!  So I dabbled in MANY colors!  I used the Squigglefly image called Worm Wishes by Jackie Mathews-It's a fav with birthday cards around here!
What made it easy to create was the Reverse Explosion Card in Razzleberry from The Paper Cut!  I've started designing cards for them and am thrilled to death to explore all the variety they have in their store with pre-scored and cut card blanks, as well as a huge array of different cardstocks-all you have to do is add your creativity!   I wanted to make Jackie's image the centerpiece and it fit perfectly centered on the square front of the card.  After coloring with copics, I put raspberry and iridescent stickles on the "icing".  On the inside of each side panel, I stamped 2 different Birthday wishes in Memento Ink Bahama Blue.
Be sure and check out the current challenge at Squigglefly as well as the new one that will be posted on Monday!  If you use a SF image, you can have the chance to win an image from their vast library of talented artist's images!  See you on the Fly!!!
**On a side note, thanks for all the well wishes while I was laying low during my medical procedure!  You're the best!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

It's getting Spooky at The Paper Cut using Emma From Fred She Said

I've been so inspired by this little cutie pie all dressed up for Halloween in her purple leopard outfit!  This digi is called Emma the Cat and she is one of so many pre-colored images from Fred She Said!   It looks like she may of had 1 too many pieces of candy!  I glazed her pumpkin and glass lens with diamond glaze to give it a shine.

I couldn't wait to use this great card blank from The Paper Cut-it's called an Outer Stair Step card in Black Licorice that comes pre-scored and cut so it takes all the hassle of measuring and manually cutting out of the fun of creating~ All you have to do is add your dp and embellishments and you've got a great card.  All of these card blank sets come with square cut envelopes so that your thicker cards have more room.
Thanks so much for stopping by-come back again real soon!

Monday, September 16, 2013

"Down on the Farm" Squigglefly Challenge

It's "Down on the Farm" time at Squigglefly this week and this time of year makes me think of the farmers setting out the fruits of their labor by the might be a clever display of straw bales and mums, or clusters of pumpkins...I know that we used to make several scarecrows and post them all along our split rail fence.  I chose an image by one of SF's talented artists, Marla Shega, called Scarecrow on his Wagon .  I adore all the shading that she puts on her images! I didn't have any farm animals so I though this worked just as well!
I matted the copic colored image on chocolate card stock then use a paper called Pioneer Plaid-so pretty.  The "frame" is a heavy embossed cardstock that I rubbed down with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and mounted on pop dots. I think it makes it look like leather!  I used a 2 sided gloss leaf tucked under the frame like falling leaves.  Then in the opposite corner I had a sticker with a spray of colored leaves-I put three knotted buttons there.  I DO love my buttons!!  Come join us on our weekly challenge and you could win a wonderful image from our artists!
I want to enter this in the Show Me Thursday Challenge at Sassy Cheryl's SMT blog

Sassy Studio Designs Sponsors Seems a Little Sketchy this week!

 We're lucky to have as our sponsor this week at Seems a Little Sketchy the great group of Sassy Studio Designs.   The image I chose to use is called Bubble Gum Sassy and I just love the look of her!  Will be perfect for my tween granddaughter~ 
This was the Sketch of the week that we were to use-it's great to have a sketch to go to for ideas!  You can always go back to the sketch history and get a whole library of ideas!
Our challenges run for 2 weeks and the winner of this one will get 4 images of their choice from Sassy Studio-What a great opportunity to build up your library of digis!  Hope we see your creation in the running!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Squigglefly-Talk to Me Challenge- Oh What a mistake I made!!

Ok, I know this card is a bit weird for me....surely someone out there has experienced this before...I was determined to make the best of's my story on how I was making a card for the Squigglefly's latest challenge- Talk To Me, and what happened. You have to use a sentiment on your card, whether it comes with the image, or an embellishment has a verse on it, or you make it up on your computer...Talk To Us!
Sooo...I'm coloring up my Image with my fav copics to use this week called Seriously Sally by Cheryl Alger, she's one of the contributing artists at Squigglefly.  I had the face roughed in and went back to shade the shadows when I noticed that...I HAD PICKED UP THE WRONG COLOR and now Sally had dirt smudges all over her.  When I realized my mistake, I was mortified!  Well what to do-make lemonade out of lemons!  I thought of that Peanuts character called Pigpen with the dirt devils all over the place and on the character.  So, that's what this is supposed to look like.  I tried a technique that I had seen where you wet your paper and then sprinkle coffee where you want it and watch it dissolve.  I think it looks kind-of like clouds of dust?  
So then I thought that maybe Sally didn't want to stop playing ball?...or tag?...and so "Seriously?" I have to Go Back to School?  Oh the stories that she could tell!  Well I hope you like my little story and that if anything happens to you like this-Don't despair. make lemonade!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Teaming up Flowers from Fred She Said and cards from The Paper Cut!

Well after a brief respite, the DT for Fred She Said is back in full swing and looking forward to new designs from our fearless leader Tracey (aka Fred) for the Winter time!  But in the meantime, I'm using one of her latest pre-colored images called
3 Doodled Blossoms from the Fred Store,  The cluster comes in several color combinations and with or without blue accent backgrounds. I fancy cut 2 of the clusers and stacked them on top of each other. She has many recent images that I'm anxious to use like some gorgeous magnolias and one called Doodle Flowers 1-be watching for those soon!
You might have noticed that with this card I was ALSO able to use one of the versatile cards from The Paper Cut that are pre-scored and cut so all you have to do is CREATE!  The card blank that I used was a Top Note Swinging Z Fold  in a new color called Razzle Berry.  What I was thrilled about is that by chance I had  an 1.5" ribbon in exactly the same color with black accents! I stamped a sentiment from my stash and am thrilled to add another Get Well card to my collection.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Squigglefly has new images launching this week-Pam's Pumpkins

Well ONE OF THESE DAYS the days will get cooler and the leaves will start turning colors and Autumn will be upon us.  I love this time of year and look forward to setting all my metal pumpkins staked all around my yard.
In the meantime, Pammie Lehto, one of the artists at Squigglefly, has come up with this cute image called Pam's Pumpkins.  

Using a mat of Kraft paper, I mounted an embossed leaf paper with veins of foil on it.  I used this wide Ombre like sheer ribbon to wrap around the card front and for the bow. I tied this neat burlap leaf shape that was mounted on a very stiff board around the ribbon before placing the bow. The stick pin is by Bella Blvd!  The inside has a leaf print liner and an embossed sentiment card from my LSS, roughed up by my Tim Holtz distresser.
Hope you like this~be sure you take a look in the Squigglefly Store for some new ideas.  Join in on our challenges each week to win a free image!

I'd like to enter this in the following challenge:

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Beginning a Lovely Partnership with The Paper Cut!

 Off on a new adventure for me as I begin creating cards for The Paper Cut!  I'm  very excited to be using their very cool pre-cut and scored card blanks-it makes creating a card SO very easy.  No more measuring, cutting, scoring--it's already done for you!  All you have to do is add your creativity and have fun!
The style I'm using on these Birthday cards is called appropriately the "Cupcake Swinging Z Fold Card" in 2 fabulous colors, Lemon Drop & Pewter.  I've always been interested in these cards that do a "flip" while you're opening the card and having the Impression Obsession Cupcake Set thin metal die set to really accent the flip was fantastic!  
On the BOLD graphic card, I teamed up the Lemon Drop card with one of The Paper Cut's new Pop Tone card stocks called Razzle Berry, both for the embossed liner and the cupcake base.  I love this yummy pink color!! Then I used the Whip Cream card stock for the icing and the cupcake sentiment frame inside-topped it off with some seed beads "sprinkles"--Looks good enough to EAT!! 

Next I was on to a little more elegant card using the same Paper Cut swinging card but in the shade of pewter.  I was looking to make a masculine card but then stumbled over this paisley patterned paper from The Paper Studio-it matched perfectly.  There's a hint of green in the print so I used one of the Basis card stock line in Basis Olive for the embossed liner and the mat under the stamped image.  The blue accents are done with Basis Lt. Blue and "icing" in Whip Cream again.  I love the Stickles that I Sprinkled on the cupcake and the HB mat!
I'm so lucky to be using these wonderful items-I hope that you will visit The Paper Cut site and check out their Gallery for loads of ideas~  Thanks for looking!
I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Southern Girls Challenge this week~~Make Believe

 Well, this might be stretching the challenge this week BUT given the gorgeous image from the Etsy Store called Rhoda Design Studio I had to come up with something that fit the bill!

So on this week's challenge at SGC, I am Making Believe that the cool, crisp breezes of FALL are on their way to give us a break from the oppressive heat we are having in Illinois!!!  How's that for a Stretch!  What is even more hilarious is that several of the DT live in New Zealand, Australia, and surrounding areas so when we're in Summertime, they are getting the reverse weather more or less and would probably be thrilled to be a little warmer.

I tried a different card style than I usually make but I'm loving the curved front effect!  This image from Rhoda's Etsy store is called Windy Day Margo and  was such fun to color up with my copics.  She looks Sassy!  The Leaf DP I used on the front is shiny embossed on each leaf-I just loved it when I purchased it! There is a twisted knot of Rust Twill that has Autumn Splendor printed on it and some branch punchies in browns stuck down into the knot.  I have a cream panel in the inside that is stamped with "Thank You".  Could even be as a Hostess card if you were invited to Thanksgiving Dinner somewhere

The challenges at Southern Girls Challenge are every 2 weeks and we get tons of International and Stateside entries.  There are always great prizes and sponsors and the winners are ALL HAND PICKED by the DT--No Random number choices here-I think that makes it even more special, don't you?  We'll hopefully see you there soon!
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Squigglefly Challenge this week -Use a flower or an Image of a Flower

What with it Fall and Halloween approaching next month, I wanted to use a Judith Hart digital called Halloween Circle on the Flower Challenge on Squigglefly.  What FUN it was!

I had this great paper that had a Frankenstein in one corner and a witch in the opposite corner.  I used Frank, trimmed down the 1" border to 1/2" and then used that trim to make matching borders on the opposite sides.  Using a nested circle die, I cut through the dp and the card blank, making a "window" into the inside of the card.  Where I used Judith's great digi matted onto a slightly larger black circle.  I had this great pumpkin paper for the inside and used another die cut for the stamped halloween sentiment, raised up on pop dots.  The large black flower was one I got in a swap from a friend-it had this neat beaded clear center in it-I colored it with Copics so that the orange made it pop.  Now on to use the Witch!!  Thanks for looking!

Sketch #47 on Seems a Little Sketchy-an Apple a Day!

We are so lucky on Seems A Little Sketchy to be able to use these great digis from Robyn's Fetish-this one is such a perfect Fall scene!  A lush basket of Apples~~ummm I can just taste the crisp crunch of the Apple!

I love the fact that you get such interesting sketches from SALS to use every 2 weeks-this challenge has as a prize, a $10 certificate from The Robin's Nest and 3 digital images from Robyn's Fetish.  WELL worth your effort to enter the challenge!
The card I made is 6x6 using double sided dp from Bella Blvd called Thankful-love these papers from BB. (The green floral is the reverse).  The Apple paper and brown CS are from my stash as is the sentiment heavy cardstock accent sticker.  I used copics to color my image.
Imagine there are many families heralding in the Fall with the kids going back to school now or soon~hopefully, here in Illinois, there was enough rain during the spring and summer that we'll get some beautiful Fall foliage soon.  I hope that you will have that beauty also.  Happy Fall Y'all!