Thursday, January 30, 2014

Show Your Love/Hearts to Squigglefly this week!

  The challenge this week is Have A Heart, Please! Please use a heart on your card somewhere.  This could be a heart inside your image, a heart embellishment, diecut hearts, heart printed ribbon, heart paper, heart brad, or even a heart shaped card! Show us your hearts.  You are welcome to  make a Valentine, but as the Hobbyists show you in their examples, you don't have to have a Valentine theme. We'd love for you to use a Squigglefly image, to be prize eligible it's required, but everyone is welcome to play along.

For this Challenge, I used a Pammie Lehto image called Will You Bee Mine? Isn't it just perfect for Valentine's Day?  I've had this 2-sided paper I've been wanting to use with some of her Bee images called "Bee's Knees" by Echo Park; so on the inside I used the opposite side with blue background and bees flying all around and added a yellow Top Note insert for sentiment.
Remember this coming weekend, there will be a new release of images in the Squigglefly Shop so check them out.  There's lots of Valentine images and sentiments already and, who knows, there may be more with the release!!  Come play along with us and win an image if your entry is chosen!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Robyn's Fetish Sponsoring Seems a Little Sketchy-5 Digi images free

 This week at Seems a Little Sketchy we are featuring images from Robyns Fetish Digital Stamps and I chose this adorable Snowman!  Although I am SOOO sick of snow this January, he was too cute to pass up.  This is the sketch we used for the challenge but I did turn the image so that it fit my over-sized character better.
I used a 6x6 dotted swiss Bazzill cardstock for my base, then for the mats on my snow flurry paper and the Big Guy, I used wonderful metallic cardstocks by The Paper Cut-the colors are Ice Silver and Blue Mirricard, a gorgeous deep toned blue shiny metallic.  While I used these as shimmery accents and you can only see a slip of them, I can't wait to show them off more in the future.  The snowy diecut is called Frostyville by Memory Box, one of favorites.  Thanks for joining in on the Fun Challenge that will run for 2 weeks-plenty of time to get your project done.  Robyn is offering 5 digi images to the winner!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Love Theme is the newest Hambo Challenge at the Hoedown!

Hambo's challenge for Hoedown #142 is to create a project with a LOVE theme - sentiments or images that show love (thinking more romantic love here than a child/parent love.) Your image could be totally random but tie it in with a sentiment, or vice versa.  

Since I'm trying to rest my "tweaked" knee, I can still find some time to color up some fun images from Hambo for the contest!  This image is called Snow Heart and is a favorite of mine. I love combining kraft paper and Anything! This image comes with several sentiments, 2 of which I used here.  I used a snowflake punch in the corner thinking I'd like it to go all the way through.  But instead, decided to back the punch with some more kraft. That's where I placed my handmade stamp.  I used the remaining white punch as an accent under the sentiment. Thanks for looking and have fun playing!

Recuperating doing Cards for Squigglefly-Thinking of You

Well while I am at home favoring my hurt knee, I'm trying to do some cards!  This one is a Thinking of You card using a couple of images from artist Pam Lehto.  I combined Country Boy & Country Girl, added an accordion flower from a friend and a double matted TOU sentiment inside the card.  Check out all the new artists online at the Squigglefly Shop found here. And the first weekend of each month, they debut some new images and new artist's so be sure and check them out!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Clean & Simple at Squigglefly Challenge

While I find it a little hard to do a CAS card, I can say I was extremely happy that here at Squigglefly this week, that was the challenge.  With a bummed up knee and in extreme pain, I was thrilled to use the digi stamp from a group of images called Snail Mail Max by Cheryl Alger.  This talented artist is just one of MANY artists featured at Squigglefly.  We are so lucky to get to use them!  This is actually the postage stamp in the set.  I blew it up, used copics on the coloring and then stickles on the background.  Found these gorgeous bumpy, sparkly, gem-like buttons at HL in the sewing dept. made by sew-ology.  They come in deep red and this delicate pink and in 2 sizes.  I just cut off the plastic shank on the back and used a zot to attach. Was so happy to find these!  Can't wait to use them on some Valentine's Day images that are coming up.  Come and join us for the challenge this week-if you make an entry using a SF image, you could win a digital image of your choice.  Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

It's Anything Goes this week at Squigglefly!

I just wanted to share a card for one of my favorite sites-Squigglefly!  I often make cards that don't fit the "challenge" for the week but I love the images so much I use them for my everyday cards.  It just so happens that this week, our other team Holley Hobbyists, is running a challenge-ANYTHING GOES! so it's perfect for that!!  I LOVE this image from one of their talented artists, Inger Harding, called Old Fashioned Skates.   I did a "twist" on this image-instead of stamping on the tag, I colored it and then cut out the center all the way through to the inside of the card.  Taking a small stamp, I centered it under the opening and then went stamping mad all over the inside!!  I LOVE the way this turned out-I need to find other images that I can do this to again!! So gals put your thinking caps on and come join us in the fun this week.  If you win using a SF image, you get to find an image in the shop for your library--so cool!

Ladybug Crafts Ink-a NEW sponsor for Southern Girls Challenge!

Welcome to our very first challenge of 2014 here at Southern Girls Challenge! :)  Welcome back to our regulars and also any newbies that might be joining us for the first time.  Christmas has flown by and now it is all about fresh starts and new beginnings so for our challenge for this brand spanking New Year we want to see a celebration of new things, New Baby, Newly Weds, new pressies or just using new stash.

How "FUNNY" that my NEW thing is a NEW COLD!!!!  Should have been expecting it what with the sub-zero weather for the last 2 weeks and then it was 52 (1) day this week!  Yikes-Everyone has colds!!! So this image called Unwell Nikki that I got from our Newest Sponsor, Ladybug Crafts Ink, is PERFECT!!  In keeping with the angled bed she used in order to get the perspective on the bed, I decided to angle the layout also.  Since she is so "modern", I used some glossy, glittered embossed geometric paper as the base. A simple Get Well stamp, some puffy satin floral flower trim and some complimentary buttons finish the card.  I'm always needing get well cards so what a great opportunity.  Thanks for looking and come join us for the next 2 weeks showing what's NEW for YOU in 2014 and you too could be a winner of some digis from our 2 sponsors!! 

Monday, January 13, 2014

New Sketch Challenge at Seems a Little Sketchy

 Scribbles Designs is the newest sponsor at Seems a Little Sketchy for this 2 week Challenge. They are generous enough to offer the winner a choice of 3 designs from their website.
This time around, I chose the Flamingo and used it as a Thank You card-I'm always needing those!  This was a great chance to use this fabulous paper that I got from The Paper Studio.  It has the feel of a handmade paper by the thickness and texture and this wonderful tie dyed look reminds me of the water where you would find a flock of Flamingos!  Using the sketch from SALS, it makes it simpler to get your items placed on the card or layout with having to over think it!
To those that are visiting my site, I will apologize for the random links that infiltrated my blog-I haven't quite figured out yet what is going on with it and hopefully will get some techs to figure this out real soon.  It took quite a while to even GET to post this entry for my DT.  Thank you for taking time to check it out!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Scary ANIMAL Birthday card for HAMBO Challenge

Back when I was a "Bacon Bit" on the Hambo site, I collected several cute images and stamps.  In the spirit of the new year, I'm trying to expand the challenges that I enter my cards in and so for their 2 week challenge, you're to use one of their many ANIMAL images.
I've always liked this one called Monster Yell -he always gave me a chuckle and came with 3 different choices of sentiments.  For some reason the large washer eyelets colors are a bit off and wouldn't adjust but you can get the basic idea of matching colors to the papers used.
The 2 winners each get a free digital image so jump right in there!  Their Valentine Pig is hilarious and very versatile to use with Valentine's Day around the corner!  Thanks for looking!

Monday, January 6, 2014

THANK YOU at Squigglefly's First Challenge for 2014!!

Are you all ready for the first Squiggle Fly challenge of the year? Well, since there was no challenge last week, we have no winner to announce, so we will get right with it....
The first challenge is: to make a Thank You card, with an added twist, if you wish-which is to use Embossing on it too. I am sure we all have Thank Yous to send out for all the wonderful holiday gifts!

The image that I'm featuring on my card this week is Little Bee by artist Monica Estill --she's one of many talented artists at Squigglefly.  Be sure and check out the selection and variety-especially the first weekend of each month!  That's when the new releases are listed!
On this card, I used an embossed card front that has Many different ways to say Thank You~I Always need these cards.  I added some green fun chevron paper, bumblebee ribbon and some great Crystal Ice Stickles to his wings. The inside is finished off with a top note label in yellow with a stamp of Thank You!
Can you tell I'm SOOO tired of Winter here in Illinois and ready for Spring?? Winter Storm hit this weekend and we were without electricity for 23 hours-Yikes!  Think WARM  Thoughts!