Monday, December 26, 2011

The Bailey Daily

I made a cute chalk board for Gabi's teacher.  Her name is Bailey, so I called it The Bailey Daily.  I loved how it turned out. 

I found the chalk board at Target on clearance from St. Patrick's Day a few years back.  I spray painted it first, since it was bright green.  Than modge podged it with paper.  Topped off with a few flowers, and the title. 

I used that cute font Too Much Paper that I made the name frames with, darling font!  I think I used that font a ton this holiday season for stuff.  I think I like that it's a nice solid shape, and it uses paper!  Gotta love using paper up when you hoard it as much as I do. 

I used a pack of 12x24 inch paper that I found at Joann's ages ago by Die Cuts With A Few.  The out lining part of the chalk board was larger than 12 inches wide.  Made it easier to fill in the top part of the frame.  The paper bubbled a little, it's kinda glossy. 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Christmas Cricut Gifts

I have been so busy crafting this Christmas.   I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!  Will catch up on blogs, because finally done with the holiday business!  Haven't had time to post to show what I've been up too.  Here's a peak at a few of the projects I have been working non-stop on.  I made name frames for the kids teachers and friends/family.  I loved how they turned out, but man, they did take some time.  I used my Sure Cuts A Lot program, and cut out my favorite new font, Too Much Paper from Kevin and Amanda.  I simply fell in love with it, and was so happy with how my little projects turned out.  I found a tip on line somewhere, can't remember where to give credit, that used cereal boxes for chipboard.  I went and grabbed all my cereal boxes and cut out the letters first from them, and than modgepodged the pattern paper over the cereal boxes.  It worked out perfectly with the Cricut. 

 Another thing I did to add a little special touch was to frost the glass with family on it.  I cut out vinyl, used the negative image, adhered it to the glass, and put the etching cream over it.  I used the actual part for a two other frames, when I had run out time to cut more vinyl negative sections, and time to etch them.  So many steps in the projects, but I did love my finished work.  The Family was a soft effect, which was what I was after.  I thought I had more photos of the ones with the etched glass, but can't seem to locate them.  I will have to snap a photo of the one I made for my neighbors. 

Great thing about this gift was it was personalized for each person, inexpensive to make, since I had all the paper supplies on hand already, and they turned out so nicely.  I found the frames at Walmart.  They had a few different styles in that size frame.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Flutter By Wednesday 181, Flowery Lacey Blues.

Ok, this was a hard challenge for me from Danni at Flutter By Wednesday!  Blue, white, lace and three flowers....I forgot about the flowers until after I added my little snowflakes. Doh!  I don't use blue a lot!  I couldn't find the right shade of cardstock for my blue pattern paper.  I thought I had a good place for my lace.  I thought I had it all together in my head, but honestly not sure how I feel about it.  I love how my little angel turned out.  She's so pretty, isn't she?  I think I don't dig my layout.  I thought the lacy would look so pretty above and below, and well...I just don't know.  LOL!  Anyhow, that's what challenges are for, right?  To stretch you?  Showing off even my blundering mistakes.  I might have to try this challenge again, because shoot, I hate getting beat by a challenge!  I'm sure the rest of the design team will have something that knock your socks off!  So make sure you stop by the Flutter By Wednesday blog to see what they all created!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Flutter By Wednesday 181, Paper Pretties.

Today we have a fabulous sponsor at Flutter By Wednesday, Paper Pretties.  I have to say, I've loved this image of Sophia for the longest time, and so glad I was able to play with her.  I wanted to make her skirt look shimmery and see through on her, not sure if that shows through the photograph.  I've seen so many people do such an amazing job on coloring her.  I used a sentiment from a retired SU set and stamped the butterfly from Verve stamps over it.  My little ballerina is topped off with stickles, and smooch.  Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to see what the other Flutter By Wednesday designers came up with today! 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Flutter By Wednesday 180, Open Challenge.

Today we have a lot of fun stuff for you at Flutter By Wednesday!  Not only is it an open challenge, it's the start of a new design team member, Amanda.  Please give her a lovely welcome!

On top of a new team member, we have a great guest designer, Jessica, from The Whimsical Butterfly.  Be sure to check out what she created for Flutter By Wednesday today! 

You know you're limited on crafting time, when you're thinking challenges on all your projects!  I hope you can see my itty bitty butterflies on here.

Today's project for me was my daughter's birthday invite this year.  She's gonna be 12 later this month, and gasp....NO PINK!  Okay, seriously, the child has loved pink since she was a toddler!   Can we say Momma is having a hard time with her out growing pink!

I tried to make something a little more sassy and grown up.  I have to say Forever Young is by far one of my favorite cartridges.   I cut out my ladies at 3 inches.  I cut out a tag off a different cartridge, Bags, Tags and More.  They were cut at 4 inches.  I layered my clothing up with the layer feature.  Let me tell you, those were some tiny pieces.  Than I shadowed the girls, and the sentiment which was also off Forever Young.

I made them into bookmarks, and cut another tag out, which I added the birthday invite stuff to.  This way the girls could use the bookmark and the invite was still functional for them.  I even laminated them using My Story kit that I have and haven't used.  All in all, I think the invites are sassy!  Gabi seemed impressed, and hopefully her friends were too!

Be sure to see what the other design team members came up by peaking at the Flutter By Wednesday blog.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Flutter By Wednesday 179, Friendship.

Not sure what happened here...I had it scheduled to post at 2 AM on 11-9-11...and it didn't post.  Sorry it's late!  

Today we have another fabulous guest designer, Leanne, from Finding My Groove at Flutter By Wednesday.  We also have another wonderful challenge, Friendship.  I used a fun stamp from Susana's store, by Victoria Case.  I thought the image was perfect for the challenge this week.    Be sure to link your creations up on the Flutter By Wednesday blog, and take a peak at what the other designers created! 
I followed the sketch at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Flutter By Wednesday #178, Beyond Grateful!

Hard to believe November is here now!  Crazy how the time just seems to fly by!  Thanksgiving is only weeks away.  It's a perfect time to make a card for someone special and join us in the fun at Flutter By Wednesday!  This week's challenge is Grateful/Thanks. Think of someone who has really reached out to you this year, make them a card to say thanks, and send it to them with a word of encouragement telling them how they have made a difference to you.  Think of the warm fuzzies you'll feel when you see how it makes them feel.  Gonna make myself do this too, as I'm way behind on sending cards this year! 

Can't wait to see what you all make.  Make sure to add a fairy, butterfly or angel on your card.  When you link it up at the Flutter By Wednesday blog, be sure to see what the rest of the design team members came up with for the challenge! 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Flutter By Wednesday, Bring out your Halloween cheer!

Today at Flutter By Wednesday, you have a color challenge!  Green, Purple, Black and Orange!  Okay, I didn't get enough green in my card!  Hardly any green at all in fact.  I was using scraps already cut and most where orange, purple and black.  So, I went with it.  I had also started coloring this image during Irene a few months back, and she had yellow hair, and purple dress.  I filled in my flower, and ended up with a lot of orange!  I messed up my poor face when dot her eyes with my sharpie paint pen.  That's twice that's happened to me lately, and so not cool.  Anyone else have this happen to them?  Tips on how to make the paint stop plopping on my cards?  Nothing worse than it dropping at the end of the completed card, and it messing up the main part of the card.  I had to restamp, than color a face, and cut it out to make up for the mistake. 
I followed the sketch over at The Sweet  Stop.  This is sketch 131.  I've rotated it to fit my image better.

Anyhow, hope you play along with us at Flutter By Wednesday!  I'm sure you'll make some fantastic cards wit such a fun color combo!  Be sure to drop by the FBW blog to see what the other design team members made and link your card!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Flutter By Wednesday 176, Open Challenge.

We have another fantastic guest designer this week at Flutter By Wednesday!  Alot of you probably know have been to Amanda's blog Cards, cats, and copics.  This was my first trip to her blog, and gotta say, I loved it!  She has some great coloring skills, and tons of fun touches on her cards!  So, stop by and give her some love!

It's also an open challenge at Flutter By Wednesday this week.  Means you just need to include a butterfly, fairy or angel on your card!  Can't wait to see what you all come up!  Make sure you pop over to see the other design team members work while you're linking your creation!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Flutter By Wednesday #175, Use those scraps!

It's time for a new challenge at Flutter By Wednesday!  This one should be a simple one for most of us!  We all have scraps floating around our crafting areas!  So, pull them out, and slap them on a card!  Be sure to include a fairy, butterfly or angel on your card! We also have a wonderful guest designer this week!  Her name is Barbara from Forgotten Scraps.  She has an amazing blog, and her coloring is fantastic!  Be sure to pop over and peak at her blog!

Looking forward to seeing your creations!  Make sure you link it back on the Flutter By Wed blog, and take a peak at what the other designers came up with while you're over there!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Flutter By Wednesday #174, Delicious Doodles

It's time to flutter again at Flutter By Wednesday!  Today's card has a sweet image from Delicious Doodles, called  little pumpkin fairy.  She's such a sweet little image!  Makes me get excited about fall coming!  Love the cool crisp weather!  I used Mellow paper pack from Basic Grey.  She's colored with copics, and cut out.  Isn't it crazy how fast the year goes by?  Hard to image it's already Oct and the holidays will be here before we know it!  It's an open challenge, so hope you play along.  Just include an angel, fairy, or butterfly on your creation, and link it back up to the Flutter By Wednesday blog.  While you're at it, be sure to check out the other design team members blogs and see what they created! 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Flutter By Wednesday #173, The Greeting Farm, and Paper Make Up!

Today we have another double set of sponsors at Flutter By WednesdayThe Greeting Farm, and Paper Make Up Stamps, and it's another open challenge!  Just use a butterfly, angel or fairy on your card!   How fun has this month been?!  Danni's had a lot of wonderful giveaways for her birthday month long celebration at Flutter By Wednesday, hasn't she?  I've had this Mariposa paper from DCWV for too long. I think it's so pretty, I don't like to use it.  This particular sheet I think is way too pretty to cut up.  I mean, the design just lends itself to getting smacked on a piece of cardstock and calling it a day.  But that just wouldn't be any fun!  I did trim the paper, but decided I wanted to let the pretty design show off.  I simply colored my sweet image from The Greeting Farm, and placed her off a little on the card.  I did layer the pattern paper on some cardstock, but outside of my image, and flowers, my card is one layer on top.  I haven't done that in a long time!  But with paper as pretty as this, how can you cut it up?! 
Hope you'll join us!  Be sure to head to the Flutter By Wednesday blog to see what the other wonderful design team members made! 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Flutter By Wednesday, #172 Susana's Custom Art

Today's another open challenge at Flutter By WednesdayDanni's got another great give away today for her birthday celebration month!  Our sponsor this week is Susana's Custom Art and Card Design, or SCACD for short.  I used a fun image from her store, Call Me by Victoria Case.  I thought about this after receiving this sweet image from Danni from a contest, but ya know, and this is random, but this younger generation of kids won't have to deal with a phone cord.  Most of them have grown up with cordless phones...or cell phones.  Crazy to think about that....or that I'm so flipping old I remember being a teenager dying to get my own phone line in my room, and being wrapped up in the kitchen by a phone cord.  Anyhow, totally random, I know!  But this image is darling, and Susana's store has some way cute stamps, so be sure to check her store out.  Make sure you swing by the Flutter By Wednesday blog to see what the other DT created and what Danni's got up her sleeves this week!  I followed the sketch at Sunday Sketch and Stamp, #73.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Flutter By Wednesday 171, Whimsy and Stars Studio.

More of our Sept. celebration happening today at Flutter By Wednesday.  We have two wonderful sponsors this week, Whimsy and Stars Studio by Mabelle RO, and Christy Croll's Tiddly Ink.  We have the famous Amy Young as a guest designer this week as well.  Lots of wonderfulness for you all! 

Today I used an image from Mabelle, this is from a TAC set, which sadly, TAC has shut it's doors.  But Mabelle created some of my favorite sets with them, so I had to color this cutie pie up.  I paper pieced her outfit.  I followed the sketch at Sunday Sketch.  Forgot to add the bottom circle part.  Got sidetracked I'm sure....gotta love ADHD moments!  Anyhow, it's another open challenge week!  I hope you all will play along.  Be sure to link your card back up at the Flutter By Wednesday blog, and to take a peak at what the other designers made!  Be sure to peak at Amy's blog too.  You'll be happy you did, if you've never been by there before. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Flutter By Wednesday 170, Sparkle Creations.

We have a wonderful sponsor today at Flutter By WednesdaySparkle CreationsSparkle has some wonderful little characters in her store.  Her blog is wonderful too, if you haven't peaked at it before today.  I think my card turned out so cute!  Even had a compliment from a 12 year old girl, so you know that's saying something good!  LOL!   Anyhow, be sure to stop by the Flutter By Wednesday blog to see what the other designers created with Sparkle's stamps!  I'm sure you'll be super pleased you stopped by!  Swing over to Sparkle's blog to check out what she's been up to too! 

I wish I could remember where my sketch came from.  I've been good about taking a photo with my camera which shows the blog site, but didn't seem to take a photo.  So thank you for the wonderful sketch, and if someones knows where it came from, let me know, so I can give proper credit!  

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Flutter By Wednesday 169, Celebrate!

Ya know what's a wonderful way to spend time when a hurricane is blowing by?  Coloring images!  Pulled out my stash of images sent to me from sweet friends, and my copics.  Sat and colored while the kids were playing Hilarium, which they loved.  (Although, they played more like charades, because the rules were missing, and my teacher friend came up with a plan b.)  I colored in several images before the power went back out.  I was thinking of Gabi when I colored her-look, pink hair!  She was impressed!  So hard for me to color outside of natural hair colors!
Today's challenge at Flutter By Wednesday is the theme of celebrate.  I decided to celebrate pink in this card!  Is that allowed?!  LOL!  I used a sentiment which I thought went perfect with my image and can be used for a birthday.  I think I'm getting closer to theme!  Looking forward to what you create!  Be sure to link your card back up at the Flutter By Wednesday blog so we can take a peak at your work!  I followed sketch 69 at Sketch and Stash. I love how I added the bling on her dress and wings.  I covered them with smooch, and added dabs of stickles to her wings.  The dress I feathered the smooch down her dress, and to the top bodice.  Than I added dabs of stickles to the eyelet area above her knees.  Looks so pretty in person!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Flutter By Wednesdsay 168,Thank you Victoria Case!

How sweet is this image?  It's a new image from Victoria Case.  As a thank you for this sweet image, all the Flutter By Wednesday DT members are making a card with her.  I had such a blast coloring her.  She's got such a sweet face! 
Today is also an open challenge at Flutter By Wednesday.  So, upload a card using a butterfly, angel or fairy on your card to the Flutter By Wednesday blog!  While you're there take a peak at the other DT cards using Victoria's image. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Flutter By Wednesday #167, Punch It Out!

Today's a perfect challenge at Flutter By Wednesday!  Punch it out!  Use dies or punches.  I mean, we all use those just about every time we make a card, right?  So, should be a super easy challenge for most of us!  My card follows a sketch at The Sweetest Thing, their Sweet Sunday Sketch 130.  My paper pack came from my sweet friend, Debbie.  Perfect colors for me, and for summer time fun!  My cute image is from All That's Scraps.  I have been neglecting her, and had to drag her out for my card.  Her curls are so stinking cute! 
Anyhow, enough rambling...make sure you link your creation back up on the Flutter By Wednesday blog, and while you're there take a peak at what the other DT made!  You'll be glad you stopped by!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Flutter By Wednesday #166, Pretties Open Challenge

Open challenge at Flutter By Wednesday today!  You all know that's a big favorite of yours!  So, make sure to include a butterfly, fairy or an angel on your card!  Link it back to the Flutter By Wednesday blog so we can come by and see your art work!  Plus, perfect way to see what the other design team members came up with today!  I promise, you'll love seeing their work too!
We also have a wonderful sponsor today.  Paper Pretties!  Such a fun company.  I ran out of ink in my printer, and wasn't able to print my image up.  Totally feel like I'm slacking on the challenge!  Making a mental note to make sure I get a new cartridge!  Be sure to peak at the Paper Pretties blog.  There are having a sneak peak of their new releases, and some darling stuff on there! 
This was another surprise image from Tammi.  I had so much fun coloring her!  I cut out the flowers, and popped them up to get her more depth.  Used a bunch of scraps of pattern papers too!  Pleased as punch with myself for that! 
Thanks for stopping by!
Supplies:  Copics, nesties, K and Co papers, SU cardstock, PTI ribbon, stickles, SU ink

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Flutter By Wednesday,165, Sketch By Danni.

Whew, what a week!  Will get into that more after my Flutter By Wednesday creation.  Today we have a great sketch by Danni.  Perfect jumping point for your FBW creation!  Be sure to link it back up to the FBW blog, and take a peak at what the other design team members did for their card using her sketch.

I turned mine, as it fit my image better.  My image is from either Tammi, or Debbie.  My brain is fried at the moment, so I can't remember who sent it. ( Brain fart, ya know what I mean?!)  Anyhow, she was adorable and so fun to color!  I used an old paper pack I got at Michaels.  Colored her in with copics, and topped her with stickles.  

On to why my brain is fried, outside of the fun heat we are enjoying!  I started a full time job about 2 weeks ago.  Working for a State Farm agent.  Well, I had to get licensed to sell or discuss the insurance with clients, so I had to do some crazy studing on that.  Turned my brain to mush!  But I'm pleased to say I passed my test this morning!  So, now I can get my license to deal with all those fun questions dealing with insurance! 

Now, go get stamping, and make something with that fantastic sketch! 

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Flutter By Wednesday #164, Stripes!

Today's challenge at Flutter By Wednesday is to use stripes!  Easy, right?  So many cool pattern papers full of stripes!  My sweet Magnolia is colored with copics, and topped off with stickles.  I used Martha's punch to add my butterflies...which I forgot the first go around, and realized it after I had taken the photo.  Thank goodness for those punches!  I followed a sketch, but not finding the blog for it.  My picture shows it's Sunday Sketch 621, not sure if the 621 is a date or a number, and my computer isn't pulling up the right links. 
Anyhow, be sure to play along, and link your creation back up on the Flutter By Wednesday blog so we can see what you've created.  Don't forget to peak over there to see what the other design team members came up with!  You'll be glad you stopped by! 

Monday, July 25, 2011

Slow Pickin'!

We went strawberry picking again this past May.  We went Memorial day, and discovered that it wasn't a good idea to go so late in the seasons.  There where barely any berries to be found.  The kids were super hot, so they weren't excited about being out there, and to barely find berries in the rows and rows of plants added to their misery!  The homemade ice cream did help improve their attitudes, but I made a mental note to make sure to drag them out that way in early May!

I found the strawberry svg file on SVGCuts blog.  They have cool freebies once a week, as well as a free file with purchase.  I than embossed the berries with the polka dot folder.  I dusted the edges with Canvas Palette ink.  The stems are dotted with my sharpie white pen.  I cut the strawberries at 1, 1.25, 1.50, and 1.75 inches.  That gave me a nice variety of berries to play with.  My paper is from DCWV, it's a glitter stack from last summer.  I used Sure Cuts  A Lot to create my title.  I cut it out and than made the shadow behind it.  That's a cool feature on it.  You can even make the shadows larger around your image.  I plan on tweaking with that some when I do a page for Trey's baseball stuff. 

Sadly, you can't purchase Sure Cuts A Lot to use with a Cricut any more, as they lost a trade mark lawsuit with ProvoCraft.  It does work with several other personal cutters, so if you have one of them, I highly recommend the Sure Cuts A Lot software. I have found it to be very handy to have, and am glad I had purchased it forever ago!  My sketch is from Jeanette Lynton books.  You'll know I always say how much I love those books!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Flutter By Wednesday #163, Open Challenge

Hello, everyone.  It's time for an open challenge at Flutter By Wednesday.  I hope you decide to play along.  All you need to do is include an angel, butterfly, or fairy on your creation.  While you're linking your artwork up to the Flutter By Wednesday blog, be sure to see what the other design team members created! 

Today I decided to show a scrapbook page that I made recently.  I used my cricut to cut out the trees, leaves and butterflies.  My butterflies and trees are from the Serenade cartridge.  They were cut out to three inches, and layered up.  Hard to see in the photo, but I used the white sharpie pen to add some dots to them.  I added some smaller butterflies with the Martha butterfly punches.  I used a DCWV paper pack, which was double sided.  Love those packs like that, because I can use one sheet and get twice the patterns on items. These photos are of the kids, taken at a local state park on the James River on Memorial Day.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Flutter By Wednesday #162, Grapes and Sunflowers.

How nice is this photo to pull inspiration from today?  Danni found a beautiful photograph! 
I loved the peaks of the blue/purples of the grapes, surrounded by the warm tones in the flowers and trees.  I kept my colors to yellows and orange.  But have some blue peaking out on sweet little Willow.  I followed a sketch from The Sweet Stop, this is sketch 100.  I hope you find a lot of inspiration in the photo and play along with us at Flutter By Wednesday this week. Be sure to include a fairy, butterfly, or angel on your card.  Than link it back to the Flutter By Wednesday blog so we can come see your artwork!  You can also view what the other Design team members created!  Can't wait to see what you come up with! 
Supplies:  copics, primas, DCWV Mango Frost paper, So Saffron cardstock, More Mustard ink, nesties, EK punch.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Momma Bragging Moment!

Okay, so my youngest turned 9 yesterday!  Yikes! 
Where does time go?!  Lately mine has been going to the ball fields.  Trey made it on the Smithfield All Stars this year in coach pitch little league, and they are rocking it out!  They played in a tournament this weekend, came in second yesterday.  Two weekends ago they played against 23 teams in a tournament, and came in first place!  You can read an article about it here!  Trey is the first boy on the left in the second row!  This was the trophy for the whole team for getting first place two weeks ago. I have never jumped up and down so much!  We were so excited about their win, and were excited to know they got second, but for them to win two games against the number one team take first place was unbelievable!  I swear, those little boys amaze me with the plays they make!

Because they came in first they get to go to NC for a Super Regional tournament!  How exciting is that?!   I hope they play well, but either way, something to be super proud of years from now!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Dang! I made that!

Okay, I don't often walk around being shocked at something I've made.  I'm pretty pleased generally, but things don't always turn out past my expectations when I'm paper crafting!  This page makes me go DANG!  I DID THAT!   

The parts that impress me are my little banners. 

I love those boxy banners at Paper Trey Ink.  Went searching through all my Cricut cartridges to see if I have something in there that was like them.  Looked to see if there was something in a cartridge my nieghbor might have in her stash.  Nope, nothing like the shape they have in their dies....bummer, right? 

Nope! I sat down for too long, and worked it out on my Sure Cuts A Lot.  I put triangles together with a square and worked some magic with them, lined up the edges, and making parts disappear to make it one shape.  Created them myself, I'm so proud of myself!  And I saved them, so that means I can make them larger or smaller, or whatever when I want too! 

Than I played around with the Gypsy last night and layered up my letters on Winter Woodlands.  The font was perfect for a winter themed page.  And layering is a breeze with the Gypsy.  I added the letters to the banner and cut out some snowflakes from Nesties dies, and Cuttlebug die cuts.  Added some scrappers floss, Martha Twine, and gems to bling them up a bit.  Perfect touch on my least I think so!
Supplies:  K and Co. Winterberry paper, DCWV cardstock, SU Garden Green ink, Cranberry Crisp ink, Cricut, Sure Cuts A Lot, Winter Woodland cartridge, Jeanette Lynton's Book,

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Flutter By Wednesday #161, The Stamping Boutique.

We have a wonderful sponsor today at Flutter By Wednesday.  The Stamping Boutique has some wonderful digital images, digital papers, and even rubber stamps!  You can check out Tracey's blog to see more of her creations and her store by clicking here.
I picked this beautiful Swan Story to play with today.  Oh, my goodness, such a pretty image, right?  I used some elegant papers by K and Co called Julianne to go along with her.  I followed the sketch at Mojo Monday, Sketch 196.  The Swan fairy is colored with copics and topped with stickles. 
I hope you'll play along with us at Flutter By Wednesday.  It's an open challenge, so just be sure to add a fairy, butterfly, or angel on your card.  Than link it back it to Flutter By Wednesday blog so we can come by and peak at your artwork! 

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Long Hoppin' Page.

Catching up on some scrapbooking.  Kids being out of school allows more time to catch up on stuff.  Not the house cleaning, though.  I swear, you clean, they trash just as quickly!  This page was a ton of fun to make.  I used Stretch Your Imagination Cricut Cartridge, and Winter Woodlands Cricut Cartridge.  My extra long bunny was cut out with white cardstock, than I layered the eggs/brush in pink pattern paper, added shimmers chalk an stickles to the other eggs to resemble Easter Eggs.  My little white bunnies are from Winter Woodland, and they are also cut in layers.  I dusted the edges of his hind legs, and face with blush blossom, added shimmer chalk, and stickles to give some extra depth to it.  My title is from Stretch Your Imagination, and cut in layers and blackout to ground it more on my page.  Here's a closer shot of the long rabbit, and my cute little white rabbit.
Thanks for stopping by! 
Other Supplies:  DCWV Spring Glitter Stack-10, DCWV cardstocks, stickles, chalk, Jeanette Lynton's Sketch Book.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Flutter By Wednesday #160, Open Challenge.

Ok, I'm a few hours late on this!  I swear, I have no brain!  I somehow forgot the end of June for Flutter  By Wednesday challenges when I was working on my challenges!  Lucky for me, I had made this card already, and not posted it!  LOL!  I mean, you all will get a kick out of this, I had even wondered when I was working on July challenges, why we didn't have a challenge 160, I had 161, but not 160.  Wondered why, and than figured it was because we took the short break last week.....but nope, Danni is much smarter than me!  LOL!  She had challenge 160, I didn't! 
Goodness, my brain is so out there lately!  I can't tell you all how many times I've double booked myself, forgotten I told someone I'd do something, to get reminded by them, and have no idea what they're talking about!  Than, remember hours later, oh, I did say that to them! 
So, this is challenge 160, which is an open challenge, which means, you need to include a butterfly, fairy or angel on your card!  Make sure you link it back to the Flutter By Wednesday blog so we can come by and peak at your work.  From there, you can also see what the other Design team members made...who knew what challenge 160, and get some wonderful ideas from them. 
We also have a sponsor today, Through The Craft Room Door.  They are giving away a year subscription to one random player!  So, you'll wanna make sure you play along this week! 

Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Few Firsts!

I love how this card turned out!  I made it for a special friend, for Father's Day.  Now, for some personal crud.....I've kept some of my personal life from my blog, because well....this is a happy place for me.  Some of you know I've had a rough last two years.  Started with my marriage falling apart two December's ago, topped off with the betrayals that threw me into a dark place that took time to heal from in '10.  I haven't talked about any of that on here.  This is my space, place where I can express myself in a positive way, and the situation with my family has been very public in my community.  My blog was my escape from that, and all that went with it.  Bringing this up now, because things change, and there's gonna be some new names popping on here.
A couple months ago, God brought someone new into my life, and flipped me upside down again.  Went on a date....a first after 16 years.....gosh, scary, right?!  Anyhow, he's been so super sweet to me, and I feel totally blessed to have him in my life.  One day I'll have to share the story of milkduds!  He's a dad of two kids, both are about 6 months older than Gabi, and Trey.  He's got a daughter, Sophia, and son, Kyle.  Sophia has been introduced to stamping thru me, and has made some cards, so I'm gonna have to show them off.  But we've spent a lot of time together with the kids and without when we can escape all of them!  This was his Father's Day card from me.  I've never done black and white...but so pleased with this card.  It's even got a touch of bling on the airplanes! 
Sweet Tammi sent me this image, and I had so much fun coloring it!  Thanks, Tammi

My second card is Sophia's card to her Dad.  We used a TAC set for it, because she said it looked like her dad.  He's lost some hair!  LOL!  She loved the rainbow, which was also an image from Tammi.  And we cut out extra clouds from felt with PTI's cloud die. 
Thanks for stopping by! 
Supplies: nesties, stickles, colored pencils, copics, K and Co paper, DCWV stack, SU cardstock and ink, EK punch,

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Baby Carriages.

I've been so busy, and slacking on my blog posting!  I can't keep up with everything!  The kids are out of school now, so had some free time to get some posts done.  This was a fun project I wanted to show off real quickly.  We have a friend who is having a baby girl in a month or two.  She had her last son over 7 years ago, so not stocked on baby stuff, right?  And she has two sons, so a girl will be entirely different all together!  We came up with a fun theme for her, based on some teasing.  It's a funny story, and I have to share, because it makes the buggies that much funnier! 
A few months back, my sweet friend having the baby turns beat red at the smallest thing, was telling me she had an appt to go too.  I was inquiring where she was going, ya know, she's pregnant, maybe up for a monthly check up.  I didn't honestly think anything of this, and she wouldn't offer up the information easily.  So, I continued, cuz I'm a pill like that.  Finally, she spilled it that she was going to a new person to have her underarms waxed.  Ok, um, OUCH!  Anyhow, that took me to a whole different location on the body.  I had recently watched the Bachlor, where Brad was meeting a Manscaper...ya know waxes male body parts, so anyhow she used the term undercarriage.  Well, that made me giggle.  Than I heard the term somewhere else, and had to tell her this story. 

Now, please picture that we are at a big double table, in the PTA room at our local school surrounded by about 6 ladies.  So, when I say the term undercarriage, this makes my poor friend turn beat red.  Makes me laugh.  So, I would say it to her whenever I could, and would do so often.  I'd text it to her, say it as I walked became a big running joke between the moms, and their spouses. 
Flash forward a few weeks later, a friend asked how my undercarriage was, and had taken a sip of sode.  I replied bushy, which she wasn't expecting and had to spit out her drink! 
All that to say, naturally, we knew our theme as soon as as we decided we wanted to give her a surprise shower!  And yes, I pointed out, do you see the theme here when she arrived.  She said I see a lot of baby carriages...yes, my sweet friend...carriages?!  And red, flushed face soon followed!  I love my friends! 

Anyhow, those of you with die cutting machines at home, it's amazing what's out there for you to create!  The invitations were made from Stretch Your Imagination.  I cut the carriage from My Time Made Easy's Bouncing Baby Buggy.  We used these as center pieces, and filled with different candies.  But a perfect little touch for a baby shower. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Flutter By Wednesday #159, Color Challenge.

We have a color challenge at Flutter By Wednesday this week!  Fun, summer colors too!  Orange, pink and green!  Doesn't that just scream summer?!  How fun is this image?  Sweet Danni gave it to me for winning a Design Team contest from Susana's store.  It's from the fun Retro collection from Victoria Case.  I hope you all play along with our fun color challenge!  Be sure to link it back up on the Flutter By Wednesday blog! 
Supplies:  copics, stickles, nesties, charm, PTI cardstock, Amy R sentiment from All That's Scraps, Martha punch.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Flutter By Wednesday #158, Going Dotty!

Sorta missed some of the mark on this challenge for Flutter By Wednesday!  Got so excited coloring my pretty image, I forgot about the added challenge of polka dots.  I would have used more polka dotted paper had I paid better attention!  My prima flowers are embossed dotted, used a dotted ribbon, and one layer of pattern paper has polka dots.  Have to say, I simply adore this Sweet Pea image.  She's so stinking pretty, and so much fun to color!   I watched a Tinkerbelle movie a few months back, and was inspired by the clear wings.  Tried to make the wings clear with vellum paper.  Didn't turn out exactly how I wanted but am happy with it over it all. I hope you play along with us at Flutter By Wednesday!  Be sure to link your card back up over at the Flutter By Wednesday blog!  Can't wait to see what you make!

Supplies:  Copics, stickles, nesties, Martha punch, primas, gems, K and Co paper, SU cardstocks.