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Wednesday, December 29, 2010


The picture isn't the best, but here's the angels that Zachary and I made for his and Nathan's teachers. I got the instructions from Crafters Digital Art Center. I couldn't find at Hobby Lobby the exact materials so I had to improvise (1" ornaments, and black or hot pink were my only choices so I chose the black ones). I also didn't have gold pipe cleaners so I used some glitter glue to make color coordinated halos (green angel has green halo, etc.) These angles were given as gifts to my sons' teachers. I intended to make some for the teachers I work with but was too sick (it only took an evening to make them but that tells you how ill I was). I want to try again someday and keep some for me.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

One three strand necklace, three bracelets, two earring sets

Sunday, October 31, 2010

More beading

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

CAC sketch card: 10-20-10

I made this card for a Congrats on the Baptism/Happy Birthday party-in-one. Luckily, I took a photo of it in the car before I gave it to her or else you wouldn't get to see and I wouldn't get to remember it later. I used more of the photo paper with alcohol ink (I so enjoy playing with them) and got a new design. I ran the big piece thru the cuttlebug using a quickcutz embossing folder then used a fiskar's decorative corner rounder. I inked the raised parts a tiny part with green. The sentiment is a Angel Company stamp and the Owl is by Sew Many Cards. The ribbon, also with an owl, is from JoAnns.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

CAC sketch card: 10-13-10

Here's a quick little card I made to today's Create-A-Card sketch. All the papers were made using the alcohol inks. I have a child's birthday party to go to this weekend, and if I don't get a child-like card made, I'll just have to use this one.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

CAC sketch card: 10-5-10

Here's another Create-A-Card sketch card. I did use a fancy edge cutter for the sentiment rectangle but otherwise it looks like the sketch. I used my alcohol inks to make my 'papers'. I used Stylized Flowers embossing folder for the background, inked with Dusk Blue to help it show up better and to tie in with my edge color. I also used a teal blue glitter glue for the dots.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Look at the fun I've been having....

I've bought several kits from Walmart and Michaels (Hobby Lobby and JoAnn's don't have kits although the bracelets in the third photo came from JoAnn's dollar bin). I have some more kits to make when I get more time.
My time came from not having internet access much this month. Now I'm catching up on all the emails that have accumulated.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

CAC sketch card: 8-24-10

The sketch and what I did with it...
I watercolor painted Fluffles and the hot pink frame is cut with my Cricut and Sure Cuts a Lot program. The brown ribbon with with dots is a sticker and so are the flowers on the frame. The other ribbons are fabric. The sentiment is a phrase I found in my stash. And the peach cardstock was run thru my cuttlebug and inked with brown.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Time for another Create-A-Card sketch. First we have this sketch...
And here's the card I made.
I used my creative memories cutting system to make the circles and the red "stripes" is actually corrugated cardstock (it came in one of those scrap packs that way). The ribbon was a scrap from something that seemed perfect for this card.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Blog Candy Winner

I'm sorry that I didn't get a photo of my candy put on the blog (you'll see that I've had some photo difficulties with my cards). I have some cuttlebug folders, cling stamps, stickers, paper, and I can't remember what else. Thanks to everyone who entered and helped to pass it on.

My blog post ended up with 15 comments and I had my oldest son randomly pick and the winner is "The Cook" who said: Thanks for a chance... I'm follower #59! Can't wait to see exactly what's in the candy! I have linked to your candy in my sidebar (did not find an image for the candy so I put a full text link)... theCook @ blogdecuisine(at)gmail(dot)com

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

CAC sketch card: 8-10-10

Here's my Create-A-Card sketch cardAnd here's the sketch it was based on.
I changed the buttons to rhinestones and didnt'' do the stictching but otherwise I've followed the sketch very closely.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Dad's Birthday Card

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

CAC sketch card: 8-3-10

OK...I'm just going to give the quick details. I ran a piece of smoke colored velum thru my cuttlebug. I tore the edge to make it look like a decorative edge along the top. I then tried to use some white paint to settle in the swirls on the back but that didnt' work so I used a blue marker to color it instead. Nest I used a cat sticker and my Creative Memories custom cutting system to make all the circles. I used a black pen for the faux stitching. I stamped a Stampin' Up sentiment that I bought at a garage sale with dark brown ink on the smallest circle. Everything was stuck down similar to the sketch, with a few flowers from the cat sticker sheet, and I was done.

Thanks for looking at my card.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

CAC sketch 7-27

Here's the sketch.
And here's my blurry flash-less photo.
And another photo
(truer colors but I can't seem to get the yellow to show up correctly either way).

I embossed the greenish-gold squares with my cuttlebug, then outlined it with black marker. Next I added glitter to the cupcakes. The other squares were cut from wrapping paper samples that come in my kids school fund-raising catalog. I stamped the birthday sentiment on another piece of the green/gold then matted it on another piece of orange cardstock. I sent this card to my future sister-in-law for her birthday.

Thank you for looking

Monday, July 19, 2010

CAC sketch 7-20

First, sorry for the blurry photo. Here's the original sketch.I rotated the sketch (probably the easiest sketch to rotate ever) and used my Creative Memories smallest circle punch to make the circles. I could have squeezed another row of circles but I didn't have any more brads (I used two packages just to do this card). The colored circles were colored by me with my Tim Holtz Adirondack alcohol inks. I mounted the circles on another peice of alcohol inked paper and then mounted that on my card base. I rubbed the edges with gold paint.

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

CAC sketch card: Baby Bear

You never know when you will need a baby shower card so I chose baby bear

Other quickie cards for the shower.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Final SMC challenge as a Design Team Member

I'm entering this card into ColourQ's color pallet of Burgundy, Red, Blue, Navy and White. The girl is colored with alcohol markers on cream cardstock (I used a white gel pen to give her white eyes and white on her collar and cuff). I added glitter to the center of the flowers (too bad they don't show up better) and to the heart (that shows up well however) to perhaps signify the glitter of fireworks bursting in the air. The flowers are from Daisy Crazy Lillian tube of Prima flowers except the white ones came from Oriental Trading Company box.

Well, sadly, that card is my very last post as DT for Sew Many Challenges.
They are going to take a little unexpected break and I think I'll take a short break over the 4th of July week too. Also, I have decided not to apply for another term and to move onto other projects..namely Tiger Den Leader (BIG change - LOL).

Over the past year, I have had a wonderful time with Sew Many Challenges, and I would like to publicly thank Angela for the privilege of working with her SEW cute images, (she is certainly a talented artist) and thanks to Jeri who is the team's coordinator. It has been an honor and privilege to work with these two ladies and the entire team (all extremely talented ladies). I will miss working with you all, but you will still see me because I plan to continue using SEW MANY images and enter into as many challenges as time will allow.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

SMC Challenge #19 Panda

Well it's time for another Sew Many Cards Challenge.
This week's sponsor is: STITCHY STAMPS -- OWNER --STITCH
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SPONSOR PRIZE PACKAGE -- 3 Free Digi stamps of winners choice from the Stitchy Bears Store

This week at Sew Many Cards, it's Anything Goes. I'm following this sketch and InLinkz color challenge to make a boy's birthday card. (I thought it was a month-long color challenge and I kept putting it off and now that I have the card done (long before this post) I see the challenge is closed already). The color challenge is to use a Purple, Orange, Green and Turquiose. The Panda tag is removable and the green is a pocket for the card. The purple and green cardstocks were embossed with Quickcutz folders called Dots (officially they both are simply called Dots but one is big and the other small but they are different folders). I lightly sanded the large purple dots but the small dots I inked the other side with blue so the green dots were still green. The flowers are from Oriental Trading Company. The centers are made with a big dot of Studio G glitter glue.

Thanks so much for looking at my card. Please be sure to visit everyone else's creations
Make sure you enter the challenge over at Sew Many Challenges.

Don't forget to enter my blog candy give away. And again
thank you for looking at my card.

Other Challenges that I'm entering this card into....
Forever Friends:
make a card using your favorite cute image that is not forever friends (I can't say that this is my Favorite Image because I love too many of the Sew Many Images to be able to pick one)
Crafty Angels: My Favorite Stamp
Caardvarks: Embossing
Card-A-Licious: Green, Flower, and Polkadots
PolkaDoodles: Boy Birthday
I Love Digi: Embossing
Sassy Cheryl's Digi Challenge: Birthdays
Crafts and Me: Birthday
Charisma Cards: One for the Boys

Sunday, June 20, 2010


Just a quick note about this card. I followed the color pallet by Color Throwdown and the sketch by Crafty Ho's Moving Along with the Times. This card was giving by my husband to his father so I guess that qualifies it for Ann's Creative Nook for the It's a Man's World challenge. I have embossing on the green squares and the blue background so I can be a part of Caardvarks embossing challenge and Mark's Speedy Cat Challenge.

Thanks for looking and don't forget to enter my blog candy give away.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Puppy Love

I was following Stampavie's sketch and Color Q's color pallet. I colored Hershey the puppy with my alcohol markers and used some scraps of cardstock and designer papers. The flowers are from Oriental Trading Company Summer Fun and the eyelets came from Spare Parts by the Paper Studio. I decorated my solid cardstock with the Sizzix Folder Swirly Vines with Hearts.

Added: I was typing in the challenges (and entering them in at the same time) but a transformer blew the power out and blogger hadn't done an auto save at this point so I'll have to add the people and challenge blogs back in as the comments are left.

Fun with Shapes: Flowery
Polka Doodles: Male
One Stop Crafts: "One for the Boys"
Mark's Speedy Cat: Embossing
Lexi's Creations: Something Old (eyelets - bought them long before my LSS closed down)

Thanks for looking and don't forget to enter my blog candy give away.

Thursday, June 17, 2010


PRIZE PACKAGE -- $15 Store Voucher

This Week's Challenge:

I chose to used Owen Saluting Fallen Soldier, a past Friday Freebie that you should have picked up a few weeks ago. :) Speaking of Friday Freebie, be sure to check out the Sew Many Cards Challenge blog for this week's Friday Freebie.

I used a pop-up card pattern that was in a magazine, but I've done it before and have seen it online somewhere (perhaps Paper Craft Planet or Split Coast Stampers). I chose a floral K & Co. paper for my background, used colored pencils to color Owen, printed the Thank You sentiment, and then used a cat's eye chalk in green to distress and color the edges.

Good sentiment for the inside:

Over the mountains and through the woods

The Army is on the go,

They will stand and fight till the very end,

To protect us from our foes.

Thank you for what you are doing to keep our families safe.

Wishing you a safe return soon!

Thanks for looking at my card. Be sure to check out what everyone else came up with and enter your creation into the challenge blog.

Don't forget to enter my blog candy give away.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Birthday Cheers

I colored Sew Many's Eris the Elephant With my alcohol markers. I keep wanting to paint the toenails pink or red - LOL. Anyway, I used a quickcuts embossing folder simply named Circles for my decorated rectangles and inked them in brown or dusk blue respectively. I used a pre-adhesive yellow ribbon. Then I took a scrap of the blue cardstock, rubbed the sentiment on and coated it with clear embossing powder several times. After hunting for three matching buttons, I threaded them with some variegated yellow embroidery thread and tied them into bows. I then used my trusty Scotch Quick dry Adhesive (it wasn't not quite dry when this picture was taken but I have a deadline to make)

Challenges to enter this card in:
Just Us Girls: Digital
Crafty Ho's: Bright Colors
Paper Craft Planet's sketch of the week
Pals Paper Arts: Color Challenge - Burmuda Blue, Bright Yellow, Sof Suede (or my closest approximations)
Speedy Cats Friends: #7 Make your Own Background
Old Challenge Marks Finest's Papers: Buttons and Bows

Thanks for looking.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

SMC: Christmas in June?????

Sponsor this week:
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Prize Package -- Any 3 sets of winners choice

We are suppose to have a Christmas project with a CD to show you today. You would think with my husband a computer tech/administrator I'd be able to have a dozen old CDs but since knowing about this project, there hasn't been a need to discard any. I was browsing Scrapbooks Etc. website the other day and ran across this I thought, "There's my Christmas CD idea."

I used the following sketches for my front and back CD holder. I can put Christmas music, or photos for family on the CD and give it.

To make the front of my CD holder, I used a Cuttlebug folder for the red snowflakes, a Heidi Swapp sticker ribbon, and the striped paper came from Die Cuts With a View. I colored Morty with my Prisma and Specia glitter markers. The corner holly stamp is a wood mounted stamp by Boyds and I colored it with RoseArt watercolor markers. I also used the same red marker to make the stitch lines around Morty and in the corner.

For the back, I used some of the same stripped DCWV paper and some K&Co. scrap pack paper. The pearls are acrylic disks covered with Adirondack Pearl ink and glued on with Matte Accents.

Thanks for looking. Be sure to check out what everyone else came up with and enter your creation into the challenge blog.

Challenges that I'm entering this card into...
The Wild Flower Patch: Circles, Stripes, Stitches (front of card)
Charisma Cardz: Spots and Stripes (back of card)
I Love Digi Challenge: Anything but a Card
Hand Full of Stamps: Anything cute

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Elephant Riddle & Pink Flamingo

RIDDLE ANSWER: See if he brought his trunk.

I used another improved Sew Many Cards image - Eris. I used Stacey's Curtain Color Call #33 of Celery Green, Navy Blue, Sky Blue and White and Paper Craft Planet's sketch for the week. Since I have a riddle, I think that qualifies this card for the Child's Play challenge at Crafty Creations.

I like Stacey's color combo #32 from last week (but then it disappeared when my computer re-booted and for some strange reason I was unable to find it again) so here's a card with that color combo too. My mother-in-law has a friend that likes flamingos so I'll let her give this card to her.
I used a Dustin Pike freebie image. I used an red/pink printed paper that I don't know the name of the pack it came from (I remember I bought it at Walmart but that's all I know about it), then chose an apricot colored cardstock to run thru my Cuttlebug with a Quickcutz floral folder. I colored the raised flowers with a golden-yellow and then a pink ink pad. I used a scrap of yellow ric rac that I have no idea where it came from (I think it might have been in my sewing stash but not sure where it came from...garage sale, what-cha-got-box, given by friends or family, some other??). The pink ribbon came from Target's dollar bin. I typed up the Happy Birthday sentiment with MS Word.

Challenges for this card:
Crafts & Me: Friends and Family
The Creative Cottage Challenge: Pink
Creative Belli: Old & Forgotten (yellow ricrac)