Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Don't Be Blue, You Found Your Shoe

Here's a new image over at the Digi Doodle Shop. She is called Little Sweeper.   Judy asked me to color it for display on the home page of the shop.  She has this new thingee that is fun to play with.  (I am easily amused)  You hover your mouse over the black and white image and you get to see colored versions of the stamp.  I think it is pretty kool.  Diane and I both used the same image with different techniques and colors.  Check them both out here and let me know if you just love it.  (The thingee, I mean) lol.  It makes it a lot easier when selecting a image to be able to see it colored, don't you think?

I chose to use paper piecing on my scarf and apron.  I wanted checks and stripes and I certainly couldn't draw them.  All my papers, ribbons are from my stash.  I generated the sentiment on the computer but wish I had chosen a larger,bolder size font.  It does not photograph well, but looks fine IRL.  The sentiment was created by blogging buddy granddaughter #2, Kaylee.  I was dreaming up witty, catchy sentiments and this was the first thing that popped out of her mind.  She is brilliant, I do believe.  My flowers were punched from vellum and centered with a pearl. I curled some black wire around to make the swirlies below the bow. The ladybugs are cut from a piece of DP from my stash too.  The little aqua slipper is an image from the Digi Doodle Shop also.  It is called "lace" and can be found in Shoe Set 2.  Border punch is a MS one that I trimmed the scallops off of the bottom.  The Spellbinders is Label 10.

I am so proud to be featured on the front page of the shop along side of the very talented Diane.  At the time of this post, she didn't have her Little Sweeper card posted, but she has some really beautiful other creations there. Check her out  Diane's Country Cards & Crafts. 

Hugs people and thanks for popping in.  I love it when you do, you know.  Muwah!

Challenges I am entering this in are:
Make It Monday -  Anything Goes
Lollipop Crafts - Anything Goes
PolyCraft Challenge - My Favorite Things - Ribbon and Copics

Monday, January 30, 2012

Messy Bessy

Messy Bessy.  That about says it all for this desk.  My scrappin buddy, Granddaughter #2 was down this weekend and we were both "creating".  She pulls a little TV tray and chair up to my desk and we ended up with stuff  spread out all over the floor and coffee table.  This is how it looked when we both finished our projects.  Blissful Creativity don't you think?

Ok, I showed you mine, now you have to show yours.  Join in the snoopy fun over at Sassy Cheryl's SMT blog and you just might win a prize.  Plus, look at all the fun you will have snooping in your friends windows.

Happy Crafting, Linda

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Downey Teddy in Blue and Brown

Good Sunday afternoon to you all.  My son just took my 2 granddaughters back home to Ft. Mill, SC and I am feeling a bit blue.  I am a Grandmother and I know you are supposed to be happy to see them come and happy to see them go, but my heart hasn't learned that lesson yet.  Sigh...

The Sassy Jeni, over at Sassy Cheryl's is hosting a Light  Blue and Brown Challenge this week.  Since I am experiencing a twinge of the blues myself, I chose a happy cuddly image to cheer myself up.  I believe this is the first Sassy Cheryl image I ever got and it was a Freebie when she wast starting her group up on Splitcoast Stampers.  Isn't he absolutely precious?  His official name is Hanging Out To Dry, but since he was just laundered, I called him Downey Teddy.  He smells like a combo of sunshine, Downey Fabric Softener and Tide Detergent.  MMMMM.  If you want to own him for yourself,you can get him here.

Not too much to this one.  Fast and Easy.  He is colored with Copics, the cardstock is SU and the DP is from Authentique.  Ribbon buttons and pearls are from my stash.  The butterfly is a SU Beautiful Wings sizzlit.

Quick and easy.   Shirley, Tangents from Tazmania wanted to see my work area when it was messy.  Well I took a photo (yuck) andd want to get that posted too.  See ya later with that pic.

Have fun crafting this week and hope to see you in a couple of challenges.  If you would like to try to win a gift certificate to Sassy Cheryl's just click here.  Then you can link here

Love ya,



Friday, January 27, 2012

Sometimes You Just Have To Believe

Dora is our very talented hostess this week at the Totally PaperCrafts challenge this week.  I am sooooo very happy she chose "Pearls and Lace".  I luuuvvv pearls and lace and had so much fun with it.  I found this absolutely precious new little sweetie named Wren at Tiddly Inks.  I fell in love immediately and saw so much pearls and lace potential for her.

I made this one for my granddaughter Caroline.  She is our princess and would be deadly with a magic wand in her hand.  This child takes no prisoners, if you know what I mean.  She looks like an angel and is our most precious, sweet, little princess, but don't make this precious princess mad.  "Off with your head", if you know what I mean. tee hee hee

So go dig out your pearls and lace and whip up some sweet confection for our challenge this week.  Someone will be the lucky winner of a gift certificate from The Lovely Emma from:


Paper - DP is from my stash, Card Stock is DCWV from the Brights Pad, image printed on The Paper Temptress Cryogen White paper, Black cardstock is SU
Coloring Medium - Copics with some shading in the hair with a Prisma pencil
Punch - Creative Memories Circle
Cricut - Doodlecharms Cartridge for the Heart
Stickles in Diamond Dust
Pearls and Lace are from my stash. 
Paper Glaze on the frogs eyes and Wren's barrette
Sentiment created by me on my computer

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Good Thursday morning to you.  It is Digi Doodle Challenge time again  and look what I have made for the challenge.  She is called "Color My Valentine" and you can get her over at The Digi Doodle Shop..    Oh BTW have you been over there this week?  Oh do please go.  They have a new toy on the front page and I have been amusing myself with it while I contemplate my digi selections.  Just click here and you can play too.   

Back to my creation.  Doesn't she have the prettiest eyes and hair.  She reminded me of my Granddaughter #1 who is 19 and still loves to color.  She will print out 8 1/2 x 11 pages to color from my digi library.  She just sits and colors with pencils, copics or crayons.  She reminds me of myself .  We both could color for hours.

I made this at 6 1/2" square.  I am thinking about putting a ribbon hangar on it or prop it in an decorative easel for Ashley's room.  She loves to display handmade things her friends and family gift her.  I may even make it into a box for "what-nots".  If anyone out there has a suggestion for turning it into a gift, please leave me a suggestion.  I am trying to make little gifts for each of my 5 grans for Valentine's Day and this card just screams, "Make me into a project".  LOL

Now that I have shown you my contribution, please take a minute and link up your project here.  The challenge this week is the very popular challenge ' "Anything Goes" everyone can make this challenge.  You don't have to use a  Digi Doodle Shop Digi, but  you win big when you do.  Come on let's get together and have some fun.  Hope to see you there.   Hugs, Linda


Coloring Medium - Copics
Paper - DP - The Paper Studio's Bella Bohemia Collection; White Paper - Georgia Pacific; Image printed on The Paper Temptress Cryogen White
Spellbinders - Circle and Floral Doily Motifs
Punches - Martha Stewart
Butterflies cut from the DP
Ribbon - His & Hers Studio
White Paper Doily - Wilton


Sunday, January 22, 2012

Small Things With Great Love

Many thanks to Dawn for this time appropriate challenge.  It has been warm here, but overcast and a little rainy for the past 3 days. Temps are not bad, but this gray sky is kinda depressing.  The Kahuna, my DH, was in Wisconsin so  I have been doing a lot of crafting and watching "chic flics".  My two fav's I watched were Cary Grant in My Favorite Wife and The Notebook.  Although the later didn't cheer me up, but I love a good cry now and then. Here's one of the cards I made last night.  It really did cheer me up and I didn't even know I was down.  LOL

I love teddy bears.  I have them all over my house. They just make me smile and feel all warm and cuddly inside.  So when Sassy Dawn wanted to see something Bright and Cheery to Chase the Winter Blahs Away, I though"Sassy Sally and Her Perfect Teddy Bear Gift" would be perfect.  When I went to find a sentiment I found this in my CTMH stamps.  Doesn't this quote from Mother Theresa just about say it all?  She was truly a shining example of Great Love.

I couldn't decide which Copic colors to use, so I decided to go to my paper drawer and select it first.  The first paper that came to my eye was the orchid polka dots.  After that, it just came together.  I used stickles to glitz up the gift box, because everyone loves a present that sparkles.  I love my Flower Soft, so I made a soft springy patch of grass with Shamrock Green.  I punched some vellum daisies with Marvy Punches, added a pearl to the center and I was done.  Sorry I can't tell you who designed the DP.  The card stock is SU and I used Circles and Large Scalloped Circle Spellbinders for the shaping.

Hope this helps brighten your day.  Happy Crafting, Linda

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Turtle's Corner

Look at me Mom, it's all cleaned up.
I have just spent part of my 70 degree Saturday cleaning up Turtle's Corner.  See those pink bins under my table?  Well they used to house my punches.  They were so heavy lifting up and down, it was killing my aching back.  So after considerable pain and much thinking, the obvious came to me.  Switch the light stamps in the drawers with the punches in the drawers.  See I really am a turtle.  Very slow, but I do come around. Ha Ha.

Well look quick, because I am making my project for Sassy Cheryl's Challenge tonight and I promise it won't look like this when I finish.  I am off now to post this on Cheryl's Show Me Thursday challenge, maybe I'll win another of her fabulous digis.  Come on over and join in the fun.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Love Is Blooming

Handmade flowers, that's what Totally PaperCrafts, hostess with the mostest Lorraine or more commonly known as LOLs, wants to see this week.  I love fiddling around with paper and this flower was so fun to make.  In person the flower is a beautiful deep red.  Actually it is SU's Cherry Cobbler, but it sure doesn't look good in this photo.  I have to say that I am VERY DISAPPOINTED at my photography skills on this.

Enough whining for now.  Here's how I made my flower.  I used my Spellbinders scalloped circles die and cut 3 graduated sizes out of the Cherry Cobbler card stock. I misted them with water and then just crumpled them up and molded them with my fingers.  I popped a brad through the center to hold them all together and then I misted it with Tattered Leather Glimmer Mist.  When it was completely dry I distressed the edges with gold ink.  Very fun and therapeutic.

The image I used is a Sarah Kay called "Boy Whispering in Girls Ear".  It is a cutie pie I have had for awhile, but never used.  The DP is The Green Stack.  There is a precious little beaver hiding under the flower that I hated to cover, but I couldn't figure out how to tie it in with the Valentine theme.   I considered making up my own witty play on words, "Beaver Ever Mine" but my censor/critic DH wrinkled up his nose and shook his head when I suggested it.   It did provide a perfect place to pop my flower and leaves.

Let's see what you can come up with in the flower department.  You can use anything you want, paper punches, free hand, quilling, and flower soft.  Make up your project and post it here to join in the fun.  The lovely Melissa from Meljen Designs is our sponsor this week.  She will be awarding one lucky entrant  their choice of 4, yes I said 4 Digi Images!!!!  Want to see some more flowers, hop on over to the Totally PaperCrafts Blog and see what my marvelously talented teammates have come up with. 


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Happy Birthday My Jonathan, aka Fin aka Finny

My youngest grandson turned 11 on January 18th.  He is the sweetest, funniest, best little buddy!  As my son, his uncle, says, "He is just a special kid.  There is no other way to describe him".  He is a real outdoor kinda guy whose favorite color is "camouflage.    I had a camouflage card made for him, but when I saw "MOTHER DEER AND FAWN" at the Digi Doodle Shop I just had to make him another card using them.

It just so happened that The Digi Doodle Shop Challenge this week is "Blue and Brown".  This was  the perfect digi for blues and browns.  I colored with my Copics and used a Sharpie Poster-Paint Pen to make the white spots on the deer.  I cut the digi out with a Square Spellbinder and colored the sky white it was still in the die so I would have a white frame.The sentiment is a Digi Doodle sentiment from their Fun With Birthday collection.  (Shhhh , don't tell anyone, but it is free too!)  I printed it on craft paper and then colored the letters and shaded the banner with a blue Copic.  My papers are DCWV and the craft paper is Stampin' Up.  The buttons are from my stash and I used a Creative Memories Square punch for the squares.

Hope it gets a "Wow, Nana" from my Fin.  If not maybe he will like the Camouflage one I am sending too.  LOL.

Now's your turn, get out your blue and brown and start making a card.  Need some inspiration, check out what my so very talented  Design Teammates have made for you.  Who knows this may be your lucky week and you will win a $10 gift certificate from the Digi Doodle Shop.

Have a good week and Happy Crafting.


Saturday, January 14, 2012

Sassy Cheryl Snowy Sketch

Here's my second post using Bashful Buddy.  I entered it in the Sassy Cheryl Snowy Sketch, but like a dummy, forgot about following the sketch.  I was planning on remaking him as a Packer Fan so I quickly colored up another one and followed the sketch exactly.  I did take some artist liberty in exchanging his star for a Cheesehead.  This is one of the Packer symbols that fans love to wear to the games.  I drew this free hand with some Prismas and used a Copic to make the holes.  Hope you all like it!

Here's the sketch I was supposed to follow.  If you want to play along with this challenge, you still have until Monday.  So get busy and whip something snowy up and don't forget to follow the sketch.  You can link up here.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Bashful Buddy is In Love

Good evening my chilly little peeps.  It got cold here in South Carolina.  We are expecting some freezing temps for a couple of days.  Yuk.  Cold weather, but no snow.  I know some of you hate hearing that, but I am lucky enough to live in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and we get excited over flurries.  If it snows we shut down the whole county until it melts.  LOL  Well maybe there is still a chance it is only January......

My BIL in Wisconsin was out with his snow blower today, poor fella.  He has tickets for the Packer/Giants game and they are expecting COLD COLD COLD weather in the Frozen Rotunda.  But he will still be at the game.  A Packer Fan is a Packer Fan.  They don't miss a game for a little threat of frostbite!!  Sassy Cheryl and I are on opposite sides of this game, she is a Giants fan.  Now I love Cheryl, but I still want to beat her this weekend for sure.  Go PACK!

Well speaking of snow....... Here's a Snowman Valentine for the Let It Snow Challenge going on over at Sassy Cheryl's.  Let me introduce you to Bashful Buddy.  Isn't he cute?  Buddy is so shy but the stars are shinning on him today and he finally got the courage up to declare his love for his valentine.  He is all dressed up in his Carolina Gamecocks colors, so I assume his sweetie will be a Gamecocks Fan.  I sure hope she loves him back.  I would hate it if he was scorned and got so embarrassed he melted clean away.

I had fun making this card.  I have lots of textures going on, so you can tell I was in the playing mood when I made it.  The snowflakes are punched with a snowflake punch, glittered with a gem in the middle.  The gray paper is  DCWV, the striped is Kaiser Craft and the polka dot is My Minds Eye.  The heart is punched with a CM punch and the scalloped heart is a MS punch.  The sentiment is from Artful Leagacy and the hearts are a clear stamp from the dollar bin at AC Moore.  My Stickles glitter is Frosted Lace.  The fur on Buddy's Coat was made with Polar White Flower Soft.  The white nubby mesh is a piece I picked up a couple of years ago at a scrapbook store in the Tennessee Mountains.  I had to have it, loved it instantly and never found a use for it when I got home.  Ha Ha.  Bet you have some of those things in your stash too.  I am so happy I finally used it.

Well I am off to bed now.  I am exhausted.  I just got back from Durham, North Carolina where we went to watch Duke beat Virginia (sorry again, Cheryl) in basketball.  My daughter is a die hard Duke Basketball fan and Coach K is her hero.  They had tickets to the game  but , my poor son-in-law came down with a virus and couldn't make the trip. So he kindly gave me his ticket.  So sorry Bob that you were so sick, but I really enjoyed myself.

Sorry for the long post, too much caffeine I guess.   In a snowy mood?   Why not make a project and share it with us over at the Sassy Cheryl Blog.

Stay warm,

I just realized I was supposed to cut Buddy out in a circular shape.  It doesn't meet the challenge requirements precisely.  Can we count his round little head for the circle.  So sorry, Sassettes.  If you need to disqualify me, I certainly understand.

Is Your Crown Showing?


The lovely Caroline is our host this week at Totally Papercrafts Challenge Blog.  She is seeing spots mixed with a bit of stripes and wants us to see them too.  I decided I wanted to use So Spooky Tilda for my card.  I think the Magnolicious stamps are so much fun to color and I was in the mood to color so I grabbed this little Tilda and started coloring up a storm.  I don't think she looks very spooky to me.  I see a little Cinderella in Tilda.   I found this lovely saying over at Create With TLC and stamped a little crown on the upper corner.

My Card Recipe:
So Spooky Tilda - Magnolicious
Sentiment - Create with TLC
Black Pearls - Queen & Co.
Crown Stamp and Ribbon - Stampin Up
Rosebuds - My Stash
DP - Large pad from Hobby Lobby (Sorry don't know the brand)
My MOST FAVORITE Paper to color on - Cryogen White from Paper Temptress
Spellbinders - Large Scalloped Circles and Lattice Rectangles

Now if you would like to join in our fun challenge this week, just click right here.  You may be the lucky winner of a fabby gift certificate from our sponsor this week:

and the super prize is...

Challenges I am entering this in are:

Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Spots or Stripes