Thursday, December 30, 2010

Shhh It's Cloie's Birthday

I made this card for a special young lady's birthday.  Her Mom is a friend of mine and we are all so proud of Cloie.  She just finished her first semester at college and made the President's List with a 4.0 GPA.  At Christmas they bought her a car and hid it at my house.  It was so much fun being in on Cloie's surprise.  I guess I am not only Sassy, but I am Sneaky too!

The image is called There's A Bee On Your Nose and you can find it here.  Of course it is another delightful design by Cheryl Alger that I absolutely love  I colored it in peach and blue shades with my Copic markers.  I decided to color the bear a dark brown this time and so I used brown and peach papers for my card.  The card stock is all Stampin Up and the musical notes DP is My Minds Eye.  I used my large scalloped circle and circle Nestabilities die cuts.  The ribbon is from my stash and the flower embellishment I made with a scrap of paper from my stash.  I popped a brad in which is from My Minds Eye too.  I typed the sentiment on my computer and distressed the edges of some of the papers with distress inks.  I also took a little sparkly chalk and shaded a bit around the white.

I am entering this in Sassy Cheryl's Challenge #43.  We had to use bears this week.  Punish me puleez.  Next to turtles I love bears best.  Fun to make, so why don't you join us.  We would love to see what you can create each week.  Just click here and see what it is all about.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Bashful Buddy

That Sassy Judy over at Sassy Cheryl's has asked us to create a card using a snowman this week.  Well I have several of Sassy Cheryl's precious snowmen, but I just "HAD to have" this little guy.  He is just too cute.  Christmas cards are all done and in the mail, but I have some thank you cards to make.  So many of our customers  bring gifts to us at the bank so we want to send thank you notes.  This year we will make hand crafted notes.   I think this little guy is perfect and we will be making this card.   I will change the tag to say, "thanks so much".  I am going to bring the supplies to work and the staff will cut color and paste the cards. 

Card was super easy to make.  I used my Copics to color, Label 10 Nesabilities, red bakers twine, and a Stampin Up Tiny Tags stamps and punch  I paper glazed the heart for a little shine and the ribbon is from my stash.  The stocking paper is Dear Santa from American Traditional Designs, the polka dot is two sided and the outside mat is the flip side of a piece from Scenic Route Paper Co.

If you would like to join in the Weekly Challenge fun at Sassy Cheryl's click here.  They have a new one every Tuesday.  If you would like to check out Sassy Cheryls many many digis to color, click here and it will take your to the Sassy Cheryl's store.  Now is the perfect time to get one of her delightful digis because Cheryl has a 30% off sale going on.  Go ahead, check it out and join me for some fun and new ideas.  There is a lot of talent on this web-page!

Monday, December 13, 2010


Guess what I am Sassy Cheryl's Featured Friend # 7.  That means she will feature my blog all week and I get to show some of the cards I have been working on.  Any of you who follow my blog regularly know how I love Sassy Cheryl's Digis.  I have seen a lot of stamps, both digi and rubber that "I just have to have", but Cheryl Alger's strike a cord in my heart and my memories.  Her creations are so personal to me and from the comments I have been reading on other blogs, they are very personal to many of you too!  Hop on over to her store and treat yourself to one or two of her artworks.  Better yet let Santa know you would absolutely love a gift certificate from her shop.  Go ahead, click right here and check them out!

The digi I used this week is called the Bell Ringer.  I have been in a "brown" mood for awhile now, so I colored him brown with my Copics and topped him off in orchid and gray.  I embossed some ivory cardstock by using the Allegro Cuttlebug folder, rubbed with some Soft Suede ink (Stampin Up) and ran it through my Cuttlebug.  I cut it in half and angled the paper for interest.  The image and mat are cut from Labels #10 Nestabillities.  The ribbon is from my stash and the grey pearls are from Queen & Co.  The paper is from Anna Griffin and I have had it for years.  The snowflake is Martha Stewart.

It is different from what I have been making lately.  I sent it to my brother and his wife  in Virginia, it just kinda felt right for them.  I hope they liked it.

Thanks for popping in and checking out my bog.  I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and the most blessed of New Years!


The Polar Express has been a traditional Christmas Eve read for my Grandchildren since they were babies.  My daughter and her family live in Charleston, SC and there is an island full of Christmas lights.  Every Christmas Eve we would have a big dinner and then drive over to see the Christmas lights.  You drive through the park listening to the Christmas Carols, stop at this BIG open fire pit where you roast marshmallows on long sticks.  We then hop back in the car, head for home where the children get to open one present.  We are very tricky in the wrapping and disguise them quite well, because everytime they select the present, it is pajamas.  (You have to have new pajamas for Christmas morning pictures, don't you?)  Then we sit down to read the Polar Express.  Every year one child is selected to "Hold the Bell" while we read it.  They get to ring it everytime we turn the page.  After we finish the story it is time to prepare the special cookies and milk for Santa, the carrots for the reindeer and the cheese for the Christmas Mouse.  Then it's off to bed and I bet there was more than one dream about riding a train to the North Pole. 

This is my creation using Cheryl Alger's Missing Bell Stamp.  I wanted to create a card in remembrance of that wonderful story.  It is now a movie and a family tradition to millions of people.  I hope you like it and have your own Christmas traditions filled with magic.  Remember you just have "TO BELIEVE!

Inside Sentiment

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Sassy Cheryl's Challenge 41

This week Sassy Cheryl's Challenge was to merge two of her images.  Gosh it is hard enough to pick only one, but choosing only two is just as hard.  I love all of her images.  They are just plain fun to color and make cards with.    I chose the Primitive Christmas Tree and the Christmas Moose.  Isn't he cute all tangled up in the lights and the wreath?  Poor thing ended up doing the splits when his legs tangled.  Hope it wasn't too painful for the pitiful little cutie.

I colored my images with my Copics and used all papers and punch outs from the I Believe collection from Cosmo Cricket. I have used this line so much all season.  I bought my papers from the Aww Shucks Scrapbook Store and I already spotted a Spring line.  Looks like I will be using more Cosmos Cricket paper.

How do you like that border punch?  It is the MS Double Loops punch.  I received it as a gift at my Inky Digits Club and it was perfect for this card.

I f you would like to play along with the Sassy Cheryl girls, click here and join in.  She has been giving away some of her signature items during the Christmas season so you have two chances to win.  Try it once, and I promise you will be hooked! 

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Show Me Thursday

Well hooray for me I won the Show Me Thursday Challenge last week!!!  That means I get to choose a digi from Sassy Cheryl's Shop of goodies!  Oh so much pressure, which one will I choose?  Oh man what delightful pressure!  Thank you Cheryl I do so love to win....  If you would like to win a Sassy Cheryl image, grab your camera take a picture of what you are working on and post right here.

I have two pictures to show you this week.  The first one is a view of my crowded, though organized workspace.  Up in the front is my tray of Christmas cards and Teddy Bear address book.  I am trying to work on addressing my cards and I have a goal to have them all finished and in the mail this weekend.  I am even staying home from my Saturday Stampers covered dish luncheon to finish.  :(

The desk also has my newest MS punch set that I received at my Inky Digits Club Tuesday night.  My Santa hat is sitting there.  I wore it to the party Tuesday night, but I was cold tonight, so I put it on my head while coloring.  My sneaky son snuck in and took my picture and sent it to my Granddaughter , so I took it off.  Sneaky boy now they have evidence to blackmail me with.  I think I will shave one of his eyebrows off when he is sleeping.  Ha Ha

The second picture is the finished project that was on my Show Me Thursday last week. Some of you asked to see the finished project.  Pictured above are two of the notepads.  You can see the outside view and the inside view.   I made it real quick using  3 1/2" x 8" note pads I bought  at the craft store.  I cut card stock 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" and scored at 4" and 4 3/8" glued the notepad to the card stock, wrapped a ribbon around it and decorated the front.  I am still looking for a special pen to attach and it will be finished.

Off to snoop!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Fa La La La La La La La La

Sassy Cheryl's Challenge this week is All About Love.  I think this little darling is in love with dancing, Christmas and her dance partner.  I even chose heart paper  to go with the stocking paper.  She sure is decked out in her ruby slippers and glitter dress for the Christmas Dance.
My paper is all from my stash.  The card stock and the Merry Christmas stamp is Stampin UP,  The glitter is Stickles and the banner was computer generated.  The  circles are cut with the Nestabilitites Large Circles.  I colored it with my Copics and punched the hearts out with a small McGill punch.  I stitched her up with a sewing machine.

If you would like the opportunity to win some prizes, click here and you will arrive on Cheryls' Blog.  There you will be able to participate in a Blog hop.  It is a first for Sassy Cheryl and has a drawing for a prize at every stop!  Hurry now, time's a wastin!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Show Me Thursday #4

Hello Snoopy friends.  Here's a peek at what I am working on right now.  I am making some little notepads for Christmas gifts.  Decided not to do the Christmas theme since they will be using them after Christmas.  They are real handy little gifts to store in your purse or use the magnet to put on the fridge.  I am using the Lady Bug Theme.  I bet Sassy Cheryl's has an image to match don't you? 

Those little pins are from the sewing department at AC Moore.  I am going to decorate them with beads and little trinkets to use for card embellishments.

That's about it this week.  Not too much to see.  I have to get busy addressing my Christmas cards.  Unfortunately I spent more time making the outside and neglected to make the inside sentiments so I need to get those done first.  Better "shake a leg" or my cards won't go out and my friends and family will call me  the Grinch!

I'm off for a bit of snooping myself.  Wanna join me, click here and you can see which blogs have posted goodies to share.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Greatest Gift

These are three cards I am sending that were not made from Digis.  I saw these beautiful rub-ons and just had to use them.  There is no way I could color something as beautiful as they are.  They are a vinyl rub on and they were in the glass ornament section at Michaels.  They are beautifully glittered and when I took a picture of them, they reflected the flash from the camera and the glitter looks a little grainy. But actually they are gorgeous.

I made all three of them in one hour and at this time of year, that is important.  I wanted the card to look like a present to represent the gift of the Christ Child.  The paper was from my stash that I had bought some time ago from Artful Legacy.  It is a shiny pearlescent paper.  Very soft looking.  The Ribbon was from Michaels and is a metallic mesh in light olive and gold.  To give it more color and pop, I lined the ribbon on the card with some Forest Green Cardstock.  I cut the gold and Ivory paper with my Marvy scalloped circle punches.  The stars were rub-ons from the same package.  I tied the bow and the outside was finished.  The bow is big,fluffy and wired, so the recipient will easily be able to reshape after taking it out of the envelope.  The inside sentiment is a sentiment  from PaperCraftsMagazine (Nov./Dec. 2010).  It says "May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through".

Fast with the Wow Factor.  That is what I need right now, trying to finish all my cards. I think these cards have it - do you?

Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Simplest of Gifts

I just had to have this stamp when I saw it.  Doesn't it just about say it all?  This card just fell into place when I first started on it.  I think it was just meant to be.  I colored it with my copics, made a pom pom for her hat out of embroidery floss and added some MS snow glitter. 

I am entering it in Sassy Cheryl's Thankful Challenge this week.  Sassy Jeni was in the thankful mood and this little image just fit right in.  If you would like to see what the Sassy girls have to offer this week and what the other entries look like, just click here.  Sassy Cheryl has some great images in her store to choose from and entering the challenges gives you the opportunity to win some.  I will warn you though, they are like potato chips, you can't get just one, you will have to have more and more.  Click here and check them out.

Thanksgiving Day 2010

I am really late in posting this week, but with good cause.  These two beautiful ladies were with us all during the holidays and I just didn't get any postings done.  What was on my workdesk on Thursday was a whole lot of yummy food and a whole lot of dirty dishes.  I think  it may be next week before all the dishes will be put back in their place.  Ha Ha

Many of the blogs I follow are talking about gettting that pretty white stuff, so I thought I would show my pretty white stuff too.   Mine is called sand and it is here year round.  My son took his daughters down to the beach while I was preparing our Thanksgiving feast and they love to take pictures, so these are a few they brought back.

Arent' they a beautiful family? God has blessed me with these girls I promise you!  But they are on their way home now, my house is empty and quiet, except for the dishwasher and the washer and dryer.  I already miss them, but Christmas is coming and they will be back!   I cannot wait.  There is nothing better than a house full of children at Christmas time, and yes even if those children have grown into those dreaded things called teenagers.

I am off now to snoop at everyone else's workspaces.  If you would like to snoop too, click here and it will take you to Sassy Cheryls' Show Me Thursday spot.  Lots of interesting stuff to be found there. 

If you are viewing this post from Sassy Cheryl's Show Me Thursday link and want to see more pictures of my grans please click on  the three previous posts.  For some reason Blogger wouldn'tlet me post more that one picuture per post.  Sorry.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Cappucciono Anyone Snowman Gift Card Holder

There is a special little lady in my life that I made this for.  It is a giftcard holder made from a Starbucks coffee hugger.  I am going to buy a Starbucks gift card and put in it for Christmas for her.  This image is one of two images that we can buy, color and enter into the challenge for the 2nd Sassy Cheryl Color Me Challenge. If we win, we will get another gift certificate to Sassy Cheryl's store.  I don't know about you, but I couldn't ever win enough gift cards to cover my "I Wants" from her shop.  Cheryl puts out two new images every Tuesday and now she is giving us two more just for the Color Me Challenge.

This gift card holder is simple and quick to make.  I colored my image, cut it out with an oval  Nestibilities.  Cut out a lavender piece of cardstock with the same Nesti, ran it through my CB using the snowflake embossing folder.  I backed the colored image with the snowflake cardstock oval.  I covered the coffee hugger with DP from the Traditions Collection by Michelle Coleman.  Punched a scalloped border and straight strip from the same lavender cardstock and glued it to the covered hugger.  I wrapped some turquoise tulle around it and tied a small bow.  Embellished with a lavender button threaded a snowflake brad through the button holes and attached it to the tulle bow.  I stamped and punched the tag and tied to the button.  The stamps are Tiny Tags and the punch is the jewelers tag punch.  Both are from Stampin UP.  Sprinkled some MS snow glitter around the snowman and I was done. 

Wanna try one for yourself ?  You can pick up this image for only $2.00 if you act by Tuesday here.  If you have any questions on covering the coffee huggers, you can email me a  See you in the challenge.

Totally Papercrafts is having a snow challenge this week, so I entered this card in their challenge too.  Check it out here.  You can make one card and enter into two challenges.  Now how great is that?

Here is another Challenge to enter this in.  One Stop Craft Challenge this week is Snow People.  He is definelty a Snow People.

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, Oh Yeah

Sassy Cheryl's Digi Dance Partners looks like a little girl dancing while dreaming of something wonderful.  What could be more wonderful this time a year for a little girl than dreaming of Santa's visit and anticipating all the presents he will bring

I used my Copics to color the girl and dress.  She has her shiny tap shoes on courtesy of Glossy Accents.  I freehanded (and I am not an artist) a Christmas tree in her background using my Prisma Color Pencils and some sparkly chalk for accents and blending.  The DP is Traditions by Michelle and the card stock is SU.  I had a piece of blue foil paper in my stash that I punched out the presents and used for the accent strips.  I typed the sentiment on my computer onto white paper which I ran through the CB using the Allegro embossing folder to make it look like sheet music.  I used the circle and large scallop circle from Nestibilities.  The little green trees were punched from a very old punch which I could not identify.  Of course you see the tulle bow and a MS snowflake.  Tulle must go with Christmas, because I have used it on my last 3 projects.

The colors on the card are so much prettier in person.  I have been told I need a new camera, but I think I am going to try and build a light box like Shirley has in Tazmania.  Looks kinda easy and maybe it will give truer images for my blog.

Hope you enjoy.  If you want to play along click here, pick up a digi make a Christmas card and enter it here, and you may win a Gift Certificate from Sassy Cheryl.,  So get busy you only have until Monday night and you know you have a bunch of Christmas cards to make anyway.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Sassy Cheryl's Show Me Thursday #2

Here it is Thursday again and I have a little treat for you, my nosey little peeps!  Eye Candy, yes it is.  It is my new wall paper and his name is Damon Salvatore.  Doesn't he have the absolute sexiest look?  If you have missed him, you can catch him on the CW Channel at 8:00p.m. It is my favorite show "Vampire Diaries"!  OMG, Be still my heart!

Sorry, back to the Show Me Challenge.  Damon does tend to make the mind drift.  I have been coloring lately.  I have an idea bouncing around in my head using the Sassy Cheryl Dance Partners Stamp. I have colored it in two color pallettes (one is under the other) and I am working on it for a Christmas card.  Tonight I bought the Cappuccino Anyone Snowman and I am going to make it into a Christmas card for the Color Me Challenge on Sassy Cheryl's blog.  My husband swears that I just like to sit and color.  Now tell me people, what is wrong with that?

There are my precious dear Copics, my bestest friends.  lol.  That ring of papers is Stampin Up paper swatches that a group of us got together and made.  It is the handiest tool and always at my fingertips.  We cut out rectangles of each of the SU card stocks made label stickers, punched holes and put them on a ring. 
Whenever I need to match or coordinate card stock with I just pull out that ring and it keeps me from digging in all my stash.  A real time saver.  Now I just have to update all the new colors SU introduced this year.  Sounds like an excuse for us all to get together again.  Yeah, fun time!

Well I am off to work.  I'll be back tonight to peek in on every one's craft spaces.  If you want to see what all this is about, just click here and you will be directed to Sassy Cheryl's Blog.  Grab your camera, snap a picture of whatever you are working on right now and post it.  Then do the Blog Hop thingee and see what everyone else is up to.  Lots of inspiration and Lots of Fun too.

PS You can win a gift certificate to the Sassy Cheryl Shop too!!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

A Sassy Merry Christmas to All

Poor ole' Santa he is just pooped after delivering all those presents last night.  He was so tired, he fell asleep against this Christmas Tree ornament.   Looks like he is about to drop his magic bell onto the Polar Express.  Wonder who will be the lucky child to get the bell this year?  Hope it is me because I definitely do not want to grow up and I sure do believe!

If you like this image, it is one of Sassy Cheryl's.  It is called a Lounging Santa.  Click here and take a peek at all the digis she has to offer.  You can get this darling for $3.00 and color yourself or Cheryl can color it for you for $4.00.  Now that is a bargain you won't want to miss.  I just love her digis, because they always tell a story or bring back a memory to me.  I bet you will find a couple you just "have to have" too!

I picked up my paper at Aww Shucks scrapbook store.  It is from the I Believe collection by My Mind's Eye.  I used my copics and silver gel pen.  Santa's fur is Pearl Stickles sprinkled with a little MS glitter.  The train border and snow flake  is from Martha Stewart . I used Labels 10 Spellbinder and the calendar is one I made on my computer using Microsoft Word. I punched with an EK Success border punch to make it look like it was just torn out of a calendar. Sentiment is something I typed up on my computer and the inside sentiment says "And To All A Good Night".

I think I will send this to my Grandson Jonathan aka Fin or Finny. I am about half way finished with my Christmas Cards.  I still need to get out the recipe file and choose which recipe I will enclose this year.   Last year I put my Banana Cake recipe with some of my cards and Boy did I get yelled at for not putting it in all of them.  I won't do that again this year. 

So come on, pull out your tulle and ribbon and join Sassy Jennifer's challenge over at Sassy Cheryl.  Just click the title above and it will link you right up!  You' get a chance to win a Gift Certificate from the Sassy Cheryl store. 

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Sassy Cheryl's Show Me Thursday #1

Congratulations to Sassy Cheryl on her new Show Me Thursday.  These snooping sessions are so much fun and I absolutely love SC images so I couldn't miss her first posting.  She even gives us a sneak peek at what she is working on for her Tuesday releases.  This one looks real yummy.  I just may have to add it to my collection.
Cheryl has a very neat desk with all these computers (I would absolutely die for). Here is my messy desk with my S-L-O-W 2003 laptop!  I am working on one of my Christmas card designs and I have an assembly line going on with them.  I will have to point out my new pride and joy.  An enabler friend of mine, I won't mention her name to protect the guilty, talked me into buying this new ATG.  Isn't it the prettiest pink baby you have ever seen?  It sure made the gluing part go a lot faster!  Besides that,  part of the money went to the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer research and we should all support worthwhile charities - right?

Ahh there is my spool of green tulle waiting for my Challenge Blog entry this week.  I haven't printed the digi yet so you'll have to check back this weekend to see my card.  Oh lookeee there, an AC Moore coupon.  You see I keep it in a very safe place.  Those little darlins are VERY valuable!

I hoped you enjoyed your peek today and I am off to do some peeking of my own.  Come on and join in the fun, just click the title above and it will pop you to the right place.  Just think, you have the opportunity to be in on the very first session of Cheryl's Show Me Thursday!

Hugs,  Linda

Monday, November 8, 2010


I had been fascinated by some of the paper flowers I saw on Blogs that I visited.  Even with th 40% off coupon at Michaels and AC Moore the price was prohibitive.  It seemed like every color I saw was not the color I was working with that week.  So when I found the directions in the Winter issue of Paper Creations magazine, I was thrilled.  I went home that night and made this flower.  It was so easy and so fast too.

I cut three circles of graduating sizes, ran my Stampin UP Very Vintage roller over the card stock, spritzed it with Glimmer Mist and then I modged podged them.  I distressed and rolled the edges inward with my craft knife, glued them together and sewed a button on it.  Awesome don't you think?  The card stock is actually the red color that mats the card.  It was so much fun and really economical because you can make a flower in the exact color of cardstock you want.  (You don't have to modge podge it, but that is my current new love.

The brown line going across the card is actually grosgrain ribbon.  I liked the way it came to a point when it attached it to the card stock.  The leaves are from the SU Bird punch.  All paper is SU.

Quick and fun card to make.  Let me know what you think or any suggestions on improving.  Have a great day!

Saturday, November 6, 2010


I made this card for Sassy Cheryl's Challenge #36.  Jeni is the Sassy leader this week and she challenged us to use fall colors.  Little Sassy Cheryl is having a ball playing in this tub of leaves.  She is just throwing them up in the air with abandonment!  Hope she is still smiling when her Dad finds out what she did with the leaves he spent the whole morning raking up!

I cut the leaves and the basket out with my Cricut, inked them and wrinkled the leaves up then I modge podged them . I have been modge podging everything lately.  My poor Bonnie almost got it the other night when she jumped up in my lap when my fingers were full of the sticky goo.

Click on the title bar above and hop on over to Sassy Cheryls Blog Challenge and see what everyone else is doing.  You might even want to pop into Cheryl's store and pick yourself up one of her cuties and play along.  We do it every Tuesday.  You will fall in love with them, I promise!

Supplies:  Cricut Cartridge-DoodleCharms, Cuddlebug Embossing folder, Stampin UP Punch, ribbon, bow  and gems from my stash.
Paper:  Cardstock Stampin UP, DP is Earth Love by Cosmo Cricket
Inks:  Gold, Bronze inks were from Encore and Soft Suede by Stampin UP, coloring was with Copic Markers

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Good morning WOYWW friends. It is snooping time again and I am into  making those very special Christmas cards (which you can't do without singing all those wonderful Christmas Carols).  My singing is a family joke (a painful one for them) but at least my music is now on my IPOD. 

You can see some new papers I bought at Awww Shucks scrapbook store.  The stamps in the cases are some SU stamps I have been playing with.  In the background is the Inky Digits project Lisa Murphy taught us last night.  It is a set of wooden blocks inked and decorated for Christmas.  Won't these look cute on my shelf?  There's some magazines I have been memorizing, and that is about it.  I actually cleaned up the table after my weekend crafting marathon.  Check back I will post a couple of pictures of the cards I made.

If you are reading this post and think, "Linda has really lost it this time," click the title above and it will pop you onto Julia's blog.  There you will find a lot of people who are so addicted to crafting that they have to post pictures of their workspaces every week just to "feed their habit".  Come on, join in the fun.   It is an International craze.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Snowman At Home

This weeks challenge at Sassy Cheryl's is "Anything But Square"  I think this easel card qualifies, how a bout you.  If you would like the chance to win a great little digi like this "Wind Up Santa" click on the title above and enter your card! 

This little snowman is having fun playing with his "Wind up Santa".  In fact, if you like this digi you can pop on over to and pick one up in color or black and white.   Doesn't he look cozy in his little Igloo?

Real igloos are man-made blocks of snow.  They are all different shapes and sizes piled together to make a wall.  There is a ice room inside for the homeowners and a welcoming entrance.  When I saw this digi I loved it immediately.  He looked like he was laying on his living room floor dreaming of the real Santa coming with presents.  Problem was what kind of house would a Snowman live in.  Well it would have to be a snow house wouldn't it? 

So I got to "Play".  I crinkled up white cardstock, cut it into squares, inked the edges, glued it down and sprinkled it with "Snow Glitter".  The digi is colored with Copics and then I used the crayon resist technique to sponge a warm background.  I made a welcome mat with "ice" all over it (be careful, don't slip).  Of course a Christmas House has to have lights and a wreath.  Now this precious little man has a fitting house to live in for the winter.

Papers:  DP - Tradition; Cardstock - Stampin-UP
Inks- SU - Sahara Sand, Old Olive, Christmas Red
          Archival Brillance Pearlescent Sky Blue
Embellishments -Lights by Jolee, Snowflake by MS, Snow Glitter by MS
Stamps for Wreath and Embellishment are unkown.

Monday, October 25, 2010


Well here is a TOTALLY FUN card to make.  I was sitting at my craft table tonight when my SIL called me up.  We talked for 15 minutes or so and I started playing around with scraps of paper left over from my last Sassy Cheryl card.  I just started laying them out and moving them around and this was the end result.  The only thing I had to add from my stash was the yellow star and the cream colored paper I used for the card base.  EVERY BIT OF THE ELEMENTS of this card were already cut or punched and the scrap paper was laying on the table.  To bad I didn't take a picture of my workspace to prove it to you then I could have entered it in WOYWW.

It looked like a country quilt to me.  I started to zig zag stitch around the red to make it look even more like a quilt but then I thought I would preserve the simplicity of the card by leaving it just the way it is.  So, playing on a verse from a Dolly Parton song, I called it my Card of Many Colors.


Just a quick simple card I had some fun making.  I felt the need to make a card and it was gettting late.  I should have been getting ready for bed but of course the craft devil got the best of me and I sat down to make a card.  I only took 15 minutes to make this card from some papers in my scrap drawers. The stamp was a major purchase from Michaels that cost me 50 cents.  I picked it up some time back and was looking for an excuse to use it.  I ran a piece of Kraft paper through the crimper attached it at a jaunty little angle with some aqua brads.  The ribbon is from PaperTreyInk.  The DP is My Minds Eye.

End result was I took care of my addiction, got to sleep on time and used up some more of my paper scraps.  Don't you  just love it when the unexpected comes together! 

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Beary Christmas

Lilly is the Challenge leader over at Sassy Cheryls this week an she wants us to make something with furry friends.  I chose this little Bear Hug because I love it.  I decided to make a Christmas card out of it because I am going to need a bunch in the next month and I have not even started on my Christmas cards yet.

The papers are by My Minds Eye and the sentiment was made by me on my computer.  I used my Prisma colored pencils and Gamasol to color the bear because I ran out of ink in the Copic I was using and had to start over.  The little girl is colored with my Copics.  Christmas is a time when we dress up like gaudy presents and let our inner flashy selves shine through.  I used Stickles to add some sparkle to her vest, hairbow and skirt.  And since I can't seem to make a card without ribbons or buttons, I chose ribbon and bow this week.  The scalloped border punch is from Stampin Up and the presents border punch is a Martha Stewart punch.

Hope you enjoyedmy card.  Why don't you click on the Beary Christmas title above and pop over to Cheryls Challenge Blog and join us.  We get a new challenge every week and you get to use Cheryls fabulous digis on your projects.  Now how much fun is that?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Well it is Wednesday again and if you are one of Julia's crazy faithful followers you know what that means.  SNOOPING TIME.  Time for all of us crazy crafters to go visit each other and see what everyone is working on, or what they have bought and we just can't live without!  Click on the WOYWW title above and you will pop right over to Julia's.  We can't share a cup of coffee or tea, but we do share funny stories and tips and bits of gossip, so come join our Wednesday  International Party.  Try it, you will like it!

So what do I have on the ole workspace today.   There is the basket of seashells card.  This was made by my Inky Digit friend Lisa.  I won her card a couple of months ago and we want her to teach us how to make it, so she asked me to take a pic of it and email it to her to refresh her memory.  The Sunflower card was our project tonight.  Inky Digit pal, Lynn taught us how to make this delightful sunflower.  Aren't these ladies talented.  I keep telling them they need to get a blog and join us.  There is a present for me from Inky Digit pal Susan.  She bought me this cute little children on a park bench stamp I wanted and couldn't find.  Susan couldn't stay for class to night because her little Yorkie, Expresso, had surgery today.  She had to stay and administer TLC.  I have to admit she did look pretty worried when she stopped by tonight.  I know all you crafters are animal lovers, so say a little prayer for Expresso.

Last thing interesting on my desk is my How To Book for Techniques.  I am trying to decide what to do for my Christmas cards this year and I am searching for inspiration and so far the "well is dry".  Maybe I will get some inspiration when I visist everyone's workspace this week!  Hope you enjoyed your visit with me this week. I will try to get by to see everyone too!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sassy Cheryl's Challenge Blog 33

The Sassy Girls wanted us to show some dimension today.  Well this easel card is jam packed with dimension! The Happy Birthday is popped up the hat that Sassy is popping out of is popped up.  Sassy is popped up the ballons are attached with wires are are free standing which fold down for mailing. And that tulle bow puffs out all ove the card. 

Thank goodness I didn't have to mail this baby!  I seem to do that all the time.  I get so carried away with making the cards, I forget all the extra postage plus the special trip to the post office so I can weigh it and see just how much postage to put on!  One of these days I will make a flat card that takes only 1 stamp to mail.  Don't hold your breath waiting for it, but I will post it if I ever make one!   Ha Ha

I have three granddaughters and one kinda adopted who is the daughter from bestie friend Jeni who is kinda like an adopted daughter-in-law.  It is really crazy, but when you get down to it, we have all been like family been since Jeni married my son-in-law's brother.   

All 3 girls are very close and competitive so I decided to use the same image for thier birthday cards this year. I have posted three  of them before, but I thought it might be fun to see them all posted again.  It gives you a chance to see the differences in each of their personalities!



Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Whoa, here it is Wednesday again and I never even got to snoop around everyone's blogs last week.  Sorry, I missed all the goodies everyone had to offer.  My company has all gone home now and I am back to work so my routine has returned and should be relatively calm until the holidays set in.  Plenty of time to finish those Christmas cards and handmade gifts.  Optimistic aren't I? Ha Ha

Well as you can see I have a messy desk today.  I am working on a Birthday Card for a friend who adores pink.  I am following a sketch challenge so I will be posting it  as soon as I finish.  I even left all my punch confetti from my MS punch.  Have you ever tried using those little bits? They can really add details to a card and a great representation for the word "scrapping"!

Lot's of pink papers and pink inks.  I kept trying different shades until I found ones I like.  There sure are a lot of shades of pink and I really didn't find the perfect one.  Sounds like a good excuse to buy some more.  Whatcha think?

I wanted to hi-light someone's blog today.  Sarah the Stressed Stamper has promised to post pictures of her decadent pedicure where little fishies nibbled on her toes.  I haven't seen it yet, but I plan on popping over to her place immediately after I post this.  I bet you won't want to miss that.  Here's a link to her blog.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Halloween Boogie

Found this little image over at Create With TLC.  If you want him click the title above and go pick him up.  He's free.This dancing dude reminded me of my Grandson and I had to make him into a card.  My Grandson loves life and loves to make people laugh (sometimes too much to the dismay of his teachers). 

My papers are all from my stash.  I colored the image with my copics and cut out the top of the image and left the bottom in a square for interest (and to cover up where I colored outside of the lines,tee hee hee).  I wanted the Scarecrow to pop out from the table, so I popped him up and glued the edges to the card.  It gave the image a curved effect. The bow is from Michaels and resembles a spider web.  I cut the musical note from a Sizzix die and distressed the edges with Soot Black distress ink.  I printed the image on my computer and cut it into a banner shape. The ends and middle are glued directly to the card, but I used two pop dots on either side to give it a ripple effect.

Only two more weeks before the Goblins and Gouls come a visiting, the witches a riding and the ghosts a booing.   Halloween will come in with a fright and last only one night!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Flying By To Say Hi

I made this card for one of my 5 grandchildren.  I now have all 5 cards done so I finally ( I think) finished with Halloween.  I just love the holiday and there is so much out there to stir your imagination.  I may still make some treat bags and I will post them if I do, so check back by.

The Sassy Girls want us to do paper-piecing this week.  I have paper pieced the witches dress and hat, used my copics to color her and double popped her up to simulate flying.  I left her legs and the broom free to dangle and it looks so cute in person.    The black and orange polka-dot paper is from Frances Meyer and the rest of the paper is from Stampin Up. The large stars are a Sizzix die cut and the small stars are (I think) Creative Memories stickers.  I popped a few peach colored jewels in the sky for effect.  The little frog is a stamp from Stampin UP and I colored him and popped him up too for dimension.  The ribbon is from Michaels $1.00 bin and the scalloped ovals are punches.  The flying by sentiment is from my stash and I don't know who made it.  There is a little orange heart button on the bow from my stash too.  I used one of my favorite card styles and that is the easel card.  I just love the way it displays the card.  My grans keep these on their shelves in their room, so it also serves as a little Halloween bling for their rooms too.

Hope you enjoy and Happy Haunting to all!


It was my turn to teach a card at my Inky Digits Card Club Tuesday.  I wanted to teach the crayon resist technique.  I found this precious Scarecrow on Create With TLC, a freebie download and printed it out.  Stamped one of my Happy Halloween sentiments under it, saved it again to my computer and printed out the 15 copies that I needed for my class.  I colored the scarecrow and sentiment with my copics and then colored over my coloring with a white crayon.  I put the nestibilities frame back over the white paper and sponged the entire image with yellow ink.  I sponged a little pumpkin ink around the edges for effect, lifted the nestibilitie off the paper and rubbed  the whole thing with a paper towel.  That cleans any ink off the image, sets it and spreads the wax around to give the image a sheen. 

Added a bunch of layers, my MS fence punch, a ribbon, flower, some leaves,button and twine and I was done.  The Inky Digit ladies enjoyed the technique.  My SIL went to club with me that night and as a Newbie, made a perfect card.  Try the technique if you haven't yet and let me know what you think.  It is a fun one!

I read about this website on my friend Sarah The Stressed Stamper's Blog and thought I would enter it in their challenge.  She just made their DT and invites everyone to check it out.  I think Friday's challenge will be her first submission, so hop on over and check it out.  To get there easily, click on the title above and it will pop you there.  Here is the address to Sarah's Blog  Check her out and give her a little Bloggie Love

Don't miss out on all the fun over at the TLC Creations either.  They offer a lot of free images and sentiments, so be sure and check them out too.  Here's their link.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


Well here it is WOYWW again.  This week has just flown by for me.  My SIL and BIL are still here from Wisconsin and I haven't had much crafting time.  Lots of fun and family.  I am going to be so sad for them to go home on Saturday.  I plan to drown my sorrows in card making and since Monday is a bank holiday here, I will have three days to play!

I don't have any projects in the works so I thought I would show you all my storage, supplies and tools.  I still have more tucked under my desk, but I forgot about them when I was snapping pics.  The last picture is to show my craft table all clean and set with my Halloween placemats.  Doesn't it look sad clean? (It' won't on Saturday, HaHa)!

My SIL wants me to thank all of you for your kind comments and words of encouragement on her posting last week.  Her God-Daughter Brenda belongs to a card making club in Milwaukee and Janet is going to join it when she gets home.  I think she is definitely hooked.  Maybe one day she will even have a Blog of her own.

If you are new to this WOYWW  craze and want to know what it is all about, click on the WOYWW title above and it will pop you over to Julia's Blog.  She is the one who started all the fun and now over 100 people post pics of their workspace every Wednesday.  Hop on over and do some snooping for yourself, it is addictive I promise.

I am off to some snooping of my own.  Have a great week!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

One Lovely Blog

I just was awarded a "One Lovely Blog" award from my "mate" Sarah the Stressed Stamper.  This is a lovely gift that I have to pass on to 15 other people.   This will take some thinking and  I will be doing this in the next day or so.  So check back often to see who gets the honor!  In the mean time, click the One Lovely Blog title above and it will pop you over to see what Sarah is up too.  She has a great blog filled with little stories about what she has going on in her life and pictures of some really great cards too.

 My first Blog Award.  Can you tell how excited I am?

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Sorry guys, I am really late posting this week. My Sister-In-Law Janet is visiting from Wisconsin and has taken over my workspace. She made her very own first card. Isn't it fabulous. Her only son Larry and his bride Caiti are celebrating their second wedding anniversary and she wanted to make them a special card. Larry proposed to his Caiti right in front of Cinderella's castle in Disney World. The romantic got down on his knees and everything. Everyone was applauding and congratulating them. They even got married on Sweetest Day. Aren't they just the sappiest little lovebirds?

We printed this digi off of a Disney program I have and she just built the card from there. All I did was show her my supplies and she did the rest. Isn't she talented. I think she has a real good eye for card design. I am going to miss her so much when she goes back to the cold state of Wisconsin. Please leave her a little Bloggy love with your comments of encouragement. Happy Wednesday!

If you would like to figure out this WOYWW is all about, click on the WOYWW title above and it will pop you over to Julia's blog where you will find the nosiest and best friends in the world! Go ahead check it out. I pormise you it is addictive.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Hey Hey Pumpkin

This week the Sassy Girls have challenged us to use a sketch. This sketch went real easy for me util I realized I built the whole card and left off the sentiment. I went back and added the required sentiment. But..... I think I liked the card before I added the sentiment. Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

I had fun using these papers. I found them at Michaels on sale for $.29 a piece. They are My Minds Eye, The Spider Web collection. My fence is a MS punch. The image is one I bought from Sassy Cheryl and Cheryl had already colored it for me.

Can't get much easier than this.!

Click the Hey Hey Pumpkin title above and it will pop you over the the challenge site and you can see what everyone else has done this week.

Hope to see your work soon. Hugs, Linda

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Well it is that time of the week again to snoope and see what all my fellow crafters are doing all around the world. This week you won't see any dishes. We are getting ready for my brother and sister-in-law to come in from Wisconsin and I am trying hard to get my crafting done before they get here.

Now let's see what we can find on my workspace. The plastic tote is still there filled with all the goodies for the card kits I will be teaching. I am trying to get all the cutting punching and embossing done by Friday, but I have a lot to do.

I have the wonderful card Jan taught the Inky Digits tonight on my table. I didn't finish it at class, so I finished it up at home. We sewed YoYo flowers out of fabric. Aren't they the cutest things?

I see my paper for my latest Sassy Cheryls challenge. I guess you can guess what theme I will be using. Have a couple of punches, stamps and a new package of envelopes I purchased at Michaels. Oh yeah there's my cherished 40% off coupon for next week at Michaels. Gotta coupon, gotta go back and gotta buy. (It's the law! ha ha)

If you would like to join the fun of WOYWW, click on the WOYWW title above and it will pop you right where you need to begin. Enjoy your snoopin'. I'm off for some snoopin' of my own. Please leave a comment, I love reading everyones thoughts.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Merry Christmas

Sassy Cheryl's challenge this week was to use a spellbinders die. I used my scallop rectangle large for this challenge. I had a couple of other spellbinders cuts on the card, but they didn't survive the many redos of this card. I played with it off and on all day today. Not sure if I am satisfied with the final result, but have decided enough is enough. Here it is.

I used this little guy again. I love magic and fairy tales and I just know this little guy will be able to procrate a new snowman! Look at that proud smile on his face. He will succeed, I just know it.

Click on the Merry Christmas title above and it will pop you right over to the challenge for this week. Why don't you join us this week. You will never get bored with the Sassy Cheryl digis. There are soooooooo mannnnnny to work with. Come on give us a try, you will like it. I promise you.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Happy Wednesday Everyone

Well my dishes are done and it is time for some fun time just for me. Last week everyone wanted to know what we had for dinner, well last week we had a beef stir-fry over pasta. This week we had a chicken with red, green and yellow peppers and Vidalia onions in a gravy and served over rice. My hubby aka The Kahuna is an awesome chef and he cooks for us during the week. Aren't I the spoiled little princess? I know you are going to see the recipe books on the table.

My Granddaughter Caroline wants a chocolate cheesecake for her birthday celebration. The two of us were going over recipes. She was on the phone and I had to read her the ingredients. I think she has decided on a yummy one. I'll let you know how it turns out.

The project I am working on is a Halloween Card I will be teaching my Inky Digits how to make on October 1st. We are doing a crayon resist project. I guess it won't be much of a surprise after this post, but I hope they will still enjoy it. I have to get the kits ready now because we are getting company and I will be taking some vacation time in a week or so.

Hope you enjoy my post and I am looking forward to snooping into the lives of all of my WOYWW friends. Come snoop with me. If you click on the WOYWW title above, it will pop you right over to Julia's Blog. You will be amazed what everyone is doing. Happy Snooping.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Sympathy and Friendship

A couple of friends lost relatives this week so I made Sympathy Cards this week.

The first card is SU "Pendant Park" for a friend who lost her Grandma this week. They were very close and I hope she will gather strength from all the people who care about her and her family.

The second one is SU "Inspired By Nature"for our Regional Exec at work. He lost his Dad this week and our office wanted a special card to let him know how much we think of him.

Although Sympathy cards are made in sad times,I think they are one of the most important homemade cards you can send. Just think, you are sending a lot of love wrapped up in that envelope.