Thursday, August 30, 2012

"Fast Is Fine, But Accuracy Is Everything". Wyatt Earp

 My ruler is so tall and heavy, it kept tipping over my whole pencil jar.  I tried storing it flat, but then couldn't see it because it is clear.  I needed a solution.... What to do???   Re-purpose my oatmeal box, that's what I did.  I thought I was going to have to add some pebbles to the bottom to keep it from tipping over but it is working just fine without them.

This was so much fun.  I had the perfect piece of paper in a DCWV La'Creme pad.  The scallops were already in the pattern so I punched holes in every-other scallop and laced it together with Bakers Twine.  12" paper is not quite wide enough so I filled the spot with a coordinating solid piece of card stock.  The inside lining is a piece of black Swiss dot paper from Making Memories.

Sassy Cheryl's Challenge this week is "Back to School" and this project is for my "school supplies".   School is a place of learning and my craft table certainly fits that definition.  Don't you agree?  So every minute, hour or day we spend at our craft tables is an exercise in improving our minds!  It may not be calculus or Shakespeare, but it is certainly a learning experience.

I made a tag using Triple Heart Raggedies from Sassy Cheryl  that I just absolutely adore (I know, I adore all of them), but I really do adore this one.   I have had this one for ages, but it is still available in the $1.00 bin, The tag is cut from the same card stock and DP from the box.  (The reverse side of the tag is the DP).  The measuring tape is from my stash and the sentiment is computer generated.  I saw this sentiment on a cutting mat over at Aww Shucks Scrapbook store.  It is a quote from Wyatt Earp and I think it fits his lifestyle and mine quite well.  I wished I had remembered to type Wyatt's name on the tag.  It would have made it so much more meaningful.  To all my friends across the pond that may not know who Wyatt Earp is, he was a famous gunslinger and sheriff in the "Wild Old West" days.  He was very fast but also very accurate lol.

Well I am off to school today.  I have a get-well and a birthday card to complete today.  What ever you are doing, be sure to find some time to go back to school today.  Hugs ya'll!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Happy Birthday

Well is this paper busy or what?  I loved the paper and it is a circus theme, but I am not used to working with such a busy pattern.  Whew, I think I think it works good.  What do you think?  The paper is from Sassafras.  The polka dots is frm My Minds Eye and the green border was cut right off of the DP.

It's Birthday time at Sassy Cheryl's and  Sassy Sally Clown's Around fit my mood perfectly.  I hope the fashion police don't catch Sassy Sally in all these mismatched colors, but she does match the paper.

Card was quick and easy to make.  I colored her twice and popped one image on top of the other to give a dimensional shadowing effect.  Balloons were cut with a Sissix Die.  Circles were cut with a Spellbinders.  Happy Birthday stamp was from a local scrapbook store that is no longer in business.

I'm having a busy week, helping out at the local scrapbook store.  The owner has gone to a show in Tennessee so I am holding down the fort.  Gives me three days to color a bit.  I am leaving my Mom for an entire day, so I am a bit nervous.   I feed her breakfast and give her meds before I leave in the morning.  The Hospice Nurse comes in the afternoon and my husband feeds her lunch.  Then I am home for supper.  Today worked out smoothly, so I have my fingers crossed for tomorrow and Saturday.  Saturday, my friends Jeni and Kim are coming to the store for a crop, so we should have some fun then too!  Maybe some crazy pictures will be taken and show up on Sassy Cheryl's SMT.  Who knows....

Whatever you are doing this week, I hope you fit a bit of crafting in your schedule.

Have a Good One,


Monday, August 20, 2012

Bundles of Love

How do you like  these cuties.  I got them FREE over at Spyder's Corner.  I "met" Spyder when I visited her blog linked in to WOYWW.  I instantly became a follower because I liked her creations.  She has now been creating "freebies"  that she generously shares.  You should hop on over there and check her out.  I think you will be glad you did.

I printed these little bears on Paper Temptress Cryogen White paper and then printed them a second time on some scrap DP. I colored the bear with Copic markers and cut the blankets out of the DP.  Did a bit of paper piecing.  Cut out a large scalloped leaving the top fold clear of the die and then embossed the scallop with a Cuttlebug Swiss Dot embossing folder. The sentiment is an embellishment I had in my stash.  I finished it off with a bit of ribbon wrapped around the top fold and tied in a bow.  I decorated my envelopes to coordinate with the card.

Very quick, easy and fun.  I made both in one night.  Thanks Spyder for this cute digi.  Hope I did your artwork justice.  They are just too stinkin' cute.

Happy Crafting everyone and I hope your Monday was a wonderful beginning to a wonderful week.

Hugs, Linda


Make It Monday-Anything Goes
A Gem of A Challenge - Animals or Teddy Bears
MAWTT-Anything But  A Square

Friday, August 17, 2012

Got Corn?

 Good morning all you Trick or Treaters.  What you say, "Its too early for Trick or Treat"?  Try telling that Sassy Cheryl.  She has tempted me beyond measure into starting my Halloween cards and gifts early this year.  I saw this darling little witch called, "Sassy Sally, The Good Little Witch" and somehow she popped right into my shopping cart.  Cheryl has drawn costumes for her characters.  She has several witches, mouseketeers and a darling little Vampire.  I have a feeling I will just have to have a Halloween party in South Carolina and invite all of them.  They are just too precious to choose just one.

This is a gift I will  be sending to my Grans.  It is a bag of Microwave Popcorn.  I saw a snowman popcorn holder on Pinterest and wanted to make them for Halloween.  I actually made mine in a square holder that is closed on three sides.  I used red line tape to secure it because regular adhesive won't hold.  Here's a picture of the back so you can see how I made it.

Sally is colored with Copics and the sparkles were made with a Gelly Roll Glitter pen.  I cut her out. popped her up with foam tape onto a gorgeous piece of Echo Park Paper from their Apothecary Emporium.  The web borders were punched with a Martha Stewart punch and cut in  half.  Happy Halloween is a stamp from my stash and I can't tell you with made it.  
I wrapped my popcorn in a 12x12 piece of paper, glued the ends shut and crimped them  The tag is hung on baker's twine wrapped several times around the popcorn package.  The sentiment was computer generated and matted with black CS cut with Spellbinders Floral Doily Motifs die.  The candy corn was from my stash and I believe it came from Michael's.  I had colored an smaller Sally so I just glued that to the back seam just because she was too cute to leave laying on my craft table.

Well I am off to go shopping for some more Sassy Cheryl digis.  Honest to Goodness they are just the cutest little things and so much fun to color.  This week I get to get 2 of them because I won one today for my post of Kaylee's scrapbook.  I was so darn excited when I got a text from BFF Jeni telling me that I won.  I not only won my choice of digi, but I won a hand colored and signed wall-art illustration from  Miz Sassy Cheryl herself!!!!!!  My poor husband's lottery ticket didn't win, but my entry did. Whoo Hoo.  Now I could handle a few more days like today.  Check out all the wall-art illustrations Cheryl has been creating here

I am entering this card in Sassy Cheryl's "Favorite Color Combination".

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

A Tear In The Ocean

Feast your eyes on this gorgeous digi.  My friend Kim Hecker over at Oak Pond Creations drew this and I fell in love.  I was not sure what kind of card I was going to make with it, I only knew I had to have Anchor Under Water !!!!  You can too if you click here.  The digi is so beautiful that I wanted something simple and elegant.  I wasn't in a cutsie mood so I decided to give it a little more formal setting.   I tried to make the simplicity of the card hi-light the beauty of the image.  I think I did, please let me know what you think.  Go ahead, I can take it!  The sentiment is one I found on a website and forgot to make note of where.  It is gone forever now in a vast search engine called GOOGLE lol.  This is actually the inside of the card.

Here is a picture of the outside.  I embossed using the Cuttlebug Kassie's Brocade folder.  Tag is punched out of vellum and the sentiment was computer generated.  I punched out the center of the card with the same Labels 21 Spellbinder's Die and covered the back of the paper with velum.  I wrapped the top and bottom with some sheer white ribbon from AC Moore.  The vellum made it difficult to photograph, so I will give you a closeup  picture of the look.

Closeup of front view:

Hope you enjoy.  Be sure and pop over to Oak Pond Creations and see all the goodies Kim has designed.  I am going to enter this into the following challenges:

Make It Monday- Anything Goes

Monday, August 13, 2012

Kaylee Turns Sweet 16

Here is my finished project.  Kaylee turned 16 on July 31, 2012, but with all the crazy schedules in our family, we didn't celebrate until yesterday.  Here is the cover of the book.  The picture I chose was Kaylee when she was a little girl, and I loved it.  The first thing she said was, "Oh Nana, you chose the ugliest picture for the front".  I assure you that this was definitely not the ugliest picture.  But I think she looks precious.

Here are some more pages to share with you.  The last time I scrapped was 2 years ago when I made my oldest Grandson's book.  I enjoyed it so much and do not plan on waiting another 2 years before I do it again.  Our family gets so much enjoyment looking through the books and laughing at all our memories.  Scrapbooking is a valuable gift to leave for your family.  You must try it sometime, if you haven't already.  If you are reading this blog, you probably already know how to do it!


My daughter and I took the 3 girls to the American Girl store in Chicago.  We told them to give us the Papa face and this was what we got.  Little devils thought they were cute.  (So does their Nana)
All 5 of my Grans love to cook.  (They hate doing dishes though)  Kaylee is our Official Pancake Maker.

This one is called appropriately enough "Sisters"

We are all Harry Potter fans.  Everytime a new book came out, the kids would dress in costume and we would head down to Barnes and Nobles for the midnight release party.  In the top pic the kids have their Harry Potter glasses on that was a free gift.  Those parties were so much fun. 

This was fun to show.  In one picture she is a sweet innocent angel of an altar server and the next photo shows the black eye she earned in soccer!

                                                                    Kaylee and Dad

                                  I loved the simplicity of this layout of the two girls on the beach.

Hope you enjoyed a few of my favorite pages in Kaylee's Sweet 16 Scrapbook.  I am going to enter this in Sassy Cheryl's Show Me Thursday Challenge.  I'd like to see what is going on in your world.  Take a pic and post it here.

Have a fab rest of the week and happy crafting.  Muwah

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Sweet Sweet Noah

It's All About The Boys over at Sassy Cheryl's this week and my heart decided I should color  Noah and Patches.  Of course he is a creation of that fabulously talented and sassy Cheryl Alger.  Can't you just feel the love?   Originally I planned to use a Birthday Sentiment but,  I found this one on Paper Crafts Magazine Pinterest.  It seemed to fit perfectly and you can always put a birthday sentiment inside.  I followed this sketch from Sketch N Stash and the whole card came together pretty fast.


Card Recipe:

Color medium - Copics
DP - Polka Dots and Gold is from the Good Days Sunshine collection from My Minds Eye
         Blue is NRN Designs
Clip, brads and thread are from my stash
Tim Holtz distressing tool

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you get a mahoosively wonderful hug today, if not, I hope you have a mahoosively wonderful teddy bear to hug.

Ciao, Linda

Monday, August 6, 2012

Clean and Organized FTM

Doesn't this look pretty?  I had to take some time to rearrange my crafting corner.  I had been making unkind noises for some time now when I sat down to play.  My DH suggested I take my paper bins off of my worktable to give me more room.  Guess what?  He was right AGAIN!.  I have stacked them all on the floor next to my table.  Moved some storage items from under my desk to my closet and now I can even stretch out my legs!  Whoo Hoo, I am again a happy camper.

I spent the day coloring and watching some tutorials on You Tube.  I am trying to learn how to color hair and  determined to master the skill.  You can see two of my failed attempts.  I had to give up on the black hair.  I will try that another day.  I had fun with the blue hair, but as you see I gave up on the object and gave it a big ole' Black Sharpie X.  LOL

I spy some of my favorites there.  My pillow for my aching back, my Nook ( I listen to Pandora while I craft)  There's my Turtle In The Sand craft bag from Thirty One.  The Fancy Frames cartridge is waiting for me to try out on my Cricut.  I couldn't get it to work on my small Cricut so I emailed Joy from Obsessed with Scrapbooking and she suggested I try using the portrait key and turning the image sideways.  I haven't had the chance to try that so I left the cartridge in plain sight to remind me.  My craft corner is next to my fireplace so that bit of lace is actually a mantle cloth.

So now I've shared my little corner with you, why don't you take a pic of yours.  It is so much fun to see where people craft.  I like thinking about where they sit and what they do when I visit their blogs.  So come on and take a pic and link up at Sassy Cheryl's Show Me Thursday.

Saturday Sketch Challenge

 I had a wonderful afternoon yesterday.  I watched a couple of Copic Coloring Tutorials on U Tube and then sat and colored and colored.  I didn't want to make any cards, I just wanted to color.  I needed to practice my hair coloring techniques and I had several "Free" Saturated Canary images Krista posted. on her blog.  I chose to color Ava, and color her I did.  I colored one with black hair and one with blue coloring and one brunette.  As you can see only the brunette made it to the card.  The blue haired one almost made it, but I will try again to master it.  I am not sure I will ever master black hair, but Turtles do not give up .....

This cute little Ava came with a balloon.  I chose to cut that off.  It doesn't suit the theme of the card I am sending.  It was very easy to remove so this little gal is really versatile to craft with.  Can't give you anymore details because the card is in the mail and the recipient hasn't received it yet.  .)  If you would like to have Ava for yourself, just click here.  Krista is so kind to have posted several beautiful little girls for us to color for FREE!  She is trying to give back this year.  She is working to put together a project with St. Jude's Hospital for children.  Click on the badge in the upper right corner of my sidebar for all the details.  Check it out.  It is an opportunity for you to put a smile on some children's faces and know that your artwork put that smile there!

Ok card details:  Copics, of course, image colored on my fav, Irridescent Cryogen White from Paper Temptress.  Cardstock is DCWV and it was a scrap, I didn't even have to cut a new piece.  Yeah Me! DP is a scrap from my stash and unfortunately I don't have the name.  Flower punch is EK Success, Dies are Spellbinders, embossing folder is Cuttlebug, ribbon is American Crafts, Rose and gems are from my stash.  Everything I used on this card is from my stash.  Yeah for me.  Trying to use it up so I can buy more.  OOPs, I mean use it up so I don't waste the money I already spent. ROTFL.  Check back tomorrow for my post and you will see what I am talking about.

I made this card following a sketch on Sketch Saturday.  I thought it was so lovely, I didn't make any alterations.

I will also be linking this card to:

Make It Monday-Anything Goes

Saturday, August 4, 2012

46 Years and Still Going Strong

The Kahuna and I celebrated our 46th anniversary this past week and I was in a "mushy" mood.  This image over at Mo's Digital Pencil caught my eye a while back and it suited my mood perfectly.  When my DD saw a picture of this card she laughed and said that it was a photo of us except our hair is white not gray.  I said that this was the back of our heads and they were still gray.  She asked me if I had looked in the mirror lately.  What happened to that sweet daughter we raised?  Do you think raising 3 teenagers would do this to her?

When Jimmy (aka the Kahuna) and I were newly weds, he used to tell me that he looked forward to growing old with me.  He promised me that he would be chasing me around the nursing home in a wheel chair.  I am not sure where all that time went, but we are not far from that wheel chair race.  LOL

The digi is called "Tom and Tilly" and you can get it here.  I colored it with Copics, sponged the background a bit and applied a metal embellishment "Lovers' from my stash.  The dp is Paper Studio's Bella Bohemia collection.

I'm entering this over at Mo's Anything Goes Challenge.

To all of you "oldies but goodies" and newbies as well, I  wish you many many Tom and Tilly moments.



Thursday, August 2, 2012

Going To The Beach aka Going To Nana's

Well here's another one of those "Gotta Haves" from Sassy Cheryl.  I have wanted to work with her ever since she came out, but I was committed to a few other cards.  Soooooo when I finally allowed myself to color her, I minimized her 4 different times and got to color her a big total of 5 times.  Let me tell you, I was in heaven.  Doesn't she just scream fun!  She is appropriately called "Going to the Beach" and in my family that means going to Nana ad Papa's house.  So I just used that theme as my inspiration.  Have you ever seen those little suitcases that say "Going to Grandma's" on them?  Well I just turned my card into a journey.

I tried to show her decreasing in size the further she got from the viewer and the closer she got to the beach. I fussy cut my images out, glued them to a orange oval (Spellbinders) that was run through a CuttleBug Embossing folder.  The sentiment on the front is a Tim Holtz stamp.  When she finally arrives at the beach, she finds a beautiful palm tree to shade her delicate little body from the scorching sun.  The sand she is walking on is torn kraft paper run through a SU embossing folder.  The palm tree is cut with a Sissix die.  The trunk is run through my crimper.  The sun is a SU stamp I fussy cut and popped up with foam tape.  

 I LOVE this Very Pretty DP that I found last week at Hobby Lobby.  My buddies Jeni, Kim, and I had a girls day and drove up to Florence to the Hobby Lobby.  You may have seen some pictures of our antics on Jeni and Kim's blog.   It was definitely a match for my image and I think it is so soo pretty that it will qualify for Sassy Cheryl's Pretty Paper Challenge.

Here are a few different view of the card.  I made it by cutting a 12x12 piece of card stock in half and doing fan folds at 4".  I then overlapped the two pieces and joined them with adhesive. I hope you enjoy my creation.

Go USA!!! Whoo Hoo for our athletes.