Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Winkie, Jimmy and Linda Vintage Style

Close up of glittered background paper

Sassy Judy is the Sassy Hostess this week and she challenged us to creating a vintage look for Cheryl's  images.The challenge  to was use creams and whites and.  I am not so sure about the vintage part, but I did get the Creams and White in.

NO ONE in the whole wide world draws snowmen as cute as Cheryl Alger.  This precious darling is called Winkie's Snowday Wishes and he had the cutest face ever for a snowman.  doesn't he look so handsome in in creams and whites?He is just one of those lucky people who look good in anything.  You know the type.  The ones you always secretly hate LOL.  You can add him to your private stash by clicking  here.

I had a  lot of fun playing with this card. First I colored Winkie with my Copics sticking to 3 colors.  I had an idea in my head, but wasn't sure if I could make it happen or not.    I let myself experiment with the glitter and the embossing folder and the technique worked.  I cut  a piece of two sided adhesive sheet  from Elizabeth Crafts tomy desired size, peeled back the protective paper on one side and adhered it to a piece of cardstock of the same size.  Then I ran it through the Cuttlebug using a SU octagon embossing folder. I peeled back the top protective sheet  and  covered it with Elizabeth Crafts Micro-Fine Warm Diamond Glitter.  I burnished it into the paper with my finger  and this is the results.  I think it is quite pretty if I do say so myself.  I like this particular glitter because it really is fine and gets right down into the paper so it doesn't flake off.

I then cut an oval into the piece to allow my snowman to pop through.  I applied foam tape to the back of the sheet and glued it on top of my tan cardstock to which my snowman had been applied.  I pulled his scarf through the hole to give the impression of it flying in the wind.  Popped on some gold border stickers, also from Elizabeth Crafts to decorate a bit and added a organza and satin ribbon and bow.

I worried that it may be too plain for the traditional vintage look, but I really couldn't think of a way to embellish it without taking away from the look of the card.  There have to be some vintage people out there who like CAS.  Right?  LOL

Well this is my take, on Judy's challenge.  If you would like a real treat, click here and you will be taken to the Sassy Cheryl Blog and see what amazing designs my team mates came up with.  Now I must warn you.  they nailed the vintage look much better than I did.  Surprising ourselves Dawn and I chose the same image and colored it almost identically, but tht was where the similarities ended.  Go see for yourself.  Your will be glad you did.

If you would like to try your hand and the cream and white and vintage look, grab a Sassy Cheryl image and see what you come up with.  Remember any image Cheryl Alger has drawn qualifies for these challenges.  It doesn't matter where you purchase it. So go ahead give it a try and I will pop in to give you a look/see too.

I thought I would share a little something with you all today:

Oh by the way today is my hubby and my 47th wedding anniversary.  Yep, he stuck with me for 47 years.  This morning I told him I loved him and was so happy that we made it this long.  He told me he was too and that I was a very lucky girl to have him!  Yep that's my Kahuna!

Here's a picture of us on our Wedding Day and a more recent one of us.  We haven't changed a bit, RIGHT?
Linda and Jimmy 2011
I plan on entering this card in the following challenges:

Make It Monday - Always Anything Goes
Craft Challenge - Monochromatic
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Jennifer's Doll (I mean my Grandma's Doll)

I follow Christy and the Tiddly Inks Group on Facebook because I love little Wren.  I have made many Wren cards for my granddaughters and for friends and they are always a hit.  Christy also offered a little dog "Kiki" that is a freebie and looks like my Bonnie.  I have used her alone on a card and also popped her in on many other cards.   I didn't plan to enter the DT Call because I was a bit intimidated, but Christy sent out this encouraging email to everyone and I gave in to the temptation.

 I went to my Tiddly Ink file only to find Kiki had disappeared.  OH NO what now?  Well silly, pop over to the store and see if she is still there.  Guess what she was still in the freebie section too.  Whoo Hoo.  While I was there, I found "Jennifer's Doll" and my heart skipped a beat.  She was so precious and I had never done anything with an image like her before.  

My grandma had a  "rag doll" she let me play with when I visited her home.  She would never let me take it home, because she wanted me to have something to play with when I visited.  I was always full of anticipation when we were riding the train to her house.  I wish I had that doll today, but no one could find it when my Grandma passed.  Maybe she took her to heaven with her.

Poor Kiki is still uncolored on my desk along with the stack of suitcases (also a freebie).  When I colored "Jennifer's Doll" , she just was so darling that she carried the card all by herself.  I tired to color her body  to resemble the fabric of my Grandma's doll.  I wanted it to look kind of splotchy and a bit dirty.  Not sure if I achieved my goal, but it was as close as I could do.  She is so simple that I wanted to make my card feminine but understated.

I smile when I look at her, so if I don't win, it was still worth the trip down memory lane.  I am keeping this card on the easel by my desk.  I really don't think  I could part with this card right now.

Happy Crafting,


Card Recipe:
DP -Little Yellow Bicycle
Ribbon, Flower and Brad from my stash
Coloring Medium - Copics
Fancy Flourish DieNamics, My Favorite Stamps
Sentiment - Penny Black , Summer Fun
Tab Punch- Stampin Up
Green Candy Dots - Peebles, Inc
All of the above, except , my stash, came from Scrapbooks By The Sea, my LSBS

Additional Challenges I Plan to Enter are:
Crafty Ribbons Challenge 54 - Anything Goes with a Ribbon

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

That's What Friends Are For

Inside View

Sassy Ann is the hostess this week at Sassy Cheryl's Blog and she wants to celebrate Best Friends.  Since the characters in the Sassy Cheryl store are all friends, the choice was simple.  NOT.......  There were so many ideas running through my head I couldn't make a decision.  Finally I chose this one called, "Good Company".   I wanted this the moment I saw it, but I had so many others on my wish list.  Oh I am sure you know what I mean.  We can't have everything we want, can we?

I picked up this Graphic 45 Paper pack at Scrapbooks By The Sea.  The colors are so bright and summery.  (Is that even a word?)They symbolize happy colors to me.  The collection is called Bohemian Bazaar.  Graphic 45 usually has the muted shades in their collections, but this was so bright and pure.  I though it would make a perfect backdrop for the BFF card.  It was the perfect color combo for the quilt on Max's lap. 

I colored the image to match the DP and  I decided to keep the layout simple to allow the colors and patterns in the DP to shine.  I put the card together 123 and then hit a brick wall, so to speak. I wanted to add some for an embellishment.  I tried arranging them and they just looked too busy.  I even tried fussy cuts of flowers from another sheet of paper in the collection.  That was too busy.  What was I going to do?  You got it, leave it plain and go for it.  LOL  We spend all this money on beautiful DP and then proceed to cover it up.  Crafters are nuts aren't we? LOL

Well now if you would like to see  (you know you do) some fabulous inspiration cards, check out what my other DT sistahs came up with this week.  I always like to privately pick a winner from my team mates, but this week it was impossible  They are all so good.  Click here to see for yourself.  After your inspiration,  go color up a Sassy Cheryl Digi or two for yourself and enter our challenge.  The prize is 2, not 1 Sassy Cheryl Digi. We would love to see you enter.  Remember any stamp or digi drawn by Cheryl qualifies to get your name in the hat for the prize drawing.  They can come from Squigglefly or Kraftin' Kimmie who both sell Cheryl's designs.  Sure hope to see you there.

Happy Crafting,


Additional Challenges I Plan to Enter:.

Monday, July 22, 2013

The Princess is in Residence

Krista has some new princesses in residence at Saturated Canary and since there are so many princess' in my life, I had to have one.  This little darling is called  "Princess Rose Red" .  I dressed Her Royal Highness this morning and she was not in an red mood  so we chose this sparkly aqua and taupe gown.  She is on her evening stroll through the garden before she attends another tiresome ball.

Here's the card recipe :
Paper:  Little Yellow Bicycle
Dies :  Ellizabeth Craft BambooTrellis and Triple Leaf Set; Butterflies - Beautiful Wings from Stampin Up Embosslits Spellbinders Classic Ovals Large and Lacy Ovals
Beads: Peebles, Inc. Candy Dots
Ribbon and foam dots from my stash
Stickles:  Crystal
Coloring Medium: Copics
Distressed Ink Peacock and Weathered Wood on the Trellis

Challenges Entered:
Saturated Canary Glamour and Glitz Challenge
Make It Monday - Anything Goes

 I'm on the Royal Baby Watch today.  It is my DH's Birthday and he predicted a couple of weeks ago the baby would be born on his birthday.  He loves being right so he considers this baby "His" birthday present.
Enjoy your week my crafty friends and thank you so much for stopping by for a peek.  I really appreciate and enjoy your comments.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Summer Flight

Look what that Max made now.  It's an airplane and he is flying it to the beach.  That Max is one smart cookie.  He has made airplanes, cars, telephones, wagons.  He can conquer anything.

Oops, looks like Max is in a tail spin.  That little guy needs to take it slow and easy.  That spot on the beach is not going anywhere, slow and steady Max, you need to land safely if you want to sun and swim.
Max Is Flying High" is one of Cheryl Algers many new digis available over at Sassy Cheryl Digi's store.  Click right here. to make him your own.

I tried to create a sky using this balloon paper from Echo Park's "A Perfect Summer".  I applied Frosted Lace Stickles to the clouds for bits of sparkle. The beach was created with craft paper and an embossing folder.  The skyline is popped up a bit with foam squares.  I found the embossing folder at my LSS, Scrapbooks By The Sea.  (I threw the wrapper away and can't remember the manufacturer.  I'll check on it and update this post with the name.)  Max is colored with Copics, fussy cut and popped up with a Wobble.   Oh my goodness, this is my new favorite toy.   I have had so much fun playing with it.  Just give it a spin and watch it go.  Don't you just love this picture.  I had to post it.  I should have made a video of his spins.  LOL

So, how is it going in your part of the world.  I have noticed during my travels trhough bloggy land this week that everyone, except Chrissy in New Zealand  http://chrissyscardland.blogspot.com/ is complaining about the heat.   Heat has a way of putting a damper on the ole MOJO, but I know a place where lack of MOJO wasn't happening this week.  Click here and go check out what my Sassy Design Sistahs over  came up to help stir your creative juices.  The sky is the limit this week, if I say so myself. Tee Hee Hee.

We would love to see you create a project and enter it in our Outdoor Fun and Games challenge this week.  There are many sites that carry Cheryl Alger designs and they ALL qualify for the chance to win.  So grab a digi/stamp and make some "Outdoor Fun and Games".  Crafting soothes the savage beast inside of you, so get crafting.

Challenges I Want to Enter Are:

Sassy Cheryl's - Outdoor Fun and Games
Make It Monday - Anything Goes
Incy Wincy Designs - Things With Wings
Avenue 613 Create - Anything Goes
Craft-Dee BowA: July Challenge - Handmade Bows
Anything Goes #97

Sunday, July 14, 2013

True Love

I fell in love with this image of Mo's when I first saw it.  My daughter had a Labrador Retriever, Hampton, that  would let the grans crawl all over her.  She never snapped at the kids and they often used her as a pillow.  My goodness we loved that dog.    I won this stamp called Bud's Baby not long ago.  I was ecstatic when I opened the envelope and saw it.

I decided to color her in Copic violet shades and make Bud a blonde color.  I followed a sketch from Sketch Saturday for my layout.  The paper, ribbon and gems are all from my stash.  (Yeah me using up my scraps)  I am trying to get the feel of vintage, (which I love and totally untalented at).  I distressed my edges with a distressing tool and used Concord Grape distress ink on the edges.  I wish now I had used a lighter shade, but what is done, is done.  The dies are Spellbinders and that little tag was in a box of goodies my friend Kim brought me last week.

Whatever life has in store for you this week, I pray that it is "Happy, Happy, Happy". 

Challenges I plan to enter this into:

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Sass & Sketch

Sassy Cheryl is sponsoring  this week's Sketch Saturday challenge and I couldn't pass up the opportunity.  I am using Sally in "A No. 2 Pencil and a Dream".  If you would like to have her for yourself, click here.  Except for the sentiment, I followed the sketch pretty close.  My digi already had a sentiment in it, plus it was on sentiment paper.

I colored her with Copics.  My paper is from Graphic 45's, Secret Garden collection.  The cloud was punched with some thin glitter paper from my stash using a Friskars Cloud Punch. The "ribbon" is punched with a SU punch.  The digi is printed on my VERY favorite paper, Cryogen White from Paper Temptress and the black beads are from my stash.

Love how fast sketch cards come together and I also liked the simplicity of this one.  When You are provided a simple sketch, beautiful papers and a fabulous Digi, you really don't need to spend hours and layers of embellishments to make a card the recipient will enjoy.

I'm off to bed now.  I usually take advantage of the time my family has gone to sleep to color, but it has been another busy day and this little gal is pooped.  I have made 3 and posted 3 cards this week, so I am quite proud of that.  Don't get used to seeing this many posts in one week from me. LOL  Life has a way of absorbing my coloring time.

Ya'll have a marvelous day tomorrow and I hope you get to spend some crafting time.  Thanks for taking time out of your busy day to pop in for a visit.  I really appreciate your comments.

Bring On The Summer

Mo's Challenge This week is "F is For....." .  I am entering this in the "F" Challenge because of his Front Tooth.  Mo offered a "Facebook Freebie" last week and I was oh so lucky to grab it.  When I saw this little guy, my heart did a smile and I started coloring.

It has been really hot and humid here.  My friend Kim Hecker (Oak Pond Creations) was over and we were coloring under an overhead fan.  My ink kept drying up and making a splotchy mess.  Did you ever have this happen to you?   By the time I figured out it was the fan causing my problem I had ruined 3 digis!  This was the last one I had printed and the ink got a little splotchy on the inner tube.  Kim had her Prismas out, so I borrowed a blue one and tried coloring over the Copics.  Whallah I was able to not only fix the mess, but I liked the results.  Whatcha think?  I used some sand Mudd Puddles mixed with a glittered sand.

The papers are from a 6x6 Echo Park pad called "A Perfect Summer".  The card stock is DCWV and the tag and little plastick stickers are from my stash.   I am so stoked I was able to make use of something from my "oldies but goodies" stash. I know that tag is at least 5 years old.

Challenges to enter in:

Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge - F is for.......

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Lightning Bug Is A Gay Young Lad

Sassy Jackie is hosting the "Hat's On using an image with a hat or cap on" Challenge over at Sassy Cheryl's this week.  I used one of Cheryl's newer sketches "Firefly Frenzy with Max & Maddie".  This image took me back to my childhood when I spent many summer evenings catching lightning bugs in glass  jars  All the parents would sit outside and chat while all the children chased each other around seeing who could catch the most lightning bugs.  Boy was life simple then.

I made this card using a new Accordion Flip 3-D die from.  The die is a popular one at my LSS, Scrapbooks By The Sea.  The first time it came in, it sold out before I could snag one.  I was lucky, because when the second shipment came in, I was there to put the inventory out.  LOL  My paper is from Graphic 45's Bohemian Bazaar collection.  It is beautiful on the flip side, but the pattern and color scheme didn't match the theme of my card so I decided to cover it with yellow card stock.  I cut 4 pieces out of the DP and 4 pieces out of the CS.  I used "YES" paste to adhere each panel to it's back which gave it a lot of strength, but has made it a little bit bulky at the fold lines when compressing for mailing.  Once the base was finished I got to do the decorating.

I colored Max and Maddie with my Copics and fussy cut them out.  I adhered them to two panels.  I found this firefly poem online and changed the words around a bit to fit my space. I tried to find it again to give credit to the author, but I was not successful. I typed it in MS Word and  punched it out with a large scalloped circle punch.The two little fireflies are actually a bumble bee stamp from SU.  The big bugs are stickers from my stash.  I cut the jar out of vellum using the Doodle Charms Cricut Cartridge. I printed Bugs & Hugs in MS Word.  Everything else is from my stash.

Now pop on over to see what my sassy teamies have designed to stir your creative juices.  When you combine their amazing talents with Cheryl's amazing sketching what else would you expect?  Oh yeah, the chance to win two of those amazing digis, that's what!  Go on get going I'll see you over there.

Shopping Our Stash - Summer
Make It Monday - Always Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door - Always anything Goes

Friday, July 5, 2013

Keeping Fit

When I saw this little guy exercising with a Q-tip and a pack of lifesavers, I knew we were a match made in heaven.  Now that is my kind of exercise. I really had fun with my Copics on this stamp.

Graphic 45's Bohemian Bazaar collection came in my LSS, Scrapbooks By The Sea.  It came in with the UPS man and one pad left with ME!  Oh I just love all these bright happy colors.  It just makes me feel good to sit and look at the papers.   Maybe I have a paper obsession, whatcha think?

I embossed the strip of blue cardstock with a  SU embossing honeycomb folder.   I cut 2 paper flowers in half to make the image top border.  The little jewel flowers and the flowers are from Petaloo and the ribbon from my stash.

I am going to enter this in the "Food" challenge over at House Mouse and Friend Monday Challenge.  If you would like to see some more cute little adventures of these mice click here and see what the talented gals on the design team have come up with this week.  

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Happy 4th of July America

Hello people.  Today is a day I have been wishing for for 3years.  My very first post as a proud member of the Sassy Cheryl Design Team.  The very first digi I colored was from Sassy Cheryl's Stamps.  My friend Jeni from Flip Flop Creations called me with an OMG, go to this website: http://www.sassycherylsstamps.com/.  Well I did and it has been my first "Go To" website for Digis ever since.

Over these past 3 years I have gotten to know Cheryl and her Sassettes better and grown to love not only their talent, but their senses of humor, willingness to help others.  These ladies are fun  and very very sassy.  I felt I had met my best friends.  I am so absolutely excited and happy to join their family that my feet haven't touched the ground since I heard I made the team.   I am looking forward to designing with the Sassy Cheryl team and sincerely hope I do them proud with my contributions.  I LOVE YOU GUYS- THANK YOU!

It is quite fitting for me to honor our flag on this 4th of July holiday week by using Cheryl's "Honoring The Flag Max and Maddie".  I made this as a center step card for my Mom to display on her bed table.  She is bed bound, living in my home and loves the holidays.  4th of July was always special to her because she was married on the 4th.  She and her husband were Boy Scout Leaders and  in charge of raising and lowering the flag in their hometown.  Her eyes lit up and she broke out in a smile when I showed her this.  She said "Oh Boy" so I will take that as an affirmative.

Max, Maddie, and the Flag were colored with Copics and then fussy cut out.  The stars and swag are chipboard punch outs from Bo Bunny.  The paper is from Reminisce and the gems are from my stash.  The flower on Maddies hat is a punch and I popped a little red gem in the center.

Now you should immediately pop over to the Sass Cheryl Challenge Blog and see what all of my Sassy Sistahs have designed to inspire you with this week.  Please leave them a little love and give a welcome hug to the new designers too.  My goodness there are some great cards this week.

Additional Challenges I would like to enter are:

Make It Monday- Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion- Red, White, & Blue
Digi Darla Challenge - Stars & Stripes - Red White & Blue

every since.