Monday, June 30, 2014

When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade!

Here's a new image from Sassy Cheryl.  Sally and Noah are having a lemonade sale, but Bella just drinks up all the profits.  Poor kids and they worked so hard building that beautiful stand.  

If you haven't heard by now, Sassy Cheryls closed their challenge blog and moved to Face Book.  They have formed a new group called Sassy Cheryl's Neighborhood.  It has been open about a week now and have already gained almost 30 members.  Cheryl has been giving away prizes, having trivia contests and there is all kinds of fun going on.  If you haven't joined already, head over there now and sign up.  You sure don't want to miss the very special 1st Challenge.  I mean Cheryl is in a generous mood right now and.........
Here's the link.  Hurry, the challenge starts the first of July.

Card Recipe:
Polka Dot papers are from Bo Bunny
DP  and Clouds and Lemons - Little Yellow Bicycle
Image is Sassy Cheryls' - Bella Eats The Profits
Coloring Medium - Copic Markers and Faber Castell Polychromo Pencils

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Look Out FB, We're Getting Sassy!



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Today I type this post with a sad heart and many sighs.  My first SC Challenge was #11 I have participated in almost every Challenge Sassy Cheryl's since then.  My very first blog post in May of 2010 was a freebie Sassy Cheryl image that is still one of my favorites.  My very first digi purchase was a Sassy Cheryl image.  I guess you would say I am definitely a Sassy Cheryl Addict.  But, all good things have to come to an end and today we sadly announce that this will be the last Challenge for the Sassy Cheryl Challenge Blog. It will be a ONE week challenge .

The GoOd NeWs is:  Sassy Cheryl's will be opening a Fantastically, Sassy, Fun new Facebook Group where we will offer challenges and prizes.  Many crafting friends do not have a blog, nor want to  maintain an active blog but they would like to participate in challenges.   The Sassy Cheryl Facebook Group will open our challenges to more crafters and share Cheryl's creations with a larger audience.  We will continue to be as Sassy as ever (once a Sassy, always a Sassy) so check back on the Challenge Blog page on July 1, 2014 for the announcement of  more details..

Today, Jackie is the hostess and she gave us this sketch to follow.  I used the brand new image in Sassy Cheryl's shop - "Don't Repeat This".  I did make a big boo boo because I used the first image Cheryl drew.  She later updated it and the updated version is the one for sale in her shop.  I could tell you what the difference is, but I am in a "stinker mood" and going to make you pop over there and see how quick you can figure it out.

The sketch is an easy one to follow and works perfect with my image. For this card I used the following recipe.

Coloring Medium - Copics
Image  - Sassy Cheryl's "Don't Repeat This"
Paper - DCWV - Nana's Kids
Gold Border Stickers - Elizabeth Crafts
Monkeys - Brads from my stash.

Please pop over to our Challenge Blog here and check out what my DT Sistahs have created for you.  While you are at it, take a moment to pop over to their blogs and leave them some love.  I really hope you will join us in our final Challenge here in bloggy land and that you will join us in our Sassy Challenges and Shenanigans on our new Facebook Group.  

Challenges I plan to enter are:

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Is There A Graduate In The House?

Grandchild #3 graduated from High School  and she is having a graduation party on July 5, 2014 to celebrate.  I have been busy making things for her party and I will share those in another post.  The above two cards  are for Kaylee and her best friend Liza.  

I decided to just "girly it up" for Kaylee using papers from K & Company, some tulle, lace ribbon and flowers.  I think pearls and girls coming of age just go together.  I know it is "my generation:, but girls used to be given pearls as a "lady" came of age.  Well my little Kaylee is coming of age, so I used plenty of soft pink pearls on her card.  I chose not to incorporate an image this time letting the beauty come from the words in the verse and the paper and embellishments.  I love the vintage feel of this one.  

The blue and yellow graduate is an image from Saturated Canary called Grad Girl 2012.  I love Krista's characters.  They have the biggest eyes and funkiest outfits and poses.  She is one of my favorite digi artists and I rely on her stamps often. You can check out Kristas store by clicking here.  I am a member of Kit and Clowder Face Book Page and one of Alyce's students.  You'll see a lot of Krista's images over there colored up with amazing color combos.  The paper I used is from My Mind's Eye.  To make the mortar board inside the card, I stamped on the DP and fussy-cut it out.  The diploma is a piece of white paper rolled up and tied with a yellow cord.

Challenges I want to enter in:

Robyn's Fetish - Graduation Cards
Scribble and Scrap - Anything Goes
Through The Craftroom Door - Anything Goes

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Happy Doodle Birthday

It is mid challenge time at Sassy Cheryls and we are still doodling.  This week I chose an oldie of Cheryl's called String of Flowers.  I have always loved this one and used it a bunch.  It has some doodling already in it so it fit right in for this challenge.

I printed the image twice and colored and  cut out 2  bees, 2 purple flowers and 2 large ladybugs.  I popped them up with foam dots to give some dimension to my image.  The shine is from Glossy Accents and the butterfly wings have a bit of Stickles glitter on them.  I doodled the Happy Birthday and tried to make it look like the lines in the button flowers Cheryl had drawn.  I did a bit more doodling here and there on the card and finished it off with some pearls, button and twine from my stash.  The paper is from my scraps and I am not sure where the polka dot paper is from, but the stripe is Graphic 45 Botanical collection.  My card stock is American Crafts.  The butterly punch is EK Success.

Quick and easy.  Lots of fun to color up.  You still have until Monday at 5:00 PM EST to get your doodle masterpiece entered in our challenge.  So grab your pen and a SASSY CHERYL IMAGE and start doodling.  It is fun I promise you,  a real stress reliever.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Charlie Has A New Do

Good Tuesday Morning to you, my little lovlies!  There is a new challenge starting at Sassy Cheryl's today and I am the hostess.  I decided I wanted to challenge ya'll to some doodling.  I have been doing a bit of Zentangling in my Art Journal to relax and I was hoping to introduce you to a bit of relaxing fun.  When I sat down to design my card, I just wasn't feeling the Zentangling so I doodled a bit of lines, dots and a swirl for the butterfly.  Maybe next week I will do a bit of tangling for you.

This little sweetie is called Charlie's New Do and she lives over in Sassy Cheryl's shop with the rest of her friends.  Cheryl did a You Tube tutorial on how to color faces with glasses.  I took the tutorial and then practiced what I learned.  It was pretty simple and Cheryl is the most marvelous colored pencil artist.  I did add a bit of Glossy Accents on the glasses that Cheryl didn't demonstrate.

I colored my image with Faber Castell Polychromo Pencils.  I absolutely love them.  I used Copic Express It Blending card and the colors went down so smooth and easily blended with Gamasol.  I sponged the sky with a daubber and blue ink.  The butterflies are cut from some  DP in my stash as are the flowers and ribbon.  The DP is from Graphic 45's Botanical Collection.  The Octagon Dies are from Lifestyles Dies and the sentiment and punches from Stampin Up.

My Design Teammates have created some beautiful cards this week.  They have really stepped up the doodling.  It is always fun and exciting for me to see their creations.  I make sure to pop over to each of their blogs every week and leave them a little love.  I invite you to do the same.  They work so hard to make interesting and awesome cards to inspire you, so leave them a bit of love and encouragement.

Whatever you are up to this week, I hope there will be some Sassy Cheryl crafting time in it and you share your creation on our Challenge Blog.  You just may be the lucky winner of a free trip to Sassy Cheryl's store.  See You There!


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Simple Joys

Good Morning Darlings!  It is the first day of a new challenge at Sassy Cheryl's.  Dawn is the hostess for this challenge and she is challenging us to use a shade of purple and at least 2 dies used in our creations.  I selected Cheryl's newest digi called Reckless Waves because it reminds me of a dear friend who loves to kayak.  Well I wasn't the only Sassy Girl to select this one.  It appears that my dear friend is also a dear friend to some other Sassy Gals and they chose her too.

What is amazing is how we all selected the same digi, used the purple and dies and each one turned out so different.  I envisioned a quiet peaceful scene and  used cotton balls to apply chalk to the sky and the water creating a feeling of the early morning  fog that comes off the marsh.  I colored the image with Copic markers getting a bit bolder with my colors to add a layer of dimension.  I chose the dark green marsh grass and black birds for a third layer of dimension.

The wet sparkle on the water is a bit of Glossy Accents.  The sentiment is from PTI and the grass and birds are made with a die from Impression Obsession.  The butterfly is a SU sizzlit that I have used a gazillion times.

Please, please check out what my Sassy Design Teammies have come up for you this week.  You will be amazed at what you find.  Be sure to visit their individual blogs and leave them a bit of love too.  Hope to see you enter this new challenge.  You have two weeks to get your entry, so get those creative juices flowing and pop over to the store to see what Cheryl has come up with now.

Challenges I plan to enter this in:

Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes with punches or dies. 
Crafting From The Heart Anything Goes
Make My Monday - Nature

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Twinkling H20's

I needed a birthday card for my wonderful son in law.  He is an outdoorsman and doesn't like a lot of frills.  I wanted to play with a watercolor background and thought I would try using my Twinkling H20's.  Oh my gosh, this was so much fun.  I used watercolor paper by Strathmore and two shades of  blue, purple and green.  I then painted a light coat of black across the green..  I love the little flecks of mica in these paints  The sparkle is beautiful IRL.

The marsh grass is a stamp from Stampin Up as is the sentiment stamp.  The flock of birds si a stamp from Stamp Scapes.  The moon was a mask made with a circle punch.  The border stickers are from Elizabeth Crafts and are black glitter.  I used a glitter pen and traced over the sentiment.

Challenges I plan to enter:
Crafting At The Weekend - Anything Goes
The Krafty Hands Challenge - Anything Goes

Friday, May 16, 2014

Beach Time at Turtle's Cove

Beach Shadow Box

This little Turtle has been busy taking some alteration classes.  The top shadow box was made at my LSS, Scrapbooks By The Sea.  The owner Rayann learned how to make this at the Collins Rep show recently.  I fell in love with it and when she scheduled a class I signed right up.  Believe it or not, it came together in about an hour.  We added paper cut to size in the compartments and then added 3 dimensional stickers to decorate the rest.  The sand and shells are "Mudd Puddles"   Mudd Puddles are real sand and little tiny seasshells in epoxy.  We sell bunches of it in the store and it is so fun to use.  The center two blocks are going to hold pictures that I plan on taking at the beach this weekend.

By The Sea Calendar

My next project is a perpetual calendar I made at a class at the Paper Cave.  My friend Denise Bennedetto, owner of "Messn' With Paper" held a class and made these calendars in traditional papers.  The projects were so popular she held a second class and used the Graphic 45  "By The Sea" collection. The calendar is a kit and we put the project together and used E600 glue to adhere it.  Then we painted the entire box months date cubes.  While that dried we glued the drawer together and started covering it with paper. 

I used "YES" Paste to apply my papers to the project.  "Yes" Paste is my favorite adhesive for paper projects.  It is thick, strong, fast drying and does not cause ripples in the paper.  

After the paint dried we covered all the pieces with paper, sanded the edges to distress and inked the edges with distress ink.  Each month is printed on the DP via the computer.  Each "month block" has 2 months on each side for a total of 6 month blocks.  The extra ones store in the bottom drawer.  

The day cubes have numbers on each side of the block.  You just rotate the blocks daily to change the date.  these numbers were cut out on the Cricket. 

I hot glued some navy braid on the calendar for a pop of color.  I also hot glued some sea shells to finish off the calendar.

By the Sea Calendar Back
When I was sanding the edges I tore the checked paper.  I started to fix it, but I liked the look.  I felt it gave the calendar character and look more distressed so I left it.

By The Sea Calendar Side View

By The Sea Calendar Top View Without Month

By The Sea Calendar Front Without Month Block

Fun projects for the home.   I really enjoyed putting these two together.  I am going to enter these in the Show Me Thursday Sassy Cheryl Challenge.  I also would like to enter this in the Simply Create Too - Anything But A Card Challenge.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

It's All About The Journey

Please note this VIP turtle

Hello people.  I am back today with a Mid-Challenge Reminder Card for Sassy Cheryl's CAS Challenge.   We are beginning our second week so you have one more week to get you entry done.  There is no excuse for not playing this week.  You could do something as easy as buying a precolored image from the Sassy Cheryl Store,  and make it into a card.  This my darlings, could earn you a win.  Our winners are chosen randomly and so beginners to pros all have the same chance to win.

This week I have colored up my darling Sally with her dog and a oh, so precious little turtle.  The image is called  Travel At Your Own Speed and you can get her here.   I do love turtles because they are so much like me.  I travel at my own speed, but oh what a ride it has been so far, especially my creative journey!  I love taking life at a slower pace and savoring each minute of it.

My CAS card has a bit more "fluff" to it this week, but it is still clean and simple.  I colored the image with Copic markers and  paper pieced her clothes and shoes.  A bit of Shamrock Green Flowersoft  provides a nice soft bed of grass for them all to sit on.

Thank you so much for taking the time to pop in for a visit.  I have been trying to find a bit mokre time for blogging, so I'll be around to visit your blog this week too.  Happy Crafting and remember to enjoy the journey.  TTFN.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Rapunzel Let Your Hair Down Girl

Hello dahlings!  I am back with my second card this week.  It is my very first "Some Odd Girl" stamp.  My LSS got a shipment in a short while ago and I finally found time to color one up.  It was fun to color because the spaces are nice and large for coloring.  I played with Rapunzel's long wavy beautiful hair trying to put all my practice from Alyce's (Kit and Clowder) coloring classes to good use.

I colored her with my favorite Copic Hair Combination.  E50; E51; E53; Y21; and YR31.  The papers are from Graphic 45 Secret Garden pad.  All my flowers are from my stash and it is getting pretty low.  I had to order some more flowers today.  The ribbon and lace are also from my stash.  The dies are Spellbinders and I distressed my edges with TH distressing tool.  I debated whether to put distress ink on the edges, but decided to keep it clean looking.  I finished off with some pink Frantage.  I have to say the assembly and design of the card went really fast.  That is one advantage of using lots of pre-made flowers.  I just grabbed my hot glue gun and applied the lace and the flowers and wallah.  All Done!

I plan to enter this in the following challenges:

 Kit and Clowders monthly challenge - Flowers
Some Odd Girl Facebook Challenge - Favorite Color Combination.  My fave hair color Combination and I                                                              also love peach and aqua together.
Some Odd Girl May Linky Party - Use a Some Odd Girl image.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Hello Ladybug!

Wow has this ever been the longest 3 weeks.  Sassy Cheryl challenges are now the 1st and 3rd week of every month, but when a 3rd week pops in, it confuses me.  LOL.  I had my challenge card already to go last wee and more than one of my Sassy Sistahs were also ready.  But we are here today ready to go with a brand new challenge.  The theme for this one is Clean and Simple (CAS).

Clean and Simple cards are always a challenge for me.  My designs typically have clean lines.  I don't typically use a lot of flowers and lace and embellishments.  But a true CAS card has a design that is minimal and has typically has a lot of white space.  This is about as CAS as I could come up with.  I used one of Cheryl Grants newer images called Ladybug Tales.  The ladybug border is made with one of her rubber stamps from a set called Patients Secret.  I colored her up with my Copic markers.

Now if you really want a treat, check out all the cards my Design Sistahs came up with.  Who knew there were so many different ways to keep a card clean and simple.  They are so beautiful.  When I saw all of their creations, it made me ALMOST want to sit down and start over.  But I didn't because this card was made with my precious Granddaughter #2 in mind.  Her  name is Kaylee and I call her "my bug".  This card just looks like something she would love.  In fact I am sending it to her with a little note tucked inside.

Click right here and you will be taken to Sassy Cheryl's Challenge Blog.  Do click on each of the other designers and check out their creations.  While you are there, leave them a little love too.  Everyone likes to hear what you think of their creations.

Be sure and enter this new challenge.  If I can do CAS, you can too.  So grab a Sassy Cheryl image and there are some cute new ones in the store too.  Color it and fold it into a card size.  See how easy it will be.  Enter the challenge within the next two weeks for a chance to win a little shopping trip to Sassy Cheryl's store.  Go on now.  I will stop by your blog and leave you a bit of love too!  See you in a bit!


Would also like to enter this in the following challenges.

Squigglefly - Run For The Border
Crafty Sentiments Designs - Anything Goes

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Hello Peeps, how was your Easter?  Speaking of Peeps, I went to the grocery store to buy some for my Easter treat and they were all gone.  Can't find a single package.  I put on a bit of a pout and the "Very Knowledgeable Clerk" told me that the Dollar Store on Glens Bay Road had Birthday Cake peeps and they were only $.75.  Guess who is heading that way today?

Enough of the peeps talk.  I am posting a  fun card I made for the mid-challenge reminder for Sassy Cheryl's "Showers and/or Flowers Challenge".   I used Callie's Busy Day and the paper is from an old DCWV pad called "Linen Closet".  I love how all the colors blend together.  It gives it a calm cohesive feeling.

I used my Copic Markers and Faber Castel pencils  to color Callie.  I tried a new skin tone this time.  I normally go for the warm peachy tones, but this week I tried a cooler mauve tone.  Not really my favorite, but I am trying to step out of my comfort zone and experiment with different color combinations.  The sentiment is from clear set in my stash.  Sorry I don't know who the manufacturer is.  The tall grass was cut with a "Tall Grass" from Impression Obsession.

The oh-so-talented Cheryl Alger Grant is the artist behind Miz Callie.  She is one of the many little residents at Sassy Cheryl's store.  I say residents because these little people really do have a life and personality of their own.  Don't believe me?  Click here and check it out for yourself.  Cheryl has redone her store and has written little  biography's for the kids.   Some of the kids have received new hairdo's, new hats and even new glasses.  Oh there are so many new surprises there.  She has even added a gift card/gift certificate feature to the blog.  You can buy a little present for that special crafting friend, or someone could pick up a gift card for you!

There is still time for you to win a Sassy Cheryl digi.  Just create something using one of Cheryl's  images with the theme of Flowers and/or Showers and link it up here.

Happy Crafting Peeps!


I  entered this in the April Challenge "Blue" over at Kit and Clowder.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Say Cheese Please

Well here it is Tuesday again and a brand new challenge at Sassy Cheryl's.  I tell you, the Boss Lady has been really working up a storm.  Kinda ironic isn't it since our challenge this time is "April Showers Bring May Flowers"!  I went with the flowers so I could use this brand new cutie called "Say Cheese Please".  Aren't Sally and Noah precious with their arms around each other and what a lovely flower box to add as a background too.

Have you all been over to the shop lately?  Cheryl has redone the shop, created a whole new section introducing you to the kids that live there.  I think we create better when we know their personalities don't you?  Have you met Wyatt and seen Charlie's new hairdo?  Oh my these guys are precious and are in for a whole lot of fun.  Summer is coming, school will be out so they will be so busy having fun, going on vacation and there may be some new kids on the block too!

Have a need to send a gift certificate to a friend?  Cheryl is now offering Gift Certificates at the store.  Perfect for little cyber hugs.

Cheryl has added a live chat feature at the store and a tab to make contacting her really easy.  She is welcoming any comments or suggestions you may have for new digi.  She just added a new one for the soccer fans out there.  That was a result  of a customer request too.  So check it out and have a chat with her or send her an email.  She would love to hear from you.  Special Hint:  Her Mommy makes her go to bed early and she gets up with the sun, so that's the best time to have the live chats.

If you would like to win a couple of these cutie pies, create something using a Cheryl digi or rubber stamp and post it on our Challenge Blog here.  Remember the theme is April Showers (Bring May Flowers) AND the winners are chosen at random.  So don't sit there and say your creations are not good enough to win.  If you enter you are good enough to win.  We really appreciate  all the time and efforts that go into your creations and awarding prizes at random is one way to say THANKS!!!!!

Happy Easter Ya'll

Card Recipe:
Coloring Medium - Copics
Window, Flowers and Grass dies are from Impression Obsession
Say Cheese is a sticker from Walt Disney World
Plaid Paper is Little Yellow Bicycle
Gems from my stash

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

We are heading into week 2 of Sassy Cheryl's "Just Foolin Around" Challenge.   Even though Sally looks adorable, her bunny ears and big ole purple glitter flower look a bit silly to me.  This darling image is called My Little Snuggle Bunny.  This adorable bunny is a perfect snuggle friend for me.  I love that sweet face and he looks so floppy and soft.

I colored this with Faber Castell colored pencils and blended with Gamasol.  The Happy Easter and two layers it is on are all from Stampin Up.  The metal eggs are brads from Scrapbooks By The Sea.  The ribbon  and pearl are from my stash.  I used purple Stickles on the flower.  The paper is from Little Yellow Bicycle and I used a wood grain embossing folder.

You have one more week to finish your "foolin around" project and enter it in the Sassy Cheryl Challenge.  So hurry, quick like a bunny and link it up.  You may just be the lucky winner of two Sassy Cheryl images.  Need so inspiration, click on my Design Sistahs (the link is on my left sidebar) blogs and see what they have come up with for inspiration.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Sugar and Spice

It's Tuesday and time for a new challenge over at Sassy Cheryl's .  Dawn is our hostess this week and she wants to see some silliness.  Well pink and blue hair is how Annabelle and Joey got silly this week.  Yep and their Mom is not happy with the new hair dyes.  But they blamed good ole' Dawn so they got off the hook.  Now I won't tell you what their Mom said to Dawn when she called her up..............

Annabelle and Joey are the new twins in Sassy Land.  I had another digi all printed out and ready to color when I saw these two cuties.  On went the breaks with the old digi and full steam ahead I charged with the new one.  The papers are all scraps from my stash.  They came from a pad I bought at Hobby Lobby years ago and I don't remember the name of the manufacturer.  Annabelle and Joey were colored with Copics and then I cut them out and mounted them on a speckled background paper.  I made the speckled paper by spritzing photo paper with Dylusions Ink Sprays.  The colors are Bubble Gum Pink and Calypso Teal.  I freehanded the arrow out of the same paper.  Doily and  gems were from my stash.  The chipboard sentiment is from a very old collection from K&Company.  I have been digging in my stash from my scrapbooking days and finding some  fun things to play with.

I would like to say I was happy with this card, but I am only "OK" with the way it turned out.  I had a whole different idea in my head when I started out, but my brain refused to cooperate.  My heady was all "foggy" inside this weekend.  I couldn't for the life of me concentrate on anything.  Now when that affects my coloring , I know something is really really wrong.  I took some allergy medicine and a good long nap.  When I woke up I was still not up to par, so I went back to bed and woke up the next morning feeling fit as a fiddle. Some of you are contending with white stuff falling from the sky,but I am dealing with yellow stuff falling from the sky.  I really don't know which is worse.

Now it is time for you to pop over to the Sassy Cheryl Challenge Blog and see all the silliness the crafty Sassy Team has come up with for you this week.  Be sure to pop in on their individual pages and leave them some love.  Everyone needs to hear a kind word now and then.  Oh and why you are popping, pop over to Cheryl's store and see all the new bios on the residents of Sassy Land.  Just helping everyone get to know their favorite people a bit better.  Leave Cheryl some comments letting her know what you think.  Did you also know that there is a live chat function in the store now?  Yep a button has been added.  You click on it and you can have a live chat with our Sassy Lady herself.  Go on check it out.  She has nothing better to do than talk to you.  Besides she really really really wants to know your opinions and suggestions.

Happy Crafting


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Just Hanging Around

Hi Ya'll!  It's me again with a mid-challenge card for Sassy Cheryl's Layers Challenge.  Look at this silly
Bella hanging upside down from the tree. She is just having a fab time.  You know why?  IT IS NOT SNOWING.   That is one thing I hope you are able to say today where you live.  Here, yucky cold and rain, but thank the Good Lord, no snow.  I see so many posts from my Facebook friends who are so sick and tired of this endless winter.  But hang in there - SPRING IS DEFINITELY COMING!!!

This is an image from Sassy Cheryl Digi Shop called "Just Handing Around".  Sally is a cutie, but don't you just want to grab a ladder and get poor Bella down out of that tree.  I did hear she got down and was rewarded with lots and lots of doggie treats!

I colored her during a color along video Cheryl has on You Tube.  I tried to use the same colored pencils as Cheryl.  I didn't have all of the same colors, but I tried to match the best I could.  The background  was made with some chalk and a cotton ball.  I have learned a lot watching Cheryl's videos and they are quite entertaining.  If you don't know by now, Miz Sassy Cheryl has a great sense of humor and imagination.  Let me just say her videos are not boring.  LOL  I have provided a link if you want to check them out.

The paper was all in my stash.  I am using Stathmore Bristol  Paper to color on when I use my pencils.  The border stickers are from Elizabeth Crafts.  The stamp is from Penny Black  Friendship set.  Bakers Twine and charm were all in my stash too.

So this is the beginning of week two for this challenge.  You have one more week to finish your layers project.  You all seem to like the extra week for these challenges, so we are happy we made the change. I sure enjoy seeing all your creations each week.

Have a great crafty week people!   THINK SUNSHINE!


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Friendship Tag

Here we go with a brand new challenge over at Sassy Cheryl's.  This week I have been practicing coloring with my colored pencils.  I have been watching all of Cheryl's new You Tube tutorial videos.  She is getting me to relax and let my color just kinda flow.  She teaches me the basics and then wants me to sit back, relax and color.    Let me tell you this is FUN.  I have been coloring all week.  My laundry is piled up, my furniture has 6 inches of dust on it and my green carpet is now speckled.  I do stop to do the dishes and cook.  I may allow dust, but I just can't stand dirty dishes.  Even a crafter has to set limits.  LOL.  My pillow has become my craft table.I try to cover my legs with a blanket, but my beagle, Snickers keeps pulling it down so she can sleep on it.  Yep it is a sorry state in the Compton house.  I not only have a Copic addiction, I now have a colored pencils addiction too.  Check out Cheryl's You Tube Channel here, it's free and so helpful.

For my Layers challenge, I made a tag by coloring Backyard Vacation.  This is one of three stamps in the Backyard Flowers & Birds stamp set.  I used Faber Castell Polychromos pencils to color the image and the Copic Air Gun to brush on the background.  Then I distressed the edges with a distressing tool and the sponged some walnut distress on them.DP on the front and back of the tag are from Imaginations

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Mail Call

Jeanne Godbolt, a friend  from my Inky Digits Card Club asked us if we wanted to make some cards to honor local Vets.  Jeanne's Dad, Charles Baldwin is going on a flight with other Vets to Washington, DC. They will be honored there and get to tour all of the monuments in our nations Capital.  On the return home flight they have a "Mail Call" and hand out cards thanking them for their contributions to our county.

Yay, an excuse to make cards and say thanks to our Vets.  Whoo Hoo!  Vicky Lozier, Paula Butler and I got together in Paula's studio and made these cards.  Vicki pinned some patriotic cards on Pinterest and then we chose our favorites and each made one of the same card.  In all we made 15 cards to send over to the Vets.

Paula is a Stampin Up rep and had lots of punches and stamps and Vicki and I brought paper  to make the cards with.  We really had an enjoyable afternoon.  Look forward to some more crafting with friends days. I am a very lucky gal to live in a crafty community.  Myrtle Beach has so many crafty gals who love to color, cut, paste, and paint. Maybe that is why they call us "Inky Digits"!

Here's a special shout out to our very own Inky Digit Dad:
        Charlie Baldwin
Thanks for all you have done for our country!
                      We owe you, Man!

This post is being entered in the Sassy Cheryl's SMT Challenge.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

I'll Be Your Umbrella

Hiddy Ho!  I am back again with a new sample from my coloring journey.  Today I colored this Sassy Cheryl image from  "Callie's Busy Day Stamp Set".  This is one of Cheryl's Oldies But Goodies and comes with Callie and an Easter Bunny and Callie in a Bathtub.  You get all three for $4.00.  Now that, my friend is a bargain.  Check them out here.  Better yet, buy them silly.  For a $1.33 an image, you can't go wrong.  While you are there check out all the other sets that are available for $4.00 too.

I have been watching and re-watching Cheryl's new You-Tube tutorials on coloring with  colored pencils.  I am able to incorporate some of the same techniques with pencils as I use with Copics, but she explains how to hold the pencils, the amount of  pressure and direction of your strokes.  Cheryl explains in detail how to achieve results while she is coloring so you get a thorough step-by-step tutorial.  I keep pausing and replaying the video so I can color along.  She has one speed coloring tutorial where she is coloring along with music from her favorite  group, Piano Guys.  I love that one because the faster the music goes, the faster she colors and the entire time she has perfect control of her pencil and application techniques. They are all free, so check them out here.  Be sure to subscribe to her site so you can keep updated as to when new tutorials are available.  While there, be sure and leave her some love.  If you have any suggestions for future tutorials, tell her in a comment, so she can do future tutorials.

We are beginning the second week of the "Anything Goes" challenge at Sassy Cheryl's Challenge Blog.  Check out what the rest of the Design Team posted on their blogs to inspire you and help get those creative juices flowing.  I have links to their blogs on my left sidebar.  Just click each designer's name and you will pop right over.

Hope you enjoyed my colored pencil project.  I plan to continue to practice my pencil skills and will post my attempts so you can see my progress too.  If you have any constructive criticisms, please leave me a comment.  I promise not to get my feelings hurt and cry all over my laptop.




Through the Craftroom Door- Anything Goes

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Fairies and Stars

I have been playing around with coloring and sketching this week.  I have been watching some videos on You Tube.  Last night I colored along with Alyce Keegan whose Copic coloring skills I am in awe of.  Alyce had a free session she posted over the weekend.  It will be up and free for two weeks, if you want to watch it.  Here is a link that will take you right there.

The  image is a Tiddly Inks image called Fairy Fae Catches a Star.  You can get her here.  I am entering my card in Tiddly Inks Challenge which calls for us to use the color green.  Alyce used the same image in the tutorial and as her DT entry.  I am working on improving my coloring skills, but I must be crazy to enter the same challenge using the same image, colored the same way.  Alyce encouraged us to enter our colorings in The Tiddly Inks Challenge so I went for it.

 I love vintage, but I don't try to create the look very often.  It is definitely outside of my comfort level.  Fairy Fae just seemed to belong in a Vintage setting . The orchid paper is from Graphic 45, the green and gold DP and tag are from Imaginations..  The ribbon pearls, flowers and jewels are all from my stash.  The butterfly on the tag is one I cut out of the DP and added to the tag.    I added some Frantage and distressed the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

I enjoyed my play time this weekend and am really enjoying Alyce's classes.   She has several free ones on You Tube  for you to check out.  There is one on coloring transparencies I am going to check out next.  Maybe I will post one of those cards too.

Whatever you are up to this week, I hope crafting is part of it, and I hope you enjoy every minute of it.


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Sassy Girl's Rule

Hello my darlings!  Here we are the first Tuesday of the month and that means it is Anything Goes over at SASSY CHERYL'S.  Last week you saw Gilbert Schmilbert reading his comic books and this week it is adorable Gabby reading away.  Look at her expression.  I imagine she is enthralled in the daring adventures of powerful, beautiful, magical sassy gals saving the Universe.  If you would like to have her for yourself, click here and you will be popped right into Cheryl's store.

My friend Cathy saw this card and told me I should have issued a "shades alert".  It is just a wee bit bright, isn't it.  I thought it looked like a big ole'bowl of rainbow sherbet.  I had fun coloring this with my Copic Markers.  I did use  Faber Castell pencils a bit on the face and hair.  I was coloring the face when I smeared the black ink from my printer on her left eye.  I was not a happy camper, because she was all colored and ready to go when I saw a teensy spot I decided to touch up.  Well that is when I pulled out those colored pencils and did a bit of makeup to the face.  My hubby says I never know when to stop and he was absolutely correct this time.  Go ahead click on it to enlarge it.  You know you want to see my screw-up - go ahead, I can take it.  LOL

I would love to see you join us in our Anything Goes Challenge.  All you have to do is use a Cheryl Alger image and make anything you want.  If you think you can't color, she has some pre-colored images in the store you can use.  So please join us.  Our challenges now last for two weeks to give you more time to create.  Just take a picture of your completed project and post it here.  A winner is randomly drawn and will get two free digis for Sassy Cheryl's store of your choice.  Need some inspiration?  Check out the ubber-talented Sassy Cheryl Design Team's projects.  Awesome, I tell you just plain awesome.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Sheldon Cooper?

Here it is, the beginning of  the second week of Sassy Cheryl's Die and/or Punches Challenge.  I am the hostess of this challenge and I wanted to see what you could do with a Sassy Cheryl image and a punch or set of dies.  This week I colored up one of Cheryl's new images' Gilbert's Marvelous Adventure.  I remember the days before Harry Potter when teachers were so happy to have children reading they allowed comic books as reading material.  Oh not for grades or book reports, but just as recess or after school activities. Many children improved their reading skills on those thin little cartoon adventures.

I used graduating sizes of octagon dies on this card.  I like the CAS style and outcome.  The sentiment is a Penny Black stamp and I cut the flag with my scissors and cutter.  Quick and Fun, Bright and Cheery is how I would describe this card.  I really enjoyed making it and it went together so quickly!

Since the Sassy Cheryl challenges went to two weeks challenges you have an opportunity to enter it twice.  More opportunities for you to win.  The Design Team is still making weekly cards  and posting them on their personal blogs.  I have a link here on my blog to each of their blogs .  Click on their names and pop over to see what they have been up to.  The ladies are quite talented and would love it if you left them some love too.

Have a marvelous week my lovlies.  I have been busy making cards lately and hope to get a couple more posts done this week.  I would love for you to check back for a peek.  Hugs, and Happy Crafting.


I would like to enter this card in the following Challenges:

Through the Craft Room Door- Always Anything Goes
Tuesday Throw Down - Anything Goes

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Life - Walking On A Tightrope

Some days I feel like I am walking on a tightrope and if I wobble just a bit I will fall off.  If I fall then my world will collapse and everyone around me will fall too.  I sure have a high opinion of myself don't I.  Let's face it, no one person, except The Good Lord  is that valuable.  But being the good little Catholic girl I am, I can do guilt real good.  How about you?  Do you ever get that feeling?  If we are honest with ourselves, I think we all do.  That is why when I saw Cheryl's little image called "Slow and Steady Sally", I knew I had to make a card with her.  In fact, this is only the first of many I will make with her.  I have many good friends walking on their own tightropes now and I believe she just may bring a smile to their faces.  

The sentiment on the inside is supportive  too.  Cheryl had that on her Illustrated By Cheryl Blog the day she debuted the Noah version of this image and she graciously gave me permission to use it.  I think it says it all and is perfect for this card.

I kept this pretty much CAS.  Both sentiments and typed in MS Word and cut out with a Spellbinder Die. The paper is from DCWV "Nana's Kids Collection.  The rick rack and pearl "jewelry" are from my stash, cloud punch is a Friskars and the butterfly is a Embosslit from SU.  I colored the image with Copic Markers.

I am the hostess this week at Sassy Cheryls and the challenge is "Punches and Dies".  Our challenges are now twice a month and you can enter them as many times as you wish as long as you use a Cheryl Alger image and you follow the Challenge theme.  The more you enter the more chances you have to win that gift certificate to Sassy Cheryl's store.  So what are you waiting for - inspiration?  Hop on  over to The challenge blog and check out all the inspiration my sassy sistah's have created for you this week.  There are some real cutie patooties this week.  I feel so honored just to be included with this group of crafty gals.

Hope to see you there.

Hugs and Happy Crafting,


Challenges I plan to enter this card in:

Sunday, February 16, 2014

3-D Seaside Card Set

Bendi Card Closed

Bendi Card Open

Box Card Front View

Box Card back View.

My goodness have you all gotten on the "Box Card"  band wagon yet.  Pinterest (I am not and never will be addicted) is full of these fun fold cards.  I made a Sassy Cheryl one a couple of weeks ago and the gals at my LSS, Scrapbooks By The Sea asked me to teach a class on them.  A shipment of brand new seaside themed papers from FAB SCRAPS had just come in  that I thought they would be fun to use in a box card and a bendi card.

I got out my ruler, cutter, Cricut, Score-Pal and got busy.  Once the card bases are built, all you have to do is build your scene.  I used Cricut's "Life is a Beach" cartridge cutting most of the objects at 1.5"  The little silver anchor on the front of the card is a metal charm and I also used a brad that resembles the top of a screw for my tag.  The sentiment is one I found on-line, but unfortunately I didn't write down the site address.

These cards are perfect for mailing because they fold completely flat for mailing and go into standard envelopes A-2 envelopes.  No extra postage required (if you don't get to thick with your embellishments).

I am teaching two classes featuring these cards.   One is Wednesday, February 19th during the day and a night class on Tuesday, February 25th.  I would normally invite all of my blogging buddies to join us along the sunny South Carolina coastline, but this year it has not been so sunny.  We have had two ice storms, (no snow just ugly ugly ice) and an earthquake.   Crazy weather for sure.  But if it is still better than what you have had this year, come on down.  Weather forecast this week is looking good!

Where ever you are stay warm, stay safe and thanks for stopping in.




Always Something Crafty - Special Card Forms
Flat Friend Challenge - More Than One Fold
Sweet Stamps Monthly Challenge - Fun Folds

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentines Day

Here's a couple of cards I made for a card class at my LSS, Scrapbooks By The Sea.  I used Penny Black rubber stamps, but the artist is Mo Manning. Mo is one of my favorite artists because of her ability to transfer the emotions of her subjects on to the paper.  She is very talented and you should do yourself a favor and check her images out at her store Digital Pencil Too or Penny Black's store for her rubber stamps.

The first stamp is called "Bubble Heart".  It took my heart just seeing the cute little pony tailed girl and the handsome little guy with his hair styled to perfection.  They look so young and shy.  I kept the design CAS with a banner of punched hearts and heat embossed letters.  The bubble gum heart is covered with glossy accents and I added a bit of sparkle in her bow and dress with  Stickles.   The papers are from Graphic 45.

The second card is made with an stamp called  "Garden of Love".  This one has a lot of frills and embellishments.  I quilled the roses, the heart is a stamp from Martha Stewart.  Ribbon border is from Stampin U.  The pearls, lace and ribbon are from my stash.  This paper is also from Graphic 45.

Just want to wish all of you a very Happy Valentine's Day and say Thank You for taking time to visit my blog today.

I am going to enter my first card in Mo Manning's  "Love  Is" Challenge.