Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Justin's Birthday Card

FIRST OF ALL - I'm going to shout out a great HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY DAUGHTER BECKY!  Have a great day dear!

Now for the grandkids!  Justin will be 8 this year - Grandpa decided he was going to make his birthday card.  The results are fascinating, aren't they?  He's just very creative - from mechanical to aeronautical and then down to earth creations on paper.  Why buy cards?  Usually I help him, but this time he required very little!

My friend Anna piffed me some great lattic rectangles to use.  The HAMBO elephant is a digi and he used my copics on the elephant along with some stickles and copics on the balloons.  Come play at Hambo's with me and get a free digi in doing so!  Just ask me how!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Joans' Gardens Challenge #11

Joan's Gardens Challenge #11 gave me an opp to show my latest creation.  This sprang from a discussion we were having on our scrapbook group - SCRAPBOOK PLACE - wherein Pat M. sent around this lovely bit of prose about a pencil maker.  The card front reads:

A PENCIL MAKER TOLD THE PENCIL 5 IMPORTANT
LESSONS JUST BEFORE PUTTING IT IN THE BOX:
 
1.) EVERYTHING YOU DO WILL ALWAYS LEAVE A MARK.

2.) YOU CAN ALWAYS CORRECT THE MISTAKES YOU MAKE.

3.) WHAT IS IMPORTANT IS WHAT IS INSIDE OF YOU.

4.) IN
LIFE, YOU WILL UNDERGO PAINFUL SHARPENINGS,
WHICH WILL ONLY MAKE YOU BETTER.

5.) TO BE THE BEST PENCIL, YOU MUST ALLOW YOURSELF
TO BE HELD AND GUIDED BY THE HAND THAT HOLDS YOU.

My Tilda had been sitting in my image box for eons so this was a perfect duo!  Here is what you need to do for Joan's Gardens Weekly Challenge #11

  • Use the colors Peach and blue (teal)
  • Use some Butterflies
  • Add something Frillie
Hope you like the card - I hope my recipient enjoys it as well!  Come on over to Joan's and play!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Portable Sketch Pad

This may look a bit confusing but it's a darling notebook 5x7 in size with 12 pages inside to put a sketch or two in anytime you are away from home and computer.  The lovely owl die cut is from ebay - wish I had that talent.  The instructions for creating this notebook are at: http://whiffofjoy.blogspot.com/2011/03/simple-notebooks-by-alice.html

I altered the instructions to be able to get 3 notebook covers out of one 12x12 sheet (I used CTMH Daisy here).  The interior pages came from computer copy paper and I managed to get 3 per sheet so it took only 4 sheets.  A few staples and a bit of creativity "your style" on the front!    This notebook will be a surprise in someone's mail tomorrow as well as all the Queens of Scrapbook Place in April will get one.

Hope I inspired you!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

WILD CARD WEEK at Scrapbook Place


I had a request to make up some Mother's Day cards and had lots of stash on hand.  I ended up creating about 45 cards!  I even created my own background paper on some of the cards just like the spring card blog post earlier posted on this blog.  The hydrangea is my favorite flower - I have a huge bush that I relish every season.  This image came from Donna C. of our Scrapbook Place group and I do not recall who colored it as I did really get a whole pif of colored hydrangeas.  Just had to do some fussy cutting and pop dot it on my card.  I hope I have given you some ideas on how to use up your stash and save a few bucks these days on craft supplies.  I enjoy any challenge, but a challenge to save $ is still the best challenge there is!

Come on over to Our Scrapbook Place and check on the fun as soon as you can!  We'd love to have you come and create with us.  This is our first year for a group blog as well!  Scrapbook Place is a group of friends sharing a love of the craft! We hope you'll join us for challenges here, and check out our Yahoo Group for games, trading, and swaps.

Now go on over to Annette's place for her wildcard surprise!  Enjoy yourself!

(You Are Here!) Linda

As always leave me a comment and perhaps win a prize! 

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Verna's SPRING FLING!

SPRING LAYOUT created by Verna' G. for our Scrapbook Place Blog Challenge 3/26/11.  I'm hosting for anyone without a blog so they can experience the fun too!  I hope you win Verna'!!!

HAMBO COFFEE GIRL

CHALLENGE #8 FROM HAMBO'S HOEDOWN!  Coffee Girl surely has had enuf........I chose to turn the sentiment in reverse to give her even more expression than she already has with the googled eyes and spritzed hair.  I got these ideas from reviewing some blogs.  The inside sentiment says:  "I love you a LATTE!"

My copics I used are:
YR0000
YR000
YR00
Y13
Y15
Y17
E50
E53
E55

and a bit of Mauve Mist from Stampin' Write. 
Come on over to Hambo's, get your dancin' shoes on, and follow the sketch.  Get a free Hambo image next week for joining in. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Party Elephant at Hambo's Hoedown

Come on over to Hambo's Hoedown and enjoy some sparkle!  Here's the deal:


"Well, it's all about the SPARKLE as we Celebrate (any celebration) with Party Elephant! Glitter, Stickles, at you Spica pens, glittery embossing powders, designer paper, bling, etc. - we want to see your sparkly delights! Again, if you didn't play last week, use ANY Hambo image, make a celebratory card, and show your sparkle!"
 
My 3 elephants can't quite get it together to decide who is the most important at the party!  But I think they are cute.  I used lots of glitter background cardstock, bling, shiny ribbons, just lots of pretty all over! 
Hope you can join the Hoedown - grab yourself a free digi next week if you do!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Scrapbook Place DT Challenge #1

Over at Scrapbook Place, we are always having fun.  Allie G. set up our SCRAPBOOK PLACE blog for us and now she's trying on a few of us as Design Team members.  I don't think I'll make the cut!  Her instrux were to use the word SPRING!  So I did.  The background paper is hmbm and is composed of definitions of the seasonal word spring.....I didn't want to include the other definitions of spring like coil, etc.  I highlighted some words haphazardly with various colors and printed several sheets out for many cards.  I saw a card on a website where the lady had actually purchased dp for this purpose.  No need to do that, and this way you can have whatever you wish for your background words.  I even did one for Mother's Day!

The flowers/grass/bee/butterfly are stamped from a CTMH stampset #B1072 called Whimsy Garden.  The coloring is copics of course and I added lots of glitter and dimensional crackle to the leaves and a few cute buttons - all from my stash.  I'm still on a NO BUY and using strictly stash on everything, unless it has been a piffed item from our wonderful group, Scrapbook Place.

Now be sure to hop on over and check out Patacake's blog.  She has a gorgeous project set up already!

Scrapbook Place is a group of friends sharing a love of the craft! We hope you'll join us for challenges here, and check out our Yahoo Group for games, trading, and swaps.   After all, why not join our group and hop on our Design Team..........we REALLY could use you!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

JoansGarden Card Challenge #10

One day in my mail I got a lovely letter and a surprise colored image from my daughter Shelly.  She's a digi that I do not have yet and my daughter had been experimenting with prismacolor pencils/chalks and she's a real cutie!  So today I decided to put it all together from my card stash for the challenge at Joan's Gardens.  We need to have the following:

  • Use the colors Pink and Green
  • Create a thank you card.
  • Use some kind of stripes
  • Use something scalloped
I've covered all bases and now will surprise my daughter with an email!  She never has time to play in challenges being a nurse and a Lia Sophia gal!

Hope you enjoy and can find time to post a card at Joan's!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Welcome Little One(s)!

So fun, little one!  I enjoyed making up a bunch of New Baby cards for my daughter's church.  This is Baby Tilda - don't you just love her?  I have a lot of DP already on card fronts so it wasn't difficult to first color up all the babies' outfits in many copic colors - beige/yellow/pink/orange/purple/blue - and then create the rest of the card by picking the bg and the embellies.  Everything is from stash as usual - still on NO BUY - what do you think?

Friday, March 11, 2011

Joan's Garden Challenge #9 - Think Spring

It was fun getting back into the swing of challenges again.  Life just got a bit too busy to allow much playtime.  But now that brother is better, hubby's birthday is over and the spring weather is making me feel better, this is my challenge production for Joan's Garden Challenge #9.  Her requirements were: 1. Use the colors orange and blue; 2. Create a card with spring theme; 3. Use a die cut; 4. Use a circle.


I recently received this awesome Tim Holtz spring image from a friend in our scrapbook group.  She had placed it on white cs and I wanted a hint of orange, so I got out my craft mat and first sprayed it with tiger lily glimmer mist and then just a hint of irridescent gold glimmer mist and let it dry.  The edging is done in Wild Honey distress ink (Ranger). The addition of all the embellies was easy - all were from stash waiting to be used.  The card front had been made en masse using up a lot of my DP and all I had to do was pull a card from my box of goodies.  I also left it open as to final spring theme so I could quickly add a sentiment when needed.

Hope you like it. Come on over to Joan's Gardens and check the other creations.

Hambo Hoedown 6

Whether you are Irish or not, you are sure to love this little St. Pat Hamster for today's challenge at Hambo's Hoedown!  Do come on over and check us out and maybe even get into the action!  The rules are all about the GOLD, Hoedown Dancers! This week's challenge is to use the above image of St. Pat Hamster and incorporate a lot of GOLD.  

Well those are the rules and the post from Hambo's Hoedown.  Easy peasy, huh?  I used my copics and my gold leaf pen to create gold everywhere.  Found a dp in my stash with a bit of MS lace and we're ready for St. Pat's Day!  This card will go to a wonderful lady almost at her lifetime goal at Weight Watchers!  It'll be a pot of gold she receives that day!

St. Patrick's Day Tag!

Getting back in the groove of challenges, I created this cutie St. Patrick's Day Hamster Tag for Joan's Gardens Challenge.  The rules are simple and the fun is awesome, come join us!  


I used a digi from Hambo's Hoedown enjoyed an afternoon coloring up a bunch of them with my copics. 

You have until Sunday, March 13, 9:00 PM to enter the Tag Challenge. Anything goes. You can make whatever kind of tag you want to make, any color, use any stamp...your own thing.   So come on over to Joan's and check all the tags out and vote for your favorite!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Wanderings from the Wildwood...

Today is my husband's 71st birthday!  He's pretty pleased he has no ailments and takes no medicines and even has all his own teeth!   LOL!  He's one of those lovable characters, believe me!  One of his great friends from IL sent him a PutPut Boat for his birthday - and he has had a lot of fun with it.  Of course, being the 'engineer minded' person he is, the giver and myself both knew he would not be content as is but would improve upon it!  So he added a rudder and moved the fire pot inside and it's a blast!  Even one of the cats (Belle) and the dog are watching every minute it runs.  Here's a photo of Belle trying to catch it and I'm also uploading a short video!

TIME TO HARVEST LETTUCE?
That's like saying "Are we there yet?" - in this frozen land of the North we're anxious to get the garden started.  So we set out seeds of our favorite lettuce brand yesterday - the soil was perfect and the cold frame will keep the young plants protected from the elements.  We should be harvesting sometime around April Fool's Day!  :)

MAMA "O"
Along with spring come possums - our little girl is pg and avidly looking for sunflower seeds to supplement her evening diet.  We see her quite often at the base of the pussy willow tree.  One evening she climbed it looking for my suet feeders.
MAJORITY RULES!
Yepper Penny - I'll be in to see you for that spring clipping in 2 weeks! (Nikko smiles at us as if to say, it's spring and enuf of this heavy coat!  Majority Rules is his favorite place to take a trip to.)

PROMISED YOU A VIDEO OF THAT PUTPUT BOAT!





Saturday, March 5, 2011

Hambo Hoedown 5

My hubby's birthday is this Wednesday - and he definitely is MY MANE MAN!  Don't you just love the Digi Lion from Hambo......you can actually get the next digi free from Hambo.  Just visit their website by following my links!

This challenge is brought to you by Hambo.  Our Lion knows that it is March and in he comes roraring.  Our challenge is to make a masculine card using LION and one of the coordinating sentiments, and also have stripes somewhere in your design!


Totally out of my stash, this card came together quickly!    So quick that I'm going to duplicate it and put it in my card box for a surprise for someone else! 


And guess what:  hubby did the coloring with my copics!  He loves to use them - keeps him from falling asleep he says in the evenings while watching tv! I agree there too!  Won't he be surprised on Wed. to find his own image on my birthday card for him!

Now to find that perfect gift for the guy who has everything!

In Like a Lion........

IN LIKE A LION?  My March Desk Calendar allowed me a chance to display Hambo's Digi-Lion.  He's a doll and fun to create into masculine cards (my next project).  The calendar is a 6x6 - my favorite size to paper piece with.  Sure hope March goes out like a lamb!

This calendar is weather related and will be entered into the Scrapbook Place challenge for this week.