Thursday, June 30, 2011

It's Summer Time and Living is Good!

It's summer time - and what sweet memories still flood my mind of sitting on the front porch with my Mom and my siblings.  Often times a neighbor would pop by and we'd have a cool drink.  Altho I was a busy girl ain those days, it's good I still have all those warm fuzzy memories of days gone by.
This month I chose The Old Front Porch for my project on Craft Us Crazy, where I am a  Guest Designer.  The theme is Summer and what a more appropriate stamp from Squigglefly to consider for this project!  Squigglefly is sponsoring this challenge and I invite all of you to stop on over to Craft Us Crazy and check out the other wonderful projects!  This group is truly a super talented group of designers.

This card is a 6x6 and colored entirely with copics.   The pot of flowers in front of the window is pop dotted for dimension.  I cut out each individual pane of the window and put a piece of transparency on the back of the window.  Shy Bear-Hi Bella looks out the window as if to say, Welcome Friend!  Just a minute while I bring out the lemonade!  Shy Bear - Hi Bella is a freebie at Squigglefly now - just click on the link and download.  The Old Front Porch is also at Squigglefly and can be found HERE!

 Please drop by Craft Us Crazy and Squigglefly - put them on your FAVORITES list today!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I'll be MIA for awhile..........

I will be gone from this blog for awhile.  At first I had anticipated journalling my next 'short' journey but don't think people want to REALLY hear. The roses are from my daughters/granddaughter/great grandchildren.  Aren't they gorgeous! So have yourselves a gorgeous day; remember to hug a child!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Humphrey's Corner Collection - Friends Forever

LOTTIE AND JESS ARE FRIENDS FOREVER
Crafter's Companion USA has done it again..........they are launching the cutest collection of stamps called Humphrey's Corner Collection.  Designed by Sally Hunter this year, this collection is very representative of the beauty that the UK puts into their stamp sets.

As soon as I received my sets, I could not help myself and had to start designing right away.  I just love the little ice cream cafe and the quaint atmosphere that only an ice cream cafe can give you.  I remember when my father and uncles would take the 4 of us children to the local cafe for a treat of ice cream!  So cool and tasty!  3 scoops of ice cream in that ice cream soda, WOW!  I remember those days - before I started watching my weight!  LOL!

I chose to use copics on the entire 6x6 card.  The image is pop dotted away from the card.......I used several pieces of CTMH patterned paper from their W1106 collection.  I tried something new to me and threaded my ribbon thru my nestie cut out.  I think it's so cute!  I used my Ultimate Crafter's Companion to fashion a 6x6 envelope slightly larger than the card to allow for extra space needed and not crush the card in transit.

Come on over to Crafter's Companion USA and check out Humphrey's Corner Collection - the price of the stamps is sooooo reasonable as well; you can't beat economy for shopping with Crafter's Companion USA!

And don't forget you can actually WIN your choice of 2 stamp sets from Crafter's Companion as this month they will not only be giving away a Paint Fusion package of goodies, but will also be giving another random winner their choice of 2 Crafter's Companion Stamps!  How cool is that?!  So get out those Crafter's Companion stamps and enter our Summer Challenge for a chance to win some these fabulous products!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

A Little Girl and Juvenile Diabetes

FAIRY KLARA
Squigglefly has a new image from artist Jane Beljo - Fairy Klara. All proceeds from the sale of this image will go to Caylin's Cure.  Please check out her mama's plea for help!

Fairy Klara is colored with copics, trimmed with Icicle Stickles and perched on a cloud as she jumps from cloud to cloud granting wishes.  Hopefully she'll grant everyone's wish to find a cure for juvenile diabetes.  Oh what a wonderful cause for us all to support.    Join in the fund raising!

Be sure to check out her Mom's blog site.  Nothing is more precious than the wellness of our children.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Thankful for Father's Day!

The Squigglefly Challenge Blog has a new challenge (#101) this week: Make a card using an image for one holiday, but change it up and make it into a different holiday!   I love this turkey...enjoying himself immensely amongst all the wonderfully ripe apples.  It's HIS day and he just is going to milk it for all it's worth!  So I thought how perfect for a masculine card for Father's Day - my hubby will enjoy it.  I used copics everywhere - mounted several times with scrap stash on a 6x6 folded card.  Captions are computer generated and printed and double mounted.

This card is entered in the following:
Squigglefly Blog
Craft Us Crazy
Joyful Stamper
Your Scrapbook Place
Paper Take Weekly
Crafty Calendar Challenge

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

IT'S A GIVEAWAY - Come and get it!

Ladies, you cannot miss this one.  Check out Crafter's Companion give away - started yesterday and only goes to June 17th!  Rules are so simple.  Just go to their blogsite (click below the photo) and put your name on the list and you are in the contest!

And if you would like to get an additional chance in the contest all you have to do is get one person to sign up for their blog and then have them email your name to yourcraftycompanion at yahoo dot com. The prize will be the Crafter's Companion Ultimate tool AND a mystery gift.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Shannon's Cards

HAPPY SUMMER!
A lovely artist on Scrapbook Place sent me a lovely package of beautiful items today and included this awesome card.  Isn't it a grand work of art?  She's so talented, it's unbelievable........makes these awesome flowers that look so real!  If you would like to meet Shannon and more artists, come visit Scrapbook Place Challenge Blog!

Sign up as  a follower here first, July 31st will be a surprise for some wonderful follower!  It's free!

PLAY AND ENJOY BEING GREEN!

(No I do not sell Avon - yes, I do use it; this is NOT an ad however.)

I am very proud of being part of the Green Movement in the world today.  With my efforts and millions of others, hopefully this world will be a better place when we leave it for the younger generation. 

Today I received some precious mail from a friend.  In Scrapbooak Place (a yahoo group you may wish to check out), we send each other various mailings.   This friend sent me cards/raks/stamps in accordance with her membership in the group.  I just felt I had to share this!

First of all, I'm marvelling at the whole envelope only costing her $1.88 in postage fees and that included a delivery confirmation no.!  DOUBLE WOW!

We all as family supporters have used Avon bags for something - either receiving awesome merchandise or giving something away and reusing that bag.


Well my friend Donna chose this nice large bag, and inserted the contents towards the mid-center of the bag and did 2 folds.........one from the bottom and one from the top.  She simply sealed with some tape and added my address etc to the bag envelope.

Now on our group we are always looking at ways to reuse and recycle and coming up with awesome storage tips.  This in itself is an awesome mailing tip - so you now CAN hop on over to SBP Challenge Blog and see their latest presentation of storage ideas.  I guarantee you will say WOW! and look for ways to implement them in your own household!  CLICK HERE TO GO TO SBP CHALLENGE BLOG!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Swinging Butterflies

Hi, Linda here.  My passion is butterflies.  So when I receive my new envelobox and boxer boards from Crafter's Companion I had to quick pop that DVD into my computer and look for fun projects!  I'm that way - never have quiet fingers ever!  Below is the actual outside of a swing card.
Have you ever seen a swing card?  They are so cool, it's unreal how much fun I'm going to have making more of them.  This 6x6 was created with some lovely black 6x6 stash I had on hand.  The butterflies were embossed, stickled and glitter distressed and then attached to the swinging frame of the card. Now you see the back side of the front of the card - another version of the same butterfly all done up with jewels and gold.
When you receive your boxer board with the Ultimate Crafter's Companion Advanced Construction Techniques DVD you will receive full instructions on where to use your stylus to lay out the frame for folding as well as the frame to cut on to expose your butterfly. 
I selected a darling acetate stamped sentiment I thought my friend will love.  She's been so helpful in some important factors of my day, I want her to know I do appreciate her.
As a final 'dress up' to my card I added 3 punched butterflies that I covered with Liquid Glass.  Overnite their wings will automatically fold up.  The paper I used was a dual sided purple/orange and the punch was a MS.

I hope I inspired you to try your hand at a swing card.  My next one will be even better - but I really love this one too!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

And the winner of my blog hop is...........

RHONDA DAVENPORT - CONGRATULATIONS RHONDA!

I'll be sending you a cute little stampset!  Thanks for hopping along with us!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

SCHOOL'S OUT!

BEST TEACHER STAMPSET (S.W.A.L.K.)

Come on over to Crafter's Companion Blog spot today as we start another great contest!
My great grandson graduates from prekindergarten this year and my great granddaughter graduates from 3rd grade this year.  I thought it would be great if Grandma and I made up some cards for them to sign and give to their teachers with a special gift.  I'm not sure if you ever did this, but I did when I was in school, albeit a long time ago now!  

I stamped the images with my new Rock-A-Blocks which I totally adore.  I used to use acrylic blocks but had a lot of boo-boos and also had a difficult time keeping trak of them in storage.  The Rock-A-Blocks are the answer to no more smears!  I colored the images with my copics, cut out with a nestie and did some double mounting.  Turned out to be a great 5.5x5.5 card.  Now onward to do 2 more - at least!  

This size envelope is easy to make with my Ultimate Crafter's Companion and most recent revised Boxer Boards allow me to create any size envelope which really works for me!   Enjoy your summer!