Sunday, October 30, 2011

HAPPY HALLOWS EVE!!!


BOO TO YOU!!!!!!!!  I wanted to take a different route and stretch my imagination with this Halloween Tilda!  One of my friends gave me the image, I do not have the stamp - but would love it!  While coloring her up I thought perhaps I'd try an overall green base on her skin and some face painting.  Now I've never done face painting, but I watched while my great grandchildren were treated at the zoo last year.  I loved the technique but all I could think of being able to do was flourishes.  So I hope you like it.

The card is a 4.25x5.5 and using up some Halloween scraps.  The little note (overused at times at this time of year) on the lower right says:

Trick or Treat
Smell my feet
Give me something
Good to eat!

My favorite item on the card is the cobweb!  How unique!  And of course I'm using my copics for the image.

Have yourself a great day tomorrow - watch for the little ones trick or treating this weekend and Monday eve.  Keep them safe!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

NEWSFLASH! - BIRTHDAY

HAMBOHOEDOWN 39 - Newsprint Challenge
This newscaster represents one of the most trustworthy organizations on the planet!  He even keeps company with Clark Kent!  Well, maybe not really, but what fun it was to develop this 4.25x5.5 birthday card.  Hambo Hoedown gave us the image free for participating last week and asked that we create something with newsprint.

Well the background of my card is a reverse newsprint copy on Club Scrap heavy cardstock!  I have held on to several pieces and finally found something to use it for.

The newscaster is done in copics (of course! - just am so addicted to them!).  I created a faux wood cabinet around his sound booth.   The buttons are really neat, and they came from my friend Mary.  One day when she visited she brought me a whole bag of unusual buttons.  What fun!!!

I'm going to do several more as I always print more than one image when I'm printing digis.  Remember to send birthday cards out to your friends as well as family.  It makes a smile happen!  Meanwhile, stop over at Hambo Hoedown and when you arrive home, watch the news!!!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

SAYING THANKS

SQUIGGLEFLY CHALLENGE SFC 121

Ahhhhhha the month of November is almost upon us.  Time to reflect on what we are thankful for this past year.  For me, a great deal.  Especially the grace of my Lord in the prayers we sent up when my tumors were first discovered!  Alas, my doctors gave me an "A" yesterday at the various appointments.  Absolutely amazed at the normality of my tests now, there is only one way to feel - heavenly!

This month SQUIGGLEFLY is having an awesome challenge, just make a project saying thanks!  I chose my little bluejay from their digi stamps.  This stamp is called "NOTE4U".  A bluejay is perfect for checking on the mail!  The little note will send lots of thank yous from me to various friends this year!

The dp is from various companies.  The corner punch is a Martha Stewart complete that I picked up yesterday at Hobby Lobby at 40% off.  Colored in with copics and I used a die cut from my friend Anna to hold my "Thanks".  Now come on over to SQUIGGLEFLY and let's see a simple THANK YOU project.  You have until Sunday evening to enter!  No more excuses.  It's an absolutely lovely bunch of ladies on their Design Team as well!

Thank you for visiting me!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Joan's Gardens Challenge #7

Here is what you need to do for Joan's Gardens Weekly Challenge #7:

■ Use a die
■ Use a Christmas Sentiment
■ Use some kind of light (Candle, Christmas Tree Lights, snow etc)
■ Use Red and White and additional colors if you wish

It just can't get any simpler than that, can it?

It was total fun to start making more Christmas cards!  Thank you Joan for the inspiration!  I used a 6x6 card of dp with the sentiment "warmest wishes" in the lower right corner. 

I colored Tilda with copics and pop dotted her so to standout from the card.  It's difficult to see that in the photo, I am sorry there.  I double layered the bg behind Tilda and punched 2 corresponding corners for further "pop".

The punched lace is from a friend as well as the poinsettia is from another friend at Scrapbook Place - come and join us!  Everything is distressed in dark red to make the whole thing pop!  What do you think?

Join my follower base and insert your email for further updates.  Never know what surprises Santa will bring you!  I'm nearing my 10,000th hit!

IT'S A LITTLE SKETCHY .....

......over at Hambo Hoedown right now. In fact, sketchy means "FUN"! So we are given the following sketch to develop a project out of:
HAMBO HOEDOWN 38
We are allowed to tweak it a bit but just keep the main idea afloat for judging.  The DT's have some absolutely awesome designs for us to take off on too.  Just click on Hambo Hoedown 38 to fly on over and ready yourself for some fun creating.  There is still time to get involved today yet!  Go for the gold!  Well, go for the "MUMMY" would be more appropriate.

Also be sure to come on over to JUGS (http://justusgirlschallenge.blogspot.com/) - WHAT A CHALLENGE THERE!  GO 3D and keep it Halloweenish!  Well, whether it be Hambo or JUGS, here is my submission:

 JUGS107 and HAMBO HOEDOWN 38 Submissions
I thought I would have a bit of fun with the Mummy (a digi from Hambo Hoedown) and a 6x6 card for my base.  I used CTMH dp and Bazzill bg.  I went 3D with lots of goodies; I also crocheted my own 3 flowers using #10 strand cotton and a very small hook.  I do lots of these flowers for friends at their requests.  The mummy is pop dotted for depth and a few jewels lighten up the sentiment.  Everything is distressed with my DISTRESS ALL - which I dearly love!  The mummy is colored with a few copics and I sprayed Olive Walnut Ink on the orange bg behind the mummy for a bit more distressed look.

STOP OVER FOR THE BIG SALE AS WELL!

Hoping your days are better than his, get prepared for all your lovely kiddos to descend upon you in 1 week!


FOR MY FRIEND

WOW, the month of October is just slipping by too fast.

Hi, Linda W. here again.

I love the fall and the friendly pot lucks and craft fairs.  I just love getting together and enjoying the beautiful but short lived weather we have in the Midwest.  Again, I would like to say thank you to all my friends at Crafter's Companion.    It's been wonderful being a guest design team member. 

Well to continue in our theme for October - FRIENDS - I decided to create a 5x7 card using many more ideas to help me stretch my creativity.  First let me say that when you purchase a stampset from Crafter's Companion, you will be surprised to learn you can take one member of any stampset and place it with a different stampset member to get a different scene.

This is what I did with my card.  I took Souffle the Duck from my Popcorn the Bear stampset and the Teacher from the S.W.A.L.K. stampset.  I gave Souffle a special tag which says "for my friend" to give to his teacher.  One must always be on the good side of the teacher, right?

Everything is colored with copics which can be purchased from Crafter's Companion and I did a bit of Stickles Glitter on the grass.  Souffle and the Teacher are both pop dotted for depth.  A long corsage pin with beads and a ribbon is included at the top of the lacey doily.  I double layered lace (real and paper) in a vertical fashion in back of my images.  The backdrop is an embossed card stock from my cuttlebug of hearts and flowers intertwining amongst each other.  I rubbed it with Wild Honey distress ink to get a more pronounced feeling of soft velvet.  Everything is attached to a sheet of 7x10 white cardstock which has been folded to a 5x7 card.  I enjoyed making this card.

Well thank you for looking in on my creation.  Hug a friend and have a beautiful day.  Hugs, Linda W.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

FALL INTO A BLOG HOP!


October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came -
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.
~George Cooper, "October's Party"

Welcome to the Scrapbook Place October Blog Hop!  If you came from the Scrapbook Place blog, you are on the right leafy path!  If not, just follow my path below and you'll end up back where you started.  Look for the colors of the season in all of our blogs.  Leave us all some love by adding a comment on each and every blog you hop along and encounter!  The ladies will appreciate it.


Happy Owl-o-ween!  I have a girlfriend who has a birthday on Oct. 31st, and planned on surprising her with a Halloween type gift.  Meanwhile, the ladies of our group at Scrapbook Place decided to have an autumn blog hop.  So after creating several cards for sending out HALLOWEEN treats, I decided to upload these 2 Owl cards.  Everything here was in my stash and begged to be used.  

There are rubons and buttons, computer digi from Squigglefly (Happy Owl-Oween!), Queen & Co. self adhesive border and this darling Owl which has been in my collection for quite some time.

Now leave me a comment, become a follower of mine and tell me what you do for Halloween!

Come join us at Scrapbook Place and win prizes for blogging and swapping, as well as join in on all of our challenges.  We do it all at Scrapbook Place.


Here's your list:
(you are here) Linda 

Shannon  
Pat 
ScrapbookPlace blog

HAPPY FALL Y-ALL!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

What do you fear on Halloween?

SQUIGGLEFLY'S LITTLEST WITCH AND GHOST
Oh yeah, what does it take for you to 'scream'? For me it takes a spider or a mouse!  Can't stand either one.  Unfortunately where I live there a lot of each!  And it's not just on Halloween!
So poor little witch and ghost have their bags/hands full approaching the doorbell at this home.  Spiders, bats, probably a mouse inside the pumpking, what next?  But I'm sure they'll get lots of goodies and fun this Halloween.

This card is a 6x6 (as most of mine are these days) and I basically colored the digi with copics.  I received the digi from Squigglefly (which I won in the last challenge!) and then fussy cut it out.  Then I layered with CTMH papers I had on hand (various 6x6) and found some goodies in my HALLOWEEN stash! 

Come on over and join in this challenge!  It's fun and Halloween wilal soon be over with.  Come see what the other gals have done too.  Just click here!:

HOPE You Can Cling To Challenge

This week Joan's Gardens Weekly Challenge is supporting the Second Annual "Hope You Can Cling To" Challenges at SCS. We have chosen the "Fight Like A Girl" challenge that was posted October 11 for our challenge this week. Here is the info about this challenge ( HYCCT1111):
 
Create a card or project with some girlie embellishments; flowers, lace, glitter, bling, pearls, ribbons..... all things girlie! 

I decided I'd really fight like a girl with this card.  I support cancer awareness all the way; especially after being a 21 year survivor of uterine/ovarian cancer.  I salute the ladies surviving breast cancer - their strength is remarkable.

For my card, I free handed the cut out of a bra.  I actually saw a similar card in a 2009 magazine a friend gave me 2 days ago and wallah I was off and cutting and creating!  Lots of paper lace (also given to me from a friend and her faithful punches) AND LOTS of rhinestones and pearls.  Did you notice the double strand of pearls below the bow?  :)

Come join me either at Splitcoast Stampers or Joan's Gardens and create for a cause!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

CRANKY CREAKY WITCH

 Also entered in the awesome color challenge at Inspiration Journal.  Click here and enjoy!

CRANKY WITCH is a fun digi from Squigglefly!  She looks a bit cranky but I suspect she's more creaky than cranky, especially if she's like me trying to wean herself off meds that have kept pain away since the month of June.  She and I will have to go tricking together this year!

But anyhow, there's a wonderful challenge going on at Squigglefly this week.  SQUIGGLEFLY CHALLENGE #119 is very easy - YIPES STRIPES!  The challenge closes tomorrow evening so go check it out and upload a Squigglefly digi (there are freebies on the website) and be in the running for a cute prize!

And then if you want even another fun challenge using 4 colors, check out JUGS CHALLENGE.  I've entered Cranky there too!  :)

I used CTMH papers and misc. ribbon from my Halloween chest that I dive into yearly.  Copics for the coloring of Cranky and distressing around the edges with some milled lavender distress ink.

Let's see your Halloween cards!  :) 2 more weeks til the big spooky nite!  My great grandkids are going to have a ball this year!

Trick or Treat Bag Game

Scrapbook Place has a great contest going for the group members.  You need to choose a no. of items Melissa puts out for grabs (treats of kinds you would find at Halloween, and then later on she tells you what each item is actually worth in the terms of card making or scrapbooking.

I chose and got the following:
Raisins - Anything purple
Popcorn balls - 2 different patterned papers
Caramel apple - some heat embossed
Pennies - a colored image
Snickers - a tag

The papers are from Close To My Heart.  The image came from a friend - I do not have that stamp yet! - the ribbons and brads and tags I had in my Halloween Treat box that I go to year after year.  Can you guess what is heat embossed?

Enjoy getting your holiday cards together.  I am.  Linda

Monday, October 10, 2011

Bunches of Love

Hi there, Linda here.  I've been absent from my love of coloring for a few months, all due to a medical emergency.  I relied a lot on all my friends for many things during my absence.  Friendship is a wonderful thing; I hope you will take a moment and reflect on your friends.  I am so happy that Denise and the ladies have asked me to be a guest designer for the month of October and the perfect theme - FRIENDS.  How precious are all of our friends!
I have a gift to give a friend.  They are seeds from my very own Candy Tuft Iris.  It's such a tiny flower but it produces such large seeds for reproducing, I always give them away with my love and wish for a happy growing season.

I chose a wedge card to carry my gift to my friend.  The wedge card is so easily created with the use of your Ultimate Companion and accessories!  If you don't have one, check out the Crafter's Companion website for a wonderful opportunity to stretch your creativity.  Truthfully it's basically 6 folds and 2 holes punched. 

For my scalloped card on the front of my wedge card, I chose Bunches of Love from the POPCORN THE BEAR stampset collections.  However, I chose to dress it up a bit more with some really glitzy fall primas all dazzled with their very own glitter.  On the original stampset there are tulips, but since this is fall and my gift is that of a fall nature, I colored in the tulips darkly and used glue dots to fasten the flowers down over the tulips.  In this manner the tulips didn't show and it appears as if the petalled flowers were intended to be there.  I chose a beautiful fall sheer ribbon to tie my wedge card shut and added a tag (see the instructions provided you with your Ultimate Companion and boards).  I promise you they are super easy!

The image is colored with my copics which can also be purchased from Crafter's Companion.  It's truly a one stop shopping for me.

Til we meet again along the way, SMILE and be a friend.  Hugs, Linda