Wednesday, February 29, 2012



Leap Day happens only once every four years, so we wanted to make it even more special with a BLOG HOP here at Your Scrapbook Place. The theme is chocolate, and we have plenty of sweet offerings. And what's a Blog Hop without some Blog Candy!! 

OH YUMMMMMMM!   So here are my takes on chocolate creativity without actually eating it!  I do love deep dark chocolate tho!

The following card images is called:  MAKING A POINT by image artist Lynne Stansbery.
My card is a 6x6 mounted several times and colored with copics.  I drooled a beautiful line of chocolate from the pointer finger and layered a K&Co. bunch of daisies I had in my flower box.  It will be a great thank you or Easter card.

Do you love Peeps at Easter Time?  I do.  The image below reminded me of chocolate covered peeps which I haven't seen yet.  The card is an A2 card and image is Mr. Wool by image artist Sandy Sommerfeld
The fence is I believe a Magnolia image but in this instance Mr. Wool is hopping over the fence as he is delighted to be a chocolate PEEP SHEEP for someone's Easter basket!

 Everyone who becomes a Follower of Your Scrapbook Place Blog, and leaves a comment at every stop on the hop, gets their name in a random drawing for a sweet prize. If you've come from OUR SCRAPBOOK PLACE's Blog, you're on the right track. If not, you might want to start OVER so you don't miss out on any fun. Next on the hop is KARISSA!

Leave me some love and get in the drawing for some sweet prizes!  SCRAPBOOK PLACE members - please mention you're a member here for the bonus giveaway just for you!

Karissa   IS NEXT!
Pat M
Back to Scrapbook Place Blog to complete your hop!

The HOP goes until Friday night, so you'll have plenty of time to eat up all the inspirational projects along the way and leave some love.  Thanks for hopping with us again, and remember, keep crafting!!

Monday, February 27, 2012


 From your local Squigglefly Shop and Friends!
 Challenge SFC0812 Spring is in the Air--what does Spring mean to you? Flowers Blooming? Children Playing? Gardening? Easter? Spring Break? St Patricks Day? just playing outside? how about finally packing up those Christmas decorations? Show me some bright and beautiful springtime cheer. Extra task-must use some ribbon somewhere!
I thoroughly enjoyed doing this sweet leprechaun in his spring colors!  I glazed the bit of beer spilling from his stein with Ranger gloss.  Did some layering with pretty backgrounds and solids and mounted our little leprechaun on a die cut given to me by a friend.  I have only a few and enjoy getting a few from others to see what is out there.
The whole card is a 6x6 with a side fold - inside will be a beautiful Blessing and will grace my daughter's desk at work.
Happy Spring to you - come join our challenge.  It's easy, pick a stamp from Squigglefly (free or purchased) create your thoughts of spring and let us see!!!

May you always have
walls for the winds,
a roof for the rain,
tea beside the fire,
laughter to cheer you,
those you love near you,
and all your heart might desire!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


New release 02/18/12 - Squigglefly
Betsy LePlatt - image artist

Here's a card I made for the Squigglefly Challenge this week. The theme for this week is "Use Yellow Anywhere on Your Card".  WOW, that is so easy - who doesn't love a great sunny card picking up everyone's day!  Rhonda's Rowdy Rascals Design Team members are showing off their talent.  Now it's your turn to pick an image from the store or from the Freebie Store, finish it off with a bit of beautiful sunny yellow in it, and enter it in this week's contest for some FREE IMAGES!!!  Your choice of images............can't beat that!

My card is a 6x6 (mounted on YELLOW!), and I colored the Birds of Peace (Mourning Doves) by reviewing a bird book.  Birding is my favorite pasttime!  We do have a lot of Birds of Peace on our property come early spring thru the fall but then they leave for a warmer climate.  You'll notice the ice covered branches in the foreground - I used a Ranger gloss over the branch to bring out that cold shine of an early spring day!  Even the clouds remind me of our early spring we are about to have.

While I liked the CAS effect, I do think I probably should have used a bit of ribbon atop the heart.  Well that can always be added, right?  As it was I was happy to find back my cloud stencil!!! 

So sunny up your day and join us in Rhonda's Sunny Challenge! 

Monday, February 20, 2012


Chi Strength - artist Fawn Palmer
It's all about yellow!

Rhonda's Squigglefly challenge this week is all about yellow - just create a card with yellow.  She did not say it had to be cadmium yellow, lightning yellow, yellow or whatever.  Any shade qualifies.  There are so many shades of yellow - so out comes my 6x6 patterned paper I have stashed in waiting.  I punched a nestie, cut up some ribbons and brought out the trusty beautiful black bling!  I LOVE BLING!  

My flower is a fabric net flower - easily created with a pearl added.  There is a quilled gold colored flower on the right of the foot of the easel.  These are easily created on your cuttlebugs using the long spacer plates.  I stepped up the foot of the easel so that even the newest card maker who receives it will understand how to display it.  The key is a die of many I've collected!

Need some help with easel cards?  I found a wonderful tut that once you do it you probably won't ever need to refer to it again.  It's clean, simple and beautiful.  Just click here to see the Video!
Meanwhile, stay strong - enjoy life!

Sunday, February 19, 2012


On Valentine's morning my 14 yo Himmie woke me up meowing at 5:30.  I had no idea what his problem was but we rocked and he went back to sleep.  He's a rescue babe that has totally adopted ME!  I love that cat as much as my other 2.  But when I walked out into the family room at 5:30 the pics above are what I found hanging from the ceiling and above the puzzle table we are working on - 1000 pieces no less!

My hubbie had made them all in his shop and then gotten up secretively at 2:30 and hung them all!  Apparently Lord Chumley expected to be fed if anyone was wandering around at 2:30.  And finding that it just didn't happen, "well I'll go to Mom and she'll make it happen!"

It was a wonderful Valentine's Day this year.  I  walked slowly thru the day with a migraine type headache (a reaction to another med I was on.) and just enjoyed my hubbie's attention and company!

Life is good!

Saturday, February 18, 2012


This weekend, take a moment to read about a great little child going thru a lot of pain.  We are all sending cards to surprise him, so catch Ginger's blog, send a card to Sebastian, and just know:

You can download this and more word art by clicking here......GINGER'S HOUSE!
Squigglefly's DOXIE says it right, "I am short on legs (as all of us are) but we are all long on love!"

Friday, February 17, 2012


Chi Strength - artist Fawn Palmer

I really loved this image - it's so CAS (clean and simple) comes to you filled in or choose and print in the color you wish also.   I chose to have my image open so I could color everything in - even the yellow background.

I took several classes in Tai Chi and enjoyed them so much.  So grabbing this image was very appropriate for me.  Brought me a little calmness and joy.

I also chose to create an easel card out of it, also building up the lower frame so even the "newest to easel card recipients" would know what to do when they receive it.

The flower is handmade, the butterfly is a punch folded and attached with hot glue.  Even the key is a punch.  Fortunately I have a lot of stash yet to draw from - this year is my year to destash however!

What do you think - do you see strength in the card? 

Monday, February 13, 2012

It's All About Heart - SFC 0612

Today begins Holley's Hobbyists challenge of Have a Heart - very easy rules, here you go:

Have a Heart. Give me a heart, a heart shaped card, a card with a heart embellishment, a card with a "heart" saying, or heart in the image....doesn't have to be Valentine's day theme, as long as it has some real heart to it

I chose to use my 2nd image I had printed of Wild Goose Antiques by Diane Knott (I love her work).  After coloring with copics, I first coated the sign with a clear cracked matte finish and allowed it to dry.  I decided after that to distress it even further with the Photo Distress Ink and then a 2nd mounting and we're ready for the card.

I chose a card I had partially made up.  I have a box of extra fronts I won't use for much else, and they become very accessible at times for quick cards and note cards and such.

I also used a lovely red/white wreath from my friend Pammie - I dearly love this punch and need to get me one!  I added a few gems and ribbon and wallah, we have a 4.25x5.5 card ready to send for almost any occasion.

So join in by grabbing yourself a digi from the Squigglefly shop or a freebie also available at the shop, and perhaps win yourself a wonderful digi or digi set!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Pug Gift - SFC0512 Birthday Greetings

Pug Gift - artist Eszter Csokas
Squigglefly Shop - Blog Challenge SFC0512
My take on printing the pugs in reverse gave me an opportunity to do a landscape and a portrait card.  Some gold leafing, die cutting and distress ink rubs brought my cards together.  I loved coloring my pugs - my landlord had one many years ago and he was smart as a whip!  This little pup is about to enjoy his birthday gift............and one of my grandchildren (1 boy and 1 girl) will enjoy their own special card, don't you think?

Today I have a lot of trouble seeing without seeing double, am still waiting for my eyeballs to return to normal.  My ophthalmologist had given me a prescription with sulfa in it which I was allergic to and by the way everyone stared at me when I walked in to his office, I looked like a real goon.  Now we wait for the swelling to go down.  Stuff only happens to me, I feel!  Have a great weekend!

Keep your eyes open here for work by Linda Birkinshaw and Matthew Finger!  Awesome artists!

Friday, February 10, 2012

A Cape Cod Birthday - SFC0512

Diane Knott is a new artist with Squigglefly on Feb. 11.  I love her rendition of a Canadian Goose on a wooden sign.  Gave me the perfect option for yet another birthday card.

This card took a bit of thinking on my part - duh!  Sometimes I get a total brain freeze and I swear no one else has these!  LOL!  I used the bella rose lattice from Heartfelt Creations to add the perfect touch to Diane's lovely Cape Cod sign.  Can't you just see it hanging on the porch of a seaside store swinging in the sea breeze.  I can even smell the sea!  Beautiful!  And it will be a beautiful birthday card for a lovely friend this month. 

Copics of course for coloring - sometime I just have to stretch and use my cray pas again!  I did do some fussy cutting to make the roses come out in front and the extra set of leaves in the upper left corner.  It's basically an A2 card.  

Today is my youngest babe's birthday - 43!  I can't believe it!  But she is an awesome gal - always on the go and always doing for others...especially children in her care as she's an RN 4 KIDS!!!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Happy Birthday Queen Bee - SFC0512

My queen bee is buzzing around the yard collecting honey for her birthday cake!  We have a number of birthdays this month, and one lands the day before Valentine's Day.  So how perfect - the Queen Bee can lighten some one's day very soon now.

This card is a 6x6; colored with copics and a bit of Glitter and Liquid Glass to spice things up.   Funny thing about her nose, I wasn't sure how to treat it.  Then I figured why couldn't she just be wearing a mask to help against her allergy to bee pollen!  And then I raided my valentine stash and found a lovely ribbon and metal heart slide I hadn't used, and it all came together quickly.  The paper and ants and grass are all out of my barbecue folder, but who would've known?

This digi is an awesome one to purchase from Squigglefly, make yourself up a birthday tag or card and enter it in this week's challenge!  Perhaps win yourself another digi!  WOO HOO!!!!!!!  BZZZZZZZZZZ!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Huggable Nikko

I had been looking for some time now for a good digi of a Teddy Bear pooch! I really thought I had searched everywhere until I found a link.   Alas, I found one at Ink Lined.

The digi left plenty of room to swing any color or shade any direction one would wish.  Total fun.

One of my girl friends has a Shih Tzu who is very light colored, and I thought I'd surprise her with a few digis of Riley.  So with Nikko being my companion (or alas my hubbie's companion) and Riley also being a shih tzu, I found a reason and enjoyed purchasing a digi from across the pond.  I'll be making up some note cards and various thank you cards with my pooch's face on the front!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Birthday Wishes - SFC0512

It's time to get out your crafting supplies, grab a Squigglefly image (there are freebies but all are so inexpensive), and create some birthday cards for this week's challenge.  The challenge expires Sunday evening, and I'm sure you can always use birthday cards, so see you there!

4.25x5.5 in size
Double layered with MS corner punch
Glitter glue used on dandelion seeds and word Wish
Silk Ribbon
Interior is designed similar with Birthday sentiment

Monday, February 6, 2012

SFC0512 - A Tidy One Holer Birthday Card

Birthday cards are the challenge for this week. Any card/project to do with Birthdays.
A great deal of tongue in cheek fun is meant for the wishes this birthday card carries!  I have a cousin who will just screech when she receives this!  A fun gal anyway!  The image was launched the weekend of Jan. 28 and is "A Tidy One Holer" by Lynne Stansbery.  

I chose to keep the size of the card to 4.25x5.5 and even though my handpainted sunflower in the left corner is pop dotted, it will not go out of the postage rules and cost me $ to send.  Everything is in copics as usual, I hope you like my choice of colors and the fun intended with this card!

BTW, if you haven't checked out Charlene's tutorial in PDF format on working with images, please take a minute to do it.  Just click here:  You can actually print out the pages so you can follow more slowly, but I found it very easy to work from my screen.

Have a happy one!!

Cup of Tea Please? - SFC 0512

A cup of tea and a beautiful cup of flowers - all lend themselves to a birthday card per our Challenge at Squigglefly Blog - SFC0512.

I love a cup of hot tea - steeped to perfection!  I love the flavored teas as well as the blacks and greens.  But no tea cup is more beautiful than this tea cup filled with roses as illustrated by Marla Shega!  And so ultra easy to color and display on my eldest daughter's birthday card.  She's a real vintage type gal - a bit too young to have lived in that era (she's only 47!!!) - but somehow her life just blossoms in vintage style.  So I know this cup of roses will be adored.....perhaps accompanied by some real ones! 

I pieced 2 sections of papers to get my 6x6 front and then colored some paper lace with a copic pen to get the shade I needed.  Yeah, did you know it's so much easier than having real lace on hand?  My ribbon is not that orange in real life - I'm afraid the flash on my camera just popped the color a bit too much.  But we'll live with it.

Come join us this week in the birthday challenge at Squigglefly's Blog Site - the theme is birthday, just make a birthday card, as I have above!  And oh yes, I forgot to photo the inside, it's Victorian too!

Sunday, February 5, 2012


Your friendly Squigglefly Shop

Did you have a favorite top as you grew thru childhood that you had to fight to get back from your brothers?  I did!  I remember it so vividly.  It was RED and YELLOW!  

And I saw to it that my girls had one or 2 or 3 also!  It's part of life!  If you can master a top, you can master your life!  I promise.

I really wanted to do something simple with this card (4.25X5.5) so I limited myself to elements.  I wanted the spinning tops and the off balance nestie behind the tops to kind of give us the motion of the tops spinning.  I had thought about buttons and all that, but nope.  The top is such a simple toy - every child should have one - and now every valentine giver should consider making a valentine with a top on it!  What do you think?

Saturday, February 4, 2012

You're a Real Firecracker!

The information on the Digi Set above said I could make at least 5 cards from the 8 digis included in the one set for a very nominal price - well would you believe I've made at least 15.  With digis, there are so many ways to go - I'm about ready to sell all my mounted stamps!

Tonite as I strive to finish off my valentine cards for the great grandkids, the grandkids and yes, a few kids yet - I decided to blindly pull some papers together.  The purple and red were actually my selections - the yellow came in for an accent.  

I distressed the edge of the nestie with Worn Lipstick by TH Distress Inks.  The sentiment came with the set and is just perfect!  I love bling, can you tell?  I want more and more - and use more and more!

I hope your Valentine date is a real firecracker!  Come on over to Scrapbook Place and join us in card making, scrapbook layouts, and just plain altering projects!  The link is on the right hand site of this page. 

Friday, February 3, 2012


Aren't these cute little rascals pretty foxxy at getting your attention with a swirl of that tail and those beautiful eyes.  This image is coming out this weekend at Squigglefly and is by artist Daphne van der Zanden and we certainly welcome her talent to Squigglefly.  I especially love to color nature and more realistic - not quite the go to girl for cutesy stuff but I'm learning to let go and try it a bit.  So I really love her art work.

The "You are my Sunshine" is a lovely sentiment image by Jess Holland that goes a long ways for only $.99 at Squigglefly.  

What made this image fun to make into cards is the fact that we have a family of fox on our land and we get to watch them come and go feeding their young in the spring and cleaning out their burrows and just teasing the dog.  They are beautiful animals - so graceful - but alas, so dangerous too.  No one ventures too close.  I guess the closest we came was between the mama and one of her babies one day when we were walking the trail in our woods.  We quickly moved out of the area when we realized what was up.  But what really was funny was the day we found 20 dead mice and 3 dead red winged blackbirds in the entrance of the burrow.  Mom apparently had her young and pop was bringing in the "mouse and feather" bacon!  :)

Thursday, February 2, 2012


In the Wonderful Squigglefly Shop

I thought I'd do a few valentine cards as well as birthday cards with BUBBA FISH!  And the challenge this week at Squigglefly Blog is "Seeing Red"

Bubba Fish will come to you as both a left and right image in 8x10 and you can resize it from there in either left or right.  The actual fish will not have the lines I put on, that will be up to you.  I have a bit of luv with salt water fish so decided Bubba would be somewhat similar to Nemo's ancestors!  

I was having a bit of difficulty with my miniature display booth for photographing my cards, so my 6x6 looks like it's a leanin' a bit.  Sorry bout that.  The bubbles all are liquid glassed; the image is cut with my fun nesties; and the colors are all copics of course.  A few items from my red/pink heart stash box (actually a large clam shell) and some paper with an appropriate sea life background and wallah, I'm one step closer to enuf Valentine cards!

How are you coming with your Valentine's cards.........hopefully you aren't one of those who buys your valentines!!  ;)


Grinning Retriever by Artist Chesney Young
Image being launched February 4, 2012

I thought I'd give you a sneak peek at a really funny grinning retriever coming out at  Squigglefly's shop this weekend!  Now if you have ever had any contact with a retriever you will know they are a super devoted single master canine!  However, never have I seen one with a full new set of dentures as this one has!  I well imagined he was dreaming about it raining bones - such as the sentiment says.

The card is a 6x6 with layers of various pp from my stash.  I did overlay a vellum sheet with gold lace on it.  Then I cut the heart and embossed it from my Spellbinders.  The caption is computer generated from a collection I had kept for years.  However, I had NO bones.  I had given the last of my puppy/dog items to my daughter for her scrapbook.  So out comes the Shrink Film and hubbie and I decided we would try our hand at making our own bones.

this card has a lot of grin in it!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


A new digi image coming out at Squigglefly this weekend, is this fun gal holding her own share of the sun!  I did a triple layer of blues/browns and really made that sun look hot with lots of copic blending! The "You Are My Sunshine" sentiment comes with the set - makes it a great deal to print over and over and change the sentiment and combine images for lots of fun with your cards.

Come on over to Squigglefly and check out all the new images.   While there, grab yourself a free image to try us out, and create something red to join in the blog challenge at Squigglefly's Blog!  Click on the links to get there.  Come back and visit me tomorrow as more images are released!

Sure wish we had all that sunshine!  What will Jimmy the Groundhog (the Sun Prairie WI groundhog) see tomorrow?