Monday, August 27, 2012


Squigglefly and Holley's Hobbyists 

The hot summer weather is giving away to a chill in the air these lovely evenings. At least the a/c gets a break, but unfortunately I'm not wishing for fall to hit quite so soon. But we were blessed with a long warm spring and summer, something that is a rarity in Wisconsin. So out come the fall/autumn cards. Below are 2 variances of the image called:

Artist of the image is Sandy Sommerfeld

If you click on Sandy's name (link above) you will be taken to other cute images she has in the Squigglefly shop!  I love to work with her images and I know you will too!

I have reversed the image - do you see that - and I've kept the same sketch pattern going making it super easy to create 2 cards right away.

Holley's Hobbyists at Squigglefly have thrown out a fun fall challenge for us all to try.  Read on:

As summer time is coming to an end, everyone is thinking about school time and fall is soon approaching so  I will give you a couple of choices-- choose embellishments that make me think of SCHOOL or FALL.  Think of Leaves, Scarecrows, Pumpkins, or Fall Colors, or go with School themes goodies.  It doesn't have to be a school or fall theme card, it just needs to use school or fall theme embellishments  somewhere on it to qualify.

Grab yourself an image at the Squigglefly store (click there) and come on over and play with us!

And I really do not want to say this, but:

Sunday, August 26, 2012


With a dog twist using a Squigglefly Cutie!

By Squigglefly
Image artist:  Lynne Stansbery
Today is NATIONAL DOG DAY......

According to Holiday Insights ...August 26th is National Dog Day.
It's an opportunity for us to recognize and appreciate the value and importance of dogs in our lives.
National Dog Day was created by the National Dog Day Foundation. President George W. Bush, a dog owner himself, sent a letter to the foundation in support of National Dog Day.

Do you have one of those lovable pooches?  We do and I can safely say he's my hubby's dog.  I'm still trying to become his personal friend but he totally worships my husband.  But that's ok, I like cats too and have a few of them to keep me busy!

The Outlawz challenge is  CLEAN AND SIMPLE - and that is one serious challenge for me. But upon reviewing the their DT's cards I got inspiration.  I really found it difficult to leave white space, then I found it difficult to offset my image and sentiment.  Like I said, OUT OF MY REALM!

But wallah, I love it and will now make more!

Come join us at Squigglefly's challenge - grab a free image if you wish, and join in on the present day challenge!


Wednesday, August 22, 2012


 I always loved school - it gave my life structure.  My parents passed when I was young and my days in school were what I could count on in a child's world.  I loved all my teachers and friends - especially loved the cold chocolate milk on Fridays!!!  Well those were my grade school days!

The above card is from Squigglefly and the image was originally drawn by Chesney Young and is called BACK TO SCHOOL

For the Outlawz challenge you need just enter one school based card for the Monday challenge and include some type of greeting!  I did 2 for this blog because they are being sent on to a couple special children in my life.
This particular card is called AT THE BUS STOP and was drawn by Lynne Stansbery.  The image is only $1.99 in the Squigglefly shop, so I suggest you check out everything available right now!  Tuck a cute card in the lunch buckets or backpacks!

The card will carry several bookmarks (at right) to help my great grandkids thru their bookwork.  Hope you like both cards.  They were both done with copics and the sentiments were computer generated by me.  Don't you just "feel for Mom standing there with her hands on the heads of the smallest!

Wow, what memories!   Follow the link for a lovely purchase!

Monday, August 20, 2012

A Technique - NEW or OLD


Oh wow, what would you do if someone just asked you to pick a technique - old or new - that you'd like to make a card of?  I thought long and hard on this one ... I love to start new projects so therein is my love for trying new techniques.  I have my favorites.  However, I have a penchant for bringing out the old and renewing them also.

I remember coming home from school one day and walking in the house to the smell of linseed oil and paints.  I found my mom in a back room painting away on a beautiful picture of the Lord in Gethsemane.  I remember now she acted a little embarrassed that she got caught not working!   She was funny - she didn't know that at the time she would inspire me.   When I married I dabbled a little bit - giving away my paintings to my mother in law and my sister.  I never sold anything - I just began dabbling with more ideas when my household work was done each day.

In high school, I remember my wonderful art teacher giving me lots of ideas in painting with oils/waters/tempera etc.  It was so relaxing for me - the best part of my school day in fact.  Thus upon Rhonda's Rowdy Rascals putting up the Technique challenge, my old love for painting rose to the occasion.  I chose to go back to good ole watercolor pencils.

I pulled my CTMH  pencils out with my water brush and dabbled away - enjoying it so much I did 4 images.  Above is the Squigglefly image DID YOU SAY FACELIFT by LYNNE STANSBERY. 

The interior of the card is shown below, just so you know this is still a family oriented blog.  :)  This set of sentiments is also available in the AFTER DARK side of sentiments of Squigglefly at: A WOMAN CAN BE SATISFIED by Marlene S. 
Click on the author's name to see more available digis by them.

Interior of card
Get your tools out; try a new technique or revive and old love of a technique, come on over to Squigglefly and join me with a card. Remember there are lots of freebies on the Squigglefly website - because to increase your digi collection, you must use one of the Squigglefly digis.

And here's a great deal for you!!!!! You sign up for the rewards by clicking on "my Squigglefly" on the home page. Once you're signed up it keeps track of what you spend. Everytime you spend $15..00 you get credit for a free digi. You can use the credits anytime you want - let them build up or use them right away! If you've already purchased several dollars worth of digis and you're just now finding out about rewards, you can write Squigglefly and let them know and they will give you credit for the money you've spent during the current month. Now, that's a real deal!

SALS - goes to the Olympics

I have been enjoying the Olympics being televised for us.  I hate to see it all come to an end.  But these heroes of our countries will go on to compete further and further.  Some are retiring (sadly) like Misty Mae Treanor - I know Kerri Walsh Jennings will miss her partner but Misty reassures everyone she will be at the meets.  So here's to looking for both ladies in the next Olympics.

Meanwhile, we have tiny Gabby Douglas - wow, that lady can really double wow an audience!  She will return with that huge smile to take more Gold in 2016!

As you all know by now, I'm a guest designer at Seems a Little Sketchy and my final sketch I was required to use is shown here.  This was a fun sketch to use as they are all fun and easy at SALS!

The sponsor this week is MY GRAFFICO and you will love their images!  Just click and check them out (after finishing my post)!  ;)

Of all the woodland critters I was given to use, I chose the porcupine.  I decided to use a cute porcupine joke and to make a couple more porcupines as if Mom has little ones playing in the Volleyball game with her.

I pop dotted the volleyball over the top of the bee that was originally there.  The Spike die cut is also popped out.  I felt the yellow paper lace could perhaps double as the volleyball net.  Well maybe?  I hope you enjoy and I hope you come and play with all of us at Seems a Little Sketchy!'

SO..."What does a porcupine like to do when playing Volleyball?   SPIKE, OF COURSE!"

Sunday, August 19, 2012


This calm, peaceful scene is a free image from Anne Fenton on Outlawz in the Creative Freebie challenge~!

I used copics and glitter glue basically - I used to love to fish.  Brought back many memories! 

Come on over to Outlawz and join in the Freebie challenge as soon as you can.


 How much fun to linger at the sea shore and pick up beautiful shells.  This little gal comes from Squigglefly's shop and the stamp set of 2 is called Buried Treasure. Lynne Stansbery is the image artist - I'm an avid collector of her images.

I'm entering this easel card in the Copic/Promarker Challenge at Outlawz site - the twist this time is water related!  Yes, those are real sea shells I've picked up in the past.  The tiny bottle of sand is real sand from our son's tour of duty in Desert Storm! 

I chose to use copics on the entire card to fit the challenge. I found some specialty paper I had reserved for a special occasion - it is very gold with black flecks thru it. I hope you can see it!  I painted some photo corners gold that I had sitting in my stash and I added some lovely sparkle white glitter to the tops of the waves.

The sentiment comes with the lovely digi set - feel free to come on over to Squigglefly and look around.  Then perhaps join us in our weekly challenge on the blog.  Just click the links to travel around.

Monday, August 13, 2012

HH SFC3212 - A THREE LAYER DIP 8/13/12

Holley's Hobbyists are welcoming all of us to their challenge this week. It's all about layering, and I chose this opportunity to add 4 Christmas cards to my stash!

First of all, here is the challenge: "Three Layers--have at least three layers shown on your card somewhere.... they don't have to be full layers everywhere, just layers in different places. For example, layer your image, layer your saying, layer your background....think about layering in places on your card."
My cards all are 6x6 in this case and the card is entirely done inside as well!  I didn't have to use my copics, simply printed my santa images in varying inks.  My old printer broke down last week and I really like the new one - cost me all of $39 (it was really reduced!).  So I can again do some images in color rather than actually coloring them! 
 I chose the wonderful image, SANTA TOPPER by Siobhan Harrison; which is located in the Squigglefly store.  There are several Santas in this collection.  You are going to find one you will love.  Just click on the link and you'll pop right on over.
I did some layering...and some stash robbing, some hot gluing and some stringing the red/white/green...
I used a couple different sketches from groups where I like to get my inspiration...
And the sentiment is computer generated.  I hope you like my cards, and I hope I've inspired you to start at least a couple of your Christmas cards early.

Come on over to the Squigglefly Blogspot and join in with a card of your own!  There are a lot of freebies to use, so that you have a shot at building your own digi library!  Just click here for checking out all the new digis at Squigglefly!

Monday, August 6, 2012

SFC3112 RRR - Black/White/Grey

 I do believe I love a  great challenge.  Rhonda's Rowdy Rascals at Squigglefly have done it again, with a great challenge.  Just use black/white/grey - no other colors...........just use your imagination and run away with it!
 This worked so well for me.  My son in law's daughter is having a baby girl - her name is Elle.  Katie is one of these lovely ladies who can wear any color and she must have a predominantly black/white wardrobe, of which she looks outstanding in anytime - even with that little baby pouch right now.
This A2 card is a true easel card.  The background of the card front is a brocaded black bg - I did some fussy cutting and some layering with my various greys and black and white.  I had this "wowzer" striped stash of curvy black and white cs so why not really step out of my comfort zone there!

And I did, and I love it.
The images used are as follows:

Diana Garrison - Whimsical Dragonfly border (I clipped it and mounted on black brocade cs)
The baby theme is an entire set by Fawn Palmer and called Happy Baby.
Various pearls and handmade flowers bring it all together with me even touching one copic marker!  

Never thought I'd see the day I didn't need a copic for a beautiful card!

Check out this challenge at and enter a black/white/grey card using one of the Squigglefly images.  There are many freebies - but use a Squigglefly image to qualify for the challenge.

And good luck, cya there!


Oh come and play with me at SEEMS A LITTLE SKETCHY! They have the most fantastic and easiest challenge going on and all you need do is follow a sketch! Here is the sketch! 

I've been invited to be a Guest Design Team member for the month of August!  Wow, what an honor.  And for my contribution, I thought I'd try Rupert Surfing and give him sort of a WOW factor with a neat 6x6 easel card.

I chose this little fun sentiment:
You have to slay a few dragons to get to the princess!

All coloring is with copics and THoltz distress inks for edging.  The paper lace is from my friend Pammie - I am stocking up on it in many colors.  I dearly love it!  The flower is handmade also but from another friend Shannon.

What do you think, do you like Rupert?  I hope he finds a beach to surf from before the great and royal knights find him!  :)

Sunday, August 5, 2012


Over at the Outlawz blogsite there is a great challenge going on called the Creative Freebie Challenge.  I was given 2 freebie cutie images to make at least one card out of and post it back to the group.  Having done that, I will be given a new image for the next challenge.

The 2 images were a beautiful rustic fence entwined with ivy and flowers and this darling little girl with a hose - probably up to no good!  So I decided to combine both images on an easel card - and in fact, I made 2 cards, which you can see below.

Here are my results!
 Now remember that these are easel cards - they stand on their own base.  Their size is the typical A2.  They fit the regular card A2 envelope also.

My coloring is with copics.  The background cloud paper is from Close to My heart!

 I found these sentiments at Ginger's House - click there and enjoy your search!
 Flowers and ribbons and rock patterned paper are from my stash.  The little girl is pop dotted with the hose to appear standing in front of the fence line!

Many multiple layers brought the whole piece to fruition for me.
I hope you enjoy looking around at the Outlawz and also over at  Ginger's House!