Sunday, September 30, 2012

NEW BLOG AT SBP - And it's October!

The first day of fall came and went this year with a real cold snap in our area of Wisconsin.  A true freeze but at least we successfully covered some of the late vegetable plants (broccoli, more lettuce, finishing of tomatoes, finishing of squash) and my lovely roses!  What a weird year tho.

But I love the colors of fall, the smell of the leaves passing into a new generation, and the welcome back of the birds that have been feeding away on the thistles and other seeds not found in my bird feeder.  I even saw a green goldfinch this afternoon - seemed very apprehensive so I suspicion a newbie to this world and soon to turn yellow and black.  I quickly went and filled the finch feeders as well.  But he was so adept at splitting sunflower seeds I was surprised and stood and watched for quite awhile.

Below is a sketch given to us at Scrapbook Place to prepare an October themed card.  What do you think?  Did I do it well - it was fun anyhow.  If you get time hop on over to the Scrapbook Place blog and check out other cards and projects!  
And have fun this fall!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


A different treatment for a corner on a card.............
When things don't go as planned, it makes a really good story!

I honestly don't remember where I found that cute sentiment but it sure went well with what I thought these 2 little boys could've been thinking or talking about!  Doesn't it just show on their faces!?!

This image was created by Lynn Stansbery and is called "UP TO NO GOOD" and can be found at Squigglefly's shop.  Just click the link and be taken right to it.   What do I love about digi images?  As Squigglefly says on their website, this sums it up for me!
  • Print them as many times as you want!
  • Image prints crisp and clean - every time, at every size
  • You can scale Squigglefly images to be any size you need!
I used my copics on everything along with some cute star buttons that seemed very boyish!  I saw a card made similar to this one day this past week, and thought I'd try it with the trimming of one corner on each layer.  I like it!

Well come on over to Squigglefly's Challenge Blog on October 5, we have a great surprise, and yes, I'm going to be part of a great one day blog.  There will be great prizes so don't forget to hop at every link and leave a comment, become a follower - and best of luck to you in your winnings!


At Scrapbook Place we have tons of fun all the time!   Some of us are a group of card makers, so we always enjoy a good challenge.  And what's best is that YOU can participate in our challenges, even if you don't join our yahoo group.

Pammie (our leader) gave us the following sketch and theme:

I chose an image from the Squigglefly store and gave the sketch just a slight twist.  Actually I feel it turned out really well.  I used my copics for coloring of course and various dp I have on hand.

I try to keep my holiday stash in separate labelled tins making it easy to retrieve items from awhile back.  Exactly what I did here.  Hope you like!

Come on over to Squigglefly's blogspot and join in our challenge.  And then come on over to YOUR SCRAPBOOK PLACE and join in that challenge, using the same image - preferable a Squigglefly.  :)

Monday, September 24, 2012

THINGS THAT GO BUMP ... and all that fun stuff!

From ghoulies and ghosties
And long-legged beasties
And things that go bump
in the night
Good Lord, deliver us! 

–Traditional Scottish Prayer


Marla Shega - Image Artist

This little kitty WITH HIS BOO TIE! on a pumpkin is just the perfect card for all of your Halloween trick or treating children.  Done on a 6x6 card with multi layers and ribbons and dew drops, she reminds us October is fast approaching.

I am entering this card in the Squigglefly challenge for Sept. 24 - SFC3812 and this week Holley's Hobbyists are leading us in a CORNER challenge.  Here is what she says:

Go to the Corner!  Ever get told that by your teacher?  Well I am telling you now because that is the challenge this week!  Let's see a wonderful card and top it off some fun decor in the corner. A die cut, embellishment, punch? 

Come join us at Squigglefly; grab a freebie image or any image by one of the newest artists; have some fun and join the contest for a chance to win a stampset!  You MUST use a Squigglefly image to be considered.

SOMETHING NEW is coming to Squigglefly!  There will be a  SNEEK PEEK on October 5 and we'll have an awesome 1 day blog hop with terrific prizes!  The first stop of the hop will be the Squigglefly Challenge, so mark your calendars, set your alarms, and join us on Oct. 5 - especially!

Friday, September 21, 2012

ANOTHER GREAT WEDDING CARD - with a bit of humor!

My Tying the Knot (digi from

My daughter needed an extra wedding card for her aunt......and I quickly found this really darling Elephant on Squigglefly.  We wanted a bit of humor - so check out that trunk tied in a knot!  And yes he has been manicured!  Maybe that's the reason for the red eyes - a long nite of preparation!

I also had a spare card and matching envelope in my stash and found an awesome presentation with it.  Check out the interior - this sentiment comes with the digi set.

Interior of card with lower flap which connects with outside of card.

So step on over to Squigglefly and grab an image.  There is always a challenge going on at Squigglefly's blogspot.  Click on the link, grab a free image and join the challenge!

Monday, September 17, 2012


What awesome weather we are having - it's fall for sure - and as sure as I sit here typing, it will be time for Trick or Treating. Now I do not like to have children out alone in the dark, don't get me wrong, but there are other ways to help the children celebrate. I always love to send a card to all of my grandchildren, however now with 10 that is getting to be a bit ridiculous!, so I try to focus on the four great grandchildren who are of a really sweet age. They love cards all year long; they love treats and they love surprises!

I chose this image to participate in RRR-SFC3712-Halloween  Challenge at Squigglefly; and below is the interior card.  The entire card is a 6x6 with beautiful black Bazzill cs for a backing.  The dp was given to me by a sweet friend in Martinsville IL.

All coloring on the front page was done with Copic markers.  I love to pop dot my images so I chose to pop dot the corner leaves as well.  I hope you are thinking ahead and making a few goodies for the kids on your block!

I would love to have you come enter an image into the Squigglefly challenge; but please PLEASE use one of their images.  Otherwise your entry is not counted at all.  There are freebies here but all images are so cute and so reasonable, there is no excuse.

Happy September!


Oh there are so many cute Sassy's at Sassy Studio Design, you are going to want them all!  I did.....from holidays to country reps and  our wonderful brides!  My granddaughter prepares to be married in October and is probably going thru all the stress this lovely bride is also.  But that wonderful beautiful day won't last long enough; Oh i can't wait to sit in the seats and cry!!!  LOL!

This 6x6 card was created with the following sketch in mind.  While the same sketch can be used numerous ways, of course my head is swimming with more ideas for more cards now!  I used copics and glitter pens and glitter glues to make her really rich and sparkly!  Multi-layering according to the sketch and a few antique buttons complete the ensemble!

This card would make a wonderful followup note to the wedding celebration.  Be sure to check at Sassy Studio Design and also Seems a Little Sketchy and put a little fun back into your day!

Saturday, September 15, 2012


 Click on the link and read all about Inger and her beautiful work.  
Sign up for the blog candy giveaway!
On Tuesday of this week, she celebrated her launch of coordinating paper and stamps and lots of creativity with a huge candy giveaway.

(from Inger's blog post): ♥
The major Giveaway contains:
The Surprises which are the following sheets:
*My first christmas Collection of 12 sheets printed on white cardstock*
*My second Christmas/Winter Collection of 9 sheets printed on white cardstock*
*1 pack of 2 large Flowers white*1 pack of large Flowers cream*
*1 large Flower cream*1 pack of 6 Flowers cream* 
* 1 pack of  24 Roses* 1 pack of 2 large red Flowers*
*1 pack of 10 red Flowers*1 pack of 6 blue Flowers*10 blue Flowers*
*1 pack of 6 beige/brown Flowers* 2 fabric Flowers*
*1 pack of 4 lace Ribbons* 1 Ribbon cream/brown*1 Ribbon red/white*
*1 Ribbon blue/white*3 packs of Charms*1 pack of Buttons*
*1 Frame white resin*1 pack of white resin Corners*
*1 mini Album*4 paper Bags*
No.1 Winner gets the major Giveaway on the picture!
No.2 Winner gets the Christmas collection of 12 sheets
printed on white cardstock
No.3 Winner gets the Christmas/Winter collection of 9 sheets
printed on white cardstock
No.4 Winner gets 2 printed sheets of my digi stamps designed
for Squigglefly
No.5 Winner gets this Card made by Inger (below)

Monday, September 10, 2012


Holley Hobbyists -- SFC3612 Polka dots

There is always a wonderful challenge at Squigglefly's blog!  Today I've entered Pumpkins and Apples which was created by Lynne Stansbery!  Her images are so realistic I love working with them.

Holley's instructions are:  Show me some Polka dots somewhere on your card, be it on the cardstock, somewhere in your image, or on some embellishments.

This is an A2 landscape card - coloring was done with copics and would you believe I used autumn papers from 2 years ago that didn't quite get used up last year!  Now that is being thrifty!  My polka dots are on the bg paper and the ribbon.

And I'm sure you can do it too.  Come on over to the Squigglefly shop (click) grab a new release or one of the awesome freebies and join the challenge!  Remember, you MUST use a Squigglefly image to qualify.

Happy Fall y'all!

Change of Pace - Getting ready for THAT DAY!

We are all getting excited as THE DAY comes closer.  This group of photos was taken earlier this summer when my granddaughter was selecting her weddding gown.  The lady in yellow is actually holding it together for Ryn because Ryn wears a SIZE 2 and they didn't have it that small.  So I can't wait to see the finished project.  (and no I was never that small)

And I was excited today to get a chance to do some layouts rather than cards for Seems a Little Sketchy!  Jenn polled all DT members to see who would be able to do Scrapbook layouts and I decided since I am so far behind, I needed to schedule the time.  And it took a prodding from Jenn for me to get it done and wallah the first page was done within 2 hours!

SALS provided the sketch below and my granddaughter's wedding colors are very fallish - including a beautiful circus rose color for her roses!  Her bridesmaids will be awesome in various colors and Mom already has her dress as well. 
We are going into the last 30 days now - and I hope my layout will complement the feel of the actual wedding day!

BTW, if you are looking for a handmade card at a relatively inexpensive price, please check out my new ETSY store.  I've never done this before, so I hope it is a success, but at least I'm trying something new.  Just click and enjoy: and yes, I will do custom orders anytime.

Have a super scrapping week!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Last Week's Storm

How awesome is this photo of the edge of a tornado that passed northwest of us!  It was classified as an F2 and it literally took out a whole farm in the area of Patch Grove.   This photo was taken from our front yard.

It was difficult getting good shots with my small Kodak but I do remember looking in that sky and wondering who was going to get hit.

 If you can see the lobes hanging from the clouds, these are swirling wind clouds.  We were very fortunate to get 1/2 inch of rain out of it and very little wind.

And as sunset waned the clouds darkened.   My husband and I had to take a ride on the bikes to the highest point to check it all out.  That is where I got this photo.

When the lightning started we headed home FASSSSSSSSSSSSSSST!

Thought you'd enjoy - but I hope you are not one in the path of the severe storms out East OR ANYWHERE in our lovely country!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Amazn1 Witch Ready for Spookin'

RRR-SFC3512-Monochromatic 9/3/12

 mon·o·chro·mat·ic/ˌmänəkrōˈmatik/ (adj. 1. Containing or using only one color)

Fall is fast approaching, yet today we hit 96 degrees.  The weatherman has everything confused!  Who else can I blame?  

Squigglefly's Design Team (Rhonda's Rowdy Rascals) chose to challenge us with the theme of using only a monochromatic family of colors on this week's project.

I chose A Good Little Witch with a darling kitty and an odd colored pumpkin!  This little witch was done with copics in only the VIOLET FAMILY - using only V20, V22, V25, and V28.  I had to stretch my hesitation in coloring pumpkin and cat violet!  But it does work well with the embellishments.  I even got out my Zutter Distrezz it al!

And wallah I have my first Halloween themed card for 2012.   I'd like to direct you to a wonderful new artist joining Squigglefly - artist Keith Williams.  A Good Little Witch was released Sept. 1st and Keith's images are in stock as well.  Wander on over to the store and select a fun fall image!  And then enter the Squigglefly blog challenge!


I've taken on a second role as a Design Team member - filling in for a lady who left at Seems a Little Sketchy.  I thought perhaps it would be fun and so far it really is.  Last month I was one of the 2 Guest Designers for SALS.  Thank you so much to my new friends for allowing me to join for a little longer.

My Heart Pieces is a fabulous digi site!  This month Seems a Little Sketchy is being sponsored for 2 weeks by MHP and I received 2 beautiful digis to work with their sketch (below).  Now keep in mind that all you need do is design a card using this sketch........easy peasy!

This lovely peacock sitting on a tree branch with its mate is all done with Twinkling H2O's - a medium I have not used for a long time, so it was a relearning experience that I truly enjoyed. All of the colors are very vibrant so the photo doesn't do it justice.

But if you want to try them, just use your waterbrush or a fine haired artist's brush and sit back and let the colors dance around you.  I found ways of going very light, mixing colors and using true depth in colors.  Again, this peacock image is available at My Heart Pieces.

And now on to the 2nd card - you all know I never make just one card when I get on a roll.  But instead of 4 of a kind, tonite I'm doing 2 different ones - in different mediums - but from the same company.
Bathing Fairy
For this medium I used all copics with a touch of liquid glass on her wings and Icicle Stickles on her bubbles!  What a warm relaxing bath can do for you - CALGON TAKE ME AWAY!

Again come on over to Seems a Little Sketchy and try your hand at our sketch - it's super easy.  It's the choosing an image and getting moving that is sometimes the tough part.