Thursday, June 27, 2013

A SNEAK PEEK IN TO JULY AT SQUIGGLEFLY!

Everything could be coming up roses in July......just take a peek at this lovely rose image created by Pamela Lehto at Squigglefly!  Pamela is a new artist for Squigglefly and I just checked and she has a LOT of images available; and I'm sure you will love her style!



I took this image and made 4 different sympathy cards in 3 other colors.  I know you can too!  Grab an image this weekend and join us in the Squigglefly Challenge and perhaps win yourself some choices of images!  As a last minute thought I decided to enter it in this week's challenge just for fun - the embossed cardstock is shorter than the background designer paper. 

You don't *have* to include a Squigglefly image on your creation, but in order to qualify for the prize you will need to use one! You can also combine SF images with non-SF images to qualify! Don't have one? There are several FREEBIES you can grab from the Squigglefly store  Just click that link and hop on over there. Those images will qualify you for the prize.

Monday, June 24, 2013

MOVE A-LLLLLLLLLLONG!

Summer officially popped thru the atmospher on the 21st - and wowzer what a prelude. We've had a gorgeous spring in SW WI and are very thankful for it compared to last year's disastrous gardening/fields/crop production. Our flower gardens are just blossoming their little hearts out - this being one of the best year for peonies I've ever seen.These are some flowers near my sunroom window that the cats like to sit and peer thru the window over, watching the little chipmunks scaper around.
These are just smiling violas - all happy they are planted underneath my lilac tree and next to the clematis where they will be looked after constantly.
So here we go with this week's challenge at  Squigglefly.  Rhonda's Rowdy Rascals has challenged everyone to a fun card called the LONG AND SHORT OF IT.  Just make a card that uses something long and something short.  Could be a long piece of ribbon and short sentiment,  a long card with a short image or short piece of designer paper.

So I chose a long doxie and a cute little schnauzer.  You can find the doxie in the set called I BELIEVE I CAN FLY  by Eszter Csokas HERE.

And you can find the cute little schnauzer in the A LAP DOG set by Fawn Palmer BY CLICKING HERE.
And another take just using up stash - can't wait for new papers!  LOL!

So I'm busy making multiples to donate cards to the BACKPACK program in Sauk County, so I created 6 assembly style, using my basic staples.
Thank you for visiting and get busy creating something this summer!

SEEMS A LITTLE SKETCHY IS PARTY BOUND!


WHOAA NELLIE!  I chose my images - wanted this awesome circus scene and then had trouble fitting it into this sketch!  So yes, whoa Nellie, but I got it figured out. Here are the particulars:
SEEMS A LITTLE SKETCHY is being sponsored by Sweet N Sassy
Prize: 3 digital images of winner's choice

And here's my 6x6 card........hope you like it.  Better yet I hope my great grandson is going to like it!

I took a balloon paper background and covered with a translucent vellum and backed that on a pretty piece of orange and stitched it down.  I probably should have made my red circle larger, but too late now - I pop dotted the little seal in front of the tent.  The tent and clown were brought together in my Serif file and printed out at once.  there are actually 3 images to this set.  I hope you like it!

Come on over to SEEMS A LITTLE SKETCHY BLOGSPOT and follow the sketch-how easy can that be?  And perhaps win more digis!  WOO HOO!  DIGIS!  LOVE 'EM!!!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

CARDS FOR THE BACKPACK PROJECT - Come Join Us!

I've been in one of those 'funks' you all talk about from time to time. But I had a lot of upsetting events that came my way and now I'm out of it and made up my mind I had to make cards with ALL of my colored images before the end of June!!! So here are 7 I did using FRED SHE SAID'S digi images - and these are already colored A2s so it was a real snap to get them done!   The backgrounds of the poppies embossed with the CB Argyle folder.  there are pearls and ribbons galore and room for you to write inside as well.


AND
POPPIES

Everything is available by clicking on the name of the image you are interested in.  I tell you no lie; there are so many wonderful flowers at Fred She Said's store you will never get your fill. 

I am having so much fun creating cards for my favorite charity - THE BACKPACK PROJECT of Sauk County.  This wonderful charity supplies filled backpacks for the less fortunate children for each coming school year.   You can find the project by clicking on this link - BACKPACK PROJECT.

I keep the price of my cards very reasonable so that they will sell and all of the above 7 are only $20 which includes envies and everything is shipped priority mail to you.   All proceeds are donated to the Backpack Project.  PLMK if you are interested. 

Monday, June 17, 2013

MAY YOUR COLORS BE TRUE - RED/WHITE AND BLUE!

 SQUIGGLEFLY BLOGSPOT CHALLENGE #SFC2413 has challenged you to create a red/white and blue card.  This can be patriotic or not, just be sure you use red/white and blue.


 I've never had a Great Dane or really huge dog, but it sure looks like fun!  To tell the truth, my husband's dog Nikko is enough to keep both of us busy.  I'll stick to cats.  :)

For now, come join us and create a card with red/white and blue on it. 

Monday, June 10, 2013

SKETCHES AND TUBING WITH SALS!!

Wow, don't you just love SEEMS A LITTLE SKETCHY's blogsite!  I enjoy working so much with their sketches that I find myself using them in other challenges and my daily card making as well.  This time (for 2 full weeks) there is this awesome challenge to use the following sketch:
The sponsor is EUREKA STAMPS
With a grand chance to win:  Prize: one set - up to  $5.00 of winner's choice

 Go ahead, you can do it, I did - just take a look!!!

 Follow the sketch with any stamp image you like and post it and wait for the prize list!  :)

WRAP IT UP!

You know - sometimes we really do have to just stop and smell the flowers/roses/even coffee!  It's a rejuvenator we all need from time to time.  Life just starts spinning around us and we're doing our best to DO EVERYTHING and dearly hang on.  Do me a favor!  Find a flower or your favorite perfume, or even open the vanilla flavoring bottle - take a whiff and look out at the sky and say to yourself - YES, I needed this!
This leads me into asking when was the last time you tried something artistic - I mean something that is truly YOUR form of art.  I love painting and coloring with prismacolor and copics.  I used to sketch full scenes, gave them all away, as well as all of my oils I did too.  I never seem to keep anything for some reason.  As in my cards, I'm always giving them to charities/nursing homes/vet offices to use or sell.

So over at Squigglefly's Blogspot Challenge - you will find SFC2313-RRR--Wrap It Up.  Rhonda's Rowdy Rascals ask us to use your imagination.  Wrap ribbon or twine around a layer, wrap a die cut around a corner, use wrapping paper instead of designer scrapbook paper, use an image with a wrapped gift..I wrapped the card with this beautiful light green ribbon and affixed a bow to that.


 I chose to use 2 images from 2 different image artists to create this peaceful garden.  In my home lighting there is much more peach in everything, including the trumpet vine arch.    But you get the idea.  Now I love the Trumpet Vine - can't get one to bloom, but I have seen some gorgeous bushes and lots of hummingbirds enjoying the beautiful trumpets.

 The images are available at Squigglefly's Store and there are more images by each of the authors:


COME SHOW US YOUR TALENT - and remember to be eligible to win stamps, you need to use a Squigglefly image - and freebies are here! While there, check out the Patriotic Bear - such a beautiful image for now - AND FREE!!!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

WAITING FOR A SUMMER DAY!

Perennials near the garage door....
Grape jelly holders for the orioles/cardinals/catbirds...
Made them out of the tops of Yankee Candle holders!



Tuesday, June 4, 2013

LOTSA LOVE HERE...SAD NEWS AND GOOD NEWS!

Sometime back my buddy Chumley took a short afternoon walk with me by his side over to our perennial garden.  He munched on flowers like any cat would do, but a piece of a perennial stalk became lodged in his gum between his teeth and his cheek.  I didn't know it.  He never let me know there was anything wrong - cats don't do that!  

So in about a week I noticed things were different with his eating and litter box, etc.  We headed to the family vet and found there was now an infected piece of stalk in his gum.  It hurt when he ate so he quit eating.  His stomach literally filled with air and became swollen.  For 2 weeks now the vets have been working with him on about 3 visits a week to bring his desire back to eating, after removing the stalk and healing the gum up.  I have been supplementing him food by oral syringe easily - and also lactate ringers solution under his skin by drip.  But nothing is working right so we believe the liver has taken on Feline Hepatic Lipidosis and we need to have a feeding tube inserted into  his esophagus thru into his stomach so we can do some intense feeding to turn things.  He's actually got weight on his side and has not complained once to anyone of anything.  

We were to pick him up at 3 pm but the vet called at 12:30 and told us there was no chance of him living but a few more days.  He had some type of feline disease young kittens get and harbor til they are old and stressed about something.  There was also the possibility of a large tumor in the liver and the liver blood work was so high they knew he had only a couple days left with or without assistance.   The vessels were all leaking within his body and that was why he was so swollen.  But yet he never cried one word of pain!

So we made the appt. to leave him sedated and we would be there immediately (they had done this to tap the stomach which showed off bile contents and they removed 100cc which is a lot and there was more.   We drove over and we were allowed time to spend with him to say goodbye loved one and wish him well on his journey.  He passed away very very comfortably and we brought him home to our very special pet cemetery.  

Here's a pic of him in his favorite leather chair with his favorite towel.  He was and always will be in our memories as the most special cat we've ever adopted.   We did all we could and he did become my most favorite friend even tucking his head into the crook of my arm today as I left him early this a.m.   It was as if to say you've done well with me, I appreciate all the time and love and good food, but now it's time for me to go elsewhere.  Love you, Chumley.




ON A HAPPIER NOTE:

On Memorial Day my children/granddaughter/and 4 great grandchildren came to spend the day with me.  They love our home in the country - as we walked our trails they played in the deep grass with pretend guns and had a blast scaring us as they jumped up out of the grass at varying places.  We really did wear them out their mom said!  Below are 2 pictures........
Left or gith is Aubrey (peaking between Nolan's arms, Nolan, and Zach.  Jacob obviously was elsewhere - he loves a marble game we have and also loves to run with our dog Nikko.   They have a much larger dog, a beautiful lab named Drake, and learned that dogs like Dried Sweet Potatoes! 
All 3 of the boys are great wrestlers - with very high ranks.  All 4 love school, and as you can see, 3 of them are definitely artists!  they are in my craft room and I told them they could use whatever they wanted with one exception - the copics!  ;) Wonder why!  They enjoyed it, my daughters and I enjoyed the time together, my granddaughter rested in the big easy chair after walking the trails.  She works long hours and takes care of 4 children, so her day is indeed one of those she needs to stop and Smell the Roses whenever she can.

Much love from the Webers to you!

Monday, June 3, 2013

SUNBURNS ARE ALREADY HERE!

SQUIGGLEFLY BLOGSPOT wants us all to enjoy summer - so Holley's Hobbyists Design Team have come up with some great cards to put us in the mood!

Holley's instructions are:  Make a summertime theme card--think of the outdoors, beaches, playing, leaving school, vacations, summertime holidays.  All the great things we get during the summer time.

Here's my card with a really sweet sunburned child named Charlie doing some tubing on the lake!

Cheryl Alger, Image Artist

Check out that red hair and the freckles and you see why Charlie needs to get off the water for awhile!  :)

This is a 6x6 card, following a previous sketch from SALS and using some skittles and icicle colored glitter glue and of course, copics and stitching - very standard in my cards.

PLEASE VISIT SQUIGGLEFLY'S STORE AND CHECK OUT ALL OF THE NEW RELEASES FROM SATURDAY!   And then join us on the SQUIGGLEFLY BLOG and put your entry in for great free digis!

Have a great week!