Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Sassy Cheryl's Challenge

Remember, you have TWO weeks to enter the Sassy Cheryl's Challenge now! The current challenge is to show us your dies and/or punches. In keeping with the challenge, I decided to color up this little cutie.

Four dies were used for this card-2 Spellbinders (the shape background), one Marianne Designs (with sentiment) and one Memory Box-the fence. My DP is MME and naturally, I colored with Copics :-)

Other challenges I plan to enter:

Monday, February 24, 2014

Project Life

Oh, how I love to scrapbook, but often times, other things take priority.  I am into good old fashioned scrapbooking-two page spreads scrapbooking. Though I love my technology, I could never get into digital scrapbooking. I love the stuff of scrapbooking-papers, stamps, embellishments, cutting and and gluing, getting sticky, manipulating the page. I did the whole SMASH book thing-had some fun with that and now,  Project Life. It's taken me a bit to embrace Project Life-those tidy little, pre-determined  photo holders...the directionality of photos...Hmmm...

Well, my life long (really-we've been BFFs since we were 4!) is really into Project Life-she even meets up with some other Project Life enthusiasts on a pretty regular basis. I haven't met ANYONE in my area that loves this stuff the way I do, but my BFF, though hundreds of miles away, keeps in touch. I see her work, and I am inspired.

I have been following Ali Edwards for many years, now. She, of course, is a master life artist. I've taken a few online classes from her and actually met her back in 2005. Because of my hectic work schedule back then, I was unable to take a class with her, but I did meet her at the end of her long day. I was oh, so tender-my darling son had just passed away in the weeks before; my father had died 6 months earlier. Ali was so very kind and empathetic. It made me admire her more! Naturally, I am a "follower" of all things Ali, so when my BFF directed me to Technique Tuesday (sure, I had heard of Technique Tuesday and had already collected a number of stamps) but oh, dear---have you seen their steel dies?! Now, this opened up some fun creative moments---love, love, LOVE these dies!

My Quickutz collection was collecting dust-but, oh, joy, now I see all kinds of possibilities for using these, again! If you are a die cut user and have a Big Shot, you MUST pick up the new magnetic plate-can I just say, a super tool!  No more taping dies-it's fabulous!

Here are a few of my favorite recent creations. The subject, of course, makes this oh, so much fun and so very heartwarming---my darling grand daughter-my first, my only, and my favorite :-)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Sassy Cheryl's Challenge #203 Dies and/or Punches


Here we go-a new challenge at Sassy Cheryls-Dies and/or Punches with a Sassy Cheryl's image :-)
We've gone bi-weekly to allow y'all more time to get your creations made, photographed and submitted.

I know I'm far from alone when I say I'm all set with snow and cold! It's been a winter, hasn't it?! I needed a change of pace so went digging through my stash to find some bright, sunshiny paper...this is "Picadilly"by Basic Grey (circa 2011!)  I just had fun!  I used three Spellbinder dies and one Marianne Designs die cut (threaded with ribbon). 

I used a rubber stamp set to create this card---it included this darling little Sassy Sally, the butterflies, the sentiment (inside). While the rubber stamp is no longer available but you can get her as a digi! She's just perfect for a friendship card, an Easter card, a birthday card...My little gal is already in the mail. I hope she'll bring a smile to a dear friend who is going through a difficult time.

Other challenges I plan to enter:

Friday, February 14, 2014

A Day for Daisies

Happy Valentine's Day!

Love is in the air, the very cold, watch your breath freeze, pull out your long johns air! What better way to spend a snowy, can't drive down the street without fishtailing, walk out the door without slipping kind of day than making cards. These will most assuredly reach the intended late, but better late than not at all! Love notes are always appreciated-you do not need an occasion to tell someone you're thinking of them and that you love them!

 My husband noted that the image had "slipped"-
nope, I put it at that angle on purpose…on second thought...

These cherubs are from A Day For Daisies, one of my all time favorite shops. While there's little question that these particular images are cute, they aren't cutesy or funny---don't get me wrong, I LOVE cutesy and funny. These images set a different tone. When I craft a series of cards in one sitting, I generally work with one group of papers, using whatever scraps I create to play off of.

I color with Copics-LOVE my Copics!!!

Challenges I plan to enter:
         A Day For Daisies: A Big Heart

Eat Cake Graphics

Eat Cake Graphics had a marvelous sale, so I decided to treat myself to some much coveted stamps-I get the mountable for the sake of storage and the economy, too, though had I the proper shelves, I'd certainly have gotten these mounted on the wooden blocks so I could just enjoy seeing them everyday!

I want to live on Maple Lane, to live in one of these cozy little houses, to be 7, to play in the snow with my best friends…

These images transport me to another time and place, much like the beloved Laurel Ave. where I spent my early childhood (just around the corner from Maple St. where my BFF lived!) The houses were lovely, smaller scale with just what we needed-a living room, dining room, kitchen, three bedrooms and a bath. The neighbors knew each other, brought over a casserole when someone had a baby or was under the weather. The children made play dates (no Moms needed to set these up!) we wore dresses to school and changed into play clothes after arriving home. We played outside until dinnertime and were in our beds by 8. Life was good! These stamps tell a story, a story of that time and that place…

Challenges I plan to enter:

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Sassy Cheryl's

Sassy Cheryl was gone to a bi-weekly challenge, so challenge #202, All About Hearts, is still going on.  

Come on and play, you know you want to :)

But, just because there isn't a challenge at Sassy Cheryl's doesn't mean I' m going to put aside these darling images! No sir-ee!

This little gal is a new character-Gabby, and she just tickles me! Ms. Sassy Cheryl created this little girls as a buddy for Gilbert. She loves her comic books! I loved comic books when I was a child. Unlike Gabby, I wasn't a fan of super heros. I loved Archie, Ritchie Rich, 
and who doesn't love the Peanuts gang?!

I colored this little cutie using both Copics and colored pencils, then cut her out-I'm a hand cutter even though I know I can do it using my Silhouette---but what's the fun in that? Just give me my Cutter Bees! I did use my Silhouette to make the photo frame. The arrow sentiment is from Technique Tuesday, an Ali Edwards creation.

Challenges I plan to join:

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Tiddlyinks Release

Dear Angie,
Thanks for introducing me to these wicked cute characters at Tiddlyinks. Thank you for creating wonderful cards featuring them, creations that inspire me, tickle me, make me smile. Thank you for giving me yet another reason to spend money! Ach!!!

Okay, now you know who got me caught up with these cuties. So, then I signed up for the Tiddlyinks newsletter, and wouldn't you know it, some new characters and a special introductory sale. I was toast.

When I get a new digi or a new stamp, I can hardly wait to use it. There's nothing more therapuetic then playing with paper and ink---except, perhaps, snuggling with my grand baby!

Some challenges I plan to enter:

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Sassy Cheryl's Challenge-HEARTS

Are you humming a tune yet?

 "Get Happy" song by FRANK SINATRA: 
"Forget your troubles and just get happy You better chase all your cares away Sing Hallelujah, come on get happy..."


 'Come On Get Happy' by The Partridge Family: 
"Hello world, here's a song that we're singin' / Come on, get happy / A whole lotta lovin' is what we'll be doin'..."

While the Sinatra version is what first came to mind, I am from The Partridge Family generation!         Isn't it amazing how lyrics come to mind when you hear a turn of phrase!

Ah, but the purpose of my post is not to reminisce about old songs, it's to let you know there is a new challenge over at Sassy Cheryl's, AND the Sassy Boss lady is changing it up! We're going from a weekly challenge to a bi-weekly challenge-the first and third Tuesday of each month. It seems everyone is mighty busy these days juggling work, family, and the business of living so in order to give you a better opportunity to play along, you now have two weeks to join us with your Sassy creation! Ah, but the design team will keep on keeping on---in the off weeks, we'll each post something new using a Sassy Cheryl's image so come on by! Oh, and we (I sure do!)  LOVE comments...it's so nice to hear from you when you stop by :-)

This two week period, our challenge is HEARTS---practical, too as I'm guessing you might be making some Valentines!  I cut this card using my Silhouette.  I use my Cameo Silhouette somewhat sporadically, but I do love and appreciate it.  I got busy with it one day this week and had a blast. I added the black to the inside for some contrast. The Love You Stamp is a Technique Tuesday, Ali Edwards stamp. The banner stamp is by Evalicious. No surprise here, I colored this little fella with Copics! Actually, I had planned to use SMITTEN (an equally cute, but very different image) on this card-in fact, she was glued on-locked and loaded, so to speak. I decided to add a heart to her t-shirt, I liked it-naturally, I wanted to color the heart, and wouldn't you know it, the red bled---ACK! So, I carefully peeled her off and went with a boy instead of a girl-his out stretched arms say, 

"I love you soooo much!"

Okay, then...the clock is running! You have two weeks to join us for the HEARTS challenge at Sassy Cheryl's. Please remember, you must use a Sassy Cheryl's image to be eligible for the prize:)

Other challenges I plan to enter:
Addicted to Stamps Challenge - 2W, Must use stamp- Challenge #75 (1st Week) Hearts.
Catered Crop 2W (1st week) Heart of the Matter.
Come and Get It Challenges - W Clean and Simple. 
Dream Valley Challenges - 2W, 3E - (2nd week) Challenge #74 No Designer Paper.

Art Impressions-Spring Chicken Set

AI Spring Chicken Set AI Clean and Simple.  While I do appreciate a fussy card, my style tends to be "Clean and Simple"...