Tuesday, February 28, 2012

C.Y.D.I.? Denim and Lace Challenge

Today is the first day of the new Can You Digi It? Challenge involving Denim and Lace.

To make this card, I used the Corset image from Dana's Digital Cafe and printed it out on SU! Whisper White and The Paper Studio Blue Jean designer paper. After paper piecing the image, I put on a little Ranger Distress Stickles in Rock Candy because who doesn't like a little sparkle when they are wearing something as expensive as a Corset.

I mounted the image on another layer of Whisper White and put that on a Spellbinders fancy frame die cut in black (Hobby Lobby) because it made the card fancier and this Corset called for fancy! I printed out my sentiment; it says,"The Little Things Make a Difference," - at least that is what the Google Translater says. My bg paper is from the Genuine pad from Authentique (also available in the C.Y.D.I.? store), and it is a house favorite per Michelle (the store owner)!

The blue jean flower was made with some old jeans I had laying around; I cut them with a Tim Holtz distressed flower die using my Big Shot. I rolled them around in my palm to distress the three layers, and then I put them together with a brad I think came from SU! (thanks to Kelly for that tip on cutting fabric with a die and distressing it to make it look like you have had it forever).

Here is a quick link to all the store products I used:


You should join the challenge - who doesn't love denim and lace! There are prizes! Below is the collage that Michelle put together to inspire us.

Thanks for visiting and hugz!!!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Southern Pecan Deer Jerky and some Dilly Beans Cards

After seeing my altered cake mix box yesterday, my darling (or should I say daring) husband decided to be creative too. He has been soaking the deer meat for this jerky for 24 hours (he mixed just about everything in our refrigerator to make that marinade), and now he has loaded it up on the electric dehydrators. I was watching him a few minutes ago when he checked it, so he got out some pecans and started adding them on top of the jerky. I know the look I gave him rivaled the strange look he gave me yesterday when he found me painting that box of cake mix. He had a hard time looking serious when he put the lid back on the dehydrator. I asked what he was doing, and he said he was making Southern Pecan Deer Jerky. I stood there for a minute considering what he said, and then I realized he was kidding. I started laughing, and then he started laughing too. It was a fun moment. Then he opened it up and we ate all the pecans off the top - they were yummy!


Today, I made two cards for the Dilly Beans Friday Challenge. The challenge is "In Stitches." The image can have stitches or you can use stitches on your card. I did two different cards, and then had to decide between them since you can only enter one. The top card is the one I entered. I cased a quilt heart card that Kokirose (Pat) made last month. I love how you can make a cool quilt card with digital images! I always had a hard time lining things up with rubber stamps, so I was thrilled to see how easy it is with digis. Dilly Beans has the best snowman images and they have tons of them. I just discovered them a few weeks ago, and I won the challenge so now I have three new images - yea! Of course, I had to get the image from my next card. It just spoke to me.

This is how I feel inside after my surgurically induced menopause (hope I spelled that correctly) and how I felt last year when my youngest daughter was 15. LOL! So I added this fun little quote under the image - it has already made me smile 20 times today. Now, that is a great card -one that can make you smile every time you look at it.

I can't wait for that deer jerky is done. If you get a chance, come on by and I will share some. Hugz!!!!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

CAKE!!!!!

Actually, no cake, just a box of Caramel Apple cake mix that I altered. You should have seen my hubby's face when he saw me painting the box black. He asked what I was doing, and I said I was trying to make a collage on the cake mix box. He walked away shaking his head while I was giggling (not too loudly). This week's Octopode Factory Challenge (TOFF#35) is about cake. After seeing Dawn's 3-D cake slice, I wanted to make something 3-D myself. Not having lots of patience today for templates, I decided to alter a real box of cake mix. I know my daughter is going to flip over this - I can't wait for her to see it. If you are interested in joining the cake challenge at Octopode, click here.

I painted most the box with some black craft paint, colored my image with SU! and Copic Markers, added some Ranger Crystal Stickles, glued down the images, and painted a layer of Gum Arabic over the whole thing to add some shine. Some silver Stickles and Mike's $1 gems, and it was done.

I used my Glenda the Good Witch Octopode image - she is the prettiest Octopode in my opinion, although there are a few close runner-ups. I wanted to have a profound quote - don't you think that quote is so true?

Hope your weekend is going well - if you were here, we could mix up that cake mix and have some caramel coffee together! Hugz!!!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Glenda - Good or Bad?

The Octopode Friday Challenge (#34) invites us all to a Fancy Dress Party. If you are interested in the challenge click here. You should check out the design team creations if you don't do anything else - they are incrediably fun and soo different!

I used Glenda the Good Witch - actually, it depends on whether or not you are a fan of the Original Wizard of Oz or Wicked. I love them both, so I went with good and bad. I used some unknown dp on my card (possibly old SU! but I am not sure) and SU! Cardstock. A glittery photo corner, some Stickles, some borrowed Copics, and Glenda came to life! I am on a crafting retreat with 21 other women, and we are having a blast up here in the mountains.

My room-mate Patty fell in love with the Octopodes too (another convert), so she wanted to make a card too. She went with a softer Glenda and the second card is hers. She used some Creative Memories dp, some borrowed Copic Markers, and lots and lots of Stickles. I wasn't sure Patty would want to do a darker Glenda, but when we were done, she said she wished she had gone with the darker side.

I wish you could see some of the talent at this retreat. We have a Creative Memories demonstrator, a SU! demonstrator, and a Close To My Heart demostrator. There are probably 15 Cricuts in the room, a couple of Wishblades, and even a Zing. We have enough supplies to open at least 3 craft stores.

Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend as well! Hugz to all.



Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Puppy Love

Happy Valentines Day!

Can You Digi It? is celebrating Valentines Day with a challenge that calls for us to show our love of puppies. The store has some awesome digi images of puppies - so many that I had a tough time deciding which image to use. I decided to try Sleeping Frenchie by Carlas Creatures. Isn't this little puppy so cute? I used some digital paper that was free from Squigglefly
for my background. I wanted a sentiment that expressed how special dogs are to us, and I remembered SARK has some really touching quotes about dogs (I love how she views life). I printed out the quote when I printed out my digital pawprint backgroud and my puppy image. To finish up, I added a heart button and some twine. What a fun card to make.

Check out the puppy images in the store. If you are new to digital stamps, there is even a free puppy image in the store! Bu if you really love dogs, you will want to check out the dog images! There are dogs with hearts and purses, Sharpeis, a bunch of Boston Terriers, Rottweiler, and so much more. Some of the images are already shaded like the one I used (I didn't have to do a thing to it). Can you tell I love the dog images???

I have had some awesome dogs in my life - some were mine, some were my parents', and even one belongs to my daughters' boyfriend (he has a bulldog named Chewy that weighs a 100 lbs, slobbers everywhere, and I wish he was mine!!!). I don't have any dogs as my husband is so allergic to pet dander, so I have to visit other people's puppies to get some puppy love (good thing my parents live next door). I do have a cow named Allie (yes, I name my cows after my favorite people) that lets me pet her and she comes when I call her - but she only does it if I have a hand full of cow treats.

Hope you all have a wonderful Valentines Day! Love can take many forms - it can be romantic love, the love of a friend, the love you have for family, and even puppy love (or cows if you don't have puppies). Hugz!!!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

My Allie


I wanted to show you all the two sides of my youngest daugher Allie. I know this isn't what is on my kitchen counter right now, but she was just standing by the counter a few minutes ago eating some chinese noodle salad. This is how she looks when she is mudriding or hunting. She is not afraid to get dirty. Actually, she is kind of afraid of it, but she is proud that she still does it because she is tough (sort of anyway). This picture is 2 years old, but I love to drag it out and think about how dirty she was that day and how different she looks when she is playing around versus dressing up. This mud day wasn't even the worst day. The worst day was Thanksgiving when she decided to go mud riding at my Aunt and Uncles' house behind our property. They have streams running through their property and lots of goats so you can imagine how bad that was. No time for the camera that day, in fact, we ended up throwing her clothes away it was so bad.

The next picture is Allie all cleaned up for a dance.
She went with a friend because she had broken up with her boyfriend several weeks before. She looked so pretty, and he was so sweet!

I will have to get some updated pictures of my oldest daughter to share with you soon so you can see how pretty she is too.

I just looked at a friend's blog and she shared some personal pictures; I really liked seeing that little glimpse into her life so I thought I would share Allie's dance pictures from a couple of weeks ago with you too.

Hugz to all!!!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Loving Thoughts From the Past

The Octopode challenge this week is to make something about Lurve. This sweet little Octopode moon and stars reminded me of the book, "Guess How Much I Love You." This book was my oldest daughter's favorite book when she was little (I think it probably is); sometimes I think she just wanted me to read it so she could watch me cry because I cried every time I read the ending. She still has a framed poster of the scene where big nut brown hare says these words to little nut brown hare, and she is 21 now.

This is going to be her Valentine's card, and my heart smiles knowing it will thrill her because she loves that story so much and because she already thinks that Octopodes are the coolest things (me too).

I made the card by cutting a double circle of SU! Almost Navy card stock with My Big Shot and a Spellbinder Circle Die leaving a little uncut at the top so the pieces would stay together. Then I cut another circle of Almost Navy, and glued it to the top half of the double circles after I folded the top part of the double circles in half. This makes an easel card (there are several tutorials on SplitCoast Stampers if you are interested because my description is horrible). I then printed out the quote on SU! Whisper White and cut it out using the next size smaller circle die. I sponged around the paper while it was still in the die using SU! Cool Caribbean and then a thinner line of Almost Navy. Next I printed out my digital image twice and cut out the moon and 6 stars. I sponged the moon with the same SU! blue ink pads, and I used SU! Summer Sun and More Mustard on the stars. I did all the colors on the botton layer of white paper - gave it a green look but I went with it because it reminded me of the moon. Next I layered on the images and put some Ranger Diamond Stickles on the stars. Fun, fun, fun!!!!

Thanks for the inspiration Lily!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Valentines for My Moms

My Mother-in-law and my Mother have been through the ringer this past year. My Mother-in-law is battling cancer and my Mother is struggling with all the complications of COPD (we almost lost her a couple times in the last 2 years). Even with all these really major health issues, both of them are cheerful and upbeat people who worry about everyone else other than themselves. My MIL called me worried about me every day this past week when my little surgery was a little blip in the road compared to what she is facing. My Mom will be dragging some days, but she is still smiling and still thinking about that card or cake she needs to make for a sick friend. Both are truly my heroes!!!

I attempted to make them special Valentine's cards this year. Both love flowers and more elaborate cards so I tried to make sure both cards had some type of pretty flower and other elements on them.


The top card is for my MIL, Nonie. She loves bright flowers so I added lots of rich purply/pink flowers made with the Martha Stewart Hydrengea punch. I added gold bead centers. I learned to make these from a quick tutorial done by Pat Smethers where she details out a technique developed by her friend Tosha (a great artist)- here is the link. I also made some smaller little flowers to add into the spaces that needed a bit more. I use the Martha Stewart leaf punch for the greenery (not exactly sure of the real name for this punch - looks more like a group of leaves or a frond). I used the Splitcoast Stampers Sketch Challenge as my sketch base - it is a wonderful sketch this week. Other details include: SU! Chocolate Chip ink (sponged around the papers for aging), lace (a gift from Pat Smethers I have been hoarding a long time), ribbon from Hobby Lobby, designer papers from Hobby Lobby (The Paper Studio), bling from Michaels ($1 bin), and cardstock from SU!(old olive and I think rich razzelberry, but I am not sure).

The long card is for my Mother. I was inspired by Karola Witczak who is the Muse at The Case Study Blog. She is a stunning crafter and artist and makes lots of beautiful flowers and collages. The inspirational card is long and had an amazing collage of fun flower petals and other design elements including a butterfly. I tried to capture that collage look on my card as well. I visited Karola's blog and it was full of tons of handmade flowers. It inspired me to make the center of my flower (I used the curling and cupping techniques for flower making to make them cutting one layer by hand and using the EK Success 5 petal flower punch for the center).

My Mother loves the Charity Wings Image done by LilyPink Designs and available at Can You Digi It? (All proceeds from the image go to support the Charity Wings organization - a group of crafters who support worthy charities). I altered the image by just using the wings - I hope the artist won't mind but it seemed to work. I used my embossing stylus in a circular pattern all over the wings (front and back) to break down the paper fibers enough to make them curl). I cut out a couple of hearts and layered them on top of the wings.

Other items on the card include GCD Paris Nights designer paper, SU! Very Vanilla Seam Binding (my new favorite thing for cards), Spotted Canary and Real Life Stickers, and some black MS Branch punch sprigs.

Hope you have a great day and thanks for visiting my blog. A special late Birthday wish to my friend Samir Paul who I know always looks at my blog!

Hugz to all!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A cute little Valentine's Card


This cute House Mouse Happy Hopper image is so adorable. The current House Mouse & Friends Challenge (#112) is to make a love themed card with more than one heart on it. My image actually had three hearts on it so that worked out well. My oldest daughter has strep so she stayed home and made cards with me yesterday and this was what we came up with for the challenge. I stamped the image, colored it with pencils, and added some prima flowers, a Cheery Lynn Designs die cut, a few Marta Stewart Branches, and lots of bling. Not sure who makes the paper, it was sent to me as a CHA gift by Michelle Single. When I find out who makes it though, I am going to order some of it because I love it!!!!

The House Mouse & Friends Blog is having a blog-hop and the prizes are wonderful. If you are interested in playing, click here.

Hugz to all!!!

Monday, February 6, 2012

A Pirate!!!


I just discovered Lily's Octopode images, and I am so hooked! I decided to try this week's Octopode Factory Challenge which is to create something in shades of grey. This Captain Jack and fence are the first images I have acquired so my card had to involve them. If you are interested in the very cool world of the Octopode Factory, check it out here.

I combined the Octopode Factory challenge with the Sugar Creek Hollow challenge focusing on a vacation at the beach. I stretched the vacation part of the challenge, but I always kind of thought that Captain Jack lived every day like it was a vacation day.

I know this card is quite a bit different from my normal creations, but I really like it. I can't wait to try another Octopode image - I am trying to decide between Ziggy Stardust, Edward Sissorhands, and the Zombie lovers....

To make this card, I colored my Captain and the fence with various shades of Grey Copics and an Almost Navy SU! Marker. I then repeated a quote from Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl over and over on some old Creative Memories paper. I added some black and grey strips and some pearls. I cut out the circle and scalloped circle using Spellbinders Dies. I sponged the sky, sea, and beach using a section of sponge and some Stazon Black ink mixed with SU! Chocolate Chip. I then added a little stickles, a feather, part of a SU! Ship from the Open Seas sets, a black flower, a brad, and a scrap of Christmas ribbon.

I am feeling much better - thanks to everyone for their thoughts and prayers. Hugz!!!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Wings!


Can You Digi It? is donating 100% of the proceeds (minus PayPal fees) of this image to Charity Wings (check them out at www.charitywings.org). The image was designed by LilyPink Designs and it is so fun to work with. In fact, it was so fun that I made two cards!


You can order the image in a digi or a digi cut file here.

I used this awesome image on both cards. On the top card, I also used Prima Madeline paper, SU! Very Vanilla Seam Binding, SU! Butterfly embosslit, a page out of an old dictionary, SU! Chocolate chip ink, Stickles, the Cheery Lynn Flourish die, and a paper doily. On the second card, I used some great Hobby Lobby Kraft dp, a button, a feather,and some raffia.

These cards were so fun to make because I knew the money I paid for the image went to a good cause and also, this image is just so great.

Hugz to all!!!