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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;

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 f


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

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 wo

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

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 A

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 th

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!!!

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


Can You Digi It? is donating 100% of the proceeds (minus PayPal fees) of this image to Charity Wings (check them out at 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!!!