Sunday, April 29, 2012

A Little Bit of Everything!

This week my kitchen counter has had a little bit of everything on it! New credit cards because I lost the ones they sent me in February (and found them the minute I hung up with the credit card company - it is painful getting older), lots of new recipes, a bunch of card making supplies, 200 beads and assorted necklaces saying Vote for Alex for Senior Class Secretary, and the grocery list I forgot when I went grocery shopping yesterday (so now I get to go again since we are out of coffee filters which you have to have - did I mention how painful it is to get older?).

This card is for the Eye Can See You challenge at Haunted Design House (HDH130) - the challenge ends today so hurry if you want to participate. The rules are to make something with Eyes on it. I used the Octopode Moon. That moon always makes me smile and I always do it in blue. I used the cracked glass technique on my panels. The paper is K&Co and SU!, and I used Versamark and some Clear EP from SU!. The eye on the Moom has Glossy Accents and Silver Stickles.

Here is my Mother's Day card for my Mom:

I used inspiration from Holly (Toy on SCS). I chose her Black 'n Tan card to case. I had to change it up a lot since she used a sketch when she did her card. I made the flower using the Spellbinders Daisy Head die and a stylus. Used the stylus on the paper in small circular motions until the paper seperated into 2 layers; then I did the circular motion until they curled up. I love making these flowers!!! The butterflies are from SU!s Butterfly Embosslet and the black frame is from QuickKutz. Inside is a letter to my Mom. Here are a few quotes so you get the picture: "I especially value the lessons you taught me about how to love others, how to be patient (I am still working on that one), and how to calm down in a stressful situation (also a work in progress). If I have been sucessful in anything in life, it was all due to your influence, love, and support." Anyway, she will love it.

Next, I thought I would share a recipe and some pictures of what Allie (my youngest DD)has been up to lately.

Bacon Ranch Cole Slaw

1 package of pre-cut cole slaw vegetables (or cut your own)
1/4 cup of ranch dressing
3/4 cup of mayo (you may have to add more - Kenny added about 1/2 cup more after I made it)
1/2 package of Real Bacon bits
1/4 cup of finely diced onions
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder and 1/8 tsp of onion powder
1/2 teaspoon of Tabasco
1/2 tablespoon of Cajun Seasoning (I used Weber N'Orleans Cajun Seasoning)
salt, pepper, and paprika to taste

Mix it all together and chill for at least 30 minutes.

This was a busy week for Allie. She went to Prom (her boyfriend's Senior Prom this time) last Friday, went Turkey hunting with him on Sunday (and to his home church with his family afterward), and won Senior Class Secretary (on the campaign picture below - she made those necklaces - the ones I made had panels cut out with Spellbinders, typed slogans, and lots of Stickles, but hers were darling too). I told her weeks like this don't come often, and she better appreciate it! Here are some pictures:

Hugz to all and thanks for looking at all these pictures if you made it this far!!!!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A Sailboat and Lighthouse

The new Can You Digi It? Challenge is about Sunrise and Sunsets with some truly awesome inspirational photos. I used the ReviDevi Sail Away with Us set. It has so many cool sailing related images including this lighthouse, several boats (including a tug boat), a couple of anchors, the cutest little boy and little girl sailors, and the fun banner I used on the side of my oval die cut. I love sunsets! I think the prettiest sunset I ever saw was on top of Sandia Peak in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It was every shade of yellow, pink, and orange, and it made the mountain look like it was watermellon color. Stunning!

I sponged the Spellbinder die cut while it was still in the die. I masked and blended the best I could. I then cut out, colored (with Copics and SU! markers), and popped up my lighthouse and sail boat. I used the SU! The Open Seas ledger stamp to make the bg panel.

The corner embellishments are from a 3-D Sticker set by La Petite (Hobby Lobby). They add elements of whimsy to this card in my opinion. The spectacles qualify this card for the Spectacular Spectacles Challenge at the Moxie Fab World. You need to go check out the inspiration pictures at both challenges - wow!

This is going to a very sweet friend of mine who is addicted to Lighthouses.

Hugz to all!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sweet friends and Words from Shakespeare

The current Dilly Beans Challenge theme is Spring. I used the Amalia & Laylah Dlly Beans image because it totally makes me smile. This image is going to be the one that I learn to color hair on. This is my first attempt, but I am going to practice, practice, practice until I get it! Aren't these girls sweet? I added some Martha Stewart punches (leaf and hydrengea) and sponged the image inside of a Spellbinders circel die. This cute little card is going to a sweet friend for her birthday.
At The Octopode Factory the challenge is all about Fashion. I purchased this wonderful William Shakespeare image from The Octopode Factory a few weeks ago, and I am having so much fun with it. There are a million Shakespeare quotes you can pair with it - that man was so prolific. I also used a Lilypink image - the designer loves The Octopode Factory and actually got me hooked on Octopodes so it was only fitting! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Hugz!!!

Friday, April 20, 2012

More Advice from Capt'n Jack

I would start this post off with Pirate talk, but I just don't want to butcher the language. The current challenge (going on until Sunday) at Haunted Design House is Pirate's Booty. Crafters are encouraged to make a scary Pirate related creation (you have to check out with the design team and the participants have made - some of the best Pirate stuff I have seen in awhile - really!). I have to tell you that I tried to be scary, but this was about as scary as I could get. I could have made Capt'n Jack a little sinister but Johnny just can't look sinister. Even when he was Edward Sissorhands, he was cute, cute, cute. I could have used a scary sentiment, but I really needed a card for a friend who loves Pirates and is sailing some pretty stormy seas and battling some really big sea monsters! That is scary enough!!!
Inside it reads: Luv, I have been labeled a traitor, captured by cannibals, pursued by zombies, sacrificed to monsters, left for dead on a deserted island, stabbed, shot at, thrown in prison (more than once), lost all my possessions, had my entire crew mutiny, and felt the sharp pain of a broken heart. So you can get through these rough waters - just hold on tight and act tough even if you are shaking in your boots! I used the Octopode Capt'n Jack image (colored with Copics and shade with Tim Holtz tea dye), my wheel and ship are 3-D stickers from HL, the bg paper is an internet coloring book page that I distressed and aged (scraped the edges with sissors, scrunched it up, inked the wrinkles, spritzed with marshmellow glitter mist, and then ironed - yes, I said ironed which I only do when crafting), the Arrrr! and scroll are from Rusty Pickle stamps. I used tons of Stickles and lots of SU! Chocolate chip ink and paper. Hugz to all, and may your sea monsters be small and your waters only rough enough to make it an interesting voyage!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Love in a Bottle

The Dilly Beans Challenge this week is Shades of Pink and Black (two of my favo colors together).

I used this fun heart/flower image called Posie Heart that was sent free with the Dilly Beans monthly update.

I layered the flower part of the heart three times and then covered it all with Modge Podge (one layer had Dazzling Diamonds of course). I did the same on the bottle template which came in the Spring Version of the Stamper's Sampler (I love that magazine - just discovered it but is it wonderful). I used SU! card stock, the Martha Stewart Hydrengea Punch, tons of Dazzling Diamonds from SU!, and lots and lots of Modge Podge.

This is also for the Greatimpressions Challenge which is Flowers...lots of flowers.

A little different cardshape, but I think it is so cool!


Sunday, April 15, 2012

Box Humor and Alfred Hitchcock Inspired Card

The Octopode Factory Friday Challenge this week is Anything Goes. What fun! Tags are not something I make very often so I decided to tackle one using a piece of an old box.

I used the Alice with Teapot Octopode, but I cut off the Teapot and replaced it with this little note stating: "I am out of my box and I am thinking." This is going to my friend Susie. We worked with someone who told us that she only wanted to work with people who could think outside of the box... so it is kind of a private joke between us. I thought it was especially funny since I made the tag out of piece of a box.

The Haunted Design House Challenge is Homage to Hitchcock (HDH28). The requirement is to make something inspired by either something Hitchcock wrote or something he directed. I really wanted to do something around his short story he wrote about eating peas, but I couldn't find anything with even a line from the story (I guess 1920 was a long time ago). I went with North by Northwest instead. Cary Grant was such a great actor, and this was such a great film. I used a picture from the crop dusting scene, and I faded it out and typed a sentiment (inside it says "RUN" in really big letters). I then used the cracked glass technique (6 coats of clear embossing powder and then you break it up after it dries). I used a hand from Graphic 45 to hold up the picture.

My youngest daughter went to her Junior prom last night so I thought I would share a few pictures. The first is the cool buttoniere she gave her friend (she went with a friend instead of her boyfriend - she is going with her boyfriend to his prom next week). The second picture is of her hugging her sister, the third is how cool they all looked from behind, and the fourth is her friends and her goofing off (she is in the middle).

Hugz to all!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A recipe for Strawberry Cupcakes or a Disaster Waiting to Happen

This week's Octopode Challenge is about Easter (TOFF#41). I love Easter, but I am not really into the eggs part of Easter unless they are in the potato salad or the cupcakes. So my Easter creation is a vertical criss-cross card with a recipe for strawberry cupcakes with strawberry cream cheese icing. The saying on this card is hard to read in the picture - it says: I can think of better things to do with eggs than hiding them.

I used the Octopode Jolee image - isn't she the cutest???? I even got my White Lily flour bag in the picture - thought you would enjoy that Lily!!!

Got to run to work, so many hugz (and if you want that recipe, let me know).

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Flowers for Sheila

The new Can You Digi It? Challenge is called "Secret Garden." The inspiration photo is gorgeous:

You don't have to use Can You Digi It? images to enter. The store awards a generous $10 store certificate to the winner.

I made this card for the challenge using the ReviDevi Retro Garden Fairy Set. The set is so fun; I use the fairies sometimes, and sometimes I use the flowers. I needed a card for my friend Sheila. She has been out sick for a few days, and we wanted to brighten up her day a bit with a card. I used some super fun SU! dp and my new fav SU! cs color - Poppy Parade. I also put in some Martha Stewart branch and leaf punches, a rolled ribbon flower from my stash, and a great film die cut I have had forever.

Leave me a note here if you do participate. There are two CYDI? challenges each month. At the end of April, I am going to randomly pick one of my blog flowers who participates. The winner will get a special CYDI treat (they have all kinds of cool stuff in the store like awesome papers, sparkly things, candy dots, buttons you don't see anywhere else, crystals, etc).


Sunday, April 8, 2012

Keeping Menopause Rounded Up

This is a picture of my husband Kenny trying to keep things in order at my house while I go through Medically Induced Menopause (LOL). I know he feels like he is hearding wild cattle or cats or something. The doctor said I could get some hormones when things got a little rough, and poor Kenny is practicing talking like me so he can call in an order now. This is the exact hymn he has been singing over and over like a prayer to God to deliver him.

The Twisted Sister Challenge at SCS this week is to make something in brown with one other color, use two dies or punches, and use ribbon or twine. I think I got this one right.

Do you think God feels like he is constantly herding us, trying to keep us from running off a cliff, drowning in a rushing river, getting trampled when we try to follow the crowd, or being eaten by a coyote? Just a thought.

Easter Hugz to all!!!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

A Displaced Snowman, a Heavy Metal Zombie, and Some Easter Eggs

It was a Dilly Beans kind of morning. I checked the Dilly Beans Challenge and saw the theme was Easter; then I found a new challenge called the Corrosive Challenge and they are being sponsored by Dilly Beans this week. So glad I found a new reason to use my oh so fun Dilly Beans images.

My first card is for the Easter Dilly Beans Challenge:

I used my fav snowman image - probably the last time I get to use him until I start my Christmas cards (but you never know...). My papers are all SU!, the North to Alaska strip was typed and then distressed, and the snowflake looking thing in the bottom corner is from K&Co. I added a bunch of Stickles and fake stitches.

It is my belief that snowmen never die, they just go to Alaska and wait for Winter to come back down South. (If you can't read my sentiment, it says: Every year when that bunny comes, I am forced to move to Alaska and reinvent myself...stress kills!)

My next card is for the Corrosive Blog Challenge which is all about Heavy Metal (Corrosive146). I have my Dilly Beans Zombie Girl image anchored in with 4 pieces of metal hardware. I used Rock Star paper as my background.

Since tomorrow is Easter and this blog is about what is on my kitchen counter, I thought I would share with you something I have in my curio cabinet in my kitchen.

These eggs were painted by a friend of mine, Barbara Black. She is a wonderful artist and she painted these Emu eggs to raise money at our church. I purchased one, she gave me one, and a friend of mine gave me one before she passed away. I have had them for years, and I think they are best kind of Easter Eggs.

Yesterday, I saw a church sign that read: "The world's saddest and happiest days were only three days apart." I love statements like this.

Easter Hugz to all!!!

Friday, April 6, 2012

An Altered Box Inspired by Helen and Edgar

I discovered another incrediably inspiring challenge at Quoth the Raven, Nevermore (what a fun blog name). The blog challenges are inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's writings, I have always been a fan of Edgar so I was so excited to find this challenge. The current challenge is based on Poe's poem, To Helen. This is my creation:

I printed out a great vintage image of a woman by the sea from the Graphics Fairy, and I distressed it a bit. I glued it to an old box and covered it with layers of Modge Podge and Sparkle Mist. I printed out the words to the poem and with the graphic image as a watermark behind it. I made the flower out 4 punches from a Punch-A-Bunch Flower Punch. After I distressed and glued the layers together, I coated it with a layer of Modge Podge so it would blend with the texture of the box. My Mom loves Poe so I thought I would put some of his poems inside the box with a few fun things for her to put on her cards (she is 76 and loves to make cards) and give it to her as her Easter present.

I can't wait to see what Poem or story is the next inspiration piece.

Happy Good Friday and many hugz!!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Some Fun with Edward and William

I love William Shakespeare - I don't mean I love to read him, but I love to watch his plays, movies made from his plays, and specific parts of his writings. I love the cool parts of Hamlet - like the "To Be or Not To Be" speech. I also love Edward Sissorhands (actually I love Johnny Depp but since he played Edward, I love Edward). So when I saw the Haunted Design House challenge for this week, I knew I wanted to use these two Octopode Images. The challenge is called "Off With Their Heads." I put Edward's head on William and William's head on Edward. I had a little fun with William's writings as well.

What fun to play with these characters. I think Wiliam would think this is great (look how cool he looks - how could he not think this is great?). Johnny, I mean Edward, might not be too happy about it.

I copied some parts of Hamlet onto some plain white cardstock, printed out Edward/Johnny and William on another sheet with the same parts of Hamlet, colored the characters with Copics, added some Zva Crysals on the eyes and William's new cool body, and sponged around the edges. I then cut the sentiment up and sponged it and added some K&Co findings to the bottom and the corners. I just had to add some sparkle, so I put some Stickles all around the edges.

Tame for the Haunted Design House, but I sure had fun!!!!

Hugz to all!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

A Short Little Sunday Sermon

I love Jan Karon. I haven't read one of her novels in a long time (note to self: scour the flea markets for Jan Karon books), but I pull out Patches of Godlight from time to time. It is suppose to be a journal of favorite sayings and quotes "written" by one of her main characters, Father Tim. I love how it is all done in his handwriting and on his old typewriter (complete with typos and corrections). Inside the book are many jewels that inspire me. The quote on this card is an example.

When I focus on this quote, it grabs my heart and takes my breath. I am reminded of the many times I have thought things were impossible, then they just seemed difficult, and then they were done. Wow! After my Sister and Dad died, I thought I would never feel safe or happy ever again. But God put happiness and safety back in my life. He even guided my Mother to a new love three years ago - that resulted in the most wonderful Step-Dad ever and the sweetest Step-Sister (who had been my best friend for years - love you Sharon). I have seen Him bring family members and friends through cancer, heart attacks, the edge of insanity, financial trouble, legal trouble, and spiritual trouble.

Back to my card, I made it with paper out of the SU! Everyday Enchantment dp collection plus Poppy Parade and Kraft card stock. I also used my new SU! Flower Punch as well (I crinkled and wet the punched flowers after sponging them with Tim Holtz Tea Dye Ink, scrunched them around a brad I had inserted in the middle, let them dry, and then filled the middle with gold beads). Being a SCS Punchkateer, I am proud of my punch count - 8 (3 spellbinder cutz and 5 punches using the flower punch).

I am entering this card in one of my new favorite challenges, the Southern Girls Challenge (SGC41), which is to use a sentiment (phrase, quote, inspiring words, journaling, etc). Also, Michelle had everyone using a sentiment in the SCS Ways To Use It challenge (WT368) this week.

I have had the best Sunday - hope you did too! Hugz, and thanks for dropping by!!!

Skellies with A Message

I think Dilly Beans has some of the cutest creepy images. This week's challenge is Skulls and Skellies which was the perfect opportunity for me to dig out my skellies with dunce caps image (one of my fav Dilly Bean images). Something about skellies and messages combined together just seems to make the message so much more important. If skellies could talk - I imagine they would only give us important messages. Ok, I digress.... here is my creation:

I play cards with the Sassy Scrapper and her gang once a month and she gives us some really fun "card kits." We can make them there and follow her lead or we can take them home and give them a totally different life. I know that Kelly will laugh when she sees the life I gave her circle plaque kit. I used the circle plaque and papers from one kit and the bow and die cutz from another and combined them with my Dilly Beans images, a flower, and a fun computer generated sentiment.

I am giving this to my youngest Darling Daughter (DD), Allie. That girl totally stands out in a crowd! I tried to stand out in the crowd when I was younger - now I try to avoid the crowd!!!

Hugz to all!!!