Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Free SNB Digi

Check out: for a free digi. Rainbowbird - very cute

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Just checking in

Nothing exciting to share today - I did redo the background (I have to keep up with the season). I hope to be able to craft some this weekend. I have colored a few images for cards, but nothing finished yet.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Another Rileigh Card

Another card by Rileigh... She used Nina's "Lucky Bear" digi from TMITA. She made a birthday card for her friend Bella. We also altered a glass block for her friend (but silly me, I did not take pictures of that) Maddox watched Rileigh & I color, and he asked how I colored so neatly, I explained that by no means is it perfect, but that I try to go very slowly and that helps. Well then Rileigh lamented that her bear looked awful because she had colored outside the lines. I showed her how a white gel pen can clean up some of that. We left some though so he would look fuzzy, like a real bear. She loved sewing on the buttons, the flowers were a little tricky, but she did it. Next time the kids come we will make them glass blocks, because now Rileigh wants one - and I am sure Maddox will too, as soon as he sees hers.

There's Magic in the Air 3/8/2010 Challenge

Here are two cards for last week's There's Magic in the Air challenge. Using Nina's image you are to also incorporate green & gold and metal. My submissions are late, but I had a helper this week. Rileigh helped color both images and put the cards together for her friends. She had lots of fun with the new markers, and she did a great job!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Found some inspiration this weekend

I had a productive weekend. I scrapbook - well I used to. Then I got busy with the holidays and could not get back into it. I would try but I was not nearly as inspired as I had been, and I was not getting LO's done like I would have liked. I also fell into the world of card making, which involves a smaller work space, less supplies, and faster results, so I turned to making cards - a lot of cards. But I was feeling guilty about not scrapping, I take so many pictures, I like to be able to keep track of all the memories. So when I was at HL over the weekend, I saw the book "The Busy Scrapper" by Courtney Walsh, and read it cover to cover and took in as much inspiration as I could - I am happy to say it worked. It is a great book! I finished 3 Lo's yesterday afternoon, and have 8 more in the works in my head. So without further ado, here are 2 of them...

Another skating LO - this one for Jeff & I. I used a MS punch for the snowflake border on the right side. The photo mats are 4x4 and embossed with the Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder. Behind the mats are foil scallopped square mats cut with a nestie, and also embossed with the Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder. I got the idea to use aluminum foil from Nina over at 'There's Magic in the Air" I think it added a little something. I cut the skate out with SCAL 2, and added my own laces with embroidery floss. The skate blade is painted with silver Blingz (2 coats)

The dp is from DCWV All About Boys, it had Superman in the corner, but I trimmed the paper down and saved Superman for something else. The hat & wand are from google images, traced in SCAL 2 and cut & the hat is also shadowed. A little Artic Frost stickles were added to the ends of the wand. I found the star border online, cut it twice and the little stars are used to come out of the hat. I edged the border with a gold gel pen for definition. The letters were cut with SCAL 2 - using Core'dinations paper. I have a ton of this paper, but this is the first time I used it. I have been hoarding it for "just the right project" - I don't know why I do that, I buy stuff and don't use it. So I tried the paper. Black Magic with a yellow core, and it cuts well, and sands so easily. I am a little mad that I have waited to use it, and have wasted so many opportunities. That is definetly one of the tips I took out of the book, use what you have. My husband will be happy to not have me shopping, and I am going to enjoy all the "stuff" I bought, by actually using it.

Cuttlebug Spot Challenge

The challenge last week at Cuttlebug Spot was green projects, check it out at
While I did finish this project last week, I am am only uploading it today, so while technically it is late I am playing along anyways. I picked up the dp at Archivers last year in the clearance section. I cut the Shamrocks out with SCAL 2, ran them through Cuttlebug embossing folders (divine swirls & swiss dots) and pop dotted them on a white circle cut and embossed with a circle nestie. The sentiment is actually a piece of ribbon picked up at Michaels, as is the green shamrock ribbon. Thanks for looking!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Feel Better card

Here's a get well card using a Dustin Pike image. Colored with Copics. Added some red stickles to the end of the thermometer. More scrap paper used.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Inktegrity Challenge

Inktegrity is starting a new Wednesday sketch challenge - if you play along this week you get a free digi. Chek it out at
I have started my Easter cards and colored this basket with Copics, and added some stickles. I used up some more scrap paper - I do recall that the patterned paper is from a DCWV stack. I raided the brads from my dd. Thanks for looking!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Dustin Pike Freebie

I made this card for my Dad. The image is from (his 2/25/10 post) This lion is perfect for early March cards, what with the weather and all. I also like that he is flying a kite, I have fond memories of doing that with my Dad when I was younger - so hopefully my Dad will remember those days too. I am sending the card with a calendar I made my Dad. Every year for Christmas I scrap a calendar for Grandpa with pictures of all his kids, grandkids, and great grandkids - I include everyone's birthday and phone number to make it easy for him to call someone - if he wants. Well, my brother mentioned wanting one so he got a modified one for Christmas (it had fewer pictures of extended family, more of him with the kids & dogs). Then my Dad mentioned wanting one, which blew me away, because I never pictured my Dad as "into" or appreciative of crafts, but I just finished his calendar and I plan to send it out tomorrow or Saturday. It is a little late, but I hope he appreciates it.
Colored with Copics, more scrap paper, a MS punch, and 3 pieces of left over ribbon. I am working on using paper scraps, because I have a ton - and if I use it all I can justify more paper :)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

There's Magic in the Air

The challenge over at this week is to use any of Nina's fabulous digis with a sketch provided by Patti. Nina did offer up previously issued "Orson with cake" an an option. My Grandpa turns 88 today and he has always collected statues/figurines of the 3 monkeys - see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil - so Orson was the perfect fit. Colored with Copics. I added a lil Shimmerz to the frosting to complete the yummy cake. Scrap papers. I also tried something new - I used chalks. My amzing, wonderful husband took me craft shopping as an early anniversary gift (we had a 50% coupon buring a hole in my pocket) and we picked out chalks. I had never tried them before, but where have I been?! So I went to work last night, and with a little practice I think I will really get the hang of it. I also bought the Making Memories Distressing Tool Nilla showcased last week on her blog ( - thank you for enabling :) Unfortunately I will not be giving the card to my Grandpa for a few weeks. He (and my Mom) went on a two week cruise from Argentina to Chile, they were supposed to come hom today - but now he is stuck in South America, unable to fly out due to earthquake damage. He is fine, though apparently he is a little cranky in that he can't come home. Reports keep changing when he and Mom will return. I think the decision this morning was to repeat the cruise in reverse so that they can get back to Argentina and fly out from there, so their two week vacation may turn into an almost 4 week excursion. All I know is there had better be tons of pictures, and I have some time to create a mini album for his trip!

I made another card for this challenge using the "Lucky Bear" image from last week. I need more St Patrick's Day cards to the sketch helped with this one too. Again I used scrap paper, a MS punch, some festive ribbon I picked up at Michaels. Stickles on the balloon. I also tried to do a little more shading with the balloon for this version. Also more chalking. Thanks for looking!