Sunday, October 25, 2015

Trick or Treat

I have been a bit "Bird Crazy" this past year.  It was love at first sight for me and Tim Holtz' s Crazy Birds.  It turned out there were lots of Bird Lover's out there because Pinterest is full of creations using these little guys.  I started making my own accessories for them even before I found out Tim was releasing a set of accessories.  Then came the sayings and the dies, OMG I had to have them.  I work and teach at my LSS, Scrapbooks By The Sea so I was able to snatch them up as soon as the shipment was unpacked.

My Grandchildren don't live near me anymore  so I have to mail their cards and treats. Even though they are all grown now (my youngest gran is soon to be 16) they still like receiving treats and cards in the mail and this ole' grandma looks forward to making them.

This year, I use the Stampin Up treat bag die to make the holders.  It cuts out and assembles so quick and is the perfect size and shape for mailing.  The paper is from Bo Bunny and the heavy weight card stock works perfect for these bags.  I used the SU Spider Web doily as a mat for each bird and then got busy creating costumes for my darlings.

The Tim Holtz Crazy Bird Accessories set includes the pumpkin, top hat, bow tie, witches hat and broom.  I created the magic wand with a star punch, silver Stickles and a piece of vellum.  The ghost is a piece of velum, the vampire cape is a piece of black tulle.  The princess veil is a piece of pink tulle and her crown is a Tim Holtz stamp from an old set that I stamped with versa mark and heat embossed using silver embossing powder I added some gems with silver and purple Stickles.

I colored everything with Copic Markers.  These are "Crazy Birds" and I just colored them quickly with crazy colors.  I wanted them to have that fun abstract look, so I did not get detailed with my coloring.  I drew a couple of fangs on the vampire and used a red marker to create dripping blood and blood shot eyes.  All the eyes are covered in Glossy Accents.

I wanted to write a personal note to each of my grans so I made tags  to tuck down in the bags.  I used a SU tag topper punch  and the stamp set was a Hampton Arts set.  I used Tim Holtz Crazy Sayings "trick or treat" stamp to stamp a sentiment on the seam binding.

Added a bit of wrapped candy and some shredded paper and they were ready for mailing. Hope those grans of mine get a kick out of them.

Happy Halloween!

Challenges I plan to enter:

Allsorts- Purple Black or Orange -
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Poppin' In To Say Hi

My goodness it has been a long long long time since I posted here on my blog.  I have been very busy and I will fill you all in on some of the details in a later post.  Tonight I needed some down time just for me, so I grabbed this Sassy Cheryl digi and my colored pencils and just chilled out.

I used Faber Castell Polychromos on the image and blended with the pencils themselves.  I decided not to use Gamasol to blend here.  The buttons are made with a Sakura Black Glaze pen and the buckles are a Sakura Silver Metallic pen.The sentiment is from Stampin Up' Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.  I used a SU punch for the sentiment.The pumpkin brad  and sheer ribbon are from Scrapbooks By The Sea, my local scrapbook store (LSS). DP is Reminisce and the CS is Bazill.

I hope to get around to visiting some of my old bloggy buddies.  I miss "talking" to all of you.  Check back later and I 'll catch you up with what has been going on in my little corner of the world.

Happy Crafting Ya'll!

Monday, June 30, 2014

When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade!

Here's a new image from Sassy Cheryl.  Sally and Noah are having a lemonade sale, but Bella just drinks up all the profits.  Poor kids and they worked so hard building that beautiful stand.  

If you haven't heard by now, Sassy Cheryls closed their challenge blog and moved to Face Book.  They have formed a new group called Sassy Cheryl's Neighborhood.  It has been open about a week now and have already gained almost 30 members.  Cheryl has been giving away prizes, having trivia contests and there is all kinds of fun going on.  If you haven't joined already, head over there now and sign up.  You sure don't want to miss the very special 1st Challenge.  I mean Cheryl is in a generous mood right now and.........
Here's the link.  Hurry, the challenge starts the first of July.

Card Recipe:
Polka Dot papers are from Bo Bunny
DP  and Clouds and Lemons - Little Yellow Bicycle
Image is Sassy Cheryls' - Bella Eats The Profits
Coloring Medium - Copic Markers and Faber Castell Polychromo Pencils

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Look Out FB, We're Getting Sassy!



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Today I type this post with a sad heart and many sighs.  My first SC Challenge was #11 I have participated in almost every Challenge Sassy Cheryl's since then.  My very first blog post in May of 2010 was a freebie Sassy Cheryl image that is still one of my favorites.  My very first digi purchase was a Sassy Cheryl image.  I guess you would say I am definitely a Sassy Cheryl Addict.  But, all good things have to come to an end and today we sadly announce that this will be the last Challenge for the Sassy Cheryl Challenge Blog. It will be a ONE week challenge .

The GoOd NeWs is:  Sassy Cheryl's will be opening a Fantastically, Sassy, Fun new Facebook Group where we will offer challenges and prizes.  Many crafting friends do not have a blog, nor want to  maintain an active blog but they would like to participate in challenges.   The Sassy Cheryl Facebook Group will open our challenges to more crafters and share Cheryl's creations with a larger audience.  We will continue to be as Sassy as ever (once a Sassy, always a Sassy) so check back on the Challenge Blog page on July 1, 2014 for the announcement of  more details..

Today, Jackie is the hostess and she gave us this sketch to follow.  I used the brand new image in Sassy Cheryl's shop - "Don't Repeat This".  I did make a big boo boo because I used the first image Cheryl drew.  She later updated it and the updated version is the one for sale in her shop.  I could tell you what the difference is, but I am in a "stinker mood" and going to make you pop over there and see how quick you can figure it out.

The sketch is an easy one to follow and works perfect with my image. For this card I used the following recipe.

Coloring Medium - Copics
Image  - Sassy Cheryl's "Don't Repeat This"
Paper - DCWV - Nana's Kids
Gold Border Stickers - Elizabeth Crafts
Monkeys - Brads from my stash.

Please pop over to our Challenge Blog here and check out what my DT Sistahs have created for you.  While you are at it, take a moment to pop over to their blogs and leave them some love.  I really hope you will join us in our final Challenge here in bloggy land and that you will join us in our Sassy Challenges and Shenanigans on our new Facebook Group.  

Challenges I plan to enter are:

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Is There A Graduate In The House?

Grandchild #3 graduated from High School  and she is having a graduation party on July 5, 2014 to celebrate.  I have been busy making things for her party and I will share those in another post.  The above two cards  are for Kaylee and her best friend Liza.  

I decided to just "girly it up" for Kaylee using papers from K & Company, some tulle, lace ribbon and flowers.  I think pearls and girls coming of age just go together.  I know it is "my generation:, but girls used to be given pearls as a "lady" came of age.  Well my little Kaylee is coming of age, so I used plenty of soft pink pearls on her card.  I chose not to incorporate an image this time letting the beauty come from the words in the verse and the paper and embellishments.  I love the vintage feel of this one.  

The blue and yellow graduate is an image from Saturated Canary called Grad Girl 2012.  I love Krista's characters.  They have the biggest eyes and funkiest outfits and poses.  She is one of my favorite digi artists and I rely on her stamps often. You can check out Kristas store by clicking here.  I am a member of Kit and Clowder Face Book Page and one of Alyce's students.  You'll see a lot of Krista's images over there colored up with amazing color combos.  The paper I used is from My Mind's Eye.  To make the mortar board inside the card, I stamped on the DP and fussy-cut it out.  The diploma is a piece of white paper rolled up and tied with a yellow cord.

Challenges I want to enter in:

Robyn's Fetish - Graduation Cards
Scribble and Scrap - Anything Goes
Through The Craftroom Door - Anything Goes

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Happy Doodle Birthday

It is mid challenge time at Sassy Cheryls and we are still doodling.  This week I chose an oldie of Cheryl's called String of Flowers.  I have always loved this one and used it a bunch.  It has some doodling already in it so it fit right in for this challenge.

I printed the image twice and colored and  cut out 2  bees, 2 purple flowers and 2 large ladybugs.  I popped them up with foam dots to give some dimension to my image.  The shine is from Glossy Accents and the butterfly wings have a bit of Stickles glitter on them.  I doodled the Happy Birthday and tried to make it look like the lines in the button flowers Cheryl had drawn.  I did a bit more doodling here and there on the card and finished it off with some pearls, button and twine from my stash.  The paper is from my scraps and I am not sure where the polka dot paper is from, but the stripe is Graphic 45 Botanical collection.  My card stock is American Crafts.  The butterly punch is EK Success.

Quick and easy.  Lots of fun to color up.  You still have until Monday at 5:00 PM EST to get your doodle masterpiece entered in our challenge.  So grab your pen and a SASSY CHERYL IMAGE and start doodling.  It is fun I promise you,  a real stress reliever.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Charlie Has A New Do

Good Tuesday Morning to you, my little lovlies!  There is a new challenge starting at Sassy Cheryl's today and I am the hostess.  I decided I wanted to challenge ya'll to some doodling.  I have been doing a bit of Zentangling in my Art Journal to relax and I was hoping to introduce you to a bit of relaxing fun.  When I sat down to design my card, I just wasn't feeling the Zentangling so I doodled a bit of lines, dots and a swirl for the butterfly.  Maybe next week I will do a bit of tangling for you.

This little sweetie is called Charlie's New Do and she lives over in Sassy Cheryl's shop with the rest of her friends.  Cheryl did a You Tube tutorial on how to color faces with glasses.  I took the tutorial and then practiced what I learned.  It was pretty simple and Cheryl is the most marvelous colored pencil artist.  I did add a bit of Glossy Accents on the glasses that Cheryl didn't demonstrate.

I colored my image with Faber Castell Polychromo Pencils.  I absolutely love them.  I used Copic Express It Blending card and the colors went down so smooth and easily blended with Gamasol.  I sponged the sky with a daubber and blue ink.  The butterflies are cut from some  DP in my stash as are the flowers and ribbon.  The DP is from Graphic 45's Botanical Collection.  The Octagon Dies are from Lifestyles Dies and the sentiment and punches from Stampin Up.

My Design Teammates have created some beautiful cards this week.  They have really stepped up the doodling.  It is always fun and exciting for me to see their creations.  I make sure to pop over to each of their blogs every week and leave them a little love.  I invite you to do the same.  They work so hard to make interesting and awesome cards to inspire you, so leave them a bit of love and encouragement.

Whatever you are up to this week, I hope there will be some Sassy Cheryl crafting time in it and you share your creation on our Challenge Blog.  You just may be the lucky winner of a free trip to Sassy Cheryl's store.  See You There!


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Simple Joys

Good Morning Darlings!  It is the first day of a new challenge at Sassy Cheryl's.  Dawn is the hostess for this challenge and she is challenging us to use a shade of purple and at least 2 dies used in our creations.  I selected Cheryl's newest digi called Reckless Waves because it reminds me of a dear friend who loves to kayak.  Well I wasn't the only Sassy Girl to select this one.  It appears that my dear friend is also a dear friend to some other Sassy Gals and they chose her too.

What is amazing is how we all selected the same digi, used the purple and dies and each one turned out so different.  I envisioned a quiet peaceful scene and  used cotton balls to apply chalk to the sky and the water creating a feeling of the early morning  fog that comes off the marsh.  I colored the image with Copic markers getting a bit bolder with my colors to add a layer of dimension.  I chose the dark green marsh grass and black birds for a third layer of dimension.

The wet sparkle on the water is a bit of Glossy Accents.  The sentiment is from PTI and the grass and birds are made with a die from Impression Obsession.  The butterfly is a SU sizzlit that I have used a gazillion times.

Please, please check out what my Sassy Design Teammies have come up for you this week.  You will be amazed at what you find.  Be sure to visit their individual blogs and leave them a bit of love too.  Hope to see you enter this new challenge.  You have two weeks to get your entry, so get those creative juices flowing and pop over to the store to see what Cheryl has come up with now.

Challenges I plan to enter this in:

Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes with punches or dies. 
Crafting From The Heart Anything Goes
Make My Monday - Nature

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Twinkling H20's

I needed a birthday card for my wonderful son in law.  He is an outdoorsman and doesn't like a lot of frills.  I wanted to play with a watercolor background and thought I would try using my Twinkling H20's.  Oh my gosh, this was so much fun.  I used watercolor paper by Strathmore and two shades of  blue, purple and green.  I then painted a light coat of black across the green..  I love the little flecks of mica in these paints  The sparkle is beautiful IRL.

The marsh grass is a stamp from Stampin Up as is the sentiment stamp.  The flock of birds si a stamp from Stamp Scapes.  The moon was a mask made with a circle punch.  The border stickers are from Elizabeth Crafts and are black glitter.  I used a glitter pen and traced over the sentiment.

Challenges I plan to enter:
Crafting At The Weekend - Anything Goes
The Krafty Hands Challenge - Anything Goes

Friday, May 16, 2014

Beach Time at Turtle's Cove

Beach Shadow Box

This little Turtle has been busy taking some alteration classes.  The top shadow box was made at my LSS, Scrapbooks By The Sea.  The owner Rayann learned how to make this at the Collins Rep show recently.  I fell in love with it and when she scheduled a class I signed right up.  Believe it or not, it came together in about an hour.  We added paper cut to size in the compartments and then added 3 dimensional stickers to decorate the rest.  The sand and shells are "Mudd Puddles"   Mudd Puddles are real sand and little tiny seasshells in epoxy.  We sell bunches of it in the store and it is so fun to use.  The center two blocks are going to hold pictures that I plan on taking at the beach this weekend.

By The Sea Calendar

My next project is a perpetual calendar I made at a class at the Paper Cave.  My friend Denise Bennedetto, owner of "Messn' With Paper" held a class and made these calendars in traditional papers.  The projects were so popular she held a second class and used the Graphic 45  "By The Sea" collection. The calendar is a kit and we put the project together and used E600 glue to adhere it.  Then we painted the entire box months date cubes.  While that dried we glued the drawer together and started covering it with paper. 

I used "YES" Paste to apply my papers to the project.  "Yes" Paste is my favorite adhesive for paper projects.  It is thick, strong, fast drying and does not cause ripples in the paper.  

After the paint dried we covered all the pieces with paper, sanded the edges to distress and inked the edges with distress ink.  Each month is printed on the DP via the computer.  Each "month block" has 2 months on each side for a total of 6 month blocks.  The extra ones store in the bottom drawer.  

The day cubes have numbers on each side of the block.  You just rotate the blocks daily to change the date.  these numbers were cut out on the Cricket. 

I hot glued some navy braid on the calendar for a pop of color.  I also hot glued some sea shells to finish off the calendar.

By the Sea Calendar Back
When I was sanding the edges I tore the checked paper.  I started to fix it, but I liked the look.  I felt it gave the calendar character and look more distressed so I left it.

By The Sea Calendar Side View

By The Sea Calendar Top View Without Month

By The Sea Calendar Front Without Month Block

Fun projects for the home.   I really enjoyed putting these two together.  I am going to enter these in the Show Me Thursday Sassy Cheryl Challenge.  I also would like to enter this in the Simply Create Too - Anything But A Card Challenge.