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Monday, March 21, 2011


Happy Birthday -- My Dear AZ SIS!
Spring is here! What's more fun on a beautiful spring day then to go for a ride with friends? This bicycle bovine with chick friends is such a happy image I couldn't wait to create something with it. Visit the Penny Black challenge spot for lots of great Spring ideas because the challenge this week is "Spring is Sprung."
Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment. I'll surely return the visit!
Stuff I used: Penny Black, All Night Media, G (Michael's $ stamp); Sizzix dies, Cuttlebug embossing folders, McGill punches, Tim Holtz distress inks, Coloring by Prismacolor markers and watercolor pencils, Mystic Fire embossing powder, pop dots, Pilot gold pen, ribbon and flowers from stash.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

In the Green

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
While I am "green" thinking, I got out Sizzix dies to create this simple and quick card. The frog's chest is bleached so a little hint of pink could be added, and then he was run through the cuttlebug with the dots embossing folder for a textured skin. The Lily pads and background are also cuttlebug embossed and some of the items are raised with pop dots. But the most fun of all was to make his tongue out of a rubber band -- look out all you flies out there.

Other stuff: watercolor pencils, Pilot Gold marker, Tim Holtz distressed ink, (eyes: super adhesive tape, mystic fire embossing powder).

my hand

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Treasure the Moment

This week in honor of St. Patrick's Day, the Penny Black Saturday Challenge is to create in green. What could be easier when you choose to stamp a Penny Black frog! For more information on this challenge go take a look at the DT creations. I treasure every moment I am able to sit with a book and so does this darling little frog. His book is raised with pop dots for dimension. Other moments I treasure are when I have time in my studio and when I visit my blog friends to view all their beautiful creations.

Stuff I used: Stamps - Penny Black, PSX, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Sizzix dies, McGill Word Tag punch, watercolor pencils, Diamond Glaze, DaisyD's paper and gems

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

A New Baby (Stamper)

We have a new "baby stamper" in the family! Last week-end, our younger daughter accompanied me to the Mesa Spring Fling where like-minded individuals gather to see all the new products offered by some of my favorite rubber stamp companies. I think she may have been encouraged to come with me by her father thinking that I wouldn't spend the entire day there. As it turned out, however, we now have another stamper in the family. We walked around all the booths more than twice, looked and touched (and purchased) lots of stuff! Here is a card she created at one of the make and takes. Simple and sweet -- Happy Spring!

Cat's PJs

Happy Belated Birthday to my AZSIS, Mary

The Use It Tuesday challenge recently issued the latest challenge (#3) to use one of two sketches created by Sami – one for cards and one for scrapbook layouts ---so as stated in the challenge – “. . .no excuses to not use your stash.” And using your stash is what this challenge spot is all about. Sami and Siobhan know that we all like to buy crafty things – and they also know that it is inherent in the buyers of such things to stash and save and not use.

The sketch I chose to use is this one:

You can find two great examples using this sketch and more details about participating in the challenge by visiting Use it Tuesday. The deadline for this challenge is Friday, March 18.

The cat in pjs (Uptown Rubber Stamps) is just one of I won’t tell you how many stamps in my studio that have yet to be inked. But every 2nd and 4th Tuesday (for Use It Tuesday), I shall try to ink another one!

This card features epoxy heart stickers and sentiment from Dollar Tree, cuttlebug embossing folders, Martha Stewart punched border, prisma markers, and ribbon from stash.

Guess I’d better go get in my pjs – it’s way past time.

my hand

Friday, March 11, 2011

Mikey Likes These

My granddaughter has a visitor at her house this week: Mikey.

Mikey is her class teddy bear who visits each student for one week during the school year. During his stay, the host family for Mikey takes pictures to log his adventures to share with the class. Each student then gets a copy of the photos and maintains a journal of Mikey's travels.
This week, Mikey spent time with us helping to create his favorite kind of cards - Teddy Bear Cards. Here are a few of "our" creations.

Mikey likes these -- they are all variations of the Teddy Bear Sizzix die - layered and mounted with pop dots, cuttlebug embossing folder, Martha Stewart border punch, and Shayna's heart punch.

Shayna and Mikey also made 22 boys and girls from Sizzix - complete with clothing and bright colored hair for "wild hair day" at school.