Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Rag Doll Sally

Good Morning! I am playing along with the challenge this week on the Simply Betty challenge blog and the challenge this week is a sketch challenge. There is a little bit of a twist though because you can use the sketch from any challenge. I used this week's sketch over at the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge. There were two sketches to choose from over there. I used Rag Doll Sally from Simply Betty Stamps and colored everything with Copics.
Other supplies used: Cuttlebug Skeleton Embossing Folder, DCWV papers, square eyelets from my stash and a Nestability.

I will tell you a funny little story. I know some of you are crafters like me and pull out way to many supplies when you craft and don't always put them right away when you are finished. I haven't been able to find my tiny scissors in forever. So I haven't really been able to cut out a lot of images, especially if they are very detailed. I was cleaning off my table last night and finally putting away a growing stack of paper and I found my scissors! I also found ten dollars and a paper pad that I thought I bought, couldn't find and then bought again.

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, August 29, 2011

I Wanna Be a Cowboy

Anyone remember that song? As I was typing the title that ran through my head and I am sure I will be hearing that in my head all day long now! Unfortunately "I wanna be a cowboy" are the only lyrics that I can remember from that song. It reminds me of one place I worked and the friends I worked with because it came on the radio all the time. So Summer Fun is the theme for the Riley and Company challenge this week. I made this for the daughter of a friend as a card but it will also fit in a slide in photo album as the title page. Every summer they spend a couple of weeks at a ranch. I have scrapbooked with her before and she told me she would like a scrapbook using her ranch photos. I think this will be perfect for that. I used Cowboy Riley and colored him with Copics. A few weeks ago I was in Hobby Lobby looking for some beads to make some jewelry for my mom and came across those little star charms. As soon as I saw them I knew I wanted to do a western themed card with them so I went looking for that bandana ribbon and found it at HL too. All the papers are from The Paper Studio.

I hope you had a great weekend. Ours was pretty good, very busy though. Friday night we went and saw Fright Night (Kip's turn to pick out the movie) and Saturday I spent the day with Jenna and let her shop her little twelve year old heart out for her birthday and then Kip and went and saw a play, The Signal Season of Dummy Hoy on Saturday night. Yesterday I took a class at my LSS and had a bunch of fun there. I will post my projects soon.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Halloween Treat Container

I am back with a little more Halloween Goodness! Honestly I think I could make Halloween things all year long and never get bored with them. The challenge over on the Simply Betty Challenge Blog was to make some type of treat container. This challenge was perfect timing for me since I needed to get some samples made up. Every year I make Jenna and Samantha a several different types of treat containers and let them pick which one they want to take to school and give their friends. I am so glad their Mom isn't crafty and she lets me do this! For this challenge I decided to make an acetate box filled with some mini candy bars. I used Skeleton Peter from Simply Betty Stamps and colored him with Copics. I had to take the photo from the side angle because of the glare off of the acetate. The ribbon is from my stash and the paper is DCWV I think.

Here is a close up of the image. I really love this little guy, I think he is adorable. I decided to give him some blue tips to his hair as a nod to my younger blue haired self!

Thanks for dropping by today!

ETA: Someone emailed me and asked me if this was a pre-made box or one that I made and if I made it the dimensions. I did make it using an acetate sheet and some card stock. the dimensions for the acetate sheet is 8 1/4" x 6". If you want, let me know in the comments and I will do a full tutorial.

And these were a big hit with Samantha but she raided the Almond Joys after dinner last night!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Little Red Dress

I think this is one of the first stamps I bought when I decided I wanted stamps to color. I had some really bad markers and it only took me a minute to decided I didn't like stamps that had to be colored. And I didn't color on a stamp for a very long time either. Isn't that funny? When I started coloring images again I would only using coloring pencils because I could use them and get the effect that I wanted. Then I met Copics and now I color all the time and can't really remember the last time that I used a stamp, other than a sentiment that didn't have to be colored. Red, black and white are one of my favorite color combos, in fast, as I am redoing my dining room that will be the new color palette in there. I decided to make a little red dress because it reminds me of a beautiful dress my sister bought a while back to wear to a wedding. I added some pearls to dress it up a little. Stamp is from Stampendous, colored with Copics, papers are DCWV, pearls from the Paper Studio and I used a Fiskars border punch.

Have a great day!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Happy 9th Birthday

Good Morning! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I did. It was crazy busy but I had a lot of fun. I participated in my first 5K, taught a Copic class at my LSS, and had my parents visiting here for the weekend. Mom and I did quite a bit of shopping and Dad and Kip hang out and watched a movie. On Thursday evening we helped my little crafting buddy Samantha celebrate her 9th birthday. This is her birthday card. The image is from Shirley's 2 Girls and was colored with Copics. I added some glitter and brads and around the 9 on the number paper I added a circle of rhinestones. All the 9s on the paper were colored with a glitter pen that doesn't show up very well in the picture.

So I had three goals for the 5K. I wanted to actually do it, do it in less than an hour and not be the last person. I accomplished all three. I'm pretty happy with myself for accomplishing that. I will start working today training again so that I can beat my time on the next one!

Have a great day!!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Stitches-Real or Faux

The challenge on the Sassy Cheryl blog this week is to make stitches, real or faux ones. Mine are of the faux variety since I haven't figured out how to use my sewing machine yet! My parents are coming up for a visit this weekend and if we have time I will see if she can give me some pointers. I used the Sassy Cheryl image Button Flowers Bag and colored it with Copic Markers. She has a couple of more of these that are similar with buttons. I really love buttons. I keep buying them too, almost every time I go into a craft store I leave with some buttons. Anyway, I just think these images are too cute. Since I am sewing machine challenged, I had to draw in my little stitches around the border of my card. One day I will learn to sew!

I did buy a machine a couple of months ago and a great book on teaching yourself how to sew. Yeah, I still don't know how to sew. I can do basic things by hand; like sewing on buttons, fixing a loose hem, that type of thing. I was fortunate enough to have my Great Grandmother for the first sixteen years of my life and she taught me to quilt by hand. So I have pieced quilts and actually quilted with needle and thread but am lost when it comes to using the machine. It is going to be a crazy busy weekend. I have my 5K in the morning, am teaching a Copic class right after that and then have my parents here for the weekend and will be taking Mom out to celebrate her birthday. If we have a spare minute or two I am going to see if she can at least get me started!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Halloween Challenge

I just love Halloween. Everything Halloween too, all the images, the paper, the embellishments, the bite size candy, playing dress up, it's all fun to me. The challenge this week on the Simply Betty Challenge blog is Anything Halloween. It was so much fun to pull out all of my Halloween stuff for this challenge. While I was on vacation last week I even picked out a few new things. I think I have as much, if not more Halloween images as I do Christmas images. For my challenge card today I used Witchy Wednesday and colored everything with Copics and a little bit of a glitter pen. The papers, borders and saying are all from a K & Company pack.

Thanks for dropping by today!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Back to School Riley

School is back in full swing here. I try and go eat lunch with my nieces every couple of weeks or so, something that we all enjoy. I am planning to go this Friday and thought I would tuck this card in Samantha's bento bag. It's just a little card to wish her the best this school year. She absolutely loves Riley so when I make her any type of card I almost always use a Riley image. It's funny that those are the images we both learned to use Copics on! She has a small collection of Ciaos, and started that collection with the colors she uses to color Riley images. All the papers are DCWV.

Last year I was looking for different ideas of lunches to pack for myself since I am not a big fan of a daily sandwich and discovered bento boxes. I showed them to Samantha and since she is not a fan of sandwiches either she loved the concept. I bought her a proper bento box so when I eat with her at school I always bring her one. It is kind of fun to surprise her with them. Mine are not as elaborate as a lot that we see online but she is happy with them.

Have a great day!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Card for a Soldier

Hello! Today I have a card to show you that I made for the son of a friend that is serving in Afghanistan. I am putting together a card package for him and wanted to be sure to include a card for him letting him know that he is being thought of and prayed for and to thank him for what he is doing. I pulled out this image from S2G and colored it with Copic markers. I love this image and think it is perfect for lots of occasions to mark something important for a military person. I have had the paper and those jumbo eyelets for a while and don't remember where I picked them up at.

I am back from my mini vacation, rested and ready to play in my craft room. We were in Indiana last week and of course you know I had to stop by my favorite store in the world, Papertrix. That is one store that when I go in I just want one of everything! If you are ever close to Nashville, Indiana you have to stop by there. Great selection and great people.


Thanks for all the encouraging remarks about my weight loss and the changes I have been making to become a healthier person. I feel great!! I don't really make New Year's resolutions but I do try and set a couple of goals of things that I would like to accomplish before the end of the year. One of the things that I have on my list is to participate in a 5K this year. My first 5K of the year (well, to be honest, of my life) is coming up this Saturday! This one was listed as a walk/run so I thought it would be a great one to start with. I am not quite able to run the full distance but since it is also a walk I know I can complete it. I don't have a time goal or anything, this time I just want to complete it. I know some of you read my other blog about my journey to getting healthy so you know the struggle concerning my back issues so you know what a big deal this is for me. I will post race day pictures!!