Monday, July 21, 2014

A Sheltie Dutch Boy?

Hi everyone.  I just had to pop in for a minute to show you what I came home to after work today.  Wait - let me back up and show you this picture of Baxter

So I get home from work today to find this

and the other side

Now you may be thinking he got into something and his hair had to be cut off, but NO!  Brock just took it upon himself to give this beautiful dog a hair cut!  He looks like a little dutch boy!  Poor guy!  I am not happy about it either!  Good thing for Brock that hair grows back!

Monday, July 7, 2014

My blog has gone to the dogs

Hi everyone!  I'd like to give a huge thanks to those that wrote me with suggestions on my tape gun problem.  It did end up getting resolved!  The problem I was having is that the tape rolls were warped which caused them not to sit flush on the black wheel.  After much experimentation with different things, pushing the tape down and making a shim to fit under the little plastic knob worked.  You can see what I'm talking about in this updated video

Yesterday the Outlawz Clean and Simple Challenge was to make a card with a dog.  I made two!  The first one uses a retired Squigglefly image.  Colored with Copic markers.

My second card uses two images by James Horvath.   Here is the front of the card using Dog Artist.

I colored with Copic markers and chalk.  The sentiment was computer generated.  The background is some of the fun patterned duck tape!  For the inside I used Digger.

Now it's Monday and time for me to get ready to go back to work.  I really enjoyed this three day weekend!  And since it's Monday, that means there is a new challenge on the Squigglefly Blog.  Maybe I'll actually find time this week to play along!  

Sunday, July 6, 2014

New Cards - and a question

Hi everyone!  I did a little playing with some of the soon to come - should have already been released images!  I PROMISE you that I will be on Ashley's back today to get them in the store pronto, but in the meantime, here are some sneak peeks!

This one uses a really cute set from Carmen Gamble called Birds On A Wire.  It comes with the sentiment and the birds are divided up into three different little sets so you don't have to use them all.  I just connected mine with a little micro fine black ink pen.  I also connect the line to the sentiment.

 I used chalk for the sky background and added a little bit of glitter to some of the birds.

My second card uses an image from Sandra Caldwell that is perfect for summer.  It's called Ladybug Daisy.

I added some glitter to the ladybug's wings, some crystal lacquer to the body, and then some brown puff paint to the center of the daisy.  The background was also chalked on this.

On another note, I've got a Scotch ATG tape gun that I've had for quite a while.  It is only in the past couple of months that it has started giving me a problem with the tape rolling off the rollers when I use it.  I am using the same kind of tape I've always used - Scotch brand.  I finally made a short video showing the problem in the hopes that someone will know what is going on.  If you have one of these tape guns, could you take a look and let me know what you think?  Here's a link in case you can't see the video on my blog -

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

My Sabbatical Ended This Weekend!

Hi everyone!  Well, I really didn't intend to take such a long break.  It just turned out that way.  I have been busy with Squigglefly stuff and have gotten a little bit of crafting done, but not much.
Did you hear the news on the blog that July's release is going to include three new artists?!  Isn't that exciting?  I can't wait for you to see all the new images.

This past weekend I did find myself with some time to play in my craftroom.  It was almost like starting over since it's been so long since I made a card!  But I guess card making is kind of like riding a bike because I made three cards!  Granted, they are very simple cards - but I like how they all turned out!

This first one is for the Teaparty at Splitcoast Stampers.  Our cards are going to a little three year old girl who loves pink!  She contracted e-coli and is having to have dialysis treatments.  Here's the card I made

The image I used is by Niina Niskanen and is called Bunny With Tulips.  I colored with Copic markers and computer generated the sentiment.  I couldn't resist giving him rosy cheeks!

The next card I made is one for my boss's son who has a birthday coming up soon.  He is a baseball player and loves baseball, so I chose Baseball by James Horvath for his card.

Once again, I used Copics to color with.  I chalked the sky and computer generated the sentiment.

My third card was made for my stash which has dwindled down to nothing!  I used Sandra Caldwell's image called Flower Tips.  It was a fun one to color!

Saturday, March 29, 2014


Hi everyone.  Okay, I just have to be honest here.  I am really happy with the growth of Squigglefly, but it has become increasingly obvious that I am not Super Woman.  Well, maybe I could be some people's idea of Super Woman, but I wouldn't be mine!

Most of you know that I manage the Squigglefly design team.  What some of you may not know is, that I also look for and bring in new artists.   (as a matter of fact we have two NEW ARTISTS joining Squigglefy, and you will meet them in May!)  Once a new artist signs on to Squigglefy, I receive their images, get them zipped and make all previews and thumbnails ready for the store.  I also try to comment on all the design team member's blogs as well as each entry into Squigglefly's challenge blog.    I try to copy and send a link to the artists of each card I see posted somewhere  that uses one of their images.  I LOVE doing all of these things!

But then there is my blog.  I started my blog before Squigglefy, and I adore sharing my cards and enthusiasm for Squigglefly images and digital stamps in general, but the sad truth is that I can't do it all.  So instead of pressuring myself and feeling guilty when I don't have a card to post, I have decided to just enjoy the blogging part of me by only sharing when I've got something to share.  I will be focusing my time more on the Squigglefly end of things.

I do so appreciate all of you who have followed me faithfully through the years, and I hope that you will continue to check in from time to time, but I won't be posting as often.  Thanks so much for understanding, and please keep me in your following list because I'm not gone!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Birthday Card In A Box

Hi everyone!  Yesterday we got some disappointing news about our veterinary clinic.  Two of the vets there, and they happen to be our most favorite ones - quit!  They are a mother/daughter team and we loved them so much.  They are going to open up their own practice, but it won't be near us so we are losing them.  We found out when we called to make an appointment for Baxter and were told that they were shuffling around appointments between the two vets who are left so there really were no appointments available.  I ended up having to take Baxter in when they opened up yesterday morning and just leaving him until one of the vets could take a look.  It's not the ideal situation with a dog like Baxter who is still scared of people.  The good news is that it's not anything serious.  He has conjunctivitis in his eyes, which will get better soon with the eye drops they prescribed.  I am sure going to miss our old vets though!

Well, let's get on to today's card.  I have a sister who really likes to get cards that are different in some way.  She likes interactive, different folds, anything unexpected.  The last few times she's gotten a card from me she has said "I love your card, but..."
She has a birthday coming up in April, and I thought making one of those ever popular card in a box's that's been going around lately would be just the thing for her.  I have to say, I do like how it turned out, and they really are easy to make.  I also think I need to invest in more dies for future boxes!

This card has no stamping whatsoever!  I used some fun birthday candle and flower dies.  I coated the candle flames in glitter.  Each flower is on a thin strip of black cardstock that I folded in half.  The sentiment is computer generated and I added a little flower punch to that.  Here are views from the sides so you can see the paper I used on the sides, and also the little border I added to the bottom.

Well, thanks for checking in with me today.  I am really going to try hard to get some cards made so I'll be able to share more this week!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Twisty Easter

Hi everyone!  Sorry for missing posting yesterday.  I overslept yesterday morning, and was doing everything I could to leave on time!  I hope you had a good weekend.  I enjoyed mine, but got very little crafting time in, so I'll probably be missing several posts this week!

The card I have to share with you today was made a challenge at the Outlawz where you had to make a card with an unusual fold.  I chose a Twist Turn card!  

I used the Easter Basket Builder Set and the Easter Sentiments by Paulette Long, and Three Easter Eggs by Pamela Lehto.  I glittered the eggs and added a small little butterfly sticker on the front of the card.

There's a fun, new challenge on the Squigglefly blog!  This week is to you polka dots!  I hope you will consider playing.