Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Do you know why manhole covers are round? This was a question that was asked by my Geometry teacher when I was in the 10th grade. Have you got a clue? It's because the circle is the only geometric shape that can't be turned to allow the lid to fall through the hole. The lip of the hole being a smaller diameter circle that the lid, just won't let it happen. That's your Math class for today, and brings up the question, why is she talking about circles?

Well the reason is that it is the theme this week over on the Phindy's Place Challenge Blog. I wanted to use more than my image cut in a circle, so I went digging around in my paper stash. I found this great Christmas paper that had circles on it along with the coordinating papers with the polka dots. I knew it had to be a Christmas card. I also found a sketch that used a bunch of circles as embellishments, remembered I had some sucker embellishments that looked like peppermints(I cut the sticks off), and finally went looking for just the right Phindy's Place image(I knew there were a ton of Winter Cutie Christmas Images). I found the PERFECT one for my card. It's called "Peppermint Perfection". He or she(it's a very versatile image) can be found at the Phindy's Place Shop HERE. I've colored him with Copics.
The Sentiment is from Create with TLC, and as I said the paper is from my stash. I think it's from a paperpack I bought from Walmart about 4 years ago to use to make some invitations. I love the way this card turned out, and thinking of Christmas has me thinking it's a little cooler(that and knocking the thermostat down a notch or two).

Monday, June 27, 2011

Sugar and Spice with a Twist

Create a sarcastic or humorous card. That is the challenge this week over on the Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog. Well since I love a little, well okay, a lot of sarcasm, this was a fun challenge for me. After all, Tiddly Inks has tons of images that lend themselves to both humor and sarcasm. That's probably the reason I'm so drawn to them.
For my image I chose this adorable little boy playing mud pies in the sand. He's called "Muddy Adventures" and can be found at the Tiddly Inks Shop. He's colored with Copics.

The papers are digital and come from Oscraps and a kit called "Of the Essence Add-on" from fei-fei's stuff. The sentiment is from Ginger's House and thought it was perfect for the image. Doesn't it make you think of the birth control commercial where the woman is waffling back and forth about having another baby or waiting? Definitely waiting, I'm thinking.

Thanks for stopping by.

Two Cards for One Post

I'm going to use this blog to post two cards for two different challenges. It'll save those followers I have, from double duty, and will help me get them both blogged before challenge deadline passes.

This first card is for the Sassy Cheryl's Challenge Blog this week. We were asked to created a gift card/money holder for a baby. Thanks to Linda C, I had the perfect papers from a paper pack called Party Time from My Mines Eye and this sheer green ribbon to use to create this card. She's figured out that I love hot pink and lime green together.

The image is called "Special Stork Delivery Girl" and can be found at the Sassy Cheryl Shop. It's one of her newest images and isn't it delightful. She's colored with Copics. She looks like she's not sure what world she's dropped into. The sentiment was created by me in Photoshop, and you can grab it at the end of the post if you want.

The second card is for Sassy Cheryl's Color Me challenge, and this image is called "First Steps Boy". Having a grandson that is all about either hunting or cowboys, I had to make his first pair of boots camouflage. The diapers are inspired by the latest trend in disposable diapers - decorative ones. My great nephew had a pair on the last time he was here for a visit.
The papers are printed from a digital paper pack from Computer Scrapbook Dot Com called NO! A Toddler's Creed Boy by Jessica Salty. I decided to make a rocking card(saw one somewhere) and created the cut file in MTC to cut. Again the sentiment is my own and created in Photoshop, and it also is at the end of the post.

Here's the word art. You should be able to left click on it and then save it to a file.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Show Me Thursday

It's that time again for a nosey in everyones work space as a part of Sassy Cheryls Show Me Thursday challenge. I don't have a lot going on in mine right now, as I've been out of town for the weekend on an ADVENTURE(future post to tell you all about it). At any rate, this is what's happening in Tazmania right now.

Friday morning I got home from loading kayaks(part of the Adventure story), to find a Priority Mail box on the back of my car. I thought it was a late gift from DD for my DH for Father's day, but NO it was a box from me from my dear friend Linda C. She sent me a box of goodies including some glittery paper, some fabulous hot pink tulle and some sheer lime green ribbon(she knows me so well as this happens to be my favorite color combination). There were stamps and embellishments in the box too. Oh and I going to have some fun with these. Thank you dear friend.I'm also working on Copic cases to sell(raffling one off at the Lungs 4 Life Fundraiser), so last Thursday night I sat and scored two sets of boxes for the large Copic cases and one set of boxes for a Medium case(246 boxes total). I still have to fold and glue them all together along with actually sew the cases that these boxes go into.And finally, I have been wanting a rolling rack that would roll under the end of my work table that would hold my air compressor and my embellishment boxes. Because of the dimensions, it was very hard to find. DH had promised to build me on(that didn't happen) and then a dear friend's DH made me one, but lost my sketch and built what he thought I wanted. It would only hold two boxes of embellishments(my plans would have held 8). DH promised to add another shelf so it would hold 4 boxes of embellishments(that didn't happen either). Imagine my delight when last weekend at Sam's, I discovered this shoe rack. It didn't have rollers, but I decided I could add them, so made a side trip by Harbor Freight for the rollers. Well I had thought I could super glue the rollers onto the bottom of the legs, but that didn't work. I shamed DH into modifying the bottom(on Father's Day no less) by reminding him of the two above promises that didn't get delivered on. He wished me a Happy Mother's Day when he finished(he thinks he's funny and he is). At any rate this works great, because the top also holds not only my air compressor, but my Cuttlebug, my diecuts and my embossing folder and the two lower shelves have space for 6 boxes of embellishments. I have the left side of the table to use the air compressor or the Cuttlebug.Thanks for taking a nosey in my space and be sure to post your space over on Sassy Cheryl's blog. Hey we get to gander at what you have going on, and you have a chance of winning a free image. Come on and join the fun.

Lungs 4 Life Fundraiser

Morning friends and anyone that happens across my blog. I have a special favor to ask of each of you today. There is a special person that needs our help, and we can help and support our crafting addiction at the same time( a total win/win for everyone). For a $20 donation you will receive 13 digital images from some fantastic designers and there's a raffle opportunity with some awesome prizes. Here's the information and here's the Link to the fundraiser. Here's a small portion of the information about the Fundraiser.

The Lungs 4 Life Fundraiser is now in FULL swing! Sassy Cheryl's along with some amazingly generous artists and incredibly GENEROUS contributors is taking this opportunity to raise funds for Tripp Oldham, a 19 year old boy suffering from Cystic Fibrosis.
Doesn't this photo just capture his spirit!

Tripp will need a double lung transplant in the next 2 years and his family is in need of raising money in order for this to happen.

All donations from this fundraiser will go directly to the LUNGS 4 LIFE charity fund.
We hope too, that you will save the Loves Healing Hands/Lungs 4 Life logo, located in the right-hand column, and post on your blog or website to help spread the word.

We are making some incredible images and prizes (just below digi package) available to you just for participating.

First up, we have put together a fantastic package of digi stamps for you to have for a simple donation of just $20.
A GREAT BIG, HUGE thank you to these amazing ladies who donated their time and artwork to the Lungs 4 Life fundraiser.
This package consists of digi images from artists such as:
. . .and myself, Sassy Cheryl.

Please know that this is such a WORTHY cause and any donation and or purchase that you make is GREATLY appreciated.

Along with this incredible digi pack, there's also going to be a Raffle with 5 fantastic prizes. You can donate $1, $5, $10, $25, $50 and $100. For every dollar you donate you get an entry in the raffle. Here are a list of the prizes(more details on the Lungs 4 Life Fundraiser site)

1st Place Prize: Handmade Copic Marker Case
2nd Place Prize: $120 Gift Voucher to Nana Vic's Digitals
3rd Place Prize: Two Sets of Amazing Stamps
4th Place Prize: $50 Gift Voucher to the Sassy Cheryl's Shop
5th Place Prize: McMahon Five Designs Stamp and Embellishment Set

One of my favorite parts of the crafting community is our willingness to get in and help those that need our support. Thanks for reading and hope you can find it in your heart to participate in some way, and as Cheryl reminds us PRAY for this family as nothing is more important than prayer. Please help to get the word out!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Another Black and White Card

When the Phindy's Place Challenge Blog DT chose Black and White for their weekly challenge, ideas just started popping in my head.

Last week I was over on Paulette's Create with TLC site and found the sentiment I used for this card. I knew when I saw the sentiment that it, with the Phindy's Place image, "Skinny Sale", was a perfect combination. You can find the image at Phindy's Place store, HERE. I colored her with Copics and put her in black(makes you look thinner or at least makes you think you look skinnier) capris and a red(one of my favorite colors) shirt. I also gave her my dyed red hair color. I think I see a resemblance, especially if I don't get my eating under control.As I mentioned, the sentiment is from Create with TLC, one of my favorite places for sentiments. Paulette is so generous with her free sentiments, and only expects a "thank you" in a comment in return. The papers are from all over the place. The gingham is from Bev Rochester. The floral background paper is from the Shabby Princess' free Urban Kiwi Kit and the embossed flower paper is from Just So Scrappy 2's Denim and Lace kit. I found the ribbon flowers in the sewing aisle at WalMart and stuck it on a chipboard flower(actually matches the Urban Kiwi papers) I picked up in the sale items at Michael's a long time back.

OK, I really have to get on with my day. I still have miles to go before I sleep.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

SMT on Wednesday

I love having a nosey in other peoples work spaces, so it's only fair to show you mine. This is all for the chance of winning a free image from Sassy Cheryl. All you have to do is post a picture of what you're work space or what's going on in your life for the week over on Sassy Cheryl's Blog.

Well get ready for the mess that I had in TM yesterday afternoon. I was making a challenge card and working on Copic boxes to sell and things got a little messy(OK a LOT messy). The pile of Copics are the ones I used on my card. On the corner is the small Copic box, that I'm filling with small boxes to actually hold the Copics so that they don't fall down inside the box. The far end of the table has the cutting mess I've made. I want a new die cutting machine, and I'm going to be making the boxes to sell with a quilted carrying case. I'm trying to finish up a small Copics box.

Are you sitting down? Before I left to go in to eat supper, I cleaned up my mess and set up my work area for scoring and assembling of the boxes. Looks like a totally different space doesn't it. Notice I even emptied the trash can and you can't tell, but I also swept the floor. Somebody check my temperature.Come on and post your space and get in the challenge for a free Sassy Cheryl image. Also be sure to nosey around in everyones spaces. It's tons of fun.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

It's Black and White

Over on the Phindy's Place Challenge Blog, we were asked to create a card using only black and white(with the exception of the image). How much fun is that.
I opted to create a Bridal Shower card using this adorable image from Phindy's Place called Babbie Bride, and can be found HERE. I love this sweet babbie, because she reminds me so much of all the little girls I've known, who have to play bride. She's colored with Copics, and as you can see, she's colorful. She confiscated her Mama's white tablecloth, but could only find a gingham napkin and of course she had on her favorite pink and green shorts. She also got into her Mama's closet and took her gold shoes.

I wish I could tell you where I found the black and white paper, but I downloaded for free months ago and didn't save it with the source. I created the sentiment in Photoshop and feel free to grab it if you want it. Just click on it and then right click and save it.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

At Last a Sassy Cheryl Card

I know, I know, it's been a while since I participated in a Sassy Cheryls Challenge, but I'm in this week. This week's challenge issued by DT Kim was to create a tent card. Since all that entailed was basically making the card open from the bottom rather than the side, this was as easy or as complicated(aperture) as you wanted it to be. I chose EASY!!!!
The image I chose is called "First Day of School" and can be found at the Sassy Cheryl Store, HERE. She's colored with Copics, of course. I printed the papers from a digital paper kit called Summer Spirits by Goodness & Fun that I got from My Grafico. They were retiring the kit and had it on sale for a phenomenal price(and I do like a bargain). The colors are so bright and cheerful, and I know that I will be using them again.

I've had this card finished except for the sentiment since Friday. I just couldn't do a back to school sentiment when everyone is just getting out, so I wanted an end of school sentiment. Someone who shall remain unnamed but whose initials are SC has been nagging me about the card, so this morning creating a sentiment in Photoshop and finishing this card took top priority. I'm including the word art, so be sure to click on it and save it, if you want it.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Totally Flat

When the DT over at Tiddly Inks Blog Challenge issues a challenge, they ISSUE a challenge. This week, the challenge is to create a flat card. Well, no one likes a good challenge better than me. I decided I wanted to see what I could do with Photoshop in creating a card for the challenge, rather than just printing the image on a piece of white cardstock. My knowledge of Photoshop is sadly lacking, but that didn't stop me. I will have to say, I could probably have done this a whole lot faster if I'd been cutting and gluing, but I learned a lot. This is a TOTALLY flat card, and I'm amazed with how well I think it turned out.
This image is appropriately enough called Daddy's Girl and can be found at the Tiddly Inks Store, HERE. She's colored with Copics(thank you Larissa as I used a card you did to help me with the shading). All of the papers used on the card are from The Shabby Princess' Sweet Sprinkles Kit and the word art is from Create with TLC. The only things not computer generated are the doodling marks and the coloring.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

I'm On A Roll

After not making a card in over a month, I'm trying to "catch up", so here's my second card for the Phindy's Place Challenge Blog's Water Challenge. This adorable image is called "Easy Living", and he can be found HERE at Phindy's Place. I've colored him with Copics.

This is called a Starburst card and I got the instructions for it from Operation Write Home's Stars and Stripes Blog. The papers are digital and are from the Clovis the Clown Kit from Raspberry Road Designs. Don't they remind you of summer? The word art is some I created in Photoshop, and please free to grab it.I even straightened up TM before I left tonight in hopes of being able to get a third card done for the challenge tomorrow.

Finally A Card!

It has been over a month since I blogged a card. No wonder I'm feeling like I'm in crafting withdrawals. Not to worry, I'M BAAACCCCCCKKKKKKKKK!!!!!!

This week on the Phindy's Place Challenge Blog, you're supposed to make a card about Water. Well, this is hopefully just the first of three cards I'm going to get made, and I haven't begun to tap the images that you can use with water. This sweetheart is from the Summer Cuties collections and is appropriately called "Seaside Baby". She can be found at Phindy's Place Store, HERE.
She's colored with Copics. The papers are digitals, that I printed. They're from the Sweet Serenity collection from The Shabby Princess. The word art is some I created in Photoshop(I've posted it below and you're welcome to grab it). The sketch is one from this month's issue of Card Maker.Off to get busy on another card for the challenge. It feels wonderful to be back to creating cards. WOOHOO!!!!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

SMT Cowboys and Indians

It's been forever since I did a blog post. When you're entertaining(read that as trying to keep up with) a 4 1/2 year old, it seems to be hard to find time to do anything for yourself. I haven't made a card in so long, I hope the mojo is there when I get TM back in shape. So for all you nosey folks here's what's been happening with me and my crafty place.

As you know, we went to Phoenix for DGD's graduation from HS. We brought MM back with us on May 25th. I took him back via airplane on Friday, June 10th and came home yesterday. We had a fabulous time with him. He is his mother's child, with a very active imagination and a mouth that never stops(unless he's asleep). My daughter says the state of Mississippi needs to hire him for tourism, as he's convinced his whole pre-school that Mississippi is this magical place. Well it is, especially if you're at Camp Gran and Grandpa's. This trip included his regular activities of horseback riding, driving the tractor and feeding the fish down at the dock. However to all the previous adventures, we've added target shooting and riding(and driving) the three wheeler. He's all about Cowboy, and after watching a cowboy show decided he needed a vest. Who better to make that happen than Gran. He also has a teepee at home that I made for him, but his only Indian outfit is a Pajama Kerta from India and thus the only Indians he really understood, so a Native American outfit was a necessity.

Here's my table and crafting space as I left it when I finished the Indian outfit at 8:30 Friday morning, shortly before departing for the airport.

I made him a couple of vests. One is more a dress or gambler's vest so it reminded me of Bat Masterson.

The next vest is what I call his Marshall Dillon vest. This child loves Country Western music and can sing the entire Tobey Keith song " I Should've Been a Cowboy". I have it on video and if I can figure out how to get it to play I'll post it soon(it's too funny).Finally here are the pictures of him in his Indian outfit(notice he figured out how to use the vest as another costume). I think he can also use this outfit to play a frontiersman, like Davy Crockett.

Thanks for stopping by. It's great to be back to blogging. Now off to clean up in TM, so I can get back to doing something for me.

Oh and don't forget to post what you have going on in your life this week over on Sassy Cheryl's blog, so the rest of us decidedly curious folks can see.