Tuesday, July 30, 2013


It's time again to get my first of two posts in for the two week Show Me Thursday  Post on the Sassy Cheryl Blog. Just come join the rest of us nosey parkers, post what you've got going on for a chance to win a Sassy Cheryl image and to have some fun nosing around and finding out what others have going on in their lives.

For the past week besides the wallpaper removal(which one room is done by the way), I've been working on OWH cards for the troops to write home to their family. So here are the cards I've made in this last week.

This card was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest. The cards were made using cardstock and my Cameo.

This is another card that was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest. I created the flower with my Silhouette Cameo. The papers are from a digital paper kit called

This card was also inspired from a card I saw on Pinterest, but I made it my own changing the round buttons to hearts and adding the Pot of gold along with  the cloud sentiment.

This next card was created using papers and elements from a digital paper kit called Just Beachy from Just So Scrappy 2. I used the trace function to trace the banners and then print and cut them. 

I saw this card on the Papercraft Planet site on Pinterest. I simply filled several cat tail files from the Silhouette store with color and printed it and the sentiment on card stock. After printing and cutting, I used the wax water color crayons for the shading.

I have a great nephew that loves Thomas(most little boys do), so I found a kit from ReviDevi called Choo Choo Train Parade. I took the kit, put the train tracks to create a frame, then added the train, and added Coleman's name. Print and cut them with my Cameo, and created these great cards for Coleman. Hitting two and going to Pre-school this fall, he'll be attending birthday party. These cards will be just the thing to put in the presents he gives.

I took the sketch from last week's Tuesday Morning Sketches and the Choo Choo Train parade to create this card. The papers are from the digital kit Choo Choo from Crazy 4 Monograms at Just So Scrappy 2's store. I created the train and then printed and cut it in one piece. I'm telling you, I love that Cameo.

Throw in cleaning the refrigerator, and that's what I've been doing this week.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Best Friends

This week the challenge over on the Sassy Cheryls Challenge Blog was set by the delightfully sassy Miss Ann, and it was BBF - Best Friends Forever.

When I was sorting through my Sassy images trying to come up with some ideas, I came across this image called Thick as Thieves. It reminded me of my cousin's daughter and her dog, Charlie. Unfortunately she is off at college, and so Charlie is now my cousin's new BFF. I've colored the image with PrismaColor and Faber-Castell pencils.

The papers and sentiment are from a digital paper kit called Lipstick Jungle by Crazy 4 Monograms, purchased from Just So Scrappy 2. I created the rhinestone flourish using my Cameo. The sketch is the Tuesday Morning Sketches challenge blog.

It's not too late to enter the challenge. You have until 5 p.m. EST for a chance to win not one, but TWO Sassy Cheryl images.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Vinyl and Wallpaper for SMT

Hey it's only Tuesday, and I'm getting my SMT post done for week two for the Sassy Cheryls' Blog.

I got my house cleaned, but that's no fun to show. That left me the weekend to play.

On Sunday afternoon my niece came out with Coleman and Lucy Ann. Coleman is going to pre-school this fall, and she needed me to put his monogram on his backpack. This is just the outdoor vinyl cut with my Silhouette Cameo. I also did an heat transfer vinyl monogram on an outfit for Lucy Ann.

On Monday, I spent the morning emptying everything everything out of the front bedroom in my house getting ready to redo it starting with stripping the wallpaper and painting. Now my dining room and foyer are packed to the gills with the bedroom stuff. This afternoon we had rain all afternoon, so instead of going out to TM and play as I'd planned, I started the process of stripping wallpaper. I got over 1/2 the room done. Hopefully I'll get it finished in the morning.

So that's what I've been doing this week, how about you?

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Let's Have Some Outdoor Fun

It's almost the end of time to post a challenge card for the Sassy Cheryl's Challenge Blog, but at least I'm not the absolute last minute getting my challenge card made. The DT did an absolutely an amazing job with creating projects with Outdoor Fun & Games as a theme. They set a very high bar.

For my challenge card, I went with creating a scene. I, however, chose to use an image from the old store called Indiana Jo. Back in my youth, I would have thought this might be lots of fun, but with age come wisdom or maybe fear. Those cattails look like a good place for an alligator or a snake to hang out, so no thank you. The image is colored with PrismaColor and Faber Castell Pencils.

The tree and the cattails are all from the Silhouette America Online store. I used Judy and Dawn's cloud stencil method to create the sky. Everything is raised with pop-up tape to give dimension.

Now I'm off to bed. I've got fantastic plans for tomorrow, that include getting a bedroom emptied in preparation of stripping wallpaper and maybe cleaning out a refrigerator. If you'd like to join me, I can play Tom Sawyer with the best of them.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

It's Show Me Thursday Time

In actual fact, I think I should have done this post yesterday, but the rules say two entries within the two week time period. At any rate, the post is going to show you what I was working on last week through yesterday, so the pictures are for the right week. In case you haven't figured out what I'm talking about, it's ALL about doing a post of what you've got going on in your part of the world each week and adding it to the Show Me Thursday Challenge over on the Sassy Cheryls Blog. Seems we're all a bit of nosey parkers and love to see what you're doing. You need to make sure you go check out the entries, because there are always some amazing things to see, including cards, scenery, babies and food(especially chocolate). The diversity of the posts makes them fun to read.

So after getting through the Shrimp Boil, I buckled down last week and started working on some blank OWH cards for the troops. As I was working on them, my BFF stopped by to drop off a framed picture of the article that they did about my OWH carding in our local paper. Needless to say, I wouldn't have had it framed myself, but I love the way it's done. It will be hanging over my tall table in Tazmania. The best part of the article was that I got an e-mail the next day asking for 100 Any Hero cards to take to a family reunion. Talk about thrilled.

Then it was on to the card making. This is 56 cards I made. Everything was print and cut with my Cameo. 
I more or less CASEd the first two cards from Pinterest and the last card was in a card magazine. I found the light bulb in the Silhouette store and instead of cutting out all the parts, just filled the parts with the appropriate colors and cut out the shape. It saves lots of time when you're doing multiples.

Found the You're a Lifesaver card and Cased it from a Magazine. I saw a pinterest card with a bicycle built for two, with that sentiment. Found this image in the Silhoutte store, filled it wth color and printed it over the cloud background paper.

The Queen Ann's Lace is actually an image I bought at the Silhouette store. I took the original image(with the leaves) duplicated it, cut off the leaves and changed the size and the direction to create the bouquet. In the yellow card, I actually duplicated the whole image, zoomed in and cut off the tips with my knife tool. I then grouped them, filled the heads with yellow and layered them over a gray base image. Print and cut the rectangle, not the image. Finally went and added glossy accents to the yellow heads.

My neighbor has 3 granddaughters so Monday afternoon instead of cleaning house(which I'm taking a break from to do this post), I helped her with making hairbows for them.

And finally yesterday, I worked on a project(it's a technique I hadn't tried, and wanted to make sure it would work) for a shoebox craft that we're doing a get together in October with some of my crafting buddies. Why the big ? you ask? Because it's a surprise and the nosey parkers are going to be checking out this post. Keep guessing girls. Anna and I have you in for a big surprise. I will tell you that my test project turned out great, and will be doing this again and again.

Oh am I mean.LOL

OK, the party's over, back to cleaning.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Hats On At Sassy Cheryl's

It seems I've been on a hiatus from entering Sassy Cheryl's Challenge for the last couple of weeks. It was the end of MM's vacation, plus the annual Shrimp Boil. In the words of the Terminator, I'M BACK! This week was an easy challenge too, since the challenge was to create a project with an image with a hat. Considering that Sassy Cheryl is rarely seen without a hat, it only makes since that many of her images have hats on their heads.

I'm just hoping that a toboggan counts as a hat. I decided that the summer weather was the perfect reason to do a winter card. It's one of the few places I want to see snow. This image is called Smooth Sailing. I actually made two cards. In one I colored the image with Copics and in the other I colored the image with PrismaColor and Faber-Castell pencils

The papers are from Crazy 4 Monograms kit called Ice Ice Baby from Just So Scrappy 2.

It's certainly good to be back and in to making Sassy Cheryl Cards.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Show Me Thursday Shrimp Boil

This past Saturday was our annual Round about the 4th Shrimp Boil down at Tibbee Bluff. It's an event that includes men, women and children.

I thought I would share with you some of the younger attendees to the Shrimp Boil for my Show Me Thursday post at Sassy Cheryls Blog. I've had the pictures ready to post, but somehow time got away from me  with babysitting on Monday, cleaning deep freezes on Tuesday(didn't want to share a picture of me hanging upside down in the freezers), and cleaning the Camphouse this morning.

DH has a sister named Lucy, she has a granddaughter named Lucy Jane. He also has a brother who has a granddaughter named Lucy Ann. It's funny that they are the only two redheads in the family. This is a picture of our Lucys.

My SIL, the co-hostess bought some of those decorated cookies for the dessert table. I'm sure every mom is still muttering under their breath. Seems she didn't know that food coloring doesn't easily wash out of clothes. This is a picture of DBIL's grandson, Corbin, 1st cousin to Lucy Ann after playing hard and having one of said cookies.

This is a picture of the second cousins. The girls are sisters and the boys are first cousins and second  cousins to the girls.

I have to end with this picture. This is Corbin at the end of the night at the Shrimp Boil. Can I say I know exactly how he felt. One minute he was sitting up awake and watching TV, and the next he was out for the count.

Someone asked for the Comeback Sauce recipe. Here it is. My niece says it's good on anything, including crackers. I know for a fact it's good on shrimp, chicken, tomatoes and baked potatoes.

                                     Comeback Sauce
1 cup mayonnaise                                           1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
½ cup vegetable oil                                        2 cloves garlic, pressed
¼ cup ketchup                                                1 small onion, minced(I puree it)
¼ cup chili sauce                                            2 dashes Louisiana hot sauce
1 Tbsp. black pepper                                      2 dashes paprika
1 Tbsp. prepared mustard                               2 Tbsp. water

Blend all ingredients together. It’s better if you make it the day before. Use with any raw vegetable or great with shrimp. Keeps well in the refrigerator.

As most of you know, my DH is one of 14 children. They have been blessed with long lives. 13 of the 14 are still with us. They range in age from 90 to 60. Don't know how many more of these pictures we're going to get, but we take them every time we can. These 13 are responsible for 26 1st cousins and 39 second cousins.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

End of Camp and On to the Shrimp Boil

It's time once again to show pictures of what you have going on in your world for the Sassy Cheryl Show Me Thursday Challenge. For some it's crafting and gorgeous cards. For others of us, it's moving from the end of camp onto the next project. At any rate, whatever it is, if you take the time to check out the posters, you'll get a delightful look at other worlds beside your own. Hey and you get a chance at a free SC image, so how can you lose.

Well MM and his Dad left on a plane Saturday afternoon from Birmingham headed home after what MM will remember as one of his best summers ever. He's going to be trying to talk his parents into letting him come for two months next summer. I'm all for it, because it won't be long before he'll think he's too old to come to MS for the summer, but then again, maybe not. At any rate, this picture is of our last kayak run on Saturday morning. You can't see his expression too well due to the shadows, but he's laughing, because he and Grandpa are "putting their backs into it" at the end of the run.

This weekend is the annual Swoope Shrimp Boil. Yesterday I went to Walmart and they had the 2.5 gallon plastic jugs with spouts on sale, so I picked up three to use for tea and lemonade. I had some fun with my Cameo and Vinyl creating labels for the jugs, so there won't be any questions asked.

Finally, I made the Comeback Sauce for the shrimp. It's a huge hit for dipping shrimp, chicken, fish, putting on sliced tomatoes, baked potatoes and it's even good on crackers. It's called Comeback Sauce, because you'll be coming back for more. I hope I have enough. This is 5 makings of the recipe. It's better if it sits a few days so all the ingredients can meld with each other.

Thanks for stopping by. You probably can guess what next week's SMT post is going to be.