Saturday, January 31, 2009

Not your ordinary firefly!

Good Saturday morning! It's taken me all week to finish another card! This one is for all of us (me included) who haven't felt very good this week! Hope you're feeling better!! I sat on the couch in the evenings coloring this week and after I saw Anna Wight's card I just had to watercolor her Whipper Snapper bug like she did! I love, love, love him/her!! So this morning I decided I HAD to get this bug made into a card. I wanted to pull in the aqua and green that I had water colored with so chose this Basic Grey paper from Urban Prairie. Lookie!! It has grey ladybugs on it! You can only see one on my card, but it's like a theme!
And, this, of course, is a close up of the coloring. I think I will get brave next time and cover the whole image with Crystal Effects to make the jar glassy!
Oh yeah, the sentiment is from High Hopes. Perfect for this, huh?
Thanks for visiting today! I'll try to get more cards done for this upcoming week's posts. We've had more snow here so won't venture out too far, just to a Super Bowl party tomorrow. I {{heart}} being home!
Hope your Saturday is one with fun! Cheryl

Monday, January 26, 2009

Valentine Dress Tilda (with sparkle!)

Hi friends! I decided to post this card in the evening. I have usually posted live in the morning because I had time. Now I just don't! Until I get the birds fed and the litter box cleaned and get myself ready for school I have been running late. I hate being late! There is so much to do at school, too!
Anyway, I made this card over the weekend. Do you like it? I used Basic Grey paper from the Bittersweet collection AND from another collection from the past. they look so good together! The hearts are cut from my Nestabilities. The tag, which is from the (Magnolia) New Year;s collection (and was in the winter club kit) is stamped with SU set with a million little words. I guess the rest is pretty self-explanatory to all you stampers out there.
This close up of Tilda shows her beautiful dress. It is colored with the Copic markers listed below and then painted with a couple of coats of Shimmerz in Pink Poinsettia. You really have to shake or stir the tiny jar because all these little silver flecks settle to the bottom. It's really shimmery!
Here are my copic colors,
face E00, E02 and R20 for cheeks
Hair E31, E35, E37
Dress R81, R83 and r85
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

FS103 Celebrate Vicky!

Good Sunday afternoon!
This card is for today's FS over at Splitcoast, Vicky Gould! She is terrific and leaves such nice comments! I saw several chicken cards in her gallery and found her 'shroom card to get a sketch for my card.
This is a new chicken by Anna Wight for Whipper Snapper. It's really cute, IMO!
I stamped the chick on watercolor paper with Versifine ink, let it dry well and then water colored with SU reinkers. I used my Distress in in Vintage Photo for the edges of the Riding Hood Red and Cosmo cricket dp. The dotted paper is from Bo Bunny. I love to pull in the colors by layering with my Nestabilities and that's what you see here!
Water coloring was certainly my first love (before copics) and I used to use it a lot on cards. It felt really good to go back to it for this image.
Good to have you visit today!
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Saturday, January 24, 2009

LSC204 Basic Black

Well, Tilda isn't in Basic Black, but the card is! This is for the Limited Supply Challenge on SCS yesterday! What a great one! Black really does make the colors POP! I had to take my dew drops off and alter them by putting a white punched dot under them so their color shows. I wish I'l have thought to do this first because it did get a little messy looking! In other words, please don't look too closely!
I used Real Red sponged with distress Walnut Stain to darken it behind the Cosmo Cricket (Chemistry) paper and behind Tilda. I used my stencil brushes and Adirondack inks in Cranberry and Butterscotch to make the background behind her.
The letters on the tag are made with an Alphabet set from Papertrey Ink. Tiny little things!
Tilda is colored with copic markers and I punched the leaves from Kiwi Kiss and sponged them with Walnut too. The Hydrangeas are from Prima and the ribbon is from my stash!
The whole card is a little more striking in real life, but I'm photographically challenged!
Thanks so much for coming by to look! I really appreciate it!
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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Vintage Valentine!

Or I could call this "Rox to the Rescue!" I colored this Tilda with braid over the weekend, chose my papers and just couldn't get it to all work together. Today's sketch (SC212) gave me a plan and I think it worked. I love this Tilda with braid. I got mine from Magnolia-licious. I think she was from the holiday collection. I'm sorry I can't find her right now. If you're interested please email Diana at I know she will try to help. I think it's so great that when you color an image differently you can make it fit anything! I was going for a vintage look here. I just love the bg paper from Cosmo Cricket-it's from Wonderland (Christmas!). The brown dotted is the back of a gorgeous piece from Prima Marketing collection called Whisper.
Tilda is of course colored with my copics.
I used wonderful pink shades of R81, R83 and R85 for her clothes. I also put a few stickles on her wings. The sentiment is from SU!

I'm really pleased with this one Yes, ILM!) and hope you like it too!
I'm so happy to say that I heard from Sherri Thacker and she will be getting the Blog Candy soon! Thanks to my good friends offering good advice on how to reach my winner (and to those who offered to help by taking the candy off my hands!). Love you!

Have a great day!
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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Third Time's the Charm!

Well, I hope it is!!
No one has yet claimed my blog candy, so here goes again!

Here are your random numbers:13
Timestamp: 2009-01-20 11:58:55 UTC

Lucky comment 13 is Sherri's!!

Sherri Thacker said...
Your kitties are so cute in the tree like that and I love your cards. Sherri
January 11, 2009 1:34 PM

Sherri, PLEASE contact me at this email address so I can mail the prize to you!
If no takers yet again I will choose another number on Thursday (Jan. 22) between 6:00 and 7:00 am eastern time.
(Does this happen to everyone or just me? Am I doing something wrong? Isn't the idea that they come back to my blog to see if they've won?)

New cards oming soon!
Have a great day!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Here we go again...

Okay, has spoken again and this time the number is comment 64!

The official one:
Here are your random numbers: 64

Timestamp: 2009-01-19 00:13:21 UTC

The comment belongs to Tracy who said;
Tracy said...
I love your "studious" Tilda! She is so cute. What great color choices.
January 12, 2009 5:02 PM

Tracy please email at by Tuesday morning at 7:00 am so I know where to mail your gifts! Thanks so much!

If I don't hear from Tracy I will draw agin on Turesday (Jan. 20) morning!
Have a good evening!

Get Well for FS102

Hi all! Here's my card for the Featured Stamper on SCS today, Stamp_Momma. I enjoyed looking through her gallery! As it happens, I need a Get Well card for a friend and the layout of her card drew me in. I used paper from Daisy D and SU!. I also used a die for my Cuttlebug that I had NEVER used! It's the little corner piece.. When the pieces came out of the die cut I liked the center one so used it on my 'banner'. I colored Riley with my copic markers.
Browns (the usual!) E31, E35, E37 and a darker brown.
Blues: BG10, BG72 (Thanks to Jacque for pointing out my mistake in colors yesterday!)
Greens: YG03, YG93, YG25 and YG95 ( I just couldn't get the color I wanted!)

Be back later with a second prize drawing, if necessary.
Thanks so much for coming to my blog!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

CC201, Dianne and Prize not claimed!

Good morning! Well, I never did get another card finished yesterday, just some coloring! It is taking so much time to reorganize my craft room. Too much stuff if a little space my DH says! What can I say, he's right!

I think this card fits the Color Challenge on SCS this week. I did add chocolate chip, but that is a neutral, right?
I made this card for DianneP575 on splitcoast. She has a terrific gallery!
I used some great dp by Prima Marketing and colored my Tilda with my favorite blues-BG10 and BG72. Her hair is E31 and E35 with a touch of E37. I THINK the flower got a little dirtier with ink than I wanted it to, but it does match better than it looks like it does in my photo!
I have not yet heard from Darlene regarding my blog candy. If I do not hear from her by tomorrow (Sunday, 1/18) at 6:00 pm I will choose another number. Okay, is that how you do it when no one claims the prize? Hope so!!

Hope you're enjoying your Saturday! I am!

Thanks for visiting! Cheryl

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Friday, January 16, 2009

We Have a Winner!

Forgive me-I FORGOT to draw my random number last night! I did it first thing this morning upon hearing that school is closed today! Thank you ALL for all the terrific comments! I truly wish I could send everyone something because you took the time to stop by and to comment! I REALLY appreciate you so much!
Here's our winner!

Here are your random numbers:

Timestamp: 2009-01-16 11:45:26 UTC

So, it's comment number 41, which belongs to Darlene! Congratulations! Thanks for your lovely comment!

Darlene said...
I just love the cards...and the kittens are too cute.Congrats on the 10,000 hits, that's great!Thanks for the chance to win an awesome candy!
January 11, 2009 6:20 PM

Please contact me at this email: so I know where to mail your goodies!

Back later (or maybe sooner, I don't have to go to work today!) with a card!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Eileen's Birthday card!

Good morning! Wow! I'm loving all the nice comments for my blog candy! Thank you so much! There is still time to enter-the drawing will be Thursday, Jan. 15 at 8:00 pm Eastern Time.

I made this card the other day because it was Eileen's birthday! She is a dear friend and she is the aide that works with me in my classroom. We've been together longer than most marriages! 15 years! We also happen to be the same age, well almost. She is 7 months older!

I LOVE the Gruffies so sort of let him stand (well, lay) on his own! I used a silver Spica pen for the candy wrappers. The image is colored with copics. I knew the card should have some ribbon in chocolate brown, but I was working under pressure (as usual) so didn't have the time to figure it out!
The inside has a stamped sentiment saying< "It's your day!" and I wrote underneath "Calories don't count!" Besides her gift I always make her a pan of Tiramisu so this was very appropriate!

Have a great day! Remember to enter on the previous post if you haven't done so yet!
Hugs, Cheryl
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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Several photos and BLOG CANDY!

Hello, my friends! I wanted to get this Magnolia card done for this post! Doesn't Tilda look studious! I hope so because this is for my niece who returns to college next week! Her last semester of undergrad! Yeah, Amber! Tilda and the books are both from Magnolia-licious!
The books are on sale right now! The beautiful dp is from Kaisercraft. I couldn't get a picture to show the rich colors! The sun is shining and it was too bright! Believe me, we'll take it!
These are our adorable kittens. They delighted in climbing the Christmas tree and were not posed for this photo in any way! They peeked out at me when I got the camera to try to capture their antics! Charlie is on the left and Violet is on the right! They are 5 months old now and are siblings. Love them!

Here's why you came! This is some of what I'm offering as a happy prize because you helped me reach 10,000 hits in under 3 months! You rock! There are 3 pads of Basic Grey paper, a Martha Stewart punch and Magnolia stamps. You WILL get these (Farmer Tilda, snowflakes and sunflowers) AND another Tilda that I don't have yet! There may be some other additions of ribbon and paper when I start packing the box!
Just leave a comment on this post and I will use to choose a number at 8:00 p.m. on January 15th.

One more card. I posted this on SCS for today's Featured stamper JaydeKay! She has a terrific gallery and it was hard to decide on one.
Thanks for visiting today! I hope you found something you enjoyed looking at!
Thanks for your support of my efforts by stopping by and commenting! (I hope I have done all of this correctly for my giveaway!)
Have a good evening!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Tilda waits for her Valentine!

Hi! This is a great day for me! I'm organizing (well, starting to organize) my craft room and I checked my blog and saw that I had made 10,000 hits! Yippee! How could I not stop working and create a card! I HAD to! Sorry about the mess, Dave, I'll get back to my work soon!

Well, here's the card. This is waiting Tilda and I got mine from Magnolia-licious! I had colored this red and pink Tilda on Friday night as I was thinking about the Limited Supply challenge. I used Bo Bunny Valentine paper from a couple of years ago. The puffed looking heart behind her is cut from some of that dp. My card base is white and I used a layer of Pacific Point! This is the first time I have used that color. I'm not crazy about it, but my friend, Lisa has been so encouraging in many ways that I used it for her! Shout out to Lisa (lakind on SCS)!

Card details:
My Tilda skin is colored with my usual E00, E02 to shade and R20 for her cheeks. The browns are E31, E35 and E37 (hair and boots). Her red outfit is R46 around the edges, leaving some white in the center of each section. Then I used the blender pen around in the wihite area and touching into the red. This starts to fill it in a bit with a lighter color. After that I used R35 (coral) in that center area. finally, I added touches of R59 to darken in the shadowed areas. The pink on her scarf and mitten is R20. I left it white in the middle and then used the blender pen to smear the edges of my coloring. I used a spica pen on the shoelace thingies on her boots and a very dark brown for the laces. I made the bow, which I am not crazy about! and punched and added pearls to the
corners. This card is an unusual 4.25" x 5", but it seemed to work!

Fun to come!
PLEASE come back tomorrow. I have taken a picture of some of the giveaway stuff for reaching 10,000! More details tomorrow !
Ya'll come back now, y'hear!
Thanks! Cheryl

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

A simple card and a PRIZE alert!

Good morning! Here is Tilda in the Dalecarlia coat! Aren't pink and brown the best together?! I think so! Not every card has to have ribbon and other stuff and this one is quite simple. (As I write this I'm thinking, "What else should I have added?")!
I used Pink Pirouette and Basic Grey Bittersweet dp. This is a sketch I saw somewhere, maybe the Verve challenges?

I wanted to post so I could share this blog as a place to get a great prize! Some ribbon some Primas, a Hangler stamp and 100 Hanglar Stanglar images! Wow, I want to win! LIM has a different prize for those in Sweden and Norway! Check it out and enter by January 24Th. LIM's Blog:

Have a great day!
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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

SC209-Last week's sketch!

I made this card when Rox posted the sketch last week, but saved it for when I needed a post! Not having posted anything since Sunday made me want to use it today!
This is the same (Pink collection) Tilda that I used a few days ago, similar colors, but a completely different layout! Here's the post for Tilda's colors.
The card base is Kraft and is scored with my Scor-Pal about 1/4" in from each edge. It is also sponged with Distress Ink in Walnut. These two things gave the plain bg some interest, I thought. The Cosmo Cricket Chemistry paper is mounted on chocolate chip as is the white layer behind Tilda. That layer has also been cuttlebugged with the heart folder and sponged with Barely Blush. The sentiment is from Short and Sweet by SU! The oval behind the white piece is punched from a dp scrap. I used a little brown marker behind Tilda so she had something to sit on! I few dew drops on the left side of the card to balance out the right side and she was finished. I like how this came out and think I might make a few more.
Hope you like too!
Again, my thanks for checking out my blog! I'm getting close to 10,000 hits and am getting some gifts together!
Off to school! We have a one hour delay due to ice, but I live 1/4 mile away so I think I can get there safely (and get some work done)!
Have a great day! Cheryl
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Sunday, January 4, 2009

FS100 JulieHRR

Just a very quick post today!
It's back to work tomorrow and I have so much I want to get done today-mostly getting cards in the mail to people who have been kind enough to send me cards! I hate always being late! Wish I could make a New Year's resolution, but I don't think it would help!
I also must get a straightening my stamp/craft room! It's awful and I think some things must GO!

Today's card is made for the Featured Stamper on SCS-JulieHRR. She has a fantastic gallery of clean and classic cards.
I used paper that she frequently uses-the dotted. I stamped on white Papertrey Select and colored with copic markers. I used my Nestability to cut the square and the tag (that's a new spellbinders die for me!) You can see it's pretty simply constructed!

For my frog I used copic markers YG03, YG23, YG25 and then YG95. I always use my colorless blender to mix the colors on a piece.

Hope you're having a good day! I know there are lots of teachers dreading tomorrow! It's going to be a LONG week! LOL!
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Saturday, January 3, 2009

Cake Nouveau-IC161

Good morning! The inspriation challenge really put me in a mood to create a different type of card! I really need practice with the clean, classic looking cardNicole Heady the head guru at papertrey Ink is wonderfully talented. I remember a card in yellows similar to this on her blog, so I must give her credit. I didn't go look the card up for fear I would copy hers exactly! She's so good!
So this is my version. I used one of the clear blossoms from PTI and embossed it with white dots from PTI's Dotted set. My first mistake was not using my embossing buddy to clean the flower! (don't look too closely, please!). Then I stamped a larger dot in Pallette ink in a Rose color. After 2 rows I embossed the lines with my Scor-Pal where my ribbon would go. Then I completed stamping rows of dots the rest of the way to the top of the card. I put my ribbon around and tried to put the brad through the ribbon so it wouldn't show. I hadn't cut the ribbon long enough! Grrrr! So I glued the ribbon down and spread the brad and put the flower on top. That's why you can see the brad a bit. I tried to hide it behind dots! Below is the cake which inspired me this morning! The site that Stef has linked through the challenge has the most amazing cakes. Check it out here!
As always, thanks for coming by today! A special thank you to those who have commented that they come by everyday! I love you!
Happy Saturday!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Tilda Valentine for January sketch

Well, it's almost the end of our Christmas break so what was I to do today? Create something, of course!
I made this card to go with the Magnolia-licious January sketch (see one post down for ALL the details!
I've been very stuck on brown lately, this time I paired it with coral colors. It also includes many of My Favorite Things so I think it qualifies for today's Limited Supply challenge on SCS.
I use a Martha Stewart flower, Basic Grey and Cosmo Cricket papers, my cuttlebug with embossing and Nestabilities and Magnolia stamps!
Here are the copic colors I used: Face, hands and legs E00, E02 and R20 for cheeks. Hair E31, E35, E37 and a touch of E51. Yellows Y17 and Y38. The pinks, reds, and corals are listed from light to dark. They are R11, R20, RV42, R22 R32, R35, R29, R59.
(Thanks to those who comment that they like when I list my colors!)
oh, yes, the Tilda is from the Pink collection and I was inspired by Claudia to use the bench on my card! Thanks, Claudia!
Guess that's it for this post! Have a creative weekend!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

January sketch for Magnolia-licious For You!

Good morning and Happy 2009! As for me, I hope it is better than 2008. Our family went through some losses last year with lots of sadness. But we're doing better. It gets easier to remember the good things about our loved ones.

Things began to look up when Diana Crick asked me to be on her design team in October 2008 for the Magnolia stamps she was going to start selling in her store. Now here I am with my "entry" for the second sketch challenge! This one was created by the wonderfully talented Suzy Haglighi.

My card is 5x5 inches square. The card base is Kraft. I used dp by Prima Marketing called the Aurora Collection. It was a papercraft kit and had the wonderful die cut tag in green that is behind Tilda. There is a circle element to it. Can you see it behind her? Circles were cut using my cuttlebug and nestabilities. All edges were sponged with Distress ink in Vintage Photo to cover the white edges and give the pieces some depth ( I really hate those white edges!). The flowers are from Prima (dirtied up with more brown ink) and I have several sizes of white pearls so I added those. The Tilda image is "Tilda in her Christmas socks" and she is colored with copic markers. I used E00, E02 for her skin and R20 for her cheeks. Her dress is my favorite blue, BG10 (a perfect match for SUs Soft sky) and is then darkened with a little BG72 and just touches of BG09. Her hair is E31 and E35.

Please won't you consider playing along with our sketch. Just go to Magnolia-licious and e-mail Diana a photo of your card. She'll take care of the rest. While you're there check out her Perpetual Sale items. There are some good deals.
You can also check out the blogs of my design mates Claudia
Suzanne and, of course, Suzy.
Thanks for coming by my blog on this first day of the new year! Wishing you only good things!


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