Monday, January 31, 2011

Should'a been scrappin'!

I don't post things from my daily life because, quite frankly, nothing too exciting ever happens. But I couldn't help sharing this little tidbit of knowledge I gained today.
I decided that pizza crust CAN'T be that hard to make yourself....I 've made rolls and breads for years and enjoyed the freshbaked goodies. So, when I decided to roll out some pizza dough for the first time, it seemed easy enough. 
The dough recipe was one off the internet...a simple, thin crust. Just like I grew up with in St. Louis. Cracker crunch, topped with smoked gouda, arugula, and proscuitto! 
It felt bad from the start.  The dough was sticky and had no stretch. The texture was not what I expected. I had a difficult time even getting it to the size I did.
Long story short, I decided to make a "test pizza" earlier this afternoon. And for toppings, why waste the good stuff?   Just sauce, mozzarella and a bit of basil.
Fifteen minutes later, this is the mess that came out!  Yuck!  I couldn't even muster the courage to give it to our outside dog!  I tasted the crust (yes, I am THAT brave) and it was awful!  Thank goodness I had a Plan B!
Whatever your favorite pizza place charges for a pie, PAY IT!  I am more appreciative of Papa Murphy's than ever before! 
Just wish I would have spent that hour scrapbooking!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Paper Line Sneak Peek from Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker!

I am a sucker for turtles, especially ones carrying umbrellas! How adorable! The new "It's Raining, It's Pouring" is so cute! Check out all her new lines! They are all so perfect for kid's pages and cards! Paper Line Sneak Peek from Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Great Promarker Tutorials!

If any of you are looking for some information on coloring with Promarkers, Wiccababe has some very nicely done tutorials!  Check out:  http://wiccababe.blogspot.com/ 
And right now she's having a Birthday Giveaway and a chance to win some of these markers! I'm anxious to try them, but haven't the budget just now to invest in more art supplies.  Oh, and I might mention, there's a ton of other goodies, too!   A big thank you and Happy Birthday to our friend "across the pond"!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Teeny Little Moments!

 My last Some Odd Girl entry for the Anniversary Week challenges is this cute little card. I used "Deery" and a pre-made 3 x 4 blank card. I love this sentiment that I cut from the Cosmo Cricket paper pack, "Hello, Sunshine"! Perfect for this simple, teeny message. The felt flower and rhinestones add just enough bling to make him adorable! The angle of the camera is a bit off, but everything is straight on the card...really!  LOL!
Back to football and the Steelers!  Go, Pittsburgh!

What's the Scoop?

SCROLL DOWN FOR CARDABILITIES ENTRY!
Some Odd Girl's Anniversary Week of challenges is almost over!  All projects have to be entered by midnight tonight! Not one to want to miss out on all the fun, I put together my final two entries.
The first on this post is for the "1 image 3 ways" challenge.  I used the
"3 Scoops" ice cream cone image. I used the larger version to paper piece and pop up as my main focal point, ran a row of tiny images across one strip to make a patterned paper, and applied the third to an envelope to match the card. Quick little project, but I can use it to send any number of sentiments.

And because I will miss them, I entered this card on "The Altered Alice", the NEW blog replacement for  "Oh, Alice". It looks to be just as inspiring as the old "Alice" challenges!
             What's the Scoop?
Pictured with one of my favorite phrases from my favorite paper line,
Cosmo Cricket! 
Close-up with envelope detail

My second post is for the "Odd Elements" challenge which consisted of picking at least 3 from a list:
I chose to use 4 of the elements -
Ink, (my Copics on the digi image, "Coffe Mae"); Organza Ribbon; Die Cuts, Nestabilities "Blossom" and "Deckled Rectangle"; and Embossing with Cuttlebug, "Numbers". 
I made this for a friend who is coming from Iowa out to Phoenix in April for a vacation to see the Grand Canyon! Can't wait!
          Counting the Days
For this card I used this Cardibilities Sketch !
It was, as always, great fun to work with the images! And I managed to get some scrapping done between weekend chores and the football games!
Have a good one!

Also entered in :
If The Shoe Fits (Friendship)



Thursday, January 20, 2011

Penny Black Blog Candy!

Kathy (at the Daily Marker) is having a Penny Black Stamp Giveaway !!!





See Kathy's post by clicking the link above!

I love Penny Black stamps, and always am thrilled at the possibility of winning some!  Good luck! I know I'm crossing my fingers!

Wishing...

To keep up with the Some Odd Girl Anniversary challenges, I made this card for a good friend to whom I wish a very happy future! 


The sketch that inspired me this week was from

I used  SOG's "Kiss a Prince Tia" image, but removed his crown. Wanted him to be less Prince and more your average "bewildered" frog! LOL! The challenge was to use the colors blue, green, and yellow.  I colored it with my Copics and popped up Tia, and then popped up the frog again. It meant printing out additional images and I think my ink cartridge is about to run dry!  My own challenge was to get better at making those cotton-pickin' bows!  Practice, practice, practice....
the grid background and the flower border is Sassafras, and the circle was cut out using the Spellbinders "Blossom" die and embossed with Cuttlebug's "Birds and Swirls".  Yellow bow and a vintage button were applied, along with a few rhinestones from Studio 18.
I'm really happy with my bow, so it's time to STOP!

This card will hopefully be entered in the following challenges:
Fab N Funky (Animal Magic)
Easy Craft Projects (Old stash)
I Did It! (Blue)
Moxie Fab (Jewel Tones)
Paper Sundaes (Favorite Challenge from 2010, #49, "Cut it Out")
Simon Says Stamp Challenge (Bingo!) Die cut/Embossing/Ribbon
Paper Take Weekly (Ribbon)
Pixie Dust (Button Up)
The Crazy Challenge (Buttons)
Karber Weekly Challenge (Ribbon) Because our names are so close!
Card makin' Mamas (Girls Just Wanna Have Fun)

Big Day!

The 24th of January is an especially big day in our family.  That birth date is shared by both my only sister and my only son! It was so exciting having her visiting me where I was living 800 miles away from our hometown when my son was born, and on HER birthday! My son is all grown now and we all live within an hour of each other. Hopefully, we can continue to spend that day together for a long, long time!
I must explain that although my son is not particularly a couch potato, he IS a computer freak. He is either sitting at his desk or recording movies when he has any "down" time. Relaxing and watching TV is something he gets less time to do now than before, so here's to "laying low" on his birthday!

The digital image is Digi Shack's "Dad's Remote", colored with Copics. I paper-pieced the armchair and ottoman, which I thought was really fun!  The Co-ordinations cardstock is also a favorite of mine, so I embossed it using the Cuttlebug, "Numbers" folder and sanded it. The TODAY stamp is a Soloz from Studio G.
Thank you for looking!

I plan to enter this card in the challenges at:
Paper Sundaes (your favorite challenge, mine was "For the Boys"  #42)
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge (Anything Goes) and a chance to be a Guest DT on the team!
Catch The Bug (Birthday)

Celebrate!

It is difficult to make cards for some members of our families...that much has become obvious to me over the past few years. But perhaps the most difficult is my sister, my one and only sibling.  She's not a big lover of flowery things, doesn't swoon over the pinks and purples, and for the most part, has nothing to do with girly decor at all!  I agree with her that a little bling goes a long way, but I can appreciate a pretty bow or row of pearls and rhinestones most days.
So this is the card I made for her.  Neither of us are "spring chickens" so the nostaligic print and distressed edges will appeal to her sense of
TIMELESS AGE...LOL! 
Happy 50+(something), Sis! 
I used a Cosmo Cricket journaling card cut from the "Love Notes" collection, paired with the matching "Wonderland" paper as background. The flower was a punch-out from one of the Chemistry lines, and the edges distressed with my Zutter Distress-It-All. 

I hope to have this card considered for entry in:
Easy Crafts (Old Stash)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

SOME ODD GIRL WEEK!

I know those of you who read my posts (yea, there are a few!) realize that I do go on about how much I LOVE the images at Some Odd Girl.  Even my DH knows some of the little characters by name!
Well, this week, SOG is having a First Anniversary Celebration! Go to their website at http://someoddgirl.blogspot.com/2011/01/welcome-to-anniversary-week.html to find out how you can win a really great prize, or help me to win. (which would be way cool!) 
See the Cosmo Cricket prize package below!

and they  also have a $50 gift certificate to




Please leave a comment and mention my name for me to have a second chance at winning! I don't "Tweet", so I can't take advantage of that!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Just Tossin' Ideas Around....

I wanted to make a card but couldn't decide what I wanted to make it FOR....I am not in the Valentine mood. At least not yet...mid-January....maybe eventually.
So, I went through some old paper packs that I haven't looked at in months and played with the idea of popping up a characters head just like on the Some Odd Girl School Boy card. Sadly, I picked a cow...yea, a cow. It's a cute cow, but a cow none the less,
The only message I could imagine a cow delivering is that we've Mooooved.... clever, eh?  LOL! Hey, it's been a long week...

The paper used was Apple Cider by Imaginesce. I've had the 6 x 6 paper pack in my drawer for months without opening it. I may even add some matching ribbon to it before it goes anywhere.  I just really like the "bobblehead" effect on the cards! Makes me laugh! I know my grandson liked his, too!   The image is a ClickArt Free Image off the web.  Cute, eh?  Liking the gold cow bell?
I will enter this card in the challenge at:
 Easy Crafts, (Using Old Stash)
Kaboodle Doodle (Digital image)

Monday, January 10, 2011

Surf's Up!

2nd post for January 10th!
(Please scroll down to see My Mind's Eye Card Challenge and
my first Some Odd Girl "My Tiny Challenge" entry!


My second post was just as much fun! It was for the layout challenge at
My Mind's Eye!
I decided if one entry at Some Odd Girl is good, two would be even better!
I absolutely adore their images and could use them all day!
This layout allowed me to really practice my "less is more" resolution I have put into place! I actually like all results of having more white space and using a larger photo.

All three papers are from the "Complete Boy" collection at My Mind's Eye (even the arrows on the chipboard circles), along with the sentiment which is Bohemia Transfer Title (also MME) ; shirt label, Karen Foster; and wave edge; Bazzill; brads from MME,  "I Believe" collection (darkened to match surfboard and paper dots!).



School Time


I LOVE a challenge!  Yes, I like it when I make a card and am able to enter it on a fantastic blogsite where the possibilty is I could win a prize, or better yet, have my project be seen by others!  But what I really LOVE is to find a blog with a truly inspiring and different challenge (one that forces you to think WAAAAY outside our usual comfort zone!)
Well, Some Odd Girl has found a way to do just that. And when paired with the great new card AND the layout challenge at My Mind's Eye, I was really working the ol' creativeness overtime.
                                         Inside reads:

Using an image from Some Odd Girl, I made a card for my grandson.  He (and by that I mean probably ME!) misplaced a stylus for his LeapFrog last time he spent the weekend. I promised I would mail it to him if I recovered it.  Of course, it was exactly where I had left it!  He loves when "Grandma" sends a card, even though they live a mere 40 minutes away. The real fun came when the challenge was to color an image to resemble someone in your own life!   When I enter this card at SOG, it will be shown side-by-side with my 5 year old grandson's
"First Day of School" picture, taken this past August here in Phoenix, Arizona.   How cute is he!
It was easy to follow the requirements for the My Mind's Eye card challenge!

Papers were from the "Complete Boy" and "Simply Delightful" My Mind's Eye paper packs, and two out of the three buttons from "Lost and Found".  Colored "Tobie"  with my Copics markers, popped up his little head, and done!

I also was able to enter these challenges :

Digi Doodle Shop (Buttons)
Delightful Challenges (Buttons)

and a brand new challenge out there...

Do You Stack Up? (Buttons)

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

One More #*!#% Candle....

I have a very dear "old" friend who is celebrating her birthday soon and I couldn't resist this wonderful image I just purchased from Bugaboo Stamps during their great New Year's sale! Actually, she and I are about the same age, with me being a few months older! LOL!
Inside reads, "What's one more friggin' candle?"
This was my first card using baker's twine. I've admired it all Christmas, seeing it on everyone's cards. Finally, a scrap buddy gave me some so I can join in the fun! Thanks, Kim! 
I had a very old birthday paper kit and a brand new die cut I just bought from Nestabilities that needed to be broken in, too!
With a little incentive and a card sketch challenge from Polka Doodles, I whipped this up in no time!
This card will also be entered in:
 I Did It- Robyn's Fetish challenge (favorite technique).  In this case, I have to say using my die cut frames has ranked first!
KaboodleDoodle (Anything Goes)
FabnFunky Challenges (Anything Goes) But it IS DT member Andrea's B'day!!!
Woodware USA (Something new)

And for those of you who know me, I  ATTEMPTED to post this for my first time on Splitcoaststampers for the 12 Days Flourish challenge...hey, half the challenge is just learning how to post to these things!

Top 3 for 2010!

My Favorite Project for 2010!

It's sometimes difficult for me to look at my own projects and think they are anything but average. However, once in a while, I step back and say, "Wow, that's really some of my best work!" So, when The StampMan issued this challenge for the New Year, I thought I'd look back at the last year and see how I still felt about several of those projects.
All of these were made during my term as a DT member at Thoughts2Paper. Thanks to Liz, I went out of the box (literally) and found what really makes me happy!
1 My absolute favorite is the Kaiser Craft Advent Calendar I painstakingly assembled (and any of you who have done this know what I mean) and distress painted, then decorated with a majority of Webster's Pages products! I love the papers and wanted to do something different with the box. This is my "Resolution for the New Year"- GROW.


2   My second favorite project was this Graphic45 Mini-album that I made for my 5 year old grandson to enjoy for years to come. It contains pockets and pop-ups of songs and poems about Halloween. Everything from kindergarten favorites to Edgar Allen Poe...It also contains a photo I took that I am so proud of, "The Raven". I tweaked and inked it on Co'ordinations cardstock.

  
   
  The third is this adorable little Sassafras mini I made to put pictures in from the Summer of 2008 with my grandson. We had such a great time!

It's been a great year, and I hope to continue being creative and just having fun in
2011!  


Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year!

This is probably my first and my only New Year's card.  Kind of a short window of opportunity there between Christmas and January 2nd!  The challenges are quick and few.
I was fortunate enough to receive my contest prize from the My Mind's Eye Blog Hop from several weeks ago Monday in the mail! I love their products and the Lost and Found, Portabello Road collection is no exception!  It is breathtaking.
The papers worked perfectly into the color challenge (silver and blue) this week over at the Hodge Podge Shop!
I am getting more comfortable using the glitters and bling, too! Yes, Liz, I am a convert!
Papers used:  MME, Portabello Road; Making Memories Glitter stickers; trim from MME collection; and stitched!  As they say, easy as pie!

Easy Craft Projects Sketch

I would like to enter this card in challenges at:
Easy Craft Projects (sketch challenge)
I Did It! (New Year's)
PaperCutz (New Year's Banner)
Totally Papercrafts (Time to Party!)
Your Next Stamp (Party)
Pixie Dust Studios (Happy New Year- Silver)
Simon Says Stamps (Happy New Year)
The Crazy Challenge (All things new)

LOVE IS IN THE AIR!

The holidays are done!  I say that and many of you are probably thinking, "Why, she sounds almost glad!" Well, in all honstey, I am. This has been a most difficult Christmas for me.  Nothing DEVESTAING happend, rather minimal in the realm of things. But the loss of our house (even though it was an intelleigent, well-thought-out financial decision) took a toll on me emotionally and the move physically over the past few months. BUT, I'm trying really hard to get back in to the swing of things. I look at my life and I realize that a house is only a "thing".  My family members are all fairly healthy, I'm not suffering from any long-term illness (unless you consider menopause and that's gone on longer than I would choose!), and financially we are in a much better place than many folks I know. I just need to get out of this funk.
SOOO, Happy New Years, and let's move on!
Valentine's Day is our next big card making holiday.  I wanted to start right in again on challenges, so picked this one from Skipping Stones, since they are one of my favorite stamp makers and blog spots! Plus, the prize this week is the new stamp set "Heartsong". To say I WANT it would be an understatement!  This is just another of their fantastic stamp sets that I absolutely adore! 
  Flipped it sideways, and used my two favorite colors...red and black.


The pattern paper comes pre-cut from the Making Memories "Black Tie" mat stack, the cute fabric covered brads are Sandy Lion (grabbed them for $1 at Big Lots); the red glitter cardstock is American Crafts; Cupid stamp is Recollections; and and the others are various "love" stamps I have in my stash.    I love the ready-made black cards from Recollections! I use them even more than I had originally planned!  Can't wait for another sale at my LSS!

This card also qualifies for the NO DIGI IMAGES< STAMPS ONLY challenge at City Crafters. They have the most beautiful stickpins up for grabs! I have never used them on a card or layout, but am dying to try!  And these are to die for!!!
Also entered in the ANYTHING GOES challenge at The Digi Doodle Shop!
and at :
If The Shoe Fits where the challenge is RED
Paper Sundaes (Something Nwe - I just picked up my little Cupid dude stamp the other day!)


I am so glad to have my scrapping friends out there who continuously encourage me and support me!  THIS is what gets us through the rough times! 
Best wishes to all for this next year!