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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Anysoldier Summer Card Swap



I decided since I had so many cards on hand I wouldn't make any specific ones for the Anysoldier.com card swap that I would just use cards I already had made. I was just a little shocked at how many I have made and have on stash. A crazy amount!  I just started making cards a little over a year now!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

TIE Tuesday!!!

Oh my goodness it's TIE TUESDAY!!! Woo hoo!!! It really has been an exciting week!



My daughter brought her boyfriend home for the first time to meet her father. I was so scared about how this was going to go down. I think he hoped she wouldn't have a boyfriend till she was in her 20's. I on the other hand was giddy like a school girl when I heard the news. He really sounds like a sweet caring guy.


Monday, March 28, 2011

What your favorite image?


It's that time again for the Greeting card challenge at THE OUTLAWZ! This week it's time for your favorites!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

TIE Tuesday

Takin' It Easy Tuesday! The Pom Squad loves me today!! I was craving a cheeseburger as I grabbed my keys and let the squad go outside and get their last potty break before I leave. I noticed they aren't really going potty they are looking at me rattling my keys in my hand. I looked at the youngest Bambi she gives me that look she knows I am fixing to leave and I better be taking her in the car ride this time. I can't pass up her puppy browns. I unlocked my car let 2 of them run out to the car Jellybean & Jinxy, something I would never do if THE BOSS was home, he would freak!! lol! I put them on the blanket I spread across the back seat since it is leather and I don't want my Pom poms to be slip and sliding little fur balls. I went back in and little Bam-bam was just sitting so pretty waiting for me to pick her up. She was so cute! You should have seen them! The girls were lounging while Beanie had his head hanging out the window the whole way. He loves car rides and barking at un-wanteds. We took a cruise through Sonic and the car hop even brought them a plain cheeseburger to share. ;) 

Monday, March 21, 2011

Greeting Card Challenge is up at THE OUTLAWZ

Do you know what day it is? MONDAY!!! Time for the Greeting Card Challenge at The Outlawz! 

So far three posts in one day! Wowza! 

Here's the card I designed for this challenge theme of "Let's Hear It For the Boys!" We hope you come and join us in some fun challenges at The Outlawz!

Monogramming CAS Style

Here's my card for Sunday's CAS Challenge at The Outlawz! 
The letter B was cut using vinyl on my Cricut machine.

Hello to my Scrap booking friends!

This image was in one of the first sets of rubber cling stamps I purchased. I actually did all the coloring and stamping when I first bought the stamps and the heat embossing tools. I needed to use it on something and the Scrap booking challenge at The Outlawz was the perfect place when I seen the challenge photo.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Spring in Your Step!

Today I created this card for the Copic Challenge at The Outlawz!! Come join the fun here!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Thank You Gift!



What is it you may ask. It is a tea bag holder with a tea bag for a cup of tea. Isn't it such a wonderful idea!! One of the ladies in the Anysoldier Card swap sent me one as a Thank You gift  for hostessing the swap and I had to continue this! It is such a great idea!!

Friday, March 18, 2011

CDAC Beaded Stick Pin Swap

 I love the look of these pins on a card in a bow or in a scrapbook. I haven't tried using one myself but it really adds a beautiful touch. This is my first time ever making beaded stick pins and my first time swapping something other than cards. I hope I do not make the other ladies in the CDAC swap disappointed, I really know nothing about bead quality.

 I found these bags in the jewelry making section at my local craft supply store. They were useful!

 Letting my alcohol inks dry. A piece of craft Styrofoam that I stuck in my craft supplies for who knows how long became useful!

A few finished packages for the pin swap, plus some!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Sketch Challenge with Freebie Digi Challenge

 This is the card I created for the Sketch challenge at The Outlawz! The flowers are a free digi from CDAC.
This card was entered in these challenges:

 Yes, I had a tad of retail therapy this week. I deserved it! Lol! Above I found these cute Halloween stamps at Anita Be Stampin. 

 Aren't these Christmas stamps I picked up from Oozak adorable! I know it's not even summer yet but these were the cutest! Ofcourse I couldn't pass up on the $4 Copic Markers!

Happy St. Patricks Day!!!

Here's a free digi stamp I picked up at  Designed2Delight digital stamps. I crocheted the clover this time last year and needed to use it for something, and this is what I decided.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Oozak shipment has arrived!!!


Oh Yippee skoodly doodly day!!! My day has been a stressful one to say the least. To brighten up my stressful day my door bell rings and it's my 1st  Oozak order!! I have been having lots of problems with my fiskar cutter giving me the rough worn edges, okay it looks good for some projects but I think I am just picky and want a clean cut most of the time and I am not getting that with my fiskars unless I keep a stock supply of blades. I just tear up to much paper for those blades, I guess.

I asked for suggestions and the above cutter was suggested to me from Jody another one of the ladies I design with at The Outlawz and boy, oh boy is it nice!! It is taking a little getting use to a rotary blade putting pressure when I have been trying so hard not to apply pressure on my old cutter. But I like it!!! Plus 10 more design blades!! Fun fun fun!!
As you can see I also purchased a few Copic markers as well. We had a challenge at The Outlawz that week and it made me take a look at my collection of markers and realize.. I need these colors!!! Lol!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

TIE Tuesday

Color Challenge - Shamrock Green

Here's what I created between last night and today... I entered this card in these challenges. 

Monday, March 14, 2011

Greeting Card Challenge is up at THE OUTLAWZ

Welcome to my new team The Outlawz Greeting Card Challenge.  This week the theme is an Animal  so be sure to include your favorite stamp, photo, or digi stamp animal on the front of the card along with your sentiment.  Here's my card for this week:

So come on over to The Outlawz and create some greeting cards with us!!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Scrapbook Sketch Challenge

Here's a scrapbook page I created with a sketch from Emily.

CAS Challenge

This card I submitted for the CAS Challenge at The Outlawz but I am not so sure it meets the requirements of Clean And Simple. But it was still fun to practice with my Copics and my stamp pads framing the image.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Transparent Copic Coloring at The Outlawz

For the Copic challenge this week at THE OUTLAWZ it is to color a transparent image. I am really new at using my Copic markers, I don't think I have 6 months under my belt. So when I found a YouTube video on how to color transparent images with Copic markers and the tutorial is free well you can guess what a happy crafter I was! I worked on this card today for the challenge. I really like the effect I will definitely use this technique when possible. Ready for my next challenge.. {giggles

Friday, March 11, 2011

Stick Pin Bead Container

Here's my part of a project at CDAC for their Beaded Stick Pin Swap. This is the container I created to store the pins in just poke through twice and the point is inside the pocket. Do not leave the clothes pin on to long they will stick!! 

The finished project, yet to come after I have mailed my pins to the hostess! I want them to be a surprise!! :D

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Sketch Challenge at The OUTLAWZ

I started with rainbow colored dotted background paper and a BIG red bow.. But something turned me to another design for my birthday themed card. I colored the image from Dustin Pike with Copic Markers and then put specks on the dinosaur's back with my colorless blender! Now if I can only find a cutter that doesn't fray the edges even when new!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Office work ALL MORNING...

My day so far reminds me of a card I made for a challenge last fall. This card says it all! 

I think I can finally concentrate on fun things like the beaded pin swap I joined. I haven't finished up my packaging and so far I have one finished and it is so very cute!!! I can't wait to send them to the ladies at CDAC!!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Orange & Pink Color Challenge

One last card of the evening.. I finished one more challenge by the Outlawz Girlz. The theme for this challenge was to use orange & pink as well as flowers on your card. For my card I dug into my craft box and found wire roses, that I colored using my Copic markers and the sprig of pearls. The tassle cording is something I had added to my daughters vinyl shades before we changed them out with  faux wood blinds. I new I could use it for something some day!! :D

TIE Tuesday

Time for TIE Tuesday!!
Takin' It Easy Tuesday!

CAS Challenged by Outlawz Girlz

Sunday's challenge at OUTLAWZ GIRLZ is the CAS challenge. CAS stands for Clean and Simple. This weeks theme was to use three colors that were provided two shades of green and a yellow. My hardest part of this challenge was finding coordinating paper in the right colors. I never thought it would take me so long to get this card together I had set my whole day up to spend on my challenge and finish some other projects I've started and set aside, by the way it is typical of me to have half a dozen projects started and finish the ones I want to do first like play in the crafts!!. The boss (My Dearest Husband) was a bit needy today so I had to do some office work for the business as well as run a few household errands., you know grocery shopping and the usual stop at the post office. All in all, by 2:30 I had my card done! Time to finish a project and get more glue on my hands. Wish me luck that I keep my hands from sticking together! :D

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Think Spring at OUTLAWZ GIRLZ

Another wonderful challenge under my belt at Outlawz Girlz! The themes of these challenges are so creative and fun! This theme is Think Spring and for Spring I think of  butterflies, flowers blooming, frogs croaking, and we are usually planning our first fishing/camping trip of the year.

Color Challenge

Another super fun challenge at Outlawz Girlz This challenge we were to use Copic markers to create either Black & white or Sepia colored image. I was driving down the Oklahoma Kilpatrick Turnpike when all the sudden it hit me! What stamp I was going to use for this challenge!! I wanted to turn around and head back home but I had a 30 minute drive to go pick up my daughter from a friends and then drive back home. As soon as I returned home I started on my card.. It was rearranged only a few 100 times, sentiment or no sentiment just when I thought I would add a sentiment I smudge the ink on it.. and decided to go with the bow. The dress I created using my colorless blender making little circles on it and it created a flowered lace look in my opinion. 

Also entered into the Cupcake Craftroom Challenge

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Sketch Challenge at The OUTLAWZ

Here's what I came up with for the sketch challenge at Outlawz Girlz for March 2nd entry. I really had something else totally in mind for this challenge but just not the right stamp to use. I need some retail therapy!! It is taking a little more effort to get my creative bug juices flowing again...:) End on a positive note I had more practice using my copic markers!

I'm on a Design Team!!



I am so honored to be asked to be a part of a VERY TALENTED group of ladies over at The Outlawz! Wow what a rollercoaster ride the last 24 hours has been!  The turn of events have been ever so wonderful! Even better than I could have imagined. The ladies at the Outlawz are who I looked up to for my crafty guidance for the past 8 months, who taught and inspired me to take part in challenges. I would have never have been brave enough to submit a card I made if it weren't for their enthusiasm over the extremely creatively themed challenges they put on! You will not be disappointed here. They are very active with their members! Very sweet, courteous, and a respectful bunch of women! Your questions never go unanswered! These ladies and I have to include them all because there was not just one being respectful and helping out a newcomer. They all try to make sure you feel like your a part of their crafty "family." They even share where to get the best deals for your craft supplies! I could have never bought Copic markers for $3.95 at those online Ebay stores. These ladies have turned me into a true paper crafter by the looks of the supplies I have accumulated  and the stacks of cards I have made since I joined the challenges these ladies put on! I am very honored to even be considered for The Outlawz Girlz Design Team, I really look up to these ladies and I will honestly say I am with a group of the MOST TALENTED crafters ACROSS THE INTERNET! 

Friday, March 4, 2011

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

I think I may have broken records today, for the shortest time ever spent on a design team. Yes that's right I have already been kicked off of the design team at Simply Scrapping Crafts. Why you may ask? Well it wasn't because of any designs I made because if it weren't for two girls on the head spots of their design team there would be no challenges to even take part in. But as I said I was asked by Judy of SSC to be on her team and she asked me what team I would feel comfortable in, I mentioned the card challenge and was told to contact Clare. After repeated personal messages to Clare and no response I proceeded to find out which team will I get to be on? I was accessing the sketch design team group so even though I prefer to not make scrapbooks that is where I ended up for a few weeks, doing at least 6 sketches and none of them being shown as design team member sketches but I proceeded to make more of them for Scrapbook team. All the while trying to find my place at SSC trying to help get it going again but kind of hard when the one in control of the site continues to go MIA and drags her feet, whether it be health related or not with all those girls just sitting in the design team group waiting to do something, anxious to get their teeth into their design team group. It seemed she rather drag things out rather than delegate anyone to get that site going quicker. All I did wrong was lend an ear and share my issues with others that were having the same issues of not being replied to, not knowing if Clare or Judy was receiving any messages from me or a few other members that had contacted me, because no one had respect enough to tell any of us until we already figured things out on our own then she steps in like she told someone to do this or that. When we were volunteering ourselves and talking amongst ourselves as to where we would like to be and what we would like to do. Apparently asking a fellow design team member for help was not the answer because then I was written a lengthy letter and I was told I was talking about her and it will not be tolerated. This was true I was talking about her, why wouldn't I? I am a part of a web site that I felt was going nowhere as I put it to her stagnant. I put it to another team leader that it was like being at a restaurant and waiting to get your water do you keep waiting knowing the service will be bad or leave, I was contemplating leaving if I did not feel comfortable anywhere. Judy tried to say she had to get the copic group going first because they are paying customers, I was a paying customer I had paid for classes and  yet everyone in those forums as well were requesting the same thing and all the while no responses until another lady stood up to the plate and took some initiative, letting everyone know the continued excuses of why this or that isn't working. Their invites will be resent or whatever. I was beginning to think the only way to get a response from Judy was if you had her telephone number because that is what I have learned by just reading the responses and statements from others. But guess what I found a way to get a response out of her and that is ask someone else for help and discuss with them how your leader has to much on her plate and should shit or get off the pot! By golly you will get a response a long lengthy delusional response but hey it's a response!

Anysoldier.com - Spring/Easter Card Swap Update


The due date for the Spring/Easter card swap was March 1st 2011. This was the second time I volunteered to be the hostess with the most-est!! My first swap to host was the Thanksgiving card swap. Being that it was my first time I was so nervous I wouldn't get 20 peeps to sign up and boy let me tell you I was panicked to the end. This time around I had my 20 lined up, but 2 went MIA. It happens sometimes, but why me? No really it was no big deal I was lucky enough to have one person send me a set of blank cards in a package and another person sent me 5 extra cards in their bundle so I was still able to make a set for each of the MIA gals in case they pop in within  the next day or two, their sets will be shy a few since I had to make up the difference for the other swappers sets but they will still get an assortment. And if I do not hear from them, you ask? Then I will enclose the sets I have set back for them in my next care package out to the units I randomly selected to help at Anysoldier.com. It is a win, WIN! I ended up dividing out over 400 cards! So glad I decided to buy that long white folding card table!