Saturday, June 27, 2009

Modern Sugar Blvd Challenge

It's Saturday again and time for a MSB sketch challenge. You can use any image you have for a chance to win, but of course we'd love it if you did play with a Modern Sugar Blvd. image! These popsicles look so cool and refreshing for this hot weather!! Yum! Wish there were some hiding in my freezer right now.

Stay cool!


Friday, June 26, 2009

Victoria Case Challenge

This cute frog couple are a digital image from Victoria Case. I'm imagining the half circle behind them as a setting sun...or a pink moon! Anyway, the card uses the sketch from the VC Challenge blog. I'm making sure I get this in right away...missed last week! Paper is from Basic Grey, and the flowers are Prima.


Thursday, June 25, 2009

Release Day

First, to answer a couple of questions.... Yes, I took the picture in my blog header. It's from a nearby state park, taken last summer following an afternoon thunderstorm. No editing of colors or cropping of shot was done...what you see is what I took! On that same outing, I saw three fox pups, one deer, and a rainbow!

Okay, on to the cards for today! Modern Sugar Blvd. is releasing quite a few images and "accessories" today in their store. Here are two more using new stuff. The first one is another gal for the "Doodler" line. I went with a clean & simple look for this card. The image panel is up on foam dots (I'm using those a lot, lately!). Sentiment is "Live your bliss" from PTI Mixed Messages.

The second card uses the gal, tanning lotion, and beach umbrella. I colored the image with Copics and Bic Mark-its'. The "relax" was printed from the computer.

Happy crafting!


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Fun in the Sun

It sure is warm in my neck of the woods! It has been right around 90 degrees the past several days, and looks to be that way the rest of the week!

Well, this new gal from Modern Sugar Blvd. is visiting the beach to cool down. She (and some accessories) will be released Thursday evening. I thought a stair step card was the perfect thing to make a beach scene. The sand and water paper are some I just picked up at Hobby Lobby yesterday!

ETA: Whoops...forgot to put in that this is also for the DU2DS challenge of "make a scene". Told you blogger was acting wonky, and I'm forgetful! :-)

(home stuff)

I wanted to share some delicious stuff that is taking place at my house...raspberries are almost ready to pick! Well, a few are and were popped in the mouth right then & there! We never get enough to bake anything with, but a nice amount for eating "as is" or for adding to some ice cream. These were "planted" by the birds when we moved here.

We also have peas that are ready to be picked, and my little helper was out with me this morning.
As always, you can click an image to view it larger (don't the berries look wonderful in a large view?!)


P.S. As I'm working on this font option has disappeared...sorry!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Mr. Fuzzybutt

What a great name for a fluffy cat! I made this card up for my daughter to use as a thank you. She spent several days at my sister's house, and I thought it would be nice for DD to send a note. My sister has several cats, so this is perfect (or should I say: purrfect!) for her. The stamps are all from the Jessica Lynn Original "Spring Cats" set.

Happy crafting!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

MSB Saturday Challenge

Yeah!! It's a Saturday again!! Today's Modern Sugar Blvd. challenge is a sketch (love 'em). Be sure to enter, as you could win your pick of free digital images!

I used the Ice Cream Shop from the Around the Town line from MSB. Check out what the other Sugars have made...located on my sidebar. The awning of the ice cream shop is up on foam dots, and has some nice dimension. Most of the coloring was done with pencil, with a bit of Copics thrown in on the store.

Happy crafting!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Award Time

Here are two awards that I have from way back at the beginning of May, and one here recently.

I would like to thank Tina: Scrapintime and Sue: Suessentiments for these awards. I am rotten at getting these passed back out, but will some day. For now, visit these two lovely ladies and leave them some love!

I have been messing with the settings of the blog, and have made the view columns a bit wider. Am also hoping that when I post pictures, they will appear a bit larger. Let me know if things are looking wonky on your end!


Wednesday, June 17, 2009


This little fairy with some attitude is one of the newest digital images from Victoria Case Designs. Oh...did I mention she is free?! I used Tara for the VC Stamp challenge this week, which is a sketch challenge--love those!

After I had the image matted, I realized I had grabbed the wrong shade of cardstock...I wanted Berry Sorbet, and grabbed Melon Berry. I also had wanted to do some piercing, and remembered once it was all together. I'm good at that, thinking of things "after the fact"! Free Smiley Courtesy of

There's always next time!

Happy crafting,

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Baby Dragon

I colored this sweet little dragon with pencils & baby oil for the Digi Shack sketch challenge over at SNR Card Universe. Such a cutie! Very pleased with my
coloring on this one :-)

I popped up a second head on a foam dot, and curled the wings a bit.

We are supposed to have more rain tomorrow...DD and I were hoping to visit a nature area tomorrow while out for a haircut. It's been raining each time we've been near it the last several weeks! Maybe we'll get lucky...there's only a 40% chance of rain.

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Floating in the sun

Happy birthday to a co-worker this past weekend! I know she's received the card so now I can show you (she's the only one from there ~that I know of~ that visits me here on the blog).

This cool cat is having a glass of lemonade and just relaxing, and enjoying the summer! The happy birthday I printed out was too big, and I didn't have much more time before mail pickup, so I placed it on the inside. Image is a digital from Hambo Stamps, DP from DCWV summer stack 08.

Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Flower Friendship

Good evening all!

I love the way this card turned out! The bold red and the simple look of the kraft cardstock...nice. Phrase is from PTI Floral Frenzy set, flowers from Stampabilities. I can see doing many similar cards like this, but with different color schemes.


Friday, June 12, 2009

MSB Saturday Challenge

Doesn't this look like such a relaxing place to visit?? Ah...the place to be on a summer day.

The challenge this week is to make a card that will fit in a #10 envelope, and to use the Potting Shed image. I have never water colored for a card, and these images just ask for a soft touch. Sooooo, I found some of my daughter's water colors, and grabbed my little 12 pack of water color pencils, and fiddled away. Oh yes, I did use water color paper and it went through the printer with no problem! My sentiment reads: Flowers feed the Soul. So is so refreshing to drink in a flower scape. I sort of did a wash of green and purple on that panel. Head on over to the MSB Blog to check out the challenge and have a chance to win a free image!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Bingo Night!

Be sure to come visit the Modern Sugar Blvd release party over at Paper Craft Planet at 9pm EST tonight. Come chat even if you didn't fill out a Bingo card (still have a bit of time left--until 8:55pm!! Click on the side bar button).

Here is one last item for you...GI Jane! She is decorating a box that says, "United We Stand" on the top. I thought this would be very sweet to fill with goodies for someone serving in the Armed Forces.

You can chat with me on our group at PCP tonight!


Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Flag Girl

I totally learned how to do something new while making this card...I expanded my limited knowledge of Photoshop! The stripe paper and star paper are both free downloads from StampTV, and I learned how to layer with the free "canvas" paper also from StampTV. You may not be able to tell from the picture, but when looking at the card in person, it looks as if the stars & stripes are printed on fabric! Pretty cool, huh!

My flag girl is one of Thursday's new releases from MSB. I used the layout from Mojo Monday this week. Moved the ribbon button so my girl's head wouldn't be covered. Image panel is popped up on foam dots. I tried my hand at water coloring today, and you'll get to see that on Friday or Saturday!

Happy crafting!


Here is the new kitten, Patty Patches, and the card she helped inspire! And below, is a better view of the card!

The Victoria Case Stamp Challenge this week is black, white, and pink. I decided it would be okay to make the kitty into my daughter's new kitten, rather than just a black and white kitty. The rhinestone heart is actually one that I won in a Victoria Case contest several months ago. And, to top things off, DD has been begging me to use lots of pink, and this card was perfect for it! DP is from last years DCWV Summer Stack. Image colored with pencils and baby oil.

One more kitty view...

Thanks for stopping!

Fresh Picked Whimsy

These yummy looking popsicles are one of the new images you'll find in Thursday's release from MSB. They are part of a line called "Fresh Picked Whimsy". I picked up one of those wood picture frames from Hobby Lobby, painted it a cheerful yellow, then added my cut out popsicles using Mod Podge. The picture is of my daughter on a visit to Fun Spot Park several years ago. It was a tiny amusement park that mostly had little kiddie rides...just the right size for her at age 5!

Speaking of Fresh Picked Whimsy, here is another project I made using an already released image, Miss Angel Food Cake. I made a belly band for a plastic container where I have my 6x6 swap recipes located.

Still trying to get some good pictures of the new kitten!

Happy crafting!

Monday, June 8, 2009


Yes, because I teach preschool, when I hear, "Bingo," I immediately think: There was a farmer had a dog and Bingo was his name-o!! No...not the song...the game! On Thursday evening Modern Sugar Blvd is having a Bingo release party over on Papercraft Planet at 9pm EST. Be sure you get your card turned in before 8:55 pm on the 11th to play along. For details and all the info, visit MSB Blog.

I will have examples for the new release the next several days! I'm looking forward to sharing those with you!

Today there was a mini release from illustrator Pam West with the "Life's Simple Pleasures..." line. What gorgeous just want to go out and stroll through a lovely garden with spot of tea! (Pam is from the UK!) Don't these evoke thoughts of watercoloring?! I just might have to get into m daughter's kiddo school water color set the next time I try one of these images!

Kitten update: We now have a new little kitty in our household, and there will be pictures forthcoming!

Thanks for stopping to visit!


Sunday, June 7, 2009

Looky at my Happy Mail!

Okay, so I was in a bit of a mood yesterday, but it sure brightened up when I went to the mailbox!

My fellow Sugar, Tenia, sent this blog candy prize for being "Jazz Cat of the Week" for her Jazzy Inspirations several months ago! These papers are gorgeous!! They have a lovely distressed/vintage look about them that I love! And look at those cute as can be critters!!! They sparkle!

Thank you Tenia!!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Jazzy Inspirations #13

Good afternoon everyone! Meow, Meow...I'm a Jazz Cat again this week! Our colors to use from a Paul Chambers CD were: dark green, dark purple, white, and gray. Come and join in over at Jazzy Inspirations. Tenia will soon be have call-outs for design team members!

(Personal stuff away if you wish) Daughter and I are very bummed out...we were not able to pick up the kitten this morning. We had filled out application at the shelter yesterday, and they said to call before coming in to see if it was approved. Well, I called but no answer, so we headed on in (25-30 min. drive). Get there and they say application not approved because all current animals in household not current on shots. They said the vets said '08 for the cat and '03 for the dog. Wrong-O!!!! The cat was just there two months ago (figured out later they had the date for a different cat...who then ran away). Um, we know the dog has been there since '03 because there is dog hair in our current truck, which wasn't even built in '03! (I'm a bit peeved). Now granted, we can't remember if it was last summer or summer '07 that we took her in....but still, it hasn't been that long!! If the shelter had answered the phone, I would of had time to run the dog to the vets this morning for shots (close by) and made it to the shelter before they closed at noon. So, at one on Monday we'll run to the vets, run dog home, then go to the shelter and hope the kitten DD has her heart set on is still there. If it weren't for that, we'd find a free one, but really wanted to "save" animal from the shelter. Also wish that when we were there yesterday they would have said they check current rabies shots, as I would have called the vets myself to make sure. I know I tossed some of those "record" papers from the vets when I last cleaned on my desk...never thought we'd need them for something. Okay....rant is over...thanks for listening!! DD has been waiting since March to get a kitten, and the extra days are tough for her. We had said she had to wait until school was out for the summer so it wouldn't be home alone.

Friday, June 5, 2009

MSB Saturday Challenge

Well, it's the weekend (!!!) so that means it's time for a sugarlicious Modern Sugar Blvd challenge! There will be a winner or two picked to win a free digi image, so be sure to enter. All of the details will be on the MSB Blog after 1pm Eastern time Saturday.

The design team were given two different images to play with, and I chose the champagne glasses. The image is very versatile (I've noticed this is a magic word in the stamping world!) The image could be used for: wedding, anniversary, New Year's Eve, engagement, Valentine's, special get the idea!! We were also to use the wedding mantra of Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue!

Old: paper for card base; New: pearls & image; Borrowed: the marker I used to color the glasses; Blue: the shading in the image panel.

We are more than likely picking a kitten up for my daughter at the animal shelter in the morning. She is very excited, but I bet our 12 year old cat won't be!!

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Graduation Time

Seems like I made quite a few of these graduation cards in the last few weeks! They all kept the same basic layout, and just school colors changed depending upon the recipient! I also found some graduation paper that I used on some rather than the embossed white panel.

Brentwood the Owl from JessicaLynnOriginals got a work-out attending so many graduation open houses...he is happy for a rest.

Happy crafting!


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

You Go Girl!

Here is another retro girl for your groovy cardmaking moods. Go-Go-Girl was just released this weekend at Modern Sugar Blvd. Handwritten sentiment reads: You Go Girl! I've already used this card and mailed it to a co-worker who is making a change in her career and I wanted to make sure it arrived before showing on the blog. Go-Go-Girl is cut out and popped up on foam dots with more bright & bold papers from Target $1 Spot. I'm working on projects for the next release, which will be on June 11th. I'm so excited with the images I'll have to share with you!

Happy crafting!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Willy the Worm

Free Willy!! (snort snort) You can get your own Willy the Worm for free if you head over to VC Stamp Challenges. I have a couple of Victoria Case images/stamps, but decided to use this little worm for the challenge. I'm really pleased with how my colors turned out using mostly Copic markers.

Happy stamping!