Thursday, December 31, 2009

Hoping your day...

Here's to hoping your day is fantastic - have a safe and happy new year! I'm totally looking forward to 2010. How about you?

I wanted to leave 2009 with a little cutie. Here is another image from the new TAC set Wonder & Joy. I used some KI Memories paper to give it a fun, bright look.

I didn't intend on coloring the background blue but made a slight mistake (well really it's not a mistake - I just didn't like the way it looked). I didn't just want to throw the image away so I kept trying other things with my Copics. I'm pleased with my "fixing" skills! Here's a closeup of that cutie girl...

I'm telling you this will definitely be a set you'll want to get! The set will be available February 1st so mark your calendars - and then let me know if I need to order you one :o)

Okay here's where I take a minute to thank all of you - readers, commenters, friends, family - for all you've done this past year! I so enjoy seeing visitors to my blog and reading all the comments. It brings me great joy and I'm truly touched by everyone of you. Thank you for being a part of my 2009 and here's looking at 2010 - I hope you'll continue sharing it with me!! Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The last FBW - for 2009 anyway!

Good Morning to you! I'm sorry for the lack of posts lately - I've been spending a lot of time with family and catching up with friends. I promise that I'll be posting more regularly shortly! TAC will be releasing a new Serendipity soon and I was able to get some of the stamps from that catalog. I'll be showing some sneak peaks starting with my creation today!

The Flutter By Challenge this week is an OPEN one - just remember to include a BUTTERFLY, FAIRY or ANGEL on your creation somewhere! After you finished with your creation, be sure to stop by Danni's blog and link it by using Mr. Linky!

For my creation I used Mojo Monday Sketch 119
On my card I used the new TAC stamp set Wonder & Joy that will be available starting February 1st. When I saw the image I knew I wanted to use one of my favorite paper lines, More Mimi with it. Below is my creation:

Isn't she just the CA-UTEST?!?! I just love her expression! As you can see the sketch has a flower in the right hand corner which I replaced with a butterfly. Instead of a cardstock strip, I went with ribbon. I was going to add a sentiment but figured I'd do that on the inside of the card. Here's a close up of the image:

Totally makes me smile - she's just so darn cute! What do you think? I hope you find time to play along. Be sure to stop by the other team members blogs to see their creation. And don't forget, next week we'll be debuting the new Flutter By Blog by having our own BLOG HOP! Plus we'll be introducing THREE guest designers in addition to our fabulous team! It's going to be a blast so be sure to mark your calendars for the celebration!

Today, my mother-in-law is arriving for a visit. It will be her first time visiting us in our new home and location. Plus we have all this snow and it snowed again last night so I'm sure she's in for a real treat. She's from Houston so I'm anxious to hear what she thinks.

Thanks so much for stopping by - have a terrific Wednesday!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Twinkly Day - Flutter By Wednesday #89

Today officially starts the winter break for Abby and it just so happens that my hubby has the next 5 days off as well. Needless to say I probably won't be on the computer much. We are going to make our sugar cookies today and go check out the new Alvin & The Chipmunks movie. We've had the soundtrack since it came out on Dec 1st and from the music, I think we're going to enjoy this movie as much as the first!

Today's challenge for Flutter By Wednesday is an OPEN one - just make sure to include a FAIRY, BUTTERFLY or ANGEL on it! Here is my creation:

I've had the image colored since April - never used it and ran across it has I was cleaning my room. Decided it would be a perfect time to use it since I haven't been creating much for myself the last few days! The image was given to me as a RAK from a dear friend Linda. The sentiment is from TAC - Fairy Birthday (super cute set!). I Stickled her [tiny] wings and used the Stardust Clear Gelly Pen for the star and the sentiment. Here is a close up:

I hope you find time to play along. Just stop by Danni's blog to check out her fabulous creation and link your using Mr. Linky. Also, you'll find wonderful inspiration at the other DT's blogs.

Short and sweet for me today! Thursday we'll be heading to my parents house for our Christmas Eve traditions so I probably won't be posting. Christmas day I'll be busy playing with [one of] my new toy[s] the Cricut Expression...that is if I can figure it out :o) Have a joyous holiday!!!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas Cards

Good Morning to you! I haven't had much time to create anything lately so I thought I'd show you some Christmas cards I received from a swap I was in. One of my stamping groups decided to have a Christmas dinner, party and swap - those ladies are so much fun and really know how to party! I had a blast and am so blessed to have met them! And to think it all started from a crop! I'd like to share their creations with you:

Aren't they great? Know what I realized though? I didn't take a picture of mine - yes, I'm a dork! Guess I'll have to share that one on another day :o)

Hope you are enjoying the holiday season! I had to cross off some things and you know what? It's ok! I'm still functioning, the world didn't end and I'm not near has stressed! I'm still behind but Christmas isn't till Friday so it's all good!! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Where does the time go? Time for another Flutter By Challenge!!

Happy Wednesday to you! Are you getting any free time - I know right now for me, it's far a few between. I'm hoping to escape a little this weekend and have a little girl time with some croppers! Preschool is over for me tomorrow - and then I have tons of baking and shopping to do! My hubby wants to take treats to the workers in his office and since he works with a different crew on Saturday's, Monday's and Tuesday's I basically have to have everything done for this SATURDAY - yes, the time totally snuck up on me! I don't even have my Christmas cards sent out! I have them made, just not signed and addressed - oh well there's still time :o)

As you know today is another Flutter By Wednesday. I'm so excited for this week!! The challenge is to use a wonderful sketch my Mercy along with a BUTTERFLY, FAIRY or ANGEL!! You all know how much I enjoy sketches!! Here's the sketch:

Fabulous, right? So many possibilities - love it!! Here is my card:

I finally got around to using this WONDERFUL image from Christy Croll! I think it's adorable and was so fun to color! The paper is some Chatterbox scraps. I punched out the leaves using my Martha Stewart punch and the flower and circle are from my Marvy Punches. I had just a little bit of scraps left so decided to decorate the inside of the card as well. Here is the inside:

The size of the card is 5.5x5.5. Kind of nice to do a different size card rather than just the same ol same ol!

Hope you can find some time and play along this week! Be sure to stop by Danni's blog to see her creation as well as link your creation up. Need some more inspiration? Visit the other design team members blogs to see their wonderful creations this week - I'm always so impressed with what I see!! They are a great group of ladies - very talented, for sure!! Don't forget about the FBW blog - become a follower so you don't miss out! Lots of great things happening in 2010!!

Have a wonderful day and thanks so much for stopping by!!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday to you! It's still cold here and I'm heading into my craft room to try and finish up some projects. This is one that I'm working on. I've got them almost all colored and ready to go. This Sunday, I'll be participating in an open house where I'll have some handmade items for sale as well as my TAC stuff. This calendar is one of the items. I found this idea on the web a year or two ago. I do that a lot, find things I love but then never find time to actually make them. Well every year I make calendars and with my new job at the Preschool this year, I just haven't had as much "free time" as I have in the past. This calendar was the perfect solution.

The size is just a regular A2 card. Each side has a season on it. The bottom of the colored cardstocks are not glued down and a small piece of cardstock is tucked under providing a stand. Hope that makes sense! First up is SUMMER:

stamps: Edge Designs & Butterfly Bits; Ink: Orangerie, L'Amore Red, Chartreuse Palette Pads

Next up is FALL:

stamps: Fall & Winter Whimsy (retired set); Inks: Noir Black & Violete Palette Pad; Colored image using Aquacolor Crayons & Niji Water Brush, skin tone is with my Copics.

Next up is WINTER:

Stamps: Vintage Santa (snowflakes) & Merriest Wishes (snowman); Inks: Noir Black Palette Pad and Summer Sky Memento Ink; Colored image using my Prismacolor pencils & OMS, pink is colored using my Copics.

Next up is SPRING:

stamps: Beautiful Day; Ink: Noir Black & Paris Lights Palette Pad; Colored birds with Aquacolor Crayons and Niji Water Brush.

Obviously, I went out of order a little as the calendar would start with WINTER. So on one side of a 4 1/4 x 8 1/2 sheet of paper (scored at 5 1/4) you would have WINTER and SPRING. Flip it over and then you'll have SUMMER and FALL. Pretty cool huh?

I hope I sell a few. If not, I'll let you know. So if you want one, leave me a comment telling me and then if I have left overs I'll go in order of requests. I'm also going to give a few as Christmas gifts! They are a nice size to have by your computer too!!

Well that's it for me today! I hope you have a fabulous weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by!!

I am a TAC demonstrator. If you are interested in purchasing any of the items used in this project, just click on the item and you'll be taken to my secure 24/7 online shopping site. If you have any questions, feel free to email me!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Winter Theme Flutter By Challenge

This week challenge is very fitting for me as Old Man Winter finally hit Kansas - and in a big way too! We've got the cold (single digits with wind chills in the negative double digits) along with snow and ice!! The only place I want to be is next to my heater and snuggled under a blanket watching tv and sipping hot cocoa!!

I did manage to go downstairs into my craft room and create a card for FBW this week. The challenge is to do a winter theme creation using a butterfly, fairy or angel. Once you create your card, stop by Danni's blog to link it using Mr. Linky. That way we can all see your fabulous creation!

For my card I used Mercy's Tuesday sketch MTSC51. It worked perfectly for my image. Now about my image - well it's not exactly how I planned it. There are a few add-ons I ended up doing. Here is my card:

I really like the sketch and will most definitely be using it again! I added ribbon and a tag with sentiment but I think it works really well with the other elements. I colored Digi Snowflake Fairy Lily using my Copics. Now let me explain what I was visioning - do you watch ABCFamily? Well it's the 25 days of Christmas and a lot of the Rankin/Bass shows are on (WHICH I LOVE!!!). There's a new shower called Miser Brothers Christmas. In that show is a guy who plays the Northern Wind. His hair is grey/purple/blueish. It's cool - and it represents cold, to me anyway! So I picked out my paper (BG Eskimo Kisses) and saw there wasn't any purple - so I went with all blue. I mean she is a snowflake fairy, lol! Then I colored the snowflake using a different blue. I used shimmerz on the snowflake and hair. When I got done I hated the snowflake color. SO I colored another snowflake, cut it out and adhered with pop dots to the original. I think you can see it better in the next photo:

Yes, it was a pain to cut out but it looks good :o) I really like the addition of bling on the snowflake! I used Icicle Stickles for the wings - I have to say I don't like that Stickles near as much as my Crystal one. Oh well it suits this fairy just fine though!

I hope you find some time to play along. Be sure to stop by the other design team members blogs to see their creations this week. Also, don't forget about the new Flutter By Blog coming in January - have YOU became a follower yet? Whatcha waiting for - go HERE now!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Flutter By Wednesday & High Hopes Challenge

Whew, do I have a lot to tell you today! First off, thanks for dropping by and welcome to another wonderful Flutter By Wednesday!! So much to talk about - I'm so thankful for being a part of this team and all the wonderful things that keep occurring! I'm so happy to announce that starting in JANUARY, Flutter By Wednesday's will have a new home! That's right - our very own blog!! Go there now and become a follower so you don't miss anything!!

This week I'm so EXCITED about our guest designer - it's MERCY!! I've played along with some of her wonderful sketches and her work is so inspirational! Please stop by and take a look at all of her fabulous creations!

As far as team members go - this week we say goodbye to Taylor. We wish her well and look forward to her participating next year! We also say hello to Kimberly - welcome to the team and we look forward to seeing your wonderful Flutter By Designs!

The challenge this week is an open one - anything goes EXCEPT you HAVE TO HAVE A BUTTERFLY, FAIRY or ANGEL on the card! So come on folks, get your stuff out and play along! Stop by Danni's blog to link your creation using Mr. Linky! Ok on to my card - this week I changed it up a bit and went with bright colors and a brand new stamp. I was fortunate to receive a gift certificate for Christmas early from a dear, dear friend (YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE) and I chose this stamp, Little Missy from High Hopes Rubber Stamps.

I decided to play along with High Hopes Challenge which is a sketch (gotta love those sketches). So this card is also my entry into the High Hopes Challenge #55 (whohoo for me - two challenges in one week....don't fall down, I know it's shocking!). I just love the colors I used - here is a close up of Little Missy herself:

SO whatcha think? She's adorable isn't she! So bright and cheerful - just makes me smile! I hope she brings you a little joy today! Thanks so much for stopping by!!