Deer in Snow

Okay, so I cheated a little with this one.  I used a freebie image I got from Graphics Fairy.  I got a lot of images there yesterday.  My brother's birthday is in four days and the card needs to go cross country so I wanted something fast and easy.  Basically, the only change I made to the image was to add glitter to the snow.  I don't even think it shows up in the picture, but looks good on the card.

One on my New Year's goals is to send birthday cards on time this year, oh heck, just to send them will be a major improvement.


Merry Christmas!

This is a picture of me when I was two.  I'm going to give this card thing another try.  This year has been chock full of illnesses.  We're all well again, finally!  I signed up for the Splitcoast Christmas Card Challenge.  I plan on making one a week.  That shouldn't be too much overload.  Thanks to all my friends who have looked in on me.  I'll be by to visit sites very soon.  I miss seeing everyone's work.  I hope your Christmas was wonderful.

Finally Used My New Work Area

I finally got to use my new craft area. This is the first time I messed it up.  It's really wonderful not to have this mess on my dining room table, though.  I had a heck of a time remembering where I stored everything in the new storage areas.  Nothing was easy to find.  I think I finally know where everything is.  At least I hope I do!

I haven't made a card in seven months.  Life had just gotten too hectic. It's just amazing how much you can forget in that period of time.  My coloring skills are pretty much shot, plus I was in a hurry to get it done.  I need a lot of practice.  Ideas were really hard to come by, also.  Hopefully, it won't be another seven months before the next one.  My next project is a dinosaur costume for Lucas to wear next week.  I'm really excited about making it.

This card is for our school principal's birthday.  She is a quite petite lady and she rides a red Harley.  I get a kick out of that.  Anyways, we got together and got her a Harley Davidson gift certificate for her birthday.  Someone asked me if I could make her a motorcycle related card.  This is what I came up with.  The image is by Kenny K.

I think I might try a contest or two if I can remember how to enter.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Crafty Chicks   Girls Night Out
7 Kids College Fund  Anything Goes
Fab n Funky Challenges  Distress
Paper Crafting Journey  Anything goes

My New Workspace

 Recently, I decided to do away with our living room.  We have a very large family room and I no longer saw a need for two rooms since our kids are all gone. Somehow, I managed to talk my husband  into turning it into a craft room for me.  I was really tired of having my dining room table covered.  We were never able to use it when we had company without a major cleanup project.  I donated our living room furniture, which is the one thing my husband was not crazy about.  I had seen several versions of this type of craft area on Pinterest.  We bought four bookshelves at Walmart for 17.97 each and two doors from Home Depot for
 23.50 apiece.   The plastic drawers I already owned.  They were also purchased at Walmart.  A three drawer section is 12.97.

One major problem we ran into was the size of the doors.  I assumed they were 84"  long.  Four rows of drawers should have fit underneath perfectly.  Unfortunately, the doors were 80" so I had to reconfigure the drawer placement.  There are two rows of side facing drawers under the desk behind the forward facing ones.  The large drawers in the center roll out so the inside drawers are accessible.  Behind the curtain under the desk there are two bookshelves and lots of floorspace for storage. Under the desk (in front of the chair) is another tower of drawers with all my punches, tapes, and misc. tools.  The top is thirty inches deep so there is lots of room to work.

The other side of the room has my computer desk with my Cricuit and a treadmill.

Now it's time to get busy crafting again.

Thanks, Sweetheart!

I May Be Back In Business Soon

Tom is healthy finally and I am off work for the summer.  I have not even thought of making a card in months, but need to get moving on Christmas cards soon.   We just went out today and bought the materials to design a new craft area for me so I can have my dining room table back.  I'm excited and a little nervous at the same time.  We're turning our living room into my craft/computer/exercise room.  Now that all the kids are grown and gone we don't really need a family room and a living room.  It should be an interesting project.  I'll be by to see everyone's sites soon.  Miss all my card making friends.

The Feel Better Bag

This week is "Anything Goes but a Card" at Tammy's Scrapin' Corner.  I used this really cute pre-colored digi from Meljen.  I bought the uncolored digi and colored it, but when I scanned it the color was way off.  Fortunately, it was available pre-colored.  My photography was just awful this week.  I had a really difficult time getting the photo to look right.  The bag is much cuter in person.  I made this for my grandson, Lucas.  He's too young for it right now.  It will be a while before I get to use it.  I plan on filling it with coloring books, crayons, DVDs, story books, a teddy bear and anything else that might be comforting to a sick child. 

I would like to enter this bag in the following challenges:    

613 Avenue Create Anything Goes
Challenges 4 Everybody Anything Goes
Glitter 'n Sparkle  Animals
One Stitch at a Time  Use a Digi
Opus Gluei Go Where You Haven't Gone Before
Southern Girls Challenge  The Kids are Alright
Vicky's Place  Teddy Time Challenge
Crafting for All Seasons Anything but a Card
Creative Moments Animals
Penny's Paper Crafty Gingham/Checks

Easter Blessings

I finally got a card done!  As some of you know, my husband had been very ill.  He's getting back to normal now, although, he is still on a feeding tube.  We hope that it is removed soon.  Fortunately, his body is healing so he was able to avoid surgery.  Thanks so much for all the support I received during this ordeal.

This card was designed for Tammy's Scrapin' Corner Challenge #54, Easter.  The beautiful image is from Eureka and is available here.  I just loved this image and couldn't wait to use it.

Funny story, I was babysitting my grandson during the process of making this card.  He was on the family room floor playing during dinner time.  The table that I work at is also in the family room.  I decided to sit and eat at that table so I could keep a better eye on him.  I sat at the opposite corner from where I had been working on this card.  We were having ribs for dinner.  I looked over at my card during dinner and there was a spot of barbecue sauce on it.  Of course, I had already finished coloring it!  I had been sitting several feet away.  I don't know how I managed that one.  Anyways, that is how the pearls ended up on the card.  They were definitely not planned, but barbecue sauce does not come off.  I ended up liking the pearls anyways.

The paper is from Stampin' Up, the pearls are from Zva,  The gorgeous silk ribbon is from the Stamp Simply Ribbon Store and the flowers are from Micheal's, I believe.  I used a Martha Stewart corner die for the shell corners.  The image is colored with Copics.


B16, B91, BG0000, BG000, BG10, BV0000, BV000, BV00, C0, C1, C2, C3, E11, E53, E55, G20, G21, G24, R01, R20, R21, R22, R35, R37, R39, Y000, Y38, YG61, YG63, YR24

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

DL.ART Easter
Forever Friends & Co  Lots of Flowers
Moving Along with the Times Spring is in the Air
Crafting for All Seasons Spring Into Spring
Ribbon Carousel Spring is in the Air
Avadares Easter
Bloggers Challenge Think Spring
Digi Haven  Easter
QKR Stampede  Dreaming of Spring 
2 Sisters Flowers for Spring
A Gem of a Challenge Easter/Spring
CMC Challenge  Spring Colors
Di's Digi Design Easter/Spring
My Sheri Crafts Easter
Paper Creator Crafts Spring has Sprung
Sweet Stampin' Easter
Creatalicious Challenge Easter
Glitter 'n Sparkle Easter
Lacy Sunshine Layer it Up
Opus Gluei Spring has Sprung

Thank You Manzanita Family

My wonderful coworkers took up a collection for my husband and I during his illness and this is the ThankYou card that I made for them.  I found the image at Stitchy Bear.. The papers are from my stash.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

One Stop Craft  Anything goes
Speedy Fox and Friends Green
Word Play Saturday Springtime
Card Makin' Mamas Spring Colors
Just Add Ink Just Add Green
Wags 'n Whiskers Go Green
Milk Coffee Challenge Go Green

Blog Hop for Tammy's Scrapin' Corner

Welcome to our Valentine's Blog Hop for Tammy's Scrapin' Corner!  

This lovely image was a freebie from Saturated Canary and is now available in the Saturated Canary store, here.  The image is called "Hugs and Kisses."   I used my new Spellbinder's dies as well as a Martha Stewart punch around the page.  The heart die is from Cheery Lynn Designs.

Copics:  B21, B23, C00, C0, C1, C2,   E30, E31, E33, E97, E99,
R14, R20, R22, R24, Y15,   YR20, YR23,    YR31


To all our followers new and old.
We hope that you have a wonderful week.

This is the beginning of our great blog hop.
We will have two winners along the way.
You will need to comment on this post,
as well as each of our designer's posts listed below.

There will be two random winners of a $10.00
gift certificate for any online shop of the winners choice.
The Blog hop tour will start on 02/12/13 and run thru 02/15/13

Blog Hop Rules:

  • Have fun along the hop
  • You must be a follower of Tammy's Scrapin' Corner to be chosen as a winner
  • Comment on each Design Team member's blog
  • Spread the word with your friends along the way.

Now lets see what our wonderful DT's 
have come up with for our special week:

 Tammy's Scrapin' Corner Blog
Diane Ahlers- Designer-You are here
Desire Fourie-Senior Designer
Archana Joshi- Designer
Vicky Fortier-Senior Designer
Carol Gill-Designer
Karal Schuknecht-Designer
Pam Phelps-Designer
Marc Ortiz - Co-Founder

If you get lost along the way
please go back to the beginning of our Blog hop
Tammy's Scrapin' Corner

This post will remain  at the top of the blog
until 02/18/13 so the winners can see if they were chosen on 02/16/13.

Feel Free To Share this with all your friends.

Get your coffee and enjoy the hop!

Remember to leave a comment as the winners will be chosen randomly from our hoppers.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Craft Your Passion My Valentine
Crafty Bloggers Network Anything Goes
Digi Darla's Be My Valentine
Kaboodle Doodles Valentine's
Love to Create Feelin' the Love
Lexi's Creations Valentine/Love
Challenges 4 Everybody Anything Goes
Come and Get It Love is in the Air
Dream Valley Challenges Valentine's
Eclectic Ellapu Anything Girly
Glitter 'n Sparkle Girls are Made of
No Matter Which Challenges Ribbons and Bows
One Stitch ata a Time Anything Goes
Scrappy Frogs Red and/or Pink
Stamptacular Sunday From the Heart
2 Sisters Hearts
A Gem of a Challenge Hearts/Valentine
Allsorts Valentines

My Sheri Crafts Valentines
One Stop Craft Love is in the Air
Brown Sugar Anything Goes
Card Crafter's Circle Love is in the Air/Valentine
Crafty Catz Love is in the Air
Daring Cardmakers Love is in the Air
Delicious Doodles  No Designer Papers
Digi Haven Love/Valentine
Pattie's Creations Valentines Day
Simply Create Too Valentines
Totally Papercrafts Valentines or Love
In the Pink Pink Valentines
Moving Along with the Times Only Girls Allowed
Creative Moments Buttons and Bows
Nutcrafters Love and Friendship

Do You Love Me?

Time for a Valentine's Day Challenge at Tammy's Scrapin' Corner, how fun!  I chose this adorable image from QKR Stampede, available here.  I fell in llove with him when I first saw him.  They have a wonderful assortment of valentine's images.  I should go back and get a few more!

 The digital papers are from Cartabella.  The eyelets are from Stampin' Up.  I had quite alot of fun designing this card.  Too bad my sewing machine decided to be a real pain.  I usually have np problems with it.  It appears to have something wrong with the feed.  It would not pull the card through correctly so I had to push it through which caused the stitches to end up all different lengths. 

Copics:  B21, B23, B24, C00, C0, C1, C2, E30, E31,  E33,    E34, E37, E39, E53,  E97, 
R02, R20, R22, R27. Y35, Y38

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Bunny Zoe's Crafts  Anything Goes
My Grafico Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays Anything Goes
Shopping Our Stash Valentine's
Always Something Creative Love
Digi Haven Love/Valentine
Ladybug Crafts Valentine's Day and/or Love
One Crazy Stamper Love
Digi Stamps 4 Joy Anything Goes
Ruby's Rainbow Valentine's
Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments Buttons & Bows
Party Time Tuesdays Anything Goes
Shopping Our Stash Anything Goes
A Gem of a Challenge Gingham and/or Checks
Allsorts Let's Get Cute
Di's Digi Designs Valentines
My Sheri Crafts  Valentines
My Time to Craft Love is in the Air
One Stop Craft Challenge Anything Goes
Brown Sugar Go Red/Hearts
Dream Valley Challenges Valentine's
Glitter 'n Sparkle Valentine's
Crafting When We Can Cards for Boys
613 Avenue Create Love
The Ribbon Girl Valentine's

Birthday Buttons

Time for Tammy's Scrapin' Corner Challenge #47, Buttons.  I chose this really cute Bugaboo image, Theodore's Birthday Sign, available here.  This was such a simple, fun card to do.  It's good to get back to basics once in a while. The papers and buttons are from my stash.  I colored the image with Copics.

Copics:  B12, B13, C0, C7, E30, E31, E33, G05, R11, R20, R24, R27, Y15, Y17, YR68

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Send A Smile 4 Kids Anything Goes
Bloggers Challenge Birthday
Crafty Catz Cute as a Button
Jellypark Challenges Button Up
4 Crafty Chicks Buttons
Forever Friends Birthdays
Penny's Paper-Crafty Teddy Bears
Challenges 4 Everybody Anything Goes
One Stitch at a Time  Use a Digi
Here Come the Boys Bingo
The Crazy Challenge Party Time

Country Girl Valentine

 This card was made for Tammy's Scrapin' Corner Challenge #46-Red and/or Hearts.  I used both on this card.  The image is from Kenny K and is available here.  I have had her for a while and was excited to finally have an opportunity to use her. 

The paper is from my stash.  I have had it forever.  The ribbon is from Taylored Expressions and is one of my very favorite.  The beautiful die is from Cherry Lynn Designs.  She is colored with Copics.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Copics:  B21, B23, C0, C00, C1, 100, E00, E11, E43, E44, E49, G14, R01, R21, R22, R24, YR20, YR21, YR24    

I am entering this card in the following challenges: 

Paper Creator's Crafts Love is All Around
Challenges for Everybody Anything Goes
One Stitch at a Time Love
Pile it On  Have a Heart
Avadares Valentine's Day
Guy Lou's Inimitability I See Dots
Charisma Cardz Punch It
Craft Us Crazy Celebrate Love
Crafty Ribbons Love
Freshly Brewed Anything Goes
Eureka  Anything Goes
Cheery Lynn Designs  Sweethearts
Whoopsi Daisy  Use a Digi
Stamp and Create Love
Pretty Little Ribbon Shop Flowers and Ribbon

Sympathy Card

I just love this basket of flowers digi and sentiment from Eureka.  This is my third week as guest designer for Eureka Stamps Challenge Blog..  I am totally enoying this opportunity to use their wonderful images.  I am sure I will get alot of use from this image.  I have many different ideas for cards using it.  I think it would be perfect for Mother's Day.

I colored this image with Copics   I used a Martha Stewart punch around the page to add a delicate edge.

Copics:  B12, B14, B16, C00, C0, C1, E34, E35, G20, G21, G24, R20,  R22, Y13, Y17, Y35, Y38

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Allsorts Flower Power

Let It Snow!

This is my second card as Guest Designer for Eureka Stamps Challenge Blog..  This week's challenge is Layer Up and Let It Snow.  The adorable image is available here.  The digital papers are from Echo Park.  The snowflake dies are from Stampin' Up.


I colored this image with the following copic markers:  BG000, BG11, BG13, CO, E01, E11, E31,   E34, R20, R32, R35, R37, YG95, YR24, YR30, YR31

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

QKR Stampede Snowman or Snow
613 Avenue Create Anything Goes
Gingerloft Let It Snow
Glitter 'n Sparkle Use a Digi
That Craft Place Snowy Christmas
Card Makin' Mamas Anything Goes
Pattie's Creations Fun in the Snow
Simply Create Too  Let It Snow
Pixie Dust Studio Winter
Sassy Studio Designs Let It Snow
Creative Belli Winter/Snowman
Penny's Paper-Crafty Anything Goes
Sisterhood of Crafters Baby It's Cold Outside

Teddy Valentine

This is my first Valentine's card for this year.  I'm sure there will be quite a few more.  This card is for Tammy's Scrapin' Corner Challenge #45,  Punch Card.  The lovely image is Teddy Bear with Bunny from SK Digis.  The digital papers are from Cartabella.  The flowers and gold corner piece are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the heart dies are from Cheery Lynn Designs.


I colored this image with the following Copics markers:  C1, E30, E31, E33, E34, E35, R20, R22

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Challenges 4 Everybody Anything Goes
Dream Valley Anything Goes
One Stitch at a Time Anything Goes
Opus Gluei Pink
The Squirrel and the Fox Anything Goes
Allsorts Dies and Punches
Paper Creator's Crafts Love is All Around
Stampin' for the Weekend  Anything Goes
Delightful Challenges Add Hearts
Paper Crafting Journey Anything Goes
Paper Shelter Challenge Flower Extra Vaganza
Nutcrafters Flowers

Birthday Dragon

Exciting news!  I'm a guest designer this month for Eureka Stamps.  I was recently introduced to their stamps and I can honestly say I love what they have available.  This cute image is a digi called "Birthday Dragon,"  and it's available here  The papers are from my stash.  I colored the image with Copics.  I have not been very good about saving the color numbers lately.  It needed some embellishment so I freehand cut some balloons from the papers and outlined them with black marker and connected them together with wire.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

613 Avenue Create Anything Goes
Glitter n Sparkle Anything Goes
The Squirrel and the Fox Party Time!
Craftymess Show Some Sparkle/Bling
QKR Stampede  Anything Goes

Going Fishing

This weekend has been quite a challenge for me.  I injured my knee two weeks ago and it's been gradually healing, that is until Friday.  Somehow I injured it again and I'm in serious pain.  I think I tore a muscle or tendon below the kneecap.  This time I'm going to go to a specialist.  Hopefully, I can get this thing healed, finally.  Walking is extremely difficult and I have to go back to work tomorrow.  That should be interesting.  I just plan on locking myself up in my office for the day.  I'll have to lug along the cane, knee brace, Advil and ice pad.  Should make for a nice day.

It's time for challenge #45 at Tammy's Scrapin' Corner.  This week's challenge is to make a Manly Card.  Our sponsor this week is QKR Stampede.  I used this great digi called "Going Fishing," available here  I've had these metal tags for a while and never knew what to use them for.  This one "capture life's moments"  seemed ideal for this card.  The papers are from my stash and I colored the image with Copics.  ..

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

2 Sisters Anything Goes
Kraftin' Kimmie Animal House
Crafty Catz Anything Goes
Fairy Tale Animals and Pets

Jolly Snowmen

  I made this card for Build Yourself  Holiday Cardmakers on Facebook.  I put a picture of their April Sketch Challenge below.  This partic...