Monday, June 30, 2008

USA Tag Challenge

We have the most awesome challenges going on at the Hallmark Scrapbook message board. Kate was asked to select a cartridge and she selected the Base Camp, and the USA tag die cut. This is my idea on the project and for the first time I was highlighted on the Chirp Newsletter. Oh yay...!!

Right On Target

Regina at Bitten By The Bug (lovingly referred to as BBTB) asked us to design a project using the circle on the Accent Essentials Cricut cart so here is my idea on paper. Also I used the frame cut for the open framework in the background, and I used the arrow. That wild and crazy arrow. The lettering is from my Sizzix Alphabars and some rubber stamps. As always if you want to see such a wonderful group of cards, please see www.regina-bittenbythebug.blogspot.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Speaking of dogs...

Everyone who has read my blog knows my Springer Spaniel, Heidi Sweetface. She's going on 13 and she's slowed down so much, wants to be as near to me as possible and during the day I completely wear the poor sweetie out ...she will just get settled near my feet and I am up and dashing to the sewing machine or the card counter or the kitchen...and when she suddenly realizes I have moved she dashes about to find me. She collapses on the floor next to me, lapses into loud snoring, and I am off again to other places. Each night as I prepare for bed, there is my routine. I lock the patio door, turn off the two ceiling fans, shut off the TV, turn off the lights and head down the hall. Heidi left for the bedroom about the time I was doing the ceiling fan shut down. When I get to the bedroom, I find her, both front feet on the bed, patiently looking over her shoulder, waiting for me to hoist her back end up on the bed. Here is a picture of that very cute Heidi: Here too is a project I did for a challenge at Bitten By The Bug. We were to use the USA Tag off the Base Camp cartridge. So here you are, two photos, dog and dog tags....

Party Animal

This is a challenge for the Bitten By The Bug designer site....we were asked to use the Banner cut from the Celebrations cart. I used the dog and hat as the center die cut on the banner, and then I cut out the same die in brown. The sentiment of Party is from the same cart, and the additional sentiment is computer text. I used the Cuttlebug Embossing Folder as well.
BBTB has some awesome gals designing. Be sure to stop in and look.
Thanks for looking....

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Flag Boy

I drew up a few things and this little kid in patriotic colors just had to have a card to fit his outfit. I used the Cricut cart Celebrations for the word, the Flag is from Sizzix, the stars are punched.... and of course kid was drawn with Prismacolor Pencils and blended with mineral spirits. TFL.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

The new drawings...

I've been busy, just drawing and drawing...and once I had a quick stack, I started making cards for the artwork. Here is a little batch of the new stuff. The Rooster Card says inside "Now That is something to crow about", the Twinkle Card inside says "Happy Birthday, Twinkle Girl", and the red birdie...inside it says "it was your bird-day". The cards were handdrawn and colored with Prismacolor Pencils and Odorless Mineral Spirits. I just LOVE this technique.
Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

I've Been Tagged

Yep, Carol of Crazy For Crafting tagged me. I love being tagged and I love reading tag answers of my blogging and designer friends. Here are the rules: Answer the questions, then tag 5 or 6 of your friends. Go to their blogs and tell them they've been tagged and ask them to visit your blog for details. Here are my questions and answers:
TEN YEARS AGO: I was Vice President of a Trustee Sale company. I had been in mortgage lending since 1957 and I had done all phases of mortgage lending .. the last 12 years I was a Trustee Sale Officer. I was 60 and knew that I had 10 years left to work and on certain days that made my shoulders slump...!! I loved my friends at the other companies, I loved my clients, but that 10 more years seemed like a forever to go...suddenly my target of December 2007 arrived and I am officially retired 6 months.
FIVE THINGS TO DO TODAY: 1. Do a load of wash. I ignored it on Sunday because I said to myself "self, you are retired, you do not have to wash in that rigid working-all-week regime. 2. Brush Heidi Sweetface. She is a Springer Spaniel who wears her winter coat. She will have her summer hair cut this weekend. 3. Work on that stack of scrap bin paper. Make as many cards as I can. 4. Start a special July birthday card for my son who will turn 39 on July 31. I have the card done for my DIL whose bday is July 4th. and finally 5: Work on that almost-finished quilt. I just have to sew down the binding and one quilt is done. Finito!!
And I will only have 5 more quilt tops to work on. And then of course there are the tubs of fabrics in the closet and the stacks of fabrics in the sewing area to make more quilts, totes, purses, pillows, etc., etc.,
SNACKS: Sweet and Salty Popcorn. I love the stuff...and there is only one store that carries it.
IF I WERE (TO BECOME) A MILLIONAIRE: I would invest some of it for me, give money to my son and DIL, share it with my Uncle, my 3 cousins, my step sisters and brother, and I have my special friends I would share it with, give some to Best Friends in UT. And if any were left over for "free spending", I would buy the most glorious and expensive embroidery machine. and have a room built on my house for sewing only. Gee, I think I'd need to be a Gazzllionaire!!
PLACES I'VE LIVED: Phoenix, AZ 1937-1955, Flagstaff, AZ 1955-1959, Phoenix and Glendale AZ 1959 to present. I meant to move to California but it never happened.
That's it...that's the five answers so now I tag: DeeDee, Sharon, Michelle, Ivy and Jeannie.

Monday, June 16, 2008

E for Elephant

Regina of BBTB asked us designers to use the Elephant cut from the Cricut ZooBalloo cartridge, and this is my take on that challenge. The gals did a most awesome job on the elephant and everytime I eagerly look at each challenge entry, I bonk me'self on the forehead and say DUHHHHHH, why didn't I think of THAT.
Cricut: Zooballoo, Elephant, letter E, Grass

Sunday, June 15, 2008

RRS ScrapBook Workshop

On June 14, 2008 Red Rubber Stamps held their first Scrapbook Workshop that invited new and seasoned scrapbookers. Mone' and Terrie joined in and we had a lot of fun creating wonderful pages and visiting. As of this day we have set aside July 19 and August 9. It is so rewarding to take precious photos and set them upon pretty pattern papers, embellish the pages, assign a title and add our journalling. Here we are....all of us scrapbook diva gals. Carole (me) is the grey haired diva.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Free Carole Clipart

Okay,it seems that when I uploaded some cards recently that had my handdrawn art, they were well received by some of the viewers on the message board. If you would like to win two of my images, just make a card with flowers, link it to my blog and leave your name. I will pull a name on June 14th, and the winner will receive copies of these two handdrawn images. I will keep the originals, of course, but the copies are very bright and clear. The girl with her arms in the air has been an image I've drawn for years....and she relays joy or exasperation... you choose...!!! So...hope to see your cards soon.
A WINNER: Judy, send me your address. Email me at won the draw. You can see Judy's work at

Monday, June 09, 2008

Hand Drawn

Long ago and not so far away I used to draw comic books...and when I needed a card, I drew one....and they captured a silly or fun moment in time, or a great adventure that I had shared with the recipient. I wanted to know if a handdrawn image would work with the Gamsol technique so I stopped sewing and made two cards. Here they are...two young girls who have been best friends forever, and a young girl with her sweet Springer Spaniel....Hope you like them, and thanks for looking.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

I'm Here..

I am here.. I am sewing frantically to get at least one quilt done. I have about 6 quilt tops in the "midst" of being finished and I seem to get knee deep in the sewing. I am making cards too, but those are being done to submit for publication consideration so I can't load those just yet. I am making cards for a July class and when those are done, I will upload. Meantime, it's Sunday and I hope everyone is having a wonderful day. I am...!!

Monday, June 02, 2008

Grasshopper Guy

Regina at Bitten By The Bug asked us to do the grasshopper cut from the Stretch Your Imagination cartridge. Wow, the designers did a great job on this little guy. The Cricut cartridge is Stretch, the paper is Basic Grey, I used my Cuttlebug and my sewing machine.