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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Sisters

Hi there!


I had this ready yesterday for you but forgot to get it out of drafts!  Funny, I have been doing things like this lately.  Found a text I had written a week ago confirming plans with  friends while here in California and forgot to hit the send button!  Have to laugh at myself, right?  So, before I forget, I better hit the publish button and get this out to you!

Challenge 18 winners are posted for ATC's and Cards with Attiitude.  It would be nice to hop on over there and check out our the talented Design Team!  And if you entered your card in our sister challenge, here is the link for you-  Fat Pages and Cards with Attitude Challenge.  We had great sponsors for those challenges and like we try to do for you, fantastic sponsors for Challenge 19 too- Delicious Doodles at Fat Pages, and Sassy Studio Designs and LEJ Designs for the ATC challengeRemember, you can enter both of our challenges with your same card.  This go, both challenges are Anything GoesBut get ready, we have some fun themes coming soon!

Being on holiday, I only did one project this past fortnight, and the image is Pocahontas Honey from Sassy Studios.   Their images are so fun to color.  They have quite a series of Honey's depicting real life and fairy book themes.  Super fun to work with.  

I have to ask you...have you ever had a project almost finished and messed up on something important that you just couldn't fix or hide with a flower?  Well, that's what happened with Pocahontas here!  Tore the whole thing up and in the trash bin it went.  Seems funny to me that when I have to, I can get a card done pretty fast!  Tore it up Wednesday late afternoon and had another made by Thursday afternoon!  Proved to myself at least that it can be done!  Without further ado, let's unveil Pocahontas Honey, (see if you can spell this correctly without cheating...I'd like to know if you spelled it right...serious!):


Because I was limited on time, I chose a super easy mounting.  To make a topper like this one, cut a piece of dark brown card stock your desired size.  Mount on turquoise, then pop-dot onto kraft.  Cut a piece of suede to fit along the bottom.  I put one of the Native American Indian symbols for sisters in the corner with a brown Prisma pencil, and added a bugle bead do-dad my sis made in the other corner.  Took 4 feathers and glued them onto the card stock then pop-dotted Pocahontas on top.  She was  colored with Prisma pencils.    Added another beaded do-dad, in the upper right corner.  I think it is an earring my sis started to make.  She does beautiful bead work.  Oh yes, I added seed beads along Poca's waist, bottom of her dress and around her neck.  And earrings.  That's it!  Pretty simple, huh?  I love the color combination.  I hope you like her.  After the picture was taken, Pocahontas went to my sis who loves and collects anything Native American! 

That's it from me!  I'll see you tomorrow or the next with hubby's birthday card.  Actually his birthday is today but he went on a small camp trip with our nephew so I have an extra day to finish his card.  Whew!  

Thank you so much to new followers.  Feels very nice that you would add me to your blogs list!  I would love to hear from any of you. You are such a special bunch.   That's the truth!

Manderly
xxxooo

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Kicks on Route 66!

Hi!
Route 66 from Oklahoma all the way to Sunny California!  It's called I-40 now, but one can take many little side tracks off the freeway to stay on the original 2 lane historic Route 66.  Only problem now is that I can't get that song out of my head- Get Your Kicks on Route 66!  We didn't do much kicking on the way.  It is mostly a desolate desert except when going through the mountains that take one to the Grand Canyon.  Over 1,500 miles from where we live to California.  An hour and a half from our house to Route 66....don't get off and you will find me!  We will be heading home sometime the 2nd week of August.  I'm glad we have a big neighbor down the way, over the creek, named Earl.  He keeps his shotgun in his truck.  Good ol' Boy you would call him.  Great neighbor!  I am missing home but loving to see my family and especially my son.  It has been a full year!  EWWWW (a delighted squeal) I squeezed him so hard and even got a lip kiss from him!  Pretty good from a 38 year old grown man.  But he loves his Momma.  And I sure love him.  We lost his 22 year old sister sometime back.  My son is extra special to me, as I am sure yours are to you, too.  Sons are great!  Daughter's are great!

Oh, oh, oh!  Almost forgot!  Got featured on Sassy Saturday's Spotlight!  Doesn't that name just get you?  Sassy Saturday's Spotlight is _________ (fill in your name)!  For Dorothy, Follow the Yellow Brick Road.  Very exciting.  A special badge even!  Thank you Mary, at Sassy Studios!

Not sure if we will take Route 66 or follow the Yellow Brick Road home, but we will get there!  I'll be back on Friday for an ATC and Card's with Attitude post and hopefully a birthday card for my hubby.  Wouldn't it be just awful to make cards all year and not have one for my hubby?  Does seem to happen that way sometimes.  Bad me.

Bye for now, ya all.  I am hoping you enjoy a little something this week.  Life is tough for many of us so I really do hope for a bright spot for you.  Talk soon!

Manderly
xxxooo

Friday, July 13, 2012

Coral Mermaid at the Beach

Hi again!
I'll keep this one short since I yapped so much on my last post!  Fat Pages and Cards with Attitude Challenge 17 has it's 2 sponsored digi winners and Top 3 posted.  Did you notice that- 2 sponsors, 2 winners!  And Top 3 to boot!  What a challenge site!

We also have our new challenge ready for you to start making your cards for- Challenge 18, Anything Goes, sponsored by Limited Runs!  Pretty good, huh?  Limited Runs has fantastic digis for you to create with.  I made up Coral Mermaid.  Isn't she cute?  So, so fun to color and make into a card!  Here she is:




To make Coral, I colored her with Prisma Pencils, cut her out, added pearls (WOC) and gems, then pop-dotted her onto a die-cut round colored with a sand castle background from free coloring pages.  Added this to a lacy square covered with pink paisley DP then pop-dotted all onto a very dark green easel card, which has the inside covered with the same pink paisley DP.  Colored up some sea shells too and added Glossy Accents to them and Coral's lips.  Glued the sea shells around and added a bow, stamped 3-d dragonflies and hung a sea shell from the corner.  I glittered different colors here and there- green strips in Coral's hair, clear on her freckles, and light pink sprinkles on her tail, the dragonflies, around the Happy sentiment, and a few dashes here and there.  Cut out a wave, also from free coloring pages, adhered and bent the top upward for the easel to rest against.  Inside is a round Happy Birthday sentiment.  Pretty simple and so, so fun to make.  Just loved coloring Coral Mermaid!  I hope you like her, too.

Question-have any of you ever had a reaction to glitter?  You know how glitter never stays where you put it, no matter what you do?  Well, I ended up with spots of glitter on my arms, face, and legs, lol, and I started feeling like I was being cut with tiny scalpels!  Owwww, it hurt!  Tried to wipe it off, then tried a wet rag, then the sink, then finally the shower to get it all off of me and stop hurting.  It was awful!  Picked up some paper yesterday that had some of the glitter on it, got a little on myself, and the reaction started all over again! I had never used this particular glitter before.  It is the very fine type.  Never had this happen when using glitter!  

Back to the good stuff. Head on over to Fat Pages and Cards with Attitude, check out my talented teamie's creations, and enter yours!  We love seeing what you come up with!

Manderly
xxxooo

A note from me:  
A special, special thank you to my new followers.  Wow, I am amazed and very thankful that you like what I make.  I try to visit your blogs also and I have to say, you are all very, very talented.  I hope to see more of what you make, too!

I have been accepted to a new Design Team!  One Stitch at a Time or OSAAT for short!  Wonderful challenge blog.  I am very honored to have been chosen by them and given the opportunity to work with such a talented bunch.  OSAAT's challenges run weekly but I will be posting my creations every other week on Sunday mornings.  I start mid August.  If you get a chance, stop by OSAAT.  I think you will like it there, too!

Hoping you have a wonderful weekend and can craft all you want.  No matter what is going on, seems we can get lost and away from it all when our heads are buried in paper!  
M
xxxooo

Coral is in the following challenges:
The Crafty Bloggers Network- # 1 Anything Goes 
Whoopsi Daisy- Make your own embellishments
The Ribbon Reel- #32 Photo Inspiration/Sweet Sparkles
Incy Wincy- Summertime
Love to Create- Photo Inspiration 
 

Rose Fairy

Hello there, Everyone!  
I hope this finds you doing well and ready for a nice weekend, with lots of craft time!  Often, while doing comments on ATC's and Cards with Attitude Challenge entries, I get a peek into your lives, and read of both good times and hard times.  It seems to me that most posts end with a common way of coping with this crazy world, and that is creating something beautiful for someone else.   Making something beautiful for someone else...that is the key, don't you think?  Any of the lovely cards and ATC's entered into our challenge would bring a smile to someone else.  You are all a talented bunch, that is for sure!  Thank you for letting me peek into your lives through your posts and entries.    Hop on over to ATC's and Cards with Attitude to see who our Challenge 17 Top 3 picks are, along with our random prize winners, as we had 3 sponsors this past fortnight!  Amazing, don't you think?  3 sponsors, 3 chances for you to win those digitals that you love!  Enough of my musings this morning.  On to Challenge 18!

Challenge 18 at ATC's and Cards with Attitude is sponsored this fortnight by Beccy's Place.  Our theme is one most of you love best- Anything Goes Challenge!  You love those Anything Goes challenges, don't you?  Here is what I made with Beccy's beautiful image, Rose Fairy:



This close-up shows you Karen's beautiful Angel Pin.  I love putting one on as a finishing touch.

Rose Fairy was colored with Prisma Pencils and blended a tad with OMS.  The backing is a pale yellow ochre rose patterned DP that was sewn to cover the front of an ivory colored card.   Added green hemp folded in half along the bottom (WOC), a pink rose (WOC), and a piece of lace from my stash. Roses were cut out of another piece of DP and adhered, pop-dotting Rose Fairy on top.  An extra cut rose bud and leaf have Glossy Accents and are placed at Rose's feet and the upper right corner.  The butterflies were stamped (unknown), cutting out 2 of each image and colored with Prisma pencils.  Added wire antennae (wire from trash bag ties with the paper coating stripped) and then Glossy Accents to the butterfly picked as the top one; glued the GA butterfly middle atop the 2nd butterfly cutout and placed about the card.    Finished all up with a few gems and one of Karen's pins (see all the pins in her Etsy Shop) behind the WOC rose and hemp.  Inside is a piece of the yellow DP and scalloped pink DP along the top and bottom, with a stamped Happy Birthday sentiment.

I hope you like Rose Fairy.  Beccy's Place has a whole series of flower fairies that are just delightful.  Rose was so fun to color.  This is my Momma's birthday card as she loves fairies! I hope you will visit Beccy's Place and enter into ATC's challenge.  We actually have 2 sponsors for this ATC challenge but you have to go to the challenge blog to find out the other (or click this link)!  Remember, you can enter our sister challenge, Fat Pages and Cards With Attitude Challenge your same card!  Both of our challenges have the best sponsors ever!  

See you at the Fat Pages post!  Smile right now for me, please.  And I will smile with you!

Manderly
xxxooo

I am entering Rose in the following challenges:
Fashionista- #14 Winged Things
The Crafty Bloggers Network- #1 Anything Goes  
Wild Orchid Crafts- Shabby Chic
Bunny Zoes- #26 Swirls and Lace
Whoopsi Daisy- Make your own embellishments
Love To Create- Photo Inspiration 


Monday, July 9, 2012

Follow The Yellow Brick Road...

Yes!  Follow the Yellow Brick Road over to the Love To Create Blog and check out this week's challenge,  sponsored by Sassy Studio Designs!  

I've had the privilege to Guest Design for Love to Create this week!  It has been wonderful to work with such a nice group of crafters, and my goodness, what a Design Team they have!  I got the best image to work with from Sassy Studio, and the theme this week is one of my favorites- Photo Inspiration.  So I think I won all the way around!  Here is the Photo for your Inspiration:


And here is Sassy's Dorothy, a Honey from the Wizard of Oz:


Lions, and tigers and bears, oh my she was fun to color!!!  Colored her up with Prisma pencils and a few tads of OMS, then cut her out.  After carefully laying her aside, I set to work on the background, sewing hills and a path.  Added some cut apart die cut trees and the cute little fence (gifts), then poked in a few WOC roses with most of the wire stem cut off, saving the cut wires.  Took the cut wires and glued them to the back of the small flowers, along with some leaf cuts, added small pink pearls in the middle and placed them along the path and in Dorothy's basket.  I just had to try and add a piece of cheesecloth to her basket, knowing cheesecloth makes a great dish cloth, but the pieces kept unraveling!  But, I cut into the handle of the basket anyway and poked in that cheese cloth!  Added a rainbow, tornado, bird, pearled butterflies and Toto, of course!  Oh, oh, almost forgot!  Her Ruby Slippers!  Colored them first then added Stickles to make them glisten, doing an extra set of Ruby Slippers for the gift tag/sentiment.  Finished all of with a bow and one of HoneyBee's beautiful pins in the corner.  The tag can hang from the pin or used as a gift tag.  It was computer generated.  Just a note, I normally wouldn't put a butterfly right behind Dorothy's face or have Toto's nose cover part of Dorothy's leg, but I have this red gel pen that I forgot melts when under my work light.  Uh oh.

Here are the links again to Love To Create and Sassy Studio, so you can Follow the Yellow Brick Road to the challenge blog, check out Sassy's images, and have Over the Rainbow fun crafting!  




Thank you, Love to Create, for having me.

Manderly
xxxooo 

Dorothy is in the following challenges:
The Crafty Bloggers Network- #1 Anything Goes 
Wild Orchid Crafts- Shabby Chic
Whoopsi Daisy- Make your own embellishments
Incy Wincy- Summertime