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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Sweet Sketch 184
Sponsor:  A Day for Daisies


Hello everyone!  It's wonderful to play along this week.  I had a friend phone me last week to ask why I hadn't posted anything since October.  Well, I'll be honest....I have been busy, busy, busy vacationing, watching my grand daughter and also working on the Sweet Sketch Wednesday Schedule.  I have also had a two week set back with a cold but I'm much better now and ready to enjoy the holiday season.

The image I used for today's sketch is "Frosty" from A Day for Daisies.  Doesn't it just flood your mind with memories of your childhood making snowmen with your siblings on a snowy wintry day?

This image also reminded me of a Utah Artist, Robert Duncan.  I'm sure you will  recognize his artwork at Robert Duncan Gallery.  These are four prints that I own and I just love them.  So that is why I chose "Frosty" at A Day for Daisies.  Hope you enjoy!






Here is Sketch 184 for this week's challenge.


Thank you, Tammy, for sponsoring us at Sweet Sketch Wednesday this week!  Your images are amazing and always touch that little emotional string in our hearts!



If you haven't seen or heard about A Day For Daisies, here is some info about Tammy's site.

A DAY FOR DAISIES provides themed categories of over 1000 fun and whimsical digital images, including fairy tales and magical mermaids, cutie kids, vintage illustrations, sentiments and lovely designs for all occasions!

Direct Store Link: http://adayfordaisies.com/stamps Join The Club
Subscribe to News Letter Link:http://adayfordaisies.com/subscribe

If you are the lucky winner at 
Sweet Sketch Wednesday for this challenge, 
you will receive a
  $12 Gift Certificate to ADFD Shop.  
What a sweet shopping spree!


Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have an enjoyable Christmas!

Merry Christmas!


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Ghost Peeker
Sweet Sketch 177
Sponsor:  Bugaboo


Can you believe that the holidays are upon us?  Where did this year go?  Is it just me?  Life seems to be spinning by faster and faster!  But in spite of the year's fast passing....I love Halloween!  I love to decorate and enjoy the fall transitioning before Thanksgiving and Christmas arrive!

This week our fabulous sponsor at Sweet Sketch Wednesday is Bugaboo.  Jodie has sponsored us since our  early beginnings.  She was just getting her blog going and had so many fun images and such a unique style!  Now she has so many more images I cannot begin to keep up with them all!  That is what makes it so fun to look around her shop.  There's a lot of creativity in that brain of hers.  And I love that it just keeps flowing!  Thanks, Jodie, for sharing your talent with the world!
  

Now at Sweet Sketch Wednesday we love to have you play along and use Arlana sketch of the week.  Remember to follow the rules.  If you are the lucky Grand Prize Winner, you will win 
7 free digis of your choice from Bugaboo.


Everything That You Ever Wanted to Know About Bugaboo Stamps: As if raising five children in the frozen land of the North was not enough of a challenge, Jodie Mackrell decided to dip her cold little Canadian toes into the world of papercrafting by opening an online store full of her illustrations. That was two years ago. Today Bugaboo Stamps is one of the leading companies in digital images, and we're still growing! From seriously snarky to sugary sweet to sublimely soulful all the way over to the other side of the super sexy spectrum, you're bound to find all that you need and more to create your paper projects. Jodie works very hard to provide New Releases and Freebies every week!
If your taste runs to rubber (and you know who you are), you can find Bugaboo Stamps stamps at Totally Stampalicious. And finally, join the Bugaboo Stamps DT for weekly challenges at Catch the Bug.
Our links are:
Store : http://www.bugaboostamps.com/
Catch the bug Challenge blog: http://catchthebugblog.blogspot.com/



SSW Sketch 177

I made this card while I was in Utah visiting Arlana!  In her stash I found this die cut that looked like bats.  I had to do a little trimming but I think it worked!  I wanted to use the Bat brads and the Swirls with this card so I brought them from home!  You don't see these swirls much any more but I always liked them and have plenty in my stash...thanks to Arlana!!!!

Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Googly Eyed Bats


Yesterday in my email I received a tutorial on how to make these cute bats. 
 Click on the picture above
 and it will take you to the video.  
Right away I went to Krispy Kreme to get the chocolate donut holes but no luck.  They only carry the glazed  donut holes.  I thought I could make albino bats but chose to stick with the black bat.  I came across the Hostess Mini Cakes and thought they might do in a pinch!  So here is my version.



Happy Halloween!

Thursday, September 20, 2012


A Sweet Gift from Kathie


About three weeks ago I received a sweet gift from Kathie, one of our DT at SSW!  My boys were wondering who I knew from New Zealand and what I was receiving!  Well, inside was this gorgeous card, note pad and lovely shaker box!  Did you notice how all of Kathie's creations coordinate with the note pad?  Take note of all the layering, trim, flowers, stick pin, lace, glossy accents, pearls and liquid pearls.  I was just blown away with all the detail.  The inside of Kathie's card is just as beautiful!














Inside the note card for the shaker box, it reads:

This is a very magic gift,
it's just for you from me.
The reason it's so special
Is the magic you cannot see?
When ever you feel lost or lonely
or even say and down,
You only have to shake this litte
box to know I'm around.

Just hold this magic gift and
shake it near your heart
You must never open it so that
we won't ever part.
Please keep the lid down tightly
so the magic will always last and
you can hear its magic sound of
good things from the past.


Thank you so much, Kathie!  This really means a lot to mean.  Arlana, Nancy and I always say that we feel like the Sweet Sketch Wednesday DT is part of our extended family.  And now you all know why! 

It was so fun to actually receive and hold one of Kathie'z Kardz as the quality is just unbelieveable.
Thanks again, Kathie!  Such a thoughtful jesture!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Mums in Basket
Sweet Sketch 171-103
Sponsor:  Pattie's Creations



What a delight to create with this lovely image from
Pattie's Creations called Mums in Basket.    I first chose to do a little photo-shopping 
and changed the black ink lines to chocolate brown to 
add an earthy tone to my card.

Arlana's sketch is quick and easy....one from the past.  I love those!



Here is a little about Pattie's Creations!  Pattie's Creations is our sponsor this week and I know you will adore Pattie's images!

I am an Internet Technology Professional and an Artist. I always dreamed of being an artist, but I found out quickly that I needed another field to support my family so I pursued a Degree in Information Technology. I love to use Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Fireworks to enhance my work.
I created a character called Pattieboop and her cat named Allie. I have had so much fun coming up with different images so I also created a site to sell them. You can go to my store to find out more about Pattieboop & Allie. I know you will just love them when you see them.


Pattieboop is an 11 year old girl who is very opinionated. She was created by me, Pattie Gomez on September 7, 2009. Pattieboop is an average 11 year old and she loves dressing up. She is very petite in nature but stands tall because her mother always told her that “If you stand tall you will one day become someone important”. Pattieboop always remembers her mother’s words and makes sure she is noticed.
Pattieboop has a favorite pet named Allie. Allie is a slender black cat and loves playing and spending time with Pattieboop. Allie spends most of her days napping and her nights are spent getting in to mischief


Be sure to grab the sketch for this week and play along!  You will have a chance to win the grand prize at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.  Pattie's Creations is offering 3 digis from her shop.  How fun!  Remember to follow all of the rules!

Happy Crafting!


Wednesday, August 1, 2012


A Thankful Heart
Sweet Sketch 165-58
Sponsor:  A Day For Daisies

It's been a  year since I saw this beauty on ADFD.  She is called
A Thankful Heart and you can find her here.  I cannot tell you how excited I have been to finally color her up!  In July I found a Tim Holtz embossing folder at Michael's called Rays and knew that I wanted to use this element with A Thankful Heart.   I also used this Quickut's maple leaf die, added a little acorn that was in my stash from Arlana.  The Nestabilites I used were Picot Edge Circles, Standard Circles Large and Deckled Edge Classic Ovals Large.  What would we do if we didn't have our trusty little SU ovals especially for our sentiments?

A Day for Daisies is our incredible sponsor this week at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.  If you are new to Tammy's images, you will be blown away with her creativity and wonder.  Her style is so unique and not anything like any other artist.  Enjoy your look around her site!  

We would love to have you play along with us at SSW this week!
If you are our lucky Grand Prize Winner you could
  win a $12 Gift Certificate
 to spend at A Day for Daisies. 
Grab Arlana's Sketch below and have some fun!


A DAY FOR DAISIES provides themed categories of over 1000 fun and whimsical digital images, including fairy tales and magical mermaids, cutie kids, vintage illustrations, sentiments and lovely designs for all occasions!
Here is ADFD banner:



Direct Store Link: http://adayfordaisies.com/stamps Join The Club


Subscribe to News Letter Link:http://adayfordaisies.com/subscribe




Be sure to grab this sketch and play along at SSW!
An Oval inside a circle!!!!


Now this sketch is a sketch from the past so I wanted to show you the card I made using Sketch 58.
This image is from Digi Stamp Characters



These are various cards I have made in the past using A Day For Daisies images!









Enjoy!
Hugs, Judi

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Little Ballerina
Sweet Sketch 162-34
  

Isn't she just the sweetest Little Ballerina?  You can find her at Pattie's Creations.  Pattie's Creations is our sponsor this week at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.  I was so thrilled to have Pattie sponsor us.  Her images are just so delightful.  Be sure to stop by SSW and see the other images that our DT have created with.  You will just adore all of them.  But it doesn't end there so be sure to stop by Pattie's shop and see all the rest of her images! 



Here is little bit about Pattie Gomez: 
I am an Internet Technology Professional and an Artist. I always dreamed of being an artist, but I found out quickly that I needed another field to support my family so I pursued a Degree in Information Technology. I love to use Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Fireworks to enhance my work.
I created a character called Pattieboop and her cat named Allie. I have had so much fun coming up with different images so I also created a site to sell them. You can go to my store to find out more about Pattieboop & Allie. I know you will just love them when you see them.
Pattieboop is an 11 year old girl who is very opinionated. She was created by me, Pattie Gomez on September 7, 2009. Pattieboop is an average 11 year old and she loves dressing up. She is very petite in nature but stands tall because her mother always told her that “If you stand tall you will one day become someone important”. Pattieboop always remembers her mother’s words and makes sure she is noticed.
Pattieboop has a favorite pet named Allie. Allie is a slender black cat and loves playing and spending time with Pattieboop. Allie spends most of her days napping and her nights are spent getting in to mischief
Pattie also has a blog at:
 You will enjoy looking around  her blog!


This is one of Arlana's sketches from the past....one of my most favorite. 
Hope you enjoy creating with it. 
Grab this sketch and be sure to look around Pattie's Creations. 
I would love to see what you can do with one of her images and Arlana's sketch. 


If you play along this week at SSW, you will have a chance
 to win 3 of Pattie's Creations images
if you are our lucky Grand Prize Winner! 
Go ahead...you can do it.  What can you lose??????


Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week!!!
Hugs, Judi

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Weaving Loom

How many crafters out there in blogville remember
learning to weave on a simple weaving loom like this and making hot pads? 

This was the craft hit of the week for my 7 year old grand daughter along with the Princess Cake that we made last week.  I was totally amazed at how quickly she learned.  I knew the weaving part would be easy for her but I assumed I would be finishing the egde on each of the hot pads.  No...after the first hot pad she had it down to a science even though she is a lefty.  She made 9 hot pads in all and plans to make more on her next sleepover at Grandma's.  Her little brother was totally occupied by an old train set that I pulled out of the attic. 






9 Hot pads in about four hours!!!!
Her summery little bandana is from Girl Scouts!

She also made a snowman out of play dough and
put together her little necklace from Joann's dollar bins. 
Love those dollar bin items!!!

Happy Fourth of July!
Enjoy your week!
Judi

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Red Orchid Cactus Bloom

 What a spectacular event to watch a
Red Orchid Cactus bloom!
Yesterday my Red Orchid Cactus bloom started to open up.  I thought it was going to take a few more days to open but I had the oppportunity last night to watch it open during a 90 minute watch!  Below are the photos.  The bloom  measurers 8 inches in diameter. 





 Wow!  This is what it looks like this morning!!!!

Enjoy your weekend!
Judi

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


Princess Castle


Just wanted to share with you my very first attempt at a detailed fancy cake.  My sister, Nancy is the cake decorator in the family.  You have probably seen some of her cakes on her blog at mulberrystation.blogspot.com.

A few years ago she posted her version of this cake and I knew that I wanted to attempt to make it for my grand daughter.  Well, now I have two grand daughters so I may be trying my hand at it a few more times. 

I am watching my two oldest grandchildren this week while their mother is providing some extra TLC to their newest little one.  My grandchildren always love to work on projects at Grandma's house so I thought this cake woud be a fun project.  They loved it.  My grand daughter loved putting on the little flowers and lining them up around the lazy susan.   I have a lot to learn in the cake decorating arena!  But I had a good time...just wished I had had Nancy or Arlana by my side to give immediate instruction.  But since they weren't close by mostly Nancy but even Arlana received a few phone calls about the procedure.  The proper consistency of the frosting is a very important detail...one that I need to work on. 

Anyway, this is a Wilton Castle Cake Set in case you are interested in purchasing your own kit.
You probably can't tell from my photo...but this is a huge cake made with four cake mixes.  We will be inviting a few people over to eat it.
Enjoy!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Origami Necktie and Shirt Card


Today I have been busy getting ready for our Father's Day festivities and two birthday celebrations in our family.  But as I visiting with Nancy today she directed me to this wonderful turtorial on Paper Craft Planet.....a quick and easy Father's Day card!!!  So I ended up making 12 of them.  I made three for the father's in our family and 9 for my primary children to give to their fathers. These are the two version that I made.  The green shirt is made with cardstock...which I would not recommend.  It took lots of scoring and just took much longer to put together.  The other papers are all lightweight typing or craft papers....definitely much easier to fold.  This project took less than an hour to choose the papers and to make all 12 card.  The shirt is made from an 8 1/2 X 11 sheet of paper and the tie is a 4X4 square.   There is room on the inside of the shirt or on the back to leave a message!

There are several tutorials on Paper Craft Planet.  At the end of this tutorial you will see other versions.  The first version is without sleeves.  I chose one of the version at the end of this tutorial.

Click HERE to view the tutorial  UPDATE:  CLICK HERE

Happy Father's Day!  If you forgot to get a card you can make this one in less than 5 minutes!  Enjoy!


Hugs!  Judi

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Beach Baby
Sweet Sketch 157


My creation today is from Saturated Canary Digis.  This image is called Beach Baby.  Isn't she so adorable?  I love the big eyes that Krista uses for her images.  This week at Sweet Sketch Wednesday, Saturated Canary Digis is our sponsor. 
Krista, the owner, is offering two free digis
from her shop if you are the lucky grand prize winner at SSW. 
 So be sure to play along this week at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.

This image reminds me of our adventures as a family at Cannon Beach, Oregon.  In fact the little shell is from our beach combing moments on the beach

I punched the star fish from a MS punch.  The Sand paper is from JoAnn's and is called "Sand."  I decided to use the Cuttlebug Swirls embossing folder to give some wave texture but the swirls disappeared when I put the image in place.  I also used the Deckle Nestablilities and then a ribbon from Joann's.  I accented the bucket with glossy accents and added stickles to the star fish and shells.

For a year now I have loved using orange and teal together.  My friend's daughter used these colors for her wedding and it was gorgeous!


Be sure to stop by Krista's store.  You will not be disappointed. 

My name is Krista Smith. I am the artist behind the Etsy shop, Saturated Canary Digis. I began working in the stamping world about a year ago when I was hired to create rubber designs for the sweet Scottish company, Sugar Nellie. They launched my artwork under the name 'Simply Sassy.' I moved into the digital world just this past month (it's been a super busy month, indeed!). And-- I love it!! There is a little more freedom here, as I can create anything that pops into my head:)! I am so humbled by the artistic talent of the girls coloring in my designs-- it is truly an inspiration! Likewise, I am so thankful for the friendships I've made in this wonderful and lovely crafty community! It's been a true delight! I'd love for you to stop by my challenge/inspiration blog, Saturated Canary Challenge and join in the fun...And, while you're there, click over to my personal blog (Saturated Canary) and introduce yourself! I am a bit eclectic and touch on everything from family (I've got me a great one!) to fashion (obsessed!)...Please say 'hi!'...I'd love to be friends!:)


This is the sketch you will be using for this
week's challenge at SSW!

Have a great week creating something special!