Tuesday, December 31, 2013

For the Last Day of December - a little humor

This card is made for a hunter at Christmas.  Keep thinking HUNTER and CHRISTMAS together.  I made the sentiment up.  Do you get it?  Maybe I should change it because my guy friend drew a blank - he's not a hunter at all and didn't see the humor in it.  SO HELP!

Hunter, deer hiding, blank stare, gun, WHO DID HE SEE?   

I hope my other friends see the humor in this.  Can I stop hitting my head against the desk?
 A Bugaboo Digi Stamp (Gus hunting) right here.  

Monday, December 30, 2013

Back up!

Back in time... so many cards, so little time!

I noticed as I went back through my card photos that I hadn't shown you this little boy, Deacon.  He is adorable.  He would make great gift tags.  I started on some, but didn't finish even one.  I did make a card and scribbled on the "Note" to make it look like handwriting.  A fun card.

 Can you believe I missed this little gal when I posted the other gals?  The background is a Hero Arts card on which I also stamped an old Hero Arts Manuscript background (H2141) and Three Ferns (S5154) in HA Shadow Ink, Wet Cement mid-tone.  I added a new Flourish die-cut in blue and brown, plus these wonderful little vehicles.  I thought the Bugaboo gal looks like such a little French girl on this card and here at Bugaboo.

Almost the end of the month.  Hard to believe.  Dawn will be back with the winner on January 2nd for the Die Cut Divas challenge.  Can't wait to see who wins!
I'll be hosting January and can't tell you yet who our sponsor is, but you'll be very HAPPY!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Just a guy fishin'

Just a guy fishin'.  That's all.

This little Bugaboo Digi guy went fishing all by himself.  His only company is the Washi tape surrounding him and the pool of water he's dropped his line in.  You can find him fishing anytime right here.

Friday, December 27, 2013

From the Bugaboo Gals to You!

Pleased to have you join the party too.  Bugaboo is our wonderful December sponsor.

I guess you can tell I love all of the little Sun Bonnet lasses over at Bugaboo.

I love these little gals.  They're fun to color and are just adorable.  That's why I've colored so many.
Bugaboo Strawberry SB Jam is just the sweetest.  I thought she might be taking some jam to a friend's house as a gift.  She was so much fun to shade.  Hope you like her too.

Oh, Another Sun Bonnet gal and this one is taking a present to a friend.  
She's bringing a Shabby Chic kind of Christmas.

I couldn't stop.  This present is with Warmest Wishes!  I think this Hero Arts
 notecard is perfect for the image.
Here is SB Christmas Present at Bugaboo Digital Stamps.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

My Present is on its Way

Remember Bugaboo has their digital stamps on sale right NOW!

A little gal won the errand of delivering a special gift.  That's what I think of when I see this gal.  I guess I went overboard when I saw these little Sun Bonnet gals... which I DID ... but sometimes you just have to get  just one more.  This gal (Fancy SB Love) is from Bugaboo Digi Stamps here!

I think she looks a bit vintagy (yeah, that's not a real word... is it?).  The image panel is glue-dotted to a white dots on dark brown paper.  A Hero Arts (zig zag) background stamp keeps the background from being dull.

As you can see, I couldn't just make one of her.  I am obviously into purple this year.  I had a leftover reverse purple die-cut so I used it here.  The corner pieces are actually from the same Spellbinders Edgeabilities that is on the third card (You inspire me). I thought they made great corners too.

I'm using another Hero Arts Notecard as the base for this card.  I smudged the ink on the blank sentiment portion of the card, so covered it up with the die-cut.  You'd never know.  I cut Fancy SB love out and popped her up on this card. 

I hope you enjoyed these cards.  You can find the sweet image at Bugaboo Digi Stamps here.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The Bells are Ringing!

The Bells are Ringing, even on the cards!

Fun and easy cards to make, essentially the same sketch.

Fun and easy with the Hero Arts card background already waiting for an image.

I really like this Spellbinders Edgeablities die-cut (Classic Petal).

Monday, December 23, 2013

Hope it Rains

Remember Bugaboo Digi Stamps are on sale right NOW!

A kid in the rain.  I thought a kid with an umbrella was perfect for our winter weather here, but guess what... we're in a drought.  Hardly any storms... This guy reminds me of the rainy season and since he looks a bit wonky, (not right, odd) I decided to make the back ground wonky too.  This really looks much better in person.  He's a fun guy to color.  This is usually a perfect card for this time of year for me, but we're in a drought this year.  We've had hardly any rain.   This guy is my attempt to do a paper rain-dance.

Here's Deacon in the rain again.  You just can't keep this kid in.  I used a new die, Spellbindres Edgeabilities Mix & Match Classics, Classic Petal, (3 in a pack).  I just love this solid die really well.  The note card is a wonderful Hero Arts notes with stamps in a box and just so perfect to make fun and happy cards with.

Deacon Rain is available at Bugaboo Digi Stamps right here!

Friday, December 20, 2013

It's all about the Sentiment

Bugaboo Digi Stamps - Yes!  50% off during December

I love the Bugaboo sentiment here. See how I used the sentiment on on of my cards on December 18th as a small tag.  Now you see it taking center stage.  Since the technique of using an embossing folder on only part of a project is so popular now, I decided to try it and LOVE it.  Both cards have been embossed with the Cricut Cuttlebug James' Set folder.  It give such an elegance to a project.  I couldn't resist dabbing a dot of Black Enamel Accents either.

On the embossed image, I lightly sponged Antique Linen Distress Ink.  I mounted the sentiment on some wonderful left-over cardstock and it's done.  Of course the cookie MUST be colored, but then one can never have too many chocolate chip cookies!

This sentiment can be used for so many different occasions.  And so easy to color and shade.  Hope you enjoyed these two cards.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

I Want Cookies!

I really adore this guy with the cookie.  I printed him out three times and colored him up.  I haven't made the third guy into a card yet, but I will.  I had to cut him out.  He's very easy to cut and looks adorable on a card or he could be a tag on a bag of cookies.  Perfect, right?

Bugaboo Digi Stamps is having their December 50% off sale RIGHT NOW!  I can see using this little guy over and over.    I think the sentiment is perfect with this little guy.  You can make it large for a focal point or small to use as a tag.

This is really BROWN, not purple paper.  But I think this guy is certainly a fun image to color and SO easy to cut.  For me that is important.  He's available here!  I added paper buttons I cut on the Cuttlebug.

I papered the card with a bag from my LSS.  She always has wonderful bags so you feel very pampered.  I had the remainder of some card stock on which I glue-dotted the cookie kid, lots of cookies, and a great sentiment, all from Bugaboo too.  I thought they were perfect to go together.The sentiment is here!

I'm sure you would have lots of great ideas on using this cute kid too.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Don't Knock the House!

Die Cut Divas' guest today is the fantastic and FANTABULOUS Barb Engler!   Fantabulous is not a real word, but we don't NEED real words.  Please visit Die Cut Divas today and say hi to Barb.

Be sure to visit Bugaboo Digi Stamps for those humorous and just plain fun cards and participate in the Die Cut Divas challenge - holidays and celebrations here.   By the way, don't knock the house!

This is a happy little house, though somewhat lopsided.  It looks like there's a little bit of traffic on the road and a sky full of clouds.  This was a kick to put together.

I thought the house would look good inside a negative of the tree.  There are Stickles on the windows and around the door jamb as well as sprinkled on the bushes and on the embossed negative.  It's a bit outrageous, but it's lots of fun and the photo doesn't show how cute it really is.

Hope you enjoy this little scene too!

Bugaboo house is found here
Lots of Memory Box die-cuts on first card
A strip of removable tape at the bottom on each card
Sentiments by Hero Arts

Monday, December 9, 2013


Sponsor of Die Cut Divas for December is: Bugaboo Digi Stamps and all their images are 50% off this month.  I can't help but see something I WANT!  NEED!  DESIRE!

This little penguin is skating away as happy as can be.  My penguin's beak isn't black, but then how many penguins do you see ice skating?   I think he's cheery and should bring a laugh or smile from the recipient.  I hope you like him.  He sure likes you.

I couldn't help but do another penguin.  I think they're multiplying.  I really like the star behind this little guy.  After all, he is the star!  The diamond gems worked out well on this card too.  I rarely have a use for them (they're really square).

I had to CASE Hannah's card on the Die Cut Divas December 1st post.  I just loved that little penguin as I think the gray brings out his personality. He's also very glittery.

I hope you can see the glistening of the Perfect Pearls I sprayed on this little guy.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

December's Charm

Thank you to Bugaboo Digi Stamps for sponsoring Die Cut Divas' challenge blog.

A charming gal skates over the ice in a vintage style!  My kind of gal!  Don't you just love her?  That's why I love Bugaboo digital stamps - they have something for just about everyone.  I set her with a vintage type of background paper.
You can try to catch this gal at Bugaboo Digi Stamps here!
There is another skating vintage gal turned to the left here!

I couldn't help myself and had to color another gal for Christmas.  
She looks so cute dressed up for Christmas.  You can find this gal here!
I love the way you can re-size digital images.

These are such fun to color!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Candy Cane Cute

Sometimes you just have to color and this is one of them.  A big Thank You to Bugaboo Digi Stamps for sponsoring the Die Cut Divas' blog and having such darling images.

This image I had to have and purchased it in the summer.  I did wait to color her.  I just love this dear Christmas image, which you can find here.  Isn't she great?

Here's my card:  A lot of self congratulations going on here. I hope you like her too.

Bugaboo Digi Stamps (Christmas SB Candycane - the SB is for Sun Bonnet)
KITE stencil - background
Copic Markers
Memento Ink Dew Drop - Bahama Blue
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Ovals

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Last Looks

I've heard this term "Last Looks" and thought, that we have only today for "last looks" at the month of November.  Our Die Cut Divas' sponsor has been the fantastic Crafty Sentiments Designs.

I've posted with this little boy before, but, yes, here he is again.  Why?  Because I love the image.  He's just so cute - an unmounted rubber stamp from Crafty Sentiments Designs. Here he is sleeping away again.  He never seems to be awake, does he?  I think he's been way too busy!
He's in the Christmas collection right here!  But really, he'd be cute at any time of the year.
A close-up.  Image colored with Copic markers on cold press water color paper.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Apple Hill

Doesn't the name, Apple Hill sound like a perfect spot to go on an autumn day?  It WAS!   This post has lots of pictures - Photo warning!

I love to run up to Apple Hill and pick up my apple pies for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Frozen and the MOST delicious pies!

Take a journey up to the foothills of the Sierra Mountains where you can visit 55 ranches with their own wonderful fruits, vegetables, vendors, Christmas trees and wineries.

This time I went to Hill Top Ranch so I could take some cool pictures of what they have at their ranch.  This view is one where you come down from the Pie House and look across the fish pond and yes, there are fish in there.

Fish pond on the right of the trees

Apple Barn to left of picnic tables and road

Pie House at the top of the hill serves meals and great apple pies with a live fire inside 

I took a picture of someone taking the chill off by the stove

Cider making barn up the road from the Pie House - free cider in that yellow barrel - yummmmmm!

Through the glass as workers move about

Worker getting ready to press apples 

Vendors outdoors with their crafts

 Someone's private residence as you come up the road

I saw this antique tractor and loved it, plus this bright tent made a fun photo

It was a bright crisp day last Saturday and it was fun to enjoy the morning.  Hope you like the photos.