Tuesday, December 27, 2011


Has it really been seven months since I last posted? Ahh live has a way of changing all the time, doesn't? I don't have a new card to post. I hardly make them anymore, not because I don't want to but because I don't have the resources yet.
Let me bring you up to date on what's going on here...
My sister moved in with me in August,(that is a challenge in itself) neither of us have found a full time job. One of us will get a day here or there with a temp service but really not enough to live on. I am sitting at the local convenience store typing this up now, using the free wifi. I soooo miss my cable and internet at home.
I just got over a case of "cat scratch fever"...yes it really is an illness. I suffered for a week before I broke down and went to the doc. I was put on antibiotics and am now feeling better, not 100% good, but better. UGH, another bill to worry about.
My middle child had a baby (well his wife did) this November, so now I'm a grandma of two sweet looking girls. They both live up North, so I haven't met them yet. Sad...:(  Now I understand my oldest son's wife is prego with their second, due in April. A Boy! Yay!!!
My daughter and her husband still live in Alaska and loving it. They have really settled down to the "harsh" life up there. :)  She's making her own parka and working full time as well as going to school via internet! You go girl! :)
Well, I will try to post more often then seven months. Hope ya'll are doing well and prosper in the New Year.
OH yeah...I turn 50 in January.....FIFTY...can ya believe it!? LOL
Miss all my card friends.
Shirley G

Saturday, May 14, 2011

IASC blog hop for OWH

It's our first blog hop here at In A Scrap Creations. We are very excited about it because it's not just for our regular release but we're also doing a OWH preview. OWH stands for Operation Write Home The design team has created cards for the troops to use to send back to their families when they are deployed. These will be sent to OWH to be distributed to the troops abroad. 
There are specific guidelines you need to follow if you want to join us in making cards for the troops.  You will find them here .
We'd love it if you created our own card and/or cards to ship to OWH. If you do, please post it on your blog and link it in the comment section of the post on the IASC blog
Also, we are doing our IASC release. This month is "Silly Owls"...the set is $3 and you get 6 images (that's only 50 cents each)...these are pre-coloured and ready to use for your quick card needs. You will find them listed here .

Hop through the list and leave some love on each blog if you please.
In A Scrap Creations Blog  (it starts here!)

                        Shirley   You are Here
You will be entered into the random draw for the Silly Owls set.
Thanks for hopping!

Shirley G


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Dude Time freebie

Hey dudes and dudettes, it's time for another freebie from the Dude Time Doodle challenge blog. I was going to use a different sentiment, but I'm trying to get more "Dad" cards finished for OWH, so it simply says Dad.  My Dad was a janitor after he retired from the Army...so this is in his honor. Love ya Dad...
I put a bit of glossy accent on the "water puddle" his is moping up! His pants were an accident...I was going to make them gray but my marker dried up on me...so the grayish blue! I like them. :)
Hurry over to the DTD blog and grab your freebie and play for a chance to win you turn as a guest designer with the girls. They are awesome and I'm having a blast...thanks Dudettes!!

Happy Crafting,
Shirley G

D2D weekly challenge

Faith at Designed to Delight has another great image to play with...if you didn't play last week go to her store and buy this image, next weeks will be free to you when you submit your image in their weekly challenge. This week it is a cool Pail of Flowers... I used the white ping image. You have to try this if you haven't.  The background paper is Gina K digital papers.
I cut tiny little slits on each side of the pail to add the ribbon. Hope you like it.
Happy Crafting,
Shirley G

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Lets hear it for the chickens

yum Tasty!!! ....ok I guess that wasn't what Hambo meant about honoring the chicken.  But hey, I like chicken...I did make a cute card also, including the required stripes and dot.  See for yourself.
Hambo sent one chick...but I added another for my card;

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Catch the Bug challenge

Flowers, flowers, flowers....ahhh spring and summer time.  We have certainly had enough rain, in my neck of the woods, to bring up the gorgeous flowers around town.
Catch the Bug has a new challenge, Bring on the May flowers.
This is a Bugaboo image and the sentiment comes from Create with TLC.

Happy Crafting,
Shirley G

D2D weekly challenge, Flutterby Fairy

Designed 2 Delight  weekly challenge has a cute image called Flutterby Fair...hope you got yours. It's not too late to go buy it at their store if you missed last weeks challenge....hurry this week ends soon.
Here is my card;
Don't  ya love chocolate brown and light blue together?  This image just turned out so well with those colors. Hope you enjoy.

Happy Crafting,
Shirley G

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Dude Time May Sketch challenge

This weeks challenges at Dude Times is a sketch challenge. The sketch..."anything goes, use a flower". Oh and the fun part for me is I'm a guest designer this month at Dude Times! ~have a silly grin on my face~
The awesome sponsor this week is Raindrop Echo Designs....great sentiments over there.  You'll want to participate in this challenge for sure, or go buy some sentiments now. Gooo now, I'll wait....

Okay, did you get some awesome sentiments? Here is my card. I used BDD "Gary the gift giver" for my image, the sentiment on the outside is mine, but I did add a Raindrop Echo one on the inside. Poor Gary, he forgot his lady's Birthday...Hope he gets out of trouble with the lovely flowers and jewelry gift he bought. :)
And the inside cover....
Happy Crafting,
Shirley G

Thursday, April 28, 2011

A Tisket, A Tasket

Have you gotten your image from Hambo for this weeks challenge? Did you play last week? If not you can buy this weeks image from the Hambo store and play to get your free image next week. This week it is a cute basket just plum full of hearts. A nice sentiment is included with the image. The requirements...use both image and sentiment, add some lace and flowers.
Here is my card;

For the lace I used a paper doily that I distressed with Tim Holtz tea dye distress ink. I also used this on all the dp and card stock papers used. My flower is one from my stash I bought at Hobby Lobby. Oops, can you see the drip on the top heart. I forgot I had added more glossy accent. Oh well, it'll look great after it dries. Some hearts have the glossy accent, some stickles.

Happy Crafting,
Shirley G

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Fluttering by

Happy Monday Challenge has a new challenge-Fellowship. The challenge is to make a card for an elderly person you know. They, like us all, need to have people checking in on them. So my card is a HI card, using a Deedee image. The sentiment I made from Microsoft Word. I colored the flowers with Copics and the buterfly with Sharpies and Bic markers. Stop your elderly neighbor and just say HI!

Happy Crafting,
Shirley G

Monday, April 25, 2011

April 25

It was a good card day yesterday. Here is a group picture, then I'll break it down per challenge. First I forgot to include a pinwheel card I made...:( It is pretty to!
The bottom two and the pink/black one on the right are not for challenges. Well, the brown one could be OWH mid week monochromatic challenges as well as the Sunday's sketch challenge. OK two of them aren't challenge related. I CASEd Dixie on the upper right one.
First challenge...KING Hambo! I didn't have a cuttlebug embossing folder I wanted to use, so I scored the yellow paper on my Martha Stewart scor board in a diamond design. The purple heart button is a glitter button that I sealed with Glossy Accents. Got that tip from Yolanda's blog. Thanks Yolanda!!
The next challenge is for D2D- Bullfrogs and Butterflies. When I first saw this, I thought blue and yellow for the flowers. Why? I don't know, it kinda looks "Dutch" to me, now that it's done. But I like it.  I added the corner flowers also included in the set, FREE, if you played in the progressive challenge last week. Mr Bull has googley eyes, the two big flowers have bling in the middle, the corner flowers have glossy accent and I added a blue butterfly button.
Here's hoping we all don't float away in the mid west area.
Happy Crafting.
Shirley G

Monday, April 18, 2011

Hambo Ogre and D2D ladybugs

Good Monday Morning to all my peeps! I know, if you work outside of the home, what's good about a Monday  morning?  :-)  I have an appointment with a temp service this morning to finish my paperwork and interview with them. SO I'm hoping by next week I will be a "complainer" of Monday mornings! Say a prayer for me that they find me a job ASAP! I NEED one like yesterday.
Okay enough about me...here are my two cards for today;
Hambo has an adorable Ogre for their challenge this week. We were to distress the paper. I really didn't use any paper per say on my card. But I distressed the edges of the card and the sentiment. I think I should have used paper....

The flower stamps were from a package I won...I'm sorry I forgot from whom I won them!
He's colored with Bic markers. And the sentiment came with the Ogre.

My next challenge with with D2D for this weeks progressive challenge. Faith included a white png image that you can layer over digital paper. Well I like to try new things so I used that and layered over some digital paper I had but had never used. WOW...fun, fun. I can see this would be great to do with the right paper. I colored, again, with my Bic's. I added a white gel pen to the flower petals. And some stitching around the image and the background paper. Enjoy both cards.

Happy Crafting,
Shirley G

Friday, April 15, 2011

Remember roller skating?

I do...well I remember falling on my behind more than I made it around the rink! Ahh the good times. IASC has two new images out today and I have made some cards playing with those awesome images...here they are.

She is colored with bic markers for the most part. I used a star vellum paper over a very light yellow to bring out the stars on the image. I'm not thrilled with the way I did these stars, though. I need to learn the motto-less is more!

The second image is just a fun to play with.

I love how this card turned out. I copied the sketch from another blogger named Jan. I love her cards. You will too if you check out her blog.
I had to research how skates were/are colored...hmm I just aged myself, didn't I? LOL  Anyway I love tan and turquoise together. I hope you enjoy it also.

IASC blog is here and to get these awesome images they are here in the store. There is a sale on some of the discontinued images for a short time. Go check it out!

Happy Crafting,
Shirley G

Thursday, April 14, 2011

3 new challenges

I have three challenges for you today, all so different and all so much fun to do.
Lets start with MelJen...the challenge #54 is to use 3 colors (check), 2 different dp (check) and a ribbon (check). I just love this little image. I sparkled him up a bit with some stickles and glossy accent on his heart.
The next challenge is for Scrap-Creations:Going Grey. They have a sketch to follow. Pretty neat sketch, I'm sure I will be using it a lot.
And lastly Dude Time Doodles has another freebie (Jethro Jug) and challenge. What a hoot is this image. If you haven't grabbed it yet, ya better before it's gone. I did a google search for "hillbilly" sayings. Fun! hmm I might be a hillbilly! :)

In case you don't speak "hillbilly" ...
"yont-tu= You want to
"shindig"= party
"spell"= for awhile

Oh my...yep I'm a hillbilly!

Hope you enjoy all the cards. Go check out the challenges while they are still going.
Happy Crafting,
Shirley G

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Dude Time April Sketch challenge

There's a new challenge at Dude Times...for a few more hours. It's their April sketch challenge.
I choose Rough Night Rodney for my image, also a BDD image.

For their challenges you can use any image you want as long as it's for the Dude in your life or another dude...my card will go to OWH.

But really we all can relate to this one in one way or another! I know I can...coffee first then conversation.

Here's the sketch they had to use;
Happy Crafting,
Shirley G

Sunday, April 10, 2011

April Showers

Fantabulous Cricut has a new challenge-April Showers, use an umbrella or a hat in your project. Well I only have nine Cricut cartridges and out of all of them only one had an umbrella. Several had peeps with hats...but I wanted an umbrella!  So I used the Cricut lite Jolly Holiday cartridge.  Some cute images on there. The cloud on my card is from Microsoft word, inserting a shape. The puddle is free hand drawn. I was going to pop the cloud but forgot cause I got xyron "happy"..oops. I'm not super happy with the rain drops but I guess I leave them.
Sorry about the poor photo.
Happy Crafting
Shirley G

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Busy busy

Okay everyone you'll have to bare with me on this long post. I haven't had any card mojo in days and days. But this morning, BAM, it hit big time. So I'm going to post all in one! Deep Breath!!! Here we go....
First just a cute picture of my neighbors dog, "Baby Girl"...she was my inspiration for my Bugaboo card..

 Is she not the cutest thing you have ever seen?  She is eating my cats food and growled a ferocious growl for such a tiny little girl when I went to pick her up! LOL I have told my neighbors if they ever give her up, she's is to come here!!

And now for the card in her honor;

 This will be entered in their Catch the Bug Challenge. It's a Z fold card. I just love those cards. I did make a separate blank 4.25x5.5 for the recipient to write a message on.
Love this image...I have several colored and ready to be put together.

The opened view;
Now to switch gears for this card. It is for the D2D progressive challenge. This weeks image is Garden Party. How fun is this image. I love flowers, as I think I said last time I blogged!

 I just had to bling up the flowers. At first I had only 3 with rhinestones in the centers. Then I thought the bottom left corner needed something, so out came the buttons....well one thing led to another and all the flowers are blinged out! OH how I can NOT stop once I start! I had just a hint of  stickles to the bee wings.  Thanks Faith for another beautiful image.

And lastly, I promise!

This is a free image over at IASC, it comes in a colored version or black and white version. Very cute image. Thanks Amanda!  I'm quite happy with my bunny. Usually when I color (or don't color) something white, I try to over compensate....this time it turned out just as I wished.

OH no, I lied. So Sorry...I forgot my Hambo card I made. I must post it also. :)

This weeks challenge was to make an easel card. I also love easel cards. I made this for my daughter and son n law...they are in Alaska and how appropriate that I should get a Penguin Bunny image to play with for Easter. You never know, perhaps way up there in the snow (they just got an additional 7") the easter bunny may look like this! LOL

Thanks for sticking with me on this long, long post!
Happy Crafting,
Shirley G

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Two new challenges

Hi everyone,
Sorry I have been MIA lately. Some of you may know this, others not. My Dad was in the late stages of cancer and I have been spending as much time as I could with him. So no card making or blogging. Sadly he lost his battle last Thursday.  He will be missed terribly by many people. Yesterday I squeezed in some time to make two cards.
The first is for Hambo. I didn't play last week so I didn't get that awesome caterpillar image so I'm using another of their's. Still awesome. The challenge is to use Bright Green and Pink. I think those are cool color combination, so I had a lot of fun with this challenge.

The second is for D2D progressive challenge, Spotty Dotty Watering can. I love this image. I think I'm drawn to flowers, I just love coloring and creating with them. The sentiment is also a D2D one. If you haven't ever played in one of D2D challenges, I say go for it, NOW! Lots of cute images and you get a freebie each week you participate. Here is my card for this week;

Happy Crafting,
Shirley G

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

D2D weekly challenge

Oh boy do we have a cute image this week to create with at D2D. If you normally don't participate in their weekly challenge you can go buy this image, submit it in their challenge and be qualified to get a free image for next weeks challenge. I highly recommend that you do this, as all Faiths images are too darn cute to not want!
Here is what I came up with for the challenge

I added a couple more ladybugs in the jar, colored with my Bics and Primascolor markers. I cut out a piece of vellum the size of the jar and added it over the image. I'm hoping it gives it a "real" jar affect. I added a gingham bow and a ladybug button.
The sentiments that came with the image were for "get well" but I think of this a summer fun!

Happy Crafting,
Shirley G

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Hambo Hoedown Challenge, Sparkle

This week the challenge at Hambo is all about the bling. My kind of challenge. We had a very cute party elephant to play with also. Lots of fun and a perfect card for me to make at this time. I'm trying to get a few birthday cards made to give to the VA assisted living home where my Dad is at. I haven't had much time to "play" with spending time there with him and now looking for a job and new place to live! That's a long story better told elsewhere!
Anywho, here is my card for this weeks challenge.
I think he ate too much cake and that caused him to be a little green!  I added some googley eyes and paper pieced his ears. Thanks for a great image and challenge. Looking forward to next weeks.
Happy Crafting,
Shirley G

Thursday, March 17, 2011

D2D weekly challenge

Sweet Caroline...ahh good song, great image from Faith at D2D. Okay so Faiths image is called Angel Caroline, but you get it! Not much "words" with this image...I've been busy staying at hospital with Dad...just now got the image done. Thanks Faith.
Have a great day,
Shirley G

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Good, exciting news! I am now a design team member for IASC, In A Scrap Creations! YAY me! I was/am so excited about this new chapter. I can not wait to see what all beautiful digital images I get to create with!
The first two images I was given were pre-colored. Very cute images and I loved the soft colors I got to chose from. You will love them to.
The first one I call Coffee Friends...my niece and I fit this to a tee!
How cute are they? I just happened to have the perfect papers for the image. The stripped is from a Colorbok package and the border is from DCWV. The punch is a Paper Studio border punch and the little bit of bling is Studio112 pre-punched flowers.
The second card is sooooo very cute. I call it Little One;
Same paper sources as the first card. I added some ribbon and a flower from my stash. The Angel charm is one I have had for years. I used to make jewelry till my cats got in my way. See I need my own craft room, with a door! ;)  I love them though.
So I hope you will go peek at the IAS store and grab a couple cute images for yourself.
Happy Crafting,
Shirley G

Monday, March 14, 2011

OWH sketch #60

This is the new sketch over at OWH. I have to admit I have a hard time doing this type of sketch. But, having said that, I think my card turned out pretty good. :)  I first copied my image (which I got here) into Word, then I formatted it to 3x3. Printed the image and colored with Copics and Bic markers. I then cut it into 1" squares and adhered that to a 3.5x3.5 square. Ta da...that helped me tremendously. The sentiment is printed on my pc in Word.
Happy Crafting,
Shirley G

Saturday, March 12, 2011


Go green at Scrap-Creations, it doesn't have to be a "green" project (as in recycled). It can be or you could just use green in your image. Well, I used green. I have a treat for you....so I think!
I left the card pretty simple, not bling at all. Which if you know me, that's hard to do. See what ya think;
Okay, I know I'm bias but I LOVE this card and the image in particular. The image had a plain roof, it really looked like it should have snow, but since we are finished with snow (I hope) I added "shingles". Oops, I did add a touch of bling. The windows have stickles on them to give it a glowing affect. I hope you enjoy  this as much as I do.
Happy Crafting,
Shirley G

Home Tweet Home

At Happy Monday Challenge blog there is a new challenge...well it is about to end, today. I got there just in time! The challenge is Pretty Pastels. If you use a Deedee image they will send you a cute ducky holding some flowers. Cool image. I happen to have several Deedee images, so here is what I came up with.
Sorry for the shadow. I'm not sure I like all the extra stuff on the front. However it is stuck!  I made another Z card. I love that fold. Here is a shot of the inside. 
The Home Tweet Home is my doing in Word. I will fix up a blank 4.25x5.5 card as this will more than likely go to OWH. That way our Hero, who chooses this card, can write home a personal note.
Happy Crafting,
Shirley G

Friday, March 11, 2011

Two different challenges

I have two different challenges for you today. The first is for the man/boy in your life. It is a Dude Time Doodle challenge, using their freebie. Freaky cool image. You'll have to go check out their blog and what the challenge is all about...can ya say "guest DT". The sentiment is from Ginger's house.
And the second challenge is a girly one. The challenge is at A Day for Daisies, using the freebie on the challenge_girly girl. Very sweet image. Again, you have to go check out their blog and grab the cute image.

So as you can see, two totally different cards. I had fun with both images. Hope you enjoy.
Happy Crafting,
Shirley G

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Cricut challenge

Okay, I know, enough already.... :) I promise this is my last post today. After all Idol is almost on!
I have had a Cricut for over a year now. But it seems to take on the backseat a lot now. I'm trying to incorporate it more in my cards. So I found this awesome blog, and a great challenge-use Trees!
Be kind...I need more practice! It is very hard for me to get the scale right!
I meant to use my cuttlebug and emboss the tree to give it some dimension but forgot! ha...next time I might remember! I had to put a kitty in as I'm a feline "sucker". Everything is from either My Community or Walk in My Garden cartridges, except the sky paper.
Happy Crafting,
Shirley G 

Birthday Wishes

Two more cards for today. Again these are for the current Bugaboo challenge-Anything goes.
A bright and cheerful Birthday card. I added stickles to the hat, wings, a bit to the balloon.

And the second card;
My new son n law is a fireman, in Alaska, way out where there's nothing!  He might get this card for his birthday.
Happy Crafting,
Shirley G

Happy Birthday, 2 cards, 3 challenges

Whew it's been busy here today...LOVE it.
I have two Birthday cards and three challenges to enter them in. The first card is a Bugaboo image and computer generated sentiment. I have to tell you, I love Bugaboo images and this was so fun to color I did two.
This was colored with my Bic markers. Perfect young man card, I think. I'm entering this in Bugaboo, Catch the Bug challange-Anything goes. And in OWH mid week challenge-use dots. I have to tell you, I just learned how to do the "special sentiment" from this great site, here. KUDOS...I will be practicing this a LOT!

My next card is Hambo's latest image and challenge. Yup, I read the directions several times...USE lots of Gold. Okay, I did!  My brothers g/f's b'day is on the 17th so this card is for her.
 And a close up of the image;
Is he not the cutest? I usually don't make St. Pat's day cards. NOT a big fan of green...but this was perfect for Shannon's b'day. I added gold to the hat band and on the gold with my Gold leaf pen, then to make it shine, I added stickles to the pot of gold.
Time for lunch, I'm starving! LOL
Happy Crafting,
Shirley G