Thursday, January 26, 2012

Cows and Pigs and So Many More!

This week's For Fun Challenges theme is Farmed Animals--a bit of a favorite of we, vegans in our own, not-eating-them way. :) If you need a little inspiration, why not visit with the animals here:
United Poultry Concerns : Check out cute pics of rescued birds who call their sanctuary home!
Farm Sanctuary : A sanctuary for cows, sheep, turkeys, and more.
and we can't forget our porcine pals:

Our sponsor this week is Bugaboo Stamps. I'm not quite sure how it happens, but they've always got something new that I simply *must* have. This week, I decided to go with a cow from the  Make It Snappy collection. Who knew mad cows could be so darn cute? Why not give it a along with us this week!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Dearie Dolls Digis and Digi My World (and perhaps a puppy break, too!)

This week at For Fun Challenges, the challenge theme is "Get Well" --a handy card to have on hand this time of year. Our sponsor is Dearie Dolls Digi Stamps, one that's totally new to me, so I was pretty excited to find that she has like a bajillion mice and some cute cute cute dogs and cats too! Did I mention birds? No? She has them, too. Yes, I have already caved to temptation and bought more of her stamps. How could I resist when she not only tempted me with a vast array of animals (for you non-animal people, if there are any who read my blog, she has loads of people, snowmen, etc. so you'll want to head over there, too!) she has a whole section of $1.00 digital stamps! Don't miss out!
Anyway, back to the challenge at hand. I chose a cute little mouse napping inside a teacup for my Get Well project, which includes a card (pompoms!!!) and a mini paint can filled with some of my favorite teas. I know I'd go nuts if something like this showed up in my mailbox when I was feeling less than spiffy.
So start creating a Get Well project of your own and enter it in this week's For Fun Challenge. You could win some Dearie Dolls Digis!
(BTW, stop by the Dearie Dolls Facebook page and give her a Like! There's lots of fun to be had there!)

 Revco, flopped over the couch cushion on a sleepy afternoon. I'm extra-thankful that my animals are safe indoors today, since we had a tragic loss in the neighborhood this week. One of the neighbor's cats was killed by a car yesterday. He was a stand-offish kitty, but a welcome visitor to our yard nonetheless. We knew he belonged to a neighbor since he always wore a collar and tag, but we couldn't get close enough to read his address. Having spent enough time in rescue to see the results of outdoor living, I'm a strong advocate of keeping kitties indoors unless they are out under direct supervision on a leash, or are safely contained behind a cat fence. I hoped for the best for this little guy, despite knowing how dangerous our neighborhood is, in particular. All I can do now is wish him good karma and an auspicious rebirth and try to forget the heartbreaking sight of his human washing blood off of the pavement today. What an awful way to say goodbye. It may have been better to have kept their cat indoors, but they didn't deserve having to learn this way.

Sorry to be so maudlin. Let's cheer up with some darn cute chihuahuas from the fabulous design fairy at Digi My World! I looove her take on dog breeds, so I jumped at the chance to use these apple-headed pups for this week's challenge theme: Together Forever.
I love the expression of admiration on the face of the dog on the left. And the totally oblivious look of the dog on the right. Awww! Their matching heart-tagged collars are pretty cute, too. I didn't go too elaborate with this card simply beause these guys don't need much to enhance their eye-popping personality. A little highlighting with copics, some cute cherry photo paper, and some ribbon I've been holding onto for just the right project for three years now were all they needed!
You can win a gift certificate to Digi My World by entering your Together Forever themed card this week. They've been very kind to invite me along as a guest designer, I hope some of you will find the time to support their challenge (and hopefully win, while you're at it!)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Two Cute Puppies

I'm sure you've been chomping at the bit, anxiously awaiting the next challenge at For Fun Challenges. This was the first time they've ever (well, since I've been on their design team, but that's close enough), ever had a two week long challenge, and I appreciate your patience and maturity when it came down to waiting twice as long as usual to find out what the next challenge will be. Ready?

This week's challenge is Anything Goes! Huzzah!

Okay, so it's not the most exciting challenge idea of all time, but since you decide what kind of project to me, if you're bored you have no one to blame but yourself. I have faith in you and your ability to wow yourself.
 Here's what I came up with. I had just picked up my Stampin' Up order from the magnificent Teresa Buchholz, so I was itching to play with my newest acquisitions. The stamp is one I purchased from MelJens. It only takes the flimsiest of excuses to send me running over to her store. It's killing me that she hasn't come out with any new stamps in a few weeks. She's extremely prolific, so I've been spoiled.

Anyway, back to the card. I used the pale Copics Scott got me for xmas to color him in, and I'm really pleased with the results. I love how the subtle colors that look so much like various shades of white when used alone, appear so vibrant next to each other. Neato Frito!

Since I promised Two Cute Puppies, here's Usagi, peeking out from under her blanket on a chilly evening. When her ears are hidden like that, her head reminds me of a baby seal.
So, make something you like and head over to For Fun Challenges to show off your mad papercrafting skillz.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Two Challenges You *Need* To Know About

First, a little reminder to visit For Fun Challenges for week 2 of their "New Things" challenge. You could win 7 (seven!!!) Bugaboo stamps if your entry is randomly chosen. Don't miss out!

Today begins a new challenge at Digi My World titled, "Light Up My Life". The fabulous people there have invited me to be a guest designer (thank you!)) and let me tell you, you are going to love the new stamp sets they have coming out. I chose to use Pip with a letter from the brand-spankin'-new Pip Squeak digi stamp set because getting letters in the mail lightens my life (thanks to all my far-away friends who make my day on a regular basis.)

 Is he not adorable?! I wanted to do something a little bit different, so I adapted a mini album design I found in a book to make it a Valentine design. I used lots of ribbon from various months' selections from the Really Reasonable Ribbons' ribbon club (I'm entering this card into their "ribbon and sparkle challenge"). I love how the lace looks layered over a red satin ribbon base in the first panel. For extra sparkle, I added these wonderful glitter charms I found at one of the big box crafting stores. There's also a bit of clear tinsel ribbon from Stampin' Up. I think whoever I end up sending this to will feel pretty special. Right now, it's decorating my living room. I can't get enough of Valentine crafts!

So, you have two assignments this week. Run over for For Fun Challenges for their "New Things" challenge, and visit Digi My World for their "Light Up My Life" challenge.

Now, doggie break!
For some reason, Makers Mark seems to think I'm their target audience so they send me little gifts in the mail every xmas. One year it was wrapping paper and ribbon--score! Every kid on our list had a present wrapped in the stuff (they didn't get it, but their parents did. :)) This year they sent a teeny tiny sweater, presumably for the bottle itself to wear. In an attempt to make the useless less so, we tried to see if Rev could wear it. It was a little...uh...petite for him.
 Poor Revvy. I love how you can see Weezee looking on in the background. You know she's thinking, "Well, at least they know better than to try that crap with me." Oh well. Anyone have a use for a very tiny sweater?