Thursday, December 8, 2011

TKT #56 Winners!!!

Mornin' hens! Well, it's been a looooong night! I told you I'd be up late trying to pick my TOP CHICK PICKS!! You hens are SO AMAZING and it keeps getting harder and harder to pick my favorites. *sigh* I LOVED all the entries and after many hours of mulling over them, here are this week's TOP CHICK PICKS!!

CONGRATULATIONS! Jan, Linda, Tammy and Tracy!
You are four KRAFTY CHICKS!!

WOWZERS! Aren't they amazing? I'm so envious of you hens. When I grow up I wanna make purty cards like YOU!! Tee-hee! You can click on the thumbnails above and be taken directly to each winner's blog where you can view the whole card and get all the details too! Be sure to leave 'em a {{{hen hug}}} while your there, k? Thank you all for playing along this week. Have a GREAT Thursday! {{{hen hugs}}}

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Santa Claus is coming to town!

Mornin' hens! Are you hens as pooped as me? I don't know about you, but Christmas always seems to sneak up on me! Why is that? Well it certainly isn't like I don't know the date, but I have to say, once Halloween passes, it's like POOF! - Christmas!! Well, if this sounds familiar, I bet your Christmas cards never seem to turn out the way you'd planned, right? Yup, that's me! I have all these great ideas and then I'm so pressed for time, I can't do the cards the way I wanted. Are you hens all nodding' your heads? Ok then, The Spotted Chick comes to the rescue!!!
Here's a little card I made in mass quantities. Now, I'll be the first to tell you, I usually hate to mass produce cards, but for this time of year, it's the ONLY way to go!! LOL! So here's how to make this little cutie! First, cut your SU Real Red cardstock in 8.5 x 4.25 and then score and fold them in half to make a 4.25 square. Using your largest scalloped Nestie, cut through both pieces of the folded card stock making sure you leave 2 scallops partially outside of the die on the fold line. This will allow the two scalloped circles to remain attached. Then cut 4 smaller regular circles from your Nesties in alternating SU Very Vanilla, Real Red and some Christmas DP. I actually decided to emboss the smallest circle to add a little texture behind Santa's face. I cut multiple Santa heads from white, SU Real Red and some flesh colored card stock and then added some shading to each with my Copics. I added some shimmer to the white with some sheer shimmer spritz. Once dry, I assembled all the Santa heads.

Once you have all your pieces cut, it's time to put the whole card together. First, glue the cream circle to the front. Now take some ribbon and fold it in half to make a hanging loop. Glue it down on top of the cream circle and continue adding the remaining circles on top. Lastly, add Santa with a few dimensionals and add a bow at the base of the ribbon. That's it! Honestly, once you get all the pieces cut, the assembly process goes rather fast. I printed a bunch of the greetings for the inside and cut them out with the same circle Nestie I used for the front. Ok, well I hope this helps you with some of your own Christmas cards and of course that PINCH for time!
Don't forget, you still have today and tomorrow to enter my That's Krafty Thursday challenge. Have you seen all the fabulous entries???? I see another LOOOOONG night in my future!! Tee-hee! Have a Tee-rific Tuesday!! {{{hen hugs}}}

Santa - Sizzix Winter Set #3; Copics; CS - SU Real Red, Very Vanilla, and Neenah Classic Crest White; Nestabilities; Ribbon - SU; Signo UniBall White Pen; DP - Collage Press - Peppermint Twist; Quickutz Embossing Folder

Friday, November 25, 2011

It's another DUDE!!

Mornin' hens!! Can you believe it, ANOTHER DUDE!! Tee-hee!! I couldn't resist resist using SUPER TROOPER TRIPP from Dude Time Doodles for my BIL's birthday card. Shooowee, ain't he a CUTIE?? Look at them arms!!! *swoooon* I even gave him a little 5 o'clock shadow too! LOL! My kinda man!! I printed the digital image onto some Neenah Classic Crest card stock and colored him with my Copics. I stitched the image panel to some SU Basic Black card stock and then adhered him to this great DP from Cosmo Cricket's Joy Ride collection. I printed the computer generated sentiment inside a speech bubble and attached it with a few pop dots.

Here's the inside: snort!

To finish, I punched a small hole in the image panel and threaded some stitched ribbon through for a cool "highway" look. LOL! Now, I'm off to the mall cuz it's BLACK FRIDAY! Woo-hoo!! Maybe I'll get lucky and SUPER TROOPER TRIPP will pull me over!! Bwah-ha-ha-ha-ha!!
{{{hen hugs}}}

Chaaaarge it!!!
Wish me and the Lil' Chick luck!

Digital Image - Super Trooper Tripp from Dude Time Doodles; Cardstock - SU Grey, Neenah Classic Crest White; Copics; Ribbon - Offray; DP - Cosmo Cricket Joy Ride

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

That's Krafty Thursday #56

...uh make that Wednesday!! Tee-hee! Yeah, I know, I'm a day early but tomorrow is a fabulous holiday here in the States so this chick's gonna be busy, busy, busy. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and the number one thing we do on Thanksgiving is - EAT!! Yup, that's right, I'm gonna be busy EATIN'!! Oh, and not just a little, nosiree, we eat a bunch!! Did I mention this is one of my favorite holidays? LOL! Uh-huh, this hen LOVES to eat! The main entree at Thanksgiving is of course, the TURKEY! Yum!! Me love me some turkey. Hmmm, a hen eatin' a turkey???? That's kinda like being a cannibal though isn't it? Eweeee, maybe I better give that some more thought. *snort* Ok, enough of my silliness, onto today's card. Which needless to say, is all about Thanksgiving. Meet Heath Hunter! Heath Hunter is one of Dude Time Doodles newer images and I just LOVE him to bits. Ain't he a catch? Bwah-ha-ha-ha! Check out those teeth! Pfffft! Ooh-ooh, and here's the best part.....

The inside: Tee-hee! Ain't it a hoot??

Did I mention that I'm in the SPOTLIGHT today over at the Dude Time Doodles blog?? Yay!! I was so exited when Tammy asked me to be their spotlight designer. Yippee-skippee! So I thought, what better time to start a new That's Krafty Thursday challenge!! Right? Now you hens know the drill, but for all the new hens just visiting the hen house for the first time, well shuck your shoes and put your little hen feet up and sit a spell. I'll tell you how it works. You see, it's real complicated to play along so pay close attention. First, you need to make a project and use some Kraft colored card stock on it. Then...... um, wait a minute..... then ......well lands sake, THAT'S IT??? Yup, that's all there is to it. Nothin' hard about it at all. When you're done, just link it up below before Wednesday, December 7th at 7:00pm EST and I'll pick my TOP CHICK PICKS and post them right here on my blog on December 8th. Oh and of course the winners will also receive Clara, The Krafty Chick badge for your blog side bar so the whole world can see that YOU are one KRAFTY CHICK! So, you ready to play along? Sure you are. I can't wait to see what you hens come up with this week!! So come on hens, let's GET KRAFTY!! {{{hen hugs}}}

Happy Thanksgiving!

Digital Image - Heath Hunter from Dude Time Doodles; Cardstock - SU Kraft & Chocolate Chip, Neenah Classic Crest; DP - October Afternoon's Campfire; Button; Twine; Copics

Monday, November 14, 2011

Happy Birthday Ryan!

Mornin' hens! This little card is for my nephew Ryan. He turned a whoppin' 7 years old last Thursday. He plays a little Bball with his church so I thought I'd personalize a card just for him. After some searching, I finally found this image over at Digi My World. It came as part of a set but I loved the image and felt it was perfect for Ryan. The colors of his team are Gold and Blue so I colored the image to match. This DP is from an older Sassafras Lass paper pack and I just used my Cuttlebug embossing folder on some rust colored card stock to make the textured panel behind the image. Hopefully, it resembles a basketball! LOL! Okee dokee, that's it for me today. I hope you hens all have a wonderful Monday! {{{hen hugs}}}

Digital Image - Digi My World; CS - Neenah Classic Crest White, SU Basic Black, Rust; Copics; Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug; Circle Punches - EK Success; DP - Sassafras Lass

Thursday, November 10, 2011

TKT #55 Winners!!!

Are you kidding me??? Did you see all the FABULOUS entries this week? OMG, I'll have you know I'm writing this after midnight, since I just couldn't decide on my favorites. *sigh* You are all just SO STINKIN AMAZING!!! I absolutely am in LOVE with all the entries.... This is HARD STUFF you guys!! Seriously!! Ok-ok, stop the whining and get on with it right? Okee dokee, here goes...... DRUM ROLL PLEASE..............
This week's TOP KRAFTY CHICKS are..................

CONGRATULATIONS Maria, Angela, Michele, Cleota and Torrey!!

Was I right??? Told ya, absolutely amazing!!! Be sure to click on the above thumbnail and you'll be directed right to the winner's blog where you can view the full card and all the details. Be sure to leave 'em a {{{hen hug}}} while your there! I'm sure they'd LOVE to hear from da hens!!

Thanks again to all of you hens who love gettin' KRAFTY in the hen house!! Woo-hoo!
Have a wonderful day and a great holiday weekend! Thank you to all the veteran's!
Happy Veteran's Day!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

So "Beary" sweet!

Mornin' hens! Isn't this card CUTE? How could you not fall for this cute little guy? Makes me wanna {{squeeze}} him! Tee-hee!
I made this card for a friend who needed a card for a baby shower. The mother is expecting a BOY and her theme is Bears. Isn't this the perfect image? I just love it when a plan comes together! Yay!
Ok, I stamped the image from the "Baby Baby" set from Ladybug Crafts Ink onto some Neenah Classic Crest CS and colored him with my Copics. I cut the image out with my Nesties and sponged some chalk ink around the edges. I popped the image up with a few dimensionals and tied this coordinating ribbon around the panel. I stitched around all the panel edges and added the Baby Boy's name below the ribbon in the shape of a banner. I can smell the BABY POWDER now! *sniff-sniff*

Today's card is also a MID-WEEK reminder for my That's Krafty Thursday challenge. The challenge doesn't close until November 9th at 7:oopm EST, so you've still got plenty of time to play along. Just make any ol' project using some Kraft colored card stock, then link your project below on my That's Krafty Thursday post. I can't wait to see what Krafty projects you hens have up your wings!! {{{{hen hugs}}}

Stamp - Ladybug Crafts Ink; CS - SU Kraft & Early Expresso, Neenah Classic Crest White; Copics; DP - Bo Bunny; Ribbon - Martha Stewart; Nestabilities; Colorbox Chalk Ink; Gelly Roll Glitter Pen

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Mornin' hens! So whatcha think of today's card? Oh boy, do I ever LOVE this card.
This is for my Lil' Chicks fella, AGAIN..... Yup, this is his THIRD card!! Lil' Chick say's, "don't worry Mom, he's savin' all of 'em!" Good boy! *snort* Anyhoo, he just closed on a townhouse and I wanted to send him a CONGRATULATIONS card. So I thought this image would be PERFECT! The inside reads, "Congratulations on "scoring" your new home!"
Great huh? This image, called "Penalty Pete" is from DudeTime Doodles. I think he's FAB and can think of several occasions to use him for! Ok, so I printed the image onto some Neenah Classic Crest CS and colored him with my Copics. I stitched the image to some SU Chocolate Chip and then adhered it to this DP from My Minds Eye. I finished by adding this big copper brad on top of some twine tied in a bow. Have a GREAT day! {{{hen hugs}}}

Digital Image - Dude Time Doodles; CS - SU Chocolate Chip, Neenah Classic Crest White; DP - My Minds Eye "All Spice"; SU Embossing Folder; Border Punch - Stampin Up; Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Antique Linen; Big Copper Brad; Twine

Thursday, October 27, 2011

That's Krafty Thursday #55

Mornin' hens! Ya'll ready for another That's Krafty Thursday? Alrighty then, let's git down to biz'ness.... If ya haven't played along in my That's Krafty Thursday challenge yet, well it's mighty simple to do. Just make any 'ol project and use some Kraft colored card stock somewhere on it, and you've got yourself an ENTRY!! Yup, that's it!! Nothing else is required. Once ya got it done, just link it up below by 7:00pm EST on November 9th, and I'll post my TOP CHICK PICKS on Thursday, November 10th. Now not only will your entry be posted right here in the hen house, but you'll also receive "Clara - The Krafty Chick" badge to sport on your own blog sidebar so the whole world can see, that YOU are a Krafty Chick! Woo-hoo!!

Now to git you hens in a KRAFTY mood, here's a little somethin' that I whipped up for my niece. This is "Chicken's Balloons" from Whipper Snapper Designs. I just LOVE all their chicken images. Seriously, I could spend my paycheck in a flash if I was to stay there long enough. Siggghhhh.... I stamped this little gal onto some Neenah Classic Crest CS and colored her with my Copics. I stitched her to some scrap brown CS and then made a couple of cuts on either side of her balloon so I could thread the ribbon around the panel. Then I adhered the image panel with a couple of dimensionals, to this DP from MME's Odds and Ends collection, and there ya have it! Super simple and I LOVE it!! Hmmm, think it's cuz' there's a chicken on it?? Uhhhh, yup you'd be right! Tee-hee! Me love me some chickens!! *snort* Ok, now it's your turn... Ready, set, GOOOOOOOO!! Have a Teeeee-Rific Thursday! {{{hen hugs}}}

Rubber Stamps - Whipper Snapper Designs; CS - Kraft, Brown and Neenah Classic Crest White; DP - MME Odds and Ends; Button; Twine; Ribbon - Stamp Simply Ribbon; Copics

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Goo Goo for U!

Mornin' hens! I know, you've probably been wondering where'd that Spotted Chick get off to, huh? Well, the DH and I "flew the coop" and took a little VACATION! Yup, we sure did and boy did we have a blast! We've been "on the go" for the past two weeks but each day had it's scheduled NAP too! Tee-hee! Uh-huh, I'm practicing to be the PERFECT "retiree"! *snort*

Ok, so even during my busy time off, I was thinking about the hens (really - I was!), so I managed to fit in a few hours of crafting too. So here's a little card I made for my Lil' Chick's good friend who is expecting her first baby. Just a congratulations card for her BIG news! This is a set I've had for quite some time now. It's a Kim Hughes set from Cornish Heritage Farms. They're no longer in business but Kim has started her own business now, Paper Smooches. I just LOVE her style and her handwriting is the CUTEST ever! Be sure to stop by and check out her SUPER CUTE sets.

For my card, I stamped the stork onto some Neenah Classic Crest CS and colored it with my Copics. I stitched the image to some SU Basic Black CS and adhered it to this older October Afternoon DP called "Ducks in a Row". I love the soft colors in this pack. The flower embellishment was done using the My Favorite Things rolled rose die-namics. I thought it added such a sweet and soft touch to this card. To finish, I added some glitter to the stork's sack and then added the sentiment with a few of the letters colored in with my Copics. So SOFT & SWEET! Have a GOO GOO GREAT day! {{{hen hugs}}}

Rubber Stamps - Baby Love by Kim Hughes; CS - SU Basic Black, Neenah Classic Crest White, Yellow, Aqua; DP - October Afternoon Ducks in a Row; Copics; Ribbon and Flower Trim - Offray; Pearl Brad - Spare Parts by Paper Studios; Rosette Die-namics - My Favorite Things; Glitter - Martha Stewart

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Evenin' little lady.....

That's a new one huh? It's been a long time since I've posted in the evenin' hours. Oh well, gotta keep you hens on your toes. Never know what this ol' chick is up to!

Guess where I've been? Well, I just got back from a cruise to the Bahamas. It was just a GIRL cruise with the Lil' Chick, my Ma, my Sis, SIL and a good friend of hers. What a GREAT time we all had. I gained FIVE - uh huh - FIVE POUNDS!! And I enjoyed every minute (make that bite) of it!! Bwah-ha-ha-ha-ha! The Lil' chick said we ate like we were goin' to the electric chair! LOL! Seriously, they must feed you a dozen times each day and it's a bottomless pit! They just keep servin! Ahhhhhh HEAVEN!! *snort* We did have a really good time and I still can't get over that water. Oh my, it's like an aquarium! Just beautiful!

Ok on to my card..... This little guy is from Dude Time Doodles and his name is Fred Farmer... Oh boy, do I ever LOVE that smile of his. Pffft! I'm using this card for this week's FTR #22 challenge over at the Catered Crop. Wanna play along? Here's this week's recipe:

  • Colors – Warm Fall colors: gold, yellow and green
  • Papers – Kraft
  • Stamps – hearts, sentiments
  • Color Mediums – distress inks
  • Embellishments – lace, thread, buttons, gems, beads, glitter
  • Techniques – distress, tie a bow
  • Tools – Die cuts (hearts and flourishes), rounded corners
  • Themes –Vintage, hearts
I've highlighted those ingredients that I've used in my card above. You're only required to use just one ingredient from the above list, or you can use as many as you like. Then link your card up over at the Catered Crop. You just might be the CLUCKY winner! Tee-hee!
Hope you all have a SUPER SUNDAY! {{{hen hugs}}}

Digital Image - Dude Time Doodles; CS - SU Early Expresso, Neenah Classic Crest White; Copics; DP - Cosmo Cricket; Mini Brads - Recollections

Monday, September 26, 2011

Sisters by chance...

...Friends by choice!

This was a card I made for my Mom to give to her sister. They're VERY close and I thought this was a perfect little image to use. This is a Suzie's Zoo image, which I totally LOVE. All the little characters she creates are SO adorable.

I stamped the image onto some Neenah Classic CS and colored with my Copics. I cut the image out with my circle Nesties and sponged a little chalk ink around the edges. The grass is done using my Prismacolor pencils. The frame was made by first cutting a scalloped circle and then cutting a regular circle from the center afterward. I stitched around the edges of the DP and then tied a bubbly bow using this pretty organza ribbon and added a little tag underneath. I adhered the DP using several pop dots, creating this great 3D look. I finished by adding a tiny brad to each corner and there ya have it! TOTALLY TWEET!!

Hope you hens have a MAH-VALOUS Monday! {{{hen hugs}}}

Image - Suzie's Zoo; DP - K & Company; CS - Yellow, Hot Pink, White; Brads - Recollections; Tag Punch - Martha Stewart; Ribbon - Offray, Nestabilities, Prismacolor Pencils

Thursday, September 22, 2011

TKT 54 Winners

Hiya hens!! OMG, you hens were KRAZY KRAFTY this week!! Have I told you lately how much I enjoy looking at all your KRAFTY KREATIONS?? Well, I certainly do!! Thank you so much for playing along in my little challenge!! Ok, so now without further adoo...... here are this week's KRAFTY CHICKS!!!

CONGRATULATIONS JoAnn, Cheryl and Jodi!!

You can click on the above thumbnails and be taken directly to each of the winner's blogs. There you can view the full card and get all the card details too! Don't forget to leave a {{{hen hug}}} while your there. Have a great day! {{{hen hugs}}}

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

What's up Doc?

Mornin' hens! Whatcha' think of DH's second card? I can hardly contain my excitement for this one and I can't even say why, but I really like it! He LOVED both his cards and has them proudly displayed on the dining room table this week. Gooood DH!! snort!

Ok, so this image is called "Doc" from Squigglefly. It's a digital image and they have TONS to choose from over there. Seriously, you'll be there for awhile and probably lose your whole paycheck if you stay too long. A-hem, like I did. LOL! Anywho, I printed my image onto some Neenah Classic Crest CS and colored him with my Copics. I matted him to alternating SU Basic Black, white and SU Real Red CS, then adhered him with a few pop dots to this great DP I've had like FOREVER that reads, "What's up Doc?" over and over again. I finished with some Baker's twine and a black button on top.

Oh and here's the inside... it's GREAT isn't it? Bwah-ha-ha-ha! Don't you wish it was your birthday? Pfffft! No worries, we tease each other constantly so he got a BIG kick outta both of his cards.

Now don't forget, you hens still have TWO WHOLE DAYS to get your card entered into my That's Krafty Thursday challenge. It's a breeze to enter, just use Kraft colored cardstock somewhere on your project. That's it! Then link your project up below on my TKT 54 post, before 7:00pm Wednesday EST and YOU could be the next KRAFTY CHICK! Awwwwwk!
{{{hen hugs}}}

Digital Image - Squigglefly; CS - SU Basic Black & Real Red, Neenah Classic Crest; Copics; Baker's Twine; Button

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Middle aged huh?

Hey there! Hope you hens are all doin' better than me this Saturday morning. Cuz I for one, am MELTING in this heat!! It's 96 degrees right now and that's INSIDE my home!! Uh-huh, my AC went out and the repair company is here now to replace the whole unit. So, I hope you'll forgive me if I'm not as upbeat today as usual, but I need to get back in front of the fan, cuz this chick is close to FRYIN' right about now.

Ok, onto today's card. This is a birthday card for DH. Appropriate huh? *snort* Not to worry, he teases me relentlessly so it's fun to turn the tables every once in awhile. LOL!

This is Melvin from Art Impressions. I stamped him onto some Neenah Classic Crest CS and colored him with my Copics. I stitched him to some SU Early Expresso CS and then matted him to this great NEW DP I got in from My Minds Eye. It's the Allspice collection and I just LUUUUV the colors in it. Very Fall-ish!! (Fall colors that is, cuz it sure ain't TEMPS! Hmmmph - dream on!!) To finish my design, I added some Glossy Accents to his glasses of course, and I wanted to try out my new Die-namics - Stacking Stars that I recently ordered too! I cut a few from the DP and added a brad in the center to finish. That's about it, OH WAIT.... here's the inside!! Tee-hee!

Oh man, I do LOVE this card! Isn't it great?? Are YOU in a cardmaking mood now? I sure hope so, cuz we've got some KRAFTIN' to do. For one, don't forget about my That's Krafty Thursday challenge that's still open until Wednesday at 7:00pm EST. I'd LOVE to see some of your work and YOU could be named this week's KRAFTY CHICK and have your card posted right here on my blog and also receive Clara, The Krafty Chick badge to display on your blog so the whole world knows YOU'RE A KRAFTY CHICK!

And secondly, this card is part of this week's Catered Crop FTR21 challenge going on right now too!

Here's this week's recipe:
Colors – Vintage tones (sepias, gold, cream, muted greens)
Papers - Design Paper (K&Co), torn book page, doily, paper scraps
Stamps – flowers, leaves, sentiment
Color Mediums – Distress inks, Archival ink, Crackle, Viva Gold, cream paint
Embellishments – ribbon, lace, mini-tag, button, press-studs, thread
Techniques – stamped resist technique (on bird), stitching, Grunge Rose, sewing, distress
Tools – Die cuts - bird, cage, flower
Themes –Vintage, tag, bird cage

I've highlighted the items I used on my card so you can see, it's SUPER EASY to play along in the FTR21 challenge. Just use any one of the above ingredients, or more if you like. and then enter your card over at the Catered Crop blog. Hey, and if you use a piece of Kraft colored CS on your card, enter it in my That's Krafty Thursday challenge too! Woo-hoo!

Okee dokee, that does it from the "sweltering" hen house today. Let's hope the next time you hear from me, I'll be a CHILLIN' CHICK!! LOL! {{{hen hugs}}}

Stamp - Art Impressions; Copics; DP - My Minds Eye - Allspice; CS - SU Early Expresso, Neenah Classic Crest; Brad - Recollections; Die Cut - Die-Namics; Glossy Accents

Monday, September 12, 2011


Mornin' hens!! I hope ya'll had a good weekend. The DH, Lil' chick and I took my MIL out to dinner on Friday, to celebrate her 81st birthday! She's a wonderful woman and sharp as a tack! Seriously, if you didn't know any better, you'd think she was in her 60's!

Anyhoo, I decided to make her this silly birthday card to tease her about all her cats! It seems every time I visit, she's adopted a new stray! LOL! I saw this image several months ago and bought it on the spot for her birthday card. She got the biggest kick outta this card, she even told me she was gonna frame it! Ahhhh, right to the ol' chicken's heart!! *snort*

Ok, so I printed this great digital image called the Cat Lady from Just Inklined, onto some Neenah Classic Crest CS and colored it with my Copics. I stitched the image to some SU Real Red CS and adhered it onto some Cosmo Cricket's Odds and Ends DP. I used my MS border punch along one edge behind the image and finished with some polka dot sheer ribbon tied in a cute bubbly bow. Oh, and I had to add some Glossy Accents to her glasses for that perfect spectacle shine! LOL! OMG, check out those lips!! She cracks me up!

Okee dokee, that's it from the hen house today. Oh, and don't forget to enter my That's Krafty Thursday challenge too! You still have plenty of time but I thought I'd remind ya anyways! Have a MAH-VELOUS Monday! {{{hen hugs}}}

Digital Image - Just Inklined; DP - Cosmo Cricket Odds & Ends; CS - SU Very Vanilla, Real Red, Neenah Classic Crest White; Copics; Ribbon - Walmart; Glossy Accents; Border Punch - Martha Stewart

Thursday, September 8, 2011

That's Krafty Thursday #54

Mornin' hens! Ready to play along in another That's Krafty Thursday challenge? Sure, why not, right? It's SUPER EASY to play along in my TKT challenges, alls you need to do is use Kraft colored cardstock somewhere on your project! That's it! See, I told ya it was easy! What? You don't have any? Well, you best remedy that right away, but during the meantime, just use a piece from an ol' grocery bag, that'll do just fine.... Seriously, I ain't that picky!

So whatcha think of muh card? OMG, it just cracks me up! I'm lovin' this card. I know I say that alot, don't I? That's a good thing though, cuz' at least that means I LOVE what I do, right? This here card is for my little chick's feller. It's his birthday in a few weeks so I thought I'd best get to work on some cards, since I've got so many birthdays comin up in the next few weeks. I think he's gonna love this one, and thank goodness he's got a great sense of humor. Not a dud, if ya know what I mean? LOL!

Ok, so this little card was pretty simple to create but the printing took a little bit of time. I decided to print the image onto one of the tags that came in the Fancy Pants "It's the Little Things" paper pack. I taped the tag to a larger piece of paper and ran it through my printer so that the image would print right in the middle of the tag. Then I did the same thing with the sentiment. It took several passes on test sheets of paper to line up the image and sentiment, but after that it was pretty much easy going. Just colored the image with my Copics, and added a little bit of DP from this great paper pack and stamped some polka dots above it. I finished it off with a punched flower and circle with a button and twine on top. I just LOVE it! Okee dokee, now it's your turn..... Link your creation below before Wednesday, September 21st at 7:00pm EST and I'll announce the newest KRAFTY CHICKS right here on Thursday, September 22nd. Good cluck!

Digital Image - Squigglefly; Rubber Stamps (Polka Dots) - Paper Trey Ink; DP - Fancy Pants "It's the Little Things"; CS - SU Kraft & Basic Black; Button; Twine; Border Punch - Fiskars; Corner Chomper

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Say hello to THE WRINKLEY's!

Acccck! Ain't she GREAT?

OMG, I'm SO in love with this new collection from Ladybug Crafts Ink, called The Wrinkley's. Seriously, I think Kerry had these made just for lil' ol' me! Pffft! I wish, but nevertheless, I'm in LOVE with each of 'em, and ya'll know how much this chicken just LOVES old people images. I suppose that's cuz' they remind me of me! OLD that is! Hmmmph, yeah WHATEVER! Let's get down to BIZNIZ.... and the BIZNIZ at hand is a BLOG HOP to celebrate the release of The Wrinkley's with lots of chances to win a prize!!

First off, the Hop... if you came to the hen house from Kerry's blog, then you're flyin' straight as the hen flies! If not, be sure to start there, so you don't miss one bit of eye candy along the way! All of the DT members have each used one of the new images. There are 6 in all and I'm sure you'll agree when you see their creations, the new images are just fabulous! (None of the DT members have seen each other's cards, so we can't wait to start hoppin' either!)

So onto the rules of the Hop - which are...

a) Visit each of the DT members in order and leave a comment on each of their blog hop posts.
b) Leave a comment on the challenge blog stating which is your most favorite of the new images once you have finished the hop.
c) Display the blog hop banner below on your blog, either in a post or on your side bar.

The First Prize is the full set of all 6 stamps;
and then 3 runners up will receive one stamp of their choice from the new release.
Winner and runners up will be chosen at random! Easy peasy, right?

The hop will close 12pm midday GMT on Monday, Sept 12th, and the winner will be announced at 9am GMT on Tuesday, Sept 13th.

Now onto this week's Ladybug Challenge - and the theme is ....
So you have 2 ways to win a prize .. you can just play along with the hop or enter the challenge .. and for the brave you can do both!

And if you don't win.. you can still enjoy the stamps at a discount price as the stamps will be on sale from today until next Tuesday.

Have fun.. and we can't wait to see your fabulous creations! Now it's time to hop on over to the ever so talented TAMS!

{{{hen hugs}}}

Stamps - Ladybug Crafts Ink - The Wrinkley's; Lace - Ladybug Crafts Ink; Copics; DP - Cosmo Cricket - Odds and Ends; CS - SU Old Olive, Basic Black, Very Vanilla; Button; Baker's Twine

Friday, August 26, 2011

Thinking of you...

Mornin' hens.... Ya'll ready for the weekend? Pffft! Do bears poop in the woods? Hellooooooo? You bet I am! Seems like the weekend has taken FOREVER to get here. Now for those hens who are nestin' on the East coast of the States, ya'll take cover now, and go roost somewhere else for the weekend. This hen's been through enough hurricanes to last me a lifetime and they're nothing to take lightly, lemme tell ya. Better safe - than sorry, my Momma always told me.

Ok, now onto this FABBY card I made! Tee-hee! Nothin' like tootin' my own horn huh? I made this card for a co-worker of mine who's havin' a birthday comin' up shortly. I think she's gonna LOVE this one. I used "Gossip Nikki", one of the GREAT images from the Nikki & Friends range over at LadyBug Crafts Ink. The sentiment is from the "It's only Words 4" set. Ya know, I think I've mentioned this before, but it's worth repeating. These LCI acrylic stamps leave the cleanest, crispest image I've ever seen for acrylic. I know sometimes when using acrylic, they just don't stamp off as nice as rubber does. Well, these do!! Absolutely a PERFECT image every time! I colored the image with my Copics and cut it out with my oval Nestabilities. Leaving the die in place, I've added a little chalk ink around the edges for this subtle sponged background look around the image. If you've never seen this technique, I have a video tutorial on it HERE. I've also, used my brand spankin' new Pretty Posies Die-namics from My Favorite Things to make this SUPER CUTE flower! Ain't it purty? I just LOVE this card. Again, this is part of that new Fancy Pants paper pack that I've fallen in LOVE with. GOR-JUSS!

This card is also doing double duty for the Catered Crop's FTR 19. Here's this week's recipe:

  • Colors – jewel tones of pink, violet and blue, gold/yellow and brown
  • Stamps and Stickers – gears or clock works, wizards and magic, butterflies, text/script, sentiment
  • Color Mediums – stamping/distress ink, markers (ProMarker, Copics), and acrylic paint
  • Embellishments – ribbon, brads, tags, polymer clay, glitter/Stickles
  • Techniques – mix-media, collage, use and/or layer digital stamps, edge the card with paint
Now it's super simple to play along in the Catered Crop's FTR (Follow the Recipe) challenge. Just use any one of the above ingredients in your project and link it up over at the Catered Crop. I've highlighted those ingredients that I've used in my card above.
Okee dokee, that's it from the hen house today. I hope you hens all have a wonderful weekend and STAY SAFE! {{{hen hugs}}}

Stamps - Lady bug Crafts Ink; DP - Fancy Pants; Border Punch - Martha Stewart; Die-namics - Pretty Posies by MFT; Twine; Copics; Nestabilities; Chalk Ink, Grosgrain Ribbon - Michael's

Thursday, August 25, 2011

TKT #53 Winners!!

It's that time again.... Time to crown this week's KRAFTY CHICKS!!
Wanna know who won??? Well feast your eyes on these KRAFTY projects!!

CONGRATULATIONS Tricia, JoAnn and Calypso!! You are THREE KRAFTY CHICKS!! Be sure to check out the full card and all the details at each of the winner's blogs, just by clicking on each thumbnail. I'm sure they'd love to hear from the hens!! Don't forget to leave 'em a hen hug while you're there! Thanks to everyone who entered my challenge this week. WOWZERS, there were so many AWESOME projects this time around and so many clever ideas too! You hens ROCK!! I hope you all have a TEE-RIFIC Thursday!! {{{hen hugs}}}

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


OMG, this card just cracks me up! This is a digital image called "sheepish love" from Zlatoena Designs and I've been dying to use it. I printed it out onto some Neenah Classic Crest CS and colored it with my Copics. I stitched around the edges and added some mini black brads. The DP is a new collection called "it's the little things" from Fancy Pants. I thought it was so pretty on line when I ordered last week. Well, lemme tell ya, it's even prettier in person!! Love it when that happens! Ok, so I matted the DP with some SU Basic Black and edged a few with my Martha Stewart border punch. I added the sentiment and finished with some sheer polka dot ribbon tied in a cute bubbly bow.

Oh and here's the best part.....

What'd I tell ya..... it's a hoot ain't it? OMG, I just love it! *snort*

Oh, and don't forget to link your projects up before 7:00pm EST tonight for my That's Krafty Thursday #53 challenge. YOU just might be crowned this week's KRAFTY CHICK!! Woo-hoo!!

Okee dokee, that's it from the hen house today. Be sure to stop back by the coop tomorrow mornin' and check out this week's newest KRAFTY CHICKS! {{{hen hugs}}}

Digital Image - Zlatoena Designs; CS - Basic Black, Neenah Classic Crest; DP - Fancy Pants "it's the little things"; Border Punch - Martha Stewart; Mini brads - Recollections; Copics; Ribbon - Michaels

Monday, August 22, 2011

You're only young once!

Mornin' hens! Miss me??? Sorry 'bout that, but I was a bit overwhelmed last week and needed to take a little rest in the nest! Tee-hee! I'm rested up now and rarin' to go.

I see some UH-MAZING entries have been added to the TKT #53 challenge! Woo-hoo! Wanna play along? Don't be shy, we LOVE company in the hen house!! And we hens welcome any ol' chick with open wings! LOL!

Well, I did some major chores around the house this past weekend but I was still able to squeeze in a few cards. Here's a little card I whipped up to get you hens in a KRAFTY mood.... This little image is from an Inkadinkadoo set called "Humorous Birthday". I just love the crazy little images in this set. Ya'll know me, if it's sassy, I've GOT to have it! Ok, so I stamped little granny onto some Classic Crest CS and colored her with my Copics. I matted her with alternating SU Kraft and Chocolate Chip CS, and then stitched around the edges. The DP is from October Afternoon, and to finish, I added a button, a few brads and some SU twill ribbon tied in a cute bubbly bow. Okee dokee, are those KRAFTY ideas flowin' yet? Yay! Now don't forget, you've got until Wednesday night at 7:00pm EST to enter my That's Krafty Thursday #53 contest. The only requirement is to use Kraft cardstock! Yep, that's it! Link your project on my That's Krafty Thursday #53 post below and YOU just might be the next KRAFTY CHICK! I'll announce the winners right here on my blog bright n' early Thursday mornin! GOOD CLUCK!
{{{hen hugs}}}

Stamps - Inkadinkadoo; CS - SU Kraft & Chocolate Chip, Neenah Classic Crest; SU Twill Ribbon; Brads - Paper Studio Spare Parts; Copics; SU Scalloped Border Punch; Corner Chomper

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Thimon Thez....

OMG, I am havin' such a ball with these crazy birthday cards lately. This is another card I made for my sister. Man, she hit the JACKPOT for homemade cards this year! I wish you could have seen her reading this out loud in front of everyone. She got so tongue tied and then got to giggling.... Seriously, it was hilarious watching her. What a hoot! That just made my day so needless to say, I was pleased as punch!

Ok, so this is a little digital image from Squigglefly and what's really cool about their images is, they come with a mirror image too! That's a first for me as I've never seen that done before, but boy it sure does come in handy. Take for instance this little crazy bird. I wanted them to sorta look like they were talkin' to each other. So I wanted him to face one direction and say something and then I wanted him to face the other direction and talk again, and these two mirror images worked great for this. I pretty much just made text boxes in MSWord and then pasted the images beside them for the design. Pretty straight forward but it took some doin' since text boxes can be kinda quirky if you know what I mean. I also printed the images onto some old October Afternoon scrap paper that I had in my stash and then cut them out. So the little bird's body is paper pieced but the rest is colored with my Copics. I added a strip of polka dotted DP along the bottom edge and rounded the bottom corners too. As a finishing touch, I threaded a button and glued it to the right side for a little added dimension. And that's it....

oh, except here's the BEST PART!!! Bwah-ha-ha-ha-ha!! Is that great or what?? Man I do love this card. I'm so glad she got a kick out of it too! Ok, now it's your turn...... What? You don't know what today is? Well, my little feathered friends, it's THAT'S KRAFTY THURSDAY 53. Yay!! So come on and get that Kraft cardstock out and let's get KRAFTY!! It's easy to play along in my little challenge, just make a project and use some Kraft colored cardstock on it. Hey, it don't get no easier than that! *snort* Then just link your project below by August 24th at 7:00 pm EST and YOU just might become a member of the most elite cardmaking group evah, THE KRAFTY CHICK club! Pfffft! Well, I don't know about that but it's a real BIG DEAL to us hens, that's fer sure!! Tee-hee! Ok, so let's GET KRAFTY!!

Oh, and if that twern't enough, this card is also doing double duty in the latest and greatest FTR18 challenge over at the Catered Crop.

Here's your FTR18 recipe, and it's almost an anything goes challenge, so have fun! (I've colored the ingredients I used in red)

  • Colors – primary colors like red, yellow, blue (and green), and a little brown for dirt
  • Stamps and Stickers – anything that grows from a seed, gardening, back to school, worms!
  • Patterns – circles, checked/gingham, notebook paper
  • Color Mediums – stamping ink, markers (ProMarker, Copics)
  • Embellishments – buttons, ribbon, thread/twine
  • Tools – border punch, die cut shapes, embossing plates
  • Techniques – make a bookmark, mat your panels, tie ribbons through your buttons, machine sewing
  • Theme – garden, back to school

And get this, the winning entry gets some..... May Arts Ribbon!! Woo-hoo!

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Sooooo, you can enter both of these challenges with one card and make double duty out of your project too! Yay! Now that's what I'm talkin' about! Whatcha waitin for? Come on and play along...

Okee dokee, that's it from the hen house today. I hope you all have a TEE-RIFIC Thursday! {{{hen hugs}}}


Digital Image - Squiggelfly; DP - October Afternoon; CS - SU Kraft; Copics; Button; Twine