Friday, October 10, 2008

Witches and Vampires!

I love witchies and esecially sassy ones! In my mind, this is me! Who wouldn't want to be tall, thin, beautiful and mysterious? Just wondering what type of powers they have and what all they can do starts my imagination spinning!

Who could resist this little cutie? He looks way to innocent to be capable of what vampires can do! Branden, Nichole's fiancee, has a little brother, Christopher, who is such a scream and when he's up visiting, we spend time creating costumes and this last time we came up with a haunted tree. He's into a haunted thing now and when I saw this cutie, Christopher jumped right into my head! A good friend sent him to me and I had such fun coloring him. I colored him with my Koh-I-Noor pencils and OMS and on Witchybella I colored her with my prismacolor markers. I used some Debbie Mumm's fall collection for the background paper and for my sassy witch, I used my cuttlebug skeleton folder. I love that one!

I hope you get a kick out of them! I love the colors of Halloween!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Hope it doesn't snow!

I despise snow but I love Tilda and her swirling snowflakes! I used to love watching the girls outside. Nichole would run around the yard trying to catch snowflakes on her tounge and Tiff would make snowballs and try and throw them at her dad when he'd go outside. Me, I'd stay inside where it was warm and keep the hot cocoa going!

When I saw Tilda, I knew I wanted to keep her simple and clean, but do her in light blue. When my favorite LSS was closing, I saw this paper by Bazzill and Shimmer Glitter Paper by Heidi Grace and had to have it! I ran the paper through my cuttlebug with the new snow dots folder and used my organza ribbon I picked up at Joann's. I used my Jellyroll cleal glitter pen and waterfall Stickles on her wings and for the ice Tilda's standing on.

Here's hoping that I dont' see this white stuff for a long time! I hope you enjoy Tilda and her snow flakes!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Rowdy Nichole, I mean Tilda!

Rowdy Tilda could very easily be called Rowdy Nichole! To look at my daughter, you'd never guess that she used to get into fights with boys all the time she was in elementary school. She's just stunningly beautiful and is such a girly-girl. But she has a streak in her that I won't call mean, but a lot of the boys who had to walk home found out early to leave her alone! One day there had been a lot of snow and while we were waiting for her and Tiffany to walk home, our neighbor across the street called and said we may want to go pull Nichole out of the snowbank. We rush out only to find her sitting on a neighborhood bully after she'd pushed him into a snowbank! He'd been aggravating her because he had a crush on her. All she wanted was to be left alone. I was mortified because my ballet princess was being mean and her dad was so proud of her for standing up for herself! Kids!

This is my first attempt at embossing an image and then coloring with markers and I'm really pleased with how she came out. I embossed her with clear powder and colored her with copics and Prismacolor markers. I used stickles on her wings and my spica glitter pen on the snowball. She looks a bit fuzzy because I used Fun Flock on her hat and cuffs. The glitter paper in the circle is from DCWV and so is the patterned paper. The card stock is from SU and the circles were cut with my nestabilities.

So for those of you out there with girly-girls, don't worry too much about them because they're stronger than we think or than they let on! Enjoy!

Sing for Joy!

I can't carry a tune in a bucket! Never could and I suspect that I never will. There are so many beautiful songs out there to sing and so many that haven't been written yet. My daughter's fiancee, Branden, is in a band and these kids practice and sing all the time. Just because I can't sing doesn't mean I don't appreciate their talents. At the old school I used to work at, I would pass this little girl who every morning, rain or shine, snow or a heat wave, who would be outside singing at the top of her lungs. I'm not sure how she sounded but she sure looked like she had the voice of an angel!

Carol Singing Charlotte from Whiff of Joy reminded me so much of her during the winter. I embossed Charlotte with clear embossing powder and colored her with copics. Everything else came from Loreen at Wish Upon A Scrap. She rocks! I highlited a bit of her skirt and sweater with my white opaque pen, used Fun Flock on her hat and used my Pearl Glimmer Mist on the background of the ovals.

Whether you can sing or not, it's great to sing out loud a few times in our life. So let go and sing to the hills! And I promise this will be my last post today!

Fall is calling

Two posts in one day! I'm trying to make up for some lost time so please bear with me!

Fall has arrived here in Maine. The trees are changing colors, leaves are falling and so is the temperature! You know it's fall when it's colder in your house in the morning than it is outside! There's something beautiful about the fall and the bright colors. Spring is so light and innocent and hopeful, but in fall, it's like life has come to fruition and is a bit tired and is now getting ready to rest and to renew its self for the spring. I know winter is a necessity, but that doesn't mean I have to like it!

A stamping friend, Pamela, that I met at our now closed LSS sent me some Spiral Whisper images and I fell in love with Autumn Milly. She's so cute in her fall dress and boots. I colored her with my copics and Prismacolor markers and used SU cardstock for her. The maroon paper is embossed with the new leaf cuttlebug folder and I used pearls on the corner instead of brads. A change for me, but nothing I love better than pearls! Besides, every girls should have some! I punched out some maple leaves from Debbie Mumm's Fall cardstock collection because I spilt some alcohol on the corner thinking it was my Glossy Accent. The Glossy Accents made it to the leaves and stone though. And Deb, if you look closely, I used my new SU scallop punch on the background paper!

I hope you enjoy Milly and the beauty of fall as much as I do!

Bella Embellishment Challenge and Knitting!

There are days when I could just sit and knit my heart out all day long! Make a blanket, pair or socks, mittens, hats, sweaters, dish clothes. You name it and I would want to do it! Now that I have the two baby girls, well, the things to knit together are limitless! Some people hate the repitition of knitting or cross stitching but it has such a soothing and calming effect on me. I spend my day with my brain jumping from one thing to the next and knitting centers and calms me. I could put in a great movie, sit back in my chair and just get lost in the smooth, steady clicking of the needles. Hagrid comes over and sits on my feet and falls into a deep sleep. What a way to spend the day! Just about perfect to me.

Knitabella came right to mind when Shannon and Tangi put out the first of the Friday Challenges at bellaholicsanonymous. You have to make a card and use ribbon and 5 buttons on a card. Well, sewing is one of my other passions and I've got buttons everywhere so it would be pitiful of me if I didn't participate! I colored her with copics and I loved the glitter paper from DCWV. The buttons are a combination of ones I'e had since sewing for the girls when they were young except the pink one. It's from Basic Grey. The brads are from making memories and the ribbon is from Loreen at Wish Upon A Scrap.

The only thing wrong with having things you love to do in your life is trying to decide what to do! As for me, I'm going to split my time today. But do I stamp, knit or cross-stitch? But then there's always sewing. I've always wanted to try sewing on paper...