Friday, November 20, 2015

The Outlawz Friday Coloring Thanks/Thanksgiving Challenge/Jon's Birthday Card

Well, well, well. A very deep subject. To be sure. Or, as said by Tuf, (the main character of George R. R. Martin's Tuf  Voyaging), "Indeed". BTW, I highly recommend this book if you like sci-fi and humor. Because it has both in spades--loved it!

Had a really fabulous meeting and lunch on Monday! Our fearless leader at The Outlawz, Colleen Holmes, was in town for a Copic Bootcamp over the weekend. Before her flight home, she and I got together and had lunch. It was so much fun to meet Colleen after being a part of her DT for such a long time. She is a funny, warm, generous lady, and I look forward to seeing here again in this neck of the woods. As tired as she is of traveling, that will probably be later rather than sooner. Shout-out: do come back and see us Arizonans again next year, Colleen!

In case you are interested, (and even you're not), our Arizona Cardinals went to Seattle last weekend and defeated the Seahawks. We are now 7-2 and lead the 'Hawks and the Rams by 3 games with 7 left to play. We are in a good place right now. Our schedule is difficult the rest of the season, so only time will tell if we remain on top of the NFC West. But I like our chances. We have another Sunday-night game this week, at home, against the Bengals. I intend to scream my fool head off at the game. It isn't just a matter of contributing to crowd noise. Nay, Nay, I say. It is a tension-reliever. Gets rid of my anxiety at the game by screaming as loudly as I can. (With my earplugs in, mind you. I am not a total idiot. Woe be to all the peeps who sit near me.)

So, I am freezing now. I saw a cartoon on FB that showed a guy with icicles on his face, complaining about 60 degrees here in AZ. Hey, that's me! Well, not with the beard and 'stache, but that's certainly the way I feel. I wear socks to bed at night. My hands are so cold I can barely type. I am making many, many mistakes, because I can't feel my fingers. That's my excuse, and I am sticking to it!

Bragging moment: Granddaughter Kelsey won the Most Valuable Cross-Country Runner at her middle school. I am so happy for her! Imagine Angela's daughter winning an athletic award. I am amazed--where did those genes come from? Angela has never been limber enough to bend over and touch the floor, for goodness' sakes. And when she tried to take up running this year, she ended up with stress fractures in her foot. Angela, if you are reading this, I hope you have a sense of humor about it...snicker, snort. With a mom like me...yeah, I am that supportive. Geesh.

Okey dokey, Smokey. Time for a word from our sponsor. For November we have a really fun one, Vera Lane Studio. She sponsored us last year with her darling images. She is offering a digi set for the prize this month. Do check out her Etsy shop for her unique digi sets.

I will be using my sponsor's image next week, so stay tuned for that. This week I needed to make a birthday card for our SIL, Jon. I cheated a bit on the theme--so sue me. I found a sentiment that should make Jon chuckle, I hope. And it actually says "thanks". It works with the Mayzy Art image, Texting Teen, that I used this week. Fortunately, Jon is not a teen--that would be really weird on so many levels. But, he does text. And tweet So the image fits him to a "t".

I printed the image on X-Press It BC, and colored it with my Copics:

Skin: E000, E01, E11
Hair: E51, E53, E57
Jeans: B32, B34, B37
Shirt: BG70, BG72, BG75, C2, C4, C6, B32, B34
Shoes: C4, C6, C8, BG70, BG72, BG75, B32, B34, B37
Phone: BG70, BG72, BG75

My DP is from the Carta Bella Wildflower collection. It was paired with Stampin' Up CS. And that's it. Jon has been a graphic designer, so simplicity seems to work best for his card. He is turning 49 tomorrow. His last year in his 40's. OMG. Next year my SIL will be in his 50's. (help)

I hope you all check the fabulous creations by my talented teammates: Carla, Kathi, and Vannessa. Then hand-color your image with your choice of medium on your project and play along with us. 

Have a really wonderful weekend! Go Cards!

Friday, November 13, 2015

The Friday Coloring 'Color/Photo Inspiration' Challenge

We have another color/photo inspiration challenge for you this week. And our palette is a really pretty one for autumn/Thanksgiving, so you could take advantage of that for this month's holiday cards. I have used an image for my card that I have had for many months. It is not an image by our monthly sponsor, but I will use that image at the end of the month. Speaking of which:

Our November sponsor is a really fun one. Vera Lane Studio. She sponsored us last year with her darling images. She is offering a digi set for the prize this month. Do check out her Etsy shop for her digi sets. 

OK, my image this month is Aurora Wings Tempest of Ice. I printed it on X-Press It BC, as usual, and colored it with my Copics and Twin Touch Brush markers:
Skin: E000, E01, E11
Hair: E21, E23, E27
Wolves: E42, E44, E47, E49, E02, E08, E09
Clothing: E02, E08, E09, TTYR133, TTYR33, TTYR24, G40, G43, G46

I used DP from the Basic Grey Life of the Party collection and paired it with Stampin' Up CS. I also chose to add some die cuts to the scene, which were made with Lawn Fawn Spring Showers dies. That's about it.

This is quite short for me. Many of you will cheer. Some of you may be bummed. I apologize to those of you who expected something funny today. I am not depressed, but so thoroughly invested in reading right now, that I am not taking the time for writing. Perhaps next week. 

In the meantime, please check out the fab creations by my talented teammates: Carla, Kathi, and Vannessa! Then hand-color up an image, using our palette, and play along with us!

Have a great weekend! And, go Cards!

Friday, November 6, 2015

The Outlawz Friday Coloring 'Cooking/Food' Challenge

Good morning to you! Unless it is afternoon, evening, or nighttime like it is here at the moment this is published. Then good whatever...

Hey, did you know that we had an earthquake here in Phoenix? Yeah, and it was so strong that Gary and I didn't even feel it. And we were awake at the time. Guess it didn't make a big impression, huh? Haven't seen any damage here, either--no cracks, no sinkholes. Nothin'. What a bore. I probably should thank my lucky stars that it was a bore, shouldn't I?

Our Cardinals put on a show in Cleveland last week. The first half they showed everyone what NOT to do in a game. The second half they showed everyone what you should do in a game. If the team that showed up in the second half would just play the whole game, the Cards would be almost unbeatable. We can only hope...

This week is a bye week for us, so it will be entirely stressless. Of course, that also means it will be rather uninteresting. Guess I should just root for some upsets around the league. Last week was pretty scary for a lot of teams, don't you think--with all those season-ending injuries to marquee players. I am sure a few of them are quaking in their booties.

We did get our next home game flexed--which is a strange way of saying that the NFL changed the time for the game. Instead of an afternoon game, it will be a Sunday night game. They must figure that more people will be interested in seeing the Cardinals and Bengals than the Chiefs and Chargers.

We have to go play the Seahawks in Seattle--also a Sunday night game--the week before the Bengals come in here. Should make for an intriguing couple of weeks. Unless you aren't a Cardinals fan--or a football fan, for that matter. Then, frankly, my dear, you really won't give a darn...

Our granddaughter came in 15th with her best time at her last cross-country meet of the year. I am not surprised she ran her best since it was an early morning meet--with much cooler temperatures. Anyway, congrats to Kelsey Meghan!

Have you got plans for Thanksgiving? We are still trying to figure out what we are going to do. And it is getting a bit late. But that's Gary for you. I keep asking him and he keeps putting me off. Kind of like the way he waits until the last second to make Valentine's reservations, and then acts stunned when all the restaurants are booked up. Go figure...

Went out to lunch with my sisters on Wednesday. We went to Flancer's, which is just north of downtown Gilbert. We all had their filet mignon salad, which was quite tasty. It was so huge that we just knew we couldn't finish them. And then we did. Funny how that happens.

Then went to a wine dinner at The Bistro in Queen Creek Wednesday evening. Quite tasty! They had the most amazing tomatillo sauce for the port chops. Yum, yum, yum! (Really great salad, and fantastic chocolate tuxedo pie for dessert!) Of course, I forgot again to take photos. It must be an age thing.

Well, this post has been much ado about nothing. So I'd best get to my card for the week.

We have a really fun sponsor this month. Vera Lane Studio. She sponsored us about a year ago. She is again offering a digi set for a prize. Her images are so kooky and great to work with! I will be using mine at the end of the month. Do go check out her Etsy shop!

This week I chose a Saturated Canary image, Ice Cream and Pickles, for my card. I printed her on X-Press It BC and colored her with my Copics:

Skin: E000, E01, E11
Hair: Y21, YR23, E15, E18
Band/Pickle/Sherbet: YG21, YG23, YG25
Cherry/Sherbet: R83, R85. R89

I had colored her dress with Copics also, but when I looked at her with the DP I chose from the Carta Bella Cool Summer collection, I was almost ill. Terrible color-matching. So bad that I decided to paper-piece her dress with DP, and cover up the coloring I had done. She looks much better, IMHO. I paired the DP with Stampin' Up CS. I added some fun die cuts made with the following:

Poppystamps Simple Banner
Memory Box Baby Carriage
LaLa Land Crafts Rocking Horse

And that's about it for this edition. Please check out the fab creations by my talented teammates: Carla, Kathi, and Vannessa. And then play along with us, won't you? Just hand-color your image with the medium of your choice for a chance to win a darling image set from Vera Lane Studio.

And have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

SCACD Digital Stamps RELEASE!!!

SCACD is celebrating 10 newly released exclusive digital stamps. There are some new, cute animal stacks--think kitten, puppies and birds, as well as some Steampunk additions and more!!! So check out the collection as these are really cute, fun and unique. SCACD Artist Carmen Medlin and Susana collaborated on the images and we are happy to be showcasing them to you now :D

Now available for purchase in the USA HERE 
All Our EU International Friends can purchase them HERE 
If you are a none EU country you can purchase direct from SCACD HERE 

I was asked by SCACD to participate in a blog hop for showcasing their new digital stamps. I was more than happy to agree, as I loved the new digis, and needed to make more Christmas cards. So I chose a darling image, Steampunk Penguin, by Carmen Medlin. Perfect for a Christmas card, don't you think?

I printed him on X-Press It BC, and colored him with my Copics and Twin Touch Brush markers: TT1, TT3, TT5, TT7, TT9, YR20, YR21, YR23, BG10, BG53, BG57. I paired him with Echo Park Hello Winter DP, Stampin' Up CS, some Frantage, and die cuts made with: Spellbinders Create a Flake 3, Cheery Lynn Gears, Cheery Lynn Snowflake 6. Fairly simple and easy to mail. 

You should be going next to Nikki if you want to make sure you saw all the Designers showcasing the stamps then head back to the SCACD Store Blog HERE for the list.
Please note SCACD is having a SALE so check it out HERE
Have fun blog-hopping and shopping! 

Friday, October 30, 2015

The Outlawz Friday Coloring 'Anything Goes/Christmas Twist' Challenge

Oh, mercy me! It is actually Thursday as I write this, and I know what I want to do with this day. You know how "Throwback Thursday" has become a thing? Well, I want to throw this Thursday back into the void. It is downright ugly here today. Gray, windy as all get-out, rain, thunder, you know--the works. I am ready to see the sun again. And it has only been 24 hours since it was here. Yes, I am spoiled, but that's why we moved to Arizona. For the SUN! Not this gloomy crap that is looming over us. But, hey, on the bright side--Gary cleaned up the dog pooh before the storm. So there is that...

OK, I am pretending it is Friday. When we are supposed to have some more sun...

Hey, howdy, and welcome to our new challenge for the week at The Outlawz Friday Coloring Challenge! Yes, it is our AG again, since it is the end of the month. So you can throw a Christmas twist in there, too, if you are like me, and still in need of cards for the holidays. Speaking of holidays, tomorrow is Halloween. And all the little monsters will be out trick-or-treating. Fortunately, we are stocked with lots of candy I don't like. (That is fortunate, because if we have left-over candy, I won't be tempted to eat any.) We were going to get the little snack bags at Costco like my sister, Merrilyn, has. But alas and alack, we shopped too late and those were all gone. Kind of like my mind...

Gary told me we needed to go somewhere for Halloween so we could avoid the trick-or-treaters. But I know our dog. He would totally freak out being by himself, and I won't put him through that. I don't roll that way. However, as pudgy as I have gotten, I do roll pretty easily with a little shove. That's why I don't want left-over candy that I would be tempted to eat. You know those three pounds I gained when I was on the steroids? (I think I mentioned that about 100 years ago or so.) Well, I am still dragging that around with me on a daily basis. If anyone wants to borrow it, I'd be glad to cut off an inch or twenty for you...

Say, we had a fun Monday night. ESPN was here for Monday Night Football between our beloved Cardinals and the Baltimore Ravens. Well, nevermore, nevermore. We squeaked out a win, which is unusual for us on a Monday night game. But thrilling, nonetheless. And Merrilyn and Ron took Don for the night so we could stay at the Westin in downtown Phoenix. It is such a long drive home after a night game, so we make a fun staycation out of it. Had some yummy food in the Westin lounge after the game, along with a delicious glass of Tempranillo. Yeah, good way to relax at 10:00 p.m.

We had a good breakfast on Tuesday in the Westin Executive Club. Got to drink lattes to our heart's content...yum. And then off to do a bit of shopping before picking up the Don at Merrilyn's. Oh, we went to lunch at a Greek restaurant with her and Ron before heading back out to Gilbert. Nice little break in the week for us. (Notice I have mentioned food several times? No wonder I am still dragging that 3 pounds along with me!)

My other sister, Barbara, arrived in town Tuesday night. She will stay here for the next month or so. And we are going to the Rubber Stamp Convention next week--can hardly wait! I won't be buying stamps, as I am almost exclusively digi now, but I do love to look at other things. And I need some Copic refills if there are any available. Also 7x7 envelopes for my cards. Hopefully, there will be some there...

Well, I have some very sad news in case you hadn't heard. This is the last month that we will be sponsored by Sweet Pea Stamps, as she is closing up shop. I am devastated. My favorite stamp shop will no longer be available. Drat. And boo, hiss. But if you get your entry in this week, you still have a chance to win the last prize she is awarding to our challenge. Your choice of three digis! Get them while you can...all you need to do is hand-color your image with the medium of your choice. So please play along with us this week.

I chose Sweet Pea Stamps Angel of Christmas Stars, by Conie Fong. Love this image! I have had it for several months, just waiting to use it. Apparently, today was the day! I printed her on X-Press It BC, and colored her with my Copics:

Skin: E000, E01, E11
Hair: E21, E25, E29
Flowers: RV91, RV93, RV95, RV99, E41, E42, E43, E44
Dress: BG23, BV25, BV29
Trim/Lips/Heart: RV63, RV66, RV69
Wings: BG11, BG13, BG15, BG18, BG72, BG75, BG78, E42, E43, E44
Globe: BG11, BG13, BG15, BG18

My DP is from the Bo Bunny Altitude collection, and it was paired with Stampin' Up CS. I used one die cut, made with Memory Box Frosty Border. And that's it. Another Christmas card fini! YAY! 

Please check out the fabulous creations by my talented teammates! And then join Carla, Kathi, Vannessa, and I this week for our challenge of Anything Goes.

Have a great weekend! (My Cardinals are in Cleveland this Sunday. Go Cards!)

Friday, October 23, 2015

The Outlawz Friday Coloring 'Color/Photo Inspiration' Challenge

So, another challenge. And it is the monthly Photo Inspiration challenge. Love the palette this month! And, though we don't have a formal Halloween challenge, you can certainly use this one for a Halloween card.

Before I get to my card details, I have to mention a couple of things. Yes, my Arizona Cardinals lost to Pittsburgh. Yes, it was a really awful outing for my team. Again. Don't know what to say, except that we are on Monday Night Football this next week at home. We had better win. Or this season could be a really short and disappointing one. Or a really long and disappointing one--depending on if you see the glass half-empty or half-full. Enough about football. (Even my Arizona State Sun Devils lost this past weekend. Boo, hiss.)

Jon, Angela, and the girls really liked last week's card, which was for Jon and Angela's 17th anniversary. I find it hard to believe that they have been married that long. You realize that makes me an older person. Since our daughter didn't marry until she was 26 years old. Funny how your own age can make you feel older, but your child's age makes you feel ancient...

Gary has been scanning our old slides. Which were taken years ago. (There we go with the age thing again.) And it brings back so many memories to look at them. Until it doesn't. You know, you look at a photo, and you wonder what the heck you were doing at the time. Nothing looks familiar. And then your spouse 'splains' it to you. As if you were ditzy Lucy Ricardo. On a TV show. That I absolutely have no memory of, because I was much too young to see it on television. Except for the episode where Lucy was in the big barrel stomping on grapes. Which made me laugh and laugh and laugh--and it apparently foreshadowed that I would be a wino...

Back to our regularly-scheduled program: October's challenge is also sponsored by Sweet Pea Stamps--lucky us and lucky you! Us, because we get to work with so many wonderful artists and images. And you, because you get to choose three images by these artists if you are our randomly-drawn winner!

I chose Elphaba and Her Monkey, by Charmaine Flannery for this week's card. Love Charmaine's images, and this one is really cool! I decided not to do her skin in green, as I am not experienced in doing green faces. (I wonder why.) So I printed her on X-Press It BC and colored her with the following Copics:

Skin: E000, E01, E11
Hair: E74, E77, E79
Monkey: YR21, YR23, YR27
Hat: BV01, BV02, BV04, BV08, RV95, W1, W3, W6, W8, W10
Background: RV91, RV93, RV95, RV99

The color palette for the month was well-represented by the Basic Grey Plumeria collection, so I chose that for my DP, and paired it with Stampin' Up CS. I made a few die cuts with the following dies: Cheery Lynn Horizon Oval Boutique Stackers, LaLa Land Crafts Corner, LaLa Land Crafts Lattice Border, and LaLa Land Crafts Lattice Doily Border.

I am so lucky to be surrounded by talented DT teammates. This week, unfortunately, we are a bit short-handed for various and sundry reasons. But please play along with us anyway. Carla, Kathi, Vannessa, and I would love to see your creations! Just be sure to hand-color an image with the medium of your choice on your project.

And, have a great weekend! (Go Cards!?)


Friday, October 16, 2015

The Outlawz Friday Coloring 'Buttons' Challenge/J & A Anniversary Card

Yes, it is that time of year again! To celebrate the anniversary of our daughter and SIL's wedding. October 17th. An auspicious day for them, to be sure. And I combined their anniversary with the theme for this week's challenge, which is in homage to Count Your Buttons Day on October 21st.

How did I do that? Well, by picking an adorable image of a young couple, (Sweet Pea Stamps Kissed by an Angel, drawn by Conie Fong), and combining it with some button die cuts. I am nothing, if not clever, hey? Snicker...

We are sponsored again this month by the inimitable Sweet Pea Stamps. My home away from home. So many wonderful artists. So many fabulous digis. So little time. You can win the prize of 3 digis if you enter our challenge during the month of October. Good luck! (Just be sure to hand-color an image with the medium of your choice on your project entry.)

Wish I could tell you about all the fascinating things I have done this past week. But it was a fairly ordinary week for me. We did attend granddaughter Kelsey's cross-country meet on Friday afternoon--again too hot for a 2-mile run, if you ask me. But they didn't. Ask me, that is. Anyway, she came in fifth after three weeks of finishing 9th. So she was pretty happy!

We took the family to dinner at El Zocalo in downtown Chandler after the meet. Had a decent dinner, nothing fabulous, but it was nice to sit down to a meal with all of them. We do not seem to do that often enough.  But then, they lead such busy lives. I do seem to recall doing that myself, once upon a time...

Then we watched the Cardinals/Lions game on Sunday. Well, I didn't watch it live. After seeing the first possession end up the way our last one did a week ago, I set up the recorder and left the building. Like Elvis. (Not actually. I just went into the den to read.) I did see the game after we returned from a lovely dinner at Fleming's Steakhouse. (We had their steak & lobster special, and it was really delicious!) Gary watched a little of the game with me and then he went to bed, while I saw the rest of the lopsided win by the Cards. It is much less stressful to watch when you know the outcome, I have found. (Another snicker, but with an added snort.)

This week our 4-1 team will travel to Pittsburgh to take on the mighty Steelers. Will probably have to record this game again, as I don't know if I can watch it in real-time. I know the guys really want to win this one for their coach, Bruce Arians. You see, he used to work for the Steelers as their offensive coordinator. And they not only didn't renew his contract, but they told the public that he had retired...retired, my rear end. He was basically fired. And I don't think he has completely gotten over that. I, for one, am glad it happened. It meant that he went to the Colts for a year as their offensive coordinator/interim coach. And then came to Arizona as our head coach. In those three years he has been Coach of the Year twice. Not too shabby for a "retired" guy, huh? (Gotta stick up for us oldies, but goodies.) Anyhoo, I am sure he wants to return to Pittsburgh and trounce their team. As a final gesture, if you will...

On a smellier note, I cleaned up all the dog doodoo yesterday. Quite a fun job. One that I try to wiggle out of if I can coerce Gary into doing it. 'Cuz it has been really hot for several months, and I don't do well working outside in the heat. I am much better when it cools off. If I had known that I would perspire so profusely, I would have wiggled out of poop patrol yesterday, too. Unfortunately, Gary wasn't here, and I needed to get the job done. As we had the builder of our house coming out for an inspection. And I didn't want them tromping through Don's leavings and smooshing them all over the place. Yuck. OK, enough of that. I told you I had an uneventful week.

On to my card. I printed the cutie-pie couple on X-Press It BC and colored them with my Copics and Twin Touch Brush markers:

Skin: E000, E01, E11
Her Hair: E51, E53, E37
His Hair: Y21, YR23, E15
Wings/Jeans: TTBG1, TTBG3, TTBG5
Shirt: YR14, YR15, YR16, YR18
Dress: E93, R02, E09
Branch: E29, TTBR92, TTBR98

I took my palette from my DP, which is from My Mind's Eye Honey Cake collection. My CS is from Stampin' Up, and the button die cuts were made with a Sizzix Buttons #5 die. Fairly simple, if not actually CAS. 

Please check out the beautiful creations by my talented teammates: Carla and Vanessa! And then please play along with us again this week! Our theme is easy to do!

Oh, and I plan to catch up on your blogs today or tomorrow. I am behind in my commenting, because I have been so swamped, doing nothing.  Clearing throat loudly here and running away...

Have a great weekend!