Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Fair Warning

Ladies, this paragraph is not intended for you to read, so please stop and skip to the next paragraph. Men, consider this a fair warning, if you have any thoughts of buying that wonder woman in your life an appliance for Christmas, stop what you are thinking and visit a fine jewelry store, or her favorite crafts store and spend your money there or you will be sharing Doghouse Doug's stomping grounds, regardless of rain, snow, or hot humid weather, wondering why you are there. Don't do this to yourself even if she begs and pleads for a new mixer, can opener or vacuum cleaner, a sparkly bauble is a must. Think of it this way, we can and will get even!

And now to get on with today's post. It is hard to believe it has been one month since Dude Time Doodles hosted their inaugural launch.  To celebrate, we are having a blog hop showcasing the new releases of Bonibleaux Designs with a twist. To mix it up, one of the designers on the team is the "Mystery Hostess" and if you are the lucky commenter on her blog, you will receive the full set of this month's new releases at a value of $30.00. So as you hop along, make sure you leave a comment on each of our blogs and when you stop at Lynn's blog, be sure to give a warm hello to this month's guest designer.

I am sending you off with good wishes to see what Theresa has created but regardless where you joined, the hop is a loop so you will see all the fun new releases.  And if you are not a follower, I would love for you to joined me. 
Tammy (that's me)
Lynn (Guest Designer)
                                                                                            Dude Time Doodles

Monday, November 29, 2010

Thanks for being my marshmallow

First on my agenda in the morning is a cup of coffee lightly creamed and I am good for the rest of the day. I hate when my K-9 girls decide it's time to rise and shine (not that I ever shine) before the coffee has started to brew. But after that, rarely do I want another cup. So when I saw "Cappuccino Anyone Snowman" from Sassy Cheryl's  I decided that since I do not drink cappuccino, and my favorite frothy beverage is served in a large glass, I would make the contents of the cup a very rich dark coca (trust me its there) served with melted marshmallow instead. And that my friends, is how this card came to be.  

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Fall Birthdays

Even though it is cold here and I saw a couple of snowflakes drift by yesterday, winter does not make its official appearance until December 21which means, it's not too late to send birthday cards specific for fall birthdays.

One more time I used this awesome leaf stamp from Hero Arts by embossing with gold on designer paper. The leaf that overlays the sentiment is embossed on acetate.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Thank You Cards

Now that the turkey and has been eaten, the dishes done and the Christmas shopping has started, its time to start thinking of thank you cards that I will need to send once I get all those fabulous presents. Here is one idea, clean, simple and right to the point.

Friday, November 26, 2010

The Knight and the Dragon

Its time again for a new Stamping with the Dragon challenge and we are being sponsored by Rick St. dennis, MFA. The theme is fantasy, anything make believe. The designers had their choice of three images and the one I picked is "Lunch on the Fly", lunch being the poor knight dangling from the dragon's claw who was only trying to rescue the damsel in distress. Why men would risk life and limb for women wearing cast iron underwear is beyond my understanding.

Before you begin, be sure to see the  creations of the other design team members and visit Mr. St. dennis' Etsy shop to see his fabulous creations. One lucky winner will receive the three dragon images created by Mr. St. dennis specifically for this challenge and other digis of his choice then the dragons will be retired.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Have a wonderful day blessed with delicious food, wonderful friends and loving family.

This fun image is by Whimsie Doodles.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Big Brave Hunter

Paul the Pilgrim from Bonibleaux Designs is such a brave, brave hunter as he goes skipping his way into the woods to bag a turkey for the "little woman".  Won't he be surprised when he sees the big black bear instead! I'm guessing, the "little woman" is going to be making an emergency trip to the river to do laundry.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Eat Cake

Obviously this turkey has a different possibility for Thanksgiving dinner. I like his thinking because my job this year is to make the pies. Making pies is hard work and I usually end up with flour all over me, the walls and on the floor,  whereas, with the help of Betty (Crocker) or Duncan (Heinz) I can make a tasty cake. 

Monday, November 22, 2010

Rupert's Thanksgiving

Rupert, from Stamping Dragon Designs, is dressed and ready to start this week's Thanksgiving festivities. During a recent press conference held by the distinguished SSTPTABV (Society to Stop Thanksgiving and for the Protection of Turkeys or in the Alternative, Become Vegetarians), Rupert was asked what he was most thankful for this Thanksgiving, to which he replied, "I am very thankful I am a dragon and not a turkey." Well put Rupert.

Speaking of Stamping Dragon Designs, Janette is offering two Craft Calendars for 2011.  For a chance to win, become a follower of Stamping Dragon Designs at Crafters Digital Art Center and then spread the word on your blog/page.  Leave a message for Janette on CDAC Discussion forum that you want to win and link your post. Two winners will be announced on December 3, 2010.

And don't forget you still have a few days left to enter  Stamping With the Dragon "Holiday Song" challenge.  The prizes are amazing. Check my post of Friday, November 12, 2010 for all the details. 

Sunday, November 21, 2010


I love Sassy Cheryl's images especially this little gal that definitely has a curl right in the middle of her forehead. I don't know if she has coped an attitude because I colored her as an eggplant or if she doesn't like the handsome turkey hat that sits atop her ringlets. Oh the other hand, she may be an enforcer for the S.S.T.P.T.A.B.V. (Society to Stop Thanksgiving and for the Protection of Turkeys or in the Alternative, Become Vegetarians) and is tired from   working overtime expounding the virtues of becoming a no-meat society with Thanksgiving approaching. Of course there is always the possibility that she is just a spoiled brat. Regardless, I think she's cute.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Inspiration Challenge

If it is the 20th of the month, then its time for Dude Time Doodles Inspiration Challenge. Take  whatever inspires you in this picture and let your creativity flow.  I liked the colors listed in the picture but I must admit, I cannot decide if "midnight" is black or blue so I sat on the fence and used dark blue and distressed it with black so, according to my calculations, I am in a win-win position. Being the smart followers that you are, I am sure you are wondering where the "old growth" is. Sillies, the old growth is the inside of the turkey, unseen until you carve the poor bugger.

In the very short time that Bonibleaux Designs has come into existence, our fearless leader has accomplished so much and, like the mailman who works regardless of the weather (with the exception of Sundays and holidays) and that silly rabbit that keeps on ticking (or is it the watch), Boni continues to inspire the design team through all the rough spots while fighting the flu bug for the past two weeks.  Get well Boni, we need you!

You have two weeks to post your creation on Dude Time Doodles Challenge blog. The top three winners and top blog winner will be announced on December 3. In the meantime stop by my fellow design team members blogs to see their crafty creations.

But before you go, let me just say this. . .

Thank goodness the producers of the popular television series "Extreme Makeover" rejected the idea of mixing in how-to- cooking videos while the team knocked down walls and poured concrete otherwise, tom would be featured this weekend.  Sniff-sniff, poor tom, sniff.

Friday, November 19, 2010

There was a little girl. . .

There was a little girl that had a little curl, right in the middle of her forehead. When she was good, she was very good indeed. But when she was bad she was horrid.  And surprise, surprise the poem was written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow!

My mother would often recite the poem to me and I have repeated it to my daughters and to my granddaughters instead of counting to ten. This delightful image from the ever sweet Mo Manning reminds me of that poem. Even though you cannot see the curl in the middle of her forehead, this little tike's body language dictates its presence.

If you haven't already posted your entry for the Stampin With the Dragon Challenge you still have five days to do so.  The challenge is easy, just design your creation around a "Holiday Song".  The prizes are amazing. If you need a reminder about the prizes and other details check my post of Friday, November 12, 2010. I would love to see someone I know win a prize.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Happy Birthday

Today I am celebrating another birthday, not mine but my sweet friend's. We have been friends since 8th grade, which is not long enough. Together our friendship has been through lots of fun times and sad times, but we persist. Aside from good health and family, there is nothing more valuable then a treasured friend especially when that friend knows where you buried all the bodies.

Happy birthday dear friend, I love you.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Pretty Paper

Did you ever see a piece of designer paper that you could hardly wait to use and when you finally get a chance to play, nothing pleases you? When I found this paper it immediately went into my basket and by the time I got home I had several ideas for its use. But after many attempts, nothing was satisfying me.  I'm still not happy with this card but it would be a shame not to share with you the pretty paper.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Twelve and a half years ago, a beautiful chocolate lab puppy named Sula came into our lives and became my "fifth daughter".  Sula Mae, as I called her, loved coming for sleepovers when her humans traveled and was always a perfect houseguest. Her only bad habit was that she loved digging in the trash. When she spent time where her human worked, her first stop was at all the trash cans in hopes of finding a leftover cookie or candy bar. Sula loved to eat and amazingly, she survived eating two pounds of chocolate and rat poison.

Sula appointed herself as my alarm clock and relished the idea of putting her snout against my ear and resounding a loud bark, yep, no need for an alarm clock when Sula was here. I swear she would laugh each time she accomplished her mission. Eventually I was able to resist flying off the bed so she tackled the problem another way, she would lick the bottom of my foot.

My sweet, beautiful and gentle Sula has joined her sisters at the Rainbow Bridge and I have lost another friend but I am thankful that I have so many funny, happy memories of her because there will never been another Sula Mae.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Today Dude Time Doodles Challenge is releasing new images and if they remind you of Christmas, you are on the right track. If you think it looks more like Easter, then stop drinking so early in the morning and behave yourself.

For today's card I combined two of their images "Christmas Morning" and "Presents"-- the Christmas tree and window I created with leftovers.

What I wish I could show you and can't, is the aftermath of daddy's excitement.  Daddy, looking very dapper in his Christmas pajamas, was running so fast, he couldn't stop and ran right over the Christmas tree and smacked into the wall. Paramedics had to be called and he was taken to the hospital for assorted sprains and pains. Daddy didn't get home until the next day and had to open his presents by himself because mom and the kids had taken off to the mall for the after Christmas sales, not to mention he had a hole in the wall to repair.

Head over and visit my team mates' blogs to see what new image they have used, their links are on my sidebar. Before you go, please leave me a comment and if you aren't a follower, I would love for you to become one!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Tiny Red Lights

I live close to historical Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and aside from the battlefield and President Eisenhower's farm, there is also the "Land of the Little Horses". According to local folklore (and very hush-hush) one foggy Christmas Eve, Santa called upon Rudolph to guide his sleigh and by the time they reached the "Land of the Little Horses", Rudolph was feeling rather frisky and well, as they say, the rest is history.  The little horses perform daily but if you want to see any of Rudolph's offsprings, you will not see them at the farm, instead, you must go to Sassy Cheryl's for this sweet image. I can tell you for a fact that on foggy Christmas Eves the sky around Gettysburg is illuminated by tiny red lights and one purple light. No one has ever explained the purple light but I suspect the Easter Bunny knows the answer.

P.S. Can't help but wonder how many of you will click on the link to the "Land of the Little Horse" to see if I'm joshing?

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Operation Write Home Valentine Blog Hop

I am very proud to be an ongoing contributor to Operation Write Home and share in their mission to provide hand-crafted greeting cards to military members serving overseas to send home to their friends and families. So when Boni, our fearless leader of Dude Time Doodles, asked the design team members if they would like to participate in Operation Write Home Valentine's Blog Hop, I was very pleased with the resounding YES she received.

To date, Operation Write Home has sent 699,860 cards to deployed heroes, 91,000 during the month of October and this week, 68 boxes containing 27,460 cards at a cost of $1,017.70 were sent. If you would like to help defray the cost of postage visit Operation Write Home for more information.

You can help this momentous effort even if you do not make cards by writing a personal note addressed "Any Hero" that in turn, will be distributed by chaplains to military members who receive little or no mail from home. Great service project for scout troops, church groups and other organizations to participate in.

Operation Write Home is one of the three finalists with the opportunity to win $50,000 in Jo-Anne Fabric and Craft Store's "Craft For Cause Contest 2010". You can help by voting here. Contest ends December 4, 2010.

If you would like to send cards there are simple guidelines to be followed, the most important of which is  absolutely, positively no glitter or other substance that flakes off making our heroes visible with night goggles. For all the details, visit Operation Write Home.

For my Valentine card, I used Gary Giftbearer from the Manly Men collection. Gary had something else in his hand before I sliced the paper and inserted a Valentine. Before you return to Dude Time Doodles to continue the hop stop by and visit Boni, Anne, Cleota, Hetty and Theresa to see their Valentine creations. 

Friday, November 12, 2010

Celebrate the Season

Joy to the World
Stampin Dragons Designs has just released 12 new images and to celebrate, we are having the biggest challenge ever. The challenge is not difficult but oh my the prizes, wait until you see the list. You have two weeks to create a card inspired by a holiday song and then link it to Stampin with the Dragon Challenge.

Prizes using any image:

1st prize: 4 images from 
Stampin Dragons Designs

2nd prize: Magnolia Magazine 
and 2 stamps

3rd prize: 1 dragon stamp from Whiff of Joy Stamps

Deck the Halls

Only submissions using Stampin Dragon Design images will be entered for grand prizes.
 NO exceptions. 

1st Grand Prize:

WACOM C7H 461 
Bamboo Craft Pen & Touch Tablet

2nd Grand Prize:

Ribbon from May Arts

3rd Grand Prize:

$10 gift certificate from Your Next Stamp

The prizes are too awesome not to participate and there are hundreds of holiday songs to pick from. Remember to stop at the blogs of all the design team members of Stampin Dragon Designs using the links on my sidebar to see more wonderful examples of the new releases. 

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Birthday Overload

I'm feeling rather sluggish. I think it's birthday overload, too much celebrating -- is that possible? Of course not!
I have such fabulous wonderful friends who always make me feel so special. Now I must get my head back into making cards unless, that is, someone calls and says, hey, let's celebrate.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Ice Cream

I scream, you scream we all scream for ice cream. How about a double-dipper, triple-decker and then some, ice cream cone? All my favorite favors starting with mint-chocolate chip, raspberry, coffee, chocolate, strawberry and then repeat, repeat. Forget calories, fat and sugar, enjoy!

For those of you who like guest designer challenges, starting today and lasting one week, Dude Time Doodles is hosting a Guest Designer Challenge. To make it easy for you, a freebie is provided and must be used. Submit your creation using the InLintz cache at Dude Time Doodles. The December Guest Designer will be announced on November 17 and will start to serve on December 1 until December 31. In addition, you get to add their cool badge to your blog and you will have access to the inner workings of Dude Time Doodles. Head over to Dude Time Doodles, download the freebie and get moving, I would love to work with you.  

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


Yesterday has passed and my "new" age is official -- I am 45.  I had a wonderful birthday filled with sweet reminders from friends and family that I am loved. Thank you all, I feel so special.

Today's image is from Sassy Cheryl's. Where I live, you would be hard pressed to find a ladybug since the weather has turned cold but we have loads of stinkbugs that have invaded our homes to avoid the cold.

The reason I got this image is because it reminds me of being a kid when girls did not wear pants, only skirts or dresses. Try as I might, my socks never stayed up, although as an adult I have learned that if I don't shave my legs, no problem.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Dude Time Doodles Challenge's First Offical New Release Blog Hop WINNERS

We want to thank everyone for participating in our First Official New Release Blog Hop! 
We had so much fun reading all of your comments and checking out your blogs too! 

The WINNERS are: 
14. Blog hop digi "Pumpkin Field" from Shelly 

Danie M said... 

TFS a wonderful pumpkin image and great card. I really love the plaid background and crackle effect. Great work. 

October 31, 2010 4:07 PM 

13. Blog hop digi "Sammy Scarecrow" from Hetty 

daffy said... 

cute card 
carolyn h

Monday, 01 November, 2010 


12. Blog hop digi "Larry Lane" from Boni 

stephanie said... 

Very creative, love the images. 

October 31, 2010 3:42 PM 

11.Blog hop digi "Larry Lane" from Ruth 

Lyneen said... 

Pete the Plumber is just too too too FUNNY... Love the door hanger... I need a Man at Work hanger for the garage door, so when DH is working on his car I know to stay away! Thanks for the awesome HOP! Off to see Miss Hetty! 

31 October 2010 17:26 

10.Blog hop digi "Paul Pilgrim" from Cleota 

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said... 

WOWZA ... fabulous job on your creations!! 

OCTOBER 31, 2010 10:49 AM 

9.Blog hop digi "Patty Pilgrim" from Theresa 

kbartsch said... 

Cute card. I need one of those handsome and handy men....where do I find one? 

November 2, 2010 2:11 PM 


8.Blog hop digi "Turkey Lurkey" from Fink 

Cindy Ribet said... 

Woo Hoo.. I think I'm getting this blog hop thing. It is so easy to get distracted though. I love the sentiment on the Tom turkey card. hahahahah.... It looked to me like he was saying 'goodbye' to the poor turkey that got cooked. cindy 

October 31, 2010 8:48 PM 

7. Blog hop digi "Tom Tom Turkey" from Nancy 

ursula Uphof said... 

What fantastic cards. Just love what you have done. 

OCTOBER 31, 2010 9:25 AM 


6.Blog hop digi "Pete Plumber" from Anne 

Scrappin Chris said... 

Love the sentiment. How cute! And the glitter!! 

October 31, 2010 8:11 AM 


5. Blog hop digi "Pete Plumber" from Tammy 

Flip-Flop Creations said... 

Great cards Tammy! The scarecrow one remindsme of my Dad. He always told that joke about why Scarecrows/farmers never lost their jobs. Love it! Thanks for bring up old memories ~jeni :) 

OCTOBER 31, 2010 10:10 PM 


4. Blog hop digi "Pumpkin Field" from Ginny 

Graphicat said... 

heheheeeeee, I'm purdy sure someone looked in my window and drew my hubby here....LOL Awesome dude image!!

3. Grand prize - SBS gift certificate $20 value from Dude Time Doodles

Julye said... 

Love finding new blogs and challenges too especially since there seems to be more men in my family than girls, outnumbered but definitely not downtrodden , we girls hold our own,but it does mean I get to make loads of male cards, looking forward to seeing some fab inspiration. 

November 2, 2010 5:04 AM 


2. Grand prize- CSN gift certificate $20 value from Dude Time Doodles

jimlynn said... 

Oh, how fun! I'm looking forward to seeing all the wonderful creations!

October 31, 2010 9:56 AM 

1. Grand prize - full digi release set $30 value from Dude Time Doodles

Rufus said... 

Fun hop, even if I was a bit early! Hey it's Bonni's fault. I went over there and the next thing ya know I'm hopping like mad. Congrats on your first ever hop. It was fun to see what everybody did with the digi's. Very creative folks on the DT!

October 30, 2010 11:04 PM

Please contact Dude Time Doodles at dudetimedoodles@gmail.com to collect your prize! 

Thank you!! 
The DTD Team 

Today's the day

Today is the day that I turn 45 --- again. Some people stop counting at 29 but I'm happy to have each and every birthday I can get,  however, I'm not counting the additional year(s).  Instead, when I reach 75, I'll announce that I am 50.  For now, I am savoring all the good wishes that come my way.

I am sharing with you another freebie from Inger Harding that I think is unquestionably precious. She creates images with delicate features and wonderful expressions, I cannot for the life of me understand why she is giving something away that I would be happy to purchase but I am very grateful that she does.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Bugaboo Stamps

I love a sale so when Bugaboo Stamps was having one, I jumped on the chance to score more of their laughable images that call out our human frailties allowing me to exercise my imagination and inject personality to bring about a giggle. Being the good shopper that I am, I loaded up on their images that included sentiments (so it was a double bargain) and today I am sharing three.

For purposes of identification, I am not the person sitting in the chair but we share many similarities. Gramps is very laid-back since retiring as a nuclear physicist (not sure what that means, I'm just happy I could find the correct spelling in the dictionary). The only formula he concerns himself with these days is scouring the television listings, keeping  track of the remote and drinking beer.  Some days gramps shaves and other days he doesn't. Gramps loves to tell whoopers stories and if he asks you to sit on his lap, RUN!

Now this gal has my heart, my attitude and my beer. As far as I'm concerned there are three muscles that require exercise, the ones attached to my elbows and the muscles that open my mouth. We also share similar warm-up suits inasmuch as the pants have been washed too many time and are now faded compared to the jacket. However, since I wear duct tape instead of a bra, its easy to determine which is the hood. What makes us different, she loves to be invited to sit on gramp's lap and my ears are pierced.

Last but not least, is this a true statement or what?  Must I really be good 365 days a year (leap years 366 days) or can I have a little slack and be good 364.5 days a year (leap years 365.5)? And if by chance I was good for 364 days last year, can I carry the credit to this year?