Another Card For Bella

Posted by Cheri Higdon on Jul 19, 2010

For those of you that have been following the story of  Bella here is another card I am going to send off to her today.  You can keep up with her progress by following Erin’s blog.  Bella is a beautiful young girl that is stronger than most all of us combined.  She and her family have been in my prayers daily even though I haven’t taken the time to send her as many cards as I had planned on.
Even though the blog candy that has been offered in Bella’s name is ending I urge everybody to continue in their support of Bella and her family.  We all have so much to be thankful for and it is always much better to give than receive.
If you are wanting to send a card to Bella the address is:

The Bella Tucker Fund
P.O. Box 199
Londonderry NH
03053  USA

A Card For Bella

Posted by Cheri Higdon on Jul 8, 2010

Bella Tucker is an 8-year-old girl who attends South School Elementary in Londonderry, New Hampshire.  Bella came down with a near fatal infection on Easter Sunday. Doctors gave little hope for this third graders’ survival, but after five days in a coma she miraculously survived.
Unfortunately, her survival from this infection was not without significant cost.  The infection caused extensive tissue damage, and on April 27, 2010, Bella underwent quadruple amputation surgery and is currently facing an extremely long and hard recovery at Children’s Hospital in Boston with extensive rehabilitation to follow, as she learns to live life without her limbs.
Bella is part of a gymnastics team with the daughter of a fellow stamper.  As  a stamping community everyone is reaching out in any way they can.  You can help support Bella and her family too by visiting

There are, as always, generous hearts out there holding Blog Hops for Bella.  If you would like to make a card for Bella please do and then visit Denise to start the hop for this week and get the address for Bella’s card.  I hope every one of you will find it in your heart to give to this beautiful little girl.

This is my card for Bella.  She is a Sugar Nellie called Fragile Beauty stamped on Neenah paper.  Then I colored my own background with my copics to match the image (it took time but it was great fun).  Cardstock is Stampin Up Regal Rose, Purely Pomagranate and Basic Black.  I used two border punches and a little heart charm and of course bling:)
I tried to show you a better shot of the punches and bling but it didn’t work very well.  The copics used are:  E50  E51  R20, YR23  Y21  Y23, RV32  RV34  R39, G14  FYG2, B21  B23, Y06  YR04, E31  E35, Spicas.

I hope you enjoy this card and you get busy and make one for Bella too.  If I can make one anyone can LOL.  I am very bad about making cards as you can all see from my blog.  I’m trying to get better about it though.


Happy 4th Everyone!

Posted by Cheri Higdon on Jul 4, 2010

I don’t really have anything to post today but I wanted to tell everyone Happy 4th of July! What a beautiful day it is here in Michigan. The weather is perfect…no rain clouds in sight - or predicted so far:)

I hope you all have great things planned for the day. Family barbecues are usually the biggie but today we are going to take a drive and go watch the fireworks out on Lake St Clair. We’ve done this in the past and it’s always awesome. We go to a little bar/restaurant with umbrella tables that sit out on a deck. About 200ft off the water and have dinner and cocktails while we ooh and aah over the beauty of the fireworks:) Don’t you just love the sounds everybody makes while they watch fireworks:)

Before I forget, I just came across a new blog IMPRESSIONS ARE MADE HERE where Andrea does absolutely beautiful work. She is offering a blog candy right now if you visit her before July 12. It’s well worth the visit just to see her creations…so stop on by and take time to look around. Here is a picture of everything one lucky person is going to win…and I’m crossing my fingers:)

Well, I have to go pack up the cooler and get a move on.


Kickin' It For Michelle

Posted by Cheri Higdon on Jul 1, 2010

I just visited one of my favorite blogs and found out the designer has had a terrible injury and needs our help.  I’m sure many of you have enjoyed her beautiful work over the years and I’m also sure your heart will go out to her just as mine has.  Please read the letter below that was put out by Stampavie and see how to help her out.



Dear friends,

We at Stampavie would very much appreciate if you would join us in supporting our US Representative, Design Team member and dear friend, Michelle Oatman.

On Wednesday evening, June 23, Michelle had an accident while tending her beloved donkeys which has left her blind in her right eye. She has shared the news of her accident in her blog post here ( Michelle is an amazing stamper and is eager to be able to start crafting again. But she also has a lot of healing that needs to occur and she needs our support.

We at Stampavie want to help her on her road to recovery. While we all would like nothing more than to support her in person, some things are just not possible. So besides sending cyber-hugs, we are asking for PayPal donations which will be sent directly to Michelle to help “kick” the mounting medical costs associated with her surgeries and also to help her obtain an artificial eye.

To show your support for Michelle, please, please log into your PayPal account and make your donation payment, no matter how small, to the account

Tina Wenke is also kindly working on a digital download (of a donkey, of course!) so please check back here for more details on that. You’ll be able to download it directly from our blog, all we ask in return is that you donate $3 to Michelle’s PayPal fund.

Michelle is a very loving and caring person and we are all lucky to call her “friend”! Michelle says that she is lucky to be married to her best friend. Together, they are parents to their 2 Toy Australian Shepherds, a cat, and their Miniature Donkeys that they raise. The love she gives her animals comes right back, as they keep her busy, entertained and happy. Now, we hope that the love she sends out to the stamping community and beyond will come back as well!

Could I ask you all to spread the word about this on your blogs, Facebook, Twitter etc, the more people who hear about this the better. Thanks for your help!

Let's Play in the Sugar Bowl & Cute Card Thursday

Posted by Cheri Higdon on Jun 29, 2010

Today is a beautiful day here in Michigan.  No rain or storms and it’s not too hot outside.  I’m quite happy with myself just for getting this card not only finished, but also posted on time for these two challenges.

The first challenge is The Sugar Bowl Challenge something girlie and feminine using a Sugar Nellie image.

The next challenge is over at Cute Card Thursday where you had to reuse or recycle something to make your card.  The flower is from a wedding we went to and the blue ribbon is from my birthday last week.

The cardstock is Bordering Blue from Stampin Up and the DP….ummm can’t remember.  All colored with my Copics which I am still learning to work with.  Almost forgot, this is the first time I have colored on Neenah Classic paper and I must admit I like it very much.  The colors did not bleed at all and I was able to get into the tiny little flowers with no problem.

The colors used were:
E50 E51 R20
YR23 Y21 Y23
RV32 RV34 R39
G14 FYG2
B21 B23
Y06 YRO4

I also used multiple Spicas to add glitter but I’m sure you can’t tell that from my pictures.  My camera skills leave a lot to be desired.

That’s all for now.  We are getting ready to go out to dinner for our Anniversary, which was actually Saturday, but tonight the whole family goes out, not just mom and dad.  I hope everyone has a great night and hopefully I will post again soon. Actually I have to post soon because I have promised a blog candy.  I am going to make it in honor of my return to cards.  I hope you will keep your eyes opened for it.


A House Mouse Birthday Card

Posted by Cheri Higdon on Jun 15, 2010

A birthday card for a dear friend.

This is a card I finished a couple of weeks ago but never got around to posting.  Sorry the picture isn’t very good.  I obviously need to learn how to use my camera a LOT better.  Although you can’t tell from the picture this came out really cute and I love all of the colors on it.This is also my first attempt at making my own paper rose with my Marvy Uchida punch.  It was actually kind of fun to make and I’m finding I like the idea of everything handmade on my cards.

Once more I will try to list all of the ingredients for my card.  I’m hoping this comes easier after a while because so far it seems like a chore.  I guess I just need to get a routine down…or maybe show a picture of all the copics like some others do…good idea!  Anyway, I used:

Stampin Up cardstock Elegant Eggplant, Tempting Turquoise, Taken With Teal and Basic Black.  The DP is K&Company Eloise.  I used Spellbinders ovals and scalloped ovals, Martha Stewart lace punch and SU corner punch.

Colored with copics:
E000, E00, E01, E02, R02 mouse face
E31, E33, E35 mouse fur
R29, R22, YG63 red berries
V15, V09 blackberries
R46, R24 raspberries
BV04, BV02 blueberries
Spicas in multiple colors to give splashes of light

Whew, I hope I got it all.  I hope my friend Eva likes her birthday card too.  If you feel like it let me know what you think.  Especially if I have listed everything wrong or there is an easier way to do it I would love your input.


I'm a Copic Certified Designer…WooHoo!

Posted by Cheri Higdon on Jun 15, 2010

Hello everyone…I am so excited.

I am now a Copic Certified Designer!  Debbie Olson taught the class in Grand Rapids, MI on Saturday, June 12th and it was great fun.  I would recommend her as a teacher to anyone.  She is very casual and answers anything that’s thrown at her.  She even drew pictures on a board to give us better visuals of what she was saying.  Love all of her work anyway and her personality definitely matches the charm of her work.

I learned quite a bit about the markers themselves, like how I was refilling them incorrectly, and all of the different markers and the different tips on them.  That was actually quite educating to me.  The most versatile marker is the original Copic that you can get 9 different nibs for…and it has the perfect tip to get in all of those little hard to get areas. Anyway I could go on and on but this isn’t a class lol!

Debbie just emailed me my blog logo to put on my sidebar……

don’t you just love it?  I do.  Now I just have to go and put some of my new knowledge to work right? Unfortunately I’m still recovering from the trip and class.  It was a long day for me and it literally kicked my butt-but it was worth it!  It was also worth every penny I paid to go; so if anybody is wondering if they should spend the money or not—just do it! You get a little zip bag just filled with goodies.  All different kinds of copics and a couple of refills.  It probably all retails for about $70 so to me that brings down the cost of the class considerably.

Now I am off to add my Copic logo to my sidebar.


A Card For The Hanglar Challenge

Posted by Cheri Higdon on Jun 12, 2010

I know it has been way too long since I have posted any cards but I hope to change that soon.  I finally have a craft area and it is beyond wonderful ~smile~

This is my very first time trying to post all of the ingredients I used on my card so please bear with me.

This card was made specifically for the Challenge at the new Hanglar Challenge Blog.

If you are going to check out the Hanglar blog you will also be interested in the blog candy going on at Iris’s blog because she is wanting to spread the word about the new blog too.  Be sure to check out both of the links…I’m sure you’ll be glad you did.

I used Stampin Up cardstock - Purely Pomegranante from the ‘07-’08 In Colors and Old Olive.  The DP was K & Company “Classic K”.  The wreath was made from Spellbinders Eyelet Pendant and then just folded and the flower is one that I crocheted myself.  It was all colored with copics which I am just learning how to use. (Actually I am going to a class tomorrow to learn how to use them….the trainer is Debbie Olson yippee!!!)

Skin E00, E01, R02
Top & Hat RV11, RV32, RV34
Bottoms G21, G24, G63
Pot & Hearts R39
Hair & Shoes E31, E33, YR20, YR24
Blender O
Spica’s for a little sparkle

Did I do this right?  I hope so because it was a little intimidating for me.  Hope you enjoy the card and I’ll be back soon with more.  Before I go though I want to share a close up of the flower I crocheted, well, just because I guess;

While I wasn’t making cards I was making a bunch of flowers and decided it was time to try and use one.

Thanks for looking and I hope you have an awesome weekend.  I know I will….Copics - here I come ;0)


Finally….ALMOST Have a Craft Room

Posted by Cheri Higdon on Jun 2, 2010

Well, I have just spent the majority of the holiday weekend trying to put together a craft area so that I can try to start making cards again.
In the past whenever I have tried to work on anything it has been on the kitchen table and that just doesn’t seem to work out.  When I
just so that I would quit whining about it.  Before he could change his mind I jumped on the idea and star
ted moving my stuff right in ~smile~get tired of  working on them there is a major mess…when hubby comes home there is a major mess…when I’m done there is a major mess…whenever I need something and can’t find it-it’s because there is a major mess.  You get the picture right.  Anyway hubby finally conceded to give up part of the office

When things are all done I will post some pictures but I’ve got to tell you it was awesome to sit at my own little table in my own little chair and play!  Even at midnight after hours of moving things and I couldn’t hardly move lol!
My mom lives with us and she calls it my Batcave because I don’t seem to want to come out.  I mean come on I have all of these cool toys, all in one place, that I couldn’t get to before!  Why would I come out now?

Okay, on to other things.  I have come across a new blog, new to me anyway, that is offering this amazing blog candy:

To check out this amazing candy, and the equally amazing lady behind it, just give True a visit.  Be sure to leave her some love cuz she really needs it right now.


Fellow Stamper Needs RAK From Us!

Posted by Cheri Higdon on May 29, 2010

I can’t believe that I’m actually posting two times today.  We have a fellow stamper in need of happy cards for her sister.   So I am going to send off this Happy Hopper-Fancy Pants because she is one of my very favorite stamps.  You can’t help but smile just looking at this stamp…I can’t  anyway.

So, if you’re interested in helping out you can find all of the information you need on Lisa’s blog.


What A Beautiful Day!

Posted by Cheri Higdon on May 29, 2010

I haven’t posted anything in a while because I’ve really only been doing some coloring with my copics.  I’m trying to get the hang of it and learn to blend them better.  I probably have at least 100 images colored now so it’s time to get busy and make some cards…I know:)  Also trying to get a craft room put together so that my tools are easily accessed.  This is much easier said than done.

I hope you are enjoying all of the blog candies I have posted for you.  It is very time-consuming to post them but I figure each of you may see something in them that you like.  As for me I have only entered a handful f them - those which have things I don’t already have or things that I know I will use.  The amazing thing is I HAVEN’T EVEN ADDED ALL OF THE CANDIES I HAVE COME ACROSS….BELIEVE IT OR NOT!!!  It’s like an epidemic out there right now.

I visited one of my favorite blogs today just to see what has been going on and look at what I found:

Is this not the cutest baby ever!!!!  If you would like to read more info about the latest baby you can visitMichello at and see all of her babies and her beautiful creations too.

For now I hope all of you have a perfect Holiday weekend and spend it with family & friends.


Finally a New Card!

Posted by Cheri Higdon on Apr 29, 2010

Can you believe it I have actually made a card!  Two cards in fact and I am going to share them with you.  I was looking at my blog and I haven’t made a card in over a year….pretty bad of me and I really want to get back into the groove.

I made these cards because of a House Mouse Blog Spring card challenge, which is also something new for me.  I never participate in challenges.  I have a fairly new camera and I’m not very adept with it yet so I will post the best pictures I came up with.

Well, that’s it for right now until I switch computers.  Then I will be back with some info about a couple of different blog candy offerings going on.

Take Care All,

More Blog Candy

Posted by cheribella on Mar 19, 2009

Just check out this awesome blog candy being offered by Susie from now until March 21st.  The winner will be drawn on the 22nd.

This is a picture of what is included in a mini blog candy over at Malin’s blog until March 31st. Make sure you check it out, I mean who can pass up Hanglar’s in the US? Just click on the following link to get there.

Another Blog Candy Sighting!

Posted by cheribella on Mar 14, 2009

I know it’s past time to be posting some new cards here.  Unfortunately all I have done is color and I haven’t made any cards yet.  I will pass on some great blog candy information for you though.  Take the time to check out Lines blog for some great goodies until the drawing on March 19.  You will be glad you did because not only are the goodies great but her blog is definitely worth looking at.
Another worthy sighting is going on at Caz’s blog where she is offering multiple winnings until Friday March 20th, so hop on over there too.


Where is Spring?

Posted by cheribella on Mar 10, 2009

Spring is supposed to be in the air but so far all we have here in Michigan is rain.  However, if you feel like celebrating hop on over and visit Kim for some awsome blog candy before March 12.  You will be glad you did:)
Good luck to all!