Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Calendar Girls November 2014

I'm here, I'm here....I tell you, I need to get more computer savvy. I've been having a hard time downloading my pictures so I took my camera with me and am using another computer...sheesh. (It should be easy). ....anyway, Our hostess this month is the talented Barb and here is what she said:

This month we are going to do a color challenge. Since this card will be posted a few days before Halloween, I challenge you to make a card using just two colors--Black and One Other Color. I also challenge you to try to not use white or ivory as a base for your image. If you do, it does not need to count as your second color--or it can...... Your card does not need to be a Halloween card--it can be for any occasion. Get your thinking caps on and limit your colors to just two!

A bit of clarification............. I had a question already about the limit of two colors. Does that mean just the image, or does it include card base, paper, embellishments, etc.?

Yes--it means everything on your card can only be one of two colors--Black and something else. Your image can be stamped or printed on white or ivory if you want and that base does not count as one of the two colors--unless you wanted to go Black and White only. So all of your cardstock and any designer paper and any/all embellishments need to be one of the two colors you choose. Yes, this is thinking out of the box and I am guessing our markers will not be used this month! That is why it is called a "Challenge"!

Now you all know why she clarified the black and white scheme...right??? lol. Well you got it. That is exactly what my two colors are. I also used black and white glitter paper  which again, I am sure you are not surprised at....lol  Here is my card:

 

I also used white glitter netting along with a little white gem to make little ornaments on the shoes. I used the same netting along the bottom of the card to make the scalloped cut out stand out a bit more (a bit hard to see but it is there). I will insert the Cinderella sentiment about the right pair of shoes and will probably pass it on to one of my daughters (which like me, the love shoes and glitter as well).

Thanks for stopping by, please stop by and check out the rest of the calendar girls blogs. I am sure you will not be disappointed...

Until next time,
Hugs,
Carol

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

DDD October 2014 "Eat Drink and Be Scary"

Can you believe it I'm here and on time. So here we go Terry and LJ were our hostesses for this round and what a cute kit the Divas got....(at least I think so). Terry was the hostess for the Darlings and Laura Jean sent kits to the Divas. The theme....eat drink and be scary works perfect for this month. The image LJ send was the witch in the MFT set witch way candy. I love her she is so cute. The dsp is the Eerie collection from Basic grey and many other cute embellies, ribbon etc.


This is my card. I used 3 of the designer papers on the front and inside as well. I also loved the spider doily LJ sent along. I colored the cute little witch and then colored the pumpkins and cut them out and mounted them on the front. Now comes the hic-cup in this whole process. I took pictures of the inside and have managed to get a picture of the front and inside of the card but I'm having trouble finding the inside picture on my new lap top . One of these days I'll get it all figured out. Computers can't live without them and I can't seem to figure them out....

As an extra challenge Terry and LJ asked us to share our favorite treats when we trick or treated as kids. Well I remember hoping we would get popcorn balls somewhere along the line when we were out trick or treating . We always had tons of fun no matter what our bags held.

Thanks for stopping by, please stop by the other DDD sites and check out their creations. I am sure you will not be disappointed.

Until next time,

Hugs,
Carol

Monday, August 18, 2014

DDD August 2014 Friends are the family we chose for ourselves

First off I must apologize once again. I am sooooooo late and here it was Melina and my turn to host the challenge. We chose "Friends are the family we chose for ourselves" and I had fun creating the kits. I pulled from my stash for this challenge....thus the purple theme. It is out of my comfort zone for a color combo but what the hey....we all have to try something new once in awhile.

I love the Art Impression stamps and sayings so I chose an image from the Girlfriend line. I also had a few sentiments but for my card chose to keep it blank until I found out who I planned on sending my card to.

This is the front of my card. Not a very good picture but......(hopefully one of these days I'll learn how to take better pictures).



I used stripes of the card stock mounted on elegant eggplant SU card stock and the little pearl embellies. Of course no card is complete without at least a touch of glitter so thus the glitter on the head band and glitter pen on the lips.

Here is the inside of my card:

Again not a great pic... :(....

I am so glad my duelers are my friend family. These gals are wonderful and I love them all.. They are also good sports as well since I'm pretty sure for at least a couple of us this card was really a challenge if only for the color combo...lol..

Please stop by the rest of the duelers and check out their creations. I am sure you will not be disappointed.

Until next time,
Hugs,
Carol

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

July DDD challenge

Hi all....Yay, I made it and on the day.... a little late but on the 15th for sure...Our duel this month was hosted by our fearless leaders Kelly and Jeanette, can you believe we've been dueling for 4 years now? My how the time has flown and friendships have grown. This is the challenge Kelly handed out to the Divas....

Hi Divas!

Happy *July 2014* card kit!

This month, our challenge is EXTRA special because in early August, the Dueling Darlings will have been together for 4 YEARS!! I know, right?! It’s amazing! And the biggest blessing is that most of us are all original members with very little changes along the way. Because we’ve been a group for this amazingly wonderful amount of time, Jeanette and I thought it would be a little special to celebrate those 4 years! So in your kits, I’ve included for you 4 of a few things (more on that in a sec!) What we’d like for you to do is include somewhere on your card 4 things that must be the same! Not one ribbon, one button, one flower, one brad = 4. But 4 of the SAME THING  4 dew drops. 4 brads. Etc! We should be able to look at your card and know what the 4 elements representing our 4 years together are. So with that in mind, your challenge this month is:

Birds of a Feather, Flock Together!

I’ve also chosen to use an image that I’ve had for over 4 years as well for a little twist. It’s unusual, but you are talented girls, I know you can make it work! You have to build your image! I’ve included stamped images of the entire stamp set so you can pick and choose so you can pick and chose what you like but please use 1 tree image (there is a trunk, and two different tree tops) and 1 image from the sentiment/images page. And because if you’ve seen my blog posts lately, I’m having a slight love affair with burlap and it seemed fitting to this tree/bird theme. I hope you like the” Country Chic” kit I’ve made for you!

Kit Includes:
• Taylored Expressions “Branching Out” stamped image, stamped on GP, Tuxedo Momento Black: {This set was a special release w/ partial profits for the Eden Projects. The Eden’s Project’s Slogan is Plant Trees - Save Lives. They fight against deforestation and their organization recreates healthy forest systems not only through replanting/seeding but they also restore hope, alleviate suffering, empower communities and build local economies in impoverished areas}.
• DCWV Burlap
• Cosmo Cricket DSP
• Bakers Twine: Buttercup
• Prima and Jillybean flowers, leaves
• Recollections white sewn fabric ribbon
• Recollections paper flowers & stacked paper flowers/butterflies
• Kaiser pearls
• Dew drops and misc buttons
• Lawn Fawn wooden arrow
• Sunflower hemp cord & brown twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon

Blessings and happy crafting and thank you for not just being part of my life, but this amazing group! Happy 4 year Anniversary, Dueling Darlings!!



 I must say this was a challenge unlike any other... I pondered it for quite some time and played and pondered and finally came up with this card....





Well build I did... I used the image and made clouds and grass from the dsp Kelly sent along...can you see my 4 same items? (A hint...they are hiding in the grass). What fun this was. I used the birds, bird house, nest and eggs along with a sentiment from the sentiment page..(I got a little carried away).



Here is the inside of my card:
I used dsp to frame the sentiment. Sending a big thank you to all my wonderful dueling friends for four wonderful years of dueling, bonding and being friends....You are all a very special part of my life (even when life hands me lemons and I don't get to chat, visit and post much...you are never far from my thoughts). Love ya all...

Thanks for stopping by. Please stop and see the creations the other duelers created...I am sure you will not be disappointed...

Until next time,
Hugs,
Carol


Sunday, June 15, 2014

DDD Challenge June 2014

Hi all, can you believe it?? I'm here and on time. It has been a busy, busy, busy month. In addition to a heavier work load and 3 stamping groups, I got a new computer and a new camera...which both posed a great big issue with me... I am still learning how to use both so please forgive my not so great pictures, I need to learn how to crop them with this new laptop. But, enough of that.. on to the challenge. This month our lovely hostess for the Divas was Tami and the Dazzlers wonderful hostess is Darlene,  For this challenge they chose  :gardening: as the theme. Our image was Garden Riley from Riley and Co.  Tami sent dsp from My little shoebox, best creations, and KI memories as well as several embellies from various vendors.  Tami is one organized lady and had her kit to us early. I was so excited I made and photoed my card and promptly misplaced the rest of the kit....sheesh...but luckily I found the whole kit before posting.

Here is my card:



And here is the inside:



We were asked to give our favorite gardening tip....mine would be to admire others gardens....I love flowers etc however, I am the worst gardener...I can't tell a weed from a plant unless the plant has identifiable flowers growing on it...

Thank you for stopping by, please stop by the other duelers blogs I am sure you will be pleased with their creations.

Until next time,
Hugs,
Carol

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Dueling Darling May Challenge

The duel is on and I late but posting on the 15th so technically just a bit late...I was getting ready to post my card when the batteries on my camera decided that they were finished..I had to go get batteries this morning and finally got back to my post. Our lovely hostesses were Paola for the Dazzlers and Judy for the Divas. Judy sent us an amazing kit with tons of things to play with.  Thank you so much Judy, I had so much fun playing. I chose the Sparkling Creations "Ukelele Josh" to use from the kit...Judy also sent along Bild marlarna "mimsa violin" which I also colored up but haven't made a card with yet. She also included a big selection of dsp along with many accessories to match....

Here is my card:

I used a white base and the Imaginice, live loud "garage Band", crate and paper, paper tad for the herringbone dsp. All of the papers were wonderful and it was hard deciding what to choose for this card. I used the sheet music washi tape and the black button and black and white twine to finish off the front.

Here is the inside;


On the inside I used the black embossed sheet music panel and one of the sentiments Judy sent. I also used music not stickers...Thanks again Judy for all the fun.. as an extra we were asked what song and who we would dedicate it to if we could dedicate a special song. This one is a toughie for me. I can think of several but I think one would be "Special Angel" to my granddaughter. She is so special to me and I am so glad I'm close enough to see her often.

Thanks for stopping by, please stop by the rest of the duelers sites. I am sure you won't be disappointed...

Until next time,
Hugs,
Carol

Monday, May 12, 2014

Kit 10

Hi all, I finished my card from my kit from Darlene. First off I have to apologize for being so slow in getting this posted and second, I do wish I was better at taking pictures. This card really does look better in real life.

Darlene sent me a kit chock full of goodness...I have plenty left over to make several more cards. The image is the Northwoods stamp "Common blue butterfly on Sunflower blossom Square". This was a fun stamp to ink up. Darlene also sent a 6x6 designer pad "field of notes" by SEI and holy hanna these papers are beautiful...(the picture certainly doesn't do them justice AT ALL)...and there were yellow and magenta twine and blue ribbon by American crafts, Twinkle goosebumps in gold and green, glitter brads by SU various gems from her stash and ribbon flowers by Offray. As you can see I didn't use a ton of the embellishments as the papers and image was so intricate.

Here is my card:







 


I colored the image with copics and although you can't really see it there is blue glitter pen, gold glitter pen, black glitter pen and green glitter pen which I have used to highlight the image. The base is umber brown cardstock and the green layer is a piece of the dsp, each panel has one of the different patterns in the pack. I used the gold  twine to make a little flower and the gold goosebump for the center of the flower. Thank you , thank you, thank you Darlene for the fun, fun, fun kit. I had so much fun playing with it.

Jeanette thank you for starting this swap. My month was so much fun...

Thanks for stopping by,
Until next time,
Hugs,
Carol