Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Hi all, today I am going to post my card for the monthly sisterhood swap I am in...I love this creative group of ladies and have had so much fun with them..Donna is the hostess this month and she chose Color Splash as a theme or using your favorite color combo. Color splash is using the same color in different hues. Although, I looked it up on line and found a couple different variations and techniques...(and actually tried one but failed miserably..) I chose to use my favorite color combo...anyone who knows me, knows I love glitter, and the black and white combo....so guess which color combo I chose...heehee...I know, I know...easy question...

I decided to ink up my grunged flower from The Rummage Bin at Cornish Heritage Farms and use that as my focal point. I used cool gray copics to fill in and shadow the flower and yellow and yellow-red copics for the center. I also added a few dabs of black stickles in the center of the flower to add a little texture and of course shine. My card base is SU basic black with the retired SU polka dot background embossed on it. I used a MS punch for the bottom of the card and tied a satin ribbon around the card, I placed a yellow rhinestone in the middle of the knot to finish off the card. It looks better in real life but I am happy with how it turned out....

Thanks for stopping by....

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Mystery Image Card

Hi all, and late Merry Christmas to each and every one of you.  It has been a busy month and as per usual I'm slow on the draw...(yikes slow seems to be my normal speed lately). Today I have a card to show you that I made for the mystery swap I am in with a wonderful group of ladies....It started a couple of months ago when Jeanette sent a whole group of interested swappers a "mystery Image" we all got the same image and were to create 4 cards. It was so much fun seeing what everyone else made with the image, what a variety of wonderful cards. April then sent us this TGF Anya image along with the designer tape you see behind my TGF Anya image. (The narrow strip of black is the background for the fun tape, the tape I might add, was the most challenging thing for me on this card...yikes, I wasn't sure how to use it).

When I looked at the tape I thought it had an olive hue to it and since I'm a fan of olive I went searching for some paper to compliment the tape...(it appears I was a little off). I colored my sweet Anya with my copic markers and cut her out....(the white behind her has been embossed with my cuttlebug and a dotted embossing folder although this is hard to see in the picture). I added little buttons in the corner and used my favorite (black) to accent the olive and to help my image stand out. The layers Anya is standing on is mounted with mounting tape and Anya is mounted with SU dimentionals. The card stock is Old Olive from SU and the dsp is retired SU.

Thank you for stopping by and checking out my mystery card.

          Have a wonderful New Year....  

(I hope to be a little more proficient with my posting in the upcoming year...)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Dueling Darlings Kit #5

Hi welcome from cold snowy MN...I know I probably shouldn't complain about the snow and cold since I do chose to live here but as I get older I seriously wish I could winter in a warmer place...(maybe one of these years), but since I'm still here and it's still cold, I can't think of a better thing to do than stay inside and craft...woohoo....This month Laura Jean sent us our card kits...the theme being "My Favorite Things". Laura Jean sent many wonderful things and I tried and almost accomplished using all of them...I have some Basic Grey dsp, one sentiment, a couple snowman images and one snowflake left over...(pretty good for me...lol).

This month I chose to do a tent topper card. I colored the cute little Inky Antics snowman with my copic markers, then spread crystal effects all over the little ice tube he is sliding on, I lightly sprinkled glitter over the crystal effects, I also used the crystal effects on the had brim and pom pom and sprinkled white flower soft on those. While he was off in a corner drying I cut cherry cobbler for the base of my card and pieces of DSP from the kit. I tied the white ribbon from the kit around the front of the card and attached the rhinestones...I then cut the ovals from cherry cobbler, wild wasabi and whisper white paper and layered them. I cut out my little snowman and mounted him on the ovals then on the front of the card. On the inside of the card, I used the large felt snowflake LJ sent along and punched the sentiment out with the scallop circle punch mounting it in the center of the snowflake...I like how that turned out...

LJ also sent us a cute little box from OTC. I used some of my left over dsp to cover each of the sides of the box and also the heart on the top. I took some of the ribbon from the kit and made little rosettes, centered the buttons on the rosettes and stuck one on each side of the box....what a fun little bonus project to work on...

Our special assignment this month is to share with you some of our favorite things....One on my most special "favorite things" that comes only during christmas. Growing up the oldest of 6 children left very little "quiet/alone" time. As I grew older I would sneak downstairs after everyone was asleep put Christmas music on the stereo and sit in the darkened room softly lit by the Christmas tree lights and savor the soft Christmas tree playing in the background. To this day I still enjoy the Christmas music playing and the Christmas tree lights but now I enjoy it whenever I am home...I find it so relaxing during this busy time...so much so I truly get sad when we have to take down the tree and put away the music until next year...I have many other favorite things...like my precious little granddaughter (my best friend...lol), my hubby and my girls, my awesome friend,s stamping and card making, and my very special online crafting friends whom I absolutely cherish....but I never ever tire of the Christmas lights and music...

Thank you so much for stopping by...
Please stop by and see the rest of the creations that
were created the the Dueling Darlings......

The Divas:

The Dazzlers:

I'm sure you enjoy all of the creations.....

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Mo's Challenge #57

Hi all, just checking in quick and posting my card for Mo's Challenge #57. The Challenge was to use vellum or acetate. I chose acetate. I have had my granddaugther this week and she was thrilled to be able to help me with this. (Mostly in chosing and placing the embellishments...lol, although she thought she might like to color it too...)  I chose the Christmas Holly Fairy as my image. I tried my hand at the snowglobe card using the instructions from the SCS resource page. I stamped a scenery image from inkadinkadoo on the white part of the globe, colored it with soft colors, glittered it with stickles and let it dry, I then took my copic colored, cut out Holly fairy image and mounted her over the scenic background using mounting tape. I used acetate for the outside of the globe and stamped little snowflakes on the acetate (although it is hard to see this). The base of the globe is SU deck the halls dsp(which I think is so pretty),  mounted on white.I then took a piece of braided pearl ribbon from JoAnns and wove a gold and burgandy ribbon through this. At the top I have used stickles to mimic the snow and attached a bow with a tiny jingle bell in the center. I hope you like my card. Thanks for stopping by.....

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Dueling Darling Card #4

Well here we are again...it's the 15th of the month and once again time to check out the dueling darlings...This month the Diva's received a kit from our very own Barb. This kit was plumb full of wonderful items, we received 4 Horn of Plenty Whipper Snapper images, 3 sentiments, 4 sheets of yummy Basic Grey Indian summer dsp, 4 pieces of ribbon and 1 piece of yummy variegated orange fiber, 5 felt leaves, orange gems, colored buttons, and colored brads... This month I chose the raised frame card to use for my kit (bottom pic) it is hard to see from the picture but the red and brown dsp is raised up with mounting foam. I absolutely fell in love with the red and brown dsp. The minute I opened my kit I just knew I would be using those 2 sheets for sure. I added my own dark umber card stock as the base but everything else was from my kit. As you can see I used 4 of the felt flowers to grace the edges of the frame accented by the dark brown see through buttons. I used some of the variegated fiber to weave through the button holes to give the button a little extra pizzaz...The image was colored with copic markers and then gone over with my spica glitter pens...(I love me my glitter...lol). I used pan pal pastels to color the background of the image (still learning how to play with them as you can see.) On the inside of my card, I used some of the left over red and brown dsp to mount my sentiment. I used the brown brads in the corners to tack down the beautiful fiber that I strung around the sentiment. I really like how this turned out. I still have a lot of my kit left to play with at a later date(the top picture shows how much I have left)...Thanks Barb....Oh....and the second to last thing I will be doing right now....is to let you know what I am thankful for this wonderful season....that would be "my friends", I truly think I would be lost without them. It has been a trying year and my friends have been right by my side...thank you all...

Thanks for stopping by....

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Mo's Challenge #56

Hi all, it has been awhile since my last post...have been busy, busy, busy around here. I made my granddaughters Halloween costume, a 6x6 baptism/confirmation scrapbook (along with pictures...my first ever full scrapbook...teehee) and had a couple of stamping get togethers between...it has been a bit crazy. I have to say though, that it has been fun. Ok, back to business...this week Mo's challenge is pockets..(I do try to do her challenges as often as possible), I haven't made a lot of pocket cards so I had to go to the resources at SCS to check a few out. I have made a pocket card similar to this but it was a long, long time ago so was grateful for the instructions. I chose Bismarck as my image. I think he is so cute and have a friend who loves dogs, so will probably give this card to her for Christmas. The first inside tag has a PB saying: "to wish you the joy, hope, and wonder of christmas" stamped on it and the second tag is stamped with "merry, merry, merry christmas to you" from the dollar bin by Kolette Hall. One of my dear friends gave me a bunch of small doiles she had from her candy making supplies and I used pan pal chalks to color the doiley that Bismarck is mounted on.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look...I'm wishing you all a wonderful upcoming week.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Mo's #53 Sketch Challenge

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. It was cold and dreary here so I decided to make a card for Mo's Challenge #53. I love Mo Manning's awesome digis and I chose "First Christmas" for this challenge. I also, had gone to the fall stamp convention and picked up some new toys (which I had to try out here). I saw pan pastels being demonstrated at the Bugawump booth and after much thought and consideration decided to purchase the basic colors...(I always seem to like whatever is being demonstrated and firmly believe that it looks so easy EVEN I can do it...lol not always the case. ) I used my copic markers to color this cute little one. I masked my baby and proceeded to use the pan pastels to fill in my background. Once I was ok (or as close as could be), with the background I stamped a portion of a Christmas tree over the mask to make the Christmas ornament appear to be hanging from a tree. I used crystal effects on the ornament along with some glitter to make it pop...(patience is not one of my strong suits) so before it was quite dry.....sigh....I ran it through my cuttle bug with the round nestie...effectively putting a dent in the original almost dry crystal effects. I then tried to fix that little mistake with more crystal effects...in the long run it doesn't really look all that bad, but will not be doing that again for awhile...lol... Thank you for stopping by and checking out my card....

Image: Mo Manning Digital First Christmas

Paper: all SU....espresso, cherry cobbler, Deck the Halls DSP

embellies: crystal effects, iridescent stickles

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Dueling Darlings.....Treasured Friends

This month is a first for me...yikes...I am trying my hand at a blog....(please be patient)...and it was my month to create the kits for the Dueling Darling Divas. The theme this month was "Treasured Friends with a mystery surprise". I thought the Whipper Snapper stamp "Ike and Mike go fishin'"was a perfect image to showcase friends. The mystery part was for each Diva or Dazzler to find an item from home, garage sale, or wherever and use it as an additional embellishement on their card. (Let me tell you, when I started working with my kit I'm thinkin' I sure am glad these gals are my friends...or they may just
want to bop me in the head...lol).
The kit contained the blue and white shiny designer paper, the whipper snapper image, the friends saying, various size rhinestones, beaded white cording, pearls in a couple sizes, a metal snowflake, silver trimmed white, light blue and dark blue ribbon, and a ribbon slide. For this challenge you can use all or any of the embellishments and the designer paper. (I only added the black paper and let me tell you, once I picked the layout I about bopped me in the head. In one part of the card I actually pieced the shiny white paper together to cover the last spot.) My "mystery" item is chunky glitter I found at a garage sale and until today remained unopened and ready to be donated to my neighborhood daycare. Anyone that knows me knows I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE glitter. I do have to say though, this stuff really pushed the limits on my glitter love, it was really messy. I used it on the snowflakes and it really does look pretty in good in real life. I also, used crystal effects on the little fish, Mike's paws and eyes and Ike's eyes. I hope you like my card and I am sure you will love the other creations created by:

The Divas:

and by

The Dazzlers:

Please stop by their blogs/galleries and check out their amazing talent.
(In the meantime I will be working on making my new blog look good and be up to date...)