Wednesday, December 28, 2011

December Calendar Girls- Mo's Challenge 114--

Well here I am FINALLY....seems that time has gone by way to quickly this month...between card groups, "31" parties, working, babysitting...trying to get my Christmas cards done and out and my computer being a real pain I haven't had time to even think (or post)...:(...I haven't had time to stamp or chat with my very special online friends.....and I do so miss them...

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and that you have a Happy and prosperous New Year!!!

Since we are do not have a November or December hostess we have a special challenge for this month....and here it is:

December - Who loves a secret? I know I do! Let's have a secret ONE-WORD challenge. This is how it will work. Each Calendar Girl will come up with a one-word challenge for the Calendar Girl who follows her on the list. It can only be ONE WORD, but it can be any word (glitter, three, apple, blue, holiday, sponging, friendship.... whatever word you choose!) Then secretly email or PM that ONE WORD challenge to the next person on the list and she will create a card that in some way represents that word. On December 28th, she will post to her blog a picture of her card and the ONE WORD secret that she has used. Because it's a busy time, please email or PM your ONE WORD to your secret partner no later than the 28th of November so she will have ample time to create during the busy holiday season. Okay?

The lovely "Miss May" Barb, gave me my word which was "hugs"...I hope she will forgive me for not making it plural but I had the perfect stamp with the word hug on it..When I originally got the word I was thinking about making a clear box and putting the "hershey Hugs" in it to incorporate my word...but as you can see I didn't quiet do that...sigh...instead I made a telescoping card that as it turns out works out perfectly for the Mo Challenge this month as well...This was to use punches and or you can see the whole card is made with dies and the adorable little image is a Mo Manning creation....(just love her images)...

I used the SU night of navy for the base of the card and night of navy retired designer paper. I colored this little cutie with copic markers and then went to town putting this together...this is the first telescoping card I have ever attempted and used the tutorial found Here from the lovely Beatte on Splitcoaststampers. It was much easier than I had expected it to be. I have to say I am pleased with how it did turn out.

I hope you enjoyed my card....please stop by the other Calendar Girls blogs...I am quite sure you won't be disappointed....

Thanks for stopping by..

Until next time.


Monday, November 28, 2011

November Calendar Girl Challenge card(s)

This month our dear Jeanette threw out this challenge for all of us.....

November - Because we post on the 28th, the end of the month... and most of us will be in Christmas mode, since Thanksgiving will be over... how about if we post a Christmas card for our November posting? That should be easy, since we are probably all making a Christmas card or two anyway. I also think it might be fun to post a picture of our workdesk/space with all of its creating clutter... you know, the Christmas cardmaking frenzy in all its messiness....

Well the Christmas card is a done deal...the ideas are set up and ready to cut out and finish......but the picture of the craft room....well....not so much. It truly is a mess and I didn't have time to even attempt to clean it this past week so I am going to refrain from posting one...the other thing is that I am doing cards in my craft room, and my dining room so it is all spread of these days I will get my act together and get organized....(or one can hope anyway...).

Since I have an overabundance of Christmas stamps I am probably going to do these two cards and possibly another so I can use my stamps...This card was made with some dsp I found last year at Archivers, I loved the burgundy and  dark shapes and writing on it the minute I saw it...At one of the conventions I went to I found the Silent Night Stamp which I have stamped in bravo burgundy on white card stock and then mounted onto black. The avocado green Christmas tree is from the SU Christmas Lodge stamp set in the winter mini...the ribbon is black grosgrain trimming the gathered lace I found at JoAnns.

My next card I saw done at Archivers and it was done in blue with no background paper just the white. I decided that the white needed to be mounted on black so that I could use my pretty black glitter paper for the background for this wonderful Christmas scene stamp. I embossed the image with black embossing powder and then mounted it on the glitter paper.....I also purchased the sentiment the same day. I embossed that in black as well.

I know that black traditionally isn't a Christmas color but for all of you that know know my love of the black and white combo as well as glitter...It appears I have "Silent Night" as my theme this year as well...(I actually just noticed that...). 

I am wishing all of you a very blessed holiday season...
Thank you for stopping by, please stop by the other calendar girls, I am sure you won't be disappointed with their Christmas card treats...

Until next time,

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Some Odd Girl Guest Challenge Card

Today I have a card I plan on submitting to the "Some Odd Girl" guest challenge. I love these images and had fun doing this card. Of course I had to use some glitter as my MO absolutely dictates I chose "Winter Mae" as my image for this card. I love her little snow outfit and it just seemed right to use red to color it. The fur around the hood, boots and cape were accented with indicate fur, and I used a silver pen on the zipper of her boots to have them pop through a bit...

Doesn't she look like she is having fun? I colored the image with my copic markers and used my pan pal chalks to add a soft background. The dsp is from SU and the red glitter paper that I cut using a sizzex die is also from SU...The base of the card is Umber from Archivers (one of my favorite colors for any season) and the card itself is SU very vanilla...

I hope you like this card.

Thanks for stopping by,

Until next time,

Friday, November 18, 2011

Mystery Image challenge card....

Hi all, can you believe it.....I am back again this week...The lovely, talented Barb was our host for this swap and she had us make our cards with this ADORABLE Whipper Snapper Snowman image...I loved him the minute I saw him...I colored him and his cute little friend up almost immediately and then the images sat on my desk as life took over...sigh..anyway, I did get the cards done and they are winging their way to Barb as I type...hopefully they will be there tomorrow...

I must say I have been into the weird and wacky colors for the holidays this year...dark browns, kraft, black, white with of course the normal colors mixed in...I love this little pair and used my metallic silver pen to color the bottom anchor and blades of the skates....and of course my trusty glitter to accent the snow on his hat...I also scored some blig at Michaels for really reasonable and thought I should add some more bling to my layout is really simple and I actually like how it turned out...

On the inside I took an old SU snowflake punch and punched in the corner of the white paper. Then I mounted it on the umber base so the brown would show through...I was going to add a friendship saying but decided that the person who receives this card in the swap may have another purpose in mind for the card so chose to leave it off.

I hope that you like my card...stop by and see the other mystery will see some in my sidebar and some on SCS in the gallery...

Thanks Barb for the fun challenge and swap (although I have been MIA alot....)

Thanks for stopping by.....

Until next time,

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Dueling Darlings Challenge---"Holiday Party What Not to Wear"

Here we are again...I must apologize as life has once again completely taken over...I am trying to slow down and post more but that will be a problem for awhile...sigh...BUT I did have to get my card for this months challenge posted. Our lovely hostesses were Kelly and Jeanette and they picked a wonderful theme for us to do....(my favorite show...heehee)...We were to use the "what not to wear" show as a spring board for the kit they sent to each of us...Our image is Lilah from Instyle stamps and as you can plainly see from the front of my card she really isn't too in style...yikes...

Kelly sent the chock full, fun filled, mismatched kit and boy was it fun to work with...I chose to do a Z fold swing card (first time ever and didn't turn out as well as I had hoped) Kelly sent along some green glitter paper and I couldn't wait to use it...unfortunately I used it on the wrong side so you can barely see it behind Lilah...Isn't her outfit adorable...giggle, giggle...(Stacey was appalled by the way...) I used some of the wonderful dsp to make a pleated skirt for Lilah, colored her funky hair with copics and wrapped some twine around the "dahlia" cut out and anchored a button to it for emphasis...the beautiful poinsettia is on the make over side...heehee...

This picture gives more of the effect of the fold...After looking at Lilah, Stacey and Clinton decided enough was enough and had her completely re-done...from her hair to her toes...

Lilah's hair was colored with copics and her sexy black dress and boots were colored with copics and then colored again with black spica pen so that she sparkles and shines as she sashays through the holiday you can see I used as much of the wonderful dsp as I could...I'm not sure if this is exactly what you were looking for with this challenge...but I had fun re-making Lilah...

The second part of the challenge was to post a pic of ourself or someone else in a "Not to wear" outfit...although I surely have enough of them and quite honestly have worn my fair share...I was unable to find a picture...(thankfully....that means I didn't get caught....yet)...

Thank you for stopping by...I hope you liked my card...Please stop by the rest of the DDD blogs...I am certain you will not be disappointed....I can't wait to see the rest of the wonderful creations...

Until next time,

Friday, October 28, 2011

Calendar Girls October Challenge is once again time for our Calendar Girl challenge and our lovely hostess is Tami....I'm so excited because in her challenge she chose to have us use my FAVORITE embellishment...."GLITTER"...heehee...

This is what the challenge read...


I really cannot believe that it is my turn to host our monthly challenge already! This is such a fun group. I appreciate being a part of it.

Although maybe not a super original idea, I would love to see what Halloween cards the Calendar Girls can make! I have seen so many fun designer papers, stamps and embellishments at the craft stores of late. Fun!

Here are the details……..

Theme: Halloween

Layers: At least three layers somewhere on the card, one layer being a designer paper {I love me some DP}

Colors: Somewhere on your card please use the color purple

Embellishments: Two for sure - and are you ready Carol.....
one needs to be a glitter product *gasp*

Blog Post: Please share what your favorite candy is to receive in your trick-or-treat bag and if you participate in this holiday, please include what fun things do you like to do for Halloween

I am so looking forward to seeing what our great group of Calendar Girls has to offer on this challenge. I can hardly wait!!!

Until then…….

Tami, Miss October

Isn't this just fun...(can you tell I'm excited????)

Well, I decided that since our talented Miss Tami said we must used glitter as one of the embellishments, that I would glitter my card I didn't overkill)...I chose a Sassy Studio Design digital image and colored her up with my copics...Then I cut her out and used black glitter on her hat and dress...and some of the pieces on the frame. I then took my nestie and made a background from some amazing black glitter paper I got at Target to mount the image on...I used more of the black glitter paper as dsp behind the other two layers. Now in the directions it said to use the color purple on the card somewhere...I decided to use purple mirror paper behind my witch image...(it looks better in real life).

yay me, so far I have everything pretty much covered.....except....I can't find my Halloween embellishments in my messy craft on the way home from work I stopped at Michael's and many of their Halloween embellishments were on sale so you know what happened of course couldn't decide on just one thing so I ended up buying two different packages of embellishments...(glittered of course).  I used the purple witch on the front to hold the flap of the joy fold card down and the ghost to highlight the word ghost on the dsp in the front...Inside I used a black cat and a gold broom to surround the SU sentiment...

Now for the next part...I have always loved to get snickers as treats and for treats, so I guess that would be my favorite thing for my treat bag...I also love to light up pumpkins and decorate the house a bit for all the cute little trick n treaters that come our way...(last year we had 250)...I've scaled down a bit since we get soooooooooo.....many but I still do have fun....especially now that my granddaughter comes over and goes out trick n treating (I generally make her costume like I did for her mom and auntie growing up)...

I hope you enjoyed the card....please stop by all the rest of the calendar girls blogs....I am sure you won't be disappointed...

Until next time,

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Mo's Challenge #105..Favorite Mo Image & sentiment

Hi all, I'm back with a challenge card for Mo's challenge #105..This week we were to create with a favorite image from Mo and a sentiment...I can honestly say I don't have any one favorite of Mo's I LOVE THEM ALL!!!!! I picked up this new Kissy image not too long ago and tried my hand at something new to SCS one of the challenges was to color with I tried that technique on this sweeties dress. I used charcoal pencils (light, med and dark along with a white pen to help soften the colors). I used my copics to color the other parts of the image (face, flowers, hair etc).

Those of you who know me know I love the black and white color combo so that being said what else could I got the new heart round nesties and thought they would be perfect for this. I made the easel card in white using the SU large scallop circle die. I also used my round nesties for the inside and to frame this sweet little girl...altough it is hard to see on this picture I used my glitter for the ruffles and on some of the flowers to add a bit of pizazz...I used a lace/pearl ribbon I got at JoAnns and some red and white roses to make the card stay in place...

I loved this saying and it is generated from my computer...I thought since the image was blowing kisses, this was appropriate...

Thanks for stopping by....I do hope you liked my card..

Until next time,

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sassy Studio Progressive Challenge #4 Steampunk Vivian

Hi all, today I am posting the last challenge for the Sassy Studio Steampunk Series...these images have been so much fun to work with. Thanks so much to the DT at Sassy Studio's for this wonderful opportunity...On to my anything goes challenge....

The last image we received was Steampunk Vivian. The challenge anything instead of a card I decided to do a luminary. I found the directions on the SCS forum page (thank you Bette for the tutorial). I first colored 2 Vivan's with my copic markers and then cut them out. (my pictures aren't the greatest so will apologize in advance). Once I got the images colored and cut I had fun with my stickle put black and red stickles on her hat and black stickles on the ruffle of her panties and on the buttons. I also used iridescent stickles on the ruffle of her top...I then used a silver spica pen to highlight the tops of her stockings and her pretty blouse. My trusty silver pen accented the knife in her boot and the barrel of her gun....

I used In My Minds Eye-Haunted small chandeliers paper for the base, my nesties to cut the windows, speckled vellum to cover the windows and black glitter paper (from Target) to trim the windows and add a decorative scalloped design on top. The chandeliers have a rich velour texture and in real life the glitter paper is absolutely shimmery/stunning...I thought a black feather behind the cute little hat would add just a little extra to the whole effect. Below I have a picture of the luminary lit up at night...(again not a great pic but in real life much better).

I hope you liked my project for the last challenge...I really did have a great time with these images.

Thanks for stopping by...

Until next time.


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Sassy Studio Design Steampunk Victoria--Challenge #3

Today I am showing you my card for the 3rd Steampunk challenge over at Sassy Studio Designs. We received the image and of course I couldn't wait to start coloring her. The challenge is to make the card Victorian or Vintage. I often struggle with these type cards so I am hoping I made it on some level with this design...

Isn't she just "sassy" and adorable. This was a fun image to work with. I colored Victoria in browns and used peach accents for her stockings and hat band. On the hat in the center are gears so I used my trusty silver pen to color those in as well as the buckles on her belt. I used platinum liquid pearls for the buttons on her boots, and also the silver pen on her little revolver. Once I had her colored up the challenge really began. I know baroque, swirls, lace, pearls, and flowers all represent that time frame (or at least I think they do). So I did try and incorporate some of each of them. I'm not exactly sure why I'm drawn to browns lately but I do think it gives the card a rich look...

Thanks for stopping by to check out my card.

Until next time,

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sassy Steampunk Amelia--Challenge 2

I'm a bit later posting this challenge than I would like but had a longer day at work than second image I got was Steampunk Amelia. The challenge was to use a clock or gears on your card..When I saw that my thoughts immediately turned to an easel card using a clock image as the background for Amelia.

I first colored up Amelia with my copic markers and then proceeded to find my clock and cut my base. I used SU's Sense of time (retired set) for the background clock. I stamped it in black on white paper and used Tim Holtz distressed ink (pumice stone) to shade up the white clock to give it the appearance of a little wear. I mounted the clock on SU tempting turquoise paper and then mounted the whole works on umber paper. I cut out Amelia and used dimensionals  to pop her up from the clock image..The beads/brads on the boots, armbands, and top were highlighted with a silver metallic pen as were the lens on the goggles..

Next I stamped, distressed and cut out 4 of the gears in the Sense of Time set...mounted two images together to make them pop up to hold the front of the card in place...the inside was distressed with the same pumice stone ink that the front of the card was....

I chose not to include a sentiment at this time as I am not sure what I am going to use the card for but I kind of like how it turned out...

I hope you liked my take on this challenge/..

Thank you for stopping by I do appreciate it..

Until next time,

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sassy Studio Design Progressive Relay Challenge

Hi all, today I am sharing my submission for the Sassy Studio Design Progressive Relay Challenge...Sassy Studios is releasing Steampunk digis and Steampunk Josephine is free on their website to play in this challenge. You  must first use Josephine for the first card and post it and then you will receive the second image...after posting your card with the second image you will receive the third.....stop by their blog to see all the is sure to be a fun, fun challenge....Today the challenge was to used Metallic embellishments. I chose to use black metal dots and metal looking dsp for the heed to the metallic embellishment requirements....I love the looks of this image and had so much fun using her. I colored her with my copics. I was thinking red and black but decided on purple and black...

The buttons on the shoes are colored in with silver metallic pen as are the toes of the shoes...You can't see it well in this picture but the saying has a silver metallic scalloped oval behind it..I used the deconstructed sketch for this card which I really liked...Be sure to stop by Sassy Studio Designs to check out this awesome challenge..

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my card...

Until next time..


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Dueling Darlings--October Challenge

Hi all....seems like it has been FOREVER since I have posted to my blog...Life has completely taken over...we've been doing wedding things for next years wedding (my DD is getting married) and I have found some new bridal crafts that I will be trying my hand at...yikes...but that isn't what this is about....

This months hostess for the Divas is the lovely and talented Tami....the Darlings amazing hostess is Darlene. The two of these wonderful ladies got together and came up with the theme "Fall Harvest". Tami sent us a ton of fun items to work with...oh my did I have a hard time choosing what to use...The DSP was absolutely beautiful...(and there was a piece of silk bronze paper amongst the will be surprised to see what I chose...giggle). The image is from SU called sweet season..

The pictures aren't very good but will have to do for now...sorry...I colored up my image using my copics..doesn't that little guy look like he is having fun skipping along with his wagon full of pumpkins? I then used umber paper for the base and SU cherry cobbler for the accent color. I loved the dsp and didn't want to use just one on the front so decided that two would be used the beautiful bling in the corners and mounted the red leaf brad on the image panel.

On the inside of the card I mounted two more pieces of the dsp as I just loved this as well...I didn't add any other embellies as I think it may get too thick once I mount a saying inside.

Tami, thanks so much for the great kit...(can you believe I didn't use the gorgeous glitter paper...), I have enough left over to make another card for sure... Tami also, asked us to leave a favorite fall recipe.

Mine is quite simple but yummy...

Carmel Apple Dip

1- 7-8 oz jar of marshmallow creme
1-8oz package of cream cheese softened
1 jar of carmel ice cream topping

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and dip apples in for a yummy treat..

Thanks for stopping by....if you have a chance please stop by all the other Darling's blogs...I am sure you will not be disappointed in their creations...

Until next time,

Thursday, September 29, 2011

C4C106-Crazy for you Challenge--Halloween

I decided to try my hand at the Crazy for you Challenge this week. The Sistahood card for Oct is also a fall theme (which included Halloween), so this is the card I made for that challenge and am also using it for the Crazy for you Challenge as it fits for both..(I love when things work out like that...)

This cute little image is an inkadinkado clear image I found last year.  I colored it up with my copics and used a silver metallic pen for the buckle on the hat...the patch and band on the hat are filled in with black stickles and the embellishments are from making memories and Jolee's boutique...I also used my air brush for the background (using a purple copic)...I'm still working on mastering the air brush and hopefully I will get the hang of it soon...

Thanks for stopping by...

Until next time,

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

September Calendar Girls--Choices for Fall

Well here we are Sept 28th and you know what that means?? It is our day to reveal our cards for the Calendar Girls...Our lovely, talented hostess Paola, (aka. Sweet P) laid out this challenge for us:

Our September Challenge

~~* Hello wonderful Calendar Girls
well, sassy Miss September is finally ready to challenge YOU all....*wink*

I'd like this month to continue to be about choices,
therefore I would like YOU to pick your own challenge
by selecting ONE of the THREE choices provided below.

*choice one* MUSIC:
Select one of the three youtube songs I added below, and have your card reflecting part of the lyrics from your song of choice.
The possibilities are absolutly ENDLESS! )
I would also like YOU to gift your finished card to a close neighbour, or a friend that lives close to you that could use a 'pick me up'.

'September' by: Nat King Cole
September Song - Nat King Cole & George Shearing - YouTube

'September in the Rain' by: Dinah Washington
Dinah Washington - September In The Rain - YouTube

'Wake me up when September ends' by: Green Day
Green Day-Wake Me Up When September Ends lyrics - YouTube

*choice 2* EDUCATION:
Create a card with a special teacher in mind, and please remember to add at least one apple somewhere in your card. Teacher's {heart} apples! )
I would also like YOU to gift your finished card to a teacher (past or present) who has been a true inspiration in your life. (or in your child/children life/lives)

*choice 3* CHILDREN:
Your card should reflect anything a child may like to do: playing, reading, toys,sports etc....but with a twist!
It should be both cheerful and also reflect the fast approaching Fall, a colorful season I love very much. )
I would also like YOU to gift your finished card to a child (other than your own!) that could use a little lift, a lil smile.....just because....

** PLEASE NOTE **-----> Once you post your September creative cards on your blogs, please explain why you chose option 1, or 2 or 3
and also let us know who are you going to gift your card to and the reason why..............)

This was honestly a very difficult challenge for me and it shouldn't have been. First of all making the choice was hard...In order to follow through I first had to decide who I was going to send my card to in order to decide which challenge to mind you I probably could have produced something easily enough for each theme but following through might not have been as a result I chose to go with theme number one...I chose the September song and immediately found the lyrics on line. The second verse is:

When the Autumn weather
Turns leaves to flame
One hasn't got time
For the waiting game...

The image on my card along with the beautiful copper/glitter fabric that is the background  for the image was gifted to me by my sweet friend Cheryl...She is a very creative stamper and a wonderful, generous, kind, sweet friend who thinks of others first and herself second...She also, takes others under her wing when she sees them hurting and brings them into the stamping fold to help them heal their souls and share in the beauty of stamping....(she is getting my card)....Anyway, back to the card. Cheryl purchased this Northwoods stamp for all the girls in our stamp group at the time..the fabric she found a couple years ago and brought to all of us as well...I thought the two would go well together so I chose to use both.(the fact that some of the leaves on the fabric were glittered didn't hurt anything either....heehee... ). I unfortunately am not exactly pleased with how my card turned out but like was a work in progress...I colored the stamped image with my copics, highlighting with glitter to give it extra "flame or spark"... I then cut the image out and placed it on an umber circle which had been run through the distressed stripe cuttlebug folder. This was placed on a copper scalloped circle and then mounted on the background which is an umber cardstock covered with the beautiful fabric and then mounted on a white base. I found the pretty leaves at Michaels in the 1.50 spot and thought they might be a good accent for the image...I honestly think the coloring is what I am having a problem with but for now it will have to do...I will definitely do something different the next time I use this image..

Now on to the song...the fabric leaves and the image itself contains leaves that I tried to make flaming of sorts and the last line of this verse say "one hasn't got time for the waiting game" which can be interpreted in a couple ways...(the waiting game---the deer waiting as if hearing something that may threaten him), or (just waiting around )...anyway, however you chose to look at it I was hoping it would fit the song..

As I said before I plan on sending Cheryl my card as a thank you and also to let her know I am thinking of her. I also, want to let her know that I am grateful for her friendship and that I do put her generous gifts to use...

Thank you for stopping by....please stop by the rest of the Calendar girls blogs...I am sure you will not be disappointed.

Until next time,
Big hugs,

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Mo's Challenge #101-Autumn Colors--MMSC123

Hi I am covering 2 challenges with one card...giggle...I rarely am able to do that but it worked today. I am doing Mo's Challenge #101 Autumn Colors and the MMSC123 sketch huh... I chose "bunches" for the image today from Mo's awesome collection of digitals. I paired this sweetie with autumn dsp Tim Coffey from K & Co. (a gift from a friend...lucky me..)...First is a picture of the Midnight Madness sketch...I chose the plain sketch as I felt it was a better fit for my image and dsp....

Since Mo's design team had a bouquet of fall colored flowers for inspiration I worked off that scheme to color my image and her beautiful bouquet with my copic markers...Once she was colored I put crystal effects all over the ribbon to give it a shiny look like satin...put white liquid pearls on her shoe buttons and glitter in the centers of the flower...and on the ruffle of her apron. I then cut her out with a plain round nestie and mounted her on the heart nestie..I used SU cherry cobbler for the base of the card (which I really love the look of) and stamped the sentiment with cherry cobbler ink...I noticed afterwards that the white is cut a bit crooked....(it was difficult to cut as it is 1/2" X 1 1/2")...

In keeping with my own personal challenge for myself I also decorated the inside of the card...Now I need to find the perfect sentiment and get this card in the mail... My sweet sister and her DH are celebrating 32 years of wedded bliss on friday so I am hoping I will be on time this year...sigh....

Thank you for stopping by today...I hope you liked my card.

Until next time,