Thursday, January 27, 2011

Calander Girl January Challenge "Miss June"

Hi all, Here I am again with my challenge card for January. I am part of a wonderful, talented blogging group and we call ourselves    "the Calander Girl's". Miss January, (aka, Jeanette), challenged us this month to make a card or anything but a card, that reflects our month. We also needed to incorporate our favorite embellishment and our newest crafting toy (not purchased for this card). So here we go.....I chose to make a card. Since I am "Miss June" I tried to incorporate as many things as I could that related to June and hopefully not overwhelm the card. First off the birthstone for June is a "pearl" (I know that one as my birthday is in June). On my card I have several pearls surrounding my bride. Typically they say June is the month for brides and weddings. (My image is a digital from Sassy Studio Designs)...June's flower is a rose, which I have used to offset the pretty bride. For the base of my card I used SU shimmer paper. I used the QuicKutz frame embossing folder (my newest toy) as a background for my bride. If you haven't guessed by now....my favorite embellishment is "GLITTER". I colored my bride first with copics and then painted over her dress with white lumiere to give it the look of white satin. I then used stickles to highlight her bodice and the folds of her skirt. I used red stickles for her boquet and hairpiece and accented them with green stickles for the flowers. I had a fun time making this card. I hope you like it.

                                                                       Thanks for stopping by.
                                                                    Have an awesome weekend.
                                                                             Hugs,
                                                                             Carol

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Mo'Challenge #66 and MMSC #88

Hi all....Today I have a card that incorporates two challenges. The first one is Mo's #66 Challenge "A Trip around the World". I picked the  "Fan's Cricket" image. I love Mo's digitals and had fun coloring this little lady up. I used copic markers to color her and then highlighted her flowers and the cricket with Spica pens. (You can't tell from the picture but it does give the image a nice shine.) I also used a gold zig painty pen to fill in the detail on her shoes...


I then cut out the oval nesties in black and red, and dry embossed the black with the textile cuttlebug folder. The two black panels on the card base, were embossed/cut with the new cuttlebug lace door folder. I thought both folders were really pretty. I then found a scrap of red and white floral paper to mount all the elements on. I cut out little Fan and mounted her on top of the ovals. I used the midnight madness challenge sketch #88 (plain sketch), and I really like how it turned out. The only thing I added to the sketch was the black rhinestones (a gift from my friend and birthday pal Michelle). I thought the card looked a little bare without them. I hope you enjoyed my card today. It was fun to make
Have a great week....
Hugs,
Carol  

Image: Mo's Fans Cricket
Paper: SU basic black and real red...unknown dsp
Ink: memento, copic marfkers, Spica pens, Zig metallic gold marker
Black Rhinestones

Saturday, January 22, 2011

SOTC January Card

Hi all....thanks for stopping by. I just finished my sister of the traveling cards January card so thought I would share. Our sweet hostess this month is Maryann and she had a special challenge for all of us. I thought it was a great idea, we were to look outside our windows when we got up on Jan 1 and make a card indicating what it was like outside. Well.......when I looked outside it was snowing. SURPRISE!!! lol....I chose to use Mo Manning's Kai in the snow image...(I love Mo's digitals)..I thought this was perfect to indicate that it was snowing...(Now if I had the imagination of my wonderful friend Cheryl, I would have used a snow white stamp....I would have never thought of that had she not said it)...



I colored Kai with copic markers and then cut him out with a nestie. I used another nestie and the retired SU almost amethyst to mount the image on. I took a white piece of paper a bit smaller than my card front and ran it through the big shot with a snowflake folder I picked up at some stamp store last year. On the bottom of the card I gathered sheer blue ribbon (SU retired), and topped the ribbon with a snowflake cut out of the new SU snowflake die. I used white glitter paper for the snowflake. I then placed a rhinestone in the center of the snowflake and mounted it between the gathers of the ribbon...I found mini white pompoms and used them on Kai's hat and strings of his hat. My awesome friend Linda sent me some white flower soft and I used that for the snow falling from the sky. I like how this one turned out (my hubby did too....). I do hope that you like it as well..

Now I'm off to get the cards ready to wing their way to Maryann...
Have an awesome rest of the weekend.

Hugs,
Carol

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Crockpot recipe page

Can you believe it?? Posting 2 days in a row....lol. Lately I have been signing up for 6x6 recipe page swaps...and I think I may have gotten carried away in signing up...heehee...This is the last of the recipe swaps I signed up for in January and think I may limit myself to either just one page per swap or only a swap or two per month...yikes..Anyway, I signed up for a "In the pot" swap hosted by Kate Z., using crockpot recipes. I don't have a lot of crockpot recipes and thought it would be nice to get some tried and true recipes that have worked well for people. I got this recipe from a friend years ago and have made it quite often. I have found my family likes it a lot and it is really simple....



I colored up a Whipper Snapper image and used copics to color her. I have also used gold and diamond stickles to highlight the bow and bell, and crystal effects on the ribbon and nostrils to give them some extra dimension. The bow and eyes sport tiny black pearls and the right hand corner of the recipe uses the same black pearls. I used the Labels 11 to cut out my image and mounted her with mounting tape to make her "pop" a bit...

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Have a wonderful week. Until next post.....
Hugs,
Carol

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Dueling Darlings #6

Well here we are again....it's the 15th of the month and once again time for our dueling darling challenge...This month our kits were put together by Judy.....the theme "Fun and Laughter forever after"...and in keeping with the theme Judy sent us this crazy, fun Ethel  from Rubbernecker along with two wonderful sayings....pretty fun dsp, buttons, ribbons, orange brads and rain drops, rhinestones....tons of fun stuff...Immediately when I saw Ethel I got an idea that I just couldn't shake...I've not done a card like this before so it was a stretch for me and having no seconds of the supplies I needed to get it right the first time. I used part of one of the sayings on the outside of my card and the second on the inside...my picture isn't the greatest but this is the outside...



I wanted Ethel to "pop" up when you opened the card so this is my attempt at achieving this idea. As you can see I didn't get a really great picture of either outside or inside as it is either really late or really early in the morning (depending on how you look at it...lol...). I mounted the second half of the saying to match the front of the card with SU Tempting turquoise and basic black and then added the bling. I was going to try a ribbon flower with  the buttons inside but it overpowered the inside so chose to use the pretty verigated fiber held together with a glittery brad...This was a fun card to create...thank you Judy for the fun kit...

We were also supposed to share a New Years resolution that we have made but never kept and wish that we would have...mine would be "regular exercise"...I always make an attempt to be good but it never lasts for long. Had I just stuck with it and been good to my body......I'd be a lean, mean, fighting machine...snicker, snicker...ya right...

Anyway, thank you for stopping by and checking out my card. Now check out the other creations made by the rest of the Diva's and Dazzlers....

And then off to Jeanettes blog http://creativeplayischeaperthantherapy.blogspot.com/, to start your tour of the Dazzlers fun creations.

Have an awesome weekend all...
Hugs,
Carol

Thursday, January 13, 2011

6x6 recipe cards

Slow but sure, I am making my way into this new year. I have joined a few recipe swaps and have the 6x6 pages now done and sent...pretty much just in the nick of time...as you can see, I'm no faster than I was last year...uggghhh...(I am working on that though). The first recipe card is for Libby W's "Soups On Swap". I found this recipe in a weight watchers book and my whole family fell in love with it..It is my daughters favorite.
My second page is for Libby W's "What's for Supper?" swap. We were to provide a recipe that we would make for a gathering and bring along.

The is a recipe my aunt made for my sisters wedding shower many, many years ago. I just wrestled it out of my recipe file and made it this past summer. My hubby who is not a fan of macaroni salads, really likes this one (much to my surprise). I had made it for a birthday party as usually he won't eat this type of meal and he liked it so well we had it quite often this summer.
This recipe card is for April's "Out of the box Swap". We were to use a recipe using something from a box mix...the pudding qualifies this yummy dessert. I found this wonderful rolling pin paper somewhere on one of my "just stopping to look" ventures ( I tell ya, I get in more trouble JUST LOOKING...lol). It is by Creative Imaginations and says Samantha Walker in the corner. My little rolling pin Magnolia image was gifted me by a dear friend...I thought she was perfect for this card...
This last page is my second page for Aprils "Out of the box Swap". It is a Pineapple topped cake which is yummy and light a perfect summer dessert. (I love making desserts...but definitely need to resist eating them...) This paper I bought just for my recipe swaps at Archivers but have lost the bottom so don't remember who made it. I have enjoyed doing these pages and am in the process of recreating some of them for gifts for my daughters..

Thanks for stopping by today.
Have a great rest of the week.
Hugs,
Carol

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year!!! I hope 2011 is a very good year for each and everyone of you... Today I am posting a card I made last night with my granddaughter for Mo's Challenge 63...Bless the Beast and the Children. I love Mo's digital stamps and have found a new outlet for images...problem is I want them all!!! lol... I chose the Kansas image for my card today. (My dear granddaughter [5] was here last night and she also loved the image so much she colored one up as well---I will share that too).





I purchased the DCWV dsp at a sale at JoAnn's quite awhile ago...the words through out are hope, dream, believe, inspire, appreciate, imagine, create, become, wish...all words that so aptly applied to Dorothy's quest to get home.They also apply the the beginning of the NewYear, a year for new beginnings, a year full of hopes, dreams and challenges to help us become a better us...

I decided to use this paper as a background for Dorothy and used SU's Night of Navy as a base. Dorothy and Toto are colored with copics and of course glitter has been used for bling as well as rhinestones.. I don't know if you can tell from the picture but there is red stickles on her shoes and lips and diamond stickles on the ruffles of her dress. There are rhinestones to accent the ribbons in her hair and of course the navy paper on the front. (I struggled with the 3 rhinestones on each scallop edge of the navy behind Dorothy and am still not sure I like it but will stick with it for now). My dear granddaughter upon seeing my colored image, decided we needed to do an "actibity"...and colored up an image. She created the card below...it made me smile for sure...she also loves bling but fortunately did not request glitter this time...lol...(that in itself is quite an adventure--but fun). She did however use rhinestones up at the top mixed in with her polka dots.....


I am hoping this made you smile as well....Have a very Blessed New Year....

Hugs,
Carol