Thursday, April 28, 2011

April Calendar Girls

Hi all, hope you have been having a good month...today I am posting my card for the April Calendar girls. For the month of April our fun and talented Terry chose to have us do a water themed card...as we all know "April showers bring May flowers". We were supposed to use a water image and also a water technique (which I failed miserably on)...I got this cute little Magnolia image and her inner tube from my sweet friend Cheryl. I colored her up with copics and mounted her on a sparkling water designer paper I picked up on sale along time ago. I of course did not think the water looked all that sparkly so I added stickles to give it more of a water and sparkly effect. I added stickles to the top of my magnolia image in the dots on her shirt and some around the waves where her tootsies are soaking...




You can't see the sparkles very well but I assure you they are there....lol...(in abundance). I used white shimmer paper for the scalloped oval background and the white panel behind the image. I used a punch to make the wave effect along the edges of the dsp behind the image as well...

I hope you liked my take on the card.....Terry I apologize for not following directions better. (I had a whole other card in mind but it didn't turn out at all when I tried to move it from my mind to paper...sigh).

Thanks for stopping by...if you have time...stop by and see the other Calendar girls' creations. I am certain you will not be disappointed...

Until next time.

Hugs,
Carol

Monday, April 18, 2011

April Mystery Image Card

Well we can finally post our mystery cards and of course I forgot....lol...seems to be the story of my life...fortunately I visited Tami and Barb's blogs and saw their adorable creations and remembered I made a card with the same image...(I probably should have scheduled my post but that of course would have forced me to be more organized and well.....it is what it is....lol....)...One of these days though....

Tami sent us these adorable images along with some dsp and some tickets...How fun and it also posed a bit of a challenge for me.....I didn't want to cut anything apart until I was sure that is the direction I was going to go with the card...once cut....no more making any mistakes...I used crystal effects on the dots on the umbrella and blue stickles to mimic rain falling from the sky. I love this image and just had to make red shiny boots as well. The first thing that came to my mind when I saw the ticket was the movie "Singing in the Rain" so of course I attempted to print that on my "movie ticket"...I had fun with this card...It didn't quite come out like my mind envisioned but all in all I like how it turned out...

Thanks for stopping by...

Until next time.
Hugs,
Carol

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Dueling Darlings-April

Well here I am again late, or as my granddaughter would say.."we're late, we're late for a very special date." and that we are...Life here has taken over and I'm more behind than ever....I missed one of my swap dates and was so sad..then I missed this post..I've decided I need to slow down (but of course that may not happen). lol...

Our kit this month was prepared by the lovely talented Joan...the theme "Movie Night". Melina prepared the kit for the Dazzlers which of course was wonderful as well. Joan sent us so many wonderful items in our kit it was hard to use all of them. The image is from Hampton Art and the dsp was from the  Graphic  45 "curtain call" series. Joan included, brads, ribbons, buttons, the roses, picture corners and several images and sayings. Oh my was this fun to work with. I tried to use as much of the kit as possible. I used a cream base and one of the papers layered on top of that..Next I did 3 different panels  using 2 of the dsp's backed by cream then my main image cut out with a nestie backed with a black piece cut out with the same nestie only larger..I then used the photo corners to border the image, sponged, aged mahogony and walnut stain ink around the image put it on the black panel and mounted the whole thing with mounting tape.( I thought the ribbon roses accented the image perfectly.)




I ran the pretty brown ribbon and the black/brown narrower ribbon through my tape machine and placed them on the side. I used the buttons and placed the brads in the center to anchor the two ends of the ribbon. My ticket was placed in the center of the ribbon and two amber colored rhinestones were placed on each side of the ticket...I loved this kit....well done Joan...

Make sure you stop by and check out all the Dueling Darlings...I am sure you will not be disappointed...

Until next time,
Hugs,
Carol

Saturday, April 9, 2011

It's a boy.....

Hi all, it has been a very busy last couple of weeks...whew...A week ago friday my niece had a baby boy (the first in the family of 3 girls...) they thought they were having another girl and SURPRISE....woohoo...it's a boy...lol. Well, she is the sister of the niece I am helping do wedding invites for so we had fun sharing, stamping and shopping last weekend with the little one in mind. I had been looking at the Sugar Nellie site and found out that they had some digital images..during the course of my "window" shopping...yikes, I spied this digital of a newborn baby. I passed it up several times but kept getting drawn right back to it...so.......anyway,  I thought what a perfect card to color up for my niece and her new baby.


He looks so life like almost like you can pick him up directly from the card, the digital is incredible...I then tried 2 techniques I have never tried before...the first was to emboss a piece of wax paper then iron it on to a plain piece of card stock. Using a sponge and some bashful blue and marina blue ink I sponged over the plain piece of card stock that contained the waxed image..I wiped the extra color off with a napkin then taped my (cut out) little guy in the center. I was attempting to make him look like he was sleeping on a blanket but this part definitely needs to be fine tuned...then I attempted the ribbon frame. I did this a few times before getting to this point. I first tried it with white ribbon that had little blue feet all over it but it just didn't do anything for the card or the image. I then tried this marina blue taffeta ribbon from SU and I think it really enhanced the image...I then put half pearls in all four corners to finish off the frame...and......of course I just couldn't let this little one get by with out a little glitter.....lol...so I dabbed on some stickles to the little pompoms on his hat to give them a bit of texture and make them stand out a bit more...

I hope you like this card. I sure had fun with the new techniques and working on my coloring...

Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time......
Hugs,
Carol

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Mo's Challenge #76--Buttons 'n Bows

Well, Happy Tuesday all...(I need to watch myself as I have been so busy lately that I have gone entire days thinking it was a day later than it was...sigh...). Today I have a card for Mo's Challenge #76, Buttons 'n Bows. I loved this image when I saw her and thought she would be perfect for this challenge..Nelly is her name...(I think she is probably sweeter than Nellie was in Little House on the Prairie...giggle, giggle). I love these little girls in the full fluffy dresses, it reminds me of when I was little. I was always wearing dresses with lots of big slips under them. I digress here...so will get back on track...


I had colored her up in purple a couple weeks ago just for fun and decided to put her on this card with some white bows..I used 1/2 pearls as the buttons as regular buttons didn't give this the whole effect I was looking for. I used SU concord grape for the base card and the lighter purple is a satiny looking dsp I picked up at JoAnns planning on using it for paper piecing..but it seemed to work just right here..I used an ek success punch for the white border and of course I couldn't let her not have a little glitter on her to bring out her shining personality...lol...I think she turned out ok...the only problem is when I color and then snap a picture, my mistakes show more readily in the picture than to the naked eye...sigh..

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you liked the card.
Until next time,
Hugs,
Carol