Monday, May 30, 2011

Happy Memorial Day....

I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank each and every service person and their families for the sacrifices they endure in order for us to have our freedom. I am humbled by your generosity and am grateful for each and everyone of you...Thank you!!

Have a safe and  wonderful Memorial day and remember to say a prayer today and everyday for all that serve our country so selflessly....

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

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Mo's Challenge #84--Pearls and Flowers

Here I am again with another card for Mo's weekly challenge. I chose her new image "Peaches" to use for this challenge. I love this cute little girl....how fun...(I didn't have much luck with the peach sad to say). I had fun coloring her with my copics but as previously stated the peach isn't as "peachy" as I would like...I chose to color her outfit in a green and I used butterfly dsp for the background along with a pale yellow cardstock and SU river rock cardstock...I used a pearl swirl on the side panel and emphasized this with a yellow flower.














I am not the best photographer so I used one picture that I enhanced the color on and one I didn't. (The yellow is really a soft yellow.) I used stickles on the peach, butterflies, and the polka dots on her little outfit...I did use liquid pearls on her shoes and on each point of the flower nestie..



Thank you for stopping by....

Until next time..

Hugs,
Carol 


Saturday, May 28, 2011

May Calendar Girls Card.....hostess "Barb"

Well here we are again....I'm a tad bit late but ready to show you my May card. Here are the requirements:

The month of May can bring many things—Mother’s Day, Graduation, Prom, Memorial Day—all are wonderful events. However, May does bring one thing to mind—Skin. You know—like short sleeved tops, capris, shorts, flip flops/sandals, sundresses—all things that bring a frightful thought to our mind as our body is not in shape to show skin. So, let’s Shape Up. No—not running, biking, weights, but cards that have a different shape. So, your May card is to be a Shutter Card, Side Step Card, Gate Fold, Easel Card, Joy Fold, Criss Cross, etc. Any shape works—but to be true to the challenges we have had in the past—try a new shape that you have not used recently or really take a leap and try a design that you have never done before! The theme of the card can be for any event that happens before posting our next Challenge by the Charming Carol on June 28th—a birthday, wedding, shower, etc.

So, are you ready to take the challenge? Are you ready to Shape Up? Are you ready to show some skin--just kidding................


I hope you like this challenge and that you do trying a new shape in your card making or dust off a technique that you have not done in a long time. And, most of all--- Have Fun!!!


- Barb ______________ ____


True to the month my card is once again........sigh......wedding related..lol. My niece is getting married June 25th and the shower is June 10th. I am making a "wedding cake" card box for the event (to be posted at a later date)..so I did this card to go with the card box. Not sure if I will use it for the shower or the wedding but I will use it for sure. What can it be you say?? Well.....its......a.......wedding cake card.....the picture doesn't show it too well but the back piece is a shiny black paper with the SU discontinued bridesmaid dsp layered on to that...

The cake has three layers with each opening the opposite direction. The bottom and top layer are embossed vanilla dsp I found at a garage sale (what I deal I got)...the second layer is cream paper with mini beads randomly scattered all over it. I found that at a LSS that went out of business. I used yellow, orange and pink roses as a topper as her dresses are a fuchsia color but she is using bright flowers of different colors for the bouquets and wedding flowers.


When I asked her what she would like the cake box/card box to look like she stated she prefers simple, so keeping that in mind I used white pearls to distinguish the top of each layer. I am hoping she will like this card and the cake box that goes with it. (Now I just need to get that done....lol).

Thanks for stopping by today and checking out my "shape"...heehee..Please stop by all of the calendar girls blogs...I am sure you are in for a treat at each of them..

Until next time....
Hugs,
Carol

Monday, May 23, 2011

Mo's Challenge #83-Distressing

Can you believe it? I'm here two days in a row. I have a card for Mo's challenge and it's done before wednesday...(I'm making progress...lol). I colored up this little girl with her cotton candy she got when she went to the Circus...fun stuff and oh so sticky...(I know first hand)...heehee...


Once again I did my card a bit backwards. I colored my image and then picked a layout and tried to get colors to match. Sometimes this works sometimes not. I used whisper white from SU for the base of the card, the little girl and the oval that my cotton candy sweetie is mounted on. I used Ranger inks to distress the oval, (mustard seed, dusty concord, chipped sapphire and aged mahogany). I used the same colors on the tag only not as dark. I then used an embossing folder to make the dots. The image and distressed circle is mounted on "Umber" cardstock and Pacific point from SU rounds out the rest of the card. I found the little flower ribbon that is behind the image on sale somewhere. It is one piece cut in half as I thought it was a bit wide, I like how that worked out...I also used some blue rhinestones I found in a dollar bin at Michaels... to finish up the card. After thinking about it, I should have used some cotton balls tipped with color for the cotton candy....maybe next time...

Thanks for stopping by, I do appreciate it.
Until next time.
Hugs,
Carol

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sistah hood May Swap card

This month our lovely hostess "Fay" requested Manly Man cards..I thought about going serious but had this Bugaboo image staring at me and I couldn't resist inking him up and making cards.

Doesn't he look excited and dressed to impress for a birthday party?? Makes me giggle as somehow I can imagine that happening in my house in a few years...lol.. I used copics to color the image and stickles on the balloons (even a guy has to shine once in awhile). I used crystal effects on the lenses of his glasses and on the face of the clock to give it more of a real effect. The base paper is basic gray from SU and the blue is navy SU cardstock. I used some old designer paper from SU to match his boxers...lol...I then generated a computer sentiment that I had seen elsewhere and added a balloon brad to the inside of the card...
I hope that Fay and the other Sistahs are too disappointed that I chose to do a silly card.


Thanks for stopping by...I do appreciate it.
Until next time,
Hugs,
Carol


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Mo's Challenge #82--Summer

It has been awhile since I have had a card ready in time for the challenge...today I am just squeaking under the wire but I have a card none the less....I colored this little Strawberry girl up the end of last week but have been on the run since and haven't had a chance to make the complete card until today....Strawberries so remind me of summer and I couldn't resist a chance to ink her up. I used copics to color her and pan pal pastels for the blue sky beind her. The base of the card is real red from SU and the blue is SU navy...the dsp is scraps from my scrap drawer of dsp that is too big to throw away but too small to use as a quarter sheet. (I'm sorry but I am not sure who made the dsp. The rhinestones are from a dollar spot. I thought they were pretty and picked them up knowing that someday I would find a spot for them. This was a fun challenge and I hope to be more timely with the next challenges...sigh...


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

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Dueling Darling May Challenge

Well here we are ...ready to challenge once again. This month our them is "The Perfect Blend" with our focus on coffee...(among other things). This month my "brilliant counterpart" Debbie, also known as Lildj, came up with this fabulous idea......and who could pass this one up...We put together kits for our teammates using something to do with coffee and sent them out....(I of course started throwing things into a kit with no rhyme or reason and hopefully my teammates didn't find it too challenging to work with). As you all know life itself is a study of "perfect blends", usually our friends personalities blend with ours, we blend the colors of our clothing, we try to blend our work with our outside activities so we don't get overloaded and stressed and the list goes on...Our teammates with the exception of our leaders Jeanette and Kelly, had an additional part to their challenges....I will get to that in a minute, but first I want to show you my cards...I chose to do 2 cards as we have two leaders (and the are fabulous!!!).. My first card I decided to attempt a twisted easel card.

The first picture is the whole card standing
in the easel position. I used my copics to
color the Bella image then cut the image out
and mounted it on a lavender circle, mounted
on a dark purple circle, (the dark purple)  is also
the base of my card.
The DSP (from paper hearts) "Dazzle
Circle" had big circles in lavender, blue, pink
and also contained some glitter circles...(hmmm
can you imagine that...lol). Since the dsp was
based on circles I kept the theme going using
buttons of different sizes and colors to "rest"
the top on the card against. I placed pink
rhinestones in the center of the buttons to
carry through the circle theme . I used the
computer generated saying on the front of my
card.

My second card has a base of razzleberry paper (SU). I used the "Z" fold card for the layout. I loved the Bo Bunny Jasmyne Plush DSP so had to use this here....a perfect blend in my eyes..(and some of the flowers were glittered to boot...heehee).






The front of the card closed...



I once again cut out my image that has been colored
with copics (I didn't do such a good job at cutting).
I then mounted my saying on top of the brown polka dot ribbon (I liked the ribbon and wanted to use it somehow)...I also used an embossing folder on the brown oval that backed the image and the diamond embellishment in the corners of the right hand side of the card and center of the plain flower on the left hand side...It was fun...


Now onto the second part of our challenge...each of us are going to tell you why we are so very fond of our wonderful leaders...They truly are a perfect blend of fun, compassion, support, compliments, sharing, enthusiasm, and love. Both Jeanette and Kelly started this amazing group and welcomed each of us into the
fold....they encourage us and make the most amazing comments on our cards each and every month. They lead by example (a very good one at that), and challenge (me at least) to do better...I am truly blessed to have Kelly and Jeanette in my life and as my friends....I am doubly blessed to be a part of this very special group...all these wonderful women I cherish as friends and I hope we will continue to "Duel" for a very long time...I want to say a special thank you to Kelly and Jeanette and to each and everyone of the Diva and Dazzler members for being the special people you are...an amazing, wonderful group..."The perfect blend."

Thanks for stopping by....it you have a chance; go visit the other team members, I am sure you will be delighted with what they have put together...

A special thanks to Debbie for this amazing idea....♥

Until next time,
Hugs,
Carol

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Wedding Invites

Can you believe it...I'm here again, two days in a row...Like I said yesterday I have been in wedding mode the past month or so. My niece is getting married June 25th and she honored me by asking me to help her do her invitations...I was so excited. We went to a local paper place and looked at paper, wedding invitation dies and tons of fun stuff...My niece picked the die, paper and colors and we pulled the rest together and made 200 invitations. The beauty of the whole experience was that my sister, my two nieces and myself (with a little help from my granddaughter), put all the invites together and did it at a very reasonable price. ALSO, the bonus was that she has enough card stock and white paper left over to make her programs for the wedding...she is thrilled and so am I.



Here is the outside...we chose to use their new initial to seal the invitations. On the inside we added little rhinestones in each of the corners of the actual invitation to make it pop a little more. All in all I like they way the whole invitation came together.














  


Thanks for stopping by...I do appreciate your taking the time.

Until next time.....

Hugs,
Carol

Mo's Challenge #81

I'm back...whew...I have been on a Wedding theme month I swear. The challenge this week for Mo's Challenge was monochromatic....and I have to say...I love this little flower girl image...she is adorable...I just had to have her and when I colored her purple was my first choice....I of course used my new dark purple stickles for her flowers to make them pop out...doesn't she look so sweet and innocent?..





Thanks so much for stopping by....I hope you enjoyed my card.
Until next time...

Hugs,
Carol 

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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Happy Easter Engagement

As some of you know, I have been missing in action alot...(actually too much for my taste). I have been doing some big projects and would like to show you one today...My co-workers son was planning on getting engaged on Easter morning/afternoon. He and his girlfriend had come from the Chicago, IL area for the weekend and they spent Easter with my co-worker and her family. Well my co-workers son had called her a few weeks ago and told her about his plan....he had ordered white Nike tennis shoes and had her initials and her new married name embroidered on the back of them. (She wanted to wear white tennis shoes when she got married), my co-workers challenge was to find an egg to put them in....well the shoes were a size 8 ½ and had a small heel on them...she was having a hard time finding an egg big enough and came into my office and asked if I knew of anyplace she could purchase an egg to fit the shoes....Well, hmmmmm.....no...was my answer but I did offer to make a string egg for her...after all...I could make it rather big right??...or so I thought. I went to the local party store thinking I could get a balloon 16" or so....nope....12" was the biggest the next biggest was way more than 16" I believe it was a more like 24-36" ROUND....not an egg shape at all and 4.99 for one balloon not filled...well I purchased 2-12" balloons and one of the big ones to see if maybe my granddaughter and I could find a way to make it work...what a comedy.....I blew up the big balloon and tried to put rice in the bottom to weigh it down and make it take on more of an egg shape...IMPORTANT NEWS....do not blow up the balloon before inserting rice as you will have a "rice shower" and then a giggling match...(my granddaughter and I found that out first hand). After cleaning up the floor and re-doing the balloon we were on a roll....problem....the balloon was too big for me to reach around....sigh...so hubby rigged it up to my hanging light in the kitchen....meanwhile my grand daughter was blowing up the 12" balloon and letting it fly all over the house...hmmm....that looks like it might fit the shoes....so we measured...sure enough it was a definite possibility...down came the HUGE balloon with partial string hanging on it...into the garbage it went and off I went to work on the 12" balloon.....wow...much better. I put a roll of crochet string (dark purple like the stitching on the shoes), into fabric stiffening glue and started to wrap away....





This is what it looked like...I still wasn't pleased with how solid the egg was so I bought some fabric stiffener spray and sprayed it 3 more times to be sure...(the egg was going to be filled with heavy shoes and sit outside, I surely didn't want it to collapse....). Once this dried the fun began. I purchased some white flowers, rhinestones, white ribbon, iridescent grass and got to work...






Once I made the first cut and tried to get the shoes in....well lets just say I was praying I wouldn't have to re-do it...lol...I made the opening a tad bit bigger...inserted the shoes...knew they fit and finished decorating...for the base of the egg, I purchased a small plastic bowl at the $1.00 store and glued white lace on it to mimic a veil (you can't see this too well)...all in all it turned out ok...my co-worker was floored when she saw it as was the rest of her family....her daughter-in-law to be was surprised beyond words and did say "yes"..she also loved the egg...she came to my work to thank me and show me her beautiful diamond...fun, fun, fun....



I was honored to help make their day a bit more fun...

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