Thursday, July 28, 2011

Calendar Girls July 2011

Well it is that time  again when our wonderful "Calendar Girls"  take the monthly challenge. Our lovely, talented hostess this month is Michelle...she gave us this fun challenge.

This month is a free for all....any theme! But.....there is a catch.

Our cards can be created using anything BUT a stamped image (sentiments are okay). Here is where you can get creative...examples would be punch art, stickers, embellishments, patterned paper, what ever you chose.

- Michelle (Miss July)

My card for today is made with a Penny Black Sticker mounted on a black background...the paper I used for mounting feels like suede and is so different. I found it at Anchor paper a couple years ago and now wish I had gotten more...(maybe I'll find more the next time I go...lol...wish me luck). I used white shimmer paper for the base of the card...which is mounted on black as well. I used a cuttlebug embossing folder on the shimmer paper (I don't know the name though...sorry), and added little black pearls where the lines cross each other...Under the sticker image I added a line of SU's 1/8" basic black ribbon and of course it is rare that any card I do doesn't include glitter somewhere...this card is no exception...I added stickles to the flower just on the accent lines of the image...I hope I didn't over do it...




















My pictures didn't turn out as well as I would've liked them to but for now these will have to do...sigh...I hope
that between the two pictures you are able to see the glitter...

Thanks for stopping by, if you get a chance, please go check out the other creations our lovely Calendar Girls have for you...

Until next time,
Hugs,
Carol

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Dueling Darlings July 2011

Hi all, I am back from my vacation/road trip and am helplessly behind. I had planned on getting my card done before I left...hey, I even had the image colored...but as per usual, life took over and I discovered at the 11th hour I had totally not left enough time to get my card posted and scheduled in time for our deadline...so please forgive me for my tardiness...I will try and be better in the future.

Laura Jean and Terry were our amazing hostesses this month...Laura Jean (LJ) sent me my kit and wow, what a kit. The theme for this month was Garden of Friendship...istn't this image "Gardening Flopsey" from My Favorite Things...adorable? LJ Send us a wonderful assortment of DSP from October Afternoon so I decided to make a joy fold card so that I could use as much of it as possible...

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Included in the kit were buttons, ribbon, a ribbon buckle, a spiral clip a Lady bug button from favorite findings and some fabric die cuts from SU's Big Flowers Sizzix Die.  I colored my image with my copics and cut the cute little guy out. I then used the biggest flower to mount on the front panel and cut a 5 petal flower with a punch from SU out of the matching dsp as the background. I used a fabric die cut circle for the center of both flowers. I then used mounting tape behind my cut out image and placed it on the panel. I made little roses from the green satin ribbon LJ sent along to place in the right hand corners and used the gingham bow LJ sent along for the center and to also kind of anchor the top panel when the card is closed...


Inside the card I used the cute little saying LJ sent along and the ribbon buckle with a bit of the green satin threaded through it to accent the cute saying...

Our extra this month was to share a friendship we have...I have many stamping friends as well as other friends I have met through the various paths my life has taken....I have been truly blessed by all of them and I feel very fortunate....I have to say the cyber friendships I have (this group and various others), have been the most surprising and unique friends...and I cherish each and every one of you...I find it so surprising to have met all of you on line...have never seen most of you but know that if I am troubled, or happy I can share with you and you are happy or sad or encouraging me...you support me and each other and rise in the bubble of happiness or hold me and each other up with the waters get too deep to bear...I thank each and everyone of you and am truly blessed to know you, (even though we haven't met)...

Thank you LJ for the awesome kit...I still have plenty left to play around with and make another card...how fun.

Thanks for stopping by, if you have a chance....go visit the rest of the Darlings and Divas, I am sure you are in for a treat..

Until next time..
Big hugs,
Carol

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Mo's Challenge #89 Inspiried by Book or Story

Hi all...been crazy once again around here but I had to do a Mo's Challenge it seems like it has been a long time since I did a challenge...Today's challenge was inspired by book or story. I chose Dorothy and I used a Thomas Kincade image to indicate Dorothy's home. The image brought her words "there's no place like home" to my mind. With her little eyes closed and Toto so close in her basket...and of course the ruby red shoes it looks like she is ready to go home. The card is a bit busy but I tried to convey Dorothy visioning her home in her mind. I hope you like the card..I had fun trying to bring that feeling out on paper..

Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time.

Hugs,
Carol