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,
Hugs,
Carol

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 pick...now mind you I probably could have produced something easily enough for each theme but following through might not have been easy...so 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 life...it 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,
Carol

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

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

Hi all....today 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 challenge...fun 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,
Hugs,
Carol