Friday, October 28, 2011

Calendar Girls October Challenge

Woohoo....it is once again time for our Calendar Girl challenge and our lovely hostess is Tami....I'm so excited because in her challenge she chose to have us use my FAVORITE embellishment...."GLITTER"...heehee...

This is what the challenge read...


:::: OCTOBER CALENDAR GIRLS CHALLENGE ::::

I really cannot believe that it is my turn to host our monthly challenge already! This is such a fun group. I appreciate being a part of it.

Although maybe not a super original idea, I would love to see what Halloween cards the Calendar Girls can make! I have seen so many fun designer papers, stamps and embellishments at the craft stores of late. Fun!


Here are the details……..


Theme: Halloween


Layers: At least three layers somewhere on the card, one layer being a designer paper {I love me some DP}


Colors: Somewhere on your card please use the color purple


Embellishments: Two for sure - and are you ready Carol.....
one needs to be a glitter product *gasp*

Blog Post: Please share what your favorite candy is to receive in your trick-or-treat bag and if you participate in this holiday, please include what fun things do you like to do for Halloween


I am so looking forward to seeing what our great group of Calendar Girls has to offer on this challenge. I can hardly wait!!!


Until then…….


Tami, Miss October

Isn't this just fun...(can you tell I'm excited????)



Well, I decided that since our talented Miss Tami said we must used glitter as one of the embellishments, that I would glitter my card up...lol..(hopefully I didn't overkill)...I chose a Sassy Studio Design digital image and colored her up with my copics...Then I cut her out and used black glitter on her hat and dress...and some of the pieces on the frame. I then took my nestie and made a background from some amazing black glitter paper I got at Target to mount the image on...I used more of the black glitter paper as dsp behind the other two layers. Now in the directions it said to use the color purple on the card somewhere...I decided to use purple mirror paper behind my witch image...(it looks better in real life).

yay me, so far I have everything pretty much covered.....except....I can't find my Halloween embellishments in my messy craft room....bummer...so on the way home from work I stopped at Michael's and many of their Halloween embellishments were on sale so you know what happened next....lol...I of course couldn't decide on just one thing so I ended up buying two different packages of embellishments...(glittered of course).  I used the purple witch on the front to hold the flap of the joy fold card down and the ghost to highlight the word ghost on the dsp in the front...Inside I used a black cat and a gold broom to surround the SU sentiment...

Now for the next part...I have always loved to get snickers as treats and for treats, so I guess that would be my favorite thing for my treat bag...I also love to light up pumpkins and decorate the house a bit for all the cute little trick n treaters that come our way...(last year we had 250)...I've scaled down a bit since we get soooooooooo.....many but I still do have fun....especially now that my granddaughter comes over and goes out trick n treating (I generally make her costume like I did for her mom and auntie growing up)...

I hope you enjoyed the card....please stop by all the rest of the calendar girls blogs....I am sure you won't be disappointed...

Until next time,
Hugs,
Carol

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Mo's Challenge #105..Favorite Mo Image & sentiment

Hi all, I'm back with a challenge card for Mo's challenge #105..This week we were to create with a favorite image from Mo and a sentiment...I can honestly say I don't have any one favorite of Mo's I LOVE THEM ALL!!!!! I picked up this new Kissy image not too long ago and tried my hand at something new to me...lol...On SCS one of the challenges was to color with pencil....so I tried that technique on this sweeties dress. I used charcoal pencils (light, med and dark along with a white pen to help soften the colors). I used my copics to color the other parts of the image (face, flowers, hair etc).


Those of you who know me know I love the black and white color combo so that being said what else could I use...lol...I got the new heart round nesties and thought they would be perfect for this. I made the easel card in white using the SU large scallop circle die. I also used my round nesties for the inside and to frame this sweet little girl...altough it is hard to see on this picture I used my glitter for the ruffles and on some of the flowers to add a bit of pizazz...I used a lace/pearl ribbon I got at JoAnns and some red and white roses to make the card stay in place...

I loved this saying and it is generated from my computer...I thought since the image was blowing kisses, this was appropriate...

Thanks for stopping by....I do hope you liked my card..

Until next time,
Hugs,
Carol

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sassy Studio Progressive Challenge #4 Steampunk Vivian

Hi all, today I am posting the last challenge for the Sassy Studio Steampunk Series...these images have been so much fun to work with. Thanks so much to the DT at Sassy Studio's for this wonderful opportunity...On to my anything goes challenge....

The last image we received was Steampunk Vivian. The challenge anything goes...so instead of a card I decided to do a luminary. I found the directions on the SCS forum page (thank you Bette for the tutorial). I first colored 2 Vivan's with my copic markers and then cut them out. (my pictures aren't the greatest so will apologize in advance). Once I got the images colored and cut I had fun with my stickle glitters...lol..I put black and red stickles on her hat and black stickles on the ruffle of her panties and on the buttons. I also used iridescent stickles on the ruffle of her top...I then used a silver spica pen to highlight the tops of her stockings and her pretty blouse. My trusty silver pen accented the knife in her boot and the barrel of her gun....

I used In My Minds Eye-Haunted small chandeliers paper for the base, my nesties to cut the windows, speckled vellum to cover the windows and black glitter paper (from Target) to trim the windows and add a decorative scalloped design on top. The chandeliers have a rich velour texture and in real life the glitter paper is absolutely shimmery/stunning...I thought a black feather behind the cute little hat would add just a little extra to the whole effect. Below I have a picture of the luminary lit up at night...(again not a great pic but in real life much better).

                                                                                                                              
I hope you liked my project for the last challenge...I really did have a great time with these images.

Thanks for stopping by...

Until next time.

Hugs,
Carol 

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Sassy Studio Design Steampunk Victoria--Challenge #3

Today I am showing you my card for the 3rd Steampunk challenge over at Sassy Studio Designs. We received the image and of course I couldn't wait to start coloring her. The challenge is to make the card Victorian or Vintage. I often struggle with these type cards so I am hoping I made it on some level with this design...



Isn't she just "sassy" and adorable. This was a fun image to work with. I colored Victoria in browns and used peach accents for her stockings and hat band. On the hat in the center are gears so I used my trusty silver pen to color those in as well as the buckles on her belt. I used platinum liquid pearls for the buttons on her boots, and also the silver pen on her little revolver. Once I had her colored up the challenge really began. I know baroque, swirls, lace, pearls, and flowers all represent that time frame (or at least I think they do). So I did try and incorporate some of each of them. I'm not exactly sure why I'm drawn to browns lately but I do think it gives the card a rich look...

Thanks for stopping by to check out my card.

Until next time,
Hugs,
Carol

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sassy Steampunk Amelia--Challenge 2

I'm a bit later posting this challenge than I would like but had a longer day at work than usual...bummer...lol...The second image I got was Steampunk Amelia. The challenge was to use a clock or gears on your card..When I saw that my thoughts immediately turned to an easel card using a clock image as the background for Amelia.




I first colored up Amelia with my copic markers and then proceeded to find my clock and cut my base. I used SU's Sense of time (retired set) for the background clock. I stamped it in black on white paper and used Tim Holtz distressed ink (pumice stone) to shade up the white clock to give it the appearance of a little wear. I mounted the clock on SU tempting turquoise paper and then mounted the whole works on umber paper. I cut out Amelia and used dimensionals  to pop her up from the clock image..The beads/brads on the boots, armbands, and top were highlighted with a silver metallic pen as were the lens on the goggles..

Next I stamped, distressed and cut out 4 of the gears in the Sense of Time set...mounted two images together to make them pop up to hold the front of the card in place...the inside was distressed with the same pumice stone ink that the front of the card was....


I chose not to include a sentiment at this time as I am not sure what I am going to use the card for but I kind of like how it turned out...

I hope you liked my take on this challenge/..

Thank you for stopping by I do appreciate it..

Until next time,
Hugs,
Carol

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sassy Studio Design Progressive Relay Challenge

Hi all, today I am sharing my submission for the Sassy Studio Design Progressive Relay Challenge...Sassy Studios is releasing Steampunk digis and Steampunk Josephine is free on their website to play in this challenge. You  must first use Josephine for the first card and post it and then you will receive the second image...after posting your card with the second image you will receive the third.....stop by their blog to see all the details...it is sure to be a fun, fun challenge....Today the challenge was to used Metallic embellishments. I chose to use black metal dots and metal looking dsp for the layers...to heed to the metallic embellishment requirements....I love the looks of this image and had so much fun using her. I colored her with my copics. I was thinking red and black but decided on purple and black...

The buttons on the shoes are colored in with silver metallic pen as are the toes of the shoes...You can't see it well in this picture but the saying has a silver metallic scalloped oval behind it..I used the deconstructed sketch for this card which I really liked...Be sure to stop by Sassy Studio Designs to check out this awesome challenge..

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my card...

Until next time..

Hugs,
Carol

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Dueling Darlings--October Challenge

Hi all....seems like it has been FOREVER since I have posted to my blog...Life has completely taken over...we've been doing wedding things for next years wedding (my DD is getting married) and I have found some new bridal crafts that I will be trying my hand at...yikes...but that isn't what this is about....

This months hostess for the Divas is the lovely and talented Tami....the Darlings amazing hostess is Darlene. The two of these wonderful ladies got together and came up with the theme "Fall Harvest". Tami sent us a ton of fun items to work with...oh my did I have a hard time choosing what to use...The DSP was absolutely beautiful...(and there was a piece of silk bronze paper amongst the choices...you will be surprised to see what I chose...giggle). The image is from SU called sweet season..






The pictures aren't very good but will have to do for now...sorry...I colored up my image using my copics..doesn't that little guy look like he is having fun skipping along with his wagon full of pumpkins? I then used umber paper for the base and SU cherry cobbler for the accent color. I loved the dsp and didn't want to use just one on the front so decided that two would be appropriate...lol...I used the beautiful bling in the corners and mounted the red leaf brad on the image panel.

On the inside of the card I mounted two more pieces of the dsp as I just loved this as well...I didn't add any other embellies as I think it may get too thick once I mount a saying inside.

Tami, thanks so much for the great kit...(can you believe I didn't use the gorgeous glitter paper...), I have enough left over to make another card for sure... Tami also, asked us to leave a favorite fall recipe.

Mine is quite simple but yummy...


Carmel Apple Dip



1- 7-8 oz jar of marshmallow creme
1-8oz package of cream cheese softened
1 jar of carmel ice cream topping


Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and dip apples in for a yummy treat..

Thanks for stopping by....if you have a chance please stop by all the other Darling's blogs...I am sure you will not be disappointed in their creations...

Until next time,
Hugs,
Carol