Monday, December 31, 2012

Crafters In Faith December 2012 post

Happy New Year, one and all....It is hard to believe that it is an end of one year and the whole new beginning of another...and another chance to start fresh and make new choices. With that in mind our challenge is as follows:

For our December challenge, we wish to "SNOW" you our winter inspired Crafter of Faith cards!

COF sisters: Create a card/project using a snowy-winter theme and "ring in the new year with glitter and bling!" Your winter/snow card creation should reflect the beauty of the gift of the season - snow, winter, snowflakes, etc and include bling and glitter to ring in the joy of what will be!

Feel free to change the wording and use this as a guide - can't wait to see what you come up with! Our posting date will be December 31st - wow, the last day of this year but it will be filled with wonderous new blessings for the year ahead!

Like a new beginning fresh fallen snow cleans up the old and makes the earth look fresh you can see in my last post we had a similar challenge for the Calendar Girls December challenge...I thought about a 2 fer but chose to make a separate card (a little late)....

Here is my card:
I used white on white and a snowflake embossing folder and 2 round nestabilities. My image is an Inkadinkado image I purchased at a garage sale. I colored the image with copic markers and dusted the little guys body with some stickles...(I almost got the card done without put rhinestones in the center of the snow flakes and the biggest ones are from a roll of bling I bought for my daughters wedding. The silver ribbon is also from the wedding and the snowflake holding the ribbon bow together came from Barb in the awesome kit she sent last month for the Duel...

Here is the inside of my card:

Inside I used a verse from ODB and some snowflake stickers I found in my stash...

I appreciate your stopping by....please go visit the other crafters in faith blogs...I am certain you will find some awesome creations...

Until next time....

Happy New Year!!!


Friday, December 28, 2012

December Calendar Girls "Winter Wonderland"

Hi all....I have been MIA for a while (not on purpose)...but I'm here for the awesome Calendar Girl challenge issued by our lovely, talented Kelly....and here it is:

Our December Theme (as selected by Kelly, thanks to a random selection process)

Hi girls!!

Blessings to you this DECEMBER! Since we post the 28th of the month, Santa will have returned to the North Pole by then and it will be a wee bit shy for the New Year Growing up in Europe where winters where filled with the beauty of snow and all the splendors of ice, I am filled with joy when I see all things snow. While some of you may long for sunshine and warmth, here in Miami I miss all of that during the holiday season so for this month so let's live vicariously in your creations of a


Picture snow-filled winter trees, snow nestled on park benches, fountains and tree branches ... ponds frozen over, icicles in the pine forests ... there is snow-filled glory all around us in the winter I would love for you to use blue and silver on your cards and a snowflake(s) somewhere on your card via paper, design, brad, etc! Here is a lovely photo for your inspiration piece! I hope you have snow much fun creating! x0x0

 Now isn't this beautiful...and this challenge is right up my alley....'cause I get to use

Here is my card:

 I used SU night of navy for the base of my card (my blue), I stamped my image on white paper, colored it with copic markers and then embossed it with a glitter embossing powder. The white underneath the image is white glitter paper from Target. I then cut down some silver ribbon I used for DD's wedding decorations and attached it to my cardstock (my silver)...I then placed ribbon snowflakes (thank you my sweet friend Barb), on the left hand side of the card over the ribbon...(my snowflakes) the center of each snowflake I placed a iridescent half bead (thank you Sweet P)...I haven't done the inside yet but will wait for a special occasion to add a sentiment on the inside and decorate it up a bit...

I appreciate your stopping by...please check out the other awesome creations by the Calendar girls...I am sure you won't be disappointed....

Until next time...
Big hugs,

Saturday, December 15, 2012

DDD December Challenge 2012

Hi is indeed a sad weekend with the school tragedy in heart, thoughts and prayers go out to all the families whose lives have been forever changed by the events that happened on Friday 12-14-12...

The challenge for this month was hosted by the talented Barb for the Diva's and awesome Michelle  for the Darlings....The theme they chose was "Winter Travel" indeed. Barb sent a kit that was full to the brim with paper, embellies and for at least 5+ cards...however I did only one...The image is  "Downhill Snowman" by Whipper Snapper....(love this company)...The dsp is from Little Yellow Bicycle and there was a HUGE assortment of embellies and ribbons...(THANK YOU Barb!!!). What a fun kit..
Here is my card:

   And here is the inside:

 As per normal I used glitter in the form of stickles to cover this cute little snowman and the snow and swirls that are part of the image. I kept with the blue and brown color scheme when coloring up my image with copics. The base of my card is "Umber" cardstock which I purchased at Archivers..I used as much as possible of the amazing kit but feel like I didn't use much of it as there was so much to work with...(again, thanks Barb).

As an additional challenge we were to tell about a story related to winter travel or outside fun..Two memories come to mind...The first time I EVER skied was when my now hubby and I were dating...He of course was an accomplished skier and I ...WAS NOT..I wore corduroy pants...(wrong) and when I would ski...I would think I was going too fast so I fell on purpose. After several attempts I could tell I was testing his patience so I decided to go into the lodge and have a hot toddy while he and his buddies went for much more challenging  skiing as far away from the bunny hill as possible...anyway, he had my ID with him...oops, I could not get into the bar let alone request a warm cocktail without the proper I pulled up my big girl panties and skiied the hills to find him...(was I crazy???? Yep), the snow had gotten between the cords in my pants and when it melted in the warm chalet I was freezing...I needed something warm to drink and I was on a mission to get that ID...needless to say, I found him and by the time I got back to the chalet I was frozen...and he and his buddies were about done...I didn't ski again until about 15 years later...this time I didn't wear the corduroy pants (lesson learned)....but boy did he laugh when I got to the bottom of the bunny hill...(I didn't make any advancement there). In my wonderful imagination I was swooping down the hill going back and forth just like I was supposed to...BUT to the observation of all around me...I was on a straight, fast, ski down that hill and had anyone crossed my path ....well, lets just say...they would have been calling 911 for both of us...No more skiing for me...I think I've had enough to last a

Thank you all for stopping by.....please stop by all the other Darlings posts...I am sure you will not be disappointed with the awesome creations you will find...they are a talented group of friends.

Until next time,

Friday, November 30, 2012

COF November challenge

Here is our challenge for the month of November and our lovely Mary Rose came up with this perfect challenge....


"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6

Hello, Crafty sisters! Can you believe the holidays are here? I LOVE this time of year! Peppermint Mocha Lattes, twinkling lights, Hallmark Christmas movies...every good and perfect gift pointing to our Savior. My favorite part of the season? Christmas carols. I LOVE Christmas music, and I have so many CDs that I have to start listening to them in October just to fit them all in! LOL I have a few favorites that make it into heavy rotation (Amy Grant, Kathy Mattea, Point of Grace, Sara Groves), and others that are strictly instrumental and fill the house with the ambient sounds of the season (Jim Brickman, Windham Hill's Celtic Christmas, and more). This month's challenge: Make a card based on one of your favorite Christmas songs or carols. (The Bible verse I chose is often associated with Handel's Messiah, another favorite!) Make sure your card has a little twinkle to represent the light of the world. Bonus points to anyone who includes kraft and gingham in their design (just because I LOVE kraft and gingham!)

So there's your challenge! Plug in that Christmas music and get inspired! I'm even learning some Christmas carols to play on my dulcimer.

Peace and Joy to you!
mary rose

Mary Rose I totally agree with you and have a lot of favorites for the Christmas season....but this particular one...When a child is born..... holds a special place in my heart...about 7 years ago my little granddaughter was daughter was stressing and was put on bed rest in the granddaughter was stressing and 5 weeks early. On my way home from the hospital, worrying about my daughter and the child she was carrying I heard this song...(it had been a favorite before then but really hit home at that very moment). My granddaughter was born premature two days later, and could not even suck from a bottle, but to see her today you would never know she was that early...I'm so grateful they are both healthy and happy..

Here is my card:

I had planned on putting something in the blank space under the star but wasn't able to find the perfect stamp in my have left it blank for now...There is yellow ink and glitter coming down from the star...

Here is the inside...

I will also insert a verse on the dsp once I figure out the stamp for the front..

Thank you for stopping by...please stop by the other crafter of faith blogs to check out their awesome creations..

Until next time,

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Calendar Girls November 2012

Hi all, it is once again time for the amazing Calendar girls...Our theme this month is as follows:

Our November Theme

We choose a holiday in November (not Thanksgiving, but a little-known holiday) and create a card/project with that holiday in mind. Here's a link to Bizarre November Holidays: November Holidays 2012 (Official) Monthly, Weekly, Daily, Bizarre, Silly, Crazy, Unknown Holiday Observances

Well let me tell you...there are a ton of fun crazy holidays for the month of November but I chose to do a more traditional Holiday for my theme. Since it is dear to my heart on many levels....I chose Veterans day. My father-in-law and his 6 brothers were all overseas at the same time, my dad served and my new son-in-law is an active duty Naval reserve...he has served 3 tours in Iraq and plans on making the Navy a favorite uncle was also a veteran...(as were many more in my family).

Here is my card:

I purchased this image from "Our Daily Bread" when they were at the stamp show here in Minneapolis. I loved how they had done their card and although mine isn't like theirs...I do love the image. I used white linen paper for the base and misc dsp I purchased for the 4th of July at Archiver's for accents. My red, white and blue bling were a gift from my sweet friend "Paola"...

Here is the inside of my card:

I really love this whole set of images and sayings.  I hope this card reflects the holiday I chose.

Thanks for stopping by....please stop by the other calendar girls and check out their creations...I am sure you will not be disappointed.

Until next time,


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Mystery Round 13

Hi all, as you know we have a mystery swap going on SCS and our hostess this round is the creative Terry...The image she chose for us to all use is "Holiday Hugs Snowman" from My Favorite Things. This snowman is so darn cute..just love him (or her)...either way the image was fun to color up and make into a card...Here is my card:

I had purchased the new Tim Holtz inserts that you  use with an embossing folder to create a smooth inside shape. I chose the oval (which of course is my favorite shape), and used this cute snowman in the center of the card. I used the SU snow flake embossing folder to accent this cute image. I colored my snowman with copic markers and added little rhinestone accents in the corner...(OF COURSE)...the insides of all the folder flakes have a glitter dot and the snow under the image is filled in with glitter as well...(who wudda thunk I would do something like

I do hope you like my card and that you will go check out the other mystery image cards as well...

Thanks for stopping by,
Until next time,

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Dueling Darlings November Challenge

This month the challenge for the Dueling darlings was hosted by Lildj (aka Debbie) and myself. As most of you know....Lildj is the brains of this duo...she comes up with all the great ideas and I help embellish them...
This month our theme is Planes, Trains and Automobiles---this is how it went:

Here is a bit of information about the month of November…November is Aviation History Month and National Model Railroad Month. Also, November 22 is Go for a Ride Day.

Well, with those things in mind, a theme of: Planes, Trains & Automobiles was mentioned. Then Carol asked me if I had ever seen the movie Planes, Trains & Automobiles? (I have not.) But she explained that the characters of the movie are trying to get home for Thanksgiving.

Well….duh…with those events taking place in November and the theme of the movie around Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving coming in November…it was decided that “Planes, Trains & Automobiles” would be our theme.

So it was decided and I was so excited until I had to find stamps etc...being the good shopper I am I went directly to the stamp store and bought a set (I didn't use) and then found stamps while I was looking for something else...

The details are:
Plane (that looks like a mesquito) Studio112
Car immie: Clear mini stamps in a jam
DSP: destinations-flash cards--graphic 45 I think I can--Bo Bunny-Detour Baggage claim---Kaiser craft--delayed ---Bo Bunny Detour Icons---and Bo Bunny detour stripe...also there are misc embellies that I don't know exactly where they are from...

As a bonus please tell of a Thanksgiving memory or a memorable trip to get to your Holiday destination...

For real I was excited for this theme until I realized that I wasn't sure I had anything for it...after a little hunting though I did come up with a you can is my card. I used basic black for the base and the SC 411 from SCS  Here,what I especially liked intially about this sketch was the ability to used many pieces of Dsp only I ended up using trading cards instead. The card has a plane, trains and automobiles on it.

Here is the inside...I did have fun with this once I got started but I admit it did take me a bit to get my mojo going...(as for my glittah loving friends....I used some on the headlights of the cars but you can't really see it on the picture).

Now for the optional challenge...One Thanksgiving when I was first married we were supposed to go to my hubby's parents house 60 miles north of here. It was cold and bitter and had snowed alot that month...My father-in-law was in the VA hospital but they had given him a day pass to go home for Thanksgiving...WELL...our car wouldn't start so we called him in the hospital and told him we wouldn't be able to pick him up...we were all sad as the car was in bad shape...My dear father-in-law...went out, shoveled his car out of the snow and came over to pick us up so we could all go enjoy an amazing Thanksgiving feast...Later that evening we drove him back to the hospital in his car but we were all pretty sure we wouldn't get home that year...but not "dad" he was going to make sure he got his turkey and time with his family....

Thanks for stopping by...Please go check out the rest of the Darlings cards...I am sure you won't be disappointed..

Until next time...
Big Hugs,

Thursday, November 1, 2012

SOTC- October card

Hi all, for October our awesome hostess was Kadie. She did a special surprise for all of us and what a fun idea it was. We all got surprise themes in the mail and were to keep them secret until Nov 1. My theme was...."One Enchanted Evening". I love glitter (surprise) and so doing these kinds of cards is right up my alley.

I chose to use black stickles to color this lovely ladies dress and added some glitter to the bubbles in her glass. The coloring around the  whole image is done with pan pal chalks and until I took the picture it didn't look to me like a 3 year old had applied it. (back to the drawing board the next time I use them). I cut an oval from my black glitter dsp and mounted the dsp over the image that was stamped on white card stock. I then mounted the whole image/dsp to gold card stock since the bubbly had some gold tones. I found an old roll of gold ribbon I got from Michaels a few years ago and tied a bow....I them put a pearl brad over the center of the bow to give it a little extra pop. I left the inside blank (with the exception of a couple red shiny hearts).

Thanks for stopping by. I do believe the card looks better in real life but I did learn a lesson from this experience...

Until next time,

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Crafters in Faith October Challenge

Hi all, this month our challenge hostess was Sharon and this is what she wrote:

Ok, friends; I'm here to post the challenge for the month of October .....take a look...
"Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances,
for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." I Thessalonians 5:16-18

Wow, it's hard to believe that there is only 3 more months left of 2012...where has the time gone?? Some of you may know from reading my blog this week that Autumn is my favorite season of the year. In Southern Ontario it is quickly making its appearance and where I'm from the colour of the changing leaves can be quite spectacular. It's so inspiring--I just love it! Autumn also includes my most favourite holiday celebration--THANKSGIVING!! It's hard not to love a holiday that calls on us to give thanks for our blessings. I realize not everyone around the world celebrates this holiday, and our friends in the U.S. don't celebrate until November, so for this challenge you can choose to make either a card for thanksgiving OR a thank you card for someone who has been a blessing to you. Please use at least 2 designer papers and 1 embellishment, and most importantly, have fun! I can't wait to see what you've created!

Wow, what a great challenge...I love it and the verse as well...with all the bad weather  on the East coast and the earthquakes in Canada...there is alot to pray for and living here in the midwest there is alot to be thankful for. When I saw this challenge I immediately thought of the little precious moment praying girl stamp I had. I paper pieced the jammies with fall color dsp and the little bunny was paper pieced as well...I mounted her on glitter black dsp and colored the rest of her with my copics...I used soft suede cardstock as my base with black paper to mount the fall dsp and image on.

Here is my card:
and here is the rather plain inside:

Thank your for stopping by and checking my card out...please stop by the other Faith crafters listed on my sidebar. I am certain you will not be disappointed in their beautiful creations.

Until next time,

Monday, October 29, 2012

Calendar Girls Challenge October 2012

Here I am has been awhile once again, and I am late, late, late in posting...I am so sorry. As some of you know my daughter is getting married in a little less than 2 weeks..I am making a lot of the things for the wedding as well as helping pick up and purchase incidentals for the reception etc so life has been in very busy mode...I am hoping once the wedding is over I'll be back full force to posting and visiting my SCS sistahs and friends...

Ok back to the purpose of this post. Our dear hostess this month is the amazing Tami.....and boy did she challenge is how her challenge went.

Our October Theme

We are all about the month of October! I have three little challenges for the girls this month.

It is the tenth month of the year, so please have exactly ten ( 10 ) items on your card. No more, no less! The ten items do not include your card base. Your image stamped on a piece of card stock is counted as one item.

Our due date is the 28th. So, that is going to require two ( 2 ) circles needed on each card and a minimum of eight ( 8 ) different colors.

Are you scared yet?! LOL Start taking a peek….there are a lot of different elements and colors on our cards! I am so looking forward to what you all create, as I do each month.

I love my Calendar Girls!

Tami (Miss October)

Here is my card:

The image is a Mo Manning digital and the saying I am using inside is "A little bird told me you were expecting.....Congratulations"...My sweet niece is going to have her 3rd child in April and we are all excited for her. She loves the home made cards so I had to make this one for her..

Now the challenge starts...When I first started working on this I thought I needed 10 I do have 5 for sure...the black on top of the base (soft suede), then thin woodgrain paper, my image cut out once and then the girl and bird were cut out and mounted once again, and then the fake white semi-fence...makes 5...My circles are the purple rhinestones...and the 10th element is the glitter on the window, bird and sweet girls hair...My eight colors are white, purple, black, brown, green, blonde, blue and red...sheesh...I'm not even sure if I got it all but it was fun trying..

Thanks Tami for the amazing challenge...I hope I got it all...

Stop by the other calendar girls blogs and check out their creations...I am sure you will not be disappointed...

Thanks for stopping by,
Until next time,

Monday, October 15, 2012

October DDD Challenge

This month our hostess for both teams was she is solo, this month she issued 2 challenges one for the Dazzlers and one for the is the Diva Challenge.

For the Divas team:

Your challenge is to make a card with the theme of Animals and include a button somewhere on your creation. Since Kelly is such an animal lover and buttons find their way on to her cards a lot . I will be sending out a PM to all of you including Kelly with this theme challenge idea. But, Kelly will not know about the "leader in mind" bit.
The extra thing I ask of you for October is that you all mail your cards to Kelly. PLEASE DON'T MAIL THEM BEFORE THE 15TH OF OCTOBER. I don't want her finding out what's going on before she sees the blog posts!
That being said, in your blog posts for October 15th, please mention something about your DDD leader and how this is a big 'ole surprise for her and how she is going to be getting happy mail. That is the reveal of the secret......the day you post your DDD card.
Now, feel free to include any goodies you would like to send Kelly inside your card like ribbon or buttons, etc. But you don't have to include anything else but your card. This is just an appreciation kind of thing.
I will be asking the Dazzlers to do the same thing for Jeanette with a different theme in mind.
Thanks so much to all of you for sticking with the DDD crew! I love being a part of this group!!!

Now first off I just wanna say....WOOHOO Kelly and Jeanette...two wonderful, kind, understanding and amazing friends and crafters. I am blessed that they asked me to join this swap way back in the beginning and I have to say...(I'm sure glad I got a blog so I could participate). It has been one of the best choices I have made in my life.

Our leader Kelly, is so busy, yet she always makes time to stop by our blogs and leave love, she makes sure we always have the information we need and is always there for us no matter how busy she is. I ♥ Kelly...and am blessed to call her my friend...

So here is my card:

As everyone knows I LOVE Mo Manning images and this little girl LOVES her pup (as much as our Kelly loves hers)....I had to of course add some of my signature glittah and did so with the silver button and the ruffle on this little glass skirt is decorated with blue glitter to make sure everyone knew it was a ruffle.

Here is the inside of my card...I had hoped to make this old dsp look like a quilt that the dog was laying on....but as you can tell I went a different direction totally....sigh...

Anyway, Kelly and Jeanette I thank you from the bottom of my heart for starting this wonderful group and keeping it together...this is my happy spot....:)..(Kelly some happy mail will be winging your way soon!)

Thanks for stopping by, please stop by the other Divas and Dazzlers and see what they have created. I am sure you won't be disappointed..

Until next time.


Sunday, September 30, 2012

First Crafters In Faith Blog Hop

To God who gives our daily bread
A thankful song we raise,
And pray that he who sends us food
May fill our hearts with praise.
Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)

Welcome to the first Crafters of Faith Blog Hop! We are so blessed to have you stop by and celebrate the beauty of AUTUMN with us! The Crafters of Faith blogging group is a joyous blending of christian friends ~ joined together to fellowship, share our faith, build friendships and craft together! If you are just visiting and would like to hop with us, welcome! If you hopping along already, you should have arrived from (Jeanette's) blog.

This month, our hostess is Carol S! She gave us a wonderful Harvest challenge and here is what she asked us to create: "I love FALL, the colors and the smells! I would like to propose that we make a card with fall colors, it should include fruits and vegetables to remind us of the harvest. When my kids were small, I canned peaches and pears, made pickles and such. So much fun to open those jars in the dead of winter! I am looking so forward to the fall festival of Sukkoth (Feast of Tabernacles). To Biblical historians, this is the actual time of Christ's Birth and many people believe this will also be the season of HIS return. Blessings All!"

To celebrate in this glorious season upon us, here is the card I created for you!

For my card I used a pumpkin patch stamp I got at a garage sale a long time ago. I had looked for a fruits and vegetable stamp, but came across this and thought it might work. I embossed the image on water color paper and used my water color crayons from SU to color this image. You can't see it very well but the sky is colored in Bashful blue and the area under the pumpkins is always artichoke and olive. I used more mustard, cherry cobbler and early espresso card stock and the dsp came from a pack of paper I was gifted. I also used a bit of stickles on the pumpkins and leaves. I'm not exactly sure how I feel about how this turned out as it isn't exactly what I had envisioned....but hope that you like it...

From here, continuing hopping to (_Kadie's) blog to see what Autumn splendor she has waiting for you! We also have a special little giveaway for one lucky hopper today and you can find that on Kelly's blog - the last stop on the hop!

Thank you for stopping by today! In this glorious season of Fall, and the wonders of the earth changing to gorgeous colors .... in a time of gratitude and thanksgiving ... we wish many blessings for you!!

A special thanks to Kelly for starting this group and for the guidance she shares with us every day..

Until next time,

Friday, September 28, 2012

September Calendar Girls....

This month our wonderful Miss September Paola, aka.....Sweet P. gave us this challenge:

Our September Theme

Hello Calendar Girls,

To honour a dear longtime friend of mine who passed away early today, I would like to request that you create a beautiful card using the following guidelines:

Your card must be a fancy fold, and have apples stamped on it -and colored-
(OR, if you don't own any apples's stamps, apples can be incorporated on your cards via designer papers,stickers,dies etc..), plus have at least one 3-D butterfly on your card too.

The main colors used for this challenge are to be your own favourite colors (use at least two of them please, and tell us which ones they are once you blog it.)

Why the apples/butterflies combos you may ask?

My friend used to bring me tons and tons of beautiful apples from her garden at about this time of the year as the fall season just starts to appear, and today, at the hospice, she was covered in a gorgeous handmade blanket full of beautiful colorful butterflies as we said our final goodbye....A bigger 3-D all white sequined butterfly was placed on top of her heart too...♥

Please note: Your cards are NOT to be sympathy cards at all, please keep them ‘happy/festive’ - as a celebration of LIFE in general! ♥

♥ Hug a friend's way too short!

Thank you and God Bless to all! ♥

Paola / Miss September

And here is my card for this wonderful challenge...

I thought about it long and hard and remembered I had this truck full of apples. I have always love this stamp by SU (country side). I used water color paper for the background and embossed the truck on the water color paper with black embossing paper. I then colored the image with water color crayons.  I also cut out the butterflies from the SU emboss-let  beautiful wings. After I had cut out the butterflies I colored them with water color crayons as dabbing on the color...some areas are darker than others and white shows through in places but that is how nature is...nothing is exactly all one solid color. I made this easel card to follow the guidelines of the fancy fold. The base of my card is Umber which is a black/dark brown color I love. The blue on the truck is discontinued brilliant blue my other favorite color on this card...I must admit though that the red would also fall into the favorite catagory...(if you look closely, you will see I didn't put any glitter on this card...SHOCK...) as I was taking the picture I thought to myself....those little butterflies could certainly use a touch of glitter but I did have to get this next

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my card.....please stop by the other calender girls blogs...I am sure you will not be disappointed...

Until next time,

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Mystery Image Swap

Yesterday was the day our mystery image cards were due and believe it or not,.....mine made it there on I have been a bit behind most of the summer so was glad I wasn't sending PRIORITY last minute. Samantha sent us this cute SU pig image from a retired set cured yet?. When it was actually out I had thought about buying it but never got around to it so it was so much fun to receive the images to work with.

Here is my card:

I found the technique to make the background on Gina's stamp tv and tried it out for this card..I like how it kinda looks like a quilt. I started to color with copics but changed over to water color color crayons as the ink started to run a bit. I made my little pigs cheeks really pink just like she had a fever....

Anyway, thanks Samantha for the fun image...

Thanks also for stopping by....

Until next time...

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Dueling Darlings Sept post

Hi all, here I am late...late, late...and I am so sorry. Our challenge this month was to take our leftovers from the kits we have received from our dueling teammates and create a card using the left overs. Now I have been absent for awhile and don't know if we were supposed to identify (if we could remember) where everything came from but ....sadly...I'm not sure about everything. I do know the 3 dsp's and image used on my card came from my kit from Judy as well as the sentiment...but not sure about the embellishements...I used umber card stock from Archivers for the base of my card and the SC392 sketch found Here. I thought I could showcase the beautiful dsp's and use more of them with this sketch....I kind of like how this turned per my motto..."everything is better with glittah" this image has it's fair share of it. The photo doesn't do a very nice job of showing it though...

Here is the inside...a bit blurry...(just not my day...). but I think you get the drift...I am hoping to be more prompt in this upcoming month...

Thanks for stopping by, be sure to stop by the other dueling darlings to see what their creative mojo produced...

Until next time,

Friday, August 31, 2012

Win Fabulous Prizes WOOHOO

My sweet friend Kadie is having an amazing give away....please check out here blog  Here and join in the fun...Thank you Kadie for the wonderful opportunity to win.....

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

August Calendar Girl Challenge

Woohoo it is the 28th of the month and time for some awesome creations from my fellow calendar girls...This month Debbie (aka Lildj) was the hostess and let me tell you...she sure can come up with some awesome ideas. The theme she chose for this month is:

Calendar Girls Olympics!

Since the Summer Olympics are now going on, I decided the theme for this month would be our very own Calendar Girls Olympic challenge. There are two parts to this month’s theme:

1. The colors of the rings on the Olympic flag are: blue, yellow, black, green and red. Your card must have at least one embellishment and it must be in one of those colors.

2. Please make a card based on one of the Olympic events. The events in this summer’s Olympics are: Archery, Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Canoeing, Cycling, Diving, Equestrian, Fencing, Soccer, Gymnastics, Handball, Judo, Rowing, Sailing, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Track and Field, Trampoline, Volleyball, Water Polo, Weightlifting, and Wrestling.

So, here are some examples…I have a stamp of a women jogging, making a card with this stamp, my card represents the Track and Field Event. That one is pretty obvious.

But in case you think you don’t have a stamp that you can use to make a card…look again, and this time, think outside of the box. That means…you may have a horse stamp, a card with that image represents the Equestrian event. You have Bikini Sophie, she could either be representing the Swimming event or perhaps she is waiting for her Beach Volleyball event to start. You have a sporting set so you use the basketball, your card is representing Basketball. You have sailboat image, your card is representing the Sailing event. You get the idea!!!

Or you have those cute Riley Travel Sticker stamps. So your card is going to represent the Olympic Opening Ceremony representing the USA, or Australia, etc. Or make a card representing the host country, Great Britain.

And lastly, when posting to your blog, please let us know what your card represents about the Olympics.

Please get creative with what you have. Use die cuts, stickers, stamps, whatever you have. I do not want anyone to have to go out and buy something. 

So here is my card:


As you might card is representing cycling. I did actually watch some of the cycling events and thought...hmmmmm...a little dangerous for me...I think I'll stick to a slower pace, not a tricycle but a big girl bike only riding As you all know I am a serious Mo fan and I couldn't possibly pass this image up when I saw the challenge. I used whisper white paper for the base and night of navy as the accent colors. I found some red, white and blue paper left over from the 4th of July and colored the streamers in the colors of the Olympic circles. My original plan was to cut out the circles in the Olympic colors and mount them on the bottom of the card...but....I can't find my darn punches. I am slowly plugging away at finding homes for all my stamp stuff in my new place but haven't gotten even close to knowing where everything is....not only is this frustrating but annoying as well...(ok enough with the complaining). Anyway, I just know my little gal was going to win the gold so I made a makeshift gold metal as my embellishment. (I hope that is ok as it is close to the yellow). 

If you have a chance, please visit the other Calendar girls blogs...I am sure you will not be disappointed in all of their wonderful Olympic creativity.

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Until next time,

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Dueling Darlings August Challenge

Can you believe it? It is once again time for our duel and our fearless leaders Kelly and Jeanette put together our challenge kits this month. As you know I am a Diva which means I got my awesome kit from Kelly....the Dazzlers got their kit from Jeanette...(and I am sure it is just as awesome as ours). The theme is "Are you Game?"...I tell ya, these gals come up with some wonderful ideas...Well....Kelly sent us the the whipper snapper image Pair of Aces...along with dsp from Graphic 45-all decked out and bits and pieces--Bo Bunny vintage buttercup--Glitz in town Yours truly chevron My Minds Eye Nostalgia Jenni Bowlin Lacy Border and Jenni Bowlin Deco Chain..along with this amazing dsp came a whole little baggie filled with fun there were alot of them to play with...Now the challenge was to make something new and use at least 2 dsp one ribbon, the wooden charm a button and at least one bling...

Here is my card:

.It is a double pocket card and I found the tutorial  Here . I have made a double pocket card before but not one like this so that is my new. I used 3 dsp...(so far good), 3 glitter blings, one button, ribbon and my wooden heart...I think I covered all the bases..

Here is the card apart:

I made the second tag/inside plain white so a message could be written on it or a sentiment stamped on it. I found this new double pocket card to be a bit of a challenge when I first started (had to re-cut my first piece as I didn't read very well or just wasn't thinking clearly...sigh...) but after one false start I was on my way.

This was an awesome challenge and an amazing kit...thank you Kelly...

Please stop by and see the other duelers...I am certain you will not be disappointed..I can't wait to see their creations.

Until next time,

Friday, August 10, 2012

Unidentified Image Swap

Hi all, today I am here to share my card for the unidentified image swap. A group of wonderfully, talented gals got together and started a swap where we would all get the same image and make 4 cards all with the image and whatever else you wanted to add to the image to create a card...It is fun and interesting to see how everyone used the image and what kind of card they made....This round we had a cute house-mouse image Janet supplied us with.....Here is my card:

I used umber paper from Archivers as my main card background and the new SU polka dot paper as well as some daisy dsp I picked up somewhere...I colored the image with copic markers and used yellow half pearls and glitter as embellishments...I haven't played with too many house-mouse images so this was really fun to try my hand at...

Thank you for stopping by...I do hope you will stop by and see other creations made by these talented ladies..

Until next time,

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Calendar Girls Christmas in July

Hi all, I'm late again but am posting on the day...just late in the day that this challenge is due...sigh...had to work at the Bridal shop until just a little bit ago so needless to say...I haven't been on the computer all day. As you may remember from last month, we moved and Michelle graciously took over my month of June. I then took her month and I decided to try and get a jump start on Christmas in July with some inspiration from my fabulous Calendar girls...

Here is my card:
I bought this little wren stamp at a garage sale for next to nothing and thought he would be cute for a Christmas card. I used a Christmas poinsettia embossing folder to emboss on my white layer. Inside the white layer I cut a large oval...I mounted real red paper behind the white layer and cut a  smaller oval to fram the image and the inside of the larger white oval. I then glued the wren to the card base and mounted the white layer on top of the whole card...I used red glitter inside the poinsettia's and gold glitter for their centers...the leaves were done in green and I used iridescent glitter to highlight the little scrolls along the sides. Inside I will stamp a Christmas sentiment...this is not quite how I envisioned my card to be but it's not far off...

As a bonus we were to share a Christmas memory or tradition. I remember as a little girl at Christmas time we would go to my dad's moms house and celebrate the holiday with them...there were always tons of aunts/uncles and cousins and we would do our Christmas program lines and put on a little play for the adults. After we were allowed to open ONE present...after all the eating and festivities we would pile into the car and go home to sleep and wait for Santa...while we were asleep and after the midnight service at their church my grandma and uncle would drive to our house with a car LOADED with gifts for all of us...we had a large family and us kids would wake up nice and early and clamor down the stair where our stockings were piled high with goodies on the stair rail and the tree was so full underneath that it could barely be seen...and of course we'd whisper..."he came, Santa came"...oh how fun it was and I think the best part was the awe and wonder the day brought...we never really took for granted that he would be there and were always in awe of the wonderful fact that he didn't forget still brings a smile to my face to remember those amazing Christmas mornings...(my poor parents, grandma and uncle were very sleep deprived but the tradition continued until my grandma passed away)...

If you get a chance to visit the other Calendar girls...please do as I am sure you will not be disappointed..

Thanks for stopping by,
Until next time...

Friday, July 20, 2012

Secret Image Swap

Hi all, I am a couple of days late in posting this but hopefully you will forgive has been crazy busy and I just plumb forgot...doh...I was checking out some blogs and saw the image and cards and thought...hmmmm...I have that picture sitting waiting to post and I haven't done it off I went to find the picture...Our image was given to us by the lovely is a SU image of a pony...My granddaughter was here with me as I was putting this card together and she was coaching me on how it should is what we came up with....

Kate has her own little girl and she wanted ideas on how to use this image...this was really a challenge for me...but I did color this little pony with copic markers and of course the two of us decided that the mane and tail just had to have glitter...and as long as we were doing that we may as well shine up those hooves a bit as well (with black glitter)...after looking at the card all put together Little Miss and I decided it needed a little something else...which of course was a glittery heart...

Thanks for stopping by, I do hope you like our little creation...stop by and see the other amazing cards..

Until next time..

Saturday, July 14, 2012

July Dueling Darlings-Get your grill on....

Welcome back, once again it is time for the Duel...with my fabulous darlings and divas..This month the kit creators were the Diva Tami and the Dazzler Darlene...what fun they had in store for us....I received my kit from the Diva Tami and whoooo what a kit...I just have to say....I LOVED the Whipper Snapper Grill image we received...I have admired him from afar and Tami...indulged us with this image...(be still my heart)...We also received an amazing assortment of dsp, embellies and a few fun recycled items in our kit...I chose to use SC308 from SCS sketch challenges for the layout of my card...Here...

Here is my card:

I used SU bashful blue paper for the base of my 5x5 card. I then used umber paper as the backing for each layer of my card. The wood grain DSP  is my minds eye dilly dally best (the flip side is red checked), The blue polka dot paper and striped dsp are We R memory keepers dsp...I colored my cute little chef with copic markers and mounted him on umber paper as well...Now Tami sent along a lot of embellies but I liked the look of the card without any used a couple for the inside instead...

I used recycled brown plastic mesh to mount the checked/woodgrain paper at an angle on (a scrap from the front) and then I cut out the lets party sentiment and mounted that across...I used the woodgrain dsp to mount the floral DCVW  floral paper on...(and it has glitter on it...oh be still my how well my sweet friends know me...

As a bonus we were to include a favorite recipe for a picnic or grill out...Typically I am the bearer of dessert but one of my other favorites is  Broccoli/Cauliflower Salad....You break up one bunch of broccoli florets, break cauliflower into small pieces...chop up a small red onion place into a bowl and add a package of real bacon bits...mix up and add 1/2 cup sunflower seeds and 1/2 cup raisins. For the Dressing mix I cup of miracle whip or mayo...2 tablespoons of milk and 1/2 cup sugar....mix well and then pour over the vegetables...mix altogether.....let sit for a couple hours so the flavors blend and enjoy...

I hope you liked my card....please stop by all the other divas and dazzlers blog to get some more awesome cards and recipes...

Until next time,

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Calendar Girls June 2012

Here we are again with our monthly calendar girl challenge...this month the lovely Michelle saved me by coming up with a theme. We were in the process of moving and I was way behind ....I am so grateful Michelle...I truly thank month I will pick the challenge with the switch...but in the meantime this is what Michelle challenged us with:

June Challenge...

For most of us, June is the month that starts summer...many events are ending, graduation, weddings, flowers blooming and family vacations.

My challenge is...using SC 388 (found in the SC thread), with any color combination create a card that best suits your beginning to summer, or summer plans. It could be a trip you are planning, a flower that is blooming, a wedding you are attending, or a graduation gathering. Whatever it could be...have fun creating a card to go with it.

Michelle (the "new" 2012 Miss June)

As I said above we were in the throes of moving so that is how my summer started....what fun

Here is the card I came up with...

The card sketch is a 6x6 but I made my card a 4 1/4 X 5 1/2 size...I used the Mo Manning image slumber party and thought it gave the idea of moving. I hand wrote the sentiment. The pretty black and white ribbon was gifted to me and the bag background dsp is Imaginise...I had to remove and reattach the main image and it made a mark on my card....since I didn't have time to remake it I had to photo it and post it...

If you have a chance, please stop by the rest of the calendar girls blogs and check out their summer cards..

Thanks for stopping by.
Until next time,

Friday, June 22, 2012

Mo Manning Challenge #140

This month my Sweet friend Paola aka Sweet P is holding a Mo Manning Swap over on SCS Here is the link. Since Sweet P is in Canada, I am trying to get my cards done and sent so I make it on time. Mo herself is involved in the swap...and although I haven't been able to be on line while she is there...I still have learned some fun things from and about her. Ok so getting to the point here...Mo's challenge this week is masculine and in the post it said boys are masculine too...One of the images I am using for my swap is the Sailor group, I used different images for the cards.

Since it is so close to the 4th of July I decided these cards had to be red, white and blue..the red and white strip paper is Pebbles...let freedom ring...the proud to be American printed paper is Reminisce...independence day and the nautical blue dsp is heidi limits. The base of my card is SU night of navy and the accents are SU real red. I colored my images with copic markers and then mounted them in a red oval and popped them up with mounting tape...

On the inside of the card I used the scraps from the front of my card to tie the card together. I didn't put a saying in as I usually put sayings in my cards as I get ready to send them. I made 3 with the American dsp and I made 3 with the striped paper turned over to make a great blue and white patterned paper for the Canadians in this swap. I did make an extra card to keep for myself and am going to send it to my sweet friend who just had a new grandson...I think it would be a fun congratulations card.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you like my card.

Until next time,

Thursday, June 14, 2012

June Dueling Darlings

Hi all... first of all I must apologize as I haven't been on the computer for most of the month...I have missed stopping by your blogs. Some of you know and some don't but we moved the last week of May/June 1 being our last day at our old place...let me just say....Moving just isn't my cup of my case..I can't find anything and it will take a good long time to get back to normal (whatever that BUT...I did manage to keep track of the awesome kit that our lovely Diva hostess Jamie sent...I don't know how it happened but I'm so glad it did...(I however had to hunt for tape, score board, cutter etc). The lovely hostess for the Dazzlers was April this month...the two cooked up a masculine kit for us to work with...Jamie, I loved the wonderful kit...chock full of fun things to work with. I knew right away I was going to use the night of navy SU paper along with the pretty navy dsp...The brown dsp Jamie sent was a perfect compliment to the navy...The images are from the SU set "The Open Sea" which I think are the most perfect images for a masculine card. As you can see....I didn't do any coloring and cut out the compass and put a star brad in the center and then popped it up with mounting tape. I took the navy ribbon and tied 3 knots in it and mounted it on the side of the card....

The inside looks like this.....

I used the Bo Bunny dsp from the front and the brown paper Jamie sent along as well...I used 3 brads and wrapped the bakers twine around each brad to add a little to the inside (a personal challenge I am working on --the inside of cards).

The sweet man I was privileged to call "DAD" passed away about 5 years ago. He was patient, kind, honest, loving and a really good sport about things. I have many wonderful memories of my dad...The other man in my life I got to call dad was my father-in-law....oh my what a man he was...he passed away in 1989 but I was very lucky to have been able to get to know him and so were my girls...he loved us "girls" as he had 3 boys...and boy oh boy did he spoil all of us...I have many fond memories of him as well...I miss both of my dads....but hold them close to my heart...I truly have been blessed....

Thank you for stopping by...I hope you get a chance to stop by and see all the wonderful creations the Divas and Dazzlers have in store for you...I am sure you will enjoy them...

P.S. Jamie thanks especially for the yummy chocolate inspiration...what a sweet treat...

Until next time,

Monday, May 28, 2012

May Calendar Girls--Miss May Barb

So this month the lovely talented Barb (Miss May) got to chose our challenge...and here is what she said:

May Challenge

Here is the Challenge for the Month of May…………. Memorial Day--a day of honor, remembrance, family picnics, parades, flags placed at cemeteries, concerts and the unofficial start to summer! So the challenge this month for the Calendar Girls is to ink up a patriotic stamp, get out the red/white/blue paper and DSP to post a card that shouts respect to your country and those who have served in the past. I would also like you to note in your post on the 28th what is in your plans this year or what typically has been part of your celebration in the past years on Memorial Day. Paola--my challenge to you is to also show us your Canadian Patriotism with a card that reflects the colors and images that you are proud of.

Barb (Miss May)

As Barb said make a card that shouts respect to our country.  A couple of months ago my Sweet friend Vicki was over for our monthly card making evening and she brought this adorable stamp...I loved him the minute I saw him and Vicki graciously offered to let me stamp some images. When Barb challenged us to make cards of thanks and honor for memorial day, I just KNEW I had to color him up.....

It just so happened that I had purchased a copic book that had instructions and tutorials for coloring scenery and other images....this wonderful image happened to be in the book and I used the colors that they had suggested (some I would have never put together or even thought of). I like how he turned out. Now I didn't have any red/white/blue dsp that I felt was a good pairing for this card, so I cut up strips of SU real red card stock and a SU navy blue rectangle and mounted the blue and red on a whisper white piece of paper which I then mounted on a navy background. I cut my image and sentiment and mounted them both on red and blue card stock and stuck them to the flag.  I had two bright stars to add to the sentiment but no little stars for the flag so I hand drew the stars in white and then added diamond white glitter to the stars...The inside is currently blank...This did turn out pretty close to what I had pictured in my head...

Every year we take at least one day and go to our home town and decorate the graves of my hubby's parents and stop and pay respect to my parents graves as well (my brother decorates their graves). Some years we do a picnic, in past years we went on our pontoon but this year we are moving so it will be quite a hectic weekend...I do have to say dad, father-in-law, brother,  2 brother-in-laws and soon to be son-in-law have and continue to serve our country either actively or in a different capacity...I am so proud of them and so grateful to them and all of the others before them as well as the families who have graciously fought for our freedoms so that we can live the life we do...Thank you to each and every one of truly are a blessing...

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my card. Be sure you stop and see the rest of the calendar girls blogs...I am certain you will not be disappointed..

Until next time,

Friday, May 25, 2012

May SOTC card

This month our hostess for the Sisterhood card swap is April. She asked us to do monochromatic cards and although I tend to lean towards that type of card...I really get hung up on the definition of had my daughter preview my card and tell me if it was monochromatic...she said..."yeh, except for the green" sheesh, picky picky do you add flowers and not keep their leaves on them...and then she said it would be here goes.

As most people know, my favorite color combo is black and white...I think it is so crisp and clean looking...anyway, I found these roses in shades of black/and gray and got my inspiration from them...I used SU basic gray card stock and basic black card stock. I was at a stamp convention this week and picked up some sayings from the "Our Daily Bread" booth and just had to use one..The swirls are from a sizzix and I had some gray half pearls I received from one of my friends for my birthday a few years ago...I like how this turned out...

Since I had some gray dsp (SU) left over as well as some black scraps...I did the inside of the cards with the scraps...I did two cards this way and two with the card stock going across the bottom. Since I never know exactly what I am going to use the card for until I find a need, I left the inside blank so whomever gets this in the swap can add their own saying.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed my monochromatic (with a hint of green) card.

Until next time,

Friday, May 18, 2012

Mystery Image Challenge #10

I think I broke a record...3 posts in one belong to a group of fun talented swappers that have a mystery image swap going on. We all get the same image and make 3 cards to swap and 1 for the hostess. This round the hostess that supplied us with the images was Linda H. She gave us this beautiful image the size of a background or one could cut it down...or any other creative ideas a person could come up with....

I started with this image and had a whole different path I was going down...but it didn't work the way I had intended so I started over again...I colored the image with copic markers and then embossed the whole image with iridescent ice embossing powder...(my I then cut around the outside of the image so that I could mount it on the cuttlebug embossed lavender paper. This was all mounted on a base of SU discontinued lovely lilac card stock...I took the saying from a newly discontinued SU set and punched it out with a plain oval punch and mounted it on a scalloped lovely lavender oval that was mounted on mounting tape to give it extra dimension.

Inside I put white card stock so that whomever gets this can either write inside or put an additional sentiment. I also cut out and embossed the lovely lilac butterfly to bring the front image into the inside of my card.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you liked my card.

Until next time,

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Mo's Challenge #134-Tickle my funny bone

Can you believe it ...two posts this week...I have been wanting to try and do a Mo challenge every week but life has a way of I was pleased to be able to do this weeks challenge...close to the final posting time but I got it done...I bought this digital a year ago because I thought she was so darn cute and oh how I wish I had enough guts to lay out in a bikini with the straps drink in hand...(I would probably stand up to get another drink and embarrass everyone on the beach...)...

I started out with a whole other idea in mind and is where I got...I colored my image with copic markers and cut it out with my nesties...I then embossed the background with the cuttlebug shell collage folder and gently sponged river rock ink over the embossing to give it some definition....I had this Art Impression saying I have been itching to ink up and thought it was appropriate for this card....

I vividly remember many, many times my girls (when they were younger, actually even now)...had a knack of embarrassing me when we were out in public. Sometimes they knew what they were doing, sometimes not...but either way......they would get me good. (I have returned the favor a time or two)...Anyway, although I don't think they would be embarrassed if this was me on the beach...I sure I thought pairing the image and the sentiment would work perfectly...The starfish and flip flop were buttons I found at JoAnn's.

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed my card.

Until next time,

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Dueling Darlings May 2012--Spring is in the Air

Here we are....the 15th of the month and true to form I am late in getting this posted...(although at least I didn't miss the actual day to post...sheesh). The Divas got an amazing kit from our lovely Judy and the Dazzlers got their kit from the sweet Paola...and what fun our kit was...oh my...and full of awesome I mean full...I fell in love with the DSP paper right out of the envelope...and all the embellies we had to chose from...more than of my most FAVORITE embellishments was the butterfly ribbon.....what a is a picture of what I have left over....

I know, I are probably thinking...she didn't even make a card or maybe she did and only used the image.....Nope...I did and I used alot of the kit....(probably made the card too busy....but it was hard not to want to use everything)..

See here is my card and I did use alot of the kit...especially the dsp...I decided to make a "Joy" fold card as it was a joyful kit...The thing that wowed me right away was the background dsp with the browns, gold, oranges and yellows with a blue flower as an accent...I took my SU Pacific point card stock and laid it against it and can see I liked I colored my image with copic markers and added glitter to the butterfly wings and the flowers...(you knew it would be on my card I mounted the image on the pacific point c/s which I mounted on the orange dsp to create my flap...when I had the whole card put together and I was deciding on which of the many embellishments to use I just had to find a way to used the butterfly used it on the bottom flap (hopefully I didn't over kill with the many patterns but goodness is that ribbon beautiful).

Don't you agree??.....

This is the inside.....(more beautiful dsp).

Judy and Sweet P asked us to tell you what we love about May...and for me it is the fact that May is the promise of nicer weather. Usually May is the perfect weather month for me...not to warm and not too cool...all the trees are bursting with new leaves, grass is getting mowed (love the smell) are peaking their heads out of the ground and the birds are singing like crazy outside my window when I wake up in the morning for work...I love the newness of the upcoming season May brings along with all the new beginnings it holds for those who take the time to stop and look around them..

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog, I hope you liked my card...Stop by and check out the other creations by the Diva's and Dazzler's...I am certain you won't be disappointed...

Until next time,