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 though....my 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 you...you 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,
Hugs,
Carol

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 monochromatic...so....I had my daughter preview my card and tell me if it was monochromatic...she said..."yeh, except for the green" sheesh, picky picky picky...how do you add flowers and not keep their leaves on them...and then she said it would be ok....so 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,
Hugs,
Carol

Friday, May 18, 2012

Mystery Image Challenge #10

I think I broke a record...3 posts in one week...bonus...lol....I 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 glitter...lol) 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,
Hugs,
Carol

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 interfering...so 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 undone...lol...with 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 well....here 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 would....lol....so 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,
Hugs,
Carol

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 goodies...wow...do 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 plentiful....one of my most FAVORITE embellishments was the butterfly ribbon.....what a treat...here is a picture of what I have left over....

 
I know, I know...you 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 well...you can see I liked that...lol..next 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 somewhere..lol). 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 ribbon...so....I 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)..flowers 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,
Hugs,
Carol

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Twisted Tuesday Challenges -Melinas Birthday

Well, here I am a little earlier...(not at the last minute at least...)...with my card for this weeks challenge...First off I want to wish Melina a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY (a day late)...This week we were to create a birthday card and the twist was to incorporate Melina's favorite embellishment....ribbon.


I used SU poppy parade for the base of this easel card I made. The image is a Mo Manning image and it was colored with copic markers. I of course used glitter on the birthday package ribbon and on her birthday hat. I mounted the image on the card with foam tape so it pops up to make her more of a focal point. The dsp is a SU dsp and am pretty sure it is retired but not positive as I can't remember the name of the dsp pack. It has a lot of different colors in the tiny dots so I chose to pick the certainly celery from the background dsp. I then used certainly celery ribbon for the front and inside of the card accented with pearls.....I have desperately been searching for my stamp that says...."Happy "29th" birthday....from your 110 pound friend...." and as soon as I find it I will stamp that on the inside of this card.

I hope you liked my card for this week.

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

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Twisted Tuesday Challenge.....

Here I am again with a quick post for TT2 challenges:...we were to follow a sketch and the twist was pearls...I had another blog post that I had done and accidentally wiped out so and doing another quick one to get my submission in on time....so here is the sketch:


and here is my card:



Thanks so much for stopping by,

Until next time,
Hugs,
Carol

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Mo's Challenge #132-favorite color combo

Yay, I get to join in the fun once again this week....Although I like many colors, my most favorite color combo is black and white (with a touch of glitter of course...lol). This week I did do my card with the black and white color combo but added a spot of red here and there. I colored this adorable digital "big shoes" with both copic markers and charcoal pencils...(I am attempting to get a lot better with the charcoal pencils, so I continue to practice). I just love this image and it so reminds me of my granddaughter when she was smaller...


As you can see, I colored the skin on this cutie with copics and also the red flowers and heart with copics. I then used red glittah to pop them out. The rest of the image was colored with light, medium and dark charcoal pencils. I put a little crystal effects on the ribbon and shoes to give added dimension. I used SU basic black and whisper white c/s for the base and trim...and discontinued SU dsp for the accent strips..I found some iridescent bling in my stash to give the card a little more pizazz...

Thank you for stopping by to check out my card...I do appreciate it.

Until next time,
Hugs,
Carol