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 us...it 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...
Hugs,
Carol

Friday, July 20, 2012

Secret Image Swap

Hi all, I am a couple of days late in posting this but hopefully you will forgive me...life 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 yet...so off I went to find the picture...Our image was given to us by the lovely Kate...it 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 be....here 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..
Hugs,
Carol

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 extras...so....I 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 heart...lol) 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,
Hugs,
Carol