Saturday, December 28, 2013

December Calender Girls "Anything goes"

As you know, I belong to the Calender Girls group. This is a group of talented ladies that put up a challenge for each month. This month's challenge is "Anything Goes": Here is what Jeanette posted.

DECEMBER 2013 CHALLENGE
FREE FOR ALL

This month is a FREE FOR ALL. Feel free to post if you want to. Feel free NOT to post if you need a break. If you do post, post whatever you want. How's that for easy???



That would be easy, as I had a card I had made for my friend Linda for her birthday last month. Since her birthday is usually on Thanksgiving or very close to the day she rarely gets much attention during that time. Our group of stampers had a birthday party for her in the early part of November and I made it a goal to send her a card a week until her birthday so it would last a month (after all as we age I think we should be able to stretch it out a month...lol). Anyway, I used this adorable Mo Manning image and paired it with glitter which I so love to use on cards. It is appropriate for this month as well as the little guy is waving and so is the penguin. It almost appears that rather than saying "Hi" they are waving good bye to this year and waving "Hi" to the new year that is to begin.


I do hope you like my card:




Thank you so much for stopping by. Please stop by the other Calender girls blogs I am sure you will not be disappointed.


Until next time--
Hugs,
Carol

Sunday, December 15, 2013

A Christmas Story---DDD December 2013 challenge

Here we are again it is the 15th of the month and I'm a bit late in posting. (I have decided that working FT has definitely ruined my stamping time....ugghh...). This month our awesome hostesses' are our fearless leaders--Kelly for the Diva's and Jeanette for the Dazzlers...what a wonderful theme this month and the kit I received...can you say WOWZERS...love, love, loved it.. Here is what it contained:

-Images: inky antics (2 different ones)
-Paper: designer paper from Carta Bella's "Winter Fun" and Bazzill opulent glitter cardstock
-Embellishments: Martha Stewart pearls; Bead Landing cord rope; ribbons from Simplicity, Stampin' Up, Offray, American Crafts; Co'ordination tags and twine; K&Co. brads; glitter buttons "frost" by Favorite Findings; snowflakes "Snow Storm" by f f; dewdrops by Robins Nest, clear

Now a few of you might be totally surprised that I didn't use either the glitter paper or ribbon on my card but I did add a bit of stickles to my image...lol...I also used su soft suede for the base of my card and a bit of cherry cobbler in the layering...

Here is my card:




I just loved this image and when it was ready to be photographed  I placed it in our little Christmas tree. It just happened to be against an ornament that had a saying this house believes (not intentional). When I went to crop my picture I thought the ornament saying was very appropriate and I didn't want to crop it off. .

I even did the inside:



What an awesome kit this was... I totally love it....thank you Kelly for all the fun.

We were asked to share a Christmas memory...this one is my all time favorite although I have MANY!!!

Being the oldest of 6 kids could be quite a problem at times. My dad was not always on top of Christmas like my mom and more often than not we would all traipse to the Christmas tree lot on the 22 or 23rd of December and usually get a Charlie Brown tree. (Not that I have anything against the Charlie Brown trees). We would take it home and decorate it and then finish up all the Christmas frenzy. (It would usually come down shortly after Christmas). As a young girl we would go to my dad's side of the family on Christmas Eve and my grandma and uncle from my mom's side would drive down after midnight services and spend Christmas day with us (a treat in itself). Well Christmas Eve was usually very chaotic and I learned when I started dating that if my boyfriends family celebrated Christmas Eve and invited me I was allowed to spend Christmas Eve with them. That was nice however, I would always ask my boyfriend to drop me off early and I would go home, turn on the Christmas tree lights, put Christmas music on the stereo...lol...and sit in the dark illuminated by the Christmas tree and listen to the beautiful Christmas music. I loved that special time and still do. No rushing, no pressure just all is calm and all is bright...

Please stop by the other duelers blogs. I am sure you will not be one bit disappointed with all the awesome creations you will see.

Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time,
Hugs,
Carol

Friday, November 15, 2013

DDD November Challenge

Here it is the 15th of the month and I'm just barely on time with my post. (but it is still the 15th wheeew). Our challengers this month were "Darling" Darlene for the Dazzlers... and wonderful Tami for the Divas. As you know I am a Diva so I got my awesome kit from Tami. Now I must say it was full of tons of goodies (of which I still have alot left). I loved the papers and all the embellies as well as the challenging image. Our theme is :Masculine :::::Yep, the manly man! You'll see in a moment the challenge I had when you see my card. Our image was a great stamped tag in 4 different colors....the challenge was to use the tag on your card but it couldn't contain a sentiment on the tag. Now, I looked and looked and looked for a manly image I could stamp on my tag...at first I thought I'd cut 3 of them out...lay them side by side and use a big image and then mount each of them on card stock and separate them like tiles...well....hmmmmm again I couldn't find a stamp that would work. So.........plan b was to take an image stamp it on the tag then stamp another on another piece of paper (I actually used the side of the card stock the tag was stamped on), and then color and cut out the image, so far so good...I actually found a stamp I thought would work and once it was colored and cut out I mounted it with mounting tape on the tag.

Our little bag FULL of embellies contained a black circle. I ran across a sketch that used circles so I modified it a bit and was able to use the dsp on the black circles and the side rectangle so I could use a little bit of each of the papers...I actually surprised myself and liked how the card turned out..(I hope you do too Tami).

So here is the card:

Unfortunately the picture isn't the best but I think you get the idea. Thanks for the wonderful challenge Tami.

The second part of our challenge is to share a funny holiday story involving someone masculine in our life. Mine happened on the 4th of July when we had our pontoon. We were cruising down the river with my brother and his family when my nephew asked if he could drive.....of course my husband let him. We were pretty new to the river and not really sure of all the sand bars....(we also didn't have a porta potty on the pontoon but we got one soon after), and everyone was saying, we need to pull over at the next opportunity. Well my nephew was going quite fast to tease my hubby (who drove slower than slow), when he ran into a sandbar.....Everyone flew forward as we stopped VERY SUDDENLY...We all had to get out of the pontoon to push it off the sandbar...it wasn't quite the stop we had planned but everyone felt better when they got back on the boat...My nephew...well he felt bad and decided he was through driving for the day.

Thank you for stopping by, I do appreciate it. Please take some time and check out the rest of the Dueling Darling blogs. I am sure you won't be disappointed in the creations you will be treated to.

Until next time,
Hugs,
Carol

Monday, October 28, 2013

Calendar Girls Challenge Oct, Sept and August

Hi all, I am combining my challenges that I missed while I was having computer problems. This month our lovely hostess was Barb and she challenged us to the following...



OCTOBER 2013 CHALLENGE
Miss October: Barb

Here is the October Challenge--For me a true challenge is to try a new technique. So--that is going to be the challenge I propose to all of us.

Go to this link Technique Lovers Challenge Forum and chose a new technique to you that has a 1 or 0 in the challenge number--like TLC410 or TLC360 or any more current number (as I posed this challenge way back in January........................) The technique you pick should be one you have never tried before--and you can go back as far as you want in the forum in the posted techniques to find one to tackle. Please list the number and name of the technique you tried in your blog post. And--to make the challenge a bit harder--you cannot create a card this month! You need to think outside of the box and try a totally new technique along with a project that is anything but a card............... And--for extra credit--make a creation with a Halloween theme!



Well I must tell you I definitely needed the extra credit so I used Halloween images as I have been absent so much... the technique I used is here it is TLC12 Hot card. I had never heard of it let alone tried it but it was fun. Since Barb asked us not to do a card, I chose to make a bookmark....here it is...


I loved this little vampire and had to include him on my bookmark...(of course I needed to use glittah after all everything is better with glittah)...lol...


In September our beautiful  hostess was Terry and this was her challenge:

SEPTEMBER 2013 CHALLENGE
Miss September: Terry

September is a month full of changes. From the leaves on the trees changing colors, to me changing how old I am.

My challenge to you is to use the attached sketch to create a birthday card. Your card can be for a male or a female but it needs to include one type of embossing....can be dry embossed cardstock or a wet embossed image, your choice!

Have fun with it and create something wonderful!

Here is the link to the sketch:

Sketch Challenge 450 {8/21/13}

and this is what I came up with:




I didn't write anything inside the card as I may not use it for a birthday but I could...





In August our sweet hostess was none other than Paola, aka Sweet P. and this was our challenge:
AUGUST 2013 CHALLENGE
Miss August: Paola

For the usually HOT and HUMID month of AUGUST, I would rather do something to get cooled off ...but what?
mmmm..I got it! We could make some SNOWballs....or even SNOWangels in the middle of summer, but how? ♥

Here's what I suggest :
Your challenge for this month is to create something with anything that begins with the word SNOW.
However, here's the catch: Your card should NOT reflect Christmas at all...
...but rather just images AND sentiment ( s ) that start with *SNOW*.

Here's a list of compound words for you to chose from and get started with...(feel free to add your own)
Once you blog your card, please also make sure to add what was your word choice
that your card reflects, and also WHY you selected THAT particular word...
Thank You and happy stamping .....Have FUN 'chilling out' on a hot summer day....♥

Paola
aka Miss August ♥

SNOW words:
Snowman ; Snowberries ; Snowballs ; SnowWhite ; Snowplow ; Snowsuit ; Snowflakes ; Snowqueen ;
Snowmobile ; Snowshoes ; Snowcone ; Snowangels ; Snowfort ; Snowbird ; Snowgoose ; Snowfall.


This is what I came up with:



There are acrylic snowflakes as well as glittah cut out ones. Snowballs, and lots, and lots of sparkle...I think I hit the snow word... I am also going to use this card for the Hope you can Cling to card challenge

Challenge Title: Blingtastic
Hostess: corgidusty
Keyword: HYCCT1314

In real life this card is totally blingtastic.



Thanks so much for stopping by and if you are still reading thank you for taking the time to check out the challenges I missed due to a sick computer...

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

Until next time,
Hugs,
Carol

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

DDD Challenge Oct 2013

I can't believe I'm finally back. It has been a long couple months first my computer blew up then a virus ate up my files....yikes...but...now I can come back, see and visit with my cyber friends and catch up...

The challenge this month was chosen for us by Judy for the Divas and Paola for the Darlings...both awesome crafters and friends...this was their challenge:

TRICK OR TREAT?

"Trick or Treat,
Smell my feet,
OR
Give me something
Sweet to eat!"

My darling Divas, for this round, my partner Paola and I would like for you to create a card celebrating Halloween.  So far this holiday has yet to be represented by the Dueling Darlings.  In addition to creating your Halloween card we would like for you to share your view on Halloween...
Do you celebrate it?  If so, what's your favorite part?  (Eating candy is nNOT an optional answer...LOL!)  Please share one or more for the following suggestions:  a trick, a treat, a recipe, favorite costume, favorite decoration, fun times, etc....Pictures are always a welcome visual too!

The following items are in your kit:
Stamped images: Recollections
DSP:  My Mind's Eye, "Wicked Mechant Malvado"
Ribbon:  CELEBRATE IT HALLOWEEN
Twine:  My Mind's Eye, Lime Twist
Pewter brads:  Making Memories
Skull and Crossbone brad, Spider and ghost embellishments: ???

HAPPY HALLOWEEN TO YOU ALL!
HOPE IT'S FULL OF TREATS!!



I received my awesome kit from none other than our lovely Judy...and let me tell you....I thought she had made the kit just for me....giggle giggle...it was full of fun glittery items. Glitter paper, glitter embellies...oh what a delight to look at, play with and drool over. I loved everything so much I just had to use as much as I possibly could. So off to SCS tutorials I went. I decided on the lumniara which is found Here . I had made one before so I knew I could use at least 4 of the awesome designer papers, and at least 4 of the images Judy sent along...I was in crafter's heaven...Oh boy did I have fun...


Here is the final product of my fun:







Now for those that know me, I am sure you will believe me when I tell you I colored all my images with the exception of the RIP with glitter. Black white and orange. I used the BOO sheer ribbon to place on the bottom of each panel. I have a battery operated candle inside but it is really hard to see. My pictures didn't turn out as well as I had hoped but at least I get to post...on the spider panel I used one of the wonderful spooky spiders Judy sent along towards the top right  side and trimmed the top of the whole creation with the beautiful sparkly orange and black ribbon...Thank you so much Judy...this was so much fun and the kit was AWESOME..

As for my Halloween memories. I have always celebrated Halloween. My mom's house was always filled with moving decorations and people would come from miles around to check them out. I myself didn't have as many as her but I had my fair share. The Christmas before she died my mom made each of us (6) ceramic pumpkins with our last names cut out for the mouth...One of the nicest things I like about Halloween, is that for not a ton of money you can make many, many little ones happy by dropping some candy into their bags. It is so much fun to see their costumes and the delight on their little faces as they thank you and run off to the next house.

Thank you for stopping by...I know I have rambled on...but please take a bit of time and stop and check out all the other creations made by the Divas and Darlings...I am sure you will not be disappointed..

Until next time,
Hugs,
Carol

Monday, August 19, 2013

August DDD Challenge...(posted late...)

This month our challenge was hosted by the lovely Laura Jean and her wonderful side kick Terry (who I must say has the most BEAUTIFUL smile...it makes me smile just thinking about it..) Oops, getting back on track here...their theme this month was  a fall kick off...and I must say I got the most awesome football themed package from LJ...wow, was it full of beautiful papers, embellishments and the cutest MFT pure inonocence football  image.. It was so much fun working with this kit and I have so much left over I could easily make at least two more cards....thank you Laura Jean.♥

Here is my card:


Honestly it didn't photograph very well. It does look better in real life. I used the old olive paper from SU for the base and worked from there. I made my football from an oval nestie embossed with a folder (I can't remember the name of) and made the ties from liquid pearls (which I used on the helmet and side panels of the uniform bottom. Laura sent us awesome dsp and I used the Game day Chili/JillBean soup paper on the front. I also used the little wood banner and cut the words from one of the other papers and taped them on. I used one of the brads to secure the little banner to the front of the card and the star borders from MFT die namics to accent the front panel of the card (I thought these borders were awesome).

Here is the inside of my card:

I used the sn@p color vibe polka dot paper on the inside and took the extra star border layered it onto the plain blue border and stuck that to the top. Laura had sent the banner I have running down the side and I placed another piece of dsp she had in the kit right down the middle. The words came in the kit as well.

I thought this kit was so much fun. Thank you Laura Jean...

As an extra challenge we were to share a favorite early fall memory. I remember the magic of our high school homecoming foot ball games. There was always such a buzz in school with pep fests, bonfires, coronation and so many other events topped off with the homecoming dance. I was a cheerleader and was really involved in many of these wonderful events and they are sweet memories.

Thank you for stopping by, please stop by the other Darlings and check out their creations. I am sure you won't be disappointed.

Until next time,
Hugs,
Carol                                                                          

Sunday, July 28, 2013

July Calendar Girls "Cute and Cuddly"

I'm a bit late in getting my card posted today but it was to dark to get a picture when I finished my card I thought I'd wait for better lighting and then post...Our lovely hostess this month is Miss July our Lovely Linda. Here is her challenge for this month:

JULY 2013 CHALLENGE
Miss July: Linda

I would like it to be "Cute and Cuddly". The cuddly being a huggable moose, or a raccoon, or a bear, etc. I really enjoy the Riley stamps and Penny Black hedgehogs, but I'm asking you to pick your favorite furry creature stamp and make a card with any sentiment. I happen to be a hoarder of cute stamps, maybe because my kids share in my stamping addiction. It's always fun to see those little critters come to life on a card.

Can't wait to see what you come up with.

Linda



I love cute and cuddly as well and have many stamps to chose from in this category. I chose a little doggie from Whipper Snapper. (One that was purchased this spring in WI during a very fun get together), called pocket pup. What a fun little guy to work with...I chose a sketch from MFT to use for my card. I used mahogany paper for the base and used dsp from echo park (woof stripe) and Best creations (puppy love) on my card. Here is my card:



The sketch from MFT:




And the inside of my card:



On the inside I used a piece of the puppy love dsp as I thought it was so darn cute.

Thank you for stopping by and checking out my card. Please stop by the other calendar girls and check out their creations as well....I am sure you will not be disappointed...


Until next time,

Hugs,

Carol

Sunday, July 21, 2013

A Day for Daisies, Challenge #74

As some of you know I have a sweet friend who is on the DT for a Day for Daisies..I was lucky enough to visit her this past spring and fell in love with her cards and the Day for Daisies site. I have been trying to do some of the challenges  and this one was to use a die cut...(as well as one of their images). Well I went a little crazy looking at the site and have a wish list quite long,. but have been purchasing images in batches. For this challenge I had a hard time deciding which image to use but the Birds in her Hair image won out.

Here is my card:



As you can see I chose to use the deckle rectangles for the image and the background. I cut out the arm so that it stretches out over the background piece. I then edged the layers with purple ink. Of course my birds have a little glitter on them...(but I am sure this comes as no surprise). I had purchased the corner embossing folder at a clearance sale awhile ago so I am not sure what the name of the folder is but, I did hit the tops of the embossing with the same purple I used to accent the dies. I also, put a few rhinestones into the dry embossing to give it a little more pop....

Thanks for stopping by, I do appreciate it.

Until next time,
Hugs,
Carol

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Mo's Challenge #192---Celebrate Love

Yay, I finally get to do a Mo's challenge. It has been a while as life has taken over most of this year...ughhh...am hoping it slows down a bit since I am getting into the routine at work a bit better and am not working weekends...woohoo....

As you all know I love Mo's images and decided that Tom and TIlly made a perfect pair for this challenge.
Here is my card:



I had a different idea for this card and this is totally the opposite direction but I think it turned out ok. I played with some of my new and old nesties and had a good time while I was at it...

Thanks so much for stopping by..I appreciate it

Until next time,
Hugs,
Carol

Monday, July 15, 2013

Dueling Darlings June 2013

Well here we are again...the 15th of the month and we all know what that means....Duelers take your mark, get set....DUEL.... Our lovely hostesses for this month are (my former partner) Debbie, a.k.a Lil dj for the Dazzlers and the beautiful Barb for the Divas....

The theme for this month was "Cool Creations" and Barb sent us a kit plumb full and overflowing with goodies..Love the dsp, all the embeillies and of course the cute whipper snapper image...fun, fun, fun...Ok, on with the card....


I used SU midnight muse for the base of my card and chose the memorable Note Records-Stripes/patterns and Memorable Note detalis, dots/paisley dsp (all the dsp sent was wonderful). I colored my little guy with copics and used souffle markers on the ice cream. (I wasn't a fan on the effect if gave however). I used the cute little ice cream cone brad and the bakers twine to finish off the front of my card.

Here is the inside:

I used the scraps from the front to finish off my inside along with the colored brads Barb sent along...what a fun kit and I still have alot left over to play with...

As an extra challenge we were asked to share our favorite summer cooler...right now my #1 favorite is chocolate chunk, cherry ice cream....yumm.....(I have to quit eating it though as it likes me just as much as I like it and it keeps hanging on - to my hips, belly, arms, thighs....you get the picture)...

Thank you for stopping by, I would love if you would stop by the other duelers and check out their creations...I am sure you will not be disappointed.

Until next time,
Hugs,
Carol

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Crafters of Faith June Challenge

This month our lovely hostess is Barb and this is the challenge she gave us:

JUNE Challenge
Hostess: Barb

June is Dairy Month in Wisconsin. I remember when I was growing up there were dairy breakfasts at farms in our area and my 4-H club had a pie and ice cream social every June. Now--I am not sure that everyone has a dairy themed image. But--if you have something farm related--cow, chickens, ducks, barns, fields, etc. or dairy products related--ice cream, cheese, milk, eggs, cream puffs (the Wisconsin State Fair favorite!), or use your own imagination to honor the dairy farmer. Do you have some farm related DSP or an embossing folder? Chicken wire, barbed wire, farm animals, etc.--please be sure to use that.

I hope everyone enjoys creating a card or scrapbook page with a Dairy Farm Theme! Do you have a farm related story from your childhood to also share when you post your card? We would love to read about a favorite memory.

Have Fun--Enjoy the Challenge! Thanks--Barb


I was looking around for some stamps and came upon this one in my stash...apparently I liked it so much the first time I purchased it a second time...(insert rolling eyes here). Anyway, I really liked it and thought it fit with the challenge..After I found this stamp, had it inked up and colored I found a cow stamp so I made the dsp with that. I hope you like my card...

It is a bit different in the fact that the cows are in funny sunglasses and seem to be enjoying themselves..lol..

When we were little we were "town" kids but my grandparents lived on a farm about 15 miles from our house. My grandpa was sick for one whole summer so my dad would go to work early, come home directly after work and go straight out to the farm and start doing the plowing, field work and whatever else he needed to do to help my grandpa keep the farm (we of course didn't know things were that dire at the time). Well most evenings my mom would take us kids out to the farm to help ( I don't think we helped much but we sure had a good time)... have supper with my grand parents and dad and then on friday evenings if we were very good...(insert rolling eyes here), my dad would stop by the dairy queen and buy us each an ice cream cone...it doesn't get any better than that...many fun times and lots of great memories...

Please take a little bit of time and stop by the other crafters of faith...I am certain you will not be disappointed with their creations...

Thank you for stopping by,
Until next time,
Hugs.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Callendar Girls June Challenge

This month our lovely hostess for the Calendar girls was Debbie...she comes up with wonderful, fun ideas and this month was no exception...This is her challenge:

JUNE 2013 CHALLENGE
Miss June: Deb

As I was trying to come up with a June theme...I noticed the $1 stamps I always seem to pick up at Michaels and never use. So I decided the June theme will be Dollar Days! However, I didn't want anyone to have to go out and buy anything so...

I gathered up the UNUSED and UNOPENED $1 stamps I had and taped a sticky note to them and put them on the table. Then I asked my youngest to mark each stamp with a number starting with #1. She picked up the stamps at random and numbered them for me. So the order in which you replied to my email determines the stamp you get.

Sweet P responded first so she gets the stamp marked 1. April responded second so she gets the stamp marked 2. And so on down the list. (Jeanette, Terry, Linda, Kelly, Barb, Tami and Carol). I will be mailing each of you the stamp that is yours.

The requirements for the June theme are:

1. At least two layers.

2. You must use the $1 stamp you receive on the card. However since the $1 stamps are small you can use background stamps or other stamps to create a background, and sentiment stamps of your own on your card as well. But I would like the $1 stamp to be the focal point.

3. If you have any buttons, ribbons, or other embellishments that you bought for $1 or less, embellishments that were gifted to you, or recycled items, please use those products to embellish the card.



This is the stamp set I received in the mail from Debbie along with a cute card:

When I received the stamp I was wondering what it was all about...(I hadn't been on line for awhile so totally missed what Debbie was planning for a challenge)...I had a couple of ideas when I saw the set and I combined them to get my card.....





The challenge says to use at least 2 layers and I managed to do that...of course I used the stamp that she sent me...check...and the last was to use an embellishment I got for $1.00 or less. As luck would have it, I was shopping with my friend on Tuesday evening and ran across this pretty lace for .50 cents a yard...how perfect. I used stickles for the center of the little flowers on both the image and the trim. I also used am embossing folder for the background. It is a pretty simple card but I kind of like how it turned out..

Thanks so much for stopping by. Please stop and check out the rest of the Calendar girls cards as I am sure you won't be disappointed and it will be fun to see what $1.00 stamps each of them got...

Until next time,
Hugs,
Carol


Sunday, June 23, 2013

Challenge #190 - "Bright Colors" w/Mo Image

Hi all, I am here with a card for Mo's challenge #190 "bright colors".  I was wondering which image to color up and decided I needed to go shopping for the perfect image for the person I had in mind. This image is perfect in every way starting with it's name "done". This is perfect for the person I plan on sending the card to. My sweet friend Terry, just finished her on line schooling and last Sunday took a very long test to pass the course...she had to wait until Thursday to find out her score and it seemed like a long time to all of us rooting for her. As I suspected Terry PASSED....WOOHOO...Way to go... so in honor of her passing the test I chose this card to make:



I am sure Terry was jumping up and down when she found out the good news...I certainly felt like it when I heard. I used dsp from a pack I have had in my stash for quite a long time and I embossed the right (red) panel with the congratulations folder.  I highlighted the "you did it" with a new (to me product) I received for my birthday. The white doiley is a SU die and the red one on the inside of the white one is a ODB die. I hand cut out our happy girl and mounted her on both doilies. in the bottom corner I have red, white and blue star buttons and I have tied them with white bakers twine...

Here is the inside:




Thank you for stopping by...I hope you enjoyed the card for the Mo's Challenge.

Until next time,
Hugs,
Carol

Friday, June 21, 2013

A Day for Daisies take two Challenge #72

Hi all, I have been playing with my A Day for Daisies images and am so loving them. This week they have a challenge on their blog (the second for June with new releases) that asks for crafters to add some nature...Well last time I played I pretty much stuck to the main type of images but after seeing some of the great creations, I went a little outside the box. Now bringing in nature can be animals, scenery, flowers you get the idea....once I started thinking in that line I had a ton of ideas. I just purchased this cute image..."flowers in the garden". I loved this little girl enjoying her flowers so I decided that was bringing nature...(or at least I hope it qualifies). Next I colored her up, cut her out and went searching for papers...

Here is what I came up with.....



Isn't she just the sweetest little girl? I used white card stock as my base and covered it with a layer of softly glittered dsp that has the texture of a soft, soft coffee filter. I found it in one of my travels a long time ago. I then cut out the background and side swirls with a nestie and blue vellum. The blue vellum was a bit too transparent so I cut another piece of paper to mount my little girl on. I used SU pearls to embellish the corners of the nestie as well as the swirls. I had so much fun playing with this image.

Thanks for stopping by....I hope you like my take on adding nature.

Until next time....
Hugs,
Carol

Saturday, June 15, 2013

DDD June 2013 challenge

Guess what time it is??...you got it. It is time to get our duel on. This month Melina and I were the challenge leaders. Melina came up with our theme "Sunshine and Flip Flops". With summer vacation beginning...how appropriate right?. The only problem here was every time I would go out shopping I would pick something up for the kits and set them aside...well when it came time to put the kits together.....I forgot about a couple things I had purchased...fortunately, I found them and got to tuck them in last minute...

For the kit this month I gave the Divas a choice of 2 images. One young lady and one older lady. The young lady is from the Anya series at The Greeting Farm and the older lady is "Ethel" from rubbernecker. I also included a couple sentiments that could be used if they chose. (I chose to use a different one and you will see why in a minute). Guess who I chose to use???????

If you guessed Ethel you were right...I can so identify with her...lol


I chose to use a yellow sunshine color for the base. (The same color I die cut the sun that Ethel is right up against, she's tanning)...It also was used to mount the dsp on as well. The sunglasses and flip flops I found in my travels and the ribbon was from my stash. The red rhinestones are from recollections.

The inside holds the sentiment as well as some of the leftover dsp from the front.....

Don't ya just love this sentiment...it is also from rubbernecker. I just couldn't pass it up. lol

Thanks so much for stopping by. Please stop by and check out the Divas and Dazzlers...I am sure you won't be disappointed...

Until next time,
Hugs,
Carol

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Mo's Challenge #188 Childrens challenge

Hi all, I guess I did this upside down as I wanted to have my granddaughters card come up first but alas, I was so excited to post her card I ended up doing this in the wrong order. The challenge over at Mo's was for adults to use a child image and for a child to create a card using any Mo image. Well my granddaughter and myself crafted this weekend (among other things). Her card is below and here is mine:





I love this little guy with his flowers. (My image is a little fuzzy from my camera...sorry). I purchased him this weekend and couldn't wait to color him up. Here is the inside:




Pretty plain but I used the leftover scraps from the front to decorate the inside. Both my granddaughter and I had a great time with this challenge.

Thanks so much for stopping by..
Until next time,
Hugs,
Carol

Mo's Challenge #188-Children's Challenge

Hi all, today I am posting two separate posts with cards for Mo's challenge. This is her first ever Children's challenge. As adults we were required to use a child Mo image...as children creating...the child could use any Mo image. Well as some of you know my granddaughter has been crafting with me since she was able to hold a marker or crayon. It is one of her favorite things to do whenever she comes over. As luck would have it, she was here for the weekend so I asked her if she wanted to make a card for the challenge...well...no problem there. She looked through all my Mo images and here is what she came up with.





She colored the image with my copics and then decided to try something different using the nesties and different layering paper. The only thing I helped with was lining up the nestie for her and helping her decide if the image was on straight. Since it is her mom's birthday today, she decided to make it a birthday card for her mom and we made chocolate covered strawberries as a present for her....here is the inside...




I think she did a pretty good job with the card..

Thanks so much for stopping by...we both appreciate it.
Until next time,
Hugs,
Carol

Sunday, June 2, 2013

A day for Daisies Challenge #71

Hi all, I have been anxious to try one of the challenges posted on a day for daises blog.This weekend I have been a bit under the weather and have stayed in for the most part allowing me to color up an image and make a card for the challenge. I used the pears from A day for daisies and the challenge was to use some packaging on your card.....well here my card is...rather simple but I did use some packaging... lol


I used the flash on the second picture to accent the packaging I used. If you were at a loss for what it is...I'll share. I took the plastic bag they have at the grocery store and cut down the side of the plastic and used the printing on the plastic strip, (which is hard to see), to form the flower under the pears. It was a fun challenge...

Thank you for stopping by.
Until next time,
Hugs,
Carol

Friday, May 31, 2013

COF May 2013

It is once again time for the Crafter's of  Faith challenge. This month our hostess was Jackie and this is what her challenge was for us (I personally LOVE this challenge).

May Theme
Hostess: Jackie
"For God so loved the world; that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

This is my most favorite verse in the Bible. It speaks to me about love...a great love that will never end. How awesome!!! For the month of May; I would like you ladies to create something out of love. Interpret this anyway you want...it can be a fave stamp set; some of your fave embellishments, maybe even a project for a loved one. There's so many possibilities & I can't wait to see what you all come up with
!



Here is my card:


I received a GC from a VERY SPECIAL friend for "A day for Daisies" digi store. I love this place and have purchased there before but this particular image reached down inside me and cried out purchase me...My lovely niece just announced that she and her sweet hubby are expecting their first baby in November. (For those of you who have been following for awhile I helped with her wedding 2 years ago). When I saw the image I just had to make her a congratulations card which by the way fit perfectly with the beautiful verse Jackie chose. It shows that God loves us so much that he still creates new life within us so that the world can continue to go on. Jackie I totally understand your love for this verse ( and I love it as well).

Thank you for stopping by and I do hope you take a few minutes to visit the Crafters of Faith and look at their interpretation of this challenge. I am certain you will not be disappointed.

Until next time,
Hugs,
Carol

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Calendar Girls May 2013

This month our lovely hostess was April and this is the challenge she came up with for us....

MAY 2013 CHALLENGE
Miss May: April

My theme is easy I would like you each to make a card representing one thing you hope to accomplish over the summer. It could be a garden, a vacation, a weight loss, whatever, BUT you do have to tell us what you are hoping to accomplish!



With this in mind I have been really thinking hard about starting to exercise more and try to cut back on eating...(much needed for better health and joints)..Looking through my stamps I found a set I hadn't inked up yet (I have lots of them.....yikes) and it seemed to fit the challenge perfectly using the weight/exercise theme..


Here is my card:

I took my camera and card to work and snapped this picture as my office is so bright and sunny during the day...(don't think I'll do that again as it really doesn't show the colors right..they are much brighter and vibrant in real life.).[ Another lesson learned.] I used a new SU color for mounting the image and the dsp (which is a variegated purple/coral/red, the base is SU concord grape which is very dark. The next picture of the inside does it better justice (but not much)...

The stamp set is Inky Antic Ageless Worldly women...fun set with funny sayings.

Thank you for stopping by, please take a few minutes and check out the other calendar girls creations. I am sure you won't be disappointed.

Until next time,
Hugs,
Carol

Sunday, May 19, 2013

DDD May 2013-Making Memorie-Celebrating Moments

I think I have a pattern going here...Once again I am late in getting my card posted. Life seems to be taking over in leaps and bounds lately and everything keeps getting pushed back. I don't however want to stop crafting so will continue to post (even though I am late...:( ).. The theme this month for the wonderful Dueling Darlings was chosen by our amazing leaders...for the Diva's the wonderful Kelly and for the Dazzlers the wonderful Jeanette. The theme was Making Memories, Celebrating Moments!!

Kelly sent us the most delicious kit. Our image was  "Tessa Tassel" from Kraftin' Kimmie and sentiments from KK as well. DSP from Carta Bella "beautiful memories" ...and many embellishments to craft with. I loved it all and here is what I came up with.....
 I loved the dsp and typically I chose a layout in which I can use as much as possible, however I loved this image and when I started putting the card together felt that less was more and chose to make the card simple. I used basic black for the base of the tag (which originally was going to be a bookmark) has 2 of the dsp one on the front and one on the back which of course you can't see,...I loved the polka dot dsp so I used a strip of that to back the tag and bring this sweet image to the focal point. I did however used more of the dsp on the inside of this card and used the cute little motar board to accent the sentiment.

 
We also, were supposed to share a memory or current moment that is happening in our lives that means alot to us. I have had several in the past year and and pinning a awesome memory down to just one would be too hard, so will share with you that my sweet little "god daughter" will be graduating in one short week. I will be going up north to help my sister with the celebrations. I am looking forward to this in a big way...family, friends and awesome food...what a great way to celebrate a milestone for a wonderful young lady....♥

I do hope you like my creation and hope you'll visit the darlings and divas if you haven't already done so. I am sure you won't be disapoointed.

Thanks for stopping by...
Until next time,
Hugs,
Carol

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Calendar Girls and Crafters of Faith cards

Hi all, I am once again late...not on purpose but truly by crazy circumstances. I have been working longer hours, visiting awesome friends and my computer has been acting up. During the time the Calendar Girls card was due I was at Barb's beautiful home. I did not have my card done and Barb let me use her wonderful craft room to make my card. Since it was my month to chose the theme, I was doubly upset that I wasn't on to post. When I arrived home I went to post my card and my computer was not working again...Needless to say I was NOT a happy camper...so here I am today to finally post my cards...

Here is the challenge:
APRIL 2013 CHALLENGE
Miss April: Carol

As the saying goes April showers bring May flowers....

To me April showers clean the earth of its worn out snow, dust and dirt along with nurturing new seeds and life to our surroundings (gardens, yards, trees, etc). It also, to me signals new beginnings....so for this month I would like for you to create a card that does just that...it could be a wedding card, a baby card, even a New Years card...OR it could be a card that uses something worn out or pre-used and develop a new use for it...ex: mesh bag from fruit...used once to hold fruit: new beginning...used on the card...repurposed.. I know all of you are very talented crafters and I can hardly wait to see what you come up with...

Have fun with this challenge...
((hugs)) Carol




My original intentions were to make a wedding card and use some of the wrapping paper that I salvaged from the trash when my dd was opening her wedding gifts...since I was at Barb's I change to a baby card using a new whipper snapper stamp I purchased while I was visiting... here is my card...




I used a doily for the background of this sweet little guy and some embossed whale paper for the panels. My niece had a little boy on the 23rd of April so this little card will be going her way...


For the crafters of faith....this was the challenge put out by our lovely April:

April's Challenge
I spent my childhood being called April Showers or even April Flowers.....hence my email address of aflowers.... It would probably be called bullying nowadays, but I seemed to take it all in stride. Because of this moniker, I wanted to highlight a verse which is about Spring. I think this one is apropos!

Leviticus 26:4 - Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.

Although my verse does not say flowers explicitly, a plant must flowers before it bears fruit. I would love your card this month to show off flower --- stamps, die cuts, crocheted, etc! {If you want, you can add rain, but that isn't a necessity.}

Have fun with this verse and the glorious Spring Season!


I also did this card at Barb's with a new (to me) technique... I embossed a solid flower stamp with while and then colored it with copics. Of course I HAD to add some glitter...(but then you all knew that right??...lol)


Here is my card:




I actually kind of like the look of the solid white flower highlighted by copics and glitter. I am practicing so that I can do a better job...


Please stop by the blogs for each of these groups...I am certain you will not be disappointed by all the creativity you will find

Until next time.

Hugs,

Carol




Sunday, April 14, 2013

Dueling Darlings "April 2013"

It is once again time to get our DUEL on...woohoo. The hostess for the Diva's was the amazing Tami, not only does she do and awesome job at paper crafting but she is a wealth of knowledge as well, the Dazzlers are led by the awesome Darlene who also is one smart cookie and a wonderful paper crafter as well. This month they chose "It's all about flowers" for the theme....(I love this theme)...Well per usual we got a overflowing kit from Tami from which to create...fun, fun, fun. We received beautiful dsp's , ribbons, embellies and the image was from Delta Creative..."Sunflower II". I used as much of the kit as I could on my card and still had a ton left...Thank you Tami...

Here is my card:

I went with the umber cardstock for my base and buttercream for the accent background for the beautiful dsp paper we received. I used Bo Bunny's Apple Cider afternoon, Simple stories Harvest lane, doodlebug design bon bon, and several of the embellies Tami sent along..(I'm not sure if I like the card as I think it is a bit busy but I did use alot of the kit).

Here is the inside...





Thank you for stopping by. If you have a chance, please stop and check out all the duelers cards...I am sure you will not be disappointed.

Until next time,
Hugs,
Carol

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Crafters of Faith March 2013

Happy Easter all...."He Lives" for sure...This month Jeanette was our hostess and she laid out the following challenge:

March Theme:
Hostess: Jeanette
Since we will be posting on Easter Sunday – March 31 – and since we are Crafters of Faith, I’d like us to create a religious-themed Easter card. No Easter bunnies and such, but instead a card that focuses on the Risen Lord! It can include Scripture and/or images, but needs to focus on the religious aspect of the holiday.


He is not here; he has risen! (Luke 24:6)

For my card I used paper I had purchased for my daughters wedding invitations last August and the dies were ones I have had for awhile as well as the paper roses and pearl pen. I didn't use any stamps on my card as I felt there was enough going on with out adding more...However a sentiment will be added to the inside and I am sure that anyone who see's this will know it is a faith filled card...




Here is my card:




















I do hope you like this card....Please take time and visit the other Crafters of Faith as I am sure you will be truly inspired by their amazing cards,







Thanks for stopping by...







Until next time,

Hugs,

Carol





Thursday, March 28, 2013

Calendar Girls March 2013

Well here it is once again the 28th of the month and time for the Calendar girls monthly challenge...Our challenge this month came from the lovely, talented Tami and this is what she wrote:

MARCH 2013 CHALLENGE
Miss March: Tami

Um, I hope I do not hurt anyone's feelings here but we are all a little bit of paper hoarders!!!

Well, we are going to have to give up the security blanket for March. I would like to see your best created card with NO designer paper. *gasp*.....*thud* {I think J just hit the floor}.

So go ahead and grab your 'old school stamps' - yep, like a set you have not used in years - and create a card for the Calendar Girls.

Oh, and let's try to keep in theme with 'use what'cha got', please no new purchases for this round. Use what'cha got...well, everything but designer paper that is!

I cannot wait to see what my friends come up with. It is always something to look forward to!

__________________

Sooooooo, with that said I decided to go old school with my supplies as well...I'm not entirely sure I like how my card turned out but I did follow Tami's instructions (at least I think I did).

Here is my card with my "old school" supplies:

 I don't know if you remember the old metallic pencils SU used to sell or the wood colored pencils they sold as well....I used night of navy and bashful blue card stock for my card. I stamped the dress stamp in versamark and embossed the image with clear embossing powder. I then colored the dress with both kinds of pencils and of course used my trusty glittah on the flowers and hanger. Down the back of the dress I put little pearl buttons using a white pearl pen. Since we couldn't use dsp I dry embossed the navy panels and used versamark inside the folder and then poured clear embossing powder over the dry embossed  paper (that had versamark pressed into it from the folder) and heated it giving it a shiny darker textured piece of cardstock. (all of the supplies and the stamp are a few years old). The newest item I used were the pearls in the corners that were purchased from SU about 9 months ago...

I did try and give the dress some dimension using a pink colored pencil and a darker pink metallic pencil (in the ruffles and inside of the dress).

This was a fun challenge Tami....thanks for throwing it out for us to do....

Please stop by the other Calendar girls blogs and when you get to Miss February (our Kelly), make sure you wish her HAPPY BIRTHDAY....I know you will love all the creations and Kelly will love the birthday greetings..

Until next time,
Hugs,
Carol

Saturday, March 16, 2013

DDD for March 2013

Here we are the 16th of March already and the Duel has been on for a day (I missed posting yesterday since I have been having much trouble with my computer). But I had my hubby check it out and got it at least to where I can post...??? Oh well I'm hoping with a little more work he can get it back to normal...Enough of that ...On to my challenge for this month. Our lovely hostess for the Divas was our newest member (YAY) Kadie, and the Darlings hostess was the amazing April. They chose to highlight St Patrick's day and blessings..and OH MY what a kit we got to play with. Needless to say I got so much I have left overs to make a few more cards and I made use of alot of the kit...

Here is my card:
I made a gate fold card using the Lilybee Design fat quarter for the front sides and the other side of the same paper for the background of the cute MFT  ala mode "Wishing you Luck' image. I colored the image with copics and used glitter on the shamrock, the cute girls headband and shoes. I placed the rhinestone embellishments in the corners of the black image background. I loved the little pansy strip from another of the dsp's so I placed that on the bottom of each side. On the inside of the card I took one of the little cut out cards and cut the March off the front of the card, turned the bottom of it around, placed the Celtic blessing on that side and taped the March on top from the front of the card. I think it worked out ok..

We were asked to post a recent RAK we have initiated or have been the recipient of...The most recent I was a recipient of. As some of you know I have worked part-time in a bridal shop selling dresses and accessories for over a year. I helped a young lady with her wedding dress and had such a good time with her and her mom. This young lady had donated one of her kidney's to a stranger (a lady who happened to be a religious leader), She had moved her wedding up so the recipient of  her kidney can preform the wedding. That was the first random RAK, anyway, I also helped her when she and her mom came in to pick out bridesmaid dresses for her girls....at that time the mom handed me an envelope (which she had planned to have one of the other consultants  deliver if I wasn't there). I was really busy that day and didn't get a chance to open the card until much later that evening....inside the thank you card was a picture of me and her beautiful daughter in the wedding dress she chose on the first visit along with a very generous VISA gift card...I was overwhelmed and surprised to say the very least. What a kind, kind, mother daughter pair they were. Later that month the mom came in to pick up a color swatch and I was able to thank her once again in person...(I did send a thank you note however I didn't have the mom's address and couldn't find in by googling). What an impact they had made separately and together in many peoples lives just doing what came natural to them....I am grateful I met these beautiful earth angels....

Thank you for stopping by, please stop by the other Dueling members and check out their creations, I am sure you won't be disappointed..

Until next time...

Hugs,
Carol

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Calendar Girls February 2013//Crafters of Faith February 2013

Hi all....I have two posts for today so make sure you if you have time to check them both out. First off the Calendar Girls February hostess was our lovely, talented Kelly.

FEBRUARY 2013 CHALLENGE
Miss February: Kelly


*~* Share the LOVE! *~*

It’s February, the month of LOVE ♥ I’m thrilled to be your hostess this month and offer you a challenge of a different sort Rather than go for the traditional Valentine’s card, I wanted to ask that you each make a card – as a reflection of yourself – and share a little LOVE!

This month, please create a card (or project) that shows what YOU love … something that when we look upon your card, we will know exactly what that ONE thing is that you love so much!
(For example, maybe sporty LJ will have something on with the Badgers on her card (just sayin’!) or Darlene may have gorgeous feathered friends gracing the front of hers … you get the idea! )


*You may use any colors you would like but extra brownie points for using non - traditional colors!!
* Please include one thing only – I know it’s hard {However, if it's fruit, for example, you may include a basket of it rather than just one fruit}

YOUR BONUS CHALLENGE: As a extra bonus, but completely optional part of the challenge, I would LOVE for you to send your card to a place/organization that you LOVE. Share the LOVE this month by sending your card to someone in need – OWH, children’s charities, RMH .. the possibilities are endless. Know that somewhere out there, your generous mailing of your card could bring a smile to someone in need

Have fun creating and crafting and I so look forward to sharing the LOVE with you this month! ♥

*Blessings!*



My card for this challenge is white on white with a spark of silver...(the ribbon). I am hoping you can tell right away what my favorite thing is (at least my peeps on line will). I used a Mo Manning image Mummu and me...which I think is adorable..and it does remind me of my Little Miss (granddaughter). I don't know if white is considered a traditional color for Valentines day but I started out with brown and turquoise and it just didn't work so went to plan B.


Here is my card:.






The place I am going to send my card to is my Aunt as she has 6 daughters---tons of grand children and even more great grandchildren...at 78 she is still dancing and singing to all of them (as well as being an amazing  piano player to boot). She loves homemade cards and definitely uses them for all the birthdays, anniversaries and other special events that go on in this large family. That being said, growing up she was and still is my favorite aunt...I love her to pieces....


My second card is for the Crafters of Faith blog and our lovely hostess is the talented, super knowledgable
Tami....


Here is her challenge:.

February Challenge
Hostess: Tami
I have a crafting tool that I just had to have and have hardly used. Does that sound remotely familiar?! I think you all may have the same tool in your arsenal. I would like you to drag out your scoring tool. Scor-Pal mini, biggie, Martha mini, biggie or if you do not have one of those, I am sure that you may have a scoring blade on your paper cutter. SCORE!!! It would be fun to see how you all incorporate scoring onto your card. You know I am into 'use what'cha got', so if you do not have a scoring tool of any sort, please create without this element. Oh and I do not mean just a score to fold your cardbase in half! LOL

While it is a 'lovely' month February, let's create a card that is not Valentine's themed. That being said, it is the second part of this challenge. Let's not use Valentine theme, red, pink or white colors anywhere on our cards. That includes the paper you stamp your image on....*gasp*!

For our third element, how about we place both an image and a sentiment on the front of the card.

Well, that ought to keep us busy {now what am I going to do?! LOL} I am looking forward to seeing your projects. I get the best ideas from you girls.
 

I first have to say I love, love, love my scor-pal (I have several and use them all the time).  I am sure everyone may have used this technique, but I chose the faux tile technique. I scored my buttercream paper and then stamped the image...Once the image was on I stamped the whole piece with versa mark and then put clear embossing on the whole image. After melting the embossing powder I touched the edges of the flowers with an embossing pen and sprinkled a little glitter on the embossing fluid and re-heated the image...I bought nothing new to do this card and I believe I have followed the other parts of the challenge (no white-use what ya got, and both the image and sentiment are on the front)...I hope I hit them all....


Here is my card:


Thanks for stopping by, please stop by the other blogs and see the awesome creations I am sure they have ready for you...


Until next time,
Hugs,
Carol