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.

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! ♥


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 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

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,

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Music in fhe Forest Swap

A little while ago I joined a "Forest" swap hosted by my wonderful friend Jeanette. She has hosted several Forest swaps and after each one is complete she starts another..We have a great group of swappers who participate each time and we pick up more awesome swappers along the way...It is a fun swap. This swap had 3 catagories, Cards with a musical theme, Card Candy and Recipes (the theme here was something you make to share with friends/company) on a 6x6 layout..

I had purchased a baby grand piano die for this swap and it came in time...however, I couldn't find it when it came time to make the cards. I searched high and low to no avail....I did find the die about two days ago, wrapped in the invoice stuck between two pieces of mail (not at all where I had looked...) so I did make my card with a piano sticker on the front. I chose to make a round easel card for this catagory....

Here is my card....
The first picture is a bit subdues but more like the card would look if the lighting was correct. The second picture has shine from the sticker and the flash but more true to color..

For my card candy catagory, I chose to gather blue sheer ribbon to make a fluffy background....I then took a piece of musical dsp and punched out some of the music notes to top the blue ribbon with.. To the backs I placed a dimensional so that the paper can be removed revealing the sticky layer and placed on a card.

For my recipe card catagory, I chose to color up a  Norman Rockwell image I purchased from Cornish Farms several years ago. I embossed the image and then colored it in. Since the image was so big I cut it out and placed it on the 6x6 card and had the recipe tucked into the piano so it could be removed and put back in.

Again, not a great picture but I think you get the general drift.

Thanks for stopping by..

Until next time,

Friday, February 15, 2013

February Dueling Darlings

Well it is the 15th of the month and once again we are dueling...Our amazing hostesses this month were Judy for the Divas and Paola for the Dazzlers...and what darling kits they sent...

Here are the deets:


It’s February and your Dueling Darling hostess’s Paola for the Dazzlers and Judy for the Divas have chosen this theme of love based on the Bible verses from Corinthians 13: 4,7, 13
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud….It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres…And now these three remain:  faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love.” (New International Version)  There is so much about love to celebrate in February besides the forever traditional day of love, Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14th.  To name a few more celebrations that take place this month and that may inspire you as you create your card for this months duel:
·        American Heart Month
·        International Friend Month
·        Random Acts of Kindness Week (10th – 16th in 2013)
·        Brotherhood/Sisterhood Week (17th – 23rd in 2013)
·        Send a Card to a Friend Day (Feb. 7th)
·        Love Your Pet Day (Feb. 21st)
·        Family Day (Feb 18, 2013 in Canada)

With this theme in mind we would like you to sow the seeds of love and kindness you have received in your life.  You are challenged to pay it forward by performing a kind gesture and doing it anonymously!  The week of  the 10th – 16th may be the perfect opportunity for you to do this.

In your kit this month you should have received:
Designer Papers from  My Mind’s Eye, “Love Me”; Pinecone Press Papers, “Be Mine”
Ribbon from Recollections: red glitter; pink glitter; red and white satin;
Divine Twine: pink,white, red twine
Heart clothes pin
Pink bling hearts
Prima flowers
Various heart brads
Stamped images:  Stampin’ Up “Summer by the Sea”  and sentiment “Joy is not in things, it is in us” and  circle sentiment from S.U. Circle of Friendship “Sending You My Love

Well let me tell you...I loved the dsp so much I wanted to use both sides of each sheet...hmmmmm..... what can I do to accomplish that...the light bulb went on and off to work I went...I cut each of the 3 sheets into 1/2" strips and went to work weaving the strips into this wonderful background alternating the fronts and backs so each side would be seen...AWESOME right?? NO...when I put the card together the whole sheet of weaving was crooked and slanting, what. Well I pulled the whole card apart and started again...hmmmm...maybe if I didn't do such a big sheet it would work....Off to find another layout and create....this time it worked (sort of or at least well enough for me to be ok with it). By the time I got the second card done I was so tired from working a 12 hour day I waited to post until this evening...(sorry)..Then once again the light bulb went off....why not cut some hearts out of the woven paper...great idea..the first heart totally fell apart...(the weave wasn't stuck together)..oh well, I did figure that one out in time but oyi....

Anyway, here is my card:

If you look close enough you can see the middle back panel is woven...

Here is the inside:
The next time I decide to try something new...I promise I will start earlier...(sheesh and I thought it was going to be easy....)

Thanks for stopping by, please stop by the other duelers blogs and see their creations...I am sure you won't be disappointed...

Until next time,

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Mystery Image Challenge

Hi all, it is the 10th of February and we can now post our cards with the image Linda H sent us as our mystery image...Our image was "tail wagger" from image...(I must apologize ahead of time...I took my pictures before sending off the cards in the mail and it didn't turn out very well)...

Here is my card:

My white card front is mounted on Umber cardstock (which is hard to see). I used a paw embossing folder for the back ground and swiped over the edges with brown ink. I used a stamp to make the bones and colored them with copics, cut them out and used crystal effects on the top to give them some dimension and then popped them up with mounting tape...

Here is the inside of my card...

Thanks for stopping by, I do hope you will stop by all the blogs in the mystery group....I am sure you will be impressed with all the creativity these gals have..

Until next time...