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