Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Calendar Girls November 2014

I'm here, I'm here....I tell you, I need to get more computer savvy. I've been having a hard time downloading my pictures so I took my camera with me and am using another computer...sheesh. (It should be easy). ....anyway, Our hostess this month is the talented Barb and here is what she said:

This month we are going to do a color challenge. Since this card will be posted a few days before Halloween, I challenge you to make a card using just two colors--Black and One Other Color. I also challenge you to try to not use white or ivory as a base for your image. If you do, it does not need to count as your second color--or it can...... Your card does not need to be a Halloween card--it can be for any occasion. Get your thinking caps on and limit your colors to just two!

A bit of clarification............. I had a question already about the limit of two colors. Does that mean just the image, or does it include card base, paper, embellishments, etc.?

Yes--it means everything on your card can only be one of two colors--Black and something else. Your image can be stamped or printed on white or ivory if you want and that base does not count as one of the two colors--unless you wanted to go Black and White only. So all of your cardstock and any designer paper and any/all embellishments need to be one of the two colors you choose. Yes, this is thinking out of the box and I am guessing our markers will not be used this month! That is why it is called a "Challenge"!

Now you all know why she clarified the black and white scheme...right??? lol. Well you got it. That is exactly what my two colors are. I also used black and white glitter paper  which again, I am sure you are not surprised at....lol  Here is my card:


I also used white glitter netting along with a little white gem to make little ornaments on the shoes. I used the same netting along the bottom of the card to make the scalloped cut out stand out a bit more (a bit hard to see but it is there). I will insert the Cinderella sentiment about the right pair of shoes and will probably pass it on to one of my daughters (which like me, the love shoes and glitter as well).

Thanks for stopping by, please stop by and check out the rest of the calendar girls blogs. I am sure you will not be disappointed...

Until next time,

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

DDD October 2014 "Eat Drink and Be Scary"

Can you believe it I'm here and on time. So here we go Terry and LJ were our hostesses for this round and what a cute kit the Divas got....(at least I think so). Terry was the hostess for the Darlings and Laura Jean sent kits to the Divas. The theme....eat drink and be scary works perfect for this month. The image LJ send was the witch in the MFT set witch way candy. I love her she is so cute. The dsp is the Eerie collection from Basic grey and many other cute embellies, ribbon etc.

This is my card. I used 3 of the designer papers on the front and inside as well. I also loved the spider doily LJ sent along. I colored the cute little witch and then colored the pumpkins and cut them out and mounted them on the front. Now comes the hic-cup in this whole process. I took pictures of the inside and have managed to get a picture of the front and inside of the card but I'm having trouble finding the inside picture on my new lap top . One of these days I'll get it all figured out. Computers can't live without them and I can't seem to figure them out....

As an extra challenge Terry and LJ asked us to share our favorite treats when we trick or treated as kids. Well I remember hoping we would get popcorn balls somewhere along the line when we were out trick or treating . We always had tons of fun no matter what our bags held.

Thanks for stopping by, please stop by the other DDD sites and check out their creations. I am sure you will not be disappointed.

Until next time,


Monday, August 18, 2014

DDD August 2014 Friends are the family we chose for ourselves

First off I must apologize once again. I am sooooooo late and here it was Melina and my turn to host the challenge. We chose "Friends are the family we chose for ourselves" and I had fun creating the kits. I pulled from my stash for this challenge....thus the purple theme. It is out of my comfort zone for a color combo but what the hey....we all have to try something new once in awhile.

I love the Art Impression stamps and sayings so I chose an image from the Girlfriend line. I also had a few sentiments but for my card chose to keep it blank until I found out who I planned on sending my card to.

This is the front of my card. Not a very good picture but......(hopefully one of these days I'll learn how to take better pictures).

I used stripes of the card stock mounted on elegant eggplant SU card stock and the little pearl embellies. Of course no card is complete without at least a touch of glitter so thus the glitter on the head band and glitter pen on the lips.

Here is the inside of my card:

Again not a great pic... :(....

I am so glad my duelers are my friend family. These gals are wonderful and I love them all.. They are also good sports as well since I'm pretty sure for at least a couple of us this card was really a challenge if only for the color combo...lol..

Please stop by the rest of the duelers and check out their creations. I am sure you will not be disappointed.

Until next time,

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

July DDD challenge

Hi all....Yay, I made it and on the day.... a little late but on the 15th for sure...Our duel this month was hosted by our fearless leaders Kelly and Jeanette, can you believe we've been dueling for 4 years now? My how the time has flown and friendships have grown. This is the challenge Kelly handed out to the Divas....

Hi Divas!

Happy *July 2014* card kit!

This month, our challenge is EXTRA special because in early August, the Dueling Darlings will have been together for 4 YEARS!! I know, right?! It’s amazing! And the biggest blessing is that most of us are all original members with very little changes along the way. Because we’ve been a group for this amazingly wonderful amount of time, Jeanette and I thought it would be a little special to celebrate those 4 years! So in your kits, I’ve included for you 4 of a few things (more on that in a sec!) What we’d like for you to do is include somewhere on your card 4 things that must be the same! Not one ribbon, one button, one flower, one brad = 4. But 4 of the SAME THING  4 dew drops. 4 brads. Etc! We should be able to look at your card and know what the 4 elements representing our 4 years together are. So with that in mind, your challenge this month is:

Birds of a Feather, Flock Together!

I’ve also chosen to use an image that I’ve had for over 4 years as well for a little twist. It’s unusual, but you are talented girls, I know you can make it work! You have to build your image! I’ve included stamped images of the entire stamp set so you can pick and choose so you can pick and chose what you like but please use 1 tree image (there is a trunk, and two different tree tops) and 1 image from the sentiment/images page. And because if you’ve seen my blog posts lately, I’m having a slight love affair with burlap and it seemed fitting to this tree/bird theme. I hope you like the” Country Chic” kit I’ve made for you!

Kit Includes:
• Taylored Expressions “Branching Out” stamped image, stamped on GP, Tuxedo Momento Black: {This set was a special release w/ partial profits for the Eden Projects. The Eden’s Project’s Slogan is Plant Trees - Save Lives. They fight against deforestation and their organization recreates healthy forest systems not only through replanting/seeding but they also restore hope, alleviate suffering, empower communities and build local economies in impoverished areas}.
• DCWV Burlap
• Cosmo Cricket DSP
• Bakers Twine: Buttercup
• Prima and Jillybean flowers, leaves
• Recollections white sewn fabric ribbon
• Recollections paper flowers & stacked paper flowers/butterflies
• Kaiser pearls
• Dew drops and misc buttons
• Lawn Fawn wooden arrow
• Sunflower hemp cord & brown twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon

Blessings and happy crafting and thank you for not just being part of my life, but this amazing group! Happy 4 year Anniversary, Dueling Darlings!!

 I must say this was a challenge unlike any other... I pondered it for quite some time and played and pondered and finally came up with this card....

Well build I did... I used the image and made clouds and grass from the dsp Kelly sent along...can you see my 4 same items? (A hint...they are hiding in the grass). What fun this was. I used the birds, bird house, nest and eggs along with a sentiment from the sentiment page..(I got a little carried away).

Here is the inside of my card:
I used dsp to frame the sentiment. Sending a big thank you to all my wonderful dueling friends for four wonderful years of dueling, bonding and being friends....You are all a very special part of my life (even when life hands me lemons and I don't get to chat, visit and post much...you are never far from my thoughts). Love ya all...

Thanks for stopping by. Please stop and see the creations the other duelers created...I am sure you will not be disappointed...

Until next time,

Sunday, June 15, 2014

DDD Challenge June 2014

Hi all, can you believe it?? I'm here and on time. It has been a busy, busy, busy month. In addition to a heavier work load and 3 stamping groups, I got a new computer and a new camera...which both posed a great big issue with me... I am still learning how to use both so please forgive my not so great pictures, I need to learn how to crop them with this new laptop. But, enough of that.. on to the challenge. This month our lovely hostess for the Divas was Tami and the Dazzlers wonderful hostess is Darlene,  For this challenge they chose  :gardening: as the theme. Our image was Garden Riley from Riley and Co.  Tami sent dsp from My little shoebox, best creations, and KI memories as well as several embellies from various vendors.  Tami is one organized lady and had her kit to us early. I was so excited I made and photoed my card and promptly misplaced the rest of the kit....sheesh...but luckily I found the whole kit before posting.

Here is my card:

And here is the inside:

We were asked to give our favorite gardening tip....mine would be to admire others gardens....I love flowers etc however, I am the worst gardener...I can't tell a weed from a plant unless the plant has identifiable flowers growing on it...

Thank you for stopping by, please stop by the other duelers blogs I am sure you will be pleased with their creations.

Until next time,

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Dueling Darling May Challenge

The duel is on and I late but posting on the 15th so technically just a bit late...I was getting ready to post my card when the batteries on my camera decided that they were finished..I had to go get batteries this morning and finally got back to my post. Our lovely hostesses were Paola for the Dazzlers and Judy for the Divas. Judy sent us an amazing kit with tons of things to play with.  Thank you so much Judy, I had so much fun playing. I chose the Sparkling Creations "Ukelele Josh" to use from the kit...Judy also sent along Bild marlarna "mimsa violin" which I also colored up but haven't made a card with yet. She also included a big selection of dsp along with many accessories to match....

Here is my card:

I used a white base and the Imaginice, live loud "garage Band", crate and paper, paper tad for the herringbone dsp. All of the papers were wonderful and it was hard deciding what to choose for this card. I used the sheet music washi tape and the black button and black and white twine to finish off the front.

Here is the inside;

On the inside I used the black embossed sheet music panel and one of the sentiments Judy sent. I also used music not stickers...Thanks again Judy for all the fun.. as an extra we were asked what song and who we would dedicate it to if we could dedicate a special song. This one is a toughie for me. I can think of several but I think one would be "Special Angel" to my granddaughter. She is so special to me and I am so glad I'm close enough to see her often.

Thanks for stopping by, please stop by the rest of the duelers sites. I am sure you won't be disappointed...

Until next time,

Monday, May 12, 2014

Kit 10

Hi all, I finished my card from my kit from Darlene. First off I have to apologize for being so slow in getting this posted and second, I do wish I was better at taking pictures. This card really does look better in real life.

Darlene sent me a kit chock full of goodness...I have plenty left over to make several more cards. The image is the Northwoods stamp "Common blue butterfly on Sunflower blossom Square". This was a fun stamp to ink up. Darlene also sent a 6x6 designer pad "field of notes" by SEI and holy hanna these papers are beautiful...(the picture certainly doesn't do them justice AT ALL)...and there were yellow and magenta twine and blue ribbon by American crafts, Twinkle goosebumps in gold and green, glitter brads by SU various gems from her stash and ribbon flowers by Offray. As you can see I didn't use a ton of the embellishments as the papers and image was so intricate.

Here is my card:


I colored the image with copics and although you can't really see it there is blue glitter pen, gold glitter pen, black glitter pen and green glitter pen which I have used to highlight the image. The base is umber brown cardstock and the green layer is a piece of the dsp, each panel has one of the different patterns in the pack. I used the gold  twine to make a little flower and the gold goosebump for the center of the flower. Thank you , thank you, thank you Darlene for the fun, fun, fun kit. I had so much fun playing with it.

Jeanette thank you for starting this swap. My month was so much fun...

Thanks for stopping by,
Until next time,

Friday, May 9, 2014

Carriers of Faith May Challenge

This month our hostess was the lovely Kelly and this is what she challenged us to.

MAY challenge: Tell your story!

Hostess: Kelly

Scripture: "Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story—

those he redeemed from the hand of the foe..." ~ Psalm 107:2

This is one of my favorite times of year, celebrating this time of Christ's resurrection! On Easter morning when the tomb was empty, the gift to all of us was the assurance that we will live again and be given eternally glory. As Christians, of course, we hope to know Christ and accept him as our Savior and share the gospel with friends, family, those we fellowship with. Truly when God died on that cross for you, for me, for all of us, he paid the price for us to worship at his feet and redeem ourselves. On this hop today, we all unite to share our creations with you as well as a letter on each stop of the way. Please remember the letter on your host's blog and at the end ( Kelly ) will ask you to write the word from all the letters in order! What's more fun, there is a prize for one lucky winner which will be given at random from all those leaving the Guess the Word comment! ♥ Blessings to each of you! ♥

Challenge: This month, create a card/project/scrapbook page/picture based on the scripture above and what the meaning you pull from that is. Tell us your story! What speaks to your heart? What gifts do you have that you give to others as part of a fellowship - do you read, pray, write, create, walk, sing? There are so many parts in each of us ~ what part of your story are you sharing with others? As an added bonus but not required!! Please use the color GREEN {my VERY favorite color!}somewhere on your card to represent newness, growth, the blossoming of nature around us and the blooming friendships we have!

If you have come from Barb's blog you are in the correct place...Now you saw mention of a letter...Mine is "E"...remember that as it is an important part of this hop....In thinking about this scripture and the challenge Kelly issued I believe that I am blessed to be a grandma and share my life challenges and joys with my sweet loving grand daughter...I am also blessed that I will be grandma again in a few months. I also, was blessed to have a volunteer mom whom I learned that it is much more fun to give than receive. One of my greatest joys in life has been volunteering, as team moms, Sunday school teacher, fundraiser organizer, worker bee, and many other wonderful fun experiences. Of course I love to craft, read, bake and sew when time permits but I think the greatest joy is being able to share obvious and some hidden gifts that I have been blessed with, with others..so.....here is my card.
The image is a mo manning grandma..... see the pleasure on her face...bet she's reading a letter from her granddaughter...lol. As per Kelly's request I have used a green background with umber and white card stock for the layers...Plain and simple card but I did love the image....

Thanks so much for stopping by...please take time to visit the other gals on this hop...your next stop will be....Maxine's blog. Maxine is our guest blogger and we are excited to have her..

Also, my letter is "E".

Until next time,

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Kit 9

Hi all, I finally am getting my card posted from the cute kit Laura Jean sent. She sent this adorable Whipper Snapper image and the adorable, bright fun papers I paired with Tempting Turquoise SU paper. I colored this little cutie with my copics and used a white souffle pen to make the little dots on her boots, skirt, top and hat. The umbrella and hat have some shimmer pen on them to accent the hat band as well as the trim around the umbrella. Laura Jean I really enjoyed this kit...thank you, thank you, thank you....I have enough left over to make more cards..

Here is my card:
This has been such a fun month getting all this wonderful kits. I have one more kit from Darlene that I am currently working on. I'm hoping to post it the first part of next week..

Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it..

LJ I hope you like what I did with the kit.

Until next time,

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

April 2014 Calendar Girls post

Hi all, the month of April was my month to post the challenge. I thought long and hard about the challenge and this is what I came up with....

Hostess: Carol

For you challenge this month I thought quite a bit about the challenge. As you know, we will be posting after Easter so with that in mind I thought I'd do a Mothers Day challenge. When I was a child my mom would encourage my dad to get little carnation corsages in pink or red for each of us girls and mom to wear to church on Mothers Day. According to her (and the intranet), if a woman's mother was alive the females in the family would don a red or pink flower (mostly carnations, but not a rule) and if her mom had passed, the female would wear a white flower, and would visit the grave of her mom and place a white carnation on her grave. My mom's dad would do this when she was a child and mom loved the tradition. What I would like you to do this month is create a card or project using the color that would describe your mom. As an extra I would like for you to share a special memory of your mom from when you were little (if you are comfortable with that) so we can learn a bit about the wonderful ladies who raised such beautiful paper crafters...

Now as I remember, when my mom could get my dad to get corsages for us...we felt pretty special and looked so stylin...lol. but we were very proud that we were included in the gift of flowers even if we didn't fully understand why were were getting them. My mom was a daddy's girl and I think he bought corsages for grandma and mom, more for my moms sake as she had 2 younger brothers and he could spoil her and grandma a little on this special day. Unfortunately, the color of my flowers on mothers day are white...I lost my mom 10 years ago and a day doesn't pass I don't think of her and miss her...so in honor of my mom here is my card.

I could go on and on about my mom, she was a mama bear and no one was to mess with those who she held in her heart, family and friends alike. She was fair and didn't believe in letting any of her 6 kids get by with lying, cheating or causing trouble...trust me the trouble you got in with mom was worse than any trouble we could cause by ourselves...I think the most favorite thing about my mom was her love of fun. Her motto was the house will always be there to clean but we won't always have a chance to indulge in whatever adventure she had cooked up...sometimes she would even ask us to skip school to babysit the littler kids so she could do one thing or another. (I am most like my mom in the house cleaning dept)...Mom worked hard to make our lives fun and let us know each of us were special. When she died we found some papers etc of hers. I don't think she had a particularly wonderful childhood but she sure made sure we did...I do miss her tons..

Thanks so much for stopping by, please stop by the calendar girls blogs and check out the creations that each one has made in honor of their mothers.

Until next time,

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Kit #8

I'm back with another kit from the kit swap. This kit is from Terry and wow, was it a kit. Terry had it filled to the brim with embellishments, ribbon, images the whole nine yards...Thank you Terry for such a great kit. I loved it and it was a challenge as I wasn't sure how I wanted to use the kit. When I first saw the image I thought maybe I should make a partial dress/skirt out of paper and mount it to the dress form....however the image was so intricate and pretty, I chose to color it and use the glitter pens to go over it to make the colors pop and show off the pretty design. Terry had sent along the dress form stamped on regular paper and some that had been cut out with a die...how fun is that? Anyway, here is my card:

I used umber paper and cut the pretty dsp to layer on the front. I loved the dsp so wanted to use as much as I could. I made a little bow for the corner from a bit of the burlap ribbon Terry sent. The amber/brown rhinestones were just crying out to be used so I edged the side of the card with them. The little clear rhinestones were used on the dress form stand.

Terry, I hope you like how this turned out. Thank you again for the great kit...I still have many more cards to make with it...

Thanks for stopping by,
Until next time,

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Dueling Darlings April 2014

Hi all, it is once again time for the Dueling Darlings to duel their way through the April Challenge. Our fearless leaders this month were Kadie for the Divas and April for the Dazzlers. Our challenge was girls day out.. Kadie sent the most fun kit and I had fun with it for sure. I actually had my card done early for a change.... The image Kadie sent was MFT Polished to perfection and she sent cute Bo Bunny dsp along with a bag full of embellishments. She had flowers, pearls, ribbon, sequins and much more. Thanks Kadie for the fun kit. I can still make several cards after this with what I have left.

Here is my card:

I used this weeks sketch at SCS. I also used the sequins and placed the pearls on them to highlight the image. I used the pearls down in the corner as well. I trimmed her sweater and headband with stickels and put a glaze on the polish bottle to make it look shiny. I even did the inside of my card....

I used the left over scraps from the front page of my dsp and the sentiment from the same set Kadie sent along for the inside.

Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it....if you have a chance, please stop by the other Duelers and see what they have created I am sure you won't be disappointed.

Until next time,

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Unidentified image

I'm back with my unidentified image card made for a swap in which we all get the same image and make cards with the same image. It is so much fun to see the different ways each swapper uses her image. We were able to post our cards (as the image is a secret until posting time...for the most part), on the 10th but I had another post going so I'm trying to schedule this post....we'll see what happens as I tried to schedule my COF post and it didn't work...so am crossing my fingers here.

Our hostess for this round was Darlene. She sent a cute image of a girl in a picture frame along with a cute sentiment. I however, misplaced the sentiment so I used a different one. I also used re-cycled wrapping paper as the dsp on the card. (I loved the paper and tried to be careful when unwrapping the gift so I could re-use the paper...(my girls thought I was crazy...) Here is my card:

This was a fun image to work with....thanks Darlene. I hope I did it justice...I think that wrapping paper was perfect for this card...lol

Thanks for stopping by, if you get a chance to check out the other unidentified image cards that are posted..I'm sure you will enjoy them.

Until next time,

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Kit #7

I'm back to share with you the card I made from Melina's kit. It was a fun kit to work with and I tried something new to me. I originally had cut square from the pretty dsp Melina sent and mounted the squares on plain cardstock to create an edge along the side of the card base. Of course, I didn't like them when I laid out the card as I had cut the squares a bit too big...so I cut smaller squares and mounted them as well....well they weren't exactly what I had in mind so I mixed the two together to create a back ground for this adorable Penny Black image Melina sent and this is how my card turned out.....

I made a little flower embellie from the ribbon and one of the buttons Melina sent. I then used the extra scraps on the inside and also the cute felt like hedge hog embellishment that was also in the kit...

Here is the inside:
I had fun with this kit...Thanks so much Melina.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you liked the card from this kit.

Until next time,

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Carriers of Faith April 2014

Hi all, I have slowed down a bit in my posting...but will be back by the end of the week with another kit creation...until then I have a post for the carriers of faith blog hop. This month was my month and here is what I chose:

APRIL Challenge : Theme: "All God's Children".

For your card/project and/or photo, please create something depicting a baby, child, teen, adult ("as we are all special in his eyes")

Scripture: "And Jesus took a child and put him in this midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, "Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me. " ~Mark 9:36-37

Hop order for April 2014

I chose this passage as it has a special place in my heart this year. The past year has been the year of babies in our family. I have a couple nieces who have had babies and as I shared with you earlier this year my oldest daughter told us we were going to have another grand baby in August. Sadly this was not to be as she lost the baby in early Feb. at the same time she was struggling with her loss, my youngest daughter found out she was expecting a baby in October. It has been a roller coaster ride for sure but we are blessed that my daughters are close and share in each others happiness and sadness holding each other up and cheering each other on...so....my post for this month is definitely baby related but not a card. It is a couple projects I have created for baby showers and for my youngest..

The first project is a baby stocking rose bouquet we used for the shower as a center piece. I also made a diaper baby bassinet but I didn't take a picture (my other niece did but I haven't gotten it from her yet so I just have the bouquet to show you...

I also went to Michaels and got some silk flowers on sale and made up the two side boquets with my nieces favorite flowers. I bought the vase at the dollar store and some etching cream at Michaels....although you can't see it I etched the baby's name on the vase and placed flowers all around the vase..It was a fun project.

The next project is a picture frame I made for my daughter (I am making one for my son-in law just like it only with camo dsp). I saw the idea at Hobby Lobby and it was in pink or blue and under the picture it says "love at first sight", which I still need to add. On Valentines day the kids had a DR appointment, after the appointment they sent a picture of the ultrasound as well as a a recording of the heartbeat with a happy valentines day grandma message. I thought the idea from Hobby Lobby was so much fun I had to try it... lol...

I hope you liked my projects for this month. I love the saying "A baby is God's opinion that the world should go on."

I have posted the blog line up in the first part of my post, your next stop is Jeanette, I know she will have a fun post for you...also, take a minute to check out the rest of the carriers of faith as well. I am certain there will be a lot of fun, creative posts from each member.

Thank you so much for stopping by,

Until next time,


Carol ♥

Monday, March 31, 2014

Kit #6

Hi all, I'm here to show you what I made with the awesome kit Jeanette sent me. First I have to apologize, Jeanette sent me a list with the deets on it, somehow, I misplaced it. I wanted to get these cards posted as I have my kit from Melina to try and get ready for tomorrow and an awesome kit from Terry to dig into so here goes... Jeanette sent me 3 images as she said she couldn't decide...lol. They all pertained to "rain" I loved them all but I did color up two of them and made cards. I will have to save the other for a "rainy" day and color them up. My first card I made was with the Lalaland image. This girl is so cute I just had to use her for one of my cards. I colored her with copics and her rain hat and umbrella are covered with crystal effects to mimic a wet rainy day. Her little boots have crystal effects as well. I used tempting turquoise from SU for the base of the card---the rest is from the kit. Here is my card:

I loved the beautiful blue flowers Jeanette sent along and as we all know "April showers bring May flowers"...lol..

On my second card I used the Whipper Snapper image Jeanette sent. I colored this cutie with copics and added some of the pearls that were in the kit on the polka dots on her umbrella. The card is an easel card and I used the pretty pink ribbon to hold the card at it's angle. I used cream paper for the base otherwise everything else is from this cute kit..Here is my card:

I hope you like what I created with the kit you sent Jeanette. I know I sure had fun. Thanks so much.....

Thanks for stopping by...I'll be back soon with my card from Melina's kit.

Until next time,

Friday, March 28, 2014

Calendar Girls March Challenge

Well here we are the Calendar girls are once again enjoying a fun challenge... This month our hostess was Tami and here is what she wrote:

Hostess: Tami

March Challenge

Oh girls, we are going to create a card this month! I thought of a few things that might keep us busy for March.

Did you know that March used to be the first month of the year on the Roman calendar? It was changed to the third month by Julius Caesar. The calendar we use today is refined from the Julius to the Gregorian. Sadly, we only gained like the wee bit of a percentage of more time to craft with the change! In theme of the original first month, let's use one button on your card.

Let's make a card based on a sketch. I saw this sketch and wanted to use it at some point. It's time! Please note, the sketch challenge is still open, so be sure to join!

Speaking of Romans, purple is the color of the day. Please use the color purple on your card somewhere. Purple was worn by Roman Emperors and magistrates. It is also the color worn by those cute little ladies you see out lunching together, wearing purple and red and a bunch of hats!

Since history was after lunch for me in high school, I really had to put my 'dig deep to remember' thinking cap on for this one! Here are the CliffsNotes: one button, use the sketch and purple somewhere on your card.

Well I have been in the middle of my card kit swap and have been making cards daily....even writing down the date many, many, many times in the day I still missed the morning post today. Whatever made me think there were a couple more days, escapes me..anyway, I am here with my card and still on the 28th...ugghhhh...

This was a fun challenge Tami...thanks so much..

Here is my card.

Using the Cliffs Notes...purple check for sure, one button...check and the sketch...check..I've covered everything.. I found this stamp at our new Hobby Lobby and really liked it. The mounting color is concord grape and the dsp is white embossed dsp I purchased from Archivers before they closed. I took a sponge and sponged on T Hotlz lilac ink...

Thank you for stopping by, please take a bit of time and stop by the other calendar girls blogs and check out their creations. I am sure you will not be disappointed....

Until next time,

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Kit #5

Hi all, today I am showing you the card I created from the wonderful kit Jennifer sent me. It contained orange, hot pink and green designer paper along with adorable images. It also, contained ribbon light green rhinestones and more embellies..I will for sure be able to make another couple cards. The images were of a clothesline and a cute set of canisters. I colored both up and in my mind they were going to both work on this card. The front of the card has dsp  on the front to give the illusion of wall paper and a window looking out to the back yard. I was going to put the canisters on the window ledge...however, they were too big for the size of the window....hmmmmmmm...like I said yesterday my mind goes one direction and my card....another, but I did accomplish at least half of my vision...lol..

Here is my card:

I used green dsp purchased at a sale a while ago...and colored my image with copics. (of course I added some glitter to the image..heehee).

Here is the inside:

I colored the white paper with pan pal chalks, they are a bit light on this picture but a little darker in real life. I cut grass with a die cut and the same green card stock I used for the base of the card. I hope you like how I used your kit Jennifer...it was fun and I loved it...

Thanks for stopping by, I do appreciate it. I received two kits today, one from Jeanette and one from Melina so I will be coloring, crafting and having a ton of fun...both kits are full of many fun items and I can't wait to dig into them...(my mind is churning with ideas...)

Until next time,

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Kit #4

I'm back with another kit card. This kit came from Kelly and ohhhhhh myyyy was it filled with glittery goodness. The dsp was glittery there was glitter tape, glittery ribbon...wow, wow. wow. This is what the kit contained. The image from The Cat's Pajama's had never seen ink until now....so I got to play with a new immie...K& Co DSP-Glitter paper DCWV (I still have) Flower from prima giltter tape from galiant, lace, misc buttons bling gray bakers twine Bo-Bunny brads...and more..What a fun kit. I love this swap as each time I receive a kit my mind takes off. (sometimes it goes and my hands/card doesn't follow but oh well)...lol
I colored the image with Copics and used glaze on the frog and lily pad. I also added more glittah to the image..

Here is my card:

I have another image colored and ready to go glitter glaze and all in a different color scheme. I just didn't get a chance to get another card done yet. I made the litte rose in the corner from the dsp that is behind this sweet little fairy. I mounted the rose on a thin sliver bow I made with the thin silver ribbon and tied it with the grey bakers twine. I popped it up with a mounting dot. I hope you like the card Kelly...I sure did have fun creating.

Thanks for stopping by, I really do appreciate it.

Until next time,

Stay tuned I got another kit today from Jennifer and it looks like a really fun one. so I hope to be posting again before the week is up..

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Third Card Kit

I received my third card kit from Barb on Monday. Barb knows me...she sent me a beautiful black and white kit...fun, fun, fun....I just had to dig into it asap. The kit was full of goodies. Images: Gina K Time, Tim Holtz Life's possibilities. PTI  text style Black & white basics...black & white bakers twine, black glitter ribbon, black moonstitch, black thing grossgrain and black satin ribbon. Also, included were black & white brads, black buttons  and black crystals. I created two cards from this kit but have plenty more things left over I could easily make at least 3-4 more cards.

Here is my first card....

I cut up a couple sheets of the smaller sized dsp and mounted it on white paper and then stuck it at a diagonal pattern onto the black base.  (I got a beautiful card for my birthday that used this kind of background). I mounted the image onto a black nestie (you can't see it too well) and then mounted everything on the background. I made a little flower for the front from the black thin ribbon and used a white brad for the center.

Here is the inside:
The sentiment is on a piece of black folded over and can be removed from the card and used for a book mark. This was a fun card to do...

Here is my second card:
The black and white looks more brown but it is black and white. While sitting at work I decided the clock image should be on a round easel card....As you can see, I used two of the dsp pieces to create the front. I also put glitter on the watch, the roman numerals, the hands and the little timer at the bottom as well as the fob at the top.

Here is the inside:
I love this saying. as you can see I buffed it up with a little distress ink (like the watch on the front)., cut out the sentiment and mounted it on dsp. I then took the glitter ribbon and made a small bow to hold the front up and finished it with 3 black crystals. Barb I hope you like what I did with your awesome kit...thanks so much.

Thanks for stopping by,

Until next time,

2nd card Kit

Here I am again, with another card kit. To date I have received 3 of the kits for my month. Pansy sent me my second kit and her kit contained several pieces of DSP she was unsure of the maker, Darices Chick in overalls Inkadinkado Happy spring stampabilities Happy Easter Bunny images. Many brads and several ribbons. I chose to use the cute chick in overalls as the image I made my two cards from (I had to make a boy and girl of course...lol).

Here are the cards I made with Pansy's kit (I have alot left over and can make more cards for sure).

This is my boy chick....

And here is my girl...
I did the inside of the girl card as well.

Thank you for the fun kit Pansy, I hope you like the cards I created.

Thanks for stopping by. I received Barb's kit yesterday and have 1 card done so far..am hoping to have another done tonight so I can post them on thursday.

Until next time,

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Kit Cards

Hi All, Surprised....heehee..I guess I am too. It has been awhile since I have posted twice in a week...This full time working is really messing up my computer/crafting time. I have joined a kit swap lead by our own creative Jeanette. The idea of the swap is to send out 1 kit each month to the person who is assigned to the month. We have a choice of getting surprise kit or requesting /giving ideas to the kit senders. This is my month and I chose to be surprised. My first kit came from Tami. It included a cute bunny image and sentiments from Hampton Art Studios, dsp "I do peonies" (pink) and "Blue skies come on get happy" (polka dot) from American Crafts. Tami also sent a little baggie full of fun embellies...I have enough left over for more cards but here are the two I created from her kit...(THANK YOU TAMI).

and the inside of this one..

What a fun kit to work with. I hope you like what I created...

Thanks for stopping by, I will be making another couple posts this week as I have received two more kits...This is so much fun. Thanks Jeanette for creating the swap and thanks again Tami for the fun, fun, fun, kit..

Until next time,

Saturday, March 15, 2014

DDD Challenge--March 2014-Umbrellas

Hi all, it is once again time for our monthly duel and like always it is a ton of fun. Again I am a bit late but it is still the 15th so technically, I'm close to on time. The hostesses for this month were Terry for the Dazzlers and our own LJ (Laura Jean) for the Divas. Here is what LJ wrote:

Hello Divas ~

It's time for the March duel! Like most of you (except Kelly - who I am throwing virtual snow-balls at right now) I am so ready for spring and summer! One of the many signs of spring is rain and umbrellas, and as March is National Umbrella Month, we are going with an Umbrella them this month.

The details/contents of the kit are below. I have added a little bit of a twist to the challenge (Terry is not doing this - that I know). I found these 7 Gypsies Manilla Folders awhile ago at HL and I thought it would be fun for us to use these as your card base. It's not required, but It's just an idea I thought I would toss out there.

Stamps (image and sentiment) : Unity Stamps

Paper: Cosmo Cricket Earth Love Collections (Includes Journal ling type cards)

Accessories: Buttons (mostly PTI and Basic Grey), Ribbon (SU!, American Crafts, Offray), Vanilla Brads (SU!), Hodgepodge Clips & Ribbon Holder (SU), Mulberry Paper Flowers (Prima), & 7 Gypsies Manilla Folder.

Can't wait to see what you post on the 15th! Happy Crafting!

Love LJ!

Now as far as I am concerned....I will gladly trade winter coat, boots and snow for spring and summer rain and umbrellas, hands down no contest. It has been so dang cold and snowy here this year that I am doubly sick of winter. Anyway, on to the duel. As LJ asked I did use my file folder for the base of my card. I struggled with how I was going to use it but eventually came up with this,

When I got the kit I immediately looked at the pretty dsp and colored my image. I put crystal effects on the umbrella and the gals boots, I then took white stickles and made rain drops on the umbrella and their clothe Now came the tricky part.....keeping everything together until I finally put the card together. I must say that was as difficult as figuring out how to incorporate the file folder as the main card. I finally decided to cut the folder down a bit so it would be a standard A2 size.l I then covered the whole file with pistachio pudding SU cardstock and started building from there. LJ had included card stock journal cards from the dsp so I cut one of them down, then fussy cut my image and mounted it on my new journal card. I then had to try and figure out how to hold the flap down. I used the pistachio pudding card stock topped with a bit of one of the other dsp's and tacked them down with the ivory brads. I tied a ribbon through one of the buttons and attached it to this strip so the flap could be inserted under the strip and be held down with the button..

Inside I took more of the base color and added another strip of the dsp to the inside. I mounted the sentiment to the same dsp as I used on the strip on the front of the card. I really was surprised that it turned out pretty well.

Thanks so much for stopping by, I am sure you will be impressed with the other creations the Duelers have on their blogs. Please stop by and check them out.

Until next time,

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Carriers of Faith March 2014 - Thankfulness

Our hostess this month is Zella and here is what she inspired ut to do this month:

March Challenge: Thankfulness

Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

I've been thinking a lot about prayer lately. Then last night I was talking with a friend at church and she said "don't you sometimes feel like our prayers are list a list of requests?". That really challenged me. Yes, we are supposed to take our needs and requests to Him. But our prayers should also be about praise and worship - about thanking Him for ALL He has done for us. These verses are short - but the are packed with power! "Rejoice evermore". It's a choice you know? I chose to rejoice because He has made me exceedingly glad! I chose to rejoice even when things are difficult because He will bring me through and He is right by my side!

So what am I asking for with regards to your posts and pictures? Two things:
1. Share about something that you are thankful for....not the big things that everyone is always thankful for - but those little things that we seem to overlook...that we take for granted.
2. Share about why you rejoice and why you worship Him.
(And of course share photos!)

And there is one last part to this challenge. The prayer part. Before you sit down to write your post, pray and ask God to direct your words and your heart. And when you are done writing your post, pray for people who will read your post...that they will somehow be challenged or blessed...that the Lord will speak to them through your words and your blog.

I have thought about this challenge all month and as I am doing things I say little prayers of thanks and gladness., I find myself thanking God for the green light when I am running late, patience when I am challenged and for help in controlling myself when I feel strongly about something and want to blurt out my feeling especially at work. Most recently I have been thanking him for the gift of sight and the wonderful Dr's that are able to correct this. I have an eye Dr I have had for 15 years. Last November he had checked my eyes and I got new contacts. I totally trusted him and he has always helped immensely. The new contacts however have been a problem lately and I have gone through too many of them for comfort. Last Thursday I made an appointment at this clinic to have my contacts checked again, before purchasing more. Much to my surprise a lady walked in and introduced herself. I did the same and during our conversation I asked about my Dr...Apparently he sold the business to this Dr last December and is moving down South for his wife. Nothing was said to his patients and apparently his staff found out 2 days before closing. I found myself praying in the chair for guidance for the new Dr and for patience, understanding, trust and guidance on my part for the new Dr. I kept pumping myself up thinking maybe a new Dr would be ok...Maybe she would have new and different ideas on the whole issue. Well, I have new contacts and they are not working so I will call tomorrow and make an appointment, I did warn her that I have had trouble in the past getting a correct fit/RX, Now I pray for patience for both of us. I do know that it will all work out...how can it not as I have the right God in my corner and hers as well. I also, know he hears us and is ever present wherever we are. He is always guiding us and watching over us. Today I have no pictures just thoughts.

Your next stop is my sweet friend.....Tami, she always has interesting and fun thoughts and ideas.

Thanks for stopping by, please take time to stop by the other carriers of faith as well.
Until next time,

Friday, February 28, 2014

Calendar Girls February 2014 Challenge

Hello there, Glad you stopped by... Our hostess this month is Kelly and she gave us a very interesting challenge....this is what she said:

Hostess: Kelly

February's Challenge is Fancy Schmancy Fabulous Fabric!

That’s right – we’re getting fancy this month with .... Fabric!
I thought we’d shake things up a bit and try something we haven’t done before and create with fabric – fabric scraps – fabric flowers, panels, and/or the whole card! Think flowers, trees, houses, even holiday ornaments, etc –
the choice is yours BUT ....

You cannot stamp your cards this month!

You may use a sentiment as a compliment to your card but the fabric (or fabric ‘element’) must be the focal point of your card.

You can do this, ladies! No sewing required! Glue, glue dots, Aileens, etc ...
show us your fancy, your schmancy, your fabulous fabric cards!

Let's do this!

Now my brain went round and round and again round and round trying to figure out what to do....so off to my stash I went. I knew I was going to used tulle as I had some left over from the decorations I made for my nieces baby shower but what else???... In digging around I found some fabric dsp with adhesive on the back and pulled it out. I used a white base for the card and adhered the fabric dsp....well that was a start...scrounging around some more I found lace, feathers, a string of beads and some irridescent rhinestones...I made a few vellum flowers and stuck all the components together and this is what I came up with:

I hope this is on the thought wave you were going for Kelly. I had a good time working on this challenge and I';m sure the other Calendar girls have some amazing creations for us to check out. So if you have a bit of time....stop by their blogs and see what they have created...

Thanks for stopping by,
Until next time,

Friday, February 21, 2014

Frolicking thru the Forest

Today I am posting the card I made for the card swap my sweet friend Jeanette hosted. I will be mailing them out tomorrow Monday at the latest....but in the meantime, I will post it here. Last night we had a big snow storm....so, I am home from work today as the roads are not good. Here is a picture from my front door...


Last night right after supper while watching TV our electricity went out. I was in the process of making my cards, so we found a flashlight and lit some candles and I kept working on them. I was running the tree for my card through the big shot and then removing the excess that was left when I took the paper from the die. Now I wasn't sure who/what frolicking through the forest should be so I chose a fairy image..My little fairy did so much frolicking that she was plumb tired out.  So, she hid and took a little nap.

I took the picture in the sunlight and it is a bit shaded...I do hope you like it. The wings have a little glitter on them and the tree has rhinestones scattered around...

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Until next time,

Monday, February 17, 2014

DDD Challenge Feb 2014 "Feel the Love"

Well I finally made it...late but I'm here. It has been a crazy start to the year. This month is the month of Valentines Day and since my dueling mates posted their creations on the day after, our wonderful hostesses' Barb for the Divas and Debbie for the Darlings...chose to continue the love right on into the 15th. Barb sent the Divas a kit that was so full of goodness that it was really hard to pick what I wanted to use...actually I wanted to use it all but the card would have had to been REALLY big or very very full...lol. This is what I chose to make...

My base is real red and I used 3 pieces of the awesome dsp Barb sent in the kit and mounted it on strips of white paper. I then took the beautiful shimmery red ribbon and gathered it into a flower of sorts. I used the pearl for the inside of the flower and the other two pearls sit nicely in the bottom left hand corner. We were to use the sentiment on the card and could add other images if we chose. I chose not to use other images as I liked this as the focal point. I used the heart brad on the sentiment and colored in the little leaves with green colored pencil.

Here is the inside:
Not a good picture at all but I did use the scraps from the front dsp paper and placed the cute little pink flowers from the kit in between the little squares of scrap paper. I will add a white sheet to the inside when I decide what I am going to use the card for.

For the second part of this challenge we are honoring our founders Kelly and Jeanette. I know both of these wonderful gals love the Lord and their coffee (Starbucks to be exact), and their families. They also , love sharing their talent with us in creating new and different challenges for us. Kelly is especially fond of palm trees and sandcastles...(good choices), however, she also likes "SNOW"---go figure...this "love" I don't really understand as I'm not a fan of snow...but...oh well...lol. Jeanette is a fun friend....she loves razzing Barb and can hold her own...lol. She also, likes camel smooches (from the computer) and prizes, prizes, prizes...which can get bot Barb and Jeanette going....they like to duel over who is going to get whose prize. I was a very fortunate girl to meet Jeanette and Barb this past year and I can only say.....what fun...I think we all love fun. I am very fortunate to be able to count  all the awesome duelers as friends. They truly are a blessing in my life.

Please take a bit of time and check out their blogs. I m sure you will not be disappointed.

Thanks for stopping by...

Until next time,

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Calendar Girls 2014

Once again it is time for our wonderful group of swappers to post the Calendar Girl Challenge. To start us off this year our awesome hostess is Jeanette (I do apologize for posting late). Here is what she said:

Hostess: Jeanette

If you’ve ever been any of the swap threads that I participate in, you know that I like holidays, normal ones, weird one, funny ones. EVERY day is worth a celebration. So, for this month’s Calendar Girl challenge, I want you to select a holiday that is CLOSE TO your own birthday and make a card for that holiday. If you need help finding holidays, check out this wonderful site. .

For instance, Barb’s birthday is in October, right? So she could choose to make a Halloween card, since Halloween is close to her birthday. Or… she could choose a lesser known (dare we say quirky) holiday such as National Family Bowling Day (the 11th), National Grouch Day (the 15th) or Dictionary Day (the 16th). Now please don’t feel like you HAVE to make a card that is for that holiday… just one that is inspired by that holiday. For instance, Barb’s Grouch Day could be a “Cheer Up/I Care” sort of card or an “I’m sorry! I really messed up” sort of card. Or the Dictionary Day card could include a flower punched out of the page of an old dictionary.

I hope you’ll have fun with this challenge. I’ll look forward to seeing what you come up with when we post on our blogs on January 28th!

Thank you Jeanette for the awesome challenge. I love this site and had some fun checking it out. My birthday is June 15th and rather than go with flag day I chose June 12th red rose day.. I had purchased a rose stamp last year that I hadn't had time to ink up so I used it with this card. I made two as I had taken pictures of the first one...thinking I only had one shot if it I made another to replace it. When taking pics of the new card I discovered I had 2 more pics of the first card so I could show you...uggghh....the new cards pic isn't really great either. I think I need a photo class....

Here is my first card...simple but I kind of liked it...

Here is the second....

The picture isn't the greatest but this is an easel card and the white on the roses is glitter that didn't photo very well..

I again apologize to my fellow calendar girls and Jeanette for being so late..

Thank you for stopping by.....please take some time and check out the creations made by the other gals...I am sure you will not be disappointed.


Until next time,



Saturday, January 18, 2014

The mystery is revealed

Hi all, today I am posting my mystery image card. We have a group of gals who swap in a mystery image swap. Every other month we get the same image to create 3 cards and send them to the hostess. Our hostess this month was Kate. She sent us an image from Stampin' Up of a dinosaur. I know she has boys and I am guessing they are into dinosaur's. I'm a bit rusty with dinosaur's as I have only had girls so I checked out the internet to see what they look like. (For an idea on how to color one...). After a bit of research, this is what I came up with.

Here is the front...

and here is the inside.

I used some of the  dsp I purchased at Archivers to make a baby gift for my niece's little guy. I don't remember the name of the dsp but I really liked it.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you liked the card.

Until next time,