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....



April
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,
Hugs,
Carol

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,
Hugs,
Carol

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,
Hugs,
Carol

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,
Hugs,
Carol

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,
Hugs,
Carol









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
Carol
Jeanette
Shelly
April
Kelly
Barb
Zella
Paula




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,

Hugs,

Carol ♥