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Saturday, April 28, 2012

April Challenge: Barn Quilt?

Seriously???!!! ;o)
YUP! That's exactly what my darling WPS (Wing Pit Sistah) Terry asked us Calendar Girls to do for this month challenge hostessed by hers truly.
Here's what she told us -in her own words- about Barn Quilts:
"...What is a Barn Quilt? A barn quilt is an 8 foot by 8 foot replica of a quilt block made of plywood and hung on the side of old barns here in Wisconsin.

There are hundreds throughout the state and I love seeing them up close and personal.  Above are some beautiful examples (the first picture I pass every day):
My challenge to you is to use one of the following quilt blocks to create this months card: ...."

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Well, truth be known I absolutly LOVED this challenge!! I made a quilt card a couple
years ago at one of stacking -up card parties I attended, and it was about time to come up with a new one...*THANK YOU Terry for the inspiration!*
I started to create my card only this morning, as Life has a way to interfear when least wanted ....then, after a few  phone calls interruptions I was finally able to resume and complete my card...and here's my take on this month's  challenge.

 I wanted to achieve a quilted creation using a mix of designer papers leftovers from my scrap box , but also wanted to add some dimentions to the patches as well as a solid color beside the original textured pink which -at the centre of the quilt- I replaced with a single square of floral fantasy to make the centre pop.

Here you have it! :o)
I hope you like my interpretation for Terry's challenge...can't wait to see what the rest of the Calendar Girls created !
Please check them up - their links are provided below :

April (SCS - Aprilo) April's Alley
Barb (SCS - barbaralynn) Barb's Inkin' into Retirement
Carol (SCS - momcgw) Lost in my craft room
Debbie (SCS - djones) The Ink Igloo
Jeanette (SCS - Forest Ranger) Cre8tive Play
Kelly (SCS - MiamiKel4) Sandcastle Stamper
Michelle (SCS - pattem) Ink'n General
Paola (SCS - Sama) That's Amore >>>> *you are here*
Tami (SCS - BlueInks) BlueInks Design
Terry (SCS - terry0926) It's Totally Terry

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave some comments...
♥ Blessings To You All ♥
Card Deets:
C/S : Ruby red , White, Textured Pink
D/P : recycled from my scraps' box
Ink: Ruby Red
Stamp: sentiment from Amy R stamps
Accessories:Provo Crafts' swiss dots folder, Darice's striped folder,
Spellbinders' tag, button from SU,red/white twine, Bella's baubles
Tecnique: dry embossing & quilting

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Green, Pink and Red in my Head....

Hello darlin peeps, the above is the funky title for this week challenge at
 'TUESDAY TWISTED CHALLENGE' in Melina's new blog.
The twist is to add a small ribbon and three brads in your card...
give it a try yourself, you still have time...c''s FUN! ♥

Well my friends, I decided to make a square picture-framed card and this is the result.
The  picture above is taken from the outside looking in and ,below, is the
finished inside part of my card.

Here you can see better how the card is . The framed look really
suits this card and I am also liking the result obtained from the centre square panel raised w/dimentionals.
BTW this is my second framed card, the first can be seen here if you wish :

Card Deets:
Card Stock: Certainly Celery; Cherry Cobbler; Pink shimmering bazzil
Markers: Certainly Celery; Blush Blossom; Cameo Coral; Real Red -all from SU-
Stamp: Punch Bunch by SU
Accessories: Sizzix BigZ Beautiful Butterflies,sm butterfly punch,MS border punch,
square nesties, ribbon from Michaels, CB folder from Provo Craft, Half pearls from Kaiser, 3 brads,dimentionals, glue dots.

There you have it! What do you think? ;o)
Please let me know...Your opinion COUNTS a LOT! ♥

♥ Well, it's now 2:30 am...time for this 'ol chick to go and get her beauty sleep...zzzz.........zzzzzz *wink*

Hugs and Blessings to All ♥

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Dueling Darlings Duel : Who's The Man?

Hello friends and peeps...
this is my second post of the day. My first card was made for the Twisted Tuesday Challenge and can be seen here:
Interesting that both cards made today have similar colors! :o)

This featured card was created for the Dueling Darlings .
I am a tad late but it is still the 15th of the month here ,so I am happy to be able and post it before ;o) The hostesses this month are Terry (for us Dazzlers) and LJ for the Divas. This month we were encouraged by Terry aka my darling WingPitSistah (our own special to use the fabulous kit she sent us Dazzlers in creating a card for the special man in our life. I LOVE black and white cards , therefore this kit was right up my alley -so to speak- .... Terry also told us to feel free to add some color, therefore I decided to use just a wee pop of real red and leave the rest of the card in black and white. I like the result obtained in using a sample strip of all the fabby designer papers she sent us and make it the focused layered background.

I absolutly love this image...I have this set myself and used it for the first time about a year ago for the SOTC group, and gave my Dad this card for Father's Day last year :

This (second) card I made from this set will also go to my Dad...
He was the one who introduced me to the love of fishing from a very young age...
Taught me how to hook worms and to clean and gut fish after caught...most of all taught me to appreciate nature even more...

My Dad has no way of remembering the first 'On the Fly' card I gave him ....but that's
another story... wishing things could be the way they used to be *sigh*...
I know Dad will enjoy receiving this one for his Birthday at the end of the month...
I just have to seize each and every moment and continue to make everlasting memories for the both of us... ♥ * I love you Dad* ♥

Thank you Terry for a wonderful theme!!
♥ Blesssings to All!! ♥

Terry's Kit included the following items:
Images: “On the Fly” – Stampin Up! (stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black)
Ribbon: black and white grosgrain – Celebrate It (Michaels)
Mini Brads: black and white – Recollections
Metal Rings: either rectangle or d-ring – Paper Studio
Metal Dots: silver – Colorbok
DP - Black and White Paper Pad - Recollections

I added the following : white, grey c/s, real red marker, real red punched out circle,
'bliss' sentiment, dimentionals.

A garden without roses...

Hello my friends...
was quickly working on this card while my granddaughters went to the park with
my see, I missed partecipating to the first Twisted Tuesday Challenge
on Melina's new blog last Sunday  (yeah I know...last minute eh!!) but definetly didn't
want to miss the second challenge and here's my black, grey and white vision for it.
Classic non-colors,  flowers made using sizzix and some groovy buttons and pearls over a framed embossed background...and of course NO roses are allowed for this challenge ;o)
The delightful designer paper is from CDWV and SU, as well as the basic black c/s.
Below is a close up of my card....tiny pearls were added on each embossed star as well.

There you have it...I made this post quite simple as my grandaughters are back now and want my attention....I think they have plans to do some crafting together...:o)
Thanks for stopping by...have a great rest of your Sunday ♥
Please do check Melina's Twisted Tuesday blog here:

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Unidentified Image swap

Hello blogging friends...
here's  the very first reveal of the new Unidentified Image swap started by Barb on SCS
as a spin off from the original 'mystery' image swap originally created by Jeanette
 (Forest Ranger on SCS)
Barb sent all of us partecipants images of this cute duck  'Spring has Sprung'
by Gina K Designs . She also requested we provide a sentiment to use in the front
of our cards...
Well, since the d/p I chose to use has already plenty of written sentiments on it, I then
decided to add mine on the inside....hopefully Barb won't mind too much....*wink*

Wouldn't be nice...even for an have such carefree life style as this lil
sweet ducky seem to have?? LOL........I can close my eyes and dream to be chillaxing on a cruise....or to be sunkissed on a Mexican beach while listening to the humming of the ocean waves...........ahhhhhhhhhhhhh sooo easyyyy to dream!! *wink* :o)

♥ There you have it folks!...Ducky and I are bidding our
G' Night, sending blessings your way...
Sweet dreams you all!!! ♥

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Up ,Up and away...

Hello blogger friends...
I hope you all had a fenomenal and blessed Easter day with family and friends,
celebrating the Resurrection of the One that saved us all...♥

Today I am posting a card that I cased from Lynn , anothe stamper friend from the
Stamp Addicts Blog Group on SCS. She sure has an amazing blog! ♥
You can view Lynn's original beautiful card here:

I made several of these cards to send to Lorie , who was the March hostess for the Sisterhood Of The Travelling Cards (SOTC) another wonderful group of stampers on SCS...we've been swapping -monthly- together now for about four years I think. ♥
 Here's Lorie theme in her own words:
"When thinking about a theme for March, what immediately comes to my mind is how windy it can be, and of course, kites. One of my favorite things to do as a kid was fly a kite! I have to admit that I really haven't seen too many stamps out there with kites, or kite themes, so how about "Things that fly." It could be anything at all that will fly. Kites, planes, birds, butterflies, etc. Whatever inspires you to pull out a stamp set that you already have and/or maybe one that hasn't seen much ink, and get creative...."

This is the inside of my card. Originally I was going to use this cute stamp only (for the front of my card) but then, last week I stopped by one of my favorite craft store and saw these sizzix dies and just HAD to get the clouds and the kite and oh my the possibilities to be creative are endless! Notice there are TWO sets? Well, I've decided to get one for another stamping friends too..I am sure she can create wonders...
I just hope she likes clouds and kites as well as I do! ♥

*** I also wanted to enter this card in support of Melina's first Twisted Tuesday Challenge ....the 'twist' was to have UNinked clouds in your card ... appears I am too late...dang!!
Yikes...I thought the challenge closed at midnight...
Next time I must read thoroughly!! :o(    ***
Please go and check Melina's new *Twisted Tuesday Challenge* blog here:

There you have it my friendly peeps...I hope you, Lynn and Lorie likey :o) I sure had fun creating this card!
♥ Have a wonderful and blessed evening ♥

Card Deet:
Stamps: 'Kite Flying Fhiona' by Your Next Stamp
'spring Pictogram' by SU
Ink: night of navy
c/s: old olive, night if navy
d/p: 'blue clouds' by Design Original; Happy Camper , SU (kite)
Accessories: Sizzix 'Kites', navy organdy ribbon, green buttons,
 'sparkly orange gems', SU border punch,blueberry fancy floss, dimentionals

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Rain, rain go away.....

Hello Blog~Land Friends,
it's another rainy, dreary gray day here in BC, perfect for showcasing my latest card...
I created it for my friend Jeanette's swap 'Rain in the Forest' where - in her own words - "...swappers are encourage to create cards that have something to do with
rain : umbrellas, puddles, flowers (that grow thanks to spring rains), raindrops, etc....
AS A LITTLE EXTRA SOMETHING… and since I love to use found/recycled items on cards, anyone who uses a recycled or found item on her cards AND TELLS ME ABOUT IT will get an extra card in her return envelope. The extra card will be made by me and will include a recycled/found item in its creation....."
* BEFORE going any further, can you guess what I ended up recycling on my card? * :o)

Well, if I have to be honest I must admit that this card took 'life' on its own...
going to a direction totally opposite of what I had planned in my head...
(does that ever occur to YOU, my readers?) In my case it happens more often
than I care to
Here for example, I didn't originally plan to make this card into a tent-topper one,
yet the size of this cute image turned out to be just right for that....I think....;o)

Here's a close up of this sweet immie by Whipper Snapper called 'Spring Angel'.
I wanted to give it some texture and decided to use a brush dipped in crystal effect
to apply on the umbrella...I love the uneven textured 'wet' look to it.

If you still didn't figure out what I used as part of my recycled items here's the reveal :
used yellow tape from ATG gun, and red netting from some plump tomatoes...
What do YOU think?  Did these items served their re-purpose well?  *wink*

  Lastly...a group photo of cutie-patooties Spring Angels...
say *cheeseeee* pleezzzzz.... ♥
I hope the receiving peeps in the Forest's swap like them as much as I do....
Thanks for stopping by.....I'd love to hear what you think....
♥ Blessings To All ♥

Card Deets:
Stamp: Whipper Snapper 'Spring Angel' LY812
C/S: Ballet Blue (SU)
D/P: 'SU' and 'Me and My Big Idea'
Ink: Versafine Onix Black , assorted SU markers
Accessories: Big Scalloped Square nestie, corner punch,
scalloped border punch, gold stickles, crystal effect, glitter, red half pearls by Kaiser.
Re-purposed items: red netting & used yellow ATG tape