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Saturday, March 22, 2014

~ Inspiration and Blessings

  ~ Hello everyone,
 here's my card for the latest SOTC swap....
 Judy was the hostess for last Jan/Feb spot, and she challenged us to make a card
 using an 'Inspirations and Blessings' theme.

   Here's in her own words:
 Theme: Inspiration and Blessings!
It’s been a time of reflection the past month and now a time to look forward. So I would like you to create a card that expresses your hopes, dreams, and/or aspirations, for you or someone you would like to inspire and bless.

Extra option/challenge: 
Be creative and try something new….a new technique, never used before stamp, etc.

I am not sure if I did Judy's challenge any justice ....fact is I got stumped three times as my creative flow has been greatly diminished lately, to the point that I was seriously considering leaving the stamping world behind....yet I am hoping to get over this slump once more, soon...

Anyways, on my fourth attempt my mind took a new approach (took the opposite way...) and went with it: I thought of WHO inspired me so much throughout my life , who challenged me the most over my growing years and who was both a constant inspiration and my own true hero...Once my thought were in place this card emerged...This amazing person was the strongest one I have ever known, the most loyal one, the most helpful, the most generous,the most caring, trustworthy...etc etc...
                That person is my Dad.

Years ago I made a card for his birthday using same oak tree image , and wrote a poem to him that he appreciated very much. (Dad also used to write poetry amongst so many of his talents)
I also know he kept that particular card , along with so many others. I know he liked it very much and his tears of appreciations confirmed it. In my poem, one of the lines was comparing my Father's strength to the one of a majestic oak tree....
For this challenged I used same image, creating a totally different card and this is the result.

Feeling so blessed and grateful for my Father , for his inspirations, his love and guidance....for everything!
I just wished he still knew how so very much he's loved....

ok, 'nuff with this 'liquid stuff' streaming down
my cheeks now....

Even though these cards were sent to destination very late, I hope the recipients will like receiving them ,
if only for all the love and caring thoughts that was put into them....♥

On the left , the finished inside of the card, re-purposing the stamped circle from the front panel's die-cutting. Incidentally, the background stamp, En Francais, was finally inked for the first time , after having it purchased in 2007!! Yikes! :)


♥Many, many blessings to you all! ♥
           thanks for visiting... 

Card Deets:
Stamps: En Francais , Lovely as a Tree , Curvy Verses ,
               Warm Words (all from SU)
Card Stock: Very Vanilla , Soft Suede 
Inks: Versa Fine Onix Black , Versamark ,Mellow Moss , Certainly Celery , Olive Green , Soft Suede , Baja Breeze , Soft Sky.
Accessories: butterfly punch, glitter, round Spellbinders, swiss dots E/F, hair spray, dimentionals, ribbon (SU), green crystals.
Tecnique: window card,  sponging , dry embossing , punching , coloring with pastels .

Sunday, March 16, 2014

DDD: Umbrella ~ March 2014

  ♥ Hello everyone! is Dueling time again!♥
This month our hostess was Terry (for us Dazzlers) and LJ for the Divas.
Terry sent us an adorable kit to create with. I love the sweet image and the extra
accessories, papers etc.that she surprised us with.I actually worked on my kit yesterday afternoon , then got distracted with hubby request to watch a movie together after dinner, and only now, that he went to bed I took photos of my card, and here I am.....


March Challenge -From Terry:

March is National Umbrella Month!

"We all know that when it rains, it pours so LJ and Ithought we’d put together kits with an image including umbrellas.
The contents of your kit include:
Image and Sentiment: MFT - a la modes 

“The Rain Will Come”
Pink and Silver Dots: Craftwork Cards Candi
Ribbon: Michaels
Flowers: Martha Stewart crafts
Square Rhinestones: from my stash
DP: Paper Pizazz
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Sea salt, Coredinations BlushRed
Have fun creating….and always remember…. “True Friends HelpYou Weather Every Storm”!! "

I used both Copics and SU markers for coloring and added some polka dots to the girl's boot, I also colored the white flowers from the kit, and fussy cut the image. The puddle ,as well as the lower part of the boots, has been dabbed with crystal effect and sprinkled with a wee pinch of 'dazzling diamonds' glitter. The headband was given a lil crystal effect too. Both the image and the flowers were popped up with dimentionals. The sentiment (from the kit too) was added on the inside of the card (see above photo)

                             THANK YOU TERRY  
                  FOR SUCH A GREAT , FUN KIT!

Good Night and Blessings To All!!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Frolicking In The Forest~

      Hello Friends in blogland~~
These are the cards I made for the latest Forest's swap.
Jeanette's swaps are full of chatter, laughter and just plain good old fashion fun! ♥

Below is the theme for the swap, as explained from Jeanette herself:

Frolicking in the Forest
(could be animals or people)

" If you’re like me, you aren’t real sure what to do with this theme. LOL! Remember, the theme is chosen by the forest friends – you vote for the theme of the next swap.

Sooooooooooo I did a little research…

frol•ic (frlk)
1. Gaiety; merriment: fun and frolic.
2. A gay, carefree time.
3. A playful antic.
intr.v. frol•icked, frol•ick•ing, frol•ics
1. To behave playfully and uninhibitedly; romp.
2. To engage in merrymaking, joking, or teasing.
adj. Archaic


Well, my first attempt for this swap was made at least a couple months ago, but of course, could not find the original card to post together with these,my final ones.
 (first one I made, it involved a tree and a lil fairy sitting on a mushroom)
have no clue where I stored it :( - but will post once its found.

The above, is the inside of the card, 
with a second sentiment (unknown) and a wee frog.

The silhouette stamp (bought brand new at a garage sale ) finally saw ink ,after being dormant since its purchase, for about three years. I think this stamp is definetly embracing all the definitions for 'frolicking'......don't you?? ;o) 
         *Hopefully Jeanette and the rest of the recipients will like my interpretation...*



Card Stock: black, white// Designer Paper: Me and My Big Idea
Ink: Cool Caribbean , Forest Green Staz On, CopicG21(lime green), Copic B02 (robin's egg blue)
Stamps: 'Dancing with Flowers' from Hero Arts & 'On The Go' from SU! (front sentiment)
Accessories: SU ribbon, stickles, rhinestones ,Spellbinders die, EK frog punch, sm.googly eyes