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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

let it SNOW!!!!! ♥

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     Hello Friendly Bloggers and Peeps!
Today is Calendar Girls reveal day and I am very excited to see what the gals created
this month , based on the theme I challenged them with....

It's all about *SNOW*!!! You see I don't like the snow.....nope, not at ....
                        *I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE the SNOW!!* :o)

I thought that we needed to cool down a bit from such high
temperatures that especially this month is known for....and here's what I proposed to
the rest of the very talented Calendar Girls:

For the usually HOT and HUMID month of AUGUST, I would rather do something to get cooled off ...but what?
mmmm..I got it! We could make some SNOWballs....or even SNOWangels in the middle of summer, but how? ♥

Here's what I suggest :
Your challenge for this month is to create something with anything that begins with the word SNOW.
However, here's the catch: Your card should NOT reflect Christmas at all...
...but rather just images AND sentiment ( s ) that start with *SNOW*.

Here's a list of compound words for you to chose from and get started with...(feel free to add your own)
Once you blog your card, please also make sure to add what was your word choice
that your card reflects, and also WHY you selected THAT particular word...
Thank You and happy stamping .....Have FUN 'chilling out' on a hot summer day....♥

aka Miss August ♥

SNOW words:
Snowman ; Snowberries ; Snowballs ; SnowWhite ; Snowplow ; Snowsuit ; Snowflakes ; Snowqueen ;
Snowmobile ; Snowshoes ; Snowcone ; Snowangels ; Snowfort ; Snowbird ; Snowgoose ; Snowfall.

Above  : a visual of the inside of my card....
Below : close up of the fun image...(too bad the glitter doesn't show too well here...)

 I chose this particular WS stamp because I NEEDED to ink it....FINALLY! lol
It was purchase months ago, amongst others precious to me WS, on an line FB craft link 
based in my area. Love the fact that not only had a mega killer deal, but in the process you
get to meet other wonderful crafty ladies.....A couple of them I became quite friends with
which it really works well for all of us and our (crafty) ♥

My word of choice is SNOWSHOVEL...which,as you notice in my card, I had it  cut out  and
applied with dimentionals to obtain somewhat a 3D effect....
Over all my card reflects the following SNOW words: SNOWMAN, SNOW, SNOWFLAKES,

Thank YOU all for visiting , hopefully you like my August`s challenge interpretation!
Card Deets :
Stamps: * Whipper Snapper LY829 'Bring it On'
*Merry and Bright (SU)
*Frosty White Border (Hero Arts) -inside sentiment
CS : Cherry Cobbler (SU)
DP : Eskimo Kisses (Basic Grey)
Accessories: Spellbinders: Label Eighteen and Snowflakes Pendants ;
buttons ; candy floss ;glitter ; sm snowflake punch ; tree punch ;
brads ; dimentionals
Colored with Copics

Thursday, August 15, 2013

*DDD* x three!! ♥♥♥

♥ AUGUST DUEL : Fall Kick Off


*BE AWARE: LONGER POST TODAY....covering 3 challenges :o).....hang in♥

~~~ ♥Hello fellow blogger,
this is an exciting day is DUELING DAY!! In my case I am celebrating the fact that, finally, I am all caught up with all of the 3 summer kits received.....(insert red face here...)
My sincere apologies to Melina and Debbie for such tardiness in creating with their wonderful kits,
an apology as well to my Dazzlers and Divas' s pals for their endearing patience. I appreciate you all!

I am starting off with August's kit. It is a wow!! Terry , my WPS (Wing Pit Sistah) send us Dazzlers an awesome ,darling kit to kick off her and LJ theme .(LJ is this month's hostess for the Divas)  

In Terry's own words :
"Fall Kick-off"

LJ suggested to put together kits with a fall kick-off theme.....not specifically football, but anything that would start the fall season. I chose to put together a school themed kit for you all to work with, I hope you all enjoy it!
In your blog post, please share with us a favorite memory of the fall season!
My fall season's memories are quite a a nut shell :from thoroughly enjoying walking amidst thousands of pretty colorful, crispy leaves, to biking down the dike with hubby enjoying an early sunset by the river.
The best memories, though, almost always include my grandchildren, their first day of school , followed shortly by our Thanksgiving feast and Hallowee'en....through their eyes I taste, feel,touch, see,and enjoy each wonders that Autumn (and each of the other seasons too, of course) have to offer....including game nights at our place after enjoying wonderful home made soups and making such simple things like hot chocolate with mini marshmallows which always reward me with so many happy faces grinning from ear to ear...
Autumn, is-without a doubt- my most favorite season of the year. ♥
 from Terry :
Dazzlers' kits included:
  • Image: Stampabilities: House Mouse "Smarty Pants"
  • stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Paper: Recollections: "Back to School" paper pack
  • Bakers Twine: Target dollar spot
  • Candi Dots: Craftworks
  • Ribbon: Michaels

  • THANK YOU TERRY for such FUN, adorably sweet kit!! ♥
*Tecnique used:paper distressing & fussy cutting (mouse, apple, school bus)                                                 
*image is colored w/ Copic and SU pastels
Nestabilities :Labels twenty


             ♥ JULY DUEL : COOL CREATIONS 

Last month,  Debbie (for the Dazzlers) and Barb (for the Divas) came up with a terrific 'Cool Creations' theme  to challenge us faithful partecipants ♥ perfect for the hot summer days
we've been having! Love the fun filled kit Debbie sent us Dazzlers. (Thank YOU Deb!)

 Her kit contained the following items:  

DP & Ribbon: Ice Cream Parlor by Stampin' Up!
Image: Good Ol' Summertime by Stampin' Up!
Paper Straw: A Muse
Buttons & Flowers: SU! and Michael's or Joanns
Craftworkcards Candi – pink dots
*Image was colored using Copics*

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We were also asked to share our summer favorite treat.
mmmm.....there is sooooo much I like! lol hard to pick JUST ONE favorite....but I would have to say definetly lemonade ( some of the best ones I had was during my recent cruise...) ....definetly like ice cream (French vanilla or chocolate) with a shot of espresso right on it!! yummmmyyyy! Another summer favorite is just plain fresh blueberries with greek  yogourt on top....
sooo good!!♥


Melina was our hostess for June (for us Dazzlers) and her team mate was Carol (for the Divas)
Their chosen theme is sooo fun and loved it right away as I love using flip flops during the summer months (who doesn't? -can't count how many pairs of flip flop  own.....ohh I am also one of those weird people who loves to wear crocs! lol....sooo comfyyyyy....;o)

Melina  cool kit was very funky...original and quirky...loved it! It made me think out of the box...♥
I used one of the flip flop images on the inside of my card and the sentiment on the outside...
plus I decided that the sun needed a lil perking up, so I dusted off the orange embossing powder and
gently sprinkled around the rays and around the edge of the sun...I completed it by adding a smiling face to it and added dimentionals too. I like its' simplicity and the summer fun it exudes.... 


Well, folks....thanks for hanging in there while reading about all THREE challenges in ONE much appreciated !
Please feel free to leave a comment or two after your visit....
I love hearing from you!


Monday, August 12, 2013

Unidentified Images -round 9-

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Hello Friends and Bloggers,
This is the card I created for the 9th round of the Unidentified Images swap on SCS,
hosted by April. (SCS : Aprilo)  She also provided the image (in this case it's the sentiment)
to all of us partecipants.....I love this sentiment (have this 'Unity' stamp as well)
It is so versatile and can be used for such diverse uplifting occasions too.
The card is fairly simple to make but I always love the end results w/ this technique
I used 'Victorian' CB folder to wet emboss the background by
smoothing the ink of choice over the inside of the folder thus obtaining this effect
(sorry I can't remember the name of this technique, please lmk if you do...txs! ♥ )
I also glittered the word 'believe' in the sentiment wich rests over a scalloped rectangular nestie and supported by dimentionals. Other accessories:  a wide (7/8") organdy ivory ribbon, a group of shimmering ivory flowers and pearls.
Hope both the hostess and the recipients will enjoy these cuties ♥
Thanks for stopping by, your visits and comments
 are always appreciated! God Bless!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

B & W - Wedding Cards -

  Hello Blogger Friends,
it sure's been a while since I blogged last time....I am still wayyyy behind in posting some of my creative cards....speaking of which this is the very last one ,created the day after I returned from a wonderful two weeks away, cruising North and Southbound to Alaska......
We enjoyed truly magnificent natural sceneries, glaciers, wild life both in our way out as well
as coming back....Alaska beauty is absolutely unforgettable.....♥

The cards you see here were made for a  Canadian based Wedding swap. Unfortunatley I sent them
off the day they were due , as I  still wanted to support the hostess ,therefore I let her know I'd be happy for her  to keep all of my cards regardless.  :o)

I love black and white -with a touch of grey- and glitter too of course!
The partially glittered designer paper adds some dimension to the card
and a touch of class as well (imho!) I was going to add a white  ribbon and
a matching bow to it as well, but- in this case- less is more, therefore I switched
it w/ a silky flower in the corner instead, topped by a black 'jewel'...;o)

Above is the added inside sentiments and below's  is a 'group photo' of all five cards....
I hope  you like them! I wanted to achieve black/white themed cards with 'simple yet classy'
as the main focus....♥   I am definetly happy with the end results.

                                              ♥  THANKS FOR STOPPING BY!  ♥ 

Card Deets:
Stamp: A Muse Artstamps
Sentiments: SU Love Matters; SU All Year Cheers III
Ink: Versafine -Onix Black
Card Stock : SU black/white
Designer Paper: Glittered premium Stack
Accessories: rect. nesties , silky petals , black 'jewel',
                     SU sm heart punch , Stickles , dimentionals