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Sunday, June 29, 2014

~* Calendar Girls time THREE! *~

TA-DAAAAAAAAAAA!!...It is time to reveal the latest Calendar Girls' Challenge...but first 
please allow me to catch up with April and May themes....(yes I am later than late but , hopefully,
you'll like these cards well enough to forgive me! ♥ *wink* )
Long post today, please be

                                                                   APRIL CARD :
This first card was made a couple wks ago (as well as the second card that folows) but,since I was already late for the CG posts, I wanted to wait and add it together with the latest upload, aka card # 3.
 The hostess for last April was my good friend Carol and -in her words- this is what her theme was: 
"What I would like you to do this month is create a card or project 
using the color that would describe your mom...."

My Mom's favorite color is pink and , with that in mind I had no problem deciding what I wanted to do for this challenge. Mom also LOVESSS roses...I mean she really likes them A LOT!

Therefore I wanted to use an older SU stamp *Stipple Rose* (2002) It is sooo pretty and sooo
versatile too...*I really {{♥}}older style SU stamps!* I also used some pretty SU designer paper 
that, I thought goes very well with said stamp. A little lace and a trio of lil bows, some pearls and a hint of glittah! Mom really likes this was a good 'pick-me up' of sort ,after what she's been through lately...yes I gave it to her after snapping pictures this afternoon while trying out my new camera just purchased via Bidding Wars -yes...another camera!...AND four diff. lenses came with it too! wooott I scored BIG! lol (some of ya may know how addicted I am to Bidding

On the inside of the card I added a string of flowers by finally used another of my punches 
that had never seen paper before. Mini pink pearls and a cute sentiments completes this project.
The Stipple Rose colored image (w/ SU pastels and Copics) ,was fussy cut 
and prompted up with dimentionals.

I really like how this card turned out...and I am thrilled that Mom loves it just as much ♥
I can tell from the way she 'petted' it :o)

                                                                        MAY CARD :
On to card number two: The second challenge was hosted by April, for the month of May.
This is what she asked us CG to do - in her own words : 
  " I always like to honor my father this month.
So, to celebrate him (and fathers every where) let us make a masculine celebratory card with any SCS sketch that ends in 25 (the year he was born).
Please let us know which sketch you used and a memory of a special man in your life!"

Sketch Challenge 425 {2/27/13}
Sketch Challenge 325
Sketch Challenge 225
Sketch Challenge 125
Sketch Challenge 2

 I chose Sketch 325. Loved the cards I saw in the gallery using this sketch and I am sure I will be using it again and again. My Dad loves nature and anything outdoorsy...loved both hunting and
gathering what nature had to offer naturally- such as wild asparagus (and yes there were snakes too!) ,
hazelnuts , walnuts and chestnuts...(last time I went chestnut picking with my fathers, I noticed

a few 'cakes' ....Dad told me they wee left from bears...well!! never saw anyone leaving that field so fast! I can still remember Dad's laughter echoing in my head..♥ 
With that in mind, I dusted off  SU Noble Deer (2004) and wanted to try something different with the chosen image so I tried the *bleach tecnique* on a piece of craft c/s. Kind of liked the results but felt it needed something I tried to use a light brown tip and casually contoured the washed out image. I like to see animals having at least 

Anyways, not sure if this was worth doing or if I blotched it all together, but at least I gave it a try... Tomorrow I am going to visit my Dad and this card too will find it's place...♥

   On the inside of this masculine card I added the exact sentiment I used on Mom's card...
(mmm ... just notice that this pict is a tad blurry..sorry gals, this chick is not going 
to take a new one..I am done for the I really love the designer paper 
I chose for Dad's card and truly enjoyed trying this sketch.

 Now off to the third and last card...if you are still with me, thanks for your endurance 
in following this long post to the *smile*

Debbie is this month's hostess and her challenge is as follow : 

Since we are the CALENDAR Girls I was thinking we should make cards that reflect the months 
of the year or days of the week. I found these sayings about a few of the months:
Slow as Molasses in January
January Brings a New Year
Beware the Ides of March (William Shakespeare "Julius Caesar")
March, In Like a Lion Out Like a Lamb
April Showers Bring May Flowers
June is Bustin' Out All Over (Oscar Hammerstein)
July Fireflies Bring August Skies
September Leaves Gives Chance for October Scares
And here are some yearly days of the week.:
Fat Tuesday
Black Friday
Good Friday
Palm Sunday
So the challenge is to make a card that reflects your interpretation of one 

of the above sayings about the months or one of the four listed days.

 Ohh I wanted to ink this image for sooo longgggg as it sat forevah ,just waiting for me to ink it up!

After a couple of  'pensive' kind of cards , this morning I took a different approach for this fun challenge and went happily to 'work' at it... I used Art Impressions : Yoga Yolanda -set 4209-
This plump lady cracks me sooooo reminds me of myself when I try to exercise!
However I know I could NOT do that pose at all...yikes! lol
I just used paper from my stash and some leftover d/p from my friend Darlene's latest DDD kit.
The image was colored with a combo of SU pastels and Copics while the main sentiment was stamped directly on the card's front panel.Yolanda was fussy cut and mounted without  using dimentionals this time around.

After reading the quote that you see below, I finished the inside to resemble an envelope, and added a second sentiment too .
           " When you look outside you,you'll see the hope in the envelope of fear- but when you look inside you, you'll find hope in the envelope of faith." (Unknown)

No matter what size or look we may sport on the outside, our inside is what counts the most ,therefore....                * DO . APPRECIATE . WHAT . IS *

* Below, my trio of cards for APRIL, MAY and JUNE Calendar Girls challenges.
THANK YOU to all the lovely hostesses: CAROL , APRIL , DEBBIE  *
and THANK YOU ALL for you patience! Much much appreciated!

Friday, June 27, 2014


 Well, my dear Blogland Peeps , I am finally posting my latest cards made a while back for the SOTC group.
(Sisterhood Of the Travelling Cards)
My good friend Carol was the hostess for the months of March-April and this is what she requested from us :

 " The theme for this round is going to be :: Unique :: Special :: You ! "
"God made us after His own image, however, we don't all think, 
act or look alike. Of course, we all love paper crafting though! 
So that being said, I would like to have you make cards unique to YOU! 
I would love you to use your favorite shape, color scheme, embellishment, layout ...what ever you really like to use in paper crafting. 
I can't wait to see what each of you create! "
 For my cards I focused mainly on my most favorite colors in card stock and designer papers...
I absolutley adore this SU d/p...and hoarded it like for evah!...but now, sadly, I am down to just ONE 12x12 sheet left of this particular design! *sigh sigh* :(
Other  personal favorites are: dry embossing tecnique, the use of either ovals or circle dies, and the
punch art tecnique. I also love using pearls to accessorize (amongst manyyyyyy other loved options *smile*) 
and I often like to pop up my main image too. ♥

 Hopefully the SOTC recipients liked receiving this thrilled that I could finally use the bird punch again as it is often left 'abandoned' like so many other punches.
 Also , the bird's feet were purposely NOT used   ;o)

     ♥ Thank YOU for visiting!! Wishing you a BLESSED day! ♥

Sunday, June 15, 2014

June Duel~~~♥

  Hello Friendly Bloggers,
Are you ready? It's DUEL TIME! ♥

This months's lovely hostess are : Darlene ,for us Dazzlers ,and Terri for the Divas...
The theme they both challenged us this month is : GARDENING

      Us Dazzlers received a wonderful kit full of great choices and a super image. 
Image: Gardening Shelf by Stamps Happen stamped w/ Marvy Matchables Black Ink 
(by Uchida on Conqueror Diamond White Cardstock)
Designer Paper; K & Company -Lemon Citron Pack-
Embellishments: Paper Studio Gemstones, Ribbon, Ribbon Boutique Silk Plaid Ribbon, K & Company Dimensional Flower, Recollections Blue Flowers, CraftWorkCards Candi Dots, 
Creative Impressions Dragonfly Brad, Spare Parts Glitter Lady Bug and Garden Tool Brads
For my card I added: card stock, some diff. sized pearls, nesties and dimentionals.
Image was colored using Copics and SU markers.

 Above: The finished inside of  the card and below a close up of the completed image. 
The gardening gloves and the pink seed packet were fussy cut ,then propped with dimentionals 
on top of the nesties. A couple of garden related sentiments were used both in and out of the card.

As an extra step, Darlene asks us to add some gardening tips : well, I used to save all egg shells (both fresh or boiled), plus the coffee grounds and add them to the makes for good compost. Also if/when you have leftover milk to discard use it for the geraniums...for as long as I can remember I was told it's really good for those kind of plants...♥
Happy Gardening Everyone and God's  Bless!!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

~ Unidentified Image # 14 ~

 ~ Hello Peeps and blogland friends...
Not much time to be creative or to even feel creative lately...but I am trying the best I can, to do what I can with the crumbs of time I seem to have lately....way too much has been  happening, one thing after another...hopefully this 'madness' will end soon...I sure could use some 'don't worry time' both from the job (there may well be a full fledge strike going on starting next week!)  and also in my personal life some 'stuff' ' is keeping me very concerned indeed...I could use a total escape from reality....LOL....or learn to bury my head in the sand...
(it ain't gonna happen!)....

Well, I am finally posting the card (s) I made for the 14th round of the Unidentified Image Swap. These were due to post 2 days ago...but here I am now...not too late, in comparison of another commitment or two, not yet even started! *sigh*

This round's lovely hostess was Kadie and she sent us all partecipants a very sweet, adorable stamped image to play with, from Pink Cat Studio * love it! *  

                                 ♥ Thank YOU Kadie ♥   

 This is the inside of my card...I chose to use a sentiment I had , that accompanies the image of the 'crayoned' sun I added...

 Stamps: Crayon Cuties -SU 2002-  &
                    Be Happy Sentiments -
                        by Amy R stamps

Close Up of the sweet image

Card Deets:
Stamped Image : 
Lily Stamp -by Pink Cat Studio
Card Stock : by SU
Designer Paper : Me and My Bright Idea Specialty D/P , plus  others from my stash.
Ink: Copics, SU Pastels 
Accessories: Inverted Scalloped circles nesties, orange buttons from my stash, blue and white floss by American Crafts , dimentionals, Crystal effect.

          Thank you ALL for taking time to stop by....
your comments  are greatly appreciated...Thanks! ♥