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Friday, July 11, 2014

Sisterhood of the Travelling Cards ~ May/June theme



    Hello Everyone in blogland ,
this is the recent handcrafted project for the SOTC group. 
Gael was the hostess for May/June months and she specifically didn't want any 
stereotypical man's card.
I hope I did it right!

Here's the theme in her own words:

~MAY/JUNE Theme hosted by Mamadwawa~
Have you ever noticed that the majority of masculine-labeled cards are either football/baseball, hunting/fishing, golf, tools, Nascar? Not one of those themes would be appropriate for The Man in my house. Therefore, your challenge is to create a man's card that has NONE of those stereotypical things that first spring to mind. Also, you must use at least one non-earth tone somewhere on your card. (In other words, something bright)



 For these cards I used a Stampandous clear stamp : Cling Typewriter Note CRP158 ,
embossing folder 'houndstooth', designer paper from Kaiser 'Devonshire Collections',
orange/white candyfloss and matching buttons. Cut out image is prompted up w/dimentionals.
Card stock ,sentiment and punch are from SU.
                                       Tecniques used here : dry embossing and fussy cutting.

                Well, what do you think? Bright enough? eheeh  :o)
                     Hopefully the SOTC gals will like them.
                   Thank you for stopping by my friends! 
                         ♥ Have a great and blessed day! ♥






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 aware...lol


                                                                   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 card...it 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 Wars....lol)

  
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 ...lol :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!"

Links:
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!!...you 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 more...so I tried to use a light brown tip and casually contoured the washed out image. I like to see animals having at least eyes....lol 

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 day....lol) I really love the designer paper 
I chose for Dad's card and truly enjoyed trying this sketch.


 JUNE CARD :
 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 end...lol *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!
       DID YOU GUESS WHICH DAY I PICKED? ...LOL....YUP! *FAT TUESDAY* :)


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 up..it 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!
♥ BLESSINGS TO ALL ♥



Friday, June 27, 2014

~SOTC~


 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 card...am 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 here....lol   ;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. 
♥ THANK YOU DARLENE! ♥
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 dirt...it 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! ♥

                    SENDING MANY BLESSINGS YOUR WAY!


Thursday, May 15, 2014

March - Calendar Girl

 *** ♥ Double posts today! If  you are looking for the Dueling Card please scroll down...♥ ***

Finally finally finally....
my MARCH card for the Calendar Girls challenge IS done!
TAMI...THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR PATIENCE!!! xox
I did two cards today (one for the Dueling Darlings and this one for the CG)
Truth is that my mind was confused and I thought I owed TWO -DDD cards' challenges...lol
noooooo...I owed TWO CG cards' challenges....at least I made this one so now I am still ONE behind for April....*sigh*


March Challenge from Tami
Did you know that March used to be the first month of the year on the Roman calendar? It was changed to the third month by Julius Caesar. The calendar we use today is refined from the Julius to the Gregorian. Sadly, we only gained like the wee bit of a percentage of more time to craft with the change! In theme of the original first month, let's use one button on your card.
Let's make a card based on a sketch. I saw this sketch and wanted to use it at some point. It's time! Please note, the sketch challenge is still open, so be sure to join!
Speaking of Romans, purple is the color of the day. Please use the color purple on your card somewhere. Purple was worn by Roman Emperors and magistrates. It is also the color worn by those cute little ladies you see out lunching together, wearing purple and red and a bunch of hats!
 


 For my card I used the following:
Ink : Versafine Onix Black , Orchid Opulence (yup, dusted IT off too! lol)
                                                          purple/lavander markers (SU)
Stamps :  Artifacts (SU)   and Warm Words -sentiment- (SU)
Designer Paper : Me and MY BiG Ideas plus C/S
Accessories : Clockworks Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug) , lavander button ,
punch from Martha Stewart , paper flowers from my stash.
Tecnique : sponging, dry embossing and embossed inking

Below : inside of my card


 Again, sorry for the delays....my life has been a delay after another lately in regards
to my fun-time with crafting , and I don't forsee any changes too soon either....*sigh*

                                   ♥ C'est la vie!! Thanks for visiting!!! ♥


Dueling Day : Music


 *** MUSIC IS A GIFT***

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, 
flight to the imagination  and life to everything.”
~ Plato~


                                            ♥ DING DING DING!! It's 'dueling day'! ♥
                                        My partner Judy and I decided on a music theme
                                     for this round of duels, and this is our challenge to you: 
                                      If you could dedicate a song to someone in your life ,
                   what would your song choice be , and to whom will you dedicate it and why? ♥


                                              Now...who doesn't like music?...Really! ;)
What would the world be without MUSIC to embellish each of our lives? 

Kit Contents:

Stamped Images :
*Gift Of Music /D.Morgan  by Stamps Happens INc ;
*Violin and Music scroll : UNknown
*Angel w/Instrument : UNknown
*Sentiments : by Cling Stamps Co. # 557133

Accessories :
Designer Papers :
* Up,Up & Away (Doodle Bug Design);
*Bella Boutique Stack (DCWV) ;
* SU Double D/P x 2 ;
*Elementary Pianoforte Music Examination (from a real Conservatory of Music book)
*Ribbon : barely banana grosgrain from SU
*Virtuoso Music Die both in black and white choice (Memory Box)
*Viviene Butterfly (Memory Box)
*Assorted gems and pearls in a variety of shapes & sizes



For my card I used : Night of Navy c/s from SU , circle nesties , stamping pastels (SU) , 
Copics , glitter (lots!) and dimentionals.

My choice song for today (I tend to have several choices otherwise) is : 
'You're Still The One' by Shania Twain , recorded in 1997

This is one of many songs that has a very special meaning to me because its words truly depict
what hubby and I had to go through to 'fight' for our love as certain 'friends' of the family were, then , actually belittling us and telling me that what we thought it was *love* was most likely an 'infatuation' that wouldn't last...(perhaps because I was only 15 yo ?....)
Their actual words to me were "yours is only puppy love" 
(yup almost like Paul Anka's old song....*sigh*)
Well , after 3 years of courtship plus 44.5 years of marriage later , we are still together 
and he is definetly still my one and , of course , I will dedicate this song to my man!! ♥

Can't wait to see what ya all 'cooked up' for this duel!!!

Nite , nite....it's almost 3:00 am here , and this night owl is calling it quit! zzzzz......zzzz

****Muwahhhhhhhhhh****


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNZH-emehxA 


You're Still The One
                                                       When I first saw you, I saw love
And the first time you touched me, I felt love
And after all this time, you're still the one I love
Looks like we've made it
Look how far we've come my baby
We mighta took the long way
We knew we'd get there someday
They said, "I bet they'll never make it"
But just look at us holding on
We're still together still going strong
(You're still the one)
You're still the one I run to
The one that I belong to
You're still the one I want for life
(You're still the one)
You're still the one that I love
The only one I dream of
You're still the one I kiss good night
Ain't nothin' better
We beat the odds together
I'm glad we didn't listen
Look at what we would be missin'
They said, "I bet they'll never make it"
But just look at us holding on
We're still together still going strong
(You're still the one)
You're still the one I run to
The one that I belong to
You're still the one I want for life
(You're still the one)
You're still the one that I love
The only one I dream of
You're still the one I kiss good night
You're still the one
(You're still the one)
You're still the one I run to
The one that I belong to
You're still the one I want for life
(You're still the one)
You're still the one that I love
The only one I dream of
You're still the one I kiss good night
I'm so glad we've made it
Look how far we've come my baby
Songwriters
LANGE, ROBERT JOHN / TWAIN, SHANIA

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

In Memory....


         A year ago, on May 1, 2013 my dear sister-in-law`s Mom passed away, 
leaving everyone absolutly stunned! Her untimely death was nothing but devastating by all who
knew her , especially from my DSIL , who is mourning her Mother daily, still....
Worse time of the year is the recent Mother`s Day, of course. This is my way to honor her memory
and to showcase the sympathy card I made, a year ago, for my sister in law.


Emilia was an avid gardener, amongst many things (hence the flowered card) ; she had many uber talents too but , in primis ,was her love of singing partecipating in the Vancouver Italian Choir. 
I remembered that when I visited her last time at the hospital , she was regretting not being able to partecipate and sings in `her`choir anymore...yet now she has the privilege to sings with God`s angels...I feel she must be happy about that! ♥



This is the very last picture of Emilia...I took it on Easter Day (April 1, 2013) as she enjoyed the beautiful sunny day, eating al fresco at her daughter`s and my brother`s back yard , engulfed by laughter, happiness and much love...
Nothing could have prepared any of us of what was brewing ahead...  
Exactly one month later, on May 1, 2013 she took her last breath, after been admitted to the hospital two weeks after Easter.... Until we meet again Emilia!



             Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep 


Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glint on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you wake in the morning hush,
I am the swift, uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.
Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
(Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there, I did not die!)
 by Mary Elizabeth Frye



Monday, April 21, 2014

~ Down On The Farm ~


Hello friends in blogland,
today post is about some cards I created recently for a 'farm swap' 
hosted by Barb, aka SCS queen of swaps ;o)
For these particular cards I took an idea and went with it, casing it from a wonderful blog 
I happened to come across recently --->'Fat Cat Stamper' <---   
Here is its link :
http://fatcatstamper.blogspot.ca/2014/04/c4c230-veggies.html

I marvel at Danielle's wonderful gift of creativity and I thank her for inspiring me! 
Will definetly visit her blog over and over again ♥


                          *click on each picture if you wish to enlarge*



I finally got to use a super cute set gifted to me almost a couple years ago by my sweet and very generous friend Kadie, (SCS:Kmensley) while I visited her in Seattle. 
Together with Judy (SCS:JAM123) we went to the A*MUSE store and...oh my!! 
Easily fell in love with sooo many things there! ♥ lol...:o)

This set is called 'Farm Fun', it's super cute with its farm animals 
and funny sentiments , as you can clearly see here...lol
I also used 'Wood Grain' embossing folder by Darice and a medium circle Spellbinders' die.




                              Hopefully both the hostess and the recipients liked 
                                  receiving these fun to make window cards. ;)

♥ Thank you for stopping by and making my day much brighter with your comments...and have yourselves a wonderful , most blessed kind of day! ♥

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Girls' Night Out ~ *DDD* ~




  ~ Hello Everyone,
It is the 15th of the month, and-as such- it's time to 'duel'!! ;)
This month's hostesses are : April (for us Dazzlers) and Kadie (for the Divas)
April sent all the Dazzlers an awesome kit full of  goodies to play with.
Here's what she challenged us with , in her own words :

  "Hi Dazzlers!
Kadie and I decided to go with a more general theme rather that a seasonal or holiday one this month.
We are having a "Girl's Night Out"!
Who doesn't like to spend some time with their bff's??
On top of making your card why don't we share who our longest friend is and our favorite thing to do with that person.





 





















                                           Inside of my card  & close up of  stickled  image


April kit included the following:
Wood Embellishments ~ Prima's Princess Collection
Metal Index Tabs ~ Making Memories
Asst'd Ribbon ~ my stash
Card Stock ~ Sugar N Spice, Coffee, and Fuschia Fizz by Coordination
DP ~ Pink Swirls and Pink Gingham by Paper Pizazz
~ Paper Jazzy by ColorBok
Sequins ~ Teresa Collins
Stamp Set ~ Ginger Snaps Celebrate by C.C. Designs stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black

To create this card I only added : White card stock for my base, 
Stickles, Crystal effect (on the glass),  heart dies and  punched out circles
Tecnique: fussy cutting 

                              THANK YOU for a great kit APRIL 

As for the second part of the challenge, my bff lives 12,000 km away from me....*sigh*
I've known her since elementary school and she also came to visit me in Canada, once, many years ago...We haven't seen each other for over 7 years now, but when we do we make sure it's always extra special and unforgettable! I also have a few really good local friends with whom I can hang out with and be *crazy*....lol...like last Friday, for example, when we got together to Kareoke...that was so much FUN....and this coming Thursday evening we'll have a potluck and pj party at one of my dear friend's house (we also go camping together a lot in the summer!) It is a girl' only party and I can already imagine the laughter....lol  *Cheers*!! :)


***  PS: Sorry about the slight delays girls
Truth is that I couldn't find my card reader to download my pictures and thought that maybe
my grandaughters (staying with me these days) must have misplaced it....
Thankfully hubby found it for me just before he went to bed! Yeahhh! :o)  ***




Friday, April 11, 2014

Unidentified Image Swap ~ Round 13



  ~*~  Hello my friends in blogland ~*~
Today I am introducing Ronnie...how cute is she? :)  She was sent to us by Darlene, 
our hostess for this round  of  Unidentified Image Swap. As well, Darlene sent us two complimentary sentiments to use with our images -should we chose to. I sure did as they made me smile.:)  
Used them both on the punched out circles both on the outside and inside of the card, while the sentiment printed in marvelous magenta (from SU) is from my own set 'Say It With Flowers', from Craft Lounge clear stamps, that badly needed to be used- at least once!  lol....


I had much fun completing these cards....wanted to give them some vivid colors and also added
a cute white paper rose trying to match the color to the designer paper used here
 -Pockets Full Of Posies- from DCWV, by using a marker to change the color to match the d/p, then added some sparkles with Stickles...Image was colored using SU Pastels (with Q-tips) :)


Hopefully when Darlene receives them she'll like them as much as I did creating them:)
♥ Thank you for some great images my friend!!





♥ Thank YOU for stopping by! ♥