Sunday, January 15, 2017

Dueling Darlings 2017!

It is January 15th of the month and that means we are starting a new year of Dueling Darlings challenges. For the January Challenge, Tami and Terry decided on the theme.  Terry is one of the Darlings and I am a part of the Diva team, which Tami is on!  We do have some new members of the DDD, so be sure to read all the way to the bottom of my post to get those details!

This theme this month was simple--just make a card with the components they sent.  They did both sent Valentine themed papers, so the card can be used for Valentine's Day next month.  Or, just a card of love............ 

I used three layers of the ribbons and twine that Tami sent.  That seems to be a "go to" design many times when I made my DDD card as I want to use all of the pretty ribbons that are included in the kit!

Here is the inside of my card:

I hope all of the Darlings enjoy my card this month. Please be sure to stop in to see what all of the Divas as well the Dazzlers have created this month. 

We have some new members in 2017 as we grow to 18 ladies!  Terry S. and Heather have joined the Diva team--yes, we now have three Terry's in our group!  Debby is joining the Darlings.  

There are a few members who do not have blogs:  Suzy and Terry S who both are on the Diva team, and Terry A, Paola and Debby who are Dazzlers.  You will be able to check out their creations in their SCS gallery, if you click on the link for their name.  All of the others should be found on my left sidebar.  I am sure you will enjoy all of the wonderful creations this month!

Image/Sentiment: Riley & Co ~ Heart Balloon/ Sentiments Hampton Art

Cardstock/Patterned Paper: White; Stampin' Up Smokey Slate, Cherry Cobbler, Blushing Bride; Imaginisce Patterned Paper

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories:  Copic Markers; Gray and Red Ribbon; Red Baker's Twine; Red Button; Heart Paper Clip; Gina Marie Cross Stitched Oval Dies; White Tag; Red Hearts

Friday, January 13, 2017

Blog Candy Winner

Good Morning!  And, Happy Friday the 13th!  Last week, on Monday, the 1st, I posted my annual "Year in Review"  I looked back and this is the 6th year I have posted my favorite cards--sometimes on 12/31 and other years on 1/1.

Yesterday, I did a random pick of the individuals who commented on my 2016 cards.  There were 8 ladies who commented on my year's worth of cards and I want to thank each of you for taking the time to look!  The blog candy winner is #4--BlueInks--Tami!  She wrote: Since I have been so behind this year, it is great to see all of your work in one post! These cards are adorable and you did a great job. Thanks, for sharing!  I will get your prize in the mail to you next week!

I had asked which card each person liked best and October for three votes.  I too think it is my favorite of the year--and here is Thoughtful Branches from Stampin' Up:

This was a card I made for the color challenge at Camp Stamp-in-Oga and it was also a winner there!  This wonderful stamping event is held three times a year, sponsored by my awesome demo Sarah and her friend Cheryl, along with many of their down lines.  The next camp is next week and I am so excited as my friend Darlene is coming all the way from New Hampshire to visit for a few days and get inky with all of us there.  LJ and Terry, who are more local in Wisconsin, are also attending. AND--I know we will have a fun time! 

Thanks for visiting my blog and I hope Tami enjoys her prize!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Tender Hearts

This is the second of the two cards I made for Laura Jean's Swap that she is hosting on SCS--Valentine Cards. My first card was posted last Friday if you want to check back.
I hope LJ and the others swappers like my card!

Image/Sentiment:  Penny Black Tender Hearts/Sentiment Stampin' Up Good Greetings

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  Recollections 110# White; Stampin' Up Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip, Blushing Bride; Heritage Makers-Our Memories for Life ~ Love Collections Patterned Paper

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories:  SU Pretty in Pink 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon; Copic Markers; Red Sequins

Monday, January 9, 2017

We are Like a Really Small Gang!

It is time for another The Three Musketeers post. We are ready to showcase the card we all created with the image that Jeanette provided this month for Card #28!  All three of us sure have enjoyed the challenges every month for more than two years and hope that it continues for a few more!  I am up next for the February challenge and I have already decided and sent the images.  Be sure to come back to see what we create!

For our card this month, Jeanette said knew she had to get the stamp set as soon as she saw the sentiment.  Yes, I do think that it fits the three of us!  We are more than Friends.  We are like a Really Small Gang!   I really like this image and the sentiment does make me laugh out load.  It seems that many of the images we pick each month are some that makes us all smile!!!  I hope Jeanette and Kelly like my card and they too are smiling!

Here is the inside of my card:

Please check out the other Musketeer's cards.  Here is a link to Jeanette's blog along with Kelly's blog.  I am sure you will not be disappointed and will see a couple of great cards!  They may post today, or it may be upcoming, so be sure to check out their blog for their card!

Image/Sentiment:  Stamping Bella ~ The Stuffie Gang

Cardstock/Patterned Paper: PTI White; Stampin' Up Wild Wasabi, Tempting Turquoise, More Mustard, East Coast Prep Designer Series Paper

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black

Copic Markers; SU Tempting Turquoise 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon; Button with Baker's Twine

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Crafters of Faith Debut, again.....

This is my card for the "new" Crafters of Faith that Kelly is hosting on SCS.  Kelly organized a similar group a few years ago and it faded away.  She has been anxious to get it started again, so here we are for 2017!    We currently have 14 members and it still is growing.  This will be a fun year in this heartwarming and inspirational group

What was the previous Crafters of Faith?  It was a WONDERFUL place to come together and chat and craft together with supplies we have already on hand - adding in the twist of using scripture! The group will be very similar in 2017. In a nutshell, the hostess for that month will share with us her chosen scripture verse and we will all create a card, scrapbook page, bible journaling page (etc.) around that verse. Kelly also posted this:  We’ll encourage each other daily, lift each other up, pray for one another as need and of course, craft together! I know for me, I am always striving to grow further in my spiritual walk and growing in faith and friendship is a wonderful start. We’ll all grow together in God’s love and grace, and I’d like to share that anything from daily postings to card kits to cards with faith based images or scriptures might be included. Mostly, this will be “our” group! A place to take a break from life, have a sip of coffee or tea, and just know you are loved, prayed for, and always a place to be happy, refreshed, renewed! 

Up first for January is Tracie.  She challenged us with the following:  When I think about SCS I am most thankful for my friends that I have made here so I went to my bible and found scripture about friendship. I decided to go with Proverbs 27:9 - "A sweet friendship refreshes the soul". So lets see a card about friendship.  And since we are thankful for our SCS friends, I would like each of you to send your card to an assigned person in this swap. 

I made a card that used a brand new Hero Arts Stamp that I saw demonstrated a month or ago at my local stamp store.  It is called Color Layering Bouquet and it is layers of colors, using different stamps.  I do like how it turned out.  And, the person I get to send it to is Jody! 

Here is the inside of my card:

I hope Kelly, Tracie and Jody along with the others like my card this month!  We are to post between the 7th and 10th of each month, so if you look on my sidebar, you may see other creations.  I know that there will be many posted in the COF thread on SCS too!

Image/Sentiment:  Hero Arts Color Layering Bouquet/Sentiment-Paper Bag Studios Prosperity

Cardstock:  Recollections 110# White; Stampin' Up Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Pear Pizzazz;

Ink:  SU Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Pear Pizzazz;

Accessories:  SU Mini Tag Punch; Gina Marie Designs Cross Stitched Circle dies; Starburst Embossing Folder

Friday, January 6, 2017

Love is Patient

This is one of the two cards I made for Laura Jean's Swap that she is hosting on SCS--Valentine Cards. My second card will be posted next Wednesday if you want to check on that one.

I hope LJ and the others swappers like my card!

Image/Sentiment:  Stampabilities ~ Love is Patient

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  Recollections 110# White; Stampin' Up Pink Pirouette, Real Red; Canvas Corp-Red and White ~ Mini Hearts Patterned Paper

Ink:  SU Real Red

Accessories:  SU Mini Tag Punch; Red Button with Pink Baker's Twine; Red Moon-stitched Ribbon

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Bake Shoppe Swap

This is my card for the monthly themed swap that Terry is hosting on SCS.  Each month she will post a theme and we make cards using any stamp set we believe follows that thought. This is our 13th month and the theme for January is "Bake Shoppe".  I am sure there will be some wonderful cards this month!

I have added some glitter on the icing on the cake and the candles with my Spectrum Noir Sparkle Clear Pen, but it does not show up at all in the picture.

I hope Terry and the others swappers like my card this month too!  I cannot wait to see what our theme is for February and that will post on the 10th.  This completes our first full year of this swap and I hope it goes strong into year #2!

Here is the inside of my card:

Image/Sentiment:  Impression Obsessions Large Cake

Cardstock:  Recollections 110# White; Stampin' Up Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Marina Mist, Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper

Ink: SU Daffodil Delight

Accessories:  Spectrum Noir Sparkle Clear Pen; SU Daffodil Delight 1/4" Stitched Ribbon; Square Punches

Sunday, January 1, 2017

A Look Back at 2016 and Blog Candy!

Happy New Year ~ Welcome 2017!

I hope you had a nice evening and celebrated New Year's Eve in whatever style you wanted!  As I have done the past few years, I am going to take a look back at my creations for 2016 this first day of the new year.   Here is my collection of my 12 favorite cards of the year--one for each month.  If you want to see the original post with the details on the card, please click on the month above the card and it will take you to the post.

I hope you enjoy this collection and a look back at 2016..........  And, if you read all the way to the end, you will see how you might be able to win my blog candy!

January A Snowman's Soul by Lil Inker Designs


February Frozen Friends by Newton's Nook


March I Chose by Two Paper Divas

April Bunny Trio by Whipper Snapper Designs


May String of Stars by Two Paper Divas


June Going Global by Stampin' Up


July Snoopy's Dog House by Stampendous


August BYOP by Stampin' Up


September Flower of the Month by Stampin' Up


October Thoughtful Branches by Stampin' Up


November Merry Mice by Stampin' Up

December Secret Santa by Stampendous


So--what did I learn on my look back?

~~I love to use my Copic Markers and have patterned paper as the background on most cards.

~~I posted 25 cards in May and 21 in January, February and August.  But, in December, I have only posted 8 and in September I posted 9.......  These were the only single digit months.  I think I did pretty good this past year.

~~Many of my designs are quite similar--I need to branch out more in 2017 and maybe try some sketches!  I posted these same exact words this past year, so now I really need to get on the ball and try some new designs!

What are your thoughts on the cards I picked?  Which one was your favorite?  Please post a comment and tell me what you think about my highlights of 2016.  I will chose randomly chose one person who leaves a comment and send a package of blog candy to them.  Please comment by January 10th and I will post the winner on the 12th--so be sure to check back. 

Thanks for playing along, Barb

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Under the Feather?

This is my card for our every other month swap for a group of ladies on SCS--the SOTC--Sisters of the Traveling Cards!  Terry is our hostess for December and she posted the theme to be chickens!  Yes, Chickens!  And, I am surprised to say I did have a few choices.  This image and sentiment is from a new stamp set I got in November at the stamp show in Madison and it has some fun "fowl" images!

Here is the inside:

I hope Terry and the others in our sisterhood like my card.

Image/Sentiment:  Inky Antics--Make It Better Set

Cardstock:  Recollections White; Stampin' Up Baja Breeze, So Saffron, Sahara Sand, Sweet Slumber Designer Series 

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories:  Yellow Button with Baker's Twine; Copic Markers

Monday, December 19, 2016

My Ugly Christmas Sweater

I am back with another card for this week's Melonheadz Challenge.

The theme for this challenge is Time for Christmas!

It runs from December 19th to January 1st

Melonheadz sure has the cutest images--I love every one of them and have a hard time choosing which one I want to use for each of our challenges!  Be sure to go and check them out!

Here is the inside of my card:

I hope you and my teammates like my card for this challenge! 

Image/Sentiment:  Melonheadz Ugly Christmas Sweater

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  Recollections 110# White; Stampin' Up Cherry Cobbler, Soft Sky, Garden Green; My Mind's Eye The Merry Days of Christmas 6x6 Patterned Paper Pack

Accessories:  Blue Brads; Green 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon

I hope you will play along this week with the Melonheadz Challenge too! Be sure to go to the challenge blog and add your creations for the challenge this week! You can also check out the rest of the DT Creations with the links on the left sidebar.