Monday, May 30, 2011

Happy Memorial Day!

This is a perfect for what we did this Memorial Day Weekend—worked in the gardens.  I made this card for a swap on SCS.  Riley likes playing in the dirt and we did this weekend too.  We planted the vege garden and also planted some of the flower and herb plants that we started from seeds under grown lights in the house.

Stamps--Garden Riley

Cardstock--Gina K White, SU Garden Green and Certainly Celery, American Crafts City Park Designer Paper

Ink-- Memento Black

Accessories—Copics and Green Ribbon

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Happy Camping Weekend!

This is a perfect card for Memorial Day Weekend.  I made it for a swap on SCS and I know many people are camping this weekend.  I can just imagine Riley getting up in the morning, shaking the sleep out of his fur and looking for the coffee!

Stamps—Tent Riley, Rubbernecker Coffee-time set

Cardstock—Gina K Vanilla, SU Pumpkin Pie and Early Espresso, Reminisce The Great Outdoors Designer Paper

Ink—SU Early Espresso and Memento Black

Accessories—Copics, Oval Punches, Pumpkin Pie Ribbon

Saturday, May 28, 2011

May Shapes and the Calendar Girls

Front of my Flap Card

These pictures show the flap opened as well as the inside of the card.

Welcome to round #6 with the Calendar Girls!

Who are the Calendar Girls? We are a group of bloggers who want to have a place where friendships blossom, creativity abounds, and encouragement prevails! In keeping with that dream, this blog group has been created so we will have a place to interact and enjoy being fellow bloggers. 

This month hostess is Me!  Here is the challenge I posted: 

The month of May can bring many things—Mother’s Day, Graduation, Prom, Memorial Day—all are wonderful events. However, May does bring one thing to mind—Skin. You know—like short sleeved tops, capris, shorts, flip flops/sandals, sundresses—all things that bring a frightful thought to our mind as our body is not in shape to show skin. So, let’s Shape Up. No—not running, biking, weights, but cards that have a different shape. So, your May card is to be a Shutter Card, Side Step Card, Gate Fold, Easel Card, Joy Fold, Criss Cross, etc. Any shape works—but to be true to the challenges we have had in the past—try a new shape that you have not used recently or really take a leap and try a design that you have never done before! The theme of the card can be for any event that happens before posting our next Challenge by the Charming Carol on June 28th—a birthday, wedding, shower, etc.

So, are you ready to take the challenge? Are you ready to Shape Up? Are you ready to show some skin--just kidding................

I hope you like this challenge and that you do trying a new shape in your card making or dust off a technique that you have not done in a long time. And, most of all--- Have Fun!!!

I made a flap card and yes, I have never made one in the past.  I needed to dig out my Creative Memories circle shape and cutter to make the top.  There is a small magnet between the layers holding the flap in place.  I made a card that can be used for a graduation card, Father’s Day or any birthday.

So, here is my flap card for the shape-up:

Image—Stampin’ Up Word Play

Cardstock—SU Cherry Cobbler, Gina K Designs White, SU Nautical Expeditions DSP

Ink—SU Cherry Cobbler, alsp sponged around the scallops.

Accessories—Cherry Cobbler Ribbon and Brads, Creative Memories Circle Shape, Marvy Punches,  Basic Grey Mini Magnet

Please check out the blogs of all of the Calendar Girls—there are 10 of us and all of the blogs are listed on my left sidebar.   I am sure you will enjoy all of the shapes of the May creations.  

I hope you enjoy looking at our cards!  Thanks for joining us!!!!!!!

Monday, May 23, 2011

May Stamp Club Swap Card--Sympathy Joy Fold

This was to be posted a week ago, but when Blogger went down, it was skipped.  Hope you like it.

 This is the front of the card, with the punched out butterfly, mounted on a Centainly Celery Oval.

This view shows the panel opened and the one below is the inside of the card.

This card was my swap card for Wednesday night’s Stamp Club—the theme was Sympathy or Get Well.  Since I have been on a roll lately making fancy fold cards, I thought I would do a joy fold for swap.  I left the inside blank, so someone could add a white piece to write on or write directly on the designer paper.

Image—SU Thanks for Caring

Cardstock—SU Certainly Celery, So Saffron and Whisper White cardstock; Designer Series Prints-Certainly Celery

Ink—SU Certainly Celery

Accessories—So Saffron Watercolor Crayon, Blender Pen, Oval and Curly Label punches, White flower brads.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Dueling Darling Divas May Card ~ The Perfect Blend--Admiration!

Here is my card for round #10 of our very friendly battle—not really much of a battle—more of a small clash…………………

What are the Dueling Darlings?  We are a group of friends that met on SCS, travel in each other's swaps and have taken a new twist on crafting to "duel"! We, the Dueling Darling Divas, have one image/card kit to work with and the other half, the Dueling Darling Dazzlers, have a different image/card kit with the same theme! The object is to see what we came up with using this theme, what image was picked and how the Divas/Dazzlers created with it!

The theme this month is “The Perfect Blend”.  The hostess this month for the Divas is Carol, who sent us many wonderful supplies to choose from. This month there is a twist—we are celebrating our charming team leaders.  Jeannette is being honored by the Dazzlers and I am giving a huge shout-out to the Diva’s leader—Kelly!  Though I have not met Kelly in person (not yet at least), I consider her a very good friend.  She has had some huge struggles in the past year or so with health issues in her family and most recently with her dog Brandy.  With all of these issues happening all around her, she always has a cheerful comment on the threads on SCS and I can see a smile on her face every single day.  She is always leaving sweet comments on the cards that I have made and is always soooooo encouraging!  I truly admire her as a great mom to her wonderful children and a creative lady in her papercrafting.  I also want to add a short note about how sweet and wonderful Jeanette.  I have had the priviledge of meeting her this past February and she is awesome--so kind, warm, friendly, caring, funny and I too consider her a wonderful friend.  Love Ya Both!  And, we do know that both Kelly and Jeanette love their “Bux”-Starbucks, so the theme this month is centered around coffee.  This is such a great theme and I am so looking forward to see the other creations as well as reading what all of the Darlings have written about Kelly and Jeanette!  And, to hear how surprised--we hope--that they are the center of our blogs today!

Image—Stamping Bella-Perk Up Peeps

Paper—SU Orchid Opulence and Pale Plum, Paper Pizzazz Homemade Flowers, Bo Bunny Jazmyne Plush and white card stock

Ink—Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories—three buttons layered on one another, White ribbon, Coffee Twill, Diamond and Round Bling, Coffee Mug epoxy sticker, Copics

Please be sure to stop in to see what all of the Divas created and then your final stop will be a link to take you to see what the Dazzlers have fashioned!

Barb:  You are here!

AND--now for the Dazzlers:  Please start at Jeanette's blog and enjoy the travels through the other blogs.  Thanks for joining us!!!!!!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Sun Fun Beach Card

This bright and shiny card was made for Sam’s Beach Swap on SCS.  I do not live near a beach, but I do know that I love the times I have had sand between my toes. 

Image—SU Life’s a Breeze

Cardstock—Gina K White and Pumpkin Pie, SU Ballet Blue and Brilliant Blue, Best Creations Surf’s Up Designer Paper

Ink—SU Ballet Blue

Accessories—Orange button with orange/white bakers twine, circle punches, orange brads and blue sheer ribbon

Friday, May 13, 2011

Thank You Card for Beach Swap

This is the second card that I made for Sam’s Beach Swap on SCS.  This is a perfect thank you card to send to the host when you stayed at their cabin or house at the beach or lake for a weekend or vacation.  Anyone want to invite me? 

Image—SU Cheery Chat

Cardstock—Gina K White, In the Navy, Pumpkin Pie;  SU Baja Breeze; Kaisercraft Off Shore-Tide Designer Paper

Ink—SU Night of Navy

Accessories—Beach Ball brad, orange round brads and orange ribbon

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Let's Celebrate Shutter Card

Yes, this is the final card Libby’s swap on SCS.  The theme was Fancy Folds and here is my favorite fold—a Shutter Card.  I like to use various designer papers on this style of card and I think whichever birthday girl gets this card, will be very happy!

Image—SU On Your Birthday

Cardstock—SU Chocolate Chip, Barely Banana, Cameo Coral and Designer Paper

Ink—SU Chocolate Chip

Accessories—Punches—circles and photo corners, pink buttons, pink taffeta ribbon, brown flower

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Easel Card for Fancy Folds Swap

This is card #4 for Libby's Fancy Folds Swap--an Easel Card.  I really like this Tim Holtz Stamp set--can't wait to use it more.

Image—Tim Holtz Stampers Anoymous Regal Flourish

Cardstock—SU Rose Red, Apricot Appeal and Designer Paper, Gina K Ivory

Ink—SU Rose Red

Accessories—Punches and Rose Red Sheer Ribbon

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Just Saying Hello Joy Fold Card

I just completed cards for Libby’s swap on SCS.  The theme was Fancy Folds and I signed up for five different types—yes 5!!!  This is number three that I am posting to my blog--a Joy-fold card.  I love this card and I added a circle that holds the corner of the top flap.

Image—Hero Arts Mi Casa

Cardstock—SU Chocolate Chip, Cranberry Crisp and Designer Paper, Gina K White

Ink—SU Cranberry Crisp

Accessories—Pink star brads and pink round brads

Friday, May 6, 2011

Pocket Card for Fancy Folds Swap

I just completed cards for Libby’s swap on SCS.  The theme was Fancy Folds and I signed up for five different types—yes 5!!!  What was I thinking—at least it was a 3+1, but still was a challenge to get all of the spots done.  This is the pocket card that I made—I am so ready for spring and wanted to use some pastel colors. 

Image—Tim Holtz Stampers Anoymous Flights of Fancy

Cardstock—SU Pear Pizzazz and Designer Paper, Gina K White

Ink—SU Pear Pizzazz

Accessories—Corner rounder, Pear Buttons, Pear Ribbon, White Flower with bling brad

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Gate-fold Thanks for your Hospitality card

I just completed cards for Libby’s swap on SCS.  The theme was Fancy Folds and I signed up for five different types—yes 5!!!  What was I thinking—at least it was a 3+1, but still was a challenge to get all of the spots done.  This is the gate-fold card that I made—I am so ready for spring and wanted to use some pastel colors.  This is a very simple card, but making a gate-fold adds some style!

Image—Hero Arts Mi Casa

Cardstock—SU Certainly Celery and Designer Paper, Gina K White

Ink—SU Certainly Celery

Accessories—Green flower brad

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

April Showers bring May Flowers Swap Card #2

This is the second card that I made for Viv’s swap on SCS—the theme is April Showers brings May Flowers. I have used this line of stamps before and really liked the image that they produce and the look when stamped.   However, I did not realize until the cards were done and I was getting the information together for this post, that the name of the stamp is Poinsettia Collage.........................  Sure could not tell--looks like a lilly to me!

Image—Memory Box Poinsettia Collage

Cardstock— SU Daffodil Delight & Regal Rose, Gina K White, Pebbles Ever After Little Princess DP

Ink—SU Regal Rose

Accessories—Yellow Brads, Yellow Ribbon, Yellow Flower with pink button center.

Monday, May 2, 2011

April Showers bring May Flowers Swap Card

This card is for Viv’s swap on SCS—the theme is April Showers brings May Flowers.  I have many flower stamps and had to choose only one, as I really love gardening. I used a Clear Gelly Roll pen to add shimmer to the middle of the flowers. I also used my watercolor crayons and I do not remember the last time I colored with them—I really need to use them more often.

Image—Stampendous Cling Spring Sprigs, Rubbernecker Wild Flower Set for Sentiment

Cardstock— SU So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Gina K White, Creative Imaginations DSP

Ink—SU Pear Pizzazz

Accessories—Pear Ribbon, Saffron Brads, Gelly Roll Clear Star Pen, Watercolor Crayons, Blender Pen