Monday, March 28, 2011

Spring is Coming ~~ March Calendar Girls

Welcome to the third round 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 Ms. March, our own April—no, her name is April and her month is March as it is her birthday month—confused yet???  It is a three-fer, since it is the third month of the year and the third round.  Here are the three components:

1—Spring is right around the corner (and as I post this, temps in Wisconsin have been in the 30’s and parts of the state got 18 more than inches of snow), but I will believe Spring is coming……. we were to  use an image to portray something I am looking forward to ~~ for me it is flowers and the gardens to come to life!

2—Use a technique or product that “scares” us—something that I admire and have procrastinated using ~~ for me it is the Crystal Effects I used on the flower blooms.  I am really not intimated by it—just do not use it enough.

3—And finally, we were to use a sketch that April designed ~~ for me that was the easy part—I love following sketches as the design is already set. 

So, here is my card for the month.  And, for the third month in a row—do you see a theme with threes?—I have used a flower image.  I am soooooo ready for spring.

Image—Stampendous Spring Sprigs, Penny Black Think Spring,

Cardstock—SU Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Very Vanilla Cardstock and Heidi Grace Design Flowers in a Row DSP

Ink—Memento Black, SU Melon Mambo

Accessories—SU Punch, Ice Cream Parlor Buttons with ivory thread, Daffodil ribbon with Ice cream Parlor over the top, Circle and Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Copics and Crystal Effects on flower blooms.

Please check out the blogs of all of the Calendar Girls—there are 10 of us, so it might take you a bit, but I am sure you will enjoy the Spring-time creations.  All of the blogs are listed on my left sidebar.

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

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

SOTC March Swap--Boys will be Boys

This is the card that I made for a monthly swap on SCS called the Sisterhood of the Traveling Cards--SOTC.  Our hostess this month is April and the theme she choose was any card for a teen boy.  Her son though technically is not a teen, she said that he thinks like one.  Though my card is technically not a teen card, all boys still get scraped knees and play with bugs!

Image—Little Paper Shop--Boys will be Boys

Cardstock—SU Basic Black and Cumb Cake, Canvas Corp Black & Kraft Ribbon Stripe and Kraft Fresh Words

Ink—Memento Black

Accessories—Marvy Scallop rectangle punch, Hiking Boot ribbon and bicycle brad

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Dueling Darling Divas March Card---Being a Kid at Heart

Here is my card for our Battle and we are in round #8! 

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 stamp was picked and how the divas/dazzlers created with it!

The theme this month is “Being a Kid at Heart”.  The hostess this month is Kelly, who sent us these great supplies and as usual, there were many to choose from.  The challenge this month was to find an item from childhood and incorporate in the card and Kelly sent us a puzzle piece from a Winnie the Pooh puzzle.  I knew I had the perfect sentiment to use with the puzzle piece—it is from Gina K’s set “Love you to Pieces”  This is one of her “Stamps for a Cause” stamp set created to benefit Autism. 

So here are the details on the playful card I created:

Image—Riley and Company—Bouncing Ball Riley, Gina K Designs--Love you to Pieces

Cardstock—SU Real Red, GKD White and 2 pieces of paper that Kelly sent—one red with a circle pattern and the other a red, orange, green and blue plaid.

Ink—Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories—Quikutz dies, Copics, Sizzix Hearts embossing folder, Red Ric-rac, white with red print flower, orange button, Heidi Grace faux brads and a puzzle piece donated by Winnie the Pooh

Now make sure to stop by to see the Divas and then your final stop will be a link to take you to see what the Dazzlers created!  We are a big group of 16, so this might take awhile ~ and this is just a friendly joust ~ no winners, certainly no losers! Just a craftin', loveable group of friends taking on a monthly joust at card making! :)

Barb:  You are here!

AND--now for the DUEL! Please start at Jeanette's blog,  which will bring you to the 8 dazzlers 

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

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Easter Blessings Card

This is the second Easter card that I made for Linda’s swap on SCS.  I like using pastel colors for spring cards and I am sure spring is coming soon.

Image—Stampendous Cling Easter Blessings, Unity Itty Bitty Saved

Cardstock—SU Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist, Pretty in Pink, SU Designer Series Paper

Ink—SU Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist

Accessories—Pink Ribbon, Pink Flower with yellow brad in center

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Hoppy Easter Chocolate Bunny Card

This is one of the two Easter cards that I made for Linda’s swap on SCS.  I embossed the Chocolate Bunny so that is shines like those in real life—before the ears are eaten!

Image—SU Chocolate Bunny, Stampendous Hoppy Wishes

Cardstock—SU Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose and Rose Red

Ink—Versamark Dazzle Champaign

Accessories—Sizzix Hearts, Clear Embossing Powder, Brown Brads, Pink Ribbon with Brown Polka Dots

Friday, March 11, 2011

Thank You card for Stamp Club

This is the card  that I made for our monthly stamp club this week--theme was Thank You .  The card was inspired by a card I received last week from Pearl and just loved it. So, I asked her if I could “case” it and she said yes, as no one had ever case’d one of her cards before.  Her card used vintage papers and had an antiqued look.  I went for a brighter card and I hope the ladies at club tonight like it too.  I used a 1 ¼ inch punch for the 8 squares—two of each pattern and the strips on the right side that are woven are ½ inch wide.  I added the wide ribbon to give added color.

Image—SU Short and Sweet

Cardstock—SU Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, Sweet Pea DSP

Ink—SU Chocolate Chip with Pretty in Pink sponged on the pink base and oval sentiment.

Accessories—SU 1 ¼ square punch, oval punches, brown brads, 15/16” chocolate chip satin ribbon, Dimensionals

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

White on White Snowy Card

This is one of the swap cards that I made for Viv’s Colorful swap on SCS. There were many categories to choose from and I took four spots!  I took white on white as a challenge--but the harder challenge is to get a good picture! There are no stamps or ink used on this card.

Cardstock—Gina K White

Sizzix Tim Holtz Snowman, Cuttlebug Large Snowflake folder, Sizzix Snowflake #5 Sizzlit with a Rhinestone clear brad in the middle and White grosgrain ribbon

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Another Warm and Fuzzy Card

Here is another card that I created for Taryn’s swap on SCS.  We were to think of what makes us feel warm and fuzzy in the winter—and I have made two cards with Chocolate with the theme, so you know what I love…………………………….

Image—Rubbernecker If the Bird

Cardstock—Gina K Ivory, SU Chocolate Chip, Paperpizazz Yummy Chocolate Chips DSP

Ink—Chocolate Chip

Accessories—SU Decorative Label Punch and 15/16 Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon, cream colored brads, Sizzix Tim Holtz Retro Circles Embossing Folder, SU Dimensionals under image

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Warm and Fuzzy Swap Card

Here is a card that I made for Taryn’s Warm and Fuzzy swap on SCS.  We were to think of what makes us feel warm and fuzzy in the winter and of course chocolate fits the bill for me!  I am sure that many of you feel the same way, so I will call you and we will do Chocolate!

Image—Whipper Snapper Designs We’ll do Chocolate

Cardstock—Gina K Ivory, SU Chocolate Chip and Regal Rose, Basic Grey Bittersweet DSP

Ink—Chocolate Chip

Accessories—Marvy Punches, Pink heart brad, pink round brads, pink with brown polka dotted ribbon, ink sponged on image