Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Calendar Girls--LOVE our Furry Friends!

It is the 28th, so I am here to welcome you to another 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. 

Kelly, our Miss February, provided us with this challenge: 
** Show us how FURRY you are! **
It’s February, a month that symbolizes LOVE. When thinking of a theme for this month’s
Challenge, I knew I wanted us to get happy with the furry ones! My challenge for you this month is: Show some LOVE to our furry animals! I love them great and small, Short and tall – furry and fluffy! I am also sure at one point we have all had a special pet that we have loved, or maybe still do have a pet (or a bunch!) So let’s show them some love! I challenge you to show us fur, your fluff, your waggin’ tails! The possibilities are endless – from doggies to cats, mice to turtles – in one case, a spider! (lil dj!!) LOL! Let’s bring some creativity to making a card (etc) with any image showing us a pet (including if you don’t actually own one!)

** For an extra part of the challenge, since it is February, please try to include the color RED on your card somewhere (coloring of the image, your DSP, cardstock, embellies – just a touch (or a lot!) of red.

Please post your cards to your blogs on February 28th ! I hope you LOVE  this challenge this month and LOVE creating with FUR and FLUFF!

I feel like a broken record (remember those?) when I post the following--I do love my Whipper Snapper images and it probably is not a surprise that I used one of the many stamps that I have.  I love this image and the sentiment that goes with it—and yes, I do have lots or red on it!

We do not have any furry friends in our house, but do dog-sit for some of our friends when they leave town.  We have fin-friends and they do not like to be petted at all………………….  I grew up on a farm and we always had beautiful Collies--named of course Lassie,  along with Laddie and Skippy.

Here is the inside of my card:

Image/Sentiment—Whipper Snapper Sheepdog & Hydrant, Some Days

Cardstock—PTI White; Stampin’ Up Real Red, Early Espresso, So Saffron; DCWV The Pet Stack DSP 

Ink—SU Real Red, Memento Black

Accessories--Nesties Squares and Scallops; Copics; Yellow Button; Red/White and Brown/White Bakers Twine; Dow Paw Brads

Please check out the blogs of all of the Calendar Girls—there are 10 of us, so it might take you a bit.   I am sure you will enjoy all of the creations as we LOVE our furry friends. All of the blogs are listed on my left sidebar. Thanks for joining us!!!!!!!

Monday, February 27, 2012

I received a Blog Award!

Special thanks to Carolina for awarding me the Liebster Blog Award.
The idea of the Leibster award is to bring attention to blogs with less than 200 followers. So, in the spirit of good fun, I am passing this award on to five other bloggers. Please stop by and encourage them by leaving a little love on their creations.

For the 5 blogs I'm presenting this to, please .....
1. Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.
2. Reveal your five picks for the award and let them know.
3. Post the award on your blog.
4. Bask in the love from the most supportive people on the blogshare-other bloggers.
5. Finally and the best rule of all..........have fun and spread the love!

I'm awarding this to 5 very special blogs. It was hard to choose between all the ladies I have in my blog groups so I chose the ones with less followers. That is what Carolina did and it seems fair to me too!

1. Carol
2. Michelle
3. Darlene
4. Terry
5. Tami

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

When Your Life Isn't So Sweet

This is the third card that I made for Andi’s I Haven’t Used It swap on SCS.  We were to ink up some stamps that have never seen ink or it has been a long time since they have been used.   I have a couple of these Inkadinkado stamps and some have not been used yet.  I think this sentiment is so darn cute……………………..  I guess I was on a Basic Grey roll with this card as I used their designer paper, fibers and brads!


Gina K Just Peachy, Cranberry Tart; PTI Berry Sorbet, Ivory; Basic Grey Two Scoops Sprinkles and Waffle Cone

Ink—Stampin’ Up
Cranberry Crisp

Accessories— Basic Grey Fibers and Brads

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Birthday Party-Block Party

Here is the second of the three cards that I made for Andi’s I Haven’t Used It swap on SCS.  We were to ink up some stamps that have never seen ink or it has been a long time since they have been used.  This is another set that I do not remember when I last used this retired set, if it has ever seen ink by me.  I too think I got this from my demo after it retired when we get to chose one stamp set for every $50 ordered at her retirement party—I guess I placed some significant orders during Nancy's retirement parties J

I stamped the image twice—once in Not Quite Navy and a second time in Crumb Cake.  I then cut out the Happy Birthday section from the Crumb Cake image and placed it over the same words on the Navy sentiment.

Image/Sentiment— Stampin’ Up Block Party

Stampin’ Up Crumb Cake, Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze; PTI White;

Ink—Stampin’ Up
Crumb Cake, Not Quite Navy

Accessories—Sizzix Tween Stripes Texture Plate; Kraft Ribbon with blue stitched ribbon on top; Blue Buttons with Blue Fiber

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Dueling Darling Divas February ~ Let Me Call You Sweetheart

It is the 15th of the month and that means another Dueling Darlings challenge.  Our hostess this month for the Divas is Carol and she sent us a sweet, sweet kit.  The theme that Debbie, the hostess for the Dazzlers and Joan came up with is “Let me call you Sweetheart”.  Being the day after Valentine’s Day, I hope you are not on love overload or have had too many sweets, as I have a sweet card to share……………..

I absolutely love the image she sent to us—I have seen so many wonderful cards made with this image and I was so excited to see it in our kit.  Carol got permission from Mo Manning to send it to us and so grateful for that.

Image/Sentiment—Mo Manning-Young Love; Stampin’ Up Small Script

Paper—Gina K Bubblegum Pink, Passionate Pink and White; Doodlebug Sweet Cakes Heart to Heart and Best Creations Basic Glitter paper DSP

Accessories—SU Hearts Embosslits; Copics; Nesties Labels 15; SU oval punches, Ribbon; Ribbon Flowers made by Carol; Crystal Hearts;

Please be sure to stop in to see what all of the Divas as well the Dazzlers have created this month.  All of the blogs are on the left sidebar of my blog.  I am sure you will enjoy all of the Sweetheart Creations! 

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Echoes of Kindness

Here is the one of the three cards that I made for Andi’s I Haven’t Used It swap on SCS.  We were to ink up some stamps that have never seen ink or it has been a long time since they have been used.  I do not remember when I last used this retired Stampin’ Up set, if it has ever seen ink by me.  I think I got it from my demo after it retired when we get to chose one stamp set for every $50 ordered at her retirement party.

Image/Sentiment— Stampin’ Up Echoes of Kindness

Stampin’ Up Handsome Hunter, Lavender Lace, Marigold Morning; PTI White;

Ink—Stampin’ Up Handsome Hunter ink for sentiment--Handsome Hunter and Marvelous Magenta Markers for image

Accessories—SU Elegant Vines Embossing Folder; Purple Ribbon; Purple Brad

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Baby Card for Stamp Club Swap

This is the card that I made for last night’s stamp club.  Lora was the hostess and the theme for the swap was a baby card.  The cards were all so darn cute—what can go wrong with a baby card. 

Image—Stampin’ Up Baby Bundle

Cardstock— SU Old Olive, Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Petals and Paisley DSP ; Gina K White

Ink—SU Old Olive, Memento Black Tuxedo

Accessories—Nesties-Ovals; Old Olive Scallop Dots
Ribbon; Oval Punches; So Saffron Brads; Dotted Impressions Plate; Copics

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Belated Birthday Card for a guy!

Here is the second card that I made for Sam’s Cards for Men swap on SCS.  What guy does not like fishing?  And, I am sure that most of them will smile at the sentiment too!

Image/Sentiment— Stampabilities White Bass; Rubbernecker Cards on Time

Stampin’ Up Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie; PTI Ivory;

Ink—Stampin’ Up Chocolate Chip, Old Olive

Accessories—Sizzix Tim Holtz Bricked; Fish Ribbon; Fishing Pole Brad

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Crafty Gals Challenge Valentine Recipe Card

It is the 5th of the month, so I am back with the 3rd Challenge of the Crafty Gals!  We are a group of bloggers who have monthly challenges, caring comments & fun chit chat on SCS—our favorite stamping site to visit.

Lela posted the February challenge--"Recipe for A Valentine"
February is the month of LOVE and what could be better than showing off our idea of a "Recipe for A Valentine".  Last year DH made me chocolate dipped strawberries. He found the recipe on-line and they were fabulous. It was wonderful but a surprise as usually he gets me roses. What makes the perfect Valentine surprise? Is it candy, flowers, love notes? Let's see your Recipe for sharing LOVE. Don't forget to add a Heart or 2 on our project.

I found a stamp in my Valentine/Hearts drawer that I had forgotten about.  It is a D. Morgan stamp and in the last month, I was reintroduced to her line of stamps, thanks to my friend Darlene.  We created a card with one of her images for mystery swap—see post on January 18th.  I love the look of her stamps, but am a bit nervous inking them up and actually coloring the image.  This one was pretty simple to color, but I love the look and I really like her designs.  Happy Valentine’s Day—a bit early!

Image/Sentiment—Stamps Happen D. Morgan From my Heart

Cardstock—PTI White; Stampin’ Up Real Red, Black and Regal Rose; Reminisce Crazy in Love

Ink—Black Memento

Accessories— Nesties Label 15; SU Hearts Border Punch; Red Brads; Red Heart Ribbon; Copics

Please check out the blogs of all of the Crafty Gals.   All of the blogs are listed on my left sidebar and I hope you will enjoy all of our creations. Thanks for joining us!!!!!!!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

I'm Bananas Over You

Masculine cards are hard for me and many other swappers; so Sam posted Cards for Men swap on SCS.  She had two categories—birthdays and general.  I am sure this card will make any guy smile!

Image/Sentiment— Stamp Shoppe Creations, Stampendous Changito Dos

Stampin’ Up Early Espresso, So Saffron; PTI White; Reminisce Crazy Monkey Stripe

Ink—Stampin’ Up Early Espresso; Memento Black

Accessories—Copics; Punches; Saffron Corduroy Brad

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Silly Sassy Seniors Card Swap--Oh Lord........

This is the second of the two cards that I made for Kristyn’s Silly Sassy Seniors Swap.  I have had this stamp for a bit and have not inked it up.  I added some red to the flowers in her hat for some added interest.

Image/Sentiment— River City Rubber Works-Matilda Louise, Crackerbox Palace--O Lord

Cardstock—Gina K Black, White and Red Hot

Ink—Stampin’ Up Real Red

Accessories—Copics; Red/Black Ribbon; Black Brads; Nesties; Sizzix Tim Holtz Retro Circles
Embossing Folder