Thursday, May 31, 2012

May SOTC--Blessings

This is a card that I made for our monthly SOTC—Sisterhood of the Traveling Cards--Swap on SCS.  April was our hostess for May.  Here is her challenge:

This month's theme is Monochromatic May! Your card can be for any occasion, but it should be all one color family! I tend to have a problem making cards like this, so I would love some inspiration from my Sistahs!

I like making monochromatic cards and I seem to have many shades of green in my stash.  It also was the school color of WHS—the school I retired from a few years ago.  I also chose a stamp that reflects my thoughts of this wonderful group of women that I chat with on SCS—they are a Blessing!

Image/Sentiment—Stampin’ Up Graceful Words

Cardstock— SU Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Certainly Celery; Gina K White; SU Designer Paper

Ink—SU Old Olive

Accessories—SU Flower Brad, Old Olive Mini Brads, Old Olive Taffeta Ribbon

Monday, May 28, 2012

Happy Memorial Day from the Calendar Girls

Happy Memorial Day!

Since it is also the 28th,  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.

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

Here is the Challenge for the Month of May ~ Memorial Day--a day of honor, remembrance, family picnics, parades, flags placed at cemeteries, concerts and the unofficial start to summer! So the challenge this month for the Calendar Girls is to ink up a patriotic stamp, get out the red/white/blue paper and DSP to post a card that shouts respect to your country and those who have served in the past. I would also like you to note in your post on the 28th what is in your plans this year or what typically has been part of your celebration in the past years on Memorial Day.

So, I went to my favorite company, Whipper Snapper and inked up a cute stamp that has two of my favorite things for May—flowers and a flag!  I used some new designer paper I recently bought and made a tent topper card.  I have seen this style of card usually with ovals or circles on the top—but I used a deckled rectangle for mine.

We typically have a cookout and invite some friends over to enjoy some grilled food.  We try to eat outside and enjoy the view of our flower gardens.  This year, today will be the last day of our week-long vacation at a cabin on a lake in Northern Wisconsin. There will be six friends who are joining us at the end of the week to spend some time with us and four of them will be here today.  If the weather cooperates, we hope to spend some time on the pontoon on the lake, grill out at the house and head for home………………

Image/Sentiment—Whipper Snapper Patriotic Flowers/Labelicious Sentiment

Cardstock—Stampin’ Up Riding Hood Red, Night of Navy; Gina K Designs White; My Mind’s Ety American Made Celebration Banner

Ink—Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories—SU Blue Denim Ribbon; Red Brads; Copic Markers; Punches; Nesties Deckled Rectangles; Blue Button with Airmail Bakers Twine

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 Patriotic creations. All of the blogs are listed on my left sidebar. Thanks for joining us!!!!!!!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Maturity Is........

A local stamp and scrapbook stores hosts an every other month swap with various themes.  It is fun to get cards from area ladies and see all of the different styles!  This month we are making birthday cards!

Image/Sentiment—Outlines Maturity Is…………

Gina K White; Stampin’ Up Real Red, Night of Navy, Yo Yo Yellow; Around the Block--Party and Amande Blu--Happy Birthday Patterned Papers

Ink—SU Real Red

Accessories—SU Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon; Yellow Brads

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Celebrate Summer!

This is one of the two cards that I made for a recent swap on SCS.  Sam hosted it and it was her fourth annual Beach/Summer Swap.  I love the theme and I started with the designer paper to create my cards!  I love the sunglasses brad—I thought I had palm tree brads as I know they are on the Eyelet Outlet site.  But, I guess it will have to be in my next order.  And, they had a booth at the recent stamp/scrap show I went to………………

I also entered this into the Twisted Tuesday challenge for a vacation card.  Please go and check them out:  Twisted Tuesday

Image/Sentiment—Stampin’ Up Celebrate Everything

PTI White; SU More Mustard, Marina Mist, Pacific Point;  Reminisce Hawaii Aloha Patterned Paper

Marina Mist

Accessories—Green Sunglasses Brad; Orange and Blue Bakers Twine

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Summer Swap--If You Can...........

This is one of the two cards that I made for a recent swap on SCS.  Sam hosted it and it was her fourth annual Beach/Summer Swap.  I love the theme and I started with the designer paper to create my cards!

Image/Sentiment—Stampendous Imagine It

PTI White; Stampin’ Up Night of Navy, Marina Mist, Peach Parfait;  Kaiser Craft--Off Shore White Cap & Swirl Designer Paper

Marina Mist

Accessories—Blue Square Brads, Peach Button with Bakers Twine and Marina Mist Grosgrain Ribbon

Friday, May 18, 2012

Mystery Image Swap--Nature Fairies

This card is for a Mystery Swap on SCS.  A group of us are doing a bi-monthly swap where we all use the same mystery image, sent to us by the hostess.  This swap was created by Forest Ranger—Jeanette.  These images were sent to us by Linda, who will swap the cards and send us the next image, provided by Kate!  I can't wait to get the swap cards back to see how everyone else used the same image.  And then we get to do it all again!!!!

The image Linda sent was a full card front—I trimmed it to make an easel card.  I will be interesting to see what others do with this pretty stamp.

Image/Sentiment—Outlines Nature Fairies image; Rubbernecker Wildflowers Sentiment
Cardstock— Stampin’ Up Daffodil Delight and Certainly Celery;

Ink—Memento Tuxedo Black

Copic Markers; Mini flower with brad in center

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Dueling Darlings Serene Spring

It is the 15th of the month and that means another Dueling Darlings challenge.  Our hostess this month for the Divas is Judy and she sent us a wonderful kit.  The theme that Paola, the hostess for the Dazzlers and Judy came up with is “Spring is in the Air”.   May is the month when the earth bursts forth with new growth new flowers and new bird songs

The image Judy sent us is from the Stampin’ Up set Serene Spring.  I do have that set, but sadly I am not sure it has ever seen ink.  Now, with the inspiration of all of the wonderful cards I am going to see created, I am sure I will take it off of the shelf soon!

Judy also asked us to tell what we love about May.  I love all of the flowers that are popping up in the gardens--lupines, columbines, lily of the valley and we have some irises blooming too.  I also love to get the vegie garden planted and this year, all of the plants will be from the seeds we have started in our new greenhouse--too fun!

Image/Sentiment—Stampin’ Up Serene Spring

Ink—Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper—Gina K White, SU Pool Party Daffodil Delight and Peach Parfait; Recollections Teal Butterflies patterned paper

Accessories—Orange Bakers Twine over Aqua Satin Ribbon; Rhinestone Flourish; Copics; Nesties Oval Large Scallops; Orange Flower; Orange Glitter Butterfly.  Inside—Butterfly Satin Ribbon, Amuse Tag Die  

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! 

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

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Birthday!

Good Morning—we had stamp club this past Wednesday and the hostess was Lynne.  Our theme was masculine cards and I came up with this birthday card.  When we got to Nancy’s house, it was a coincidence that Carla used the same image on her card!

Image/Sentiment—Stampin’ Up Happiest Birthday Wishes

PTI White; Stampin’ Up Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler and Designer Series Paper

Night of Navy and Cherry Cobbler Marker

Accessories—Cuttlebug Argyle Embossing Folder, Cherry Cobbler Ribbon and Brads

Friday, May 11, 2012

4th Touch of Class Swap Card

Today I am posting the final card I made for Melina’s A Touch of Class swap on SCS.  I truly enjoyed making four sets of swap cards with a classy design-and I hope you have liked all of them!

Image/Sentiment—Stampin’ Up Thanks for Caring

PTI White; Stampin’ Up Certainly Celery, Old Olive, So Saffron and Designer Series Paper

Old Olive

Accessories—Ticket Corner Punch, Saffron Brads, Celery Button with Olive Ribbon and Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Celebrate Today

Here is the third card I made for Melina’s A Touch of Class swap on SCS.  The category this time is Wedding or Anniversary and I think this card can work for either.  I try to make my wedding cards to match to colors the bride and groom choose if I know it—so this is for pink/rose/red theme!

Image/Sentiment—Stampin’ Up Perfectly Penned

PTI White; Stampin’ Up Riding Hood Red, Blushing Bride and Designer Series Paper

Riding Hood Red

Accessories—Cuttlebug Roses, Lifestyle Crafts Frames 2, Pink Brads and Blushing Bride Pleated Ribbon

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Touch of Class Swap, Part 2

This is the second of the four cards I made for Melina’s A Touch of Class swap on SCS.  This is for the Thinking of You or Get Well category.  I so love this SU set and think it is a very elegant sentiment.

Image/Sentiment—Stampin’ Up Word Play

PTI White; Stampin’ Up Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Close to Cocoa and Designer Series Paper

Chocolate Chip

Accessories—Chocolate Chip Brads and Grosgrain Ribbon

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Thank You Swap Card

Melina hosted a recent swap on SCS with the theme “A Touch of Class”.  We were to make a grown up card (her words) that was elegant.  I am not sure my cards are formal or elegant, but I think they are classy…………………….  Check back in the next few days for the remainder of the cards I made.

This one is for the Thank You category and I inked up one of my most used SU sets!

Image/Sentiment—Stampin’ Up Wonderful Words

PTI White; Stampin’ Up Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Pool Party and Designer Series Paper

Pool Party

Accessories—Kraft Brads and Ribbon

Monday, May 7, 2012

Sending Many Thanks

This is one of the two cards that I made for Samantha’s Something New Swap on SCS. This was her first time hosting a swap so that was new for her and was the inspiration for the theme.  We were to use something new or try a new technique.  I choose to ink up a stamp set that I had not used yet—Four Frames by Stampin’ Up.  I like the feminine look of the card.

Image/Sentiment—Stampin’ Up Four Frames and Petite Pairs

PTI White; Stampin’ Up Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink and Designer Series Paper

Regal Rose and Pretty in Pink

Accessories—White Brads; Pink Ribbon, Pink Flower with white brad in center.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Celebrating Those Who Love Us-Crafty Gals Challenge

It is the 5th of the month, so I am back with the newest 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.

This month, the challenge was posted by Tracie.  Here are the details:

"Celebrating Those Who Love Us"
This month's theme celebrates those who have sacrificed so much to help us become the people we are today. This could be mothers, fathers, friends, Jesus, or anyone you'd like to celebrate! On your project, include the following:
1.  At least 3 layers
2.  At least 2 embellishments
3.  At least 1 sentiment
I can't wait to see what you come up with and the stories you share with us!

I love coffee—and many forms of it.  We have an espresso machine and make a latte every morning—and I get to enjoy it with my best bud Rebecca!  We sacrifice for each other—I get up everyone morning at 6:00, even though I am retired to have breakfast and share a latte with her.  And what does she sacrifice, well…….......... probably a lot by being with me………….

Image/Sentiment—Gina K Designs--My Cuppa’ Joe and Thanks a Million

Cardstock—Gina K Ivory, Chocolate Brown, Tan Leather and Unknown coffee cup patterned paper

Ink—Palette Burnt Umber

Accessories—Copic Markers; Brown Button & Bakers Twine; Ivory Brads; Coffee Twill

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 “Celebrating those who love us” creations. Thanks for joining us!!!!!!!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Oldest that You Have Ever Been!

Here is one of the two swap cards that I made for Nichole’s recent Birthday Cards Swap she posted on SCS.  I realize it is a pretty simple design—sometimes you just need to make some of those…………..

Image/Sentiment—Whipper Snapper Oldest You’ve Ever Been

Gina K White; Stampin’ Up Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Pretty in Pink;  My Mind’s Eye Hip Horray  Girl Make a Wish

Ink—SU Certainly Celery

Accessories—SU Certainly Celery Grosgrain Ribbon

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Angel Swap Card

This is the card I made for Paola’s For the Love of Angels Swap on SCS.  I was gifted this image by LJ and really like it.  I think this is a perfect card for a little girl’s birthday or a big girl who needs angel hugs!

Image/Sentiment—MTF You Give Me Wings

PTI White; Stampin’ Up Pear Pizzazz, Riding Hood Red, Sahara Sand and DSP.

Ink—Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories—Red Brads; SU Red Button with red/white bakers twine; Pear Ribbon

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Hapyy May Day ~ Rain or Shine

Happy May Day.  Since April was very rainy, I hope May's flowers are awesome!

This is the second of the two swap cards I made for Jeanette’s newest forest swap on SCS—Rain in the Forest.  I do have a number of stamps that have umbrellas on them and decided to use a PTI set that I have not inked up in a long time. 

Image/Sentiment—PTI Scattered Showers

Cardstock—Stampin’ Up Not Quite Navy, Bashful Blue, Crumb Cake; Gina K White; Reminisce Unwritten Rainy patterned paper

Ink SU Not Quite Navy, Crumb Cake

Accessories—Kraft Brads and  Ribbon; Lifestyle Crafts Classic Diamonds Embossing Folder