Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Crafters of Faith ~ Thanksgiving

Today is the last day of the month and I am here to welcome you to my Crafters of Faith card!   I am blessed to have you stop by and celebrate an early Thanksgiving with all of us! The Crafters of Faith blogging group is a joyous blending of Christian friends ~ joined together to fellowship, share our faith, build friendships and craft together! If you want to see all of the creations, there is a blog list on the left side--please check out all of the cards.

"Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances,
for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." I Thessalonians 5:16-18

Wow, it's hard to believe that there is only 3 more months left of 2012...where has the time gone?? Some of you may know from reading my blog this week that Autumn is my favorite season of the year. In Southern Ontario it is quickly making its appearance and where I'm from the color of the changing leaves can be quite spectacular. It's so inspiring--I just love it! Autumn also includes my most favorite holiday celebration--THANKSGIVING!! It's hard not to love a holiday that calls on us to give thanks for our blessings. I realize not everyone around the world celebrates this holiday, and our friends in the U.S. don't celebrate until November, so for this challenge you can choose to make either a card for thanksgiving OR a thank you card for someone who has been a blessing to you. Please use at least 2 designer papers and 1 embellishment, and most importantly, have fun! I can't wait to see what you've created!

Here is the card I created for you. 

I think this is such a cute and funny image………… I even added a Thanksgiving brad on the inside of my card:

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you do check out the other creations from the wonderful ladies in the Crafters of Faith group!

Image/Sentiment—Stampabilities Eat Beef

Cardstock—Gina K Vanilla; Stampin’ Up Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive; Flair Designs Thanksgiving Words Designer Paper

Ink—Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories—Copic Markers; Orange Brads; Brown Satin Ribbon; Brown Button with Orange/Brown/Cream Bakers Twine; Nesties Oval and Big Scallop Oval; Gobble Brad on the inside

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Calendar Girls ~ Happy Halloween

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. 

Tami is our hostess this month and here is her challenge. 
We are all about the month of October! I have three little challenges for the girls this month.

It is the tenth month of the year, so please have exactly ten ( 10 ) items on your card. No more, no less! The ten items do not include your card base. Your image stamped on a piece of card stock is counted as one item.

Our due date is the 28th. So, that is going to require two ( 2 ) circles needed on each card and a minimum of eight ( 8 ) different colors.

Are you scared yet?! LOL Start taking a peek….there are a lot of different elements and colors on our cards! I am so looking forward to what you all create, as I do each month.

I thought this was a fun challenge—counting layers, checking the colors and making sure I had 2 circles.  I do have exactly 10 items—not counting the base layer.  Do you count 10?  If you only see 9, check for the tip at the end of my post today.

Here is the inside of my card—this does not count in the total of 10 layers—and that is good!

Image/Sentiment—Outlines Witchy Dog/ Peachy Keen County Bumpkin Stamps Jack Delight

Cardstock—Gina K White; Stampin’ Up Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black; Echo Park Paper Happy Halloween Bat Festival, Trick or Treat Designer Paper

Ink—Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories—Copic Markers; Dimensionals; Circle Nesties; Black Button with Orange 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 beautiful creations for Tami’s Challenge. All of the blogs are listed on my left sidebar. Thanks for joining us!!!!!!!

Note—The witches hat is cut out and popped up on the dog’s head=item #10

Friday, October 26, 2012

SOTC Swap ~ You're #1

This is a card that I made for our monthly SOTC—Sisterhood of the Traveling Cards--Swap on SCS. Kadie is our hostess for October. 

Here are the details from kadie:  Your theme is YOU’RE #1. Your challenge is to create a card of congrats or encouragement. Use any image to relay a “way-to-go” theme!

Image/Sentiment—MFT Pure Innocence Baseball Boy/Amuse-You’re The Best

Cardstock—Gina K White; Stampin’ Up Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, More Mustard; Crate Paper School Spirit Collection-Pep Rally Patterned Paper

Ink—Memento Black; SU Cajun Craze

Accessories—Baseball brad; Brown button with Bakers Twine; SU Punches; Copic Markers

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Joy, Hope and Wonder

This is the second of the two cards that I made for Roxane’s Deck the Halls swap cards.  I went with a vintage color theme for both sets of cards.  Today’s card uses current Stampin’ Up colors along with a vintage designer series paper—Deck the Halls.

Image/Sentiment—Penny Black-Joy Wonder

Cardstock—Stampin’ Up Cherry Cobbler Crumb Cake, Deck the Halls DSP; Gina K Vanilla;

InkSU Cherry Cobbler

Accessories— SU Cherry Cobbler Quilted Satin Ribbon, SU Button with Russet Twine

Monday, October 22, 2012

Joy to the World

This is the one of the two cards that I made for Roxane’s Deck the Halls swap cards.  I went with a vintage color theme for both sets of cards.  Today’s card uses the retired Stampin’ Up Cranberry Crisp and True Thyme—those are some of my favorite Christmas Colors!

Image/Sentiment—Penny Black-the World

Cardstock—Stampin’ Up Cranberry Crisp, True Thyme; Gina K White; Carta Bella Christmas Day Ornaments DSP

InkSU Cranberry Crisp

Accessories— SU Cranberry Crisp &  True Thyme Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon; Cranberry Brads

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Do Ghosts Dance?

This is the second of the two cards that I made for Samantha’s recent Falling For Fall cards.  I laughed out loud when I saw this stamp in our local stamp store and just had to have it!  I love the pun!

Image/Sentiment—Unity—Shake Your Booty

Cardstock—Gina K Black Onyx, Pumpkin Spice and White; Reminisce Verbal Creep DSP

InkMemento Tuxedo Black

Accessories—Black Button with Black Twine; Stampin’ Up Punches; Nestie Ribbon Tag

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Colorful Maple leaf

This is one of the two cards that I made for Samantha’s recent Falling For Fall cards.  I love fall as the colors of the leaves are so pretty and this year, despite the drought and worries that the colors would be less than stellar—the leaves are outstanding!  And, we have had little wind, so they are staying on the trees for us to enjoy!
This is a pretty simple card—the colors of the ink and the wording of the paper is what stand out.

Image/Sentiment—Hampton Art Stamps-Maple Leaf

Cardstock—Stampin’ Up Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie, Garden Green; Gina K Ivory; Flair Designs Autumn Words DSP

InkKaleidacolor Cappuccino Delight

Accessories—Acorn Brad; Brown Taffeta ribbon

Monday, October 15, 2012

Dueling Darlings Love Our Leaders!

It is the 15th of the month and that means another Dueling Darlings challenge.  Our hostess this month for the entire group is Melina.  We have lost a few members in the past few months and have an uneven number of members on each team.  Melina stepped up this month and sent a challenge to the Divas and then a different challenge to the Dazzlers. 

The Diva theme is in honor of our leader Kelly.  We were asked to use animals as our theme and then to be sure to add a button on our card.  Kelly loves animals and we all know she loves her Riley’s!  So, that was an easy choice for me.  And, I too love buttons and have a couple of drawers of them—so I had a few choices there too!

The sentiment was not hard either as I am so grateful to be a part of this group and even more grateful to call Kelly a friend!  She is so kind, funny, creative, inspirational, a great mom, loving wife, wonderfully spiritual, a caring friend and my list could go on and on and on………………..  Now-the one thing I need to hope for is that we get to meet in real life sometime—that is on my bucket list!

So—Kels—this one is for you!

 Here is the inside of my card.

Image/Sentiment—Stamping Riley/Stampin’ Up Small Script

Ink—SU Chocolate Chip; Memento Tuxedo Black

 Paper—SU Chocolate Chip, Really Rust; Gina K White, Turquoise Sea; Simple Stories Harvest Faire Made with Love & Handmade Happiness patterned papers

Accessories—SU Oval Punches; Rust Brads; Brown Button with Rust Twine; Brown Grosgrain Ribbon;  Copic Markers;

 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 creations for our leaders! Thanks for joining us!!!!!!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Veni, Vedi, Visa!

This is the second of the two cards that I made for Kristyn’s “Get your Fashion Diva On” Swap.  I do not have many fashion images—but I have quite a few sentiments.  I love this designer paper—perfect for this swap!

Image/Sentiment—Inky Antics Stamps

Cardstock—Stampin’ Up Regal Rose, Elegant Eggplant, Pink Pirouette; Karen Foster Designs Shopping Bags

Ink—SU Regal Rose

Accessories—SU Elegant Eggplant Ribbon, Top Note Die; Punches; Hanger Brad; Eggplant Brads; Pink Button with Bakers Twine

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Unidentified Image Swap ~ Behind Every Successful Woman....


This is the card for the 4th round an Unidentified Image swap on SCS.  It is a group of ladies who are a part of a bi-monthly swap where we all use the same image, sent to us by the hostess.  The unidentified part is that we to not discuss the image at all until the day they are to be posted--today!   The images for this round were provided Terry.  She will swap the cards and include the next image that Jeanette, our next hostess, provides in our return envie.  And then we get to do it all again!!!!

The image the Terry sent was so cute and I hoped I had some coffee related DSP to use—but in checking my stash, I did not find any.  Guess that means I need to look for some next time I am shopping. I then checked out the gallery on SCS and found some wonderful cards made with this set.  So--I went to plan B and decided to look for online for something to highlight on my card.  I decided to use the logo of the main company we all think of when we think of coffee, lattes, cappuccinos, frappes, etc………….  I did find some coffee related twill in my ribbon stash, so that was added.

I think this card turned out cute—and I hope Terry as well as the others in the swap like it also.  

Image/Sentiment—My Favorite Things-MFT—á la modes Miss You a Latte/Gina K Designs-My Cuppa Joe

Cardstock— Stampin’ Up Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Handsome Hunter, Designer Series Paper; GP White

Ink—SU Chocolate Chip; Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories—SU Chocolate Chip Designer Brads; Copic Markers; Coffee Twill; Starbucks Logo

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Tired of Shopping.............

This is one of the two cards that I made for Kristyn’s “Get your Fashion Diva On” Swap.  I do not have many fashion images—but I have quite a few sentiments. 

Image/Sentiment—Rubbernecker Tired of Shopping

Cardstock—Stampin’ Up Soft Suede, River Rock and Vanilla; Abbey Road Lucky Me Open Toed Designer Paper

Ink—SU Soft Suede

Accessories—SU True Thyme Ribbon; Punches, Green Brads; Green Button with Bakers Twine

Friday, October 5, 2012

Crafty Gals ~ Outside the Box!

It is the 5th of the month, so I am back with another 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 Athina.  Here are the details of her challenge:

“Think Outside the Box!”

I challenge you to make a project with no squares or rectangles (not even the base of a card or scrapbook layout). Since we have already stepped outside the box, let’s take another step. Try a technique that you have not tried before. It is always fun to learn something new and expand our creativity. Have fun with it! I can't wait to see what you create!

I do not like to be outside of my comfort zone—and 99% of my cards use rectangles and squares.  I might make a tent topper, but it still has a square base.  So—this challenge was a good one for me.  We made a card similar to this one at a stamp event I went to a few months ago and I thought it was a fun card.  So—I made a telescoping card and it is made with three circles!  My technique is to make that type of card as well as adding glitter, which I seldom do.

 This is the first and second circles--aren't these a couple of cuties!

Here is the card all the way open!

I think it is a fun card and I hope Athina thinks I met the challenge!

Image/Sentiment—Gina K Designs Stamps

Cardstock—Stampin’ Up Real Red and Whisper White

Ink—SU Real Red and Handsome Hunter; Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories—SU Silver Brads; Sizzix Scallop Circle Die; Nestabilities Circle Die; Copic Markers; Glitter; White Glittery Ribbon;

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!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Farmer Riley

This is the second of the two swap cards I made for Jeanette’s newest forest swap on SCS—the theme is “Food in the Forest”.  I really like this Riley set and I am not sure it has been inked up yet.  Perfect for a forest swap I think!

Image/Sentiment—Riley Stamps-Farmer Riley and Moose Sayings 1

Cardstock—Gina K Designs Fresh Asparagus, Dark Chocolate, Vanilla; Stampin’ Up Creamy Carmel; The Paper Loft Scattered Pine Mountain Scrub Oak Valley/Cedar Run Designer Paper

Ink—SU Old Olive; Palette Burnt Umber

Accessories—Copic Markers; Early Espresso Quilted Satin Ribbon; Green Brads

Monday, October 1, 2012

The Living is Easy

Welcome to October!

This is the one of the two swap cards I made for Jeanette’s newest forest swap on SCS—the theme is “Food in the Forest”.  I love her swaps—this is #11 and I have been in each and every one.  All of the people—friends—that are in the thread are so much fun and are very nice.

Image/Sentiment—My Favorite Things Summer Stamp Set

Cardstock—Stampin’ Up Lucky Limeade, So Saffron, Certainly Celery; PTI Rustic White;  Echo Park Paper Sweet Day Pretty Pinwheel/Pretty Polaroid Designer Paper

Ink—SU Certainly Celery

Accessories—Olive Taffeta Ribbon; Saffron Brads; Olive Button with Bakers Twine