Monday, February 28, 2011

Welcome to the February Ball for the Calendar Girls

Welcome to the second 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. 

In this second month of the challenge, our own Ms. February, Kelly invited us to the Calendar Girls Ball.  Since February is the month of love, admiration and red hearts, we all were to create a card with the following expectations:

1—The card is to reflect our style—in color and style.  I love red and white cards, so that part was easy.  I also love a simple style and will have an embossed background and ribbon on the majority of my cards.
2—Show your true colors.  As I stated, I love red and white—enough said!
3—Shape up for the Ball.  We were to use shapes on the card and I got out one of my favorite SU punches and added various flowers with an added rhinestone brad in the center.

So, quite similar to the theme I used for the January creations and a reflection of the month of May that I am hosting, the card has flowers on it—stamped, embossed and punched out.  I love them and spring cannot come soon enough to bring them.

Image—SU Botanical Garden

Cardstock—SU Riding Hood Red and GKD White

Ink—Riding Hood Red

Accessories—SU Flower Punch, Rhinestone brads, White ribbon with red over the top, SU Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder

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 creations for our first “Ball”!  All of the blogs are listed on my left sidebar.

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

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Baby Girl Card for "Why did I buy this" Swap

This is another card for Darlene’s swap on SCS.  We were to use something that we have in our possession that we have not used for more than a year and here is another stamp set that has not seen ink!

Image—SU Word on Word

Cardstock—Gina K White, SU Pink Pirouette and DSP

Ink—Regal Rose

Accessories—Baby Buggy Brad, Pink Pearls, It’s a Girl Ribbon

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Confirmation Card for Becky Ann

This is a card I made for my great-niece Becky Ann for her confirmation today.  The embellishments are a dove and the word grace that are puffy stickers that are popped up on the card. 

Image—River City Rubber Works--On Your Confirmation Day

Cardstock—Gina K White, SU Not Quite Navy, So Saffron and DSP

Ink—Not Quite Navy

Accessories—Dove and word "Grace" Puffy Stickers, Ivory Ribbon

Friday, February 18, 2011

Mystery Swap--Round 2

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 Gael, who will swap the cards and send us our next image!   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!!!!

Image--Art Inkables Think Big

Cardstock--SU White, Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip and  DSP

Ink--Memento Black

Accessories--Copics, Red Brads

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Baby Boy Card

This card is for a swap on SCS that is being hosted by Darlene and the theme is “Why Did I Buy This”?  We were to use something that we have in our stamping stash that we have not used for more than a year—and this stamp fits the bill.  Not sure why it has not seen ink as it sure is darn cute!

Image—Penny Black Baby

Cardstock—Gina K White, SU Bashful Blue and DSP

Ink—Bashful Blue

Accessories—Baby Buggy Brad, White Pearls, Bashful Blue Ribbon

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Dueling Darling Divas February Card---LOVE!

Here is my card for our Battle and we are in round #7! 

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 Love.  The hostess this month is Jamie, who sent us these great supplies and as usual, there were many to choose from.  So here are the details on the fun card I created:

Image—Inkadinkado Animal Hearts

Cardstock—SU Cherry Cobber, Whisper White and 2 sheets of the paper that Jamie sent—one red and one white one embossed with flowers

Ink—Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories—Nesties-Small Labels, Copics, White Grosgrain Ribbon, Red Ribbon with white trim, Scalloped Heart Die Cuts, Heart Brads, Pearls, Oval Punches

Now please check out all of the Divas blogs--they are all on the left side bar--to see all of their cards.  Then, please check out the Dazzlers blogs to see what created with their card kit!  We are a big group of 14, 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! :)

Eddited to add--I forgot to add when I scheduled this to post, that the Diva's have a "guest designer" for this month--please be sure to check out Tami's blog.

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

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day--Whipper Snapper Tuxedo Love Bear

Happy Valentine’s Day!!  I wanted to share a card I made that is from one of my favorite stamp companies—Whipper Snapper Designs!   I love using my Copics on the Whipper Snapper images and love the rich colors on this card. I used Gold Glimmer mist on the card when I was done--you can see a bit of a shine.

Image— Whipper Snapper Tuxedo Love Bear

Cardstock—SU Lovely Lilac, Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Gina K White

Ink—Memento Black

Accessories—Copics, Sizzix Dots-Circles-Stars, Nesties Labels 4, Heart Brad, Lilac ribbon, Gold Glimmer Mist.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Kindness Comes from the Heart Card

This is the card that I made for one of the swaps for the shoebox swap that was held yesterday in South Milwaukee. Since the swap was a few days before Valentine's Day, I decided to go with a pink theme! There is some paper piercing in the upper right corner that you might not be able to see very well.

Image— SU Heard from the Heart--Kindness comes in many forms, but always from the Heart!

Cardstock—SU Melon Mamba, Pretty in Pink, Close to Cocoa, Whisper White, Raspberry Tart DSP

Ink—SU Melon Mamba

Accessories—Pink Ribbon, Pink buttons with pink floss, Mat Pack

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Birthday Card for South Milwaukee Shoebox Swap

This is the card I made for the shoebox swap that I am going to today in South Milwaukee. I also get to meet in real life my SCS friend Jeanette and see Terry and LJ too—also SCS ladies that I have met in the past. I am so excited for the day—to chat and to make some awesome cards…………..  OK—back to the card--I premade 21 cards and have 21 card kits ready to be made today.

Image— SU Bring on the Cake, Happy Moments

Cardstock—SU Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, DSP

Ink—SU Chocolate Chop

Accessories—Cuttlebug Swiss Dots, Olive Ribbon, Punches, Olive Brads

Friday, February 11, 2011

Wish Big Masculine Birthday Card

This is the card that I made for our monthly stamp club that met on Wednesday night--the theme was masculine birthday and as most stampers, I do struggle with those types. I have not made a gate fold in a long time and do like how it turned out.  I also put a strip of the DSP on the bottom edge of the inside of the card.

Image— SU Bring on the Cake

Cardstock—SU Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Always Artichoke,  DSP, Gina K Designs White

Ink—SU Early Espresso, Old Olive

Accessories—Punches, Bronze Brads

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Friendship is a Sheltering Tree Card

This is the 2nd card I made for Taryn’s Lovely as a Tree swap on SCS.  Any tree set could be used and I decided to use a stamp that had not been inked up in many years.  I really like the sentiment—so perfect!

Image— Stamping Sensations stamp

Kiwi Kiss, Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze, DCWW DSP, Gina K White

Ink—SU Kiwi Kiss

Accessories—Kiwi Striped Ribbon, Kiwi Brads, Blue Rain Drops

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Adventurous Tree Card

This is a card I made for a swap on SCS hosted by Taryn—her Lovely as a Tree swap.  Any tree image could be used and I pulled out a new Bo Bunny set that has not been inked before.

Image— Bo Bunny Roughin It Stamp set

Cardstock—SU Old Olive, Early Espresso, Bo Bunny Roughin It DSP, Gina K Designs Ivory

Ink—SU Old Olive

Accessories—Olive Striped Ribbon, Brown Brads

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Go Pack GO!

There is not a card being posted today, but it is a very special day.  It is Super Bowl Sunday and the Green Bay Packers are playing!  We have some friends coming this afternoon for the game and the TV will be on as soon as I get home from church to watch all of the hype--I love it!

Go Pack Go--Bring home the Lombari trophy!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Calligraphy Thank You Card

This is another card for Heather’s variety swap on SCS.  This was for the thank you category. I just love this series of stamps by Paper Inspirations and have maybe 6 or 7 of the different themes.  I actually bought one over the weekend that says “Adoption”.

Paper Inspirations--Thank You Calligraphy

Gina K White, In the Navy, Lipstick Red; Reminisce DSP

Ink—Stampin Up Real Red

Corner Punch, Red Brad, Red Ribbon

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Springtime Thank You Swap Card

This card is for a swap on SCS hosted by Karly—her Four Seasons Swap and I made one for each! This was for the spring category and I am really liking my new Hero Arts stamp—Silhouette Flower.

Image— Hero Arts stamp—Silhouette Flower, SU Thank you from Short & Sweet

Cardstock—SU Regal Rose, Melon Mamba, DSP, Gina K Designs White

Ink—Su Regal Rose

Accessories—Punches, Pink Ribbon, Pearl Dots

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Winter Swap Card for Four Season Swap

And Today, since we are in the middle of a Blizzard--the Blizzard of the Decade they say--here is a winter card!  This card is for a swap on SCS hosted by Karly—her Four Seasons Swap and I made one for each! I tried something new for the image—I stamped the tree image once, then without re-inking, I stamped it again on the right and then a third time on the left.  So, I stamped off the image twice and I do like the look!

Image—Impression Obsession Winter Trees

Cardstock—Gina K Designs Ivory and All Spruced Up

Ink— SU Handsome Hunter

Accessories—Sizzix Evergreen Embossing folder, Green/Gold Ribbon, Green Button