"I long to accomplish a great and noble task,
but it is my chief duty to accomplish small
tasks as if they were great and noble."
Helen Keller

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

S'more Recycling in the Forest!

Today the card on my blog is a card I made for a Forest swap. I have been in several of the "Forest Friends" swap on SCS and they are wonderful swaps with a GREAT group of ladies!

Our challenge for this swap was to create any card with a forest theme. However, we were to use a recycled item on our card.

My image is "Maxwell" from Kraftin Kimmie Stamps and I thought he was just perfect for a forest themed swap. I used Natural White, Not Quite Navy, Ruby Red and Mellow Moss cardstock. My designer paper is from Cosmo Cricket. I created the flower in the corner with my scalloped circle and circle punches using a brown lunch bag my son brought home. I added an artichoke button to the center of the flower. I used my scalloped ovals and oval Nestabilities to frame the image.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Calendar Girls Challenge

Morning!!! Coffee anyone?

This month our hostess, April, challenged the Calendar Girls to create a card about something we are looking forward to and to use a product or technique that "scared" us. And then she provided a great sketch for us to use.

Most people are probably looking forward to summer or spring, and yes, I am too. But...the one thing that really came to my mind is the small amount of time I have alone some mornings. Some mornings, after I get my husband and kids out the door...then it is my time to sit and have a couple cups of coffee, read my devotions, blog hop, read the news, answer emails, visit with my incredible on-line friends and so on. Don't get me wrong, I love my husband and kids very much...but that little bit of "me" time is so relaxing and enjoyable.

So my card relfects my morning time. And yes, I do look forward to it!! My image is Polka Dot Mug from Whippersnappers. The sentiment is from the SU set called You're a Gem. My cardstock colors are Early Espresso (how appropriate huh?), Whisper White and Cool Caribbean. The designer paper is from American Crafts. The ribbon is Early Espresso from SU. I also used several different punches and Nestabilities. I colored my image with my Copic marker. And the product that "scared" me...is the Smooch I used. I am not sure if you can see it in the photo really, but I painted the polka dots and stripe on the mug with Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink. (The delicious cookie was made by a couple of my children...and yes, it was yummy!!)

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Waiting for Summer....

I have had enough snow and am patiently waiting for summer...or not so patiently waiting. To help pass the time I joined my friend Barb's card swap. The requirements were to use a stamp from Whipper Snappers and the theme had to be spring or summer related.

At first I was thinking flowers and bright colors...but then I came across this stamp I had purchased and had yet to see ink. And, since I have a couple boys why not do a baseball themed summer card as we have spent many summers on the baseball field.
I used the stamp "Reggie" from Whipper Snappers. My cardstock is Whisper White, Real Red and Creamy Caramel. The grassy DP is from Sandylion. I colored Reggie with my Copics and then mounted the image on Real Red cardstock in the center of my baseball diamond. I used my MS grass border punch as well. I sponged Creamy Caramel ink around my baseball diamond as well as the bases (used 3/4" square punch) because it all had to look a little dirty and dusty or it just wouldn't be baseball. The word "All Star" on the inside is from SU's set called Sporting.

Thanks for stopping by. Wishing you all a great day.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Bring Out the Kid in You

Well it's time for the first round of the second go-around of the Dueling Darlings. It's the Dazzlers v. the Divas. As you know from previous posts we are just a big group of gals who create cards each month with kits we receive and it is all done in good, clean fun.

Our kit this month was from Jeanette and it was spectacular! Our challenge was to use something we'd find with toys (crayon wrapper, felt, tissue paper flower, etc.) The kit included the image "Kelly & Annie" from Me and My Big Ideas. The sentiment is from Hero Arts. Designer paper from DCWV The Guy Stack(blue), EK Success (Scrabble paper), and My Mind's Eye (floral). Embellishments were flowers, ribbon (SU-Blushing Bride), brads and a real Scrabble tile.
I used Basic Black, Bermuda Bay and Regal Rose cardstock from SU! I also used my Nestabilities for the image and my scalloped punch (SU) for the card layout. I searched and searched through my youngest's toy boxes to find something for the "challenge." The white lace you see is actually off an old headband that I found in the bottom of the toy box which was way too small for her now. And...just for the record...my Scrabble tile is on a triple word score space!
Thanks for looking!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For Ice Cream

I am involved in a recipe card swap on SCS. So today on my blog I have posted my first recipe card for that swap. We each took a letter of the alphabet and made a recipe card based on that letter. One of my letters was the letter "I." And, I have a great recipe (from my wonderful friend Carol) called Ice Cream Sandwich Dessert. OH YUM!!
I originally made this as a 4x6 and then realized it was supposed to be 6x6. OOPS! So I glued the 4x6 card to 6x6 CS and then added another dripping border and extra ice cream sandwich. I searched the SCS gallery for ice cream punch art and found this cute idea from "wardd" for the ice cream sandwiches. Here is the link to her blog http://scrappygirltherapy.blogspot.com/.
I used Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla cardstock for the card. The ice cream sandwiches are punched using my large oval punch and my scalloped oval punch. I stamped the tops of the ice cream sandwiches with my polka dot background stamp (SU) to give it the "dimples" you see on ice cream sandwiches. Lastly I added a couple of "drippy goo" (MS punch) borders since the recipe does call for chocolate syrup.