"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

Sunday, October 27, 2013

October Calendar Girls Challenge

Our hostess for this months Calendar Girls Challenge was Barb.  And her challenge was this:

For me a true challenge is to try a new technique. So--that is going to be the challenge I propose to all of us.

Go to this link Technique Lovers Challenge Forum and chose a new technique to you that has a 1 or 0 in the challenge number--like TLC410 or TLC360 or any more current number.  The technique you pick should be one you have never tried before--and you can go back as far as you want in the forum in the posted techniques to find one to tackle. Please list the number and name of the technique you tried in your blog post. And--to make the challenge a bit harder--you cannot create a card this month! You need to think outside of the box and try a totally new technique along with a project that is anything but a card............... And--for extra credit--make a creation with a Halloween theme!

So I went to the Technique Lovers Challenge Forum and found this technique I had never tried before, created something that was NOT a card and my creation even has a Halloween theme.  And here it is...a Double Pocket Bag!  TLC169.

The sentiment and witch hat is from Whippersnappers.  Ribbon from SU!  Designer paper and buttons from either Michaels or Joann.  Thanks for stopping by.  Please see my sidebar for the blogs of all the Calendar Girls and check out their creations.  

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

September and October Dueling Darlings Challenges

Hello Friends!

There are two cards on my blog today.  The first card is for the September Dueling Darling Challenge.  Life has just been down right hectic and I did not get the card made in time and posted.  April was our September hostess and her instructions were:

For September we decided that since there are so many cute stamps out right now with different country themes, that we would travel the globe and celebrate culture! Please find enclosed in your kit, a stamp that represents a certain country and papers and embellishments to match this travel theme. Feel free to make this month's challenge your own in any way. Whether it be with a sentiment or embellishment that reflects your own heritage or just by sharing with us in your post what your heritage is and what traditions you have in your family that celebrate those origins.

To tell the truth friends, I loved the heritage and tradition theme and chose to send generic people that you can customize! I hope you don't mind!

I kept the accessories in black and white theme so they can coordinate with your design!

The stamps are from two sets from CTMH:
Family Ties - Adult
Family Ties - Children
The embellishments are from Michael's.
And here is my card:

My heritage is a mix of many countries so I didn't really customize this gal.  But I loved this designer paper and so wanted to use it.  And I do enjoy vacationing and traveling. Hoping one day to travel around with my hubby, after the kids are grown and on their own. 
Now for the October Duel...Paola was our hostess and her instructions, theme and kit full of goodies was as this:
      Hello Darling Dazzlers,
For this round, my partner Judy and I would like
for you to share your view on Halloween...
Do you celebrate it? If so, what's your favorite part ?
 (eating candy is NOT an optional answer...lol)
Please share one (or more) of the following suggestions :
a trick, a treat, a recipe, fav. costume, fav. decoration, fun times..etc...
 The following are the items I included in the kit you received :
Stamps (all from SU) : "Haunting Halloween" (cat, cauldron + 2sentiments)
                                    "Booglie Eyes" (mummy) & "Best Fiend" (sentiment)
D/P :     Wicked Fun (SU); Halloween Characters & Small Dots (both from Michaels)
                                      Black w/ silver thread (handmade DP from Costco)
Accessories : 'Boot To You' (CB folder) ; 'Black Bat's (Sizzix Die) ; 2 Halloween ribbons (Michaels) ;
                      1 XLrg orange brad by Elements/Am. Crafts ; sm. spiders from Recollections ; 
                      pumpkins dimentionals stickers ; 2 sets of Googlie eyes (Dollar store) ; 'Bootiful' brads from Sprinkles
And my card:
We don't celebrate Halloween here in our house but I really did enjoy the kit that Paola sent and used the small spider sticker on my card because my oldest child is a tarantula lover. 
Thanks for stopping by.  Check out my sidebar and go see all the wonderful creations by all the Darlings.