Saturday, February 11, 2012

Mediterranean Cafe' - Happy Colors

My last card, these two cards, and at least one more, will have these pretty cheerful colors. The recipients of these cards like these colors, and I am diggin' the warmth of them. We have had a very mild winter, but have now had a dip in temperature and I am not handling it graciously. So these colors are making me happy. I normally am not a fan of yellow, but Dorcas is rubbing off on me.  The first card is an anniversary card is for some friends of ours. I am more than fashionably late in getting it to usual! These colors reminded me of the colors in their home.  They had us over for dinner last night and I can now say it was truly delicious. I made the next card for them as well, and gave it to them before we had dinner because I did not want to be more than fashionably late for that too. It was a bit funny because I added that dinner was delicious and we had not eaten  yet! It really was quite yummy!

When I saw this sketch, I knew I had to play. I had the event, the papers and the rest just happened!

The inside
Inside- Bottom

 The Thank You card! 
Don't look too close at the sentiment. It stamped crooked and due to lack of time and score tape, it had to stay. It bothers me greatly though! I have a love hate thing going on with score tape. It is an awesome adhesive, but once it is down there is no going back.
There is some patchwork going on here!

Supplies used for these cards:
Cardstock: Coordinations
Designer Paper: DCWV Mediterranean  Cafe' Paper Pack
Jewel Circle: Recollections
Pearl Flourishes: Zva & Recollections
Sentiments: Love conquers all: Raindrop Echo, & the Thank you from the bottom of my heart is from TLC the rest is from computer.
Pearls: Paper Studio & Recollections
Oval Pearl Frame With Jewels: Martha Stewart
Die Cuts-  Classic Ovals, Lacey Ovals, Labels Three & Martha Stewart
Ribbon: Teal- Basic Basic- & Misc.
Retro Button: Recollections

Challenges I would Like to enter this card in:
Mojo MondaySketch
Crafty Emma - Lots of Layers, 3 or more
Craft Us Crazy -  Anything Goes
Scrapbook Sisters - Anything Goes
Paper Take Weekly -Anything Goes
Crop Stop - Wedding or Anniversary
Crafting for all Seasons - Love is in the Air
Lexi's Creations -  Love 
Friendship's Garden -  No stamped images - Love + 3 embellishments (Pearls, bow, pearls frame)
Little Darlings- Favorite Embellishment- (Pearls, Bow, pearl frame)
Ribbon Carousel Challenge - must include spooled item Anything Goes* 
Craft Your Days Away - Get Stitchy with it
Lily Pad - Patterned Paper

Friday, February 10, 2012

A Blog Hop For My Buddy Dorcas

Welcome to a blog hop dedicated to my good buddy Dorcas. She recently lost her Furbaby, and we all wanted her to know that we are thinking about her. 
It has been a very difficult week, so this hop is for her.  Please join us and see what thoughtful projects these talented ladies made for our good friend!

Surprise girlfriend!!! 
This is for you! We know this does not take away your pain, but we hope it brings a little bit of joy to your day. Grab some tea or chocolate you may be here a while.  There are a lot of people that care about you and we all want you to know that we are all thinking about you during this difficult time.

This is the order you will be hopping. If you get lost pop back here for the list.

So here is my card. Not exactly a surprise since
I already gave it to you!
 Knowing her love of ducks and her love of yellow, this is perfect for her. (So sorry I bought it for you took it away then gave it back. What a bad friend I am!)
Long story! Anyway, hope this makes up for it!
 Love the bird on the brad!
 Not a completed card without pearls!
 Love this image!
The Inside
 The Inside- Top
Could not resist some bling!
The Inside- Bottom
Sewing is a bit crooked on this one! Oops!
Ok girlfriend, enough chatter from me. Time for you to get hopping and see all the wonderful creations the other girls made for you. Hop on over to Kelly's blog and see what special creation she has for you! 

Supplies Used:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Designer Paper: DCWV Mediterranean  Cafe' Paper Pack
Image: Mo Manning
Pencils: Prismacolor
Die Cuts: Spellbinders,  Floral Doily Motif,  Fluer De Lis Squares, Classic Circles, Classic Ovals & Lacey Ovals.
Gems: Square- Recollections   Oval Bling- Want 2 Scrap Nestabling. Pearls & Gems: Recollections
Brighter Days Sentiment:  Create W/ TLC
Brad: Making Memories
Ribbon Misc.

Challenges I would like to enter this in:
Bronte and Bella's Challenge (Mo's Digital Pencil) Bingo- (Gems, Lace, Die-Cuts)
Creative Craft Challenges - Bingo- (Ribbons, Brads, & Blue) 
Ribbon Carousel Challenge - Must include spooled item - Anything Goes
Scrapbook Sisters -  Anything Goes
Shopping Our Stash - Lace
Truly Madly Crafty Challenges- Ribbon and Bling
The Hybrid Chick Card Caravan - Use Ribbon 
Inky Impressions - Two ribbons or trims
Crafts and Me -  New image
Little Darlings Challenges -  Favorite Embellishments (Ribbon, Lace, Die Cuts & Pearls.) 
Forever Friends -  must include animal -  Shades of Blue
Opus Gluei -  Tweet, Chirrup and Trill 
The Crafty Pad -  Lets See Some Fresh Spring Colors
Craft Your Days Away - Get Stitchy with it
Lily Pad - Patterned Paper

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Butterflies & Caterpillars

While we are in invitation mode...
Since I showed you my invitations of the girls slumber party in my last post, I thought I would share the ones I did of their party over the summer.  I mentioned in a previous post that I hosted a party for the younger girls in our congregation. It was for them to benefit from the experience of our older friends. We called it the Butterflies & Caterpillars or Roses and Rosebuds Party.  It was very lovely. Everybody brought baby pictures and we had guess whose they were. The butterflies sat on one side of the table and caterpillars on the other side and they had 5 minutes to ask lots of questions and get to know one another. They also brought each other gifts. Then the butterflies all wrote down a task they need done and something they could teach a young caterpillar and the caterpillar drew a butterflies name out of bowl. So in the future they will get together and benefit from each other. 

Anyway... this is the invitations I made for them. 
I had 12 invitations. We had 16 people total , but fortunately a few were sisters so I only had to make 12. That was plenty! This is the whole process including my messy desk. Once in a while I share!
Warning: Lots of pictures

After all the images are colored and paper-pieced, I cut the die-cut  and lay them all out. This image from Mo Manning was just perfect for this gathering! I often don't have enough of the same paper to make them identical, so I find a paper that coordinates and looks very close.
 Then I added the ribbon, bow, & sentiment
Then glued those puppies down, and whala.... 
12 invitations! If it were only that easy!

The Inside- It included a scripture that showed the preciousness of children and our older friends too.

I posted these baskets on an earlier post. They each received one. The butterflies were given one with teas and magnets. The caterpillars had lotions and lipgloss.

 Supplies for invitation:
Image: Mo Manning
Coloring: Prismacolor Pencils
Cardstock: Coordinations & Misc.
Designer Paper: Mandarin Modern Paper Pack by Tapestry
Die-cut: Spellbinders Lacey Squares & Fancy Tags 1
Ribbon: Offray
Jewels: Recollections

Challenges I would like to enter this invitation in:
Bella & Bronte- Mo's-Anything Goes with a Mo image & optional sketch*
Crafty Sentiments -   Let's Get Girly
Paper Take Weekly - Anything Goes
Catch The Bug -  February Anything Goes
Ditzy Craftymess - Anything Goes
Poodles Parlour - Anything Goes
Craft Us Crazy -  Anything Goes
Do You Stack Up? -  Anything Goes
Truly Madly Crafty Challenges - Ribbon and Bling 
The Hybrid Chick Card Caravan - Use Ribbon 
Fabulous Friday - Ribbon and / or Twine
Drunken Stampers - Use Something New (Image)
Send a Smile for Kids Anything Goes  for Kids
Inspire Me Fridays - Link Up Party
Lily Pad - Patterned Paper
Just Tracys Crafts Challenge - Make something for a female and add something flowing (Bow) 

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Party Time

It has been exactly one month since my last post. Did you miss me? Better yet are you sick of seeing my last post? I am!!!! I went out of town earlier in the month, and came down with the flu, and have been a bit wiped out since. I took a break from blogging, just couldn't wrap my head head around anything else. I  am so easily distracted, so I had to use my energy on other things.  So anyway, hopefully I will post a bit more regularly. Please forgive me for not stopping by I have neglected that too. I will be by shortly though. I have been peeking at everyone's awesome projects, Just did not have much energy to comment.

In the summer and often the kid's winter break, I throw a party of some sort for the girls in our congregation, before they go back to school. This winter I got brave and had a slumber party. We had nine girls! There was pizza, dancing, games and lots of fun! It was loud, but lots of fun. Anyway, these are the invitations.  It is a bit of work, but doing it assembly line style, it goes pretty quick. 

This is laying them all out, then I attached everything all at once. 

 Mt attempt at darker skin. Still working on that one.

 All of them completed
The Inside

Next time I will share the invitations I made for their party in the summer. Hopefully before another month goes by!
Supplies Used:
Cardstock: Coordinations & Recollections
Designer Paper: K&Co.
Jewels: Recollections
Ribbon: Offray
Sentiment: Computer
Pencils: Prismacolor

Challenges I would like to enter these cards in:
Oldie But Goodie Challenge - Must use something at least 6 mths old & state what it - Have A Heart (Must Have a heart on your project) Paper and ribbon older than 6 months. Heart is in the image on her sweater.
Card Makin' Mamas - Something Old (Paper & Ribbon)
Partytime Tuesdays - Anything Goes
Lollipop Crafts - Anything Goes
My Craft Spot - Anything Goes
Stamp, Scrap and Doodle -  Anything Goes
Shopping Our Stash - People Who Need People
Crafty Boots - Something Inspired by a Song Title (Girls Just Want To Have Fun! Cyndi Lauper)
Hooked on Crafts - Something Bright (Paper) 
Kaboodle Doodles - "It`s all about Girls" (girly card)
One Stitch At A Time - Use a Digi
Allsorts - One or More Heart  (Heart is in her sweater)
Crazy 4 Challenges - Layer it on
Marks Finest Papers - Cards with at least 4 layers
Secret Crafter - Ribbons
Cardmadfairy's Digi Days - Must use a digi -Ribbons & Bows
My Sheri Crafts  - New Things (Digi is new)
Bronte and Bella's Challenge (Mo's Digital Pencil) - Favorite Things (Ribbon, bows, gems, & purple)


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