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Dress For Success

I am not going to post my "Place In Time Series III" card group on this post, because if you will recall I announced being a GD on "Scrapping 4 Fun Challenges," ...well their challenge opens Thursday, April 18th and I wanted to share the card I created as one of their selected Guest Designers.

Here is what I came up with

The card base is 6 x 6
Recollections DP
Mo Manning "Big Shoes" Image
DCWV Fabric Designed Paper (self adhesive backing)
Kraft cardstock used for matting and the EK Success Border Punch
The lace is from my stash of Offray ribbon and such
My Roses are from Wild Orchid
Colored with Copics: (the ones I remember are)
E00,11,13, 44,43,42,41,40;  
 B94,95,96, 97, 99;  
R35, 37, 39
G60, 63, 65, 67

I finished up the inside with paper from the same paper collection and used kraft card-stock to layer my mats.  Visit Scrapping 4 Fun Challenges  to enter challenge #15.  

Don't forget to check the winners channel tab above to see if you were selected as the winner of seven (7) digi images from Bugaboo Stamps.  If you didn't win remember you still have a chance of winning a gift voucher from The Paper Shelter so don't give up yet.

If you haven't entered and plan to, then act quickly because we are limited to 150 entries for this month's challenge which is "Anything Goes."


Place in Time Part 2

Hello Everyone, I am back with part two of my Place in Time Card Project, and they all turned out just too cute.  This time instead of giving you a peak at the envelope liners I thought perhaps I would share the inside of my cards since they are unique. However, I did continue with my handmade envelopes and liners that matched the DP used on the front of the card.

Like my previous post I will start by showing the sketch that Gloria designed for this group of cards.  Sending a shout out and kudos to Gloria once again for a fabulous project.  If anyone wants to join in a fun challenge please visit Gloria's blog and browse around.  She has some lovely creations to inspire you.

Anyway here's our sketch:

And now for my cards.  I'll start with all three and then show them again individually as well as the inside.

Above you see all three second quarter cards
 - April, May, and June

First up is April with colors that are a muted repeat of fall.  You have your oranges, yellows, greens, and browns.  I'm not sure if anyone else noticed this, but I did.  Anyway I think by adding the umbrella and the ducks definitely represent April showers that will bring on the May flowers.

Before we look at May let me first state that the inside really is purple/lavendar but my lighting went out as I was taking these pictures so the colors are a bit off.  I do love the flowers on the window sill and the doves are a nice touch.  May is when the butterflies break free to show the world how what was once considered ugly can turn into a thing of beauty when given the chance.

Finally we have the month known for its wedding...The month of brides of course is June thus we get the phrase "the June Bride".  This is when Mother Nature seems to be kind 90 Percent of the time with tolerable temperatures, gentle breezes and just a sprinkle of rain here and there to keep the earth moist and green. This month is the last hooray before the onset of the heat waves and more.  Love love love the colors Graphic 45 chose to represent this month.

Of this set of cards I think June is my favorite month but creating them all is a blast.  You should join me in this project.  You can grab instructions in .pdf format for this card series by clicking the following link.

Well that's it for tonight...don't forget to join the challenge before the 15th when we select our first winner and if you miss the deadline come on back before the 30th for a second chance to win.

Thanks for stopping by and hanging out with me
Your comments are always appreciated so tell me what you think about  my project.

Sending hugs your way

Place In Time Cards

WOW!  I feel like I've been out of commission for months but its not been quite that long, at least not yet it hasn't.  My mind has been jumping in a circle from one project to the next, similar to that of a chicken running around with no head.  

One minute I'm all involved with creating different sized boxes, and the next minute I'm in the mood to just color using different markers and media. Somewhere while coloring I get distracted and it seems that there are a few techniques that I haven't tried so I drop the coloring and off to YouTube I go in search of techniques that I can try.  

But soon I bore of the techniques and long for something to hold my interest for a month or two.  So I decide I need a project...dismissing mini albums because I still have two that need to be completed.  (yep ADD is kicking in). 

So I decided to create a Easel Calendar where I design one month at a time and so far that is going well (I'll share those in a later post), but I want something else to do like that.  I figure this way I will have multiple things to keep me busy so I went searching for something and I found Gloria Stengel of the Graphic 45 family with an amazing project.

Create a card to represent each month of the year, but the interesting part is that each card will be based on the sketch for that quarter.  So there are four sketches to follow for twelve cards. Pretty darn cool...and fun! ...thanks to Gloria Stengel of the Graphic 45 family.

This project I am determined to finish along with the Easel Calendar project, which by the way was another project created by Gloria.  I am off to a good start with both projects but for this post I am going to share First Quarter's Calendar Cards.  

Let me start by sharing the sketch for the first quarter of the year.  

The above sketch was created by Gloria Stengel and is used as the base design for all three cards.  The inside of each card is designed to follow the layout and theme of the front using the same Place in Time paper cutout sheets. I didn't follow Gloria's theme for the inside but I did stay consistent with my own design. Additionally, Gloria's cards measures 5 x 5 but I decided to go a little bigger and mine measures 5.5 x 5.5.

In the photo above I show you all three cards together but then I show them individually below.  The paper you see beneath them is a snippet of the matching envelope I created along with either a liner or insert to carry the theme of the card on to the envelope.

Of the three cards this one is my favorite.  The colors capture the coldness of January and the image represents my technique on ice skates;  I call this technique the "Graceful Fall With A Smile".  It could also be my favorite because it is after all my birthday month.

The second month February is of course the month for romance and the celebration of love in all its many ways.  Remember the story or title "Love Is A Many Splendor Thing" well I thought this card was beautiful with its simple and yet splendor design.  Its difficult to see but the black beneath the card is actually its matching envelope and you can see just a peek of the envelope liner in the back.

Lastly we have March.  It finishes the quarter with strong gusty winds reminding us that winter is still alive, but allows the chirping of the birds to sound through announcing that Spring will soon follow the harshness of March's gusty winds. The colors of royalty were perfect for this month, plus I happen to like the combination of purple, green and a hint of honey yellow.

So there you have the beginning pictures of my current project, one of which I hope to finish and share with everyone in-between all the other stuff going on that is referred to as life.  

Before I close for the night I would like to remind everyone that there is still plenty of time to enter our Anything Goes challenge that is going on now for a chance to win some really cool prizes. 

So until the next saga of my circle of projects, stay safe, be blessed and visit us again real soon.


If you'd like to create these cards for yourself click the link below for the tutorial in .pdf format....have fun and share with us if you do create them.

Calendar Cards Project Series I (Jan-Feb-Mar)

War With Blogger

Hello My Crafting Family. These past days Blogger has become a source of pain and frustrations for me and I am not alone according to the threads I have been reading! It seems I can't follow any blogs using the "Follow Me" button, but if you have follow using bloglovin or email I can join your blog otherwise I get an error message, so please know I am trying to be a member of every follower that I have.

Another problem is if I enter a challenge it will appear that I am not following the rules but in reality I am, but blogger is not allowing me to appear. Just in case you were having the same issue following me I have added Bloglovin and Follow With Email as options to my site.  I hope they will fix this soon.

On more of an upbeat tone, My "Scrapping 4Fun Challenges" entry was selected as one of the top 4 and therefore I will have the honor of being a guest designer for one of their upcoming challenges.  Please visit their site when you get a chance.  Here is my winning entry.

Moving on to the card I am sharing with you today.  It was created as part of our inspiration for next month's challenge.  We have a new sponsor and the cool thing with their digital images is you can get matching digital paper or opt to have the image pre-colored if you're in a hurry.  Of course my girls wanted to get the pre-colored (teens-always in a rush). So I am going to share one of those pre-colored images with matching paper to raise your curiosity about next month's sponsor.

Isn't this adorable?  The image and the paper is all ready for you to resize, print and create that quick 15-30 minute card.

Just perfect when you really don't have time to think of a layout, or spend hours finding paper and coloring the image.

All you have to do is create the base of your card, add a few embellishments and a greeting and you have a card perfect for whatever occasion you need.

Okay, can you believe this is all I have for now....amazing right?  I'll be back later tonight or early tomorrow to announce our final winner for March's Every Saturday is a winner and to give you a sneak peek for next month.  It's an easy one because whatever you want to share will most likely fit the theme.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check back later to see if you're the winner by clicking the winners tab above.

Sending hugs from Texas

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