Friday, February 28, 2014

Peek at My Calendar

Say what???

Yes... it's a PEEK AT MY WEEK and a CALENDAR GIRL kind of day, so you'll see both of those in this blog post.

First, the Calendar Girl Challenge.

Oh my! Kelly is Miss February and you'll never guess what she asked us to do. *gasp (She asked us NOT to stamp on our cards/projects - except a sentiment was allowed.)

Here is her challenge in her own words:

February's Challenge is Fancy Schmancy Fabulous Fabric!

That’s right – we’re getting fancy this month with .... Fabric!
I thought we’d shake things up a bit and try something we haven’t done before and create with fabric – fabric scraps – fabric flowers, panels, and/or the whole card! Think flowers, trees, houses, even holiday ornaments, etc –
the choice is yours BUT ....

You cannot stamp your cards this month!

You may use a sentiment as a compliment to your card but the fabric (or fabric ‘element’) must be the focal point of your card.

You can do this, ladies! No sewing required! Glue, glue dots, Aileens, etc ...
show us your fancy, your schmancy, your fabulous fabric cards!

Let's do this!

Well, the ideas were just whirling around in my head. I have wanted to use my sewing machine and actually sew on a card for quite a while.... so first thought that's what I'd do. BUT then I was at the thrift store (you know me and my treasure hunts)... and look what I found....................................

Yep, an idea was born!

I used the little fabric (felt) pieces and some brads and crochet thread and put together a  little mouse on my card!

I also used LACE... can you see it???  (of course you can't!)

Here it is:

I ran a piece of lace through my Zyron machine to make it sticky. Then I adhered it to a piece of white cardstock, rubbing it down pretty good so that some of the sticky residue would stay on the cardstock when I pulled the lace off. Sure enough, it did! Not a flowery lacy pattern (YAY! I did NOT want that kind of look) but speckles all over the cardstock. I sprinkled on some yellow glitter and let it stick to the residue, then shook off the excess. That's how I made the background paper for the front of my card.

This is the inside of my card:

Kelly, THANK YOU for a wonderfully fun challenge this month!!!

Be sure and check out the other Calendar Girl blogs to see what they made with Kelly's FUN theme... you'll find the links to their blogs in my left side bar.

This is my 65th card for the 100 Cards in 100 Days Challenge.

Now, let's take a PEEK AT MY WEEK!


1.      What was a highlight of my week?

I learned that one of my cards was chosen as a favorite in the Favorites for the Week thread on SCS. That’s always fun!

2.      What lesson/s did I learn this week?

That turn about is fair play can be very sweet! Let me explain. Usually if I’m traveling home and have an opportunity to stop at a Chipotle (and the weather is right) I’ll bring a “bowl” home for my husband. It’s a real treat, since the closest Chipotle is 1 ½ hours away. Well… this week, my husband was on a trip for a couple of days and he contacted me on his way home and said that he’d bring me a Chipotle “bowl” if I’d let him know what I wanted on it. YUM!

3.      What did I make this week?

I told you I wanted to try a new recipe this week, so I did. I made Creamy Tomato Spinach Pasta. It was okay. Not my favorite, but okay. I probably won’t ever make it again, though.

4.      What have I enjoyed doing this week?

The seniors in our church have a long-standing tradition. They gather every Monday in February and March for games and potluck lunch. Since my husband is the pastor, he and I get to participate, even though we’re really not old enough to do so. I really enjoy these times and they’ve taught me how to play a fun game – Chicken Foot. This week I thought about not going, since my husband wasn’t here, but I did go… and I had fun!

5.      If I could change one thing about this week, what would it be?

I’d have more days in it! (I’ve had a difficult time doing 7 days of “work” in 4 days.) Yikes!!!

6.      What did I do for this week’s 30-Minute Challenge?
What is a 30-Minute Challenge? It will vary from week to week, but basically, I am going to choose something to do – perhaps it’s an organization task that is calling out to me, or a topic I want to research, or (*gasp!) an exercise I want to try, etc. – and I will set the timer and invest 30 minutes in that challenge.

I had a pile gathering behind my desk and it was driving me crazy. Stamps, embellishments, treasures, etc. So I spent 30 minutes cleaning up that mess!

7.      What are my plans for the upcoming weekend?

I am actually already started with my weekend. LOL! Our state leadership is meeting at a quaint little inn for a Leadership Retreat three days this weekend. We’re bonding as a team, celebrating our history as an organization, and casting a vision for the coming year and beyond. I am so excited to be part of this group!

SCORE TIME: Would I give this week a “thumbs up” or a “thumbs down”?

My goals for the coming week…

1.      I will make the cards for a couple of swaps that I’m in and get them mailed.

2.      I will take the Snowman Decorations off the porch and put them away for another year.

3.      I will try another new recipe this week.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I’d love to hear what’s been happening in your life this week, too, so feel free to leave me a comment and tell me about it. 

Sentiment: Hero Arts
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock: Recollections Black, Stampin' UP! Crushed Curry, and Staples White
Designer Paper: Recollections Bold Basics Paper Pad
Fabric: Felt from an unknown vendor
Embellishments: Offray Crochet Thread, Stampin' UP! Glitter,  and Brads and Googly Eyes from unknown vendors

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Case Closed

This is the fourth Thursday of February... so Thematically Thursday means I am supposed to CASE a card from somewhere today.

I had so much fun looking for the idea I wanted to CASE. I looked in the SCS Gallery... and I glanced at a few magazines, too.

Here's the card I ended up making for my CASE project:

I actually found the inspiration for my CASE in a magazine...

on page 28

I decided it needed a little sparkle, so I added some rhinestones, but other than that, it's a lot like the card I CASE'd.

This is the inside of my card:

This is my 64th card for the 100 Cards in 100 Days Challenge.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!


Sentiment: MFT Blissful Butterflies
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Early Espresso and River Rock
Designer Paper: Paper Studio Poteeka Butterflies
Embellishments: Michael's Rhinestones

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Tea Time

It's Wednesday - you know what that means on my blog, don't you? It's Whatever Wednesday, so I can make/post whatever I want to. LOL!

I used a card kit that I got in a swap not too long ago for today's card. THANK YOU, Laura (justme1972 on SCS) for putting together a super fun tea time kit!

This is the inside of my card:

This is my 63rd card in the 100 Cards in 100 Days Challenge.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

This card was made with items from a card kit so I don't know the vendor information for anything other than the card base, which I provided. It is Stampin' UP! Pixie Pink cardstock.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Yellow & Black

Today is the day for a new {PIN}Spiratinal Challenge. I wasn't overlay crazy about the first card I made so I made a second one. Yep, not too crazy about it either. LOL!

February 25 - March 3


(The images for my cards are Delicious Doodles images)



Here's the photo to {PIN}Spire this week's challenge:

My first card:

This is the inside of this card:

Here is my second card:

This is the inside of this card:

I hope you'll participate in this week's {PIN}Spirational Challenge!

These are my 61st and 62nd card in the 100 Cards in 100 Days Challenge.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!

Image: Delicious Doodles
Cardstock: Recollections Black and Stampin' UP! Crushed Curry
Designer Paper: Recollections Black and White Paper Pad
Embellishments: Stampin' UP! Ribbon and Buttons from an unknown vendor

Image: Delicious Doodles
Cardstock: Recollections Black and Stampin' UP! Crushed Curry
Designer Paper: Recollections Black and White Paper Pad
Embellishments: Brads and Ribbon from unknown vendors

Monday, February 24, 2014

Chocolate Helps

I used a card kit to make today's card. Almost everything for this card was in the kit. Card kits are great - they take the searching for the perfect papers and embellishments away and allow you to put together a card very quickly.

This is the inside of my card:

This is my 60th card for the 100 Cards in 100 Days Challenge.

Let me remind you - there is still one more week to participate in the MelonHeadz Friends For the Boys Challenge. I hope you join the fun!

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!

This card was made with items from a card kit that I received in a swap, so I don't know the vendor information of most of the items used. I did add some Recollections Black Cardstock and Michael's Rhinestones to the card design.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Let's Be Girly

I think there's a little bit of girly in most of us! So this week's challenge at One Stitch at a Time should generate a lot of attention. ;)

Today's Challenge (#201): Girly

February 23 - March 1

 Sponsor : Creative CraftWorld with 3x Promarkers

I hope you'll participate!!!

I decided to use the same image that I used for last week's OSAAT Challenge - Ike Fairy. If you like it, you can purchase it at Stitchy Bear's Digi Outlet.

I went with a monochromatic pink color scheme because it's - well, it's so GIRLY!

This is the inside of my card:

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Challenges4Everybody - Anything Goes
Crafting by Design - Anything Goes
CraftyHazelnut's - Use Patterned Paper
4CraftyGirls - Anything Goes
One Crazy Stamper - Anything Goes

This is also my 59th card for the 100 Cards in 100 Days Challenge.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!

Image: Stitchy Bear Ike Fairy
Ink: Copic Markers and Zig Wink of Stella Marker
Cardstock: Recollections Black and Stampin' UP! Pink Passion
Designer Paper: Studio G Paper Pack
Embellishments: Michael's Rhinestones and Ribbon from an unknown vendor