Monday, February 28, 2011

Calendar Girls February Challenge

Hi Friends....Today is the day for our February Challenge! Our hostess Kelly was very creative!

Here were our instructions:

Hear ye, hear ye! By royal proclamation …… I Welcome you all to Ms. February’s Ball!
Each of you beautiful belles – our lovely Calendar Girls - are cordially invited to the Calendar Girls Ball! It’s a month of love, admiration, and red hearts, my lovelies!
What will you wear to this ball? More like what will your CARD wear?! This month – fabulous Calendar Girls,- show us your STYLE! Your card should reflect a representation of what your dream dress would be and the moment each of you beauties walks into the ballroom, we’ll be dazzled by what you (your card!) has on!

1. Challenge 1 -- What’s your style?! will your card be sleek, sexy and black?
Will it be a pink and frilly with flowers? Lavendar and lace?
Will it have Bows? Buttons all down the back? {etc!} You may use any stamped image you like - it should not be a dress stamp, lol – your card should speak for itself with it’s colors and style! Make sure your card has the representation!

2. Challenge 2 -- Show us your true colors at this ball! Add your favorite color somewhere to your card, even if it’s the smallest of a brad or a little flower – it might not match your “dress personality” but that’s the whole challenge! In the words of Tim Gunn, “Make it work!”

3. Challenge 3 -- Shape up for this ball!! Well, this will be one of your EASIEST shape ups evah! Tee hee! on the same card, you must use a SHAPE somewhere on your card! Make your regular card but add a Big-shotted, Cuttlebugged, hand cut out shape to your card. (Ms Feb. will find samples and post to the thread!) Add your image to a nestie, to a hand cut heart, to a circular pattern – etc! Shape up, show your true color and your style!!

I really needed to think outside the box this is what I came up with.

When putting this card together, I needed to look at the different elements of the challenge and systematically answer I knew the card would be a black base, no frills, but simple, satiny and elegant. The patteren paper has a shiney finish to some of the filigree design to represent the satiny element.  Embellishments would be ribbon and pearls, with my favorite color being pinks and mauves. What stumped me was the image, so when looking through my digital collection,  I saw this one from Doodle Pantry and thought wouldn't be it cool if I could make this look like the Enchanted Rose from Beauty and the Beast...because after all we are going to a Ball. I colored two Rose images, cut one out and layered it using pop dots.

Cardstock: Black (Archivers), pink and mauve from scrap box
Image: Doodle Pantry digital
Patterned Paper: Imaginisce
Embellishments: Pearls by Recollections, Ribbon by American Crafts
Other: Colored Pencils, Gamsol, Jelly Roll Stardust pen. Top note die from SU!, corner rounder punch, pop dots.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

What is a Calendar Girl?

What is a Calendar Girl? We are a group of 10 women, online friends, who have formed a blog group. We than picked a month to be a hostess, mine is July. I am so excited to a part of this talented group of women, and I apologize for posting so late.

Our hostess for January was Miss Jeanette, and these were her instructions:
1. Create a card that reflects our month of hostessing.
2. Use my favorite embellishment.
3. Use my newest papercrafting tool/tools, but it could not be purchased specifically for this challenge.

This is my creation.

My month is July, so I created a Patriot card. I chose a digital image from Deedee's Digital. My coloring was done with colored pencils and Gamsol. My favorite embellishment is ribbon, cording, or hemp and brads. On the card I used silver cording from SU. I did not use any brads on this card, because  I used the star gems. My newest tools are oval nestabilities which I used for the sentiment inside the card and a quik stix that I used to place the gems. They both are swiftly becoming my new favorites. I also heat embossed some stars down the left side of the card, and added some sparkle to the fireworks with my Stardust gel pen.

Cardstock: Neenah Solar White, SU Night of Navy, SU Real Red
Image: Deedees Digital printed from my HP inkjet printer
Embellishments: Silver cording SU, Zing Clear embossing powder, JellyRoll Startdust Glitter pen, Star crystals.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Dueling Time....

Hello Friends...Its the 15th of the month, which means its dueling time.

Our theme this month is Love....The card kit was sent to us by April, she included a huge assortment of images (Close to My Heart), papers (Colorbok from Target), ribbons and pearls (Both from Michaels).

My creation:

I did have a picture of the inside of the card to, but it was blurry and I couldn't get the other one to post. Computer challenged here. In the inside I used more of the designer paper and a heart punch. I than randomly placed them aroung the words 'I Love You'.

Thanks for visiting today.