Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Summer Crop Connection

Let me just say that the Summer Crop Connection was not a disappointment. These ladies do an excellent job despite trials thrown their way. Good job, Deanna, Andrea and Ms. Nadine! I was excited to share my table with two ladies that meshed well with my personality, humor and skills. It was so much fun. We laughed together, ate together and made pretty things all weekend. As it turned out, I met several new friends and strengthened some relationships of ladies I barely knew. I was even asked to be included in a group of ladies that share 6x6 scrapbook pages of themselves. What an honor! I thank you and can hardly wait to start making some to hand out next time. Go "Sisters"!! One thing I really like about this event is that it is filled with fun and laughter whether you end up being productive or not. And, of course, there are contests that you can enter if you'd like to. Nothing is pushed on you and you don't have to participate if you don't want to. There is NO stress here and this makes it a wonderful time.

This event had a theme of birds and flowers. Everything was decorated so nice and I LOVE it when I first walk in and see all the pretty things they have in line for us...starting with our table. Here is what greeted us and absolutely stole my heart:

I love daisies and these little Gerbers were so happy to see us and bring us lots of joy. Thanks, Ladies, this is one of my favorite gifts! This picture is about 3 days away from the little flowers' freshest day. Actually, on the other side of the little green "stand" is a little message that reads "Welcome". I could hardly wait to set it in our camper to brighten our days as long as the little flower lived.

As I said above there were contests. There is one that is a Card Contest. I think they created it for me as this is all that I do. But I enjoy being around other ladies that love to play with the same toys I do, so I come to the Crop. I won First Place with this card:

In the last few days I've been enjoying making white-on-white cards. They are so elegant to me. So I pulled out my dies, embossing folder and tiny black pearls to make this. What do you think?

I want to leave you with some pictures of the event. I hope you can join us next time cause it is a WHOLE LOT OF FUN!!! Enjoy the slide made in honor of the flower theme and all my sweet friends.

Happy Stamping & Cropping!

Monday, July 11, 2011

It's Challenge Time!

This time of year is filled with weddings and I'm loving making white-on-white cards. Today I used my new Rose Creations Spellbinders Dies. I think they turned out pretty.

The card base is white with a white Textile embossed panel on top. Beautiful white lacy ribbon was wrapped around the embossed piece. A small silver foil 4" doily was gently placed on top. This little doily is so fragile and will show the least bit of bending or tearing. Luckily, mine turned out perfect. A Nestie circle was cut and embossed and placed over the center. Three different sized roses were layered with dimensionals in between them. I curled up the petals a little. A large rhinestone was placed in the center. Before placing the rose down, I punched several white leaves and taped them around the bottom of the circle, then I added the completed rose on another dimensional to the center. These cards are identical except for the last part where I used a double butterfly on one and a double dove on the other. The top was attached only to the center of the bottom butterfly or dove so I could raise the wings for a three-dimension look. The butterfly was adorned with tiny graduating pearls and the dove can now see with its tiny rhinestone eye. I rarely make two cards alike but had two weddings to do and I loved how the first one turned out so I duplicated it for the other that I needed. I enjoyed making and sharing them with you.

Paper: White
Stamps: PTI Big & Bold Wishes (inside) "Mr. & Mrs."
Ink: Memento Black (inside)
Other: Rhinestones, pearls, Textile EF, 4" Silver Doily, Lace Ribbon, MS leaf and dove punches, Rose Creation Spellbinder Dies, and lots of dimensionals

These will be submitted in several challenges:
Charisma Cards Challenge - Flower
Bloggers Challenge - Flower
Creative Craft Challenge - Flower
Frosted Design - Ribbon, rhinestones, pearls
Digi Doodle - Butterfly
Flutterby Wednesday - Butterfly
Try it on Tuesday - Flower
Hooked on Crafts - Love

Friday, July 1, 2011

Summer Card Camp Week 1

This week's Online Card Class for the Summer Card Camp (Week 1) is up-and-running. I am really enjoying each day's e-mails. There is so much information it's almost too much to take in. It's so exciting to see what all these ladies have in store for us "campers".

This card is a repeat of one I did a while back but I absolutely love it AND it fits the color combo for this week's challenge. We are to use summer colors: purple, pink, orange, sky blue and white. So needless to say, this card flew into my mind. Next thing I know...it's a repeat. But it makes me smile with all the summery lollipop colors...and just look at that warm yellow ribbon! Doesn't this just smack happiness??

Well, I had to add yellow and red. It just brought the other colors together so well. I used the Spotlight Technique. And can you believe NO stamps!

Stamps: None
Paper: Sweet (DCVW), Yellow, White
Other: Sheer yellow ribbon, Red Rhinestone (SU), clear rhinestones, dimensionals, circle Nesties, Jumbo Petite Scallop border (Spellbinders), Dotted Swiss EF

This is a real sparkly and happy card. What do you think?