Saturday, March 8, 2008

Ladies of Leisure Card Challenge

Initially, I began surfing the paper craft blogs to find inspiration for my own creativity. What came as a wonderful surprise was the inspiration I found for my soul in the wonderful assortment of friends I have met through these blogs. To me, it is totally refreshing how you can take so many different people with diverse personalities and stages of crafting expertise yet communicate and share on a level playing field. We all know the BIG names- those gals on numerous design teams with many publications to their resume. The wonderful part is I feel I can e-mail them for crafting advice or just to share a similar life experience and they are so pleased to hear from me. No prima donnas here!

This brings me to today's post. I have 2 friends that have blogs. The first one, Chris of For Love of Paper, is the gal that got me to start a blog. I met her at my lss 3 years ago and she has been one of my best friends since. While her move to Texas a year and half ago (is that right, Chris?) doesn't let us get together and craft, we communicate via phone and e-mail often and those are treasured times for me. My other friend , Jill of Inkgenious Inklings, is a gal that I met from her blog. She actually lives in Alabama and although we have never met in person, yet (can you say road trip, Jill?), I feel that our personalities would click very well and great fun would be had by all!

Besides paper crafting and blogging, we share another thing in common- we are all essentially SAHM raising small children. How any of us (like so many of you) find time to enjoy our crafting boggles my mind. I like to say my hobby/passion/obsession helps me to hang on to what remains of my sanity and hopefully, makes me a better mom!

Since I cannot get together with these 2 super ladies, I decided the next best thing would be to offer a monthly challenge between the 3 of us (yes, we really needed something else on our plates- teeheehee.) It is our hectic, busy lives that inspired the name for our challenges The Ladies of Leisure Card Challenge- it's so absurd it made me giggle! We are going to try to post these once a month, rotating the hostess each month. Right now anything goes, as far as the challenge. One thing we all agreed on- this was to by low key, low stress! I am the hostess for the month of March, and I challenged Jill and Chris to make an Easter card which included glitter. This sweet little card will go to one of my great-nieces for Easter. I will post a mini-tutorial on the transparency glitter card technique that I used in the next day or two

I would love to invite anyone that would like to participate with the challenge this month to do so. In fact, in celebration of our kick-off month, anyone that leaves a link to their card in my comments (either SCS or their own blog) will be entered in a random drawing for some goodies (just thought of this as I am typing so I will post the candy tomorrow.) Now I must get to bed. I'm taking 23 Girl Scouts to Club Libby Lu tomorrow (please have a good thought for me and my assistant leader, Laura and probably the staff at Libby Lu, as well)! It's ALWAYS a Stampin' Good Time! Take care!

Happy Easter card recipe:
Stamps: Stampendous
Paper: Stamper's Select white CS, transparency, PP- K&Co. Wedding Multi Mat Pad
Ink: Staz-on Black
Accessories: Art Institute Glitter & Glue, May Arts ribbon, Cuttlebug, Nestabilities


Nancy Grant said...

Isn't it great how blogging has really opened doors to all us stampers? It is an awesome community of friends.

Love your challenge card. The sparkles add a great touch.


Jill said...

Ladies of Leisure--LOL! I love it! What an adorable card! The little bunny is just too cute! Can't wait to see your tutorial. It was fun doing a challenge with you--looking forward to next month. :)

Anonymous said...

I love your monthly idea! I wish I could play, but I don't even have a gallery (note to self; start one). It is wonderful to meet people who you click with. Your card is so sweet..the ribbon and the glitter look great together. I am looking forward to your tutorial. TFS: Tinla

Joan and Amy said...

Wow, I love this card. The colouring and glitter are fantastic. Also, thank you for sharing the blogs....they were very inspiring and I've bookmarked them. Thanks, Joan

Rose Ann said...

I love all of that sparkle, your pretty paper, and gorgeous ribbon!! Wonderful card, Beth!! I love it!!

denise said...

This is really pretty. Thanks for the tutorial on it, I may get brave and try it out.