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Friday, April 12, 2013

April Calendar Girls

Welcome to our April Calendar Girls' Blog Hop. Its absolutely amazing when you do a Google search the interesting facts you may find. Such a find is special and unique occasions throughout the year!!! These unique holidays are our inspiration. As Neil Sedaka sang in his song "Calendar Girls" - "April, you're the Easter bunny when you smile". Yes, I know that Easter came early this year, in March actually, but Neil Sedaka sings with April as the Easter Bunny ...... can't blame the lyrics!!

The hop starts with the beautiful and very talented Kimberly at http://scrappingrookie.blogspot.com. The entire line-up is available just in case you get bogged down with all the holidaze and craziness!!!!

You won't want to miss a single calendar event!!!! 

The line-up for April includes:

 April Occasions We Wish to Share:
National Autism Month ~ Kimberly 
Keep America Beautiful Month
Lawn and Garden Month 

1 April Fool's Day - Lucy
1 International Tatting Day
2 Children's Book Day- Sandy & Lucy
2 National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day ~ Janet
3 Tweed Day
7 No Housework Day - Jearise & Vicky
8 Draw a Picture of a Bird Day ~ Janet
11 National Submarine Day - Jearise
13 Scrabble Day - Lynne
14 Look Up at The Sky Day - Laura
15 Titanic Remembrance Day-Amanda & Anita
18 International Juggler's Day ~ Lynne
22 National Jelly Bean Day- Sandy
23 Lover's Day - Lynne
25 World Penguin Day ~Kimberly
26 National Pretzel Day
27 Tell a Story Day ~ Sandy
29 Greenery Day
30 Hairstyle Appreciation Day- Amanda

The Stamping Chef is our wonderful sponsor for today's blog hop and has designed at least three of the images that have been used in today's hop. She is offering 3 of her wonderful designs, winner's choice to one lucky blog hopper that responds on each of the Calendar Girls along with her Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/groups/TSCRecipes/, commenting that you hopped with the Calendar Girls. The Stamping Chef is also currently having a special free with purchase that you wouldn't want to miss 

AND Lynne will be going through her stash and sending one lucky winner a surprise package to someone that remarks and gives bloggie love on each of the participants.

My first occasion is Scrabble Day which is April 13th - for my card, I drew my inspiration from word art from Create with TLC as she had two that I had downloaded - "It's your word against mine SCRABBLE", and "Live Let Live" with the lettering like a Scrabble Board; but you know me, I just had to take it one step further - but I like how it turned out be most definitely wanted to give credit where inspired!!!! Then, you know when you're out and about and really not looking for a particular paper and it jumps out and bites you in the . . . . well, you get the idea! I was at Michael's the one day and found this wonderful Scrabble paper along with the stickers . . .  that's when I came about to discover this hidden treasure!!!!

Recipe for Scrabble Day:
  • card cut 4.25 x 11 and then scored in half
  • background paper Recollections Scrabble letters 
  • letters are EK Success Scrabble Crossword Game stickers which are on black Recollection Cardstock and then cut with slight border around the lettering

*** who would have thunk that you could find stickers and paper for Scrabble ***

April 18th is International Juggler's Day which I must admit I'm juggling to finish . . . .  sew, put on your imagination caps and imagine this . . . . 

Recipe for Juggler's Day:
  • card was cut 6.75 x 12 inches using DCWV The Carnival Stack
  • backgrounds were cut one as an oval, one as a scalloped oval, and the other as an arc  - scalloped oval and arc from Recollections card stock and oval from my stash:

  • image is Harlequin Hannah from The Stamping Chef which was colored using my Spectrum Noir Markers, Prisma Colored Pencils and hi-lighted with Gelly Pens and then fussy cut around the edges 
  • rhinestones were added to Harlequin Hannah's hat using Miriam's Crafting Supplies
  • image Got Milk is also from The Stamping Chef which was miniaturized, colored with my Spectrum Noir Markers, and fussy cut around the edges for my magic wheel, aka arc
  • computer and house were images found on the computer which were fussy cut around the edges and puff-dotted to the arc
  • sentiment was a freebie from Create with TLC, "I admire the way you juggle ALL that comes your way" was chalked around the edges which had been cut at the corners with my corner punch ....  if you're reading this and know that I've now broke my corner punch, your remark counts as two . . . .
  • balls that get juggled (family, home, phone, and computer) were puff dotted on the arc and then added with a brad to the oval and then to the scalloped oval for movement -- have you noticed I love cards with dimension and that move?
  • smart phone was puff-dotted to Hannah's hand covering her little Harlequin
  • scalloped oval was glued onto the card background with Hannah puff-dotted onto oval which was glued onto scalloped oval
  • and viola . . . . . if you've read this far, remark as to who you know would deserve a card like this is in the drawing for the card

Magic wheel you say .... well, she is juggling and I originally I wanted to make this into a slider card with the images sliding above her head - 

April 23rd is Lover's Day - this card is a new horizon for me as it is my very first easel card and I couldn't just let it lay there - I had to add an Action Wobble to make the couple swinging . . . . .

Recipe for Lover's Day:
  • card was cut 5.5 x 8.5 inches following the directions on Splitcoasters using Recollection Cardstock
  • Romantic Couple is a Paper from Tsunami Rose Collection cut 4.25 x 5.5 inches
  • Romantic Couple was printed out twice with the second page covered in ModPodge Gloss Lustre with 3 coats to give the illusion of an oil painting
  • Romantic Couple was then glued onto black Recollection cardstock after the ModPodge was thoroughly dried and fussy cut around the edges 
  • gold cording had been glued for the swing and then tied in a knot for the top of the swing
  • sentiment was hand-written using Sakura Micro Pen size 3 which gives the illusion of calligraphy 
  • paper piecing from Cricut Lacey Labels Cartridge for sentiment was cut at 2.25 inches, chalked around the edges and then puff-dotted on my card
not bad for my first attempt . . . . .

Your next stop along the way of the calendar is Laura. Thanks for stopping by and mark your calendar again next month to see what Holidays to Celebrate on May 11, 2013, for the next Calendar Girls Blog Hop!

God Bless you and thank you ever sew much for stopping by today! I love reading comments and would love to read yours . . . .

Be sure to also stop at The Stamping Chef’s  blog as there are challenges along with tutorials. She would love for you to leave some bloggie love!!!

Much love, hugs, and friendship



  1. Those are fabulous!!! I really love the added picture for the juggler... and I hope that you didn't hurt yourself in the process of breaking your punch... Last time I broke one I ended up with a hole in my finger!!!!

  2. Lynne you ROCK! Wow.. all the cards are amazing.. I think you deserve a card like your juggler one as with everything that going on you juggle GREAT!!! And I like the card as is..slider would be great but this is better i think.. also SCRABBLE PAPER.. I am running to Mikes'. great card...and I love all the dimension and goodies on the couple card.. FAB!!!

  3. Oooo, so nice they are (now I sound like Yoda, lol) Great paper find too, don't you love when a good plan comes together! Great hopping with you. I am enjoying my first of many I hope.

  4. OH Lynne I love all your cards they a very creative I have to say my favorite is the harlewuine juggler so very cute and you know I love motion cards as well. You certainly are the one person who deserves a card like that!! Be well my friend and stay out of trouble!!!
    Big Blog Hugs, Janet

  5. Great cards Lynne -- very creative! Love the Scrabble the one the best I think :) TFS!


  6. Your cards are all awesome!!!!! Love, love, love the Scrabble card!


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