Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Cardmaker Time to Shine BlogHop

What a great day! Its sunny and cheery here in Albuquerque, New Mexico...and I'm surrounded by family ready to celebrate a happy occasion!

Welcome to my little corner of the Time to Shine BlogHop!

There is an awesome crop going on over at CardSwaps this week. Challenges and games will be posted May 16-19, 2012 and you have until May 22, 2012 to get your projects posted to the appropriate thread. If you haven't participated before, don't worry! There are many members that will be around to offer support and encouragement. You can find out all you need to know in the forum. At the end of the hop, will be taken to the crop and I do hope you join in. Collect the letters along the way and unscramble them to entered into the drawing for a prize for one lucky hopper! You will be given details at the bottom of the post. Don't skip ahead!!!

I decided to make a graduation card, because my daughter is graduating from high school this year, which means that most of her friends are graduating also...lots of cards needed!

I created some simple layers, simply using the back sides of the patterned cardstock to mat the shapes, and threaded the beads onto some jewelery wire then glued the wire to the top and bottom of the card. I stamped the peacock on the blue panel, then fit the sentiment into the space left above the bird.

Of course, I needed some sparkle...this is a celebration!!! I took a silver pen and outlined the wing feathers, then colored in the spaces on the curly tail feathers with a bright blue metallic pen. Its a little hard to capture in the photo, but it really sparkles!


The papers are from a pack by American Crafts, the beads and wire are from my jewelery stash, and the stamp is from Hero Arts. The glitter pens are by Sakura.

The criteria the project had to meet is that it had to be able to be used for a day in which someone has their “time to shine”, such as birthdays, graduations, weddings, bridging ceremonies, communions, or whatever. We were also asked to share something about our favorite memory of a day when it was our “time to shine”.

I remember lots of things about my graduation day, and the days leading up to it. It was such an important time for me, and set a pattern for lifelong learning that continues. In fact, just last February I finished the final test for my designation as an Enrolled Agent before the IRS. Which makes me not just a Tax I'm a Master Tax Geek!

To be the center of attention for family, to receive recognition for accomplishments that I had worked hard for, these were good things, and have become fond memories. I have a house full of family with more on the way, and a huge party planned for Friday, where Elizabeth will be the shining star!

I am so grateful that it is my daughter's turn to "shine."
 Unscramble It game for hoppers... You will be unscrambling a word once you will collect a letter at each blog you visit. The hostesses can play along, because they don't know any of the letters but their own... I'm tricky that way. Once you collect ALL the letters, the last hostess in the blog hop will direct you to the thread in the forum where you can find all the details you need to enter the drawing. All hoppers collecting all the letters, unscrambling the word or phrase, entering the game by following the directions in the forum, and leaving feedback on EVERY blog they visit WILL be entered in to a random drawing held on May 23, 2012. ONE lucky hopper will have their name drawn and will win a prize!! Fun, right?? So, make sure you visit every blog and find the letters. Your hints are... it’s a phrase, it has four words, and it’s a way you will be able to shine.
OK... You arrived here from Colleen’s blog, I hope. If not, go back and check out her blog and collect your letter. Then collect my letter and hop on to Lora's blog. If you want to start over, feel free to start back with Brooke on the CardMaker Magazine blog.
My letter is...N
The list of hoppers, in case you get lost.
Brooke Smith -CardMaker blog 
Anya Schrier      
Meredith ß You are here