"I long to accomplish a great and noble task,
but it is my chief duty to accomplish small
tasks as if they were great and noble."
Helen Keller

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

November Calendar Girls Challenge

This month's Calendar Girls challenge was to: choose a holiday in November (not Thanksgiving, but a little-known holiday) and create a card/project with that holiday in mind. Here's a link to Bizarre November Holidays: November Holidays 2012 (Official) Monthly, Weekly, Daily, Bizarre, Silly, Crazy, Unknown Holiday Observances

The holiday I chose was November 2...Look for Circles Day! 

I made this card following a similiar style card I made several years ago at a stamp club.  I used white, Night of Navy and Old Olive cardstock.  The cirlce images are from the SU! set Seeing Spots and are stamped in Night of Navy, Old Olive and Taken with Teal.  I decided to add the flowers backed by the Old Olive cirlces (which is different from the original card I made at stamp club) to change up the card a little.  I added silver brads to the center of the flowers and the ribbon is Navy.  The sentiment is from the SU! set Wonderful Words and stamped in Night of Navy.  The entire piece of white cardstock with all the circles was stamped with an embossing ink pad and then covered in Iridescent Ice embossing powder and heated to get the sparkling look.

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

November Dueling Darlings

Planes, Trains and Automobiles....

That was the theme for this month's Duel. Carol and I were the hostesses. And, yes, I am late to the duel. I apologize. There were a few "unique holidays" in the month of November. One was Aviation History Month, one was National Model Railroad Month and another was Go for a Ride Day. Because all of those relate to transportation, I suggested to Carol that maybe our theme could be Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Then she mentioned a movie by that same name (which I have not seen) and that the characters in the movie were trying to get home for the Thanskgiving holiday. Thus...being November, the movie theme around Thanksgiving and Thanskgiving coming and all the transporation themed unique holidays....our theme was born.

My card is not what I imagined. I had a really great card in my head but was unable to get it out on paper. Here is what I did come up with. I love this image by Kraftin' Kimmie called "Emelia." Emelia and the plane image are in the set.

Besides the images, the kits included a vintage button brad and safety pin, Old Olive ribbon and some linen thread.  I used my ribbon alongside the Really Rust strips of paper and the vintage button brad for the propeller of the airplane and the linen thread for my pennant banner.

We also asked all the Darlings to share a memory of getting to their favorite holiday or Thanksgiving (good or bad).  The year after my dad died, my mom and I decided to go to Michigan to spend Christmas with my brother.  After several hours of delay leaving our home town (due to ice fog), we missed all connecting flights.  So each time we landed at an airport we had to rush to the next gate to try to get on standby.  Of course all flights are booked at this time of year.  At one point we were so frazzled my mother left her purse (which had her ticket and money-all cash she had for the trip) on the courtesy van that was shuttling us between terminals.  My mom just stopped where she stood when she realized this and started crying.  We were so tired at this point we were sorry we ever left home.  However, after a phone call with the airlines shuttle office, the shuttle driver appeared at our gate with my mother's purse with NOTHING missing and we were able to finally bored the last leg of our flight and get to Michigan.  However, our luggage did not show up for there days.  It was horrible at the time but we laugh about it now.  However, I have NEVER traveled at Christmas time again.  HA HA!!!

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