Calendar Girls ~ Celebrating Life :)

"Those we love don't go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear."

Good morning!  Today is the day that the Calendar Girls post our cards and our hostess this month is Sweet P (Paola!).   She gave us a beautiful theme to work with this month, celebrating the life of her friend that is resting now in the arms of our Savior.  As per the challenge, she asked:

To honour a dear longtime friend of mine who passed away early today, I would like to request that you create a beautiful card using the following guidelines:

Your card must be a fancy fold, and have apples stamped on it -and colored-
(OR, if you don't own any apples's stamps, apples can be incorporated on your cards via designer papers,stickers,dies etc..), plus have at least one 3-D butterfly on your card too. 

The main colors used for this challenge are to be your own favourite colors (use at least two of them please, and tell us which ones they are once you blog it.)
Please note: Your cards are NOT to be sympathy cards at all, please keep them ‘happy/festive’ - as a celebration of LIFE in general! 
WOW!  This truly was a challenge for me ~ 4 requirements all in one card!  And I did them all, albeit a little creatively :)  After debating over an image with an apple, or a couple with a butterfly, I glanced sideways at my vast pile of SU! stamps and thought "I wonder what I have that will work!"  Right in first set of stamps I sorted, I saw this beautiful "Les Fleurs" stamp set, never even inked up yet, and it just felt right :)  Paola shared with us that her friend would bring her fresh apples from the garden and this stamped image conjured up thoughts of a friend stopping by with fresh herbs and flowers from the garden. 

My fancy fold is a simple easel card, paired with my favorite color duo:  teal and kiwi kiss!  Since it didn't have any apples, I used a stamped image from a TGF stamp and cut it out and added it to the foreground in front of the watering can and the 3D butterfly is right up in the corner.  This set was so fun to use and I had long forgotten I had but was sure glad to "Take it off the Shelf in 2012!"   Be sure to stop by the other CG blogs - you can find them in my sidebar off to the right.

Thank you, Sweet P, for a wonderful challenge this month!  It is an honor to create in the memory of your dear friend and know that her life's celebration was much richer with you as her friend :*)  

Big hugs,
Bigger Blessings!



  1. I love how you incorporated the apples! Great card from one of my bestie craftin' buds!

    You made a card that truly shows off your fav colors! I think my favs change with the seasons...lol. (Ooh, I forget you don't have those....lol)

  2. Beautiful easel card! Love the cute image and wonderful colors and coloring.

  3. Oh WOW Kelly this is incredible, I love the image and the bright colors you used!!!!

  4. kelly such a pretty card I feel as if this dear friend can feel the love today from all the wonderful ladies.

  5. What a remarkable job you have done on this challenge. It truly is a colorful and beautiful celebration of life!! You have done yourself very proud, Kelly! I know Sweet P will be touched!

  6. You rose to the challenge(s). That's a lot ot incorporate into one card, and you did so beautifully.



  7. This card is beautiful--love the colors and the easel card is perfect for this image.

  8. Wow! I just love seeing your work Kelly! Your cards are always so amazing & the attention to detail is always to perfection. TFS!!!

  9. Oh Kelly... this is so pretty! What beautiful papers that go spledidly with that pretty image! Love your style, my friend!

    I'm so glad you're a Calendar Girl!

  10. I love this easel card-the colors are so pretty!!

  11. Grandma paper, Grandma paper, Grandma paper....I love grandma paper use!!!!

    A perfectly styled card. The layers, the country feel, the image and your clever idea of adding the apples.

    You did this challenge proud!

  12. I wondered what the Queen of Color would do with this challenge! Sooooo verrrrry pretty! Love the sweet center panel and image - expertly colored and the panels & layers. Oh my, they are so perfect! (how DO you do that??) Paola will love this card for sure!

    what an esquisite card this is...I LOVE the sweet image and your ingenious way to incorporate the apples that so look as they're part of the original immie.
    Your coloring - and colors- are
    perfect for this card, not to mention how much I love the easel fold tecnique too!(one of my favorite as well)
    What a GREAT card indeed!
    Thank you for being a Calendar Girl! ♥

  14. Kelly you have done a great job with this card, love it especially the creative apples :-)

  15. Wow Kelly....awesome coloring of the image and putting it all together! Love all the different papers.

    Great job on the challenge, and great easel card!

  16. Wow I love your bright DP and all the layers! Beautiful. What a perfect image for this challenge and so beautifully colored.

  17. Gorgeous, so pretty and light, you did a fantastic job with this one. The paper is such a compliment to the image. Love easel cards, they are the best.

  18. YOur card is beautiful Kelly. I think you nailed the challenge in such a pretty way.

  19. What a perfect card for this. It truly is a happy card, and the image is just right.

  20. This card is absolutely ADORABLE...great job on this and love the easel card. I love all the layers and the color combo you chose...You are truly an inspiration..Awesome job Kelly...♥♥♥

  21. Just beautiful! I love the soft colors- and the image- and you met the challenge beautifully- to celebrate life and in memory of Ms P's friend that used to bring her apples : ) Bless you!

  22. Adorable! Great design and love the sweet image!

  23. What a special challenge and your card is wonderful! The papers are lovely!!

  24. Love easel cards! Makes it so easy to show them off! That rick rack is awesome!