Calendar Girls ~ New Beginnings :)

 Good Morning!
It's the 28th of the month and that means the Calendar Girls group
 post our cards with a theme chosen by the hostess :)
 This month, our hostess is the effervescent Carol with a beautiful April theme.   I have so many cards with the same theme of flowers/recycling due around the same time so my thoughts went into a different direction 
with the theme "new beginnings" :)  This year, I've been working 
towards my personal goal to use the stamps that I've had in my collection
(for a long, long time!) and use the stamps that have been gifted to me.  Like this one today!  So my new beginnings isn't a wedding or a new baby, but rather the beginning of using what's new in my stamp collection.  I added the recycled items as a checked ribbon (from an old holiday ornament and a wooden button that I've had saved for a special card.

Here is Carol's theme:

As the saying goes April showers bring May flowers....

To me April showers clean the earth of its worn out snow, dust and dirt along with nurturing new seeds and life to our surroundings (gardens, yards, trees, etc.). It also, to me signals new beginnings....so for this month I would like for you to create a card that does just that...it could be a wedding card, a baby card, even a New Years card...OR it could be a card that uses something worn out or pre-used and develop a new use for it...ex: mesh bag from fruit...used once to hold fruit: new beginning...used on the card...repurposed.. I know all of you are very talented crafters and I can hardly wait to see what you come up with...

Have fun with this challenge...     ((hugs)) Carol 

And here's my contribution!

I used the stamp from Whipper Snapper (a generous and cherished gift from Barb!) It's Raggedy Anne - colored with prismacolor markers and added to a simple card base of Kraft, pacific point and red to keep the red/blue theme that the image beckons.  I left the inside blank for now as I need to write a little note inside :)

Be sure to stop on over to the other Calendar Girls blogs to see what they've created with this theme!  

Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!

Entering into:  SimonsaysStamp- Anything Goes
QKRStampede - Favorite things (dolly, ribbon, button)
Craftyribbons Challenge - Ribbon


  1. Hiya Kelly and I hope you are well. Cute card and I like that rag doll! Those papers and the binding and bow are a perfect compliment to the image.

  2. Yep, I do believe we have close to the same ribbon here! CUTE card and that image is just precious. Love the fun colors you used Kelly!

  3. Such a cute image and so reminds me of my Raggedy Anne! Love the great colors and background!

  4. Kelly what a gorgeous card, like Tammy on first seeing this sweet image and the pretty color combo my mind was drawn to think of Raggedy Anne. This is sure to make everyone smile as it has me! xx

  5. Perfect papers for Raggedy Ann! I love the card. The ribbon with the wooden looking button is great. The scalloped die cut looks good.

    Great job this month!

  6. Kelly what a beautiful card - love your interpretation of the challenge, and the card is a stunner.

  7. Hi Kelly;

    Great idea with the button and a ribbon like this - good to remember if you have a short piece of ribbon left!

    Thanks for participating with us this time and welcome back!!

    La Vikinga / Crafty Ribbons

  8. how cute, love the images and the colors you used!!!

  9. Anonymous4/29/2013

    This creation is really adorable Kelly!! Reminds me of my mom...she collections Raggedy Anns. Love the gingham ribbon and papers!! The colors are perfect! :) HUGS

  10. I just pulled retiring stamp sets from my shelves and haven't used several of them, so I think trying to use what you have is awesome! I love the colors of your card and the bow/button treatment especially!

  11. What a worthwhile goal, Kelly! I have so many unstamped images in my collection!!

    This rag doll looks delightful with your recycled ribbon and wooden button!

  12. This is so cute! I am loving that gingham bow with the button! Thanks so much for playing along with us over at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog!

  13. My stars, you make the most fun cards ever. This is way too cute and just love the colors with the button and ribbon. I will have to check out the book, I haven't done much reading but slowly getting back into gear again.

  14. Such a cute image. Great coloring and layout.

  15. Too cute! I love her! Great idea to use an older stamp that needed some ink! I have a lot of them and have been trying to do the same thing. The way you do the insides of our cards is so lovely. I need to do more decorating inside mine!

  16. A really cute image Kelly. Such a fun looking card.

  17. this is so super cute!!!! what a super fun card!!

  18. Great card, that ribbon looks fab
    Thanks for joining us at crafty ribbons
    Hugs Kelly Dt

  19. Too Darn Cute. What a great Whipper Snapper image.

  20. Great take on the theme. I am making a goal of using all my stamps at least once this year. I love the ribbon and texture on this card.

  21. Love the red and blue together, and all of the layers you used!

    Great layout, and great card as usual!

  22. Very cute card...love the immie and your re purposing bow...TFS ♥

  23. Fabulous card and the image is so cute. Great design and fab details.

    Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us this week at QKR Stampede.
    Best of luck and we'd love to have you visit again!

    Hugs Mian
    QKR Stampede Design Team Member

  24. Really cute, Kelly. What an adorable image and yummy colors.

  25. I love the colors on this! That kraft really does look good with everything.

  26. This is so sweet, Kelly! The colors are perfect for the cute image and I LOVE that wooden button!!

  27. Great card for this challenge and I'm so glad your stamps are getting a new beginning...you are so talented and I love this creation....way to go my sweet friend...♥

  28. How sweet! The image is adorable and the layout you used showcases it perfectly. The ribbon and button embellishment add just the perfect touch.

  29. Love the paper you used on this card and the stamp so unique. what a great card!