Wednesday, December 28, 2011


It's December 28.... time for the Calendar Girls blog group to post their montly card creations. Wow! Where has this month gone? Where has this YEAR gone???!?!?!??

There are only 10 Calendar Girls, so instead of having a hostess for November and December, we've done things a bit differently. This month each Calendar Girl gave another one of the group a secret word/theme and we were to create cards with that "secret". How fun!

Tami gave me a word weeks ago.... but I procrastinated until last night in making my card. Hmmmmmmmm.... not a good thing, I guess. But I've been having way too much fun both getting ready for Christmas and THOROUGHLY enjoying every moment of the holiday - with all of my children here at home for nearly a week!!! YAY!

So, when I went in search of my word, I couldn't find it. EEK! I had to go on my memory! uh-oh!!!


(seriously, I think that's the word Tami gave me. Tami, if it isn't, I am so sorry!!! Please let me know and I'll make another theme-appropriate card soon!)

Nothing says SURPRISE! to me like balloons and confetti and streamers!!!

This cute little BIgsby image is a Karen Doodles digi image. Isn't he cute?

Another SURPRISE! about this card is the fact that I didn't use any ribbon on it. You've probably realized that I love ribbon and use it on almost every card I make. I also used shaped bling (kind of like rhinestones, but in a shape instead.) I don't usually use that sort of thing... another SURPRISE! One last SURPRISE! is the fact that I put an embellishment on top of the image. I don't ever remember doing that before. I've seen others do it and have liked the look so decided to try it. Truthfully, I am less than happy with the way that looks on my card. hmmmmm... guess I might need some practice.

Here's a sneak peek of the inside of my card:

I thought about putting the sentiment SURPRISE! inside the card, but decided against it.

This picture shows some of the depth on the card:

Be sure to check out the other Calendar Girl blogs today (the links are in my left sidebar) and see what they came up with using their own Secret theme/word.... and leave them a comment along the way. It will make them so happy!

Image: Karen Doodles Bigsby

Ink: Copic Markers

Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Black and Marigold Morning

Designer Paper: My Mind's Eye (Plaid) and Paper Studio (Balloons)

Embellishments: Recollections Bling


Barb said...

Jeanette--I sure hope that is your word, as you rocked the challenge!

This is one of your best creations--love the image and the colors and all of the "Surprises" you have on the card!

Thanks so much for coming up with the Calendar Girls--I am blessed to be a part of all of the fun!

April said...

What a fun card! I love the dark layer behind the balloons....really makes the dp stand out! You really rocked Tami's word...I'd be surprised if it isn't the correct word! Lol

Happy New Year!

Unknown said...

Hi Jeanette, it's been a while since I visited, sorry about that hun, been just tooo busy! LOve your Bigsby card, he's one of my favourites at Karen's Doodles, have a few digi's myself featuring him! Hope you had a great Christmas, wishing you a Happy Newyear, hugs Frea

Melina said...

too cute! I love the embellishment on top of the image! :)

Carol W said...

Oh are so funny and I love your really will be a surprise if that isn't the word...and I must say you did an amazing job with this card and the word Surprise. I am guessing that Tami will be pleased and delighted with the card and how you used the word that it won't matter what the word was...What a fun challenge this was. I am so happy and blessed to be a Calendar Girl with you. I truly do cherish your friendship...♥

~Paola~ said...

This card totally exuuuuuudes the word 'SURPRISE'100%!!
So festive with all the right even reminds me of the latest balloons received as a total surprise *wink*... appropriate and celebratory looking your card is...It's already been a whole year since you created our Calendar Girls' Group and each month was blessed with creativeness fun by all, not to mention a lot of wonderful ideas and inspirations too...Thank YOU my friend!! ♥ xox

Terry Ladwig said...

What a fun card.....and it's no surprise that it's great!!

Love it ☺ Great idea to do things you never do.....I still need to try that "thinking out of the box" thing!!

Great job my friend!!

dweatter said...

Cute, cute, cute!!! This card is so bright and cheerful. Whoever receives this card will truly love it. Great layout, DP and embellishments. Great job!

paige said...

Great card! Love all the balloons on this festive card!

Michelle said...

What a fun card! I love that image, and your color combination. Great card.

Louise F NZ said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!! Great card Jeanette, love the KD image. Thanks you so much for my lovely Christmas card, I love how you used a paint sample sheet xox

:: BlueInks :: said...

I knew it! You would have the perfect DP to go with your word!

Yes, you have the correct word. Surprise, as in surprise me with your card.

I just love the plaid and the colors of the balloons. The gems were the perfect touch.

Perfect job, J!

Darlene said...

Jeanette, this card captures "Surprise" perfectly! Love the fun balloon DP and what an adorable image!! I think that this card is a sure-fire hit for anyone receiving it.

Marilyn said...

I like this card! Such a cute image Jeanette and I love that balloon paper and how it matches the image.
Happy New Year to you and all the best in 2012!