Thursday, February 16, 2017

Cardz for Teenz {Cardz 4 Galz}

What a joy to see you here!
Thanks for taking time to visit.

It's time for the 41st Cardz 4 Galz challenge!

Badges are awarded for the Spotlight Winner and Top Picks.

Challenge #41 theme is selected by teamie Babs - Cardz 4 Teenz.
You may have 3 separate submissions, and have as many cards as you like on each submission.  

Show us your cards for ages 13 to 19. 
Challenge ends on March 1.

I've used this darling little cupcake Besties, surrounded by butterflies, and girly, lacy shapes.

It is always a pleasure seeing your artful treasures,
so please come play with us.

Products Used:

Besties Image
Life Style Nesting Lace Ovals Dies
Impression Obsession Birthday Die
Die'sires butterfly border Die
Copic Markers

On a Personal Note:

While many of you are wishing to thaw out from freezes, or shovel yourselves out of snow-covered peaks, we have been enjoying an extremely mild, wet winter. Just so you know, though, it means lots more bugs, vines, weeds, and soil contaminants that a good freeze can quill to help farmers and normal people tolerate the hot months.

A little stroll at 8:30 AM - the sun just after sunrise:

A dwarf azalea on steroids - giggle. The early morning sun is casting light on the screen. You might be able to see that it is slightly green because of how damp the winter has been - we must pressure wash the mold and mildew off. (not essential if we have normal weather patterns).

Kilo, wondering what I'm doing, and why am I walking so early:

The last of our cabbages and onions. It's too warm to leave them in the ground any longer:

The "Community Water Hole" so that all the critters and birds can drink during the day; and at night, water for the deer, opossums, raccoons, bobcats, foxes, and whatever else strolls through in the nocturnal hours.

One of the several woodpiles stacked around the property. During the cooler months, lots of tree trimming is done to minimize damages from summer storms, tropical storms and hurricanes. After the debris is burned, the larger pieces are split using our log splitter. I marvel that my husband enjoys doing these things. The "logs" have since been transported to the open-air "wood shed".

Top of the "hill", and the top of our property, are these large azaleas. The center bushes are a good 12 feet high (3.6 meters). Everything is in a shadow - the foreground reveals a bit of sunshine trying to peek through the trees as it is still early:

My favorite person Jack (and Kilo, his faithful sidekick) at the waterhole. (The wood pile behind him has been stashed away). That large green plant growing up the huge oak trees in the back left is a Monstera in the Philodendron Pothos variety.
Because we have not had severe freezes the past several years, it is growing crazily!

Another woodpile - which has been since stacked. The little open air "wood shed" is visible below at the right. We enjoy using the fireplace when there is a chill in their air, or if it is too warm for the heater, but it's chilly outdoors and very wet. During the winter, of course: 

March means a month of severe pruning and massive leaf raking! All the brown area above is fallen oak leaves. Our oaks lose their leaves in February, and grow little "squiggles" at the beginning of March in order to release pollen. The air will be yellow with pollen, and we all stay away as much as possible. It is those weeks we relish heavy rains to knock the pollen out of the trees and air.

Stamping Hugs,


aussie aNNie said...

Beautiful and delightful card De, love the image and glorious colouring. No nothing came through on Bloglovin.... :)
Your personal photos are the gorgeous garden and hubby looks contented .xxx♥{aNNie}

KarinsArtScrap said...

it's beautiful Donna great photo's.

Gr Karin

Valerija said...

What a wonderful card. Love the cute image and your fantastic colouring.
Your photos are beautiful too. Love the flowers.
Valerija xx

Shona Erlenborn said...

Awesome coloring on that adorable little image Donna. Gorgeous little feminine die cuts to surround her too and the flower - precious. Thanks for taking us for a stroll on your property - it looks fabulous. We've still got snow on the ground, but it should all melt over the weekend as the temps are supposed to go up into the 50's! Time for me to get out and do some pruning perhaps!

Beebeebabs said...

Such a beautiful card and cute image - thanks for sharing the lovely photos!!!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Donna, gorgeous card for a teen who would love it, the image is adorable and the details so pretty. Thank you for sharing your fantastic photographs of your heavenly property. I'm envious of the beautiful flowers blooming in February, we are looking out at a foot of snow (which is pretty in a different way :)). Your dog and hubby are both handsome :). I hope you have a wonderful day, even if it's raining. Hugs, Shirleyxxx

Gertrude said...

WOW, eine wunderschöne Karte
glg Gertrude

Lori Kobular said...

That girl on your card is so adorable! Love your photos! Makes me long for Spring!!

KraftyKoolKat said...

A really delightful creation De. Awesome colouring and a fabulous lot of gorgeous embellishments. I adore your photos of the lovely land.

Linda Simpson said...

This is gorgeous De, love the wonderful colours and embellishments. Thank you for sharing your photographs too.
Linda xxx

Sue said...

Hi Donna, Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Fab card.

What a lovely home you have.

Hope you have a nice day. Sue

Linda said...

What a treat to see your beautiful photos, Donna! And your card is lovely! Thank you so much for sharing and I hope you are having a great week. :)

Jackie Trinder said...

Hi Donna that is a gorgeous card them image is stunning. Thank you for sharing the photos. Take care. Hugs Jackie

*Vicki* said...

Your creation is just amazing Donna!! I love your stunning coloring details on this beautiful image along with all of the fabulous details with the borders and pretty flower! WOW...those photos are so beautiful and looks like a fabulous place to enjoy my friend! :) HUGS

KT Fit Kitty said...

Such a cute card, Donna! Beautiful colouring! Wow, your weather is so different from ours! We got another 18 inches or so today and it blustered back everywhere we had shovelled out! We just got it cleaned out yesterday and it looks nearly as bad as it was! Oh well! That's winter! Enjoy your mild temps!

Lisa said...

What a beautiful card, Donna!! You colored her perfectly!! I love the layers and the pretty butterflies!! Gorgeous, my friend!!

Your photos are so beautiful!! We've had a very mild winter, too with hardly any snow, but no flowers yet :( I love looking at yours!! Your home is gorgeous!! Sweet picture of your hubby and Kilo, too!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

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pam said...

Oops nearly forgot your adorable card Donna, was that interested in your photos and reading what had been written, your place looks so beautiful, wonderful photo of your hubby and fur baby..
Your colouring is perfect on this beautiful image Donna, love the layout and gorgeous flower.
Hugs Pam x

MaryH said...

Darling card, with such a pretty design, and I love that 'tattered' rose too. The butterfly colors look striking against the blue c/s. Certainly enjoyed seeing the pictures of your kingdom, and those lovely Florida flowers. I hear you about the spring pollen, and that was quite a picture with the sun streaking through - creating the lovely patterns. Glad to hear you're walking the property to see what spring chores will need doing! TFS & Hugs.

crafty-stamper said...

Gorgeous card Donna and love the beautifully coloured image -great pics too love the community watering hole
Carol x

Donna Phelan said...

Your card is lovely, those cupcakes look YUMMY! Hubby just signed up for a baking course, from Cupcakes to Wedding Cakes--could be dangerous! lol Love your property and all that is in bloom. My yard is white hahahaha

Verna Angerhofer said...

As always your card is absolutely gorgeous. I love the pretty colors you combined together and the coloring of the image is outstanding. And, what a pretty world you live in with those glorious colors too. I hope to see green popping up here too in a month or two. And, that is a very handsome man you captured in your photo as well as your cute dog. Thanks so much for sharing.

Mrs A. said...

Wow what fabulous colouring of your image. Love the colours and the resulting cute card. Hugs Mrs A.

Petra Swart said...

Love your very cute and girly card, Donna!!!! Beautifully done!!!
Thank you so much for the photos you shared!!!! What a joy to have a look into your world and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you!!! Love your sweet 4-legged friend and hubby looks like a real honey!!!! I have really enjoyed this post, Donna - TFS!!!!! Where about in the States are you??? Reading your comments, hubby says he thinks it must be somewhere towards the north. You've got a wonderful big yard and lots of space for veggies!!!!! It must be so peaceful living there!!!!
Have a great day!!!!

NanaConnie said...

WOW, Donna, what fantastic photographs! You have such a lovely property and I love that you chose to share it with us. Cute little card and I really like the butterflies.

Shirley Chillman said...

Awww Donna the photos are amazing. Just popped over from Shirley's blog and saw the comments about Facebook. I am more about blogging than Facebook as I think it has the personnel feel about it, as your photos certainly proved.

Love your colouring in as usual and the card has a very cheerful look about it.

Just had a look at what I have missed and all is gorgeous.

Hope everything is OK your end and the pool still looks so inviting.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

Babs Watson said...

Your card is really beautiful lovely dies perfect colouring, your photos really are amazing , I love azaleas there so pretty, love your dog what a beauty, thank you for sharing your photos.
Crafty hugs
Babs x

Glenda Atkins said...

Your card is gorgeous and loved your photos; Kilo is magnificent and so is land around your place. Lovely!

Maryvonne COUSSE said...

Hi Donna hope you are well !
Beautiful pictures on your blog Donna , and G O R G E O U S card ! !!! Love this image , and your colouring is absolutely fabulous !
Have a great week end Teamie !

Leslie Miller said...

Teen cards are the most difficult, I think. I wouldn't have a clue what to make, but I'm guessing you nailed it with this pretty, flouncy, big-eyed cutie. Any girl would adore this! Your coloring is always so amazing. Love that you shared all these wonderful photos from around your property. Mornings are my favorite time in the garden. So peaceful and quiet. Not even any of the white noise we get so used to. The deer have been eating my younger azaleas all winter. With all the rain it's impossible to keep deer repellent on them. Kilo is a beautiful companion, and Jack looks happy. A guy needs to keep busy around the property, and you have the perfect place for that!

cotnob said...

A beautiful card Donna, such a pretty image and lovely colours = perfect for a young lady.
Lovely photographs, we have had quite a mild winter as well - only a few frosty days.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

Stampsnob. said...

Always love My Besties
I had a wonderful walk through your property even the wood pile is beautiful as is Jack ........Lis

Janice said...

A gorgeous card Donna, perfect for a teenager with a super image. Thank you for sharing your photos. You have a beautiful's huge!

Carole said...

Beautiful Bestie card for a teenage girl, Donna. Perfectly co-ordinated with those butterflies, lacy borders and gorgeous fabric bloom. I loved taking a virtual stroll around your estate - the grounds are stunning. xx

crafty-stamper said...

Just testing for you Donna
Carol x

Conniecrafter said...

your card is just the cutest, such terrific coloring of her, love those butterflies too they are so pretty as is the flower!
We have had a pretty mild winter too, we are in the 70's the next few days and that is just crazy, but we are enjoying that's for sure. Your bushes are just beautiful, we are trying to grow one out front but it is having a hard time taking off, but nothing seems to like to grow in that spot.

CdeBaca Crafts Gallery said...

Awesome card and awesome photos of your land! I love tours like that. I live on a farm with lots of land too and I love it! Except our whether here isn't ready to grow flowers.

Dr Sonia S V said... immensely talented you are my friend and your Kilo is so majestic...I have a special fondness for german shepherd and it is so wonderful to see how your place looks!!
Dr Sonia

Karen said...

Donna, your card is darling! It warms my heart, sweet friend. The image is precious and I adore the pretty colors and sweet design. Everything you make is delightful and a pure joy to see. :) I enjoyed your personal photos, too! Our winter has been sadly mild... I hope that means Autumn will come early! ;) Thank you for the inspiration, dear friend!

Hugs and blessings,

Puppy Kisses and Paper Dreams said...

This sweet gal is sassy and fun! Love the card. And, love your yard photos. Yay for a hummingbird feeder. And yay for a watering station for our forest and backyard creatures. Way to go!!!

Sue said...

Donna, she is adorable. Love the colors you chose and the beautiful color work.

Thanks for the Spring tour of your wonderful property. That gorgeous magenta color of the bushes really stands out and must be wonderful to see in person. Dog and Master looking good, I had a shepherd growing up, they are the very best, yours is beautiful.


coldwaters2 said...

Beautiful card Donna such a lovely image full of wonderful colour and delight, talking of delight your photos are fabulous love all the lush greenery and flowers, Kilo is a very handsome doggy, thank you so much for sharing
lorraine x

Sara Barker said...

Donna, I've enjoyed reading your post about your weather, plants and your gorgeous property. Every year I forget about those little pollen bullets of the oak trees, but our leaves have been falling for months. They are all over the place, and we usually have a few that slide in under the front door. Love the trees; hate all they put out.

Your card is as sweet as can be! Love those glittery butterflies! you mentioned my butterfly as being a favorite of you know the maker? Someone suggested Stampin' Up, but there is no name on the block. Thank you in advance, if you have an answer to my mystery! Hugs!

wannabcre8tive said...

Love your cute card and the fab coloring. Yes, I agree we need more cold weather even though I do not enjoy it. Your German Shepard is so beautiful.

Janis Lewis said...

First of all, thank you for commenting on my challenge card. Second, thanks for inviting me to visit your blog. Your color is wonderful. I only buy pre-colored images. LOL Loved your photos of your mild winter. We are in Alaska. It's still snowing here and cold. :)

Planetsusie said...

Hi there sweetie - just being hopping around and popped over to say hello I saw this beauty! I don't think this should just apply to 13 - 19 year olds 'cos I would absolutely love it - lol! I always love your colouring and this is no exception and that little rose is an absolute corker. Enjoyed the other pictures too, give Kilo a cuddle from me! Big hugs Sue Pxxx

Pia S said...

She's a cutie. I love the warm glow from the peach color around the image. I've just caught up on your blog, I'm sorry if my visits are a bit late, I hardly have had any time for hobby stuff the past week(s). Did enjoy a whole day in my craft room today though:)


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