Thursday, April 14, 2011


It's the 15th of April and time for Inventory Challenge # 27.  I was sent a picture of the famous painting "The Ballerinas" by Edgar Degas.  Now what in the world could I possibly know about ballet living all the way back here in the hills of North Carolina.  Why the closest thing Mama and I saw to ballet was when we went to the Asheville Auditorium to see Holiday on Ice staring the one and only Sonja Henie.  We even waited at the stage door after the performance to get her autograph.  By the way, we did the same thing when Mama took me to see "The Singing Cowboy" -  Mister Gene Autry himself!!   Let the dance begin!!!!

Such a beautiful little ballerina!

What a beautiful painting!

What a talented young lady!!!

I certainly hope you will visit my very talented teammates - and see what they did with Monsieur Degas.


Well my friends, that's it for this challenge - I hope I made you chuckle or at least smile real big!  Love hearing your comments, they make me smile real big!
XO - Sandy


Anonymous said...

Oh I love this precious card Sandy! Love how you combine different brands/lines of images in your cards and how they tell a story. This is gorgeous my friend! Beautiful coloring on these sweet images - I need to get that LOTV ballerina, she's too cute! TFS! hugs, Angela

Sharon Caudle said...

Oh my goodness, Sandy! You are a creative genius!! I love the way your mind works! LOL! Yes, you did indeed get a chuckle out of me! And I totally love this card! Love tha LOTV ballerina and your little artist is flippin' fantastic!! I love your cards!
hugs, Sharon

Barb Hardeman said...

Sandy my friend, you have arrived! This card is stunning! I love those sweet LOTV images and you've done this one up so well! Beautiful coloring. Gorgeous bow, and what pretty background paper you've used! Awesome. The inside is a delight! Degas and Degirl - wonderful play on words and cute as a button image you used as the painter. Altogether this card is stunning!!!

Tracy Valure said...

Oh Sandy she is adorable! I Love LOTV!! The coloring is perfect and it just so sweet!


Pat said...

Hey Mountain Mama...this is the prettiest card you've ever made...and you've made some pretty cards. But this one is drop dead gorgeous!! I love the DPs and yellow ribbon. The little LOTV image is beautifully colored (and stickled!! hehe!). And the inside...ahhh, m'dear, what can I say...I almost went myself laughing!! You are so dang clever! I love little Betty too...she's such a great little artist!! The inside is just as gorgeous as the front. This might be my fave of all your cards! Too too toooooooo adorable!! Sorry I didn't get here faster...I was whipping up a sympathy card for my sister to give a co-worker. I haven't even packed yet! bwahahahaha!! Big hugs sweetie! Pat

Danielle Champagne said...

Hello Sandy, I was finishing to post my card for tomorrow, before I go to bed I checked if all was right... and saw your post. OMG, this is just AMAZING. Your card is purrrty PERFECT. The image is so darling, and I just love the word game: degas, degirl! You are a genius, and I love your stories.

Rene said...

Oh gosh I looooove this! I love the's so impressionist like! And I love the little artist...just fantastic!!!!
Oh! And that wasn't an ice cream in Izzy's hand...that was the world's BEST cupcake! Oh Sandy, they were SOOOOOO delicious! Yummy!
Rene :D

Caroline said...

Sandy I love this card the colors are gorgeous xxx

cathylynn said...

Yoi Many as my Grandma use to say! WOW Sandy now you tell me who is going to be rich and famous? You did an AMAZING job!!!!! Your coloring and use of stamps just blows me away. You NEVER cease to amaze me and I love it!!!! What a clever young lady your are.
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

Anonymous said...

Oh my WORD Sandy!! Now how stinkin' cute is this ballerina girl!! LOVE the gorgeous colorful background!! And your second one is just as sweet as can be!! So colorful and very happy and fun!! You are such a talented lady and what a FABBY grandma you are!! BIG HUGS and SMILES to you!! Enjoy your weekend friend!!

Eve said...

beautiful colored background with this funny & cute ballerina!! As usual, I luv the inside of your card! Very nice! :-)

Candy said...

You have become an artist yourself!!
My goodness what a beautiful job you have done on the LOTV Ballerina and the background of your card!!!!!!!
I am so in love with it!
The inside is awesome with your play on words - and what you have done!
Makes me sick to think I have these stamps and haven't done anything with them - when I do they sure won't look like yours!
Big hugs, Candy

Unknown said...

Oh Sandy, she is adorable! Love the coloring, love the base of the card, the colors are soooo beautiful! You go girl. Such a sweet image. I saw these images, and was not sure if they are digital. If they aren't, how do they come? I know I won a free stamp from Simon Says and it was just the rubber and I have to use Tack and Peel and I don't like that stuff! I want to be able to take my image out and stamp it :O) I got so use to the wood blocks, I have trouble using the others, spoiled I guess :O) k sara sara

Unknown said...

Oh speaking of ballet. When I was in grade school, we lived in Colorado. I took Ballet classes, getting ready to move to the wooden toes, and we moved here to Indiana. Dad had a blood clot go through his lung in his 30', Mom had a ruptured appendix, almost died, my brother the mumps fell on him, he was real sick, then I had rheumatic fever, so when we moved back, no money. To top it off at a motel in Missouri, our U-haul caught on fire and lost about everything....I don't know Mom and Dad got through all that stuff at once, but the Good Lord got them through it :O) Teaches you as a child to truly appreciate what you have.

Only By His Grace said...

Hi Sandy!
You are one clever gal. Always thinking outside the box. Your card is adorbale. Very clever...Degas...Degirl. And what a girl she is. Your coloring is gorgeous. the bellerina on the front is coored beautifully. Love the glitter. The background paper is perfect for her.
Hugs Maz

Liefs Ineke said...

Hello Sandy thank you for the compliments on my blog. I am a follower of you now. It's beautiful here.

Gr. Ineke

Sheri said...

I'm not sure I can say this enough! You are a creative genius friend! Such a gifted way of looking at things....truly a amazing!

Linda Palmer said...

I'm pretty sure that this is the best card on the internet today!!! I love everything about the little ballerina and the inside is just fabulous. Awesome & gorgeous card. Love the way you put everything into a story. They are always so sweet.

Christina C. said...

OMgosh, girl, you outdid yourself on this one!!!! It is absolutely AMAZING. Such a darling card and so much creativity going on there!
Love the inside as much as the outside of this stunning creation!!!!
Mama would be proud!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cami said...

Oh Sandy! I just reading your "prelude to the card" every time I see you name! I had to chuckle...yes indeed! Your card is very pretty and I love those colors! Thanks for the laughs and the inspiration!

cabio's craft corner said...

Sandy, you did a fabulous job on the background. It's totally beautiful :o)

PauleetChinelle said...

I love your comment inside degas, de girl. Wow! verry funny and bright. It's my first time and I am already in love with your creation. Light color, delicate ruban, strong ballerina like ballet is

Melanie said...

Sweet sister, this is my favorite card that you've made. Degirl is the perfect touch, too. Love it, love it, love it.......and love you, too.

Iulia said...

Hi sweetie!
I'm sorry for being so late but be sure I cannot miss any of your cards. I looked at it a few days ago but you know I'm slow at commenting:). You make me feel ashamed for being always so sweet and answer my comments. I always look forward to hear from you, dear friend.
Now, this cute card here is soooo adorable. That Degas painting is magnificent, I can tell you, I've always loved painting and French Impressionism particularly and Degas's ballerinas are simply fabulous. You did a terrific job choosing this cute LOTV stamp. I simply love them, you know that, and the colrs you chose are gorgeous too. Your coloring is so very beautiful and I love the gradient DP to match the painting.
It's so beautiful Sandy! I don't want to hear you saying anymore you're not enough skilled or something , you are extremely talented and so clever in putting everything togeter marvelously.
Love the "degirl", I bet Degas himself would laugh out loud if the poor man were still
You"re the best sweetie and I just love your story about Mama, I'm just sad my English is not good enough to express exactly how I feel.
Luv you sweetie,

Anonymous said...

Great take on the challenge Sandy! Love how you personalize your creations....So very fun and adorably colored and created!
Pam Going Postal

Fran said...

WOW! I think even Edgar Degas would be proud on how you captured his style. Your coloring is awesome. And I love how you put so much detail on the inside of your cards. Outstanding! Hugs, Fran

Janiel/ janny said...

Hi Sandy, just popping in to say THANK YOU for entering my blog candy. You are the sweetie thing.. You always make me laugh dear!!! Okay now for this MORE than adorable card!! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!! You are so creative dear!!1
hugs, Janiel

Patricia Garcia said...

Sandy your card is stunning, love the sweet image and your pretty colors as always, you sure know how to coordinate!! Have a wonderful day!!


Chris said...

LOL Sandy, that little artist is very young to be so accomplished :D! I love this and what you did with the inspiration piece, superb! Hugs, Chris :)

Pen to Paper said...

Yayyy!!! Lili of the Valley!! I love their stamps!! And this one is a real cutie. Oh I love how you describe North Carolina, I want to visit one day!! Are you a fan of The Avett Brothers?? They are from Concord and my favorite band!



Kathy said...

Oh my gosh, the background on the front is gorgeous, I love that LOTV stamp (sadly mine hasn't seen ink yet). Your inside is so cut with the believe sentiment. Really great way to use the Degas painting for inspiration.