Saturday, April 19, 2014


Woot  Woot... Easter Candy at Southern Ridge Trading Company. Wishing a VERY Happy Happy Easter to you all.  I'm doing something a little different today as I want you to pick two (2) of the chipboard pieces above that you would like to see used in a design, card, or project.  The winner will receive the same two pieces from me to design their own project.. 

Following Guidelines:
Become a follower of the SRTC blog..
Join us on our Facebook Page HERE..
Leave a comment on the SRTC blog letting me know which 2 pieces you would like..

The winner will be drawn on April 30 and will be announced May 1, 2014, on the SRTC blog and on Facebook.  

Thank you so very much for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon.  Please take the time to see some gorgeous creations throughout the blog by the DT.

Love & Hugs, Carol (Granny)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Hoppy Easter at SRTC


Happy Thursday and I'm so glad to finally have arrived............LOL  This has been one of the most challenging posts I've done for awhile due to some family issues but gosh darn, I gotter done.  Apologies for being a little late

Easter will be here before we know it and I'm trying to get a little ahead on family cards.  The bunny image is precolored from The Paper Shelter and the adorable image is from Artbymarin, which I have colored with Copics using Diamond Glaze for her eyes.  This is one of the images I won from Judy as part of her bloganniversary candy named Cottontail. 

Don't you just love this "Hoppy Easter" CEL-042 piece of chipboard from Southern Ridge Trading Co. that is designed by Karen.  There are Easter Eggs too that I just didn't get dyed in time to add. I've added Gesso to the entire piece and then some color using Victorian Velvet DI and Stickles.  The butterflies are die cuts from my stash with liquid pearls added.

Challenge Entries:
Artbymarin - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Scrapbook Stamp Society - Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll see you again soon.
Love & Hugs, Carol (Granny)

Monday, March 31, 2014

Poinsettia Madness at CCAYR


We have a lovely challenge for you over at Christmas Cards All Year Round this month.  If you haven't already guessed, it's poinsettia's and you can also use the option of adding a doily.  We want to see at least one poinsettia on your card this month.  As you can see, I've used a poinsettia frame from Southern Ridge Trading Company and added the flowers from WOC to give it that extra special touch.  The image is by Sherri Baldy of My Besties that I've had colored with Copics for awhile and the DP from my stash drawer.


Be sure you stop by the CCAYR challenge blog to see the wonderful creations by the rest of the team and to add your entry for the challenge.

Challenges entering:
Southern Girls Challenge - Floral Frenzy
Scrapbook Stamp Society - Anything Goes
Christmas Card Challenges - Favorite Coloring Medium
Crimbo Crackers - Anything Goes for Christmas

Thanks so very much for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon.
Love & Hugs, Carol (Granny)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Can't begin to tell you how much fun I had coloring Mary and her little lamb created by Sylvia Zet.  I'm hoping to see some improvement in my coloring as I'm taking the Skin and Hair Class by Alyce at Kit and Clowder.  I've been so absorbed in the class and practicing that I haven't been doing much card making.

I just love this frame made by Karen at Southern Ridge Trading Post.  You can get this frame (FRA-135) and many other beautiful pieces of chipboard HERE.  Hop on over and take a look at all of the gorgeous pieces she has for you.  Hope you will check out the new SRTP Blog

The flowers are a combination of Prima, WOC, LLC,and  Kort & Gort.  I've colored the image with the following Copics:
Skin:  E000, 00, 11, 04, 21 - R20
Hair:  E50, 53, 42, 57
Bonnet & Shoes:  R10, 81, 83
Dress:  V000, 01, 04, 06, 09 - C00, 01, 04
Lamb:  C00, 01, 04, R22
Flowers:  BG000, 13, 49

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon.
Hugs, Carol (Granny)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

SRDT First Post


Here is my first DT card for Southern Ridge Trading Company.

Please hop over to the blog for more details and links. 

Would love to have you join us on Facebook  and share your chipboard creations.

Thanks so much or stopping by and I hope to see you again soon.
Hugs, Carol

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Side-step Winter and an Announcement


March is going to be a FANTASTIC month, coming in like a LION here and I hope going out like a LAMB!!  We have 6-10" of snow forecast for Saturday and Sunday. I'm sure I'm not the only one sick of winter and snow, but it is what it is, and soon we can complain about the heat of summer...

Our challenge at Christmas Cards All Year Round this month is "Step Cards".  I chose to make a side-step card and used my Silhouette Cameo (for the first time) to cut it out.  OMG, it's so easy that I went crazy cutting out step-cards and now just need to embellish them.  I think I'm going to like my Cameo a lot better than I did my Cricut.  The image is a My Besties image colored with Copics. These cuties have captured my heart.  The flowers are from Prima.  The two trees, sleigh and reindeer are from Southern Ridge Trading Company and have been coated with Gesso, added some snow and Diamond Dust. Finally got to use a couple of the pine cones from Canada and my sweet friend Eulanda..  The DP is from SU.

I hope you will join us this month.  Be sure to stop by the CCAYR Challenge Blog and see the amazing designs by my wonderful DT sisters who have put up with me being sick and MIA for a long while.  They have stood by me and encouraged me while I've gotten better.  They are a wonderful and caring group to be a part of and I want to thank them all so very much.

Entering the following challenges:
Christmas Card Challenges - Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps - Pink and White
Everybody Art Challenge - Ribbon or Lace
Sweet Stamps Challenge - Favorite Color ( I used Pink)
Simon Says Wednesday - Anything Goes with Pearls
Crafty Creations - Keep It Simple
In The Pink - Pink + One
Totally Paper Crafts - Make It Shine
Aussie Bestie Challenge - Pearls/Bling/Bestie Image

**ANNOUNCEMENT**

Opening today, Southern Ridge Trading Company blog. I hope you will stop by and meet the amazing and multifaceted design team.  So honored to have been asked to be a part of the team and really looking forward to working more with chipboard.  We also have a Facebook page and I hope you will visit us there to see the latest releases.

That's it for me tonight.  I do what to thank you for stopping by and I so hope to see you again soon.  Please visit us at CCAYR and at Southern Ridge Trading Company.
Love & Hugs, Carol (Granny)

Saturday, February 1, 2014

February Blues


Happy February, one month closer to spring, and boy, am I ready.  Our weather, as I'm sure everyone has been having, is like a yoyo, up and down and down and up.  50+ for one or two days then sub zero with high winds. for 5.  It's just totally crazy here in Missouri but not near as bad as the east coast and north of us. It's snowing like crazy and this is just round 1 of 4 for the next week. Since they are naming winter storms now I'm curious at to what the 3 names will be...lol  I can think of a few I'd like to call them but don't dare publish....

Enough chatter about the weather as I'm sure we are all ready for some wonderful spring heat.  Mother Nature will have her way regardless of whether we like it or not.

Our challenge this month at Christmas Cards All Year Round is blue and white, no other colors except hair, skin, fur, feathers, but try to keep everything else blue and white.  There is an OPTION of adding a heart that could be a charm, embellishment, chipboard, etc.  Our sponsor this month is Sassy Design Studios.  You want to be sure and hop on over to the CCAYR blog and see all the wonderful creations by the DT using these cute and sassy images..

I chose the image "Don't Open Till Christmas" and you can get her HERE.  She is colored with Copics.  Skin: E30, 000, 0000, R20;  Hair: E50, 53, 55, 57; Slacks: B91, 93, 95, 97,  Added Diamond Glaze to her eyes and Stardust Stickles to her shirt and the snowflakes.  The flowers are by Kort & Gort, Wild Orchid Crafts, and Prima.  DP is Maja Vintage Frost Basics.  Dies used are: Spellbinder's Nestabilities Majestic Elements, IO Dies Die084-V and IO DIE122-D.

So very glad that you stopped by and hope to see you back again soon.  I'll have some very exciting news to share with you coming later this month.

Love & Hugs, Carol (Granny)

Thursday, January 2, 2014

CCAYR 1st Challenge of 2014

Happy New Year Everyone...Hope your holidays were shared with loved ones and that you made many happy memories that will last a lifetime.

Our sponsor this month is Beccy Muir from Beccy's Place.  I've chosen the Snowman Trio and added a small amount of color with my Copics. The sentiment is from LOTV and this gorgeous note die is a JOY die.   Of course I had to have a little shine so I used Snow Writer for the snow base below the snowmen and added Diamond Dust. The challenge this  month is "Anything Goes" and we can't wait to see your wonderful contributions to the challenge.  Be sure to stop by the Christmas Cards All Year Round Challenge Blog to see the wonderful creations by my DT Sisters along with more images by Beccy.

A few challenges I'm entering:
Christmas Card Challenge - Anything Goes Holiday or Christmas Card - Closes 1/4
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Any Christmas cards made and not posted or a new one for 2014.  Closes 1/3
ABC Christmas Challenge - "Z is for Zany" Funny or humorous project - Closes 1/7

Here's hoping that 2014 is a lot better than 2013.  Thanks so very much for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon.
Love and Hugs, Carol (Granny)

Monday, December 16, 2013

Black/White and a Touch of Red for Christmas

First I'd like to welcome my new followers Chris and Samantha.  So glad to have you and will be by to visit you both soon.

Christmas is only a little over a week away and I honestly have to say I am no way ready.  My cards aren't done, and as for shopping, oh my, I've only bought two presents except for my youngest son and his wife and that's because they were here and we went shopping together.......  How did I get so far behind this year?  I know this next week I have to get tons of stuff done so I may not be around too much till after Christmas.

Guess you all can tell I've fallen in love with the My Besties collection.  Here is img063.  I think she is so elegant.  I've colored her with Copics and added White Velvet Flock for the fur on her coat, muff, and hat.  The lamp post is a B130 die by Cheery Lynn and this new Joy die "Dance to the Music" has just recently been released. I've added Gunmetal Stickles to the note, isn't it gorgeous!  The sentiment is from LOTV and the snowflakes are an MS punch with Stardust Stickles added.  The beautiful square doily is from my friend and teammate Judy in the UK.  The DP is "Tis the Season by Cassandra Cooper".

Here is a quick pic of the inside of the card using part of the Dance to the Music die. EDITED TO ADD PICTURE


Entering the following challenges:
MAWTT - Winter Wonderland - Closes 12/18/13
Allsorts Challenge - Snowflakes - 12/19/13
Besties Challenge - Christmas Glitter - Closes 12/21/13
A Creative Romance - Christmas Sparkle - Closes 1/2/14
Stampbook Society - Anything Goes + Option Christmas - Closes 1/6/14
Jelly Park Challenges - Christmas Theme - Closes 1/6/14
My Besties Aussie Challenge - Christmas - Closes 1/12/14

Thanks so very much for stopping by and I hope to see you back again soon.
Love & Hugs, Carol (Granny)

Monday, December 2, 2013

Christmas Stocking Challenge at CCAYR

I'm finally starting to get back in to the swing of things and designing again.  Here is my DT card for the December challenge at "Christmas Cards All Year Round".  Can you believe this is the last challenge for 2013.  We would love to have you join us for this "Christmas Stocking" challenge where your stocking can be paper, image, embellishment, die, so long as there is a stocking somewhere on your card.  For inspiration please be sure to visit our CCAYR Challenge Blog and see our fantastic design team creations..

Peek at the inside

Card Details:

  • Image: My Besties Stocking Stuffer - you can find her HERE - colored with Copics
  • Paper: SU Navy & CM Cranberry
  • Sentiment: LOTV
  • Dies: Joy Winter Wishes 6002/2021-6002/2020-6002/2019-6002/2022; IO Fir Trees DIE084-V; Spellbinder's Classic Oval and Classic Circle
  • Lot of Stardust Stickles, Silver embossing for the sentiment.
Challenges:
My Besties Norge - Theme Christmas - Closes 12/7/13
All Sorts Challenge Blog - Inspired by a Carol or Christmas Song - Closes 12/5/13
My Besties Aussie Challenge - Letter to Santa - Closes 12/14/13
4 Crafty Chicks - Christmas - Closes 12/4/13
Jelly Park Challenges - Christmas - Closes 12/31/13

Hope your week and month are full of joy, peace, and lots of love.  Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon.
Love & Hugs, Carol (Granny)