Saturday, November 27, 2010

Short Sabbatical

Just a quick post to let you all know I'll be taking this next week off  for unexpected family commitments.  So if I don't stop by to visit or have a post for the next few days not to worry. 

Have a fantastic week and I hope to be back before ya know it. 
"Hugs" Carol

Friday, November 26, 2010

Story Time with Nana Vic

Sweet holiday memories of time spent with cousins at Grandma's house. Since I wasn't bless with siblings and the oldest grandchild, this image fits my childhood perfectly. My grandmother always wore dresses, had her hair done, and her makeup on no matter what time or day it was. This is one of Nana Vic's newest images and you can find it here.

This card was created using digi papers and elements from Cool Scraps Digital. The image was colored with Copics.  Special thanks to Vickie for helping me with  digital designing.  I have so much to learn. Now hop on over to Nana Vic's and pick up your free weekend digi for the "Quickie Weekend Challenge" and play along with us.

Thanks so much for dropping by and I hope to see you again soon.  Would love to hear from so I can drop by your blog to see what's new.  Happy paper crafting!
"Hugs" Carol

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving and blessings to all of my American friends.

To those abroad, may your weekend be filled with love, laughter, and family.
"Hugs" Carol

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Anthing Goes at For Fun This Week - New EB Digi

It's been one of those days and I've been a little under the weather. Almost forgot to get my card upload at For Fun and do my post.  Would really have been disappointed had I missed this entry cause I love Elizabeth Bell's images, even more so since she now is coming out with digi's. Nothing like instant gratification and not having to wait for the  To check out some other cards using "Letters to Santa" go see what the Digi Bell's have created for their hop this month. I am also entering this card into the challenge at Digi Bell's.

The challenge this week at For Fun is "Anything Goes", so just do your thing and let's see what awesome and inspiring project(s) you have to share with us. Now hop on over to the challenge blog to see the awesome creations by the design team this week.

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you have the time to leave me a comment so I can come visit to see what's new with you. Have a wonderful weekend! "Hugs" Carol

Monday, November 22, 2010

Bed Time Stories Bear - Do You Believe?

This has turned out to be one of my favorite cards this season. Maybe it's because of the childhood memories this image brings back or the combination red and cream,  the sentiment, or the embellies, I'm not really sure but I hope you like it as much as I do.

The challenge at Paper Cupcakes this week is a color challenge of red and cream by DT member Nilla.  You may use a Paper Cupcakes image (preferred) or an image of your choosing. We always love seeing your projects no matter which you choose. You won't want to miss seeing the wonderful inspiration the design team has created for you at Paper Cupcakes this week.

Items used to make this card:
  • Image is Bed Time Stories by Nina at Paper Cupcakes
  • DP is Memory Box and Poison Ivory from The Paper Temptress 
  • Spellbinder's Classic and Scalloped Circles and Scalloped Rectangles
  • Sizzix Flourish Die (modified) and MS Branch Punch
  • Believe stamp (??) heat embossed with red embossing powder
  • Mulberry roses from Wild Orchid Crafts with stickles added
Okay, now hop on over to Paper Cupcakes to get your free image and please join us this week for this wonderful challenge.

Thanks so very much for stopping by today and I hope to see you again soon.  Don't forget to leave me a comment so I'll be sure to visit and see what's new with you and your blog.
"Hugs" Carol

Thursday, November 18, 2010

New Nana Vic Sympathy Image

A new image "Sundays Hat" and sentiment from Nana Vic.  Although this is a happy and joyous time of the year it is also a time to grieve. Knowing that a life began for the sole purpose of dieing to forgive us our sins and to give us eternal life is very sad.  So please remember the true spirit of the Christmas Holiday and give thanks for the gift from God we have all been given, should we choose to accept it. 
This stamp can be used for a lot of different occasions.

The papers and elements are digital and from Cool Scraps Digital, the image was colored with Copics and a Gold Spica Pen was used to outline the bible.  This image will make a beautiful sympathy card for someone dear so I hope you'll hop on over to Nana Vics at CDAC to see a full sheet of the sentiments and other cards created using this digi's.

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

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Give Thanks Challenge at For Fun

Helen at For Fun has challenged us this week to give thanks for something. If I had to list everything I'm thankful for this would be a VERY long post so I'm going to keep it short and simple. I'm thankful to be alive and to have a strong belief that my Heavenly Father will take me home to peace, tranquility, and eternity when my body no longer serves a purpose on earth.

Thanks to my blogging pal Eulanda, for the adorable place card she made last week and for the inspiration to create some for our Thanksgiving table. Only have to make 8 and that's not too bad. I'm thankful to have 8 family members who live close enough to be able to get together for dinner.

Tools and stuff used:
  • Image ~ Indian Corn ~ from Karen's Doodles
  • Colored with Copics
  • Spellbinders Die to make shaped easel place card
  • DP: Debbie Mumm Fall paper pack from last year
  • Ribbon from stash
  • Cinnamon Stickles
  • Gathering in Gratitude from Debbie Mumm Fall embellishment package
  • Will add name to bottom left hand corner once I get the others done and cut out all names on the Cricut
Be sure to stop by the For Fun Challenge blog to see all the great creations by the design team and then post a link to your entry for this week. We all have something to be thankful for and I can't wait to see your wonderful creation.

I am also entering this place card in Cute Card Thursday Challenge - Anything goes

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope to see you again real soon. If you have the time to leave me a comment it will be much appreciated and then I'll hop on over to see what's new with you.
"Hugs" Carol

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Stamp with Fun Square Challenge

Oh wow, I can't believe it.  I did a card for last week's sketch challenge at Stamp With Fun and then didn't get it entered in time - BUT - it works for this week's challenge "Square".  Talk about lucky!! I love playing in challenges and have kept it on the back burner with everything else going on but I'm making myself take the time to go play instead of doing something that "needs" to be done......there will always be something that needs to be done.

This card was created with digi papers and an element from Cool Scrap Digital. I layered it with CM Metallic Gold and then stamped the wreath and sentiment with Versa Mark and heat embossed with Gold Embossing powder. Around the center piece I added gold glitter using Barbara Twombley's glitter and glue.  BTW........if you haven't tried that glue it is to die for.  It dries very quickly and the glitter sets up almost immediately--works great too for attaching embellishments.  I'd by it buy the quart if I could find it in that

Off to do more post and schedule them for this week. Thanks so very much for stopping by and I sure hope I see you again soon.  Hope you have the time to leave me a comment so I can come visit to see what's new with you and your blog.  I was hoping to have 100 followers before the end of the year so if you've been lurking around and too shy to leave a comment, please feel free to become a follower and I'll be in touch with you soon.
Happy Monday ~ "Hugs" Carol

Monday, November 15, 2010

Magical Monday's Freebie of the Month

Oh my gosh, don't ya just love this new image "Who's Candy" by Nina at Paper Cupcakes! It's a freebie this month and we hope you will join our challenge and share your talent with us. Pat Pedder challenged us to add glitter and ribbon to our Christmas projects this week.  The design team have created some awesome projects to give you that gentle touch of inspiration we all desperately need at one time or another. So, with that said, we are all looking forward to seeing your wonderful project this week.

Since I played around in my craft room a lot this past week I forgot to make notes on some of the cards I made, and can you believe it, this was one of them.........DUH!  I'm also entering this in the Stamp Something Challenge.

Here is what I remember using:
  • DP is DCWV Christmas Stack
  • Colored with Copics - paper pieced the scarf, vest and hats
  • I had a square brad the size of his nose (amazing) and covered it with black glitter
  • The snowman mouth was done with teeny antique brass stick ons (no buttons that tiny)
  • Crystal Snow was added to the snowballs in the pail
  • A combination of Crystal Snow and Polar White FS for the snow
  • Green and Christmas Red Stickles were used for the gumdrops - as a touch was also added to the lollipops
  • Sentiment is from last years stash as is the ribbon
  • Bow Easy for bow (a must have for me) I'm doing good to tie tennis shoe laces
  • CM Corner punch
Can't wait to see what you create with this wonderful image this week. Now hop on over to Paper Cupcakes to get your free image and then link your creation to the challenge blog.  Thanks so very much for stopping by to visit and I hope to see you again soon. Hope you have the time to leave me a comment so I'll be sure to stop by your blog and see what's new with you.
"Hugs" Carol

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Dry Embossing Challenge at For Fun

The challenge at For Fun this week is to use dry embossing on your project, any kind, anywhere, as long as something is dry embossed. You want to make sure you stop by the challenge blog to see all the wonderful creations and inspiration by the design time just for you.

For some reason this was a hard card for me to do cause I really don't do much dry embossing even though there are LOTS of Cuttlebug embossing folders available but I never know what to do with them once they are embossed. Most of my cards are 6" x 6" and the embossed folders won't do a whole page. OH well, I got it done and I kinda like it.

I've been seeing some beautiful white on white cards and wanting to do one, thanks to Olga and Patti for the inspiration. Yep, it's white even though it looks grey. I've either got to get a light box or get a new camera.......ggggggrrrrr. Maybe after the holidays.

Supplies used:
  • Swiss dot and ??? Cuttlebug folders
  • White card stock
  • Gold Spica pen to outline the houses
  • White lace from Really Reasonable Ribbons
  • MS Snowflake punch
  • Snowflakes and dots covered with stickles
That's it from me today. Hope you stop by the For Fun Challenge Blog and enter your card for the challenge this week.  If you have time to leave me a comment it will be much appreciated and I'll be over to see what's new on your blog. Thanks so much for stopping by.
I appreciate you much more than you know. 
"Hugs" Carol

Monday, November 8, 2010

Christmas Tradition?

At Paper Cupcakes this week DT member Debbie has challenged us to make a Christmas card using non-traditional colors. The colors I chose were teal and plum but they aren't showing up here at those colors--darn camera. I still kinda like the way it turned out though.  The design team have created some awesome cards for your inspiration so I hope you will stop by the challenge blog then create your card to enter this weeks challenge.  You are not required to use a Paper Cupcakes image but there is a free one there should you decide you want to use it.
Looking forward to seeing your project.

Here are the items I used to create this card:
  • DP KaiserCraft Utopia
  • Spellbinder's Labels 9
  • Copics: G24-21-20-94-99; BG05-07-0000; RV99-95-93-91
  • DecoArt Texture, Diamond Glaze, Crystal glitter for the icing
  • Glossy Accents to give dimension to the berries and candy
  • Pine cones, poinsettias & ornament from stash
  • MS branch punch
  • Mermaid Stickles
Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope to see you again real soon.  I am also entering this card in Stamp Something Sketch Challenge this week. Hope to see your entry at Paper Cupcakes this week.
"Hugs" Carol

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Daisy Doodle's "Snow in Love" Sponsors For Fun

Here is my DT card this week at For Fun Challenges. Helen challenges us to use metal on our cards or projects this week which can be any metal (brads, aluminum, tin, tags, etc.) so dig out those metal pieces you know you've been dieing to use and let's see them on entry this week.

We are sponsored by Daisy Doodles this week and if  you want to know what the prize is you'll need to hop on over to the For Fun Challenge Blog to see all the great cards created for you by the DT.  Be sure to check out the link cause Daisy Doodles is having a Christmas Raffle you won't want to miss out on.

I had planned to play in some challenges this week but haven't made it yet. Been busy helping my daughter out with her business books and files and it's taking longer than I thought it would take. Probably because since I retired five years ago I haven't kept up with the new technology and all of the software I used is now obsolete. So, trying to learn the new software is challenging to say the least.  Family first and hobbies second for awhile.  I know I better get my buns busy and get some cards made or I'm going to be buying them this year and that is something I DO NOT want to do.

What I used to create this card:
  • Daisy Doodles "Snow in Love" Digi image
  • Digi Paper & CM Metallic Silver
  • Black/Silver Tin Sheet cut with Spellbinder's frame die and burnished
  • MS Branch punch - Scroll punch
  • Brads from stash covered with Xmas Red Stickles - Poinsettia's from stash - Stardust Stickles and Dew Drops for buttons
I really had a lot of fun making this card. The most challenging for me was trying to figure out how to use that tin paper I've had for years that came in a kit with tools, etc.  I'd taken the tools out and put them all in a box with the accessories and the tins so I have no idea where I got them or who made them.  Now I'm going to have to try and find a tutorial someone on You Tube to figure out how they are really suppose to be used.

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

psst.  For those of you that read all of this post the prize is a $10 gift certificate to Daisy Doodles and you'll even get raffle tickets with your purchase............

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

I Got "TUDE"

One of my best blogging friends Patti, presented me with this awesome new award. Thanks GF!! If you follow all the directions that come with it, you can receive a $5.00 gift certificate from Digi's With Attitude. I checked it out and let me tell ya, these digis do have attitude.
You can find all the details to get your gift certificate here.

One of the rules of the award is that you must tell 3 unknown facts about yourself:
  1. Just ordered the new Tim Holtz die cut machine as my Christmas present from hubby (he doesn't know it yet)  LOL - me bad
  2. I'm taking an online QuickBooks class (it's a nightmare)
  3. Going to bed earlier and getting up earlier (before noon) hard to do since I'm a nightowl
Now I'm passing this on to five wonderful blogging friends.
  1. Eulanda
  2. Sylvia Anne
  3. Lisa
  4. Dru
  5. Kym
"Hugs" Carol

Monday, November 1, 2010

I Couldn't Wait Any Longer

I'm so excited that the holiday season is just around the corner that I had to redo my blog to really get me into the spirit of Christmas shopping and doing all those wonderful and fun things one does during the season. I like to have our home decorated and all my shopping done by Thanksgiving  so I can really enjoy baking, wrapping packages, and spending time with friends.  Like that ever really happens, you notice I said "like"......LOL

A huge THANK YOU to my blogging friend from British Columbia, Eulanda Silvey of Cards, Cards, and More Cards, for helping me with my blog today. She is a life saver and just as sweet as she can be.  Her blog is always so cute and her creations are really fabulous.  If you have a chance, hop on over and see all the wonderful inspiration she creates for all of us.  She is one talented and unique lady.  Don't forget to check out that colorful and adorable new Christmas blog look she has.

I'm getting geared up to play in some challenges this week so I hope to be seeing you daily. Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you like the new look.  It may change again next month, but for now, I'm lovin it as it is......... "Hugs" Carol

Magical Monday - Be Thankful

This week the challenge at Paper Cupcakes is by Jessie , "Be Thankful", is to create a Thanksgiving card or Thank you card.  I've used this image by Nina (Oh Dear, It's Christmas) in the past and just love coloring it. I think it's just so sweet and sends a message of friendship. This thank you note will be included on a homemade goodie bag to a very special friend of mine. Glad she doesn't have a computer so she can't sneak a peek........LOL  Be sure you take the time to see the wonderful creations by the design team to inspire you to join us this week at Paper Cupcakes.

Can you believe it's the first of November............YIKES........ where did this year go? A few more blinks of the eyes and it will be 2011. Time passes so quickly when we get older. Enjoy each precious day and moment of your life, especially during the holiday season and time spent with family.

Card was super simple this week, cut out on the Cricut using Bag, Tag, Boxes & More.  The paper and embellishments are from my stash and the image was colored with Copics.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon. Don't forget to leave me a comment so I can come by and visit to see what's new on your blog.
Looking forward to seeing your creation for the challenge at Paper Cupcakes this week.
"Hugs" Carol