Saturday, May 14, 2011

New Beginnings

It seems like forever since I've posted or been around to visit everyone.  My eyes have been holding me back from doing a lot because of the headaches and blurry vision. Things are finally looking up!  I saw a specialist last Tuesday in KC and there is nothing detatched from the retina in my right eye.  YAHOO!!!  Once I get my new glasses, which should be by next Friday, things will be better.  Just need to keep watching the right eye and go back for another check up in a month to make sure all is well.  I'm using lubricated drops in the left eye (recommended by specialist) which has helped tremendously with the floaters, now don't ask me why, but who cares if works, right!

My card was created for three challenges this week:
SCAD, Friends With Heart - use paper piecing and one of their images
Wild Orchid Crafts - sketch and at least one of their products
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes #118

The image is from SCAD named "New Beginnings".  With a new great-grandbaby on the way I'm kindda into baby things right now...... The image is paper pieced with scraps from my  drawer and that not pieced is colored with Copics. Added Glossy Accents to her shoes for that black patent look.  I've had the vellum paper for heavens knows how long and no idea where it came from.  I do know I've haven't seen any like this for a very long time as it is embossed by the manufacturer.  If any of you know where this type of vellum can be found I'd sure appreciate it if you'd let me know.  Here is a closer look at the image.

The sketch is from WOC and I've added so much to it not sure you can see the sketch....Just can't seem to get enough foo foo...LOL  I decided to make my first shadow box for the image and not really happy with the way it turned out but I spent so much time trying to figure it out I was going to use it anyway.  All of the flowers, stick pins, and the lace are from WOC Store with MS branch punch for greenery.  I truly liked this sketch!

There are so many gorgeous entries at Crafty Creations Challenges and it's a fantastic challenge blog so check it out when you get time.  Lots of inspiration there and so many fantastic designers.

Well, that's it for me today folks.  Going to try and play again today in the craftroom and see what damage I can do down there.  Thanks so much for stopping by and I sure hope you have the time to leave me a comment so I make sure to stop by and visit to see what's new with you.

Have a wonderful weekend!
"Hugs" carol


Stef H (Glitterbabe) said...

oh carol... isn't there a song there - lol. this is darling. i just love the lace!

hugs :)

Gloria Westerman said...

This is lace....and flowers....awesome glad to have you back and seeing better.....tfs

Thea said...

So pretty. Such a special card for someone! Glad you are feeling better.

The Other Patti Sue said...

So happy things are looking up for you my friend! I was wondering where you were hiding!Your card is absolutely amazing! Super adorable image and colored to perfection!

Danni said...

Beautiful card!! Wow!! Just so pretty! Thank you for playing along with SCACD Friends with Heart!!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Hi Carol! Glad your vision and headaches are improving!! Your card is stunning!! I just love the lace, flowers, and the recessed frame with the darling image!! Too cute!

Rufus said...

Great news on the eyes! Now you just need the new glasses. Pretty card today. Love the lace and flowers.

Sudha - Art Admirer said...

wow pretty creation.

Lorraine said...

This is beautiful! Love all of the paper piecing on the image! And those flowers and flourishes are gorgeous. Thanks for playing along with SCACD Friends with Heart!

Nightowl said...

Stunning card my friend! The freshness of the white is perfect for any new little one and huge congratulations on knowing that you have a new grandchild on the way. The cascading flower arrangements down the side of the recessed image is beautiful and I little the little florishes peeking over the top.
Excellent news about the floaters in your eye and agree if the drops are working, to keep using it. I bet your on a count down waiting for your new glasses.
*Love and Hugs*

Marion said...

Wow! Fabulous card Carol. Love the cute image and gorgeous colouring.

Renkata said...

OMG Carol you have done an amazing job with paper peicing.
I just love her outfit.
Thanks for join us this week at SCACD Friends with Hearts.

Sue W said...

Wow this is fabulous Carol!!!

Mary Lou said...

Hi There Carol:) WOW this is adorable~~love the paper piecing and so glad you joined us again at SCACD Friends with Heart!!!
Hun your card is so pretty~~Well done--remember we are our worst critics :) I like the foo foo :)
Glad your eyes are doing better and pray they heal completely!!


Firstly, huge Congratulations on your "baby" news Carol - how fabulous!
Your card is stunning - it's like looking into a window at a beautiful scene. The paper piecing is superb and I love that delicious lace! Hope your eye problem continues to improve. Hugs, Sylvia xxx

marilynprestonn said...

Love this adorable image. What a cutie pie and the beautiful lace is just what this card needed. Well done with the Crafty Creations Challenge and thank you for playing with us. :)Peggy

Patti P. said...

Hey there lady...what an absolutely beautiful card....such a darling image. I love the shadowbox, I have never made one of these and I love all your added extras. This is a fun sketch, tfs. Hope you had a great weekend.

Sassylassy said...

Hi Carol. OMGoodness your card is absolutely precious. Awesome job on your paper piecing and creating this awesome sweet shadow box. It's beautiful I love how you have the flowers and leaves around it. I might add that's some lovely lace.

Oh your expecting a great grandbaby. Ahhh that is just fabulous. I have three grandchildren of my own and would love oodles more. There is nothing like being a grandparent.
I'm glad your eye appointment went well with nothing being detached. Thank goodness.

Hugs Bonnie

Eulanda said...

WOW CAROL! This has got to be one of my favorites! Love the flowers on each side. Looks so much like a window. The lace is gorgeous too. LUV IT! And so glad your eyes are getting better. YAY! Hugs!

Olga said...

your card is breath taking!!!! I love the lace and all the flowers, you take care of them good talking with you yesterday!!!

Vanja said...

Oh, this is beautiful! I love the image.

marilynprestonn said...

Sorry for the confusion. My actual name is Peggy. Marilynprestonn is a username I started using when I first started on the web and I kept it 'cause it sounds cool. LOL

Thank you for commenting on my card and so glad to know that I did make you smile. :)Peggy

Pattie said...

So adorable and great job on all that paper-piecing! Thanks for playing along with us at the SCACD Friends with Heart Challenge!

Grace said...

Hi Carol! Oh my word this is so adorable!!! I just love everything about it!!! The vellum is a beautiful soft touch and your paper piecing is wonderful! LOVE the WO flowers!!! I so need to order some of them! Glad the news is good on your eyes and hoping things continue to improve with the new glasses! That's one of my next "things" to get fixed! LOL! Have a wonderful day!

Georgei said...

Hello Carol
Well what can I say this is so beautiful I love it and the paper piecing wow,like that ribbon lace
well i can keep on going ect.... love it
glad that your eye is geting better so let see what the glasses
well do
have a good day

Libby Streed said...

Hello Carol--You've done it once again...another lovely card with so many layers of details and such a complimentary array of colors. I'm weak for flowers, too, especially with glitter on them...seemingly making them somewhat my eyes naturally gravitate toward them. Then I couldn't help but notice the foliage detail as well...perfect leaves for the flowers and grass to support the focal image as well. I never would have thought to do that. The little girl peeking in to the baby's stroller reminds me of when I used to peek into my baby sister's crib because I loved her so much. So, in a nutshell, the beauty and sweetness of this card all mean one thing: love. Thank you for sharing another one of your fabulous cards.

Amelia said...

Such a beautiful card, Carol. The lace and flowers are gorgeous and the image is so cute. Well done,
Amelia X

Antoinette said...

Hello Carol my dear friend, I am happy that you are getting much better...blogland is abit quieter when you are not around and we miss you :) I've not been very active myself this passed week but that's because my son has come back from Holland and had alot of catching up to do! In just 3 months he has grown up so much...(it's kinda scary)but they can't stay little forever can, you did it again with another adorable creation, so beautiful, doesn't look like you've had any trouble at all with your ickle baby in the cot & little girl are so darn cute and the colouring is exquisite. Love this so much. Looking forward to many more pieces of art hun!! Hugs Annie xXx

Anonymous said...

Oh this is truly so sweet Carol!! I love the image and your paper piecing!! Thanks for sharing! Smiles, *Vicki*

Wendy Ramlakhan said...

Great news about your eyes!! :) This card is just adorable, I love the frame you've created around the image and paper piecing too.