Friday, August 26, 2011

Sweet Summer Days

The weekend has officially arrived and the KC Chief's are losing to the Ram's in the Governor's Cup so I decided it was time to get some work done instead of yelling my lungs out where no one can hear me except hubby and the 

I should know better than to try and take night pictures and have then turn out good but it's been awhile since I posted and didn't want you all to think I'd flown the coop.  I really have been busy getting some DT cards done for September and the posts scheduled so I can play in a few more challenges next month.

The challenges I'm entering with this card are:
Bells'n Whistles - Anything Goes - you must use an Elisabeth Bell image
Copic Creations - Blue/Green
Elphine House - We All Scream for Ice Cream

Card Deets:
  • Image: Elisabeth Bell Sweet Summer Days from Bells'n Whistles
  • DP Bo Bunny, Bazzill, SU
  • Coloring Medium: Copics (See Picture below)
  • Grass Die/Pine Flower Soft
  • WOC Flowers, MS Bough punch, MS Butterfly punch, Spellbinders dies
It's 3rd quarter and we finally got a TD so I'm off to watch the rest of the ballgame and yell my silly lungs out since we are only down 4 points.  

Hope you have the time to leave me a comment so I'll be sure and come visit real soon.  Will be checking on you this weekend for sure.
Love & Hugs, Carol 

Friday, August 19, 2011

Jingle Bells

TGIF.....Hope you all aren't getting tired of Christmas Cards yet cause I am sure going to have a bunch more to share with you before Christmas.....For some reason this year I am so into making Christmas cards and I think it's because I didn't send out one card last year or my Christmas letter and was scolded by a few dear friends so I figure if I get them done early, my notes written, etc., that I will get them in the mail.....I know, I'm sooooo bad!!!

I've fallen in love Jingle Bells and finally found it, thanks to Lynda at Bells'n Whistles.  And, can you believe it got here in time, all the way from Quixotic Paperie, for me to use for the Elisabeth Bell's World Challenge, Christmas in July Challenge.  I'm sure they have more in stock if can't wait until it's available again soon at B'nW.  I am submitting this card for the following challenges:

Totally Papercrafts Challenge - Christmas in August
Winter Wonderland - Cards for Men/Boys

As you can see my card is pretty simple this time as I didn't want anything to distract from this adorable image and the DP.  The Merry Christmas is not showing up as well as I would have liked as I used Gold Metallic ink and sentiment from ODBD but it looks pretty in real life.  I did add a few red gems so the easel part of the card would stand up without falling over.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I sure hope to see you again soon.  If you have the time to leave me a comment I'll be sure to stop by and visit.  I'm pretty sure I've gotten around to everyone from my last few posts and then some, but sure didn't have time to get around to some of you that I really wanted to visit.  I'll keep trying though as time permits.  Have a fantastic weekend and keep crafting!
"Love & Hugs" Carol

Monday, August 15, 2011

CCAYR - August DT Card 3


This is my last card this month for the challenge at Christmas Cards All Year Round.  I had hoped to get 2 more done but it didn't happen, mainly because we are on holiday.  I've scheduled this and sure hope it makes it on line.  Never know about blogger. 

If you haven't already joined us this month at CCAYR, please hop on over to the challenge blog for all the details.  You still have until August 31 to get your entries submitted.  For those of you that have played along with us this month, I'm so glad to see that you have joined us and look forward to more of your wonderful entries. If I haven't stopped by to visit your post I'll be sure and do that as soon as I get back.  If you've left me a comment on a post while I've been gone you will be first on my list to visit.  I know I'm really going to miss everyone and will be excited to see you when we get back.

Have a wonderful week and I hope to see you on Wednesday.
Much Love & Hugs, Carol

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Taking A Holiday


Thought I'd pop in and let everyone know that we are taking our 2 babies on a little holiday.  The workmen are finally finishing up the front of our house, the car is back from the shop and looks brand new after getting all the hail damage fixed.  I think the electrical issue is finally under control, and Conley's son John has moved into his own condo so we are 1 adult and 2 dogs less.  Most of my major projects are wrapped up except for a few DT cards and I need to rejuvenate my mojo before starting those. I will probably take my laptop but never sure about internet connection when camping.  Really looking forward to sitting by the lake and getting some fishing done with a blank

Will be catching up with you all when we get back so keep those gorgeous creations coming and I'll see ya all real soon.
"Love & Hugs" Carol

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Woo Hoo - Invites are done!

Just poppin in to say "Hi", welcome my new followers, and thank all of you for your wonderful comments during the Bells'n Whistles Customer Blog Hop.  I hope you got around to every one's blog because there are some gorgeous and inspirational cards out there.  If you completed the hop, don't forget to check
the Bells'n Whistles Inspirational Blog on Friday to see if you are one of the lucky winners of the prizes along the way or maybe even the JackPot.

Finally finished the baby shower invitations for one of my daughter's friends.  Not really what I would have chosen but it's what she wanted so I sure hope she likes them.  Actually, I think ALL 65 turned out pretty cute, but boy, I don't care if I never see another pail with geometrics on it for  The pail shape is an svg file I got from, OMG...... I can't find the link or the name of the person from where I got it.  I am so sorry!!!  It was resized in MTC and cut on my cutter.  All of the shapes were also cut out and glued together for dimension including the handle.  Really wasn't much to it except all the gluing and putting everything together.  I created the information on the pail shaped tag in Publisher and inserted into the pail.  I can't even imagine sending out that many baby shower invitations for one party so I sure hope they have a good turn out and lots of fun. 

Most of time for the past couple of days have been spent visiting and commenting on every one's blogs that have left comments and on all the BnW blog participants.  If I haven't been around to visit you during all this activity, please leave me a comment and I'll be over before ya know it.  I don't want to miss any of your amazing creations or see what's new with you.

That's it from me for tonight but I'll be back soon.  Tomorrow is hump-day, as we retirees use to say when in the working world, so enjoy the rest of the week, stay safe, and keep creating.
"Love & Hugs" Carol

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Belles 'n Whistles" All Customer Blog Hop"

Welcome to the Belles ‘n Whistles “All Customer Blog Hop”.  I am so excited to be a part of this special release. Along this hop you will find some new releases. And we, as customers of Belles ‘n Whistles, get to play along using any of our favorite BnW Stamps…

Today we are celebrating the rebirth of the darling SweetArt girls designed by none other than Artist Elisabeth Bell. Belles ‘n Whistles now has a total of 17 SweetArt girls in their store. They were just too beautiful to be left sitting in the archives. Elisabeth Bells talent deserves better than storage, don’t you think?
If you have just popped in, it would be great if you started at the beginning, and hopped along with us. You will find the master list of participants over on the Belles ‘n Whistles Inspirational Blog. To keep things easy, please follow that list and leave a comment on each blog. Do you know why? Because YOU could win a stamp from Belles ‘n Whistles, just for leaving some love along the way. There will be FIVE winners chosen randomly from comments that have been left along the way.
No one knows who’s blog the winners will come from.
So sit back, grab a cup of coffee, tea, Lemonade, or your favorite beverage and enjoy all the fun and exciting things we, the Belles ‘n Whistles Customers, have to share with you today.
Keeping Card Deets short this time:  Image EB's Christmas Door from Belles'n Whistles - CLP Sketch - DP from stash - colored with Copics - Gold & Crystal Stickles - Embossing Folder - Poinsettia & Holly Leaves from WOC - Gems from stash - Modeling clay for the snow & stickles. I am entering this card in the following challenges:
CLP Sketch Challenge #39  Minus The sentiment
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes *metal optional

Thanks so very much for stopping by and I sure hope you have the time to leave me a comment so I don't miss seeing what's new and creative on your blog.  You never know, this could be the one with a freebie EB stamp for you.  Now be sure you head on over the Belles ‘n Whistles “All Customer Blog Hop”  to see all the wonderful creations by the DT and customers of Belles'n Whistles to have a chance to win one of Elisabeth Bell amazing stamps.  You have until August 10th, 11:59 CET  Time Zone to complete the hop for your chance to win some gorgeous Elisabeth Bell Stamps.
"Love & Hugs" Carol

Friday, August 5, 2011

Pink and Blue at Elphine House

Don't know what's wrong me but I keep hitting the wrong darn button and the post goes live before I'm ready.  Sorry!!

Challenge #2 at Elphine House and what a fun one it is and so easy peasy, Pink and Blue. There are so many different shades of each available for your own interpretation of pink/blue.  Only requirement to play along is that you must use an Elisabeth Bell image to qualify for the prize.  As long is it is drawn by Elisabeth it works for the challenge and you all know how much I love Elisabeth's images. One of my favorite NEW challenge blogs.

I'm trying to develop a style that I love with my own interpretation of that style, and boy, I'm finding it a little challenging, but I'll get there sooner or later. Think maybe a class on flower arranging and embellishing would work?? LOL

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:
Wild Orchid Crafts - Beary Special
Stamptacular Sunday - Friends are Heaven Sent!
Anything Goes - (Metal Optional)

Onto the card deets and then I'm outta here until Monday except for getting around to visiting everyone for a little inspiration this weekend and to see all the wonderful, new creations by you, and then just to say "HI".  Things have been wild around here so I haven't gotten around as much I'd have liked lately but you'll see me this weekend for sure.
  • Elisabeth Bell Digital Pati's Kisses  Image colored with Copics - I love this one!
  • Older Sketch #41 from Sketch & Stash
  • Cheery Lynn Italian Die
  • MS Butterfly punch & Bough punch
  • Stickles and Viva Decor Pearl Pen
  • Flowers and lace from WOC, such beautiful flowers and lace
Thanks so very much for stopping by and if you have the time to leave me a comment you"ll be the first stop on my list for a visit.  Have a wonderful, fun, and amazing weekend!
"Love & Hugs" Carol

Thursday, August 4, 2011

CCAYR - August Card 2

Hi Everyone, well I'm back early with my second card for CCAYR this month and also a picture of the inside.  I've got a few posts scheduled and really like to have a day or two between before they go live so thought I would go ahead and share this one with you.  I so hope you have the time to join us at CCAYR this month as I'd love to see some of your creations for Christmas. 

The challenge this month at Christmas Cards All Year Round gives you so many wonderful options of things to choose to put on your card that the possibilities are endless:

Hand Stitching
Textured paper (embossed is good)
Metal embellishments
Alphabet stickers or rub ons for the sentiment

Inside of card

Card Deets:
  • Chipboard
  • Ribbon
  • Metal
  • Textured cardstock fence with Flower Soft
  • DP Webster Pages
  • Stickers -  sled, reindeer, stockings embellishments from my stash
  • Poinsettia and corner metal embellishment from WOC
Did you notice that there is no stamping or coloring on this card.
Boy, this one was a challenge for me.......LOL

If you haven't stopped by the CCAYR Challenge Blog yet to see the rest of the amazing cards by my DT sisters sure hope you can work it in soon.  There will be an additional post at CCAYR later in the month.

Thanks so very much for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon. If you have the time to leave me a comment I'll be sure that I come by and visit soon to see what's new with you.

"Love & Hugs" Carol

Monday, August 1, 2011

Christmas Cards All Year Round - DT Card #1

Can you believe it's August 1, 2011???  Only 4 months left to get your Christmas cards all done and what better way to get motived than playing in Christmas card challenges.  I know it sure gets me going because I don't have to figure out what I'm going to do, it's all right there to pick and choose.

The challenge this month at Christmas Cards All Year Round gives you so many wonderful options of things to choose to put on your card that the possibilities are endless:
Hand Stitching
Textured paper (embossed is good)
Metal embellishments
Alphabet stickers or rub-ons for the sentiment
Pick 4 items from the above list for each card you plan to make, of course you can use more if you like and embellish until your hearts content. For me too much is never enough......

Card Deets:
  • My first attempt at a tent card and I loved making it
  • DP is from Meg's Garden in Australia and the stripped paper on the inside I made by using CM Cranberry, strips of Score Tape and red glitter
  • The image is from Whimsy Stamps titled "Trimming the Tree" and colored with Copics. It was cut out so it could be used as an ornament and hung a with silver chain (metal)
  • The sentiment is from Raindrop Echo Designs, printed out and added to thin chipboard then cut again and enhanced with Copics
EDITED:  I've been asked about a tutorial for the tent card and I sincerely apologize for not putting it here to begin with

If you can get five cards made in August and post them via the CCAYR Mr. Linky you will be eligible to win the monthly prize.  They can all be the same as long as you submit a picture showing all five cards or you can submit them one at a time and number each one when  you post it.  If life gets in the way, as it sometimes does, at least you'll still be a card ahead of the game even if you don't get all 5 done.  Best part, you can also play in other challenges and submit that card for 1 out of 5.  I'm so looking forward to seeing some of  your wonderful creations at CCAYR and hope you will join us.  I'll be back next Monday and each Monday in August with another card to share, but if  you can't wait, three are posted on the CCAYR blog right now.  Be sure you stop by to see what wonderful creations have been made by my DT sisters.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I sure hope you have the time to leave me a comment so I'll be sure and stop by to visit and see what's new with you.
"Love & Hugs" Carol (Granny)