Friday, May 27, 2011

Graduation Card

Gee, it's been another week since I posted anything.  For some reason time is moving too quickly for me to keep up with.  I'd planned to post this in the challenge at MelJens but missed getting it in on time.  The Graduation Mouse is by Mel and I think the sentiment is by Mel or by Raindrop Echo and purchased at Whimsy Stamps. The story behind the card is that my youngest grandson graduated from college this month and I didn't want anything foo foo like I usually make so kept it pretty simple.  Mizzou's colors are black and gold so that is the basis for the card.  I just love this digi by Mel!

I do have several images I'm working on and challenges but I'm at the point not sure what to finish first......lol  I'ts been crazy around here this month with all the horrible storms, tornados, birthdays, graduations, spring yard manicuring, and just life in general.  Here is a picture of the inside of the card with the box I made for the card.  Blocked my mushy grandma good wishes....  Even shed a few tears when I made this as my baby grandson is all grown up now and going on to face the challenges of the real world. 
Hope you have the time to leave me a note so I can hop on over to visit.  I've been trying to at least get around to visit everyone this week, especially those that have left comments on my other 2 posts.  Going hopping as soon as this is posted to see what else I've missed out on.....

Have a safe and happy holiday weekend.
Don't forget to thank and honor our veterans and wounded warriors for helping to keep you safe, keeping our country free, and making the ultimate sacrifice.
God Bless the USA!
"Hugs" Carol (Granny)

Saturday, May 21, 2011

WHEW - What a Fantastic Party & Update

Here is the cake I had ordered and think Bev did a fantastic job decorating. Everything is made from scratch.  Matches the colors on the card.....lol  The glass she can save and the decorated piece is plastic that can be washed and put in the scrapbook I'm going to make for her.  I hope she saved me a piece of the chocolate layer cause when we left it hadn't been cut.

I think she really enjoyed the party and seeing all of her old friends from years past.  We had the best Mexican food I think I've ever eaten, so for those of you that live close to Kansas City give the Rancho Grande a try for some tasty authentic food.  Even taught the bartender how to make a White Russian while waiting on the food to go.......lol  I'd forgotten just how good they tasted.

I'll be posting the pictures I took on Facebook in just a little bit if you'd like to see more. 

I think I've made it around to visit all of you that have left comments the past few days and those of you that I normally visit daily.  If I've missed you I'm so sorry and if you'll leave me a comment I'll hop right on over later today or this evening to say hi.  Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the moments of life that are so precious.
"Love & Hugs" Carol (Granny)

Please scroll down if you missed seeing the card.

Friday, May 20, 2011

OMG - She's 50!

This has been one of those weeks that has been wild and chaotic around here and today is no exception.  As soon as I get this posted I'm off to pick up the food and the big 50th birthday bash at my daughter's house.  Not a lot of time for the deets on this project so if you are interested in them please let me know and I'll edit this as soon as I can get back to it this weekend.

First I need to apologize for not being around the past few days and commenting on your blogs but this party and all the prep has really taken a lot of my time, especially with the eye problems I've been having.  GOOD NEWS, I got my glasses today and so far no headache and no blurred vision........YEAH!!!!!

No time to chat so here are the other two pictures, one of the inside and one of the box and card together.  I hope you like the card cause I think it's kinda cute since the theme of the party is "Margaritas and Fajitas".  I'm entering this card into the challenge at GraphicCat Creations.   A BIG THANK YOU to Eulanda (click on the link to see her card) for the inspiration for this card and the link to GraphicCat for the images.

Inside of Card with text blocked!  Too personal and mushy......LOL
Here is the box and the card.  Wouldn't have been complete without the box!

Thanks so very much for stopping by and I promise I'll get around to all of you sometime this weekend for comments.  I've missed you all and seeing your creations.  You are my family from afar!
"Love & Hugs" Carol (Granny)

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

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother's Day Has Arrived

A very Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful Mother's throughout the land and abroad.

My card today is for the sketch challenge at Bell'n Whistles.  I think I figured out today why I love Elizabeth Bell images so much and it's because her images remind me of my only daughter when she was small.  Childhood memories of my daughter are so much better than my childhood memories.....LOL
I thought this stamp was from SCAD and just found out it's from B'nW......so guess I'm going to miss the challenge at SCAD this week............(sobs)  And to think, I just got 3 news stamps from there this week and didn't use one of them.  I'll play next week unless I have some free time tomorrow.

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Tip Top Tuesday - Open Challenge
Sweet Stampin Challenge Blog - Childhood Memories

The new image is called "A Blossom For You".  Now she just can't get much cuter and sweeter than this for a Mother's Day card.  Oh what wonderful memories I have!  Blossom was colored with Copics with a few different colored Stickles added for some extra sparkle.  The butterflies were cut out of vellum with the MS Butterfly punches, added Yellow Stickles to the edges and pearls for the center. The sentiment was computer generated, cut with a Spellbinder's die and edged in Star Dust Stickles. The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the fluorish is from my dear friend Olga.  Everything else is from my stash.

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 to hop over to visit and see what's new with you.

Enjoy this wonderful Mother's Day and be sure to spend some time with family cause that's what life is all about.
"Hugs" Carol (Granny)

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Her First Mother's Day Card

Little longer post than normal so grab something to drink, sit back and relax so you get all the details.

This is a Mother's Day card for my granddaughter-in-law who is expecting her first child in September.  I thought this Elizabeth Bell image (Pregnant Willow) from Whiff of Joy was the perfect image for this occasion.  It's been a long time (at least it seems like a long time to me) since I've entered a card for a WOJ Challenge.  I really loved the sketch this week and knew I wanted to use this stamp for her card.  The wooden bench is also an EB image and from WOJ.

Here is the sketch by Jane at the WOJ Challenge Blog.
I kept this card pretty simple this time, rotated the sketch so my image would fit and added a few extra goodies.  Trying to keep within the range of the colors of the baby's room but since I haven't seen it yet, not sure I'm really on track........lol

Here is the inside of the card and I apologize that it is so blurry but it's the best I could do. Guess the old camera decided to do it's own thing.  I used the poem "A Mother's Love" by Helen Steiner Rice.  It's always been one of my favorite poems.

The next entry is for the challenge at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge "Mums the Word".  I'm also entering this card in the challenge at The Paper Shelter #11 Ode to Mom's except the card will not qualify for the prize because I did not use one of their stamps. Read the rules too late!

Card Deets:
  • DP is from Ella Blue paper pack with matting SU Early Espresso
  • Images by Elizabeth Bell from Whiff of Joy and colored with Copics
  • Lace and flowers from WOC, lace dyed with E77 Copic, Star Dust Stickles on Flowers
  • Ribbon, diamond ring and corner embellies are from my stash
  • Sentiments are computer generated
  • Copics used for Dress: G82, 40, & 20 highlighted with Spica Melon pen; Hair: E27, 18, 15, 09 & YR21;  Skin: E21, 00 000, & R 20; Bench: E79, 77, 74, 71, 70
Thanks so very much for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon.  Hope you have the time to leave me a comment so I'll be sure and come visit to see what's new with you and your wonderful creations.
"Hugs" Carol (Granny)