Monday, August 30, 2010

It's Magical Monday Challenge Time at TMIA/PCC

Marie Bridgeman brings us this weeks challenge at TMIA/PCC. She would like to see us use any acquired Paper Cupcake's Image and use no patterned paper on your project. You can emboss, stamp, score etc. to make a pattern, but no store bought pattern paper.  The design team have created some awesome inspiration for you so hop on over TMIA/PCC to see their works of wonder.
We sure hope you can play along with us this week!!!

I created this small note card to send to a friend of mine across the oceans and thought the lighthouse image by Nina would be perfect. Image was colored with Copics, sage ultrafine Flower Soft was added to the top of the hill and the mesas. I think I've finally gotten the water technique down to where I'm pleased with the way it turns out........finally.....LOL  What do you think?  The sky was sponged with Memento Sky Blue ink. The sentiment was computer generated and then cut with a Spellbinder's die and sponged with Sky Blue. Pretty easy project for me this week.

Thanks 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.  I'm really hoping you can play along with us this week. It would mean so much to me to see some of my followers participating in this challenge. I love ya all as you make my days complete and give me a reason to keep creating.
"Hugs" Granny (Carol)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Anything Goes -- with Ribbon & Lace EDITED 8/29/10

I'm so sorry I didn't realize there was a prize for participating this week at For Fun and am updating this post to show what you can win by playing along with us.

Happy Wednesday!
This week we have a great challenge for you at For Fun sponsored by Craft Brulee.  Anything goes - but - you must use a ribbon of some type somewhere on your card or project.
That's it, easy-peasey.

OMG, you've just got to go see what the design team at For Fun has come up with. Talk about some fantastic inspirational projects - they've really got it together. Please check it out cause I know ya won't be disappointed when you see the lovely altered art bird cage by Amelia
That's the only sneak peek from me tonight...........LOL

The DP is from Once Upon a Time paper pack, I think from DCWV.  The beautiful flower is from Craft Brulee.  Now don't faint - I've put sentiments on my card this time (I can't believe it either) but I wanted that flower to be the main focus on the card.  The stamps are one of the first ones I purchased a long time ago and I have no idea where they came from.  They were stamped with embossing ink and then heat set with Ranger Ultra Fine Gold embossing powder.  I added gold Stickles to each corner of the die cut for that extra bling.  Then to top it off, I wanted the amber heart gems from my stash to come as close to matching the center stone on the flower so I covered them with Lime Green Stickles.  

A BIG thank you to Marie at Paper Cupcakes for this fantastic sketch.  Thanks a bunch Marie!!!!

That's it from me this morning - short and sweet.  Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope to see ya again soon.  Hope you have the time to leave me a comment so I can pop on over and see what lovely new creations are on your blog.  Hope I've made sense cause I'm pooped tonight!
"Hugs" Granny (Carol)

Monday, August 23, 2010

Punch IT - Any Kind - Anywhere

What a great challenge this week by Jessie at Paper Cupcakes. All ya gotta do is punch! Use any acquired image from PCC and type of punch on your project:  border, flower, leaves, corner, heart, etc., etc.  This week the design team is highlighting "Joyful Ride" by Nina, so be sure to head over PCC to see the inspiration the design team has created for you.  Can't wait to see what you create for the challenge.

Wouldn't you love to win this punch??? Well, all ya gotta do is play along with us this week at PCC and maybe Inlink will draw your name.  I love this punch for making flowers!

The background paper is digi paper from Ducky Designs - got to tell ya - I'm loving these digi papers - especially since I've learned how to convert jpg to semi-transparent png files.  Nothing like a party in the grass..... Joyful Ride is such a fun image to color.  Punches: MS Deco Fan corner and edge, EK Swirl Fluorish punches from stash paper.  Mulberry flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, branch leaf punch  from MS.   Copics: V000-01-17-12; Y00-02; R00-01-02; G82; R29-39 YR18; C5-7  Snail: R30; Blk 110; VO1-17-12; E0000-000-00-11-15-21-27. Glossy Accents was used on the snail shell and the balloon. Stickles; Yellow, Fruit Punch, Grape Ice

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit. I'd sure love to see you play along with us this week at Paper Cupcakes.  Hope you have the time to leave me a comment so I can come visit your blog and see what's new with you.  Hope you had a fantastic weekend!
"Hugs" Granny (Carol)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Blog Hop Candy Winner & PCC 1/2 Price Digi's

Wow, wasn't that a great blog hop with all new digi's and great free sketches by the DTs!  Can't wait to see what Nina comes up with next for everyone.

Congrats to those two (2) lucky winners!!!  Suspense is brewing!!!!  Want to know if you won five (5) digi's of your choice from Nina at Paper Cupcakes?
Well, head on over to the TMITA/PCC blog to see who you are. 

Nina is putting 10 of her never before inked digi's on sale for 1 week at 1/2 price.  If you haven't gotten any digi's from PCC, there are some adorable ones for you to try.  So what's keeping you? Hop right on over and see some of these adorable images never before brought to life.  You can do it!!!

Candy Hop Winner
Congrats  ~~~Toni~~~ you won my candy of - 1 package of  6 x 6 Webster Pages and over 100 mixed Mulberry Flowers from Wild Craft Orchids along with a "Thank You" for participating. 
Toni, please send me your addy and I'll get these out to you right away. Thanks for playing along with us and commenting on all the DT blogs.

Kim also had Blog Hop Candy so don't forget to check it out on August 19th to see if you won there.

Thanks for stopping by and to all of you that played along with us I sure hope you had fun and that we'll be seeing some of those great sketches you picked up along the way.
"Hugs" Carol

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

For Fun Recipe Challenge

The challenge this week at For Fun is a recipe of 1 ribbon - 2 decorator papers - 3 embellies, and we'd sure love to have you play along with us.  Above is my card featuring Audrey Fishing image from The Stamping Boutique and colored with Copics. The text was computer generated.

I hope you take the time to hop on over to For Fun and get a peek at some fabulous cards created by the design team.

DP was created using Kaleli Designs Corner digi papers purchased in a bundle from Cool Scraps Digitals.  No, I'm not encouraging you try these because I wouldn't want you to get as addicted as I have become in the past week. Not sure I could ever find some of these beautiful papers in a store so I'm taking advantage of all the possibilities with digi papers. I've printed off the papers on InkJet cardstock and I am amazed at the quality of the print and the fact I didn't use as much ink as I would have had it been a photo. Copics also blend very well using this paper but I don't think its Linguin and Acid free. It sure works great for greeting cards though and I'm please with the way it turned out, except can't seem to get the water right.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Sure hope you have the time to leave me a short comment so I can come and visit you soon.
"Hugs" Granny (Carol)

Monday, August 16, 2010

Welcome to this weeks Paper Cupcakes Challenge

This weeks challenge is from Designer Gloria. You are to use any acquired image from PCC and the card  or layout must include a flower of some type made by you.  If  you haven't played along with us before there is a free digi image from Nina on the challenge blog you can use, or you can always visit the store and chose one of your favorites. There are several new images to pick from and they are delightful and fun. This week you have the opportunity to win this great prize.  Now who can't always use flowers!
BLOG HOP UPDATE:  Just a note to remind you that to be eligible to win my hidden candy you must complete the blog hop and leave a comment on each designers blog, including this one, and then sign up on Mr. Linky at the last blog on the hop (Nina).  You don't want to miss out on the chance to win Wild Orchard Crafts Mulberry flowers and a Webster Paper Pack now do you??  (sneak peek)  And better yet, you get the chance to win 5 FREE DIGI's.  It doesn't get much better than this,
PLUS, Kim has some great candy for a lucky participant.  You still have time to complete the hop. The winners will be announced August 18th, so get going, you still got plenty of time to hop, collect all those great sketchs from all the designers and see the new images.

Come play with us this week and share your talent and love for papercrafting.
We want to be a part of your team.

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit and I hope you have the time to leave me a comment so I can hop on over and see your new and wonderful creations.
"Hugs" Granny (Carol)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Nana Vic Goes Jet Skiing

Now what's more fun than jet skiing on a hot sunny day at a nice cool lake or from the beach? I can't think of anything cause I'm sure not getting in water where I can't see the bottom or what's in there.  Nope, no swimming for me unless it's in a nice clean pool somewhere, but I do love the ocean and boating and so does Nana Vic.

The sentiment and image were created by Vickie of Nana Vic's Studio.  DP is digi paper (I'm loving the option of using digi papers and semi-transparent png images). There are a bunch of great freebies out there for ya all.  Image was colored using Copics and real sea shells were added to the beach. There are so many great digi's from Nana Vic and she is creating more every week, so hop on over and pick your fancy.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon. I hope you have the time to leave me a little note to let me know you were here so I can come visit you soon.
"Hugs" Granny (Carol)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

"Make It Old" Challenge

Vickie is hosting her Nana Vic Challenge at CDAC today with this fantastic new image as a freebie for one of the lucky participants.  I just love her images!  If you scroll down through my blog you will see several of the digi's she has designed that I've loved bringing to life for her. You will also find several freebies at CDAC to play along or use one of your own.

Be sure to stop by Beecy's and Vickie's blog to check out their great projects.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon.  Please be sure to leave me a little blurp in the comment section so I can hop on over to visit soon or if you want the recipe.
Here's hoping to see your entry at CDAC.
"Hugs" Granny (Carol)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

"Tea Party, Sketch Blog Hop" & Surprise Candy

Welcome to PaperCupcakes first ever blog hop! There is some yummy hidden candy on my blog and great eye candy along  the way with each blog showcasing a NEW image by Nina and a FREE SKETCH for you.  To be eligible to win you must comment on all of the blogs with a your last comment being on Nina's blog to let me know you have completed the mission and then two (2) lucky random winners will also be eligible to win the grand prize of five (5) images of your choice from Paper Cupcakes.  Becoming a follower is not a requirement to be eligible to win but we would all love to have you join us.

This sketch is a freebie for you to use when and how you see fit. I hope you like it!
Just right click and save it to your computer.
Now here is my card using the above sketch and one of the brand new images from Nina at PCC titled
"Tea For Two"
Directions for the Hop:
You should have just arrived here from "Kim's" blog & after my blog your next stop is "Nilla's" blog. If you did not arrive from Kim's blog, please go back and start at the
Paper Cupcakes Challenge Blog.   ENJOY - HAVE FUN!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon.
I will be by to visit all of you soon.
"Hugs" Carol

Sunday, August 8, 2010

"Just Ducky" Lazing Around

EDITED:  I've been asked by so many of you how to make the flowers.  Well, I had to go back through a lot of blogs to find the tutorial and it was created by Selma at Selma's Stamping Corner.
Here is a link to her tutorial. 
Thanks Selma for the great inspiration!

Drue Cabral, DT member at There's Magic In The Air/Paper Cupcakes challenges us this week to use some type of sewing on our project. This was my  first time sewing on one of my cards cause I was always afraid it would ruin my sewing machine, but trust me, if you haven't sewed on one of your cards yet, it won't hurt your machine and didn't even dull my can barely see the yellow thread though.

This new image "Just Ducky" by Nina is soooooooo cute and if you'd like to have it, all you need to do is play along with us this week or visit the Paper Cupcakes store.  You must use an acquired image from Paper Cupcakes or the freebie from the challenge blog to be eligible to win.

Now hop on over to PCC to see the fantastic projects created by the Design Team.
This week the winner will be able to chose the image they want from the PCC store.
Don't forget to join us for the first TMIA/PCC blog hop coming August 11, 2010

My posts have been way too long lately, so to shorten them, I'm going to start leaving out the recipe.  If you would like to have it, please indicate that and be sure to leave me either your email or blog url in the comment section and I will be more than happy to share.

Thanks so very much for stopping by and I hope you take the time to leave me a comment so I can come over to visit you.  Have a fantastic week and be sure to join the challenge this week at PCC.
"Hugs" Granny (Carol)

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Cherry On Top Award-Thanks Olga

There's nothing any better than getting a gift from one of your blogging friends. I received this cute award from Olga and feel very honored. Thanks Olga for thinking of me!

Here are the rules for this Blog Award:
  • Thank the person who gave you this award.
  • Copy the award and put it on your blog.
  • List 3 things you love about yourself.
  • Post a picture you love.
  • Tag 5 people you wish to pass this award on to.
I love being honest and open
Being a mother and grandmother
Sharing my crafts

This picture was taken yesterday at the pool. It's my daugher and my granddaughter who is visiting from Texas along with her mother Brooke. Don't you think she looks enough like her Aunt Nikie that she could be her daughter? Definitely got her daddy's genes!
Passing this along to:

There are so many others to whom I would like to pass this gift on to so if you are a follower and visitor and would like to have this award, please feel free to add it to blog -  but you must follow the rules and pass it on.

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit and I hope to be seeing you soon. 
"Hugs" Granny (Carol) 

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Beach Baby's Summer Fun

Our challenge at For Fun this week is to make a water themed card for summer.  I chose digi "Beach Baby" from The Stampin Boutique. Isn't she just the cutest!!!
Be sure to head on over to For Fun to see the fantastic creations by the rest of the Design Team.

Kim over at Crafts by Kim did a tutorial on "Perfect Water". It looked so easy and the instructions were so easy to follow that I just had to try it.  Needless to say, I need more  It's a great technique and one I'm going to use for all of my cards where there is water but I think I'll pay more attention to details next time.  Got a little carried away with the Diamond Glaze so my ocean has LOTS of ripples... The image was colored with copics prior to using any techniques.  I printed out a few copies of the digi stamp then cut out the pail, shovel, and seas shells, colored with copies, and spritzed with Vanilla Shimmerz.  Ultrafine Sand Flower Soft was used for the beach and then the cut out images were glued into the sand with extra FS added so they would look somewhat buried.

Since I've never made a gate card I decided to make one for this challenge.  The DP is from my stash and some I had bought several years ago to make a scrapbook for our watergarden. I've looked everywhere for jute ribbon and finally found it at Really Reasonable Ribbons. Thought it would be perfect for this card. As always, no sentiment was added until I get ready to mail it to someone.

In case ya all haven't noticed, I'm a little bored with what I've been doing so I've been on a mission to learn new techniques and try new things lately.  Oh, how I'm missing my these new ventures probably won't last long. And, just to let you all know, I do not receive free products from the sites I mention in my posts to promote their products. If I like something I see or use, it's just nice to know where it can be purchased is the only reason I link them for you.  I've spent hours trying to find different products on the internet because our craft stores here just don't carry most of these products.  I've been trying to find some of the charms I see on cards but haven't found a site yet for them so if you know of anywhere to get small charms, please let me know.

The fingers are getting numb and I'm probably rambling from lack of sleep again. It's almost 2 am here so that's all from me for tonight.  Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon.
Hope you have the time to leave me a comment so I can come visit you soon.
"Hugs" Granny (Carol)

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Madelina Misses You at Paper CupCakes

This week at There's Magic In The Air-Paper Cupcakes we have a great challenge you won't want to miss out on. DT member, Amber Hillman, challenges us use 3 different patterned papers on our projects but you can sure use more if you wish.
If you don't have an imge from PCC please hop on over and grab the freebie on the challenge blog or go shopping at the Paper Cupcakes store .

You must use a Paper Cupcakes image to be eligible to win this great give away this week.

Be sure to hop on over to PCC to see the great inspiration by the Design Team.

I am so very honored to be the Guest Designer for the month of August and to be able to participate in the upcoming BLOG HOP August 11-18.  Each designer will be showcasing one the new collection of PCC "Tea Party" images by Nina. There will be lots of eye candy and prizes along the way so I hope you will join us.

 Brief Recipe:  DP Bo Bunny, Provo Craft and Bazzill
Copics: RV93-91-000; YR 24-31; Y21-11-00; E11-01-00-R20-E000; RV99
Barbara Twombley's Ultra Fine Glitter: Black, French Lilac, Ensalada, Pansey, Jonquil, Heather
Flower Soft Ultrafine Sage
Fluorish was cut on Cricut using Storybook Cartridge - Frisker's Corner Punch - Spellbinders Scalloped Hearts
The image was printed twice and an extra wing was cut out to add more dimension, wings were embellished with glitter.

Thanks so very much for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon.  If  you have a few seconds please leave me a comment so I'll know you were here and will come visit.
"Hugs" Granny (Carol)

Granddaughter Arriving Tuesday

Happy Sunday Morning!

Just a quick post to let you know that my granddaughter will be arriving Tuesday to spend a week with us. We haven't seen her for 3 years and she just turned 12 in March so I'm sure she's grown a lot.  She called last night and during the conversation she said, "well Grandma, you know I'm vertically challenged" other words, she's short like our side of the  That wasn't something I expected to hear a 12 year old say so I'm sure we are in for a fun and exciting week. 

We have plans to go the the KC Chief's football training camp (just a few blocks away now), Worlds of Fun, golfing, site seeing, shopping, etc., etc., and I'm exhausted just thinking about

Think I've got all of my posts for the design teams scheduled to post so I've got my fingers crossed they post as scheduled.  I probably won't be around much for the next week but checking in briefly and then catching up with you all as soon as I can.

Hope you all have as much fun next week as we will.
"Hugs" Granny (Carol)