Wednesday, October 27, 2010

For Fun Challenge - Halloween/NO ORANGE

Okay, Okay, I out and out unintentionally fibbed to you.... but I promise....this is my LAST Halloween card of the year. I'm so ready to get into making Christmas cards.

The challenge this week at For Fun is to make a Halloween card/project without using any orange unless it's a pumpkin.  I found this adorable image "Trick or Treat" at Karen's Doodles a few weeks ago and knew I could get by without using orange on it.  In this picture the brads look a little orange but believe me they are red.  Was a fun image to work with and I think it turned out pretty cute. Ya think?

Be sure you take the time to see some of the awesome creations by the DT at For Fun this week.

Items used to create the card:
  • Bazzill card stock
  • Image - Trick or Treat - Karen's Doodles
  • Copics and Distress Inks for coloring
  • UltraFine Sage Flower Soft for grass
  • Brads & ribbon from stash
  • Mulberry Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts
  • MS branch punch
  • Stickles
That's all from me today. Hope you are having a fantastic week and enjoying life to the fullest. If you have the time to leave me a comment I'll be by to visit and see what's new on your blog. 

Looking forward to seeing your fantastic creation for this week's challenge at For Fun!
"Hugs" Carol

Monday, October 25, 2010

Magical Monday Die Cut Challenge

WOO HOO!!! I'm back and will be visiting everyone real soon. Hubby on the mend, no more doctors until January (I hope) and all is well on the home front.

The challenge at Paper Cupcakes this week is by Gloria and she wants us to use die cuts on our projects. With Halloween being so close I decided to make 1 more halloween card cause I really liked this "Bushels of Blessings" image (new this month) by Nina at Paper Cupcakes.  Be sure to stop by the challenge blog to see the wonderful inspiration by the design team.  I'm looking forward to seeing your entry this week!

The following tools and supplies were used:
  • Image: Bushels of Blessings by Nina at Paper Cupcakes
  • DP is digital paper from Cool Scraps Digital and Cajoline-Scraps as are some of the element dies
  • Sentiment is computer generated and cut out using an MS border punch with a combination of Marigold and Vintage Photo for distressing
  • Spellbinders Long Rectangles and Classic Circle Dies along with a CM Corner Punch
  • Copics were used for coloring with stickles added for a little bling
  • Dimensionals were used for the image to give it that 3D effect
Thanks so very much for stopping by and I hope to see you again real soon. Now I'm off to visit everyone and to see what's new with you. First stops are all of you that have left such sweet comments, prayers and hugs during my absence.  See ya soon!
"Hugs" Granny (Carol)

Saturday, October 23, 2010


I think all the drama is over for now and I'm back with some much needed changes to the blog (that is still in need of tweaking).  Then just when I get it the way I want it, it'll be time to change again.......LOL 

Finally got to my craft room and I'll be posting again for the teams I'm on starting Monday.  Also hope to be playing in more challgenes as I've got a LOT of Christmas cards to get done.

I hope I haven't missed getting around to visit any of you this past couple of days, and if I have, please leave me a note here and I'll get by as soon as I hear from you.  I've missed you all and seeing those wonderful creations of yours.

Hope to see you all Monday - Have a fantastic weekend!
"Hugs" Carol

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Temporarily MIA

No, I haven't fallen off the face of the earth yet........LOL  Life is challenging right now and I just haven't been able to get to the computer to leave comments on your blogs or visit. AND, to make matters worse, so far I haven't been able to get to my craft room to meet my obligations for the teams I'm on this week.  I'm hoping with youngest son here tonight and part of tomorrow I'll have time to get to the craftroom downstairs while he spends time with his dad.   Cross your fingers!!!

"Hugs" Granny (Carol)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Halloween and Google Eyes

A nice follower asked me if I'd like to participate in their challenge this week so I'm updating my post to let you all know that I am also entering this card into "Let's Craft and Create" Challenge" - Halloween
Thanks Eileen for the encouragement!

The challenge this week at For Fun is Halloween and you must use Google Eyes on your project.  Be sure you stop over at the challenge blog to see all the wonderful creations by the design team for your inpiration.

On one of my internet shopping sprees last month I saw this "Little Witch" and sentiment at the Whiff of Joy store and thought she was so cute.  I'm not one that gets too much into Halloween with all the ghouls and gothic images so I chose this for my card this week.  The DP is from one of  last year's K & Co paper packs that I didn't use as are the spider embellishments.

Copics were used to color the image and for the image background I used purple and pewter metallic rub on ink. First time I've used the Spellbinder's inverted scalloped and square dies and I think I like the way they turned out.  I also added google eyes to the bats and then colored all the eyes with YG01 a couple of times.  Grape stickles used to edge the image die and Lime Green on the spider legs.

That's all from me today and I thank you for stopping by. If you have the time to leave me a comment it will be much appreciated and I'll be sure to come visit to see what's new with you.
"Hugs" Granny (Carol)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Deco Flower 2 & Frame

This was my week at TMIA/PCC to create the challenge. Since it's my first challenge to issue I wasn't quite sure what would appeal to everyone, so, I tried to make it as simple as possible in the hopes you will join and share your beautiful creation with us.  You are to use the Deco Flower 2 (freebie of the  month) and showcase it in a frame. You can use any type of frame you want to use, ribbon, wood, flowers, etc., and any layout or sketch that you like as long as the image is in a frame.  Be sure to see what fantastic creations the design team have created for your inspiration.

This is about as CAS as you will probably see from me cause it's hard for me to contain that run rampid, glitz, glitter and flowers I love so much. This is such an elegant image that I wanted to make sure nothing distracted from the beauty of it.  The frame, ribbon, and sunflowers are digital elements from Cool Scraps Digital.  For the water in the vase I used Copic BG0000 and then added Glossy Accents for depth and shine.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon. Now hop on over to TMIA/PCC, grab your freebie, and play along with us. If you have the time to leave me a comment I'll be sure to hop on over to visit and see what's new with you.  "Hugs" Granny (Carol)

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Thanks for all the prayers and well wishes

Just popping in for a second to let you all know Conley's surgery went well and we are home. He's on bed rest for 48 hours, still got his beautiful white socks  Fixed his fav meal of homemade waffles and sausage so maybe that's why he ate so well tonight.   I hope he stays in bed and rests till morning but that's highly unlikely so I'm going to try and get a few hours of sleep as soon as I finish this post.  Been a long day and I'm bushed. 

Thanks so much to all of you that sent us such sweet notes with prayers and blessing. One can NEVER have too many prayers and blessing.

"Hugs" Carol & Conley

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Marbles Anyone?

This new Nana Vic image brings back so many memories of when I was young. I was the only girl and the oldest of my cousins (all boys) and since no one else wanted to play with dolls we played marbles on my grandmothers livingroom rug at family gatherings.  What beautiful marbles those were back then, shiney and multicolored. I thought the shooters were the prettiest, maybe because they were bigger and you could see the colors better. I used a variety of stickles to get the shine on the marbles but they sure don't do justice to the ones I do remember.  Every now and then we'll find an old marble while working in one of the flower beds and I always take time to reflect on those wonderful days. Thanks Vickie for taking me back in time.

 The fall scene is digital paper and the wheelbarrel, leaves, and the basket of apples are elements from Cool Scraps Digital.  The image is a semi-transparent image from Vickie that can be inserted on the background paper and once printed colored with Copics. I love the flexibility of using the semi-transparent images because they can also be printed out on white paper, colored, etc.  I have to admit though, it does take me longer to create a card using digital paper and elements. You can do this in Photoshop or Paint Shop, whatever program you enjoy using the most. I hope you take the time to visit Vickie's shop to see what adorable images she has available and they are also in jpg format. There is also some fantastic WordArt that works very well with those images and I have used one of those sentiments here.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and if you have time to leave me a comment I'll be sure to stop by and see what's new in blogland with you.  "Hugs" Granny (Carol)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Mandy's Candy for Followers

If you haven't ever visited Mandy's Blog, A Sprinkling of Glitter, you are missing out on some gorgeous designs. I've been a follower for quite some time and I love her delicate, glitzy, and feminine style. There was no requirement to enter the candy, didn't have to post this or do anything else, but wanted you to know about this in case you were interested in checking it out and becoming a follower.

Thanks for stopping by! "Hugs" Granny (Carol)

Use Something UNUSED at For Fun Challenges This Week

This is one challenge you won't want to miss and everyone can play along. The only requirement at For Fun is that you use something you have never used before, be it new, dusty, old, borrowed, etc. Can't get much easier than this so I hope you will join us this week at For Fun.

The things I used to create this card:
  • Image - Whoopsie Daisey "Xmas Girl with Muff" - New
  • DP digital paper from Cool Scraps and Fresh Snow from Reminisce - both new
  • Spellbinder's Oval Die
  • Stardust Stickles
  • Copics: V01 & V00 - YR 31, YR24, Y21, Y11, Y00 - V09 & V01 - E000, E00, R20 
  • Poinsettias from Wild Orchid Crafts colored with copics and stickles added
By now you all know that purple hues are my favorite hues so I really enjoyed making this card. I love this image from Whoopsie Daisey and was going to enter it in their monthly challenge but it doesn't qualify this month so maybe I'll just have to do another

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon.  Please leave me a comment so I can come visit and see what's new in blogland with you.
"Hugs" Granny (Carol)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

TMIA-PCC Monday Snow Flake Challenge

Happy Magical Monday to you all and I hope you have a fantastic week ahead!
Making Christmas cards is one of my favorite themed cards and I love the challenge by Pat of  the DT at TMIA-PCC for this weeks challenge.  We are to make a Christmas card using snowflakes. I'm looking forward to seeing your beautiful Christnas card creation with snowflakes.
I hope you will join us this week at PCC.

This week I've used the following items for this card:
  • New image just released by Nina - "Oh Dear, It's Christmas" 
  • This weeks Sketch from Sketch & Stash
  • Spellbinder's Die
  • MS Snowflake Punch
  • Copics for coloring
  • Aqua & Star Dust Stickles
  • DP from last year's Christmas papers
My life has been crazy for the past two weeks and my front door is like a revolving door where someone is going out and coming in at the same time...LOL  We've had a lot of company and I haven't gotten to spend near as much time crafting or visiting you to leave comments as I normally would do, and for that I apologize. You are always in my thoughts and visiting you is one of my greatest joys because you leave me totally inspired to create something that I hope is as beautiful as your creations.

Friday my husband has surgery so I'm charging up the new laptop, and if nothing else for the week after, I'll at least have the time to come by and visit all of you.  My posts will be scheduled for next week and I'm hoping all goes well and they post as scheduled.

Now hop on over to There's Magic In The Air/Paper Cupcakes to see the fantastic creations by the design team and get your image for this weeks challenge of a Christmas card with snowflakes.

Thanks so much for stoppin by and I hope to see you again soon. Please be sure to leave me a comment so I can come visit to see your beautiful creations.
"Hugs" Granny (Carol)