Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Red, White & Blue

Have to hurry and get this posted so I don't miss out on some challenges this week.  Hope this finds you all well and enjoying your summer.  This card is for the following challenges:

SCAD Friends With Heart - Anything Goes
Sentimental Sundays - Use the colors of your nation's flag

The stamp is "Blowing Kisses" by Elizabeth Bell and designed for SCAD.  The DP is digi paper that I found on line and just fell in love with.  Colored with Copics. Flowers from WOC.  The sketch is from CLP.

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 and hop on over to visit.  Have a wonderful week!
"Love & Hugs" Carol (Granny)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Elisabeth Bell World Challenge

Finally back to crafting and creating again.  Oh how good it feels to be coloring again and playing. I've so missed my fun time and all of you even though I have tried to somewhat keep up.  I love these new Fairy images at Bells'n Whistles and finally getting some colored up.  Here us a close up of the colored image.

I've been working on this for awhile and last night brought all my Copics and tools upstairs to get it finished.  It was almost 6 before I got to bed this morning but I'm through dealing with the drama and getting back to doing what I love to do.  For sure the world isn't going to end if I don't deal with an issue immediately.  Nothing has been resolved with the house and electrical system yet, the estimates and insurance have been done for the Mercedes and it goes in the shop July 17th.  They are suppose to start on the front of our house next week and I've done all I can do so someone else can fret for awhile..............lol

I'm submitting this card for the following challenges:
Elisabeth Bell World Challenge for May, Easel card
Well drats! Went to upload it and I'm a day late.....AGAIN
Anything Goes, Here Comes Summer

Some Card Deets:
  • Elisabeth Bell image Fairy Fond Thoughts
  • DP Sweet Fairy by Prima & SU
  • Colored with Copics, Stickles, Liquid Pearls
  • MS Round the page Double Loop Punches/Flowers Punches from Joan's
  • Marianne Foliage Dies
  • Handmade Vellum Flowers & Gems/Tutorial by Selma
  • Lace from Wild Orchid Crafts, pearls from stash
  • Butterfly from Stash
  • I left the sentiment off so it could be added for a special occasion
Thanks so very much for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon.  Don't forget to leave me a comment if you have time and I'll be sure to stop by to visit.
"Love & Hugs" Carol

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Amelia's Garden Bench Made by Amelia

Here is a picture of Amelia's Garden Bench card.
She creates such beautiful works of art I thought I would share it with you.

Still no time in my craftroom and I hate not posting something to share with you.  It's been a very long day trying to get estimates, talking with insurance adjusters, some shopping, and chores done. I was finally checking email a little while ago and had received this from Amelia 2 days ago.  Thought it was an opportune time for me to pop in with something positive and beautiful.  I hope you have the time to stop by her blog and leave her some love for creating this awesome card.   Love those potted roses!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon.
"Love & Hugs" Carol (Granny)

Sunday, June 19, 2011

We Are Blessed!

Hope all your hubbies & fathers had a wonderful day today.

Just popping in for a few to keep you updated.  Still no time to craft but I did manage to take enough time to do the Whimsy Blog Hope as they sure have some cute and fun new images and products  Also had to check out the new Elizabeth Bell image of the month at the Digi Bell's site. Just had to get it even though I'm not sure when I'll get to color it or make anything.

We had another little electrical fire last Thursday in the basement with still no clue as to what is going on.  The electrician disabled the circuit breaker that he thought was causing the problem.  Last night while in the bathroom, the overhead light started popping so I immediately turned it off and it stopped.  Will have to wait until tomorrow when he comes back to see what's going on in the bathroom so we aren't turning any lights on in there for now.  Every room now has a smoke alarm, and boy, are those things loud.  We are sleeping with a fire extinguisher by our bed just in case.  There has to be some humor in all of this and you would bust out laughing if your saw our bedroom.

I've always heard challenges come in 3's so I think early this morning was our #3.  We had a God awful hail storm and my Mercedes has more dents than a golf ball.  Not just the top, hood, and trunk but the entire area of the vehicle.  It will need a complete new exterior to make it look like it did before the storm and since it's a 2003 I doubt very much the insurance company will want to pay to get it fixed but we'll see.  Just finished filing a claim on line prior to this post.

Oh how I need a day in the craft room to forget about the world and just play.
Hope ya all have a fun week and I'll be checking in soon.
Love & Hugs, Carol

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

MIA & Electrical Fires

Just popping in to let everyone know that we have had some major issues going on with our house and to apologize for being around to visit or posting lately.

To make a long story short, almost 2 weeks ago we noticed some spots on the steel siding we had put on our house in 1988. When I asked my neighbor if he had ever seen anything like those round spots on steel siding he pushed on one of them and ended up getting a big blister on his finger. When he pushed on another one that had 3 vertical circles the other 2 turned red.  Needless to say I was on the phone with an electrician to see what was going on.  Now mind you, this was on a Sunday.  Electrician would not remove siding but he did shut off the power to the front porch area.  Monday, I found a young man to remove the siding, called the electrician back and my insurance agent.  Since there was no damage to the house itself, no insurance claim.  I've been working with the contractor on how to salvage the siding we took off because it's way too expensive now to use steel to reside your home.

Last night we had an electrical "FIRE" in the basement where there were actual flames shooting out of the dryer duct  to the outside of the house, melted the hose to the dryer and the outside screen. Nope the fire did not come from the dryer vent. Here comes the fire department with three huge trucks and then the fire chief.  They said they had never seen anything like this before and would stay until an electrician got here because that area was still arcing with sparks coming out of the siding.  Guess who didn't sleep all night AGAIN.

Today he sent one of his men out to see what was going on.  Our house, for some unknown reason, was not grounded so they took care of that first.  Hooked all of the wiring back up and then checked a fairly new electrical box we had installed in the work shop for hubby.  When he flipped a breaker that had shut itself off smoke started coming out of it, hence, another fire.  He replaced what he was sure was causing the problem and called the Light & Power Company because there is something wrong with the meter.  Yep, you got it, L&P still haven't shown up.  He assured me that I could sleep tonight because before any fire started it would trip all the circuit breakers.....  Ask me if I'm reassured........NOT.....LOL  On top of all that going on we had company all last week.

Never a dull moment in this house!  Once I get everything straighted out and my house cleaned up and put back together again I'll be back, but until then I probably won't be on much through the rest of this month.  Just wanted you all to know that I was thinking of you and miss you.  Don't want to lose you or for you to think I don't care about you or have been ignoring all of your beautiful creations. 

I'll try to get around to visit a little as time permits.  Stay safe, happy and enjoy the beginning of summer.
"Love & Hugs" Carol

Sunday, June 5, 2011

1 Card - 5 Challenges (Edited) to include Flutter By Wednesday Challenge

WHOO HOO, I'm finally back to crafting and think some of my mojo has returned.  Must be the news toys I received this week that got me motivated again...lol  I know I've sure missed playing in the craftroom and visiting with you all.  This card is for the following challenges:

Emerald Faerie Garden - Lots of Bling - Monthly Challenge
Anything Goes - Masking
Stamp with Fun - In The Garden
There's Magic In The Air - Easel Card
Fluttery By Wednesday - Open - Must use Butterly, Fairy, or Angel

Apology to Nina for not using a PCC image and promise next time I enter to use one.  Just hadn't played for awhile and wanted to make sure I finally got something in and the easel challenge was perfect for this card.

I've shown you the inside bottom of the easel separately so you can actually see it.  The picture of the easel card itself did not turn out as I had hoped but probably because it's dark and I had to take it inside.

Card Deets:
  • Ebony Digi from Emerald Faerie Garden
  • Go Kreate XXL Frames - Frilly #2 Square
  • Marianne Dies LR0150 and LR0151
  • Cherry Lynn Victoria Picket Fence
  • DP: Sweet Fairy Collection by Prima, Old Olive SU and Perfect Plum SU
  • Wild Orchid Crafts Flowers
  • Stickles
  • Flower Soft
  • Colored with Copics
That's it from me for tonight folks, I'll be back soon with another card for Chrissy's and Elizabeth's Bells Monthly Challenges.  Since I'm always late getting any cards made or posted for monthly challenge blogs I decided to do those first this month.  I hope you've enjoyed your visit and have the time to leave me a comment so I can hop on over and see what's new with you.
"Hugs" Carol (Granny)