Friday, July 11, 2014

Winners and time out

Congratulations to the winners of my 3 year blog-aversary. 
Nikky and Diane your parcels are on the way.
Greetings and I welcome my new followers sure to leave a comment so I can return the visit.
Have you noticed my absence? My head is spinning. We are having the carpeting in my craft room replaced with a laminate floor. I have 2 weeks to break it down and remove everything in this room.

I'm excited and overwhelmed. Over the years I've destroyed too many of the plastic mats, so I'll be happy roll with ease. We originally used this space as a spare room for the occasional out of town took years to claim it as my space, yet as I acquired more and more tools, supplies and products it became obvious. This is not a welcoming place to spend the night, but the couches are available.

I'm excited because I get to design a space that works for me....instead of adapting to what was here. The difficult part is packing up the room and organizing the all those tools and supplies.
I've got to pick up some boxes and get back to it...

That explains what's keeping me from blogging.
Stay well my friends and rejoice, life is good.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

WOYWW #263 my opinion!

I posted the picture below last week but didn't know what was going on. It seems our fabulous hostess was hospitalized.  Julia I hope you have recovered and that you are well and thriving. Congratulations on the 5 years of creating community across the world.

Now to highlight my fun mail: Thank you Regina, your envelope looks like a tire ran over it but it arrived in tact. It's so bright and colorful. Did you use a stencil and embossing paste for the bumped up embellishment?

Krisha decorated and laminated the envelope,so sweet. She included a fun and funny u-tube stamped card as well as the atc in an envelope.

Nan sent a delightful array of papers along with her professional atc card...sorry for the poor photo. I was only half awake...thanks so much Nan.

Below Birgita sent this wonderful tree card with tiny sparkling leaves, 
along with the swapped atc... a miniature work of paradise art. 

Darnell's delightful little purse titled "LITS" is too short. I love the sweet enamel dots. 

Sandra de from Australia sent the atc in the upper right corner along with 
the beautiful water color pictured below. 

This watercolor is so soft and lovely...big bonus prize. 

I'll be celebrating my 3rd year of blogging on June 22, 2014. To celebrate and to entice you to comment I'll be offering a gift package of die cuts and embellishments... all you have to do is make a request. What would you like???? butterflies, turtles, frogs, teddy bears , rocking horses, kitty cats? Perhaps something exotic. I'll see what I can do.

 The number of random winners will be determined by the number of comments and requests. So if you would like to have some blog candy 
just let me know by leaving a comment or request.

Want to play along? Find out all you need to know here:
I can't believe it took 2 hours to get this done...I'm off to snoop about and see what I can discover. Are you brave enough to show us your desk?
Be well ~ Carole

Sunday, June 15, 2014

NBUS #1 Challenge at Darnell's Playhouse

To celebrate the Queen of the blog-asphere's reaching 500 followers.... and still growing... Darnell is offering a challenge...check it out here  then come join the fun. I know after reading her quirky words you'll be following her too!

This piano card is from the Summer Box Collection at SVGCuts... pretty simple. I added black enamel accents to the keys, the legs and the stool to jazz it up.The flowers are stickers I've had for years so I think it qualifies for Darnell's challenge NBUS "Never before Used Schtuff" The top hat I made and covered with glossy accents and a bit of a broken chain. I'm still looking for tiny music print.

Up next is the Festive House. Very patriotic... it looks like July...with hydrangeas blooming.

 I'm not the best photographer... but maybe you can see the stickles sparkling on the fence and arch...and some on the sun peeking out from behind the tree. 

Below is a cute little girl's tea party using the plain box svg and adding my own embellishments. Scraps and bits used for the panels and a fence paper punch. "TEA" is made using MS mold and clay.(NBUS) That's glued to a sheet of acetate as well as the dress and purse sticker. The tea pot and cup are bits left from our celebration. A MS pink floral sticker and die cut from SB. NBUS

Gosh I don't know what I did but my font got very small and I've got to fix it. I hope you join the fun at Darnell's Playhouse.

Be well and please do leave a comment. Thank you

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Box Card Fun

I am having so much fun with these summer box cards from SVG Cuts. They really appeal to my love of depth and dimension, with so many places to add embellishments. Oh joy...sparkle on !

For the Carnival card I used water color paper and colored that with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and lots of gold stickles. Can you see the little yellow duck and the banner? There's a place on the back to include a greeting and signature. I can't wait to do this one again. 

The sentiment "Happy"was in my stash and I just added stickles to "birthday" and attached it to acetate to fold flat.

For the birthday balloon box card I used some die cuts from my stash...birthday presents and balloons as well the the gift box topped with a bow. And see how it all folds cool.

This is the picnic basket box card from the summer box card collection at SVGCuts. I couldn't wait to start this one. I think Mary's projects are fabulous, she really knows how to pick the papers that complete her designs. Loved the red checked triangle table linen but I don't have any so working with scraps and stashed. I'm learning as I go. 

So after practicing on the first 3 I wanted a do over for the picnic basket...I took some time to choose the papers. I decided to reinforce the arches and pay special attention when adding the elements to ensure it folds flat.

That's it for now... I want to play some more before I make dinner. 
So thanks for stopping. I'd love to hear what you think and return the visit, if you are kind enough to leave a comment.

Be well ~ Carole

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Sea You Soon

I subscribe to Jennifer McGuire Ink so when I saw her video for this card I just had to do a goggle eyed fish. I had the bubble back ground in my stash, then free hand cut the sea weed scraps. I used 2 different stencils to create the sentiment, watercolor paper for the fish and watercolor pencils. The black marker used to outline the edges really absorbed fast... that's okay. I think he's really cute.

Thanks to all my followers near and far...your comments keep us connected...We have fun creating and sharing.

That's all for now...Sea you soon...Carole

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

My little bag...

Dollar Tree bag embellished with Square 1...printable...repositionable...
die cut able. cleanly removable...acid & PVC free...water resisitant...won't damage product. Personalize anything...fabulous product. They even have iron ons...are inspired? Want to know more. Leave a comment with your contact info.

Fun Mail

Thanks to all the deskers from WOYWW for your visit and comments . 
Thanks swappers...I'll communicate with each of you personally. We'll be pen pals.

I've enjoyed getting if you're interested in swapping atc's ...just leave a comment letting me know ...then email your address to

I'll be celebrating my 3rd year of blogging on June 22, 2014. To celebrate and to entice you to comment I'll be offering a gift package of die cuts and embellishments... all you have to do is make a request. What would you like???? butterflies, turtles, frogs, teddy bears , rocking horses, kitty cats? I'll be working on word die cuts that are welded together. I'll use my cricut to cut, but smaller sizes don't always cut well. Any suggestions. All appreciated.

Gotta go - last board meeting 'til Sept.
Be well~ Carole

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

5th Anniversary What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #260

WOYWW Anniversary

Happy 5th Anniversary
The blogging world has been stirring up some excitement. 
I can't wait to see the ATC's the deskers have created. 

There are some finishing touches needed on some...others are all glued down.

I've been playing with so many different elements it's crazy fun. Let me know if you want to swap. I think I have about 20 made. 

Are you interested? You can find out what's going on and join the fun. HERE Well I'm off to see what I can see. Be well ~Carole

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Collage on 3" X 4" and ATC"S

Way back along time ago we purchased a gift set of beautifully packaged scented candles. I immediately broke down the boxes to recycle and die cut them. The silver and black card features the textured quality card stock used for packaging. The film strip-washi tape-, the city-scape and the place setting...speaks to me as an invitation ... a night on the town.

Up next might have read about the time I took apart a broken remote control and other various mechanical devises....this fun collage with bits and pieces uses some of the elements I discovered and a few die cut tools. Difficult to distinguish is the tiny little light with the wires curled like antena. Complete with instructions ...cut from some advertising. All the elements applied to a water color background. I really like it...I'm thinking about altering a book and adding these on pages.

I started playing around with ATC"S. Next Wednesday is the fifth anniversary of 
Ms Julia's...@ Stamping Ground "What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday"-"WOYWW"

I haven't entered any challenges for quite some time...but I love to go snooping around the globe to see what other crafty bloggers have on their desks. Amazing we all have so much in common and love to share our art.

This ATC 2.5" X 3.5" card features a tiny tea bag I made and stained, a left over tea cup and saucer (left over from Tea Party Celebration) "Hello" die cut from Krisha...colored in gold. The base is a hand made paper tag from was on a box I bought at a thrift store. I added the jewel and the quote... cut from a book I'm altering...also purchased at a thrift store. It's great fun using the elements I have stashed for some day. 

Girl kissing the moon was inspired by an amazing piece I saw on Pinterest but can't find. I sketched it on WC paper and added crumpled tissue paper...she's missing her umbrella and the lamppost she's standing on...cause I messed the sketch up big time ...but managed to cut and save this much. She's just laying on top of an envelope I made with some scraps of beautiful flocked paper. I spent to much time on her to just trash the effort.

Would you leave a comment?...tell me something...let me know you were here and I'll be happy to return the visit. Be well ~ Carole

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday # 259

Curious? Here's a Clue..
One week away from the 5th anniversary ATC swap...find out about that here:

 I was playing among the stars when the mailman arrived...smiley face....happy mail...from California. Krisha. After admiring her newly purchased word dies last week, Krisha gifted this beautiful card...pictured below

                                               packed with many little & large die cuts

Thank you Krisha - she even posted a link to my blog on her blog...what a pal...what a gal! She also used some nice study sturdy shiny card stock I can't wait to use them. Mean while (sorry for the glare) I had some nice shiny card stock too.

Tuesday morning...looking for some inspiration I found this cool computer card on Pinterest. Perfect.  I needed to make a thank you card. I did this using the basic shapes library in SCAL and cutting it with my cricut

You see my friend's adult son is a computer genius...misspelled gen...i...ous 'cause there's no "O" in genius. Anyway Ken helped download new drivers now I have sound...hip hip hooray! 

As he controlled my PC, I watched and learned ...he explained some things as he cleaned out unnecessary stuff. Here's the lap top card with his dog's pic as a screen saver. So I want to thank Kenny and though he claims I don't "O" him I'd like to offer a gift...a treat...something special...'cause I "O" him big time.

Inspiration is everywhere and I'm so grateful.  I'll be out and about looking at the creative desks in the UK and state side.

I'll be happy to hear what you have to say or answer any questions...just leave a comment and I'll return the visit. I'm trying to keep this be well ~ Carole

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #258

Thanks to all the deskers that paid me a visit and I hope you had a happy 
Mother's Day. When is  Mother's day in the UK? 

This is a project that didn't work....I tried painting over a child's puzzles first with spray paint then with acrylic markers only to have the paper lift off the chip board. But I didn't give up.

Back at the craft store in the children's section I found this wonderful fun sparkling self adhesive foam, and it covered the chip board quite nicely. It's for an installation ceremony for our newly elected board members I wrote about in the previous post.

I cut the letters with my cricut using vinyl and adding foam glue to the back. I placed the letters on an edge of a ruler for correct placement...then just laid them down.

I found some Shrinky Dinks I've had stashed... [well they just kind of popped up] so I traced some puzzle pieces...and punched some flowers. So fun! I'll offer them as a memento.

Your us what's on your workdesk...details available here at the Stamping Ground

I'll be delighted to answer any questions and to read your comments. 

Thanks so much for doing that. 
Happy trails...I'm going snooping :)
Be well Carole