Sunday, November 16, 2014

Holiday mail for Heroes

Greetings and thanks for stopping by.

I'm totally commented to producing as many cards for heroes as I can...encouraging others to join me. I have asked the membership of our Woman's club to take a card and add a personalized message of thanks and sign it....I will then mail them to the Red Cross by December 6th. I even printed out several sentiments for examples to encourage a heartfelt thank you to our military personal for the many sacrifices they have made to ensure our freedom. The Grand kids will come by on Saturday to create their own personal thanks and holiday wishes.


I love these embossed embellished popped up paper pieced snowmen.


I totally copied this card...you'll find it on Pinterest...my Christmas card board


I love the metallic American craft card stock.


Stamped, heat embossed, dry embossed and popped up with die cuts.


Aren't these little presents adorable in this golden sleigh?

 I fussy cut this embossed tree adding the golden ornaments, presents and garland.



I cut several of these cute little penguins and added the red glittered cap. Adding TH enamel accents then using the heat gun to puff it up.



more enamel accents on a die cut Merry Christmas.


 I chalked this embossed and punched topper adding more die cuts.



 This much used Merry Christmas die works on many cards.


More metallic card stock dry embossed.

My space is set up to mass produce...with 3 stations...stamping...die cutting....and assembling. I'm ready to play.

If you're interested in joining the fun here's the link:

Be well ~ Carole



Friday, November 14, 2014

Throw Down Challenge



I've invited my friends and family to help make Christmas cards to be sent to the Red Cross "Holiday Cards for Heroes" the video  on that link suggests that the service people especially like the cards from little kids. Deadline for mailing is December 6th

Pictured here:  Room for 2 or three...everything within reach...cards scored and folded....I have toppers cut...many dry embossed ... I cut a couple dozen wonderful dies...stamped some sentiments...all we have to do is throw down a few cuts and embellishments and a design will appear. Hopefully!


Above the stamping station. The Grand kids will love stamping the envelopes.
Here are a few cards that came together quickly.


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I hope some of my friends will  consider planning a play date with me or they're Grand kids. I hope to have a handwritten message in everyone. The Red Cross asks for generic greetings to military service members, that all cards are signed and no  personal contact information or glitter.



 I'll link this up with the challenge...it would be fun to see your work space...come and play along...you might be surprised. 

Be well and thanks for stopping by. Questions or comments are appreciated and I will happily return the visit.

~Carole

Friday, November 7, 2014

it's in the bag... Rainy Day Fun

This is the after thought of yesterday's post. I went looking for the little blue bow tie for baby frog and I found loads of embellishments already cut, the mushrooms and frog. I looked through the bags I had on hand and found this carry out bag from Red Lobster...and then the fun began.

I'm gathering some scraps and cuts and such to donate to the Library's craft department...this will allow some purging and hopefully inspire some youth to create something awesome.

Be well ~ Carole 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

A baby shower...time to play

 While shopping for a baby shower present I noticed this display box...imagining I could use it for something I put it in the cart...I asked the cashier if it was okay to take, the answer... no problem. Well as soon as I got it home I saw it as a gift basket... wrapped in tissue paper, I rolled up the towel and one-sies tucked in the socks and covered it with cellophane, then tied a ribbon round it.



The yellow ducky and cute green frog inspired me to create this matching card. Using the cricut and SCAL [library of basic shapes] I cut several 1 inch ducks, stars, moons, pacifiers, hearts...layering them for dimension. 

The block letters [BABY] I used the ChockABlock NF font. The frog I cut from a silhouette shape to create the svg. file. 





















I love adding extra details when I'm making a personalized card...lining the envelope and adding little cuts... like stickers on the front and back of the envelope as well as inside the card. Maybe I could make a matching bag.

The End...feeling silly but having fun...wish you the same.
Be well and thanks for stopping by. ~Carole

Monday, November 3, 2014

Christmas cards for Verterans

Greetings and thankful appreciation for all who serve and protect our great nation. Our Woman's club sponsors 2 local Veterans housed at the VA Hospital in Spring City, PA. 


By sponsoring them we offer birthday and Christmas cards and gifts...within their guidelines of course. My friend that shops for them asked me to make a special Christmas card to thank them for their service as well as wish them happy holidays. She said it's hard to find a card specified for Veterans. I still had some stickers left from scrap booking my husbands 60th birthday album so I made 3 more...similar yet different. I will send them to a few of my heroes.





My husband served as a Marine SGT. in Vietnam...and is considered disabled....he served among the walking dead division....His heart and health issues are a result of Agent Orange. 

Sgt. Sweeney is respected by all that know him...as a young man once said after dating our daughter..."You drive safe....because he told you to" The Sgt. still barks orders ...usually followed by a charming smile.

Perhaps you will tell a Veteran you love thank you. With Veterans Day on the 11th and the Marine Corp Birthday the 12th it's a great way to remember their sacrifices.

Til next time ~ Be well Carole



Friday, October 31, 2014

This and That with Thanks to our Vets



Greetings to all you crafty creative people..thanks for stopping by. 


Today I'm displaying this forever fold card. I don't love it.... but it's a fun interactive card....with may sides to play with....maybe next time I'll try graphics or numbered squares.


I started cutting paper strips and looking through my stash...the origami paper is thin enough to layer on this heavy base weight card stock...Stars and stickers...die cuts, punches and bows...and here how is goes.


There are two rectangles on each side of this... [3" X 6"card] ...one vertical and the other horizontal...score length wise at 1.5" and 1.5 "score from each edge...glue only the 1.5" corners
                             











             

  




For this card I ran a thread of jute through a button and added a leaf charm I took off a pumpkin spice candle...the candle smells great even when it's not burning...and I was inspired to make a card....love it.


 I'll finish with these Christmas thank you cards...



 Christmas cards for 2 local Veterans and heartfelt thanks for all who have served. I might have to make some more. 

Be well ~ Carole

PS ...a special [thinking of you and thank you} to my generous friend Krisha.... she gifted me the [thank you] and [Merry Christmas---inside]die cuts.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A cat and a bag or a ball or a string...

 My sister and my daughter in law have cats and birthdays this month, so I created and cut several silhouettes to make these cards. 

Cats are very entertaining when stalking bags and balls of string or other things.


I have to wear my glasses all day now and as I looked around I saw what I didn't want to see....dirt...greasy dirt along all the edges...as a result I've been on a cleaning binge....I know....CRAZY...right. It started with the stove top and drip pans....then the oven and racks... and of course the micro wave. I had to move the toaster oven as well as the toaster and disposed of the loaf of bread crumbs that had accumulated.  I enrolled Mr Clean and Dawn to assist in the removal of the grime. A lot of squatting and deep knee bends and broken nails I am now admiring the gleam of a shining clean kitchen. I might go back in tomorrow and see what's going on in the refrigerator. AND it occurs to me that if I don't cook... the kitchen will stay clean with a quick wipe...

I thank you for stopping by, I've been easily distracted and haven't been blogging as much AND all is well. I hope you understand and that YOU are thriving and having fun. 





Be well my friend and craft on ~ Carole

Saturday, October 11, 2014

White on White Wedding Cards



Greetings and thanks for stopping by.

I finally got around to making some wedding cards to replace several that were sold at the consignment shop. I'm not sure why I don't just replicate...but no that would be too easy...instead I punch, emboss and die cut many elements and try to create something new and different...making it hard on myself and wasting a lot of time. I guess I just don't want to repeat myself...repeat my self...silly me.








Similar but different...the bird bride has a veil...is that too kitschy? I love the doily die under the flowers...and I've learned using a little brush to poke out the tiny elements is way easier than poking them out with a pin.





This on almost looks plain in comparison...I did add a gold heat embossed sentiment "Congratulations" below the oval before sealing it in a cellophane envelope.


Here's another rather simple card with some netting under the oval...I just wanted to get them finished.


I received a request for a cut file from Jean...however when I clicked on her link there was no blog to visit...therefor no way to forward the information. So hopefully she'll check in...the digger file she requested is by Bird'Card and that's the link.

I love comments and requests and I try to respond to all of them...so please do leave contact information if you don't have your own blog. Thanks to all that take the time to comment...it means so much to me.

Be well 

Carole


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Floral arrangements and wall decor

Greetings dear visitors, thanks for stopping by. I've been busy decorating and creating a few floral arrangements to celebrate the beauty of Autumn.

Our storage shed was begging for a colorful wreath. I wrapped the metal form with this wonderful burlap ribbon, then wired or hot glued the leaves and flowers. The colors are so vibrant I couldn't go wrong. I learn as I go...so next time perhaps I'll cover the form with moss or straw before I wrap the 
ribbon around it. 





I used the plastic covered wired stems I cut the flowers from ...to form the base for this arrangements... adding two floral picks to each end...attaching the flowers and ribbon to complete. A wreath would block the light coming in the front door... I love how the cut glass creates lovely prisms of color in the early morning...and the delivery man can see our number.

 




I'm still working on this wall display trying to achieve some balance and interest. 

"Faith - Family - Future"

I cut the letters from Square One....a re-positional, printable, self-adhesive fabric...using my cricut and SCAL program...then I layered them on teal card stock...and black foam board...so they are light and easily attached to the wall with the tacks.










I should have photographed these before I hung them..."Too soon old....Too late smart"


My daughter Anne drew these pen and ink drawings several years ago. I hope that some day she'll have the time to continue exploring her amazing talents...but for now her days are full raising her teenage daughter.


There are so many choices for how we spend our time...I will continue to explore any form of art that appeals to me...altered art is sparking my creativity...stay tuned to see what develops.
Be well and craft on!!! ~ Carole

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WOYWW #276


If you want to play along... just click that link 
 find out what you need to know...than join the fun.


All cleaned up after I finished putting these fabulous papers away.


A C Moore advertised open stock paper 10 sheets for $1.00 and because the sign was in the wrong place...that's what I paid. I almost feel bad....hahaha.   These American Craft papers are beautiful, many double sided and great quality, ranging from $ .59 - $1.99. Lucky mistake for me. Now what will I do with them...stay tuned.


I used one sheet to make this card for an avid golfer that's celebrating his 70th birthday. Guess what his name is? On the back I added photo corners so the back panel can be removed to write a message, and a  perfect place to put my stamp.











The bird house box card was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest...there are so many possibilities for this simple card, I just can't stop making them. 

More good news the consignment shop that displays my cards sold 12 more cards this month and paid me $59.00. Happy dance...play money and a reason to make more cards. 

Well I'll be snooping around to see what you're doing in the crafty world of deskers.  If you leave a comment I'll return the visit.

Be well ~ Carole