Thursday, January 7, 2016

Happy New Year

Greetings peeps...I awoke Friday January 1, 2016 with an upper respiratory infection, screaming sore throat, explosive sneezes (that hurt) along with other side effects. After 5 days in bed I'm celebrating being mobile, and putting my new motto to work....
"Do What You Love Every Day" with an amendment (when able)

 First up is the negative cut. I used Square One reposition-able self stick fabric. I covered black card stock with the fabric placing the "innies" to complete the words. 

Below are the positive cuts. Not sure what I'll do with these yet.

A black and white sympathy card. "With Sympathy" is embossed on 
the right side ( barely visible) and embellished with a wink of stella.

 Again this is the negative cut adhered to the white layer 
with the "innie" glued between the stems.

 Lining the envelope adds weight and interest.

Here's the positive cut layered on white and black card stock.
FYI: the black card stock is the packaging from Darice embossing folders. 
Fun and it's quality card stock.
The right side is embossed for some texture.

Together Yin and Yang. If you have to make one sympathy card why not two? This appeals to me black and white,  positive and negative...probably because I'm a Pisces, two fish going in opposite directions.

I'd be delighted to hear from you. Questions and comments are welcome.
Signing off wishing you well ~ Carole

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

My favorite card this year

Hello and thanks for popping in...This is my favorite card this it the color...the sheen...the's all that and the simplicity. Embossed and embellished with pearls this pearlescent paper sings. The inside has photo corners that hold a removable card to write you personal message. The left corner has a triangle pocket to slip in a gift card, cash,  check or an additional personal message.

What can I say?   It's a Happy Birthday card...sealed with a kiss.

This is a card I'm sending to someone recovering from knee Florida....that loves pizza and his motorcycle rides...wishing him sunshine and a happy ride.

Can you believe I popped all those little blue spots in the negative space surrounding this oval? Love the details!

Well that's all arm is screaming...but it's been a real good time. Ending the year and planning a better one ahead. Be well ~ Carole

A parade of beautifully embossed and embellished cards

Greetings and salutations....wishes for splendid New Year! With gratitude and appreciation I offer a collection of quality card stock manipulated and embellished to express my visions of delightful fun. First up corrugated texture enhances this simple design. It needs a sentiment...any ideas?

I have an abundance of jewels I need to find a way to use. This scalloped oval only reduces the supply by 24. I'm not done with this card....I envision a die cut word or sentiment across the foiled insert. 

I'm just not done with shaker cards....I love the interaction...the need to shake it up!

I'm in love with embossing folders....they make such an impact...dimension and interest.
Glossy accents create bubbles. Smack more impact with a kiss of red glossy lips.

This darling little deer promotes pride for any accomplishment. So dear. 

Crisp die cuts embedded in negative cuts provide an expression of quality and design. Simplicity.

Again quality paper deeply embossed adds so much texture and interest in this simple masculine design.

Don't you just want to touch this you finger over the deeply embossed paper...feel the sentiment expressed.

This collection is all about the texture...positive and negative spaces adding interest and tactile sensations.

This deeply embossed card needs something else...any suggestions?

Again fun getting out older tools to work some interest in texture and design. Does this evoke wistful dreams? Grand possibilities?

At the close of another year I gratefully pause to wish you a warm and happy and healthy New Year. With gratitude and appreciation....Hugs ~ Carole

"What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday 343

What a hot mess...notice how I just keeping shoving everything to the side. I've been busy card making but I haven't spent much time on the computer (short story: cataracts and shoulder pain) I've had my eye surgeries but the wrist and shoulder pain persists making it difficult to type...but I'm gonna have a see what you're surrounded by. 

Be well ~ Carole

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Invitations to a tea party I'm hosting

Greetings my friend and a Happy New Year wish for peace and prosperity.
 I woke this morning with this idea forming in my mind. 
I've invited some ladies to lunch after the holidays.
It will be a fine time to share stories of our families visits and enjoy the gifts they are.

I plan on serving a sampling of shrimp bisque, crab quiche with fresh fruit.
 Our friend from the local Woman's Club...Katharine Nelson (treasurer)
is the daughter of  " Nelson's Ice Cream"family so she'll be bringing the ice cream we'll enjoy along with some delightful cookies.

 I knew I wanted to do a place setting...and I knew the color scheme....I will serve on cobalt blue dish ware and our walls are a soft buttery yellow with an accent wall of dark navy blue. Perfect.

I started making the yellow toppers and tried several embossing folders to have more fun. I did all the die cuts and imagined the labels as place mats. The inside is a computer generated invitation with the date and time included. 

I even made the envelopes, lined them with foiled wrapping paper and embossed the flap.
The front needed some swirly curly embellishment so I used the negative cut from a swirl and stenciled the shape with blue ink. Not that's how I have fun on a cold rainy wet day. The sunshine yellow cheers me up. I hope you're well and enjoying your life. ~Carole

Sunday, December 20, 2015

I love wrapping paper...It's in the bag

Wrapping up the year with "Wrapping paper"...beautiful, quality foil wrapping paper from Costco inspired me to use this product to make my own personal gift bags. It has the printed grid line on the inside so it's easy to cut out large sections. I used a brown paper bag to spray adhesive on manila card stock [recycled file folders] to reinforce the bags stability. I had the tissue and ribbons and found a use for the medal enhancements applied with a glue dot.  

I'm so delighted with these charming little bags, I could do an ensemble, cover a journal, make any size envelope, gift tags and I could even cut paper bows. Perfect little somethings for guests or hosts and hostess'. I want to stop right now and make the envelopes and bows.
Sometime later I'm back...
Here they are: a gift card to Justice "Just for girls" for my granddaughter Rylee in an envelope made from wrapping paper topped by a bow.

 Back to the bags
 I fussy cut the snowman from an envelope then covered him with glossy accents, the same with the old auto, the lamp post I cut with Cricut and the tree and sentiment are die cuts.

I made the little ornaments , pictured below... I will add  these to the bags along with some chocolate covered pretzels, peppermint bark and a truffle or two. Now I will have to come up with an idea for my grandson's gift card. 

To me Christmas was always about gifting something home made. My Grandfather worked with wood, so he would build little animal stools for us, my Grandmother baked cookies and presented each of us (at the time there were 13 grandchildren) our own collection of cookies all wrapped up with some Hershey kisses.
My father refurbished old bikes for us and my mom sewed us new outfits and matching doll clothes. It was a time before the shopping malls and on line shopping. 

This year my brother in law and sister's visit included gifts of hot pepper jelly, pepper butter and assorted canned goodies...all grown, harvested, smoked by the two of them. Labeled with her homemade logo. For years, Kit (pet name for my sister) created calendars for family members. We all looked forward to receiving them and understand that it became to time consuming to continue. We now enjoy the scrubbies she crochets and the tasty treats she shares. Home made love.

Times have changed...and I'm not a great shopper...especially  when these grand-kids have a plethora of everything they want or need. Truly blessed with generous parents.

I'll let them choose what they want...that's why I buy gift cards...
all wrapped up in home made love.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

The list goes on

As a native of Pennsylvania I was shocked the first time visiting Florida during the Christmas Holidays. To see colored lights on palm trees was beyond my seemed so out of whack and quirky. My sister lives in St. Petersburg now, so I thought I would make her a "sand man" beside a palm tree speckled with colored baubles.

Next are some ornaments strung up with strings and bows.

These are embossed for interest and dimension.

Here's a front door with a welcoming wreath.

I was inspired by a pinterest card and tried to duplicate it. I don't have the die she used so I scanned a silhouette then traced it with SCAL to make this svg file.

I'm happy to see the stats for my blog showing over 100 views...a little disappointed that there are no comments or questions. I'm re-thinking continuing the blog, it will be easier to just add them to by Pinterest boards. I'll make my decision at the end of the year. Till then do stop by as I continue to created Christmas cards. Be well ! Carole

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Santa in a Box and some pop-up penguins

I'm back to share a few new cards...thanks for visiting. Feel free to ask any questions about the products and techniques I've used. It's easy and so nice to hear from you.

 This Santa box card is full of Christmas many surfaces to decorate,
 yet it folds flat... how fun.

Up next is the front of a pop up stage card featuring 3 adorable little penguins.

You can see the pin that inspired this card here. Kim's penguins are wearing scarfs and have darling rosy cheeks so sweet...I had to give it a try. Will you?

And last up is a brilliant blue metallic card so simple but difficult to photograph. I love the metallic cards I think they add pizzazz. What do you think?

That wraps up another day but I still have so many ideas I need to get down on paper. Stop by again. I'm sure to be posting some more. Be well ~ Carole

Ho Ho Ho...having fun making Christmas cards.

Ho Ho Ho...having fun making Christmas cards. Up first is this charming little deer in a winter wonderland. This is a 5.5" X 7'5" card featuring a pop up.

Let's pretend Rudolph just popped through a window to wish you 
a Merry Christmas. You can find the template here.

I admit that took quite some time to complete all the decorative elements,
 but so fun to do.

I made this with a friend in mind...he loves vintage trucks and the snow.

Simple and sparkling recreated from a pinterest card. I used my Cricut and cut 4- A-2 cards with the negative star, then simple backed it with glitter paper and die the the words and bow, adding a slim strip to hang from.

The red one I turned and added the backing on the wrong side...
so it's flipped, but it worked out anyway.

Yesterday several ladies from our Woman's Club went to Lancaster, Rainbow Dinner Theater to see a comedy called " Good Night Mrs. Puffin" It was so nice to get away with friends to share a meal and laugh together. Today I hope to make a few more cards.

Be well and thanks for stopping by. ~ Carole

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Santa's getting ready

Hello and thanks for stopping by. Today I've made this cute Santa card. It's hard to tell but it has flock trimming his coat and his hat. 

 The inside has many elements including the suspended line with 
Santa's outfit hanging ready for the big night. I saw a video my Jennifer McGuire  featuring floating owls...and knew I wanted to reproduce it somehow.

 Up next is a card for my optometrist, she has been so helpful with directing me to the best Doctor to correct my high eye pressure and remove my cataracts. I just adore her, so I thought she would enjoy this card. The inside verse reads ...

" spectacles not icicles adorn this Christmas tree, 
spectacle not icicles, it's oh so great to see"
Silly me! 

The president of our Woman's club treated us to lunch for our last board meeting this year. So the board requested I make a special card to thank her. I was delighted to.

The list of things to do before Christmas is keeping me busy, but I still have more cards to make. Please leave a comment or question if you want any more information about the products I've used. Thanks again...Be well ~ Carole 

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Christmas Spirit continues to inspire

Happy Thursday Guests. 
Today I have a few more to add to my collection of Christmas cards. I've completed 39 cards so far...even printing out many verses to adhere inside. I found several on Pinterest just by searching Christmas're sure to find the perfect sentiment.

 I enjoy creating similar cards with different colors and embellishments...
so helpful when sending out a long list of recipients.

 Do you have a favorite?

 I find it very efficient to have the card bases cut and scored as well as many toppers trimmed and ready to die cut or emboss.

I also have many die cuts ready in various colors and shapes...
so nice and easy  to play with different arrangements...
that's how I've been so productive. 

Wishing you inspiration and
energy to complete the long list of things to get done by Christmas.

Be well ~ Carole