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


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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

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

WOYWW #275

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Another box card and pondering whether I should add the dragon fly.

I got caught up reading Julia's red faced tale and now it's after 10 am...time to stumble around and see what you're creating. If you leave a comment I'll be happy to return the visit...asata....as soon as time allows. Thanks and be well ~ Carole

Monday, September 8, 2014

Hugs

I used the font [freebooter script] to write and cut this word [hugs] in the SCAL program. I cut quite a few so I can layer them for more dimension and punch. I think it's the perfect sentiment for this fun graphic design inspired by an insert in the Sunday paper... the bow is a die cut...the hat, boots and cane I hand cut, then layered with glossy accents.


Before the craft room redo I was having a blast making box cards...using the SVGCuts Summer Box Collection....you can see them here: and here: 


I've decided to revisit this fun template. The B&W 70th birthday card below has photo corners holding the folded note... for a personal message....there are so many surface for embellishment I could get carried away. There's a banner for a name and a dragonfly and of course the envelope.



Next up a tropical fish fantasy. Starting with blue metallic card stock then layering with a watery blue/white glossy paper [made with alcohol inks]. 
I used some mica for the front bottom with some sea grass and a turtle. All the cuts are from SVGCuts tropical friends. I often use watercolor paper and then color with alcohol inks or markers.



I love Pinterest...adding cards by some of my favorite designers to return to later is always an inspiration. I saw this card by Loll Thomas ...go ahead and look at it...and came up with this.



Birgit does some jaw dropping creations too and they stay in my mind in some form, so I'm sure this was inspired by her but I can not find a link to share. So sorry.





That's all for now...have a great week and be sure to take time to play!
Be well~ Carole

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

WOYW? W #274


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I slept 'til 8 am. and Our Woman's Club board meeting is today so this will be brief.
Inspired by a graphic in the Sunday cartons I reproduced this fun design for a masculine card. 

There [top of the pic] is that long packaging angled cardboard that protected the corners of the file cabinet I ordered. I cut off a piece and using the hot glue gun, wrote out WOYWW. I was just playing around...I'm not sure what will develop. I'm not even sure why the empty ribbon spool is there...I sometimes have a difficult time discarding something that I might find useful at sometime or other.

That's all for now...I'll be happy to return a visit if a comment is left. I only have an hour to snoop around but I'll be back this afternoon.

Be well ~ Carole

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunflower Thank You Cards and a tour.

My daughter asked for 6 thank you cards using the sunflower as a focal. I loaded the Cricut with white AC card stock and cut a whole sheet of sunflowers, then I ran a butterscotch ink pad over them and layered the petals and the embossed brown circles. I played with other die cuts and punches. I really tricked these cards out with swirls and twirls and tags oh boy, then I added photo corners to the inside and a piece of card stock stamped with a dragonfly for a personal message...so you could recycle the card by replacing the envelope and the insert. I lined the envelopes and stamped and colored 3 tiny bees with sparkly wings. So fun to detail.





Do you see the display base?.. it's an inset from a display box I found at the grocery store in the Hallmark section. I thought the box would make a good spray booth and I saw possibilities for the slats.







Do you save cardboard? I do. I have a collection that comes in handy many times.




Now if you're interested I invite you to a tour of my space... my craft room redo...The file cabinet arrived on Friday afternoon...ready to be assembled. 

Mr Bill and I went to Staples and Target looking for a file cabinet...and good golly gosh they're pricey. And they didn't have a 2 drawer white one...so I went on line and found one for about $50.00 less with free delivery. 

Well... I've assembled many desks and shelves in my life time but this was the most challenging. The pictures of the parts are helpful but they're to small my aging eyes. I believe this is another one of those things that I will probably never do again. I'll pay the $$$ and be thankful to the person that assembled it. I worked on it for 4 hours Friday and completed it on Saturday after 4 more hours studying the parts and trying to make sense of it all. It's sturdy and mobile and it even has a wheel on the drawer...and I built it and I learned a lesson.




With the file cabinet complete and the room once again reconfigured I found room to create a sewing area. Sew So now there is a possibility... that I might...thread that baby up for a test run. It was always a challenge to find the space to pull this machine out. I've often admired the stitch work my friend Cely adds to her cards...sew so she probably has a designated area.



I love this table top...lots of room to sprawl...everything within reach...up- down- over-and under, everything crafty. I know a Big Shot and a Cuttlebug....I like the Big Shot for the Sizzix box dies...and the Cuttlebug for the thin dies. I've been collecting these tools for decades...and always using a 40% or 50% off coupon, so it's all worth twice as much to me.




Mr. Bill even commented that I have a lot of STUFF...all the better to play all day. Hehe!

Now for the office side of the room...business, bills and budgets...boring....
printer, Cricut, desk top....connectivity=creativity...craft on! 


Thanks for visiting, my hope is, you'll find some inspiration or motivation. Let me know if you have any questions or leave a comment and I'll return the visit. Be well ! Carole

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

On my desk are 2 of my all time favorite cards...the pop up piano and the pocket watch. I'm settling in my re-designed craft room and so I've come across many projects I want to complete. The black and white altered gadget box houses trinkets, charms and mementos. 5 other  cards to be completed...a back to school card...and a thinking of you, I will complete them and line the envelopes.


Do you see the little crocheted booties? I made them some time ago and still don't know what to do with them.


I love black and white because of the impact of adding a bright and bold color design...pops out as a surprise.




Here's a shot of the desk end with a magnetic board and shelves. I picked up the white lazy Susan shelf at Good Will this morning. $.97, perfect for my sprays and applicators.

Notice the liqueur bottle...it was Gran Mariner, now it holds an orange cleaner "Goo Gone". I use the little sea sponge to dab sticky fingers and tools and it looks so cute and handy too.


I'll send this to my friend mourning a family loss. BTW...I used a black hot glue stick and gun to attach some elements to the altered boxes. I wanted to empty the rest of the loaded stick so I made dots swirling the hot glue around and lifting off to make another...after they cooled I added one to the flower and the other is an oval just resting on the envelope. 




Here's a picture of the pocket watch opened revealing a pocket to write a note. The piano card has a tab that pulls out for a special message...and there are 2 hot glue dots.

So that's what's on my desk...what's on your's? 
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Be well~ Carole