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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Greetings and apologies for my absence.

 I've been busy working on the Woman's Club of Royersford's 100th Anniversary Celebration. So many ideas, plans and meetings, and it seems most of our board members are celebrating birthdays this month. Which means lunching at various restaurants  and Tea Rooms...super fun but biting the budget and occupying all my time.


I made this card and envelope for Lorraine (Raine) our Second Vice President...who is extremely valuable at organizing and entertaining. 

The scalloped negative oval is popped up over a sparkly white glittered base...it reminds me of an Easter egg. I cut "Raine" using my cricut and SCAL software, then glued it to an acetate strip that floats above the raised oval. Lightweight scrapbook paper was used to make the dimensional envelope. So pretty. 

That's all for now...tomorrow we'll be making floral arrangements and and decorating the room at the Country Club. I hope to take a few photos to share so do stop back and read all about it. Till then be well. Carole

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Addicted to CAS Challenge #34


Shery from STAMPlorations is offering a wonderful prize....
the stamp set called "All about You"

and she submitted a LUCKY card creation too! Check it out here:
I would love to take a few classes on creating clean and simple cards that have 
that WOW factor. If you have taken classes what would you recommend? 



This four leaf clover and horseshoe design sparkles with luck! 



A shamrock and horseshoes on a shining star promises good fortune to the lucky recipient.
Perhaps a plain background would work better.

That's all for now. I will happily return a visit if you drop a line in the 
comment section telling me you stopped by. 

Thanks
be well ~Carole



Thursday, March 13, 2014

More Houses of whimsy

The Leprechaun Trap has ignited a spark of imagination. 
Here are the results of the 3 completed projects.
The easy to assemble template is available here: SVGCUTS  and Martha Stewart


This one is for my Granddaughter who loves everything pink...the Pink Rocking Horse Inn. Elves Gnomes  and Fairies welcome.

Behind the house.


That's all for now...Be well ~ Carole

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

WOYWW # 249


Stamping Ground WOYWW #249 
What does your desk look like? To find out more and show us your desk, just click the link and join the fun.


Pictured here is a Leprechaun trap almost complete. It's the second one I made today.  


My grandson Wyatt told his Dad that he wants to make a Leprechaun Trap with Nana. Well spark my creativity and the luck of the Irish has SVG cuts offering this fantastic cut file for free. I watched the video, downloaded the free file and started pulling out papers to make the cuts. I haven't had this much fun embellishing 3 d paper crafts since I did the bird houses. SVG Cuts face book page has the link to download the file. It's pretty simple to assemble and super fun to embellish. 


Here's the ladder made from balsa wood. So the Leprachaun is enticed to climb the ladder to access the shiny gold coin hanging inside the doorway...but when he steps in to grab it...he falls into the box...trapped because there is no floor. I've used little battery operated lights inside to light it up. I had so much fun creating this and I so look forward to having the opportunity to watch my grandson assemble and decorate one of his own. I've also cut another copy of this file for my granddaughter...she might like to make her's a fairy trap with pretty soft pastel colors and butterflies. Stay tuned for updates. I'm going to go check on my favorite deskers now, so leave a comment and I'll visit you too! 
Happy Snooping and be well ~Carole

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Apron Recipe Cards and favors for the 100th Anniversary

Pictured here are 2 dark blue and white aprons...
left original...right color copy. Trying to make use of the scraps after printing...just printing one really sucked up the ink.  I designed a little place setting with SB circles and added some flatware I cut from metallic paper. Too cute.





Next you can see I'm still playing with this dogwood die. The pink paper was from an envelope containing advertisements for hearing aids. After opening the envelope I adhered a piece of card stock on the center square and used that to cut these pink dogwoods. These thin steel dies need good sturdy card stock to make a great cut.

I love this grey script background paper complimented with the creamy ivory and pink dogwood. To the right you'll see the cute little tea pot I made layering several cuts and covering with glossy accents, and a velum embossed oval. I'm playing with adding it to this card with a bow and a butterfly. What are your thoughts?


There's an iris colored with pencils and markers, what ever works...center is a punched edged trellis like base for these corn flowers cut from tissue paper and scrunched and some tiny pearls. A paper tea pot and some embellished scraps and samples. I use the tiny clothes pins to secure the lace until the glue dries. 




On the left are several sample text boxes used to make tags embellished with flowers, lace and pearls. The tiny tea pot and cup now enhance this scalloped oval. Still on the gluing mat is the other tea pot I fussy cut, inked the edges and covered with glossy accents. I could be a spokes person for their company I use there product so much. These will be featured in another post.  Here are 12 completed tags/badges. I can adhere a pin on the back then just attach them to a ribbon that's looped around your neck. I'm still playing with adding the name and title. I'm sure it will all work out. I'll be back for WOYWW tomorrow and show a Leprechaun Trap I made with the free file from SVG Cuts. and MS. So fun...I'm never bored!



Thanks for stopping by. I hope your inspired and I would love to hear what you have to say...so please do leave a comment or question...I'll be sure to return the favor.
Be well ~ Carole


Friday, March 7, 2014

Just having fun playing with my new dies and scraps of many colors

The birthday presents are silver metallic so they're reflecting the blue, and the bows are purple metallic. Love using little scraps for these dies. I braved putting ink of the dogwoods...just touched the edge with an alcohol pen and you could see it absorbing the ink.
I'm happy to learn that there is a shape similar to the tiny stamen die that's hiding from me....on the SCAL basic shape library, that way a can cut several at once.

I was looking around my room noticing the various paper projects I have displayed and this caught my eye...Look at this gorgeous creation made for me by my cousin ArteDarthe lid fits so well...wanna see what's inside?


My collection of religious medals...a brooch that was my Aunt Mae's and little notes...on scraps and bits... from Darlene Gail (DG) sharing love and generosity. She's been so good to me gifting me baskets of supplies. DG is quite an artist...sharing her time and talents in mixed media. Take a look if you have a moment...she even does video streams. Any way I thought I'd share that...just cause she's on my mind. Pleasantly on my mind. 



I had fun creating the rain, clouds, umbrella and duckies in SCAL, {SureCutsALot} than I cut it and several of the different elements twice so I could do the inlay...it's like putting a puzzle together..curiously fun. The Get Well Soon is a sticker...I might just remove that...or not.



Here's some of the cuts I've been making...I even used the packaging card stock from an embossing folder. The limey green bows on the packages and then the birthday candles. Above the green candles is a cut using black glitter paper...the tiny flames are a bit fussy, but I love the presents and bows


Well perhaps I'll find a challenge to play along with. Thanks for visiting let me know you stopped by and I'll return to visit you. Be well ~ Carole

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Simply Less is More 161 Color: Yellow and Green


"Less is More"



The dogwood tree is my favorite spring blooming tree. So you can understand why I had to order this lovely dogwood die after seeing Chrissie's exquisite creation. I was afraid to get ink any where near the card. 

Golly gee wiz but I'm having fun.  Now that I'm looking at her card...I'm thinking there most be a smaller set of dogwood dies... or the cards is very big. I haven't committed to the sentiment so it's just tucked up under for now. Using lots of scraps to make these lovely blooms just makes me happy. 

The sparkle velum is scored at 1/8th" and it floats using the in-layed swirl to adhere to the base. I have to stop myself from adding pearls and lace.


I've been using the swirl die quite a bit and it's great for the inlays. Notice the stamen...I cut these 3 and now I can't find the tiny die...boho:(  Maybe it will pop up slipped inside something. Believe I've searched but no luck. I couldn't let that stop me so I compromised using a velum center cut and 1/8" punch captured the mimic the centers. 

That's all for now...I'll  get back to playing. This is my second entry in this challenge

Be well ~ Carole


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

WOYWW #248

WOYWW #248

The how's and why's and what for's can be found here:


There it is...my desk. It seems that I work on 2 or 3 things at a time. One thing leads to another. As an inspirational thought comes to mind I pull out embellishments as reminder that I want to use them. Then there's drying time...



Using the SCAL Basic shapes Library and strips of scraps... I cut several of these one inch simple shapes....glued 3 layers together... covered them with a thick amount of glossy effects and sprinkled with glitter. Glitter me happy...their so cute...right?

I used the Sizzix  Dogwood die as soon as it arrived. I had to have it as soon as I saw Chrissie"s card and the birthday presents die by W+9 design studio I saw somewhere...I should have pinned it for quick access.

My cuttlebug is ever ready to cut or emboss around the corner to my right. I really love using scraps to make these charming embellishments and the glue pen works best for these little cuts.

Thanks for visiting. I'd love to hear what you have to say  and any questions can be left in the comment section. 

I have a board meeting this afternoon but I'll be checking your desks as soon as I return.

Be well ~ Carole

Monday, March 3, 2014

Less is More Color Challenge

"Less is More"
How fun to have a challenge that inspires you to try stepping out of your color comfort zone. As a Pisces...I'm drawn to blues and anything pertaining to water...no wonder my favorite flower is a blue hydrangea. 

So the warm and sunny yellows and earthy green tones ground me and ideas don't flow as easily...but just pulling out my scraps of yellow tones I saw the soft beauty of this combination and my card came together in under ten minutes. amazing....right? well it is for me.


Thanks for the inspiration LIM and thanks to my visitors for your time and comments or questions. Be well~ Carole

Addicted to CAS...code word BABY

I love any opportunity when I can play with paper...use the code word baby....and I'm pulling out all the embellishments in pink and blue or any pastel color. Button, bows, bottles... it's like playing paper dolls. I've been on a tangent working on three or four or more. I completed this CAS with sticker letters and will enter this is the challenge. But wait there's more.





Little boy blue move over pink is in the house.


I need to find or create a sentiment for the toddlers laundry...perhaps "JOY"


I'm not sure if they are all qualify for the clean and simple challenge...but they were all inspired by the code word. Do you want to play along? Click the challenge logo and you'll find everything you need to know....and you'll get to meet Karen the guest designer. She's from Tasmania, Australia. 

Thanks for visiting. Please leave a comment or ask questions, I will respond.
Be well ~ Carole