Tuesday, December 9, 2014

An assortment of 5

Welcome back and take a peek at what I've been playing with.

The tiny little candle stick double cut, shaped and glued...embellished with a sprig of greens.

Teddy sittin' on top of a shiny silver box...notice the lights? I'm having so much fun with details.
Below is a Miss Kate Cuttables Vintage Santa that was offered free...he's so cute I had to try it. I layered the cuts that glued it to the felt oval...it really pops .

Silver heat embossed, fussy cut and layered on black this sentiment steals the stage. Silver boxes with sparkling black bows completes this card.

I did mention that I cut many little teddy bears....well here are 2 little bears holding hands with the gingerbread man...they must be swinging from that branch cause I don't see the floor.

Well that completes my Tuesday's creations...I'm not putting everything away until there is no more room to push aside, which allows me to jump right in designing with my paper cuts.
Be well and find your joy. ~Carole

Monday, December 8, 2014

7 Christmas cards

Greetings my friend thanks for stopping by. I have 7 cards to share with you, all distinctively different, yet some how related...like family. 

 Some cards come together so easy...a few die cuts layered and sparkling... popped up for dimension...I stamped and trimmed this sentiment...you'll see the full version next.

Heat embossed with gold and surrounded by holly..tied up with a bow.

Here it is again stamped in black then trimmed and popped up a piece of scrap foam.

I'm having fun with this little pick up...it looks fabulous cut from the metallic paper.

 I use scraps of acetate from product packaging to attach the wheels...using glue dots... to the frame. Torn paper snow and loads of flakes sparkle this card fancy.

The pick up looks so different cut in black...it's tiny and cute .

Below is my teddy...he's been showing up in stockings, popping out of boxes and singing in the streets. I've cut so many bears ...so I could paper piece the shirt or pants. Here he is in his red felt pj's. 

This single candle stick is very small too...three tiny pieces...so I really need to aware where I put it...it's a good use of scraps, but I don't know if I'll be using it a lot.

I had this house cut from contact paper so I just colored it in with gray, peeled off the backing and added some mica to sparkle it up. 

That's all for now. I'm going to clean up so when I come back I'll have a fresh start and room to groove.
Have a great week ~ Carole

Friday, December 5, 2014

Playing with new dies mixing them with old stuff.

New dies new inspiration...I'm loving the dimension and contrast...tearing paper for snow looks cool. I'm happy to answer any questions about the dies and products I use...just leave a comment or question along with contact information, and I will happily answer and return the visit....it takes time to type all that and not everyone wants all the information. 

Some old dies are used here... as well as electronic cuts and punches...
there's that red hat again.

I love this candle die...the first time I saw it I knew I would use it often...here using the metallic paper it has the look of gold heat embossing.

 It's fun to play with the innie's---the inner cuts...like a puzzle...inlaid. I want to use this in many colors...

Similar yet distinctive different. Which do you prefer?

I'll be completing the Holiday mail for Heroes today and posting them tomorrow. I'' send them to the Philadelphia Red Cross...I pray they bring joy and acknowledgment to the few they reach and may it spread by sharing.

Now with my grand children in mind....here's a teddy in a box...my cousin Darlene Gail "ArteDar" designed this box card and sent it to me. I scanned it then traced it in SCAL.... so I can make a smaller version that works with this teddy bear. The little digger die is smaller then I envisioned but it works as a toy under the tree. I'm still undecided about adding the Merry and Bright sentiment at the top. 

Here's the box card again...the kitten's nose holds the top closed....lift to reveal a secret message. The toy dump truck and the digger are three tiny dies. I used glue dots on acetate to attach the tires to the frame.

That's all for now...but I'll be back to share the Christmas cards I'll make for family and friends. Thanks for visiting. Be well ~ Carole

Monday, December 1, 2014

A shaker card and more Holiday Mail for Hero's

Welcome December and all the festivity. 

I watched Jennifer McGuier's video on embossing stripes and shaker card tips. I love using foam instead of many pop ups. I happened to find some red foam and deciding to give it a try. I've had this candy cane confetti for years, there's probably enough to do 20 or more cards...I like that some of the little stars stuck to the side, I ran the foam through the Xyron after die cutting the circle.

 I love this lipstick red card stock, dry embossed with TH brick wall...the cute little sizzlix teddy bear die, sitting on wall is paper pieced, holding a candy cane with a Santa cap on top. 
I've been putting a little Santa cap on all kinds of critters and adding a sprig of holly too.

I thought I'd try a bigger shaker card, but it's hard to see the confetti inside unless you shake it. Bits and pieces, presents and bows... so fun.

I'm particularly fond of this little bear standing in the snow...love the MS punch ...tiny little snow flakes.

 I love kraft paper too! The TH embossing folder is within easy reach so it's used often.

Having different stations set up for stamping...embossing ..and cutting makes it easier to produce many cards in a day. Having several die cuts ready to apply with in reach makes designing fun.

I cut and score my own card stock opposed to buying cards and envelopes....so I have a dozen or more ready for a topper. I cut quite a few toppers, dry embossing some, cutting out ovals and labels on others... so I keep pulling out different embellishments and layering them until I like the design. Simply ripping mounds of snow out of scraps is fun too. I hope your days are filled with joy and inspiration!

Be well my friend leave a comment and I'll return the favor. Hugs Carole

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving...Best tip ever...and Holiday Mail for Heroes

 Happy Thanksgiving all ya'll. I have time to blog ...because we're going out....I don't need to prep, cook or clean up. That alone fills me with gratitude. For all who work and serve on holidays I thank you. Now onto crafty things.

If you love and use wafer thin dies you've got to watch this. 
Karen Burniston on u-tube

As soon as I saw this video...before I even commented that I have to try this....I grabbed my scented dryer sheet and pulled out my most intricate doily die and ran it through the big shot with the dryer sheets ...before cutting and then after cutting....LOVE this. I've become so frustrate with the tiny thin dies...even using a metal plate they proved difficult to cut and eject. I tried it again with less dryer sheets. Pictured below shows that a single sheet can work on some machines. So give it a try then maybe share your results. I love a good tip!

Holiday Mail for Heroes has been my on going project since Veterans day. Committed to sharing words of thanks to our military men and women as well as their families.  I'll show you with pictures. I'll post them individually so I can add them to my Pinterest Christmas board. This was faster. I may need some help writing personal messages of thanks. What would you say?

Today all I need to do is figure out what to wear to dinner...
Be well my friend 
with gratitude and appreciation thank you for the visit. Carole

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.


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.


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