Friday, March 27, 2015

Philly Fan Box Card

Greetings and thanks for stopping by. First I feel the need to explain my absence...burning pain in my wrist and shoulder, carpal tunnel syndrome, when I spend to much time on the computer...that discourages me from typing. Plus the ganglion cyst on my ring finger. I will need to address this with a surgeon some time soon. Especially since it limits my crafting time too!

A dear friend asked me to make a special  card for a Philly fan that is celebrating her 85th birthday. When you live in certain Philadelphia neighborhoods you have to root for the team. That includes team shirts & hats, parties, outdoor decor, name it...Philly Phanatics. The box card can feature all of that. I should have added a hot dog with the sheet music "Take me out to the ball game"

Up next the baby shower banner...I could have made it twice the looks so small.

I've seen so many darling crocheted caps on line...that I was inspired to try one. I've crocheted 100's of doilies...tiny little angels and ornaments, and a couple dozen afghans, but I've never made a hat/cap or had to deal with gauge.

I was at the craft store and with my GD Rylee in mind, I looked for a pretty pink yarn that would be soft on her little bald head. Rylee will be 10 in April and she has alopecia. Anyway I didn't have the pattern but choose this brilliant pink yarn and tried my hand at a cap. The gauge is too big so I'll try again. I just bought a loom to make big fluffy flowers to top this off.

I'll post when I can...I've been a [sit-in] editor for our Woman's Club of Royersford, monthly newsletter. Which has aggravated the C P Syndrome. I'm amazed at how much I forgot in 4 years ...when I finally found a replacement. I'll be happy to give it back to Mary Anne on her return...and appreciate her all the more.

I've also been enrolled in creating a sign, a trophy...for The Best in Shoe", place cards and table numbers for this up coming event in May. I'll layer this on a  larger black foam core rectangle and add the club information
 to complete. Tune in nest time to see the completed projects.

 Be well and thanks for visiting.~Carole

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Baby boy banner in nautical blues

Greetings my friends.  

Today I'm showcasing a banner I'm making for a baby boy shower. 
Working with what I have on hand I printed these nautical blues...stripes and waves on glossy photo paper. Thanks Chicfetti for these fun prints.

 I was asked to make a banner for a family member...the grandmother to wasn't until I was cutting out these printed pages that I wondered if there was a theme...or color scheme...I need to ask more questions up front. Oh is what it is.

The theme for the shower is the Lion King I printed these clipart lion cubs and glued them to this packaging cardstock before fussy cutting. I always save these quality pieces, using them for shims or for sturdy dimensional die cuts. Now how to tie it all together...nautical jungle???

I started by cutting all the pendants...then using the crop-a-dile I punched the holes and added the grommets. I continued by cutting multiple...stackable labels for layering in the marine shades of blue. Using the cricut and SCAL cutting with the font "chop-a-block" I cut baby boy in two shades of blue. With some fore thought and the new product I purchased...."stick it"...I could easily peel and adhere the layers for this block font.

Using copy weight paper I scored and folded the medallions. I'm still undecided on what to put on the top...the three lion cubs but what else...I'm not sure...

These pendants are so fun to make. Layering many elements and embellishments.

Cutting one-sies and rubber duckies along with overalls, pacifiers, umbrellas,  stars, clouds and teddy bears, had me playing with design and layout.

I used tulle to thread through the grommets and string this's still a work in progress. I have until February 28th to complete it. I'm not sure how the medallions will get worked in...or how I will top them. I'll leave it sit out...and new ideas will marinate. So stay tuned I'll take pictures at the shower with the finished banner.

I'll probably use any extra elements for re-cycled gift bags and tags and such. I could get carried away with fun. I'm now thinking the medallions could be a banner with the babies name spelled out...and the other nautical one could be home decor...or for pages in a scrap book...there are not mistakes...just new opportunities.

Thanks for your interest. Comments and questions will be acknowledged with a return visit.
Be well and God bless ~ Carole


Baby boy banner in nautical blues    WOYWW?#295
Greetings...friends and fellow's been a couple of months since I've played along...but life happens. 

Do you save packaging cardstock? I do and I use it many different ways. Here I'm using it to glue these printed lion cubs on...then I'll cut it out and ink the edges. This gives it dimension and stability as well as a pretty back side.

Also for anyone interested in more details about this project you can find that here

 Thanks for stopping by and if you leave a comment and your # I'll return the favor. 
Be well and God bless ~ Carole

Sunday, January 18, 2015

First post of the year 2015

Greetings. Thanks for stopping by. I've been focused on so many different events since I last posted and none too exciting...except we are in the process of renovating our 20 plus year old condo. We've replaced the bathroom flooring, installed manufactured hard wood floor in my craftroom, replace the washer & dryer and hired a contractor to paint. He wrapped everything with plastic and started on the ceiling.

When he started to cut in with the lemon yellow he discovered damp walls...above the front door and slider windows. You can't paint wet drywall, it just runs down. Well after several phone calls, and walk throughs, with the management and homeowners insurance companies it was decided that some dry wall will need to be pulled to discover the source. The investigation begins on Tuesday. 

No reason to install the drapes, hang the wall decor/pictures, or return the furniture.

I was abled to restore some books and glassware. The Chandelier adds so much sparkle. 
Wouldn't crown molding look divine? One thing at a time...

I know this is quite daring....the navy blue paint is called "daring" and I had to put on my brave girl boots and convince girl friends and family that it would work....or if not just a couple more coats of paint will fix it. Not everyone will find it appealing but I sure do.

Change wreaks havoc...disorder and chaos...yet...all things are temporary. 
With gratitude for all that is...Be well ~ Carole

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Eve of Christmas Eve

A collection of three tri fold cards...

circles or rectangles this is a fun fold card

Top fold tucked under snowman's hat...and under trees to keep this card closed

opened up reveals message inside

 Santa's my favorite....with top fold tucked under

This project can be as simple as just the paper....or embellished with ribbons, sequins, baubles or bows. The versatile papers can create a theme for any occasion. black and silver for New Years Eve...gingham's for baby showers, floral paper for Mother's day...
your imagination is the limit.

Winding down to the eve of Christmas Eve....I was on a creative high, inspired by talented paper players...I thank you for your input and the space to share my creations.

Merry Christmas my friend, may you be blessed with peace and creativity.
Be well ~Carole....Christmas Carole.....a joyful noise....
Let there be....peace on earth.

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 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 family. 

 Some cards come together so easy...a few die cuts layered and sparkling... popped up for dimension...I stamped and trimmed this'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 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'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 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 I really need to aware where I put'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 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 using the metallic paper it has the look of gold heat embossing.

 It's fun to play with the innie's---the inner 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's a teddy in a 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 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 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