Saturday, July 5, 2014

Earth Tones ... a favorite

Over at Less Is More the challenge today is Earth Tones.  Well those are some of my favorite colors as anyone that has ever been to my home can verify.  :) 


I used Baked Sugar on the sentiment; Peeled Paint, Broken China and Peacock Something on the leaves.  I tried using SU colors but the leaves are very yellow and after testing on one of the smaller leaves I realized I had to move to the Distressed inks in order to retain good color.

The leaves turned out really nice after that.  Laying them out was a bit of a challenge because they were still wet; I was afraid to hit them with the heat gun.  So I am really pleased I don't have any smudges.  Here is a close up:


This little card started out several weeks back for a challenge called NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff) over at Darnall Knauss' blog; but like most cards these days it was only an idea and a base card until this morning. Yay.

The leaves are from SU and go back to 2002 and I'm fairly certain I saw some lovely card made with them and just had to have it; they've been sitting in the very bottom of my SU supply drawer ever since.  So sad. 

ok ... I'm fishing here, but not for compliments, I need honest feedback.. I struggle with CAS because I'm never able to capture that wow factor. While this card is nice, I look at it and think something is still missing. This is where my creativity lets me down, I can't figure out what is missing. If this was your card, what would have done to complete it, make everyone say "Wow!!"?

Anyway, it was nice to play in my craft room this morning... in my PJs .... drinking my 20oz cup of tea ..... listening to Katy Perry ..... I have to admit, that is a pretty nice way to start the day.  Only 9 more years to retirement and I can do that every morning.  LOL 

Thanks for stopping by. 
Carole


PS:  Darnell I got your message, I'll be reaching out to you sometime today. 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Heart of My Friend

Hi this is Alli.  I made this card for the Freshly Made Sketches and Never Before Used Schtuff.  For the NBUS I used the heart which was sitting in my Aunts drawer for a few years. This is the sketch:
I'm posting on my Aunt's blog for now, but I hope to get my own blog soon.  Thank you for stopping by. 

So here is my card. 



Sunday, June 15, 2014

FMS part two... Alli's Submission

This card was made by my niece Alli who came by this weekend to make her dad (my brother) a birthday card and a Father's Day card. 

She used the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge 140 as the layout for the FDC. 

Alli is 11 years old and these are 100% her creations.  I have no doubt that I'll be taking hints from her in no time at all. :)




 
 
 

Freshly Made Sketches

I've been away from my craft room for so long I've had a hard time getting any kind of mojo going.  So this weekend I sat down and jumped from blog to blog to see what challenges were out there and landed on a blog called Freshly Made Sketches.  The sketch was CAS and I knew right away what I wanted to make. 

My 11 year old niece Alli came by today and we each made a card for this challenge.  I have created a separate post for her submission so the links will take. 

This is my submission ........


This didn't turn out exactly how I envisioned it, but I like it just the same.  I went over the flowers and leaves with Wink of Stella to give it some sparkle.  I think it needs pearls or sequins.  I may play around with that later.

Thank you for stopping by and please take a look at Alli's wonderful creations.  She is rockin' the CAS.

Carole ~

Saturday, May 24, 2014

My New Stamping Buddy





I wanted to introduce a new stamping buddy of mine.  Her name is Alli, she is my 11 year old niece and she has recently taken up the craft of stamping. 

My brother and his family moved to north Texas last May and I am sad to say, until that time I had very little contact with my nephew and niece.  However after leaving the corporate environment in late September I have been able to "get to know" my family and it has been a wonderful experience and blessing. 

Alli and I have discovered that we both like crafting so recently we have spent a couple Saturdays playing in my long ignored craft room.  Her first card ever was the lovely creation above which she gave to me.  It was a thank you for letting her come over and play.  Believe me, I cried when I read her words. 

She did up two very beautiful cards for her mom and grandma for Mother's day the Saturday before the made-up holiday but we ran late that day so in our mad scramble to get her home I forgot to take pictures.  Both cards were beautiful and I have no doubt that in very little time she will be showing me how it's really done.  LOL 

0ur plan is for Alli to come by one day a month so we can bond and make cards, so hopefully we can dust off my supplies and start posting more. 

Thanks for stopping by .....
C


Friday, September 20, 2013

OLC Get Well

Still trying to get back into the swing of things after being away from the craft room for so long.

First, thank you very much ladies for selecting my card from last weeks challenge to ShowCASe.  I was thrilled when I logged on last night to see it.

So this week at Less Is More is, my personal bane, the one layered card.  If one out of 100 one my OLCs is acceptable, I'd be surprised.  LOL



I do not like this card at all but figured I've made worse.  I was hoping it would look better after I took the picture but low and behold, it actually can look worse!!  Oh well, I'm still working on finding my lost mojo so it may take awhile. 

I have another card I was working on as well, but I have to log on to take a CPE course right now so I won't be able to get it done before the challenge ends.  But I will be back on line later to leave comments.  Thank you for stopping by. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Lily of the Valley Pup and Kitty

Thought I'd join in over at Less is More where the challenge this week (lucky dip week at that) is:
We want you to use a
RUBBER STAMP
In addition if you could use watercolours that would be wonderful!
 
 
I made this little card using Stampin' Up markers and blender pen on 140lb water color paper.  The stamp is Lily of the Valley and was a great image to color. 
 
 
 
I didn't do much with this one; added a sentiment, a bit of pearls, trimmed it down and mounted it to a card base.  I tried to add some twine, then ribbon, then even a button or two, but in the end I think the cute image is enough. 
 
A bit about whats been happening in my life: It has been a pretty stressful year at work.  We were down to two people doing the work of four and the hours were pretty bad.  I was putting in as much as 120 hours a week, 7 days as week during the busy time of the month.  Well it is finally over, I turned in my resignation last Wednesday and begin my new position on the 23rd.  I'm super happy about leaving corporate life and getting back into the facility side of the business.  I will soon be able to reclaim my life and might even have more time to spend in my craft room again.  YAY!!! 

Thanks for stopping by.
Carole