Sunday, November 8, 2015

Merry X3 Monday

I made a couple cards today, this one is for Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge.  The theme this week is to use red and Gold.  I took liberty and added a touch of green with the embellishments.  Hope that's ok. 
The gold glitter paper is from My Favorite Things and it is gorgeous.  The red foil paper is SU! and I believe the die is from PTI. 
I tried to save down the challenge tag, but my computer is getting very old and a lot of things are not working due to my outdated operating system.  Apologies to the challenge hostess for not being able to post the tag. 

EDIT:  Tried to get a close up of the glitter paper. 

I'll post the other card later this week as it's a birthday card and I don't want the person that is getting it to see it here first.  :)

Thank you for stopping by

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Birthday card for Vicky

This card was for my beautiful daughter-in-law's birthday.  It was inspired by a blog challenge, however I don't remember which one.

I didn't emboss the sentiment which I think would have been more attractive.

My son took the picture for me with his cellphone; I think it's sad that he just snaps a shot that is fine for upload and I spend a good hour trying with my digital camera to get a picture that is only half as good. I think it's time for me to take a photography class.  :)

Though I have not been posting in almost a year, I have been making cards off and on.  It's been a busy year.  My son move back to Texas bringing my two gorgeous grandsons and wife with him, of course.  I can't tell you how wonderful it is to have them home.  I bought a new car just before they arrived, my first SUV.  Or actually it's considered a crossover.  I love it, absolutely love it.  It has black leather interior with purple stitching.  Purple is not my favorite color, but I do love how it looks.

Sadly the new job I took back in 2013 that was supposed to give me a better work-life balance has turned out to be just as demanding as my corporate position which is why my crafting has gone by the whey side.  That and its hard to be inspired when you are exhausted all the time.  :(

I'll be out on medical leave soon but not for long.  I suffer from severe acid reflux which can no longer be controlled with medications so I have to have surgery.  The biggest challenge will be no caffeine for six weeks!!!  So everyone.......beware!!! :)

Thank you for stopping by,

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Christmas CAS in Kraft

This card is for The Card Concept challenge with the theme :Kraft Christmas.  This blog challenge has different levels of design beginning with CAS (Clean and Simple), moving all the way out to Shabby Chic (which is usually many layers and embellishments)

This is a great challenge because it allows for all styles of submissions.  To the right is the inspiration picture for the challenge.  This card is being entered for "Clean and Layered."

I pulled out some old Stampin' Up! kraft card stock for this one. What is left of the original SU kraft stash is now down to less than a dozen pieces, so this card was worked up in Crumb Cake before cutting into the real kraft paper.

The red card stock is unknown; it is very close to SU Real Red, but not quite.  I discovered a whole pack of this red when organizing the card stocks earlier this week, but there was no label.  It is a gorgeous red in natural light. 

The dies are a set by Simon Says Stamp.  I left the spirals on the tree loose, and pulled them up a bit.  The sentiment was cut through the kraft layer, leaving the red to show through. 

The pearl embellishments are by Kaiser Crafts. 

This challenge runs for two weeks due to the upcoming holiday week.  I hope to carve out some more time to make another card for this one. 

Thank you for stopping by. 
~ Carole

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Glittering Christmas

This card is for this weeks CAS(e) This Sketch.  It was also intended for the LIM challenge "More Than One Tree" from last week but I missed the deadline yesterday. 

The trees and base edge are cut from SU!'s new white glitter (or maybe they call it Dazzeling Diamonds) paper.  The snowflake "sequins" and die are from Simon Says Stamp (Winter Trees is the name of the die) and the gorgeous deep blue card stock is Bazzill Artic.  This is my first ever shaker-card and I'm so pleased with how it turned out.  The entire card sparkles and glimmers even when just sitting on the table. 

It's raining out today so the natural light, which is best for taking pictures of glittering cards, is too low to get a decent picture.  Once the sky clears up I will attempt another picture and add it later.

Not sure this is any better, but the colors seem to be truer. 

Thank you for dropping by. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Grateful for .....

  ..... vacation time!!  Or "stay-cation" which seems to be the current catch phrase.  Spent the week organizing the stamps, card stock and dies to make everything all uniform and easy to see from across the craft table; if necessary.  Today I woke up early and finished putting everything back in its place and then jumped into blogland to find a challenge. 

This first one up is for The Paper Players Challenge #222 which closes at noon PST.  With only about 40 minutes to make a card, take a photo, crop and post on the blog this one is a bit rushed.  The theme is "Clean and Simple Thank You" with the following icon to inspire players. 

Using the acorns and leaves as inspiration, I went straight for the new wooden embellishments from SU!.  This card also has some NBUS with the Basic Gray DP which has some lovely fall colors.

I didn't like the first card after I took a picture, so I ran back to the craft room and ripped it apart and created another card.  Of course now the first card is better, because the second one it too busy.  UGH!!

I think I should have used an embossing folder on the base and not the dots. 

Off to find another challenge and enjoy my crafting space.  YAY!!

Thank you for stopping by.  Carole.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Shopping Therapy

I've been working 7 days a week again; last day off was the Sunday before my last post.  :(

Getting real discouraged with the work situation and desperately want to retire.  Unfortunately I need to work a few more years before I can kiss the working world good-bye (or more likely, give it the central finger solute). 

So in order to cheer myself up I decided a bit of shopping was in order.  Some women shop for clothes, purses, shoes or jewelry when they need a little shopping therapy; but I decided to break into my savings account and hit Ellen Hutson's.  I was so happy to see the new Fawn Lawn and Mama Elephant sets.  I even bought more dies ...... because clearly I have an addiction where dies are concerned.  Some day I will get up the courage to take a picture of my dies, but only when I'm ready for a 12-step program.  LOL

I am scheduled to be off the third week of November and I might be able to take the last weekend of this month off.  If I do, I'm going to sleep one day away and then lock myself in the craft room and play with my new items.  The week off in November is tasked for making my Christmas cards. 

Keeping my fingers crossed that my time off doesn't get cancelled, and crossing my toes and fingers when playing lotto so I don't have to worry about social security or my 401k seeing through to the end of life.  :D

So anyway, here is the shopping spree that cheered me up, and thankfully I do not have purchase remorse, it was worth the dipping into savings. 

Hope everyone is having a great end of summer early fall.  Winter is just around the corner .... YAY!!!! 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Does drying time count ......

I've make my first 10 minute card if texture paste drying time doesn't count.  :)

This card is for the Colour Me! Challenge and Less Is More change from this last week.  At LIM its one-layer-card week using foliage, and over at CMC it Monochromatic using Pistachio Pudding (one of my new favorite colors).

The colors on the card look to be more than just PP but that truly is the only color used.  The backgound leaves were inked in with dabbers using the diecut template.  The texture leaf was sprayed with undiluted PP re-inker which did not come out anywhere near the actual color that is pulled off the pad.  I went over the sentiment with a clear glitter pen, which IRL looks no different than the stenciled background leaves; however in the picture it changed colors on me.  I think its the reflection that changes it since I've run into this before.   I envisioned something much prettier, but OLC's are my personal bane. 

Also meant to add ..... does using paste qualify on OLC?  I wasn't sure if it would be considered a "layer". 

We finished month end close yesterday so I made a point to get up early today to get back in the craft room.  I started another card for CMC when the current challenge was posted that I worked on over the few minutes of personal/home time I had this last 10 days, Unfortunately it was piece type work and I managed to lose some of the little pieces over the week so it was tossed this morning.  That will be a definite redo in the future because the portion that was completed, was looking really good. 

Thanks for stopping by, I plan to carve out some time in the evenings this week to leave comments.