Wednesday, September 20, 2017

FAITH AND AUTUMN LEAVES

Hi, There!

Just love some of these sentiments in the Penny Black "Faith" stamp set.  The autumn leaves are from Tim Holtz and the pumpkin image is from Inkadinkadoo.  This is a one layer card made with watercolor paper.  Since I love fall leaves the combo was a done deal.

The background was done with Brushos.  The sentiment stamped with black ink.  The leaves stamped with Distress Oxide and painted with the same and the image was painted with the same inks.

Added lots of Wink of Stella and sparkle for the word "Faith".  Thanks for stopping to visit, till next time, hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Sharing at
SSS Monday Challenge - Shimmer and Shine
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - One Layer Card

Saturday, September 16, 2017

R. I. P.

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I am getting into the feel for Halloween with all the Autumn colors I am seeing both on the web and out my windows!!!  Love it!!!  I have had this image for some time now and just getting around to coloring it up.  And what fun it was!!!  It is all done on one piece of white cardstock that was cut out with the Lawn Fawn - stitched rectangles dies. Then layered to black cardstock and onto a top folding orange card.  

The moon image I added for the spooky effect - the poor ghost is scared out of his grave!!!!  But the pumpkin looks friendly enough even with all that glowing going on!!!  Thanks for stopping by - hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Card Recipe for colors used:
Copics:
Background Sky B39 B26 B66 Blender 0
Moon was masked and then I used C0 C1 C2 C3 Blender 0
Tomb C0 C1
Ghost E70 E71
Pumpkin E37 E33 YR02 YR07 Y00 Y04
Leaves G89 G94 YG01 Y04
Ground G85 G99 YG13 YG21 YG01 Y04


Sharing this card at:

SSS Wednesday Challenge - CAS
QKR Challenge #261 - ATG - this digital image is from QKR
Crafting From The Heart Challenge #174 - ATG
Crafting With An Attitude Challenge #31
Crafting With Friends Challenge #50 - ATG

Thursday, September 14, 2017

I LOVE FALL

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Yep, no secret here, fall is by far my very favorite time of year.  So here is another card with Mo Manning's digital image "Swing High".  I kept it simple.  Colored with Copic Markers.

The background is from "blotter" watercolor paper I use when cleaning up my table - so as not to waste any of my paints.  These paints were from Distress Oxide Inks.  I save them all and use them like this for backgrounds or for die cuts!!  

The leaves are from Tim Holtz autumn leaf collection that I fussy cut - they were stamped with Distress Inks.  The tag I made and applied some letter stamping and drew the heart.  

Lots of Wink of Stella on the leaves and in her hair!!  Doesn't she look happy!!!  I can hear her squeals of laughter as she swings in her favorite Maple Tree!!  Thanks for stopping by - hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Copics used:  
Skin E 000-00-01-11-70 -93  
Dress BG 01-02-05-07-09 
Hair  E 70-71-77-79

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Monday, September 11, 2017

EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL IN ITS TIME

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I love this sentiment because it is true during the fall season.  When the leaves change their colors so here it is but it is a flower - Penny Black - Peony image.  Stamped the image in Distress Ink on watercolor paper and painted it with Zig Watercolor markers.  Lots of Wink of Stella on the flower image - does not show here but beautiful in person.  Sentiment from Penny Black - Faith sentiments - stamped in Onyx Black Versa Mark Ink.  Added some watercolor to the word and more Wink of Stella.  Nuvo Crystal Drops here and there.  

Thanks for stopping by - till next time - hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Sharing this card at:

Penny Black Saturday Challenge for Month of September - One Layer Card
SSS Wednesday Challenge - STAMPember - Use a Stamp

HAPPY FALL

Hi, There!

I love the fall and the trees are already changing colors!!!  Not sure if that means we will have an early winter - UGH!!1  But I had fun stamping this Penny Black image - Peony.  Painted it with Distress Inks and Zig Watercolor markers.  Added a border around it with distress ink shading.  

Some spatters of distress inks here and there.  The sentiment "happy fall" from my stash.  Added a strip of gold scrap paper at the bottom of the inside of the card.  So the top part of the card is a little smaller to show the gold thru when it is closed.

Hope you like it and have a wonderful evening - till next time, hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn



Sharing this one layer card at:
Penny Black Saturday Challenge for month of Sept. - one layer card
SSS Wednesday Challenge - STAMPtember

Friday, September 8, 2017

LIFE'S SHORT. . .

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I have had this digital stamp from Mo Manning's shop for a long time and only just getting around to putting it on a card!  Fun image that makes me smile and remember those childhood days of swinging high!!!  Something about swings that always makes me feel happy - if I should venture onto one in the park - where I occasionally take walks.
This was colored with Copic Markers:
Skin  E000 -00-01-11-93-70  Hair E53-55-57  Dress R14-24-29  Shoes E43-44-47  Swing E37-59
Thanks for stopping by and till next time, board a swing and see how it makes you feel;)  hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn

I did end up tying a red string around the left side of the card but did not take another picture of that finished.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

MONSTER BIRTHDAY WISHES

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Hope you are having a good week and the weekend is almost here!!!  I made a card for my grandson who will be 8 next March!!!!  I know how far ahead that is but believe me I never plan that far ahead.  Just happen to find these digital monsters online and fell in love with them.  So the card turned out to be perfect for him and that was it!

I made it a shaker card and added a panel on top with foam tape to be able to stick one of the monsters from peeking out.  All monsters were placed with 3D foam and colored with Copic Markers.  Digital monsters were from #Gerda Steiner Designs.

Enjoy the rest of your day.  Thanks for stopping by, hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Inside of card:
I cutout some balloons from wrapping paper and attached them with 3D foam pads and used my Copic Black marker to draw some string down to each monster and spelled out his name on the monsters.  It was a fun card to make!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

BOOKMARKS

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It has been a while for me - on vacation and then getting ready for back to school supplies - both high school here and college (grandkids).  But we also have some teachers that teach Bible school and those adults who attend Bible Study - so I just decided bookmarks.  Thanks for stopping by - hope everyone returning to school - has a wonderful year!  Hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Sharing at the following challenges -
  SSS Monday Challenge/School or Study Related 
SSS Wednesday Challenge/Back to School
Glitter 'N' Sparkle Challenge #254 - ATG

Here are my three bookmarks and all three I laminated to keep them strong:


Each has a different sentiment from #Verve Fill My Cup clear stamp set.

Bookmarks are made from watercolor paper that was shaded with Distress Inks.

Attached the watercolor bookmarks to some background paper from the #Heartfelt Coffee Collection.  Also used some of their coffee stamps - cup, spoon and cups all together - and one image from their paper that I fussy cut out (that one cup is on the center bookmark).  The cloud image on the middle bookmark is from the Verve stamp set.

Added some corner punches and a doily or two from my stash; punched a hole at top and some pretty twine.  Stardust here and there.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

SWEET FRIENDSHIPS

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Me again with another Penny Black card.  Used another sentiment from the Penny Black sentiment called Faith.  I have renewed my love for my Penny Black stamps and some new ones to boot too!  So I am having fun rediscovering - really I am slowly reorganizing and de-stashing my supplies and finding what I forgot I had and doing a lot of donating - which always makes you feel good!!

This is a small card and I used the Crafty Secrets stamp called Poppies and painted it with watercolors with the Clean Color Brush pens.  Mounted to a black card stock and then to a white card base.  Thanks again for visiting with me, hope you have some very special friendships as they do refresh your soul and put a smile in your heart;)  Till next time, hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Sharing this card at Penny Black Saturday July Challenge - Flowers



Friday, July 28, 2017

WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS MORE OF.....

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Just finished this card and had to load it up.  Plenty of inspiration over at Penny Black, Inc. site and this is one of the ideas I saw and was so excited to try it out.

I used Distress Inks directly to my stamp and then used a water brush to pull the color out on my card stock.  The edge for my card is the masking I did to get the edged frame in place around part of my flower and I used Distress Ink (Brushed Corduroy) to complete this look.  Some sequins here and there and Wink of Stella only in the edged frame.  Thank you so much for visiting me, have a great night/or day - hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn


Sharing this card at:

Image is a Penny Black Stamp - A Moment In Time 
Sentiment is a Penny Black Stamp - Faith

Image was painted on a watercolor paper - cold press, 140 lb weight.  Attached black card stock to one side of a white 5 x 7 base card and mounted the image with foam tape.  This is a beautiful stamp.

I used the We R Memory Keeper's Precision Press Stamping Tool ( like a Misti but cheaper in cost) so I could keep adding the distress inks from light to dark to get the shading I needed without ever moving my card stock from the tool and just kept re-inking as I needed.  

HINT:  I was almost going to give up on this tool, and was thinking of getting the Misti but found the solution to my problem.  My paper would never stay in place for the re-inking and it moves more with the thick watercolor paper.  

So - If you find your card stock moves when you stamp and need to re-stamp -  an idea - I found in Walmart some magnet adhesive sheets and I adhered one of these on the back of this tool so now nothing moves when I apply my magnets on top of my card stock as I am re-stamping.  Doing a happy dance to solve a problem and save some $$$ - to buy something else!!!!;)

FAITH, HOPE, LOVE

Hi, There! UPDATE - This card was a fave over at Penny Black July Flowers challenge:)

I hope you are having a wonderful Friday!!!!  Yea for the weekend!!!  Hot or humid or rainy - I will take it!!!

I have been having fun with my water color brushes and made the following cards, one which I am sharing for two challenges.

All of the following cards have been made by using the same stamp by Crafty Secrets called Poppies. (This is a very old stamp) and all painted with the clean color brushes of watercolor.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend, hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Sharing this card at the following:
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - July Flowers
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - ATG 


Image: Poppies from Crafty Secrets  Watercolor brush pens from Kuretake Clean Color
Lots of shimmer which is lost in the photo - I used Wink of Stella on the flowers and star dust on flower centers and the dragonfly.  Sentiment is from Penny Black - Faith

Other cards made with the same stamp:






Tuesday, July 18, 2017

PLEASANT WORDS ARE LIKE........

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Just finished this art journal page and wanted to post it.  Lots if mixed media going on here.
The stamp set is old from Flourishes called Sunflowers which were colored with Copic markers and fussy cut.  

Journal pages - first I covered them with thick white gesso, and then I used my fingers and a babywipe to paint the  background with Dylusion paints.  These paints in a jar are so creamy!!!

Took a Faber-Castell paper stencil of honeycombs and used Distress Ink to dab that on the pages. Continued by hi-lighting that with some Radient Pearls - Sour Lemon and used a Pitt pen - brown to outline the honeycombs.

Added Stardust on center of flowers and some on the bee wings; added text from the set stamped here and there.  I did free hand (first attempt at that) the Proverb - not too crazy about that but it is "my" journal!  LOL

Spatters here and there from Dylusions - white and black, and Lindy's Stamp Gang - Gold shimmer.  I drew a frame around both pages and colored it in with Pitt pen orange.  

Well, thats it for today - thanks for stopping by, hope you hear nothing but pleasant words all day long!!!  Hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn


Monday, July 17, 2017

UNDER THE SEA

Hi, There!  (Update for this card post - DT favorite with Crafting With Friends)

Received the Hero Arts' Month of May kit and have only just got around to making a few cards - not all put together yet but soon.  So you will be seeing lots of "under the sea" theme cards.   

Then I have some Penny Black stamps and can't wait to get into those for watercolor fun!!!  So here is my card without further a-do!!!  Thanks for visiting and till the next mermaid scene, sea you back here soon;) LOL  Hugs and blessing ~ CaroleAnn


Background was made with Distress Oxide inks and a stencil of waves that came with the kit. The mermaid, starfish, and clam were colored with Copic Markers and then they were die cut with the set that came with the kit.  

Die cut the reef on the side and dipped it into some Distress Oxide ink and the one tucked into the background scene.  Stamped the bubbles, seahorse, and the swimming sea turtle in the background along with some other fish - all from the kit.  Lots of glitter on the mermaid's flippers and the pearl in the clam.  Wink of Stella in her hair.

Card shared at the following challenges:
Crafting From the Heart Challenge #168 - ATG
Crafting With Friends Challenge #47 - ATG
Glitter N Sparkle Challenge #248 - ATG
The Fairy and the Unicorn Challenge #5 - ATG
Simon Says Monday Challenge - "Get In Shape" - can be 3D - my mermaid and clam are mounted on 3D foam


Saturday, July 15, 2017

POPPIES AND DRAGONFLY

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Aurora Wings has a challenge that is easy peasy - Anything Goes Challenge #53.  So here is my watercolored card entry.  Another old stamp from Flourishes called Poppies.  Used the Zig Clean watercolor brush set on watercolor paper.  Lots of Wink of Stella on the flower and Stardust on the dragonfly's wings.  Thanks for visiting, till next time, hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn


HELLO SUNSHINE

Hi, There!

Almost a month since my last post!!!  Summer fun going on here and less time to create but that is what it is all about during the hot, lazy days of summer:)

Quickie here:  For challenge at Simon Says for both Monday's which is Distress It  - background paper is distressed and for Wednesday's challenge of Use Plaid at Simon Says - that is my background paper.

This is a watercolored card with lots of Wink of Stella and Stardust in center and Glossy Accent for the lady bug.  Used the Zig Clean Color Brushes - I have the 24 brush set and absolutely love it but it works the best on good watercolor paper for blending colors into one another.  The image is from Flourishes called Sunflower - I have had this for years.  I am pulling out more of these clear stamp sets to watercolor as I forgot I had them!!!  I thinks I have too much!!!!  Need to get under control - I'll let you know how that goes after my next and last shipment arrives!:(  LOL

Till next time, hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

BUTTERFLY HAPPINESS

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The challenge over at Ching-Chou Kuik for the month of June is Butterflies:)  So I just had to be part of this challenge as I love butterflies.  They are so pretty, gentle, happy and peaceful fluttering around your garden.  His way of saying enjoy the nature I created for you.  

I wish I had a garden devoted to just the butterflies .... but I do have hummingbird feeders that are blessed with daily visitors of brilliant colors!!!   

We actually had a pheasant visiting us for awhile and he was so much fun to watch - now I hope he has just found better feeding grounds and nothing happened to him.  We also have a male wild turkey that loves to strut his stuff around the wild female turkeys that come to feed here too!!!  Yes - jungle habitat here!!  LOL  Till next time, enjoy nature when you can, hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Card Recipe:
Digital Image from CCK - colored with Copic Markers as follows:
Skin E0000 000 00 E21 E93
Hair YR30 Y21 E31
Dress  R20 R00 R11 R81 R83 R85  Leaves/Eyes/Butterfly G20 G40 G43 YR30
Image in a frame from IO - doubled that frame.  Background is paper I used Distress Oxide ink - Worn Lipstick and also stamped butterflies with same distress ink.  Wink of Stella in her hair, glossy accents in her eyes and stardust here and there on butterflies.  Image has been mounted with foam tape.

Card shared at:
CCK- June Challenge Butterflies
Crafting From the Heart Challenge #164 - ATG
Crafting with Friends  Challenge #45 - ATG

Saturday, June 3, 2017

HAPPY 50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY TO US!!!

Hi, There!!

Yes indeed!!!  50 years have gone by in a wink of an eye and I can't believe it!!!  We are so blessed to have one another and all the blessings that the good Lord has bestowed on us.  We are so very happy and lucky and I praise and honor You Lord for giving us each other to love and to cherish for all these years.

I made this card back in 2012 and we just rotate it to each other each year as my private note inside says it all and it is so us - sitting and watching the birds come to our bird feeders!!!  Joy in all the simple things in life have given us such tremendous happiness.

Have a wonderful weekend and we will be enjoying a quiet dinner at our very favorite restaurant later tonight!!!  All diet plans are off for tonight!!!  Yippee!!!!!  Bring on the big plates, good wine, and oogie-gooey desserts!!!!  Hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn




Tuesday, May 30, 2017

RIBBON AND LACE

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I was too late to enter this into one challenge at Ching-Chou Kuik's website but wanted to post it.  I believe I am in time for other challenges.  I was behind the eight ball all the way for my challenge entries this month!!!!  I am not sure how the time passes me by when I always think I am on time!!! LOL  But I am having fun during the process and that is what it is all about.  Have a great evening or day!  Till next time hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Card shared at:
Crafts and Me - ATG
Crafting From the Heart Challenge #161 - ATG
Crafting With Friends Challenge #44 - ATG


Digital Image is from Ching-Chou Kuik colored with copic markers:
E000 E00 E01 E02 E13  Hair B0000 BG000 B00 BG01 B91 B95  Dress BG000 and glitter
Flowers E01 E02 E95 E93  Butterflies BG0000 BG10 B91 B95 B45
Leaves and eyes G21 G24 G94 G85 Glossy accents for the eyes
Liquid pearl, sequins and distress ink on edge of background paper  Papers- Graphic 45/Sweet Sentiments  Ribbon and lace from stash and staple I painted with Copic Marker to match

Friday, May 26, 2017

MY SECRET GARDEN UNDER THE SEA

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NOTE:  Heavy post with photos

I love fairies, butterflies, and mermaids.  Mermaids won!!  I have a few digital mermaids from Aurora Wings - I love them all and I still have a few more that are crying for attention!!!  

I decided that Aurora Wings' challenge for a secret garden would be one that is under the sea!!!  I am sure there are some beautiful creatures and or critters roaming the bottom of our wonderful seas! 

This is what I imagine as only a little part of "my secret garden" under the sea;)  Thanks for stopping by, till next time, hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Tri-fold card open first flap:
Last flap open: 
Close up of left side and inside mermaids:
All digital Mermaids from Aurora Wings and colored with Copic Markers:
Mermaid #1 E000 E00 E01 E02 E11  Hair E30 E31 E34 E35 Body G20 G40G43 E13 E99 E97
Mermaid #2 E000 E00 E01 E02 E00 Hair E50 E53 E19 E97  Body BG000 B01 BG32 BG15 BG49
Mermaid #3 E000 E00 E11 Hair YR00 YR01 YR02 YR27 YR07  Body B0000 BG000 B14 B16 B32
Ground YG01 YG25 YG21 BG15 BG32
Wink of Stella on her hair and body.  Liquid pearls and stardust.  Stickers inside of card are from K&Company and the rising bubbles are from Designs by Ryn   Sentiment on Spellbinder label on front of card was made with Hero Arts Alpha Letters
Card Shared at:
Aurora Wings Challenge #50 - My Secret Garden
SS Monday Challenge - Little Critters

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

FLIGHT OF FANCY

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I can't believe how fast time goes by - I didn't even know that this weekend is Memorial Day weekend here in the USA!!!  I thought once I retired maybe time would slow up but it seems like it has sped up for me - don't know why.  I have to work faster on my projects to make deadlines lately! 

I have had this image from East Wind for quite some time and only getting to color her now.  It was a lot of fun and when I found the "just right paper" it all came together!  Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by, enjoy the rest of your week - before it is next week;)  Hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Sharing this card at East Wind Challenge #71 - Celebrate the Women
SS Monday Challenge - Little Critters (Little bird in the cage)

Card Recipe:
Image is Auroa BlueJ colored with Copic Markers:
Skin E000 E00 E01 E02 E11  Hair E21 E23 E25 E29 E79
R81 R83 R85  B41 B21 B34  G20 G21 G24 G94
Eyes has glossy accent applied and I added Wink of Stella in her hair.  Star Dust for glitter to the flowers.  The paper for background is from Wild Rose Studio/Flight of Fancy
Frame for image is a Spellbinder label/distress ink around edge  Stickers from Recollections

Saturday, May 20, 2017

HOME SWEET HOME

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Happy weekend to you!!!  I love the weekends - everyone is more relaxed minus the running around that needs to be done at the end of a work week!  I have so many projects to be done around here that I need help with - man power help - which is my grandsons!!!!  We got 3 things crossed off my list and the last one will be done tomorrow!!!!  Then we start on the next list.  I am sure they are so happy when I am in my art room creating or on my computer blogging!!!  I can just hear it - "oh, thank goodness, Nana is busy with her blog".  LOL  Oh, Home Sweet Home!!!  So here is my card!!!  Till next time, hugs and blessings to you ~ CaroleAnn

Sharing the card at:

SS Monday Challenge - Home Sweet Home
SS Wednesday Challenge - Add some sparkle
Crafting With Friends Challenge #43 - ATG
Crafting From the Heart #159 - ATG
613 Avenue Create Challenge #197 - ATG

Card Recipe:
Copic markers:  Skin E000 E00 E01 E11 E02  Hair E53 E55 E57  I paper pieced her outfit.  The image is from LaLaLand - Thinking of You Marci.  The die cuts are also from LaLaLand - the keyholes, the house image and the "HOME" all from LaLaLand.

 The background paper just happened to have the word sweet on it so perfect for Home Sweet Home theme and the DP is LostnFound/Sunshine.

Her heart has the glitter from Stardust.  I added some Prima Flowers and added some stardust glitter and yellow liquid pearls.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

THINKING FLOWERS

Hi, There!   UPDATE - This card received Top 3 Pick at Polkadoodles!!!

Our first warm day here and I was loving it and dreaming flowers!!  So my card just had to be about a flower and this is Darling Marigold Bud from Polkadoodles - she is just so cute and fun to color for me - yes I have to have the "big" hair and of course, the big eyes!!!  LOL  Actually, I have some very pretty flowers around the house that were given to me from my family for Mother's Day so I am a very happy person right now!! ;)  Thanks for stopping by, hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Sharing Card At:

SS Wednesday Challenge - Going Dotty

Polkadoodles Anything Goes Week 18-19

Card Recipe:
Copic Markers Used:  SKIN E000 E00 E01 E02 E11 E93
FLOWER YR21 YR27 Y26 YR02  BG32 BG45 BG15
HAIR E40 E42 E44 E47
Eyes have a glossy accent, and the flower body has Wink of Stella, image has been framed with a Spellbinder die cut label  Papers used are from KaiserCraft/Marigold  Prima flowers
Embellishment from same paper KaiserCraft.  Polkadot ribbon from stash.

WATERCOLOR BACKGROUND WITH WINGED CREATURES

Hi, There!

Okay, another quickie and this one was so fun.  Masked with painters tape to make a frame and used water with a little bleach and got this great background with my watercolors.  Just added the sequins, Verve sentiment and my stickers from K&Company!!!  Thanks for stopping by - Hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn



Monday, May 15, 2017

YOU MEAN THE WORLD TO ME

Hi, There!

Another quick card (even quicker post) made with a pre-made frame, stickers and a sentiment from Verve!  Viola!!!!


Thanks for visiting!  Hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Sunday, May 14, 2017

ENJOY THE LITTLE THINGS IN LIFE

Hi, There!!

To enjoy all those precious moments that come our way each and every day - sometimes we can be so busy we do not notice them.  I hope I go thru life every day with my eyes wide open so I do not have to say I ever missed a moment!!  So here is my card to remind me to do just that!!

Have a wonderful day and I hope you have many moments of sheer pleasure surrounding you always, till next time, Hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Background was done with water and salt and I used my watercolor paints.  It was an experiment that surprising enough (one of those moments:) that turned out to be okay!!! LOL  Diecuts from my stash worked out just right too!!

Shared this card at:
SS Monday Challenge - It's a Frame Up

Saturday, May 13, 2017

A QUIET MOMENT FOR ALL THE MOTHERS OUT THERE!!

Hi, There!

I had a quiet moment this morning before my grandchildren clamored downstairs to make breakfast and get ready for work.  My quiet moments here can be few and far between but I would not change a thing about my busy household!!  So onto my "quiet moment" post.

This background I created with the new Distress Oxide Inks and sprayed with water once I liked the shading.  You get these awesome variations in the shading once it is dry!!  I only have a few of these inks but having fun with the few I have!  I used painters tape for masking a frame and the sentiment is from Verve.  Added some sequins and those awesome stickers - now I think those are from a Tim Coffey collection but not sure.

I hope to get back into my craft room today to create a few more "quick" cards from all my sticker stash!!!  

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend, with a quiet moment to yourself to do what ever pleases you the most!!!  Special wishes to all the wonderful Mothers out there that are celebrating Mothers Day here in the USA and a belated Happy Mothers Day to all our UK mums!!!  Hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn


Card shared at:
Crafting From the Heart Challenge #158
Crafting With An Attitude Challenge #27 - Month of May
Crafting With Friends Challenge #43
SS Monday Challenge - Its a Frame Up






Friday, May 12, 2017

BUTTERFLIES AND FLOWERS

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I have all these stickers in a box and decided to try to use some of them to make a few quick cards.  So here is card #1 and I did the background with watercolor first and the sentiment is from Verve.  Added some Wink of Stella and a few sequins.  Frame die cut from IO and then added the stickers from my stash!  I had fun!!!  Don't you love it when you can make something fast, use up some of that stash "stuff" and have fun to boot!!!!  Yah!  Till next time, hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Card shared at:
Crafting From the Heart Challenge #158
Crafting With An Attitude Challenge #27 - Month of May
Crafting With Friends Challenge #43
SS Monday Challenge - Its a Frame Up

Saturday, May 6, 2017

CELEBRATE!!!

Hi, There!

Okay this is a SSS called Birthday Celebration and this little elephant tried so hard to hold on to all his balloons but managed only one - the hint of pink balloon.  All balloons have glossy accents on them and I dyed some string to black with distress inks.  Then glued the string to the back of all balloons.

The  image is colored in Copic Markers.  Sentiment is also from the stamp set.  Scallop die cut from Spellbinders and the corners are from my stash.

For background, I used paper from Simple Stories/Good Day Sunshine and cut out part of it on top and used it inside of the card.  Hope this weekend finds you celebrating something fun!!!!  Thanks for stopping by, hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Inside view of card:



Card shared at:
Crafting By Design - May Challenge - ATG
Crafting From the Heart - #157 - ATG
Crafting With an Attitude - #27 - ATG
Crafting With Friends #42 - ATG
SS Wednesday - A Hint of Pink - the balloon and inside the little guys ears

Friday, May 5, 2017

BEACH GAZING

Hi, There!

I made this watercolor background scene and have been trying to figure out how to complete the scene with some stamps.  Then it all clicked when I read the challenge title over at SSS -  "The Great Outdoors"!  

4 different rubber stamps were used - all from Stampin Up (some very old stamps I dug out).
By masking the different wooden rubber stamps, I was able to get the birds both in the foreground and background. Two more stamps, masked, for the little bit of vegetation and tiny butterflies in the right hand corner.   I added some glitter to the gentle waves that I painted.

I have fallen in love with watercoloring and hope to experiment more with this media.  Hope this photo makes you think of soft breezes, the gentle sounds of the waves and the happy chirping of the birds flying overhead!!!  

Thanks for stopping by, till next time, hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn



This card shared over at :

SS Monday Challenge - The Great Outdoors
Crafting By Designs - ATG
Crafting From The Heart #157 - ATG
Crafting With An Attitude #27 - ATG
Crafting With Friends #42 - ATG




Tuesday, May 2, 2017

BIG SISTER HUGS

Hi, There!

It is amazing when you go thru your stash and find something you did not even remember that you had!!!!  Love it!!  This is from Holly Pond Hill, Joanna Sheen Decoupage Sheets and it is dated 2013.  So I had fun putting this together for my sister as she loves these cute critters.  I haven't done decoupage in some time so I found out I was a little rusty but still had fun and I know she will love these cute mice all decked out in their frocks!!!  Thanks for stopping by, hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn


PS   So much fun making this I will have to make more as there are a number of sheets to look thru - like finding a surprise gift in my craft room!!!!  LOL

Monday, May 1, 2017

MAY DAY

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Happy May Day to you.  Well, I have to watch every year my most fave movie named Maytime at this time of year and I have to have a box of tissues close by because the music starts and I start bawling!!!!  Love it!!!  Maytime is a 1937 American musical romantic drama and it stars Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy and John Barrymore!!  My mom introduced me to this movie and I have loved it from the get go!!! 

Well, on to my May card which is a digital image from Polkadoodles called Tulip Darling Bud.  A fun image for me to color and added some glitter here and there along with a doily and the sentiment is a fabric sticker.  A secret message is on the removable tag peeking out of the side of the image.  All done!!   Never have enough birthday cards.  Till next time, hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Sharing this card at:
Crafting From the Heart Challenge #157 - ATG
Polkadoodles Crafting Challenge Week 16 - ATG

Card Recipe:
Image is colored with Copic Markers:
E0000 E000 E00 E11
R11 R20 R21 R22  C1 C2 C4   YG07 G14 YG13 YG25
Papers, fabric sentiment stickers, doily, tag, and bling are all from my stash

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

HEARTFELT THANKS

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My last distress oxide ink background.  I once again used a SU stamp and my hummingbird sticker from my stash.  You can stamp with these Oxide ink stamps very nicely too - it holds a good image as you can see on the "Thanks" part of my card.  Always need thank you cards and I never have enough made!  Till next time, hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Card shared at:

YOU ARE A TRUE FRIEND - AND MY SISTER!!

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This is a special shout out to my sister, Gina!!!  It is her birthday today.  I made a special card for her that she has already received but just wanted to have something on my blog for her.

My sister has always been my buddy - I thank the Lord for giving me such a special person in my life that I can call a sister and a "true friend"!!!  Enjoy your day, Gina.  Much love coming your way today!

Big hugs and bigger blessings to you!!

Card Recipe:
Watercolor background; black archival ink for the Inkadinkadoo image and sentiment.  Sequin here and there.  Mounted onto a black cardstock and then to a kraft card.  I used painters tape around my watercolor paper to get the clean white border for the image.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

THINKING OF YOU

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This is one of those fast cards made from die cuts and stickers - only stamping was from the sentiment.  There is a challenge out there that asks for no stamps or digi images.   UnstampaBelles. Good inspiration to make those fast cards using stickers and your paper crafting!!  Since I have quite a few boxes of stickers etc. this would be a good way to encourage me to go and try to use some of them.  Wanted to load this up for their challenge #67  but last minute I read - No Stamped Sentiments - so I am out of this one.  Still fun to check out a new challenge blog!  But I am still good for Simon Says Challenge for Wednesday!!

Thanks for taking a peek, till next post, hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Card Shared at:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Showers and/or flowers - just can't do the shower part:)

IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY!!

Hi, There!

Still on the watercolor theme here:) This has a background made with the new Distress Oxide Inks - love the chalk-like finish once these dry!  Sentiment is from my stash and the flowers in the foreground are from an old Stampin Up rubber stamp set.  Hummingbird sticker is from stash.  Mounted the watercolor paper to a black cardstock and then onto a pink cardstock.  Sequins here and there.

Card Shared At:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge :  Showers and/or Flowers

DARE TO DREAM

Hi, There!

We have so much rain going on here.  Damp and cold - I need some sun for my bones!!!!  LOL  I know, April Showers bring May Flowers.  I think after a few posts, I need to color something bright!

I have been playing a lot with my watercolors and brushos so the next few posts will have that as backgrounds.  Here is a card I made using Lavina Stamp (fairy on the tree) stamped with Archival Black Ink on a Brusho background.  Sparkle in her wings and she has a few winged friends visiting her too - those are from my stash.  Added a sequin or two.  Kept it simple.  I need a few just simple cards for quick mail outs.

Thanks for stopping by, see you next post, hope you have some sun shining where you are!!!  Hugs and Blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Card shared at:
Crafts and Me - April - Things with Wings
Crafting From The Heart - Challenge #156 Just for Fun
Crafting When We Can - Challenge #142 For the Girls



Thursday, April 20, 2017

LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL WITH FLOWERS IN IT!

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I just happened to be working on this mixed media background piece and once I saw these challenges new where I was going with this background!!!  Sometimes I just sit and stare at a background and wonder where it is going.  Well, I made this one fit all of the following themes.  Three for challenges over at Simon Says Stamps; a challenge over at Altenew for April and a challenge at Mixed Media World for April!!

How's that for one creation for five challenges!!  Don't you love when all your time and effort works out that way.  Only - I placed my sentiment too close to my leaf at the last touch, but oh, well, I decided too much work went into the rest of the project to just toss it!

Hope you like it - flowers always make me smile.  Smiles to you and till next time, hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Mixed media layout shared at:
Altenew April 2017 Inspiration Challenge
Mixed Media World #24 - ATG with twist - watercolor (my flowers and leaves)
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Splash It On
Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday - Month of April
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Showers and/or Flowers

Mixed Media:
Background covered with heavy gesso and then sprayed with Lindy's flat fabio - Mango Mania, Luminous Lemon, Starburst - Sea Mint Green and Glory of the Seas Gold

Stamped text is from Finnabair and stamped with brown Archival Ink.  Image of hives stamped with same.

Bees stamped in black Archival Ink and also stamped and fussy cut and painted with Copic markers and glued to background.  

Heavy gesso used for honeycomb stencil from  Faber-Castell and the beehive image is stamped over it.  

Bees and honeycomb from Flourishes/Be My Honey - Artist Marcella Hawley.  

Daises, leaves and sentiment from Altenew/Spring Daisy Set.  I used watercolors to paint the flowers and leaves and Spectrum Noir pencils to shade them.

Wink of Stella in centers, white gel pen for hi-lites; liquid pearls and sequins and stardust for glitter on the wings of the bees.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

THE BIRDS

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I think these birds may be meeting for the first time and not too sure of their footing with each other!!  LOL!!  Ever have that moment with meeting new people?  I always felt just be yourself and everything turns out okay.  Now these Tim Holtz's birds are indeed different and I just love their goofiness! I just smile looking at them.  Hope they give you a smile or chuckle and you have a great week, and make new friends along the way!  Till next time, hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Card being shared at Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Spring Color Inspiration

Card Recipe:
Tim Holtz - Birds  All colored with Copic Markers:
B00 B01 B02  G43 G24  R20 R21 R22  Y21 Y35 Y04 Y08 Y19
Paper pad from Simple Stories/Good Day Sunshine  6 x 6 card size
Kept the whole scene simple as it is all about The Birds!!
I applied Glossy Accent to their eyes and I drew the line that two are standing on.

Friday, April 7, 2017

"B" IS FOR BOOTS!!

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And what cute boots they are!!  Now I would love to have a pair of boots like these to dance in the rain or splash in the puddles with - let the inner child free!!

We have had plenty of rain here for the past few days but I must remind myself April showers will bring May flowers and look at that -  they are growing right out of the boots!!!!  LOL  Check out this online shop - lots of cute boots to color up!!!

Thanks for visiting today, till next post which I feel like coloring up another one of these cute boots!!  Hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Card Recipe:
Digital image from Imagine That - Lady Bug Boots  - So many cute boots to choose from!!!!

Colored with Spectrum Noir Colored Pencils -
024 025 028 033 Black 119 and 120
Greens 044 017 020 Daisies 014 017 020  065 091 094  All colors blended with baby oil.  
Background papers from stash,  sparkle red ribbon from stash, label and sentiment from Verve, pennant flags from Our Daily Bread Designs, circle frame for image is a Spellbinder circle label. Glossy Accents on the top part of the boots.
Water drops on background from Designs by Ryn ( I don't have rain drops but I will soon since I just ordered some - love her designs!!)

Card being shared at the following challenges:
Crafty Friends Challenge #54 - "B" is for ....  (boots)
Crafty Card Makers Challenge #185 - Spring Into Spring
Crafting From the Heart Challenge #153 - ATG
Imagine That/Creative Playground April Challenge - ATG


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

WATERCOLOR PLAYTIME

Hi, There!

Well, I am smitten with the watercolor techniques I am seeing all over YouTube so I am going to give it a try and hope to be back to show you the cards I will make from these pages.

Also, had a 60% off coupon at Michaels that was for today only.   So just had to run to get a small set of "good" watercolors.  Can't wait to try them out but have other duties calling my name for now!!

Check out the magnifying glasses I had to buy myself.  As I color some of the digital images that have intricate areas to shade, I am finding my eyes tear so I am going to try these!!!  Tough getting old!!  LOL

Till next time, hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Sorry, after I posted the above picture I cut off part of it.  As you can see it was just playing around and then I got serious with the one on the right for an ocean scene.  Can't wait to make that one into a card!!!
Goodies from Michaels: