Carol’s Crafty Corner

Monday, June 29, 2009

Just "Beachy"

I'm a little sunburned, but other than that our trip to Panama City Beach was absolutely awesome! We spent our days relaxing at the beach with our friends and our evenings shopping at Pier Park, eating at some of the most mouth-watering restaurants, listening to very talented musicians, and strolling the beach.

I'll post some pics/layouts of our trip soon.

I hope you have a safe and happy Independence Day.


Saturday, June 20, 2009

On The Waterfront

I completed this layout last night for challenges on 2 boards; Treasured Scrapbooking and Just Scrappin' (TS & JS).

I am hosting a black/white challenge on JS, so this layout is for that challenge. I used all black and white paper as well as black/white photos. The only other colors you see are from embellishments/lettering (the sun and the title). For the sun, I used chipboard and covered it with tissue paper. Then, I used 2 different colors/textures of ribbon for the sun's rays. The title was cut using the Cricut Printing Press cart.
It also completes the requirements for Kerri's Molecular Formula (H2O) challenge which required something pertaining to water be used in a layout.

At TS, this layout is for 2 challenges:
Abbie's Progression Challenge - For her challenge, I had to use pics to show progression. These photos are of Carter turning on the sprinklers, watering my gladiolas, and then running through the water.
Jenn's Summer Fashion Challenge - This challenge is about how fashion trends can be used/seen in scrapping. She provided us with fashion pics, and we were to use them for our inspiration. This summer's hottest fashion styles are the use of lots of color as well as black/white, vivid patterns (stripes, circular, etc..), large jewelry (dangle earrings, large bracelets, etc...), ribbons, scarves, bows, - So, the use of black and white as well as the stripes and dots, large/circular/ colorful sun with rays of ribbon, etc ...

a close-up of the sun

a close-up of the photos that show progression of events

a close-up of the title and wavy ribbon

I have several more challenges to complete, so I am off to enjoy some quality alone time to scrap. It is such a wonderful de-stressor!

Please check out all the other wonderful layouts, cards, etc... by the talented ladies at Treasured Scrapbooking and Just Scrappin'. I have provided a link for these boards on this blog under "Place I Like To Visit."

Thanks for stopping by, and come back soon:)


Thursday, June 18, 2009

Appetizer Recipe Cards

Good Evening All,

I am hosting an Appetizer Recipe Swap over at JS. Also, this weekend we are having an online crop there as well. So, I decided to use this swap as a chance to challenge my scrappin' buddies to work on their cards. I have completed 12 cards thus far. The recipe I chose to share is for Chocolate Chip Dip. Now, if you have never tried this be forewarned, it is extremely yummy and addictive.

I designed 2 different cards.

For the first one, I printed out the recipe on red cardstock and attached it to a 6x6 card base.
Then, I cut out the canopy/awning using the My Community Cricut Cart.
Next I used my new Lyrical Letters cart for the "bakery" phrase. (I highly recommend this one for lettering)
Then I used the Paper Doll Dress Up cart to cut out the apron. I used my new "worn lipstick' shade distressing ink by Tim Holtz on the apron edges and attached the ribbon at the waist.
Finally, I stamped the chocolate chip cookie on the recipe and the "made especially for you" tag on the back which has my scrapping name - southernbellesmom

close-up of the awning/canopy

close-up of the apron

Now for the second design. First, I printed the recipe onto beige colored cardstock.
Then I used my new Swiss Cheese Border Punch on the sides. I also used my brown distressing ink on the edges.
Next, I attached the recipe to a piece of brown cardstock and rounded the corners.
Then, I attached it to my 6x6 card base. The base has neat little baking/cooking phrases printed in various fonts. So cute!!!!
Finally, I used some brown rafia on the top of the brown to add a little more color/interest. I also stamped my tag on the back of this one. I really wish I still had some of those cute little Hershey's Kisses stickers I got while visiting that scrumptious place, but I have already used them. I think that would've looked great on the upper right hand corner of the recipe. Who knows, I may hand cut my own for these cards. If I do, I will take pics and add them to my blog. Please let me know what you think. :) :) :)

A close-up of the top of the recipe with the rafia

These were so yummy to create. I would love for you to come over to JS and participate in our crop. You also still have time to sign-up for the recipe swap (Swap closes Friday night the 19th).

Hope to see you there,

Carol :)

Monday, June 15, 2009

Just Playin' in Water

I haven't scrapped any since I got back home. I have been playing with Carter. Here are some pics of him playing in water on a very hot afternoon (last Thursday).

He likes to turn the water on by himself.

Watering Momaw's Gladiolas

Running through the water

This is one way to wash a toy truck.

And, here he is spraying water on his foot to remove grass!

Thanks for visiting, and I hope you are having a great Monday.

Carol :)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Sweet Home Alabama

I arrived back in Bama yesterday after being in PA with Aymee for a week. We had a great time scrapping and visiting with friends. Here are 2 cards I made Monday night. This first one is for a challenge at JS which requested an anniversary card. I used scrap paper to make this project. After stitching the tic-tac-toe diagram on the card, I cut the squares and ran them through the Cuttlebug maching using Aymee's mini "i love you" folder. Next, I distressed the edges of the card base and squares using brown ink. Then, I used a chocolate color cardstock and several Cricut carts to cut the game pieces.
Lyrical Letters - the x's and o's
Wild Card - the car and the bride/groom
Stretch Your Imagination - the wine glasses
Wedding Cart - the rings and cake

A little closer look:

This card is also for a challenge at JS. For it, I was to use the colors black, red, and cream to create a birthday or summer card. Once again, this project was created with items from the scrap bin except for the toille.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.


Sunday, June 7, 2009

Scrappin' With Aymee's PA Girlfriends

On Saturday, Aymee and I went to Katie's house to scrap with some more of her friends. It was a beautiful day. We had a great time visiting, eating, and scrapping.

I completed 2 layouts! This first layout is for Erin's Summer Adventure challenge at TS. Since T-Ball is a summer adverture in our area I chose to scrap Carter at a T-Ball game. I used the Printing Press Cricut cart to cut the large circle for the (baseball). I used the sewing maching for the zigzag stitch on the baseball. The pirate and the skull/crossbones were cut from the Paper Doll Cricut cart (Carter's team is the Pirates). The title "Sly Slugger" was cut from the Printing Press Cricut cart also. Aymee gave me the folded skull/crossbone folded paper that I used in the grouping with the black trim and the pirate boy at the bottom of the layout.

A close-up of the title and part of the baseball.
Next, this layout is for Jenn's "Super Man" challenge. In this challenge I was to scrap about the "super" man in my life. I chose to scrap about my wonderful husband, Ron. The photo used in the layout is one in which he is on the T-Ball field with Carter. The square with the word love is from a sheet of labels from Cosmo Cricket. The wings were cut using the Christmas Solutions Cricut cart, and the Title was cut using the new Lyrical Letters Cricut cart. Aymee gave me the brown flower and brad that I used in the center of the wings. My journaling is around the edge of the brown mat.
Here is a close-up of the layout.
Thanks so much for taking time to visit my blog.
Carol :)

Scrapping at Aymee's Thursday

Aymee and I had a great time scrapping in her neat, organized scrap haven. She has an awesome scrap room! I only made one layout that night, but it has a lot of detail. The inspiration for this layout came from those adorable photos. These pics of Carter and his friend Carley were taken at the beach in May. I also really like this sketch. It reminds me of the fan quilt pattern. I used the new Life's a Beach Cricut cartridge for the "island looking" letters and the Hibiscus flowers. I used the Paper Doll cart for that sweet little paper doll boy and girl. The "grass" skirt on the girl is really trim we found on sale at JoAnn's. Also, I finally did some sewing on a layout! I stitched around the "fan" shaped pieces. That was so much fun!!!!

Here is a close-up of the paper doll boy and girl.

This is a close-up of the lettering, flowers, and fan with pics.

Carol :)

Scrapping With Michele

Well, as you are aware, I haven't posted anything in several days. I am at Aymee's for a short visit. We traveled to Palmyra (close to Hershey, PA) on Friday, and I finally got to meet my friend Michele in person. She is a very sweet, cordial lady with an equally hospitable family. I really learned a lot of neat tips from this great scrapper.

While there, I finished 2 layouts and 2 cards.

This layout is the most simple one I have ever completed. I completed it for Beth's "Use Your Stash" challenge at TS. For this challenge, I was to use materials from my stash (materials I have had stashed aside). The following were cut using the Cricut machine:
Printing Press cart - the Title (priceless) & the ring (around the photo)
Storybook cart - the corner branch
Home Accents cart - the inticate butterfly
I also stitched around the edge of this layout. I am really liking the sewing on scrapbooking projects!

This is a close-up of the title, photo, and butterfly.

This layout is for LauraJean's "Scrap It Large" Challenge at TS which was to scrap a 5x7 photo. I really like this sketch. The "lollipop" flowers are so much fun to make! This is also the first time I have used lace to create flowers. This eyelet trim has tiny beads attached on the flowers. It is also the first time I have tried to make box pleats. It wasn't difficult, but it did take me a little time to do. However, I think it was well worth it! The phrase, "Beach Bum" was cut using the Life's a Beach Cricut cart. I also used a small zigzag stitch around the edges to frame the layout.

This pic shows the layering.

Michele and I made 2 cards together which are almost identical. This is the fastest card making I have ever done. It is a lot easier when someone is doing the cutting and gathering materials. Hahahahaha - Thanks Michele!

The inspiration for this card came from that adorable ribbon. Don't you just love it! We cut the watermelon using the Cricut Doodlecharms cartridge. We used the distressed stripes Cuttlebug folder to add texture to the rind. Then, we added some distressing ink to the rind to further add accent and detail. We used Aymee's ribbon folding technique on the wired watermelon ribbon.

Next, we both fell in love with the idea for this "cheery" cherry card. We both have been wanting to make a cherry card for quite some time now. So, when we saw this ribbon we knew it was time. This cherry was cut using the new Lyrical Letters Cricut cartridge. It has the cutest fonts along with phrases and images.

Thanks for looking a have a great day!


Tuesday, June 2, 2009

"Outta Sight, Outta Mind!"

The challenge this week at The Cuttlebug Spot is to take out our coloring tools and coloring some wonderful stamped images with any medium of your choice. I chose to use a Pink Cat Studio stamp I have had stored in my stash (never used) for nearly a year. I colored in the image/s using crayons and colored pencils. Then, I mounted them on coral and brown ovals that were cut using my Creative Memories cutting system (another tool I never seem to use). These pieces were then attached to the paisley patterned paper (from my scrap paper bin) that I embossed using the Perfect Paisley Cuttlebug folder. I also used coral colored ribbon on the side and adhered the border which was cut from the Floral Border Cuttlebug Die (also something in my stash that I have never used). Also, as you can tell, I used my Cat's Eye ink to shade/distress the edges and paisley embossing. The use of materials/tools stored in my stash lets you know that with me things really are, "outta sight, outta mind!"

This card is being sent to my BFF to let her know that I have been thinking of her. We have both been very busy and haven't spent any time together in weeks. So, we do need time to lift up each other. She LOVES getting homemade cards.

I took this photo inside last night. The real colors are little more vivid.

This pic shows the paisley embossing a little better.

A close-up of the stamped image.
The Cuttlebug Spot always has such neat challenges. Please check out the awesome examples posted by their innovative, inspiring DT members as well as the completed challenges of many talented scrappers:
I hope you have a great week. I will be MIA for a couple of days due to packing, errands, etc... in preparation to fly to PA for a visit with Aymee. We are going to "crop 'till we drop!"
Carol :)

Monday, June 1, 2009

An Award from My Girl

I have recieved 2 awards this weekend. Yah!!!! This Award is from my girl, Aymee (southernbelle). It was designed to award bloggers for showing great attitude and gratitude.

Now, I would like to pass this along to some fellow bloggers:

1. Cristal - aka Pinky -
This is one very crafty lady with an amazing talent for scrapping.
2. Diana -
My Alabama friend with an "Ausome" Blog
3. Ziggy -
Zigs has the most wonderful personality and loves "fishnet" hose. She is so cute.
4. Kelly -
Another Bama friend with a great attitude.
5. Shelly -
This lady has fabulous cards with so much detail. You must check out her blog and creations.

Thanks for stopping by,

Carol :)

My First Award! Yah!

I am so excited! I am a scrapper because I love creating interesting, sometimes unusual, and hopefully a few pretty layouts, cards, and other altered projects. Also, I found this craft to be extremely relaxing! I have always been fascinated with paper, crayons, etc... So, "playing" with these things as I did when I was a child is like being given the most wonderful gift.

The Award I received is from my Alabama friend, Diana. Please take time to visit her Ausome Blog at You won't be disappointed. On her blog, she shares some extremely beautiful, creative cards. Not only do we share a love of card-making, but we are both GRANDMOTHERS!!!! (She shares pics of her granddaughter who is such a cutie!) Diana is also a very gentle, sweet-spirited lady that leaves me the most kind, heart-warming messages. The "Gift of Love Award" has no specifics; you must simply pass it on to 5 people. So, thanks Diana, I will pass this lovely award on to some ladies who always share their "gift of love" with others:

Aymee - - my very beautiful, creative, talented, (and so many other wonderful things) daughter.
Michele - - a fellow educator, friend, and talented scrapper I met at JS (we both love to travel also)
Karen - - another very sweet spirited lady who is always kind to others and a great scrapper
Karen B. - the most jovial person I know, an awesome card maker (and layouts too) and stamper, and new Cuttlebug DT member
Kerri - - a beautiful lady who has a great blog which shows off her creativity and new Cuttlebug DT member

Be sure to stop by and visit all of these wonderful ladies. It is certainly worth your time to visit!

I just have to be such a grandmother and post a pic of Carter with his new "Swip and Swide" (Slip n Slide). He had such a great time!

Have a Great Day,

Carol :)

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