Carol’s Crafty Corner

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Card Challenges & The Cuttlebug Spot

The "Mickey Card" completed 2 of the challenges at JS; paper doll and doodle. I used my Paper Doll Dress Up Cricut cart for the paper doll. Then for the title and the Mickey ears in the lower right corner I used the Mickey cart. Those paper dolls are so much fun to create.

This card is for this week's challenge at the Cuttlebug Spot. The challenge was to use brown with either orange or blue. The paper I used for the diagonal background is from the K&Co Blue Awning Stack. I love those papers! I used the Cuddlebug Swiss Dots folder for the top section and the Birds and Swirls folder for the bottom section. The title "beautiful" and flower were cut using the Cricut Home Decor cart. As you can tell, I slightly distressed the edges of the flower and then used Cat's Eye brown ink on it as well. Then, I decided to use a ribbon knot for the center. I also inked the flourishes which I received from a swap I participated in last summer. Thanks Ashley!

Now, a close up of the flower to show its dimension.

This was my first time to cut that particular flower, but I will definitely use it again. It was so much fun to make!

Thanks for visiting my blog,

Carol :)

Card Challenges

Good Evening :)

I have completed 4 cards for challenges at JS. This card was created for the "favorite flower" challenge. I chose my ribbon first, then I found the paper to match. Gladiolas are my favorite flowers. Since I didn't have a stamp or other type of image with gladiolas, I found one on line that I could color using my colored pencils.

Here is a close up of the ribbon and the flowers.

Next, I created this card for the "outdoor activity" challenge. I used one of my cow stamps and colored it also. The title "Howdy Y'all" is also from the cow set. I cut the daisies using my Mickey Cricut cart, then I put matching brads in the centers. The check and orange mats were cut from the Storybook Cricut cart.

Here is a close-up. Isn't that the cutest little cow?!?

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Crock Pot Recipe Cards

Happy Hump Day! Well, I have had Carter since yesterday afternoon. He has been so good. We worked outside today, and he was really a great helper. I haven't scrapped any today, and right now I am way too tired.

Yesterday I completed my cards for the Crock Pot Recipe Swap I am participating in at JS. Each card is different (except for the recipe and bread basket tag) because I used paper from my scrap bin to create them. Not only did I make these cards, but I actually cooked the recipe I chose to use in this swap. The entire house smelled so good, and they were D-licious!:)

I found the bread basket clip art on line and then copied and colored it using my colored pencils. Then I adhered it to the scallopped circle which I cut using my Cricut Accent Essentials cart. I chose to shade the edges of several cards to make them "pop" a little more. I also used ribbon in some manner on each one.

I am so happy to be adding to my recipe album. Not only do I have great recipes, but the cards are too cute!

Now, here are all ten cards.

The next two pics are a close-up of the cards.

This pic is a close-up of one card which shows the recipe in detail.
If you're in need of a delicious, easy meal that can be put into a crock pot to simmer all day, then this recipe is definitely for you.
Bon Appetite!
Carol :)

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Cuddlebug Challenge

The challenge this week on The Cuttlebug Spot was to emboss vellum, metal, etc. I chose to use another technique Aymee posted as a tutorial on her blog; papercasting. It was sooo much fun! After the toilet paper dried, I mounted it on a rectangular mat which is shaded with light pink ink. These pieces were then mounted on the scalloped edge card base using pop dots. Then, I cut out the baby girl outfit in white using the New Arrival Cricut cartridge. I ran the top pieces through the Cubblebug machine using the swiss dots folder. I also shaded the lacy looking parts of the bottom layer with light pink chalk. Next, I decided to use a light pink brad as the center of the flower. I also applied the pink ribbon on the bottom of the card using Aymee's folded ribbon technique. The "It's a Girl" phrase used on the inside of the card and the matching envelope were cut using the New Arrival cart as well.

This card has a very soft look which is just perfect for the recipient; my best friend's daughter.

Thanks for taking the time to view my creations.


My Girl!

This layout is for Michelle's Ad Challenge on TS. We were to use the ad as inspiration of complete our lo. I focused on the color pink, the squares, and the girly look because that is what first captured my attention. I used one of Aymee's sketches and followed her folded ribbon tutorial to complete the challenge. To view her work, you can use the following link to go to her blog:

This picture is of Aymee when she was 3 years old. She has always been a "girly" girl and I have loved every minute of it.

A close-up of the folded ribbon.

A close-up of the title, My Girl, which I cut using the Accent Essentials Cricut cartridge for the flower which has the word "my" attached on the top and the Mini Monogram cartridge for the word "girl."

A close-up of the squares at the bottom.

As you can see, I fulfilled the elements of the challenge by using the color pink, creating a girly girl look, and incorporating the use of squares.

Thanks for looking and have a great Memorial Day Weekend!

Carol :)

Great Scott, Mr. Wilson!

Mr. Wilson is my next door neighbor. Carter loves to go over there to "visit." Last week when Mr. Wilson was sitting on his patio, Carter went over and pulled up a chair to sit by him. Then, he said, "Momaw, take a picture!" So, I got the camera and took their pic. They had the cutest little smiles on their faces. This is truly a priceless treasure.


Friday, May 22, 2009

Another Night of Card Making

I scraplifted this card for a very special lady (a teacher) who is retiring after 35 years of dedication and hard work. I don't know the name of the cardmaker of the original design. If you do, please let me know so I can give credit to the author.
The base of the card and the 2 shaped mats were cut from Accent Essentials. I shaded the bottom mat and the flower using teal blue Cat's Eye ink. The top mat has been attached using pop dots for added height.
The dragonflies and the flowers were cut from Doodlecharms. I embossed the top layer of each dragonfly using the Cuddlebug machine and the swiss dots folder. I adhered them to the mat using thin, foam pop dots and lifted the wings to give them more definition and dimension.
I stamped the sentiment on the top layer of the flower using tea blue ink also.
I followed Aymee's tutorial to create the ruffle design made by the sheer teal blue ribbon. Then, I doubled the ribbon to make it a deeper shade of teal and tied the bow.

This card has a very soft, feminine look which I really like. It was fun to put together.

Here is a close-up which shows the various details of the card.

I made this card for a co-teacher who has a niece graduating from high school tonight.
It is very similar to a card I made earlier in the week (it is posted below).
I used the same paper line, stamp, Cricut cartridge, and verse on the inside of the card.

Thanks for looking. Please take time to be thankful for our military and remember the true meaning of Memorial Day (not the meaning given by some high school students who were visiting the Capital - "it's when the pool opens!").

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Still Making Cards

Good evening! I have made several more cards in the past couple of days. I made 2 more teacher cards similar to the ones I made and posted earlier in the week. Then, last night I made 2 graduation cards. This first one is my favorite! To me, it's very elegant. The paper is DCWV. This particular stack looks like wallpaper to me. The dress on the form is a Pink Cat Studio stamp. The little flower on the dress was cut from the Cricut Accent Essentials cartridge, and the title box and leafy corner were cut from the Storybook cartridge. I also used light blue stickles on the flower and the title frame.

Here is a close-up of the dress.

This pic shows the leafy corner I attached to the envelope.

The paper this card is made from is the K&Co Life's Journey stack. It has a very femine look to it as well. I used another Pink Cat Studio stamp for this dress/form. I also used the Storybook cartridge to cut the title box. I cut replicas of the larger flowers from left-over paper and attached them to their matching flower using pop dots. As you can tell, I also distressed most of the images. I used pink stickles on the pink rose, and applied lace to the bottom of the title box.

I printed the verse on both cards on vellum and stamped the flourish at the top.

I appreciate you visiting my blog and hope you have a fantastic Memorial Day weekend!


Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Just Add Scraps

Good Evening! I participated in a one hour challenge tonight on Treasured Scrapbooking! It was a ton of fun.

The challenge was titled, "Just Add Scraps!" This means we were to use some scraps in the layout. So, the scraps I used for this layout are the strips of paper behind the pics and the journaling box.

Also, I was on LauraJean's Team and we were to incorporate faux stitching and brads into our layout. So, my faux stitching is on the tag, and the brads are in the sub-title in the middle of the journaling box.

These pictures are of Carter the day we made Popaw Ron's birthday cake. Carter was so EXCITED! It was almost like it was his birthday. He had such a glow about him. He helped with gathering all the ingredients, and then he did the mixing by himself (and there was no mess). Then, of course, he had to lick the beaters. He told me that he had one by one which means he had one beater in each hand. Hence, the title, One by One! This information is what is included in my journaling.

Here goes :)

Monday, May 18, 2009

Scraplifted Teacher Cards

I have been working on cards this evening. I scraplifted these cards from my Alabama friend, Diana. Here is her blog. Please go check out her AUsome creations.

For these cards, I used the following:
The music note paper is K&Co,
The apple is cut from the Happily Ever After Cricut cartridge,
The word "thanks" is cut from Mini Monograms Cricut cartridge,
and the white matting is notebook paper.

For the apple on this card, I chose to use red embossing powder to create a glossy finish. I also used the Fiskars threading water punch to create the scallopped edging.

Here is a close-up of the apple.

I also decorated the envelope and the back of this card set.

Thanks for visiting my blog, and have a great Tuesday!


Sunday, May 17, 2009

A Beautiful Weekend

This has been a beautiful weekend here in North Alabama. It was sunny and warm most of the day yesterday. Carter finally came home from the beach, so we spent the day playing with him. Needless to say, I haven't done any scrapping. I do need to make a couple of cards, but that will have to wait until later because we are enjoying this wonderful weather.

Instead, I will share a previously completed layout.

This double page layout is very simple. The challenge was to use an ad slogan as the title. So I chose, "Pardon me, but do you have any..." The following is the remainder of the title hidden under each tag: larger spoons, more pumpkins, more batteries, smaller shoes, more tokens?

Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog. Have a great day!

Carol :)

Thursday, May 14, 2009

On The Downhill Slide

That's right! We just passed "hump day," and the weekend is in sight! Yah!
Here are a couple of cards I recently made.
For this first one, I tried a double embossing technique using a Cuddlebug folder. I stamped my folder with various shades of ink, added my white cardstock, and then ran it through the machine. It was so neat! The butterflies were cut using the Storybook cartridge. Then, I applied stickles to the one that is on top. Next, I adhered them to the card base using pop dots to give it dimension.

A close-up of the butterflies.

This card was made using 4 different Cuddlebug folders. The patterns are more easily recognizable on the blue and lavendar strips. The scalloped circles were cut using my Cricut. I also did some faux stitching on both sides.

A close-up of the embossed strips, the circles, and the bow.
Thanks for checking out my blog. I hope you have a great day!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Go Ahead; Make My Day

The left hand side of this double layout allowed me to complete 3 more challenges on TS.

1. Abbie's Make your own Patterned Paper - The patterned paper I made is for the journaling. I stamped a flourish on it, used the edge distresser, and then inked it in chestnut brown.

2. Julie's Twisted Ribbon - I twisted brown gross-grain ribbon into a knot, and then I adhered it to the center of my flowers.

3. Laurajean's Let's Play BINGO - I chose the elements on the second line of the Bingo card which instructed the use of at least 3 patterned papers (I used 4), flowers (I cut the flowers from the TBB cartridge and distressed them) ribbons (ribbons are used as flower centers), letter stickers for the title (I cut the title using the Storybook cart and then ran them through the Zyron sticker maker), and photo/s of your choice.

Here is a close-up of the dimension of the flowers and the twisted ribbon which serves as the center. It also shows the patterned paper I made in a little more detail.

Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you have a great week.


Happy Mother's Day

I have heard from both my children this Mother's Day, and I am so thankful for that. I have been scrapping again today. This layout, like previous layouts this weekend, comprises more than one challenge. I have incorporated 3 of Michelle's challenges from Fisk-a-teers; Distressed, 3 kinds of patterned paper, and a creative quote. I love this background paper. I bought it at the scrapbook outlet while we were in Pigeon Forge for the JS retreat. That store had way too many beautiful types of paper. I used my edge distresser on the background and on the photo mat. The patterned papers are the background, the photo mat, and the photo corner & flower. The creative quote is from one of Clint Eastwood's movies (Dirty Harry, I think and if I'm wrong please let me know.); Go ahead and "Make My Day!" That quote suits the picture and my grandson to a "T!" As a matter of fact, he lives each day to the fullest and truly make the most out of every day. I also included the bingo card with the title "live" on it because of Carter's demeanor.
Also, I used one of Aymee's sketches for guidance in putting this layout together. I know I am prejudice, but she is a fabulous scrapbooking sketch artist.

A close-up of the title and corner made with the Storybook cartridge.

A close-up of the bingo card and the flower. I cut the flower using the Tags, Bags, Boxes, & More cartridge.

TFL and Have a Happy Mother's Day!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Maybe I'm Too Relaxed!!!

I have just completed my second layout for today. How many scrappers do you know who will only complete 2 layouts in ~ 9 hours? So, maybe I am just a little too relaxed. Oh! Well! I'm not trying to win a race.

This layout encompasses 3 challenges. Two of which are from TS and the other one is from Michelle at Fisk-a-Teers!!

1. Cristal's, aka Pinky, challenge is in celebration of Cinco de Mayo and directs us to use something with 5's. So, my 5 word title is "Just Call Me Mr. Fix-it." I am counting fix-it as one word.

2. Debbie's challenge is to create a layout about motherhood. I chose to do another lo about my grandson. He not only fills my life with wonderful memories, he causes me to remember precious moments with my children, Tyler and Aymee. Debbie also asked that a heart be included, so if you look closely at the critter in the lower right hand corner, you will notice a small heart.

3. Michelle at Fisk-a-teers challenged us to "Stick 'em up!" This means to use stickers to help tell the story of the layout. I used 2 small cars and some shiny tools. The tools can be seen in the hands of the critter and in Carter's hand in the pic at the bottom of the page.

Yes, Carter is under the truck with one of Popaw Ron's tools acting out his vivid imagination. We always watch him carefully, and would never allow him to do that unless we were there to keep an eye on him.
These pics aren't very clear, but hopefully you will be able to distinguish the various elements on the page.

TFL and have a great evening :)

De - Stressing?

That's right! Scrapping is a great way to relieve the body of stress. So, while putting my memories onto paper, I have been destressing. I have only completed one layout all day, but I am a slow scrapper. Actually, I have finished our laundry and the remainder of my weekly house cleaning chores too. That also makes me happy because I feel as though I have accomplished something.

This layout is helping me to complete several challenges. I am always excited when I can do that.

1. Aymee's Sketch Challenge at JS was to scrap about motherhood. She also asked that we use lace or ribbon somewhere on the lo. I chose to scrap about being a grandmother and how it has totally changed my life. For the better, I might add. The picture in the lo is of Carter crawling and beginning to explore his environment. On this particular day, he pulled the television cord from behind the entertainment center and was about to put it into his mouth when his mother "corrected" him. As you can see, it broke his heart. It broke Momaw's heart too because he had such a pitiful face, but it had to be done to make him aware that some things are just not permitted. I used Sassafras paper on this layout along with a fabric background. I hand cut the shaped paper because I couldn't find exactly what I was looking for on any of my Cricut cartridges. I did however use the Cricut to cut the shaped paper for the journaling (Storybook) and for my title (Plantin Schoolbook).

2. This layout also allowed me to complete 2 challenges on TS. Shirley's Color Me Blue Challenge instructed us to use blue somewhere on the layout. As you can tell, I based my entire layout on the color blue. Cherrie's Challenge was to use a Nursery Rhyme as the title of the layout. My title, Little Boy Blue, goes perfectly with the pic.

3. One of Michelle's challenges on Fisk-a-teers was to use fabric as the base of a layout. That pale blue fabric with the little hearts fits perfectly with all the other elements of this project.

Here is a closeup of the pitiful face and the journaling.

Thanks for visiting my blog, and please check in a little later to view additional results of my destressing today.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Woo Hoo! It's Finally Friday!

I don't know about you, but I am so glad it's Friday. I have been looking forward to this weekend because DH is going 4 wheeling, and I will have the house all to myself. I intend to "crop 'till I drop!" I have new pics of Carter that I need to scrap and several challenges I need to complete. So, hopefully I will have some new work to post soon.

Here are some more pics of Carter. He needed to make the seat "not cold", so as you can see, he is solving that problem.

I hope you have a Happy Scrappy Weekend!:)
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