Carol’s Crafty Corner

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

My Tea Set and Lamp

Good Tuesday Morning All,

I had several comments on my pink and black tea set and matching lamp. I got that at Hobby Lobby several years ago when they were "dirt cheap!" I decorate my breakfast room/tea room table (and kitchen) to match the seasons. I love doing that. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving such positive comments. It makes me want to create more. I hope to get to scrap some cards tonight. I have Carter until ~7:00, so we will see how that goes. He likes to scrap too, so I usually just "play scrap" with him.

Have a great day,


Sunday, January 24, 2010

Flower Gift Box

Well, this is my third post of the day. Be sure to check out the other goodies I made while scrapping with Aymee yesterday via Skype.

I am needing a gift bag for Carter's teachers. I bought them a monogrammed notepad. They are really cute. I wanted to make the bag for them, so I used every Cricut cart I have to try to accomplish my goal. Well, the largest bag I can cut isn't big enough. So, I am thinking I will purchase a solid color bag (or a white lunch bag) and decorate them. Here is one of the items I put together in hopes of presenting the gifts in a special way.

I cut the flowerbox using the Tags/Bags/Boxes & More cart. BTW - if I can put this together, anyone can. It is so easy (and there aren't any directions for this). Once the score marks are made, the project almost comes together on its own. The grass is cut from the Plantin Schoolbook cart. I used premade/purchased flowers and put them together in a folded manner for the box front. Then, I mounted that tiny black button in the center. The stem is made using a black marker. Then, I stamped the sentiment. I used pink stickles to line each petal of the flower on the top of the box. Easy peasy as Aymee would say! Now, I will have to find a special "little" gift to put in precious "little" boxes (after making another one exactly like this one) and give them to his teachers. This might be an idea for Valentine's Day! Teachers (or the ones I know) love jewelry, and these are the perfect size for that.
Well, I am off to Skype with Aymee again today. I hope to get some more neat things accomplished (I am making another boardbook - this time for a member of our school's dance line - Aymee is designing/cutting some cool things for me to incorporate in it). Please check back soon.

Monogrammed Cards

These cards are for a very thoughtful lady. She is a "huge" Alabama fan, so I think she will really like these cards.

This is a set of 6 cards (2 each of 3 different designs). I bound them together with red toille.

The houndstooth paper is adhered to a white card base. The medallion was cut using the Storybook cart. Then, I distressed the edges. The "B" is cut from that cart using the "shadow" function feature. Then, I adhered the red dot ribbon to black ribbon before mounting it on the card.

The card is made from red cardstock. The scalloped square was cut using the Storybook cart as was the "B" (this time I used the the "Fancy" feature for the monogram). I used houndstooth ribbon adhered to a strip of white cardstock on the bottom of the card.

For this card, I used a red dot card base (this was from a set of boxed cards from Hobby Lobby - you can choose to use them as is, or decorate them as you wish). The monogram "B" was cut using the Shorty/Holes function on the Storybook cart. The black flower ribbon is adhered to black ribbon, then mounted at the bottom.

I also used the coordinating monogrammed "B" on the flap of each envelope.
I would like to make more of these. They are generic and can be used for a variety of occasions. Now, that is thrifty!
Thanks for stopping by,
Carol :)

Valentine's Cards


I spent the day yesterday scrapping with my daughter, Aymee. I just love Skype. It is so nice to get to spend time with her. We had such a great day. We scrapped from about 11:00am until almost 11:30pm. I am a slow scrapper, so I only completed 2 Valentine's cards, 6 monogram cards, and 1 gift box.

Aymee showed me a neat way to make cards. It makes them so easy to display. I am sure Aymee has the directions on her blog. Just visit her at I also scraplifted the card fronts from very talented scrappers at the Cricut Messageboard.

For this first card, I chose red cardstock for the base.

Then I ran a piece of white cardstock through the Cuddlebug. Next, I embossed it using the Swirls embossing folder. Then, I used Pink Lipstick distressing ink on the edges and tops of the swirls for added dimension.

For the next step, I cut the pink hearts using the Wild Card Cricut cart. Then, I embossed them with the dots embossing folder. I also used the pink distressing ink on these.

After that, I cut the red hearts using the Plantin Schoolbook cart. I embossed them with the dots embossing folder and distressed them as well.

For the postage stamp, I used the embossing/die that came with the Cuddlebug machine. The white base was cut using the die. The pink on top is actually the entire embossed piece, but I repeated the process with the red. Then, I cut the red heart out and adhered it on top of the pink heart. I know you probably can't tell, but the word "LOVE" is embossed in the center of the heart. I also used red stickles on top of the red heart in order to make it "pop.".

I used white toille for the ribbon/bow.

The next step was to create the smaller white piece you see on the bottom of the card. I ran this one through the Cuddlebug using the swirls folder and distressed it too. The red heart is cut from the Plantin Schoolbook cart, embossed with the dots folder, and distressed. Then I adhered that chipboard piece on top. The pink piece was stamped with the title "I Will Always Love You" and with tiny hearts in opposing corners.

The last step was to adhere the button which is used to create an easel for the card.

Now, isn't that the neatest thing!!!!

Here is a side view of the card so you can see how it works.

I chose to make this card in the same manner. The tree trunk was cut using the Stretch Your Imagination cart. The hearts were cut using the Plantin Schoolbook cart. The top of the tree made from 2 hearts cut from pink printed paper. The 4 small hearts are from coordinating cardstock. Then I highlighted them with pink stickles.

The title was stamped using individual letter stamps.

The squirrels were cut from the Storybook cart (isn't that little one adorable!). I used an olive green colored pencil for the grass stems.

I also used distressing ink on the edges of the blue pieces, the pink tree, the green lawn, and the tree trunk.

The message on the card base is a sticker. Then, I used a blue button for the "easel."

Thanks for visiting me. I hope you are inspired to try this neat technique on cards too. It is so much fun!


Monday, January 18, 2010

Cards for a Man

I just finished these two cards for our school secretary. She said her husband liked cars, and he is a construction worker. I couldn't decide what to do, so I made one of each.

This first card was made with the Everyday Paperdolls Cart. Then, I added the measuring tape ribbon at the bottom. I didn't add a greeting to this card because I don't know which card she will want. If she doesn't want this one, I will add it to my card file for later use. It is versatile and could be used for several different occasions.

This car was made with the Mickey cart. It took me a while to put together because of the dark colors and little pieces (and I can't see near as well as I did not so long ago). I don't know if you can tell or not, but I used shiny silver paper for the chrome pieces on the car and shiny black paper for the seat. I think these elements really makes it special. This card can also be used for several different occasions.

I really enjoyed my afternoon with these cards. I will most definitely have to make more like these because I am always needing cards, and those for a man are more difficult for me to make.

Have a great week,

Carol :)

Braves Boardbook

Well, I'm at it again! Another boardbook! I just love making these things. If you haven't tried making one, you should give it a shot. You may be like me and become hooked.

This book is for another teacher at my school. She wanted a book that would allow her sister the opportunity to showcase a few of her favorite family pics of their adventures to see the Braves in action.

Here is the front cover - designed of course by my daughter, Aymee.

This close-up of the "B" has the Braves logo stickled in red. Amyee also made the logos for me.

The front of the R has a pocket for special journaling. I also chose the "A Child's Year" cart for the ball/bat, and the "Everyday Paperdolls" for the glove. I used those two carts throughout the book.

The back of the A and front of the V provide ample space for photos. I purchased that cute baseball paper at Hobby Lobby. I have used it on the remaining pages in this book along with the red rickrack trim. As you can tell, I used the Everyday Paperdoll cart for the baseball player and the helmets (for her son). The "A's" were cut using the Plantin Schoolbook cart.

For the back of the "V", I used the EDPD cart again to cut that cute little girl (for one of her daughters). I also used it to cut the hot dog and the cola. Red stickles were used to highlight the images.

For the front of the "E", I used that cart again to cut another girl (for the other daughter). She also has a cola in one of her hands. Those paperdolls are so much fun to make. I love that cart. It is very versatile.

The back of the "E" and front of the "S" features the title, "Take me Out to the Ballgame." It was cut with the Learning Curve cart. I also used the "A Child's Year" cart for the dad/boy & dad/girl images.

The back of the "S" features the logo. It also provides space for photos/journaling.
I hope you enjoyed visiting my blog and viewing this new boardbook. Please take time to leave me a comment/suggestion.
Have a great day,
Carol :)

Sunday, January 3, 2010

A Baby Boardbook

I made this boardbook for a lady at my school. She and her students gave it to their
"student teacher - intern" on her last day at our school. I chose to use cream, gold, and black. I thought these colors would be great for silhouettes. This was my first attempt at many of the images on the New Arrival cart.
Entire Book

Close-up of book front cover - B - I also used Stickles in various places throughout the book.

Back of B and front of A - That little pregnant lady is so cute! I used tiny pearls on her neck and wrist for jewelry and on the hat band. That flourish on the leg of the A is a rub-on from a goodie package I received from a scrappin pal.

A close-up of the A. I like that photo mat with the gold ribbon near the top.

Back of A and front of B

A close-up of the back of A - The black square on the right hand side at the top is actually a pocket. At the time, we didn't know if the baby was a girl or boy. So, one of the papers says "girl" and the other "boy." There is a ribbon tied on the corner of each one to make it easier to pull out of the pocket.

Front of second B - I love that little baby in the pea pod. That was so fun!!!! The scalloped side of the photo mat is also a pocket. I thought this would be a great place to put her 3-D sonogram and then place the journaling in the pocket.
Back of B and front of Y

Close-up of the back of B
Close-up of the front of Y - I really like the "baby" blocks.
Back of Y
Last page of book - That stork is just adorable with that sweet little baby!!!!
The back of the book has 3 more photo mats.
I love making these books - I am off to work on one with an Atlanta Braves theme.
Thanks for stopping by. Please come again.
Happy New Year,
Carol :)
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