Friday, December 14, 2012

MY WISHES TO YOU ALL



Hi There!

Well, it has almost been a year for me that I started this blog and I have loved every minute of it.  Now I need to take a break for the holidays with my family.  I am looking forward to catching up on all of your blogs when I return and I look forward to adding new friends as we all go along in this wonderful land of Blog!!  Hope all your dreams come true for the New Year - stay safe, create with love, and always have a smile in your heart!  Hugs ~ CaroleAnn








Monday, December 10, 2012

TOGETHER

Hi, There!
I am trying to keep my card creations real simple so I can get them all done by this coming week.  After this week, I will have to stop because I have so many other pressing projects to complete - like watching our favorite holiday DVD's together at night after work.  Put on the popcorn and get some hot cocoa going!!

Some of my favorites are - A Christmas Carol,   The Bishop's Wife, March of the Wooden Soldiers, and Miracle on 34th Street, and my grand kids will want to watch  A Christmas Story and National Lampon's Christmas Vacation - to mention a few - do you have any family traditional movies to watch for the holidays?
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the holidays - breathe and enjoy the season as it will be gone before we know it for another year!


SIDEVIEW

Sunday, December 9, 2012

CHRISTMAS FAIRY

Hi, There!

I hope my Sunday post finds you not going too crazy with the holiday rush.  I love amazon.com for the easy shopping options and here in upstate NY the malls are a big thing -  but not for me!  I like to shop locally and as I said, online I let my fingers do the walking - which gives me more time to be creative!!

So here is my card for today - this image is from Lili of the Valley and she is so cute. I colored her with Copics and in my faorite colors of pink and blue.  Some pretty lace and ribbon trim, snowflake punches and corner embellishments.  I like the holly that is in her hair and in her basket!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your Sunday!  Hugs ~ CaroleAnn

Side View

Saturday, December 8, 2012

I LOVE SNOW DAYS - NOT

Hi, There!
Now I love this clear stamp image from Flourishes but I do not love snow days because if I was a cat or dog I would be shedding my skin (fur) thinking about driving to work!!  I am chickenlicken when it comes to snow even though I have a car that goes in snow!!  So I opt for the snow boots and hot cocoa all the way!  Thanks for stopping by and have a great "hot cocoa" type day;)  Hugs ~CaroleAnn


Side View

Friday, December 7, 2012

BELIEVE

Hi, There!
Well, I am not doing any more challenges just trying to stay on top of my card making projects.  This image I did color and post on an earlier date but just had to color one more and design another card with this cute mouse - MoManning's digital image.  So here it is - hope you enjoy peeking at my creations.  I had today off from work for a doctor's appointment (I needed a cortisone shot for a trigger figure thumb)  but still managed to get in some crafting!!  Love these kind of days!  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are having a creative weekend!  Hugs ~ CaroleAnn
Sideview

Thursday, December 6, 2012

WINTER FAIRY TALVA

Hi, There!
This is a card I will give someone for the holidays but I used very non-traditional colors and I think I like how it came out - still not sure.  Only one thing I am sure about is I love this image by Mo Manning - Winter Fairy Talva and just loved coloring her with my copic markers!  I can remember our kids eating snowballs and now I watch in wonder how this is truly a built in mechanism for kids of all ages as all my grandchildren did the same thing!!  Great memories!  I would like to enter this card in the following challenge.

DP2 Anything Goes - Peachy Perfect for me for this card;)
Fab N Funky - Non-Traditional Christmas - my colors;)

Close Up
Card Recipe
Digi Image from DP2 - Winter Fairy Talva colored with Copic Markers, stardust
DP paper is from Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium
Word tags from stash and border punch and snowflake punches from MS
Flower and rhinestones from Recollections and leaves and berries from a berry branch I took apart



Wednesday, December 5, 2012

ICE SKATES AND SKATING MEMORIES

Hi, There!
Well, I have many memories of ice skating.  My Mom took me ice skating in Prospect Park when I was small and I loved it!  I had skates with red pom poms and I had a Ginny doll that had an ice skating outfit that I really loved to play with.  Now as a grown up, my knees and ankles would begin to tremble if I even think of putting on a pair of skates but I am thankful for those memories at the ice skating rink!!  So this image from Flourishes is perfect and I had fun putting this card together.  I would like to enter it for the following challenge
Addicted To Stamps Challenge #44 - Christmas - easy peasy again for me;)

Side View
Closeup
Card Recipe
Image is a clear stamp by Flourishes colored with Copic Markers
Spellbinder die Oval label
DP is Simple Stories/Handmade and tag is from same with text stamp "twinkle & sparkle" from Lili of the Valley
Dimensional "joy" from Bo-Bunny and ribbon and twine from my stash
Berries and snowflakes from stash
Sparkle border and pearls from Recollections
Glitter snowflake ribbon from stash

Monday, December 3, 2012

WISHING AND WAITING

Hi, There!
Now this card is for my daughter as she loves the color purple.  But this is what it was like for her I am sure, on Christmas Eve!  And once she fell asleep, I would like to think she had "visions of sugar plums" in her dreams.  So this image from Lili of the Valley, Wishing and Waiting is perfect for her.
I would like to enter this card for the following challenge

Lili of the Valley - Pastel Colors - which is my purple bedding and slippers;)

Side View
Close Up
Card Recipe
Image is a Rubber Stamp from Lili of the Valley colored with Copic Markers
Stardust and liquid pearls
DP from Graphic 45  Nutcracker Sweet  
Flower, rhinestones, and heart crystals from recollections
Small word tags from Simple Stores/Handmade Holiday

Sunday, December 2, 2012

NOT EVEN A MOUSE


Hi, There!
Hope you have enjoyed your Sunday.  I spent almost the entire day putting together cards so here is my first for tonight.  My sister had a fascination with mice - not the real kind that scurry around - YIKES!!  But a collection of cute resin mice.  When she was very young, I convinced her that a cute mouse lived under our desk - I even put some small doll furniture under there for her to look at - remember sis?  After all, we grew up with Mighty Mouse!  Oops, I just dated myself.  :)  So I just thought this image from  Mo Manning's would be perfect for her!  He is just so cute with his little teabag pillow!
I would like to enter this card for the following challenge
No Matter Which Challenges - Christmas - Yeah!  Easy peasy since that is all I am doing;)

Side View
Close Up
Card Recipe
Image "Not Even A Mouse" from DP2 colored with my Copic Markers
Design paper and tickets are from Simple Stories/Homemade Holiday. Other papers used -  glitter red, red stripe,  and green polka dots - are from my stash.  Flowers are from Ribbon Girl. I used Glossy accents on the saucer rim and stardust and liquid pearls here and there!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

SINGING TRIO

Hi There!
That little count down label I have on my blog is making me nervous!! LOL  So I am putting my cards together with a flourish and trying not to get too embellish-y (I think that is a word) to save time - but that is so hard for me!! This is a card I am going to give my son and his wife as they have two cats that look like these - well kind of - Teddy and Sadie - so no further ado and I would like to enter this card in the following challenge
Fab N Funky - Three of something or the number 3 to celebrate their 3rd Birthday - Happy Birthday To You being sung to the tune of Jingle Bells! :)

Card Recipe
Image is from DP2 colored with my Copic Markers and the papers are from my stash.  I am digging deep into my mounds of holiday  papers and finding stuff I didn't know I had and falling in love with them all over again -- like a new surprise!! A piece of sparkle tulle is behind the image along with a ribbon trimmed in gold. The red berries are from a branch I cannibalized, the flower and rhinestones from Recollections.  Lots of stardust too!  Back to the drawing table to make another card!!!! Whew!

Side View
Close Up

Friday, November 30, 2012

Ragged Angel - Little Matchbox Girl

Hi There!
I was saving this image to make a card for my sister.  When we were young our Mom would read us a story about the little matchbox girl - we so loved that story.  And this image by Mo Manning reminds me of the drawings that were in the book.  Now the book was published in England so I have no idea whatever happened to it but I still have the wonderful memories of that Christmas story read by our Mom!  Who knows maybe the book is tucked away somewhere in this house - if I found it - I would read it to my grandchildren.  I would like to enter this card for the following challenges:
DP2 Challenge #163 - Favorite Color Combo - Pink and Blue is one of my favorites - I have so many:)
Crafts and Me Challenge #112 - Ribbon or Trim - My little piece of Boa and Silver tinsel
Wild Orchid Challenge #64 - A Child's Christmas - This is my childhood Christmas Image ;)

Side view
Close up
Card Recipe
Image by Mo Manning called Ragged Angel colored with Copic Markers blues and pinks
Lots of stardust and liquid pearls
Rhinestones from Recollections
Snowflake punch from MS
Corner embellishments from Wild Orchard Crafts and so are the roses and rose buds
Boa with silver tinsel from my stash and so is all the paper I used.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

GINGERBREAD COOKIES/SPARKLE & SHINE

Hi, There!
Good Morning and I hope for those who celebrate Thanksgiving that you had a good one and did not knock yourself out with the black Friday shopping.  I have never gotten involved in that yet.  I shop in my PJ's on my computer - love Amazon.com!!  It was good to be together with family and friends but now back down to business and trying to get those last few Christmas cards made.  Lucky for me I don't send many cards  so I only give my handmade cards  to a hand full of loved ones!

Now this sweet image is from Sugar Nellie and called Gingerbread Cookies.  She was fun to color with my Copic markers and lots of star dust and liquid pearls were used.

The paper is from my stash so no information on that paper except I was so happy to find it in my stash box and it is double sided so I just had to fold down that corner to reveal the great cookie paper too!  And the side view shows that yummy looking gumdrop paper!

I used a rose from Wild Orchard Crafts, the ribbon and other flowers are from Ribbon Girl.  Holly is from a flower branch I pulled apart. The gingerbread man is from my stash as is the doily and the candies surrounding the punch out tag I used.  This was a fun card - hope you like it and thanks for stopping by - hugs ~ CaroleAnn
I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Sugar Bowl Challenge #96 - follow Marie Therese's Sketch and optional Sparkle & Shine
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #190 - recipe use twine/ribbon, pearls/gems, die/punch
Crafts and Me Challenge #111 - Circles - my doily and the candies & circle in the tag

Closeup

Side View




Tuesday, November 20, 2012

WINTER FAIRY HALLA

Hi, There
I love this digital image from DP2 - called Winter Fairy Halla spreading the frost!!  Well, the challenge at Mo's is Lets Chill so I thought this was time to color this adorable image.  This fairy is just so cute there is nothing frosty or chilly about this little guy!!  Hope you like it as I really enjoyed making this card.  I have been in a coloring frenzy so I have images to put into a card design but just have to find the time!  You know how that is ;)  Since this may be my last post till after Thanksgiving, I would like to say to all that celebrate this holiday A Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving and to all that may not but I would like to let  you know that you are my online buddies and I wish many blessings to you and yours always. I so enjoy visiting all of you and your comments on my blog mean so much to me - thanks for visiting!   Hugs ~ CaroleAnn

I would like to enter this card for  DP2 Challenge #161 - Lets Chill

CLOSEUP
SIDE VIEW

Card Recipe
Copic Markers:  Skin - E0000, E000, E00, and E93 and colored pencils for cheeks and eyelashes
His outfit is B0000, B00, B01, B02, B04.  White liquid pearls and gel pen to high lite here and there.  Lots of star dust.  The papers are from Recollections/All Seasons and Graphic 45/Nutcracker Sweet.  From my stash, glitter ribbon and tulle, a sticker I mounted to background paper from Graphic 45, paper quilled snowflakes and the snowflakes I put in with the tulle to resemble his breathe of frosty air are actually from a snowflake branch that I cannibalized by pulling it apart for this card's needs;)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

MEET ME UNDER THE MISTLETOE

Hi, There!
Okay, I am surprising myself with this one!  Obviously I am not cleaning my house or turkey trimmings shopping.  Another card has been made and about 20 more to go to be made!!  Maybe!!  Here's my card for today.  Thanks so much for taking a peek.  Till next time.  Hugs ~ CaroleAnn
Card Recipe
Image is from Sugar Nellie - Girl With Elf - and colored with my Copics and lots of stardust and liquid pearls
Spellbinder label
Papers from Bazzill/ Believe by Margie Romney-Aslett
Flowers from Wild Orchard Crafts
Snowflake stickers from K&C
Sentiment Sticker is from BoBunny that I mounted on some Bazzill basic red


I would like to enter this card for the following two challenges:
Sugar Bowl Challenge #95  Erika's Sketch - love this sketch but I kept with the holiday colors since I have so many more Christmas cards to make:)
Wild Orchard Crafts Challenge #63  Traditional Christmas - Which I feel is the colors I used and the traditional "Kissing Under The Mistletoe
Closeup
Side view

Monday, November 12, 2012

HOLIDAY COLORS - RED AND GREEN

Hi, There
I hope you are having a good start to a new week.  I have to say when I looked at the calendar and realized next week is Thanksgiving - I was hyperventilating!!!  I have to order the turkey, buy the trimmings, clean the house - oh me oh my!  So I put everything aside and took a BIG breath and decided to make a card!! LOL
This is a free image that was included with my October issue of Cardmaking - love this magazine - it is the UK's #1 card making magazine for sure - but it is mine here in the USA!!!  Hope you enjoy the rest of the week and I hope to be back with one more card before I start running around like a turkey without his head - awful thought :) - but I will still have some on my plate - Big blessings to all and hugs too ~CaroleAnn

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Bunny Zoe's Crafts Challenge - Winter - This image is perfect for this
Live & Love Crafts Challenge #5 Christmas - this is for the Month of November
Crafts and Me Challenge #108 Color Red to be used in your card - easy peasy

Recipe
Image by Adam Pescott/Christmas Capers Clear Stamp Collection
Colored with Copic Markers - White gel pen used to draw a design on snowman's scarf and the kittie's hat
Lots of stardust
Papers are from BoBunny/Rejoice Collection
Ribbon and Stickers from stash
Martha Stewart border punch
Tag die cut
Closeup of Image - sorry for the not so sharp image but you get to see the cuteness of these critters!
Sideview of card


Thursday, November 8, 2012

C IS FOR CAROLING VICTORIA STYLE



Hi, There
I had this image already colored and ready to go so I spent more time on the design and happy with the results.  So without further chatter - all though it is cold here so I think that is my teeth chattering ;)   Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are warm and cozy and sipping some hot cocoa!  Hugs ~ CaroleAnn



I would like to enter  this card for the following three challenges:

Mos Digital Challenge #160 - "C is for - " - easy peasy since I used their image Victoria Caroling
Hooked on Craft Challenge #26 - Christmas - No Red/Green - This works since I had already colored this in blues, burgundy and tan

CLP's SKETCH #53  - this is the last sketch for 2012  so this is open for the Month of November -  a great bit of inspiration check out their site!



Recipe
Digi Image from Mo Manning "Victoria Caroling" - on spellbinder die cut shaded with chalk
Lili of the Valley sentiment on the little tag using Kraft Journal paper
Copic Markers/E000, E00, E95, E34, E35 and Pro-markers/Midnight Blue, Burgundy, Gold, Burnt Sienna, Tan, Lavender and Ice Grey 1. colored pencils for face shading and lots of sparkle from stickles star dust and crystals
DP - My Minds Eye/Christmas and the snowflake paper is from my stash
The little books I cut out from a collage book I have had for ages called Nostalgic Christmas Artsy Collage  and mounted them with 3D dots
Ribbon and flowers from Wild Orchard Crafts
Lace and button snowflakes from my stash










Sunday, November 4, 2012

I MISS YOU SIS

Hi There!  And I am so glad to be back online.  I hope everyone in blogland and beyond is okay.  It has been a trip here on the East Coast of the USA!!  So much disaster!  I can't believe some of the images that I have seen.  My prayers go out to all and I hope my post finds you okay.  I had to deal with gas lines in the '70's - you would get gas on the odd or even number days depending on what your license plate ended with and I can't believe that is back in force in the state of New Jersey!!
Well, to my card - I saw this clear stamp image from Katy Sue Design and fell in love with it and it is perfect for my sister so here it is Sis just for you and of course, I would like to enter it for two challenges.  Thanks for stopping by and if you did it means you have access to the internet!  Yay!!  Big Hugs ~CaroleAnn


Crafts and Me Challenge #108 - Bling It Up
Wild Orchid Crafts Week #62 Challenge - Bling It Up



Recipe
Image and sentiment from Katy Sue Designs
Copic Markers
DP - Sassafra/Cherry Delicious
Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts except for the Purple Daisy that is from Recollections
Crystal hearts from my stash given to me by my sister ;)
Side view

She is just so cute!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

FLOWERS OF HOPE FOR YOU

Hi, There

Just finished this card tonight.  Want to give it to a coworker tomorrow - she found out that her grandson (only 13) has cancer!  Not ours to ask why - but you can only imagine the questions that go around and around in my mind.  So with this card I am sending her and to everyone that has been touched by cancer either through a personal fight or by your personal experience of friends and loved ones -  lots of hugs, prayers, and flowers of hope that someday we will never have to send these type of cards to anyone!!

Hugs ~ CaroleAnn

I would like to enter this into A Day For Daisies Challenge #55 "Pop it Up" 

My pop up is on the border at top but I also cutout the flowers and popped them on top of the original design.  Not sure you can see that from my photo.  The image has also been popped up on the background paper.  Scroll down - I did attempt a side view of this card.


RECIPE
Image is from A Day For Daisies
Colored with Copic Markers
DP from KaiserCraft - Hummingbird Collection
Lace, cording, and rhinestone hearts from stash
Flowers from Prima
Inside of card is a sentiment from Verve and more KaiserCraft/Hummingbird papers and chipboard


Friday, October 19, 2012

JUST FOR YOU

Hi, There!
It was such a long day in work today!  One of those days with no sun - all rain - and just wanting to be home!  Once I got home, I was back in my mojo and finished this card for someone special in my life - Patti.  Her Mom was my best friend.  Patti and I lost our best friend in April of 2007.  I just found out that Patti is now expecting and is due next April!!  So this is going to Patti and her hubby to wish them all the happiness that will follow with this special little person that will enter their lives soon!!  Thanks for stopping by - enjoy your weekend - I will see you next week!  Hugs ~ CaroleAnn

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:
Lili of the Valley - Anything Goes - I used one of their images - she is just so sweet
CLP #52- This is their sketch that you have to follow - also is for the month of October
Crafts and Me - #106 Lace & Pearls

Recipe:
Digi Image from Lili of the Valley and colored with Copic Markers
DP is Kaiser Craft/Grandmother, Kraft Journal, Lost n Found/Market Street
Wild Orchid Crafts cream lace and flatback pearls
Tag is also from Kaiser Craft/Grandmother
Twine and butterflies punched from Martha Stewart and used liquid pearls in the center
Distressed paper and used my Whimsy Stamp corner punches



Tuesday, October 16, 2012

LOVE U CARD

Hi There!
I hope my post finds you enjoying your evening.  I have been waiting for the right moment to use this image by Crafts and Me - it is called Casting Down Imaginations!  Isn't she beautiful and love her wings.  Got to use lots of star dust on those!!  Thanks for stopping by and I will be back later this week.  I would like to enter this card in the following three challenges:

Bunny Zoe's Challenge - Pink, Pearls and Lace - this is for the month of October
Wild Orchid Crafts - Week 61 - Silver and/or Gold
Crafts and Me - Challenge 105 Anything Goes

Recipe
Digi Image - Casting Down Imaginations by Sara Burrier
Copic Markers:
Skin - E0000, E000, E00
Hair - N1, N4 and Silver Stickles and Pink Liquid Pearls
Wings -  RV0000, RV000, RV00, RV09, R20, R21and lots of Star Dust
Gown - RV09, R20, R21
Silver Liquid Pearls surrounding the image
Lace from Michaels
Doily, Pearl Hearts and Silver filigree corners from Wild Orchid Crafts
Sparkle Silver flourish and Letter U  from Recollections
Paper from DCWV The Four Seasons
Circle of love a freebie in a magazine from Fiskars Fuse
Thought I would try a close up to capture all the sparkle on her wings and hair but not quite as I thought it would show up in the photo.