Wednesday, April 26, 2017

HEARTFELT THANKS

Hi, There!

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!!

Hi, There!

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!

Hi, There!

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

Hi, There!

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:

Monday, March 27, 2017

Pansy Hello To You!!

Hi, There!

I hope my post finds you well and starting a week of crafting when you can and making that little bit of time needed for yourself.  We all need that little bit of downtime to quiet our inner spirits.  So hard to do when we juggle so "many things" in our lives.  But that is my wish and prayer for you today that you can refresh your spirit!

Now this little sprite from Aurora Wings is just so cute and I want to thank the artist, Mitzi Sato-Wiuff for this beautiful line art.  It was so much fun to color up!!  I did alter your sketch request on your challenge so I am hoping I didn't go too far with that.  

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

Card Recipe:

Image from Aurora Wings.
Copic Markers: Skin E0000 E000 E00 E01 E01 E11
Flower BV000-00-01-01-11 V04-12-09 YR0000-21-01 G12-21-24-94
Black Spectrum pencil for shading
DP - DCWV The Four Seasons Stack - this is an old paper stack from 2010.  I used a separate panel to popup with foam dots for the top of the card.  Added lace from my stash.  Spellbinders Circle and Scallop dies used for the image.  Distress inks for shading the frame for the image.  Liquid pearls and sequins added.

Sharing this card with:

Aurora Wings Challenge #46 - Sketch
Ching-Chou Kuik Challenge March 2017 Easter/Spring
Crafting From the Heart Challenge #152 - ATG
Crafting With Friends Challenge #39 - ATG
Glitter & Sparkle Challenge #232 - Mothers Day/Female
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Use more than one die or punch
Southern Girls Challenge #156 - Dieing to see your project Team Lou (use a die cut)
Word Art Challenge #274-275 - ATG

Friday, March 24, 2017

ALL A FLUTTER!!

Hi, There!

Happy Weekend to you all!!  Just love how fast the weekend comes around!  I managed to finish a card today so I seem to be getting my crafty mojo going lately.  Love this digital image and so fun to color up.  I love their eyes and naturally for me - their hair!!!  You know I love to color hair and eyes.

Enjoy your weekend and do something fun for yourself.  Makes your heart smile for sure.  Big Hugs and Blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Sharing this card at:

Ching-Chou Kuik - Month of March - Spring/Easter
Crafting From the Heart Challenge #151 - ATG
Crafting With Friends Challenge #39 - ATG
Glitter & Sparkle Challenge #231 - ATG
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - use more than one die or punch
Southern Girls Challenge #156 - Use a die cut

Card Recipe:
This is a 5 x 7 card and the background paper is from Tim Coffey/Cottage Garden.  Die used on top of background paper is from Spellbinder/Grate Effect.  Image framed with die cut from Spellbinders/Opulent Ovals.  Butterflies created with MS punches and colored with copic markers and stardust added.
Digital Image from Ching-Chou Kuik/Blue Sea Illusion  Colored with the following Copic markers
Skin  E000 E00 E01 E02 E11  Hair E70 E71 E74 E77 E79  Butterflies BG09 Y04 Y08 Y19 R35  Leaves G12 G24 G94 G85
Lots of stardust on butterflies, liquid pearls.  Flowers from Recollections and Prima


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

DO ALL THINGS WITH LOVE

Hi, There!

Hope you are having a joyful day.  I managed to play with some mixed media today.  Used my Magicals by Lindy's Stamp Gang - colors Bavarian Blue, Guten Tag Teal, Polka Purple.  Splatters on the back card.

This inspiration came from Kelly Fellowes for Lindy's Stamp Gang as she presented a lovely card that she made and I just had to try it right away!!  LOL  Thanks Kelly!!  

The layers of paper were all colored with the inks mentioned above and then I stamped some text on them.  Tore some papers and cut some and layered together with a piece of lacing and used lots of teal glitter, purple crushed glass in between the layers.  Cheesecloth underneath the frame (which was painted with the magicals) and added some sparkle threading behind the frame.

The butterflies have been supplied by my friend Marta at #Maremi's Cafe.  I used two different butterflies and hot glued together.  More stardust glitter added and a word sticker from 7 dots studio and the background paper is from my stash.

Thanks for visiting, till next time, hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn



Sharing my card at:

Crafting from the Heart #151 - ATG
Crafting with Friends #39 - ATG
Glitter & Sparkle #231 - ATG
Mixed Media World #23 With a twist/Mood Board - started out with that but I think I got side tracked:)
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Layer it up
Word Art Challenge #274-275 - ATG with option of using their scripture


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

SPRING TIME

Hi, There!

I can imagine you are hoping for spring as much as I am if you are in the NorthEast of USA and maybe spring is not hopping along too fast for you somewhere else in this vast beautiful world of ours!!  I just have to make springtime cards and /or mixed media projects!!!  We still have so much snow here and the temps are dropping to the teens and single digits with the wind chill factors.

So here is my "Spring Time" card, thanks for visiting, hope you enjoy the rest of your day/or evening, hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Sharing this card with:
Ching-Chou Kuik Challenge - Month of March 2017 - Easter/Spring
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Layer It Up
Southern Girls Challenge #155 - Pop Up Foam (behind my tag)
Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #335 - Add Dimensions


Inside peek of card:

Card Recipe:
Digi is from Ching-Chou Kuik (visit her etsy shop here) called Time Flies
Digi is colored with Copic Markers:
Skin E000 E00 E01 E11 E02  Hair B0000 BG000 BG01 BG32  Spectrum Noir pencils for shading: Black #120 and Blue #073  Wink of Stella in her hair.
Eyes E42 E53 E99 with glossy accents.  Clock B91 B95 - also has glossy accent which did not dry in time for taking the photo!  As usual I was in a hurry!  LOL
Outfit Y21 Y23 Y32  Flowers R000 R00 R02 R22
Papers for background from DCWV Primrose  Used Spellbinders Opulent Ovals for frame of the digi and shaded with distress ink/Antique Linen
Sequins added along with stardust, liquid pearls.  Flowers I painted some to match her hair.  All flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.  Ribbons and doily from stash.  Tag on front has been popped up with a 3D foam as the flower inside the card.  I wrote "Spring Time" on the tag and tied a gold cord around the tag to match the gold in the top ribbon.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

YOU AND ME!!

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Some of us really love our pets.  So I decided to do a card showing how much I love my cat, Sam.  He is a rescue cat and I have had rescue pets before and they always seem to show an extra level of appreciation for being at home with you!!  They seem to love you more!!  Anyhoos, here is my card and Sam was walking all over my pc while I was trying to type.  I will have to get a picture of him to show you.  Hope you have a special someone in your life, furry or otherwise;), (I am blessed to have both)  Till next time, take care and btw we are still shoveling our way out of 2 feet of snow!!  No school today and no school tomorrow!  Hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Card is being shared at:
Crafting From the Heart #150 - ATG
Glitter & Sparkle Challenge #230 - use some green
Scrapbook Stamp Society Challenge #112 - ATG - option distress edges
Stampavie Challenge #282 - Stars
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #272-#273 - ATG

Close up of the note inside envelope:
Card Recipe:
Image is a Stampavie/SarahK - Josephine & Kiki - colored with copic markers
Skin E000 E00 E01 E02 E11  Hair Y15 Y35 Y38  Outfit BG09 BG49  G17 G19 G29  B39  Black pencil for shading.  DPapers are all from Simple Stories/A Charmed Life and all layers have been distressed.

Added an envelope with a small note inside.  Added - Sequins from Simon Says, stardust around the image and layered the image with 3D foam dots onto the background, a white ribbon was added along with liquid pearls and stardust on all the stars.  Cords on the tag note.

Monday, March 13, 2017

HB FOR A SPECIAL LADY

Hi, There!

Another card created for another birthday coming up in April for a special person in my life.  I so want April to be here as perhaps then I would not be preparing for a huge snow storm coming our way!!!  Wishing my life away, I know!  LOL

Went out and fought my way thru the crazed people shopping at Shoprite for that last milk and bread that they are all sure they will never get out again to buy!!!  LOL (I'm one of them!!!)

Got all the ingredients for my lasagna that I promised my granddaughter I would make for her since she is home from college this week.  So tomorrow will be a baking day!!

I hope you are not in the line of the snow storm but if you are stay warm and safe.
Big hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Sharing this card at:
Crafting with Friends Challenge #38 ATG
Cute Card Thursday Challenge #468 Mothers/Ladies
Polkadoodles Crafting Challenge Week #10 - ATG
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Special Lady/Optional Penny Black Stamp

Card Recipe:
Image is a Penny Black Clear stamp "It's Your Day"  Used Copic markers to color all the cute critters:
Cats  E50 E21 E23 E27  Mice C0 C1 C2 C3 YR01
Fussy cut all the critters and popped them onto the side step card with 3D form dots  The celebrate and heart stickers are from my stash.  Background paper used is from Simple Stories/Good Day Sunshine.  Later I went back in and added glossy accents to the icing and some stardust glitter here and there.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

JOYFUL - TRESS

Hi, There!

Hope you are well and not too snowed in by you.  We had a lot of snow on Friday and a bigger storm coming in for Tuesday thru Wednesday!!!!  I so want spring to be here so onto cards with lots of springtime flowers and/or colors!  I can't wait to be able to wear something so light weight as this image is wearing - have to go out and so on with my boots and heavy winter jacket!!!  We know that the change of seasons is what makes us like each one more as they arrive!!  ARRIVE Spring!!!  LOL  Till next time, enjoy your weekend, hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Sharing this card at:

Crafting With Friends Challenge #38 - ATG
Cute Card Thursday Challenge #468 Mother/Ladies
Polkadoodles Crafting Challenge #10 - ATG
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Special Lady

Card Recipe:
Digital image from Make It Crafty/Tress Joyful
Colored with Copic Markers:
Skin E000 E00 E11 E21 E02
Hair Y21 YR23  Eyes B00 B01 B26
Outfit  R11 R12  G12 G21 G24
All papers from my stash, also in my stash I found the wooden camera and the wooden banner, little clothes pin, tag and a piece of a doily that just happened to be the right color!!  Frame around image is from IO.  MS butterfly punch.  Simon Says sequins added.  Wink of Stella in her hair.  Stardust on her pants and shirt and liquid pearls here and there.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

ALL ABOUT THE BACKGROUND

Hi, There!

Well, today I finished a mixed media art journal page and it is all about the background.  Of course, I just had to add a butterfly or two or three and some word stickers!  I had so much fun doing this background with no idea where it was heading.  The best part of mixed media art and just going with the flow - you never know what you will end up with!  I thought this was going to be a disaster as it was coming out too dark but by the time I finished - I liked it, a lot!!

So thank you for visiting, complete details on making this is below, till next time, I hope you get to create something with "free abandonment" - just go with the flow:)  Hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn


Close Up:
Close Up bottom:
Art Journal Page Recipe:
Page was covered with torn pieces from a scrapbook page.  Gesso applied on top and once dry shaded the areas with Cray-Pas oil pastels.  Added the circles using random tops from jars that were dipped into black Heavy Body acrylic paint by Dina Wakley/Ranger product.  Then I used circle rubber stamp from PaperArtsy with Archival Black ink around all the original circles.  Gelatos used to color inside the circles - Snow Cone/Watermelon/Banana/Blood Orange.  

Stamped text here and there with Archival back ink.  Removed some of the Gelatos with a baby wipe with a stencil from crafters workshop.  Added texture paste using another stencil from Tim Holtz product line.  Used charcoal pencil for additional shading around the circles and some white acrylic paint for hi-lights here and there.

Added the butterfly prints that I received from Marta at #Maremi's Cafe.  The text stickers are from 7 Dots Studio and I think the Moth at the bottom is secretly smiling. Shaded around the stickers with charcoal pencil.  A bit of stardust here and there on the circles.  Done! :)

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

TAG YOU'RE IT

Hi, There!

Did a quick tag tonight with my distress inks, lindy's stamp gang ink, modeling paste, stamped and embossed a stamp from Our Daily Bread Designs "Faith in God includes Faith in His Timing".  Adding some text with a clear stamp for interest in background.  I attached some cords and a clock charm.  I am using this bookmark for my Bible in my study class.  Hope you are having a good week, till next time, hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Shared this tag at:
613 Avenue Create Challenge #195 - ATG/Mixed Media
Crafting When We Can Challenge #139 - Mixed Media
Our Daily Bread Designs Challenge - SLC284 ATG with a ODBD stamp
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Tag You're It


Friday, March 3, 2017

TREASURE ISLAND

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Happy Friday!!!  Even happier when I can find the time for being creative and playing!!  So another art journal page completed!!  This page is based on a book - Treasure Island!  Books can be some great spring boards for your imagination so I did have fun with this one.  Hope you like it - have a creative weekend - do something fun - Hugs and Blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Sharing the art journal page at:

Crafting With Friends Challenge #38 - Anything Goes
Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge #24 - Anything Goes
Polkadoodles Crafting Week 8 - Anything Goes
QKR Stampede Challenge #233 - Anything Goes
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Based On A Book

Art Journal Recipe
Background done with distress paints - broken china/stormy sky/peeled paint  Rubber stamp - Star of India stamped with black archival ink.  Kraft paper used to make the map.  Edges distressed with distress inks - vintage photo/black soot.  Letters done from Concord & 9th - Sophisticated Script set.  Used Pitt India ink to shade around the map and the waters.  Shark fins I drew and the map images I drew except for the pirate - he was fussy cut and pasted to the map.  Compass image from Stampin Up stamped with archival black ink.  White gel pen used for around the pages and a few highlights here and there.  Heavy back gesso used for spotting around the page.  I rolled up one side of the map on the page.  Lots of fun creating this!!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

SUNFLOWERS & BUTTERFLIES

Hi, There!

I love sunflowers - such a happy flower just like Gerber Daisies!!!  So I added my fave flowers with the butterflies (that I love) and I have a very happy art journal mixed media page!!  Hope you like it as I had a lot of fun creating this page.  Till next time, hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Sharing this art journal page at:

Mixed Media World Challenge #22  - Anything Goes
Southern Girls Challenge #154 - Nature Inspired with Team Lou
Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #332 - Things with Wings

Close Up:
Art Journal Page Recipe:
Background was done with Dylusions Inks (teal/lemon/orange) added to a gelli plate and applied to both pages. Used a stencil with more color directly to gelli plate and applied another coat to pages.  Used text stamp in background and the sentiment is from Flourishes.  Then I stamped and die cut the sunflowers, vase, and butterflies - all from Stampendous Stamps and Die Cuts.  Colored with distress inks.  Once they were fussy cut, I added them to the pages with gel medium so I could shade with Pitt India ink brush pens.  White gel pen for hi-lights, stardust, and liquid pearl.  I drew the border with Heavy Gesso Black and heavy gesso white.  Gloss for dew drops.  

Monday, February 27, 2017

Pop-Up Card for my Sister!

Hi, There!

I have wanted to make a pop-up card for a very long time and finally got around to trying it.  I had some technical problems but those areas have been hidden by other clever art work!!  LOL  So as I make more of these, I am sure I will figure out the cut-out part for the inside of the card a little better each time.
Thanks for checking in with me, have a great evening, till next time, hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Sharing this card at:
Crafting from the Heart Challenge #148 - Anything Goes
Crafty Addicts Challenge #33 - Option Add a Sentiment
The Cutie Pie Challenge #108 - Simply Love

Inside of Card:
Card Recipe:
Image is from Stamping Bella - Huggy Squidies - so darn CUTE!!!!  Fun to color up too:
Copic Markers - Skin E000 E00 E53 E02  Hair E23 E25 E29 and Spectrum pencil #104
E70 E71 E77 E79 and Spectrum pencil #099  Dress R20 R21  R56 R59
Glitter card stock paper from my stash  Sentiment is included with the rubber stamp image.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

You're Sew Special Card

Hi, There!

Just wanted to post this fast - not because I have to prepare dinner- LOL - like my last post but because I have to get ready to go to church with my granddaughter!!

I received this clear stamp set and papers as part of a freebie with my subscription to Cardmaking & Papercrafts magazine.  I have been receiving this magazine for years and I love it.  They always include "free" stuff and I love the element of surprise when my magazine shows up in the mailbox!!

Thanks for visiting, have a wonderful Sunday, till next time, hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Sharing this card at:

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

Scrapper's Delights Challenge #63

Double D Challenges - Ric Rac - Zig Zag

Card Recipe:
Kraft cardstock, (realized the envelope showed up in the photo after I posted) clear stamps and papers received from Cardmaking magazine.  Embossed the stamped images in sparkle black powder.  Wrapped thread around the spool; lace and flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts; buttons from my friend Carolyn!!  Hugs to you!!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

MAIL CAME AND I RECEIVED A NEW TOY!!!

Hi, There!

Making this short as I should be starting dinner!!! LOL  But I just had to have a play with my new toy - W R Memory Keepers Precision Press.  

I have been drooling over the Misti Press but it really is not in my budget so decided to do some research on both the Misti and the Memory Press.  I purchased the WR Memory Keepers Press.  

For me there was no issue with the paper moving as I stamped and I tried it on watercolor paper that had a curl to it due to the background paints I used.  The base on the Memory Press for your card stock has some kind of texture to it that grips your paper.  It worked beautifully with both the clear stamps and the foam cling mounted rubber stamps - no need to change anything for use with these different types of stamps as it adjusted itself to either type of stamp.  

So here is what I stamped and not sure what I will do with them but they will go into some project down the line!!!  Here's to a new toy for everyone - oops, not on my budget - sorry!!!  LOL

Hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn😊

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Love You to the Moon and Back!

Hi, There!

Hope my post finds you well.  I just finished this card tonight and so a fast post as I am needing some shut-eye!!  I have so many Stamping Bella stamps yet to use and I love them all.  This one fits right in for a challenge on transporting!  So here is Ramona and her Teddy going to the Moon and back!!!  The background was done with Brushos and the image was colored with Copic Markers with star dust here and there.  White gel pen for the path taken to the moon and back;)  Thanks for visiting with me, have a good night, till next time, hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Sharing this card at:

Simon Says Monday Challenge:  Transport It

Crafting From the Heart Challenge #147:  Anything Goes

Copic Markers Used:
Background done with Brushos - Black, Ultra, Teal, Emerald Green
YR68 YR09 Y13 Y15 Y19  E97 E99 E31 E35 E00 E02  B95 B26  C0 C1 C2
Star dust here and there and white gel pen for trip destination:)

Monday, February 20, 2017

SOCIAL BUTTERFLY

Hi, There!

I am back again this time with my second page for my attempt to "Break a Blank Page" as presented on youtube by Marta.  Background has gesso first, then glued down torn book pages.  Modeling paste for the stencil.  Used Lindy's Stamp Gang spray inks and Magicals to paint the background.  Inkadinkadoo stamps colored with Lindy's ink sprays and fussy cut and applied to background along with two stamped sentiments.  Lots of shine on this page but just does not come thru in photo and I used by star dust for glitter here and there!!  So late here and I am going to bed.  Thanks for visiting, till next time, wishing you a little "carefree" time, hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Sharing my page at:
Artistic Inspirations Challenge #173 - Anything Goes
Aurora Wings Challenge #44 - Anything Goes


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Mixed Media Fun - Page 1

Hi, There!

Hope you are all doing okay and maybe having some fun or creative time to yourself for today or perhaps tomorrow.  

I played today with my blank pages for mixed media art.  I have a photo of the pages that I have to create something on and one finished page.  

Finished page has recycled chipboard that I just glued to my page and then started adding spray paints of different colors and the rest just fell into play for me.  

I never have a plan and I think once the paint goes down on my page that actually is my spring board to what I will add next.  The idea for this practice work of art is from Marta's video on "How to Break a Blank Page" on YouTube.  Thanks Marta!!  

Well, till next time, have a great weekend, hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Sharing my work art at:

Inkspirational: Challenge 128 - heart photo inkspirational
Challenge Up Your Life Challenge #60 - Glitter  (glitter is on my button at bottom and the paints have sparkle in them but does not show up in photo)




Pages yet to be used for creating something!!  Part of the fun of just using mixed media, you never know what will happen!!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Cute Wee Stamp - Amy

Hi, There!

Happy Valentines Day to you - again!  I did not think I would post again for this day but here I am with a card that I made last night from a digital stamp that I have had for a long time.  Wee Stamp/Amy designed by Sylvia Zet.  

I started going thru some of my drawers of stash both rubber stamps, printed digital stamps and also some neglected paper stashes.  I want to try to use as much as I find before I start my donating process of all my "old stash of goodies".  Thanks for stopping by and till next time, Hugs and Blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Sharing this card with:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - "Use a Favorite Tool"  - I have many - LOL but I like my Star Dust glitter, and my Tim Holtz distress tool and distress inks for shading around the papers.

Crafting From the Heart Challenge #146 - Always Anything Goes

Card Recipe:
Papers distressed with distress tool, inked edges with distress inks.  MS edge punch.  Lace added from stash.  Wood stained word added "Celebrate"
Copic Markers used:
skin  E000 E00 E02 E11  Hair  E21 E15 E19  Shirt/Boots  E35 E37  Pants  B41 B45 R12 R14
Flowers/balloon/grass  R12 R08 Y11 Y06 Y08 723 Y17 Y19 Y38 G21 G24 G94 G85 G43 G49
Added some Wink of Stella to her hair, glossy accents her balloon and star dust here and there.

Happy Valentines Day

Hi, there!

Happy Valentines Day to you and I hope you have a wonderful day full of kindness from someone special in your life.  Hope your cup of kindness overflows for you!!  Keep a smile in your heart - thanks for visiting - Hugs & Blessings, CaroleAnn


Friday, February 10, 2017

Baby Its Cold Outside!!!

Hi, There!

It is hot cocoa time here on the East Coast of USA!!!  We got a foot of snow here yesterday and the temps have really dropped.   So I decided a nice cup of hot cocoa for me and what better way to enjoy my hot beverage but to color something!!  I have this image forever and not sure if I ever used it but she is so cute - Marci from La-La Land Crafts/Hot Cocoa rubber stamp!!!  I decided on my paper theme first and colored her up accordingly.  Punched out some snowflakes to match and added some rhinestones from stash.  I have two photos - outside and inside for you!

Hope you are staying warm if you are anywhere in my location or somewhere else in the world that it is cold!!!  If you are somewhere warm - don't tell me!!!  LOL  Only kidding;)  Thanks for stopping by, till next time, hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Sharing my card at:
La-La Land Crafts on facebook
Polkadoodles Crafting Challenge Week 6 - Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday/Challenge:  Cute

Inside Photo
Card Recipe:
Rubber Stamp - La-La Land Crafts/Marci - Hot Cocoa
Copic Markers used:
Skin  E000 E00 E01 E11
Hair  E33 E37 E59
Outfit  V01 V12 V04 V09  BG32 BG45 BG05

Saturday, February 4, 2017

ATC - Playing along with Creative Cafe card challenge

Hi There!

I am playing along with Maremi's Creative Cafe on facebook for a ATC #52cafecards challenge and having fun as I have never made ATCs before. (Artist Trading Cards - only to trade never to be sold)  So I am playing catch-up as they are already on their 5th week for a card which for that one is the letter e and it will stand for Eclipse - that has me pondering over my playing card for awhile!!! LOL
Here is what I made so far from week 1 - A for art, B for bubbles, C for coffee, and D for dragonfly.

Have a blessed day and thanks for stopping by, hugs ~ CaroleAnn

ATC recipe
All cards (they are suppose to be playing card size but since I did not have that size I am using an old Tarot Playing card set) are prepped with heavy gesso and then the layers (inks etc) are added.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Mixed Media Card/Color Purple

Hi, There!

Finished my mixed media card and I had so much fun with this.  I had received some new Lindy's Stamp Gang inks and just had to incorporate them into this card base.  How I made this card follows but here is the picture and thank you for visiting with me today - Blessings and Hugs ~ CaroleAnn

Card Recipe:
Used pieces of random paper from my stash to apply to card base with heavy gesso.  Also some old book pages added.  Stamped a rubber text stamp here and there.  Gelato edges all around and then used a stencil to rub out the colors for ghosting effect.  Molding paste for a diamond stencil and added some Lavender crushed glass with glitter with the molding paste for background.  Used gel medium to paste down my scraps of interest from my stash.  Used Lindy's starburst inks to paint around all my elements.  7 Dots Studio text stickers and painted them with a gel medium mixed with Acrylic Silks paint.  Rhinestone hearts added with hot glue gun and tied a piece of glitter yarn from Magic Scraps for finished piece.

Mixed Media Bookmark in Memory Of

Hi, There!

I am trying to be more aware of recycling some of the packaging I receive from orders.  So I used this cardboard backing that my refill for my Tombow Adhesive was wrapped in.  Since it has the cutout at top, I just thought it would be a perfect bookmark for me.

I started with covering the whole backing with heavy gesso and used blue fragments mixed into gel medium on top of that.  More gesso with applying a piece of cheesecloth and a piece of torn cardboard. The 3 butterflies were made with modeling paste and used the negative from a cardboard piece Dusty Attic chipboard.   Painted with Silks Acrylic paints mixed with gel medium.   Used Lindy's Flat Fabio Hibisucs Rose and Caribben Blue for background and then went in with Lindy's Starburst Spray inks and I wish you could see how beautiful these inks are with their specks of gold!!  Used 7 Dot Studio text stickers.  My bookmark is in honor of my Mom, Dad, and my dearest friend, Terry.  They are all my special angels in heaven.  Thanks for stopping by, have a blessed day, till next time ~  Hugs CaroleAnn

Sharing my Book mark at:
Polkadoodles Week 4 Challenge anything goes
Creative Artiste Mixed Media - anything goes


Thursday, January 26, 2017

LOVE

Hi, There!

Hope you are well.  I managed to finish two more Valentine Cards.  But really - this word Love!!  This is definitely something the world needs more of!  I wish I could sprinkle it on everyone's food and see what would happen for a day of loving one another:)  💖  Well, with love, thanks for stopping by and have a loving day filled with blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Sharing my cards at:
CCC Digi Creations Challenge #65 - use die cuts and/or punches
Creative Craft Challenge #80 - must use flowers

Both cards from same digital image from Pretty Little Stamps
Fussy cut the image on the First Card
Second card  image is on a die cut stitched frame.
Both images colored with Copic Markers and pencil.
SKIN E000 E00 E02 E11
HAIR C5 C7 C8 Black Pencil
DRESS R46 R59 R83 R85 Black Pencil
Stardust for slip and waist band.
Glossy accent for her shoes - I would have loved red patent leather shoes as a little girl!!!  LOL Papers - Bo-Bunny, rhinestone hearts and wooden word from stash.

Die Cut frame from my stash (thanks, Sherri) Ribbon and flowers from stash.

Second Card


Monday, January 16, 2017

Cup of Love and Write It on Your Heart Mixed Media Card

Hi, There

Have one Valentine Card completed so just thought I would post it tonight.  This is a digital image from Tiddly Inks and it was fun to color it up.  I kept it very simple compared to my next card which is all mixed media.  Thanks for visiting tonight, till next time, hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Cup Of Love

Write It On Your Heart - Mixed Media Card
Card recipe - has a gesso background applied to scrap paper design of roses.  Torn book pages applied with gesso and then modeling paste that I added some stones and glitter to the paste.  Used Dusty Attic vines that I painted with a mixture of gel medium and distress paints - peeled paint.  Used Lindy's Stamp Gang for colors on the background and paste.  I added some gel medium with shaved ice for sparkle.  Butterly has star dust added to it (fussy cut from one of the free prints - thanks Marta) and added a heart charm and flowers.  Text is " Write It on your heart that everyday is the best day of the year - Ralph Emerson"

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

SENDING SMILES ACROSS THE MILES TO YOU

Hi, There!

Hope my card finds a smile on your face as that is what I am sending you if you are reading this:)

Received my first kit from LaLaLand Crafts and loved it so much just had to make a card from some of those products.

This my first card for 2017.  I am lagging behind my normal gusto for crafting but hoping to catch up soon.  My attention gets so divided between everything I like to do!!!  Does that happen to you and if so where does it take you?

I like to create in my art journal for mixed media art; designing greeting cards for family and friends, and sometimes just coloring with no idea in mind but love the image!

I thinks I have to combine it all into one - yes - my next project - a mixed media card that could be incorporated into my art journal!!  Thanks for stopping by,  till next time, big hugs, smiles, and blessings ~ CaroleAnn 😊😊😊

Sharing card at:
613 Avenue Create Challenge # 193 Anything Goes
Everybody Art Challenge #394 - Anything Goes

Card Recipe:
Copics:  Skin E000 E00 E01 E02  
Shirt E31 E33 E35  
Heart & Pants R56 R59  
Hat & Vest R00 R01 R02
Hair R00 R01 R02 R21 R56  
DP - Lost n Found/Heirloom  Tim Holtz Distress Inks used on papers around edges - Brushed Corduroy,  and Victorian Velvet
Dies from the kit are World, Heart, and Globe.  I fussy cut Marci - she is just so cute!!  Sentiment also from the December Kit.  There is much more to this kit but I just used these products for now.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

2017 HAPPY NEW YEAR - BE HAPPY - BE YOU!!

Hi, There!

I wish you a happy and healthy New Year!!  I started off my new year with an art journal spread.  I have joined Maremi's Creative Cafe on Facebook and she was so kind as to issue some free printables so I just had to use something of these - naturally fairies for sure;)

I also went to the dollar tree and got myself a small note book to record how I do some of these mixed media art journal pages - so I can remember what to do and NOT to do!!!  LOL  But that is the beauty of it all - you learn as you go forward and just be free and create!!  

Thanks so much for stopping by and I am looking so forward to a healthy, beautiful, and creative year with all my friends and family!!!  Big Hugs and many new blessings to everyone ~ CaroleAnn
Some close ups and my notebook:


Card in progress: