Tuesday, June 20, 2017

BUTTERFLY HAPPINESS

Hi, There!

The challenge over at Ching-Chou Kuik for the month of June is Butterflies:)  So I just had to be part of this challenge as I love butterflies.  They are so pretty, gentle, happy and peaceful fluttering around your garden.  His way of saying enjoy the nature I created for you.  

I wish I had a garden devoted to just the butterflies .... but I do have hummingbird feeders that are blessed with daily visitors of brilliant colors!!!   

We actually had a pheasant visiting us for awhile and he was so much fun to watch - now I hope he has just found better feeding grounds and nothing happened to him.  We also have a male wild turkey that loves to strut his stuff around the wild female turkeys that come to feed here too!!!  Yes - jungle habitat here!!  LOL  Till next time, enjoy nature when you can, hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Card Recipe:
Digital Image from CCK - colored with Copic Markers as follows:
Skin E0000 000 00 E21 E93
Hair YR30 Y21 E31
Dress  R20 R00 R11 R81 R83 R85  Leaves/Eyes/Butterfly G20 G40 G43 YR30
Image in a frame from IO - doubled that frame.  Background is paper I used Distress Oxide ink - Worn Lipstick and also stamped butterflies with same distress ink.  Wink of Stella in her hair, glossy accents in her eyes and stardust here and there on butterflies.  Image has been mounted with foam tape.

Card shared at:
CCK- June Challenge Butterflies
Crafting From the Heart Challenge #164 - ATG
Crafting with Friends  Challenge #45 - ATG

Saturday, June 3, 2017

HAPPY 50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY TO US!!!

Hi, There!!

Yes indeed!!!  50 years have gone by in a wink of an eye and I can't believe it!!!  We are so blessed to have one another and all the blessings that the good Lord has bestowed on us.  We are so very happy and lucky and I praise and honor You Lord for giving us each other to love and to cherish for all these years.

I made this card back in 2012 and we just rotate it to each other each year as my private note inside says it all and it is so us - sitting and watching the birds come to our bird feeders!!!  Joy in all the simple things in life have given us such tremendous happiness.

Have a wonderful weekend and we will be enjoying a quiet dinner at our very favorite restaurant later tonight!!!  All diet plans are off for tonight!!!  Yippee!!!!!  Bring on the big plates, good wine, and oogie-gooey desserts!!!!  Hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn




Tuesday, May 30, 2017

RIBBON AND LACE

Hi, There!

I was too late to enter this into one challenge at Ching-Chou Kuik's website but wanted to post it.  I believe I am in time for other challenges.  I was behind the eight ball all the way for my challenge entries this month!!!!  I am not sure how the time passes me by when I always think I am on time!!! LOL  But I am having fun during the process and that is what it is all about.  Have a great evening or day!  Till next time hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Card shared at:
Crafts and Me - ATG
Crafting From the Heart Challenge #161 - ATG
Crafting With Friends Challenge #44 - ATG


Digital Image is from Ching-Chou Kuik colored with copic markers:
E000 E00 E01 E02 E13  Hair B0000 BG000 B00 BG01 B91 B95  Dress BG000 and glitter
Flowers E01 E02 E95 E93  Butterflies BG0000 BG10 B91 B95 B45
Leaves and eyes G21 G24 G94 G85 Glossy accents for the eyes
Liquid pearl, sequins and distress ink on edge of background paper  Papers- Graphic 45/Sweet Sentiments  Ribbon and lace from stash and staple I painted with Copic Marker to match

Friday, May 26, 2017

MY SECRET GARDEN UNDER THE SEA

Hi, There!
NOTE:  Heavy post with photos

I love fairies, butterflies, and mermaids.  Mermaids won!!  I have a few digital mermaids from Aurora Wings - I love them all and I still have a few more that are crying for attention!!!  

I decided that Aurora Wings' challenge for a secret garden would be one that is under the sea!!!  I am sure there are some beautiful creatures and or critters roaming the bottom of our wonderful seas! 

This is what I imagine as only a little part of "my secret garden" under the sea;)  Thanks for stopping by, till next time, hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Tri-fold card open first flap:
Last flap open: 
Close up of left side and inside mermaids:
All digital Mermaids from Aurora Wings and colored with Copic Markers:
Mermaid #1 E000 E00 E01 E02 E11  Hair E30 E31 E34 E35 Body G20 G40G43 E13 E99 E97
Mermaid #2 E000 E00 E01 E02 E00 Hair E50 E53 E19 E97  Body BG000 B01 BG32 BG15 BG49
Mermaid #3 E000 E00 E11 Hair YR00 YR01 YR02 YR27 YR07  Body B0000 BG000 B14 B16 B32
Ground YG01 YG25 YG21 BG15 BG32
Wink of Stella on her hair and body.  Liquid pearls and stardust.  Stickers inside of card are from K&Company and the rising bubbles are from Designs by Ryn   Sentiment on Spellbinder label on front of card was made with Hero Arts Alpha Letters
Card Shared at:
Aurora Wings Challenge #50 - My Secret Garden
SS Monday Challenge - Little Critters

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

FLIGHT OF FANCY

Hi, There!

I can't believe how fast time goes by - I didn't even know that this weekend is Memorial Day weekend here in the USA!!!  I thought once I retired maybe time would slow up but it seems like it has sped up for me - don't know why.  I have to work faster on my projects to make deadlines lately! 

I have had this image from East Wind for quite some time and only getting to color her now.  It was a lot of fun and when I found the "just right paper" it all came together!  Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by, enjoy the rest of your week - before it is next week;)  Hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Sharing this card at East Wind Challenge #71 - Celebrate the Women
SS Monday Challenge - Little Critters (Little bird in the cage)

Card Recipe:
Image is Auroa BlueJ colored with Copic Markers:
Skin E000 E00 E01 E02 E11  Hair E21 E23 E25 E29 E79
R81 R83 R85  B41 B21 B34  G20 G21 G24 G94
Eyes has glossy accent applied and I added Wink of Stella in her hair.  Star Dust for glitter to the flowers.  The paper for background is from Wild Rose Studio/Flight of Fancy
Frame for image is a Spellbinder label/distress ink around edge  Stickers from Recollections

Saturday, May 20, 2017

HOME SWEET HOME

Hi, There!

Happy weekend to you!!!  I love the weekends - everyone is more relaxed minus the running around that needs to be done at the end of a work week!  I have so many projects to be done around here that I need help with - man power help - which is my grandsons!!!!  We got 3 things crossed off my list and the last one will be done tomorrow!!!!  Then we start on the next list.  I am sure they are so happy when I am in my art room creating or on my computer blogging!!!  I can just hear it - "oh, thank goodness, Nana is busy with her blog".  LOL  Oh, Home Sweet Home!!!  So here is my card!!!  Till next time, hugs and blessings to you ~ CaroleAnn

Sharing the card at:

SS Monday Challenge - Home Sweet Home
SS Wednesday Challenge - Add some sparkle
Crafting With Friends Challenge #43 - ATG
Crafting From the Heart #159 - ATG
613 Avenue Create Challenge #197 - ATG

Card Recipe:
Copic markers:  Skin E000 E00 E01 E11 E02  Hair E53 E55 E57  I paper pieced her outfit.  The image is from LaLaLand - Thinking of You Marci.  The die cuts are also from LaLaLand - the keyholes, the house image and the "HOME" all from LaLaLand.

 The background paper just happened to have the word sweet on it so perfect for Home Sweet Home theme and the DP is LostnFound/Sunshine.

Her heart has the glitter from Stardust.  I added some Prima Flowers and added some stardust glitter and yellow liquid pearls.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

THINKING FLOWERS

Hi, There!   UPDATE - This card received Top 3 Pick at Polkadoodles!!!

Our first warm day here and I was loving it and dreaming flowers!!  So my card just had to be about a flower and this is Darling Marigold Bud from Polkadoodles - she is just so cute and fun to color for me - yes I have to have the "big" hair and of course, the big eyes!!!  LOL  Actually, I have some very pretty flowers around the house that were given to me from my family for Mother's Day so I am a very happy person right now!! ;)  Thanks for stopping by, hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Sharing Card At:

SS Wednesday Challenge - Going Dotty

Polkadoodles Anything Goes Week 18-19

Card Recipe:
Copic Markers Used:  SKIN E000 E00 E01 E02 E11 E93
FLOWER YR21 YR27 Y26 YR02  BG32 BG45 BG15
HAIR E40 E42 E44 E47
Eyes have a glossy accent, and the flower body has Wink of Stella, image has been framed with a Spellbinder die cut label  Papers used are from KaiserCraft/Marigold  Prima flowers
Embellishment from same paper KaiserCraft.  Polkadot ribbon from stash.

WATERCOLOR BACKGROUND WITH WINGED CREATURES

Hi, There!

Okay, another quickie and this one was so fun.  Masked with painters tape to make a frame and used water with a little bleach and got this great background with my watercolors.  Just added the sequins, Verve sentiment and my stickers from K&Company!!!  Thanks for stopping by - Hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn



Monday, May 15, 2017

YOU MEAN THE WORLD TO ME

Hi, There!

Another quick card (even quicker post) made with a pre-made frame, stickers and a sentiment from Verve!  Viola!!!!


Thanks for visiting!  Hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Sunday, May 14, 2017

ENJOY THE LITTLE THINGS IN LIFE

Hi, There!!

To enjoy all those precious moments that come our way each and every day - sometimes we can be so busy we do not notice them.  I hope I go thru life every day with my eyes wide open so I do not have to say I ever missed a moment!!  So here is my card to remind me to do just that!!

Have a wonderful day and I hope you have many moments of sheer pleasure surrounding you always, till next time, Hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Background was done with water and salt and I used my watercolor paints.  It was an experiment that surprising enough (one of those moments:) that turned out to be okay!!! LOL  Diecuts from my stash worked out just right too!!

Shared this card at:
SS Monday Challenge - It's a Frame Up

Saturday, May 13, 2017

A QUIET MOMENT FOR ALL THE MOTHERS OUT THERE!!

Hi, There!

I had a quiet moment this morning before my grandchildren clamored downstairs to make breakfast and get ready for work.  My quiet moments here can be few and far between but I would not change a thing about my busy household!!  So onto my "quiet moment" post.

This background I created with the new Distress Oxide Inks and sprayed with water once I liked the shading.  You get these awesome variations in the shading once it is dry!!  I only have a few of these inks but having fun with the few I have!  I used painters tape for masking a frame and the sentiment is from Verve.  Added some sequins and those awesome stickers - now I think those are from a Tim Coffey collection but not sure.

I hope to get back into my craft room today to create a few more "quick" cards from all my sticker stash!!!  

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend, with a quiet moment to yourself to do what ever pleases you the most!!!  Special wishes to all the wonderful Mothers out there that are celebrating Mothers Day here in the USA and a belated Happy Mothers Day to all our UK mums!!!  Hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn


Card shared at:
Crafting From the Heart Challenge #158
Crafting With An Attitude Challenge #27 - Month of May
Crafting With Friends Challenge #43
SS Monday Challenge - Its a Frame Up






Friday, May 12, 2017

BUTTERFLIES AND FLOWERS

Hi, There!

I have all these stickers in a box and decided to try to use some of them to make a few quick cards.  So here is card #1 and I did the background with watercolor first and the sentiment is from Verve.  Added some Wink of Stella and a few sequins.  Frame die cut from IO and then added the stickers from my stash!  I had fun!!!  Don't you love it when you can make something fast, use up some of that stash "stuff" and have fun to boot!!!!  Yah!  Till next time, hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Card shared at:
Crafting From the Heart Challenge #158
Crafting With An Attitude Challenge #27 - Month of May
Crafting With Friends Challenge #43
SS Monday Challenge - Its a Frame Up

Saturday, May 6, 2017

CELEBRATE!!!

Hi, There!

Okay this is a SSS called Birthday Celebration and this little elephant tried so hard to hold on to all his balloons but managed only one - the hint of pink balloon.  All balloons have glossy accents on them and I dyed some string to black with distress inks.  Then glued the string to the back of all balloons.

The  image is colored in Copic Markers.  Sentiment is also from the stamp set.  Scallop die cut from Spellbinders and the corners are from my stash.

For background, I used paper from Simple Stories/Good Day Sunshine and cut out part of it on top and used it inside of the card.  Hope this weekend finds you celebrating something fun!!!!  Thanks for stopping by, hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Inside view of card:



Card shared at:
Crafting By Design - May Challenge - ATG
Crafting From the Heart - #157 - ATG
Crafting With an Attitude - #27 - ATG
Crafting With Friends #42 - ATG
SS Wednesday - A Hint of Pink - the balloon and inside the little guys ears

Friday, May 5, 2017

BEACH GAZING

Hi, There!

I made this watercolor background scene and have been trying to figure out how to complete the scene with some stamps.  Then it all clicked when I read the challenge title over at SSS -  "The Great Outdoors"!  

4 different rubber stamps were used - all from Stampin Up (some very old stamps I dug out).
By masking the different wooden rubber stamps, I was able to get the birds both in the foreground and background. Two more stamps, masked, for the little bit of vegetation and tiny butterflies in the right hand corner.   I added some glitter to the gentle waves that I painted.

I have fallen in love with watercoloring and hope to experiment more with this media.  Hope this photo makes you think of soft breezes, the gentle sounds of the waves and the happy chirping of the birds flying overhead!!!  

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



This card shared over at :

SS Monday Challenge - The Great Outdoors
Crafting By Designs - ATG
Crafting From The Heart #157 - ATG
Crafting With An Attitude #27 - ATG
Crafting With Friends #42 - ATG




Tuesday, May 2, 2017

BIG SISTER HUGS

Hi, There!

It is amazing when you go thru your stash and find something you did not even remember that you had!!!!  Love it!!  This is from Holly Pond Hill, Joanna Sheen Decoupage Sheets and it is dated 2013.  So I had fun putting this together for my sister as she loves these cute critters.  I haven't done decoupage in some time so I found out I was a little rusty but still had fun and I know she will love these cute mice all decked out in their frocks!!!  Thanks for stopping by, hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn


PS   So much fun making this I will have to make more as there are a number of sheets to look thru - like finding a surprise gift in my craft room!!!!  LOL

Monday, May 1, 2017

MAY DAY

Hi, There!

Happy May Day to you.  Well, I have to watch every year my most fave movie named Maytime at this time of year and I have to have a box of tissues close by because the music starts and I start bawling!!!!  Love it!!!  Maytime is a 1937 American musical romantic drama and it stars Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy and John Barrymore!!  My mom introduced me to this movie and I have loved it from the get go!!! 

Well, on to my May card which is a digital image from Polkadoodles called Tulip Darling Bud.  A fun image for me to color and added some glitter here and there along with a doily and the sentiment is a fabric sticker.  A secret message is on the removable tag peeking out of the side of the image.  All done!!   Never have enough birthday cards.  Till next time, hugs and blessings ~ CaroleAnn

Sharing this card at:
Crafting From the Heart Challenge #157 - ATG
Polkadoodles Crafting Challenge Week 16 - ATG

Card Recipe:
Image is colored with Copic Markers:
E0000 E000 E00 E11
R11 R20 R21 R22  C1 C2 C4   YG07 G14 YG13 YG25
Papers, fabric sentiment stickers, doily, tag, and bling are all from my stash

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

Hi, There!

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!!

Hi, There!

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!!

Hi, There!

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

Hi, There!

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.