Tuesday, May 30, 2017


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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