Carolina Girl (Cely)
...missing you!

I bought these new sentiments and immediately knew I had to use From the Heart Stamps Flappy Birthday Birdbrain, along with Doodle Pantry's Ageless Antiques 2. The window is one of my svgs that I turned into a jpeg file.

I am joining the From the Heart Challenge w/ a Twist #105.  I used the template.

A2, copics, twine, made the rug in Silhouette Studio, floor and wall

side view to how pop-ups for dimension

Carolina Girl (Cely)
Fell in love with balloon die called Soft Caress by Penny Black.  Then I saw a cute challenge, Dragonfly Journeys, so I added a dragonfly using vellum paper, embossed edges and married the two.  I may remove the cloud and add my sentiment when I know "what the occasion will be".  (I cased Virginia, but can't find the exact page. Trust me, she has some awesome creations.)

A2, also used some grass dies, cloud punch, rectangle stitched die and pop-ups for dimension

I don't know what the heck the white rectangle is on the photo.  It's not on my card.  I probably hit a strange button in PSE

Carolina Girl (Cely)
I pulled out "real stamps", not digi...haha!  I used the triple layered method which I haven't done in several years.   I used Charlie Bee from Doodle Pantry.

I cased Evelyn which may had not been politically correct since it is her challenge, CUT IT UP #68,  I am entering. I enjoy entering challenges but had found myself sometimes creating a card I was not ever wanting to use, just to enter a challenge.  I am trying hard now not to do that, so if another person's card pleases me, I want to case knowing I'll use it.  I DO try to add a little of ME in it.

A2, yellow sickles, ribbon, pop-ups for dimension, homemade enamel dots.  The outline is grey (form of black) since I was allowed no white.  I always thought white was allowed no matter what, but I didn't want to take the chance.

angle view
I found this challenge hard since I was not allowed white since it would be an extra color.  Having to use a die cut (Charlie Bee) his legs were too skinny to cut without having some shadow.  I had to turn the leaf yellow on the flower stem, but I will color over with green before sending.  Thanks Evelyn for a challenging challenge...haha

Carolina Girl (Cely)
Two brothers...each unique!  My oldest brother is gravely ill so I continue sending him fun, happy cards.  Well, I can't leave the other brother out, so he gets a card too!

I used Udder Fun Ants from Doodle Pantry.  I cased my friend Dawn Frost...loved her card.  I used the pre-colored image. I changed the word "friend" to "brother".  I think the milk can svg came from the Silhouette Store which I tweaked.  I made my own background since I didn't have the wonderful Impression Obsession splatter stamp.

A2, pop-ups for dimension, funky scissors for black frame

angle view for dimension, color is off for some reason, stitching
There still lots of time to join us at Doodle Pantry for the Ants in the Pantry Challenge #4 : Anything Goes.

Carolina Girl (Cely)
I saw this creation weeks ago at Lawn Fawn.  I knew I had to case Lizzie but I changed the sentiment.  I used the set Gleeful Gardens.  I made the sentiment in my Silhouette Studio.  Fun, quick and easy to put together....need cards like this at the last minute.

Sorry for reflection, copics for coloring, pop-ups for dimension, Lil Inker stitched rectangle, Lawn Fawn stitched hillside

angle view, and again poor lighting

Carolina Girl (Cely)
Rain helps settle the pollen.  Rain helps the flowers grow and keeps water in the lakes.  Rain is also a good excuse to stay indoors and play in my craft room.

I'm using  from QKR Stampede digi #12502 In The Rain for their Challenge #133: April showers bring May flowers .

A2, copics, Silhouette Store puddle image, cloud punches, digi paper pieced in PSE umbrella

acrylic raindrops, Wink of Stella on umbrella shank and water puddles, pop-ups for dimension

Carolina Girl (Cely)
Growing up, I remember my mother always making my oldest brother Steve take my younger brother Ray with him wherever he went.  Don't know why my mom did that other than to get BOTH boys out of the house.  Anyhooooo, my brother Ray was the comedian in the family.  He would always make monkey sounds and gestures around Steve's friends which would TOTALLY embarrass Steve.  Steve would come home yelling have got to do something with this crazy brother of mine.  I would rather stay in my room than have to take him with me ever again.  We are all old now, but they are the best of friends and bros....haha
A2, added some grass under tree using copics, pop-ups for dimension

Now the deets on card!  I used pre-colored images from the set Lil Gorilla Jungle from Doodle Pantry.  I CASED Lola since it was instant love for her card.  I just "kicked it up a notch" by adding the spinner part.  As you can see, I kept it pretty CAS, no stitching or sentiment, but a long letter to my brother on the inside.

trying to illustrate the movement of the banana spinner
Now that I look at the monkey a little closer, it looks like he's talking on the phone with the banana being the receiver...haha  That will be me in a few years.  I already do silly things like put things in the pantry cupboard that should go in the refrigerator or can't find my glasses only for them to be on the top of my head...haha

angle and better look at dimension

Carolina Girl (Cely)

10 Days of Inspiration and Prizes Day 5

If you missed the post on March 31, read it HERE which will explain what today's post is about.
All Laurie's cards for the 10 days use the same similar card layout, but with slight changes here and there.

Today Laurie have used Raccoon Hellos to make this card and matching magnet. 
The sentiment is from the So Thankful Sentiments set.
For the magnet, she used photoshop to insert background papers on the behind layers. And then inserted the images above.  She followed instructions at Sun & Moon Craft Kits to make the magnet.

On the card, she traced around half of a Spellbinders circle die around the top and then drew straight down each side, and hand cut the main image panel out.

  • There will be a total of 10 posts from April 2 thru April 11 showcasing a matching card and glass magnet that I have made
  • Each inspiration post (total of 10) will bring you the opportunity to comment for a chance to win a $5.00 coupon to spend at
  • You may comment ONCE on each days inspiration post
  • There will be ONE WINNER selected from each days inspiration post
  • You will have until April 14 to comment on EACH day inspiration post
  • There will be a LINKY on the LAST POST where you can add your name/email to be entered to win a GRAND PRIZE of clear polymer stamps (picture of stamps in the prize will be posted on April 11)
  • All the posts $5.00 coupon winners and the Grand Prize winner are selected by random and announced on April 15
  • YOU MUST CHECK BACK to see if you are a winner
  • If there are unclaimed prizes on April 19, they will be redrawn and reposted
  • Unclaimed prizes after April 25 are forfeited
Carolina Girl (Cely)
I needed something to make me laugh and this Bugaboo image called Molly Moo - Sunflower and the sentiment did the trick.  Ahhhh.....Spring.....gotta love it minus the sneezing!

It's hard to tell, but I cut out the big flower and the cow's hat and added pop-ups for dimension to make them 3-D to add extra fun and eye candy, as well as adding glossy accent to water and Wink of Stella to nozzle hose.

I followed the SSS #307 Challenge sketch for Catch the Bug.

A2, copics for coloring, oval die and scallop oval die, scallop punch by Fiskars

angle view

Stella Says Sketch to follow

Saw this on Facebook

Carolina Girl (Cely)
This should had been posted on April 1st, but this sinus infection still has me "under the weather".  I go to a specialist on Tuesday.  I hope they have some answers.

April 1st was the first day of Ants in the Pantry Challenge #4 at Doodle Pantry....anything goes!  I hope you will join us.  Always a great opportunity of win a wonderful gift certificate to Doodle Pantry.  I used Rubber Boots as my main image and used several flower images from Doodle Pantry to fill the boot.  You may have seen the same image a while back when I did a 3 layered card.  I also used the rest of the delightful, fun sunburst.  The sentiment is from Create with TLC....a freebie.

A2, pre-colored image from Doodle Pantry

Carolina Girl (Cely)
This Fancy Easter Egg cut file was a freebie at Miss Kate's Cuttables yesterday.  It came with 4 different designs.  I can't believe this was free.  It was so easy to create.  I left off the last layer and decided to add DP on the bow.

A2 sixe, pop-ups on bow for dimension, wink of stella on butterflies and flowers

If you look carefully you can see the matching green stand for the egg to stand straight

Carolina Girl (Cely)
Inside:...but in my head I'm quite busy!

I said you would see this fun background sunburst again.  When you cut it out, it automatically makes two.  I'm using QKR Stampede digi24231-Basking in chair.  I think he's too funny.  I'm entering this in the QKR Challenge #132 - use sentiment.

My DH doesn't look like a chicken/rooster, but the position in the chair reminds me of my husband and he has pretty much said this sentiment when I ask him why he's not "busy doing something".  When he asks me "why I'm so quiet", I tell him "I'm thinking". He says, "Oh boy, that's scary because it only means you are thinking of something that's going to put me to work!" (He's usually right...haha)

faux stitching die, homemade enamel dots, copics, pop-ups for dimension

A2 size, angle view

Carolina Girl (Cely)
Still trying to build my stash of birthday cards.  I made several masculine and some feminine.  I cased Jeanie at My Spotted Chick.  I used the set call Perfect Chemistry from Your Next Stamps.  The sun ray is from the Silhouette Store.

A2, copics, ribbon, pop-ups for dimension, glossy accents and Wink of Stella on silver bulb base

more masculine

Carolina Girl (Cely)
He will be "all of 32" and says he's getting old!   Ah, youth, I remember those days and thinking that...haha

Inside says:  You're definitely still HOT! (with a little flame)

I used Dancing Candles from My Scrap Chick.  EVERYTHING is a $1, but the sale is over tonight.   Two cyber card friends made a card using this cut file, but for the life of me I can't remember who they are...senior moment.  The only thing I added was a little shadow/rug under the candles to ground them.  These candles always make me smile!

A2, Wink of Stella on flames, some pop-ups for dimension, stitching

just an angle view

Carolina Girl (Cely)
I never have enough birthday cards and I definitely don't ever have enough masculine birthday cards.  I hope I can solve this problem.

FTHS Birthday Candle Birdbrain is what I chose to use for the FTHS Sketch Challenge #102 with a Twist.  I chose only to follow the sketch this time around. (From the Heart Stamps)

A2, copics, homemade enamel dot, puff paint for candle drip, glitter on sweat drops, Lil Inker Stitched Circle die, shadow die cut in Silhouette Studio

Angle view

Carolina Girl (Cely)
I've been sick and not knowing what I had, I didn't want to take the chance of giving it to my 16 month old grand daughter. Next, I caught a cold which I'm almost over, but it has caused me not to be able to see the grand baby for weeks!  She won't understand the message (her mom and dad will) but she will love the bunnies peeking through the little frames.

I'm using a part of Easter Trio (March Stamp of the Month) for From the Heart March Challenge.  I received the set free for participating in February's challenge.  I had 4 images I was going to use and one disappeared before my lie!!!

A2, copics for bunnies, pink dot background using PSE, scallop punch, butterfly punch, Wink of Stella, homemade enamel dots

Angle view, and scallop border punch by Fiskar

March Stamp of the Month

Carolina Girl (Cely)
Easter vacation to the grandparent's house or to the beach....those were our two options growing up.  I'm not sure how I will use this card.  I have some friends moving this early Spring into their new house.  We also have friends that we are going to visit over Easter break.  Either way, I think this card says "SPRING".

Catch the Bug is having a BINGO challenge.  I chose the diagonal: Spring, Player's Choice, and Die Cut....Spring flowers, my die stitched border, die cut grass, road, hills, flowers, and image.  The image is from Bugaboo called AKV - Moving. ( I printed and cut several of these "smiles" a few weeks back. Glad I found other ways to use them.)

A2, pop-ups for dimension on Smile, colored with copics and PSE

angle view, Woodware "Smile" Stamp

challenge at Catch the Bug

Carolina Girl (Cely)
So many little I have to double post some days!

Cut It Up Challenge #67 is under way.  Theme:  Spring: Anything BUT A CARD!  I bought Bunny Belly Box #75114 (Lori Whitlock) at the Silhouette Store on sale for $.50...couldn't be more pleased and it came together so fast. I think a bunny says Spring...don't you think!

The hair bow is purple.  Purple and white are my hardest colors to photograph.  Do you have a color that is hard to photograph?

google eyes instead of black circles, pop-ups for nose and feet, grey distressing on edge of bunny

decided to add a smile, but drew it in pink "after" I took picture...oops
Other Challenges:

 Decorate to Celebrate Challenge #96 Anything Goes
DL.ART Thankful Thursday Challenge #152 Anything Goes
Digitally Sweet Challenge #132:  Anything BUT A CARD
Carolina Girl (Cely)
Rainy day yesterday, so a great day to make some cards.  I got on a roll with a simple background technique I saw on my friend Donna's blog post.  What a fun change.   When you cut, you automatically have the materials for 2 cards.  So you will see several over the next few weeks.

I was a winner at QKR Stampede challenge this past week.  Yippee!  QKR's Challenge #131 this week is Think Spring.  I think a bunny with flowers on her hat and in the background paper says "Spring". I used #11407 Hello Bunny digi.

A2, copics for coloring, PSE for dress, Wink of Stella on flowers, sentiment in Pages, pop-ups under circle for dimension

angle view to show dimension, circle punch and Studio to cut shadow circle

PS  Do any of yal remember "Minnie Pearl" who was on the Grand Ole Opry"?  She always wore a hat and always left the tag on (to be seen on purpose).  The reason behind that?  She said she grew up very poor and to buy something NEW was a very rare treat. She felt having something new was a sign of having money.  This was especially true during the "Depression of the 30's".  Anyhow, by leaving the tag on her hat, she was stating that she was wealthy because she just bought a new hat....haha

Carolina Girl (Cely)
I did a triple layered card years ago when all I had were rubber stamps.  This is my first attempt using digi images.  I kept it CAS since it was my first try.  It was really quite easy...but not at first....not knowing how to approach it.  I'm sure for many card crafters, they immediately jumped on the wagon and cut away, but NOT ME!  Some things come easy, pop into my head and "away I go".  Other times I spend an hour scratching my head before the lightbulb comes on.  I guess as long as the lightbulb finally comes on, I don't need to start

These are all Doodle Pantry images except for the butterfly die and tag punch.  I cut the images out using my Silhouette Cameo Sets  listed below.  Come join our fun Ants in The Pantry Challenge 3: Anything Goes

A2, pearls on butterfly die from Impression Obsession, pop-ups for dimension, string for bow
Image sets I used:
Rubber Boots
Die Cuttin’ Divas: Spring (flowers) and use a die