Carolina Girl (Cely)
Are you as surprised as I am...seeing a card post from me!  This is my first card in over a month.  It's not that I didn't want to, but living out of suitcases for 2 months has been hard.  The house is 3/4 finished.  I packed very few card supplies and still can't find half of them...haha

The sweet image is from the set, Tree Glee Two, from Doodle Pantry that was introduced this month.  I used the pre-colored image.  It comes with several different tree images, sentiments and coordinating papers.

Join us for our February Doodle Pantry Challenge #43 for a chance to win a gift certificate to the store and receiving the set called Easter Peeps... free... if you use a Doodle Pantry image.

A2,  Memory Box birds, Poppy Stamps birdhouse, fence and grass, Impression Obsession cats, cloud punches, stitching, pop-ups for dimension, 

Carolina Girl (Cely)
We seem to always squeak by in the South from getting snow, but we still love winter scenes so I tried to capture the moment in this card.

The HOLIDAY REINDEER svg is by Lori at Doodle Pantry.  The tree dies are from Impression Obsession.  I just love this deer...very versatile!

Be sure to join us in the January Doodle Pantry Challenge #42.  You have a chance to win a gift certificate to the store and receive "free" the specially selected set just by following the guidelines.

A2  Got my inspiration from Kitty Kraft

stitching, pop-ups for lots of dimension, snowflake embossing folder, fern punch flower punch, stickles

Carolina Girl (Cely)
It's been a long time since I have made a shaker card.  What better time than now with winter upon us.  Here in the South, we can only hope to get a glimpse of a few snowflakes.

Doodle Pantry has this fun set called Igloo Fun. The set has lots of goodies like the outline and pre-colored images, sentiments and coordinating papers.  There is still time to join in on the January Challenge #42.  You have a chance to win a gift certificate to the Doodle Pantry Store and a free set just by following the guidelines for the challenge.

A2 horizontal, stitching, snow button, plastic shaker, MS window punch, MB snow die

Carolina Girl (Cely)
My brother Ray and SIL Dawn live in Little Compton, Rhode Island.  They get their fair share of snow.  I love visiting during the winter months since snow is a rarity in SC.  Anyhooooo, how wonderful it is to see falling snow with deer running through the backyard.  Other than not putting a stone wall in the scene, one would think they were in their backyard in the card.

The Holiday Deer is a wonderful svg and pdf file being offered by Doodle Pantry in this month's release.  I'm not using the file so much for Christmas but for January and February cards being sent to my "snowbird" family and friends up north.

Join us for our Doodle Pantry #42 Challenge with a chance to win a gift certificate to the store and receive "free" selected set just for you participation and following the guidelines.

A2 horizontal, silhouette file from Silhouette, MS window

IO fir tree set, hook punch, my lamp shade svg

sickles and pop-ups for dimension

Carolina Girl (Cely)
....for a few days!

Our big move, emotionally and physically has arrived.  After 29 years in this home, raising our boys, and making memories, it time for the next chapter in our lives.....watching the grandchildren grow, our young men spreading their wings and for Don and I to make new memories....just at a slower pace...haha

Our new house/cottage is a little behind schedule due to all the rain rain rain! We will be homeless for at least two months but finding refuge with family and friends.

I hope I can get my computer up and running in a few days if nothing else to visit blogs and comment.

Have a great week and wish us an easy move...haha
Carolina Girl (Cely)
Inside:  ...for one of those days that just stinks!

Almost packed to move, but still had a little time to make a card with this pretty little Card Cut File #2 svg set released this month at Doodle Pantry.  The darling skunk is also from the January Release called Silly Critters.

Come join us for the Doodle Pantry January Challenge #42.  You will have a chance to win a $15 gift certificate to the store as well as received "free" the selected set just for your participation and following the guidelines...using a Doodle Pantry image.

5x5, stitching, brad, flower from stash, pop-ups for dimension

Inside (I packed up my lamps so pics are a little dark)

Carolina Girl (Cely) son's 31st birthday! Just seems like yesterday. He's now back in college working on his Master's in a specialized nursing field and he and his darling wife just had their first first grandchild.

They are both dog lovers so I thought this was the perfect birthday card for him.  This has just been officially re- introduced at Doodle Pantry.  The set is called Mr. Spike.  It comes with an array of elements, images (outline and pre-colored) and co-ordinating papers.  I just love this little guy!

A2, twine, brad, paw punch

Carolina Girl (Cely)
My dear SIL had another foot surgery and pretty much looks like Boo Boo Birdie from the New Release Set premiering today at Doodle Pantry.  This SIL jet-sets all over the world on business so this foot situation is really "dragging her down" and cramping her

All craft supplies were packed up upon creating this card, but I found some paper and buttons in a bookcase and I never packed up my Cameo so I made some crutches.  The format is in Studio.  If you want it, just email me and I will send....DON'T leave a message in the comment box since it does not afford me your email address.

Doodle Pantry Challenge #42 starts today at 12 noon.  Just for your participation you will have a great chance to win a $15 gift certificate to the store and receive FREE the selected set just for following certain guidelines.

A2, stitching, button, brads, my Studio crutches file, pop-ups for dimension

Inside: another sentiment from the set

Carolina Girl (Cely)
Seems like it rains every Sunday here which puts construction behind schedule. Just to catch some of you up....We are downsizing.  With Don and I having 3 back surgeries between us, we thought now was the time to enjoy and stress less about the outside house duties.  I can still garden and the community has a beautiful walking trail.  It is not at the beach which was my first wish, but that is not off the table.  I will give this a two year trial run.

This is a cottage community with craftsman style homes. It is "not" a retirement community.  I love that the community has all ages, but with certain restrictions, it really isn't too conducive for very young children.  However,  there is a public park across the street.

Here is a quick video I captured on my phone yesterday and at end of day a "still" shot.


Carolina Girl (Cely)
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Carolina Girl (Cely)
Christmas Birdie from Doodle Pantry is such a cutie.  Of course I had to use my monthly window scene.

Still time to join us in the Doodle Pantry December Challenge #41.  A great chance to win a gift certificate to the store and receive "Goose Me" set just for following the challenge guidelines.
A2, window die, holly die, flower punch

Carolina Girl (Cely)
I'm going to try better this year and make two holiday cards on the 25th of each month, except for the month of March.  We'll be busy moving into our new house...well...hopefully!

I got my inspiration from Kitty Kraft.  She loves doing outdoor scenes with dies.  I made this in early December, but just now able to post.  The Holiday Reindeer svg is from Lori at Doodle Pantry.  The tree dies are from Impression Obsession. I love the simplicity of it along with the all white theme.

Don't forget to join us for the December Doodle Pantry Challenge #41.  You have a chance to win a gift certificate to the store and this month's "specially selected" set free just by following the guidelines.  Sweet!!!

A2 vertical, stitching lots of pop-ups for dimension, fern punch and ribbon

Also used  snowflake embossing

Carolina Girl (Cely)
My very good friend Angela has a January birthday so this adorable Doodle Pantry image I thought would be perfect for her card.  The set is call Winter Birthday, a December Release.  The set comes with many different pre-colored images and the outlines, along with darling sentiments and wonderful coordinating papers.

I was going to make the penguins wobble, but my wobbles were too big, so settled on adding lots of pop-ups for dimension. Along with some stitching, liquid pearls, stickles and cloud punch, I call it done and ready to mail.

Join in on our December Challenge #41.  Following the guidelines, you will receive the Goose Me Set free and a chance to win a wonderful gift certificate to the Doodle Pantry Store.

A2, use P&C feature on my Silhouette for penguin outline

slight angle to help show dimension

Carolina Girl (Cely)
Here is another Flip-It card.  This technique was a little different.  The lady Darlene on You Tube did an excellent job with "How to Make you own Flip it cards".  I love the owl punch from Stampin' Up and just don't use it enough.

It would be a lot easier to do a video of the card opening and closing but who has the time...haha  I'm just thrill I had a little time to do a card this morning.

A2 horizontal, stitching, border punch by EK, MS leaf punch, pearls

swung out...left a little room at bottom to put a little not and signature

Carolina Girl (Cely)
"Tis the Season"  ...    I'm not able to make many holiday cards due to packing for the big move.  I found this card CAS and Q&E (quick and easy).   The adorable images are from Doodle Pantry.  I merged Winter Song Birds (doves) and Tweet Hello and hung from a Memory Box Branch die.  The Fa La La was a freebie in November from Miss Kate's Cuttables.

Join in on Doodle Pantry's December Challenge #41 for a chance to win a gift certificate to the store and receive the darling "Goose Me" set free by following the guidelines.  So much fun!

A2 vertical, stitching, pop-ups for dimensions, EK note punch, ribbon, MB branch die

another angle, made shadow using Silhouette Studio

Carolina Girl (Cely)
I want the "Flip-It Thinlit dies"(like the swing cards), but they cost over $30 not including tax and shipping.....sooooo....I spent the better part of the morning figuring out the measurements watching You Tube to come up with my own version.  I put so many extra layers that I had to hold the card to take the pic.

I used "Caroling Friends" by Doodle Pantry along with a sentiment that is also included in the set. Such a sweet image!

Join our December Challenge #41 for a chance to win a gift certificate to the store and receive "Goose Me" set just for following the guidelines.  Don't forget the 50% sale going on thru today - Dec 3.
A2, swing card or flip it card, stitching

MB street light and music scale die, note punch, scallop punch, circle die

Carolina Girl (Cely)
....(inside):  You've been such a good egg!  Thank You

I have so many thank you's to send out for all the help and generosity of friends, my awesome realtor Laura Stanbro, and a stranger (now friend), in helping with our move.  Now that the temp is quite chilly here in the South, and the geese are flying farther South, I pulled out my comfort teas.  Lightbulb went off....why not make a little basket of goodies, one being a few of my favorite teas? The Coffee svg and PDF Template came available at Doodle Pantry as one of the lovely December Releases. What better way to present the teas!

The Coffee Svg can be resized and even wonderful about svgs.  I shrunk it down just a tad to make it look more like a tea cup.  Join us for our December Challenge #41 for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Doodle Pantry Store and receive Goose Me set if you follow the guidelines.

I'm entering this in the Cut It Up Challenge with the theme being "Thank You".

Carolina Girl (Cely)
This chair went a lot quicker.  I used vaseline on areas that I wanted to show bare wood.  The paint came off with hardly any sanding...great trick. (Confession:  I couldn't find the vaseline so I used Vick"s vapor rub....same thing but helped open up my sinuses.....haha)

We decided to go with a different fabric for each chair.  This was a great little Waverly fabric my husband picked out.  We like the chairs so far and if we get tired, just rip off the fabric and repaint for "next to nothing."

chairs before starting the project
I start on the next set tomorrow!

Carolina Girl (Cely)
I have an old family ornate table that is huge, but no chairs.  I've been told to keep it and perhaps go "shabby  chic" or cottage style with the chairs for it.  The house we are building is "cottage style" and definitely smaller than our house which makes me question if this huge, beautiful, ornate table will fit.
This is my first try at chalk painting.  I made my paint with a recipe instead of Annie Sloan's expensive chalk paint.  I have one more chair to do before I start on my next set.  Do I match the fabric to be a true set or go with a black/grey Waverly toile fabric for the other chair and have all the chairs different fabrics to be shabby chic.  I have four sets of chairs....all different and fun.

The fabric is more orange and gold than shown in pic.

another angle...I started sanding a few areas to have light and dark accents.

Chair is grey but looks white, but up against white, you can definitely tell it is grey.

The cushion looks smoother and better than how it shows in the pic. can see my Boo in the door.

Carolina Girl (Cely)
...and let's add hot cocoa!  I haven't found  good store-bought biscotti biscuits so I make my own about twice a year and freeze.  They aren't the easiest things to make and are a little time consuming, but they're worth it.

I want to give a few gift certificates to some people for thank you's in helping with my house issues. I come!  The Coffee and Biscotti set is a wonderful November Release at Doodle Pantry.  Lucky me...lucky you!

It's been a while since I've done a "swing out" card. I think it is something fun and unexpected.  I added a lot of glossy accents to give the mug dimension. Some more accents and I called it finished...haha

A2, stitching, brad ribbon, punches, gingerbread man button, glossy accents

card open....left space on back to write note