Carolina Girl (Cely)
Love teapots and tea.  Yup, and being from the South, I love ice cold SWEET TEA.  I used a  teapot/cup set die from Impression Obsession.  I used Elizabeth Crafts Lots Of Pops die for the base.  Making one saves money, but doing a quick die saves time. ( I cased the "inside" from someone on Pinterest.)

The pic I took of the card's front was so bad, I have opted not to show, but it has stacked teacups with embellishments.  I changed the paper and sentiments on the other 3 cards I made.  I also added a teabag on the front of 2 since I was able to make a large pocket.

A2, label die set from company on line no longer in business

Carolina Girl (Cely)
Our youngest son is graduating May 7 from University of South Carolina in Chemistry.  We are so proud of him.  I need to brag for a second.  He's been doing inorganic chemistry research for a professor the last two years.  Upon graduating, he wrote a paper and presented to professor (I think a requirement).  Anyhow, the Department of Chemistry was so impressed it is being "published" .... that's a huge deal and a bigger deal for an undergraduate.  Usually, this is saved for doctorate candidates.  From a mother's point of view, I hope it will look good on his resume and help him get a JOB!!!  Anyone out there need an outstanding chemist with strong lab experience in Organic and Inorganic Chemistry???  Haha

We are having a very small luncheon after graduation ceremony.  I wanted to do a few things for the table at the restaurant.  We will be out-of-town, so I'm trying to keep it simple and portable.  I did a few easel pieces and made pillow boxes (Silhouette Store).  I''m sharing these in today's post.

$1 easels from AC Moore's, vinyl

Approx. 5"x 3"  Inside: bags of peanuts and mints (placed at each person's seat)

Carolina Girl (Cely)
Trying to get my mojo back for making cards, I started with some vinyl projects using my Silhouette.  I had some birthday presents to make. I considered this inexpensive (under $12) to made.

Our much younger German friend loves beer; this is his present.  The German words say "I love a good beer".  The shadow box has a very strong magnet for opening and closing.  The beer tops should not fall out.  My husband drilled some holes in the top for the beer tops to slip though.  (The "D" design is from the Silhouette Store. I used Silhouette Design Studio for the Banker font.)

"I love a good beer"   11x14 shadow box from Hobby Lobby

Carolina Girl (Cely)
...thank you everyone for keeping up and having faith that I would return.  I made my first card since last November about 5 days ago.  I did some projects (not cards) that I will enjoy sharing with you.

You can skip down to the first project if you don't care to read what has been going on in my life..haha

First: many of you know my brother was gravely ill (as of last September).  He had a very rapid case of ALS.  I was flying to Denver every 6 weeks to be with him.  It was costly and my entire savings for vacation for this year, but I would do it all over again for the time I had with him.  I lost my dear brother this past February.
My dear brother Steve

Next, attempting to get back into shape, I was power walking 5-6 miles a day, swimming, lifting weights and climbing 15-50 flights of stairs a day to help with my osteoporosis. Yup, over did it and had to have back surgery.  Since my brother was so ill, I didn't want surgery until my last visit so I was in a lot of pain till January.  Surgery was success but left me with nerve pain.

Next, 5 days after surgery, our first grandson was born. Yippee! Welcome Wyatt

Welcome Wyatt
Next, in early April my neurosurgeon gave me permission to start walking (exercising) again.  After a week of just walking, I decided to "kick it up a notch" and start mixing jogging with my power walking.  Big mistake! Two fracture knees.  I'm now in a brace for 6 weeks and then we will see what to do with other knee.  This has given me lots of time to start working on cards.

My first little project was a pillow case for my grand daughter.  I made the pillowcase and using my Silhouette, I placed her name on it with heated vinyl.  Washes great.  She loves it.
my huband was nice enough to help me showcase the project.

Carolina Girl (Cely)
Made a few cards for my friend who is a realtor to give to clients moving into their new home.  I also have done several with cars, luggage, keys, etc., but this was a quick, last minute card to grab.

A2, Lil Inker circle stitched dies, Stampin Up sentiment, I think a Memory Box flower die

Carolina Girl (Cely)
I continue to case cards that I think are CAS. I'm into "cute" these days.  I used  You Color My World stamp set from Lawn Fawn.

I cut out extra blue and green crayons to make the card 3-dimensional.  I added Wink of Stella, pop-ups and copics for shadow.

Local home news...finally got DH into my ENT to get his hearing check.  Yup, he could use some hearing aides....oh...happy days are here again!  I "personally" went with him to hear from the "doctor's mouth"; my DH's interpretation was different. I'll say "there was a failure to communicate" and leave it at that....haha

A2, Lil Linker rectangle stitched dies, colored crayons in Silhouette Design Studio

A2, pink theme.  Made 6 cards pretty quickly

Carolina Girl (Cely)
Other than getting 6.5" of rain in one day from Tropical Store Eric, we had a great time visiting our friends, eating seafood, sunning at the beach, and playing tourists.

Of course, I continue sending my brother and wife pics where ever we go.  I'm going to make a new sign board that I can flip and show different names.  My other family members and friends are getting a little jealous...haha

Getting a little wet standing in fountain at Waterfront Park in Charleston.  Don (DH) on left and Harry (good friend) on right.

Shem Creek in Mt. Pleasant, SC  Shrimp Trawlers in the background

The Citadel (Military College of the South) in Charleston.  My brother Steve is a 1968 graduate and my son Bryan is a 2005 graduate.

Carolina Girl (Cely)
A2 size, mirror DP for eye glass section

The sentiment is from My Favorite Things.  I can't remember where I got the sunglasses svgs.  I used Lil Inker circle stitched dies and dots along with stitching.  I did these a while back and just now posting.  Tried doing some male and female versions.

Carolina Girl (Cely) and hugs

"Sending" is another new die from Simon Says Stamp.  I pretty much cased a Simon Says Stamp card by a DT member but no name was given.  Don't have my mojo back so casing some cards really helps.  Love this adorable stamp from Inky Antics.

These came together quickly, so I made several for my emergency stash.

A2, photographing white has never been my forte


simple inside to go with my note with grey shadowing on bottom

Carolina Girl (Cely)
I had a request on how I made the enamel dots.  I watched several You Tube videos and decided which would be the best for me.  I didn't have parchment paper so I used a clear glass 9x12 pyrex glass baking dish.  (I'm sure a colored, opaque dish would be fine also.)  The opaque pony beads melted better and smoother than the clear ones.  The clear ones just took a few minutes longer.  Don't melt the two different kinds in the same dish together due to time difference.

Instructions for oven: Perler beads 275 (°F) 135 (°C) 30-35 mins. Pony beads: 425 (°F) 218 (°C) 8-10 mins. Keep an eye on them. When melting the Pony beads, turn on oven fan & open windows.  Click HERE for a video that I liked.
I have white paper under my clear pyrex dish so you can see the beads better.

Here is my new stamp gadget that I love love love and it has saved so many stamp sentiments not being messed up.  Yes, a splurge in price but I haven't regretted it one bit.  Gosh, this thing is awesome.  I had the "thing a ma jig" that everyone else has to help place the sentiment, but this is so much easier, quicker and literally fail proof.  If I'm doing a bunch of the same card it is definitely worth it for the time.  Click HERE for a video.

Carolina Girl (Cely)
.... just a silly card to send my brother.  My son and I took Steve several times to the movies while visiting him in Denver, Colorado.  It's one thing he enjoys and getting out of the house.  I learned how to manipulate the handicapped conversion van so we were ready to "rock and roll" and have some outside fun time.

The grass is the only die.  I dared not try to incorporate the Colorado Rocky Mountains in the background.  The doggie is named Mimi.

A2, Lia didn't have a good hair day and wouldn't send me a pic to include her so this is how I got around her not being in the pic...haha  Mimi, Steve, Mitchell coming out of sunroof and me in front seat.

Carolina Girl (Cely)
....ok...everyone is my favorite at the moment, at least my siblings won't be offended...they're cool!

Just got this "sweet" gumball die from Simon Says Stamp.  Put some homemade enamel dots in it along with some sequins.

Just a quick, happy, fun card to send my brother.

A2 size, don't know what that crazy reflection is..oops

also used acetate sheet and thick mounting tape

Carolina Girl (Cely) DIL a Happy Birthday!  A quick card using a new die "wishing" from Simon Says Stamp.

Other news:  I'm stepping down from the Doodle Pantry design team.  I have had an awesome time with a wonderful team and creating for an awesome artist, Laurie.  I will be spending extra time with family members over the next 9 months.

Now in my craft room and creating when time and the mood strikes.  I will enjoy getting back into visiting much inspiration and cyber friendships to enjoy.

A2, balloon dies from Lil Inker, pop ups for dimension, glitter pen on star areas

Carolina Girl (Cely)

My trip to Denver (along with my youngest son), was heart wrenching,  heartfelt, and beautiful all at the same time.  My brother has a rapid demise of ALS.  He has a great, loving, supportive wife, a super sense of humor and keeping a positive attitude of what life has thrown him.  My son and I learned how to care for him and we shared some wonderful moments.

Someone, I think Evelyn or Brenda  (cyber-friends) told me things I could do for him to entertain him.  I bought him a digital photo frame and put pictures on it from our childhood till present.  I took pictures of his favorite places he liked to visit growing up here in South Carolina. ( I put a caption for each pic so people wouldn't have to ask him since his speaking is now quite limited to a whisper.  He was overwhelmed with happiness.  I have encouraged his friends to send pictures to his wife so she can add pictures of other great life moments.

I fed him some of his favorite things from home that he couldn't get in Denver.  Yup, I dragged fresh peaches and my garden tomatoes through the airports just for him...also a 3 lb. bag of white grits and yellow grits. ( There were a few peach casualties). I made him peach cobbler, yummy tomato sandwiches (with Duke's mayo and white bread).  He ate grits and eggs every morning and top it off with fresh sliced peaches.

My son had "those special moments" with his uncle that he will never forget and will always cherish.  Mitchell was so much help and Steve appreciated "man time" with a fellow lover of sports and just being with his nephew.  Steve said Mitchell did better massages than me..haha  Mitchell's already trying to plan when he can go for another visit, but airplane flights and rental cars are expensive and he is entering a very hard senior year at college with a special major in chemistry.  We will work hard to make the trip happen.  Time is not on our side so we will make the trip during his upcoming winter college break.

Steve and me

Steve and Mitchell...don't they look dapper in their new shirts

Carolina Girl (Cely)
....try saying that 5 times quickly...haha

I've been playing with my new tool, the We R Memories Photo Sleeve Fuse.  My seal-a-meal machine worked fine, but for intricate shapes and curves, it wouldn't work.  This is very easy to work with and I have plenty of old photo sleeve yippee!

I used Seahorse Habitat set from Doodle Pantry.  I cut out the seahorse using my Silhouette Cameo.  I used all types of sequins.  Next time I want to use real sand.

Doodle Pantry continues with the Ants In the Pantry Digital Challenge #7 and has a 30% sale in the store (with some exclusions).

%" circle, Lil Inker Stitched Circles, IO Seashells

Carolina Girl (Cely)
Gosh....I made 4 of these cuties, but I need more for so many friends and cyber friends.

I cased Wings of a Butterfly-Vanessa using Lawn Fawn Jelly Star Clear Stamp Set. (Still trying to get mojo back so casing really helps.) The sentiment is from Life's a Beach by Lawn Fawn. A little distressed ink, dots of water, pop-ups for dimension and I'm ready to send them out. Oh...white highlight pen and Wink of Stella.

A2, lil linker stitched rectangles

front view

Carolina Girl (Cely)
This image always makes me giggle.  I used Float Yer Goat file by Doodle Pantry.  I'm just now doing my 1st slider card while everyone else has been doing them for years.

I'm flying (with my youngest son) to Denver on July 23rd.  My wonderful oldest brother, who has been healthy as an ox/horse, developed a rapid ALS. I'm going to visit, just sit with him, feed him anything he can/wants to eat.  He loves my grits and homemade peach cobbler.  I'll squish it up and see if he can eat it.  Anyway, anyone have any ideas that are cheap to get from the airport to my hotel in Denver?  The airport rental cars are $620 for the 6 days I'm there.  I'm hoping the hotel can pick me up...we'll see.  But I'm open for suggestions!!!

Doodle Pantry continues with the Ants In the Pantry Digital Challenge #7 and has a 30% sale in the store (with some exclusions).

A2, Spring Shower die set by Lawn Fawn, 1" circle punch, Fiskars wave border punch, Cameo to cut image, pop-ups for dimension, Lawn Fawn Alphabet sets

card opened

Carolina Girl (Cely)
My first purchase on-line was Charlie Horse by Laurie at Doodle Pantry (at the time she was with Clear Dollar Stamps).  Here is Charlie Bee all sparkled up!

I'm using a fuzing technique.  I ordered the We R Memories Photo Sleeve Fuze. While waiting, I used my seal-a-meal machine. I was able to make a thin shaker card completely sealed.  I used a clear envelop, put in my glitter and then sealed.  For sure nothing will fall out.

Don't forget our Ants in My Pantry Digital Challenge #7 at Doodle Pantry.  Get chance for a GC and even more surprises/chances if you use a Doodle Pantry image (not text).

"sparkle" is shiny green but had to see, Lil Inker Stitched Rectangle dies, word cut in Silhouette, sequins and glitter sequins by Martha Stewart

A2, clear cellophane card holder, seal-a-meal machine

Carolina Girl (Cely)
Where have I been and what has been going on?  I don't want to bore you.  All the events these past 4 weeks have been overwhelming.  I'm back until July 23-29.  I have visited many blogs, but have not commented but trust me that all the blogs I visited put many many many smiles on my face during the day and the past weeks which was much needed.  So thank you thank you thank you very much for sharing your talents and blogging...awesome inspiration and HAPPY!

This is a much belated graduation card for a young lady that graduated in May and now  college bound soon.  The card was made from an old Stampendous flower clear stamp. I also used Stampin Up blue and yellow ink.  I cut the star using my Silhouette.
A2 vertical, acetate for shaker card area, ribbon, Scotch Foam Mounting Tape, Fiskar scallop border punch. beads, and Martha Stewart star glitter

Carolina Girl (Cely)
I hope I'm at the beach when this is posted.  Seahorse Habitat set is a Doodle Pantry June release. Our Ants in the Pantry Challenge #6 continues...join us!

CAS.  I added an extra layer on the gold seahorse and scallop for added dimension. I'm entering my card in the Die Cutting Diva's Challenge #219 - National Aquarium Month.

A2, Lawn Fawn Hillside border die, SVGCUTS seaweed svg,  MB large bubbles die

pop-ups for dimension, starfish metal brad, Cameo to cut