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Friday, June 29, 2012

GIVEAWAY!!! CK IT OUT

Society of Stampaholics is having a huge giveaway.  Deadline 7/16/12.

Pretty easy - just become a follower of hers & put her new blinkie on your blog & add your link.

If I don't win-I hope one of my cyber friends can win!

~Karen C

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

PSC38: Here comes the Sun!

Summer is here! Along with it is the SUN! Sunshine just makes me smile.  I hope you'll join us in our challenge this week.


Your challenge: create a card with a sunny sentiment like: you are my sunshine, wishing you sunny days, you shine, etc. 

The twist: include an image of the sun on your card

 I used my rotary cutter to slice thru several pages at once of DP. That way they would match up.  I drew the outline of the sun rays on orange & fussy cut. I punched my yellow circle & scrunched, distressed & then glued to a white punched circle. I outlined the edges with a white gel pen. Popped up sun with dimensionals. 


If you want a chance to win  a FREE DIGI-you have to participate.  Jump over to Perfect Sentiments and link up your creation.


Our sponsor is Patties Creations.  She has some beautiful images.  

Pattie's Creations Digital Stamps

We have a wonderful design team.  Every week they have an inspiring card for you.  I hope you'll visit each one.  They are listed on my left side bar.


Thank you for stopping by & I hope to see you @ Perfect Sentiments Challenge!


~Karen C

WAW Baby Album Word Art




In a world where everyone is out for themselves,  it is such a comfort to know that God loves me so much and that he already has a plan for me. That he always has my best interest at heart. I can face every day knowing my future is with the Lord!



Our sponsor this week is Eclectic Anthology. She has a lovely assortment of things in her store. 

"Eclectic Anthology specializes in commercial-use vintage graphics, fonts, and Photoshop shapes, actions, and brushes. Eclectic Anthology is a part of Avalon Rose Design, a vintage-inspired design company."


Each week Word Art Wednesday is growing in participants. We thank each one of you for your participation!
Each designer has a big heart that creates beautiful projects.  Cards, altered items, journals, layouts.  They are ALL amazing!  Be sure and check out each blog.  They are listed on my right side bar.

This week I featured the scripture on a baby album I'm working on.  I wanted to include several pages I've designed. Knowing that God already has a plan for the unborn proves that He is all knowing.

 I cut the words/letters and the baby buggy with my cricut.  I faux stitched around each letter with a gel pen.
 My goal was to have lots of places for pictures. My dear friend having the baby boy loves to take pictures.

 I've put sticky notes letting her know what size picture will fit.

 I made this owl using punched circle.  Hand drawed the head & wings. Was so much fun making it!
I mostly do girly projects.  It's been challenging doing a boy album using NO flowers!  I really love how it's turning out.


Thanks for playing with us @ Word Art Wednesday!
~Karen C

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Pin it to Win it!



Pinned Image
We're having a contest! Re-pin this image for a chance to win the items featured..a journal,rub-ons,stamps & a chipboard banner! Leave a comment with the URL of the board you re-pinned it to. And if you blog the contest with this image and a link to this board I will give you two more entries for a total of 3! Leave a comment here with the URL to your static blog post. Contest ends 7/16/12. We apologize to our Int'l friends this contest is only open to U.S. residents at this time. 

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Upcycled pictures

I've been working on cards-taking 15 min here & there.  Wanted to post a few of them.
I've really been trying to recycle.


We get all kinds of junk in the mail. One I recently received was an 8x10 poster with small pictures lined up.  I cut them apart to use on my cards.




I also scored at a yard sale -found 17 calendars of Norman Rockwell illustrations.  I've matted this one on kraft cardstock, inked around the image with a white gel pen. Added some die cut leaves for the tree and the natural hemp cord at the bottom. 

I love how they both turned out.


Use Your Stuff- challenge 38-make it by hand. I made both bows.
Thanks for stopping by!
~Karen C
















Wednesday, June 20, 2012

PSC Graduation with a twist!

We all know someone who's graduating.  It's so nice to have a nice card on hand to give.  What's even nicer? to have money or a gift card in it! 


This weeks challenge @ Perfect Sentiments Challenge 
Instead of creating your basic card make a gift card or money holder and use a sentiment appropriate for a graduate.


 I just made a yard sale haul that had some loose pages where I found the cap & diploma picture.

I saw a you tube on this @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEeTSmuBpDo&feature=related.
I'm planning on clipping some CASH on the blue circle & tucking inside the hidden pocket.

Our sponsor this week is:

Fred She Said 

We have an AMAZING design team.  Each one is listed on my left side bar.  Visit each one to see some truly creative projects.

In order to win the prize from our sponsor OR be named top 3 by our DT-link your creation up @ Perfect Sentiments Challenge

Thanks for checking me out!
~Karen C

WAW Deuteronomy Word Art




What happens when we get a really good rain?  Our grass and plants GROW & GROW!  They are getting good-nourishment. The very thing they need to stay alive!
The same thing happens to us as Christians when we hear God's word.  Deuteronomy says we're to let God's teaching fall like rain-steady, one right after another, penetrating our soul. We're to listen and soak it up. Learn-grow. It helps us in our daily life & walk. It prepares us for the hardships, the trials, the valley's.  



This weeks Word Art Scripture:








Shabby Cottage Studio is sponsoring our challenge this week.  They carry digi images, paper as well as embellishments, alterables and much more. Be sure and check them out!

Shabby Cottage Studio






No matter how much it rained, my Nannie was say "we need a good rain".  Our souls say "I need nourishment".


Thanks for stopping by!
~KAREN C

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Want to win LOTS of blog candy?

One of my fellow Perfect Sentiment team member-Abby @ ScrappinAbby is celerbrating her one year blog anniversary.


Her goal was to reach 100 followers & as soon as she does-

All in all there are over 30 items up for grabs in my 100 Followers Giveaway!! So how this is going to work is that this prize will be given away via a random draw only when I reach 100 followers. I will keep a link/photo of this amazing scrappy prize package at the top of my blog until I reach my goal. 


She does the most amazing cards & projects-you've got to check her out @http://scrappin-abby.blogspot.com/2012/06/scrappinabbys-1-year-blog-anniversary.html?showComment=1340155247350#c8859302661930613458


She's at 77 now.  Why don't you be next!


~Karen C

Monday, June 18, 2012

Multiple Fun Challenges!

Card Patterns Challenge -sketch
Love to Create Challenge Blog  -Challenge #20 Summertime Fun
Use Your Stuff -#38 Make it by hand: I made my tags & my decorative edge
Card Crafter's Circle  -Challenge #27 Feeling Sentimental: Sentiment



I have a cyber friend that is undergoing chemo treatments.  She has such a positive attitude and I thought this cute SU image fit her perfectly!  Hopefully it will bring a big smile to her heart as well.


I picked the colors to be fun & lighthearted.


Thanks so much for stopping by!
~KAREN C

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

PSC36: Father's Day Color Story

I know you are going to want to do the challenge we have this week @ Perfect Sentiments Challenge.  Father's Day is this weekend and you are going to need a card.


It's easy:  Create a card with a Father's Day Sentiment on the FRONT
and use the provided color story as inspiration for the design of your card




Father's-Day-Color-Story 
Here's my card:
 My favorite technique is distressing.  I scrubbed the edges of the background paper with my scissors & even made a little cut in the upper right corner.  I sponged distress ink around the edges of piece I added.  I made a "postcard" for the next layer using my Paris stamp set, then added a "stamp" I cut out from the Sunday paper a while back.  Made my tag with my sentiment. 
 I found this poem on the internet & printed it for the inside of my card. 
 Here's a close up of the silver metal tag I stamped on, tied it to the twine & then added my Father's Day sentiment.  

You know we have a very talented Design Team.  They are each listed on the left sidebar.  We have 2 guest designer's that I hope you'll visit and welcome.  

If you participate in our challenge and link your card up @ Perfect Sentiments challenge  you might win a FREE IMAGE from our sponsor or be chosen as the top 3 favorites for the week.

Our sponsor:
http://www.shellysimages.com/web2/index.php  
 Thanks for stopping by.  I look forward to seeing what you make! 
~Karen C

Word Art Wednesday: Prayer

Hello!  Happy Wednesday!
I hope you've been having a blessed week.  We have another wonderful Word Art Scripture for you this week:
 Prayer has been an intricate part of my life for many years.  When I first became a Christian and became friends with some really Godly women, I noticed they talked about God all the time. It really bothered me that some days I wouldn't think about God all day.  I kept wondering how did they do it?  Was I ever going to think of talking to God all day-every day? Good times & bad? 


The longer I've been a Christian, the more I think about and talk to God during my day.  It just happens.  I'm still not where I'd like to be-but I thank God I can talk to him anytime-Good & Bad.


Have you talked to God today?

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Our wonderful sponsor this week is:  Fred She Said
 
I hope you'll visit her website & see all the images she offers.  She has some really cute ones!
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Here is the card I created for this weeks awesome scripture.  I matted & then cut around the scripture with scissors.
I stamped versa mark & embossed the white cardstock in silver.  Cut a middle with some red vellum.  Tied a gray ribbon & added some punched flowers with a little bling.

I hope you'll visit my design team members listed on the right side of my blog and see what project they've done with the word art scripture.   Be sure & welcome our guest designer: Sandee

I hope you'll be inspired to create!   It can be a card, layout, altered item, journal-anything you feel works for you.  When you get done, go to our blog: Word Art Wednesday and link it up. 

Have a blessed week!!
~Karen C


Sunday, June 10, 2012

Dinner @ 6PM

Over @ Scrapbook & Cards today they have a monthly challenge.  Project 12.  It's so you can document your life each month.  We went on a cruise with my some of my family.  This layout sketch is by Becky Fleck.  January 2010


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I also incorporated their color suite challenge for May:



May_2012_challenge  

We love to try new foods.  This layout features Fried Alligator & Frog Legs!  Oh-I didn't eat them-my husband & some of the other guys did.
I tried the soups. Cream of cucumber, sweet potato & cheddar, peach, strawberry-yumm!

thanks for stopping by. 

~Karen C

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Live with Passion

I thought long & hard about the details of card making that I love.  Distressing, Layering, Stamps, Ribbon, lace, Flowers, Buttons, Pearls, Twine, Die cuts, Designer Paper-I love them all!  they are all included on this card.

~KAREN C

Butterfly Thank you

Wild Orchid Challenge BINGO! I used LILAC, FLOWERS & WINGS

Really Reasonable Ribbon  Challenge #49 Uses ribbon & flowers

Tuesday Morning Sketches Sketch




 

I used a corner punch & distresse the edges.  Added Wild Orchid Flowers & Really Reasonable Ribbon.  The image was stamped with Black Stazon & colored with pencils.  The image & sentiment is from Close To My Heart.

i love the purple & green together.

Thanks for stoppiing by,
~Karen C

Spots on Father's Day

Love to Create Challenge: Challenge # 18 Father's Day / Special Guy
Sentimental Sundays  : Show me your SPOTS
Patties Creations Design- You must use an image-I stamped the SU bird, The CTMH compass & sentiment.

 
 I love how this card turned out.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Postage Challenge in the Moxie Fab World

Are you up for a Moxie Fab Challenge??
Create a paper crafted project (card, gift bag, tag, layout, home decor item, mini-book cover, etc.) that incorporates a postage element in an innovative way.

 My Dad was in the military & was overseas alot.  I thought he'd enjoy a Father's Day Card that looked well traveled!  I've done a lot of distressing.  I used one of my favorite stamp sets.
The most fun item I added was a big stamp image that I cut out of a newspaper insert.  I've been saving it for just the right time-and this was it!  Had the colors I was going with and everything.
 The I found this wonderful poem online about Dads & printed & distressed to add to the inside of my card.
 I hope all the Father's out there know how special they are.  Mine has been a jewel to me!


I hope ya'll will join me in the challenge @ Moxie Fab World.

See ya!
~Karen C

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Lacey Romance oh la la! PSC35

It's the season for amour-love!  Lots of weddings, anniversaries & just plain romance!  We need to have some cards ready-right? 

We had a whopping 107 entries in our Perfect Sentiments challenge last week!  Thanks to everyone who participated.  We had some really awesome entries.

This week's challenge is create a card with a sentiment appropriate for love, weddings, or anniversary.

The twist add some lacey detail to your card. you can either use lace or use a lacey die-cut

Our wonderful sponsor: Meljens Designs
provided us with an image-and I love it!

 Super cute huh?  
I colored my cute image with pencils, then just layered with paper.  I added some photo corners & hearts & tiny lace down the side. Viola' -a beautiful card!
 
All you have to do to get your own free digi image is link up your card @ Perfect Sentiments Challenge
 
Meljens Designs is giving away : 4 non-colored images of winner's choice 

 We have an exceptional design team that you've got to check out.  They are all listed on my left side bar along with our guest designers.

Can't wait to see what you design!  thanks for stopping by
~Karen C

 

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Clean Craft Room!!

One of my DT buddies-Abby-showed us pics of her new craft room.  It inspired me to clean mine up & move some things around for easier access.

 my small shelf on the right houses frames & canvas. (behind it too)
My ardmore houses my painting supplies, some fabric & sewing stuff.
 A friend made the top bookshelf for me. Has my acrylic paint, spray mist, punches, a few stamps.
Below are boxes holding photos, cards, envelopes,
 My Dad just blessed me with his old printer-so of course I cleaned off a space!
 This desk was a throw off from one of the factories that shut down here. I got it for $16. I have a bookcase on left side that houses some of my 12x12 albums, box of embellishments, box of SU stamps.  The drawers on the right hold crochet doilies, Wild Orchid Flowers.
I keep my tote on my right side at all times.  All my scissors, cutting tools, cricut tools are housed & used daily.  Can easily pick it up & move it when I need my sewing machine.
 Under my table, are bigger totes with fake flowers, yarn, fabric. My baby Snickers love a box & relaxes while I'm crafting.

 Under my other table is this tote on wheels that houses my 12x12 paper & a book with clear pages that holds embellishments.  My trash can & scoreboard are all easily accessable.
 My big drawers hold ribbon.  All my white/tan/brown are in a box on the left, I divide the other colors into pencil cases & stack them.  I can easily pull them out & put up on my table to use.

 My top drawer houses snail adhesives & big shot dies.
 We screwed a wire rack on the wall to my right for my stamp sets. The bottom rung is some of my punches.
 This is my wall that I face. I started with a plain wall that I painted a mural on. As storage was needed, we've added some shelf's. My favorite is a towel rack that has my most use punches.
 Here's a closeup of the towel rack.
 Here are the two seats in the room.  They both were made by my talented Dad.  He weaves baskets, stools & chairs.  I stay on my wide topped stool.  Any visitors can sit on the antique chair.
 when my computer is in use it sits on top of the drawers so I'm able to keep up with my challenge requirements.
 Do you have scraps??  Who doesn't-right?  A friend told me she puts hers in one of these & I love it!  The colors are in alphabetical order. Looks like a mess-but it's a lot easier looking for colors than my old way.

Hope you are inspired to clean your room!!
~Karen C

Sparkle and Shine Girls Decor

I have been creating some decor for a young lady's room. I have used my Deco Art supplies and lots of rhinestones!! This 12x12 can...