Friday, June 29, 2012

Just believe, Notably Ornate

Ok, ladies, another beauty... I made this for a challenge a while back that never happened, for whatever reason...  I reminds me of a serene summer evening.  The embossed background is sponged in 2 different blues, the frame from notably ornate is embossed in pewter, and soft suede ink rubbed into it.  I finished it off with an antique brad!  Enjoy... Carol Smith

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Coloring down the lines- Just Believe/Tempting Turquoise

Happy Blog Hopping! You've just come from Robbies blog at  I know she had something beautiful for us.  This week we were to make a card using Tempting Turquoise and I chose the turquoise, pumpkin pie and rich razzleberry option.  I used the Just Believe stamp set and some DSP to accomplish this task.  Hope you like it.  I think I do.  I made my own border simply by cutting around the stamp along the bottom on both the front and back.  Now go to Liz's blog to see her creation...  Thanks for following us.  Carol Smith

Wedding cards - Kindness Matters

Hello, I was asked to make a wedding card for a couple from church that were married last weekend.  Her main color was hot pink, so I ran with it.  I hope they like it.  I embossed the background, and put a doily die on top of that with a white and pink bow.  I embossed the butterfly in pewter from the Kindness Matters set.  Thanks for visiting... Carol Smith

Wedding Card- Kindness Matters

Just another color combination.  Actually, I like this one better.  Just me.  Thanks so much for visiting... Carol Smith

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Sunny Morning Chat Challenge - Baker's Twine

Good morning!  and Welcome to the Sunny Morning Chat Challenge over at Donna's blog at  We always have fun here, so come on along.  We were challenged this week to use 25% Baker's Twine on our cards.  I will tell you what!  These challenges are VERY Beneficial to me.  They REALLY get my mind in gear.  I had no idea what to do, but one thing led to another, and this is what came of it.  I have to say this is so stink'in CUTE, I didn't know I had this in me.  I only had Red Twine, so i went with a Christmas theme, and made a wreath out of an embossed doily, punched holes in each section, and gathered my twine over each one, and anchored with a glittered brad.  I added a glittery bow over the corners, and put on the DSP of red plaid.  I think I'll have to buy some more twine, so I can make some more of these.   Let me know what you think, k?  Thanks for looking.  carol Smith

baker's twine 3-D view

Three dimensional, surprised myself.  Thanks for joining us for the challenge.  Carol Smith

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop-Pacific Point

Welcome to our color hop! You should have come from Amanda's blog at  I know she had a beautiful card for you.    Our color this week is Pacific Point, and I chose the sweet set of pacific point, daffodil delight and rich razzleberry.  I would not have chosen these colors together, but this made me go out of my comfort zone.  I used punches, and embossed some vellum with the Nature Walk set, watercolor a little on the back just to pop it a little.  Add a bow, I hope you like it, it's not my style, but it's not too bad, I guess.  Thanks for hopping, now hop on over to Jessica's blog at  She is also going to have something spectacular and colorful!  Enjoy, Carol Smith

Monday, June 18, 2012

Redone Craft Room

Welcome to my newly painted, organized and purged craft room!  I love it in here now.  I can think and be more creative since I have more room... from left to right is my printer desk, then my main workspace, where I have my clear stamps lined up on shelves, and the wooden ones are in drawers underneath.  I have all my brads, ribbon, and tape, phone, etc. at my fingertips and in the shelving unit, I have more stamps in the drawers and all my inks on the spinning units.  Paper is on top so I can just fish through it at a glance.  The color is a cool, pale green grey, which is very relaxing.  Thanks for visiting.  I hope you enjoy it.  Carol Smith

Window wall

This is my main workspace for stamping... to the left is my table, and under the window is where I do my cutting and big shot work.  To the right are bins of finished cards. Hope you like my space.  Carol
So this is a lot rooomier in here since I threw out a lot os stuff.  Don't even miss it!  I can even set up to me printer desk now.  Wow!  That's progress!

back wall

This is the sewing side of my craft room.  Ironing board, etc.  Notice the punches hanging on my door.  Awesome.  Thanks, Hope you enjoyed the tour.  Carol Smith

Not sure what to call this

One of these emboss folders was plain white and the other one was brayered with rich razzleberry.

Tree Trimmings

This card was really difficult and involved.  Made 3 cuts with the edgelit, ran the white piece through the Big Shot and colored in the dots.  Put a ribbon across the top and made 3 pewter embossed tree trimmings bulbs.  Put them all together, and walaa!!  Not sure if it's too busy or not.  Got to start kicking out some Christmas cards soon.  Thanks for stopping by.  Carol Smith

Friday, June 15, 2012

Lucky Limeade

Hi!  You NEVER know what's gonna come out of my brain!!!  I could have an idea, and something else comes together, depending on what's on my workspace...  But I'm stuck on the faux patina idea right now, and I LOVE the lucky limeade, old olive, grey combinations...  Ink up your embossing folder with some sahara sand...  I went on a trip to the craft store today and found these 2 stamps (which mimick some new ones from SU) . I've been dying to do a carrot flower, so I stamped it in old olive and then put glitter glue on for the blooms.  POW!!!  What a pop...  My sister is moving to a nearby town this week, so she will enjoy this!  Happy looking.  Carol Smith
Cute, huh?  Could be used for Father's day.  By the way, Happy Father's Day to all the men out there!  My little light is a dab of glitter glue!  Thanks for looking.  Carol Smith

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Coloring down the lines- Blog Hop

Happy blog hopping!  You should have come from Amanda's blog at  I'm sure she has a pretty card... Our challenge this week was Rich Razzleberry, and I chose to put pumpkin pie and Old olive with it.  I used embossing folders for my design and stamped a sentiment on it, and used a border punch on the side.  I just love these colors together.  the ink was applied with the brayer on the inside of the folders.  So easy peasy!  Now it's time to go on to Jessica's blogat to see what she made for us.  Have fun and enjoy.  Carol Smith


Thanks for hopping with us.  Carol Smith

Monday, June 11, 2012

Faux Patina, Flower Fancy

Good Monday Morning, ladies!  As promised, here is a first faux patina that I finished.  I love purple, especially 2-toned, and this just screamed for flowers!  I glittered the lettering and outlines of the flowers in purple also.    So shiny and elegant...  come back for more... Carol Smith  (thanks for the patina, Leena)


Thanks for looking, hope you like it...  Carol Smith

Friday, June 8, 2012

Delicate Doilies and Nature Walk

Happy Friday, ladies.  This is partly cased from somewhere, but I thought it needed some bees.  Very cheery.  The wings on the bees have glitter. Makes 'em seem 3-d. Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy.  Carol Smith

Delicate Doilies

Nothing reallly to say on this one, except its really bright and cheery. Thanks for looking and stopping by.  Carol Smith

Faux Patina

This is a technique I learned today from another blog...  I just LOVE it, it;s so much fun.  Any color combination seems to work.  Just start out with light colors and sponge (rub) graduating colors on top each other till it suits, and then versamark them and put an embossing powder on, and heat.  They are gorgeous!  Come back and look for them used in cards... More to come.  Carol Smith

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Lovely as a Tree- father's Day- sunny morning chat challenge

Happy Father's Day!  that is our subject for the Sunny Morning chat challenge. Come on over to Donna's blog at This is my all-time favorite stamp set.  It just never gets old!  I decided to be elegant, and emboss everything!  I love to emboss.  Not always so, but I have found what works for me, I guess.  DSP was my inspiration. So I used gold, pewter and black powders, and added 3 brads,, and scalloped punched edges.  Enjoy, and thanks for looking.  Carol Smith

color blog hop- Real Red

Welcome to my blog for the color blog hop this Wednesday..  You should have just come from Amanda's blog at  Next stop is at Liz's blog at I chose the Real red, bashful blue, and crumbcake option.  The bottom is from creative elements, flowers are artistic etchings, put on top of a doily die. I sponged crumb cake ink on the embossed background.  The flowers and Loving Thought are embossed also. Hope you like it. Thanks for looking. Carol Smith