Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Coloring Down the Lines-Pear Pizazz with a twist of adding a star!

Merry Christmas everyone, and welcome to our blog hop today.  You've just come from Amanda's blog at  where I know she has a spectacular card for us to see.  A hard act to follow.  Our colors were Pear Pizazz with Rich Razzleberry and Tempting Turquoise OR Pear Pizazz with Pool Party and Smoky Slate. I chose the latter because of the subtlty.  I just embossed stars from "first Christmas" on my "tree of trees." and added some dazzling diamonds and candy dots in coordinating colors.  Hope  you enjoy it.  Oh, our added twist was to add a Star!  Whew!  almost forgot... I can't wait to see what Helen made us on this Christmas Day.  Always gorgeous, just like her!  Thanks for visiting, and remember that Christ is our greatest gift today and every day!  Carol Smith

Friday, December 20, 2013

"Card Book" -Melissa's card

Happy Friday to ya!  I had a friend who gave me this idea. She put all her cards that she received onto ring binders.  I vamped up this project with ribbon on the binders.  This card was made by my daughter.  So colorful, festive and sparkly!  I love it.  She takes after her mother for being so creative...(wink).  Go ahead and try this... it's fun, and it keeps the conversation going.  Just lay in on your coffee table, and enjoy.  Thanks for visiting.  Carol Smith

Valerie's card

This is another one I got from Valerie, my son's girlfriend.  She's so sweet, and Crafty.  I love the softness and simplicity of this.  It is so elegant.  Love it.  My 2 favorite cards in the book, for sure.  Thanks for visiting, and I hope you are inspired to make your own card book.  Carol Smith

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Coloring Down the Lines-Marina Mist

I hope everyone is ready for the big day!  I am, still have to finish wrapping gifts today.  Amanda has a really cute card, for sure!  She's in the "spirit".  Our colors today were Marina Mist with Crumb Cake and Cajun Craze OR Marina Mist with Real Red and Old Olive.  I chose the second one, because it looked more like Christmas to me.  Our twist was to use a Holiday Spirit Sentiment.  I am in the spirit, so I used the single stamp label and put glimmer paper behind it with ribbons under made from Christmas washi tape.  Just put it on cardstock and cut out.  The baby Jesus is from "first Christmas".   Lets go see what "spirit" Helen is in.  I'm sure it's beautiful.  She has such a wonderful spirit herself!    Hope you are enjoying the day.  Thanks for visiting.  Carol Smith

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Coloring Down the Lines-Calypso Coral, Add a Snowflake

Brrr!  It's cold here today!  And so many snowflakes! We didn't get as many as the rest of you, though.  Just an inch.  Yay!  Did you see the gorgeous snowflakes from Amanda's card?  Just beautiful.  Who would have thought these colors could produce such beautiful creations?  Our colors were Calypso Coral with Blushing Bride and Pink Pirouette, OR with chocolate Chip and wild Wasabi.  I used the first choice as you can guess, and We had to add a Snowflake.  These pinks were so close together, it was hard to tell the difference.  But they blend well.  Helen's card is so cute today, that girl has an imagination!  Thanks for visiting, and have a great day.  Carol Smith

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Coloring Down the Lines-Blushing Bride

It's December already?  Where DOES the time go!  I know you have enjoyed Amanda's card, as she always does a super job creating.    Today's colors are Blushing Bride with Early Espresso and Pear Pizazz OR Blushing Bride, Perfect Plum and Sahara Sand.  I chose the latter, because I don't have espresso.  It is a little pale, but I embossed everything in sahara sand, even the snowflakes. You can tell that a little at the tips.  And the let it snow is perfect plum. I chose the stamps from "Best of Snow".  Our "Twist" was to add lace.  My little brads are the candy dots in sahara sand also.  Hope you like it.  Lets go see what Helen made. She never has a problem coming up with something I love! (SO talented)!  Thanks for visiting.  Carol Smith

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Son's Birthday

I made this card for my son's birthday this year.  He is an excellent guitar player and can even make guitars by hand.  Very talented guy.  Looks pretty real, doesn't it?  I saw this somewhere but don't know any more who made it.   What do ya think?  Thanks for visiting.  Carol Smith

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Coloring Down the Lines-Rose Red

It's another Wednesday blog hop, and this week you've come straight from Robbie's site at  She's a very busy woman, and she still cranks out so many beautiful cards!  Today's is no exception.  I don't know how she does it...Our colors this week are Rose Red with Soft Suede and Marina Mist OR Rose Red with Wisteria Wonder and Garden Green.  And the side kick is to use a Christmas Theme.  I thought these were odd colors for Christmas, and I struggled with an idea.  But this poinsettia is so versatile, it looks good in any color, so I went with that.  I just embossed everything in white, and fussy cut the flower and colored it in with my colors.  Very simple.  Let's see what Helen made for us today.   I always love what she makes, I can't wait to see.  Have a very Happy Thanksgiving, everyone, and come back next week.  Thanks for visiting.  Carol Smith

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Coloring down the lines-Perfect Plum

Welcome to our blog hop this Fall week from Amanda's blog at  Her card is wonderful, wish I had thought of that!  Our colors this week were perfect plum with marina mist and rose red OR perfect plum with early espresso and whisper white.  I chose the first one, and our twist was to use a "NEW TO YOU" technique.  I did the magic tape technique.  I've seen it done a hundred times, but never actually tried it.  I found it messy and I'm really not that good at it, but here it is.  I would use pale colors if I do it again, such as the new in-colors.  Anyway, I just embossed my stamp set "summer delights" on it in black, and card done.  Lets' go see what Helen made, I know it will inspire us to try her technique.  Come back next week to see what's up!  Thanks for visiting and have a great day!  Carol Smith

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Coloring Down the lines-Island Indigo

Hello and Happy Wednesday, ladies!  Just coming from Amanda's  blog at, you already saw her beautiful leaf card and know our color scheme.  She did an awesome job!  We used Island Indigo with Rose Red and Garden green, OR island indigo with Pool party and calypso coral (which I used since I love those 2 blues together)!   AND we added a feature to our colors by using a leaf on our cards.   I used the leaf from Best of Autumn, and the fancy print emboss folder with the chalktalk die.  Kept it simple, so the colors popped.  Hope you like it.  Let's feast our eyes on what Helen made, I saw it and love it, as usual.  What a sweet and talented person she is...  lets' go-  Tune in next week to see our next twist.  Thanks for visiting, Carol Smith

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Coloring Down the Lines-Garden Green

Welcome to our Wednesday color hop!  You've just come from Amanda's blog at  She is always making something cool... Just like today.  Our color today is Garden Green with Calypso coral and soft sky. OR garden green with so saffron and melon mambo  I chose the first, because I don't have any so saffron.  I would never put these together, but this challenge showed me that they're not that bad.  I used glossy paper, and stamped the grunge stripe all over it.  Then on soft sky, I stamped the single star and some polymer snowflakes and the wording.  Don't miss the grunge stripes embossed with dazzling diamonds!  Let me know how it looks to ya.  Let's go see what that talented Helen made for us, it's always a WOW factor!   Thanks for visiting, and have a great day.  Stay tuned for next week's challenge.  We're gonna mix it up!  carol smith

Friday, October 25, 2013

Daughter's Wedding Anniversary

Hello, and Happy Friday, everyone!  I had my daughter's 10th anniversary last week, and I made this card for them.  They are so happy, they are expecting their first baby!  God is so good!  Anyway, hearts were the symbol of how we all feel. I just did an emboss resist technique on my stamps and made a label for it and added some wide ribbon on the side.  She used these fall colors in her wedding.  Let me know how you feel about it.  Thanks for visiting. Carol Smith

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Coloring Down the Lines-Elegant eggplant

Happy Wednesday, ladies! You've come here from Amanda's blog at  Everyone's cards are gorgeous today!  It's a beautiful complimentary combination of colors.  Our main color this week is Elegant eggplant with Island Indigo and Basic Gray (which I chose)  OR elegant eggplant with Always Artichoke and Sahara Sand.  These colors together are rich!  Everything I used is SU except for the wreath stamp which is by Judith.  I think it turned out pretty.  Let me know what you think.  Let's go see what Joni made for us today.    She is so crafty, I always get inspiration from that girl...  Thanks for visiting, and have a great day.  Carol Smith

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Coloring Down the Lines-Crushed Curry

Good morning from Amanda's blog at  She is always making sometime unique and cool, right?  This week's color is Crushed Curry with Melon Mambo and pumpkin pie OR Crushed Curry with Island Indigo and Real Red.  I chose the latter, I thought this was a hard combo.  It's been rainy and gloomy here lately, so I thought it was appropriate to use umbrellas.  I used Rain or Shine stamp set, and the heart is from Sweetly Framed.  I took the priveledge of making 2 cards today. I was on a roll.  lol-  Let's see what our Helen made for us at      I know it will be fabulous!  (always is).  Thanks for visiting, and enjoy your hop.  Carol Smith

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Coloring Down the Lines-Cherry Cobbler

Happy Wednesday, ladies!  You are enjoying our color hop from Amanda's site at  I know that her card is awesome as usual. She's so clever, that girl.  Our colors this week are Cherry Cobbler with Daffodil Delight and Early Espresso OR Cherry Cobbler with Calypso Coral and Night of Navy.  I chose the first colors, because of all the beautiful leaves coloring up, which inspired me to use the maple leaf.  I stamped it in cherry cobbler and  sponged on the daffodil delight and rocked on the espresso.  I wonder if Helen is using a Fall theme today.  Lets' go see-  Whatever she made, it will inspire all of us, too.  Enjoy your day and thanks for visiting.  Carol Smith

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Coloring Down the Lines-Cajun Craze

Hi ladies, and welcome to our color hop.  It's a short list today, but it won't be short on talent! Always exciting ideas, and Amanda's no exception!  Her card is awesome, no?  Our colors today were to use Cajun Craze with Bermuda Bay and Crushed Curry, OR Cajun Craze with Perfect Plum and Always Artichoke.  I chose the latter, because I don't have crushed curry, and with the other choices, I saw Fall colors.  So I used a stamp from Judith, and sponged on all the colors.  A little washed out, but it's pretty in person.  I hope you like it.  Now lets hop on over to Helen's site at   I get so much inspiration from her.  That girl!  Have a great day and thanks for visiting. Carol Smith

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Coloring Down the Lines-Always Artichoke

Good morning, ladies!  I nearly forgot to post.  Whew!!  This week's color is Always Artichoke, and I chose to put wisteria wonder and crumb cake wi th it.  I wonder what Amanda made for us at  She is so creative, I know I'll love it once again.  As soon as I saw the colors for this week, I knew what stamp set I needed to use. "Love & Sympathy" fit the bill, because it needed a green stem.  I hope you like it.  I added a button and some crystals to set it off. I peeked and have to say that Helen has outdone herself once again.  I just LOVE her style.  Thanks for visiting, and have a great day!  Carol Smith

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Coloring Down the Lines-Tempting Turquoise

We have a very small lineup today, but I'm sure it won't be short on ideas and beautiful work, like Robbie's card.  Gorgeous-  Today's colors are tempting turquoise with real red and tangerine tango, OR (my choice), tempting turquoise with rich razzleberry and pumpkin pie.  I saw this somewhere else and knew right away that I wanted to do it for this challenge, so I used the swallowtail stamp and grounded it with crumb cake and added my colors on top.  The salutation is from Best of Greetings. The more I look at it, the more I like it.  Let's go see what Helen has been working on for us.  I know it will be fabulous, always is...   I hope you are enjoying your day today.  Thanks for visiting.  Carol Smith

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

For Tutor Inspiration

Hey ladies, welcome to Tuesday... I hope it is a good day for you.  These are some cards my niece wanted for her tutor students for encouragement.  Just so they know she's behind them.  I hope they are everything she hoped for and wanted.  Let me know what YOU think!  I'm getting nervous.  Thanks for visiting.  Carol Smith

Regarding Dahlias

Good day, Tuesday ladies!  This is just too beautiful a technique and stamp Not to make several color combinations of it...  This is a light and airy pink and crumb cake variation.  thanks for visiting.  Carol Smith

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Coloring Down the Lines-Tangerine Tango

Welcome from Amanda's wonderful blog at  She is so talented, I don't know how she does it!  Our color today is Tangerine Tango with Tempting Turquoise and Old Olive, OR Tangerine Tango with So Saffron and pacific point.  I chose the first one, because I thought they blended well.  And blend I did.  I was in the mood for emboss resist technique, so I embossed everything from Regarding Dahlias and leaf from Betsy's Blossoms, and just sponged on my colors.  I used the scallop punch down the side and added a ribbon. I didn't think it needed a salutation, because it would be too busy.  Hope you like it.  Let's go see what Helen has for us, I can't wait to see, because she is a genius!    Enjoy your journey through our hop.  come join us every week.  Thanks for visiting, Carol Smith

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Coloring Down the Lines- Rich Razzleberry

Welcome from seeing Amanda's beautiful card.  She always has something unique and inspiring for us.  Today is no exception.  This week's color was Rich Razzleberry with Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie, OR Rich Razzleberry with Basic Gray and Black.  Nothing came to mind for the first color choices, so I went with the neutrals.  I had a stamp from Judith, that I couldn't wait to use. He's so cute! Check her out, she has so many nice stamps.  Everything is embossed in black powder and the cardstock is dry embossed with the stripe folder and I just brayered the razzleberry onto that.  Hope you like it.  Let's go see what Helen made for us today, I can't wait to see because she always has a crisp, gorgeous idea waiting.  What a gal, that Helen!  :)  Enjoy your hop and thanks for visiting.  Carol Smith

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Coloring Down the Lines-Real Red

Whew!  I apologize for almost forgetting to post.  Crazy around here!  Anyway, our colors this week as you know from Amanda's blog (which is gorgeous, by the way)  are Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, and Crumb cake OR Real Red, Early Espresso and Pumpkin Pie.  I chose the first one. I just thought of Christmas even though I don't care for turquoise with red, but here it is.  The dsp helped pull it together.  Don't you love that bow?  Easy! I embossed all my stamps this time and put a little glitter on the ornaments.  Hope you like it.  Go  ahead and see what Helen made for us.  It's always fabulous!  Have a great day and thanks for visiting.  Carol Smith

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Coloring Down the Lines-Pumpkin Pie

Hello ladies!  Here we are once again, and as you know, Amanda has outdone herself.  Just beautiful.  We were to use Pumpkin Pie with either Pacific Point and real Red, OR Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso, and Daffodil Delight.  I chose the last combination, because I just didn't like the other colors together.  And this choice just screamed FALL to me, so it was easy.  I used the new  Truly Grateful stamp set.  Being Grateful is a theme for my church banquet cards.  It's important to remember just how blessed we really are, right? 
Now lets' go see what Helen made for us today.  I love her ideas, and can't wait to see it.  Lets go!  Again, thanks for visiting.  Carol Smith


These are just a variation of the pumpkin pie onw.  I made these for our ladies' Fall Banquet invitations.  I kinda like them a little better, just because they look different.  Enjoy and thanks for visiting.  Carol Smith

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Coloring Down the Lines-Pacific Point

Welcome once again on our blog hop with talented ladies such as Amanda.   She already has this nailed!  We were to use Pacific Point with Melon Mambo and Pumpkin Pie OR Pacific Point with Daffodil Delight and Rich Razzleberry.  I chose the last one, because I love the razzleberry.  I had NO idea what I wanted to do, so I just laid out my colors and chose some stamps to use.  I used Tea Party and Lovely Romance and this is what came of it all.  I hope you like it.  I am pretty happy with what it became.  I scored the white cardstock before stamping to give it a "tile" look.  Let's so see what Helen created for us today.   I can't wait, as she is a natural with the Wow factor!  Enjoy your day, and thanks for visiting.  Carol Smith

Monday, August 12, 2013

Simply Sketched and Creative Elements

Hope you had a wonderful Monday.  These are some cases I have been working on lately.  I just think the are gorgeous, so I made several color options.  I hope you like them too.  I used Simply Sketched and Creative Elements for these.  Thanks for visiting.  Carol Smith


I had to case these butterfly cards also.  So beautiful!  Many color options, unlimited occasions too.  They are easy and fun to do.  Just emboss in white and sponge the colors around it and stamp the vines around the outside edge.  Mount onto a color-coordinated cardstock, and done!  Thanks for visiting.   Carol Smith


Just some more colors...Beautiful, right?  They can be used for any occasion.  Thanks for visiting. Carol Smith

Christmas card

I cased these, too.  Some of the Christmas cards I am stockpiling.  Thanks for looking.  Carol Smith

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Coloring Down the Lines-Old Olive

Wow, it's Wednesday again, everyone!  Time is just flying by.  Today's color is the favorite Old Olive. We could use Pumpkin Pie and Cherry cobbler OR Soft Suede and Crushed curry with it.  I chose the first option.  Because Old Olive is so versatile, we are sure to see gorgeous cards today.  Amanda has already proven that, right?  So pretty.  I used the stamp set Lovely Romance, and lined up my stamp with the stamp-a-ma-jig.  So cool.  and you know I have to use my ribbons!  I hope you like it and that it challenge you to line up stamp images.  I love what Helen made.  I will have to make those myself.  SOOO clever, that girl!  So go on over and say hi to her.  I hope you enjoy your journey with us today.  Thanks for visiting me.  Carol Smith

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Wildflower Meadow

I hope your weekend is going well...It is cooler here today, quite nice, as a matter of fact.  I was just playing around with my wildflower meadow stamp set, as I had a thank you card to send out.  I tweaked it a little by adding vellum flowers from Flower Shop and colored them on the backs by sponging some of the new in colors on.  The green is the pistachio green.  And I put a little crystal in each flower center for some added bling.  Hope you like it as much as the recipient.  Thanks for visiting.  Carol Smith

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Coloring Down the Lines-Melon Mambo

Hi Everyone!  I'm glad to be back in line this week.  Check out my entry from last week, too.  You've just come from Amanda's blog at  I can hardly wait to see what she did this week, her ideas are always beautiful. This week we had to use Melon Mambo  with either daffodil delight and tempting turquois (which I chose) OR Melon Mambo with old olive and elegant eggplant.  Mine is simple enough, but I'm not sure I like it so much.  Now let's go to Helen's blog as I know she has a gorgeous card for us.  Enjoy and thanks for visiting.  Carol Smith

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Coloring Down the Lines- Daffodil Delight

Whew!  I almost didn't get to post.  Something wrong with my connections!  Anyway, you should have come from Robbie's blog at  Her card is fabulous, as usual.  She wanted us to use daffodil delight today with either early espresso and cherry cobbler OR with night of navy and old olive.  I liked the last one.  I used Creative Elements stamp set to create this "bandana" look.  Just outline everything with the white gel pen.  It's time consuming, but fun and the outcome is awesome.  I love this card.  It looks great in red, also.  Let me know what you think.  Now we go to Amanda's blog at    I can't wait to see what she whipped up.  I know everyone is inspired now by being at convention.  You lucky girls... And what great pictures!  Wish I had been with you.  Thanks for visiting.  Carol Smith

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Coloring Down the Lines - Bermuda Bay

Good morning, all you lucky convention travelers!  How I wish I were there with you!  Today's color hop started with Robbie's creation at  I always think her cards are gorgeous, as is today's.  We were to use Bermuda Bay with Crushed Curry and Melon Mambo OR Bermuda bay with tangerine Tango and Smoky Slate.  I chose the last one, mainly because I love the smoky slate.   I made a simple card just stamping on the flower from Gifts of Kindness and Best of Butterflies and then embossing the cardstock with the dotted emboss folder.  Simple!! I hope you like it.  Now on to one of my favorite ladies, Helen, to see what she made.   Enjoy the hop and enjoy the convention.  I am with you in spirit!  Thanks for visiting.  Carol Smith

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Coloring Down the Lines-Pistachio Pudding

Welcome along on our blog hop this beautiful Wednesday!  Aren't you just loving what Robbie made for us?   She Always has something beautiful.  I love this color- we chose between pistachio pudding with baked brown sugar and crisp cantaloupe OR pistachio pudding with smoky slate and strawberry slush. I picked the first one and I really like the way it turned out.  I also love that new stretch ruffled ribbon from the new catalog.  So versatile.  It adds just the right finishing touch, no?  Anyway, I used stamp sets "flower shop" and "simply sketched." Then added a punched butterfly and some pearls.  Hope you like it.  Now come along with me to see what Helen made.  I can't wait!  Thanks so much for visiting.  Carol Smith

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Cased Christmas

Happy Tuesday to you!  I am going to try to post more often if I can. This is an early Christmas card that I cased because I just think it is so soft and gorgeous.  It was made originally by my fellow demo Sue Lepako.  She is VERY gifted and comes up with such original ideas.  I hope you like it as much as I do.  Thanks for visiting.  Carol Smith

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Coloring Down the Lines-Baked Brown Sugar

Welcome from Amanda's blog at  Her card is beautiful, right?  Always is as she is a very talented girl.  Our color for the day is Baked Brown sugar with crisp cantaloupe and Bermuda bay OR with garden green and cherry cobbler.  I chose the latter,  because I don't have Bermuda bay yet.  I used the Wetlands stamp set for this.  I created a Christmas card with it.  I wanted to put a ribbon on the goose's neck, but I used the new tag die and had to have a place to hang  that, so this is what came out.  I hope you like it.  Now on the Helen's expertise at  I just love her talent.  She has a way of making her creations look so crisp and professional.  Enjoy your hop with us today, and thanks for visiting.  Carol Smith

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Coloring Down the Lines-Coastal Cabana

Well, Hello ladies, I am back,(I hope).  It is easy to take things for granted.  I had a scam invade my computer and had it in the shop to have fixed.   You have just come from seeing Robbie's beautiful card. She chose this week for us to use the new in-color coastal cabana with  calypso coral and Smoky Slate OR with pumpkin pie and crushed curry.  I chose the latter combination. I simply embossed the birds and weeds from Wetlands, and made the sun from crushed curry, and then sponged on the Coastal Cabana and pumpkin pie all over the scene.  I love this set! Hope you like it.  Now I invite you to go to Helen's blog  at  It is good to be able to view her blog again, and learn from her talents as well.  It's great to be back.  Thanks for visiting.  Carol Smith

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Coloring Down the Lines-Black

Welcome from Amanda's blog at  I know she is making us something fabulous... at least much  better than this one.  I learned something-I am not good at the chalkboard look!  You can barely see that I used cherry cobbler and Baja Breese on my flowers.  The rest is done with the white craft ink.  I have lots more practice to do.  :). I can't wait to see how Helen interprets these colors.  I know she won't have any trouble.    Thanks for visiting.  Enjoy the rest of our bloghop.  Carol Smith

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Coloring Down the Lines-Soft suede

I've got a hard act to follow, for sure, as our leader Robbie has a beautiful card again.  This week we used Soft Suede with either  So Saffron and Regal Rose, Or Soft Suede with Baja Breeze and Cherry Cobbler.   I chose the first option, and then I didn't know what to do with them, but this is what happened to it.  Not sure what I think, but there it is.  I know that Helen will do a knockout job, so lets go see what she did.  Enjoy the rest of the ladies' creations.  I can't wait to see them either.  Thanks for visiting, and see you next week.  carol Smith

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Coloring Down the Lines- Very Vanilla

Good morning, Ladies!  Another challenge, and this one is Very Vanilla.  We either chose to put perfect plum and rose red (as i did), OR regal rose and not quite navy.  You've just seen the beautiful card from Amanda at  I love it, and I'm sure you will too.  I made this card originally for my mother-in-law, so I just used this week's colors.  It worked out well, and she loved it!  Now lets go over and visit Helen at  and see what she created this time.  I can't wait to see it either.  Thanks for visiting again.  Carol Smith

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Coloring Down the Lines -Sahara Sand

Wow, I just about forgot to post!  Yay, it's our color blog hop again, and we are working our way through the neutrals.  This week is Sahara Sand, either with bravo burgundy and pink pirouette, OR Pacific Point and Cajun Craze.  I could not wrap my brain around the latter, so I went with the pink and burgundy choice.  I used the new stamp set "simply sketched" from the hostess sets.  The natural ribbon was very close if not exactly like sahara sand.  I like it.  Let's see what Amanda did with hers.  I'm sure we will love what she made.  Then proceed to Helen's take on this one.  I always love what she does, don't you?  I feel blessed to be able to play along with so much talent.  Helen's blog is  Thanks for visiting, and enjoy.  Carol Smith

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Two By Two

Hi!  This is my attempt at using the two by two stamp.  I had a baby gift to give away, and I thought this was sooooo cute!  I'm glad I got it,  because it is gone, now.  Hope you like it.  Thanks for visiting me.  Carol Smith

pink mixed Bunch

hope you are enjoying your Tuesday!  Rainy here-  this is just a pink version of my last entry.  It's hard to see, but I stamped the luminese ink over top of them.  Adds extra shine and bling.  Thanks for visiting.  Carol Smith

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Coloring Down the Lines-Crumb cake

Boy, this week rolled around, didn't it?  Course, we took turns being sick, so that may be why-  Anyway, this week was Crumb cake choices, and I chose the latter, which was crumb cake, cajan craze, and garden green.  I am happy that I only used those 3 colors without a neutral.  And I know that since you've come from  Amanda's blog at, that she did a wonderful job as usual, too.  Always look forward to her ideas.  Our next stop is at Helen's blog  I always love what she comes up with, her work is so precise and clear.  And gorgeous, too!  Hope you are having fun today.  Thanks for visiting. Carol Smith

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Coloring Down the Lines-Always Artichoke & River Rock

Hello, and welcome to our blog hop.  Robbie is our leader, and I know since you've come from her blog, you are already stoked. She is so talented, and her ideas always get me thinking... her blog is  This week she wanted us to use always artichoke and river rock.  I must say, I think this is the first time I only used 2 colors without a neutral.  this one was pretty easy, considering only 2 colors.  So now lets go to Helen's site at  Her card is gorgeous, don't you think?  Always is!!!  Thanks for visiting, and have a great day!  Carol Smith

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Coloring Down the Lines-Cherry Cobbler and Riding Hood Red

Welcome from Amanda's blog at  I know she made a beautiful card that I can't wait to see.  I did not know quite what to do with this color combination (cherrycobbler and riding hood red), so I am not quite sure how I feel about this one.  I like  to do the emboss resist, so I used the riding hood red for that, and it came out a little pale, but that's what it is.  the Rest is done with cherry cobbler.    Cant wait to go to Helens blog either, so let's go!  Her blog is so much fun, so creative!  I hope you are enjoying your hop with us.  Why not join in the fun and create your own.  Thanks for visiting.  Carol Smith

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Happy Birthday

Hello Tuesday!... These are some birthday cards my neice wanted.  She has a lot of clients to send to, so she relies on me to fill her orders!  It's always a fun challenge...  I think they turned out really nice.  Thanks for looking.  Carol Smith