Saturday, August 11, 2018

Game On at Not Just Cards

Happy Saturday!
It is the 11th of the month, so it is time for the Not Just Cards challenge.

This Week's Challenge...
~ Anything Goes ~

Here is my Design Team project...
I started my new position (CAS Specialist ~ Math/Science Coach) at a new school this past week. The theme is "Be a Game Changer", so I made these treats for all the teachers for our first back to school meeting. 
I cut out the "Game On" tag from Miss Kate Cuttables on my Cameo. I filled the 3 x 3 zipped bags with M&Ms, Skittles, or Starburst jellybeans.

I made 40 individual treats using the school colors.
Hope you will join us at Not Just Cards this month for our "Anything Goeschallenge. Be sure to check out all the other DT projects for a variety of inspiration.  Each design team member has their own unique, creative style.

Stay Creative,

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Piggies for You

Hello Everyone,
It's Wednesday, which means we are halfway through the week. I have Coaching Institute training for a couple days this week and then again a couple days next week; therefore, the new school year is just around the corner. Summer vacation will be coming to an end sooner than later.

The challenge at Craftaholics R Us begins today. So does the challenge at Pause Dream Enjoy. Let's combine the challenges for more fun!

This Week's Challenge...

Here are my Design Team projects...
I chose a piggie file from My Scrap Chick. It includes three different projects and I made two of them. The first one is a tag which is attached to a Jaded Blossom purse. I went to the store (Publix) and these Hershey treats were BOGO. Such an awesome deal!

I inked all the edges of the pig with Tim Holtz distress ink ~ spun sugar and the yellow circle was inked with squeezed lemonade. 

The stamped sentiment is by Jaded Blossom ~ Chocoholic set.

This card was created using MFT stitched rectangle dies, gray polka dot paper by Echo Park, and the yellow organza ribbon is from my stash.

I used my Cameo to cut the pig.

The stamped sentiment is by MFT ~ Sow Much Cuteness set. 
Other Challenges:
Craft-Dee BowZ ~ Anything Goes with a Bow
Crafty Animals ~ Anything Goes
DL.ART ~ July Linky Party
Sunny Day Crafting ~ Animals

Hope you will join us at Craftaholics R Us and Pause Dream Enjoy this week since you can combine the two challenges together. Be sure to check out the other crafty creations.

Stay Creative,

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Lots of Layers at Die Cuttin' Divas

Hello Everyone!
Welcome back to Carson's Creations
I have been super busy working out lately and taking quite a few classes at our local Y.  I am hoping to tone up and lose some weight before school starts in three weeks . The scale hasn't changed much, so I am being optimistic it is muscles since I am taking a bunch of strength training classes. Today I am feeling it, so I hope that means it is working. 

Today I am sharing the new challenge at Die Cuttin' Divas. Every Tuesday a new theme is posted and we always have a Guest Diva and a generous sponsor.

This Week's Challenge...
Lots of Layers ~

Here is my Design Team project...
Our sponsor, Dreaming Tree, offered a file to each design team member. Leo, founder, has numerous free files to try and elaborate svg files for the more advanced artist. I chose the Give a Gift Bundle and here is one of the five pieces. It is called Dainty Gift Bag

I used my Cameo to cut the svg file and assembled it using a Zig glue pen. I did watch a video on how to assemble the pieces because the first one I made I did glue the front flap on incorrectly. 

The teal polka dot paper is by Core'dinations and the striped paper is by PhotoPlay.
Other Challenges:

This Week's Sponsor...
~ Dreaming Tree ~

Hope you will join us at Die Cuttin' Divas this week for our "Lots of Layers" challenge. 

Stay Creative,

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

From Me To You Treat Boxes

Happy Wednesday! 
I have some good news...I am joining the Not Just Cards Design Team. A new challenge will be posted on the 11th of every month. This month it happens to fall on the same day as a challenge at Pause Dream Enjoy (which is always on Wednesdays). 

This Week's Challenge...
~ Anything Goes ~
That makes it super easy to combine challenges.

Here is my Design Team project...
I used the bread gift box file from My Scrap Chick. I adjusted the size of the box to make it smaller for treats. The stamped sentiment is from MFT ~ Critter Clan set, pattern papers are from my stash (My Minds Eye, Recollections, and Colorbok), and the flowers are by Recollections.

I made the base of the gift box in three different colors using heavy 110lb cardstock. Since I haven't added any treats yet, I didn't tie the boxes with ribbon.

Hope you will join us at Not Just Cards and/or Pause Dream Enjoy this week for our "Anything Goeschallenge. Be sure to check out all the other DT projects for a variety of inspiration.  Each design team member has their own style, so I am sure you will find something you might want to try.

Stay Creative,

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Using Circles at Die Cuttin' Divas to Celebrate a Birthday

Hello Everyone!
Today I am sharing the new challenge at Die Cuttin' Divas.

This Week's Challenge...
~ Circles ~

Here is my Design Team project...
Circles and polka dots go together in my mind since they are the same shape.

The birthday bear is by MFT. I used Tim Holtz oxide inks (vintage photo, lucky clover, blue jeans, and abandoned coral) to add color to him.

The stamped sentiment is by MFT ~ Birthday Bears set.
Other Challenges:

Hope you will join us at Die Cuttin' Divas this week for our "Circles" challenge. Our sponsor this week is Lawn Fawn.

Stay Creative,

Sunday, July 8, 2018

My Favorite Things ~ Summer School

Hello Crafty Friends,

My daughter and I decided to go back to school last night...that is at My Favorite Things. You are never too old to learn and that is exactly what I was determined to do...learn some new techniques and tips. We read all five of the posts, watched every video, and created a card for each lesson.  Phew! I think my brain is full of LOTS of new information that will be useful for many future projects.

Here are all the completed assignments...
The idea of white space doesn’t refer to a primarily white card 
 but rather, the idea of leaving a significant portion of your design open, free from embellishment, allowing your focal point to truly shine.

 Primary colors are among the first we learn as kids and for that reason, sometimes have a bad rap as being a childish choice for projects. Really though, primary colors are essential. Not only do they provided the basis for our other colors, they also impart such a playful cheeriness (kid card or not) that they shouldn’t be overlooked.

Repetition reinforces a theme within your projects. Switching things up — either by introducing another color or including an unexpected element into a recognizable pattern, keeps the overall look interesting.

Complementary colors refer to colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel — yellow-purple, red-green, and orange-blue being the traditional complementary pairings.

 Symmetry refers to positioning your elements mirrored across an imaginary line that divides your project into even segments. It’s a great method for achieving balance in your design and is a reliable means of laying out your card elements when you don’t have a lot of planning time to spare.

Feeling accomplished!

Now that all those assignments are complete, time to move on to another task!
Stay Creative,

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Personalized Birthday Using Die Cuttin' Diva Sketch

Happy Saturday,

I have a couple personalized birthday cards to share that I made for a friend's grandkids. This Minnie Mouse is a's just so cute with all the pink. I cut the Minnie and letters/number with my Cameo, the stitched dies and stamped sentiment are by MFT, and the pattern papers are from Paper Studio. I added a few sequins since girls love bling.

I used the following sketch from Die Cuttin' Divas for my Minnie Mouse card.

I used my Cameo to cut the tractor and letters/number. The stamped sentiment is by Cardz TV Stamps and the stitched dies are by MFT.
Other Challenges:

 I took really quick pictures rather than pulling out the light box, but I plan on setting it back up today. I need to put away a bunch of stamps and get organized. Feeling good and productive!

Enjoy your weekend,

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Where Have I Been?

Hello Everyone,
Just wanted to give an update on what has been happening in the last three weeks and why I have not posted anything. 

I was all "gung ho" at the beginning of summer and had plans to craft and post almost everyday...then my son was in a car accident just a couple days before our cruise. He wasn't hurt thank goodness, but the damage to his car, his lack of transportation, and the fact the lady lied about what happened (just look at the damage to figure out who was at fault, the fact that her insurance is the worst, and she has numerous traffic violations in the past couple of years) has taken a toll. It has been three weeks, damage has been assessed at $14,000 (the car was not totaled), and the car still isn't fixed yet. Since I am home for summer I have been given him a ride to work so he doesn't have to worry. We talked about renting a car, but that is another story. He has the insurance coverage, but there are fees and age restrictions. Hopefully the car will be finished within the next week!

Then we went on our Caribbean cruise which was wonderful. Great way to escape from daily responsibilities and enjoy summer vacation.
Above: A morning view of one of the Caribbean islands from the walking track.
Below: We are on our way to kayak, hike, and snorkel in St. Thomas.

Since returning, I have limited my time on the computer which has helped with decreasing my neck pain (yay) and I have been exercising daily. I walk every morning at the local park for an hour and I joined the Y to lose some weight/tone up before the new school year. I will have a new position (Content Area Specialist ~ Math/Science Coach) at a new school, so I am looking forward to all the new challenges/responsibilities. I am SUPER excited!

I am hoping everything will be settling down and I will get back into a routine. I need to look at my planner and get busy on design team commitments. It really is time to refocus and get recharged! I have one month before the new school year starts.

Take Care,

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Thinking of You at Die Cuttin' Divas ~ It's an Embossing Challenge

Hello Everyone!
Today I am sharing the new challenge at Die Cuttin' Divas.

This Week's Challenge...
Embossing ~
~ Dry or Heat ~

Here is my Design Team project...
I wanted to have both types of embossing on my project today, so I had to think of how to incorporate dry and heat. It did not take long to decide and come up with an idea. I also knew I wanted to use my oxide inks with white embossing powder since they always looks great together. The key would be to find the right stamp.

The flower is an oldie by Inkadinkadoo. I prefer to use my older stamps with VersaMark ink just in case there is any residue.  I heat embossed the flower on white cardstock with white embossing powder. Then I used three shades of Tim Holtz oxides: fossilized amber, spiced marmalade, and abandoned coral to add some color. 

The yellow card stock was first cut with the stitched rectangle using my Cuttlebug (C plate) and then the circle was cut out from the center. Lastly, the cardstock was placed in the the swiss dots embossing folder and it went through the Cuttlebug (B plate) creating raised dots.

  The stamped sentiment (included with a magazine subscription) was heat embossed on vellum. As long as you move the heat gun back and forth, the vellum will not warp.
Hope you will join us at Die Cuttin' Divas this week for our "Embossing" challenge. Our sponsor this week is Leslie from our very our DCD Design Team and it is a CTMH stamp set.

Stay Creative,

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Dare 2B Artzy Guest Designer ~ Day 2

 Hello Everyone,
I am thrilled that I am Guest Designer at Dare 2B Artzy again. Be sure to stop by their blog and then head to the shop, so you can add a few of their products to your stash.

Today's Guest Designer Project...
Since I used a butterfly last week, I decided to choose a flower from the Wishing Happiness stamp set for this project.

First, I stamped the flower with Versafine Onyx Black ink on heavy white cardstock and then I sprinkled clear embossing powder over the lines.  After tapping off the excess powder, I heat embossed the image. I used Chameleon markers to color the flower in shades of pink and purples. I cut out a MFT scalloped frame in purple polka dot paper and adhered it onto a rectangular piece of pink paper.

The stamped sentiment is from the same stamp set ~ Wishing Happiness and it is also heat embossed. Pink and purple sequins were scattered on opposites sides of the flower in groups of three. Lastly, mini purple pearls were added to the center of the flower and in the middle of each sequin.

This card should bring a smile to someone's face since happiness is being wished upon them. 
Thank you again Cindy and Kendra for allowing me to be Guest Designer this month. Looking forward to another project next  week.

Stay Creative,

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Pause Dream Enjoy Challenge ~ It's Anything Goes

I'd like to thank everyone that sent FB messages yesterday in regards to my son's car accident. He walked away (thank goodness) and was only complaining of airbag burns, a back ache, and a sore hand. I am hoping today he doesn't feel any more pains. I have to bring him to work this morning, so I will be checking on him. The car was towed and insurance assessed the damage already. I was quite impressed with the claim agents and how quickly they were able to assist. The cost to repair the car is just over $10,000. Hopefully they won't find any other concerns and it will be fixed within the next two weeks. I am glad I am off for the summer, so I can help him get around. 

The challenge at Pause Dream Enjoy began yesterday while all this happening, but you still have almost a week to create and submit. 

This Week's Challenge...
~ Anything Goes ~
~ The Best Challenge ~ 

Here is my Design Team project...
A co-worker asked me to make a watermelon themed birthday card for her granddaughter. 

The Miss Kate Cuttables' cute watermelon was cut with my Cameo. I also used a couple different MFT dies (Single Stitch Line Tag-Corner Rectangle Frames and stitched rectangle from a Blueprints) that were cut with my Cuttlebug.

The stamped sentiment is by Jaded Blossom ~ Sweet Birthday Wishes set. A pink and green bow along with a few black gems were the final touch.
Hope you will join us at Pause Dream Enjoy this week for our "Anything Goeschallenge. Be sure to check out the other DT projects.