From My Carolina Home

Quilting, cooking, reading books, gardening, crafting, sewing, photography and more


5 Comments

More Stamping Fun in April

In April, DH invited the club over to have an inspection of their little British cars by a couple of very knowledgeable members to see what might need attention before it became a problem.  For the guys who might be interested in seeing the cars, here’s a link to the event – LBC Tech session.  For us gals, the event wasn’t our cup of tea, so a few of us got together to stamp.  Two of the participants had never done this before, and I think we have new converts to the addiction, LOL!!  Gail (my ace Stampin Up demonstrator) brought over her Big Shot to do some die cuts, along with two really great designs for us to copy. First was an Easter card, as this was a few days before the holiday.

Stamping Cards Party at From My Carolina Home

We began by cutting out our elements.

Stamping Cards Party at From My Carolina Home

Gail had the brilliant idea of embossing the eggs, so we did that too. I had a die for a butterfly, so I could add that to one of my cards. But, I forgot to do the embossing of the white background.

Stamping Cards Party at From My Carolina Home

So my second attempt had the embossing all done, and no die cut butterfly.  The embossing of the white adds a bit more texture and interest, elevating the card from nice to wonderful.

Stamping Cards Party at From My Carolina Home

Inside was Happy Easter with stamped butterflies.

Stamping Cards Party at From My Carolina Home

The second card was an all occasion design. Gail had the demo one with Happy Birthday Wishes, and I did mine with Thinking of You. I have more of those to send than any other.  I love the lighter flowers stamped first to give a feeling of depth.

Stamping Cards Party at From My Carolina Home

The envelope got a flower too.  Once again, embossing the background add texture.  I’ll add my personal stamp to the back, and leave the inside blank for now, so it is ready to go the next time I need a card fast.

Stamping Cards Party at From My Carolina Home

A couple more shares for you, this postcard came from my blogger friend Vicki, who blogs at Colorways by Vicki. See her post about it HERE. And then read about her incredible thread stash and how she matched up the colors exactly!

Vicki's postcard - From My Carolina Home

I also have to share with you the incredible card I received from my stamping buddy Carol W. Her design sense creates stunningly, beautiful work. This one is stamped, and delicately colored by hand, with dimensional butterflies.

Carol W's card - From My Carolina Home

But the real surprise is the dimensional quality, you lift on the little tab and tuck the end behind the dimensional butterfly for a beautiful card display.

Carol W's card - From My Carolina Home

How cool is that!!

What are you working on today?

 

Sharing

Handmade Hangout

Rattlebridge Farm

 

 


35 Comments

Stamping score at the Estate sale

It is well known that I am a thrift store and estate sale junkie. When I got an email from my favorite estate sale company showing a house with one whole room dedicated to stamping, I knew I had to go to that one. Bonus was it was close to home! Running over there, they had been open about 20 minutes, and I searched out the stamp room first. The house was at least 5 bedrooms, and had three levels, so it took a minute or two to find it on the upper level. The room was stuffed full of card making supplies – dedicated desk, equipment, supplies, tons of stamps and punches, (mostly Stampin UP too!). The first thing I saw on the preview photos was this spectacular revolving, wood ink storage unit, and I really wanted that puppy.

Estate Sale Stamp room

Unfortunately, the lady right before me had snagged it and it was already on the way to her car.  Later, I found her and gave her my email so maybe I can make another stamping buddy.  I’ve been looking online for one of those carousels but haven’t found one like this.  Oh well, there was lots more to see! Every wall had shelving or stacking bins, and there was a u-shaped desk area with cutting mat, and lots of space to play.

Estate Sale Stamp room

There was a whole wall of shelving full of all kinds of stamps and punches, and cutouts, and more!

Estate Sale Stamp room

Behind the desk, in a closet with the doors removed was all this. I immediately snagged the paper shelf, as it was just $25 for the shelf plus all the paper in it! All Stampin’ Up paper, I might add, over $100 worth at retail prices!

Estate Sale Stamp room

Two very nice young men put it in the trunk for me, and I came home smiling. I thought it would fit on the workbench under the wire shelf, but it didn’t. It was too tall for the space. This is the mess before. See those wire shelves on the right of the workbench?  They have paints and canvases on them, along with wood items and other things for future projects.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

I measured the space and found if I took one out, then the shelf would fit on one of them if I didn’t push it all the way to the wall. So I got to work rearranging the stuff. I took most of the painting supplies and made space in the storeroom for that. Then rearranged what was left.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

Then, DH looked at it and decided that the wire shelving would be too flimsy to hold the weight of a wood shelf full of paper. So he wanted to take all the wire ones out and figure out something for it to sit on. Well, I knew just the thing, if it was still there. We got out early the next morning and went back to the estate sale for the two drawer cabinet the paper shelf had originally been sitting on. We were in luck, the unit was still there! And 25% off! So, a quick call to a friend with a pickup, and home it came as well.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

Good thing too, as it began snowing off and on during the day Saturday.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

I had fun reorganizing the workbench space. Taking the bins of paper I already had, I integrated my stock into the shelving. This is going to be great, I’ll have the colors where I can see them. Plus the drawers can hold the once-a-year bins for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter card making.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

On top are more beautiful papers that I got at the estate sale, along with my embossing unit with its folders.  The paper unit had some books hidden in it, along with some really beautiful specialty papers, and a lot of holiday theme papers.  Moving some things into the drawers freed up space on the shelves over the workbench to spread out the everyday stamps and other items, utilizing the bins emptied of paper. Now, much neater and better organized, things on the upper shelf are no longer stacked two-high. Plus the little drawer organizer I also got will help keep the little stuff like glue sticks and blender pens handy.  Maybe a couple of stamping buddies would like to come and play.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

But for now, I can do some cards!  Sunday I did have some time for that, as it had snowed overnight about 4 inches.

March Snow ~ From My Carolina Home

I took this picture of a blue jay in the snow-covered redbud tree.

Blue Jay in Snowy Tree @ From My Carolina Home

My bulbs were covered in snow, but they should be OK. It warmed up to the 40s later in the day.

March Snow ~ From My Carolina Home

This is a different turkey than my two buddies, but he still was happy to get a bit of bread.

March Snow ~ From My Carolina Home

We weren’t covered up this time, the streets were warm enough for the snow not to stick.  All of it was gone by the afternoon.  More cold and perhaps more snow is predicted this week.  I’ll be showing you the cards I am working on soon.

Are you playing with paper?  How’s the weather where you are?

 

Sharing

Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River

Brag About It!

Celebrate and Decorate

Talk of the Town

Vintage Charm

Handmade Hangout

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

 

 

 

 

 


21 Comments

Autumn Jubilee Wrap Up

Today will wrap up the Autumn Jubilee event, but read to the end for a sneak preview of the next big Mystery!  I have loved seeing all the progress photos on Flicker.  The colors chosen and the projects made are just wonderful.  Once again, I’d like to thank all my favorite companies for their participation in providing giveaways for readers.

autumnjubileelogo

Giveaway drawing winners

autumninside

 

Aurifil winner Nancy at Joy For Grace blog, new follower using a blog reader.

Connecting Threads winner of the mini conthrdspumpkinquilt stand and topper is Vicki H, blog reader subscriber.FatQuarterShop-300x300

The winner of the Fat Quarter Shop $25 gift certificate is Danice G, email subscriber.

backside_fabrics_logo_addtm Back Side Fabrics $30 gift certificate winner is Val at Val’s Quilting Studio, blog reader subscriber.

 

paisleyposies Stampin Up Paisleys and Posies bundle winner is Margaret N, email subscriber.

Magnet King – winners of the craft kits are Mary C and Pat T.

From My Carolina Home – The random number generator gave me this picture on our Autumn Jubilee Flickr group, quilting winner – Diann B!   Diann may have finished this mini-quilt, but she wins quilting of a table topper.

image

Congratulations to all the winners!!  Yes, there will be more events like this one next year.

Now, for the preview!  I have been sewing like crazy on next year’s mystery quilt.  The design is done, one throw size quilt top is pieced, and at the moment it is on the quilting frame.  I do like the design, and I think it is a good scrappy look.  I am planning to make another larger one to check the measurements.  The sneak preview is this – the design will take advantage of jelly roll strips, charm packs and layer cakes, along with some fat quarters. So, take advantage of the clearance sales on those precuts and you’ll have a big head start on the mystery.  I just ordered three clearance charm packs for the 5 inch squares I’ll need for the larger size, and save cutting time.

I have another new design coming up next week using jelly roll leftovers.  It will be a very fast project using just 9 jelly roll strips, so dig out those strips, or cut some WOF strips 2-1/2 inches in width to quilt along with a project that can be finished in an afternoon.  Plus, the red two tone quilt is in the design process and I think will be a quilt along too.

Did you have fun with Autumn Jubilee?  Please join me in thanking all the wonderful sponsors of this event.


43 Comments

Autumn Jubilee Stampin’ Up Halloween Cards and Giveaway

Time to get out the Halloween stamps and get our cards ready to send. It will be here before you know it! I got out all the Halloween inspired stamps and goodies, and began auditioning various looks. One thing I knew I wanted to use was a neat new embossing folder that had a spider web.

Halloween Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

I embossed the spider web design on black cardstock.

Halloween Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

Oh, yes, I like that. An orange ribbon is added going straight across.

Halloween Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

I stamped a spider web with a goofy spider on orange cardstock, and mounted it on a purple cardstock frame. Then it was glued to the front, overlapping the ribbon.

Halloween Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

Inside is stamped with a jack-o-lantern and Happy Halloween.

Halloween Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

On the back, I added a witches hat to my personal stamp.

Halloween Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

That witches hat gave me an idea. The witch shoes are in the same Stampin Up set called Wicked Cool. I remembered another stamp about shoes in another Stampin Up set called Humor in High Heels. I thought they would be a hoot together. Plus, how often can you use a striped paper? It reminded me of the stripes on the witch’s tights.  So, I mounted a large square of rust and white striped paper on cream cardstock.

Halloween Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

The sentiment is from Humor in High Heels, and the hat and shoes are from Wicked Cool.  I mounted the element on green cardstock as a frame. Perfect together aren’t they?

Halloween Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

Inside are some bats, with a cute saying.

Halloween Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

I added the witches hat to my personal stamp on the backs of these too.  I liked that idea so much I made three more, with different color combinations.

Halloween Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

Of course the envelopes all got a stamp too.

Halloween Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

Isn’t this fun?

Halloween Cards 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

We will get to more Autumn inspired Thanksgiving cards soon. And you can see the Welcome Autumn cards I did last month for more inspiration.  The best news for today is the wonderful giveaway sponsored by Stampin’ Up!! They are going to send a Paisleys and Posies bundle set to one lucky reader!

paisleyposies

This fantastic bundle is a modern twist on a classic shape.  The Paisleys & Posies bundle contains a set of 18 photopolymer stamps and 19 Paisley Framelits Dies with the largest piece: 2-1/2″ x 1-3/4″, a $45 value!  The stamps are not mounted, and can be used with the clear stamp blocks sold separately.

To enter the drawing for the Paisleys and Posies Giveaway, visit Stampin’ Up (just click on the words) and read a blog post, or view the catalog, then come back to comment on anything you like about Stampin UP!   Comments will be taken until November 1, so you have plenty of time to enter and tell your friends! Good luck!!

autumnjubileelogo

Sharing

5 Minutes For Mom Around the Blogosphere Giveaways

Club Scrap Embossing Linky

Just For Fun Halloween Card Challenge

Vintage Charm

Handy Man Crafty Woman

Sweet and Simple Fridays at Rooted in Thyme

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

Celebrate and Decorate

Talk of the Town

 

Save


19 Comments

Celebrate Birthday Card

A special lady has a birthday coming up, so it was time to get out the stamping stuff and get creative.  I really enjoy making and sending cards, and every birthday and holiday is an opportunity to create something new.  Starting out this time, I decided to use the embosser once again.  I have some new embossing folders, and you know that means I have to find a way to use them.

Celebrate Birthday Card | From My Carolina Home

I like this hummingbird stamp, and I have a new idea for the inside.

Celebrate Birthday Card | From My Carolina Home

This time, I used the versamark on the stamp first, then loaded it with purple ink.

Celebrate Birthday Card | From My Carolina Home

This gave me a nice clear image.

Celebrate Birthday Card | From My Carolina Home

I then covered the image with clear embossing powder,

Celebrate Birthday Card | From My Carolina Home

Tapped off the excess, and used the heat tool to set it.

Celebrate Birthday Card | From My Carolina Home

This created a raised outline to use my new blender pens to color.

Celebrate Birthday Card | From My Carolina Home

When I got to the bird, I referred to my bird book for suggestions.

Celebrate Birthday Card | From My Carolina Home

Since the little hummer that visits here appears to be a girl, I made this one a girl too, with no red on the throat.

Celebrate Birthday Card | From My Carolina Home

I added some patterned paper to the left edge, a birthday wishes stamp to the upper right corner, mounted the hummingbird on the embossed paper, and glued it down.

Celebrate Birthday Card | From My Carolina Home

Now for the inside, my sentiment stamps are small, and the card was large, so I needed to create a larger design with some additional stamps. This is three stamps. The flower and the ‘Celebrate’ are overlapped slightly to create the feeling of it being one unit.  All were stamped in the same color purple.

Celebrate Birthday Card | From My Carolina Home

All done. Of course, my handmade by Carole stamp is on the back, but I forgot to get a pic of it.  I like the way that the embossed outline has a bit of shine to it.

Celebrate Birthday Card | From My Carolina Home

Are you doing any stamping?

Sharing

Saturday Sparks at Pieced Pastimes

Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy

Celebrate and Decorate

Simple and Sweet Fridays

 


69 Comments

Stamping Christmas Cards and Stampin’ UP Giveaway!

Today we get working on those Christmas cards.  I am going to show you several designs with several techniques pulled from the past couple of years of stamping.  I love the dark green cardstock shown in several of these cards.  It does wonderfully well with punched out snowflakes, seen in the card on the left below.

Stamping Christmas | From My Carolina Home

The step by step instructions for these cards (above and below) can be found on my blog post from last Christmas Stamping Christmas Cards.

Stamping Christmas | From My Carolina Home

For a special card sent to a special lady, I rolled some evergreen with lights on the front of a tri-fold card, then added ribbon to look like a package, and a punched out ornament that says Joy.

Christmas Cards 5

Opening the front, the center section has a nice verse from Stampin’ Up.

Christmas Cards 6

Then the inside has an ornament that shows in the window, and Merry Christmas at the top. It encloses a gift card from a local department store.

Christmas Cards 4

Here are some of my other Christmas Cards from a previous season.  Once again, that dark green cardstock was used in the cardinal card.

Christmas Cards 14

I stamped a cardinal, and added color to the picture with my chalk palette.

Christmas Cards 10

I put it on a bit of gold cardstock as a frame, then mounted the element on dark green card, on top of a glittery red ribbon.

Christmas Cards 11

I really have fun with my rollers too, and I have several with Christmas themes like this one of peppermint candies. Using them with the straight edge guide keeps the lines straight.

Christmas Cards 3

Isn’t this cute?  I did two cards with it, one with some space between the lines, and one with the lines next to each other.

Christmas Cards 9

On this one, I added ribbon and a Christmas tree stamped in green with a red mat.

Christmas Cards 17

On the other one, Snoopy is snoozing on his doghouse. I colored this one with chalks too.

Christmas Cards 15

This one is a bit different for me. I had this snowflake stamp, but you can’t stamp white snowflakes on a white card, so I did them in pale blue. I was then obligated to finish it with more blue, my least favorite color. Then I added a gold snowflake ribbon, and the whimsical reindeer with blue mats. Even though I an not a fan of blue, this turned out OK. The little tag at the top was made with two tag punches and a tag stamp.

Christmas Cards 16

The last idea I have for you is to use the dark green base with white embossing. Start with a tree stamp, a versamark pad and some dark cardstock.

Christmas Cards | From My Carolina Home

Load the stamp on the versamark and position the motif on the front of the card. Press evenly and firmly.

Christmas Cards | From My Carolina Home

You’ll see the versamark imprint on the cardstock.

Christmas Cards | From My Carolina Home

Cover the imprint with white embossing powder…

Christmas Cards | From My Carolina Home

then tap off the excess.

Christmas Cards | From My Carolina Home

If the coverage is uneven, go over it again with the powder and tap off the excess.

Christmas Cards | From My Carolina Home

Heat with an embossing tool until the embossing powder melts into a nice shiny finish.

Christmas Cards | From My Carolina Home

A white snowflake is wonderful on dark blue cardstock.

Christmas Cards | From My Carolina Home

Thank you to Stampin’ UP! for their generous support of my

Christmas in July event.

StampinUplogo2Comment on this post for a chance to win a spectacular package of goodies from Stampin’ UP!  Visit the online website, view the products and choose a wish list Christmas item (doesn’t have to be Christmas, just an item you’d like to have Santa bring), then come back to my blog to comment on your choice for an entry into the drawing.   Drawing has been held and the winner notified.
Click on Stampin’ UP! Store.

Earn an additional entry by finding a demonstrator to follow, just comment with the first name and city of the demonstrator you found and visited or already follow.

The lucky winner will receive this set of stamps on wood bases called  Peace This Christmas containing 10 rubber stamps, This Christmas Cardstock Pack  and two Classic Stampin’ Pads in Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green – everything you would need to create lovely cards this year!

PeaceJoyStampinUpPeaceThisChrStampSet

The Stampin’ Up drawing is only open to USA shipping.  If an international winner is selected by the random number generator, I’ll send you a few pages of dark green paper from my personal stock along with some rub-ons, so no one is left out of a chance to win!  Just be sure to put in your comment the country where you live.

Stamp prize

Followers of From My Carolina Home by any method (email, Bloglovin, etc) can have a third entry by commenting a one more time telling me how you follow me.  Entries close on July 24th at noon, winners will be notified by email, and announced on the blog July 25th, so you have lots of time to comment.  Good Luck!


8 Comments

Mother’s Day Card 2016

This Sunday is Mother’s Day, and there is time for stamping a special card to send.  Certainly this design could be modified to be any kind of card, birthday or anniversary, get well or just thinking of you.  Since my MIL reads my blog, I’ll ask her to stop reading, unless she wants to see her card early, LOL!!

Mother's Day Card | From My Carolina Home

I started off with her favorite color, purple. Cut the card stock in half to make one card, then fold and burnish the folded edge to make it sharp.

Mother's Day Card | From My Carolina Home

This purple paper with white flowers was in the last order I got from my friend Gail. I cut a piece to fit on the top of the card.

Mother's Day Card | From My Carolina Home

Before I glued it down, I measured and cut a piece of yellow ribbon as an accent color. It is glued to the front of the flower paper, and wrapped to the back to hide the ends.

Mother's Day Card | From My Carolina Home

Then the unit was glued to the front of the card.

Mother's Day Card | From My Carolina Home

I am still having fun with the embosser, so I took a bit of the purple and embossed it.

Mother's Day Card | From My Carolina Home

I punched a flower shape from pink card stock, and stamped “To Someone Special” on it with purple ink.

Mother's Day Card | From My Carolina Home

The embossed piece was mounted on the front.

Mother's Day Card | From My Carolina Home

Then the flower was added.

Mother's Day Card | From My Carolina Home

As usual, my personal stamp went on the back.

Mother's Day Card | From My Carolina Home

But, now I had a problem. I don’t have a stamp that says Happy Mother’s Day. So, I went to the computer and found a great blog with sayings on it for free.  The site is Homemade Gifts Made Easy.  I really wanted to make a small purchase from them to thank them for all the freebies they offer, but unfortunately there isn’t anything in their shop I can use right now. I’ll save the site for later though.  I copied one of the sentiments into a word document, and removed the hearts, then added my greeting.  I put the letters in bold and italic for more impact.

Mother's Day Card 11

I printed it out on plain paper first, to check the size and fit. Then I printed it out in purple ink on cream cardstock. I added a rose stamp in purple ink.

Mother's Day Card | From My Carolina Home

Then, I cut it to fit the inside of the card.

Mother's Day Card | From My Carolina Home

I test fit the inside piece, trimming as needed until I was happy with the size.

Mother's Day Card | From My Carolina Home

Voila, inside done and I like having the printed words rather than just handwritten, although handwritten would be just fine too.

Mother's Day Card | From My Carolina Home

All ready to send. I had to put a little purple pansy on the envelope.

Mother's Day Card | From My Carolina Home

It is this time of year that I miss my own mother terribly. She passed away in 2009. I am grateful to have my wonderful mother-in-law who helps to fill that void. She is very special to me, and to her son too.

Are you playing with paper this week?

Save