Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Victorian Spring, Old St. Augustine

                     This is my first card as a member of the Simply Papercraft  Design Team.


Introducing Victorian Lizabeth in the Springtime by Lacy Sunshine Stamps.
As soon I saw her, it was love. I had wanted to use one of my husband's fabulous backgrounds and I have plenty to choose from. St. Augustine works beautifully. Lizabeth was colored in Prismacolor Pencils and then combined with my husband's color sketch of St. Augustine in the Craft Artist 2 program.

Although St. Augustine is the oldest continuously occupied European established settlement and port in the continental U.S., it was the Flagler era that Lizabeth is celebrating. It was Henry Flagler in the 1880s, who was the driving force that turned the city into a winter resort for the wealthy northern elite.

Moving forward to the 1990s, when my husband Sandy and I moved to Palm Coast just South of the Oldest City, Victorian Spring was a yearly event. Residents in Victorian finery strolled the city and special activities were scheduled throughout the weekend including early model cars, lawn games and popular foods of the vintage era. Of course I dressed up and Sandy enjoyed photographing the events.

 I do hope you will join us over at  Simply Papercraft  for this Freestyle challenge. Sponsored by Lacy Sunshine Stamps.

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Alice and the White Rabbit


ppinky dolls

Ah it's already time for my second post for Crafting From the Heart. The sponsor for this Anything Goes Challenge is Ppinky Dolls.

Here is Alice in her garden with the white rabbit by her side. He's very famous for his quote in the 1951 Disney film Alice i Wonderland, by saying, "I'm late! I'm late! For a very important date!" Do you think they are late? I think they are enjoying the peace in the gated garden!

Alice and her buddy are colored in Prismacolor Pencils and the garden is from the digikit "Country Gardens," in the Craft Artist 2 program.

I do hope you will join us in the challenge over at Crafting from the Heart as always it is 'Anything Goes'. Sponsored by Ppinky Dolls.

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Monday, March 2, 2015

A Third Design Team OMG

Stardust Fairy

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Yes, it's true, I now design for   How cool is that?

So for my first card as a member of this special group, I chose Stardust Fairy by She is colored in Prismacolor pencils. Aside from the usual colors, I tried a new blend for her outfit and wings. I used marine green number PC988 and aquamarine number PC905. I'm very proud of her lovely look. Although I am a retired art teacher and of course know the color theory, I have no training in color pencil work and will be working on that taking the Kit and Clowder, "Perfecting Pencils Class." The way I figure it, I can only get better!

Once this little one was colored I placed her in the Serif Craft Artist 2 program with the digikit "Natural Landscapes," using the very first colorful forest background. Here the light is filtering thru the trees, as she dreamily walks down the path.

I do hope you will join us in the challenge over at  Crafting With an Attitude as always it is 'Anything Goes'. Sponsored by

I hope you enjoy the Stardust Fairy as I do and come back for another visit!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Lady Luck Card

Lucky Lady

March 17th is St. Patrick's Day and will be here soon. For my first card for Crafting from the Heart , I picked Lady Luck from our sponsor Sassy Studio. She is colored in Prismacolor pencils with Odorless Mineral Spirits. Lady Luck is cut out with a white edge and glued to a plaid backing sheet, that was printed from my computer. The luck embellishment is from a set by Jolee's Boutique.

 I'm honored to join the Crafting from the Heart Design Team and I'm thrilled to be here.
I do hope you will join us in the challenge over at Crafting from the Heart as always it is 'Anything Goes'. Sponsored by Sassy Studio.

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My First Ever Design Team Post!

Ave Flower Patch

Bugaboo Stamps
Today is my first post as a Design Team member of Creative Ladybirds Creations. I'm really excited to share my card with you. The sponsor for this image is Bugaboo Stamps. They have the cutest expressive line drawings. Don't you just love Ava Flower Patch! The other great sponsors for this month are Lemon Shortbread and Ikes World.

Creative Ladybirds Creations
 Derwent Inktense Pencils were used to color up this little darling. The background was created in Craft Artist 2 using the Digikit-"Playground" by Daisy Trail. This digikit is free and I use it often for my cards.

The simplicity of Ava's lines and the childlike bits and pieces of the "Playground" digikit go together very nicely. I used adhesive pearls in the center of the flowers and in the center of Ava's bow.

 I do hope you will join us in the challenge over at  Creative Ladybirds Creations as always it is 'Anything Goes'. Sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

An Artist Card

I recently began the online "Perfecting Pencils Class," by Kit and Clowder." Due to life getting in the way, I haven't gotten very far into the class. I due appreciate the detail, advise and assistance offered by Alyce Keegan, the artist, who works on giving each of her student the best class experience. In appreciation for her genuine good , a sponsor, "Scrappers Delight" an online digital stamp company, gave crafters the opportunity to download a free digital image of lovely Ms. Keegan.
Image of Alyce Keegan colored in Prismacolor pencils by Carla Brooke
Image of Alyce Keegan using Odorless Mineral Spirits over the Prismacolor pencil work by Carla Brooke

Rather than getting to work with my lessons, I colored the image of Alyce, cut it out and layered it on a card. I hope you like it. I should get even better once I get to my lessons!

 I colored image and entered it in the challenge at for Crafting from the Heart. They have an Anything goes challenge here

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

A 45th Anniversary

Forty-five years ago on Sunday, February 15th, 1970, the weather was just about as bad as the North East is currently experiencing. Long Island had snow with blizzard conditions. Sandy's family and mine were at my parent's house in North Bellmore, New York. We were supposed to go to the local synagogue where the Rabbi would marry us, only I refused to get married without my Grandma Minnie. Finally late in the afternoon, she arrived driven in the bad weather by my Aunt Harriet and Uncle Jack. We then went on to the synagogue, where Sandy and I were married in the Rabbi's study under the traditional chuppah (canopy). Sandy shattered the traditional glass (covered light bulb) with his foot. We were finally married and we all celebrated at a local Chinese restaurant. That March we all celebrated again with friends and family at a reception in Leonard's in Great Neck, Long Island.

 So here it is 2015 and due to my really bad cough, me, Sandy and our oldest son Gordon had dinner at the local Chinese restaurant...this time in Florida!