So we are up to week 10. It is hard to believe. Thank you to everyone who participated last week. Your projects are amazing. Here are this week's images. Our guest designer is the talented Carol from Chocolate, Crafts and Bears Oh My! She has designed 4 beautiful projects using the the images above. Here is her bio. " Greeting from the Peach State, my name is Carol Hurlock. I am originally from Connecticut, but moved to Georgia almost 18 years ago. Family is the center of my world and I have been blessed to be surrounded with the love of the sweetest men in the world, my husband John and my sons Wesley (23) and Ryan (16). I always said there is so much testostrone around here that I have to level it out. The men in my life have taught me to love sports especially football and baseball, play golf, fish, hunt, shoot, love classic cars, motorcycles, and play cards. Don't worry, I have filled their lives with bears....Teddy bears. This house we live in is shared with my bears. I have collected bears forever and it balances out that testostrone I was telling you about.My life has been filled with crafts as long as I can remember. When I was about 7-8 years old, my Mother and Grandmother introduced me to the square metal weaving loom that you make potholders out of fabric loops. I know someone out there is going to say....I remember those!!! Then I got involved with something almost like knitting but without the needles. It was a spool with four nails you wrapped yarn around and lifted the yarn over the nail with a toothpick looking tool that created a knitted tube that you sewed together for rugs and things. I learned to crochet from my next door neighbor when I was 12 with thread first not yarn. I learned to sew in high school and started sewing all my own clothes after that. I would go to work every Friday with a new outfit. I absolutely adored cross stitch when that was popular back in the 80's and think I own just about everything from "Cross Country Stitching". Their designs are awesome. I learned to quilt from books and my favorite designers are Thimbleberries and Debbie Mum. I started selling various crafts at shows in 1990 in Connecticut as Carol Anne's Country Cache. When I moved to Georgia, I streamlined into the fabric medium with dolls, animals, and mini quilts. I had this successful business until 1999 and my family had a blast traveling all over Georgia and Florida in a camper selling my things on weekends. I love floral arranging and make all my own wreaths for my home and gifts. I have worked with non-profit organizations for 10 years on committees for fund raising events. I love coming up with magnificent centerpieces and decorations on a budget. It is such a challenge, but so rewarding. I have been paper crafting for a long time. It started back when I wanted something special for my tags for my business. I used to make my own. I have made cards forever. I just started my blog this past January and found so many wonderful places on the internet to inspire my creativity. Right now my craft focus has been crocheting afghans, paper crafting, and quilting. I have a closet that I keep afghans to give to people who I know who are sick or hurt either physically or just need a pick-me-up. This is something I have done for 10 years. It started with a simple sending of an afghan to a lovely lady I meant on the Boyds Collector's Forum on the Internet that was diagnosed with cancer. She sent me the most awesome thank you note that made me cry for hours. In it she said how she was wishing for an afghan like her Mom used to make for the comfort that being wrapped up in it would bring. I still well up with tears thinking about it and it changed my life. I want to share my gift with others as much as I can and have dedicated the afghan giving in her memory. I have scrapbooked every one of my former co-workers kids, animals, weddings, and family events. I have made all types of items to leave at their desks for holidays as little gifts. I was a Bank Manager, but got laid off in January. The crafting community has helped me get back to my happy place after the sheer devastation I felt about losing a job I was so dedicated to for 10 years. So, I will continue creating daily and see where it takes me. It is sure to be an adventure and I invite you to come along with me in your creative endeavors. I created these different items for Digital Two for Tuesday's so everyone could see just how versatile Cora's images are. All I did was resize them for the different projects I did here. I wanted them to look vintage, so I used Ranger's tea dye distress ink pounce on all the images and then I sprayed them with water, let dry, then ironed them flat on the back side. I will have links and directions for all projects at my blog. Hope you have enjoyed viewing these possiblities and you will try them for yourself."
First up is the what I call the "Shirley Temple" set. The left piece is a tea bag holder. It holds two tea bags, The middle item is a belly band around two bottles of Bath and Body Works shower gel with a hang tag around one of the tops of the bottle for your To and From sentiment. The item to the right is a purse filled with little gift/note cards and envelopes. I will have the links to these projects up on my blog. The belly band is my own design, so I will have measurements and deets there.The second set is the "Fishing Boy". The item to the left is an altered box almost like a recipe box. I got this at the dollar store a while back and have been waiting to do something with it. It was perfect for this project. I kept thinking this is the perfect catch all for little boys marbles, baseball cards, coins, fishing lures, bubble gum, golf tees, other items little boys tend to keep in their pockets. The middle item is a gift bag to hold these gifts with a tag for the To and From sentiment. The item to the right is another gift/note card and envelope box.I have taken some pictures of the note cards close up and out of the box so that they can be viewed along with showing how the 3 x 3 envelopes are lined.