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Hello and welcome to my blog. Here I will be showcasing all my design team work, general crafting and digital scrap booking.I hope you enjoy seeing my creations and listening to my ramblings. If you leave a comment I'll know you've been and be able to visit you in return. I read and appreciate all comments which are left - good or bad! Thank you for taking the time to visit me. Pop back soon. Carol xx

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Five Year Blogaversary

Good morning all.

Ferry trip over to North Island today, the weather was kind but I can't believe how fast it has just changed - as the sun was about to set spectacularly too! There's now a howling wind blowing and it's almost pitch black.

On the 9th of March this year my blog will be five years old...how the heck did that happen?? As a way of celebrating and saying thank you to all my wonderful followers, I'm offering some blog candy. I was trying to set this up to run for two months from the date I left home but inlinkz had other ideas...so here we are today instead.

Two of the kids bought me a set of stitched square dies for Christmas so one set will form the first part of the candy...I've got a few other bits put aside which I'll add to this too.


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Sunday, 7 February 2016

Stencil Sunday #32 + February Challenge

Good evening all.

My second post for today, you'll find my Christmas Card Club post here.

Time once again for a new Stencil Sunday challenge at STAMPlorations. We loved seeing your projects last month and hope you'll join us again this month.

This is the memento I made my friend on the birth of her grandson...she loved it and ordered two more to be made - one for the parents and one for the other set of grandparents.

The background was made with my gelli plate and used the following ARTplorations stencils along with Paper Artsy acrylic paints: Bubbles, Foiled, Nestled Circles and Hearts all Over.

Wording on the back was computer generated and printed onto tissue paper and adhered with gel medium. Baby die is from SSS, boy stamp from STAMPlorations Heaven Sent and border stamps from the Mixed Media Elements set. Photo holder, bow and nail heads from my stash.


The theme is always anything mixed media goes except a card and you must use at least one stencil (any brand) in your project. Linky closes at the end of the month. I hope you can join us!
Prizes: $15 gift certificate OR choice of any 2 small or 1 large ARTplorations stencils to the winner
choice of 1 small ARTplorations stencil to the top picks

Do pop over to the challenge blog to see the other girls mixed media designs, you won't be disappointed.

Christmas Card Club "Texture"

Good morning all.

We should have moved towards Picton for our final two nights on South Island if all has gone to plan, we're spoiling ourselves in a luxury lodge overlooking the Sound.

It was Rachel's turn to pick the theme for challenge 3 at the Christmas Card Club ad she asked to see some "Texture".

My texture comes from this EF folder from Marianne Designs which hasn't seen the light of day for many a while, other dies all from Spellbinders. Sentiment from LOTV; raffia and gems from my stash. This is definitely one of my favourite colour combos for Christmas....just wish I'd cut the red card larger so it actually matted the white layer as I feel the colours aren't balanced!

You'll find the ladies in my sidebar if you'd like to see their creations too. I'll be back later with my post for the February Stencil Sunday challenge.

Saturday, 6 February 2016

HLS Mixed Media Challenge February "Paint"

Good evening all.

Still relaxing at the beach here on South Island!

Time once again to inspire you for this month's Mixed Media Challenge at Happy Little Stampers. Our theme for February is:

This challenge is sponsored by

Winner receives a $15 discount from HLS

I've made a start on next years Christmas tags for this challenge.

The tag was smooshed with several colours of distress paints, once dry I used the same colours of DI to fill in the gaps and add an edge to the tag. Snowflake stamps and dies are from Paper Smooches....stamping has been heat embossed and layered up; dies have been cut from waste smooshing....all topped with stickles.  Fibres are from my stash.

Sentiment from the Mixed Christmas Sentiments set.

Do pop over to the challenge blog to see the inspiration from the other girls, you won't be disappointed.

Challenges entered:

Friday, 5 February 2016

Discover Life's Wonders

Good afternoon/evening all.

Enjoying some down time in the Abel Tasman National Park for a few days...much needed after all the driving this last week. Weather has been perfect for spending a little time at the beach, in and on the water. We enjoyed a lovely boat trip through the national park today.

It's my turn to share a tutorial over at ARTplorations today, I hope you enjoy seeing how I decorated this wooden stamp block.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

HLS Christmas Challenge February "Tic Tac Toe"

Good evening all.

We should have reached the north of South Island today and have 5 nights to relax and chill out before we head back over to Wellington on the ferry on Tuesday.

Another month has passed and it's time for the second Christmas challenge of the year at Happy Little Stampers. We do hope you'll join us getting those pesky Christmas makes out of the way early this year. The theme this month is:

This challenge is sponsored by

Winner will receive a $15 discount from HLS.

I choose the top line for my car, although it also fits column one too:

I used the script stamp from the Thinking of You set and heat embossed with gold EP onto a piece of card which had been smooshed with distress paints, then added a couple of accent stamps before die cutting with a die from Spellbinders. This was mounted onto the Wplus9 die with foam tape after positioning the gold thread. Background is a Spellbinders pierced die cut from the same smooshed cardstock. Tree stamp and die are from Clearly Besotted, this has also been heat embossed with gold EP. Sentiment from Mixed Christmas Sentiments set.

Do pop over to the challenge blog to see the inspiration from the rest of the team, I'm sure you won't be disappointed. 

Monday, 1 February 2016

Eclectic Ellapu "Love Actually"

Good morning all.

Had a fabulous week...weather started out exceedingly wet and cold but it's been glorious the past few days. We got very wet in Milford on Monday but took a scenic flight from Lake Tekapo round Mount Cook, the Glaciers and down to Milford in sunshine on Thursday...a fabulous trip and well worth the cost. Walked up to the Franz Joseph glacier yesterday, can't get enough of the west coast scenery.

Leaving the glaciers and driving further up the West Coast then through Arthur's Pass and on towards Christchurch today...it's going to be a long day, or it will have been by the time you read this!

Welcome to our first challenge of 2016 at Eclectic Ellapu. I got to set the theme for the Pink Team this month and since it's the month of love I chose "Love Actually". This is the card I've made hubby for Valentine Day...and carried all the way to New Zealand!

Large die from Spellbinders, small one from Lawn Fawn (stacked three high to give dimension). Love stamp was a freebie in last months Craft Stamper. Edge stamp and background script are from STAMPlorations Mixed Media Elements set. All stamping has been heat embossed with gold detail EP...and looks lovely IRL!

Do pop over to the challenge blog to see the inspiration from the rest of the team, you won't be disappointed. 

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

It's Your Birthday

Good morning all.

Headed to Dunedin today for a two night stay in Portobello, hoping to see some penguins.

Yesterday my Aunt was 93, this is the card I made her.

Dies from Wplus9, Spellbinders and Memory Box. Stamps from Imagination Crafts. Ribbon and bow from my stash. Background is a second pull from one of my Distress Paint smooshing sessions.