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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

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Giving Thanks Blog Hop

Good afternoon all.

A lovely afternoon was had yesterday at the spa....wonderful back, shoulder and neck massage and a lovely healthy lunch to follow....well maybe not the bottle of wine we consumed! Also managed to wriggle out of Jury Service until the end of March because of my holidays...although quite why I was selected in the first place when they knew I was going away is anybodies business.

Time for a blog hop...over at STAMPlorations we're "Giving Thanks" today and in light of recent world events I think we can all find something in our lives to be thankful for.

Hoppers must comment on all participating blogs to be eligible to win, commenting ends on Friday, November 27th, 11:55pm Pacific time.

Prize: one 4 x 6 stamp set (winner's choice)

Here is my card:

Background was made on my little gelli plate using ARTplorations Foiled Again and Leaf Bliss stencils, die from Spellbinders. I used copper sparkle medium to stencil the Bloom Silhouettes stencil and added a sentiment from STAMPlorations Holiday Expressions: Thankful for Autumn set. Tag from LOTV, ribbon from my stash.

Challenges entered:
Simon Says Stamp - thankful
Dies R Us - thankful
The Crazy Challenge - everything goes
OSAAT - thanks
Fussy and Fancy - thankful

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Let it Snow...

Good morning all.

Off out for a spa afternoon and lunch later....a birthday treat from my eldest which I only just got around to organising.

A Christmas card to share with you, one of several I made at the weekend.

Dies and EF from Spellbinders. Image from Stampendous heat embossed with silver EP. Sentiment and snowflakes from Woodware. Gems from my stash.

Challenges entered:
52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown - friends and family
CHNC Extra - anything Christmas
Cas-ual Chic - metals
Wags 'n Whiskers - embossing
Simon Says Stamp - Christmas
Addicted to Stamps - anything goes

Monday, 23 November 2015

Textured Tag

Good afternoon all.

What a cold wet miserable day it's been so far! Happy to say I made my final Christmas card yesterday though...now to start next years!

My turn today to show a tutorial over on the ARTplorations blog, this month I'm showing how I added texture to this Christmas tag using a stencil.

Challenges entered:
Craft Stamper - take it make it November
Simon Says Stamp - Christmas
Cut it Up - inspired by song, movie or book (Candle in the Wind)
Creative Artiste - anything mixed media optional traditional Christmas colours
Love 2 Create - anything mixed media/creative goes
That Craft Place - anything mixed media

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Deck the Halls

Good morning all.

After a very wild Friday night Saturday dawned beautifully here, hop ewe get more of the same today.

Managed an afternoon crafting then a cracking result from my team at teatime...so all in a good day. A Christmas tag to share with you, one of my makes from yesterday.

Mat dies are from Spellbinders...after cutting the fancy one for a card I decided it would be perfect for a tag.  White layer was inked with various DI overstamped with a wet stamp then lightly sprayed with water. Sentiment stamp from HLS; tree die was a magazine freebie; ribbon from my stash.
All card was leftovers from the cards I'd made and the ribbon is recycled :)

Challenges entered:
A Gem of a Challenge - inspired by song or Carol (Oh Christmas Tree)
Allsorts - at least three die cuts
Daring Cardmakers - anything but a card
Jingle Belles - holiday leftovers

Friday, 20 November 2015

Golden Oldie

Good morning all.

Thankfully we didn't get the forecast winds yesterday and although it was a bright day it was bitterly cold - especially on our high street!

A busy day today, a meeting this morning and a Dr's appointment this afternoon with washing and cleaning thrown in for good measure. I also need to plan next week's menus and do an online shop...I did this last Friday and what a difference it made knowing what you were doing for tea and finding all the ingredients to hand. All quite healthy meals too from the Hairy Bikers Diet books.

For now I'm off to join Erika to share an oldie, this week I'm sharing another of hubby's Christmas cards, this time from 2008.

Image and papers from Joanna Sheen's Enchanted or Victorian Christmas CD, all matted onto gold mirri card. I do love this snow couple image!  Sentiment computer generated in my favourite font "Santa's Sleigh" and die cute with a Spellbinder die. The leaf and berry arrangement was recycled.

Have a great weekend whatever you're up to...I'm hoping to have a crafty one.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

First Christmas

Good morning all.

It's been a wild and wicked night here, the forecast is sunny today but to stay windy....better keep the hatches battened down!

I've finally made something I can share with you....I've been beavering away in the craft room getting ahead of myself. I'm down to my last 8 Christmas cards and I need an Anniversary card and December will be done and I can then make a start on next year's DT commitments which are due whilst I'm away. Also been called up for Jury service mid December which is also going to put a spanner in the works!!

I sorted all my Christmas cards yesterday to see what sort I still needed to make...this was top of the list to do for my nephew and his family. Penguin die from Marianne Design; accessories from the Tim Holz Crazy Birds set (coloured with promarkers); holly sprig from Poppy Stamps; snow landscape dies from Lawn Fawn; other dies all from Spellbinders. Background has been stamped with snowflakes from STAMPlorations with versamark, then inked with DI. Sentiment stamp from Clearly Besotted, googly eyes from my stash.

Challenges entered:
A Snowflakes Promise - anything Christmas goes
CHNC Extra - anything Christmas goes
CHNC - red and green must be seen
ABC Christmas - w for wild thing
I Love Promarkers - traditional Christmas
Simon Says Stamp - Christmas
Inky Chicks - Christmas
Pile it On - any holiday/celebration
A Gem of a Challenge - Christmas critters

Monday, 16 November 2015

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it...

Good morning all.

 I started this tag on Friday night and all I had to do today was colour the image and stick it all together...well I finally managed!

The tag was one of my distress paint smooshing ones from last week. Postie had finally arrived Friday (after slapping on a Customs charge) with a parcel of Radiant Gels from ColourArte and I was keen to test them out...stencils from Memory Box. Love the shimmery finish you get. Snow people from Joanna Sheen, coloured with promarkers. Landscape die from Lawn Fawn. Snowflake dies from Spellbinders. Sentiment from Woodware. Gems, stickles and fibres from my stash.

Challenges entered:
CHNC Extra - anything Christmas
Allsorts - anything but a card
Crafty Calendar - sparkle, bling and embellish
Sweet Stampin' - wrap up warm
Alphabet Challenge - T for tis the season
Brown Sugar - no patterned paper
Really Reasonable Ribbon - tag you're it
That's Crafty - tag you're it
Craft Stamper - take it make it November