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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

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Embrace Life

Good morning all.

Off on my jollies today...we're travelling down halfway today to break the journey up so stopping overnight at Trentham Gardens which we visited a couple of years ago.

Sharing the card I made for June's Card Chain Challenge over at The Society of Stampaholics. This was sent to Janet in Mauritius whilst I received one from Emily in Iowa.

Die is from Wplus9, die cut twice to give a little dimension. Stamps and stencils all from STAMPlorations. Butterfly has been stencilled with texture paste then I added mint EP and once dry I heat embossed it. A few gems finish the card.

Challenges entered:
Creative Card Crew - clean and simple
Everybody-Art-Challenge - clean and simple
Sweet Stamps - bright colours
AAA Cards - use paste or stencils
Creative Moments - anything goes/wet/dry embossing

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Eclectic Ellapu "Travel"

Good morning all.

Saturday evening saw Mum and new baby blue lighted to hospital with baby suspected to have a punctured lung.... a not uncommon problem in premature babies (and possibly occurred as he was born so fast) but none of the Dr's had picked it up before they dispensed them off to the local maternity unit on Saturday morning. Thankfully he's on the mend and is hopefully now out of high dependency.

Monday's funeral was a very "happy" sad occasion and it was lovely to see the extended family again.

Another new month and so it's time for another new challenge at Eclectic Ellapu. It was my turn to set the challenge for the Pink Team and I chose "Travel".

This was Gary's birthday card. I had planned to go with a motorbike theme until his travel plans changed! World stencil is from Suzicraft, I used texture paste and covered it with white EP before drying and heat embossing. Card was then inked with salty ocean DI. Sentiments from Stampers Anonymous and Technique Tuesday. Dies from Whimsy Stamps and Clearly Besotted.

Do pop over to the challenge blog to see how my teamies have interpreted the challenge, you won't be disappointed.

Challenges entered:
Cards 4 Guyz - something beginning with B (birthday, blue, black)
Die Cuttin Divas - anything goes
Crafting From The Heart - anything goes
Craft your Passion - anything goes
Not Just Cards - anything goes
Oh La La Creations - happy birthday
Allsorts - blue as the ocean
Creative Corner - happy birthday
Country View Crafts - on your travels

Monday, 29 June 2015

Live Love Enjoy

Good morning all.

Off to view a property this morning then it's onto a funeral of a second cousin who died last Sunday...he was only 49 but had spent over 20 years mourning the death of his wife and 6 month old son. I think today's project is appropriate.

Sharing today the second project I made for my DT application at STAMPlorations...a 6x6 canvas.

Again all the stamps and stencils were from STAMPlorations. I started with a layer of gesso on my canvas then stencilled the confetti circles with texture paste on one side. I then attached the butterfly mask and used a brayer to add acrylic paint. I stamped the trendy butterfly stamps onto the mask using Archival inks. Rosette is a Memory Box die. Words were stamped onto tissue paper and added with gel medium.

Challenges entered:
Rhedd's  Creative Spirit - anything goes
Simon Says Stamp - anything goes

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Happy Anniversary

Good morning all.

Yesterday I became a Great Aunt to a little 6lb 7oz baby boy called Sebastian...two weeks earlier than expected but mother and baby both well. So thats added another couple of cards to the list to be done before I go on holiday...best get a shift on!!

Sharing an anniversary card made for my nephew and his wife...I can't believe it's almost two years since their wedding!

Background made using an ink layering technique found on Jennifer Mcguire's blog, die cut with that die again from Wplus9! ARTplorations Hearts Tumbled stencil is from STAMPlorations. Anniversary die from Cheery Lynn Designs. Happy stamp from Whimsy stamps. Sequins from my stash.

Challenges entered:
Paper Artsy - stencils
 inspired by the stencil bumping technique mentioned by Leandra
Simon Says Stamp - anything goes
Die Cuttin Divas - wedding/anniversary
Tuesday Throwdown - stencilling
AAA - paste or stencils
We Love 2 Create - anything mixed media goes

Friday, 26 June 2015

Golden Oldie

Good morning all.

The weather forecast is decidedly wet for the next few days but all being well summer is set to arrive here on Monday and hopefully last right through to my holidays!

I'm off to join Erika today showing a Golden Oldie.

This was made in 2008 for a crafty friend, I think all components of it are from Joanna Sheen. I loved these "parchment stamps" on vellum and I've embossed with pink EP here. The backing paper must be printed onto vellum too as I've used brads to secure it. In those days I made all my cards A5 sized now I rarely make one. My crafting style has certainly evolved over the last 7 years!

Thought I'd also share some photos of my roses taken earlier this week and our strawberry planter...I ate that ripe one yesterday and it was so sweet :) Just hoping some more ripen before we go away otherwise we'll miss them all.

Enjoy your weekend...mine will be spent cleaning although I do need to get some cards made for July events!

Thursday, 25 June 2015

A Very Merry Christmas

Good morning all.

Yesterday I tackled the ironing mountain...almost needed the crampons to get to the top lol! I've started the holiday piles, hidden in eldest's room so hubby can't wear all his shirts between now and next Thursday!! 

A very simple one layer Christmas card to share today.

The ARTplorations Christmas tree stencil is from STAMPlorations, inked with various distress inks then embossed....the old fashioned way with an embossing tool and a glass door!  Sentiment is from Papermania....if I made the card again I'd re-position the sentiment without the holly I think.

Challenges entered:
Less is More - stencils
One Layer Christmas Card - opt twist green
Rudolph Day - anything goes
AAA - paste and/or stencil
CAS on Sunday - one layer

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Crafting for all Seasons #105 "Cute and Summery"

Good morning all.

Many thanks for all your lovely comments on yesterday's post, I think I've managed to scrape myself off the ceiling!

Time once again for a new challenge at CFAS, sadly this will be our final challenge as I have decided to step down as Co-Ordinator and none of the team are able to take over. Our theme this time is "Cute and Summery", we're being sponsored by That Craft Place who gave the DT images to work with.

I've opted not to use a sponsor image this time. My card uses the bonus papers from the current Quick Cards Made Easy magazine. I've used a Poppy Stamps background die to make the background, using the inlaid die technique, added some twine and a topper along with a sentiment tag.

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

Challenges entered:
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - anything goes with a touch of  summer
Craft-Dee BowZ - anything goes with a handmade bow
Not Just Cards - anything goes
Great Impressions - anything goes
Bloggers - summertime
Sister Act Card Challenge - anything goes