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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, 28 July 2015

Happy Birthday to you

Good morning all.

Well yesterday was a bit of a washout and today isn't looking much better! I'm off to the hairdresser's later, then getting my nails done. Hope it fairs up so I can walk there and back....I need the exercise!

Sharing another birthday card today.
The lovely Becca is hosting a Birthday Bash Link-up to which everyone is invited, here is the mood board to get your creative juices going. She has some fabulous prizes on offer!
I was inspired by the bird and the colours to create my card.

This is a real snippet buster....all the card was in the bit box! Die is my favourite from Wplus9, the sun also comes from the same set. Embossing folder is from Crafter's Companion which I sprayed with distress spray...this was a piece made for another project which didn't work. The Tim Holz Crazy Bird from Stampendous and Clearly Besotted sentiment are stamped onto some of the leftover bits from my very first gelli plate play.

Challenges entered:
Becca's Birthday Bash - mood board
Bloggers - the letter B (bird, blue, birthday)
Fussy and Fancy - things with wings
Sister Act Card Challenge - anything goes
Creative Artiste - anything mixed media with texture and spray mists
plus colour palette
Seize the Birthday - anything goes
Southern Girls - get messy with ink and paint
Dream Valley - embossing wet/dry
Not Just Card - anything goes
One Crazy Stamper - anything goes

Monday, 27 July 2015

Happy Birthday

Good morning all.

A lazy day was had yesterday although I did change the bed and do three loads of washing! The weather isn't looking too good this week so a good excuse to craft.

A birthday card to share today, made for my Uncle who turns 87 this week.

Using my favourite die from Wplus9, cut from a snippet of white card lying on my desk and mounted to the base with foam. Stamps are all from STAMPlorations (Vignette: Celebrate Artsy and Holiday Artsy), stamped with various distress inks and black archival. Sentiment from Wild Rose Studio stamped and heat embossed with white EP. A few sequins to finish.

Challenges entered:
Less is More - use snippets
Wishing Chrissie a very happy 70th birthday!
A Gem of a Challenge - birthday wishes
CASology - lines
STAMPlorations - stamps and distressing

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Christmas Card Club "Let it Snow"

Good morning all.

After spending Friday doing chores (including the basket of ironing) yesterday was spent crafting. I managed to finish some projects which had been sitting around since before my holidays and do some DT work.

Another two weeks have passed so it must be time for us girls to share our Christmas Card Club makes. the lovely Christine set the theme this time with "Let it Snow".

The bauble die is from Joanna Sheen's Signature Dies and was newly purchased just before my holidays. The embossing folder is from Spellbinders - this is an oblong folder but I positioned it to leave a top edge to match the sides and allowed the bottom to emboss over the edge. Sentiment is from Woodware Stamps. Finished with some black twine and a few gemstones. Another flat one for posting!

If you'd like to see the other girl's take on the challenge you'll find their names on my sidebar.

Challenges entered:
ABC Christmas - off the edge
CHNC Extra - anything Christmas goes
The Glory of Christmas - feature a creature
Sparkles Forum Christmas - ribbon, lace or twine
The Crafty Calendar - Christmas in July
My Time to Craft - Christmas in July
Creative Corner - Christmas in July
Fussy and Fancy - things with wings
Crafter's Cafe - Christmas in July
Whimsy Stamps - Christmas in July

Friday, 24 July 2015


Good afternoon all.

Today it's my turn to inspire you over on the ARTplorations blog with a tutorial. Here is my project...click on the link to see how I made it.

I've recycled a photo frame....one of a string of three, the other two containing photos of the boys are still to be done.

Challenges entered:
Mixed Media World - stencils
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - anything mixed media goes
Altered Eclectics - anything mixed media goes

Golden Oldie

Good morning all.

Off to join Erika to share a golden oldie this morning...I'll be back to share my first tutorial for ARTplorations this afternoon.

Today's share was first aired in 2011 and the original post can be found here. The papers and images were from Crafty Ann's and this was one of my DT inspiration pieces.The front was a bowed piece of acetate...this was given to my Mum and I've no doubt it's still tucked in a cupboard somewhere!

Challenges entered:
Thursday Throwback #11 - shaped card

Thursday, 23 July 2015

$25,000 Reward

Good morning all.

Things are slowly returning to normal here and I hope I've caught up with most of you by now. A slow internet connection and the Ipad are not conducive to frequent blogging - hence my absence for two weeks.

Spent yesterday down home as it was my nephew's birthday, along with his Mum and Dad's wedding anniversary and as I was running late with the birthday card I had to hand deliver!

I finally made it into the craft room on Tuesday but the mojo is still hiding in the suitcase or perhaps under the pile of ironing I've managed to create! This is the card I made for my nephew....luckily the wedding anniversary card was made some time ago.

I made a similar card for my BIL last year and Jack asked me to make him one this year so I knew where this one was going. The backing paper was the waste paint piece from a gelli plate play (the results of which you may or may not see in the future!) which I ran through a Crafter's Companion brick wall embossing folder which I'd inked with black soot DI....I love how it turned out! The reward stamp was a magazine freebie...I managed to print the photo the right size and overstamp perfectly first time before heat embossing with black EP and cutting with a nestie die....love it when things go right first time!
The happy birthday die and stamp are from Whimsy Stamps and I finished with a smattering of sequins....I've had a few comments in the past from people who love sequins but feel they never manage to place them right....please know I belong in the same group! So if I can do it so can you!!

Challenges entered:
Crafty Gals Corner - to die for
Inspiration Destination - anything goes
Top Tip Tuesday - Bingo (embossing, sentiment, punches/dies)
Card Mania - anything goes
Craft Your Passion - anything goes
Dream Valley - embossing wet/dry
Fashionable Stamping - all about men
Penny Black and More - anything goes with a sentiment
We Love to Create - anything mixedmedia/creative/inky goes

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Enjoy the Journey

Good afternoon all. Arrived home safely last night to an intact, if a little untidy, house. Washing machine has been working overtime and after a trip around with the hoover things are looking more like I left things!

An upcycled stamp block to share today as inspiration for the STAMPlorations stencil Sunday challenge blog.

A few seconds in the microwave to remove the rubber stamp and a willing hubby to drill a hole for me and I was ready to go. After a couple of coats of black gesso I used some design paper to cover the front and back of the block. Words were stamped and embossed with black detail EP. Background was stamped in various distress inks. I then used the Shutters stencil and texture paste on the sides, covering with embossing powder before drying and heat embossing. Photo holder was bought from Ebay.

A close up of the stencilling.

Challenges entered:
Recycle, Re-Purpose and Re-Invent - anything goes
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - anything goes
Altered Eclectics - anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday - anything goes

Friday, 17 July 2015

Golden Oldie

Good morning all.

Well all good things must come to an end, we're all packed up and ready to head north again. We're stopping over at Trentham Gardens tonight to break the journey.....just hoping the M5 and 6 aren't too busy as I'm going to be driving! Hubby came down with a chest infection on Wednesday night and was proper poorly yesterday so won't be fit to do all the driving this leg of the trip.

Off to join Erika with my golden oldie this morning...just a bit of fun, but it's good to look back and see how much our crafting has moved on.

2009 again and this is my daughter's birthday card. The 3D dragon was a download from, I believe, the Canon website and I can't for the life of me remember the company who made the paper.