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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

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Christmas Card Club - "Snowy Mountains and Skies"

Good morning all.

Hoping to spend some time in the craft room today...I have some Distress Oxides to test drive!! Never thought you'd hear me say this but yesterday I ended up in a garden centre with a craft department and after a wander around I discovered I didn't want or need anything...I had to have a lie down in a darkened room when I got home lol!

Kate has set us the challenge of "Snowy Mountains and Skies" over at the Christmas Card Club.
Note to self...re-read the remit before heading to the craft room. I only remembered the skies bit...sorry Kate :(


A rummage through my embossing folders yielded this Crafter's Companion folder...I was going to do a WOW but decided to add in some silver. The embossed piece was simply matted and layered using Spellbinders nestie squares. The snowflake die is also from Spellbinders and the sentiment is from STAMPlorations.

I did like the design so I repeated it in cream and gold! I'd like to say no machines were hurt during the construction of this card but my Grand Calibur decided to bite the dust...luckily SP are going to send me a replacement part FOC and I eventually managed to source some of the A4 plates for my Platinum so I'm fully functioning once more.


If you'd like to see what the other girl's have made you'll find their links on my sidebar.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

LOVE TAGplorations - day 7

Good afternoon all and a Happy Valentine's Day to you. 

Sadly the final day of our week long blog hop and linky party over at STAMPlorations....seven days of Valentine (or love) tag making fun. I hope you've enjoyed all the fun and inspiration.

Here is my inspiration for today...a tag bookmark.


Using some leftover card from this project which used Hearts all Over stencil and Scribbly Splattery Grunge for the over stamping...die cut using a Spellbinders rectangular nestie then layered onto two co-ordinating coloured scalloped nesties (hinged at the top so the bookmark goes over the page). Stamps are from the Bold Sentiments - Imagine set.


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Prizes:
- (3) randomly drawn winners from all comments left on the STAMP blog and participating designers blog will each receive a $10 gift certificate to the store
- (1) randomly drawn participant in the Love TAGplorations linky party will receive her choice of stamp set (Pocket Blooms, A Full Heart, or Two of Us)
- (1) randomly drawn participant in the Love TAGplorations linky party will receive her choice of any 2 of the new love-themed dies (Love, Always, XOXO, Forever, You & Me, Clustered Hearts)

- (1) randomly drawn participant in the Love TAGplorations linky party will receive her choice of tag set: Luggage Tags or ATC/Tag Builder

If you love STAMPlorations products or if you'd like to try them for the first time I have a discount code to share with you - STAMPGIRLCAROLD

This gives you a 20% discount on all stamps, stencils and dies...both regular and sale priced items. Please note this code can't be combined with any other code. It is valid for multiple uses whilst I'm a STAMPlorations Girl.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Cupcakes Inspirations Challenge Guest Designer

Good morning all.

This is my second post today, you'll find my  Love TAGplorations day 4 post here.

Shery from STAMPlorations is sponsoring the Cupcake Inspirations challenge today, so a few of the DT are guest designing to showcase some of her products.

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Inspired by the colours and the scalloped edges I've produced an anniversary card.


Mat dies from Wplus9 and Spellbinders. Love and Clustered Hearts CUTploration dies are recent releases from STAMPlorations.

If you love STAMPlorations products or if you'd like to try them for the first time I have a discount code to share with you - STAMPGIRLCAROLD

This gives you a 20% discount on all stamps, stencils and dies...both regular and sale priced items. Please note this code can't be combined with any other code. It is valid for multiple uses whilst I'm a STAMPlorations Girl.

LOVE TAGplorations - day 4

Hello everyone...what a cold wet miserable day we've just had, glad I didn't have to go out anywhere and it was cosy and warm in my craft room!

It's day 4 of our week long blog hop and linky party over at STAMPlorations....seven days of Valentine (or love) tag making fun. I hope you're enjoying all the fun and inspiration.

A small canvas from me today....a little something for hubby :)


The background is a napkin I was given as a RAK from someone  and I came across it when sorting out the craft room the other week. I attached it with gel medium then used crackle paste through the Glass Heart stencil and left everything to dry. I reapplied the stencil before using DI to colour the heart, then used stamps from the Scribbly Splattery Grunge set to add some detail. Love and You & Me die cuts were added, along with two small tags tied with bakers twine.



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Prizes:
- (3) randomly drawn winners from all comments left on the STAMP blog and participating designers blog will each receive a $10 gift certificate to the store
- (1) randomly drawn participant in the Love TAGplorations linky party will receive her choice of stamp set (Pocket Blooms, A Full Heart, or Two of Us)
- (1) randomly drawn participant in the Love TAGplorations linky party will receive her choice of any 2 of the new love-themed dies (Love, Always, XOXO, Forever, You & Me, Clustered Hearts)
- (1) randomly drawn participant in the Love TAGplorations linky party will receive her choice of tag set: Luggage Tags or ATC/Tag Builder

If you love STAMPlorations products or if you'd like to try them for the first time I have a discount code to share with you - STAMPGIRLCAROLD

This gives you a 20% discount on all stamps, stencils and dies...both regular and sale priced items. Please note this code can't be combined with any other code. It is valid for multiple uses whilst I'm a STAMPlorations Girl.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

LOVE TAGplorations - day 1

Good afternoon all.

Today starts a week long blog hop and linky party over at STAMPlorations....seven days of Valentine (or love) tag making fun. We hope you can join us!


Using two of the Luggage Tags Nesting dies, I cut and embossed my card. Using the Hearts all Over stencil I embossed the larger tag then using three shades of DI I inked it up, graduating the colours. I used a stamp from Scribbly Splattery Grunge to overstamp the hearts with the darkest DI and used the same ink to stamp the sentiment from Fond Expressions 2. Cheesecloth, wooden hearts, love sentiment, cord and heart button are from my stash.


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Prizes:
- (3) randomly drawn winners from all comments left on the STAMP blog and participating designers blog will each receive a $10 gift certificate to the store
- (1) randomly drawn participant in the Love TAGplorations linky party will receive her choice of stamp set (Pocket Blooms, A Full Heart, or Two of Us)
- (1) randomly drawn participant in the Love TAGplorations linky party will receive her choice of any 2 of the new love-themed dies (Love, Always, XOXO, Forever, You & Me, Clustered Hearts)
- (1) randomly drawn participant in the Love TAGplorations linky party will receive her choice of tag set: Luggage Tags or ATC/Tag Builder


If you love STAMPlorations products or if you'd like to try them for the first time I have a discount code to share with you - STAMPGIRLCAROLD

This gives you a 20% discount on all stamps, stencils and dies...both regular and sale priced items. Please note this code can't be combined with any other code. It is valid for multiple uses whilst I'm a STAMPlorations Girl.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Stencil Sunday #82 + February Mixed Media Challenge

Good afternoon all.

This is my second post today, you'll find my Christmas Card Club make here.

The first Sunday of the month once again so we're live over at STAMPlorations with our February Mixed Media Challenge. I've got a small canvas to share with you today.


The idea for this canvas has been mulling around in my head for some time and when I saw the new Two Feathers mask I knew I needed it like yesterday!
I started by layering some torn backing paper onto the canvas with gel medium, after positioning the mask I sprayed with DecoArt Media Misters. I lifted off the mask using tweezers and left everything to dry thoroughly before adding some blue transparent acrylic paint and white gesso with a dry brush..


It was now time to do some stamping so I picked up the Scribbly Splattery Grunge stamp set and some archival ink.


Next up I stencilled 3 feathers from the Feathers and Arrows (large) stencil using a mix of sparkle medium, texture paste and gel....this rejuvenated the sparkle medium which had dried up a little. 


I stamped and fussy cut the letters and attached them with gel medium before adding some transparent acrylic paints. I used a water colour pencil to add some shading and finally added my "angel feather" which had appeared when we first bought the new house.


It still needed a little something so out came my Dots all Over stencil and some Radiant gels...


I was left with this....come back later in the month to see how I used it!


If you love STAMPlorations products or if you'd like to try them for the first time I have a discount code to share with you - STAMPGIRLCAROLD

This gives you a 20% discount on all stamps, stencils and dies...both regular and sale priced items. Please note this code can't be combined with any other code. It is valid for multiple uses whilst I'm a STAMPlorations Girl.



We'd love to see your mixed media entries in the challenge but please remember it's anything but a card and you must use a stencil. 😊

Christmas Card Club - "Festive Foliage"

Good morning all.

We seem to have missed the worst of the storms here, a couple of windy nights and that's about all thankfully.

Rachel wanted some "Festive Foliage" today for our Christmas Card Club projects.

 

Stamps were a magazine freebie from some time ago. Dies are CUTplorations Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies from STAMPlorations. I've used Stickles for the berries.

As I'd created two card blanks I decided to make a second card, this time a simple one layer, embossing the card to frame the image.


If you'd like to see what the other girls created you'll find their links on my sidebar.

Friday, 3 February 2017

Celebrate

Good morning all.

Enjoying playing in the newly sorted craft room and decided it was time to enter a challenge or two. I have so much NBUS that it would be rude not to pop over and see Darnell and I loved the colour combo over at Paper Artsy this time. This is what I came up with.


Darnell's NBUS challenge #10...optional theme "Use Bubble Wrap". PaperArtsy Topic #1 Pink and Orange....I was inspired by Wendy's dotty masterboard, although my result is quite different!

I used 4 shades of  Promarkers and Rubbing Alcohol on my bubble wrap and applied to glossy card which I then die cut using one of the Crazy Double Running Stitch nesting dies from STAMPlorations, matted to some orange card then onto the larger pink die. The Celebrate die is also from STAMPlorations and this is my NBUS item, I cut it twice to give some dimension, then finished with a few sequins.



Wednesday, 1 February 2017

UFO's...

Good morning all. February already...this time last year I was gadding about New Zealand, I can't believe a year has gone by since but other times it feels like it was a lifetime ago.
Thank you for your lovely comments on my craft room...I'm making a conscious effort to keep it tidy, though I'm not sure how long that will last!  

UFO's....no not the flying kind, the unfinished ones!!! I uncovered quite a few between the loft and the craft room and decided to make a conscious effort to either finish some or just get rid!

From the loft there were various knitting projects, embroidery from way back when (including a tablecloth Mum started for her bottom drawer!), tapestry and goodness knows what else!

I had three jumpers on the go...one for each of my kids. So far I've managed to finish one of them to give my great nephew and here he is modelling it....it's only taken 23 years or so from start to finish!! I've made progress with the one which was started for Lora too but sadly the one started for Gary I no longer seem to have the pattern for...it's a lovely fisherman's rib and was either from a kids pattern book or a magazine pullout but it's disappeared off the face of the earth!


The base layers of this card were lurking in the craft room and I decided they would be ideal for my Mother's Day card. I also found the You to Me Teddy topper from a magazine freebie which was perfect for my Mum.


Papers were 12x12 scrapbook ones, can't remember who by! Dies are all Spellbinders and embossing folder is from Cuttlebug. Flowers, pearls and ribbon are from my stash.