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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

Monday, 30 March 2015

Joy to the World

Good morning all.

Well I appear to have boobed big time yesterday...the Christmas Card Club theme was "Feature a Creature/Critter" not Christmas tree as I did!! So here are some cute critters to make amends. Sorry Maureen...will try harder next time lol!

Lots of NBUS on this card....film strip from Pretty Pink Posh, sentiment from Penny Black and penguins from Mama Elephant....a whole load of schtuff which I can put away now! Images coloured with promarkers. Background dies are from Spellbinders. Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

Challenges entered:
Alphabet Challenge - C is for cute and cuddly
Allsorts - feature a creature

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Christmas Card Club "Feature a Christmas Tree/Trees"

Good morning all.

We had quite a bright day yesterday after the rain stopped, a tad windy for a while though.

Another fortnight gone and it's time once again for our little Christmas Card Club to reveal our latest creations. Maureen set the theme this time and asked us to "Feature a Christmas Tree/Trees".
I've made a very modern card!

Stamps and Tree die all from Clearly Besotted and stamped with Memento inks. Stitched hillside die from Lawn Fawn. The blue tree has been stamped onto waste card and die cut to give a little dimension. Blue pearl star from my stash.

You'll find the link to the other girls on my sidebar if you'd like to see what everyone else has made...you won't be disappointed.

Challenges entered:
Less is More - combine 3 previous challenges
(Week 142 Trees, Week 157 Colour - Rainbow, Week 196 Non Traditional Christmas)
CHNC - stick it
CHNC Extra - anything Christmas goes
Holly Jolly Christmas - stitching real/faux
Jingle Belles - fa-la-la-la-la

Saturday, 28 March 2015

12 Tags of 2015 - March

Good morning all and a warm welcome to my recent new followers, I hope you enjoy your visits here.

The forecast today is wet followed by windy...a good day to craft me thinks!

Finally got my tag made for March, this is version two. I don't have many distress paints so I had added some inks to the picket fence one to go with the two colours I had,  then yesterday I got happy mail with the my March new releases so decided to start again using the three new colours I now have.

I need some practise at this smooshing  ink/paint business...I never like my results! Tissue tape from my stash; three new colours distress paint; Scribbly Birds stamp; sunray stencil; texture paste; gold EP; various ideology pieces; charm and ribbon from my stash.

Challenges entered:
Artful Times - all things Tim
A Vintage Journey - anything Tim
Mixed Media Monthly - birds of a feather
Mixed Media World - anything goes

Friday, 27 March 2015

What makes you Different

Good afternoon all.

Domestic Goddess hat has been dispensed with for today and I'm having five minutes before I need to start cooking! Another glorious spring day here, just hope it lasts all weekend.

A second post from me today...running out of month to enter some challenges!

This is a small canvas, painted first with gesso then, using a brayer I layered opaque and translucent Fresco Finish paints in various shades of blue, adding a layer of gesso between each colour. I used Grunge Paste for the first time with a stencil from Memory Box and painted over it once dry with the darkest shade of paint. The NBUS stamps are from Unity Stamps...stamped onto tissue paper and added to the canvas with gel medium. I used a versamark pen and various EP's to add colour to the flowers and leaves, then painted the rest with Fresco Finish paints.
This is my first attempt at this type of image on a canvas and I'm quite pleased how it turned out...but there is room for improvement! Not sure whether to add anything else or leave it be...

Challenges entered:
Unity Stamps - Friends with Flair
Stamp Artic - use stamps
STAMPlorations - stamps & stencils

Golden Oldie

Good morning all.

We woke to rain yesterday and it stayed cold, damp and miserable all day! A good day to stay home and wait for the shopping to come to you...which it did! I then spent some time sorting out the food cupboard, labelling jars which hubby had filled with baking products and left lying on the kitchen table then putting everything back in some semblance of order...no doubt he will un-order it faster than the speed of light then complain he can't find anything! I did have a clear out of OOD goods whilst I was at it. Meanwhile I had a ham hough boiling merrily away to make a lovely pan of stock...leek and potato soup on the menu today.

Friday again so along with domestic goddess duties it must be golden oldie time over at Erika's.

Made from a Card Carousel template in 2008 for my Mum on what would have her Golden Wedding Anniversary if Dad had been alive. I couldn't let the day go un-noticed.
The embossed card was from Create and Craft and oh did I get into a sticky mess using wet glue to stick it all together!! Flowers would be from Joanna Sheen and the inevitable peel offs make an appearance too!

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Rudolph Day

Good morning all.

Another gorgeously sunny day yesterday although there was quite a chill in the air still. Hubby and I took Freya a long walk in the afternoon...my unused muscles are objecting today!!

A quick Christmas card to share today...using the second die cut I managed from the iffy die which I sent back!

Background die from Poppy Stamps. Sentiment from Stamps Away, dies from Spellbinders. Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

Challenges entered:
Rudolph Day - March
Simon Says Wednesday - anything goes
Fab n Funky - Christmas
Get Creative Challenges - use a die cut

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Soft and Silent

Good morning all.

Another lovely day here yesterday. After getting some chores done I managed a little crafting while tea was cooking then spent another couple of hours last night in the craft room.

I couldn't leave Sarah out at LIM this week so had to CASE her card too.

I used the colours and embossing and made a Christmas card. Sentiment die is from Stamps Away, snowflake dies and matching stamps are from Paper Smooches, sequins are from Pretty Pink Posh.
Background is stamped with the PS stamps and silver ink. Dies and sentiment are stamped with versamark and heat embossed with silver detail EP.
Here is Sarah's card:

Challenges entered:
Less is More - CASE a DT card
Simon Says Monday - one stamp many ways
Jingle Belles - mission EMBOSS-ible
ABC Christmas Challenge - f is for frosty

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

With Sympathy

Good morning all.

I was most dis-chuffed last Friday to discover a Custom's Charge of £11.66 in the post for a parcel worth a little over £18. I had to pay to get the parcel which was delivered yesterday...the Amazon seller had put the worth of the parcel as being $73.77. I took a photo and contacted them immediately, they swiftly responded and apologized and refunded the monies back via Amazon. Result - one happy customer who won't hesitate to shop again!

I had a crafty afternoon yesterday and made a few cards.

I made a sympathy card for the box as I hate making them when needed! Hopefully I won't need this one for a while. Stamps are from Clearly Besotted and I've stamped with Memento ink.
Over at LIM we're asked to CASE a DT card this week, I decided to CASE Chrissie's card today and chose to use the same colours plus flowers.

Challenges entered:
Less is More - CASE a DT card
Just us Girls - black and white plus ?
Time Out - black and white plus a splash
Scrap & Craft - flowers
Addicted to Stamps - anything goes