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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, 26 February 2015

Me & You

Good morning all.

Another lovely day yesterday weatherwise...just not very productive! Every time I set off to do something I was interrupted by something or someone else!! Did manage a little time in the craft room but need to go back today and finish what I was doing....trying to get all my March DT work done so I can concentrate on playing.

Scraping in at the last minute with my February page journal!

Pages were roughly painted with gesso then I used aquatints to paint. I then went looking for my heart stencil only to discover I don't actually own one! We'll have to do something about that me thinks!
Stamps are mainly from Unity Stamps with the little background features from a Penny Black set, stamped in love letter memento, black archival and picked raspberry DI. Pink hearts are dies are from Memory Box. You die is from Simon says Stamp. I finished the pages by misting them with water then letting some of the drops run...not sure this shows up very well on the photo though.

Challenges entered:
Unruly Paperarts - heartfelt
Country View Challenges - drips and drops
Simon Says Stamp Monday - anything goes
That's Crafty - be my Valentine

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Happy Birthday to You

Good morning all.

Yesterday was perishing but we had glorious sunshine all day. The days are certainly lengthening again...it's still daylight here after 5pm. Spring must be on the way!

We've got parent's evening tonight...I really mustn't forget to go! It may be our last one as Lora is talking about going to college next year instead of 6th form.

It's theme week at LIM and we're being asked to show things with wings, here's my offering:

The mini stamp is a freebie from Craft Stamper magazine, stamped in versamark and heat embossed with detail white EP then die cut with a scalloped nestie. I then used DIs to colour....squeezed lemonade and spiced marmalade. The mesh die is from Couture Creations. Sentiment die is from Words with Honey, stamped onto a Spellbinders pennant die. Stitched rectangle die is from Spellbinders. Gold cord and sequin are from my stash. The blue dots in the background are punch waste.

Challenges entered:
Less is More - things with wings
CASology - mini
ShowCASe your Style - birthdays
Shopping our Stash - out of a jar
 (embossing powder..I think this jar is going to last forever, it's still nearly full after several year's use!)

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Making Moments Matter

Good morning all.

Making a little bit of headway with my journal and finally managed to do the front pages.

After painting the pages with gesso I stuck a few strips of torn paper and some washi tape on the right hand side. Textured paste was used on the sunrise stencil from Splodgeaway, after drying I coated both pages with gesso again. I used DI to ink the pages (tumbled glass and squeezed lemonade). Background stamps are from various sets and stamped with either peacock feathers DI or black archival ink. The three main sentiments are from Unity Stamps and have been stamped onto tissue paper. Celebrate is a die from Couture Creations. Numbers and hash are from Jellibean.

Under the numbers I've added some tissue printed with some Happy New Year music.

Challenges entered:
Unity Stamps - colour inspiration
Frosted Designs - get messy x 2
Our Creative Corner - tic tac toe (paints, stamps and stencils)
Simon Says Stamp - anything goes
Sweet Stamps - anything but a card
Simon Says Wednesday - add a little texture
Craft Stamper - take it make it stencils

Monday, 23 February 2015

Sneak Peek "New Beginnings"

Good morning all.

A bit of a yukky day yesterday but still no snow, very cold though. A good day to stay home and craft, so that's what I did! Managed to finish off a few projects which were half done and cleared some space on my desk.

It's my turn to do the tutorial on the Imagination Crafts Inspiration blog this morning. 

My third tutorial today, please be kind again and  pop over and check it out, then leave a comment and let me know what you thought :)

Here's a sneak peek just to whet your appetite.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Merry Christmas

Good morning all.

We had a beautiful sunny day yesterday but very frosty and cold. More food shopping done with a trip to the local butchers and farm shop then a delivery from Tesco. No doubt the cupboards will be bare again in a day or two!

A quick Christmas card to share today, I think I may be making a few of these!

Die is from Poppy Stamps, cut from a white card stock snippet which I've stuck to another piece of card with some double sided tape. Some words are inlaid with green ones cut from snippets, the rest are glittered. Topper is attached to the card base with foam tape.

Challenges entered:
Simply Create Too - anything goes
Sister Act Card Challenge - anything goes
As You Like it - CAS or fussy 
I'm going through a CAS phase..love these simple Christmas cards, flat for posting yet still pack a punch and so quick for bulk makes.
CRAFT - clean and simple
ABC Christmas - d is for die cuts
Papertake Weekly - bingo (die cut, free, glitter)
Die Cut Divas - word, quotes and sentiments
Mema's Crafts - red, white + one
Sparkle and Sprinkle - anything goes with loose glitter, flock or EP
CHNC Extra - anything Christmas goes

Saturday, 21 February 2015

12 Tags of 2015 "February"

Good morning all.

Domestic Goddess duties all fulfilled...today I can play!

I eventually managed to set some time aside at the end of last week to make my February tag.

As in January I've had to do some improvisation...and of course after finishing I found loads of things I could have added! Ephemera is from Melissa Frances. Nos 1 & 4 are burlap stickers which I've swished with barn door DI. Words, arrow and heart charm are from TH. Frame is cut from a Spellbinders die as are the two felt hearts and the ampersand (not sure which way up it's supposed to go lol). Lace, ribbon and photo corner are from my stash.

Challenges entered:
12 Tags of 2015 -  February
A Vintage Journey - special numbers ( 1 is my birthday and 4 encompasses hubby and 3 kids)
Bloggers - use metal
Fun with Shapes - shabby chic
Fussy and Fancy - tic tac toe (charm, die, lace)
The Vintage Challenge - love is in the air
Unruly Paper Arts - heartfelt

Friday, 20 February 2015

Golden Oldie Friday

Good morning all...surely it can't be Friday already!!

I had intended crafting last night until I realised Liverpool were playing football...worth watching too when they won with a late penalty. Washing and housework on the agenda today...oh joys.

As it's Friday again I'm joining Erika at Snappy Crafts to share a golden oldie today. I'm also going to join Bibiana with her Throwback Thursday challenge #6, theme anything green.

This is one of my earliest blog posts from March 2011, you can find the original post here. Following one of the sketch challenges and using up old HOTP papers with a LOTV image. This obviously pre-dated my promarkers and uses watercolour pencils.
I do love these HOTP papers and I think the last of the book finally went in the give away pile during my recent tidy up.

Enjoy your weekend whatever you're planning.