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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, 20 March 2016

Christmas Card Club "2 or more patterned papers"

Good morning all.

Yesterday was spent sanding paint work in my new craft room, this morning I ache in places I didn't know existed!! I think we're ready to decorate it now though, just need to wash it down today to get rid of the dust. This is how it looks at the moment:

....and this is the view from the  window, there was actually a deer standing on the grassy patch in the distance when I took this yesterday.

Today it's time for another Christmas Card Club outing and this week GranMargaret asked for "2 or more patterned papers". I've cheated slightly and counted my decoupage as one of the papers, hope no one minds!

Please excuse the photo...my camera developed a fault when we were away so I had to use my phone for this! Decoupage from Joanna Sheen; dies from Spellbinders and Wplus9. Sentiment from Clearly Besotted.

Candy winners...your prizes will hopefully be posted on Tuesday when I get up to the High Street again, sorry for the delay.

Monday, 14 March 2016

Blog Candy Winners

Good morning all, hope everyone is well.

Off to meet with an architect at the new house this morning followed by a dental checkup...life is crazy busy!

Random.org has finally been put to good use and here is the winner of my recent candy:

Congratulations Bad Kitty it's you!! 

As a thank you for all the comments while I was away I've drawn some consolations winners too and each will receive a little surprise package.

Ladies please leave a comment with your details so I can post your prizes off to you. (Comment moderation is switched on so no details will be published.)

Thank you to all my followers and especially those of you who comment on a regular basis, it means a lot to me.

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Stencil Sunday #37

Good evening all.

Sorry for my absence...life has been hectic! Jetlag, Dr's appointments and a new house on top of everyday living has meant little time left over for crafting and blogging. I haven't done any crafting since our return home....and I'm suffering withdrawal symptoms lol! We got the keys to the new house on the 4th and have been busy finalising colour schemes, sourcing new furniture and generally deciding how to make it "ours". As always getting tradesmen in to do the work is a nightmare!! This week we've come to the conclusion we need a new kitchen to make it right for us so it could be several weeks before we actually move.

Some goodish news...the stroke clinic here think my symptoms may have been the result of a migraine rather than a TIA, my Dr is now waiting to see the official report to decide where we go from here.

My turn to provide some Stencil Sunday inspiration over at STAMPlorations today. Today I have a canvas to inspire you.

I started with a 5 x 7 canvas painted with white gesso. Using black archival I stamped the background script from the Mixed Media Elements stamp set through the Flutterby stencil then used transparent texture paste through to emboss. Once everything was dry I coloured with Distress Spray Stains, buffing up the embossing once dry. Edge stamp is also from the MM Elements set. My butterfly and sentiment are both from the Blossom like a Butterfly stamp set.

And the March Mixed Media Challenge runs until the end of the month! If you want to play, you still have plenty of time left to get messy and share your non-card mixed media projects. It's anything mixed media goes except a card...and you must use a stencil (any brand or even a homemade one!) in your project(s). For the complete challenge info + prizes, click here.

I'll be back tomorrow with the winner of my blog candy!

Friday, 11 March 2016

Create Art Canvas

Good evening all.

It's my turn to share a tutorial over at ARTplorations today and I'm showing how I created this canvas.

Here is a sneak peek of what you'll find.

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Five Year Blogaversary

Good morning all.

Not sure why the linky is showing numerous times, just add your link to the first one...it might correct itself!

Ferry trip over to North Island today, the weather was kind but I can't believe how fast it has just changed - as the sun was about to set spectacularly too! There's now a howling wind blowing and it's almost pitch black.

On the 9th of March this year my blog will be five years old...how the heck did that happen?? As a way of celebrating and saying thank you to all my wonderful followers, I'm offering some blog candy. I was trying to set this up to run for two months from the date I left home but inlinkz had other ideas...so here we are today instead.

Two of the kids bought me a set of stitched square dies for Christmas so one set will form the first part of the candy...I've got a few other bits put aside which I'll add to this too.


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Draw closes at 9am on the 9th March 2016 and will be drawn by random.org shortly after.

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Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Just for You

Good morning all.

Sharing the card I made for Mum today.

Topper and sentiment from LOTV. Dies from Spellbinders and Lawn Fawn.

Challenges entered:

Sunday, 6 March 2016

HLS Mixed Media Challenge March "Water"

Good evening all.

This is my second post today, you'll find my Stencil Sunday inspiration post here.

Time once again to inspire you for this month's Mixed Media Challenge at Happy Little Stampers. Our theme for March is:

This challenge is sponsored by

Winner will receive a $15 discount from HLS.

An altered stamp block from me...my friend commissioned two of these to give as Christmas presents.

I started with a mood board using smooshed distress paints (this is where my water came in), once cut to size and glued in place I added some stamping using stamps from the Mix Mash set. Wording on the front was computer generated and printed onto tissue. It's a Boy is an old wooden stamp, ribbon from my stash. I used gilding wax around all the edges.

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

Challenges entered:

Stencil Sunday #36 + March Challenge

Good evening all.

Time once again for a new Stencil Sunday Mixed Media challenge at STAMPlorations. We loved seeing your projects last month and hope you'll join us again this month.

Starting with a 5 x 7 gessoed canvas I stencilled the flower and dreams word from the Fearless large stencil with transparent texture paste, adding some embossing powder to the word and heat embossing once dry. Colour was added using Distress Spray Stains. I used the script background stamp from the Mixed Media Elements stamp set with white pigment ink to create some texture to the background...obviously there was still some black ink residue on the stamp and I ended up with this lovely shadow stamping effect...a happy accident!

Words were computer generated. Edges and image were gilded with several colours of wax to highlight them.

The theme is always anything mixed media goes except a card and you must use at least one stencil (any brand) in your project. Linky closes at the end of the month. I hope you can join us!
Prizes: $15 gift certificate OR choice of any 2 small or 1 large ARTplorations stencils to the winner
choice of 1 small ARTplorations stencil to the top picks

Do pop over to the challenge blog to see the other girls mixed media designs, you won't be disappointed.

Challenges entered:

I'll be back shortly with my HLS Mixed Media project.

Friday, 4 March 2016

HLS Christmas Challenge March "Shaped Card"

Good evening all.

Another month has passed and it's time for another Christmas challenge at Happy Little Stampers. We do hope you'll join us getting those pesky Christmas makes out of the way early this year. The theme this month is:

This challenge is sponsored by:

Winner will receive a $15 discount from HLS.

I've made a rocker card. All dies are from Spellbinders. Background script is from HLS Thinking of You set. I used a piece of smooshed card for the snowflake which I'd over stamped with the same background script. Sentiment was a magazine freebie.

Do pop over to the challenge blog to see what the other girls have produced, you won't be disappointed.

Challenges entered:

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Happy Birthday

Good morning all.

Slowly getting back to normal here after a fabulous trip (minus the unscheduled visit to hospital!). New Zealand was just so beautiful and the people so friendly. No rest for the wicked though as we get the keys for our new house tomorrow...luckily there's no rush to move.

It's my sister in laws birthday tomorrow, I managed to make her card before we left for New Zealand.

More Kanban cardstock used up. Stitched square from Lawn Fawn. Sentiment die and stamp from Whimsy Stamps. Border stamp from STAMPlorations, corner stamp from Happy Little Stampers. Gems from my stash.

Challenges entered:

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Eclectic Ellapu "Thinking of You"

Good morning all.

Arrived home safe and sound on Sunday afternoon. Thankfully we'd organised wheelchair assist for all the airports so I didn't overdo things and it also took all the hassle out of the transfers.

Another new month and time for our second challenge at Eclectic Ellapu. Vickie set the theme for the Pink Team this month and chose "Thinking of You"

Poppie stamp set from Clearly Besotted, sentiment from Happy Little Stampers. Dies from Spellbinders and Lawn Fawn.

Do pop over to the challenge blog to see the inspiration from the rest of the team, you won't be disappointed. 

Challenges entered: