Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Full Steam ahead!

Hi there friends!
Just whooshing past today with a quick share of hubby's Birthday card ! I am on with the Christmas cards...some (just a few) are done but I cannot share yet......so Birthday card it is.....



Hubby is a lover of steam trains and I have to say quite critical of some of the dies out there.... but he liked this one very much and really loved his card.....so that pleased me   :)
I can't remember the make of the train die (sorry) but I cut it twice in black and in white and slightly off set them so a tinge of white showed. The back layer had to be solid (to show through the gaps) so I embossed in grey (rather than cut) and then fussy cut out the outline so I had a solid shape. (hope you get that).
I used distress inks for the scene and the little trees are Card-io. The sentiments are a mix of dies and the background was embossed with a Sheena texture die and inked ever so lightly just to highlight a bit.

OK full steam ahead for me now...lots to do on that list..........and not a lot crossed off yet!! I do hope you are all well and having a good week. It's been pretty hectic here of late with Birthdays and hubby having holiday from work...back to normal now...normal...whats that? I feel like I am on a treadmill....but not losing the weight!

Thank you so much for stopping by at this busy time, your visit is much appreciated.
See you again soon I hope.
Take care
Crafty hugs
Carole xx

Challenges entered.....

Snippets Playground week 258.............a lot of various sizes used on this card.
Happy Little Stampers.....Anything goes with dies December

Monday, 28 November 2016

'Happy Birthday'

Hi friends!
Whoosh...where did the last week go? hectic here with a birthday thrown in to the mix....thank you those that sent me good wishes...they are very much appreciated.

So while the subject is birthdays, here is a one layer card that I had a go at with my new Altenew Peony stamp...super for posting..


and one in another colour......


I love the effect of these layering stamps and even if you don't quite hit the mark when stamping they still look good.

Ok well I must crack on today with those C cards and more importantly hubby's Birthday card...it's a silly time of year for me with birthdays and then Christmas!

Hope you all had a good weekend and that this finds you well and raring to go with whatever you are doing.

Fingers crossed this will post OK as blogger seems to have been meddling again in what 'ain't broke' and in my book certainly I don't like the changes....I have left feedback and urge you to do the same on blogger site...if you feel the same that is!

Thank you for stopping by...I appreciate it very much, and also any comments you leave me...I know it is a busy time of year for everyone...so till next time....be good (well only if you have to)!!
Crafty hugs
Carole xx


Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

Hi there friends.
Just popping by to wish all my lovely blogging friends over the pond...a very Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you have a wonderful time as you celebrate!


Love Carole xx

Friday, 18 November 2016

Festive, small, quick and easy!

Good afternoon blogging friends. Hope this finds you all snug and warm and in good health...it's sleeting here and definitely chilly..might be time to dig out the scarf and gloves.

Welcome to my new follower 'Sandma' , we met in the Playground ...hope you pop by often and like what you see! Speaking of the Playground...I was lucky to be a'pick' this week with Mr Gingerbread as was 'Sandma' (take a look)..........and then even luckier to be chosen by 'random org' to win a die and stamps, so looking forward to the postie and an early Birthday present.....sshhhhh.... 21 again next week.........thanks to Di the Playground Supervisor/boss!

Quick card this week.....very quick in fact. I was rummaging (as one does) in a box for a card base and I found this red card blank. It is already embossed with stars round the edge and is only about 3.5 inches square. I had a sentiment die (another Sue Wilson) sitting on my desk that I wanted to try out...and bingo...a first for me...the penny dropped straight away...cut the sentiment out of the middle!


So I did , and then backed it inside with sparkly glitter card. To finish it off glamour dust was applied to a select few stars and taa--daaa job done! very sparkly  IRL . Have to make an envelope to go with it now...did I say quick card?

The sentiment is in a small rectangle as you can see from the embossed edge round it, but the words that fall out (the waste as it were) is a sentiment on its own...hope you are following this...NO I have not been at the Christmas sherry! Do people still drink sherry?...I digress....... Unfortunately I can't find anymore of these cards...just ones with hearts on! I think they were a Craftwork Cards bargain a good while back.

OK better go and get busy.........following on from the last post when the washer was washing, I figured that the dishwasher did the dishes.....OK that's obvious...then I thought hubby should maybe invest in a Roomba automatic vac...you know the sputnic that whizzes off on it own and vacs the house for you while you are crafting or whatever. ........and then I thought why doesn't someone invent a drone that dusts too.....wouldn't be much left to slave over then would there? Jamie Oliver (other chefs are available) would drop in to make dinner! What do you reckon?....lol

Enjoy your weekend folks.....whatever you plan to do, stay safe and lets hope the weather is kind to us all.

Crafty hugs
Carole xx





Thursday, 10 November 2016

Gingerbread Man

Good Morning blogging friends. I hope this finds you all fit and well and avoiding those nasty bugs that are floating round.
Today it is lovely sunshine...Thank goodness....yesterday was snow! I feel so much better when the sun shines, so today the washer is on and I have a mental list of 'TO DO's'. Lets hope I achieve them!!

So before I head off to the craft room (grin).........well the washer is doing the house work today isn't it?.......I have a Christmas card to share with you. This card has taken so long to come together so that I was happy with it, and has sat on my desk in several stages until  I had a'light bulb' moment and BINGO...I made two the same while I was on a roll!!...lol    How can one get excited about bits of card??



Everything is made from Snippets of varying sizes...so I am rushing to the Playground this week before it snows again.
The Gingerbread man is a Tonic die and the greeting is LOTV. The washi tape was a find on my travels that just fitted the bill !
So a handful of C Cards down and umpteen to go!..............all the important family ones still to crack on with!

Hubby and I had a good but tiring time at the NEC visiting all the shows last week. Managed to do quite a bit of the Christmas shopping and I didn't spend too much on crafty bits for me..........so feeling pleased with myself (smug grin here)...........and just to sicken those people that keep reminding us there are only so many days/sleeps left to Christmas.......some of the presents are already wrapped! (another smug grin and a wink).

Right coffee time.....anyone for joining me?........then its on with the 'To Do's'.

Thanks for stopping by, I love it when you do, especially if you let me know you have been.

Take care everyone and enjoy your weekend...shopping, crafting or relaxing (notice housework was not mentioned) or whatever you are doing and see you all again next week I hope.

Crafty hugs
Carole xx

Challenges entered :-

Snippets Playground...254..................apart from base card all snippets.
HLS November...............Anything goes with dies.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Make and Takes

Good Evening my friends.......just whizzing by (bit like time really.....can't believe it's November!) , yes just whizzing by to show you my makes from the weekend.

On Saturday I spent a nice few hours over at Samuel Taylors in Leeds where John Lockwood was demoing and the shop was running make and takes for charity.....so I had to have a play and really enjoyed myself.
What did I make?......well titivate probably. I bought some MDF blank ornaments and then set to with paints, glitter and pens.

Here they are..........




and the final one........my gingerbread men garland!



Sorry about the lousy photos but the light was fading fast and they are more of a brown in real life...not grey/blue as they appear. They had one up in the shop for us to copy so I just cased it! (as did everyone)
Not something I normally do MDF but it has perhaps made me want to finish some  baubles that have been stashed away in a drawer for a year now!! need time....aaagghhhh

The end of this week sees hubby and I heading for the NEC in Birmingham to visit the craft and cake shows. I wonder if there will be anything to tempt me there...hmmmm !!!

So enjoy your week and weekend...I have been peeking at your blogs....boy you people put me to shame there is some absolutely stunning works of art out there!!
Till next time, keep well, take care and enjoy whatever you do. Thank you so much for stopping by to read my ramble...........it is as always such a pleasure to read any comments you might leave me. See you later!

Crafty hugs.
Carole xx

Friday, 28 October 2016

Mistletoe

Hello friends...
I hope this finds you all well and staying clear of these nasty bugs doing the rounds. Thank you for all your good wishes...I have 'come again like parkin' as my Grandma used to say and hoping to stay clear of any others nasties now.

Unfortunately little Thomas(8 months old now) spent last week in hospital on a drip after having a severe reaction to a virus but is on the mend now and home again, (and his mum and dad have both had it too)...the joys of parenting eh! A worrying time all the same!

OK enough waffle...onto my card...and YES!!!!!! a Christmas card...sorry only one...bit overexcited I know, but after sitting all morning deciding what to do and what paper went best...etc...etc...you know the feeling...this was the result.........


The background mistletoe paper is Craftwork Cards................Mistletoe mini paper pad.
Tag is Craftwork Cards...............Winter Botanicals and I added wink of Stella to the mistletoe for subtle sparkle..
The other matting layers were from my 'bits' box and the mistletoe die is X-cut...used a scrap of dark green for these(that took some finding I can tell you) and added the berries with Cosmic pearlescent glue..........alas they dried quite flat.
I din't add dimension in the way of foam pads as I thought about the posting aspect of this!
The sentiment is from a LOTV set.

Right that's one off the list.........strangely enough I don't feel much satisfaction at having done 'one' but hope fully now the mojo has put in appearance he will get moving better now. Just can't seem to get excited about Christmas this year :(

Whizzing off to the playground with this one this week as I used quite a few snippets and scraps...hope I see you there.

Take care everyone............. Have a good weekend and 'Thank you' for taking time out of your busy schedules to stop my blog. Your visits make my day!

OH!    and don't forget to put your clocks back in the UK this weekend..................an extra hour in bed....yippee..........but how I hate the long dark nights. I am definitely a daylight and sunshine person!
See you when the ghoulies and witches have been......
Crafty hugs
Carole xx

Challenges entered :-

Snippets Playground week 252
A bit more time to craft #30............Anything goes
Crafting by designs.(Oct).........................Get ready for Christmas
Crafting from the heart #133...........Anything goes