Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Peony Power!!

Hello there everyone!
Well January is already whizzing past isn't it!...doesn't bode well for the rest of the year does it! I haven't made any new year resolutions this time...they never last, and always I vow to sort out my crafty stash and cull the collection somewhat...never happens...it 'might just come in' is the saying that springs to mind...ring any bells?

I have a Birthday card to share using my Altenew Peony layering stamps and matching dies. The embossing folder I used is from Crafters Companion...Sara's Birthday collection.....a lovely folder and I die cut part of a circle with a Spellbinder die and then embossed the panel which was then raised on foam pads as was the flower. I highlighted 'Happy Birthday' with some ancient Sakura stardust pens...still good to use!


and for that bit of sparkle I winked the flower!



am really pleased with how this turned out so i made two more in different colours.



Thank you for stopping by and for any lovely comments you may choose to leave me.....lifes events have taken over here so my crafting is sporadic at the moment, as is my commenting but I do keep having a sneaky peak at the wonderful creations you are posting......I will catch up soon!

Sunny and very windy here today...so if you are experiencing wild weather...take care...leave the brolly at home....or give us a wave as you blow over...lol!!

crafty hugs
Carole xx

Challenges entered ;_

Pixies Snippets Playground weeks 263/264.....................flowers cut from snippets of white card
Alphabet Challenge blog..................................................V for violet
Wednesdays creative Inspiration Challenge blog 266......Fabulous flowers

Sunday, 1 January 2017

'HAPPY NEW YEAR'

I just want to wish all my friends and followers a very........


May it bring you all Health , Happiness and Peace!

Thank you all for supporting me and my little crafting blog....you love is so very much appreciated.

CHEERS!

Carole xx

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Santa Claus is coming to town!

Hi everyone......oh so good of you to stop by...hic...that's the sherry...shall I pour you one?..lol

Last shares today...two cards on a similar vein, take a look....oh and a cake



The Santa's are from Clearly Besotted as is the sentiment. I am looking forward to Stephanie resuming her shop in the new year as I really like her stamps.

The sentiment is one that I wish to each and every one of you who reads my blog. Thank you so much to those followers and people that leave comments. I love to read them and I feel I have made so many lovely friends through my blog and the power of the internet.
I hope 2017 will see us all carrying on supporting each others wonderful and diverse creative talents.

Now for some cake..............sorry can't cut it yet......actually it's my cheats cake this year as I said before, I have bought the decoration instead of making my own this year. I decided ...no-one is that bothered,so I made smaller cake as it never seems to get cut till New year as everyone is too full after Christmas dinner, and so hubby and I are still eating it at Easter! .......and we wonder why we put on weight ! The fruit cake though has been baked since August!


Well I am all ready now bar the cooking and shouting!! This year will be a Christmas of mixed emotions for us. Happy that we have a special little Grandson Thomas to join us. He is now 10 months old and almost walking!, and I always think Christmas is so special for children although Thomas is a little too young yet to appreciate it all of course...............and Sad in the knowledge that come the end of January sees my son Iain , Nicole and Thomas head for warmer climes to start a new phase of their lives. Nicole is from Australia and wishes to bring Thomas up out there, her family is out there of course too, so our loss will be their gain. Hubby and I wish them well of course but we are going to miss them so very much........so got to make the most of spoiling Thomas this Christmas!!

I wish all my lovely followers a very Happy Christmas whatever you are doing and wherever you are in the world, and may 2017 bring to you and your families, good health and much happiness.

Now more sherry and a mince pie anyone?............oh you have to go...OK.....bye then...see you later. Travel safely.....

Crafty hugs
Love
Carole xx

P.S. Does anyone really still drink sherry these days?

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Seasons Greetings

Good morning!
Back as promised!............I know...I am a bit like a bus...all at once or nothing at all!!

Here is my card that is made from all the off-cuts left over from my other cards so I am running round to the playground with this one, determined to join in the fun and have a mince pie or two while there are some left!


That wonderful Sue Wilson background...again.....over silver mirri card and then the other dies are layered on top.....Sue's again...... the obligatory glitter and the sentiment. I could have made it more dimensional with some 3D foam but wanted it flatter for posting.

So are you all ready for the big day? I am.... apart from the vege and milk!...and...no I will not find anymore jobs to do...oh that reminds me...need to take a photo of the cake......card and cake has to live up to it's name! Have to say I have cheated this year with a bought decoration for the top...just cannot physically craft everything myself unless someone gave us a 48 hour day! and then I am sure we would STILL not have enough time.

OK ...off to find the camera...take care.....be safe if you are out and about and see you tomorrow.......I'll have the sherry ready!...lol

Carole xx

Challlenges entered :-

Pixie's snippets Playground weeks 260 & 261

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Three 'Special cards'

Hi there! Have you time for a cuppa?...no! ..........OK then....  I'll make it snappy.

Today I have a few Christmas Cards to show you now that the recipients have received them......yes I just may be back tomorrow...I know that's a first for me.....I usually only manage once a week......sorry back to today and the cards I have made for the 3 special men in my life.....two sons and hubby....

First up for eldest son and girlfriend...........


Made with love using Sue Wilson dies and Creative Expressions card, it's really twinkly navy though it looks black in the photo..................bad light. The snowflakes...well glittered... are Spellbinders and the embossing folder is Creative Expressions.........if you wish for specifics please e-mail me and I will look up the name....although you probably have it too!

 Secondly for younger son and wife and Thomas....on the same theme but with the snowman.......


this looks paler on here, the turquoise card is abit deeper in real life,

and last but of course not the least......for hubby...... a 3D card (diarama I think it's called)....


this time using stamps and dies by Sheena (Perfect partners)...oh and the background again is a Sue Wilson die with really sparkly silver glitter paper behind. The trees were stamped, coloured with a very pale green copic, fussy cut and layered on to the background and the stag was stamped after he was die cut...he is so regal don't you think?

As you can see there was liberal amounts of glitter used on all three cards...got to have sparkle at Christmas!

OK off to make some soup today...ironing you say?...no...did that yesterday.(smug grin)
Have a good day and I will hopefully see you tomorrow.
Thanks for popping in..........I know you are all busy.
Crafty hugs
Carole xx

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Almost there!

Good morning blogging friends!
11 days to go till the 'big one' !
Are you all ready?
I must admit to still having hubbys card to make...always at the last minute with that one (haven't recovered from making the birthday one yet!) and the cake still needs its marzipan and icing! I can always find something extra to do no matter how organised I am so this year by the weekend...all that is not done will stay undone...........till next year when I do as always mean to start earlier.

OK well........... we are on to a Christmas card........... at last...hurrah I hear you all shout...it will be over (Christmas that is) before she has shown us her makes. Well I do have to wait till the recipients have them just in case they peek at my blog!

A few weeks ago i was lucky enough to have a win in the playground..........a beautiful stag die and some word stamps. here I have used the die............


and another just slightly different


Briefly the stag die is Apple Blossom and the rest of the dies are .............you guessed it.....Sue Wilson. I do like her dies, Oh the snowflake with a liberal dusting of the 'Glamour' is Spellbinders.
I put silver mirri behind the stars background and the glitter which is hard to see I know........is Glamour dust....another of my favourites. The sentiment is an old wooden stamp I have had for...donkeys years!

Enjoy the rest of your week my friends. Thank you for stopping by...I know you are all busy..........but I love it when you knock on my blog door and if you leave me a comment then I know who has called. ..............love to read them!

Take care, stay well adn see you soon.
Crafty hugs
Carole xx

Challenges entered.............

Snippets Playground week 259.........my sentiment is stamped on a snippet and the mirri card was snippets too!

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