Monday, 16 April 2018

Gone Fishing

Hi there everyone!...Monday again!..but at least the sun is shining here today and the promise of a warmer week...fingers crossed. I hope it is spring like where you are.

Another male card and this time ...fishing....


Not my idea of fun but each to their own. I would rather be stood in warm water in the Med with a cocktail in my hand!..lol

I used a Kraft card for my base for a change and the background paper and image are from an old Making Cards for Men magazine...see I knew it would be useful one day! The ribbon I had in my stash...probably used it before for the same person!! The sentiment and Candi are Craftwork Cards.
The black mats were cut with a Sue Wilson double pierced squares die.......but they looked flat when the card was put together so I took my silver pen and highlighted each pierce.... it corresponded to the sentiment and I am really pleased as it lifted the whole thing.

So what wonderful plans have you got for this week? Nothing exciting happening here...just looking forward to some sunshine and warmth.

OK folks...tea/coffee break over...back to it! Thank you for stopping by and sharing my makes and also if you leave me a comment...an extra hug for you this week. You make me smile.

Take care friends

Crafty hugs
Carole xx

Monday, 9 April 2018

Steaming in....

Good Morning to you all! here we are at the start of another week!...I shall not mention how quickly time seems to go...lol!

A male card for a steam railway fan this morning............


I used an old wooden stamp from stash and I think (sorry this was the second attempt) I stamped in Versafine black and coloured with a Tombow marker pen (remember them?). As I had stamped in black... a black engine blurred in to a mass of black with the outline (in the bin) so I chose a charcoal colour (artistic licence). I used a silver pen for the wheels but it doesn't show in the photo.

The die is a Spellbinders (Opulent ovals I think) and I cut a brown one to shadow the white. I just cut it in two horizontally so I could offset it.
Bronze brads (remember them?) just for detail.
Backing paper was from an old magazine and the scrap left over was used to stamp the ticket onto.
Finally I decided it just needed something more so I scribbled a line round the edge with a black fine liner.
Well I did use some 'old' stuff here...some forgotten stuff...and the final result passed the 'in house critic' who is a steam railway fan...so woe is me if I get it wrong!

It's another grey day here in West Yorkshire...still no sunshine...but at least it is dry at the moment....started off misty this morning!.........we had one beautiful day last week...oh how I want some more sunshine! 

I hope you all have a good week and 'Thank You' for popping in and if you have left me a comment...'Thank you'..it cheers me to know I have such lovely blogging buddies out there.

Must get on...lots to do....I bought some 'Thyme' yesterday...wish it was the sort we could all do with a bit more of...lol.....but regardless I am determined to have a productive day today!

Take card friends
See you soon
Crafty hugs
Carole xx

Challenges entered :-

Cards 4 guys #192.......... transport

Friday, 30 March 2018

Happy Easter

 A very HAPPY EASTER to all my followers, friends and anyone who has just 'popped' in to read my blog......


Enjoy your long weekend folks!

XX

Monday, 26 March 2018

New Home...a long way away

Hi friends.

Spring is here!...well yesterday and today anyway...promise of it going down hill tomorrow and a threat of the white stuff AGAIN this Easter weekend! Brr...what a thought! lets hope they have got it all wrong.

Hope you are all well and if you are in the UK enjoying the extra hour of daylight at the end of th day...makes you feel so much better doesn't it.

My card share is  a new home card currently on its way to the other side of the world...yes for my son and DIL in Australia who have just moved into the first house they have ever bought! A wonderful new beginning for them.


I cut a heart in a piece of linen textured card...sorry it doesn't show well in the photo and then I cut a piece from a map to go in the aperture...... as they live in Brisbane I wanted to include the city name.

The top layer was stamped with Versafine grey ink and I used my T H Platform...good job as I had to do it about three times with it being textured card.
The little house (no not on the prairie) is an X-cut mini..really cute with the little hearts...had to cut it twice, once in red to get the hearts and the door and windows were carefully replaced after cutting. I backed the house on a thin piece of card to make this task easier, glueing the bits in place and then cutting round it.
I raised the front panel and house on foam pads...voila!
Let's hope it arrives OK and they like it!

Thank you so much for stopping by and thank you for all the lovely comments I have been receiving too. it really does give one a boost to know you like what I do, and all your comments and time spent reading my blurb is so very much appreciated.

Ok I have kept you long enough. Enjoy your week and take care.
Crafty hugs
Carole xx

Challenges entered :-

Addicted to Stamps and More #284....Clean and Simple
Wed Creative Inspirations....................Anything goes ...2nd entry
Crafting from the heart #200...............Anything goes
Crafty Creations #362..........................Anything goes...2nd entry

Saturday, 17 March 2018

18.....I wish??

Hello everyone...thanks for stopping by..especially if your up to you ankles/knees in snow.! Yes it's back again here in West Yorkshire....kids are loving it of course but I certainly have had enough of it and parts of the country have had it a lot worse. Take care wherever you are, keep safe and warm...next week British  summer time begins and we alter the clocks....summer time!!!!!...now that's a laugh!

Onto brighter things...how about being 18 again? Yes I'd go for it if I knew what I know now, but it doesn't work like that does it...so here is my card.......


I cut a piece of white card to the size of my base card and die cut a circle from it.

Next I embossed it in the Sara Signature Happy Birthday embossing folder...yes do this after cutting the circle or you will flatten the embossing.....then I raised the panel on foam pads on my base card.

 I cut the 18 from glitter card and twice from white card (snippets left over from other creations) and stuck them all together for dimension and put them in the hole...so to speak...

Then I highlighted the words in a matching gel pen, added the sequins...job done! got to make it sound quick even if it wasn't....lol

I hope you are all having a good weekend...nothing special happening her.. just as well with the weather....might get in the crafty room tomorrow!

Thanks again for popping in...see you again soon.
Take care
hugs
Carole xx

OK entering this in the following challenges.....it will probably take me all evening I get in such a twist with it...don't know why but linking is definitely not my forte...but then what is?...lol

Challenges entered:-

Card Mania challenge #102...................Embossing (pretty obvious)
Wednesday creative Inspiration.......... Any occasion
Use your stuff challenge #303.............Die cuts (the 18 and the circle)
Crafty creations #362                           Anything goes


Thursday, 8 March 2018

Mother's Day

Hi Everyone.
I  hope you are all well and have survived the bad weather here in the UK. Here in West Yorkshire, chaos again this morning with another sprinkling of snow...just when we thought we had seen the last of it. I for one have had enough of it now and I am fortunate that I do not have to go out in it or drive in it. I hope by Easter that Spring has sprung!

On to my card.........Here in the UK it is Mothers' day on Sunday and so this card was made with lots of love for my mum who will be 98 in June!




I decided on  the all time favourite Gerbera stamp from Uniko. I stamped with coloured inks and then die cut the flower and leaves .
The sentiment is computer generated...it took some time to dry I have to say! I was going to leave the background white...but as mum would think it unfinished! I got out my stencils and inked through with both a yellow and an orange colourcloud inks....just softly. Yah!! get me having ago at stenciling...no wonder it has snowed!! I then added the flower and leaves on 3D pads for a bit of dimension.
 I am hoping it is to her liking....it's OK she doesn't read my blog!

So Happy Mothers' Day to all you 'mums' here in the UK...enjoy however you celebrate on Sunday.

Take care everyone.
See you all again soon I hope...thank you for paying me a visit, it is so much appreciated, as are the lovely comments that you leave me.

Crafty hugs
Carole xx

Challenges entered :-

Addicted to Stamps & More #282--------------------Make your Mark
A Bit More Time to craft #63-------------------------Anything goes
Allsorts Challenge wk 457-----------------------------Ladies Only
Crafty Cardmakers #206-------------------------------Floral delight
Alphabet Challenge------------------------------------ Y for your Choice
Pixie's Snippets Playground #321--------------------the flowers and leaves were cut from snippets of                                                                                      white card.

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Sympathy

Hi there everyone!...and welcome to my latest followers Ksenija and ...I hope you will stop by often and continue to like what you see.,,,,that goes for everyone else too mind! I really appreciate all your visits ad lovely comments...THANK YOU so very much.

So have you all had a good weekend? ...today it has been cold but really sunny with clear blue skies and it wasn't dark tonight till 6.0pm!!..surely that's.got to mean that we are on our way to spring, especially with the little daffs now bending there heads ready to burst forth in bloom.

Today I am sharing a Sympathy card that I have had to make for a friend...not the type of cards one likes to make but sometimes necessary unfortunately....


Apologies for the quality of the photo, the paper looks very washed out in the picture but it is a tad deeper in the flesh. You can just see the butterfly which I thought added to the occasion.
I cut a square..pierced and cut a pierced circle from that, raised it on foam pads over the snippet of backing paper and before sticking down added the memory Box poppy behind, just to one side to show that pale butterfly.
Sentiment stamped in Versafine Onyx....job done. This has winged it's way to my friend now so could't re photograph.

I am entering this in a couple of challenges that I am not sure whether it qualifies for or not...so to the organiser...please feel free to exclude me if my criteria is not as should be.

Ok...have you got a busy week lined up?...I'll let you into a secret...it's going to be one of those fast ones again...lol!

Thanks for popping in, for the love ad encouragement you leave me...and for being my friends.

Take care, keep safe and well...see you soon...off to watch the skating....
Hugs
Carole xx

Challenges entered:-

Allsorts Challenge # 456.....Something beginning with B.....I hope my pale butterfly qualifies here!

AAA cards #109..................Die cuts only......all die cuts bar the bit of backing paper and base card.

Snippets playground #320........top layer, poppy and backing paper all snippets