Friday, 30 June 2017

You are my friend!

Hi there friends! Hope you are all good and ready for the weekend.
Well it's July tomorrow and I am back in socks and cardigans! It's been so cold and wet these past few days, we even resorted to having the fire on last night!!! It's supposed to be summer!!!!!

I bought the stamps that I have used on this card a while ago...I know........but I am very slowly using my NBUS . It is a Creative Expressions set Doodled Birds.
The card I made is CASED from one I saw in Samuel Taylors in Leeds (sorry don't know who had made it), but I fell in love with it and that's what persuaded my purchase (well a little persuasion perhaps).


I coloured the birds with copics and paper pieced their wings!...and a couple of the tulips. As all the layers and banner were made from snippets guess where I am heading. Yes you guessed..........the Playground.haven't been in ages so time to catch up with my mates and see if anyone has anything nice to share behind the bike sheds!!

Thank you for stopping by, I do appreciate your visits and I know that I have not been very productive of late....mojo has gone AWOL again!!! and life and everything it throws at you just gets in the way sometimes...........That's Life!!  (remember a TV program called that)

Enjoy your weekend everyone.
Crafty hugs
Carole xx

Challenges entered :-
SnippetsPlayground.......week 287/288....................

Monday, 19 June 2017

5 squares to a flower

Good morning campers!....well the weather here at present ...sshh don't speak too soon ..is beautiful! it's too hot to sit out really...but too nice to be indoors. As for camping?..those days are well and truly behind me, I like a bit of luxury these days.

I've managed a little bit of quick crafting of late...well fairly quick for me anyway. On the last wet bank Holiday hubby took me to the Crafters Companion shop at Aycliffe. What a lovely place as no doubt those that live nearby have already discovered. Sara has thought of everything down to the coffee shop with telly and papers for hubby to read while wifey shops! As it was their Birthday celebration there were demos to watch too...an added bonus.

Anyway...back to the coffee shop where on the tables they had vases of paper flowers which of course everyone picked up and examined as soon as they sat down for their cuppa!

Following that trip I received link to a Masterclass video (quite by coincidence) of Sara making these flowers......so here we are...I was inspired to have a go and they are easy once you have mastered the series of folds.
Here are my attempts..........


and a closer look....



Not the easiest  to photograph I have to say!...but very effective.

Ok for all of you...well one or two maybe ...screaming for the instructions...here is a link I found to a video on u-tube......can't find Sara's sorry , (and I don't want to be accused of copyright or anything).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6elb2EO_ZO0

If you are using patterned paper  you start with pattern side down. I used 6 inch squares (5 of them)  for my flowers, and used Cosmic wet glue. Kebab stick was inserted after gluing 4 petals together and then gluing the fifth in place.......Enjoy.

Ok off to catch some Vit D before it starts to play hide and seek (the sun that is).

Hope you have a good week and Thank you for all your lovely comments that you have left me on my previous post. Mum enjoyed her birthday and liked her card!
Thanks for popping in.........take care till next time.
Carole xx

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Roses in June

Hello there friends and 'Followers'..........yes a post at last. Sorry it has been so long, but life and a bit of good weather (probably the British Summer) got in the way again. If the sun shines...it's too nice to be indoors crafting!..........Not so today and yesterday...it's like winter again...the socks are back on!!!!!...and the wind!!!!!!(not mine)...battered the beautiful lupins and delphiniums in the garden...and the honeysuckle too...such a shame.

Anyway June is the month of roses and tomorrow is my mums 97th !!!!!! birthday. I have been playing with  my Crafters Companion 3 D embossing folder......bit of trial and error......but finally..........


It probably has taken me as long today to try and get a half decent photo the light is so bad.
I embossed on white pearlescent card and chose to highlight the flowers and leaves with my copics. I have to say that the embossing in these folders is superb......but different card reacts differently.
So there we have it...I thought the embossing should say it all...there is something expensive looking about embossing isn't there?

So how are all of you doing...well I hope and making the most of any sunshine. I have had to resort to sunshine in a bottle (well blister pack really)...prescribed by my GP as my Vit D levels are exceptionally low apparently...and a fortnight in the Bahamas was beyond the GP budget sadly...sigh...!....what is the NHS coming to!

Managed a trip to the 'Which craft' Paper show at the Dome on Sunday and caught up with my friends from that neck of the woods. Lovely to see them...they know who they are!
Did I hear you say... did I buy anything?...silly question that one.....I mean if you pay to go in it's silly not to buy anything isn't it?.........mostly stamps...not a lot though...I mean I only wanted a Stazon ink pad really !!!!lol

Very disappointed last week to learn that Samuel Taylors on Roseville Road Leeds is closing this weekend............now where do we go for our crafting supplies? Apparently they are taking it all to Embsay near Skipton.........way too far to trip for a crafty fix for me and I have to say that last time I was up there I was not impressed..........all the papercraft was upstairs...no lift...so help anyone disabled! VERY sad...I used to like the demo days they had and the make and takes...a chance to shop and meet like minded people.

Ok, time to go catch a bit of telly before bed. Lunch with mum tomorrow.

Take care everyone..enjoy your week and weekend when it arrives...all too quickly I suspect.

Forgive me if I am a bit sporadic in blogging and commenting but life is still set to be busy in the coming weeks with appointments etc I wish I didn't have to keep!...crossed dentist off the list last week!...so little time or motivation some days for crafting.but I shall be popping in on you all when you are not expecting me as I love to see all the wonderful talent that is out there.

Finally ..are you still with me? I leave you with a quote from a stamp I have seen tonight on Oyster Stamps website that made me smile....hope it does you too...this is ME.....

I feel like a failure. I’ve been shopping for craft supplies for 20 years and still don’t have what I need!

Thank you for stopping by.....take care...hugs...Carole xx






Sunday, 14 May 2017

'Special friend'

Hello friends! How are you doing? I hope you are having a good weekend.

Here is the card I made for a blogging buddy and friend who celebrated a birthday this week. I can now show you her card and I have it on good authority that she liked it...phew!!!


The background stamp is anew acquisition (big word) from Uniko Studio...that I bought at Port Sunlight last weekend, and the sentiment is from another Uniko set as is the Gerbera! I decided to keep it tone on tone and of course out came the Glamour Dust on the Gerbera just to lift it a bit. I kept it all pretty flat for posting.

As the Gerbera was cut from a snippet I will head to the Playground while the sun is still shining and join in the skipping...got to lose some weight somehow ( I wish...yes both lose weight and skip!!!!)

Well it's been a same old , same old week here this past week and another month is hurtling past my ears far quicker than I would like! .....a hint of summer one day this week temperature wise...may be that was it(summer I mean)...I have come to the conclusion summer clothes are really a waste of time...whenever I go on holiday the photos show me wearing the same clothes from 5 years ago!!...lol......solution? no not to buy something different...not have my photo taken instead...cheaper! and I don't like pictures of myself these days either.

I see from blogland that a lot of you have been very productive of late..well done.... there are some truly wonderful creations out there. Thank you so much for visiting me, hugs and special thanks to those who leave me love in the form of a comment...I love to read them.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend...see you soon!
Hugs
Carole xx

Challenges entered:-

Snippets Playground..281/183.....................Gerbera was cut from a snippet!
Addicted to CAS #111...................................Pink
Addicted to Stamps #241...............................Anything goes.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Time for 'Tee' !

Hello everyone! How did it get to Thursday this week?...and May too? That's a third of the year gone!!...(sorry)..... Anyway hope you all enjoyed the bank Holiday weekend last weekend (in the UK that is)...aaah that's why it's Thursday...it should only be Wednesday in my book...back to normal next week, at least till the next one at the end of the month. :)

Today is my eldest son's birthday..and here is the card I made for him.......


inside reads...'Hope you have a TEE-riffic Day'.
He seemed pleased with it...he likes the CAS look.

The sentiment is computer generated and the dies are Tonic Rococco...love the embossing on that golf ball.! Unfortunately he is spending his day working and so no golf for him today.

Today has been a lovely sunny day here in West Yorkshire...but very windy...so I took advantage of the good drying day and went mad washing what I could lay my hands on....I know...now I have the inevitable pile (not too big though) of ironing as a result...lol

Visiting port Sunlight on Saturday and meeting friends for tea...I am sure I will buy something even though I don't need anything...will keep you posted. Hubby will need something to carry!

Thank you for popping in......I'll have the kettle on next time...or the wine ready...right now hubby wants his tea, so best go and cook it!!
Thank you for all the lovely comments you left me on my last post re my background inking...you are all so supportive and it made me feel much better about it. Hubby said he thought it was meant to be like that anyway...so who can argue with that?

Will rush to the Playground this week as all the dies were cut from snippets on this card, and will see if there is anything else to join in too.

Take care everyone...and thanks again for calling. See you soon.
Crafty hugs
Carole xx

Challenges entered :-
Snippets Playground weeks 279/280

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Trial and error?

Hi friends! Hope this finds you all well, and if you are in the UK, I hope you are keeping warm and are not knee deep in snow! Spring eh!
Grab a cuppa and a biscuit...a bit of a long post today!

Trial and error??.........yes I have been playing and creating this week. Mojo is back part time....apparently that's all it wants to work...whoever thought it was full time in the first place!

Anyway last Saturday I went to a demo Day at Samuel Taylors in Leeds where, Jenny Mayes (Hobbyart), Fiona Clayton (Crafters Companion) and John Lockwood (Creative Expressions) were all demonstrating.......it was extremely busy as you can imagine!

I succumbed to a demo of dandelion stamps done by Jenny...and was of course tempted to buy them...it would have been rude not to wouldn't it? So I have been making a couple of cards similar to one that she created.

Now for the trial bit......do I use Distress Inks? or Colour Cloud inks? for my background ...I know I'll give both go...so out came my new pack of Sheena's stamping card......guaranteed to be good for anything apparently. Then out came Colour Cloud inks and smoothies (not the drinking kind silly....they've been replaced by chocolate)....cone shaped sponges and also the distress inks and blending tools.
Two separate pieces of card cut to size...and in both cases the result is a very splodgy mess. It dried a bit better but was not the smooth blending it was supposed to be...waste it?...no way...so I have used it as my backgrounds. The darker, stronger one is the Distress inks and the paler one the Colour Cloud. So that was the error bit...or errors!!

SO ..............

Is it the card or is it me?.I would love it if you would let me know...and if you think it's the card...please tell me what to use.

Here they are...........................TA DA.................

Distress ink background....

and a close up to show the sparkle....


and the one with the Colour Cloud background......much softer.....


All the stamps are from the set,  and I added a bit of green copic to the leaves and some patina Stickles to the dandelions and the dragonfly wings.(Yes i gave the Glamour dust a miss this time). The large sentiment is from the set but the small 'make a wish' is from my stash.

PHEW!!.....hello are you still with me?

At last I am back in the groove...a little anyway....and it must be a first that I have bought something and played with it almost straight away!

Thank you for popping in...and if you have left me some advice or just some love...Thank you...I love to read your comments. I have made some lovely on line friends through blogging. MWAH to you all.

Now take care as you go and I hope I will see you all again soon! (maybe a shorter post next time)
Crafty hugs
Carole xx

Friday, 14 April 2017

Happy Easter

Hello to all my lovely friends and followers and a very Happy Easter! I hope you are having a good start to the long weekend. Today it has rained here...so the gardening had to be abandoned and became a trip to the Garden Centre instead! Fingers crossed for sunshine tomorrow.

OK... well a couple of Easter cards...late as ever I know.(well almost)..but I have used some NBUS stuff here...was going to Darnell's party for NBUS and boo boo's..........but big BOO BOO for me...I was too late!!!!.....nothing new there then! The door said closed and Darnell waved at me through the window while simultaneously eating chocolate!!..hope she saved me a bit! I think she wanted me to go in, but I hung my head in shame and ran away! Better luck next time...but I can share them with you (my cards that is) and I an smug in the fact I have used some NBUS too.......:)

Enough wittering and jollity...here are my offerings.......


and the second one............


Both new LOTV images and new die that I have been coveting for a while now.(Wonky rectangles).
Both these images were coloured with copics and mounted on foam pads for a bit of dimension.

Well Thank You so very much for stopping by on your precious days off...and also Thank You for all your lovely comments that you leave me...they are so very much appreciated as you know. You are a wonderful bunch and hopefully after Easter my Mr Mojo will return..................I think he's on a job share somewhere that doesn't include me!!

I hope you enjoy the rest of your Easter break with lots of chocolate and good times with friends and family.

See you soon!
Hugs
Carole xx