Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Starlight Anniversary

Hi Folks!

How are we all?.....enjoying a bit of sunshine I hope! certainly here in West Yorkshire it's beaming down today.
Talking of beaming...I'm beaming today as last week was a mix of bad and good news.....the good news being that I was voted 'A Perfect Pinkie' in 'In the Pinks' 100th Birthday challenge with my Grandaughter card (last post). As a result I received a lovely surprise pink package through the letterbox last nice was that!! THANK YOU ladies at 'In the Pink' for choosing me.

Well it may have been a couple of weeks since I posted (time flying again) but I haven't been idle on the crafting front...little and often (because of neck) in the craft room so things do seem to take a while to completion.
Anyway I got out my Starlight paints last week and had a play at painting some simple backgrounds.......boy are these paints lush......full of Mica. I then found an old wooden stamp lying forgotten in a drawer and stamped over the dried pieces and embossed in WOW platinum powder......and then went on to make this.......

and then on cream....and a better photo

just look at that shimmer from those paints!

I used:-
Imagination Starlight paints in Menthol,Mint and Platinum
Wow embossing powders in Platinum and Gold
Sentiment is Clearly Besotted stamped in gold and silver encore
Stamp and sequins...from stash.
The card I used, apart from the base card were all snippets from my yippee I have used up some of the mountain,  so I am skipping (in my mind only I hasten to add) to the playground while the sun is shining to catch up with my mates.......the ironing can's going to rain tomorrow!

Enjoy the rest of your week my friends and take care wherever you are and whatever you are doing.
Thank you for popping in. I really do appreciate you doing so and if you have left me a comment...thank you...I so love reading them all.

Carole xx

Challenges entered:-
Snippets Playground.....week 243
A Bit more time to craft #26.. Anything goes
Stamping sensations.. Anything goes

Tuesday, 9 August 2016


Hi Friends.
Hope this finds you all fit and well and enjoying your week so far.

I made this card for a friend who's daughter has just had a little girl.... Daisy, hence the word I wrote in fine liner round the flower. The image is a 'Forever Friends' that I have had in my stash a good while, and I coloured with Copics. The obligatory Glamour dust was added to the butterfly! The paper is from an old 'Tea House' pad ...again it's been hanging around a good while!.........and that's it really.

We had a good time in London last weekend and the weather was really good too! It was lovely to see Thomas (and his mum and dad of course) and despite the heat he was so good as we walked around. We visited Tower bridge and just after we had walked over it...this happened....

certainly a Wow moment for us and the 'icing on the cake'!
We then went in the bridge and on to the glass walkways...........

Truly a weird sensation looking down and not good if you don't like heights!

Thank you for calling in on me and for all the lovely comments that you leave me.
Take care
Carole xx

Challenges entered :-
In the Pink.............. #100 Anything goes.
Tuesday Throwdown..........306 new Addition

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

DIY anyone?

Good Morning friends!

How is it with you all this morning? I hope you are all well.

Here in West Yorkshire...another cloudy day...promise of a shower...maybe the sun may peek through and it's a little cooler than late (cardigan weather). I reckon that's covered all you think I could make it as a weather girl?.............mmm....maybe not!

A 'Cardio' stamp card today..........not an original....Wendy does some lovely cards with her stamps and this set is great for those male cards.....or even female. So I was having a play and basically 'cas-ing' Wendy though her card was slightly larger than mine to accommodate more rollers.

The roller is a stamp.....the paint streaks are from 1 inch pads (exactly the right width for the roller...well thought out Wendy!) and  it probably took the most time to get this right (its the angle of the pad you know)  I added  Diamond Glaze to the roller and paint streak though it doesn't show well in the photo.
The sentiment is Clearly besotted and the the squiggly line is hand drawn with fine liner.......yes I even practiced that!
So a one layer card.......probably a first for me..........nice and quick..hmm ... and easy to post!

Last week I went to Knutsford and met with the lovely Darnell from America and several other very talented bloggers from varying parts. We had a lovely time and I met some lovely people.....bloggers/crafters are so lovely and friendly. Thank you Darnell ...without your organisation we would never have been able to meet you or each other. Safe journey home to America...with wonderful memories of your trip I hope.

OK that's enough of my rambling so I will head off. Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my blurb, and if you leave me a comment (I so love to read them)..thank you...I will pop over and return the compliment.

Welcome to my new followers...Sammy, Ros and Lia. I hope you will continue to like what you see.

Take care everyone and enjoy the rest of your week.
We are off to London this weekend to see Thomas who is almost 6 months old's that whizzy time thing again!! ...oh and his mum and dad too of course!...mustn't leave them

See you again soon
Carole xx

Monday, 25 July 2016

In the country!

Good afternoon to all my bogging friends.
I hope you are all well and enjoyed the weekend as we hurtle full pelt into the last week in July!! Thank you all so much for your comments on my last post and for the good wishes regarding the neck which is marginally improved........but head down yes I know, keep your head up!!...............not easy to craft read etc with things held at eye!!  I only feel in my maybe late twenties....ok maybe thirties.... but my body sure says otherwise!!

I have a male birthday card today......for someone with a love of tractors!

I cut the card base using Spellbinders Grand Labels11(discontinued I think)..........and the layers too although the black layer is cut in half and separated to offset it at the ends.

The tractor and bird stamps are Sheena Douglas and boy a few of those attempts at the tractor went in the bin I have to say. I tried to stamp with distress inks and then pull the colour out with a water brush...would it play? NO!...don't know if it was me or the card I was using (bad workman always blame their tools they say) being a perfectionist, in the end I opted to stamp in Versafine and colour with copics. I wanted to keep it all monotone. The sentiment was one from stash.

So there we have frills and fancies but a few 'choice words' in the making.

It's cooler and rather cloudy here today, no blue skies sadly.....but as yet no rain thankfully.

Right must away and get busy.
Enjoy your week and I will catch you again soon.
Take care now.
Crafty hugs
Carole xx

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Seasons Greetings in July!!!!!!

Hello glad you have stopped by...thank you and I hope you are all well and have had a good week, plus looking forward to a good weekend too!

I've had some injections in my neck today.....(spare me the pain in the neck so not lingering too long tonight in front of the computer and anyway Coronation Street is back on in half an hour...a must watch episode tonight!!

OK....on with the show as they say and....a first for me.....a Christmas card in July!! and it all came together quite quickly too once I started. Here it is.............

It's a white base card with the edge die (Sue I know I couldn't resist but I have been good lately.........and then layered with scraps of red from my large bit box. I hand pierced the white layer on the top which I cut with the plain edge die in the pack so that it followed the shape and I cut a similar shape for the inside of the card... for a message.
The Seasons Greeting is a Sara Davies signature die (Crafters Companion) from last year...just love that font...cut from another scrap of the same red.............and that's all folks!!

Going back to the Sue Wilson die, there are 3 parts to the set, the third part features a poinsettia, still follows the curve and can be used whole or on the edge by using the plain curve die included. (Hope you follow that). I think I shall be using this die set a lot!

Now because the sun is at last shining again here this evening I am off to the playground to see my mates that I haven't seen in ages, and because I have used some snippets on my card too! I won't go on the roundabout...will make me dizzy, but I might see if anyone is behind the bike sheds with medicine!! that I can pour down...rub on.... my neck...............hmmm!

Enjoy your weekend folks, and if you leave me a comment you will make my week......they really are appreciated....Thank you again for stopping by. See you soon.
Crafty hugs
Carole xx

Challenges entered:_

Pixies Playground..............snippets of red card and small white snippets too

Simply Create Too # 113  .......Red, White or Blue

Happy Little Stampers.......... Anything Goes challenge with dies

Monday, 4 July 2016


Good afternoon friends! and a Happy 4th July to those of you in the USA....

July!,,,,,hmmmm........half way through the year............wonder what the next 6 months has in store for all of us! At least the sun is shining today and it is a little warmer here in west Yorkshire........let's hope it keeps it up!

Ok a card today for a friend............

The base card is Kraft covered with LOTV papers (Antebellum I think but sadly discontinued).

I cut the front of diagonally to make a pocket inside the card. I put a bought heart with a lovely sentiment on it in the pocket and wrote a hidden message behind (no not telling what it said). Happy Birthday die cut on the front is from Crafters Companion....I so love that font!

Inside the stamped greeting is from Woodware............and here is a picture of the bought heart and it's full greeting.

So it winged it's way to the recipient and she was happy I am pleased to say!

Thank you for taking time to pay me a visit........... yes the washing and ironing is all done from the holidays and the summer clothes are put away!! .............but the washing never really ends does it? or the ironing for that matter!..........the chores never go away and the lawn still grows!! Hubby and I always sort of say on holiday what we are going to do differently when we return..........bit like New Year them holiday resolutions.............BUT.......they never last as we always seem to fall back in to the same any of you do that? know, the ones like ...make a meal plan, or go to bed half an hour earlier of get up half an hour earlier (that's me not hubby)....that sort of thing.
Well I have a card to make so have promised myself some crafty time.....after I have pegged out more washing.........sorry but have to make the most of the dry

Take care everyone, nice to chat,enjoy your week.
Crafty hugs
Carole xx

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Post holiday blues!

Hi friends......
This was the view I woke up to every morning last week!

and temperatures in the high 30's!!...........This is Coral Bay in Cyprus......and how I wish I was still there! I did bring the sunshine back with me but customs confiscated it...something to do with health and safety!! today it has rained and rained and it's cold!!  I'll be passing my tan off as rust shortly I think!

So I have no card to share with you today, though I have been making a card, but I cannot share till later in the week when the recipient has received. I have been whizzing round blogland to see all the wonderful creations you have all made.....very impressed!, and boy have you all been busy!

Thank you all for the lovely comments you left on my post that I glad it worked OK (the scheduling that is) as I know blogger has it's moments. I do love to read your thoughts and wishes.

OK to see if there is anything worth watching on the'box'......... Today I have been doing battle with the Everest of ironing..........halfway there!!........the rest I can look forward to tomorrow! I think the summer clothes will be going away now...thermals and flippers at the ready!!

See you all later in the week...actually next month!! eeek July!....guess I might have to start thinking Christmas soon...groan!!
Take care, keep well and safe.
Hugs Carole xx