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!!...lol.............so 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 scheduled.......so 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 folks....off 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!!..lol

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

Thursday, 23 June 2016

'Make and Takes'

Hello friends......how are we all? Well I hope.

You may remember that a few weeks back I went to the great British Craft Festival at Bolton and a friend and I did a couple of makes and takes. I promised I would show you what I had done...so here we are.......

First up.....an MDF heart.

This was my first go at covering with paper...I did enjoy this! I am sure there is scope for a lot more texture etc to be added to this in the future.I know a lot of you out there have produced some stunning MDF creations

Secondly Hunkydory liftables....... so pretty..........and not something I would normally go for....but.....
take a look.

This is the butterfly pad (they do flowers as well)....the butterflies were painted with distress inks....layered and lifted...simple...quick but stunning effect, great for when time is short but impact is required. Just need to add a sentiment in the middle when required.

I came away very satisfied......and a bit inspired I have to say........just such a shame that there is never a stand selling time!!!!..........lol...........yes I know it would be the first one to sell out !!

Thank you for stopping by today...I do hope you are having a good week...........I shall catch up with you all very soon.

Take care, and if you have left comments for me...thank you also, I love to read them.

See you all soon
Love Carole xx

Friday, 17 June 2016

Summer or Autumn?

Hello Friends

.......well another week has whistled by and the weather has got colder and wetter here as the week has progressed. Lets hope that the weekend sees some improvement.

Here is a card I made for a friends Birthday last week...

 The stamp set is a Woodware set coloured with Twinkling H2O's and the obligatory Glamour dust added!

While I was at it I made a second one....

 Apart from the colours , can you spot the difference?...yes of course you can....the second one was cut, stamped and stuck on to the base card, and on the first one I raised the layer on foam pads.

I do hope you are all well and looking forward to whatever the weekend may bring to you. I am off to pack for my hols (hate that bit)....so my next post will be scheduled (if I get it right) and I will be enjoying warm sunshine (I hope).....

Thank you for stopping by today, your visits are appreciated more than you know.
Take care
Catch you later
Love and Hugs
Carole xx

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

96 years young!

Hi there friends!

Thank you for popping in and staying around this last couple of weeks. Sorry but I haven't had anything to post......yes life got in the way and mojo was nil! but I have kept hopping around blogland in my odd spare moments.

Yesterday was my mums 96th Birthday.....so I had to knuckle down and make a card for her.

This has to be my favourite Honey-Doo stamp to date (recent acquisition).! It is gorgeous, the detail is exquisite and it can be used in so many ways for so many occasions (sales pitch over!!...only joking, I am not connected in anyway to honey-Doo).

I stamped and embossed the rose and then painted with the good old trusted Twinkling H2O's.......why hadn't I used my new Starlight Paints? hubby asked!...good question...maybe next time!...anyway it does have a lovely shine to it even if you can't see it on the photo.

The background is a Creative Expressions folder A4 'Bed of Roses'...another recent acquisition (must learn simpler words to spell...thank goodness for spellchecker) and the sentiment is computer generated and printed on a portion of a Sue Wilson banner die.

Mum seemed happy with it when I went for lunch yesterday...her house was like a florists shop and she was having plenty of visitors and super sunshine added to the day for her.

Last weekend we went to Bolton to the Great British Craft Festival....not the show it used to be sadly, but then a lot of them seem to have changed lately, probably due to the television craft channels taking over. I do hope shops and shows don't die out altogether as it is so much nicer to go and see in the flesh so to speak rather than buy from the telly...don't you agree?
 However we (yes hubby came too)?..why? to carry the bags of course...though not many I hasten to add this time).. met with friends that live that way and we girls did a couple of make and takes (will blog them soon) and then we went for a meal and a catch up. A lovely day all round...it is so good to catch up with people we seldom see through distance and it feels like it was only last week we were together when we see them.

OK folks enough rambling. I do hope that this post finds you all well and  enjoying the sunshine while it lasts. Holidays are looming this month for us...then maybe after that I might think Christmas!!...might!!

Thank you all for giving of your valuable time and stopping by, and for all the sweet comments you leave me. I love to read them and know I have some lovely friends out there all over the world.

Enjoy whats left of the week..
Love Carole xx

If life and time permit I might see if I can fit in a challenge!! ...It takes me ages doing all the linking etc!...lol.......maybe the playground, I have only been peeping through the railings lately!!

Challenges entered :-

Pixie's Snippets Playground 232.......sentiment on snippets of card
Simon says Monday Challenge..........Summer garden
Creative Inspiration........Spring into Summer
Addicted to Stamps and More...............Make your Mark