Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Autumn Hedgehogs

Hello friends!
Well it's certainly turned colder here these last few days...the thicker duvet has gone on the bed...and hubby is in long sleeved shirts...lol...so I guess we can say it's almost winter.
 However the leaves are still clinging to the trees in some places and such lovely autumn colours too when the sun shines, so I thought I would post this card I made while it;'s still relevant to the season.......

The image is a digi image that I coloured with copics and the leaves down the side are the cut outs from my previous post, coloured with distress inks. The embossing folder is a Crafters Companion from one of Sara's Signature collections.
I hope the leaves from my cut outs qualify for snippets so I'm hopping over to the Playground with this card. I haven't been for a few weeks now and I am missing my playmates! If it doesn't qualify feel free Miss Di to ban me at the gates!

Thank you for popping in and for your lovely comments...as you know I am always thrilled to hear from you.

Hope you are all well...and stay that way...if not then please get better soon.Take care and have a good week.
Crafty hugs
Carole xx

Challenges entered :-

Pixie's Playground week 307/308......use snippets

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Autumn leaves

Hello friends.

A quick post today with an Autumn leaf theme..........

I die cut the leaves into a panel of linen textured card which was then raised on foam pads over the card base and a background painted with starlight paints.....love the sparkle on these.The outlines were edged with a fine liner pen as it just needed something more, and the sentiment stamp was from stash.
So there we have it..less time to write about than make!

The leaves here are very wet and soggy today....no sunshine and sparkling colours in them.

Thank you for popping in and your kind comments. Incidentally the catch up meal with eldest son didn't happen as Becky his partner was poorly.....postponed till next month...eek...nearly Christmas!

Hope you all had a good and safe bonfire weekend and that your week is going well.

Carole xx

Saturday, 4 November 2017

recycling and stamping

Good morning friends.
So NOVEMBER! how did we get here? and so quickly!!
 I hope your weekend has got off to a good start and you have something nice planned.....maybe a bonfire party and a few fireworks, of maybe a cosy night in after a busy day shopping...or in the crafty zone?
For us it's a nice meal out with my eldest son and partner... a good chat and catch up as they lead such busy lives, we don't get together often enough.

On to my card...
It's another bit of recycling/up-cycling  and a bit of stamping too.
Do you remember the robin card here I shared with you? Well I cut them with the outer die from the frame of three which left me with the aperture in this card...... and then I made an inky background, stamped my trees in Smokey Grey Versafine, and added the proverbial glamour dust! popped it behind the aperture...another card for the stash!

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

I tried to do my background with brushes and distress inks...not very successfully I have to say...definitely need more practice with the brushes.

I still haven't found the time to play with my new oxides.....no space on my desk to get them out either! I am so cluttered at the moment...the floor is covered, I keep falling over things and all my Christmas stash is on the guest bed in the spare room...good job no-one is coming to stay! I just have not got enough space!!!!!! A big sort out is looming in the New Year I think. I seem to find it so hard to part with things, even the smallest snippet of card, but I feel my clutter is holding me back...feng shui and all that.

Thank you for popping in,please do leave me a comment so I know you have been...I love to read them.....I know my creations are not mind blowing but at least I am using up some stuff...a small indent in the huge pile....doesn't make me anymore space though!

Enjoy your weekend and take care with those fireworks please.
Crafty hugs
Carole xx

Friday, 27 October 2017

Blue Poppy

Hello again everyone!
Hope you are all well and looking forward to the weekend.

Here is a quick Sympathy card that I made. Unfortunately needs must sometimes even though they are not our most popular type of card to make.

I went with the ever popular Memory Box Poppy die and great deliberation on the colour. Should I use black as it was going to a male recipient?  or red? ....in the end I plumped for a subdued shade of blue...a little less harsh but not girlie.

I used the negative of the die on a linen card and layered on the blue background and kept it as flat as possible but felt it needed the pearls just to finish it . The sentiment was from stash.. I thought I would have loads of 'Thinking of you' sentiments but when it came to it...a choice of two! Bit like never having that right colour ribbon...you know what I mean.

Thank you for all the lovely comments you leave me, I love to read them all and I value your virtual friendship so much, and the time you take in your busy schedules to stop by my blog and read my ramblings.

Have a great weekend all of you...fingers crossed that the weather will stay bright and if you are in the UK ...enjoy the extra hour ...YES don't forget to put your clocks back.

Till next time
Crafty hugs and Happy Halloween to all who celebrate it...stay safe!
Carole xx

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

More robins

Hi friends!

More robins today, once again up-cycled images that fitted my die perfectly.... and a boo boo (not the Halloween type).

Can you see the deliberate (not ) mistake? As it's an old wooden stamp so I was unable to use my stamping platform and it wobbled...but hey...it looks like a shadow don't you think? Who knows it may one day be a rarity (lol...it sure is already!)....you know like postage stamps or coins with a flaw in them. If the royal mint can get away with it...so can I!

I have lots to do today so excuse me if I dash. Thank you for popping by, I love your visits they make my day.
See you again soon.
Crafty hugs.
Carole xx

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Re-cycled Robins!

Hello friends and followers!
I hope this post finds you all well and if not I hope you feel tons better soon!

I've been re-cycling or up-cycling (not sure I know the difference) and this post is a bit photo heavy so you might want to make a cuppa (good excuse for one anyway).  These robins were all on a card together (from last year.).   shhhhh don't tell anyone....here is what I did with them.......

and close up to see the detail..

They fit my die perfectly. I used linen effect card form my stash and the sentiment is a
wooden one from my stash...oldie but goody! Feeling quite chuffed having re-cycled and used up a bit of stash too!

So I haven't been idle!  First Christmas cards this year.

Are you still with me?...wakey wakey...your cuppa is going cold...lol
OK I'll head off now and wish you all a lovely weekend.
Catch up again soon
 Carole xx

Saturday, 30 September 2017


Well HELLO everyone!!

I can't believe it is a month since I last blogged, life takes over and I had nothing crafty to share......if you are reading this then thank you for staying with me.

My card I do have to share today is a one layer card currently winging it's way 'down under' (I hope) to my youngest son who will be celebrating his birthday in October. Also I have used NBUS (never before used stuff)  that I have had in my possession a while (hanging head in shame) so thought I would hop over to Darnell's challenge with this card......


Stamps.....Uniko 'Explosive Additions' and 'Simply Said Birthday' (Happy Birthday)
                 SON from stash.

Inks         Memento--- Bahama blue and Tangelo
                Versafine--- Majestic Blue for sentiments.

Glamour dust on large explosions...not showing well on the photo!

So what have you all been up to? I have been popping in on your blogs and admiring all the wonderful work out there....makes me feel very inadequate I have to sat you clever bunch.

Hubby had a weeks holiday earlier in the month and we spent a couple of days in Watford . We visited the Harry Potter Studios...Wow!!...A-maz-ing!!!! and I was also lucky enough to be able to go to Ally Pally (good planning on  my part don't you think?).... and spend way too much money! Now I reckon I could do NBUS for weeks and weeks!!! and need a lot of time and motivation to use it all.

I am currently digging out all my Christmas stuff from my craft room so I can see what I have and get started on those Christmas cards! Boy I have too much stuff!!!!....and still I buy more!! When I say to hubby I don't really need this he just smiles knowingly !!...know what I mean?

Ok well hope you are all well and Thank You so much for popping in to see me. I will try to be a better blogger but I do want to get back into my cross stitch this winter and nudge it a little closer to finished...hmmm...it's been a work in progress for a few years now!

Take care and enjoy the rest of your weekend......raining here and hubby is out chasing steam trains at the North Yorkshire Moors and I am meant to be in the craft room...so ta ra for now and if you leave me a comment I shall be so thrilled to know you have stuck with me.

Crafty hugs
Carole xx

Challenges entered :-

Darnells NBUS ......entry 1 (probably the only one!)