Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Anniversary card, a Birthday and a tour!

Hello friends!.....can't believe it is Tuesday already! that's mainly due to the fact that hubby had along weekend so I am a day out now...4 short days instead of 5 to get everything done!

So how are we all? good I hope..... and to all my cyber friends over the pond...I hope you have recovered from a wonderful Thanksgiving?

Christmas is fast approaching now...the advent candle is in place....I did suggest burning it early and then telling everyone they had missed Christmas dinner, but hubby said no! I,m never done any earlier for Christmas..are you?.....because the more time free, I find something else to squeeze into the preparations...so this year it's take it steady and don't go overboard.

Just to fool you all while talking about Christmas..here is an Anniversary card!!

The die is an Intricut die from Hobbycraft...beautiful die and I re cut the birds in blue and overlaid them so they would stand out. The tiny heart is not part of the die, I just popped it there. I think the sentiment is Uniko (lost the piece of paper with all my details on...sorry). I put tiny pearls on the leaves where they are embossed using.........(brain whirring here )...oh I know....Viva pearl pen.
The rest speaks for itself.

Black Friday...I had a birthday! so it wasn't black Friday for me at all!! Hubby and I went to Burton Agnes Hall to see the hall all decorated by the owners ans and staff for Christmas. It was fantastic...such a lot of hard work. It was all done with using as much natural stuff from the estate as possible and a lot of the decorations were crafted in some form or another so it was a real treat. here's a couple of pics.......

Just look at those carvings round the walls and fireplace.....!

Sprayed hydrangea heads and origami butterflies...

A paper cut village....

paper flowers....

knitted snowmen family...

and pom pom flowers and paper lanterns.....

Are you still with me?...OK I can't count , there are 6 not 2 photos but I hope you enjoyed them. I could show you loads more but I wont keep you any longer and I have to go and crack on too.
next weekend is hubby's birthday....card to make...eeek!!!

Hope you all have a good week and achieve all you want to do. Saturday.... fingers crossed is our re-arranged meal and catch up with son and partner.

Thank you all for spending your precious time with me and for all the lovely comments you leave me and that I appreciate so very much. Without you all I would not be sat here doing this blog.

Take care my friends till next time I see you.
Big crafty hugs
Carole xx

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