Monday, 14 October 2019

Happy Birthday Son!

Hello glad you stopped by....Thank You.

Today is my youngest sons birthday...the one who lives in Brisbane, so today he is in my thoughts more than ever. It seems like yesterday that he was at high school...then graduating from Uni...and then moving to London with work and for a girlfriend...  getting married.....having a baby...and then moving to the other side of the world! Where did those precious years go? It all makes me feel old I have to say!...and they now have another baby. I miss them so much.

Anyway here is my very simple in design but not as simple to execute to my perfection

The stamp is just the one word SON..inked and repeated in rows in the two different shades of blue and double embossed lines either side. Topped off with the stars and sentiment. See told it was simple! (but fiddly)...He is worth it.

Filled with lots of love...I hope he celebrates a wonderful day.

So halfway through October, Autumn is here with a vengeance. Too much rain here in West Yorkshire...we never seem to go a day without some. The nights are drawing in and we alter the clocks in a couple of weeks so it will be dark by 4.0pm...time to hibernate...hopefully to the craft room..and think of Spring!

I hope you have a good week whatever it holds for you.. Thank you to those dear blogging friends who take the time to leave me a comment when they visit...they really are appreciated so very much.  I love seeing all your wonderful creations and get card envy so much as you are all so talented...some really clever people out there!

So till next time, stay well and happy and thanks for popping by.
Carole xx

Monday, 7 October 2019

Birthday Greetings x 6 !

Well hello blogging friends..I am back as promised. This time I have some more shares from card class. For those that ask it is a monthly class and we make 6 cards in two sessions of three. Always something different and the chance to use stamps/dies that otherwise you may not choose to.

So straight in....a tag card with a  liberal amount of winking!!..

..........a bit of decoupage here....

this uses the inside of the centre cut in the card above....

 Oxide inks and the words are die cut from card swiped with the same oxide colours used in the background...The black square is drawn on with a fine liner but looks 3d.

Gemini dies on this one...not sure about the flower...

 and this one is created from a Hobbyart scene it set that contains the castle, hills etc which I used in a previous card.

and there we have it.!

I hope your week is going well. Here in West Yorkshire we are fed up with the rain! The days are so dark and depressing and it is so hard to get motivated.
I have been in the craft room but mainly trying to find a home for things (freebies from magazines)
....this sorting out lark takes time, especially when one has so much stuff!! but I am pleased to say that all my ink pads are nicely labelled now and I can see what I have!

Thank you so much for stopping by and extra thanks to those that leave me a comment and let me know they have been. Your comments are what keep me blogging as sadly it seems rapidly to be going out of fashion....blogging that is. I wonder if some peoples feeds have disappeared from blogger as I know that on the odd occasion I miss an odd post from someone for that reason.

I went to Port Sunlight on Saturday......always a good show and though there was nothing I wanted or needed, it as along way to go and not buy a few bits. Mainly stamps from Uniko and Inkylicious this time. It didn't seem as busy as last time we went in the Spring so it was easier to get to see the stands.

Enjoy the rest of your week.....I won't wish it away as we will soon be half way through October!!!

Take care everyone and keep well.
Love Carole xx

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Merry Christmas! x 5

Well hello everyone!

How are you all?..well I hope.
Feeling the change in the weather here in the UK that's for sure..heating on and winter duvet!

 I can't believe we are into October! So I thought I had better get cracking with a few batch Christmas cards.

I used a die that I bought in 'The Works', some small base cards and some oddments of other card, mostly glitter. Here they are in no particular order and oh so difficult to photograph!

This first one was liberally sprinkled with Glamour dust on plain white card.......

Silver glitter card on this next one...encapsulated.... and I found it hard to die cut even on the Gemini! The true sparkle does not show unfortunately.

Silver mirri card though it does look a bit gold on this picture.....

A red and gold combi glitter paper.....

and lastly bronze glitter card on pearlescent chocolate card......

So 5 cards to add to the box and very quick to do once I had decided on the colour combos. Which is your favourite?

It's a sunny day here today but cold, but still a welcome change from all the rain we have had lately. Autumn is really here and I have to say I am DEFINITELY not a winter person with dark days and long nights.

I will catch up again soon with some more festive makes from my monthly trip to card club/class.

Someday I will hopefully find the time to play with some inks and try some more background techniques but at present it's got to be quick and easy so I am not at the last minute come December! (because I have left it till now to start maybe)

Take care everyone and have a good rest of the week and weekend.
Love Carole xx

Friday, 13 September 2019

Seaside to garden.

Hi Friends!

I hope this finds you all well and enjoying some sunshine wherever you live.
Here in the UK late summer is upon us already (where has this year gone?) but today we are enjoying some lovely sunshine. It's a bit breezy and the days are getting cooler and shorter!

Here are a few more card club/class/group (call it what you will) cards for you to catch up on. I am very productive in class but sadly not so at home!

First up one to remind you of summer holidays....

and the inside....

Stamps from Hobbyart.

Visited any castles lately?...

and there are still plenty of these flying around my garden, (not castles..butterflies) though not as flamboyant and unusual as this one.....

and to save you standing on your head..the definition reads :- " A kind heart is the definition of true beauty "

Next up a peony easel card....

and lastly a tag card....

A bit of fussy cutting involved in that one! Pink and purple seemed to be the theme on the last two!

That's it for today..time to think about what to have for dinner!....isn't it a chore thinking what to eat?

Take care everyone and enjoy your weekend..nothing special planned here, might make it in to the craft room to craft!..but then if the sun is shining I must make the most of it!

Crafty hugs to all my lovely blogging buddies..thanks for stopping by.
Love Carole xx

Thursday, 5 September 2019


Hi friends
Thanks for reading my last post and again Thanks to those of you kind enough to leave a comment.
I don't do Facebook and persuing a complaint of any sort would cost more than the original hope fully one day 'Jack' will get his just deserts...we have moved on! but will be reminded of his rudeness every time we use the parasol!...which at present is back in the garage because of all the wind and rain we have had. My guess that's it till 2020 now!...2020 eek!!

So back to what this blog is really about..crafting.

My cards are pretty plain and straight forward but reflect the title of this post. Made a while back with Crafters Companion dies (no I don't have shares in it sure feels like I do the amount I seem to spend on their products, though not as much of late since their move back to C&C )

So to each and everyone of you ...

for being a blogging buddy...

for stopping by today...and

  for leaving me love.

These were made with male recipients in mind (no not for all my toy boys! if I would need 3!)..but would look good in other colours and even with glitter card behind.

Well tomorrow signifies the end of yet another week. I can't believe where this year has gone and this past few months has been a roller coaster for me one way and another. Hopefully now I am back on the level and can get back to some creating again.

Till next time

I wish you all a wonderful weekend.

Take care.

Crafty hugs
Carole xx

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Bad customer service!...please read

Hi Friends...sorry this post is not craft related but I have to get this out on

Recently my husband had cause to complain to a company Glencrest Seatex Ltd ( a new garden parasol we purchased last summer. It had faded in stripes after only 8 months of use..(was apparently UV 6 grade material and most are UV grade 4) and marked fade resistant on the box.

For 6 months of its life it was back in the box in the garage (winter). It is 14 months old now with only a guarantee of 12 months...and it cost £69 which wasn't cheap. 2.5metres in size with a wind up mechanism not a light product to handle either. While we would expect any parasol to fade after 3 to 4 years use..8 months does not seem acceptable.

Hubby sent an email to Customer Services of the company....he received a statuary it is out of guarantee reply.

He emailed them again expressing his disappointment in their products and asking some questions and this time the CEO of the company replied....a Jack Whiteley requesting photos of the parasol.

Hubby emailed copies of the photos he had submitted with his first e-mail..and waited.

After a week there was no reply so he chased Mr Whiteley up who argued that the parasol had been left out 24/7 and should be put away when not being used...which we had done in the winter.

Hubby replied again, once again expressing his disappointment and asking for answers to his questions.


I feel sorry for people like you with nothing to do all day but complain. I already told you I have a big problem with one of my family but your more interested in your parasol.

What a waste of space you are!

Ok I am pleased you will not be buying any more products from us so you can buy another companies and complain to them. You have a nice day Mr. Dixon someone must love you.

So if you encounter a make in a garden centre anyway that has 'STURDI' written on the label as the make...BEWARE. This is the sort of company that you are dealing with.
I feel sorry for his employees if he speaks to customers that way!

His company is not a member of any of the trade bodies that would enable us to complain to them...more about his abusive email than the parasol!...and the costs of pursuing our complaint would be more costly than a new parasol. So sadly we have no recourse!

What sort of company has a CEO in charge that behaves like that? !!

I just had to share this with you all..particularly anyone in the UK who reads my blog.

Thanks for reading..all comments welcome.


Saturday, 17 August 2019

Anniversary time again!

Hi Friends..I am here at last. Where does the time go? Once again life has got in the way in it's various guises and here we are hurtled in to the middle of August!...a VERY wet and windy August here in the UK I hasten to add.

It's another Anniversary card..not for us this time and THANK YOU all for your good wishes on hubby's and mine Anniversary last month. We hit the heatwave in LLandudno (Wales) for a few days....extremely lucky with the weather!

and the inside..

Apologies for the shadows in the photos.

This was made with a Crafters Companion stamp and outline die set. I embossed the image with WOW champagne sparkling powder, coloured with copics and added a touch of Glamour dust to the bubbles for a bit more bling. I used some pale peach card to line the inside of the card so that it shows on the edge when the card is closed. The sentiments are from my stash, stamped and embossed in the same twinkling powder.

Whatever you are doing this weekend I hope you enjoy it. See you around folks...hopefully not too long till next time!
Take care
Crafty hugs and love
Carole xx