Friday, 1 July 2022

'Special friends'

 Well how did it get to July? No Christmas cards done here either! Instead its'Special friend time. Now I don't have a lot of friends...I know!, but those I do have are all very special to me. Here are two cards made with the same stamp and die set from Julie Hickey.

The first one is paper pieced and coloured with copic markers....


and the second one I cut a stencil of the flower from card, inked through it with oxides and then lay the stamped die cut over the inking....so cutting the die served two purposes so to speak.



Thank you for stopping by and to those of you who take the time to leave me a comment...a special Thank You to you. They are so much appreciated.

Time and life seem to be flying past  and I am sure you are finding the same. I don't seem to get much time or enthusiasm for crafting as life and its jobs/commitments get in the way. 

I hope you are all keeping well and still staying safe...Unfortunately I am hearing of more people catching Covid here in the UK and being quite poorly with it. If you are under the weather I hope you feel better soon.

Have a lovely weekend wherever you are and whatever you are doing.

Crafty hugs

Carole xx

Saturday, 25 June 2022

Big Birthdays

 Hello friends...remember me?

I am sorry I have been a very bad blogger but I have really lost my mojo as my time is taken up keeping on top of the garden and other mundane things that seem to be going wrong. Nice to make the most of the sunshine though!

So here I am with three cards for people with 'Big Birthdays' The last one should have been received by today so I can now share. Happy Birthday to them all!




All the same apart from the colour(which do you prefer) and the number of course. I used a  NBUS die from Crafters Companion which I am sure will have different ways of using it when I get time (or feel like) trying them. The number dies are old ones from stash but 'go to' favourites.

I hope you are all keeping safe and well, enjoying the sunshine in the UK but wishing for a bit of rain for the garden. We are never satisfied are we? However wherever you are in the world I hope something makes you smile today.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I have peeked at your blogs to see the wonderful creations that you all seem to make. I think it is a privilege to know such talented people.. Wouldn't it be lovely if we could have one BIG crafty party together...lol

I hope it won't be as long till next time I put in an appearance. Thanks for sticking with me. Crafty hugs to each one of you.

Carole xx


Thursday, 5 May 2022

Bonsai Birthday

 Hi there!

Yesterday was my eldest son's birthday and he has taken an interest in growing bonsai. No guesses for what his present from me was! and my card was made on that theme too. It was  difficult to design so in the end I incorporated a reveal wheel with sentiments from Crafters Companion.


It seemed to go down well anyway!

I can't believe we are into May...this year is zipping by and the news is still as depressing as it has been for the last two years. Here in the UK there doesn't seem any conversation other than War, Covid and the price of things!...best not forget the weather either, we love to moan about that!..lol 

On a positive note the days are longer and the sun shines on occasion which makes one feel better. Yeah to be able to dry the washing outside! and hear the birds singing. 

I hope things are good wherever you are and you are finding some positivity .

Thank you for popping by and the lovely comments you leave me which make my day.

Take care and stay safe and well.

Crafty hugs and a smile to make your day. :) 

Carole xx









Tuesday, 26 April 2022

Chloe is 4!

 Hi there everyone.

Well today (in Australia) is my Granddaughter's 4th birthday. They do seem to grow up quickly but then we have only met in the flesh once when she was 18 months old  and I doubt she remembers that!. I see her on Skype of course but she is usually distracted but surprise video phone call last Friday night revealed she was very excited about her party the following day....naturally so

At 4 years old  she is into mermaids and Frozen...so I went with the mermaid theme for her card. I hope her tastes haven't changed too much since I made it......


I didn't have any mermaid images so I bought a digi from LOTV and coloured it with copics. An old Sue Wilson embossing folder for the background ad dies from my stash for the rest.

After all the agonising over what to do I quite like how it turned out and it arrived down under in record time.

I hope you are all well. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and the comments you leave me. I love and appreciate them all. blogging friends are the best. 

Take care and have a good week.

Crafty hugs

Carole xx

Monday, 18 April 2022

Black and White 70

 ......and a serving of glitter!  

HELLO FRIENDS!


This is a card I made for a friend of my late husbands who celebrated 70 this weekend. I.m not fan of doing male cards as one soon seems to have covered all bases applicable to that person over the years...sports, hobbies ets...so this was done with Uniko Explosions and Explosion Additions and the sentiments are also Uniko.The numbers a 'go to' from stash (not sure of make) cut twice for a bit of depth. I kept the rest flat for posting. Plenty of glitter to bring it to life.

So I hope this finds you well, so many people I hear of now eventually succumbing to the virus, but thankfully not too ill with it. if you are under the weather I hope you soon feel better.

Did you all eat lots of chocolate this weekend?..and have a nice Easter break. ....here in the UK the weather has been really good for a bank holiday weekend.Nice to have some warm sunshine, it makes one feel so much better. I got my Vit D fix sitting in the garden for a bit. 

Blogger seems to be juggling my feeds around these days and posts I have already seen appear at the top of my list again. ...so sometimes I miss new ones that are further down! Does anyone else have that happening.?

Thank you for popping by and I will see you again soon I hope.

Take care

Crafty hugs

Carole xx

Sunday, 10 April 2022

Plain Sailing

 Hello friends!

How I wish life was plain sailing, don't you? 

A card for a male, though I guess if a female were into sailing it would serve equally well on the female front.


A quick card.... self explanatory...... the image is from an ages old Making Cards magazine for men...I knew it would come in useful someday!

The sentiment is again ages old and from craftwork cards. It just says Happy Birthday though it doesn't show well on the photograph.

Chloes birthday card has arrived in good time at the other side of the world so I will share that with you a little nearer the time. Pleased the postal system seems to be getting better.

I hope you are all keeping well and if you are under the weather I hope you feel better soon. Have a good Easter next weekend everyone...chocolate!!...yumm. Fingers crossed that Asda deliver my Easter egg (yes just the one) tomorrow and it is not out of stock!

Take care everyone and Thank You for stopping by.

Love Carole xx


Monday, 21 February 2022

Uniko is 10!

 Hi Friends..

I hope you are all safe and well and if you are here in the UK Ihope you have survived the recent storms without too much damage...what a nightmare it has been! 

Whizzing in with a card for the celebration link up part thingy that Uniko are having to celebrate their 10th Birthday.....I would inset a link here for you to hop over but as I am not very good at links...please visit Uniko's blog for all the quests...10 of them! Some lovely prizes to be won and some fun along the way.

Here is my card for Quest 1...a Birthday card using Uniko products.......



Not the best image due to the rubbish light here at present.

I used Background Blocks Mid Century Modern and stamped with three colours of Oxides. The sentiment was stamped using Sentiment Outlined clear stamp set and coloured using Copics as close the oxide colours as possible. 

The mats were cut with a pierced edge die and I drew faux stitching between the holes with a grey fine liner...cheating I know.

So now for the hard bit...linking my card to the challenge..wish me luck!

Thank you for all your lovely comments and good wishes...my back is much improved Thank You. So good of you to take the time to pop by.

See you again soon!

Crafty hugs

Carole xx