Monday, 10 December 2018

Down by the river?

Hello friends
 Sorry it's been longer than I thought since I posted but the Christmas trees, decorations etc just had to be done and the last of the shopping...the odd card too! Also there was hubby's birthday to celebrate!

So my offering this post is the card I made for him....Not a Christmas card in sight!

It's pretty self explanatory of course and uses one of  Phill Martins recent stamps that I bought at Ally Pally..the detail is phenomenal on this stamp.
I stamped in black Versafine ink and then quickly embossed with clear powder.
Then Idid the background with distress inks....more practice required here I think.Lastly stamped the sentiments in Versafine and mounted  up.
Here you can see the shine from the embossed image. there we have it, and I am pleased to say hubby loved it....and as long as the recipient likes , then that is all that matters isn't it?

Ok that's it for now as I now have to go and make a last Christmas card...yes you guessed it...for hubby!....

Thank you for popping in, your visits and lovely comments are so very much appreciated (hugs to all).

I hope you are all well on with all your preparations and not too stressed. Take care,stay well and above all enjoy the season!

I will be back before Christmas...promise.
Bye for now
Love Carole xx

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

A few more?

Hi everyone...thank you for popping by at this very busy time of year. Your visits cheer me and I do so appreciate the lovely comments you leave me.....fabulous cyber friends......that's what I have.

I have been in the craft room, but sadly nothing I can share yet, so that leaves me to show you a few more of the cards made at class. The designs of course are down to the crafty duo (Sue and Carol)..with the odd bit added later at my discretion.

I do enjoy making cards that I probably would not make usually (if you know what I mean). It also gives us the chance to use stamps and dies that we do not have in our stash. That can soon be remedied as  the ones you really like and are current are sourced and added very quickly!!!

Well last weekend I celebrated 21 (again) and this weekend it's hubby's turn!...after that we can concentrate on Christmas. I think that's why I never feel organised at this time of year,,,birthdays get in the way.!
We visited Castle Howard near York last Saturday. the house is all decorated in the theme of the 12 days of Christmas...stunning! It was designed by Charlotte LLoyd Webber...I wonder if she is related to Andrew? to google there.

OK friends...time to press on with the day. I hope all your Christmas plans are on schedule. I actually think the best part of Christmas is the planning...the actual day always seems a bit of an anti climax  when it arrives.

Till next week....keep busy!!
Carole xx

Saturday, 17 November 2018

37 days till Christmas!

Yes...37 days to go (sorry to remind you)...and I am in panic to join me? 

Hi there friends....just a quick post from me as I am aware that time is of the essence. I have been crafting...very hard.... at the monthly craft class that I now attend where Sue and Carol (The crafty Duo) crack the whip as we all endeavor to beat the clock and reproduce their wonderful designs, and if we don't finish we get to finish it at home of course. (Do they still call that homework these days?) Seriously these ladies put a lot of time and effort in to what they bring to us...if you are reading this ladies...a big Thank You...and if you are not...why not?

Here are a few of the Christmas cards we have made......

I will show you more at a later the meantime I have to get back to panicking

Have a good weekend everyone...take care
Crafty hugs...see you later..
Carole xx

Sunday, 11 November 2018

'Lest we Forget'


'When you go home, tell them of us and say..for your tomorrow ,we gave our today.'

This is a quilt that was on display at the recent Crafts and Hobby show at the NEC Birmingham.

Thursday, 1 November 2018


Hello fellow crafters!..........Rabbits you ask?....nothing to do with rabbits, but it is the first of the month, and the month contains the letter R, and as a little girl I was always told you had to say 'Rabbits,rabbits,rabbits' on the first day of the month containing an 'R' in it's name. So there we have it!...........your useless information for the day.

So to crafting...and hoping I find you all well and dandy as we hurtle way too fast towards Christmas.

It's a birthday card today...not a Christmas card in sight...literally! (note to running out of time) Even the extra hour last weekend saw no more crafting time. Where do I go wrong?
Here it is......

We made one similar at our card workshop a bit back and I liked it so much I just had to buy the stamp and case the card and so I made some more in different colours. The stamp is by Julie Hickey and has just the one flower, so the second is fussy cut and layered up. All this is paper pieced.

It's turned a lot colder here now and the long dark nights are I HATE this time of year. the Vit D drops are out again, the woolies, vests and boots hot on their heels!..ugh ...but we have had a good summer and Autumn...fingers crossed for a lovely spring next year.

Enjoy your weekend.

Crafty hugs
Carole xx

Sunday, 14 October 2018

'Koality' birthday time

Hello friends

Yes I would love to be able to spend some quality Birthday time with the recipient of this card...but sadly I know that cannot be so a card is the next best thing yes?...a hug in an envelope as they say.......that's if it has traveled all those miles and arrived in Australia of course.
So Happy Birthday to my youngest is his card.....

He is not a sloppy sentimental type so I am hoping this suits him!

I hope your weekend is going well, thank you for taking the time to stop by and visit me.If you leave me a very much appreciated..... I will return the favour.

Crafty hugs
Carole xx

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Sparkle at 40!

Hi friends!

A beautiful Autumn day here today..I hope it is the same with you....and that you are all well.

You may need your sunglasses for today's card because it is literally...SPARKLE!

The background is sparkle texture paste through Uniko's broken line stencil...done in two colours and rotated 90 degrees. I die cut the 40 from some lovely no shed glitter card that matched the jade paste perfectly and also cut it twice from plain card and mounted it up to five depth. It also sits on 3D foam on the card. A final addition of purple sequins and some little punched stars ....ta -daa....

It didn't turn out quite like the picture in my mind...but then nothing generally does. I'm hoping the recipient likes it!.....Oh to be 40 again but know what I know now!
Another view just to help you see the sparkle more.

Must dash...lots to do as usual. 'Thank you' so much for popping in and if you have left me a comment...another 'Thank you' very much appreciated as I know how time is precious to us all.

Hope you all have a good rest of the week...take care..
Carole xx