Sunday, 20 May 2018

Pink addition!

Hello friends!...well I got my wish didn't I ! Sunshine...hasn't it been lovely. I do hope it lasts the rest of the summer and doesn't call a halt the next time we get a drop of rain. I have been making the most of it so not much crafting to share with you...but I do have one card....currently winging it's way across the Australia.

Here it is......

sorry abut the photo quality...bad lighting!

Yes...we have a Grandaughter Chloe...born 27th April..7lbs 3oz.  I don't think my son has the time to view my blog so I have decided to share ahead of them receiving this. No cuddles this time sadly...not sure when or if we will see her....but here is a picture..............

and one of Thomas proudly holding her...

he is 2 now...doesn't he look happy!! Where did that time go?

Ok that's it from me. I do have other cards that I cannot share for a while yet , and while the sun continues to shine I shall continue to soak up my Vitamin D. The chores can wait...and the crafting too!

Hope you have enjoyed the sunshine this weekend and wishing you all a good week.
Catch up again soon
Crafty hugs
Carole xx

Challenges entered : -  Snippets Playground #326.......... elephant and sentiments all from snippets

Friday, 4 May 2018

Make a wish! wish is for some sunshine! What's yours?

Hi Everyone!.........I am so tired now of this English weather, and I know we Brits are renowned for 'going on' about the weather...but come on surely we are allowed to when it is so rubbish for so long. Grey skies and threatening dark clouds today......doesn't make me feel happy like the sunshine does.

OK..enough on the weather...and it's May for goodness sake...does anyone else in Britain feel like the year just hasn't got going yet?

Today my card is a birthday card for my eldest son who is.......making me feel very old right now!...and there is a story to this first...(sorry about the light when it was taken).

The story..are you sitting comfortably?.....(I'll keep it brief)
Last year hubby and I went out for a meal with Andrew and his partner Becky. This was to celebrate 3 of our birthdays which all fell around the same time (you can work out which 3). As it was the end Nov/beg Dec...the restaurant laid the tables with crackers for the Christmas party season. 3 of us got golf tees in our crackers and as the only golfer is my son , he copped for them all! Varnished wooden looking ones they were......but apparently not suitable for his needs so I collected them all back as we crafters do. They had to have a use.
Yes you can now guess the next bit...the candles on the card are the golf tees...hubby sawed off the wide end and I painted them with 'Starlights' paint (several coats). As Andrew is still yet to open his card I am waiting to see if he works it out! I thought they would also make great little pencils too!

The card itself was all made from Snippets(except the base) I will be heading to the Playground to catch up with my mates there.
green card....adorable scorable
stamp...........Uniko Party Confetti background
                     sentiment from a fairy set in stash.
Inks..............Brilliance rainbow in blues and greens and Brilliance purple dewdrop.
Glitter...........Glamour dust (sorry not visible on photo)
Paints...........Imagination Starlights

I hope you all enjoy your long Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK and have something nice planned,  we don't go far because of becoming stuck in traffic jams and today the Tour -de -Yorkshire is heading all around our way...another reason not to venture far...unless you are into bike riding of course.

OK  I'm off to see if there are any challenges to be joined in with...sourcing them is a challenge itself!

Take care
Carole xx

Challenges entered:-
Snippets Playground............................all snippets!

Monday, 16 April 2018

Gone Fishing

Hi there everyone!...Monday again!..but at least the sun is shining here today and the promise of a warmer week...fingers crossed. I hope it is spring like where you are.

Another male card and this time

Not my idea of fun but each to their own. I would rather be stood in warm water in the Med with a cocktail in my hand!

I used a Kraft card for my base for a change and the background paper and image are from an old Making Cards for Men magazine...see I knew it would be useful one day! The ribbon I had in my stash...probably used it before for the same person!! The sentiment and Candi are Craftwork Cards.
The black mats were cut with a Sue Wilson double pierced squares die.......but they looked flat when the card was put together so I took my silver pen and highlighted each pierce.... it corresponded to the sentiment and I am really pleased as it lifted the whole thing.

So what wonderful plans have you got for this week? Nothing exciting happening here...just looking forward to some sunshine and warmth.

OK folks...tea/coffee break over...back to it! Thank you for stopping by and sharing my makes and also if you leave me a extra hug for you this week. You make me smile.

Take care friends

Crafty hugs
Carole xx

Monday, 9 April 2018

Steaming in....

Good Morning to you all! here we are at the start of another week!...I shall not mention how quickly time seems to!

A male card for a steam railway fan this morning............

I used an old wooden stamp from stash and I think (sorry this was the second attempt) I stamped in Versafine black and coloured with a Tombow marker pen (remember them?). As I had stamped in black... a black engine blurred in to a mass of black with the outline (in the bin) so I chose a charcoal colour (artistic licence). I used a silver pen for the wheels but it doesn't show in the photo.

The die is a Spellbinders (Opulent ovals I think) and I cut a brown one to shadow the white. I just cut it in two horizontally so I could offset it.
Bronze brads (remember them?) just for detail.
Backing paper was from an old magazine and the scrap left over was used to stamp the ticket onto.
Finally I decided it just needed something more so I scribbled a line round the edge with a black fine liner.
Well I did use some 'old' stuff here...some forgotten stuff...and the final result passed the 'in house critic' who is a steam railway woe is me if I get it wrong!

It's another grey day here in West Yorkshire...still no sunshine...but at least it is dry at the moment....started off misty this morning!.........we had one beautiful day last week...oh how I want some more sunshine! 

I hope you all have a good week and 'Thank You' for popping in and if you have left me a comment...'Thank you' cheers me to know I have such lovely blogging buddies out there.

Must get on...lots to do....I bought some 'Thyme' yesterday...wish it was the sort we could all do with a bit more regardless I am determined to have a productive day today!

Take card friends
See you soon
Crafty hugs
Carole xx

Challenges entered :-

Cards 4 guys #192.......... transport

Friday, 30 March 2018

Happy Easter

 A very HAPPY EASTER to all my followers, friends and anyone who has just 'popped' in to read my blog......

Enjoy your long weekend folks!


Monday, 26 March 2018

New Home...a long way away

Hi friends.

Spring is here!...well yesterday and today anyway...promise of it going down hill tomorrow and a threat of the white stuff AGAIN this Easter weekend! Brr...what a thought! lets hope they have got it all wrong.

Hope you are all well and if you are in the UK enjoying the extra hour of daylight at the end of th day...makes you feel so much better doesn't it.

My card share is  a new home card currently on its way to the other side of the world...yes for my son and DIL in Australia who have just moved into the first house they have ever bought! A wonderful new beginning for them.

I cut a heart in a piece of linen textured card...sorry it doesn't show well in the photo and then I cut a piece from a map to go in the aperture...... as they live in Brisbane I wanted to include the city name.

The top layer was stamped with Versafine grey ink and I used my T H Platform...good job as I had to do it about three times with it being textured card.
The little house (no not on the prairie) is an X-cut mini..really cute with the little hearts...had to cut it twice, once in red to get the hearts and the door and windows were carefully replaced after cutting. I backed the house on a thin piece of card to make this task easier, glueing the bits in place and then cutting round it.
I raised the front panel and house on foam pads...voila!
Let's hope it arrives OK and they like it!

Thank you so much for stopping by and thank you for all the lovely comments I have been receiving too. it really does give one a boost to know you like what I do, and all your comments and time spent reading my blurb is so very much appreciated.

Ok I have kept you long enough. Enjoy your week and take care.
Crafty hugs
Carole xx

Challenges entered :-

Addicted to Stamps and More #284....Clean and Simple
Wed Creative Inspirations....................Anything goes ...2nd entry
Crafting from the heart #200...............Anything goes
Crafty Creations #362..........................Anything goes...2nd entry

Saturday, 17 March 2018

18.....I wish??

Hello everyone...thanks for stopping by..especially if your up to you ankles/knees in snow.! Yes it's back again here in West are loving it of course but I certainly have had enough of it and parts of the country have had it a lot worse. Take care wherever you are, keep safe and week British  summer time begins and we alter the clocks....summer time!!!!! that's a laugh!

Onto brighter about being 18 again? Yes I'd go for it if I knew what I know now, but it doesn't work like that does here is my card.......

I cut a piece of white card to the size of my base card and die cut a circle from it.

Next I embossed it in the Sara Signature Happy Birthday embossing folder...yes do this after cutting the circle or you will flatten the embossing.....then I raised the panel on foam pads on my base card.

 I cut the 18 from glitter card and twice from white card (snippets left over from other creations) and stuck them all together for dimension and put them in the to speak...

Then I highlighted the words in a matching gel pen, added the sequins...job done! got to make it sound quick even if it wasn'

I hope you are all having a good weekend...nothing special happening her.. just as well with the weather....might get in the crafty room tomorrow!

Thanks again for popping in...see you again soon.
Take care
Carole xx

OK entering this in the following will probably take me all evening I get in such a twist with it...don't know why but linking is definitely not my forte...but then what is?

Challenges entered:-

Card Mania challenge #102...................Embossing (pretty obvious)
Wednesday creative Inspiration.......... Any occasion
Use your stuff challenge #303.............Die cuts (the 18 and the circle)
Crafty creations #362                           Anything goes