Wednesday, 15 July 2015

'Get in gear'

Hi my blogging friends. Hope you are all well and enjoying some of the sunny days we are getting here....interspersed with rain of course!

I'm meeting myself coming back today so I can't chat for long but it's lovely to see you all and thanks for stopping by.

It's a male card today...those dreadful male cards! Anyhow I had this idea in my head (not often do I get them) didn't quite turn out as I wanted but close enough and I think I am quite pleased with the end result.

Apologies for the bad quality photo...bright sunshine so shouldn't complain!

Ok.... the background is stamped with an old stamp (NBUS) from The Stamp Man (the netting) in sepia ink and then the cogs (another from stash...a bin at Ally Pally) were stamped in Versamark and embossed with a Stampendous fine gold powder..... this is quite a dark gold and sorry it doesn't show up well in the photo.

I cut the tag with my new (hmm fairly new) Dienamic standard stitched die (love it) and then embossed it with the Cuttlebug folder and inked the edges lightly with tea bag distress ink. I used the same distress ink and also old paper on the edges of my background piece.
The cogs are aTim Holtz Sizzix die that I have had for see not everything is Cut in brown card and then I applied Inka gold no less! the tag is mounted on foam for dimension......hard to see in the picture.A bit of thin twine, and the sentiment was stamped with sepia and I used those tiny wooden letters that you buy for 99p and then realise you can't see where you are stamping...but they did the job.

Inside I put....For a very Happy Birthday!

Last weekend I went to Summer Crafting and yes I was tempted and yes I hang my head in shame...I bought some Christmas dies....I know....I know.... I don't need anymore Christmas...but I had hubby with me to carry had to give him something to carry didn't I?  I also got some great £1 bargains...sequins, embossing folders...yes for a pound!!......and a few wooden embellishments...oh and a couple of stamps! I thought I was quite restrained. It was very busy but I also managed a good catch up with my dear friend Marjorie which was really nice. We so like the same things that it usually ends up we buy the same...pity we do not live nearer and then we could share.

The dishwasher by the way is scheduled for Sunday!!  Fingers crossed xx  Had to buy new Marigolds as one pair perished!

Right folks well I must 'get in gear' myself and press on ...lots to do and little time to do it all!   eeeek it's lunch time!
Take care everyone and once again thanks for your company and any comments you might leave them... and you all of course.You really are appreciated.

Have a good rest of the week and weekend.

Crafty hugs 
Carole xx


  1. Brilliant male card and love the design. Great texture. Hugs, Carol S.xx

  2. Super card Carole, love the tag
    hugs Jacee
    Simply Paper Card Design

  3. Lovely post Sis, I have some of those 99p letters thought they were a bargain until I used them lol!!.. Fabulous card, I love all the gears and need a gear die myself, they look fabulous inked up with inka gold wax, another item for my wish list lol!!...
    Sis xx

  4. such a beautiful creation love the colours and the design
    hugs Kate xx

  5. Brilliant male card . . . love the tag & cogs xxx

  6. Carole, I'm crushing all over your handsome birthday gears tag/card! Very trendy, very masculine and very cool! You've reminded me that I have a 'gear' butterfly that need some attention...ideas sparking, so thank you for the inspiration! Your shopping trip bargains sound fabulous and remember: we always need Christmas stuff (yep...enabling! *grin*). We're home from one road trip for a couple days, before embarking on a LONG one that sees us flying across Canada to Ottawa, then DRIVING back through the US, which 'should' take 4-5 days. Fingers crossed all will go well! I won't be bringing crafting stuff along, but will have computer access, so if you're creating, I'll be visiting! Happy Sunday!

  7. I always enjoy coming to read your posts and see what you are up too! Your card is so perfect for a guy...I love the gears...they seem to be so popular on cards lately.I love all the details you added too. Your purchases sound fun, after all we NEED all this stuff, don't we??? Especially Christmas dies. Hold your head high and SHOP ON!!!

  8. Hiya, hope you are well. Thanks for asking after me - the migraine has gone - at last! This is really cool, I dont do the dreaded male cards really - only when pushed!

    Sounds like you had a good time at the show, and a few bargains too.

    Liz x

  9. Great post, Carole! I love that comment and must remember to steal it about meeting yourself coming back! We say things like we are chasing our tails, but I like your's better! And I love your manly gear card all decked out in gold with lots of texture and a rustic twine bow! You not only had a great idea, you executed it perfectly! Now don't work too hard! You might be looking down when you meet yourself and not realize you've gone the other way!! What then?? And don't forget to take some time to enjoy all those NBUS good deals you got!! Hugs, Darnell

  10. Absolutely LOVE this cog and gear masculine card.

    Saw the post after this one and pleased to hear you had a lovely holiday.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx