Wednesday, 8 June 2016

96 years young!

Hi there friends!

Thank you for popping in and staying around this last couple of weeks. Sorry but I haven't had anything to post......yes life got in the way and mojo was nil! but I have kept hopping around blogland in my odd spare moments.

Yesterday was my mums 96th I had to knuckle down and make a card for her.

This has to be my favourite Honey-Doo stamp to date (recent acquisition).! It is gorgeous, the detail is exquisite and it can be used in so many ways for so many occasions (sales pitch over!!...only joking, I am not connected in anyway to honey-Doo).

I stamped and embossed the rose and then painted with the good old trusted Twinkling H2O's.......why hadn't I used my new Starlight Paints? hubby asked!...good question...maybe next time!...anyway it does have a lovely shine to it even if you can't see it on the photo.

The background is a Creative Expressions folder A4 'Bed of Roses'...another recent acquisition (must learn simpler words to spell...thank goodness for spellchecker) and the sentiment is computer generated and printed on a portion of a Sue Wilson banner die.

Mum seemed happy with it when I went for lunch yesterday...her house was like a florists shop and she was having plenty of visitors and super sunshine added to the day for her.

Last weekend we went to Bolton to the Great British Craft Festival....not the show it used to be sadly, but then a lot of them seem to have changed lately, probably due to the television craft channels taking over. I do hope shops and shows don't die out altogether as it is so much nicer to go and see in the flesh so to speak rather than buy from the telly...don't you agree?
 However we (yes hubby came too)?..why? to carry the bags of course...though not many I hasten to add this time).. met with friends that live that way and we girls did a couple of make and takes (will blog them soon) and then we went for a meal and a catch up. A lovely day all is so good to catch up with people we seldom see through distance and it feels like it was only last week we were together when we see them.

OK folks enough rambling. I do hope that this post finds you all well and  enjoying the sunshine while it lasts. Holidays are looming this month for us...then maybe after that I might think Christmas!!...might!!

Thank you all for giving of your valuable time and stopping by, and for all the sweet comments you leave me. I love to read them and know I have some lovely friends out there all over the world.

Enjoy whats left of the week..
Love Carole xx

If life and time permit I might see if I can fit in a challenge!! ...It takes me ages doing all the linking etc! the playground, I have only been peeping through the railings lately!!

Challenges entered :-

Pixie's Snippets Playground 232.......sentiment on snippets of card
Simon says Monday Challenge..........Summer garden
Creative Inspiration........Spring into Summer
Addicted to Stamps and More...............Make your Mark


  1. Happy 96th Birthday to your mom, and oh my! Your gorgeous rose, with the lovely embossed background, has me aswoon! Stunning! Your weekend sounds like oodles of fun; how wonderful to have crafting places and people nearby. In my part of the world, I'm solo. Thank heavens for friends - like you, my dear - in blogland to keep me company! Great to hear you're being bathed in sunshine. We were, until today. The clouds are rolling in and I'm sure rain won't be too far behind. The forecast is calling for a cool, wet weekend...which just makes *sense* (NOT!) as we're officiating bike races both Saturday and Sunday, in a town about three hours away. Packing my rain AND winter gear! Always a delight to spend time with you...spirits lifted and feeling right jaunty! Need a challenge: how about CAS-ual Fridays, where the theme is florals. I joined with my put-your-sunglasses-on vibrant roses; would love to see you there, too!
    Hugs and love~c

  2. A beautiful card and love the colours. Haven't used my H2os for ages. I used to be addicted to them! I will have to get them out again. Gorgeous embossing background too. Hugs, Carol S.xx

  3. I have been wondering what you have been up too lately! It all sounds fun, and what a pretty card for your Mum!That embossed background goes perfectly with that stamp, and it's so it!

    See you at the playground...I'm going to try to play there this week too!

  4. Hi Carol
    Stunning card... Bet your Mum loved it... Happy Birthday to her
    Hugs Sylvie xx

  5. Carol I am sure you Mum loved this gorgeous card! How wonderful 96! Happy Birthday! I am happy to hear she got so many flowers that is wonderful! Sounds like you are having fun!

  6. Gorgeous card. A very Happy Birthday to your Mum. Fantastic colouring.

  7. What a perfect card for that special occasion Carol and I'm sure your Mum loved it. Happy birthday to her! Glad to hear you enjoyed the Bolton show - I was going to attend but it coincided with me being away. I do agree that a lot of the shows have changed recently with many stall holders deciding not to attend. I expect the costs are going up!

  8. What a fantastic age Carole and you did her proud with this amazing card I can see why you love this stamp and your colouring is fab Sounds like she had a very special birthday. I know what you mean about the craft shows so many companies no longer attend but i do like the atmosphere and meeting people so hope they all continue Sorry not been around for comment been on my hols Have to say I'm still struggling to get back into a craft routine Hope you are well Love and hugs Carole x

  9. What a lovely card! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Creative Inspirations! Good luck,

  10. Welcome back to the Playground Carole! And with such a gorgeous card too - just perfect for your Mum and 96 is brilliant!

    Like others, I hope the craft shows don't die out but they really have changed such a lot :(


    Di xx

  11. What a stunning red Rose Carole - I'm sure your Mum must have been delighted with this fabulous card. Happy 96th Birthday to your Mum!
    Hope you are well - hugs, Sylvia xxx

  12. beautiful card Carole...wonderful colour work and great match on the embossed background...happy birthday to your Mum and thank you for sharing with us over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge...hugs kath xxx

  13. Carole this is so beautiful! The perfect floral card!

  14. Such a gorgeously colored bloom and happy birthday to your mom! Thank you so much for playing along with us over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog this week :)

  15. So pretty! Love that image and the embossed background!
    Thank you for joining us at ATSM!
    The Leaf Studio

  16. What a GORGEOUS project, Carole! Thanks for joining us at ATSM.
    x Asha