Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Full Steam ahead!

Hi there friends!
Just whooshing past today with a quick share of hubby's Birthday card ! I am on with the Christmas cards...some (just a few) are done but I cannot share Birthday card it is.....

Hubby is a lover of steam trains and I have to say quite critical of some of the dies out there.... but he liked this one very much and really loved his that pleased me   :)
I can't remember the make of the train die (sorry) but I cut it twice in black and in white and slightly off set them so a tinge of white showed. The back layer had to be solid (to show through the gaps) so I embossed in grey (rather than cut) and then fussy cut out the outline so I had a solid shape. (hope you get that).
I used distress inks for the scene and the little trees are Card-io. The sentiments are a mix of dies and the background was embossed with a Sheena texture die and inked ever so lightly just to highlight a bit.

OK full steam ahead for me now...lots to do on that list..........and not a lot crossed off yet!! I do hope you are all well and having a good week. It's been pretty hectic here of late with Birthdays and hubby having holiday from work...back to normal now...normal...whats that? I feel like I am on a treadmill....but not losing the weight!

Thank you so much for stopping by at this busy time, your visit is much appreciated.
See you again soon I hope.
Take care
Crafty hugs
Carole xx

Challenges entered.....

Snippets Playground week 258.............a lot of various sizes used on this card.
Happy Little Stampers.....Anything goes with dies December


  1. A super masculine card Carole, sounds perfect for your hubby. We have the Nene Valley steam railways at Peterborough.

    B x

  2. The background is fabulous......stunning. Brilliant train die and love the design. Hugs, Carol S.xx

  3. Really fabulous male card Carole and that is a super die. I'm giving up with the list 'cause every time I cross off one to do thing two more magically appear xx

  4. Tremendous male card Carole. The background scene is immense! x

  5. Okay, my friend...crossing my fingers (which makes typing a challenge *grin*), eyes and legs that this comment will stick! If not, I'll blame it (amongst other things), on our balmy *high* of minus 32C today! Even her at work, I'm wearing long johns inside, along with my gigantic North Face parka draped over my shoulders! Anyway...your card is fantastic! Perfect and personal for your steam-train loving husband! My Christmas cards are still happening, although I'm seeing an end (almost) to the 'must have' and shifting to 'nice to have'...

  6. It's a work of art and I'm so pleased it passed the critics test. Looking forward to seeing the Christmas cards. Mine are mostly done but then matching them up with envelopes earlier I discovered I didn't have enough white square ones. There's always something else to do...

  7. A really lovely card Carole, I bet Alan was really pleased with it.I love how you have done the scenery at the back.. beautiful:)
    Sis xx

  8. Fabulous card Carole! And that train really is a wonderful die cut - I totally o got how you embossed and then cut the grey backing - looks great! The die is made by Sweet Dixie btw :) Little Miss Marple here loves a challenge!


    Di xx

  9. Hi Carole

    What a brilliant card. I love the wonderful scene you have created behind the die. No wonder your hubby was thrilled with it.

    Well done on chipping away at those Christmas cards. Just one more batch of Christmas cards needed to comoplete an order and then I can start making some for us to give!! Yay!!

    Hoping the tree will go up this weekend too! I love Christmas!

    Hope hubby had a good birthday. Do you have a joint celebration with your birthdays being so close .. .. or go for two (as you should).

    Love Jules xx

  10. Love it Carole, perfect card for your Hubby if he's a train fan and I'm not surprised he was pleased with it.

    Anne x

  11. What a great design Carole! I bet he loved it!

  12. FAB masculine birthday card. Love hiw u created the scene behind xxx

  13. Wow! That's some card! It's fabulous!!

  14. Super masculine card!
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