Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Trial and error?

Hi friends! Hope this finds you all well, and if you are in the UK, I hope you are keeping warm and are not knee deep in snow! Spring eh!
Grab a cuppa and a biscuit...a bit of a long post today!

Trial and error??.........yes I have been playing and creating this week. Mojo is back part time....apparently that's all it wants to work...whoever thought it was full time in the first place!

Anyway last Saturday I went to a demo Day at Samuel Taylors in Leeds where, Jenny Mayes (Hobbyart), Fiona Clayton (Crafters Companion) and John Lockwood (Creative Expressions) were all demonstrating.......it was extremely busy as you can imagine!

I succumbed to a demo of dandelion stamps done by Jenny...and was of course tempted to buy them...it would have been rude not to wouldn't it? So I have been making a couple of cards similar to one that she created.

Now for the trial bit......do I use Distress Inks? or Colour Cloud inks? for my background ...I know I'll give both go...so out came my new pack of Sheena's stamping card......guaranteed to be good for anything apparently. Then out came Colour Cloud inks and smoothies (not the drinking kind silly....they've been replaced by chocolate)....cone shaped sponges and also the distress inks and blending tools.
Two separate pieces of card cut to size...and in both cases the result is a very splodgy mess. It dried a bit better but was not the smooth blending it was supposed to be...waste it?...no way...so I have used it as my backgrounds. The darker, stronger one is the Distress inks and the paler one the Colour Cloud. So that was the error bit...or errors!!

SO ..............

Is it the card or is it me?.I would love it if you would let me know...and if you think it's the card...please tell me what to use.

Here they are...........................TA DA.................

Distress ink background....

and a close up to show the sparkle....

and the one with the Colour Cloud background......much softer.....

All the stamps are from the set,  and I added a bit of green copic to the leaves and some patina Stickles to the dandelions and the dragonfly wings.(Yes i gave the Glamour dust a miss this time). The large sentiment is from the set but the small 'make a wish' is from my stash.

PHEW!!.....hello are you still with me?

At last I am back in the groove...a little anyway....and it must be a first that I have bought something and played with it almost straight away!

Thank you for popping in...and if you have left me some advice or just some love...Thank you...I love to read your comments. I have made some lovely on line friends through blogging. MWAH to you all.

Now take care as you go and I hope I will see you all again soon! (maybe a shorter post next time)
Crafty hugs
Carole xx

Friday, 14 April 2017

Happy Easter

Hello to all my lovely friends and followers and a very Happy Easter! I hope you are having a good start to the long weekend. Today it has rained here...so the gardening had to be abandoned and became a trip to the Garden Centre instead! Fingers crossed for sunshine tomorrow.

OK... well a couple of Easter cards...late as ever I know.(well almost)..but I have used some NBUS stuff here...was going to Darnell's party for NBUS and boo boo's..........but big BOO BOO for me...I was too late!!!!.....nothing new there then! The door said closed and Darnell waved at me through the window while simultaneously eating chocolate!!..hope she saved me a bit! I think she wanted me to go in, but I hung my head in shame and ran away! Better luck next time...but I can share them with you (my cards that is) and I an smug in the fact I have used some NBUS too.......:)

Enough wittering and jollity...here are my offerings.......

and the second one............

Both new LOTV images and new die that I have been coveting for a while now.(Wonky rectangles).
Both these images were coloured with copics and mounted on foam pads for a bit of dimension.

Well Thank You so very much for stopping by on your precious days off...and also Thank You for all your lovely comments that you leave me...they are so very much appreciated as you know. You are a wonderful bunch and hopefully after Easter my Mr Mojo will return..................I think he's on a job share somewhere that doesn't include me!!

I hope you enjoy the rest of your Easter break with lots of chocolate and good times with friends and family.

See you soon!
Carole xx

Friday, 7 April 2017


Well another week written off!..............and still not a lot to show for it!.but I won't beat myself up about it. Instead I will share a re-cycled card image...........no I didn't get it out of the re-cycling bin!

I love this image (from and old card I think) and it was too nice to bin...so I remounted it....yes quick and easy...NO it wasn't , it must have taken me an hour to decide which colours to mount it on!.........you have to laugh at me really! Anyway left it sentiment free for any use. the photo is not brilliant and I know you can see the lime green, the other colour is dark navy.

So how are we all?...ready for the weekend? We have had some lovely sunny days recently but still a bit on the chilly side and  today it has taken toll now (4.0pm) for the sun to come out to play.......so the washing went in the dryer...sigh...much prefer that fresh outdoor smell.

Thank you for popping by and I hope you all enjoy whatever you are doing this weekend. Your visits are so very much appreciated and if you see my Mr Mojo...please please head him in the right direction!...or perhaps I need a bit of re-cycling myself!

Take care folks.
Crafty hugs
Carole xx

Friday, 31 March 2017

Remember me?

Hello there...remember me? Yes sorry I have been a bad blogger lately and time once again has got away with me (almost April..EEK)...plus Mr Mojo is on holiday...YET AGAIN!!!

Anyway I have not been totally idle, but I am not sure that what I have made is worthy of blog status really.....quick and easy.....still took along time to think about what to do with this topper...and I have nothing else to share so here is the result....

Poor photo...sorry! the sentiment is Craftwork Cards and says....'Have a blooming wonderful Day'

I think it speaks for itself and there is no great artistic talent (not that I have any anyway) on this. The purple card was a large snippet left over from a 12 inch square so I embossed it for my background. I have at least used up a bit of stash!

I am rushing off to the playground with this while the sun is shining...haven't been for awhile and I have a bag of sweets to share!

Hope this is finding you all well and ready for a lovely weekend...hope the weather is as good as it was here last weekend!
Thank you so much for popping in and I will be back with something a bit better to show you hopefully when Mojo returns!! I do appreciate the comments and love that you leave me...thanks again!!!!! I am so luck to have wonderful blogging buddies.

Now shall I press publish?

Enjoy your weekend friends.
Take care
Love Carole xx

Challenges entered

Snippets Playground weeks 273/274

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

There are fairies at the bottom of my Garden!

Hi my friends.......those fairies don't seem to come and do the ironing etc that they are supposed to do......though my husband says they visit him!!......he finds his clothes all washed and neatly pressed! I must be doing something wrong....I have to do my own!

Anyway I have been playing this last week and using up some old stash...yes all of four pre printed cards that I have had for ages!.......and no.... I have no more room in my craft room as a result.
The cards came with a sheet of sentiments to layer on top , but me being me, decided that was too easy...so out came the stamps.....fairies, Lavinia I think...all stamped with archival as the card is shiny. I had to add liberal amounts of Glamour dust of course!

and one close up

The sentiment stamps are from a Phil Martin set...very useful!

I now have four one layer cards for my stash..........still in the craft room, but in a different place..lol

I really will have to find somewhere different to photograph my cards, they are not coming out well at all.

So how are we all? I hope some sun is shining for you...lovely spring day here in West Yorkshire, but I do know some of you over the pond are either sinking in snow , or baking in the heat! Funny weather!! Anyway I do hope you are all well and safe, and if you are having a bad week...or more, I hope it all improves soon for you.

Thank you for stopping by, for all the lovely comments you leave me, I so love to read them all and know that I have such lovely friends all over the world. Friends that give of their precious time to visit my humble little blog......mwahh to you all.

Ok... well this fairy had best spread her wings and go and magic something up for tea tonight. Can't spoil the magic for hubby can I?...lol

Enjoy the rest of your week
Carole xx

PS.  When I make a card you can always bet your bottom dollar that the week following my post there will be a challenge for that topic...always too late for me to enter...so watch this space...I bet next week somewhere there will be fairies!!.....and not only at the bottom of my garden.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

For mum!

Hi there folks! Hope you are all well.

Mothers Day is looming here in the UK at the end of the month and Spring and Mothers Day...Easter too..... always say yellow/purple to me. So...I chose purple for my card for mum and used a freebie set that came recently with a magazine.

The backing paper is from a now discontinued (sadly...I love this pad) LOTV pad. The tea-cup is a die and the flowers and tag are stamps that were embossed in gold and fussy cut after coloring with copics. I raised the flowers on 3D foam pads. The bit of trellis is from a Spellbinders die. Lots of snippets used here so no prizes where I will be heading this week! The centre panel is also raised on foam.
Apologies for the dire photo...I really seem to have lost the knack but have also changed my 'take area' and I don't think it is as good.

So I am organised for that occasion and mum won't be peeping so she will not see it.

We've had a few nice Spring days here and the little daffs are in full bloom in the garden, the snowdrops are finished though. The ground is just so wet with all the rain and never seems to dry up.

Hope you are all having a good week, I see some beautiful work in blogland and it never ceases to amaze me how prolific some of you are with your cards...it takes me hours just to do one!! You wouldn't believe how long it took to put this together...choosing the right papers etc..........absolutely ages.

Ok time for a cuppa and see if there is anything on the box worth watching.

Take care everyone, stay well, see you again soon.

Crafty hugs
Carole xx

Challenges entered :-

Snippets playground weeks 271/272.............apart from the base layer all snippets from my newly organised boxes!
Allsorts week 405............Spring

Monday, 27 February 2017


Good Morning friends!
Well here we are on the last but one day of February!(just) Another year hurtling past way too quickly!
Firstly welcome to Babs my latest follower,I hope you drop in often and like what you see and maybe have a laugh too!

I've been sorting my 'snippets' boxes this week....yes I know sad isn't it, but it gave me chance to remind myself what there is lurking...didn't throw much out...and I have three boxes....yes three! but to be fair one is a big old toy box for the big pieces, the second is an A4 box for medium bits and the third a small A5 for the tiny bits!! I think the smallest bit I have is one inch square!...well you never know they may come in one day. All neat and tidy now (well the big one anyway).

While sorting I uncovered this already die cut frame on a piece of white linen card...it's a stitched edge so I figure it belongs to a Sue Wilson die...lovely shape, and then I found this beautiful poppy picture...and yes a card was born with the addition of a piece of 'Hunkydory Adorable Scorable in a very pale green for the base card..I have resisted glittering the image as it is so beautiful on it's own and I didn't know whether to add a sentiment or not...it's 'or not' at present as you can see. Let me know what you think.
Left it flat for posting.

So even though I feel I haven't really created much here, I have used up some pieces that have been lurking a good while and that is satisfying. I think I will pop to the playground with this one, I haven't used any snippets recently and am missing my friends there...it's just not the same looking through the railings!

Hope you are all well and having a good week. Thank you so much for popping by and for all the lovely comments you leave me.

Now need to find my wellies as I think there might be a few puddles in the Playground and I feel rebellious!

Ta Ra for now...or see you there!
Carole xx

Challenges entered
Pixies snippets playground...................week 269/270... frame is a snippet

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

'Happy Valentine's Day'

Hi everyone...yes Happy Valentines Day to you all, I hope you are all enjoying celebrating (or not as the case may be) in your own way. M & S meal for two for hubby and I tonight!

The postman has just appeared in the street...early today.......different postie today.....aahhh he's gone straight past!...well that just about sums it up for me eh!..no secret admirers... could possibly omit the secret bit here...good job hubby gave me a card!...lol

So here is the card that I made for him..........

Apologies for the poor photo...bad lighting and it doesn't really do the card justice. the red background is my play on glossy card with alcohol inks in red and gold (the gold barely shows I know) and I cut the love out of the snippet that was left, cut a couple of times and layered up.

The heart die is a new purchase with Christmas money and is by Concord 9...love this die and I have Carol M to blame for setting me off on this one with her lovely card using the same die.....

Just so love the colours she has used.

I think my love word die is Crafters Companion but not 100% sure on that one. I raised the top panel after pricking the edges and added the pearl heart. Hubby seems happy with it!

I am entering a few challenges this week  :-

Uniko....................................Anything goes--twist of love
Time out##76........................Inspired by words
Allsorts Challenge 402.........Hearts and /or flowers
That's crafty.......................... I heart you
Casology 236........................Romance

Boy that was hard...really got myself tied in knots doing that, perhaps why I don't bother a lot of the time! If anyone knows an easy way to do all this linking stuff then please let me know...oh...and if anyone can tell me how to get my name on to my photos I would be grateful for that help too.....I know I don't ask for much do I!!!

OK...best go and get something achieved today now. Thank you all for stopping by and if you leave me a comment an extra Thank you...I so love to read them as you know.
Enjoy your day, evening and the rest of your week and take care.

Crafty hugs and love too (well it's Valentines day remember)...mmmmm wonder if I could get away with opening the Prosecco now?

Carole xx

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Where did that year go?

Hi there folks...how's things? ......yes a year has flown since Thomas was born, seems like it was only yesterday!...time sure has wings.

Here is his card...HAPPY BIRTHDAY THOMAS......I hope the card made it in the luggage with them to Australia where they went to live at the end of last month.... bet it is a bit warmer there than it is here!...miss them so much!

It's pretty self explanatory and all the dies except the 'number 1' are Sue Wilson. The 'number 1' is from Sara of Crafters Companion...her Birthday collection, and I mounted that on foam pads. These numbers are larger than the free ones I used on my last card so make a bit more of a statement...but are a bit big for the technique I used in my last post.
The sentiment stamps are a mix from my stash.

There are some wonderful creations out there in blog land....such talented people...yes you!!! I have to admit to be rather lacking in motivation at present...hoping it returns soon, though I am getting the urge to get out the old alcohol inks for a play...watch this space! (need to find them first)...lol

Hope you are all well and keeping warm wherever you are.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by and also for all the lovely comments you leave me that brighten my day. I love to read them...mwah to you all.

Take care...I'll be back when I have another share.....maybe when I find those inks!!

Crafty hugs and love
Carole xx

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Pick a number......

double it...add 10........divide by 2...multiply by 6.......OH!....Hi there!

..........well that's January almost put to bed...and so another year is rattling past.
 Visiting blogland I see you all are experiencing the same.....speed of time and lack of mojo...maybe there is a 'mojo party' somewhere that we all need to join in!!

Well I have managed a card this week...and I struggled I have to admit...a 70th for a male.....here it is.......

Sorry about the poor photo but the light is poor here today, wet and grey and downright miserable really.

This card was not as easy as it first looks and I have to admit to CASING it from pinterest. This is the cased card...I am not sure of it's origin but 'Thank you' to whoever made it for the inspiration....great idea.

The numbers are actually cut out of the top layer which is mounted on foam for depth...I know in the photo they can look as though they are stuck on, which is another way of doing it I guess.

The fiddly bit is putting all the centre bits back in on foam...like in the 4 and 8, 6 and 9.....for me the jury is out on this one.

Anyway I am popping over to the last week of Darnells NBUS challenge...too late for week two (casing) and sorry no sign of bubble wrap here but the numbers I used are on their first outing ...they were free with magazine...and Santa brought me a Gemini machine...and yes this was my first cut on my pristine plates!!...so that's new too!

Thanks for popping in and brightening my day....and if you have left me a comment thanks again, I love to read them all and it reminds me of the lovely bunch of friends that I have in blogland.

Take care, keep warm and well and see you soon.
Carole xx

Challenges entered;_

Darnells NBUS #10 week 3................new number dies and new die cutting machine

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Peony Power!!

Hello there everyone!
Well January is already whizzing past isn't it!...doesn't bode well for the rest of the year does it! I haven't made any new year resolutions this time...they never last, and always I vow to sort out my crafty stash and cull the collection somewhat...never happens...it 'might just come in' is the saying that springs to mind...ring any bells?

I have a Birthday card to share using my Altenew Peony layering stamps and matching dies. The embossing folder I used is from Crafters Companion...Sara's Birthday collection.....a lovely folder and I die cut part of a circle with a Spellbinder die and then embossed the panel which was then raised on foam pads as was the flower. I highlighted 'Happy Birthday' with some ancient Sakura stardust pens...still good to use!

and for that bit of sparkle I winked the flower!

am really pleased with how this turned out so i made two more in different colours.

Thank you for stopping by and for any lovely comments you may choose to leave me.....lifes events have taken over here so my crafting is sporadic at the moment, as is my commenting but I do keep having a sneaky peak at the wonderful creations you are posting......I will catch up soon!

Sunny and very windy here today...so if you are experiencing wild weather...take care...leave the brolly at home....or give us a wave as you blow over...lol!!

crafty hugs
Carole xx

Challenges entered ;_

Pixies Snippets Playground weeks 263/264.....................flowers cut from snippets of white card
Alphabet Challenge blog..................................................V for violet
Wednesdays creative Inspiration Challenge blog 266......Fabulous flowers

Sunday, 1 January 2017


I just want to wish all my friends and followers a very........

May it bring you all Health , Happiness and Peace!

Thank you all for supporting me and my little crafting blog....you love is so very much appreciated.


Carole xx