Saturday, 11 March 2023

Big Birthday Box card

 Hi Friends

Here at last! 

There seems to be an abundance of big Birthdays on my list this year...and this is the first one for a friend of mine.

No prizes for guessing the age!

All products used are from Crafters Companion. The butterflies were cut from a pad of acetate ones and then stuck to paper I had coloured with water pens, then a liberal dusting of glamour dust. I did try to colour the acetate, but that didn't work.

It's a while since I made one of these cards but they pack the wow factor, especially to a non crafter.

Speaking of Crafters Companion...I find it disappointing after all this time that they have introduced £3.95 postage charges for members of their scheme unless you spend a minimum of £20 for Gold and Platinum and £30 for Bronze and Silver members. It literally takes away any discount and means it becomes very expensive to buy a bargain, as the postage costs as much again! Does anyone else feel the same? I am definitely cutting back this year, due to this and also wanting to reduce my over flowing craft room somewhat. Unless you are buying big there is little to be gained I feel.

I hope you are all keeping well and warm here in the UK as we have had a return to winter, freezing temperatures and that white stuff we thought we had got away without. Roll on Spring which has supposed to have started!

Good that we alter the clocks soon and have lighter nights to look forward to.

Catch you again soon my friends

Crafty hugs and thank you for stopping by, your visits and comments are always very much appreciated.

Take care.


Tuesday, 7 February 2023

7 today!'s me, back again with Thomas's card as promised. I asked if it had arrived..I got told 'I think so' anyone's guess. 

When Thomas wakes (it is of course the middle of the night over there) he will be a Birthday Boy, no doubt a very excited one at that.  I remember at junior school being able to take your birthday cards into school to display on the windowsill in the classroom. Mind you in those day the postie came before school...not such the case anymore, here anyway.

Here is the one I made for Thomas after great deliberation. He is into Pokemon and I don't pretend to know what it is all about! but apparently he loves it, amongst other things like Minecraft now. Wonder what happened to the Lego phase?

The images were colouring pages I downloaded and resized and then used copics to colour, and then fussy cut the images (not my favourite pastime)

 I guess it's very self explanatory and the design is abit of a take on one I found on pinterest, but don't know where it originated.

So I hope Thomas has a wonderful 7th birthday and that his card has arrived. He won't be peeking at my blog anyway so this wont be spoiler for him.

Thanks for stopping by . Enjoy the rest of your week ad hopefully I will get to see you again soon.

Crafty hugs

Carole xx

Sunday, 5 February 2023

Plain sailing !

  H ello ! Nice to see you...thank you for stopping by.

I've got a male seaside themed card for a friends hubby. They live close to the sea (lucky things)!

Apologies for the photo that makes the card look misshapen.

 It was a 7x7inch card.

I stamped the Uniko sailing boat on to age old pp from an 8x8 pad, cutting off one strip of the shells and adding a contrast down either side. That strip I stuck down the side of the envelope before posting.

I paper pieced the sails on the boat with more paper bits from stash and die cut the little anchor and the sentiment from dark navy card. Added a few waves to grond the ship so to speak and there we have it. 

It took longer to get the idea than to execute in the end.

A brighter day her in West Yorkshire with the sun saying hi  now and again but it is still pretty cool here though the spring bulbs are showing and the snowdrops are in bloom.

I hope you are having a good weekend in your part of blogland, and are well.

Tale care, back again soon with Thomas's card (probably not arrived due to the cyber issues affecting international post)...sigh!

Crafty hugs

Carole xx

Saturday, 14 January 2023

Birthday Girl

 Happy New Year to all my cyber friends and followers. I wish you all a healthy and happy one.

Thank you for stopping by. 

My card today is for my DIL in Australia who is celebrating 40 years today! , well it will almost be over in Oz but I hope she has had a lovely day.  I sent this along with their Christmas cards so I know it arrived OK (wasn't I organised)

The heart and flowers are Uniko, the sentiments Phil Martin and the numbers ??..from stash.

The crafting world seems to be changing along with everything else these days. Digital seems to be the way that things are going. I personally derive no pleasure from reading a magazine online, I feel the same about my kindle, it has its plus moments, travelling ets but I so much prefer the magazine or book in my hand.and the same goes for shopping, I like to see and touch what I am considering purchasing, but once again the bricks and mortar are disappearing fast, probably due to the expense of keep them open.

The downfall to online buying is the time one has to wait for delivery and the cost of delivery on top, which is not always good here in the UK with postal strikes added into the mix.

 I ordered printer ink on the 14th December from Amazon which I have still not received, cost a fortune and is now scheduled to come at the end of the digital printing?? buying?? ....about the only option left. 

Craftwise I admire all the products out of America not readily available here and expensive again if they are due to import costs. I don't watch the TV channels as much these days as once again they seem to think you have lots to spend on these bundles and postage costs are high.

So I guess that's my New Year! ...........and my New Year Resolutions?, well not really made any other than to use what I have and all that new stuff still untouched. That is if I can remember what to do with it.

One quick question though to anyone out there. Is it best to store Pearlywinks upright or on their side please?

I bought some at the harrogate show last year and yes you guessed it, it has joined the unused

Plenty to remedy this year.

If you are still with me...thank you, see you again soon as Thomas's birthday card is winging its way to Oz, well maybe, apparently a cyber attack here on Royal Mail has held up international mail!! PLease remind me why I!

Take care everyone and stay safe and warm wherever you are.Thank you for your company.

Crafty hugs

Carole x

Friday, 23 December 2022

Christmas Wishes


I just want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful and Happy New Year...wherever you are and whatever you are doing.

I thank all of you that take the time and trouble to stop my blog and support both it and me.......without you there would be no reason to blog. I appreciate each and every one of you across the globe.

Stay safe and warm, enjoy the festivities, love one another and make lots of memories to treasure.

Crafty and seasonal hugs to you all.
Carole xx

Wednesday, 30 November 2022

Christmas en-route to Australia

 Hi Friends

I have deliberated whether to post these cards yet, but I very much doubt that my son in Australia visits my blog. He barely has time to Skype me so pretty sure he won't take a sneak peak..probably not bothered anyway.

So while Christmas is in the forefront of everyone's mind here in the they are.

First for Thomas who will  be 7 next February. They are vegetarian so I thought this quite apt....hope it makes him laugh.

I am sure he will think I have spelt Happy wrong!   this is a crafters Companion image coloured with copics and the sentiment comes with it. The 'grandson' is from my stash.

Next up one for Chloe who is 4 and starts school in January having just graduated from cap and gown job as well!! They start young these days.

This is a digi image from Rachelle Ann Miller.  I so fell in love with this image (tipped off by a blogging buddy about it...thank you!). Digi is not something I do much of I have to admit. Anyway I coloured again with copics and the sentiments are from stash. Happy Christmas is uniko stamps.

Finally one for son and DIL.....

Back to crafters Companion for this one...a set with stamps, stencil and dies. I have decided I need some fine stencil brushes for this as even finger daubers proved a bit too much. The background is done with a falling snow folder I found amongst my rather large collection of varying sized embossing folders (half I have never used...maybe 3/4)

So three for the price of one today folks! Hope you like them.

I'm hoping of course that they get there in time!  I bother making them because it is basically the only thing I can do for Thomas and Chloe being so far away and sending gifts now is prohibitively expensive so rely on my son to buy them something with money I send. Not quite the same I have to say.

I am grateful for Moonpig in return! and 'A card is a card' as my son says!

I still have s few cards to make and I know I am fast running out of time, add to that the postal strikes here in the UK (who isn't going on strike) and I need to get my skates on.

So it's Ta Ra folks for now, best get stuck in.

Thanks for stopping by when time is of the essence.

Take care, keep warm and well.

Crafty hugs

Carole x

Saturday, 26 November 2022

Birthday time...again!

 Hi Friends

This past week has been a week for birthdays. Mine and my future DIL who's is two days before mine.

She has two horses ad teaches riding so it is difficult to organise celebrating, Anyway here is her card featuring a horse, the box for it and a tiny exploding box I made to match for her present.

A better look at the card...a Crafters Companion signature collection image coloured with copics....

So there we have it! 

Now I can concentrate on Christmas!

Thanks for stopping by, I know we are all very busy, but your thoughts and comments are very much appreciated.

Wishing you all a good weekend.

Crafty hugs and take care

Carole x