Saturday, 24 October 2020

Tower Bridge

 Here I am at last with a card to share. I have to say I struggled with this and several attempts saw the bin.

I really can't take credit for the design as it is a CASE of one Jenny Mayes (HobbyArt) did on the telly that prompted me to buy the stamp. She made it look so easy!

It was to post to Australia for my sons birthday and fortunately it only took 3 weeks to arrive...the day before his birthday. So much better than Chloes' card that took 3 months to get there!

So now I can share with you......this lovely stamp reminded me so much of a wonderful day we spent in London with them before they emigrated. We visited Tower Bridge...did the tourist bit of it...yes glass floor as well!...eek! and when we came out we were greeted with the bridge opening...bonus!



A pretty poor attempt at a bit of watercoloring but the best of a bad lot!..lol

Thank you so much for all the kind comments you have left me on my last post. It cheers me to think of the wonderful friends that I have in blogland....such a lovely lot you are.

I do hope you are managing to stay well and safe as this wretched year hurtles past us. Lets hope 2021 heralds the hope of better things to come.

Till next time...take care everyone.

Love Carole xx

Friday, 2 October 2020

'Get well' with a difference!

 Hello blogging friends! I hope you are all keeping well and staying safe.

No new crafting here yet...but....

I'm back with a card that I made before lockdown...but never blogged because it was for a friend having a joint replacement operation, which of course was cancelled because of Covid. However she has just had the said operation and so now she has at last received her card and I can share it with you.

Knitting is her hobby...here is her card......



The die is Crafters Companion...the rest, I am sorry I can't remember but I am sure the card is pretty much self explanatory and the sentiment is computer generated.

It may be a while before you see me again, some of you will know the reason for my long absence from blogland, but for those of you who don't and are wondering then please read on......

Sadly at the end of June my dear hubby, best friend and soulmate passed away, just 3 weeks after being given a terminal cancer diagnosis. We had no idea he was ill before then so it was a big shock and now I have to rebuild my life without him in it. He retired just  a year ago and we had plans to do so much together although Covid had already put a stop to that this year anyway.

 I am sure you can understand why my crafting mojo has gone awol...I hope it will return soon, but till it does I am blessed to have wonderful blogging friends to help and inspire me. 

Till next time, please take care, keep safe and well in this turbulent time .

Thank you and big hugs to you all.

Carole xx

Thursday, 11 June 2020

100 years

Hi everyone!

Better late than never! Last Sunday was my mums 100th Birthday.. Not quite the celebration it should have been. Covid has certainly spoiled a lot of thing for a lot of people this year.

As promised here is the card that I made for her.......

(Photo heavy...best get a cuppa...)

First up the box to put it in.....



and then the card....8" square with front folded back ad a 6" card inside folded the opposite way.



Co-ordinating papers from a Nitwits pad LOTV I think! and the border edging is an age old border punch! ...remember them? Sentiment dies are Crafters Companion and the corner pearls are Creative Expressions. Sorry not very clear in the photos.






and finally both together.


It was hard not being able to see her on her birthday and give her a hug...typical that the weather changed a couple of days before after all the glorious sunshine.

A little bit different for me...and if I am honest I am not sure about it even now. I think I have got used to the more CAS look. 

Crafting has taken a back seat in the Dixon household just now, with life having taken a big change for us, and things to deal with...so if I am absent for a while, I haven't forgotten you all and will still be peeking at your creations but probably not leaving you the love you deserve in the form of a comment....forgive me please and be sure I will surface again at some point.

Till then...thank you for stopping by...and stay safe and well in this strange world.
Crafty hugs
Love Carole xx

Monday, 1 June 2020

A kit and blogger experiment!

Hi Everyone!

Well here we are at the beginning of June and the easing of Lockdown!...I for one will still be carrying on the same and not venturing out more than is necessary. This rapid release worries me I have to say.

Thank you to those of you that left such lovely comments regarding the album I did for my son...when I found your comments that is...they were not coming through on the email to alert me. As blogger is once again messing with our heads I am giving this post a go on the new blogger....here goes....

Three quick cards made with a kit I have had for ages and decided it was time to at least use part of it....nothing special in the creation.....

One in pink....



In blue....




and green.....(just showing off now!..lol ) I have also changed font size to large for those who are interested....or struggle to read small print. Let me know what you think about it.




I think they are an ages old Kanban kit.

I normally wouldn't have blogged these but as I have nothing new that I can share with you yet then I though I would experiment with posting these!......so far so good!

I think I will leave linking for another time...lol! I always struggle with that and I wouldn't enter any challenges with these.

Apologies for not being around much...I have been making the most of the nice weather!

Thanks for popping in...stay well..stay safe..and see you again soon. :)

Love Carole xx


Wednesday, 6 May 2020

This is your Life!


Hi everyone I'm back. It's been awhile since my last post but I have been busy in the craft room...honest!

Actually I have created my first ever scrapbook....drum roll please! I am proud to say that I used loads of snippets...BUT...made several more in the process as well..lol!

Monday saw my eldest son turn the big 40!.....so mum here thought what a good idea to do him a scrapbook of his 40 years...so here are a few pictures of my efforts....photo heavy.









I used a Hobbycraft scrapbook with 40 pages but the ring binder was not big enough for it all , so I and rebound it with the Zutter and hubby's help.


here you can see how thick it was!


I was very happy with all my efforts and pleased to say that so was Andrew, who said it brought tears to his eyes.
I was just disappointed that I couldn't actually see him open it and give him a big hug.and kiss.

So that's why I have been missing folks!

For those of you who read about Zog in my previous post...... I am sad to say he has still not arrived in Australia...we wait to see if he arrives before her next birthday or has just gone missing.!

I hope you are all staying safe and well  and thank you for your visit which is so much appreciated as you know.

Till next time

Crafty hugs and love to you all

Carole xxxx

Monday, 27 April 2020

Zog...lost on route to Oz!

Hello! Sorry to have been a bad blogger but sunshine and something else creative (under wraps just yet) have been taking precedence here....honest.

Well today I want to share  my card for our Grandaughters 2nd Birthday. It winged its way to Australia on March 23rd.....sad to say it still has not arrived. :(



Chloe is apparently into Zog..a Julia Donaldson creation (she did the gruffalo for those of you that dont  know .

I took my free images from the internet...for personal use only I might add....no profit.




All a bit academic really but I thought I would share it with you. I did some distress inkink on the card and the sentiment inside was done in publisher.

Thank you for popping in, I love your visits...the only sort I get at the moment....lol

I hope you are all staying safe well and not too fed up yet with the lockdown...seems like we still have a bit to go though it seems some people already think differently!

Till next time I must go and press on with my creation as i only have a week left to complete...quite a challenge I have to say...but only because I left it a bit late to start!

Crafty hugs
Carole xx




Sunday, 19 April 2020

Thankful thoughts.

Well I have been a bad blogger of late, but just not been in the mindset to craft somehow and have been making the most of this lovely April sunshine.

However a kind blogging buddy sent me some card to trial in my printer...so...I printed off a digi image twice and got to work colouring and thus making a couple  of cards. The card is super smooth very white and went through the printer very easily. Also no smudging with the copics and the printer ink, though I left them to dry overnight before colouring.

Here they are..............first in pink...



and then in yellow.....



I softened the white card around the image with distress oxides in worn lipstick and squeezed lemonade.
The image I believe is s Uniko freeby digi with a magazine ages ago.


I do hope you are all keeping well and staying safe in these difficult times...thank you to all of those whose blogs I have visited that manage to give us inspiration and a crafty fix when some of us are lacking.

Thanks for stopping by today...I wish you all a good and productive week whatever you find to do to keep positive. I appreciate you all, am 'thinking of you' and 'thank you'.

Crafty hugs and well wishes
Love Carole xx