Wednesday, 1 April 2020

'Happy April Fool'

Happy April Fool!....can you say that? well I've said it.

Who thought that when we all said Happy New Year 3 months ago this is where we would be today! ...but.....life is full of challenges..(.plenty in blogland too..lol) and we all moan that time passes quickly so I am looking forward to the day when I can say...Do you remember when?

I have to admit to having a distinct lack of motivation at present on the crafting front . I have made one or two cards well in advance this year so I wasn't at the last minute...I know by now I should have reached the end of next year with my planned cards but ...I haven't!...and thus having planed I would have more time to play.....that hasn't worked either......life threw us all the same challenge didn't it! ...which we are all facing and attacking in different ways as we do when we make cards for a challenge...we all interpret and create differently...but the end result meets the same challenge. So we will all meet this world challenge and get through it...so stay safe and well...and then we can ALL say 'Do you remember when?'...in due course.

OK sermon over and if you haven't switched off...(like you do with the news after a while.) I have a card to share that has now been received and appreciated.......


It's a Studio light stamp..a collage effect so the work is all done for the stamped background...it's called Stand Tall...can you guess why?
 The inking was done with distress inks but I never think to make a note of the colours I use till it's too late...sorry. I stamped it twice so I could fussy cut the flower...colouring only the stem and leaves and layering over the top, and added the Happy Birthday sentiment from Uniko.

I guess you have spent enough time reading my ramblings so till next time the message as always is stay safe and well...and be kind to yourself and each other.....

Thanks for stopping by and the comments you all so kindly leave.

Love and lots of crafty hugs
Carole xx

P.S. Mum loved her card which I actually took a week early (glad I did now) and was more taken with the butterfly than anything else!


Thursday, 12 March 2020

Mum in a Million

Hi everyone.....here I am with a  Mothers day card destined for my mum of course. She doesn't view my blog so no chance of spoiling it for her!


This is a 7 inch square. I cut a heart aperture (Spellbinders) in a white piece of card that was then cut with a triple embossed square (Phil Martin) and layered over another piece of card that I stamped with the script stamp. The whole panel is mounted on 3D foam on my base card.

The peony stamp is from a Crafters Companion set and I stamped on to watercolour card and coloured with my watercolour pens, and then fussy cut the image and mounted it on 3D pads.

The butterfly again is Crafters Companion but cut in vellum and colored with the same colours as the flower. It was then liberally sprinkled with glamour dust to make it sparkle and some pearls for its body.

The sentiments are computer generated and after great deliberation were finally placed flat on the card but edged with a black pen for a bit of contrast.

and the inside.....


The bud stamp is from the same stamp set as the main flower, coloured very pale with the same two colours  and the verse is computer generated.

Well the sun is shining here at present but boy is it windy...battering the daffodils and tulips that are fighting to declare Spring. Hubby is desperate to get in the garden but it is still so wet from all the rain of late.

Thank you to those of you who left me comments on my last post...so very much appreciated as our time is precious, and Thank you if you are reading this, the same applies, I appreciate the time you give to my humble ramblings.

Stay safe and well everyone and have a good weekend..it's almost  here.

Crafty hugs
Carole xx

Challenges entered :-

Crafty Girls Corner #204-------------Add a heart

Stamping Sensations------------------Spring Florals (hope the peony counts)

Creative Inspirations ------------------Pretty pastels

Simon Says------------------------------Use some green

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Hats , Flowers and Pigs!

Hi everyone..whizzing in with a quick post to show you the makes from card group last month.

After a 3 month break it was a bit hard to get back in to the swing of it all...I think people wanted to catch up really.......... however little time for chat, there was a lot to do and most of us...no probably all of us brought homework away with us.

Here's mine after a few finishing tweaks.......

No idea who's make of stamp this is...but coloured with copics and a bit of decoupage on the hat.


Polka Doodles flowers on this one.....



and it opens at the top.


I think these flowers are Honey Doo......


This is a Pink Ink stamp and sentiment ..don't we all believe we could?



and lastly more Polka doodles flowers.....


a lot of colouring involved as you can see...kept us all busy and ..quiet!!

I hope you are all keeping safe and well from fires, tornadoes, floods and viruses.....and anything else that threatens to make us suffer.

Still sorting here...the loft mainly...and still falling over stuff in the craft room...lol! How does one accumulate SO MUCH stuff?

Keep positive everyone...I am off to the hospital for neck injections today so crafting will be off limits for a couple of days but see you soon with my Mothers Day card for mum.

Take care everyone....smile ...we alter the clocks at the end of the month in the UK.. :)
Happy crafting

Love Carole xx

Monday, 24 February 2020

'Love'

All you need is love!!..and a bit of sunshine...oh and no gales! ...shall I go on? OK then I'll show you my card instead.......



Well actually all you need is 'love ' from Uniko and a heart die from 'The Works', card and a fine liner pen and away you go!
It was a bit fiddly paper piecing all those red hearts I have to say!

I will dedicate this card to all you lovely people who spare the time to stop by my blog, and especially those who leave me 'love' in the form of a comment. Your time and 'love' is so very much appreciated. Mwah

I hope this finds you all safe from floods, gales and anything else life and this world may throw at you...and fit and well too. If you are under the weather or having problems I hope you soon feel better. 

As I have said before the days are whippng past us again too quickly  BUT ...take heart the days are getting longer..(here in the UK anyway),  the daffs are reminding us that Spring is here despite what the weather dictates. SO SMILE everyone and spread a bit of 'love' ...then we can all feel ready for anything!

See you again soon
Crafty hugs
Carole xxxx

Sunday, 16 February 2020

Valentine

Hi ...just rushing in as the weekend comes to a close to share hubby's Valentine card (nearly forgot!)...to post it that is.


The die is another NBUS that I picked up in the sale at  the Works...and I love it!..lol. hubby did too. I think it will be useful for Anniversarys too.As you can see I cut it twice in white and red and offset them.

I hope you have all stayed safe in this weekends storm and not experienced too much damage.

Wishing you all a good week to come.
Crafty hugs
Carole xx

Thursday, 13 February 2020

Two of a kind.

Hello...I decided to have a play with some Uniko products last weekend. I picked three sets of stamps which are NBUS.........but now they are not anymore!

This is what I came up with..........


I used:- 'You are,Yes you', Background Pinstripe and Sentiments Outlined.
              Coloured with my new Phil Martin watercolour pens that were a surprise from hubby at Christmas.They have a really fine point on them so were perfect for colouring the sentiment. I didn't use watercolour card for the flower though so they didn't blend on the card I used otherwise they self blend.
I fussy cut the flower and raised the whole panel cut with a stitched rectangle on foam for a bit of dimension.
I am really quite pleased how this came together so I made another with a different sentiment and different colours.


Two cards in one afternoon!...that's a first for me.

For those of you that read my last post, Thomas loved his card, he thought it was like a transformer and put his hand in it like a puppet and let his imagination take over. It probably didn't last the day!..lol...but it was appreciated that's for sure.

I hope those of you in the UK have survived the storm  and the floods that it brought along with the gales.I gather storm Dennis is paying us a visit this weekend, so time to hibernate again. Today however is sunny intervals and no wind...a very welcome change.

Thank you to those of you taking time out of your busy lives to read this...it is as always so very much appreciated. Blog land seems very quiet these days.

Right I am off to the Playground to catch up with my mates as all the bits on this card were from snippets, except the base card of course...then I'm off to an 8th Birthday Party at Uniko followed by a couple of other challenges...so a busy day for me!!

I'll be back with hubby's Valentine card at the weekend so be sure to stop by again.
Take care
Crafty hugs
Carole.

Challenges entered ;-

Uniko 8th the Birthday Party

Just us Girls #522-------------------------------  Trend week Stripes



Snippets Playground #371 -------------------- all snippets except the base card.

Stamping sensations ----------------------------Feminine

Friday, 7 February 2020

Dinosaurs

Hello everyone.

In approximately an hour (or even earlier) there will be one very excited 4 year old in Australia!...where did those 4 years go to? As I type this it is early morning in Brisbane.

Here is the card I sent for him....





I hope he is still into his dinosaurs!

So I hope you re all well.   I see on visiting blog land that a lot of you have been very productive on the crafting front..........and very artistic too. I am always amazed at the imagination that you all have.

So yes I have been crafting in between the house sorting and a bit of craft room sorting...I haven't parted with much on the crafting front...well it may come in one day! At least it reminds me what I have....I just forget where it is!...lol

I hope you all have a good weekend and I thank you for paying me a visit. Hubby is out tomorrow so I am planning on a crafting day and a catch up of a couple of crafting programmes that I have recorded. I can do the ironing while I watch those!

Stay safe and well everyone and see you again soon I hope.

Crafty hugs
Carole xx