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Hello and welcome to my blog. Here I will be showcasing all my design team work, general crafting and digital scrap booking.I hope you enjoy seeing my creations and listening to my ramblings. If you leave a comment I'll know you've been and be able to visit you in return. I read and appreciate all comments which are left - good or bad! Thank you for taking the time to visit me. Pop back soon. Carol xx

Monday, 25 May 2015

Go After Your Dreams

Good morning all.

Hope you're all enjoying the Bank holiday weekend...not sure who's on holiday here in Scotland as the kids aren't off school today. We've had lovely weather so far which makes a change!

Sharing today one of the projects I made for my STAMPlorations mixed media design team application.

All the stamps and stencils are from STAMPlorations. I used acrylic paints and a brayer to build up the layers of colour and used texture paste with the stencils and distress inks with the stamps. Sentiment and rose stamps were stamped onto tissue paper with archival ink and applied with gel. Cheesecloth is from my stash.

Challenges entered:
Our Creative Corner - April showers bring May flowers
Scrap Around the World - mood board, I used the gorgeous colours
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - anything goes
Mixed Media Monthly - May flowers
Simon Says Stamp - stencil it

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Christmas Card Club "Gifts"

Good morning all.

We had a lovely day yesterday...the birds were certainly enjoying the garden...splashing in the bird bath, dust baths in the borders then gathering up the husky hair to line their nests! We've had a lot of starlings this year and yesterday we had dunnocks for the first time...they were sneaking up within a foot of Freya to pick up the fur lying on the grass. I did take some photos but discovered the memory card was still in the computer!!

Another two weeks have passed and it's time once again for our little Christmas Card Club to reveal what we've been up to. This time the lovely Zoe got to choose the theme and she's asked for "Gifts".
Here's my offering:

Another very simple card made using the second embossing folder in the Sissix pack I used last time round. White card was cut with a Spellbinders pierced die before I embossed, then mounted to the card base with foam tape. Sentiment was a magazine freebie. Pearls, gems and stickles were added to the tree to finish.

You'll find a list of the other girls on my sidebar if you'd like to pop around and see their makes, you won't be disappointed I'm sure.

Challenges entered:
CHNC - use something die cut or punched
Crimbo Crackers- anything goes
CHNC Extra - anything Christmas goes
Holly Jolly Christmas - clean and simple
Simply Create Too - keep it simple

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Tiger Take Two!

Good morning all.

As promised here is hubby's birthday card from yesterday. He used to have a thing about tigers and even made himself a Readicut rug with a tiger's head on it before I met him.

Unintentionally it is very similar to the oldie I showed yesterday! I recently bought a tiger stencil with the aim to use it for his card but after two failed attempts I gave up and resorted to a CD image...luckily I chose a different image from the one on yesterday's card! Image is from Joanna Sheen's Jayne Netley Mayhew CD and I've printed onto ice blue decoupage paper then matted and layered onto orange and black card. I do love the images on this CD.

Background has been embossed with the distress folder from Crafter's Companion then inked with DI. The inks used match the original colour scheme and as this part of the card was already made I couldn't add any more ink to it...and at this point I really couldn't be bothered to start again!!
Happy birthday sentiment is from Lawn Fawn, gemstone from my stash.

Challenges entered:
Simply Papercraft - anything goes
Sister Act Card Challenge - anything goes
Seize the Birthday - anything goes
Time Out - grunge with twist embossing
Inspiration Destination - anything goes
Penny's Paper-Crafty - anything goes
Cardz 4 Guyz - world wildlife
Creative Card Crew - embossing wet or dry
Party Time Tuesdays - anything goes
Not Just Cards - anything goes
Oh La La Creations - pre-coloured image
We Love to Create - anything creative/mixed media goes

Friday, 22 May 2015

Golden Oldie

Good morning all.

Hubby's birthday today, although we don't have any grand plans! In fact I don't even have a pressie for him yet eek...I do have a new card though which I will show you tomorrow.

Friday has magically appeared once more so I'm off over to Erika's to share an oldie.

This is the card I gave hubby in 2009...image and papers are from Joanna Sheen's Jayne Netley Mayhew CD.

Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Birthday Girl

Good morning all.

Summer arrived back yesterday thank goodness after we had everything thrown at us on Tuesday!

Sharing a birthday card for the little girl next door who is four today.

Square nesties and number dies from Spellbinders. Dinosaur stamps, dies and sentiment from Clearly Besotted. Clouds and sun dies from Wplus9. Grass and hills dies from Lawn Fawn. Sky and grass were inked with DI. I inked some waste card with various greens before stamping and die cutting the dinosaurs then added some detail with promarkers and a white gel pen. Googly eyes are a recent purchase from Pretty Pink Posh - I love these. I should have used pinks and purples to ink up the dinosaurs...maybe next time!
The Clearly Besotted and Wplus 9 goodies are all being aired for the first time.

Challenges entered:
Country View Challenges - simply scenic
Craft and Smash - animals
Crafting Musketeers - use a die cut
Crafty Time - anything new
Mema's Challenge - anything goes 

Monday, 18 May 2015

Merry Christmas

Good morning all.

Hope you've enjoyed your weekend...we've had a quiet one, a bit of football on Saturday (watching not playing!) and a lazy day yesterday. Some time spent helping eldest prepare for his upcoming trip to Iceland which is just over three weeks away now!

A clean and simple Christmas card to share today.

I masked off the top of the card base and stamped snowflakes with versamark and heat embossed with white detail EP, then inked with DI. Sentiment was also heat embossed. Stamps are from STAMPlorations. Snowflake die from Spellbinders, gems from my stash.

Challenges entered:
Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge - die cuts and punches
Sweet Stampin' - clean and simple
Crimbo Crackers - die cuts
Holly Jolly - clean and simple

Friday, 15 May 2015

Exciting News!!!

Good afternoon all.

I've been jumping up and down for several days now waiting to share my news.

I'm delighted to say that Shery from STAMPlorations has asked me to join her new mixed media design team and I'm so excited! We don't start until July but I can't wait to showcase Shery's fabulous stamps and stencils which can be found here.

Golden Oldie

Good morning all.

Well I finally made it into the craft room last night and managed a couple of hours of messy fun, the results of which you will see sometime soon.

As it's Friday once more...who pinched my week!! I'm off to join Erika to share a golden oldie.

The original post for my card can be found here. Stamp is from LOTV, die is from Cheery Lynn. This was my first (and probably only!) attempt at ribbon weaving on a card which ended up as a birthday card for my Mum in 2011.

Challenges entered:
Throwback Thursdays - Mother's Day/Background technique

I'll be back later with some exciting news!!