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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

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Muriel

Good morning all.

I hope you're all enjoying the same lovely weather we're having this weekend.

Another birthday card to share today for another sister who has a birthday in November.


Another rocker card using Muriel from Saturated Canary, coloured with promarkers , then die cut. Backing papers from Wild Rose Studio's Bella pack. Butterfly and fern dies from Marianne Design, all other dies from Spellbinders. Sentiment from LOTV. Flowers from Petal Lu. Ribbons and charm from my stash. Card is finished with some stickles.

(Promarkers used: lilac, amethyst and purple; soft lime, lemon and canary; forest, pine and meadow greens) 


Challenges entered:
A Gem of a Challenge - it's summertime
Brown Sugar - anything goes
Stemplesonnen - anything goes
Sweet Pea Stampers - lots of layers
Crafting by Design - dog days of summer
Little Red Wagon - girl power
Wonderful Wednesday - anything goes
That Craft Place - summery colours

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Art Deco (hopefully)

Good morning all.

The rain arrived as forecast yesterday and freshened everything up, it's definitely warmer than it was at the beginning of the week too.

I needed a card for a swap with the theme of "Art Deco". I'd nothing in my stash vaguely resembling Art Deco....until I remembered this C&C kit which I hope looks at least faintly Art Deco!


I've no idea what the kit was called as I was given it by a friend. I chopped a card blank in half and layered the front onto a white card blank. White die cut is a Spellbinders die, making it's first appearance and I used the back of the card blank to cut the inner die. Decoupage is layered up with foam pads. Card finished off with a bow and some gems.
Not really my kind of card but needs must!


Challenges entered:
Alphabet Challenge - O for ombre
Creative Corner - anything goes
Sister Act - anything goes
Chocolate, Coffee & Card - tic tac toe (die cut, bow, blue)
Crafts 4 Eternity - tic tac toe (something old - card kit, blue, something new - fancy die)
4 Crafty Chicks - something old, something new (card kit and die)


Friday, 29 August 2014

Ava

Good morning all.

Thank you for your comments on my makes over the last few days...Lora definitely wouldn't appreciate the new look to her empty bottle so it's destined for my bedroom or bathroom me thinks!

Well the rain has held off most of the week here so far, though I think it is forecast for this afternoon. Thank goodness the temperature has gone up a little though!

A birthday card to share today for one of my sisters who has a birthday in November.


I've made a rocker card using my favourite grand fancy circles dies, which I haven't used for a while. Card is centura pearl from Crafter's Companion. My image is called  Ava from Saturated Canary and I've coloured her with promarkers and fussy cut. Papers are from KandCo (a several year old 12 x 12 pad) and First Edition. Fern and butterfly die are from Marianne Design, all other dies from Spellbinders. Sentiment from LOTV. Ribbons, flowers, gems and charm are mostly very old stash.

(Promarkers used: Cornflower and China Blue; Honeycomb, Saffron and Vanilla; Oatmeal, Mustard Buttercup and Eggnog)


Challenges entered:
Crafty Ribbon - birthday with ribbon
Crafters Cafe - punches and dies
Divas by Design - happy birthday
Inky Impressions - anything goes
Loves Rubber Stamps - 2 or more patterned papers
Shopping our Stash - ABC (Ava, blue, circles)
Card Mania - butterflies and bows
Craft-Dee Bowz - anything goes with a handmade bow
Creative Corner - anything goes

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Altered Bottle

Good morning all.

We had a visit from this little cheeky chap yesterday...decided to help itself to Freya's food whilst she went for a walk....she was not amused when she got back!!


I don't know how many of you are like me and have dozens of articles queued up waiting to be altered/upcycled....I see so many lovely things done by others and look at my blank canvases and feel a bit daunted! However I saw this little bottle in Lora's bedroom the other day and decided to half inch it when she wasn't looking!! It's only about 5" high so an easy size to start with.
Typically being in senior moment mode yesterday when I started the altering I forgot to take a before picture but it started life as a jelly bean jar from a hotel mini bar. This is what it looks like now.


First I painted with Gesso, then Vintage Lace acrylic paint from Paper Artsy, I've then added some gold gilding to age it. The decoupage is a very old one from Anna Griffin...one of my very first craft buys! Ribbon, raffia, bows, button, fan and pearl are all from my stash.


Challenges entered:
Try it on Tuesday - use your stash (decoupage)
Scribble and Scrap - anything goes
Altered Eclectics - anything goes
TokBobok - mixed media

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Poppies

Good morning all.

I think my senior moments are getting out of control...I sent hubby to the orthodontist with Lora yesterday after school when the appointment is quite clearly written in the diary for today...oops!!

I managed some more crafting yesterday, here is what I made.


I was mooching through all my digi stamps a few days ago and decided I wanted to colour up these poppies from Delicious Doodles. I have used the image once before but I left it uncoloured. Coloured with promarkers before being die cut. Dies all from Spellbinders; paper from Me to You; sentiment, lace, bow and charm from my stash.

I've spent some time trawling the net for promarker colour combinations as I always find it difficult to pick the right shades to blend...Letraset have a brilliant hints and tips section...why haven't I visited it before. I love how this image turned out :) I've decided to add the colours used to my posts so I have a record for future reference!

(Promarker colours used: Poppy, Crimson and Burgundy; Forest Green, Pine and Meadow Green)


Challenges entered:
Digi Choosday - blooms
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - anything goes
Top Tip Tuesday - anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown - anything goes
Come and Get it - anything goes with a sentiment
Delicious Doodles - anything goes with DD image
Natalie and Amy's Challenge - die cuts and flowers

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Happy Birthday

Good morning all.

Yesterday turned out quite a nice day albeit a bit breezy. The house has lost it's heat though and it's beginning to get very cool of an evening...I refuse to put the heating back on in August though!!

I did my first gluten free bake yesterday and made some cherry buns with polenta and ground almonds, they seemed to go down well with the natives as they had all gone by bedtime.

I've quite a few birthdays between now and Christmas so am trying to get ahead of myself as I'm way behind with Christmas cards. Here's one I made yesterday.


Using Lilith again from PPinkyDollsArt, coloured with promarkers before diecutting. I've coloured her hair blue...although it looks quite black/grey in the photo. Papers are from Echo Park. Oval and round dies are Spellbinders. Buttons and fern are from Marianne Design. Lace from Crafty Ribbons. Ribbon, twine, charm and crochet doilies are from my stash. Sentiment is a Snag em Stamp.
(Promarkers used: Midnight, Cornflower Blue, Powder Blue, Burnt Sienna, Caramel and Sandstone)


Challenges entered:
Ppinky Dolls - anything goes
Craft-Dee Bowz - anything goes with a bow
Crafting from the Heart - anything goes
Cutie Pie - buttons and bows
My Craft Creations - anything goes
Whoopsi Daisy - girly
Kit and Clowder - hair techniques
Brown Sugar - let's get krafty
CCC Digi Creations - charms or pins
Oddball Art Stamp - non traditional hair colour (blue)

Monday, 25 August 2014

Live Laugh Love

Good morning all.

A quiet day at home was had yesterday with a little bit of crafting and a lot of being lazy!!

A project to share today which I started ages ago but has been lying in my craft room waiting to be finished...you know the type!!


I was lucky enough to win this Imagination Craft's MDF kit from Linda. I started by painting all the MDF with acrylic paint. Once dry I added paper to the front from Prima's Fairy Belles collection. I used the cutout from the middle, reverse side up, beneath the aperture and stamped the sentiment which was a recent magazine freebie. I cut images from another sheet of paper to layer up the fairy, butterflies and flowers then added butterfly die cut from Marianne Design to finish. I even remembered to sandwich my recycled ribbon hanger between the two sheets of MDF before glueing them together!

I just need to find somewhere to hang it now.


Challenges entered:
A Girl who Crafts - anything goes
Altered Eclectics - anything goes
Red's Creative Spirit - anything goes
TokBobok - mixed media
Moving along with the Times - feeling a little vintage
Inky Chicks - fairies or angels
All Crafts Challenge - anything but a card