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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

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Crafting for all Seasons #75 "Ribbons and Lace"

Good morning all.

Wedding invites mark #3 have been put to bed and delivered, thank goodness..just some favour boxes to make now. It was Mum's birthday yesterday so my brother, sisters and I took her out locally for afternoon tea. I'm hoping life will resume some sort of normality for a while now!

It's time for our next challenge at CFAS and this time the theme is "Ribbons and Lace". We're  looking forward to seeing all your makes. We're being sponsored by Limited Runs who gave the DT images to work with.

I've used Stacked Snowman which I've printed several times, coloured with promarkers and layered up then die cut and matted with dies from Spellbinders. Embossing plate was a magazine freebie. The ribbon and lace has been in my stash since I was a teenager....way back in the dark days of flared trousers and the Bay City Rollers lol. The bow, gems and sentiment are from my stash. I've used glamour dust and stickles to add sparkle.

All finished inside too :)

Fabulous Sponsor 2014

Do pop over to the challenge blog to see the rest of the girls inspiration, you won't be disappointed.

Challenges entered:
CHNC Extra - anything Christmas goes
Crafty Bloggers - diecuts/embossing
Crafty Boots - sparkle
CHNC - make it square
Crafty Hands - anything goes

Carol x

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Crafting for all Seasons #74 "Dies and Punches"

Good afternoon all.

Well I don't know what I did to deserve it but I came home from the funeral on Friday with a flu bug...I'm only just beginning to feel human again!

A little later than promised, here is my card for our current challenge at CFAS and this time the theme is "Dies and Punches". We're  looking forward to seeing all your makes. We're being sponsored by The Paper Shelter who gave the DT images to work with.

Last week my Aunt and Uncle were lucky enough to celebrate their Diamond Wedding Anniversary, this is the card I made them.

I've used Vintage Floral Frame, pre coloured  and decoupaged, which I bought recently with a GC I'd won. Backing paper is from the Vintage Flower for You paper pack which I also bought with my GC. Heart die is from Tattered Lace, butterfly from Marianne Designs, wording is computer generated and gems are from my stash.

Inside and showing all the layers.

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Challenges entered:
Seemacrafts - vintage
Penny's Paper-Crafty - flower power
Crafty Bloggers - die cuts or embossing
Crafty Cardmakers - you've been framed

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Crafting for all Seasons #74 "Dies and Punches"

Good morning all.

It's time for our next challenge at CFAS and this time the theme is "Dies and Punches". We're  looking forward to seeing all your makes. We're being sponsored by The Paper Shelter who gave the DT images to work with.

As it's my father in law's funeral today my make will be posted at the weekend.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Christmas Card Club - "Cute Christmas"

Good morning all and Happy Mother's Day, I hope you're all being spoilt.

Thank you for all your kind words this week and to those who've sent cards...they do help.
Thank goodness this week is nearly over though...my youngest sister lost her father in law the day after I lost mine so things didn't get any better. However Gary is arriving home this evening so I will have all my brood under one roof again :), not that I wanted him home under these circumstances.

It's time for our next challenge over at the Christmas Card Club, it was Lorraine's turn to choose the theme this time and she set the theme "Cute Christmas". Luckily I was ahead of myself with my makes!!

Decoupaged card kit is from Create and Craft part of a package Mum bought me for Christmas at a local craft shop.

Finished inside and I'll probably use it for one of the neighbours.

You'll find the rest of the girls listed on my sidebar if you'd like to pop over and see their creations.

Challenges entered:
CHNC Extra - anything Christmas goes
Completely Christmas - anything goes
CHNC - circles

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Sad News

Sadly my father in law lost his battle and died earlier this afternoon. Thankfully it was a peaceful end to this life and although not unexpected it's no less painful for the family. We now have the task of getting Gary home from New Zealand in time for his funeral.

I'm signing off now and will catch up with you all when life settles down again.

Carol x

Monday, 24 March 2014

To a Special Niece

Good morning all.

We had a beautiful day yesterday, hope we get some more of it this week. Off to the hairdresser this morning, then for blood tests...luckily the nice Mr Sainsbury is delivering food this afternoon as the cupboards are bare again! Anyone else having problems with Google Chrome at the moment...mine keeps having hissy fits and refuses to load pages, a real pain in the butt when trying to do commenting as I keep having to re-start it....grrrrr technology lol!!

Sharing a commissioned birthday card today.

Topper from LOTV, layered onto a Spellbinder die. Punch from Martha Stewart, embossing folder from Die'Sire, bow die from Tattered Lace Dies, rosette die from Memory Box, bunting die from Signature Dies. Pearl brad from my stash.

Inside decorated to match.

Challenges entered:
Bearly Mine - one for the girls
Scrap it Girl - birthday
A Gem of a Challenge - female birthday
Brown Sugar - anything goes
Craftitude - add a brad
4 Crafty Chicks - no patterned paper
Charismas Cardz - birthday girl
Hobbycutz - girly but no pink
Glitter n Sparkle - use some blue

Carol x

Sunday, 23 March 2014

PPP..Pick up a Penguin

Good morning all. I hope you're enjoying your weekend whatever you're up to. We're having a quiet one after a busy week.

Decided to have a makeover after discovering I'd run out of printer ink and couldn't print the images for a diamond wedding card I was planning to make.

Sharing a card today I made for my sister to give my nephew.

Stamp is from High Hopes and I've stamped it several times on various colours of card and paper pieced it together. Dies and embossing folder are from Spellbinders. Punch is from Martha Stewart. Ribbons and bows are from my stash. Heart are punch waste and have been coated with glossy accents along with the rose.

Inside decorated to match.

Close up of the topper.

Challenges entered:
Card and Scrap - use lace or ribbon
Die Cut Divas - lets emboss it
LEJ Designs - favourite die cuts
Crafty Calendar - animal antics
A Creative Romance - seeing double
Crafts 4 Eternity - anything goes
Creative Corner - a little texture
Cut it Up - anything goes
Stampin for the Weekend - anything goes

Carol x