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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, 31 October 2011

A trio of ATCs

We have been tricked and treated all evening and all that's left are some peanuts and cinder toffee! I have to say all the kids were very polite, they had some great costumes and some very corny jokes!
Didn't think I had anything to post today but then I remembered I still had these ATCs to enter in a challenge.

The frame is off an ATC backer from FGS Creative Designs Ltd and the monograms are a font called Floral Caps Nouveau, all the backing papers are from Crafty Ann's. Everything is printed direct to card stock.

Challenges entered:
Wicked Wednesday ATC - set of three

Carol x

Sunday, 30 October 2011

We will remember ..........

In memory of my two grandfathers who both fought in WW1 and to honour my great uncle who died in France in 1918 aged 23.

I was given the poppy stamp but I'm certain it is one of Joanna Sheens. I've stamped with memento and coloured with promarkers then layered onto red and black card. Finished with a black bow and pearl which I coloured with a promarker. Words are computer generated.

Challenges entered:
Squigglefly - saying thanks
Wags n Whiskers - black + ribbon and pearl
Sweet Stampin - anything goes
Totally Gorjuss - I remember
Sparkles Forum - Remembrance Sunday
Hiding in my Craftroom - anything goes

Carol x

Crafting When We Can #5 Halloween and/or anything but a card

Only one more sleep before all the ghosts, ghouls and witches come out to play so this time at CWWC we'd like to see your Halloween creations or if Halloween isn't your thing anything but a card. We are being sponsored by The Poodles Parlour and the DT were given images to work with, I was given JoJo Halloween:

I opted to make a treat bag. I'd made a pile of bags several weeks ago with BP from Bearly Mine and this was the last one needing decorated - couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the image with it's dotty hat, this paper was obviously meant for it. Image is coloured with promarkers, cut out and mounted onto a nestie oval and scalloped oval die from my bit box. Bag is filled with treats and tied with 2 strands of bakers twine twisted together then finished off with a flower and ticket - leftovers from a Crafter's Companion download.
Please pop over to the challenge blog to see my team mates creations, you won't be disappointed.

Challenges entered:
Ribbon Carousel - Halloween inspired
Shopping our Stash - Halloween
Use it Tuesday - orange, black and purple
Delightful challenges - purple, orange, green black
DYSU - Halloween
Paper Play - Halloween
Pixie Dust Studio - spooky
Crafty Catz - Halloween
Di's Digi Designs - Halloween

Carol x

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Ornate star

Love this stamp from Clarity and I've stamped and embossed it in blue and matted onto blue stardream card. Card is finished with some tartan ribbon (covering up a badly stamped sentiment!) and a sentiment. My stamping is definitely having an off day today.

Challenges entered:
Less is More - stars
Crafts and Me - winter blues
Charismas Cards - anything goes
Meljens - Christmas

Carol x

Seeing Stars

Good morning all. Had to rise early today to let the plasterer in so had an early start crafting while everyone else slept. Checked out the new challenge at Less is More and found the ladies were looking for stars this week. A quick, simple card thought I - the design I've used a couple of times already and all I had to do was a bit of die cutting and stamp the star. Well this star was not for stamping - this must be my fifth attempt and it's still not perfect and the gold ink looks awful in the photo!

Smallest Grand Nestie square was die cut in white and a bauble shape cut out the centre, matted onto gold mirri card. Smaller bauble was stamped with a star image from Creative Expressions in gold and mounted on 3d foam. Finished with a small gold bow.

Challenges entered:
Less is More - stars
Pixie Cottage - go for gold
Simon says Stamp - anything goes
Bah! Humbug! - die cuts
Card Makin Mamas - die cuts

Well must go and get rid of some builder's dust from upstairs and sort the dirty washing ready to load this evening. Catch you all later.

Carol x

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Aud Sentiments #40 A Funny Card

Another two weeks have passed and we've loved seeing your winter projects but it's time for a new challenge at Aud Sentiments and this time the theme is "A Funny Card". We are being sponsored by Bugaboo and the DT were given images to work with. I've chosen to use the Stella Witch and if the broom fits images.

The image and sentiment have been digitally layered onto a free background from Jak Heath then then cut out with a circle nestie. I've reprinted the image and fussy cut after I've coloured it with promarkers. The black scalloped mat is handmade paper from Costco (rarely been used before) and has lovely metallic flecks through it, I've used the same paper for making the flower - 3 scalloped circles, dampened and scrunched then sewn together with a button and sprayed with glitter spray, all cut on the Grand Caliber (available from Scrapalicious). Card is finished with two bows and some pearls.
Do pop over to the challenge blog to see the inspiration from my team mates.

Challenges entered:
Sweet Stampin - trick or treat
Just Some Lines - Halloween
Allsorts - Halloween
Simply Create - shades of black
Card Cupids - Halloween card
Sentimental Sunday - Halloween
Scrappy Frogs - something that flies
Incy Wincy Designs - Halloween
Kaboodle Doodles - Halloween/fall
Paper Pretties - colour combo
Our Craft Lounge - Halloween colours
Creative Inspirations Paint - inspired by Halloween
The Crazy Challenge - scary ladies
Sweet and Sassy - shaped card
CBGM - transport
The Stamping Boutique - spooky and scary
Top Tip Tuesday - trick or treat
Little Darlings - not square
My Mum's Craft Shop - spooktacular
The Paper Variety - Halloween
Scrapalicious USA - Halloween Spooks
Rainbow Lady - Spooks and witches

Carol x

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Jingle Bellsh

Hopefully I'm off to the SECC tomorrow for the day to do some craft shopping and meet some crafting friends. Typically all the train times have changed and the direct one in the morning gets in too early now so I'll have to change at Edinburgh, however I can get a direct one home at a sensible time.
Thought I'd better post this tonight before I miss some of the challenges!

My favourite Christmas card image for a male! Image and backing papers are from Joanna Sheen's Messy Rabbit CD and I've used a Martha Stewart punch on the second BP. Papers have been distressed with a bread knife and DI.

Challenges entered:
Cards for Men - animals
Forever Friends - anything goes
Bah! Humbug! - card for a man
Paper Shelter Challenge - anything goes

Carol x

Too cute to spook

Another treat bag using an image from Mami Doodles. Elements from Nitwits. Bag is made with paper from Bearly Mine. Finished with a twine bow.

Challenges entered:
Pollycraft - spooky goings on
Mami Doodles - black and orange
Bearly Mine - anything but a card
Digital Tuesday - buttons and/or twine
Stamp n Doodle - Halloween
Creative Inspirations - black, purple, orange
Fab n Funky - hubble bubble
For Fun Challenges - Halloween
My Mum's Craft Shop - spooktacular
Penny's Paper Crafty - Halloween

Carol x

Christmas Challenges (with sketches) #12

Another two weeks closer to Christmas and a new sketch over at CCWS. The lovely Betina got to design the sketch this time and we are being sponsored by Sew Many Cards. The DT were offered images to use and I chose PJ with snowballs.

The image is coloured with promarkers and cut out with a circle nestie. Backing papers are from Papermania and were a freebie with a magazine. Card is finished with some lilac raffia, metal ribbon bow (both from my keep for best stash), snowflake button and a sentiment (from an old kit).
Do pop over to the challenge blog to view the sketch for yourself and see the inspiration from my team mates. you won't be disappointed.

Challenges entered:
Critter Sketch - use 3DP's
Paper Playtime - use sentiment and buttons and bows
Clear it Out - trims
Designed to Delight - cute critters
Lollipop Crafts - embellish it
Fab's big Christmas - something shiny/snowflakes
Party Time Tuesday - anything goes
Ribbon Girl - jingle all the way

Carol x

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Blue Christmas

Stamp form Creative Expressions stamped in versamark and embossed with blue EP and I've then used DI to ink around image, cut out with a labels 8 nestie and mounted onto the next size label. Card is finished with some bakers twine.

Challenges entered:
Karen's Doodles - emboss it
My Time to Craft - quite white
Sparkle Creations - no colouring
DYSU - trees
Fairy Fun Fridays - wet embossing
Phindy's Place - blue Christmas
One Stop Craft - no DP's
Sparkles Forum - Christmas song (Blue Christmas)

Carol x


Another treat bag using images from Polka Doodle, coloured with promarkers. Bag made with paper from Bearly Mine. Orange polka dot BP, flower and ribbon elements from Nitwits. Finished with bakers twine.

Challenges entered:
Polka Doodles - Halloween
Shabby Tea Room - Halloween plus twine
Southern Girls - stripes and polka dots
Just us Girls - 3d Halloween
Jen's Digi Stamps - polka dots

Carol x

Halloween ATC

Bit of a dreich day here today although it is quite mild. Got the plumber here sorting out water, gas and heating supplies.
I made this several days ago but it's taken until now to get a decent picture of it!

ATC using a Halloween pyramage topper form Joanna Sheen's ATC CD. finished with a bakers twine bow and a button.

Challenges entered:
ATC Challenges - vintage/anything goes
CD Sunday - Halloween

Carol x

Monday, 24 October 2011

CDAC Progressive Challenge #5 Festive and Fancy

Had a quiet day today, no tradesmen - it's all starting again tomorrow morning. Been trying to catch up with myself and get rid of some dust!
This card is for cdacpc5.

I've used a Kraft base card. Using an image from Sew Many Cards coloured with promarkers and DI, cut out with a nestie circle and layered onto a scalloped circle. Backing paper is a freebie from Funky Hand, layered onto burgundy card. Card is finished with some gorgeous ribbon from Crafty Ribbons which I won last week and a glittered leaf.

Challenges entered:
Cards for Men - animals
Craft your Passion - get krafty
Heart Song Inspirations - no sentiment or harvest theme
Little Red Wagon - fall theme
Paper Shelter - harvest
C.R.A.F.T. - autumn
CCEE - fall
Quirky Crafts - autumn leaves
Cutie Sunday - autumn colours
Get Funky - autumn

Carol x

Christmas Card Tally

Having been reminded by Hazel this morning about my ticker being out of date I took time out to tally up my Christmas cards and have the grand total of 157 made (still have most of my inserts to do though :( - New Year's resolution to finish my cards inside at the time of making! ). Must get some labels ordered for the backs so I can send some of my extras off to charity before it's too late to sell them!
Just worked out that I will make at least another 20 Christmas projects between now and then for challenges and DT work so think I'll start doing some gift bags and/or tags instead of cards for a change.
I have to say it's been lovely making all my cards with no pressure instead of the usual rush in November/December and I won't be needing to give my family recycled cards again this year!

Carol x

Polka Dots

Running later than expected with my first LIM entry this week. Saturday I struggled with a migraine, I tried crafting after tea but my mojo up and left home. Sunday we went out for lunch then went relative visiting so it was early evening when we got home. Luckily by that time my mojo had wandered back and I got a few cards made before bedtime.

This uses Sissix and Cuttlebug embossing folders, main image is layered onto black card. Card is finished with polka dot ribbon, two bows and a button with bakers twine (button and ribbon I won recently at Pretty Little Ribbon Shop). I've used the swiss dots folder to emboss the snowman and Christmas tree by hand.

Challenges entered:
Less is More - polka dots
Craft Room Challenge - black and white
Charisma Cardz - embossing
Karen's Doodles - emboss it
OSAAT - emboss it

Carol x

Christmas Card Club

I'm running late again with my Christmas Card Club creation. This time it was Lizzie's turn to test our creativity and she choose a sketch:

Using an image from LOTV coloured with promarkers, highlighted with stickles and edged with DI. All card and backing papers were from my bit box (checked paper is from Cuddly Buddly). Card is finished with polka dot ribbon and punched snowflakes with added stickles.

Challenges entered:
Cuddly Buddly - best friends
Totally Papercrafts - layer upon layer
CHNC - make a scene
Secret Crafter - wrap up warm
Totally Gorjuss - pastel Christmas
Christmas Card Challenges - 2DP, ribbon, bird (no bird but 2 outta 3 ain't bad lol)
Fab's big Christmas - shiny and/or snowflakes
Little Claire's - Christmas
Jules Snippets Challenge

Just for fun Jules has set a little extra challenge of looking at your most viewed post this is what I found:
I'm quite surprised at the result especially as the first one has twice as many comments as the second.

Carol x

Friday, 21 October 2011

Happy Halloween

Well the house is all restructured, so just waiting for the plasterer, plumber and electrician to do their bit next week then my new kitchen can be fitted :) The design has been finalised today as well so it's all go, go, go! This does of course mean we've got to cope with minimal cooking facilities for probably the best part of another two weeks - think microwave, deep fat fryer and bbq - let's hope it stays dry! We've switched the power back on in the utility room tonight so I'm catching up on the washing while I can.
I made this last night:

Another Halloween treat bag made using an image I made in the new Digi Stamp Designer at Pink Cat Studio coloured with promarkers. The bag is made from a backing paper from Bearly Mine. The tag is a beer mat covered with paper from Crafter's Companion. I've printed the Happy Halloween haunted house from Stamper's Best onto acetate. Flowers from Crafter's Companion download. Tag is attached to the bag with a ribbon.

Challenges entered:
Crafty Cardmakers - cute with dark twist 
My Craft Spot - 3d Halloween
Digistamps 4 Joy - 2 identical embellies
4 Crafty Chicks - marker it up
Scrapalicious USA - I can see clearly now
Digi Doodle Shops Best - green and purple
Delicious Doodles - Halloween (no orange)
Our Creative Corner - transparency

Carol x

Crafty Ann's #52 Clean and Simple

Lovely to see all your Christmas projects over the last two weeks but it's now time for a new challenge at Crafty Ann's and this time the theme is clean and simple.

I've used a gold and a silver metallic frame and the music collage image all available from Crafty Ann's digi shop. The image is coloured with promarkers and the music sheet has been distressed with tea dye DI. I've decoupaged the collage to give the card dimension and layered it onto gold textured mirri card.
Do pop over to the challenge blog to see my team mates inspiration, you'll not be disappointed.

Challenges entered:
Shelly's Images - anything goes
Rainbow Lady's - silver anniversary
Totally Papercrafts - layer upon layer

Carol x

Thursday, 20 October 2011


Another day at home! Kitchen planner arriving later so fingers crossed. The new kichen/dining room space is looking good though and it's going to be worth all the hassle and there really hasn't been too much mess. My craft room alterations have been cancelled though although they have taken out a sloped wall to make a proper corner so now I am going to fit it out with some new units instead of putting it back the way it was. May have to spend some time in Ikea.com this afternoon!
Here's another card I made earlier:

Red mat scored with my box maker, green scalloped nestie square with vellum square attached, 4 small inchie squares cut from red and green BP from Papermania. Stickers are a Forever Friends freebie I've never opened. Card is finished with some bakers twine and peel offs. All card and paper came from my bit box.

Challenges entered:
Kaboodle Doodles - squares or inchies (managed both)
ABC Christmas Challenge - U for unused stash
Glitter Geeks - two's company
Christmas Inspirations - diecuts or punches
OSAAT - shape up

Carol x

Bah! Humbug!

I've been waiting for the opportunity to use this gift tag for a Bah! Humbug! challenge. I've made it into a hanging decoration using a scalloped and oval nestie. Finished off with a poinsettia. a ribbon and some baubles recycled from a cracker.

Challenges entered:
Bah! Humbug! - Christmas food (hope the candy cane counts)
Cuddly Buddly - anything but a card
Whoopsi Daisy - free and easy

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Red and Green

I'm still at home! Spent most of the day waiting for a kitchen plan to materialise and will now have to spend tomorrow finalising it as it still needs tweeked somewhat - think I've got it sussed though and just hope the bloke pays attention!
Did have one bright spot today when postie arrived with a packet of ribbons which I had won courtesy of Crafty Ribbons last week - loads of narrow satin in all sorts of gorgeous colours :)

Any way onto cards, here's one I made earlier:

Made using baubles nesties, a Creative Expressions Merry Christmas stamp and a tartan bow. Simples!
The design is a happy accident as the first time I made it I intended embossing the larger bauble and realised halfway through the machine that I was using cut plates.

Challenges entered:
CHNC - baubles
The Paper Players - red and green CAS Christmas
Christmas Inspirations - diecuts or punches
Pretty Little Ribbon - anything goes
My Time to Craft - punches and dies

Carol x

Crafting for all Seasons #12 Halloween

Loved seeing all your fall flowers and pumpkins last time but a new challenge starts today at CFAS and we'd like to see your Halloween projects or for those who don't do Halloween use Halloween colours. We're being sponsored by Pink Cat Studio and Just Some Lines. I've used an image I created in the new Digi Stamp Designer at Pink Cat Studio to make a hanging decoration.

The image has been coloured with promarkers and cut out and mounted 3d to the decoration. The backing paper is a freebie from Jak Heath and has been cut with a nestie circle and mounted onto scalloped nestie mats. Decoration is finished with a black cat from Kameo Cards, black ribbon for hanging, a green bow, button, skull and crossbones from Beccy's Place, sentiment from The Crafty Nomad, a small bow and pearls all coloured with promarkers.

Do pop over to the challenge blog to see the rest of the design team's projects, I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

Challenges entered:
Creative Card Crew - spooky fun
Sparkles Forum - Halloween
Quirky Crafts - Halloween
Cutie Sunday - Halloween
Poodles Parlour - spooky Halloween
Card Makin Mamas - Halloween
Phindy's Place - Halloween
CYDA - Halloween colours
One Stop Craft - Halloween
Designed 2 Delight - Halloween (cute)
Drunken Stampers - Halloween
Just us Girls - colour our world
Corrosive Challenges - flying things
Hooked on Crafts - something spooky
Paper Playtime - say it with sentiments plus buttons and bows
Crafty Boots - autumn/Halloween
Paper Pretties - Halloween
Inspire me Friday - linky party
Addicted to Stamps - Halloween
Paper Take Weekly - spooky hues
Digital Tuesday - happy Halloween
Divas by Design - something spooky
Fresh Brewed  - colour challenge

Carol x

Lilac and Green

We've ended up spending an extra couple of nights at home in order to finalise the kitchen plan and iron out a few hiccups now all the walls are down. It's been a wee bit chilly and a bit of dust but overall not too bad and the workmen are very tidy and considerate :) 
Got a bit of a fright tonight when the gas boiler went haywire five minutes after hubby left to take the dog a long walk - it made an unholy racket then the alarm went off - quick phone call to the builder who had the key to the garage and he popped straight round made it safe and went off to find the plumber who came round and put things right - so I'm glad we decided to stay an extra night!
A card I made yesterday:

Image is from LOTV, coloured with promarkers, highlighted with stickles. cut out with a labels two die, distressed with bundled sage and milled lavender DI then matted onto a silver mirri die. BP is from Dovecraft and it's also matted onto silver mirri card. Card is finished with white broderie anglais lace, ribbon, flowers and pearls.

Challenges entered:
Pollycraft - girls, girls, girls
CRAFT - recipe
Stamptacular Sunday - you choose
The Ribbon Girls - lilac and green
Lollipop Crafts - no sentiments allowed
Bunny Zoe's - lace it up
Sweet Stamps - lots of layers
Top Tip Tuesday - layer it up
Shelly's Images - at least 4 layers


Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Lavender and Lace

Using a cute Christmas tag mounted onto a die cut from Spellbinders Ironworks set and a scalloped circle which has been embossed with a snowflake EF. Backing paper from Craftwork Cards. Sentiment is a free stamp from Do Crafts and has been die cut with another die from the Ironworks set. Card is finished with ribbon, lace, a bow, snowflake button and some gems.

Challenges entered:
Cupcake Craft - buttons and bows
Crafty Ribbons - ribbon and lace
Digi Doodle Shop's Best - lavender and lace
Jingle Belles - inspired by a song (It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas)
Polka Doodles - ribbons and bows
Winter Wonderland - robin redbreast
Allsorts - lavender and lace
Totally Gorjuss - bingo (lace, ribbons, bows)
Christmas Crafting - little Robin redbreast
Ooh La La Creations - let it snow

Carol x

Happy Fall

Image from Meljens coloured with promarkers cut with a circle nestie and distressed with bundled sage and tea dye DI then matted onto a scalloped circle. BP is a free download from Crafter's Companion, distressed on the edges with a bread knife. Card is finished with a bow, a pumpkin and some pearls.

Challenges entered:
Bows n Berries - colour challenge (I used orange, kraft and green)
Stamps R Us - natures gifts
Wags n Whiskers - fall colours
Crafty Emmas - forever autumn
Cooking it up with Katie - colouring, circles and curling
Pile it on - fall theme

Carol x

Monday, 17 October 2011

Halloween ATC

Spending an extra night at home as the kitchen designer is arriving first thing tomorrow so it didn't make sense to go away tonight and drive back in the morning. My old kitchen and the dining room have been completely dismantled, patio doors removed and new support beams fitted, wall knocked out between kitchen and new extension. The wall between the kitchen and dining room has still to come down and a double doorway to the hall has to be bricked up - we're getting there and although there's been a bit of dust today it hasn't been too bad.
I've managed to spend quite a lot of today crafting here is one of my makes:

Using a pyramage image (sitting in my spares box) from Joanna Sheen's ATC CD matted onto orange card and black glittery handmade paper (from my bit box).

Challenges entered:
Fun with ATC's - Halloween
Squigglefly - face your fears (the devil)
Shopping our Stash - black and orange
Wicked Wednesday ATC - all about you (full of devilment)
Pixie Cottage - dark and spooky
Paper Sundaes - Halloween

Carol x

Time for Cocktails

Didn't think I had any digi stamps suitable but whilst looking for something else I came across this image and text and knew they were just perfect for the LIM challenge.

Image and text digis both from Bugaboo, coloured with promarkers and highlighted with stickles.
Now I'll be having a cold shower every morning and doing bust exercises twice a day - no way do I want to go that far south any time soon lol

Challenges entered:
Less Is More - cocktails
Lia Stampz - use 2 digis or stamps

Carol x

Blog Candy

Jak has a brilliant portable daylight lamp up for grabs from the UK Daylight Company to find out how to win it click on this link.

Carol x

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Autumn Lane Tryptich

Been catching up on a few challenges before I go away tomorrow and started by raiding my bit box.

The gorgeous image is from Joanna Sheen's Thomas Kinkade CD which I had left over from another project. I've delved deep into the bit box too and used some deep burgundy pearlised card and gold textured mirri card to mat and layer. Border punch is from Martha Stewart. The card is finished with a copper ribbon and some glittered leaves.

Challenges entered:
Deep Ocean Challenge - fall colours
Paper and Such Design - autumn colours
Fab n Funky - fall colours
Delightful Challenges - colours of fall
DYSU - use your scraps
Rainbow Lady - falling leaves
CD Sunday - around the world (New England in the fall)

Carol x

Sympathy card

What a beautiful morning, the sun is shining and I've only a few things left to move ready for the builders in the morning. I won some kits from Ooh La La a few weeks ago and eventually got to play with them last night.

The BP's are from Ooh La La Creations Vintage Rose collection and I've overprinted the poem on the top one. Simply finished with three roses which have been distressed with black soot DI.

Challenges entered:
OLLCB - sympathy
Die Cut Dreams - use a poem
Fairy Tale - sympathy card

Carol x

Crafting When We Can #4 Christmas comes early

Well it's just over two months until the big day so over at CWWC we'd like to see your Christmas projects this time. We're being sponsored by Tickled Pink Stamps and the DT were given images to use. I chose Xmas Kitty:

I've made a hanging ornament for a special little girl's first Christmas. Image is coloured with promarkers and cut out with a circle nestie and matted on to two scalloped circles. The pink circle has been stamped with snowflakes and embossed with white EP (although it doesn't really show in the photo). Project is finished with pink ribbon for hanging, a bow tied with gorgeous blue snowflake ribbon, a snowflake button and some stickles.
Do pop over to the challenge blog to see my team mates creations.

Challenges entered:
Fab's Big Christmas - something shiny or snowflakes
Digi Makeover - anything but a card
Passion for Promarkers - Christmas critters
Ribbon Carousel - sparkle and bling
CHNC - baubles or something which hangs
Crazy 4 Challenges - holiday plus heat embossing
Stamp Man - circle it
Stampin with the Dragon - buttons and bows
Meljens - use a ribbon
The Stamping Boutique - someone special
Di's Digi Designs - girly creation
The Squirrel and the Fox - one for the girls

Carol x

Saturday, 15 October 2011


The builders will be knocking walls out of the house next week so my craft room has gone from this:

to this in the last couple of days:

My sitting room meanwhile is now doubling as a craft room - not a good look! The kitchen has been decanted to all corners of the house and now I'm exhausted. We're leaving home on Monday for a few days to stay at my Mum's down in North Northumberland as it's half term up here so hopefully we'll miss most of the mess.

I've managed a LIM card this afternoon with a bit of Chrissie's lateral thinking!

I was a bit stumped with this theme of cocktails - I know I have some chipboard and/or gel pieces of cocktail glasses but given all of the above I don't know where they are located. So I was sitting scratching my head when the idea of a peacock tail struck! I took a piece of A6 card and brayered it with a big and juicy ink pad then put it in the printer to overprint with the peacock image from Crafty Ann's and out popped a B&W photo of a peacock duh! I was about to redo it then wondered whether the glossy photo paper would brayer et voila this is what I ended up with.
Matted layers are cut with label one dies, Image has been mounted with pinflair gel and card is finished with a stamped sentiment and a bow.

Challenges entered:
Less is More - cocktails
Craft Your Passion - card for all occasions

Carol x

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Aud Sentiments #39 Winter Card

Well that's another fortnight been and gone so it's a new challenge at Aud Sentiments and this time we'd like to see your Winter Cards. We're being sponsored by Lili of the Valley and the DT were given some fab images to work with:

Image is coloured with promarkers then cut out with a grand nestie square die and matted onto a scalloped nestie square. Green mat has ribbon from Costco wrapped round. Sentiment is also from Lili of the Valley. Card is finished with a bow and some poinsettias.

Do pop over to the challenge blog to see my team mates creations.

Challenges entered:
Bling it On - no patterned papers
By the Cute and Girly - anything goes
Heidi's Hobbystuggu - 3 identical decorations (3 poinsettia flowers)
Little Claires - Christmas
Pretty Little Ribbon - anything goes

Carol x

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Keeper of the Crows

I've had a busy day moving stuff around the house today, packing china and emptying cupboards so the builders can come in next week and knock my kitchen out. Now can anyone explain why I found myself cleaning all the cupboards etc which will be thrown out!! Got to move my craft room tomorrow into the sitting room so that will keep me out of mischief.
I made this Halloween bag last night, the image has lain on my craft table for a week and luckily it still fits this weeks challenge.

The image is from Karen's Doodles and has been coloured with promarkers, the edges have been distressed with a bread knife, I've used bundled sage DI around the image and black soot DI around the edges. I've recycled a kraft bag, distressing with black soot DI. The pumpkin borders are matted onto black scalloped edge card. Quite enjoyed doing the teabag folded flower which is finished with a button. I've added a tag cut from a kraft ATC and decorated to match the bag. All the elements are from a free Crafter's Companion download except the Happy Halloween bottle top which is from Raspberry Road.

Challenges entered:
Bows and Berries - photo inspired
Cupcake Craft - Halloween
Digi Makeover - anything but a card
Hooked on Crafts - anything but a card
House of Gilli - colour challenge
Karen's Doodles - distress it
My Craft Spot - colour challenge
Paper Pretties - Halloween inpsired
Simon says Stamp and show - things with wings
My Time to Craft - orange and black
House that Stamps Built - Halloween/Fall
I love Promarkers - autumnal colours
Truly Scrumptious - distressing
Scrapalicious USA - black, orange and purple
Pixie Dust Studio - anything but a card
Fussy and Fancy - fall/ Halloween
Our Craft Lounge - fall/ Halloween
Paper Cutz - keeper of the crows
Catch the Bug - anything but a card
One Stop Craft - anything goes
OSAAT - anything goes
Quirky Crafts - Halloween
Sparkles Forum - Halloween
Cutie Sunday - Halloween
Fresh Brewed - pumpkins
Cupcake Craftroom - krafty Halloween

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