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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, 22 January 2014

Crafting for all Seasons #69 "For the Girls"

Good morning all.
Woke up on Monday morning to a text from Gary to say they'd had an earthquake in Wellington about 6.2/3 magnitude...he was well chuffed with himself!! Luckily there was little damage done. He's now on South Island staying in Blenheim and looking for some casual work!

I've just lost three days reminiscing with people who grew up in the same area as me. Someone set up a Facebook page at the weekend and everyone has been adding old photos and happy memories...fabulous to see and read. Also found two old friends who I hadn't heard of for years and both are living in New Zealand!

Today it's time for our second challenge of 2014 at CFAS and this time the theme is "For the Girls". We're  looking forward to seeing all your makes. We're being sponsored by Lacy Sunshine who gave the DT images to work with.

I choose Raining Frogs which I coloured with promarkers. Dies from Spellbinders. Paper and banner are from Kaisercraft and were a magazine freebie. Hessian is a recent buy...though I can't remember where from!! Ribbon and fibres are from Inkylicious and sentiment is from my stash. Hearts were punch waste.

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

Fabulous Sponsor 2014

Challenges entered:
Brown Sugar - anything goes
Polkadoodles - anything goes/girl talk
Stampin for the Weekend - Happy Birthday
Crafty Sentiments - birthdays
Creative Craft Challenges - new (papers, hessian and image)
Deep Ocean - birthday
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - make it feminine
Papertake Weekly - add a bow and use a die
Passion for Promarkers - ribbon, lace or twine
Great Impressions - use something new
The Squirrel and the Fox - show off your new stuff
Sugar Creek Hollow - fibres and textures

Carol x

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Christmas Card Club - "Cooking up a Storm"

Good morning all...finally back with a card, though I'm not too happy with it!! My mojo seems to have up and gone again...wonder if it snuck off to New Zealand hiding in a rucksack!

Gary is living his dream...he's always loved The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, long before the films were made...he's spent a lot of the last week visiting the places they were filmed. He headed out of Auckland last weekend after buying a Mazda people carrier with a bed in the back! First stop was Matamata to visit the Hobbiton village then it was onto Tongariro where he spent three nights and walked the Tongariro Alpine Crossing..eating his lunch on the top of Mount Doom. He then headed off down the Forgotten Road towards Mount Taranaki after which he wended his way to Wellington to meet up with his friend. He's now waiting to see how soon he can get a ferry over to South Island and hopefully find some work.

It's also time for our second challenge of the year over at the Christmas Card Club, it was Lizzie's turn to choose the theme this time and she's given us "Cooking up a Storm!". So anything food related goes.
I hunted high and low through all my decoupage sure there would be something suitable but there was zilch! Finally came up with a gingerbread stamp.

Gingerbread stamp was one of my first stamps many moons ago in a set from QVC, stamped with DI embossing ink and heat embossed with Peacock Sparkle and Sprinkle embossing powder, then cut with a two inch die to make a twinchie. Dies from Spellbinders. Backing paper is from Dovercraft. Sentiment, ribbon and fibres are from my stash.

Flat for posting!

And just to prove I've finished the inside!!

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 - shades of blue
CHNC extra - anything Christmas goes
Jingle Belles - have yourself a merry little Christmas
ABC Christmas - a for anything Christmas
Sister Act Card Challenge - anything goes
Wags n Whiskers - anything goes

Carol x

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Birthday Wishes

Good morning all.
Pleased to say Gary arrived in Auckland safely, he's booked into a hostel near the Sky Tower and is staying there until Monday. He's hoping to pick up a camper van fairly cheap to travel around in!

Another of the cards I made before Christmas to share with you today, I think this was for one of my sisters.

A pearl card base; backing papers from Papermania; decoupage image is a Meadow Cottage Bear from Crafter's Companion; banner die from Joanna Sheen; other dies all from Spellbinders; ribbon, pearl, sentiment and gems all from my stash.

Challenges entered:
Crafter's Cafe - anything goes
Crafting by Designs - birthdays
Divas by Design - let's celebrate
Penny's Paper-Crafty - anything goes
A Little Bit Crafty - celebrate
The Crafting Cafe - anything goes
Craft-Dee Bowz - anything goes with a handmade bow

Carol x

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Crafting for all Seasons #68 "All Things Bright and Beautiful"

Good morning all.

Today it's time for our first challenge of 2014 at CFAS and this time the theme is "All Things Bright and Beautiful". 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.

Image and backing paper are Cute Dressmaker which I already had in my stash. Dies are from Spellbinders. Bobbin reel is from Anna Marie Designs. Sentiment stamps are from Wild Rose Studio. Ribbon and button are from Crafty Ribbons.

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

Fabulous Sponsor 2014

Challenges entered:
Creative Craft Challenges - anything goes
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - anything square goes
LEJ Designs - anything goes
Papertake Weekly - anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - anything goes
Cheerful Stamp Pad - ribbon
Crafting from the Heart - anything goes with pearls/buttons
Lexi's Creations - anything goes
Victorine Originals - layers

Carol x

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Happy Birthday

Good morning all.
Very fragile mother here! I'll be fine once I know he's arrived in one piece but that won't be until about midnight tonight, meanwhile I'm like a cat on a hot tin roof!! I will have to go food shopping if we want to eat today....must remember I'm not feeding Gary though, the food bill will probably half lol.

Update...managed a brief conversation with Gary on Facebook whilst he was waiting for the gate to open in Hong Kong so I'm much happier now!! Hoping he manages to get some sleep on the flight to Auckland as he didn't manage much last night...."the old codger in the seat behind played solitaire all night on the touch screen TV"!!

Sharing a card I made on Saturday so I could hand deliver it to my nephew on Sunday and save on the postage!!

Kraft base card; stamped background (a very old stamp from Anita's) mounted onto a fancy nestie square; football die brand spanking new from Tattered Lace Dies and a recycled ribbon bow to which I've added a pearl.

Challenges entered:
Come and Get it - something new
Great Impressions - use something new
A Gem of a Challenge - something new
Sweet Stampin' - sport and fitness
Charisma Cardz - birthday
Shelly's Images - out with the old, in with the new
Simon says Stamp - something new
Sweet Stamps - kraft paper
Shopping our Stash - use something new
The Crazy Challenge - cards for men

Carol x

Monday, 6 January 2014

Living Life to the Fullest

Good morning all.
We had a lovely happy family lunch yesterday...good food, good company and lots of laughter.

Sharing a card made to give my son today as he leaves on his trip to New Zealand, I've tucked it into his back pack so hopefully he'll find it before he comes home again! He flies out of Edinburgh at 6.30pm this evening for Heathrow with an onward overnight flight to Hong Kong and then onwards to Auckland arriving late morning on Wednesday local time.....about 28 hours travelling in total if everything is on time! I don't envy him the journey but I do envy the trip!

Created in Craft Artist using Full Life from Simple Girl Scraps along with sentiments from Word Art World by Jennifer. After printing I've layered onto black card and used a kraft card as a base.

This is the digital version which will be used in his scrapbook.

And the insert.
Writing the card after I made it on Friday opened the floodgates, goodness knows what I'll be like this afternoon.

Challenges entered:
Digitally Sweet - anything goes
My Time to Craft - music or movie influenced (Willie Nelson's On the Road Again)
Musically Challenged - inspired by a song from a movie
"On the Road Again" is a song made famous by country music singer Willie Nelson, and is part of the soundtrack to the 1980 movie Honeysuckle Rose.
Challenges 4 Everybody - anything goes
Scribble and Scrap - anything goes

Carol x

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Christmas Card Club "Anything Goes"

Good morning all.
Off out for a family lunch today so Gary can see everyone before he leaves tomorrow. I'm not sure which one of us has the biggest butterflies at the moment...I know mine are huge!!

It's also time for our first challenge of the year over at the Christmas Card Club, it was Sylvie's turn to choose the theme this time and she's been kind and said "Anything Goes!".

My image is a recycled money holder, cut with a Spellbinder die and mounted onto the corresponding fancy die which I've just bought in the sales...though I do wish they'd size them all properly!! Backing paper, sentiment and ribbons are from my stash (the red ribbon being recycled off this year's crackers). The embossing folder is from Couture Creations.

Kept flat for posting and this year I'm determined to have inserts  made with the card! I've also bought a new Penny Black sentiment stamp for the purpose.

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 - recycle
CHNC Extra - anything Christmas goes
A Gem of a Challenge - something new
Winter Wonderland - teddy bears
Jingle Belles - something old, something new

Carol x

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Birthday Wishes

Good afternoon all.
 I hope you all had a good New Year however you celebrated, we had a very quiet one here.
I need to reopen the craft room today as I need two cards for Monday, one which needs posted and the other for my eldest who leaves on Monday for his trip to New Zealand!

My first card of the New Year is one of a few I actually made last year but as I was in the middle of the wedding stationery at the time I hadn't time to blog them but when I saw Hazel's new challenge blog  just for patterned papers I thought I'd pop over and give her some support.

The image is a Sarah Kay decoupage; dies are all from Spellbinders; papers were a candy win; flower, pearls and sentiment from my stash.

Challenges entered:
Crafting by Designs - anything goes
Crafty Creations - anything goes
Creative Card Crew - anything goes

Carol x