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Monday 26 January 2015

Happy Birthday

Good morning all and welcome to my new follower Robin....not sure whether you have a blog or not!

Have you seen the polar vortex thing heading our way??? Looks like we could be in for some horrific weather in a few days time....think I'd better do some panic buying in case we get snowed in lol.

One of the bearings went in my Grand Caliber at the weekend and it is now rattling...it has been repaired once before so not sure it's worth having it done again. It's four years old and doesn't owe me anything and is still working fine at the moment so I'm hoping it keeps going for a little while longer as I really liked the look of the new Spellbinders machine which was showcased at CHA...not sure when it's due out though.

Sharing my brother's birthday card today...he shares his birth date with our youngest nephew so I've used the same card stock but made a completely different card. 

Square stamps and die from Papertrey Ink. Happy die and birthday stamp both from Whimsy. Mat dies from Spellbinders. Mostly new goodies...yes I've had a bit of a spending spree but the expensive handbag that hubbie bought me for Christmas had to go back so I bought a much cheaper one to my taste and now I'm busy spending the difference on new crafting goodies! (PS don't tell him that though!!!).

Squares have been cut out of the white mat, stamped then inlaid again...this worked perfectly first time (it needed two cuts as there are only six squares on the die), then disaster struck and I dropped the back dewdrop ink pad and of course it landed ink side down on the mat!! Four attempts later I again had one I was happy with! Happy has been cut twice and layered up to make it stand out.

Challenges entered:
Less is More - sketch

Craft for the Craic - favourite word (happy)
Seize the Birthday - anything goes + opt sketch
Inspiration Destination - anything goes


  1. A lovely man card for your brother.
    I'd hold out for the new machine if I was you Carol. x

    Hugs Erika. x

  2. Great CAS card CArol....seems you and I both had a spending spree on our goodies.xxx

  3. I love this one Carol, great stamps and design.

  4. Oh what a beautiful card Carol l like the colours chosen and the layout too! hope you mangage with your grand caliber and although it's noisy stay's working for you but a new one would be brilliant xx

  5. Loving this design Carol, beautiful CAS card.
    Linda xxx

  6. This is gorgeous Carol, I love the stylish design and colours.
    Sue xx

  7. What a terrific masculine card Carol! Love the geometric shapes! Thanks for joining the girls and I at Seize the Birthday...we sure do appreciate it and stay warm and safe!

  8. Ooh, I think those graphics are great. Sorry to hear your Grand Caliber is poorly. Lynn x

  9. Brilliant "man card" love everything about it.

    Patricia x

  10. Smashing CAS style card Carol I love the design on the side and the lettering, super make.
    lorraine x

  11. wonderful CAS card Carol - I hope that polar vortex isn't too unkind to us! Hugs Rachel x

  12. What a great masculine card! Loving those squares. You should totally enter this into the Crafty Gals Corner challenge, which is to make a masculine card. :)

  13. A great design and very suitable for those tricky male cards. Love that 'Happy' die, I will have to keep a look out for it at the NEC in March.

  14. Fabulous card Carol. Xx

  15. And there was me expecting to get bit of gardening done whilst the decorating was being done inside. Oh well I can always go and sit in the garden shed!. Love your card and can only image the words being muttered whilst you were making but the end result is a fab card. Hugs Mrs A.

  16. Brrr with the polar vortex! Wonder if it's part of the blizzard that is currently headed towards our northeastern states? This is a very dramatic card. Enjoyed reading about the tribulations of making it (sounds like me!), but it turned out very dramatic and fantastic. Love the bold graphic design of those squares and didn't at first realize it was inlaid. Brilliant, and you did a terrific job. The die sentiments looked stunning against the black & white, and just a wonderful masculine card. (Let me know if you ever need some good words for when this happens!). TFS & Hugs- stay warm.

  17. Hi Carol

    Stranger alert!!

    I am trying really hard to catch up with everyone .. .. but not getting very far :-(

    You have been posting some beautiful cards .. .. all so very different from each other too. Love the Christmas card with the penguins very much.

    I haven't started on Christmas yet. I decided to give myself January off Christmas as I really did feel "Christmassed out" come the end of December. Ready to get cracking again now though.

    Hope all is good with you and you haven't pulled all your hair out over your computer problems. Hopefully you will have everything sorted soon.

    Love Jules xx

  18. A super clever and striking card Carol
    Thanks so much for sharing and taking part.
    Sarah xx
    Less is More

  19. What a great masculine card. Love the geometic design. Thanks for sharing with us at Seize the Birthday.

  20. Fabulous card! Love the bold geometric stamp, very striking!

  21. Thanks for sharing your lovely crafting for Suzy Bee's Bloomin' challenge 64 - hope to see you again soon, Hazel, DT x

  22. Bold and graphic male card, love it! . Thankyou for joining us this month at Craft for the Craic

  23. Love that happy die Carol... it's a great card!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  24. Really stylish card Carol, and sounds much better to have stash AND a handbag!
    Thanks so much for joining us this week, sorry to be late in visiting your blog
    Less is More


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