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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, 26 April 2017

STAMPlorations Things with Wings Spring Blog Hop & Linky Party - Reminder Post

Good afternoon all.

Just a quick reminder of our linky party over at STAMPlorations, lots of new inspiration on the blog today. To link up your own projects see the post here.


A card made for a friendly exchange...mat layers made with dies from Spellbinders and Lawn Fawn and the Hi die from Winnie and Walter is inlaid to the upper mat.
The Flutter Zen 2 layering die was used to make the butterfly and the sentiment is from the Trendy Butterflies 2 stamp set.

If you love STAMPlorations products or if you'd like to try them for the first time I have a discount code to share with you - STAMPGIRLCAROLD

This gives you a 20% discount on all stamps, stencils and dies...both regular and sale priced items. Please note this code can't be combined with any other code. It is valid for multiple uses whilst I'm a STAMPlorations Girl.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

STAMPlorations Things with Wings Spring Blog Hop & Linky Party - Reminder Post

Good afternoon all.

Just a quick reminder of our linky party over at STAMPlorations, lots of new inspiration on the blog today. To link up your own projects see the post here.


Trying to get ahead with some birthday cards here...background is made with DI Oxides, mat dies from Spellbinders and Lawn Fawn. I've used the Spring Flower layering die...cut from the mat then re-inserted and the Dragonfly layering die...using some waste background to cut the solid layer. Sentiment is from the Party Time stamp set.


If you love STAMPlorations products or if you'd like to try them for the first time I have a discount code to share with you - STAMPGIRLCAROLD

This gives you a 20% discount on all stamps, stencils and dies...both regular and sale priced items. Please note this code can't be combined with any other code. It is valid for multiple uses whilst I'm a STAMPlorations Girl.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Christmas Card Club - "Humourous"

Good evening all and a Happy Easter.

Val (aka Mrs A) set us the task of producing something "Humourous" over at the Christmas Card Club today....I'm running late here but finally got a card made.


I was a bit stuck with this one but finally remembered this image on Joanna Sheen's Messy Rabbit Christmas CD.....simply layered up and a customised sentiment added. The image was decoupaged and I'll probably add some layers once I get a few minutes to spare.

We've had a busy weekend with visitors and demolishing the conservatory...I need to get a batch of wedding invites made and I'm trying to get ahead with birthday cards and DT work...it's all go!!! I also gained a great niece yesterday, a lovely surprise on my Mum's birthday...Isla Elizabeth weighed in at 7lb 61/2oz, Mum and baby both doing well and back home within about 6 hours of the birth!!!

If you'd like to see what the other girls made you'll find their links on my sidebar.


Wednesday, 12 April 2017

STAMPlorations Things with Wings Spring Blog Hop & Linky Party - Reminder Post

Good afternoon all.

COMING APRIL 5!

Just a quick reminder of our linky party over at STAMPlorations, lots of new inspiration on the blog today. To link up your own projects see the post here.


A birthday card to share today. I made a smooshed background with three shades of DI Oxides and die cut the base of the Flutter Zen 2 Layering die from it. Mat dies are from Spellbinders and Lawn Fawn. I stamped part of the Butterfly Row and the sentiment from Celebrate Artsy using one of the background colours.



If you love STAMPlorations products or if you'd like to try them for the first time I have a discount code to share with you - STAMPGIRLCAROLD

This gives you a 20% discount on all stamps, stencils and dies...both regular and sale priced items. Please note this code can't be combined with any other code. It is valid for multiple uses whilst I'm a STAMPlorations Girl.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

STAMPlorations Things with Wings Spring Blog Hop & Linky Party

Good afternoon all.

COMING APRIL 5!

STAMPlorations are hosting a Things with Wings Spring Blog Hop and Linky Party and you have the rest of the month to join in with us. Time to dust off all those butterflies, dragonflies and birds...or anything else with wings and link up your projects.


I have an A4 canvas board to share today. After priming the board with gesso I used gelatos to colour the background, then positioned the mask and used crackle paste over the top blending it smoothly into the board. Once dry I added a little colour to the crackle paste and lots more colour to the background. Various stencils were used with texture paste (sunshine), Radiant Gel (butterflies) and black lava texture gel (birds). I discovered one of my nesting circles dies was an exact match for the sunshine stencil so added the photos of my kids. Finally added the butterfly die cut...love how the intricate die cuts beautifully without needing shims etc (using an SP Platinum).

Stencils used: Clouds, Some Birds, Flutterby
Stamps: Butterfly Row

Eldest son Gary at about 18 months on his first bike, younger son Mark at about 18 months.


Daughter Lora about a year old...and the beautiful butterfly.


If you love STAMPlorations products or if you'd like to try them for the first time I have a discount code to share with you - STAMPGIRLCAROLD

This gives you a 20% discount on all stamps, stencils and dies...both regular and sale priced items. Please note this code can't be combined with any other code. It is valid for multiple uses whilst I'm a STAMPlorations Girl.


Monday, 3 April 2017

Card Chain Challenge - March Reveal

Good morning all.

Yesterday saw the reveal of the March Card Chain Challenge. Click on the link to find out more information and to see all the cards which were exchanged last month.

This is the card I sent Gail in Norway and I received one from Dawn in New Zealand.


Made using the results of my first DI Oxide play. Dies are from Spellbinders, Wplus9 and Memory Box. Stencil and stamps from STAMPlorations. Sequins and twine from my stash.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Stencil Sunday #90 + April Mixed Media Challenge

Good afternoon all.

This is my second post today, you'll find my Christmas Card Club project here.

Another month disappeared and hopefully winter is coming to an end. Today sees the start of our new Mixed Media Challenge over at STAMPlorations...we hope you can join us.


I was definitely thinking spring when I made my projects for this month...and got my Gelatos out for this canvas (I can't think why I don't use them very often as I love the way they blend).
This canvas was one of those which started well then went rapidly downhill! I ended up repainting everything with gesso and starting again!!



If you love STAMPlorations products or if you'd like to try them for the first time I have a discount code to share with you - STAMPGIRLCAROLD

This gives you a 20% discount on all stamps, stencils and dies...both regular and sale priced items. Please note this code can't be combined with any other code. It is valid for multiple uses whilst I'm a STAMPlorations Girl.



We do hope you can come and join us this month...remember it's anything but a card and you must use a stencil.


Christmas Card Club - "Christmas Flowers"

Good morning all.
Hopefully Blogger is behaving as this is a scheduled post...I'm spending a few days with my Mum with limited internet.

I set the girls the theme of "Christmas Flowers" over at the Christmas Card Club this time. Poinsettias have to be my all time favourite Christmas flowers although I usually manage to kill them off pretty easily!


This one uses dies from Lil'Inker Designs for the background and Marianne Designs for the poinsettia. Finished with some twine and gold stickles.


This second card uses a stamp from Imagination Crafts, stamped and heat embossed with gold EP then die cut and mounted onto a gold mat. Some vellum from my stash to finish it off.

If you'd like to see what the other girls have made you'll find their links on my sidebar.

I'll be back later with some a mixed media project for our monthly challenge at STAMPlorations.

Monday, 27 March 2017

{Mixed Media Tutorial} Love Always

Good evening all.

My turn once more to produce a Mixed Media tutorial over at STAMPlorations and share some tips on how to use your stencils in your crafting.

Today I've upcycled another wooden stamp block...it will get turned into a photo holder once I get round to asking hubby to drill a hole in it!



If you love STAMPlorations products or if you'd like to try them for the first time I have a discount code to share with you - STAMPGIRLCAROLD

This gives you a 20% discount on all stamps, stencils and dies...both regular and sale priced items. Please note this code can't be combined with any other code. It is valid for multiple uses whilst I'm a STAMPlorations Girl.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Christmas Card Club - "Two or More Patterned Papers"

Good morning all. Hope everyone is well.

Margaret kindly asked us to use "Two or More Patterned Papers" at the Christmas Card Club this time. I've made a little headway into my Christmas themed patterned papers over the last two years but I still have a way to go before I'll need new supplies! A little nearer though after these three cards.


Papers and topper are from a Kaisercraft 6x6 pad...all simply matted and layered using dies from Spellbinders.


Two very similar cards made with LOTV toppers and sentiments, Bo Bunny papers and dies from Spellbinders. I used both the positive and negative parts of the holly border die. Cards are finished off with some stickles.


Seem to be managing to get my special cards made first this year instead of last...wonders will never cease!!

If you'd like to see what the other girls have created you'll find their links in my sidebar.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Stencil Sunday #87

Good evening all.

I think spring has definitely sprung here....lambs in the field, daffodils in the garden and lots of sunshine...still very cool and a tad windy at times but a definite step in the right direction 😃
  (Although I haven't shed the winter woollies just yet!!) 

I'm up on the STAMPlorations blog today with some more Stencil Sunday inspiration. Our March Mixed Media challenge is underway and we invite you to join us...making sure you use a stencil along the way.

Today I have a tag to share.


Using a piece of waste card from my first DI Oxide ink pad play I cut out the largest of the Luggage Tags Nesting Dies. I then used the Bold Florals Mini stencil and Broken China DI Oxide over the existing colours. Sentiment is from Noteworthy 2 stamp set....this was also stamped onto some of the waste card and then cut up. Crocheted flowers and ribbon from my stash.



If you love STAMPlorations products or if you'd like to try them for the first time I have a discount code to share with you - STAMPGIRLCAROLD

This gives you a 20% discount on all stamps, stencils and dies...both regular and sale priced items. Please note this code can't be combined with any other code. It is valid for multiple uses whilst I'm a STAMPlorations Girl.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Stencil Sunday #86 + March Mixed Media Challenge

Good evening all.

This is my second post today, if you'd like to see my project for the Christmas Card Club you'll find it here.

Another month gone by so it's time to dust your stencils off for a new Mixed Media challenge over at STAMPlorations.

I've upcycled a birthday book I won in a raffle for today's inspiration.


This is how it started life:


Nothing wrong with it but it was still ripe for a makeover. I started with some chalk paints to get good coverage. Then added some stencilling...first using Bubble Dance with gel medium, then Weaving with texture paste, once dry I added some hint of mint acrylic paint with a brayer. Next came the Happy Flowers stencil, I did the stems with Sparkle Medium then used texture paste for the flowers and added silver Metal Magic before removing the stencil and left everything to dry naturally. Once dry the flowers were heat embossed....I love the textured finish you get with the Metal Magic.
Using some papers from a Gelli printing session I die cut the Numbers and added them with gel medium. Stamps used for the background stamping are from the Art Marks set and the birthday stamp is part of a sentiment in the Party Time set..


If you love STAMPlorations products or if you'd like to try them for the first time I have a discount code to share with you - STAMPGIRLCAROLD

This gives you a 20% discount on all stamps, stencils and dies...both regular and sale priced items. Please note this code can't be combined with any other code. It is valid for multiple uses whilst I'm a STAMPlorations Girl.


We do hope you can come and join us this month...remember it's anything but a card and you must use a stencil.

Christmas Card Club - "Off the Wall"

Good morning all.

Zoe has given us girls the rather zany theme of "Off the Wall" this time at our little Christmas Card club.
I recycled one of last years Christmas cards to make this.


Eldest had asked for some cards for his brother and sister just before he left for Australia last year, as I had no spares I bought a pack of three at the garden centre. I decided to recycle them to make a card for him for this year!

The image was die cut then simply matted and layered with the smallest meercat being decoupaged. Backing paper from Papermania...still stash busting here!! Wooden Noel is from the Works.

If you'd like to see the other girl's makes you'll find links in my sidebar.

I'll be back later with some stencil inspiration for STAMPlorations Mixed Media Challenge.


Thursday, 2 March 2017

TIME OUT Challenges 3rd Birthday

Good morning all.

I'm early on parade this morning! (Well I would have been, only we got the date wrong so I'm late for a very important date!).
 Shery from STAMPlorations is one of the sponsors over at TIME OUT Challenges, where they are celebrating their 3rd birthday. A few of us DT girls are joining in with their theme of Love/Friendship with the optional twist of Spotlight Stamping.


I've used the new STAMPlorations Pocket Blooms stamp set...adding my spotlight stamping using a waste piece from my first play with my new DI Oxide ink pads. The XOXO die is also from STAMPlorations. Mat dies are from Spellbinders and Wplus9.

If you love STAMPlorations products or if you'd like to try them for the first time I have a discount code to share with you - STAMPGIRLCAROLD

This gives you a 20% discount on all stamps, stencils and dies...both regular and sale priced items. Please note this code can't be combined with any other code. It is valid for multiple uses whilst I'm a STAMPlorations Girl.

Card Chain Challenge - February Reveal

Good morning all. 

Already into March...this year is stomping by at an alarming rate!! Our first daffodils are blooming and there is already lots of colour in the garden.

Today sees the reveal of the February Card Chain Challenge...I didn't manage to join in last year so was determined to make an effort for this year. Click on the link to find out more information and to see all the cards which were exchanged last month.

This is the card I sent to Betty in Nebraska, I in return received one from Jo in England.


I loosely followed the sketch and given colour scheme with the theme of friendship.
Dies are from Wplus9, STAMPlorations and Memory Box. Stencils are from STAMPlorations...used with DI. Sequins from my stash.