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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

Tuesday 31 May 2011

"Mexico Phil & Horhay"

Freebie image from Just Inklined  printed direct to card and coloured with water colour pencils. Sentiment computer generated. 

Challenges entered:
LIM - choose a square
CCEE Stampers - western themed birthday card
Aud Sentiments - card for a male
My Time to Craft - funny

Carol x

Monday 30 May 2011

Some Enchanted Evening

As both my sons have birthdays in the next two weeks or so I thought I'd better make a start on their cards. I remembered I'd seen something suitable on Joanna Sheens Enchanted CD for the younger one so the first one was quickly sorted.
Image and backing papers both from Enchanted Dreams. Image is matted onto a scalloped nestie and the oval is layered up for dimension. Card is finished with a LOTV sentiment, a bow and a charm. I've decorated the inside to match.

Challenges entered:
Rainbow Lady's - some enchanted evening
CD Sunday - say it with scallops
Aud Sentiments - card for a male

Thanks as always for stopping by and if you leave a comment I'll know you've been then I can pop over to see you.

Carol x


Hope everyone is enjoying their Bank Holiday Monday. It's not really a holiday in Scotland so it's pretty much business as usual here - DD has gone off to school camp for the week, eldest is working and middle child has just left for college. Hubby has gone out to see his Dad so I'm home alone and enjoying the peace and quiet (albeit the washing machine is humming away in the background!).

Glad to see Blogger seems to be behaving itself again and my followers have returned.........it was getting quite lonely here on my own lol A big Hello to all my new followers and many thanks for all the lovely comments you have all left recently.

Back to business - unfortunately the cupcake isn't edible in this instance (shame as I just fancy something sweet)!
Cupcake image from Bits n Bobs, coloured with promarkers then I've used ivory flowersoft for the icing sprinkled with some silver and one of the mixed tubs. Backing papers from Pink Petticoat. Card is finished with some polka dot ribbon which has been in my stash forever and some pearls.
Challenges entered:
Ribbon Carousel - cupcakes
Shopping our Stash - ribbon rewind
Digi Doodle Shop - anything goes

Carol x

Sunday 29 May 2011

Pick a square 4

Found this digi image from Far Far Hill when browsing through my folders and thought it would be ideal for this corner square. Most of the image was pre-coloured but I've coloured the holly, candle and the bells with sakura pens.
Challenges entered:
LIM - pick a square
DYSU - animals
Bah! Humbug! - bells

Carol x

Saturday 28 May 2011

Pick a square 3

Chose a different square this time. Printed a Stampfairy digi stamp and a sentiment direct to card and coloured with promarkers. Balloon was stamped on afterwards.
Challenges entered:
LIM - pick a square
Stamp Fairy - use balloons

Carol x

Choose a square part 2

Same square, this time for a male. Image stamped and cut out and layered onto a scalloped nestie.

Challenges entered:
LIM - choose a square
Cards for Men - no papers

Carol x

Choose a square

Hmmmm my first attempt this week......maybe I should try again! Image has been stamped and embossed then cut out with a deckle edged nestie. This was then inked around the edges and I used pearlescent chalk to shade the background. Image is mounted on foam pads.
Challenges entered:
LIM - choose a square 

Carol x

Blue and White

Backing papers from Bearly Mine. Tilda and snowman coloured in promarkers and highlighted with a sakura pen. Labels one used to cut image. Sentiment from LOTV. Card is finished with a bow, a bell and some snowflakes and gems.
Challenges entered:
Kaboodle Doodles - distress, rip. tear, crumple (paper edges all distressed)
Magnolia Mania - favourite colours
Creative Inspiration - Christmas in May
Shelleys Image Blog - something hanging
Bah! Humbug! - bells
Jingle Belles - 3 papers
Winter Wonderland - blue and white
Just Magnolia - friends
St Lukes Charity - lots of pattern
Fussy and Fancy - 3 papers, 2 embellishments and 1 ribbon
CHNC - use ribbon

Carol x

Friday 27 May 2011


Just getting in by the skin of my teeth for this weeks Less is More challenge after my break away.
Image is a free download from Crafters Companion and is printed onto pearlised paper then layered onto a nestie circle which has been embossed with swiss dots folder. Butterflies are layered for dimension. Card is finished with a lacy diecut strip and some pearls.
Challenges entered:
Less is More - butterflies
My Time to Craft - use a diecut
A Spoonful of Sugar - things with wings

Carol x

Blogger problems solved

At last I have been able to sign in properly and leave comments. Whilst blog hopping this morning I found a tip to unclick the "stay signed in" box at log in and this has worked yippee! I'm now caught up with my DT commenting and will catch up with everyone else between chores and cardmaking.
Hope this is of help to some of you.

Carol x

Wednesday 25 May 2011

A few pictures from Montreux


Chillon Castle

as seen from Lake Geneva

Views from our balcony

Rocher de Naye a viewpoint 2000m above the lake

Rocher de Naye from the lake (peak to the centre right)

Montreux from above

a marmoet at Rocher de Naye

some of the wild flowers

this is what I call a clock at Vevey

Hope you enjoy these as I didn't make it to the craftroom.

Carol x

I'm Home

Well I got home safely with no hold ups. Bags are unpacked, dog has made herself at home again and washing machine is going full tilt..........

Big grrrrrrrrrr to blogger....

Just trying to catch up with everything - thought I was doing well scheduling all my posts throughout my holiday - had a great internet connection but blogger would only let me look at my own blog so I couldn't link any challenges after my posts published so have had to play catch up this afternoon. Obviously as I couldn't access other blogs I haven't been able to comment and now blogger won't let me sign in and leave any comments anywhere..................bigger grrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

Think I'll go make cards............its less stressful lol.

Carol x

Christmas Challenges (with sketches) #1 and Christmas Card Club

Welcome to the first challenge at Christmas Challenges (with sketches). We run fortnightly and each challenge you will be given a sketch to follow. We have some great sponsors lined up so I do hope you'll come and join the fun and get those Christmas cards out of the way in good time this year.

Our sketch this week is by Janneke and our sponsors are All that Scraps and the prize is a $30 gift certificate.

and here is my card:

Using a digi stamp and backing papers from Cuddly Buddly, the image has been coloured with promarkers. Backing papers and image are mounted onto gold textured mirri card and the same card has been used to diecut the corners. Card is finished with a ribbon, a sentiment and a button.

I do hope you will join us in our first challenge and do pop over to CCWS to see what delights the rest of the Design Team have to show you.

This is also my card for this fortnights Christmas Card Club challenge. There is a list of participants in my sidebar and the challenge is for fun (but helps the Christmas card box fill up early), should you wish to join us get in touch with any one of us and we'll point you in the right direction.
Challenges entered:
Winter Wonderland - P is for.....penguin
Jingle Belles - photo inspired (sugar plum colour)
Christmas Card Challenges - photo inspired
CHNC - scallops (corners)
Digi Doodle Shop - anything goes
Carol x

Tuesday 24 May 2011

Postcard from Montreux

Having a fab holiday, weather is gorgeous......about 25 degrees. Not sure whether we are going to get home tomorrow though due to the volcanic ash - all flights to Scotland are cancelled today! Just hope we get stranded in resort and not the airport if it happens!
Catch up with you all soon.

Carol x

One for the little boys

Image from Paper Nation stamped with memento and coloured with promarkers, then matted onto a deckled edge nestie. Backing paper from K&Co. Punch from Martha Stewart.
Challenges entered:
Crafty Sentiments - childrens cards

Carol x

Monday 23 May 2011

Here comes Summer

LOTV die cut image is framed with a scalloped nestie and a PATP mat. Backing paper from K&Co. Card finished with primas flowers, organza flower, bow and pearls.
Challenges entered:
LOTV - here comes summer

Carol x

Sunday 22 May 2011


Pearlescent card embossed with a folder from Marianne Designs. Card is finished with some ribbon and lace flowers embellished with pearls. Clean and simple!
Challenges entered:
Ribbon Carousel - clean and simple
Shelley's Image Blog - anything goes

Carol x

Christmas Card Club

It's my turn to choose the topic for this fortnights Christmas Card Club as Chris very kindly gave up her spot. You'll find details of those in the club in my sidebar and the idea is to make a Christmas card once a fortnight to a given theme. If you wish to join in get in touch with any of us and we'll point you in the right direction.

Okay girls this is what I'd like to see:

pastel colours, a bow and a penguin

Over to you...........

Carol x

Teddy Bo

It's Hubby's 50th birthday today so I made this for one of the kids to give him. Backing papers from Bearly Mine and Teddy Bo is a ready coloured image. Card is finished with a ribbon flower and some gems.
Challenges entered:
Teddy Bo - use Bo
Cards for Men - someone special

Carol x

Saturday 21 May 2011


Gold card is embossed with a Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder then distressed. Angel is stamped in versamark and embossed with gold metal magic. Card is finished with a bow.
Challenges entered:
Digi Doodle Shop - embossing

Carol x

Friday 20 May 2011

Crafty Ann's Challenge #41 Oriental

Another fortnight gone and time for our latest challenge at CACB which has an Oriental theme.
This week I have choosen a fan image from Crafty Ann's and coloured it with promarkers and layered it onto white and black card and mounted it on foam pads. The backing paper was in my stash (I think it was a free download from Canon). The card has been finished with some peel offs.
Please pop over and see what delightful creations the other Design Team members have in store for you.
Challenges entered:
A Spoonful of Sugar - anything goes
Shelleys Image Blog - anything goes
CCEE Stampers - flowers

Carol x

Thursday 19 May 2011

Tilda and her dog

Backing paper from Wild Rose Studio Butterfly Garden Collection.
Stamps: Magnolia Tilda sitting, Dog from Joanna Sheen
Ribbon Lace from Crafty Bits and Pieces
Jewellers tube gauze from Ribbon Box
Dies: Spellbinders and Marianne Designs
PATP: Martha Stewart
Embossing folder: Swiss Dots, Cuttlebug
Distressed stickles
Flowers, pearls, butterfly and button from my stash.

Challenges entered:
Totally Tilda - Tilda and dog
Just Magnolia - make it lacy
Creative Inspirations - lace and pearls
Ribbon Girls - pinks and lilacs
Little Claires - sparkle
Magnolia down under - favourite thing (PATP)
Divas by Design - one for the girls
Aud Sentiment - no sentiment
Simon says Stamp - sparkle and shine

Carol x

J is for Joyfold

All images and backing papers are from a free download called Around the World.
Challenges entered:
ABC Christmas - j for joyfold
My Time to Craft - toy box treasures
Winter Wonderland - christmas present
CHNC - distressing

Carol x

LIM entry 4

Image from Penny Black stamped in Memento and embossed with holographic embossing powder then coloured with promarkers. Greeting generated on the computer.
Challenges entered:
Less is More - embossing
Stamp Something - anything goes

Carol x

Wednesday 18 May 2011

CFAS Challenge #1 Anything Goes

Welcome to our first challenge at Crafting for all Seasons where the topic this fortnight is Anything Goes. We have some fantastic sponsors lined up over the following weeks starting with Pink Cat Studios who are kindly sponsoring this challenge. Please pay them a visit, they have some wonderful digi stamps in store.
My card today features a free Rose Can image from Bugaboo which has been coloured with promarkers and cut with an oval nestie and matted onto a gold scalloped nestie. The backing paper is from Wild Rose Studio Butterfly Garden Collection and this is also matted onto gold card. The corner dies are from Spellbinders and the ribbon came from a bargain bag I bought recently. Card is finished with a rose bloom and some pearls.
I do hope you can join us with this, our first challenge and  do pop over to CFAS and see what delights the other Design Team members have created for you.
The winner will receive 5 digital images of their choice from Pink Cat Studios.

Challenges I'm entering:
Aud Sentiments - no sentiment
Cupcake - in the garden
Kaboodle Doodles - tic, tac, toe (embossing, die cut and flowers)
Stamp Fairy - 3 embellishments (ribbon, flower, pearls)
Paper Play Challenges - celebrate summer
Anything goes - bingo (ribbon, embossing, pearls)
Carol x


There's no Yeehaws in my craftroom so you'll have to make do with diecuts lol

Using an image and backing paper from Joanna Sheens Messy Rabbit CD, everything has been layered onto blue card and gold mirri card. Labels 0ne diecut is cut from gold mirri card. Card is finished with some tinselly twine and gems from my stash.
Challenges entered:
CD Sunday - yeehaw/diecuts
My Partner in Crafting Crime - twine, jute or string

Carol x

Tuesday 17 May 2011

Pink and Brown

Grrrr what's blogger playing at now - it's just turned this post to a draft!!
BP from Bearly Mine and image from the Stamp Fairy. Image is coloured with promarkers. Card is finished with a bow, a sentiment and some pearls.
Challenges entered:
I love promarkers - pink and brown

Carol x

Shopping our Stash

There is a new challenge called Shopping our Stash and they have asked for piccies of your crafting space or stash for their first challenge. Here is mine:
These pictures were taken after a major tidy out so it's not quite this tidy in real life.
They also have Blog Candy on offer so pop over and check it out for yourself.

Carol x

Sunday 15 May 2011

LIM x 2

I love this stamp from the Stamp Barn - stamped in memento ink and embossed with holographic embossing powder. Sentiment from Daisy and Dandelion treated the same way. Then I left well alone incase I messed up!
This is the reason I love the stamp - meet Freya our gorgeous one year old Siberian Husky.

This one made for Debgems - image from Stampendous stamped with versamark and embossed with blue EP. Corners dry embossed.
Challenge Less is More - embossing

Carol x

Sweetest Little Baby

Another failed LIM bid but couldn't waste all that paper pricking so converted it to a two layer card.
Challenges entered:
Simon says Stamp - look what the stork brought

Carol x

Good News

I'm thrilled to bits to have been selected to join the Design Team for the new Christmas Challenges with Sketches. I love using sketches and making Christmas cards so I'm looking forward to the challenge and to working with the other girls on the design team. Our first challenge goes live on Wednesday 25th May and they will run every fortnight. I do hope you will join us.

Carol x

No Sentiment

is the remit at Aud Sentiments. Typically all the cards I've made so far this week have had to have sentiments on them. This is  rescue card made from a failed LIM bid.
The card is pale pink pearlised, embossing folder from Marianne Design, pearls and ribbon from my stash.