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Monday, 28 January 2013

Ooh La La! - Monday 28th January

Good morning Friends!

I hope you all had good weekends, even if you were in a part of the Country still affected by snow. Ours melted on Friday and Saturday was a beautiful day; Sunday a little less so, but it feels so much warmer! Honest!!

Thank you for all your comments and good wishes last week - my back is much better now thank you and I'm returning to work today..the trouble with my job is that if I'm not there, there is no one else to take my place. My office volunteers are wonderful, but only one of them will come in when I'm away, so the longer I'm off, the more the work mounts I have a new volunteer today, a young lad who is going to help with our social media and this is such a crazy month there too..totally the wrong time to be poorly!

Today's card is another one of my 'takes' on a project in the Creative Expressions book:.For those who have the book, it's the "Ooh La La" card by Sue Wilson. Of course I had to use the dies and stamps I own, so it's basically the layout and general idea which remains the same!

 I used an A5 card, which I covered with a chocolate coloured textured card as the base layer. I used cream card for the next layer and using my faithful Tim Holz paper-piercing ruler made little pin pricks around the edge.

I then took some more of the textured card, cut to size and then cut two triangle shapes either side of the length. Using the same card, I used Butterfly Magic, an expandable die, for the background (the project in the book actually uses Botanical Swirls).

The sentiment, from Creative Expressions 'Antique Dressforms' stamp set was stamped in black on the textured card, using Perfect Medium  and heat embossed with clear powder. I then die cut it with Spellbinders Fancy Tags.

The dress forms are from the same stamp set: I stamped them with a trio of archival inks: a cream, brown and black and once again heat embossed with clear powder and then inked through with Vintage Photo.

To finish I tied a bow with vintage satin ribbon, added a flower stamped on Glassine and one of the buttons I'd made using my melt pot, tied with some bakers twine. I couldn't get a decent photo of the button, but I made it with clear UTEE, mixed with tea-stained Frantage  mica fragments and formed with a mini circular cookie cutter.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, I love to read them all and really appreciate them!

Happy Crafting,
Carole X


  1. Hi Carole

    I don't think there is ever a good time to be poorly is there? There is always something "needing to be done" .. .. and you sound very busy at work!

    We had loads and loads of snow on Friday evening/night but it all disappeared Saturday and now there is none .. .. and everywhere looks clean and very green!! Lovely!!

    Your card today is gorgeous. I love the dress forms and your die work very much. Very inspirational. A beautiful bow and flower too.

    Hope you have had a good weekend.

    Love Jules xx

  2. Hi Carole,
    what a super card. Really love this idea. Flower and bow are superb. So wonderful to be able to make your own buttons.
    Have a wonderful crafty day.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  3. WOW! Carol I love this, the colours, the way you have used the Butterfly Die and of course that FLOWER!!!
    I just love everything you have done with this one.
    Have a Great Day, hope there is not too much work left for you to catch up with.

    Patricia xx

  4. Carole this is absolutely fabulous your colours are gorgeous love all the different elements on your card particularly that flower


  5. Hi Carole, your card is absolutely stunning, I love the colour of the card, the pierced edge, the amazing cut-outs and your wonderful flower and button. Really gorgeous (I am running out of words here!). Hope you are feeling much better and that your new recruit helps you out a lot. Hugs, Anne x

  6. Beautiful card Carole. I adore the colour of the card you used. Very clever tomake the button with cookie cutters. Glad yoou are feeling better. Christine xx

  7. Hi Carol picked up your blog from comments left on Chrstine's. I love to look thru' all comments left as this is the way we find new crafty mates and inspiration to pass to each other. I am your newest member, so you're moving forward to 50. I would so like to reach 60 as I seem to have been stuck on 55+ for months.
    Your card is absolutely lovely, the work you have put into it, it must have taken hours. I had a spell of using my melting pot but it's harbouring dust now. Hugs Dee x

  8. I love your interpreation Carole. My favourite bit is the flowery creation that you have made with your glassine paper, ribbon, twine and the UTEE button! I also love the background where the triangles have been cut away. Just lovely!!

    Hugs Sue Pxxx

    PS Am glad to hear you are feeling a little better.