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Sunday, 16 February 2014

Simple things... Sunday 16th February 2014

Good Morning Friends,

Hope you are all having a good weekend and at last today we have beautiful sunshine! The hens are in the garden clucking away happily, soaking up the sun.

 It has been a bit 'busy' here, out and about quite a lot yesterday and also Friday, when we had theatre wasn't planned as a Valentine 'thing' but it was an opera so they only perform one evening. I got the bus into Bristol..what an awful day and a horrible journey; it should have taken 50 minutes but took a little longer and felt a whole lot longer!

I was due to meet Tom in the  City Centre at about 5.30pm (he works another 20 minutes out of town the other side), but my bus got in at 4pm, so I had a bit of a wait. I battled against the ever increasing wind and rain to St Nicholas Market, a covered market where there is a lovely little haberdashery shop. I don't get down there that much and I needed some cottons - whilst there of course, I also succumbed to ribbon. It is a real treasure trove of ribbon, once in, you just don't want to leave!

Having met Tom we went for a pre-theatre meal in one of our favourite restaurants, (that we don't get much chance to visit), on the Quayside. They serve locally/West Country sourced food and it is we sat in the comfort of the restaurant we could hear the wind really getting up speed and the boats moored there were bobbing about frantically. Some of them are barges and people live on them, I was so pleased I didn't!

The journey home post theatre was very windy, pretty unnerving on the roads once we left town and that night it just didn't let up, was it like that with you? I think it's the first night this year that it actually kept me awake! But I'm mindful of not complaining too much, our neighbouring Counties of Somerset and Gloucestershire, not to mention further South in the UK,  as well as where Tom's relatives live around Venice and across the pond in the USA, have been battered beyond belief for weeks now and I can't even begin to comprehend all that.

Anyway, less of my ramblings and on to case you missed yesterday, dear blog friend Patricia won my blog Candy, which I will be posting off next week. If you don't already follow Patricia, do hop over and take a look - Summerhouse Crafts - because she makes the most beautiful cards - and boxes!

Today's card is a white on white card that I made  as part of my 'stock' for an upcoming craft fair. It's a 7x7 card, a size I have got to like a lot lately. I really like small cards and generally make 6x6 as my usual size of choice, saving the larger 8x8 for commissions. At the moment, I am not generally taking commissions because I don't want to take on too much. However, at Tom's office I have a lot of regular customers, who have been ordering from me for a long time, so I am still making cards for them and others for whom I've been making cards for a while now.

Interestingly, I sent an email around those at Tom's office offering a slightly smaller 7x7 if they wished - the take up has been great.

I embossed a piece of white card measuring slightly less that the 7x7,  die cut the roses from Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms and the flourishes are a Sizzix die. The sentiment is  a digital by Pink Petticoat, (I've been buying digital stamps from here for years, they are really fresh and modern and right now a lot of the old images are being retired, so take a look!) die cut on a Labels Four Small Spellbinders no stamping, inking, just simple embossing and die-cutting.

The inside of the card:

Thanks for stopping by and have a fab Sunday,

Love and Hugs,
Carole X


  1. Carole what can I say except stunning, gorgeous and beautiful wrapped up in one. Love that embossed back ground, funny how six months ago I looked at the card but never really took to much notice of the background now every bit gets looked at. Hazel x

  2. Beautiful clean and fresh card Carole! Love it.xx

  3. Hi Carole,
    fab card today. I am a big fan of white on white creations. Love your embossing and fab design. Super roses too.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  4. This is so lovely Carole - I'm a fan of these too - they always look elegant. Amazing embossing folder and those roses are gorgeous. A great card.

    Hugs to you Sue Pxxx

  5. WOW!! Carole, I love this beautiful card.
    Absolutely fantastic design.
    I am the "winner" and I am thrilled to bits thank you very much
    Have a great week

    Patricia xxx

  6. Oh how I hate to hear of the sour weather you suffered but LOVE to hear the details of your journey that day : ) It is great fun to hear of things and places that are so totally different than what we have here in the rural area where I live. : ) Thank you for sharing!! I'm so glad you have sunshine now.

    In town we are so covered under snow that it is nearly impossible to see around the corner when making a turn in the road. The piles are literally 7 to 10 feet high where the snow plows have pushed the snow. The trucks are slowly coming along each day to remove the piles and relocate them but it has been an incredible year for both snow and bitter bitter cold.

    March is typically the "big snow" month where we could easily see a foot of snow or more in any given storm. We can only hope for a slow warm up in the spring or else there will be flooding for sure! We are enjoying a bright sunny blue sky day today!! : )

    I love your card!! It seems many card makers in the US avoid square cards because the post office charges us more to mail them. I love the square cards and I especially LOVE white on white embossed cards!! Making your card a favorite of all I've seen posted before! : )

    Thank you for sharing!


    1. The weather is certainly testing us all over the world this winter isn't it? I can't imagine so much snow, for so long..hugs and thanks for your lovely comment XX

  7. Oh wow this is so beautiful and delicate with the white. Stunning. Hope you are all keeping safe.
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  8. Hi Carole

    How beautiful is this?

    Love the white on white look.

    Have a good week.

    Love Jules xx

  9. Morning Carole,
    A stunningly beautiful card, love the white on white. I too use 7x7 cards they are such a good size, I find that sometimes 8x8 are just too big.
    Sound like you had a wonderful evening.

  10. This is so elegant! The sentiment is beautiful and the die-cuts and flowers look fabulous.

  11. Hi Carole, it sounds like you had quite an ordeal getting there and getting home. We have been lucky, just a few trees down but like you, I feel for others down south and abroad.

    Your card is beautiful, very elegant, I do love white on white, the flowers are beautiful and I love the embossed backing. I will have a look out now for 7 x 7 cards, 6 x 6 is just a bit too small. Hope your week goes well and that you enjoy Stitches! Hugs, Anne x

  12. Beautiful card Carole, simple but stunning. Great day with you at Stitches today, so glad we didn't encounter any car problems this year! Don't think I'll be able to sleep tonight with all those ideas buzzing round in my head! :-)
    See you soon
    Amy x

  13. I could not live on anything that bobbed around, lol ugh Lovely white on white card!