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Saturday, 3 May 2014

Guy Birthday Card - Saturday 3rd May 2014

Hello Friends,

Sorry I've been 'missing' a few days...I have managed to keep up with those of you who have been posting, but I myself have been so busy crafting that I'm afraid blogging had to take a back seat. I have been busily making cards for Sam Poole's design team, using her new nautical stamps which you can have  a look at over on her page - click here 

They are super guy stamps - I've never made so many male cards in a week before! My first post for Sam will be on Tuesday; I've just scheduled it and had never used Wordpress before, but it was fine (I think..we'll see on Tuesday, lol).

I've also been working on demos for our workshop this week...can't say what we'r doing, but it's our two year anniversary of delivering the workshops, so it is a little extra treat and not a card..I've already said too much!

I'm also still struggling with my sore throat and tickly cough..always this time of year, an allergy to something, thank goodness I don't get watery eyes as well!

Today I was hoping to post a very feminine card, my DT creation for Emergency Crafters this month, but the challenge has yet to be posted, so I can't share it quite yet. So, another male card..I think I went through a phase after Christmas where I decided to make some....

The mini stamp is by Stamps Away and I've had it for some time. I made a 6x6 kraft card blank and  covered it with the stripy card from stash. I then die cut a circle from the centre using Spellbinders Classic Circles Small.  The mini was also stamped on to kraft card, using archival ink, which I heat embossed with clear embossing powder to give a raised image with more definition. I like to do this on most of my cards. I die cut the image using the same circle die and inked the edges.

 I cut banners to decorate the front, attaching with brads; the sentiment is computer generated.
I used a piece of check paper from stash to cover the inside, behind the image and although I didn't photograph it, I also added the same paper, with the circle die cut through it, to cover the side behind the aperture, hiding the back of the brads.

And that's about it!

Hope you are all having a super weekend, the weather in our part of the UK has been glorious, so I hope it's the same with you. Tom and I have been to Tetbury today; it's  a small Cotswold town not far from us - we did our main food shop and browsed the antique and vintage shops. I found that one of my favourite shops there has started stocking my current new crafty love, Annie Sloan chalk paint and wax..and in small pots too! It was very busy with tourists today, which was nice, everyone was happy in the sunshine.

I came home and went out to the summerhouse (hereafter referred to as 'The Craft Barn') and did a bit more work on the old chair I've been working on. It has just in my life as long as I can remember, just an old chair (I think they call it Dutch style). It was one of the things I couldn't part with when my Mum passed away, but it really needed cheering up. I painted it with chalk paint and before I wax it, I am painting a little design on it, but I want to get it right, so it's a slow process...all will be revealed eventually. Of course, as soon as I had painted it, I realised that I hadn't taken a 'before' picture..oops!

That's me for today..but before I go, I thought you might like to see  a photo of our girls tucking into some lettuce this afternoon...

Love and Hugs,
Carole X


  1. Wonderful post! I love hearing about some of the adventures in your life and in your craft space : )

    Your card is very nice! I do not make enough masculine cards. I need to freshen up my stock of them. Great image you used!!

    Have a wonderful rest of your weekend.


  2. Great male card Carole. Hope your allergy symptoms disappear soon. They can be quite miserable. Hugs Christine xx

  3. Love your male card Carole great colours ....hope you feel better soon...will pop over to Sam's and have a peep.


  4. I do hope you feel better soon. Love that card Carole, I used to have a mini just like that! Looking forward to hearing and seeing more about the chair that you are doing up in the Craft Barn (love that). Thank you for showing the 'girls' too, they look lovely, as always. Hugs, Anne xx

  5. Morning Carole,
    Great card, love the the photo of your hens enjoying their snack.

  6. Wonderful guy card and that paper is just ideal. I know this is the type of card my Hubby would really like and appreciate. Have a wonderful day.

  7. Hi Carole

    Pleased to hear you have lots to keep you out of mischief!! LOL!!

    Looking forward to seeing your male/nautical makes.

    Hope you are having a lovely bank holiday weekend.

    Love Jules xx

  8. Hi Carole, this is a great card for a man although I know my Auntie would love it too. She has always had a mini, the perfect size car for her to drive as she is only about 5ft tall!
    Sorry to hear your still suffering with your allergy, hope it clears off soon!
    Amy x

  9. Great card, such a brilliant male image (I really need more of these!). Love the banners and brads. Thanks for sharing your picture of the girls with their lettuce, it really made me smile!

  10. Love this! I always cheat with brads, I push the brads through the banners and mount the banners using foam pads...too lazy to cover the insides :) Male cards are always so tricky. Great to see the ladies make an appearance. Cx