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Friday, 31 January 2014

Workshop Photos! Friday January 31st

Good afternoon Friends!

 One of my favourite films is the sci-fi movie Bladerunner (not the directors cut, I would add, the one with the full Harrison Ford Film Noir voice-over), but just lately I've felt like an unwilling 'extra' on the set of this movie - I know, you wonder what I'm talking about? 

Well if you know the movie, you know that it's set in the future where the city is dark and wet all the time. It just doesn't stop raining(remind you of the UK at the moment?)...so you see what I'm getting at now don't you? :) 

I had to go into work this morning and had a very wet walk home. As for the hens... soon as they know someone is in the house (no matter how quietly I creep in!), they know I'm home and they start making a noise to be let out, so I let them out and they ran straight to their favourite cover of an old cold frame. They spent the next hour dashing between that, the greenhouse and the cover of their own coop..just for a change of scenery I guess.

The rain was finally coming down so much and the wind blowing, that I decided it was safer to put them back in their run (where they were sheltering anyway) -but- they know I'm home and are now crying to come out again!  I'm holding out that they'll soon get fed up and realise that they are better off inside!

At last night's Out of the Blue Craft Group,  I had one new lady in my group and two that had only been once before, but last time were on Amy's table. They aren't just new t he group, they told me they were pretty knew to crafting.They made four of the amazing cards below(one of them made two!). 

After the initial hesitation from everyone, it was the same as the week before: heads down just doodling..some just doodled and took their art home to make into cards, but these were the cards I managed to photograph.

Such concentration..everyone is in the zone!



I just couldn't get an in focus shot of this lovely card by our first time lady



This owl was made by one of our regulars and was modelled on one of the examples I'd made, which I will be sharing sometime soon

Well done to everyone again, these cards are all fabulous!

I'm not going to share my Zentangle with a twist card just yet as it was made for a Design Team and the challenge isn't up yet, so had better wait!

Love and Hugs and keep  dry,

Carole X
PS The 'girls' are still protesting at being shut in the dry, out of harms way! :)

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Venetian Carnival Mask - Thursday 30th January

Hello Friends,

Hoping you are well and getting lots of craft time this week! Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog. Yesterday was a card with quite a bit of colour, I love colour and when Hels Sheridan set the  theme of 'orange' for this week's Sunday Stampers I was really pleased - Spiced Marmalade is one of my favourite distress inks and I got to use it in abundance! I love the browns, oranges etc, which is why autumn is also one of my favourite card making times of the year - and seasons.

Today however it's back to monotone and another Zentangle inspired card made as an example for the ladies at our class tonight, the second of our Zentangle workshops. I've been making a lot of examples over the past few weeks and I do confess that the ones where I've added colour are my favourite - but that's just a personal thing, I always feel the need for colour! For work I wear a black sweatshirt or polo shirt with our logo on it, so with it I wear black trousers..but I always have to at least add some colourful earrings!


For our class we are providing an assortment of dreamweaver stencils for the group to use. Stencils are brilliant to use as a base for Zentangle designs and there are several books available that show you how to achieve lovely results using them - I have several more cards to post over the next few weeks that use stencils.

However, you can of course draw your own designs (I'm working on one at the moment), use masks, rubber stamps -anything suitable - and for this 

card I drew around a Spellbinders Venetian Mask die for  the basic outline.     

Before starting my tangle design, I partitioned areas of the mask by drawing  'strings' between two areas. This gives you a guideline in which to draw each different pattern (or leave blank). The strings can be anything you like - swirls, zig-zags or just lines.

For the background to the easel I used the 'Venetian' M-Bossability and die cut the image using Labels 17 and the 'outside the box' method to allow the 'feathers' to hang over the side.

I  shaded some areas of the design with pencil and used some black ribbon through a ribbon buckle die to the side of the image and added some gems and black and white hat pins.

For the base I drew a tangle design around the edge and added a sentiment (stamp by Indigo Blu) as the stopper with a diamante brad.

Apologies for the close up photo above, I haven't added pink gems in an effort to add some colour - I was wearing a red sweatshirt when I took the photo and somehow got a bounce of light back on this one!

Off to work now for a morning of the one thing I really don't like about my job! Sitting in a meeting all morning, when all I am thinking about it what I could be making better use of my time doing back at the office (or even better in the craft room)!

I'll be back tomorrow with that Zentangle inspired card that has a bit of a twist to it!

Thanks so  much for stopping by and have a great day all!



I am entering this card in 
Country View  Crafts current challenge with the theme of
"Monochromatic"  


Love and Hugs,

Carole X

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Sunday Stampers wk 292: Orange Crush - Wednesday 29th January 2014

Good Morning Friends,

No sharing my desk on WOYWW this week...trust me, the state it's in, you really wouldn't want to see it - no really you wouldn't!

Anyway, I have been getting inky again for this week's Sunday Stampers Challenge, set by Hels Sheridan: if you aren't already acquainted with Hels fabulous work, please check her blog -here-

This week's theme is to include the colour orange, which I love!  This is a simple card:  No going to the office today, but I'm still trying to prepare for tomorrow's 'Out of the Blue' Craft workshop with some more samples, so a busy day ahead! 



I printed off some polka dot kraft paper from a Pink Petticoat download, adhered this to a white card blank and inked the edges with dried marigold distress ink.

I chose a stamp by Crafty Individuals,which I stamped on plain kraft card using clear embossing ink, coated it with white detail embossing powder and heat embossed. I then die-cut it using Spellbinders Labels One Small and inked over the whole shape with a mix of dried marigold and  spiced marmalade distress inks.

Then I die cut the same label on white card and inked over with the same inks, leaving it darker on the edges. To finish I added some sheer pale gold ribbon.

Inside the card I stamped a sentiment from a Creative Expressions set and die cut using Labels 4 Small. I inked in the same way as the label on the front of the card. I used a pale orange paper to make the flowers from a mixture of dies and punches and inked them to created a deeper colour.

Thank you so much for stopping by and for all your lovely comments on my page layout yesterday!

Love and hugs,
Carole X

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Scrapbook layout - Tuesday 28th January 2014

Good Morning Friends,

Thank you so much for all your comments on my last post, I am so grateful for them all and love to read them!

I can't believe that it was Friday whenI last posted on here and at the time I was deciding which craft I would do that day! Well sewing won, but I didn't get on too well: I think I'm going through a phase where I have lots of ideas, but when I try to bring them to fruition, nothing goes right! I wasted a lot of time just not 'getting' an instruction on a pattern... it was only a duck's beak for goodness sake; I could see exactly how it should work but could I get it right?...Noooo! 

I have had the same problem with some paper craft projects lately, so it must be a 'mojo' thing...anyway, not much crafting time was achieved on Saturday, but Sunday was such an awful day weatherise, that we didn't go out at all. In the morning, I decided to  finish off a Christmas scrapbook page that I started over the Christmas Holiday. When I say 'started' I mean that I gathered the papers together and put them, with the photo in a 12x12 box ready to complete!

One of my crafting resolutions this year is to do more scrapbooking: I am at least determined to scrapbook our California trip last year, especially as I never got around to 'scrapping' the last time we went four years ago or our last trip to Venice to see Tom's family...very poor!

Tom's brother took this photo of us on Christmas Day with my phone. We had just opened the bottle of wine we'd brought back from our wine tasting and fun evenings at Casa Dumetz, Los Alamos California last year. I think our evenings there were one of the highlights of our holiday, apart of course from visiting all my relatives again, so it was great on a cold Christmas Day to remember happy times in sunny California and share with our family here!

The papers I used are a mixture from my stash - Basic Grey, Teresa Collins and American Craft. I used a Martha Stewart punch for the edger and Sizzix holly dies. The numbers were cut from a Sizzix Tim Holz alterations die. I cut the tag going across the page under the photo using Nitwit papers (downloaded and printed). To finish off I took a photo of the wine bottle (empty of course!) and added some journalling.

I've been working on a little  more Zentangling as we have the second of our classes this week and I wanted to take some more examples for the group, so there will be a few more (including a Valentine card with a 'twist' ) coming up this week, after which you will probably be happy to hear that I'm 'Zentangled out' for the time being!

Have a good day all..it looks like it's going to be  a very wet walk to work for me this morning, but I'd rather have that than ice!

Love and Hugs,
Carole X

Friday, 24 January 2014

Sunday Stampers week 291: Ultraviolet - Friday 24th January 2014

Good Morning Friends!

Wow! I was bowled over by all the comments about the Christening card on my last post, thank you to all of you who visited and commented. It did take quite a while to make and the person who commissioned it was thrilled with it, I'm happy to report! The aperture box card blanks are available from Stamps by Chloe. To be honest, I bought a pack a while ago to see what they were like: as you know I had become very busy so took time off from commissions and had also decided that I wouldn't offer any more boxed cards, but this lady had asked for one and as I had these on the shelf, I decided to give it a a go. It was very time consuming and not something I would choose to do often, but I was  very pleased with how it turned out.

Today I am back in my 'comfort zone' I guess, although I think that doing the commissions and workshops has made me try so many different styles and techniques, that I don't really feel 'uncomfortable' in most forms of paper craft any more. I think a better description would be "back doing what I like doing"...messing about with stamping and my melt pot!

Sunday Stampers for those who don't know, is a weekly challenge set by the oh so inspirational Hels Sheridan. You can create anything, just add in the weekly theme and some stamping. Click on my link to take a look at Hels' fab blog.

Up until I had my back problem and then our US trip last year, when I got all behind with everything, I don't think I'd missed one week for about a year, but since then I've missed so many...here's hoping this is the start of regular participation once more!

This week Hels set the theme of adding violet/purple to our projects. I hadn't made a tag in  a while and I love making tags, so this week my little creation is just that!


I made the flowers using Spellbinders dies from Bitty Blossoms, inked the edges with Dusty Concord distress ink and dipped into UTEE in my melt pot. I've had my melt pot over a year now, I use it a lot and I still get a tingle every time a little paper flower comes out looking like porcelain!

To create the background for the tag I used a honeycomb mask, dabbed through with Gelato paint (my new love, it's fab and so versatile) that I had mixed with a little water. I used mostly Bubble Gum pink, but also a little white and blue (Cotton Candy), so it has a tinge of lilac, though still predominantly pink in tone just for a little contrast to the rest of the tag.

The butterfly is one of the 'Dinkies' by Indigo Blu, though actually it is quite a large stamp! I used clear embossing ink and mixed together two embossing powders that have been in my embossing powder drawer for years: they are both by Heritage Rubber Stamps. The colours I mixed are Grape and Rose Sparkle, which together have made a lovely deep purple with a fine shimmer. I used the same Gelato mixture to paint in the white areas of the butterfly.

I aded a stamped quote, again using the same embossing powders and some purple ribbon to finish off...well that's me for today...no work, hairdresser this morning and then hopefully some craft time, but my dilemma today is paper craft or sewing craft? I have a few patterns all cut out ready to go..some Easter bunnies (yes I am finally thinking ahead!), another Tilda doll and a Tilda hen! Oh but I also have lots of paper craft projects to get on with.....Ooh decisions decisions :)

Whatever you do, have a fun day!

Love and Hugs,
Carole X

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Christening card - Monday 21st January 2014

Good Morning Friends!

Commissioned Christening Card

I hope the week got of to a good start for you all: I'm looking forward to tomorrow and a nice day  in my craft room! I have some cards to make and some patterns cut out and ready to sew!

Today's card is a commission card: I'm still not really taking commissions, because there are so many projects I want to make and I found when I was actively taking them, they kind of 'took over', but if someone asks, I will usually still make them. They are usually colleagues of Tom's.

I was asked to make this Christening card and the person wanted it to be a boxed card if possible, so I made this card using one of these 'box aperture cards that I got from 'Stamps by Chloe' before Christmas and decorated a bag to match it.


 For the images I used LOTV stamps coloured with Promarkers, but very minimally. The dotty papers are by Pink Petticoat. I used Spellbinders Labels 17 dies, together with Floral Corner One, .Carnation Creations, Spiral Blossom One and Bitty Blossoms


 For the inside I followed through with more baby image stamps by LOTV and used am embossing folder that was free with a magazine for the background. I also added a panel to the back of the card for the person to write their message, but didn't photograph it!



  I decorated the bag with the same image and layers as the front of the card

That's it for today friends, I'm off to get ready for another day at the office now...have a good day everyone!

Love and Hugs,
Carole X

Sunday, 19 January 2014

 Hi Friends and Happy Sunday to you!

I promise these are the last few Zentangle cards, at least for a few days(!); they are virtually all I have been making this past week and I still have a few tangles to make into cards..but after finishing this post, when I have some craft time, I do have a Design Team card and a commission to work on, so I need to get out of the 'zone'..it is weird how it grabs hold of you and you just have to keep at it once you start!


Today I'm sharing two Zentangles that I added colour to - it doesn't have to be black and white! They are both Dreamweaver stencils and yes the first one is that cockerel again!


As you may have guessed by now,  I just love working with this stencil: in the past I have posted a card where I used embossing paste and glitter, making a multi-coloured cockerel. This time I gave him a colour wash using Inktense pencils as watercolours: I used a pink, orange and yellow and just let them flow into each other and outside the edges. Unfortunately it's impossible to see in the photo, but I also added a layer of watered down iridescent mica powder over the whole image, which gives it a lustre, which I was really please with. The only thing was, that the micas over powered the tangling, so I had to go back over it with my pen, but that wasn't any hardship!

I die cut the image using my Spellbinders Curved Matting Basics A die and mat and layered on red card, which I inked at the edges using Worn Lipstick distress ink, finishing off with a red bow.

 For my second card, I again coloured the card using  water colour pencils and although you can only possible barely see it in the second photo, I painted over the image with Mod Podge to give it a shine. I matted and layered on purple card, which I had embossed with a folder that came free with a magazine.


I often decorate the inside of the card, but rarely remember to photograph it! This is the inside of the flower card: I used a sentiment from Pink Petticoat and use another freebie embossing folder to frame it. I used just the leaf from the stencil in the corner and freehand tangled in the other corners.

 Before I go today, I promised my blog friend Dee over at Scrumptious Crafts that I would spread the word that she has a Cricut for sale - pop over if you are interested.

Well, hope you all have a lovely day! Thank you so much for stopping by,
Love and Hugs
Carole X

Friday, 17 January 2014

Zentangled Craft Group! - Friday 17th January

Hello Friends!

Well it was good to see our first group of ladies again last night after the Christmas break! I think a lot of them were a bit 'dubious' about our choice of theme - some had never heard of Zentangle and only a couple had ever tried it before, but they they are a group of ladies who are always game to try what we 'throw' at them!

I'm sharing today a few cards made by some of the ladies on my little group. Not all of them made cards, some were happy just to try tangling with different stencils and take their work home to finish off. Looking at these cards..ALL..by ladies who had never Zentangled before, will show you why you should give it a go! The cards are (in my opinion) beautiful and I don't think that anyone but the most expert tangler would know they were all beginners. The thing about Zentangle for the first time, is that you might be faced with your outline and wonder 'what do I do now?', but there are lots of examples in books and on the internet, which can get you started and once that first section is complete, the rest just seems to flow naturally!

Super design and love the backing paper, which looks a bit like chicken wire!

Really good idea to 'frame' the image this way, very effective

The backing paper used with this one actually looks Zentangled doesn't it?! Super faux stitching too
Love the Zentangle at the side here, it really completes the card

I was both surprised and -not-  that the cockerel stencil was such a popular choice last night and I think the reason why is because it's a large area. You may think that would make it take longer to work on, but having Zentangled quite a few images over the past week, I felt far more comfortable and satisfied working on a larger area, where there is more 'scope' for a pattern.

Anyway, suffice to say this was a very successful class and I'm sure we will return to Zentangle at some point..it's not over yet though; we run 2 groups a month using the same project, so our second group of ladies will be tangling at the end of the month!

Bye for now and thank you for stopping by!

Love and Hugs,
Carole X

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Zentangled Cockerel - Thursday 16th January 2013

Good Morning Friends,

Today's card is one of the Zentangle creations you saw on my desk yesterday (if you visited my WOYWW post!). Tonight Amy and I are delivering our first workshop of 2014.  To ease our ladies in with something (hopefully) relaxing and also new to the workshops, we are going to have a Zentangle session.

Zentangle is an art form created by Rick Roberts (Zen) and Maria Thomas (Tangle); a combination of his meditation background and her art background. It's idea is to bring art to anyone and in a relaxing way. It can be addictive too! I tend to tangle now and then, when I'm in the mood, but the trouble is that once you start it's hard to stop! As a result, in preparation for this class I had lots of tangles drawn, but not many card examples made up as yet, so be prepared, there will be a drip feed of Zentangle cards for a while ahead.

For the class we are using Dreamweaver stencils as stencils are a great way to tangle, with the dividing lines already drawn for you, but in my cards over the next few weeks you will see tangles I have created using Spellbinder dies as templates and also from my own drawings.

This cockerel I have used before; it's a lovely stencil for tangling as it is large and thus gives more space for creating patterns.

This is a 6x6 card blank: I die cut the image and layer using Spellbinders Curved Matting Basics A, which my lovely brother-in-law gave me for Christmas. I also matted and layered the base card with dark red card.

The sentiment is printed from my computer, using a Pink Petticoat digi. I finished off with a matching feather and a little cockerel button from my button jar.

I'll let you know tomorrow, how our ladies got on with tangling! It will be lovely to see them again after the Christmas break.

Love and Hugs,
Carole X

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

WOYWW 241 - Wednesday 15th January 2014

Hello Friends and fellow WOYWWers!


Before I  let you peak at my work desk this week, I would like to offer a big welcome to my latest follower Claire Grantham..hello there Claire and thank you so much for choosing to follow me, do let me know if you have a blog of your own so that I can come visit.

For those of you new to WOYWW or don't know what I'm on about, hop over to Julia at Stamping Ground for all the deets and then put your desk on display for the world to see as well!

After last week's tour of my newly tidied craft room, I am back on more familiar ground this week, with a desk of crafty messiness!



 A little sneak peak of what I've been up to this week..it's our first craft class for 2014 tomorrow and we have decided to give our ladies something a little different to start off with - and we hope a nice, relaxing start to the year - Zentangle. These are a few of the tangles I have been doodling away at and a few of the cards I've made and will be blogging over the next week or so. I do love to tangle, but don't do it that often, the main reason being it does tend to get you lost in your own little world and before you know it hours have passed and your still at it when the evening meal should be cooking or worse still...the hens tucked in for the night!

But I guess that's the reason behind it...to allow you to lose yourself in art..speaking of which,gotta g and get back in 'the zone' !

Love and Hugs,
Carole X

Monday, 13 January 2014

Seaside Tilda - Monday 12th January 2014

Hello Friends,

Seaside Girl Tilda

I hope you all had good weekends and managed to filter in some  crafting time..I got very little time to craft, but did manage to finish this little project!

On Friday, I finally got my sewing machine mended...it was my fault it took so long; so  many paper crafting projects needed to be completed over the past year or so and as there was very little time for sewing, my machine has just been sitting on the shelf looking very sorry for itself. A New Year's resolution that I made to myself before Christmas, was that I would sew more this year and make little items to sell at the (few) craft fairs I do.

As you know, over the Holidays I made those Polar Bears, sewn by hand...and this was always going to be my next creation, but it really needed a sewing machine. Someone had told me about Cathedral Sewing Machine repairs in Bristol. He is a mobile repair man, so he comes to your house and for any of you who live in the Bristol, Somerset, Gloucestershire areas I thoroughly recommend him. He came to our house Friday afternoon, found the fault, fixed the machine and then I was ready to sew!Everything else was just pushed aside, I HAD to play!

I had already cut out the pattern/fabric pieces for this doll and Tom had a really late night at work; whenever he has a project launch it has to factor into the USA time zones and is a nightmare for working hours....so I was all on my own and decided to start sewing her up!

As some of you know, in the past I have made cloth dolls, angels and animals, but this is my first Tilda..what do you think? She was all finished on Friday except for the coat, which was the only part that I found difficult (Luckily I have no inclination to be a dressmaker!)...and that is why I had to finish her on Saturday. I didn't get a chance until late afternoon, so by the time I'd finished, all that lovely sunshine had faded and since then, trying to get a decent photo has been a nightmare! Even this morning with decent light the bright blue dots on the coat just don't show!








 Do you know what's strange? Whenever I use rubber stamps or have made dolls from patterns before, where there are no mouths..I have had to add them, I thought I would be the same with this one, but I have had no need to do so this time!

Before I finish, I would like to thank all of you who left suggestions about stamp storage on my WOYWW blog..all of them very helpful. I think I have decided that they will stay in boxes. The only reason being, that I started off with binders and it just doesn't work for me. I am however going to re-sort them into ''type' rather than designer - i.e. flowers, nature, male, steampunk etc. I'm hoping this will make it easier to find what I'm looking for..quite a few of you suggested this.

My desk at the moment is back to a state of disarray - full of doodles actually, Zentangles to be precise! This is what  we are doing in our first workshop of 2014, this week. I'm not in work today, so I will be concentrating on this for the day.

Yesterday we finally got the boxes of Christmas decs back up to the attic..I am amazed at how many it was, but of course the 'Christmas Village' takes up a lot of room!

Now I have to focus my sewing projects on little Easter makes, as I have a craft fair in March, so bunnies and chickens here I come...

Thank you so much for stopping by, following my blog and leaving a comment..I really appreciate it!

Love and Hugs,
Carole X

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

WOYWW 240 - Wednesday 10th January 2014

Hello Friends and Fellow WOYWWers!

It's been a while since I took part in  WOYWW, so although I try and keep these post short, please forgive me for a lengthy one today and not just a desk but a whole room! WOYWW, for those who don't know, is where we get the chance to share our craft space with blogland, courtesy of Julia over at Stamping Ground...please click the link for all the deets!

 For a start with all the Christmas paraphernalia, my desk has been hardly visible for months and I've been quite ashamed of the state of my craft room:)..which is saying something as tidy craft rooms are a rarity..aren't they?

However, as my regular friends will know, for a few days over New Year when the rain was really lashing it down and the winds were howling (hence there was no going out), I decided to completely declutter my craft room. Of course, most of the time to us crafters, 'decluttering' simply means moving stuff around!

I'm lucky: several years ago Tom and I built a summer house in the garden, which was supposed to be my craft room. It worked okay for a little while, although I was still semi working in a spare room (aka craft room!) because it was just too small and over the past few years it has sadly been neglected and mostly used or storage. 

During our lovely summer last year, I did use it a few times for some art work and decided that this year I was going to use the craft room for my paper crafts and sewing and the summer house for altered art and mixed  media.


So the reason my craft room is so tidy at the moment, is because my art parts and paints are all packed up ready for a new home when the weather gets better. It will be nice to use two separate spaces.

It's weird isn't it? I got all this stuff out, packed up a good part of it and then still struggled to get the rest back in!!! There is still a lot of sorting to do - papers and card blanks but at least it's easy to work in at the moment..not that I'm expecting that to last!

Now I want to ask you a question! How do you store your stamps? I have lots and lots and at the moment they are in boxes on shelves and in the cupboard. I've tried storage folders in the past, but the boxes seem to work best for me. However, currently I store them by make of stamp - I have House Mouse boxes, Creative Expressions, Crafty Individuals, Tim Holz....but sometimes I just want a butterfly and find myself hunting through my boxes for an appropriate stamp, so would I be better having a box for nature, for flowers etc..what works for you? I'd be really interested to know!

So, do come into my craft room....



I made this bunny a few years ago and he now hangs on my craft room door

 My desk..as you can see, it's quite clear at the moment....it's nice and big and was FREE many years ago when Tom's employer moved offices and it was a 'free for all' with the furniture!  It's good that it's so big, because I can just clear aside the keyboard, replace with a mat.... and craft!
 My sort of tidy shelves! The cabinet with the cutter on top was another 'throw away' - it's one of those old video cabinets. It now doubles as a cabinet for my craft CD's and is a nice height for cutting paper and using my die cutting machines.
 Yes, you guessed it the cabinet came with the office move and is used to mostly store household files (tho,ugh some craft stuff has crept in there). The plastic drawers are storage for my inks and next to it is the built in wardrobe where I keep my die cutting machines and some of my stamps.

 This is my sewing corner...my little desk and shelves for my sewing machine, materials and (mostly)Tilda books.

..and finally right next to the coop, our little summer house (and our four 'girls')..in need of some TLC, but watch out I hope to be posting a WOYWW from there later this year....





So that's it folks! Thanks for dropping in! I'll look forward to having a look around a few of your desks later...

Love and Hugs
 Carole X

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Dream Big: Sunday Stampers wk 289 - Tuesday 7th January 2014

Good Morning Friends!

How are you all doing? Yesterday was back to work after a two week break for the Holidays - we spent most of Sunday taking down the decorations...first the tree and then that Village...goodness it takes forever to box it all up and now the house looks so bare! I think I miss the lights most of all - most of us in our road had lights of some sort on our houses and it looked so pretty coming home on a dark, wet evening...oh well, we have next Christmas to look forward to!

I have left out my Polar Bears on the coffee table - I think they are as much for 'winter' as Christmas and as I only just finished them, it would seem a shame to put them away just yet!

Before getting to my card, I want to thank you for your visits and comments - especially recently on the bears and my vintage accordion card - both of them were just a pleasure to make! I am hopefully getting my sewing machine repaired on Friday, which I am excited about as I am eager to start some Spring sewing projects that aren't good for hand sewing. 

I also want to say a big welcome to my latest follow Helen Phillips...Helen has some lovely creations on her blog, so do take a look: http://at-helens.blogspot.co.uk

This now brings me up to 70 followers and I did say that there would be Candy when I got to this next milestone...so please bear with me whilst I get a very busy week ahead over with and I will do a draw for one of you to win a little something!

Today's simple card was born out of frustration! On Sunday, admittedly feeling pretty tired after all the decs removal, I tried a new technique with alcohol inks, die cuts and felt and I just couldn't get it right. I will try again and get there in the end, but it just wasn't to be on Sunday...so instead I made this quick card to ease me back into Hels Sheridan's Sunday Stampers weekly challenge, which I haven't managed to participate in for weeks! This week's theme is to include the word 'Dream'....


Using a 6x6 card blank, I cut a piece of white card slightly smaller and inked all around using  Spiced Marmalade Distress ink. I then stamped the images using a Jofy stamp on white card and coloured with distress inks mixed with water.

The Dream Big stamp is from a set by Sam Poole for Creative Expressions. I matted and layered and added a button tied with Bakers Twine to finish.

Well that's the beauty of crafting isn't it? From the Vintage Nicecrane Design Team card, which took quite a while to put together to a simple, bright contemporary design..all good fun! Talking of the Nicecrane card I made a few years ago, do hop over to Nicecrane's blog to see not only my card, but what the other DT members have been doing with the same designs - so really lovely projects and we all seemed to go for the same style of colouring! 
http://nicecranedesigns.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/elfos-magical-names-cards-birds-calendar.html
Thanks for stopping by!

Love and Hugs,
Carole X

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Little Women - Saturday 4th January 2014

Good Morning Friends!

From a pretty simple card yesterday, to one that took much longer to make! Mr Mojo is still feeling a little lazy and lacking in enthusiasm  but once I got the idea for this card and once I'd started, he did sit on my shoulder and play along for a while!

Today's card is my Design Team project for Nicecrane Designs - if you love vintage images of all kinds, from romantic to quirky, cute and humorous you should visit this website for an exceptional choice of coloured images and digi stamps. Click on this link to check it out http://nicecranedesigns.com

For this project I chose to work with one of the latest releases 'Your Magical Name'. The files are for you to colour and add the name of your choice to the banner, either writing, stamping or digitally!


These are the images






I chose four of the images and used my Sissix Accordian Die to create the card - the names I chose to use are from Louise M. Allcott's novel, Little Women, even though  the ages of the girls don't match the story! With four images to work with, it seemed like a nice idea!



I coloured the girls using drawing ink: I wanted to create the effect of old hand-coloured photos where just the main image is coloured, usually in blue,green and pink hues,which really stand out. Drawing Ink is great for this effect and for colouring Vintage images in general, I love it.





 I then die cut the images on to Spellbinders dies that matched the inners of the accordion die and inked the edges of the shapes.. To complete the card I added die cuts, ribbons, flourishes and paper flowers - all the details are listed below.





Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment, if you choose to - I really appreciate it and love to read them!

Love Carole X

Materials used:
Images: Your Magical Name: Nicecrane Designs
Drawing Inks: Cosmic Shimmer
Sissix Accordian Die; Decorative Flourish set
Spellbinders : Labels 1, Fanciful Flight,Floral Corner One
Papers: Graphic 45 Secret Garden
Distress Inks
Ribbons, gems, paper flowers

Friday, 3 January 2014

Birthday Banners - Friday 3rd January 2014

Good Morning Friends!

First of all I'd like to welcome my latest follower Patti, thank you for choosing to visit and follow  me Patti! 

I discovered her blog just last week and really like her style - do take a look -http://stationerystyles.blogspot.co.uk

Today's card is my first card of this year: I made it yesterday to send to a friend who's birthday is this month. Of course, after the break for the Holidays and spending the time tidying my craft room, I sat down and Mr Mojo was still off somewhere  - celebrating New Year no doubt, or may be I just didn't want to mess up my nice tidy desk (I'm joking of course!)....

Anyway I started to look through some of my 'Paper Crafts' magazines  for inspiration. I get this magazine from the USA and have done for quite some years and it's style suits the type of card I wanted to make - not too fussy.

I was inspired by a particular layout and this is what I came up with:



I inked the top of the card with embossing ink and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I then inked over the design with Peacock Feathers distress ink and wiped away the excess, just leaving a slight ombre effect beneath the design.

I punched the paper ribbon used across the top of the card and made banners from paper. I adhered this to the card together with some blue ribbon tied in a bow.

Finally I die cut and made three paper roses to finish and added a greeting. I didn't photograph the inside, but I added a strip of the polka dot paper across the centre of the card, before adding the greeting.

Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. The actual dies and papers I used are listed below.


Love and Hugs,
              Carole X


Materials used to make this card:

Stamp: Crafty Individuals CI -171
Peacock Feathers distress ink
Stamps Away Clear embossing powder
Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms
Britannia dies - rose
Papers: Teresa Collins, Graphic 45 and other pieces from 'bit box'
Ribbon from stash
Greeting from stash
Martha Stewart Border punch