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Saturday, 1 August 2015

Bird Crazy Birthday - Saturday 1st August 2015

Hello Friends,

Thanks for visiting and thank you for your comments on my Birds of Prey mini album: a few of you were impressed I had made an album of photos from a recent event so quickly...well believe me, I have a full size scrapbook for our last holiday in California, with just a few complete pages! Our last trip to Italy is still on the computer! I do prefer to be able to pick up photos and look at them whenever I want, so this year I decided I would make mini albums of events and holidays - they can be quick to complete and are easy to revisit and add more.

 I hadn't intended that more than a week should pass between posts, but it has! I have got a lot of crafting achieved this week extra time in the office, no more craft time. I also won some sentiment stamps from Sue Wilson's blog, which was brilliant!

The first of our August workshops is this week and some of the group asked if they could have a CAS card session....I look around some of my crafty friend's blogs who specialise in CAS and I am always in awe. I really admire CAS, I find it hard to get started...and then  to stop adding to the card...but I love it and once I get started, I can't stop! That is what I have been doing in my craft time this week.

However for today I want to share cards I've made for hubby Tom's birthday tomorrow...he loves birthdays (much more than I do), so the family will be over for a birthday tea and hopefully it will be nice enough to sit outside (a big hope I think!). 

Now, I did say cards, because of course 'the girls' (our hens) have to give him one too (call us crazy, it's just a bit of fun) I made a quick one from them as well....

First of all here is mine: the 'awesome' is a bit of an in-joke with Tom about the US comedy Modern Family and the character Phil Dunphy, as it's one of his 'phrases'  that Tom adopted..but if you haven't seen it, ignore this as it will mean nothing to you!

I made this card before I got the Bird Crazy matching dies, so I layered them up by fussy cutting. I coloured them using my Chameleon pens and created the background with a wash of salted ocean distress ink and then used some ink and water and spritzed with an old travel toothbrush.

 I stamped the bird inside and added a party hat from another stamp set.

Now for the card 'from' Cara and Tilda...

For this one I stamped a Penny Black image and coloured with Promarkers. I then cut around the edge at the top and folded it at the base to make a simple stand up card. I die cut the greeting.

I also made some wrapping paper for their little present: I just used parcel wrap and stamped the chicken all over it. The stamp is from a small company called Noolibird, they are designed and handmade in Sussex by textile designer and artist Nula Shearing and are fabulous quality wooden block stamps, I love her designs.

At the moment we have our youngest hen, Tilda, just coming up to a year old who seems to be trying to decide whether or not she is broody..very odd...we've had a broody hen before, but not one that is showing all the traits but not quite doing it..that's fine with me, I don't want a broody hen to deal with at the moment! Cara, our older gal is in disgrace. We were eating a sandwich in the garden today, when she ran at me (quite comical really) leapt on my lap and made off with it! I managed to get most of it off her as I didn't want her to eat the bread and cheese (the lettuce and tomato I left for her)..naughty girl!!!

Well I must be off now and get the house ready for tomorrow's guests...have a good weekend all!

Love and Hugs,
Carole Z XX


  1. Happy birthday Tom. He has two fabulous cards here from you and the girls! Enjoy the party tea. Hugs Christine xx

  2. Hahaha - love the hooman card. It's the cutest thing ever. I'm sure your hubby definitely appreciates all the work you put in to making his birthday so special. :)

  3. Hi Carole... Fabulous cards for Tom he will love them


  4. Hi Carole,
    Great fun cards, love them. Hope you have a good day.

  5. HA, that's a lot of birds in one post, love it!! Great card, love the colouring job on your crazy birds! hugs :)

  6. Super fun birdie creations, just up your alley.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

  7. I just have this vision of Cara now..... that's just so funny (not that it would have been at the time though..). I love Tom's card, belated birthday wishes to him, we are just back from seeing Wendy Vecchi in London - I think I need to lie down for a week now! Hope the ladies love the CAS card making session, look forward to seeing them. Hugs, Anne xx

  8. Hey Carole, sorry I have been a stranger, trying to juggle working from home and playing at the desk I now work at... I love the card, Mr.Awesome is superb and I get the joke, funnily enough on this last trip home I introduced my Ma to Modern Family. I really love how you stamped the chicken to personalise the paper for Tom. Hope you are both well. Cx

    1. Lol glad you got it....we love that show, I think it's one of the few' must sees' for both of us, personally I think for Tim it's all about Gloria (lol), but I so see me in Claire in many ways, the writing is brilliant and so observant !X

  9. Fabulous cards Carole, the crazy birds has to be my most fav stamp I have, they are the chookie one too..x

  10. Hi Carole your cards for Tom are fantastic I bet he loved them. I will be sharing Keith's birthday card soon his birthday was yesterday when we came back from holiday. It is taking me a while to get back into things. But the unpacking and washing is all sorted. We have a family party tomorrow. Enjoy your weekend. Hugs Jackie

    1. Hope you had a fab holiday and belated birthday greetings to Keith! X

  11. Love the cards Carole. Those Crazy Birds are great. Love the chicken paper too. Happy crafty weekend, Angela x