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Sunday, 29 December 2013

Five Favourite Christmas Creations - Sunday 29th December

Hi there friends!

I hope you all had a great Christmas! We had a really lovely time...in fact it continues, as we have some friends coming tomorrow. I had some super crafty pressies - Tilda books, dies and stamps.I have taken a little break from the craft room (papercrafts anyway, as I have made a sewn that item I'll post later in the week) and will be back properly on 2nd January. 

I also hope that you all escaped the gales and power cuts; I feel so sorry for those who have spent days without power. It was really bad here Monday night and we awoke Christmas Eve to discover the roof had been blown off the Chicken coop! I went to let them out and it was one of those moments when you know something is wrong but it takes a moment to sink in! I opened their hatch and they came trotting out as if nothing had happened. It's a big walk-in coop, so the roof goes right over their bedroom, which means that from whenever it happened they were left exposed. Tom's Dad came over to help put it back on and thankfully it wasn't damaged, so all's well that ends well!

Although no new makes to show today, I thought I would enter a challenge that Debby is hosting on her blog 'A Scrapjourney' 


The challenge is to post the five favourite Christmas creations that we have made this year...and these are mine...


Winter Wonderland

Reindeer Games

Gift box card



Poinsettia Wreath

Sleigh Bells

I wish you all a very happy, healthy and crafty New Year and look forward to visiting your blogs and seeing all your creations through 2014,

Love and Hugs,
Carole X

Monday, 23 December 2013

Merry Christmas to you all! - Monday 23rd December

Hello Friends!

Just two more sleeps! Thank you for all your comments on my sleigh yesterday...it did take a while and was quite 'fiddly', but I really enjoyed making it and was pleased you liked it!

I have one final House Mouse card I would like to share with you all to wish you a Merry Christmas!



I am feeling very festive now: the house looks like a really cosy winter wonderland, inside and out! A few years ago, we bought one of those Lemax Christmas Village Houses at our local garden centre...now we have a village! When we were over in the USA in September I saw them in the big craft stores, except they were mostly the Halloween one as it was a bit early for Christmas (loved it). We've gradually added to it, it's just a bit of festive fun.It's really hard to get a photo of it though, so this just gives the general idea! It looks really pretty in the dark at night.





Our tree is adorned with lights and decorations collected over the years and even dating back to childhood. I'm not one for designer trees and colour schemes. When I decorate the tree I just love the memory every decoration brings with it - from family, to holidays and decorations that not only I have made, but friends and family have made as well.

Today will be spent getting the house ready for our visitors - there will be 6 of us on Christmas Day and we are very much looking forward to it.

This year was far too 'busy'; my Christmas cards were all very last minute and I do I confess start to get a bit stressed over it...it was all going back to three weeks away from crafting with the back problem (I'm happy to report that my doctor is a hero for suggesting a sports therapist...my now regular visits to Hayley have made a world of difference to pain I have been prone to all my adult life)..the three weeks unable to craft were followed by another couple where Mr Mojo had decided that he wasn't coming back from his enforced sabbatical! Of course by the time this all happened, I was already half-way committed to making all those presents for my family we were soon off to visit in the USA. I do actually think that knowing I had to finish what I started, combined with the workshops I teach with my friend Amy actually forced Mr Mojo to get moving again! But thank goodness I had already decided to not take any more commissions for the  rest of this year.

Our trip to California in September was another break from crafting..over three weeks in total and right when I would be making Christmas cards! But when it all started to get stressful, I took a step back..wait a minute, this is meant to be something I enjoy...no...LOVE to do..it's a passion..it's fun..and do you  know it worked?

So I didn't finish my Tim's tags..which was a shame, but not the end of the world. I didn't make all the Christmas projects I had planned, never mind, they aren't going anywhere and crafting never stopped being fun!

However it has been a really good year on the whole, seeing almost all my family from San Francisco to San Diego was fabulous - I think in all my trips solo and our many more together, we both agreed that this was the best ever!

Thank you also to my crafty friends, the ladies who come to our classes and special thanks to my friend Amy, who with her Mum, Diane, runs the best shop in Chipping Sodbury! I am so looking forward to another year of our crafty workshops, thanks Amy for asking me to join you in delivering them almost 2 years ago and to Diane for helping with the very important job of tea and cake!

This will be my last post before Christmas and possible New Year, so I'd like to wish you all a wonderful time and a very Happy, crafty 2014. Thank you for visiting my little piece of blogland. I do hope you get a little bit of inspiration from my projects as I do from all of yours. I really enjoy my daily trip around your blogs, looking at all the fabulous cards, layouts and other projects you share and I look forward to seeing many more next year!

I am now up to 67 followers so a huge thanks to all of you..when I get to 70 there will be some more candi to give away!

The weather here this afternoon is dreadful, so much rain and wind - I hope you are not experiencing the same - or worse - but if you are, stay safe and dry!


Happy Christmas everyone!

Love and Holiday Hugs,
Carole X

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Sleigh Bells Ring...Sunday 22nd December

Hello Friends,

Yesterday I said that I had spent an afternoon working  on a project that I had been wanting  to complete for some time...in fact since I got these dies a few months ago and here it is...the dies are both Sissix dies by Brenda Walton: Reindeer and Sleigh. The sleigh is actually a favour box or table centre piece. My big idea was to create a much more grungy, Tim Holz inspired project, but I think I will be making that to post here next Christmas now!

Instead I made a far more traditional piece and it is now sitting on our coffee table!




It needed to be sturdy, so I cut out 4 sleighs with quite a thick card and glued them together to double the strength and because the card was white one side, to make sure that both the inside and the outer of the sleigh matched.

 I then cut 2 more sleighs in gold to decorate, but cut the bottom away, so that only the sleigh runners are gold.. The die cuts are really easy to put together, but do take a little time and care; I used cosmic shimmer dried clear.

For the reindeer I used so corrugated card - they needed to be even sturdier as they have to stand up on 4 legs between them! Once I had die cut them, I inked the card to change the colour to dark brown.

I then cut 4 more reindeer in felt, which I glued either side of the corrugated.




I made the bridles from red cord and hooked the end of the rein around a jewelled brad which I'd attached to the sleigh. To finish off I added ribbons and bells. Then I made a base from left over corrugated card, covered with a piece of fake snow sheet and cotton wool snow. I added a little icicle stickles for a final touch.

Next to fill the sleigh..of course as a favour box you could add little choccies - I kept thinking that all made in  white or ivory, wouldn't it be a lovely centre piece for tables at a winter wedding?..I digress...I decided to make some tiny parcels and boy did they take a while and were they fiddly! I also remembered some tiny decorations hanging on the tree. We got them at a Christmas market in Italy some years ago and the little rocking horse and train made excellent additions  to the presents in the sleigh.

Hope you like it! 

I will be back tomorrow, one more time before Christmas,but in case you have finished your blogging and blog hopping for the Holidays, a very very Happy Christmas to you and thank you for visiting my blog!! Hopefully 'see' you tomorrow though!

Love and Hugs,
Carole X

I would like to enter this project in the current Country View Crafts Challenge with the theme of 'Bah Humbug!'

http://countryviewchallenges.blogspot.co.uk

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Ribbon decorated wreath

Good morning friends,

Today is my DT project for Fantastic ribbons: we were asked to create a  festive home decor project and you know how much I love creating wreaths! Nothing is being posted on the blog at the moment, but I had made it so decided to post it here anyway.



I started out with a plain vine wreath, which I decorated with twisted lengths of  traditional red and green satin ribbons, fixing them at the top, bottom & sides with wire. I then sewed buttons to the bottom & top to create a hanger. To finish I die cut 5 poinsettias (Spellbinders) and glued them over the wired ribbon.

This is an indoor wreath..good fun to make!

Whilst on the subject of wreaths, I haven't shared my front door wreath this year..and it's been up since December 1st! Actually for those of you who were following me this time last year, it's the same wreath. I usually will keep a wreath I've made for at least a few years, maybe make some changes, but as long as I still like it and it's still looking tidy, I'll keep using it. This one will stay up until the end of the month and then be replaced with a simpler winter wreath for the rest of January. I love having a seasonal wreath on my door and it's something I've done for many years.

Are you all ready for Christmas? I still have Tom's card left to make, but I'll wait until he's back in work on Monday and I can concentrate. However, after we had a lovely morning today...visited local garden centre, had a coffee, went to the hen farm to restock food for our girls...I had a lovely afternoon crafting whilst watching the horse shop from Olympia on TV! I made a table centre-piece from some dies I got a few months ago and have been excited to finally use...As long as I can get a decent photo, I'll post it on here tomorrow.

Bye for now and thank you for stopping by,
Love and Hugs,
Carole X

Monday, 16 December 2013

Blue Christmas - Monday 16th December

Hello Friends,

I hope you all had a great weekend, we had another that was a mix of  family gatherings and 'getting on with Christmas preparations'...and I also managed  a fair bit of crafting time, so it was all good!

Firstly, I would like to welcome my new follower, Donna Hanley - a crafter who like me, has a passion for everything House Mouse! Welcome Donna! Thank you so much for choosing to follow my little corner of blogland!

Today's card is a box easel: I have been making some of these in various designs lately as they are ideal for giving a little gift or some chocolates in the drawer.


I used my 'Zandra ' template, which I bought at Ally Pally in April;  adorable-scorable pale blue card to make the card, with Pink Petttocoat snowflake papers for the design base.

The stamp is from the Papernania Urban Stamps range, coloured with Promarkers. I inked the edges with Adirondack ink (Pool). The dies are all Spellbinders, but the holly is an old and trusty punch that comes out every year and does a great job!

I finished the card with ribbons and buttons from stash and added a printed sentiment.

I'd like to enter this card in this week's - week 237 -  Allsorts Challenge, which has the theme of 'Snowflakes'

That's all for today, thank you for stopping by!

Love and Hugs,
Carole X


Friday, 13 December 2013

House Mouse Love! - Friday 13th December

Good evening Friends,

Well I'm being a very bad blogger of late; simply a case of lots to do and little time to blog I'm afraid!

It has been a busy but good week; I've been in the office most days, but Tuesday I invited all my office and my website volunteers from work, around for a coffee morning. There were 7 of them and we had a lovely few hours natter. A few of them are new and normally two of them work on the days I'm not there and one works with me, so it was a nice chance for them all to meet and catch up.

Today's card is another House Mouse Christmas card:


This is a simple card, just using some backing paper from stash,matting and layering on gold mirri. I printed the image from the House Mouse Christmas CD, using glossy paper, matted and layered on gold and tied with a pink ribbon. I then die cut some poinsettias using Pink Petticoat 'berries' paper in pink.

I've now finished, written and posted or delivered all my general cards and just have a few friends and family special ones left to make, plus there are a few little projects I need to finish over the weekend and next week, but it's finally all coming together!

Love and Hugs,
Carole X

Monday, 9 December 2013

Baby Girl - Monday 9th December

Good Morning Friends,

As we start another week, I hope you all had great weekends! We had a really lovely one, nothing too much to do, so I could get on with those final 40 CAS Christmas cards and Tom could do the jobs he had lined up, including a repair to the ramp on the chicken coop!

I did manage to finish the general Christmas cards, a mixture of the Pink Petticoat designs and some of the smaller images from my House Mouse CDs...I just can't make too many exactly the same as I get bored easily. Nevertheless they were quick makes and all are written and stamped ready to post or hand deliver. I have made about 100 in a few half- days crafting, so it can be done when the pressure is on! I was going to take another 'group' photo of them, but was half way through putting them in envelopes before I thought of it!

Yesterday, no crafting (well maybe an hour die cutting some poinsettias for another project) - some ironing after breakfast and then a trip to our local garden centre for a few purchases and a lovely coffee (they make lush cappuchinos in their cafe). In the afternoon we went back up to Highgrove House, the home of Prince Charles (no we didn't have an invite to tea!). If you remember we did a garden tour in the summer? Well yesterday we went to one of their Christmas Shopping events and afternoon tea and it was lovely.

On arrival we were given a glass of bubbly, it was very nice and I had to drink Tom's because he was driving...oh dear poor me!(Poor Tom more likely!) The Christmas decorations and atmosphere was second to none, I just wish we were allowed photos. 

There were a lot of people, but as with the summer it was well managed, as you are ticketed certain times and the staff are lovely. It was really dark when we left at about 5.30pm though, no lights along the drive and the policeman on duty could have done with wearing his high visibility  vest because he could barely be seen. On the way home we passed the local arboretum where they have a 'winter wonderland' of lights through the forest. We are members and I had the cards with me in case we decided to go in.It was a lovely evening, so we seriously thought about it, but there was a bit of a queue of cars so we decided to give it a miss this week.

Now to my card...a break from Christmas today! My cousin, Brianna and her husband Jon in the USA have just had their second child, a little sister for their 18 month old son, Micah. We didn't see them whilst we were over there as they are currently living in Florida. Jon is a pilot with the Coastguard so they move around every few years. I made this card for their new daughter, Hayley.

The stamp is from the new LOTV releases: I can't believe ho quickly they arrived! I ordered a few on their day of release and they were through my letter box the next day; can't ask for better than that!

I'm not going into detail today, it wasn't a difficult card and the image is coloured with Promarkers. The polka dot paper is by Pink Petticoat and the other snippets from stash! It's another 7x7, I really am liking this size!

I'm off to work, happy Monday everyone and thank you for stopping by!

Love and Hugs
Carole X

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Playing Rudolph Games!- Sunday 8th December

Good Morning Friends,

Today's card is another House Mouse creation - I love these little meeces all through the year, but I seem to be having a proper 'House Mouse' Christmas this year and have been making lots of cards with the festive images!A lot of this is thanks to the CDs that Joanna Sheen has produced in partnership with House Mouse Designs:stamping is my first love, but there are so many stamps that having CDs with so many images and papers as an option has been a great addition to my House Mouse collection...watch out there will be plenty more here before Christmas!

Today however, I have used a stamp; I  love this fun stamp! It is quite large  and was also lovely to colour - I used Promarkers. To finish I added Wow! embossing glitter, which I heat dried to give a thick coating.



The card is 7x7: I've made quite a few in this side lately and I like it, not too big or too small! The backing paper is by Pink Petticoat and I matted and layered with  red card and silver mirri card.To finish I tied with candy stripe bakers twine and added a button and bells.


For the inside I used a greeting from Pink Petticoat and added another little House Mouse stamped image.

I'd like to enter this card in the House Mouse and Friends challenge

"It's beginning to look like Christmas" Challenge HMFMC159



Sorry the photos aren't brilliant...hate the lack of daylight this time of year!

Thanks for stopping by and hoping you are all have a great weekend!

Love and Hugs,
Carole X

Friday, 6 December 2013

Walking in a Winter Wonderland - Friday 6th December

Hello Friends,

From CAS cards yesterday to one that took a bit longer today! To make this vintage design card, I used one of Crafty Individuals' recent releases 'Walking in a Winter Wonderland'. I really like the image of friends walking in the snow - it reminded me of childhood, when I actually liked being out in the snow! Not any more!

For this 6x6 card, I started off with some holly backing paper from stash: I used a holly mask around the image and inked through very lightly with sage green distress ink, so that it is barely visible, then I coloured the image with intense pencils and then using a versamark pen, I sprinkled a think layer of white puff twinkle, mixed with sparkling snow embossing powder over the image, especially on the umbrella and around the image. Once the glitter is heat embossed a think snow is created!

The stamped image is matted and layered on kraft and red card and I also added a length of lace to the side. To finish off I added some punch holly leaves, gems for the berries and glittery wired ribbon.

I would like to enter this in the Crafty Individuals Challenge   'Something Festive'


Thank you so much for stopping by!

Love and Hugs,
Carole X

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Christmas CAS cards - Thursday 5th December

Hello Friends!

I can't believe it's Thursday already, I have no idea where the time is going at the moment!  Yesterday I decided to sit down and write the CAS cards I had made...there were more than 50 - it took ages  and I still need to make about 20 more of them, plus more than 10 'special' ones and the last few family very special ones...that does it, next year I carry on making Christmas cards all year, lol I say that every year!

I also finished putting up the decorations yesterday, so the house is now looking like a bit of a 'winter wonderland'...I just love the twinkly lights!

This is just a quick post before I head off to work...


The photo is of my CAS card designs I used for the majority of my Christmas cards: they are all 5x5 or 6x6 and although all of these in the photo have backing papers, most were just plain white with glitter, ribbon and a topper.

The papers are all from Pink Petticoat, as are the digi stamps: I coloured some of the stamps with pencils and some with chalks. They are small and easy to colour and I hadn't used my chalks in a very long time, so that was fun!  I used a mixture of a scalloped circle punch, Spellbinders dies and just plain tearing with my hands to create the toppers.

Well off to battle a very windy morning soon..getting the hens up and then off to work!

See you all later and have a good day! Thanks so much for stopping by,

Love and hugs,

Carole Z X

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Get well soon! - Tuesday 3rd December

Good morning Friends!

I hope all of you are well and not in need of a Get Well card! I have tried to keep up with commenting on all your posts, but sorry if I've missed you! I'm still playing catch up with Christmas cards and makes and not getting the time to blog in between. I didn't get anything done at the weekend, we were in Tetbury most of Saturday and up in Oxfordshire Sunday, visiting some of Tom's cousins. They live in a lovely village, with an equally good pub just a few yards away, so we all strolled up for a wonderful Sunday lunch.

Today's card is my Design Team card for Emergency Crafters December challenge, the theme of which is 'Anything but Christmas'. I have finally (very late I know) gotten into Christmas mode with my crafting and it was actually quite hard to snap out of it, but I decided on the other type of card we might send more of this time of year..get well!

I have been very much in House Mouse mode of late, but this time instead of a stamp I chose an image from one of the project CD's..the House Mice 'nursing' this not so 'Happy Hopper'!


I decided on lavender colours to make this easel card, choosing some gingham ribbon from my box. The papers are printed from the CD and the little buds are die cut using a Britannia rose die.

Hop on over to Emergency Crafters  to check on the other DT examples and find out how to enter..there are prizes to win!

Thanks for stopping by,

Love and hugs,
Carole X

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Happy Thanksgiving - Thursday 28th November

Good Morning Friends,

Another quick post today before heading off to work...yesterday I spent the whole day trying to finish off the commissions I had taken for Christmas cards, as well as getting on with more of my own, butI did stop to make a quick Thanksgiving card in celebration of this Holiday.

I have spent a few Thanksgivings with my American family and friends over the years, but the last time was when Tom and I spent it with my family in San Diego quite a long time ago, well over 10 years to be honest! But it was a special time, which is still very much implanted in my memory.



I chose this little autumnal House Mouse stamp, coloured with promarkers and  die cut using Spellbinders classic circles using the out of the die method for the leaves.  I then simply inked the edges with wild honey and added ribbons, felt leaves and string. The little gems look a bit red in the photo, but they are in fact dark brown.

Tomorrow is my first Friday 'back to normal', as I have been going in to work the past few weeks to train my Friday volunteers, but they are being left to run the drop in on their own tomorrow. I should be at home frantically trying to finish my cards (especially as we are out and about most of the weekend!), but I have a long standing arrangement to meet my friend Trish for lunch in Bath..the Christmas Market starts today, so we will also be having a meander around!

Thanks for stopping by!

Love and Hugs,
Carole X

Friday, 22 November 2013

Workshop photos - Friday 22nd November

Good morning Friends....and a cold one it is too! Brrrr!

A quick post today, I'm off to work for a few hours this morning for the final bit of training for my new volunteers. I don't think I have ever seen my office as much as in the last three weeks and as a result I really am behind with my Christmas 'makes' now!

Yesterday I posted the card our group was making at the craft group Amy and I run - Out of the Blue, in Chipping Sodbury. The workshop was last night and as it was our last one before Christmas and also Amy's birthday, we felt very festive and even had lovely hot mince pies.

It was such a busy evening, that I didn't get the chance to take individual photos before I noticed some of our ladies had already packed them away, suffice to say they were all fabulous and everyone went home covered in glitter! However I did take some photos during the evening of the ladies at work...






Thanks for stopping by...I seem to be  a day behind in catching up with all your blogs lately, but I am getting there  in  the end!

Love and hugs,
Carole X

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Baubles Flourish - Thursday 22nd November

Good Morning Friends,

Thank you for visiting my page and leaving a comment - it really does mean a lot to me! I have been 'missing' again this week, a combination of a lot to cram in at work, whilst still training volunteers and of course, trying to get Christmas cards and other projects for Christmas made - all I can say is thank goodness I only committed to the one craft fair!

Tonight is the last workshop for this year that Amy and I are delivering for 'Out of the Blue' craft group. We don't have another until January, so some time to recharge our batteries ready for 2014!

The card we will be making tonight is our own take on a card designed for Indigo Blu, by  the extremely talented Linda Walmsley; we have kept the main design, but used glitter for the background flourish, whereas the original card uses mica powder and instead of gilding flakes for the main image, we used embossing powder.


I have made two versions of the card - this one uses white embossing powder and the other one silver, but I don't seem to have photographed the second one so I will post that at a later date!

The card is 8x8 and although the layers appear silver, black and blue..the blue is in fact teal! It's the annoying light this time of year!

There are three stamps used on this card: Indigo Blu Baubles Flourish, Indigo Blu 'I Wish You a Merry Christmas' dinkie and for the inside I used a "Merry Christnas' stamp that was free with a magazine.

On the large black card I stamped just the flourish part of the stamp, using the flitterglu technique but sprinkle with glitter not flakes. I used Kingfisher Diamond Sparkles from Hunky Dory.

The whole image is stamped on the smaller black card. I used versamark ink and detail white embossing powder from Creative Expressions. I also stamped just the large bauble on teal card in the same way, cut it out and added it to the front using 3D foam pads.

Finally I stamped the sentiment stamp in black versafine ink on teal card and used a white jellyroll pen to highlight the Christmas.



I then stamped the greeting for the inside in the same way.

The decoration inside is simply a repeat of the background flourish on a strip of black card, matted and layered  with silver and teal.

















Thank you for visiting, keep warm everyone!

Love and Hugs,
Carole X

Monday, 18 November 2013

House Mice hanging on! - Monday 18th November

Hello Friends,

Today's card is another House Mouse, I do love these little images! This is a stamp coloured with Promarkers, but the stamp is just one mouse and I made the card for a couple, so I changed it  a little!


I stamped and coloured the image twice and then die cut the first image using a scalloped circle die. I then cut out the second mouse, plus the branch he's hanging on to. I added a few of the spare holly leaves to the end of the image within the circle to give it a bit of balance.

To finish I painted the leaves with glossy accents and added some die-cut holly leaves and gems.

Inside:

I matted with matching red card and die cut the 'Merry Christmas' in gold, just adding a little holly leaf.


















Before I go today, I want to say a big thank you to Nikki Payne for the gorgeous candi I won in a follower giveaway on her blog last week. Nikki has only been blogging since March and I started following her almost from the start..and goodness has she progressed quickly in the crafting world! In fact if you happened to see Julia these last few days on Create and Craft, you might have heard her name mentioned and seen some of her designs.

Do have a look at her blog for some beautiful  creations http://nikkiscraftingcreations.blogspot.co.uk

No work for me today, but I do have a dental appointment, so does Tom, so we are both off to Bristol and then possibly some Christmas shopping :)

Have a happy Monday all!

Love and Hugs 
Carole X

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Baby boxes - Sunday 17th November

Hello Friends!


I hope you are having a super weekend and not feeling too cold! It seemed to get dark really early last night, I always notice by the time I have to put the hens back into their run and last night was the first time before 4pm.

Last month when I did the craft fair locally, I was asked by one of the other stallholders if I could make her a few boxes for the baby mittens she was selling as Christmas gifts. She left the design up to me as she was just about to go on holiday, but she needed them for her next craft fair in the Cotswold town of Cirencester: a regular fair that she sells at during the year. Sue makes lovely baby clothes and I have spoken to her for several years when we've met at the fairs, so I was pleased to do so and these are what I made...


They are little 'milk carton' style boxes, made using a template out of paper by Pink Petticoat, as are the images and sentiments. I made and assortment of boy, girl and white boxes, with only the white one having a Christmas image. 

I'm happy to say she was very pleased with them!

Thanks for stopping by,

Love and Hugs,
Carole X

Friday, 15 November 2013

Sunday Stamper week 282: Red -Friday 15th November

Good Morning Friends,

Well I may have been missing from 'blogland' since Sunday..I've been at work for most days as I'm training some more volunteers to help in our office, but in the little spare time I've had, I  have been busy crafting...I had to get stuck in to Christmas cards at some time didn't I? Having said that, I did take some Christmas card commissions before my 'sabbatical' and I am still working on them. I had to turn  down some this week or I'll never get to start my own. I have to make a lot of quick cards to send out, but at least I've got as far as knowing my design for them now! At least now I have quite a few cards to post here  over the next few weeks.

Before I get down to my card, I would like to give a big welcome to my latest follower Chris, thank you so much for your lovely comment and for following. I have just been looking at Chris's blog and there is some gorgeous Prim artwork, home decor and  gorgeous makes. Prim is one of my first loves in art, so I was lapping it all up. Chris, you were from Wales and live in Canada - my dad was a Canadian National who came back here to live and married my Mum who was Welsh (Maerdy) and now one of my best friends also lives in Canada.. so how about that?! Do check out Chris's blog: http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.ca


To my card...this is my red (and gold) offering for this week's Sunday Stampers challenge..do click on the link to take a look at Hels Sheridan's fab blog! To be honest, I would have posted it a few days ago, but I couldn't get a decent photo of it..the light when I've been home has been poor and trying to focus this particular card was a real pain!  A bit OTT for me, I'm not usually one for lots of glitter and bling, but heck it's Christmas and our card for next week's workshop (not this one) is very glittery so I thought that whilst I was in the mood....

I used the Indigo Blu Baubles flourish stamp, with Perfect Medium ink on red card. I stamped the complete image across the top and parts of the design around the side and base. I then heat embossed with gold embossing powder and matted and layered on gold silk mirri with a kraft card base, tying an organza ribbon around the side.






The sentiment stamp is also by Indigo Blu. 

Inside I followed through with the same theme. The greeting was a stamp free with a magazine.


















Before I go, a wave to the ladies at the Thornbury craft group Amy and I visited last night. Amy really loves decorating glass and she'd been asked to demo Christmas glass ornaments with  texture paste and stencils, so I went along to help. It was a huge group of about 35 ladies and a very busy evening but we all had good fun.

Thanks for stopping by!

Love and Hugs,
Carole X

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Remembering our Heroes...Sunday 10th November

Dear Friends,

Well looking around your blogs, it seems some of you had fab times at the NEC this weekend - and lots of new stash to play with!

Today I am posting  my favourite card from last year, so I hope those of you who have been following me a while and remember it, won't mind. It's today that Remembrance services are held throughout the Country and I do like to make a card in memory of our heroes who fought for our futures in the two World Wars and continue to serve in conflicts today. However, this year I just didn't get one made, so as I would like to share with you once more, my poppy card..

The card is long gone; I took it to a craft fair October last year and sold it for more than I have ever asked for a card. The truth is that I priced it so high because I thought no one would buy it, but they did and within minutes of the doors opening. I should never have taken it along! But never mind!

Thank you for stopping by,
Love ad hugs,
Carole X


Saturday, 9 November 2013

Fantastic Ribbons DT Project: California Dreamin' - Saturday 9th November

Good Morning Friends,

My post today is my Fantastic Ribbons project for November: The lovely folk at Fantastic Ribbons gave me some very vibrant colours to 'play' with, so I'm going to bring you a taste of summer on a cold winter's day...


Fantastic Ribbons Design Team project November: Pleats, Stitches, Ruffles


With the emphasis on Home Decor we were asked to use pleats, stitches and/or ruffles in our projects. With quite bright summery shades to use, I looked back to our holidays this year and did a bit of California Dreaming.

For my first project, I chose my favourite holiday photo of Tom and I, taken in a wine tasting room, Casa Dumetz, where we had two fun evenings.



This is a small, but vibrant, colourful tasting room with such a welcoming, friendly, atmosphere and was for sure, a centre of community activity and gathering in a very small town. The labels for some of their wines reflect their sense of fun: pink, orange and purple blossoms, so these summer colours seemed to suit.

I decided to make a photo frame: the base is  simply cardboard, which I covered back and front with calico to create an off-white base layer. I printed the photo to 6x4 and matted and layered it on card, matching the ribbons as much as possible.

Next I wrapped a pink, yellow and orange ribbon around each side of the photo and made two little ruffles by stitching the ribbon lengthwise and gathering the stitches inward to pull the ends together. For the wider, pink ribbon I just layered loops of ribbon and stitched to make a half flower. I was going to add buttons, but instead I made wine bottle buttons from photos of wine bottles from the bar. 

Oh and the wine? Fabulous!

My second project is a photo memory ring..my regular followers will know how much I love to decorate wreaths! This is a bit different, as it's a way to display photos that are easily interchangeable by using little pegs to clip them on. It's colours make it definitely one for summer holidays, but in different colours it could reflect Christmas or other special occasions.

I used a foam ring, the type you can get in any craft shop and covered it with torn papers using modge podge to make them more malleable and stick to the ring, as well as give it a slight gloss. Once it had dried I added the ribbon ruffles (the same as for my previous project), a few pegs and a ribbon loop hanger which is secured to the foam with hat pins.




Finally I added the photos..I wanted this to be a 'people' memory ring, photos of my family over in the USA...



The photos are cut quite small, but could be smaller, so I didn't add too many and risk 'swamping' it.

I hope you like this idea for displaying your favourite photos! All the ribbons are available from Fantastic Ribbons

Thanks for stopping by!

Love and Hugs,
Carole X

Friday, 8 November 2013

Tartan Christmas - Friday 8th November

Hello Friends,

It's been another busy week, I have finally made a few Christmas cards, but for the few commissions I accepted before putting a hold on them..not for personal use. I really am starting to panic!

Anyway, I have hardly posted any Christmas cards this year on my blog -probably because I haven't made any, if I don't get a move on I won't be posting any in a pillar box either - but here is one for my Sunday Stampers project this week. Hels set the theme of 'You raise me up', cards with texture, so this is what I have made..

 This is an 8x8 card, which I matted and layered with red card and silver mirri, that has a silk rather than glossy feel and look.

For the top layer of red card, I used an embossing border folder that was free with a magazine. You can't really see in the picture, but the 'pattern' is Christmas words and I just repeated the embossing using my Grand Calibur over the entire card.

Because the folder is a strip, it left gaps in between which gave me the idea to use the tartan ribbon to cover the spaces! The stag stamp from Indigo Blu was stamped using the acetate and gilding flake technique that I featured here.

To finish I added two Spellbinders poinsettias and buttons tied with twine.

For the inside of the card I stamped the stag using versamark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder and added another bow



















Thank you so much for stopping by!

Love and Hugs,
Carole Z X