Monday, 21 July 2014

My First New DT Posting

Hi to all my blogging friends,
 
Now we must not moan about the heat we are now experiencing. After all it is summer! 
I did A Village Country Fair on Saturday, all day. Boy was it hot!
Geat fair though, I sold so much. I usually have 8 or 9 large plasti boxes of stock. I now have 2 1/2!! Fortunately, I have a few weeks before my next one.
 

I am very lucky to have been invited by Carol, at Crafting For All Seasons,
to join her very talented design team.
Honoured or what!! A bit scared too!
 
Our new challenge starts today, at Crafting For All Seasons blog.
The theme is:
Christmas In July.
 
For my card, I chose to use 'Caroling Snowman', kindly given to us from Meljens Designs.
They are our sponsors for this challenge, for the next 2 weeks.
 
Pop over to their shop here, where you will find some gorgeous stamps,
 digis and loads of other goodies.
 

 
This is my card. I coloured this brilliant image, with Distress Inks. The snow is Cosmic Shimmer Dries White glue and topped with Cosmic Shimmer Iced Snow.

 
So join in the fun challenge. I can't wait to see you wonderful creations.
 
Do pop over to the blog, to see the amazing inspirational cards, from the very talented DT.
You won't be dissapointed!

 

Thank you to my new followers, for taking the time to join my blog.
I love reading about you on your blogs. Also admiring your wonderful work.
I will always join you blog in return.
 
Thanks for stopping by and leaving your lovely comments, which always give me a reason to smile.
 
Don't forget to enter our challenge and have some fun.
 
Hugs,
 
Carol S.xx

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Jewellery Box

Hi everybody,
 
Hope you all had a lovely weekend. The weather here in West Sussex, turned out to be better than we expected.
 
I had to go to The Craft Barn in Surrey this afternoon. I took my samples and had to get more supplies for my classes. The first one is now on Wednesday 6th August and my next one on 28th August. I have just got another sample to do.
 


This is a jewellery box I have made for an order. I bought the wooden trunk from The Craft Barn and painted it with the base colour of purple. I then did the crackle technique, using a cream colour for the top coat.
 
I used Martha Stewart Air Dry Clay to make the flowers and butterflies.
The roses I made just in the palm of my hand. For the daisies, I used a mould. Just for a change, they stayed as they came out of the mould. I do like playing with the moulded clay, changing it into a completely different flower!
 

 This is the side view of the trunk. I embossed card and glued it to the box.


 
I lined all the inside and the bottom with purple satin. and made some sections for rings.
I made the tray for earings, which can be lifted out, to put heavy items in the bottom.
 
 
 
I quite enjoyed making this. I love the colour of the satin. It makes it look less handmade.
 
I think I have caught up with most blogs I follow. I will check tomorrow, incase I have missed someone. If I have missed you, I do apologise and I am sure I will catch up this week. I need another holiday to get over this one!
 
Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. I love reading your lovely comments. They make my day. If you become a follower of my blog, I will return the compliment.
 
A special thanks to my new followers and I am honoured that you chose to join me.
 
 
Hugs,
 
Carol xx
 
 


Saturday, 5 July 2014

Exciting News Times Two!!

Hi everyone,
 
Sorry, but get a cuppa, as this post does go on a bit!!
 
Sorry I haven't been visiting your blogs, but I have just returned from a holiday in The Lake District. The weather was very kind to us, by staying mainly dry. We just saw a drop of rain one day, when we were driving up into the mountains.
 
We stayed in a brilliant Guest House, The Ravensworth, in Windemere for a few days. I have put a photo and a link on my side bar. We had an amazing bed, in a beautiful big room and a very large ensuite. All spotless and even had slippers and dressing gowns. Nick and Cheryl, that own the house, were very kind. Nothing was too much trouble and the staff were very friendly too. The breakfasts were the best choice and quality we had ever had!
 
We mainly  had  our evening meals in The Lighthouse Restaurant, just a 5 minute walk from The Ravensworth. We were generally served by Monica, who was so genuinely lovely. Very friendly and she always found time for a chat and ready to recommend a meal too.
 
One morning, we were just going up to our room, when we spotted Monica in the kitchen. It turned out that both Monica and her husband, Sergio, lived and worked at The Ravensworth too!
 
I am not on commission, but feel that such nice people, that work very hard to look after their visitors, should get a recommendation!!
 
My first piece of news is......... I have been asked to join the DT Team, at Crafting For All  Seasons Challenge Blog! I feel very honoured and I have to thank my dearest friend Annie, for putting me forward to Carol, who runs the blog.
 
My second piece of very exciting news,.......... Sandy at The Craft Barn, has asked me to return as a Tutor, to run a club, for people that want to sell their craft items! My first class is on Thursday 28th August and already have 11 people booked on it. At the moment, I will just be doing one class a month and really looking forward to it. I always had great fun in my classes.
 
Well that's all my news!
 
This card I made before my hols and I just love this Lili of the Valley, Midsummers Night, Fairy stamp.
 
The base card I bought at Ally Pally, pointed out to me by Marianne Fisher. The two backing papers from my stash and dies used are from Go Create.
 
The flower is made from Martha Stewart Paper clay. My addiction of the moment!
 

 
 
I used my Distress Inks to paint her with. I stamped the moon twice and layered it over the main image. Added some Stickles wherever I fancied!!

 
Well hope your cuppa didn't get cold whilst reading my ramblings! Lol!
 
I will try to get to all of your blogs over the next couple of days, to see what beauties I have missed.
 
Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by and leaving your treasured comments.
 
Hugs,
 
Carol S.xx