Sunday, 21 May 2017

My Spring Garden

Firstly, I must thank you all, who left me such 
lovely messages on my last post.
Blogland has some lovely people in it.

I have found that working in the garden has helped
a bit. Especially as the results are brilliant.

In my conservatory I have 60 pots of Cosmos
that I have grown from seed. Along with 4 hanging
baskets full of plants, just growing them on a bit
before they go outside.

I am so happy with our garden this Spring.
Considering that it was mostly planted up last summer,
the plants have come on really well.
Last year this was a bed of huge cobbles.
So I extended the bed and removed the cobbles.
I think this looks a lot prettier.


We are having the Summer house replaced, as the old one
was being eaten by beetles!
We are hoping to have the erection finished this week.


This picture is another part of the last picture, as the bed goes
the full length of this part of the garden.
I have widened it and extended it towards our side gate.
We dug out 19 shrub stumps and roots, along with a 
whole run of log roll which had been covered over with soil!!


This next picture is the bed where the cobbles were and 
this area is not fully in flower yet. It should have been
with the first picture!!


We are really pleased how this area has been transformed.
We had a retired policeman do some heavy jobs for us.
One of which was to lower the level of this area.
It was quite a step up, so he lowered it down to grass level.
We then had the easy bit which was to level it all off. 
We then put membrane down and then I laid a line of bricks
along the edge of the grass.
We then put the fence around the edge of the area and 
then just put the shingle down
Job done!!


This planting is just to the right of the bench, so a very pretty area now.


This is towards the end of the long bed and just springing into life.


Wakey wakey, Pictures finished now!!
At least I didn't give you all the Latin names of the plants!!

I have pictures on FB as how the garden looked when we moved here 
17 months ago!! Quite different.

We did need the rain but 2 days of it was more than enough!!

I hope you are enjoying your gardens and 
have a lovely weekend.

Hugs,
Carol 
xxxx


Sunday, 14 May 2017

My Lovely Angel Friend Alison

This is my friend Alison, who is now with the Angels.

This photo is how I want to remember her. Not how
she looked. when I saw her a couple of weeks ago, ravaged
by this horrible cancer.
I can still feel her frail body, when we hugged each other.

We had been friends for approaching 40 years.

Sadly she passed away last Sunday the 7th May,
after a 61/2 months battle with Pancreatic Cancer. 
She was only 64 and far too young to leave us.

She has 4 beautiful daughters and grandchildren. A lovely husband, 
and a sister, who are all missing this lovely, kind lady, from their lives.



I moved to London when I was 8 years old in 1955 and went to a 
Catholic Convent School. 
We found out, many years ago, that her Father 
was the gardener there and they also lived at the school. 
She was brought up there too!!

We both moved out of London and ended up 
in the same village in West Sussex.
Still not knowing each other.

We couldn't remember how we became friends 
but our children went to the same schools. 
I used to do her hair for her (that's my trade).

We had a very special friendship and we were always there for each other.
We spent many an hour, moaning about work frustrations, but usually
ending up having a good laugh too.

She worked as a carer, for a house of people with learning difficulties. 
She even did sleepovers at the property. 

She also was a carer for her parents, even though they lived 
in a village, that was a 45 minute drive from her home.
We then found out that one of my sisters lived in the same village 
as her parents!!

I won't bore you with the ups and downs of our lives.
We both had at times, very difficult events happen,
some very unpleasant. 
But we were there to support each other
and we loved each other, as close friends do.

At the moment, I feel this is very surreal and I am 
having difficulty accepting that she has gone from my life.
She was like my younger sister and there is now a massive
hole in my heart and my life.

I have to get through the funeral yet. That's on what 
was my Father's birthday, 23rd May.

Thank you to everybody that has left me a message 
on my FB page. 
They are much appreciated.

Hugs,

Carol
xx




Friday, 28 April 2017

Add Some Sparkle Or Bling!

Another challenge at our lovely Winter Wonderland blog,
starts today.

We have an easy theme again, which is
Add Sparkle / and or Bling.

Please remember that it is only Christmas cards that will
make it into the prize draw.

Our sponsor for this challenge is
and their very generous prize for the winner is
3 Digis of the winners choice.

I have chosen to use their 
Snowman with Candy Cane and Holly.


So now its up to you to join in the fun and you never know,
it could be you who wins the 3 gorgeous Digis.

The other benefit is, that you get ahead with
your Christmas card stash.
I have a folder nearly full already!!

I will be announcing the winner and top 3 
of the last challenge, Cute Christmas, on Monday,
on the Winter Wonderland blog.
So pop back to see if you have won.

Thanks for popping in and thank you for 
your lovely messages you leave me.

Hugs,
Carol
xxxx





Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Fairy Magic and All Dressed Up!

I love this fairy image from All Dressed Up and would 
you believe that they even have free images!

It's one of those projects that look 200% better in real life.

I recycled a frame with Gesso, pink emulsion paint 
and white Acrylic paint. Finished off with Treasure Gold Gilding Wax.


I used my favourite Distress Inks to colour her with.

It's very strange for me, as I think she is adorable. Yet
when the Magnolia stamps came out, I disliked them
straight away and still do.
I can't even leave a message on someones blog if they
have used them. I did once but did not mention the image!!

Fortunately we all have different tastes. 


Thanks for popping into my blog and hope you like my picture.
Thank you in advance, for leaving me a lovely message
that I do so enjoy reading.

I am going to put her in the 


Big hugs,

Carol
xxxx



Sunday, 9 April 2017

Hoppy Easter Bunnies.

Hoppy Easter!!
These are the cards I made for our grand children, well 2 of them.
They have been put in the post and I forgot to take a photo
of the 3rd one!

This one is using the Lili of the Valley stamp I have had for a 
couple of years and never used!
Why not?......Who knows!

                                          

He is so cute and so easy to colour with Distress Inks.


 For this card I used a set of stamps that were free with
a magazine and I can't remember which one.
I can tell you that they are called :
Woodland Hugs, Stamp Collection
by Samantha Chaffey.


This is just one of the adorable stamps and there are 5 big
stamps and one sentiment.
A mixture of Bunnies and Bears.


Off out now to make the most of this glorious weather.
We will probably end the day at the beach for a long walk.

Thanks for popping in and hope it was worth it!!
I love so much to read your messages.

I must also put a big thanks out to all of the 20 people
that left me a message on the blog hop.
Chris, the Artist was so happy with the feedback 
she had for her beautiful Fairy Stamps.
Well deserved I say!!

See ya all soon,
hugs
Carol
xxxx

Friday, 31 March 2017

My First Blog Hop!!!

I am very excited to announce, that I have been asked 
to be part of my first ever blog hop 
as a Designer!!!

Sorry about the odd colours but
blogger will not let me change it!!

I was asked by a friend of mine
from The Craft Barn, where we were both Tutors.
if I would be part of her showcase, for a new collection 
of fabulous stamps she has designed.

So I had to choose 2 of the stamps to use
for my cards or projects.

That was very difficult, as they are all stunning.

 She was invited to be a guest artist in the 
Paperbabe Stamps family and to celebrate 
they are having a little blog hop...

She is the very talented artist, Chris Dark and has designed 
a collection of beautiful Garden Fairies Stamps.

The Butterfly Catcher, Butterfly Emerges, 
Butterfly Fairy, and Musical fairy. 

They are a larger set and 
each includes a beautiful sentiment.

Just to let you know, Chris still does workshops 
at The Craft Barn. So check out when she is
there again in April, link HERE






To add extra fun to our blog hop... we are offering up a prize! 
of the whole garden fairies collection to one lucky winner.

Here are the details:
  • A winner will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the 
  • designer's blogs and the PaperbabeStamps Blog to win.
  • Just leave a comment on any of the designer's blogs 
  • listed below or the Paperbabe stamps blog for 
  • your chance to win! 
  • (you do not need to comment on all blogs 
  • to qualify but it increases your chances) 
  • Deadline: You have until midnight on 
  • Sunday, 2nd April to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paperbabe Stamps blog on 
  • Wednesday, 5th April to see if you 
  • are one of our lucky winners.
Today, we’ve enlisted some super talented designers 
to inspire you with ideas on how to use these 
beautiful new garden fairies! 

Hop along for lots of fun and inspiration! 
Carole C
Paperbabe Stamps

My first card is using 
The Butterfly Fairy.

I created the background with Distress Inks
and masks.
I also coloured her with Distress Inks.
Had to add Stickles too!


Her hair is actually yellow/gold but
looks a bit green in the photo!!
Possibly the addition of Stickles.


This next card is The Musical Fairy.
I coloured her with Copics Pens.


You can see how big these stamps are, as 
both of my cards are A5


I feel so lucky that Chris asked me to do this.
I am now the proud owner of these stunning stamps.

So enjoy the blog hop and good luck.
If I was you, I would comment on all of the blogs, 
to get more of a chance to win all 
4 sets of these beautiful stamps.

WINTER WONDERLAND CHALLENGE
BLOG POST IS BELOW THIS POST

Big hugs,
Carol
xxxx


Winter Wonderland Christmas Animal Challenge

This is an early post as I am doing two today.

Our new challenge at Winter Wonderland starts today.
Our host for this fortnight is the amazing Kath.

The theme is Animals and don't forget,
Christmas Cards ONLY to go into the draw.

Our Sponsor for this challenge is
and the prize is
1 Non Coloured Digi



I love Penguins, so obviously
I had to use the gorgeous  Hollie Penguin Digi from 
Kitty Bee.

Looking forward to popping over to your blogs, 
to leave a message on your entry.

Join in the fun and
 get those cards made and you could be the winner!!

Big hugs,
Carol 
xxxx




Sunday, 26 March 2017

Wedding Time

Just a quick post, or this will sit in 'Draft'
and get forgotten!!

The Lili of the Valley image 
Coloured with Copics for a change.

I chose the colours from the ribbon, as I just love
the dusky pink colour.

The Easel stop is stamped with Versamark clear 
embossing ink and embossed with silver
detail embossing powder.
The sentiment was a freebie with a magazine.


The paper was from a pack from The Works.
They have 12" x 12" pads, 24 double sided card
for £3!!! Works out at 12p a sheet!


I have got an exciting end to this month but 
can't say what it is yet.
So make sure you pop back on Friday!!

We will also have the next Winter Wonderland 
challenge on that day too.
All happening on Friday!!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Thanks for stopping and just love 
reading the lovely messages you leave.

Big hugs
Carol
xxxx


Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Pretty and Purple

Firstly, I must thank all of you that left me
amazing messages on my last post.
I was blown away.

I have been having a nightmare with blogger today.
Louise, also on the Winter Wonderland DT had the same 
problem last week and still has it.
You bring up the box to upload photos to put on your blog.
That works, at least you can get the photos in the box.
You then click on them and then click Add Selected.and then
.....................Nothing happens!!!
I did notice, that in the top right corner of the box,
there should be one small 'X' but just above it there is a big 'X' too.

All this happened on our main computer.
I thought I was wasting my time but I tried to upload on my Laptop.
DaaDah.....it worked!!! Only 1 'x' in the box!!!!
WHY?!!!!! Who knows!!

So I have now got my adorable All Dressed Up Flower Fairy
on my blog.
She is one of the cutest fairies I have and I have a lot!!


Coloured with Distress Inks and Marvy Le Plume pens.
Plenty of Stickles


I am going to enter her in the ADU challenge.

So thank you for popping in again and hope you like or 
even love my precious fairy.

Anything goes but must use an ADU image
There are free images if you don't have one.

Big hugs,
Carol
xxxxxx

Friday, 3 March 2017

Winter Wonderland Challenge

Morning all and welcome to our new challenge at
Winter Wonderland.
Our host for this challenge is the very talented
Judith.

The theme for this challenge is
Use Ribbon or Lace.
Don't forget.... Christmas Cards Only!!

I used ribbon on my DT card and used a Christmas
ribbon from Crafty Ribbons.

The image is an All Dressed Up image.
I really love their images and some, they very generously 
give away free.....Yes ..Free!!

I have coloured her with my usual Distress Inks.
With a touch of Stickles....everywhere!



I am so pleased you can actually see the Stickles on her wings.
In fact you can see it everywhere!!
Don't know how I managed to get it all sparkling!!



Crafty Ribbons is our Sponsor for this challenge.
The prize is a very generous £10 voucher to the winner.


I am looking forward to seeing your Christmas cards
and me and our Teamies will be visiting 
your blogs. 
We will leave you a message so you know we have been.

So get your Christmas cards started and you could
also win a gorgeous prize.

I am also going to enter this card into
All Dressed Up Challenge - Anything Goes
(must use a ADU image) 

Thanks for stopping by and I love reading your lovely
messages. You know I will always visit
your blogs and leave you a message too.

Hugs,
Carol 
xxxx