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Thursday, 16 June 2011

In The Garden Of Life

Hi everyone,

Sorry I haven't posted anything for a week but haven't felt like it since losing my sister. My brother-in-law and niece are home now but my sister is still in Florida. We hope she will be flown back today, Thursday, or tomorrow.

We are going on holiday on Saturday but will be driving back for the funeral, as we will be in Devon.

This card I made a couple of weeks ago for my friend Gill. It is very confusing as I have 2 friends with the same name but spelt differently! One Jill and this one Gill!!

This is a very old Poppy stamp that I had taken off a wooden block, so I don't know the make of it. I don't have many stamps on wooden blocks, as they take up so much space. I painted it with Distress Inks and the butterflies are embossed onto vellum, with Gold Detail Embossing Powder. The Butterflies are a set of Inkadinkado stamps.
The sentiment stamp I bought at Alexandra Palace from Creative Expressions.
I like the words as they are not too sloppy!Lol!

I won't be posting again now for a couple of weeks.

I would like to thank everybody that left such lovely messages on my last post (I have now removed the post, too upsetting). I have saved all the messages though.



Sunday, 5 June 2011

Dream A Little Dream

Hi everyone,

At last it's raining and has been all day! Am I complaining? No way!! I could here my plants cheering!Lol!! And I don't have to drag the watering can up and down the garden!

Now I ask you, is this not the cutest little girl you have seen since my last post with Blissful?!

Again she is a Little Claire stamp called Dream A Little Dream.

She is coloured with Distress Inks. For her face and hair I used Antique Linen, as this gives a true blonde colour and a good skin base, with Tattered Rose added for her cheeks. Her top and socks is Spun Sugar and her jeans, Faded Jeans.

On the bubbles I put a little Stickles and when dry, I put a spot of Viva Glass Effect Gel Crystal Clear over the top. This makes the bubbles 3D. I also put a dot of Gel on each section of the scallop circle and ran Stickles around the edges.

Like lots of stamps you can change her very easily by not inking the bubbles and changing the bubble stick into a flower or a balloon.

I hope you like her and thanks for stopping by.

Carol xx

Wednesday, 1 June 2011


Hi everyone,

What a beautiful day it was here in my corner of West Sussex. No wind for a change.

I went to a Garden Centre in the Ashdown Forest with my friend Jill, who has been crafting with me. We had lunch, sitting on a balcony overlooking the Forest and with the scent of roses below us. Heaven!

I bought a few plants for my wild flower garden, which hopefully will survive the dry weather we are having.

After a blissful day, this stamp is called Blissful, from Little Claire. She is just gorgeous.

I love the detail, even her eyelashes, just a simple line but makes all the difference to the finished effect.

I coloured her with Distress Inks, Spun Sugar for her dress. Peeled Paint for her bag and the grass. Dusty Concorde for her shoes, dress and bag detail.

For her skin, I put a very watered down mix of Antique Linen on first, as a base coat. Then Tattered Rose for shading and her cheeks. Her hair was Walnut Stain, Tea Dye and Black Soot.

The sentiment stamp is Claire's Sentiments from Little Claire. A set of 12 different messages for all occasions.

I hope you like Blissful as much as I do. She is so very cute yet serene.

Thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to leave a lovely comment.


Carol xx

Little Claire's May Club Stamp Set

Hi everyone,

Well, Bank Holiday Monday turned out a bit sunnier than it was when I was doing my last posting. So I spent a few hours, planting up a few plants in my wild flower garden area.

Both of these cards are made using the new Little Claire Gerbera stamp set. This is the set for Club members for this month. Pop over to the Little Claire shop and see the full DT Gallery. You can also join the club and then you can get this set of stamps. Simples!!Lol!

There are 5 stamps in the set. The large single Gerbera flower, the smaller flower, the corner 3 flowers and 2 different text stamps! Wow!! All these stamps for joining the club for £8!This card shows the size of the large Gerbera, it is just under 3" across! The leaves are the same as the ones that are on my boxes (last post), the Little Claire Fern Die.

I was tempted to colour them with my Copics but preferred the finish of the Distress Inks, as the colours were nearer to the true colours of the Gerbera flower. I don't have all the colours in the Copics range that I would need to get the shading right. I only need one Distress ink colour and just add a drop of water to change the depth of colour.
Pop over to the Little Claire blog for the new challenge. Will post details later.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving your lovely comments.
Carol xx