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Sunday, 17 July 2011

Great Blog Candy

Hi all,

Here are two great blog candies up for grabs. Pop over to and follow the rules listed on Chery's blog.

Originally Cheryl had put up the candy pictured above, but then added more, pictured below! Very generous, I think you will agree.So get over there now, you have 10 days to get in with a chance!
Carol s.xx

I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles!

Hi everyone,

What a terrible day! The rain just didn't stop, only briefly for about ten minutes around 3pm! I was unable to go to the Village Fete where I was going to have a stall. Yet Friday was really hot! So instead, I started to decorate my craft room.

My Buddha Nut certainly got a lot of interest at the Market on Friday. One lady said she really wanted it but knew her husband wouldn't understand if she took it home! I said I didn't think any man would 'get it'!

I think I am going to make a Fairy Garden with another one.

For the Background I used a Tattered Angels Stencil as a mask. Using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and Dry Foam, I applied ink around the edges of the mask.

The green Nestie shape I first put it in a Cuttlebug folder and then edged it with Walnut Stain.

I coloured the little girl with Distress Inks, using Peeled Paint for her jeans and grass. Dried Marigold for her top, socks and shoes. Her hair and the tree stump, I used Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain and Black soot.

The flower was a Nestie die, edged with Walnut Stain and a bit of raffia tied through the button.

The paper that has the glittered circles on it is in a box that I cannot get to at the moment, as boxes are piled infront of the shelf!! I made this on Wednesday and forgot to write down the paper.

It was a paper that I found it very hard to put into my paper trimmer!Lol! I am sure you know the feeling. It is very painful.

Well it is 1.30am so I am going to get to bed.

Good night and enjoy the rest of the weekend.


Carol S.xx

Thursday, 14 July 2011

A Buddha Nut! Really!!

Hi Everyone,

Were you infested with flying ants on Tuesday? I had 7 nests up my back garden path. There were thousands of them! I am not exaggerating! I fortunately had bought a spare pot of powder and I used 11/2 pots on the nests. It took me over an hour to deal with them. I felt itchy all evening. Yuk!

Well at least it was another nice day today. I am just hoping it will last a bit longer. I am up at 6am tomorrow, as I have to be at the Craft Market I am doing by 8am to set up! Then on Saturday up at 7am, to be at the Village Fete I am doing by 9.30am. I think I will spend Sunday asleep!! I wished!Lol!

This really is a Buddha Nut. I was in my local Garden Centre when I spotted a pack of 3 of them on a display. I just had to buy a pack.

This one is 14" high and a bit soft inside. I knew straight away when I saw them what I wanted to do with one. Goodness knows what I will do with the other 2! Watch this space.

Any suggestions will be gratefully received!!

The butterflies are a set of Elusive Images' stamps. Now known as Chocolate Baroque. Painted with Distress inks of course.

I attached them to wire and on the other end, to a piece of card, which I then glued inside the nut.

I made the flower, just to hide the piece of card in the base.
It's the sort of thing that looks better in real life, as you can see the butterflies move. I have made a loop at the top so it can be hung up.

It's just a bit of fun really. I will put it on my stall and maybe it will appeal to someone. They will have to have a strange mind like mine to appreciate it!!

Thanks for stopping by.

Have a good weekend,


Carol S. xx

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Ahh! Lili Of The Valley

Hi everyone,

I am hoping for a dry day on Saturday, as I have a stall at Balcombe Village Fete for my charity.

I don't really want it hot, just not raining. I am not asking for too much, it is Summer after all!Lol!

This is a card I made using another of LOTV new girlie stamps. Another gorgeous stamp.

The background paper I made using Victorian Velvet Distress Ink, which I applied to the debossed side of the Crafts Too Dotty Square Embossing Folder. Then cut a piece of white paper to fit, put it in the folder and ran it through my Cuttlebug.

I like this technique as it means that all your colours match. I find pinks are particularly hard to match, as there are so many variations and a lot of them just look awful together.The flowers are just from my stash, which I wired together and wound the stems around that very useful too, a kebab stick!
Thanks for stopping by and please come back soon.
Carol S. xx

Friday, 8 July 2011

Wedding Day In The Rain!!

Hi everyone,

What a miserable day again! We were so lucky with the weather on holiday, only one afternoon and evening of rain. It just isn't stopping. I can't believe that a few weeks ago I was getting desperate for it to rain!!

This is a card I made for the wedding of my son-in-laws' sister a few weeks ago.

We had just been having mostly sunny days until the Sunday 12th June, their wedding day. It could not have been worse. It just rained all day.

My Daughter and Grand-daughter were bridesmaids and both looked beautiful. Karen, the Bride, also looked stunning. As they live in the same road as me, I was asked if I could help out in the morning which I did. We were also invited but as I had just lost my sister I could not face it.

The butterfly detail in the corners was done with a stencil. I have had it for more years than I care to remember! However, rather than getting out my light box, I just ran it through my Cuttlebug.

All the shapes are using Nestabilities and the top heart layer was first embossed with an embossing folder first.

As I am sitting here typing away, it has got so dark and raining so heavy, that I have had to put the light on. It is only 10am!! I have to go to Tesco today! Yuk!!

The only tiny weeny bit of Distress Inks is on the one flower layer!! Well I couldn't make a card without it!Lol!! Loads of Star dust Stickles though!

Well I think I will delay going out for a bit. I will give myself a hair cut instead. As my trade is a Hair Stylist, I don't trust hairdressers and so have always cut my own hair. I was taught that you can always cut a bit more off but you cannot stick it back on. I wish all hairdressers were taught this.

Yesterday I cut my friends' daughters' hair, which was very long. I asked her to show me how much she wanted cut off, it was about 5"-6". I said I would start with 2" and if she wanted more off then I can do that. She said after 2" off it was perfect!! I rest my case!

Well enough ranting and the rain has eased off now.

Thank you for visiting and leaving me your lovely comments. It certainly lifts my mood at the moment.


Carol S.xx

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

I'm Back!

Hi everyone,

I am now back from my holiday. The weather was very kind to us. We were in Devon for our first week and then in Dorset for the second week. Most of the days were sunny and T-shirt weather and only one afternoon and evening of rain.

My sisters' funeral was on the middle Monday, so we only had a 3 hour drive from Bridport in Dorset to near Eastbourne. It was really hot and there were loads of people there. She had a very good send off. I still think it is surreal. I expect her to ring me all the time, as we were very close.

Waiting for me when I got home were 4 Lili of the Valley new girl stamps! I had to stamp all of them straight away! I coloured her dress with Weathered Wood Distress Ink and for the flowers and bag I used Spun Sugar.

I think I lightened the pictures too much in my photo programme! She is so sweet and I love the little dog.The picture below is much better, not so light.

For the backing text paper I just used a Creative Expressions embossing folder and coloured it with Spun Sugar Distress Ink.

The 'Carte Postale' square is from the Tim Holtz Vintage Shabby paper stash pad. They are papers that colour match to the Distress Inks. The square is Weathered Wood, the same colour I used on the scalloped circle I cut from a scrap of white paper.

The band of pink across the middle is also from the shabby paper. It is actually card not paper. There are mixed sizes of the same designs, so I don't mind cutting the smaller pieces but I don't think I will cut into the 12" by 12"!! Too painful!!

On Saturday I am doing my first Craft Market for my Charity since my holiday. As it is a new venue, I don't know how well supported it will be. I just hope the lady organiser has advertised it well. I then have my usual market on Friday 15th and on Saturday 16th I am doing the Balcombe Village Fete. I will then need another holiday!

Well back to my desk and put together another card before bed.
Thanks for visiting and please come back soon.


Carol S.xx