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Sunday, 20 May 2012

A Special Blog Award and A Birthday Card

Hi Everyone,
I was given this lovely award from Mary at . So I must say a BIG 'Thank you' to Mary. Please visit her blog too, to get loads of inspiration from her beautiful work.

I find it quite amazing that other, so talented people, can get inspiration from the things I sit and do in my craft room. 

I'm sorry it has taken a few weeks to forward this on but I have had problems getting onto a couple of the blogs that I wanted to pass it on to. It was important to me that the right blogs got this award.

The Leibster Blog Award is used to show appreciation of smaller blogs (under 200 followers) and to help spread joy.

'Leibster' comes from the German word meaning 'Dearest' or 'Beloved' but can also mean 'favourite'.

As part of the tradition, the award is to be passed along to 5 other blogs that have motivated and inspired me.

The rules are as follows:

I must comment on their blog so they know about it.
I must link back to the person who gave me the award and thank them as well.
I must post the award on my blog.

So I have selected the following 5 blogs who I admire so very much. When you visit them, you will also find why I have left it a while. I just so wanted them to receive the award. 

In alphabetical order:

This is my first watercolour scene birthday card I have painted for years. It's far from perfect but hopefully I will improve with a bit more practise. I made it for my Brother-in-law, as he and my sister live close to the sea.
The small white splodge in front of the hill on the right is supposed to be a sailing boat, as he loved to sail. I hope he liked it.

I enjoyed doing it, so I must find more time to play.

Please don't forget to visit the blogs above, you will love what you see.

Thank you for stopping by and leaving your lovely comments.

Carol s.xx 

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

A Great Big Hug

Hi All,
Hope you all had a good Bank Holiday. I was hoping to get some work done in the garden but with continuous rain it was impossible.

I couldn't resist these 'Wellington' stamps. This stamp in particular said 'Buy Me'! So I did. As a teddy bear collector, I am unable to easily walk past such an appealing face.
The stamped the image with Versafine Smokey Gray. I always use the Gray, as it looks more like a pencil line. I used Distress Inks to colour the image. Her dress is Faded Jeans, shoes are Fired Brick, hair Frayed Burlap. For Wellington I used a wash of Pumice Stone and then added detail with strong Pumice Stone and Frayed Burlap. His nose is Walnut Stain and coated with Glossy Accents. The flowers and flourishes are Marianne Creatables Dies. 
I added a few Gems and some Bakers Twine and some Stickles Star Dust around the edge of the topper.

Just look at his little face in the picture above and tell me if you could resist him!!Lol!

Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comments.
Carol S.xx

Sunday, 6 May 2012

A Fairy and Feathers

Hi everyone,

Sorry I haven't posted for a bit but I have been busy making things for a function at the Charity I support.

I don't know what your weather is like but here in West Sussex it is awful. I am so fed up with rain and darkness every day. I find it very depressing. It is awful for taking pictures. I rely on the daylight as I think I get a better result than using my spotlights. That's my moan over with. Lol!

I found this fairy topper in a drawer, with others that I had stamped and coloured and then didn't know what to do with. She is a Fairy Poppets stamp and I used Distress Inks to colour her with.

The pink background paper was just a piece of white card I coloured with Victorian Velvet distress Ink and used an Xcut Die to cut the border. The green paper was from my stash.
On her dress, head, greenery and the flowers I used Star Dust Stickles. It doesn't really show in the pictures.

I have loads of different lace in my stash. I have had it for many years, so thought I ought to start using some. So I managed to cut a little bit for the bow! The feathers I bought some time ago but as with lots of things we collect, you then don't want to use, as they are too nice! 

I am sure I am not alone in doing this!

I would love to know what you have bought and are reluctant, or haven't even managed to use!!

The flower was made from a scrap of paper coloured with Victorian Velvet DI and cut out using a template.

I hope you like this one. I am so pleased I managed to use at least one topper from my box. I won't say how many I found in the box! 

Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comments. They are a brightness in these miserable dark days.
Carol S.xx