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Wednesday, 28 May 2014


What a week! And it's only half way through!
Friday evening, I broke a filling in a tooth. I was eating a quiche salad!!
Monday, the boiler decided not to work, so we only had cold water. Hubby had to get in the loft, to see if he could get it to work. After pressing a few buttons it worked. That was, until after he had his shower on Tuesday morning. No hot water again. So he had to get in loft again, so I could have a hot shower. Really couldn't face a cold one!:) So I phoned our plumber man and he was going to come in the afternoon.
At 7.45 that morning, I had a text from my son, telling me that their baby, (1st one), had arrived at 03.30 that morning! Callum, who weighed in at 8lb1oz. Mum, Dad and baby all fine.
I phoned the dentist and he is on holiday. Fortunately they fitted me in with another one, at 2.30pm, that afternoon. My granddaughter came at 08.30 that day too, as half term. Had to drop her off at her Nannie's at 2pm, as my daughter didn't finish work until 2.30.
Oh!! Nearly forgot! Another baby arrived at 11.30, my eBosser machine!! Only ordered it on Friday morning!
Granddaughter had brought her homework for us to do! They are studying Egypt at school and we had to make some jars that went in the tombs. So I spent the morning making a paper mache pot. Yuk!
After the boiler repair man had gone at 5.30pm, I was absolutely knackered!!
I made this card last week for stock. In fact I had such fun making it, I made 3, using different cars. I hate to think how old this stamp is. Don't even know where I got it. It is a clear stamp.
For the background, I used Distress Stains I bought at Ally Pally. It was great fun, just thumping them down on the card to get the 'splat' effect.
I stamped the big LOTV sentiment, using black Versafine ink. I then threw on some Ivory Frantage on for a bit of texture. The 'wishes' stamp again is an old one.

I coloured the car using Copics for a change.

Just for a change, I am not off to bed, as it's only 6.30pm! Husband should be home shortly, so have to think about cooking dinner.
Thanks for taking time out of your day to visit my blog. I love getting comments, as they encourage me to keep it going.
Carol S.xx

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

LOTV New Fairies Galore!!

Hi all,
Hope you are all enjoying the same hot weather, we are having in the south of England. I spent all day Sunday in the garden, putting plants in big pots and hanging baskets. My right arm is still aching!
I did a Craft Fair on Saturday and it wasn't very well attended. I think it was because of the lovely weather and also the Football Cup Final was on. I really feel for the organisers, as they feel responsible and of course they are not. They did all the advertising they could possibly do.  As stallholders, we know how much work goes into putting a craft fair together and you just never know if people will support it. As long as I take my stall money and a bit over towards materials, I am happy.
Any way moving on! I apologise for so many piccies and I suggest you have a glass of something in your hand. This is obviously another fairy clock but using 6 of the 8, (I bought 8 not 7!) Lili of the Valley new fairy stamps, released just over a week ago. I just love them all!
The Background was created with papers from my stash. I used an assortment of masks, with Paper Artsy Grunge Paste, to add a bit of texture. Some of which, I added colour using my Copics pens. The little bird and his birdhouse are a Marianne Die set. All of which I bought at The Craft Barn in South Nutfield.
All of the fairies have been coloured with Distress Inks.

This first fairy is called 'Hugs'. She is so cute and I love the mouse she is hugging. I have added Stickles Star Dust to her wings, flowers and skirt.


The next fairy is 'Catkins'. She comes laying on the branch, which I extended, using a Marianne Die.

This is one of my faves, 'Cobweb'. She is sooo cute and I love the cobweb. I cut away the line from the stamped image and replaced the 'tightrope, with black cotton. I forgot to get the spider in the photo that is hanging from the web. You can see it, on the complete photo of the clock.

Now this little one, 'Midsummer's Night', is my favourite in this collection. She is so adorable and cute. Her face is so very beautiful. Her little bunny, is a laser cut shape from Artcuts. You must check out their web shop. Rebecca, I used to work with her at The Craft Barn, and her husband are making these shapes and loads of other amazing ones and selling them at great prices. They are also doing some of the big Craft Fairs. So make sure you look out for them.
The fence is a Marianne Die. The butterflies are the 'waste' from the centre die from Spellbinders.

This fairy, 'Water Lily' never fails to make me smile. I just love her sunglasses. I put Glossy Accents on the lenses and Stickles on the frames. I cut an oval from Mirror Board, to form her pond.

And finally, this is 'Petal'. Another gorgeous fairy on her beautiful flower. They are all absolutely stunning stamps and I still have two that I haven't even coloured yet. They are Flower Dance and Time Flies.

Still awake?!! Stop yawning!
Well I hope you like my new version of my fairy clock. It was made over 3 days, so not a quick make!
I am going to enter it in the following challenges:
Crafty Little Fairies - In The Garden.
Ideas to Inspire - Fairies
Thank you for your precious time visiting my blog and your luffly comments that make me feel all warm!
Big hugs,
Carol S.xx

Monday, 12 May 2014

Gorgeous Ava!

Hi everyone,
What a horrible, cold, wet and windy weekend, we have just had in West Sussex. A couple of weeks ago we were in T-shirts, now the heating is back on, as well as the jumpers.
Never mind, a good excuse to spend the whole weekend crafting. I have another craft fair to do in Crowborough on Saturday. So I am busy making stock.
Before I got stuck into making boxes etc. I had to make my Saturated Canary images into cards. This gorgeous digi is Ava, she is so cute. I coloured her with DI markers.
The background papers are from a Marja Vintage Summer Basics pad. It was very painful removing the pages from the pad and even more painful, putting them in my trimmer and cutting into them!!:-(
She is so lovely, I felt she should have my best papers!

These SC images are so lovely to colour and love the highlights in their eyes. I used a white Sakura pen to enhance them.

I added some Stickles to her bow and her lace edging on her dress. The swirly die cut, was a free die with Papercraft Essentials magazine.
I have one more SC to post and will hopefully do that in a few days.
I ordered 7 of the new Lili of the Valley fairy stamps on Saturday and they have a 20% discount on all orders over £10. It ends tomorrow. I can't wait to get my hands on them. Hopefully, they will arrive in time, for me to be able to make a clock with them, before the weekend fair. No pressure!
Gosh I'm posting early tonight, it's just turning midnight. Got another hour to create something more!
Thank you for stopping by and I love reading your comments.
Carol S.xx

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Saturated Canary, At Last

Hi everyone,
Very cool, very wet and windy, here in West Sussex today. More to come tomorrow and over the weekend. Mmm, could be a crafty weekend!
I have drooled over Saturated Canary stamps for ever. I just thought they were rather expensive for just one stamp, that you couldn't use any other way. Then I read Pop's tutorial, on how she gets Digis onto watercolour paper. Voila!! It works! I have done this before, when I wanted to print text on a particular area of patterned paper. I had not thought of doing it with thick card, that your printer doesn't like.
So a big thank you to Pops!
I went straight to SC shop and bought 3 images. This is 'Pint Sized Love'. She looks so like my Granddaughter. She has a cat, so I had to colour it grey, like her Barney. 
I took this card with me to a coffee morning yesterday, where I had a stall. It was the first item I sold!

I coloured her with Distress Inks, with a touch of Stickles on her bow and the ribbon in her hair.

I added Glossy Accents to her eyes, glasses and the cats eyes and nose. I used Spellbinders Radiant Rectangles to cut the detail around the image. The backing paper is from my Tim Holtz Distress
Idea-ology paper pad.
The sentiment is free, from Netty's Cards, where you can download loads of Annette's sentiments. Great fun blog to read too! 
I have coloured the other 2 images and will get them made up over the next couple of days.
Thanks for taking time out of your day, to visit my blog and leaving me such amazing messages. I love to read them all.
Carol S.xx

Monday, 5 May 2014

Purple Butterfly.

Hi everyone,
It is 12.55am and time I was in bed but I thought I really must just do a very quick post.
I hope you are all having a lovely weekend, 3 days here in the UK. I did manage an hour working in the garden this morning. No longer, as I have another sale to do on Wednesday. Still trying to make cards and stock.
This was a butterfly I decorated and sold it straight away at a market 2 weeks ago! I have just prepped another, slightly larger than this one.


Paper clay butterflies and a small daisy. A sentiment from Kay Carley. The leaves are using a mask and Paper Artsy Grunge Paste.

The flowers are again Martha Stewart Paper Clay.

This is a close up picture of the roses, as I made them, using the palm of my hand, to create each petal. I then wrapped each petal around each other and shaped the rose. After leaving them over night to dry, I used some Treasure Brass Wax on the edge of each petal. I bought the wax from The Craft Barn in Surrey.
After I took these pictures I tied some ribbon onto the wire, which hung down slightly.

Sorry it is such a quick post but I am really tired tonight.
Have a lovely Monday. Supposed to be very warm here in the South!
Thanks for visiting and leaving me your lovley messages. I promise I will try to post again a bit quicker. I have a few cards to post.
Carol S.xx