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Monday, 25 August 2014

Baby Keepsake Box

Hi everyone, I hope you are enjoying your long weekend, here in the UK that is. Firstly I would like to welcome my new follower and thank you for taking the time to join us. 
As it's my husband's birthday on Friday and mine 3 days later, we thought we would buy a lap top for us to share. It means that when he is working from home, as he does most evenings, I don't have to wait for him to finish. I can now do my commenting on the blogs I follow at a sensible time.

This box is for my market stall I have next Saturday, in Balcombe Village in West Sussex. I did forget to take a picture of the sides of the box. It is a book like box, with the spine decorated as well. I used papers from a Forever Friends paper pad, that my lovely friend Sue bought for me. 
I made it as a keepsake box, that could be for a boy or a girl.

The image is the Lili of the Valley baby stamp, All Our Dreams, coloured with Distress Inks. Using Pinflair glue gel, I 3D'd it onto a die cut piece of pearlised card, that I had in my odds and sods box. It had been embossed first, with an Anna Griffin embossing folder and I threw a bit of Frantage onto it. The lace was from my very large stash of lace, that I have had for years.

In the picture below, the butterfly was made with Martha Stewart clay and a mould from Lakeland, that I bought on holiday. 
The little shoes I have had for years and haven't a clue where they came from. 
More lace from my stash and a computer generated label.

The final piccie is flowers from my stash, leaves from a die, more butterflies and a corner,
using a Cheery Lynne corner die. I edged the box with Treasure Brass Gilding Wax, that I bought from The Craft Barn.


Well that's it for tonight. Back to my desk to paint more fairies for another clock. I hope to get that made tomorrow, as it's supposed to be raining all day. A good excuse to sit and craft for most of the day, after a couple
of housework jobs.
As hubby is home, I have to do a few jobs, so he thinks that I always do it!!

Thanks for stopping by and letting me know you've been, with your lovely comments you leave. They are truly appreciated and make me smile.
Carol xx

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

CFAS Challenge #84 Monochrome

Hi all, has Autumn arrived already. I'm feeling quite chilly this evening. I hope we have a bit more summer to come.
It's time for our next challenge at Crafting For All Seasons. Our Sponsor for the next 2 weeks is Stitchy Bear's Digi Outlet. They have an amazing selection of Digis.
The prize for the winner of this Challenge #84, is 3 images from Stitchy Bear Stamps, Scrapper's Delights or Coosty Creations.
The theme for this challenge is Monochrome. So nice and easy and simple to do. So get making and join in the fun.
For my card I used a digi, kindly supplied from Stitchy Bear's, called Driver Ed.
I just couldn't resist using this image. Great fun and I can think of a number of my friends that would enjoy getting this card!! I think!!

The sentiment is from Art Impressions and really suits this image.
I printed her onto 300gsm Water Colour card and used Distress Inks
to colour her with.
I added some Star Dust Stickles to her glasses and her collar.
Sorry the picture below is very poor, as the light was so bad when
I was taking the pics.

Please pop over to the Crafting For All Seasons Challenge blog to see all my lovely teamies stunning creations. You will certainly be inspired.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving your lovely comments. They make me happy and smiley!


Carol S.xx

Monday, 18 August 2014

Man Cave!

Hi All,
Just a very quick post tonight, as I want to be in bed by 1am!
I think all the 2am nights are catching up with me.
I quite enjoyed making this card. It's a Stamposaurus clear stamp,
coloured with Distress Inks.
The sentiment is a Lili of the Valley clear stamp, that was free on a mag.
I stamped the watering can again, cut it out and then 3D it with foam pads,
to give the front a bit of a lift.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes
Inky Impressions - Animal Friends
Little Claire - Man's Birthday card
Lets Create Challenge - Ribbon or Twine

Well that's all folks. Off to bed to get the greatly needed beauty sleep. I need a miracle not just sleep!
Thanks for stopping by and leaving your supportive comments. They are really lovely!


Carol S.xx

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Boozey Boys Cards!!

Hi all you lovely bloggers,
I know the gardens needed rain, but typical of this country, everything regarding weather is extreme! From baking us for weeks, we now get soaked every day. I have been dodging the thunder, lightening and heavy down pours. My tumble dryer is in the garage and I have to run in between the rain drops!  
That was yesterday, as I started typing this post last night. It got to 2am and I felt rather tired, so left it to finish this morning! We have a very sunny day at the moment.
Firstly today, I must welcome my new followers. Thank you so much for taking the time to join me as a follower. I have returned the favour. I hope you like what you see here.
I decided to make a few male cards for my stock. CAS I thought for speed. The Birthday Beer one was a stamp I have had for many years. Don't know where it came from but it's part of a set with a motorbike. I coloured it with a mixture of Inktense Pencils and Copics. For the foam on the top of the glass, I used Americana Writer acrylic dimensional paint. I bought it last year for snow on Christmas cards, to which I added glitter. I then put Glossy Accents onto the glass. Sadly this has not been picked up by the camera. The gloomy dark days were not the best for taking photos. ( Nothing to do with me being crap at taking pics.Lol!)
This stamp I bought at Ally Pally last year. It was from Creative Expressions, unmounted, in a box with hundreds of loose stamps. I also bought a few rather rude sentiment stamps. Don't know if I would use them but they just made me laugh.
I stamped it twice and cut out the grapes and used Pinflair Glue Gel to 3D them. 

Thanks for stopping by and leaving your lovely comments. I do really appreciate them.
Carol xx

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Challenge 83 - Feature A Creature

Hi everyone,
When you read this, I will be teaching my first class for 5 years!! It's a class for people that want to make and sell their makes. The idea is, that it will become a club and meet every month, with 2 seperate groups. It's at The Craft Barn in South Nutfield, Surrey.
This first class is a small one, as a couple have moved onto the next class in 2 weeks. That class has 13 people booked, so rather different to this one. I would rather this way, as it breakes me in gently!:-) I will let you know how I get on!
Today is the start of challenge 83, at Crafting For All Seasons. It finishes in 2 weeks, so hop on over and join in the fun.
Our Sponsor is Lacy Sunshine and the prize is 3 free Digi images.
Just click here or on the picture below, to see the amazing selection of Digis and clear stamps.

 I chose to use Ladybug Lyndsey Buggmee Digi for my card.
I coloured her with Distress Inks, with a touch of Stickles Star Dust on her.
The spotty card I used, came from I know not where! I have had it for more years than I care to remember!

Sorry the pictures are a bit rubbish, as the light was not good for piccy taking.
 She is so adorable and I really enjoyed colouring her. Even hubby commented that he liked her!
 The fern leaves were an old die, I think it was a Little Claire die.
The flowers I found in my 'odd flower' box.
The lady bug was a free gift from a magazine, last year I think.

If you drop by the Crafting For All Seasons blog, you will see all the stunning creations, from my DT friends.
Thanks for stopping by and I just love reading your lovely comments.
I am very blessed for having such amazing followers and the emails I also receive from them, are wonderful.
Carol S.xx

Friday, 1 August 2014

Sweet As A Pea!

Hi Everyone and a special hi to my new followers,
As usual I am playing 'catch up'. I am trying to make items for my market stall and also cards for my outlets. I have nearly finished making my samples for my first class next week. That will be finished this afternoon.
I delivered a couple of orders this week and saw that both my card outlets, are very low on stock. Please can I have a 48 hour day, just for a week!! I really need to catch up.
This is one of my stock cards, using a very old stamp. I have no idea where I got it but I think it was originally on a wooden block. 
The background is using paper from Lili of the Valley, which I put into an embossing folder, that came with my eBosser. The Sentiment stamp is an old Kanban set.

I used a Nestie Die Radiant Rectangles to cut out the image. I do really like this die set.

I took this photo last Wednesday, of my Granddaughter, Mia. She was helping me paint the inside of my boxes. Please do not look too closely at the section of garden behind!! This is the only section left that I have not done anything with yet. Sadly, the Astibles had finished flowering, which makes it look even worse!! The fence is my neighbours and my husband has to keep putting nails in it, to keep it upright! Well he is 93 and not really bothered about it. (My neighbour - not my husband!!)

I can't believe that I am posting at 1.30pm and not my usual 1.30am!
I'm going to have my lunch now and not going to bed.
Thank you to my new followers for taking time to join my blog. I will always return the compliment.
Thanks for visiting my little blog corner and leaving your lovely comments, that always keep me smiling.
Carol S.xx