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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Crafting For All Seasons - Challenge 89

Hi everyone,
Well it's time again for a new challenge at
The theme for this challenge is 'Tag It'.
Our amazing sponsor is Bugaboo Stamps.
Their stamps are incredible and I have spent hours trying to choose which I would use!
The prize for this challenge is 7, yes 7 Digi Images!!!
Check them out here.

This image is called 'Noel Birds'.
Great fun to colour, using Copics pens. Love the two fat Robins!
The 'O' I coloured with a gold pen and then covered it with Stickles.

The lights I coloured with Sakura Stardust pens and then topped them with Glossy Accents.
I also added some GA to the birds beaks.

For the Holly leaves I used an old die and added 3 gems for the berries.
The cone I have had in my stash for years!
Please make sure you pop over to the blog here and see all the amazing tags from my very talented teamies.
Then get making your entry and good luck.
Carol S.xx

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Crafting For all Seasons Challenge #88

Hi everyone,
Today is the first day of the latest 2 week challenge, at Crafting For All Seasons.
The Sponsor for this challenge is The Paper Shelter.
The very generous prize, is a $20 Gift Certificate!

The theme for this Challenge is Buttons and Bows.

This gorgeous image is called Autumn Attitude, from The Paper Shelter.

I decided to colour her clothes, using Copics, in not very Autumn colours. I have coloured the leaves brown and gold. Also the backing paper and buttons, come into Autumn colour range.

She is very pretty and lovely to colour.
If you buy the Digi, you get one precoloured image, one without colour and
a coloured backing paper. Great value I think.

Get you cards linked up to the challenge here and you can see all my teamies stunning cards and then pop over to The Paper Shelter, hereto see what you could win!
Thanks for stopping by and leaving your lovely and uplifting comments.
Carol xxx

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Let It Snow Even More!!

Hi everyone and a special welcome to my new followers.
Please grab a coffee or tea, even better, a glass of something stronger! You might need it!
I am afraid this is a bit of a photo shoot, so I apologise in advance.
Firstly I have been bursting to tell you some news.
Are you sitting comfortably - then I will begin!
In a garden centre about 5 minutes from here, we had a Hobbycraft Store. Not a huge one but great if you wanted something quick. The big store is about a 25 minute drive, depending on the traffic, could be even longer. The staff were very friendly and one of them, I had known for a number of  years.
Hobbycraft, then out of the blue, decided to close it.
As a support to the staff and local crafters, who couldn't get to the big store, I decided to email the CEO. No mucking about, go straight to the top!
I didn't expect a reply and even stated this in my mail.
Well I got a reply, straight away!
I will cut it short now. The outcome was, the CEO, Catriona Marshall, asked to meet me for a chat.
We arranged a date and met up with her and a guy called Bruce Gibson. 
I explained, as in my email, that due to public transport here, that she had now cut off many people access to craft  products. People in the villages without cars, would find it impossible to get to the big store. Not just older people but Mums with young children too. Also, as I buy in bulk, canvases, boxes etc. if I didn't have a car, there was no way I could get there and back on public transport. It takes 2 buses and about 1 1/2 hours just to get there. Then the same home, fully loaded! It would also put the price up for my market sales and that is for the charity I support.
Our meeting lasted 2 hours and unfortunately, as she explained there was no choice, the store is closed.
It is a shame, but Catriona and Bruce were very nice and seemed to take on board my comments re the stores. One of them they agreed with and said it was already being gradually implemented in all stores.
I am still getting people moaning to me about the closure.
I have been very lucky, as they have made me their first public Discount Card holder. I was very chuffed and it will certainly help to offsetting petrol expenses.
Sadly, it doesn't help other people.
Right, now to the photo shoot! I bought this pack of letters at Ally Pally from the MDF man.
Sorry the first photo image is a bit p... sorry, wonky! Hubby was behind the door holding the cord!

At first I didn't know how to decorate them and then I had a moment!
You know, the wave comes over you!

I had bought some Decorators Caulk ( a type of wall filler) in Aldi, so I decided to apply it in waves like snow drifts. I let it dry overnight and then covered it with white acrylic paint.
The first snowman is an old Whiff Of Joy stamp and a favourite of mine. I love snowmen but they have to be special looking!

The snowflakes are a mix of different makes put together. Spellbinders and Marianne Creatables.
They have been glittered with Stickles, Star Dust. 

The snowman, as all of them, have been coloured with Distress Inks. Then glittered to look like snow, with Dries white Cosmic Shimmer glue and sprinkled with CS Iced Snow glitter. 
All bought from The Craft Barn

This snowman is a Lili Of The Valley stamp, called Seeds and Greetings.

Isn't he gorgeously cute?!

Another LOTV stamp called Penguin Friends.

Meet Mr Snowman, an old LOTV stamp and another old favourite!

Wakey Wakey!!! Are you still with me? It's over now and I promise my next post
will be short and sweet.
Have a lovely Sunday and thanks for stopping by and leaving me such gorgeous comments. They always make me smile and encourage me to keep crafting.

Lili Of The Valley - Anything goes

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Too Cute To Spook - Challenge 87

Hi Everyone, We have a new challenge at Crafting For All Seasons.
This #87 challenge is 'Too Cute Too Spook'!
Our Sponsor for this challenge is The Stitchy Bear's Digi Outlet.
The prize you can win is, 3 images from the showcased creators.
Pop over to their website here and see the brilliant range of amazing digis you can choose from.
I chose 'Yo' as I think she is definitely too cute too spook!
I firstly created the background on my computer,
using the design program I have.
I printed Yo onto 300gm watercolour card and I used Distress Inks
to colour her with.

 I really enjoyed colouring her, adding turquoise hi-lights into her hair.
Great fun. Also giving her black finger nails!

I am sure you will agree, with those gorgeous eyes, she really is too cute to spook!
I am looking forward to seeing your amazing projects. So get creating and join in the fun here
Thanks for stopping by.