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Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Married For 74 Years!!!

A friend asked me, if I could make a special card
for her friends that are celebrating their 
74th Wedding Anniversary!!

So this is what I came up with. 
I also made a box for it, as it was an 8" x 8" card.

My friend and her husband loved it and said
it was perfect for their friends it's for.
It isn't until next week, but they don't follow blogs!!

Thank you for your lovely messages on my last post.

I am having, in my Reading List on my blog, people I have 
no idea who they are and others that are missing.

So I am sorry if I am not messaging you, but you have
not appeared in my listing!!

Stay safe.
Big hugs,


Friday, 4 June 2021

Daisy Daisy!

Thank you so much for all the lovey messages
on my last post. I was amazed there were so many!
All read and treasured.

Hope you are all enjoying the lovely sunshine
we have been having for a few days.
A bit of sunshine certainly lifts your spirits.

My Hubby was booked in our local Hospital, to have
 a knee replacement op, on Sunday 6th, this coming Sunday.
He went to have his Pre-op on Wednesday and was
there for just under 5 hours.
At the end of all the tests etc. the surgeon cancelled
his op, as on that leg, he has a Venous Ulcer, near
his ankle, so will not be able to do his knee op.

We were really disappointed, as we were excited to 
get it done, after waiting for ever to get there!!
So looks like a few months now, to get it sorted.

So this is a card I made from pieces in my 
bits box!

I had the background left over from another make.

The daisy strip, I used a scrap off cut of white card. 
I stamped and heat embossed the daisies, with white
embossing powder.
I then used Distress Oxide Broken China, mixed with
a small amount of Glycerin for the background.
Then using a text stamp and grey ink, I randomly
stamped over the blue ink.
I then coloured the daisies with Zig Pigment Ink.

The Dragonflies are brads that I have had for years.

Looking forward to going for walks with my friend Sue.
Must loose a bit more weight!!

Thank you for stopping by and love 
all your messages.

Stay safe,
Big Hugs


Wednesday, 19 May 2021

Three Of A Kind

Thank you for your lovely comments on my last post.
Love reading them and much appreciated.

You never know what you will find, when you have a 
rummage in your boxes in your craft room!!

So I found a 'Tempting Templates' from WS Designs.
Called 'Square K card'.
It's a square piece of plastic, with a smaller square cut out 
on the inside. I did have the instruction sheet too.

It's old and this was what we used, before we had Dies or even the 
cutting machines!! All you needed was, a pencil and a craft knife!

So as I wanted a play day or 2 or even 3!! 
I made this blue one, on first day. 
Then I made a pink one, on day 2. 
Then a purple one on day 3!!

They are all slightly different

I used Anna Marie paper pads, as I had all 3 colours.

 Below is the side view, showing how the centre piece
pops out the front, when you open the card. 
The bird on the top right of the opening, I cut out 
from a page of the books. I put it on foam pads.
I also put Stickles on the wings, tail and on the flowers.

This is the inside slightly open.
It does open completely.

Next is the Pink version.
The bird in the cage is different to the blue one.
As is the bird on the corner. Of course the designs on the paper.

Another different bird in cage and on the corner.
Also Stickles on Berries and flowers.

I am not sure if I will make them again, as they take so
long to make. In the end I made them my way, rather than
using the instructions. Took quite a bit less to make it too.

Well that kept me quiet for a few days!! 

I managed to get a few hours in the garden. 
The Bluebells are gorgeous this year.

I am going to redesign the back garden, to make it a bit
easier for me to maintain.
I have drawn my design and now just hope the gardener 
can help me do it. Normally I would get on with it myself.
But I now have to accept, I am a bit old to do paving!!
Very frustrating!!

Well now back to making my Grandson's birthday card.

Keep safe
Big hugs,

Thursday, 13 May 2021

Thinking Of You

Firstly I must thank you for all your lovely messages on
my last post with my Puppy.
Thank you Sylvie (Gibmiss) for naming her Honey.
It suits her very well, as some of her fur is Honey colour.

This was just a quick card, using a big stencil that
has all different circle sizes on it. 
Used Distress Inks mixed with Glycerin for the background.

I have had the stamp for years, unused, so have no
idea where I got it from.

Thanks for popping in and please leave a message so I 
know you have been. 
I will make sure I will leave messages on your blogs too.

Big hugs and stay safe,


Monday, 3 May 2021


 This is a lady version of my Doggy family!!
I finished her today.
I did tell her that her brother now lives
in East Grinstead, West Sussex.

She hasn't got a name yet though!

If you can think of a name for her, please
let me know in the comment place.

I now have to get back to making a card for my brother-in-law.
It's his birthday on Saturday.

Our trip to the Doctors Surgery for our 2nd Jabs went well. 
As for side effects, only a sore arm for one day and a 
good sleep for a few hours when we got home.
Nothing like after the first one.

It just makes me feel safe and looking  forward to 
being able to go out.

So I hope when you all have yours done, that you 
don't have any problems. 

Thank you for your lovely messages on my last post .
Reading  them always brightens my day.
Big Hugs,

Saturday, 1 May 2021

A Card Gift

Thank you for all the lovely messages on my last post.

My little Dog is now in his new home in West Sussex
As I miss him, I have started to make another one!! 

My card is for a friend, I have known from when  her
and her sister, were young children.
She now has her own horse, Brandy, which she didn't
 think she would ever have.
So I just had to make her a clay horse and made a 
card heart to mount it on. Hope she likes it, as it was today.

We had our 2nd Jabs this morning and hope I don't
get the shivers this time!! Hubby had gone to bed and 
about 1am, I felt cold. It then got colder by the minute
and my teeth were chattering!! So I dived into the bed with 
all my clothes on. It felt like all my body inside was frozen.
Very strange but thankful it started to go after about half an hour.
It wasn't that bad but just was surprised.

I would rather have that reaction than have Covid-19!!

Thank you for taking time to pop in and love 
reading your comments.

Hope you are all getting Jabbed!!
Stay safe and well.
Big hugs,

Friday, 23 April 2021

What a Mix!!

Morning all. Hope you are enjoying the beautiful
sunshine, like we are having here in Suffolk.

Thank you for your lovely messages on my last post.
I love to read and treasure them.

I have two pictures today, as they are both very 
different but finished on the same day!!

My first is a card using a Honey Doo Crafts stamp.
I used Distress Ink mixed with glycerin, to make 
the piece of white card pink and lightly mottled.

I stamped the image with Versamark clear ink
and embossed with white Wow Embossing powder.
I then coloured the flowers, using Copics pens.
A bit fiddly using 3 shades and used a 
Colourless Blender Copic pen to remove any
ink that went on the white embossing lines.

Now this little fella I just adore!!
I made him, using my Needle Felting 
wools and needles I bought from 
Frankie and Sidney, details at the bottom
of page.
He is 5" high and 4 1/2" wide
or 12.7cm high and 11.5wide.

It did take a few days to make it and
made it up from just seeing a picture on line.

His back legs were the hardest and took me 
2 goes to get them right. 

I am now going to make another one.
 I just sent a picture of him to a 
couple of friends and one, Aileen, 
wanted to buy him from me!!

Sandy (X Craft Barn owner) said 
'it was probably the cutest thing I 
have ever seen!!' Also, her husband
thought he was real!!

So I must make notes of what I did,
before I put him in the post!!
Going to take a few pics of all angles too.

You can find the shop at

They sell the most beautiful wools etc.
They are free delivery mostly and a 
pleasure to deal with.
If you're too scared to just 'go for it'
 as I did, with a few animals and want to 
have a try, they do sell kits.

Looking forward to seeing your makes.
Stay safe. 
Big hugs,


Sunday, 18 April 2021

My Sister Pat's 80th Birthday Today

Happy 80th Birthday To my special sister Pat.

She loves Owls, so I just had to use this Pink Ink Stamp.

I stamped him twice on Watercolour card and fussy cut him 
and made him 3D.
I Coloured him with Watercolour paints.
As she lives on the South Coast, I unfortunately won't
be able to see her. So posted her card and gifts.

Have a lovely day Sis. Speak to you later.

Love and big hugs,

Carol and Rick


Monday, 12 April 2021

Just a Note

Firstly, I must thank all of you, who had taken the time to 
 leave me a lovely message on my last blog and on my 
Face Book page. You are all so kind. 
I am now feeling fine and trying to 
catch up on all my outstanding works.

I have to finish making cards for a Nursing Home and 
this time I am sharing it with a friend. So just need to make
half the amount 159, I made for the Residential home!!

I also have my Sister's 80th Birthday this coming Sunday 18th,
 so I have a card and gift to make for her and to get it in the post.

So I found this card in 'Draft' not exciting but a quick card.

Just stamped a border, using some Card-io stamps 
and used a die to cut the fancy edge.
Added a strip of green ribbon.

I will post my sisters card here on Sunday.
We now can at least get out a bit more, so
hope the weather is kind to us.
Big hugs,


Sunday, 4 April 2021

Where I Have Been!

 Hi, Sorry I haven't been around this week but have been quite poorly.

Had an Ambulance here on Monday morning. They were here for nearly an hour, to get my problem under control. I was advised if it continues, I must go to A & E.

Well it did 15 minutes after they left! Not as strong and I managed to stop it myself. Then another, about an hour later, same again.

Then it came back at 5.30pm and was a big one and took me an hour to get it under control.

I had lost so much blood, it would take a few days for my body to replace what I had lost.

It was a bit rough for a few days and then left me very weak and tired. Didn't eat much for 4 days which didn't help. At least I lost 4lbs in 3 days!! So I am just doing a couple of things today, with a rest in between.

So will catch up with you next week.
Have a lovely Easter weekend.

Saturday, 20 March 2021

My Last Three

Thank you for taking the time to visit my last
post and leaving me such lovely messages.
Always so much appreciated.

Today I took 159 cards, that I finished making last 
night, to the Residential/Nursing home, 
that I supply for the staff and residents. 

These were the last 3 cards I made last night.

I made all the backgrounds, using 
Distressed Oxide. I then stamped the butterflies
with Versamark clear ink and then used Wow white
Embossing powder.
The circular sentiment, I found in my box  of 
bits. It was from a free download from 
Netty's Cards .

I then used Copics to add a bit more depth to the images.
The one below is just a close up to see the detail

The 2 below were made in the same way.
The first one below, the piece of card that 
looks black is actually silver.

The strip again below that looks black is silver!!

I now have to make another large batch of cards for 
the other home. At least it stops me getting to bored!

So enjoy getting your Jabs!!
Thank you for stopping by and love to read 
your  messages.
I will try to get to you all tomorrow.

Stay safe,
big hugs,


Sunday, 14 March 2021

Round and Round Fairies Go!!!

 Thank you for all the lovely comments on my last post.
Much appreciated and enjoyable too!!

The answer to the Which Was Which question was:
The top one with the pink backing card is:
Using the image from  a Lili Of The Valley little book.

The bottom one, was using my stamp on Watercolour card
 and I coloured it with watercolour paints.

Sorry!! Lots of pictures!!
So this project is using my Needle Felting and my imagination!!
It's for a little girls bedroom, as a mobile of Fairies.
Rather difficult to photo the whole thing, as it is quite big.
Each Fairy measures 7 1/2 inches or 19cm from top
to bottom and the wings are 5 inches, 13cm wide.

They are attached to the wooden ring using jewellery wire.

They all have different hair styles!
I have to use my hairdressing experience of 58 years, 
to make sure they don't all look the same!!
Great fun!! 

The little flowers are made from clay.
The butterfly on her hand is a card, die cut one.
They all have a butterfly and clay flowers
 to match their colour.

This Fairy has a single plait. 
The hair is just made with the same wool, 
as even the animals are!!
Their wings are made from the wool too.
The back of the yellow one is behind the blue ones head!!

This one has a bun at the back of her head!!
OOps!! Forgot to photo it!!!
I made the ringlets with the wool and a cocktail stick.

I had to pretty the top up and also the wooden ring.

To cover up where the wire attachment is, I made a
butterfly with the same wool and colour of their dresses.
I then used my glue gun to attach them to the ring.
They can be seen a bit on the first picture.

I also wanted to pretty up the hanging cord.
So I added a few flowers to the cord. 
The bows are to cover up the join.

Are you still with me?!!

Well that is it for today.
Back to my desk.
I have so far, made 130 assorted cards.
I still have another 12 and still have to finish
making the Easter Cards.
I will be taking them, if I get them finished,
to one of the Care Homes I supply, next week.
The money goes to their Charity, other than a few 
pennies for my costs.

Hope you all had a lovely  Mother's Day today.

Thank you for stopping by and leaving a lovely 
message so I know you have been.
I will visit your  blogs as often as I can.

Stay safe.
Big hugs,

Monday, 22 February 2021

Which Is Which?!!

Thank you for your lovely messages on my last post.
It certainly brightens my days reading them.

These cards are using an image from LOTV.
One is from a little book of images, already coloured
and one is from the stamp I have, coloured my me.

I am sure it's simple to see which is which!!

My one was stamped onto Watercolour paper and
coloured with Derwent Inktense Watercolour Pencils.
I also 3D the jug of flowers and the purple flower pot
and the flower in it. Also I drew some extra leaves at the front.


Well that's all today, Monday!.

I had bought some 'eyes' on Ebay for my 
Needle Felting animals. They were ordered last
Friday and were due to be here by Thursday
but arrived today!! One happy bunny!!
(well 2 happy bunnies really, as he can see now!!)

So my little animals have proper eyes now! 
They look so much better.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and 
looking forward to visit your blogs too. 

Stay safe, have your jab when you can
and keep well.
Big hugs