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Hi all, my name is Carol, I am a stay at home mum based in Wiltshire. I have been married to Chris for 21 years and have a little boy of 9. I have enjoyed card making for approx 9 years, and my passion is stamping. Hope you enjoy my blog


Friday, 20 August 2010

Good morning all, Go and make yourself a cup of tea/coffee or whatever your tipple is (depending on what time of day you are reading this) and take a look over at Yours Artfully she has the most fabulous Tutorial on making a metal flower pin amongst other things.....truly inspirational.....the type of thing I can only dream about
Have a good day and thank you for stopping by today x
Hugs x

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Messing about with inks......

Happy Friday to you in blogland, I have been messing about with this gorgeous image she is just truly stunning and it's an image that gives so much inspiration...... The image was stamped directly with distress inks, and some butterfly eliments were then coloured........
The edges were distressed with the same colours, and stamped with small flower stamp

The butterly in her hair was stamped a second time, cut out, glittered and added to image

nestie stamped, coloured, then mounted onto card along with ribbon, I had such fun making this.
Happy crafting, and thank you for stopping by to my humble blog today x
Hugs x

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Emmerald Craft: Tuesday Challenges

Good morning my bloggy people

Let's have a 'Totally crafty Tuesday' click on the link Emmerald Craft: Tuesday Challenges: for a list of Tuesday Challenges to get your teeth into -

Have a happy day, and thanks for dropping by today

Hugs x

Monday, 16 August 2010

Colouring with distress inks tutorial.......

Morning happy crafters, I have stumbled across another great tutorial over at Poppy Petal Designs , colouring with distress inks, it's a great blog and step by step tutorial, we sometimes forget other ways to use our ink etc......so go on give it a go!!

Happy crafting x


Carol x x

Friday, 13 August 2010

sketch book........

Good morning lovely people, found this book which has been hovering around in my craft room since christmas with no important use whatsover.......so it had a makeover, I was fed up with having bits of paper with sketches on hanging around on every available space (and we all know space is a valuable comodity).....so it now has a use, all my sketches in one space for when I get crafters blog......must go to the doctors for that, I am sure their must be a cure!!! ;0) the book was covered with scrap papers from my scrap box......woo hoo, I knew they would come in useful, that's two pieces down only another 3million and twenty to go!!

I think the stamp was a freebie with craft stamper magazine
micro beads added......

and words added using my beloved cuttlebug......and voila!!
Have a good crafty day.
Hugs x

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Emmerald Craft: Thursday Challenges

Good morning all and I hope I find you all just fine and Dandy this Thursday morning, thought I would post a pic of the gorgeous Lilys that I have at the moment they are just simply stunning and I couldn't resist a pic!!! click the link Emmerald Craft: Thursday Challenges: for a list of Thursday Challenges to get your teeth into - and have some fun..........go on challenge yourself!!


Carol x

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Congrats on new job.........

Good morning my lovely crafting bloggers, hope you are having a good day so far, having a busy week again with my little boy still on his summer holibobs, and still not a lot of time for crafting. I was nosing at the challenge on Cute card Thursday and thought I would give it a whirl!!

This card has been made for a friend who has just got himself a new job as the caretaker at the school my DS attends, so I thought this would be rather appropriate.

It's using one of the Joanna Sheen Messy Rabbit stamps which are rather cute (note to self must buy more stamps for men), the image was stamped and coloured using promarkers, and baking paper from stash.

Happy crafting everyone

Carol x x

Monday, 9 August 2010

Watercolour tutorial.....

Independant Stampin up Demonstrator Wendy Todd has a great watercolouring tutorial on her blog here......pop along and have a look, and if you are a bit intimidated about watercolouring this may give you the confidence to give it a go.

Happy watercolouring x

Carol x x

Friday, 6 August 2010


So that's the end of another exhausting week, and I feel like I am living on a building site at the moment.....next door are having an extension done and on the other side they have been digging the road up all week laying new gas pipes so it's jack hammer city........
I made this card and thought I would enter it in the Daring cardmakers weekly challenge, it's a birthstone themed challenge and the August birthstone is Peridot which is also the national gem of Egypt, the Ancient Egyptians called it "the gem of the sun", so the challenge is to make a card with yellow, greens, limes.....the colour of the birthstone..............so I thought this image and colours were just perfect
I love these stamps they just remind you of being carefree and whymsical.....
backgroung was coloured and stamped with distress inks, and image was stamped and embossed, nestie added with sentiment.....and of course some lovely gems added.....

Hope you like, and thanks for popping by today...

Happy crafting

Hugs x

Football boy.....

So here is the story......I know it's not craft related but......we don't do football in our house...OH is into the sport where the cars drive around the track for a v long time making lots of noise.....formula 1 ;0), so anyhow getting to the point....we don't do football, but DS wanted to go on this 4 day football thingy with STF for 4 days because a lot of his friends were doing it (and who am I to refuse), he has had a blast!!!!! and more to the point only won himself a blinkin' trophy......where did that come from?????? but am I proud I hear you ask....HELL YEAH!!! I actually heard myself squeeling with delight when they called his name out....quite embarassing in a huge stadium with lots of echo.....

So I think I now need to make a brag book........the trophy is pride of place on his windowsill and will probably be dutifully dusted by mother every day!!! How cute is he in his kit, I love this boy he's the best!!!

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Emmerald Craft: Thursday Challenges

Emmerald Craft: Thursday Challenges:

Good morning happy crafters - Follow the link above for a list of Thursday Challenges to get your teeth into -


Carol x

Fab demo for a mini album.....

Morning crafty people, if you are starting to think about presents for christmas (I know it's only August) or gifts for birthdays Dawns craft place has a fab demo to follow, it demonstrates how to make a mini album out of one piece of 12 x 12 paper and really worth a look, very simple to follow.........guess what I am going to be doing lol.

Happy crafting everyone

TTFN x x

Carol x x

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Just Magnolia challenge 66

Yes I know it's only August I hear you scream!! and please don't throw tomatoes at me ;0) but I thought I would follow this lovely sketch over at Just Magnolia and follow the Stamp something challenge.................
so it was a perfect excuse to get started on my christmas cards..............and poor Tilda has been itching to get out of my craft drawer after hubby bought her for me last christmas as a christmas present......so it's her coming out party!! ......and I know it's not traditional christmas colours before you throw even more tomatoes, but I got these christmas papers free in a mag last christmas after I had already finished my christmas cards, so they have been stashed away all year waiting for usage!!! and I am also a bit partial to pink, actually I luuuuurve pink (confession over)

Gorgeous Tilda has been stamped and coloured using promarkers and cut out
her hat is glittered (gotta have glitter at christmas) and she is raised up on a nestie

sequins added. amd sentiment added.......
flower is made using nesties, scrunched up and distressed around the edges with Tattered Rose
Thanks for passing by today.....happy crafting x
Carol x x

What's on my workdesk Wednesday.....

So what's on my workdesk? This actually is quite tidy ;0), I have bought 2 pink boxes from the pound shop to store my distress inks and nesties in......I don't know about anyone else but I seem to tidy up and make space and then the walls start closing in on me again and I end up working in a space about 1" x 1" lol................on here there is also the reminants of a card I made at the weekend, I suppose it will end up in my scraps box along with the other 3 million bits of paper that I am hoping to find use for!!!!
Hmmmm my beloved pro markers..........

and the essentials...baby wipes....I am such a messy crafter!!! Maybe I ought to start a weekly (WUYWDT) what's under your workdesk Thursday lol as I seem to have more under my desk than on my desk...........
Happy Crafty Wednesday everyone!!
Carol x x

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Cards for boys............

Happy crafty Tuesday everyone, hope you are squeezing some crafting in today, my little man is off to football academy for a few days so I will have a little spare time to myself in between the dreaded, ironing, washing and housework. Thought I would start off with a simple card using the sketch from Sweet Stampin and also following the challenge from Cards for men the theme is "Off on an Adventure"
and had to be a card suitable for a man or a boy..........so here it is. the image is from crafters companion stamps for boys, the rocket was stamped, embossesd, and coloured using pro markers, backing paper from stash, the planets were stamped, coloured, cut out and raised up using pinflair, glitter and embelishments added.......

I have put 6 on it as it's my little has a party to go to in a few weeks so this will be perfect.

Hope you like!! Happy crafting.
Ta ta for now x x
Carol x x