Friday, 21 July 2017

OMG!! She's Gorgeous!!!

Another Winter Wonderland challenge starts today.

Our host for this challenge is the lovely Judith and
she chose the theme as 
Use a Digi Image.

Please remember it has to be a Christmas card
to be entered into the draw.

We were given a choice of images, from our very
generous Sponsor for this challenge,

I chose this adorable Christmas Deer.
It was so easy to colour with a mixture of
Copics Pens and Marvy Water Colour Pens.

She is so gorgeous and I think I will have 
to make a few more cards and gift tags with her.
That's the beauty of using Digi images, 
as you can make them any size you wish.



The photos are not doing this justice, as they were taken 
on a very grey day. I had brightened them
up in my photo program, but on my laptop.
I still can't add pictures onto my blog from
our main computer.

At least you can see the Stickles I have used
but not the snow glitter!!


Our Sponsor is
They are giving the lucky winner 2 free digis.


So get making your Christmas cards and
I will be visiting your blogs along with my 
brilliant DT Teamies.

You can visit the Winter Wonderland blog
and see all the fabulous cards from the talented DT.
Just might give you some inspiration!

Thank you for dropping in and thank you in advance,
 for leaving me such lovely comments.

Hugs,
Carol
xxxx 


Monday, 10 July 2017

Cheers!!


I have decided to use not only stamps
that have never seen ink but also products,
that over the years, get forgotten about!
So I have sort of started to keep my promise to myself!!

This image is one on my favourites, so doesn't
come into the first category.
What does, is what I have used to colour the 
gorgeous girls with.

Any one new to crafting, will have possibly not
have heard about them......
LuminArte H2O's!!

Little pots of Mica filled solid paint, that are great
for making backgrounds too.

When they came on the market, around 10ish years ago,
 I had a severe addiction to them! 
I also to used to Demo them,
on a Saturday in The Craft Barn


They have been copied by other companies now.


I just had to add the following pictures of an amazing 
plant in my garden.
I bought it with me when we moved here.

It's called a Dierama.
It also has a few nicknames, I like the one, 
'Angels Fishing Rod'.

The first photo shows it before the flowers open.
I had to make sure that Hubby didn't chop the
heads off, thinking they are dead!!

It wouldn't be the first time!!


In the next photo, you can just see dark tips on the ends 
of a couple of the flower cases. 


Then they begin to open!!

They are a definite 'Wow'!!
The size of each flower and the markings are beautiful.
There are 5 stems waiting to open.
They all have multiple groupings, all down each stem.

I have had the plant around 6 years and last year
 it flowered for the first time.
Probably because it was in the right place!!
It had just one stem of flowers though.



Sadly, house work calls now!!

Boring but hope you have better things to do.

Thanks for visiting and your lovely messages
make me smile. 

Hugs,
Carol
xxxx


Wednesday, 28 June 2017

A New Home

Will it ever rain again here in Suffolk?!!!

I know that this county is supposed 
to be the driest in the UK but didn't
think I would ever be asking for it to rain!!
I don't know any rain dances to do but 
probably would be laughed at if I did!!Lol!

We haven't had actual rain for ages now.
Hubby came into my craft room this afternoon and said
'Don't get too excited but it's raining!'
I looked out the window and it was!!
It lasted no longer than 2 minutes and that was our rain!!

Our garden is getting desperate again, so
if we don't get any tomorrow, it's out with the hose again!!

I really enjoyed colouring this LOTV new Digi.
I used my Distress Inks to colour with.
The sentiment is also a LOTV stamp.


It's so cute and love the detail.


Just a quick post as bed is calling. 
I am trying to get in bed at a sensible time!
Well at least before 1am, that's early for me!

So thanks for popping in and leaving me you
lovely messages. 

Big hugs
Carol
xxxx

Friday, 23 June 2017

New Challenge at WW

It's our Wedding Anniversary today!! 
We have been together over 25 years 
but had a long engagement......10 years!!!!
Well you have to be sure!!

Onto our new Challenge at Winter Wonderland.

Kath is hosting this challenge and she has chosen the theme
'Snowmen'.

Please remember all entries must be Christmas cards only.

You might think, pretty obvious as the theme is snowmen!!
But there are some people that have birthdays
at Christmas. So we say 'Christmas cards only'.

I must admit, I have a bit of a love affair with Snowmen
and I am very fussy as to how they look!!
This one passed as he has a lovely big smile!

He was given to us from our lovely Sponsor
He is called 

The background I made using TH Distress Oxide Inks.
It was my first venture to use them and really enjoyed
trying them on different papers. 
I bought them from The Craft Barn and I think I will
be buying a few more colours.
It's free postage, so you can order any amount you want.

I used Copics to colour him with.


Our Sponsor for this challenge is
Stamping Studio.

The prize is amazing.....
1 image from each Artist!!!

Have a look at the site Here.



So get your Christmas stash out. Blow off the dust and 
dig out your snowmen stamps!!

It's very hot here in Sunny Suffolk as I write
up my blog. 
Ideal for a cooling down.....making Christmas cards!!Lol!!
You can then see all the glitter you have on the floor!!

Looking forward to seeing your cards and we will
leave a message on your blog, to say we have been!!

Thanks for dropping by
and as you know I love reading your messages.

Big hugs,
Carol
xxxx

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Make a wish

Firstly, I must thank all of you, for the lovely
messages that you left me, here and on FB, regarding
the loss of my lovely friend Alison.
It still feels surreal and I am waiting for her to call me!

I am trying to make some small things for my next
Craft Fayre, which is on Saturday 24th June. 
It's a combination of Farmers Market and Village Fayre
at Flegg High School at Martham.

This card is using one of Lili of the Valley's new 
release stamps.
She is called 'I Believe in Fairies'

I do, as I have them in my Craft Room.
I put something down and they either move it away
from where I put it, or they make it disappear!! 

I coloured her with Distress Inks.


A touch of Stickles of course!


This flower is a plant called Cistus, in my garden.
One of my favourite plants but never had such a big flowers.
They look like screwed up tissue.


We have friends coming up at the weekend.
The weather is supposed to be dry and sunny.

I could just do with a bit less wind!!....Not me!!
The wind has been rather strong and damaged 
some of my plants.

Thanks for stopping by and for your kind messages you
leave me. 
You are all so kind.

Big hugs,
Carol
xxxx

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Wedding Belles

My Mojo left me for the month of May!! 
Don't know where it went but I do know why!

I will update you soon but for now,
 I love the new Lili of the Valley stamps and just bought a few.
For now I might add!!

This is my new wedding favourite stamp.
Simple title....The Bridesmaids

I took some photos of my card on Monday, but they
looked blue so I didn't want to post them.
On Tuesday I took it in it's box I had made, to the Craft Fayre
I was doing that day.
I quickly took a picture of it as I wanted it on my table.

Well it was there for about 10 minutes and then it was sold!! 


It's on a 7" x 7" card and stamped on The Langton watercolour card.
I used Distress Inks to colour them with.
Stickles was added onto ribbons and head dresses.


I am so hoping that mojo will come back soon, as I have
loads of stock to make, for another Fayre in a couple of weeks.

Thanks for visiting my little blog and I do so love 
the lovely messages you leave me. 
It's like getting a hug from my blogging friends.

Big hugs,
Carol
xxxx

Friday, 26 May 2017

Winter Wonderland Challenge...Ahhh!!

Welcome to our new challenge, here at
Our host for this challenge is the lovely Marlene.

The theme for this challenge is:
Hats and/or scarves.
Must be Christmas cards only

I have used the adorable Koala,Winter Kiddles image 
from our Sponsor

The prize is one of their gorgeous Digi stamps 
of the winners choice.
You can visit their shop here.


 My husband, being from OZ,
would love this card to be our family Christmas card!!

I used Copics to colour him for a change.


So to join in the fun and to have a chance to win,
just make a Christmas card, designed with the theme.

I am looking forward to seeing your entries.
We will be leaving messages on your blogs too.

For inspiration, pop over to the Winter Wonderland blog
and see all the beautiful cards from the Teamies.

Hugs,
Carol
xxxx


Sunday, 21 May 2017

My Spring Garden

Firstly, I must thank you all, who left me such 
lovely messages on my last post.
Blogland has some lovely people in it.

I have found that working in the garden has helped
a bit. Especially as the results are brilliant.

In my conservatory I have 60 pots of Cosmos
that I have grown from seed. Along with 4 hanging
baskets full of plants, just growing them on a bit
before they go outside.

I am so happy with our garden this Spring.
Considering that it was mostly planted up last summer,
the plants have come on really well.
Last year this was a bed of huge cobbles.
So I extended the bed and removed the cobbles.
I think this looks a lot prettier.


We are having the Summer house replaced, as the old one
was being eaten by beetles!
We are hoping to have the erection finished this week.


This picture is another part of the last picture, as the bed goes
the full length of this part of the garden.
I have widened it and extended it towards our side gate.
We dug out 19 shrub stumps and roots, along with a 
whole run of log roll which had been covered over with soil!!


This next picture is the bed where the cobbles were and 
this area is not fully in flower yet. It should have been
with the first picture!!


We are really pleased how this area has been transformed.
We had a retired policeman do some heavy jobs for us.
One of which was to lower the level of this area.
It was quite a step up, so he lowered it down to grass level.
We then had the easy bit which was to level it all off. 
We then put membrane down and then I laid a line of bricks
along the edge of the grass.
We then put the fence around the edge of the area and 
then just put the shingle down
Job done!!


This planting is just to the right of the bench, so a very pretty area now.


This is towards the end of the long bed and just springing into life.


Wakey wakey, Pictures finished now!!
At least I didn't give you all the Latin names of the plants!!

I have pictures on FB as how the garden looked when we moved here 
17 months ago!! Quite different.

We did need the rain but 2 days of it was more than enough!!

I hope you are enjoying your gardens and 
have a lovely weekend.

Hugs,
Carol 
xxxx


Sunday, 14 May 2017

My Lovely Angel Friend Alison

This is my friend Alison, who is now with the Angels.

This photo is how I want to remember her. Not how
she looked. when I saw her a couple of weeks ago, ravaged
by this horrible cancer.
I can still feel her frail body, when we hugged each other.

We had been friends for approaching 40 years.

Sadly she passed away last Sunday the 7th May,
after a 61/2 months battle with Pancreatic Cancer. 
She was only 64 and far too young to leave us.

She has 4 beautiful daughters and grandchildren. A lovely husband, 
and a sister, who are all missing this lovely, kind lady, from their lives.



I moved to London when I was 8 years old in 1955 and went to a 
Catholic Convent School. 
We found out, many years ago, that her Father 
was the gardener there and they also lived at the school. 
She was brought up there too!!

We both moved out of London and ended up 
in the same village in West Sussex.
Still not knowing each other.

We couldn't remember how we became friends 
but our children went to the same schools. 
I used to do her hair for her (that's my trade).

We had a very special friendship and we were always there for each other.
We spent many an hour, moaning about work frustrations, but usually
ending up having a good laugh too.

She worked as a carer, for a house of people with learning difficulties. 
She even did sleepovers at the property. 

She also was a carer for her parents, even though they lived 
in a village, that was a 45 minute drive from her home.
We then found out that one of my sisters lived in the same village 
as her parents!!

I won't bore you with the ups and downs of our lives.
We both had at times, very difficult events happen,
some very unpleasant. 
But we were there to support each other
and we loved each other, as close friends do.

At the moment, I feel this is very surreal and I am 
having difficulty accepting that she has gone from my life.
She was like my younger sister and there is now a massive
hole in my heart and my life.

I have to get through the funeral yet. That's on what 
was my Father's birthday, 23rd May.

Thank you to everybody that has left me a message 
on my FB page. 
They are much appreciated.

Hugs,

Carol
xx




Friday, 28 April 2017

Add Some Sparkle Or Bling!

Another challenge at our lovely Winter Wonderland blog,
starts today.

We have an easy theme again, which is
Add Sparkle / and or Bling.

Please remember that it is only Christmas cards that will
make it into the prize draw.

Our sponsor for this challenge is
and their very generous prize for the winner is
3 Digis of the winners choice.

I have chosen to use their 
Snowman with Candy Cane and Holly.


So now its up to you to join in the fun and you never know,
it could be you who wins the 3 gorgeous Digis.

The other benefit is, that you get ahead with
your Christmas card stash.
I have a folder nearly full already!!

I will be announcing the winner and top 3 
of the last challenge, Cute Christmas, on Monday,
on the Winter Wonderland blog.
So pop back to see if you have won.

Thanks for popping in and thank you for 
your lovely messages you leave me.

Hugs,
Carol
xxxx