Friday, 18 August 2017

Wet or Dry!!

Did you know that Christmas is only 18 weeks away!!!!
Sorry!!!!.................But I just had to say it out loud!!

Thank goodness for being on the Winter Wonderland DT.
It means I make Christmas cards all year through.
I got my box of Christmas cards out a few days ago and 
was surprised just how many I have but also how
many I still need to make!

Our new challenge, here at Winter Wonderland
starts today for 2 weeks.
As you can enter up to 3 cards, Christmas ONLY, 
it will be good to get you started.

Kath is the host for this challenge
and she chose the theme which is:

Wet OR Dry Embossing

For my card I chose to do Dry Embossing.

The DIGI image, I was given from our generous Sponsor
You can find it here.

It is called Christmas Candle
 and includes 2 sentiment images.
I coloured both with Copics Pens.


For the sentiment I used 3 shades of red, 
to make it look more shaded.


I have added Stickles and Glossy Accents to the candle
flame and on the holly berries.

On the embossed berries, I used a red Sakura Stardust Pen.



Our very generous Sponsor, Stamping Studio,
is giving the winner one image from each artist!!
Pop over to their shop and see their stunning images.


Well it's now up to you to get making!!

I am looking forward to visiting your blogs,
to see your gorgeous entries.
Please remember
CHRISTMAS CARDS ONLY 
will be entered into the challenge.

Thank you for stopping by and as you know,
I love reading your lovely messages.

Big hugs,
Carol
xxxx


Friday, 11 August 2017

By The Seaside

I wanted to make some different things for my Craft Faye stall.
So I thought I'd have a go using a box frame.
I did my shabby chic techie on it, as it was dark brown.

Whoops!!
Just noticed, because of the glass, you can see on the left 
of the pictures, the outline of my hand and head!!

I used water colour card for the background and painted 
the scene with Distress Inks.


I used some white acrylic paint for the spray.
Sticks and moss from my stash and shells from Spain.
The anchor was a free die from a magazine, as was the rope stamp.


I made one of these a couple of weeks ago.
I took it to my monthly Craft Fayre at The Cliff Hotel
and sold it!!
I hadn't even taken a picture of it!
So I thought I would make another one.
I only bought 2 frames, so this will be my last one for now.
Really enjoyed making it for a change.

Thanks for stopping by and the sun has come today.
Yippee!! Beautiful clear blue sky and no wind....weather wind!!

Would love a message from you, so I know you have been.
Then I will have a link to your blog too.

Big hugs,
Carol
xxxx


Saturday, 5 August 2017

Winter or Summer?

Firstly I must welcome my new follower Doreen and thank you for
taking the time to join me. 
I hope you will let me know when you visit my little blog and I
could not find your blog. So would love you to leave me a link.

A couple of weeks ago at a local Craft Fayre, a lady bought
everything 'Poppy' related that I had on my stall! 
A clock, 2 candles and a notebook!
So I thought I should make more, different poppy things.

These were my first items and they are MDF plaques.
The left one I painted onto water colour paper and then stuck it to
the plaque. On the one on the right,
I created a crackle effect direct onto the plaque
and then painted the poppies with Acrylic paints.

I did another Craft Fayre on Tuesday and sold the one on the left!!

So guess what I am doing at the moment?..........Ermmmmm!


Now this is where the Winter or Summer comes into my post!

Below is a photo I took last week in my garden.
Not very exciting you might think!!

The flowers in the front is a Hellebore,
'So what'!  I hear you say! 
It is a Winter flowering plant.......Not a Summer flowering plant.

It usually shows it's face in February/March, which is when it did flower. 

I thought I was seeing things, when I saw the bud first. 
The flowers in the photo are now fully open and yet more buds are now there too!!

I would love to know if anyone else have this in their garden.


Thanks for popping by and would love you to leave me a message
so I know you have been.

Hugs,

Carol
xxxx

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Brave The Shave

At our Craft Fayre today we had an amazing event.

We had a very special, very brave couple, Kay and Nigel, who had both
agreed to join in the Macmillan Cancer Charity fund raising event,
Brave The Shave!!

For those of you that have not heard about this, it means, that to raise money 
for the charity, you must have your head shaved!!
Yes, that means male or female!!

As my trade is a hairdresser, I offered to do the job of cutting and 
shaving their hair off!!

In this first picture of Kay, she has had her hair banded.
This is because she has very long hair and she also wants to donate
her hair to a charity that make wigs for children that have cancer.

She was, bless her, very emotional first this morning.


This is the back view.


Below, stage one!! As I cut off each bunch, I asked everybody 
for donations. They were all very generous.  


I then used a number 4 adapter on my clippers for the last stage.

I then moved onto her husband, Nigel.
I had a bit of fun with him. Cutting patterns on his head before I shaved
it right off!!!

Here they are with the job done.

They are still smiling!!


Their aim is to get £1,000 in donations for the charity.
They raised £728 so far!!

They had it all filmed and I have put it on my Facebook page. 

These are two very special people.
Hugs,
Carol
xxxx





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