Sunday, 13 April 2014

Pretty colour scheme at Sunrise!



Hi there everyone.  What a beautiful day it is here. The sun is shining brightly and we are ready to go to Church for the start of Easter week.  Traditionally, we e process around the church building today with palms to mark the beginning of Easter week.  Some years have been so gloomy, cold and wet but not today!!

Anyway, here is the card we made at Sunrise Crafts this week.  I absolutely love the colour scheme. What do you think?


I love it!   It's designed by Bhanu of Sunrise a Crafts.  She is such an inspiration!

Have a wonderful Sunday.

See you soon.

Carol xx


Thursday, 10 April 2014

50 years tied together!!



Wow!  What a long time is 50 years.  Happy Anniversary to Geoff and Helen.


I loved making this card and the photos really don't do it justice.  Helen always appreciates my handmade cards so I more than hope she especially likes this one for her special day.




The inside was made using my trusty Serif Digital Craft Artist.

Thanks for looking.

Have a great weekend if I don't see you before :-)






Wednesday, 9 April 2014

For a four year old boy......



For some reason, I struggled to get this card going.  I was thinking of using a character - a really lovely little image from Crafters Companion's Adam range of Adam on a tree swing but my crafty mind was just not working on that day - well for a couple of days in-fact because I just couldn't get it started.  Anyway, I decided that I should just redirect my thoughts and change my plan altogether.  This is what I came up with and I guess it's kind of cute.  The kites and papers are digital files from My Grafico.  The lettering was done in Serif Craft Artist which I use pretty much whenever I craft at home.



.....and a little peek at the inside.  I made up the verse......




I would like to enter this into the following challenges....

One for the Boys - The Crafting Cafe

Thanks for looking.  Hope your Wednesday is wonderful!!

Carol xx

Monday, 7 April 2014

Happy birthday to my gorgeous daughter.......



It's been a tough couple of weeks.  My granddaughter stayed here for a few days whilst she was a little poorly and then it was tim to do the new year accounts which is always challenging.  Now though, it's time to craft!!  I have started with a pretty birthday card for my daughter who celebrates her birthday tomorrow.....



Happy birthday JJ.  Hope you have the most wonderful day!!

If anyone from craft class is reading - you are right in thinking that my plan was to do a brown and cream theme but I just couldn't do it!!  I really did try.  I cut out a few elements and got a background ready.  I even sorted out the ribbon but when it came down to it, I just had to do a pretty pink!!  Still, I love it.  The bear is fizzy moon from Serif Digital Craft Artist.

Thanks for reading.  Have a great evening - not much of it left!!

Bye for now xx





Friday, 21 March 2014

Getting back to craft!



Well I'm well and truly on the mend now and went back to craft class at Sunrise Crafts yesterday.  









I really enjoyed making this card and the images are beautiful.  What I loved most though was the frame around the main image and on the insert which is hand-drawn!!  Apparently, this technique was shown by a demonstrator from Indigo Blu the previous weekend.  The card is designed by Bhanu from Sunrise Crafts.  The images and colours go together well don't they?  I love it and I am going to use that framing technique again!!  

It's weird when you've been out of the craft room for some time - I have been going into my craft room and just standing there scratching my head.  All my creativity seem to have done a runner!  Never mind - I know it will all come back soon..... It had better - I have a Mother's Day card to make!.

Anyway, going back to craft class was a great start.

Thanks for looking.  Have a great Friday evening.

Carol xx


Sunday, 16 March 2014

It's got me good and proper!



Hi everyone,

Well another week missed at Sunrise Crafts and another week where I haven't been inclined to do any crafting.... 


Here is the lovely card that Bhanu designed at Sunrise Crafts this week.  Thanks June for sending the photo.  It's gorgeous.  I love the trellis die which June tells me is a new Memory Box one.  It's lovely don't you think?  

I desperately want to go in the craft room but when I get in there, I just feel my head go numb and can't get myself together!  I think it is the post-viral problem now which is horrible because I don't have flu anymore and just need to bounce back but that is easier said than done.  To make matters worse, I now have ulcers at the back of my tongue making talking, eating, drinking really painful!  WOE IS ME!!!  This is the week I am going to really get better!  

Well thanks for looking.  I hope to be posting my own picture next week!

Have a wonderful week. Hope you are enjoying this glorious sunshine.

Carol
Xx



Thursday, 6 March 2014

Sneezes and sniffles......



Hey friends!

I've been a bit poorly sick this last week - since last Thursday evening in actual fact so it's been a whole week and time to get better!  I've had flu-type symptoms which laid me up completely for a few days and now my stamina is low!  Still, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and am staring to shake off all those blues - ready to get fighting fit again and get back to things I love......speaking of which, I missed the Thursday afternoon craft class today.  June has sent me a photo of the card made today which is lovely.  Thank you June for taking the time and trouble. And here it is.....



Lovely isn't it?  I love the muted, gentle colours and that frame. Very pretty!  Designed by Bhanu at Sunrise Crafts.   Sorry I missed it Bhanu.  Hope to be there next week.

Thanks for looking.  Hope to be back in the craft room in the next couple of days!

Carol
xx


Thursday, 27 February 2014

Thursday afternoon with friends!

We had a lovely afternoon at Sunrise Crafts today.  We are a lively bunch and we were talking so much, a couple of us (well me) ended up with a different card!!

Designed by Bhanu, it's a versatile card which can be used for many occasions.  The first picture is how it should be (thanks June)!  The second picture is mine... spot the difference!!  The third picture is just showing a different angle.






I love distress inks - they are so effective.
Thanks for looking.

Carol
xx


Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Now is the time for all good men........




......to come to the aid of the party!

When I was younger - a couple of zillion years ago, I did a touch typing course and there were two exercises that I had to do time and time again;

Type the following two sentences until you feel your fingers are about to drop off:-

The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog

Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the party

In those days, typing was quite a skill - I'm not talking electrical equipment here.... Oh no- I'm talking of the ones that had an inked ribbon where you had to bash the keys as hard as you could and use Tippex to make a miserable attempt at covering up your mistakes.  The good old days!!

Anyway, when SVGCuts released their new kit this week, I just had to download it and have a go - for old times sake!  Hope you like my version of the typewriter.  It is so cute!  



Thanks for looking.   Please consider leaving a comment to let me know you were here and if you like my blog, ask a couple of friends to follow - I need more visitors!

Carol
Xxxxx


The image is working........ it's sunny and warm (for now)!!


Following on from my post yesterday, here is a card made for a friend using the same 'Spring Bringer' image from Wee Stamps.


I am trying to improve my colouring technique.  I am pleased with her clothes but I feel her hair is way too orange and the flowers should have been brighter.  Still - overall I think I am getting better!!  Thanks for looking. 

Carol xx



Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Spring Bringer.....please hurry!

He bloggers!

Well we had a taste of spring yesterday.  It was a beautiful day - warmest of the year so far - and I am claiming the credit for the weather upturn because I made a card using the lovely Spring Bringer fairy from Wee Stamps.  



It's just a simple card because I am practising with my spectrum noirs.  I made a more elaborate one which I will post later. 

Have a great day folks!!

Carol
Xx


Friday, 21 February 2014

If I were you


Hi bloggers,

I haven't blogged at all in the last week and the time has flown by!  It's been half-term and Looby Lou (known to others as Lola) my 5 year old granddaughter came to stay.  I absolutely love spending time with her. We have so much fun and she definitely has a leaning towards craft so quite a lot of time was spent in the craft room which was nice through all these dark, rainy days.  But, by the time bedtime for her came around, I was pretty much all done in - realising I'm not so young anymore!

Anyway, Looby Lou went home yesterday and I didn't get to the Thursdy craft class at Sunrise Crafts (details in previous blog entries) but I do know what I missed......



It's lovely isn't it?  Designed by Bhanu who has so many ideas up her sleeve.  We never know what she is going to pull out of the hat.  This card could be for by occasion too - add an appropriate sentiment and there you have it!  It's lovely Bhanu - sorry I missed it but see you next week!  Thanks for the photo June!

Oh!  Why did I title my blog 'if I were you'!  Well it's Looby Lou's new saying and it's hilarious when said completely out of context......  'You know what I would do if I were you grandma?'  'What would you do Looby Lou?' 'I would always think that pink is the best colour in the world'!!!    Kids!  Don't you just adore them?





If I were you......

Hi bloggers,

I haven't blogged at all in the last week and the time has flown by!  It's been half-term and Looby Lou (known to others as Lola) my 5 year old granddaughter came to stay.  I absolutely love spending time with her. We have so much fun and she definitely has a leaning towards craft so quite a lot of time was spent in the craft room which was nice through all these dark, rainy days.  But, by the time bedtime for her came around, I was pretty much all done in - realising I'm not so young anymore!

Anyway, Looby Lou went home yesterday and I didn't get to the Thursdy craft class at Sunrise Crafts (details in previous blog entries) but I do know what I missed......


It's lovely isn't it?  Designed by Bhanu who has so many ides up her sleeve.  We never know what she is going to pull out of the hat.  This card could be for by occasion too - add an appropriate sentiment and there you have it!  It's lovely Bhanu - sorry I missed it but see you next week!

Oh!  Why did I title my blog 'if I were you'!  Well it's Looby Lou's new saying and it's hilarious when said completely out of context......  'You know what I would do if I were you grandma?'  'What would you do Looby Lou?' 'I would always think that pink is the best colour in the world'!!!    Kids!  Don't you just adore them?


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Friday, 14 February 2014

Hot, Cool, Yours!


I am not known for my patriotism but I admit to feeling immensely proud when Jenny Jones stood on the podium to be adorned with her bronze medal.   The first ever medal won by a Brit on snow in the Winter Olympics.....EVER!!  Well done Jenny!  I was inspired to look around and see if I could find a snowboarding digistamp and I chose one from Pink Cat Studio for my card.....


I think she's cute!  I coloured her with my spectrum noir pens.  I feel I m getting a little bit better with my blending but still some way to go!

Hope you like it and thanks for looking.  Have a great day and sty safe, warm and dry.  I will be going to Coventry by train later to pick up Looby Lou (Lola), my granddaughter from school who is coming to stay until net Thursday during her half-term break.  Looking forward to lots of fun with her :-)

See you soon.

Carol xx


PS.....  The title of this blog post is the official slogan for the Sochi Winter Olympics! 


Thursday, 13 February 2014

Thursday means craft class at Sunrise!!



No, I wasn't up early to see the sunrise but this afternoon in the glorious sunshine, we did meet at Sunrise Crafts to have a chat and a cuppa and make this beautiful card......


Designed by Bhanu, we used Heartfelt Creations - Msjestic Blooms Die with matching stamp for the flowers and Crafters Companion perfect Paisley embossing folder.  I love the colours and the finished card looks classy and clean.  A lovely afternoon!!

If you would like to find out more about the classes or make an order, phone Sunrise Crafts on 01902 897096 or find them online at www.sunrisecrafts.co.uk and spend some time looking at the goodies!  Delivery is quick and efficient.

Thanks for looking 

Carol


A welcome caller.....

I had a lovely surprise yesterday when I answered an international telephone call and the voice on the other end introduced himself as Leo from SVGCuts!!!  He had phoned for a chat and to ask me about how I find the projects, what machine I use and to let me know I had been selected to,receive a gift card to use in the SVGCuts shop!!  How's that to brighten up a dreary wet Wednesday afternoon??  We talked about all sorts - including Downton Abbey which is one of Mary's favorite shows and the cause of the terrible weather the planet is suffering at the moment.  Leo is such a lovely guy with heaps of charisma and if I was a fan before, I am now a mega-fan!!

Thought I would share with you a favorite project I made last year although to be honest, it's difficult to single any one out as they are all awesome.  This one though is such a pretty little cottage and, whilst I love to share my work with other people, I simply couldn't give this one away!!




The roof lifts off so you can put sweeties inside!  

Thanks for looking.  Hope,you like it.  Stay safe and warm today.

Carol xx

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Strumming along



Hi everyone,

Well the weather does not seem to be improving at all.  We had heavy rain  yesterday which suddenly and unexpectedly turned into heavy snow which, despite the very wet ground, settled and gave us a pretty white back garden.  It was short-lived though - in the afternoon the sun came out and the snow disappeared as quickly as it arrived!  I really feel for the thousands of people who are flooded out of their own homes.  The rain has been relentless and there is so much more to come.

Here is a little gift I made for my son who moved into his new flat recently.  It doubles as a little gift box!  The cutting file is from svgcuts.com and the set is called 'Vintage Valentines'.  As always there is a very helpful assembly video to help you but it alltogether.








Hope you  like it and thanks for looking!  Have a great day and stay warm :)

Carol

Saturday, 8 February 2014

The Nursery

Good evening.  Hope you are having a good Saturday.  I had a real treat today.  My daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter visited so that was lovely.  

Here is a little card with a scene on.  I saw the card shape on C&C the other day. 



The scene on that one was a little girl watering her garden.  It was a Spellbinders show.  Anyway, I thought I would try to recreate the format and put a different scene in.  The digistamp is Bell Horses Li'l Cowboy by Elisabeth Bell.  He is so cute!  The papers are from a freebie inluded with Quick Cards ages ago.  It's a paper stack called Let's Fly Away.  I knew I would find a use for it sometime!  The lettering 'TOYS', balloon and boat are cutting files from Scrappydew.com and called Playroom Toys.

Hope you like it and thanks for looking.

Carol xx

Friday, 7 February 2014

Pretty in pink



Hi there,

I love pretty pink cards and really enjoyed creating this one......




The pastel pink and green combination contours up thoughts of spring for me which is lovely during these dull,rainy, windy days. It's a promise of brighter days ahead!  The digistamp is 'Ruby' by Sylvia Zet and can be purchased from Wee Stamps.  She's gorgeous don't you think?

The flowers and papers are from my stash and stamp coloured in with my spectrum noir pens.

Thanks for looking.

Carol

Thursday, 6 February 2014

An afternoon at Sunrise Crafts

It's cold, dreary and damp out there but Thursday afternoons are always brighter because it's when I go to craft class.  Sunrise Crafts is a little shop in Wombourne Wolverhampton and is an absolute treasure trove!  

I first went there about three years ago and the resident craft artist there, Bhanu was so helpful and advised me on a craft technique that I hadn't tried before.  I saw a room at the back of the shop full of people having fun and there was a lot of chatter.   The cards on display were beautiful and so, as soon as I could make the time, I started going every Thursday afternoon although Thursday isn't the only craft class - they are pretty much through the week.  Call 01902 893770 to ask for details.  

They also have an online shop and although I have only ever bought instore as I am a regular visitor, I have heard that their delivery is fast and efficient.  Give them a try!!

Anyway, here is the card we made today.  As ever, it is designed by Bhanu of Sunrise Crafts!!

 

and here's the inside.....


Gorgeous don't you think?

Thanks for looking. :)

Carol




Boat on a box!

To follow on from my last post, here is a box with a cute boat on top.  It is again for the little boy next door for his birthday.  Not sure what I will put in it yet - I don't really want to put sweets alone in - i have to take a look around and see what I can find.  I am looking for small nautical-themed gifts which are not heavy - suggestions please!!  Anyway, here it is.....

  

It's really cute.  The cutting file was from SVGCuts.com; one of my favorite cutting files companies.  They do fantastic videos showing exactly how to make these up.  There are hundreds of projects and the detail is fantastic.  Here is a top view - there are even little oars to put inside the boat!!


Hope you like it :)

Carol





Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Seascape


This is a card for the little boy who lives next door.  

 

It is made from a cutting file from Mygrafico.com called All at Sea.  I used the print and cut technique to get his name and age on the sails.   It was a lovely card to make and shows lovely depth and dimension.  Hope you like it :-)

Carol xx

Pop up cards



Here are two cards I made recently for my grandchildren.  I used the new Pop Up Card Studio from the makers of Make The Cut.  It's so easy to us and great fun to play with.



Excuse the photos - I needed the glue bottle to make the card stay open!!  


Hope you like them.  Have a great day.
Xx




Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Heidi


 


I adore this image by Sylvia Zet.  Her name is Heidi and she is available over at Wee Stamps.  She is a delight to colour.  I used my Spectrum Noir pens.  The large blue rose is made from the same card as the base so the colour ties in well.  Thanks for looking.  Have a great Tuesday!

Monday, 3 February 2014

Too late for Happy New Year!!

Yet again I have neglected my blog!  I really don't know why because I love sharing my projects and spend at least half an hour pretty much every morning with my coffee reading through the blogs I follow.  Anyway, who knows, maybe I will blog more often from now on!!



This is the birthday card i made for my granddaughter last November.  She was 5 going on 30!


This is a beautiful popup.  
The cutting file was designed by Mary P and can be bought from Thyme Machines to be used on an electronic cutting machine.

Thanks for looking :)  I WILL be back tomorrow with another project.