Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Alex - A Grid Layout

Wednesdays have become our new online crop day, and today was the best day yet!  There were four of us all scrapping and chatting away for a good few hours today and it was a lot of fun :)

Daphne was beavering away and completed a whole layout, Emma was a little preoccupied with poorly children, but still managed a little crafting, and the best news ever, Suzie managed to break her scrapping drought - after THREE years, yes, three whole years, and she didn't just do one layout, she did two!

My layout is based on one I saw on Pinterest and that I have fancied having a go at for ages:

I once again used my lovely Piccadilly papers, and a pair of compasses for all the circles, and my old sewing machine for the stitching.  Not sure what I'm doing wrong but I just don't seem to be able to get the tension right when sewing on paper, but the slightly uneven stitching kind of appeals to me ;)

Looking forward to next week's crop girls!

Carole x

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Happy Mother's Day

Although we aren't seeing either my Mum nor my MIL on the actual day, I made a couple of cards and sent them off in good time ...

My Mum was due to come and spend a couple of days with me this week but unfortunately that has had to be cancelled, so she will have to wait a little bit longer for her pressie now ... but don't worry, I won't forget!

As Alex is working today, we spent the day together yesterday and she gave me her gift which I was delighted with, such a thoughtful gorgeous little box of bits and bobs that she knew I would love (and I do - thanks Lexie!)  Hayden bought me a cute little camera bag for my new camera which I also love, and allegedly, Phil is cooking dinner ...

Carole x

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Male Birthday Card

Last week, my good friend Natalie's children both had birthdays.  Oliver turned 14, and being a boy the task was harder to begin with!  I had a little look on Pinterest, found a tutorial and made this card:

I loved how it turned out, so have already made my two Father's Day cards, but won't show those just yet!

For Amber, I couldn't contain my excitement to use my new Stampin' Up owl punch any longer!!!

It's not quite how I intended it to be due to my rotten stamping skills (!) so I had to add another strip of the pink wooden paper which I think is a bit much pink, but hey, Amber likes pink, so it's not all bad!

Carole x

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Work the Camera

Wednesdays have become a bit of an online crop day for me - and I love it!  Today was no exception, although there were only two of us crafting together - thanks Emma for your company and encouragement!  I had no idea what I was going to scrap until I sat down in my Crafty Corner.  Then Emma suggested that we do the same sketch ... I didn't agree until I saw what she was suggesting, and I loved it!  It came from which is a new website to me, and which I definitely need to check out, especially if the sketches are all as fab as this one!

Emma made her layout a double one as she had loads of photos, but I was surprised to find two pics that I could scrap together (I normally forget to order a couple from a sequence and instead just pick the best one and have to do single photo layouts all the time!)

Emma had also set me a challenge (actually, she sets me challenges ALL the time) so I thought that I had better do one of her challenges before she got cross with me!  This challenge was to use washi tape on my layout!  I only have a couple of rolls, but I duly incorporated it ... and I love it!  Might have to get some more!!!  It is quite subtle on here, but I don't mind that ;)  I used mainly Madame Royale papers by We R Memory Keepers, but the paper with clouds is not from that collection.  I also discovered that I don't really have any lilac/purple papers in my collection, but found some CS in the right colours.

Carole x

Sunday, 4 March 2012


We had some good news recently when Jamie asked my sister Jo to marry him :)  Not only that good news, but they have already set the date - for 1st September THIS YEAR!!!

So, obviously, I needed to make a card for the happy couple:

Quite simple, and inspired by something similar I found on Pinterest, but it did the job and they liked it :)  I liked it too, so modified it slightly and made Phil's Valentine card along similar lines ;)

Talking of Pinterest, I also found a fab photo that I showed to Jo, and she agreed to pose with Jamie, so after making a little sign, this is the result:

Luckily, we took this photo before they had an official pre wedding photo shoot with their photographer at the wedding venue last week!

More news regarding the wedding ... Jo and Jamie are coming down to stay with us for a weekend shortly so that we can make the wedding invitations ... I only hope that I/we can do a good enough job!  Will let you know!

Carole x