Monday, 5 September 2016

A Card and a clean slate

Hi all,

Today is my girls last day of the summer holidays, its been a looooong 7 weeks and I wish I'd have gotten to spend it all off with them but sadly I've had to work most of it.

The new Uniforms and shoes, bags, stationery are all ready to go for the morning so we'll be enjoying a relaxing last day together probably watching DVD's.

I do have a card to share which I made last night but first I want to explain a little something...

I have a chronic health condition which has sadly become worse of the past 6 months and it is now affecting my eyes amongst many other things.  I have therefore taken the very very tough decision to step down from my DT's.  I felt I was more of a burden than an asset to them and couldn't give the commitment I wanted/they needed.

It has been like losing my family so i am feeling very emotional right now.  I cannot thank my fellow teamies for putting up with me for so long, i am so pleased to have spent the past 3-4 years working with you all and I will never forget the support you have given me.

 After a sleepless night I have decided I must wipe the slate clean and start again ... and to craft for the reason I intended to in the beginning..... to make myself happy.  I have cleared my blog so it is nice and fresh and I will now craft when and how I like ... to please me ... otherwise what is the point?

I may or may not blog everything I make, as to be honest this is the part I struggle to keep up with, the social media, the sharing, keeping up with the challenges and the commenting, it all takes far to much of my very precious time, time I need to spend with my family as and when I feel well.

So if you've stuck with me for this long i will share my card ...phew...

I have used another Papernest doll ..this is Witch Ellie ......she is so cute!

I have used my Distress Markers to colour her ... more practice needed I know.

I had to dig through my paper stash and only found 2 half pads of Halloween papers ... guess I need to go shopping!!

I added a sentiment from Stampin up and loads flowers from WOC.

Have a great day!

Hugs xx Cara xx

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

My first Paper Nest Doll - Watermelon Ellie

Hello again,

Twice in one week ... can you tell i'm off work??

So yesterday I created my very first card using an adorable Paper Nest doll! I've been admiring these cuties these for a while but never gotten round to playing until now.

I filled my basket so it was a tough choice which to use first ... they all remind me of my girlies :)

So I went for Watermelon Ellie I used the digital version but for some reason I couldn't link to it so i've linked to the rubber one instead.

I coloured her with my markers and added a touch of sparkle with my Clear Wink of Stella pen.

I've coloured in lovely fresh summery colours so just had to team her up with the bright papers from Lawn Fawn.

The die is from Whimsy and the sentiments are from LOTV, I love these little tags.

Finally I added a bunch of flowers from WOC and a handmade bow.

Hope you like it!

Hugs xx Cara xx

I would like to enter the following challenges:

PND challenge 8 - anything goes
craft-Dee Bowz - ATG with hand made bow
Crafty Hazelnuts patterned paper - ATG

Monday, 22 August 2016

Beauty of the Sea - Meribelle Friends

Morning campers!!

I'm back in the land of living, well near enough anyway!

Many of you know but for those who don't i'll just explain the "derelict-ness" of my poor old blog, I suffer with a long standing health condition and its been giving me some right old problems of late, thankfully i'm feeling a lot better now and even managed to do some crafting - yaaaaaay!

Now just to explain the title of my post, my little daughter Lacey (age 6) wanted to help write my post so I asked her for a name for my card ...and that's what she came up with "Beauty of the Sea"

I used the fabulous Meribelle Friends image, isn't she beautiful:

I teamed her with my new Paradise Crush papers to make a super bright card.

The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn and I finished off with loads of flowers from WOC.

I hope you like it!

Hugs xx Cara xx

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Fantasy Crafters Challenge - Anything Fantasy
Gem of a challenge - Summer fun
Alphabet challenge - M for Mythical
Deep ocean challenge - Seaside/Beach

Saturday, 2 July 2016

The Pencil Cases Challenge - W = Whatever

This week at the Pencil Case Challenge we are sponsored by the fabulous Polkadoodles

Polkadoodles Ltd

The theme this week is "Whatever" so do whatever you like  .... easy peasy! I loved this challenge... the only thing challenging about it was which image to use!

Don't forget there are amazing prizes to be won too!

I decided to use one of my old favourites "Sleepy Head" and she can be found here.

Isn't she just fabulous!!??

I teamed her with some bold bright papers and kept the card pretty simple ... she is so sassy she doesn't need much else does she!

I hope you like it!

Huge hugs

xx Cara xx

Friday, 24 June 2016

Glitter it Teal at the Colour Crazy Craft Challenge

This week at the Colour Crazy Craft Challenge we are sponsored by the fabulous Oddball Art  and they are offering 3 images to the lucky winner!

The theme we are working with is "Glitter it Teal" and we have two colour palettes to chose from. 

I went with the one of the right, I love these colours, teal is right up there with my favourites right now and with sparkly glitter it's a winning combo!

The image I was given to work with is Evie n Bunni and can be found here.

I found the perfect DP's to go with the theme too and added loads of stickles to make it all sparkly!

I hope you like it!

Hugs xx Cara xx

Saturday, 18 June 2016

The Pencil Cases Challenge - V= Varicoloured

Happy Saturday lovelies!

Today is the start of a new challenge over at the Pencil Cases blog and this week we would like to see you use ANY colouring medium and follow the theme of Varicoloured .... so just used lots of colours ... Simple!

This week we are sponsored by the fabulous Nikky Hall and Polkadoodles so you could be winning some fabby Polkadoodles prizes in addition to the awesome Lyra prizes up for grabs too!

Polkadoodles Ltd

 I used the super cute and brand new Winnie in Wonderland digital image, she is available on her own here or as part of a full stunning collection here.  Now in my mind this was going to come out a lot more colourful .. I used pink, purple, green and blue but blue and purple seem to overwhelm everything :)

I like to outline all of my images with a fine liner when I have coloured with pencils as I am a little heavy handed and tend to cover up the original lines with pencil, I also added loads of shabby white embossing powder and distress ink for a distressed look.

As you can tell I had a lot more time to spend on this card than usual so my embellishing is totally over the top ha ha!  I used loads of flowers from WOC, Die cut leaves and stickles!!

The sentiment is also from the collection, don't you just love it .... I think it is perfect for a totally over embellished card!

I hope you like my creation!  Don't forget to head over to the blog for some more fabulous inspiration!

Have a great weekend!

Hugs xx Cara xx

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Polkadoodles New TV launch - Stamp Me Samples

Hi everyone I hope you are enjoying your weekend, the weather is not too good here, its very rainy but still sweaty ..not good for getting the washing dry at all!

Today  i'm sharing the samples I made for Nikky's latest release on Create and Craft ... the fabulous concept that is "Stamp Me".

If you haven't seen them there are two sets, Daisy Days and Summer time and the sets comprise of a stamp sheet and a CDrom.

I didn't get very much time at all to make samples due to having so much on at home so I kept the ones I did very simple ... in fact I only used the stamps and one sheet of backing paper from the CD to make 3 cards!!

The first on is my favourite, using the Daisy Days stamps.  I used my MISTI to create a floral burst on my card and then coloured it in with my Zig Clean colour markers, I finished of with my Wink of Stella pen and did some simple matting and layering.

I used the Daisy days again for the next card and stamped onto vellum and embossed with white detail powder.  I used distress ink to colour the background and then used my Zig clean colour markers again for the flowers, finishing of with some wink of stella and stickles.

For my final card I again stamped onto vellum (I used the Summer time stamps) and embossed with White powder, I then used this to create a shaker card.  I used paper from the CD to go inside the shaker and then filled it with pretty sequins, I also added a few onto the front of the card for some sparkle!

I hope you like them, I had great fun making them.

Hugs xx Cara xx