Sunday, 28 December 2014

Exploding box card.

Another quickie post, this time showing the exploding box card I made using The Most Wonderful Time of The Year Digi kit by Sarah Hurley at Jessica Sprague.
I can safely say it took me hours to do with all the fussy cutting but it really was worth it when my niece opened it.

I really hope you like this one as much as my niece did.

Thanks for popping by, C xx

One stamp set...

Hello, it's been a while since I Blogged. My laptop died with all my digi stuff on it, and I am starting out fresh again, it's going to take a while lol.Time to catch up!

I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and are looking forward to a fantastic New Year. We have a very busy and exciting few days ahead and I can't wait! Anyway back to Blogging lol.
I tend to buy a few different stamp sets at Christmas and make lots of different cards, however this year I fell in love with a stamp set from Stampin Up.  It is really versatile and can be used for Halloween, Christmas, New Home and many more options. So here are a few of the Christmas cards I made using them.


I actually forgot to take a picture of the finished card with this one!
As you can see there are lots of options for them, and I have had great fun playing with them.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Birthdays Galore!

Brrrrr from a very cold Glasgow. The last few days have been really busy with Christmas makes and 3 birthdays in the space of a few days. 

 This first quickie post is a card I made for my nieces birthday, she loves skulls and really isn't a "girly girl" so I opted to make the card monochrome.

Card and cardstock from stash.

Thanks for popping by.

Monday, 3 November 2014

Staching through the snow!

Hi, playing catch up tonight while hubby watches the footie!

Thought I would share my latest Christmas make using my new Stampin Up Stache Stamps and Die.

Stamps and dies from Stampin Up
Wink of Stella Clear
Fluffy Stuff
Digi Paper
Distress Ink, Memento Ink
Ribbon, twine and charm from stash.

Hope you like this, if you would like any more information about Stampin Up please message me or leave a wee comment. xx

I would like to enter the following challenges
The Ribbon Girls - Christmas Card

Make a Date.

Hiya, can't believe it is the 3rd of November and I am so behind with blogging. 

Here is my latest make for the Sarah Hurley 365 Blog and full details of how I made it are on the post.

Thanks for popping by, hope to see you soon as I play catch up, Carol x

Monday, 20 October 2014

The Witch Is In!

Hello, today I am going to share a recent Halloween make. I decided to make a door hanger for a complete change.

Spiders Web papers - Witching Hour by Sarah Hurley
Coloured with Promarkers and Flexmarkers.

Hope you like it, Carol x

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Happy Cake Day!

Hi, another wee catch up post from me with creations I have made but not blogged.
This card was made for my emergency card box, as a crafter I always find I can never have enough cards for occasions, especially as my family and friends are quite partial to using my cards ;-)

Bakers Twine from Stampin Up
Silver charm from Stash
Coloured with Promarkers
Memento Inks.

Thanks for popping by.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

It's been a while!

Just realised it has been over a month since I last blogged, so brace yourselves I have lots of new things to share.
I will start the catch up with my February PL Page. I am loving PL as I can do lots of different things on one project. In this one I stamped, embellished, punched and used my Cameo.

Heart Doodle Corner by Sarah Hurley at the Silhouette Store
Love Journalling card by Sarah Hurley at the Silhouette Store

This was made for a challenge over at the Sarah Hurley 365 blog. The new challenge is currently Halloween and we would love it if you could join in with our final challenge on the blog.

Friday, 5 September 2014


Hello, it's the 5th of month which means it is time for a new challenge over at Sarah Hurley 365 and the theme is "Buttons".

I am just loving all the gorgeous new designs Sarah has launched over at the Silhouette Store and I used one of them to make my card.

This Circle Steampunk Cogs Page Mat is designed for a 12x12" page LO, but I resized it to 5x5" and it worked perfectly. Even though the design is very intricate and detailed, it still worked beautifully when resized. I popped buttons onto the cut out shape.

I used lots of 3d foam and placed it onto a piece of chevron card from an AFOMFT kit. I used the "Curio" stamp from Sarah's latest range for Personal Impressions

Curio Stamp set from Curio Stamp Set
Pearlised card, card blank and buttons from stash.

Thanks for popping by today, we would love it if you joined in with our challenge this month.

I would like to enter the following challenges;
Craft for the Craic - Something with circles
Crafts 4 Eternity - Digital(Cameo die cut)
Crafty Catz - One for the boys
Crafting Musketeers - Use buttons
The Crafting Cafe - Shades of one

Sunday, 10 August 2014

First Birthday Card.

It was our great neices first birthday during the week and I wanted to make her a special card with things she liked on it.

Her bedroom is festooned in lilac and pink owls, so I decided to use my Cameo to make the owl on this card. The balloon is a die cut and the number 1 is heat embossed and the stamp is from Sarah Hurley Block Alphabet.

Get Well Soon Card.

Whoops, I am running behind as usual and am using this rainy Sunday as the perfect excuse to stay indoors dry and cosy with a cuppa to play catch up.

This card is one I made for my Sarah Hurley 365 DT post. Full details are over on the blog.

Remember there is still lots of time to enter our new challenge and the theme is Favourite Things.

I would like to enter the following challenges;
Aud Sentiments  - "Thinking of You" style sentiment
Hanna and Friends - Animals
7 Kids College Funds - Anything Goes(with a sentiment)

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

New DT, new digis!

Hello from a very sunny Glasgow, it has been an exciting few days for me. I have been lucky enough to see the Commonwealth Baton weave it's way around my fabulous city twice, and one of the carriers was a distant relative too! And I am delighted to announce I am now part of the My Whimsical Little World DT wooo hooo!!! I am so looking forward to getting my pens out and getting colouring.

This week the new releases are Beach Wagon and Happy Camper. I coloured up Beach Wagon, and used some super bright digi papers to go with it.

Echo Park Digi Papers
Memory Box Dies
Sarah Hurley Sentiment Stamps
Coloured with Pro and Flex Markers

Thank you for visiting me on my first post for My Whimsical Little World and would love if you could pop by my teamies blogs to see what they have created; Angie,  Karen, and Paola.

I would like to enter the following challenges;
Crafty Calendar  - Summertime Fun

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

It's time to celebrate!!

And what better way to do it than to make beautiful things to commemorate it. The Sarah Hurley Designs challenge is 4 years old this month and we are hosting a Celebration Themed Challenge.

I decided to make a baby card for a complete change! I am loving the different styles of journalling cards Sarah has over at the Silhouette Store and used the Baby Journalling Card as the main focus of the card. I stamped some tiny clusters of stars from the Doodle Doll Stamps and stamped them round the card with VersaMark ink then clear embossed them. I distressed the card using Worn Lipstick and Shaded Lilac Distress Inks. I cut an extra journalling card, and removed the baby word, distressed it with Black Soot DI and placed it on the chevrons. I popped the journalling card onto some 3D foam to give the card some dimension.

I used the Chevron Background Stamp, which I inked with lilac and pink pearlescent Brilliance inks, then covered with clear embossing powders and heat sealed it. Such a great look for not an awful lot of work. I really love inking this stamp up with different colours, it always looks great for a large background.

Brilliance Inks
Distress Inks
Clear Embossing Powder

I really hope you can join in with our Celebration Challenge this month. See you soon, Carol x

I would like to enter the following challenges;
Ladybug Crafts Ink - Baby
CCC Digi Creations - Digi/wet or dry embossing (journalling card is a digi file)
Savvy Handmade Cards - Reach for the stars
Cute Card Thursday - Reach for the stars

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Card for a first birthday.

Another wee quick post from me tonight, this time it's a card I made for a wee boys first birthday.  The brief was the phrase "Love you to the moon and back" with silvers and greys as the colours.

The trusty cameo was used for this.

I personalised it with the wee boys name.

Hope you like this.Carol x

Brace yourselves, it's catch up time!

Whoops, I've been very naughty and forgotten to blog a couple/few of my makes, so hold on tight there are going to be a few blogs posts coming your way!

My first one is the card I made for my Sarah Hurley DT Showcase, and I am really getting to grips with my Cameo and used that to make the main feature of this card.

I used the Cellphone/Mobile Phone file from Sarah Hurley, and picked a journalling card from an add on from AFOMFT Kit. I made my background using a speech bubble stamps from an AFOMFT Kit and the words come from Everyday Sayings Stamp Set. 

Speech bubble and Phone "screen" from  AFOMFT kits 
Memento Inks

I hope you like the card, full details are over on my post on the Sarah Hurley 365 Blog. x

Monday, 9 June 2014

A World Of Imagination Sneak Peeks

Hello! I am so excited to welcome you here from my lovely teamie Jaine's Blog as part of the Sarah Hurley World of Imagination blog hop Launch. Sarah has been working on this range for over a year, and we are all so excited to share some of the range with you!

I am delighted to share this amazing Tutu Crown with you!!!!! I LOVE it and cannot wait until I can get one for myself, after all who can resist a bit of princess chic when we are crafting? And best of all, they come in a range of colours.


Each of us teamies will be showing an exciting item that is part of the new range, and if you comment on all of the blogs, the Mayor of Make Believe will be waiting for you to comment on the final blog and he will pick one lucky winner to receive the item of their choice! But please don't wait as the draw closes on the 15th at midnight GMT.

It's time now for you to hop over to the lovely Ria's Blog. Thanks for popping by today x 

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Light nights and summer brights.

I'm a bit late with my blog post for  my Sarah Hurley 365 Challenge make, and this time the theme is Summer Brights. It is such a lovely cheery post to look through with my awesome teamies making super cheery bright projects, perfect on a grey rainy day like today!

I decided to finally dabble in Project Life, which is quite a big step for me as I have only made a few Scrapbook Lay Outs. 

I subscribe to Sarah's A Few of My Favourite Things Kit and after re-organising them I discovered so many pretty things I had totally forgotten about. How shameful is that?  I love how all the kits work well together and with other goodies in Sarah's Shop like this awesome Moustache Washi Tape! I chose to do the month of January, rather than trying to do one week, I looked through my piccies on my mobile and printed out 4 of my favourite. I then had great fun picking out papers, stamps, embellies and colours to work with. I added some dimension by layer sentiments and shapes on with 3D Foam. Here are the results.

Papers, Journalling Cards, Stamps - A Few of My Favourite Things Kit
Sequins, plain papers, punches, dies from stash.

I hope you like my PL page and will join in with the Summer Brights Challenge this month.

I would like to enter the following challenges;
Craftitude - Pop It Up
Get Inky-  - Summer Crafty
Jo's Scrap Shack - Anything Goes

Embossing, distressing and stamping, oh my!

Hello, it's a rainy Saturday here so perfect time for me to catch up with blog posts. Mine tend to be like buses, none for a while then 2 at once!

I am always so nervous making a card for a fellow crafter, and this time was no exception! On the plus side my lovely friend likes purple and butterflies so I used this for ideas.

I had a good prowl through my box o stamps, and pulled out some divine Inkylicious ones I am ashamed to say I have never used *embarrassed face*. I used a postcard stamp and inked it up with some Memento Cocoa Brown as I thought a kinda vintagey look might be nice, and cut it out. I then used Versa Mark ink to stamp on the reeds, embossed them with copper powder, then stamped some wee fairies, used white powder, then added some sparkles to their trails with silver embossing powder.

I then used Milled Lavender and Shaded Lilac Distress Inks to make my background. I punched some teenie tiny flutterbies in purple pearlescent paper to complete the card.  

One of my lovely crafty friends sent me some gorgeous papers and other goodies this week, and one of the papers was just perfect for the layer underneath and the sentiment. Talk about awesome timing.

Thanks for popping by today.

I would like to enter the following challenges;
A Creative Romance - Anything Goes, with Happy Birthday
Handmade Harbour - Pretty
Craftroom Challenge - Things with wings

Monday, 26 May 2014

Take time!

Hi, it's a Bank Holiday Monday here today and I have had a great day in the craft room playing, I will share my makes over the next few days.

First on my infamous "to do list" was a retirement card for a male, always tricky to make a card for a fella but even worse for an occasion like retirement. I had a good prowl through my stamps and found  this sentiment in a Paper Artsy set and thought it was ideal - "Take time to enjoy the small things in life". The theme of the sentiment is "time", so I decided on a Tim Holtz embossing folder for my background to keep it all nice and simple.

I became the proud owner of a set of Perfect Layer Rulers, and I am using them on everything, even this card lol.

Paper Artsy Stamps
Copper embossing powder
Tim Holtz embossing folder
Versa Mark Ink
Kraft papers and Kraft Card from stash.

Thanks for popping by today, hope to see you soon.

I would like to enter the following challenges;
Addicted to CAS - Texture
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' - One for the guys
Vintage Journey - All about him
Simply Create Too - For a Male
That's Crafty - Use kraft
Cute Card Thursday -Text Only

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Brand new stamps coming your way.

Hello, it's been a busy couple of weeks here. Thankfully I have had lots of time to play with the gorgeous new Zendoodle Stamps from Sarah Hurley

They will be released soon and contain a great mixture of stamps that you can use for lots of different occasions. I decided to have a play with the mannequin stamp first and got out the embossing powders for a play. Full details are over on the Sarah Hurley 365 Blog.

Zendoodle Stamps,Doodle Doll Art Stamps Perfect Medium Embossing Ink from Sarah Hurley 
Gold, Silver, Copper & White embossing powders
Papermania shimmer textured papers
Punches from Stampin Up
Card & Sequins from stash

Thanks for popping by today, see you again soon,Carol x

I would like to enter the following challenges;
Kraftyhands - Anything goes
Brown Sugar - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Embossing
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything goes
4 Crafty Girls - Anything goes
Natalie & Amy - Rubber stamping
One Crazy Stamper - Anything goes & an embellishment
Oddball Art Stamp Co - Girly and Glam
Use Your Stuff  - Rule of three

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Faith,Trust and Pixie Dust.

Hello, I am currently enduring the joys of a pinged back and blogging when I can sit up lol. So today, I thought I would share a fairy themed card using unreleased stamps from Clare Brown for Sarah Hurley, but shhhhh!!! it's our secret ;-)

I just love fairies, toadstools and anything related to them so I really HAD to have this stamp set. I'm hoping to make a toadstool themed card soon if my back behaves itself.  

I wanted to make the card as pretty and feminine as possible without it being a pink-fest. I love the papers in the Be Mine Digi Kit and used glossy photo paper.  I layered it up with silver pearlised papers for a bit of extra twinkle.

I stamped her with Memento Ink and coloured her using Promarkers and Flexmarkers(colours are in the Ingredients List) she really is a joy to colour. And no fairy is complete without some Stardust Stickles on her wings,belt and shoes. I even covered the sentiment in Stickles too.

Woodland Fairy Stamp Set from Clare Brown for Sarah Hurley 
Papers from Be Mine Digi Kit 
 Promarkers; Dress - Mint,Pastel, Tea Green
Wings - Tea Green
Skin - Satin & Ivory
Hair - Saddle Brown & Nutmeg (Flexmarkers)
Outline - Cool Grey 1
Stardust Stickles
Punch, pearls, glossy photo paper, card all from stash.
I hope you can pop over to Sarah Hurley 365 and join in with our "Anything Goes" Challenge this month, there are great prizes up for grabs.
I would like to enter the following challenges;
Ditzie Designs - Anything Goes
Di's Digi Designs - Use your markers
KraftyHands - Anything Goes
We do Doobadoo - Lots of Layers
Brown Sugar - Pastel
Crafting For All Seasons - Lots of Layers
Pennys paper Crafty - 2 or more patterned papers

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Anything Goes at Sarah Hurley 365

Hello, I'm running a day behind with my blog post, but yesterday over at the Sarah Hurley 365 Blog a new challenge was launched with the theme of "Anything Goes" This theme always excites me as there is no limit to using your imagination, and you can see that from my lovely teamies creations.

I decided to use my Cameo again and some of Sarah's Files from the Silhouette store to jazz up my boring old brown leather filofax. I used the Personal Organiser Set and the Days of the Week Tabs to make two sets of page dividers. 

I used papers from  A Few of My Favourite Things kit, and cut out the organisers, then took the untabbed file and merged the Days of the Week Tabs to make daily dividers. I popped some navy card behind the cut out days, to make them pop. Make sure you keep a wee eye on Sarah's Silhouette Store as there are new files being added.


I am really looking forward to getting my boring old filofax looking funky with these and hopefully it will encourage me to use it more too.

We look forward to seeing your creations over at Sarah Hurley 365 this month!

Friday, 18 April 2014

It's Almost Easter.

Hi, it's Good Friday and I thought I would make something to reflect the time of year it is.

 I was lucky enough to be treated to a Cameo electronic cutting machine a few months ago and I still have the new machine "fear" and realised I really had to use it rather than just download lots of Sarah's yummy files.

I thought I would make a card using one of Sarah's new designs and chose the  Easter Page Mat. When you open in onto your "Drawing Area" it opens as a 12"x12", but that is easily sized down and I will try and explain how I did that.

I wanted to use a 6"x6" card, so decided to make the cut out 5.5", to do this I selected the whole image, clicked on the Scale tool, typed in 5.5" and ticked the lock aspect option.  It resized it perfectly to leave me with this. 

I was feeling confident, so decided I wanted to layer the cut out, and knew I could do it easily using the Offset tool.  I wanted it to just have a nice frame, so chose 0.1" as my Internal Offset. The result was this;

You may be wondering why I am working on the right hand side of the page...this next step will explain that. I clicked on the internal image, and dragged it over to the left of the page. That way I could do the two cuts on one pass through, and use two separate colours of card;

I sent them to the Cameo to cut, then went about picking out matching backing paper and some sparkly bits. Et voila, here is the finished card...taaa daaaah!!


I hope this shows that once you overcome the new machine fear, you can have lots of fun making pretty things. 

Remember there is still time to enter our Challenge this month and the theme is Stitching - Real or Faux.

Have a great Bank Holiday Weekend, and a lovely Easter, Carol xx

I would like to enter the following challenges;
4 Crafty Chicks - Sentiment only, no pictures.
Sassy Studios Designs - Here Comes Peter Cottontail
Little Red Wagon - Easter Parade

Sunday, 6 April 2014

In stitches over at Sarah Hurley

Hello, today I am sharing my creation for the new challenge over at Sarah Hurley 365 and the theme is "Stitching - Real or Faux", chosen by the lovely Ria.  

I decided to make something a wee bit different from my usual cards, and opted for altering a notebook.  This months A Few Of My Favourite Thinks kit is my favourite so far, I say that every month don't I? I just love the doodles and bright colours, I used the Printable Documented 365 Kit for my doodle page and the two cards with the skull on them.  I coloured it using Promarkers and Flexmarkers, I decided to use quite dark colours as it is a Spell Book, I really didn't want it too bright.  I stamped out the brand spanking just released Voodoo Doll Stamp (HOW COOL IS THIS???) and coloured him in too.  To add in the theme of "Stitches" I drew some faux stitches around him, and around my navy backing layer.  I used the Block Alpha Stamps and Archival Ink to pop "Spells" onto the wee skull card.

I also used lots of 3d foam to give the whole page some dimension.  


Promarkers, Flexmarkers, Stampin Up Chalk Pen, Letraset Pigment Pen
Archival and Memento Ink
Card and adhesives from stash.

We would love it if you could join us this month for some great prizes over at the new sparkly Sarah Hurley 365 site, remember we have regular Spotlight posts too for us DT Girlies to show you our lovely makes.

I would like to enter the following challenges;
My Sheri Crafts - Anything but a card
Crafts 4 Eternity - Anything but a card
Quick Quotes - Project with stamping
4 Crafty Chicks - Colour a stamped image

Friday, 28 March 2014

Same stamp different card.

Hello, this time I want to share another card I made with the En Francais stamp from Stampin Up.  This time I was making a Mothers Day card for my sister who is also my Godmother. She loves black and white, and decided to make a monochrome style card for her.

I stamped the background with memento black ink, trimmed it up, then distressed the edges using Tim Holtz Black Soot ink and a trusty make up sponge from the pound shop.

I am really enjoying heat embossing since I invested £3 in an anti-static bag, if like me you are slightly OCD about things being almost perfect then I can highly recommend this wee bag. It really does stop stray bits of embossing powder sticking to where it shouldn't on your card.  I decided to be quite bold and use black card and silver embossing powder. I fussy cut it out and popped some gorgeous pleated ribbon on to finish it off. I am rather pleased with the result.

En Francais & Swallowtail stamp from Stampin Up
Memento, Versa Mark and Distress Inks
Silver Embossing Powder
Grey & Black card stock from Stampin Up
Ribbon & white card from The Papeterie

Thanks for popping by today, if you would like anymore information about Stampin Up, please do not hesitate to leave a comment and I will get in touch with you.

I would like to enter the following challenges;
4 krafty Girls - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes/Things With Wings
The House That Stamps Built - Things With Wings
Bunny Zoe Crafts  - Monochromatic
Avenue 613 - Anything goes - Birds of a feather - wings. butterfly.
Ecletic Ellapu - Now for Something different  - Pink Team, Wings - Purple Team, Butterflies