Thursday, September 09, 2010
TTC006 - getting into Christmas
she started with this:
So what I want you to do is make a CHRISTMAS CARD or a TAG the challenge? - well you HAVE to use punches or dies you can use additional items as well BUT you MUST use punches and /or dies any style and from any machine.
So I have dug out some dies that are suitable for Christmas, I don't have too many. This is an old Quickutz die, with some ribbon that I have had for ages....left from the shop.
I have made another - so will add it on later.
good to see the sun out on my day off, but I need to bring up to date some boring paperwork....think I need to get outside in a minute though!
Monday, August 30, 2010
I hope that normal service will be resumed in September :) In the meantime I didn't post here that I had updated the website, hopefully everyone received a newsletter.
I put a FREE digital image - these victorian girls - isn't the picture lovely. Check out the web site to download it.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
It is not available on line yet - but it is distrubuted widely around the MK area and reaches Bedfordshire as well - so look out for it in a craft shop if you are local to me. It lists local clubs and classes as well as shops, and lots of craft articles.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
I smartened up the furniture – I won’t be buying new things for the outside this year – the bench is definitely on its last legs though – but I reckon it will see another summer.
The gravel brightens it all up – we just reused paving slabs that we already had….sadly I did not think of this until a lot of them had gone on the skip..I will clean them up soon.
Monday, May 10, 2010
The flowers are once again from the vast stock I have Flowers for Sale….the leaves are cut with the Robo using a QK silhouette file.
The sun finally came out here and I did get out into the garden and managed to plant a few lettuces that I bought a while back, apart from that just did loads of filing…I really don;t know why I let things pile up really. Has anyone seen my driving licence?
I have taken a few of the garden (again) will share tomorrow.
Sunday, May 09, 2010
Today I have just installed Windows live writer and I just wanted to have a play and see what it could do. It has more than my standard blogger editor although I must confess I have never checked to see if I could install more on there.
It certainly lets you link to previous posts so easily and it even lets you some styles around your photos
link test, and it lets you select it to a new window - yay sale
This is a drop shadow
Rounded corners – and even a watermark – any font any size any position – you need to click on the advanced tab when highlighting the image
The preview is a proper preview as well – how it will actually look on your blog.
Looks like there are loads more plug ins – will have to have a proper look later. I might even be able to post something new next time.
Saturday, May 08, 2010
SO as I have so many I thought I would pass on a bargain to you guys out there - they were already cheap as I have had them for a while - but can see they are back in vogue - so have listed: paper roses and tiny ricrac on the forum - such as these lilac open paper tea roses, at 40p a bunch - who can resist:
I have also some lovely organza bags - which are ideal for gift wrapping you small craft projects - perfect for jewellery.
So do you have "Time to Create"? Well pop on over to the forum and see the fantastic recipe that Sue has launched for us to follow on the forum - your creation must include the following:
Here is the card she has made - she has also added a scrapbook page - isn't it fab
Monday, May 03, 2010
The prima flower was from the collection given to me as a prize from Tracy at Creative Treasures.
I have not been up to much - just working, gardening, and things - I have made a few cards this weekend - but somehow keep getting sidetracked on the computer!
I have been looking for a squirrel proof fat ball feeder - but as yet not seen anything I fancy - they are all so expensive - so have now started looking for a bird bath instead!
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
..some of them are just not for me - there is a wide variety out there. What I have found is the ones that I do like when I go to save them there is rarely anything in the filename to indicate who it was from - so I have been changing the names as I save them, so that I can revisit their blog/shop/site and see all of their images. I have only realised that I should have done the same with all the free downloads that are available on the site - so I will have to gradually get around to changing them!
Some do seem to have strict copyright notices, but others are happy to share freely. I am not sure how you keep track of a copyright notice once you have saved the image - and as there are loads to choose from - I have decided to steer clear of any that won't allow me to publish or sell my cards, that way I can't make mistakes.
Here is the site:
And the card here is a bear from wendymade check out her blog and download him for yourself. He can be made into any size you fancy...I just chose him to be small and cute
Monday, April 19, 2010
this form, also I have a market research form - would be lovely to hear your views about the site.
I am now getting the hang of this blog lark again - how long will it last!
Friday, April 16, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
I chose the papers first and then coloured the image to match, It is just done with watercolour pencils and water after.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Sue introduced me to the Denami stamps - they have some lovely designs. I don't have many but love to keep up with their blog and see the designs - Denami Blog The shoes in this card are a set of 3 stamps, and I often find they just fill a 'gap' if not make the entire card....you can never go wrong with shoes!
I know I had a some comments on this card: http://craftsbycarolyn.blogspot.com/2010/02/another-robo-file.html this is another Denami.
You will love Sue's new chickens...as well as beautiful creations - well worth a visit :)
Sunday, April 11, 2010
this was what it was looking like:
We have taken out old shed down (the pile in the corner - now needing to be disposed of!) and painted the new one, sowed grass seed on patched of 'flowerbeds' that have been removed (the big brown patch in the middle of the lawn). I now need to plant some new shrubs etc at the top...so here it is so far - still very much work in progress...but now that the plants are coming into leaf it feels better already.
So now we have a big space where the shed was.....
I have put some pics of the conservatory here if you fancy a nosy.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
So what do you like to see in a blog? I thought I would occasionally post some links to blogs I enjoy wandering through - often may include a freebie or two!
This time I thought I would let you know about the Silhouette blog. This is a machine that is the same as the Craft Robo but has slightly different software...the software is free, and there are literally thousands of files that can be bought for 99c once you have installed it. I have written some guidance all about it here: CraftsbyCarolyn.co.uk
And on their blog they announce free files from time to time - and well worth keeping in touch with it:
This skier was a freebie - although I actually didn't realise until I went to pay for it!
Don't forget to stop by the forum to see what we are up to! :)
Friday, April 09, 2010
Back from where....well actually nowhere I just have been posting on the forum and doing other things! So how is life with you guys out there? I never actually know what to put on a blog....I tend to use the web site for posting all of my creations on there, but never sure if the same people visit. So once again I thought I would try to remember to post here too!
So on the forum we have started a new section "Time to Create" - everyone wants to 'challenge you' but I thought it would be nice just to craft and share creations. Hopefully we will come up with some themes to give us a start on what to share, and maybe with a few other items thrown in. We will put up a new one probably fortnightly, but again no strict rules - just time to have fun and get inspired.
SO to start with I have chosen lilac as a theme - this must be the main focus (can be more purples etc if necessary). I started with one card and have now made another to share.
Monday, March 08, 2010
so come and join in there is still plenty of time.
Friday, March 05, 2010
Sue has put up some excellent challenges already plenty of time left to join in with them and I know there are some fun quizzes planned, or why not come along and start your own game. There will be a prize every day :)
So how has your week been? Mine was a bit different this week - as I had a small op to remove a 'blob' on my cheek - near my eye. Apparently a form of skin cancer - but nothing to worry about...tis all gone now and stitches have already been removed. Just got a nice 'cut' about an inch long that needs to gradually disappear.
So I have not been up to making cards this week - I did make this one a while back and as the sun shone in the conservatory I could take some photos...the border and the scalloped edged message were cut with the Robo.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
I am sure if I had time I could have incorporated the greeting with the cutting - but tbh I had left it a bit late and it was a last minute flash of inspiration!
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
As Mother's Day is fast approaching I thought it was worth reminding you that I did some word circles for you to print and then punch them out - here is one that I used with one of Sally's designs:
DON'T FORGET 5th March will be the day that Sue will be start the birthday/spring week - there will be loads of things - it would be lovely to see you there.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
I have just looked back over last year and can see I made no mention of them on the blog....so you might have missed them.
I hope that I have managed to send everyone a newsletter by now - it was a real struggle this time - I had many problems - and I am sorry if I have sent you it twice.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
craft robo template
I am now clearing my craft room out - as I am going to swap rooms with Owen - so I seriously need to downsize and get tidying - I can't see it being done overnight, but I really want to get tidy...my stuff has got too untidy and sprawling. If you have any ideas for my new room let me know.
Monday, February 01, 2010
...I am at home full of cold today, so been vegging out on the sofa, I guess I was guaranteed to be struck down with it seems everyone I know had been poorly!
I made quite a few cards a couple of weeks ago - I took some down to the Leanne at Flowers with Flair in town, and thought I would share a couple with you. As usual...simple....I just love this stamp of the Edwardian couple, and stamped in sepia with the prima flowers it looks fab. I borrowed Sue's several time and eventually tracked it down and bought my own.
I bought this pretty dress at Stamp Addicts on my birthday as it was half price, it is just so cute - my kind of thing...shame I don't have any little girls to share it with!
I hope to update the site fairly soon - I did manage to do a little change around on the Robo menus a few days ago and have added a new file there for Robo/Silhouette and other GSD file users - I would love to know if you make use of it:
Scallops - borders and messages
We have a frosty day here, seems like a lot of the UK is the same, judging by the traffic news - not that I have ventured out here but can see that the conservatory roof was very frosted, not that I spent much time out there, sitting on a deck chair isn't that much fun unless you are on the beach! I have ordered my furniture for the conservatory - so can't wait for it to arrive so I can sit out there.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
I decided to make a few Valentine cards, I hope to put them in the local florist of she likes them. I made them fairly simple to keep the price down, and just used Robo cut words, along with die cut hearts that I embossed - or didn't whichever took my fancy. I like to try and sell some cards - that way it pays towards all of the 'stash' that I feel compelled to buy, but as you will all know it never actually 'earns' money just a small contribution towards costs! BUT at least it means I can make a few more which I like to do, so I hope she likes them.
My cards are mainly simple and 'less is more', I don't see many like this around these days...so thought I would share! As you can see I made them all similar - I just had a box of bits in front of me...and it was quicker that way.
So what style do you like to make?
The Robo lettering is available on the web site - and I can provide a complete sheet of the words if you would like - let me know I will pop them on the web site too. I did them all in white and inked them in different colours.
Don't forget to pop by the forum and have a natter - we are a friendly bunch and always happy to welcome new 'friends'.
There is a local free magazine called Craft Matters - if you see it pick up a copy - it has loads of information on local shops and classes. I had a piece published in there last time and may have another editorial in there this time.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Where I was standing to take the photo there were a queue of cars all waiting to take a turn...apparently someone made it in a Fiesta - but I didn't see that....just a Land Rover and a pick up
IT is still snowing steadily now - so I hope it clears as I need to get to work tomorrow instead of today now.....
Saturday, January 09, 2010
My updates have become very sparse...I am still busy and am always on the forum and keep adding new bits to the www.Craftsbycarolyn.co.uk web site - but just never get around to updating my blog/facebook/twitter.....
Today I have made some quick and easy Valentine Cards and will take some pics when they are dry....I thought I would share my little Christmas cake that I made in a muffin tin - I made 4 small cakes like last year and there was enough mix left to fill 2 muffins tins. I spotted this polar bear on Kirstie's homemade Christmas - I am sure he looked better in real life.....I really got behind this year with working 4 days a week and having the conservatory and bathroom done. We finally had the floor fitted in the conservatory on 23 Dec, and we had our Christmas decs out there, which we put up on Christmas Eve. We had our Christmas dinner and lots of time out there...but have to say it is pretty cold out there now that it has snowed, and I guess it still needs some drying out time and in this weather it isn't getting it.
So like everyone else in the Uk we have had some snow this week - I walked into town on Wednseday - and there was this much snow. We have not had much more thankfully - although it is so cold it just hasn't gone, and this road is still treacherous. I didn't go to work on Wednesday - and went in on Thursday and Friday...very icy was glad to be back home!
Just found out that one of the 'celebs' in Dancing on Ice is living in Ampthill - Emily Atack - so Ampthill is on the map again!
If you are bored and fancy making a card I have posted a Gingham challenge on the forum.....challenge