Sunday, 20 February 2011

Surprising snow!

Well we woke up on Saturday morning to find that snow was falling!  It was a bit of a surprise all round, but fortunately, although we had two inches, it was nearly all melted by this lunchtime.  Alex's cough and cold are so bad at the moment that the poor little boy was shattered so yesterday was an exceedingly difficult day with him as he spent most of the time being completely irrational. Luckily for me, by the time I was due to take him out in the afternoon he had calmed down somewhat and was being more fun, so he spent time throwing snowballs at me and having fun with the sledge.
In general today he has been a lot happier and we have managed to have a nice time playing at home with his monsters and then out to the indoor play area which was lovely.
Crafting wise I managed to finish off a layout I started on Friday evening, of a steam train ride on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. The layout follows this weeks Sketchy Thursday sketch, the scrap and stamp theme of 'love is in the air' (I absolutely love steam) and also fits with a  line from one of the songs from this weeks Scrap it with a song 'can't get enough'.  The journalling reads 'My special treat for our holiday was a ride First Class on a steam train on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Everyone else enjoyed it too, but as a complete steam lover I couldn't get enough. It was wonderful!'.
This is the third week of the wonderful challenge blog, Less is More, by Chrissie and Mandy and they challenged us to do a Spring themed card. I used my nestabilities to cut the card shape, a Spring word stamp by Stamps Away stamped repeatedly in green, a needle to pierce around the edge of the embossing and a little snow drop stamp which I coloured with green promarkers and cut and embossed with nestabilities and mounted on pale green card. As a result this card fits with the crazy4challenges 'die cuts', OCC 'repeated word stamp', All sorts 'inspired by nature' and Speedy the cats friends 'Black, white and one other plus piercing' challenges. This is a completely new experiment for me so I would love to know what you think.
I also made a quick and simple card using cuttlebug embossing folders, brayered background and a crafty individuals stamp. This fits with the Pixie cottage embossing challenge.
Finally I made some Oriental ATCs for a swap that Spyder (Lyn) is holding on the CM&PC forum. Two of these are for the swap and one is a thank you for Lyn. I took the inspiration for the colours and flowers from this weeks Cupcake inspirations as the cake in the picture looks slightly oriental in influence with the shape and colour of the flowers and the cake itself is blue.  That is all from me for now. Have a good week everyone.
Love,
Caro
x

37 comments:

Chrissie said...

It's a pretty CAS Spring card Caro! Thanks so much for joining in our challenge once more, we hope to see you again next week.
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Debgem said...

Gosh you've been so busy. I do like your Less is More card - the shape is lovely and I like the fresh green colour. Such a pretty flower too!

Katalytic said...

I love the repeat stamping on your Spring card

Susan said...

All of your work is lovely...really love the Spring card....love the shape...and the piercing looks awesome!

tita said...

I love your Layout! Thanks for participating at Scrap it with a Song with it.
Hugs, tita

Sarah Gough said...

What a lovely CAS design! Thanks for 'Getting Wordy!' with Our Creative Corner this week!

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

Wow- that first card is gorgeous! Perfect piercing!
Thanks for playing along with Speedy's Friends!
P.S. the other two cards are lovely, as well.

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

My goodness, you've been busy making lovely cards! Great work on the Getting Wordy challenge. I like all the white space on that card and how your sentiment really jumps out. So happy you joined in the fun with us this week at Our Creative Corner.

StephC said...

Wow, you've been quite busy. I love all of your projects, and especially the Oriental ATC's. So glad you joined us for this weeks CIC!

Rachel Hope said...

Wonderful projects! Love that you pulled the Asian flair from the cake for the ATCs! Thanks for playing along at Cupcake Inspirations this week!

Fleur said...

Beautiful cards
Thanks for joining my nature challenge at ALLSORTS this week, Good Luck
Hugz Fleur xXx

Caroline Hallett said...

Blimey you have been busy! LOVE the ATCs

Jo said...

These are lovely cards. I particularly like the snowdrop card and the repeat stamping of the word spring is really effective.

Cheryl said...

oh this is just gorouges,love the colurs beautiful detail on this too bless you for playing at the pixie cottage this week,hugs cheryl xxxxx

Vicki Dutcher said...

Like the shaped CAS card! Thanks for playing with Speedy's Friends!

mindy gallagher said...

Caro thanks so much for playing along this week & I love your layout! how fun that would of been!! :D

Gina said...

I love that little snowdrop, so cute.
Gina x

Viv's Visuals said...

Lovely Spring card!

Suzi said...

Wonderful cards, nice embossing on the second one. Thank you for joining us at The Pixie Cottage this week.
Hugs
Suzi x

Dori said...

Your designs and work are all so very lovely! I really like your second card.

Katie said...

Cute Creations!
Thanks for playing in The Pixie Cottage this week :)

redwasher1 said...

Yours cards are gorgeous!! Beautiful photo's!!
Thanks for sharing it with us, Speedy's Friends!!

Lori Rider said...

Beautiful work - your spring card is so fresh and lovely! Thanks so much for playing along with the OCC!

Chris said...

great use of the inpsiration photo, I find ATC's difficult but it looks like you are very comfortable with them.
thanks for playing with us at Cupcake Inspirations.

Pauline said...

Gorgeous spring card, I like the repetition of the sentiment, it works so well.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Your photos are ADORABLE!!! And I always loveeeeeeeeeee seeing your lo's and cards! They are all GORGEOUS! Thanks sooooooooooooo much for playing along with Sketchy Thursdays! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Nanda said...

Wonderful projets, they all look great. Thank you for joining The Pixie Cottage Challenge.

Hugs,
Nanda

Lynne said...

Lovely card.
Lynne xxx

sam said...

great page! thanks for joining us this week at Scrap it with a Song!

Karen Wilson said...

Hi Caro! Awesome pics and great creations too!

Chk out this post!

http://creationsbykw.blogspot.com/2011/02/magical-blog-award.html

artish said...

awesomely vibrant colors! thank you for sharing at the pixie cottage!

Jeanet said...

Beautiful stamping work! Great take on the sketch!
Thanks so much for playing along with Sketchy Thursdays!

Keshet said...

Very pretty, love how you used the bracket! Thanks for joining the fun at Sketchy Thursdays this week, come play again!!

Linda said...

Beautiful fresh image for spring. Love your use of text don the side of the card x

Ronnie said...

Wow, so many great projects! Love them all! Thank you for playing along with Cupcake Inspirations this week!

Joanne (jojot) said...

what a wonderful body of work....thanks so much for playing with Speedy's Friends

Sharon said...

I love your CAS card for our challenge @ OCC. I love the simplicity and sheer elegance of your card. Thank you for playing, and I hope that we see more of your work!