Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Misty weather!

I have enjoyed having a few days off work and being able to walk Alex to school through the mist which has been ever present since the weekend! The reason for my few days off is to celebrate Tim's Birthday, hence the home-made orange and lemon cake.  I am not an icing guru as you can tell, but the cake tastes yummy! The birthday boy refuses to let me put a photo on here sadly!
The advantage of being off work is that I have had more time than usual to do things for me, rather than for everyone else. As a result I have actually managed to sort out all the photos I have printed ready for scrapbooking. Here is my desk for WOYWW with various snapfish folders containing photos ready for scrapbooking, as well as my trusty book detailing all the photos, how many of each size for each occassion, which folder they are in etc to make the process of scrapbooking easier. You can also see my trusty mug of tea, some stamps that need cleaning off and a fiskars circle cutter that was used on a recent scrapbook page.
Ok, now time for a confession!  This weeks Less is More was a colour challenge, to use red and orange on your card.  I duly came up with a design and added brick red and marmalade orange distress inks to my Lavinia leaf stamp and stamped two images, only to discover that I hadn't clean the stamp properly from the last time I used it, and instead of the images just being red and orange, there was a hint of green on some of the leaves (unintentionally)...I am still entering this card into LIM in the hopes that Chrissie and Mandy will forgive me this once!  I am also entering this card into Kaboodle Doodles 'colours of fall', CCCB 'Thanks', Creative card crew 'Thankful' and Fussy and Fancy 'be thankful' challenges.
I have also made a Christmas card using a page from an old book I rescued from the Charity shop bin.  I am using the rest of the book to make an altered book, but have needed to remove various pages during the process so recycled one here.  I coloured the page using distress ink 'shabby shutters' and tore the edges of the page and the green card mat for a vintage feel.  I used my favourite techniques of stamping and masking to make the central panel.  The santa stamp was free with a magazine last year, and the music stamp is from Stamps Away.  I finished the card off with four brads and a couple of flowers...the cream flower came from a fake flower stem I was given years ago and was looking rather tatty so I took it apart to use for crafting instead. This card therefore fits with CCC 'textalicious', Simon says stamp & show 'recycle/upcycle', Tuesday Throwdown 'your favourite colour combo' (green & red), Delightful challenges 'sparkly Christmas' (the white fur on santa's hat is sparkly), Let's ink it up 'favourite technique' and Speedy the cat's friend 'Winter theme' challenges.
This is the Birthday card that I made for Tim, which is vintage in feel as he is really into Leonardo Da Vinci at the moment. This card fits with OCC 'masculine card' and Meljen's 'use brads' challenges.
Finally I made a start on the backlog of scrapbook layouts with this Easter layout based on this weeks Nuts about Sketches sketch.  This also fits with SCSC 'flowers, ribbon and lace' challenge as all are used on this layout. That is all from me for now.  I am off to continue sorting my photos for scrapbooking. Have a great rest of the week everyone.
Love,
Caro
x

48 comments:

Spyder said...

Another very creative week Caro, wish I could get on with more than digi's, I wanna do some stamping !!!
Have a great week, Happy WOYWW ((Lyn))) #66

sandra de said...

Lovely cards you have created. I think the touch of green is delightful .

Neil said...

Hi there. Thanks for sharing your creative space with us this week. I hope the rest of the week goes well and creative too! That cake looks yummy!
Neil #57

Ros said...

Lovely creations and I adore the leaves ... the effect is so natural and very striking ... Thanks so much for playing along with us again at CCCB

Anesha said...

Great looking cake. Lovely card and layouts.

Shawn said...

Beautiful layout!!! Great job!

Suzi B said...

Love the leaf card .. suptle shades of orange and red.
Suzi B X

rosalien said...

Beautiful porjects. ;) Thanks for joining DC.

Hugs, Rosalien

Helen said...

Wow, you have been busy and so creative - love the cake, yum yum! great card too and wonderful layout! have a great woyww.
helen at #1

Chrissie said...

Your leaf card looks fabulous Caro, even if the colours have been adulterated!
Thanks so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

You have, once again, done a fantastic job on what you've made! I love the coloring and the images!! : ) PS- that cake looks great!! Yum!

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Sarah

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SuzanneK said...

Fab Christmas card, thanks for sharing your favourite technique with us at LIIU, good luck. Hugs Suzanne

Marjo said...

Yummy! Thanks for the peek and sharing. Hope you are having a wonderful WOYWW.

xoxo Marjo

Marlena Peduzzi said...

All just wonderful cards! I hope you enjoyed your extra time! Thanks so much for joining us at Meljen's Designs!

Jenny said...

Oh wow, I love your LIM card, the flourishes of leaves are so pretty :)
Jenny x

sallysbitz said...

Your Christmas card is lovely x
Thanks for joining us this week @ Delightful Challenges & Good Luck x

hugs sally x
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Anne said...

Wow Caro you have been very industrious and have super cards,scrabooking and a very yummy cake to show for it . I reaaly ,really would love a piece of that cake- I am trying not to eat cake etc during the week!!! Anne x

Lunch Lady Jan said...

D'ya know - family doesn't care if you're cake is not iced to perfection, as long it you made it in the first place. It looked yum!
Hugs, LLJ #42 xx

Zoechaos said...

Beautiful thanks card so elegant XOXO Zoe

Hazel said...

You've been busy - lvoe your cards and Lo (Hazel WOYWW #89)

Cheryl said...

Lovely cards and layout! Thanks for taking the challenge at Kaboodle Doodles!

Valerie said...

Love your Lim card the leaves are beautiful! I think you could just have entered your birthday cake it fits the bill perfectly:)
Val x

Ann Kristin said...

I love that thank you card! The coloring on the leaves is stunning. Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Card Crew.

bohemiannie! art said...

All of your art is really great...including the cake!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Simple and Lovely, thanks for playing along with us at CCCB!

Linda R. said...

So many wonderful projects you have here.. Your thanks you card looks amazing.. Thanks so much for playing along with us at CCCB!

downrightcrafty said...

wow gorgeous creations thank you so much for sharing your lovely work with us at the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge
Hugs Kate xx
PS I have some more new candy if you are interested :)

Posh Cat Crafts said...

Wow what fun you have been having on your few days off from work and what better way to spend the time! Fabulous creations

Thank you for joining us at Lets Ink It Up! If you are interested I have some blog candy up for grabs Click Here to enter
Hugs
Tamara

L00py's Craft Creations said...

Oh enjoy your "you" time, nothing better, love the cards,

Happy WOYWW
Lou #44

MaggieC said...

Your cake looks delicious, and the icing is well above my standard. I really like that Thank You card, beautifully designed and just the right colours.

Violets Corner said...

Oh, so much interesting to look at; a fabby creative desk, you seem to enjoy your days off fully! Love the leaf card, it's so beautiful and the scrap book pages are fab, lovely family memories to treasure!

I came here for the fab Christmas card, love the layout and how you used the text paper, thanks for playing along with our Textalicious theme at Cupcake Craft Challenges.

Warm hugs
Maarit

Ange said...

What a fun cake! Looks tasty to me!! Great cards, love your layout! Such great colors to use. Give the lo a warm, loving feel. I usually go with pastel or bright colors for Easter, but I really love this and want to try it. Great job using the NAS sketch and thanks for playing along with us this week! :)

JoZart said...

You've had such a productive week and made such lovely cards. My fave is the Thanks with the leaves as it is so striking. Hope Alex is out of trouble by now,tee hee! great firework pics.
I'm enjoying every precious minute of my family's visit...
Love joZarty

Tui Nathan said...

A fabulous masculine card Caro ... I love the scroll, love the feather and love the backgrond text ...
Thanks for joining us this week at OUr Creative Corner!!!

Deb said...

Love your Easter layout using the Nuts about Sketches 2 pager. Admire your card making skills as well - I fail!!

Thanks for playing along at NaS

Deb ♥

Lisa said...

Great card and layout! Thanks for playing with MelJen's this week:)

Hugs,
Lisa

Angie said...

Great cards ....and I love the look of the cake ...you know it will be yummy inside.

Janeen said...

you do beautiful work. Thanks for joining Speedy the Cats Friends this week. Good luck to you.

NanaConnie said...

Really beautiful! Thanks for playing in the challenge at Tuesday Throwdown this week.
NanaConnie TT DT

Terry said...

Thank you for joining the DT from Simon Says Stamp and Show and sharing your fab project, YUMMIE Cake indeed, mmmm your colors are fab and the images you are sharing just fabulous. Thank you so much for sharing. Hugs Terry xxxx

okienurse said...

awesome work...love the cake best and it looks like it would taste great! Love all the cards and the LO too! Sorry I am so late getting around but DH left for China yesterday and I had to spend the past week getting him ready to go. Have a great week. Thanks for sharing. Vickie #56

Jennifer Rzasa said...

Your "thanks" card is just stunning! I'm so glad you decided to join us at Our Creative Corner!

Cor* said...

Chalk full of inspiration, this post is!! I LOVE the Less is More card you created, cleaned stamp or not, it looks fabby. I actually here for the Santa card. Very nicely done! Lovely layout. Thanks for showing us your fave technique this month at LIIU!

cnelson said...

Such FAB cards! *great cake, too!
Thank you so much for joining with us at CCCB!

Angela (Toucan Scraps) said...

love how you organise your photos. the cake looks fabulously decorated (no icing touches our cakes so very different to one here)

Great cards and 2-pager too.

Anne Marie said...

Caro, your cake looks fantastic! Wrong thing to click on when you are hungry! Haha! All of yur cards are fantastic. I really like all of the great shading you used on your masculine card. Thanks so much for joining us this week at Our Creative Corner! :)

Caroline said...

Yummy cake & Gorgeous card!!! Perfect for our Thankful challenge at the Creative Card Crew. Hope you come back soon!!
Caroline x

nanette said...

Thanks for playing at Kaboodle Doodles.blogspot.com. We loved your card so much that we choose it in our top 3. Congrats.