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Petrichor Papers

August 23, 2014

_juno Petrichor Papers

Just popping in quickly to post the link for the Papers.


Petrichor and JW.ORG

August 18, 2014

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 “Keep on, then, seeking first the Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these other things will be added to you.

Matthew 6:33

A very appropriate scripture since it’s the theme of the upcoming District Convention


22-24 August

CityWest Conference & Event Centre

Saggart, Co. Dublin


juno Petrichor Fabric Pennant

The above cluster and the full size pennant which coordinate with juno Petrichor are included in the card download.

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This month I’m taking part in a world-wide campaign letting people know about the wonderful website, JW.ORG. It features many thought-provoking answers to ” life’s big questions” as the promotional leaflet shown below says.

As well as getting help in finding where those answers are in the Bible, you can listen to/read the Bible online in up-to-date, modern English. There are videos if you’re a visual learner, dramatic Bible readings if you like to listen, special items for children and young adults, songs, full length movies of Bible events – and that’s just scratching the surface. If English is not your first language, there’s a choice of 680 languages, including many sign languages.

Why not pop over for a visit now and have a look around? There’s a section on the bottom right where you can request a free Bible study at a time and place that suits you. And you can watch a 3.5 minute video “Why study the Bible?” while you’re there :-)

If studying online suits you better, I’m available. You can email me at to arrange a study via Skype, Gmail Chat or Google Hangout, or to arrange just a chat and a demonstration if you’d prefer to get an idea of what it’s all about first. I don’t usually use the video feature on Skype or Hangout. It makes for a smoother connection and no need to worry about a bad-hair day! There’s no charge, no obligation and I don’t bite. Promise!


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_juno Petrichor Papers




_Inspiration Design Seeds Kittenish Hues

“Petrichor: The smell of earth after rain.” What an evocative scent. What an amazing word! I didn’t know there was a word for that, did you? The above palette from Design Seeds with its cool, misty colours inspired me to make this kit. It ended up being quite large, so I’ve split the download into Elements and Papers. Today’s download is for the Elements only. I’ll update this post tomorrow or Wednesday at the latest to add the download link for the Papers. Next week I’ll have a fun add-on as well  :-)


Fioritura Calligraphy and District Convention 2014

August 14, 2014

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Keep Seeking First God’s Kingdom

District Convention 2014


This year’s District Convention in Ireland takes place the weekend of Aug 22-24

Venue: CityWest Conference & Event Centre

Saggart, Co. Dublin



You can download a pdf of the above Invitation for a closer look HERE – No Invitation is need for access. Everyone is welcome. You can also read and/or download the complete Program Schedule. Find it by typing “convention” into the Search box on the top right of the home page at JW.ORG and it should be the first result displayed.  You can also watch a video about our conventions HERE and HERE . There are lots of other videos about conventions from previous years as well if you’re curious about what happens there.

If English isn’t your first language, you can click on the box that says “English” at the extreme top right and select from 680 languages! (including many Sign Languages)

If you’re visiting our convention for the first time and can only come for part of the weekend, it might be helpful to look at the program and decide which talks/dramas you really don’t want to miss. For myself, I don’t want to miss a single minute of all three days! Doodles076 Inverted


I came across this image on Pinterest recently and it formed part of my inspiration for Fioritura, which is Italian for “flourish”, or “flowering”. Decorative swashes and ligatures are called flourishes in the calligraphy world, so I thought I’d add some flourishing Calligraphy Elements to my kit. I’ve added the shadowed versions as well – the child with the balloon in a separate png, the others are together in one document. You’ll have to use your favourite method of selecting the individual images; lasso tool, masking, erasing…

I did a Google Image search on the Pinterest picture and the original Fioriture calligraphy image appears to be from Brigitte Schuster’s website. (EDIT: Brigitte tells me, No. It’s by Luc Saucier, a calligrapher, singer and illustrator from Ontario. She took one of his classes)

_juno Fioritura Calligraphy



August 12, 2014

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There’s a new free printable card available at Cards by Carol based on my new kit, Fioritura. The Iris Flower Dancer is included in the card download as a full-sized 6in high scrapbooking element.Doodles076 Inverted_juno Fioritura


(Italian for “flourish”, or “flowering”)_juno Fioritura Papers

And there’s some of both in this kit, inspired by the Design Seeds palette below._Inspiration Design Seeds Decadent Pastels 500


New Card: Love is Patient and Cluster Frame

July 25, 2014

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New card on my Cards by Carol blog

includes a Cluster Frame that coordinates with

juno Amoruccio

Amoruccio: 250th Blog Post :-)

July 22, 2014

_ccrl Peace Printable CardCards by Carol Mat_juno Amoruccio Boat Mat 72

The Journalling Mat above which coordinates with juno Amoruccio

is included in the Free Printable Card download.Doodles076 copy_juno Amoruccio

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(Italian: My Love)_juno Amoruccio Papers

A closer look at the Papers

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Design Seeds: Freshened Neutrals

Beautiful warm evenings have me leaving my windows open at night to enjoy the air. We don’t get a huge variety of butterflies here in Ireland but the moths! My studio fills up with all shapes and sizes, which I don’t mind at all except for the ones that hurtle themselves at my face. I was impressed with this pretty one’s placement of himself on my wallpaper – just where I might put him in a design  :-)  I googled it and found it’s called a Swallow-tailed Moth and rejoices in the botanical name of Ourapteryx sambucaria.

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 EDIT: Can you believe it? This is my 250th Blog Post. 





Chocolat Butterflies

July 16, 2014

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Cards by Carol MatNew Printable Card at Cards by Carol

juno Chocolat Extras Firecrest


The Firecrest, with and without his branch, and the Bow are included in the Card download.

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_juno Chocolat Papers Preview

Remember the Butterflies from the juno Chocolat Papers Preview?

Well, here they are!

juno Chocolat Butterfly 2 Preview

_juno Chocolat Butterfly 2 Preview

juno Chocolat Butterfly Glass 2 Preview

I made some butterflies to go with juno Chocolat. These will be a feature in several kits to come which are currently in the pipeline. There’s a solid and a filigree version of each shape that you can use together or separately. In this download there’s also a glass filigree butterfly in each shape, and a note with a suggestion about Blending Modes when using them on darker papers. If you like these glass butterflies I can make some for the other shapes of butterfly that will be appearing. Try them out, with and without Dropshadows, and play with the Blending Modes. Have fun!



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