Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Hat Tipping Snowman

Good morning everyone and  yes it is that Wednesday again and the Design Team at Crafting by Designs are back with our challenges after our Summer break. So today we are starting with our very popular Get Ready for Christmas Challenges. They are a great way to keep ahead making a stock of Christmas cards.and  projects.

We have one sponsor this week

Prize - $10 Gift Certificate

For my Design Team project I used a great stamp called Hat Tipping Snowman  from Fred She Said he's fab especially if you love snowmen. For my Design I decided to make a Christmas Wall Hanging.

Close Up of the Snowman stamp 

Wall Hanging Recipe

Oblong wall hanger from my local garden centre comes with the jute string hanger.
Stamp is Hat Tipping Snowman from Fred She Said painted with Copic and  Promarker pens then fussy cut.
Papers are a Lili of the Valley pad no longer available such a shame I love this pad.
 Memory Box Frostyville border die
Poppy Stamps stitched landscape dies
Marianne Snowflake die and  Alphabet die 
Coming Home for Christmas Ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons

I hope everyone is enjoying the week and  can find time to join in our challenges again after our summer break. Love and  hugs Carole x

Friday, 19 August 2016

Oliver Kicking About

Good evening everyone tonight I'm sharing a card I've made using one of the Lili of the Valley teenage stamps. I like these stamps perfect for the young men who are all so difficult to come up with ideas for.

Close up of the Stamp

Card Recipe

7x7 Blank Card
Stamp is Oliver Kicking About painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Papers are the Yellow Spot is Docrafts and the Blue Gingham from my box not sure of the make. Blue card is from Ross Papercraft Show.
Rectangle die is Lawn Fawn stitched rectangles
Star die is MFT Dienamics 
Wooden sentiment is from Michael's Florida and  the wood arrow is from Hobby Lobby in Florida
Sentiment tags are Lili of the Valley
Craftwotk cards Candi
Blue distress ink on edges of wood sentiments

Well I hope everyone is looking forward to some nice things at the weekend. I'm doing some crafting Sunday as hubby is at the football its the first home game for the new season so he'll be happy and  I'll have to endure Match of the Day and  Super Sunday till next year!! I'm still catching up on comments but getting there and  I'll be back later in the week as the Design Team holidays are coming to an end and challenges are starting again. Hope everyone is well and I'm sending special wishes to a couple of my followers who are going through some difficult times right now. Thinking of you all and sending love and hugs Carole x.    

Tuesday, 16 August 2016


Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers I hope you all had a great weekend and  are enjoying the lovely weather especially those of you who are on holiday. Today I'm posting another of the projects we made recently at the craft group I go to. This was a one of my designs but the Beach Huts embossing folder belongs to Pamela another of my craft group friends. I used a stamp for this card that I have had for ages I have a few of these Michael Powell stamps they are great for the men. I actually met Michael Powell three years ago when I went to the quilt show at the NEC with my friend Val he was selling his fabulous cross stitch designs which these stamps are based on. Anyway enough rambling this is my card.

Card Recipe

6x6 blank card
Beach Huts embossing folder belongs to a friend not sure of the make
Stamp is Michael Powell Harbour side by Do crafts painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Papers are Docrafts I think its called Sail Away
Coredinations card stock is Tim Holtz and sanded on the beach hugs
Twine is from The Range
Anchor is from Whitby Crafts
Candi is Craftwork cards.
La La Land banner die
Sentiment is Lili of The Valley Vertical Sentiments

Have a great week everyone I'm a bit behind this week with comments but will get there. I know you have all been doing some amazing crafting. Love and  hugs Carole x 

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Tea Bag Christmas Tree

Happy Wednesday everyone I hope you are all well and doing some great things. Its not that Wednesday today however as my three Design Teams are currently on Summer breaks till September I'm busy crafting but most of the things are for challenges in September so not got anything to post just yet.

I've decided over the next couple of weeks to share some makes from the Craft Group I go to that I haven't posted on here.. Since we lost our last leader sometime ago three of us take turns to make a project for the group to make. Today I 'm sharing a design from my crafty friend Carol and they are Christmas cards using a tea bag folded Christmas tree. I really enjoyed making these such fun and I was really pleased with the finished Christmas cards

Card Recipe

6x6 Blank cards
Papers are from Craftwork Cards Christmas Collections
Coloured card from the group
Sentiments are Craftwork cards and the silver one my stash
Wooden frame was from The Works
Silver star The Range
Wooden star Ross Papercraft Show
Craftwork Cards Candi
Jute twine Whitby Crafts

I've found a link on U Tube which I'm adding here in case anyone fancies having a go .Tea Bag Folding Christmas Tree

Finally I'm finishing with a photo my friend Lorna took last week while I was away with the Golden Girls in Liverpool We had a fab day out in Chester with our friend Chris and her husband Jeff it was great to catch up with them as they live in the Wirral so we don't see them as much as we'd like. This was us all enjoying coffee in the sunshine  before our lovely trip on the river followed by dinner and drinks. 

Enjoy your week everyone love and  hugs Carole x

Thursday, 4 August 2016


Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers today sees the launch of a new challenge over at Crafty Ribbons Challenge and  the theme this week is Anything Goes always a very popular choice.There is always a great prize for the winner from The Crafty Ribbons Store

For my Design Team card I decided to use a Birdcage shaped card from Craftwork Cards. I did make a few of  these a long time ago so thought I'd make one for a change.Not the easiest to photograph however.

Card Recipe

Blank Birdcage Shaped card is from Craftwork Cards
The papers are Nitwit they came free in a magazine recently
Pearl string is The Hobby house
Butterflies are made with a Martha Stewart Punch I backed them with card so they stood up
The flowers are all from Wild Orchid Crafts
Sentiment is Lili of The Valley Trio Sentiments stamped in pink ink to match
Die is Marianne Circle leaf and flower 

Well I hope everyone is enjoying a great week and finds the time to pop over and enter this challenge  Love and  hugs Carole x

Wednesday, 3 August 2016


Good morning everyone I hope you are all well. As its that Wednesday again its a new challenge over at Crafting By Designs its or very popular month long Anything Goes Challenge

Our Sponsor this time is

Prize - choice of 3 single digi images

I decided on a lovely puppy image for my Design Team card called Sugar he's so cute

Card Recipe

6x6 Blank Card
Stamp is Sugar from Angie's Digital stamps painted with Copic and Promarker pens
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die
Paper is from my scrap box 
Fluffy trim is from Boyes Stores
Sentiment tag is Lili of the Valley
Dog button from Crafty Ribbons
Wooden bone was painted with a Copic pen to make dark grey it was from Whitby Crafts

Well I hope that you all are having a great week and  can enter the challenge its always so popular Love and  hugs Carole x

Monday, 1 August 2016

80th Birthday

Happy Monday everyone I hope you have all had a great weekend. The card I'm sharing today is a one I made a while ago for a commission. My friend Val asked for a male 80th with a garden theme as the man loves his garden. I didn't want to post it earlier but as the birthday was yesterday I'm sharing it with you now. I bought the lovely Potting Shed stamp from Lili of the Valley which I thought was just perfect.

Close up of the Stamp

The Box

Card and  Box Recipe

7x7 Blank Card
Kraft Card is from Crafters Companion 
Papers are from a discontinued Lili of hte Valley Pad Enchantment
Stamp is The Potting Shed from Lili of The Valley painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Seed Packet Stamp is Docrafts 
Willow green Hessian is from Ross Papercraft Show
Red Ribbon my stash
Jute String from Whitby Crafts
Lawm Fawn Stitched Rectangle die
Slider die is Whimsy stamps I won this is a candy draw from Bev Rochester
Garden Charms are from my stash
Sentiment is Lili of the Valley Vertical Sentiments
The 80 tiles are from a local Garden Centre might be Docrafts
The Box is from Stella Crafts
The Box sentiment I made on the computer
Cork dots are from Michael's in Florida

Quite a lot of stuff on this one but I enjoyed making it its always a bit of a challenge doing the male stuff but at least I started with a theme.
Well I hope you all have a great week.I'm going to Liverpool with my Golden Girl Friends tomorrow for three days We are gong to Chester on Wednesday to meet with another of our friends who now lives in the Wirral. I've left hubby a list of possible jobs!! to keep him busy while I'm away and some nice meals in the freezer!!
Not likely to do much blogging or facebook for the next few days the gossiping and wine will get in the way..So will catch up with you all on Friday. Love and  hugs Carole x

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Foxy Mushrooms

Good morning everyone and  a Happy Saturday. This morning I'm sharing another of the samples I made recently for Crafty Ribbons using the new Gnome Ribbons-Mushrooms Thes are great ribbons such fun designs

 For a change I used a topper that I spotted when I was looking for some matching papers,

Card Recipe

6x6 Kraft card with the corners rounded
Gnome Ribbon from Crafty Ribbons
The topper and  mushroom papers are from an old Docrafts pack called Woodland Wishes
Die is MFT Die- namics stitched inside outside rounded square
Green card is Tim Holtz
Sentiment is Lili of the Valley Postmark Sentiment no longer on the website
I made the small tags
Mushroom shapes fussy cut
Inside outside corner rounder

Well I hope you all enjoy a great weekend and have some great things planned Love and  hugs Carole x

Friday, 29 July 2016

We Are Celebrating

Good afternoon everyone my post today is to make you aware of a celebration freebie being given away by All Dressed Up Stamps to celebrate reaching 3000 followers on the Facebook page If you are not already a member then it is a lovely Facebook page to join the members post some amazing cards and tips. To get your free stamp then you need to pop over to the All Dressed up Stamps Challenge Blog. There are some fabulous cards as well from the Design Team to inspire you.

This is my Design Team Card using the free stamp.

Card Recipe

Shaped card is Craftwork Cards
Papers are Maja Design Summer Basics from Live and  Love Crafts
Stamp is All Dressed Up Stamps 3000 painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts
Sparkle Centres are from Dawn To Dusk Crafts at Ross Papercraft Show
Ruffled Lace with Diamante Trim is from Hobby Lobby Florida
Sentiments are Lili of the Valley Sentiment Tags
Organza Tassel charm from Michael's Florida
Diamante Trim and gems my stash .

Well I hope you all enjoy this free stamp and can pop over to the blog to take a look at the Design Team cards. Have a great weekend everyone Love and  hugs Carole x

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

From One Chick To Another

Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers Its that Wednesday again so another weekly challenge over at Crafting by Designs Our theme this week is Farm Life so you can get out all those cows and ducks and sheep stamps or images you didn't know what to do with !!

We have a great Sponsor

Prize - choice of 3 single digi images

For my Design team card I used a stamp called Farm Chick .

Card Recipe

6x6 scalloped edge blank card Craftwork Cards
Papers are from a Trimcraft pad Riverbank Revels 
Stamp is Farm Chick from The Stamping Boutique I reversed one of the images and printed them both onto the patterned paper.
Chicken wire mask art is Dutch Doobadoo from Noor Designs 
Love you Sentiment is Lili of the Valley Postmarks sorry but I can no longer see them on the web page such a shame they are so usefiul
The One Chick To Another sentiment I made on the computer
Red gingham ribbon from my stash might be Boyes Stores
Tim Holtz Distress ink Hickory Smoke

I hope everyone is having a good week and  finds time to pop over and enter this weeks challenge. Thank you everyone for the lovely comments you have left on my recent posts so kind such lovely Blog friends. 
Love and  hugs Carole x

I'm entering this into Crafty Sentiments Challenge Animals

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Cup Cakes and Bunting

Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers. Today I'm sharing something a bit different and something I've never made before.
 When my Daughter -in Law was pregnant with Miles she attended an NCT class and made friends with a lovely group of ladies who were all expecting around the same time. The babies have all turned one just recently and  yesterday they held a joint birthday for all eight children in The Cafe in Didsbury Park .
I was asked if I could make some Cup Cake Toppers and  Bunting with pictures of the babies on. Something they had seen advertised. So a new craft talent has emerged I'm now officially a Bunting and  Cup Cake Topper maker !!! I thought you might enjoy seeing them even if its just to admire the lovely babies.

Cup Cake Topper Cake

The Bunting

I used scraps of paper and Tim Holtz card for the hats and the Pom Poms and  Ribbon are from Boyes Stores. Straws from Poundland.  I needed 8 got 250 in the pack !! The  pegs and heart trim are from my stash. I made the templates from white card. 

Finally a photo of the babies 

Well I hope you are having a good weekend and  like my new craft talent and this fun post love and  hugs Carole x

Friday, 22 July 2016

Fairy Swing

Good evening everyone I know this is  strange time to post but I wanted you to be aware of a fabulous event going on over on the Kit and Clowder Facebook Page this weekend They are having a birthday celebration after achieving 10,000 followers with lots of prizes freebies and  fun.
All Dressed Up Stamps are giving a free Digi stamp over the weekend to support the event.The link above  will take you to all the fun.just follow the Kit and  Clowder link

The Design Team have been given a sneak preview of the gorgeous freebie All Dressed Up Stamps are giving Fairy Swing and  this is my Design Team card.

Close up of the Freebie Digi Stamp 

Card Recipe

7x7 Blank Card 
White Card is Tim Holtz
Lili of the Valley Country Lady papers now discontinued
Stamp is Fairy Swing from All Dressed Up Stamps painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Lace is from Dainty Crafts Washington
Organza trim from Walmart in Florida
Flowers are mainly Wild Orchid Crafts
Lace Butterfly is from Brenda's Lace and  Ribbon Specials Facebook page
The wooden sentiments are from The Works 
Pearl Hearts and  Pearl String Ross Paper craft Show

Well the event is runnig all weekend 23/24 the July so I hope that you can try and  pop over but if you are doing stuff or away you can access the events in the pinned posts for the nest week.  Enjoy and please make time to get this great stamp she's gorgeous. Have a great weekend everyone Love and  hugs Carole x

I'm entering this into Noor Design Challenge 20 Anything Goes Add Chipboard

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Pink and Girly

Good morning to all my friends and  followers today sees the launch of a new weekly challenge over at Crafty Ribbons Challenge and the challenge theme this week is Pink and Girly.
We have a fab prize this week aren't they lovely ribbons.

jam pot ribbons

For my Design Team card I decided to use one of the recently released Lili of  The Valley Seasons Girl Stamps Summer I loved painting her.

Close up of the stamp

Card Recipe

6x6 Blank Card
Papers are Maja Design Summer Basics from Live and  Love Crafts
White card is Tim Holtz
Stamp is Lili of the Valley Summer painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Background lace paper overlay is by Heidi Swapp from Joann's in Florida
Lace is from Crafty Ribbons
Flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts
The pink bead trim is a charm from Michael's in Florida
Sentiments are Lili of the Valley sadly I can no longer see them on the site maybe they will bring them out as a Digi !!
Wink of Stella on the flowers dress and  butterflies

Well I hope you all enjoy the rest of the week and you find time to enter the challenge. Everyone seems to love making pink and  girly  Love and  hugs Carole x

I'm entering this into In the Pink Challenge Get out your Rubber


Wednesday, 20 July 2016

New Friends

Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers as its that Wednesday I'm here to launch a new challenge over at Crafting by Designs and  today its our very popular challenge Get Ready For Christmas I hope you've all been playing along since April and are building up  a nice selection of Christmas cards..
Our sponsor this week is Beccy's Place giving the winner a lovely prize.

 Prize - 3 single digi images OR 1 set

For my Design Team card I decided on the black and  white version from the New Fiends set.

Card Recipe

6x6 Blank Card
Stamp is New Friends from Beccy's Place painted with Copic and  Promarker Pens. The fur is sprinkled with Twinklets
Papers are from Lili of the Valley now discontinued
Kraft Card is Crafters companion
Lace was from a gift shop in Whitby
Pom Pom Trim Michael's in Florida
Tree dies are Marianne and  Joycraft all run through a Die'sire dots embossing flolde
Wooden snowflakes my stash
Spellbinder Stately Circles die and  Circle die
Sentiments are Lili of the Valley Christmas Wishes Set
The other sentiment was from a stamp set I was given sorry but it had lost its packet when it arrived so not sure of the make!!

I hope everyone is having a great week and  find time to make a Christmas Cardd to enter into our challenge  Love and  hugs Carole x

Monday, 18 July 2016

The Gnome Potting Shed

Good morning everyone and Happy Monday Today I'm sharing another of the samples I made recently for Crafty Ribbons using the new Gnome and More Collection of Ribbons The ribbons are all such fun to work with so I  had a play and  came up with this Door Hanging called Potting Shed

Hung on the Door 

Door Hanger Recipe

MDF door hanger The MDF man at  York Craft show
The Tree Paper was from Do crafts free in a magazine
I made the Potting Shed  using Maja Design papers from The Summer Basics pad from Live and  Love Crafts
The gnomes in the windows are cut from the Gnome Ribbon 
Gnome Ribbons are all from Crafty Ribbons
Fence die is from Crafty Sentiments Designs
Die cut letters are a Marianne alphabet die from Noor Designs
Garden tool charms,twine and  heart buttons from my stash

Well I hope everyone has had a great weekend enjoy the week Love and  hugs Carole x