Thursday, 17 August 2017

Prosecco Time

Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers. Well I'm back today with a card to launch the new monthly Challenge over at In The Pink. Our theme for this month is Anything Goes to celebrate our Fifth Birthday
We have a fabulous sponsor this time.

Giving a very generous £15 voucher to the winner

For my Design Team card I used a fab All Dressed Up Stamps rubber stamp from LDRS that I treated myself to a couple of weeks ago. I just love her she's'so appropriate for lots of my friends.




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Card Recipe

7 x 7 Blank Card
Papers are Lemoncraft House of Roses from Noor Designs and Maja Design Sofiero Strolling down the rose path from Live and  Love Crafts I do miss that shop 
Stamp is an  All Dressed Up Stamps rubber stamp from LDRS bought from Dies To Die For painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Die is LDRS Gilded oval also from Dies To Die For
Flower dies are Poppy dies
Lace trim from Hobby Lobby in Florida
Pink bead sprays are from Dainty Crafts at Washington
Pearl string The Hobby House
Resin Frame is Melissa Francis from Live and Love crafts now closed.
Base white hearts are Martha Stewart Stickers from Michael's in Florida topped with a Dutch Doobadoo Paper heart and  a pink heart from my stash

Well I just loved this stamp I'm sure she will appear here again .I hope you can help us celebrate our 5th Birthday at In The Pink and  pop over and enter our Anything Goes Challenge this time, that's a fab prize. Enjoy the rest of the week everyone Love and  hugs Carole x




Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Smile Its Your Birthday

Good evening everyone I'm here this evening to launch out latest monthly challenge over at All Dressed Up Stamps Challenge Blog our theme as always is Anything Goes as long as you use an All Dressed Up Stamp in your design. If you have just discovered these stamps and don't have any there are some fab Freebies HERE to get you started.
The prize for the winner is three digital stamps of their choice and we also pick a top three one of whom is asked to be a Guest Designer the following month.

For my Design Team card I used the lovely fun stamp called Smile Its Your Birthday. There are also more fabulous creations from the rest of the Design Team to inspire you all over on the challenge blog



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Card Recipe

6x6 Blank card edge shaped with a Tim Holtz Bracket Die
Stamp is Smile Its Your Birthday from All Dressed up Stamps painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Papers are Timeless Victorian I've just managed to find the digital version of this from Raspberry Road as my Lili of the Valley pads are almost finished
Spellbinder Foral Oval die
Photo postcard stamp is Lili of the Valley I have had a look at the site and sadly looks like another no longer available
Lace I think is Whitby Crafts but not certain
Blue Cabouchon is Brenda's lace and  ribbon specials Facebook shop
Pearl String is The Hobby House
Large black flowers are from Hobbycraft
Small flowers are from Hobby Lobby Florida
Bead stamens and  lavender flowers my stash
The film strip die was from some I bought pre cut on eBay its a Magnolia Doo Hickey die but I have checked a few places to buy it but it is usually out of stock.
Dusty Concord distress ink

I hope you all find time to enter this months challenge I know a lot of you use these images. Enjoy your evening everyone  Love and  hugs Carole x




Sunday, 13 August 2017

Whitby Abbey

Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers sorry I've not been around much this last week I was away for three days with my Golden Girl Friends visiting our friend who lives in the Wirral we all had a brilliant time. I'll post some photos later when I get them from my friend.
My card today is one I made a while ago and was one for the Craft Group ladies to make. We decided we rarely make men cards so this is a male card for a change. I used a great stamp that I've had for years of  Whitby Abbey from Crafty Individuals. If you have never seen their stamps they do some amazing designs.



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Card Recipe

6x6 blank Kraft Card
Papers are Lili of the Valley Country Gent no longer available
Stamp is from Crafty Individuals stamped with Sepia ink and lightly painted with Distress inks
Square Stitched die 
Brown Card Ross Papercraft
Corrugated card came in a parcel from John Lewis so waste not want not I knew it would be useful.
Trim is from Brenda's Lace and  Ribbon Specials Facebook Shop
Sentiment is Lili of the Valley Happy Sentiments
Craftwork Cards Candi
Wooden stars from Ross Papercraft Show

Well I hope everyone is having a great weekend I'm catching up on some Design Team cards today in between the washing and  ironing.. I am way behind with visiting your amazing blogs but I hope to get caught up as soon as I can I seem to have spent all this year doing catch up for one reason or another. I'll be back later in the week with another post. Love and  hugs to you all Carole x



Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Bugsweetang

Good morning to all my special friends and  followers its Wednesday again and  the launch of a new challenge over at Crafting by Designs our theme as always for this months Challenge is Anything Goes
We have a great sponsor this time


Prize - winner choice of 4 digi images


For my /design Team card I used a gorgeous Angel stamp called Bugsweetang  not sure how she got that name but that's what it is. Here she is..





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Card Recipe

6x6 Blank Card
Angel is from Bugaboo stamps painted with Copic pens
Blue star paper is from a docrafts 12 days of  Christmas pad
Snowflake embossed card was from Jelly Bean Crafts
Oval Die is from a LDRS Gilded Oval Set from Dies tto Die For
White star trim is from Whitby Crafts
Blue wooden stars and snowflakes are from Hobby Craft
Net to make a bow think I bought it at Boyes Stores
Blue Twine is from Brenda's Lace and  Ribbon Specials Facebook Shop
Sentiments are Lili of the Valley Christmas tags
Angel charm from my stash I've had them ages. 
Glamour Dust on her Wings and  Halo.

I hope you can play along this time as this is our last challenge until the 30th August. There are no weekly challenges as the Design Team are having a Summer break Enjoy the week everyone Love and  hugs Carole x






Saturday, 29 July 2017

65th and 70th Birthday Commissions

Good morning everyone I hope you are all OK and looking forward to a great weekend. Today I'm sharing a couple of special commission cards I was asked to make for a friend they are for a 65th and  a 70th birthday and she asked for pastel shades. They are similar to these type of cards I've made for her before but that was what she wanted, hope you enjoy them .

70th Card


The Box



65th Card



The Box


Card Recipes

70th Card
8x8 Blank Card
Embossing folder came with my ebosser
Lavender Card 
Leaf die is Marianne
Sentiment die is Spellbinder Moroccan Accents
Joy Craft die on the box
Lace is from Ross Papercraft and lavender ribbon my stash
Pearls are The Hobby House
Flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts and white and lavender vellum flowers are made with a Chloe stamp and lavender embossing powder.
Small sentiment is Lili of the Valley Postmark  no longer available
Melissa Francis  Resin Frame from Live and  Love Crafts now closed
Box is from Stella Crafts

 65th Card
8x8 Blank Card
Papers are Lili of the Valley Timeless Victorian
Embossing folder is Creative Expressions heart lattice
Lace and  rose pearls are from Brenda's Ribbon and  Lace Specials Facebook shop
Border die is Joycrafts
Pearl String and other pearls The Hobby House
Spellbinder Opulent oval dies
Sentiment is Lili of The Valley
Leaf die is Joycrafts
Ribbon was from Hobby Craft
Small picture frame was from Michael's in Florida and originally metal but I painted it with Snow White acrylic paint to match
Flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts and the vellum flowers are made by stamping two different Chloe stamps and  heat embossing them with clear embossing powder.
The 8x8 box is from Stella Crafts

Enjoy the rest of the weekend everyone. I have some crafting to do and I did some tidying in the garden yesterday so still have a couple of jobs left to do tomorrow.  Thank you all for all the lovely comments you have left recently I really appreciate each and every one Love and  hugs Carole x



Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Joy of Chriistmas

Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers and a special welcome today to my new follower Doreen Thank you for following my blog I hope you enjoy my work.
Well for everyone else you know its that Wednesday so the launch of a new challenge over at Crafting by Designs and  our theme this week is Get Ready For Christmas July Edition.

We have a great sponsor this time


Prize Three single images

For my Design team card I used a lovely snowman image called Joy of Christmas I loved it so I hope you all do as well. I know we have a lot of snowmen fans out there

 

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Card Recipe

6x6 Blank card
Stamp is Crafty Sentiments Designs Joy of Christmas painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Kraft card is Crafters Companion
Papers are Lili of the Valley Twas The Night
Stitched circle dies from eBay
Sentiments are Lili of the Valley Christmas Sentiment tags available in Rubber and  Digi stamp
Net trim was from Walmart in Florida
White pompom trim was from Michael's in Florida
Snowman wooden button and thin felt snowflakes are from Whitby Crafts
Pearl snowflakes are The Hobby House also from Whitby Crafts
 Twinklets on the snow and  his hat

Well that's it I hope you can play along I know lots of you have started Christmas cards so  pop them on the challenge you could win a great prize from Crafty Sentiments Designs . Have a great week everyone. Love and  hugs Carole x





Saturday, 22 July 2017

Holiday Girl and Jam Jars

Good evening to all my lovely friends and followers tonight's post is to showcase the new release stamps from All Dressed up Stamps for July there are four new gorgeous designs just perfect for your summer cards.

So here they are and  you can buy them all now from the All Dressed Up Shop This is another fabulous release from Wendy and  again its very difficult to decide which i like the best..


Day Dreaming

Holiday Girl

Mermaid Kisses

Jam Jars





For my Design Team makes I used two of these fabulous stamps Holiday Girl and Jam Jars I hope you like them.

Holiday girl



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Card Recipe Holiday Girl

6x6 Blank Card
Stamp is Holiday Girl from All Dressed up Stamps painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Papers are Maja Design Summer basics from Live and  Love Crafts now closed
Dies are LDRS Gilded Ovals set from Dies to Die For.
Sun die is from eBay
Stitched rectangle die is Lawn Fawn
Metal coat hanger was from Live and  Love crafts
Bakers Twine is Docrafts and I fussy cut the clothes to hang on the end.
Sentiment and shades sentiment are part of the stamp 
Flowers are from my stash
Pearls from the Pound Shop 


Jam Jars




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Jam Jar Wall Hanging Recipe

Heart Shape wooden  photo frame was from Michael's in Florida it cost a $1 and I painted it with lavender Acrylic Paint
Stamp is Jam Jars from All Dressed Up Stamps painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Wooden Love sentiment is also from Michael's
Wooden double hearts I bought at the last Harrogate craft show
Jute String to make the hanger is from Whitby Crafts

Well I hope you have enjoyed seeing the new release stamps and my two makes. I think it will be hard not to take a look at them all in the shop and also there are some more inspirations from the rest of the Design Team HERE
I want to also apologize as I've not been around much this week but we had three days away in North Yorkshire for our Wedding Anniversary which was on Tuesday we stayed in a very lovely hotel it was just perfect. So I'll be playing catch up over the weekend. I do hope everyone is well and  enjoying a lovely weekend.  Love and  hugs Carole x

 

Thursday, 20 July 2017

In The Pink Snow Queen

Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers. Well I'm back today with a card to launch the new monthly Challenge over at In The Pink. Our theme for this month is Fantasy.
We have a fabulous sponsor this time.



Giving a very generous £15 voucher to the winner


For my Design Team card I used a digi stamp I've had ages but only used once about three years ago it called Snow Queen and by Aurora Wings I used a blue theme last time so this is my In The Pink version.



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Card Recipe

7x7 Blank Card
Pink snowflake paper is a digital download.
Stamp is Aurora Wings Snow Queen painted with Copic and  Promarker Pens.
Textured paper overlay I got at Ross Papercraft Show
Star edge die is Joycrafts
Snowflake dies are Marianne
Crystal sparkle gems my stash.
Snowflake charm was from Live and Love Crafts I think
Sentiment stamp is from Kaisercraft Magic of Christmas stamp set. I stamped and heat embossed it in Silver embossing powder
Lots of Glamour Dust on her tiara,earrings and also some in her hair

Well I hope you can find time to pop over and enter our challenge this month you have until the 16th August to enter. Enjoy the rest of the week Love and  hugs Carole x



Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Wind in my Hair Fairy

Good morning everyone I hope you are all enjoying a great week. Its that Wednesday again  so the launch of a new challenge over at Crafting by Designs Our theme for this weeks challenge is Reuse, Recycle or Repurpose,

Our sponsor for this weeks challenge is



For my Design Team card i used a lovely stamp called Wind in my Hair Fairy. I struggled a bit with the theme so I've reused a Spellbinder floral oval die and Lili of the Valley sentiment tags that  I've used loads and I recycled a flower spray from an old card.



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Card Recipe

Craft work Cards Fanciful shaped card
Papers are Lili of the Valley now discontinued
Stamp is Wind in her Hair Fairy from Scrap'N Dippity painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Dies are  Spellbinder floral Oval, Leaf die is from a Magnolia doohickey Swirl and  leaf set, heart banner is a Penny Black die.
Flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts and  Live and Love Crafts
Pearl trim is Whitby Crafts I think.
Heart lace is Brenda's Lace and  Ribbon Specials facebook shop
Sentiments are Lili of the Valley Sentiment tags available as rubber or digi stamps.
Viva pearl pen
Pearl hearts my from one of the craft shows

Well I hope you enjoy the rest of the week whatever you have planned and can also find time to enter this weeks challenge. 
Love and  hugs Carole x

 


Saturday, 15 July 2017

Happiness

Good evening everyone I'm here this evening to launch out latest monthly challenge over at All Dressed Up Stamps Challenge Blog our theme as always is Anything Goes as long as you use an All Dressed Up Stamp in your design. If you have just discovered these stamps and don't have any there are some fab Freebies HERE to get you started.
The prize for the winner is three digital stamps of their choice and we also pick a top three one of whom is asked to be a Guest Designer the following month.

For my Design Team card I used the lovely romantic stamp called Happiness. There are also more fabulous creations from the rest of the Design Team to inspire you all over on the challenge blog



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Card Recipe

7x7 Blank card
Happiness stamp from All Dressed Up Stamps  painted with Copic and  Promarker pens
Heart embossed card from Ross Paercraft show
Border die and heart dies are all Joycraft
Stitched hearts die from eBay
Organza flower border trim from Boyes Stores
Flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts and  Ross Papercraft
Cabouchon from Harrogate show
Sentiments are Lili of the Valley Postmark stamps unfortunately no longer available such a shame they are so useful
Grey pearl hearts Jelly Bean crafts

I hope you like this its ages since I used my Copic pens but decided to use them on this as I wanted a bright white and sadly the Artistico watercolour card I use is an off white.
Well I hope you are all enjoying the weekend and can find time to enter the challenge this month.   Have a lovely evening everyone. Love and  hugs Carole x





Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Spring Block

Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers its Wednesday again so the launch of a new challenge over at Crafting by Designs our theme for this weeks challenge is Summertime and
our sponsor for this weeks Challenge is

Prize - winner choice of 4 digi images

This is a very generous prize for the winner. For my Design Team card I used an image called Spring Block . Even though its says Spring it has lots of lovely Summer features/ Hope you like it.


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Card Recipe

6x6 Blank Card
Papers are Baskets and  Bunnies Lili of the Valley now discontinued
Heart embossed pearl card .
Stamp is Spring Block from Bugaboo Stamps painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Square Stitched die and leaf border die are both dies from eBay
Birdcage die is Joy Craft from Noor Designs
Dragon fly die and stamp set came in a magazine. I stamped onto pink vellum and  heat embossed them with Pink Aurora Lapis embossing powder from Cosmic Shimmer
Pearl string from Whitby Crafts
Birdcage charm my stash 
Pink twine Walmart Florida
With love sentiment die is Spellbinder
Some Wink of Stella on the image 

Well I hope everyone has a great week and can find time to enter the challenge this time.
I'm still playing catch up after being away for a long weekend to my sons we got to see the new house its an Edwardian house and currently under renovation so a bit of a bomb site at present but it is a fabulous house which will be an amazing home for them when its finished. We had a lovely night out with them in Knutsford on Saturday evening and Michael and  I  stayed in a very nice hotel called Cottons. The highlight as always was the lovely time we spent with Miles which we always enjoy so much.  Love and  hugs Carole x





Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Umbrella Girl

Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers I hope everyone is well and  enjoying a great week .Well Wednesday has come around again and therefore the launch of another challenge over at Crafting by Designs .and its the launch of our monthly and very popular Anything Goes Challenge .
Our sponsor this time is


Prize - winner choice of 1 bundle


Welcome :) I'm always happy to share my story! 
Once upon a time, I had 1 big noisy child, and 2 small noisy children, (still noisy, just bigger...lol) and I was in desperate need for quiet book patterns. I couldn't find any that I LOVED, so... I drew my own! Not too successful, as they were way too complicated, but I had HUGE feedback on my art work. 
So, my happy ending began with a blog :) I started out posting free images daily, and within a week, I had over 100 followers! I was thrilled! Slowly as my art work has improved, so have my opportunities! Etsy is just another step in achieving my dream. I have become a successful illustrator! I am so blessed to have had many willing to help me on my path, and am grateful for every single person who has visited my shop, blog, and offered requests and suggestions along the way.
I LOVE this "job"!
xoxo   Nikki


For my design team card I've used a black and white mage from the Rain Clip Art set called Umbrella Girl



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Card Recipe

6x6 Blank Card
Image is Umbrella girl from Melonheads Rain Clip Art Set painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Papers are Maja Design Lets Have Some Coffee from Live and  Love Crafts now closed
Purple card is Tim Holtz
Die is Little Darlings Rubber Stamps Gilded Oval set from Dies To Die For
Pearl and bead trim from Whitby Crafts
Flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts and Boyes Stores the Lavender stems are from Ross Papercraft.
Sentiment is from the Lili of the Valley Spring set
Small hearts are cut from a Penny Black heart banner die

Well I hope you like her and can find time to enter the challenge this month. I got caught up last week with my comments on your lovely blogs but am falling behind with them already. I just wish life didn't get in the way of my crafting so much. Enjoy the rest of the week everyone love and hugs Carole x