Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Gaffi

Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers and a special welcome to my new follower Viv thank you for following my blog I hope you find time to visit often .
My post today is to launch the new weekly challenge over at Crafting by Designs our theme for this week is Buttons and/or Bows. We have a lovely sponsor this week


Prize - winner choice of 3 digi images

For my card I decided on a lovely cute image called Gaffi


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Card Recipe


6x6 blank card
Stamp is Gaffi from Crafty Sentiments Designs painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Kraft card is Crafter's Companion
Papers are Dovecrafts Back to Basics True Blue
Stitched Circle dies
MFT Star die
Wooden elephant and  stars are from Whitby Crafts
Cute as a Button sentiment stamp is from Hobby Craft 
 Navy Bakers Twine

Well I hope you are all well and  can enter our challenge this week its a fun theme. I'm sure everyone has a button and a ribbon bow hidden away !!
Enjoy the rest of the week everyone Love and  hugs Carole x




Friday, 19 January 2018

White on White Christmas

Good morning to all my special friends and  followers. My post today is a card I started at our last craft group meeting of 2017. I didn't get it finished and have just finished it this week. I do like white on white so this will be my first Christmas card for 2018 not the last in 2017. Our craft group was due to start again yesterday but because of the very bad snow we had yesterday it will now not start back till next week.




Card Recipe

7x7 Blank card
Snowflake embossed card from Jelly Bean Crafts
Dies are Poinsettia flower is Poppy stamps
Pine branch and Ivy leaves are from Marianne dies
Holly branch is Joycraft
Sentiment die came free in a magazine ages ago
White flower pearl string is The Hobby House

Well I hope you are all looking forward to the weekend we still have snow so I hope it goes quickly. I have some food shopping and errands to do today. I'll be doing more work on the blinds later today and tomorrow. Enjoy the weekend everyone and keep warm if you have this bad weather. Love and  hugs Carole x .







Monday, 15 January 2018

Abi Ballerina

Good evening to all my lovely friends and  followers This evening is the launch of a new Monthly Challenge over at All Dressed Up Stamps our first in 2018. 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 January Design Team card I used a lovely stamp called Abi Ballerina 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
Stamp is Abi Ballerina from all Dressed Up Stamps painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Paper is Maja Design Sofiero The Magnificent Flower Path
Heart die and leaf die are both Joycraft
Oval die is a recent purchase from ebay
Flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts I painted the white one to match the design
Blue Pearl string is The Hobby House
Organza frilled trim from Joann's in Florida 
Sentiment is from Lili of the Valley Everything's Better stamp set
The paper hearts are the waste from the Joycraft die
Clear wink of stella
Pearls from my box
Memento Paris blue ink pad for the sentiment stamp

Well I hope you can enter our challenge this time we love seeing how you use All Dressed Up Stamps
Before I go just wanted to say a big thank you for the lovely comments I received on my Husbnd's Birthday card we both really appreciated them. Have a lovely evening everyone and enjoy the week Love and  hugs Carole x






Friday, 12 January 2018

Lazy Afternoon

Good afternoon everyone I hope you are all keeping warm and  have had a great week. Today I'm sharing the card I made for my Husbands Birthday which was on Monday. He had a lovely day and  we both enjoyed a nice meal out in the evening at one of our favourite pubs The Dun Cow in Sedgefield.
For his card I used one of my Lili of the Valley stamps that was one of the first ones I ever bought called Lazy Afternoon and if you are interested in it they still have it as a rubber stamp its great for all men occasions .



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Card Recipe

7x7 blank card
Kraft card is Crafter's Companion
Papers are from a My Minds Eye 12x12  pad
Stamp is Lili of the Valley Lazy Afternoon painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Wonky Stitched Square die is a Creative die from Craft Stash
Happy Birthday large button was from Ross Ppercraft
Its your day stamp is from  Lili of the Valley Calendars Set
Twine is from my stash
Husband sentiment I made on the computer 
Maroon Gems from Michael's Florida
Love sentiment from a pack I got at Dunelm 

Well I hope you all have a lovely weekend I've just started stitching again making some Roman Blinds now for my Son and  Daughter in Law its certainly keeping me busy !! 

I'm going to enter this into the Lili of The Valley Challenge I was very lucky last month and  won a £15 voucher I've not spent it yet as I like the look of a couple of the new release stamps out on Monday Take Care everyone. Love and  hugs Carole x

I'm entering this into Lili of the Valley Challenge January Something New my new is the Wonky stitched die I got for Christmas






Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Strawberry Cake Birthday Fairy

Good morning to all my friends and  followers well I've finally got back to my crafting and  this post is to launch the new challenge over at Crafting by Designs our theme for this challenge is Use Your Washi Tape I have to say its not something I use and  had to dig deep in my boxes to find some among my scrapbook stash that I haven't used much since I got addicted to card making.
We have a great sponsor this time


Prize - $12 gift certificate to shop


For my Design team card I used a lovely stamp called Strawberry Cake Birthday Fairy



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Card Recipe

7x7 Blank Card
Stamp is Strawberry Cake Birthday Fairy painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Paperer is Maja Design Coffee in the Arbor Raspberries
Green card is Tim Holtz
Wonky stitched square die is a Creative Dies Plus from Craft Stash
Strawberry border die is Joycraft
Green spot washi tape is Martha Stewart from Michael's in Florida at least 10 years ago 
Deep Pink flower was part of my Christmas gifts from a friend
White flowers from Boyes Stores
Sentiment stamp tags are Lili of the valley
Pearls my stash
Raspberry Border strip is from the Maja paper
Clear Wink of Stella on her dress wings and wands

Well I hope you are all crafting again and  can enter our challenge. Like me you might have a roll of washi tape in the bottom of a box you have never used.!!!

Before I go I want to wish all of you a very Happy, Healthy and  Prosperous New Year 2018  Love and  Hugs Carole x


Friday, 22 December 2017

All Dressed Up Stamps Christmas House

Good evening to all my lovely Friends and Followers tonight my post is to showcase the December New Release stamps from All Dressed Up Stamps There are four new Christmas Designs and  again they are all fabulous and here they are,

Christmas Couple
Christmas House 
Christmas Pooch
Christmas Robins



For my Design Team card I used the gorgeous Christmas House. As its so close to Christmas I went for a real traditional look with Reds and Greens.


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Card Recipe

7x7 Blank Card
Stamp is All Dressed up Stamps Christmas House painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Papers are My Paper Studio Watermark Christmas Floral from Hobby Lobby in Florida
Green Vellum for Holly Ross Papercraft
Dies are Postage Stamp Rectangle from eBay, Pine Branch is Marianne, Holly branch Joy Craft and  Poinsettia is a Spellbinder die
Berries eBay
Pine Cones Live and  Love Crafts
Velvet Ribbon my box
Red and  Green card might be Ross Papercraft

Well I hope you can take a look at the new stamps they are all lovely. Well its the last weekend before the big day. I hope you are all ready and still feeling very relaxed !! Love and  hugs Carole x




Tuesday, 19 December 2017

40th Birthday I love Cycling

Good morning to all my lovely Friends and Followers and a special welcome to my new Google + follower Kelly . My card today is a commission card I made a while ago for one of my friends Son In Law who is a huge cycling fan.
I used a photo image for the focal point as all the cycling stamps I had seemed a bit young for him.I hope you like it its a change from Christmas cards.



The Matching Box


Card and  Box Recipe

8x8 Blank Card
Blue card Ross Papercraft embossed with a dots embossing folder
Striped papers are Maja Design Vintage Frost Basics from Live and  Love Crafts
Black card my stash
Photo from the internet
Blue Twine Brenda's Lace and  Ribbon Specials Facebook Shop
Grey and white twine a gift shop in Whitby
Banner die is La La Land
Metal cogs are from a pack I bought in Michael's Florida a while ago
The lovely Bicycle charms are from Whitby Crafts
Black letters are from a Tim Holtz Letter Pad
Personalised sentiments made on the computer
Wooden Bicycle I bought in Michael's when I was in Florida in October perfect for my box
Black 8x8 box from Anna Marie Designs at Harrogate show
I made the flag banners by hand 

Well I hope you have a great week and  get that last minute Christmas shopping done I've got my last Christmas dinner tomorrow and  doing the big Christmas shop today so I only have fresh stuff later in the week  Love and  hugs Carole x







Friday, 15 December 2017

All Dressed up Stamps Magic Wand

Good evening everyone I'm here this evening to launch our 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 December Design Team card I used a lovely stamp called Magic Wand 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 
Stamp is Magic Wand from All Dressed Up Stamps painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Paper is from Craftwork Cards Denim collection a gift from my craft friend Carol
Kraft card is Crafter's Companion
Star shape cut from a Dutch Doobadoo star stencil
Star stamps came free in a magazine and they are heat embossed with Stampendous chunky white embossing powder
Sentiment is Magic of Christmas Set from Kaisercraft heat embossed
Flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts and Hessian flower Ross Papercraft
Berries are from eBay
Star die is MFT Dienamics
Hessian Button Stars are from Hobby Craft
Clear Wink of Stella on the Blue stars
Tim Holtz Distress paper edger tool


Well I hope you can enter this challenge but I know it is also a very busy time of the year. I'm slowly getting there most of my presents bought now thanks to a lot of internet shopping. I have a few Christmas nights out next week with friends so looking forward to those..

Enjoy the weekend everyone Love and  hugs Carole x


Thursday, 7 December 2017

In The Pink Christmas Nativity Angels

Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers  I hope that everyone is well and  keeping warm I hate winter. Today my post is to launch the new Challenge at In The Pink and  our theme this time is Christmas
For my Design Team project I used an old Lili of The Valley stamp Nativity Angels which I love and  made a Christmas Wall Hanger




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Card Recipe

Stamp is Lili of The Valley Nativity Angels I used a rubber stamp painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils it seems this is now only available in a pre coliured simply print image
Base Bell shape is a Dutchdoobadoo stencil I used Craft card from Crafter's Companion and  Pink paper I bought in Michael's in Florida
Rectangle stitched die is Lawn fawn
Star die is Joycraft Winter Wishes Circle stars
Star cut from a star Dutchdoobadoo stencil in Corrugated cardboard
Wooden Angel I think was from Hobby Craft
Hessian and white button star also from Hobby Craft
Sentiment tags are Lili of the Valley Christmas tags
White rose is Wild Orchid Crafts
Frosted Berries from eBay
Pink crisp ribbon from Boyes Stores
Distress ink Tattered Rose

Well I hope you can make something pink for Christmas and enter our challenge which sadly will be the very last  challenge from In The Pink as they have decided after five years to close the challenge blog down.
I am very sad about that as I have always enjoyed this challenge blog and especially being on the lovely design team this year.
Have a great weekend everyone Love and  hugs Carole x

I'm entering this into Winter Wonderland Challenge my first challenge entry for ages 





Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Snowmans Gift

Good morning to all my friends and  followers today see the launch of a new Challenge over at Crafting by Designs and its our very popular Anything Goes Challenge.
We have a three great sponsors this month


Prize - winner choice of 3 digi images


Alicia Bel    

Prize - winner choice of 3 digi images




Prize - winner choice of 3 digi stamps

For my Design Team team card I used a lovely image from Crafty Sentiments Designs called Snowmans Gifts





Card Recipe


7x7 Blank card
Stamp is Crafty Sentiments Designs painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Snowman paper is A Paper Studio from Hobby Lobby in Florida
Kraft card is Crafters Companion
Wonky Stitched Rectangle die
Plaited Twine was from Whitby Crafts
Pom Pom Trim Ross Papercraft
Blue wooden Snowflakes Hobby Craft
Wooden parcel from my box
Twine is Brenda's Lace and  Ribbon Specials Facebook Shop
Sentiments are Lili of the Valley Christmas Tags

Well I hope you are all having a good week and  can enter our last challenge of 2017, I cannot believe I have just written that what happened to the last 12 months!! I apologise for my photo quality it was so dark here last week. Love and  hugs Carole x 








Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Christmas Deer


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 November, but firstly I would like to say a warm welcome to my new follower Davinia thank you for joining in my Blog I hope you can visit often .  There are four new gorgeous designs just perfect for your Christmas 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  as always its very difficult to decide which one I like the best.I think I love them all.

Boy's Christmas Stocking


Christmas Deer



For my Design Team card I used the very lovely Christmas Deer and  made a star shape card for a 
change.


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Card Recipe

Stamp is Christmas Deer from All Dressed Up Stamps painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Star shape Card is made from a Dutch Doobadoo stencil from Noor Designs
Papers are Pion Design Greetings From The North Pole Let it Snow and Border Sheets I bought these earlier in the year from the Live and Love Crafts closing down sale. I still miss that lovely shop.
Stitched circle dies
Marianne Designs Wooden Christmas Tree from Buddly Crafts
Button and Wooden Reindeer are both from Whitby Crafts
Twine is Brenda's Lace and  Ribbon Specials Facebook shop
Snow is made with a Winter Decor Snow Pen from Leanne Creatif and  some Stampendous Chunky embossing powder
Ground Expresso Distress ink 
Winter letters and Reindeer strips are from the border Paper

Well I hope you can visit the shop and  take a closer look, these are just such a lovely selection especially those stocking stamps if you have children or grandchildren.
I'm sorry I'm being a very bad blogger at present but I'm making curtains for my son and  daughter in laws new house its an Edwardian house they have renovated so some massive bay windows. I'm getting there so hope to get back to a little bit of normal craft life in a couple of weeks. I hope everyone is well take care and sending you all Love and  hugs Carole x





Wednesday, 15 November 2017

A Star Is Born

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 November Design Team card I used the lovely Christmas stamp called A Star Is Born 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
Stamp is All Dressed Up Stamps A Star Is Born painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Papers are Core' Dinations card stock and Crafty Individuals Christmas Pad
Stitched Square die
 Star circle die  from eBay
Sentiment Stamp is Whimsy Stamps 
Angel button is from my stash
Bark stars are from eBay
Tim Holtz distress tool for the paper edges.

Well I hope you all have a great evening and weekend and can find time to enter the challenge this month. Love and  hugs Carole x


Thursday, 9 November 2017

In The Pink Spots and /or Stripes

Good morning I'm back today to launch the new challenge over at In The Pink and  our theme for this month is Spots and /or Stripes.
We have a great new sponsor this time A Day For Daisies


The Prize a $12 gift card




For my Design Team card I've used one of my favourite images from this company Pearls In My Hair


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Card Recipe

7x7 Blank Card
Stamp is A Day for Daisies Pearls in my hair painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Spot papers are a 12x12 scrapbook sheet I bought in Michael's in Florida no make on it
Burgundy card is from Ross Papercrafts
Dies are Spellbinder Opulent Ovals 
Flower die was an eBay find
Birdcage die is Joycraft
Ribbon is Martha Stewart 
Pearl String is The Hobby House
Charm is from my stash
Pearl flowers are Brenda's Lace and  Ribbon Facebook shop
Sentiment tags are Lili of the Valley
Viva pearl pen

Well I hope you can take a look at the challenge just remember that the majority of your card should be pink. Enjoy the rest of your week Love and  hugs Carole x