Thursday, 27 April 2017

In The Pink Cream Cake

Good morning everyone today I'm sharing my second Guest Designer card for In the Pink Challenge  You will remember I was asked to be their Guest Designer for April.The theme for the challenge this fortnight is Birthday and  you must use more PINK than any other colour on your design



For my Card I decided to use a stamp I bought  little while ago from Lili of the Valley called Cream Cake and thought it was perfect for a pink Birthday card.



 Close up 



Card Recipe

7x7 Blank Card
Stamp is Lili of the Valley painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Papers are Lemomcraft House of Roses from Noor Designs
Chipboard frame is Wycinanka from Live and  love Crafts
Lace is from Brenda's Lace and  Ribbon Specials Facebook Shop
Die is Joycraft Heart Circle and Square from Dies to Die For
Flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts and  Hobby Lobby Florida
Butterfly is Petaloo I got at Ross Papercraft Show
Sentiment is Lili of the Valley Its Time to Party set
Jute String Whitby Crafts
Kraft card Crafters Companion
Glamour Dust on the cake

I hope you can pop over and take a look at the challenge there are always some great inspiration from the Designers. I really enjoyed joining in with them for an In the Pink month. Love and  hugs Carole x

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Christmas Holiday Moose With Lights

Good morning to all my friends and  followers another Wednesday and  the launch of a new weekly challenge over at Crafting by Designs today is our first Get Ready For Christmas Challenge these will now be running till the end of the year its a great challenge to join in as you will have a nice little stock of Christmas cards if you play along every month.
We have a new sponsor for  this week giving a very generous prize.

Drawn by Krista  
  
Prize - winner choice of 3 digi images

This company have some great fun images well worth a look. For my first Christmas card of 2017 I decided on an image called Christmas Holiday Moose with Lights. He's such a cutie.



Close up




Card Recipe

6x6 Blank card
Stamp is Christmas Holiday Moose With Lights from Drawn by Krista and  painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Papers are Lili of the Valley Brown and Red Docrafts
Kraft card is Crafters Companion
Stitched Square dies
Tree die is Marianne from Buddly Crafts 
Bark hearts I got from Live and  Love Crafts now sadly closed
Reindeer button from Whitby Crafts
Twine for bow and  around the tree from Brenda's lace and  ribbon specials Facebook shop
Variety of coloured gems for the tree my stash.
Sentiments are Christmas sentiment tags from Lili of the Valley
White Wink of Stella on the tree branches

I hope you can find time to start your Christmas cards and  enter the Get Ready for Christmas challenges . Have a great week everyone. I'll be back tomorrow with my second Guest Designer card for In The Pink  Love and  hugs Carole x







Saturday, 22 April 2017

Happy 40th

Good evening everyone I hope you are all well and  have had a good week. My post this evening is to showcase the new release stamps from All Dressed Up Stamps for April .There are four fabulous new designs this month and here they all are

Happy 40th, 50th or 60th - its not a choice you get all three for the price of one!



They are all just so lovely its hard to decide which one I personally love the most. For my Design Team card I used the pretty Happy 40th this is an amazing value stamp as you get all three stamps .





The inside



Card Recipe

Heart shape card and shaped papers made using a Dutch Doobadoo Shape Art stencil 
Stamp is All Dressed Up Stamp Happy 40th painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Papers are Lemoncraft 12x12 House of Roses from Noor Designs
Stitched heart die is from Ebay
Pearl string is The Hobby House
Lace Butterflies on the front are Martha Stewart from Michael's in Florida.
Butterfly lace inside the card is from Brenda's Lace and  Ribbon Specials Facebook shop
Flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts
Cream Viva pearl pen on the stamp 

I am sure you will agree that Wendy has produced four absolutely gorgeous images this month (As always!) I hope that you can take a look at these and all her fabulous stamps in the Etsy Store  There are also some more amazing projects from the other Dressy Girls using these fabulous  stamps on the All Dressed Up Stamps Challenge Blog



Enjoy the rest of the weekend everyone. Love and  hugs Carole x




Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Garden Catalogues Wall Hanging

Good morning to all my friends and  followers I hope you all enjoyed Easter and  got lots of lovely chocolate. I cannot believe its that Wednesday again don't know where that week went . Well another  challenge starts today over at .Crafting by Designs and the theme for this week is Vintage.
We have two great sponsors this week

                                                           Lunagirl

 Prize - $15 gift certificate 

Prize - winner choice of 3 digi images


For my Design team project I used a Lunagirl image from their lovely Garden Catalogues sheet





Wall Hanging Recipe

Small wall hanging from my local garden centre comes with jute string hanger
Papers are Maja Design Coffee in the Arbour Raspberries
Garden Catalogues image is from Lunagirl
Brown paper pocket bag is form Harrogate show ages ago
Brown wooden single heart from Whitby Crafts
Double hearts I bought at Harrogate show this year
Lace is from Brenda's lace and  ribbon specials Facebook shop
Sentiment is from Tim Holtz Small Talk sticker book 
Small Cameo is from the Hobby House
Lace oval is from The Works ages ago

Well I hope you can enter your vintage style projects in our popular weekly challenge this time . Enjoy the rest of the week Love and  hugs Carole x






Saturday, 15 April 2017

On My Farm

Good evening to all my lovely friends and  followers tonight sees the launch of our new monthly challenge over at All Dressed Up Stamps Challenge blog As always our theme is Anything Goes as long as you use an All Dressed Up Stamp. If you would like to enter and  don't have an image take a look at the freebie images on the blog .We  randomly pick a winner to receive 3 images of their choice, and the Design Team will chose the top 3 creations.

I always tend to go for Wendy's gorgeous girlie images but she also has some great designs for children so I decided for my Design Team project this month to do something in a very different style.  I really enjoyed making this so I hope you all like it as well.




Close up



Card Recipe

6x6 Card
Stamp is  On My Farm from All Dressed Up Stamps painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Coloured card is Tim Holtz and  Bazzil 
Stitched Landscape dies are Poppy Stamps
Cloud die is Memory Box
Sun and  Rainbow die is from eBay
Yellow twine is from Brenda's Lace and  Ribbon Specials Facebook shop
Blue Distress Ink

Well I hope you can grab an All Dressed Up Stamp and enter our challenge this time. I certainly enjoyed making this card with such a cute image. The challenge runs till the 14th May so plenty of time to enter.
Enjoy the rest of the Easter holiday I hope you all have some nice things planned.Our Son, Daughter in Law and Grandson Miles are coming tomorrow for a couple of days so we are looking forward to that. We have an Easter Egg hunt in the garden planned for Sunday so hope its dry.  

Happy Easter Love and  hugs Carole x


 




Thursday, 13 April 2017

In the Pink Fiona Loves Flowers

Good morning to all my special friends and followers. I'm back today with an exciting post. I was so pleased to have my card selected as one of The Perfect Pinkies in the In The Pink Challenge last time. I was then asked if I would like to be the Guest Designer for their two challenges this month. I was absolutely delighted as I don't put my cards in many challenges but when I do this is always one of my favorites.



So today is the first of the challenges and the theme is Pearls clearly made for me as its one of my favorite embellishments. I decided to use a Stampingbella stamp I've had ages but never used for my first GDT card. I must have been saving it all along for a special occasion.that's my story anyway.




Close up


Card Recipe

7x7 blank Card
Stamp is Stampingbella Fiona Loves Flowers painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
White card is Tim Holtz 
Papers are Maja Design Sofiero Strolling Down the Rose Path and The Magnificent Flowerstreet both from Noor Designs
Lace is from Whitby Crafts
Gate die is Memory box
Square die is Tonic 
Pearl flower and pearl string are The Hobby House
Other flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts
The organza ribbon and pearl trim was from Boyes Stores ages ago.
Small Pearl hearts are from Jelly Bean Crafts 
White topstitch thread and sewing machine
Sentiment stamps are Lili of the Valley sentiment tags

I hope you can enter the challenge remember its a pearl theme but you must use more Pink than any other colour on your design. The challenge runs till the 26th April .
Have a great Easter weekend everyone whatever you are planning. Love and hugs Carole x



Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Dream Dress

Good morning to all my special friends and  followers its Wednesday so the launch of another challenge over at Crafting by Designs our theme this week is Girls or Flowers and  we have a great sponsor this week

SheepSki Designs  
 Prize - winner choice of 3 digi images 


These stamps are gorgeous and  I would recommend you take a look at Andrea's fab stamps.

For my Design team card I've used a stamp called Dream Dress.its actually a copy of the owners own wedding dress its so pretty.



Close up



Card Recipe

7x7 blank card
Stamp is Dream Dress from SheepSki Designs painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Papers are Maja Design from Live and  Love Crafts sadly now closed
White card is Tim Holtz 
 White overlay paper is from Ross Papercraft
Dies are LDRS Gilded Oval and Joycrafts Cicles,Squares and Hearts both from  Dies to Die For
Pearl trim The Hobby House
Organza flower trim is from Wild Orchid Crafts not sure if they still sell it I've had it a while.
I made the flowers using some lilac vellum a Chloe stamp and Stampendous white embossing powder then fussy cut them.
Small dark lilac flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts
Sentiment is from a Tim Holtz sentiment pad from Michael's in Florida
Heart pearls are from Jelly Bean crafts at Harrogate show.

I really enjoyed making these flowers its ages since I used this technique but it always looks gorgeous. 

Well I hope you can find time to enter this weeks challenge. Enjoy the week everyone Love and  hugs Carole x



 

Friday, 7 April 2017

Easter Sweeties

Good evening to all my special friends and  followers  I hope everyone is well and had a great week we have had some great weather. I'm also sorry I've not been around much this week as we went away to Whitby for a couple of days and had a lovely evening at The Marine jazz night. We have stayed there before and the boutique rooms are gorgeous. Had lovely weather and spent yesterday afternoon at Pickering and Helmsley on the way home.

Today I'm sharing another of the Easter cards I've been making using the very cute Easter Sweeties stamp from Lili of the Valley I have had this rubber stamp a while but they still do it as a digi version.




Card Recipe

6x6 blank Card
Spot Papers are from a magazine 
Yellow and turquoise card Tim Holtz
Stamp is Easter Sweeties from Lili of the Valley painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Organza trim was from Boyes Stores
Cloud die is Memory Box
Sun die was from ebay
Flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts and daffodils Boyes Stores
Sentiment stamps are Lili of the Valley last release

Well I hope you all have a good weekend everyone Love and  hugs Carole x




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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Live, Laugh, Love.

Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers its Wednesday again so the launch of a new Anything Goes monthly challenge over at Crafting by Designs.
Our sponsor this month is

Prize = choice of 4 digi images


For my Design Team project I decided on something a little different and went for a gorgeous sentiment stamp called Live Laugh Love Rose Block. The reason I decided on this was last year when I was in Florida I bought a few of these wooden photo frames from Michael's they were very cheap only a couple of dollars and they have been in my box ever since. So this week they finally got used as I thought this sentiment fitted the aperture perfectly.  I was quite pleased with the finished frame for my first dabble with acrylic paint and  then stamping onto it.






Close up of the Stamp




Photo Frame Recipe

Wood photo frame from Michael's in Florida painted with Americana Warm White acrylic paint I then stamped it with a Tim Holtz butterfly from his Natures Elements stamp set and used Faded Jeans Distress Ink
Sentiment stamp is from Bugaboo  Stamps painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils to match the frame.
The hessian flowers are from Ross Papercraft show and the other roses are Wild Orchid Crafts 
The dark cream pearl swirls came from Michael's in Florida a lot of years ago and I've just found them !!
Gold Viva pearl pen

I've not decide yet whether to leave it on the stand or to fix a hanger so it can go on the wall . I hope you like it. I found the stamping on the acrylic paint a lot easier than I thought it would be so I will definitely have another go.

Well that's it other than to say have a great week whatever you are doing. I hope you can enter the challenge Anything Goes is always so popular and you have plenty time as it runs till the 25th April 
Love and  hugs Carole x 

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Saturday, 1 April 2017

A Cart Full Of Sunshine

Happy Saturday to all my lovely friends and  followers I hope everyone is well and  looking forward to the weekend. Today I'm sharing another of the Easter cards I made last weekend I've used the lovely stamp from the Lili of the Valley latest release A Cart Full Of Sunshine . There is a bit of a tale to this stamp I bought the rubber stamp at Harrogate and then thought it was faulty as my stamp didn't have the pretty little branch at the top that I was seeing on cards others had made. I contacted Lili of the Valley who explained the branch was only on the digi stamp and print images because of production methods with the rubber stamp. I then decided as I love d the cute branch to get the digi stamp as well and  this is what I used for my card. I apologise in advance for the photographs my camera hates green so the backing paper on this card is a much prettier green its from a Lili of the Valley Timeless Victorian pad.



Close up of the Stamp


Card Recipe

6x6 blank card
Stamp is a digi from Lili of the Valley painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Papers are Lili of the Valley Timeless Victorian now retired
Yellow card is Tim Holtz
Stitched Square dies 
Joy craft grass border die a recent purchase at Harrogate show
Marianne leaf die
Flowers are green rose Hobbycraft the others are Wild Orchid Crafts
Green twine is from Brenda's Lace and  Ribbon Specials Facebook shop
Yellow pearls are Kanban
Sentiment stamp came recently in Papercraft Essentials Magazine

Have a good weekend everyone whatever you are planning. I think its crafting today after some jobs and  some more gardening tomorrow. I started tidying in the garden last weekend and still have a few jobs to finish tomorrow weather permitting . Love and  hugs Carole x





Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Easter Box

Good morning to all my special friends and  followers its that Wednesday again it comes around so quickly these days. So as its Wednesday again is the start of a new challenge over at Crafting by Designs and out theme this week is Easter.

Our sponsor this week is

Prize - $12 credit to store

For my Design Team make I used a stamp called Easter Egg Cutie and used it to make an Easter box





Box Recipe

White Oval Box was from Whitby Crafts
Stamp is Sami Stamps Easter Egg Cutie painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Pearl string is from The Hobby House and  Whitby Crafts
Blue lace is Whitby Crafts
Cream lace is Brenda's Lace and  Ribbon Specials Facebook shop
Yellow spot ribbon is Crafty Ribbons and the pink gingham ribbon from my box.
Flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts
Sentiment is Lili of the Valley postage stamps sorry they are no longer on the website.
Some Glamour Dust on her wings

I hope you are all making Easter cards and can find the time to enter one into the challenge which runs till next Tuesday. Enjoy the rest of the week I hope you have some  nice things planned. Love and  hugs Carole x



Monday, 27 March 2017

Spring Bunny With Daffodils

Good morning everyone i hope you all had a lovely weekend the weather was just perfect for Mothers Day. Today I'm sharing one of the Easter Cards I've been making over the weekend thought I'd better make a start thankfully I only send a few so nothing like Christmas.

For my card I used a Lili of the Valley stamp I bought last year and  not got round to using not like me !!its called Spring Bunny with Daffs . Sadly its no longer available as a rubber stamp but they still have it as a pre coloured sheet.


Close Up


The inside


Card Recipe

Circle card made from a Dutch Doobadoo stencil from Noor Designs
Stamp is Spring Bunny with Daffs from Lili of the Valley now retired .Painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Dies are Stitched circles and  Marianne Flower Leaf and  Circle die
Papers are from Maja designs and some that came free in a magazine
Lace was from Brenda's Lace and  Ribbon Facebook shop
Pearl string The Hobby House
Ribbon my stash may be from Boyes Stores
Flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts
Some Wink of Stella on the Bunny and Flowers
Sentiment stamp came recently in a magazine,

Well I hope you all have a lovely week We are going to Whitby shortly for a pensioner day out looking forward to a visit to The Craft Shop a must then The Book Shop, a nice glass of wine then Fish and Chips at The Magpie Cafe for my GF fish and chip fix.

Thank you to everyone who commented on my last couple of posts so kind and you left such lovely comments. Love and  hugs Carole x