Thursday, 22 December 2016

The Night Before Christmas

Good evening everyone well not long to go now I hope you are all ready for the big day. Today I'm sharing a Christmas project I made to showcase one of the new release stamps from All Dressed Up Stamps. Here is a peak at all four new Stamps they are gorgeous.

For my project I used The Night Before Christmas its just perfect . Sorry in advance a lot of photos on this post.

The Wall Hanging

Top Star

Middle Star

Bottom Star

Wall Hanging Recipe

Stamp is All Dressed Up Stamps The Night Before Christmas I cropped the stocking from the bedpost for the second star and  the final star sentiment is from the All Dressed Up Stamp Happy Christmas Little Star they are all painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils 
Star stencil is Dutch Doobadoo from Noor Designs
Papers are Maja Designs I Wish 12x12 sheets Noor Designs
Christmas dies are both Joycraft
Spellbinder circle die
Liberty Bells are from Live and Love Crafts
Green twine is from Walmart in Florida
Wooden Sentiment is from Hobby Craft
Heart brads are from Michaels in Florida
Green stars my stash
Aged Mahogany Distress Ink Pad 

I finally feel I'm getting things in place for Christmas a few jobs in the house tomorrow getting ready for the family arriving on Christmas Eve . Its my Birthday today 21 again in my Dreams !!!.  Michael is taking me out for a meal tonight so looking forward to that.  I'll have one final post before Christmas . Still behind with everything in Blogland but hope that gets better in the New Year Love and  hugs Carole x 

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Time To Shine

Good evening everyone I hope everyone is set for Christmas not many sleeps left now. Today sees the launch of the last challenge for 2016 over at All Dressed Up Stamps Challenge. The theme is Anything Goes as long as you use an All Dressed Up Stamp . If you don't have one then there are some lovely freebies on the Challenge Blog page. The prize for the winner is three stamps from the All Dressed up Shop.
For my Design Team card I used a lovely stamp called Time to Shine

The Stamp

Card Recipe

6x6 Blank Card
Stamp is All Dressed Up Stamps Time to Shine painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Papers are Maja Design from Live and  Love Crafts
Frame die is Joycraft
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles
Poppy stamps poinsettia die
Lace is from Brenda's Lace and Ribbon specials Facebook Shop
The corrugated paper I made with my crimping machine
Bark stars are from Live and  Love crafts
The clock embellishment was from The Works it was metal and I painted the edges with white Gesso and then inked them
Pink pearl gems
Pink Twine I bought in Walmart in Florida
Distress ink 

Well I know its a busy time but I hope you can popover and take a look at he challenge and  maybe enter a project this time. Enjoy the rest of the week and I'm hoping your Christmas preparations are going well. I'm still chasing my tail but slowly getting there. Love and  hugs Carole x

I'm entering this into Noor Designs Challenge Sparkle

Thursday, 8 December 2016


Good morning everyone I'm back today to launch a new weekly challenge from Crafty Ribbons and our theme this week is Christmas
There's always a great prize and  this is this weeks prize for the lucky winner

For my Design Team card I wanted to use the lovely Christmas Rose ribbon so decided on a Lili of the Valley image Noel

Close up of the stamp

Card Recipe

6x6 Blank Card
Papers are Kaisercraft
Stamp is Lili of the Valley Noel painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Ribbon is Christmas Rose from Crafty Ribbons 2016 collection
Christmas Candlestick Button is also from Crafty Ribbons
Flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts, Hobby Lobby Florida, Poundland and berries from a Christmas cracker last year
Small wooden stars Whitby crafts
The Noel sentiment painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils comes with the stamp .
Wink of Stella on the flowers
Lawn Fawn Stitched rectangle die

Well I hope everyone is having a great week and  can find time to take a look at the challenge. I'm hoping to start putting up my Christmas Decorations today exciting as I love Christmas .Love and  hugs Carole x

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Here Come The Holidays

Good morning to all my friends and  followers and  a very special welcome today to Emma my latest follower. I was so please to have her follow my blog as we met on Docrafts when I first started crafting about 7 years ago.
Well its that Wednesday again but this is the last its that Wednesday till 2017. So we have a bumper edition challenge over at Crafting by Designs lasting till the 28th December. Our theme this time is Here Come The Holidays .
We have four fantastic sponsors all giving great prizes to our winners.

  Prize - choice of 3 single digis OR 1 set of digis

Prize - choice of 3 single digis  

Di's Digis 
Prize - $12 voucher to store


Prize - choice of 1 bundle of digis 

Wow that's a lot of prizes .For my Design Team cards I've used images from two sponsors Beccy's Place and  Aliciabel.

The Inside

The Stamp

Card Recipe

6x6 Blank Card
Stamp is Family Reunion painted with Copic and  Promarker pens If you've not visited the Beccy's Place web page this is one of lots of gorgeous freebie images
Papers are Mulberry Wood from Crafters Companion  
Spellbinder circle die
Snow acetate was a present from my friend Barbara
Joycraft Winter Wishes star die
Pearl String The Hobby House
Happy Christmas Die came in a magazine
Flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts frosted with Gesso, white Wink of Stella and glitter
White star ribbon around the flowers from Whitby Crafts

Rino and  Reno

Close Up of the stamp

Card Recipe

6x6 Blank card
Papers are Lili of the Valley now retired
Kraft card is Crafter's Companion
Stamp is Aliciabel Rino and Reno painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Spellbinder die Labels 15
Fiskers tree border punch
Twine from my stash
Trees are from Hobby Craft
Coloured Bells are Whitby Crafts
Jingle Bells sentiment stamp is from the Christmas Wishes set from Lili of the Valley

Well that's it for 2016 from Crafting by Designs I hope you can find time to pop over and enter. I know this time of year can be really hectic  I've still got lots to do but its the same every year and  I usually get everything done. Crafting by Designs Challenges will start again on the 4th January 2017. Apologies for the quality of my photos this time my camera hates Acetate and Green!!!  Love and  hugs Carole x

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Little Angel

Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers . First I must apologise for not being around recently for many comments on your lovely Blogs. I had a very busy week last week decorator here most of the week and my husband has not been very well they thought he had a shin splint but after several weeks and  three hospital visits last week they think it may be a damaged or trapped nerve so waiting for x-ray results at present. Because of all this his mobility is not good so I'm doing more around the house not that I mind if it helps his recovery.
Now onto my card today its Wednesday so you've guessed its another challenge starting over at Crafting by Designs our theme for this months challenge is our very popular Anything Goes.
We have one sponsor

 Prize - choice of 2 single digis

For my Design Team card I used the lovely Little Angel stamp

Close up of the stamp

Card Recipe

Fanciful shaped card from Craftwork Cards
Papers are Maja Design Vintage Frost Basics form Live and  Love Crafts
Stamp is Little Angel from All Dressed Up Stamps painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Spellbinder Circle Die
Joycraft Winter Wishes Star die
Ribbon is from Whitby Crafts
Flowers and  berries are Hobby Lobby Florida ,Wild Orchid Crafts and my stash
Silver wooden stars are from The Range
Sentiment star is from Hobby Craft
Silver Eyelash trim is from Crafty Ribbons
Resin Angel Wild Orchid Crafts
Some Wink of Stella on her dress and  wings

Well I hope you all have a great week and  can pop over and  enter our last Anything Goes Challenge of 2016. Another busy week for me the decorating is finished had the carpet cleaner Monday,School Governor meeting yesterday and  I'm slowly getting the house back to normal. I've been making some new bedroom curtains and  they are now finally finished but worth the effort . Take care everyone Love and  hugs Carole x

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Christmas Box

Good morning everyone its me again three posts in a row not the norm for me but I hope you are enjoying them.
Today its the launch of a new weekly challenge over at Crafty Ribbons Challenge and our theme this week is Christmas
For my Design Team project I've made a Christmas Box using some of the gorgeous 2016 Christmas ribbons available in the shop .

The Lid

Box Recipe

6 inch round paper mache box from Whitby Crafts
Ribbons and lace are all Crafty Ribbons these are the links for all the lace and ribbons
Papers are BoBunny Silver and  Gold collection
Flowers are Cream Wild Orchid Crafts
Holly Leaves are also Wild Orchid Crafts painted with White Wink of Stella
Sparkly red rose is from Hobby Lobby in Florida
Red rolled flower painted with White Wink of Stella from Poundland
Pearl String from The Hobby House and the large berries I saved from last years Christmas crackers
White Wink of Stella on the edges of the rolled paper and  berries

I hope you can find time to pop over and  enter the challenge I'm sure you are all still making Christmas cards. Just remember the only other criteria other than the theme is you must add ribbon or lace to your project . Love and  hugs Carole x

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Christmas Bulbs

Good morning everyone you guessed its Wednesday and another Challenge launch over at Crafting By Designs Our theme this week is our very popular Get Ready for Christmas that we have been running every month since April hope you've been joining in and  made lots of lovely cards.
Our Sponsor this week is

 Prize - $12 gift certificate to store

For my Design Team card I used a lovely stamp called Christmas Bulbs

Card Recipe

6x6 Blank Card
Kraft Card is Crafters Companion
Papers are Lili of the Valley Twas The Night Before Christmas now retired
Stamp is Christmas Bulbs by A Day for Daisies painted with Derwent Inktense pencils
Stitched rectangle die is Lawn Fawn
I made the banner shapes by hand.
Jute string is Whitby Crafts
Heart Reindeer border and  Merry Christmas are both from Live and Love Crafts
Christmas Bauble ornaments are from Crafty Ribbons
Red Stickles on the baubles.
Ground Expresso distress ink 

I apologise for the photo its slightly dark as the day I took the picture before my holiday it was a very dark day.
I hope you can pop over and  enter the challenge as this is our last Get Ready for Christmas Challenge for this year. Enjoy the rest of the week everyone. Love and  hugs Carole x

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Christmas Tree Fairy

Good evening to all my Friends and  Followers .I hope everyone is well. Sorry I've not been around for a while I was away last week on holiday at a cottage in the Peak District its in a lovely village but sadly the wifi is extremely poor so I had to go to the local post office come tea rooms to get my emails. It did have a plus side as they do great coffee and  gorgeous GF cheese scones . We had a good week but the weather was very cold and it snowed all Friday morning .

Now onto my card this is a card I've made using one of the November new release stamps just launched over at All Dressed Up Stamps  there are four in the new release

Christmas Snow Globe
Christmas Tree Fairy. 

My First Christmas.
Party Season 

For my Design team card I used the gorgeous Christmas Tree Fairy

Close up of the stamp

Card Recipe

7x7 Blank card
Papers are Lili of the Valley now retired
Stamp is Christmas Tree Fairy from all Dressed up Stamps painted with Copic and Promarker Pens
Silver Mirra Card 
Sewing Machine and white top stitch thread
Joy craft Winter Wishes star die
Bead lace and silver star trim was from Whitby Crafts
Net edging Brenda's Lace and  Ribbon Specials Facebook shop
Flowers are Ross Paper craft show Hobby Lobby Florida and Live and Love Crafts
Wooden Star sentiment is from Hobby Craft
Silver glitter, Glamour Dust and Wink of Stella on the image.

These new stamps are  all gorgeous so I hope you can pop over and  take a look at them in the shop.
I'm very busy this week doing some school appeal work for the Local Authority all day Tuesday and  the decorator is arriving on Tuesday as well to start our bedroom . I will get round to all your lovely blogs as soon as I can in the meantime have a good week and keep warm Love and  hugs Carole x . 

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Breena and Bear

Good morning everyone I hope you are well as its Wednesday its  another challenge over at Crafting by Designs and  the theme this week is Little Animals. Our sponsor this week is Sheepski Designs if you haven't had a look at the designs then I recommend you take a look

Prize - Choice of 3 single images

For my Design Team card I used Breena and  Bear it really is a Little Bear but I just loved the stamp .

The Stamp and  Berries

Card Recipe

Dutch Doobadoo Shape Art Star Stencil from Noor Designs 
Papers are Lili of the Valley now retired
Stamp is Breena and  Bear painted with Derwent Inktense Pencil
Spellbinder Circle die 
Marianne pine branch die
Joycraft Trees, Snowflake border and  Star die
White Frantage around the stamp
Berries are Wild Orchid Crafts 
Pine cones are Live and  Love Crafts
Button from a pack from Dainty Crafts Washington
Twine was from Walmart in Florida
Silver bells are from Whitby Crafts painted with Gesso
Wooden stars Ross Papercraft painted with Gesso
Wink of Stella on the Wings

Well I hope you can join us this week our challenges are always very popular.As I'm writing this I have just realized that I have had two shape art cards on consecutive days I didn't realize that would happen when I was making them oops.  Enjoy the rest of the week. Love and  hugs Carole x

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Three Little Christmas Girls Present Card

Good evening to all my friends and followers today is the launch of our new monthly challenge over at All Dressed Up Stamps the only challenge rule is you must use an All Dressed Up Stamp. There is always a fab prize of some digital stamps for the winner and also the chance to be in the top three..

For my Design Team card I used the lovely stamp Three Little Christmas Girls. If you are thinking of buying this you also get the three girl stamps along with the three girls together great value . I've also used a Dutch Doobadoo Shape Art Present Stencil to make this card. I've made a couple of these in the past normally for special birthday cards as they take a lot of paper,card and time but I decided to make a Christmas one using this fab stamp.

The Inside

Close up of the stamp

Card Recipe

Dutch Doobadoo Shape Art Present from Noor Designs
Stamp is Three Little Christmas Girls from All Dressed Up Stamps painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Papers are Maja Design I wish from Noor Designs you need 12x12 paper and double sided for this design to work well.
Die is Spellbinder opulent ovals
Tree die is Joycrafts
Wooden Sentiment is from Live and  Love Crafts 
Pearl String is The Hobby House
Pine leaf die is Marianne 
Holly leaf die is Joy crafts
Berries are Wild Orchid Crafts and Ross Paper craft Show
Roses are from Hobby Lobby in Florida
This stencil doesn't come with a stand so I usually make one and fasten to the back so it can be stood up 

Enjoy your week everyone and I hope you can pop over to the challenge blog. Don't worry if you don't have an image there are a lot of freebies on the blog page just click here on Freebies . Love and  hugs Carole x

I'm entering this into Noor Design Challenge Winter