Sunday, 28 February 2016


Happy Sunday to all my friends and  followers and  a special welcome this morning to my two new followers Karen and Carol thank you for following my blog  I hope you both find time to visit often .
My card today is another of the samples I've made recently for Crafty Ribbons to be displayed on their stand at the craft shows they visit this year they are at Olympia London next week
My card features some of the new Travel Ribbons which have just been released in the  Crafty Ribbons Shop The design is a bit different with no stamp or flower amazing for me.

Card Recipe

6x6 Kraft Card made form Crafter's Companion Kraft card
Papers and the cut out sheets were given to me ages ago by a craft group friend not certain of the make the cut out sheet might be Marianne
Wooden Eiffel Tower from Michael's in Florida
Die is Spellbinder Decorative Labels Eight
Ribbons are Skyline and French Hearts from Crafty ribbons I made the French Hearts into a Rosette and  inked the Skyline Ribbon with Distress Ink
Wooden Heart button is from Whitby Crafts

I hope you enjoy the card its does bring back memories especially if you have visited Paris . Enjoy your weekend everyone despite the freezing weather still it's March next week and the nights are getting lighter . Keep warm and  I hope you are all well Love and hugs Carole x

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Button Up

Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers it's that Wednesday again and  I'm here to launch another of the very popular weekly challenges over at Crafting by Designs. This week the theme is Button Up so you need to get rummaging in those button boxes for this one.
We have one sponsor this week

 Prize - 3 single images OR 1 set

For my Design Team card I decided on a lovely image from Beccy's Place called Blossom Bicycle.

Close up of the stamp

Card Recipe

7x7 blank card
Stamp is Blossom Bicycle from Beccy's Place
Painted with Copic and Promarker Pens
Papers are LOTV Pastel Dreams sadly discontinued
Blue card is Tim Holtz
Heart Banner Die is La La Land
Sentiment is LOTV Pretty Grungy Good Times
Ribbon is from the new Patchwork Rose Collection Flowers over at Crafty Ribbons made into a Dior Bow
Tiny buttons are from my stash think they came in a magazine
The sparkly heart buttons I bought at a Chinese Supermarket when I was in Spain.
Twine from my stash
Small sentiment is from a Tim Holtz Small Talk Pad I bought in Florida
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Die

Well I hope you are all having a great week the weather is cold here but at least the sun has been shining even managed a bit of tidying in the garden this week. I hope you find time to pop over and  enter this weeks challenge. Love and  hugs Carole x

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Looking Gorgeous

Happy Sunday everyone I hope that you are all having a lovely weekend and finding some nice things to do .
As you all know I recently got a Design Team post with All Dressed Up Stamps well some of Wendy's images have recently been made into rubber stamps by Little Darling Rubber Stamps and  I was a very lucky girl to be given one of the new stamps to work with by Wendy. It was so kind of her and I've really enjoyed using this fabulous stamp.

Close up of the stamp

Card Recipe

7 x 7 blank card
Stamp is Little Darling Rubber Stamps Looking Gorgeous  painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils the little hearts and sentiment come with the stamp set.
Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Lattice Hearts embossing folder
Paper is Maja Design Fika Shall we have coffee Leja's Cafe from Live and  Love Crafts
Net overlay from my stash
Spellbinder Floral Oval die
Organza Flower trim Wild Orchid Crafts 
Pearl string from Ross Papercraft Show
Resin frame from Jelly Bean Crafts at Ross Papercraft show
Flowers purple poppies from Live and Love Crafts white flowers and ribbon Boyes Stores
Heart is Dutch Doobadoo Paper Art from Noor Designs
Wink of Stella on the dress and  hearts

I hope you like this new stamp she is rather gorgeous isn't she I really enjoyed colouring her as well.
Hope you all have a great weekend and a fab week.  Love and  hugs Carole x

I'm entering this into In the Pink Challenge CutePaper Sweeties February Challenge and The Ribbon Girl Use Any Image


Friday, 19 February 2016

Wish, Believe, Dream

Good morning everyone I hope you are all having a good week the weather has been awful here but great crafting weather!! . Over the last few weeks I've been making samples for Crafty Ribbons to launch their new ribbons. I've made a few projects and this is the first one I'm sharing. Its a wall hanging using the new Patchwork Rose Ribbons This is a gorgeous range such pretty ribbons and designs . These banner ribbons are especially versatile.

Wall Hanging Recipe

Paper Mache Heart my local garden centre Strikes
Blue card is Tim Holtz 
Lace is Crafty Ribbons French Morlaix Lace
Ribbons are Crafty Ribbons Patchwork Rose Ribbon
Wooden Fairy Ross Papercraft Show
Wooden Butterfly Whitby Crafts

Well I hope you like these new ribbons and find time to take a look at all the new ribbons over in the store. 
Have a great weekend everyone I'm at the hairdressers this afternoon nothing planned for the weekend but might get out if the weather is OK 
Finally just want to wish my follower Kevin a speedy recovery he had a nasty fall on the ice. Hope things are improving day by day Kevin . Love and Hugs Carole x

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Tic Tac Toe

Good morning to all my friends and  followers I hope that you are all well and  keeping warm in this horrible cold weather. As its Wednesday I'm here with the launch of a new challenge over at Crafting by Designs and the theme this week is Tic Tac Toe
We have one sponsor this week but what a great prize 7 Digi Stamps !!

Prize - 7 digi images

For my Design Team card I decided on an image called Kidz Punky Topper  and  went with a mainly White Design my Tic Tac Toe line is Texture -Free- Ribbon.

Close up of the Stamp

Card Recipe

7x7 blank card
Kids Punky Topper Stamp from Bugaboo Stamps painted with Copic and  Promarker pens
The embossing folder came with my ebosser
Spellbinder Feur de Lis Die
Pearl String The Hobby House
Ribbon was from my stash originally for my sons wedding invites I think it was from Hobby Craft
Flower dies are Magnolia Doily flower and  Joy Crafts four petal dies
Pearls my stash
Sentiment tags are Lili of the Valley

I hope that you all enjoy the rest of the week .I  know a lot of you enjoy these challenges so I hope you can pop over and play along. Love and  hugs Carole x 

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Craftwork Cards Plant Pot Card and Tag

Good morning to all my lovely friends and followers this cold Sunday morning. I hope you are all keeping warm and enjoyed a good week . My post today is another of the makes I've done at the craft group I go to, again its something a bit different for me I rarely use kits when everything is matched up but I did enjoy making this pretty card with Craftwork Cards goodies.

The pot with the tag inserted

The pot and tag

The box

Pot and Tag Recipe (sounds like a pub!!)

Kraft card shaped pot,tag and box from Craftwork Cards
The papers are from The Potting Shed pad 
Shaped flowers, sentiments and  butterfly are from the same pad
Flourish die is Spellbinders
Flowers are shaped with an embossing and quilling tool
Gems for the centre of the flowers
Matching Card Candi on the box
The card has a stand on the back as well.

Really enjoyed doing this especially the flowers I thought it looked really pretty when I finished it. I've had a busy week doing quite a bit of crafting but not much  I can share till later in the week. I've also been asked to do Wedding Invitations and Order of Service for our friends Daughters Wedding in September. I'm currently gathering all the materials together. They have asked for the same style and colours I did for another wedding a couple of years ago. So that should keep me busy for a few days !!
I hope you all enjoy Valentine's Day we might open a bottle of Champagne later. It won't compare with last year though when we celebrated two Valentine's Days. One in New Zealand and another when we crossed back over the date line and had another celebration in The Cook Islands that was a Special Valentine's Day.

Finally a wish I was here right now photo Cook Islands 14th February 2015 

Enjoy the week everyone keep warm Love and  hugs Carole x

Monday, 8 February 2016

Something Different

Good morning to all my lovely friends and followers and a special welcome this morning to my new followers Migdalia, Christa, Astrid, Anet and Bernadet Thank you so much for following my blog I hope you find time to visit often and enjoy my posts.
Well as my title says I'm posting something a little different for me today Those who follow my blog know I go to a craft group on a Thursday morning and a couple of weeks ago we made this card using Mica Powders I was definitely out of my comfort zone but after much mess I finally got there so this is the card.Thought it was quite pretty once I got it finished.

Card Recipe

6x6 Blank Card
Black gloss card
Lavender card
Perfect Medium
Iris Stamp not sure of the make it belongs to my friend Carol who was leading the group that day.
Mica powders pale Green and Lilac.
The glitter border was made using double sided tape and fine lavender glitter
Narrow sentiment is Craftwork cards

Really enjoyed doing this sorry but its not the best photo this glitter and gloss are a bit camera shy !!
In case you really hate mica powders I've finished with a couple of lovely photos of my grandson Miles he's sitting up now on his own and 7 months old how the time flies. He's such a happy little chap adorable.

Have a great week everyone and thank you all so much for all the fabulous comments you have left congratulating me on my new Design Team post and my latest cards. You are all such lovely friends so kind and thoughtful. Love and hugs Carole x

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Cute Just Got cuter

Good morning everyone I hope you are having a great week I'm back again this time to launch the new challenge over at Crafty Ribbons Challenge The theme for the next two week is Animals No Humans allowed !!
For my Design Team card I decided on a cute dog image from All Dressed Up Stamps. Its actually one of the freebies available on their Challenge Blog I teamed it with some great dog print ribbons from the Crafty Ribbons shop .

Card Recipe

6x6 blank card
Papers are Lili of the Valley, Turquoise card is Tim Holtz
Stamp is Cute Just Got Cuter from All Dressed up Stamps painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Paws Ribbon is Paw Print Ribbon Silver Print The Fait Par Moi ribbon is from the new release available in the Crafty Ribbons shop soon
Banner die is La La Land
Stitched rectangle die is Lawn Fawn
White wooden dog from Whitby Crafts.  I gave him a cute little check coat and  blue collar !!
Grey heart pearls and  black pearls my stash

There is a great Ribbon prize for the winner so if you have time why not pop over and enter the challenge you've got two weeks.
Enjoy the rest of the week everyone Love and  hugs Carole x

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Some Exciting News

Good evening to all my lovely friends and  followers and I know what you are thinking two posts in one day!! . Well this is some very exciting news I have been asked to join the All Dressed Up Stamps Challenge Blog Design Team and  I am absolutely delighted  those of you who follow my blog will know I love working with Wendy's stamps and  often use them on my cards.
The new members of the Design Team are being introduced on the All Dressed Up Stamps Challenge Blog tonight so pop over and  see my new craft friends We have all made projects for the launch post and  this is mine .

Card Recipe

7x7 Blank Card
Stamp is All Dressed Up Stamps My Little Flower Girl painted with Copic and  Promarker pens
Papers are Timeless Victoriam from LOTV sadly now retired its one of my favorites
Heart embossing folder free in a magazine
Magnolia Doo Hickey Flower die 
Joy craft flower die
Pearl string and pearl flower's The Hobby House
Ribbon my stash ( I bought it for my son's wedding invites originally)
Lace bows cut from a strip of lace.
Wink of Stella on the Image
Tim Holtz white card

This is my new Design Team Badge so cute

Have a great evening everyone  not sure I've ever done two posts in one day before so two firsts this evening Love and  hugs Carole x

Spring Box

Good morning to all my friends and  followers and a special welcome today to my latest follower Debs. Thank you Debs for following my blog I hope you enjoy my posts. What a storm yesterday and  its still blowing here I hope you are all safe and well and not had any storm damage I've got a broken fence post so not bad considering the 70-80 mile an hour winds.
Well its Wednesday and you guessed I'm launching the new Anything Goes Challenge over at Crafting by Designs
We have two sponsors this week

  Prize - choice of 2 digis 

Ike's Art   
Prize - $20 credit to sto

For my project I decided on an image from All Dressed up Stamps called Love Spring Time and  have made a Spring box this time. Just love these images.

The Lid

The inside

The side

Box Recipe

Brown paper mache heart box painted with white Gesso
Stamp is All Dressed Up Stamps Love Spring Time painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Papers are Maja Design Fika Shall we have coffee Soders from Live and  Love Crafts
Memory Box Summer Border die around the box
Pearl String The Hobby House
Lace was a gift from my friend Barbara
Flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts
The paper leaf edging I made from some special handmade twine I bought from a stall at Chatsworth market selling Nepal handmade papers I had great fun forming the leaf pattern.
Wink of Stella on the image
Butterflies are a Martha Stewart Punch
Viva cream pearl pen on the butterflies

 Well I hope you find time to pop over and  enter this months challenge its always very popular and  I know that a lot of you are regular visitors .
Enjoy the week  love and  hugs Carole x