Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Little Skater

Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers its Wednesday again so another challenge over at Crafting by Designs and  this week its the return of our very popular Anything Goes Challenge

We have two sponsors this week

All Dressed Up Stamps
Prize: winners choice of 3 digi images from etsy store

I decided to use an image from All Dressed up Stamps called Little Skater

Close up of the Stamp

Card Recipe

6x6 Blank Card
stamp is All Dressed Up Stamps Little Skater painted with Copic and  Promarker pens
Papers are Lili of the Valley Snow Princess pad no longer available
Spellbinder circle die
Memory box Frostyville border
Silver spray flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts, Boyes Stores and the silver rose from Hobby Lobby Florida
Star trim and white net trim from my stash
Sentiment is Whimsy Stamps Winter Letter Seals
Stickles Glitter Glue around the die
Wink of Stella on her dress

Well I hope your week is going well and  you can join in this months great challenge Love and  hugs Carole x

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Hat Tipping Snowman

Good morning everyone and  yes it is that Wednesday again and the Design Team at Crafting by Designs are back with our challenges after our Summer break. So today we are starting with our very popular Get Ready for Christmas Challenges. They are a great way to keep ahead making a stock of Christmas cards.and  projects.

We have one sponsor this week

Prize - $10 Gift Certificate

For my Design Team project I used a great stamp called Hat Tipping Snowman  from Fred She Said he's fab especially if you love snowmen. For my Design I decided to make a Christmas Wall Hanging.

Close Up of the Snowman stamp 

Wall Hanging Recipe

Oblong wall hanger from my local garden centre comes with the jute string hanger.
Stamp is Hat Tipping Snowman from Fred She Said painted with Copic and  Promarker pens then fussy cut.
Papers are a Lili of the Valley pad no longer available such a shame I love this pad.
 Memory Box Frostyville border die
Poppy Stamps stitched landscape dies
Marianne Snowflake die and  Alphabet die 
Coming Home for Christmas Ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons

I hope everyone is enjoying the week and  can find time to join in our challenges again after our summer break. Love and  hugs Carole x

Friday, 19 August 2016

Oliver Kicking About

Good evening everyone tonight I'm sharing a card I've made using one of the Lili of the Valley teenage stamps. I like these stamps perfect for the young men who are all so difficult to come up with ideas for.

Close up of the Stamp

Card Recipe

7x7 Blank Card
Stamp is Oliver Kicking About painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Papers are the Yellow Spot is Docrafts and the Blue Gingham from my box not sure of the make. Blue card is from Ross Papercraft Show.
Rectangle die is Lawn Fawn stitched rectangles
Star die is MFT Dienamics 
Wooden sentiment is from Michael's Florida and  the wood arrow is from Hobby Lobby in Florida
Sentiment tags are Lili of the Valley
Craftwotk cards Candi
Blue distress ink on edges of wood sentiments

Well I hope everyone is looking forward to some nice things at the weekend. I'm doing some crafting Sunday as hubby is at the football its the first home game for the new season so he'll be happy and  I'll have to endure Match of the Day and  Super Sunday till next year!! I'm still catching up on comments but getting there and  I'll be back later in the week as the Design Team holidays are coming to an end and challenges are starting again. Hope everyone is well and I'm sending special wishes to a couple of my followers who are going through some difficult times right now. Thinking of you all and sending love and hugs Carole x.    

Tuesday, 16 August 2016


Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers I hope you all had a great weekend and  are enjoying the lovely weather especially those of you who are on holiday. Today I'm posting another of the projects we made recently at the craft group I go to. This was a one of my designs but the Beach Huts embossing folder belongs to Pamela another of my craft group friends. I used a stamp for this card that I have had for ages I have a few of these Michael Powell stamps they are great for the men. I actually met Michael Powell three years ago when I went to the quilt show at the NEC with my friend Val he was selling his fabulous cross stitch designs which these stamps are based on. Anyway enough rambling this is my card.

Card Recipe

6x6 blank card
Beach Huts embossing folder belongs to a friend not sure of the make
Stamp is Michael Powell Harbour side by Do crafts painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Papers are Docrafts I think its called Sail Away
Coredinations card stock is Tim Holtz and sanded on the beach hugs
Twine is from The Range
Anchor is from Whitby Crafts
Candi is Craftwork cards.
La La Land banner die
Sentiment is Lili of The Valley Vertical Sentiments

Have a great week everyone I'm a bit behind this week with comments but will get there. I know you have all been doing some amazing crafting. Love and  hugs Carole x 

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Tea Bag Christmas Tree

Happy Wednesday everyone I hope you are all well and doing some great things. Its not that Wednesday today however as my three Design Teams are currently on Summer breaks till September I'm busy crafting but most of the things are for challenges in September so not got anything to post just yet.

I've decided over the next couple of weeks to share some makes from the Craft Group I go to that I haven't posted on here.. Since we lost our last leader sometime ago three of us take turns to make a project for the group to make. Today I 'm sharing a design from my crafty friend Carol and they are Christmas cards using a tea bag folded Christmas tree. I really enjoyed making these such fun and I was really pleased with the finished Christmas cards

Card Recipe

6x6 Blank cards
Papers are from Craftwork Cards Christmas Collections
Coloured card from the group
Sentiments are Craftwork cards and the silver one my stash
Wooden frame was from The Works
Silver star The Range
Wooden star Ross Papercraft Show
Craftwork Cards Candi
Jute twine Whitby Crafts

I've found a link on U Tube which I'm adding here in case anyone fancies having a go .Tea Bag Folding Christmas Tree

Finally I'm finishing with a photo my friend Lorna took last week while I was away with the Golden Girls in Liverpool We had a fab day out in Chester with our friend Chris and her husband Jeff it was great to catch up with them as they live in the Wirral so we don't see them as much as we'd like. This was us all enjoying coffee in the sunshine  before our lovely trip on the river followed by dinner and drinks. 

Enjoy your week everyone love and  hugs Carole x

Thursday, 4 August 2016


Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers today sees the launch of a new challenge over at Crafty Ribbons Challenge and  the theme this week is Anything Goes always a very popular choice.There is always a great prize for the winner from The Crafty Ribbons Store

For my Design Team card I decided to use a Birdcage shaped card from Craftwork Cards. I did make a few of  these a long time ago so thought I'd make one for a change.Not the easiest to photograph however.

Card Recipe

Blank Birdcage Shaped card is from Craftwork Cards
The papers are Nitwit they came free in a magazine recently
Pearl string is The Hobby house
Butterflies are made with a Martha Stewart Punch I backed them with card so they stood up
The flowers are all from Wild Orchid Crafts
Sentiment is Lili of The Valley Trio Sentiments stamped in pink ink to match
Die is Marianne Circle leaf and flower 

Well I hope everyone is enjoying a great week and finds the time to pop over and enter this challenge  Love and  hugs Carole x

Wednesday, 3 August 2016


Good morning everyone I hope you are all well. As its that Wednesday again its a new challenge over at Crafting By Designs its or very popular month long Anything Goes Challenge

Our Sponsor this time is

Prize - choice of 3 single digi images

I decided on a lovely puppy image for my Design Team card called Sugar he's so cute

Card Recipe

6x6 Blank Card
Stamp is Sugar from Angie's Digital stamps painted with Copic and Promarker pens
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die
Paper is from my scrap box 
Fluffy trim is from Boyes Stores
Sentiment tag is Lili of the Valley
Dog button from Crafty Ribbons
Wooden bone was painted with a Copic pen to make dark grey it was from Whitby Crafts

Well I hope that you all are having a great week and  can enter the challenge its always so popular Love and  hugs Carole x

Monday, 1 August 2016

80th Birthday

Happy Monday everyone I hope you have all had a great weekend. The card I'm sharing today is a one I made a while ago for a commission. My friend Val asked for a male 80th with a garden theme as the man loves his garden. I didn't want to post it earlier but as the birthday was yesterday I'm sharing it with you now. I bought the lovely Potting Shed stamp from Lili of the Valley which I thought was just perfect.

Close up of the Stamp

The Box

Card and  Box Recipe

7x7 Blank Card
Kraft Card is from Crafters Companion 
Papers are from a discontinued Lili of hte Valley Pad Enchantment
Stamp is The Potting Shed from Lili of The Valley painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Seed Packet Stamp is Docrafts 
Willow green Hessian is from Ross Papercraft Show
Red Ribbon my stash
Jute String from Whitby Crafts
Lawm Fawn Stitched Rectangle die
Slider die is Whimsy stamps I won this is a candy draw from Bev Rochester
Garden Charms are from my stash
Sentiment is Lili of the Valley Vertical Sentiments
The 80 tiles are from a local Garden Centre might be Docrafts
The Box is from Stella Crafts
The Box sentiment I made on the computer
Cork dots are from Michael's in Florida

Quite a lot of stuff on this one but I enjoyed making it its always a bit of a challenge doing the male stuff but at least I started with a theme.
Well I hope you all have a great week.I'm going to Liverpool with my Golden Girl Friends tomorrow for three days We are gong to Chester on Wednesday to meet with another of our friends who now lives in the Wirral. I've left hubby a list of possible jobs!! to keep him busy while I'm away and some nice meals in the freezer!!
Not likely to do much blogging or facebook for the next few days the gossiping and wine will get in the way..So will catch up with you all on Friday. Love and  hugs Carole x