Thursday, 25 May 2017

In The Pink Big Bouquet

Good morning everyone I'm back again today as its the launch of a new fortnightly challenge over at In The Pink the theme for this challenge is Embossing so lots of embossing options you can use but remember to use Pink more than any other colour on your design..

We have a great prize of £15 for the winner from our generous sponsor.




For my Design Team card I used a lovely stamp from Lili of The Valley called Big Bouquet and used an embossing folder and some heat embossing on my design.



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Card Recipe

7x7 Blank Card 
Stamp is Lili of the Valley Big Bouquet painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Pink core'dinations cardstock  from Tim Holtz embossed in a Die'sire dots embossing folder
Kraft card is Crafter's Companion
Spellbinder square Fleur de Lis die.
Leaf die is Joycraft Vintage Flourishes 
Flowers are made with a Chloe Small Flower stamp stamped onto  pink spot vellum and  heat embossed with copper embossing powder on the pink it came out like rose gold however its not picked that up so well on the photos
Butterfly is Tim Holtz stamped and heat embossed as the flowers and then layered onto a Martha Stewart punched butterfly.
Sentiment is Lili of the Valley from the Everything's Better set
Pearls are from some I bought at GNPE Harrogate ages ago.

Well I hope you all enjoy the rest of the week and the Bank Holiday weekend I've just got plants for the garden so that;s one of the things planned for the weekend for me. 

Hope you all have time to enter this fortnights challenge that's a great prize .Love and  hugs Carole x




Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Merry and Bright Get Ready For Christmas

Good morning to all my special friends and  followers Its Wednesday again so the start of a new challenge over at Crafting by Designs.this week its our very popular Get Ready For Christmas Challenge I hope you have joined in with these challenges its a great way to get ahead with Christmas cards
Our sponsor this week is


Prize - winner choice of 2 digi images

For my Design Team Christmas card I've used the lovely stamp from All Dressed up Stamps called Merry and  Bright.


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Card Recipe

7x7 Blank card
Stamp is Merry and  Bright from All Dressed up Stamps painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Papers are Maja Design Home For The Holidays-Family from Live and  Love Crafts sadly now closed
Kraft card is Crafter's Companion
Dies are LDRS Gilded Oval Die from Dies to Die For.
Parcel Border die is from Couture Creations Christmas Eve Collection All Wrapped  Up from Harrogate show
Bendable Jute String is Docrafts
Bark Stars and  Rusty bells Live and  Love Crafts
Berries are from my stash
Jute string Brenda's Lace and  Ribbons Facebook shop
Sentiment is from a Maja design pad Vintage Frost Basics
Pearls my stash
White Wink of Stella on the berries and  pearls

Well I hope you can play along with us this month this is always a popular challenge blog. Enjoy the rest of the week everyone. I'll be back tomorrow with another post Love and  hugs Carole x





Monday, 22 May 2017

Strawberry Patch

Good evening to all my friends and  followers tonight's post is to showcase the May New Release at All Dressed Up Stamps and here they all are . I think Wendy excelled with this release its hard to decide which is my favorite.


For my Design Team card i used the very lovely Strawberry Patch



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Card Recipe

7x7 Blank Card
Stamp is Strawberry Patch from All Dressed Up Stamps painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Papers are Striped Kaisercraft and  the Strawberry Paper is Kars which I have had ages knew it would get used someday !!
Kraft card is Crafter's Companion
Stitched squares die from eBay
Corrugated paper is packaging from a parcel
Strawberry and leaf border die is Joycraft
Twine is from Brenda's Lace and  Ribbon Facebook shop
Wooden Strawberry bead was from a craft shop in Edinburgh
Sentiment stamp is Lili of the Valley Spring Sentiments.Its in the Occasions section if you need to take a look took me ages to find it.
Small red heart brads Michael's in Florida

Well I hope you all have a great week and can spare the time to take a look at this new release. I'm doing two days training the next couple of days for the school appeal panels I sit on. I will be back later in the week with some more posts. Love and  hugs Carole x
 



Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Felicity

Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers its Wednesday so the launch of a new weekly challenge over at Crafting by Designs our theme for this weeks challenge is You're So Special .
Our sponsor for this weeks challenge is the lovely


Prize - winner choice of 3 digi images

For my Deign Team card I used a lovely stamp called Felicity and  here she is..


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Card Recipe

6x6 Blank Card
Stamp is Felicity from Aliciabel painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Papers are Lili of the Valley Timeless Victorian no longer available
Die is Spellbinders Floral Oval
Organza flower trim Boyes Stores
Flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts
Pearl leaves are The Hobby House from Whitby Crafts
Pearl string The Hobby House
Small turquoise cabouchons are from Brenda's Lace and  Ribbon Specials Facebook shop
Sentiment is Lili of the Valley Post Mark no longer available
Small pearl hearts Jelly Bean Crafts

I hope you are all having a good week and can enter our challenge they are always very popular.
Enjoy the rest of the week Love and  hugs Carole x




Monday, 15 May 2017

Fairy Magic

Good evening to all my special friends and followers  I hope you are all well and  have had a great weekend . Today is the launch of the new 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 great 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 Design Team card I used an older design and one of my personal favorites called Fairy Magic .



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Card Recipe

Craftwork Cards Fanciful shaped card
Stamp is Fairy Magic painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Papers are Maja Design Coffee in the Arbor from Live and  Love crafts sadly now closed
Dies are Marianne Circle Leaf and  Flower. Flower die from eBay
Blue flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts
Lace leaves Brenda's Lace and Ribbon specials Facebook shop
Other lace is from Whitby Crafts
Butterflies are made from a Martha Stewart punch from Michael's in Florida
Pale blue pearls my stash
Glamour dust on the wings

Well I hope you have time this month to enter our challenge . I came back last night from my weekend in London with my girlfriends we all had a great time .
Enjoy the week Love and  hugs Carole x

I'm entering this into Stamping Sensations Challenge





Thursday, 11 May 2017

Razzle Dazzle Some Exciting News

Good morning everyone I hope you are all having a great week. My post today is an exciting one .Those of you who follow my blog know I was Guest Designer for In The Pink during April . Well I have now been asked to join their Design Team. I'm delighted to have been asked as its a great challenge and  they have some amazing designers on this team. So its official I'm a Pink Lady!!!!






The new fortnightly challenge starts today over on the In The Pink blog and the theme for this week is Razzle Dazzle. The sponsrr this week is All Dressed Up Stamps

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For my first Design Team card I used a very old Docrafts Urban stamp called Flapper . I thought she suited the theme perfectly.




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Card recipe

Card Shape is made from a Dutch Doobadoo Shape Art stencil from Noor Designs 
Stamp is Docrafts Urban Stamp Flapper painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils and then fussy cut
Papers and  card are Lili of the Valley deep pink and the grey from my stash 
The Pink Glitter paper I made with sticky paper and  pink glitter powder
Pink and grey feathers I was given.
The cocktail glass stamps come with the stamp
Silver embellishment is from Ross Papercraft show
Sentiments are from Lili of the Valley Its Time to Party cut with a stitched heart die
Feather is cut with a Hot off the Press die 
Pink sparkly gems my stash
Glamour dust on her fur stole

Well I hope that you can all find some Razzle Dazzle Glamour in your stash and enter this fortnights challenge always a great prize for the winner 
I'm going  to London tomorrow morning with my girlfriends for the weekend. We have tickets to see the Diana Dress Exhibition at Kensington Palace on Saturday Its a few years since I was last in London so really looking forward to seeing London again and having a fun girly weekend..  
Enjoy the rest of the week everyone. Love and  Hugs Carole x




Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Mina-Return To Me

Good morning to all my friends and  followers this Wednesday and a very special welcome to my new follower Katrina I hope you enjoy my blog and visit often . Its Wednesday so a new challenge over at Crafting by Designs and  the theme this week is Fantasy.
We have a great sponsor this week

Nikki Burnette is a fantasy artist who paints all sorts of fantastical creatures in watercolor. Fantasy art is where her heart lies. She loves being able to escape the reality of our world for even just a few hours and enter a new fantasy realm where witches play tricks on Halloween Night, fairies fly around the sweet smelling rosebuds, and mermaids swim gracefully through the water with their dolphin friends. Nikki sells my original paintings as well as a wide range of different products that she creates in her studio.  All her artwork and drawings are original designs
Prize - winner choice of 3 digi images

For my design team project I decided on an unusual image called Mina-Return To Me and  I used it to make a wall plaque. Its different so I hope you like it..



Close up of the stamp


Wall Plaque Recipe

Wooden Plaque from Walmart in Florida $1. I then painted it with Dove Grey acrylic paint I bought in Michael's in Florida
I  used a Marianne nautical stamp and stamped and heat embossed with gold embossing powder to get the gold print border
The stamp is Mina- Return To Me from Nikki Burnett painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
I used a dark blue oval frame and covered it with gold mesh and  edged with gold cord from Dainty Crafts  at Washington
Resin Fish is from Whitby Crafts 
I picked the mother of pearl type shells from the beach at Captiva Island in Florida when we visited last year on holiday
Gold Ribbon my stash
some Wink of Stella on the Stamp

I hope you can find time to enter this challenge Fantasy is a really fun theme. I thought I'd end my post with a photo of me at the restaurant on Saturday night in my posh gear with a lovely Gin cocktail.  I wore my high heels and Debra I managed not to fall over !!





A toast to all you lovely special ladies and gents.

Enjoy the rest of the week I'll be back tomorrow with another post. Love and hugs Carole x

I.m entering this into Squirrel.s Not So Random Challenge

 




Saturday, 6 May 2017

Summer 70th Birthday

Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers I hope everyone is looking forward to a great weekend.This morning I'm sharing a commission card I made a few weeks ago for a 70th Birthday The lady loves turquoise so this is the main colour on my design. I used the lovely Summer stamp from Lili of the Valley as well.


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The Matching Box



Card Recipe

7x7 Blank Card
Stamp is Lili of the Valley Summer painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Papers are Lemoncraft Gossamer Blue 12x12 pad from Noor Designs
Stitched rectangle die is Lawn Fawn
Flower border die is Joycraft
Lace trim is from Whitby Crafts
The lace panel down the edge of the stamp is from Brenda's Lace and  Ribbon as is the lace butterflies and  box lace trim
Flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and  Boyes Stores
Small flower pearls on the border and  flowers
Sentiments are Lili of the Valley sentiment tags
The small photo frame is from Michael's in Florida
70 today and  box sentiment made on the computer
Dots embossing folder 
Distress Ink on the edges Victorian Velvet

I'm finishing my post today with a photo I have just received from my Daughter in Law. Its a gorgeous family photo of them all especially Miles so I thought I'd share it with you all .




We are out to dinner tonight at one of our favorite restaurants Cafe Lilli so I need to dig out a posh frock and high heels !! We are going in a taxi so not a lot of walking involved I live in flat shoes these days and  cannot now believe I went to work every day in heel shoes . Enjoy the weekend everyone. Love and hugs Carole x




Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Crafting Counts as Exercise

Good morning to all my friends and  followers its Wednesday and  the launch of a new monthly Anything Goes Challenge over at Crafting by Designs We have two sponsors for this challenge each giving two generous prizes.

Prize - winner choice of 4 digi images

and

Sparkle N Sprinkle has been in business for over 20 years, with a huge following. Our popular Youtube channel features a new technique video every week! In 2017 we initiated exciting changes to the company which have been well received. In addition to an eclectic mix of digital and rubber stamps, we offer hundreds of other fine products for your crafting pleasure.

Prize - $15 gift certificate

For my design team card I decided on a fun  image from Sparkle N'Sprinkle called Crafting Counts as Exercise. Love that Crazy hair!!


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Card Recipe

6x6 Blank Card
Stamp is Crafting Counts as Exercise painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Papers are Lili of the Valley now retired
Stitched edge rectangle die is Lawn Fawn
Heart stitched die is from Ebay
Lime Green Crisp Ribbon is from Whitby Crafts I think
Wooden handmade button is Whitby Crafts
The Crafting Counts as Exercise sentiment comes with the stamp 
I made the Love to Craft to match on the computer
Green sparkly flowers from my box 

Well I hope you are all having a good week.and that you all find time this month to enter our challenge. I'm going to Newcastle today for a little retail therapy its ages since I've been and  I love the shope in Newcastle, so looking forward to a little spend. Love and  hugs Carole x





Sunday, 30 April 2017

Michael Powell Beach Huts

Good morning to all my friends and  followers an d a special welcome today to my latest follower Eve. I hope you are enjoying the weekend  and  have some nice things planned. Still two days left for those of you who work.
Today I'm sharing another of my sample cards for Craft Group. Those who follow regularly will know I go to a Craft Group on a Thursday and  every so often I make a sample for everyone to make.
We have mixed ability so this time I used a pre-coloured topper from a Docrafts pad of Michael Powell Designs . I've have used this design before as I  have the stamp  but this topper is lovely and  I do enjoy making these nautical themed cards.



Card Recipe

6x6 Blank card
Topper is Docrafts pre coloured topper from a pad of Michael Powell images I think its quite old.
Papers are Docrafts Ahoy There !! pad
Blue card is from Ross Papercraft
Circle and Stitched circle dies
Red Bakers twine from The Range. I got the knotted idea from something I saw a while ago on Pinterest.
Boat button is from Whitby Crafts
Candi from Craftwork Cards
Hessian trim is from Hobby Lobby in Florida
Studs are made with  Honey Doo Crafts Pearly Pearls silver 
Sentiment stamp is from a Marianne nautical stamp set and stamped with Memento Paris Blue ink
I cut the outer circles twice once in blue and then backed it with a Kraft card circle to give it more strength .

Well we are going out later to meet my cousin and his wife who live in Washington and we are all going out for lunch it will be great to catch up with them. Then its jobs in the garden tomorrow. Our Son and  Daughter in Law had planned to visit with Miles however they have finally got a date to move into their new house so they have cancelled as lots of things to organise in the next couple of weeks.We  are delighted for them that they finally have a date as they have been staying with Fiona's Dad since they sold their house a couple of months ago.  

Enjoy the rest of the Bank Holiday weekend. Love and  hugs Carole x





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.



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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.



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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