Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Wedding Day

Good morning to all my lovely friends and followers I hope everything is well with you all. Today I'm sharing the first of two Wedding Card commissions I've made recently for a Wedding that took place on the 14th October The first I'm sharing is the card I made for the brides Dad and step Mum

I used a lovely Lili of the Valley digital stamp called Loved Up




Close up



The Box




Card and  Box Recipe

8x8 Blank Card
Creative Expressions Lattice hearts embossing folder
Heart embossing folder came free in a magazine ages ago
Digital Stamp is Lili of the Valley Loved up painted with Copic pens
Lace is Brenda's Lace and  Ribbon Specials Facebook shop
Pearl String is the Hobby House
Organza flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts
Heart corner die and  heart die are both from eBay
Sentiment was made on the computer
Pearl hearts my stash
Box from Mad Hatter Crafts
With Love die is Spellbinders


Well I hope that you enjoy my card I loved this stamp it looked so much better after I painted it I'll certainly use it again. Sending Congratulations  to Beth and Scott hope you had a great Wedding Day.
I'll post hte second card I made for her Grandma shortly 

 Love and  hugs Carole x

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Little Skater

Good evening everyone I'm here this evening to launch out latest 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 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 October Design Team card I used the lovely stamp called Little Skater There are also more fabulous creations from the rest of the Design Team to inspire you all over on the challenge blog




Close Up




Card Recipe

6x6 Blank card
Stamp is Little Skater from All Dressed Up Stamps painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Sparkle Grey card from some I had left from some Wedding Invites I made 
Papers are Lili of the Valley Snow Princess pad no longer available
Paper mesh overlay  looks like snow from Ross Papercraft
Circle die is Spellbinder
Snowflake border die is Joycraft
Eyelash trim around the image is from Crafty Ribbons
Pom Pom trim is from Michael's in Florida
Flowers are Hobby Lobby and Boyes Stores 
Berries are from eBay and a local garden centre
Silver Snowflake is from Hobbycraft
Small silver pine cones I got from Whitby Crafts
Small silver stars my stash
Sentiment is Whimsy Stamps Winter Letter Seals set




Well I hope you all have a great evening and  weekend and  can fund time to enter the challenge this month Love and  hugs Carole x



Thursday, 12 October 2017

In The Pink Boobie Love and a Give Away

Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers today is the launch of our new challenge over at In The Pink and  our theme this week is add a ribbon for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Our sponsor this time is

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  Prize a £10 voucher


I was delighted to make this card as this is something very close to my heart as 20 years ago this month I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer it was a horrible time however I came through it with the great support from a Brilliant Consultant , My family, Wonderful Friends and  Work Colleagues who were all amazing. It gave me a very different outlook on life and  I now try to live life to the full and concentrate on the things that mean the most to me. I'm thankful for every day.
For my Design Team card I used a Saturated Canary stamp called Boobie Love if I remember it was a freebie given by Saturated Canary several years ago to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness. I hope you like her.





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Card Recipe

7x7 Blank card
Grey card  from my box
The grey and pink heart scrapbook paper is from Essential Crafts 
The digital stamp is Saturated Canary Boobie Love it was a freebie many years ago and the shop is now closed..
Die is Spellbinder Floral Ovals
Organza trim was from Joann's craft shop in Florida
Grey pearl trim was from Hobby Lobby in Florida
Heart Banner die is Penny Black the pink banner was given to me by a lovely crafty friend and the grey one I cut with my own die
The flowers are Wild Orchid crafts, Live and Love crafts and Boyes Stores
The pink ribbon was from my box and  the Breast Cancer Sparkly logo was from a charity badge
The sentiments are from a Tim Holtz  Ideology Sticker book Small Talk
Pink pearls my stash

NOW A GIVE AWAY

I have decided that I would love my card to go to someone who is currently battling or recovering from Breast Cancer. So if any of my lovely friends or followers know anyone who would appreciate this card to brighten their day, please either email me carole.pollard@ntlword.com or leave a comment here with the details of the person and their address I am happy to post world wide . If  I get more than one request I will draw a winner. You have till the end of October to contact me  xx



I hope you can also enter our challenge this time and sorry my post is long but this is something I really care a lot about. Love and  hugs Carole x






Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Angels

Good morning to all my friends and  followers. I hope you are all well and having a great week . Today I'm sharing some Christmas Angels I made a few weeks ago I bought the  die in a sale last January and  decided to have play with it.



Gold



Silver



White



Angel Recipe

Angels are cut from  a Marianne die Angel With Heart from Buddly Crafts
Gold and  silver Mirra card from Ross Papercraft show
White smooth card my stash
White net Boyes Stores
Tinsel my stash
Pearl string The Hobby House
Gold bells Whitby Crafts
Viva Pearl pen
Ribbon my box

Well I hope you enjoy these. I plan on making some more to use at Christmas on the tree and to decorate the table. Enjoy the rest of the week everyone Love and  hugs Carole x




Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Get Ready for Christmas Ice and Cubes

Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers its Wednesday so the launch of a new challenge over at Crafting by Designs and  our theme fro this week is our very popular Get Ready for Christmas and  we've not got many weeks left to make those Christmas cards .
Our sponsor this week is the fabulous


Prize - winner choice of 3 digi images

If you have not seen Andrea's images before I really recommend you take a peek. For my Design Team card I used a lovely image of Christmas Polar Bears called Ice and Cubes.



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Card Recipe

6x6 Blank card
Stamp is Ice and  Cubes from Sheepski Designs painted with Copic Pens
Silver Mirra Card
Snowflake embossed card is from Jelly Bean Crafts
Stitched curved edge dies are Memory Box
Star die is MFT Die namics
Sentiment is Lili of the Valley from the Christmas Wishes set stamped and heat embossed with silver embossing powder
Frosted Snowflakes are form Essential Crafts at Washington
Snow fabric overlay trim is from Ross Papercrafts
Silver glitter
Narrow sliver ribbon my box.

I hope everyone is OK and  well. .I've not been around much lately we had a lovely week in Spain staying with some friends who live there the weather was great.Then I had the family for a long weekend so its been a busy time I seem as if that's been my year. Never mind the excuses I hope to get to catch up very soon. 
I went to the Great North Create Show at Harrogate on Saturday with some craft group friends it was a bit disappointing not that many stalls and not that busy its not the show it used to be. I think I might need to get to one of the bigger shows elsewhere in the country .I even came home with money left in my purse not like me !!
Have a great week everyone and I hope you can take a look at the challenge. Love and  hugs Carole x






Friday, 15 September 2017

Little Flower Fairy

Good evening everyone I'm here this evening to launch out latest 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 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 September Design Team card I used the lovely stamp called Little Flower Fairy There are also more fabulous creations from the rest of the Design Team to inspire you all over on the challenge blog





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Card Recipe


7x7 Blank Card 
Stamp is All Dressed up Stamps Little Flower Fairy painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Papers are Coffee in the Arbor Grandma's Old Porcelain Teacup from Live and  love Crafts now closed. This is one of my favorite papers.
Dies are Spellbinder Fleur de Lis die 
Tonic square dies
Organza trim was from Wild Orchid Crafts not sure they still sell it.
Lace Butterflies are from Brenda's Lace and  Ribbon Specials Facebook Shop
Flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts and Whitby Crafts
Sentiment is Lili of the Valley from the Fairy Wishes set not sure its still available
Some clear Wink of Stells on her wings and  dress

Well I hope you all have a great evening and  weekend and  can fund time to enter the challenge this month Love and  hugs Carole x







Thursday, 14 September 2017

Flower Power

Good Morning everyone and  welcome to our new challenge over at In The Pink this month our theme is Flower Power .
We have a great sponsor this time

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Prize two digi stamps

For my Design team card I used a Lili of the Valley rubber stamp called Sweet Pea that I bought a while ago and have just got round to using.




The Inside


Close Up



Card Recipe

Fanciful shaped card from Craftwork Cards
Papers are Lemoncraft Just Love Me from Noor Designs
Stamp is Sweet Pea from Lili of the Valley painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Die is Spellbinder Floral Oval
Flower stamp is Chloe stamps stamped and heat embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Aurora Lapis pink embossing powder
Lace is from Whitby Crafts
Pearl string from Ross Paper craft show
Pearl heart my stash 
Pearls are from Jelly Bean Crafts
Sentiment is Lili of the Valley from the Everything's Better stamp set
Some Ground Expreso distress ink on the edges 
Corner rounder on the sentiment

Well we would love to see your Flower Power makes in our challenge we hope you can join us. Love and  hugs Carole x


Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Daisy Angel CASE CARD

Good morning to everyone I hope you are all well and  enjoying a great week . Well its Wednesday again it comes around so fast so the launch of the latest weekly challenge over at Crafting by Designs. Our theme this week is a little bit different we want to see your CASE cards Well if you are like me I'd never heard of these before . Basically you find a card you like with the image you want to use and  make your own version. I suppose a bit like a sketch only the mage is decided as well. Hope that makes sense.
Our sponsor this week is

Prize - winner choice of 3 digi images

Finally, The Stamps You've been Looking for! Eureka stamps offers a large variety of  images and sentiments in many different categories for all of your stamping needs.  Our Paper Sculpting stamps add an extra dimension to your creations. Or, Mix and match our Balloons and Balloon Holdersto celebrate every occasion. Our Stamps are available as unmounted, deep etched, natural red rubber stamps OR as digital stamps. If Eureka Stamps aren't exactly what you are looking for, Don't miss out on the sister companies: QKR Stampede,  Biblical Impressions Rubber Stamps, or the newest addition; Alluring Impressions.


For my card I used a stamp called Daisy Angel  even though the flowers are daisy shaped i thought it more appropriate to a Christmas Design. 


Firstly this is the card I used as my CASE card created by one of the Eureka stamps Design Team Lisa M



This is my CASE Version



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Card Recipe

6x6 Blank Kraft card
Stamp is Daisy Angel by Eureka stamps painted with Copic and  Promarker pens.
Papers are Maja Design Vintage Frost Basics
Stitched rectangle die is Lawn Fawn
Star die is MFT Die namics
Maroon card was from Ross Papercraft
Christmas tag sentiments are Lili of the Valley
Twine is from Brenda's Lace and  Ribbon Specials Facebook shop

I hope you enjoy this I found it really hard not to add anything else so this must be one of the first cards I've managed to make that actually looks quite CAS ,well for me anyway. 

Enjoy the rest of the week everyone and I hope you can enter the challenge this week. CASE is a bit of fun and is easier to do once you pick a design you want to CASE enjoy. Love and  hugs Carole x









Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Bug time

Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers well you guessed its Wednesday so the launch of a new challenge over at Crafting by Designs and  our theme for this weeks challenge is Bug Time.

Our sponsor for htis week is

 
Prize - winner choice of 3 images

Hello! My name is Sarah though I am commonly known by friends and online as Star (thus came Star Stampz!) My nick name derived back from the early days when I first began signing my artwork as Stargirl (and have done so ever since.)

Art has had a big influence on my life and who I am. Though I have dabbled in many styles and types discovering Japanese anime and it's art style is what renewed my vigor to draw. It helps that I'm also a complete geek ~ anime, Japanese culture, books, writing, fantasy, cartoons, music, musicals, etc.

I am not very crafty with paper scrapbooking or putting together beautiful cards and creations but when I discovered the world of digital stamping I was fascinated what others could do with the same art stamp. I have also always been fond of inking pen drawings in my sketchbooks. I have focused a lot on my digital art and other freelance projects but digital stamps is that perfect niche for being creative and getting back line art drawings. I always look forward to see what creations others have turned my stamps into

For my Bug design I decided to use a lovely stamp called Fireflies



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Card Recipe

6x6 Blank card
Stamp is Fireflies from Star Stampz painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Papers are Tonic Studios Watch The Birdie
Cross stitch die is from eBay
Trim is from Whitby Crafts
Butterfly dies are Joycraft
Pearl string my stash
Sentiment is Lili of the Valley 
Small pearls on the stamp my box

I left the bottom of the paper uncovered as I thought the border was so pretty and  it seemed a shame to cover it over.
Well enjoy the week and  I hope you can enter our Bug challenge its  a great excuse to get the bug dies out that you haven't used for a while or maybe never used !! Thanks for all your kind visits to my blog I really appreciate them Love and  hugs Carole x





Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Christmas Angel

Good morning to all my friends and  followers I hope those of you in the UK all had a great bank holiday weekend  and  did some nice things. Today its a big welcome back to everyone after our Summer break at Crafting by Designs. So you guessed  its those Wednesdays again and the launch of a new monthly Anything Goes Challenge

We have two great sponsors for this months challenge each giving a very generous prize

Odd Ball Art by Lizzie Love 


Prize - winner choice of 3 digi images



Prize - winner choice of 3 images

For my Design Team card I used a delightful image from pPinky Dolls called Christmas Angel



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Card Recipe

6x6 blank card 
Stamp is Christmas Angel from pPinky Dolls painted with Copic and Promarker pens
Papers are Bo Bunny Silver and  Gold collection think it came in a magazine.
Gold Mirra card
Stitched rectangle dies are Lawn Fawn
Tree die is Joycraft
Star die is Memory Box
Christmas Sentiment tags are Lili of The Valley stamped and heat embossed with Gold Tinsel embossing powder.
Small gold bells are from Whitby Crafts
Gold ribbon from my stash
Gold sparkle pen on the star and  tree.

I hope you can find time to enter the challenge which runs till the end of September.

We had a lovely day in Manchester yesterday Miles is growing so fast and the house is making progress but still a lot to get done. Its been a big renovation job.

Enjoy the rest of the week Love and  hugs Carole x










Saturday, 26 August 2017

Grace Catherine

Good morning to all my very special friends and  followers I hope you are all looking forward to the long weekend and  have lots of things planned. Today I'm sharing a baby card I've made recently to welcome Grace Catherine she is the new daughter of my Cousins son Scott and  his lovely wife Rosie. Some of you may remember I did the Wedding Stationery for them a few years ago.They had a little boy Nathaniel in January 2016 and now have this beautiful baby girl Grace Catherine born on the 9th August 2017.
I used one of my favourite Lili of the Valley baby stamps Balloon Basket for the card.





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Card Recipe

7x7 blank card
Rubber Stamp is Balloon Basket from Lili of the Valley painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils 
Papers are Maja Designs Vintage Baby I bought from Live and  Love Crafts now sadly closed
Dies are Spellbinder Floral Oval
Pearl String The Hobby House
Mesh ribbon my stash 
Wooden Teddy from Whitby Crafts
Flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts,Live and  Love Crafts and Boyes Stores .
Baby Girl sentiment is from the paper pad 
Other sentiment I made on the computer
Pearl hearts Jelly Bean Crafts
Love chipboard shape was painted with White Acrylic paint to match

I thought you might like to see a photo of Grace as well this is her the day she was born so beautiful .




Enjoy the weekend everyone we are going to Manchester on Monday to see Miles and  take a look at the progress on Fiona and  Martin's new home. We always look forward to seeing them. Love and hugs Carole x










Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Busy Little Bee

Good evening to all my lovely friends and followers tonight's post is to showcase the new release stamps from All Dressed Up Stamps for August  there are four new gorgeous designs just perfect for your summer cards.

So here they are and  you can buy them all now from the All Dressed Up Shop This is another fabulous release from Wendy and  again its very difficult to decide which I like the best..


Busy Little Bee
Little Squeak

Summer Time 
Surf's Up

For my Design Team card I used the lovely Busy Little Bee hope you like her she's so cute.




The Inside


Close Up



Card Recipe

Fanciful shaped card from Craftwork Cards
Stamp is Busy Little Bee from All Dressed Up Stamps painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Papers are Maja Designs Coffee in the Arbor White Daisies from Live and  Love Crafts
Dies are cross stitch edge die from eBay
Summer Flower border is Memory Box
Grass border is Joy Crafts
Pearl String is The Hobby House
Scalloped Heart  is a Dovecraft punch
The Bumble Bee stamp and  Bumble Bee sentiment are from a set that came in a magazine
and  painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils then fussy cut.
Flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts and  Boyes Stores
Blue resin flowers are from Michael's in Florida 

Well I hope you all like the new release there are more Design Team projects on the BLOG  if you want to take a look
 
I'm finishing my post this evening with a couple of photos from my recent trip with the Golden Girls to the Wirral and  not forgetting the wonderful Golden Boy Jeff who was our Wirral Guide for the trip.These were taken in our friend Chris's beautiful garden and at Port Sunlight such lovely memories. 







Enjoy your evening everyone Love and  hugs Carole x