Thursday, 22 June 2017

Summer Breeze

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


For my Design Team card I used the lovely Summer Breeze stamp



Close Up



Card Recipe

7x7 Blank Card
Papers are Lili of the Valley Country Lady now retired
Image is Summer Breeze from All Dressed up Stamps painted with Derwent Inktense pencils
Chipboard frame is by Wycinanka and  I bought it from Live and Love Crafts sadly now closed
Organza ruffle trim is from Walmart in Florida
Lace butterfly is from Brenda's Lace and  Ribbon Specials Facebook shop
Pearl string from my box
Small flowers made using a petal die I bought at Dawn to Dusk Crafts at Ross Papercraft Show
Small lace hearts cut from a piece of lace trim I bought at Dainty Crafts Washington
Stitched square dies from eBay
Sentiment is Lili of the Valley Postage stamp set sadly no longer available
Some clear Wink of Stella on the Stamp and  Flowers


Well I hope you can pop over to the Etsy shop and  take a look at all he new images  There are also more inspiration projects from the rest of the Design Team over on the All Dressed Up Stamps Inspiration Blog and  while you are there take a look at our Challenge for this month..

Well have a great evening everyone Love and  hugs Carole x





In The Pink Special Occasion Diamond Wedding

Good morning everyone today is the launch of a new challenge over at In The Pink and our theme this fortnight is Special Occasion. BUT please you only have to remember to use More Pink than any other colour apart from neutrals like white and cream. So many people forget and  their cards cannot be considered

We have a great sponsor this time

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Prize £10 voucher

Well for my Design team card I've made a Diamond Wedding card I needed to make one for a friend so thought there are fewer more Special Occasions then this.




Card Recipe

8x8 card from Craftwork Cards
Digi Papers are All Dressed up Stamps Wedding Papers they are only 90 pence and are lovely designs perfect for Wedding and Anniversary cards. 
Embossing folder and heart stamp came free in a magazine years ago and its one of the best freebies I've had I've used it so much.
I heat embossed the heart stamp with Cosmic Shimmer Aurora Lapis Pink embossing powder its very pretty as it changes from Pink to pale Silver in the light.
Lace is from Brenda's Lace and Ribbon Specials Facebook shop
Diamante trim I think was from Whitby Crafts a while ago
Flowers are made by stamping a Chloe stamp small flower onto pink dot vellum with Versamark ink then heat embossed with the Pink Aurora Lapis embossing powder then fussy cut
Memory Box Precious Heart Die on the sentiment heart
Leaf die is from the Magnolia DooHickey leaf and swirl set one of my favorite die sets and one I've never regretted buying
Stitched Heart die set is from eBay
Sparkle heart gem is from a set of Docrafts buttons but it has no button holes !!
Small sparkle gems my stash may be Kanban
I made the sentiment on the computer.

Well I really hope you can enter our challenge this time. For some reason our Cake challenge last fortnight didn't appeal to many crafters so I'm hoping that Special Occasion will be much better. It would be great to see you all joining in this time. I'll be back later with another post see you all then Love and  hugs Carole x





Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Sleigh Bells

Good morning everyone I  hope everyone is well and  have enjoyed the glorious weather. Well its Wednesday again so the launch of a new challenge over at Crafting by Designs Our theme for this week is Animals so I decided on a great reindeer image from our sponsor called Sleigh Bells.
This is the prize this time

QKR Stampede  
Prize= choice of 3 digi images


Here is my Design team card hope you like him



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Card Recipe

6x6 blank card
Stamp is OKR Stampede Sleigh Bells painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Kraft Card is Crafters Companion
Papers are Maja Design Vintage Frost Basics from Live and  Love Crafts sadly now closed
Stitched Circle dies the larger ones from eBay
The star die is MFT Die namics stacking stars
Ric Rac was from a haberdashery stall in Bakewell Market
Reindeer button and golden bells are from Whitby Crafts
Small gold star beads from eBay
Sentiment is Lili of the Valley from the Christmas Wishes set and good news its still available as a stamp
Twine is from my box
Some clear Wink of Stella on his Hat and Pom Pom

Well I hope you have some suitable animal stamps and  can pop over and  join in our Challenge blog It still remains very popular with everyone.
Well today I'm going to post a parcel in time for Miles Birthday on Saturday then we are going to Whitby. For those of you who go there the Whitby Craft Shop in the Abbey Wharf (The Shambles )Market is closing on the 25th June. However good news Whitby Crafts are moving to a shop on Brunswick Street its on the other side of the river up the bank it used to be Judiths quilt/craft shop owned by a lady called Judith so I wanted to pay a last visit so I can get all the details about the new shop. I think it will be just as good as the lady who owns Whitby Crafts is lovely and a crafter. 
We also need to find a decent Fish and  Chip shop that does GF The Magpie had a huge fire a few months ago and is not opening again for a long while We tried The Quayside last time but not that good even though they have won Fish and Chip shop of the year .

Enjoy the rest of the week everyone I'll be back tomorrow not with one but two posts just like those buses they all come together. Love and hugs Carole x .





Thursday, 15 June 2017

Top Knot

Good evening everyone I'm back today 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 dis covered 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 Design Team card I used the lovely Top Knot stamp.


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Card Recipe

Shaped card is made with a Dutch Doobadoo Shape Art Stencil Square 2 from Noor Designs shop
Stamp is Top Knot from All Dressed Up Stamps painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Papers are Lemoncraft Gossamer Blue from Noor Designs 
Joy craft butterfly heart die
Stitched circle dies
Butterfly lace is from Brenda's Lace and Ribbon Facebook shop
Flowers are made with turquoise vellum paper and a Chloe stamp small floral embellishments then heat embossed with copper embossing powder
Love sentiment is from Whitby Crafts
The Penny Black Heart banner was a gift from a lovely crafty friend while I waited for my own die to arrive from the States
Brown pearls I won in a candy draw

Well I hope that you all have a great week and weekend and can find time to enter our challenge this month.
As I promised yesterday I'm ending with a couple of photos of my darling Grandson Miles at the seaside on Sunday I cannot believe he will be two in a couple of weeks . Love and  hugs Carole x










Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Marigolds and Morpho Box

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 week is Things with Wings
Our sponsor this week is


Prize - $10 gift certificate to store

For my project this week I decided to make a box and used a lovely image from the Marigolds and Morpho set uncoloured
The Lid


The Side



The Top



Box Recipe

Brown paper mache box from Whitby Crafts painted with Warm White acrylic paint
Stamp is Marigolds and  Morpho uncoloured image from Fred She Said. I painted it with Derwent Inktense Pencils. The butterfly looks as if its attached to the top of the image in fact its a completely flat image all part of the stamp.
Lavender and  White Love ribbon was from Boyes Stores.
Lace was a gift from a friend
Lavender pearl string is from eBay
Flower pearl string is from The Hobby House
Flowers are Boyes Stores ,Dainty Crafts Washington and  the felt rose is Trimits
Some Wink of Stella on the Flowers and Butterfly 

Well I hope you can find time to enter the challenge this time its runs till the 20th June. I hope you all enjoy the rest  of the week and  an apology I've not been around much again but after the family for the weekend I've been doing School Admissions Appeals most of the week with a couple of Michael's hospital appointments thrown in I hope next week I might finally get myself a little bit ahead of things. Take care everyone I'll be back tomorrow evening with another post and  I'll also share a couple of photos of Miles at the seaside on Sunday Love and  hugs Carole x


I'm entering this into Not Just Cards Challenge




Thursday, 8 June 2017

In The Pink Cake

Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers I'm back again today as there is a new fortnightly challenge starting today over at In The Pink  our theme for this challenge is Cake any kind of cake .All you need to remember is to use more pink than any other colour,
Our sponsor this time is


Prize - $12 Dollar voucher

When I started deciding on this card I thought I didn't have many Cake stamps but when I went through my stuff I had loads so I am sure you all will as well.. For my Design Team card I finally decided on a Stamping Bella Image called Ava Loves To Celebrate.



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Card Recipe


7x7 Blank Card
Stamp is Stamping Bella Ava Loves to Celebrate painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Papers are Lili of the Valley no longer available
LDRS Gilded Oval Die set from Dies To Die For
Joycraft border die from Noor Designs
Flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts
Resin cake is Melissa Francis I got at Harrogate show
Pink Silver edged tag I found in my scrap book box no idea when I bought them 
Silk tie dyed ribbon is from a Quilt show I went to at the NEC in Birmingham a few years ago
Sentiment is Lili of The Valley from the Cake Glorious Cake stamp set I stamped it three times to get the borders when I cut it into three. It is no longer available as a rubber stamp but you can get the digi.stamp
Grey pearl hearts Jelly Bean Crafts Ross Papercreft show

Well I hope you like her and can find a cake image to enter our challenge this time Enjoy the rest of the week everyone Love and  hugs Carole x 



Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Maiko In Spring

Good morning everyone its that Wednesday so the launch of a new challenge over at Crafting by Designs. Our theme for this week is Black and White with one other colour .
Our sponsor for this weeks challenge is


Prize = choice of 3 single digi stamps



For my Design Team card I decided on a lovely image called Maiko in Spring its so pretty and  I really enjoyed colouring it.in one colour.






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Card Recipe

6x6 Blank Card
Stamp is Maiko In Spring from Star Stampz painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Black and  White Spot paper came in a magazine
Black card is Ross Papercraft
Stitched rectangle dies 
Flowers are Boyes Stores and  Dainty Crafts Washington
White butterflies on a string are Woodware
The black butterflies are made using a Martha Stewart punch I bought in Florida at Michael's years ago and  its something I've used loads.
Lavender Pearl String I bought from eBay
The sentiment is from a Tim Holtz Small Talk pad from Hobby Lobby Florida

Well I hope you all like Black and  White and can enter this weeks challenge. Our challenge is always a very popular one with everyone.
I have an apology I' m way behind with commenting on your lovely blogs but it just seems I have had so much on lately but I haven't forgotten you all and  will get caught up very soon. Love and  hugs Carole x


Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Christmas Lantern

Good morning everyone its Wednesday so the launch of a new Anything Goes Challenge over at Crafting by Designs .
We have a great sponsor this time

Beccy's 

Prize is choice of 1 set of images

If you are not familiar with Beccy's Place stamps she has a great range of stamps but also a vast array of Freebies I used one of her Freebie stamps called Christmas Lantern for my Design Team card. If you want to take a look at all the Freebie stamps this is the link HERE.There are loads so make a cuppa first!!




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Card Recipe

6x6 Blank Card
Stamp is Christmas Lantern from Beccy's Place painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Papers are Bo Bunny Silver and Gold Collection
Red and Green card my Stash
Dies are Spellbinder circle and  scalloped circle
Chipboard Lantern is Wycinanka from Live and  Love Crafts I put some red card behind the lantern
Flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts the white rose and I painted the centre to match the flowers on the stamp.
Green flowers are from Poundland
Berries are from Ross Papercraft Show
Sentiment is Lili of the Valley Christmas Circular Stamps
Gold Viva Pearl Pen and some Wink of Stella on the image and lantern
Red Ribbon

Well that's it for today I hope you can pick up one of those freebies and  make something to enter into this challenge which runs till the 25th June. 
I'm going out this afternoon for drinks and afternoon tea with a group of ex work colleagues so should be fun with lots of gossip. Love and  hugs Carole x





Monday, 29 May 2017

Aurora Wings Ballerina 70th Birthday

Good morning and Happy Bank holiday to all my special friends and  followers today I'm sharing a commission card I made a few weeks ago Its very similar to one I made for a 65th earlier in the year, but this was the design my friend who asked for it wanted, I did however enjoy making it as I do love painting this stamp. I changed the papers and lace but the colour scheme is the same.


The Box



Card and Box Recipe

7x7 Blank card
Stamp is Flower Ballerina from Aurora Wings painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Papers are Maja Design Shall We have Coffee Two Ladies and Maja Design Vintage Spring Basics all from Live and  Love Crafts now closed
Butterfly dies are Joycraft
Square matting dies are Tonic
Lace is from Brenda's Lace and Ribbon specials Facebook shop
Flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts. Boyes Stores. Pearl flower is The Hobby House and the pearl leaves my stash
Resin Frame is Melissa Francis and the sentiment computer generated
Dark Purple Cabouchon I bought at the GNPE Harrogate
Tag sentiments are from Lili of the Valley
8x8 box from Stella Crafts
Small pearl hearts Jelly Bean Crafts Ross Papercraft Show
Box sentiment I also made on the computer

Well I hope you have enjoyed the weekend its raining today here after a glorious weekend.We have been tidying our garden and  putting in some new plants most of the weekend and still have a few jobs still to do but its looking like it will be a job for tomorrow now. If it keeps raining I think it will be a crafty afternoon for me. Enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend and I  hope its sunny for you. Love and  hugs Carole x


I'm entering this into Fussy and Fancy Challenge Flowers

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.


Close up


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