Saturday, 15 September 2018

It's Snowing

Good evening to all my lovely friends and  followers This evening is the launch of a new Monthly Challenge over at All Dressed Up Stamps . 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 a lovely stamp called It's Snowing 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 Balnk card
Stamp is All Dressed Up Stamps It's Snowing painted with Copic Pens
Snow Paper is from a pack I got recently in a magazine
Snowflake  dies are  Marianne dies 
The small tree die was from the same recent magazine. They are a great size I think they will be so useful.
Lawn Fawn Stitched rectangle dies
Red card my box
Pom Pom trim was from Michael's in Florida
Sentiment stamp is from Lili of the Valley Simply Festive Greetings set
White wink of Stella on the trees and snowman

Well I hope you can enter the challenge this month I noticed a few of you entered some great cards in the last challenge. Enjoy the weekend everyone. Love and  hugs Carole x


Friday, 14 September 2018

Cover Girl and Super Excited

Good afternoon everyone.Today I'm really excited to be sharing this post .Way back in June I was asked to make a Christmas card for All Dressed up Stamps Design Team to be featured in this months Simply Cards and Papercraft Magazine 182. Well the magazine was published yesterday and my card features on page 80 and there is also a small photo on the front cover .I couldn't believe it, no mater how small the photo is I would never have thought one of my cards would ever be on a magazine front cover. Its the stuff of crafty dreams.

So after weeks of waiting I can now share my card  with you.

The magazine cover 182



Photo in the magazine 



My Original photo



The Inside



Close up




Card Recipe

Star card made using a Dutch Doobadoo stencil 
Stamp is Happy Christmas Little Star from All Dressed Up Stamps painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Papers are Maja Design I Wish collection 
 Joycraft Winter wishes Circle Star die
Spellbinder circle die
Wrapped up for Christmas sentiment stamp is from Whimsy Stamps
Flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts 
Rusty bells are from Live and Love Crafts now closed
Wooden stars from Ross Papercraft show

Well I hope some of you buy this magazine and can see the lovely article. You can also download all four of the All Dressed up Stamps the Design Team used for free. How generous is that.. Have a great weekend everyone Love and hugs Carole x



Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Dandelions in a Mason Jar

Good morning to everyone its those Wednesdays again so the launch of a new challenge over at Crafting by Designs and  our theme for this weeks challenge is Encouragement.

We have a great sponsor this week

Prize - $12 Gift Certificate


For my Design Team card I decided to use a lovely image called Dandelions in a Mason Jar and  make a Thank you card






Card Recipe

6x6 Blank Card
Stamp is Dandelions in a Mason Jar painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
The Thank You sentiment stamp is from a Crafters Companion Florence stamp set.
Square stitched die
Frilled edge square die is a recent online find
Corner dies are Joycraft dies

Well I think this is about as CAS as I can do but I do like the finished look  . I hope that you can enter our challenge as A Day For Daisies have some great images if you are lucky enough to be our winner Enjoy the rest of the week everyone. Love and  hugs Carole x.







Friday, 7 September 2018

Driving Home for Christmas

Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers today I'm sharing a card I made recently from a magazine freebie. I don't often buy magazines as I rarely use the free gifts and  sometimes I'm not always interested in the content. However this is the free gift this month from Simply Cards and  Papercraft  that I spotted in Tesco. My design is not all my own I was inspired by a similar design on U Tube using the free gifts . I do like the design and  its a perfect Christmas card for any Chris Rea fans out there.


 Card Recipe

6x6 blank card
Green and  red card card my box 
White square embossed at the bottom half with the free embossing folder then I cut a circle in the centre with a Spellbinder circle die.
I them cut a larger circle from the free paper pack of the tree background and  fixed behind
I then cut the tree dies and arranged around the circle 
I then cut the car die twice one green and  one red so when you open the car door you see green inside
I stamped the sentiment also from the free gift onto a piece of background paper backed with card.
I added three facet cut dark grey gemstones to the corner.
Everything I used is from the magazine freebie except the card, gemstones and  circle die

This was fun to make and  I think the set will get used I have already used the small trees again on another card I'made but not yet shared. The paper pack is also very good quality.

I hope you all have a great weekend I'm at the hairdressers later today and  tomorrow I'm going to the Create It craft show at Gateshead Stadium so will need to raid the piggy bank for that. If any of you are going please say hello . Love and  hugs Carole x








Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Sentiment Wall Hanging

Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers . Well its Wednesday and  we are back at Crafting by Deigns after our summer break. Our first challenge is our very popular Anything Goes Challenge so we hope that you have all missed us and can get entering again with us. We love all your entries so much.

Our sponsor for this challenge is 

Prize - $10 gift certificate to store

For my design team creation I used the sentiment stamp from the stamp set  Big EYe Fairy Nixie the Pixie and  made a wall hanging.




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Wall Hanging Recipe

Wooden heart shape from The Works painted with Apple Barrel acrylic paint cloudless from Walmart in Florida
Sentiment is Oddball Art from the Big Eye Fairy Nixie the Pixie set I painted the small stars with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Flower Hessian trim is from Brenda's Lace and  Ribbon specials Facebook Shop
Stitched heart die
Wooden Love sentiments I got from Dunelm wedding section but have recently bought some more from eBay
Wooden Fairy is from Whitby Crafts
Wooden Stars are from Ross Papercraft
I replaced the rope hanger that came with the heart with hessian twine from my box. it may have come from Whitby crafts as well.

I hope you are all looking forward to entering our weekly challenges again Wednesday is not quite the same without them.. .
Enjoy your week everyone. Love and  hugs Carole x












Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Red Ferrari F50

Good morning to all my friends and  followers I hope everyone is OK and  you all enjoyed the long weekend despite the weather. Today I'm sharing a 70th birthday card I made recently  for a commission from a friend . Its a man card and the person who's birthday it is is mad on classic cars
I dug out a set of old Classic Car stamps by John Byars for Docrafts, I 've used the mini out of this set a lot and  decided this time to use the Ferrari F50 stamp and  I used the Ferrari colours for the thene of my card

The Card


The Box



The Stamp close up



Card Recipe

8x8 Blank Card
Black Mirra card Jelly Bean crafts .Red and Yellow card my box
Stamp is Docrafts Classic cars Ferrari F50 painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Curved corner stitched die is from eBay 
Brackets and  hinges are a Joycraft die I bought recently from Crafts U Love
Metal cogs are from Michael's in Florida
Sentiment I made on the computer 
Twine is from Brenda's Lace and  ribbon Facebook shop 
Checkered flag charm my box I might have got them from eBay
I found the Ferrari badge on Pinterest and  printed it onto photo paper
The black 8x8 box I bought at Harrogate show last year from Anna Maire Designs
A4 dots Die' sire embossing folder

Have a great week everyone Love and  hugs Carole x 






Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Summer Blooms

Good evening everyone I hope you are all well and are having a great week..My post this evening is to showcase the August new release stamps from All Dressed Up Stamps. As always they are all fabulous designs.  I'm always amazed how Wendy can always keep coming up with more and more fabulous designs.each month. So here they are 



  







For my Design Team card I used the very pretty Summer Blooms stamp and  made a stepper card I've not mae one of these for a long time. .



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Card Recipe

Scalloped edge stepper card was from Craftwork Cards
Stamp is Summer Blooms from All Dressed Up Stamps painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Brick paper was from a free paper pack by Craftwork cards in a magazine its the Botanica collection
Dies are Memory Box Summer border
Sizzix Sizzlits Floral Flourishes I bought them several years ago in Michael's Florida
Daisy lace from Brenda's Lace and  Ribbon Specials Facebook shop
Flower pots are from my box but sorry I cannot remember buying them
Sentiment is a Lili of the Valley rubber stamp from the Its Time to Party set 
Some Wink of Stella on the flowers

I hope everyone enjoys the rest of the week  Love and  hugs Carole x

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Friday, 17 August 2018

Inking and Afternoon Tea

Good evening everyone I hope you are all Ok and  had a good week not impressed with the weather we got spoiled with all the fantastic temperatures.
Well tonight I'm sharing something I made at craft group at our last meeting before the summer break.Its  an inked background using Distress Oxide inks and  then stamped It was led by another member Andrea I really enjoyed it but I was way out of my comfort zone .Its not perfect but I thought I'd share my first attempt with you.






Card Recipe

5x7 card 
White linen card
Distress Oxide Inks in various colours 
Stamps are Andrea's not sure of the make 
We made a mask to make the sun

I did enjoy doing this and am sure could improve. I'd certainly like to give it another go.

I'm ending my post with a photo with some of my lovely ex work colleagues at an Afternoon Tea get together at Wynyard Hall on Monday. A beautiful venue, great weather.and company.



Have a lovely weekend everyone. Our Son, Daughter in law and Grandson Miles are visiting for the weekend we are so looking forward to seeing them.  Love and hugs Carole x


Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Prom Princess

Good evening to all my lovely friends and  followers This evening is the launch of a new Monthly Challenge over at All Dressed Up Stamps . 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 August Design Team card I used a lovely stamp called Prom Princess 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

7x7 blank Card
Stamp is Prom Princess from All Dressed up Stamps painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Chandelier stamp is from LDRS All Dressed Up Stamp set Prosecco time painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Papers are Maja Design Celebration Good Times from The Mad Scrapper
Dies are Joycraft Frame and Three Corners, the matching border, and Vintage Flourish Leaves
Stitched Heart die
Metal slider I bought from Brenda's lace and ribbon specials Facebook shop
Pink twine is from Walmart in Florida
Flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts and Dainty Crafts
Black faceted gems from Michael's in Florida
Sentiment stamp is from a Lili of the Valley stamp set not sure if its still available I cannot see it on their Webpage
Some clear Wink of Stella on her headband,bow and also on the chandelier


Well I hope you can enter the challenge this month I noticed a few of my followers entered some great cards in the July challenge. Enjoy the rest of hte week everyone. Love and  hugs Carole x




Sunday, 12 August 2018

Christmas Snow Globes

Happy Sunday to all my lovely friends and  followers sorry I've not been around for a few day its just those life things keep getting in the way of my craft time.Anyway enough of that, today I'm sharing some lovely Snow Globe shaped Christmas cards I made at Craft Group a few weeks ago. They are quite simple designs but I loved making them something a bit different for me Thank you to my craft friend Carol for bringing this great project for us all. I made  three very different designs.











Snow Globe Recipes

Snow globe shaped cards are from Craftwork cards
Papers, topper, candi, flowers and sentiment for the first card are all from Craftwork Cards 
Twine on all the cards is from Brenda's lace and  ribbon specials Facebook shop
Reindeer circle die and  Christmas scene are Tattered Lace I think but not my dies
I think the blue paper is also Craftwork cards
Sentiment die is Britannia again not mine
White embossed card is Jelly Bean crafts 
Reindeer charm my stash
Winter Decor Snow pen from Leanne Creatif topped with glamour dust glitter

We have got rain here today so after some jobs I will be catching up on some crafting as I'm out tomorrow with some friends for afternoon tea at Wynyard Hall.  Enjoy the rest of the day. Love and  hugs Carole x




Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Three Wise Men and Ruby Sweet

Good morning to everyone its the first Wednesday in August so has to be our extremely popular Anything Goes monthly challenge over at Crafting by Designs This will be a bumper challenge as it runs till the 4th September it is a our only challenge this month as the Design Team are having a summer break and  we will not be back again on the 5th September.

So for our bumper challenge we have four sponsors  this month each giving a great prize.

Prize - winner choice of 3 digi images

                                                            Polkadoodles 
                                                               
                                          
                                             Prize - winner choice of 3 digi stamps


                                                   Di's Digis 
    
Prize - $12 voucher to store

                                                   StickerYou  

                                      Prize - $25 gift certificate to store

For my Deign Team cards I used Designs from Eureka Stamps Three Wise Men and from Polkadoodles Ruby Sweet '

Three Wise Men

               

Entering this into Winter Wonderland Christmas Blog Challenge Christmas gifts

Ruby Sweet



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I;m entering this into Polkadoodles Challenge

Card Recipes

Three Wise Men

6x6 Blank Card
Stamp is from Eureka Stamps not coloured. I used the black and white image which is already pre shaded
Black Mirra Card from Jelly Bean Crafts
White card embossed with a Die'sire dots embossing folder
Stitched circle die
Memory box dies are Stitched Curves and Village border( I cut the pine trees off as I didn't think they looked quite right in the dessert !!)
Stars are a MFT Dienamics die
Gold elastic twine from my box
The small gold stars are from eBay they are beads.
Sentiment stamp is Lili of the Valley a recent purchase from Hochanda with the other LOTV new Christmas sentiment stamp set

Ruby Sweet

7x7 Blank Card
Papers are Maja Design Sofiera Enjoying the Fragrance
Stamp is Ruby Sweet coloured with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Die is LDRS Gilded Oval from Dies to Die For
Flower die is Memory Box Luxe Poinsettia dies
Pearl String and pearl flowers are The Hobby House from Whitby Crafts
Ruffle trim I bought in Walmart in Florida
Sentiment is from LDRS All Dressed Up Stamps Looking Gorgeous stamp set. I used the die to cut it out.
Pink Pearls my box

Wow that was a long post. I do hope that you can enter the challenge there is loads of time till the 4th September to add your lovely makes especially as its Anything Goes.
Enjoy the rest of the week and remember our next challenge is not till 5th September. Love and  hugs Carole x 




Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Benson Bear With Love

Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers its that Wednesday again it seems to come
around so fast, so its the launch of our new weekly challenge over at  Crafting by Designs and the theme is once again Anything Goes

Our Sponsor this week is


Prize - winner choice of 3 digi images


The Design Team all used a lovely stamp called Benson Bear With Love



Close up


Card Recipe

6x6 Blank card
Stamp is Benson Bear With Love from Crafty Sentiments Designs painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Papers are from a Docrafts Back to Basics pad I bought at Harrogate show last year
Kraft card is Crafters Companion
Wonky stitched rectangle dies
Hessian trim I bought in Spain last year from The Chinese Supermarket
Wooden teddies are from Whitby Crafts
Happy Birthday button is from Ross papercraft
Purple and  white twine is from Michael's
Craftwork Cards card candi
 Wink of Stella on the heart balloons

I hope you find time to enter the challenge. Anything Goes is always good. Enjoy the rest of the week  and  hte lovely sunshine.Love and  hugs Carole x

I've entered this into Crafty Sentiments Designs Challenge