Saturday, 22 July 2017

Holiday Girl and Jam Jars

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 July 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..


Day Dreaming

Holiday Girl

Mermaid Kisses

Jam Jars





For my Design Team makes I used two of these fabulous stamps Holiday Girl and Jam Jars I hope you like them.

Holiday girl



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Card Recipe Holiday Girl

6x6 Blank Card
Stamp is Holiday Girl from All Dressed up Stamps painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Papers are Maja Design Summer basics from Live and  Love Crafts now closed
Dies are LDRS Gilded Ovals set from Dies to Die For.
Sun die is from eBay
Stitched rectangle die is Lawn Fawn
Metal coat hanger was from Live and  Love crafts
Bakers Twine is Docrafts and I fussy cut the clothes to hang on the end.
Sentiment and shades sentiment are part of the stamp 
Flowers are from my stash
Pearls from the Pound Shop 


Jam Jars




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Jam Jar Wall Hanging Recipe

Heart Shape wooden  photo frame was from Michael's in Florida it cost a $1 and I painted it with lavender Acrylic Paint
Stamp is Jam Jars from All Dressed Up Stamps painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Wooden Love sentiment is also from Michael's
Wooden double hearts I bought at the last Harrogate craft show
Jute String to make the hanger is from Whitby Crafts

Well I hope you have enjoyed seeing the new release stamps and my two makes. I think it will be hard not to take a look at them all in the shop and also there are some more inspirations from the rest of the Design Team HERE
I want to also apologize as I've not been around much this week but we had three days away in North Yorkshire for our Wedding Anniversary which was on Tuesday we stayed in a very lovely hotel it was just perfect. So I'll be playing catch up over the weekend. I do hope everyone is well and  enjoying a lovely weekend.  Love and  hugs Carole x

 

Thursday, 20 July 2017

In The Pink Snow Queen

Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers. Well I'm back today with a card to launch the new monthly Challenge over at In The Pink. Our theme for this month is Fantasy.
We have a fabulous sponsor this time.



Giving a very generous £15 voucher to the winner


For my Design Team card I used a digi stamp I've had ages but only used once about three years ago it called Snow Queen and by Aurora Wings I used a blue theme last time so this is my In The Pink version.



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Card Recipe

7x7 Blank Card
Pink snowflake paper is a digital download.
Stamp is Aurora Wings Snow Queen painted with Copic and  Promarker Pens.
Textured paper overlay I got at Ross Papercraft Show
Star edge die is Joycrafts
Snowflake dies are Marianne
Crystal sparkle gems my stash.
Snowflake charm was from Live and Love Crafts I think
Sentiment stamp is from Kaisercraft Magic of Christmas stamp set. I stamped and heat embossed it in Silver embossing powder
Lots of Glamour Dust on her tiara,earrings and also some in her hair

Well I hope you can find time to pop over and enter our challenge this month you have until the 16th August to enter. Enjoy the rest of the week Love and  hugs Carole x



Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Wind in my Hair Fairy

Good morning everyone I hope you are all enjoying a great week. Its that Wednesday again  so the launch of a new challenge over at Crafting by Designs Our theme for this weeks challenge is Reuse, Recycle or Repurpose,

Our sponsor for this weeks challenge is



For my Design Team card i used a lovely stamp called Wind in my Hair Fairy. I struggled a bit with the theme so I've reused a Spellbinder floral oval die and Lili of the Valley sentiment tags that  I've used loads and I recycled a flower spray from an old card.



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Card Recipe

Craft work Cards Fanciful shaped card
Papers are Lili of the Valley now discontinued
Stamp is Wind in her Hair Fairy from Scrap'N Dippity painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Dies are  Spellbinder floral Oval, Leaf die is from a Magnolia doohickey Swirl and  leaf set, heart banner is a Penny Black die.
Flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts and  Live and Love Crafts
Pearl trim is Whitby Crafts I think.
Heart lace is Brenda's Lace and  Ribbon Specials facebook shop
Sentiments are Lili of the Valley Sentiment tags available as rubber or digi stamps.
Viva pearl pen
Pearl hearts my from one of the craft shows

Well I hope you enjoy the rest of the week whatever you have planned and can also find time to enter this weeks challenge. 
Love and  hugs Carole x

 


Saturday, 15 July 2017

Happiness

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 Design Team card I used the lovely romantic stamp called Happiness. 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
Happiness stamp from All Dressed Up Stamps  painted with Copic and  Promarker pens
Heart embossed card from Ross Paercraft show
Border die and heart dies are all Joycraft
Stitched hearts die from eBay
Organza flower border trim from Boyes Stores
Flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts and  Ross Papercraft
Cabouchon from Harrogate show
Sentiments are Lili of the Valley Postmark stamps unfortunately no longer available such a shame they are so useful
Grey pearl hearts Jelly Bean crafts

I hope you like this its ages since I used my Copic pens but decided to use them on this as I wanted a bright white and sadly the Artistico watercolour card I use is an off white.
Well I hope you are all enjoying the weekend and can find time to enter the challenge this month.   Have a lovely evening everyone. Love and  hugs Carole x





Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Spring Block

Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers its Wednesday again so the launch of a new challenge over at Crafting by Designs our theme for this weeks challenge is Summertime and
our sponsor for this weeks Challenge is

Prize - winner choice of 4 digi images

This is a very generous prize for the winner. For my Design Team card I used an image called Spring Block . Even though its says Spring it has lots of lovely Summer features/ Hope you like it.


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Card Recipe

6x6 Blank Card
Papers are Baskets and  Bunnies Lili of the Valley now discontinued
Heart embossed pearl card .
Stamp is Spring Block from Bugaboo Stamps painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Square Stitched die and leaf border die are both dies from eBay
Birdcage die is Joy Craft from Noor Designs
Dragon fly die and stamp set came in a magazine. I stamped onto pink vellum and  heat embossed them with Pink Aurora Lapis embossing powder from Cosmic Shimmer
Pearl string from Whitby Crafts
Birdcage charm my stash 
Pink twine Walmart Florida
With love sentiment die is Spellbinder
Some Wink of Stella on the image 

Well I hope everyone has a great week and can find time to enter the challenge this time.
I'm still playing catch up after being away for a long weekend to my sons we got to see the new house its an Edwardian house and currently under renovation so a bit of a bomb site at present but it is a fabulous house which will be an amazing home for them when its finished. We had a lovely night out with them in Knutsford on Saturday evening and Michael and  I  stayed in a very nice hotel called Cottons. The highlight as always was the lovely time we spent with Miles which we always enjoy so much.  Love and  hugs Carole x





Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Umbrella Girl

Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers I hope everyone is well and  enjoying a great week .Well Wednesday has come around again and therefore the launch of another challenge over at Crafting by Designs .and its the launch of our monthly and very popular Anything Goes Challenge .
Our sponsor this time is


Prize - winner choice of 1 bundle


Welcome :) I'm always happy to share my story! 
Once upon a time, I had 1 big noisy child, and 2 small noisy children, (still noisy, just bigger...lol) and I was in desperate need for quiet book patterns. I couldn't find any that I LOVED, so... I drew my own! Not too successful, as they were way too complicated, but I had HUGE feedback on my art work. 
So, my happy ending began with a blog :) I started out posting free images daily, and within a week, I had over 100 followers! I was thrilled! Slowly as my art work has improved, so have my opportunities! Etsy is just another step in achieving my dream. I have become a successful illustrator! I am so blessed to have had many willing to help me on my path, and am grateful for every single person who has visited my shop, blog, and offered requests and suggestions along the way.
I LOVE this "job"!
xoxo   Nikki


For my design team card I've used a black and white mage from the Rain Clip Art set called Umbrella Girl



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Card Recipe

6x6 Blank Card
Image is Umbrella girl from Melonheads Rain Clip Art Set painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Papers are Maja Design Lets Have Some Coffee from Live and  Love Crafts now closed
Purple card is Tim Holtz
Die is Little Darlings Rubber Stamps Gilded Oval set from Dies To Die For
Pearl and bead trim from Whitby Crafts
Flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts and Boyes Stores the Lavender stems are from Ross Papercraft.
Sentiment is from the Lili of the Valley Spring set
Small hearts are cut from a Penny Black heart banner die

Well I hope you like her and can find time to enter the challenge this month. I got caught up last week with my comments on your lovely blogs but am falling behind with them already. I just wish life didn't get in the way of my crafting so much. Enjoy the rest of the week everyone love and hugs Carole x












Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Christmas Pixie

Good morning to all my crafty friends and  followers its Wednesday so you've guessed a new challenge over at Crafting by Designs today is the launch of another Get Ready For Christmas Challenges not wanting to scare anyone but its now only 26 weeks till Christmas. I'm still wondering what happened to the last 26 weeks some have definitely passed me by !!.

We have a great sponsor

Prize = $20 gift certificate to store

That's a great prize and  for my Design Team card I used a lovely stamp called Christmas Pixie




Card Recipe

6x6 blank Card 
Stamp is Ike's Art Christmas Pixie painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Papers are Lili of the Valley now discontinued
Holly ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons
Stitched rectangle dies are Lawn Fawn
Holly flet corner trims with bells I was given as a gift
Sentiment is Lili of the Valley Christmas Grungy Sentiments available in Rubber stamps or Digi Stamps..
Some Twinklets on her hat and  dress 

I decided to use Tis the Season to be Jolly to cheer her up as I thought she looked a bit sad or maybe someone has just said 12 extra now for Christmas Dinner !!. 

Well I hope you can enter your Christmas makes into our challenge I know lots of you have started Christmas crafting already.Enjoy the rest of the week everyone. Love and  hugs Carole x







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



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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