Friday 31 May 2013

Japan Birthday Card

This is the Birthday card I have made for my best friend Val it was her birthday on Wednesday and I choose the design as she has just enjoyed an amazing holiday to Japan with lots of happy memories and I hoped that this card will remind her of  them .

The image is from Lili of The Valley and she is delightful I really enjoyed painting her and finding all the oriental embellishments. My attempt at a fan from a doily worked out well. I've decorated the inside by cutting around the image and attaching some of the butterflies to match the front

Card Recipe

Blank card Craftwork Cards
Stamp Geisha girl Lili of the Valley(See sidebar for link)
Painted with Pro markers, Flex markers and Copic pens
Spellbinder dies circle and scalloped circle
Fan doily from Wild Orchid Craft(See sidebar for link)
Butterflies Martha Stewart punch
Sentiment stamp from my stash
Flowers cherry blossom coloured to  match from Wild Orchid Craft other flower Hobby Craft
Seam binding Wild Orchid Craft,  Lace from my stash
Metal embellishment Michaels USA
Pearls hand done with a Viva pearl pen
Hope you enjoy looking at this card I know my friend was delighted to  receive it. Hope you all enjoy a nice weekend weather looks good.
I have just added another page to my blog Tutorials and I'm hoping very soon to  put on  a tutorial on how to make rolled flowers from a circle.
 I also want to wish a friend I made in Florida Cindy a very speedy recovery and hope she is able to  craft again soon.


Tuesday 28 May 2013

A Birthday Card for Fiona

 Yesterday was my lovely Daughter -in Law Fiona's birthday. This is the card I sent to her. I have spoken to her and she loved the card. The image is the first Lili of the Valley stamp I ever bought she is called "Pom Pom". I have stamped and coloured her many times but she is still my favourite girlie stamp. The card is pink and very girlie perfect for Fiona.

I also gave Fiona a Yankie Candle holder that I brought from America that you could personalize with a photo as part of her present. This is the photo of her and Martin my son that I put in the holder. It was taken by the wedding photographer before their wedding last August. They look fabulous and so happy.

Card Recipe

 Blank stepper card Craftwork cards
Stamp Lili of the Valley Pom Pom
Coloured with Pro markers Flex markers and Copic pens
Lace from my local craft store Boyes
Pearl trim Hobby Craft
Summer border Memory box die
Spellbinders floral oval die
Large pink flower Prima from Hobby Lobby USA
Other flowers Wild Orchid craft and my stash.
Card Tim Holtz and Bazzil
Pearls done by hand with Viva Pearl pen white
 I hope that everyone has had a good weekend the weather was so sunny it makes a world of difference. Hope you all have a great week and thank you for looking at my blog.
I hope that you have all noticed my new header and title. This is thanks to my friend John from my craft group who kindly resized it for me and put the title into the pink box. Looks very professional now better than my amateur attempt. Thank you John.
Love and Happy Crafting Carole

Saturday 25 May 2013

South Shields in Black and White for Mark's 40th

I made this card a while ago but have not been able to publish till after Mark's birthday. South Shields is his home town although he now lives in the south and works in a very challenging job with the military in Afghanistan. I made this card for his Mum my best friend to give him on his 40th. I got the idea from the main image of The Groyne and worked around that. It is very different from my other cards but I really enjoyed the research to get the right pictures that went well together. I was particularly pleased with the image of the Bamburgh  pub his local in his youth.

The banner depicts Coleman's Fish and Chip shop the best in Shields.

Card Recipe

Blank card Craftwork cards
Paper a gift from my friend Barbara
Photos from the internet
Black and Silver Mirra card Samuel Taylor Harrogate show
Metal sentiment from Michaels USA
Spellbinders scalloped rectangle and rectangles
Everything else from my stash
I hope you all have a good Bank holiday the weather here is sunny so that is good for the jobs I'm planning outside. Or maybe I'll just sit with a nice glass of wine!! Hope you enjoy looking at this different card.
Love and Happy Crafting Carole

Wednesday 22 May 2013

Get Well Soon Evelyn

This is a card I made with a parchment image I did at my craft class. My  cousin's wife Evelyn has just had a knee replacement and I thought this card would be perfect for her. She had her op last Saturday and she is doing just brilliant and got home yesterday.

I love the colour scheme and the ribbon border. Parchment designs are so  time consuming to do but the finished images are always so  stunning. This one is done in  sliver which is a nice change from white and looks so different.

Card Recipe

Cream blank card Craftwork  cards
Papers free from a magazine.
Card Tim Holtz
Parchment paper The Art of Craft
Pearl trim Hobby Craft
Ribbon local craft store Boyes Stores
Ribbon border punch Fiskars
Martha Stewart punch doily edge
Paper flowers Magnolia do hickey die
Small flowers Wild Orchid Craft
Pearls viva Pearl Pen Cream
Vellum and sentiment from stash
Hope you are all having a good week I've been busy doing appeals at the beginning of the week so  spent today doing a bit of catch up at home. Hope you enjoy looking at this card and thank you for looking at my blog.
Love and Happy Crafting  Carole



Thursday 16 May 2013

A Green Green and Green Card

I was asked to  make this card by my friend Margaret for her sons girlfriend's 30th birthday . You have guessed her favourite colour is green!!. I just love this Lili of the Valley image Dandelion Clock its one of my all time favourites and I never tire of it. She always looks gorgeous.

This is the first time I have used a photo from my iPad I think it is better than my camera which is old, let me know what you think .I have decorated the inside for the first time and with this die it looks lovely. I'm pleased with the green as its not a colour I use a lot.

Card Recipe

Card blank Craft work cards
Paper from an old Papermania pack
Image stamped with LOTV Dandelion Clock
Coloured with Pro markers, Flex markers and skin Copic pens
Lace The Hobby House
Pearl trim Hobby Craft
Dies Spellbinders decorative labels eight, Memory box summer border
Metal leaves from Ross paper craft show
Flowers Wild Orchid Craft, Prima and resin roses from Michaels USA
Glamour Dust highlighting image
Sentiment Freebie from Netties Craft blog
Anything I've missed from my stash.

 I've been to  my great craft group today making a gift bag and teaching my friends how to make rolled flowers. Lovely people lovely morning.
I hope you enjoy this card and enjoy a lovely evening thank you for taking time to  look at my blog
Love and Happy Crafting Carole

Sunday 12 May 2013

Golden Wedding Card

This is the card I have made for my friend Margaret to give to her friends Helen and Jim on their Golden Wedding. It is a lovely stamp from LOTV the cream and gold is perfect. I hope they like it as much as I do.

Card Recipe

Cream blank card Craft Work Cards
Paper Papermania
Stamp Lily of the Valley
Flowers Wild Orchid Craft and my local craft shop Boyes Stores
Metal Hearts Hobby Craft
Lace Dainty Crafts Washington
Ribbon from Stash
Spellbinder die
Heart shape punch
Box Stella Crafts Chester-le Street

I hope you have all had a great weekend although the weather here is back to  normal cold and wet!!
Thank you for looking at my blog and hope you get inspiration from my posts.
Love and Happy Crafting Carole

Friday 10 May 2013

A present from Japan

This is a lovely bag from Japan I was given today from my friend Val . It is used by ladies in Japan to keep their girlie things in they then put it in the sleeve of their Kimono a very interesting story. Unfortunately I do not have a kimono so  have decided to put it on my craft desk and store some of my craft stash . Its such a  pretty fabric and the colour is so vibrant.

Hope you enjoy looking at this lovely and interesting bag. Thank you Val for bringing it for me. Have a great weekend everyone Carole

Tuesday 7 May 2013

Some of my new goodies

This is the card I have made using some of the goodies I won in Jacque's Sweet Sunday prize draw and also a new spellbinders die I brought back from holiday.

Isn't this just the cutest stamp. I have not made it for anyone in particular but felt the stamp was telling me to make a new baby card with it.!!

Card Recipe

Blank card Craftwork Cards
Card Tim Holtz
Stamp  Whimsy Stamps from prize
Deep pink ,pale pink flowers and pink bakers twine from my prize
Other flowers from stash mainly Wild Orchid Craft
Pearl trim and lace Dainty Craft Washington
Charm The hobby House
Blue resin roses Michael's
Sentiments computer generated
Die Spellbinders Fleur de Lys
Everything else from my stash
Thank you as always for looking and enjoy this lovely sunshine. I'm off to Whitby to The Magpie Café for my Gluten Free Fish and Chips I just love these pensioner days out.
Love and Happy Crafting Carole


Saturday 4 May 2013

Celebration Card

This is a card I made for a celebration I love the image as much as I love champagne. Not sent it to  anyone yet but it is in my reserve box.


Card Recipe

Blank card Craftwork Cards
Stamps LOTV and Tim Holtz
Dies Cherie Lyn,Magnolia
Flowers and metal corners Wild Orchid Craft
Ribbons from my stash

Hope you enjoy looking at this card and enjoy the rest of the weekend it has actually been sunny here two days in  a row!! I'm still catching up on my sleep patterns and the hope to  start some new crafting very soon with my new goodies 
Love Carole



Friday 3 May 2013


Hi Everyone now back from Florida and still feeling a little  jet lagged but had a great holiday I am missing the lovely warm weather already although it is sunny here and it was snowing when I left so big improvement.
A few posts ago I wrote to  tell you all I had won a prize in  a competition this is the picture of my prize it is such a generous box of craft goodies I hope to  get to  play with them over the weekend along with some things I have brought back from the States. The competition is run by Jacques Sweet Stuff Sunday the link is on my sidebar if you fancy entering.

Hope that you all have a great Bank holiday weekend and that the weather is kind.
Thanks for looking Carole