Friday 28 February 2014

1st Blog Birthday

This Candy post will stay at the  top of my blog until the 28th February . For new posts please scroll down. Thank you Carole x

Good morning everyone the weather must know its my blog birthday as the sun is shining brightly today gorgeous.
The first part of my post today is a small selection of candy I have I've put together as a thank you for the support I have had from Blog Land for my cards and projects over the last year. I have blogged with some  great followers and friends during the year and I even got to meet some of you. The inspiration from your comments is so lovely and  they make the time I spend crafting so worthwhile.

To be in with a chance to win the candy simple rules apply follow my blog, leave a comment  on this post and put a link back to my Birthday Candy on your own blog.. My husband will draw the winner from the comments posted by 12noon on the 28th February. Thanks for taking part and  good luck.

Birthday Card


 I couldn't celebrate a birthday without a card so this is the card I have just made using my new Heartfelt Creations Delicate Aster die I've been looking at this die for ages and finally got it. I want to thank one of my followers Pam who uses this die a lot on her amazing cards and I have taken the inspiration for this card from her work Thank you so much Pam.

Card Recipe

8x8 card Craftwork cards
Embossed card from craft show
Pearlescent papers Anita's cards
Tim Holtz white card distressed on edges and  stitched with white topstitch thread
Happy Birthday die from eBay
Marianne die
Heartfelt Creations Delicate Aster Die
Ribbon from my stash
Kanban pearls
Well quite a long post today cannot believe I've posted 86 times and put one tutorial onto my Blog in a year I've come a long way since the very frustrating day I spent setting it up. It has been worth it though as I do enjoy the crafty friendships it brings.
Finally just want to send my love to my friend Val who is being very brave and doing her first holiday in Lynton in Devon. Well done you enjoy yourself.
Enjoy the rest of the week what ever you have  planned make sure you do some nice things and  make time for crafting  Carole x



Tuesday 25 February 2014

First CAS Card

Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers and a Happy St David's Day . Firstly I want to thank you all for the lovely comments you have all left on my last few posts they are a delight and  make me feel so happy. Secondly I would like to welcome Kevin my latest follower thank you for following my blog Kevin   I hope you enjoy my posts.

My card today is a CAS (clean and simple) card not my usual style at all but I was given this stamp before Christmas from some craft items sent to our craft group from a lady who had too much craft stuff  I personally didn't think that was possible you just get more boxes but it seems her boxes were taking over the house. Anyway the stamp is a Bebunni from Crafters Companion and  its a very simple stamp so thought I'd give it a go I also noticed Crafters Companion were running a CAS challenge so that spurred me on.


Card Recipe

Blank 5x5 card Craftwork cards embossed with dots embossing folder
Spellbinder scalloped and  circle dies
Tim Holtz core'dinations card
Stamp Crafters Companion Bebunni
Painted with Pro marker and Copic pens
Neenah smooth stamping card
Twine from docrafts
Pearls Kanban
Hope you enjoy my CAS card and enjoy the rest of the week the weather is good so I'm catching up on jobs in the house as am out later in the week.
Have great week  and enjoy whatever you plan to do.



Saturday 22 February 2014

First Easter Card

Good afternoon to all my lovely friends and  followers and  a special welcome to my new follower Rachel thank you for joining my blog followers and I hope you continue to enjoy looking at my blog posts.

My card today is my first Easter card and I've used a new stamp that I bought in the LOTV sale. I hope you like it .

Card Recipe

Blank card Craftwork cards
Papers free in a magazine
Card Tim Holtz 
Lace Durham indoor Market
Green pearl trim The Hobby House at GNPE
Stamp LOTV Armful of Daisies coloured with Promarker and Copic pens
Paper rolled flowers Spellbinder rolled flower die
Spellbinder floral oval die
Punch an old one from Hobbycraft not sure of the make
Butterfly punch Martha Stewart
Small roses, Medium rose , tulips and berries from WOC
Sentiment computer generated and cut with spellbinder circle die
Stitched with sewing machine and  white topstitch thread
Easter seems a while away but thought I'd make a start really like this new stamp he's so cute.
I hope that you are all enjoying the weekend the weather here is nice best we've had for a while. Waiting for my son and daughter-in -law to arrive they are staying the weekend .So I'm really looking forward to  seeing them as we don't manage to get together that often as they live in Didsbury Manchester and we are in the North East.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend and hope you all get to do some lovely things
 I'm entering this card in Wild Orchid Challenge. It's a stitch up. and  Crafty Sentiments Designs. Anything Goes.


Monday 17 February 2014

Get Well Soon

Good Morning to all my fab friends and  followers. I hope you have had a good weekend. the weather here wasn't so bad at least it didn't rain yesterday. We went to Durham on Saturday did a bit of shopping and I picked up some cute stamps in the craft shop in the indoor market. On the way back stopped at a pub/hotel my husband had been to before at Coxhoe called The Old Mill what a really nice place the food was great and they had a huge Gluten free menu I actually had a crumble for afters first one in more than 5years such a treat for me.
Anyway todays card is a man card its a get well card I've made for a friend of mine who has been a bit poorly recently. I used the same Michael Powell stamp I used for my husbands  birthday card in January but I've used  neutral colours this time and kept to a sepia theme. I really like the stamp as it is so versatile.

Card Recipe

Blank card 6x8 cream deckled edge from Hobbycraft
Backing paper My Minds Eye Kraft funday The Paperlane Northallerton
Grey card Ross Papercraft show
Mesh ribbon originally cream painted with Cool Grey 4 Promarker
Stamp Michael Powell Harbour side painted with Copic and  Promarker pens
Twine from my stash might be Docrafts
Banners from ebay but I've just bought the die as I like them so much. I stamped them with alphabet stamps
Charm from my stash
Card Candi Craftwork cards
I quite like this stamp painted in neutral colours I just added the tiny bit of colour with the red and  blue to make it pop a bit.
Now for something exciting. Tomorrow is My 1st Blog Birthday I cannot believe I have been blogging for a year I wrote my first post on the 18th February 2013 announcing I had finally set up my Blog.
So tomorrow as well as posting a birthday card I'm going to be giving away a small thank you and  am putting together a bag of goodies as I really do appreciate everyone's support.
Enjoy the rest of the day and  hope you can join me tomorrow for my 1st Birthday Blog




Thursday 13 February 2014


Good afternoon to all my lovely friends and followers. Hope you have had a good week so far. I've just come in, been out this morning to my craft club and made a man card then to Thai Chi this afternoon . So feeling very calm and relaxed just right for blogging and catching up on my comments.
The card I'm posting today is a card I've made with a love theme so many of the challenges had this theme as its so close to Valentine's Day. I don't normally do many Romance cards but thought I'd give it a go. The only time I usually do this type of thing is when I have commissions or wedding anniversaries. I hope you like it I decided to do a step card for a change then when I got into it wished I hadn't as it didn't seem to be working at first. I'm reasonable pleased now with the finished card


Card Recipe

Step card from Craftwork Cards
Paper an old Do crafts pad I won about three years ago in a competition
Sentiment LOTV Anniversary Surprise coloured with distress ink pens
Spellbinder circle and scalloped circle dies
Lace hearts from Dovecraft covered in Shabby Pink Frantage
Lace from Dainty Crafts Washington
Roses WOC
Card from Ross Papercraft Show
Gold heart and  Love sentiment from my stash
Believe sentiment K&Co from Michaels USA
Small hearts centres from Martha Stewart hearts border punch
Pearl Trim local craft store Boyes
I hope that you all kept safe yesterday the wind here was terrific thankfully we are lucky and  have no damage just our ear drums !! I hope that you all have a lovely Valentine's Day. We've not got anything planned but might just open a bottle of Champagne to celebrate tomorrow evening.
Enjoy the weekend and  hope you manage to  do something nice despite the awful weather.
I'm entering this in the following Challenges, The Ribbon Girl Romance, Live and  Love Crafts Love n' Lace , Crafting by Designs Anything for Love   Deep Ocean Challenge Love is all around Whimsy Monthly Challenge Love is in the Air Grapitmarkers ChallengeFloral/Love


Monday 10 February 2014

Champagne Supernova

Good morning to  all my lovely friends and  followers. I hope you have all enjoyed the weekend and  the weather has not been too awful. I do feel so sorry for all those people with flooded homes its dreadful. My card today is one  I've made for the LOTV monthly challenge which is Name That Tune. It took me ages to come up with a song to match one of the LOTV stamps I own. I picked a couple at the beginning only to find the designers had used the same one so  back to  the drawing board. I enlisted my husbands help and  came up with this song by Oasis Champagne Supernova as I had the Champagne Fountain stamp.

I've included a picture of the music by Noel Gallagher

Card Recipe

Blank Card Craftwork cards
Music paper from Melissa Francis 5th Avenue pad sentiment paper from the same pad
Pink card Tim Holtz
Grey card my Stash
Stamp LOTV Champagne Fountain painted with Promarkers and  Copic pens stamped with Memento Ink London Fog
Sentiment stamp Celebrate half of the LOTV sentiment Time to Celebrate
Spellbinder circle and  scalloped circle dies
Ribbon East of India bought at Chatsworth Christmas Market
Grey narrow ribbon from my stash
Stars from The Range
Flowers roses and pink Blossom from WOC
Small grey roses originally cream coloured with Cool Grey 3 Promarker
Beaded leaves from Ross Paper Craft Show one of the £1 stalls.
White topstitch Thread and  Sewing Machine.
Grey Pearls Kanban
Glamour dust on Champagne glasses.
I thought this  ribbon was perfect for the card but it does fray easily so had to  be careful cutting it. I also added some stars as Supernova is the brightest star. I do like to drink Champagne but not sure my knees can manage dancing on tables these days. The dancing on tables reminds me of Julie Walters in Mamma Mia. So my card even fits Name that Film as well !! 
As you guessed I'm entering this in LOTV February Challenge Name That Tune and  my tune is Champagne Supernova by Oasis.
 I know its just fun but I enjoyed the research and the making of this card. I know my friend Val will say no surprise there its because you love Champagne so much !!
Anyway bit of escapism and fun with my blog today.I'm now going to do the ironing but I usually watch Create and Craft on the kitchen telly so not all bad . Have a great week take care and enjoy.



Friday 7 February 2014

Black and White

Good morning to all you lovely friends and  followers. Hope that you are all keeping safe from this awful wet weather and hoping none of you have flooded homes. I've had a quieter week than last and  enjoyed a night out last night with my Golden Girl friends. We were one missing as Lorna is on her world tour currently in New Zealand and my friend Margaret just got back Wednesday from visiting her daughter in Dubai. She had a great time seeing her granddaughter who is two and enjoyed some lovely weather not that we are envious not much !!

Today my card is something a bit different. This stamp was one I got when I took out a magazine subscription last year and its by Indigo Blu and its called Ella Bella. I've made it all black and white and made some paper flowers for a change and  also used a shaped card as its quite a big stamp and  looked a bit lost on my normal 6x6 cards. Let me know what you think.

Card Recipe

8x8 Elegant shaped card Craftwork cards
Spotted paper internet freebie
Black card from stash
Stamp Ella Bella Indigo Blu
Sentiment stamps LOTV
Magnolia Doohickey Doily flower die
Resin roses from ebay Moon Jewellery
Punch Martha Stewart from Michaels in Florida USA
Black lace from my local craft store Boyes
Gems Kanban
The spotted ribbon lace was from a shop in Northallerton cannot remember the name
I hope you enjoy this card I quite enjoyed making it but it seemed strange not painting the image after stamping. I've seen this stamp done with gilding flakes so one of my challenges when I get some  time.
I hope you have some nice things planned for the weekend hubby is at football match tomorrow so  hope I can spend the afternoon crafting.
I'm entering this in Crafting by Designs February Challenge 'Anything goes'
Just wanted to also say a big thank you to my followers who always take the time to comment on my cards I really do appreciate all of them it makes my card making so worthwhile. Thank you all hugs Carole x



Monday 3 February 2014


Good afternoon to all you lovely followers and friends. I've been trying to do this  post for a few days but just been busy and have not taken the time to sit down and do it. I've been out today did some appeals for  the LA this  morning and  had my annual coeliac check up at hospital this afternoon. Good news though I don't have to go back to hospital for my checks anymore consultant is writing to  ask my GP to do  them in the future as everything is going well.
Anyway back to my post this is another stamp I bought from LOTV last year called Blossom and  hadn't used. She is so cute and  I did the card in lilacs one of my favourite card colours. I painted the image at my craft group two weeks ago when the theme for that week was stamping and colouring. I used watercolour inks to paint the image only because it was easier to  take them along rather than all my Promarkers and Copics as I have quite a few!!


Card Recipe

Blank card Craftwork cards 6x6
Kraft card Tim Holtz from The Paperlane Craft shop Northallerton
Stamps LOTV Blossom, Background Bits Old Romance and sentiment Pretty Grungy Good Times
Painted with Distress Watercolour inks
Dies Marianne and  Spellbinders
Hessian trim Hobby Lobby Florida USA
Lace Dainty Crafts Washington
Ribbon from my stash
Slider buckle I think WOC
Flowers WOC
Background paper Kanban
Sentiment and  both photo stamp images stamped with Memento sepia ink
I'm doing well with my stamps I've not used but still have a few more!! I'm sure if I decide to give up there is always next year. I have managed to get a few cards made recently so hopefully might be able to put a few more posts on soon.
I'm entering this card in Crafty Little Fairies Challenge which is Lavender and  Lace.
I've noticed a lot of the challenges are love themes at the moment with Valentine's Day coming shortly. I'll have to try and get my Romantic Head on and you never know I might even have  a love stamp I've never used !!
Enjoy the week what ever you are planning but hope it includes lots of crafting and the things you love doing. Take care and  keep warm.