Saturday 31 May 2014

Birthday Card for Val

Good morning to all my lovely friends and great followers I hope you have all had a great week. Before I start my post I want to give a special welcome to my latest follower Annie thank you so much for joining my blog and  I hope you continue to enjoy my blog posts.
The card I'm posting today was one I made a little while ago its a 65th birthday card for my friend Val. She celebrated her birthday last Thursday. The card is a bit of a different colour scheme for me but I liked the finished result See what you think.

This is the matching box


Card Recipe

Blank 8x8 scalloped card from Craftwork Cards
Navy Card Tim Holtz
Die cut corners from ebay
Spellbinder Floral oval dies
Marianne die
Sentiment computer generated
Flowers WOC and  my stash.
The cream flat flowers are from The Hobby House at GNPE a while ago and the centres are coverd in pink seed beads
Viva pearl pen pink
Pink pearl string from my stash. I wish I could remember were I bought it as its very fine and I love it on cards.
White gesso on flowers
I cut the bottom floral oval die in half to extend it and make a bigger oval design a technique I saw on the Create and  Craft.
I spoke to my friend on her birthday an know she loved the card I was just relieved it arrived safely and not damaged.
 I hope you are all looking forward to the weekend. I've got some workmen here cleaning all our block paving so hope to do some shopping when they finish. I'm also doing appeals all next week so lots of reading still to do but I'm getting there.
Thank you all for the lovely comments you have left recently I really appreciate them especially on my first design post as its quite a big thing doing your first project. Enjoy whatever you have planned and I hope it involves some crafting If I get any time it will be wedding invites for me.



Wednesday 28 May 2014

Anything But a Card

Good morning to all my lovely Friends and Followers. Also a very special welcome today to my new follower Jackie thank you for taking the time to follow my blog I hope you enjoy my posts.
 My post today is my first design team post for Crafting By Designs so a special welcome if you are visiting my blog for the first time from Crafting by Designs.
The Challenge this week is Anything But a Card. I'd bought a kraft card heart a while ago at the craft shop in Whitby North Yorkshire so decided to make use of it and make a wall hanging. I hope you all like it.

The second photo shows the side of the wall hanging which is not visible from the front and  the photo below shows it hanging on the wall.

 Wall Hanging Recipe
Heart shape from Whitby Crafts
Stamp Nellie Snellen Sweet Elin I won this in my lovely follower Mags Birthday Candy Draw.
Image painted with Distress inks
Sentiment stamp Indigo Blu
Papers Baskets and Bunnies Lili of The Valley
Spellbinder scalloped oval die
Lace, crochet flower and twine from my stash
Blue organza flower ribbon Boyes my local craft store
Flowers Wild Orchid Craft
Card Tim Holtz
Blue wooden hearts Whitby Crafts
Blue resin flower from the Mags Birthday Candy
I also used white gesso to prime the base of the heart before decorating it.
Tim Holtz paper distress tool used on the edges of the papers from Michaels Florida USA
I hope this inspires you to join in the challenge it can be fun to do something other than a card so why not give it a go and be in with the chance of winning some great prizes. This is the challenge badge and link. The Challenge runs from the 28th May for a week.
                                                               Crafting by Designs

Good luck if you do decide to enter and  even if you don't please pop over as the blog is well worth a look.
I'm entering this in Deep Ocean Challenge Wings
Deep Ocean Challenge


Wednesday 21 May 2014

Wedding Day

Good evening all my lovely friends and followers and an especially warm welcome to my two new followers Kristie and  Jackie. Thanks so much for following my blog and I hope you continue to enjoy my blog posts.
My card today is another Wedding Card I made this as a commission for my friend to give to her Son and new Daughter in Law. She asked for silver and white so here it is.


There is a matching box but for some reason I forgot to photograph it.


 Card Recipe

8x8 white card Craftwork cards
Silver Mirra card GNPE
Mr& Mrs Die from ebay
Marianne swirl and  leaf dies
Memory box bow and heart die
Heart punch do crafts
Sentiment computer generated
Lace and  gems from my stash
Roses WOC
Other Organza Flowers Boyes
White linen card from The Paper Man Washington
This card and my earlier Wedding Card were for the Wedding we went to at the weekend so cannot finish without a couple of photos. The first is my friend and  I we have been friends since we were 5 so just a couple of years !! she was the Groom's Mum and the second is the lovely Bride and  Groom. Kathey looked so beautiful it was such a pretty dress. These are just family photos I am certain the professional stuff will be amazing.



We had a fabulous weekend the venue was so special but its Wednesday and I'm sure I'm still recovering from the amount of Champagne I drank.
 I'm so sorry its been a week since I posted anything but I came back from the Wedding straight into doing appeals for the School Admissions so I've finally got round to posting. I've tried to keep up with all my followers and  friends blogs and there have been some fantastic posts recently .Thank you all so much for the amazing comments you all left on my Wedding Card post last week. I entered it in some challenges and got a Top 3 at Crafty Sentiment Designs so I was really pleased with that .
I hope you enjoy the rest of the week we have had great weather so hope it lasts till the weekend. Enjoy your crafting.





Tuesday 13 May 2014

Wedding Card

Good afternoon  to all my lovely friends and  followers. I want to give a special welcome to my three new followers, Jim, Wendy and  Darnell I am delighted that you have decided to follow my blog and hope that you continue to enjoy my blog posts.

Before I show you my card I have some exciting news to share. A couple of weeks ago out of the blue I received and amazing email from Doris at Crafting by Designs asking me if I would like to join their design team. You will recall I did a Guest Designer spot for them in March but never in a million years did I expect anything like this to happen. I have accepted and will start my first projects later this month so watch this space. if you are interested in looking at the site this is the link Crafting by Designs

Now for my card I made this awhile ago as we are going to a posh wedding in London on Friday and  this is the card I've made to give to Dave and Kathey for their Wedding Day on Saturday.

This is the matching Box


Card and  Box Recipe

The stamp is LOTV Mr and  Mrs painted with Promarkers and Copic pens
Blue Card Tim Holtz
Papers LOTV Shabby Shack
Sentiment stamp Wedding Day LOTV others from my stash I think from a Docrafts very old set.
Spellbinder Floral ovals and circle dies
Lace from Dainty Crafts Washington
Pearl trim and  organza trim from my stash
Flowers Wild Orchid Craft, Boyes, and  the lace flower from Dainty at Washington
Heart Charm from Ross Paper craft Show
Tim Holtz paper distress tool.
I hope you enjoy this post I am looking forward to the Wedding we are staying at the wedding venue in Portman Square W1 a gentleman's club all sounds very grand. I've hired a fab fascinator and got a new posh frock so I'll post some photos next week.
Enjoy this rest of the week everyone and  hope you get to do lots of crafting I haven't got so much to post at present as I'm interspersing my own crafting with the wedding things. Thank you for all your fabulous comments on my last card they were so kind.



Thursday 8 May 2014

A Special Birthday Card

Good afternoon to all my lovely friends and  followers. I've finally got round to posting something, had a bit of a week lots of appointments and  things going on. Before I start my post I want to give a big welcome to my latest follower Jim thank you for following my Blog and I hope that you continue to enjoy my posts.
My card today is more my usual style so really enjoyed making this one . The stamp is LOTV that I won last year in the Theme Thursday draw. The stamped strip across the centre is an inspiration I've taken from Becky Hetherington's Blog Attic Crafter. The link is in my Blog List if you want to take a look a great idea and  a fabulous Blog.


Card Recipe

7x7 card made from cutting down an 8x8 the image looked lost on the bigger card
Papers Timeless Victorian LOTV distressed with paper distress tool
White card Tim Holtz
Stitched with sewing machine and white topstitch thread
Spellbinder Floral Oval die
La La Land Banner die
Sentiments LOTV
LOTV stamp Cake Glorious Cake painted with distress Inks and  sprinkled with vintage white Frantage. The cake glorious cake sentiment comes with the stamp so excellent value.
Lace is from Dainty Crafts Washington
Organza flower ribbon and pearl trim from my stash
Flowers Wild Orchid Craft, Boyes and my stash.
Glamour Dust on wings and  cake
I'm plodding along with the Wedding Invites and doing OK currently deciding on the insert wording and font. I've still got loads to do but enjoying making them and they look lovely suppose I would say that !!. The ribbon I ordered arrived yesterday so now have all the materials for the Day Invites Evening Invites and Order of Service over 200 cards.
I hope you all enjoy what's left of the week and you all had a great bank holiday weekend. I'm at a governor conference tomorrow so that should be interesting.
I suppose I cannot end my post without mentioning my husbands football team Sunderland who have just saved themselves from relegation in great style. My husband is a life long supporter and goes to all the home matches so he is on cloud nine right now. Is this the time to ask him for the diamonds and designer bags !! The last match of the season is Sunday so a nice crafty afternoon for me.
Thank you to all of you who commented on my last post I had some great comments so lovely.
I'm entering this card in the following Challenges LOTV Fairies Crafty Sentiments anything Goes Whimsy Stamps Use Two Dies


Friday 2 May 2014

Topper Card

Good morning all my lovely friends and  followers I hope that you have had a good week . The week just seems to have flown and  I cannot believe that its May already although I have noticed that a lot of the web pages have Christmas stuff on them always a sign we are getting towards the middle of the year. Its so sad when we haven't even had our Summer hols yet!!. Never mind enough from me this is a card I've made as a sample for the lady who runs our craft group its quite a simple design as the group will make this at one of our meetings in June and we have very mixed abilities and some may choose to select a different topper. I used a Hobby House topper first time I've used one although I've had them ages and I'm  quite pleased at how quick they come together. Don't think I'll stop painting my images though but they do make a lovely quick card and  such cute images.


 Card Recipe

6x6 Blank card Craftwork Cards
Green Paper an old Docrafts pad
Embossed background A4 Dottie embossing folder
Spellbinder scalloped circles
Green Bazzill Swiss Dots Card
LOTV Sentiment Tags stamped in Brown Memento Ink
Ribbon and  gems form my stash
Image The Hobby House
Glamour dust on image
This is the first time I've used the LOTV sentiment tags they were out of stock for a while but managed to get them recently. I think they will be very useful lots of varied sentiments
Hope you all have a great bank holiday weekend I've not got a lot planned so hope to catch up on some crafting I have a couple of birthday cards to make and also I'll do some more work on the wedding invites .
Thank you all for the fabulous comments on my last post so kind of you all. Love Carole x