Wednesday 29 October 2014


Good morning to all my friends and  followers. Todays post is a Halloween card I've made for Crafting by Designs Halloween challenge. The challenge runs for one week and our sponsors are.

The prize this week is three digital stamps of the winners choice.
The image I've chosen for my card is Lily Monster. This is the first time I have fussy cut an image but I quite liked using  this technique.

Card Recipe

6x6 Blank Card
Image Lily Monster Alicia Bel painted with Promarker and Copic pens then fussy cut. The image was stamped onto Desert Storm Neenah card from Crafters Companion.
Background paper from Joann stores Florida
Spiders web ribbon from GNPE
Sentiments from Michaels craft store Florida
Orange card and gems from my stash
I'm not a big fan of Halloween but I quite enjoyed making this card. I also hope some of you may find the time to enter one of your Halloween cards into the challenge.
I hope you are all having a great week and doing some interesting things. Thank you for the lovely comments on the wedding card you are all so kind. Hugs Carole x





Friday 24 October 2014

Wedding Day

Good evening to all my lovely friends and followers and a special welcome to my new follower Jacee thank you for following my blog I hope you enjoy my posts and  continue to visit my Blog.

My card today is a wedding card I have made recently for my friend Margaret's son who is getting married tomorrow. I decided to use the Wedding Tilda image again its the one I used on the wedding acceptance card I posted recently . I really liked the card and  its was also popular with my followers. So this is a similar style.

This is the matching box


Card Recipe

7x7 Blank card
Image Wedding Tilda painted with Promarker and  Copic pens and sprinkled with shabby white Frantage.
Photo and  Music stamps LOTV Grunge Music and  Old Romance
Papers Timeless Victorian
Organza and net covering card and  box from Boyes stores
Wide white sparkle ribbon Whitby Crafts
Spellbinder Opulent oval die
Butterflies edged with Gesso and Letters both from a Pion cut out sheet from Live and Love Crafts
Flowers Wild Orchid Craft ,my stash and the lace stem is from Dainty Crafts Washington
Pearl hearts Dawn to Dusk Crafts
 Petite Frames Mellissa Frances Live and  Love Crafts
Box Stella Crafts
Box Sentiment made on my computer
I hope that you all have a great weekend what ever you have planned. We have friends arriving tomorrow for the weekend . The boys are going to the football match tomorrow afternoon and Jennifer and I are going for afternoon tea to Wynyard Hall so it should be a very nice weekend.
Thank you all for visiting my Blog and for all the lovely comments you have left recently. I do appreciate them all as I know some of you have been having some blogger problems this week . Hugs Carole x




Wednesday 22 October 2014

Get Ready for Christmas

Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers and  a special welcome today to my two new followers Sally and Edna. I am so pleased you have joined my blog and I hope you can visit often to enjoy my posts.

Today sees the launch at Crafting by Designs of a new weekly challenge Get Ready for Christmas we have a great sponsor Just Some Lines and a fab prize of three Digital Stamps.

Prize Three Digital stamps of the winners choice.
For my Design Team card I decided on Seeing Santa its a cute image and I hope you like my card


Card Recipe

6x6 Blank card Craftwork cards
Red card my stash
Papers LOTV Twas the Night
Image Just Some Lines Seeing Santa painted with Copic and  Promarker pens
Spellbinder square die to cut the frame
Sentiments LOTV Christmas wishes and Christmas Grungy Messages heat embossed with red embossing powder
Red lace from a quilt show I went to at the NEC Birmingham last year its French lace Oh la la !!
Red Pom Pom trim Boyes Stores
Twine Docrafts
Charm Wild Orchid Crafts ages ago.
Wooden star buttons Whitby Crafts.
I hope you are all enjoying a great week and the weather is not too awful for those in the UK. I hope you find time to look at the challenge and  our sponsors web pages you might even feel like entering one of the stunning Christmas cards you are all making. As well as the prize we also pick Saturday Spotlight winners and  invite our Guest Designers from those lucky enough to be selected.



Friday 17 October 2014

New Baby Girl

Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers and a special welcome this sunny morning to my latest follower Karrie welcome to my Blog I hope that you enjoy my posts and  continue to visit my Blog.
My card today is a New Baby Girl card I made for my friend Margaret she had a new Grandchild while I was away on holiday. Her name is Fearne. The stamp I've used is LOTV Cosy Pram I bought this ages ago when it was released and have never had the opportunity to use it so I knew straight away what baby stamp I was going to make the card with. I've also another first on the card while I was in Florida I bought this Tim Holtz bracket die something I've been after for ages so its had its first outing on this card. The Tim Holtz dies are so much cheaper than in England especially if you have a 40% off coupon !!


Card Recipe

6x6 blank card Craftwork Cards
Edge cut with Tim Holtz Bracket die
Stamp LOTV Cosy Pram painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Papers Pion Studio of Memories Rose and Ocean Roses PD1904 from Live and  Love Crafts
Die Marianne Circle, leaf , and flower
Sentiments LOTV for you circular sentiments and sentiment tags.
Lace and ribbon from my stash.
Pearl trim from a haberdashery shop in Durham market ages ago.
Wood teddy button from Whitby Crafts
Flowers Wild orchid Craft and Boyes Stores
Letters from a Pion cut out sheet Live and Love Crafts
Card edges inked with Tattered Rose Distress Ink

I decorated the inside of the card with the same papers and  put the verse onto a  die cut to match the outside. I don't often do this as I usually add an insert of either linen or hammered paper but I did like the results of this technique.
Well got nothing planned especially for the weekend but I do have some jobs in the house and garden to keep me busy. My son also sent me a parcel yesterday it contained the Roman Blind I made  a few years ago for their kitchen and They had already sent some new fabric. So can I just run them a new one up !! I'll need to put a couple of days aside and get my big sewing machine out. The one I use for my cards is a very small one I bought cheaply at John Lewis and it sits under the desk but I'll need my trusted Bernina machine for this project.
I hope you all have a great weekend and enjoy some time to relax.  Hugs Carole x


Sunday 12 October 2014

Have a Happy Retirement Phil

Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers I hope you are enjoying the weekend its been quite sunny here but lots of rain overnight My post today is a male retirement card I made just before my holidays. Its for a great guy Phil an ex colleague of my husbands who retired at the end of September. They worked together as Forensic Trainers and I spent a great two week holiday with his lovely wife Lesley in Singapore when my husband and Phil were working out there. We all had such a great time. He also loves caravanning and has a static van in Northumberland. So I decided to find an image to reflect that. I found this on Pinterest not my usual style image but I thought it was just right for him.


Card Recipe

6x6 card Craftwork cards
Kraft card Crafters Companion
Papers LOTV Enchantment ( I won them in one of the daily candy draws )
Image from Pinterest painted with Promarker and Copic pens
Spellbinder scalloped circles and circle dies
LOTV sentiments, Sentiment Tags and For You Round sentiments
Hessian ribbon from Hobby Lobby Florida
Twine and clock charm from my stash
Newsprint Candi Craftwork cards
Metal corner Wild orchid Crafts
My husband was out for lunch with Phil and his New Tricks group (all retired colleagues) last week and I know Phil loved his caravan card !!.
Well today I'm again catching up on ironing my washer broke last week and sadly could not be repaired so I had to wait till Friday to get the new on fitted. So did lots of catch up washing yesterday that now needs ironing. This afternoon I'm going to start on my DT projects for November. I cannot believe November is so close, this year seems to have gone by much too quickly. How I ever found time to work full  time I will never know.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend I hope you are doing some nice things today. Love and  Hugs Carole x

Wednesday 8 October 2014

Wedding Acceptance

Good morning to all my lovely friends and followers and  a big thank you for you kind comments on my 18th Birthday card. You are all aware I am making wedding stationery and  I received the invite I made for the Wedding on the 22nd December just before my holiday .It was weird receiving my own card.
Today I'm posting the acceptance card I've made to send to Rosie's Mum and Dad. To be honest I think this is the first time I've actually made a Wedding Acceptance card.

Its a long time since I've used a Tilda image but I thought this Wedding Tilda was just right.

Card Recipe

6x6 Blank white card Craftwork Cards
Image Wedding Tilda painted with Copic and  Promarker pens sprinkled with Shabby Pink Frantage from Live and  Love Crafts
Paper is Timeless Victorian from LOTV my favourite I bought another pad at the GNPE
Spellbinder Opulent oval die
Photo stamp LOTV Old Romance Background Bits
Silver sequin ribbon from Whitby Crafts
White rose ribbon from Boyes Stores
Butterflies from a Pion cut out sheet from Live and Love Crafts sprinkled with Shabby Pink Frantage and  edged with white gesso
Silver bead string from my stash
Sentiments computer generated
White card and paper distress tool Tim Holtz
Well I hope you are enjoying the week its been freezing here and I'm really feeling the cold after a month in Florida.
I enjoyed the GNPE on Saturday but a bit disappointed with the number of stalls a lot of my favourite stalls weren't there and LOTV only had a small stall compared to usual they normally had two . The new hall is much smaller so I think this restricts the numbers allowed . I got some of the things I wanted but the die I wanted I've had to order on line as One Upon a Stamp was not there his dies are such a good price. On a positive note I got to meet up with Sue one of my lovely followers it was so nice to see her and chat . I also spoke for a while with Ann from LOTV she's is lovely.
Well I'm off to hospital shortly to see the dietician to see how I'm doing with my GF diet then back to catching up on my crafting and the ironing.  Love the crafting hate ironing.!!
Have a great week Love and Hugs Carole
I'm entering this card in The Ribbon Girl Glitz and Bling Crafty Little Fairies Use one Design Paper



Friday 3 October 2014

18th Birthday

Good morning to all my lovely followers and  friends. I'm back home from Florida and  feeling very relaxed we had a great month so laid back just love the life style and the heat. I'm now home and back to all the catching up. I'm sorry I didn't get any comments done but had to rely on wifi when I could get it so never had chance for any long spells sitting at my iPad. A special thank you to those of you who commented on all my scheduled posts they were lovely and so kind of you all. I must say I have missed my crafting not doing anything was hard but I bought some lovely craft goodies to compensate.
Now a bit about my post today. This is an 18th birthday card and box I made before my holidays for my friend Val to give to her grandson Kieran. The image is a McLaren sports car and the reason for this choice is he's just got an apprenticeship with them and  started this month what an opportunity for him he's a delightful young man.

 The Box

Card Recipe

8x8 blank card Craftwork cards
Image from the internet
Grey card and  black mirra card from my stash
Yellow card Tim Holtz
Die cut letters and  numbers
Spellbinder circles
Star shapes
Cogs from Michaels USA
                                                           Twine Live and  Love Crafts
Charm my stash
Box Stella Crafts
Its taken me a while to do this post Blogger was definitely having a Monday morning mood it was a pain trying to upload the photos .
I've not spoken to my friend yet since my hols so not heard if Kieran liked the card I hope he did.
If any of you are going to the GNPE at Harrogate tomorrow I'm going with some friends from Craft Group so if you see me please say hello.
I'm hoping to get round all of my followers blogs in the next few days to see what you have all been creating I know they will be wonderful and to say hello.
Enjoy your weekend whatever you have planned Love and Hugs Carole x