Saturday 29 November 2014

Craftwork Cards Christmas Snowflake Candi Card

Good morning to all my crafting friends and a special welcome today to my two new followers Elise and Tracey M. I hope you will enjoy my future posts and visit often.
My card today is another of the Craftwork Cards Candi Cards I bought the pad at the GNPE I've now made three and  had hoped to do all six designs but time is against me at the moments so they may not appear till the New Year.
I hope you all got some bargains during Black Friday but I was inundated with emails yesterday it seems like every man and  his dog was doing something for Black Friday, am I wrong or is this the first time its happened in the UK on this scale.
I went to Newcastle to finish Christmas shopping (well nearly finished !! ) it was hectic but I got some good reductions on the things I wanted John Lewis had some great offers.
Now for the card


Card Recipe

Blank 7x7 card
Kraft card Crafters Companion
Blue paper from my stash
Craftwork Cards Candi Pad winter Botanicals
Silver snowflake, blue and  cream Candi Craftwork Cards
Pearls from a set I won from Mags Candy .
Felt snowflake I thin is from Whitby Crafts last Christmas
Wooden Joy sentiment was from Michaels Florida .
I hope that you are all enjoying a great weekend expect a lot of you will be shopping this weekend so hope you find all your gifts quickly. I'm in this weekend and hope to catch up on lots of things but I'm getting the inserts for the Wedding Order of Service today so that's my job for tomorrow 115 insets to fix in should keep me busy for a short while !!!
Thank you for all your great comments on my fairy card so lovely and kind of you all. Enjoy the rest of the weekend hugs Carole x



Wednesday 26 November 2014


Good morning to all my lovely friends and followers. I hope that you are all well and enjoying a great week. Its the 26th November and this time next month Christmas will all be over bar the leftovers . Its going to be here before we know it . I always plan to have everything done but never do always loads of  last minute stuff. I tell myself its part of the fun not sure about that though .
Today sees the launch of a new challenge at Crafting by Designs and  our theme this week is Fairies. Our sponsor this week is  Delicious Doodles with a great prize of 4 Digi stamps.

Prize - 4 digis
For my card I chose the stamp Ivy Fairy its a bit of a different fairy as she only has ivy for clothes. I did think of giving her a little woolly vest but thought it may upset the designer!! So here she is

Card Recipe

Shaped card from Craftwork  Cards
Papers LOTV Baskets and  Bunnies
Image Ivy Fairy Delicious Doodles painted with Promarkers and Copic pens sprinkled with shabby blue Frantage
Spellbinders Labels Three
Marianne die ivy , birdhouse and bird.
Lace from my stash
Sentiment Tags LOTV
Flowers Wild Orchid Crafts
Crochet flower ( I think docrafts ages ago).
Ivy leaves from Dainty Crafts Washington
Well now you've seen her she is different but I did enjoy the colouring the wings and hair are fabulous. I hope you can dig out your fairy stamps and pop over and enter this challenge.
Enjoy the rest of the week I hope you find the time to enjoy something nice and relaxing could that be crafting hmm !!

Friday 21 November 2014

On your Retirement

Good evening to all my friends and  followers after a busy week I've finally made sometime to put a post on my blog. We had a good week in the Peak District although the weather wasn't good we did a lot of nice shopping at Chatsworth Christmas Markets and a lot of relaxing but not so much walking as it was very wet in the middle of the week. I'm now back to normality and  I 've been Christmas shopping today I was surprised how busy the shops were but I got some things but will need another one or two trips to finish all the present buying.
Now onto my card its a Retirement card commission I did for a friend just before my holiday she asked for flowers so I used the very pretty LOTV Lilacs stamp. I did make a matching box but silly me forgot to photograph it!!


Card Recipe

7x7 Blank Card
Tim Holtz card and  paper distress tool
Pion Paper Studio of Memories Photo Frame and Anemone from Live and Love Crafts
LOTV stamp Lilacs painted with Derwent Inktense pencils
Spellbinder Floral Oval die
Lace from my stash
Lace butterfly by Martha Stewart from Michaels Florida USA
Flowers WOC and my stash
Sentiments LOTV For You Retirement sentiment and Sentiment tags
Sewing Machine and white topstitch thread
Glamour Dust on the Lilac flowers
Metal corner Dawn to Dusk Crafts originally white but tinted with a Copic pen to match
I thought I'd finish my post with a lovely photo I took of Lathkill Dale it was one of the dryer days and I took it just before the sunset. It is a really beautiful dale.

I hope that you all have a great weekend what ever you all have planned. I hope to do some more shopping tomorrow I'm determined not to be last minute shopping this year as we are going to the Wedding on the 22nd December that I have been making the stationery for so that will take out a couple of days leading up to Christmas Eve. Thank you all for the great comments on my recent posts they are all so lovely hugs Carole x




Wednesday 19 November 2014

Get Ready for Christmas

Good morning everyone today sees the start of a new challenge at Crafting by Designs this is another one of our Get Ready for Christmas challenges we've been having one every month since September and they are proving really popular .
Our sponsor this week is

  Rick St. Dennis    

The Prize - 2 digi stamps
Its a great prize and his stamps are very popular so I hope you can check out the web page. For my design I have chosen Holly Berry she's quite saucy with her basque and fishnet stockings so I need to think of some man who will appreciate this !!

Card Recipe

7x7 blank card
Image Rick St Dennis Holly Berry painted with Promarkers and Copic pens
Red Glitter card from a Craft shop in Litchfield a couple of years ago
Spellbinder Floral oval die
Shabby white frantage
Berries and holly leaves from Wild Orchid Crafts and my stash.
Sentiments LOTV Christmas Wishes
Sequined gold ribbon Whitby Crafts
Gold star string from my stash
Merry Christmas ribbon Boyes Stores.
Paper LOTV Classic Christmas

I hope you enjoy this card she's such fun. If you are still making Christmas cards you might find something suitable and pop over to enter this weeks challenge.

Friday 14 November 2014

Rosie Posey for Rosie's 30th Birthday

Good morning to all my fellow crafters, bloggers and friends. My card today is on I have made for Rosie she is the Bride to be who I have been making the Wedding Stationery for . It was her 30th Birthday this week and this is the card I made to send to her. I bought this Rosie Posey stamp when LOTV first put the retiring stamps up for sale it was a stamp I always liked but for some reason never bought so I thought straight away of Rosie's 30th when I saw it was being retired. Anyway enough of this rambling on, this is the card.



Card Recipe

6x6 card cut with Tim Holtz Bracket die
Papers are LOTV Timeless Victorian
Image LOTV stamp Rosie Posey painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils and  sprinkled with shabby blue Frantage
Marianne die Flower ,Leaf and Circle.
Flower organza ribbon Boyes Stores
Heart Lace Dainty Crafts Washington
Sentiment tags LOTV
Flowers Wild Orchid Crafts
Pearl string my stash
Resin frame and number 30 cut from a Pion cut out sheet both from Live and  Love Crafts
Pearls from my Candy win from Mags
Paper edger Tim holtz
I decorated the inside of the card to match and added the same die cut to print the verse on.
I hope you have all had a wonderful week . I'll be in the Peak District when this is posted so I hope that we have a great week as well. Look forward to seeing all your lovely posts when I get home . Hugs Carole x

Wednesday 12 November 2014

Give Thanks

Good morning everyone and a special welcome to all my lovely friends and  followers. My post today is to launch a new challenge along at Crafting by Designs and our challenge theme this week is Give Thanks. I know they celebrate this time of year a lot more in the USA but we have to admit it is a glorious time when we see all of the wonderful Autumn colours and they have been especially lovely this year in England after our good warm summer.
We have two sponsors this week for our challenge

Prize - $12 credit to store
Prize - $15 credit to store
I decided on an image from Sami Stamps and its called Acorn in my hand .
The inside of the card


Card Recipe

6x6 Cream scalloped card Craftwork cards
Papers LOTV Enchantment
Stamp Acorn in my hand Sami Stamps painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Marianne die flower leaf and circle
Hessian ribbon Hobby Lobby Florida
Flowers Wild Orchid Crafts
Purple organza ribbon my stash
Wood bobbin Michaels Florida
Sentiments computer generated
Kraft card Crafters Companion
Metal leaf Dawn to Dusk Crafts Ross Papercraft Show
Acorn from the top of a Christmas Cracker last year
I hope you enjoy this challenge and  its a bit different and nice to use the Autumn colours for a change. I was lucky as I won these gorgeous Autumn papers in a LOTV Candy Draw earlier this year. I hope you can find the time to pop over and take a look.


Friday 7 November 2014

Craftwork Cards Christmas Cards

Good morning to all my fellow crafty bloggers and  friends. I hope you are all well and enjoyed your week. Today I'm posting two Christmas cards yes you read right Two !!. When I went to the GNPE I shared one of these Craftwork Cards pads with my craft friend Carol. I've made three cards so far using it and  have enjoyed making them so quick and also perfect for posting


Card Recipe

7x7 blank cards
Craftwork cards Christmas Candi pad Winter Botanicals
The bow is from the bow pad given to me by my Crafty friend Carol
Candi is from GNPE and my stash
Christmas ribbon from my stash
Sentiment stamp LOTV Christmas Wishes
Pearls from the Range and Green gems Michaels Florida
Kraft card Crafters Companion
I coloured the inside of the bow with a green promarker pen as I didn't like looking down on the white reverse. These are so different for me but I did enjoy them especially as I made two in a morning.  I'll be posting some more as there's a few more designs so watch this Blog. I'm going away tomorrow to the Peak District for a week relaxing and walking depending on the weather it might be more relaxing !! I have some posts scheduled though for while I'm away . I'll have to catch up with all your lovely Blogs when I get home as the cottage we go to does not have wifi. I'm seeing my Son and Daughter in Law they are coming for the weekend so looking forward to seeing them.  I'll be handing over the new roman blind. its all finished and looks very smart.
Thank you for the lovely comments you have left recently I really appreciate the time you take to look at my Blog. Enjoy the weekend Hugs Carole x

Wednesday 5 November 2014

Merry Kissmas Penguins

Good morning everyone I hope you are all having a great week and that you are all well. My post today is a card I've made for the launch of the November Challenge Anything goes over at Crafting by Designs. We have three sponsors this week each giving great prizes
Prize - 4 digi images

Prize - $10 credit to store

 Ike's Art  
Prize - $20 credit to store
For my Design team project I decided on an image from Inky Impression called Merry Kissmas Penguins. Its a really cute image and great fun to colour. I used Derwent Inktense pencils this is the first time I've used them with a digi stamp but it worked just fine.

Card Recipe
6x6 blank card Craftwork cards.
Inky Impressions Kissmas Penguins digi stamp painted with Derwent Inktense pencils sprinkled with Shabby blue Frantage.
Spellbinder die labels 18
Memory box Frostyville border
Memory box die Snowflake corner
Papers LOTV Snow Princess
Blue card Tim Holtz
Fancy ribbon trim from Boyes stores
Purple organza ribbon from my stash
Blue wooden snowflakes Whitby Crafts
Snowflake charm Wild Orchid Crafts
Sentiment LOTV Christmas Wishes
Tim Holtz paper distress tool
Enjoy the rest of the week and I  hope you find time to enter this challenge . Thank you to those of you who commented on Sunday evening I was having Blogger problems and for some reason this was published when I asked it to update and save as draft. I removed it as the challenge isn't until Wednesday 5th so sorry but the comments you all made are brilliant. I'm classing it as a Sneak Peak to the chosen few!!. Hugs Carole x







Saturday 1 November 2014

Special Birthday

Good evening to all my lovely friends and  followers. A special welcome to my new follower on Google + Vinita. Thank you for following my Blog I hope you continue to enjoy my posts. My card today is one I made way back in August for a commission. I made it in a bit of a rush just before my holiday and forgot to photo it. When I met up with the friend I'd made it for I mentioned I'd not photographed it she agreed to take a photo for me she's done a brilliant job. The card is a design I have made before and was asked for specifically but this time I used patterned papers for a different look.

The matching box


Card Recipe

8x8 blank card Craftwork cards
Papers LOTV Shabby Shack
Happy Birthday die cut and rose corner die cuts from ebay
Pearl flower string Whitby Crafts
Flowers Heartfelt Creations Delicate Asters
Butterflies Martha Stewart punch
Box Stella Crafts
Sewing machine and white topstitch thread
I hope the person it is for liked it my friend certainly does.. Well November already I cannot believe its 3 month since I made this card the time is passing so fast. Today I finished the roman blind for my Son and  Daughter in law just need to put the rods in and slot in the cord then fix it to the rail and hey presto finished in a flash. !!! We are seeing them next weekend so it has to be done for then.
I've got my two cousins for lunch tomorrow so really looking forward to that as one of my cousins now lives in Inverness near his son. My other cousins wife is bringing the outfit to show me she has bought for her sons wedding in December its the wedding I have done the stationery for so really looking forward to seeing it. I am sure it will be gorgeous. 
Well I cannot finish my post without telling you about Friday. As it was a nice day we decided to go to Whitby for fish and chips at the Magpie and of course a visit to the craft shop. When we got there we found out it was Goth Weekend. We looked very boring in our normal clothes but we had great fun seeing all the amazing outfits.
Well that's it for now hope you all enjoy the rest of the weekend . Thank you for the lovely comments on my Halloween card they were so special as it isn't the sort of thing I normally go for. Hugs Carole x