Wednesday 23 December 2015

Happy Christmas Let it Snow

Good morning to all my special friends and followers I hope that you are all ready for the big day I've got a few presents still to wrap and a few jobs in the house but getting there.
This will be my last post before Christmas and I'm sharing the Christmas card I made to send to my Son and his wife.

Close up of the flowers

Card Recipe

7x7 card
Snow flake embossed card from Ross Papercraft Show
Snow die cut from Dawn to Dusk Crafts
Silver bead lace Whitby Crafts
Sparkle string my stash
Let it Snow charm Hobby Lobby Florida
Pine branch die Marianne 
Silver flowers Dainty Crafts Washington
 Berries are Wild Orchid Crafts
Small silver pine cones my stash
Silver Mirra Card
Snowflake dies are Xcut and Marianne
Sentiments LOTV Christmas Wishes heat embossed with silver embossing powder

 Well it only remains to wish you all the most magical Christmas and the very best of wishes for 2016.
I'm finishing with a festive photo of my Christmas tree. Love and Christmas hugs to everyone Carole xx

Sunday 20 December 2015

First Christmas

Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers. I need to apologise firstly as I've been a bad blogger this last week but I've been so busy that I've rarely had any time to sit at my computer for any length of time, so at last I'm posting something to share with you all.
This is the Christmas card I've made for Miles First Christmas and couldn't resist using the lovely stamp by Mo Manning called First Christmas.

Card Recipe

6x6 card
Stamp is Mo Manning First Christmas painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Papers are Maja Designs Vintage Frost Basics from Live and Love Crafts
Die-namics inside outside rounded square die
Sentiments are Lili of the Valley Sentiment tags and Christmas Sentiment tags
Pom Pom trim is from The Ribbon Girl
Silver narrow tinsel my stash
I plaited three pieces of bakers twine to make the base string for the garland
Wood Christmas stockings are from Dawn to Dusk Crafts at Ross Papercraft Show
Charms are from my stash
Wink of Stella on the Bauble and Christmas Stockings
Sentiment made on the computer

Miles December 2015

I've also added a photo of Miles with Father Christmas we are so looking forward to seeing him over Christmas. He's such a happy little boy.
I hope this coming week is better for me and I can get round to all your lovely blogs.
Enjoy the week especially if you like me have to battle M&S for the last fresh food shopping !!!
Love and  hugs Carole x

Thursday 10 December 2015

Nativity Angels

Good Morning everyone and  Happy Thursday . I'm back today with a card to launch another of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Challenges over at Crafty Ribbons Challenge The theme this week is Cultural Christmas so you need to get out all those traditional Christmas goodies for this one .
For my Design Team card I used the lovely Nativity Angels stamp that I've had for several years from Lili Of The Valley.

Close up of the stamp

Card Recipe

6x6 blank card the edge cut with a Tim Holtz bracket die
Stamp is LOTV Nativity Angels painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Lace is from Crafty Ribbons Chantilly Lace Fleur
Papers are Maja Design from Live and  Love Crafts
Flowers and berries are Wild Orchid Crafts and my stash
Angel and  stars are from The Range
Pearl string The Hobby House
Sentiment is LOTV Christmas Wishes set and heat embossed in gold
Wink of Stella on the flowers and angels

The challenge runs for two weeks so I hope you find time to play along, We only have one more 12 weeks of Christmas challenge to go..
I hope you are all enjoying a good week and  getting on with your Christmas preparations I love making cards but hate writing them out so this is my job for the next few days when time permits.
 I am having some Dental Surgery today so not looking forward to that but as they say pride is painful. I'll have some stitches for a week and will get them out on the 17th so just in time for my Christmas Dinner !! Love and  hugs Carole x

I'm entering this into The Ribbon Girl Challenge Anything Goes

Wednesday 9 December 2015

Here Come The Holidays

Good morning to all my lovely friends and followers and its Wednesday once again so time to launch the last challenge of 2015 over at Crafting by Designs  The Here Come the Holidays Challenge will run until the end of December with a bumper bundle of prizes from a massive five sponsors

Prize - 3 single digis

Dr. Digis   
Prize - 2 digis images

Prize - 2 single digis

Prize - 3 single digi images

Prize - $12 voucher to store

I've made three projects for this launch using stamps from Oakpond Creations, Flat Friends and Aliciabel

This is my first card  from Oakpond Creations called Reindeer

Close up

Card Recipe

6x6 card
Kraft coloured paper is LOTV and the gingham I think is a Docrafts pad
Kraft card is Crafters Companion
Image is Oakpond Creations Reindeet painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Ribbon is from Michaels in Florida
Reindeer Button Whitby Crafts
Liberty Bells are from Live and Love Crafts
Christmas Sentiment Tags from LOTV
Stitched Rectangle die Lawn Fawn
Red Stickles

My next project I'm sharing is a Twas the Night Before Christmas Door hanger using Santa's Been from FlatFriends

Door Hanger Recipe

MDF Door hanger from The MDF Man at GNPE
Base paper is from a 12x12 sheet I bought in Live and Love Crafts sale last year
Stamp is Santa's Been from FlatFriends painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils stamped twice and  fussy cut
Lace is from Dainty Crafts Washington
Christmas Ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons
Wooden presents and bauble are from my stash
Wooden Christmas stockings are from Dawn to Dusk Crafts Ross Papercraft Show
Twine my stash
Sentiment is LOTV Christmas Grungy Messages

My final card is using an image from Aliciabel called Christmas Snowsphere

Card Recipe

I made the round card from a square card
Stamp is Christmas Snowsphere from Aliciabel painted with Copic and Promarker Pens
The sentiment is part of the stamp I stamped this twice and  layered it onto the base
Red pompom trim is from The Ribbon Girl
Lamppost is Joycrafts
I sprinkled the base and snow with Twinklets and also used some Gesso and Twinklets on the lamp post

Well quite a bumper bundle post but well worth going over and entering a card also keep an eye on the Crafting by Designs Blog as there will be reminder posts during the month featuring some great Guest Designer Cards.

I hope you are all enjoying the week keep warm. Love and  hugs Carole x

Sunday 6 December 2015

Christmas Cracker

Good morning and Happy Sunday to all my lovely friends and followers I hope you are having a good weekend and managing to keep safe and warm in these awful storms The wind has just howled here for the last three days.
The card I'm sharing today is the card I made at craft class last Thursday The blank cracker card design is from Craftwork cards. I'm sorry that the photos are not the best its been so dark here the last few days

The inside

Cracker Card Recipe

Blank card from Craftwork Cards
The Christmas papers are very pretty but not sure of the make as they were from a selection we could pick from.
The die cut snowflake circle and snowflake borders are cut from a Memory Box Frostyville Wreath die.I don't have the die but bought these ones pre cut on ebay a couple of years ago.
Sentiment stamp is from Whimsy stamps Winter Letter Seals
Narrow silver tinsel is from my stash
White Berries tied to the tinsel are Wild Orchid Crafts
Narrow silver ribbon Boyes Stores

Well this is going to be  my first full day in the house since I came back from holiday .I have had a very busy week with several school governor meetings, Christmas shopping and visitors last night and  next week is looking just as bad.  My plan today is to put the Christmas decorations up so I'll see how that goes I usually find I take a few days to get it finished  it also takes a while to bring them down from the loft .
Hope everyone is well and getting prepared for Christmas. Enjoy the rest of the weekend love and  hugs Carole x

Wednesday 2 December 2015

Little Angel

Good morning to all my lovely friends and followers well as its Wednesday I'm back with a post to launch the new monthly Anything Goes Challenge over at Crafting by Designs

We have three great sponsors this month so more chances to win one of the fab prizes

SLS Lines       
Prize - 3 single digi images        

Prize - 2 single digi images


 Prize - $15 credit to store

For my design team card I decided on an image from All Dressed Up Stamps called Little Angel. 

Close up of the stamp

Card Recipe

7 x 7 blank card
Papers are LOTV Timeless Victorian
Stamp is All Dressed Up Stamps Little Angel painted with Copic and  Promarker pens
Die is Spellbinder Opulent ovals
Net overlay over paper from Boyes Stores
Silver wide ribbon under image and silver beaded ribbon are both from Whitby Crafts
Silver Tree is from a haberdashery shop in Whitby
Flowers are Dainty Crafts Washington Wild Orchid Crafts and the silver pine cones are from my stash
Silver stars are from The Range ages ago 
Sentiment star is from Hobby Craft
Wink of Stella on the Angel

Well  I hope you all find time to enter the Anything Goes Challenge its always very popular.

We had a great week away at he cottage even though the weather was cold and wet most of the time. We got to Chatsworth Christmas Markets which we really enjoyed . Its such a fabulous setting and it was the driest day !!. Not much in the way of walking it was just so wet never mind another time we certainly made good use of the log burner.. 
As I've been away I'm once again behind with comments on your lovely blogs The cottage does have wifi but as its in the valley and quite remote so it is very temperamental along with the telephone.

I hope you are all well and I hope to catch up with you all very soon. Hugs Carole x. 

Thursday 26 November 2015

Frosty Christmas

Good morning everyone and  I hope that you are all enjoying a great week . Today is the launch of another of our 12 weeks of Christmas Challenges over at Crafty Ribbons Challenge the theme this week is Frosty Christmas .
The prize this week is a great voucher to spend in the store


For my Frosty card I used a Saturated Canary image called Snowman (Sorry Jackie !!) 

Card Recipe

7x7 Blank card
Papers are LOTV Timeless Victorian
Sentiment is Saturated Canary painted with Copic and  Promarker Pens
Silver Eyelash Trim, Bauble Ornament Button and Let it Snow ribbon are all from Crafty Ribbons Store
Spellbinder Circle die
Die cut snowflake edging is from a pack I bought precut from ebay a couple of years ago
Silver tree is from a haberdashery shop in Whitby
Grey pearls my stash
Shimmer fabric over the paper is from Boyes Stores
Wink of Stella on the image 

It been a great fun challenge doing The 12 weeks of Christmas and a bit scary its coming to an end and Christmas is so close. I hope you can enter the challenge this time Enjoy your week and weekend Love and  hugs Carole x 

Wednesday 25 November 2015

Merry and Bright

Good morning to all my lovely friends and followers Happy Wednesday and you guessed its another challenge over at Crafting by Designs Our theme this week is Getting Ready for Christmas we've had this theme every month since January so if you played along every time you should now have 12 fab Christmas cards !!
We have have two great sponsors this week

     Prize - choice of 4 single digis 
 Prize - $15 credit to store

For my DT card I decided on a really fun image from Deedee's Digi's called Merry and  Bright 

Card Recipe

6x6 Blank Card
Black Tim Holtz card
Stamp  Deedee's Merry and  Bright painted with Copic and  Promarker pens 
Gold Stickles to do the edging around the image
Wood Merry and  Bright sentiment is from Michael's in Florida
Twine and  Bells my stash
Snowflake charm from Wild Orchid Crafts
Gold stars Whitby Crafts
I deliberately messed the twine to look like the tangled tree lights 

Well I hope you enjoyed this fun card. I also used those Stickles around the edges  I haven't used my Stickles for absolutely ages but I liked the look of this edge .

Enjoy a great week everyone and  hope you can find time to pop over to the challenge this week Love and  hugs Carole

Saturday 21 November 2015

Christmas Robin

Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers and a special welcome to my latest follower Ike from Ike's Art . I'm delighted you are following my blog.
My card today is one I made at the craft group I go to a couple of weeks ago this was a design that was brought by Andrea and is a lovely Robin Woodware stamp. We paper pieced it and I used Craftwork Cards papers.

Card Recipe

6x6 Blank card
Papers Craftwork Cards
Stamp Woodware Robin
Candi Craftwork Cards
Wooden holly leaf Whitby Crafts
Sentiments LOTV Christmas Sentiment Tags 
Walnut Stain Distress Ink on the edges
Green card Ross Papercraft Show
Twine and black bead for his eye from my stash

I loved this card its a brilliant stamp to paper piece and I really enjoyed making it. I'm finishing my post today with the latest photo of Miles that my Daughter in Law Fiona sent on Monday. We are seeing him today so I'm really looking forward to that.

Enjoy your weekend whatever you have planned and keep warm. We are going to a cottage in the Peak District today for a week so hoping the snow doesn't last for long I think the log burner will get some use.
We've got plenty of supplies some craft stuff and books so well prepared. However we do hope we might get a couple of walks done and  a visit to Chatsworth Christmas Markets. Love and  hugs Carole x

Wednesday 18 November 2015

Poinsettia Fairy

Good morning to all my friends and  followers and wishing you all a Happy Wednesday.As its that Wednesday again then its the launch of a new challenge over at Crafting by Designs and the theme this week is add Three of Something.
Our sponsor this week is

Ike's Art   
Prize - $20 credit to store

For my Design Team card this week I decided on the fabulous Poinsettia Fairy image, My card is predominantly white with some pale blue and red I saw this colour scheme on Pam Simpsons blog loved it and decided to give it a go on this card.Thank you Pam your cards are so inspiring. I also really enjoyed colouring this image.

Card Recipe

7x7 blank card
Pale blue paper is LOTV
White card embossed with dots A4 Diesire embossing folder
Image is Ike's Art Poinsettia Fairy painted with Copic and  Promarker pens
Spellbinder Floral Oval die
Poppy Stamps Small Luxe Poinsettia dies
Holly die is Joycraft from Noor Designs Shop
Sentiments are from Lili of the Valley Christmas Sentiment Tags set
Blue Pearls my stash 
Smooth white card from Ross Papercrafts 

My threesome are three poinsettia. I hope you find time to enter the challenge this week . Enjoy the rest of the week Love and  hugs Carole x


Monday 16 November 2015

80th Birthday Card

Good morning everyone I hope that you are all well and have survived all of this weekends nonstop rain I spent a lot of the weekend crafting as they have been very dark miserable days here.
Anyway enough of the weather and onto my card. This is a commission I was asked to make for a friend I have made it in a design I have used before as she saw that card, liked it and asked for similar so here it is. I used a lilac and white colour scheme this time. Those of you who remember it will remember my last one was pink and white.

The Box

Card and  Box Recipe

8x8 card 
8x8 box from Stella Crafts
Lilac paper was from a 12 x 12 pad I was given and is from Docrafts
Dies are Heartfelt Creations Delicate Asters
Marianne flower flourish die
Spellbinder Moroccan die set.
White flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts
A4 Embossing folder came with my ebosser
Lace from Dainty Crafts Washington
Pearl trim and pearl flowers I got at  Whitby Crafts but the flowers are The Hobby House
Resin Frame Live and  Love Crafts
Sentiment Lili of the Valley Greetings Postmarks
80th sentiment made on the computer

I hope that you are all planning a nice week. I'm going to collect some Christmas presents I ordered on line this afternoon and then a bit of shopping. Enjoy your week everyone Love and  hugs Carole x

Thursday 12 November 2015

Oh Christmas Tree

Good morning to all my lovely crafty friends and  followers. My card today is one I've made for the launch of a new weekly 12 Days of Christmas challenge starting over at Crafty Ribbons our theme this week is must use a Christmas Tree and also add a ribbon. These have been fun challenges and I hope you are finding time to play along.
For my card I decided to use a vintage image from a Pion sheet Wintertime in Swedish Lapland.

Card Recipe

6x6 Blank Card
Lace, Oh Christmas Tree Ribbon and Button are all from the Crafty Ribbons Store
Backing Paper is Pion Winter Bird from Wintertime in Swedish Lapland Christmas papers sadly l think its now out of print. The image is from the same papers.
Kraft tag 
The green paper for the trees and backing is Kaisercraft.
Joy craft tree die 
Vintage wooden embellishment is from Whitby Crafts
Cinnamon sticks are from Live and Love Crafts

This card looks a lot nicer in real life my camera never likes greens!!

Well I hope you find time to enter the challenge always a generous prize for the winner but remember  to add a ribbon so many forget and cannot be considered so sad.. Enjoy the rest of the week. Love and  hugs Carole x

Wednesday 11 November 2015

Frosty Snowman

Good morning everyone I hope that you are all well and  enjoying the week . You've guessed its that Wednesday again so its the launch of a new challenge over at Crafting by Designs our theme this week is a great one Frosty Snowman I love snowmen they are one of my favourite Christmas themes

We have a great sponsor this week The Stamping Boutique who are giving a generous prize.

Prize - choice of 3 single images

For my Design Team card I decided on an image called Snowman Friends they are so cute.

Close up of the stamp

Card Recipe

6x6 Blank card
Stamp is Snowman Friends from The Stamping Boutique painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils I stamped the background with a small snowflake stamp using Walnut Stain Distress ink
Papers are Maja Design Vintage Frost Basics
Sentiment is Whimsy Stamps Winter Letter Seals
Pompom trim is from The Ribbon Girl
Wooden blue patterned tree is from a stall on Bakewell Market
Fir cone from Live and  Love Crafts
White berries Wild Orchid Crafts
Pine cone and  twine my stash
White Gesso 
I made the snow by laying down some high tack glue then sprinkling with Chunky White Stampendous embossing powder

Well I hope you have a great week and get time to enter the challenge I know lots of you are making Snowmen cards and there are loads of great snowman images around in Blog Land at present. Enjoy the rest of the week I'm planning some more Christmas shopping but I really need a bolt of inspiration to hit me so I can decide what to buy everyone !! Love and  hugs Carole x

Monday 9 November 2015

Christmas Wall Hanging

Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers. I hope that you have all had a great weekend despite the awful weather .Its rained pretty much all weekend here. I've been busy crafting but mainly DT stuff not to be published yet.
This morning I'm sharing a Christmas Wall Hanging I made a while ago.  It was my turn to lead the craft group I go to last Thursday and this was what I made as the sample for everyone to make. Everyone enjoyed making it and as I've said before it has to be something for all abilities.

Wall Hanging Recipe

Kraft card heart shape with jute string from my local Garden Centre Strikes
Papers are Kaisercraft The Twelve Days of Christmas I cut the postage stamp shape from the 12x12 sheet
Holly die Joy craft
Lace is all from Crafty Ribbons
Sentiment is from the paper sheet
Felt holly leaf trim from my Christmas ribbon box no idea when I bought it.
Postage stamp sentiment is from the LOTV stamp set Calendars
Tag was from a Christmas tags peel off sheet I bought in Hobbycraft about three years ago
Tim Holtz paper distress tool
Button from Whitby Crafts
Green twine my stash 

Well everyone enjoyed making this and most people copied my design with a couple making slight variation but they all looked great.I 'm going to Newcastle today to start on my Christmas shopping. However my first job is to buy a new iron as my iron packed up yesterday in a puff of smoke !!
Enjoy the week everyone back on Wednesday. Love and  hugs Carole x