Sunday 29 March 2015


Good evening to all my lovely friends and  followers and a special welcome to my two latest Google+ followers Tracy and Jac  I hope you enjoy my posts I am so pleased you are following my blog. It would be great if you can find time to visit .
My post this evening is a card I've just made using LOTV stamp Fluttering. I already have a couple of this series of stamps I tried to get this at the GNPE but they did not have it with them so when they had the discount for Mothers day I bought it online.

Card Recipe

6x6 blank card
Kraft card Crafters Companion
Papers Maja Design Spring basics
Fluttering stamp LOTV painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Spellbinder Floral oval die
Joy craft butterfly border
Organza flower lace Wild Orchid Crafts
Pearl string my stash
Resin butterfly Melissa Francis
Flowers Wild Orchid Crafts and  my stash
Butterfly cut outs from the Maja design papers cut out sheet.
Sentiment LOTV Fairy Sentiments Fussy cut and  edged with distress ink

I hope you have all had a great weekend the weather has been cold and very windy here but we did get to Northallerton yesterday mainly to buy Easter eggs and  have tea at Betty's.. I was very good and didn't go to either the Art shop or the Craft shop unheard of I will have to do better next time !!
Have a great week hugs Carole x

Friday 27 March 2015

Thank You

Good morning to all you lovely crafty people and a very warm welcome to my new follower Jackie. I'm so glad you are following my blog.
My post today is a Thank You card with a bit of a story. Before Christmas my daughter-in -law sent me some craft stuff a colleague at work had given her to give to me..The lady used to craft but had given it up and asked Fiona if I could use it. So I received a lovely padded envelope with some gorgeous stamps and other goodies.
I intended to send a thank you before I went on my long holiday but the days just seemed to go so fast. So last week I made a Thank You card for her using one of the stamps she sent. It was incredibly kind of her to think of me. So this is the card better late than never !!

Card Recipe

6 x 6  card Craftwork cards the edge is cut with Tim Holtz bracket die
Papers LOTV  Pastel Dreams
Stamp Papermania Bunting painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Lace Dainty Crafts Washington
Organza Rose ribbon Boyes Stores
Flowers Wild orchid Crafts
Sentiment LOTV Pretty Grungy Good Times
Pearl String The Hobby House
I hope you have all had a good week. I'm doing a training day today for the appeals work I do for the Local Authority so should be an interesting day. .Hugs Carole x

Wednesday 25 March 2015

Myrtle's Flower

Good Morning to all my blog friends and  followers and  a special welcome to my new follower Scrap Carole I hope you enjoy my blog. I'm just so glad to be posting something at last I've been crafting but most of it is for DT work and not yet due to be posted but hopefully I've now got caught up so more posts I promise in the next few weeks.
Today sees the launch at Crafting by Designs of the new weekly challenge the theme this week is flowers with a die cut or punch.

We have one sponsor this week

Prize - winners choice of 3 single digis 

For my DT card I decided to use Myrtle's Flower and  here she is.

Card Recipe

6x6 blank card
Image Myrtle's Flower Lacy Sunshine Stamps painted with Promarker and  Copic pens and  sprinkled with blue frantage
Papers Lili of the Valley Snow Princess
Marianne die circle ,leaf and flower
Martha Stewart butterfly punch.
Organza ribbon and  lilac lace Crafty Ribbons
Flowers Wild Orchid Crafts and  Dainty Crafts Washington
Flower pearl string The Hobby House
 LOTV Sentiment  tags
Flower button my stash 
Tim Holtz paper edger

Well I hope you are all having a great week and enjoying some nice things. It would be great if you could find time to pop over and take a look at the challenge. I  know you all love using flowers and  dies. on your cards.

Thank you for the great comments on my last couple of posts I really appreciate and love every one.of them hugs Carole x

Wednesday 18 March 2015

Jukebox Jive

Good morning to all you lovely blog friends and followers . Today sees the launch of another challenge over at Crafting by Designs and the theme this week is a masculine card. I can hear the groans not our favorite thing but I have to say once I push myself to make one I do enjoy them especially if like this one I have to search the internet for the right papers and embellishments.

We have two sponsors this week

Prize - winners choice of 2 single digis


Prize - winners choice of 3 single digis

I selected this Jukebox image from Dr Digi for my card today.

Card Recipe

7x7 Blank Card
Jukebox image from Dr Digi painted with Promarker and Copic pens I fussy cut the image and  highlighted the image with a silver fine liner.
Paper and  record images from the internet
Music Ribbons are from Crafty Ribbons
Silver stars I bought ages ago in The Range
Guitar charm Whitby Crafts
Die cut letters
Card is Tim Holtz

I hope you find time to go over and take look at this weeks challenge and it may spur you on to make a man card and enter this challenge.
I hope you are all having a great week mine is much less hectic than last week. Hugs Carole x

Sunday 15 March 2015

Good Evening and a Wedding Card for our Craft Group

Good evening to all my lovely blog friends and followers. A special welcome this evening to my new followers Kelly, Linda and Carole. I hope you enjoy my blog and  come and visit often. I'm so pleased you are all following my blog.
Before I tell you about my card a small apology I've not been around much this week as we got unexpected visitors on Tuesday and they were with us till Friday. So most of my craft plans went out of the window. I did get to the GNPE at Harrogate on Friday and got some nice goodies. Its definitely not the show it was its so much smaller and a lot of the regular sellers no longer go. If any of you were there on Friday sorry I missed you.
My card today is a sample card I've made for the people at our Craft Group to make on Thursday. It has to be a little simpler than I normally make as there are all abilities. We are using images from a LOTV Art Pad True love and the theme is Wedding/ Anniversary. I've chosen a Wedding image but the design will be suitable for all of the images the others decided on a couple of weeks ago .

Card Recipe

7x7 blank card
LOTV Art Pad True Love
Silver Shimmer card A Touch of Craft
Embossed card dot embossing folder
Spellbinder circle and  scalloped circle dies
Marianne heart die
Sentiments LOTV Simply Sophisticated
Ribbon, lace and  flowers from my stash

I spent most of yesterday afternoon cutting all the things and putting them all together into packets ready for Thursday thank goodness for my ebosser. I hope they all enjoy making my card design on Thursday.
Hopefully this week will be back to normal and I will manage some more posts. Thank you all for the gorgeous comments on my last post Time Flies so kind. Have a great week. hugs Carole x

Monday 9 March 2015

Time Flies 60th Birthday Card

Good Morning to all my blog friends and followers I hope that you have all had a great weekend doing some lovely things. I've just about got all the catching up done since getting home and its pretty much back to normal. Its been hard after such a great holiday to get back to doing the normal everyday things and its cold!!.
So onto my post today. Its a commission I was given from a friend for a 60th birthday card. I decided to use LOTV Time Flies for my image but really pushed myself to use a different colour scheme As I always go to the lavenders and blues first when I paint this image. See what you think.

The matching box

Card Recipe

7x7 blank card 
Papers LOTV Country Lady
Stamp LOTV Time Flies painted with Derwent Inktense pencils
LOTV sentiment Greetings Postmarks
Cream organza flower trim from Walmart in Florida
Lace bow panel and wooden flower The Works Outlet shop in The Peak District
Pearl string The Hobby House
Flowers Wild orchid Crafts, Boyes Stores and  Dainty Crafts Washington
Lace and small pearls from my stash
Time Flies Sentiments made on the computer
Sewing machine and  white top stitch thread
Pearl Hearts Dawn to Dusk Crafts Ross Paper craft show
7x7 Box Stella Crafts
Tim Holtz paper edger tool
Glamour dust on her wings

I'm glad I pushed myself to do a different colour as I quite liked it when it was finished. I  hope my friend who commissioned it does too.
I've got a really busy week with lots on so will have to make sometime in amoungst it all to craft as I still have some DT posts to finish.
Thank you all for the lovely comments on Pom Pom and the warm welcome home I missed  all your blogs while I was away. Have a great week whatever you are planning but I  hope that it involves some nice things. Love and  hugs x .

Thursday 5 March 2015

Pom Pom

Good morning to all my lovely friends and followers.Today I am posting my first card for Crafty Ribbons Design Team. The theme this week is pearls ,ribbon and charm how could I go wrong some of my favorite crafting materials.
As you can see from my title I decided as it was my first challenge to use the first stamp I ever bought from LOTV she's Pom Pom and although they retired her last year she's still one of my favorite LOTV stamps.
I've used some fab Crafty Ribbons and Lace on my project .They stock some amazing ribbons, lace and lots of exclusive products as well. I certainly recommend you take a look.

Card Recipe

6x6 blank card Craftwork Cards
Stamp LOTV Pom Pom (now retired ) Painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Papers Pion Studio of Memories Photo Frame and Anemone PD1901 Live and Love Crafts
Lace, Organza Ribbon and  Fait Main ( French for Handmade) Label Crafty Ribbons
Pearl string The Hobby House 
Flowers Wild Orchid Crafts and Boyes Stores
Fairy charm Whitby Crafts 
Marianne Die, flower ,leaf and circle
Card and paper edger Tim Holtz
Glamour dust on wings
Sentiment LOTV Fairy Sentiments

I hope I've inspired you to take a look at the Crafty Ribbons Challenge and shop this is the link.

I also hope you are all having a great week keeping warm and doing the things you love the most. Hugs Carole.

Sunday 1 March 2015

Hello I'm home and a Football Card

Hello everyone it seems like a lifetime since I last wrote a post but it feels good. Well I'm back from my holidays now and what an amazing time we had. We did some wonderful things and it definitely was a holiday of a lifetime. We stayed in 15 hotels, did 6 flights, one helicopter flight, 2 trains, one ferry, a river jet boat, a gondola to a skyline restaurant ,a cable car, a glowworm cave, numerous small boats and loads of things I'll have forgotten already.
Well its back to reality now and  I've just started crafting again. Today I'm posting a birthday card I made for my husband for his birthday in January before we went away. Its not very exciting as its a football card themed around his favorite team Sunderland. He loved it at the time but they are playing really badly right now so he definitely needs to keep calm!!

Card Recipe

Papers and toppers from internet images
Black mirra card
Ribbon and  twine from my stash
Candi Craftwork cards

Hope you enjoy it if you like football My husband certainly does!!.

I thought I'd end the post with a couple of photos from the hundreds we took in New Zealand and the Cook Islands The first one is me on the snowline at the top of Mount Cook you can just see the helicopter in the corner I was terrified but what an amazing experience.

This second photo is from the beach of our hotel in the Cook Islands. What a fabulous place the hotel had only 30 bedrooms and is an adult only hotel. The weather as you can see was fabulous 30 degrees this is the lagoon in the coral reef and the small island across from the hotel beach.

Well as I said earlier I'm back crafting as I have design team projects to do so hopefully I'll get caught up over the next week or so . Big apologies to everyone as I'm weeks behind with comments but will get round to all your fabulous blogs as soon as I can I know you will all have been making stunning creations as always. Good to be back crafting and I hope you are all well Love and  hugs Carole x