Sunday 31 May 2015

Quilters Never Grow Old

Good afternoon to all my lovely friends and followers and a special welcome to my new follower Karen thank you for following my blog I do appreciate it hope you find the time to visit often, My project today is a wall hanging I made to give to my best friend for part of her birthday gift. Her birthday was last Friday and I know she loved this. She is very into quilting and  has told me she is taking it to show all the ladies at her quilt group how lovely is that .

Card Recipe

Wall hanger from our local Garden Centre Strikes
Papers LOTV Country Lady I thought the quilt pattern was perfect
Sewing machine stamp was free in a set from a magazine lightly inked with Distress inks
Lace .Sew ribbon. Tape measure ribbon and  Handmade label all from Crafty Ribbons
Charms and wood heart are from Whitby Crafts
Wood bobbin Michael's Florida
Rose ribbon ,and  button my stash

I hope you are all having a great weekend and looking forward to next week is this going to be Summer dream on !!! .I've just taken a break from paper work as I'm sitting on School Appeals Panels the next couple of days so lots of do  hugs Carole x

Friday 29 May 2015

Ice Cream

Good morning to mt crafty friends and  followers I hope that you are all well and have had a great week. My card today is one I have made specifically to enter into Live and  Love Crafts Challenge Ice Cream. I rarely make cards other than DT ones for this reason but just occasionally pop my cards into challenges if they fit the theme. However last year I won two brilliant Paper Nest Dolls stamps in a candy draw over at Tracy Payne's fabulous blog. I keep looking at them but never quite knew how to use them till I saw the challenge Ice Cream and thought perfect. Problem is I'm entering this only a couple of days before the challenge ends as  I've had lots of things on this month and a lot of DT stuff as well but I've made it . So enough of my waffling.
The stamp is called Roller Waitress Avery and  this is what I've made . A bit OTT even by my standards but it is Live and Love Crafts !!

Card Recipe

Flower Shape blank card
Papers Maja Design Spring Basics Live and  love Crafts
Pink paper from my stash
Stamp Paper Nest Dolls Roller Waitress Avery painted with distress inks
Spellbinder Floral Oval die
Joy Craft Butterfly border and butterfly die
Lace Whitby Crafts
Letters and  border are both from a Pion cut out sheet the letter one is from Live and Love Crafts
The sentiment the tag and kraft card words are cut from a My Minds Eye Scrapbook 
Sheet Life Stories. The small ice cream cones are from the internet and  fussy cut..
Safety pin and Glitter Heart from my stash.
Wood fruit embellishment from The Works
 Bead stems and  pink poppies Live and  Love Crafts they are fab
Roses Wild Orchid Crafts
Leaves from a Magnolia Doo Hickey swirl and  leaf die
Glitter bead string is from Crafty Ribbons
Shabby pink and Shabby blue Frantage lightly sprinkled on the image also from live and  love Crafts

Wow!! I think that's it rather a lot of bits on this one. I loved that glitter heart and the glitter bead stems they reminded me of that lovely glitter sugar topping you get on ice cream sometimes.

Well I hope you all have a fabulous weekend I just wish the weather would improve its been very poor here in the NE so cold for May .Hugs x

Thursday 28 May 2015

Retro Cars

Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers. I hope your week is going well and  you are doing some nice things.
My post today is Retro Cars and  I've made it to launch our new challenge over at  Crafty Ribbons The theme this fortnight is Cards for the Men. I know this is not always popular but I find once I get started I quite enjoy making them. This challenge will give you the opportunity to make a male card and maybe win the great prize we always have from The Crafty Ribbons Store.

Card Recipe

7x7 Blank Card
Tan paper is from an old Docrafts pad
Kraft card is Crafter's Companion 
Turquoise card is Tim Holtz
Jumbo Ric Rac to form the border and the Retro Cars Ribbon are both from Crafty Ribbons Store
Twine from my Stash
Car charm from Whitby Crafts
Topstitch thread and sewing machine .
Metal Cogs from Michael's Florida
The Retro ribbon panels are on a strip and I cut them into panels and stitched to the card squares

Well I hope you find time to pop over and enter this challenge it runs until the 10th June so plenty time to get crafting those men cards
Enjoy the rest of your week hugs Carole x

Wednesday 27 May 2015

Boy with Snowman

Good morning to all my fab friends and followers. A special welcome to my new follower Lea I hope you enjoy visiting my blog.Its Wednesday again and the launch of another weekly challenge at Crafting by Designs and its our ever popular Get Ready for Christmas theme. We have one sponsor SLS LInes

I decided on an image from their Etsy Store called Boy with Snowman. He's such a cute snowman.

Card Recipe

Blank 7x7 card 
Papers LOTV Frosty Christmas
Stamp Boy with Snowman SLS Lines painted with Copic and  Promarker pens
Fence die Crafty Sentiments
Lamp post from Hobby Craft painted with Gesso
Snow made with Cheese Cloth, Gesso and  Glamour dust.
Twinklets Diamond Dust and Glamour dust on Christmas tree, fence and snowman
Sentiments LOTV Christmas Wishes
Twine fro my stash

I hope you can find time to enter our Challenge the craft stores are all talking Christmas at the moments so nows a good time to make a start on your cards.

Hope you all rnjoy a great week Hugs Carole x

Saturday 23 May 2015

Baby Things

Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers and a special welcome today to my new followers Jean and Jac I am so pleased you are following my blog and  I hope you continue to visit and enjoy my posts
My post today is to show you some things I have been making for our new Grandchild due in 7 weeks time. Our Son and  Daughter in Law have had an extremely difficult route to get to this stage and its is going to be a much wanted and loved baby for all of us. Its our first grandchild so we are very excited.
These are some things I have made for the baby

A Door Hanger for the Nursery

Door Hanger Recipe

MDF Door Hanger from the MDF man GNPE
Papers are the gorgeous Maja Design Vintage Baby pad from Live and Love Crafts
Stamp is LOTV Cosy Pram stamped and fussy cut its lightly coloured with  Derwenr Inktense Pencils
The images and  borders are from the pad.
Baby Charms I bought ages ago from a sewing shop in Grassington
Wood Baby letters are from Whitby Crafts 
Heart Lace is from Dainty Crafts Washington
Letters from a Pion cut out sheet also Live and  Love Crafts
Resin Frame is Melissa Francis again from Live and  Love Crafts
I used the neutral colours to match their landing decor as we don't know the sex yet

Baby Shoes

 Baby Coat

Baby Shoes and  Coat Recipe

4 ply Baby Merino Wool I brought back from New Zealand its so soft and a lot cheaper than in England
Duck shaped buttons Boyes stores
Coat pattern is Patons but very very old
Baby Shoes are from an internet pattern 

I have to say my knitting is a bit rusty its years since I made anything however it did bring back lots of happy memories as I knit this coat for my Son when I was expecting him 37 years ago!!.I must say I was delighted with those little shoes but the reason there are two pairs I knit two left feet first time around silly girl so we now have two pairs I knit two right feet second time .Its not long to go now so we are all hoping things go well for them in these last few weeks they will be amazing parents.

I hope you all have a great Bank Holiday weekend we are just relaxing after being away the last two weekends. I may go to Northallerton this afternoon as I need a water colour pad which I can get from The Art Shop there and you never know I might just go in The Craft shop and  Betty's as well !!
hugs Carole x

Wednesday 20 May 2015

Just a Sentiment

Good morning to all my lovely blog friends I hope you are all having a great week I'm still recovering from our few days in Bournemouth staying with our friends. We had a great time but some late nights and  its a long journey from the North east. I hope by the time this goes to post I've managed to catch up on all your fantastic blogs.

As its Wednesday today sees the launch of a new challenge over at Crafting by Designs and our theme this week is Just a Sentiment. We have one sponsor this week

Prize is $10 credit to store

For my project I decided on Inky Impressions Home Family Blessings Sentiment and used it on a birdhouse wall hanging.

Wall Hanging Recipe

MDF Birdhouse from Strikes Garden Centre the wooden bead on the hanger came with it.
Papers are Pion Viintage Garden Phlox from Which Craft GNPE
Green card is Tim Holtz
Fence Die is Crafty Sentiments
Heart Punch on the eaves is  Martha Stewart and I used the cut out hearts to outline the opening in the birdhouse
Lace, pearl string  and twine are from my stash
Wooden Bird from Michael's Florida 
Spellbinder large oval die to cut the Sentiment 
Sentiment is Inky Impressions
Butterflies and the floral border are cut from a Pion Vintage Garden Sheet Borders from Which Craft GNPE
Button Whitby Crafts

I hope you all enjoy you week and  find time to take a look at this weeks challenge.
Also today I want to say a special thank you to all of you who left some amazing comments on my last few posts you are all so lovely and  kind Hugs Carole x 

Friday 15 May 2015

Mini Cooper

Good morning everyone I hope you are all enjoying a great week and  looking forward to the weekend . My card today is the birthday card I made for my cousin who celebrated his 70th birthday last Sunday we had a lovely afternoon celebrating at a restaurant in York.

Card Recipe

8x8 blank card
Black and orange card
Stamps are from a Docrafts car set I've had ages painted with Promarkers and Copic pens the small mini was covered in glossy accents.
Silver embossing powder heat embossed around the edge of the image
Papers are digi papers from the internet
Black spiders web ribbon from GNPE
Cogs are from Michael's in Florida
La La land banner die 
Candi Craftwork cards
Charm and  twine from my stash
Mini cooper sentiment comes with the stamp 
Happy Birthday sentiment down the side is LOTV

My cousin is a great mini fan and his eldest son races mini's so the card went down really well.
Have a great weekend whatever you are planning and I hope we get some better weather hugs Carole x

Wednesday 13 May 2015

Dark Lilies

Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers its that Wednesday again so today sees the launch of a new challenge at Crafting by Designs and our theme this week is flowers . Its one of my favorite embellishments so I hope its is one of yours as well.
We have two sponsors this week

Prize is 4 digi images


$15 credit to store

I decided on an image from Sweet Pea Stamps by Ching Chou Kuik called Dark Lilies isn't she just fab.I loved painting this image.

Card Recipe

Image Sweet Pea Stamps Dark Lilies painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Card shape is a Dutch Doobadoo Shape Art  flower with four petals from Noor Designs UK
Papers are LOTV Timeless Victorian
Sentiment LOTV Everyday Grungy Messages
Pre cut heart  from my stash 
Magnolia Do Hickey Swirl and  leaf die
Flower Pearl string from The Hobby House at GNPE ages ago
Lace from Boyes Stores
Large OTT flower Martha Stewart from Michael's Florida
Seam binding Wild Orchid Crafts
Resin flowers,square doily and mauve pearl string my stash.
Dusty Concord Distress Ink
Tim Holtz card 

I hope you are all having a great week and  find time to pop over to enter this challenge also I recommend you take a look at Sweet Pea Stamps they have some fabulous images hugs Carole x

I'm entering this in the following challenges Deep Ocean Challenge Flowers and Fussyand Fancy Friday Challenge Lots of flowers 


Friday 8 May 2015

Picture Perfect

Good evening to all my lovely friends and  followers I hope you are all looking forward to a good weekend.with some nice things planned.
My post this evening is another of the Tiddly Inks digi stamps I bought a little while ago called Picture Perfect. I am enjoying making cards with these images and  was very pleased with my card using the Wryn image Grow a little Love a couple of weeks ago.

Card Recipe

Craftwork cards fanciful blank card
Tiddly Inks Picture Perfect stamp coloured with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Joy craft dies Ornate frame, butterfly border and  matching butterfly die
LOTV Photo stamp from the  Old Romance set
Resin Frame Live and  Love Crafts
Flowers and Beads Wild Orchid Crafts
Rhinestone sparklers The Hobby House
Lace both from Crafty Ribbons
Edges distressed with Distress Ink Dusty Concord
The scroll die cuts were a gift fro my blog follower Natalia
Papers Maja Deign Spring Basics Live and  Love Crafts
The Picture Perfect sentiment comes with the stamp.

I hope you enjoy my Tiddly Inks card.
Tomorrow we are going to our son and daughter -in law's in Manchester for the weekend then on Sunday afternoon we are going to York to my cousin's 70th birthday meal. So a very busy weekend for us, I hope you all have a great weekend and that the weather improves its been freezing in the NE today, Hugs Carole x

I'm entering this in the following challenges Noor Design Flowers ,Tiddly Inks Challenge So Sweet , Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge Lots of flowers , The Ribbon Girl Feminine and Deep Ocean Challenge Flowers

Wednesday 6 May 2015


Good morning to all my lovely friends and followers and a special welcome to my new Google+ follower Sally. I hope you are all having a good week although the weather has been awful here. Well its Wednesday again and the launch of a new challenge at Crafting by Designs and the theme this week is one layer.
We have two sponsors
 Ike's Art  
Prize - $20 credit to the store
Prize - 5 digi images

I decided on a Ike's Art image Lenore . I have to say neither the image or the one layer were my favorite things and I struggled with this design concept.and I have to say I;m not perfectly happy with the finished card .

 Card Recipe

6x6 card Craftwork cards
Image Lenore Ike's Art coloured with Promarker and  Copic Pens
Corner flourish and sentiment are from Prima Fairy belle Collection 
Lace is Volcan Viscose Grey lace from Crafty Ribbons
Pearls from my stash

I think I've probable failed in the fact I've added that lace and pearls so its no longer one layer !! I also picked this image in a hurry after I came back from New Zealand and thought the crow was an umbrella !!I'm telling myself its good to try different as an excuse.

I hope you all enjoy the rest of the week and  find time to pop over and enter this challenge I know you are all a whole lot better than me at these one layer cards Hugs Carole x

Monday 4 May 2015

Ruby Wedding Annniversary

Good morning everyone I hope you are all enjoying a lovely long weekend and  finding some nice things to do as the weather here has been mixed and chilly. My card and  box today are a commission from a friend for a Ruby Wedding Anniversary card . I do enjoy making these larger cards its a bit of a change from my usual stamped images.

Card Recipe

8x8 Blank Card
Heart stamp and  matching 6x6 embossing folder came free in a magazine I heat embossed the heart with cranberry embossing powder
A4 dot embossing folder from Crafters Companion
Joy Crafts Ornate border die
The lace ribbon with pearl overlay was from Walmart in Florida
Pearl string The Hobby House
Dovecraft heart punch and  computer generated sentiment.
Organza ribbon,love charm and organza flowers from my stash
Burgundy flower is Wild Orchid Crafts
8x8 Box is from Stella Crafts
Pearl Hearts from Mei Flower GNPE
Burgundy card Ross Papercraft Show ages ago.

The Matching Box

You can see the 6x6 embossing folder clearer on the box.

I had my cousins to Sunday lunch yesterday and  had a really fun day One of my cousin's lives in Inverness so it was great to catch up I only see him a couple of times a year.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend I'm hoping to do some crafting today after a couple of jobs around the house hugs Carole x