Sunday 28 June 2015

New Grandson

Good morning everyone sorry I've not been around the last few days things have been a bit hectic. Our daughter in law was expecting our first grandchild on the 10th July well on Wednesday evening at 10.08pm our grandson was born by emergency section two and half weeks early. They are both well, he is tiny only weighed 5lb 10ozs but he's beautiful. His name is Miles Alexander Pollard.
We went to visit on Friday for cuddles and these are a couple of photos. Going back for a longer visit when Fiona gets home from hospital we are both so excited.

Michael ad I are absolutely delighted to be grandparents and he is such a special and long awaited son and grandson. 
I'm certain these won;t be the last photos you see of him Hugs Carole x

Thursday 25 June 2015

Abi Ballerina

Good morning to all my lovely friends and followers. Today sees the launch over at Crafty Ribbons Challenge of the latest challenge which this fortnight is Anything Goes always a very popular challenge with us crafters.
The prize for the lucky winner is a £10 voucher to spend in store

For my card I decided to use an All Dressed Up Stamp called Abi Ballerina I actually purchased this with a couple of other stamps then found you can download it from the Freebie page on the challenge blog !! Silly me but I don't mind really as I loved the image.

A close up of the stamp

Card Recipe

6x6 blank card Craftwork cards
Image All Dressed Up Stamps painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Papers are Maja Designs Summer Basics 
Dutch Doobadoo chicken wire stencil on the corner of the papers using Tattered Rose Distress Ink 
Die is Marianne flower Leaf and  Circle 
Pearl String The Hobby House
Flowers Wild Orchid Crafts and  Live and  Love Crafts
Hearts from S Dutch Dooba doo sheet from Boor Designs UK
Sentiment tags are LOTV
Wink of Stella on the image and  flowers from Whitby Crafts

I hope that you are all having a great week I'm doing school admission appeals today and  tomorrow so you can bet the sun will shine .
I hope you can find time to put one of your fabulous cards into our challenge this time Hugs Carole x

I'm entering this into In the Pink Challenge Shabby Chic

Wednesday 24 June 2015

Christmas Candles

Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers today as its that Wednesday again sees the launch at Crafting by Designs of our latest challenge Get Ready for Christmas.This is always one of our most popular challenges and we have this theme once every month I've worked out is you have played along every month you should now have six Christmas cards made!!.

We have two sponsors for this challenge

Flat Friends   
Prize: $10 voucher to the store

Prize: 3 single images, up to $10 value

I decided on an image from Stitchy Bear called Christmas Candles. Its a traditional design so I've used the traditional Christmas colours on this design that I love.

Card Recipe

7x7 blank card
Image Stitchy Bear Christmas Candles painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils The pearl dots around the image are a gold Viva pearl pen
Spellbinder circle and scalloped circle dies
Papers are a Kaisercraft 12x12 sheet the Turtle Dove Collection
Dark red card is from a Ross Papercraft Show ages ago
Kraft card is Crafters Companion
Lace, Christmas ribbon and gorgeous Christmas Candle Buttons are all from Crafty Ribbons
Sentiment is LOTV from the Calendars set
The small square pictures are cut from the Kaisercraft sheet (these are on the reverse of the holly side) and fixed to Kraft card that I cut round the edges with decorative scissors

Well I hope you are all having a good week the weather is so miserable I wish we could find our summer here in the NE. 
I hope you can find time to make something to enter into our challenge this week .I also want to thank you for all the lovely comments you all left on my last post I really appreciate them all so kind hugs Carole x

Thursday 18 June 2015

Happy Birthday

Good evening to all my lovely friends and followers and a special welcome to my new follower Michelle. Thank you so much for following my blog I hope you enjoy my posts and visit often.
My card today is another using All Dressed up Stamps its in fact a free image that I found when looking through their challenge blog. It was to celebrate the 1st Anniversary but I just loved it. I removed the one from the image but it comes with a lot of numbers to use.

Card Recipe

6x6 card from Craftwork cards edge cut with Tim Holtz Bracket die
Stamp is an All Dressed Up Stamp painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Spellbinder floral ovals die
Lace is Wild Orchid Crafts
Papers Timeless Victorian Lili of the Valley
Wooden Heart Whitby Crafts
Lattice  heart is Dutch Doobadoo from Noor Designs UK
Flowers Wild Orchid Crafts and my stash
Pearl String The Hobby House
Sentiment stamp on paper strip is LOTV

I hope you enjoy my card these images are so cute and  I love colouring them. Enjoy the rest of the week and thank you all for all the lovely comments you have left recently Hugs Carole x

Wednesday 17 June 2015

Summertime Fun Blog Hop

Good morning  to all my lovely friends and  followers and a special welcome to those who are arriving from Sharon's blog
Today sees the launch over at Crafting by Designs of a fun BLOG HOP CHALLENGE The theme is
Show us something fun that you love to do for the summer;go to the beach, skipping rope, eating ice cream, growing flowers, riding bikes,you get the idea.

We have THREE great sponsors for this blog hop
challenge, and two will be given to random winners.

                                                                    Milk Coffee                                                                          

Prize: 3 single images

Prize: 3 single images

        Prize:  $12 voucher to the store

To be eligible for our third prize, you must do the following:
  • Enter a project for this challenge AND
  • Visit ALL the blogs in the lineup below AND
  • Leave a comment at each of the blogs AND
  • Leave a comment on Crafting by Designs blog with your email address

Here's the Blog Hop lineup:
Carole: You are here next hop Julia
Crafting by Designs:

For my Design Team project I decided on an image from Milk Coffee called Rope Skipping Girl .

The Tag

Card Recipe

Shaped card Craftwork cards
Papers Maja Design Summer Basics Live and  Love Crafts and  LOTV Snow Princess
Stamp Milk Coffee Rope Skipping Girl coloured with Copic and  Promarker pens
The flower border I added to the bottom of the image is from an old Docrafts set.
Spellbinder Fleur de Lis die
Memory Box gate die
Leaves and flowers are from Magnolia Doo Hickey die
Other leaves from Marianne die set Circle Leaf and Flower
Tag Magnolia Doo Hickey die
Butterfly Joycraft die
Ribbon and lace from my stash. Green trim Crafty Ribbons
Pearl String The Hobby House
Twine Michael's Florida 
Purple wooden flower button Whitby Crafts

Don't forget to leave a comment at all the
blogs to be eligible for a chance to win the prize
from our third sponsor.

This blop hop will be open until
June 23.  Good luck everyone.

Friday 12 June 2015

Little Skater

Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers I hope you are enjoying our long awaited summer the weather has been lovely these last few days.
Today I'm posting another card made with an All Dressed up Stamp you will remember I did one for my Crafting by Designs Team Challenge. I loved the image so much I decided to get on line and bought a few more so this is my first one she's called Little Skater and she's just adorable.

I've added a close up of the stamp and also so you can see the eyelash trim 

Card Recipe

6x6 blank card Craftwork Cards
Papers Maja design Summer Basic from Live and  Love Crafts 
White fine net under image
Little Skater Digi Stamp All Dressed Up Stamps painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils 
Spellbinder Circle die
Memory Box Snowflake border
Ruffle Trim is from Boyes Stores
Eyelash trim is from Crafty Ribbons as is the fine blue pearl string
Flowers and beads are Wild Orchid Craft and my stash
Sentiment is LOTV Christmas Wishes 
Blue twine my stash
Glass snowflake Dawn to Dusk Crafts Ross Papercraft show
Wink of Stella on her dress from Whitby Crafts

Well I hope you have a great weekend I'm having a quiet morning bit of a late night after a girls night out and going to the hairdressers later. Enjoy the weekend I hope this summer weather continues Thank you all for all the gorgeous comments you leave you are all so kind hugs Carole x

Wednesday 10 June 2015

Emma Blowing Bubbles

Good morning to all my lovely crafty friends and  followers I hope you are enjoying your week and  at last we seem to have some better weather. Not quite got the shorts out yet !.
Well as its Wednesday its time to launch the new challenge over at Crafting by Designs the theme this week is a Sketch with a Twist.and the twist is use patterned paper. We have one sponsor this week.

Prize: $10 gift certificate to the store

For my card I decided on an image called Emma Blowing Bubbles by Fred She Said designs.

Card Recipe

6x6 blank card Craftwork Cards
Image Emma Blowing Bubbles painted with Promarker and Copic pens bubbles sprinkled with Glamour dust
Papers are Maja design Spring Basics and the Enjoy strip and flowers are cut from the same pad.Pad is from Live and  Love Crafts
Flower die is Magnolia Doo Hickey
Heart with bow die is Memory Box
Butterfly is Joy Craft
Ribbon sentiment is from Crafty Ribbons such a pretty blue
White rose is Wild Orchid Crafts
Pearl heart my stash

This is the sketch for today's challenge

Well I hope you find time to pop over and enter this challenge. Enjoy the rest of the week Hugs
Carole x

Sunday 7 June 2015

Silver Wedding

Good morning to all my lovely friends and followers and a special welcome this morning to my latest follower Sheila. I'm so glad you;re following my blog Sheila and  I hope you find time to visit often.
My card this morning is one I made a couple of weeks ago for our friends Jennifer and  Michael who celebrated their Silver Wedding Anniversary in Alicante last Thursday. This is the card I made to send to them to celebrate their special day. The design is similar to the ruby wedding card I made a little while ago but this is slightly smaller on a 7x7 card.  I loved the Ruby Wedding card so decided to do similar but silver I really love this embossing folder and  matching stamp. Apologies for the photos that silver card was a devil to photograph.

The Box

Card and  Box Recipe

7x7 Blank Card 
Box Stella Crafts
Heart embossed Silver card from my stash
Silver Mirra Card
Embossing folder free in a magazine
Matching heart stamp embossed with silver embossing powder
Silver wide shimmer ribbon an d love charm from Whitby Crafts
ace ribbon overlaid with pearls from Walmart Florida
Ribbon from my stash might be Hobby Craft
Flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts and  Boyes stores
Heart Punch and computer generated sentiment
Pearl hearts Dawn to Dusk Craft Ross Papercraft show
Pearl string The Hobby House

Well I hope you are all enjoying a good weekend the weather here in the NE isvery windy and cold not much like summer at all. 
For those of you who don't go on Facebook I had my last card Fairy Wishes showcased on All Dressed Up Stamps page and the badge is in the corner of my blog isn't it a fab badge.I was delighted to be picked. 
Well going now to put the washing out while its dry then some jobs and crafting. Enjoy your day whatever you plan hugs Carole x 

Wednesday 3 June 2015

Fairy Wishes

Good morning to all my great followers and  friends. Yes its that Wednesday again doesn't it come around quickly or is it just me. Today is the launch at Crafting by Designs of our hugely popular monthly Anything Goes Challenge.

We have two great sponsors this month both favorites of mine.

Prize - 2 digital images

I have to say deciding on my image for this challenge was a difficult one both companies have the most amazing designs. I finally went for All Dressed Up Stamps Fairy Magic and she's a delight I really enjoyed making this card.

Card Recipe

Craftwork Cards fanciful blank card
Papers Maja Design Spring Basics Live and  Love Crafts
Stamp All Dressed Up Stamps Fairy Magic painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils and sprinkled with Shabby Blue Frantage, Wings and butterflies are sprinkled with Glamour Dust
Joy craft butterfly border and  butterfly dies
Marianne circle, leaf and  flower die
The pretty lace is from Whitby Crafts
Flowers are from the Marianne die and topped with flowers from stash they may be from Hobby Craft. Small blue flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts and  Dainty Crafts Washington,
Sentiment is LOTV Fairy Sentiments and fussy cut
Jeweled brad is from K & Company from Michael's Florida

I hope you are all enjoying your week its been freezing again in the NE and lots of rain its awful. Just finished my two days of appeals so a bit of catching up today and  preparing things for craft group tomorrow as its my turn to lead the next two meetings 
I hope you all find time to enter this challenge and get the chance to win some great stamps from our sponsors hugs  x

I'm entering this into All Dressed Up Stamps Challenge Anything Goes