Wednesday 29 July 2015

Happy Annniversary

Good morning everyone I'm normally saying its that Wednesday again but the Design Team at Crafting by Designs have a months holiday in August. However the challenges are still running and  today sees the launch of the month long Anything Goes Challenge As always some great prizes and  to still give you inspiration we have invited some Guest Designers to join us. If you pop over they have made some amazing cards.

My post today is the card I made for my husband for our Anniversary. It took me ages to decide on what to make but I finally decided as we love our pensioner days out to Whitby so much that I would use a Crafty Individuals stamp of Whitby Abbey. I've had this stamp ages but I think it is still available if you are a fan of Whitby.

Card Recipe

7x7 Blank Card
Stamp is Whitby Abbey from Crafty Individuals painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Blue paper was from some 12x12 sheets I was given may be Docrafts. Kraft card is Crafters Companion the blue card is Tim Holtz.
I put some of the blue card though my paper crimper to put behind the image
Hessian Ribbon is from Chatsworth Christmas Markets
Seaside theme buttons and the love wooden heart are from Whitby Crafts
Twine from my stash
Love Charm GNPE
Heart punch Dovecraft
Sentiments are LOTV  Handwritten Phrases and Greetings Postmarks
The heart sentiment was made on the computer

I hope you are all enjoying the week despite the rubbish weather here. I'm out tomorrow with the girls from the Craft Group I go to on a trip to the Craft Shops at Washington should be fun and I love the lace selection at Dainty Crafts.

I hope you find time to enter the Crating by Designs Challenge I know a lot of you enjoy entering this challenge hugs Carole x

Monday 27 July 2015

A Star is Born

Good morning to all my lovely friends and followers I hope that you have all had a fab weekend and  enjoyed lots of nice things I do wish summer would come back though its quite chilly at the moment in my part of the world. Anyway today I'm showing you a card I've made with another of the digi stamps I won in the All Dressed Up Stamps Facebook Challenge a few weeks ago I got three stamps and this is the second. I posted my first image Flower Fairy a couple of weeks ago so still one more to come . This image is called A Star is Born and I think its just delightful and says it all about Christmas. See what you think .

A Close Up of The Stamp

Card Recipe

6x6 Blank Card
Stamp is A Star is Born from All Dressed Up Stamps and  painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils some Glamour Dust on the stars .
Papers are Dark purple from a Kaisercraft pad I think it was free in a magazine
The patterned paper and the border strip are from a Crafty Individuals Christmas Pad 2 I've had ages. (I've just checked and sadly its no longer on the web page such a shame the vintage images are lovely.)
Wooden Angel is from Hobby Craft a couple of years ago 
Wooden star buttons from Whitby Crafts
Sparkle stars are from my stash
Sentiment stamp is Kaisercraft Magic of Christmas set 
Green hessian trim was from a pound stall at the GNPE 
Spellbinder square die

I hope you are all impressed and have noticed NO Flowers, NO Lace, NO Ribbon and NO pearls on this just to reassure you all I'm feeling perfectly well  !!

As my title is A Star is Born I couldn't finish without a new photo of Miles taken on the 18th July.

Saturday 25 July 2015

Time Flies 50th Birthday

Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers . I hope you have all had a good week doing some nice things. We had a lovely weekend away for our Anniversary stayed in a lovely Country House Hotel in a village called Biggin by Hartington in the Peak District. We called in to see Miles as well for cuddles so a good weekend all round. He's doing really well and is now 7lb 3ozs .
Well onto my card for today this is a 50th birthday commission I made a couple of weeks ago using the lovely Lili of the Valley stamp Time Flies after Pom Pom this is a favourite of mine. Its one of those stamps that always looks great when its finished. Well I think so !!

The Box

Card Recipe

7x7 Blank Card
Image is LOTV Time Flies painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Papers are Coffee in the Arbour Live and Love Crafts
Spellbinder Floral Oval die
Joy Craft Butterfly Border and  Butterfly die
Organza Flower and  Lace trim is from Wild Orchid Crafts sadly I think its out of stock again I managed to get a new supply when they got it back in a couple of weeks ago so I think if you like it just keep watching the shop web page or drop them an email .
Lace is from Whitby Crafts
Flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts and Live and Love Crafts
Sentiment is LOTV from the Fairy Sentiments set
Today letters are from a Pion Sheet
The small metal picture frame is from Michael's Florida
Silver string and narrow grey ribbon are from my stash
Box is from Stella Crafts
Box sentiment is made on the computer

I must apologise for the rubbish photo of the box I forgot to photograph it with the card and did this in bad light at the last minute as I was about to deliver the card.
Well I hope you have some nice things planned for the weekend I've gardening to do tomorrow we have some bushes need cutting back and then maybe a bit of crafting. 
Before I go I know I'm always saying this but thank you so much for all your lovely comments you have left I do appreciate everyone of them you are such lovely kind friends hugs Carole x

I'm entering this into Fussy and Fancy Challenge Things with WingsCrafty Gals Corner To Die for and Noor Designs Something Old Something New

Thursday 23 July 2015

Getting Ready Box

Good morning to all my lovely Friends and Followers today sees the launch of a new challenge over at Crafty Ribbons Challenge and  the theme this fortnight is the ever popular Anything Goes.
For my Design Team project I decide to make a pretty box using lots of  Crafty Ribbons goodies

The Lid

The sides

Inside the box

Box Recipe

Square brown card board box from Whitby Crafts painted inside and  out with white gesso
Stamp is LOTV Getting Ready painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Paper is Maja Design Spring Basics
Lace and  ribbons are all Crafty Ribbons
The stamps  inside the box are from an old Docrafts set 
Flower Pearl String was from The Hobby house at GNPE a while ago and  the  other pearl string is from my stash

I hope you can find time to enter this challenge there is a great prize this time.

Prize Basics to go
Basics 2 Go

Wednesday 22 July 2015

Summer Holidays

Good morning everyone today sees the launch of our new challenge at Crafting by Designs and the theme this week is Summer Holidays.
We have two sponsors this week

Prize: 3 images, up to $10 value

I decided on an image from Stitchy Bear called Beach Day. I paper pieced parts of the image as the ink on the digi stamp was very black and as it was protected I was unable to lighten it. So the paper piecing is something new for me so I hope you like it .

Card Recipe

6x6 blank card from Craftwork Cards
Stamp Stitchy Bear Beach Day painted with Distress Inktense Pencils and  paper pieced with the LOTV Pastel Dreams papers 
Papers are LOTV Pastel Dreams, Kraft card is Crafters Companion.
Trellis Lace and Pink Spot Organza Ribbon are Crafty Ribbons
Die is Spellbinder Fleur de  Lis Squares
Flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts 
Enamel brads from my stash 
Rhinestone sparklers The Hobby House

I hope you enjoy the card and all have a great week. Apologies for not visiting you lovely blogs the last few days but we have been away on a long weekend for our Wedding Anniversary I'll be catching up on all your blogs in the next few days. 
I hope you can find time to enter something into our challenge. Hugs Carole x

Wednesday 15 July 2015

Get Ready for Christmas in July

Good morning everyone its Wednesday and another challenge launch over at Crafting by Designs and its our very popular Get Ready for Christmas we have run this theme once a month all of this year and  it is always well subscribed with lots of great cards.
We have one sponsor this week

Prize: $10 credit to store

For my Design Team card I decided on an image called Kimmy's letter 

Card Recipe

6x6 Blank Card 
Kraft Card Crafters Companion
Papers LOTV Krafty Christmas and Classic Christmas
Image Kimmy's Letter Inky Impressions painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils and  sprinkled with Frantage Chunky White Embossing Powder and  some Glamour Dust
Dies are Spellbinder circle and scalloped circle, Marianne Tree die Memory Box houses edge with White Gesso
Red Hession trim under lace is from Live and  Love Crafts
Lace,  Eyelash trim on the trees and  the Let It Snow button are all from from  Crafty Ribbons 
Sentiments are from LOTV Christmas Wishes Set

I hope that you find time to enter the challenge with one of your great cards. Enjoy the rest of the week Hugs Carole x

Monday 13 July 2015

Flower Fairy

Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers. I hope you have all enjoyed a great weekend. My card today is one made with an All Dressed Up Stamp. I was very lucky to win their June Facebook Challenge and  my prize was three digital stamps and  this was one of the ones I decided on. I hope you like her she is a new image from the latest release .

Card Recipe

7x7 Blank Card
Image Flower Fairy from All Dressed up Stamps painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Spellbinder Floral Oval Die
Papers are Timeless Victorian from LOTV
Butterfly die is Joy Crafts
Flower pearl string from The Hobby House
Dutch Doobadoo stencil Chicken wire 
Dusty Concord Distress ink
Grey Butterflies from a Pion cut out sheet from Live and  Love Crafts I coloured them with Derwent Inktense Pencils to match the image.
Organza Lace Trim Wild Orchid Crafts
Flowers Live and  Love Crafts, Wild Orchid Crafts and  my stash.
Sentiment is LOTV Everyday Grungy Messages 
Viva Pearl Pen Cream
Glamour Dust and  Wink of Stella on the image and butterflies

I was delighted to win these stamps and  loved painting this pretty image. Enjoy your week and  I hope you have all got some nice things planned before everywhere gets packed when the school holidays start next week.

Thank you all for the kind comments on my Baby card and the welcome you've all given to Miles hugs Carole x.

I'm entering this into The Ribbon Girl Challenge Anything With An Image

Friday 10 July 2015

Baby Card

Good morning to all my friends and  followers I hope you are all well and  have had a good week I also want to welcome my new follower Marilyn thank you for following my blog I hope you can find the time to visit often.
My card today is the baby card I've made to welcome our new grandson Miles Alexander something I really enjoyed making.

The Matching Box

Card Recipe

7x7 blank card
Stamp is LOTV Balloon Basket painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils and  sprinkled with Shabby White Frantage
Papers are Maja Design Vintage Baby Live and  Love Crafts
Blue and white card is Tim Holtz
Spellbinder Floral Oval die
Lace Dainty Crafts Washington
Pearl string The Hobby House 
Metal coat hanger holder Live and  Love Crafts
Letters from a Pion cut out sheet 
Flowers Wild Orchid Crafts and  Boyes Stores
Wooden teddy and heart are from Whitby Crafts
Twine my stash
Wink of Stella on the flowers and some glamour dust on the balloon
the paper strip and stamp shape topper come with the paper pad.
Box is from Stella crafts

We went to visit Miles earlier in the week he's doing really well and I had  more lovely cuddles. I hope you all  enjoy the card I made especially to welcome him.
Before I go I want to thank everyone for the gorgeous comments on my last few posts so kind of you all. Hope you all enjoy a lovely weekend and  the weather stays sunny. 

Wednesday 8 July 2015

Nautical Anchor Under The Sea

Good morning to all my lovely crafty friends its Wednesday and you've got it its another challenge over at Crafting By Designs and the theme this week is reuse/recycle.

We have one sponsor this week

Prize:  3 single images

For my card I decided on a stamp called Nautical Anchor Under The Sea I really enjoyed colouring this stamp and my recycle was the string around the image and reused was my circle dies, hessian and  twine.

Close up of the stamp

Card Recipe

6x6 Blank Card
Kraft card Crafters Companion
Papers from an old docrafts pad.
Stamp is Oakpond  Creations Nautical Anchor Under The Sea painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Spellbinder Circle dies 
String ,twine and  hessian trim my stash
Sentiment stamps are from a set I won recently on Bev Rochester's blog The silver anchor is from the same set I stamped and heat embossed it in silver and fussy cut then added to the hessian tag which is from docrafts.
Star fish charm, resin fish and buoy are from Whitby Crafts
I made the studs around the porthole with a Grey Viva Pearl Pen
I used a blue memento pad to stamp the sentiments

Sunday 5 July 2015

80th Birthday in the Pink

Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers I hope you are all enjoying a great weekend especially the Summer weather we are finally having.
My card today is a commission I have been asked to make and its an 80th Birthday card. I've made this card with mostly dies and  flowers so no stamping or colouring today. I saw a fabulous card similar to this on my follower Pam's Blog a while ago I don't have the same dies but got my inspiration from it thank you Pam.

The Box

Card and Box Recipe

8x8 Blank Card
Pink Card my stash and the pink paper was some I was given its from a 12 x 12 sheet but sorry I don't know the make.
Embossing folder came with my ebosser I heat heat embossed the raised areas with white embossing powder it has a lovely sheen but does not show very well in the photo
Lace from Dainty Crafts Washington
Pink Pearl trim I think from a haberdashery shop in Durham Indoor Market
Flowers Boyes Stores and Wild Orchid Crafts
Heartfelt Creations Delicate Asters I shaped them slightly differently this time curling the petals outwards.
Marianne dies
Corner die and die with sentiment are from a Spellbinder Moroccan die set.
Resin frame Melissa Francis from Live and  Love Crafts
8x8 box is from Stella Crafts
Sentiment stamps LOTV Greetings Postmarks

Well I've got lots to do today I have a couple of things to finish to take to our Son and Daughter in Laws tomorrow we are going to see them all for a couple of days. I'm so looking forward to seeing and cuddling Miles again. Enjoy the rest of the weekend. hugs Carole x 

Thursday 2 July 2015

Little Flower Fairy

Good afternoon to all my lovely friends and  followers. This is a very exciting post today . I have been asked to be a Guest Design Team member for All Dressed Up Stamps Challenge Anything Goes that is launched today. I am absolutely delighted to have been asked as I have got quite addicted to their lovely stamps recently.

For my GDT card I decided to use one of the latest release stamps called Little Flower Fairy she is just a delight.

A close up of the stamp

Card Recipe

7x7 blank card 
Papers White Daisies from Maja Design Coffee in The Arbor collection from Live and  Love Crafts.
Stamp Little Flower Fairy from All Dressed Up Stamps and Painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Flowers Boyes Stores and Wild Orchid Crafts
Resin Butterfly Melissa Francis
Gate die Memory box, Spellbinder Square die.
Rose organza ribbon Boyes Stores
Pearl string and gem The Hobby House
Beads and twine from my stash
Button is from a pack of gems I won in Mags Candy Draw
White Topstitch Thread and Sewing Machine
Sentiment fussy cut from LOTV
Glamour dust on the dress and  wings.
Heart Lace Dainty Crafts Washington

I hope you find the time to enter this challenge you do need to use a All Dressed Up Stamp but they do have some great Freebies to get you hooked !!

Before I finish I just want to say a huge Thank You for all your kind words about our new Grandson Miles you are all amazing, such thoughtful and kind friends Hugs Carole x

Wednesday 1 July 2015

Pearls In Her Hair

Good morning to all my friends and followers its that Wednesday again it comes around so fast and so its the launch of another of our very popular monthly Anything Goes Challenges over at Crafting by Designs.

We have two sponsors this month

Prize: $12 gift card


Prize: 3 single images

For my Design Team card today I decided on an image from A Day For Daisies called Pearls In Her Hair. I have to say I loved this stamp and was pleased with my finished card .See what you think .

A close up of the stamp

Card Recipe

7x7 Blank Card
Papers Pion Design Studio of Memories Photo Frame and Anemone 
Brown paper is LOTV from the Enchantment paper pad
White card is Tim Holtz
Stamp A Day For Daisies painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Pearls in her hair are a Viva Pearl Pen
LOTV Old Romance set 
Lace Whitby Crafts
Pearls on Organza Ribbon from Boyes Stores ages ago
Bird house was in a pack from Poundland, pearl string is The Hobby House
Flowers are Boyes Stores and  Live and Love Crafts
Resin Frame is Melissa Francis Live and  Love Crafts
Letters from a Pion cut out sheet
White Topstitch thread and  sewing machine

I was quite worried when I decided on dark brown paper as this is usually kept for men cards but I have to say I was pleased at how it looked with the purple and creams its a bit different.

I hope you find time to enter I know lots of you like this challenge. Enjoy the rest of the week especially as the weather seems much better this week hugs Carole x

I'm entering this into Noor Designs Challenge Something New, Something Old My old is my dies and  new is the stamp and birdhouse and  Papertake Weekly Take Your Pick I picked Pearls and  chipboard.