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


Wednesday 4 November 2015

Braid In My Hair

Good morning to all my lovely friends and followers well another week over and its that Wednesday again. Its the launch over at Crafting by Designs of the latest challenge which is our month long Any Thing Goes Challenge its always very popular with everyone.

Our Sponsor this month is A Day For Daisies
Prize - $12 credit to the store

For my DT card I decided on a very pretty stamp called Braid In My Hair

Close up of the stamp

Card Recipe

7x7 Blank card cut to fit the paper 
Image Braid In My Hair from A Day for Daisies painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Papers are Maja Design Spring Basics from Live and  Love Crafts
Die is Spellbinder Mirror Mirror die I  was very lucky to win this is in Marianne's blog candy draw Thank you Marianne
Joy craft butterfly die
The gorgeous lace was a gift from my lovely follower Gail .Thank you Gail its stunning
Flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts Michael's Florida and  my stash
Grey pearl hearts are from GNPE one of the pound stalls
  The Dream letters are Tim Holtz
Pearl string my stash
Wink of Stella 

I hope you find time to enter this challenge I know how busy it starts to get these next couple of months. Before I go just wanted to say thank you for all the comments you have all left recently. I do appreciate them all you are so kind. Hugs Carole x

I'm entering this in the following challenges The Ribbon Girl Anything Goes Fussy and Fancy Flowers and In the Pink Magical

Monday 2 November 2015

For You A Present

Good afternoon to all my lovely friends and followers. I'm a bit late with my post today and  that's for a good reason While I was on holiday I got a top three at All Dressed Up Stamps with the Christmas card I posted on the 12th September. I was delighted then to have a message from the lovely Sheila asking me if I would be Guest Designer on today's challenge.

For my card I decided to use the gorgeous For You stamp that was from the September release. A while ago I bought a Dutch Doobadoo Shape Art Stencil Present from Noor Designs and  had not used it so I thought this would be my opportunity to give it ago. I really enjoyed making the design but it does take a lot of time and  paper !! but I think you will agree well worth the time and effort.

The Inside

Card Recipe

Dutch Doobadoo Shape Art Stencil Present from Noor Designs
Papers are Coffee in the Arbour Grandma's Old Porcelain Cups 12x12 sheet from Live and Love Crafts
White base card Tim Holtz
Stamp is For You from All Dressed Up Stamps painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Marianne Die Flower Leaf and Circle
Scroll die I think came in a magazine a while ago
Pearl string and small pearl flowers on sentiment are all from The Hobby House
Lace heart is from Live and Love Crafts
Flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts
Sentiment inside is from a Lillibet A Tale of Friendship stamp set I've had ages. 
Heart lace trim from Dainty Crafts Washington
It doesn't have a stand so I made a folding stand to attach to the back.

I hope you can go over to the All Dressed up Stamps Challenge Blog  the theme is always Anything Goes all you have to do is use an All Dressed Up Stamp if you don't have any there are some lovely freebies on the Blog page.
Enjoy your evening everyone hugs Carole x