Wednesday 29 June 2016

Little Dancer Rose

Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers its that Wednesday and another challenge over at Crafting by Designs and  today sees the launch of our very popular Anything Goes Challenge.
We have two great sponsors for this challenge each giving generous prizes to the winners.

Prize - $12 gift certificate

Prize - $20 gift certificate to shop 

For my design team project I used a lovely new image from A Day for Daisies called Little Dancer Rose

Card Recipe

Shaped card is from Craftwork Cards a gift from my craft friend Carol
Stamp is A Day for Daisies Little Dancer Rose painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Papers are from a Docraft pad
Marianne flower leaf and  circle die
Spellbinder circles
Lace was from Whitby Crafts
Pink organza Ribbon is Crafty Ribbons
Flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts and my stash
Sentiment is from Lili of the Valley Sentiments Trio Stamps
Pearl bow my stash

Well I hope that you all find the time to enter this challenge and I know a number of you do and  some have even been asked to be Guest Designers. 
Well as I write this the rain is coming down its not much like Flaming June !! . I'm busy with school admission appeals for the next couple of weeks but hope to keep up with your lovely blogs.  Enjoy the week everyone Love and  hugs Carole x

I've entered this into In the Pink Challenge Lace

Saturday 25 June 2016

1st Birthday

Good morning to everyone and  Happy Saturday. Yesterday our Grandson Miles celebrated his First Birthday . So this morning I'm sharing the card I sent to him. I used the fabulous Dino stamp from All Dressed up Stamps.and  I heard that Miles just loved him.I know I do.

Card Recipe

7x7 blank card
Green and Navy Card is Tim Holtz and the dinosaur paper I found on the internet.
Stamp is Dino from All Dressed Up Stamps painted with Promarker and Copic pens
Spellbinder square die
Balloon die was free in a magazine
Twine is Docrafts from The Range
Alphabet letters are Marianne from Noor designs
The one is a MDF shape covered in Navy card
Sentiments are Lili of the Valley tags

And to end my post a couple of photos. What a difference a year makes this tiny premature baby is now a gorgeous Birthday Boy !!

24th June 2015

24th June 2016 Birthday Boy

Enjoy the weekend everyone hope you have some nice things planned. I'm spending tomorrow in my craft room starting the Order of Service for the Wedding Stationery I'm making for September and  fitting in some Design Team stuff along the way  Love and  Hugs Carole x


Thursday 23 June 2016


Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers today is the launch of another weekly challenge over at Crafty Ribbons Challenge and the theme this week is Summer I know you are all laughing now as we haven't seen much in the way of Summer weather here in the UK this year. As always there is a great prize from the Crafty Ribbons Store for the winner

PRIZE this week
 selection of grosgrain ribbon
Grosgrain Ribbons

For my design team card I used a great digi stamp from Saturated Canary called Smokin Hot I wish !! 

Card Recipe

7x7 Blank Card
Stamp is Saturated Canary Smokin Hot painted with Copic and Promarker pens
Papers are Cosmo Cricket Flurries
Card is Tim Holtz
Ribbon is Summer Festival Ribbon Ice Cream both are from Crafty Ribbons
Dies are Spellbinder Floral Oval
Joy craft leaf die
Ice cream buttons and resin shells are from Whitby Crafts
Letters are from a Tim Holtz pad
Wooden speech bubbles are from Joann's in Florida
Some distress ink around the die and  on the shells

Well I hope when I publish this it does inspire some lovely warm summer weather for us all . Its a great challenge so I hope you can find the time to take a look enjoy the rest of the week everyone love and  hugs Carole x

I'm entering this into In the Pink Challenge Lace

Wednesday 22 June 2016


Good morning everyone I hope everyone is having a great week The weather seems to have improved a bit so that's a big plus. Well as its Wednesday its another launch of a new Challenge over at Crafting by Designs the theme this week is use three designer papers I found it harder than I thought I would to use three.
We have one sponsor this week giving a lovely prize to the winner

Prize - choice of 3 single digis

For my deign team card I used a stamp called Flowerpot and  made a plant pot shaped card 

Card Recipe

Plant pot shaped card is from Craftwork cards given to me by my craft friend Carol
Stamp is Flowerpot from OKR Stampede painted with Copic and  Promarker pens and  fussy cut
Papers are Hunkydory and came free in a magazine recently
Lace is from Boyes stores
Martha Stewart heart border punch
Lavender pearl string from ebay
Sentiment is from a Lili of the Valley Sentiment Trio set.
Flower is Wild Orchid Crafts
Leaves are a Marianne die
Some Wink of Stella on the flowers

Well I hope you can find time to enter its a great challenge blog. We are very lucky to get lots of entries every week thank you if you join us. I also want to say a big thank you for all your brilliant comments on my Baptism card so kind. Love and  hugs Carole x

Sunday 19 June 2016

Baptism Day

Good morning to all my friends and  followers I hope that everyone is well and  enjoying a great weekend and  Fathers Day. Yesterday we had a lovely day at the Baptism of my cousin's grandson Nathaniel some of you may remember the baby card I made for his birth in January. It was a very traditional Baptism with a lovely Church Service and a splendid celebration in the Church Hall for family and  friends they certainly did him proud.
The card I'm sharing is the baptism card I made using the lovely Lili of the Valley Christening stamp.

Card Recipe

7x7 blank card
Stamp Lili of the Valley Baby Christening painted with Promarker and  Copic pens
Trellis and heart embossing folder Creative Expressions
Blue paper is from a discontinued Lili of the Valley pad
Dies are Spellbinder Floral oval Joy craft heart border, Magnolia Doo Hickey and  Joy craft flower dies
Heart is a punch and sentiment made on the computer.
Lace is from Brenda's lace and  ribbon
Ribbon, pearls and net overlay are from my stash

Enjoy the rest of your week everyone Love and  hugs Carole x

I'm entering this into The Ribbon Girl Any Image Challenge

Thursday 16 June 2016

Z is for Zebra

Good morning everyone this morning I'm sharing my project using one of  the fabulous new stamps just released over at All Dressed Up Stamps. I have made a lovely wall hanging using the gorgeous Z is for Zebra stamp I hope you can visit the store and  take a look at the new designs they are all gorgeous as you can see.

Bird Cage
Fairy Flowers

Perfect Day
Z is for Zebra

This is my Design Team wall hanging using Z is for Zebra

Wall Hanging Recipe

MDF wall hanging from Michael's Florida
Stamp is All Dressed Up Stamps Z is for Zebra painted with Copic and  Promarker pens
Papers are Maja design Vintage Baby Papers
Pearl string from Whitby Crafts
Buttons, charm and twine from my stash
Love sentiment from a Tim Holtz pad
Alphabet die is Marianne from Noor Designs shop

I hope you like the new stamps and can pop over to the shop and take a look Enjoy the rest of the week Love and  hugs Carole x

Wednesday 15 June 2016

Home for the Holidays

Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers. As its that Wednesday I'm here to launch another challenge over at Crafting by Designs and  our theme this week is our very popular Get Ready for Christmas challenge . We have one sponsor this week giving a great prize to the winner.

For my design team card I decided on an image called Home for the Holidays

Close up of stamp

Card Recipe

7x7 Blank Card
Stamp is Home for the Holidays from Robyn's Fetish Stamps painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Papers are Woodland Wishes LOTV no longer available
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die
Pine leaf die is Marianne
Wooden lamp is from Live and Love Crafts
Jute trim is from Whitby Crafts
Pine cones are my stash
Postmark sentiment is LOTV
With Love tag was from The Range the jute string came with them.
Kraft card is Crafter's Companion

Well I hope you are all having a great week the weather has been miserable here and I'm certainly missing that lovely Florida sunshine . I hope you find time to make a start on your Christmas cards and enter the challenge Love and  hugs Carole x

Thursday 9 June 2016

Wedding Anniversary

Good morning to all my lovely friends and followers and a special welcome this morning to my new blog followers Sue, Tracey and  Ann thank you for following my blog I really appreciate it and I hope you will visit often and enjoy my posts.
My post today is to launch a new challenge over at Crafty Ribbons Challenge Blog The theme is Wedding or Anniversary cards and you must remember to always add a ribbon. This is the great prize for the lucky winner this week.

 A selection of wording ribbon
congratulations ribbons

For my Design Team card I decided on an Anniversary card and as I was going away on holiday and running short of time I decided to use a Lili of the Valley Art Pad image. I do like these and cannot think why they stopped selling these and the gorgeous papers. I used the Meant to be Image and  I think this is still available as a stamp. 

Card Recipe

7x7 Blank Card 
Creative Expressions embossing folder Heart Lattice
Spellbinder Fleur De Lis Squares die and Square die
Ribbon and Lace from Crafty Ribbons
Image is from a LOTV Art Pad
Sentiments are LOTV Vertical Sentiments and Greetings Postmarks
Pearl String The Hobby House
Flowers Wild Orchid Crafts and my stash
Pearl Hearts Ross Paper Craft Show
Paper is from a Timeless Victorian LOTV pad no longer available

 I hope everyone is well and have had some of the recent sunshine. I'm still catching up with my comments so apologies if I have not got to you yet. 
Its a great challenge theme this week and a fab prize so I hope some of you can make time to enter. 
Love and  hugs Carole x

Friday 3 June 2016

Hello I'm Back

Good morning everyone just a quick post to say that I'm back in blogland after five weeks at our apartment in Florida I have to say its a bit of a shock after five weeks of temperatures in the 90's to this dull chilly day in the NE. We had a great time and a short holiday within a holiday spending a few days on Captiva Island on the west coast of Florida. Certainly a gorgeous place especially for the sunsets. We watched this one from the perfect beach bar

This is a picture from our boat of the Island as we left on a lovely boat trip to another remote island Cayo Costa. wonderful dolphins and sea life along the way.

I'm way behind with comments on everyone's blogs and  I will start to catch up over the next few days. I hope that you are all well. I've kept in touch a little better with those on facebook while I was away but my iPad really hates blogger so I'm not able to post from it. The posts you have seen I scheduled before I went away. Thank you all for all the lovely comments while I've been kind.
I've not got a lot of crafting to show you so I'm finishing with a photo of a set of cards I made as samples for the ladies at the craft group I go to to make a couple of months ago.They are all using butterfly shaped cards from Craftwork cards and papers from my stash bows and butterflies are also Craftwork cards. Apologies for the photo getting all three onto my black background sheet was a challenge as you can see.

Well I think I'll go and find some warm clothes now to go out in no more shorts for a while. I've only been up a little while it will take a few days to get back to English time but we do need some fresh food.
Will be back soon with some more pictures of my holiday and some crafting I hope. Got to get back to my Design Team schedules Love and hugs Carole x

Thursday 2 June 2016

Hippie Chick

Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers today is the launch of a new Anything Goes Challenge over at All Dressed Up Challenge Blog as always the theme is Anything Goes as long as you use an All Dressed Up Stamp.if you don't have an image then they have some great freebies available on the blog you can use.

For my Design Team card I've used a very pretty stamp called Hippie Chick

The Inside

Card Recipe

Flower shaped card is Craftwork Cards a gift from my friend Carol
Stamp is Hippie Chick from Hippie Chick All Dressed Up Stamps painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Papers are Maja Design Fika Shall we have coffee The heights of the south from Live and Love Crafts ( thats a lot of words for a piece of paper !!)
Marianne Circle, Leaf and flower die
Joy Craft  butterfly die
Lace is from Whitby Crafts
Sentiment is from a Crafters's Companion Kimono stamp set
Flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts
Small pearl flowers are Brenda's Lace and  Ribbon
Pearl string my stash

Well this is a great challenge so I hope you can find time to join in.  Have a great week love and  hugs Carole x