Wednesday 30 August 2017

Christmas Angel

Good morning to all my friends and  followers I hope those of you in the UK all had a great bank holiday weekend  and  did some nice things. Today its a big welcome back to everyone after our Summer break at Crafting by Designs. So you guessed  its those Wednesdays again and the launch of a new monthly Anything Goes Challenge

We have two great sponsors for this months challenge each giving a very generous prize

Odd Ball Art by Lizzie Love 

Prize - winner choice of 3 digi images

Prize - winner choice of 3 images

For my Design Team card I used a delightful image from pPinky Dolls called Christmas Angel

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Card Recipe

6x6 blank card 
Stamp is Christmas Angel from pPinky Dolls painted with Copic and Promarker pens
Papers are Bo Bunny Silver and  Gold collection think it came in a magazine.
Gold Mirra card
Stitched rectangle dies are Lawn Fawn
Tree die is Joycraft
Star die is Memory Box
Christmas Sentiment tags are Lili of The Valley stamped and heat embossed with Gold Tinsel embossing powder.
Small gold bells are from Whitby Crafts
Gold ribbon from my stash
Gold sparkle pen on the star and  tree.

I hope you can find time to enter the challenge which runs till the end of September.

We had a lovely day in Manchester yesterday Miles is growing so fast and the house is making progress but still a lot to get done. Its been a big renovation job.

Enjoy the rest of the week Love and  hugs Carole x

Saturday 26 August 2017

Grace Catherine

Good morning to all my very special friends and  followers I hope you are all looking forward to the long weekend and  have lots of things planned. Today I'm sharing a baby card I've made recently to welcome Grace Catherine she is the new daughter of my Cousins son Scott and  his lovely wife Rosie. Some of you may remember I did the Wedding Stationery for them a few years ago.They had a little boy Nathaniel in January 2016 and now have this beautiful baby girl Grace Catherine born on the 9th August 2017.
I used one of my favourite Lili of the Valley baby stamps Balloon Basket for the card.

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Card Recipe

7x7 blank card
Rubber Stamp is Balloon Basket from Lili of the Valley painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils 
Papers are Maja Designs Vintage Baby I bought from Live and  Love Crafts now sadly closed
Dies are Spellbinder Floral Oval
Pearl String The Hobby House
Mesh ribbon my stash 
Wooden Teddy from Whitby Crafts
Flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts,Live and  Love Crafts and Boyes Stores .
Baby Girl sentiment is from the paper pad 
Other sentiment I made on the computer
Pearl hearts Jelly Bean Crafts
Love chipboard shape was painted with White Acrylic paint to match

I thought you might like to see a photo of Grace as well this is her the day she was born so beautiful .

Enjoy the weekend everyone we are going to Manchester on Monday to see Miles and  take a look at the progress on Fiona and  Martin's new home. We always look forward to seeing them. Love and hugs Carole x

Tuesday 22 August 2017

Busy Little Bee

Good evening to all my lovely friends and followers tonight's post is to showcase the new release stamps from All Dressed Up Stamps for August  there are four new gorgeous designs just perfect for your summer cards.

So here they are and  you can buy them all now from the All Dressed Up Shop This is another fabulous release from Wendy and  again its very difficult to decide which I like the best..

Busy Little Bee
Little Squeak

Summer Time 
Surf's Up

For my Design Team card I used the lovely Busy Little Bee hope you like her she's so cute.

The Inside

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Card Recipe

Fanciful shaped card from Craftwork Cards
Stamp is Busy Little Bee from All Dressed Up Stamps painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Papers are Maja Designs Coffee in the Arbor White Daisies from Live and  Love Crafts
Dies are cross stitch edge die from eBay
Summer Flower border is Memory Box
Grass border is Joy Crafts
Pearl String is The Hobby House
Scalloped Heart  is a Dovecraft punch
The Bumble Bee stamp and  Bumble Bee sentiment are from a set that came in a magazine
and  painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils then fussy cut.
Flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts and  Boyes Stores
Blue resin flowers are from Michael's in Florida 

Well I hope you all like the new release there are more Design Team projects on the BLOG  if you want to take a look
I'm finishing my post this evening with a couple of photos from my recent trip with the Golden Girls to the Wirral and  not forgetting the wonderful Golden Boy Jeff who was our Wirral Guide for the trip.These were taken in our friend Chris's beautiful garden and at Port Sunlight such lovely memories. 

Enjoy your evening everyone Love and  hugs Carole x

Thursday 17 August 2017

Prosecco Time

Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers. Well I'm back today with a card to launch the new monthly Challenge over at In The Pink. Our theme for this month is Anything Goes to celebrate our Fifth Birthday
We have a fabulous sponsor this time.

Giving a very generous £15 voucher to the winner

For my Design Team card I used a fab All Dressed Up Stamps rubber stamp from LDRS that I treated myself to a couple of weeks ago. I just love her she's'so appropriate for lots of my friends.

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Card Recipe

7 x 7 Blank Card
Papers are Lemoncraft House of Roses from Noor Designs and Maja Design Sofiero Strolling down the rose path from Live and  Love Crafts I do miss that shop 
Stamp is an  All Dressed Up Stamps rubber stamp from LDRS bought from Dies To Die For painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Die is LDRS Gilded oval also from Dies To Die For
Flower dies are Poppy dies
Lace trim from Hobby Lobby in Florida
Pink bead sprays are from Dainty Crafts at Washington
Pearl string The Hobby House
Resin Frame is Melissa Francis from Live and Love crafts now closed.
Base white hearts are Martha Stewart Stickers from Michael's in Florida topped with a Dutch Doobadoo Paper heart and  a pink heart from my stash

Well I just loved this stamp I'm sure she will appear here again .I hope you can help us celebrate our 5th Birthday at In The Pink and  pop over and enter our Anything Goes Challenge this time, that's a fab prize. Enjoy the rest of the week everyone Love and  hugs Carole x

Tuesday 15 August 2017

Smile Its Your Birthday

Good evening everyone I'm here this evening to launch out latest monthly challenge over at All Dressed Up Stamps Challenge Blog our theme as always is Anything Goes as long as you use an All Dressed Up Stamp in your design. If you have just discovered these stamps and don't have any there are some fab Freebies HERE to get you started.
The prize for the winner is three digital stamps of their choice and we also pick a top three one of whom is asked to be a Guest Designer the following month.

For my Design Team card I used the lovely fun stamp called Smile Its Your Birthday. There are also more fabulous creations from the rest of the Design Team to inspire you all over on the challenge blog

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Card Recipe

6x6 Blank card edge shaped with a Tim Holtz Bracket Die
Stamp is Smile Its Your Birthday from All Dressed up Stamps painted with Derwent Inktense Pencils
Papers are Timeless Victorian I've just managed to find the digital version of this from Raspberry Road as my Lili of the Valley pads are almost finished
Spellbinder Foral Oval die
Photo postcard stamp is Lili of the Valley I have had a look at the site and sadly looks like another no longer available
Lace I think is Whitby Crafts but not certain
Blue Cabouchon is Brenda's lace and  ribbon specials Facebook shop
Pearl String is The Hobby House
Large black flowers are from Hobbycraft
Small flowers are from Hobby Lobby Florida
Bead stamens and  lavender flowers my stash
The film strip die was from some I bought pre cut on eBay its a Magnolia Doo Hickey die but I have checked a few places to buy it but it is usually out of stock.
Dusty Concord distress ink

I hope you all find time to enter this months challenge I know a lot of you use these images. Enjoy your evening everyone  Love and  hugs Carole x

Sunday 13 August 2017

Whitby Abbey

Good morning to all my lovely friends and  followers sorry I've not been around much this last week I was away for three days with my Golden Girl Friends visiting our friend who lives in the Wirral we all had a brilliant time. I'll post some photos later when I get them from my friend.
My card today is one I made a while ago and was one for the Craft Group ladies to make. We decided we rarely make men cards so this is a male card for a change. I used a great stamp that I've had for years of  Whitby Abbey from Crafty Individuals. If you have never seen their stamps they do some amazing designs.

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Card Recipe

6x6 blank Kraft Card
Papers are Lili of the Valley Country Gent no longer available
Stamp is from Crafty Individuals stamped with Sepia ink and lightly painted with Distress inks
Square Stitched die 
Brown Card Ross Papercraft
Corrugated card came in a parcel from John Lewis so waste not want not I knew it would be useful.
Trim is from Brenda's Lace and  Ribbon Specials Facebook Shop
Sentiment is Lili of the Valley Happy Sentiments
Craftwork Cards Candi
Wooden stars from Ross Papercraft Show

Well I hope everyone is having a great weekend I'm catching up on some Design Team cards today in between the washing and  ironing.. I am way behind with visiting your amazing blogs but I hope to get caught up as soon as I can I seem to have spent all this year doing catch up for one reason or another. I'll be back later in the week with another post. Love and  hugs to you all Carole x

Wednesday 2 August 2017


Good morning to all my special friends and  followers its Wednesday again and  the launch of a new challenge over at Crafting by Designs our theme as always for this months Challenge is Anything Goes
We have a great sponsor this time

Prize - winner choice of 4 digi images

For my /design Team card I used a gorgeous Angel stamp called Bugsweetang  not sure how she got that name but that's what it is. Here she is..

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Card Recipe

6x6 Blank Card
Angel is from Bugaboo stamps painted with Copic pens
Blue star paper is from a docrafts 12 days of  Christmas pad
Snowflake embossed card was from Jelly Bean Crafts
Oval Die is from a LDRS Gilded Oval Set from Dies tto Die For
White star trim is from Whitby Crafts
Blue wooden stars and snowflakes are from Hobby Craft
Net to make a bow think I bought it at Boyes Stores
Blue Twine is from Brenda's Lace and  Ribbon Specials Facebook Shop
Sentiments are Lili of the Valley Christmas tags
Angel charm from my stash I've had them ages. 
Glamour Dust on her Wings and  Halo.

I hope you can play along this time as this is our last challenge until the 30th August. There are no weekly challenges as the Design Team are having a Summer break Enjoy the week everyone Love and  hugs Carole x