Friday, 26 August 2016

Winter Wonderland Challenge

An exciting day for us today, as my daughter
and grandchildren are coming up to stay for the weekend.
It is their first visit to our new home in Suffolk.
So I won't be around over the weekend
but will catch up after.
Hubby's birthday on Bank Holiday Monday too.

First off I must welcome my new follower Lorraine.
Thank you for taking time to follow me and hope you pop in again.

My adorable snowman is called Snowman Song.
He is from one of our amazing sponsors, Crafty Sentiments.

I love snowmen but am very fussy with their faces!
Sad I know but I don't like ugly ones.
This one has a lovely cheerful smile and is easy to colour.

Our theme for this weeks challenge at
Winter Wonderland is a choice of two.

Firstly the one I have done is 
White with One Other Colour
A Little Bird Told Me.

In fact this image covers both!!
The ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons.
There are various note sizes, 
so if you click on their name,
it will take you to the page with all the sizes.

We have 2 sponsors this week.

and their fab prize is a £10 voucher to use in their online store

Also, as mentioned above, Crafty Sentiments.
They are giving the winner 3 Free Digis.

Check out the Winter Wonderland blog here, for more
inspiration from my fab Teamies.

Also you can pop in on our sponsors,
So you can see what you would like as your prize!!

Good luck to you all and thanks for dropping by.
Don't forget to leave me a message so I can pop over
 to your blog too and leave you a message.

Big hugs,


Sunday, 21 August 2016

August Birthdays

We have lots of birthdays this month and these 2 cards were both on
  the 20th, yesterday.

The first one is for my lovely friend Sue,
 who I sadly left behind in West Sussex. Miss You loads!!
She just adores Forever Friends Bears. 
I did 3D him and even added another one inside!!

This next one was for my friend Jan. 
She moved up here to Suffolk, 11 years ago. 
So we are really enjoying being so close again.
The ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons access site here
I do love this ribbon as it does 2 jobs, sentiment 
and embellishment.

We finally got our swing bench up.

This is one of my 5 hanging baskets. They have all done well
considering I was late doing them.

Our neighbour took us on a walk to the beach near us.
We went the long but more scenic route but was well worth it.
This was one stop and had to take a couple of pics of the view.
We didn't expect this.

We carried on through the woods and ended 
up nearer the sandy beach.
We then went the quicker route home, which only took 15 minutes!

I think this is going to be another regular walk for us.
We are so lucky to live here. 

I'm late again!! 
It's 1.10am and I have to be up at 6.30am,
 as we are doing a Craft Fair. I was going to say tomorrow
but it is today. So off to my bed!

Thanks for popping in and to those of you that leave me a message,
an extra big thank you!!


Carol xxxx

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Crafty Ribbons Challenge 163 - Anything Goes

Firstly, I would love to welcome my new followers.
Thank you for taking the time to join me.
I hope you enjoy your visit 
and pop in and leave a message, so I know you have been.

What a palaver trying to get a decent photo!!
It has been so dark and gloomy here, I couldn't get an acceptable picture.
I got up early again this morning, (Wednesday) 
as it appeared to be a bit brighter.
It's back to gloomy and dark again now!!
Is it really Summer?!!!

I am having the lights on during the day in my craft room.
I took some with the lights on and it just bounced off the ribbon
 and distorted the images!
This picture is the best I could get, but not as good as in real life.

The theme for this weeks 
is easy peasy:
Anything Goes!!

There is as always, a great prize for the winner.

So get those cards, projects, or whatever you would like to do,
onto the challenge page HERE.

This ribbon is amazing and the detail is brilliant.
How they got such clear images on Gross Grain Ribbon
is beyond me!!

It's called Retro Car Ribbon and available HERE.

We saw cars like this when we went to Florida. 
My Daughter and family are going there today, to the Tampa area.
As she is the Production Manager of TUI (Thomson Holidays) 
 Specialist brochures, she gets a few perks!

This is actually an easel card! Can't you see that?!!!!Lol!

I cut the ribbon into sections and attached them to pieces of white card.
I then backed them with a piece of black card.
The top right and bottom left cars are actually 3D and the other 2 laid flat.

So get those entries in to have chance of winning.

This is the last challenge for the 'Buttons'  DT for a few weeks.
So pop over to the blog for more super inspiration from my talented Teamies.

There is one more challenge from the  Bows Team on 11th August.
We then have a Summer break.

The Buttons team will be back on the 1st September,
with the theme of Anything Goes.

Thank you for you support.

Big hugs,

Carol xxxx

Friday, 29 July 2016

Winter Wonderland Mega August Challenge

This is the last challenge until 26th August at Winter Wonderland.

Our host for this Mega Challenge is our lovely Marlene.

Two themes for you to choose one or mix them both together.
First one is 
Show Us Your Gold/Silver
Use An Embossed Background.

I had hoped to do both but my die cutting machine broke on me, 
so was unable to emboss the background.

I have used a Digi from A Day For Daisies called Mr Snowman.

They are one of 3 Sponsors we have for this challenge.
Details below pictures.

I coloured him with my Inktense Pencils for a change.

I added snow with my 3D glue and topped it with Cosmic Shimmer Glitter.
The charm was from my stash.

Our very generous sponsors are, in no particular order:

Their prize is a£10 voucher to use in their shop

Their prize is also a £10 voucher to spend in their shop

Their prize is an £8 voucher to use in their shop

You can enter up to 3 cards only per person.
So good luck and get those cards in and don't forget
you have to be in it to win it!!

PS: My replacement machine arrived today. I ordered it on the 18th July, 
It was dispatched on the 21st July. 
It had to travel for 1 hour from the shop to my home.

They said it would be delivered between 22nd and 26th July.
It arrived today, after me putting in a complaint.
I had paid £5.75 for the delivery charge. (Company have refunded that)

I still don't understand why it should take so long to travel 1 hour!!!
I was getting concerned, as I have a wedding order to deliver on Tuesday
and I couldn't finish it without the machine.

If inspiration would be helpful, pop over to 
the challenge page and you will see all my Teamies 
wonderful works of art.

I am looking forward to seeing your amazing entries
and visiting your blogs.

Big hugs,
Carol xxxx

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Pink and Girly - Crafty Ribbons Challenge No: 161

Pink and Girly, an easy theme for you to join in the 
challenge this week at Crafty Ribbons.
A great prize available as always.
Pop over to see the great prize surprise!!

Oh! Don't forget to add your ribbon!!

 I have used a Stamping Bella image and coloured her with Copics.

The Happy Birthday Ribbon is called
Click on the name and you can go straight to the ribbon!

It's brilliant ribbon, so easy to use and available in loads of colours.

I added Stickles on the parcels and her dress.

Pop over to the challenge here.
You can see all the stunning designs from my Teamies.
Sure to inspire you!

Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the challenge.

Thanks for your lovely messages. It's great to know you have stopped by,
so I can then I can return the compliment.



Tuesday, 19 July 2016


Just a quick post today.
A little wooden box I made...well not the box itself,
just decorated it!!

My fave crackle effect on the top.
Added a few flowers from Hobbycraft and of course,
a Marianne designs butterfly die.

The wooden heart was from my stash, as is the paper.

The beautiful lace is from Crafty Ribbons.
The quality of this lace is far better than most I have seen.
You really have to see and handle it.

The paper I used for the inside is a Kirsty Allsop paper pad.

There a lot of new ribbons over at the Crafty Ribbons store
and all at very good prices.
As a ribbon addict myself, I think I know my ribbons.
They certainly come into the 'Stroke, Look At' and 
put back in the box category!!
It really hurt me to cut into this lace! Lol!!

Can't believe it but my die cutting machine has broken. 
A Couture Creations A4 folder got stuck in the machine. 
For some reason they have the join on the sides, 
which makes them wider than the plates.
If you don't get them in perfectly, they get stuck which mine did.
Just had to order a new machine!!
Not a happy bunny!!

Thanks for popping in and leaving me your lovely messages.
Will visit you back too.

Carol xxxx

Friday, 15 July 2016

Winter Wonderland Challenge - Exciting Changes

for the next few months, we have now changed the challenge
themes, from one, to a choice of two themes.

The lovely Kath chose the themes this week.

One being 'Carol Singers' and 
the 2nd choice is 'Make A Scene'.
You can even join the two and have a scene
with the singers (animal or people).

I have chosen to use a Lili of the Valley stamp
of Carol Singers.
Coloured with my favourite Distress Inks.

I love the little dog joining in too!

We have 2 generous Sponsors this week.

Our 1st Sponsor is 
and the prize is a brilliant £10 voucher.

The 2nd Sponsor is A Random Fan
who are giving a £10 voucher to spend in their store.

So join in the fun and don't forget, you have to be in it to win it.
We all like to increase our stash.

For added inspiration, pop over to see my teamies
wonderful cards made just for you.

Thanks for stopping by. Please let me know you've been.

Carol xxxx

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

All at Sea!!

These are plaques I painted yesterday.
I first did 3 for the Craft Fair I did at the hotel last week 
and I sold 2 straight away, much to my surprise.

They are just painted onto some MDF that I had and hubby
drilled the holes for me.

I made 6 in total yesterday and all are slightly different.
The beach huts are all different colour combos.

Back to making an order for a big fairy clock.
Then onto an order for two wedding keepsake boxes.

Our garden is a tip at the moment, so can't do 
any more work out there.
The landscapers have taken up all the grass today
and most of the slabs went last week.
I will post a few pics that I have taken every day.

Thanks for visiting and love reading you comments.
Always makes me a smile.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Crafty Ribbons Challenge

Hi All,
A new Crafty Ribbons Blog Challenge starts today.

The theme is 
Things With Wings
and of course, using Ribbons or Lace on your project.

I chose to use a Lili Of The Valley stamp.

I have used the the gorgeous ribbon

She has been coloured with Distress Inks and Stickles.

The prize from Crafty Ribbons is a very generous
pack of ribbons.
For inspiration, pop over to our blog
and check out the stunning cards from my Teamies.

So join in the fun and you never know the winner could be you!

Thanks for popping in and please leave me a message
so I know you have been and I will return the favour.

Carol xxxx 

Friday, 1 July 2016

Winter Wonderland Challenge

Hi all,
Thanks for stopping by, as today we are launching a new
challenge at Winter Wonderland.

Our host this week is the amazing Kath, who chose the theme
Snow Much Fun 
(Things You Do In The Snow)

I have chosen a Lili Of The Valley stamp and coloured 
it with Derwent Inktense pencils for a change.
 The penguins are so adorable.

Our Sponsor for this challenge is

Gosh I do miss popping into their shop! My friend Vanessa works there.
Their generous prize for this weeks winner is
A £10 voucher.

I love looking in my box of Christmas cards!
Very happy that I have so many ready for the day!!

So if you want to get ahead and have a chance to win a great prize too, 
pop over to Winter Wonderland and join in the fun.

Looking forward to seeing your lovely cards or projects.

Carol xxxx