Sunday, 30 December 2012

My Sweet Sweet Daughter

Hello everyone .. i'm finally back from what seems like a year long break from my humble blog and i've been having serious withdrawal symptoms!

I hope you all have had the best Christmas ... mine has been like a big chocolaty whirlwhind!!! ... so much so i'm off to register at Fat club today lol!

I had some lovely gifts from santa as did my three girls and hubby .. more of that in another post.

Onto my card .. it's my middle daughter Paige's birthday just after new year, i've made here two cards and here's the first ..

I love love love these two ballerinas from LOTV, they remind me of Paige so much!

I printed out the sentiment first then stamped on the images.

I didn't really do much else to the card, Pearls and flowers from WOC and The Ribbon girl and some DP from my scraps box.

And a final view of the inside.

I hope you like my card and I would like to wish you all a fabulous new year!

Love and crafty hugs xx Cara xx

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Aud Sentiments - Any Sentiment
Card Crafters Circle - Anything Goes
Charisma Cardz - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday - ATG
In the pink - Pink and Pearlie

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Dream Valley DT - Christmas

Evening my little christmas puddings :-p

I'm here with a quick post this evening to share my DT card for the new challenge over at Dream Valley.

This is our very last challenge for 2012 and will run for a whole month.

We have four fantastic sponsors and to make it extra easy for you our challenge theme is simple "Christmas"  - there's no excuse for you not to join!

Here's my card:

I used a super cute digi image from Cuddly Buddly and coloured it with my promarkers and lots of stickles.

This is a large 8 x 8 card and the papers are yet more old ones from last year matted with glitter card .  I faux stitched all around and finished off with a ribbon, a bow, a poinsetta and die cut frostyville border.

The sentiment is computer generated.

The inside is decorated with more DP's, glitter card and another computer generated greeting.

I hope you like my card.

Thank you for visiting me, I appreciate you must all be very busy preparing for christmas.

Love and christmassy hugs

xx Cara xx

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Brown Sugar - In Stitches
CRAFT - Christmas
Charisma - Christmas
Forever Friends - Christmas Cards
Joanna Sheen - With love at christmas
Sparkles Christmas Challenge - Button or bow

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Pink Gem - Lavender & Lace

Afternoon sweeties,

Sorry for not being around much lately, things are getting really hectic around here in a christmassy kinda way!

I'm only just finding time to get my DT cards done and my craft room is feeling a little neglected ... still it'll all be over in a few little weeks!

Any hooooo onto todays card and this is my DT creation for our new challenge over at "A Gem of a Challenge".

This challenge is our last this year and will run until the next challenge on 5th January.

This time we would like to see "Lavender and Lace" on your creations so perfect for all of those birthday and mothers day card you might want to get started on.

Heres what I did:

This is the lovely Faye with Flowers and I have coloured her with my promarkers.

I've used my new spellbinders oval die to frame her and some gorgeous papers from Nit Wits through LOTV.

Everything has been given the distress ink treatment and the sentiment and corner dies are from Whimsy.

The lace and blooms are from WOC and the inside has also been decorated.

So there you have it, I really enjoyed making this as I was desperate for a break from crimbo cards!

Hope you like my card and I would love it if you could join me and the other Pink Gem girls in the last challenge of 2012.

Love and hugs

xx Cara xx

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Aud Sentiments - Anything goes
Challenge up your life - Colour combo
Crafting for all seasons - use flowers


Wednesday, 28 November 2012

First Hannah Lynne Card

Evening everyone, just a quik post tonight to share my very first card using a Hannah Lynne Digi form Crafts & Me.

I've seen these digi's used all over but was always too nervous to attempt to colour one .... so please go easy on me!

This card is made to order so I hope the recipient likes it ... eeek nervous (i've never sold my cards before!)

Ok so I went a bit wild with the hair lol! ... but I did really enjoy colouring her up...i feel a new digi obsession coming on :-)

I was asked to make a large card and I must say I wasn't quite sure about having so much space to fill.

I used papers from "love letters" by 1st edition and I distressed all the edges ( i fancied a change from faux stitching for once)

The bow die is a "new to me" one from Memory Box and i've used my fave corner too.

A computer generated sentiment, double bow and black gems to finish.

Inside had been decorated too.

Hope you like my first attempt, i do hope to be posting more cards with these lovely digis.

Love and hugs

xx Cara xx

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Crafts and me - Ribbon or trim
Crafty boots challenges - Anything goes
Crazy for challenges - put a bow on it
Cute Card Thursday - Girls only
Digital Tuesday Challenge - Girly
Passion for promarkers - Distressing


Sunday, 25 November 2012

Dream Valley - Non Traditional xmas

Happy Sunday all,

Just a quick post today sharing my DT card for Dream Valley and this time we would like to see your non-traditional christmas creations.

The winner will win a goodie bag - how exciting!!

So here's my card and prepare to be shocked.......

...... thats right not a promarker or prisma pencil in sight!!! ...... I feel like such a cheat lol

Now I don't think you can get less Traditional than festive frogs can you!

I used "Peppa and Friends" decoupage and Paper pack which I bought years and years ago (before I discovered promarkers!).

I simply added some die cut corners, a bow and a sprinkling of Gems ..... i think i may have to make a few more of these simpler cards for the girls to give to friends/tachers at school.

Heres a shot of the inside .... the papers in this pack were fab and I truly enjoyed making this card!
So thats it .... can't wait to see what you all decide to make for our challenge ... looking forward to seeing you there!
Hugs xx Cara xx
The challenges I would like to enter are:

Saturday, 24 November 2012

DT Card - Gem of a Challenge

Morning all,

Today see's a new challenge at "A Gem of a Challenge" and this time we want to see - Paper Piecing!

This was the first time I ever paper pieced a digi stamp and i've got to say it wasn't half as difficult as I thought it would be.

This is the gorgous "Winter Phoebe" and she can be found here.  I just had to colour her hair red just like my eldest girlie Phoebe Jane, and yes this will be her christmas card.

The papers I used are the new Coconut Ice also from the Pink Gem store.

I didnt realise until now just how brilliantly pink my card looks - lol, also my Gems in the corner are really a lovely green colour to match the papers but they look almost black here :-(
So there you have it, I do hope you'll pop over and join in with my very first Challenge and if you need any tips or help with the paper piecing just leave me a little comment and i'll get back to you.
Love and hugs
xxCara xx
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:


Friday, 23 November 2012

Mr Fixit

Evening all,

Another late post from me, I came home from work and had to do the "big" shop with 3 hungry and tired girlies and Lee - it wasn't pleasant I can tell you and i'm shattered now.

I'm sharing my third and final Birthday card for Lee and this one is from Phoebe and Paige.

Meet "Mr Fixit" - he is from Mo's Digital Pencil and I think he is sooo handsome and looks just like my hubby!

He's been coloured with my promarkers as always and matted onto green Basill card stock.

I've used my brand new "octagon" die from Die-namics and more free papers from a magazine.

I hope Lee likes it ..... i've had great fun making his cards but I've got to say i'm glad they're all finished for another year and I can get back to making some nice easy girly creations!
Right i'm off to do some digi stamp shopping, i'll be up again tomorrow with my forst DT post for Pink Gems.
Night all
xx Cara xx
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

TTCRD - GDT card

Evening all,

Just a quick post tonight to share my guest DT post for Through The Craft Room Door.

This week their challenge is Anything Goes, nice and easy peasy and since there are so many "Thanksgiving" challenges going on I thought i would join in the fun.

Here's what I made:

This gorgeous little lady is another image from the Fabulous Tiddy Inks and she is called "Heartfelt Wishes"

I've coloured her with my promarkers as always.

I've used more of my older papers for this card (sorry not sure who by) and i made the flower with some paper blooms, die cuts and a brad.

The sentiment with matching die is from Whimsy and i've decorated the inside quite simply as always.

And there you have it, i'm off to watch Masterchef!

Love and hugs xx Cara xx

I'd like to enter my card into the following challemges:

Tiddly Inks - Gratitude
Aud Sentiments - Thanks
Card making mamas - thankyou
Crafting for all seasons - Thank you
Delightful Challenges - Thankful
Use it Tuesday - Be thankful
Sisterhood of Crafters - Thankful


Monday, 19 November 2012

For Daddy

Hi everyone,

I'm sharing a card today which is for my hubby Lee's birthday next month from our youngest daughter Lacey May.

I've not made him cards before as he never seems to keen so I really hope he likes it.

I coloured this image (by Mo Manning) so many times trying to find a decent sepia colour combo...i'm still not entirely sure about it though.

I kept the card quite simple (for me) and just used some old DP's and added some trim from my stash.  The computer generated sentiment is matted onto a laser cut wooden frame.

Inside is decorated simply too.

I really hope you like it - i'm not too hot with male cards so please go easy on me ;-)

Thanks for visiting and i'll see you tomorrow with a GDT card.


xx Cara xx

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Eclectic Ellapu - Layering
TTCRD - Anything goes
The squirrel and the fox - ATG

Saturday, 17 November 2012

CAS crimbo card and some news!

Hi everyone,

I'm back as promised with a card to share and some news...

......but first i've got to metion the awesomness that is the Twilight film I saw last night - WOWEEEE! It was faaaaaantasticoooooo!

.... right now i've got that off my chest here is my news....

a while ago I applied for a postion on the Pink Gem DT ... unfortunately I wasn't successfull, then esterday morning I recieved a lovely email asking me if i was still interested in joining the team.... woooo hoo I couldn't wait to say yeeeeeeeesss!

So there you go i'm not a proud member of the Pink Gem design team!

I do hope you will pop over and check out the challenge and all of the fantastic things in the Pink Gem Store.
..And now onto my card..
I didn't really sleep well last night so i've struggled a bit with my mojo today but I did come up with a couple of CAS crimbo cards, one i can't share just yet and this one:
I've used another of the fab Tiddly Inks digi's this time ... I think he kinda looks like my hubby too :-)
No DP's today just some matting with some black and red card and a touch of embossing.
Some black ribbon and LOTV sentiment tags finish it off.
I do hope you like it.
Thanks for visiting today and the hugest of hello's to all of my lovely new followers!
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Totally gorgeous - plain and simple -

Friday, 16 November 2012

It's tonight woo hoo !

Hi everyone, just a quickie to let you know I'll not be posting a card as tonight is Twilight woo hooooo!
I'll be up over the weekend though with some super exciting news (wink)

Hugs xxCaraxx

Thursday, 15 November 2012

18 today.....

...... no not me (i wish i was though).... i'm sharing a card today made for an order at work.

Just another quick post though as my little Lacey's still not well, more antibiotics and steroids this time for her ... also a hospital referral to collect tomorrow, I do hope they can get her fixed up she's been unwell for most of the year :-( here is todays card

I've used another one of Krista Smiths delightful images.

I used this weeks sketch at Cupcake Craft Challenges here and my DP's are Nit Wits from LOTV.

I went a little crazy with faux stitching - I cant seem to make a card without it lately lol

The dinky little cocktail charm is from Primark - I wish I had bought a couple.

The little butterflies are MS punch and everything else is from my stash.

So thats it for today peeps.

Hope you like it!

Hugs xx Cara xx

In addition to Cupcake Crafts, I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Anything goes - Stitching real or faux
Created with love challenges - Birthday with number
Oldie but goodie - anything but xmas
Stampin for the weekend - All stitched up


Tuesday, 13 November 2012

100% Precious

Do you know those cards that you design in your head, yet when you get them made they look completely different and not half as nice as you planned ..... well this is one of those.

I wasn't going to share this but hey ... someone might like it!

I love the image (Saturated Canary).... I love the DP's (Simple stories - Baby Steps)......


.....I also love the embellies... but altogher.... i'm not too sure..... hmmmph :-(

.... so thats it really, I do hope you like my card..... even a little bit more than I do.

Love n hugs

xx Cara xx

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

Allsorts - Young at heart
Anything goes - Stitching Real or faux
Crafty mess - Nursery Rhymes (hush little baby)
Tuesday Alchemy - Anything goes


Sunday, 11 November 2012

Anything Goes at Dream Valley

Hello again,

I'm back with my second post in about 10 minutes and this time with my (late) DT post for Dream Valley and this time it's everyones favourite - Anything Goes!!

The winner will receive a £10 for Joanna Sheen's online shop - Wow!!!

My card for this challenge is my dear hubby's birthday card - I'm so rubbish at ments cards so please be gentle with me:

This cute image is another from Tiddly Inks - I just love him with his square balloons lol!

The DP's are from a pad called "clippings" but the make I dont remember. (I have a habbit of using the front sheets for the collage look and then I can never remeber the details...sorry)

 I've used glossy accents on his buttons and balloons and the sentiment is made from a Whimsy alphabet stamp set.

And there you have it - told you I wasn't too good with mens cards lol

Any hoo, I hope you can join our chalenge at Dream Valley - you really have no excuse since its Anything Goes ;-)

Thanks for visiting me today - and a big hellooooo to my new followers!!!!

Love and hugs xx Cara xx

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Anything Goes - Anything Goes
Cards for men - Anything goes
Challenges 4 Everybody - Always anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes
Here Come the boys - Favourite film (short circuit)
Sweet Stampin Challenge - Anything Goes

New Challenge - Gingerloft DT card

Evening all,

I'm late today with my DT posts as it's my 1st wedding anniversary and me and my troop have all been out for a lovely lunch with the in-laws, it did have to be cut a little short as Lacey is still unwell, but it was still lovely.

Any way, Its challenge time over at Gingerloft and this time we would like to see "a touch of gold" on your creation - easy peasy right????!!!!

The winner will recieve 3 digi stamps from the Gingerloft Store.

So here's my card:

I used the Reindeer Carousel Digi from Gingerloft and coloured with promarkers.

My lovely new Die from Joy crafts came out again, as did my poinsetta die.

Not my usual style of card but I really enjoyed making it.

I do hope you'll hop over and join our challenge.

I'm off to link up and then i'll be back with my Dream Valley post.

See you soon.

Hugs xx Cara xx

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Anything goes - Anything goes
Challenges 4 Everybody - Always Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes
Sweet Stampin Challenge - ATG


Saturday, 10 November 2012

Twinkle and Sparkle!

Hi everyone,

I'm up with a very quick post today while my youngest is sleeping - she's been up all night with a chest infection, she really is poorly bless her.

Herer is another card made with the same free papers as last time and I also used the same sketch as I loved it!

I used a LOTV image this time coloured with promarkers, I just love her little xmas outfit with the furry colar and cuffs. (i used a snow writer and glamour dust to add the texture and sparkle.

I flipped the sketch this time and went with some of the different papers in the pack and I think the card looks completely different to the last - I might even try to squeeze another out of the same papers and sketch!

One last view to show the inside decorated as always to compliment the front.

There all done, I do hope you like at and I really do appreciate any comments you may leave.

Love and hugs

xx Cara xx

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Sweet Sunday Sketch - 171
Unique Crafters Challenge - Sugar and spice
Allsorts - Young at heart
Bearly Mine Challenges - Anything goes
Brown Sugar - Bingo (pink,blue,glitter)
By the cute and girly - Twinkle twinkle little star
CSAYL - Anything goes/holiday project

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Fa la la la laaaaaaaa!

Evening all,

I've had a day off work today, not to do anything nice - ive been to the dentist again - when will it end????

Any hoos I did manage to fit in time for a little play in my craft room to cheer myself up and here's what I made:

I decided to base my card on the latest sketch from Sweet Sketch Sunday and used one of the lovely Wryns from Tiddly inks and she is called "Wryn gos Caroling"

I used my promarkers to colour her up to match my papers (i'm still on a mission to use all of my freebies up)

I really like these non traditional colours for crimbo :-)

The sentiment is also from Tiddly Inks and the flowers are made using a marianne die.

I hope you like my card.

Thanks for visiting me today i appreciate it :-D

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

A Gem of a challenge - Spots and Dots
CWLC - Xmas no Red or Green
Hooked on craft challenges - Xmas no red/green
Papertake weekly - Anything goes
TTCRD - Anything goes
Sweet Sketch Sunday - Sketch 171