Friday, 16 February 2018

Tribute Challenge at Winter Wonderland

Hi Everyone and welcome to a very special challenge at
Winter Wonderland.

All the members of our Design Team are joining together,
as a tribute to a lovely lady, that sadly is no longer with us.

Eileen was the last lady, that up until this time last year,
was running the Winter Wonderland Challenge blog.
She is certainly missed and as a DT group, we all agreed that
we would like to get together, to keep the blog running.

So this challenge is with Eileen in mind.

The theme is
Anything Goes
But please remember we are a Christmas card only challenge.



We have  a new Sponsor joining us,
                              
They have very generously given all the DT members,
a set of their fabulous Digi Stamps.

The set I chose is called Poinsettia and you get an amazing
selection of images in this set.

To see all the fabulous Digi sets click on
Imagine That Digistamp

                                          
If you need more inspiration, pop over to the 
Winter Wonderland challenge blog
and see all the amazing cards on there!!

I am looking forward to seeing your Christmas cards.
We will visit you blogs and leave a comment,
if we are able.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you leave me a 
message, so I can return the compliment.
They are always appreciated and lovely to read.

Have a lovely weekend and get making those cards.

Don't forget that The Craft Barn have added
even more products in their half price sale!!!

Don't miss out on the bargains!!!

Big hugs,
Carol
xxxxx




Friday, 2 February 2018

Winter Wonderland New Challenge

It's time for a new challenge at Winter Wonderland.

As I  am hosting this one, I chose the theme, which is 

All Boxed Up!

That means, that somewhere in your creation there must be a box.
As in my card below, this is one idea. 

Pop over to the Winter Wonderland blog to see the
stunning cards from our talented Icicles Team,
for more inspiration. 


For my card I used an image given to us from our generous sponsor
Sasayaki Glitter.

It is called Christmas Penguin
and can be found here


The prize is a Digi of your choice .

You have 2 weeks to create a lovely Christmas card 
and it must be Christmas to be entered into the draw.

The challenge closes at 5pm on Thursday 15th February.

We will visit your blogs and will leave you a message
so you know we have been.
There are some blogs we are unable to visit,
so please read the list on the challenge page.

Good luck and pop back on Monday 19 February 
to the Winter Wonderland blog to see if you have won.

PS: THE CRAFT BARN HAVE ADDED EVEN MORE 
PRODUCTS INTO THEIR 25% OFF SALE

Hugs,
Carol 
xxxxx


Monday, 22 January 2018

The Wedding!!

Can I suggest that you get yourself a tea or coffee,
as this is quite a long post!!!

All this happened within 8 weeks, with Christmas 
in the middle of it!!
With lots of laughter too!!

As some of you know, I have been helping my friend Lorraine
with arranging her wedding.

They had been together for 30 years!!
They also have a daughter and grandchildren!!
So it was about time!!

The first thing for me to do last December, was to make 
the invitations.

They are 2 champagne glasses that linked together
at the front.


Lorraine bought her dress and it was just a few inches too long. 
So I fitted the length and then cut it. 
The dress had 2 layers and both were very organza like.
So we used bonding web, as sewing them wouldn't work. 

This was the cake and I showed Lorraine how to make
the Roses, so we could make them together. 
I then stuck them onto the cake.
We did have so much fun doing them!

For the top of the cake, as they are a more mature couple,
we came up with the idea of a wooden heart
and I covered it with Gilding Flakes.


Lorraine bought the favour boxes on line and filled them 
with chocolates. I die cut the tags and did the place names on 
the computer and Lorraine stuck them on the tags,


The next job was the flower arrangements for the tables.

We went out to find some decent silk flowers
and after a few failures, we found these. 
I then had the job of doing the arrangements and had
Lorraine chopping each stem, to the length I wanted!
She was a great assistant!!

Fortunately I still had a roll of my Florist tape and ribbon.

This was for the top table.


These were for the guest tables


I then suddenly remembered I hadn't made their card.
So I went with the theme colour of navy blue, with a touch of pink.
I had to make a box for it too.

A terrible picture as the days have been so dark all day.


On the morning of the Wedding, just Lorraine and myself went to 
the Manor House Hotel, where the wedding was being held.

We had a nice relaxing time together and I did her make up
and hair for her.
I had made her posy for her a couple of days before.
I had also made her a garter and finished it the day before!

I also managed to fit in cutting and colouring
her hair and mine. Oh! Gave her Dad's hair a trim too!!

She looked lovely.


This is one of her Grandchildren and her bridesmaid.
She looked so pretty.

                                          

Here are the 2 bridesmaids and the ring bearer!!


The happy couple!
The picture is not very good, as the big windows behind were 
far too bright.


We had a lovely time and the food was very good too. 

It all went of very smoothly.

Don't know what to do with myself now!!

I do really!! Start making things for the 
Craft Fayres!!

Thank you for visiting my blog and hope you 
will drop in again.

Big hugs,
Carol 
xxxx





Thursday, 11 January 2018

Roses in December


Hi all,
Another quick post as still in the 'Wedding Mode'!!

We made the roses to go on the wedding cake today.
They are cascading down from the top tier to the bottom.
I will take some pictures when everything is finished.

I made this card just after Christmas.

I do love the Altenew stamps but I haven't got enough inks
in shades to go together.

Just found a bit of time to play again!



A close up of the colours.


Hope you are all keeping warm, if you live here. 
For those in warmer climates, keep cool!!

Would love to see your messages, as they always
make me smile. So thank you in advance.

Big hugs,
Carol
xxxx

Monday, 8 January 2018

I'm back!!

Hi to all my lovely followers and a Happy New Year to you all.

I am sorry I haven't been around for a few days but
I have been rather busy. I had a few orders for 
big items, that take rather a lot of time to put together. 
I just have 2 left to finish.

I am also helping my friend with her wedding arrangements.
I made her invitations and now I am doing
the flower arrangements for all the tables.

 I managed to have a little play and made this card.
A very quick one for stock. 

Sorry it's a bit dark but was a very grey day when I took it.
My photo programme didn't lighten it up as much as I thought it would.


Thank you for visiting and leaving your lovely messages.

If it as cold where you are as it is here, 3 degrees today!!
Unlike Sydney yesterday, 47 degrees!!

Don't miss out on HALF PRICE 
bargains at

Big hugs,
Carol 
xxxx

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Craft Barn Winter Sale


Winter Sale starts
Monday 1st January 2018
Grab a bargain or 2!!

Craft Supplies from The Craft Barn
Craft supplies are an essential part of any creative project. The Craft Barn is a UK retail business selling a wide range of arts and craft supplies including stamps, dies and embossing folders, paints, an extensive range of items to alter and decorate plus much more for card making projects, creating gifts and home d├ęcor pieces and scrapbooking.
We have over 8000 different products, some of the leading brands that we stock include: Lavinia, Memory Box, PaperArtsy, Sizzix, Ranger & Tim Holtz, GelliArt, Copic, Spellbinder, Tando Creative and Kaisercraft to name but a few.
We are committed to providing the best, most up to date craft supplies at great prices, coupled with first class service. We are constantly adding new products to our range of craft supplies so be sure to add us to your browser favourites so you can pop back and see us.
Check it out or miss out!!

Happy New Year
and hope you have a brilliant 2018

Hugs,
Carol
xxxx


Sunday, 24 December 2017

Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas
To all my friends
and family.
I hope you all enjoy the holiday
and look forward to
a great 2018



Big hugs,

Carol
xxxx

Friday, 8 December 2017

Winter Wonderland Last Challenge For 2017

Well here we are, Christmas is very close now. 

Just had both my children's Birthdays, there are 4 days between them!
Well, 3 years and 4 days!!!

I did my last Craft Fayre on Tuesday and again broke all my 
sales records. It was non stop from 10am to around 2.30.
Then it did slow down a bit until 4.pm. 
I took 4 empty boxes home! 

Now I must finish making my Christmas cards! 

Today is the first day of our last 2017 challenges, here at
Winter Wonderland.

The theme is 
Anything Goes,as long as it's Christmas cards.

I chose this image from our generous sponsor 
She is called, Chloe With Reindeer

I so enjoyed colouring this cute image with my Copics Pens.
You can buy her ready coloured in pink.
So I decided to keep her in the pink, as it really suited her. 

As for Rudolph, he was again coloured with Copics.
I added some Glossy Accent onto his red nose.


The snowflakes were cut with some dies I bought from The Works
and some that were free with a magazine. 

On her hat, coat and scarf, I used American Writer dries
white 3D glue and sprinkled on a mixture of  Flock with 
ultra fine glitter onto the glue.



For this challenge, we have both Design Teams cards
for inspiration. You will have 4 weeks  to make your cards
and have the chance of winning a lovely prize.
A great start for the New Year.

From Our fab Sponsor, Pink Gem Designs,
the winner will have a choice of 2 single Digis or 
2 card Topper Kits, or 1 of each.

So we are looking forward to seeing all your
lovely Christmas cards and we will be leaving you a message
so you know we have been there!

Big hugs,
Carol
xxxx

Friday, 10 November 2017

Tag You're It Challenge!

A new challenge at Winter Wonderland starts today.

The theme chosen by our lovely host Helen, is
Tag You're It!!

This means that you can create a tag and as I have
as a sentiment and put it on a card. 
Or just create a stand alone tag, 
or even a tag as a topper on a card.
As long as it's a Christmas card only, to go in the draw.

I have used a free gift stamp and die set, 
from Simply Cards and Papercraft.

It's actually a Hunkydory set.

One of the free dies was a tag! The sentiment was with it too.
I used an old tag die I have and cut that in gold Mirri,
just to make the tag more prominent.

I coloured the image with Derwent Inktense 
Water Colour Pencils on Water Colour 300gsm card.
I added Stickles on the Berries, baubles and ribbon. 
Sorry the photo doesn't show any of it!!



Our Sponsor for this 2 week challenge is,
and for the winner, they are giving you a £10 voucher!!
You will spend it very easily in their fab shop!

So get making your Christmas card to enter
our challenge. You can make up to 3 entries
and they must have a 'Tag' somewhere on them.

The Challenge ends on Thursday 30th November
at 5.30 pm.

I am looking forward to seeing your gorgeous cards.
We will visit your blogs and leave you a message.
so you know we have been.

Big hugs,
Carol 
xxxx



Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Sweet Pea!

Just a bit of Housework first.
No not a duster in sight!!

If any of my visitors would like to join us at the 
Winter Wonderland Challenge Blog,
we are looking for new members to join our Design Teams.
Pop over to the blog HERE
and you will see all the info for you. 


Sorry I haven't posted for a while but I have been sitting
at my desk, making stock for the Craft Fairs that are coming up..

It was brilliant a couple of weeks ago, breaking all records for my
sales, for all the many years I have been doing them. 
But then I have to make more very quickly, at this time of year
as the fairs are very close together.

This card I made in September, for my lovely friend Marianne.
I bought the stamp at Thetford craft fair.



She is so cute and love this Stamping Bella range. 


It has to be a very quick post as it's just passed midnight
and I have a couple of things to finish, before I go to bed.
Another 2am night!!

Thank you for taking time to visit me and leaving
me such lovely messages.

Big hugs
Carol 
xxxx