Cold & Frosty Recipe...

Morning all!

I've a million and one christmas cards to get made for last min things and people but no time to do it all, so very tired from work nightmare at this time of year honestly! Supermarkets are closed for ONE day not a year!! honest i should know i work there!!! hehe!! anyways.....

I've dug out my favourite Tilda for today's creation she's so pretty and such a wonderful stamp to colour her name is 'silent night tilda' and you'd of seen her alot on my blog last christmas if your a regular! I ♥ Her!! she's defo my fav christmas stamp well... that was before the new collection came out! ok who am i kidding tho i have thinned my tildies collection as it erm got a bit croweded that's all i'll say!

My Creation is for my DT work at My mum's Craft Shop & The Craft Garden & also for Crafty Calendar Challenges this months challenges are....

My Mums Craft shop
Keeping Warm

Recipe (pick 4 from list) see blog!

Cold and frosty!

Now normally i would create three cards one for each challenge but i loved how this one turned out so i thought it'd be nice to show this one off a little more and combined it!

I've used some gorjuss ribbon i found at my local hab shop which was 30p a meter (same ribbon on the market £1 a meter) so of course i went back to my hab shop and brought more!! hehe a girl can never have too much ribbon ASK EMMA!

So.... from the craft Garden's challenge i picked Turquoise, Snowflakes, ribbon and office supply which i used a sweet paperclip which i brought yonks ago from fancy pants.....

Here's the card! See you at the challenges!

*Cold & Frosty Recipe*

♥ C/stock - Stampin' Up! Tempting Turqouise
♥ DSP - Basic Grey Joyeux Noel
♥ Stamp - Magnolia silent night tilda
♥ Medium - Promarkers
♥ Snowflakes - Papermania & Karrs
♥ Ribbon - Gems in telford
♥ Punch - EK Success Wavy dotted line
♥Paperclip - Fancy pants

Thanks for stopping by today!!

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Getting festive!

Hey all!

Ok so no creations today I had a rather lazy sleepy days off work wed/thurs so very tired at the mo. hope alls well with all my bloggy friends!!

Just thought I'd share a piccy with you all I have put my tree up!!! I know it's not dec yet but I'm early hehe

I'll be back soon with creations!!
P.s strudel loves the tinsel think 'get off my tree' is going to be a fav saying this Christmas with my kitty's

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Hugs carlyann xx

Christmas Cutey....

Morning all!

Well it's true! that christmas is really on it's way!!!
Take it from me! i feel for anyone who works in retail espech supermarkets! so darn busy at the moment i fear it's only gonna get worse! I feel so zombiefied at the moment it's hard work this working nights buisness you'd think like after 4 years of doing it i'd be used to it! oh gosh nope!!! always tired! i don't know how i have time to breathe with my busy life hehe!

I wanted to get back into blogging as i've had scheduled posts and things set up but feel like i've not really blogged properly for a few weeks so i'm here this morning with a Christmassy creation!!! yay!!!

Now how darn cute is he???! his name's Chester!!! i have a lil story to tell... so here goes... i had some paypal pennies left from my selling on ebay that i thought i'd treat myself, so sat through ebay thinking what could i possibly buy??? burns a hole even on paypal haha!!! when i thought ooo i better read my magazines first as it's typical i spend then see something in a mag that i want and no pennies left.... i came across a page featuring lots of different digi's, me i'm not really a digi person... well i have been these last few weeks i tell ya! the bugs certainly biting! in particular i saw this cute little monkey!!!! so headed off to pollycraft's online shop!

Then i saw 100 digi's for 9.99!! omg!!! how could i resist that i mean com'on that's a fantastic price, and i so couldn't resist i mean i've got lots of pollycraft stamps and they're so lovely to colour so i thought yeah why not.... then i came across mr chester the monkey up there!! how can i not buy him sooooo cute! then i saw the non christmas collection too so yeah you know where my story's going! i spent all my paypal pennies on digi's but oooo i do love him he's my fav stamp i think i've seen in a long while!!!

So here's i am this morning with my christmas chester card!!! it is actually for the Pollycraft Monday Challenge which there theme for the next 4 weeks is Christmas Fun! so naturally i feel a more than one card being entered here with all these new digi's ive brought!!! hehe

So here's my card!


*C/stock - Stampin Up!
*Stamp - Pollycraft Digi
*Medium - Promarks / flexmarkers
*Pearls from stash
*Ribbon - From local hab shop

Thanks for stopping by today! I'll try get round everyone soon and leave some  ♥♥

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Baby boy...

Morning all!
ooooo a month and 2 days to go till santa will have been for his brandy and rudolph his mince pie, well that's what he gets in my house! tho i think it's more the cat that eats the mince pie hehe!! feels like yonks since i posted, im still coughing my head off! 13 weeks later! im still not right! but anyways....

I'm here this morning with a new magnolia project! I shock feel like i'm going off these stamps?! not sure what's wrong with me!! my tastes maybe changing dunno hehe... not that i'll part with them all i couldn't do that hehe!!! anyways....

Today's card is featuring the sweet baby angel magnolia stamp! I must admit when i first saw this stamp i didn't really like it but i think it's so versitile when it comes to girl or boy! and fell in love as soon as i stamped it!! hehe....

My card is for my DT at My mum's Craft Shop Challenge's which this week's theme is.....


I thought i'd be different and use my angel baby stamp for this challenge!

I've used all my favourite craftwork cards bits for my card today! I love there little boy blue collection tho i find sometimes when i buy things i like i hate to use them! hehe Don't you find that!?!

I've coloured him with promarkers and added stickles to his little wings. I wanted to keep my card simple yet i wanted a little of extra touch speically feel if you know what i mean!

I'd like to add my card to the following challenges:
*Creative card crew - monochromatic
*Just magnolia - ribbons

*Baby Boy Recipe*

* C/stock - Stampin' Up! Very Vanilla
* DSP - Craftwork Cards little boy blue
* Stamp - Magnolia Baby angel
* Medium - Promarkers
*Sentiment - Recollections
*Elephants - Craftwork cards
*Gems - Every crafts a pound
*Ribbon from stash
*Punch - MS Doily lace

Thanks for stopping by my blog today and for any comments you leave i love reading them all and i appriacate everyone's thoughts!!! xxxx
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Dancing Springtime Moments

Morning all!

Not long till Santa pops himself down your chimney!!! just over a month to go!!!
This year has gone so unbelievably quick!!! It's that time of month where the supermarket work is HELL!!! (help me!!!) work is soooo busy!!! you'd not seriously believe how many bags of flour, raisans, cranberry sauce and things like that one store sees! Bearing in mind Cranberry sauce jars come in cases of 6, we're lucky if we see 400 cases a week go through the store, that's a lot of cranberry sauce!! (personally i hate the stuff) but i like the juice lol.... anyway...

I've seen so many wonderful christmas projects that my christmas mojo is bursting but i had to sneak a 'normal' project in on my blog!! hehe today's challenge at Charisma is being set by the lovely Alison!!! she's chosen the theme


Arrrrghhhh i must admit i ran a mile when i first saw this challenge.. pearls i can cope with but i don't do the lacey bit very well... well i think so.. but i'm on a misson to overcome my fears in crafting (theres lots of them believe me!) and also to start using my neglected stamps that have never seen ink! INCLUDING this lovely ballerina tilda! which i've erm had yonks!!!!

I wanted to give my card today an earthy vintagey feel so dug out my old paper distress ink (how did i not use this before?) i love the effects it's given my papers and leaves, my leaves are cut out on my Slice, i keep forgetting about my lil pink machine, naughty girl as hubby spent lots of pennys on it!! haha... opppsie i best use it more! i've even used my liquid pearls something else i forget that i own! (i surely can't be the only crafter who forgets what i have???)

I adore these flowers from wild orchid crafts they're so pretty think i need to place another order hehe!!!

I'd like to enter my card to the following challenges:
*Through the craftroom door - give thanks
*Inky Impressions - Give Thanks
*Simon Says Stamp - Thanks giving/ thanks
*The Paper varitey - thanks
*Whimsical wednesdays - thanksgiving
*Creative Card crew - thankful

Ballerina Tilda Recipe

♥ C/Stock - Bazzill Basics
♥ DSP - Papermania Rose Garden
♥ Stamp - Magnolia Ballerina Tilda
♥ Medium - Promarkers
♥ Sentiments - QVC & Whimsy Spring Circle Sentiments
♥ Flowers - Wild Or Crafts
♥ Leafs - MMSlice
♥ Distress Ink - Old Paper
♥ Liquid Peals - Opal
♥ Punch - Butterfly - Hobbycrafts
♥ Pearls - Everycrafts a pound
♥ Lace - From stash
♥ Ribbon - American Crafts

Thanks for stopping by today! huggies xxxx

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How'd you like those apples?

Morning all!

Hope you are all well! i can't believe we're half way through november already! Mr Claus will be down our chimneys in no time! I'm here this morning to show you my new card for my mums craft shop design team!

This week's challenge is to...


I choose to mix and match my designer papers, this also being the first card i've created with digital papers! something new i've ventured into after persuading my hubby i wont break our printer and i'll pay for the inks!! hehe!! I chose to use Nitwit's Confection collection papers and Echo park walk in the park to create my card today!

The card is actually for a friends birthday which has been and gone now so i'm safe to show it off! and the fab news was she loved it... why apples? well because her last name is appleby and that's her nickname!!! as well as manfoot (but that's another story hehe)

Here's my card! Hope to see you at my mums craft shop challenge!!
I'd like to enter my card to the following challenges:
*Stamps R US - Bling it on
*Apple recipe*

*C/Stock - Stampin' Up!
*DSP - Nitwits Confection & Echo park 'walk in the park'
*Digi - Snow white by Krista smith @ Saturated Canary
*Medium - Promarkers
*Gems - from stash
*Sentiments - Papermania & colorbok
*Ribbon - Gems (Telford)
*Apple from stash

Have a fab day all!

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Smash*ing on a sunday afternoon....

Afternoon or evening depends on what ya class 4.17pm as hehe!

Sorry i've not posted in a few days been busy back at work with the christmas stuff coming in left right and center tonight promises to be very busy bee!! Christmas promotion change at work urgh! had enough of the season already and it's not really began yet!

Saying that i've nearly finished my christmas shopping just a few bits left to get at the start of decemeber and i'm all done.. have you finished yours yet?

Well... i can't say i've made any cards since coming back from the NEC because i don't actually think i have i've been too wrapped up in the SMASH* addiction! I thought i'd show you what i've done this afternoon! I've got another 37 sides to finish in my blue book and it's done!!! yay!!! i'll do a video and some piccy posts again next week so you can see what i've been upto!

But this afternoon i set my heart on distroying my front cover.. ok i didn't distroy it but thats what i thought i was going to do, even tho i've nevvvvvvvver masked and inked before i'm really pleased with the results!!!

As you can see it's my retro blue folio that i'm working on at the moment, i really want to start my others yep i brought all of them! but im being good one folio at a time! trying to think of different themes for them, this one's all about me! things i like and things that make me happy! :-) hehe!

So my cover.... i started doodling inside the embossed areas with sakura pens then stretched over to adding washi tape and the smash tapes hehe! then out came the butterfly punches to make my masks (no idea if this would work at this point) and started inking with distress inks! yay it turned out better than i thought! out came the glue gun to stick my buttons on! (just got to label the spine yet but that's another days work!) i added lots of pearls in matching colours, and spritz the cover with tattered angels glimmer mists to make it sparkle (not that you can tell in the pic) lol and finally i alterd my smash band with a giant fabric flower!

so yeah! that's where i'm upto i've done so much more to my book since my video i'll have to crack on and film the rest for you to see! i'll be back soon with some creations!!!

thanks for stopping by today!
hugs carlyann xxx

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Sugar & Spice & all things nice!!!

Morning all!

So it's my last day of my holidays from work booo!!! lol i don't want to go back!!! please don't make me!!??!?! ok ok i dont exactly mind my job but it's going to be now the nightmare starts! Christmas that is! gosh supermarkets and christmas = nightmare for night staff! so please excuse me if i'm not blogging much from now until after christmas (although i'll be here as much as i can)....

Anyways... I'm here with my latest project for My mums craft shop design team! I'm loving being on there team! the girls are all lovely! and it's such a fab team with fab challenges i enjoy making! like today's new challenge which is...


It's totally upto you how you rock this challenge! but for me i had to use one of my new saturated Canary images (you must be sick of me raving about Krista's work now???) well.... i can't help it i love them!!!

I've gone for a totally not ME colour combo today! even used green (green scares me along with blue and most other colours actually) haha!! call myself a crafter??? hehe....

anyways... i loved colouring and creating this one today!
I'd like to enter my card to the following challenges:

*Digital Tuesday - Anything goes
*Partytime tuesdays - Bling it on
*Quirky Crafts - Attitude
*Basic grey - Anything Goes
*Sugar and spice recipe*

*C/stock - Stampin' Up
*DSP - Basic Grey Sweet Threads
*Digi - Krista Smith Saturated Canary
*Medium - Promarkers
*Flowers - Prima
*Brads from stash
*Sentiment round - American Crafts
*Ribbon & Lace - Gems (Telford)
*Gems - Papermania
*Metal squares - Micheals

Thanks for stopping by this morning!

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Simple with love....

Evening all!!

Just wanted to pop by with a quick creation, nothing oooover the top or massive amohoots of time spent... as i was just playing with bits and bobs! i wanted to create a simple christmas card for the hubby!!

I've unpacked my NEC goodies found new homes in my craftroom for them so it's only natural that i go play and make a mess!!! this card i've used a digi from kenny k's christmas collection really like these so easy to colour!!!  Added a spot of lacey material and some glitter and a lovely pressie die cut i've had for yonks along with my fav basic grey paper! and walla......

I'd like to enter it to the following challenges:

*Clean & Simple - Happy Holidays
*Crafty Catz - anything goes
*Crimbo crackers - anything goes

Thanks for stopping by today!!!

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Morning! Back armed with NEC goodies!

Morning all!

Sorry for the massive loooong post! I had a fantastic day at the NEC yesterday!!!
Finally got to meet my friend Debs at Debbee's CD's (the one who im creativing for!!) her outfit was absolutly fantastic! dressed as a bumble bee, if you went you wouldn't of missed her lol!!

I also bumped into my friend Sheryl & her friend (who's name i should know but escapes my air head this morning i had no idea they were going!! was lovely to see you both!! I popped to see Jacqui at LOTV, she was mega busy demo'ing with the huggest bag of copics ive ever seen in my life lol!! I also met up with my DT co-owner & buddy Gemma!! (who i totally feel for her poor feet) she's been mega busy on the samual talyors stand!!!

so what did i buy......

The whole lot of Smash books! (inc the orange book that i left at the bloomin stand by accident but Gemma picked it up for me! (shes a diamond) i was in a right panic when i got home!! lol

Bargain sets of dies £1, £2 from crafts u love, ideal for my smashing!

More smash products! (addicted can you tell??)

And more!!! i acidently brought two of the pockets thinking i hadn't brought them already (crafts u love were 50p dearer... teaches me!! need to shop around at these places!!

Apologies for the upside downess silly phone camera i was exicted!! but i got some nitwit die cuts for £1! some 7 gypsies stickers for my books! smash tape ooo i love this stuff!!! and bo bunny tags and journal spots

ribbbbbbbbbbbon!!! minnie mouse of course! I even met the lovely Ali, who sponsors my Charisma Challenges from crafty ribbons! was lovely to put a face and meet her!

More ribbons lol!!!

Some journal tags from ali craft £1.50!! and brads all £1 a pack!

Now then i went with the thought of not buying ANY lotv stamps as i've got tons and some not even inked! but i couldn't resist the sweet kitty cats they've got!!! so had to have 5! of course being 5 for £20!

Basic grey buttons £1! and a very sweet cat die £1.50! and look at that stamp i found whilst rooting! he's adorable never seen it before so had to have!

I adore these wooden buttons, i actually didn't think the stall was there till i spied it on the way out! 3 for £1! wish i'd brought more now! but i even brought robbie one see the ferrari!!! hehe and some more stickles of course!!!

Gems all £1 a pack or 6x £5!

Pearls same price but had to stock up!!!

Oh yeah more paper! not that i need any! but the mme kite was on my list! papermania mistletoe was only a £1 so how could i not!!!

I found a lovely christmas 8x8 pad for £2.50! and the other two were £1 each so had to have! lol as you do!

I was really disapointed back in march the Craftwork cards stand wasn't there.. and i was excited they'd be here this nov, BUT the stall was tiny and had hardly anything sooo disapointed in them!!! boo as i love therre stuff i would of brought more... but i got a goodybag for £10!

Ok! so i've wanted the new flex markers for a while and the cheapest i found them was... 4 sets for £39! hehe

6x6 cards!! and magnolia ink!!! yay!!!

Bargain of the day... Martha stewart punch £3.50! with 3 sweet butterfly stamps that go inside! there were others which i wish i'd got now but im pleased i got this one!!

last but not least i picked this set up for £1!! bargain! i love smirk lol!

I spent well over my budget as normal lol and i brought some other non crafty but christmas pressies in the crafts for christmas section of the show that i can't share for obvious reasons they're pressies lol!
Had a fantastic day!!! can't now wait for March's show!

I've now got to go find all new homes for my stash in my craftroom that's been hit by a bomb lol!
ooo and special thanks to my HUBBY ROBBIE who erm did 4 back to the car trips and took me! MWAH MWAH MWAH LUFF U LOTS!!!

thanks for stopping by today!!!
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Ooooo i'm so excited!

Quick post from me tonight!
But i had to share!!
I've been featured on the K&CO Smash Book Blog!!! yay!!!
You can see my


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Thank you & Best wishes...

Morning all!

I'm currently having great fun making my list for the NEC on saturday!! I wonder what bargains i can find this year!! oooo i'm so excited i can't wait!!!

I'm here today with the most gorjuss digi on my card today i've seen in a long time! If you've not seen Krista Smith's Digi's at saturated canary where have you been??? I absolutly adore them!!! This one is called Let it Rain! so pretty and so nice to colour!

My card today is for my DT at My Mum's Craft Shop Challenges! You should really come play with us!!! We have some fab challenges and the girls are all wonderful to work with and very talented! I still can't belive they asked me to be on the DT lol!!

This week's challenge is...

Easy sqeezy peezy!!!

I wanted to use my new digi and really go to town with colour, something you'll notice i'm experimenting with recently! Normally i stick to no more than 2/3 colours but i love all these vibrant papers and bits and bobs i keep buying hehe!

She's coloured with promarkers and spectrum noirs (how i ♥ these pens) I've seen alot of negativity on Spectrum noirs since they came out, my only hmpft about them is yes where the name of the colour on the end is scratched on some pens but other than that i love them!!! they're just basically promarkers just more colours and i seem to prefer the pinks in the SP's unlike the dullness of the pink promarkers ya know the baby pink isn't what i'd call baby pink neither is the pastel pink.... so it's worth buying some if you'd like some nice other colours hehe!!

Anyways... here's the whole thing! I'll be back laters if i can tear myself away from my smash book! hehe!

I'd like to enter my card to the following challenges:
*My time to craft - rainy days
*Papertake weekly - anything goes
*Dream valley - anything goes

*Thank you recipe*

* C/stock - Stampin' Up! Basic Black
*DSP - Basic Grey
*Digi Stamp - Saturated Canary Let It Rain
*Medium - Promarkers & Spectrum Noirs
*Gems from stash
*Flowers - Wild orchid crafts
*Sentiments - Docrafts
*Ribbon - stash
*Punch - EK Success swirl

Thanks for popping by today! huggles

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