Friday, 20 August 2010

Half Price Craft Sale At Papermill Starts Tomorrow

Just had an email from papermill about their half price craft sale!
Looks like a few bargains to be had!


Carly xx

Just A Quick Post...Fabulous Farting Fiddlesness

Just wanted to post about the lovely Helen and her Fabulous Fiddle Fart Blog!
Helen is celebrating a year of fabulous daily ideas that inspire us all. If you haven't read her blog, DO IT NOW! No gimmicks or giveaways (normally), she has a daily idea that will get you hooked! Its the first thing I look at when I log on in the morning (even before I start work). I am well and truly addicted!
Helen is giving away a £40 voucher for CSN Stores where there are oodles of fab items available.
Go pay Helen a visit for your chance to win!
Carly xx

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Birthday Card Using Poundland Stickers

This is the birthday card I have made for my mums birthday this week. I have used papers from the Honey and Hugs Stack from Do crafts. The elephant stickers are from Poundland. I used a tip from the lovely Helen http://itsallfiddlefart.blogspot.com/ and added some hand drawn stitching. She is an inspiration and has a fab blog!

Carly x

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Engagement Card

This is an Engagement card that I made for a friend recently. I used papers from the Honey and Hugs Stack from Docrafts. I used by Bigshot for the lettering and have inked the edges using Tim Holtz inks.
Carly x

Monday, 9 August 2010

Uncle Birthday Card using Poundland Stickers

I made this card for my brother-in-law from my 1 year old son. I made it by combining two cards to make a fold out card. I then decorated it using brightly coloured card and stickers that I bought from Poundland. I cut the lettering out using my Sizzix Bigshot. The stickers are quite puffy so I had trouble closing it in the end!

Sunday, 8 August 2010

50th Birthday Card

I made this card for a Friend of my Mum's for her 50th birthday

I have used a mixture of papers from the Rose Garden Paper Stack by Papermania. The lettering is by Kanban

Carly x

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

WOYWW Wedding Invitations

Its Wednesday! Time to show off you work spaces and what you have been up to. Pop over to Julia's for a little peek around all the lovely desks!

This week I have been making up a few wedding invitation samples for a few friends of a friend.

One of the colour schemes was green and ivory and I made up two samples for her.
I was trying to be arty on my mums mirrored table but not sure that it has worked!

Although I agreed to literally make them at cost price, she still thought they were too expensive and is going to try and make her own! Oh well.
I would so love to get my own site and do invites as a business but cannot afford the site at the moment!

I want to do a wedding fayre but would like to have a site beforehand so people can have a browse, but you don't want a cheap rubbish site as it gives the wrong impression....CATCH 22!

Anyway, babbling on...supposed to be keeping this brief!

Have a lovely day people

Carly xxxx

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

WOYWW - Willy Wonka Themed Card

It's Wednesday again, so that can only mean one thing! WOYWW! Time to show off our desks
Pop over to Julias http://stamping-ground.blogspot.com/2010/06/whats-on-your-workdesk-wednesday-55.html and show off your work space.

I've been making an Engagement card for a friend of mine. She is having a purple and gold themed wedding Willy Wonka Style! Everything on the tables is going to be edible!

I thought I'd get in the spirit and make a themed engagement card for her.

I made the lollies by winding thin rope and covering it with stickles. I have also made a chocolate bar out of felt and ribbon. I used a few Poundland stickers to finish it off.

Madness, I can't wait for the wedding!
Carly xxx

Wednesday, 30 June 2010


It's Wednesday again, so that can only mean one thing! WOYWW! Time to show off our desks

I've finished the giant cushions for my son's Wendy House (no thanks to the rubbish sewing machine!) I had to hand stitch all the zips as the zip foot wouldn't work and it just aboout held out for the straight stitching although it messed up everytime I tried to reverse stitch! Time to invest in a new one I think. If anyone can recommend a a good cheap machine with just simple stitches etc, I would be grateful.

Sorry this isn't my actual desk but have not managed any other crafting this week. Looking forward to looking at some nice spaces this Wednesday

Carly xx

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

WOYWW Time...A whole load of confusion!

Time to show off our desks (or disgrace ourselves).

My desk is very confused at the moment. I am getting back into sewing and have loads of projects going on at once like I always do. The sewing machine man came yesterday to service my machine as it didn't want to play anymore.. He got it working fine and he demonstrated everything and all was good. I was so excited. I made a start as soon as he left and that was when it all begain...... I was there for two hours trying to sew in a zip using the zip foot and I got so upset I had a tantrum with tears and everything! I have a teething son at the moment who likes to be awake for 3 hours at a time in the middle of the time so I am feeling very tearful at the moment anyway but this has now just finished me off! Plus, I feel embarrassed calling this guy back after everything was fine when he was doing it! How soft am I? I hate people to think I'm stupid and I feel really embarrassed phoning him back. I paid £49 as well.
Anyway so all the material for the oversized cushions is on my desk (the sewing machine was taken away and put in the kitchen before I had a full breakdown!)
I have also got my 99p Store frame which I have put two coats of paint on. The paint hasbn't covered completely but I think this adds to the effect.
At the top sitting on my printer is a card for my brothers dog (we are big on dogs and have birthday parties and all sorts for them).
In the top right hand corner is a greek yogurt pot with my first set of promarkers in. It is waiting to be decorated (it will be waiting a long time I tell you!).
Other points of interest are Frankie's milk bottle and a stitch ripper which I used to undo all the machines mistakes! For the record, if I had just stuck to hand sewing, I woud have one cushion done by now.
I have Julias desk on my computer screen!
Lastly at the very top you can see a pair of feet. This is Mildred!

I bought Mildred from a craft fayre in Woburn from a lady who sculpts all her own models. I love her and she keeps watch over my desk and witnesses all of my tantrums! my beloved nan is in the picture behind her. I talk to her quite a lot!

Anyway, I can hear Frankie so I'm off to get him out of his cot and have another cry (maybe) LOL

Can't wait to have a nose around everyones desks

Carly xxx

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Completely Hand Sewn Clutch Bag

I have made a few bags and purses before and am keen to sell a few on Ebay to see how I get on. I came across a great pattern for sale over on http://noodleheads.blogspot.com/

Noodleheads is an inspirational blog bursting full of fantastic ideas, Anna is a genius!

Here is my first attempt at the gathered clutch. My sewing machine doesn't want to play at the moment so I did this completely by hand which took a couple of evenings to complete.

I am pleased with how it turned out and I can't wait to make another (next time hopefully using a sewing machine). I am actually sitting here now waiting for the sewing machine repair man to turn up!

Carly xx

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Jeremy Kyle Father's Day Card

My husband and I have an ongoing joke about Jeremy Kyle and he can do a great impression of him! He does early and late shifts and when he is on lates, he will sometimes watch it (the shame of it)
Anyway, I thought I'd make him a funny card for Fathers Day using one of the many sayings he uses over and over again!
Carly x

Saturday, 19 June 2010

Cupcake Stickers From Poundland

Just been to the brand new Poundland in Milton Keynes. We had a small one but now we have a mahooooosive one! It was being opened by Joe Swash LOL. Ironically, he was charging £3 for an autograph, should have been £1 in Poundland!

Anyway, got these fab cupcake stickers from there. Great bargain. Have bought many stickers from there in the past but these are definitely my favourite so far! (The stickers are on A4 card, just to give you an idea how big these are)

Carly x

Wednesday, 16 June 2010


I would like to submit this card into the following Challenges-
Cupcake Craft Challenge 95 - One For The Boys

Incy Wincy Designs Challenge 45 - One For The Guys

Totally Gorjuss Challenge 34 - For The Boys

Cards For Men Challenge 12 - Fathers Day

WOYWW Fathers Day Card

As you can see from the pictures, my desk is a mess! I am busy making cards for Fathers Day (My Dad, Father-In-Law, Husband blah blah blah)

I saw an idea a few months ago in an issue of Papercraft Inspirations which I have been wanting to make for a while.
It was a shed design card which I have adapted slightly. I found a roll of wood effect sticky back plastic in Hobbycraft for 49p which I thought would be great to use for the shed.
I cut the card into a shed shape and then added strips of covered card for the roof and decorative diamond. I then cut the door out which I struggled with! Not as neat as I would like but not bad for a first attempt. I then added hinges and a sign which I inked and then added tacks using a silver pen (brads would have been better).

I then made some flower pots and a spade out of card (I have just ordered a Sizzix Big Shot which I cannot wait to start using! It would have been great for this sort of card.)

To finish it off I added some punched flowers and leaves.
Am reasonably happy but it could do with being a bit neater and I am going to cover the inside of the card with the wood effect on my second attempt to see if it looks a bit better.
The front of the card is a little flimsy after cutting the door out so need to strengthen it a bit. I did add some flower pots inside hoping this would strengthen but this hasn't worked.
As always, the inside of my card has let it down. I am never very good when it comes to the insides of cards!

If anyone has any tips on how I can improve this card, I would be grateful
Anyway, I'm off to have another go
Carly x

2nd Attempt!!!!!

Looks a little better I think
Carly x

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

B Wise and Poundstretcher Bargains

Just wanted to share a few bargains that I bought on Sunday.

I got two sets of mini beads from B Wise for £1 each which Ithought was a bargain! I am planning to make a few purses and use these on the embroidery. They come in cute little jars which I am sure I can do something crafty with. Am thinking 'message in a bottle' sort of thing?

I also got two sets of wooden animal stickers and some Sarah Kay stickers which are lovely. Does anyone remember Sarah Kay?
Carly x

Sunday, 13 June 2010


I bought this book a while ago as I really want to do a bit of embroidery. It is a great book with step by step pictures and starter projects.

Carly x

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Frankie's Invitations Made and Sent

I have just finished the invitations for my son Frankie's Christening. Relatively pleased with them but can't help thinking something is missing!

I have done my usual trick and spent so much time on projects for other people, I have rushed my own personal project. Do all crafters do that or is it just me?

I have a scrapbook waiting to be done (for myself) but it never seems to get done as I am always doing other things. If I ever get round to it, I am going to try and put as much effort in as when I am making things for others!

Carly x

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

More Carboot Bargains!

These are the goodies I brought back from the second carboot of the weekend!
I love old advertising and have filled most of the walls in my house with it! I have now moved on to magnets as they take up a lot less space. I got these for 20p each!

I then got this pretty hook for 20p (not sure why everything was going for 20p but who am I to complain! I hardly ever haggle as I get too embarrassed) This is to keep my necklaces tidy. I did have them on adhesive hooks from the pound shop but they have all fallen off the wall now!

Lastly I got 4 Laura Ashley cushion covers for £1! These are my favourite bargains this weekend. I spotted the pretty material and was aiming to purchase them just so I could cut them up for other projects, but when I saw they were Laura Ashley, I had to leave them as cushions!
Carly x

Monday, 31 May 2010

Quick Thanks and Carboot Bargains

Just wanted to post a quick thank you for all your lovely comments so far, I really appreciate it! I have been to a Craft Fayre in Woburn and two carboots this weekend so am about to burst with ideas! Got loads of bargains!

Got this little wooden sign for 20p. I think I am going to re-paint it in either a beach hut design or go Christmassy with it.

Next, I got this big box of Christmas embellishments for £2. Lots in there!

I bought this mini framed picture for 20p. I did originally buy it to re-paint the frame and change the image but both the frame and painting have grown on me and it is now on my desk!

Lastly I got this set of mini drawers for £2. I'm going to keep some embellishments and SOME of my ribbons in them. I may decorate them when I get a chance!
This is just what I got yesterday at the carboot. I got loads more today plus all my stuff from the craft fayre which I am hoping to blog later. But right now, I have to do some"real" work Boooooooooooooooooo!!!!
Carly xxx

Friday, 28 May 2010

Wedding Good Luck Gift

This is a little bear that I customised for a friends wedding last week.

I had a look around but could not find anything I liked so I bought this little bear from Asda for £1!

I then bought some ribbon and mini flowers to match her lilac colour scheme.

I also arranged her hen night and had some veil material left over so I made the bear a mini veil too.

I am really please with how it came out and may make a few more for craft fayres etc

Carly x

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

My First What's On Your Workdesk!!

This is the very first time I have joined in with WOYWW!

I have a 14 month old son so I work from home in an admin role so I have to balance my desk between business and crafting!

I got up at 6am and did my business work and am now in the middle of making Christening Invites for my son Frankie's christening. Cannot decide on the layout though!

I also have my little bird house I bought the other day on my desk, waiting for a bit of inspiraton along with a horrible looking silver frame which I bought from the 99p Store! I am hoping to paint it and make it Shabby!

I love looking at all of your desks as mine seems so boring in comparison! I have to pack all my crafts away after each crafting session so I can put my business head on and get on with my work! I usually leave a few bits out for inspiration though!

Carly x