All About Me


So this is my new lil space on the inter-webs that I can call completely mine! It’s has my name on it, so it’s mine! haha.
I’m Carlyann, 30 something year old Creative designer, writer, illustrator, sticker addict, planaholic, newly beauty addict & Starbucks Nut living in Shropshire in the UK.

I originally started Creative working back when I was 15, and built my portfolio very quickly through my original blog ”Carlz Cardz” which went on to ”Sweetncrafty” right up to the present day with this one! I have thousands of pieces of Art that I have created over the years working alongside many top companies within the industry I can’t possibly keep it all in one place, so that’s why i thought it was about time I had my own website!! Hence here I am! You’ll not only find my creativity here but also everything else in between that life throws at me! As well as all the colourful i’m currently spreading with my latest brand Your World Of Colour!

Over the years I have been apart of quite a ”few” design teams within the Arts and Crafts industry and even ran and owned my own successful challenge blog Charisma Cardz (which I was so sad to give up due to family commitments and life basically.)

So you’d like to know a little bit more about me?

Okay well… I can talk for England… heck make that Russia OK maybe the world! I’m a down to earth fun loving kinda gal who enjoys simple things in Life! I’ve Lost a lot, I’ve learnt a lot more so in the time I’ve been away from the blogging world and the one philosophy of life I can be sure of is…


Although my name is Carlyann I wasn’t named after Carly Simon, sorry to dishearten anyone! In fact my mom wanted to call me Victoria! mmm! just reminds me of the sponge! I’m so glad she didn’t, there is a lot of controversy in my family about my name, my mom swears to this day I have a hyphen in between Carly and Ann (Carly-ann) though on my actual birth certificate it’s not there Ann is in fact part of my first name Carlyann… then my small birth certificate bam… it’s there… so… me being me of course go by three names… Carly, Carlyann and Carly-ann! well… I do like to be different! but that’s me! I tend to only get called Carlyann when i’m in trouble or when someone really want’s to get my attention and I’m not giving it! I go through stages of wanting to be called it then not the so and so on, I’m weird i know!

My creative side comes from… (insert some big story) I don’t actually know, my mom’s not really into creating… she likes baking and gardening and DIY… does that count? My dad didn’t do any of the above… so I don’t actually know where it comes from but I have an addiction to anything and everything that is creative! I have major issues with pretty paper… half a rainforest later I know if my house (touchwood) ever burnt down it’d be warm!! lol. I love to create One of a kind bespoke items things that are just a little bit different to the norm or what’s readily available in shops.

I’m primarily a card maker, but over the years that developed into scrap booking, altered art and eventually illustration which I love!

Besides Creativity I have a love of beauty products namely nail varnish… we won’t go into how many bottles I own and me used to being an Avon Sales Leader really doesn’t help my case… but nevertheless I love what I do!. I should add here that I do all this and work full-time for the NHS and live life… don’t ask me how I do it, I’m still expecting some kind of genie to just pop out of nowhere and go *bam* ”I’ve been helping you”… so far no sign of him!

As i’ve already mentioned I live in Shropshire, England in the United Kingdom, with my partner Darren who helped me build this wonderful site (infact all my sites) go visit him if you’d like one doing!!! You can find him here! where was I… Oh yeah, and our two kitty-kats who are just like having two three year olds running around the place. We are adoptive parents of Joe our collie dog but he lives with my mom and his brother from another mother Oakley (also a collie).

My favourite food is anything that is truly American, good job Daz likes burgers because even I think we are running out of American Diners to try here in England! Although me following the Slimming World Plan really doesn’t help with our love of that sort of food any more! We don’t have any kids yet working on that 😉 but have two kitty’s that really is hard work… you’ve not met them!

If I were a crayon I’d be a white one! Because white is the opposite to black and often represents light in contrast with darkness, however white is the colour the human eye sees when it senses light which actually contains all the wavelengths of the visible spectrum. So White is every colour mixed together! I have a huge love and interest into space, astronomy and well anything to do with off planet earth! And not many people can say they’ve met a real life astronaut! I met (thanks to my wonderful man) Chris Hadfield in Dec 2014!!

My favourite smells Coffee (Starbucks obvs)! OK who am I really kidding, I’d drink Starbucks till the cows came home and then still go (not that I own any cows)! love love love toffee nut cannot wait till it comes back at Christmas time! I’m totally scared of spiders and clowns that said since child-hood I’m terrified of Freddie Kruger but that’s my cousin Dave’s fault cheers for that!

If I could live anywhere in the world, I wouldn’t mind so long as I’m with my guy! 🙂 yes I’m a softy but sssh! but secretly well not so secretly everyone knows it’d be America. My natural hair colour is brown, I go through stages of hating it and then wanting nothing but! Currently it’s out the window… Brown, red whatever you wanna call it. I totally hate the cold and being cold! that said I’m fussy and can’t stand it when it’s far too hot! I have never been a sunshine person until my first proper holiday last year to Futerventura, now I miss the sun so very much and hate this rain!!!

Dessert wise up until recently I’d have to say I loved the salted caramel ice cream sundae I had a few few years back at the holiday inn, not now… there’s a new favourite in town it sooooo has to be Bella Italian’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie! TO DIE FOR!!! I teach various grades in Street dance and modern and Zumba which is great fun!. I’m a total gaming girl! I love every sorta game especially COD! back from the retro days to current day too! Me and my guy are gamers big time!

Although I live in Shropshire I’m actually a Lincoln gal! (I have lost the accent only thing is I do pick it up so easily when I go back!)

I think that’s enough rambles about me now… if I’ve not covered something I’m sure I will in my posts!