Monday, 12 November 2018

Christmas Card Club

Good morning and I hope you are all well. I think it has been quite an emotional and moving weekend commemorating the end of World War 1.  If only it actually had been the war to end all wars!

Today is my post for Rita's Christmas Card Club theme which was "Christmas Decorations or Gifts". A few weeks ago I made this table centre made up of kusudama flowers and realised I hadn't shown it so it was ideal for Rita's theme.  Sorry I'm a day late Rita! I've never been a real fan of origami but I do like how this turned out, and John is very impressed ... lol!

It would have been up earlier but I had to wait for some light in order to post it and then Blogger was playing up a bit and wouldn't let me post it.  I tried to tell Mr Blogger that I was already late for the second week running and to get a move on - he didn't listen!! Anyway, it gave me chance to say why it wasn't up first thing.

My Project

I used 30 sheets of 12 x12 papers from Sara's Signature Collection  "A Winter's Tale" pad and finished it off with pearl and diamante charms in the centre of each flower.  It took five flowers to make the table centre and as you can imagine it is pretty big!  I really like it though so I think I will do another smaller one, maybe 6" square, and double it to make a hanging ball. Still plenty of time before Christmas - although I have fallen well back with my Christmas cards.  

However, it was really quite annoying to find that the pages are not exactly a true square which means the fold wasn't precise and showed a little white from the reverse side along the edge.  It might not have been noticeable if the papers were double sided.  You might forgive that on a cheap pad, which this certainly wasn't, but what can you do?

Anyway, take care.

Sunday, 11 November 2018


Good morning from a very wet Oxfordshire.  Today I should be posting my card for the Christmas Card Club but I have been so busy with our Festival of Remembrance that I haven't had time yet but I promise that I will do it soon Rita.

Since it is Remembrance Sunday I decided to post this instead and hope you find it of interest. Our Craft and Laugh Group at WI took it upon ourselves to decorate the church for this momentous occasion.  Since there are only about 13 of us we did a great job and made approximately 3,000 poppies.

I  made a plaque for each of the 23 men from the village who did not return from the Great War. If you are wondering why one of them has not got a rifle it is because we discovered that he was in the NCC - Non Combatant Corps.  He was a conscientious objector who was willing to serve his country but not prepared to kill and the NCC was established for these men who otherwise would have spent the war in prison. I also created nine posters of World War 1 poems using Sheena Douglass's Precious Poppies matching stamps and dies. They were coloured with Promarkers.

We hosted a coffee/tea/cake session for six hours yesterday and at times the church was so crowded you could barely move. It was supposed to be four hours but the visitors just kept coming. All proceeds will go the Royal British legion. I think we can safely say it was a success.  People have also been visiting the display all week and it will be open for another week so we are expecting more visitors.

I have many photographs on my Facebook page if you are interested to see what we produced.

I hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend and keep dry and warm.

I will be back in a day or two with my CCC card.

Take care.

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Sympathy Calla LIlies

Good morning. Gosh it is so cold!  Makes you want to just stay indoors and keep warm.

This is one of those cards that you don't want to make and now I have three to make.  My brother in law died a couple of days ago.  It is so difficult for my two nephews because they only lost their mum, my beloved sister Jeanie, last year. What a lot for them to go through in such a short time.

This morning I heard that one of my WI friends lost her husband yesterday so that will be my third card to make.

My Card

6" square base card - Rymans
Papers - Coosty Creations digi papers 
Sentiment die -Mini Sentiments  Creative Expressions
Edge punch - Fiskars

showing inside of card.

These papers are old stash but really lovely.  I used a couple of different ones to cover the front and then covered the inside too.  I digitally changed the size of the paper to form a topper and printed it onto card stock. I haven't used my edge punches for so long because we seem to automatically turn to dies these days.  However, I think I might be using them more now I have re-discovered them. A few pearls finished it and it was ready to give to my post man, who is good enough to collect my stamped mail for me.

I will show the others at a later stage.

Take care.

Monday, 29 October 2018

WInter Wonderland

Good morning.  This card is a day late I'm afraid.  What makes it worse is that I was the one who chose the theme! Unfortunately we had a family bereavement so I was unable toget it sorted until late yesterday afternoon.

My Card

7" square base card - Anna Marie Designs
burgundy peralescent card - Crafters Companion
white card - Rymans 
Stamp - Petulama (Ancient stash!!)
Frosty Snowflake Corner die - Creative Expressions
Let It Snow die - Creative Expressions
Large trees - Memory Box
Smaller trees - Marianne Designs
Smaller snowflake die  - Hobbycraft
lashings of glitter

I stamped the image in black then used Pearl Plum embossing powder.  In real life it looks great because when the light catches it there is a lovely glimmer of the plum but in the picture it just looks black.  This is one of the very first stamps I bought - more years ago than I care to remember, but I love it still.

We were actually having some snow when I was making this card, but it didn't lay thank goodness.  Much too early for the white stuff.

Well that's all from me.

Take care.

Sunday, 28 October 2018

Autumn Colours at IAAS


A very quick post today. This is my DT card for International Art and Soul.

I made this card a couple of weeks ago when I looked at the wrong challenge and so made the wrong card.  What am I like?

My Card

A very CAS card  and I quite like it.  I did notice after taking the photo that the pearl had dropped off the top corner.  It is now safely glued in place. I used the one and only piece of orange card in my stash. I found the topper and border on my Greeting Card Factory Deluxe and computer generated the greeting. The colours seemed to go well with a kraft base for a change.

Why not pop over to the blog and see what the rest of the team have made?

Take care.

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Halloween for MAWTT

Good morning and I hope this finds you well. Yesterday seven of us from our Craft and Laugh Group at WI went to a workshop and did some block printing and fabric decoupage.  We had a great morning and my tea towel turned out quite well.  I will show it on another post.

Anyway,  today I am showing my DT card for MAWTT.  Amy is our host and wants to see Halloween cards.  I don't usually do Halloween but I thought I would do this one and send it to my great nephew. His big sister has just gone off to Uni and he is feeling a little low so I thought this might cheer him up a little.  His sister is five years older and  has always "mothered" him a wee bit.  I'm sure he will soon get used to it but every little helps- as one of the larger supermarkets says.

My Card

Apart from using a 6 inch square base card from Rymans everything else is computer generated. The graveyard image is from my Greeting Card Deluxe programme and then I added the text, bats, cat and spider web. I don't have any orange card so I added the border by computer graphics too.

We have had some lovely sunshine over the last couple of days but it has been rather chilly - but it is almost the end of October so definitely to be expected.

Please go across to the blog and see what my team mates have made for this challenge.

Take care.

Monday, 15 October 2018

Orange and Black for IAAS

Good morning.  This should have been posted yesterday!  When I got home late yesterday afternoon I discovered that although I scheduled the post it had failed to show. So much for my three posts in a row. Ugh!!!

Hi, this my third post in as many days. Wow!

Today it is time for International Art and Soul and the theme is to use  Orange and Black, as chosen by Chriss.  Unfortunately I really do not like orange and have no orange papers or anything.  I hope Chriss does not mind that I "watered down" her challenge and used a much paler version in my CAS card.

My Card

6"square base card
digi  paper  from  my file (unknown origin)
Hello die - Creative Expressions
daisy - Woodware punch
black flowersoft for centres
black spotted ribbon - from stash

I am really getting  to quite like  CAS cards on occasion. I'm certainly not unhappy with this.

Why not pop over to the blog and see what my DT sisters have come up with for this challenge?

By the time you read this I will be on the way to Leicester to visit the Richard 111 Visitor Centre with our WI group.  This time husbands are coming so I'm sure we will all have a great day.

Hope you all enjoy your day too.

Take care.