Sunday, 16 September 2018

Christmas Card Club

Good morning.  Another two weeks have rolled around and it's time for our little club to show their cards.  This time Mrs A chose the theme and she is looking to see either polar bears or teddy bears.  I'm still not feeling 100% and I haven't done any crafting but I didn't want to miss out.

My Card


5" x 7" red base card
red and white cardstock for matting and layering - stash
image - Greeting Card Factory Deluxe 
poinsettia and leaf sprays - Creative Expressions

This card is made up entirely from stuff that was already in my stash.  I must have intended to use the card at some point and didn't, so it was all ready and waiting for topper.  That too had been printed off and just waiting to be used, as were the poinsettia set.  It was a very quick move to just add the topper and flower and here it is. And of course I added the obligatory glitter to Santa's jacket.  I  really love this image.  I will probably add a sentiment at some stage.

Hope you are all well but if not get well soon.  And I have just heard that a dear blog friend has just lost her husband very suddenly so healing thoughts and prayers wing their way to her and her family.

Sunday, 9 September 2018

The Holly and the Ivy

Good morning.  Good morning and I hope you are all well.  I have to admit to feeling not so good this week because I was  diagnosed with shingles at the beginning of the week.  Fortunately I was able to have anti viral medication and am feeling much better than I was but not totally well.  Still, shouldn't be long hopefully.

Recently I spent a week at my nephew's house in north Yorkshire, near Richmond, dog sitting whilst they went off on holiday.  The weather was lovely and so it was a holiday for me too.  Originally John was coming with me but then he got engrossed in an engineering project so I decided I would go on my own.  In fact it meant I could go off and do my own thing without wondering if John would rather be doing something else.  I was able to visit and spend some time with  my brothers too.

I also visited the Crafter's Companion store in Newton Aycliffe and they had John Lockwood's Christmas collection in stock.  It would have been rude not to buy some of them wouldn't it? I hadn't intended to spend much time in the shop because I had Molly in the car and there wasn't much shade.  However, I hadn't realised they are a pet friendly store and encouraged me to bring Molly inside.  She absolutely loved it!  A huge space for her to wander and sniff (as dogs do!)  and everybody, both customers and staff, made a huge fuss of her.  She's a pretty little Yorkshire terrier who was actually my late sister's dog but Darren "adopted" her after his mum passed away last year. She was in her element and quite reluctant to leave.

My Card

A5 base card -  green cardstock from stash
white cardstock - Anna Marie Designs
gold mirri card - Crafter's Companion
gold glitter card - Crafter's Companion
Poinsettia - JND stamps and die set.
Holly Ivy and frame - JND
Falling snow e/f - Creative Expressions

Very easily put together. Inked through the die and then added a little ink to to the leaves in the sentiment die. Unfortunately the photograph is not very good and none of the embossing shows up well.The small ivy sprays are very useful and don't overpower the card.  I have since changed the pearly centres of the poinsettias for larger ones which look much better.

We were hoping for more rain yesterday so that we could test out the new rainwater harvesting system John installed over the summer ( the project I talked about earlier) and check that all the pipes and valves were working okay and not leaking.  As soon as we know that it's okay the insulation can be added and it can be covered over ready for winter. Forecast was for rain, but we had about ten minutes of very light drizzly rain and that was it.

Well I hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Take care.

Monday, 3 September 2018


Good morning.  At International Art and Soul this fortnight our theme is "Recycling" or to "Use a non-craft item" on your project, something which would not normally be used in crafting.  I went for recycling.

My Project


My sister used to keep any embellishments from greeting cards she had received and those from family members and friends.  She would also keep the ribbon hanging loops from garments.  She kept them in this sweetie jar and when I would go up to visit I would bring the contents back and she would start again.  When she passed away last year I brought it home with me and kept meaning to do something with it.  This challenge has pushed me to do it.  Apart from the paper everything I used came from the jar - ribbon, lace and felt flowers.

Why not pop across to the blog and see what my teamies have come up with for this challenge?  We are a Just For Fun challenge but you can have one of our fun badges to display on your blog.

Hope you have been enjoying the extended good weather.

Take care.

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Christmas Card Club

Good morning all.  Well the lovely weather has returned and I understand it will be around for a couple of weeks so we should make the most of it.

Zoe has chosen the theme this time and she wants to see Trees or Christmas Foliage.  However, I missed GranMargaret's challenge two weeks ago when her theme was Nativity so this time I have made a card for each of the themes, and I apologise for my tardiness.

Card # 1 for GranMargaret

6" square white base card
blue card - Jelly Bean Crafts
paper - LOTV Frosty Christmas
topper - Ruth Morehead
Frostyville Border - Memory Box
Noble Pierced Squares - Creative Expressions
silver glitter card - Crafter's Companion
sentiment - computer generated

Card # 2 for Zoe


5" x 7" white base card
green card stock form stash
image - LOTV Art Pad
backing paper - Glad |Tidings from Dovecraft

I kept this very simple because the backing paper is so busy, but it did match the image so well.

Well that's it from me but I do hope you have a good weekend and that you have some sunshine too.

Take care.

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Gingham or Buttons for MAWTT

Good morning.  Time for another challenge at MAWTT for Team A.  Kaz wants to see gingham or buttons.  As you can see I have gone with gingham and instead of a card I have made a milk carton which contains a blue candle in a glass votive. Handy to have a little gift already prepared for when needed.

My Project

gingham cardstock - old stash
diecuts - Parisian Motif (or maybe the accents) Spellbinders
leaf sprigs - foliage Spellbinders
blue roses - old stash
thistles - old stash
organza ribbon - Hobbycraft

As you can see I added embellishments to all four sides but not as elaborate as the front. It's quite a while since I did one of these and it is so quick and easy that I might prepare a few more to have on hand.

Why not pop across to the blog and check out what the rest of the team have made?

I cannot believe it's already Thursday!  Last time I looked it was only Sunday!!! Time flies when you're having fun ... lol!  😀😁  

Take care and I hope everyone is well.

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Nautical Card for IAAS

Good morning.  This is my DT post for International Art And Soul where the theme is Marine, Ocean, Sea.

My Card

6" square card base from navy pearlescent card - stash
backing paper - from my digi stash
image - from digi stash
ship's anchor  - Cheery Lynn Designs
pennant dies - Creative Expressions

The backing paper started life as creamy brown but I digitally altered it so it fitted my theme better. So this is another card for my male box.

Please pop across to the blog and see what my team mates have come up with this for this challenge.  We are a Just For Fun Challenge so don't give prizes but you might still like to join us.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Monday, 13 August 2018

Happy Anniversary

Good morning. Another quick post and another quick card.  I had to make this in a hurry so I could catch the postman.  He always collects anything I have  for posting.  Great guy!!

My Card

6" square base card
 Heart trellis e/f -  Crafts Too
large heart die - Hobbycraft Intricut dies
Small heart die - Nellie Snellen
butterfly die - Spellbinders

Yet another simple card.  One of these days my mojo will return but he's certainly taking a long time about it.   Occasionally I come up with something reasonable but for the last year or so that has been a very infrequent occurrence. Ah well, I'll just keep on keeping on as they say.

Take care.