Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Simple Male Birthday Card

Good morning and I apologise for my absence. I really don't know where the time goes I'm sure.

We've had a few problems over the last few days because somebody crashed their car on Thursday night on the road - right at the entrance to the bridle path which leads to our house and totally blocked it meaning we couldn't get in or out.  I discovered it early on Friday morning when I set out to do my shopping.  I had to reverse all the way back up the very narrow lane, a few hundred yards. Not ideal!  We then had to get hold of the police who then tried to contact the owner.  We managed to get it shifted so that we were able to squeeze in and out with difficulty until it was eventually towed away late this afternoon. You can't say we don't see life living in the depths of the country.  Needless to say it was Saturday before I was able to get out to shop.

I hope this finds you all keeping well. We are having a mixed bag of weather in different parts of the country but today has been like a beautiful spring day here - I'm scheduling this for morning, so I'm talking about today being Tuesday.

This is a very quick card because I had forgotten a cousin's birthday.  Well, I remembered just in time which is why it had to be an extremely quick card.

My Cards

The base card is 5" x 7 " cut from my black card. I embossed a piece of matt silver card stock with Crafters Companion Embossalicious "Argyle".  The sentiment is from JustRite "Grand Sentiments" which I stamped with Versamark onto black card and embossed with Detail Silver embossing powder and matted onto offcuts of silver and black card.  The cogs from Papermania Chronology collection were again all die cut from scraps.  The black dots and silver dots in the corners were the leftover bits from some of the dies.

Well that's it from today.  Take care!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

OSAAT Challenge # 222

Good afternoon to all my friends and fellow crafters. Well it's time for our next challenge at One Stitch at a Time. This time it is "Anything Goes ....... With A Butterfly".   My image is "Fancy Free" by Barb Jenson which you can find  here.  Please click here to see the cards made by the rest of the DT this week. We would love you to join us.

My Card

7" x 7" card from Anna Marie Designs
Papers - Pastel Dreams from LOTV
Die - SB Grand Decorative Circles
Butterflies - SB Jewels and Flourishes 
Tiny butterfly - a punch (sorry, no name on it)
Pearls - from stash
Sentiments - Mixed Sentiments from Personal Impressions 

Well, there's a lot of pink here isn't there? Very girly!  If you would like to join us you have the chance to win the October prize pack of digi images and papers. You could also be one of the Top Three chosen by the DT.  So what are you waiting for?

Hope you are all feeling well today, and if not I'm sending you a virtual hug from Oxfordshire.  I've been left with a very irritating cough so I'm hoping it will soon be gone.  Take care everyone!

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Christmas Card Club # 22 - Christmas Reindeer

Hi!  I hope this finds you all well. I am posting my CCC card a day earlier, as I usually do, because my OSAAT card is due tomorrow.  I don't like posting twice on the same day. My card is fairly simple because  I have had quite a week this week with not a lot of time to spare.  John has had two hospital appointments and two dental appointments, one being an emergency.

On top of that, the treasurer of our Women's Institute group died last week and we thought it would be nice if the WI could do the catering for her funeral yesterday.  She was only a year older than me and was diagnosed with bowel cancer earlier this year.  It was quite a task because we were catering for about 120 people so lots of cooking, baking and sandwich making.  As well as preparing the village hall and all the clearing up afterwards.  Fortunately the church was right next door so we were able to slip out, attend the service and then shoot back again.  But we were all pretty exhausted at the end of the day.

I'm afraid I didn't actually get round to making my card until last night.  This time it was Rita to choose and her choice was Christmas Reindeer.

My Card 

6" x 6" base card
Core'dinations Cardstock
Embossing Folder - Freebie from Cardmaking and Papercrafting
Reindeer - Marianne Craftables
Twiggy Tree - Memory Box
Sentiment - Elegant Christmas Swirls - JustRite
Pearls - Hobby House

I embossed the beautiful folder onto  Core'dinations card, which I believe is from the White Washed collection, and lightly sanded it.  I diecut the tree and reindeer from a scrap piece of card stock which was sitting under a pile of things on my desk.  It was patterned side up and when I moved it I discovered the other side was the perfect colour match for my card. I stamped the sentiment with silver ink and then just finished with a few Hobby House pearls.  I really like this folder  so I will be using it again.  It actually came with a reindeer stamp too but for speed I used the die cut ones.  I had to wait until this morning to photograph my card because the light wasn't very good by the time I had made it. However, the colour still doesn't show well - it is a very pale turquoise - more visible if you click on the image to enlarge it.

Well must go.  Take care.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Crafting at The Weekend - Mid-Month Remider

Good morning to you all - although it's actually pretty bleak here.  Hope it's a bit better where you are.  I was lucky enough to be asked to be part of the Design Team on this fabulous Challenge Blog - "Crafting At The Weekend",  and this is for the mid-month reminder.  Please pop across  and see what my talented teamies have come up with for this "Anything Goes" challenge, and we would love you to join in with us HERE.

My Card

As I said in my previous post I have a number of male birthdays coming up so this is another male card although I don't think it is gender specific. The sentiment makes it useful for a birthday but can also be used for other occasions. All in all quite a useful set.


Stamp - "Kims's Coppice" from Woodware
Sentiment - Same stamp set as above.
Papers - from my Snippets box ( very old stuff)
Leaves - Punches from Woodware
Pearls - The Hobby House

Well this is just a quick post but I hope it finds you all well. Unfortunately my sore throat is no better, but I certainly shouldn't grumble about it.  Take care.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Male Birthday Card

Good morning dear friends and fellow bloggers. I woke up yesterday with the most awful sore throat and felt pretty rough.  I don't "do" ill so it always comes as a shock when I feel a bit unwell.  Luckily it's just a bit of cold virus so I'm sure I'll live ... lol!

My Card

I used a Cardmaking Collection Pad from Joanna Sheen which I bought a while ago and have never used. I came across it at the back of a drawer  so I decided to use it to make this pretty quick male card.  These pages are decoupage but I decided to keep it flat which makes it cheaper for mailing.

6" x 6" white base card
Navy card stock from stash
 Bricks and Bark embossing folder - Spellbinder
Image - Kevin Walsh Village Scenes pad

I have a few male birthdays over he next week or two so I will be posting them soon.

Hope this finds you all well.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Engagement Card

Good morning dear friends and fellow bloggers.  We have had such a bad time this year with serious illnesses and other very  bad news so it was lovely to answer the telephone the other evening.  It was my extremely excited niece ringing to say that her boyfriend had proposed to her on her birthday.  It was totally unexpected so you can imagine how excited she was.  And of course her answer was a very loud YES - or so I understand.  Ashleigh is 25 and James a year or so older so I'm hoping that it won't be too long before we are celebrating their wedding.

My Card

My card is an odd size of approximately 6.5 inches square.  6 inch was too tight for space and 7 inch was just a tad too big and left too much space between the corner die cuts and the main focal point. I made an envelobox using the Envelobox Creator from Crafters Companion. I had to put masses of bubble wrap round it so that it wouldn't get squashed in the mail because it had to go up to Co Durham. I forgot to take a picture of the envelobox and I also forgot to photograph the inside of the card! Typical!  Anyway, suffice to say both were lovely too. I started out by making the card white on white but then decided it needed just a smidgen of colour to bring it out so chose the pale pink WOC roses. I stamped the JustRite  image with Versamark and heat embossed with Detail Silver powder. Obviously the sentiment was computer generated.

Embossing folder - Spellbinders Dainty Dots
Corner Dies - Creative Expressions "Austrian Collection "
Leaves - Creative Expressions "Faux Quilled Leaves"
Stamp - JustRite Birthday Vintage Labels 4
Die- JustRite Vintage Labels 4
Roses - Wild Orchid Crafts
Pearls - Hobby House

Well I hope everybody is feeling well and that those who have been under the weather are now on the mend.  We appear to have got back almost to normal with phone and broadband although a couple of days ago we had no phone or broadband for almost 24 hours because BT were having problems in some parts of the country, and Oxfordshire was one of those parts!  And then this morning we have been okay for broadband but had no telephone line for a few hours.  It's time BT got their act together because they really are pretty useless I think.

Well that's it from me for today.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

OSAAT Challenge # 221

Good day to you all. This is my DT card for the new OSAAT challenge - Anything Goes ..... With Orange. 

My Card

I am using the image Spring Flowers by Alipeeps Designs which is available from our sponsor  Stitchy Bear Digi Outlet.   Now I am not an orange person by any stretch of the imagination, but I did manage to find some orange pearlescent card in my stash which I used for matting and also for the die cut.

 Clear Dollar Stamps (now closed) - Daisy backing paper
Clear Dollar Stamps - Sentiment 
Woodware Large Daisy Punch
Spellbinders - Lacy Circles
Spellbinders- Dainty Dots Embossing Folder
Orange brads - from stash

We would love to have you join us in the challenge when one person could win the October Prize Pack, but the DT will also be choosing the Top Three - so what are you waiting for?

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Christmas Card Club # 21 - Carol Singers

Good afternoon to you all. This post is not due until tomorrow but my OSAAT DT card is due then.  I don't like to make two posts on the same day and I'm sure my CCC friends don't mind this.

It was my dear friend Sue P's turn to choose the theme this time, and as you can see her choice was to have Carol Singers.

I am very cross with myself because I have a stamp of Carol Singers - but could I find the blessed thing!! I settled for this very sweet LOTV topper - and as soon as I had finished the card I found my stamp!  Grrrr!! Still that means I need to make another card to feature this stamp now!  The holly and ivy die cuts are from some pale green glitter card from my stash and are a lot more sparkly in real life. I chopped them up to spread them around more evenly. I  used Glamour Dust on the fur and the snow in the image and some soft gold glitter for the lamp. 

Image - Lily of the Valley
Papers - Hot Off The Press
Sentiment - Hot off the press
Pearls - Hobby House
Ivy Corner - Signature Dies from Joanna Sheen
Holly corners - Cheery Lynn

Well  we now have our phone and broadband problems resolved and so hopefully I will be back to more frequent blogging soon. Hope everybody is well. We are enjoying a little sunshine at the moment after pouring rain all morning.

Take care!