Sunday 30 November 2014

OSAAT - # 225 - Anything Goes - With Lace

Good afternoon to you all.  I hope you have all been enjoying your weekend.  Hopefully you working girls (and guys) have managed to have a little rest before the start of another, no doubt, busy week for you all. Well here I am back for the second day in a row!  And I will back tomorrow too.  I have said before that my cards are like buses - none for ages then two or three in a row!

Time for another card for the OSAAT Challenge . This time the theme is " Anything Goes .... With Lace".  My image is "Sunflower Collage" from  Ginger Loft, which is available here at our sponsor Stitchy Bear Digital Outlet.

My Card

My base card is 7" x 5" and cut from ivory Centura Pearl from Crafter's Companion.  The brown pearlescent card is from my stash together with the cotton lace and ribbon.. The image was coloured with Promarkers.    I tried stamping a sentiment but it bled on the Centura Pearl and since I didn't have the right shade of plain ivory card I computer generated the sentiment instead.

Please pop across to OSAAT and check out what the rest of Stitchy's Angels have come up with.  This is the prize you can win  and we would love to see all your creations.

Take care and enjoy what's left of the weekend.

Saturday 29 November 2014

Christmas Card Club # 25 - Silver Bells

Good morning to all my friends and regular visitors, as well as anybody who is just dropping by.  If you leave a comment I will return the compliment and visit you in return.  I also see that I have some new followers and you are very welcome.

Well this is the penultimate card for our little Christmas Card Club.  The Big Day is creeping (rushing!!!) towards us so we will have a week or two break after the next post beginning all over again in 2015.  This card is not actually due until Sunday but since I have a DT card due then, and another on Monday, I decided to post earlier.  I don't post often enough to put more than one up on the same day!

Today it is the lovely Asha's turn to choose and her theme is Silver Bells.

My Card


7" x 5" card base
Digi image - found on the internet
Silver mirri from stash
Purple Cracked Ice pearlescent card stock - Pennies Worth
Lavender paper - scrap of LOTV Snow Princess
Labels 4 and Elegant Labels 4 - Spellbinders
Pearls - Hobby House
Sentiment - Computer generated.

Unfortunately my card is a very last minute make!  Not that I forgot - I actually had my card made quite early in the week and was just checking on the CCC blog  - and shock! horror! I had made my  card using the wrong theme!! At first I thought I must have looked at the challenge rota for 2015 so I double checked and the challenge theme I thought was there doesn't even exist!!  I think I must be going mad!

Anyway I then had to put my thinking cap on because I don't have any stamps or toppers with bells.  I trawled the internet late yesterday  and found this digi image. I'm sorry Asha, my layout etc is not very imaginative but it was the best I could do at such short notice!  It has an old fashioned, traditional look to it I think. Different to the usual for me. Had to use flash because the day is so dull but as usual the flash is bouncing off the mirror card. Sorry about that.

Hope you have something nice planned for the weekend.

Tuesday 18 November 2014

Frosty Friends

Well, I scheduled this to appear earlier, which I nearly always do.  For the first time it has let me down!  Ah well, not a problem really.

Good morning everybody.  Sunday was such an awful day that there was nothing to do but craft!  Such a hardship!  These digis are ideal for batch making and I made a couple of dozen in a short space of time in different colours.

My Cards

 They were made using Frosty Friends from Pink Petticoat which come with and without the sentiments.  Except for a handful of "specials"  my Christmas cards are all finished so now I can concentrate on bags and boxes, which will be fun.

Hope you are all well.

Sunday 16 November 2014

OSAAT # 224 - Giving Thanks

Hello to all my friends and fellow bloggers.  I hope this finds you all well.

Today I am posting another card for One Stitch at a Time challenge  "Giving Thanks". I am using "Black Eyed Susan Floral Corner" from Floppy Latte which you can find  HERE at our sponsor Stitchy Bear Digi Outlet.

My Card

I decided to make a CAS card this time to showcase the image. After colouring with Promarkers I added Glossy Accents to the centres and filled them with multi-toned brown micro beads which are not showing too well in the picture unfortunately. The sentiment is from JustRite Stampers "Grand Sentiments" stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa.  A few Hobby House pearls in the corner finished it off.  I matted it onto a lovely bronzy brown pearlescent card stock and then onto my 6" x 6" card base.

We would love you to join us for this challenge and this is the prize you can win.


Well that's all from me today.  Take care and enjoy what's left of the weekend.

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Saturday 15 November 2014

Christmas Card Club # 24 Teabag fold/Origami

Good morning - although it's actually pretty misty and murky here in Oxfordshire.  Time for another card for the Christmas Card Club.  This time it was Karen's choice and as you can see from the title she has chosen Teabag Fold/Origami..  Now I have only ever done teabag folding once in my life and this was when Karen chose it for a previous challenge.  I really struggled with it then and it took me simply ages!  This time I have been so pushed for time that I decided to cheat.  I hope you don't mind Karen but I have made a card with what I am calling faux origami.  It still involved cutting up and arranging squares of paper so I haven't strayed too far from the remit, I hope.

My Card

My card is approximately 15 cms square and cut from red card stock. The papers are from Hot Off The Press "Forever Christmas".  Punched snowflakes, red pearls and a peel off greeting finished a simple card.  This is totally not my style, but I actually don't think it is too bad.

Hope this finds you all well and looking forward to a good weekend.

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Thursday 13 November 2014

Computer Boy

Good morning.  Yesterday was my birthday - I have now reached the advanced age of 65!  I can scarcely believe it!  Where did the last 25 years go because I'm sure I only celebrated my 40th  a short time ago!!  My friend Sue also retired this week so the four of us had a celebratory lunch.   We thought we would let the guys come - after all we needed somebody to pick up the bill!!  It started out by lashing with rain early on but fortunately it dried up later and the sun was shining.

My Card

Card base 6" x 6". This is a Cuddly Buddly  image and papers "Techie Teen".  It is very apt because I'm sure S├ębastien was actually born attached to a piece of electronic equipment.  He certainly is now, whether it be laptop or game box  or something else.  Drives me mad, but that's youngsters these days. A couple of pieces of card candi and it was done.   Kept flat for a cheaper postage alternative.

Well, just a very quick post today.  Hope everybody is well.

Tuesday 11 November 2014

MDF Hearts

I had a great time at the NEC last Thursday, spending some time during the day with Ang/Mrs Duck and then in the evening meet up with Patricia, Hazel, Kate and Ang's friend Nesta for a meal at the local Harvester. A super, if rather noisy, evening, just like last year!  The weather had turned filthy when it was time to go home. It didn't help that my junction onto the motorway was closed for roadworks.  Fortunately my very good friend Susie was travelling with me so I managed to get to the next junction okay.By the way I''m talking about  Susie Satnav, not my dear friend Planet Susie who didn't attend this time  ...  lol!

It was very late when I got home and so didn't look at my stuff and the next morning I sorted things out and put everything away - then realised I hadn't taken a picture.

My Projects

I bought some MDF pieces and so decided to make one of the hearts.  I had made the pink one whilst I was at the show.  The pink butterfly was on my desk so I stuck it on because it matched. I added a flower, ribbon and bow to the green one.  I used gold gilding wax on the edge and the backs of the hearts.  The was also a scrap of LOTV paper sitting on my desk so I covered the cat with it, both sides.  My great niece Charlotte is mad about cats (she has two) and she loves purple. so I think this will find it's way into her Christmas stocking.   I think I will probably swap the hessian twine for silver ribbon to match the bow.  I enjoyed doing these so I will be having a go with some of the other shapes now.

Hope everybody is well and keeping warm and dry - although I did see that snow is forecast in Scotland.  Brrr!  Far too early for snow!!!

Take care everybody.

Monday 3 November 2014

Get Creative Challenges Blog Launch - Challenge #1

Good morning to all my friends and fellow crafters.   If you remember two weeks ago I said I had a new position on a new design team. Unfortunately there were some family problems for one of the owners and sadly it was shut down. Well I'm very excited this morning to post a card for a brand spanking  new challenge blog and today is the launch! Get Creative Challenges

The challenges will be every two weeks and alternating between the Pink and Purple Teams. The Pink Team kicks off and the challenge is "Anything Goes - with an Optional Twist of Stitching".  I got so carried away that I totally forgot the stitching.  Fortunately it was optional otherwise I would have had to try and rectify it.

The prize is three images of your choice from our sponsor Angies Digi Stamps.   Angie is also the owner of our blog and she has put so much hard work into getting our blog up and running in no time at all!!!  Thanks so much Angie. Please pop across and see what the rest of the Pink Team have produced using Angi's great digi images.  We would love you to participate in our very first challenge.

My Card

6" x 6" base card cut from white card stock
Image - Cute Bug in a Flower - Angie's Digis
Backing papers - First Edition  "Summer Breeze"
Spellbinders - Large Circles
Spellbinders - Lacy Circles
Sue Wilson - Faux Quilled Leaves
Promarkers for colouring
Wild Orchid Crafts - Roses

The Summer Breeze papers are both glitter effect but unfortunately this does not show up on the photograph.  They really are so pretty too.

Hope you are all well and have enjoyed your weekend.  Monday comes around so quickly doesn't it?

Sunday 2 November 2014

OSAAT #223 Anything Goes - With Distressing

Good morning to you all.  Thank you for dropping by again.  My goodness the time is certainly shooting by isn't it?  It's time once again for my DT post at  One Stitch at a Time.  This time the challenge is "Anything Goes ....... With Distressing."  This is another card I struggled with because I just don't like distressing - and I'm useless at it, so I'm not 100% happy with my card.  My Report Card will say - Must try harder!  Oh boy, remember those end of term school reports?  My mum apparently kept all our reports, going back to junior school, and we found them after she died.  Amazing!

My image and backing papers today are Orchid Beauty Digital Stamp and Paper Pack from Coosty Creations, available from our sponsorStitchy Beary Digi Outlet  There are four papers as well as the digi image so I was spoiled for choice.

My Card

The one thing I'm pretty happy about is the colouring of my image, because colouring really is not my strong suit!

6 x 6" base card
Spellbinders  Labels 18
Spellbinders Large Ovals
Corner dies - Cheery Lynn Lace Corner Deco C
Sentiment - Kaisercraft "Friendship Sentiments"
Pearls from stash

I used a scrap of Core'dinations Whitewash card, embossed with SB Dainty Dots, sanded over it and then distressed the edges with a distressing tool.  I should have stopped whilst I was ahead, because that is the thing that has spoiled the card.  Ah well, these things are sent to try us. I printed the orchid as a png. image onto one of the background papers from the pack and coloured with promarkers.   I used the same paper and one of the patterned papers as backgound. The corner dies were also cut from that same backing paper and then just some added pearls into each corner.

We would love you to join us and you have the chance to win our November Prize Pack.

Saturday 1 November 2014

Christmas Card Club # 23 Snowmen

Good morning. Well it's time for the members of our little Christmas Card Club to produce another card to add to our collection.  We are just a friendly little group and our aim is to make Christmas cards all year round and lessen the mad panic in November when you realise you still have masses of cards to make! One of us chooses the theme every two weeks and this time Lorraine chose "Snowmen."  I originally made a card with just one snowman and then remembered an image I have had for a long time but never used before so I made another card to show today and I will post the other one in a few days.

My Card

6" x 6" card base
Background papers -  LOTV Snow Princess + Solids pack
Pink pearlescent paper from stash
Image - Cuddly Buddly
Snowflake - Spellbinders Create a Flake 5
Border - Martha Stewart
Pearls from Stash
Red stickles on all the berries
A wee bit of glitter on the snow kids hats

This card came together practically without me knowing it.  I wanted to use these LOTV pads but  they didn't really fit my original card.  When I came across this digi image in my file I knew that I had to use it - just because of the papers I could use with it! The snowflake is die cut from glitter card but doesn't really show up.

Last night we went, with friends,  to a performance of "The Pirates of Penzance" by the Banbury Operatic Society. (Our nearest town.)  It really was excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed it. It was actually the Broadway version and so had a couple of new songs in it.  It is years since I have seen this and it was great.  Mind you, I have been singing ever since - just before Sue P makes the comment! Lol!

Beautiful sunshine this morning so have a great weekend folks!

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