Sunday 30 October 2016

Recycling for OSAAT

Good morning to you all and I hope this finds you well. Today's post is my DT card for the OSAAT challenge "Recycling".

My Card

6" square card  made from Rymans dark blue card
backing paper - LOTV Frosty Christmas (discontinued)
image - Lake in Winter Stitchy Stamps
sentiment stamp - Penny Black
recycled ribbon

I really love this image. It actually comes black and white but I changed it digitally to blue to convey the icy, wintry feel. Lashings of glitter added to the feel.  I felt the image was so serene that I didn't want to add embellishments and spoil it. My sister saves lots of bits from cards, gifts etc that she receives in case I can use any of it and this is where the lovely navy and silver ribbon comes from.  Thank you Jeanie!

Please pop over to the blog and see the inspiration from the rest of the team and maybe you will be inspired to join us. You could win $10 to spend instore.

Take care and enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Thursday 27 October 2016

Pretty Kitty

Good morning to all my friends, fellow crafters and bloggers. My card today is my DT card for MAWTT.  Diane Louise chose the theme of cute animals.

My Card

6" square base card - from lilac pearlescent card stock
backing paper - Papermania "Little Meow" paper pack
image - from the same pack
lacy squares die- Spellbinders
ribbon from stash
roses - from my stash and made some time ago
leaf sparay - Woodware punch

I'm not a cat person my Charlotte, but great niece absolutely adores them.  When I saw this Papermania pack some time ago I thought it would the very thing for her so I bought it  - and promptly forgot about it.  Now she will get it - minus a couple of pieces, but since she will be getting the card too I don't think she will be unhappy about that!

Please pop over to the blog and check out the cards made by the rest of Team A and maybe you will be inspired to join in the challenge.

We have had some quite nice autumnal days recently here in Oxfordshire.  The mornings seem to start with fog which lifts mid to late morning and brings a little sunshine.  Not particularly warm but not bad for the time of year.  I hope you are experiencing some decent weather wherever you are.

That's all from me today.  Have a good day.

Take care.

Tuesday 25 October 2016

Book Folding Projects

Good morning.  I'm still not doing very well in the crafting department.  I just don't know what's wrong with me at the moment.  I have some cards I need to make and also a couple of  applique squares for a WI wall hanging so I really need to get my skates on - and my thinking cap!

I have not been totally idle though because I have made some simple candles and Christmas trees using the book folding technique. I find folding the pages very soothing and simple and yet you still come out with something pretty at the end of it.

My Projects

It is interesting to see the difference when you use different sized books and different coloured paper. The ladies at our weekly WI craft sessions (aptly called "Craft and Laugh"), none of them paper crafters, want me to do a session teaching them this, and another one to make  some boxes, just in time for Christmas. It's always nice to try out different crafts.  One of our ladies does lace making and tatting and so we have had a couple of sessions with those too.  Very interesting.

Well that's it from me for now.  Take care and have  a good day.

Friday 21 October 2016

Frosty The Snowman

Good morning.  It's Winter Wonderland challenge time again.  This time Marie is our host. Our challenges now last for two weeks and we also have a choice of two themes for you.  Now that's what I call spoiling you!  Our themes are  "Frosty" or "All Wrapped Up".  Well I think I have managed to combine the two themes since my frosty snowman is well wrapped up in his hat and scarf.

My Card

6" square red base card
white card - Rymans
Falling Snow embossing folder - Creative Expressions
Snowflake Corner Die - Memory Box
Digi Image - old stash with no name I'm afraid

We have two sponsors this time.  Firstly is Marianne Designs offering a surprise gift.

The second sponsor is Bugaboo Stamps offering seven digi images.

Please pop over to the blog and see the creations from the rest of the Snowflake Team and maybe you will be inspired to join in with us. Just a reminder that we only want to see Christmas projects!

Hope you are all well and looking forward to the weekend.

Take care.

Sunday 16 October 2016

Halloween Colours

Good morning to you all on this wet and windy Sunday morning.  Well, that's what the weather is dong in Oxfordshire at any rate!

Please scroll down if you are looking for my Christmas Card Club card.

This week at One Stitch At A Time our challenge is to use halloween colours. You don't need to make a halloween card just as long as use colours associated with halloween - balck, purple, orange etc.

My Card

The paper I used is a very old freebie from Bearly Mine. The image is "Halloween Broom" from Crafty Girl Creations and can be found instore here. I coloured with Promarkers.  The black cat is from clipart and fussy cut.

Please pop over to the blog and check out the rest of the DT cards and maybe you will be inspired to join in the challenge.   You could win a $10 dollar coupon to spend instore at Stitchy Bear Digital Stamp Outlet. 

Well tht's all from me today. Take care and have a good day


Saturday 15 October 2016

The Blessings Of Christmas

Good morning and it's time for another Christmas Card Club challenge.  This time Carol has chosen the theme and it is a particular favourite of mine.  I love to use a sentiment or quote as the main element of my cards so when Carol asked us to make the sentiment the focal point of our card it was right up my street!  Thanks Carol!

My Card

6 inch square base card  - Rymans
embossing folder - from a magazine
stamped sentiment - very ancient stash (lost the name)
large classic oval dies - Spellbinders
large classic scalloped oval dies - Spellbinders
pearls from stash

I wanted to make this card as flat as possible so I actually embossed the base card itself before adding the diecuts.  Unfortunately the lovely embossed pattern is not showing up too well but I can assure you it really is pretty.

This card is a day early because I have another DT card to post tomorrow.  

In my last post I said that our central heating pump had given up the ghost on Sunday.  Well John ordered a new one online on Sunday afternoon and  they said 3-5 days delivery.  We do have two woodburning stoves but it's nice to have heating in the bathroom etc too, but I resigned myself to a week of being a bit chilly getting out of the shower. Incredibly the new pump arrived on Monday at 12 noon!  John was going to  the   dentist that afternoon but first thing Tuesday morning he was on it and by the end of the day it was all up and running again! Success!  And many thanks to my personal plumber!

Well I hope you are all well and have a great weekend.  

Take care!

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Tuesday 11 October 2016

Under The Weather

Good morning everybody and I hope you are all well.  We had a lovely day on Saturday when John's cousin and his wife came to us for the day.  The weather was kind and so we got out for a short walk too. Apart from that I have had rather a strange week and I haven't felt like crafting at all, but decided to make myself do something and this is what I came up with.

My Card

5 x 7" tent fold card  - Hobbycraft cardstock
papers - from snippets box.
Clouds and Rain die set - Cheery Lynn Designs
Umbrella die - Inspire by Spellbinders
Sentiment - computer generated.

This was not made for anybody in particular but can go into the box for if/when needed.

Th strange week  carried on when John decided to check the central heating yesterday.  Although we have had the woodburners lighted in both the kitchen and upstairs in the lounge we have not actually had the heating on yet.  Guess what? The pump has packed in! What a pain, because the pump is behind the fridge freezer so that had to be pulled out to check and is now in the hall temporarily!! A new pump is on order and will be delivered in 3 - 5 days. We could have picked up the very same pump in a plumbers merchant in town - exactly double the price  we have paid online!! Incredible isn't it?  Anyway  it means we now can't have the woodburner on in the kitchen because that controls the heating and water and can't be alight with no pump to contol the water. Here's hoping the weather stays mild over the next week!  At least he didn't wait to check the system until it got really cold!!! I'm very fortunate because John is a very capable guy (he built the house after all) so is able to sort the plumbing out. It means we'll be spending more time upstairs whereas normally we just go up in the evening. I'm usually very happy in the kitchen. Can only get better eh?

Take care!

Sunday 2 October 2016

Monochrome Snowman

Good morning. Hope this finds you all Hunky-dory.  Speaking of Hunkydory, I attended the Great British Craft Show at Kenilworth and luckily Ang (Mrs Duck) was well enough to attend. We had a very long gossip session over brunch as you can imagine.  Hope it wasn't too much for you Ang and that you didn't overdo it! Today is a day for you take things easy or Mr D will not let you loose again! Hope his cold is well and truly on the mend.

Please scroll down if you are looking for my Christmas Card Club card.

Well it's time for the next OSAAT challenge  which is "Anything Goes .... With Monochrome".

My Card

6" square base card
blue card stock - ancient stash
snowflake paper - LOTV Frosty Christmas (discontinued)
digi image - Snow Dad  Stitchy Stamps
snowflakes - Memory Box
sentiment - computer generated
classic oval scalloped die - Spellbinders
bakers twine
promarkers to colour

I love snowmen and this one appealed to me.  I love his expression.

Why not pop over to the blog and check out the offerings from the rest of the DT and maybe you will be inspired to join in our challenge this week. You could win $10 to spend in the store.

Well that's all from me today.  Hope you enjoy what remains of the weekend.

Take care.

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Saturday 1 October 2016

Festive Birds

Good morning to you all and hope it finds you well. It's time for my Christmas Card Club offering again - well it's not until tomorrow actually but I always post a day early since I have a DT card to post on Sunday.  I am off to Kenilworth this morning to the Great British Craft Show.  Hopefully Mrs Duck is well enough to join me.  She has been having a very rough time this year but hopefully we can have a bit of fun today.

 ValeryAnne, aka Mrs A, choose our theme which is Festive Birds.

 Card #1

I made a topper from an image in my Christmas Card Factory Deluxe programme.  I only used to use it for sentiments etc but after exploring I decided some of the images actually make great toppers. I love the different birds on this particular. I'm sure Mary will like the image!  I used Memory Box Snowflake Corner, a Crafts Too embossing folder and a Papermania stamp.

Card # 2

I was actually being a little mischievous with this card. I'm sure this was the farthest thought from Mrs A's mind when she asked for festive birds - but a turkey is a festive bird too, isn't it?  Well it tickled me, but I have a strange sense of humour ... lol!  The image and background paper were from the Paper Shelter which I got a couple of years ago. The image is from the set and I printed it onto cream card and diecut with SB Classic Scalloped Ovals.  I added some spruce and pine twig die cuts and some fussy cut pine cones

Well that's it from me today.  If you want to check back tomorrow to find out what my CCC friends came up with you can find a link to their blogs in my side bar.  If you like the idea of making Christmas cards all year round, for no other reason than to keep ahead, then why not think about joining our little club?

Take care and have a great weekend.

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