Thursday 19 December 2019

Anything But a Card at MAWTT

Good morning.  It is very wet here and I am on my way out very soon for any last minute shopping etc.

This is our final challenge for 2019 at Moving Along With The Times - but we will be back in the new year with a couple of changes.

My Project

pillar candle - Asda
rubber stamp - Little Ivy from LOTV
sentiment stamp -from stash
border die - Our Daily Bread (now Divinity Designs)
red poinsettias- from stash
glass candle dish - Asda

I haven't made one of these candles for some years and I quite enjoyed it.  If I get chance  over the next few days I 'll do another one - finding the time will be the problem!!

Anyway, pop across to the bog and see what my teamies have come up with.

Take care and enjoy your day.

Monday 9 December 2019

IAAS Final Post for 2019

Good morning.  Today is our final challenge for 2019 at IAAS and it is "Anything But a Card".  This challenge will actually last for four weeks which means the DT can enjoy a break over Christmas, but we will be back in the New Year.

My Project

This is a very large bucket type bag measuring 12" tall x 7" wide and the base is 7" x 4". It closes with a velcro dot. You can get a very large gift in here - or lots of little ones. To look at you really wouldn't think it was made from cardstock,. The card stock is from a pad from The Works and only cost £3 so very good value for money. I made this from a tutorial on Mixed Up Crafts and I really love it.  I think I will be hard pressed to pass this on to somebody when the time comes. 

These are the sort of projects I used to make for my sister Jeanie because I knew she would love and appreciate them as I did.  She really was my number one fan! Just another reason why I miss her so much.

Why not pop over to the blog and check out the projects from the rest of the DT.  I know you won't be disappointed.

Well that's all from me. I hope you are getting on well with your cards and gifts.  I have my cards to write and a few special ones to make and just a couple of gifts to buy but we are off to do the last minute Christmas shopping on Tuesday and then if I have missed anything it will be too late ... lol! I actually thought I had finished but we will be visiting my nephew and his family on Boxing Day and there will be other people there I will need to give something to, but nothing too big or fancy.

Take care.

Sunday 8 December 2019

Humour for Christmas Card Club

Good morning and I hope you are all well.  I can see a little sunshine this morning which makes a nice change. I totally forgot to do this post even though my card has been ready for a few days.  Ah well, better late than never.  This is our last challenge this year and Rachel chose humour

My Card

This is a small A6 card using an image from Bugaboo "JJ Cheers".  The backing paper was made digitally and I added the cocktail glasses. The sentiment is computer generated.

A very quick post but I have a lot to do today so I will just crack on.

Take care and have a good day.

Friday 6 December 2019

Winter Wonderland - Anything Goes Christmas

Good morning.  Here at Winter Wonderland we have reached our final challenge for 2019 and as usual it is Anything Goes - As long it is is Christmas themed.

Our sponsor is  Digital Delights by Louby Loo and the prize on offer is a $5 voucher to spend instore.

The design team all worked with the same digi image, Magical Santa Tree, and it was interesting to see the different cards produced.

My Card

6" square base card - from kraft card stock
red plaid card stock - Dovecraft Glad Tidings
red cardstock - Rymans
Promarkers to colour

A very simple flat card so easy to post.

Hope everyone is well and nearly ready for the big occasion! We had a shopping trip with our WI Craft and Laugh group to Webbs of Wychbold, near Droitwich on Tuesday. It is a great retail place with Webbs Garden Centre, and everything else available at garden centres these days. There was a very large Hobbycraft and also a terrific Lakeland store.  That wrapped up my Christmas gifts nicely - no pun intended!

Another short post I'm fraid.

Take care.

Monday 2 December 2019

12 Months of Christmas Link Up

Good morning, it's time for our final challenge at the 12 Months of Christmas Linkup.

As always there is an optional twist to the challenge which is "Layer It Up".  You don't have to follow the twist to be eligible for a prize but if you want to win the prize from our sponsor then you certainly need to  do so.

My Card

6" square white base card
lilac matting paper - Hunkydory Pretty Pastel pad
purple glitter card - Hobbycraft
backing paper - Snowy Bokeh Trees DDDoodles
digi image - Scribbles Designs 
snowflake border die - Sue Wilson
notched corner dies - Presscut (Crafts Too)

I printed the backing paper and digi image onto glossy paper and it looks really lovely, although it doesn't show up on the photo.

Just a quick post again but I hope youare all well and surviving the cold and the frost.

Take care - and  keep warm!


Monday 25 November 2019

Christmas With No Image at IAAS

Good morning.  The theme for our challenge at IAAS is Christmas with no image although obviously diecuts and embellishments are welcome. Apologies again for being a day late with my DT card.

My Card

5" x 7" base card
Stamp " Midnight Clear" - ODBD (Now Divinity Designs)
Pearlescent blue ink pad
poinsettia die - Marianne
twiggy leaves - Spellbinders
A2 Bracket Borders 1 - Spellbinders

I love this stamp and it suits the style of card so I use it often just changing the  colour and slightly different bracket border.

Why not pop over to the blog and check out the gorgeous card from my team mates? If you still have any Christmas cards to make you might take some inspiration there.

That's all for today so take care.

Sunday 24 November 2019

Snowy Forest Scene

Good morning.  Sorry this is a bit later than  I usually post.  I did actually schedule it, as I always do,  but for some reason it didn't work this time.

Kate chose the theme this time and wants to see a forest scene with lots of tree, snow and glitter.  Very wintry and Christmas-sy. Here is my offering; only one due to my busy couple of weeks recently.

My Card

7" square white base card 
green pearlescent card- Hunjydoey
green glitter card - Hobbycraft
backing paper  -the Paper Shelter
A2 bracket borders - Spellbinders
triple tree die - Memory Box
sentiment die - Sue Wilson 

I love this paper and felt it didn't need too much else doing to it except adding glitter to the trees in the background and the diecut trees.

Hope this finds you all well and coping with the cold and wet weather.

Take care and enjoy the rest of your weekend.  I'm hoping for a quiet day today!

Thursday 21 November 2019

Steamunk for MAWTT

Good morning.  The challenge this time is steampunk.  I'm not sure this is truly steampunk, but it does have plenty of cogs and it makes a great male card for my box.

My Card

5" x 7" base card - made from Crafter's Companion black cardstock
matt silver card - Crafter's Companion
Argyle e/f - Crafter's Companion
cog dies - Papermania Chronology collection 

I went to Gloucester Docks Victorian Christmas Market last week with our WI and had a really good day out. I didn't actually spend too much but it was nice to be with friends.

This is an extremely quick post today I'm afraid.  I've had a very busy week so far and the next few days look like being more of the same.

Hope this finds you all well and surviving the cold weather.  I'm happy as long as John keeps the wood burners loaded  up!!

Take care and I'll see you in a day or two.

Saturday 16 November 2019

Mid Month Reminder 12 Months of Christmas Link Up

Good morning and hope this finds you  all well. Yesterday we had a trip to the Victorian Christmas Market at Gloucester Docks with my WI friends on a couple of mini buses.  The weather had been so bad on Thursday with many of the roads in the neighbouring villages badly flooded so we did wonder if we would actually make it.  However, the floods receded overnight but we still had to make a number of detours before we were able to get well on the way. It is about 80 miles to Gloucester and all along the way many fields and garden etc were flooded.  I really feel for those poor people in Yorkshire.

Anyway, back to business. I don't usually post mid months for 12 MOC but I have joined the Merry Maidens for this challenge so here we go. Our sponsor is Imagine That Digis.

My Card

The first image is the card virtually closed and the second shows it open.

6" square zed fold card - made using kraft card from Hobbycraft
 All images pre coloured digis -  Imagine That "Gingerbread Scenes."
papers - Decosses Dynamite Doodles
sparkly gems - Hobbycraft

This was a fun card to make. If you still have some Christmas cards to make why not pop over to the blog join in the challenge?  You have the chance to win an digi paper just for entering the challenge, but if you follow the optional twist which is to use red and green on your card, and that's not too difficult at Christmas, then you have the chance to win a $12 gift certificate to spend in store.  What are you waiting for?

Also don't forget to vote for your favourite paper from this month's set
Everyone who links up a minimum of two cards will receive one paper from this set and one random winner who follows the twist will win the full set of papers.
Well that's all from me.

Take care.

Sunday 10 November 2019

Anything Goes at Christmas Card Club

Good morning and I hope everybody is well. Gosh yesterday we had such a hard frost that I couldn't actually scrape the ice off the windscreen. Serves me right I guess for forgetting to put it under the carport.  I had to wait almost an hour before it could be done. I couldn't believe that an hour or so later the rain started to come down in torrents and it rained the entire day.  Very odd weather.

 This week's challenge is Anything Goes, which I actually find more difficult.  I prefer to have a theme to work towards, but that's just me.   It's been a very busy week or more, so again I have only one card to show. However, I have been getting on very well with my Christmas cards so I think I'm still on target.

My Card

7" square base card - using Craft UK Ltd card stock
gold mirri card - Crafters Companion
Christmas Words die - Create a Card Crafters Companion
Snowflake ribbon die - Poppystamps

I think did pretty well in photographing this card.  Usually mirri card is so difficult and catches the light and reflections etc. So all in all not too bad at all. I love this die because you need to do so little with it to create a pretty card.  Ideal for batch making.
Anyway, thats all from today.

Take care and enjoy your day.

Love and hugs from Christine

Friday 1 November 2019

Holly and Ivy at Winter Wonderland

Good morning.  We have had a few frosty mornings of late which became bright, sunny and chilly.  Nice to see the sun even though there is no warmth in it.

Today is the penultimate challenge of 2019 for Winter Wonderland and it is my turn to host the challenge and choose the theme. Our sponsor this month is Sheepski Designs and Andrea is offering  three images of choice for the random winner.

My Card

6" base card  made from card in stash
lavender pearlescent card - Riverside Craft
white card - as above
Oakham Lattice die set - John Next Door
mini ivy dies - John Next Door
sentiment die - Sue Wilson
image - Holly Angel by Sheepski Designs
coloured with Promarkers
flowers - Hobbycraft

I really love this little angel image and it fits perfectly into the centre of the Oakham die. Please pop over to the blog and check out the lovely creations from the design team and hopfully you will be inspired to join in the challenge with us.

Take care. 

Monday 28 October 2019

Celebrate Autumn with IAAS

Good morning. Another frosty night again but, like yesterday, it already looks as if it is going to be bright but chilly day.  Nice change from rain.

Apologies to Jane and the team at IAAS because I am late posting my DT card. The theme, as you can see, is to celebrate Autumn.  When I remembered the quote on this image I decided it would be absolutely perfect.

My Card

I made a 7" x 5" base card using kraft card, and matted it with a lovely reddish card from my stash. There is a very subtle glimmer to the card which doesn't come over on the picture. This card is the exact shade of the maple trees in Sainsbury's car park!  There are masses of maple trees here and at this time of year it is a pleasure to drive into the car park. I  found the poem on line sometime ago and downloaded it knowing it would come in useful at some stage. The acorns and leaves are John Next Door "Acorns and Leaves".

Hope everybody is well and that you have a great day planned.

Take care.

Sunday 27 October 2019

Polar Bears or Penguins for Christmas Card Club

Good morning. Just a quick post from me.   I have had rather a trying week so I only have one card to show today. The theme, chosen by Shaz, is to use pengins or polar bears.

My Card

view from side 

ice blue glitter card - Crafters Companion 
white glitter card from stash
polar bear dies - Britannia Dies
evergreen trio - Memory Box
sentiment die - Sue Wilson
snowflake die - The Works.

I made a side stepper card this time by using a piece of cardstock 7" x 11" which when cut, scored and folded becomes 7" x 5.5".  I love the Mama Polar bear and her little cubs marching along beside her. I cut them from plain white cardstock but everything else was cut from glitter card - which was very difficult to photograph. I tried using flash but that was just too bright and glaring so this was the best of a bad job.  The weather has been so bad and it's been pretty dark all day. 

Hope you are all well and managing to stay dry!

Take care.

Thursday 24 October 2019

Autumn Colours For MAWTT

Good morning. Time for another challenge at MAWTT. Donna has chosen our theme which is Autumn Colours.

We have had quite a week already so far.  First something nice - went up north to spend  few days with my family and had a super time.

Then the other things - John's car broke down and is in the garage waiting to hear the bad news. We had no internet for more than 12 hours - amazing how much you rely on it!  Then our friend  (John's very close friend) was admitted to A&E in the night with chest pain and shortness of breath.  They don't think it was a heart attack but not totally sure so he has had a lot more tests and he's now at home awaiting results.  He looks very unwell though and still extremely breathless.  And a very dear friend of mine died a few days ago. I'm hoping that is the last of the bad stuff! Anyway, back to business.

My Card

7" x 5" kraft base card
 image -  Greeting Card Factory Deluxe
sentiment die - Tonic
all card stock from my stash. 

I rarely use orange but I felt this card needed the brightness to pick up those lovely trees.  The image looks so much better in real life.

Why not shoot across to the blog and see what the rest of Team B have made for this challenge and maybe you will decide to join the challenge. 

Take care and have a good day.

Wednesday 16 October 2019

Halloween at IAAS

Good morning to you all.  Just a very quick post this morning.

Lsst night I went to a concert at Warwick Arts Centre to hear Aled Jones and Russell Watson on the final leg of their twenty concerts.  They still have two to do in Ireland.  What a fabulous night! The singing was superb and a great variety of classical, popular (not pop) and hymns. Very funny too at times. There was also a terrific guitar solo playing John Williams "She was beautiful" - and it truly was beautiful.

Anyway, back to business. This is my DT card for IAAS.

My Card

I really don't do Halloween but rather than sit out the challenge I decided to rise to the challenge.  This is a very simple card made by adding several digital images to a black background and added an orange digital border. I then printed it out and matted it onto white card and attached it to a black base card.

The IAAS DT have made some great projects so why not pop over and check them out?

Have a good day.

Sunday 13 October 2019

Nativity at Christmas Card Club

Good morning.  My goodness this past year has flown by. Only two more challenges after this.  At least my stock of Christmas cards has been building up.

Rita has chosen the theme this month and, as you can see, it is Nativity.

My Cards

This  card  is 7" x 5" and cut from card from my stash.  I used an embossing folder from Crafters Companion on black card and used chalks to give it a bit of colour.  I almost threw my chalks out a few months ago because it is donkeys years since I have used them. I added a diecut star using a Sweet Dixie die. I computer generated the sentiment but I shall replace it because the font needs to be larger I think.

The rest of the cards were made using "Elegant Ornaments " from Imagine That Digis. There are three images plus seven sentiments in the set.  I made six CAS A6 cards  although the only sentiment I used was the "Peace" one.  I computer generated the others. I used Linen card from Hobbycraft and black card from Rymans. For the final card I made  it 6" square and printed the image larger. I used the same black card and linen card and the spotted paper was a free digi from my stash. The black pearl swirl was something else that had been in my stash for years.  I'm not too sure that it goes with the spotty paper but once it was on it had to stay, or risk damaging the paper in trying to remove it.

Well that's it from me Hope this finds you all well.

Take care.

Saturday 5 October 2019

It's Merry and Bright at Winter Wonderland

Good morning to you all and I hope this finds you all well. This post was due yesterday but my new computer was delivered late yesterday morning and I had no access to my computer until the evening while John was setting it up and transferring stuff over from one to the other.  That is an ongoing task as there is a lot to sort.  However, at least I have access to emails, blogger etc. And that is when I discovered that although I thought I had scheduled my post it certainly didn't appear.  I didn't realise this until evening so I decided to delay posting until this morning.

My Card 

 6"square base card - cut from ivory Card Craft UK card
backing papers - "Handmade Holidays" by Simple Stories
digi images - Sherry West
square notched corner dies - Presscut
snowflake dies - The Works
Promarkers to colour.

This is my DT card for Winter Wonderland.  We have a new sponsor this month Sherry West Art and she is offering "a surprise " for the winner!

Why not pop across to the blog and check out what the rest of the team have made with the images Sherry supplied and maybe get some inspiration.

Take care.

Entered into:
Crafty Friends Challenge 120 anything goes Christmas

Wednesday 2 October 2019

12 Months of Christmas - Sensational Santas

Good morning. Another month and another challenge at the 12 Months of Christmas Link Up.  The theme this month is Sensational Santas and we are sponsored by Limited Runs Digital Stamps

This is is a fabulous way to build up your stash of Christmas cards.  You could even win a prize simply by taking part.

My Card

6"  card base - cut from Craft UK Ltd card
papers - Santa Stops Here Decosse's Dynamite Doodles
digi image - Santa Coffee Cup Limited Runs
coloured with Promarkers
sentiment die - Sue Wilson
red cardstock - Rymans

I cut the front of the card down to 2" but  I think if I do this style again I will probably make the centre portion larger.

The optional theme this month is to add a Santa as the focus of your card in order to win a $10 dollar voucher to Limited Runs and to be in with a chance to win the full pack of Santa papers. However, you do not have to follow the theme to enter the challenge, and you will still be in with a chance to win one of the papers from the pack.

Take care.

Monday 30 September 2019

Tags at IAAS

Good morning and apologies to Jane and the rest of the DT at  IAAS.  This card should have been posted yesterday so this is just a very quick post.  The remit is tags.

My Card

4" x 6" base card
papers - Vintage Fall by MR Designs
sentiment stamp - Quietfire Designs
butterflies - punch

I folded a piece of 12" x 4" card and trimmed the edges into a tag shape. I added a piece of backing paper to the top, after tearing the edge, to make a pocket for my tag. The tag was stamped with a sentiment from Quietfire Designs. This is for a friend who has just been diagnosed with cancer.

Please pop across to the blog if you would like to see what my teamies have come up with for this challenge.

Well that's all from me today.  Hope you are well and not getting washed away with all this rain.

Sunday 29 September 2019

Icicles for Christmas Card Club

Good morning and I hope you are all well.   Lorraine is our host at the Christmas Card Club and she wants to see icicles. My cards today are very simple because they were pretty last minute.

 I've had an extremely busy week for card making. I had three sympathy cards to make for WI.  Our president, Jacqui, lost her mum suddenly earlier in the week.  Lilian was also the post mistress in the village for many years and was still working so she will be a great loss to the village. Jacqui and her sister both work in the shop and, being the business it is, they had to keep it open this week so you can imagine how difficult it has been for them.

I also had two cards to make for one of our members who has just been diagnosed with breast cancer. Her daughter is also one of our members. It has been quite a difficult week all round. As I had a couple of DT cards to make too I have been rather pushed!!

My Cards

Both cards are 6" square and feature images from the Paper Shelter. The first one is "The Most Adorable Snowmen" and the second one is "For Santa". They are both mounted on glitter card from Hobbycraft. The icicle die is by Joy!Crafts. I die cut it from plain card then used Creative Expressions Fluffy Stuff and Papermania glitter to make the icicles really icy.

I'm sorry this is such a short post but I still have a couple more DT cards which are due in the next few days so I think I'd better get cracking! That will be eleven cards in a week!! Phew! I'll show some of them in future posts.

Take care.

Thursday 26 September 2019

Wedding or Anniversary for MAWTT

Good morning.  It's time for a new challenge at MAWTT and there are also some changes.  Wendy, who has been our blog administrator and team leader for the past four years, has decided to step down due to a change in her circumstances. Fortunately for us she will be staying on the design team.

Today's challenge theme was chosen by Caz and she wants to see wedding or anniversary cards.

My Card

A5 base card
backing  paper- Craftwork Cards (ancient stash)
Spellbinders dies
ribbon and lace from stash
Wild Orchid Crafts roses
punched leaves

I came across this paper when I was clearing out some boxes.  I always loved this set which was gold embossing on a mixture of dusky pinks, ivory and this one.  Beautiful! There were a few more scraps fortunately so I will make use of them at some stage.

Why not hop on over to the blog and check out the cards from the rest of Team B and maybe you will decide to join us.

Enjoy the rest of your day.

Sunday 15 September 2019

Things With Wings at IAAS

Good morning. IAAS have another challenge today and the theme is Things With Wings.  This is my DT card.

Please scroll down to previous post if you are looking for my card for the Christmas Card Club.

My Card

A5 base card
Hunkydory toppers and backing card "Feathered Friends"

Unusually for me I have made an A5 card and cut the front back by half.  here. Since I came across a load of Hunkydory packs a few weeks ago I have decided to use some of them. I used three of the toppers here.  It's amazing how much stash you accumulate - and then misplace .... lol! I must have had these years.

Why not go across to the blog and check out the cards from my teamies?  Perhaps you will decide to join in the challenge.  We would love to see you.

I hope you are having a good weekend.

 Take care.