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.

Saturday, 14 September 2019

Oh Deer - Anything Goes at Christmas Card Club

Good morning, time for another challenge with my Christmas Card Club friends. Actually I'm a day early because the post is not due until Sunday. We have a very simple theme this time which is Anything Goes.  However, since I missed Rachel's challenge in June when her choice was Reindeer I decided to take the opportunity to catch up on that and so have used deer on my cards today.

Card # 1

Card # 2 

These two cards were made with die cuts from a book of die cuts that I bought from The Works and which cost only £3.  They are ideal if you want to make cards in a hurry or have a lot to make.  The book contains twelve pages of diecuts, with a great many diecuts on each page, to make twelve cards.  I didn't actually use all the die cuts on each page.All I added was the kraft base card and a matting layer. So for 36 pence per card, plus the base card and foam squares, I deem that great value for money.  I have since added glitter to the first card.

Card # 3 
6" square white base card
backing paper - Let It Snow paper pad Hobbycraft
star die -John Next Door
stag die - Precious Marieke
sentiment die - Sue Wilson

This backing paper is so pretty that the card really made it self.  I used the star from JND Sam's Starz together with the sentiment die and stag with  baubles die. If you look closely at the paper you will see white deer hiding away in the bottom corners.  The glitter is not easy to see but in real life it is very pretty.

 Well that's all from me today.

Take care and have a great weekend.

Monday, 2 September 2019

Use Kraft at 12 Months of Christmas

Good morning and it is time again for another challenge at the 12 Months of Christmas Link Up.

Our sponsor this time is Patti's Creations and the winning prize, if you followed the twist, is three digi images from her Etsy store.  You also have chance to win something just from entering the challenge so don't hang around.

My Card

6" square base card
kraft card - Hobbycraft
red and green striped paper - Decosse's Dynamite
sentiment on globe - computer generated
sentiment die  - Sue Wilson
icicle die - Joy!Crafts
Promarkers to colour
red shimmer gems - Hobbycraft

 Although there is an optional twist to the challenge if you would like to follow it,  mainly the idea is somewhere for you to link up all your Christmas cards throughout the year. The  twist  this time is to use kraft card/paper on your card.  The Sleigh Belles are showing their cards now and mid month you will find more inspiration from the Merry Maidens so you should check back then.

Why not go over to the blog and see the cards from the other Sleigh Belles.  This is a good chance to get ahead with your Christmas cards because the year is simply flying by now!

Take care.

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Layer it Up at IAAS

Good morning.  It was my turn to choose the theme for this challenge and I asked to see lots of layers on the cards.   I love to do this. I know it's a bit of a nightmare for those who like nothing more than a CAS card but that's what a challenge is all about isn't it?

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

My Card



6 " square base
papers - First Edition "Love Letters"
topper - "Spring Bringer" from Wee Stamps 
roses - Wild Orchid Crafts
leaf sprays - Britannia 
standard and lacy circle dies - Spellbinders
sentiment stamp -  Quietfire Designs
lace, ribbon and pearls from stash

It's a few years since I made one of these cards so I quite enjoyed it. I used A3 card stock to form the base pocket and then cut the sides diagonally.  I didn't think until I had finished it and taken the photographs that I should have added a stand at the back.  I have  card stand die from John Next Door which is ideal for this so I shall go ahead and do that now.

We are a Just For Fun challenge blog but why not pop across and see the creations from my teamies? We do have banners for the winners so take a look and maybe you will be inspired to join in?

I hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Take care.

Saturday, 31 August 2019

Snowman/men for Christmas Card Club

Good  morning.  Gosh these two weeks certainly come round quickly. The theme this time was chosen by ValeryAnne and she wants to see snowmen on our cards, either one or more.

Card # 1

6" square white card base - Rymans
pink pearlescent card from stash
pink snowflake paper - Helz Cuppleditch
lacy squares - Spellbinders
stitched flags - Sue Wilson
shimmer gems - Hobbycraft  
promarkers to colour 
peel off sentiment (white but colored pink)

I have had this digi image a long time and use it a lot but I cannot remember where it is from. I decided to make my snowman a snow lady! I think she looks very pretty in pink. Judging from her smile she seems delighted to have a little friend with her.

Card # 2

DL card base
red and black card - Rymans
digi image - Crafty Ribbons
promarkers to colour 
peel off sentiment (white but coloured black)

I haven't made a DL card for years but this image definitely called for one.  I have had this image a few years and have never actually used it.  I bought it at the same time as I bought the matching ribbon.  I used the ribbon but not the digi.  I went onto the website to see if they still did it but unfortunately not.  They still have the digi but not the ribbon which is a shame because it is gorgeous. I decided to just add a dash of red to each of the snow people, rather than colouring them in totally, because I felt it made them pop.

Well that's it from for today.  The rest of the girls in our little club will be posting their cards tomorrow but I have a DT card tomorrow which is my reason for showing this ahead of time.

Take time and enjoy your weekend.

Thursday, 29 August 2019

Things With Wings at MAWTT

Good morning.  I must admit to feeling thankful that the weather has turned a wee bit cooler.  Unfortunately I'm not on of those people who love to bake in the sun, and sleeping in this heat proves virtually impossible so with lack of sleep and feeling drained from the heat I have not exactly been firing on all cylinders.

Time for another challenge at MAWTT and the theme is "Things With Wings".  Now this doesn't have to be just butterflies and birds, although they certainly spring to mind first and foremost as I have proven with my card. You could choose fairies, planes, dragonflies etc.

My Card

6" square white base card - Rymans
papers and topper - "Butterfly Ballet" from the Paper Boutique
raspberry card for matting - from stash
bird dies - The Works.

These papers and toppers from this set are so gorgeous the card almost made itself. The Paper Boutique really have such fabulous papers and I have a few different sets, including Christmas, so you will be seeing more.

Just a quick post today but why not pop over to the blog and see what my teamies have come up with for this challenge?

Take care.

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Flowers for IAAS

Good morning.  This is my DT card for International Art and Soul. I was going through some stuff last week and came across a lot of Hunkydory stuff so I thought I would use it for this challenge

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

My Card

7" square base card
Topper and card stock - Hunkydory"Fabulously Floral"

It has been years since I did anything with acetate so this is what I came up with. I cut away most of the card front and just left enough at the top to attach the acetate. All I need to do then was to add a header and footer with a topper and sentiment topper.  I added silver floral peel off borders because they are so like the silver flowers around the topper. A very easy card but looks so pretty. Mind you, it was terrible to photograph without getting reflections showing ion the acetate but I think I did okay in the end.  Why not pop over to the blog and see what my team mates have come up with and maybe you will feel inspired to join in the challenge?

We had a very successful day at the village show yesterday but I was absolutely shattered when I got home.  We raised £1200 - and when I tell you that we only charge £1 for tea and coffee and £2 for cake you can just imagine how many people we served!!  No wonder we were all cream crackered ... lol! I think next year we may have to think about raising the prices a wee bit because we have charged the same for the last five years. But then again, maybe that's why we have so many customers? It was rather breezy initially but the wind soon died down and the sun shone so we were very lucky considering - that we had torrential rain and high winds on Friday and it is raining again this morning.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Take care.

Saturday, 17 August 2019

CCC Patterned Papers

Good morning.  Another challenge for our Christmas Card Club. GranMargaret is hosting and wants to see two or more patterned papers on our cards this week.

Card #1

5" x 7" base card from kraft card
kraft snowflake paper - LOTV
other papers - Handmade Holiday by Simple Stories
snowflake die - Marianne
trees - ancient stash from Lakeland
snow flake border - Memory Box

Card # 2

5" x 7" base card from cream card stock
krat card to mat
papers - Handmade Holiday as above
snowflake die - Xcut

A very quick post today because I forgot to schedule it last night. It is our village show today and WI is once again serving the teas.  About five years ago we were asked to stand in for the person who used to organise things when she was heavily pregnant and unable to do it.  We became victims of our own success because it was so successful and raised so much money that we have been asked to do it ever since.  So it  has been quite a bit of baking over the last day or two and this morning we will be setting up ready for this afternoon.  Hopefully the weather will be a bit kinder than yesterday!

Take care and enjoy your weekend.