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.


Monday, 5 August 2019

Non Traditional Colours for Christmas Card Club

Good morning to you all.  First of all I must apologise to my friends in the Christmas Card Club for being a day late. I 've had a busy week with my family here and also four DT cards to produce! Anyway I am here finally.

Card #1

Card # 2

These two cards are very simple 6" square cards using images from the Hunkdory Little Book of  of Festive Poetry.  I am determined to us this as much as possible.

Card # 3

Decided to make a rocker card for a change.
Papers and topper are from The Paper Boutique "A Whisper of Winter".  I love this set and the muted colours are perfect for Sylvie's challenge.
round dies - Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities Decorative Circles
stitch hole round die - Presscut from Crafts Too
Tonic Nuvo drops

Card # 4 For Rachel

This final card is for Rachels' reindeer challenge which I missed when I was on holiday back in June.  Sorry it has taken so long but I got there eventually!

6" square base card 
papers and topper as before
reindeer die - magazine freebie
shimmer gems - Hobbycraft

When I saw this topper with the reindeer I knew it would be perfect for Rachel's challenge.

Well that's it for now.  Hope you all had a great weekend and feel refreshed and ready to start the new week.

Take care.

Sunday, 4 August 2019

Dry or Heat Embossing for IAAS

Good morning.  Here I am for the fourth day in a row. Christina (CG) has chosen the theme of "Embossing - Dry or Heat" for IAAS.  I've gone with dry embossing.

My Card

pearlescent cardstock - Lime tree Crafts 
E/F -3D embossibilities Framed Labels 18
Labels 18 die - Spellbinders
sentiment stamp - "You Never Know" Quietfire Designs
flowers - Hobbycraft

This is a 7" x 5"  embossing folder so I made the base card as tent fold measuring an extra half inch all round. I attached the embossed piece with foam pads. I love the sentiment because it is so true and I have found it to be very useful on a number of occasions.

Well this is just a very quick post because I have family staying and it has been a busy and hectic week but so very enjoyable. We have been very lucky with the weather and so have been out and about quite a lot.

We are Just For Fun Challenge but why not pop across to the blog and see what the rest of the team have come up with? 

Take care and enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Saturday, 3 August 2019

12 Months of Christmas Link Up

Good morning.  The new challenge at 12 Months of Christmas is live and the theme is to add sparkle, glitter and/or bling.  Not hard to do on a Christmas card as I'm sure you will agree. The Sleigh Belles are showing their cards now and mid month is the turn of the Merry Maidens so you should come back then to see some more inspiration.

Our sponsor is The Oddball Art Company and you might win a gift certificate to spend in store.

My Card

6" square white base card 
silver glitter card - Hobbycraft
circle and lacey circle dies - Spellbinders
Digi image - sponsor's image "Chillie Willie"
backing paper - 12 days of Christams 2018 from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles

To be eligible for this month's free paper from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles link up two Christmas cards and you will automatically get one of the papers. Follow the optional theme to be eligible to win the whole set.

Take care  and I hope you are having a great weekend

Friday, 2 August 2019

Christmas Ornaments at Winter Wonderland.

Good morning.  Another challenge at Winter Wonderland and this time it is to use Christmas decorations on your project. Baubles are the obvious and will spring to your mind first no doubt, but you can use lights, stars, tinsel, holly etc.

Our sponsor this month is LeAnns World 101 and the prize on offer is two digi images from the Etsy store.

My Card

6" square blue base card
paper - Dovecraft "Winter Wonderland"
digi image - Decorating LeAnn
sentiment die - Yvonne Creations

Pop across to the blog and chreck out the cards from the DT.  Maybe you will be inspired to join However, do remember that it is Christmas projects only.

Take care and enjoy the sunshine - if it is shining where you are.

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Bees at Moving Along With The Times

Good morning.  June chose the theme of bees for our challenge this time.  I must confess I was at a loss because I haven't anything bee related, except for something I used in another MAWTT challenge a couple of months ago and I didn't want to use the same thing again.  Fortunately I came across some papers and toppers from a magazine from many many years ago - probably 12 years ago. It pays to be a hoarder sometimes. 😊

My Card 

 6" square base card in white
cream card to mat
topper and striped paper - from magazine

 This was a good find and the card came together very easily.  I fussy cut the extra bees and just added the topper onto  foam tape to give a little dimension.

Why not pop across to the blog and see what the rest of the team have made for the challenge?

My nephew and his partner are with us at the moment and staying for a few more days so I'm looking forward to some happy time with them - and with Molly of course.  Molly was my sister's little Yorkshire terrier adopted by Darren when his mum sadly passed away suddenly. She is a beautiful friendly little doggie and always has a great time when she's here since there is so much land for her to play in.

Take care and enjoy your day.

Monday, 22 July 2019

Monochrome for IAAS

Good morning and hope everybody is well. Apologies to Jane and the rest of the DT at IAAS - I completely forgot to post this yesterday!!  Oops!

My Card

6" square base card
image Lake in Winter - Stitchy Stamps (disc)
Pierced Noble squares - Sue Wilson
Triple trees die - Memory Box 

The image started life black and white but I digitally altered it to blue which makes it look very frosty and cold.  I did this earlier this year too and made something similar. All I had to do was then add lashings of glitter and job done.  My plan had been to use this card for the CCC challenge of trees but then I realised it would be perfect for this monochrome challenge .

Why not pop across to the blog and see what the rest of the DT have made for this challenge?

That's me done for today. Short and sweet post today.

Take care.


Sunday, 21 July 2019

Trees for Christmas Card Club

Good morning and I hope this finds you well. I had the pleasure of choosing the theme for this challenge and my choice was trees. This could have been Christmas trees, trees in the forest, etc so I'm looking forward to seeing what the other girls in our little club have made.

Card #1

5" x &7" white base card
kraft cardstock 
stamp, dies, e/f - Winter's Tale Crafter's Companion

The brick embossing folder came in a set together with the window die, Christmas tree stamp and another tree stamp. The pine leaves were a separate die set but all from the same range. I bought them early this year when they were on sale but haven't used them until now.  I put a piece of  transparency film behind the die  to make it look glass.  The tree was stamped onto a scrap piece of card stock which I thought looked like wallpaper.
Card #2

4" x 6" base card
Knban topper
unknown sentiment stamp
silver glitter card - Hobbycraft

Very simple card made with a glittered Kanban topper which I found in the back of a drawer.  There were four different ones on an A4 sheet.  It's difficult to see on the picture but the angel is holding her hand out to a white dove.

Card #3 

5" x 7" base card
e/f - Sue Wilson
sentiment die - Sue Wilson
Snowflake tree die - Britannia die
pearlescent card - Crafter's Companion

Another simple card with just a few pearls added. 

Well that's it from me today.

Take care and enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Sunday, 7 July 2019

Christmas in July at IAAS

Good morning.  Hope this finds you all well.  At IAAS this month the theme, chosen by Jennie, is Christmas in July.  Where Christmas cards are concerned it's Christmas all year round for me.  I love making them, sends masses of them and so make them continually.

(If you are looking for my Christmas Card Club entry please scroll down to previous post.)

My Card

6" square base card
Christmas Script background stamp  - Denami Designs
Star Swirl Tree - Denami Designs
blue vellum - stash

I have had the  Denami Designs rubber stamps  for about 15years but haven't used them for years. It's amazing what we find at the back of drawers.  These are really lovely and I'm sure I'll be using  them again soon.

I cut a piece of blue vellum to cover the card front and wrap around the back so that I didn't have to worry about showing any glue etc.. I stamped the Script stamp in white onto the vellum and heat embossed with Ranger Frosted Crystal embossing powder and attached it to the card front. Onto a narrow strip of the blue vellum I again stamped the Script stamp, this time with Brilliance Pearlescent Ice Blue and heat embossed with the same powder to give a different effect, although the difference is quite subtle. I embossed a piece of white card stock with Crafts Too embossing folder Snowflakes, wrapped the vellum strip round it, matted it onto silver mirri and attached to the centre. The star swirl tree was stamped with the blue ink and the same embossing powder and matted onto silver mirri. It wouldn't be Christmas without a bit of glitter so I added blue glitter to the star, and a bit of bling to the corners. The picture is really bad I'm afraid. It is quite shadowy where the vellum is loose because I only attached it to the back of the card where it overlapped and underneath the snowflake panel. It really does look far better in real life.

Take care and happy crafting.

Saturday, 6 July 2019

Christmas Baubles for the Christmas Card Club

Good morning and thanks for dropping by. This time at the Christmas Card Club Elizabeth wants to see Christmas Baubles.  We also have the option of Anything Goes but I always try to follow the theme. As usual I am posting a day early; the other girls will be posting their cards tomorrow.

 Card # 1

6" white base card 
Create a Card bauble die - Crafter's Companion 
Noble Pierced Squares - Sue Wilson
backing paper - Silent Night from First Edition
glitter card stock - Hobbycraft
sentiment stamp - from stash

I initially just used the glitter card as a mat but when I finished I realised there was a mark on the edge, right in the middle, which I couldn't get rid of.  In the end I decided to make a frame from another piece of the glitter card and add it to the top. Shame I wasted a large piece of glitter card which I had used as the mat.  Why do you never find your error until you have finished? Ah well, that's the way it goes sometimes.

Card # 2

7" x 5" base card
Falling Snow e/f - Crafter's Companion 
Bauble die -  Amy Designs
Pine sprigs - Sue Wilson
Sentiment die - Sue Wilson

It's very difficult to see the embossing on the red card stock unfortunately.  Anyway another couple for my Christmas stash, which is mounting up nicely.

Summer has returned to Oxfordshire and I hope it is the same for you too.

Take care and enjoy your weekend.

Friday, 5 July 2019

Christmas/Winter Buildings for Winter Wonderland.

Good morning to all my crafty friends and I hope this finds you all well.  Here at Winter Wonderland the challenge is to use Christmas /Winter Buildings on your projects. Deanne is hosting the challenge and she suggests  cottage, cabin, church, igloo, gingerbread house etc.  Quite a lot to choose from here.

My Card

6" square base card - Lidl cardstock
Christmas Lodge digi - Twinkle Lane Designs
Backing paper - Twinkle Lane Designs
Pierced Noble Squares - Sue Wilson
Fence - Sue Wilson
Frosted Pine tree - Memory Box
Icicle die - Joy!Crafts
Coloured with Promarkers

I used Diamond Dust on the roof of the cabin and Diamond Dust on the snow in front of the cabin and on the fir trees. 

We are sponsored this time by Twinkle Lane Designs and the prize on offer for the winner is three digi images,  or three sets of digi papers or a combination of images and papers. Why not pop across to the blog and check out the cards from the design team?  Maybe you will be inspired to join in the challenge but don't forget that we are a Christmas challenge only.

Well that's all from me today.

Take care and happy crafting.

Thursday, 4 July 2019

More Stars and Stripes

Good morning.  I hope this finds you  well and enjoying some sunshine.

Jenny is hosting our challenge at MAWTT and she wants to see Star and Stripes.  My last card featuring stars and strips was a masculine card so this time I made it feminine.

My Card

This is a very simple flat card. I made the six inch square base card from Hunkydory Adorable Scorable card stock. I then added a pink and white striped mat from Anna Marie Designs card stock but I din't want it to show as a mat, just peek through the stars. Unfortunately I don't know where the die cut background is from.  I bought a pack of them, pre-cut, from a craft show some years ago and this is the first time I have opened the packet.   The pack also includes the centre star die cut. I just added some pink pearls and a rub on greeting (remember those?) to finish off a simple card.

Why not pop over to the blog and check out the DT's card? You might decide to join our challenge too.

Have a good day and I hope it includes some crafting.

Take care.

Monday, 1 July 2019

Use Plaid for 12 Months of Christmas Link Up

Hi.  Well it's time for another challenge at the 12 Months of Christmas. The Sleigh Belles post their creations on the first of the month and then mid month the Merry Maidens will be here with some more inspiration for you.

My Card 

6" square white base card
 Image - Ike's Art
Joy die - First Edition
Backing Paper - Freebie from Decosses's Dynamite 

I added a png. image directly to the green plaid digital paper, copied and pasted it three times and then rotated it so that it formed corner borders all round before colouring with Promarkers.  I printed the images again, fussy cut them and added them with foam pads. Tonic Nuvo Drops and red pearls finished this simple card.

There is an optional twist to the challenge if you would like to follow it, but mainly the idea is somewhere for you to link up all your Christmas cards throughout the year.  The twist for this month's challenge is to use plaid. If you want the chance to win this month's featured paper pack, use PLAID papers prominently in your card design. While you can also use other types of papers for accent pieces, make sure that plaid features in a big way.   Keep in mind though, that you don't need to follow the twist to link up your cards and earn a free paper each month or for a chance to win a $10.00 gift voucher to the Ike's Art store. You simply need to follow the twist if you'd like a chance to win this month's featured digital paper pack, Multi-Coloured Plaids.

Pop over to the blog and check out the cards from the other Sleigh Belles and maybe you will be inspired to join in the challenge.

Take care and happy crafting.

Sunday, 23 June 2019

Stars and Stripes

Good morning.  Today my card is my DST card for the challenge at IAAS the theme of which is Stars and/or Stripes.  I managed to incorporate both into my card.

If you are looking for my CCC card please scroll down to previous post.

My Card 

5" x 7" tent card - black card Rymans
silvery grey card - ancient card from stash
striped card - Pennies Worth
lime card - LimeTree Crafts
starry e/f - Tatty Teddy
star dies - the Works
Stitched Flags and pennants - Sue Wilson 

I never use this bright lime green but it just added a lovely pop of color and seemed to bring it alive. I used a peel off birthday greeting on the pennants. Actually, although I call it lime green the colour on the pack says "chartreuse" - very posh - but still lime to me!

I think this card could be for anyone but it will be added to my small stock of male cards.  Please pop over to the blog and see what my teamies have made for this challenge.

Take care and enjoy the rest of the weekend. 

Saturday, 22 June 2019

Christmas Flowers for CCC

Good morning and hope you are all well.  It's time for me to show the cards I have made for the Christmas Card Club.  I missed the  last challenge because I was away on holiday so I will need to catch up on that one , which was Rachel's choice of reindeer.  Kate is our host this time and she wanted to see Christmas flowers.

base card made using Go Kreate Frilly dies # 10
red and white card - Rymans
Snowflake lattice e/f - Sue Wilson
Joy die - Sue Wilson
poinsettia dies - Britannia
 Card # 2

  Card # 3

These two cards are very simple. The pink one has a border of pretty flowers across the top while the red one has side borders of roses. I am determined to use that Hunkydory Festive Poetry book.  I just layered the image and then added Tonic Nuvo drops and a small poinsettia die from Marianne Creations.

I said that we were on holiday and unfortunately the weather was dire - rain every day!.  It didn't stop us going out everyday but we were unable to do some of the things that we had planned.  We had a beautiful cottage in Powys so at least we very comfortable when we were inside.

But I think the weather was even worse here.  We got home to find there had been a really bad storm which brought down an enormous ash tree at the bottom of our land. Fortunately it fell to the right, rather than into the road, but it damaged our farmer neighbour's fence so as well as sorting out the tree John had to sort out the fence.  Mind you the fence was in an appalling state anyway. He doesn't exactly spend money on decent fencing - some of it is old pallet wood and bits of other rubbishy stuff, including pieces of old rusted metal.  We do have two log burners so it means we will have lots of wood when it has had time to season.

Well that's it from me.

Take care and happy crafting.

Friday, 7 June 2019

Red and Green for Winter Wonderland

Good morning.  Hope this finds you all well. Today it is time to post my DT card for  Winter Wonderland.  The challenge, as chosen by Helen, is to use red and green.  Now how simple can that be when you are making Christmas cards?

Our sponsor this month is Dr Digi's House of Stamps and we have been able to use some really fun images.

My Card

6" square easel card base - cardstock Hobbycraft
patterned papers - Decosses's Dynamite
sentiment die - First Edition 
coloured  with Promarkers

I love this image; it really makes me smile. Why not pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the team have come up with? We would love you to join in the challenge but please remember we are a Christmas challenge only.

Well this is a very quick post from me because I have a very busy day ahead. Have a great weekend everybody.

Take care and happy crafting!

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Sketch Challenge at MAWTT

Good morning and another challenge at MAWTT and it is my turn to host the challenge. Like many of us my mojo sometimes goes walkabout and at these times I find sketches ideal to give me a few ideas.  I thought it might be fun to follow a sketch for this challenge but that means everything else is down to you and you can make the theme whatever you want it to be eg Christmas, Birthday, Get Well etc etc.

The Sketch

My Card

7" x 5" white base card
pink card - Hobbycraft
papers - "Whimsical Pastels" The Works
stitched flags dies - Sue Wilson
sentiment stamp - JustRite
pearls - from stash

I love the soft colours and patterns in these papers and at £3 for a 12" pad they are such good value.I have quite a number of these pads now. I managed to incorporate four of the papers onto my card. 

Why not pop across to the blog and take a look at the cards from Team B?  Perhaps they will inspire you to use the sketch in a card of your own.

Take care and happy crafting.

Saturday, 1 June 2019

Gingerbread for the 12 Months of Christmas Link Up

 Good morning. I hope you are all doing okay. It's time for my second DT post for the 12 Months of Christmas Link Up. Our sponsor this month is Beccy's Place.

My Card

6"  kraft base card - from Hobbycraft card stock
 papers - Peppermint Diagonals "12 Days Of Christmas 2018"   
Cookie Group - from Gingerbread Cookies  
(both papers - Decosses Dynamite)
 image and sentiment - Beccy's Place  "Sugar and Spice " set
Christmas die - First Edition 
Promarkers to colour

As you can see I have gone with another zed fold card.  It just seemed to fit with the image of my gingerbread men marching across the card.

There is an optional twist to the challenge if you would like to follow it, but mainly the idea is somewhere for you to link up all your Christmas cards throughout the year.  The twist for this month's challenge is to use some form of a gingerbread image eg gingerbread house, gingerbread men or women, or general gingerbread cookies, etc.  as the main image for your card. Keep in mind though that you don't need to follow the twist to link up your cards and earn a free paper each month, or for a chance to win a $10 AU gift voucher from Beccy's Place.

Why not pop across to the blog and check out what the other Sleigh Belles have made with their images?  Maybe it will inspire you to create something too and get ahead with your Christmas cards.

Well that's it from me today.  I hope you all have a great weekend.

Take care and happy crafting .

Sunday, 26 May 2019

Lace and Pearls

Good morning. I hope all is well and that you have been enjoying some good weather.  I've been doing a lot of work in the garden before the weather changes.

 I'm here with a card for International Art and Soul today where the challenge is to use lace and pearls

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

My Card

6" square base card
patterned paper - Craftwork Cards (ancient stash)
paper doiley - from stash
French Pastry doiley die - Cheery Lynn
Fancy Tags - Spellbinders
lace and ribbon - from stash
pearls spray - Want2Scrap
sentiment stamp - unknown

I found this piece of paper in my box of off cuts - I have no idea how many years it's been there but it's a long time! The lace is some that I bought years ago in our local haberdashers when they were selling off old stock.  I got about 25 metres  on a card and it worked out at about 6p per metre - quite the bargain ... lol!  And of course two lacy doileys which also fit the theme.

A few years ago I decided that wooden stamps took up too much space so I took all the rubber stamps off the wood - and forgot to make a note of the company!  I learned after the initial mistake!!!  But it certainly freed up masses of storage space.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Why not pop over to the blog and see what the rest of the team have come up with for this challenge?

Take care and happy crafting.