Sunday, 12 May 2019

Ecology/Environment/Conservation at IAAS

Good morning and hope this finds you all well. Sall chose our theme at IAAS this time, and I must say I struggled with this but in the end, when I found this image of a tropical rain forest, I thought it fit the theme.

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

My Card
7" x 5" base card
image - Greetings Card Factory

Another CAS card which I completed digitally by adding the three layers, including the sentiment and  label for it. There is a fine green border round the sentiment label but it is not easy to see in the picture  I then just printed it off and mounted it onto the card base.  I decided it needed nothing else.

This reminds me so much of our trip into the rain forest in Trinidad (or it might have been Tobago).  I can almost smell it and I think I'll start perspiring soon ... lol!

Why not pop over to the blog and see what the rest of the DT have made for this "challenging" 

Today would have been the birthdays of my mum and dad and mum's twin brother.  I think the three of them will  be celebrating their 93rd birthday together in heaven.  I still miss them all.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.  Take care and happy crafting.

Saturday, 11 May 2019

Children at Christmas for CCC

Good morning and time for a new challenge for the girls in the Christmas Card Club. Kate has chosen the theme this time and as you can see she wants to see cards for children. As usual I am a day early with my card.

Card #1 

5" x 7" base card 
red card stock - Rymans
 Elisabeth Bell image -The Hobby House
lacy circles die - Spellbinders
sentiment - computer generated

This card was in my box from a while ago just awaiting an image and sentiment so it was a five minute job.

Card #2

6" square base card
digi image - Polkadoodles
snowball barrel - internet
lacy circle die - Spellbinders
sentiment stamp - Little Claire Designs
large snowflakes -  Marianne dies
small snowflakes - punch
Promarkers to colour

Card #3

6" base card
papers and topper - Cuddly Buddly (ancient digi downloads)

This image never fails to make me smile. I just added some punched stars to finish and tie in with the papers. (I think the name has now changed to Buddly Crafts.)

Well that's it for now.

Take care and happy crafting.

Thursday, 9 May 2019

Black and White

Good morning and time for another challenge at Moving Along With The Times.  Debbie has chosen the theme and she wants to see "Black and White".  I decided to go with a CAS card.

My Card

Linen Card Stock - Hobbycraft
Black glossy card stock - Hunkydory
 Small Circle Burst die - Memory Box
Poppy die - Sue Wilson
Sentiment- Computer generated

This really is a CAS card but I must say I like it. I always used to keep adding stuff to CAS cards but I think I have now trained myself and sometimes I think less really is more.

Why not pop across to the blog and see what the rest of the DT have made with the black and white theme?

Take care and happy crafting!

Friday, 3 May 2019

Don't Be Square

Good morning. Hope this finds you all well and ready for another Bank Holiday weekend. I somehow don't feel we will be quite so lucky with the weather this time.

It's time for a new challenge at Winter Wonderland where the theme, chosen by me, is "Don't Be Square" so we want to see any square cards.  It will be interesting to see what shapes you come up with

Our sponsor this month is Bugaboo Stamps. The prize on offer is $12  to spend in store.

My Card

base card - using Go Kreate Frilly #10
snowflake lattice e/f - Sue Wilson
 Tonic Nuvo Drops

I really love the shape of this die and I cannot understand why I don't use it more often.  Maybe it will be making another appearance before too long. The image I used didn't need too much doing to it.  I coloured a few of the baubles and then just added lashings of glitter in the same colours as the Promarkers used.

Why not pop over to the blog and see work of the DT and maybe you will be inspired to join us in he challenge.  Do remember that we are a Christmas challenge only.

Well that's all from me today.

Take care and happy crafting.

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up: Feature a Creature

Good morning and I hope this finds you all well. A couple of months ago I was approached by Lisa from "The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up Blog" asking if I would be interested in becoming one of her DT members. Since my favourite cards to make are Christmas  cards of course I jumped at the chance! I am so excited today to be posting my very first DT card.

Our challenges start on the 1st of the month with cards by the Sleigh Belles team (which now includes me) followed by a reminder mid month from the Merry Maidens team.  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 "Feature a Creature" so in addition to your card being Christmas themed you can choose to use any sort of animal, whether  wild or domestic, as the focal point of your card if you so wish. If you do follow the twist there is a chance you could win this month's featured paper pack. How easy is that?

We are sponsored this month by

My Card

7" x 5" base card - Rymans
red card stock- Rymans
patterned paper - Decosses Dynamite Doodles
Candy Cane Hippo - sponsors image
Noble Pierced Rectangles - Sue Wilson
Stitched Flags - Sue Wilson

I really hope you decide to take part in the challenge.  If you have not been over to the blog you will be pleasantly surprised at being able to earn a free paper each month  just for entering, and also the chance to win a $9 gift certificate from our sponsor. So what are you waiting for?

Take care and happy crafting.

Love and hugs 

Sunday, 28 April 2019

Birthday Card for International Art and Soul

Good morning.   This is my DT card for IAAS where our host is Crafty Girl and she would like to see a birthday card. Couldn't be simpler than that could it?

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

My Card

6" square base card
topper - Little Claire Designs
papers -  "Petal Fresh" Lili of the Valley old stash
ribbon and pearls from stash
blue card - stash

A simple, fresh looking card  using some old LOTV papers.  I forgot to photograph the inside which said "..... it's your birthday", which I computer generated, but I think you've got the idea.

We are a "Just For Fun" blog but why not pop across and see if the DT can give you any inspiration?

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Take care and happy crafting.

Saturday, 27 April 2019

Cosy and Cute for the Christmas Card Club

Good morning.  Here I am a day early with my card for the Christmas Card Club. Zoe has chosen our theme.  If we are unable to make a card for a particular theme we now have the option of Anything Goes.  I always follow the theme because, for me, I like the challenge of doing something I may be unfamiliar with.  My cards today are all cute but not so much cosy, so I hope Zoe is happy with that.

My Cards

Card #1

6" square base card - Rymans 
dull gold card - Anna Marie Designs
white card - Rymans
image - Ruth Morehead image ? from Sylvia Zet
Nestabilities Labels 11- Spellbinders
snowflake lattice e/f - Sue Wilson 
Noel die - First Edition

Cards #2 and #3

Both CAS one layer card printed directly onto linen cardstock
and cut to A6 size. 
Digi images unknown - in stash for many years
Peel off sentiments on first card and computer generated sentiment on second.

Well I think we have seen the last of the good weather but at least we had a hot and sunny Bank Holiday for a change.   Enjoy the weekend everybody.

Take care and happy crafting.

Sunday, 14 April 2019


Good  morning and here I am again, this time with an Easter card. I don't do Easter cards; in fact I don't do cards for Valentine or Halloween either.  However, this is my DT card for International Art and Soul and the remit was to make an Easter card.

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

My Card

7" x 5" base card
linen card stock
Helz Cuppleditch images

I used the same Helz Cuppleditch digi images as I did the other day for my Spring card. I fussy cut the Easter eggs from one of the papers.   A very simple card but it looks pretty.  I'll probably send it to my nephew's children now I've got it.

Please pop over to the blog to see what the cards and projects from the rest of the team.

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

Saturday, 13 April 2019

Christmas/Winter Scene

Good morning.  Time once again for our little group to get ahead with our Christmas cards.  Shaz chose the theme and wants to see a Christmas or Winter Scene.  I have made two cards this time.

Card #1

6" base card all white card sock - Rymans
blue pearlescent card - Limetree Crafts
digi image - Stitchy Bear Stamps (no longer in business)
Frosty Fir and Frosty Spruce - Memory Box
Icicles - Joy!crafts.
Noble Pierced Squares - Sue Wilson

I printed the image onto a piece of cardstock which I then folded into a 6" base card. The image comes in black and white but I digitally altered it to blue because it seemed to look more frosty and chilly. I die cut a border using the Noble Pierced squares and attached it to the base card with foam tape. Lots of glitter was added to the image and the trees and the icicles were sprayed with Crafter's Companion Pearl Diamond Spray and Sparkle, although it doesn't show up too well in the picture.

Card #2

8" base card 
all other card stock from stash
stamp - Snowy Village from Petulama (ancient!)
all tree dies - Memory Box
Frosty Snowflake Corner die - Sue Wilson
Noble Pierced Squares - Sue Wilson 
sentiment die - Sue Wilson
snowflakes and deer - from my box of previously cut dies

I did a very similar card a couple of years ago but that was a six inch card.  This time I just added more layers and made it a very large 8" card.  Don't ask me why because the biggest card I ever do is 7" square! I stamped the image in black and then heat embossed it with pearl plum embossing powder which looks really good when the light catches it but not so good in the photo. I also added another Noble Pierced Square border.

I'm getting on pretty well with my Christmas cards so far so I'm pretty pleased with myself ... lol!

Well that's it from me today but I will be back tomorrow with another card so hope to see you then.

Take care and enjoy your weekend.

Thursday, 11 April 2019

MAWTT has That Spring Feeling

Good morning and I hope this finds you all well.  We had a frost last night but it is bright and sunny this morning, albeit rather chilly.

Judith has chosen the theme for our challenge at MAWTT and she wants to see cards about spring. Spring is such a lovely time of the year and it is great to see the blossom on the trees right now.

My Card

For my card I have used papers and images from "Spring Blooms" by Helz Cuppleditch. This book comes in either hard copy or digital format.  I opted for the digital form because a) it is cheaper and b) you can print out more copies and change the size etc. It can only be bought on Etsy in case you are interested.

In this card I used a background paper, a large topper and a sentiment topper which I printed onto linen card stock and also used linen card stock to make the base card.  I fussy cut a couple of flowers and added some Nuvo drops to the centres.

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

Take care.

Friday, 5 April 2019

Cute Christmas at Winter Wonderland

Good morning and I hope this finds you all well. We've had a couple of days of really heavy rain, but that's not a problem.  I didn't have to go out so just curled up in front of the log burner.

It's time for another challenge at Winter Wonderland.  Our sponsor is Imagine That Digi Stamp.

My Card

5" x 7" blue base card - Hobbycraft 
white card to mat - from stash
silver glitter card - Crafter's Companion
digi backing paper - from stash
sponsors image - Christmas Owl

I used a pre-coloured image and superimposed it onto the digital backing paper and they were a good match for each other. Lots of glitter - well it is for Christmas - and some clear gems to highlight the stars.

Kris is offering the winner a $10 dollar coupon to spend instore - so what are you waiting for?  Why not pop across to the blog and see which images my teamies have used on their cards?  There are some great creations to give you inspiration.

Take care and have fun.

Sunday, 31 March 2019

CAS at International Art And Soul

Good morning and Happy Mothering Sunday to all the mums amongst you.  I hope you are being spoiled today.

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

Another challenge at International Art and Soul where we take it in turns to choose the theme. It's Maggie's choice this time and she has chosen CAS using blue.

My Card

White linen card stock - Hobbycraft 
Blue pearlescent card - Jelly bean Craft
prim Poppy die - Memory Box
Tessatina border die - memory Box
Sentiment die - Sue Wilson

I chose to use linen card to counter  the effect of so much white space.  Although in reality it looks great unfortunately it is not discernible in the photograph so you'll have to take my word for it.

Another quick post from me.

Take care and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Saturday, 30 March 2019

Santa for the Christmas Card Club.

Good morning.  This week Rita has chosen the theme for the Christmas Card Club and she wants to see Santa.  How easy is that?  I have managed to make two cards which are in total contrast to each other - one beautifully vintage and the other super modern.

Card #1

5" x 7" blue base card and mats - Hobbycraft
silver non shed glitter card - Crafter's Companion
snowflake dies -X Cut
image - from my digi files (? source - a long time ago)
Nuvo drops

Card #2

4" x 6" red card stock - Rymans
Image 0 Greeting Card Factory De luxe
sentiment - stamp from stash

I love the contrast between the beautiful Vintage Santa and the modern Santa revving up around the streets. I know exactly who this will be going to.  A friend of John is really into motor bikes and has at least four, plus one he is in the process of rebuilding.

The vintage image with the gorgeous snowy owl and rabbit is fabulous.  I have a similar one in red robes which I must use soon.

Well that's it for today but I will be back tomorrow.

Take care and have a lovely weekend.

Monday, 18 March 2019

Green and Two Other Colours

Good morning.  This is my DT card for International Art And Soul where the theme is to use green and two other colours.

My Card

5"x7" base card - Rymans card stock
silver and green card - from stash
Christmas gift boxes - recycled

I just loved these boxes which were on a commercial  Christmas card I received this past Christmas.  In fact they were so great I just had to reuse them ASAP in case I put them away in a safe place never to be seen again ... lol. 😀😁😄.  I just added a peel off in the corner.  Hands up - how many of us have loads of peel offs in a drawer?

Why not pop across to the blog and see what my DT sisters have come up with?

I'm off to our WI Federation Annual Meeting this morning so I will check out your blogs when I get home.  The main speaker is Simon King the wild life photographer so that should be interesting.

Take care.

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Festive Food

Good morning.  Happy St Patrick's Day and also happy birthday to my brother Morgan - an Englishman, born on the Irish Saint's Day and christened with a Welsh name.

Here we are again at the Christmas Card Club.  These two weeks come round so quickly.  This time the theme is Festive food chosen by Lorraine.

My Cards 



All three cards are 6" square and are what I think of as my "bread and butter"cards.  In other words simple, flat cards which are cheaper to post.  I save my other cards for special friends and family members when I can go to town. 

The first card uses an image from the Paper Shelter and then I added a holly corner from Joanna Sheen Signature die and some pearls. The other two are using images from the same Hunkydory pad as I used last time. I also used a Marianne poinsettia die in the corners. I must thank Lydia for the tip she gave about looking at Ebay for taster packs.  I have checked them out and think it is a great way because although ot might be a little more expensive initially you save in the long run by not ending up with loads that you won't use. I didn't actually buy any Hunkydory, but I did buy some taster toppers and papers from Helz Cuppleditch so thanks again Lydia.

Gosh the last few days have been really wild!  I do so hate wind because it can be so destructive. It has also been very cold but no rain or snow, unlike those in the far north and also Wales.  I think next week is supposed to improve - if you can believe it.

Well that's all from today and I hope you are all well.

Take care.

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Bugs at MAWTT

Good morning. It is time for another challenge for Team B at MAWTT and Jessie has chosen the theme and she would like to see bugs on your card or project. Now bugs can mean butterflies, dragon flies, bees, ladybirds, spiders etc.  I have managed to incorporate a bee and some butterflies on my card.

My Card

6" square white base card
lilac pearlescent card stock - from stash
paper and topper - Butterfly Ballet from The Paper Boutique
butterfly dies - The Works
Pierced Noble Rectangles - Sue Wilson

This is such a simple card but it is quite pretty. I covered the front of the card with paper from this beautiful pack and then added a frame on top. The lilac pearlescent card stock is from my stash but I'm afraid I cannot remember where I bought it.

Why not pop over to the blog and see what my team mates have made for this challenge and you might be inspired to join in with us. For this challenge you could make male cards or children's card with this theme too.

Hope you have a great day. I'm sure I will - I am off to the NEC to meet up with Mrs Duck where we will no doubt put the world to rights.

Take care.

Monday, 4 March 2019

Beads or Sequins for IAAS

Good morning, and apologies to my team mates at IAAS This should have been posted yesterday!

My Card

An extremely quick card to make.  This is a 5" x 7" base card made from Hobbycraft card stock.  The image is from Hunkydory .  I just chose the three colors from the image and used  card from my stash to mat and layer.  The sequins have been in my stash for years and this is the first time I've used them!

Why not pop over to the blog were you will see some great makes from the DT.

I hope you didn't suffer too badly in the storm.  Our lounge is upstairs and we were watching "Endeavour" on television (one of my favourites and I'm sorry it was the last episode) when there was an almighty crash on the roof!  We dashed outside but so dark and rainy that we couldn't see anything.  However this morning John went up onto the roof early and the wind had torn the chimney cowl off.  The concrete base had been totally smashed and it was all wedged in the guttering.   Once the wind dies down properly he will see what he can do with it.  I do so hate wind - it is so destructive! Still I suppose we got off fairly lightly.

Sorry for the quick post but I am about to leave for an optician appointment.

Update -  The wind also brought down a huge limb of a tree and blocked the narrow lane which is the access to our house.  It was still partly attached so I had to go back and get John to bring his chainsaw.  Fortunately I had anticipated there might be problems and had left early.  I made the appointment by the skin of my teeth and running all the way from the car park. Note to self -  must get fitter ... lol!

Take care.

Sunday, 3 March 2019

Poinsettias for Christmas Card Club

Good morning.  I hope this finds you well.  After the very unseasonal spring weather earlier in the week winter is about to return with a vengeance.  I hope you are not too badly affected by the storm when it comes.

I have made three cards this time; two are extremely simply but they still build up the numbers.

Card #1

7" square base card - Crafter's Companion Centura Pearl
(also used for the main dies )
red card - Rymans
Oakham Lattice die - John Next Door
Poinsettia Garland die - Sue Wilson
Sentiment die - Sue Wilson

Card # 2

Card #3

Both cards made using toppers from a Hunkydory Little Christmas Book.  These toppers are approximately 5" square so for speed I just used toning card and matted them onto
red 6" square base cards from Hobbycraft. I'll probably add some pearls to the corners too.

There are some lovely poems in here but I actually felt rather cheated.  You are unable to view the images and poems because the books are sealed but on the front cover was a lovely image  of a robin and matching poem so I bought the book based on that.  I automatically assumed that was included in the book - WRONG!!  I was a bit miffed and I certainly won't be buying anymore because although the Christmas ones are pretty good, there are also three or four New Year ones and I don't make New Year cards. Since each image is repeated four times it means I am unable to use about a dozen. Ah well, we live and learn. I need to find somebody who makes New Year cards so I can pass them on, so if that is you please shout out.

Anyway, I've waffled on long enough.

Take care.

Friday, 1 March 2019

Fuzzy Wuzzy Christmas at Winter Wonderland

Good morning and thanks for visiting me today. The theme for our challenge at Winter Wonderland  is "Fuzzy Wuzzy Christmas" and has been chosen by Deanne. This month we would like you to create something that is furry, frizzy, fluffy, puffy or fuzzy wuzzy!! Think furry animals, fluffy hats or mitts, puffy coats, frizzy beards (like Santa's!!) That gives you a wide scope so I'm sure you will be able to create something for the challenge. Our sponsor is Sheepski Designs and Andrea is offering the winner three digi images of their choice.

My Card

Using sponsor's image Snowboardin'

6" square white base card - Rymans
teal pearlescent card - Jellybean Crafts
Falling Snow e/f- Sue Wilson
notched corner square dies - Crafts Too
Promarkers to colour
digi paper from stash - unknown

This is such a fun image and I love the expression on the snowman's face.  He looks as if he is really enjoying the experience. I added pink glitter to the cap and mitts to finish it off.  After I had taken the picture I decided to add a sentiment in the corner of the topper but didn't get round to taking another picture.

Please pop over to the blog and see what the rest of Santa's Helpers have come up with for the challenge and maybe you will feel inspired to join us. Remember that we are a Christmas challenge!

Take care.

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Shades of one Colour for IAAS

Good morning. After rain and mist yesterday we have another lovely sunny morning today.

Today is  my DT card for IAAS where the theme is to use shades of one colour.

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

My Card

A5 card base - Crafters Companion Centura Pearl card
glitter card - Hobbycraft
teal pearlescent card - Limetree Crafts
Cross dies - Spellbinders
Sunray die - Sue Wilson
Oval die -  Austrian Collection Sue Wilson
 Sentiment computer generated

My great nephew's Christening takes place this afternoon in Co Durham so I won't be attending.  However,  my card was posted early in the week so it should have got there in good time. 

Why not pop over to the blog and see what the rest of the team have made for this theme?  We are a "Just For Fun" challenge but I think it often gives some inspiration, particularly if your mojo is not working as efficiently as it should - and I think we all have some of that at times.

Take care and enjoy the rest of your weekend.