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.