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.

Saturday 25 May 2019

Let There be Light

Good morning to you all and I hope this finds you fit and well.

Our Fearless leader, Margaret (who keeps us all on the straight and narrow and works so hard on our behalf) has chosen the theme for our Christmas Card Club challenge and she wants to see Christmas lights.  Now this can be any lights such as Christmas tree lights, lamp posts, candles, lanterns, lights shining through a window etc.  She has given us a really wide scope.

Card #1

6" cream square base card - made from Crafts UK Ltd A3 card
aqua card stock to mat - Hobbycrafts
papers - Helz Cuppleditch Christmas Village paper pack
matching decoupage topper - Helz Cuppleditch

This paper pack includes papers, and strips of papers which match the toppers etc and that is what I have used to form the layer on my card.  There is also a separate pack of decoupage toppers. I have always put my decorative layer in the middle of the card but I saw Sam at Mixed Up Crafts do it this way and it actually leaves much more room for your toppers or verses etc. The backing paper is really glittery and looks great. If you haven't found Mixed Up Crafts yet you really should take a peek; she is terrific and does some wonderful videos.  I have made a few of her bags and boxes which I have yet to show but I'll get around to it soon.

Card # 2

 4" x 6" base card
blue card stock- from stash
image - LOTV
lamp post die - Britannia dies
Pierced Noble rectangles - Sue Wilson
Sentiment die - Sue Wilson 
Falling Snow e/f - Sue Wilson

I think this more or less speaks for itself. This image is just so sweet.

Well that's it from me today. Hope you all enjoy the weekend.

Take care and happy crafting.

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