Sunday, 5 July 2020

Tiny Things for IAAS

Good morning.  I scarcely believe that after not posting for two weeks here I am on my fifth day in a row.  I have been busily crafting and will show things when I get round to it but I have also been giving John a helping hand out in the field.

Anyway one of my lock down projects was this banner for WI - when we eventually manage to get together but that is looking pretty hopeless for some time yet.

Please scroll down to previous post if you are looking for my CCC post.

My Project

It was made using wooden letters I bought at the NEC last November with this in mind but never actually got round  to doing anything with them so this was a golden opportunity.  Each letter is 4" high so it will look fine when we eventually get it hung up. I painted them with Pinflair Buff-It paint which is so lovely to use.  I applied it with a cloth and then buffed it up, producing a really beautiful sheen. It was then easily decorated using stuff from my stash - tiny flowers, butterflies and dragon flies with an odd leaf here and there.  My plan was to use ribbon to hang it but I didn't have anything narrow enough so for the time being Bakers twine will suffice.

Why not pop across to the blog and see what "tiny things"my team mates have come up with.

Take care and stay safe and well. The lock down rules are relaxing but it's even more important to be vigilant now.  I'm going to be carrying on exactly as I'm doing; I don't want to jump into the pool just yet!

Saturday, 4 July 2020

Christmas Trees at Christmas Card Club

Good morning.  It's not exactly summer weather right now is it? Jeans and sweatshirts in July - and we even lit the wood burner last night.. 

Today it's time for another challenge for our little club and  Shaz chose the theme this time.  She wants to  see Christmas trees.

My Cards

Two six inch square cards matted with sage green card from Limetree Crafts and the paper is from the Dovecraft Glad Tidings pack. The Christmas tree toppers were from the LOTV  Art Pads.

A very quick post today. Take care and have a good weekend.

Friday, 3 July 2020

At Winter Wonderland it's Hip to be Square

Good morning. It's time for a new challenge at Winter Wonderland and as you can see the theme is Hip to be Square which means we want to see square cards.  How easy could that be? Our sponsor is Fred She Said.

My Card

6"square white base card - Rymans
green card stock - from stash
Noble Pierced Squares - Sue Wilson
sentiment die - Sue Wilson

I decided to keep my card CAS and I'm so glad I did because I really like it.  I just added a dash of colour with Promarkers on the pine sprays and bottoms of the pinecones.  Apart from adding the sentiment I did nothing else. My husband caught sight of it and said it looks classy.  Quite a compliment from him.

Why not pop over to the blog and check out the inspiration from the DT which may tempt you to join in our challenge. Please remember we are a Christmas challenge only so as well as being square your card must be a Christmas card.

Take care.

Thursday, 2 July 2020

12 MoC Link Up Flip a Coin

Good morning.  The 12 MoC LinkUp has a new challenge just starting and our sponsor is All Dressed Up. This  is such a fun challenge and one I've never done before. The twist to this month's challenge is to  Flip a Coin! There are five lines in the grid and you flip a coin to choose what you use for each line.

My Card

6" square base card
pink pearlescent card
dots paper - Decosses Dynamite Doodles Eclectic Mix
sponsors image - 3 Little Christmas Girls
Noble Pierced Squares - Sue Wilson
sentiment die - Sue Wilson
pink shimmer gems - Hobbycraft

Make a card with 3 layers or less Make a card with 4 or more layers
Make a rectangular or square card Use a fancy fold technique
Add dots to your card Add stripes to your card
Add lace or ribbon to your card Add gems or pearls to your card
Add a frame to your cardUse faux or real stitching on your card

I used 1 : Heads, 2 : Heads, 3 : Heads, 4 : Tails, 5: Heads

(I really wanted to cheat because I would have liked to make a fancy fold card and use lace but I played the game and went with the flip of the coin.)

If you love to make Christmas cards, or you just want to get ahead with your Christmas stash then this is definitely the challenge for you. If you  enter two cards you automatically  to win one of the papers from the monthly pack(Eclectic Mix 1) but if you follow the twist there is a chance to win the full pack of six papers. And as if that is not enough one random entrant will win two images from our sponsor.

Pop across to the blog to see some inspiration from the Sleigh Belles DT and there will be more inspiration mid month when the Merry Maidens will be posting their cards.

Take care and have fun.

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

At The Beach with MAWTT

Good morning and I hope this finds you all well.  It's lashing with rain at the moment but I'm not too concerned since it saves the hassle of watering the garden,

Today is challenge 120 at MAWTT and the theme is At The Beach.

My Card

I have no beach images but I managed to find three different images in my graphics programme so I merged them into one and added a sentiment before printing it off.  I then mounted it onto blue card stock and a white base card.  Easy peasy.

Please pop over to the blog and check out the cards from the rest of the team.

Take care and stay safe.

Sunday, 21 June 2020

Blue is the Colour for IAAS

Good morning.  A new challenge will be posted today at IAAS and this time it is to make blue the main colour on your card or project.

My Card

This is very quick and simple card.  I made a 6" x 4" base card from navy blue Jelly Bean Crafts card stock.  I have misplaced the packaging of the die so when I come across it I will add the name. The card just made itself.  I used a sentiment die from Sue Wilson and mounted it onto navy card stock to make sure it stood out against the busy background and then just added some gems.  Job done.  It's one of those handy cards to keep in your stash I think.

Why not pop over to the blog and see what my team mates have made?

Take care and enjoy your day.  It is sunny here at the moment but we had heavy rain earlier this morning.

Saturday, 20 June 2020

Sentiment as the Focus at Christmas Card Club

Good morning. Sorry I haven't been around for a couple of weeks.  I have been really busy doing things for our WI ladies.  Since we can't meet up at all, as a committee we are trying to do things for them, so as well as keeping in touch by phone, email, newsletters etc every month when it should be our meeting we make sure we give them something.  This month I have just made and laminated fifty six bookmarks and matching greeting cards.  I also do something for our eight vulnerable ladies on a fortnightly basis. It makes it a very busy time for me but everybody is so appreciative  that it makes the hard work worthwhile.  Since I make everything two other committee ladies then have the task of distributing them on their daily walks around the village and two other nearby villages where we also have members.  I live in a third village - but I don't receive anything ... lol!

I am a day early with my card for our little Christmas club.  The other girls will be posting tomorrow but I have a DT card to post then. It was my turn to choose the theme and as you see I have gone for no image and make the sentiment the focus of the card.  This is my favourite thing to do with cards.

Card # 1

6" square white base card
white glitter card to mat
Spellbinders Create a Flake 4 and 5
Spellbinders Labels 10
X Cut quilting embossing folder
digi sentiment - Pink Petticoat"Snowy Days" sentiments

Card # 2

6" square base card
purple pearlescent card stock
Bearly Mine digi paper
Large star Signature die
Small stars Memory Box
Spellbinders Marvellous Squares
sentiment computer generated

Card 3

6" square base card
lavender card to mat
Nitwits Snow Princess patterned paper
sentiment stamp - Bright Christmas Heartfelt Creations
Ice Crystal Frame die - Amy Design

I have been trying to use some of my old dies and embossing folders that haven't seen the light of day for far too long yet are so lovely. The backing paper is one I have used quite often and each time I digitally alter the colour which means I can change the look so easily.

We had a bad storm on Wednesday night  and then it rained the entire day on Thursday so the wells and water butts are all well and truly filled up.

Take care and enjoy your weekend.

Sunday, 7 June 2020

Under The Sea at IAAS

Good  morning.  I'm back again with my DT card for IAAS. I thought I was going to have to miss this challenge because I don't have anything at all in my stash that could possibly fit the theme.  On Tuesday I was looking for something - not a craft item and not a craft cupboard - when I came upon a magazine still sealed in it's polythene wrapper.  A very odd place to find it and also odd that it was unopened. The "free gift" included, believe it or not, was a set of stamps, papers and a narrow embossing folder called Mermaid Wishes. How weird.  I checked the date of the magazine and it was July 2017 which I obviously bought at the end of June; puzzle solved because that was the exact time my sister died so suddenly and I was all over the place for a very long time. The other strange thing is that the day I found it was my sister's birthday, June 2nd, so I think Jeanie must have been guiding me to that place.

Sorry for the long ramble but here is my card made from the set.

My Card

Everything on my 6" square card was from the set. I stamped the shells onto coloured card stock and fussy cut them before moulding them and mounting with foam pads. I used Promarkers to colour plus gel pens on her tail which sparkles in real life. I also added some glitter to her hair.

This certainly isn't something I would normally make but I must admit I like it.  A great find.

Why not pop over to the blog and check out the cards from my teamies?

Take care and enjoy the rest of weekend.

Saturday, 6 June 2020

Snowflakes for the Christmas Card Club.

Good morning.  It's time for another challenge at our little club which is not actually due until Sunday but I have another DT card to post then.

This time the theme was chosen by Gwen  and she wants to see snowflakes on our cards.  I actually have cards to show for two challenges today because I was so busy I was unable to make a card for Rachel's "Humour" challenge last time. I'm sorry for being so late Rachel but is here now.

Card 1

6 " square base card.
Snowflake frame - John Lockwood
large snowflake - Sweet Dixie
mirri and glitter card - Hobbycraft
glimmer dots - Hobbycraft

Card 2

6" square base card
Image - Greeting Card Factory
Pierced Noble rectangles - Sue Wilson
Snowflake Frame - John Lockwood
snowflakes - X Cut Mini Dies
Silver mirri and Glitter card - Hobbycraft

For those of you who love the sun I'm sorry the weather has broken - but for my part I really welcomed the rain.  The gardens needed it and it has filled two of my five water butts.  Still need a lot more but hopefully it will rain overnight instead then we will all be happy.

Enjoy your weekend whatever you plan to do.

Friday, 5 June 2020

Christmas Decorations at Winter Wonderland

Good morning.  Today we have a new challenge starting at Winter Wonderland.

Before I talk about the challenge I just wanted to say that sadly two of our DT will be leaving us this month so we have places available on our Design Team.  If you love making Christmas cards and are interested then please pop across to the blog to check out the details.

Okay, now to this month's challenge  the theme for which has been chosen by Michelle. We want to see Christmas Decorations on your card. I have used Christmas lights - the best decorations ... lol! Our sponsor is Beccy's Place.

My Card

5" x 7" green base card - Craft K Ltd
digi  - Christmas Goose Beccy's Place
stitched oval dies - Presscut
patterned paper - Helz Cuppleditch
sentiment die - Sue Wilson
coloured with Promarkers

This image always makes me smile. The Christmas lights at the top are clip art which I fussy cut and mounted on foam.

Please pop over to the blog and check out the work of my team mates.  There are some fabulous cards there to give you inspiration to join in our challenge and get a head start with your Christmas cards.

Take care and stay safe.

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

12 Months of Christmas Link up Challenge 66

Hi and I hope this finds you well and enjoying the sunshine if you are in the UK.

We have a new challenge at the 12 Months of Christmas Link Up. If you want the chance to win this month's featured paper pack, be sure to create a card that features GINGHAM in a prevalent way

This challenge is a great way to build up your Christmas card stash.  You can win a prize just by entering, but then you have a second chance to win if you follow the option twist. 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 from this month's sponsor,  Oddball Art.

My Card

5 x 7" green base card
gingham papers - DDDoodles
imge - Whimsical Dancing Trees 4  Oddball Art
green trees - Lakeland (truly ancient stash!)
sentiment - computer generated.

Well a quick post today because I have another busy day ahead of me.

Take care and stay safe!

Love and hugs from

Monday, 1 June 2020

Things with Wings at MAWTT

Good morning and welcome. I hope you are all enjoying the fine weather.  I have been leaving my daily walk until the evening because it has just been too hot to set a good pace and I don't like gentle strolling unless there is a reason for that.  If I'm exercising I need to set a decent pace to raise my heart rate. I've actually lost 10 pounds so I will come out of lock down fitter than I went in.

I haven't been blogging much at all because I have been so busy making cards and little gifts for our WI members since we are unable to meet. I have just completed 50 cards and gift bags which I will show in a couple of days. It was quite a marathon. Next month will be easier because I have decided to just make a bookmark for them all.

We have a new challenge at MAWTT and that is to show Things with Wings. There is quite a wide choice there but I decided to go with a bird.

My Card

6" square base card
blue pearlescent card from stash
image and sentiment - Imagine That Digis
Pierced Noble Squares - Sue Wilson
pearls from stash

I am making a handful of cards for my sister so that she will have a few in hand. Two of her friends have died recently and others are struggling and she is not able to go and search out nice cards.  The local newsagent is the only place she can get to presently and that is obviously quite limited.  I have made it flat for posting so she does not have to pay extra postage.  One I have two or three ready I'll post then off to her because she is in Co Durham.

Why not pop over to the blog and check out what my team mates have come up with for thois challenge?

Anyway,  that's it for me today. Take care.

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Humour at IAAS

Good morning and I hope you are enjoying the lovely sunshine.  I am very late with my DT post for IAAS.  My card was done in time and it was on the IAAS blog in time - I just totally forgot to post it on my own blog. I'm losing the plot.

This is a very quick card for my nephew to accompany his "real" card when the time come comes. He is an audiologist so it is appropriate and I'm sure will make him smile.

My Card

I computer generated both the front sentiment and the one I used inside.

Why not pop across to the blog and check out the projects from team mates?

Take care and happy crafting.

Monday, 11 May 2020

Flowers and Butterflies at IAAS

Good morning.  A new challenge has been posted at IAAS and the challenge is to use flowers and butterflies on your card.  pretty easy huh?

My Card

6" square base card
papers - Butterfly Ballet The Paper Boutique
Topper  - Butterfly Ballet as above
bird dies - the Works

This card started life as an ordinary square card but I realised after I had adhered the topper that it was upside down! I cut the back off the card and made into an easel card instead. I fussy cut the large butterfly and the roses on the base stopper from one of the papers in the pack and that was it. A very pretty card all courtesy of the Paper Boutique - and a little help from me.

I think this one might well "wing" it's way up to Co Durham to my sister.

Why not pop over to the blog and check out the super work from my team mates?

Take care and stay safe.

Sunday, 10 May 2020

Christmas Card Club Challenge #10

Good morning.  I can scarcely believe it's time to post another card for our little club.  It doesn't even seem like a week since the last one and certainly not two.  I know some people are struggling with lock down but I'm finding that time is just whizzing past. I guess there might be some slackening of the rules but it makes me rather nervous. However, being in the over 70's age group we were told from the outset that it would be 12 weeks for us and I don't find that a problem at all. In fact John and I have discussed it and we shall carry on regardless in exactly the way we have been  doing. John hasn't left our property since the problem first started which is about 11 weeks I think. We have plenty of land for him to be outside and he is working really hard with his landscaping project.  He calls it his Corona Virus project.  When he went through more than six months of chemo a few years ago having a project got him through it and he is dealing with this in the same way.  Keeps him from under my feet ... lol! 😃😉

The challenge this time is to show a Christmas door or window, and as you can see I'm showing a window.

My Card 

7" x 5" tent fold card
die and e/f - Winter View- Crafters Companion
Pine twig dies - Sue Wilson
Fern dies - Britannia Dies
Sentiment die - John Next Door 
image from my stash
Tonic Nuvo drops

I bought this Crafter's Companion set a couple of years ago when they were extremely reduced in pric so a definite bargain.  It includes the window die, the embossing folder wall and two different tree stamps.  

Well that's it from me today.

Take care and stay safe.

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Out of Sight

Good morning and hope this finds you all well. This is another card I have sent to my sister.  My plan had been to ensure she had a card on the same day each work so there was something for her to look forward to .  However, the change in postal services means that is not quite possible now.  She does get her card every week but never on the same day, even though I post them at the same time. She does receive it though, which is the main objective, and she is always thrilled.

My Card

5" x 4.25" card - made from linen card.
paper - scraps from my box
sentiment - computer generated
Nuvo drops on flower centres

A very CAS card.  I computer generated the sentiment twice on to a piece of landscape linen card stock then cut it in half, giving me two cards. I then just added the paper to the left side with a toning border.  Very simple but looks quite effective, and gives a nice message.

Because it was so easy I then decided to do the same one for the vulnerable ladies in my WI. I just used various papers and sometimes added a paper border and on  others I decided to use up some of the peel off borders which have been in my stash since Adam was a boy!

Well that's it for today. Stay safe and well.

Sunday, 3 May 2020

Challenge # 65Deck The Paws

A new challenge has been posted at the 12 Months of Christmas Link Up.  Our challenge is always Anything Goes as long as it is Christmas but as usual we have a twist, and this time it to feature a cat or dog prominently on your card. In doing so you will be eligible to win this month's paper pack. However, just by entering you could also win the prize from our sponsor and this time it is Ike's Art.

My cards are like buses - none for ages then three in a row!

My Card

6" square base card
red card stock - Rymans
backing paper - Decosses Dynamite
image - Xmas Kat Tree -Ike's Art
holly corners - Joanna Sheen Signature dies
promarkers to colour

I really love this paper and it is perfect for the card with the baubles on the floor round the tree.

Why not pop across to the blog and check out what the other Sleigh Belles have made for this challenge, and on May 15th the Marry Maidens will be providing even more inspiration for you.

Take care and stay safe.

Saturday, 2 May 2020

Favourite Colours at Winter Wonderland

Good  morning and I hope you are well.  The new challenge has started at Winter Wonderland and the theme is to use your favourite colour combination. We are sponsored by All Dressed Up.   I odn't really have a favourite colour combo for Christmas cards but I do think blue always seems to give a cold icy feel but I| have never teamed it with yellow before.

My Card

7" x 5" blue base card - Hobbycraft
backing paper Decosses Dynamite
image - Sledging Pup from sponsor
snowflake border - The Works
promarkers tocolour
computer generated sentiment

Why not pop over to the blog and check out what colours the rest of the DT have used.

Stay safe and well.

Friday, 1 May 2020

Flowers for Moving Along With The Times

Good morning and hope you are all well.  It's time for another challenge at MAWTT and the theme is flowers.

My Card

7" x 5" white base card
lemon pearlescent card - from stash
image - Birdhouses LOTV
e/f - Spellbinders
banner die - Sue Wilson
sentiment - rub on (extremely ancient stash!)

This was last weeks' card for my sister.  My brain seems to have gone into lock down too because my mojo is definitely not doing very well right now and my cards are all fairly simple.

The post is taking longer to get to it's destination but I do understand why because my postman explained.  Their work stations are so close together that it is not safe for them.  Instead they have split and half of them come in for the early morning hours to do some sorting and when they go out on their rounds then the the rest of the staff come in to finish off the sorting and then go out later. Obviously it is now not possible for them to sort all the mail before they leave and that is one of the reasons why it is delayed. Plus absenteeism for people self isolating etc. At least that is the new temporary system in my area.  I know some people are complaining but these people are carrying on working for our benefit and we should be thanking them and all the others - shop assistants, pharmacies etc, - for putting themselves at risk for us.

Why not pop over to the blog and check out what the rest of the team have made for teh challenge.

Take care and stay safe.

Monday, 27 April 2020

Not Square or Rectangle

Good morning and many apologies to my IAAS teamies for being late in posting this.

I guess my card is basically rectangular but being cut with SB Labels 11 changes it completely - at least that's my hope.

My Card

base card made from Grand Labels 11 - Spellbinders
Grand Labels and ordinary Labels 11 to mat and la
patterned paper - Dovecraft 
lavender cardstock - Hobbycraft
Cornflower dies - John Lockwood
Fern dies - John Lockwood
2 sentiment dies - Sue Wilson

I always think that easel cards really make a statement and yet they are so easy to make.

Please pop across to the blog and see what my team mates have produced for the challenge - all much more exciting than mine.

John has had me working as a labourer outside.  His Lock Down Project ( he always has to have a project on the go despite me having a list of other things for him 😏)is to landscape the outside.  The immediate garden is okay but a project earlier this year was to remove a long Leylandii hedge which separates the garden from the field, (hooray!!) and replace it with a gate and fencing. More labouring work for me. I must admit it does look really good but it also now means that the view is very clear at the other side and needs a lot of "tidying up".  He is levelling the ground, adding a paving path though it to give access to the poly tunnel, and then grassing it all. We now have so much lawn he will definitely need a ride on mower! Thankfully the majority of our 3+ acres is open for wild life etc and a small wood.  The bluebells are fabulous at the moment. The fence also means a better view of the deer, muntjac and roe deer,  as they come across the land; always a pleasure to watch. 

We are certainly not being idle in our lockdown.  John is "shielding" because of his health problems and hasn't been out since this whole thing kicked off.We are so very fortunate because our property is also isolated so we can be outside in our personal isolation with no worries at all.

Well I'd better stop waffling on and get this posted.

Take care and stay safe.

Sunday, 26 April 2020

Baubles for Christmas Card Club

Good morning and hope this finds you well. For the first timer ever I totally lost track of the days this week and in fact was a day ahead of myself from Thursday. John takes his lead from me so when I cooked fish and chips on Thursday, thinking it was Friday, he assumed it was Friday as well and I only realised on Saturday evening when I apologised to the leader of  our blog IAAS for being a little tardy entering my card into the post.  I made her think twice too!!

Anyway, the lovely Kate chose our theme this week and she wants to see a bauble or baubles on our cards.

My Card

6" square base card
Mirri card - stash
Falling Snow e/f - Sue Wilson
Noble pierced squares - Sue Wilson
Bauble - The Works
Holly Corner die - Joanna Sheen

As usual mirri card is notoriously difficult to photograph.  Despite my best efforts this was the best I managed - and even then my bright pink Tshirt is reflected at the bottom

We have had some lovely weather of late and I have been helping John outside.  I'm sure he thinks he is Capability Brown, but I must admit he is doing a good job so I shouldn't mock.

If you want to see the cards from the other girls check out my sidebar for their details. 

Take care and stay safe.