Sunday 6 December 2020

Use a Bow at IAAS

 Good morning to you all. Well here is our final card at IAAS for 2020. The remit is to use  a bow. I hope the bow on the image will suffice.

 Please scroll down to previous post if you are looking for 

my Christmas Club Card

My Card

6" square base card
red and white card stock - Hobbycraft
tartan backing paper - Dovecraft "Twelve Days of Christmas"
Image - Lili of the Valley "Festive Foliage" art pad
Spellbinders circle and scallop circle dies
Holly corner die - Cheery Lynn
Sentiment - computer generated.

 I used glossy accents on the bow and the berries and that was it.  A very simple card but quite effective  I think... and yet again another flat card.

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

Well that's it from me. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Saturday 5 December 2020

Use Dies for Christmas Card Club

 Here we are for our final challenge of the year for our Christmas Card Club. As you can see the theme is to use die cuts and was chosen by Shaz.

I am posting  a day early because I have a DT card to post tomorrow.

My Card


This is a 6" square white base card. The image is a really sweet stamp from LOTV, Angels With Crib, which I have had for years and not used for so long. I coloured it with Promarkers. It was then die cut it with SB Lacey Circles. I used Memory box Snowflake Corner and a Carla Craft punch for the snowflakes. The backing papers were from an extremely old C&C CD. I then just blinged it up with Papermania Shimmer Dots. If in doubt use lots of bling and glitter - you cannot go wrong with that at Christmas!! I didn't use a sentiment because of the script paper.




Friday 4 December 2020

Anything Goes at Winter Wonderland

 Good morning and welcome to our final challenge this year. at Winter Wonderland.  And what a year it has been for all of us!  Now the vaccine is here let's hope things will improve in 2021.

My Card/Project

Ceramic star
pizza box with belly band

I am secretary of our WI and we have not been able to meet since March.  To let our members know that we have not forgotten them the committee decided we would give each of them a goodie bag for every missed meeting.  This includes a little gift, a card,  and a quiz, word search etc. Since we have 53 members this has been no mean feat and since I am the only paper crafter and stamper guess who has done the majority of the work ... lol!

The card is a 6" square white card base and I used John Next Door's Sams Starz. The ivy is also John Next Door, cut in silver card and the poinsettia is from Britannia. They were all slightly different - different flower placement, different colour leaves, different number of leaves etc.  I ordered a custom stamp and used it on the cards, the ornament and the gift bags themselves so we made good use of it.  I also made a pizza box to hold the ceramic star and the star from JND on the belly band with the greeting.

The ceramic star is from Hobbycraft and took the stamp beautifully. A Tonic Nuvo drop pearl in each point finished it off. Hopefully they will be pleased with their memento of this terrible year. I must admit I was very pleased to get this project out of the way.  It has really been a marathon but they are so appreciative of what we do for them it is worth it.

Well that's it from today but I'll be back tomorrow.

Take care.


Tuesday 1 December 2020

Winter or Summer Holiday Theme at MAWTT

 Hello and I hope this finds you all okay. Well here we are at the end of the year and who would have thought that almost nine months have passed and we are still in some kind of lockdown - some of us more than others.  Fortunately we are in Tier 2 but it still won't make a great deal of difference to us we will just continue as we have been doing and only going out for shopping .  If it helps prevent the spread of teh virus I'm all for it!

Time for another card at MAWTT and Wendy has chosen the theme of holidays, either summer or winter.

My Card

This is a six inch square base card made from Ryman's card stock.  I printed the image on to a large piece of white card to make one layer of image and sentiment.  The image is from Ruth Moorehead and so cute. My brother and sisters and I used to love sledging when the snow came and we lived on a bit of a hill so it was ideal. The sentiment is from Sue Wilson. A few gems finished it making it nice and flat for posting.

Why not take a look at the blog and see what my team mates have come up with?

Enjoy your day.

Sunday 22 November 2020

Pink Christmas at IAAS

 Good morning.  Time for another challenge at IAAS where the challenge is to make it pink.

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

My Card

I made a step card with acetate for a change.  The pink paper isn't Christmas paper but it doesn't look too out of place. I found the diecuts when I was going through a box looking for something else and they were ideal for this. I stamped the sentiment onto the same paper and die cut with a Spellbinders die. A ribbon bow and a bit of glitter and that was it.  I must admit that I took the photo before the glue was quite dry and the sentiment slipped.  Fortunately I was able to push it back up before it dried totally.

Why not pop across to the blog and see what my teamies have made for the challenge?

Take care and enjoy your day.

Saturday 21 November 2020

Deer at the Christmas Card Club

 Good morning every body and I hope you are all doing okay. I can scarcely believe that this the penultimate challenge for our little club in 2020. Considering this has been what Her Majesty once described as an Annus Horribilis I think it has actually flown by.  Gwen has chosen the theme which is deer.

My Card

This is a 6" square base card and although I really like the muted colours the photograph is not showing it at its best. The backing paper and topper are from the Paper Boutique's "Whisper of Winter" set. The pink card stock I used for the mat, the deer and the bauble is from Hobbycraft. The deer are from a John Next Door set and the bauble is Memory Box.

I am posting this a day early because I have a DT card to post tomorrow, so if you want to see the cards from the rest of the girls you will need to check on Sunday.

Well that's all from me. Take care!

Sunday 8 November 2020

Using a Stencil at Christmas Card Club

 Good morning.  This time our little group have been challenged to use a stencil on our card. This is not something I usually do, and we always have the option to do "anything goes", but I like to challenge myself to get out of my comfort zone so this is only my second ever stencilled card.


My Card


I have had this stencil for years and this is now it's second outing. In fact I last used it back in 2016 for another CCC challenge. This time I used different colours and different dies and it seems to have worked out well.  I actually bought a new stencil especially for this challenge but I've been so busy with my WI crafting I didn't get chance to practice with it.  Still, that will be a pleasure for later.

Take care and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Friday 6 November 2020

Things With Wings at Winter Wonderland

 Good morning.  Hope this finds you all well.

Here at Winter Wonderland it's time for our penultimate challenge this year. The theme is "Things with Wings" and our sponsor is Sheepskin Designs. 

My Card

My card is a 7" x 5" red base card, I have embossed white card with Sue Wilson's Falling Snow embossing folder and just added a strip of Scandi Snow paper from Lili of the Valley.  The image is Penguin Stack from our sponsor and coloured with Promarkers. The snowflake dies are from  Dovecraft.

I hope you all find plenty to keep you occupied and safe during this new lock down. If I am honest things won't be much different for us.  Due to John's health issues he has shielded for the most part with only the occasional trip out to walk along the river at Evesham and a walk through the grounds at Upton House, a National Trust property just a couple of miles away from us and where we were the only people there. Heaven.  I have continued to do my grocery shop, but at 7.30 in the morning when there are few people in the store.  I have always been an early bird so that suits me. I have also met with a couple of my WI friends in the village a few times but outside in their gardens where we could keep a very safe distance apart.

Anyway, stay safe and well!


Sunday 1 November 2020

Christma Flowers at MAWTT

 Good morning.  It's the first of the month so time for a new challenge at Moving Along With The Times. Jenny  chose our theme this month and as you can see she wants to see Christmas Flowers.  Poinsettia tome are the quintessential Christmas flower.  I always buy a plant at Christmas - but I'm never successful at keeping them alive for too long. 😉😞

My Card

I love this image from Beccy's Place and used the Britannia poinsettia dies and ivy leaves from John Next Door to replicate the corner on the image. It fits so well inside the Spellbinders diecut.

Why not pop across to the blog and check out the cards made by the rest of the team?

Hope you are having a good weekend and not having too bad a time with the awful weather.

Take care.

Wednesday 28 October 2020

Snow men for Christmas Card Club

 Good morning and many apologies to Margaret, who chose the challenge this time.  I totally forgot about it!! I cannot believe I did this! Anyway, I've finally managed a couple of cards.

Card # 1


This is a 6" square red base card.  The two patterned pieces of card stock are very old pieces left over from Craftwork Cards many years ago.  The silver foiling on them is gorgeous. I cannot remember the company that this digi image is from I'm afraid.

Card # 2

This topper is also from my Christmas folder which I have had a long time. I never used to keep a note of names etc until I started blogging, so these are very old ones .

Once again apologies to Margaret and my friends in the Christmas Card Club.

Sunday 11 October 2020

Christmas Card Club - Santa

 Good  morning. Another fortnight has gone by so it is time to show my card for Kate's theme of Santa. I really love these vintage Santa's so that is what I have gone with.

My Card

This is a 5" x 7" kraft base card and uses an image from my Greeting Card Factory. It was matted onto kraft and green card before mounting onto the base card. The sentiment is from Sue Wilson and the trees are Finlay's Trees from John Next Door.

I'm sorry for such a quick post but I hope it finds you all well.

Take care.

Sunday 4 October 2020

Colour Combo Challenge at 12 Months of Christmas Link Up - Optional Twist Colour Combo

 Good morning.  The beginning of the month means a new challenge for us at the The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up and I am a little late.  Slapped wrist! As usual we have an optional twist to our challenge and that is to use three of the colours in the Colour Palette shown below.

My Card

7" x 5" base card using papers from Delicious Doodles to match the colour combo chart.
The image is "Joy 1"  which is one of two images provided from Pattie's Creations.

(image courtesy of
 You don't need to follow the twist in order to win a prize.  In our unusual challenge just by entering you have the chance to win one of the papers that the DT have used in their cards. The Sleigh Belles have posted their cards now and there will be more inspiration from the Merry Maidens on October 15th.

 Why not pop over to the blog and check out the full rules of the challenge and see the other cards.

Take care.

Friday 2 October 2020

Penguins at Winter Wonderland

 Good morning.  It's time for a new challenge at Winter Wonderland. The theme is Penguins and our sponsor is Twinkle Lane Designs 

My Card

This is a 5" x 7"green  card from Card Craft UK and used in landscape. I matted a scrap of striped paper onto some burgundy card stock.  The sponsor's  image is Playful Penguins and coloured with Promarkers.

The sentiment die is from Sue Wilson and I matted it onto some white card to allow it stand out against the busy striped background. The trees are John Next Door Finlay's Trees.

I hope you can find time to pop over to   the blog and check out the cards from the rest of the DT and maybe you will decide to join in the challenge.  Please remember,however, that we are a Christmas/Winter blog only. 

Take care and enjoy your day.

Thursday 1 October 2020

Animals or Birds at MAWTT

 Good morning. It's time for our next challenge at MAWTT and as you can see the theme is animals or birds.

My card is for a friend I haven't seen for some time and since they are dairy farmers I'm sure it will be appreciated.

My Card

My base card is made from navy linen card stock  and the image matted an layered onto it.  The sentiment has been computer generated.  I have been so busy trying to get my WI crafting projects sorted that I haven't had a great deal of time for my own work. It was a case of either make a very simple card or miss this challenge; obviously I didn't want to do that so simple it is.

Please pop over to the blog and see what my teamies have made for the challenge.

Take care whatever it is you will be doing today.

Sunday 27 September 2020

Autumn Colours at IAAS Challenge # 93

Good morning.  It's time for another challenge at IAAS  and as you see it is to use autumn colours on your project.  Autumn is well and truly here now so it is the perfect challenge.

Please scroll down if you are looking for Christmas Card Club post.

My Card

I made my 7" square base card from cream card stock by Craft UK.  I love their card, it is such good quality and I love that I can make larger cards since it is A3 size.  The kraft card is from Hobbycraft and the hessian is on a pad from DCWV, It is great because it is backed with card stock which makes it so easy to use on cards. I used Presscut circle stitched dies and a Sue Wilson sentiment die. The acorns and leaves  are from dies of the same name by JND. I made the leaves from oddments in my box.

It is my nephew's birthday in a couple of weeks so this will be perfect for him. And for once I'm really ahead with his card - yay!

Why not pop across to the blog  and see the great cards my teamies have made  for the challenge?

Hope you are all well and enjoying your weekend.

Saturday 26 September 2020

Gifts, Ribbons and Bows at Christmas Card Club

 Good morning to you all. Well the weather is definitely autumnal now although the sun is shining albeit with a very chilly breeze.

It's time for another card for our Christmas Card Club and this time Zoe chose the theme.

Card #1 

This uses an image from Dr Digi's House of Stamps and is called Elliot and Elvis. The backing paper is from Delicious Doodles and it is coloured with Promarkers. The sentiment die is Sue Wilson and I just mounted it onto a piece of white card to make it stand out against the busy background.

Card # 2

 Card # 2

This one uses a topper from LOTV.  I still have a few toppers which come to light every now and then and this one was perfect for the challenge. The sentiment stamp is from Little Claire and I have used Spellbinders dies throughout.  The gorgeous striped ribbon is from the local haberdashers and I have it in various colours.

I'm up to my eyes in crafting stuff for our WI members. Just when we thought we were going to be able to re-start our meetings the regulations changed again so that is no longer possible. But we all need to do the best we can to keep this virus under control and if this is what it takes then so be it. I make a card and we include a gift for each missed meeting.  We are going to have to put our thinking caps on and try to work out things which are not too expensive since it might be many months yet before we can get together - and we are not able to raise any funds either so it is a case of being careful and following the rules of what we can and can't do! 😉😊

Well take care and enjoy your weekend.  I'll be back tomorrow with my DT card for International Art and Soul.

Tuesday 15 September 2020

Sentiments for Christmas Card Club

Good morning and apologies to Rachel and my CCC friends for being so late with my card. The theme this time is Christmas Sentiments.

Card #1

7" x 5" card - made from Limetree Crafts card stock
acetate - Limetree Crafts 
sentiment paper - unknown digital from stash
snowflake die - The Works

This was the most difficult card to photograph! From the front I caught my own reflection, turning to one side I got the reflections from the hedge outside, turning it the other way I got the reflection of the trees, (we have two very large windows), I was also catching the reflection of the vertical blinds, when I closed them trying to stop the reflections, making it look striped! Arrgh! Ready to scream at this point. I really cannot believe I actually managed to get this with no reflection in the end having moved things around the room into various positions. If at first you don't succeed try, try, try again - and again, and again and again ....😁😂

Card# 2

This one is an extremely simple card.  The image is from a 12" Christmas paper pad which I bought from Crafters Companion a couple of years ago. There are four lovely images on the page. I just matted it onto turquoise card stock, attached it to 7" base card and added pearls. Easy peasy.  Two very flat cards to post.

Sunday 13 September 2020

Tic Tac Toe at IAAS

 Good day to you all. I hope it finds you well.  We have some sunshine here in Oxfordshire which is rather pleasant since it has been like winter lately and been lighting the wood burners.

We had some fun this time around with a Tic Tac Toe grid, chosen by DT member Jane.  Ifollowed the left vertical column and  used up some Hunkydory scraps I found in my box to make this card that I will be sending to my sister.

My Card


5 x 7" ivory card base

Hunkydory paper

bird die - The Works

sentiment die - Sue Wilson 


We had fun this time with the tic toe grid so please pop over to the blog and check out he DT makes and perhaps join in with us.

Take care.

Friday 4 September 2020

Snowmen and Snow at Winter Wonderland

Good morning.  We have a new challenge at Winter Wonderland today and the theme is Snowmen and Snow.  Our fabulous sponsor is Bugaboo Digi Stamps and the DT are all using Jodie's images from Bugaboo.

My Card

DL base card  made from Crafter's Companion black card stock
red card stock  from stash
Falling Snow e/f - Sue Wilson
Promarkers to colour

I decided to rearrange my snowmen from their original square block to a column so that I could make a DL card. I embossed the left side of the white card. Initially my idea was to arrange die cut snowflakes down this side but I liked it as it was so thought I would leave it very CAS. This is very different for me but I really like the effect.

Please hop over to the blog and see what my teamies have come up with for this challenge and maybe you will be inspired to join in with us - but please remember we are a Christmas blog so your project must be Christmas/holiday themed.

The weekend is almost upon us so I hope you have a great weekend, especially if you have any plans.

Take care.

Wednesday 2 September 2020

Say It With a Sentiment at 12 MoC

Hello to you all.  I am back with my card for the 12 Months of Christmas Link Up.  As always you can make whatever you like for our challenge as long as it is Christmas. However, we do have a twist each month and this time the twist is to use a sentiment or word art as the focus of your card. You are welcome to us an image too but the sentiment must have top billing, not the image. If you want the chance to win this month's featured paper pack be sure to follow the twist. Our sponsor is Decosse's Dynamite Doodles.

My Card

cream card stock
"Believe" sentiment  -  DDD Path of Positivity (free image!)
backing paper - DDD Tinsel Diagonals
gold glitter card - Crafter's Companion 
gold mirri card - Crafter's Companion
Sentiment inside - computer generated
French Collection dies - Sue Wilson

Why not pop across to the blog and check out what the other Sleigh Belles have come up with and return again on the 15th for our mid month cards with the Merry Maidens.

Take care and have a good day.

Tuesday 1 September 2020

Create a Scene at Moving Along With The Times

Good morning.  Gosh I can scarcely believe it is September already.  Where on earth has this year gone? I have heard some people say that time is dragging with lock  down etc, but to me it simply flies by. It is no sooner Monday than suddenly Sunday appears again ... lol. 😉😊

Our challenge at Moving Along With The Times this month is to create a scene.

My Card

white card stock -  Ross Papercraft
black card stock - Rymans
tree embossing folder - Nellie Snellen
Finleys Trees dies - John Next Door
deer scene die - John Next Door
sentiment die - Sue Wilson

This 3D card folds flat into a 5" x 7" envelope.  I followed a tutorial from Maxine Payne. I embossed the Nellie Snellen  folder twice and trimmed different side to fit and make a slightly different scene on each side of the card. It is rather difficult to see in real life the folder is lovely. Even though it is not 3D it is very deeply embossed. This card  was so easy to do that I have also made one with flowers which I will show at a later date. Lashings of glitter gives  a very frosty, winter feel to it.

Pop across to the blog to see what the other DT members have made for this challenge.  I don't think you will be disappointed.

Take care and enjoy your day.

Sunday 30 August 2020

Animals for International Art and Soul

Good morning. The theme for today's card at IAAS is to feature an animal.

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

My Card

5" x 7" white base card
image - Greeting Card Factory Deluxe
blue and white card for matting
sentiment - computer generated

I'm not particularly a cat person but when I saw this image I couldn't resist it. I just love the expression on his face as if he's just realised he's been caught out.

Why not pop across to the blog and see what my teamies have come up with for this challenge which was chosen by Chriss.

I'm sorry but this is a very quick post but hope you are all okay.

Take care.