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.

Sunday 19 April 2020

Thanks Postie

Just a quick post to show you a card I made for our postman. Tony is so helpful in all sorts of ways. If I have letters to post he will always take them for me to save me a five mile round trip just to post a letter.   He always keep an eye on our property when we are away. Whenever his van pulls up one of us will go out and collect the mail from him to save him getting out of the van. However, since lock down we still go out but wait under the carport until he deposits the mail in the box on the wall and when he moves back onto the drive we then go out and have a chat, obviously keeping the two metre distance.  If there is anything to go I put it on the patio table and when I go back inside he then picks it up and is on his way.  It's actually nice to have somebody to talk to since we are very isolated so don't actually see anybody. Having said that it does mean we are n a very safe environment. I just made this to show him he is appreciated.

My Card

6" square kraft card base
houndstooth embossing folder
red and kraft card from stash
striped paper from stash
image found on internet
sentiment die - Sue Wilson

I typed an appropriate insert thanking him and his colleagues for continuing to work and "keeping us posted".  Yet another key worker who is at risk.  I am so glad I am able to stay at home.

I decided to have a go at my craft room yesterday.  My goodness, I had no idea how much card stock I have!!!!!!! At least now it is all tidily in one place and I can now see what I have.  I just need to label the shelves now.  I don't think I will. need to buy card for years - but I'm sure I will. I think it will take me right through lock down and beyond to get into some form of decent order.  There will be lots to be disposed of too.  Amazing how much junk you keep .... just in case! HA!

Anyway, I do hope you are all keeping well and staying safe.

Sunday 12 April 2020

International Art and Soul

Good morning.  Time for another challenge at IAAS. The theme for this challenge is to use a one word sentiment multiple times on your card.

My Card

A very simple card made digitally.  It is  5" x 7" base card.  The image is from my stash but I don't know where it came from because I have had it a while. I typed a large "Christmas" in the middle and then typed the word "Happy" over and above. I finished it off with some sparkly Nuvo drops which are not sparkling in the picture.

As I have said before the majority of my Christmas cards, except for family and close friends, will be flat for cheaper postage.  This fits the bill perfectly.  

Why not pop over to the blog to see what my teamies have come up with for this challenge?

Enjoy the rest of the Easter weekend.  Stay home and stay stay safe.

Saturday 11 April 2020

Christmas Critters for Christmas Card Club

Good morning and here we are already at Challenge # 8 for our little club.  Maureen chose the theme and she wants to see Christmas Critters. Now the dictionary definition of critter is " a living creature". My first card certainly shows creatures you would associate with Christmas but perhaps not so for my second card. Well I'm showing a creature, it's Christmas, and it's bit of fun.

Card #1

6" square white base card
 red and blue card from stash
patterned paper - "Home for Christmas" Papermania
Geese toppers/stickers - Rymans
small poinsettias - Wild Orchid Crafts
Sentiments - computer generated

The geese are glittery stickers and very old stash which I came across and thought would be ideal for the challenge.

Card # 2  


6" square white base card
papers - "Snow Princess" LOTV
digi image - Eleanor and Pickles from Lacy Sunshine
holly corner dies - Joanna Sheen
sentiment - computer generated
promarkers to colour

I came across this digi image when I was looking for something else on my external hard drive aad thought it might be a bit of fun. Pickles looks like a very grumpy frog. I wonder if Santa didn't bring him everything he wanted?

Hope everybody is staying safe and well.  I'm getting plenty of walking in and now the weather is so good it is even more enjoyable.  I've asked John to get my bike out and give it a going over so I can alternate between cycling and walking.

Anyway take care and enjoy the sunshine.

Tuesday 7 April 2020

Easter Card

Good morning.  I don't usually do Easter cards and I have only one or two LOTV toppers which I think somebody must have given me.  However, I have decided to send my sister a card as often as I can, hopefully weekly, because she lives alone since her husband died suddenly just over a year ago. I think the isolating might start to get to her soon and hopefully this may help. I thought perhaps she would not really appreciate cute bunnies!

My Card

6" white base card 
pale yellow cardstock - Lime Tree Crafts
Oakham Lattice dies - JND
Tatty Daisy dies - JND
ribbon from stash
Nuvo drops - Tonic Studios

I think the Oakham might well be my favourite die of all time.  The card makes itself and comes together so quickly that it is ideal for a speedy make.  I added some extra glitter to the Nuvodrops flower centres and that was it.

Well that's it for today.

Take care.

Friday 3 April 2020

Angels or Wings at Winter Wonderland

Good morning and I hope this finds you well.  My card today is my DT post for Winter Wonderland.
Our sponsor is Sherry West Art and the winner will receive a surprise from Sherry.  The theme was chosen by Pat.

My Card

7" x 5" white base card image - Angelic by Sherry West
e/f Dainty Dots - Spellbinders
Labels 8 & Decorative Labels 8 - Spellbinders
Promarkers to colour

My initial thought was to make it monochrome black and white but I decided to go with the lavender instead.

Well the weekend is almost upon us again and according to Mr Weather Man it's going to be warm and sunny.  Let's hope he is right this time.

Take care and stay safe.

Thursday 2 April 2020

Blooming Botanicals at 12 MoC Link Up

Good morning.  Another Christmas card today, this time for the 12 Months Of Christmas Link Up.
Our sponsor is Beccy's Place.

My Card

6" square base card
Image - Cardinal and Holly - freebie from Beccy's Place
Paper - Holly Boughs  DDDoodles 
Sentiment die - Sue Wilson

I kept my card CAS by adding the image to the backing paper  digitally, and also adding a digital border. After attaching this to the card base I just added the sentiment die so it is still flat for posting. 

If you want the chance to win this month's featured paper pack, be sure to create a card that features any type of Christmas FLOWER or GREENERY such as pine boughs, poinsettias, holly and berries, Christmas Cactus, wreaths, etc.  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 $10.00AU gift voucher from this month's sponsor, Beccy's Place. You simply need to follow the twist if you'd like a chance to win this month's featured digital paper pack, Christmas Botanicals.

Head on over to the blog and add your card to the challenge. This is a good opportunity to get ahead with your stash of Christmas cards.

Take care and happy crafting.

Wednesday 1 April 2020

Add Diamante for MAWTT

Good morning and here we on April Fool's Day. Be careful not to get caught out. It's Mrs Duck's turn to choose the theme at MAWTT and she wants to see diamante on your project.

I know I have some lovely diamante buckles that would have been great with ribbon threaded through. They would have been ...... if only I could find them!!!!!

My Card

7" square base card 
pink pearlescent card - stash
rose gold glitter card - Hobbycraft
image - Hunkdory
border e/f Big Dot Little Dot - Tattered Lace
pink shimmer gems - Hobbycraft

I love this pretty art deco lady in  her lovely gown. The border embossing folders are a pack of four and were a gift. I must admit I really like this one but I don't buy Tattered Lace I'm afraid because they seem to me to be over priced and if I'm honest the majority are too fussy for my taste.

Please take a wander over to the blog and check out what my team mates have contributed to the challenge.

Hope you are managing to keep yourselves occupied and staying safe and well.

Take care.

Happy crafting.