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.

Saturday 29 August 2020

Make it Red for the Christmas Card Club

Good morning.  I'm here with my cards for our friendly little Christmas Card Challenge group. As usual I'm a day early. The idea is to make our cards mainly red, so very traditional this time.

Card # 1

Red base card made from cardstock I bought at the NEC
embossing folder - Falling Snow Sue Wilson
snowflake border - The Works
image - Hunkydory Little Book of Christmas Poems

Card # 2

Red card as above
image - Greeting Card Factory
e/f - Snowflake Lattice Sue Wilson
snowflake edge die - unknown
scalloped circle die - Spellbinders
twiggy leaves - Sue Wilson 

Card # 3

A6 white base card
red card - as above
e/f - Crafts Too 
snowflake die - The Works
Three simple but very different cards and all meeting the brief - and building up my stash. We do have the option of going for "Anything Goes" but I like to challenge myself to fulfill the brief - and I find I procrastinate too much with anything goes and so find it more difficult.

Anyway, I hope you haven't been washed away or blown away with this awful weather.  Thoughts and prayers are with anyone experiencing difficulties and especially those  in Texas.

Take care and enjoy your weekend.

Sunday 23 August 2020

Card for my sister

Good morning.  Just a quick post to show another of the cards I have sent to my sister.  I still send them every week or so because she appreciates them so much.  I guess I would probably feel the same if I lived alone.

My Card

White and purple card stock from stash. I cut the front down and used a Gemini Edgeable . I then cut  the purple card to the same size as the card back and glued it in place. This is the cornflower die from John Next Door and the leaves are the star flower leaves, also from JND.  I really love the cornflower die.

Take care and enjoy the rest of the day.

Take care.

Monday 17 August 2020

Card Inspired By a Book for IAAS

Good morning.  I'm a day late with this post. The challenge at International Art and Soul is to make a card inspired by a book.  I chose the Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. We read this in junior school when I was about nine years old and I loved it.

My Card

This is a photograph I took at Packwood House a few years ago. It is a National Trust property in Warwickshire.  Unfortunately it is not coming up very clearly. If you enlarge the picture you will see the gate at the back leading into my secret garden.  I had to wait ages to take this photo because there were always people coming through the gate. 

Pop across to the blog and see what my teamies have come up with this for the challenge,

Sorry for the quick post but I've got rather a busy morning.  And hopefully the engineer will be coming this afternoon to fix our phone.  We have been without it since the bad storms on Wednesday evening. This was the first appointment they had free.  Crazy isn't it?  Thank goodness for mobile phones.

Take care and have a good day.

Sunday 16 August 2020

Winter Scene at Christmas Card Club

Good morning from a very murky, misty Oxfordshire. Mrs A chose the theme for our little club today and she wants to see a winter scene.

Card # 1

This beautiful scene is an image from Greeting Card Factory Deluxe.  I printed it onto linen card stock and mounted it onto a 5" x 7" base card. Lashings of glitter just put the finishing touch to a lovely scene.  It looks so lovely on the linen card stock that I am tempted to print a larger copy and mount it as a picture to use as part of my Christmas decorations.

Card # 2 

6" square white base card. I mounted navy paper onto the base card and dotted it with glitter for snow. The Memory Box die was cut from linen card stock (it was still sitting on my desk so I decided to make use of it). I then cut a wavy line for the foreground. The trees are again from Memory Box and the Father Christmas and his reindeer is a Sue Wilson die.

Hope all is well with you.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Take care.

Sunday 9 August 2020

Afternoon Tea for WI Members

Good morning and hope all is well.

Finally John is out from his shielding!  It's  been such a long time because he actually started mid March, before he got his instructions, because I wanted to err on the side of caution. Luckily he wasn't confined to the house because we have three acres and no neighbours.  I think it might have been a different story if he had been totally housebound.  We knew he could do it though because he endured six months of chemotherapy a few years ago and had to do the same thing.

Yesterday was a glorious day, albeit rather too hot for me, so we decided to go to Stratford upon Avon which is only about 14 miles away.  The town was very busy so we went down to the river where there were fewer people and it was a little cooler too. I guess people are staycationing.  However, although I said it was busy, it was empty compared to the beach scenes on the news.  These people are so crazy!!  Anyway, John enjoyed his trip out so we will plan again for next week. Maybe Evesham or Stow on the Wold. 
My Project

This was glued to the bag front.

Coordinating cards

Some of the 53 afternoon tea packs and matching cards ready for delivery to our members.

In August our WI  always has a lovely visit somewhere where we dress up in posh frocks and hats and have afternoon tea.  Obviously that was out of the question this year but we didn't want our ladies to miss out.

We included cake, scone, jam, cream, biscuits, tea bag, fancy napkin and a Tea Quiz. It was then a long trek to deliver them all. There are five of us on the committee and since I do all the work with making cards and gifts every month (every two weeks for our vulnerable ladies) I am always excused the delivery. That's just as well really because I live in a different village and don't know where all the addresses are.

The feed back we have had so far has been very positive - the pun was not intentional by the way but I decided to leave it there when I realised.

Now we have to sort something for the next few months because it doesn't look likely that we will be meeting again until next year. Still as we keep saying better safe than sorry..

Take care.

Friday 7 August 2020

Winter Wonderland Sketch Challenge

Good morning.  Today we have a new challenge at Winter Wonderland. We ask you to follow one of two sketches, which you will find on our challenge page, and also to add embossing either dry embossing using a folder or heat embossing. Our sponsor is  Dr Digi.

My Card

6"square blue base card- Hobbycraft
paper - LOTV
image - Lonely This Christmas from sponsor
Scandinavian Christmas e/f - Crafter's Companion
Noble pierced rectangles - Sue Wilson
Promarkers to colour
I really like monochrome but I didn't actually set out to that with this card.  However, subconsciously that's exactly what I did. I cut the pennants by trimming the edges off the embossed strips and then added a pearl to finish off. I followed the above sketch but if you go across to the blog you will see the other choice of sketch the inspiration from the DT.

We would love to see you take part in our challenge but do remember we are a Christmas/holiday challenge only.

Take care and enjoy your day.

Tuesday 4 August 2020

Nativity for CCC

Hello and hope all is well with you all. I can't really believe this that having not posted for a fortnight this is now my fourth in a row.  Unfortunately I am two days late with this so I must apologise to my friends in our little Christmas Card Club.

Card # 1

Card # 2

I have gone to extremes with these cards.  The first one is 4" x 6" and the second is 7" square. Nothing like variety. The first one uses an image from my Greeting Card Factory and I computer generated the sentiment before adding a blue mat and mounting onto a C6 card base.

The second one uses a Crafter's Companion Create a Card die, gold glitter card to resemble the desert sand and an mounted onto the base card. They were both quick and easy - and flat.

I found another watermark signature which I haven't used for a while so I used one on each card but I o prefer my original one because the font is better so I'll be sticking with it I think.

This is a quick post but I'll be back later in the week with another DT card.

Take care.

Monday 3 August 2020

Tea Party at IAAS

Good morning.  We have another challenge at IAAS and the theme is tea party

My Card

This is a 6" square white base card and using "Tea Party" die from Crafter's Companion. I just added a blue mat and some pearls and job done.

My sister lives alone and it must be so difficult to be on your own during this time that I decide to send her a card every week.  Actually, that's not quite true.  I just sent a card to give her a bit of a lift  but she was so thrilled that I thought I would do it weekly. This was one of those cards.  I enclosed a tea bag and the following little verse inside.

"I cannot sit and chat with you
The way I'd like to do
So brew yourself a cup of tea
I'll think of you, you think of me."

The DT have come up with som great ideas for those challenge so it's worth taking a wander over to the blog and checking it out.

Take care.

Sunday 2 August 2020

12 MoC Link Up Shimmer and Shine

Good morning.  Today is my card for the12 MoC of Christmas Link Up.  Our challenge is pretty unique in that you actually have the chance to win just by entering!  We also have a twist to our challenge which is Shimmer and Shine.  However you don't have to follow the twist to win.  Our sponsor is

My Card

6 " square green base card - Hobbycraft
image, label and plaid paper - Special Delivery Christmas Passport
red paper - Crumpled Chrome 1 from  Delicious Doodles
Sentiment - computer generated
Red Shimmer Gems - Hobbycraft

A very easy card to put together - and being flat for posting is always a bonus.

You can never start too soon when it comes to Christmas cards so why not pop across to the blog and maybe get some inspiration from The Sleigh Belles team?  In fact if you come back mid month you will get even more inspiration from the Merry Maidens.

Take care and enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Saturday 1 August 2020

MAWTT Challenge # 121 Elephants

Good morning and I hope this finds you all well.  I'm hoping today will be cooler because yesterday I was just melting.  I hardly left the house yesterday because it was so cool inside (at least downstairs) and scorching outside.  I know some people love this heat but unfortunately my body just cannot cope with it.  We're never happy are we?

It's time for another challenge at Moving Along With The Times and the theme is elephants. 

My Card

I didn't think I had  anything suitable for this challenge until I trawled through my external hard drive and found this fabulous image.  I just love it. I printed it onto linen card stock and added a cream border , also from linen card, and then attached it to a 7" x5" base card made from grey pearlescent card. I decided against adding a sentiment so not to detract from the image.  It also means it is then suitable for any occasion.

Well that's it from me. Take care and have a lovely weekend.