Sunday, 8 May 2022

International Art and Soul - Three of Something

 Time for another challenge at INTAAS and this time it is to use three of something. The theme was chosen by Jane this time.

My Card

I am still on a mission to use older dies and the two I have used on this card are from Memory Box and I diecut them in white glitter card. The paper is extremely old and I came across quite a few sheets of this pack which was an 8x8" pad which may have been Papermania but the front sheet is missing. The sweet image is from an LOTV Simply Print sheet.

Why not pop across to the blog and see what the rest of the team have come up with for this challenge?

Take care and enjoy the rest of the weekend.




Thursday, 5 May 2022

12 Months of Christmas LinkUp Winter Sports

 Good morning. This morning I am showing my DT card for The 12 Months of Christmas LinkUp challenge. As always the challenge is Anything Goes with the option of following the twist.  This month the twist is Winter Sports. The Sleigh Belles team show their cards at the beginning of the month and mid month there will be cards from the Merry MAidens.

My Card

I think the image might be from Ruth Morehead but I am really not certain because it has been in my digi image folder from long before I started blogging at time when I didn't make a note of this sort of thing.  (Another name that is hovering in my mind is Sylvia Zet.) If you know different please let me know. The background paper is one from DDDoodles. As the image is a png. I just superimposed it onto the backing paper and it looks very effective.  A little glitter to the fur and one very quick Christmas card.

Hope you are all well.

Take care.

Monday, 2 May 2022

"Birthday" at MAWTT

 Hi, I'm a bit late showing my DT card for Moving Along With The Times where the theme is Birthdays.

My Card


I have made a double column card from white card stock and the paper I used is from The Works pad "Flowers Blooming". The banner die is Joanna Sheen and the pretty birdcage is from Cottage Cutz. The stamped greeting is from Crafter's Companion.  This is a very effective card which folds flat for posting.

Why not pop over to the blog to see the cards from the rest of the DT.

 Take care.





Sunday, 1 May 2022

Clean and Simple for Christmas Card Club

 God morning and it's time for another card for our little club and, as you see, the theme this time is Clean and Simple. I made two very CAS cards and am quite pleased with them

Card # 1

This is an A6 and was made with ivory linen cardstock.

Card # 2

This one is 6" square and made with plain white cardstock. I used my scoreboard to score the lines.
Take care and enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend.

Sunday, 24 April 2022

Things With Wings at International Art and Soul

 Good morning and hope this finds you well. Our challenge at IAAS this time is "Things With Wings".  That gives a very wide spectrum - fairies, angels, birds, butterflies, bees etc etc etc. I chose the theme this time and for my card I used butterflies.

My Card

I was going through my stash and found quite a lot of Hunkydory which I have had for a long time. When I saw this, from the Flutterbye Collection, it was perfect.  The images were so lovely I didn't want to detract from them so I just added a couple of pearls to the front and a Sue Wilson sentiment to the inside.

My sister lives alone and throughout the last two years of lockdowns I sent her a card every week, with only one or two exceptions.She appreciated them so much so I still sent her a card every few weeks.  This is the one she received on Saturday.

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

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.


Sunday, 17 April 2022

Cats/Dogs for Christmas Card Club

Good morning and it's time once again for another card for our little club.  Sylvie chose the theme of cats/dogs this time. 

My Card


This is a 5" x 7" red base card matted with cardstock embossed with a Sue Wilson folder. The cute image of the kitten in the Christmas tree is from my Greeting Card Factory Deluxe and matted with a red oval. The sentiment die is also Sue Wilson. Hope you have been enjoying the lovely spring weather, although I understand it is not the same around the country unfortunately. Ah well, that's Britain for you!

Take care and enjoy the rest of the Easter long weekend.

Sunday, 3 April 2022

Using an Embossing Folder for Christmas Card Club

 Good morning and an extremely cold and frosty one is too.

 It's time for our little group of friends to make another card to get us ahead of the game  and have no panics in December. We just challenge ourselves and this time we are using festive embossing folders which was Zoe's choice.

My Card

This Cuttlebug embossing folder is the very first one I ever bought after I got my Cuttlebug die cutting machine all those hundreds of years ago - well it was probably about 2014! 😊 I still use my Cuttlebug because it is small and handy and useful if I want to to my Craft and Laugh group.

Hope you have a great day whatever you are planning to do.



Saturday, 2 April 2022

12 months of Christmas LinkUp with Gift Boxes

Good morning and it's time for another challenge at the  12 Months of Christmas LinkUp.  Our challenge is always Anything Goes but we also have a twist each month.  The twist this month is to add one or more gift boxes to your card. It must be a card - we do not accept gift tags, album pages,boxes etc.

My Card


The image I used can be found here on Lisa's blog. It was  in collaboration with Romiposer 11 and included a different sentiment.  I used both the image and sentiment in a card a few months ago.

Why not pop over to the blog and check out the other creations from the Sleigh Belles team? Don't forget to re-visit on April 15th to see the cards from the Merry Maidens.

Take care and have a good day.


Friday, 1 April 2022

Baby Animals at MAWTT

 Time for a new challenge at MAWTT and this time it is to use baby animals. I used a little artistic license here - a baby and a baby's teddy bear. This is a page from an album I made for my niece when her baby was born last year.

My Project


The album is 8 inches square and is in the style of a port folio. I used papers and elements from Nitwits- Baby Beautiful Neutral. You can also get it in Baby Girl and Baby Boy but my other niece is  pregnant and so I can use this set whether she has a boy or a girl.

Sunday, 20 March 2022

Sweet Treats at Christmas Card Club

 These two weeks pass so quickly and it's time for another challenge. This time it is Sweet Treats so I have gone with cocoa and candy canes.

My Card

I used an LOTV paper as background and matted the gnome onto red cardstock. I am keeping the majority of my  cards flat except for special friends and family.

I missed the last challenge which was Christmas Bells so I have  made a card for that challenge too.

 My Card # 2

This uses an image from Decosse's Delicious Doodles and, again, kept it very simple and flat.

Hope you have a good day today.

Sunday, 13 March 2022

Easter Chicks or Rabbits at IAAS

 Good morning.  Time for another challenge at International Art and Soul and the theme is Easter Chicks or Rabbits.

My Card

I cut back the front of a 6" square card and matted the front and inside with lemon cardsyock and an embossed card with Spellbinders Dainty Dots.

The image is from Greeting Cards Factory Deluxe and matted with the same lemon card. I liked the freshness of the spring flowers and the lemon and white cardstock. A cute rabbit family and look great on a card - not so great when they eat my bedding plants 😀

Why not pop over to the blog and see what the rest of the DT have made for Easter?

Have a good day.

Friday, 4 March 2022

Christmas Presents at Winter Wonderland

 Good morning. It is time for a new challenge at the Winter Wonderland Challenge Blog.

 Before I show my DT card I would like to say that we are still looking for people to join our design team.  If you are interested please go across to the blog for details.

Our sponsor this month is Stampers Delight  and I am using the image Chibi Xmas Morning

My Card

The background is a paper from my digi paper file and I printed the png. image directly to the paper I have had this paper for many, many years. Unfortunately before I started my blog journey I only downloaded the image and did not add where it came from.  Obviously that all changed when I started my blog but that doesn't help at the moment.

I coloured the image with Promarkers and then added it to a 6 " square base card.

Why not pop across to the blog and check out what the rest of the DT have made?

Take care and have a good day.

Wednesday, 2 March 2022

Things That Fly for 12 MoC LinkUp

Good morning and it's time for a new challenge at the 12 Months of Christmas LinkUp. We are an Anything Goes challenge but it must be a card and it must Christmas or winter celebration. However, every month we add a twist to our challenge and this month the twist is "Things that fly". If you want to follow the optional twist you still have lots of choice - think Angels, Christmas Fairies, Winter Birds or Santa's Flying Reindeer. Our challenge is unique because you can win something just by entering the challenge.  Pop across to the blog and check it out.

My Card


This a 6" square base card matted with navy cardstock and I added some Stickles for snow. The Santa and reindeer die is from Sue Wilson and the house and trees die is Memory Box, as are the navy blue trees. I added lots of glitter to give a snowy appearance.

I am on a mission to use some older dies.  We seem to focus on all the latest ones and forget there are some fabulous ones in our stash.

Take care and enjoy your day.


Tuesday, 1 March 2022

Friendship at MAWTT

 Good morning and I hope this finds you well. It's time for another challenge at MAWTT and the theme this month is friendship.

My Card

I have been going back and trying to use up some old stash and old dies.The papers and digi image are also very old. They are from Coosty Creations. The sentiment stamp is Kaisercraft . I used Spellbinder Labels 18 and Large ovals.  The corner dies were actually in my box of diecuts and I think they are Cheery Lynn. I coloured the image with Promarkers.

Why not pop across to the blog and see what the rest of the DT have made for this challenge?
I do hope you have something good planned for your day.
Take care.


Sunday, 27 February 2022

Early St Patrick's Day at IAAS

 Good morning. It's nice to see the sun shining yesterday and again this morning - even though it is extremely cold!  At least the winds have died down .

It's time for another card at International Art and Soul and the theme is St Patrick's DAy.

My Card

I used  images from Greeting Card Factory Deluxe and put them together digitally to make a large topper.  I really like the Celtic knots border.

Please pop over to the blog and take a look at the other cards from my team mates.

Just a quick post this morning because I have a busy day ahead.

Take care.

Sunday, 20 February 2022

Christmas Card Club - Penguins

 Good morning.  It's time for challenge #4 for our little Christmas Card Club and ValeryAnn has chosen the theme of Penguins.

My Card

A very simple card using an old Pink Gem image. I mounted the image onto some toning blue card and added it to a 6" square base card. The Sue Wilson sentiment die was cut from a piece of scrap card from my box and I have to say it was a perfect match.

I hope you didn't suffer too badly during Storm Eunice. I had to go to the funeral of my friend's husband otherwise I would never have ventured out. The winds had died down a little by lunchtime so the 12 mile drive was little hairy but nothing compared to my journey home which was a nightmare. We could hear and see the winds getting worse during the service and the lights started flickering so I wasn't looking forward to my home run. I came round the first of a double bend and luckily and managed to stop in time  and not plough into the tree which had come down and was blocking the road.  I was able to get round it, with some difficulty, by driving up the bank at the other side. And that was just the start! Three more trees down plus countless huge branches.

I made it home and then was unable to get up the lane to our house - two trees had come down and blocked the lane totally. I left the car at the bottom and walked up to the house- and just past the house, luckily, two enormous trees had come down. John came out with his chain saw and spent the next couple of hours clearing the lane so I could get my car home. Friday morning he went out and cleared the other trees enough for people to walk past ( from our house upwards it is a bridleway only so no cars allowed ) but John wanted to clear it enough to allow walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders to get through.  It was a lot of hard work - but as my beloved late sister would have said "There's always a bonus!" In a couple of years when the wood has seasoned we will have masses of wood for our two log burners.

Today will definitely be a day of rest for John!

Hope your all safe and well.

Take care.

Sunday, 13 February 2022

Light and Dark at IAAS

 Good morning.  Here is my card for our latest challenge at IAAS where Hazel chose Light and Dark as the theme.

My Card

I'm sure some people might be rather surprised at seeing a Christmas card in February. However I make them all year round - my favourite cards to make.

The digi image is from Lili of the Valley but I flipped the colours digitally to give it a chalk board effect which I think works well. I just added holographic snowflakes in the corners for a little brightness.

Why not pop over to the blog and see what my team mates have come up with for this challenge.?

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Sunday, 6 February 2022

Festive Gift/Gift Bag

 Good morning and I hope this finds you well. Lorraine chose the theme this time for our group.

I made three gift bags for my nephew's children at Christmas and I showed one of them last month. I thought this would be an ideal time to show the other two.

My Projects

It's very easy to buy gift bags from a shop but his way they get something unique to them.

I used papers and toppers from Dovecraft "Winter Wonderland."  I also made matching envelopes to add a money gift.  As I said last time my sister always made up gift bags for her grandchildren  and so after we lost her I carried on the tradition. I fill them with lots of small gifts and sweets etc but give them money for their main gift. As growing kids I think it is much better for them to buy something they really want rather than end up with something totally unsuitable. I haven't had children myself so am totally unable gauge what they would want.

Take care and enjoy the rest of the weekend.



Friday, 4 February 2022

All I Want For Christmas Is You - Winter Wonderland

 Good morning and the snowy scene outside my window seems to be the perfect time to post a Christmas card for the Winter Wonderland blog.

Before I show my DT card I would like to say that we are looking for people to join our design team.  If you are interested please go across to the blog for details.

My Card


Our sponsor is All Dressed Up stamps and my image is the very sweet Mistletoe Kisses which I coloured with Promarkers..

I kept it very simple with a 5" inch square base card and I used peel off greetings and snowflakes. I still have masses of them from way back when and every now and again I'm able to pop something on a card.

Why not pop over to the blog and check out the DT cards and find out whether you would like to join our Christmas crafting gang.

Please remember your project must be Christmas/Winter.

Take care

Wednesday, 2 February 2022

Anything Christmas Goes at 12 Months of Christmas - with an optional twist

 Good morning. Here at the 12 Months of Christmas LinkUp it is our first challenge of the year. 

We have some changes this year. We will no longer have sponsors but Lisa will continue to make a Christmas paper each month which will be the prize for those crafters who link up two Christmas cards that month. There will also be a prize for one random person who links a card to the challenge.

My Card

Twist Guidelines:
Other than being a Christmas card, your overall theme can be ANYTHING GOES or you can follow the optional theme of ADDING ONE OR MORE HEARTS to your card. 

This is another 5"x7" white base card.  The backing paper is DDDoodles Crumpled Chrome. The main die is a Gemini die cut from silver card stock. The sentiment die is from Sue Wilson which is cut from the same backing paper. It disappeared into the background so I  matted it onto a piece of white card and just cut around the sentiment.

Take care and have a good day.


Tuesday, 1 February 2022

Love/Anniverary/Wedding at MAWTT

 Good mornng and thank you for visiting.  It's time for our second challenge of the year at MAWTT and Jenny has chosen the theme.

My Card

I have used a 5"x7" white base card and matted it with pink card embossed with a Crafts Too folder of trellis hearts. The image is Lily of the Valley. I stamped the sentiment with a John Next Door stamp. I also used Sue Wilson's Noble Pierced Rectangle dies.

It's very simple but it's one to pop into the box just in case it's needed.

Take care.

Sunday, 30 January 2022

All About Love/Hearts at IAAS

 Good morning.  It's time for another challenge at IAAS.  This time the theme is All About Love/Hearts. You can make your project a card/ album page/ mixed media etc as long it features hearts or love.

My Card

I found this image in my Greeting Card Factory Deluxe and I couldn't resist it.  We have never sent each other Valentine cards but I thought it would be very amusing to give to John. He will chuckle at the sentiment too.

Why not pop over to the blog and check out the projects from the rest of the DT.

I hope none of you suffered too badly from the storm yesterday or the one due today. We had very high winds yesterday but it is a beautiful sunny morning right now.

Take care.

Sunday, 23 January 2022

The True Meaning of Christmas at Christmas Card Club

 Good morning. It is my turn to choose the theme for our cards this time and as you can see I decided on The True Meaning of Christmas.  I think, in all the hustle and bustle of shopping, presents, decorations etc we sometimes forget what Christmas is really all about.

My Cards

I used clear embossing ink and Detail Silver embossing powder on this lovely stamp.

 This card uses a die from Memory Box. The way it cuts means that you can get two cards with alternate colours with just one pass.  Quite clever really.  I don't know why I don't use it more often. The sentiment is from my pack of peel offs from about twenty years ago.

Last time Kate chose black and gold and I liked that so much that this time I went for black and silver. The first one is slim line one (not big enough to be DL) and the second one is A6.  Very difficult to photograph because the mirror card caught the light in the first one and in the second one the camera didn't pick up the glitter behind the silver circle.  They do look better in real life - but you'll have to take my word for that.

Anyway, that's it from me. Have a good day.