Saturday, 10 December 2016

Snow Scene for Christmas Card Club

Good morning to you all.  I can't believe I haven't posted for almost week, but once again my week has been hectic.  Hopefully things will calm down soon.  This post is my usual day early - not due until tomorrow but I have a DT card to post then. I didn't get a card made for last time - well I actually did but in my rush I made it for the wrong theme!  However, with many apologies to Mary, I have finally managed a rather poor card for her Mixed Media challenge which I will add after the Snow Scenes.

My Cards

5" x 7" base card made from Hobbycrafts linen card stock
image from Greeting Card Factory - printed onto  linen card
cream pearlescent card to mat - Crafter's Companion
lots of glitter

A very simple card made in a rush, but I do love the wintry scene. It looks lovely on the linen cardstock, almost like a picture. Anyway, since I had time I made a second card.

6" square base card
image - Just Inklined (I think!)
backing paper - Papermania "Home for Christmas" (love these papers)
ivy  - Signature die
holly  - Memory Box
poinsettias  - Wild Orchid Crafts
Promarkers to colour
lots of glitter

I know this isn't exactly a snowy scene but there is certainly snow on the bird house and my robins are kissing under the mistletoe. Such a sweet image.

Mixed Media for Mary

5" x 7" base card made from BrotherSleep sapphire pearl cardstock
silver mirri
trees stencil - Sweet Poppy Stencils
translucent paste - Sweet Poppy 

This isn't a Christmas stencil but it's the only one I have with trees. It's also rather messy Mary but I have tried! I used three different shades of glitter but the picture doesn't show it too well. This is my second attempt. The first one showed the different glitters really well but I botched it up when I was removing the stencil and smudged the fence line.  I think I will probably be able to add a sentiment or ribbon to disguise it. I haven't added a sentiment to this one yet as you can see, but I will when I think exactly what to do with it.

So here I have three cards to show so I hope I have redeemed myself with my CCC buddies. 

 I hope you are are all well and getting ahead with your Christmas preparations.So close now.

Take care.  

Monday, 28 November 2016

Buttons and Bows at OSAAT

Good morning to you all.  I'm a day late with my DT card for OSAAT. I was so busy with all the stuff for the WI events over the last 10 days or so that I very quickly had to make a card for the Christmas Card Club and OSAAT.  I was a bit too quick for my own good ... lol!  I looked at the wrong week on both challenges and actually made a card for each challenge using the wrong image and theme!  What a dork!!   At least I am prepared for two weeks time.

My Card

5" x 7" base card from pearlescent card stock
blue pearlescent card for matting
backing paper - Summer Harvest from Panda Bear Designs
Floral Ovals die - Spellbinders
sentiment stamp - JustRite
ribbon and buttons from stash

This paper was ideal to make a very quick card!  I stamped the sentiment onto another paper from the pack which I had printed onto card stock. The grosgrain ribbon bow looks a totally different colour to the strip across the centre whereas in real life it is almost exactly the same.  I was congratulating myself on matching real ribbon to the paper ribbon strip and then I saw the photo! Weird!

Please hop across to the blog to see what my teamies have made.  If you decide to join the challenge you could win $10 to spend in store.

We had a very good night at our Craft Fayre on Thursday evening but I was pretty exhausted at the end of the evening. I spent the morning baking mince pies and Victoria sponges to sell on our WI produce stall.  We had about 25 other stall holders as well as my own stand and the WI produce stand and we had to set everything up in advance and then put the hall to rights afterwards. Phew!  But we had a very good night and made quite a profit, which will be going to our centenary fund.

Then Friday was  our trip out to Worcester Victorian Christmas Market.  What a fabulous day!! The weather was very cold but bright and sunny and the market was wonderful.  I will definitely be making the trip again next year.

Well that's all from for today.  Hope you are all well.

Take care.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

MAWTT - Anything Goes With Christmas

Good morning from a very blustery wet Oxfordshire.  It is time for another challenge at Moving Along With The Times.  It was my turn to choose the theme so I made it an extremely easy one as you can see.

Before I go any further we are looking for two new members to join our design teams. You would have to create a card once a month and make comments for two weeks.  If you are interested please contact Wendy - you will find her contact details in the sidebar of the MAWTT blog.

My Card

6" square base card - Dovecraft
white cardstock - Rymans
 Snowflake Corner die - Memory Box
Falling Snow e/f  - Creative Expressions
image - a Ruth Moorehead topper

Sorry I have been absent so much lately but I have been very busy with WI stuff.  This evening we are holding a Craft Fayre in the village hall. We are having a WI produce stall selling cake, jams etc, and I am having a stall but we have also booked another 20 + stalls so this afternoon is going to be very busy getting the hall set up etc. Also serving tea, coffee and mince pies.  I think I will be very glad to get home tonight.  Probably need a large G&T!!

We are also off to the Victorian Christmas Market in Worcester tomorrow so that should be fun.

Well that's it for me today.  Take care and keep warm!

Friday, 18 November 2016

Legend of The Poinsettia

Good morning.  It's time for another challenge at Winter Wonderland.  You now have a choice of two themes and our challenges now run for two weeks so you have twice as long to enter. It's the Snowflakes turn and Louise is our host this time. Your choice of themes are "Poinsettias" or "Snow Is Falling" so  why not pop across to the blog and see what the rest of the Snowflake DT have come up with and maybe it will inspire you to join in.

My Card

5" x 7" base card
red cardstock - Rymans
embossing folder - Spellbinders Dainty Dots
Sentiment - computer generated
Poinsettia die - Marianne Designs
Leaves - Spellbinders

Our sponsor is Crafty Sentiments and they are offering 3 digi images to the winner.

Just a quick post today.  I hope you are all feeling well and haven't been affected by these mini tornados which are sweeping across the Midlands and Wales.  Keep safe and warm.

Take care.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Autumnal Colours

Good morning.  Here I am two days in a row!  This time my post is my DT card for OSAAT Challenge # 275 Use Autumn Colours in your project.

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

My Card

6" square base card
papers - First Edition
bronze card - Craftwork Cards (as yesterday)
image - "Blossom" IkesArt
small pine leaf - Britannia Dies
Sentiment - Rub On (ancient stash)
Promarkers to colour

Please pop over to the blog  and see what the rest of the DT have made and see if it inspires you to join our our challenge and win $10 to spend instore.

Just a very quick post today and I hope it finds you all well.

Take care.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

The Most Famous Reindeer

Good morning to you all.  It's time for another card for the Christmas Card Club.  This time our theme is "Reindeer" and was chosen by Lorraine.   As you can see, I have chosen the most famous reindeer of all ... lol! I am a day early with my card  (unlike last time when I was about five days late!) but I have another DT card to post on Sunday.

My Card

5" x 7"  card - cream pearlescent  card Crafter's Companion
die - magazine freebie
sentiment - computer generated
plaid card - a scrap from my snippets box

The light has been really bad to take a picture. The first picture didn't show the lovely bronze colour of the reindeer but the other makes the white card look blue although does give a better impression of the reindeer.  In the end I decided to show two images and crop the second one. The bronze paper is from one of the Paper Blox from Craftwork Cards which I have had about 15 years and just came across it the other day with hardly any papers used from it.  Absolutely gorgeous silvers, pewters, bronze and another colour which I cannot describe other than to say it is fabulous and I'm glad I came across this pad. 
I have also made some A6 cards using the same die cut and sentiment but haven't managed to photograph them yet.

Hope everybody is well.

Take care.

Entered into : 12 Months of Christmas

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Panels for Wall Hanging

Good morning. I thought I would show you what I have been working on over the last week or so.
Tysoe WI, of which I am secretary, is celebrating its centenary in April 2017.  We are the oldest in Warwickshire so we have decided to really push the boat out and put on a good show for the rest of the county. I actually live in Oxfordshire right on the border between Oxfordshire and Warwickshire and since our village is very small and doesn't have a WI I joined Tysoe and have never regretted a moment. We have planned things to take place throughout the entire year and will be involving the community too.

One of of our projects is to produce a quilted wall hanging made up of 10 inch square  panels made by some of our members.

Button tree
This one was inspired by a Christmas card I made using the Bare Tree die from Memory Box.  As I was sticking gems on the branches I suddenly thought it would be great for a wall hanging and this is the result - in much greater scale obviously. Sewing all those buttons on was a real pain I can tell you!

There is a large windmill which stands on a hill above the village  called Windmill Hill.  Who'd have guessed that ... lol! The sails have been drenched in  PVA glue which made them extremely stiff and with the brad in the middle they actually turn. I was thinking of using fabric stiffener, the type you use on blinds, but I couldn't get any locally and I didn't want to wait for an online order.  The door now has a smaller green brad for the handle. The grass is actually from the Joy!Crafts Icicle die which works brilliantly for grass.  I must remember that for future cards.

Autumn Wreath
I think I got these leaves from Hobbycraft, or possibly The Range, and I loved the colours.  I have used Bondaweb to attach them and am wondering whether to risk trying applique. My machine is quite old and doesn't have an applique foot and those leaves look a bit fiddly.  I'll try on a spare one and if I can't get it right then I'll leave them as they are rather than risk spoiling it.

I have one more in the pipeline which is not yet finished.  I am crocheting a range of flowers. The idea was originally to focus on flora and fauna but then we decided to include important aspects of the village. The  windmill is such a landmark so obviously it needed to be there. The church features heavily in the village so that will be another panel.  Tysoe is part of what is known as the Vale Of The Red Horse so we are also having a red horse panel.  The background is going to be purple so that we can use the WI colours of purple and green.

We are going to start putting it together in January or February so I will show you how it turns out. Initially we were going to get cracking on it in the next few weeks but we have been asked to decorate the church Christmas tree and we have decided to hand make all the ornaments, again using WI colours.  I think that will be pretty time consuming for our little "Craft and Laugh" (and eat cake!) group!

Well I do hope things are well with you, and if anybody is feeling under the weather then please get well soon.