Sunday, 8 January 2017

Anything Goes for the Christmas Card Club

Good morning, and I hope this finds you well. Today is the first offering for our Christmas Card Club.  You might think it very strange to be making Christmas cards again so soon but we make a card every two weeks and in this way we keep ahead of ourselves and no mad panic in November! I actually love making Christmas cards so it is ideal for me.

Margaret chose our first theme, and a nice easy one too. Anything Goes.

My Cards

6 " square base card
Frostyville Border die - Memory Box
Oval dies - Spellbinders large ovals
Falling Snow e/f - Sue Wilson
sentiment - Becca Feekin stamp
two shades of purple glitter card
purple pearls - the Hobby House

I apologise for the quality of the pictures. I made my cards a couple of days ago and totally forgot to photograph them.  When I did remember it meant I had to take the pictures in the kitchen under fluorescent lights.  Not the best!!!  But at least you get the idea.

My two cards are just a variation on a theme using the same colours, dies and sentiments in a slightly different way. The first card was made with plain white card stock and the second with white linen card stock.  I wasn't sure if the stamp would take on the linen card but it was fine. 

Anyway that's my first two cards into the box!! I am still having problems with my computer so again I have used John's laptop for my post.  I don't have everything I need on it but at least I have been able to post and I can manage without  personalised signatures etc.

If you are interested in joining our little group please get in touch.

Take care and enjoy the rest of the weekend.

A note for Lydia  - thank you for your tip about giving your spare stash to the Brownies.  I have been wondering what I can do with my mountains!!! One of our young WI members runs the Rainbows and would welcome any thing I can pass on. Thanks again!!

Love and hugs.

Christine xx

Entered into : 12 Months Of Christmas

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Something's In The Air at MAWTT

Good morning to you all.  I've not off to a very good start to the new year computer-wise!  I have been having great difficulty in getting internet access!!  It's all very weird.  I have access to evrything else but then unable to print anything because the computer can't talk to the printer without internet.  My goodness, we seem to rely on the internet for everything now don't we?

I have managed to make a card and fortunately John's lap top is fine so I have hijacked it to get this posted. Zoe is our host at MAWTT for our first challenge of 2017.

My Card

5 x 7" base card
Papermania pad - "Born To Shop"
stick on butterfly

This is just a very quick card.  I found this absolutely ancient pad (or what remains of it!) that I have had for years!! Apart from the butterfly, which was from Hobbycraft, everything on the card is from the Going Green paper pad. I'm sorry the picture quality is so poor, but at least I have managed to get something published.  John is working on my PC as we speak!!!

Please pop over to the blog and see what my teamies have come up with.

Take care and have a good day.

Love and hugs Christine xx

Sunday, 1 January 2017

New Year, New Challenge Blog

Happy New Year to you all and I hope you all enjoyed the holiday time. Now we can get back to normal - whatever that is!!

I am very proud to be part of a brand new challenge blog which starts today The theme this month is Anything Goes With Something New. That could be new year, new job, new baby, new home etc.  I have chosen new home. To make things even more exciting we are having a blog hop in our first challenge

My Card

To make things even more exciting we are having a blog hop in our first challenge so that you can meet our new design  team. The prize will be some crafting goodies from our owners/admin Doris and Alex. with some prizes along the way.

You should have arrived here from Aussie Annie and your next stop is Darlene but here is the list in case you get lost.

Alex blog admin

We do hope you have fun with our new challenge blog and the blog hop. Don't forget to visit all the blogs so that you are in with a chance to win the prizes on offer!

Enjoy the rest of your day.

Saturday, 17 December 2016

For Somebody Special

Good morning.  This should have been posted yesterday .  I scheduled it because I was going out and then wasn't able to check it until the evening and realised it wasn't up!! Anyway since it was so late I decided to leave it until now. I don't usually have a problem with scheduling so I don't know what happened.

This is my DT card for Winter Wonderland.  The themes are "Somebody Special" or "Happy New Year".  This time it doesn't have to be a Christmas project so you have more scope..  This is our final challenge of 2016 but we will back in the new year.

My Card

7" square base card - AnnaMarie Designs
Create a Card die - Die'Sire Crafters Companion
square die - Spellbinders
white cardstock - Hobbycraft
purple glitter card - from stash
snowflakes - Marianne Designs Swedish snowflakes
metal snowflake brad - stash
purple pearls - Hobby House
sentiment - computer generated

We are sponsored by A day For Daisies and the prize is $12 to spend instore, and also Crafter's Companion who are giving a £10 voucher. Two great prizes so hop over to the blog and enter your creation,

Take care.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Lots of Sparkle for OSAAT

Good morning and I really hope everybody is well. Today it is time for challenge # 277 at OSAAT "Anything Goes with .... lots of Sparkle".

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

My Card

6" square white base card
blue card - Limetree Crafts
papers - LOTV "Frosty Christmas" (disc.)
digi image -Digi Blessings "Snow Family "
sentiment - LOTV Grungy Christmas Messages
die cut - Spellbinders Damask Accents
Card Candi - Craftwork Cards
Promarkers to colour
Lashings of glitter

Well I certainly went to town with the glitter! I didn't set out to make a monochrome card but that's how it turned out! Such a smiley snow family!

Why not pop over to the blog and see what the rest of the DT have come up with.  Maybe you will be inspired to join in the challenge and maybe win the prize of $10 to spend instore at Stitchy Bear Digital Stamp Outlet.

Take care and enjoy the rest of the weekend.

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.