Thursday, 22 June 2017

In An English Country Garden tra la!

Good morning to you all and hope you are well.  It's time for a challenge at MAWTT and Mrs Duck is our host.  If you are a regular to our challenges you will know that Ang (aka Mrs Duck) always gives us the verse of a song and asks us to make a card using something from that verse.  As you can see today's song is "English Country Garden".  There have been many versions of this traditional English folk song but my favourite has to be the one by Jimmy Rodgers in about 1962.  I hope you are all singing along with me!!

My Card



Recipe
6" square base card
Paper - from my stash ? make
image - LOTV Art Pad
roses - Wild Orchid Crafts
leaves - Woodware punch
Circle and petite scalloped circle dies-Spellbinders

This is not just random flowers!
You need to use something that features in the first verse of
the song, which is as follows:

English Country Garden
How many kinds of sweet flowers grow
In an English country garden? I'll tell you now of some that I know And those I miss you'll surely pardon Daffodils, heart's ease and flox Meadowsweet and lady smocks Gentian, lupin and tall hollyhocks Roses, foxgloves, snowdrops, and forget-me-nots In an English country garden

Now this is not the card I had planned to make but  events overtook me and I had to get it made in a hurry. Mrs Duck knows my reasons and understands why it is so simple.  I sponged Pan Pastel Light Gold on the topper because I didn't like the stark white against the backing paper and I think it toned it down just enough. 

Please pop over to the blog and see what delights my teamies have produced.  I can't hear you singing yet!!

Take care and have a good day.





Sunday, 11 June 2017

For Men

Good morning to you all and thank for dropping by.  My cards are definitely like buses aren't they?  None for ages then three in a row!!

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

Today's card is my DT card for International Art & Soul and the theme is "For Men". I've gone to the younger end of the male spectrum because my card is for my great nephew who has just turned 13 so he is officially a teenager.

My Card


Recipe
7" square base card - Anna Marie Designs
backing papers - LOTV 
image - Kenny K
star die - Spellbinders
sentiment - computer generated

Just a fun easy card and ideal for a new teenager.  Harry liked it - but I have it on good authority that his 8 year old sister thought it "very cool"!! You've got to smile haven't you? I think Kenny K made some great boys images so it's a shame they have stopped trading now.

Why not pop over to the blog and see the creations from my teamies and maybe join in the challenge? We are a Just For Fun challenge but we do have great badges for your side bar - or perhaps I should say "cool" badges ... lol!

Hope everybody is well and getting lots of crafting done.  

Take care.




Saturday, 10 June 2017

Anything Goes At The Christmas Card Club

Good afternoon. I can't believe how quickly these two weeks come round.  It's time for another card for our little club. Sylvie has chosen a very easy "Anything Goes" challenge for us this time.  This was great for me because I have had such a busy few weeks.  I was also away in Liverpool for a couple of days earlier in the week at The National Federation of Women's Institutes Annual Meeting.

 I also had a bit of a mishap.  Somehow I managed to fall down the stairs from top to bottom a few days ago. Fortunately nothing broken but I was very shaken and covered in bumps, bruises, grazes etc.  Sitting down is very difficult because I landed heavily on the top stair on my hip and thigh before sliding the rest of the way on my back - only stopping my when my feet reached the wall at the bottom. I also managed to twist my right thumb and really bang the right elbow.  I look like I am wearing "Joseph's Amazing Technicoloured Dream Coat" ... lol!    Poor John, who was in the kitchen, thought I was never going to stop - all he could hear was thud! thud! thud!  As you can imagine, I have struggled with  cards so Anything Goes was a real bonus. Thank you for that Sylvie!

My Card


Recipe
6" square scalloped base card
turquoise card - Lime Tree Crafts
backing paper and toppers - Polkadoodles - magazine freebie 
(from 2011 would you believe!!)
punched snowflakes
red gems

This is not my normal style of card at all but it works I think. And the bonus was nothing to do but a few scissor strokes, some glue and foam tape for mounting the toppers.  I don't think I have ever made such a quick card in all my life!! It just goes to show that if you keep something long enough it will come in useful!

Well that's it for now.  A much better day today and the sun is shining. Hurray!

Take care and enjoy the weekend.




Friday, 9 June 2017

Snowflakes at Winter Wonderland

Good evening.  I have never been so late in adding a post! This was due at 9am this morning so I apologise to Cindy who is our host for this challenge at Winter Wonderland and she chose snowflakes.  What could be simpler?  I have snowflakes on my backing paper and added snowflake dies too.

We are sponsored this time by Little Claire Designs and my image is such a delight! It is Star of Wonder  and I just love it.

My Card


Recipe
6" square base card
DP - Lili of the Valley (discontinued)
blue card stock - Limetree Craft
Pierced squares - Sue Wilson
Twinkling Snowflake Duet - Memory Box
pearls - The Hobby House

Please pop across to the blog and see what the rest of the Snowflake Team have made.  Why not join in and you might win three digital stamps of your choice?

That's all for today.  I hope you are looking forward to the weekend - and I hope it flipping stops raining!!!

Take care.



Monday, 29 May 2017

Mistletoe and Wine

This is my post for our Christmas Card Club and I am a day late so huge apologies to Rita, who chose the theme for the challenge.  As you will  have guessed from the header she chose Mistletoe and Wine.  This certainly posed a challenge for me!

My Card


Recipe
7" x 5" white base card
Image - LOTV Art Pad (discontinued)
Stickers - from stash
Sentiment - computer generated

I was really struggling  here.  I had images of  mistletoe and images of wine but nothing of the two together.  Whilst rummaging through some ancient stash I found some cardstock stickers of wine, grapes etc and then realised this LOTV image had some mistletoe in it.  Bingo!! I used one of the Art Pad images and added a border to it together with the little heart.  I computer generated the sentiment and then added a bottle of wine and a wine glass.  Problem solved!!

I think this makes an ideal male card because I find even Christmas cards can be a problem for the male species!! And I like the CAS aspect of the card too.

Well a quick post today but I hope everybody is well and enjoying the extended weekend.

Take care!



Sunday, 28 May 2017

Apologies To Rita

I'm so sorry but I ran out of time this week - I definitely believe there are fewer hours in the days now!

I will post my card in a day or two but I'll pop around and check out your cards later today.

Hugs Christine xx

Stitching -Real or Faux

Good morning to all my friends and fellow bloggers. I  hope this finds you all fit and enjoying life.  Well how typical that after the scorching week we have had the weather has changed just in time for Bank Holiday!

It's time for another challenge at International Art and Soul and the theme this time is Stitching - Real or Faux.

My Card


Recipe
6" square base card - Rymans
backing paper - freebie in stash
ivory pearlescent cardstock - Jellybean Crafts
A2 Curved Borders One - Spellbinders
Oval Bliss - Spellbinders
Classic Ovals Large - Spellbinders
Rose leaf die - Britannia
Felt flowers - The Range
sentiment - computer generated.

I decided to try stitching through the pierced holes in the die and see if it worked.  To my surprise it looks great so I think I might be trying it again with other pierced dies. I actually started off by stamping  Happy Birthday at the top right side and idiot that I am I forgot it takes longer for ink to dry on pearlescent card!  Yes, you've guessed it!  As I stuck the flowers on my hand brushed over it and smudged it.  What a mess! I then had a little panic attack wondering how I could disguise the mess. After trying different dies against it for size I finally found this one which fitted perfectly.  I found a scrap of pink pearlescent cardstock which was a pretty good match so I then had to computer generate the sentiment because the stamp was too big for the die cut. Anyway, all's well that ends well, as the Bard would have said!

Why not pop across to the blog and check out what my teamies have come up with and perhaps join is with us?

Well that's it from me for today so take care and enjoy the rest of the long weekend.





Thursday, 25 May 2017

Graduation

Good morning and yet another beautiful day.   Today it is Amy's turn to choose our theme at MAWTT and she wants to see cards for graduation.

My Card


Recipe
6" square base card - Papermania card stock
blue card - Lime Tree Crafts
image - from the internet
quote - computer generated.

I don't know of anybody who is about to graduate and have nothing in my stash that was suitable so I resorted to t'internet and one of my well loved quotes and hopefully it has done the job! I never miss a trick to use a quote wherever I can ... lol!

A simple CAS style from me today.  I think this quote of encouragement, although suitable for all sorts of occasion, is very apt for young people who are just about to step out into the wide world and may be unsure of what the future holds.

Please pop across to the blog and check out what Amy and the rest of the A Team have produced. We would leave to see you join us and look forward to seeing your lovely creations.

Take care and enjoy your day whatever you will be doing.





Sunday, 14 May 2017

Hot! Hot! Hot!

Good morning.  Here I am with the last of my three in a row!

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

 I am very much a pastel girl so this DT card for International Art and Soul challenge "Hot Colours" really took me out of my comfort zone.   Why not pop over to the blog and take a look at what my teamies have come up with and maybe you  will be inspired to join in the challenge.  We are a JFF challenge blog (Just or Fun) so no big prizes just cute banners for your side bars.

My Card



Recipe
7" square base card -  Anna Marie Designs
all papers/cardstock from my ancient stash 
flowers - rose dies from Brittania
leaf strip - Brittania
Provence dies - Sue Wilson
butterfly dies - Hobbycraft Intricut Dies
quote - computer generated
black pearls - from stash

It has been a very mixed few days around here.  As I said previously we were in real need of the rain the other day but since then it has been cooler and windy.  The blossom is all getting blown off the trees and covering the garden, so much so that when I had a quick glance out of the window it Thought it had snowed ... lol!

Well that's it from me. Take care and enjoy the rest of the weekend.





Saturday, 13 May 2017

Christmas Carols

Good morning. This time my card is for our friendly little Christmas Card Club and we make a Christmas card (or two) every other week so that we are not panic stricken when November arrives with very few cards made! I am hosting the challenge this time.  I love making Christmas cards of all description but I must admit that my favourites are those which have something to do with the real meaning of Christmas.  I have asked that the girls make a card based on a Christmas Carol.

My Cards

Card # 1


Recipe
 6" square base card - blue cardstock from Jelly Bean Crafts
card front "While Shepherds Watched" - Crafts u Print
pearls from stash

I forgot I had this CUP card front and I don't think it has ever been used.  It is actually 8"x 8" but I printed it out at just under 6".  I tend to only use the larger cards for special occasions. I just added lots of pearls and some glitter for the poinsettia centres.


Card # 2



Recipe
5" x 7" base card - cardstock Papermania
Pearlescent green card - Craftwork Cards
stamp - Midnight Clear - Our Daily Bread Designs
 Pearlescent Ivy Brilliance Ink Pad
Holly Vine - Memory Box
Poinsettia die - Marianne dies
A2 Bracket Borders One -  Spellbinders
Pine Twig - Sue Wilson die

I used a foam pad and the same ink that I stamped the image to colour the base of the card and allow it to stand out a little.

We had some long overdue rain yesterday. It has been so dry for the past few weeks. The garden really appreciates it and everything looks really fresh. It had the added bonus of filling all my water butts making it easier to water all my bedding plants.


Well I hope you enjoy your weekend.

Take care.



Friday, 12 May 2017

Favourite Colour Combination

Good morning. I'm sorry for being such a bad blogger but life is so busy right now!  One of these days it will slow down - but not for a while yet! I am still up to my neck in WI Centenary Celebrations!  We have something planned for every month of the year - and some months more than one!  Ah well, you only celebrate a centenary once in a lifetime!!

Well it's time for another challenge at Winter Wonderland.  I am hosting this time and the theme is to use your favourite colour combination - remember that it is Christmas projects only! We are sponsored this time by Pink Gem Designs and the winner will receive two digi images or two card toppers of their choice, or one of each.

My Card

Recipe
6 inch square white base card
Penguin Post topper from Pink Gem Designs
Frostyville Corner - Memory Box
gems from stash
tiny pom poms on hats - stash

Another simple card using a card topper.  I love the combo of lilac and turquoise or lilac and pink, so when I saw this image it was a no brainer.  Didn't need much to finis it off.

Please pop over to the blog and see what my teamies have made for the challenge and maybe you will be inspired to join in.  You can never start your Christmas cards to soon ... lol!

Hope you are all well.  Take care.


Monday, 1 May 2017

Nativity for Christmas Card Club

Good morning.  Usually I am a day earlier with my post - this time I am a day late!  I just don't know what happened to the week!  I was very surprised to lose a day ... lol!.   I suddenly realised it was Sunday, the day  I post my DT card for IA&S and I had missed Saturday and this post!  Anyway I'm here at last - with apologies to Mary whos turn it was to host.  She chose Nativity which is great for me.  I decided to make two cards which can be used for children.

My Cards



Two A6 cards one landscape and the other portrait. Boringly flat I'm afraid.  I did layer them but glued to base card, no t raised on foam pads. A little glitter and some Dovecraft 3D pearl effects to the angel's holly wreath and I was done. Sentiments were computer generated on both cards.

Thanks for looking in.

Take care.


Entered in to :12 Months of Christmas - Cute Christmas


Sunday, 30 April 2017

Vintage

Good morning.  Gosh it's very cold and windy this morning.  Today is my DT card for International Art and Soul and the theme is vintage.  This is not something I would normally do, but hey, that's what challenges are all about.  I hope this is considered to be vintage.  Lavender makes me think vintage anyway, and I love the colour so that is what I ran with.

My Card


Recipe
6" square base card
freebie backing paper - printed onto linen card stock
fancy ornate bird cage die - Cottage Cutz
scrap of  ribbon from stash
purple adorable scorable card - Hunky Dory
Sentiment - computer generated

The linen card stock has a beautiful sheen to it - I only wish I knew where I got it. I do have more but it is matte and I think the sheen is beautiful.  The Victorians were known to have birds in cages so there we have it - one vintage card!

Please pop over to the blog and see what my teamies have come up with and maybe you will be inspired top join in with the challenge.  We are a "Just For Fun" blog but we do have a lovely winners banner for you to take away!

Well that's it from me today.  Enjoy the rest of of the Bank Holiday weekend.

Take care.




Thursday, 27 April 2017

Fairies

Good morning and I hope this finds you well and not experiencing too much bad weather.  It's pretty cold here but not too much in the way of snow and hailstones but oh boy we had a doozy of a storm yesterday.  The thunder and lightning were incredible and the hailstones were so bad John was caught in his workshop until it eased off enough for him to get back indoors again.

It's time for a card at MAWTT and this time Janice is hosting the challenge and she wants to see fairies.

My Card


Recipe
6" square base card - purple Adorable Scorable card stock 
Mat - cream pearlescent card stock
background - Scenescapes Lavinia Stamps
fairy, ivy, mushrooms, fairy dust and text stamp - Lavinia Stamps

It was so easy to stamp all these images at the same time with my Hampton Stamp Perfect tool. I came across the Scenescapes, which I forgot were there when I was clearing out my craft room. It's like Christmas all the time because I keep finding more stuff!  I then just had to add some glitter and job done!

Please pop over to the blog and see what the rest of Team A have come up with.

Take care!






Sunday, 16 April 2017

Things With Wings

Happy Easter! Hope you haven't been overdosing on the chocolate and making yourselves sick ... lol!!

Today my card is my DT card for International Art and Soul. The theme is "Things With Wings" and that covers such a wide spectrum - birds, butterflies, dragonflies, fairies, angels ........  We hope that you will join in with our challenge this time.  We are a Just For Fun challenge blog so no prizes, but you can take our lovely banner if you win.

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

My Card


My 6 inch square card was made with ivory card stock from my stash and the dark taupe is Bazill Basics. The backing paper was found a couple of months ago when I was sorting through masses of stuff so that John could put me some new shelving in.  I have no idea where it is from but it suits todays card perfectly. I computer generated the quote and used Spellbinders Labels 16 to diecut. The butterflies were also in my stash drawer - Marianne Designs I think. Flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts, ribbon is Papermania and the lace is from a local haberdasher.

After a pretty good day yesterday spent in the garden I now have quite a few aches and pains. The joys of growing older!  Today's forecast is rain so that means I can take a break and not feel guilty!  However, the sky looks pretty clear to me.  Ah well, I'll just wait and see.

Take care and enjoy the rest of the Easter weekend.




Saturday, 15 April 2017

Humorous Christmas

Good morning.  As I said yesterday here I am again with more Christmas cards.  It is time for the Christmas Card Club to top up their card stash ready for later in the year.  This time our host is ValeryAnn, aka Mrs A, and she wants to see humour in our cards so I hope she approves my offerings.

My Cards





Recipe
4" x 6" base cards from red or green cardstock - LimeTree Crafts
whiter cardstock - Rymans
images - Greeting Card Factory Deluxe
poinsettias - Wild Orchid Crafts
ivy corner  -  Signature dies
leafe wreath - Memory Box
embossing folder- Snowflake Lattice Sue Wilson

Very simple flat cards - even more necessary now that postage costs have risen yet again! 

It has been been pretty chilly the past day or two two so it doesn't seem too odd to be making so many Christmas cards!

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend.

Take care!



Friday, 14 April 2017

"Cute" for Winter Wonderland

Good morning to you all and I hope it finds you all well.  This is my DT card for Winter Wonderland.  The theme is "Cute" and I am sure you will all be able to find something in your stash to cover cute!  If you join us in our challenge you are also going to get ahead with your Christmas cards,  which is an added bonus.

My Card


Recipe
52 x 7" base card - Papermania card stock
blue card stock - Lime Tree Crafts
image - Frosty Friends  Miss Daisy Stamps
embossing folder - freebie from Quick Cards mag
sentiment stamp -  part of above freebie
stamped using Encore Ultimate Metallic Blue
image coloured with Promarkers

I love this cute image!  I fussy cut it and added it to the backing papers using foam tape.  I also added the sentiment frame with foam tape.  I think the blue gives it quite an icy feel.

Our sponsor this time is Miss Daisy Stamps and she is offering one lucky winner four digi images.

Please pop over to the blog and check out what my teamies have made for some inspiration, if you need it, to join in the challenge.

Well that's it for today but I will be back tomorrow with yet another Christmas card.  I'm really getting along well now with them.  No mad panic for me come November!!

Take care.





Monday, 10 April 2017

Masculine Card

Good morning.  Well after two fabulous days it looks like the weather is set to change. Still we must enjoy it while it's here.

Today's card is a one for the male of the species.  Not always the easiest to make cards for I must confess.

My Card


Recipe
A5 card base - dark green card stock Jelly Bean Crafts
gold mirri card
Leaf word stamp - Hero Arts
maple leaf punch
Spellbinders foliage die
green and gold ribbon from stash

I've just realised I forgot to add the pearl to the base of the leaf trio!  I used a clear ink pad and detail gold embossing powder to the word stamp. A little more mirri card than I would generally use but I thought the dark card needed something to brighten it up a little.

Anyway that's it from me. Take care and enjoy your day.








Friday, 7 April 2017

Who Said The WI Are Stuffy?

Good morning.  No card today.  Instead I thought I would show some pictures of  the activities of me and my WI friends over the past week or so.  As I said we have just reached our centenary and this is quite an achievement.  Our group is varied and range in age from 30 to over 80 yet everybody gets on. We have planned a whole year of celebration - I think we will be shattered by the end - the committee in particular.  But it will all be worth it.

Perhaps you had better grab a coffee (or you favourite tipple), pull up a chair and settle down because this post is rather picture heavy! Our members have been very busy knitting and crocheting scarves for the trees and making hundreds and hundreds of pompoms!!!!



This looks lopsided because we forgot to take the picture before we hung it high up on top of the wall of the village hall.  It took about 740 pom poms - ask me how I know!!! If I never see another pom pom again it will be too soon - well, I might have got over it by next year!


Beautiful crochet work on the bike - a labour of love by Janice


the back of the bike matches the front



Two passengers who hitched a lift - wearing seat belts I might add!


the culprits - caught in the act


another tree with little bunnies, ducks, bees and ladybirds


a child spotted enjoying our work - makes it all worthwhile


tree planting in church grounds to celebrate centenary
Jacqui - president, me - Secretary, - Rev Martin Leaton



We had a fabulous evening at our centenary dinner on Wednesday.  I'll bore you with those photos later.

Well that's it for now.  I'll have a card to post in a day  or two.

Take care and enjoy your day.





Sunday, 2 April 2017

Distressing

Today's challenge at International Art & Soul is "Distressing"!!!  Now I get distressed at the very thought of distressing so it wasn't exactly the easiest card for me to make. But hey  that's what challenges are all about - pushing you out of your comfort zone.  Well I managed it and here is the result.  Not masses of distressing but enough I hope.

Please scroll down if you are looking for my CCC card

My Card


Recipe
6 " square base card - made from Crafter's Companion cream pearlescent card
paper -  digi paper but unknown
pennant dies - Creative Expressions
flowers - The Craft Shed
sentiment - computer generated
pearls - the Hobby House
lace and ribbon - from stash

Well it turned out better than I thought it would which is always a bonus.  Please pop across to the blog and find out what my teamies have been up to! Maybe you will be inspired to join in with the challenge.

The sun is shining here so long may it continue.    Enjoy your day.