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

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

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

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


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

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.


Saturday, 1 April 2017

Christmas Flowers

Good morning. Time for a card for my friends at the Christmas Card Club. Carol is hosting this challenge and she wants to see Christmas flowers and my choice is the poinsettia. It wouldn't be Christmas if I didn't have a red poinsettia in the house!

Everything on this card came from my snippets box - except for the poinsettias!  I'm not sure where they are from but it is either The Works or one of the Pound shops. The embossed background was left over from another project, the poinsettia panel was something I was going to use on a card last year and change my mind and the Merry Christmas die cut was there because I cut two the last time I used this die.

It came together extremely quickly which is just as well because I have had such a busy week I wondered if I was going to manage to make one at all - let alone the three I usually do !!

Last night when it got dark my WI friends and I were out yarn bombing the village again!! If you had seen me on a ladder - complete with head torch - up a tree and up the wall attaching crocheted and knitted items and pom poms you would have died laughing. We also decorated the gates and railings of the village primary school so the kids will have a  surprise when they arrive for school on Monday morning.  They were very excited when we did it last year so we did a bit extra this time.  Fortunately it was dry and not too cold.  I will post some pictures in a day or two.

Well that's it for today.  Take care and enjoy your weekend.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Woodland Mice

Good morning to all my friends and fellow bloggers. Sorry for my absence but I have been extremely busy with WI stuff. Tysoe WI, of which I am secretary,  celebrates its' 100th birthday this month.  We have a whole year of celebrations planned but it means I have been tied up with so much!  We have our Centenary Dinner next Wednesday evening and it will be nice to relax over a nice meal once we have finished all the prep.  Well, the meal is being catered but we need to get all the  gift wrapping, name places , table plans etc done prior to the event. Rather than be boring and just have table numbers, since the WI motto is "Inspiring Women" we decided to call each table by the name of inspiring  British women.  We had fun sorting out who to choose - ranging from Emmaline Pankhurst, the Suffragette, to Queen Elizabeth II, who is also a member of Sandringham WI.

Anyway, I'll keep you informed on what we get up to.

It is time for another DT card for MAWTT today.  This time it is Emma's choice which is "Into The Woods",  She has broadend this out to things which you might see in the woods - trees, flowers, birds, animals etc. I found this lovely topper from Little Claire in my stash and it seemed perfect.

My Card

6" square base card - Rymans
blue paper - Lime Tree Crafts
pierced Noble Squares - Sue Wilson
backing papers - LOTV "Petal Fresh" (disc)
sentiment stickers - stash.

I just love the image - so sweet!  Please pop over to the blog and find out what my teamies have found in the woods.

Hope you have  a good day.  Take care.

Sunday, 19 March 2017


Good morning and here I am with my three in a row! Three cards in three days which seems to be becoming the norm for me these days.  Nothing for a week then like buses three come along at once.  This time it's my DT card for International Art & Soul challenge # 4 and the theme is embossing.  This can be wet or dry embossing or a combination of the two so you have a lot of scope.

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

My Card

card base - 6.5 " square - Hobbycraft card stock
blue card - Lime Tree Crafts
embossing folder - All Occasion e/f - magazine freebie (but available at Craft Stash)
sentiment die - Britannia Dies
Delicate Asters die - Heartfelt Creations
sprig leaf die - Sue Wilson

A very simple card to put together but looks very effective and quite special I think.  It also benefits from being flat so good for mailing.

Please pop across to the blog and see the beautiful cards my teamies have produced and you may decide to join us.  We are a Just For Fun Challenge but if you win you will have a lovely banner to place on your blog.

Hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Take care.

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Saturday, 18 March 2017

Peace and Joy

Good morning.  Hope everybody is well.  I thought spring came the other day - how wrong I was!   One absolutely glorious day but very cold and very windy since.

Anyway more Christmas cards because it's time for the Christmas Card Club again. Granmargaret is our host and wants to see two or more patterned papers.

Card # 1

5" x 7 " cream card base
papers - 
mini poinsettias - Wild Orchid Crafts

Card # 2

6" square white base card
papers - Papermania "Home For Christmas"
Topper - LOTV Art Pad
word die - Brittania Dies

I don't know why I told youwhat colour the base cards were because I covered them both up totally with the backing papers ... lol! Well that's another two chalked up.  I'm quite pleased with how the numbers are mounting.  

A quick post today.  Enjoy your weekend.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Christmas Bunny

Good morning and I hope it finds you all well.  It's great that spring really seems to be here now in all her glory.  In fact Wednesday was more like high summer - a really glorious day.

Which makes it strange that I'm posting a Christmas card!  However, It's time for my DT card for Winter Wonderland and the theme is "For a Child".

My Card

5" x 7" base card - Docrafts
red pearlescent card - stash
backing paper -
 Christmas Bunny Decorating image - Sasayaki Glitter 
sentiment stamp - Little Claire
lacy circle die - Spellbinders
bakers twine
gold card candi

Our sponsor is Sasakaki Glitter and the winner will receive  a digi image of their choice. They also have a blog which you will find here.

Please pop across to Winter Wonderland and check out what my teamies have come up with.  We would love you to join us in our challenge, but remember Christmas projects only!

Well that's it from me.  Hope you all have a good day whatever you are doing.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Zed Fold Card

Good morning, and it's a really beautiful one here in Oxfordshire.  John and his friend have gone off for a walk and I will be picking them up later this morning when they ring me.  Such a nice change after all the rain of late.  I had a great day yesterday when I met up with some ex-colleagues for lunch.  We meet up every three months and have a great time putting the world to rights.  The food is more or less incidental!

My card this morning is for one of the ladies in our WI "Craft and Laugh" group who is going through a bit of bad luck at the moment.  Her husband was in hospital for a week with a very bad foot infection and then she fell and broke her ankle and foot!  She was also in hospital a few days (mainly because there was nobody at home to look after her) but now they have both been discharged - Janice on crutches and Paul with walking sticks. She has already had one surgery to pin and plate but is awaiting further surgery.

My Card

white cardstock - Hobbycraft
backing papers - LOTV "Promises" (disc)
Fleur De Elegance die - Spellbinders
Large rose die - Memory Box
Sentiment - computer generated

This is the first zed fold card I have made and it is so easy.  I'm sure I could have done a much better job but I was in a desperate hurry to get it off to her.

I also sent her another card from our little craft group.  It was one I already had in stock which I posted some time ago and I just changed the sentiment tag, but it was absolutely perfect as you can see. 

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

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Fancy Borders

Good morning and I'm here with another DT project for International Art & Soul challenge #3 and we are asking you to use fancy borders.  IA&S is  a Just For Fun challenge but we have some lovely banners for the winners so I do hope you will pop over to to the blog and see what my teamies have made for this challenge.  Maybe you will be inspired to join in.

Please scroll down to see my Christmas Card Club entry

Instead of a card I actually made a box of cards as a gift.  The inspiration for the box was seeing a pack of cards in the shop at a National Trust property.  I thought I'm sure I can make something similar, and this is what I came up with.  I used a mini brad as the closure.

My Project

white pearlescent card
pink pearlescent card
5 " square scalloped cards
Spellbinders e/f - Dainty Dots
Spellbinders - A2 Bracket Borders One
Britannia - small and medium rose
Britannia - fern wreath strip
pearls from stash

Well that's it from me today. Have a good day and enjoy what's left of the weekend.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Christmas Card Club

Good morning.  Another two weeks have passed so it's time for our friendly little gang to produce another Christmas card.  Zoe is hosting this time and she asked us for something "off the wall ie non-traditional, a little wacky, unusual colours etc."  So this is my offering.  Some might think it a little irreverant but it's just a bit of fun.
I have used my "Greeting Card Factory" to find some images.  Cards are all very flat again. I have added a funny caption inside in lieu of a sentiment.

Card 1

Caption: "The Wise Men soon regretted buying that cheap sat nav off eBay"

Card 2

Caption: "We have no reservations in wishing you a Merry Christmas."

Card 3

Caption: "May your Christmas be filled with unexpected treasures"

The pictures are terrible I'm afraid but it has been lashing with rain the entire day so it is extremely dark.  I tried manipulating the images with my software but it's not much better.  Sorry.

Well that's it for today.  If you want to see what the other girls have come up with you will find their details on my side bar - but they won't be posting until tomorrow.  I have another DT card due then so I always post this one a day early.

Take care and enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Rainbows for MAWTT

Good morning to all my friends and fellow bloggers.  Today is time to show my card for MAWTT. Terri is our host this time and she asked to see rainbows or rainbow colours.

My Card

A very simple card using an image I found online and then added the quote. A few gems and punched butterflies was all it took. The pearlescent card base has been in my stash for years and came across a whole load of coloured pearlescent cards when I was sorting through stuff over the last couple of weeks.  I had to move everything when John was building me some more shelving.  It's amazing how much stash you find!!! I don't think I need to buy cardstock or paper pads for a few years! Now who am I kidding?  I might not need it but there's bound to be stuff I see and want!

Anyway why not pop over to the blog and see what my teamies have come up with? We are a Just For Fun challenge with no prizes except your winner's badge but I'm sure you will get some inspiration for your projects.

It is still extremely windy here so I hope you are having it better.

Take care.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Challenge # 3 at Do-Al(1) Kreatives

Good morning.  How can it possibly be March already?  Unbelievable!!  I hope everybody is okay. We had very mixed weather yesterday.  A couple of hours of bitter cold but sunny, then very high gusty winds (I really don't like high winds - they cause such damage) and then all that was followed by a couple of hours of snow! Fortunately it didn't lay.

Anyway  it is time to show my DT card for our third challenge at Do-Al(1) Kreatives. - " Spring - Anything Goes With Nature".   What could be more springlike the the birds singing away, flying here, there and everywhere (cue for a song!)  and starting up their new homes.

My Card

6 x 6 " base cad
backing papers - Spring Feast by First Edition
image - Birds and Houses Set - Digital Delights
bird house die - Die'sire Crafters Companion
Birds On A Wire - Spellbinders
Spellbindersl Labels 16

Our sponsor for this challenge is Digital Delights by Louby Loo and the winning prize is a $5 gift voucher for the store.  Please pop over to the blog and check out my teamies projects and maybe you will be inspired to join in with us.

Take care and have a good day.

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Sunday, 19 February 2017


Good morning. Yes I'm back again - three days in a row.  This time it's my DT card for International Art and Soul.  We are a "Just For Fun" challenge, but we do have some lovely badges for the winner and the Top 3. The challenge this time was to recycle. Every year after Christmas I put to one side those cards which are just too nice to just dump and I vow I will do something with them yet rarely do.  Anyway, this time I have! The large snowflake with it's little metal charm dangling in the centre came up trumps!

My Card

7" square basecard - Anna Marie Designs
silver card - from stash
Snowflake Lattice e/f - Sue Wilson
snowflake punch - Woodware

I decided to keep it CAS and it worked well. I managed to stop myself adding things!  It's so easy to think I'll just put this on, then something else and on it goes....!  The snowflake is so sparkly that I punched the snowflakes from silver glitter card.

Please pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the DT have come up with and maybe you will be inspired to join in.

Take care and enjoy what remains of the weekend!

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