Thursday, 25 May 2017


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

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

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

 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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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.

Entered into:
 Star Stampz - Add gems  and/ or pearls

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.