Sunday, 29 October 2017

Sentiment as Focus for CCC

Good morning.  Well, it's actually extremely chilly here and we have had frost the past two mornings. Our property is quite high and we get more frost and snow than the villages around us. It's a wee bit early for this as far as I'm concerned!  I hope you all remembered to turn back your clocks at 2 o'clock this morning.  I don't want to find out any of you cheated and did it before you went to bed ... lol!

These two weeks just zoom by so quickly and it's time for a challenge in our Christmas Card Club. Sylvie has asked us to use the sentiment as the focal point of our cards this time.   This suits me down to the ground because that is my favourite form of card.  I'd be quite happy to never use images on my cards and just settle for sentiments, quotes, poems etc.

My Card

 
Recipe
white cardstock - Hobbycraft
glitter card - stash
Sparkles Flakes e/f - Creative Expressions
labels 10 - Spellbinders
snowflakes - Marianne and Spellbinders
sentiment - Pink Petticoat (closed down)
 

This is a lovely embossing folder but quite an unusual size. The folder measures 19 cms x 145 cms, which is approximately 5.75 ins x just less than 7.75 ins. I trimmed it slightly to make my finished card  6" x 7.75". Very odd size.
 
Well that's it from me today.
 
Take care.
 
 
 

Friday, 27 October 2017

Fancy Folds for Winter Wonderland

Good morning to all my friends and fellow bloggers. Cindy has chosen the theme for our challenge at Winter Wonderland this time and as you can see she asked us for fancy folds.  I think this shaped card is called Diorama, although I have seen it called just a box card. Whatever it is called it was extremely easy to make. It also folds down almost flat and fits into a six inch square envelope. If the embellishments are kept flat then it is the lower postal charge.

Do you like making Christmas Cards?  If so we are looking for more Design Team members. 
 If you are interested you will find the details HERE 
 
Anyway, back to the challenge. Our sponsor this time is Sheepski Designs .

My Card
 

 
Recipe
Kraft cardstock - stash
Design papers - LOTV disc.
Snowstorm Acetate - Jellybean Crafts
Noble Pierced Squares die - Creative Expressions
Large snowflakes - Marianne Designs
Mini snowflakes - The Works
image  Snowmen Selfies - Sheepski Designs .
 
 
I die cut a square from the centre and added snowstorm acetate to tie in with the snowy paper.
 
Our Craft and Laugh group from WI went to Evesham for the afternoon yesterday and had great fun.  We went to The Valley shopping outlet and visited the new Crafter's Companion.  Of course, we just had to have tea/coffee and cake - it would have been rude not to since there were at least three caf├ęs in the outlet.
 
Well that's it for today.  I hope this finds you all well.
 
Take care.
 

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Mountain Border Card

Good morning and welcome. Wasn't that sky incredible on Monday?  I had been out walking and on the way back it was getting darker and darker and the sun was getting redder and redder.  When I got into the house I had to switch all the lights on - it was like night time! Spooky!

My Card
 
 
Recipe
7" x 5"  base card - kraft cardstock from Hobbycraft
natural linen cardstock -  Pink petticoat digi paper
embossing folder Argyle- Die'sire  Embossalicious
mountain border digi - Eureka stamps
spruce die - unknown ( lost the packet lol)
sentiment - computer generated
 
It was my brother in law's birthday a couple of days ago. It is the first one since he lost his wife (my sister)and I needed to make sure it got there in time. Our local post is not the most reliable. I tend to give my cards etc to our postman who then puts it straight into the sorting office and it gets there the next day without fail.  I just have to be sure to have them ready when he comes.

 
I only partly coloured the image because I didn't want it to look too busy and overpowering. I think it works a treat.  And my nephew let me know that, sure enough, it got there next day. Thanks Postman Tony!
 
Well that's it from me today. I need to get baking. It's my turn to provide cake for our WI Craft and Laugh group to morrow.
 
Take care!
 
 
 
 

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Not Square or Rectangular

Good morning and here I am again, this time with my DT card for International Art and Soul.  The remit is for your to be anything other than square or rectangular.

 
My Card
 
 
Recipe
Snow dome card blank ? Tattered Lace
Reindeer and Sleigh - Tattered Lace dies
Merry Christmas Die - Yvonne Creations 
Snowstorm acetate - stash
snowflakes - Woodware punch
Backing paper - from my digi paper file
gems - from Stash
 
I found this card blank in the bottom of a drawer and I have no idea where I got it from. After looking on Ebay I am sure it is from Tattered Lace.   A friend gave me the diecuts of the reindeer and sleigh - I don't buy Tattered Lace because they are so expensive - so I just added lots of sparkle to them.

Please pop over to IAAS and checkout the projects from the rest of the team.

This was very difficult to photograph because the acetate kept picking up the light.  It is quite dark but when I used flash I got a lovely flash of light in the acetate. Anyway, you've got the idea I'm sure.

Take care and enjoy the rest of the weekend.

 
 
 

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Non Traditional Colours.

Good morning.  Time again for our Christmas Card Club.  Two weeks certainly shoot round!  Today Carol is hosting the challenge and she wants to see non traditional colours. I rarely use pink at Christmas so I decided that was the colour to use this time.

My Card 
 
 
Recipe
62 square white base card - Rymans
Pink card stock - old stash
Pierced Noble square dies - Sue Wilson
Stitched Flags - Sue Wilson
Snowflake tree die - Britannia
Falling Snow e/f - Sue Wilson
pearls - The Hobby House
Sentiment - computer generated
 
 
A very CAS and almost flat card. I added the sentiment flag with foam pads to give just a little dimension and that was it.  Job done.


The weather has been quite good this week and the weekend is set to be good too in most places.    I'm sorry if you are in the areas that are due for hurricane-type conditions.  And poor Cumbria is taking a battering with the rain again. I have managed to get quite a bit of walking done this week. I've gone with the walking instead of my usual cycling because I have a problem with my left thumb and it is causing a lot of pain when trying to change gear. Sometimes it is so painful that I can't change back up when I have been in a low gear.  Hopefully by resting it for a few weeks it will improve.  The joys of arthritis ... lol.
 
Enjoy the weekend and I will be back again tomorrow.
 
Take care.
 


 Entering :
Think Pink
 
 


Thursday, 12 October 2017

Autumnal Colours

Good morning.  I hope you are well and enjoying the milder weather; I'm sure it will change pretty soon.

It's time for my DT card at MAWTT.  Zoe is hosting this challenge and her remit is "Autumn/Fall Cards - Anything with an autumnal feel whether it be autumn colours or autumn images".

My Card
 
 
Recipe
6" square base card - cardstock from stash
paper - First Edition "Falling Leaves"
Sentiment - JustRite stamps
Die set - The Works
pearls - The Hobby House
 
 
 I have gone with autumn colours and kept it quite CAS as you can see.  I just loved the paper so much that I didn't want to cover it all up.  There are some beautiful designs in this pad and as you can see parts of this one are pearlescent. The die set is one I bought from The Works.  I have had a few from there and they cut and emboss beautifully and are very reasonably priced - ie cheap!

Please pop over to the blog and see the inspiration from my team mates.

I hope you

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Make It Round

Good morning.  Hope you are all well and didn't have too much wind yesterday - weather-wise I mean!  I hung my washing out wondering if it would actually blow away!  Still, didn't take long to dry so I was able to get straight on with the ironing.  Must confess that is not my favourite chore so I like to get it out of the way as soon as I can.

This is my card for the Christmas Card Club  which was due on Sunday, so I apologise to my club teamies.  I intended to make an easel card but in the end came up with a rocker card instead.  I have struggled with my card making over the last few months and even when I got round to making a card I found it difficult to come up with new ideas and it was taking ages to actually make even the most simple card.  Anyway, hopefully things will start looking up a bit now.

We all take turns to choose the theme each fortnight and this time it was Mrs A (ValeryAnn) and she asked us to make it round.  I wasn't sure whether she meant us to make the actual card round or just add something round, but I think my card covers both eventualities.

 
My Card
 
 
Recipe
white card stock - Hobbycraft
Blue pearlescent card = Jelly Bean Crafts
paper - LOTV Frosty Christmas(disc but now available as digi papers)
glitter card stock - Hobbycraft
Grand Decorative Circles One - Spellbinders
poinsettia die - Marianne
leaf sprigs - Sue Wilson
Ice Crystal Frame - Amy designs
pearls - The Hobby House
 
This card ended up being very large at 8 inches.  Usually when I make big ones it is 7 inches but because of the shape it doesn't actually appear to be that big. And would you believe it!!! I have just realised one of the leaf sprigs has fallen off before I took the picture.  I tucked them in to see what it looked like and obviously only glued two of them! Ah well, easily solved.
 
Well that's all from me today.  Thanks for your visit.
 
 



Sunday, 1 October 2017

Make It Monochrome

Hi!  It's hard to believe it's already October - time is just zooming by at the speed of light!

I'm back today with my DT card for International Art and Soul where the theme is monochrome. Somehow lots of my cards end up being monochrome without me even trying!! 

My Card
 
 
Recipe
7" x 5" tent fold card - from Papermania cardstock
pink adorable scorable card - Hunkydory
Elegant Labels 4 Spellbinders
Labels 4 - Spellbinder
Tranquil Moments - Spellbinders
leaf dies - The Works
embossing folder - Cuttlebug
sentiment - very old stamp
pearls and flowers - stash
striped ribbon - local haberdasher
 
Lots of pretty dies made this card a cinch to make. All I had to do was add a little colour to the flowers using a Promarker and job done.
 
Why not pop over to the blog and check out the cards from my teamies?  We are a Just For Fun blog but we have some super badges should you decide to join in the challenge.
 
Take care and have a good Sunday.
 
 
 
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