Friday, 25 May 2018

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Sunday, 13 May 2018

All About The Boys at International Art and Soul

Good morning and hope everybody is well and happy.  My card today is for IAAS.  We are a Just For Fun challenge blog and we post every second Sunday.  The DT take it in turns to choose the theme and this time it is the turn of my good friend Planet Susie.  Unfortunately Sue is unwell and unable to take part in her challenge so I hope we have done her proud.  She wants to see cards for the men or boys in our lives.

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

6" square kraft card base.
papers -  Father Knows Best (disc) LOTV
Banner dies - The Works
Nesting Star dies - Sweet Dixie
sentiment - computer generated

It's always good to have a masculine card tucked away in your box of cards I think.  These dies from The Works are such good value and cut beautifully.

Of late my cards have all been very simple but I guess that's not always a bad thing.  My mojo went walkabout months ago and hasn't found his way back yet. Until he does I'll just plod along producing what I can when I can.

I spent a few hours in the garden on Saturday so the beds are all ready for the bedding plants to be planted up.  I also used the weed killer on the gravel borders and all the patios. Now I remember why I always leave this job for John !!  Gosh my shoulders are letting me know how heavy that flipping back pack set up is!!  John is on antibiotics for a chest infection so isn't feeling 100% so Mrs H to the rescue.  If I'd remembered how heavy it was I'd have left it for him when he was better ... lol!!  Just kidding!

Please pop across to the blog and see what my teamies have produced and maybe you will feel inspired to join us.

Take care and enjoy what remains of the weekend.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Sentiment As Focus for Christmas Card Club

Goo d morning to you all and thanks for dropping by.  I can't believe how quickly these two weeks pass and now it's time for our next challenge in the Christmas Card Club.  Carol is hosting this this time and she wants us to use the sentiment as the focus of our card.  Suits me down to the ground.

My Card

5" x 7" white base card
white card stock - Rymans
pearlescent card stock - Jelly Bean Crafts
embossing folder - Chain Link from Couture Creations
die - Sue Wilson
bottom edge -Martha Stewart Cherish punch 

I decided to use a non-Christmas embossing folder for a change.  I think it looks quite masculine which is a bonus since I send a few to males on their own.

This card is not due until tomorrow but I have a DT card to post then so whenever possible I try to post this one a day early.  

Hope you enjoy the weekend, though I think the weather has changed now.

Take care.

Friday, 11 May 2018

Sentiment Only - No Image at MAWTT

I must apologise to Wendy and team A.  This post was scheduled for yesterday and I didn't realise until last night that it hadn't been published . I'm really not sure what happened but here I am at last, albeit a day late!

Good morning. It is my turn to host the challenge at MAWTT and as you can see I asked the team to use a quote/sentiment on their card with no image at all.  I just love to add quotes to my work and I much prefer it to images.  Please pop over to the blog and see what Team A have come up with for my challenge.

My Card

5" x 7" white base card
pink pearlescent card - Crafters Companion
Hunkydory large topper - Quotes and Wisdom
ribbon and pearls from stash

A very simple card but with a lovely sentiment.

I hope you are all still enjoying the lovely weather.  Long may it last - but unfortunately it probably won't be too much longer before the weather breaks. Till then we'll just have to make the most of it.
I have been quite busy sorting things out in the garden and planting bedding plants and planters. 

Well that's it from me.  

Take care.

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Christmas Wreaths For CCC

Good morning, and what a wet few days we've been having. April is certainly living up to it's reputation. We were so lucky on Thursday when we visited  Kelmscott Manor and had such lovely sunshine.

Rita is hosting our challenge at the Christmas Card Club this time and she wants to see Christmas Wreaths.

Card # 1

This is a 7" x 5" card using an LOTV image.  I used lashings of glitter which doesn't show up at all on the picture but actually looks lovely.  At Christmas I always wish my front door was red - they always show up a wreath so well I feel. Or maybe a nice shiny black.

Card # 2

This is a small 4" x 6" card.  I found this image in the Christmas images section of my Greeting Card Factory de Luxe and thought the fruit made a welcome change from holly etc.

Take care and enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Friday, 27 April 2018

Snow Much Fun

Good morning.  Hope you are all well.  Yesterday I had a fabulous day out with the WI to Kelmscott Manor, the inspirational Cotswold retreat of William Morris near Lechlade.  We stopped off at Burford first and had lunch there then went on to the Manor where we had booked an exclusive visit and tour.  William Morris was an extremely interesting man and we saw some beautiful stuff there. It was a bright sunny day, albeit a little chilly, but it was nice not to have any rain.

This is my DT card for Winter Wonderland.  Our sponsor is Sheepski Designs. The prize on offer for the winner is three digi images.

My Card

6"square blue base card - Hobbycraft
DSP  Frosty Christmas - LOTV (disc)
image from designer - Head Stand  
DSP Frosty Christmas - LOTV (disc)
pierced noble squares - Sue Wilson
snow flake dies - The Works
 sentiment - computer generated 

We would love it if you popped over to the blog to see what the rest of the Snowflakes Team and maybe you will feel inspired to join in the challenge. It's never too early to start your Christmas cards!

Take care and have a lovely day. 

Monday, 16 April 2018

Paper Piecing at IAAS

Good morning and I hope this finds you well.

My post today is to showcase my paper pieced card for International Art and Soul.

My Card

7" x 5" base card - ivory pearlescent card
quilt die - cheap die from China
papers - Christmas papers
silk flower from stash

I diecut the die three times in different papers - I used Christmas papers (I think from LOTV) although they don't really look Christmas-sy. Then came the fiddly fun part of putting it altogether and gluing the pieces.  It means I can now do another two cards in a different pattern.

We are a Just For Fun Challenge Blog but we would love you to pop over to the blog and check out what my DT sisters have made. I think we all had fun with this.

Take care and see you again soon.


Sunday, 15 April 2018

Christmas Flowers and Greenery at CCC

Good morning and hope you are well.  Seeing the sunshine makes such a difference doesn't it?  Makes you feel good after all the rain and mist and fog. Yesterday was lovely and apparently it will be like this all week.

It's time for our little Christmas Card Club to produce another card.  This time Mary is our host and want to see poinsettias or other Christmas greenery.  I have managed three cards, all fairly CAS and I think I have covered Mary's remit pretty well.

Card 1

5" x 7" base card 
green card stock - Rymans
Festive embossing folder - Sheena Douglass
Trailing ivy dies - Sue Wilson
digi image - from stash 
red pearls from stash

Holly and ivy definitely counts as Christmas greenery and I haven't used this image for a few years so it was time for it to reappear.

Card 2

6" square base card
gold card stock - Anna Marie Designs
image - Greeting Card Factory Deluxe 
 Sentiment stamped in white
pearls from stash

 I love the hellebores and berries on this image and the bunnies look very sweet - but believe me that was not what I was thinking when the little blighters were digging in my lawn yesterday morning! The joys of living in the country.

Card 3

4" x 6" base card
red card stock - Rymans 
image - Greeting Card Factory Deluxe
sentiment - computer generated

This one shows the poinsettias that Mary asked for plus a few extra flowers. 

Well I hope you are enjoying some good weather where you are.  I was out doing some tidying up in the garden yesterday. It was looking very messy.

Take care and enjoy the rest of the weekend. 

Saturday, 14 April 2018

It's Spring Time At MAWTT

Good morning and many apologies to both Wendy, our fearless leader, and Diane Louise who is hosting this challenge at MAWTT, for my tardiness.

My Card

6 inch square base card
white, purple and lemon card - Rymans
Garden Lattice e/f - Spellbinders
large rose flower die - Brittania dies
Leaf sprigs - Sue Wilson
gems - one of the pound stores
topper - Greeting Card Factory Deluxe

I don't know about Spring Has Sprung - I think spring has actually sprung a leak!  I'm a wee bit fed up of all the rain now. And I don't like the mist and fog we have had for the last day or two either.  I'm beginning to turn into a whiner!!

Why not pop across to the blog and see what the rest of Team A have made for Diane Louise's challenge. You might decide to join in with us.

Hope everybody is keeping well.  Enjoy the weekend.

Take care.

Monday, 9 April 2018

Another Golden Wedding

Good morning.  Today I am showing a card that my friend asked me to make for her neighbours who have just celebrated their golden wedding.

My Card 

I used the Tonic Laced Bow easel card die which I bought last year and never used.  Naughty girl!  I used ivory card stock and gold mirri card. The flowers and leaves are Delicate Asters from Heartfelt Creations. I really love these dies.  The numbers are Spellbinders. The ribbon and pearls were from my stash and I computer generated the sentiment.

Sorry for such a quick post today but I hope it finds you all well.


Monday, 2 April 2018

Snow Globe with Reindeer Shaker Card

Good morning.  This is my card for the Christmas Card Cub which I'm afraid was due yesterday.  The subject is Animals at Christmas so with apologies to Kate, who chose the theme,  here is my offering.

My Cards

7" square base card - Anna Marie 
Falling Snow e/f - Creative Expression
Snow Globe die - Creative Expressions
Santa's Reindeer scene - Creative Expressions
Snowflake dies - The Works
silver mirri card - Crafter's Companion
silver non-shed glitter card - Crafter's Companion
Twinklets Diamond Dust inside snowglobe


 6" square card base - Rymans card 
Image - Winter Wolf - Craftsuprint
turquoise glitter card - Hobbycraft

I found this image whilst searching through my external hard drive for something else, so I've had it a long time but not used.  And that's criminal because it is a beautiful image.  Such a magnificent animal.  No sentiment yet because I'm not sure who it will be going to.


This is a card that is totally computer generated using my Greeting Card Factory programme. I have messed up the central image a bit.  Although on the picture it does like a circle in real life I must have stretched it a wee bit so it is not quite a perfect circle.  Looks okay though.  I quite enjoy playing around and finding different images, merging them and adding borders.  Just added some glitter and printed it onto line card stock.

Once again  Kate I apologise but I hope youare happy with the results and that it fits your callenge.

Take care.

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Try Something New at International Art and Soul

Good morning and hope this finds you all well. Happy Easter - and I actually think the sun might be trying to break those clouds.  I'm hopeful because I'm getting rather tired of the constant rain.

It's time for a new challenge at IAAS - in more ways than one! The challenge today, is to make a card in a style you have never done before. I decided to make a flip flop card or, as they used to be called, a swing card.  Anyway, whatever they are called this  is what I decided to try. It's been on my list of things to try so here it is.

My Card

base card - 6" square blue card Hobbycraft
pale blue cardstock - Limetree Crafts
Flip flop die - Tonic Studios "Enjoy Today"
flower dies - medium rose Britannia
blue pearls - Hobby House

It took a little working out but I got there in the end. Now I've got the hang of it I think that next time I will try it using an ordinary die, rather than a specific flip flop one because I have so many beautiful dies that can be utilised. It will just take a little longer to fathom it out but I think I'll manage it - it's not rocket science after all.

Why not pop across to the blog and see what the rest of the DT have decided to try for the first time? We are a "Just For Fun" blog so no prizes I'm afraid, but I think that crafting should be for fun and if it pushes us out of our comfort zone then even better.

Well that's it for today.

Take care.

Friday, 30 March 2018

Animals at Winter Wonderland

Good morning and hope this finds you all well.  Having had two beautiful, warm, sunny days on Sunday and Monday, when I actually got out into the garden, it's now back to rain, more rain and hail stones. The vagaries of the British weather.

Well it's time for another challenge at Winter Wonderland and it's the Snowflakes Team's turn to make cards showing animals, which was the choice of  Jackie.

Our sponsor is Pink Gem Designs and the prize on offer is  two single digi images or two card topper kits of the winner's choice.  Please cross over to the blog and see what the other Snowflakes have created and then why not join in the challenge?  Remember it is Christmas cards only but it is never too early to make a start on your Christmas cards.  And the rate this year is disappearing it will be here before we know it.

My Card

6" square base card - Rymans
Image - Jingle Bells Penguins from Pink Gem 
DSP - Frosty Christmas LOTV - discontinued
blue backing card - Limetree Craft
snowflakes - The Works
Sentiment - computer generated

This is actually a card topper kit but I just took the image and cropped it to make a topper and added the sentiment. A very simple flat card - very necessary since the postage costs have shot up once again!!

Well that's all from me today.

Take care and have a lovely Easter weekend.

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Thursday, 22 March 2018

Do You Believe in Fairies?

(I made the A4 poster using digi stamps Pallaria Fairy which I got from Stitchy Bear Digital Stamps, which is no longer in business.)

Good morning and I hope this finds you all well.

Every year Tysoe WI do something in the village to surprise and entertain the children and residents. The last two years we yarn bombed but this year we "fairy bombed!"  Our Craft and Laugh group have been very industrious as you will see from the following pictures - and I forewarn you that this post is picture heavy. Under cover of darkness last night we were out with our ladders and head torches transforming the area opposite the Post Office.

I could bore you with more but I think you have probably got the idea. The photos don't really do it justice, but isn't that always the case? There are lots of little (and some not so little) fairies "flying " from the branches of the tree in which we put fairy lights. In the dark last night it really did look magical and the lights are on a timer so it will look great over the next couple of weeks.  We usually leave it up until after Easter.

I only wish I could have been one of those fairies to see the kids as they pass on the way to school.

Hope you have enjoyed our wee fairy folk.  Who said the WI were staid and boring?  They obviously don't belong to the Tysoe group!!!

Take care.

Monday, 19 March 2018

Christmas Flowers For CCC

Good morning.  First of all apologies to Rachel for being a day late with my card and thanks for a lovely challenge.  I chose poinsettias because the red ones really seem to symbolise Christimas.

Well I'm hopeful the snow will be gone again soon.  Fortunately it's not as bad as last time but once again the high winds are making it drift so John has been out with his snow shovel digging out the car and around the gates where the drift is making it impossible to open them. I need to get out today because I broke off part of a filling and so need to get to the  dentist. Ugh!

My Cards

6" square red base card 
Poinsettia image - Imagine That Digi
Embossing folder - I think is a free one from a magazine
Gold glitter to finish

6"square white base card
red card - Rymans
poinsettia corner digi - free image from internet
Sentiment Heartfelt Creations

Two nice flat cards making them easy to post.

A very quick post today.  Hope you are all well.

Take care and keep warm.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Humour for IAAS

Good morning and welcome to a beautiful winter wonderland - again!  Oh boy I could do without this. I should have been going out with the WI today. As luck would have it I had to cancel a couple of days ago but I still wouldn't have been able to go because we can't get out due to the snow! And the roads would be treacherous around here so just as well I'm not travelling.

My Card


Our challenge at IAAS this time is to add some humour to your card.This is a simple card but makes me smile. I took the image from  Greeting Card Factory De Luxe and used the same image for the insert just faded it out. The trees are Frosted Pine and Frosted Spruce from Memory Box. I wanted to keep the background simple but didn't like the stark white card so I used my scoreboard to add lines making it stripey.

Why not pop over to the blog and see what the rest of the team have produced and consider joining in the challenge?  We are a Just For Fun challenge so no prizes I'm afraid but blogging is for fun anyway isn't it?

If you have snow then take care and keep warm. Don't go out unless you need to is what I say.  An ideal opportunity to craft!

Take care.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Happy Easter at MAWTT

Good morning.   Well haven't we had a mixed bag of weather of late? We went to Evesham yesterday and the River Avon had burst it's banks. It was quite a sight to see the picnic tables and the benches all in the water and the ducks and Canada geese swimming almost at street level.

Time for another challenge at MAWTT.  Carole is hosting this challenge and she wants to see your Easter creations.

My Card

6" square base card
lemon backing paper - Limetree Crafts
patterned cardstock - "Spring Drop" First Edition
image - Pink Gem
Austrian Collection (Salzburg) dies -Creative Expressions
purple card - Crafters Companion
sentiment - computer generated

Such a sweet image of this little bunny with his Easter egg. I used these dies because they seemed to resemble Easter eggs and fit the theme so well. I don't generally make Easter cards but this year I have made three for some reason.

Please pop over to the blog and check out what the rest of the DT have produced and hopefully you will decide to join us.

Take care.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Star of Wonder

Good morning. This is my DT card for Winter Wonderland and I am very late I'm afraid but I got there in the end.  The theme is "Stitching - Real or Faux" as chosen by Pat K.  Our sponsor is
 Little Claire  Designs. 

My Card

6" square blue base card - Hobbycraft
backing paper - LOTV (discontinued)
image Star of Wonder  - Little Claire Designs
frosted pine tree - Memory Box
frosted spruce tree - Memory Box
sentiment - computer generated
Why not pop over to the blog and check the rest of the DT's creations.  The prize on offer is three digi stamps of your choice so it is certainly worth joining in the challenge but please remember it is Christmas cards only.

Thankfully the snow is well on the way to being gone. I was a bit concerned when it started snowing again yesterday but it didn't last too long fortunately. 

Take care.