Monday, 19 February 2018

Oh Deer!

Good morning.  I'm afraid I'm a day late with my card so apologies to Zoe..  I usually post on the Saturday but this week I didn't get chance.  It's Zoe's turn to choose the theme and her choice is "Reindeer".  I'm not sure that either of my cards count as reindeer - one is the stag's head, and the other is a deer with large antlers but I think it's probably near enough.

My Cards

6" square kraft card base- Hobbycraft
papers - Trimcraft
Stag - "Christmas Dear" Precious Marieke
Precious Ornaments dies - Memory Box


6" square blue card base - Hobbycraft
whithe card - Ryman
Falling Snow e/f - Creative Expressions
image - from Greeting Card Factory Deluxe
Snowflake Corner - Memory Box
blue glitter cards - Jelly Bean Crafts
Sentiment - computer generated
lots of glitter

Well that's another two cards into my Christmas box.  I'm doing quite well so far and if I keep this up I'll do fine ... lol!

It's a miserable, misty, murky day after the beautiful sunny day we had yesterday, but it's winter still when all is said and done.  Roll on spring.

Take care.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

International Art and Soul

Good morning.  We are a Just For Fun challenge so no prizes but some great badges for your side bar.  This challenge threw me at first. The remit is "Use something you already own".  In the end I took it to mean don't buy something new  and use it in your project.

My Card

5"x 7" base card - Anna Marie Designs card stock
Antique Gold Pearl card - Ross Paper Craft
Provence Die set - Creative Expressions
Smallest die from Auverne set - Creative Expressions
Star Flowers and Star Flower Leaves - John Next Door
Heart embossing folder - Crafts Too
Ribbon - from stash
Gold pearls - Meiflower
Sentiment - computer generated.

Apart from John Next Doors Star flowers and leaves which I bought just before Christmas everything else I used has been in my possession for a few years at least. So I think I have fulfilled the remit.

I was bridesmaid for my cousin and I still can't believe it was so long ago! I had just started my nursing career and I was a student nurse of three months standing and my cousin had just taken her finals at the same hospital.  Looking at the photos again brought back some memories I can tell you.

Please pop across to the blog and check out what the rest of the team have made.

I will be back again tomorrow with a card for my Christmas Card Club which unfortunately will be a day late!! See you then hopefully.

Take  care.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Winter Wonderland Tribute Post

Good morning to you all and hope this finds you well.  Today our post for Winter Wonderland is a tribute to our late blog owner and co-ordinater Eileen.  It is hard to believe that it is now twelve months since she passed away. We decided to continue the blog in her memory and in the same way that she did.

My Card

7" x 5" base card - card from Hobbycraft
red card - Lime Tree Crafts
Poinsettia image - Imagine That Digis 
poinsettias - The Works
Sue Wilson leaf spray dies 

We are sponsored this time by  Imagine That Digi Stamps and the prize on offer is a $10 coupon to spend instore. Our theme is "Anything Christmas Goes" so why not get ahead with your Christmas cards and join in our challenge?

This image is fabulous. It includes so many images and sentiments. The card really made itself.
Please pop over to the blog and see what everybody has made for this challenge.  There is a lot to see because both teams have taken part in this challenge.

Well that's all from me today and I'll be back again soon.

Take care.

CCAYR - Mainly Red

Thursday, 15 February 2018

MAWTT - Item From The Song

Good morning folk.   Well I do hope that you haven't been washed away by all this rain.  Yesterday was a very strange day.  It started out extremely frosty and icy with a bitterly cold wind.  Then by late morning the rain started and has barely let up.  Ah well, good for our two wells - always a bonus as my lovely sister would have said.  She was always one to see the glass half full.  If you are not a regular visitor to my blog - we live in a very rural part of Oxfordshire and do not have mains water or sewage, hence the reference to the wells.

 Mrs Duck is hosting this challenge and she is asking for something from the verse of this particular song by Dana "All Kinds Of Everything". You need to choose something from the bold type. If you choose to use birds then they must be seagulls, not just generic birds. Very fussy is our Mrs Duck!!

"Seagulls and aeroplanes, things of the sky,
Winds that go howlin', breezes that sigh
City sights, neon lights, grey skies or blue
All kinds of everything remind me of you."

My Card

6" blue square card base - Hobbycraft
DSP Harbour Boulevard - Craftwork Cards
Digi Image - Only Fish
Lighthouse die - Cheery Lynn
Die - Spellbinders Labels 18
Promarkers to add a little colour

I really wanted to use just seagulls but didn't have any images to fit but I had  this one which included a pelican as well.   I decided to use seagulls in the backing paper and also in the corner.  So you got lots of  seagulls Mrs Duck, and  I threw in the pelican free and gratis ... lol! The two large seagulls in the image are eying up the fish that the pelican is flaunting.

I've had the DSP for quite some time and only used one piece out of it so I'm glad it's getting a fair outing this time. I've also had the digi image for probably a couple of years and it was still in it's zipped folder! Unfortunately there is no indication of which company it is from so if you know I would appreciate the information. The seashells in the corner were cut from another of the papers.

Please pop over to the blog and see what the rest of Team A have made to fit the challenge and maybe consider joining us.

Take care and enjoy your day.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018


Good morning.  It is so cold at the moment, which is exactly what the weather forecast said and how right they are. It was -3 degrees until lunchtime yesterday with little snow flurries then warmed up slightly.  But it's lovely to see the snowdrops appearing everywhere.

My Card

7" square card - made from Hobbycraft card stock
lavender pearlescent - Hunkydory Adorable Scorable
teal glitter card - Hobbycraft
image - Hunkydory "Quotes & Wisdom" little book
Fancy Stitched edges die -  Die'sire Crafters Companion
ribbon, feathers, gems - from stash

One of the ladies who attends our WI Craft and Laugh group has seemed a bit low of late and so I decided to make her this card hoping to cheer her up.  She actually burst into tears when I gave it to her but was really so thankful that somebody had noticed and cared enough to do something. It just shows that such a small gesture can have such a huge impact.

Some years ago I made a lot of art deco cards because I just love the images of these ladies in their beautiful gowns.  I think I would have loved to live in this era. When I saw this image in the Hunkydory Little Book I just had to use it.

Well that's it for today.  Hope you are all well and for those feeling a bit under the weather then  I hope you are soon back to top form.

Take care.

Sunday, 4 February 2018


Good morning.  My card today is my DT card for IAAS where the remit is to use texture on your project.

Please scroll down to previous post if you are looking for my CCC card.

My Card

5 x 7" Kraft base card - Papermania
kraft card - Papermania
Argyle embossing folder  - Die'sire Crafters Companion
bronze corrugated card - stash
wide jute ribbon - Hobbycraft
bakers twine
button from stash
computer generated sentiment

I think I have achieved the texture with the additions to my card so this is another male card for my box.  I never have enough cards for men readily available so this year I decided I would remedy this and whenever possible make a male card.

Please pop over to the blog and see what my teamies have made.

Thankfully yesterday's snow only lasted until about lunch time and didn't settle. I'm keeping fingers crossed because February can be quite a bad month for snow around here.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Christmas Card Club - Fairies or Angels

Good morning.  Just a very quick post from this morning. I totally forgot that this weekend was the  time for the girls in our little club to produce another card in the quest for less panic nearer to Christmas itself. Instead I had a spot of panic in February ... lol! However, I managed to quickly put something together this morning.  This time GranMargaret is our host and therefore the choice of theme is hers too.

My Card

Sorry for the bad picture but it is snowing quite hard here and the light is awful.  The flash has produced a pinkish tinge somehow.  If it brightens up later then I might try again.

This is a 6" square card using some bits out of my box.  The fairy was already mounted onto the Spellbinders die, the sentiment was again already mounted and the ivy spray was there too so I just added some glitter to the image and used Creative Expressions "Falling Snow" embossing folder for matting.

Hope you are all well and keeping warm and dry.

Take care.

Entered into:
Crafty Calendar Challenge

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Do Something Digital

Good morning.  I'm here today with my DT card for International Art and Soul. Our remit this time, as chosen by Tricia, is to do something digital.  Now this can be using a digi image, or digital papers or maybe actually making a totally digital card, which is what I went for.  Nothing like challenging yourself!!!

Please scroll to the previous post if you are looking for my Christmas Card Club entry.

My Card

I saw a tutorial to make a one layer digital card - using Microsoft Word.  Now this really was a challenge but I persevered and this is how it turned out.  It was not intended to be a wedding card but this was the only image I could find that had a toning background rather than stark white.  I was actually very pleased with it. However, it's not something I will be doing often - I like using die cuts and embellishments too much!! Mind you, no problem with postage costs!

Why not pop over to the blog and see what my teamies decided to do for this challenge?

Take care and keep warm!!


Saturday, 20 January 2018

Christmas Baking

Good morning to you all and I hope you are all doing okay.

It's the second challenge of the year for our little Christmas Card Club and this time it was Maureen's turn to choose the theme. She chose "Christmas Baking" and this was where I had to cheat a little or maybe I just used a little artistic license ... lol!!! Somebody had to bake those mince pies on the little guy's plate didn't they?

I used a 7"x 5" base card from Docrafts.  The matted layer was cut from the backing card from the packaging of an embossing folder I bought before Christmas because it toned beautifully with the check in the backing paper which is from Trimcraft "Me To You".  Topper is LOTV and the dies are Sue Wilson Noble Pierced Squares and Stitched Flags.  Sentiment is computer generated and the red pearls are from one of the pound shops.

I hope you all enjoy  the weekend and keep warm!!

Take care.

Friday, 19 January 2018

Embossing at Winter Wonderland.

Good morning.  It is so cold here and yesterday we had a sprinkle of snow which disappeared very quickly thank goodness.

I'm here today with my DT card for Winter Wonderland.  I am hosting this challenge and my theme is "Use Embossing - Dry or Heat".  A nicer easy challenge I'm sure you will agree.

My Card

5" x 7" base card  - Papermania
white and red card stock - Rymans
embossing folder - Sparkle by Sue Wilson
Labels 1 - Spellbinders 
shimmer dome stickers - Papermania
snowflake die - The Works 
image -sponsor's  Gnome for Christmas 
Promarkers to colour

 Our sponsor this time is Sheepski Designs and the prize on offer is three images of the winner's choice. 

Please pop over to the blog and see what the rest of the Snowflake team have designed and we also have some new teamies this time.

Well that's all from me today but I will be back tomorrow with another card so I hope to see you again then.

Take care and keep warm.

Thursday, 18 January 2018


Good morning and I hope this finds everybody well, albeit rather cold if you are in the UK.  The challenge today at MAWTT is CAS, as chosen by Amy.

My Card

6" square card base - using purple cardstock
Deco Swirl embossing folder - Crafter's Companion
Star Flower dies -  John Next Door
Sentiment - computer generated

I have had this embossing folder for a few years - along with a couple of others - and never used it.  It worked perfectly for this challenge. I like the way the top flourish  is embossed and the lower one is debossed.  I know some people find CAS cards very difficult but I quite enjoy it.  However, it wouldn't be something I do on a regular basis because I love adding die cuts and embellishments.

Why not pop over to the blog and see what the rest of the DT have made for this challenge?

Well that's it for today.  Take care.

Entered into:
Less Is More - Purple Less is More - Purple Challenge

Sunday, 7 January 2018

White on White

Good morning to you all and I hope you are not all freezing out there.

It is my turn to choose the theme for our first challenge of 2018 for International Art and Soul and as you can see my choice is White on White.  Now I do know that some people struggle with this concept so it is okay to add a smidgen of colour.

My Card

White card stock - Hobbycraft
Create a card Winter Wonderland die-  Crafters Companion
White glitter card - Hobbycraft
Poinsettia die - Britannia Dies
Ribbon and gems - stash

I decided to make a Diorama card using white card stock.  This is such an easy card style to make  yet looks so effective. I used white glitter card on the back fold and also on the side strips which give a little dimension. I really  love the Crafter's Companion Create a Card dies because you can make a card so quickly - ideal when you have lots to make.

As an after thought I popped a battery operated tealight in just before I took the photo. It doesn't show up well in the picture but in reality it looks very effective.

Why not pop over to the blog and see what my team mates have produced for this first challenge.

John and I went to St Albans yesterday to spend some time with his cousins and had a great day catching up and generally having a good old chat. Good food too so a bonus!

Well that's all from me today.  Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Christmas Card Club Challenge 1

Happy New Year to you all and I hope you enjoyed the festivities.

It's the first challenge of the year for our little Christmas Card Club.  Margaret is hosting the challenge and she wants to see Gnomes, Pixies or Elves.

My Card

I decided to opt for a very CAS card and I really like how it turned out. The size is 5" x 7".  I printed out my pre-coloured image onto to shiny linen card stock and matted it onto red card stock. I love the image which I found on Pinterest because I had nothing to suit the challenge.  This year it has been decided that we can do "Anything Goes" if we don't have anything suitable, but for me the challenge is being pushed out of my comfort zone, so I went searching and this image is fabulous! All I did then was stamp the sentiment into the corner and I decided at that point that less is more. I was going to add red pearls or card candi but decided against it and, as I said, I really like it.

The challenge is not actually due until Sunday so please come back then and check out what the other girls in the club have come up with.

We are just leaving to go to St Alban's to have a belated celebration with John's family and we are really looking forward to it.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.