Tuesday, 29 April 2014


Hello to all my friends and fellow bloggers.  I have been away for a few days but I scheduled some posts - and it looks like it worked too! But I'm back so I can get down to some crafting again.  I've been having withdrawal symptoms. Lol!

My Card

outside of card

inside card

This card was for my great nephew and I  made it a couple of months ago but kept forgetting to ask Séb's dad if I could show it on my blog, and I felt it important that I should ask permission first. The original card has his full name but I decided not to show his surname. 

The card is 5" x 7" and made from dark blue pearl card. I computer generated the wording, used a star punch which hasn't seen the light of day for many years and then used some silver card candi with a line drawn through for "nails"  to hold the Wanted poster.   I think he was quite pleased when he received it.  The picture was taken when they were here last summer.

I hope this finds you all well.  

Sunday, 27 April 2014

OSAAT DT Card - # 210 - Anything Goes

Good afternoon to all my friends and fellow bloggers.  Thank you for dropping by to visit.

It is time for another challenge at One Stitch At A Time. The challenge this time is Anything Goes.  This is always popular because it is really up to you to do whatever you like, but remember if you use an image from our sponsor Stitchy Bear Digi Outlet  you can win seven digi images and you can enter as many times as you wish. Of course you can still win a prize even if you don't use an image from our sponsor.  So what are you waiting for?

My Card

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My card is made using Steampunk Watch from Reeces Scrap Pieces. As usual my card is a neat and tidy steampunk ! Lol!  Those of you who know me also know that I just don't do grunge I'm afraid.   The base card is from AnnaMarie Designs and is  14.5 x 14.5 cms  in dark grey pearl card.  I rarely use ready made cards because I find they are just too flimsy but these from AnnaMarie are pretty good quality. The black and grey striped card is from Pennies Worth.  I used Papermania Tri-Boss embossing folder Chronology Clocks to emboss a piece of mat silver card from my bits box.   The digi image was printed onto a scrap of palest grey card and the Papermania cogs were also die cut from scraps so I will be able to play in the playground with the rest of you playmates!  The sentiment was computer generated onto the pale grey card and matted onto the dark grey pearl card.  I originally thought that I would fussy cut the watch but I made a real hash of that so I had to go with Plan B. Lol!

Well that's another male card that can go into my box.  Always nice to get some cards for the menfolk in there!

Hope you are all keeping well and have been enjoying your weekend.

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Christmas Card Club - # 9 - Black, White & One Other Colour.

Good morning to all my friends and fellow blogggers.  It is time once again to feature a card for our happy little club.  This time it was Karen P's choice and she asked us to use black, white and one other colour.  Might sound fairly innocuous but I must say that I really struggled with this one.

My Card

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My card is 7" x 5". I managed the black and white but I struggled with another colour so I kind of cheated and placed a a mat of silver mirri card between the base card and the black mat. I used a CB snowflake embossing folder. I used a Hero Arts snowflake stamp from a set that I have had for many years. I stamped it onto black card with Versamark ink and heat embossed with WOW Opaque Bright White. This was die cut using SB Standard Large Circles and matted onto white card die cut with SB Lacy Circles.  I wanted to add a layer of black ribbon but could only find very narrow opr very broad so I compromised and used a strip of black card.  I die cut a white and a black snowflake from Marianne Creatables Swedish Ice Star snowflakes.  I then just added some diamond gems to the snowflakes to match the silver mat, and added a peel off greeting to finish off.  A fairly simple card but it works for me.

This is one that I made when I was trying to come up with some ideas.  Not brilliant but it can go in the box and I can use it if I run out of cards closer to Christmas.  It's 6" x 4" and like the other one has a mat of silver mirri.  The dot embossed card was in my bit box. I just cut out some bauble shapes free hand from black glitter card and added a little bow to each.  Another peel off greeting, silver to match the mat, to finish.

Hope you are all keeping well.

Entered into: Rudolph Day

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Decorated Sweetie Jar

Hello friends and fellow bloggers.  Thanks for popping in to visit.  I would love it if you were to leave a comment so that I know that you have been and I can then hopefully return the visit.

My Project

side view  showing  the pretty vellum paper

Just a quick post today to show a little sweetie jar that I decorated.  I decorated a couple at Christmas and filled them with sweets for the children but with all the hustle and bustle I totally forgot to take pictures. 

For this one I used some really pretty vellum that was in my Paddle Prize from Mrs Duck ( Ang). The lace and narrow pink ribbon are from my stash . The pink velvet ribbon with the saddle stitched edge was from some ribbon (lots of ribbon!!) that I won from Crafty Ribbons last year.  It was all in shades of pink and the variety was amazing .  I think, and I'm sure Ang will be able to confirm this, that the crochet flowers are from The Range.  It just looks so pretty and is very useful for all sorts of things eg buttons, ribbon, sweets lol! but will also make a lovely gift.

Well that's it from me for today.  Hope you are all well.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Under The Weather

Hello everybody.  Hope you have all had a good Bank Holiday weekend to date.  The weather could have been better but we have certainly had far worse!! Friday and Saturday were very bright and sunny but quite chilly!  Sunday started very cloudy, breezy and  cold; in fact it was almost like winter had returned.  Brrr!  But the rain didn't come until about 5pm.

My card today is for my brother in law.  Following his stroke last year he is very unsteady on his feet and two weeks ago he overbalanced and fell backwards.  Initially they thought he had just broken the coccyx (tail bone) but unfortunately it turns out that it is the pelvis which has been damaged, which accounts for the severe pain and how ill he is feeling.  It will be about three months more before it heals.  Poor chap is certainly having more than his fair share of bad luck.
My Card

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My card is 6 " x 6" and the papers and digi image are all from Clear Dollar Stamps "Rainy Days" and the papers were pieces from my bit box so I can go back and play in the playground with the other playmates. The image was diecut with SB Large Classsic Squares and matted onto SB Lacy Squares.  I computer generated the sentiment onto the cloud image.   A very simple card  but I love this little duck with his wellies and umbrella.  I then just added some bakers twine and a few gems to finish it off. Oops nearly forgot - also added some "blobs" a la Ollie's Mam!

That's it from me.  Short and sweet today!

After some unpleasant comments I have had to apply Comment Moderation I hope you will understand.

Friday, 18 April 2014

Chocolate Box

I'd just like to say good morning to you all on this Good Friday morning and hope it finds you all well.

My Project

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my favourite choccies I think

I wanted to give some chocolates to a lady in the village and I had just the box to put them in  - or so I thought!  Turned out that it just wasn't quite the right dimensions. Still it didn't take long to whip up another one that would hold the chocolates without squashing them.  I used SB Resplendent Rectangles for the lid and base. For the lid  I die cut an SB Labels 20 and some SB foliage and dabbed some Tim Holtz DI Spun Sugar whilst the leaves were still in the dies.  In my bit box I found a small piece of embossed card which was left over from something else so I coloured that with the same distress ink  and added a WOC rose.   So a very pretty box for quite a mundane gift and which took hardly any time to make.

My mum always bought me some Ferrero Rocher for Christmas and Easter and I really miss that.  These chocolates always bring her to mind.

Enjoy the weekend and I hope you have a blessed and Holy Easter.

"The earth's saddest day and gladdest day were just three days apart"  (Susan Coolidge)

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Yet Another 65th Birthday Card

Hello friends and fellow bloggers.  1949 was obviously a very good year because I have made quite a few 65th cards for other people and my own is coming up later in the year. However, this one is for my very good friend Sue.  She has already received it and was absolutely thrilled with it, thank goodness.

My Card
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It is a 7"x 7" card that I made up from cream card stock that has been in my stash for a very long time.    I think it was from Hobbycraft.  It was matted with some peach card also from my stash and I know I bought this from a place in Stratford which closed down a few years ago.  The beautiful design paper is from Websters Pages and it is so pretty I was loath to use it.  How much paper have we all got in our stash because it is too lovely to use?  The lace, ribbons and pearls are also from my stash.  The computer generated sentiment was diecut with SB Classic Ovals Large and matted onto SB Floral Ovals.  The flowers are all from WOC and the flourishes are Marianne Creatables Swirl Frame, which hasn't seen the light of day for absolutely ages.  I even took the papers to my sewing machine!  I haven't done this for about a year yet I love the look of stitching on cards so I must do it more often.  You can also just get a little sneak peek at the inside. 

Well that's it from me for today.  Hope everybody is well.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

OSAAT DT Card - Challenge # 208 - Use A Digi

Good day to you all. Well I am very excited today because this is my first posting as a DT member of the One Stitch At A Time challenge blog.  I have previously won a couple of OSAAT challenges so I'm really happy to now be part of the team.  Challenge 208 is "Use a Digi" and if you use an image from our sponsor Stitchy Bear Digi Outlet you can win seven images used by the DT. Don't forget to check out the OSAAT challenge blog where you can see all the cards posted by the DT and hopefully it will inspire you to join in.
My Card

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My card is 7 x 7 inches and the digi image is Crafty Honeys Painter from Scrappers Delight. I coloured her with Promarkers and die cut using SB Resplendent Rectangles. The sentiment came with the image and was die cut with SB Lacy Circles. The flowers are MB Fabulous Phlox, which I haven't used for ages. I had forgotten how pretty they are. The papers are from the LOTV pad Promises.
I have used quite a few pieces from my bit box so I might pop over and join in the fun at the playground with you regular playmates.

I hope you are enjoying your Sunday and that it finds you all well.

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Saturday, 12 April 2014

Christmas Card Club # 8 - Christmas Lights

Hello to you all.  Well the weather has been much better over the past few days, thank goodness.  Everybody is much happier when the sun shines - well I know I am!

Another two weeks have passed and it is time to post another card for our friendly little Christmas Card Club. This time it was the lovely Asha's turn to choose and she asked us to make a card showing Christmas Light.  She was kind enough to be pretty open so that we could use candles, fairy lights, lamps or lanterns.  As you can see I have chosen a candle, although it was a difficult choice because I have a few other digi images and toppers which would also have fit the bill.  It is actually not due till tomorrow  but decided to do this rather than post two cards tomorrow as I have another which needs posting then . If you would like to see the cards made by the rest of the girls you will find their contacts in my sidebar.

My Card

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I have used a 7"x7" card from Anna-Marie Designs.  The backing papers are Silent Night from First Edition and are lovely shades of green which don't show too well.  I used Die'Sire Embossalicious embossing folder Seasonal Music on a small piece of the backing paper and all the papers are matted onto green pearlescent paper.  The LOTV stamp is Angelic Candle coloured with Flexmarkers.  The carnations are WOC and I liked the dark green colour which tones well with everything else.  The sentiment is from Little Claires Designs and amtted onto SB Lacy Circles.The holly is Cheery Lynne's Holly Corner, a couple used whole and the rest chopped up.   The lovely ribbon is some that I won from Patricia (Summerhouse Crafts)and it seems a long time ago!  The lace and pearls are from my stash. And of course I just had to add some glitter to my angel's wings!

I hope this finds everybody well.  So many of you have been under the weather - or your partners have - so here's hoping the better weather will kill off all these bugs that are around.  Enjoy your weekend!

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Monday, 7 April 2014

Recycling or Upcycling?

Hi to you all on this rather unpleasant day. We have just had a very pleasant weekend with a visit from John's cousins.  I will try and get around to visit your blogs soon.

This card has been either recycled or upcycled - I don't know what the difference is! Lol!   It was originally a chocolate bar wrapper from my lovely friend Sue P, aka PlanetSusie,  which she had decorated making a fairly simple, but yummy gift, much more special. 

My Card

Not a very good picture for some reason - the lower part looks blurred.

 I thought it was so nice that I just had to reuse it and so I made it into a card.  All I had to do was add some co-ordinating green pearlescent paper for matting and stamped a sentiment in the corner.  Voila!  Job done!   I'm sure you can understand why I felt this deserved better than just being stuffed  into a drawer.

The flowers are SB Die D-Lites Blooms 3 and 4 and the leaves are Die D-Lites Corner Sprigs.   I think they are so pretty.  I don't have any of these dies but they may well find themselves on my wish list now!  The sentiment is JustRite Grand Sentiments.

Well that's it for today.  Hope everybody is feeling well.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

A Milestone Birthday

Good day to you all, although it's looking pretty awful here.  Cold, misty, windy and  showery. Hope it's better where you are.

My Card

This card was commissioned by the same lady I made the last 65th birthday card for.  Had to use the flash again and so the pictures aren't good. The pearlescent cardstock looks very shadowy where the flash caught it but I couldn't take another because it was being collected.

An easel card, as you can see, using white and yellow pearlescent cardstock from Jellybean crafts. I used SB Detailed Scallops and SB Radiant Rectangles. The flowers are from Hobbycraft and the ribbon and pearls from my stash.

Well this post is short and sweet today and I am now off to town to do food shopping - I lead such an exciting life!!