Sunday, 22 October 2017

Your Challenge Cards

My Challenge Card

My 2nd Challenge card

The sketch
Good Morning Ladies,

I actually quite liked this sketch and didn't find it too complicated to follow, I thought it would work for both Christmas and Birthday cards and you certainly proved me right!

So without further ado, here are your Challenge Cards.......

Janet

Janet has designed a beautiful Birthday card, with a real touch of elegance, you can't go wrong with pearls and such gorgeous, Lacey die cuts, they work so well with the polkadot background card, that floral panel is so pretty, I love how you have arranged the pearls to make it look like a tag! Genius idea! 
Thank you so much for taking part in this week's Challenge Janet.
XXX

 Lilian

Lilian has designed a Christmas card for this week's Challenge and what a stunning Christmas card it is, I really love that background Lilian, really unusual and works beautifully with your design.  Your Poinsettia is incredible, I love the shaping of the leaves and the colour, your stunning centre piece really sets it off. Edging your tag with peel-offs really makes it stand out. A stunning card, thank you so much Lilian, I hope "Brian" passes without too much damage to your area.
XXX

 Karen

Karen also designed a Christmas card, using Lidl card, Karen hand cut her tag, (very impressive, I would have ended up with a tag too small to see by the time I had trimmed it straight) lol, Karen's Snowman is a Creative Expression die and the stars are Spellbinders.  An absolutely fabulous Festive card Karen, thank you so much for taking part! Have you any pics of your new craft room?.
XXX

Margaret

Margaret has designed a Christmas card for this Sketch too, using Creative Expressions Snowflake Lattice Embossing Folder, a pretty tag trimmed with a pretty bow adorned with pretty stars.  A pretty snowflake and SU Label with the greeting complete Margaret's pretty Christmas card.
Thank you so much for taking part Margaret, you have had such a busy week either worrying about Pops or looking after him, I hope as things calm down and return to normal you find more time to enjoy your crafting. 
XXX

 Michele

Michele has made such a pretty birthday card for this week's Challenge, I absolutely live the gorgeous colours you have used for this pretty design Michele. I particularly love how you have used that Sue Wilson greeting die as part of the actual Sketch, very clever idea. 
Thank you so much for taking part Michele.
XXX 

 Lynda



Lynda has made 3 cards for this week's Challenge, 3 Amazing Christmas cards, I love that deer stamp you have used, it's do detailed, the first card has a pretty floral die cut background, the black gem in the centre really draws your eye into the detail of the card. 
Lynda' s second card used the same Deer but this time with a pretty embossed background and Tim Holtz Alterations Scribble Christmas tree and wreath, everything works perfectly Lynda.
The third and final card has been made using a Crafters Companion 3D embossing folder 'Silent Night', Lynda has embossed it into the card and then added Gilding Wax to highlight the details, the pretty poinsettias are such a lovely finishing touch Lynda, thank you so much for 3 Amazing Challenge cards.
XXX 

Ladies you are amazing, it makes me so proud to display your challenge cards each week, showing how you take a simple plan and turn it in to a work of art, thank you so very much. 

Love and hugs,
Sandra xxx 



Saturday, 21 October 2017

Mixed Craft Saturday

Mixed Craft Saturday

Good Morning Ladies,

I have so many gorgeous works of art to share with you today, I am literally buzzing with excitement.  I can't believe how lucky I am that I have so many absolutely amazing friends and everyone of those friends is 'Super Talented' when it comes to anything to do with Crafting, whether it's Card Making, sewing, crocheting, 3D paper craft (box making etc) and Mixed Media/Altered art, you are all so gifted and I the one thing I love most about my blog is that I get to share your incredible talent with the rest of the crafting community, some of you would never have your work seen otherwise and that would be such a shame as you can guarantee that everyone of the projects I am sharing today will inspire at least one other person and that inspiration might be all that someone needs to start drafting, so let's get on with celebrating your amazing work.........

Janet







Janet has been busy making these absolutely stunning boxes, using a Tonic Verso die set, which gives you the die to cut both the top and bottom of the box and all the dies to decorate it too. You have decorated each box beautifully as always Janet, I absolutely love the Sewing themed one, what a perfect way to give someone their first sewing kit, I'm thinking of someone like Our Becca, who has started building her first home, you just don't think of things like sewing kits, it just needs to contain some dark and light cotton, scissors, maybe some elastic, a little time of buttons and maybe some 'Wonderweb' for those emergency hem situations.  Janet I can I be super cheeky and ask you to die cut me a set, I can send you some card, her home is very 'Shabby Chic' (I did swear that I never wanted to hear that again after listening to her go on about everything 'Shabby Chic' this past few weeks) lol! 
You could make them, feminine, masculine and for any season, no more buying expensive gift boxes! I'd love to see one that you have added lace and flowers to Janet, a proper 'Janet' altered box! 
I have added a photo of the die that Janet used for one of the boxes, just incase any of you are interested, they will probably have sold out by lunch time! 
You really have inspired me Janet and a good few others I don't doubt, Thank you so very much my lovely.



Lynda


Lynda got some quality time in her craft room while Terry was busy and look what she managed to create!!  An absolutely stunning Mixed Media Canvas and Card, 
Two stunning works of art, its sometimes hard to understand just how much work goes into creating a Mixed Media Canvas, first of all there is the background, which has so much detail, even though it mostly gets covered up, it still takes ages, then you have all of the individual elements, the tag for example, you have blended different colour inks to create a lovely background then you have stamped and embossed the detail on top, you have then decorated the frame that shows off your vintage image perfectly, all of that done you then start on the embellishments, handmade/hand coloured flowers, beautiful metal beaded wire, hand stamped and cut butterflies, with added metal embellishments that compliment your design perfectly, just incredible Lynda.
Your card starts just like your canvas with the background, you have distressed a piece of patterned paper to give some real texture to your background, I think the thing I like most about this card is that you have used dark, metallic elements, black pearl swirls etc and Mixed them with soft colours, delicate lace and a pretty heart appliqué that's hiding in the background, giving a base on which to arrange that pretty spray of flowers.  You are really gifted when it comes to Mixed Media Lynda, you aren't afraid to mix grunge with pretty lace and it really works, I am so jealous of the person that is going to receive your works of art Lynda, they are very lucky.
Thank you so very much for inspiring all of us.
XXX

Cheryl



Our Cheryl has been shopping and WOW, what a shop!!! I think you must have been The Range's best customer that day, it is so nice to be able to see Sue's dies in reality rather than on the internet, you get a better idea if size etc, I bought a Wreath die last year that would be perfect for a 'Borrowers' house it's so tiny, it looked so much bigger on line! 
Cheryl's dies were a very special birthday gift, very well deserved too, you are going to be able to make some absolutely stunning Christmas cards with this haul, do you have a favourite?? I think mine is a toss up between the 'Poinsettia Cluster' and that lovely Snowflake/Icicle Edger die set. I am really looking forward to seeing the cards you make Cheryl, I bet you can't wait to get crafting.
Thank you so much for sharing your shopping with all of us Cheryl, have fun crafting!! 
XXX

Paul and I went to 'Patisserie Valerie' to have our Afternoon Tea yesterday, needless to say it was so much better than the diabolical experience we had at the Hilton, still no match to the one we had last year but very enjoyable all the same.  I was glad to get out of the house as there was something noise, we are having major improvement work done to the bungalow, so the first stage is erecting scaffolding at both ends, they will then remove the little roof that covered the front door, we are then having new windows, doors, radiators in lounge, they are then fitting thick foam cladding around the entire bungalow, it's going to be a bit stressful but hopefully worth it, we will have fun trying to keep Bella and Milo contained as the window units in the lounge /dining room take up pretty much the whole front and back of the house (they are like 10ft wide and 8ft high), to remove the radiators they need to drain the whole heating system, which they will then refill and repeat in the other half of the bungalow two days later, they can't do all of them together as they don't have the man power! I think I will barricade myself in my craft room, until they come to replace that window too! 
Fun weeks ahead for us! 

I hope you all have a lovely peaceful weekend, 

Love and hugs to all of you,

Sandra
xxxxxx







Friday, 20 October 2017

Fantastic Festive Friday treat from Janet



Good Morning Ladies,

We have a stunning Christmas card designed by our lovely Janet today.
She has made a Gatefold card and die cut the Creative Expressions  'Wise Men' Striplet die into the front of one half of the card, adding a backing of Mirror card, which looks green on my screen, it works fantastically whatever colour it is.
The other side of the card has the 'Creative Expressions' 'Peace' die, die cut in the same Mirror card as the backing for the Striplet die. Cutting it in mirror card works perfectly Janet, showing off every bit of detail.
The Clean and Simple design really makes the card loom 'high end' Janet, pop it in a cello bag and you could sell it for a fair profit!! Honestly though it looks like a really nice department store card.
Thank you so much for both inspiring me to use that die (as I think I have only used it obce) and for allowing me to share your card to inspire our friends too xxx

Paul and I are going out for afternoon tea later today, my sister bought us an 'Sparkling afternoon tea' at Patisserie Valerie, because she was sad to hear about our disastrous afternoon tea at the Hilton.
I was so surprised when I opened it, such a sweet gesture.  I only hope I can get the Dark Blue ink off of my fingers before we leave.  We have a Patisserie Valerie in Oxford so we are going to try there, frustratingly you can't book, which seems odd.  I'm sure it can't be any worse than the Hilton.

We went over to Becca &Josh's yesterday as she wanted Dad to help with a few jobs and Mum to help sort the washing, we managed to get it down to two piles, I couldn't get through to her the ideas behind a 'Hot ' wash, she insisted on doing everything at 40° but she will learn I guess, I know the design detergents to clean at lower temperature these days but I personally don't trust it.  I am transported back to the days of Mum getting the twin tub up to an absolute scalding heat to do sheets, table linen, shirts and other whites, she always used Daz which I remember being great for whites but not do great for colours, blacks always ended up grey looking.  Another thing I remember her doing was washing her net curtains with a little 'Blue Bag', it used to do the trick whatever was in it, I wonder if they are still around?!

I hope you all have a lovely Friday ladies,

Love and hugs to All
Sandra xxx

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Blue Christmas


Good Morning Ladies,

I decided to change up the traditional Christmas colours for something a little bit more modern, so I chose blue and silver.
I used the 'Carols Of Christmas' Stampin'Up! Stamp set, I stamped the 'Deck The Halls' in 'Dapper Denim' ink, I stamped the two sets of baubles with the same ink, I also stamped the baubles in perfect medium and embossed with Silver Embossing Powder and 'Marina Mist' ink.  I then die cut these and added foam pads to the back and popped them on the card over the original stamped ones.
I coloured some white ribbon with Dapper Denim ink to match the card, added it to the top and then added a triple bow, which I decorated with a Glitter glazed gem.
I matted the card onto some silver card and then onto Dapper Denim card, I added this to a white card base.  
                                                                                                        
Well Becca's first full day in her own home was a little 'troublesome' bless her,  she got herself quite confused over the doing the washing, she had managed a 'Dark Wash' ok, putting jeans, Josh's work clothes etc in, her confusion came with what to put in a 'White/hot' wash and a 'mixed' colours wash, it was quite funny to listen to her getting her knickers in a twist, Sue and I were both listening to her as she was getting exasperated because Josh had a black t shirt with white arms! "Is that dark or light' she asked, so I told her that I put things like that in with my towels that have a fairly neutral colour along with Paul's work shirts and grey things like jogging bottoms.  I went on to explain that I put bedsheets and towels, tea towels  and underwear and whites on a hot wash, but she said my knickers and bra are pink Mum not white!! Where do they go?! In the end I told her to leave it and we would go over and go through it with her. She worked a day shift and then went back home to cook dinner and then got ready to go to her evening job, she finished at midnight, exhausted got home but Josh (who had the only key) had fallen asleep and she couldn't wake him, so at 12.20am we got a call from a very frustrated Becca, who ended up coming here to sleep, although she wasn't very happy about it!  They now have a key each so fingers crossed that situation shouldn't arise again. I bet poor Josh won't forget it in a hurry ! Lol 

Val I was so sorry to read your sad news yesterday, aside from that you have had a stressful few days so you are probably exhausted which is making you feel a little down, we will all send you a huge group hug, in hope it brightens your day sweetheart xxxx

Maria I hope you got to see your GP today, sending hugs your way too xxxx

Lilian I hope you are ok too XXX

Love and hugs to all of you,

Sandra 
xxxxxx




Wednesday, 18 October 2017

I just love Pine Cones!!


Good Morning Ladies,

I think I am just addicted to pine cones this year, I love this 'Creative Expressions' 'Pinecone and Greenery' die set, designed by Sue Wilson.  I used the Crafter's Companion 3D Embossing Folder 'Holly & Ivy Frame' to create the detail background part of the card, which was the perfect background for the spray of Greenery which I adorned with the Gold Pinecones and topped with a 'Cherry Cobbler' ribbon bow. I used Stampin'Up! 'Teeny Tiny Sentiments' stamp set for the 'Merry Christmas' which I then punched out with the matching punch, I die cut the end of a Sue Wilson 'Holly Sprig' die to decorate the sentiment. To finish I added some Cosmic Shimmer Gilding wax around the rope part of the frame and dotted a little 'Cherry Cobbler' ink around some of the berries. 
I hope you like my card X

I had a lovely day crafting with Sue yesterday, we didn't get much made but we experimented with different things.
I am thinking of challenging you all to making a 'Stamped' card, I know some of you aren't stampers but up until the end of last year neither was I and I can't tell you how liberated I felt after I overcame my fear of stamping and just enjoyed it, because that was all that was holding me back, a fear of failing and I will admit I have had my fair share of 'ball's ups' but at the end of the day I wasted a few pieces of card.  I will add that the 'faux misti' gave me confidence and I have since purchased the Tim Holtz stamping tool, which is fantastic, but I mostly stamp freehand, having good quality stamps and decent card make a huge difference too.  Stamping has opened up another huge part of the craft world for me and I only wish I had the courage to start it sooner.
So how do you feel about being challenged???

Val, I'm so glad you are home and relaxed, I can't wait to see some photos of your Christmas cards that you have made for the shop so please take some photos xxx

Margaret, I hope Pops is home and comfortable, there is nothing like your own bed and home comforts to help you recuperate, being in charge of your own medication helps too, I know the nurses are up against it but having to wait an hour past your usual medication time can make you feel a whole lot worse, sending hugs for a super speedy recovery XXX

Paul did go to med centre yesterday but there were no appointments with our usual GP so I will try again today.

I hope you all have a lovely day,

Love and hugs,

Sandra 
xxxxxx

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

A different take of the challenge card



Good Morning Ladies,

Today's card is a different version of yesterday's challenge card, Christmas yesterday, 'Thank You' card today.
I used the Stampin Up ! Colour Theory papers for this card, with the 'Flourish Thinlets ' for the flowers and that awesome flourish. I used a Stampin Up! Doily behind the flag, cut in half and then offset. A 'Berry Burst' seam binding ribbon bow adorns the top of the flag die cut , finished with a tiny flower from the 'Flourish Thinlets' die set.
The label was punched using the Stampin Up! label punch, stamped using 'Label Me Pretty' stamp set.
I hope it gives you a little inspiration for your challenge card.

We took Becca to do her first food shop yesterday, it was quite an experience for all of us, I remember the excitement of doing our first food shop, I didn't have my Mum helping me though. She would just pick up the first pack of things like Mayo , Ketchup, salad cream etc, until Paul explained the 'price per kilo' figure, she soon wised up , learning that she ucould get almost 50% more for just 20p in some cases.  She sensibly wasn't prepared to skimp on things like washing powder and softener as she has very sensitive skin.  We got most of her shop in Aldi but finished off in Morrison's for Baked beans, Ketchup, mayo. I think all in all she spent £130 but that included a couple of extras in Aldi and essentials like tin foil, cling film and freezer bags.  She panicked a bit as she thought she would be spending that each week! We set her straight though and she went home relieved, she tried to persuade us to go help her put it all away but we explained it was best if she did it herself. It was a fun experience that had us both filled with pride.

I hope you all have a lovely day,

Love and hugs,

Sandra xxx

Monday, 16 October 2017

Monday Sketch Challenge

My Challenge Card

The sketch

Good Morning Ladies, 

I decided on a good old fashioned 'Sketch' for this week's challenge, they are great because they take the struggle out of designing your card, particularly on days (like yesterday for me) where you are so tired your 'Mojo' doesn't want come out to play. I think it's a sketch that works perfectly for either Christmas, Birthday or any other occasion cards. 

I chose to make a Christmas card this time, using Stampin'Up!
'Berry Merry ' Designer Series Paper and 'Merry Patterns' stamp set, because who doesn't love a deer in a Christmas jumper!  The die cut Snowflakes were from 'Seasonal Layers' Thinlits set.

Merry Patterns Stamp Set

Becca & Josh were mostly moved in yesterday, it is so lovely to see her pottering around in her own kitchen, she's not the most confident cook but she's eager to learn, Josh enjoys cooking and is loves experimenting with new flavours. I look forward to having our first meal with them in their home, although I have to say it's quite hard to stand back and let her learn by her mistakes.  Josh had his  Grandparents visiting yesterday afternoon and I could see how nervous she was about making them tea etc, she has never liked tea or coffee so has no real idea of what it's supposed to look and taste like, so we had tea/coffee making tutorial, very quietly, nobody was any the wiser and their guests had a perfect cup of tea and slice of fruit cake.
I think that she is wanting to do her first food shop today, she asked us to take her, I'm quite looking forward to it, it will have to be late in the day though as my body needs to recover from the weekend.

Margaret, I do hope that 'Pops' is finding it easier to move around, once you get past the pain of the surgery the relief of no longer having the chronic pain from the joint is amazing, I'm sure he'll be running rings round you in no time, it must be a huge relief for you to see him on the mend, sending hugs to you both. XXX

I do hope that those of you that are experiencing problems leaving comments have an easier time this week, it's so frustrating when you leave a long comment and it then disappears!  

Tracy it was lovely to see you pop in yesterday, I hope you are feeling better and less stressed my lovely.  XXX

Have a lovely Monday my lovelies,

Love and hugs to all,

Sandra
xxxxxxx