Friday, 15 December 2017

Festive Friday....

Good Morning Ladies,

I thought I'd try something different for today's card, I haven't made a round card for a while so decided that would be a great way to use this new die that a bought a while ago.  It's 'Precious Marieke' 'Spirit of Christmas Snowflake Cirlcle' .  I die cut the card base using a the outer die on a folded piece of Centura Pearl card, slightly hanging the die over when cutting to leave a section of card uncut to use a hinge, I then die cut another complete circle and my Green Holly patterned paper, adhered them all together and started to decorate, I cut two pieces of the decorative die part also in Centura Pearl, layering them up for depth.  I added these to my card front, I used the left over bits of Centura pearl card to die cut some Spellbinders poinsettias and a couple of Pats smaller ones too, I added a little bit of Pebeo Gold Gilding wax to the edges to give them so detail, I layered them up and popped them onto my card, arranging them around one side, I added some foliage that I did cut with using some gold shimmer card, which I thought worked well with the gold tint on the flowers, I coloured some pearls with a gold metallic pen to add the finishing touches to my card, I stamped the sentiment in Versamark and embossed with Gold Embossing Powder, then die cut with a flag die adding Gilding wax to the edges. I quite like the finished card, I hope you do too! XX

Bit of a stressful day ahead of us today, please keep your fingers crossed for us, I don't really fancy moving before Christmas, well it would be virtually impossible in all fairness. I will be glad when it's over to be honest as I haven't been able to relax worrying about it. 

It was so lovely to see Pat and Sue yesterday, we chatted too much to fit any crafting in as they both had to leave earlier than usual, it was so lovely to sit and chat and put the world to rights!  

Have you all finished your Christmas shopping? We need to get a start this weekend, although it will be somewhat of a 'smaller ' Christmas this year, probably get most ordered on line, saves having to brave the busy shops, as we only have weekends now! 

Anyway, I must go, I will let you all know later how we get on. (Probably by email)! 

Love and hugs to all of you,


Thursday, 14 December 2017

More Christmas cards made!!!

Good Morning Ladies,

I had a lovely, productive afternoon in my craft room, I am trying to get through my list of recipients before the weekend, so that I can get them all posted Saturday.

These cards I made using the free papers I got with a Papercraft Inspirations magazine, they are Trimcraft papers and in have to say they are an exceptional quality, I would definitely buy them.
I chose this particular paper as I thought it had a snowy background and would work perfectly with the 'Precious Marieke Winterfun Border', with its swirling snowflake design.
I took a white card base and added a mat of silver mirror card, then added the lovely decorative paper. I die cut two of the borders, placed them back to back across the middle of the card, I then added a piece of Foil edged ribbon across the centre and topped with a strip silver of sequin trim.  I finished this with a bow topped with a silver Snowflake.  A simple 'Merry Christmas' is all the finishing the card needed.

I am hoping to have some more crafty fun today, hopefully with at least one of my craft friends, fingers crossed!.

I hope you all have a fantastic day, however you are spending it.

Sending love and hugs to all of you,


Wednesday, 13 December 2017

The first cards have started to arrive.....

My Christmas card from

Good Morning Ladies,

I hope that you are all well, I think we have finally started to thaw out down our Crescent, yesterday we still had the same 3 or 4 inches of snow but it had frozen solid, because we got down to about -8 here on Monday night, it sounded very 'crunchy' out there yesterday, it was nice to have the girls home too, although there is no longer any excitement when the snow has fallen, I fondly remember the radiators full of tiny gloves dripping wet from building snowmen, the endless changes of socks and trousers.  I love hearing the excitement it brings though, any large area of parkland suddenly fills with families laughing and squealing with excitement.  

I received Janet's card in the post yesterday, it's so lovely to receive 'Happy Mail' isn't it, we got quite a bundle today as the postie would have struggled around here. It is such a stunning easel card, made using the gorgeous 'Velvet' look red card from Pink Frog, it makes a stunning backdrop to the Die'sire Create-a-card Scenic Village die cut that Janet has used. What a gorgeous image! The sentiment makes the stopper for the 'Easel' part of the card, Janet has also added a lovely verse.
Thank you my lovely friend for such a beautiful Christmas card. XXX

Sadly no Crafting with Pat today as she is at her 'usual haunt', I will be thinking of you today my lovely, hopefully it will be a straight forward in and out appointment.

I spent the whole afternoon making inserts and envelopes for all of my Christmas cards, a lesson learned, do it when you make the card, what a time consuming job, Mt cards turned out to be All Shapes and sizes, thank heavens for the Envelope punch board!! 

I hope you all stay warm and dry today,

Love and HUGE hugs,


Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Michele's Pop-Up Christmas cards

Good Morning Ladies

I am s excited to be able to share Michele's amazing Pop-up Christmas cards with you today. Michele made them from a Free kit that came with a magazine, which I find incredible, you really do have a gift for making magazine freebies look amazing Michele. I bet these were the first thing to sell out on your sale table .
Thank you for sharing your fantastic designs Michele.

Paul enjoyed his first day in his new job, he said it was really busy with lots of different things going on.  He had a long walk in and back home again though as we still have a lot of snow, that has turned into sheer ice, so using the car or his bike was out of the question.
I was supposed to have an MRI scan yesterday afternoon but the hospital cancelled due to lack of staff. 
Sophie and Lucy's school was closed yesterday as well and it is again today, I think today it's down to a the temperature dropping so very  low overnight, leaving the site in a treacherous condition, they also explained that the main bus operators weren't able to provide a service either.  So they will be revising I expect.

I am going to have to make an appointment with the Doctor as still feel so unwell, exhausted after the smallest task, generally ill, I can't remember the last time I felt this Unwell, I'm getting fed up of it now to be honest.

I hope that you are all safe and warm,

Love and hugs


Monday, 11 December 2017

Monday Sketch Challenge

My Challenge Card


The Sketch

Good Morning Ladies,

Great news to start this cold wet day...... Stampin'Up! Are having another Free Shipping Event until 11pm tonight !!! 
There is also an End of Year Sale, so you can bag a bargain and get it delivered FREE!  The link to my website is above (under the Free Shipping banner. 
I would very much appreciate any order xxx

Well we had a totally Snowy day yesterday, we ended up with Becca being stranded here, her car is still here, luckily Matt had a big 4 Wheel Drive Truck, so he took her to work and then went on to rescue a few others on the way home, I was surprised at how many people were just out for a jolly, the roads here were totally untreated so conditions were treacherous.

I decided to go for a Sketch this week, I think that they are an easy option, which we all need at the moment, with all the preparations for Christmas still to do.
I went for a Christmas card as I still have a few to make, this sketch will work for just about any occasion though so don't feel tied to a Christmas card if you have finished yours.

I used Garden Card to make my base card, adding a mat of 'Be Merry' Designer series paper, I then cut two different sizes of the 'Lots of Labels' dies, one in Whisper White and the larger in Garden Green.  I stamped the sentiment 'Peace, Joy & Love' from the 'Peace this Christmas' stamp set onto the white label, using Cherry Cobbler ink, I added some Garden Green splatters using a 'Gorgeous Grunge' stamp.  I mounted this onto the green label and adhered to my card base.  
I then took a piece of Cherry Cobbler card and cut it with the Wavy border die from The Colourful Seasons' dies, I added some Garden Green ribbon to the red border piece and adhered to the top of my card, I then tried a Bow using the same ribbon and added it to the ribbon.  To add finishing touches I used some Garden Green card die cut with a Fern die and Cherry Cobbler card die cut into tiny Poinsettia and used them to embellish my labels. 
I didn't have any matching gems to add to my card (to follow the design) so I used a die that cut small dots as it's waste to cut some Cherry Card, which I then pressed into Versamark ink and then Clear Embossing Powder to give me some shiny matching red dots, you could make sparkly dots by either using a little glitter at the heat Embossing stage or swish over with some 'Wink of Stella' (That's my Top Tip) for this card. 
I hope the card inspires you a little.
Peace This Christmas
Stamp Set

Now please stay safe in this terrible weather, I am guessing the roads and paths will be icy this morning, as Matt said it was still snowing and a zero at half past six last night.  
The girls school is closed, it's in Burford and teachers come from quite far away, so they were happy this morning, luckily they have plenty of A level work that they can be catching up on, so they won't get bored! 
Paul starts his job today of all days, but it's close enough that he can walk thankfully.  He wasn't planning on starting until after Christmas but they seem keen to get him started. 

Take care my lovelies,

Love and warm hugs,


Sunday, 10 December 2017

Your Challenge Cards

My Challenge card

Michele's Challenge card

Good Sunday Morning Ladies,

Well it's two weeks to Christmas eve today, can you believe that?! I know I can't!! We have done absolutely nothing this year, which is unheard of for us, we are usually so much more organised by this time.  But with the housing situation and Paul's job etc, Christmas kind of slipped down the list of priorities, I think that once we get this coming Friday's appointment out of the way, depending on the outcome, we can maybe think a bit clearer. (fingers, toes crossed).

Let's get on with the best part of today...... Your cards...........


Janet has designed and created 3 stunning birthday cards for this weeks challenge, using categories :Black/Gold/ Free (die cuts) on the first two and then categories : Black/gold/white on the third card, which Janet made using 4 pieces of pearlised card embossed with the Crafters Companion 3d Embossing folder, just look at the depth and detail they give, just incredible!
Absolutely stunning design Janet, thank you so much for taking part.

Karen, I have to say I absolutely love this design, I'm not sure if its because it's such an unusual design for you or the fact that it is simply a stunning Christmas card, either way it blew me away.
Karen used the categories: Gold/Vellum/Heat embossing to create this amazing design. 
I think that the over all magic for me is that you are accomplished STAMPER! I hope you feel that same buzz that I did when I finally 'got it' !!
Karen's description......
"I’ve used heat embossing (get me! Stamping!)+FREE+gold
I’ve used CE Christmas rose on cream card and vellum with matching Die and golden sunset Nuvo glitter drops
CE bright gold embossing powder and gold sand glitterbitz
Britannia Merry Christmas dies - embossed"
Thank you Karen.


Lilian, another 'wow' card from you this week, such an amazing design, having the snowflake hanging in the aperture is just a genius idea, its such a pretty snowflake too, the 'Softly Falling' embossing folder gives enough detail to the front of you card, framing the aperture makes it look so much more professional too.
Lilian used categories: Circle/Vellum/Heat embossing to create this amazing design.
Thank you so much Lilian for taking part.


Michele has made a gorgeous Birthday card for this weeks challenge (as well as the original card she made to launch the challenge last Monday)
Using categories :Stripes/Circles/Gold 
Michele has used some gorgeous card to create this card, it looks really expensive, I really love that Gold die cut sentiment Michele, who makes that die please?
Thanks so much for hosting this weeks challenge and designing two cards for it Michele, I am as always, very grateful.

Pat used the 'Star of Light' stamp set to create this fab Christmas card, it uses categories: Gold/Black/Heat embossing.
A lovely Christmas card Pat, thank you so much for taking part in this weeks challenge.


Danielle designed this card earlier this week in different colours, although she didn't originally design it with the challenge in mind I suggested that she made a gold version, this is it, its absolutely stunning.  It used categories : Circle/Gold/Heat embossing.
Dannii, used the Petite Petals stamp to stamp the flowers and their matching punch, the Colourful Seasons Stamp set and matching dies, and layering circles for the aperture.
A gorgeous card Danielle, thank you so much for taking part in our challenge again this week.


Margaret used categories : Gold/Twine/Free (Punch), to create this gorgeous Christmas card for her family over in Canada, I absolutely love that Gold,embossed card that you have used Margaret is stunning.  
Thank you for making time in your busy schedule to make a challenge card, you can tick another one off of your list now!  

Brenda has made a stunning birthday card for this weeks challenge using categories: Black/Gold/Twine.
Brenda has embossed a piece of black card with a Creative Expressions Embossing folder, then used gold mirror card to die cut some of Tim Holtz Wild Flower dies by Sizzix, the sentiment is a Sue Wilson die too, I think that this would be a fantastic man card Brenda, I love the design, the gold frame finishes the card perfectly.
Thank you for taking part my lovely.


Maria has created a lovely stamped Christmas card for this weeks challenge, using the Categories:
Black/Gold/Heat embossing.
I love your stamped design Maria, particularly the robin which is hanging baubles, such a cute image,
Thank you so much for taking part in this weeks challenge Maria.

I would like to thank Michele once again, for stepping in while I was unwell to choose the challenge and make a card to inspire you all.  
Thank you to all of you too for taking part in this weeks challenge, another amazing display of cards.

Have a lovely relaxing Sunday ladies,

Love and hugs to all of you,


Saturday, 9 December 2017

Mixed Up Saturday & Michele Mag Review

Janet's Verso Gift Boxes

Janet has made two more of her amazing Tonic Verso Boxes, these ones are beautifully decorated for Christmas, what a stunning way to gift wrap a gift, the box is a gift in itself.  You have decorated them beautifully Janet, with beautiful ribbon and stunning bows.
Thank you so much for inspiring us Janet.

 Angela's Wreaths

Angela created these stunning wreaths for her WI competition, I love them both, Angela says that the best thing about these Wreaths is that they are 'Rot Proof'', so they can hang outside all Winter in all weather conditions.
I think you need to do us a tutorial Angela.  Thank you so much for sharing with us.

Michele's Mag Review
Cardmaking & Papercraft with a lovely Alphabet stamp set. There’s some really nice cards inside made using the free gift.

Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine has bonus papers, an additional magazine and a lovely free gift-a dragonfly stamp & die set. There’s loads of inspiration inside using the free gift including a great Male card.

Papercraft Inspiration magazine has a really pretty stamp set free this month which could be used for so many occasions. There’s a great feature using Alphabet dies or you could substitute stamps .

Making Cards magazine has a pretty calendar & some ribbon free with it this month. The calendar has card ideas for each month plus digital downloads so you can make each card design.

Quick Cards Made Easy has a fantastic Stamps & die set with the magazine this month. This could be used for so many occasions, all year round.

That’s all for now until the New Year-Happy Crafting.



Lynda did a bit of Craft shopping this week, first of all the fantastically versatile Envelope Punch Board, you will be creating envelopes, boxes, bags and crackers in no time!
Lynda's second item is a Sue Wilson die, The Looped Snowflake, I bet you have already made cards with this die Lynda, I can't wait to see them,
Thank you so much for sharing your shopping my lovely,

Thank you to everyone that took part in today's blog post. 
I hope you all have a lovely weekend,

Love and hugs