Sunday, 25 February 2018

Your Challenge Cards


Good Morning Ladies,
I hope that you are all well and managing to keep warm in this cold weather.  
We had a nice day out yesterday at the Oyster Crafts Demo day and mini craft show. Although I have to say it really was a 'Mini' craft show, there were only a handful of craft stands.
Oyster Paper Crafts had a stand with two lovely demonstrators, one showing how to make foam flowers, the other was demonstrating Penny Black silhouette stamps, she had some lovely cards and techniques.  Some of which I am eager to have a go at.

Now onto your lovely challenge cards..........

Lilian's card above is a beautiful version of this weeks 'Sketch' challenge, with the three gorgeous 'Foxgloves' (i think) and the die cut border with the sentiment. 
Such a pretty card, that looks almost hand painted. Your cards are always stunning Lilian.
Thank you so much for taking part.

Val has used a selection of patterned paper that work beautifully to create the background of her card, the focal point is that pretty 'Gorjuss' topper that Val has framed with a die cut.  Those dainty little flowers are the perfect finishing touch to your card Val, thank you so much for taking part.


Margaret has used the Stampin Up 'Touches of Texture' stamp to create the three sections of the Sketch challenge this week, it works beautifully with those lovely flowers Margaret. The matting and layering you have done really gives a fantastic finish to the card, It's fantastic Margaret, thank you so much for taking part.


Brenda has used her new Paper pad to create this beautiful Challenge Card, matting the patterned paper flags onto the pink makes the really stand out from the background, it's such a pretty pink too. I love the butterfly with its patterned background too, it looks so delicate. Such a lovely layout and card Brenda, thank you so much for sharing it with us. 


Lynda has used 3 coordinating papers to form her background, a simple piece of twine and ribbon embellish  the card along with a topper that has been stamped to match the background, all in all a fantastic card Lynda. thank you so much for taking part.


Karen has used the resist technique to create her background, I love the colours you have used over the top, I will add Karen's description here......

"Hope this is ok for challenge It’s another sketch but also used two things from the tic tac toe - resist technique and twine
The resist technique is an oldie ironing embossed wax paper between two pieces of gloss card (cheap photo paper) to transfer the wax I smooshed it through Pixie Powders.

 A lovely bright card, it reminds me of Spring!
Thank you Karen for taking part this week.

Thank you so much ladies for taking part this week, you are all amazing! 

Have a lovely Sunday

Love and hugs


Ps.  Please shout if I have forgotten your cards, I was nodding off as I wrote the blog! 

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Michele's Magazine Review, Shopping & a Great Idea !

Michele's Magazine Review

Here’s this months roundup of crafty magazines.

Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine has some lovely Art Deco toppers which you could use for a variety of occasions.  

Diecutting Essentials magazine has a brilliant set of Dies free this month-flowers, Easter eggs & bunnies plus a basket very similar to the Sue Wilson one. Lots of ideas inside the magazine using the fre gift. 

Simply Cards & Papercraft has a gorgeous set of stamps & Dies from Altenew plus some matching downloads to use with the Dies if you’re not confident about Stamping, 

Making Cards has a great set of stamps plus great quality papers. Two themes on the papers-Easter & general/wine glasses to coordinate with the stamps. Lots of possibilities with this set of stamps.

Look who got their cards in print???!!  

Papercraft Inspirations has a lovely set of heart stamps & Dies free this month.  The free papers are all “weather related “ and there’s some lovely cards to copy.

That all for another month.


Thank you Michele for another fantastic review, Congratulations on getting your cards published in a magazine, you are becoming quite the Celebrity Card maker!!! I am so pleased for you, your cards are amazing and totally deserve a spot in a magazine!  

I will confess that I just couldn't resist the magazine with Altenew Dies etc, they look so fantastic, I can't wait to play with them.

Brenda shared her shopping with us this week, oh Brenda I think I might just have to get the Vintage Embossing Folder and Paper pad, they are so pretty!!  

The first photo is what Brenda bought from Oyster Crafts, some Foam for making flowers and a simple die to die cut them with, I can't wait to see how you get on Brenda, Sue and I spent an afternoon playing with the same foam but we didn't really get much success, I was using my best gun though, which may have been to hot, the successful ones I've seen on YouTube use an Iron, hold the foam on for a few seconds and shape!
I do love that template you have bought too.

Brenda's second photo shows the lovely paper pads and Embossing Folder from Crafter's Companion, they are so pretty, your cards are going to be amazing!! 
Thank you so much for sharing your shopping my lovely .


Karen Couldn't resist these new Stamps a new and Dies from John Lockwood after seeing them on Hochanda, Karen isn't a member though so bought hers from Ang Duck (Ducksdoodahs).
I didn't see the show that they were featured in Karen but I will go and have a look, I look forward to seeing what you make with them. Thank you so much for sharing your shopping with us.


Danielle needed a New Baby card in the week but didn't have a Stamp or day that would work, so she had a quick browse on Pinterest and a a couple hours later she had made this!! I think it's a brilliant idea! Just a piece of blue card, a couple of doilies and some ribbon! Such a a lovely card.
Thank you so much Danielle for allowing me to share your card.

Well that's all for today, will you be buying any of Michele's featured magazines??, I am hoping that there will be someone selling Sara Davies paper pads at the Craft show today, there aren't very many exhibitors but the ones that are going usually have a good range of products. So fingers crossed !! 
It will be nice to get out of the house and away from the box mountain! 
I have pretty much fitted most of my unit together, it just needs to be moved into position and then the doors can be attached, I finished assembling them yesterday.  To get it into its position is going to be like one of those little puzzles with a free square, where you have to move all the other bits around to get everything in the right order, it's going to be chaos for an hour or two, well maybe three! 
I will be taking plenty of photos so you can see how I decide to organise it.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend, 

Love and hugs to all of you,


Friday, 23 February 2018

Something Floral for Friday

Good Morning Ladies,

Today's 'Something Floral' card has been designed and created by our Lynda, who very kindly made some extra cards for me to share while am unable to get cards made.
Lynda's card was made using a Clarity stamp called 'Chrysanthemum & Butterfly',
Lynda used the Chrysanthemum stamp, which she stamped and heat embossed, then she coloured the flower in a beautiful shade of pink using Watercolour Pencils and then going over with a Sparkle Pen.  Lynda then added a frame made from Sue Wilson's Stitched Circle dies, such a great idea as it frames the stamped image perfectly.
To embellish the card Lynda added two lots of pearl sprays and some perfectly coordinating paper flowers.
Such a gorgeous card Lynda, thank you so very much for making it for me to share with our friends. XXX
I do hope that your tooth ache has eased. xx

Pat came over yesterday, it was lovely to see her, it seems like months since we last met up but it was about two weeks ago, it wasn't sensible to meet up last week as Pete has to be careful not to have any contact with anyone with germs! 
We soon made up for lost time though, Pat bought some yummy cream cakes which was a lovely treat.  I didn't feel guilty either as I have lost about a stone since starting to clear and clean the bungalow, being so unwell last week added to the loss as I had no appetite all week. Pat very kindly offered to take a load of the cardboard boxes from my craft unit to the cardboard recycling bins and a huge pile of craft magazines.
Every little bit helps, so I was very grateful.  Thank you Pat XXX

I managed to build the two doors of my craft unit after Pat left, so it's getting close to being finished, I am so excited to start organising my craft stuff and putting it into all of the storage boxes included, there are loads of them!  There is light at the end of the tunnel at last. !!
I saw on the weather last night that we are going to be experiencing a real cold spell with winds coming in from Siberia!  So make sure you all stay wrapped up warm.

Have a lovely Friday Ladies,

Love and hugs,


Thursday, 22 February 2018

Pretty Aperture card

Good Morning Ladies,

I hope that you are all well, I can hardly believe it's almost the weekend again, this week has whizzed by so fast. 
It will be so nice not having to spend the weekend cleaning the bungalow.  We can have a nice restful weekend, I hadn't realised the date, luckily Margaret reminded me that we have tickets to a Craft Demo Day at Bracknell in Saturday, Pat found the event after Farnborough was cancelled, I'm not sure what there will be there, hopefully some of the popular stands. I don't really enjoy doing 'Make & Takes', I prefer crafting at my own pace, so I'm not to fussed about taking part in those, we will find out when we get there I guess!  I'm sure we'll have fun whatever it is.

Today's stunning Aperture card has been designed and created by our Lovely Janet, she has embossed the front of the card with the Sue Wilson 'Beaded Swirls' embossing folder, before it was embossed Janet die cut an oval aperture out of the card front, then another slightly larger oval was cut in lilac card to frame the aperture.  Janet has then stamped that lovely sentiment on another piece of lilac card and centred it in the oval aperture.
A string of tiny pearls add a pretty finishing touch to the oval.
Janet has then created a gorgeous floral spray to add embellishment to the card, picking colours that match perfectly with the accent colours.  I love the addition of the beaded hat pins in the floral spray the give a real touch of luxury to the card as do the die cut swirls behind the flowers, they help draw your eye into that sentiment.
A truly stunning card Janet, thank you so much for allowing me to share it with everyone. XXX

Pat is coming over today, I'm not sure what we are going to do, there is the local village coffee morning on a Thursday, it opens to coincide with the opening time if the local post office (once a week on a Thursday morning). I think it finishes at 11am though. Which would be a little bit of a rush. I would like to go to one though to meet the local people. It will be nice to see Pat though whatever we decide to do.

I hope that you all have a lovely day too,

Love and hugs,


Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Another 'Wings' card

Good Morning Ladies,

My lovely friend Danielle also made a 'Wings' themed card last week that I didn't get to post in time for Sunday so I wanted to make sure it got it's day in the spotlight, it's a gorgeous card made using the Stampin'Up! 'Petal Palette' Suite, Danni has taken a piece of the background paper and coloured it with Real Red in different places but quite randomly. She has then taken a little topper with the pretty little bird on and punched out a circle so that the sentiment is central, backing this with a Mat of the Real red card to make it pop! 
I will leave a link below to Danni's blog where you can see this 'Valentines' card in detail and also a day later the other card I have shared :

Thank you Danielle for allowing me to share your cards with everyone, Danni does card giveaways on her YouTube channel too so follow the link from her blog, all you have to do is comment on the post or video, Danielle's cards are always stunning and would be a lovely prize! XXX

Sue came over yesterday, which was a lovely treat, we decided that we get some of the pieces of my craft unit out to see if we could find instructions, we were soon knee deep in cardboard packaging and polystyrene sheets, Sue meticulously counted all the nuts, bolts, gizzits and gizmo's, (I've never seen so many odds and ends), brackets and hinges, you name it we had a bag of them!  
Once we found the instructions we were flying along, until we had a piece that didn't look the same as the diagram and certainly had different fixings, well we twisted it, turned it, it just wasn't looking right, so I decided to call them, this piece of furniture was a LOT of money so I expected it to be properly packed.  After 10 minutes he lovely girl at the office called me back and said she had spoken to the chap that builds them for customers for the princely sum of £150 ! and he explained that they have changed the part so the one we have (that looks different) us in fact right, but we only need to use short bolts (not the long ones the instructions tell you use) oh and you don't put it together as it tells you in the instructions either, she then reeled off the right way to do it!! Once we had the right instructions we were flying along, it was only when Sue's alarm went off that we realised it was 6 o'Clock but to be honest that's not unusual for Sue and I ! We managed to get the main carcass of the unit together (apart from the top) we were a little vertically Challenged for that though. 
I was a little sad that we weren't going to finish it together, to be honest though I'm not sure Paul will have time to help in the next few days so it may well be still waiting next week, although I don't really have the patience to wait that long! 
Thank you so much Sue (and your very organised tool box)! It is always so much fun tackling any project with you! I hope your hands aren't too sore today xxxxx

Another Uni trip today, this time it's to Staffordshire university, for Sophie again, this is one of her first choices so I hope it's all she wants it to be.
She had good news yesterday, Leicester University offered her a place on their Animation Course, which she is excited about, it's a nice confidence boost too after having interviews on Saturday.

I hope you all have a lovely day,

Love and hugs 


Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Karen's Challenge Card

Good Morning Ladies,

First of all today I am relieved to tell you that it's gone, finished and we don't have to think about it anymore!!! Paul handed back the bungalow at noon yesterday, all went fine, I could see the relief on his face as he walked in the door, this had been our hardest 'move out' ever, and we have done at least 8 over the years, thankfully that was our last. Whoever moves in will get a much cleaner place than it was when we moved in, that's mostly a pride thing I think, as people are quick to comment. 

On to today's card, Karen made her 'Wings' themed challenge card but I didn't get it in time to share with you all on Sunday.
It's so pretty Karen, I really love the background you created on Serif, it really does look like you have manually added the sentiment.! Here is Karen's description...

" I found a layout on a Serif kit (Botanical Butterflies I think) I removed the butterfly and added a vellum and a white (covered in chic viola mica powder) Spellbinder La Papillon butterfly die cut and changed the lettering which is central on the card but looks a bit too far to the right on the photo" 

The sentiment looks fine to me Karen, that butterfly is so delicate. Such a lovely card, thank you so much for letting me share it with everyone today. XXX

Paul had the night off last night before starting the major unpacking, it's the first time in week's we have actually sat on the sofa together, it was lovely.

I hope you are all well, 

Have a lovely day however you are spending it.

Love and hugs 


Monday, 19 February 2018

Monday Challenge

The Challenge

Some inspiration

Good Morning Ladies,

It's Monday so that means a new challenge, this week's challenge is a little bit different, a mixture of the 'TicTacToe' Challenges that we have done many times and a fairly straightforward sketch.  
Now you can choose either the sketch OR the Tic Tac Toe, or you could have a go at mixing the two together, it's up to you.
I look forward to seeing what you all decide and can't wait to see your cards.

We finished up at the bungalow yesterday, I can't begin to explain how relieved I am.  It gets handed over today at noon by Paul. It will be so lovely having him come home and being able to relax. (Well when he has unpacked this place)! Only kidding I think he has earned a couple of nights off!

I am hoping to find enough craft stash to join in the challenge myself this week, wish me luck, I can't wait to get crafting!!!

I hope you like the challenge ladies, 

Have a lovely start to the week, 

Love and hugs to all of you,