Monday 22 July 2024

A quick card


Good Monday Morning Ladies, 

I hope that you all had a lovely weekend,  yesterday was a beautiful day, sadly we didn't get to make the most of it though as poor was really poorly, turns out he has Covid 😪.  I kind if knew thats what it was as he was so unwell and it takes alot to keep Paul down. 

I hope that you all got to make the most of the lovely weather. 

Today's card is a really quick one, I used a piece of the Dainty Flowers Dsp, the pretty oval wreath needed nothing more than a sentiment stamped in the centre.  I stamped the sentiment in Mossy Meadow and then layered the dsp onto matching blue card and then onto a Blushing Bride card base.   Simple but effective I think 😍

I hope that you all have a great day,

Love & Hugs to all of you,

Sandra xxx

Sunday 21 July 2024

Your Pinspiration Cards


Good Sunday Morning Ladies,

I hope that your weekend is going well,  we have a very cloudy day yesterday,  it tried to rain a couple of times but it didn't come to much.  Today is supposed to be a better day,  we have plans though,  we will probably get some garden jobs done,  well when I say 'we', I mean I will be supervising of course!  🤣😂

Let's have a look at what you have been creating this week.......


Lilian's Description:  

Hi here is my card for this week, it’s one I’ve been meaning to make for years.
It’s from Pinterest, not quite the same. The poppy stamp is an old Penny Black, that I have never used, although I had a go when I first bought it to see what it was like. The little stamp is from Lavinia stamps.

Oh Lilian,  such a beautiful card, I love the linen/cloth paper that you are painting onto, the texture is lovely 😍  
The beautiful poppy looks so striking against your lovely background.  
I am so pleased that the challenge pushed you to create the card you have been planning to make for years,  its well worth the wait, that I can reassure you.  
Thank you SO much for supporting the challenge Lilian XXX 


Maria has created a lovely Pinwheel card for this weeks challenge,  the design is one that Maria was been inspired by on Pintetest.  Its a great design for using up scraps of your favourite papers or using up your bit box. 
Thank you so Maria for supporting this weeks challenge. XXX


Karen's was inspired by some Tim Holtz designs using his Pine Tree die.  

That inky background you have made is stunning Karen, it really does look like a snowy night sky.

Thank you so much for taking part in this weeks challenge my lovely XXX 


I hope that you all have a lovely Sunday, 

Love & hugs to all of you,

Sandra xxx 

Saturday 20 July 2024

Mixed Up Saturday


This one made me laugh, so true !!! 

Good Saturday Morning Ladies, 

Ooh it was a lovely warm day yesterday,  washing was dry in about an hour, luckily our line isn't in direct sun so the towels don't get too dry.  I always tumble dry towels and undies anyway to fluff up towels and uncrease pants!   We could iron pants and socks like Paul's mum does, but nobody has time for that I feel bad watching Paul iron all his shirts etc I couldn’t sit and watch him iron my drawers!!  🤣😂 

I have done a little Tutorial for you, its for a 'Wiper ' card.  It's not the same as Gina's Wiper card though.  I think this ones name refers to the pop up mechanism that looks a bit like wind screen wipers. 

The flowers in the centre vase pop up when you open the car. 

Start by cutting  card base:  8 1/2 x 4 1/4  inch
                              Score at   :   1 1/2 & 3 inch

                             Z Fold Bar:  8 1/2 x 2 inch
                              Score  at  :   1 1/2 & 3 inch

Now onto our embossed layer, you could use patterned papers for this part too. 

1 x 5 1/4 x 4 inch 
1 x 1 1/4 x 4 inch 

Patterned paper for layering:

1 x 5 1/4 x 1 3/4 inch
2 x 1 1/4 x 1 3/4 inch
1 x 4 x /4 (for base card ) 

The pop up mechanism:  

1 x  1 x 1 7/8 inch  (Blue base card colour)

1 x  1/2 x 2 inch  Acetate 

Let's Assemble 

Start by burnishing your folds 

Adhere all of your layers to the base card and z fold bar.

Now onto the mechanism,  take your piece of card 

Fold the corner down so that it lines up with the edge of the card on the opposite side.

Burnish the fold 

This is what you should end up with 

Position the mechanism kind of central and at the top of the z fold strip.  

Then add the acetate piece onto the mechanism 

You now stick whatever you want to pop up onto that acetate strip.  You may need to play with positioning to get it spot on.

I waited to position my vase so that I could place it centrally to the flowers popping up. 

When you add your flowers or whatever your pop up is make sure that its sits within the width of the z fold strip or it will poke out of the bottom or top of the folded card. 

Adhere the Z fold bar to the bottom corners at each end of the card.

This is the other side adhered

I added vases at either end of the card for interesting and added the sentiment on the back panel. 

Here is a little video of the card opening. 

If you have any questions please feel free to ask x




Karen's latest purchase is these lovely Letter dies by Aall&Create,  I really like that they have the background and the detail letters

The other great features is that they are distressed, which makes them perfect for mixed media style projects too. 
I look forward to seeing these cut out Karen and to see how you use them.

Thank you so much for sharing them with us XXX


Woo Hoo !!  Look what Maria won !!!! 

2 sets of Hunkydory Moonstone Dies,  really useful Dies too, you can't have enough basic shape dies and look how beautiful that Lace edging is. 

Congratulations my lovely,  I can't wait to see you use them.  Thank you so much for sharing them with us XXX 


Lilian had kindly shared the books that she cuts her beautiful flowers and background bits from.  They are from Amazon.  They look so incredibly detailed, so useful to have on hand to embellish a quick card.

Thanks so much for sharing them with us Lilian,  I now know what to look for ☺️ XXX 

I hope that you all have a lovely Saturday,  

Love & hugs to all of you, 


Friday 19 July 2024

Something Floral for Friday


Good Friday Morning Ladies, 

Here we are at the end of another busy week, we are definitely ready for a relaxed weekend.  We will keeping an eye up to the sky as its the big Air Tattoo at Fairford this weekend,  we are a lot further away than last year however we are a lot higher up, so hopefully we'll get to see a few fly pasts.  The roads around us will be absolute chaos due to the Air Tattoo on the Burford side and Bourton On The Water on the first weekend of the Holidays on the other, so travel is off the cards.  We will pop to shops today to get a few basics, I ordered a Box meal delivery thing from Gousto this time, it had a really good discount code if any of you want the code let me know.  It has five meala for 4 of us, it came to £43 which I thought was good value, they had so lovely choices too. 

Today I am sharing a card I made late yesterday afternoon after my bladder clinic appointment and then going with Soph to drop Paul off to pick up car from garage.  I picked out a die set that I wanted for ages, got it and used it once and put it away! 🙄 So I checked my files for the cards I had saved for Sizzix Geo Frames thinlet, I picked a simple design and added my own touches, like matting and adding gold mirror card.  I die cut the narrow frames and offset them slightly,  then die cut the flowers and foliage and arranged them around the frames. I die cut an old SW sentiment in gold mirror card and added a drop shadow to make it stand out. To finish I added some dark blue Glossies to the centres of the flowers to match the Navy card. 

I hope that you all have a good day,  enjoy that warm sunshine 🌞 

Love & Hugs to all of you,

Sandra xxx 

Thursday 18 July 2024

Who knew how perfect Kraft goes with Blue !


Good Thursday Morning Ladies, 

These Thursdays are whizzing round so fast, which means it's Bladder Clinic day,  I'm dreading it if I'm honest,  the initial excitement of that first treatment seems a distant thing,  as I have had to have antibiotics since the day after that first one,  is it just coincidence? I am hoping so, the last one was so painful too, I am going to insist on the numbing gel this time and cross everything that I don't end needing more antibiotics as my liver is starting to react to Trimethoprim the same as it did nitrofurantoin!                                                                 Now just to update you the Tea bags were binned,  I didn't have a great night though,  I got ready for bed around 10pm,  I was exhausted from Monday night, I dug out a nightshirt as Lewis was staying over and they have to walk past our bedroom to get to bathroom etc, Milo will barge our bedroom door wide open in the night and I'm paranoid that the sheet my slip and reveal my extremities ! 🤣😂         But my goodness that nightshirt made me that hot I just couldn't relax, I felt so restricted,  I ended up having to have Paul help me out of it at around 2am and bless him he put the fan on too.  Fingers crossed for a better night tonight.

Today I am sharing the card I made yesterday, I started out in a totally different direction, different colour combination and trying different inks.  I ended up using Distress Oxides to colour the flowers and leaves.  I was trying to see which colours went well with Kraft,  I decided to go with blues,  Distress Oxides gave me the nicest blend, so I think I decided on Stormy Sky and Faded Jeans. The leaves had just the tiniest hint of ink.  I embossed the white layer for the background and popped the decorated tag on foam pads.  I quite like how this turned out, I actually the colour combination though. 

I hope you all have a good day,

Love and hugs to all,

Sandra xxx 

Wednesday 17 July 2024

A memory from Brenda


Good Wednesday Morning Ladies,  

We are half way through the week already and in fact half way through July, which is so crazy, we looked at the Calendar yesterday and worked our that it is just over four weeks until we go on holiday!  

I had planned for yesterday to be a quiet day as I had a very bad reaction to something at around 1.30am that set my AF off in to its worst episode to date,  I had been to bathroom as I felt oddly bloated, after I finished I had that tell tale burn feeling but this time the burn travelled down my legs and up my back, I was terrified,  then my tinnitus went into overdrive (which  always happens if i am unwell) and then my AF started and boy it did not want to stop, I made it back to bed ans tried all the different methods of relaxation & trying to calm breathing but it was just getting faster, I honestly thought I was going to have a heart attack!  I managed to wake Paul to let him know we may need to go to A&E , he stirred but his arm over me a patted my leg, then went back to sleep!  I started sipping water and thought id try and distract my mind,  so I set to completing 4 New York Times crosswords,  I felt the burning start to ease a little,  then by about 3.30am my AF did start to slow down, I think I must have nodded off around 4am.   I think it must have been a reaction to something,  I had a new night time tea around 9pm, so maybe it was that, there were some different herbs in it so it could have been that.   Needless to say I felt like a zombie yesterday but Lucy had planned to go to ikea, I felt so guilty saying no, so we went, we didn't leave until around noon though, so no rushing around.  Boy was I exhausted when we got home.  Hopefully that will mean I can sleep better 😴.

Now reading Brenda talking about Dog sitting and being around for Grandchildren,  I guessed it may have been Ciara, I was shocked when Brenda said she was 18,  (I could have wrong GC though) anyway I still imagine Ciara as a little girl that loved her crafting.   This made me think back to cards that Brenda made for Ciara that were perfectly suited to her crafty hobby!  

How beautiful is this card from July 2017?  Brenda's colouring is beautiful and the Sweet sugarplum coloured card in the background works so well with the stamped image.  I bet Ciara still has this lovely card in a keepsake box somewhere.

Brenda I hope you were ok with this little trip down Memory Lane xxx

I hope that you all have a lovely Wednesday 

Love & hugs

Sandra xxx 

Tuesday 16 July 2024

Lasting Elegance die card

Good Morning Ladies, 

From a wet and dreary Gloucestershire 🌧 🌂!  

Yesterday was miserable, it rained pretty much all day, which was unfortunate as Becca & Adam were hosting a family lunch at their house, fortunately Adam had built an amazing Pergola that had a roof so we amm managed to stay dry, it was so lovely to see Adam amongst his whole family, it was our first time meeting his parents and siblings, they were all lovely, there was lots of chat about weddings as Adams sister Helen is getting married in 3 weeks, his twin Ross & Katie have just arrived home from Australia where they have been travelling for 2 years, they are going back in 6 weeks and will then come home for Becca & Adams wedding next year. We had a lovely afternoon,  the time just flew by.  Back to normal today,  I must say I am a bit lazy and much prefer just sitting home in my 'comfies' to having to dress up, fix my hair just so and put make up on!   I don't know how people do it every day, I've never really worn lots of makeup to be honest, only for special occasions really.  I just wear face cream and a smile.  On days I do wear make up, its fairly simple a BB cream, a little powder and mascara and lipstick, I think I'd look like Coco the clown if I tried all this fancy contouring etc.  Becca wears a full make up every day, the girls don't and never have,  they use a little concealer if they need it and mascara.  I have to laugh and their different attitudes to skin care,  Lucy buys very expensive face care products after having a 6 month treatment on her skin a year ago,  she researches everything and us very careful to apply cream with a good SPF every day,  she uses in the best cleansers and moisturisers,  Sophie literally will use a baby wipe or wash her face with hand soap!  Their both have beautiful skin, so as Soph would say "who's the fool"!  

Today's card was very simple to make,  using Berry Burst card base, the decorative layer I made using a die set called 'Lasting Elegance ', another die set I have had for 5 years +, I have had the card saved in Pinterest or screenshot for about the same length of time.  I finished the die cut layer with a stamped sentiment and a few pearls. 

I am really enjoying looking back through my saved Pinspiration ideas.  I usually search on Pinterest for ideas before I decide to buy something,  trouble is I make 1 of the many saved pins and move on to a different set and forget to come back to it. 

I hope the Sun shines for you my lovely friends, 

Love and hugs to all,

Sandra xxx