Monday 22 October 2018

Monday Challenge

Good Monday Morning Ladies,

I hope that you are all well and have had a lovely weekend, we were blessed with some lovely weather, Sunday was lovely and warm too, you can really feel the difference as it turns late afternoon now though can't you, as soon as that sun drops the temperature drops quite fast.
We even laid the fire in ready to go on Saturday evening but it didn't get that cold, so its all ready to go when we do need it.  We were looking at the price of getting a bulk drop of Logs but goodness me we shocked, prices were upwards of £350 !!  It seems to be the popular thing to sell these days, as you see 'kiln dried logs' advertised everywhere, probably since Log Burners became the 'in' thing. 
I wouldn't mind the cost if we had a Back Boiler or something, so that the cost was offset by heating the house or water but it just goes up the chimney!! 

On to todays challenge, I decided to go with what seems to be your Favourite Challenge, the TicTacToe, I have to say I think that they make a great challenge as they are so versatile.  
I tried to choose one with plenty of variety for Christmas and All-Occasion cards alike, you can class Christmas as a 'Celebration' so thats the festive link, plus the Gold or Silver, then just choose 1 other like I did, I like the fact that it has 'floral' too, as that can mean anything from Poppy to Poinsettia.
I hope you enjoy this challenge and I can't wait to see your cards.

My card uses Categories:  Celebrate/Silver/Fancy Fold

I made an Easel card using the Beautiful Blizzard Die to create the main focus of the Easel Card, I die cut it in Whisper White and Coastal Cabana and then I cut the snowflakes again with white card covered with double sided adhesive, I then 'painstakingly' picked every one out, peeled off top of double sided adhesive and dipped it into Fine Glitter and then popped the white snowflakes back into the Coastal Cabana Frame, just like a Jigsaw Puzzle (although I didn't think it was fun at 11pm last night)!  I used both some silver card and some Glitter Gems to pop into the centres of the snowflakes, I die cut the 'Merry Christmas' from 'Merry Christmas' Thinlets, 3 times to create depth and dimension, the top layer was covered with double sided adhesive too, so I dipped that into the Dazzling Diamonds glitter too.
I made this card to combine two challenges, Our TicTacToe and my 'Stampin For All' Design Team Challenge, which was to make a card using only dies!  
Luckily this card fits both categories.

I will be in my craft room today as I have a lot of things to make, including a Pocker Letter for a Swap with Danielle and my Swaps for our Onstage Event. So I need to concentrate and get motivated.

Oh before I go I must tell you that I did a Tutorial for Fridays Winter Woods Scene card, so I will leave the link below for you all to go and see how I made the card.....

Have a lovely day ladies, 

Love and hugs to all,



  1. Morning Ladies

    Sandra-what an absolutely stunning card. I love this weeks challenge as it could be use for any occasion.

    Yesterday turned our rather wet-luckily we’d decided to do some gardening before lunch and Phil even managed to get the grass cut(in the rain).

    I’m hoping that work will be problem free today.


  2. A tic tac tori’s always a fun challenge Your card is gorgeous SANDRA- panic over about using just dies!
    Yesterday turned into a lovely warm day So much so that I actually went out without a coat - most unusual for me! And we sat having a drink in a pub garden
    I did the pjs and new vacuum cleaner bought Last night I started knitting poppies for our local John Lewis for a window display They can be knitted, crochet, felt, fabric
    Today after work I hope to work on challenge and finish 2 cards for friends birthdays later this week
    Take care all xx

  3. Hi Sandra and all in the Café today. What a gorgeous card, well worth the time taken to glitter and fit the snowflakes. This weeks Tic Tac Toe is a good one for Christmas. What a price logs are! You will be thinking twice before lighting the fire won't you xx
    Karen, what cleaner did you end up getting? We have had some really warm days haven't we X
    I have a couple of cards to make so must get them at least started before taking the girls swimming later.
    Sending love and hugs to you all with extras for all in need. Take care xx

  4. Hi Sandra & all in café,
    Sandra this challenge has me thinking, your card is beautiful, will see what I can come up
    Lilian I was very sad to read your news, my thoughts are with you, yes as you say we are at that age, hugs on the
    We have a lovely sunny day again, hope you have the same.
    Café open, drinks all waiting just for you all to call in & have a chat.
    Sending hugs to all who need them love

  5. Hello Sandra and ladies,

    I’m tickled pink, I’m not anonymous any more! I didn’t do anything to the settings it just changed back all by itself.

    Sandra lovely tick, tac, toe this week. Lots of great choices. I’m sure everyone will be happy and able to select from these choices.

    I think we have worn the pavements out in Oxford Street today, first store granddaughter wanted to visit was Selfridges, I think we must have covered every department (well not menswear) next call was John Lewis, we stopped for lunch after which we looked at some of the smaller shop. It got to 3.15 we were exhausted so made our way back home. First thing I did was put the kettle on.

    Will look in later on. Love and hugs Brenda xxx

    1. Hi Brenda.
      Great to hear the settings changed back all by themselves. Sounds like you had a marathon walking spree down Oxford Street.

  6. Hello All, sorry did not do a card last week, really lovely display of cards from everyone.
    Sandra lovely card today, also watched your Utube of your trees, very useful technique.
    O/H is away for the week to attend several meetings, staying with daughter at Barnes.

    The weather has been lovely today so have been pottering in the garden.

    Hope everyone has a good evening, hugs Lilian

    1. Hi Lilian, so very sorry to read the sad news about your friends. Thinking of you. Valx

  7. Evening everyone,
    Lovely card today Sandra. Very pretty. Also a great tic tac toe challenge. X

    The Terracotta Army exhibition finishes this Sunday and the notice up says its completely booked up. I don't honestly know where it's heading to next.x

    I've had a lovely day out shopping today. Sadly my case is now full and I've still got 5days holiday to go!!!.

    Hope everyone's ok. Love Valx

    1. Enjoy the rest of your holiday in the uk Val.

  8. Hi Sandra and ladies
    A lovely Christmas card today Sandra. Nice warmish day today. Sophie to Pete out for a breakfast this morning at Hilltop Garden Centre. Just down the road from us. She fell in love with the Christmas displays they had. Mind you she though it would cost and £10.000 for even a smallish display.

  9. We have a little booklet every month. In it it says kiln dried logs and there only £174 for a full bag. Not to sure how big a full bag is though.

  10. Evening ladies.
    Nice card Sandra, happy for a Tic Tac Toe this week.
    Sending hugs and wish you all a good night.
    love Maria xxx

  11. Good evening Sandra & ladies
    Sandra I love your card the colour & snowflakes are beautiful. WOW what a price for logs how long would they last you.
    LILAN so sorry to read your very sad news sending you some huge Hugs. Have a good week with your daughter .
    It been in craft room doing my project then my heat gun blew up well the plug gosh a loud bang with sparks blew all the sockets luckily Terry came in just after he said probably the fuse so he put new one In plug & wow what a Big Bang again. So my heat gun went in the bin 😭😭 so ordered one from hobby craft.
    Better go & dish up dinner Hug's for everyone extra for Lilian Pat Pete
    Love Lynda xx