Thursday 25 March 2021

Something simple yet beautiful for Thursday


Good Morning Ladies, 

Another week is whizzing to a close, we had lovely sunshine again yesterday but it was much cooler.
I really felt it while on my morning constitutional atound the grounds 🤣, I saw the sun so didn't put a cardy on while pegging out the first load of the day, I got it started super early before 'Mr Sparks' arrived!  Paul joined me and we were inspecting the Purple Sprouting Broccoli plants to see if any Purple Sprouts, they were there,  we removed the netting because the butterflies had disappeared over winter so we thought we were safe, but as one pest hibernates another has its Knives & Forks ready to take its turn, we aren't sure if its pigeons or crows, we have an abundance of both, I think the crows must be drawn to the farmland as you can see masses of nests in the trees around the fields.  The greedy beggars have bent our metal bird feeder, they absolutely love the fat blocks filled with berries and seeds, they have taken the metal cage that holds the fat blocks clean off the feeder on several occasions,  the all have a different method, one sits on the water dish and taps the fat block with his beak so that it swings to and fro, everytime it swings towards him he takes a bite, a bit of a long winded method but he is persistent,  others just literally hang on the little cage itself and peck ferociously at the fat block, which is how we think the square metal pole has been bent.  The highlight of the bird visitors, apart from the dear robin is a Woodpecker that sits happily pecking at the grass for ages.  

Now onto todays card, simple in design but I love how it turned out.  The thing that I am most excited about is the 'Grosgrain Ribbon strip' across the centre, its a die cut, Coolkatz crafts have designed a set of three dies called 'Purrfect Finish Fauxgrain Strips' they come in 3 widths and the dies are 12 inches long with only one cutting edge, so you can make it as long as you need, genius or what!! No more trying to find matching ribbon for your project, just use your card.  It's  a lovely deep emboss too so looks really convincing.  Here’s a closer look .....

Now onto the rest of the card, I used Very Vanilla card as it worked beautifully with the Island Indigo card and ink I used. That lovely lace background is a 'New' Stampin Up die called 'Stitched Lace' it comes as a full background and a little detailed cutting edge, great for simple cards like this one wherevthe die does all the work, I just layered it onto the Island Indigo card, then onto a Very Vanilla card base, I added some matching Pearls to the centres of the lace flowers,  then popped my 'Fauxgrain Ribbon' across and used my 'New' multi layer punch to create the label for the sentiment,  so easy having the one punch for both layers (I know I sound like Mel on Create & Craft)!! 🙄
I popped my sentiment piece on and 'Voila', a simple but effective card, super quick and simple.

 Which was all I was up to making after 3 hours of the smoke alarms peeping everytime he tripped the electric on and off, I lost count after 26, he went and tested every light switch, it just went on and on, for some reason it really triggered my anxiety having him in the house that long. It was mostly ok but he has to come back and test every single electric socket in the house as he thinks there us a loose connection somewhere!! I can't even think about that now to be honest.  

I hope that you all have an enjoyable Thursday, 

Love and hugs to all,



  1. Morning Everyone
    Love today's card SANDRA and it's one of my favourite colours too. It also comes in my 'less is more'range.

    I have to get my CC ready to send off today and finish sewing together a little project I have been doing.

    The CAFE is OPEN ready and waiting for you all. Tables and chairs will be put outside this week-end to celebrate Spring.
    HUGS are winging their way to you all.TAKE CARE AND STAY SAFE.xxxx

  2. Stunning card and what a fabulous idea for a die No more faffing around trying to decide if a ribbon matches or not It’s definitely on my Wish List I never think to use ribbon a) It never looks straight b) I am all fingers and thumbs trying to tape it down on the back and c) it never looks right It always looks just plopped on and out of place
    I hope to make another cc later I have finished one and the second one I tried was a huge failure Skew whiff card - wrong colour - just everything about it was wrong
    Take care all x

  3. Morning ladies,

    Very pretty card Sandra. Good idea for matching card ribbon.

    Brilliant sunshine this mornings making Pete's Magnolia so bright a white, many more buds still to come open out for it's full glory.

    Love 7 hugs
    Cheryl xxx

  4. Hi Sandra and ladies
    Beautiful card Sandra and what a great and useful die to make the ribbon bit. Definitely a die to put on the wish list.
    Nice morning here so had a walk to the chemist and back,near 4 miles. Now ready,after a couple of hours rest to go and hopefully put a cc together. OH has football on tv again tonight so it gives me the time to play a bit.
    Have a good day everyone. Many hugs xxx

  5. Hi everyone
    Love your card and the colour combo, and the ribbon die is fantastic 😊
    Quite windy here today, taking away any warmth from the sun. Think it’s forecast to be wet and windy tomorrow so our blossom tree which is in full bloom probably won’t last much longer.
    Will try and get a challenge card finished for this week, made a start on Monday but didn’t get very far!
    Hope you’re all having a good day. Sending hugs to you all xxx

  6. Hello Sandra and ladies,

    Lovely card today and the colour really comes to life with the Very Vanilla lace topping. Your ribbon dies are a great addition to your stash they have also gone on my wish list!!!

    Today I had to collect my new glasses and John had to have an eye test, then we did the shopping....together, on the way home I popped into The Range got most everything I needed. It was so good to get back home and enjoy a very welcome cup of tea.

    Have a good evening everyone, Love and hugs Brenda XXX H

  7. Hi Sandra and all in the Cafe tonight. A pretty card, just love the colour and the dies. The faux gros grain die is a brilliant idea. It’s defiantly on my wish list. I hope the electrician gets everything sorted quickly at his next visit my lovely xx
    I have spent a lovely laughter filled day with Mum and Pop. And yes most of the laughs were at things I did 🤣🤣🤣 Mum sends her love and big hugs to you all. I’m off to bed now so will say goodnight. Sending love and hugs to you all with extras for Lynda, Mum and all in need. Take care xx