Monday, 31 October 2022
One Stamp 2 ways Challenge card
Sunday, 30 October 2022
Your Tic Tac Toe Challenge Cards
Die Cut/Traditional Colours/Gold or Silver
Good Sunday Morning Ladies,
Did you all remember to put your clocks back?? I don't know why I'm saying that as 95% of them reset themselves, having said that our house has a few things that aren't up to date technology so do need resetting... the cooker clock, boiler both need manual resetting, coffee machine does too as girls rely on the timer to get their morning coffee, I dread to think of what drama there would be if they didn't get their morning brew, to them it's more important than breakfast, I mean I like a cup of tea in the morning but I wouldn't feel incomplete if I didn't have it !
Are any of you like me and look at your phone and think "so is that the actual time, has it reset itself" then try to check online to make sure?!
Let's get this Sunday started off properly, no caffeine required, just some amazing incredibly inspirational cards that you have all made....
Your Challenge Cards
I’ve used Sue Wilson dies and embossing folder, and the sentiment is from a Woodware stamp.
Sonia thank you your card is so pretty, you went right across the centre of the TicTacToe, using Embossing, beautiful traditional Christmas colours and stamping for your sentiment.
Thank you for sharing your lovely card, I hope you are having a lovely time, I'm sure that Mark is loving having you with him too XXX
Here is my card for this weeks challenge
I used : stamping, contemporary colours, sparkle.
Old stamps from a magazine
Night of navy ink
And a piece of “snip art'
The silver paint didn’t cover like I hoped, so looks a bit messy.
Take care Lilian
Navy, Silver and white are a lovely colour combination, so fresh looking, I must thank you, I have some of the 'Snip Art' pieces/frames etc but never know what to do with them, they are another one of those impulse buys that is sat collecting dust!!! You have inspired me to look at them again! Thank you for another lovely Challenge card Lilian XXX
Patterned paper/Contemporary Colours/Flowers
My first CC for this week is made using a die featuring a mountain village covered in snow. I boTught it so long ago that I cannot remember which company made it. I used Die Cut/glitter/silver from the grid.
my second CC for this week is made using LABLANCHE PAPERS - SYMPHONY IN BLUE.
I used Patterned Paper/Traditional/Contempory colours/Flowers from the grid.
Janet thank you so much for two beautiful challenge cards. Your first card is going to stand out on any mantlepiece with that beautiful mirror card reflecting the lights from the tree! The stopper arrangement you have created is so beautiful too.
Your second card is just so beautiful, so much detail, you notice more things every time you look, the dragonfly and swallow, the script and those gorgeous flowers, I can see why you love your beautiful papers so much.
Thanks again my lovely XXX
Ladies as always I am truly grateful to you
Saturday, 29 October 2022
Mixed Up Saturday
Good Saturday Morning Ladies,
Ladies please join me in wishing Our Lovely Karen the Very Best Birthday ever! Your lunch out with family sounds a perfect way to celebrate your special day XXX
Today is going to be 20°c, which seems crazy for the end of October, I think we might be dodging rain showers though. I have some more bulbs to put in but I'm not doing it in the rain!
Don't forget to put your clocks back tonight, thst means you can have extra hour celebrating your birthday Karen!!
Now I wanted to give you a little update on the small wasp nest beside the loft hatch in Sophie's room, it was about the size of small loaf of bread, there are no live wasps around it anymore, much to Paul's relief!! ...... BUT ...... I asked him to open up the hatch and have a look around and it would seem that the little nest Paul has been treating is maybe a piece that fell off of this MONSTER.....
He hadn't noticed the huge! The girls both had a look and said its enormous, they estimate thats its double size of a watermelon, or the size of a huge pumpkin. So we need to rethink our strategy!. I did wonder if wasps die off in the colder weather?! That would be the perfect solution. I will keep you updated, I would love for this to stay whole so that we can look inside it.
Some of your Garden Photos
Lilian has shared a photo of the last two planters that are still full of flowers! They look amazing, gorgeous colours and they look like they have a few more weeks on them yet. I took the last of the tender summer bedding plants out of ours last weekend, any plants that would last we have put in pots in greenhouse. I imagine you can leave yours out Lilian, unless you have hard winter. Thank you so much for sharing your garden pics with us XXX
Friday, 28 October 2022
Our Next Challenge
Good Friday Morning Ladies,
Woohoo It's Friday!! I am glad as it means I will get to spend some time with Paul, he has been super busy this week, hopefully he will be home early afternoon today. we can then get the shopping done leaving the weekend to do as we please!
Lilian we could do with your sewing skills, we seem to have several wasp nests in our loft, we has managed to kill one nest off, but he and Sophie said could Lilian whip them up a Bee hood to protect them!! 😂 It's hilarious listening to them both working together to try and kill the nest that is just on the edge of the loft access hatch, had Paul opened the loft from the other side he would have knocked it out of the loft hatch! Imagine the terror of hundreds of angry wasps buzzing about Sophie's bedroom, well the whole of the upstairs really. I bought some powder that you 'dust' the nest with, I got a long lance tool with a puffer at the bottom which you fill with the powder, this means you can squirt it at arms length, rather than having your face near the danger zone! Now picture the scene, Sophie and Paul both at the top of the ladder, Soph holding the torch and the loft hatch, Paul has the powder in it's lance, they are basically carrying out a 'squirt/puff and run' method, Sophie has had a fit of the giggles every night so far, it's probably Paul's serious/terrified facial expression that starts her off, she also has my weird sense of humour! Anyway this nest has no activity, it has taken 5 nights to get them all, you have to wait until dusk as that's when the wasps have all returned to the nest for the evening, that way you get them all at the same time. So we thought that was the end of it, although it doesn't sound like it's a very big nest, considering the large amount of wasps we have seen coming and going. As Sue was leaving yesterday late afternoon we both stood watching and we were really surprised how many wasps there were still arriving and entering the loft, they are going under the flashing around the chimney, we must have seen 20-30 arrive in 5 minutes. We are hoping that the dead nest can be removed now and Paul can get in and have a look to see where these other nests are. They could be in the wall I guess, they have been dropping the dead wasps out onto Sophie's bathroom windowsill. Please keep your fingers crossed for us.
Maria I have to say that the 'Palt' I shared a picture of yesterday looked quite nice, I did look up 'Blood Palt' after reading your comment and it didn't look as nice, some of the photos looked like British Black pudding which is also made from blood and fat of pigs, some of the photo's looked like the one I shared yesterday but the filling looked like the blood palt. Either way I think I would give it a miss!! Can you tell us what your favourite Swedish dish is ?? XXX
Karen, I am glad to read that you had a lovely day at Wimpole Hall, it's a shame the upper level wasn't open, I love looking in the bedrooms and bathrooms. My favourite part of the houses though is definitely the kitchens, with the old range cookers and all of the copper pans and jelly moulds etc, the children were always fascinated with the size of the kitchen, we went to one and they got the children to help churn butter, or break chunks of sugar off of a huge block with some big tongs. The staff can definitely make or break a childs experience of visiting a NT house, we have experienced both! We ended up taking turns to go in the houses, while one went to look around the other would entertain the children in the gardens, it's not the same though, which is why we stopped our membership, re-joining in last couple of years, it's much easier walking around just the two of us! Are you and Alan members of NT ? XXX
Janet I hope your visit to the vampire went ok yesterday, have the dreadful roadworks outside your house finished? You were much braver than I was trying the game that our Dad's hunted, there is a traditional old butchers in Lechlade and you often see a Brace of Pheasants or rabbits hanging inside, I do wonder how many they sell, I guess they must have a demand for them, I can't help thinking that they are food that the older generations would eat, unless it becomes 'Trendy' of course. I am curious what rabbit tastes like?? XXX
Our Next Challenge
You may have guesses from the pictures above what the challenge is this week, however if not I will explain....
I would like you to take a die set or Stamp set or a Paper Collection, Embossing Folder, Mask etc and use it to create card or project for 2 different occasions, they can be any occasion you choose, for the example above I use the 'Merries Moments' die/ hybrid Embossing folder to create a card for Christmas and Birthday.
You could choose flowers that would work well in Christmas colours as well as any occasion, some papers are sold for a particular occasion but could be used for anything, so have a rummage around and see what you can use. This will be a fun challenge.
I hope that you all have a fantastic Friday,
Love and hugs to all of you,
Thursday, 27 October 2022
Another Z Fold Christmas Card
Wednesday, 26 October 2022
Another Tidings & Trimmings Christmas card
Good Wednesday Morning Ladies,
I hope you are all well at the midway point of the week. I got to spend some quality time with Lucy as it was her day off and Paul was in the office, we popped out to TKMax and got a couple of Christmas gifts, feels great to have started, that shop is great for stocking fillers! Mind you I keep thinking its months away but its only 61 days away!
Today's card I made yesterday using the Tidings and Trimmings Designsr Series Paper, the base card is cherry cobbler the layer is Evening Evergreen and a piece of to patterned paper . I added gold mirror card down each side (die cut with a border die).
To embellish this card, I die cut some foliage in gold mirror card and mounted the square onto the background, & added a gold die cut star to the centre of a Cheery cobbler star background and then I popped that into the centre of the Evergreen card, which was a diamond shaped that I placed ontop of the background I created. I think it turned out ok.
I hope you all have a lovely Wednesday,
Love and hugs to all of you,
Tuesday, 25 October 2022
A Christmas 'Z'Fold Card
Monday, 24 October 2022
A TicTacToe Challenge Christmas card
Sunday, 23 October 2022
Your No Die Challenge Cards
Good Sunday Morning Ladies,
I hope the day has been as relaxed as possible, how a proper Sunday should be! We have no plans, the weather has given us a miserable forecast of 100% chance of rain, which pretty much guarantees a wet day! 🤣😂 We didn't bother going mattress shopping we think we have decided on a 'Simba' mattress, the reviews were all outstanding, they deliver, for a fee take your old mattress away too which is worth the money. You have a year to decide if its for you or not which seems fair, it's expensive but seems worth the money, the one we have cost over £500 20+ years ago! My only concern is the bed height, our current bed is a divan and the mattress + topper bring it to the topof my thigh in height, this really works for me as getting up from low down is really hard and painful, I'm not sure you can buy a bed frame that's high though. It feels like you solve one dilemma and then face another.
Let's forget all dilemmas and lose ourselves in the beauty of your cards!!
Your 'No Die' Challenge cards
My Challenge cards for this week.
Both cards are made using STAMPERIA PAPERS.
My first card is made from VOYAGES FANTASTIQUE
And my second card was made using papers from
ORCHIDS AND CATS.
Janet your cards are both amazing, I love the Voyages Fantastique papers, that background paper is just incredible! I love how you have embellished it too. A brilliant man card.
Now I am a sucker for a cute cat so your second card is so perfect to me, so beautiful.!
Thank you so much Janet for two stunning cards and for taking part in this weeks challenge XXX
I used the stamps I bought at the Bedford craft fair. The flower wreath is pretty
big so used a 7x7 card here to put it on. Coloured in with TH inks and DO
Just a Note is coloured in with watercolour pencils, also used a stencil around
to break up the white.
Saturday, 22 October 2022
Mixed Up Saturday
Good Saturday Morning Ladies,
Well didn't it rain yesterday, I fully expect the Thames to be over flowing into the fields today, I was surprised at how it was pooling on the roads, the puddles around us were huge! Mind you I expect the ground is that hard that it just flows over the surface. Having said that it hasn't stopped our lawn from growing! Today is forecast sun with cloud and 17° which is good to see. I'm pleased we did food shopping yesterday afternoon, leaving the weekend free. The only thing we kind of planned was looking for a new mattress, although we have no idea where to start, should we go firm etc, our old GP recommended firm mattress for my bag issues but physio said opposite, so I think it will be a case of trying them out. Do any of you have recommendations? Our current bed is Silentnight divan style bed. It's served us very well, I am embarrassed to say how old it is but we have rejuvenated twice with Memory foam mattress toppers. ☺️😳
Sonia, I hope you have an amazing weekend watching Mark and spending time with the 'The Darker My Horizon' family.
My Amazing Birthday Card from Sue
As you can see this was more than a card, it was a beautiful, touching gift.
Its an Easel style card, with an extra piece added so that the gorgeous tags Sue created can fit in.
These are the tags that Sue designed to match the card. Every tag has a lovely heartfelt message written on the back that made me cry!
I wanted to show how incredible Sue's fussy cutting is, it is so perfect it looks like it has been die cut.
Sue thank you so very much for such a lovely gift XXX
I hope that you all have a Super Saturday,
Love and hugs to all of you,