Friday, 17 November 2017

Festive Friday

Good Morning My Dear Friends,

It's Friday again so that means we need to have a 'Festive' card, so this week I thought I would have a play and do something different with the 'Precious Marieke Snow Globe' die.

I took a piece of white card and scored it in half, placed the die so that just a little of the cutting edge of the die at the top hangs over the scored line, this makes a hinge, making a 'Bauble' shaped card base.  
Idie cut another two Snow Globes, 1 in Cherry Cobbler and 1 in white, I used a Spellbinders Scalloped circle to die cut the centre out of the white Snow Globe, (rather than the plain circle that comes with it) as I wanted a little bit of the red layer showing around the centre white circle.  So I put all of my layers together, White Bauble card base, red layer, then the top white layer with scallop centre, I added some foam pads to this layer too, for a little extra dimension. 
I die cut the 'Impression Obsession Merry Christmas' die twice and stuck them together, i then added them to the centre of the snow globe.  
To embellish the card I die cut a few 'Britannia Poinsettia die' a few times and layered them up, I added some Fir sprigs to the top and bottom sides of the card, placed a large and small Poinsettia (die cut in Cherry Cobbler card) in the centre.  I thought that the sentiment looked a little bit odd stuck in the centre on its own, so I die cut some tiny poinsettias from the 'Stampin' Up!  'card front builder' thinlits, also in Cherry Cobbler, I added some tiny bits of Fir foliage and added SU Faceted Gem stones to each of the poinsettia's.
To finish I tied a bow using Cherry Cobbler ribbon.
What do you think????

Paul is off helping Josh with some painting work for the next couple of days, so I will be in my Craft room today.  He is just pleased to have some work, even if only a few days, he likes to be busy working and I can see how frustrated he is that he isn't getting any replies, although most of the jobs have only just 'closed' for applicants so there is still time.
Luckily Josh (Becca's Fiance) and his Dad have their own Painting and Decorating Business and are extremely busy, so they are glad to have Paul on board, it will keep his mind busy if nothing else.

Although the major works aren't due to start for a few weeks there seems to be a constant stream of workmen popping up all around the place, today I was sat reading on my bed after taking my early morning meds, suddenly the most horrendous noice started and they were using a pneumatic chisel thing to remove the old porch and gutterings etc!  They don't even bother to knock on the door and say 'we are about to start on your porch' so that you are prepared.  I am going to complain to the site office I think, they wouldn't pitch up to a 'paying clients' house and just start without notifying them.
Fingers crossed for a quiet day today.

Lynda, I hope that your pain has eased a little today, sending gentle hugs xxx

Tracy, sending hugs to you too sweetheart, there are no words that will help but please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers my lovely xxx

Maria, I hope you aren't in too much pain today either, sending hugs your way xxx

Love and Squishy hugs on route to all of you,


Thursday, 16 November 2017

Shadow Box Card

Shadowbox Card

Pops back into shape

Panel for writing your greeting

Good Morning Ladies,

Today's card came about after yesterday's crafty session with Pat, she saw this style card on Pinterest and wanted to have a go.  So I looked at a couple of different styles and made some notes, I then went on to make Pat a shadowbox card to take home and some instructions to make another.   
After Pat left I thought that I would have a go and make one for today's blog post.
I used the 'Stampin'Up! 'Carols Of Christmas' stamp set to create this card.  I stamped 'Deck The Halls' stamp on a piece of the 'Merry Music' DSP, using Cherry Cobbler ink, I added the pretty swag underneath using Garden Green ink, I placed this in the back part of the shadowbox, I then used two 'Stitched Square' dies to die cut an aperture and create a frame to surround the aperture.  I then stamped and die cut the poinsettia and Holly from the same stamp set to create the decorative elements on the front of the card.
I then stamped a white panel of card with a greeting and added some more Poinsettias and leaves to decorate.

The fantastic thing about these cards is that they fold totally flat to pop into an envelope to post and then pop back into shape. 

They are super simple to create too, if any of you would like me to do a tutorial I would be more than happy, just let me know in the comments below.

Now I told you that we are having major 'renovations' done to our bungalow, I took a quick snap of one of our neighbours, who's bungalow had just been started, it highlights what I meant about them taking the whole front of the building out......

These photos show the front door on the left of the photo across to the lounge, the partition wall that you see on the left is the wall that separates the porch from the lounge.  The workmen had the front of the building out, the backdoor off and the back window is virtually the same as the front.  The metal frame that they have put in is to hold the new radiators, as they had to be removed too, I think we are going to be absolutely freezing cold for a few days!

Well I am off to make the most of my warm craft room!

Sue, sending love and hugs to you and Chris at this very tough time xxx

Love and hugs to all of you,


Wednesday, 15 November 2017

My Challenge Card

Good Morning Ladies,

I finally made time to get into my craft room and make a card last night, have you ever sat and made a card and then thought "how did I end up with this"?  Well that was me last night, I decided to use a background stamp and decided to go for a 'burgundy' tone, I thought I would keep it simple too.  Well this card was the result, it looks brighter in your hand I have to say.
I stamped the 'Definitely Dahlia' background stamp on to Very Vanilla card using Rich Razzleberry ink, as it is quite a large stamp I used my Tim Holtz Stamping Platform, so that I could add more layers of ink.
I then matted and layered the stamped image onto a tiny black background then a Rich Razzleberry card and then onto a black card base. I then added a piece of black ribbon that has little bits of gold woven into it and stamped my sentiment in Gold to pick out that detail, I die cut the sentiment and it's Matt with SU Label thinlits (sadly retired) in Rich Razzleberry and then Black card.  I added a few Gold Sequins for a touch of sparkle and to carry on that touch of gold theme.
It's a different look, I hope you like it. 
By the way I chose categories: Background Stamp/ Happy Birthday/Die cut.

We were busy packing and organising for the builders to start on Friday, we have to have all curtains /blinds down, all furniture moved away from inside of windows etc.  Something made me suggest to Paul to pop round to the site office to check dates and access details etc, I'm so glad he went as there had been a change of plan due to lack of manpower and they will now be starting on the 15th December, yes that's right 15th December, just 10 days before Christmas!   Hopefully there will be further delays and it will be after Christmas! 

I am looking forward to seeing Pat later today, it seems like ages since we last crafted together.

I hope you all have a lovely day,

Love and hugs 


Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Congratulations Michele !!

Michele's prize winning card

The magazine feature

Good Morning Ladies,

It's not very often that we get to really celebrate anything these days, so when Michele messaged me last night to tell me that her amazing card had made Runner Up in the Papercraft Essentials Magazine, I just couldn't wait to share the news with all of you.  I was going to leave it until Saturday but knowing that Michele is going through a bit of a tough time at work, which as I'm sure you all know, effects all of your life not just the 8 hours you are there, I thought that she could do with a little bit of a Celebration to bring a smile to her face! 

Michele you card is stunning, I absolutely love that 'All-Occasion' Embossing Folder that you have used, so much in fact that after the last time you used it I went out and bought it myself !! 
Your design is clean and crisp and as always the finish is absolutely perfect, everything about the design works from the combination of patterns to the 'Dot' theme carried throughout the card, (black gems on flowers, sparkle gems on wavy border and polka dots on bottom embossing folder).
You must have been 'Over the Moon' when you heard the happy news!, Do you get a prize? I do hope so.  I know this isn't your first magazine feature Michele but it's the first one we have been around to celebrate with you, I just know that all of your friends here in the cafe will be as proud and happy for you as I am !!!!

Michele's card is featured in Papercraft Essentials issue 153, which will be out for sale on Thursday, so if you want a closer look at the article grab your copy soon.
The All-Occasion Embossing Folder and matching die set is available on the Craft Stash website, you can buy a combination of folders so that you can create your own design, they have so many different combinations.  Michele's particular folder is called 'Dotty Floral', you can get Birthday, Christmas & patterns to use all year round.
Here is a image of some of them........
All Occasion Embossing Folders and Dies

As you can see they have really expanded the range since that first Embossing Folder was given as a Freebie on a Magazine, soon after it was the most demanded E Folder around, in fact it was selling on eBay for the most ridiculous prices. 

Thank you so much Michele for allowing to share in your happy news XXX

I would like to take a moment to thank all of you for your outstanding support for Karen's Challenge last week, I think Karen was absolutely amazed at all of the cards 
that were shown yesterday.  Thank you Ladies, you are all amazing friends.
Thank you to Karen too for choosing the challenge and making cards to inspire us, I look forward to your next idea Karen XXX

I would love for any of you to do as Karen did, even a suggestion would be welcome.

Sending love and hugs to all of you, 


Monday, 13 November 2017

Tic Tac Toe Challenge

Good Monday Morning Ladies,

I wait with baited breath to see what this week throws at us, a job for Paul and somewhere to live would be a great start to the week but I am not holding my breath.
We have a very busy week as the people that manage our current home are coming to do major renovation works this week, which involves them taking the whole of the front and back of our lounge wall out, its hard to explain but I will try, the bungalow that we live in is a prefabricated building, with the whole of the front of the lounge being a plastic wall with windows and a radiator hanging on the plastic wall, well they were just going to replace windows but they can't without moving the radiator, which is so old that it won't last being moved so they are replacing those too,
which means that as well as having no walls in the front or the back of the main part of the house, we will have no heating either as they need to drain the system to replace the radiators.
They are then replacing the windows and external doors throughout the rest of the house.
Then on the following Tuesday the do the same to the other end of our house.   I have no idea how we are going to A) keep warm, B) keep the cats contained.  So all fun  and games over here!!

Now onto this weeks challenge, a Tic Tac Toe, I think that all of the categories are all self explanatory for this one, so just choose three and have fun!

This particular Tictactoe is from Hero Arts, so if you type that in to Pinterest you may get some inspiration there.  I was attending a Stampin Up event yestereday so didn't get a card made in time, but I will make one today ready for tomorrow's blog.

I hope you all enjoy the challenge and I very much look forward to seeing your cards.

Love and Hugs


Sunday, 12 November 2017

Your cards for Karen's Challenge

Good Sunday Morning Ladies,
Karen set you this week's challenge which was to make a 'Channel' Card, the card above is the card that Karen shared as inspiration for this challenge. It is such a lovely card, I love the design of it, perfect for Valentine or Anniversary.  
Sadly due to feeling so unwell this week I didn't get to take part but that hasn't deterred any of you, there are some absolutely stunning cards in this weeks line up, so lets get straight into showing them off.......


Janet has had a super busy week since arriving back from France, so I looked into the archives and blew the cobwebs off of this card stunning card that Janet made for the last 'Channel card' challenge we had a long time ago.
It is a real girly, lacy card, featuring Spellbinders Edge dies to create those pretty lace panels, the Janet has placed one of her beautiful Vintage Ladies into the centre 'Channel'.
Such a pretty card Janet, thank you for sending it in.


Karen has really enjoyed this challenge, making 3 stunning Challenge cards, Karen even did a bit of stamping, which is really outside of her comfort zone but you did it perfectly Karen and I hope you got that lovely feeling that I did when I first stamped a sentiment and it worked perfectly first time.
I love all 3 of your cards Karen but I think the third one is my favourite. I love that 'thank you' the swirly font is stunning!
Here is Karen's description......

"So I’ve done three cards Two have the same die from Sue W but one is Christmas (notice I did a bit of stamping! and used an embossing folder The die cut is “balanced” on top The Other is a birthday card using a piece of scraper foil embossed with Falling Snow If all things and sanded back The die cut is underneath the channel
The third card is using ScanNCut to draw Thank You and a Spellbinders border/bracket die The butterfly was a freebie From a magazine."

Thank you so much Karen for thinking up this week's challenge and making so many beautiful cards.


Lilian, I absolutely love your card this week, I'm not sure how you have created that stunning background effect, other than using an embossing folder but it looks amazing, you have captured the sparkle beautifully too.  I love how you have used the Ric Rac Ribbon in the 'Channel', a unique and very clever idea.  Such an amazing Christmas card, thank you so much for taking part.


Val has made a lovely Christmas card for this weeks challenge, using that very popular embossing folder from Craft Stash, to create the embossed snowflakes and snow and the matching die to create the channel, that shows that pretty snowflake patterned paper peeking through from behind.  
The two die cut Christmas Trees compliment the background paper beautifully and add a bit of sparkle too.  
Thank you so very much Val for taking part in this weeks challenge, its so good to have you back fighting fit! 


Margaret has made a very 'Clean and Simple' Christmas card using Sue Wilson's Striplet die in the 'channel' of the card, that pretty shade of blue compliments the grey behind the striplet perfectly.
The sentiment is such a pretty font too, such a lovely card Margaret.                        Margaret's second card is so pretty, that beautiful border has been made using the Stampin Up 'Ribbon Border Punch' over some beige card with Snowflakes, such a beautiful addition to a card.  Thanks so much for taking part Margaret.



Wendy (aka Spanish Crafter) has made an absolutely stunning Christmas card for this weeks challenge.  Wendy you have used some absolutely gorgeous elements on your card, that Pinecone paper is just so pretty and works so beautifully with both the Kraft card on your sentiment and that stunning paper in the 'Channel' of your card, I also love the deckle edge to your card and that embellishment is perfect.  Thank you so very much for taking part in our challenge again this week Wendy.


Maria has designed a beautiful Christmas card for this week's Challenge, starting with a beautifully
embossed white background, Maria has created the 'Channel' of her cars with a stunning red die cut,
it is beautiful Maria and it gives the effect of red patterned paper behind the white, very clever!
Thank robin on the pine branch is just GORGEOUS, I love him and it works perfectly with your design.  The pretty poinsettia and sentiment are all that is needed to finish your card beautifully.
Thank you so much Maria, I am so pleased that you decided to take part this week.


Michele has designed a 'Clean & Simple' Christmas card for this weeks Challenge, using Linen card as the base and strips of silver glitter card to edge the card and the 'channel'.  Michele has then used a pretty background paper with a vertical design (genius idea) to add detail to the channel part of the card.  A few matching gemstones and a little die cut tree and sentiment give the perfect amount of embellishment.  I love this card Michele, thank you so much for taking part.


Lynda has designed 3 amazing Christmas cards for this weeks 'Channel' card Challenge, all in similar shades but very different designs.
Here is Lynda's description of the dies that she has used :

"Sending you my cc's for this week, using Sues Lyra die, the dove was a mag freebie.
Second card also made using Lyra die.
Last one was made with Sue's configuration Art Deco die.

You have made three absolutely lovely Christmas cards Lynda, that Dove is such a lovely die, especially as its a freebie!
The paper you have used in the background of your second card is stunning Lynda, it looks very expensive!
I hadn't really noticed Sue's Art Deco configuration die before Lynda, I love it and love how you have used it.
Thank you so much for taking part in this weeks challenge.


Brenda has made three 'Channel' cards,  fantastic birthday card,  a beautiful 'Just for you' card and a 'Feast Day' card. The Dandelion Clock stamp that you used is lovely Brenda, Debbie's birthday card is stunning, using Sue Wilson Dies, such a beautiful card, love that shade of blue!  The Feast Day card is lovely with the pretty embossed edge and the sentiment stamped on vellum is a lovely effect.  Thank you so much for taking part Brenda.

As always ladies you have blown me away with your amazing card design skills, I feel so very 
privileged to be able to share your work each week.
Thank you so much for taking the time out of your very busy lives to join in each week.

I hope that you all have a lovely Sunday,

Love and Hugs


Saturday, 11 November 2017

Mixed Up Saturday, Featuring a Tutorial from Karen

Mixed Up Saturday

Before we start, take time to Remember those that gave their lives
so that we could live ours.
We Will Remember Them

Good Morning Ladies, 
Here we are at Saturday once again and OMG do I have a fantastic blog post for you today, it features just about everything from Hobbies to Shopping, amazing acheivement, oh and a little bit of craft !!
So here we go.......

Karen's Tutorial

This is the card that Karen has kindly done the Tutorial on.

I dotted a piece of card with artist masking fluid - very cheap from Hobbycraft using a paintbrush Allow to dry thoroughly.

I spritzed with water and then added Pixie Powders I chose dark colours to show up when photographed and spritzed again All to dry.

When dry gently scrape away the masking fluid I used the side, not the point, of a pokey tool

I turned it into this card - similar to last weeks with a different Merry Christmas die set and no mats I embossed the front half of a card blank.

Thank you so much Karen for taking the time to explain how you achieved that amazing 
background, I can't wait to have a go! 

Val's Shop Display

Val, you are absolutely blooming amazing, how you acheive all of those cards just
blows my mind, you must be in your craft room 24/7, the thing that amazes me is that you
never complain, we never hear you say 'I'm sick of making cards'.
I bet the rack behind are all yours too! 
Thank you so much for sharing your achievement with us Val,
you are an inspiration to us all.

Lilians Puzzle

Lilian what an absolutely stunning puzzle, I absolutely love doing Jigsaw puzzles,
we have a tradition of getting a new jigsaw every Christmas, I usually go for anything
over 1000 pieces, this looks like way more than that, its a truly stunning picture too,
so much detail, how long did it take you?  There is so much Blue,
 all the same shade too!
Actually I think this is just the sort of distraction I could do with right now!
It would break my heart to mess that up!
Thank you so much for sharing it with us Lilian.



Margaret has treated herself to the Stampin' Up!  Seasonal Bells stamp set
and matching punch, some Cherry Cobbler card and pretty ribbon too.
Margaret that stamp set has been in and out of my basket a hundred times,
I absolutely love it, especially the sentiments, they are in such lovely font,
the banner and flourishes are stunning too!  
I first thought 'its another Christmas set, will I use it enough?'
But the Bells can be used for both Wedding and Anniversary cards too,
I have seen some stunning cards on Pinterest for this set too.
I cannot wait to see your cards, Margaret, now you really do need to come for 
a craft afternoon, schedule me in ASAP !! lol 
Thank you for sharing your shopping.


Maria has shared a photo of the lovely goodies that she bought at the NEC
last Friday, you got some absolutely lovely stamps and dies Maria, I too love the 
new 'Julia' die from Sue Wilsons new release, its such a pretty circle die, 
there are some beautiful stamp sets to match it too.
The Cardio stamps are the ones that you used on your Silhouette card,
 such lovely images 
that are perfect size for creating a scene or a view through a window card.
I see you got one of those Precious Marieke Christmas frame dies too, 
they are so pretty
and are actually a really good price.  Some Die Storage and other essentials too,
 you bought more 
than I did, but to be fair I think that I did more talking than shopping!
Thank you for sharing your shopping my lovely, now get crafting! lol


WoW, Sue, I honestly didn't think that you had got that much, your 'magic bag' certainly
hides all of your shopping well! I will say that Sue got some amazing bargains with her
shopping haul, those two boxes in the middle photos, both contain card, card blanks, envelopes
and 8 dies (in each) and they were £2, yes £2 per box!! I am kind of kicking myself for not
picking one up, it certainly had to be the bargain of the day!
You got some great dies as well Sue, I love that Christmas tree, that Grass die will be so
useful too, imagine in cut in green with tiny die cut flowers dotted among the stems!
I know how you love your Snowmen so seeing another Cutie doesn't surprise me at all,
Sue's Snowglobe die is currently living at my house and it out on my craft desk as I type,
I absolutely love it and Sue you will be relieved to know that I ordered myself one tonight too!
That Wood effect paper pad that you bought is fantastic, as are the other papers and lots of
glitter card too, oh and some of Pink Frogs amazing 'Red Velvet' Card!
I can't wait to see your Christmas cards, so tell the family the Dining Table is out of bounds
and get all your craft stash laid out, otherwise you will never get around to it!
Thank you for sharing your shopping my Lovely.


This is the little Key Holder that Pat bought at Yarnton Craft Fair,
It is a lovely Pat, very useful too.
Although you must be careful if you have a 'keyless start'
On your car, as theives now place a transmitter by your window
and a receiver by your car and it will open,  they are advising that
You keep car keys in a metal box!
Thanks for sharing Pat

See, I told you it was going to be an amazing blog post,
Thank you to all of you that contributed, there would be no blog if it weren't
for all of you lovely ladies, so again a HUGE heartfelt
Love and Hugs