Monday, 29 May 2017

Monday Challenge


Good Morning Ladies,

I hope you are all enjoying this long weekend, it's disappearing fast, but we have had a nice weekend, Paul worked a long day on Saturday and is in again tonight, it makes a change to have him home during the day on a Bank Holiday Monday so I will be making the most of it, he will leave for work at about 6:30pm.  The girls are working today too, they get double pay on Bank Holiday though so they don't mind. 

This weeks Challenge is a very simple Challenge, after testing you all to your limits last week !!  
I would like you to make a card or maybe 2 cards WITHOUT using any Dies, we are going old School, you can use, Stamps, Embossing Folders, even your old Kanban card kits, just no dies!  
My card was made by inking through a circle mask with Soft Sky Ink, I then stamped the pretty leafy Flourish from 'Hopeful Thoughts ' stamp set across the top part of the circle and then I added the sentiment from the same stamp set. 
I cut a slightly larger mat of white card and coloured it with the same ink, which is a great tip if you don't have matching card stock.
I hope you like it and I look forward to seeing you your cards, I wonder who will be first this week??
Hopeful Thoughts Stamp Set 
£18

I have added the details of the stamp set in case any of you are interested, if so, just let me know.

Have a fantastic day my lovelies,

Love and hugs

Sandra 
XXX

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Your Challenge cards

Good Sunday Morning Ladies,

Lots of lovely Challenge cards to share ​with you today......
My Cards

Two Christmas themed cards made without any  'actual' Christmas tools (other than sentiment).  The first card uses the very versatile 'Swirly' die from Stampin Up! The second using Buttons, now if you look on Pinterest there are simply hundreds of cards made using Buttons, for some reason I never think to use them ! 

Michele







Michele managed six Christmas cards in one sitting!  The first is using the Xcut Pennant Die, flipped them over to create trees, the embossed background looks like it could be snow! The second card uses Hexagons and Christmas colour paper (not actually Christmas) but with the sentiment makes a totally convincing Christmas card.  The third card is using the 'Swirly' Thinlits from SU to create a Christmas tree, seriously the options with this die are endless.
Card 4 uses the XCut Pennant Die the right way up, to create a fab festive banner!
Card 5, Love this one, using 3 different embossed card pieces to create a Christmas tree complete with silver tinsel, genius Michele!
Card 6 uses the same embossed theme as the previous card but this time backed with metallic green and arranged in a geometric pattern!
Thank you Michele, you have made a great start to your Christmas cards,they are all amazing XXX

Lilian

Lilian's card is just STUNNING, I was absolutely blown away when I opened this card (email)! Lilian has used 'Iris Folding' Technique to create this card, it took her a long time to create but it is so worth the effort. Thank you so much Lilian XXX

Val


Val came up with two fantastic cards, the first using triangles for Christmas trees, (clever idea), I love how you have used an edger die to create the snowy hill too, this is a fantastic card Val.  Your second card is gorgeous, just by adding a Sentiment and a little silver holly sprig you have a fabulous Christmas card for someone special!
Thank you so much Val XXX

Margaret

Margaret's card was inspired by a gift bag that Alan had been given, Margaret saw the star and it inspires her to make this fantastic card, which just shows that our 'Craft brain' is always switched on and looking for inspiration.  
Thank you so much Margaret and Congratulations, you were first card in this week I was surprised to see your card on Monday afternoon XXX

Karen 


Karen has created two fabulous trees by a paper folding technique, you start off with circle I believe. I love that double sided paper Karen it works perfectly for the trees.
I remember making these with doillies!  Thank you so much for taking part XXX

Maria

Maria another Wow card, you have made a fantastic Christmas card with your Window Die, looking in on that amazing Christmas scene is a delight.  Thank you so Much XXX

Lynda

Lynda you made a card for each Challenge this week, I love how you have used the butterflies to create a wreath, so elegant, love the sentiment too! 
Thank you my lovely XXX
Brenda

Brenda has created a perfect Christmas card for a man, using Cogs and sprockets to decorate a Christmas tree, absolutely brilliant idea Brenda, thank you so much for taking part XXX

Challenge 2
Alternative Sketch

Tracy

Tracy, your card is just gorgeous, what a genius idea to cut the Spellbinders (Adorning)? Squares die in half to create two decorative corners.  Your central stamped image is so pretty too, the lovely flower finishes your card beautifully, thank you so much for taking part XXX

Janet

Oh Janet I do love these images, they make such a cute card, you have embellished her perfectly with that beautiful ribbon and those buttons.
Thank you so much for taking part Janet XXX

Lynda

Lynda's second card used a Sue Wilson Striplet die as the main focus of the card, with the sentiment in the die cut square topper, embellished with wire spirals, that remind me of those Christmas decorations my parents had that you had stretched across the room, initially crepe paper twists and later foil.  Thank you Lynda, I wasn't expecting you to take part with the horrendous week you have had.  XXX


My word ladies, just look at that amazing display of cards, I felt terrible at the beginning of the week as I thought I had 'challenged,' you a little too much, but as always you always rise to any Challenge I set, I could not wish for better friends, 
I am so, so grateful to all of you !! 

Have a lovely Sunday,
Love and Hugs,

Sandra 
XXX 













Saturday, 27 May 2017

Mixed up Saturday


Good Morning Ladies,

πŸŽˆπŸŽπŸŽ‰ Happy Birthday Maria πŸŽ‚πŸΎπŸŽ‰

First up today I would like to wish our love Maria a 
Very Happy Birthday, I hope you have a fantastic
Day with your family, sending you 
Huge Birthday Hugs and lots of Love
XXX

I have some absolutely stunning projects to share with you all
today as well as a couple of your cute pets.

So without further a do a will get in and let you see them for yourselves.......

Janet

This absolutely stunning Pencil Portrait was drawn by Janet's husband Jim, the sketch is of the beautiful Leanne. 
Jim drew this just after they lost their Sweet Leanne, Leanne was only 4 years at the time, so so heartbreaking.  
Janet this sketch must be so precious to you and Jim.
Thank you so very much for sharing Something so very special.
XXX


Cheryl


Cheryl has started her beautiful Memory Book for the beautiful
Milly-May, this is the 1st page, I love that you have left the photo
page delicately decorated so that the photo of Milly-May
Is the main focus on the page.


This 2nd page has a beautiful family photo with
Nannie (Cheryl), Daddy & Mummy, such a lovely photo.
The opposite page has a pocket for keepsakes and photos 
of the things that are dear to Milly-May,
(such a fantastic idea Cheryl)
Milly-May will look back on these amazing memories 
for many years to come, such a thoughtful gift, I look forward
to seeing the rest of the pages as you complete them.
Thank you for sharing Cheryl
XXX

Margaret


Margaret has shared a photo of their gorgeous dog Star,
She is such a cutie, her coat looks so shiny , 
How old is she Margaret? She still looks like she's 
A puppy at heart! 
Thank you so much for sharing 
XXX



  Brenda


Brenda has shared a photo of the now famous 'Speedy', I wonder 
who named him?!  Brenda did try to capture a photo of him 
eating a strawberry but he ate it too fast!
He looks huge Brenda and not a day over 21 ! 
Thank you so much for sharing 
XXX

I'm going to leave it there for this week Ladies, I hope you are all 
enjoying the sunshine, while it lasts!

Thank you so much for taking part today Ladies, you are
The very reason that this blog is so Special

Love and hugs to all,

Sandra
XXX




Friday, 26 May 2017

Man card Medley

Karen's Father's Day card


Two fab cards that work perfectly for men

Good Friday Morning Ladies,

Well I am almost too afraid to say this but I was a little too hot yesterday, it was a glorious day, our neighbours were out sunbathing and the others were in their pool.
I was getting a little frustrated as I was here on my own and the Lamb seemed a little unsettled and kept "baaing" which wouldn't have worried me last week as it's not very loud and she doesn't do it that often, sadly though the lady at the end of our garden called Paul over to say that she had had a Representative from Defence Housing at her door on Monday morning asking if she knew anything about a lamb as they had had a 'noise complaint' last weekend.  Bless her she told them that she didn't know what they were talking about and the woman went on her way.  So now I'm a little paranoid about every noise she makes.  Why are people so grumpy?  The lady at the end of the garden said that she loved seeing and hearing the lamb, watching him hop and skip about is hilarious.  I guess there's always someone waiting to bring clouds to a sunny day !!  Matt is going to take this little lamb to stay with 'Pascal' the Black lamb locally, the lady there is happy to continue his two feeds a day, as she is feeding Pascal twice a day anyway. She is still too small to join the rest of the flock as she can still get under the gate.  Milo (cat) will miss watching her bound about the garden and he will also miss trying to get into the sack of 'Lamblac'
(Powdered milk), we have caught him a couple of times with just his bum and back legs sticking out of the top of the sack!! 

I thought it was about time we upgraded our old step that we use as a 'Soapbox' to 


The real thing, so here it is ready to use, who will be first I wonder?  Remember to do a risk assessment before you use it though ladies, maybe good on to the back of a chair while you mount and dismount !!! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Now onto today's fantastic cards........

Karen's card is just amazing, completely her own design, here is Karen's description.....
"

I have a few Serif kits (most of which were free) and created the cocktail glass with basic shapes in blue and made them quite transparent. The grass from a freebie was placed over the top and I "erased" the bits that were overhanging the edges. The flag, again, from basis shapes and the ice cube, golf balls, was in another Serif kit. It does need a bit more tweaking like, placing the grass better taking them forward or back etc. But I am quite pleased with the result and it's a bit different for a "golfie" !
You are a Serif Genius Karen, thank you so much for sharing your card.XXX

Michele's cards are both funny and fabulous, perfect for men of ladies to be honest but just as they are shouts 'Man' card to me.  The Scrabble Tiles were part of a kit a few years back from "HunkyDory ' on Create and Craft.  I think that these were the only part of the kit that I used (I bought the same kit), I bet atleast 1 of you ladies has too !! 
As ALWAYS with Wasn't "Michele" card, every element is perfect, the little black mats you have made for the letters look perfect, you have aligned them perfectly too,  I love the sentiments that you have written to match the age of the card, very well thought out.  Thank you so much Michele for sharing your cards with us XXX

It is always great to get a lift inspiration for those "pesky Man' cards, so thanks again. Ladies, if any of you have other cards that you would like to share as well as your Challenge cards, I am always happy to share them.

If any of you want to share your pet photos, I would love to see them today, so that I can share them tomorrow, if that's too soon I can leave it until next week.

It's going to be another warm day, so please have a slow day today, let's all follow Tracy's idea and relax in the garden with a lovely cool drink! 

Maria sweetheart, I hope you had a better night last night and are feeling slightly better as you don't want to spend your birthday feeling poorly!  sending you big 'bamse' hugs XXX😘

Love and hugs to you all,

Sandra 
XxxxxxX 




Thursday, 25 May 2017

Daisy Delight Thank you





Good Morning Ladies,

I hope that you are all well, another fun and productive day with Pat yesterday, we did lots of chatting and actually lots of crafting. (oh and a little bit of eating naughty cream cakes) OOPS!
Pat made some cards and some toppers and inserts for cards. I sat and made these flowers and played around with a new technique (to me) with an Embossing Folder, watch this space!!

I made today's card yesterday evening, I just went and had a play after dinner, this was the result.
I used 'Gorgeous Grunge' stamp set to create the background, in 'Night of Navy' & 'So Saffron' ink pads and then a light touch of 'Pear Pizazz' here and there.  I stamped out the Daisy in 'So Saffron'
and punched it out 3 times with the new 'Daisy Punch'  that matches the Daisy Delight' stamp set.
I layered it up and added a Dazzler into the centre and a few leaves. The 'Thank you' stamp was a Sale-a-bration stamp and is sadly no longer available. I mounted this onto 'So Saffron' & 'Night of Navy' card and then onto my white card base.  

I used the same method to make the daisies in the vase, except this time I added a little bit of wire to the last layer with a sticky dot, I popped them in the little vase with a little piece of Gypsophila, what do you think?

Paul is away on a course today so it will be a quiet day for me, hopefully catch up with some card making.

Have a lovely day, whatever your plans are.

Love and Hugs
Sandra
XXXX 






Wednesday, 24 May 2017

A Special Birthday Card


Good Morning Ladies,
I
I feel like I have to mention and send heartfelt condolences to all those affected by the unbelievable atrocity that happened in Manchester, how somebody could stoop so disgracefully low as to intend to kill and maim young children is beyond all comprehension.  It was only a few weeks ago that we dropped our 3 girls off at a similar concert, I cannot imagine what the families of those involved must be going through. They are very much in our thoughts. 

Today's card is a special, pretty birthday card, for a special someone!!! 
I used my 'Detailed Floral Thinlits' dies to create this unusual card fold, it's kind of a fancy 'Easel' card, I used a pretty peach card and 'Peekaboo Peach' ink to create this card, if anyone is interested recreating the shape I am happy to share the dimensions etc.  I was inspired by a card similar in design by a lady called Ann Melvin on Pinterest. I can see that this die set is going to be used a lot, it's very versatile and very pretty.  
Sue came over yesterday too, she used the same design to create a wedding card in purple and white which looked stunning too. We were actually very productive, both getting a whole card made, which is surprising as we spent an hour or two watching the tragic events in Manchester unfold. 

I'm looking forward to seeing Pat today, more crafting , YAY!!!

Brenda we have had a tortoise for years, my brother Michael's first job was in a Pet shop and somebody bought in a tortoise they could no longer care for, he had no idea of her age but ended up adopting her, she (Daisy) is still going strong 35 years later!  What is your tortoise called?  
How many of you have pets, I know Sue has Bearded Dragons, which are unusual pets, Val has her cute cats and darling doggy.  Maybe we should have some photos, we did it a couple of years ago, be nice to update . 

Lilian, love the idea of adding Star Anise, will give that one a try, thank you xx

Janet, how did your card go down at Knit and Natter ?? I'm sure they loved it, I hope that they were grateful that you stepped in at late notice! Xx

Well that's all for today my lovelies, I hope you all have a lovely day,

Love and hugs hugs to you all,

Sandra 
xxxxxxx



Tuesday, 23 May 2017

An alternative Challenge


Good Morning Ladies,

What a glorious day yesterday turned out to be, the sun was so warm, I went and sat at the allotment with Paul for a while in the afternoon and the sun beating down on the little sheltered area we have behind our Polytunnel made me feel like I was somewhere in the 'Med', well except for the pigeons coo'ing instead of Seagulls, Oh and Paul hollering everytime those pesky nettles made contact with the exposed areas of skin, usually the underside of your arm as you uproot them.  We were discussing the satisfaction of pulling a nettle and getting the great long root out with it!  We're simple folk and easily pleased!!! 
Everything is starting to spring into life after the few showers we had, the strawberry patch is looking it's best ever, Paul is going to cover them with netting tomorrow so that we might get a few rather than the birds eating them all!  Raspberry canes seem to be shooting up all over the place too, we have more outside of the fruitcage than we do inside.  We need to find a use for the large numbers of Blackcurrants and Gooseberries that we have too, it's something we aren't so keen on, I remember my mum making a gooseberry crumble when I was a child, it still makes me shudder today!!  Rhubarb, that's are other run away success, we have loads of it, Sue would you like Paul to pick you some today?? 

Anyway onto the crafty stuff, I felt guilty that so many of you found the Christmas Challenge too much of a Challenge yesterday, so for those of you that would prefer it I have chosen a Sketch for you to follow.  I will share both lots of Challenge cards in two categories on Sunday.  If any of you are feeling super adventurous why not try both?! 
As long as you are all happy, I am happy!!

Hoping to see my crafty chum today, seems like months since we last crafted together.

Pat I hope all goes well at the hospital today XXX

Sending love and hugs to all of you lovely ladies,

Sandra 
XXXXX