Monday, 18 December 2017

Monday Challenge

Good Morning Ladies,

I am guessing it's going to be a super busy week for most of you, so with that in mind I thought I would make this week's challenge super simple, that way even if you can't manage the time to make a card you will have one photographed that will work.

The challenge this week is to make a card with an Embossing Folder as the main focus of the card, it can be for any occasion, any size, shape or style, the only thing it MUST feature is an Embossing Folder. 

I chose the 'Winter Wishes' Embossing Folder from Stampin'Up!, I used it to emboss a pics of 'Very Vanilla' card which I then mounted onto gold Mirror card and then again onto 'Very Vanilla'. I added some Good foil edged ribbon, added a die cut, Gold Foil Snowflake to the centre and added a good faceted gem to the centre.
I stamped a mini tag die cut with the sentiment 'Let it Snow' in Versamark and added gold Embossing Powder an heat set, I added it under my knot with a foam pad underneath.
I mounted this onto a 'Very Vanilla' card base and stamped a sentiment inside.

We made a start on the Christmas shopping on Saturday, hopefully it will all be delivered in time.  That reminds me of the Christmas episode of 'The Good Life' when Margo and Jerry's Christmas didn't arrive from 'Fortnum's' !!! Hehe 

Have a lovely week ahead ladies, 

Love and hugs to all of you,


Sunday, 17 December 2017

Your Challenge cards

My Challenge Card

The Sketch

Good Morning Ladies, 

I hope that you are all ok this Chilly Sunday morning, can't believe that this time next week but will be Christmas Eve !!

Now you have made some lovely cards for this week's Sketch so without further delay here we go........

Karen made a very sweet New Baby card for this week's Sketch Challenge. She used C&C 'Topsy Turvy' and 'Gingham' card (that Karen got free with her Scan&Cut, the dies Karen has used are Sue Wilson 'New Arrival' and 'Itty Bitty' bow dies and Spellbinder Curved Border for the top, such a gorgeous girly card Karen.  Karen's friend had a baby last weekend and she wanted to challenge herself, so didn't use the 'go to' shadow box die.                                                                                                              Your card is fantastic Karen, your challenge 100% paid off, I bet you were really pleased that you pushed yourself out of your comfort zone.                                                                                         Thank you so much Karen for taking part in this week's challenge.


Janet was super busy this week so this card is one from Janet's archives, I'm amazed how perfectly it fits the sketch.  Spellbinders bauble dies cut in different glitter card create the focal element of this fantastic Christmas card. You should be so proud to be able to look back on past cards with pride, I look back and cringe! Haha.                                                                  Thank you Janet for taking part in this week's challenge.


Val has made a super cute Birthday card for this week's challenge.  Val found a cute image of a Chihuahua, her friend Pippa has a Chihuahua called Tinker so Val just had to use it for Pippa's card.  It really works Val, everything you have used compliments that gorgeous image.
Thank you so much Val for taking part this week. 


Michele has had two cards for this week's Sketch Challenge, the first has a beautiful topped with a delicate floral image, Michele has finished the card with a pretty pink ribbon and some sparkles, a gorgeous card Michele, I love it !                                      Michele's second card features a fantastic stamped topper, layered onto a tag, with a fantastic background, I really like that background it's unusual, everything works perfectly together. Thank you so much for making two cards for this week's challenge. 


Lynda has made a stunning card for this week's challenge, this lovely card features so many different techniques, die cutting, embossing (both heat and dry embossing), stamping and colouring.      They all work perfectly together on this card too Lynda.

I have to say Lynda that you put your heart and soul in every card you make, I have never seen a 'quick and simple' lynda card.  My Christmas card has so many different elements, from a stunning Northern lights background that sparkles beautifully to die cut detail, there is so much to look at, you pour so much love and attention to detail into your cards Lynda.  Thank you so much it is a privilege to share your cards each week my lovely.

Here is Lynda's description....

"My cc description
6x6 card Embossed with Sheena Douglas a taste of India embossing folder I went over it with yellow mica powder 
I cut a piece of light yellow card & cut it with a fancy edge die & folded it over the top of my card then put double sided sheet over a perspect tag & used gold gilding flakes a.Stamped a rose script stamp (but wouldn't on the GF) so stamped onto craft card with clear embossing pad used mustard lustre heat set glued onto base card tied small bow added cream pearl. Stamped sentiment & little bird on tag cut it out with SW flag die.."
Thank you so much Lynda for taking part this week.

Ladies, thank you all so much for taking part, I know you are all so busy with Christmas preparations but still you make time to support my blog challenge, you are all such amazing friends, you probably get bored of me saying how grateful I am to you all, but I really am.

I will make next weeks challenge a simple one so that you don't have to think about it too much.

Have a lovely Sunday,

Love and hugs


Saturday, 16 December 2017

Mixed up Saturday

Mixed Up Saturday 


Good Morning Ladies,

On Thursday Michele sent me a photo of the latest Papercraft Essentials Magazine, because she knew I would love the free gift they have added this month, so on our way home from our 'appointment' yesterday afternoon I asked Paul to stop off and see if the supermarket was selling the latest edition, he came out with the magazine and the first smile on his face of the day, although as we haven't bought magazines for a while he was a little shocked at the price, "I thought they were about £3.99" was his response, I think he's right, that's what they were when I used to buy them, there weren't as many then either. 

Michele offered to do you all an extra magazine review, knowing how popular this Embossing Folder is, to give you all an early 'heads up' so you can go get one before they sell out. 

After making a few calls etc when we got home and helping Paul organise dinner I went into my craft room and opened the magazine, I couldn't wait to have a play so I thought I would create one of the cards featured in the magazine. 
I embossed a piece of 'Pear Pizzaz' card in the folder and then a piece of Vellum,I then added a strip of 'Powder Pink' card and stamped the sentiment on it in Versamark, I then added WOW Super Fine Silver Embossing Powder and best set it.
I took the embossed Vellum and some 'Pebbles' Chalks that I have had for 10+ years, I brushed over the embossed flowers and foliage with the chalks to highlight them, I love the subtle colour this method gives, why have I left it so long?! Lol !!
I then took a card base that was 61\4 inch square, I then cut a piece of card at 6x6 inch, I then folded the edges of the embossed Vellum over and secured on the back, I lined up the green embossed piece and trimmed it to the wavy line, lined it up with the vellum and stuck it down to the white card piece.  
Finally I took the stamped Pink Wavy border and die cut it with the matching dies that I bought for another of these 'All Occasion' Embossing Folders from Craft Stash a few months ago, although I think it would be quite simple to cut by hand too.
I put some foam pads on the back and lined it up to cover the gap between the green card and vellum.  Three pink pearls were added to embellish the card and that was it done, what do you think??!
I quite like it, it's so nice to see Spring  themed cards for a change.

Michele's BONUS Magazine Review

"Papercraft Essentials issue 154 comes with a fantastic free gift this month-a brand new All Occasions Embossing folder plus stamps for various occasions. There’s two features using the free gift plus lots of other great card inspiration. Christina Griffiths has made a great YouTube video featuring this free gift. I think this we’ll be a sellout issue just because of the free gift."

Thank you so much Michele for writing this Bonus magazine review, I think you are right about this magazine being a sell out, these Embossing Folders are so versatile.


Val has done a bit of craft shopping, she had ordered a Sue Wilson Julia die and some of John Lockwood's new goodies, it made sense while Wendy was in UK so could pop them in her suitcase and save the expensive postage to Spain.  I bet Wendy's suitcase was bulging on her return journey, lol !!
I am so looking forward to seeing what you create with your new goodies, I love that Julia die, it's so pretty.
Thank you for sharing your shopping Val 


Karen picked up these lovely, Tattered Lace dies while they were on Sale on Create and Craft, they are great dies for girls cards, so detailed too. Karen also got some bargain priced treat cups (for adding sweets etc to cards), I just know that you will come up with some genius way of using them in one of your genius designed cards.
Thank you Karen for sharing your shopping with all of us.

That's all for today ladies,

I hope you all have a lovely weekend,

Love and hugs,


Friday, 15 December 2017

Festive Friday....

Good Morning Ladies,

I thought I'd try something different for today's card, I haven't made a round card for a while so decided that would be a great way to use this new die that a bought a while ago.  It's 'Precious Marieke' 'Spirit of Christmas Snowflake Cirlcle' .  I die cut the card base using a the outer die on a folded piece of Centura Pearl card, slightly hanging the die over when cutting to leave a section of card uncut to use a hinge, I then die cut another complete circle and my Green Holly patterned paper, adhered them all together and started to decorate, I cut two pieces of the decorative die part also in Centura Pearl, layering them up for depth.  I added these to my card front, I used the left over bits of Centura pearl card to die cut some Spellbinders poinsettias and a couple of Pats smaller ones too, I added a little bit of Pebeo Gold Gilding wax to the edges to give them so detail, I layered them up and popped them onto my card, arranging them around one side, I added some foliage that I did cut with using some gold shimmer card, which I thought worked well with the gold tint on the flowers, I coloured some pearls with a gold metallic pen to add the finishing touches to my card, I stamped the sentiment in Versamark and embossed with Gold Embossing Powder, then die cut with a flag die adding Gilding wax to the edges. I quite like the finished card, I hope you do too! XX

Bit of a stressful day ahead of us today, please keep your fingers crossed for us, I don't really fancy moving before Christmas, well it would be virtually impossible in all fairness. I will be glad when it's over to be honest as I haven't been able to relax worrying about it. 

It was so lovely to see Pat and Sue yesterday, we chatted too much to fit any crafting in as they both had to leave earlier than usual, it was so lovely to sit and chat and put the world to rights!  

Have you all finished your Christmas shopping? We need to get a start this weekend, although it will be somewhat of a 'smaller ' Christmas this year, probably get most ordered on line, saves having to brave the busy shops, as we only have weekends now! 

Anyway, I must go, I will let you all know later how we get on. (Probably by email)! 

Love and hugs to all of you,


Thursday, 14 December 2017

More Christmas cards made!!!

Good Morning Ladies,

I had a lovely, productive afternoon in my craft room, I am trying to get through my list of recipients before the weekend, so that I can get them all posted Saturday.

These cards I made using the free papers I got with a Papercraft Inspirations magazine, they are Trimcraft papers and in have to say they are an exceptional quality, I would definitely buy them.
I chose this particular paper as I thought it had a snowy background and would work perfectly with the 'Precious Marieke Winterfun Border', with its swirling snowflake design.
I took a white card base and added a mat of silver mirror card, then added the lovely decorative paper. I die cut two of the borders, placed them back to back across the middle of the card, I then added a piece of Foil edged ribbon across the centre and topped with a strip silver of sequin trim.  I finished this with a bow topped with a silver Snowflake.  A simple 'Merry Christmas' is all the finishing the card needed.

I am hoping to have some more crafty fun today, hopefully with at least one of my craft friends, fingers crossed!.

I hope you all have a fantastic day, however you are spending it.

Sending love and hugs to all of you,


Wednesday, 13 December 2017

The first cards have started to arrive.....

My Christmas card from

Good Morning Ladies,

I hope that you are all well, I think we have finally started to thaw out down our Crescent, yesterday we still had the same 3 or 4 inches of snow but it had frozen solid, because we got down to about -8 here on Monday night, it sounded very 'crunchy' out there yesterday, it was nice to have the girls home too, although there is no longer any excitement when the snow has fallen, I fondly remember the radiators full of tiny gloves dripping wet from building snowmen, the endless changes of socks and trousers.  I love hearing the excitement it brings though, any large area of parkland suddenly fills with families laughing and squealing with excitement.  

I received Janet's card in the post yesterday, it's so lovely to receive 'Happy Mail' isn't it, we got quite a bundle today as the postie would have struggled around here. It is such a stunning easel card, made using the gorgeous 'Velvet' look red card from Pink Frog, it makes a stunning backdrop to the Die'sire Create-a-card Scenic Village die cut that Janet has used. What a gorgeous image! The sentiment makes the stopper for the 'Easel' part of the card, Janet has also added a lovely verse.
Thank you my lovely friend for such a beautiful Christmas card. XXX

Sadly no Crafting with Pat today as she is at her 'usual haunt', I will be thinking of you today my lovely, hopefully it will be a straight forward in and out appointment.

I spent the whole afternoon making inserts and envelopes for all of my Christmas cards, a lesson learned, do it when you make the card, what a time consuming job, Mt cards turned out to be All Shapes and sizes, thank heavens for the Envelope punch board!! 

I hope you all stay warm and dry today,

Love and HUGE hugs,


Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Michele's Pop-Up Christmas cards

Good Morning Ladies

I am s excited to be able to share Michele's amazing Pop-up Christmas cards with you today. Michele made them from a Free kit that came with a magazine, which I find incredible, you really do have a gift for making magazine freebies look amazing Michele. I bet these were the first thing to sell out on your sale table .
Thank you for sharing your fantastic designs Michele.

Paul enjoyed his first day in his new job, he said it was really busy with lots of different things going on.  He had a long walk in and back home again though as we still have a lot of snow, that has turned into sheer ice, so using the car or his bike was out of the question.
I was supposed to have an MRI scan yesterday afternoon but the hospital cancelled due to lack of staff. 
Sophie and Lucy's school was closed yesterday as well and it is again today, I think today it's down to a the temperature dropping so very  low overnight, leaving the site in a treacherous condition, they also explained that the main bus operators weren't able to provide a service either.  So they will be revising I expect.

I am going to have to make an appointment with the Doctor as still feel so unwell, exhausted after the smallest task, generally ill, I can't remember the last time I felt this Unwell, I'm getting fed up of it now to be honest.

I hope that you are all safe and warm,

Love and hugs


Monday, 11 December 2017

Monday Sketch Challenge

My Challenge Card


The Sketch

Good Morning Ladies,

Great news to start this cold wet day...... Stampin'Up! Are having another Free Shipping Event until 11pm tonight !!! 
There is also an End of Year Sale, so you can bag a bargain and get it delivered FREE!  The link to my website is above (under the Free Shipping banner. 
I would very much appreciate any order xxx

Well we had a totally Snowy day yesterday, we ended up with Becca being stranded here, her car is still here, luckily Matt had a big 4 Wheel Drive Truck, so he took her to work and then went on to rescue a few others on the way home, I was surprised at how many people were just out for a jolly, the roads here were totally untreated so conditions were treacherous.

I decided to go for a Sketch this week, I think that they are an easy option, which we all need at the moment, with all the preparations for Christmas still to do.
I went for a Christmas card as I still have a few to make, this sketch will work for just about any occasion though so don't feel tied to a Christmas card if you have finished yours.

I used Garden Card to make my base card, adding a mat of 'Be Merry' Designer series paper, I then cut two different sizes of the 'Lots of Labels' dies, one in Whisper White and the larger in Garden Green.  I stamped the sentiment 'Peace, Joy & Love' from the 'Peace this Christmas' stamp set onto the white label, using Cherry Cobbler ink, I added some Garden Green splatters using a 'Gorgeous Grunge' stamp.  I mounted this onto the green label and adhered to my card base.  
I then took a piece of Cherry Cobbler card and cut it with the Wavy border die from The Colourful Seasons' dies, I added some Garden Green ribbon to the red border piece and adhered to the top of my card, I then tried a Bow using the same ribbon and added it to the ribbon.  To add finishing touches I used some Garden Green card die cut with a Fern die and Cherry Cobbler card die cut into tiny Poinsettia and used them to embellish my labels. 
I didn't have any matching gems to add to my card (to follow the design) so I used a die that cut small dots as it's waste to cut some Cherry Card, which I then pressed into Versamark ink and then Clear Embossing Powder to give me some shiny matching red dots, you could make sparkly dots by either using a little glitter at the heat Embossing stage or swish over with some 'Wink of Stella' (That's my Top Tip) for this card. 
I hope the card inspires you a little.
Peace This Christmas
Stamp Set

Now please stay safe in this terrible weather, I am guessing the roads and paths will be icy this morning, as Matt said it was still snowing and a zero at half past six last night.  
The girls school is closed, it's in Burford and teachers come from quite far away, so they were happy this morning, luckily they have plenty of A level work that they can be catching up on, so they won't get bored! 
Paul starts his job today of all days, but it's close enough that he can walk thankfully.  He wasn't planning on starting until after Christmas but they seem keen to get him started. 

Take care my lovelies,

Love and warm hugs,


Sunday, 10 December 2017

Your Challenge Cards

My Challenge card

Michele's Challenge card

Good Sunday Morning Ladies,

Well it's two weeks to Christmas eve today, can you believe that?! I know I can't!! We have done absolutely nothing this year, which is unheard of for us, we are usually so much more organised by this time.  But with the housing situation and Paul's job etc, Christmas kind of slipped down the list of priorities, I think that once we get this coming Friday's appointment out of the way, depending on the outcome, we can maybe think a bit clearer. (fingers, toes crossed).

Let's get on with the best part of today...... Your cards...........


Janet has designed and created 3 stunning birthday cards for this weeks challenge, using categories :Black/Gold/ Free (die cuts) on the first two and then categories : Black/gold/white on the third card, which Janet made using 4 pieces of pearlised card embossed with the Crafters Companion 3d Embossing folder, just look at the depth and detail they give, just incredible!
Absolutely stunning design Janet, thank you so much for taking part.

Karen, I have to say I absolutely love this design, I'm not sure if its because it's such an unusual design for you or the fact that it is simply a stunning Christmas card, either way it blew me away.
Karen used the categories: Gold/Vellum/Heat embossing to create this amazing design. 
I think that the over all magic for me is that you are accomplished STAMPER! I hope you feel that same buzz that I did when I finally 'got it' !!
Karen's description......
"I’ve used heat embossing (get me! Stamping!)+FREE+gold
I’ve used CE Christmas rose on cream card and vellum with matching Die and golden sunset Nuvo glitter drops
CE bright gold embossing powder and gold sand glitterbitz
Britannia Merry Christmas dies - embossed"
Thank you Karen.


Lilian, another 'wow' card from you this week, such an amazing design, having the snowflake hanging in the aperture is just a genius idea, its such a pretty snowflake too, the 'Softly Falling' embossing folder gives enough detail to the front of you card, framing the aperture makes it look so much more professional too.
Lilian used categories: Circle/Vellum/Heat embossing to create this amazing design.
Thank you so much Lilian for taking part.


Michele has made a gorgeous Birthday card for this weeks challenge (as well as the original card she made to launch the challenge last Monday)
Using categories :Stripes/Circles/Gold 
Michele has used some gorgeous card to create this card, it looks really expensive, I really love that Gold die cut sentiment Michele, who makes that die please?
Thanks so much for hosting this weeks challenge and designing two cards for it Michele, I am as always, very grateful.

Pat used the 'Star of Light' stamp set to create this fab Christmas card, it uses categories: Gold/Black/Heat embossing.
A lovely Christmas card Pat, thank you so much for taking part in this weeks challenge.


Danielle designed this card earlier this week in different colours, although she didn't originally design it with the challenge in mind I suggested that she made a gold version, this is it, its absolutely stunning.  It used categories : Circle/Gold/Heat embossing.
Dannii, used the Petite Petals stamp to stamp the flowers and their matching punch, the Colourful Seasons Stamp set and matching dies, and layering circles for the aperture.
A gorgeous card Danielle, thank you so much for taking part in our challenge again this week.


Margaret used categories : Gold/Twine/Free (Punch), to create this gorgeous Christmas card for her family over in Canada, I absolutely love that Gold,embossed card that you have used Margaret is stunning.  
Thank you for making time in your busy schedule to make a challenge card, you can tick another one off of your list now!  

Brenda has made a stunning birthday card for this weeks challenge using categories: Black/Gold/Twine.
Brenda has embossed a piece of black card with a Creative Expressions Embossing folder, then used gold mirror card to die cut some of Tim Holtz Wild Flower dies by Sizzix, the sentiment is a Sue Wilson die too, I think that this would be a fantastic man card Brenda, I love the design, the gold frame finishes the card perfectly.
Thank you for taking part my lovely.


Maria has created a lovely stamped Christmas card for this weeks challenge, using the Categories:
Black/Gold/Heat embossing.
I love your stamped design Maria, particularly the robin which is hanging baubles, such a cute image,
Thank you so much for taking part in this weeks challenge Maria.

I would like to thank Michele once again, for stepping in while I was unwell to choose the challenge and make a card to inspire you all.  
Thank you to all of you too for taking part in this weeks challenge, another amazing display of cards.

Have a lovely relaxing Sunday ladies,

Love and hugs to all of you,


Saturday, 9 December 2017

Mixed Up Saturday & Michele Mag Review

Janet's Verso Gift Boxes

Janet has made two more of her amazing Tonic Verso Boxes, these ones are beautifully decorated for Christmas, what a stunning way to gift wrap a gift, the box is a gift in itself.  You have decorated them beautifully Janet, with beautiful ribbon and stunning bows.
Thank you so much for inspiring us Janet.

 Angela's Wreaths

Angela created these stunning wreaths for her WI competition, I love them both, Angela says that the best thing about these Wreaths is that they are 'Rot Proof'', so they can hang outside all Winter in all weather conditions.
I think you need to do us a tutorial Angela.  Thank you so much for sharing with us.

Michele's Mag Review
Cardmaking & Papercraft with a lovely Alphabet stamp set. There’s some really nice cards inside made using the free gift.

Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine has bonus papers, an additional magazine and a lovely free gift-a dragonfly stamp & die set. There’s loads of inspiration inside using the free gift including a great Male card.

Papercraft Inspiration magazine has a really pretty stamp set free this month which could be used for so many occasions. There’s a great feature using Alphabet dies or you could substitute stamps .

Making Cards magazine has a pretty calendar & some ribbon free with it this month. The calendar has card ideas for each month plus digital downloads so you can make each card design.

Quick Cards Made Easy has a fantastic Stamps & die set with the magazine this month. This could be used for so many occasions, all year round.

That’s all for now until the New Year-Happy Crafting.



Lynda did a bit of Craft shopping this week, first of all the fantastically versatile Envelope Punch Board, you will be creating envelopes, boxes, bags and crackers in no time!
Lynda's second item is a Sue Wilson die, The Looped Snowflake, I bet you have already made cards with this die Lynda, I can't wait to see them,
Thank you so much for sharing your shopping my lovely,

Thank you to everyone that took part in today's blog post. 
I hope you all have a lovely weekend,

Love and hugs


Friday, 8 December 2017

Pat's Festive Friday

Good Friday Morning Ladies,

Pat has sent some of her lovely Christmas cards to me so that I could share them with all of you.

The first card Pat has made uses a 'Just Inklined' Stamp, such a beautiful winter scene, the street lamps lit give the card that real 'Snowy Evening' feel.  A lovely Christmas card Pat.

The next two cards Pat has made using the Stampin'Up! 'Star of Wonder' stamp set, along with the matching Die set.  The red card Pat has made by stamping the background with some stars that she has embellished with matching red gems, then Pat stamped two of the star flourish stamps that she topped with a die cut star, the first layer in gold, topped with a Red decorative layer to match the background, then finished with a detailed gold glitter layer.  Finished with the lovely Sentiment 'May your Season Merry and Your New Year be Bright'.

Pat's third card is Black and Gold and would work perfectly for this week's tictactoe Challenge, using Categories : Black/Gold/Heat Embossing.
Made similarly to the previous card but with a different stamped background.

Three fantastic Christmas cards Pat, thank you so much for sharing XXX.

We had a lovely day at Watford yesterday, I was a little worried when I first set off as I still had a high temperature, but I quickly took some paracetamol and ibuprofen and started to feel brighter, it was lovely to catch up everyone and so worth leaving my sick bed for! Lol, we had a nice lunch with plenty of chatter! 
As with all of our meet ups though it was over way too fast.
The journey home was very frustrating though, taking us an extra hour. 

A quiet day planned for me, I hope you all have a lovely day,

Love and hugs to all,