Friday, 20 October 2017

Fantastic Festive Friday treat from Janet

Good Morning Ladies,

We have a stunning Christmas card designed by our lovely Janet today.
She has made a Gatefold card and die cut the Creative Expressions  'Wise Men' Striplet die into the front of one half of the card, adding a backing of Mirror card, which looks green on my screen, it works fantastically whatever colour it is.
The other side of the card has the 'Creative Expressions' 'Peace' die, die cut in the same Mirror card as the backing for the Striplet die. Cutting it in mirror card works perfectly Janet, showing off every bit of detail.
The Clean and Simple design really makes the card loom 'high end' Janet, pop it in a cello bag and you could sell it for a fair profit!! Honestly though it looks like a really nice department store card.
Thank you so much for both inspiring me to use that die (as I think I have only used it obce) and for allowing me to share your card to inspire our friends too xxx

Paul and I are going out for afternoon tea later today, my sister bought us an 'Sparkling afternoon tea' at Patisserie Valerie, because she was sad to hear about our disastrous afternoon tea at the Hilton.
I was so surprised when I opened it, such a sweet gesture.  I only hope I can get the Dark Blue ink off of my fingers before we leave.  We have a Patisserie Valerie in Oxford so we are going to try there, frustratingly you can't book, which seems odd.  I'm sure it can't be any worse than the Hilton.

We went over to Becca &Josh's yesterday as she wanted Dad to help with a few jobs and Mum to help sort the washing, we managed to get it down to two piles, I couldn't get through to her the ideas behind a 'Hot ' wash, she insisted on doing everything at 40° but she will learn I guess, I know the design detergents to clean at lower temperature these days but I personally don't trust it.  I am transported back to the days of Mum getting the twin tub up to an absolute scalding heat to do sheets, table linen, shirts and other whites, she always used Daz which I remember being great for whites but not do great for colours, blacks always ended up grey looking.  Another thing I remember her doing was washing her net curtains with a little 'Blue Bag', it used to do the trick whatever was in it, I wonder if they are still around?!

I hope you all have a lovely Friday ladies,

Love and hugs to All
Sandra xxx

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Blue Christmas

Good Morning Ladies,

I decided to change up the traditional Christmas colours for something a little bit more modern, so I chose blue and silver.
I used the 'Carols Of Christmas' Stampin'Up! Stamp set, I stamped the 'Deck The Halls' in 'Dapper Denim' ink, I stamped the two sets of baubles with the same ink, I also stamped the baubles in perfect medium and embossed with Silver Embossing Powder and 'Marina Mist' ink.  I then die cut these and added foam pads to the back and popped them on the card over the original stamped ones.
I coloured some white ribbon with Dapper Denim ink to match the card, added it to the top and then added a triple bow, which I decorated with a Glitter glazed gem.
I matted the card onto some silver card and then onto Dapper Denim card, I added this to a white card base.  
Well Becca's first full day in her own home was a little 'troublesome' bless her,  she got herself quite confused over the doing the washing, she had managed a 'Dark Wash' ok, putting jeans, Josh's work clothes etc in, her confusion came with what to put in a 'White/hot' wash and a 'mixed' colours wash, it was quite funny to listen to her getting her knickers in a twist, Sue and I were both listening to her as she was getting exasperated because Josh had a black t shirt with white arms! "Is that dark or light' she asked, so I told her that I put things like that in with my towels that have a fairly neutral colour along with Paul's work shirts and grey things like jogging bottoms.  I went on to explain that I put bedsheets and towels, tea towels  and underwear and whites on a hot wash, but she said my knickers and bra are pink Mum not white!! Where do they go?! In the end I told her to leave it and we would go over and go through it with her. She worked a day shift and then went back home to cook dinner and then got ready to go to her evening job, she finished at midnight, exhausted got home but Josh (who had the only key) had fallen asleep and she couldn't wake him, so at 12.20am we got a call from a very frustrated Becca, who ended up coming here to sleep, although she wasn't very happy about it!  They now have a key each so fingers crossed that situation shouldn't arise again. I bet poor Josh won't forget it in a hurry ! Lol 

Val I was so sorry to read your sad news yesterday, aside from that you have had a stressful few days so you are probably exhausted which is making you feel a little down, we will all send you a huge group hug, in hope it brightens your day sweetheart xxxx

Maria I hope you got to see your GP today, sending hugs your way too xxxx

Lilian I hope you are ok too XXX

Love and hugs to all of you,


Wednesday, 18 October 2017

I just love Pine Cones!!

Good Morning Ladies,

I think I am just addicted to pine cones this year, I love this 'Creative Expressions' 'Pinecone and Greenery' die set, designed by Sue Wilson.  I used the Crafter's Companion 3D Embossing Folder 'Holly & Ivy Frame' to create the detail background part of the card, which was the perfect background for the spray of Greenery which I adorned with the Gold Pinecones and topped with a 'Cherry Cobbler' ribbon bow. I used Stampin'Up! 'Teeny Tiny Sentiments' stamp set for the 'Merry Christmas' which I then punched out with the matching punch, I die cut the end of a Sue Wilson 'Holly Sprig' die to decorate the sentiment. To finish I added some Cosmic Shimmer Gilding wax around the rope part of the frame and dotted a little 'Cherry Cobbler' ink around some of the berries. 
I hope you like my card X

I had a lovely day crafting with Sue yesterday, we didn't get much made but we experimented with different things.
I am thinking of challenging you all to making a 'Stamped' card, I know some of you aren't stampers but up until the end of last year neither was I and I can't tell you how liberated I felt after I overcame my fear of stamping and just enjoyed it, because that was all that was holding me back, a fear of failing and I will admit I have had my fair share of 'ball's ups' but at the end of the day I wasted a few pieces of card.  I will add that the 'faux misti' gave me confidence and I have since purchased the Tim Holtz stamping tool, which is fantastic, but I mostly stamp freehand, having good quality stamps and decent card make a huge difference too.  Stamping has opened up another huge part of the craft world for me and I only wish I had the courage to start it sooner.
So how do you feel about being challenged???

Val, I'm so glad you are home and relaxed, I can't wait to see some photos of your Christmas cards that you have made for the shop so please take some photos xxx

Margaret, I hope Pops is home and comfortable, there is nothing like your own bed and home comforts to help you recuperate, being in charge of your own medication helps too, I know the nurses are up against it but having to wait an hour past your usual medication time can make you feel a whole lot worse, sending hugs for a super speedy recovery XXX

Paul did go to med centre yesterday but there were no appointments with our usual GP so I will try again today.

I hope you all have a lovely day,

Love and hugs,


Tuesday, 17 October 2017

A different take of the challenge card

Good Morning Ladies,

Today's card is a different version of yesterday's challenge card, Christmas yesterday, 'Thank You' card today.
I used the Stampin Up ! Colour Theory papers for this card, with the 'Flourish Thinlets ' for the flowers and that awesome flourish. I used a Stampin Up! Doily behind the flag, cut in half and then offset. A 'Berry Burst' seam binding ribbon bow adorns the top of the flag die cut , finished with a tiny flower from the 'Flourish Thinlets' die set.
The label was punched using the Stampin Up! label punch, stamped using 'Label Me Pretty' stamp set.
I hope it gives you a little inspiration for your challenge card.

We took Becca to do her first food shop yesterday, it was quite an experience for all of us, I remember the excitement of doing our first food shop, I didn't have my Mum helping me though. She would just pick up the first pack of things like Mayo , Ketchup, salad cream etc, until Paul explained the 'price per kilo' figure, she soon wised up , learning that she ucould get almost 50% more for just 20p in some cases.  She sensibly wasn't prepared to skimp on things like washing powder and softener as she has very sensitive skin.  We got most of her shop in Aldi but finished off in Morrison's for Baked beans, Ketchup, mayo. I think all in all she spent £130 but that included a couple of extras in Aldi and essentials like tin foil, cling film and freezer bags.  She panicked a bit as she thought she would be spending that each week! We set her straight though and she went home relieved, she tried to persuade us to go help her put it all away but we explained it was best if she did it herself. It was a fun experience that had us both filled with pride.

I hope you all have a lovely day,

Love and hugs,

Sandra xxx

Monday, 16 October 2017

Monday Sketch Challenge

My Challenge Card

The sketch

Good Morning Ladies, 

I decided on a good old fashioned 'Sketch' for this week's challenge, they are great because they take the struggle out of designing your card, particularly on days (like yesterday for me) where you are so tired your 'Mojo' doesn't want come out to play. I think it's a sketch that works perfectly for either Christmas, Birthday or any other occasion cards. 

I chose to make a Christmas card this time, using Stampin'Up!
'Berry Merry ' Designer Series Paper and 'Merry Patterns' stamp set, because who doesn't love a deer in a Christmas jumper!  The die cut Snowflakes were from 'Seasonal Layers' Thinlits set.

Merry Patterns Stamp Set

Becca & Josh were mostly moved in yesterday, it is so lovely to see her pottering around in her own kitchen, she's not the most confident cook but she's eager to learn, Josh enjoys cooking and is loves experimenting with new flavours. I look forward to having our first meal with them in their home, although I have to say it's quite hard to stand back and let her learn by her mistakes.  Josh had his  Grandparents visiting yesterday afternoon and I could see how nervous she was about making them tea etc, she has never liked tea or coffee so has no real idea of what it's supposed to look and taste like, so we had tea/coffee making tutorial, very quietly, nobody was any the wiser and their guests had a perfect cup of tea and slice of fruit cake.
I think that she is wanting to do her first food shop today, she asked us to take her, I'm quite looking forward to it, it will have to be late in the day though as my body needs to recover from the weekend.

Margaret, I do hope that 'Pops' is finding it easier to move around, once you get past the pain of the surgery the relief of no longer having the chronic pain from the joint is amazing, I'm sure he'll be running rings round you in no time, it must be a huge relief for you to see him on the mend, sending hugs to you both. XXX

I do hope that those of you that are experiencing problems leaving comments have an easier time this week, it's so frustrating when you leave a long comment and it then disappears!  

Tracy it was lovely to see you pop in yesterday, I hope you are feeling better and less stressed my lovely.  XXX

Have a lovely Monday my lovelies,

Love and hugs to all,


Sunday, 15 October 2017

Your Challenge Cards

The sketch

Good Morning Ladies,

I hope that you are all well and are having a lovely weekend.  We went to Becca & Josh's engagement party last night and had a lovely evening, she is a real social butterfly, it was so lovely seeing her so happy!

Now onto today's Cards,


Janet has dug deep and found her Heartfelt Creations die to create this stunning card, edging the die cut with pearls really highlights it, that background paper is gorgeous Janet. Thank you so much for creating such a gorgeous card for this week's challenge.


Karen has made a fantastic Christmas card for this week's challenge, using Spellbinders Label die for the focal element with a TL Reindeer, the corner detail die cuts are Spellbinders Lace Doily Accents. An absolutely fabulous Christmas card Karen, thank you so much.


Lilian has used an old Spellbinders Label die to create the focal element of her Christmas card, the Poinsettia is the Spellbinders original die too, I have that same die and I still use it today. A stunning Christmas card Lilian thank you so much.


An amazing 'Fishy' themed card for this week's challenge Michele, everything works perfectly, including the font the greeting is written in!
Thank you for making time to get a challenge card made.


Lynda made two cards for this week's challenge, using Sue Wilson's first dies, the Heraldic Square on the first card, such a gorgeous card in almost National Trust colours, that work so well on this card, such a lovely green (I love it)! 
The second card uses the Californian Collection, which I have too, but haven't used in ages! The die is the perfect background for your stamped Christmas tree.
Thank you so very much for taking the time to make two cards for this week's challenge.


Maria has used a Spellbinders Beaded Oval die to frame that amazingly cute stamped image, I just adore that cute little puppy Maria, everything you have used works perfectly together. Such a cute Father's Day card Maria, thank you so much for taking part.


Brenda used the largest of the Spellbinders Label Seven dies to frame her 'Beautiful You' stamped lady, coloured with Flirty Flamingo ink, Flirty Flamingo card was used as a mat for the label die and the embossed layer. 
A beautiful card Brenda, thank you so much for taking part.

Another fantastic line up of cards ladies, Janet will be displaying them all this morning for everyone to see.

We are helping Becca move in to her new home today, they are both so excited, they have quite a few people calling round to see their house too, so I best pick up some cakes to serve with a cup of tea. Although I think I only unpacked four mugs on Friday!  My sister came for Becca's party yesterday too and she is coming to see the house too. 

Have a lovely day Ladies,

Love & Hugs


Saturday, 14 October 2017

Michele's Magazine review

Good Morning Ladies,

Today's blog is another of Michele's Magazine reviews, this is a 'bumper ' review as we missed one while she was on holiday.

So we have a lovely selection of magazines to look at today, it must have been lovely coming home to find this lot on your door mat Michele.!! 2

Hi Ladies,

Bumper review this time.... 

Papercraft Essentials with a lovely embossing folder, dies + stamps. There's a great paper pack with this issue too. The embossing folder & Due can be used for non Christmas card which is great. There's some great ideas inside the magazine using the free gifts.

Diecutting Essentials -a lovely seasonal Die is this months free gift. There's two separate borders Dies with it which makes it quite versatile. There's some fabulous inspiration inside the magazine using the Christmas Die.

Simply Cards & Papercraft
Lovely border Dies free with this magazine. These can be used for many occasions not just Christmas/winter themed cards. There a great article inside by Christine Smith (Crafti Potential) that shows cards made for all 4 seasons using the free Dies.
There's a feature on Recessed panel cards which look great & don't seem too difficult to make. Might have to try making this style card.

Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine
This months free gift is a pack of foiled toppers & designer papers. I'm not a huge fan of these packs but a friend has challenged me to see how many different projects I can use these on so this will be interesting to see what we both create

Papercraft Inspirations magazine. Free stamps & an embossing folder that coordinates with the stamps inside there's a feature in using Washi Tape, I might try some of the ideas as I seen to have quite a collection of tape but rarely use it.

Making Cards magazine.
Cute set of stamp & papers that coordinate with them are this months free gift.
There's a lovely feature using cute cat & dog stamps inside this issue.

Quick Cards Made Easy magazine comes with a free Gift Box maker plus papers + toppers.
Inside the magazine there’s a 2 page feature on budget Christmas cards using twine. All the cards look lovely so I might have try some of these ideas.

That's the round up of this months magazines, hope you've enjoyed them.
Love Michele.

Thanks Michele there are a couple of great magazines there, Simply Cards and Papercraft has a great gift, I used a die just like those on my Christmas cards last year, they are fantastic dies.
Your review was brilliant, thank you for putting so much work into writing it. XXX

Another busy day today, we have a lot of jobs to do, my baby sister is coming to stay over as it is Becca & Joshes Engagement party tonight, still lots to move into Becca's new home too. So I had best get organised
Have a lovely weekend ladies

Love and Hugs
Sandra xxx