Tuesday, 27 June 2017

1 sheet wonder part 1

Good Morning Ladies,

I hope that you are all well, we have another busy day today as we are going over to my mum's as it's her birthday, we can't go tomorrow as Paul starts his very last shift in his current job, I can feel the tension already bless him, not because his is leaving as such, more worried about finding a new job and somewhere to live!
I am dreading the journey today as my sciatica flared up again yesterday early hours, probably from sitting on the same chair for hours, I have struggled to move today.

Today's cards are the first batch of 5 from the "One Sheet Wonder " , which means you take 1  12 X 12 sheet at cut it up to make enough pieces for 14 different cards.
Some of the cards have only a couple of small strips of the patterned paper but it seems to work.  I am definitely going to do another and I would love to share it with all of you if you fancy having a go??  Let me know in the comments below.

Sue, have a safe journey down to see Chris's brother and enjoy your stay XXX

Pat, I hope you are home safe and sound and ready for the usual Tuesday hospital visit XXX

Lilian I hope you had a lovely weekend away together, it's nice to have a change of scenery every now and then, it's good to have you back though XXX

I'm off to prepare for the journey ahead, I will share the next batch of the 14 cards tomorrow.

Love and hugs to all,


Monday, 26 June 2017

Your Challenge

Good Morning Ladies,

Ooh I was so glad to be home last night, I was completely and utterly exhausted, I don't think I've ever felt that exhausted in a very long time.  The weekend was a huge challenge, very enlightening, some good ideas jotted down and some absolutely amazing swaps that I received in exchange for mine.
I have some fun new ideas to share with you too, one of the projects that we did was to make 14 cards from 1 sheet of 12x12 paper. I will be honest and say that we didn't get to finish the project as the cutting out took up almost all of the allotted time.
I met a lovely lady called Danielle, we hit it off straight away and we teamed up to complete the projects, which made it a lot more fun.

Now onto this weeks Challenge, now you can see there are two parts to the challenge above, you can either choose the Sketch or the Colour challenge, or if you are feeling up for a real challenge combine the two. I searched out and found some cards from the website, if you want some more inspiration I will leave a link below ....

Remember the star doesn't have to be a star, its just a shape and can be anything you fancy, flowers, hearts a flourish, balloon, anything, if you choose just to use the colours you can do whatever layout you like.  I think I will attempt a combination of the two.
I hope you like the new type of challenge, I'm always striving to keep things fresh so that you don't get bored.  I welcome your feedback though.

Maria I hope that you have recovered from your journey and can start to enjoy your holiday XXX

Pat did you get to Mevagissey? I hope you are feeling on top form now XXX

Sending love and hugs to all of you


Sunday, 25 June 2017

Your Challenge cards

Good Sunday Morning Ladies,

This weeks Challenge card post will be a little less detailed as I am not at home this weekend, your Challenge cards are as important to me as ever though so I will makes sure I include them all .

Lynda has used her favourite Clarity Northern Lights pad for the background
Of this weeks Challenge card, a Sue Wilson die creates the label part of the card
With flowers made from the Chrysanthemum Die set with Heart Spray for flourishes.
Thank you so much Lynda


Margaret has used her Anne Marie Designs paper for this weeks card, 
Such a pretty colour the flowers are gorgeous too, I bet your friend 
Loved her card Margaret, thanks for sharing


 Background is a sheet from the Travel Memories pad I bought today which inspired me to use a Serif image which I just "flat" coloured with my Chameleon pens

The nesting dies are the two sets of Spellbinders deckle edge
Sue W ribbon die for the band
Resin flower and TL Pearl Flourish dies
Thanks so much Karen for a stunning card, love it !!

Janet has used Sue's Noble Rectangle dies to create
Her challenge card this week, such a lovely
colour Janet, love the flowers and Flourish too.
Thank you so much 

I love this Poppy die that you have used Val, am I right in thinking that you coloured your card with Pixie Powders first,
I absolutely love the colour you have used, that frame is so pretty
too, your Foamiran flower works perfectly I have ordered some to play with. 
Thanks for taking part Val


Maria has managed two cards this week, the first is so pretty 
That nesting die is such a pretty shape, beautiful flowers and I really love the embossing folder you have used.
Your second card is an amazing colour Maria, those nesting 
Die cuts are so lovely too, I love the flowers you have made too.
Thank you Maria for taking part.

Michele has made her challenge card with
The die and papers that were free with a magazine, Michele you absolutely amaze me, you make such amazing cards with
Magazine  freebies that I usually put to
One side and not use  I love this card.
Thank you so much my lovely 

I would like to thank you all even more this week for crafting in the extreme heat, you are all so amazingly supportive, I am so very grateful.

Just a quick update...today was ok, very nerve racking but I did it and I'm glad I did.
I will shAre some photos when I get home.
I am so exhausted and can honestly say that there isn't a part of my body that doesn't hurt, probably because I was holding myself so tense with nerves all  day.
Thanks so much for pushing me to go XXX 

I'm having to blog on my phone so I hope j haven't missed anyone.  

Love and hugs


Saturday, 24 June 2017

Mixed up Saturday, very Horticultural !!!

Good Morning My Lovelies,

What a jam packed post I have for you today we have everything from 
Embroidery to Scenery, oh and little bit of Horticulture!!
So let's get started....

Val has had a few requests for Pop Up Cards, so as we all now Val doesn't Craft
On a small scale, just look what our amazing friend has achieved !!!
What an incredible display of gorgeousness!! 
Each and every one of those boxes is totally unique and so pretty, 
If they haven't already I just know that they will fly off the shelf, 
Thank you so much for sharing them with us Val 


Our Maria has been decluttering her garage, while she was sorting 
through boxes she discovered some forgotten treasures from 
Way back before card making took over as her hobby.
A lovely Longstitch, I did a couple of these myself and liked how 
Quickly the came together, I love your Dove Maria, such an iconic 
Image of peace, something we could all do with a little bit more of these days.
Two beautiful Cross Stitched pieces too, I love the rose table cloth, the Cherries
are really pretty too, you should have them out for all to see, not hidden 
away in a box, I think we have become a little too minimalist these
days, all treasures and heirlooms seem to be hidden away.
Thank you so much for sharing them Maria 


Well here it is at last, you can now all share in the beauty of 
Pete's Dragon's Tongue Lily, it is just amazing, I have never
Seen anything like it before this week, you must have been
So excited to see it finally unfurl itself Cheryl, it is stunning,
Cheryl says it is 22 inches from base to tip, can you believe that??
I want to thank you Cheryl as if it were not for your kindness in sharing
The pic of Pete's Lily I think most of us would have never seen anything
As Magnificent, thank you so very 

What can I say but WOw Janet, such a peaceful scene, your
Garden is so lovely, I hope to join you at that table some time soon.
I can just picture you relaxing on that swing, pad in hand finding jobs for Jim!
 Janet lives on a very peaceful lane so no traffic noise to be heard, 
This view looks out towards the front gates, where we all think about Jim arriving 
Through with the fresh bread and croissant each morning,
Thank you Janet for sharing your little piece of heaven


Brenda your garden is just beautiful, so many lovely 
Well established plants and shrubs, I just love the little
area with the mirror, everything looks very well
thought out, who spends more time in the greenhouse, you or John?
Your lawn looks like a bowling green, it looks as though John has invested a lot
Of time on it, the other thing that I love is the different spaces you have created 
With your pots and planters, so much interest everywhere .
The stunning yellow rose in the last photo is a rose that Brenda and John 
received for their Golden Wedding Anniversary and it flowers every 
Year just as they celebrate their anniversary.
Thank you so much Brenda for a walk in your garden.


Just look at the breathtaking views from Pat's Balcony, absolutely
Amazing, I would be happy to be sat there all day, with a good book and
a pot of tea, there is so much to look at from watching the
different kinds of boats come in and out to people on the beach.
I do hope you are feeling well enough to enjoy it Pat.
Thank you for sharing your view

So that's it for today ladies, as I am typing this my bags are packed, my tummy is churning and Paul is getting excited for a day of luxury and leisure, he has packed his
Swim shorts as there is a pool and sauna, he has his book, I am quite pleased he is having a day with nothing to do, it never usually happens for him, at least one of us is
Excited, thank you all for your lovely messages of support, you are the best friends any girl could ask for and I love you all.

Have a lovely weekend, I will hopefully pop in and update you.

Love and hugs

Friday, 23 June 2017

Petal Garden Prettiness

Good Morning Ladies,

I finally finished all my swaps and got them all bagged up last night, added a couple of spares just in case! I finished about 10.30 last night, I then thought 'Oh no I need a card for the blog', so I made one of the cards in the Stampin' Up! Catalogue, it uses the Graceful Garden 6 x 6 paper pad and the 'petal Garden' Memories and more card pack. The Petal Garden pack has lovely die cut good foil die cuts that work so well with the colours in the collection, I think I love it as it has a lot of green in ! 

I have some lovely photos to share with you tomorrow, Pete's amazing Liky, some craft shopping, the beautiful views from Pat's balcony and Val's amazing pop up boxes!! I'm excited to share them with you.  
It was such a coincidence that Cheryl sent me the photo of Pete's Dragons Tongue Lily, as on the same day a chap from my Mum's village posted on Facebook a photo of what looks like a Lily in his garden,
If you read the comment he is asking if anyone knows what the plant is as he says it smells like a "Dead Rat" and he flies around it, to me it looks like some of the 'Carniverous' plants we used to have years ago, Pitcher plants I think they were called the rotten smell is to lure the flies in.  I think the replies to his message suggest that it is a 'Voodoo Lily', he ended up chopping it down as the smell was so strong, which is a shame as I don't think that flower very often. It looks similar to Pete's Lily though, although not as impressive ! 

Lynda the Bubble wrap will be good for your diet!! Lol, you'll be sweating those pounds off, although it will go back on when you have a drink, I'm sure wrapping yourself in cling film was a 'thing' years ago for quick loss of inches!! 
I hope you are starting to feel better my lovely XXX

Pat I am so pleased you arrived safely, your landlady sounds lovely, is it St Austell that you are staying at? Have a lovely time XXX

Lilian, I hope you had a lovely day at your friends and that you got some crafting done. XXX

I am hoping to check this hotel out as a possible venue for our meet up, it's near to the NEC so great for trains etc for those travelling by rail, it's just off the motorway for those coming by car too. It has a pool etc too, I will ask Paul to get the prices etc while I'm busy crafting. 

Well I'm going to try and get a couple of hours sleep now, it's 02:31, slightly cooler tonight so no fan rattling away thank goodness, Paul is home too and is sound asleep beside me.

Have a lovely day my very dear friends,

Love and huge hugs


Thursday, 22 June 2017

My challenge card

Good Morning Ladies,
I hope you are all well and those of you that aren't feeling 100% are feeling a little brighter today.

Today's card is my version of this weeks Sketch, hopefully it will give you a little bit of inspiration, that's if you haven't started yours already.  I imagine most of you like me went into the craft room in the evening as it was a little cooler and easier to concentrate, having said that as I am writing this it is 1 am, I think I lost track of time! 
I made this card using the Stampin'Up 'Beautiful Bouquet' stamp set and matching Thinlits, it is such a bonus having the matching die to all of the flowers and it gives you so many more options than just having them as stamps.  I stamped the flowers in the following colours, 'So Saffron', 'Sweet Sugarplum' , 'Calypso Coral's and Rich Razzleberry', I used Fresh Fig card with a piece of the Graceful Garden 6x6 pad for my background paper, the ribbon is Sweet Sugarplum Striped Grosgrain. The sentiment came from the same stamp set too. 
Beautiful Bouquet

It will be a quiet day here as Paul will be trying to sleep of nights, I am hoping it will be a little cooler for him today, I will be finishing off my swaps and packing my craft bag ready for the weekend, The nerves have kicked in already ladies, with the "is it worth it, shall I go" statement's whizzing round my brain, anxiety is something that I wouldn't wish on anyone, you end up feeling so helpless even though you know that in reality things will be fine, I am so lucky that I have a husband that is willing to give up his time to support me through these things . 

I hope that you all have a lovely day, whether it's rain or shine!

Love and huge hugs


Wednesday, 21 June 2017

A Trio of Treasures

Janet's beautiful Silhouette Card

Maria's Pretty Embossed Card

Sue's Fab Flags Card

Good Morning Ladies,

How are you all coping in the heat?  Sue and I managed ok yesterday, you will be pleased to know that I was fully clothed, as was Sue.  We chatted for most of the time but did manage to squeeze a little bit of crafting in too.
She had a play with the Envelope Punch Board and was very impressed, which pleases me greatly as I know it's not just me being biased. 
She then very kindly helped me with the next batch of my swap cards, so I'm a few more nearer being finished.  Thanks Sue XXX

Now onto today's cards....

First up we have Janet's beautiful Silhouette CA, such a pretty image framed beautifully with delicate die cuts, trimming around the cameo style topper with gems really lifts it. Thank you so much Janet for sharing your card XXX

Maria's Pretty card was created by Maria meticulously colouring the embossed image, the image is absolutely beautiful, enhanced by Maria's brilliant colouring, the pearl embellished flowers are so pretty too. Thank you so much for allowing me to share your card Maria XXX

Last up we have Sue's card that she made for her 'Pops', I love the multicoloured flags Sue, the stars really give that extra touch of luxury, I'm sure Pop loved his card. Thanks for allowing me to share it XXX

Pat I hope you and Pete have a lovely holiday, you both deserve a lovely break XXX

Sue I hope you and Chris have a lovely Anniversary, enjoy your day xxx

Maria I hope your new drugs are helping so that you can get your pain under control for your holiday xxx

Lynda, Lynda, Lynda, I think you need to ask Terry to wrap you up in bubble wrap, 
You must be in agony my lovely, I'm sorry to hear that your gum has got infected too, hopefully they should kicking In a couple of days and you should start feeling better, please try and stay upright, it's me that kisses the carpet not you, sending you buckets of love and huge,gentle hugs xxx

Well I'm off back into my craft room to finish those cards, I hope you have a lovely day whatever you are up to xxx

Love and Hugs