Saturday, 19 August 2017

Mixed Craft Saturday

Good Morning Ladies,

I am writing today's blog post as I sit in the shade on a very warm evening while dinner is cooking.  We were having a very relaxed, laid back holiday but recent events have made us feel a little uneasy.
Barcelona is just a little too close for comfort to be honest, we were planning on visiting as we thought that the architecture would be great inspiration for Sophie's A level art.  I am thinking that they are unlikely to repeat their attack but still don't fancy being in large crowds where emotions are very high.

Anyway onto today's post, so many lovely craft purchases and some beautiful handmade crafts from both Janet and Karen. So without further ado......

I decided to add Carole Matthews, "Paper Hearts & Summer Kisses" to my Holiday Reading list, well girls I can wholeheartedly 100% recommend you get it, it's loosely based on our lovely Craft friend Christine Emberson and Elliott's live's, it's funny, sad, heartwarming all in one book, on the day I started it I hardly looked up from my kindle before I realised I was on Chapter 52!!! I couldn't put it down. It mentions craft addictions too which we can all relate too.  I am so glad I took the plunge !


Janet




Janet has sent two stunning craft projects to share with you today, the first is an absolutely beautiful Cross Stitched picture of two adorable little girls walking onto the beach, wouldn't it be lovely to see little girls dressed like that these days instead of leggings! Our Becca and the girls all had an M&S dress with the Hand Smocking on the front, I loved them.  Anyway Janet your cross Stitch is perfect and absolutely adorable.  
Janet's second piece is the Beautiful 'Pinflair' Anniversary card, it is just exquisite Janet, with the sparkle from the sequins and luxurious white ribbon edges, what an amazing Keepsake, you always finish your projects perfectly Janet.
The third photo is Janet's purchase of dies (from China) I believe, what an amazing selection Janet, I love the tractor and the Deers and Tree scene.
Thank you so much for inspiring us all Janet 
XXX

Michele





Michele has shared her craft shopping this week, a fantastic selection of what I class as 'Essential' craft dies, I am guessing they are from China too as our Michele is an expert when it comes to spotting a bargain!! 
Thanks for sharing your shopping Michele
XXX


 Karen

Karen has shared a beautiful selection of proper 'Hand Knitted' Baby Cardigans, oh my goodness I love to see a baby in a lovely white babygro and hand knitted cardigan, I still have (hoarded) all of the hand-knitted cardigans that my 4 babies had, some knitted by family that are no longer with us, so too precious to part with.
Here is Karen's description......

"Just thought I'd send you a few of the makes I will be taking to Harefield Hospital when Team Gary do the Fun Run in September. Each one will have a printed onto ribbon "Handmade by..." label with washing instructions
There is a League of Friends Tea Room and shop So I make baby clothes throughout the year and what's not "pinched" by my daughter for friends etc they will sell."
Karen I bet they all well like hot cakes, they are gorgeous and I love the colours you have used too, thank you so much for sharing my lovely.
XXX

 Brenda

Brenda bought some new Stampin'Up goodies for making Christmas cards, the 'Starlight' dies are lovely and have both the detailed dies and the outline dies for backing or making apertures.  The "Lovely as a Tree" stamp set is Stampin'Up's longest selling set I believe, it has been in every catalogue since it was designed, it is very versatile though.
Thank you Brenda, I can't wait to see your cards! 
XXX


 Lynda
Lynda managed to bag herself this bargain bin eBay, the Spellbinder's Sapphire is a great mini die cutting machine that seem to have become as popular if not more popular than the larger machines.  This one has a good reputation as well unlike the Baby Blue that many people had problems with.  This one will be much easier to put in your bag when crafting at your daughter's Lynda, thank you my lovely for sharing it with us 
XXX

Thank you to all of you that sent in projects and purchases today XXX

Sue, I do hope the Sun shone for the wedding, I was thinking of you all, did you take any photos, I would voice to see one?!  I had visions of you cranking out paper flowers in your sleep for decorations!! XXX

Sending the warmest love and hugs to all of you,

Sandra 
xxxxxx





Friday, 18 August 2017

Something Festive for Friday


Good Friday Morning Ladies,

Can you believe a week of our holiday has gone already?!
I hope that you are all well and that the weather is being kind to you.

There are about 18 weeks left until Christmas, so that means we have about 12 weeks left to get all of our Christmas cards made and ready to post!! Which isn't really that long, so I will start to feature a Christmas card each week from now on to inspire you to get started with yours, I may miss one week while I'm away but will begin properly when I get home.

Today's card was made using the lovely 'Star Of Light' Stampin'Up stamp set and matching Thinlits. I die cut the star into a piece of 'Very Vanilla' card and then created a 'Fresh Fig' matt to fit behind it, I made a pencil mark around the aperture and stamped and Embossed the matching stamp into the marked area, using Gold Embossing Powder. 
I then stamped the two gold flourishes and the sentiment onto the 'Very Vanilla ' topper and made a border out of Fresh Fig card with the Ribbon Border Punched out of Gold Glitter card, I ran some narrow Fresh Fig ribbon through the border and finished it with a bow.  I die cut a star from Glitter card to dress my bow.
I hope my card has inspired you to think about your Christmas cards, although I know Val has been busy making them for a while! 

I hope you all have a lovely weekend ladies, if any of you have anything to share for Mixed Up Saturday, please send me a photo. 

Love and hugs to all of you,

Sandra 
xxxxxx


Thursday, 17 August 2017

Bright and Cheerful Blooms


Good Morning Ladies,

I have made a bright and cheerful card to brighten your day today, I had stamped and punched these flowers when I first bought the punch but hadn't gotten round to using them, I had them sat in my desk waiting for some inspiration to pop into my head!  Then in the Wednesday before we set off the idea just came to me!!! Mind you I was desperately trying different ways to get inspiration for making the 15 cards I needed to keep you entertained and inspired while I was absent from my craft room, I'm only used to needing one idea at a time!! 

I used the 'Berry Burst' shade from the 'Fresh Florals' Designer Series Paper collection and cut it to fit diagonally across half of my card, I then took a piece of the same colour Card and used my 'Ribbon Border' Punch to create a matching fancy edge to the DSP, I threaded white ribbon through it too.  I then placed my three flowers that I had stamped with the 'Flower Shop' stamp set and punched with matching 'Pansy Punch', I used my brand new Leaf Punch to create the foliage, stamped with its matching stamp and I always like to give them a little scrunch to make them look more realistic. 
I stamped the 'Happy Birthday' from 'Better Together' SU stamp set, then added three faceted sparklers for a bit of bling!
I hope you like my card.

I hope you ladies are behaving yourselves in my absence, there had better be no skiving off ! I am watching, so no bun fights Maria!! Well ok you can have them but please tidy up before Janet comes in ! 😉😉😉

Love and hugs to all of you,

Sandra 
xxxxxx



Wednesday, 16 August 2017

A Trio of cards from Lilian &Happy Birthday Paul





Good Morning Ladies,

Before I start today's post I would like to wish my amazing Husband Paul, the very happiest of Birthdays, you are just the most perfect husband anyone could wish for, be prepared to be treated like a King today, love you millions xxx

I have been saving these cards to show you all while I'm away but I just can't wait any longer!  I think it's partly because I have really missed seeing Our Lilian's cards in the Challenges while she has been poorly.  This trio of cards was well worth the wait though.

Lilian, all three of your cards are stunning, you have perfected the art of adding just the right amount of sparkle or embellishments.  
The first card with the Dandelion, blowing in the breeze is stunning, you have added just the perfect amount of glitter, so that it just sparkles in the light. The sunset in your 'Faux Aperture' is the perfect backdrop for all three of these cards.  I absolutely love the edger die you have used in this card too, it's so delicate.
The second card uses the same stamped image but this time you have stamped foliage in opposite corners, making the card look quite different but just as amazing.
The final card features a different stamp, I love this image too, such a peaceful scene of butterflies fluttering around a meadow. 

To be honest I have never thought about creating 'Sets' of cards that all have a common theme, like the butterflies and sunset in you cards Lilian, such a fantastic idea that I think I will have a go at when I get home.  
Thank you so much for allowing me to share these gorgeous cards with all of our friends Lilian . XXX

I wanted to update you all on our first fun treat of the holiday, Paul and I booked an afternoon in a 'Velo Rail' which is a funny contraption that looks like two bikes out together with a long bench seat at the back, they are fun on old disused railways throughout France, we have been staying in Millau as a stopover for years and the girls have always asked to go on the Velo-Rail but we have never had the time as we are always just passing through.  This year Paul suggested that we book it as a surprise for the girls as it may well be the last time they 'want' to come on holiday with us.  So that's what we did and we told them on the night before, their faces absolutely lit up!  
We set off to find the Station (which was an adventure in itself) and booked in, the girls were insistent about 'driving' so Paul and I were like royalty lounging in the back, we pedalled along the track over 3 different viaducts and experienced the most breathtaking views imaginable, the course that we took was 8 kilometres long, mostly downhill, our drivers were rewarded at the end with a delicious local ice-cream, which we ate while listening to a charming lady playing an accordion, the return journey was by train.  All in all it took about three hours, the time whizzed by though.
We all thoroughly enjoyed it, you have to book well in advance though, the whole of August was booked up, so I was relieved that we booked back in May. 

The Velo Rail carriage


Not our photos but an these are the views

I will! Share some of our photos later in the week.

Sending love and hugs to all,

Sandra 
Xxxxxx

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Quick and Easy stamped card


Good Morning Ladies,

I hope that you are all ok, when I popped in on Sunday night and saw that so many of you were missing I panicked a little, I do hope you are all ok?  It's so rare to pop in and not see Janet's warm welcome, I do hope you are ok my lovely, this is the part I hate most about leaving the blog, I love the reassurance of reading your comments every day so I know that you are all ok.

Today's card is a simple but effective, quick stamped card, I used two colours to stamp my images in 'Pool Party' and 'Marina Mist', the latter is a new colour (to my collection) and I think I will be using it a lot, it reminds me of the 'Periwinkle' card we all fell in love with a year or so ago. 
I stamped the 'Fleur de Lis' style image from the 'Timeless Textures' stamp set around the card in 'Pool Party' first and then with 'Marina Mist', I then took the spot/splatter stamp and filled in any gaps. I inked around the edges in my 'Pool Party' and then used 'Marina Mist' to stamp my sentiment, which is the 'Stylised Happy Birthday' stamp.  I used the matching card stock to Matt and layer my card, I was really pleased with the way it turned out, stamping still feels new to me and I actually love it!!

Timeless Textures Stamp set

I am writing today's blog on Sunday evening as we won't be able to get internet access for a couple of days, Paul is always a bit reluctant to get it, not so much about the cost, he says (and I agree) that having the internet can be too much of a destraction  for the girls, if we don't have it they are happy to sit and read books etc, but ok once internet is available they have their phones in their hands!  I don't mind to a point by but I personally think it's nice 'not' to know what's going on!!!

So hopefully today we have everything up and put together, I will let you know when I look in later.

Lilian I hope you are feeling well enough to pop in today my lovely, sending gentle hugs xxx

Gentle hugs on way to the rest of of you that are feeling fragile.

Huge, squishy ones to the rest of you,

Love and hugs

Sandra
xxxxxxx

Monday, 14 August 2017

Monday Challenge

Good Morning Ladies,

Today's card is a lovely bright, juicy pop of colour, it's Stampin'Up! 'Lemon Lime Twist' of course, such a gorgeous colour, it's one of my favourites for sure.

Now today's Challenge is for you to make a 'Tone on Tone" colour scheme, which basically means you make a card using just one colour other than your base card colour, it can be any colour you choose, mixed with white or black or any base colour you fancy.  I just used a white base card, I then created my background piece by first inking through a mask onto the card, I then spritzed it with water and ran it though my Platinum with the Hardwood embossing folder, which is an extra thick one.  Then I inked up my brayer and lightly swiped it over the raised embossed areas to pick out the details of the Embossing, all with 'Lemon Lime twist' ink of course. I added this to my base card and then stamped my sentiment on white card and die cut it with a 'Lots of Labels' die, adding a Matt of the same colour.  
I stamped three of the 'Flower Shop' Pansy stamps and punched them out, adding small diamanté to the centres of each flower and then cut another to dress my ribbon bow with, this had a small faceted sparkler to the center. A few leaves  in same colour way finish my floral element. I arranged them around the sentiment, with the matching ribbon bow in the opposite corner.  I wasn't sure about having everything in the same colour at first but it really grew on me. 
I hope you enjoy having a go, you could keep it simple and do 'White on white' which is always a winner or go all out like I did! 
The card can be any style and design you choose.  
I look forward to seeing your cards.

We should hopefully be finishing our journey today and arriving at the Campsite, fingers crossed!!! 

I hope that you are all well and those that are feeling under the weather have a brighter day.  

Lilian, how did you GP visit go? Fingers crossed they have you on the right track to recovery, sending hugs

Love and hugs to all of you,

Sandra 
Xxxxxxx

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Your Challenge Cards

My Challenge Card

The Sketch

Good Morning Ladies,

We have an amazing collection big Challenge cards again this week, as usual all completely different.
So without further ado here we go.......




Maria has made two fantastic Challenge cards, both completely different, I love the flower on the first card Maria, how did you make it?? Those deers are just adorable, the lady border brings a touch of elegance to your card, beautiful!
Your second card is just too cute, that darling little deer with the birds, it reminds me of the scene in Snow White where she goes to the 7 Dwarves cottage!  Thank you so much Maria, for all of the cards you have sent it for me to share.
XXX


 Janet


Janet, two absolutely gorgeous cards from you this week, they are both like proper original 'Sue' W' cards, with gorgeous dies, lovely ribbon and bows and beautiful flowers, it's hard to choose a favourite but I think mine is the second one with that beautiful Cameo embellishment.
Thank you so much for taking part Janet 
XXX

 Sue

Sue, I just love your cute little Gingerbread Man, the whole card worked out perfectly in the end, I love that border strip.
It's so lovely having your card in the line up!
Thank you so much Sue.
XXX

Karen

Karen, I love this stunning poppy image, in such soft colours too, here is Karen's description:
The image is from a Serif digikit which I have resized and made the smaller one brighter
The sentiment is an embellishment from a Serif kit
The dies are Spellbinders Ovals and Lacy Accents
The embossing folder is an Embossilicious one
I've edged this and the background with Weathered Wood distress ink
Thank you so much Karen for taking part.
XXX

 Lynda

Lynda, WOW, such a stunning card, I absolutely love how you have used the 'Definitely Dahlia' stamp, it is so versatile, you can either have it as a background or as the main image on your card, it just works perfectly. I will share your card in my Stampin' Up! team page if you don't mind Lynda? Thank you so much for making such a stunning card.
XXX


VAL 

Val, your cards are always so unique, this card is just so pretty, those flowers are beautiful, what have you used to die cut them from? Such great Texture! The border and the stunning bow finish your card off beautifully. 
Thank you so much for taking part.
XXX

Brenda

Brenda has used the 'Delightful Daisy' stamp set to create her fantastic card this week, the colour is one of my favourites 'Lemon Lime twist' with matching 'Fresh Florals' Designer Series Paper. What a great idea to turn the sentiment sideways!
A lovely card Brenda, thank you so much for taking part.
XXX

Well as you are reading the blog this morning we should be having breakfast at our hotel in Millau, France, a truly beautiful place, packed with tourists too.
I will stop in and update you later.

Love and hugs to all of you,

Sandra
xxxxxx