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,

Sandra 
xxxxxx




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,

Sandra 
xxxxxx

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,

Sandra
xxxxxxx




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

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

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.
XXX

 Lilian

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.

Michele

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.
XXX

 Lynda


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.
XXX

Maria

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.
XXX



Brenda

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.
XXX

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

Sandra 
xxxxxx








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 

Friday, 13 October 2017

Festive Friday







Good Morning Ladies,

We have an exciting day today, firstly, Paul is coming home!!! (yay)!!! and secondly Becca and Josh get the keys to their New Home, I couldn't be more proud of happy for both of them.  She called me yesterday and said 'Mum I pick the keys up at about 11am, we need to clean all cupboards, carpets etc before I bring my things in, but don't worry I got two pairs of Marigold Gloves!!!  (I'm not sure white what she has in mind)!  I am looking forward to helping her make her first shopping list, filling her cupboards with all the essentials.  She asked me to make her a recipe book containing all of the things I cook and how to make them, which I thought was really sweet. 
I think the independence will do them both good. I will take some photos to hopefully share tomorrow, the one thing that stood out to me about this house was it's name, Paul's father was a 'Para' (that's how he met Paul's mum who was a nurse in the army). After he left the Paras he worked for Customs for many years but taught Survival and Surveillance 'in the field', it earnt him the name 'Digger', so Paul's parents named their house 'Diggers Den' and by bizarre coincidence Becca's new home is called 'Diggers End' ! How bizarre is that?!

Onto today's cards now, the stamp I used for both of these cards is a 'Clarity' stamp, I think it's called 'Snow Scene' but to be honest I couldn't find it online so I'm guessing it's an old discontinued stamp.  It belongs to Pat, she let me have it to play with for a couple of days, this is what I created....

The first card was made by stamping the Clarity Snow scene stamp onto Stampin Up!(SU) Whisper White Card using 'Night of Navy' ink (SU), I then cut my piece of card to size and scored around the stamped Image to make it stand out.  I then took an Inkyliscious 'Happy Christmas ' stamp that has a beautiful scripty Font and stamped onto another piece of Whisper White Card and die cut it with a Stitched Rectangle die.
I then matted it on to a 'Night of navy' Matt and added it to the bottom of my card, under the stamped scene .
I then matted this whole piece onto a Night of Navy matt that was 1/4 inch bigger and then again onto a Whisper White card base. I added a piece of Narrow Navy ribbon across the centre of the card a d then added a bow with a little Snowflake. 
I hope you like it.

The send card was super easy, I stamped the image on to Whisper White Card, I then cut it to fit the image, I then matted this onto 'Night Of Navy' mat and then repeated the matting and layering,  finishing with a Night of Navy card base.
I stamped a little Happy Christmas stamp to the foreground of the image. That was it finished! 

I hope you all have a lovely weekend 
Love and hugs 
Sandra 
XxxxxxxX




Thursday, 12 October 2017




Good Morning Ladies,
Two more of my birthday cards to share with you today.
The first card made by Sue is such a pretty card, the watercolour background is so delicate, a beautiful soft green that blends perfectly with the sky blue, Sue has stamped 3 birds and the rising Sun into the background of the card, they look like they are behind a misty haze. Then you get that stunning bunch of daisies in the foreground  all made be hand and finished with a pretty bow.
Sue thank you so much for such a gorgeous card, I will always treasure it XXX

Margaret card is up next , I love that you have used green Margaret with it being my favourite colour and it makes a perfect background to your stamped images.
Margaret has used Stampin Up!  Birthday Blooms stamp and coloured it beautifully with gorgeous pink shades, that work perfectly with the green background. 
Thank you so much for my stunning card Margaret XXX

Paul popped home for the night last which was so lovely, it felt like he'd been away ages! He will leave super early this morning  to get back but those few hours make all the difference. 

Pat and I had a lovely afternoon of crafting, Pat got a whole card made and then did some die cutting .  I finished a Christmas card too, which I will share with you all on Friday. 

I hope you all have a lovely day,
Love & Hugs

Sandra
XXX XXX 


Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Playing with Distress Oxide inks


Good Morning Ladies,

I had a lovely afternoon crafting with Sue, we did get in a mess though, but my goodness we had fun.  We were playing with the new Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks, making different backgrounds, not all a success I might add! I got two usable background pieces  (today's card being one of them). Sue made a lovely card too, she took it home to finish it off, I can't wait to see the finished card Sue! 

My card was made using Worn Lipstick, Fossilized Amber and Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide Inks, blended across a piece of Whisper White Card, I dried the ink and spritzed the whole piece with water and dabbed it with a piece of Kitchen roll which gave it a lovely textured look.  I allowed it to dry before stamping my sentiment  and the beautiful branch from the Stampin Up! 'Hopeful Thoughts' stamp set, which I think works perfectly as silhouette. I used my Tonic Stamp Platform to help me position my stamps. 
To finish the card I added a narrow black matt to tie in the black ink, I then mounted it onto a white card base.
I hope you like my card.

It's Pats turn to come and play today, oh I wonder if she will bring Cream Cakes this week, very naughty but very nice.  I do have some nice shortbread if not though, so it's a win either way ! Oh and we get to craft too! 
I can't believe it's Wednesday already, Monday really dragged but yesterday flew by. 
I hope that you are all ok, there are a few missing friends, poor Val messaged me yesterday to say that her flight home was cancelled (it was supposed to be today), they can't get her on another flight until Sunday, which is terrible , Val said it was due to French Air Traffic strikes!  
She was at her friends GP yesterday trying to get a prescription for her meds as she only had enough for today, I'm hoping they were able to help her, such a frustrating situation, sending hugs Val XxXXX

I'm off to get ready for Pat coming over, have a lovely day ladies. 

Love and hugs

Sandra xxx 

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Blast from the past



Good Morning Ladies,

Well I really did dig to the bottom of the cupboard for the die set on today's card, it is an old Spellbinders Antique Frames and Accents.  I even used one of the first Embossing Folders that I bought, which is the very popular 'Tied Together' Embossing Folder by 'Couture Creations'. I have to say I had forgotten how lovely it is and when put through my Gemini gives a really good deep emboss.
I added a bit of modern however by using Stampin'Up 'Berry Burst' Card stock and matching Seam Binding Ribbon, I just can resist the colour. 
I added a few pearls here and there and some matching coloured roses, the foliage die was also a Spellbinders Foliage die, the first one I ever bought and boy have I got my money's worth out of that die, I remember being so excited about having a Die to cut out leaves. 

Spellbinders Foliage die set

Spellbinders Antique Frames and Accents


One thing that surprised me when I was looking through my old Spellbinders was how many of the dies in the sets that they were sold in on Create and Craft were almost the same, I have a lot of 'Fleur de Lis' circle frame dies, all very similar but some are called frames and some 'accents'.  On reflection I feel like I was robbed, hahaha, I swear they are the same dies with different names, the Fleur De Lis' border dies are the same too, I was chuckling to myself as I was sorting through them, I also couldn't find a photo of a single card that I used them on!

Did any of you buy the Bundles that Sue Wilson sold on Create and Craft (I am talking about years ago). ?
I hope you all have as much fun as I did digging through my old die folders, some of them I have put to one side as they are timeless and would work beautifully on cards today, so I'm glad I haven't sold them.  I really can't wait to see what you all dig out to use!!

I will say that my first die cutting machine was the Original Sizzix machine, it cost a lot of money too, it used to cut both thick or 'Big' dies as they are now known as well as the thin dies.....
The Original Sizzix

After a few years I upgraded to a Cuttlebug, what a brilliant machine and still is, I gave mine to my sister but kind of regret it now as I could use it for small flower dies etc.  While we were at Ally Pally we saw a Brand New Cuttlebug, obviously had a colour change to blue, how much do you think it was selling for?????
£150 !!!! £10 less than my Gemini!  I was gobsmacked, as it looks identical to the original design.

I also had a couple of small machines ......

The Sizzix Sidekick

Sizzix Texture Boutique

The sidekick was the first Mini die cutting machine, created to work alongside the bigger machines, the Texture Boutique, designed to look like a handbag was purely to use with Embossing Folders.  As we know now, these machines were ahead of the game, when you think that these are early Versions of the Spellbinders Sapphire and the Baby Blue machines.

After these Machines I started my journey with Spellbinders with the Grand Calibur, sadly nowhere near as long lasting as these early machines, in fact I think I bought one Grand Calibur and had 3 replacement machines due to faults! 
Then came the Platinum which was sold with the promise of a powered handle attachment, to this date they still haven't produced one, which leaves me feeling very let down as this was the key reason I purchased the machine!  They have however launched newer machines since the platinum, which I find VERY frustrating!

I hope you have enjoyed this little journey back in time through die Cutting machines.
Did any of you have any of these old machines? I still do, somewhere in my craft room!

Have a lovely day ladies,

Love and hugs,

Sandra
xxxxxx


Monday, 9 October 2017

Monday Challenge


Good Morning Ladies,

Today's Challenge should you wish to accept it is........

To use a die/stamp that you bought years ago and haven't used for a while, you know the ones, mine were packs of Spellbinder that Sue Wilson was Demonstrating years ago on Create and Craft. 
Or 
You can just use the sketch above.
Or
You can combine the two, which is the reason I chose a Simple Sketch.


We ended up having a really busy day yesterday so I didn't get time to sit in my craft room long enough to make a card and I wanted to spend the evening with Paul as he goes away early this morning for the week. 

I have plenty of time to spend in my craft room today so I hope to get a few cards made to inspire you all.  Although the sketch is quite simple so I'm sure you won't need my help.  I chose the sketch because of its simplicity, you can change the die shape to anything you want.
Most importantly I want you to enjoy the challenge, I look forward to seeing what you make.

I hope you have a lovely start to your week ladies.

Love and hugs,

Sandra
xxxxxxx

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Your Challenge Cards



Good Morning Ladies,

I hope you are all having a relaxed Sunday, I can smell the roast dinners from here!
Not much happening in our house today, we are all feeling a little 'wrung out' so I think taking it easy is on the cards today.  
Paul is preparing to go away again early tomorrow morning, I'm not looking forward to it I have to say, but never mind, hopefully this week will go as fast as last week!
I have to make a GP appointment for when Paul is back as I am having more and more episodes of my heart racing out of control, while it is happening I find it hard to get my breath (but it's different to a panic attack), yesterday I had one that lasted 20 minutes and left me totally exhausted, it's racing too fast to count.  I have started to keep a note of when it's happening and what I am doing at the time.  Does it sound familiar to anyone? 

Anyway on to today's main event, your amazing challenge cards.......

Lilian

Lilian has made a gorgeous birthday card, using Stampin'Up! 'Jar of Love' stamp set and very cleverly cut out the elements using her Scan &Cut!! Very clever Lilian, that was one of the main reason I bought mine but still forget to use it! 
I love your card Lilian, thank you so much for taking part.
XXX


Michele

Michele, I absolutely love this heart shaped wreath,  you have coloured it beautifully too, such delicate shades. Thank you so much for joining in once again, all the way from the USA.. 
I hope you have a safe and trouble free journey home today my lovely.
XXX


 Janet

A stunning Ivy Wreath Christmas card from our Janet this week, the background is Creative Expressions Pin point Embossing Folder, the 'Joy' die cut is also a CE die, designed by Sue Wilson. Everything ties together beautifully Janet, such a lovely Christmas card, thank you .
XXX

 Margaret

Margaret chose 'Autumn' colours for her challenge card this week, using some lovely Autumnal leaf stamps and  the very popular 'Stampin Up! Lovely As Tree stamp as the focul point. Thank you Margaret for taking part in this week's challenge.
XXX

 Karen
Karen's craft room is under construction so I thought I would include this Wreath card that Karen made a couple of weeks ago.  Using Martha Stewart punch for the snowflakes and a lovely Embossing Folder for the background.
Thank you Karen 😉
XXX

 Lynda


Lynda I love this card that you have made, your stamped wreath is beautiful,  using a butterfly was a brilliant idea, the lace flower appliqué works perfectly as the centre of your wreath, that cute little bird is adorable in the centre.
Thank you so much for taking part Lynda.

XXX


Thank you so much ladies for your support every week, I really do appreciate the time you put into taking part in these challenges each week. 

Have a lovely day ladies,

Love and hugs,

Sandra
xxxxxx

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Mixed Craft Saturday

Good Morning Ladies,
I hope that you are all well, we are hoping for a relaxed weekend this weekend, it feels like we haven't stopped since we got back from our holiday, we are all exhausted!
It was lovely having Paul's parents to stay, the time went super fast.
Lucy returned from her Biology trip to Wales absolutely full of cold bless her, she has virtually no voice. She is determined to go to work today though.

What are you all up to this weekend??
Now onto today's line up............

Lynda

Lynda made her first Christmas card yesterday, WOW Lynda, what an awesome card, I LOVE your 'Northern Lights' effect Lynda, you have that spot on!  I also love how you have created perspective with the different sized trees and the Deer on the front. an absolutely stunning card Lynda, thank you so much for sharing it with us.
XXX


Janet

Janet has also sent in a Christmas card for me to share, in some ways similar in design to Lynda's, but Janet your background looks illuminated, such a stunning background paper, it looks like a snow covered forest in moonlight, It is just genius Janet, your Deer in the foreground are perfectly in proportion to the background trees.  Absolutely stunning card, thank you so very much for inspiring us.
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 Sue



Sue had the absolutely fantastic idea of making a series of 'ATC's' for me, for my birthday. Eight perfect miniature works of art!
ATC is abbreviation of Artist Trading Cards, they were originally a way of Artists sharing samples of their style of Art.
I love each and every one of them, if I had to pick a favourite, hhhmmm.....the bottom outer two have my favourite papers on and I love how Sue has embellished them with simple design but that's all that is needed with such busy paper. I love the bird too, but I think my favourite is the poppies, maybe because it looks like a proper work of art, with a delicate watercolour background and the beautiful poppies (each has a 3d head on).
I absolutely love these Sue, such an awesome gift, thank you so very much.
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 Michele



Michele has been doing some bargain hunting while on holiday in Florida, the first photo is Michele's 'Hobby Lobby' haul, I can't quite see the prices but knowing Michele they will have been a bargain!! The second photograph is of two reels of ribbon, the spotty ribbon is 60c and Pumpkin is 90c (wow)!
The third Photo is Michele's 'Michaels' haul, everything cost between $2:50-$3:50 which is an amazing price.
You must be excited to get back into your craft room to play with your new goodies! Not long now, although I think you may be too jet lagged this weekend.  
Thank you so much for sharing your shopping with us all the way from the USA. 
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Another fantastic line up, thank you so much ladies for taking part.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend,

Love and hugs to all,

Sandra 
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