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27 Nov 2014

Going, going gone!

The Doc would like to point out 
that when I say flood pond
it should really be flood lake!
Isn't that a ballet?
This is the view standing at the bridge 
one end looking down the length.
Our house is tucked in the green space
where my water mark is showing. 
The waterboard let the sluice gates open 
and this is the water draining through.

and this is normal services resumed!

26 Nov 2014

Rain , rain go away.

This was the view from the upstairs side window this morning.
Overlooking the flood pond that has been built to  stop 
the rest of the village from  flooding.
My water mark shows where it can come up to
on the grass outside our side fence.
Not as bad as the photo  taken below  from
the same window in July 2007 though.
Watermark shows the top of the  same railings oposite
just out of the water line!

Another piecing.

It's week 2 of my Butterfly Challenge #19
the theme is  to piece your butterflies.
Here is a card I have made 
to give you some inspiration.
This time I have used a die cut butterfly.
This one is a Signature Die by Joanna Sheen
called 'Fairy Fly 1'
I chose this die as it is a very open cut filigree design.
I cut 4 layers out in fairly thick card stock
and matted together with pva glue.

I painted using  Imagination Crafts
Silkies in 'Denim Lace' 
which gives a lovely sheen to the butterfly.
I then die cut a further 3 butterflies using up 
some coordinating papers that were in my snippets pile
and adhered them to the back of the butterfly in the 
correct aperture! 

Doing it this way gives a nice 3D effect.
I used a scallop blank card and the die cut circles 
were already in my snippets pile
Sentiment is an Anita's peel off .
Background paper is called 'Up in the Air'
and was a freebie in Making cards July 2013
I adhered the circles using 3D pads for dimension.

Now of course the inevitable happened
Loads more of those pesky snippets!
But do you see what I see? 

 Well how about  a flower
some  Cutlass swords
or maye even more Reindeer antlers
or how about some Hotlips
and designer Shoes.
After all  a  girl can never have enough shoes.

Oh yes be afraid those snippets  are out there as we speak!!

Entering into the following challenges:
Fab 'n 'Funky #239 anything with dies cuts.
Sister Act #84 Anything goes.
Brown Sugar  #121 Use 2 or more colours.
Imagination Crafts # Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop  # Use up your snippets. (I did, I did honest!)
That Craft Place # Anything goes.
Scribble and Scrap #32 Anything goes. 

23 Nov 2014

Another Year, Another Elf.

This Elf had been on order since last January!
Eek  where did the yr disapppear off to.
He needed to be in his new home ready for 
mischief making on Dec 1st so I couldn't put off
making him any longer.
So here is Elf No 4

Definitely the very last one or maybe not !!!!! 

Safely delivered so let the mayhem begin.

Entering into the following challenges:
The Crafting Cafe # Not a card.
Lets Craft and Create #99 Christmas.
Natalie & Amy's challenge #26 Stitch it.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #152 Use your snippets up (red material, gold thread,beads,bow)

19 Nov 2014

Paper Pieced Butterflies.

The new theme this fortnight
for my Butterfly Challenge
which you can find here
is to
Paper Piece your butterfly/s.
These are my inspirations for you.
Remember those pesky little snippets 
I had left over a few weeks back?
Well this is what I did with them.
I will not be beat!
I used strips of ds tape onto a piece of card
and stuck the shapes down in a sort of half 
Hexagon pattern until I had used them all up.
This is what I made with the result.
I just had enough room to die cut 
3 Butterfly shapes using 
Clearly Besotted 
Butterfly Wishes die collection.
As they are quite bright I used black card
to show  them off which in turn made me think
Oriental (as one does)!
so I cut some orange strips to make a frame around the edge. 
A simple peel off by Anita's 
completed the card.

Entering into the following challenges:
Sweet Stamps #196 Thanks.
The Crafter's Cafe #91 Anything goes.
Penny's Paper - Crafty #204 Anything goes.
A Gem Of A Challenge 132 Paper piecing.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop151 Use your snippets.

On my second card
I have used a Penny Black creative die
Called Delicate Wings
To cut an aperture from a square of white card.
I then turned this over and adhered strips 
of  leftover design paper snippets in stripes
 to fill the open hole up .
Turned back over and matted to a sheet
of plain pink card stock 
which I then attached to a card blank. 
Another Anita's peel off 
And the card was done. 

Hope  you will  have time  to go and play.

Entering into the following challenges:
Clear It Out Challenge # Anything goes use from stash.
Creative Card Crew #75 Stripes.
Through The Craftroom Door. Anything goes.
Dream Valley #95 Anything goes.

16 Nov 2014

Tea Bag Cards.

Time once more for the Christmas Club Card
to show our makes.
The theme is Tea Bag Fold/Origami
and set by my good friend Karen P.
who certainly knows how to challenge us!
I haven't done any tea bagging for ages
so out came my book by Kim Reygate
for some inspiration.

This card uses the triangle fold
and I have closely followed a design in the book by Kim
but adding just a few twists.
Patterned  paper was from Beautiful Crafts
2012 Christmas collection  free in their magazine.
I now have little red leaves to use up grr!
Sentiment uses Britannia  Word die
Other papers odds from stash.
Entering into the following challenges:
Sister Act #83 Anything goes.
Cute card Thursday #347 Red and green.
Bearly Mine # Christmas cards.
Live and love Crafts #29 Favourite Christmas colour combination.
Crafty Calander # It's all about Christmas.
Crafty Hazelnuts challenge #203 Go green.

I couldn't  let it go at just one design though
so made another card!

This one uses the square fold .
I had this paper in my mind to use but couldn't cut
8 identical tea bag squares but I rather like
the random effect the white lines produced on the flower.
I used my own design on this card. 
Sentiment and snowflakes are Anita's outline stickers.
Paper from same book as above.
Silver card and ribbon form stash.
Entering into the following challenges:
Crafty Ribbons #106 Christmas creation with ribbon. 
We Do Doobadoo#19 Christmas
Jo's Scrap Shack #66 Anything goes.
Brown Sugar #120 anything goes.
Crafty Catz #255 Christmas is coming.
CRAFT #285 Christmas.
Squiggle Fly Challenge #145 Make a Christmas card.

13 Nov 2014

Tear it up.

It's week 2 of my Butterfly Challenge.
The theme is to use 3 design papers
with your butterfly/flies.
Here is my inspiration card for you.
Nothing like I was intending to make!
I had a lovely surprise parcel arrive in the post.
These gorgeous  glittered butterflies were sent to me
by my blogging friend Maureen as she was
having a massive de stash and thought I might like them.
There was also some lovely little hessian bags in the parcel too.
Thankyou  Maureen. I will enjoy using the rest of
the butterflies up on future challenges.
As the butterflies were on my desk I decided to see
if I had any papers to match.
I had a pile on the floor waiting to go back  in the paper drawer
so I searched through those first and these 3 caught my eye.
The stripe paper had a tear down one side and I was about
to trim it down when I had a light bulb moment and decided
to leave as it was and to tear the other pieces up to match  .
So I did.!
The lace bits were in the box  with the  oddment of ribbon
 so I used those up  too.
The sentiment is a freebie from here .
Entering into the following challenges:
Incy Wincy Designs # Stripes.
Fan-Tastic Tuesday #61 Anything goes/twist add ribbon.
Top Tip Tuesday # 3 or more papers.
Scribble and Scrap #31  Anything goes.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #150  use up your snippets (ribbon and lace bits).
Little Miss Muffet# 98 Anything goes. 

12 Nov 2014

Karate Boy.

I enjoyed my day at the NEC on Sunday.
Came back aching though.
Went  to the Osteopath yesterday who has pummelled,
stretched and twisted me back into shape but now I feel like I'm paying twice
for the goodies I bought! Lol.
This is a card for our eldest Grandson
 who has his  Birthday on the 24th December.
I'm trying to get everything done ahead of time!
He is very much into Karate
so when I saw this image on Mo's Digital Pencil
by 'Mo Manning 'back in the summer knew I had to buy it.
I used SU cardstock and a craft knife
to cut the centre step base .
Pleased to say I still have all my fingers and toes!!
I coloured the image using Promarkers
and part fussy cut him out.
Background was created using a textured card stock
and 'Imagination Crafts' Wall stencil with their
embossing mat through my Grand Calibur.

The brick wall was looking a bit plain until I got my
'Dovercraft' decorative chalks out and randomly
coloured some of the bricks in.
Now it looks like a proper brick wall.
All ready to be kicked down!!
Number and wording created using Britannia dies.
Son and Grandson don't read my blog so it is safe to show now.
Entering into the following challenges:
Love To Create #141 Anything goes.
Little Claire's #51 Shaped card theme.
My Craft Creations # Anything goes.
Ooh - La - La Creations #169 more than 1 fold.
Papertake Weekly # 2 or 4 legs.
Through The Craft Room Door #  Anything goes.
Crafting For All Seasons #90 Birthdays.
Creative Moments #55 Anything goes/celebration.
Imagination Crafts # Anything goes.
Craft Your Passion #239 Something beginning with B (boy).

5 Nov 2014

3 Cards, 3 Designs.

Really running late today.
This should have been posted this morning
but we had to go into town  and see about a Contract.
No,no not that kind!!
It's ok you can rest easy you don't need to be looking over your shoulder!
This was to renew our mobile contracts
which every year we have untold hassle with.
The very nice man in the shop assured us it would be
seamless this time.
If not there will be a not so very nice man on the phone
to head office demanding an explanation.
Anyway I digress from the matter in hand.
Namely 3 cards to showcase my
Use 3 different design papers with your butterfly/s.
First up is this one made with a vintage style to it.
Blue and cream paper is by Melissa Frances 'Classic Elegance'
The dark blue and the pink lacy one from my stash but as they were
snippets I have no names on the back.
The flower is made using Spellbinders Rose Creations die.
Butterfly charm , broken chain, very old lace and pearls also from my stash.
Card design is based on one in Craft Stamper Feb 2013
by Elizabeth Borer called 'Elegance.

Stamp is by Kanban
The Cavendish ladies 'Day At The Races'
I have stamped directly onto the digi paper
which is by Raspberry Road from their  'Home Sweet Home Set.
Coloured with Promarkers very lightly as I wanted the pattern on the paper
to show through and give a sort of sepia look .
Die cut using Xcut 'Rectangle  Parenthis'.
Entering into the following challenges:
Make My Monday # Vintage.
Deep Ocean Challenge #90 Handmade flowers.
Fab 'n' Funky #236 Use 3 different embellishments( lace, pearls, handmade rose).
Vintage Utfordring #90 Use Lace. (Cream lace used  behind flower and charm).
My Time to Craft #265 Charmed I'm sure.
One Crazy Stamper # Anything goes.
Love To Create #140 Girly and lacy.
Second card
was inspired by a card in a magazine by Carolyne  Knott.
I have being wanting to make one of these envelope style  cards
for ages.
These 3 papers are all by Jennifer Ellory 2013
free in  quick cards magazine.
I have layere4d up using plain pink and green card stock.
envelope was created from a sheet of white card stock
and triangles cut away and folded over each other to create a pocket.
Tab  card pulls right out to add message on the back
and then pushes back inside.
Ribbon from my stash. 
Pansy picture , sentiment and butterfly topper
also from my stash and had been freebies at some time
in magazines.
Entering into the following challenges:
Squigglefly Challenge #144 Use patterned paper.
Fantastic Tuesday #60 anything goes/twist add one Butterfly.
Crafting By Designs # Anything goes.
Suzy Bee's Bloomin Challenge #53 Anything goes with layers.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #149 Use up your snippets. (odds of ribbon).
Third Card
 which surprised me as being my favourite.
The colour combinations are really striking.
Burnt Siena card stock as my base.
Blue card stock cut into 3 panels
and matted using 3 different design  papers.
Top and bottom papers
'The Simply British Collection'
free in Homemade magazine.
Middle paper unknown
but another magazine freebie in my stash.
The picture is from the ' Florals and Flutters collection
free in making cards.
(This is why I never have to buy paper packs these freebies in magazines
and digi paper downloads keep me going. )
I fussy cut an extra butterfly and added blue spotty ribbon.
I hope I have inspired you to join in the challenge
which runs for the next 2 weeks.
Entering this card into the following challenges:
Through The Craft Room Door # Anything goes.
Papertake Weekly # Anythin goes.
Sister Act #81 Anything goes.
Brown Sugar #118 Anything goes.


Take some cardboard, a little green felt,
black button, clip
and some left over red fleece and what do you get.
A nice red poppy.
I just cut a simple poppy shape from the cardboard
and red fleece and sandwiched the card in bewteen.
A plain  blanket stitch around the edge
using single sewing thread.
A leaf cut from the felt using a  leaf die and my Big Shot .
I actually made this last year  and one for Miss Di
which we wore to the NEC.
Forgot to take a picture and post till now!!
The back showing the safety clasp.
The leaf sewn on at  11 o'clock. Not many people know
that is how a poppy should be worn.
Especially TV presenters.

Here is this years poppy.
A knitted one this time which I will wear on my hat.

Entering into the following challenges:
Artful Times #67 Poppies.
Pixies Crafty Workshop #149 Use up your snippets. (fleece,felt,wool all scraps). 
Anything But A Card #41 Anything goes.
2 Creative Chicks # Sewing project no cards.
Crafting Musketeers #19 Anything but a card.

4 Nov 2014

Christmas Ornament

It's time again for the midway reminder for the
The theme as usual is Anything goes.......but not cards.
I still had some of the goodies we were given
left over from the last challenge
which was sponsored by Woodware.
There was ribbon and cardboard baubles
plus a plaque in the pile and as Christmas is not
in the too far distant future  I decided
to make a Hanging Ornament  with them.
First though I needed to decorate the baubles.
I used a technique that I had learnt at a recent workshop
I had attended.
The cardboard shapes were coloured using Promarkers
then covered with Versamark  before being dipped in
Papermania holographic embossing powder  and heat set.
Once cooled down I laid a stencil over the top.
This one is by Imagination Crafts 'Wisteria '
and makes a pretty pattern when only using
a section of the design.
I stamped over with the versa mark and used
Cosmic shimmer ultra thick embossing crystals
in 'Bronze Lustre'.
Once heat set and allowed to cool the whole bauble was
covered in versa mark and dipped in clear gloss EP.
before being heat set again.
They now have a lovely glassy feel/shine to them.
Sentiment was cut with  a Britannia word die
ad heat embossed with the cosmic shimmer crystals.
I punched a row of holes long the bottom of the plaque
and threaded through with the ribbon and tied the baubles
on at different heights until I got the weights right
in order to hang straight. 

Entering into the following challenges:
Craft Your Passion #238 Bright and sparkly.
Divas By Design # Anything goes.
Crafty Catz #253 Anything goes.
Dream Valley #94 Getting ready for Christmas.
Glitter and Sparkle #109 Anything but square.
Buckwells Crafty #2 Use ribbon.
Crafts Galore #11 Anything goes.
Jellypark Friends # Festive creations.
Sparkle 'n' sprinkle # Anything goes.
Imagination Crafts # Anything goes. (used an Imagination Crafts stencil).

2 Nov 2014


Time once more at the Christmas Card Club
to show the cards we made for
the next theme chosen by Lorraine C.
I had two old used cards in my stash
with snowmen on and as I liked them both
I have made 2 cards.
First up is this one re using an oblong card.
I cut the 2 end snowmen off and then fussy cut them out
and placed in front of the rest of them to make
a square card. To neaten it up I used  a frame
that I had die cut the centre from for
the scarecrow card.
Sentiment made using my Britannia word dies
and glued to the frame using PVA adhesive.
I attached Acetate to the front with brads
and then adhered to a piece of red card
which  I then matted onto a white base card.
I finished off with a bow made from a snippet of twine
I had left over in my stash.
Entering into the following challenges:
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #149 Use up your snippets (twine and frame).
Crafty Creations #275 Brads, buttons or bows.
Squigglefly Challenge #43 Use a frame.
Paper Minutes #345 Christmas and red.

My second card is again using an old oblong one.
This time I cut the Christmas trees off from either end
and used inside the card.
I have made another Gate fold card.
I love making these.

Card bases are made from silver and  navy pearlised card
and layered up alternately.
Sentiment is the negative of a Britannia word die
layered onto navy card .
I found some cute little snowmen embellishments
in my stash by Accessorize
which matched perfectly.

Entering into the following challenges:
Fab 'n' Funky #235 Christmas.
Me and Mine # Beat the rush.
Crafty Hazelnuts Extra #. Christmas cards .