Thursday, 30 June 2022

Christmas 2022 - Burst of Berries

 This is my first stitched card attempted since my operation.  I just wanted to see if I could manage with a fine needle and thread - and I couldn't be more pleased.

My last stitched card was managed about a year ago.  Towards the end of the year and up until just now stitching had been impossible.

I chose a Christmas stitch pattern from here and re pricked the already done holes to make them easier for the needle and thread.  Unusually, I did the stitching before I chose a focal image, and this made it difficult to choose one to match the theme and threads.  I have a whole box full of ready made 3D die cut images to choose from and couldn't find one I liked.  Instead I went to my album of already cut Christmas die-cuts and chose the Carnation Craft 'Burst of Berries' which I trimmed into a bouquet and added a bow.

I haven't tried getting out the die-cutting machine and plates yet to see if I can manage the weight and actions needed - but this is now high up on my to do list.  

All I need now is for the operation on my left wrist to be done and crafting life will be back to normal.

Carol xx

Sunday, 26 June 2022

CD Sunday Plus - Challenge #88 - hosted by Margaret

 On the day I am typing this we have a beautiful clear sky, lots of sunshine and a very light breeze.  Perfect for the subject of my design card:

I love all things about Hot Air Balloons and I would love to go up in one.  I love those beautiful paintings you see of many of them up in the sky. All various  sizes showing how near or far away they are.  I even have some jigsaws showing a sky crammed full of multi-coloured ones.  Some just striped and others as advertisements. Here are some ATCs I made some time ago show a couple as Minions:

One of the best places to see them in this country in all their majesty is at the Bristol Balloon Festival.

Anyway that is enough of me going on and on.   I made a couple of little matching calendar cards to go with the main card. All came from one of The Card Hut CDs. 


I have chosen to give this card to a friend whose birthday is later in the year so I will just include the 2023 calendar for her to pop into her purse.

 Here is a jigsaw of mine that was framed and hung.




Sunday, 12 June 2022

CD Sunday Plus - Challenge #87 - hosted by Jo

A card for the 'Go to' box.  Sadly we still need a few of these but thankfully not as many now, as were needed in the previous two years.

This is from one of the Tatty Ted CDs using the Docraft Digital Designer programme.   To the topper from the disc, showing Ted in bed with flowers and the envelope,  I added the biscuits, the corner embellishments, the pink pencil and all the words.  The border was added using my graphics programme.

Another digital card that I enjoyed making.

Whilst I have been reduced to making digital cards I have had another problem - not being able to write inside the cards I make - or in fact even sign them.  I can now write but surprisingly my handwriting is now rubbish and difficult!!   I have come up with a solution.  Not mind blowing or earth shattering but useful.

I have bought a pack of Avery Address labels - J8166.  They are 6 on a sheet and perfect for a verse or a greeting together with your name.  These seem the perfect size for sticking on to the inside right sheet of the card. Here is a sample - perfect for the above card:

Sending you love

and best wishes

for a very speedy


 With hugs

Carol xxx

 You can obviously space this out as you wish and choose any font but this is the one I chose and can print it out any time.  Just an idea.

On the subject of  'Wellness', I hope that all are well.  Please do take care.

I will be choosing my Top 3 during the next couple of weeks so I look forward to revisiting all the entries to #86


Carol xx

Sunday, 5 June 2022

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Card Challenge - with UKSN

Although the UKSN is 90% about stamping and mixed media they do allow any kind of medium for their ATC section of the club and they have -  graciously -  allowed me to continue to use digital images whilst my hand is healing so that I could enter this challenge.  I had all sorts of ideas buzzing in my head and this is what I produced:

I loved creating this card.  The background of Buckingham Palace was a copyright free image from the net.  'Her Majesty' is a wonderful first layer decoupage image from a La Pashe CD.  This is the first piece of fine cutting I have managed since my op so I am so pleased.  The union flag numbers, bunting, corgis, guards and the princes all come from a digital download purchase from Kate Hadfield.

I am secretly pleased with it (perhaps not so secretly now) and I hope you like it too.




Sunday, 29 May 2022

CD Sunday Plus - Challenge #86 - hosted by moi

It should have been my turn to host the last challenge but Pamela kindly stepped in for me whilst I was recovering from the surgery to my hand.  All is well and I am back on duty.

Here is my card for this challenge:

I used one of the Card Hut CDs -  Mark Bardsleys Country Show -  and my graphics programme to add the words and the borders.

Those of our challengers who are not in the UK may not know about a TV series we had about a famous vet named James Herriot . I watched every episode of all the series and loved them all. I found this image in the ready to print section on the CD and I just had to add the reference to James Herriot.

Hopefully I will be able to physically create cards soon rather than just digitally. I am just being wary until the dissolvable stitches have all dissolved. At the moment I can use double sided tape and wield a pair of scissors but I haven't yet had the courage to get out the die-cutting machine etc. Lifting things are a no no apparently.

By the way the beautiful card that Pamela made for this current challenge is her birthday card to me.  It is truly beautiful.

I hope to be able to return to commenting on your challenge entries and I look forward to see in them all.




Wednesday, 25 May 2022


Any one who has followed my blog for a while will know that I love doing jigsaw puzzles - when time allows.

It would appear from this posting here that it is not uncommon for me to resort to jigsawing when everything else comes to a halt.  And the previous posting to that tells me that is was 5 years ago that I first started to have treatment for the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

I  managed to finish this one yesterday:

Harry Potter and friends. 1000 pieces

I had done the edges before the op but did the rest in the last week after the bandages came off.  A wonderful puzzle. I can recommend it. (Amazon).

Now the next one is ready to start:   Woodland Seasons - by Gibsons

This has 2000 pieces.  I have the edge pieces separated and plan to do one Season at a time.

When you have been instructed to take things easy - not to rush about lifting anything heavy (not even a kettle) - and only essential housework?  - this is the next best thing.  I am keeping my mind busy and improving my left hand dexterity.  That is my excuse.

So off to get started.




Sunday, 15 May 2022

CD Sunday Plus - Challenge # 85 - hosted by Pamela

 More digital from me - but I am having fun.  Physical crafting is almost impossible still so I am really enjoying playing with a different style of crafting.  What I am doing is very simplified but fun.  I will know in a couple of weeks how my op has gone and how much movement and sensitivity I have regained.  Then I can play with all those new dies I have bought.

Here is my card for this challenge, and, I think a new favourite:

A mixture of downloads including a Card Hut CD - 'Pets in a mess' for Hamish the dog and the rabbit he is chasing and the sitting up cat on the windowsill. 

I added the writing on the blind and the borders with my graphics programme.  I am sorry about the colour quality. It is much better in real life.  I used glossy card for the topper and I don't think my scanner was impressed.

I think this will be for my daughter for her birthday in July.

All being well I will be having my op on Tuesday and be on my way to some die cutting craft at long last.


Carol xx


I have had my op and as far as I can tell it all went well. Thankfully not as much pain as I expected.  All done under local in the operating theatre.  I can only commend and applaud the wonderful service and treatment I received from all the medical and other staff.  After the NHS almost being on their knees I think it is great the way they are.  I just have to heal properly from this op  - which  takes a while - then have the left hand done and all will be well again.


Sunday, 1 May 2022

CD Sunday Plus - Challenge # 84 hosted by Jocelyn

Another Docraft Digital Designer creation from me for this challenge.  More from the  Hot Diggity folder on the Tulip and Friends CD.  I must admit that I find almost all the images etc on the Docraft Designer brilliant.  They seem to fit most occasions and are all beautifully drawn.

Here is the one I have chosen for this challenge:

I just love the expressions on the dogs faces as they look at the frog invasion.

Remembering some previous cards I have posted I seem to have a thing for green camper vans and surf boards.  I have only just noticed!  I wonder if Aimeslee notices.

Everything comes from the CD apart from the tri-coloured border which was made using my ACDSee graphics programme.

I knew that there had been a Hot Diggity song way back.  Yes I am just old enough to remember it -  so here it is.

A cheerful song to reflect my mood as at last I have received a date for my first Carpal Tunnel op - May 17th.  I know it isn't going to be very pleasant but it has to be done and the sooner the better.

Please enjoy the music and perhaps leave a comment on your way past.




Sunday, 24 April 2022

A card that has travelled 4,896 miles...

 This super card arrived in time for my birthday all the way from Texas;

This was made by Aimeslee.  A new friend I have made through the wonderful place that is CD Sunday Plus.

We first got chatting because Aimeslee loved one of my DT cards in particular.  I had made several using the same image slightly differently.  I found I still had the original and sent it to her for her birthday - which she didn't have technically as it is 29th February.  This is the one I sent.  I know you have all seen it before:

Apparently the sand and the surfing brought back memories.

Aimeslee has made such a fantastic card for me.  There is much royalty for the Queen, having the same birthday as me, and sense of the UK and the States all mixed up together.

We have started to chat about ourselves and things British and American and I am thoroughly  enjoying it and long may it last. 

Thank you for my card Aimeslee.  If you would like to see more of the card and  Aimeslee see here.




Sunday, 17 April 2022

CD Sunday Plus - Challenge #83 - hosted by Margaret

It isn't often that our challenge lands on Easter Sunday but this year it has, so may I wish you all a very Happy Easter. 

I was named Carol because I was born at Easter.  Easter hymns and Christmas songs are both known as Carols.  Pity I can't sing - in tune.

I haven't got an Easter card to show you - I have a Birthday card.  I am still restricted to making digitally based cards but although it is turning out to be more fun than I thought it would I will be glad when the pain goes. Other complications have appeared and I am having another consultation on the 28th.

This card started out as an ATC.  I love making ATCs and belong to ATC swapping groups and have done so for years.

This is the ATC I made with Serif Craft Artist 2. This was made for a series just called Fairies in March 2017.

I went back to the original work on Serif and removed the fairy, added back the tissue like label,  butterflies and added the words and borders.  The ATC was decoupaged but I can't do that at the moment.

That was fun altering something that I had made all those years ago.

I will see you all again on May 1st.  By that time I will be a year older - and just maybe - wiser.

And in the meantime here is a copy of an Easter decoupaged ATC from  that same year 2017


Carol xx

Friday, 8 April 2022


 As a family- many years ago now - we managed to take our three children to Kenya for a wonderful 3 week holiday. The eldest was about 16 and the youngest - my daughter - 10.  I particularly remember the trip because it was in April just before my birthday - about now.

We had a fabulous time.  We were lucky that it was during a period of stability in Kenya.  It wasn't too long after our trip there that sadly there were more troubles.

One of the things that I especially remember was the guy in charge of the hotel pool - which was positioned  between the cottages and the main hotel.  We had to pass the pool on the way to breakfast and the 'pool man' wouldn't let the children pass him until they had greeted him properly and respectfully in Swahili.  The kids were great and joined in the fun with good heart.

This digital picture I have had fun making just reminds me of some of those days. 

The background image is one that I found somewhere and the giraffes are wonderful digital images from Beccy's Place.  Now 'Machweo' is Swahili for Sunset.  If you go onto Google it even tells you exactly how to pronounce it.

I think I might give this to my son Chris for his birthday in July.  It will stir some memories for him as well.




Sunday, 3 April 2022

CD Sunday Plus Challenge - #82 - hosted by Jo

Docraft Digital Designer.    Hot Diggity Dog from Tulip and Friends.

 I am so enjoying my revisits to CD's and graphic programmes to enable me to continue making cards.  Over time I have got so engrossed in exploring die-cuts and cutting machines -  Vignettes and Charismas etc that I had forgotten how I started out crafting.  I did also do a great deal of non die-cut decoupage (and still love it) but that is difficult until my wrists have healed.

 As the pains have eased a little I have been enjoying the 'digital' world but  I really do want to get back to die-cutting, and all that involves.

I look forward to lots of visiting, and I hope - visitors.



Sunday, 20 March 2022

CD Sunday Plus - Challenge #81 - hosted by Pamela

I am still with the digital cards although I am noticing some improvement in my wrist after the jab.  A little less pain and almost no terrible pins and needles.  So hopefully it will continue this way.

I had a lot of fun making this card using one of my favourite characters - Boofle - from Docrafts.

So here he is.

It was fun choosing some favourite poses, changing sizes etc, and then thinking of some appropriate text/sayings.  The border was from my graphics programme.  Everything else was  'Boofle' from Docrafts Digital Designer.

The card was made for the Card For Kindness group on UKSN and is winging its way to its recipient in Australia. I am hoping that by the time this post appears it will have reached Sue.

I will be busy next week choosing my Top 3 for the last challenge and with the improvement hoping to find it all a mite easier.

I have a little story to relate  about my son - true - it happened last week.

I am taking a drug called Gabapentin.  Supposed to help with Carpal Tunnel Pain.  I am on quite a heavy dose and one of the side effects is to make you dizzy and unsteady.  I have been suffering - in spades - as they say, and had a long chat with medics about it and it is being reduced.

That bit is just background.  Yesterday afternoon I went outside the front door to the post box (separate from the house) to see if there was any post and when I bent down I started to lose my balance - big time.  In fact, in my mind's eye, I could see myself hitting the box and ground.  Anyway, I manage to get back up straight and all was well.

Later on, Chris  came home just for a moment and he asked how I was.  I told him about the incident and what I needed was one of those alarm bells you wear round your neck if you do fall.  But I said I couldn't have one of those because I am not on my own.  What I needed was one that just connected to him but such a thing would be impossible.

Ah says he. What you need is a Cow Bell.

I am just about still talking to him.

Hugs to all and please still be careful.

Carol xx

Sunday, 6 March 2022

CD Sunday Plus - Challenge #80 - hosted by me (Carol)

 Yes, it is my turn again to host the challenge and choose the Top 3.  I have some treatment starting on Tuesday for the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and I am hoping it will be taking effect when I have to do some concentrated mouse work when choosing the winners.

In the meantime here is my contribution for #80.  Very simple again - I am afraid - but not long now I hope.

This was a digital download - printed twice - so that I could very carefully cut out the central oval.  This I decoupaged using sticky pads.  I had added 'Margaret' and the borders before I printed it all out.

This card is for a member of a Birthday List to which I belong.

It gets very tiring using the mouse and keyboard so I will just say that I look forward to visiting your blogs and choosing my Top 3.


Carol xx

Sunday, 20 February 2022

CD Sunday Plus - Challenge #79 - hosted by Jocelyn.

Another completely digital offering from me again I am afraid.  I am longing to be able to get back to 'making 3D style cards' again but having said that I am just glad that I can at least create something. I have been given some consultation appointments so I may have better news by the next challenge. 

I enjoyed making this card.  It is for a member of a group I belong to within the UKSN.  I used  my Serif Craft Artist 2 again.  The same folder as last time - just a different image.

I love the ghostly white fish. There are a few in the folder but I liked these best of all.  It was all part of  the same folder  I just added the borders with my ACDSee programme.  The outside border is just there to show the edge of the card for the posting.   It is not part of the card itself.

The wind is absolutely howling as I type this (Friday).  I noticed earlier on the news that the  S.E was the only area left with a red warning and the edge started just left of us - Guildford/Farnham.  I hope all are safe and everything is still in one piece.




Sunday, 6 February 2022

CD Sunday Plus - Challenge #78 - hosted by Margaret

Here is another digital only card from me again - I am afraid.  I can't wait to start playing with my die cutting machine etc but I will just have to be patient.

Today I have used my Docrafts Digital Designer  and I present to you a 'Tatty Ted' card.

The Tatty Ted folder in the programme is great. There are some super images.  Although they are 'cute' you don't get tired of them.  Here are some that I have used in the past

This one is simply made choosing a background and then adding an image. The balloons are from the extras and I added words to the border strips.

It does look better in real life than as a computer image and will be one for my 'go to' box.

I look forward to your visits and I am visiting all your blogs and commenting when I can.

Please keep taking care.


Sunday, 23 January 2022

CD Sunday Plus - Challenge #77 - Anything Goes - hosted by Jo

 I hope all are well and enjoying your crafting.  I have noticed a very very small improvement in the pain from the double Carpal Tunnel Syndrome that is plaguing me.   I had a phone consult with a Pain Consultant and he told me to up the dose of the medication and I think that is working.  Fingers crossed - if I could.

This means that I have an all digital card to show you for this challenge:

I found an image of a vase of roses and used it to make a background using my Kaleidoscope CD.  I then added a border to the original image using my ACDSee Graphics programme and then printed it out to use as a topper.  I added the sentiment to the topper with the same ACDSee programme.

The flat sparkly enamel type gems were used in the corners.

I love the old fashioned oil painting look to the image. 

I would usually be starting my Christmas cards by now but instead I am having to source images to use digitally.  Not quite what I intended but actually I am enjoying it.

I will be visiting all the entries and making comments when I can.  Happy crafting.



Thursday, 13 January 2022

CFK for the UKSN

 Here is my first Card for Kindness for 2022.  I was sent my 'name' a few days ago and I have managed to make a card but it had to be a digitally produced one I am afraid.  It could be that way for a while yet but I couldn't not make one.  If that makes sense.  Card making and crafting is what I do and I am so bored with the TV - I can't tell you.

Anyway I used my Serif Craft Artist 2 and produced this card.

 I did find some synthetic water drops in my stash to add for effect.

This is winging it's way in the post and I hope the recipient likes it.  I had to do the inside greeting using my Dymo Letratag.  A boon when you can't do any handwriting.




Sunday, 9 January 2022

CD Sunday Plus - Challenge #76

I hope that a good and safe Christmas and New Year was had by everyone.  My Christmas plans were changed at the last minute. I was due to host a family Christmas at my place but due to daughter, son in law and nephew all testing positive I had to go down to Bristol to spend Christmas with my sister.  Not a hardship but she was supposed to be coming to me.

My first CD Sunday Plus card for 2022 is a birthday card for one of my Great Nephews - Arlo.  I remember that I started off last year with a card for the same nephew.  Last time it was a spaceship and this time it is a puffer train.


The image - which I have decoupaged -  comes from the La Pashe Big One CD  - Volume 1 - Remember When?

This has made a 6" x 8" (almost) card and I love these big and bold images.  They make such great cards for little ones.

Now that Arlo has a new younger brother (there are now three little terrors) I will have to find some  more and different images for future cards. I am sure that I will find something on La Pashe.

So a latish Happy New Year from me and I look forward to your visits chez-moi.



Wednesday, 5 January 2022


I haven't posted my entries for this swop for a wee while.

Here is the latest that are going in the post tomorrow for the December 2021 to January 2022 swop themed -  'Festivals'. They will be shown beautifully by the organisers,  who do always do a fabulous job displaying them all.

I am sorry that these are all single layer ATCs. The wrist problems are making any crafting painful so I am doing what I can.

Here are ones I made for earlier swops - starting with swop no: 69

69. The Colour Yellow

70. 'J' is for....

71. Black and White and one colour

72. Olympics

73. 'K' is for .....

74. Poppies

Saturday, 18 December 2021

CFK for the UKSN

The coded heading stands for:

Card for Kindness for the United Kingdom Stampers Network.

Here is my card that I made for a fellow member of our club.  I have mentioned before that the members are monthly each given a name with whom to swap a Card for Kindness

Because of my Carpal Tunnel Syndrome I am - at the moment - using my graphic CDs and programmes more than usual in my card making.  Even typing this today is a problem as my whole arm and hand is tingling like crazy.

Here is the card together with a matching calendar.

I don't find it onerous to be making cards this way as I love all the Card Hut CDs and programmes. 

I just feel bad that I haven't managed to fulfill my commenting duties for CD Sunday Plus.  I can manage occasionally but not all the time.  With the major problems that the NHS is facing it will be many many months before I can get treatment for the Carpal Tunnel. I will just have to be patient.

In the meantime may I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a good safe New Year.

Tuesday, 7 December 2021

Positively the last Christmas cards for 2021

Some of you may have picked up from some of my postings that I am a member of the UK Stampers Network.  This lovely group are primarily about all things stamping but they do have certain internal little groups that you can get involved in and not use stamps - like the ATC group .  They also do craft retreats and on one of these they learned some card shapes - one of which was a 3 point card.   It was talked about on the blog and I loved what they had done.  I am known amongst some of my friends as an 'any shape as long as it is square' kind of crafter but I did like the cards they showed me.  So I had a go and here are my last two Christmas cards for 2021.   I love them and plan to use the shape more often when I am making my 2022 Christmas cards.

Now the blue one was my 1st go and I still have that one but the second is in an envelope ready for the postbox.

For them both I used backing paper from stash.  The images are die cuts.  The meeces are from Carnation Crafts and the Santa is from Tattered Lace.  The sentiments were cut with dies I have had for ages.

Admittedly I made the basis of the cards  some time ago (September) but with help of the new pain medication from my GP to help with the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome I managed to complete the red one yesterday but only because I had already cut out the images and they were safe and ready in my die cut stash.

I think I like the shape more each time I look at them.

Thanks for looking.




Sunday, 5 December 2021

CD Sunday Plus - Challenge - #75 - Anything Goes hosted by Moi.

This is the last challenge for CD Sunday Plus until after Christmas and the New year.

I have saved one of the Christmas cards I made with the new Tattered Lace dies and charisma sets - Christmas Tidings - that I bought a little while ago.  I showed you one that I had made (here) and this is the second I kept under wraps until now.

Out of the two I made at the time I think this is my favourite.  I found the background on the net but couldn't find to whom to attribute it to.  Who ever it was - thank you - and I only used a very little.

I love finding images to use that say Happy Christmas without always having to add the  words - and I think this is one of those.

So for the card I used the aforementioned background over which I placed the bauble made using the die cut charisma in two embossed layers,  over the extra bauble die cut,   and then a die cut bow.

As always I look forward to browsing through the entries we receive.  I am still hors de combat with the carpal tunnel syndrome and will do my best to get back to commentating asap.

This won't be my last post before Christmas but it is not too early to wish all a very happy festive season.



Sunday, 21 November 2021

CD Sunday Plus Challenge - #74

I have a special card to share for this challenge.  During this month my beloved Granddaughter - Ellie - celebrated her 18th birthday.  Ellie was named after my own mother - Eleanor.

It certainly doesn't feel like 18 years ago that we welcomed her into the world - but it was.

This is the card I made especially for her:

This was created using a Card Hut CD -  'In the Doghouse'.  The poem was written by the CD artist Mark Bardsley, and is in his illustrated book 'Dogs' of which I have a signed copy. 

Ellie has a wonderful Cockerpoo named Alfie.  Here he is sitting on the arm of my sofa.  He was waiting for Chris to come home and here he could see out of the window.:

Alfie comes to stay with us occasionally.  He adores my son Chris and will follow him everywhere.  They look like a comedy duo as Alfie is barely 18" tall and Chris is 6' 2".

Ellie didn't have a big celebration because of Covid but we did have a family tea and get together and Grandma was asked to make a couple of cakes. 

Here is one of the cakes - I was asked to make two and they were exactly the same.

All this happened last Tuesday and we did have a lovely time - as special as it could have been.

I have been told since that both the cakes have been consumed and not a crumb left.   Alfie, I am told, was not pleased.



Sunday, 7 November 2021

CD Sunday Plus - Challenge #73 - hosted by Margaret - 'Anything Goes' (as long as Rule 3 has been obeyed)

 This is the card I have made for Challenge #73:

I went to La Pashe again for the image for this card.    From 'The Best of La Pashe - 2012' - Disc 2 -  Decoupage plus -  'On Manoeuvres'.  The tank and soldiers are decoupaged. The cacti  were found on the internet - downloaded and cut out and attached with sticky pads.  The two background mats were die cut using Carnation Crafts 'Shabby' dies.

This is for my son-in-law who has a birthday in November. He has many hobbies and is a very talented builder of models.  All working ones - like helicopters that fly and tanks that manoeuvre.

I just now have to find out - via my daughter - what little something he needs for the next model.

I look forward to visiting the entries to the new challenge.  In the meantime please be careful out there.

Carol xx

Saturday, 6 November 2021

Christmas is coming.

 There isn't much serious crafting I can do at the moment with my right wrist in a splint but I have been able to do some very gentle craft work for a little while with the splint off.  Only in little spurts - I promise.

A while ago I bought some kits to make tiny Angel and glass bauble hanging ornaments to make up.  I went a bit mad with the Angel kits and bought 5 kits (10 in each) in Poppy, Ivy, Honeysuckle, Heather and Harebell.

The Angels came from here  and the glass baubles came from Amazon.

Then on Amazon I found some small Pre-lit little trees to use as table centres or coffee table displays.  So I bought some of those to display my new Angels and baubles.  Here is a photo of the first one I have made.  Still to be played with a bit more.

The little trees are beautifully made and as I have so many Angels and baubles I have bought several and intend to give them as Christmas gifts.  I even found Christmas Ted  to be in the photo.



Sunday, 24 October 2021

CD Sunday Plus - Challenge #72 - hosted by Jo

 As always the challenge is Anything Goes as long as Rule 3 has been followed - see here in the sidebar.

For my DT card for this challenge I am presenting a card I made for my lovely nephew on his recent 43rd birthday.  He has been an Arsenal supporter since he really knew that there was such a thing as football.  We sometimes tease and embarass him by reminding him that when he was very little he used put on the kit when he was watching matches on the box.  I read this out to my son Chris  - his cousin - who commented  that it wasn't much fun being an Arsenal fan at the moment.  Much better to support his team - Liverpool. 

I don't understand the game - I was a golfer!

It all came from the La Pashe CD -  'Big One' Disc 2.  From the Football Birthdays folder.    It took a bit of fiddling and adjustments to get the 'strip' right before I decoupaged it.  It must be OK though as I haven't heard any complaints.

The red and white mats were cut using Carnation Crafts dies and I used the small centre oblong from one of the sets to make the sentiment.

As always I look forward to visiting many blogs.


Carol xx 

Saturday, 23 October 2021

A Halloween special

I  have received a fabulous and unexpected Halloween card from my friend and fellow CD Sunday Plus  teamie  - Pamela.  It is wonderful and I wanted to show it off.  Thank you Pamela. xx

Tuesday, 19 October 2021

More for Christmas 2021

Because at CD Sunday Plus we now accept cards and projects made using digital stamps and images I have become much more aware of what - in the digital world -  is out there and available to purchase.

When I see a new to me site mentioned as a source used in an entry I go off to investigate.  Such a site I found the other day - HettyClare.  I have added the site - with a link -  to my side bar.

I purchased a few images and one in particular was a Christmas one.  I have made three cards using the purchased image.  I used a background from MCS and my graphics programme, ACDSee, to add the borders and text.  I really do not know what I would do without ACDSee.  Here are the three.

Later I might add  a little glitter or even some enamel type colouring to the fairy lights.  I try to make all my Christmas cards different but I do choose one each year to be my go to one in case I have not made enough.  I like this one so it may well be the one I choose.

I am so glad that my cards for the rest of the year are now complete - touching wood - as I am suffering a recurrence of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in my right hand.  I had cortisone injection back in 2017 and was fine but it seems to be back.  Now I will start the long process of trying to get treatment.  Unlikely but we will see.




Sunday, 10 October 2021

CD Sunday Plus - Challenge #71 - hosted by Pamela

As always the CD Sunday Plus Challenges are anything goes as long as the challenge rules are followed - which you can find here.

Sadly my card for this challenge is a Sympathy card.  In these uncertain times we are making more of these than we like or would wish.

I made this card for a friend on the forum that I talked about, back in Challenge #70.  I had found the image of the Forget-me-nots sometime ago - as a download - and I think they are the perfect flower for such a card.   They have always been one of my favourite flowers with which to craft.  The Victorians used them a great deal.  I have a Kaleidoscope CD and it is this that I used to make the card.  I entered the image into the CD graphics programme and 'played' until I created the image that I wanted to use.  Here is the card:

The little square centrepiece shows the original image and the rest of the card is the kaleidoscope.  I added the border with my ACDSee programme and then some toning crystal gems.

I look forward - as always - to visiting your blogs and admiring the wonderful creations.  Aren't we lucky to be crafters at such a time?  Keeping us busy and sane.  Certainly the first but not sure about the second.

Hugs, Carol


Wednesday, 6 October 2021


I have dipped my toe into the world of Halloween card making.  It is not a 'festival' that I have ever really been interested in except that I have always enjoyed making Halloween ATCs.  So I joined a group of Halloween card swappers and set to with - I must admit - enthusiasm.  I enjoyed every minute and am quite pleased with the results.  I am now going to bore you with them all.

The scene came from ?  The ghosts and sentiments are a download purchase from Jans Digi Stamps. The book and candle are from Tattered Lace.


The crypt scene is from Tattered Lace, as is the cauldron. The others are cut using dies that I have had for ages.   May be from Tattered Lace.
The scene is a Tattered Lace background. The gravestone is also from Tattered Lace. The ghosts and 'Boos' are from dies I have had for some time and the tree is a download from Jans Digi Stamps.
The ghosts and cats are cut using  dies from stash and the rest are downloads from Beccys Place.
The scene is from ?.  I have added the sentiment using my graphics programme.
Another background from Tattered Lace. The die-cuts made using dies from stash.
Background from stash. The window, spider and web are all peel offs. The ghost is from Tattered Lace and the black cat.pumpkins  and sentiment are cut with a dies from stash.
Tattered Lace background. All the die-cuts used dies from stash.
All this was made using a pyramage from an Ooh La La CD called 'Faithful Friends'

  I have mentioned everything I used  under the appropriate image.  I used my graphics programme (ACDSee) for any borders and for adding my name to each image.  The font- in case you are interested is - chiller.  Looks good in red -  doesn't it?                                 

I am looking forward to receiving my swaps for this first venture into 'Halloween'.