Tuesday, 19 February 2019

More fillers for the Birthday Box

Some more decoupage from La Pashe

And I even managed to make some chutney as well.   I have to make my own as I cannot eat onions and it is hard to buy commercial chutneys without them.  This is a from a family recipe- Apple and Date -  and here are 14 of the 21 jars I have just made. They are still slightly warm.


Sunday, 17 February 2019

CD Sunday - #4 - 'Anything Goes' using something from a craft CD - hosted by Wynn

Welcome to #4 - another 'Anything Goes' challenge - this one hosted by fellow teamie Wynn.   The teamies -  including myself - are all enjoying this new freedom to choose any theme as long as a craft CD has been used.
For this challenge, I have chosen to make a birthday card for a friend who has an April Birthday. Although this isn't an actual Easter card it does hint that Spring is on the way. (The friend doesn't follow my Blog so won't see this).

Here is the card:
The image and the sentiments are all from La Pashe - The Big One Vol 2 - 'Sports and Hobbies' and the background is from ??  I cannot remember at the moment.  There is a little decoupage.

We hope you will join in with us. If you care to leave a comment on your way past it would be very welcome. I look forward to visiting your Blog.    I know that when I go visiting I always find something new to admire ----or to buy!
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I look forward to visiting you or hearing from you.


Wednesday, 13 February 2019


Now that Christmas and New Year are well and truly over we are back to monthly themed swops. For February I made a suggestion and it was kindly accepted - 'Jewellery/Gems'.  I have made quite a few as I particularly love making jewellery ones. You can find some super images and it is always a good reason for using gems.  Now, who doesn't like using gems?

These are the ones I have sent.  This is my presentation.  As I have said many times the organisers always do a super presentation - much more betterer than I could do.

I am looking forward to see what my swops will be.


Friday, 8 February 2019

Still filling up the Birthday box.....

The weather at the moment is so changeable - snow and then lashing rain and howling winds - that I have decided that making cards is the bestest thing to do. Keeping warm and dry and being productive. (anything but the ironing). 
So I am methodically working through my card lists.  I am trying to use many of those dies that I have bought but not yet used and papers that I have collected and are collecting dust.

Here are another couple for the box:

This one uses a new frame die that I purchased from The Art of Craft. I wanted a square frame that wasn't a Christmas one (I have oodles of those) and the edge of the frame had to cover the edge of the insert image as much as possible.  The cats are from dies that I have had for ages and the sentiment is from my now favourite Happy Birthday die.
The peachy/orange background mat is from a pad of  6 x 6 adhesive mats by DCWV. I have had this pad for a long time and found it forgotten in the cupboard. I would like to find more of the pads in perhaps different colours (to purchase) but no luck so far. I also used one of the white sheets for the frame so it does diecut well.

Now for the next card. I have used three of the DCWV mats for this card. Two for the mats and one more for the  die cut frame and butterfly :

The sentiments are peel offs I found (yet again forgotten in the cupboard). I didn't have to search for the pearls. I always know where they are.

I hope you are all safe and dry and perhaps crafting. Just don't do the ironing to make me feel guilty.

Monday, 4 February 2019

Another one for the Birthday box....perhaps!

I have had so much fun making the card that I am going to find it difficult to send it to anyone.

It started off with a stamped card I saw displayed at The Art of Craft.  The stamp used was of a single blossom designed by  Julie Hickey.  I loved it straight away and had to buy it.  I had just bought a new set of watercolour pens from Amazon and I could see these two being used together.

To start with I stamped 5 and coloured in five different single bright colours.  Added the gold detail around the edges and then just kept looking at them trying to decide what to do next.

I went through my stock of die cuts and found all sorts of leaves and things in all sorts of colours  (all left over from other projects)  and just started to put them together.
I won't bore you anymore - here is the card:

Now it is all finished I will put it in the box - for the time being.

I wish you all the fun I have been having.

Sunday, 3 February 2019

CD Sunday - #3 – ‘Anything Goes’ using something from a craft CD - hosted by Meg

Good morning.  I think everyone has some snow by now,  but I hope it isn't too bad wherever you are. Here in Surrey, we have had a couple of falls and it is staying at the moment.  It does look very pretty but I am glad I don't have to go out in it.

On to crafty things that we can do in the warm.

We are still having 'Anything Goes' - using a craft CD - as our theme and this one is #3.

For this one, I took the opportunity to make my eldest son his birthday card (last week).  I have actually used this design before (here) and as I particularly like it I decided to use it again - slightly differently though.

Here is the card:

The image comes from a Joanna Sheen  CD - Victorian Ladies and Gentlemen Disc 1. There are a couple of areas of decoupage - the balloon and the large wheel/fan?  The top layer of the wheel has been attached with a brad.
The sentiment is a new favourite die. I think it is from here.

I hope you are going to join in with us. 'Anything Goes' gives you carte blanche as long as you have used something from a craft CD and tell us which one.

I look forward to more Blog visiting to see your wonderful creations.

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

More Birthday

I have been making some more cards for my go to box.   Decoupage again and some die cutting.

As you can see I have used that same image again on the third card. What can I say - I like the picture. But I think that is enough times this year.

Sunday, 20 January 2019

CD Sunday - #2 – ‘Anything Goes’ using something from a craft CD - hosted by Jane

CD Sunday are revisiting 'Anything Goes' but this time hosted by Jane.

I have made a Birthday card this time instead of ATCs.  For some time now amongst a folder of photos of butterflies on my computer there has been a snap that I took myself in my own garden. This beautiful butterfly was visiting my Sedum flower heads. They were still in bud so there wasn't any pollen or nectar for him to find but he settled long enough for me to rush and get my camera. I am not sure of the breed but it is very similar to the spotted fritillary,  Here is the original photo:

I knew what background I wanted to use as it is one I have used before from MCS. I used it here:

The background came from MCS Watercolour World 1 CD.  Obviously, the colouring had to be changed and I had fun with colours and hues. So after some satisfying playing and then using my ACDSee graphics programme (CD based) I added the sentiment and the borders. I gave the butterfly one decoupaged layer.
Here is my card:

Hope you like the result.
Please come and join in with us at CD Sunday.  Please, please remember though to use something from a craft CD in the making of your project.  It is amazing the entries we receive that have no CD content at all. We even had an entry from someone who hadn't used a craft CD but told us which music CD was listened to whilst she worked.
Don't forget you can also enter by email or Facebook. Details are on the CD Sunday Blog here.


Saturday, 12 January 2019

Craft CDs - die cutting and decoupage

I enjoyed making these.   Decoupage was my first 'crafting love' and it is good to go back to it.  The images are all from La Pashe.  I love their CD's.  What a pity they aren't made anymore.
I think I may have mentioned  before that on one of my trips to Northumberland I  met the artist who did all the images for the CD's. A very talented man.

So three more for the birthday box.


Sunday, 6 January 2019

CD Sunday - #1 - 'Anything Goes' - hosted by Carol (moi)

Happy New Year wishes to everyone. If you made any resolutions I hope you are keeping them. The best way to keep them is, of course, not to make them. Safer that way.

For our challenge - #1 - Anything Goes - I have chosen to make some ATCs. I have made 9 to add to my stash and here they are:

I have used a background for them all from MCS - Country Life CD - Background - 43 and the actual ATCs are printed using a Carol Ann's Studio CD.
I haven't made any of them 3D this time but they all have had 'raindrops' added using a Sakura pen.

I hope a good Christmas was had by all. My household was full of coughing - and in fact still is. Beware -  there is a nasty bug doing the rounds. Just to add to the icing on the cake the boiler needed urgent repairs and we had a couple of very cold days without heating and hot water but all is warm and toasty now.

As you will have seen from earlier CD Sunday Blog postings we are only going to be giving prizes for three special challenges later in the year. We will still be posting our Top 3 choices for our normal challenges and it will be my turn for this challenge - #1 Anything Goes.
Please join in with us and if you haven't a Blog you can email us at or join in  on Facebook.
Let's hope that 2019 is a good year.
Take care.

Sunday, 9 December 2018

CD Sunday - 'Christmas old or new' - chosen by Jocelyn

We have now almost reached the end of the year and here is the last challenge of 2018.  'Christmas old or new' - chosen by Jocelyn.   As I suggested on the Blog,  try to keep this challenge in mind as you are having that last frantic card making rush.  If you haven't time to make cards with lots of diecuts and layers why not turn to a CD and print out a topper on good quality paper - grab a white 6 x 6 card and  see what you can do.   Even better use a CD based Graphics programme like MCS or Docraft.  I do that every year.  Design a card with one of these systems and then I have something on the computer that I can print out if needed.  I did need to this year as I miscounted and was 5 short.  If you do this then of course your card will qualify for this last challenge.

The card I made for this challenge is based on an idea I saw on Pinterest.

Here it is:
The background is a sheet from a CD called  'Artylicious - Seasons greetings' - Disk 1' .The design is by Glenda Waterworth.
The tree is made of many, many die cut snowflakes from a mixture of green card.  Many were cut from scraps left over from other projects.  Under the snowflakes  is a simple diecut triangle that acts as the tree base and is something to which the snowflakes are stuck.

The gems in the corners are big and shiny and sadly don't show up well but you can see where they catch the light.  The 'gems' on the tree are red flat backed pearls.
An easy card to make - just time consuming die-cutting all the snowflakes.

Please have a great Christmas and New Year.  In the new year  CD Sunday is being tweaked just a little and all that will be revealed when we post the first challenge for 2019 on 6th January.

Don't forget you can enter on the CD Sunday Blog -  here, or on Facebook -  here, or send your entry in via email to   -

Take care of yourselves.

Saturday, 8 December 2018


Just catching up with posting the most recent ATCs  I have made for the Facebook group - ATC Swop UK.

These first ones were for the November theme - Halloween/Bonfire Night

These have all been swopped and sent out by our brilliant organisers Sue and husband (the Slave).

Next are for the current swop - Alice in Wonderland - which - as always - is for the two months over Christmas and the New Year - December /January.

These were made using parchment and MCS.

I am looking forward to receiving my swops and to another year of making and swopping - all organised by the wonderful Sue and 'The Slave'.


Thursday, 6 December 2018

A very simple Birthday card

for a Dementia sufferer who will be 81. 

I found this idea and instructions in an old Craft and Creations Magazine. As the birthday card recipient has flown on Concorde to New York  (in the cockpit for quite some way) perhaps the image will jog his memory. There is nothing else on the card to distract away from the plane way up in the sky.

' Concorde' is behind a piece of acetate so that it can't be knocked off or picked off .

Here is the card.

I hope he likes it.

Sunday, 25 November 2018

CD Sunday -' Blue and White' - chosen by Margaret

The 'Blue and White' challenge is our last but one challenge before Christmas and for my card this time I have used a new favourite pair of dies. (I have lost count of the number of times I have said that).

I love the 'Steampunk' style of art and these two new dies are just a perfect example of that genre.
I looked up Steampunk and genre and this is what I found:

Steampunk fashion is a subgenre of the steampunk movement in science fiction. It is a mixture of the Victorian era's romantic view of science in literature and elements from the Industrial Revolution in Europe during the 1800s.    

For my card I have found the perfect background from a CD by Glenda Waterworth - Artylicious -  Seasons Greetings - Disk 1.
The background has 'stars' as you see, but to me, they look like cogs within stars and therefore perfect for steampunk. The blended blues that Glenda used also seems perfect for my scene of Santa flying his motorised sleigh/balloon across the skies on his present delivering mission. Even the sentiment is pure steampunk.
Here is the card:
I added some die cut silver snowflakes and some fabulous gems that I found at my local Aladdin's Cave that is 'The Art of Craft'. I wish you could see the way that they sparkle  Santa and the sentiment were die cut from the double-sided pearlised card that I also purchased from 'The Art of Craft'.
I think that this truly one of my favourite Christmas cards of the year 2018.  I confess that I have made another three but for one of the extras I used a goldish coloured background from the same CD with  gold snowflakes and coloured gems.

I hope you are all getting on well with your Christmas cards and -  I look forward to visiting your blogs to view your 'Blue and Whites'  - whatever the theme.
The dies that I used are by Creative Expressions - Flying Santa. 


Monday, 19 November 2018

More Christmas cards for 2018

Here a a few more. All very different. A mixture of styles and sources. I am trying to use dies as often as I can. Trying to justify all the money I have spent on them.

 Back to the craft table. xx

Sunday, 11 November 2018

CD Sunday - 'Winter Wonderland' - chosen by Wynn

As you can see by Wynn's choice of challenge theme we at CD Sunday are still in the grip of Christmas card making
For my card for this challenge I chose to use Docraft Digital Designer 'Me to You' Christmas CD - Tatty Ted - decoupage  - and here is the card:

I loved making this card as it is quite different in style to the Christmas cards I usually make.   'Ted' looks so happy and I didn't realise there were so many decoupage images on the CD.  So 'Ted' is having fun and I had fun.

Please join in with us.  A golden opportunity to tick off another card on that long list you have -  and perhaps also be a lucky prize winner (as long as you haven't forgotten to use a CD).

I look forward to visiting your Blogs for inspiration and perhaps a reminder about a CD that I haven't used for a while.

Don't forget you can find us on Facebook (here) and the link to our Blog is in my sidebar.

Have fun.

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Last of the year visit to Judith Maslen's Workshop

Sadly last Saturday was the last workshop of the year. We so enjoy our trips down to Barton on Sea.  We have such fun and have got to know all the regulars so well it is just like a large family get together.
As always we had two brand new patterns to do   Today I have the first one to show you. I had finished on the day but just needed to matt and layer . This one is very unusual and is called 'Mirror-Mirror' - and you will see why.

Sadly my parchment is not as good as I would like it to be.  The Carpal Tunnel syndrome that I had earlier in the year is beginning to return and the pins and needles can be quite fierce at times.

The second pattern is almost finished .  I have some visitors coming tomorrow and I have a busy weekend with other guests so there will be a delay before I can get back to it.

I enjoyed doing both the patterns -  as always and it will seem a long time until the workshops resume next March. I have already paid my deposits.

I'll be on again on Sunday with our next CD Sunday - so I will see you then.

Sunday, 28 October 2018

CD Sunday - 'Christmas' chosen by Meg

Our theme for the next two weeks very appropriately is 'Christmas'.  If you are like me you are trying to get most of them done before it all becomes too much.

For my card for this challenge I used a background of delicate Mistletoe leaves and berries from a  Joanna Sheen CD - Victorian Xmas Cards.  It matched the new die I bought so perfectly that it was a 'must use'.

Here is the card:

I used white half pearls as the Mistletoe berries and hopefully the green card that I chose is a good colour for Mistletoe. Sometimes the leaves have a strong yellow tinge but I hadn't got a sheet that colour.

Whilst finding out about Mistletoe I found these facts:

"Mistletoe is toxic to people, but the berries and leaves provide high-protein food for many animals. Many bird species rely on mistletoe for food and nesting material. Butterflies lay their eggs on the plants and use the nectar as food. Mistletoe is also an important pollen and nectar plant for bees."

I like the simplicity of the card and may well make some more. As long as those to whom I send them  don't live next door to each other no one will know!

Please come and join us in our challenge. You only need to add a little something from a CD to your card and we would love to see it.  But no more than three entries per person.
Don't forget that we now are on Facebook and you can read all about us here and the link to CD Sunday is on my sidebar.

Have fun and til the next time

Monday, 22 October 2018

Christmas 2018

I have spent most of the weekend catching up on some Christmas card making.  A bit different to my usual ones but here are some of them:

The first two were made using Serif CA and Daisy Trail.  The next used a new die and an Artylicious CD background.  For the two stitched cards I used some patterns I found somewhere? but I can't remember where as it was quite sometime ago.

I think I had better tidy up the mess I have made everywhere. The dining room table has disappeared!


Friday, 19 October 2018


For October this year our Facebook Group has  a double theme . The first is the shape. They must be the 'new' ATC Coin. This is a circular ATC with a 2 . 5" diameter. The second suggested theme is Autumn but we could  actually choose what ever we want and I have chosen 'Halloween'.
I must admit I didn't find all this as easy as I thought as everything in my ATC world is set up for the standard 'playing card' size and shape.  But after all  challenge is a challenge!

Here are my five 'coins'.  Not presented as neatly and tidily as I would like as I put them on little stands to photograph them.  If you do this with a group of standard shaped ATCs it is easy to crop before presentation but my graphic manipulation skills are very limited - in fact non-existant so my apologies for the odd looking photo.

In fact - all moaning aside - I did enjoy making them.  I bought some new dies especially for the project and who doesn't like buying new dies?

The words - Spooky and Boo were by Tonic.  The tiny wee ghosts, cats, web, spider and bat are from a Marianne Design Craftables Cutting Punch Die - 'Halloween'.  The little Punch Dies from Marianne Designs are wonderful. I now have 18 sets and use them all the time.

I don't think that 'coins' are going to be 'my thing' but as an experiment I enjoyed it in the end.


Sunday, 14 October 2018

Off the cutting room floor! - chosen by Carol

I was asked to do an extra challenge choice and this is what I decided would be fun.  As long as a CD is used somewhere in the making the rest can be made up of all those bits and pieces you were going to throw away or have kept because you just might need them.
That is exactly what I did. The background is from a CD - La Pashe - The Big One Backgrounds.  The die was the gift on my then latest Die Cutting magazine and I used all sorts of little bits of card from my scrap box. Even the sentiment was cut from a small piece of leftover.

Here it is:
It is a bit bright I know but at least it won't be missed and it is another for the Christmas box.

I hope you will join in with us and use up some bits and pieces.   It doesn't have to be card of course.   How about an unused layer of decoupage that you couldn't bear to throw away - just in case - or a trimming of background paper!

Please don't forget  that you can find us on Facebook and the link label to CD Sunday is in the sidebar.

I am looking forward to visiting your blogs and finding out what you were going to throw away.


Sunday, 30 September 2018

CD Sunday - 'Autumn Days' - chosen by Jane

The weather has started to change just in time for Jane's challenge - but we could do without all that wet stuff.  I don't think that the leaves are changing colour quite as early as they usually do but that could just be me misremembering.
They have all changed though on my card for the challenge as you will see:

I have a great set of leaf dies just perfect for this challenge and I had fun sourcing the perfect colour card for my Autumn leaves.  The image of the flying meeces comes from House Mouse Disc 1 - In the garden - and the sentiment is from a stamp by Woodware.  Part of a set called 'Flowering Bike'.

I think this card will be perfect either for an Autumn birthday or someones special personal occasion.

I hope you will join in and that we will have a feast of ''Autumn Days' to visit .

Please don't forget  that you can find us on Facebook and the link label to CD Sunday is in the sidebar.

Have fun and take care.


Carol xx

Wednesday, 19 September 2018


The September 2018 theme for our Facebook ATC group is 'Occupations'.  We have had this theme before but has proved popular enough to have been chosen for a second time.
Here are my offerings which on the way to our intrepid organiser - Sue.

None are very complicated but they are all decoupaged.  Looking forward to receiving my swops. We have some very talented Atcers in our group.
If anyone fancies joining our group just leave a comment to that effect and I will get back to you.


Carol xx

Sunday, 16 September 2018

CD Sunday - 'G' is for........ chosen by moi

Good Morning.

I have scheduled  this posting as I will busy on Saturday down at a workshop with Judith Maslen.  It is a while since I have done any 'proper' parchment so I hope what we are given to do isn't very difficult.

Back to CD Sunday. As I said on the Blog we sometimes like to choose a letter or colour as the Challenge  theme to allow  a much wider choice of subject. 'Twas my turn to choose for this Challenge and I have chosen the letter 'G'.

Here is my card:
My 'G' is for a Garden Trug and this one is filled with beautiful flowers. My chosen CD was by Pamela West - Volume 2 - CD 1 (Joanna Sheen).  There are many pretty little paintings of all sorts on Pamela's CDs - which  are certainly worth having  in a any collection.
I didn't do anything ellaborate with the card.  Just a couple of mats on the matching background and a die cut sentiment. I wanted the image and the beautiful colours to say it all.  It has already been given to a friend on her birthday.

I had a fun week in Suffolk/Norfolk with my sister. Visiting new places and old favourites.  We did go to Houghton Hall in Norfolk.   A fabulous house.  I had watched  Philip Spencer's TV programme about his visit there before we went away and this decided me that I would like to visit.   We met the Chief Guide (who was featured in the programme) and he was a delightul man.  He very kindly allowed us to use the private lift (with him as 'lift attendant') to access the 1st floor as I have trouble climbing stairs.  The lift was an ancient cage like structure. My sister said it looked like something out of a Hercule Poirot story.  The staff could not have been nicer. In fact all the people we met in both counties were great.

Please don't forget that you can enter our Challenges via Facebook.  You can also enter by email to
I look forward to visiting your Blogs.
Take care and I will see you next time.

Sunday, 2 September 2018

CD Sunday - 'Cool Colours' chosen by Jocelyn

Good Morning.
This is a scheduled post as I will have just started my holiday - my first for a long time. If all has gone well I will have arrived safely at a beautiful cottage in Suffolk to spend a relaxing week of exploration with my sister.

I expect I can bore you all with photos when I return.  Suffolk is a beautiful county and I love visiting it.   My Father was born in Suffolk so I like to think my roots are there.

Enough wittering -  here is my card for our new challenge - 'Cool Colours'.   A great choice by Jocelyn as it opens the door to so many possibilities.

For this card I used MCS - Essential All Occasions - Celebration Folder.
I made this for a member on the UKSN Birthday list who has his birthday tomorrow and added the words with his name included to make it personal.  I have also added some die cut birds - some flying and some sitting.

I enjoyed making this card and I hope that Neil likes it..

Please join in with us but please don't foget to use a CD or CDs  and name it or them.  Don't forget you can find us on Facebook so that if you haven't a Blog you can enter that way or by email -

As always the link to CD Sunday is in the sidebar.

Have fun and I will see you soon.

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

HLS August ATC Challenge

One of my fellow Facebook ATC club members has pointed her ATC making friends  in the direction of  a challenge currently on Happy Little Stampers.  ATCs using the theme of 'Water'.
I keep a book of ATC ready for swops and I have found 4 ATCs that follow the theme.  I will enter them into the challenge at HLS.  Wish me luck.

This image is from the net - a watercolour I think.  I have added some thread on the left and a silver charm anchor as the finishing touch.
A second image as before - but this time with a silver sailing boat charm as the finishing touch
This one has been called' Fish Beauty' and is several layers of decoupage all cut from a purchased decoupage sheet.
Lastly here is 'Father and sons'.  I have used an image of the sea as a background and peeloffs as the seahorses and seaweed and fish bubbles. The  fish are pretty little coloured plastic flat back fishes. The peel offs have been coloured in appropriate places.
I was going to enter all four but it would appear that I can only submit one.