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.

Tuesday, 21 August 2018


I have been a bit lax with my postings about our Facebook ATC Swop UK group.  I have just sent off my 5 for our August swop.
The theme is ' Song titles without words'.

Here are mine.  See if you can guess the titles.

I think that 3 are fairly easy but the other 2 might not be so easy.


Sunday, 19 August 2018

CD Sunday - 'Let's go Fishing' - chosen by Margaret

Although I know that women do go fishing I think this is probably an opportunity to make one of those difficult 'male' birthday cards .

Firstly -  thank yous to all those that entered into Wynn's 'Celebrate in Style' challenge and now hopefully you will be inspired to come fishing with us at CD Sunday.

Secondly -  for my card I used a download that I have had for a long time - from Alan and Barry.  This was a folder of blue and white willow type plate  designs. To go with the download I found  a matching background for the matting layer on a Funky Hand -  Colour me Happy CD. (Jovial Man folder).  I also used the same background paper to die cut the bamboo shoots and fish embellishmants.

Here is my card:

I added Navy Blue Nuvo Crystal Drops to the tree.  The blooms/fruit are not as round as I would have liked them to be. I am nowhere near as clever with the Nuvo drops as my fellow teamie Pamela.

Whilst posting this for scheduling I remembered that I had made a 'fishing' card for my cousin's birthday  this month. This is a cartoon I found on the internet and I just added a border and his name. Just a bit of fun. I do not know to whom I should attribute this  but I acknowledge his or her work.

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Have fun.


Friday, 17 August 2018

Christmas Cards 2018

Here are another couple of die cut Christmas cards.  I have invested in the new(ish) Snap machine and I must say that I am very pleased with it.  I have had to abandon my Big Shot Plus as it is too heavy and cumbersome especially as I have arthritis in both elbows.  My Gemini can be touchy but I will keep it for larger dies.

Both the large die cuts on these cards went straight through the machine and cut with the first go and embossed with the second. Keeping my fingers crossed that this will be the case all the time.  You can get a battery for the Snap and I have decided to invest in one and used my Create and Craft discount and  points to reduce the cost.

Here are the two cards:

A different style of card for me and I am enjoying myself.

Take care

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Christmas Cards 2018

I am finally back in the mood to make some Christmas cards.  I think my mojo went walk abouts.  Because I thought earlier in the year I was going to have to have my Carpal Tunnel Op I frantically made cards for everyone up to the end of December so that it would all be over by the time next year came around.  The op was cancelled and at the moment I have only the slightest of symptoms and I think that I am interested in making cards again .
I am die-cutting like a mad thing - trying new dies and different weights of card. I have lost the urge for parchment at the moment as I have so many cards to catch up on and parchment takes too long.

So here is one that I have finished. Lots more cut outs to assemble and a whole heap of bits left over which may be big enough for die cutting some embellishments.

I cannot remember the makes of the dies I am afraid.  My son decided where the flower should be placed.  He has a good eye for detail and I often ask his approval. More often than not he is right.

Sunday, 5 August 2018

CD Sunday - 'Celebrate in Style' - chosen by Wynn

Good Morning. I hope all are well and haven't melted away in the heat. It has been particularly hot down here in the S.E. and in fact I had heat stroke on the two very hot days. I could have expected it if I had sat out in the sun but I hadn't as I don't really like the heat.  I am weird and prefer the cooler months.

To get on with our new challenge. Wynn has chosen a good theme that allows a great deal of scope as there are many things and occasions about which to celebrate. As long as you do it in style and use a CD somewhere you could be a winner.

I decided to add to my Christmas box and here is my creation:

This was all from - MCS - Festive Deco Follies.  I decoupaged the car, the street light and the wreath and added a smidgen of glamour dust to the light.  I enjoyed making this card. A simple concept but I love choosing the figures, finding suitable embellishments  and making sure the proportions are correct.  Each year I choose one of my Christmas  makes to be my 'fall back' card in case I don't have time to make everyone on my list an individual card and this year I think this one will be that card.

We had a good few entries into Meg's challenge 'Anything Goes' -  and thank you to those who joined us - and we hope to see as many entering this challenge. If you cannot find anything in particular to celebrate you can always add to your Christmas box like me.

Please don't forget to use a CD and give it credit so that we can see the details.  Also please don't forget that if you haven't a blog of your own you can enter via Facebook (here)  or email -
Please have fun with Wynn's challenge and I look forward to viewing your cards whichever way they are sent.