Sunday, November 21, 2021

Deer Herd.

I missed the last show and tell for the Christmas Card Club that I am in but  have managed to make one card for this week. I didn't use the set theme and went with the fall back of anything goes. I have been watching quite a lot of old 'Clarity' You Tube videos  and as I have quite a few of their masks decided to make a little scene up using some of them. I vagally followed  where Barbara led  and this is the result. 

 I used s Moon mask, Pine forest mask and deer from the Riverside extras masks and various coloured ink pads. This card is for a friend who for the entire time we worked together only ever wore the colour black. Even when we meet up for a coffee  she  insists that it is the only colour that suits her so this card will make her smile as I am still trying to instill a bit of colour into her life. 

Well that was the week that was.  I had my booster jab which ended up being the Pfizer vaccine (even though I had been told not to have it the first time round due to all  the allergies I have) and really thought by the end of day one that I had gotten away with just feeling very cold and tired. It hit me day 2 and 3  with a wallop and I spent my time huddled under blankets on the settee. Still if that is a taster of what the full blown virus feels like if you catch it then I'm for the vaccine each and every time!!

Stay safe and well

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Windmills of my mind.

So here we are very nearly at the end of the year and before the Butterflies go into their annual  hibernation (and that delightful/ dreadful Elf puts in his usual appearance) the last challenge is up and running over on the Butterfly Blog. 

Here is the latest  butterfly wheel to be used. 

Your 6  elements are:
Windmill Card/Words / Wine/Wisteria/Wheat
+your Butterfly.

 N.b.  Wine  = Dark Red.
Wisteria = Light Purple.
Wheat  = Light Beige.

I have made two very different versions for this card shape and here are my inspiration cards for you to see. 
The instructions/tutorial are over on the Butterfly Blog as per usual and can be found under the card shapes tab here. 

Version I

I have used Windmill/Words/Wine/Wheat/Butterfly.

Papers used are from The Works and the sentiment is by Woodware from Their Boxed Greetings set. (The stamp is meant to have the dots and splodges in the design and not me having butterfly fingers!!) The butterflies were punched using my small SU butterfly punch and the pearls from my stash. 

Version II

I have used all six elements :  Windmill/Words/Wine/Wisteria/Wheat/Butterfly.

As you can see,though it is a windmill shape it is a very different way of piecing together. 

I have again used papers from The Works and the small butterfly design paper was a magazine freebie. The wine and base cardstock from my stash. The circle in the centre of the windmill was die cut from a Handy little die  by Jane Gill  called Bubble Craft Die from Woodware. It die cuts 3 different size circles and is meant to co-ordinate with all Bubble series clear stamps but as you can see here is also very handy for windmills and flower centres!! Not very dear to buy either. Just saying. The sentiment is from a set of die cut greeting from Papermania. Once I had adhered the windmill in place on the purple paper background I embossed it along with the Base card made from wheat coloured cardstock using an embossing folder from Anna Griffin called Circular grid. 
I hope you will have time to come along and play. Both versions are very quick and simple to put together. The challenge is running for the 3 weeks as usual so will finish
on 30th November. 
I have my booster vaccine booked for this Friday and so not looking forward to it. 

Hugs and stay safe.

Monday, November 01, 2021


Should have posted last week but Hey Ho I am here now with the latest selection of cards for the Christmas Card Club. The theme was Santa's little helpers. I have just purchased this trio of Gnomes from Woodware called 'Gnome Friends'  and  The Penny Black  stamp ' Holly Jolly  Critters' and thought both fitted the bill.
I have several / well quite a few Christmas Embossing Folders which I never remember to use till I have finished a card but this time was determined to use at least one . This is by Crafts -Too called Merry Christmas. I had a ready made red blank card with a matching envelope in my stash so popped them both through my die cut machine with the embossing folder. Really pleased how they came out, especially the envelope. Simple pleasures!! The sentiment is by Jane Nestorenko. Gnomes have been coloured using my Graph'it pens and die cut out using a Tattered Lace  rounded corner  rectangle die. 
For the card above  I used up scraps of christmas design papers . The 2 papers to the left (behind the string and image) are a Paper Crafts Special 2017 and a Nitwits Snow Flake Red from their Believe too pack. The others I have no names for but they were freebies from a magazine.  Gnomes coloured again with my pens and edged round with a silver gel pen. Silver spots are stickers from my stash and much flatter than gems for posting I find. 
Whilst mice and hedgies are not especially known for helping out Santa at christmas these little characters are helping out with the decorations so in my book they pass muster.  The sentiment comes with the stamp and on both cards I have used a corner punch . the papers above are a snippet of small tartan by Making Cards from their christmas edition 2015 and the larger tartan  is by Trim Craft. Both magazine freebies. White cord and ribbon from my stash and are the from tags on clothes and the ribbons they attach to the inside of jumpers and dresses that I have never found useful and tend to show if not tucked in when wearing the said item. Much easier to cut out and use! Images coloured using the same pens as above  and the black spots are glitter stickers again perfect for posting as they are flat. 

So with these 4 cards it takes my total this year to 100. Phew. Whilst I don't need that many it does mean I can now start stock piling for future years as friends and family always look forward to receiving a hand made card and I don't want to stop doing that. 

Just had out invites for our booster vaccines and used the web site links to book. Much easier and simpler than back at the beginning of the year. Won't be having the flu jab at the same time though as I think that will take me way over the top for having a reaction. 

 I also see that my followers have increased in numbers so thank you for arriving here. Hope you will stop by again. 

Take care and stay safe