Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Not so bright today


Well the weather is holding and its really great.Although its not so bright  today but here's hoping it will brighten up,  My garden looks lovely and my Wisteria is stunning. its about 30 years old and looks better every year, I love the colour and will have to give it a real good prune later in the year,

 Another Sketch today This time from Sketch Saturday, See the sketch at the bottom of the post, 

Also spotted Diamond painting on Facebook and thought I like to have a go at this and you can send away for a free kit so thought  why not I love to try new things,  something new. Its really easy to do and so satisfying. Not sure why its called painting as you do not use any paint, I love it and have another coming tomorrow . 

The diamond painting 

The Wisteria 

Materials used for this card are,

  • 21 x 15 cm deckle edged card,
  • 14.5 x 12  cm pattered paper.
  •  7 x 3 1/2 x 3 white card stock
  • Black Shadow Hybrid Nuvo ink pad,
  • Bird and flower clear stamp [ free with Magazine, ] 
  • Thank you Sentiment clear stamp,
  • Leaf green, summer sun, rose pink, bluebell, honeycomb, peach promarkers. 

Challenges I will enter this cards for are;
  1. Pattie's Creations Design Challenge #146 Flowers,
  2. Pixie's Crafty Workshop Challenge #326. 
  3. STAMPlorations Blog, May Challenge, Things with Wings. 
  4. Sketch Saturday, Week #514. 


Monday, 21 May 2018

Hope your weekend was good.


Spent a lovely few days away with a friend in Oxford, It a lovely place and the weather was very kind walked a lot of miles, and my friend was great company,  I was going to do  some challenges BUT the lap top decided it was time it gave up Lol Mind you it is at least 10 years old, Nothing lasts these days 

Gone for colours this post for the first card, colours are under the challenge, and are from Color Dare 


Materials used for this card are;

  • 15.5 x 15.5 cm card blank and envelope,
  • 14.5 x 14.5  cm silver card stock,
  • 12.5 x12.5 cm white card stock,
  • Sentiment, dragon fly & butterfly clear stamps, [ free with papercraft essentials ],
  • Vintage sepia Vesafine ink pad,
  • Poppy, canary, Violet 

.Challenges I will enter this card for are, 
  1. Alphabet Challenge Blog.  D for Dots. 
  2. Allsorts Challenge Blog Week #468, Happy Birthday Allsorts,
  3. Crafting With Friends,  Challenge #67Anything goes, 
  4. Color My heart Color Dare. Sapphire Silver & Canary, 

Materials used for this card are,

  • 15.5 x 15.5 cm card blank and envelope, 
  • 9 x 6 cm & small piece of white card stock,
  • Vintage sepia Vesafine ink pad,
  • Leaf green, frosted leaf,
  • silver lining, almond, ivory, ice grey 4, black promarkers, 
  • Hint of green glitter frosting,
  • Ice white Nuvo pure sheen. Glitter, 

Challenges I will enter this card for are, 
  1. Winter Wonderland, Christmas in the snow, 
  2. jingle belles Tie a holiday Ribbon round the Christmas Tree, 
  3. Christmas Cards All year Round, Anything goes as long as its Christmas, 
  4. Christmas Card Throwdown, May Theme Challenge Stars. 

Friday, 11 May 2018


Decided to do two sketches this time as I could not chose between them so thought I would do them both, 

Had a lovely day yesterday, My friend came to see me and we went out for lunch, It was a lovely day and the weather was so kind to us, I took my friend to see an old tree at St Leonard's church Tortworth. I  found this information from the website but the picture I took yesterday, 

This page contains specific information about sweet chestnut (Castanea sativa) '12906', which can be found in a meadow near St. Leonard's Church in Tortworth (county of Gloucestershire).
This tree is called "The Tortworth chestnut". A legend says that the Tortworth chestnut was planted in 800 AD. It sprang from a nut planted during the reign of King Egbert in 800 AD. Written records go back to the 12th century.
The tree is measured in 1988 by the Tree Register of the British Isles. It measured a girth of 11m 00cm at a height of 1.00 m. Measuring is very difficult because of a very thick branch at approximately 60 cm.

The old tree, it has wild garlic growing all around, and it looks lovely.   
St Leonards chuch. its lovely as we went and had a look inside, 

Materials  used for this card are,

  • 21 x 15 cm card blank and envelope,
  • 13 x 10 cm hunkydory card stock,
  • 9 x 8 cm white card stock,
  • craft Act inc clear stamp,
  • Canary, meadow green, cloud blue & poppy, Promarkers. 

Challenges I will enter this card for are,

  1. The Merry Christmas Challenge #19,
  2. Muse: Christmas Vision 99,
  3. Christmas at Sweet Stampin, May Anything Christmas, 
  4. The holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #28 Anything Christmas goes, 


On to me second card. 

 Materials used for this card are,

  • 21 x 15 cm card blank and envelope.
  • 6 x 6cm  5 1/2 x 5 cm & 5 1/2 x 4 1/2 cm white card stock,
  • Crafter Companion Flutterby collection clear stamp,
  • Purple, Aegean, sky blue, bluebell. Promarkers. 

Challenges I will enter his card for are;
  1. I love promarkers,Challenge #358 anything goes optimal CAS,
  2. Craftaholics R Us. Challenge #19 Blue, 
  3. CAS Colour & Sketches Challenge #271 Sketch. 
  4. Shopping our Stash #531  Butterflies, 


Wednesday, 9 May 2018


Hope everyone is feeling good and have been enjoying the lovely weather. I keep trying to get things sorted out and seem to do more crafting and the mess just does not get any better Lol. 

 Materials used for this card are ;

  • 21 x 21 cm deckle edge card blank and envelope, 
  • Gold doiley 
  • Rubber flower stamp,
  • Gold, green, purple, pear green promarkers. 

Challenges I will enter this card for are, 
  1. Inkspirational Challenge #160 Purple and Gold, 
  2. Colour Crazy Craft Challenge.  Week 18 

Materials used for this card are,

  • 15 x 15 cm card blank and envelope,
  • Reindeer & snowman clear stamp,
  • Sandstone, apricot, spice, pine, promarkers. 

Challenges I will enter this card for are, 
  1. Christmas cards All Year round,  Anything goes, 
  2. Sparkles Christmas Challenges #88 Reindeer. 
  3. Winter Wonderland, Snow much fun. 
  4. TTCRD Anything goes, Starting May 8 Th 

Monday, 7 May 2018

WOW Monday again .

 Must be something wrong Lol,  Its a bank holiday and the sun is out, Not that I am complaining its lovely to see a blue sky and not a grey one, long may it continue.

At one time I had a lot of orchids and this one seems to be the only one I have left, I had one that was given to me when my husband passed away three years ago and try as I might to keep it alive it died this year, but at least I had the orchid for three years. 

Loved making this different card 

 Materials used for this card are, 

  • 21 x 15 cm card blank and envelope, 
  • 21 x 15 cm & 21 x 7.5 cm pattered paper, 
  • Tonic die square and flower dies, 
  •  Pink Flower pattered paper,
  •  Oddment of Yellow, blue and green card stock ,
  • Heart embellishment,  

Challenges I will enter this card for are,
  1.  Colour CrazyCraft Challenge,  Week #17. 
  2. Pixie's Crafty Workshop, Challenge #325. 
  3. Allsorts Challenge Blog, Week #446  Fancy folds, 
  4. Crazy Catz Challenge #415 ATG with the optional add Flowers 

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Middle of the week

  Another mid week and I was hoping to be able to say what lovely weather we have but no. There is a saying that my parents always use and its " Don't cast a clout till May is out "  I was never sure whether it meant the flower May of the month,  so if its the month we have a bit of a wait before we get any good weather. Does not look like any nice weather today as again we have rain. 

I was very sad in March to hear about the passing of Pollyanna Pickering, Such a great loss of a wonderfully talented lady, She will be missed,

Materials used for this card are,

  • 15 x 15 cm silver edged card blank and envelope,
  • Hummingbird, leaf & flower clear stamp, [ free with a magazine, ]
  • Vintage sepia VersaFine ink pad,
  • Bottle green Impress raised dye ink pad,
  • Royal blue, powder blue, cyan, pink carnation, canary Promarkers.

Challenges I will enter this card for are;
  1. Always Fun Challenges, #56 Flowers 
  2. Polkadoodle Crafting Challenge Week 17,
  3. CASology Clean and Simple, Week #298 Jungle
  4. Creative Fingers Challenge, #145 Anything goes,

Mmaterials used for this card are,
  • 21 x 15 cm card blank and envelope,
  • 13 x 8 & 6 x 3 cm gold card stock,
  • Sentiment & house in snow Pollyanna Pickering toppers, 
   Challenges I will enter this card for are,
  1. Merry Monday Christmas,  #288 No Stamping, 
  2. Christmas Crafts All Year Round, May Challenge Christmas. 
  3.  Holly and The Ivy Christmas Challenge #28. Anything Christmas goes,  
  4. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends. Challenge #80 


Monday, 30 April 2018

Last day of the month.

Well as another month drawers to a close I bet we are all hoping that soon we will see some really nice weather. Out on Saturday and notices swifts and house martins flying above so am hoping that this at least is a good sign, 

Materials used for this card are, 

  • 21 x 15 cm card blank and envelope,
  •  9 x 7 & 9 x 4 cm white card stock,
  • Gold gilding flakes, 
  • Vintage sepia Nuvo ink pad,
  • lillyofthevalley snow family clear stamps,
  • Tonic sentiment  die,
  • snowdrop clear stamp,
  • Gold, Ruby, lime green, sky blue, plum, purple, canary promarkers. 
  • Ice white &scarlet red,  Nuvo pure sheen glitter. 
  • hint of Violet glitter frosting, 

Challenges I will enter this card for are;
  1. CHNC Challenge #378. For a child, 
  2. Crazy4Challenges C4C # 432,
  3. Winter Wonderland, Snow much Fun,
  4. Crafty Catz, Challenge #414 Purples and Mauve 


Materials used for this card are;

  • 19.5 x 19.5 cm deckle edged cream card blank and envelope.
  • white card stock.
  • Tonic flower dies,
  • Sentiment clear stamp,
  • Ruby, Gold, pear green promarkers.

Challenges I will enter this card for are, 

  1. Addicted to CAS, Challenge #135  Code word GOLD,
  2. A Gem of a Challenge, Get Well or Sympathy Card,
  3. The Fairy and the Unicorn Challenge blog. April Challenge 
  4. Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge #210 Add a die cut,