Thursday, 29 December 2011

Summer days

I have had some lovely crafty goodies for Christmas including Promarkers, card blanks, toppers, Tim Holz Idea-ology ruler and a bowmaker.

Our visitors have all gone home and my table is free to use again for making cards.  I have had a dabble with my new Promarkers and one of my clear stamps.  I went delving in the crafty stash and found some backing paper  that I have had for a couple of years.  It gave me a colour scheme and it really makes me think of summer; rather nice as it is grey and wet outside.

I have entered this in the following challenges:
4Crafty Chicks:  Something new
Bearly Mine Challenges: Anything Goes
Charisma Cardz Challenges: Anything Goes
Digi Doodle Shop Challenge:  Anything goes
DYSU Challenge:  Rainbow of Colours
My Mum's Craft Shop:  Anything goes
Sundays with Chrissie:  Anything goes
Hiding in My Craft Room: Use it or lose it
Craft Room:  Anything goes

Monday, 26 December 2011

Celebration Blog Candy

There is celebration blog candy over on CHNC.  This is a super prize and well worth going over to the website to enter for it.  Look what is up for grabs:-

Open to 6th January 2012

Friday, 23 December 2011


I thought I would make this little fellow before I put the needles away for a couple of days.  Having knitted him I just knew who would enjoy having a soft a cuddly for Christmas; hope my newest little grand daughter will like him.

There are quite a few different designs in the knitting pattern I have and so think I might make a few of these to go to Kids Company.

Thursday, 15 December 2011


Following my snowman theme from my previous posting, I broke out the knitting needles and made this cute little chap from scraps of double knitting wool.  I think he will be just perfect as a little gift to one of my grandchildren.  I had better get knitting and make another one quickly!!!!

I have entered this in the following challenges:

2Sisters Challenge:  Christmas
Craft Your Days Away:  Snowmen
Dream Valley Challenges:  Christmas
Just Some Lines: Thanks So Much
Simon Says Stamp and Show: Projects with Depth
Top Tip Tuesday:  A Gift
Tuesday throwdown:  For someone Special
By the Cute and Girly: Let it snow
Charisma Cardz challenges: Last Minute Xmas makes
The ABC Challenge: Frosty

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Christmas Decoration

When my first grand daughter was born I decided to give her a tree decoration for every year of her life up until she was 18 because I then reckoned she would have a goodly number to start off her own tree when she had one.

I now have a new grand daughter and have bought her a "Baby's first Christmas", just like the first grandchild.  From next year I shall continue what has now come a tradition and will need two decorations each year.

Last year I cross-stitched a little tree decoration and this year decided to do another one.

I have entered this in the following challenges:

Top Tip Tuesday:  A gift
Just Some Lines: Hand Made Gift
2 Sisters Challenge: Christmas
By the Cute and Girly:  Let it Snow
Craft Your Days Away:  Snowmen
Cupcake Craftroom:  Christmas Traditions
Dream Valley Challenges:  Christmas
Lollipop Crafts: Happy Holidays
Simon Says Stamp and Show: Projects with Depth
Tuesday throwdown: For Someone Special

Friday, 9 December 2011

Christmas Tree Festival

Each year Holy Trinity Church, Cuckfield has a Christmas Tree Festival for the second weekend of December.  Different organisations and local businesses pay to have a tree and then decorate according to the theme they have chosen for the tree.  There is space for over 70 trees and the whole Church becomes magical in twinkles and glitter.  It really is wonderful to visit and walk round the trees whilst listening to a variety of local musicians as well as the Church Choir and Music Group who play or sing throughout the event. 

I belong to two organisations that have a tree and this year have made a good use of the Craft Robo that I had for Christmas last year.

I am a member of the Music Group and we decided the theme for our tree would be music for all seasons.  We divided the tree up into 4 section for four liturgical seasons and use the appropriate coloured tinsel to mark the segments.  We then also themed the colours of the decorations for each of the segments.  We have used silver/white for Christmas; gold for Easter; red for Pentecost and finally green for Trinity.  The latter being rather appropriate to the name of our Church.

These two photos show the completed tree from different angles.

These photos show some of the triquetras that I cut using my Craft Robo.

I also belong to Mothers Union and we decided to use one of their international project appeals, Wheels Appeal, as the theme for the tree and so it was called Wheels in Action.

This is the finished tree.

These photos show the cycles, trucks and jeeps that I cut using my Craft Robo.  It has been a very busy machine this Christmas.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011


A simple one this, but it can be very effective.  I first made one with a tree in brown on the squares but decided to do this as an untraditional Christmas colour card.  Simply stamp three squares and colour the edges with the stamp pad.  Line up where they are going to go and stamp the fourth image  in the space left to complete the square.  Mount the three squares on sticky pads onto the card.  Add your sentiment.

I have entered in the following:

Bearly-Mine Challenge#25:  Un-traditional Christmas
By the Cute and Girly:  Let it snow
CHNC Challenge#49:  Mainly monochromatic
Come and Get it challenges:  Anything Christmas
Delightful Expressions:  Let it Snow
One Stop Craft Challenge:  wk 160 Let it Snow
Top Tip Tuesday Challenge #63:  Let it snow
Tuesday throwdown #77: Celebrate the Season

Monday, 5 December 2011

Knitting for Kids Company

Most of my friends know that I enjoy sitting and knitting for this worthwhile charity in London.  I also have a few other people who knit for them and about twice a year I have a trip to London to take up all the goodies.  I am going up to London on Thursday to deliver my second parcel for this year and this time I am accompanied who is a very prolific knitter and she too has a big parcel to deliver with me.

This is my parcel and includes 9 hats, 5 pairs mittens, 1 pair Mary Jane shoes, 1 scarf, 2 blankets, 1 jumper, 1 matinee jacket and 7 pairs of bootees.

My mother has knitted a scarf, 4 hats and 3 pairs of mittens.

A 90 year old lady has knitted 6 little hats.

A friend has knitted a small cardigan, matching hat and mittens and 4 other hats.

Another friend has given me a small cardigan, hat and set of matching scarf, hat and mittens.

Friday, 2 December 2011

Bird of Peace

I made this card at a card club that I attend.  I really like the image and it was cut out of all different papers and then mountied on nesties.  The embossing really gave it more depth and a couple of card candy, along with a sentiment to finish it off.

I have entered this in the following challenges:
Aud Sentiments Challenge#42: Any Winter Holiday sentiment
Bird of Peace Challenge #47:  Seeing spots
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #131:  Christmas present
Papercrafting Journey Challenge: Anything Goes
Stamptacular Challenge #40:  Anything Christmas
Artistic Stamper December Challenge
Christmas Cards All Year Round December Challenge
Sundays with Chrissy:  Anything goes